Author: Chiming Soul PM
A Hell Demon named Changming had been recruiting warriors for the day of the Red Tournament. That day has come. The warriors Changming had recruited all meet each other for the first time. Will they become an unbeatable team and change Red Heaven forever? (This is a Chinese fantasy story in a world I made up.)Rated: Fiction T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Words: 6,145 - Published: 01-14-13 - id: 3092093
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Author's quick note: English is not my first language so if you see grammar mistakes, please forgive me. I just don't ever see them. There were two people who read this beforehand... but there's a chance they may have ignored my mistakes... so... Enjoy reading!
For thousands of years, Heavenly Demons and Hell Demons had been at war in all of the three realms: Heaven, Earth, and Hell. Most humans had perished because of the war raised by the demons. Even the weak demons and other living beings alike themselves were killed in the middle of the battles.
When the war ended, not knowing which side had won the ruthless battles, some humans were taken in to serve the demons to earn a living. Because the earth that they know of now had turned to a magic realm filled with all of the three worlds that were not supposed to be in the same dimension.
That realm is called Red Heaven. Red for the human blood that had been spill, red for the hell fire that rose from below, red for the tears shed by the heavens. Humans cannot survive this new world that had been created by the war's ashes.
As years and years flew by, peace was still far away. Recently for each decade, the rulers of each three realm had held a tournament. The winner, who often represented from one of the three, is the one who set up the rules. And the Hell Demons of the Imperial Hell Fire had won the tournament seven times in a row, making them rule over the Red Heaven for seventy years.
Any other parties are allowed to join in and do not have to represent any of the three realms. But no one else was willingly to take part in the tournament to change the rules because of their own weak power. Will a party rise up and change Red Heaven forever?
But first, forty-three years ago… during the third time the Hell Demons of the Imperial Hell Fire ruled.
In the tall dry mountains walked a tall man and a short girl. The two of them were called Hell Demons, one of the three superior beings alive. The man had dark red hair with silver eyes and the girl, who was looked about eight years old, has brown hair (tied into two buns) with brown eyes. While the dark haired man was calm, the girl felt uneasy.
"Master, what did you want to show me?" she looked up at him, taking his hand. There was something about the strange wind around them. Normally she was never worried, especially when he was with her.
He smirked, glancing down at her with his silver eyes. "You will see," he told her, softly gripping her hand.
The girl nodded, but more to herself. 'Master had always protected me,' she thought. She would be fine.
The more they walked, the stronger the wind gotten. She held his hand with both of her hands, closing her eyes as dust flew everywhere. When he had stopped walking, she opened one of her eyes. They were now standing at the edge of the cliff, high up over the mountains.
"This is the Hole of Void, Kangxi," he spoke, smiling down to her. She looked up and was confused. "Remember the little story I mentioned a few years back about a place that no one should ever come to?"
She turned her head away, feeling where the wind was coming from. The source of it must be coming from below the cliff in front of them. "I do recall something like that," she told him, shrugging. "Why did you take me here for?"
"I wanted to show it to you," he said. Letting her hands go, he gave her a pat in the back. "Go and take a peek at it."
She looked back at him, feeling as if the wind would carry her off. "But if demons approach it, won't they died?"
He sneered, "Just as long as you don't fall into it, Kangxi. You'll be fine. Go and take a look." The girl still didn't understand why and stared at him for a while, very puzzled. "I'll give you my reason after you see what I mean."
The girl slowly turned around, pouting. She felt no fear and harm in looking. Taking a few steps, she didn't look back at him. As she set foot right on the edge, she looked down. Below looked like a black hole and the wind were circulating counter clockwise, blowing the black wind out. 'I wonder what's causing this strange thing,' she blinked. "Hey, Master, why does the Hole of the Void exist…?"
The moment she turned her head, a force pushed her off the cliff. Kangxi faced the sky as she stared at her Master, who had his palm out. He laughed with an evil smirk and turned his body, walking away.
'M…Master?' she blinked, her hand reaching out. Her magic was quickly leaving her as she fell down towards the Hole of Void. She couldn't make herself fly to get out of there. 'Why?' she stared blankly. His annoying laugh rung in her ears and she lightly glared.
She never liked that laugh of his.
Now forty-three years later… where the Hell Demons of the Imperial Hell Fire already ruled seven times.
"What do you mean you won't let us in?!" a tall, built man with little black hair shouted angrily. He was standing at the front doors of a rather large inn. In the inside, there were many transparent green curtains hanging from the tall ceiling and walls.
Standing in front of the upset man was a young human woman, who seemed at be at the age of 18. Her name was Li Xiang, with long brown hair, and she worked at this inn. With a smile and a hint of uneasiness, she politely bowed, "I'm truly sorry! This whole inn had been booked fifty years early, or so I have been told… So I cannot let you in!" She was wearing a simple light green dress.
Apparently there were three other men behind the angry man. The tall, built man grabbed Xiang's hair and pulled her close to him. She winced in pain, trying to pry him off. "I never seen this place before!" he glared. "Are you new here? Where is the owner? I will give a piece of my mind on him!"
"OW!" she cried as he pushed her away roughly. The four men stomped their way in and Xiang stumbled as she walked backwards. "No, please don't to this…! And the owner is a 'she'…" There weren't many people walking outside at this late hour so no one would be able to stop these ruthless men. She began to worry greatly.
"I don't gave a damn about he-she!" the tall man kicked the chair. "If there's guest, you should treat them with most hospitality! Who would book this whole space?!"
The second man, with long brown hair, shouted in the inn, "HEY! Come out, owner! We'll teach you how to operate in the Red Tournament City!"
Xiang nervously cried quietly, hiding behind the counter. 'Why did she have to leave me here all alone?' the young woman thought, hiding her face in her arms.
Over the men's voices, a female sighed heavily. As the four men turned their head to see who walked in rather loudly, a young girl jumped over them and landed at the far middle table. "This better be the place," she folded her arms to her chest. Her long brown haired were tied up into loose buns and the hair were hanging from the buns, reaching down to her shoulder blades. She dressed lightly, hearing red clothing.
"…Who the hell is that girl?" one of the men whispered suspiciously.
"Is she the one who booked the whole place?" the other hissed.
Xiang popped her head out from the counter and looked at the girl, who seemed to be at the age of seventeen. Or younger. "Um…" Xiang blinked.
The brown haired girl's eyes shifted from the ceiling to Xiang. "Oh, are you the owner?" she asked, jumping down from the table. Before Xiang could answer, the girl yawned, "I'm Kangxi… I was told to meet up here."
"Oh, Kangxi," Xiang stood up straight, brought out a book. She flipped through and stopped where the end of the black ink writings were. "Kangxi, yes. I see your name here." Closing the book, Xiang bowed, "Welcome to the Green Magic Inn."
"The…?" the tall man took a step back. "The Green Magic Inn?!"
The other men started to mumble to themselves, "The moving inn that travels around Red Heaven?"
"H-Hey, then we shouldn't be here…!"
Xiang watched the four men mumbling and their faces were getting pale. They quickly started to head towards the front doors, but then a green haired man appeared as if out from nowhere.
"Feng Wutian has arrived," the green haired smirked, putting his hand on his side. He had green hair, wearing green clothing. He looked at the four men who stopped in front of him. "Hm? Did Changming recruit you too?" None of them utter a word. Wutian grinned, "Maybe not. You all just look like a bunch losers."
Before the tall man lead his men pass the green haired man, a table was kicked and hit the back of the tall man. He fell forward as Wutian made an easy pass and walked towards the front counter where Xiang was. "Who did that?!" the tall man exclaimed with a vein on his head.
Kangxi was sitting on the wooden chair, legs crossed. She narrowed her eyes at the men. "Earlier I saw you pulling on this poor human girl's hair," Kangxi said. The four men sweated when Wutian turned to look at the men. "Apologize to her. NOW."
"WE'RE SORRY!" the men cried, running off quickly.
"Huh," Wutian smirked while Xiang was looking for his name. "If you saw them pulling on her hair, why didn't you save her sooner?"
Kangxi looked at him at the corner of her eyes. "…I was too far and too tired to run?" she shrugged.
"T-That's fine," Xiang smiled nervously. "I wasn't hurt or anything…. And Feng Wutian, I see your name. Welcome to the Green Magic Inn."
When she bowed and stood back up, he leaned forward and touched her chin. "My, you're so polite," he smirked. Xiang blushed, pulling away from his reach, and Kangxi gagged. Unable to find the words, Xiang just giggled timidly. He laughed lightly and looked back at Kangxi. "So… who are you?"
She blinked at him and smiled. "Kangxi," she replied. "A Hell Demon."
He nodded, "And your family name?"
"Don't have any," she told him. "So Kangxi is just fine, Mister Feng."
"Alright then," he smirked, walking towards her. He put his hand on the chair she was sitting and leaned close to her face. "You can call me Wutian too."
"Until we're good friends, Mister Feng," she gave a blank stare while pushing him away.
Wutian chuckled and then looked back at Xiang. "I'm sorry," he said. "I didn't ask for your name before Kangxi's."
Xiang smiled, "My family name is Li. Li Xiang is my full name, sir."
"Pleased to meet you, Li Xiang," he smirked. "…Or would you prefer me to call you just Xiang."
"Miss Li, please!" she quickly told him.
He looked around, "Where are the other workers?"
Xiang willingly explained, "I am the only one." Wutian and Kangxi both seemed a bit surprised; obviously they had never been to this inn before. "Lady Zhang does not want too many workers…"
"Really?" Wutian walked to a chair nearby and sat down. He was three tables away from where Kangxi was.
"Is this the Green Magic Inn?" a gentle voice of a man inquired.
Xiang turned her head to the entrance. A man with black hair had his eyes closed and walked in slowly. "Yes," Xiang smiled, half bowing. "Welcome, good sir. What is your name?"
"Rong Lin," he nodded her way, eyes still closed. He wore pale purple and white clothing. There was a pink five petal above his left eyebrow.
Kangxi blinked, '…Is he blind?'
At the same time Xiang was looking up Lin's name, Wutian waved. "Hey, come sit next to me, pretty boy," the green haired guy smirked.
Lin smiled, walking his way carefully. "Please don't refer me as boy," Lin said softly. "I'm 111 years old, human."
Wutian grinned with a snicker. "Too bad for a human like me because only Hell Demons and Heavenly Demons are able to tell humans apart from them," he scratched his face. "Old man."
Lin chuckled quietly, tilting his head over to Kangxi. "And Heavenly Demons and Hell Demons are able to tell each other apart as well," he said, nodding to Kangxi.
She smiled, "Hello, Lin. My name is Kangxi."
"It's Rong Lin, young miss," he preferred.
Xiang interrupted, "Alright, Mister Rong. You are registered here as well. Please remain seated until the others arrive."
"You have my thanks," Lin sat down, nodding to her.
Wutian looked around in the empty inn. It was a beautiful place: mostly green. "Just how many more did Changming gathered over the years?" Wutian inquired.
At the door, someone entered as well. She answered, "I heard I was the sixth person he asked to help him out." All eyes returned to the entrance. A young woman with dark purple hair had a small smirk stood at the doorsteps. On her forehead were total of six small red dots. She wore white and red clothing. "Looks like I wasn't late. Good thing I stopped by that wine store," she smiled pleasantly, holding up a large bottle of wine that was more than the size of her head.
"And your name is…?" Xiang politely asked.
"My name is just Siqi," she threw a fist out, which was awkward because of her feminine looks. She walked and grabbed a seat nearby while Xiang nodded to the list.
"Miss Siqi, checked," Xiang smiled to her, bowing right after. "Welcome to the Green Magic Inn."
Siqi gazed around the room with the high ceiling. The long stairs were at the left side of the wall and the paper windows were decorated with black flowers. "Wow, I never slept in this kind of inn before," she smirked, leaning her arm on the table. There was a lot of magic within the inn, flowing right by them. "…Where are the other workers?"
"Xiang here is the only one," Wutian told her. "…So, are you also a demon?"
Siqi glanced at him, smiling secretly. "Oh ho… a human," she chuckled. "So young… I wonder why Changming would recruit a human for."
"Because a human like me, Rongna, have proven myself to be as great as a demon," another female voice said. She sounded a bit more playful. Eyes turned again and a young woman with dark blue hair entered the room. Most of her clothing was very light blue and she wore a blue straw hat that was covered with a transparent pale blue veil.
Behind her was a man with darker blue hair. He was wearing black and white clothing with designs on them. He looked older than the rest of them by looks.
Lin smiled, feeling more warm presences in the room. "Two humans, I see," Lin nodded to himself.
"My name is Daguang," the male human with dark blue hair introduced himself with a bow. "Tang Daguang."
"Miss Rongna and Mister Tang…" Xiang mumbled at the booklist. She smiled after looking the names and bowed. "Welcome to the Green Magic Inn!"
Rongna grabbed a seat by Siqi, smiling at the wine. "Are you sharing?" Rongna questioned softly.
"No," Siqi grinned, moving the wine away. "Get your own."
While Daguang took a seat away from the others, Rongna removed her hat and set it on the table. "But how are we going to bond if you're not drinking with all of us," Rongna snickered.
"I agree," Daguang nodded, eyeing the wine. He could smell it from where he was sitting, which was two tables away.
Wutian raised his hand, "Let's all share it when everyone arrives."
Kangxi yawned, rubbing her eyes and heard something at the door. Lin could feel it too as blue lightning strike from the sky. In the blue lightning stood a man of pale blue hair. He brushed his long bangs away, looking around. There were blue marks on his face and his clothes were light blue and black. "…I see cute girls," he grinned. "Changming sure have great taste."
Kangxi gagged, Siqi smirked, and Rongna ignored his remark.
Xiang bowed to him and the pale blue haired guy looked at her with a grin. "Welcome to the Green Magic Inn," she said, looking back at him. "Your name please."
"Chao," he said, walking to the counter. "Guo Chao, the Blue Lightning."
"Oh, he has a title for himself, eh?" Wutian smirked.
Daguang nodded to himself, hitting his fist into his palm lightly "I see," he quietly murmured. "I don't even have a title to go by."
Lin could hear Daguang and smiled, "You don't have to do that, Mister Tang."
Chao smirked, looking at everyone. "…So is this everyone?" he questioned.
"Who knows," Siqi waved her wine around. "Changming didn't tell how many of us he recruited."
"How did you all meet him?" Rongna asked with a wide smile.
"Ah…" Kangxi stared into space.
Lin chuckled, "…Long story."
"He offered me a whole decade of free wine if we win," Siqi told them.
Daguang gasped, "…Really? Why didn't he offer me that?"
Kangxi slapped her forehead. "What's so good about wine?" she mumbled to herself. She had never tried before but experienced that wine didn't smell so good.
Xiang looked out the front door, wondering if this 'Changming' would arrive soon or not. As long as the guests weren't fighting, she wasn't too worried. 'Why isn't boss here yet either?' she sighed, leaning forward on the table. She rested her chin on her hands as she watched everyone getting along.
Chao sat on the chair, the table where Siqi and Rongna were. "So, who are you fine ladies?" he smiled.
"I think we should introduce each other when every single of us arrives," Rongna said, smiling sweetly.
Siqi snickered, "I think that is a good idea too."
Chao smirked at the two ladies, "At least I know who's human and who's a Heavenly Demon."
Rongna turned to him, "If my guess is right, you must be a Heavenly Demon, Guo Chao."
"Indeed, I am," he slightly nodded.
Wutian looked at Lin curiously. "So, old man," he started to say. "Why are your eyes closed? Are you blind? Or what?"
"What does it look like, human?" Lin chuckled lightly.
"I say he's blind," Kangxi pointed with her palm up.
Wutian already knew that. He just wanted to start up a conversation. "How does it feel like living long anyway?" Wutian questioned.
"Not all that great," Kangxi replied, even though it seemed he was talking to Lin, the old man.
Lin smiled with a hint of sadness. "I tried to live a life filled with thanks," he let out a light chuckle. "But yes, as Kangxi has put it."
Wutian turned in his place and grinned to Kangxi. "What, did you also want to join in and talk with us?" he inquired.
Kangxi ignored him, looking over to the other girls who were talking to Chao. 'As if,' she thought to herself.
Daguang looked around calmly, finding that no one was talking to him. There was a cool wind from the front and Daguang slowly looked outside. Eventually everyone else grew quiet, realizing a familiar presence. "I think he is here," Daguang said out loud, standing up.
Xiang quickly stood up straight and dusted herself. At the front door, a man appeared. His hair was brown and over his left shoulder, he carried a two-men carriage in midair (by himself). He wore a light armor and a black scarf. A young woman stood by his side, her hair was long and black. Between her eyebrows was a four pink petal pattern. She wore a simple white dress.
The man with brown hair set the carriage down gently with his rough hands and the black haired girl walked into the inn first. "My name is Kaimei," she bowed. "Here is Tu Qingshe."
Xiang remembered seeing their names when she had looked through them over and over. Bowing herself, she smiled, "Welcome to the Green Magic Inn."
Qingshe opened the curtain of the carriage and a man stepped out. Lin smiled, "It's been a while, Changming."
A man with long black hair, a red flame pattern between his eyebrows, stepped out from the carriage. He wore heavy layers of white and black clothes. He walked into the building elegantly and the built Qingshe followed quietly. Changming stared at everyone, who all stood up. "I see everyone have arrived safely without getting lost," Changming said, closing his eyes. He fanned himself with his white fan.
"Without getting lost?" Rongna smirked a little. "Were you expecting someone to?"
Changming eyed Lin, which Siqi caught him doing so and she giggled. "Well, can't blame a blind man, right?" Siqi winked.
Lin had a slight blush. "Changming, you did not have to say anything about that," he said.
Qingshe moved a chair and moved it closer to Changming. As Changming sat down, Qingshe stood at Changming's right while Kaimei stood at Changming's left. "I apologize, Rong Lin," he said. "But secrets brings us closer together."
"Hah, second to that," Chao smirked. He really liked getting close to women, demons or not.
Wutian smirked, secretly agreeing about being closer to each other. "So, Changming," Wutian gazed over to him. "Is there something you want to add before the big day in the next three days?"
Kaimei glanced down to Changming as he nodded slowly. "Yes," Changming replied. "Everyone, please be seated." Everyone was about to take their seats, but then Changming added, "Although this would take mere minutes to discuss."
"Then there's no point to sit," Siqi sighed, but sat down anyway.
Rongna did the same. It seems only those two ladies were the only ones who sat down. "In three days?" she raised an eyebrow. "I thought the Red Tournament starts tomorrow."
"Oh, sightseeing it is," Kangxi blinked, snapping her fingers.
"If I remembered correctly," Changming looked at each of their faces. "None of you had taken a part of the tournament, right?" He wanted to be sure. He knew the humans must have never before because they have a shorter lifespan.
Everyone shook their heads 'no'. Chao raised his hand, "I watched the tournament once before. But it was so deadly boring so I never went to it again."
Rongna flattened her face, "That's not good to hear. I was hoping to enjoy the battles before I take part in it myself."
Kangxi crossed her arms, "Don't forget, the Heavenly Demons have recruited new warriors to fight for them. So this decade's battle might be a little more interesting. Especially the human warriors, who change fighters every tournament."
"Oh yeah," Chao nodded to himself. "I think I remember something like that. One of the Heavenly Demons from the Imperial Sky asked me to join them before. Of course, I refused."
Daguang smiled, almost jealous. "How fortunate of you," Daguang said, looking away. "Only Changming invited me on a special time like this."
Rongna looked over to Daguang questionably. "…You can still join the Red Tournament at any time, you know," she told him. "You don't need a team."
His face went a bit pale. "I… didn't know that," Daguang slapped his face.
Wutian smirked, "I wouldn't have ever joined actually. But I owe Changming. That is the reason why I'm here."
"No one asked," Lin smiled teasingly.
Siqi looked at the guys back and forth. "Changming, why did you ask about if anyone hadn't taken part in the tournament for?"
Changming looked up at Kaimei, who played with her hair with a bored look. But she noticed him and stopped. "I wanted to tell you a bit about the rules of the Tournament," Changming informed them.
"Go right ahead," Ronga smiled, waving her hand at him.
"First," Changming listed off. "Around the battle arena, there are transparent flames around it. You will have to go through that fire the Hell Demons put up around the area. It is a sign if you truly accept dying here. When you go through it and accepting the fact, the fire will not harm you. And if you die in battle, there will be no grudges or vengeance. It works like a contract."
"Didn't know that," Chao chuckled to himself.
"It's a central rule they put up sixty years ago," Kangxi said. "Since there have been complaints about killing each other in the tournaments."
Wutian smirked, "We can kill, huh?"
Siqi smiled rather evilly. "That's super great to know," she chuckled.
Lin shook his head, "I don't think I will be able to kill."
"Better get use to it then, Heavenly Demon," Siqi smiled to him.
"You're a Heavenly Demon too," Lin turned his head to her. "You should not be killing one another."
"Anyone who gets in my way of fun will get killed," Siqi leaned back on the table. "But I'll go easy on them if I have to."
Lin bitterly shook his head. "I can't believe you would say that…"
"Me too," Daguang nodded. Though he was just a human, he just didn't agree with the killing idea.
"Second of all," Changming continued on. "Anyone can start off the battle since it's a free style fight. And it is only one on one. When the losing person dies or can no longer continue, anyone can go right up and fight next."
Chao seemed excited, "What an easygoing rule."
"Thirdly," Changming closed his eyes. Qingshe looked down to Changming emotionlessly. "The winner is able to rule over the Red Heaven with absolute power for ten years."
"And we all represent you," Kangxi said.
"So if one of us wins…" Lin smiled.
"Changming will change the rules," Siqi made a fist, smirking.
Wutian blinked, "So does this mean Changming can't join in on the fight? I heard that those who represent the 'leader' fight for that leader. And that leader cannot fight. Do you guys know what I mean?"
"Yes," Daguang nodded quickly.
"But," Kangxi looked over to the green haired human. "The leaders are able to stop the representatives from getting kill by the other party. If Changming is strong enough and protect our lives from being taken away from this tournament, we should be able to survive. BUT when Changming does protect us, that representative will lose by default. Got all of that in your head?"
Wutian smirked at her, wondering how Kangxi would know that. Maybe it was just because she was a Hell Demon herself. "I see," he just nodded.
Chao chuckled, his blue eyes glowing for a moment. "By the way, is it alright if we fight each other as well?" he inquired.
"Impossible," Qingshe finally spoke.
"And why not?" Chao inquired.
"Because it's stupid," Kaimei said. Chao flattened his face at her. "It's an fucking rule too. Why would the representatives of the same side fight each other, dumbass?"
"Oooooo," Siqi grinned at Chao.
Chao snickered, eyeing Kaimei, "For such a pretty face, you have a quite of an foul mouth."
Kaimei pouted, disliking the way he was talking. "And good looks like yours won't get you anywhere," she looked away to dismiss him.
"Anyway," Kangxi frowned. "If you want to battle someone here, do it after the tournament, Chao."
He grinned, "Okay, that's sounds like a good idea…"
Lin tilted his head, "Who did you want to fight among us?"
Chao laughed, waving his hand to them, "Everyone, of course!"
Rongna stood up and faced him closely. "I'll accept your challenge any day!" she told him. "If you want, let's do this right now."
"Don't," Changming told them. They looked at him "Enemies are watching. Spies are everywhere. If they know about your skills, they will use it to their advantage. That is why I booked this inn, where we have more privacy. I wouldn't want to trouble Lady Zhang as well, the owner who let us stay here."
'Yes, she would be mad if they suddenly fought inside the inn too,' Xiang thought nervously.
"Aw, don't worry," Rongna giggled. "We can just use the first stage of our skills, isn't that right, Chao?"
He smirked, "…Nah. I rather go all out."
She leaned against his chest teasingly with a pout, "You're no fun."
Changming stood up, fanning himself slowly. "I believe everyone hasn't introduce themselves just yet," he said, looking at them. He was done with the basic rules now. The other rules were unimportant in his eyes. "Why don't we start with that and then you all may do what you desire in the city?"
"I am Tang Daguang," the darker blue haired man volunteered first. "I am a human and am thirty-five years old. I was only 18 years old when I married, but my wife died a month later when Hell Demons attacked our village."
Everyone stared at him and thinking about his intro. "Should I include an past intro too?" Siqi pointed to herself.
"No," Kangxi quickly replied. "…I am Kangxi. I lived for fifty-one years as a Hell Demon."
Siqi then volunteered to go next. "Call me Siqi, everyone," she smiled. "As a Heavenly Demon, I am about ninety-three years old. I used to be a thief for a year… an assassin for five years, and then a thief again for ten years. As of now, I am pretty much jobless. That is why Changming offered me money first."
Daguang gasped, "…Changming, what is the meaning of this? You didn't offer me money? You offer a decade of free wine AND money to Miss Siqi?"
Wutian laughed, going next. "The name's Feng Wutian," he bowed. "I am a human and am twenty-four years old. My life wasn't so bad until I ran into Changming. And my life is about to get wild."
Lin was about to go, but Chao went before him. "I'm the Blue Lightning, Guo Chao," he smirked. "I am seventy-five years old. I personally know the Empress of the Heaven. I have connections so just let me know you're ever in trouble. I may be able to help somehow."
"Thank you," Siqi grinned. She would want that someday in the future. Perhaps.
"My name is Rong Lin," the blinded man politely said. "I am a Heavenly Demon who lived for one hundred and eleven years."
"Proudly lived, I bet," Wutian whispered to Kangxi, who was the closest. Kangxi gave the green head a blank look while Lin faked a cough.
Rongna took a step forward with a small smile. "My name is Rongna," she introduced herself. "I am twenty-one years old, a human. That's all from me."
Changming slightly turned around to Qingshe and Kaimei. The long black haired girl first went. "As you all already know, I'm Kaimei," she slightly bowed. "Even though I'm sixteen years old, I'm actually a Heavenly Demon."
"Ah, a fresh one," Lin smiled at her.
"Yes, quite so," Kaimei nodded, smiling a little.
Qingshe put his hands behind him, standing up straight. "Tu Qingshe is my name," he told everyone. "A Hell Demon."
After a pause, Siqi raised her hand. "How old are you?" she inquired. He looked away without a word. She squinted her eyes at him. "…I bet you're shy about your age… you must be really old then!" He flattened his face, remaining silent.
Rongna smirked, looking over to Changming. "What about you, hm?" she inquired. "You never exactly told me who you were."
"Same here," Daguang protested, his eyes on Changming.
Chao nodded to himself, "Now that Rongna mentioned…" He slowly turned his eyes to Changming, who calmly stared at them. "Who are you, Changming? You said you were a Hell Demon before. Why aren't you working for the Hell Demons' side of the tournament? Why did you go around Red Heaven to ask our help?"
Kaimei seemed pissed at Chao's straightforward question, but Changming raised his hand as if he read her thoughts. So she remained quiet. "If you truly are curious about my background…" Changming closed his eyes.
"I guess I'm curious enough," Siqi smiled. "Though it never bothered me who you are." She trusted him to some certain extent.
Wutian nodded, "I wouldn't mind knowing. It's always good to know who I'm working for."
Lin smiled, "Please, tell us, Changming. We should build more trust among ourselves."
Kangxi was silent. She already knew. Qingshe glanced at Kaimei and she looked back at him with a sigh. "The truth wouldn't hurt," Kangxi quietly said.
Nodding, Changming closed his fan. He honestly said, "I am the Emperor of Hell." Everyone had a blank stare, except for Kangxi, Qingshe, and Kaimei. In the background, Xiang moved away from the counter and bowed on her knees to Changming. "Though I received the throne…" Changming had a small frown. "None of the Hell Demon advisors would follow me. Nor the foot soldiers. All of them are under a certain Hell Demon's control."
"Ha, that's quite sad," Chao grinned. He noticed Kaimei's upset pout and chuckled. "But that's why we're here, right? We're fighting for you."
"Wait a sec," Siqi waved her hand. "Won't that just mean the Hell Demon would just rule over the Red Heaven again?"
"Changming's rules will be different," Qingshe told her. "He will be a respectful ruler."
Lin smiled, "You already have my support, Changming. I will fight until the end."
Daguang nodded, "That's right."
Rongna chuckled, "I kind of do… but I am merely doing this for myself."
Wutian laughed quietly to himself and Changming nodded to them. "I thank you all for coming for the day," Changming gratefully bowed with his fist and palm together.
"As a Emperor, no need for the bow," Wutian told him. "It makes me feel bad."
"It should make you feel bad all right," Kangxi flattened her face.
Siqi blinked, "Changming, does this mean any Hell Demon would recognize you? Did you run away just to get us together like this?"
"I'm afraid so," he smiled a little. "But only the Six Red Brothers had seen my face. Thus the progress will proceed without much difficulty. I will not show my face until the end."
Rongna nodded, "Sounds good to me. Good luck with that though."
Changming turned his head to where Xiang was. She was still on the floor with her kneeling. "You may raise," he told her.
Xiang slowly got up timidly. "I will prepare dinner for all of you," she smiled.
"Thank you," Changming nodded once at her. Then he looked at everyone. "If any of you ever walk out of the inn, bring one of us with you."
"I can take care of myself," Chao said a bit roughly.
"You shouldn't," Kangxi advised. "Random fights will occur and enemies will spy on your skills."
"So pick a buddy or two when you leave," Kaimei said, narrowing her eyes at Chao. "Don't go out alone."
Lin and Daguang nodded at the same time, "Understood."
Rongna smirked, "I guess I have no choice, huh?"
Wutian grinned, "Then it's decided."
Author's Note: The way I write the Chinese names... Hm. I'm not sure, but I feel like I should write the full name of a character when I write. But I'm only mentioning the first names... If you got confused, sorry about that! I'm not Chinese.
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