5.31.2016

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 17, Part 7

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 17, Part 7.
from Wang Dulu's He Jing Kunlun.

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He went around the foothills for some time but found no roads up into the mountains, only two or three houses in the distance. Jiang Xiaohe turned his horse and galloped over to them. It was a small village where the women were turning the millstones out in front, the men were in the yards threshing the wheat, and the children were herding the pigs in the shallow mountain stream. Jiang Xiaohe approached the children and asked, “Do you know how to get up into the mountains? What’s the best way to go if I want to burn some incense at the Nine Sages Abbey?” The children all shook their heads and said, “Don’t know.”

5.19.2016

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 17, Part 6

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 17, Part 6.
from Wang Dulu's He Jing Kunlun.

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This sound was the Iron Staff Monk crying out, and it startled Jiang Xiaohe into stopping where he was. He stood for a moment and then continued walking down. When he came to the mountain path at the bottom of the slope, he heard nothing at all except the whistling of the wind. Neither did he see anything on the ground. He hadn’t a clue where the Iron Staff Monk had tumbled with his iron staff. Looking up, he saw only the twinkling of the stars in the sky, though amid the mountains the sky seemed much narrower, so there was limited starlight. He stood there a good while without sensing any activity, and he thought to himself, The Iron Staff Monk must have fallen to his death. I have yet to meet a man as strong, as ferocious and as cunning as him in the time since I’ve left my master. One could say that he was a singular opponent for a lifetime. The result of this battle has me standing victor, but both my arms are sore. Should another like him appear, I fear I would suffer a loss.

5.18.2016

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 17, Part 5

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 17, Part 5.
from Wang Dulu's He Jing Kunlun.

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He was only able to find the stone steps after expending quite a bit of effort. He located the horse and noticed that the baggage was still dropped on the ground. Wu Jinbiao had not picked it up. Jiang Xiaohe thought, This fellow Wu Jinbiao is too careless. He probably cares only about eating the millet in the hunter's home. He doesn't pay any mind to anything else. His bandit's disposition runs deep. If I stay with him, I'll no doubt run into some other troubles. It might be best to finish old master Bao off at the earliest opportunity, present him with a few taels of silver and part with him. He thought this as he stooped down to secure the bundle. With it in one hand and his sword in the other, he leapt up the mountain slope with a whoosh.

10.24.2014

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 17, Part 4

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 17, Part 4.
from Wang Dulu's He Jing Kunlun.

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The farther they traveled the bumpier the terrain became, though there were a lot of travelers on foot, cart and horse coming and going. In addition, there appeared security wagons, all of which belonged to security offices in Northern Sichuan. None of the security escorts recognized Bao Kunlun or Jiang Xiaohe, but they all greeted Wu Jinbiao. Wu Jinbiao conversed briefly with a few of them in the shadowy argot of Jianghu. Jiang Xiaohe did not understand a word of it. As the old master listened on, at first he grew angry, looking like he wanted to hop off his horse and have it out with Wu Jinbiao, but then he gave a desperate sigh and lowered his head. He remained silent as they came through the Balue Pass.

10.21.2014

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 17, Part 3

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 17, Part 3.
from Wang Dulu's He Jing Kunlun.

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The old man had been knocked out by the rock. The man carried him away from the road for a bit to a rundown temple. There were no monks or priests at this temple, only a few beggars who were warming leftover porridge and food with bunches of straw lit on fire. When they saw the man approaching with the old master on his back, they called out, "Sir Wu! Did you nab that old fellow?"