Ch 9 Broken…

 

“…?”

It took a few seconds for Li to respond.

“I will die?”

Old wolf casually replied.

“If nothing is done you will die…”

“What..? But why?!”

Old wolf seemed a bit annoyed.

“You bit off more than you can chew…”

“What do mean?! ”

“…To make it simple, you tried to manifest using a method that with, your novice level understanding of actualization, would almost certainly lead to rebounds…”

“In this case, your wounds are to the inner gates”

He shook his head.

“And these wounds are almost always serious.”

Was he certain? Li wanted not to discount that possibility but Old Wolf’s next words threw that hope away.

“I am not wrong.”

“…”

“You may not know, but these gates are as important as blood vessels and nerves.”

“But you forced them over capacity which lead to them breaking”

“and a death resulting from these wounds are not at all pleasant.”

Li grit his teeth. Wolf’s nonchalant tone annoyed him.

“…The fluxes coming off your body of a child, unstable and crude.”

“As to why I believed hat you are even worse than a novice is this-”

Before Li noticed, a finger was stretched out between his eyes.

he hadn’t even seen any start up action.

“For example my finger here.”

“One usually has intent whenever he commits to any action.”

“They are many ways but the ultimate end is that this intent interferes with one’s own field.”

“But the field around you is weaker than a healthy person.”

“It shows no evidence of any methods or arts. No trace of solid refinement…”

He withdrew his finger as he finished talking.

Li had somehow calmed down. If he was telling all this then it was very likely that he did so with a purpose.

wolf apparently noticed the change in his demeanor and a faint smile crept on his face.

But from his eyes, it looked a bit threatening…

“We have a little time, so I’ll bring you up to speed…”

****

“But all this must make little sense to you right now…”

Li stuggled to process what he had just been told.

So…

These are areas in the body that have been found to preform specific roles in the manifestation of external phenomena. This is related to the concept “Will”

These areas are called the gate of opening and closing, the inner eye, the gate of stillness and vibrancy, the inner heart and the gate of transformation, the inner body.

While there are other gates in the body, these are apparently the most important because they are linked very closely with one life and the “external field”.

These three form a path call the first Inner great circle.

“Your gate of transformation and the gate of stillness and vibrancy show signs of leaning to the stillness.”

“Each of these gates are interrelated. It will drags the other into the same state until…”

and then he remain quiet.

Li was barely able to keep up.

Wolf seemed to look at him thoughtfully…

“but the only gate untouched is the inner eye… That is strange…”

the old man then remained silent.

It looked as if he was waiting for something to be said.

“Unfortunately, the damage is great and I cannot cure it to an uninjured state”

silence…

“That can’t be…”

Li hadn’t noticed that he had eaten through his thumb fingernail.

“But I am curious… What happened before you fell?”

“…?”

“You not have told me everything?”

“…Huh?”

He wondered what he meant.

“I suggest you think back well.”

He reflexively moved back at his threat.

But wolf seemed amused at that action.

***

After a short pause wolf continued.

“Usually would like that are like fabric… You must have felt a strange sudden pain that cleared up quick.”

Li thought back to the time he saw the the bright circle of lights and shapes and his attempt then to grasp that feeling.

As Li recalled the experience, wolf only muttered one sentence afterwards.

A solitary and simple,  “I see…” .

This quiet lasted a few minutes.

****

“Can you write down what you saw?”

Li did as he was told but with each line he wrote, Wolf face appeared to become more serious.

“This is…”

A mixture of satisfation and unease filled Li’s heart as he thought that wolf also held faces like what he showed.

“How surprising…”

Wolf produced a toothy grin.

Li felt anxious at its sight.

He was more than convinced that he was the type to become obsessed by his interests.

His mumbles were carried into my ears:

“It is vexing but he cannot be lying….”

Li watched him as he fell into silence.

“and you said you didn’t collapse immediately afterward?”

The sudden question confused him.

He continued to mumble…

“The longer you live the more you get to see…”

His face came to something like he was swallowing something bitter

“What a waste…”

“If it wasn’t due to the circumstance maybe it would have turned out differently”

Li wondered if he knew that he could hear him clearly.

But his face was grim after being told his condition.

 

However, as if reading the answer off his face he continued.

“You are lucky…”

“What?”

His words had still caught him off guard.

“I see… So that how it is…”

Strangely at that moment I began to feel light headed and weak.

My body felt heavy.

*cough*

The hand I used held traces of blood.

I could see a faint smile on his face.

“How interesting…”

“Now, About my offer, do you accept?”

 

 

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