Seal Cultivation for Self-Improvement Chapter 9.1: Activated Ring

Last updated on November 13, 2020

After such an incident, Yu Qiu and these people became familiar with each other.

The young man in grey, who was still in bed, introduced himself as Gu Qing. The gang led by Gu Qing was called Qingtou Gang. How they named it was very simple.

When they introduced themselves one by one, Yu Qiu realized that Gu Qing was actually the only one with a serious name among them.

The other three all had simple and crude names. The bald man was called Zhao Tu1Literally, “bald” XD, and the pockmarked-face hunchback was called Wang Mazi2King Pockmark ಥ◡ಥ. As for the big fat man with a machete, he was even more pitiful. He didn’t even have a surname. He was called Pang Zhu3Fat pig. (≧艸≦*). They said he killed a pig before.

Before entering the gate of cultivation, all three of them were taken care of by Gu Qing, so even though Gu Qing’s cultivation was not higher than theirs, they were still willing to respect him as their Lao Da.

Now, they were sincerely inviting Yu Qiu to be their Lao Da.

Yu Qiu said solemnly, “I know how you feel, but when I saved your Lao Da this time, it was a deal. I still remember you owe me ten low-grade spirit stones. So you really don’t need to do this… Whether as your Laoda, your Ye, or your Shao, I can’t accept it.

“Qiu-shao,” Zhao Tu’s dog-legged enthusiasm wasn’t hit in the slightest. “Don’t look down on us. Just tell us, and we can change.”

“What is it you really like about me?” Yu Qiu asked in reply.

Four people looked at each other for a while, and finally Gu Qing, the eldest one, came forward and sincerely explained what they thought to Yu Qiu.

Yu Qiu finally understood. These people wanted him as his master not really because he saved Gu Qing, nor was it because of his cultivation since he was only in the second layer of Qi Refining. It was because they took a fancy to Yu Qiu’s technique in drawing seals.

Just because of the hand he showed before them, all the members of the Qingtou Gang immediately patted the thigh and made a conclusion–this thigh, you have to hold it!

Yu Qiu was only in the second level of Qi Refining right now, however, “How could a person who can draw such a powerful talisman be worse in other aspects? Even if the talisman was not quite good enough, so what? Who cares about the cultivation, a half-bake talisman was already so dashing!”

This flattery was perfect. When the Qingtou Gang said these words, Yu Qiu’s eyes squinted in happiness. “You guys have good eyes.”

Yu Qiu may not like hearing others praising him, but he would never hate listening to people praising his talismans!

With this good foundation, both sides were happy in the ensuing conversation. But after chatting happily, Yu Qiu shook his head and said he was still reluctant to be the Lao Da.

“Thank you for thinking highly of me,” said Yu Qiu. “We can be friends and take care of each other.”

These were Yu Qiu’s thoughts. In any case, he would never be the Laoda. After all, if he was the Laoda, he had to be responsible for other people, and Yu Qiu had always been afraid of taking responsibility. Besides, life was long. It was always good to have more friends.

For this reason, Gu Qing sighed and finally expressed understanding.

Then, Gu Qing changed his approach. “Yu Qiu-dage4大哥 – elder brother, but more respectful/formal than “Gege.”!”

Zhao Tu, Wang Mazi, and Pang Zhu–the three of them closely followed: “Yu Qiu-dage!”

Yu Qiu looked at his fourteen-year old body, then looked at the four people across him, from the youngest to the eldest, who was seventeen years old. He could neither cry nor laugh. “Forget it. Anyway, we are friends now, and you are happy.”

After that, the group ate another meal together. Then, Yu Qiu looked at the sky and saw it was no longer early. He went back to the previous room and did his daily two-hour homework of refining qi.

Two hours later, the sky was completely dark.

Just after Yu Qiu finished refining qi, he heard that the hall seemed very busy. Yu Qiu put on his shoes and when he went out, he almost turned his nose askew. It turned out Zhao Tu had taken a cup of dice and set up a gambling game. A group of people were betting excitedly! Just look at Yu Yuankai, his family’s old man. He stayed up all night and was now lying on the edge of the gambling table with green eyes, looking like a black bear with a honeypot. He was so excited about gambling!

Of course, the old man didn’t have any money now. All the silver of the two men was with Yu Qiu.

But what does it matter? The Qingtou Gang had been familiar with him for some time. If he had no money, he can just borrow with a word!

When Yu Yuqiu stood behind the old man, the old man was still unaware.

“Father,” Yu Qiu called.

“Qiu-er, you’ve come out?” The old man turned back with a smile, only to find that Yu Qiu had gritted his teeth.

Yu Qiu grinded his teeth and smiled. “How much did you borrow again, Father?”

When he said “again,” Yu Yuankai shrank his neck. “I, I borrowed… ten.”

Ten!

He borrowed ten liang in all!

Yu Qiu didn’t bullshit around anymore. He grabbed Yu Yuankai’s collar with both hands, dragged him off the gambling table, pulled him towards their room, threw him inside, then he locked the door.

As for the old man admitting his mistakes and begging for his forgiveness, Yu Qiu heard none of it.

Then Yu Qiu turned around and smiled at the four members of the Qingtou Gang who were still around the gambling table. Those four people saw Yu Qiu’s angry appearance for the first time, and when Yu Qiu’s gaze turned towards them, they couldn’t help but cough dryly.

After coughing for a while, Gu Qing couldn’t help but persuade him. “Actually, uncle was just playing with us, so… it’s not that bad ba?”

“It’s too much.” Yu Qiu sighed. “You have no idea…”

After Yu Qiu talked about his family’s situation, the four people fell silent. Of course, they had heard about how gambling had ruined families, but they had never heard of someone like the old man who could owe five hundred liang in one breath. To be honest, if the old man hadn’t earned their trust by acquainting with them before, they normally wouldn’t have let him borrow so much silver.

“But…” Zhao Tu weakly pointed at the empty space where the old man once sat, to the pile of silver and copper coins on the table and said, “Uncle won this time.”

“Won?” Yu Qiu hurriedly walked over and carefully counted the money.

He actually won! Deducting the ten liang he borrowed, there were still fifteen liang left. He won the double the amount he owed!

Yu Qiu’s hands trembled as he held the money.

How short of money they were right now! But Yu Qiu was conflicted. It was true that they needed money, but if he took this fifteen liang, wasn’t it the same as condoning Yu Yuankai’s behavior of always borrowing and gambling money? However, even though Yu Qiu wanted to return the silver the old man won and borrowed, he couldn’t bear it.

Looking at the silver, Yu Qiu hesitated.

At this moment, he even wanted to release the old man and let him gamble more until the money was completely exploited and his arrogance extinguished. Of course, in the end, he rejected the idea of doing nothing.

<strong>Lizonka</strong> (Translator)
Lizonka (Translator)

Getting into Creative Writing for my college course was a pure accident, but thanks to that, I can excuse my excessive reading of danmei novels as "studying" ( •̀ ω •́ )✧

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Kleep

The names…too unfortunate. I’d be a hoodlum too if my parents did that 😂

Thanks for the great translation ♥️

Kleep

Such great pals…😅

Benomora

Thanks for the chapter (◍•ᴗ•◍)❤

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