Week 4: Best Adaption of a Novel (One Year Challenge)
I’m just going to illustrate this question by taking a part of the Return of The Condor Heroes Novel and illustrate it with pictures from the 2006 adaptation. If you haven’t seen or read Return of The Condor Heroes this might be a bit confusing, I apologize for that. But anyway, Enjoy!
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Li Mochou and Xiao Longnu fought for another ten moves, Li Mochou’s fly whisk flipped up
wrapping around her left silk belt and said, “Apprentice sister, take a look at my skills.” She
dispersed her chi into her weapon and the belt was cut into two pieces. In normal duels with
weapons, it was difficult for one person’s weapon to shatter the enemy’s weapon. The fly whisk
and the silk belts were extremely soft objects, she had just used her fly whisk to split the belt in
half, and this was ten times more difficult than using a sword to shatter another sword. Li
Mochou demonstrated her skills and her face swelled with pride.
Xiao Longnu didn’t react, and said, “How good are your skills?” Her half belt shot out and
wrapped itself around the thread end of the fly whisk, the belt in her right hand shot out and
tangled the handle, one pulled to the left and one to the right, and the fly whisk snapped in half.
In terms of power, this move was lower than when Li Mochou had snapped the belt in half, but it
was extremely fast and the technique of dispersing her chi into the belts was exquisite, Li
Mochou’s move cannot compare with Xiao Longnu in this department. She was slightly alarmed
and threw down her weapon; she snatched the belts, gradually forcing Xiao Longnu back.
Another ten moves passed and Xiao Longnu was forced to the eastern wall, and saw that she had nowhere else to go. She suddenly touched the wall and called out, “Guo’Er, escape quickly!” A ‘ka’ sound was heard as an exit appeared in the northwest corner. Li Mochou was shocked and quickly turned around, wanting to stop Yang Guo. Xiao Longnu
threw down her belts and threw out two palms with the intent to kill. Li Mochou had to turn around to block it. Xiao Longnu shouted, “Guo’Er, why aren’t you leaving?”
Yang Guo looked at Xiao Longnu and saw that there was no over turning of this decision and shouted, “Gu Gu, I’m going now!” He quickly threw out three stances, the sword tip pointing towards Hong Lingbo. Hong Lingbo had seen Yang Guo’s sword stances were weak, but of a sudden it had strengthened so much, she could only jump back from the danger. Yang Guo darted out of the door, he turned around, wanting to look at Xiao Longnu for one last time. Xiao Longnu and her apprentice sister were fighting bare handed, after practicing the “Jade Heart Manual” her variation of stances had greatly increased, although she was seriously wounded, she managed to hold her own after tens of moves. She saw the image of Yang Guo’s back at the door, and thought how they would never meet each other again, her chest heated up, her eyes ached, wanting to cry. She has never shown her true emotions before; today she wanted to cry twice. She was frightened.
When clashing palms with a highly skilled fighter, how can one allow oneself to be slow? Li Mochou saw Xiao Longnu standing there and took the opportunity to advance; she grabbed her wrist and sealed the ‘Returning Orthodox’ (hui zong) pressure point, and hooked out a leg. Xiao Longnu wasn’t able to stand upright and fell onto the floor.
Yang Guo turned his head around, only to see Xiao Longnu hooked onto the floor by her
apprentice sister. He then saw Li Mochou was about to harm his master, blood rushed through his chest and he called out, “Don’t harm my master!” He darted back into the room, then leapt over to her and grabbed Li Mochou by the waist. This move didn’t belong to the stances of any school or sect; it was just an urgent reaction from Yang Guo in this dangerous situation. Li Mochou was preoccupied with wanting to pick up Xiao Longnu, and wasn’t prepared for Yang Guo coming back and grabbing her, for the time being she wasn’t able to escape. She was ruthless and violent, not restrained by the practice of religion like she should be, but she guarded her body like a treasure. After spending many years wandering the world of Jianghu, she was still a virgin, and now suddenly she was held tightly by Yang Guo. All she felt now was the warmth of a man spreading from her back into her heart, her heart stirred, her whole body softened, her face was red, and there was no strength in her hands. Xiao Longnu took the chance to unblock her pressure point, but Hong Lingbo was now pointing her sword towards Yang Guo’s back. Xiao Longnu was looking up from the ground, when she saw the sword coming she rolled to the left, and moved Yang Guo and Li Mochou at the same time, Hong Lingbo’s sword pierced thin air. Xiao Longnu leapt up and shouted, “Guo’Er, get out quickly!”
Yang Guo held tightly onto Li Mochou’s waist and called out, “Gu Gu, get out quickly, I’m holding her down, she won’t be able to move.” During this time, Li Mochou’s head was filled with thoughts, she knew that this was a urgent situation where there is only a hair separating life and death, but being held by Yang Guo caused her heart to be enchanted, and didn’t think of escaping. Xiao Longnu was curious and wondered, “With my apprentice sister’s martial arts, how could she be held down by Guo’Er, not moving an inch? Could it be that her pressure points have been blocked?”
She saw that Hong Lingbo’s left hand was about to try to pierce Yang Guo again, so she stretched out two fingers and pushed the flat side of the sword in her right hand, the sword leaped up, heading for the sword in Hong Lingbo’s left hand. A clashing sound, Hong Lingbo’s hands became numb, the handles of the swords dropped on the floor. She jumped back in shock. When the swords clashed, sparks flew, it was during this time when Li Mochou noticed that Xiao Longnu had looked at her strangely; she couldn’t stop from being furious and shouted, “Little punk, do you want to die?” She generated chi into her arms and escaped from Yang Guo’s hold, she leapt up and was about to throw out a palm towards Xiao Longnu.
Xiao Longnu was busy concentrating on Yang Guo’s movements when she suddenly felt Li
Mochou’s palm arriving, there was no time to use stances to neutralize the palm, she could only
return a palm to block, but she felt her apprentice sister’s profound internal energy, she felt pain
in her chest. She saw Yang Guo had picked himself up, and was coming to help her, she shouted,
“Guo’Er, you aren’t going to listen to me, are you?” Yang Guo said, “I’ll listen to whatever you say, but I won’t listen to what you are saying now. Gu Gu, I’ll follow you in life and death.” Xiao Longnu heard his sincerity in his words, and was touched again, she saw that Li Mochou was about to throw out another palm, she knew right now that with her serious internal injuries, she would not be able to take this palm, so she ducked and darted to the side and picked up Yang Guo, and hurried out of the room through the stone door. Li Mochou followed the blur, and
stretched out her hand to grab her back and shouted, “Don’t go!”
Xiao Longnu waved her hand back, ten or so “Jade Bee Needles” were shot back. Li Mochou
suddenly smelled the sweet scent of honey, and knew that this projectile was lethal. She was
startled and quickly bent back, she knocked into Hong Lingbo and both of them dropped onto the
floor. They heard extremely quiet ‘ding’ ‘ding’ ‘ding’ sounds, as the needles struck the wall, then they heard two ‘zha’ ‘zha’ sounds, it was Xiao Longnu who had taken Yang Guo out of the room,
turned the switch, and closed the door.
End of Chapter 6.
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Chapter 7 – Chongyang’s Markings
Translated by Noodles
Yang Guo and Xiao Longnu rushed through the passages of the tomb, and hurriedly exited the
tomb; Yang Guo was delighted and took some deep breaths under the starlight. He said, “Gu Gu,
I’ll lower the ‘Dragon Snapping Stone’ and trap the two evil women in the tomb.” As he said this
he searched around for the switch to the booby trap. Xiao Longnu shook her head and said, “Wait, let me return inside first. My master instructed me to guard the tomb, and mustn’t allow it to fall into other people hands.” Yang Guo said, “If we block the door, they won’t be able to live.” Xiao Longnu said, “If that happens, I won’t be able to return to the tomb. I will never dare to disobey my master. Not like you!” She stared at him.
Yang Guo’s blood rose through his chest, he held her arm and said, “Gu Gu, I’ll listen to you orders.” Xiao Longnu resisted her feelings, she was afraid of getting emotional, she didn’t dare to say another word and pulled his hand off, she entered the tomb and said, “Lower the stone!” She kept her back to him, she was afraid she was going to change her mind so she didn’t look at him again. Yang Guo made up his mind, he breathed in deeply, his chest was filled with the fragrance of flowers and grasses, he looked up and saw the sky filled with stars, glittering continuously, and thought, “This is the last time I’ll be able to look at stars.” He quickly went to the left of the tomb’s monument, and followed the instructions of Xiao Longnu, he used his internal energy to shift a stone, behind it was a round stone, he held the round stone and pulled out. The stone revealed a hole, sand started to pour out, and the two large stones above the tomb’s door descended slowly down.
The two stones weighed over ten tonnes, years ago when Wang Chongyang was designing the
tomb; he had used the combined strength of hundreds to complete it. Now the tomb was being
sealed, even if Li Mochou, Xiao Longnu and Hong Lingbo’s skills were higher, they will not be
able to escape from the tomb. Xiao Longnu heard the sound of the stones descending; she
couldn’t hold back her tears and turned around. Yang Guo waited for the stone to be two feet
away from the ground and then suddenly used a stance “The Jade Girl’s Dive” (yu nuu tou suo),
his body like an arrow darting through the space. Xiao Longnu gave out an alarmed call, Yang Guo got up, smiled and said, “Gu Gu, you can’t send me out anymore.” As he finished, heavy loud sounds were heard, the two large stones had reached the ground.
Xiao Longnu’s tears and emotions reached their peak, her face looked as if she was going to faint
again, she leaned against the stone wall out of breath, after a while she said, “Fine, we’ll die
together.” She held Yang Guo’s hand and went back into the heart of the tomb.
Li Mochou and her disciple were searching around for the switch everywhere; they didn’t have
the slightest clue and were getting anxious, when the two suddenly appeared. They couldn’t help
from being pleased. Li Mochou’s body immediately darted behind the two, blocking their path of
escape. Xiao Longnu coldly said, “Apprentice sister, I’ll take you to a place.”
Li Mochou didn’t reply and thought, “There are traps everywhere in the tomb, don’t listen to her.
If she’s up to something then I won’t be able to guard against it.”
Xiao Longnu said, “I’m taking you to see Master’s tomb, if you don’t want to, fine.”
Li Mochou said, “There is no need to use Master’s name to lie to me.” Xiao Longnu chuckled
and didn’t reply, and walked out of the door. Li Mochou felt that her words seemed like an order,
it sounded like no one can disobey, and so the two of them followed, taking care in every step,
not daring to be careless. Xiao Longnu held Yang Guo’s hand and led the way, she wasn’t afraid
of being ambushed by Li Mochou, and led the two to the coffin room.
Li Mochou had never been here; she remembered the teachings of her master and felt slightly
touched; but then she thought of how her Master was biased and her emotions immediately
changed to anger. She didn’t kowtow to her Master’s coffin and said, “Our master disciple
relationship has long been cut; why have you brought me here?” Xiao Longnu calmly said, “There are two empty coffins, one for me and one for you. I’ll let you pick, which one do you want?” She pointed to the two coffins.
Li Mochou was alarmed and shouted, “You dare to make fun of me?” As she finished she threw out a palm towards Xiao Longnu’s chest. She didn’t know that Xiao Longnu would ignore the palm when she saw it coming. Li Mochou was alarmed and thought, “This palm will kill you.” The palm was inches away from Xiao Longnu’s chest, when she took the palm back. Xiao Longnu said calmly, “Apprentice sister, the tomb’s ‘Dragon Snapping Stones’ have been activated!”
Li Mochou’s face immediately turned white, although she didn’t know much about the tomb’s
booby traps, she knew that the ‘Dragon Snapping Stones’ were the tomb’s most powerful and last line of defense. Years ago her master had come up against a strong enemy, she almost activated the ‘Dragon Snapping Stones’, blocking the enemy outside, but eventually she was able to hurt the enemy with the “Soul Freezing Silver Needles” and “Jade Bee Needles”. She would never have guessed that her apprentice sister would trap herself in the tomb, alarmed and frightened, her voice quavered, “You have another way out, don’t you?” Xiao Longnu calmly said, “When the ‘Dragon Snapping Stones’ are set, there is no other way out of the tomb, don’t you know this?”
Li Mochou clutched Xiao Longnu’s dress and said, “You lie!”
Xiao Longnu didn’t move and said, “The “Jade Heart Manual” that master left is over there, if
you want to take a look, go ahead. Guo’er and I are here; if you want to kill us, go ahead. But if
you want to leave the tomb alive, then I’m afraid it won’t be possible!”
Li Mochou’s hand gradually loosened, and she stood still. She saw that Xiao Longnu had a
carefree air, and knew that she wasn’t lying and said, “Fine, I’ll kill you two first!” She threw out
a palm at Xiao Longnu. Yang Guo quickly moved in front of Xiao Longnu’s body, shielding her
and called out, “Kill me first!”
Li Mochou’s palm became heavy, when the palm reached Xiao Longnu she wasn’t able to exert
its power, she looked at Yang Guo with hate and said, “The way you are protecting her, you are
willing to die for her, aren’t you?”
Yang Guo calmly said, “That’s correct!”
Li Mochou’s left hand darted out and took the sword from his waist, and pointed it at his throat
and said, “I am only going to kill one person. Tell me, is it going to be you or her?” Yang Guo
didn’t reply, he only looked at Xiao Longnu and smiled. The two of them had already forgotten
about life and death; they didn’t care who Li Mochou was going to kill. Li Mochou sighed and said, “Apprentice sister, your oath has been released, and you can leave the mountain now.” Years ago, the ancient Tomb’s founder Lin Chaoying recollected her feelings for Wang Chongyang, and was unable to forget him in the end. A broken hearted Lin Chaoying made a rule, those who wanted to be her heir will first have to swear an oath that they will live in the tomb forever, never to leave Mount Zhongnan; but if there was a man who was willing to die for
them, then the oath will be released. But the man must not know this oath. Lin Chaoying was
positive that there wasn’t a man on earth who treated love above all else. The hero Wang
Chongyang had become a Taoist, for her there wouldn’t be a man who would die willingly for
their loved one. If there was such a man, her descendants will not leave the mountain in vain. Li
Mochou entered the sect before Xiao Longnu, but because she didn’t take the oath, Xiao Longnu
became the heir.
Li Mochou saw that Yang Guo was sincere towards Xiao Longnu, and couldn’t help becoming
envious. She became angry again as she remembered how Lu Zhanyuan rejected her, she
frowned as she called out, “Apprentice sister, you are very lucky.” She thrust the sword towards
Yang Guo’s throat. Xiao Longnu saw that she was really going to kill him, now that the time had
come, she wasn’t able to stop herself from saving him. She waved her left hand; more than ten
“Jade Bee Needles” were thrown out.
Li Mochou quickly leapt back to avoid the poisonous needles. Xiao Longnu took Yang Guo’s
hand and darted to the door, she turned around and said, “Apprentice sister, it doesn’t matter
whether my oath has been released or not, our four lives will perish in the tomb. I don’t want to
see your faces, just go and die on your own.” She extended her hand to a switch and activated it,
the stone door descended, separating the four again.
Xiao Longnu was emotional; it was hard for her to walk. Yang Guo took her to Grandma Sun’s
room to rest, and took out two jars of Jade Bee honey; he fed her a bottle and drank one himself.
Xiao Longnu quietly sighed and said, “Guo’er, why were you willing to die for me?”
Yang Guo said, “On this earth, only you treat me well, why should I be afraid to die for you?”
Xiao Longnu didn’t say anything. Half an hour later she said, “If I’d known earlier, then there
was no need for us to return to the tomb and die with them. But if we didn’t return, I wouldn’t
have known that you were willingly to die for me; my oath would not have been released.”
Yang Guo said, “Why don’t we try to find a way to get out of here?”
Xiao Longnu said, “You know about the tomb, so you should know that that there is no way out
for us.” Yang Guo sighed. Xiao Longnu said, “You regret it, don’t you?”
Yang Guo said, “No, now I’m with you, outside, there’s no one that loves me.”
Xiao Longnu had not allowed him to say ‘you care about me’ in the past, and Yang Guo never
mentioned it again; but now she’s had a change of heart, when she heard this she couldn’t help
but feel touched, and asked, “So why did you sigh?”
Yang Guo said, “I was thinking that if we left the mountain, there are countless fun things to do,
and with you by my side, life would be immensely enjoyable.” Xiao Longnu had grown up in the tomb, her heart has always been as cold as ice, her master and Grandma Sun never mentioned the matters of the outside world, so of course she never thought about it. Now Yang Guo mentioned it, she felt her emotions soar, but felt blood rising up into her chest, and tried to circulate her chi to counter it, however she wasn’t able to make herself calm, and was frightened. She has never experienced this in her life, and knew that after recovering from her injury, she will not be able to recover her internal energy. She didn’t know that this method of suppressing her emotions was against the natural flow of things, being loveless doesn’t mean you will be able to do this, only by applying chi strictly can one succeed.
She was now past twenty, in her time of danger, a young man was willing to die for her, and she didn’t want to reveal her true feelings and wanted to guard against injuring herself further. She tried to suppress her thoughts. She sat on the bed and meditated for a while, but became impatient, and got off the bed and walked around, she was becoming bored. Her steps became quicker and she was dashing around the room. Yang Guo saw that her cheeks were red, and she seemed emotional, he had never seen her like this before, and he was startled. After walking around for a while she sat down heavily on the bed, and looked at Yang Guo, and saw a concerned expression on his face
and thought, “Right now I am about to die, so is he. Why should we distinguish ourselves as
master and disciple, auntie and nephew? If he comes and hugs me, I won’t push him away, and
will allow him to hold me tightly.”
Yang Guo saw that she had tears in her eyes, she was gasping for breath and assumed that she
was having a reaction to her injury again and quickly said, “Gu Gu, are you okay?”
Xiao Longnu softly said, “Guo’er, come here.” Yang Guo went over to the bedside and Xiao Longnu grasped his hand and lightly brushed her face with it and quietly said, “Guo’er, do you love me?” Yang Guo felt her face was as hot as a fire; he was frightened and quivered, “Does your chest hurt?” Xiao Longnu smiled and said, “No, my heart feels extremely comfortable. Guo’er, I’m going to die soon, tell me, do you love me very much?”
Yang Guo said, “Of course, on this earth, you are my only loved one.”
The wind is here, the rain is here.
How did they find out?
I can’t hear, I can’t hear,
your voice is too soft.
The wind has stopped,
the rain has stopped.
Xiao Longnu said, “If another girl treats you the way I treat you, would you treat them like you
treat me?” Yang Guo said, “Whoever treats me well, I’ll treat them well back.” When he said this he felt the hand that Xiao Longnu held him with quivered, and immediately turned cold as ice, he raised his head and saw that her red face had now turned pale and white, as she was normally.
Yang Guo was alarmed and said, “What did I say wrong?”
Xiao Longnu said, “If you are going to love other girls then its better that you don’t love me.”
Yang Guo smiled and said, “We’ll die in a few days, when will I be able to love other girls?
Could it be that I’m going to treat Li Mochou and her disciple well?” Xiao Longnu smiled captivatingly and said, “I’m really stupid. But I want to hear you swear an oath with you own mouth.” Yang Guo said, “Swear what?”
Xiao Longnu said, “I want you to say, from now on you will only have me in your heart, if there is another girl, I will be allowed to kill you.” Yang Guo smiled and said, “It goes without saying, I will never do this, if I actually did something wrong and don’t listen to you, then I deserve to die.” He then swore, “Disciple Yang Guo, I will only have Gu Gu in my heart in my lifetime, if my heart changes, there will be no need for Gu Gu to kill me, when I see her face I will kill myself.” Xiao Longnu was delighted and said, “Very good, I can relax now.” She held his hand tightly, not letting go. Yang Guo felt warmth returning to her hands.
Xiao Longnu said, “Guo’er, I haven’t been kind.”
Yang Guo quickly said, “No, you have always been kind.”
Xiao Longnu shook her head and said, “I treated you terribly before, at first I kicked you out of
the tomb, it was lucky that Grandma Sun made me promise to take care of you. If I didn’t turn
you away, Grandma Sun would not have died!” When she said this, she couldn’t stop tears
flowing from her eyes. She had begun to practice martial arts at the age of five, and had never
cried since; now she cried heavily, she was in a disturbed state of mind, her bones and joints
made cracking noises, and she felt her internal energy draining away from her.
Yang Guo was alarmed and said, “Gu Gu, what’s happening? How are you feeling?”
Just as he said this, two ‘zha’ ‘zha’ noises were heard from behind and the stone door opened, Li
Mochou and Hong Lingbo entered. Once the ‘Dragon Snapping Stone’ had been set, Li Mochou
thought they were going to die anyway so there wasn’t any need to be wary of the tomb’s booby
traps, and boldly dashed throughout the tomb. She managed to go through some rooms before
finally arriving at Grandma Sun’s room. She knew she must have had extraordinary luck, she
managed to avoid the booby traps but she didn’t know that the tomb’s booby traps were actually
designed to repel Jin soldiers, once the large heavy stones had been set, someone must activate
the traps to ambush the enemy. Xiao Longnu didn’t do this, and so the tomb’s booby traps were
not armed. Yang Guo immediately darted across, and blocked Xiao Longnu.
Li Mochou said, “Move out of the way, I have something to say to your master.”
Yang Guo was afraid that she was going to harm his master and didn’t dare to move and said,
“Just say it there.”Li Mochou stared at him for a while and sighed, and said, “There are very few men like you left in this world.” Xiao Longnu got up and asked, “Apprentice sister, is it good or bad that you have described him this way?” Li Mochou said, “Apprentice sister, you have never left the mountain, you don’t know how evil people’s hearts can be. Someone who views love and passion as deeply as him, it would be difficult to find another under heaven’s skies.” She has been hurt by love, her anger and fury was great, and she killed many men in the world who were loving and passionate. Xiao Longnu was extremely pleased and quietly said, “If that is true, then having him die with me won’t make my life be without purpose.”
Li Mochou said, “Apprentice sister, who exactly is that person to you? You want to marry him?”
Xiao Longnu said, “No, he is my disciple. He said I treat him extremely well. But whether I have
been kind or not, I don’t know.”
Li Mochou was puzzled, she shook her head and said, “Apprentice sister; let me see your arm.” She stretched out her left hand and grasped Xiao Longnu’s arm, she lifted her right arm’s sleeve and saw on her white skin a red dot, it was the ‘shou gong sha’ (virginity dot) left by her master. Li Mochou was secretly respectful, “The two of them having a relationship like this in the tomb yet they’ve kept respect, she is still a pure and untouched virgin.” She then rolled up her sleeve, a ‘shou gong sha’ was on her arm, the sight of two white arms next two each other was captivating. She had no alternative but to be chaste; however her apprentice sister has a lover who was willing to die for her, fortunate and unfortunate. The two women were very different, she couldn’t stop herself from sighing, and let go of Xiao Longnu’s hand. Xiao Longnu said, “What have you got to say to me?”
Li Mochou had originally wanted to insult her, saying that she seduced men and had brought the sect to shame, and thereby anger her into revealing the way out of the tomb. But right now she had nothing to say. After a while, she had another idea, and said, “Apprentice sister, I have come to apologize to you.” Xiao Longnu was shocked by this, she knew that her apprentice sister was a very proud woman, never has she lowered her head to anyone, she didn’t know what she wanted. So she calmly replied, “You live your life, and I live mine, we go our own ways, there is no need to apologize for anything.”
Li Mochou said, “Apprentice sister listen to me, in my entire life, the happiest time was when I had a lover. There’s an old saying ‘It’s easy to get money and treasures, but it’s difficult to find a lover’. There is no need to talk about sister’s bitter life. That young man treats you well, you do not lack anything.”
Xiao Longnu smiled and said, “Yes, I am very happy. I know that he will never forget about me.”
Li Mochou’s heart ached and said, “You should leave the mountain and enjoy life. It’s a beautiful
world; the two of you together will have boundless pleasures.”
Xiao Longnu raised her head and quietly said, “Yes, it’s just a pity that it is too late now.”
Li Mochou said, “Why?” Xiao Longnu said, “The ‘Dragon Snapping Stones’ has been set, even if our Master was resurrected, will we not be able to get out of here.”
Li Mochou quietly breathed out, blowing through her lips and thought, “you had hoped to take
advantage of Xiao Longnu’s will to live, and rely on her familiarity with the tomb to find a way
out; but in the end it was useless”, she became angry and her urge to kill suddenly emerged, her
hand twisted slightly and she raised a palm towards Xiao Longnu’s head.
Yang Guo was at the side listening to the two of them talking when he suddenly saw Li Mochou
attack, alarmed, he automatically lowered his body and threw out two palms, called out, and
unleashed the “Toad Stance” that Ouyang Feng had taught him. This was the kung fu he learned
when he was younger, but since he lived in the tomb he did not practice it. But it was etched in
his mind, at the most dangerous times he would use it without thinking. Li Mochou’s palm had
yet to be unleashed, when she suddenly felt an extremely powerful wind pushing her from the
side, she quickly sent the palm out to block the attack. Yang Guo had practiced martial arts in the
tomb for two years, his internal energy had improved, though it was different to the internal energy of the “Toad Stance”, the power behind the push was still great, a thudding sound was made as he sent Li Mochou across the room, and she crashed into the wall causing pain in her back. Li Mochou was angry and she wiped her palms, in the middle of a battle she fell into someone’s trap. Xiao Longnu knew that Yang Guo’s last attack was a lucky hit, if her apprentice sister used her most refined “Divine Serpent Palm”, Yang Guo and she would not be able to hold her off. She grabbed Yang Guo’s arm and dashed towards the door.
Li Mochou sent out a palm, she didn’t guess that while her palm was in midair she would be
struck across the left cheek. Although it didn’t hurt the sound was crisp, she heard Xiao Longnu
call out, “You want to learn the skills of the “Jade Heart Manual”; well here it is!” Li Mochou
was struck on the right cheek and she was also startled by what she said. She knew that the “Jade
Heart Manual” was extremely powerful, and now she saw Xiao Longnu’s palm was extremely swift and quick, the variations mysterious, it was undoubtedly from their sect’s skills. But she couldn’t see through it or understand the essence of the palm, but knew that the skills just used belonged to the “Jade Heart Manual”. She immediately became frightened, and stared as her apprentice sister took Yang Guo’s hand and exited the room, shutting the door. She felt her cheek and thought, “At least she held back, if she used all her strength behind the palms, wouldn’t I have died?” She didn’t know that Xiao Longnu had yet to complete this kung fu, although the palm stances were refined, the power in them would not hurt anyone. Yang Guo saw his master strike Li Mochou’s cheek and was delighted and said, “Gu Gu, Li Mochou would definitely not be able to beat the manual’s skills” before he finished he saw Xiao Longnu shaking and she wasn’t able to control it, alarmed, he called out, “Gu Gu, how are you…you” and Xiao Longnu shivered and said, “I’m… I’m cold.”
Although the attacks she used were light, she still had to use her internal energy. She had yet to
recover her internal energy; this injury was serious. She has always practiced on the Chilled Jade
Bed, her foundation was of this nature, now the strength to oppose was gone; an extreme cold
penetrated her and her teeth chattered incessantly.
Yang Guo was alarmed and called out, “What should I do?” In this urgent situation he held Xiao
Longnu tightly, using his body heat to counter the cold, but after a while he felt she was
becoming colder, he himself gradually could not endure it for much longer. Xiao Longnu felt her internal energy dripping away, and said, “Guo’er, I won’t make it, take me to the room with the stone coffins.” Yang Guo was distressed and couldn’t say anything, but he thought about how they only had a few days to live anyway, it would be just the same if he died with her now so he quickly replied, “Fine.” He carried her to the room and then placed her on one of the lids and lit a candle. In candlelight, and with the backdrop of the stone coffins, Xiao Longnu appeared even weaker. Xiao Longnu said, “Push one of the lids open and place me in the coffin.”
Yang Guo said, “Alright!”
Xiao Longnu couldn’t hear any sadness in his voice and was slightly surprised. Yang Guo pushed
open one of the stone lids and placed her inside the coffin, and then leaped inside, lying together
face to face with her. The two of them together in the coffin didn’t allow much space to move. Xiao Longnu was happy and also puzzled, she asked, “What are you doing?” Yang Guo said, “Of course I’m going to follow you. I’ll let the other two sleep in the other coffin.”Xiao Longnu gave a deep sigh, she was feeling calm and relaxed, her body’s coldness wasn’t as severe as before. She turned her eyes on Yang Guo and saw his eyes looking at her. Her dress was on top of Yang Guo, she wished that Yang Guo would put his arms around her, but she saw his arms were straight; they were placed in his lap as they should be, afraid that he was going to touch her. Xiao Longnu was slightly embarrassed, her face turned red, she turned her face away not daring to look at Yang Guo; her mind was enchanted for half an hour when she suddenly saw that something was written on the coffin lid. She looked closely and indeed there were some words: “The art of the Jade Heart Manual wants to overcome Quanzhen’s. But Chongyang, in his life, was inferior no one.”
The words were written in heavy ink, the words refined and their form large. The lid was only half open yet it was very clear. Xiao Longnu gave an ‘hmm’ sound and said, “What does this mean?” Yang Guo followed her eyes and saw the words; he pondered and said, “It’s written by Wang Chongyang?” Xiao Longnu said, “It looks like it was written by him. He is saying that our “Jade Heart Manual” is superior to Quanzhen’s kung fu, but he is saying that he is not weaker than our Ancestor Grandma, isn’t that it?” Yang Guo laughed and said, “That old Taoist is bullshitting.”
Xiao Longnu looked at the words again, and saw that after them, there were many small words, because the words were small and they were lower down on the lid, Xiao Longnu couldn’t make it out and said, “Guo’er, get out.” Yang Guo shook his head and said, “I won’t leave.” Xiao Longnu smiled and said, “Just get out for a second and you can come back to be with me later.” Yang Guo climbed out of the coffin.
Xiao Longnu sat up, and got Yang Guo to lower the candle, and then turned her body around to read the small words. She looked at the words and read each one, after she finished two passages she felt that she had no strength left and the candle fell onto her chest. Yang Guo’s hand quickly darted in and pulled her out of the stone coffin and asked, “What is it? What does the writing say?” Xiao Longnu regained her composure and then sighed again, and said,“After Ancestor Grandma died, Wang Chongyang returned to the tomb.” Yang Guo asked, “Why did he come back?” Xiao Longnu said, “He came back to pay his respects to our ancestor. He saw that the “Jade Heart Manual” martial art skills left on the ceiling of the training room had defeated all the skills of the Quanzhen sect. The writing left on the lid says that the martial arts that our ancestor defeated were Quanzhen’s basic and coarse skills, but compared with the most advanced skills of Quanzhen, the skills of the “Jade Heart Manual” could not defeat them? Yang Guo gave an ‘humph’ sound and said, “Ancestor Grandma is dead, he could say whatever he wants.” Xiao Longnu said, “He also said that in another room he has the techniques to defeat the “Jade Heart Manual”, if her descendants were fated to, they will know it when they see it.” Yang Guo was curious and said, “Gu Gu. Let’s go take a look.”
Xiao Longnu said, “Wang Chongyang stated that the room is below this one. I have lived here for a lifetime and didn’t know that such a room exists.” Yang Guo begged, “Gu Gu, let’s think of a way to get there.” Xiao Longnu wasn’t strict with him anymore, although she was tired, she let him have his way and smiled, and said, “OK!” They looked all around the room, and in the end they came back to the coffin they had just rested in and she said, “This stone coffin was left by Wang Chongyang. The base opens.” Yang Guo was delighted and said, “Ah, I know, it’s the way to that room.” He leapt into the coffin and searched around; true enough, he found a hollow for a hand, he pulled up strongly, but nothing happened.
Xiao Longnu said, “First turn to the left and then pull up.”
Yang Guo followed the instructions, a ‘ka’ sound was heard as a stone panel on the base of the
coffin responded to the switch; he was delighted and called out, “Let’s go!”
Xiao Longnu said, “There’s no need to rush, let the old air rush out first and then we can go.”
Yang Guo was sitting restlessly, after a while he said, “Gu Gu, can we go now?”
Xiao Longnu sighed and said, “With your impatient character, it must have been hard for you
living with me for the last few years.” She slowly got up, and picked up a candle, and went down
into the coffin with Yang Guo, below it was a series of stone steps that formed a short
passageway, after a few turns they did indeed arrived at a stone chamber.
The room was empty, and both of them looked up at the ceiling, it was covered with carvings and
symbols; on the far right were written the words “Nine Yin Manual”. The two of them didn’t know the “Nine Yin Manual” was martial arts at its highest level; they looked at it for a while and felt that it was hard to explain. Xiao Longnu said, “Even if that kung fu is unbeatable, it is of no use to us.” Yang Guo sighed and was about to lower his head when something got his eye in the southwestern corner, a picture, it had nothing to do with martial arts, he looked closer and saw it looked like a map and asked, “What’s that?” Xiao Longnu followed his finger and stared at it for a while, her body was like a corpse, not moving an inch. After a long while, she was still like statue, lost in thought as she examined the map closely. Yang Guo was frightened and tugged her sleeve, and asked, “Gu Gu, what is it?” Xiao Longnu gave a moan, and suddenly fell into his chest and started crying. Yang Guo softly said, “Your body hurts again, isn’t it?” Xiao Longnu said, “No, it’s not that.” After half an hour she said, “We can escape from here.”
Yang Guo was delighted and leapt up, and called out, “Really?” Xiao Longnu nodded her head and quietly said, “That map reveals the secret passage out of here.” She was familiar with the layout of the tomb, one look and she understood the map. Yang Guo was ecstatic and said, “That’s great! Why are you crying?” Xiao Longnu contained her tears and smiled, and said, “I never used to fear death, I was going to live in the tomb forever, die early, die late, what difference would it make? However in the last few days I’ve felt the urge to go and see the outside world. Guo’er, I’m afraid and happy.” Yang Guo tugged her hand and said, “Gu Gu, when we go outside together, I’ll pick flowers for you to wear, and I’ll catch crickets for you to play with, okay?”
I think I made my point clear, Return of the Condor Heroes is a wonderful novel and the 2006 adaptation is amazing. ……………¤ º° ¤`•. ¸. •´ ¤ °º