In the years to come….I’ll be give the nickname: Malicious west.
Well, everyone can be very malicious….if you’ve ever been jealous of someone.
I don’t care how others think of me.It’s just that I don’t want others to be happier than I.
But there are some people….who are just too proud to be jealous.
In the early days of my martial adventures….I came to know a man.
He usually makes his appearance in the east.Maybe that’s why in the years to come…..people will call him evil east.
The Five Goldens will meet the star Jupiter this year.There are famines everywhere.
Whenever there’re famines, people will have problems.Problems mean….business for me.
My name’s Ouyng Feng.I specialize in solving problems for others.
Ouyng Feng：Buddy,you must be around forty. In forty years,you must come to hate someone…someone who’d wronged you.Someone you wanted…to kill…yet didn’t care or you just didn’t bother. Well, murder…can be very simple matter.I have this friend who’s skilled in martial arts.He’s been a little low on money lately. Pay a reasonable fee and he will kill for you.Think about it!
In fact,murder is no easy job.One only risks it…..because one’s survival depends on it.
Having left White Camel Mountain….I came to this desert…..and started this killing business.
“Day 6, Insects awaker.”
Every year around this time, someone comes to drink with me.
He’s called Huang yaoshi.
A strange fellow.
He always comes from the east.
He’s been coming here for several years.
He brought me a gift this year.
Huang yaoshi：A new acquaintance…recently gave me a bottle of wine.The wine is called “A happy-Go-Lucky Life”.She said it takes away you memory of the past.Sounded weird to me….What on earth is this wine?She also said man’s biggest problem…is that he remembers.How wonderful it’d be to forget the past! Everyday would be a new beginning.Isn’t that great?Well, this wine will meant for you. You wouldn’t mind….sharing it, would you?
I couldn’t bring myself to drink the magic wine.
I didn’t drink a single drop of it.
But it did seem to work on Huang….After drinking half a pot, he started to lose his memory.
Ouyng Feng：Do you recall our first meeting?
Ouyng Feng：Well, why are you here then?
Huang yaoshi：I don’t remember.
Ouyng Feng：Why are you staring at the cage?
Huang yaoshi：Looks familiar to me.
He was very drunk. He left very early the next morning.
I don’t know why he gave me the magic wine.
I could see that he was upset.
Every year after visiting me. He’d always go to see someone.
A month later, Huang went into the mountain….where one of his best friends lived.
He once stayed there for a quite some year….following his friend’s wedding.
Then one day, his friend left home and never returned.
Since then….Huang also left and hadn’t returned until this time.
Huang yaoshi：May I buy you a drink?
I just want water tonight.
Huang yaoshi：Have we met before?
More than that. You’ve been my very best friend…..but not any more now. What are you doing here?
Huang yaoshi：A new acquaintance…recently gave me a bottle of wine.
The wine’s called “A Happy-To-Lucky Life”. She said
it takes you memory of the past. I had some and found it really worked. Want to try some?
Do you know the difference between drinking wine and water?The more wine you drink, the warmer you get. Water will only make you feel cold.
Huang yaoshi：Will I find you here again?
I’ve sworn that….if ever I run into this people again….I will kill him.
I failed to do that….because the last time I met him, I had almost gone blind.
Are you a man or a woman?
I’m the first daughter….of the famous Murong clan.How dare you take to me like this? I’ll kill you just for that.
Huang yaoshi：You drunk.
One must avoid disputes with others if one has a bad memory.
One must always remind oneself of the enemies one makes.
That night, Huang yaoshi almost lost his life because of that….
(Yaoshi had an unbridled personality，when he was young.He charmed the women so quickly and hurt them just as fast)
Every year there are certain periods in which no one wants to die.
After Insects Awaking, business has been awful.
Only one customer came to me.
I want you to kill someone for me. Huang Yaoshi is his name.
He’s one of the most skilled swordsman around. It won’t be a easy job.
I’m willing to pay any price. There is only one condition. I must deliver the final blow. I want him to die an excruciating death.
What did he do to you?
Because….He dumped my sister.
He’s called Morong Yan, he claimed he belonged to the famous Murong Clan.
He befriended Huang Yaoshi at peach blossom land outside Gusu City a year ago.
That day, it’s written at lunar calendar. Day 4, first Day of Spring. The eastern breeze is no longer cold.
This implies a fresh start.
One night, Huang played a joke on him
If you have a sister, I promise to marry her. Promise?
Promise. I’ll kill you….if you don’t keep you word. I promise.
They made a appointment to meet his sister later.But Huang failed to turn up.
Did my brother come to you?
You brother? Who is he?
He’s called Murong Yang.
The name rings a bell.
Did he ask you to kill for him?
I don’t recall that.
I’ll kill if you accept his offer.
You brother is very generous.I can’t afford to turn him down.There are very few customers like him these days.
If you reject him…..I’ll pay you double to compensate for you loss.There is only one condition….I want you to kill someone for me ….my brother, Murong Yang.
Sibling rivaling? Very interesting!You sure you hate you brother that much?
Yes.He won’t let me be with Huang Yaoshi.He thinks I belong to him.Therefore he must die.
Has my sister been here?
If you so mush so lay a hand on her. I’ll kill you.
You seen to care for her a lot.
She’s my only sibling. I must protect her.What did she want from you?
To kill someone for her….someone called Murong Yang.
Huang Yaoshi must be behind this.
I reckon that even without Huang she wants you dead. She wants to get away from you.
I will never allow that….as long as I alive.
Did you talk to my brother?
He told you so?
Why didn’t you kill him?
I want the money up front.It’s easy to kill you brother….because he has a weak spot. Do you know what is it?It’s you.I told him that….you want to kill him to test his reaction.Why is he against you and Huang? Is it because he loves you? And if he dose. How deeply?
He wants me to be with him forever.
He loves you very much then.
But I don’t love him! I love Huang.
He must be heart-broken.
Who cares? I’m unhappy,too.Why should I be alone in my misery? I want him to know what it’s like to lose the one you love.
How cruel. He may commit suicide.
Serve him right. Why should I told you all that?
Yang once asked what’s the cruelest way to kill. It took me a long time….to figure out the answer. The cruelest way to kill a people….is to the people he loves most first. But I won’t do that. If you die, no one pays me. Right?
Someone is after my life.
Why do they have to kill you?
Because….I’m the woman Huang Yaoshi lives. Don’t let them kill me.
Yin refused to leave that evening. To calm her down,I treated her to a few drinks. Afterwards she fall asleep
Where are you hiding my sister?
What makes you think that?
I know she was here. You’re the last person she saw before she disappeared.
She came one evening….said someone was after her life. But she left the next morning. I thought she must gone home.
My sister doesn’t have any enemies. Why should people be after her?
She said….it’s because she is Huang’s beloved.
Bullshit! If Huang loves her, why did he leave her alone?
Sometimes you won’t realize how deeply you are in love….with someone until you are separated from her. Maybe that’s the case Huang and Yin.
Why are you so sure?
Because he’s in love in another woman.
One always finds an excuse for failure. I finally reckoned that….Yin and Yang are two peoples in one. Behind these two identities was hidden someone with a wounded soul.
You’re drunk, Mr Murong.
Mr.? You’re made a mistake. I’m not the Mr. Murong,but the first daughter….of the famous Murong Clus. My name is Yin. Why are you anyway?
Don’t you remember me?
You once promised to marry me. Of cause I remember you!
You passed by Gusu City the other day. We drank together. You touched my face….and said you’d marry my sister if I had one.
You knew I’m a woman in disguise. Why did you still say that?
A man can’t be serious when he’s drunk.
Because of you promise, I’ve been waiting for you. I asked you to take me along….but you refused. You said you couldn’t love two people at the same time.
Surely you loved Yin. Why did you fall in love with another woman? Do you know I went to look for that woman? Someone told me that you loved her most. I did wanted to kill her. But I didn’t in the end. Because I didn’t want to prove that she is…. I asked you if I was the woman you love most…. I don’t want to know the answer anymore! If ever I ask you the same question again….please don’t tell me the truth. Although it may not be the truth….please tell me you love me.
Time passed very slowly that night. I seemed to be talking to two peoples simultaneously. In the end, I couldn’t tell Yin from Yang
Tell me who do you love most?
Is it you?
Someone once asked me the same question,I didn’t answer. Acting as Huang however….I found it’s not so hard to utter those three words.
That night….I fell someone touch me in my sleep.
I knew very well I wasn’t the person she wanted to touch. She was just imagining I was someone else. It’s the same for me.Her hands was very soft….just like those of my brother’s wife….
From that day onwards, no one had ever seen Yin and Yang.A few years later, a legend about a swordsman with a mysterious history started to spread in the martial arts words. People said he likes to practice his swordplay on his own reflection. He called himself the Defeat-seeking Loner.
What do you want?
I want to avenge my younger brother.
What happened to him?
A group of swordsman passed by a few days ago. My brother unknowingly offended one of them. They slaughtered him.
You can go to the local magistrate.
They’re in the militia. The magistrate won’t dare to do a thing.
How much money do you have?
We are a poor family. All I have got are these eggs and my mule. I’ll give it to anyone who’d avenge my brother.
If you are serious….you must pay. No one’s going to take on those swordsman for a mule. There is price for vengeance. If you won’t attractive, I’d have told you to forget it. Don’t mistake me, I’m not hinting anything. You should know….that you’re worth much more than a mule. I hope you’ll understand.
I’ll never do that. If money’s all you want…. I will wait here until someone who’d help me comes.
I don’t know if she really wanted to avenge her brother….or that she’d nothing better to do. Everybody holds onto something special….which may look like a waste to other people. But it’s life and death to her. Looking down from here….she reminds me of another person.
In the following nights, I had the same dream. I dreamed I saw the peach blossoms in my hometown.I suddenly remembered….I hadn’t been back for a long time.
Something wrong with your eyes?
I’ve had eyesight ever since I was small. The doctor said I’d turn to blind after 30.
How old are you?
What do you want?
The peach blossoms bloom beautifully every spring in my hometown. I want to see them once more before I do blind. But I’m almost penniless now. They said you specialize in solving problems for others. Can you lend me a hand?
One of my friends killed some horse thieves a few months ago. Their gang will soon be here to avenge them. My friend has left. The villagers here are ready to put up a lee….to hire some swordsmen to fight them.
They said there’s a samurai around here famous for his swordplay. Where’s he?
I want to find how good he is.
I shouldn’t fight you at all.
It’s too late to regrets.
How about saving an arm?
No , I want you lift.
You are mistaken me. I shouldn’t fight you because you’re not worth of been my opponent. I want to save you an arm. But you didn’t even want your life.
Although down-and-out, he leads a very regular life. Everyday he’d come here to drink and eat his meals….and he’d leave at sunset
Why are you staring at the girl?
She reminds me of another woman.
Why don’t you stay at her side if you love her that much?
Wonder when these horse thieves will be here?
Must be within the next few days.
The sooner the better. Don’t want to be late for the peach blossoms.
There is a time for flowers to bloom. But nobody knows when those thieves will arrive.He waited at the village’s entrance everyday. The wait lasted longer and longer.Though he lit a lamp every night….I knew he couldn’d see anymore at night
Are you married?
You must love you wife very much.
I suppose you could say that.
Then why did you leave her alone?
Do you mind buying me another drink?
You seem to be in a good mood tonight
I am afraid I won't be able to drink here tomorrow
They may be here...just before dawn.Do you want a lantern?
It doesn't matter anymore
You can't see anymore, can you?
I can still see in the sunlight.I hope the weather will be nice tomorrow.If I do not return before the night,please take a message to someone for me.He is called Huang.Tell him a woman is waiting for him in my hometown.
I had no idea why I did that I couldn't control myself.As I left,I felt the tears of the girl on my face.I wonder whether my wife would cry for me.
It is said that if you're struck by a really fast sword,you'd hear a soft hissing sound of your squirting blood, that's soft like the wind.I heard this sound for the first time when I was about to die
Ever since that night my friend never returned.I came here to look for him.But, he died without forgiving me.
This young man is called Hong Qi.He is an expert swordsman.But he doesn't like wearing shoes.I could tell, he'd make a lot of money for me.But I must say, I don't like him much.A fortune-teller once warned me:Avoid the number seven,It is the bringer of death.The first time I met him.He'd just left his hometown.
You know why I treated you to this meal?
I knew that you were hungry.I've noticed you for some time.You've been sitting there by that wallcompletely motionless.I've seen young men like you.You think of yourselves as invinciblewith martial arts?Being a swordsman gives you many restrictions.
Certainly you don't want to be a farmer...nor robber nor travelling acrobat.How will you survive?Even the best swordsman has to make a living.I've got a job for you.You can make a lot of money,you want in ?What do you say?Think about it?But you gotta decide quick,you'll get hungry again very soon.
A little later those horse thieves returned.Before I took Hong Qi to the villagers,I bought him a pair of shoes.Because there's quite a difference in the fee paid......to a shoeless swordsman and one with shoes.
So you think its too expensive?In this case, you can always hire another.There are a few of them sitting outside.Pay them a few bucks and they'll jump on the offer.But do you have confidence?in these tramps?If the robbers kill them and come after you?what will you do?My friend is undoubtedly not invincible.But you're whole family is at stake.Should you put their fate in the hands of a man without shoes?
I wanted to show something to Hong Qi.
Why the corpse?
He'll tell you how he died.He attacked the horse thieves two days ago.He wanted to kill them.And lost his life.See this slash?It's the fatal blow.Unlike other slashes this one goes from right to left.It is very rare.That means the one who struckthe fatal blow.Only struck once.When you fight these horse thieves.look out for the left-handed one.
If I'm killed please don't do this to me.I don't want to be a speaking corpse.
Day 15:Sun and wind.The day of judgement approaches.A gleam of blood.Do not travel far.
Those who don't bother counting their money,are the big spenders.Not Hong Qi.He counted every cent.I knew he wouldn't stay here long.
Day 10: Autumn begins.Sunny.Fresh wind.Good for travelling.Avoid going into the water.
You're looking for Hong Qi?He's been gone a long time.He won't come back.Look elsewhere.
You hear me?
It ain't easy to lie to a women,simple-minded women are the most determined.She knew that her husband never left.Hong Qi would never leave without his camel.
I told you to wait for me at home.What are you doing here?Go Home!Go!
No. I won't.
Go home. Go!Go!
She's been waiting outside for several days now
What can I do?In my trade,No one drags his wife along.
Nothing is impossible.There are no rules.
I was like you.I thought my sweetheart would wait for me.I wanted to become an expert swordsman.When I returned,she had married my brother.
It's useless to be here.I cannot help you.Leave! Think of something else!
Please help me! I beg you!
It's no use.I'm just an agent.You must solve your own problem.
Day 15:rainy.According to the almanac,The King of Earth makes troubles.The stars are favorable.Good for baths.exclude outdoor activities.The Evil comes from the North
If I was those swordsman from the militia,I'd have refused to die.Their lives were worth only an egg!
To lose a finger over the price of an egg?You think it's worth it?
No.But I felt great!This is me.I should have been unharmed.I've become slower with my sword lately.I never used to have any second thoughts.For me, a blow was a blow.I never gave much thoughts to values.I thought I'd remain like this until this girl came to me.I didn't realise I had become so heartless.I could have said no to her because I knew you'd never agree.I hated myself for refusing her. You've been a bad influence on me.I am not myself anymore.No, I don't want to be like you.You would never have risked your life for an egg.That's the difference between us.
Please help Hong Qi!
He's very ill, isn't he?
Call a doctor
doctor's are expensive.I haven't got any eggs.Otherwise I'd have given you a few.You're good at manipulating people with eggs, aren't you?
I won't help Hong Qi because he didn't obey me.You're responsible for his finger.Save him!I know you've only come to me because you're helpless.I've been waiting for this.I recall you once told me you'd never sacrifice yourself for anyone.Let us see whether you will hold your word.
What are you thinking?
Don't sacrifice yourself for me.I am prepared to die?if it is needed You paid me more than enough with your egg.I've eaten it.You don't owe me anything.Don't do anything stupid.Do not forget there's always someone waiting for you.
Since then, I've never seen the girl again.
I don't think I'll be any good with my sword
You don't need a sword.Your fist is enough.That lost finger gives you extra credibility.You can even raise your fee.What?You want to leave?Want to go home?
You ever wonder what's lying beyond that desert.
I thought the same thing.I thought that there was seeing a mountain, I'd wonder what lay behind it.But after I crossed it,I found nothing special.Looking back, I realised that life over there wasn't so bad.I spoke in vain.I knew he'd never take my advice,he had already decided to take his own path.
Where do you plan to go?
Places I've never been to.I want to be famous.If one speaks to you about a hero with 9 fingers,it will be me.
What about her?
I'll take her with me.like you said,nothing is impossible.Right?
At last I can see why the woman loves Hong Qi.It may be because Hong's a simple man.I couldn't help feeling jealous,as I saw them off.Once I could have been like Hong Qi,but I failed to seize my chance
The day they left, a westerly was blowing.They chose to walk in the opposite direction.It was the middle of the month.The almanac has this to say:"The Chamber Star presides.Extremely fvourable for the north"
Ever since Hong Qi left,it has been raining.Every time it rains, I think of her.She once loved me very much.One thing always bewilders me,each time I left,it would rain.She said it's because she was unhappy.She later married my elder brother.The day of the marriage,I left White Camel Mountain.
My answer will always be the same:I won't go with you.
There're some words that I'll never say after tonight.Will you come with me?
I won't go with you.I'll be your brother's wife from today.There's only one person who can hold me.And that's your elder brother from now on.No one else can do that.
Why are you staring at my scarf?
It belongs to my husband.Why is it with you?Is he dead?
Having missed peach blossoms for a long time...I visited the blind swordsman's hometown the following spring.I didn't find any peach blossoms there.
This scarf has no use for me now.
It was only when I left that I found out what "Peach blossoms" meant.It was the name of a woman.
As I was leaving, I seemed to hear her weep.I suddenly understood why Huang visited me every year.
Strange kid, isn't he?He never speaks...never smiles.He'll stare at you if you do not say anything.I wonder what he's thinking?He would never tell you the truth,even if he desires something.You'll have to offer it to him.At first I'd just let him have his way,but gradually I've learnt I mustn't allow this.
I never told her that I love her.Because I know the untasted fruit is the sweetest.She seems to care a lot for the kid.But I knew she was thinking of someone else.Feng, you've made me very jealous.How I've longed to be loved.Yet all I do is hurt other people.
I had thought that you two would be together.Why didn't you marry him?
Because he never said he loved me
There are things you don't need to say
But it's what I needed to hear.He was too sure of himself.He thought he was the only person I'd marry.He'd never imagined I'd marry his brother.He asked me to elope with him on my wedding night.I turned him down.It was too late for him to win back my love.I had decided that I'd never give in again.
Love is like a contest,I can't say if she's the winner...but I know very well,that I've been a loser from the start.
I am in love with this woman.I saw her every year at the peach blossom season after my visit to Ouyang Feng.she'd want to learn the latest news of Ouyang Feng from me.Thanks to Ouyang,I had the excuse to see her every year!
Do you know what the most important thing is in my life?
I suppose that it's your son?
That's what I believed.But as he grows up I know he'll be leaving me one day.Nothing is important to me now.I thought the words "I love you" really mattered.I thought they meant a lifetime commitment.But looking back,nothing really matters because everything changes.I thought I was the winner,until one day I looked into the mirror,and I saw the face of a loser.I failed to have the person I loved most,to be with me in my best years.How wonderful if we could go back to the past.
You're his close friend.I thought you'd have told him I'm here.
I had promised you.So I didn't say anything in the end.
You're so honest.
She died soon afterwards.Before dying,she gave me a pot of wine to take to him.She hoped Ouyang would forger her.It's said that memory causes torment.Ever since that year, I started to erase a lot of thing from my memory.All I can remember is my fondness for peach blossoms.
Insects awaken soon after the first day of spring.Every year around this time a friend would come to see me.But he didn't turn up this year.Soon afterwards I received a letter from White Camel Mountain.It said my brother's wife had died from illness two years ago.
Huang will not return.But I still waited in vain.I sat at the doors for two days,watching the changing clouds.I suddenly realised although I've been here for several years.I've never really looked at the desert.A long time ago seeing a mountain,I'd always wonder what lay behind it.I don't want to know now.It is my destiny to be alone.My parents died when I was young.My older brother raised me.Being an orphan,I learnt to protect myself from an early age.I learnt the best way to avoid rejection,is to reject others first.For this same reason,I never returned to "White Camel Mountain."I had such happy times then.But I can no longer return tomy old days.It is my destiny to be alone.I'll never get married.I never did marry her how true is this book!
I suddenly wanted to have a drink that night.I finished the magic wine.I continue with my business as usual.
"My friend, you must be around 40.In 40 years,you must have come to hate someone......someone who'd wronged you.Somebody whom you would have liked to kill.But you do not have a care.Well, murder can be very simple.I have a friend who's skilled in martial arts.He's been a little low on money lately.Pay him a reasonable price and he will kill for you!Think about it!But be quick!If not..."
When I'm free I'll look at the direction of "White Camel Mountain".I remember very well a woman's waiting for me back there.That Magic wine was just a joke she played on me.The harder you try to forget something,the more it'll stick in your memory.It is said that?If you have to lose something,the best way to keep it is in your memory