IMDC: Chapter 2068

 Chapter 2068 (Raw 2163): Wine King
 Just as everyone felt shocked, Old Bai, who just got up, persisted on his quest to find the one responsible for kicking him. He demanded in a rage, “Who exactly kicked me?!”
 Everyone felt confused, not knowing what to do. They could not understand why Old Bai felt so angry.
 Xiao Chen replied calmly, “I did.”
 “You damn thing! This old man nearly…nearly touched the threshold of the Divine Vein Realm…”
 Killing intent immediately radiated from Old Man Bai’s entire body. However, when he saw that the person who spoke was Xiao Chen, he showed a stunned expression. Then, he withdrew all the killing intent. Feeling somewhat embarrassed, he said, “So, it is Young Master Xiao. Sorry for the offense, sorry for the offense.”
 When Old Bai saw that it was Xiao Chen, his attitude took a one-hundred-eighty-degree turn, and he quickly apologized.
 However, the others did not pay attention to this, stunned by what Old Bai said earlier.
 Old Bai nearly touched the threshold of the Divine Vein Realm.
 This…this…this…what wine in the world is this?!
 The people present turned somewhat frantic, including those outstanding talents, who were all dumbfounded.
 Old Bai’s words sounded somewhat exaggerated.
 However, everyone had no choice but to believe it. Before this, who would believe that one could break through the bottleneck of Great Perfection Sovereign Personage after waking up from a drunken state?
 Great Master Yuanfei felt somewhat stunned. He did not expect such a thing to happen.
 Could it be that Old Seven Du really managed to brew such a miraculous wine?
 “I don’t believe it! I don’t believe it!” Great Master Yuanfei clamored somewhat frantically, rushing over to the bottle of Heart Burn to investigate it.
 “Whoosh!”
 However, the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor was faster than Great Master Yuanfei. He stretched out his hand and sucked the wine bottle into his grip.
 When the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor opened the bottle and sniffed it, he found only an ordinary wine fragrance with nothing strange about it.
 The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor could not help frowning. To think there was a peak-grade wine that he could not recognize in this world.
 Right now, everyone knew that Xiao Chen had not submitted a poisoned wine but a peak-grade wine, one with incredibly miraculous effects far surpassing those of the other eight peak-grade wines.
 However, when the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor gently sniffed the wine, he appeared confused, unable to guess its identity.
 The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor looked at Xiao Chen and asked, “Little Friend, what wine is this?”
 “Heart Burn,” Xiao Chen answered calmly, resolving the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor’s questions.
 “Heart Burn!”
 The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor raised his eyelids and asked somewhat excitedly, “Is this the Heart Burn that has not appeared for more than five thousand years already, the Dragon Race’s best spirit?”
 Xiao Chen nodded and replied, “It is.”
 The moment Xiao Chen said that, a considerable commotion broke out. Incredulous looks filled all the spectators’ faces.
 “Heart Burn? What wine is that? Why have I not heard of it before? Do any of you know it?”
 “It has been lost for way too long. The Divine Dragon Empire’s Dragon Emperor of five thousand years ago bestowed the last bottle of Heart Burn to someone during his reign. The recipe was lost long ago.”
 “This wine has too impressive an origin.”
 “No wonder there is no magnificent mysterious phenomenon. It turned out to be a spirit. This Xiao Chen really hid himself well.”
 “I heard that back then, someone wanted to trade an entire Spirit Jade mine for one cup of Heart Burn.”
 The people on the tall platform showed a variety of expressions: shock, confusion, incredible disappointment.
 When Great Master Yuanfei heard the words “Heart Burn,” he said somewhat dispiritedly, “Heart Burn… How could he possibly brew Heart Burn? I don’t believe it! I don’t believe it! Milord City Lord, let me have a taste. Otherwise, I really will find it hard to feel satisfied.”
 “Have a taste? Haha! Wasn’t the Great Master saying earlier that he was leaving? Why are you still here? No one is asking you to stay.” The Glacial Mountain Manor’s Ye Han burst out in mockery-filled laughter at this moment.
 This made Xiahou Wu feel embarrassed. He had been too cocky earlier. He thought that with the Nine-Colored Divine Phoenix, the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor would feel pressured no matter what and deal with Xiao Chen. Unexpectedly, Xiao Chen had actually submitted a bottle of Heart Burn.
 Naturally, the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor could not possibly agree to Great Master Yuanfei’s request. He ordered calmly, “Men, send off the Great Master.”
 “No! I’m not leaving. Let me have a taste! I don’t believe it! I don’t believe that Old Seven Du can brew Heart Burn!”
 Great Master Yuanfei turned somewhat deranged, continuously shoving away the men trying to lead him away.
 “How stubborn!”
 The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor lost all patience. He had always been respectful of brewers. However, Great Master Yuanfei’s troublemaking crossed his bottom line.
 These people seemed to have forgotten that the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor was a Divine Vein Realm Sovereign Emperor.
 “Pa!”
 No one saw the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor move at all as he slapped Great Master Yuanfei into the air. Then, he looked at Xiahou Wu and said, “Crown Prince Xiahou, please leave.”
 Xiahou Wu was the Hound Lion Empire’s crown prince, after all. The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor had to give him some face, so he gestured in invitation.
 Xiahou Wu lost all dignity before everyone, his face flaming red-hot.
 “Milord City Lord, many thanks for your magnanimity. Goodbye.”
 Xiahou Wu quickly left with a lowered head, showing a cold expression while remaining silent.
 He no longer wanted to remain in this place. Since his birth, he had never felt this embarrassed before.
 Furthermore, this happened before a large crowd. He had tried to be clever, pretending to leave, but unexpectedly ended up overreaching.
 Xiahou Wu would probably end up the joke of the Desolate Sea for a long time.
 When Xiao Chen saw this scene, he felt some delight in his calm heart. If one did not look for trouble, one would not get in trouble.
 This Xiahou Wu repeatedly tried to foment trouble, jumping around like a dancing clown. In the end, he walloped his own face.
 Xiahou Wu had only himself to blame.
 However, the thing that delighted Xiao Chen the most was Grandpa Seven finally proving himself. Grandpa Seven had not entered Peach Blossom City for thirty years.
 Thirty years later, Xiao Chen brought the Heart Burn that Grandpa Seven brewed here, finally fulfilling Grandpa Seven’s dreams.
 “Xiao Chen, why did you not explain the origins of this wine earlier?” The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor looked quizzically at Xiao Chen in confusion.
 The others could not understand, either. Had Xiahou Wu known that this wine was Heart Burn, he would not have dared to behave like that.
 Was it because Xiao Chen planned this out and purposely laid a trap for Xiahou Wu?
 If that was so, Xiao Chen was too scary.
 Xiao Chen answered honestly, “I did not know that Heart Burn was this valuable. In reality, I have already drunk a bottle of Heart Burn before and did not gain as many benefits as this old sir did. I only felt that it was really intense and that it was good wine. Furthermore, City Lord showed a clear love for the Nine-Colored Divine Phoenix. Thinking that the victor was already decided, I saw no need to waste time.”
 Indeed, the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor had called only Xiahou Wu to his side.
 His fondness for the Nine-Colored Divine Phoenix had been evident for all to see.
 However, there was one thing that Xiao Chen did not say. He had not bothered to introduce Heart Burn because the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor’s final words to him betrayed indifference.
 Since the other party felt indifferent about it, Xiao Chen naturally did not want to waste any effort in saying anything.
 “What was your cultivation realm when you drank it?” the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor asked, feeling incredibly shocked.
 “Middle-stage Holy Venerate.”
 When the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor heard that, he felt it was a pity. He sighed, “What a waste, a big waste. One has to be at least a Sovereign Emperor to maximize Heart Burn’s effects. Furthermore, it would only be when drinking it for the first time. After that, the effects would be much weaker. It would be hard to make up for this regret for the rest of your life.”
 Xiao Chen had learned of this after he drank the wine. However, this Heart Burn allowed him to skip past the Initial Perfection Sovereign Stage and directly advance to the Small Perfection Sovereign Stage. Furthermore, the wine had transformed a portion of his bloodline power. All that made up for some of the losses.
 The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor looked at the many appraisers behind him and said, “We can verify that Xiao Chen’s wine is definitely Heart Burn. However, as it is too precious, I can’t let everyone taste it. I should just declare Heart Burn the victor of this Wine King Contest.”
 “Yes, yes, it truly deserves it. Had Nine-Colored Divine Phoenix not been withdrawn, it might be able to compete. Since Great Master Yuanfei has forfeited, then the victor has to be Heart Burn.”
 “Haha! City Lord, congratulations on obtaining this fine wine!”
 The other appraisers showed no objections, agreeing with the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor’s words.
 Sighs rang out throughout the place. No one had anticipated the Wine King Contest’s final victor to be Xiao Chen, the person that no one expected to win. This was inconceivable to everyone, greatly astounding them.
 “Since there are no objections, then it is time for me to fulfill my promise. Xiao Chen, here is the Ethereal Immortal Palace’s key, you should take it first. You may also request one thing of me; as long as it is not overboard, I will agree to it.”
 The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor looked straight at Xiao Chen. Simultaneously, a plain brocade box flew into Xiao Chen’s hands before many fervent gazes.
 Xiao Chen caught the brocade box and properly put it away. Then, he looked at the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor and said, “City Lord, I would like for City Lord to protect Grandpa Seven’s village for one hundred years, stopping the roaming bandits and various major factions from harassing that village.”
 The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor felt shocked. “This is too simple. With just a word from me, no one will dare to touch Old Seven Du’s village. Consider this request a bonus and make another one.”
 Even among Sovereign Emperors, the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor ranked very high. No one would offend him over a village.
 Xiao Chen felt surprised. He had not expected the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor to be so easygoing. However, this resulted in Xiao Chen not knowing what to say.
 What should I ask for?

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Written by Fiery Moon / Yuè Rú Huǒ (月如火). Translated by DragonInWhite. Edited by Vampirecat, Dank Oz, Nora, MindLitUp, Chlocolatte, FluffyGoblyn.