"Why are you covering your eyes?" After seeing Song Shuhang cover his eyes, Nine Lanterns didn't know whether to laugh or cry. "I'm wearing other clothes beneath."
After hearing these words, Song Shuhang moved his hands away and awkwardly smiled.
Under her greenish-white monk robe, Nine Lanterns was wearing another greenish-gray robe.
After taking her outer robe off, she turned it inside out.
When the internal part of the robe became visible, Song Shuhang saw that it was littered with runes. After the robe was turned inside out, all the runes connected to each other, changing the robe into something that resembled a drill.
"Hehehe, you thought this small hole was enough to stop me? Naive!" Nine Lanterns said self-satisfied. Afterward, she stretched her hand and grabbed the drill-like robe.
In the next instant, the robe started to spin madly.
"I put together 3000 buddhist runes specialized in breaking restrictive formations to create this restriction-breaking drill. Even if these formations are arranged by that pig, I can still break them!" Nine Lanterns said complacently.
"..." Song Shuhang.
"Now then, from where should I start drilling?" Nine Lanterns looked all around, and identical restrictive runes covered the entire hole. Therefore, one could start drilling in any point.
"Miss Nine Lanterns, can you locate the position of the formation restricting flight? If you can find and destroy that formation, we can just fly out, right?" Song Shuhang asked.
"There is no need to find it. All the formations you see are flight restricting formations." Nine Lanterns pointed at the runes on the walls. "In this place, all formations are mixed up. The entire hole is made from the combination of the flight restricting, imprisoning, strengthening, and so on, formations."
"In this case, we can start from anywhere, right?" Song Shuhang took his treasured saber Broken Tyrant out and said, "How about spinning the saber and starting drilling in the direction the handle points to?"
"Fine." Nine Lanterns lifted the drill and replied.
Song Shuhang threw Broken Tyrant into the air. The blade spun several times and fell to the ground with a 'ding' sound. Its handle was pointing to the right-front of Shuhang's current position.
"We'll start from there then!" Nine Lanterns took the drill and proceeded toward that direction, starting to drill into the wall.
"Buzz, buzz, buzz…" The restriction-breaking runes on the drill-like robe took the shape of a golden chain, starting to revolve around the continuously spinning drill while releasing a fearful formation-breaking power.
Under the influence of the drill, the restricting runes on the wall also lit up. After all, these defensive runes had been arranged by a Seventh Stage Venerable; it wasn't easy to break them.
When the restriction-breaking drill came in contact with the restricting runes, explosive sounds echoed throughout the whole area.
"Boom, boom, boom~" Song Shuhang could only cover his ears and bitterly smile.
In his pocket, Lady Onion was already foaming at the mouth. Since she couldn't materialize a small hand to cover her ears, she felt as though even her body had started to shake after hearing these thunderous explosions continuously.
Dammit, I have only a small mouth and not even something that resembles 'ears'... if so, why can I hear this noise so clearly?!
After a short while, somewhat worried, Song Shuhang asked, "Miss Lanterns, drilling through this wall is making a lot of noise. Won't Senior Lightning Pig realize what we're doing?"
"Of course. After all, it's not deaf," Nine Lanterns replied. "Therefore, it can choose to throw us out, or to let us keep drilling through the wall!"
Song Shuhang silently nodded.
Around ten minutes later.
"Boom, boom, boom~" Song Shuhang was looking at the wall with an expectant look on his face.
Half an hour later.
"Boom, boom, boom~" Song Shuhang was still looking at the wall with an expectant look on his face.
One hour later!
"Boom, boom, boom~" Song Shuhang stood on a side and silently started to practice the ❮Basic Buddhist Fist Technique❯, the ❮Immovable Body of the Buddha❯, and the ❮Virtuous Man's Ten Thousand Mile Walk❯.
Two hours later!
"Boom, boom, boom~" Song Shuhang sat cross-legged and silently practiced the ❮True Self Meditation Scripture❯. Although it was difficult to practice the ❮True Self Meditation Scripture❯ amidst these thunderous explosions, its effects were also better than usual.
After another hour.
"Boom, boom, boom~" Song Shuhang started to practice the Flaming Saber and the Lightning Palm.
Another hour passed.
Those explosive sounds were still going on, and Song Shuhang had started to perform gymnastic exercises. His expression was a bit stiff at this time...
What should I do next?
He had already practiced enough for today, and if he were to practice some more, he might harm his body.
He had practiced the ❮True Self Meditation Scripture❯ too, and at this time, he was already at the third round of the gymnastics exercise.
Can Miss Nine Lanterns really do it?
Just when Song Shuhang was performing the tenth round of the gymnastics exercise, Nine Lanterns' laughter echoed from the front. "Ahahaha, success!"
At the same time, the drill in her hands exploded forward like a raging volcano and a large patch of the restricting runes crumbled, revealing a hole that was barely enough to let a person crawl into it.
"Come, let's dig a hole and get out. If the fat pig doesn't want to release us, we'll just create an underground passage right beneath its palace," Nine Lanterns said happily.
The drill in her hand danced in the air. Without the help of the restricting runes, the wall crumbled quickly. Nine Lanterns started to drill through it at high speed.
The drill pierced the wall, and crushed stones flew everywhere...
"Miss Nine Lanterns, be careful not to drill till we end up in the black sea," Song Shuhang reminded as he followed behind her. He found the black sea really weird and was rather wary of it.
"Don't worry, I know what I'm doing. If we keep drilling upwards, we'll arrive behind that fat pig and make him have a taste of this drill." Nine Lanterns giggled.
Song Shuhang paused for a moment and cautiously asked, "Miss Nine Lanterns, what's your current realm?"
"I'm at the peak of the Fifth Stage Spiritual Emperor Realm, and I need only a small push to break through the Sixth Stage and become a True Monarch. However, my situation is a bit special, and you can't compare me to a normal Spiritual Emperor or True Monarch," Nine Lanterns said.
"Well, even if we ignore the fact that Senior Lightning Pig already knows what we're doing, let's say you manage to let it have a taste of your drill, what do you think will happen next? A Fifth Stage Spiritual Emperor against a Seventh Stage Venerable..." Song Shuhang dropped a few hints.
It was really a death-seeking behavior!
"Don't worry. At most, it will lock me up for a few years, nothing bad will happen," Nine Lanterns said full of confidence.
Song Shuhang swallowed a mouthful of saliva and asked the most important question, "What about me?"
"Ahaha, you can accompany me in my confinement. Don't worry, time will fly by once you start meditating," Nine Lanterns said with a smile.
"..." Song Shuhang.
There was no way Song Shuhang wanted to be locked up for a few years; his strength hadn't reached a realm where he could easily close up for several years in a row.
At this time, he was wondering if he should use Broken Tyrant and dig in a different direction. He felt that he wouldn't end up too well if he kept following Nine Lanterns.
Just as he was in deep thoughts, Nine Lanterns suddenly stopped drilling.
"Hm? There is something strange here," Nine Lanterns said.
"?" Song Shuhang looked at her, somewhat confused.
"The stone wall ahead isn't solid, there must be a secret room on the other side!" Nine Lanterns affirmed. She discovered this point through the sound the drill made when it came in contact with the stone.
"Is it really a secret room? It's not an underground river, right?" Song Shuhang asked cautiously.
"It can't be an underground river. The Heavenly Island is an island floating in the sky. How can there be an underground river?" Nine Lanterns smiled charmingly and grabbed the drill, starting to drill ahead quickly.
"Crack, crack, crack…"
Crushed stones flew everywhere, and with a boom, the wall in the front was pierced through!
Just as Nine Lanterns had predicted, a huge secret room appeared before their eyes.
Afterward, she took the lead and entered the room. Song Shuhang followed behind.
Inside the secret room.
When Song Shuhang saw the complete appearance of the room, he suddenly started to feel uneasy.
If Nine Lanterns were to break through the floor of the hall and give Senior Lightning Pig a good drilling in the butt, the two of them would be locked up for a few years.
But Song Shuhang feared that the pig would lock them up a for a few decades now that they had drilled through this room!
Because what Nine Lanterns had drilled through was a tomb chamber.
Although they didn't know whose tomb they had barged into… just from the fact that Senior Lightning Pig had meticulously placed it beneath its palace, one could realize that it was the tomb of a close friend.
If you were to dig the grave of someone's family member, it wouldn't be strange if that person tried to kill you!
Song Shuhang forced a smile. "Miss Nine Lanterns, I think we should leave as soon as possible."
"I'm of the same mind." Nine Lanterns smiled bitterly—she didn't do it on purpose. Who would have thought that there was a tomb beneath the palace...
"Alright, let's go then. We might as well fix the wall while we are at it... shit!" When he turned his head, Song Shuhang noticed that the big hole they had created while drilling through the wall had started to repair automatically, returning as new in the blink of an eye.
Moreover, the glittering runes engraved on the walls of the chamber tomb were even stronger and denser than the ones on the walls of the hole.
Nine Lanterns clenched her teeth. "As expected, it was the doing of that fat pig!"
Since they were causing such a ruckus, the pig surely noticed their actions. Afterward, perhaps because it was annoyed by all that noise, he led them here and trapped them inside the tomb.
After clenching her teeth, Nine Lanterns said, "No matter what the fat pig is planning, since we're here, we might as well take a look around!"
The room wasn't too big, and there were ten coffins in total.
There was a platform in the center of the room, and on the platform was lying a huge crystal coffin with various types of white flowers on a side. Additionally, the equally huge nine bronze coffins were positioned inside the room like a formation, firmly protecting the crystal coffin in the center.
Song Shuhang and Nine Lanterns approached the platform and gazed at the transparent coffin.
Inside the coffin was a spirit beast with a tall and slender body.
It had deer-like horns, camel-like head, rabbit-like eyes, snake-like neck, clam-like belly, fish-like scales, hawk-like claws, cat-like palms, and cow-like ears. All of these elements were merged into this spotlessly white body.
"A dragon!" Song Shuhang opened his eyes wide. Moreover, it was a completely white dragon.
"It's really a dragon." Nine Lanterns also opened her eyes wide. Soon after, she muttered, "Unfortunately, it didn't turn into dragon bones and there is no vine growing on it!"
She was still thinking of Song Shuhang's wish.
"This white dragon is really beautiful." Song Shuhang sighed with emotion.
When Song Shuhang and Nine Lanterns' attention was focused on the white dragon, the lid of one of the nine coffins moved slightly.
Then, a dragon's claw appeared from under the lid...