A stream of energy was pulled out of Song Shuhang's body, ultimately disappearing. It was the energy belonging to the ghost spirit. After the ghost spirit was pulled towards the depths of the abyss, all the energy stored within Song Shuhang's body that belonged to the ghost spirit disappeared as well.
As a consequence, the true liquid inside Song Shuhang's body entered a chaotic state. He felt as though something inside him had been taken out, leaving him empty. Afterward, a feeling of weakness rushed up to his head.
At the same time, he couldn't feel the ghost spirit anymore.
Had the ghost spirit died?
The ghost spirit accompanied him since the day he'd stepped on the path of cultivation and experienced all kinds of hardships together with him. It had managed to evolve and turn into a high-rank ghost spirit from a middle-rank one with much difficulty. It had the potential to become an immortal ghost in the future, becoming a partner that could accompany Shuhang for a lifetime. But now, it had unexpectedly died?
"Shuhang, what happened to you?" Senior Brother Three Realms worried voice echoed.
Soon after, Su Clan's Sixteen, Yu Jiaojiao, and Daoist Priest Horizon's voices also echoed.
However, Song Shuhang was too weak at this time, so weak that he couldn't even open his eyes.
Is my ghost spirit really dead?
Song Shuhang was unwilling to give up and started to inspect his body. He inspected every inch of this body, but that 'extra reserve of energy' belonging to the ghost spirit had disappeared altogether.
It was completely different than that time when the lustrous scholar blocked the connection between him and the ghost spirit. This time, it seemed that the ghost spirit had truly disappeared...
No, wait a moment!
Song Shuhang stretched out his hand and touched his chest. Then, he took a deep breath and tried to calm himself down. After a short moment, he inspected his body again.
From what he could feel... although very weak and somewhat 'incomplete', the contract he had signed with the ghost spirit was still there.
Since the contract hadn't disappeared, the ghost spirit hadn't died, either.
Song Shuhang heaved a sigh of relief.
The ghost spirit hadn't died but was pulled toward the depths of that bottomless abyss by that terrifying power. This was the reason he couldn't sense its presence anymore.
This time, the disconnection between him and the ghost spirit was even more thorough than when the lustrous scholar blocked it. It wasn't only the sense sharing that was cut off—even that extra reserve of energy inside Song Shuhang's body that belonged to the ghost spirit disappeared.
It was the main reason he felt as if his body had been emptied out.
Nevertheless, the ghost spirit was still alive since the contract existed.
As long as the ghost spirit was alive, he would have an opportunity to rescue it.
After heaving a sigh of relief, Song Shuhang operated the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts' Technique❯ to recover from this feeling of weakness that was permeating his whole body.
At the same time, he recalled the bottomless abyss he saw earlier... what was that place?
That strength that pulled away his ghost spirit gave Song Shuhang the impression of something that had surpassed the concept of 'space'.
What kind of power could surpass the power of space?
Song Shuhang wasn't an inexperienced rookie cultivator anymore. At the very least, he knew that the power of space was something that only Ninth Stage Tribulation Transcenders could use freely.
In that case, a strength that surpassed the Ninth Stage Tribulation Transcender rank...
What could intrinsically surpass space...? Perhaps... time?
Just as Song Shuhang was in deep thoughts, a small space gate appeared in the center of his palm.
Soon after, a lustrous crystal fell into the palm of his hand. Just like the one that had come in contact with the body of the ghost spirit a while ago, this fragment was also a piece of that magical treasure of the Tribulation Transcender rank.
In the next moment, a piece of information was transmitted from the lustrous crystal to Song Shuhang's brain.
❮Celestial Sprint❯ footwork. Celestial bodies move in circle day and night without rest, over and over again. A virtuous man should follow suit, energetically and incessantly striving for self-improvement.
It was a type of scholarly footwork from the same branch as the ❮Virtuous Man's Ten Thousand Mile Walk❯. After one had successfully practiced the ❮Virtuous Man's Ten Thousand Mile Walk❯ until reaching the master level, they could practice the follow-up technique as well.
The ❮Virtuous Man's Ten Thousand Mile Walk❯ footwork was suitable for long-distance raids; one wouldn't gasp for breath even after walking for thousands of miles. It was also pretty good to dodge attacks within a small range. After practicing it to the master level, the user would be as light as a swallow, skimming the surface of the water like a dragonfly.
On the other hand, the ❮Celestial Sprint❯ was a type of footwork that relied on the powerful constitution of the user, and thanks to that, it was capable of instant speedups. It was a cultivation technique that combined body tempering and instant acceleration.
It was the final gift that the lustrous scholar left to Song Shuhang. During his last moments, he stimulated all the energy left in the Tribulation Transcender rank magical treasure and opened a small space gate, passing this small cultivation technique onto Song Shuhang.
After the technique was passed down, the crystal lost its luster and turned into an ordinary piece of transparent glass.
Song Shuhang sighed faintly.
At this time, several voices echoed beside his ear.
"I think we should make Shuhang eat a medicinal pill to replenish his physical strength," Yu Jiaojiao said.
Su Clan's Sixteen said, "Perhaps we should feed him medicinal pills to make him restore his true qi and spiritual energy as well?"
Senior Brother Three Realms said, "I see that the aura of Shuhang's whole body is in a chaotic state. I might as well use my energy to settle down the chaotic aura inside his body."
"You are all mistaken! After I inspected him, I discovered that little friend Shuhang is so weak because he consumed a large amount of 'origin true liquid' within a short period of time. From the looks of it, he was comprehending something here next to the ancient well. This time, it's my turn to get into action." Daoist Priest Horizon laughed and said, "Since he lost a large amount of origin true liquid, he will be full of vigor only after I pass on to him one year's worth of strength!"
After he heard these words, Song Shuhang used all his strength to open his eyes and said, "Daoist Priest... have mercy!"
"Eh? Little friend Shuhang actually woke up," Daoist Priest Horizon said regretfully. "Little friend, your body lost a large amount of origin energy. Therefore, you should get some of my strength in order to replenish the origin energy you lost."
Song Shuhang made a hollow laugh and said, "Thanks for your care, Daoist Priest. But there is really no need to pass me your strength. In addition, I don't have anything with me that I can exchange with."
"Perhaps you can allow... ahahaha." Daoist Priest Horizon stopped halfway through his sentence. At first, he about to say 'Perhaps you can allow Lady Onion to acknowledge me her teacher'. After all, that was his original objective!
"Anyway, thank you for your concern, Daoist Priest. But you guys don't need to worry. I just need to sit in meditation for a while to recover." Song Shuhang stretched out his hand and took out a portion of the 'Snow Lake True Qi Powder 7th edition' from his purse and ate it, starting to recover the true liquid inside his body.
Su Clan's Sixteen sat next to him and acted as his protector.
The ghost spirit was dragged away by that tyrannical power, getting stretched out as noodles, then flattened, then turned into noodles again, and so on.
It was unknown for how long this process continued, but at last, that strength disappeared.
As a consequence, the ghost spirit was thrown out of the 'teleportation' process.
In the next moment, it found itself in a grassland.
I managed to survive? I thought I was going to die for sure this time! The ghost spirit sat up and inspected its body.
Luckily, there didn't seem to be anything missing... actually, its condition was better than before because the two deep wounds on its back had finally disappeared. It was something worthy of celebration!
Next, it opened its palm and revealed a piece of that magical treasure of the Tribulation Transcender rank. At this time, the piece had exhausted all of its energy, turning into a pure white crystal.
Fortunately, the last bit of energy inside the fragment protected its body amidst the chaotic space, allowing it to avoid getting thoroughly shredded to pieces.
But what was this place? Shuhang's ghost spirit turned its head and looked around.
It could hear the singing of birds and smell the fragrance of flowers, and there were towering old trees as well. The spiritual energy in this stretch of the world was extremely rich. The ghost spirit didn't have to do anything but stand still; the energy was continuously pouring into its body, making it recover and strengthening its cultivation level in the process.
What kind of immortal realm did I enter? the ghost spirit thought to itself.
Anyway, it's better to contact the main body first.
This time, the main body would have to comfort it gently. In addition, it would have to comfort it for three hours... no, at least five hours to mend its broken heart!
But soon after... the ghost spirit was dumbfounded.
It actually failed to contact the main body. At this time, there wasn't any Ninth Stage Tribulation Transcender blocking the connection, and yet it still failed to feel the presence of its main body. It felt as though they were in two different worlds.
This situation was rather strange. The contract between it and the main body was still there... in that case, why couldn't it get in touch with Song Shuhang?
After a careful inspection, the ghost spirit discovered that the contract was somewhat... 'incomplete'?
Just what was happening?
The ghost spirit scratched its head, unable to understand what was wrong with its current state.
Forget it. Better find a place with human presence first and ask the people living here about this place.
It was unknown how far this place was from China. Who knew how long it would take to return to Wenzhou City and look for Song Shuhang...
Thereupon, the ghost spirit flew high up in the sky, overlooking the area below from above.
It kept flying higher and higher, until reaching the summit of the sky.
Very soon... it noticed a far-off architectural complex composed of many palaces.
It found these constructions very familiar.
After all, both it and the main body had passed some time inside that place recently.
There was no mistaking, that place was precisely the... Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion!
"Since the Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion is here, I can perhaps get in touch with the main body through Pavilion Master Chu or Senior Sister Ye Si." The ghost spirit flew toward the Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion at high speed.
But just as it was on its way, it suddenly thought of a certain matter.
Wasn't the Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion floating in space? When did it return to Earth? Was it possible that Pavilion Master Chu got tired of the stars in the space and decided to move the whole thing to Earth?
The ghost spirit had a strange feeling at this time.
Since it had inherited Song Shuhang's cautious nature, the ghost spirit slowly and vigilantly approached the Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion.
"Hello, what's up?" Suddenly, the voice of a woman echoed from behind it.
The ghost spirit got a scare. Although it had a full 365-degree field of vision, it didn't notice that someone was approaching from behind.
But as soon as it heard the voice, it noticed that a pretty woman had appeared next to it.
The woman was floating midair and her long hair reached her feet.
"Pavilion Master Chu?" The ghost spirit unconsciously associated the woman before his eyes to Pavilion Master Chu.
Although the woman seemed somewhat younger and didn't have that lazy aura around her, the ghost spirit was sure that it was Pavilion Master Chu, the master of the Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion.
"Eh? You know me?" the woman said with a smile. "In that case, why were you stealthily approaching our Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion?"
"Pavilion Master Chu, you didn't recognize me?" The ghost spirit had already made a guess in his heart. However, it still asked this question.
"Do we know each other?" Pavilion Master Chu asked in puzzlement.
This time, the ghost spirit didn't reply immediately. Instead, it closely watched Pavilion Master Chu.
There was a crystal-like pearl of the size of a dove egg attached to Pavilion Master Chu's immortal clothing.
The ghost spirit looked at its own face reflected in the crystal-like pearl...
At this time, 30% of its facial features resembled that of the main body, and the other 70% that of the powerful lustrous scholar.
How come my appearance has changed?
After seeing that the ghost spirit didn't reply even after a while, Pavilion Master Chu asked again, "Who are you?"
"Tyrannical Saber Song—" The ghost spirit raised its head and clenched its teeth, saying, "My name is Song One!"
That 'Tyrannical Saber' part had to be removed.