Late at night.
Chen Chen took both Yuan Qingtian and Xiao Yun out of the city, together with Nan Pinghai.
A secret rescue mission didn’t require a large team.
Otherwise, the rescuers would die before they even reached.
During the flight, Nan Pinghai began to introduce the situation of Flying Dragon Island to Chen Chen, and at the same time, he pleaded for Zhao Hui.
“Lord, the Flying Dragon Island is a semi-deserted island, and there are basically no cultivators there. Indeed, it’s a good place to hold others captive. Please spare Zhao Hui’s son if we can rescue him this time.”
Hearing this, Chen Chen said indifferently with a calm expression, “What if Zhao Hui is lying?”
Nan Pinghai was confused for a moment, but he soon laughed heartily and said, “Lord, Zhao Hui and I have known each other for more than a hundred years. We met on the ship, and we’ve gone through thick and thin together. Even if his son has been captured, he won’t harm me, and I have faith in him.”
Chen Chen stopped talking.
‘Been through thick and thin together? It’s probably like the relationship between me and Zhang Ji.’
If Zhang Ji had a son in the future, and someone threatened him with his son to make him turn against Chen Chen, Zhang Ji probably wouldn’t agree.
It was no wonder Nan Pinghai had gone to such great lengths for Zhao Hui.
“It is indeed not easy to have such a friend in one’s life.”
After a long time, Chen Chen suddenly spoke up.
Nan Pinghai nodded solemnly while secretly making up his mind that he had to save his friend’s only son.
After flying for half an hour, a small island that was less than five kilometers in radius appeared in Chen Chen’s divine senses.
There was a small hill on the island and dense forests everywhere. The night seemed extremely creepy too.
Under the detection of Chen Chen’s divine senses, he soon found a cave near the hill, where a Nascent Soul realm cultivator kneeling in front of the cave opening.
From his position, it was obvious that he was guarding the cave.
When Nan Pinghai saw that, he eagerly wanted to take action, but Chen Chen merely shook his head and looked at Yuan Qingtian.
Yuan Qingtian immediately understood and vanished right on the spot.
Whether it was Nan Pinghai or Xiao Yun who tagged along had a change of expression when they saw that.
Hence, they couldn’t detect that person.
“Lord, you are so powerful. If you weren’t around, I wouldn’t have dared to come alone.”
Nan Pinghai said respectfully, while Chen Chen smiled without saying anything.
Minutes later, Yuan Qingtian suddenly appeared beside Chen Chen.
“Senior Brother, there is indeed a young cultivator imprisoned inside the cave, and he’s probably in the Golden Core realm. He’s currently very weak, and he seems to have been severely injured.”
“What about the other situation?”
“I did not find any abnormalities in this island, there should only be one Nascent Soul realm cultivator guarding.”
Although Yuan Qingtian said so, his tone was a little uncertain,
Chen Chen nodded, and his eyes lit up, after which, the Nascent Soul realm cultivator at the cave opening fainted.
Nan Pinghai and Xiao Yun, who were at the side, seemed to be more and more in awe.
In particular, Xiao Yun was not only in awe, but he was also a little awkward.
Among the four, he seemed to be the weakest.
‘Could it be that the Lord brought me here to wave the flag?’
Before he could continue to think further, Chen Chen and Nan Pinghai had already taken a step forward to the entrance of the cave. Soon after they entered, they brought a weak young man out.
“It’s really you!”
Nan Pinghai repeatedly looked at the young man and immediately confirmed his identity, which made him overjoyed.
This trip was extremely smooth.
“Uncle Nan… how did you know that I was locked up here?”
The young man asked feebly with a pale expression.
Chen Chen, who was at the side, said coldly, “He has been poisoned.”
Nan Pinghai’s smile stiffened immediately. However, in the next second, he took out an elixir and gave it to the young man.
“This poison may be powerful, but it’s nothing to me. Nan Pinghai, don’t you think it’s strange?”
Chen Chen’s face became rather odd after feeding that youth an elixir.
“What’s strange?” Nan Pinghai asked with some confusion.
“Let me ask you, how would Zhao Hui know where his son was imprisoned? Besides… how could he not know that his son has been poisoned and that you might not be able to save him from death? Or, did he already know beforehand that I have the antidote to the poison?”
Hearing Chen Chen’s series of questions, Nan Pinghai’s expression changed again and again.
However, out of trust in his best friend, he was still certain that Zhao Hui wouldn’t harm him.
On the other hand, the young man had no idea what Chen Chen was talking about.
“Lord, Zhao Hui won’t harm me, let’s go! Let’s go now. Let’s look for him, he’ll definitely tell us the truth about everything!”
Nan Pinghai suddenly got agitated while thinking about it and pulled that youth towards the sky.
Boom! Boom! Boom!
However, at that moment, dozens of waves stirred up in the surrounding sea!
Immediately afterwards, thirty black-clothed figures emerged from the Boundless Sea, forming a blockade to seal the small hill.
“Impossible! This is absolutely impossible!” Nan Pinghai’s expression changed drastically.
Although the thirty-odd figures were all wearing masks that concealed their faces, their auras were not hidden. Among them, there were as many as ten Essence Soul realm powerhouses!
The leader was at the peak of the Essence Soul realm! However, the pressure he exuded was more than ten times stronger than him!
How could there be such strong people within the boundaries of the Boundless Sea?
‘Why is there such a powerful force?’
Nan Pinghai was flabbergasted. ‘These thirty-odd men in black can easily destroy the merchant alliance, why do they have to devise such a scheme?’
“Alliance Leader Nan, did you invite us here to kill this kid?”
The leading man in black looked at Chen Chen, and his eyes suddenly lit up after seeing the robe that Chen Chen was wearing, which was exclusive only to the disciples of the Jade Tripod Alchemy Clan.
Hearing this, Nan Pinghai was so furious that he almost vomited blood and hollered angrily, “What do you mean by that? I don’t know you!”
After saying that, he looked at Chen Chen again.
“It’s not me! Lord! Please trust…”
However, before he could finish his words, the peak Essence Soul realm expert in the sky slapped Nan Pinghai and the young man out of the blockade.
At this point, only Chen Chen, Yuan Qingtian, and Xiao Yun were left surrounded in the boundary.
Yuan Qingtian was furious and he cursed softly, “Senior Brother, I knew that Nan Pinghai was up to no good! How dare he collude with outsiders to set us up!”
“Master… I never thought I would die here the first time I came out with you.”
Xiao Yun, who was at the side, had a bitter expression.
Chen Chen ignored both of them and instead, turned to look at the peak Essence Soul realm powerhouse in the air.
“You’re intending to kill me, frame the Merchant Alliance, and then use the power of the Jade Tripod Alchemy Clan to destroy the alliance, aren’t you?”
At this moment, he had completely figured it out.
It was true that Zhao Hui didn’t directly set Nan Pinghai up for death, but he was intending to harm him.
If he had just killed an ordinary Jade Tripod Alchemy Clan cultivator and robbed them of thousands of pills, it would not cause the Jade Tripod Alchemy Clan to be that furious.
However, if Chen Chen, their elite disciple who was a genius, had died during the investigation, the Jade Tripod Alchemy Clan would release their wrath on them.
Chen Chen could imagine what message Yu Qiong would receive after his death.
They would more likely than not, say that he was taken away by Nan Pinghai after finding out that there was something wrong with the people of the merchant alliance, and never returned since then.
When the time comes, Nan Pinghai would be at a loss for an explanation. Besides, his relationship with Zhao Hui would make him even more suspicious and no matter what, the merchant alliance would be in trouble.
It was indeed a seamless plan.
Chen Chen was curious about who the mastermind was. Not only was he smart but also had so many powerful subordinates.
When Chen Chen exposed their plan, the leading man in black suddenly unleashed a murderous aura!
“I didn’t expect that the disciple sent by the Jade Tripod Alchemy Clan would be so intelligent, but unfortunately, his wits are not going to help. So what if he’s intelligent? There are some things that you will never get the chance to say.”
Chen Chen wasn’t angered by his words. After looking at the men in black, he continued, “Most of you are not cultivators of the Boundless Sea, right? The Boundless Sea should just be a place for you to make money. If you are such a powerful force, it should logically be easy for you to destroy the merchant alliance. Why do you have to use the Jade Tripod Alchemy Clan?”
After raising this question, Chen Chen answered it himself.
“I know, you must be afraid of that man behind Nan Pinghai who can manipulate the sea demons, huh? That’s why you are thinking of using the great power of the Jade Tripod Alchemy Clan, which is one of the four greatest clans of the human race. You just want to lure that person out and deal with him directly.”
The leading man in black suddenly applauded after hearing his words.
“Amazing! Wonderful! To be honest, I can’t even bear to kill you. You’re such a great talent, if you’re willing to join us, your position in the organization will definitely surpass mine in the future!”
However, Chen Chen shook his head and sighed.
“Why do you guys have to make such a big deal? Let me tell you a secret…”
At this point, Chen Chen paused for a moment before saying with a smile, “I’m that person behind Nan Pinghai.”