Chapter 433 - Speaking Righteously!
Tang Wulin’s claw slammed into the purple mecha, forcing the purple mecha backward and leaving five deep gashes in the chest armor.
The other battle finished as well. One of the yellow mechas had its central cable severed by Xie Xie, while the other had been decapitated by Ye Xinglan’s third soul skill, Starfall Sword. She had descended like a meteor, smashing through the mecha’s barrier with a slash of her sword and destroyed the head. Fortunately for the pilot, the cockpit was located in the torso of mechas so he only jumped in fright at the sudden loss of vision.
“Stop!” Tang Wulin’s voice cut through the chaos of the battlefield.
He swiped his claw in front of him. Five dark gold beams shot out and tore through the earth, leaving deep lines in the dirt. The purple mecha instantly stopped in the middle of its counterattack.
Tang Wulin had merely fired off a warning shot. If the purple mecha took on his Golden Dragon Dreadclaw, the pilot would be gravely injured, if not die immediately.
The battle finished just as quickly as it started.
In terms of absolute strength, Tang Wulin’s team of six couldn’t compare with the three mechas. However, the mechas hadn’t fought to their fullest potential. Seeing that their opponents were young children, they had underestimated them and Tang Wulin’s team took full advantage of this to launch a surprise attack and secure a victory.
No one would have expected a group of kids to attack a patrol squadron of mechas!
The yellow mecha pilots couldn’t accept their defeat. They hadn’t even brought out the full capabilities of their energy shields or had a chance to launch a counterattack before they were incapacitated in a flash.
The purple mecha pilot harbored similar feelings. The pilot had underestimated Tang Wulin, and this was a costly mistake. He couldn’t react in time to Tang Wulin’s sudden attack and the appearance of battle armor.
Under the effect of his gauntlet, Tang Wulin’s golden dragon claw doubled in attack power! It could easily tear a hole in the purple mecha’s shield. Furthermore, he had Golden Dragon Shocks the Heavens, helping him cinch victory.
“Just who are you kids?” the purple mecha’s pilot asked, fear, anger, and wariness intermingled in his voice.
Tang Wulin stood up straight, any hint of his previous timidness gone. “Do you realize your mistake?”
“Mistake?” The pilot was taken aback by the confidence in Tang Wulin’s voice.
Tang Wulin raised his chin righteously. “We’re enforcers sent by Headquarters to evaluate the ability of the local enforcers to adapt to new situations. You have been disappointing. Just because we’re young children, you underestimated us and neglected to consider the possibility that we were hostile. Do I need to remind you that evil soul masters launched a terrorist attack not too long ago? Those evil soul masters excel at disguising themselves. If you’re all so lax, then what would you do when danger really comes? We’re just here to keep you all on your toes. Go back and reflect on this, then write a report to headquarters. Understood?”
The pilot’s back broke out into a cold sweat. He couldn’t help but believe Tang Wulin. They were so young yet so strong and hadn’t dealt any lethal blows throughout the whole battle, despite being in perfect position to do so. Then Tang Wulin said they were sent by Spirit Pagoda headquarters. It was the only plausible explanation in his mind.
As the pilot mulled things over, Tang Wulin signalled to his companions. “Alright. We’re done here. We still have many cities to visit. Gu Yue, show them our ID.”
Gu Yue instantly understood what Tang Wulin was doing. She took out her badge and showed it to the enforcement officers.
The moment the patrol leader saw the badge, any lingering doubts disappeared. But now he was tongue-tied. He didn’t know what to say. He couldn’t admit to making a mistake to children.
His cockpit opened and he jumped out.
“You don’t have to say anything. Just report to headquarters. I hope this is the first and last time you make such a mistake. I don’t want a repeat of this incident.” Tang Wulin acted with the solemness of a young adult.
After he finished speaking, he turned around and walked away with his head held high. His companions calmly followed his lead. Tang Wulin stood at the head. Gu Yue and Ye Xinglan were right behind him, and in the very back were Xie Xie, Xu Lizhi, and Xu Xiaoyan. The six of them formed a triangle and left with their heads held high.
At that moment, a figure ran out of the Spirit Pagoda and over to the scene of the commotion, over a dozen mechas trailing behind it. When they neared the scene, they saw three badly damaged mechas. Strangely enough, none of the pilots were injured. The mechas landed while staff members flocked over.
The moment Tang Wulin led his friends around a corner and out of sight of the Spirit Pagoda members, he growled, “Run!” Then he booked it toward town. His friends ran after him in a mad sprint escape the scene. They ran for over ten minutes, zigzagging through small alleyways and main roads until they wound up in a cafe.
“Boss, I really admire you!” Xie Xie said. Despite the long run, he wasn’t short of breath or tired. He was an agility-type after all. He stared at Tang Wulin with eyes full of awe.
Gu Yue giggled. “What do you admire him for?”
Xie Xie cracked an odd smile. “Of course it’s his ability to tell such a bold lie with a straight face! If I were one of those pilots, I would have believed him too! Gu Yue, are there really enforcers like that at the Spirit Pagoda headquarters?”
“There are, but the enforcement departments of each branch are independent of each other for the most part. Next time, we should say we’re supervisors. Supervisors have jurisdiction over all of the branches, so it’ll be more believable.”
“Next time? What next time?” Tang Wulin grumbled. “There’s no way I’m bailing you guys out next time! Do you guys have any idea how dangerous that was? If we had been detained, what would happen to our exam? Oh right. Gu Yue, where did your Spirit Pagoda badge come from? Wasn’t it confiscated?”
Gu Yue went silent for a moment before speaking. “You have to admit, it worked. We accomplished our task really quickly. We can head to the train station to leave for the next city right away. As for the badge, I made it myself.”
Tang Wulin groaned. “If the Spirit Pagoda alerts the other branches and gets the cooperation of the city officials to seal us in, do you think we’ll still be able to run?”
Gu Yue smiled. “That won’t happen. They still have to give some face to my teacher. It’s their fault for not helping us with our exam in the first place. Besides, we didn’t do anything wrong. Your lie was really good too! We might not be actual supervisors, but the lesson we taught them is still valid. The Spirit Pagoda won’t care about something as minor as this.”
At that moment, the door opened and Wu Zhangkong walked into the cafe. He walked straight over to Tang Wulin’s table and took a seat.
“Teacher Wu,” they all greeted him respectfully.
The corner of Wu Zhangkong’s mouth twitched almost imperceptibly.
Tang Wulin cautiously asked, “Teacher Wu, we passed this part of the test, right?”
“Technically, yes.” Wu Zhangkong said.
Tang Wulin let out a breath of relief. “That’s good then.”
Wu Zhangkong looked out the window, averting his gaze. But he wasn’t fast enough. Tang Wulin had glimpsed the laughter in Wu Zhangkong’s eyes before he could hide it.
Is he trying not to laugh? Really?
In truth, Wu Zhangkong didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. These students of his were simply too daring. They first caused a great ruckus at the local Spirit Pagoda, then Tang Wulin stepped forward and showed off his wits and talked their way out trouble.
If this kid doesn’t grow up brave and wise, then he’s going to end up as a vicious criminal. Wu Zhangkong’s attention focused on Tang Wulin.
Unknown to Tang Wulin, Wu Zhangkong was planning on harshly disciplining him.
After grabbing some drinks and eating Xu Lizhi’s pork buns, everyone was back in peak condition. Under Tang Wulin’s suggestion, they bought some local attire to blend in and look the part. After changing, they headed for the train station.
However, when they arrived, they were shocked to discover that the station was closed down. At that moment, Tang Wulin remembered that the terrorist attack was just this morning! Heaven Dou City was still on guard about it. It was only natural that the train station closed down. The problem was, they didn’t know when it would re-open.
“What do we do?” Gu Yue asked Tang Wulin.
An idea popped into his head. “Any of you know how to drive?”
“I do!” Xie Xie said.
Tang Wulin nodded. “Alright. Let’s go rent a car and drive to the next city.” They couldn’t afford to waste any time. If they couldn’t take the train, then they could only drive. Driving may not be as fast as the train, but it was better than waiting an indefinite time for the station to re-open. Besides, the train station was a hub of human activity. The Spirit Pagoda might send people there to search for them.