emale in combats. That was the first conclusion he got after a glance.
The arms were slender and tender as hell, like the twirling noodles he saw in the hot pot back then. He seriously doubted if those arms could take 10% of his usual strength. There were no callus… no cuts… While for the physique, it was completely covered under that oversized one piece of hers, so Ye Chong could not tell. Her long hair reached her waist, waving as she moved. No fighter would have the hair this long. This would be dangerous in combats, it could even kill them! And her posture, what’s with her posture? She was standing with her hands crossed in front of her body. Any sane fighter would keep their hands always at the sides, letting it down naturally so they could react to any sort of casualties in time. That oversized one piece was a failure, it did not benefit the combats. Most fighters would prefer tights instead.
"Good day, Mr. Ye. Welcome on board to Nast. I am Wei Xi, your attendant. I’ll be taking care of your everything before the Level 5 Trial. May you have a good trip," bowed Wei Xi, she looked serene but Ye Chong could see the shock flashing in her eyes the moment she saw him.
"I see. Thank you," nodded Ye Chong as he replied monotonously.
Shang should be having short-circuits in his system, "Oh… *Zzzt* my *Zzzt* … That voice! That angelic voice!"
"It’s my pleasure to serve you sir. Please follow me," beamed Wei Xi at Ye Chong, she turned away and walked towards the sealed gate in pale green. Ye Chong followed her closely.
A corridor was behind the gate. It was a long corridor lit all the way to the end by a row of white lights on the ceiling. It looked quite refreshing for some reason.
Wei Xi gradually slowed her steps and let Ye Chong walk by her side.
She turned her face to Ye Chong, "I simply did not expect Mr. Ye to be this young." Dimpled as she spoke on, "It was surprising to me."
"Oh," flatly Ye Chong’s reply came, "really?" His expression was unchanged.
"Well, yes. Other than the doctor we attended last time for the trial, the rest of the applicants were of age above 30. From my observation, Mr. Ye, you should be not even 20 I suppose? Yet you have the courage to face the Level 5 Trial. Impressive!" Wei Xi nailed her awe perfectly.
"Oh? Really?" Ye Chong still was nonchalant.
"Oh? Oh?!" Shrieked Shang inside him, "Gosh, Ye, is this your way to reply a lassie?"
"Mr. Ye, could you tell me what your occupation is?" she asked out of curiosity.
He staggered out of sudden. Which occupation should I say…? Pilot? Modification technician? Mech mechanic? Chemist? Skeleton Artisan? I think I had quite a lot of titles in hand…
Somehow Wei Xi sensed the hesitation and inconvenience from Ye Chong’s reaction, "Well, if you are not comfortable to mention it, it’s okay, really!" She waved her hands, signing she was fine.
"Skeleton Artisan." After a moment of consideration, he picked Skeleton Artisan.
"Skeleton… Artisan? Such a strange occupation, Mr. Ye. I had never heard of it before. But it sounded amazing," Wei Xi expressed her adoration again.
Wow, she could know I’m great by my words? Ye Chong took an odd gaze at the female before him. Weird, very weird indeed!
Sensed the gaze from Ye Chong, Wei Xi quickly lowered her head. Soon her face was completely red, of scarlet that could drip sweats like her blood.
He did not understand the whole situation… but he did not have the interest to further investigate it. He withdrew his gaze and went back to looking at the front.
"Such a cute, adorable lassie! I like it!" And Ye Chong was wondering if Shang could break through the space-time continuum and jumped out from the alternate dimension without the keystone, judging by the amount of excitement in his words.
They held their conversation and walked on together.
They hit the end of the corridor and was faced by another sealed gate. Unlike the gate before, this gate required identity verification.
"Oh?" Wei Xi seemed to have noticed something while both Ye Chong and she stood by the gate, waiting for it to open, "A moment please!" As she realized that it was her mistake, she ran to the door and performed verification.
Beep. Identity Verified. Gate Opening.
"Please," she lowered her body as she gestured Ye Chong to make his entry.
After the gate there was a foyer inside. Under the hemispherical dome numerous sets of table-and-chair were placed. To Ye Chong’s surprise, they were all made out of wood. A cabinet sat at one corner of the wall contained various beverages.
Contrary to the emptiness Ye Chong expected, there were quite a number of people in there. Two to three of them sat together on one set of furniture. They were either drinking silently or exchanging conversation softly. The foyer was so quiet that Ye Chong could imagine Shang’s scream shattering the glasses.
No doubt Ye Chong’s arrival had attracted the attention of people around. And simultaneously all of them looked surprised in their eyes. This should be because of my age… I think. He took a glance and as expected, the guests consisted of elderlies. No wonder he became the center of attention at the foyer. Ye Chong did notice there were a few bulky men in their thirties among the group of guests however. Judging by their physiques, they had to be the combat squad members.
Under the guidance of Wei Xi, Ye Chong reached one seat at the corner and sat down.
"Mr. Ye." Briefed Wei Xi softly, "You would be led to your room a moment later. The ship would take about 13 days to arrive at its destination. The guests around you are like you, they are the participants for the Level 5 Trial as well. Should you have any request, please inform me. If it was within my capabilities, I would fully assist you in fulfilling your kindest request. I must also inform you however, for your own safety and the best traveling experience, kindly treat the other candidates with courtesy and keep a distance from them, considering how some of them could be potentially shady characters. If you ever felt your life being threatened or your routine had been put under dispute, kindly contact me. Should you have any form of conflicts with the other candidates, please be informed that both you and your counterpart would be disqualified immediately and you might be severely punished under the terms of the Sanctuary."
Demurely her lips grooved as she mentioned all precaution as well as rules and regulations in one go.
Ye Chong responded with an approving nod, while analyzing the information he had gotten from Wei Xi. She said 13 days, that means the destination should be very distanced away… Well she might be bluffing to confuse the passengers, to mislead them so that they could not figure out the exact location of the venue. Apparently the crew did not intend to let us know our location. Too bad the ship was installed with jammers and Shang could not bypass them somehow.
"The f*ck did you say!"
"So what? Loser!"
Right at this moment, quarrels were heard nearby as two passengers were standing against each other.
Their argument became louder and they sounded extremely angered by each other. Not too long later, they lifted their fists, initiating to fight.
The other passengers evacuated themselves hurriedly as they did not want to be involved in this.
Ye Chong was interested to watch an actual combat between the experts. He was astounded by the skills. Their techniques were of superior standards. Ye Chong could not imagine himself fighting against them. His skills were much inferior compared to these real deals.
So this is the standard of a Level 5 candidate? Ye Chong started to treat this trial seriously.
"Oh dear…" knotted Wei Xi’s brows as she pulled out the communicator at her side and mumbled a few words.