r of gathering attention.
Time seemed to slow down. All of them felt very anxious. This was a test of one’s mental fortitude.
Time passed, second by second.
As the starship disappeared from view, everyone heaved a sigh of relief. They had passed their first hurdle. Even Ye Chong was feeling a little nervous just now, much less the rest of them. Those with lesser determination were now all exhausted from the tension.
A looming threat caused even more tension than an immediate danger.
"We really entering the nebula?" Old Jalopy asked softly, his brows furrowed with worry.
Ye Chong nodded. "Yes, we’re going in!" His voice was calm but determined. He could not think of any other way to leave the quarantined planet, Zhou Jian. If they did not leave now and met with the Three Aristocratic Families, the situation would be dire.
Ye Chong was not confident that his disguised face was enough to trick the Three Aristocratic Families. Every encounter with the Three Aristocratic Families spelled danger for him. That was why Ye Chong needed to leave Zhou Jian as soon as possible.
Rui Bing did not mind where they went. She only hoped to stay by Ye Chong’s side. Rui Bing caressed Guardian’s ring on her finger, and her eyes softened. Rui Bing said nothing, so the rest of them kept their silence. The young boy was excited about entering the nebular, but his bodyguards all looked worried.
As they entered the nebula, Cornerstone shook violently, slowing down even more into a snails pace. Ye Chong quickly ordered for the rocks used for camouflage to be expelled. Cornerstone immediately picked up speed.
"Activate the optical systems," Old Jalopy reminded him, "Holographic systems are no use here." He added, "All comms systems are useless here, but the interstellar positioning system is still usable." If the interstellar positioning system was active, then retreat would be an available option when necessary.
Ye Chong and the rest did not know that, just five hours after they went in, the starship fleets of Three Aristocratic Families would pass by close to where they entered the nebula.
The nebula stretched on endlessly, reaching farther than an ocean. Within the nebula, stars would shine through the thin blue mist of the nebula like jewels on blue satin, dazzling with all their radiance.
The nebula was completely different from the Red Sea that Ye Chong had encountered before. The Red Sea was like a red mist that would eventually turn thicker and stickier. The nebula, however, was like an illusory veil that surrounded the starship in all directions.
The nebulae was like a dreamy mist, with tiny dots of sparkling lights scattered about.
Soon, Cornerstone grew familiar with the territory and flew faster. The nebula did not seem to affect the ship.
"It’s possible to do a warp jump in the nebula, but we have to first find the warp jump point from last time," said Old Jalopy.
"Uncle Jalopy, how did you manage to find this warp jump point?" Fei Si was curious about this.
The question struck a sad chord within Old Jalopy. His expression sobered as he said, "We met a Xue Lai Clan starship last time. They were brutes, firing on us like that. We were not match for them, so we had to run, but they’re ship was much better than ours. They were about to reach us when we decided to make a warp jump.
"I thought we were dead, but the Heavens had given us a surprise of sorts, sending us to the natural space zone."
The young boy agreed. "Grandpa’s right, aristocrats like the Xue Lai Clan are all good for nothing!" He waved his little fists around, as if he was also angry for Old Jalopy.
Old Jalopy was gratified, and stroked the boy’s head lovingly. The young boy enjoyed the show of affection, his eyes turning into slits like a satisfied cat. The young boy’s bodyguards all felt awkward, and some even smiled wryly. The man with the blade scars standing beside the boy, however, maintained expressionless.
Old Jalopy continued his tale like he was telling it to his grandson. The young boy rested his head on his hands as he listened closely.
"The nebula was beautiful. We always admired its beauty from the outside, but it’s when we’re inside that I can see that it’s much more beautiful here. Only by entering the nebula that you can really experience its magnificence and size. Back then, our journey started out well, and so we began to relax a little. It was until the 35th day that we came across danger!"
Now, not only the young boy, but everyone else who was unoccupied came to listen.
"We came across a whirlpool. That whirlpool was too strong. We saw a planet that’s more than a hundred kilometers across sucked into it. It was shredded to pieces before it reached the center! We were all shocked, back then. Everyone was trying our best to navigate the starship out of the whirlpool. The whole thing went on for three days. Three days, before the whirlpool finally weakened, and we managed to escape its grasp."
Just when everyone was absorbed in his story, someone shouted, "Hey, what’s that outside?"