"Sister Gao, I haven't seen you for the last few months. Your martial power has advanced very significantly. Congratulations!" Ye Xiwen cupped his hands in obeisance, and said. Gao Ling Xiu was still in the Sage Accomplished realm. It appeared that her realm hadn't changed. However, how could her recent progress be concealed from Ye Xiwen?
"Brother Ye hasn't come across a small change either. Congratulations to you as well!" Gao Ling Xiu replied with a smile. She could also see that Ye Xiwen had become even more powerful.
The experts who stood behind Gao Ling Xiu also looked at Ye Xiwen somewhat incredulously. After all, they hadn't expected that they would see him alive. Ye Xiwen had refused to join their group back then. And, many people had thought that he was overestimating his capabilities. In fact, they believed that he was courting death.
However, they saw that Ye Xiwen was alive and well. Moreover, he had clearly become more powerful. This obviously made them a bit depressed. [So, he has a hidden trump after all... It's no wonder that he's so haughty.]
"Sister Gao, I feel reassured in my heart since you've arrived!" Bi Jing Wei smiled and said.
Ye Xiwen was a bit surprised. [Bi Jing Wei has said these words as a courtesy. However, it is clear that he thinks highly of Gao Ling Xiu. In fact, it seems that he considers Gao Ling Xiu as his equal. He clearly isn't treating her like an ordinary sage expert…]
Ye Xiwen also looked at Gao Ling Xiu's rank on the merit list after he thought this… She had stormed into the Top 20 positions; she had obtained the 18th rank. She hadn't made it to the Top 10. However, everyone apart from her in the Top 100 ranking on the merit list was a peak expert of the late stage of half-step Great Sage realm. It was clearly visible from this that she had tyrannical strength.
As for a nonentity like Ye Xiwen who was ranked among thousands… there was nothing to say.
"Brother Ye, who is this?" Gao Ling Xiu looked at Ling Fei; Ling Fei was beside Ye Xiwen. [We want to launch an ambush on Shou Kun this time. So, we must execute this matter secretly. After all, the consequences would be too dire if Shou Kun got even a sniff of it. He might bring a group of Ten Thousand Beasts Villa's people, and launch a surprise attack on us instead. There isn't any problem with people who are with Bi Jing Wei. Ye Xiwen is also trustworthy. Otherwise, Bi Jing Wei wouldn't have called him. However, who is this person beside him? She doesn't look to be from the True Martial University.]
"This is…" Ye Xiwen had a headache as to how to introduce Ling Fei. He knew Gao Ling Xiu's intention behind asking about Ling Fei… This operation was very confidential. So, not everyone could participate in it… However, Ye Xiwen had been invited. So, this proved that he was a reliable man in their opinion.
Therefore, Ye Xiwen had agreed without any hesitation when he had received the invitation. This was also a kind of affirmation that he wouldn't keep himself away from joining the core army of the True Martial University forever.
He already had a very bad relation with the Law Enforcement Hall. So, it was impossible for him to stay away from joining the main army of the university eternally. He would eventually integrate into them… just like he had fully integrated into the Hidden Star Peak now.
"I'm his… friend!" Ling Fei didn't give Ye Xiwen much time to think… She stepped forward on her own accord, and replied… Ye Xiwen could clearly see a smiling expression in Ling Fei's eyes. It was a rather complacent look. "My name is Ling Fei. I'm very powerful!"
Ling Fei waved her small fist to show a sense of strength as she spoke. It seemed as if she wanted to show off her power.
However, it was clear that the result wasn't good. Other people didn't believe that Ling Fei was truly a powerful expert by looking at her. She had entered the devil world. So, she obviously wasn't a weakling. However, she didn't look capable enough in front of these elites.
Therefore, they didn't pay too much attention to her. She was Ye Xiwen's friend… So, there would surely be no problem. After all, they believed that Ye Xiwen wouldn't be this irresponsible with respect to this matter. He obviously wouldn't have brought along just anyone in confusion. He would have considered everything.
Ling Fei became anxious when she saw that nobody believed her. "I'm truly very powerful. Very, very powerful!"
"Okay, okay, everyone knows that you're very powerful!"
Ling Fei was planning to reveal her true strength to prove that her words weren't empty. But, Ye Xiwen couldn't stand by idly and watch… He promptly pulled her towards himself, and cracked a joke. [There would be no pressure on these people who are here on the mission if I let this little devil reveal her powers.]
"According to the news that I've obtained… Shou Kun will pass from here after a few days. We can attack and kill him at that time. I've also invited a member of the Heavenly Punishment Faction for this task!" Bi Jing Wei shot a glance at Ye Xiwen as he said. He felt a bit embarrassed. After all, everyone knew about the conflict between Ye Xiwen and the Law Enforcement Hall. Therefore, it was quite difficult to say that whether they would attack Ye Xiwen or not if they appeared.
However, it also wasn't that easy to launch a surprise attack on Shou Kun. An ordinary expert of the late stage of half-step Great Sage realm couldn't match his fighting prowess. So, the Heavenly Punishment Faction's fighting prowess would have a very important role in this mission.
However, Bi Jing Wei had already invited Ye Xiwen before. Therefore, this had formed a huge contradiction.
"Brother Ye can leave if he feels inconvenienced!" Bi Jing Wei said. Bi Jing Wei would lose a little strength if Ye Xiwen left. However, he would lose a backbone if he lost the Heavenly Punishment Faction. He had calculated this thing. However, he believed that nothing was more important than the university. So, he wouldn't hesitate even if Ye Xiwen got offended as a result.
"I don't mind!" Ye Xiwen replied. He was very wary of the Heavenly Punishment Faction. However, they wouldn't be able to kill him even if they attacked. So, there was nothing to fear.
Bi Jing Wei let out a sigh of relief when he saw that Ye Xiwen wasn't bothered about it. He said, "Brother Ye is very broadminded. I want to thank you on behalf of all the disciples of the university!"
Ye Xiwen promptly replied, "It's nothing. Brother Bi needn't do so!"
Bi Jing Wei could lay down his own dignity for the university. So, what could Ye Xiwen complain about? Ye Xiwen could only put aside any grudges that he might have because of Bi Jing Wei's decision.
Meanwhile, Ye Xiwen suddenly became scared… Bursts of evil wind blew down from the sky! A giant claw of a beast fell from the sky to grab everyone.
"Oh no! Everyone pay attention… There's a danger!" Bi Jing Wei roared. Everyone else also saw that a giant claw was coming down towards them.
Bi Jing Wei had the highest martial power among the people here… apart from Ling Fei. Divine beams immediately emitted from his hands, and curled everyone in. Then, he suddenly retreated a dozen miles along with everyone under his protection, and evaded the surprise attack of that giant claw.
"Rumble!" The giant claw smashed down on the ground where everyone had been standing a moment ago… A huge hole was formed, and the space exploded. The might of this claw made everyone terrified. It was hard to imagine.
"This is White Phoenix Demon Claw!" Bi Jing Wei's complexion became exceptionally ugly. "Shou Kun, come out for me!"
His mood immediately sank to the bottom. White Phoenix Demon Claw was the martial technique of the Ten Thousand Beasts Villa. There were certain records of this technique in the True Martial University. As per the rumors… A senior of the Ten Thousand Beasts Hall had created this technique back in time. He had comprehended this claw technique after he had accidentally gotten involved in a fight with a white phoenix. It was one of the secret techniques of the True Martial University. It wasn't passed on to outsiders. It was a very confidential technique.
There weren't many people in the present generation of the Ten Thousand Beast Villa who had obtained the inheritance of the White Phoenix Demon Claw. In fact, there no one besides Shou Kun who could have the skill to inherit it.
Bi Jing Wei had made thousands of plans in order to keep this mission a secret. However, it had gotten leaked in the end. In fact, it hadn't just leaked out… Shou Kun had launched a surprise attack in advance; and that too at a time when that member of the Heavenly Punishment Faction hadn't arrived...
Bi Jing Wei was obviously contemptuous towards Shou Kun's character. However, he had never denied his strength. He couldn't dare to say that he would win easily even if he and Gao Ling Xiu attacked him at the same time.
"Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! It's very funny. Bi Jing Wei, I hadn't expected that you would dare to scheme against me!" A huge figure appeared in the sky; it was a hill-sized ferocious tiger. Its entire body was as white as snow, and a pair of wings were protruding out of its ribs. It was floating in the sky. Its four claws vigorously grabbed the sky of the Devil World, and ripped a huge crack in it. The crack wouldn't restore for a very long time. The scene was exceptionally dreadful!
A tall man was standing on the forehead of this giant spirit tiger; he looked to be in his thirties. He was dressed in flashy clothes. His square face was filled with a disdainful expression.
"Humph! You've dared to attack the disciples of our university?! You should've known that this day would come!" Bi Jing Wei snorted and replied.
"Someone like you thinks that he can kill me? Do you know who you're talking to?" That tall man was Shou Kun. He opened his round eyes wide. He looked a bit sinister. "I've heard that you are loyal and devoted to the True Martial University. But, you've dared to think of killing me this time?! You were a nonentity in the previous Devil World Competitions. You were just like an ant in front of me. But, you've dared to do this now?! It seems that you've grown audacious!"
Bi Jing Wei was ranked ninth on the merit list. However, Shou Kun didn't pay attention to him. Instead, he had treated him like an insignificant nonentity.
However, Bi Jing Wei had indeed been a nonentity when Shou Kun had become famous in the True Martial World. Only people like Huang Wuji and Mu Sheng Jie could be compared to him. He didn't pay attention to other people. What was Bi Jing Wei?
"You're too negligent. You've dared to come alone. You're just an expert of half-step Great Sage realm even though you've cultivated for many more years than me. Had you thought that you'd come here and just walk away?" Bi Jing Wei calmly said. Everything had already been seen through. Their target had knocked on their door with the intention of looking for a fight. So, they might as well give it to him. There wasn't enough time to set up matrix formations, and there was very little assurance of their operation's success. However, it didn't mean that there was no chance at all.
"Humph. Who do you think you are? You're just an insignificant youth, and you dare to act presumptuously in front of me. I can eliminate you in one stroke!" Shou Kun snorted. He simply disregarded him. He didn't even pay attention to this group of people. They were in the same realm of the late stage of half-step Great Sage as he was. However, there was a difference of heaven and earth between their strength and his.
"Brother Shou can surely clean up these small fries alone. However, it would be better if we act quickly. I've heard that a member of the Heavenly Punishment Faction is also coming. He might arrive before we're done if we don't act quickly!" suddenly, another brash-sounding voice came from the sky.
(To be continued)