Clark’s fame had reached its peak in history by that point.
Regretfully, Clark, at his peak, hadn’t been able to go further, he can no longer see a better future if he stayed in the Red Sand Sword Gate.
The repetition of leading conquest and gaining fame was wearing Clark off. Finally, that weariness exploded. One day, five year ago, he defected.
Under the persuasion of the Behemoth Gate, he killed his master and his beloved senior sister. Anyone who tried to stop him, whom he loved, he killed them all.
That’s the motto of the Behemoth Gate - Unfeeling, Uncaring.
The first condition was to defect. The second, to kill someone they loved.
These are the conditions to joining the Behemoth Gate, there was no turning back.
Red Sand Sword Gate changed in a single night. Everyone who went after him were either killed or badly hurt. The whole sect fell off its throne and was eventually succeeded by the Celestial Circle Gate.
"No one was able to kill him." Recalling his own memory of chasing after Clark, an Elder’s face switched between helpless, sorrow, pain, and fear.
"That’s right." The Master also sighed, "He had already surpassed me, he only defected because he wanted to pursue a path to power. I have no idea how strong he has become."
"We can ask Celestial Circle Gate for Andrela’s help." An Elder advised.
"It’s too late, he won’t be able to make it in time. Moreover, Andrela is strong, but still not Clark’s opponent." The Master shook his head. "Even I wouldn’t be able to guarantee victory, let alone him. I know Clark, he’s the type of prodigy who would look for your weak spots, even the Secret Martial Art of Celestial Circle Gate has been cracked by him. Not to mention our own Secret Martial Art, he knew it like the back of his hands, he won’t have any problem dealing with it."
He paused. "After his disappearance, I thought he died. I didn’t expect… Never mind, mobilize every single captain, we’ll defend the main branch.
For a moment, the air in the training hall was unbelievably dense.
The next day.
Garen and his team split up to look for information. The Eighth Hoop was in charge of the Golden Hoop in this city, who is the pale man who invited Garen into the Golden Hoop then. After meeting with Garen, he agreed, with alacrity, to supply manpower to help looking for Rosetta’s whereabout.
All of a sudden, the gangsters on the streets, the hidden goons in various companies, even some bosses and workers in shops were all assembled by the Eighth Hoop.
At the same time, at the outskirts of Lake Shore West City.
Two black cloaks stood, hidden within the poplar woods. They watched the two police dashed into an area belonging to Red Sand Sword Gate. The ray of dawn spilled onto their cloaks, revealing its unique scale-like shine. The white arc symbol at their backs were also illuminated.
"As expected, they went to the branch of Red Sand Sword. This city is the old nest of Red Sand Sword Gate, they must be seeking protection from them." Rosetta peered at the buildings standing beside the lake from afar, and glanced at her companion with curiosity. "What do you plan to do now?"
The other black cloak pulled his hood off, revealing his short white hair, smooth face, and a pair of rare plum-colored eyes.
"Red Sand Sword Gate? That brings back memories." He said softly. "They look like they were delivering the thing to Red Sand Sword for its protection. Ah well, it’s been awhile I haven’t gone back to check them out. After so many years, I wonder if the Master is still as indecisive as before."
"You wanna go back?" Rosetta asked, bewildered. "There were so many masters in there, yet you still want to trespass?"
"I just wanna see if they’ve grown after all these years." Clark said expressionlessly.
He smiled and slowly shifted toward the entrance of the branch, not bothered to hide himself.
Rosetta hesitated, and followed.
"They were looking for something?" Garen frowned. He was seated opposite of the Eighth Hoop in a tea room, sipping black tea with music flowing through the record player on the table.
"Yes. They were not planning to hide their paths. Just an hour ago, the Red Sand Sword branch at the outskirts caught on fire, no one was spared. The dozen of martial artists and disciples were all killed." The Eighth Hoop sighed, "This former strongest prodigy, he’s not the strongest for nothing*."
"What were they looking for?"
"I hear it’s a scroll leaked from the Behemoth Gate about a Secret Martial Art. Behemoth Gate investigated with a lot of their members and found out there were a lot of copies everywhere. Right now, they were sending people to recover all those scrolls." The Eighth Hoop giggled and sipped his black tea.
"Behemoth Gate." Garen was deep in thought. "Can you locate them?"
"It’s difficult. However," The Eighth Hoop laughed, "I checked Clark’s details. He will definitely infiltrate Red Sand Sword’s main branch by tonight. You can go there."
Garen gave it a thought.
He stood up and exited the tea room.
The Eighth Hoop smiled, looking at Garen’s back.
Red Sand Sword’s strongest prodigy in history, Grandmaster of Combat Clark, has now joined the Behemoth Gate for five years. So much stronger, to what end?
Garen, on the other hand, is a rising star, they called him Number One Youth Grandmaster of Combat of the South.
"Heh heh, this should be fun." The Eighth Hoop took the teapot and poured himself another cup of tea.
Garen left the tea room. Corinne, Simon, Cynthia, and Jack were all waiting on the streets.
"Are the core members ready?"
"I left Karina in the hotel." Corinne nodded.
"Okay on my side, everything’s ready." Simon nodded excitedly. "My disciple is proficient in arrangements like this!"
"Both of you will stay." Garen said calmly.
"What! Why?" Corinne exclaimed.
"There is no ‘why’." Garen turned toward the car.
"Calm down Corinne, he’s only looking out for us, it’s too dangerous." Simon started to console Corinne.
Cynthia and Jack followed Garen into the car, Cynthia even made a face at Corinne.
"Why can they follow?" Corinne whined.
"Because you’re weak." Cynthia started to hum.
"Let’s go." Garen ordered calmly.
The chauffeur immediately started the engine and started driving.