"Sigh..." Tang Wulin let out a sigh. As a matter of fact, he was extremely willing to be Mu Ye's disciple. Putting everything aside, Mu Yue's cooking alone had already won Tang Wulin over. He was sure that his cultivation would improve by leaps and bounds if he continued having access to the good food made by Uncle Chef that often.
However, betraying the Tang Sect for the sake of food alone was ridiculous.
If only Tang Sect had a great chef like Uncle Ye...
As he swallowed a mouthful of saliva, Tang Wulin walked out of the small canteen feeling a little helpless.
Chang Gongyan and Lin Yuhan were no longer there. Zhen Hua and Gu Yue were the only people left.
"Uncle-master." Tang Wulin called out respectfully.
Zhen Hua smiled gently. "How was it? The talk with him."
Tang Wulin said a little awkwardly, "I'm afraid I can't promise Uncle Ye what he wanted so he left. I think he's probably a little angry."
Zhen Hua laughed out loud and replied, "Don't worry, don't worry. He's hot-tempered like that. He's already so old but he's still behaving like a child! Ignore him, I'll talk to him later. That being said, I've to thank the both of you today, Especially Gu Yue for saving my life!"
Gu Yue shook her head immediately. "No, Your Highness. I did that subconsciously."
Zhen Hua smiled lightly and replied, "If it wasn't for your subconscious rescue, I'm afraid I'd be badly injured even if I didn't die. The sword was too sudden but your response speed was exceedingly fast."
Feeling shy, Gu Yue held her head down.
Zhen Hua then looked at Tang Wulin and said, "Your performance today wasn't bad either. I didn't expect for you to make such an improvement in your Spirit Forging within the past couple of months. You can already complete Creation Spirit Forging and Evil Spirit Forging successfully. That's great! Continue stabilizing your abilities and firm up your foundations. You need to intently feel the transformation in the alloy when you Spirit Forge. At the same time, you'll also need to feel the transformation your body is going through during the forging process. These are the things that'll break you through to the soul-forging level in the future."
Tang Wulin had plateaued at his current rank since he could never become a true rank-6 blacksmith without first obtaining a four-ringed cultivation base. However, he was already able to Spirit Forge alloys better than most rank-6 blacksmiths. The only thing he had yet to achieve was Fuse Spirit Forging. This was the reason why he could not ascend to the next rank. As for soul forging, he would need an even higher level of soul power to achieve it.
Zhen Hua replied, "Alright, there are still things that I'll need to handle. Both of you go ahead and do your own thing. Oh yeah, Lin Yuhan asked me to pass this message to you. She wanted to say that she'll definitely surpass your abilities. Wulin, my boy! You'll have to work harder, alright?"
After saying goodbye to Zhen Hua, the first thing Tang Wulin did was to sell some of the spirit alloys he forged. To his surprise, the two spirit alloys he forged on the spot today were sold at a high price.
Alloys that went though Creation Spirit Forging and Evil Spirit Forging were very scarce. Before Tang Wulin managed to sell the two alloys to the association, they were already purchased by two blacksmiths who had just elevated to rank-5. They had hoped to elevate their Spirit Forging by researching the two alloys.
Although Tang Wulin amazed the crowd earlier, he barely gained any fame from defeating Lin Yuhan on the spot. However, he did become a popular little genius in the Blacksmith Association.
"Where would you like to go tonight?" Tang Wulin asked Gu Yue after leaving the Blacksmith Association. They would still make it to class as long as they returned by midnight tomorrow.
They temporarily left the mecha at the Blacksmith Association and would come back to get it before they left for Shrek Academy.
Gu Yue replied, "I'm not familiar with Sky Dou City. I'll accompany you whenever you want to go."
"Let's take a stroll then. I like Sky Dou City very much!" Tang Wulin flashed a gentle smile.
The main attraction of Sky Dou City was that there were no skyscrapers and many of its ancient buildings were still well preserved. There were more ancient buildings here compared to any other place in the entire Douluo Continent.
Tang Wulin brought Gu Yue everywhere. They strolled the streets, alleyways, and the old streets. There were quaint stores on both sides of the streets and it made them feel as if they had traveled back to the past.
"Wulin, you really have to be a little more careful now. That evil soul master almost harmed you previously. Shall we return to the academy earlier?" Gu Yue spoke to Tang Wulin after walking for a while.
Tang Wulin smiled as he replied, "Nah, don't worry. Evil soul masters are very scarce out here, how much of a coincidence would it have to be for them to bump into us?"
"You sure about that?" They heard a cold voice.
Tang Wulin panicked and shifted his body in front of Gu Yue to shield her subconsciously. However, by the tie they realized, the scenery around them had already changed.
The old streets around them suddenly turned into a world of darkness while a dense blood essence washed over his face. In the very next moment, he felt fuzzy in his head and lost consciousness as his head spun.
Then, the dark red glow suddenly weakened and the old streets returned to normal. Even the passing pedestrians did not notice two people disappearing from the street. It was like time had stopped when they disappeared a moment ago.
Tang Wulin shuddered as he woke up from being unconsciousness from the cold and piercing chill.
He subconsciously opened his eyes and to his surprise, there were clouds floating beneath him. He was high in the sky.
Then, he saw Gu Yue just across him with her body lying horizontally. To be more precise, they were both held between someone's armpits.
Gu Yue's face was pale and her eyes were still closed. The blood essence was actually from this person while the chilling cold was from the sky above them.
'Is it an evil soul master?' Tang Wulin felt helpless as he immediately guessed. It seemed like he had been too careless. Furthermore, he did not expect that this person would target him.
He guessed that this person who flew them into the sky was possibly the evil soul master who attempted to assassinate Zhen Hua earlier. If he was right, the possibility of him and Gu Yue surviving would be minimal.
'This person's a Hyper Douluo!'
"You're quick to wake up!" A cold genderless voice was heard in Tang Wulin's ear. The sound of that voice alone was enough to make him feel like he was going insane.
Tang Wulin closed his eyes without saying a word. It was useless for him to say anything at this point so he would rather not speak at all.
Right at that moment, an intense weightlessness suddenly hit him, and he could not help but scream. As he opened his eyes, he was shocked to find out that they were already free-falling toward the ground.
They fell quickly and passed through a number of clouds. The intense feeling of weightlessness naturally made people feel a subconscious fear.
Just as they were approximately a hundred meters away from the ground, an intense force lifted and stabilized them in the air. Tang Wulin almost spat out a mouthful of blood from that but before he could do so, both of them fell to the ground.
It was barren land and looking at the color of the sky, it was almost evening. It was then that Tang Wulin got around to take a good look at the evil soul master.
The evil soul master was covered in a tight gray garment. With his head covered, his eyes were the only things visible. They were gray as well but his pupils seemed strange as they were tinged red.
Waving both hands, he tossed Tang Wulin and Gu Yue on the ground.
"Did Spectre die in your hand?" the cold voice questioned Tang Wulin.
"Spectre?" Tang Wulin was stunned momentarily. "I don't know who that is."
"You don't know? Spectre has been missing ever since he boarded the soul train and you're one of the survivors in the incident," the evil soul master replied coldly.
Tang Wulin came to a sudden realization. "Are you talking about the person who can soul forge I don't even know where he went. Do you really think that I could kill him with my cultivation base?"
The evil soul master was stunned. It made sense, this kid was only a three-ringed soul master while Spectre was a six-ringed Soul Emperor. Besides, evil soul masters were slyer compared to ordinary soul masters. This alone would give them enough of an advantage when they go against an ordinary soul master at the same level.
Tang Wulin sat up and realized that he was free. It was not because their captor was being nice but instead, it was because the gap between their cultivation bases was so big that their captor thought it unnecessary to restrict the both of them.
The first thing Tang Wulin did was rush to Gu Yue. He touched her and her breathing was stable. However, she was still unconscious.
He stood upright as he tried to think of a way out. Since this evil soul master kept them alive, it was an indication that they might still be of some use to him. This meant that they might still have a chance of getting out of this alive.
"Senior, why did you capture kids like us?" Tang Wulin asked curiously with unbridled purity and confusion in his eyes.
"Kids? Tang Wulin, Shrek Academy's outer court class president, first grade class one. Scarlet Dragon Douluo Zhuo Shi's granddisciple who led you and your companions to defeat second grade class one. You even defeated the Imperial Sun Moon Soul Engineer Academy during the final exam. Am I right?" the cold voice spoke calmly.
Tang Wulin was secretly shocked, he did not expect his captor to investigate him so thoroughly. "Senior, Your Highness. Why're you investigating an insignificant person like me?"
"Just because you're insignificant now doesn't mean that you'll remain insignificant forever. Isn't it Shrek's expertise to train talents like you? What future does Shrek hold if they smother you little kids in a cradle?" the evil soul master said calmly.
Tang Wulin forced a smile. "Are you bullying the weak now?"
"Call Zhen Hua on his soul communicator." The evil soul master completely ignored what he said.