'Is the matter so serious? Even the academy was notified?'
However, Tang Wulin felt calmer upon hearing Leng Yaozhu's words. The Spirit Pagoda managed its affairs appropriately, and since someone from the academy would be here then naturally there was nothing for him to worry about.
"Very well, your eminence. I'll certainly work together with you," he said with a smile.
Leng Yaozhu's description of the Overlord Dragon made it sound even stronger.
'Yet why isn't there a single change to my body despite being completely fused with a being so powerful?'
Leng Yaozhu seated them first. She would only begin the inspection on Tang Wulin after the party from the academy arrived.
If another soul master was in Tang Wulin's place, he would have been dragged away for the inspection much earlier. However, Tang Wulin was different. Not only was he Gu Yue's partner, he was also a student from Shrek Academy. Leng Yaozhu had heard of his situation even though she was living in the Spirit Pagoda. There was no doubt that Shrek Academy greatly valued his presence. She could easily get caught in a confrontation with the academy if she were to perform a set of thorough physical inspections in a rush. That was why they notified the academy's side at once.
Moments later, a middle-aged woman came by Leng Yaozhu's room and softly spoke, "Your eminence, the people from Shrek Academy have arrived."
"Who have they sent?" Leng Yaozhu asked dully.
The woman hesitated for a moment before quietly saying, "It's her eminence, the Holy Spirit Douluo."
Leng Yaozhu's body clearly stiffened for a moment upon hearing the name and she stood up at once. "Please."
Soon, Tang Wulin was brought before the Holy Spirit Douluo.
The Holy Spirit appeared even more elegant today. It was unknown if she had intentionally dressed up. She was wearing a long white gown, free from blemishes of any kind. Her entire person overflowed with wispy beauty. Her fair complexion and tender skin looked as though they would break at a pinch. She was utterly unlike a Douluo who was famous for years. None would doubt if it was claimed that she had yet to reach her twenties.
"Your eminence, Heavenly Phoenix." The Holy Spirit Douluo nodded gently toward the Heavenly Phoenix Douluo.
"Sister Yali, since when have you become so courteous?" Leng Yaozhui welcomed her with a smile and a gentle hug.
The Holy Spirit Douluo chuckled. "Business is business, right? It's been too long since I last saw you. I've missed you. What happened? Is Tang Wulin in trouble?"
The Heavenly Phoenix Douluo smiled gently. "There has been a little trouble. That's why we notified all of you immediately. However, it isn't his, but our trouble."
She recounted the course of events in a simple manner. Yali did not question Tang Wulin because she knew the Heavenly Phoenix Douluo and the Spirit Pagoda she represented well enough to know that she was not lying.
"Then, we'll work together with you to investigate this matter. I'll be here on the scene through the whole inspection," the Holy Spirit Douluo smiled as she spoke.
The Holy Spirit Douluo then came to Tang Wulin's side. "Don't worry, I'll accompany you during the entire process. We'll return after the inspection," she smiled as she spoke calmly and yet, anyone could hear the confidence and pride concealed in her tone.
Tang Wulin felt as if the Holy Spirit Douluo was different than usual. She had always been so easygoing and was as gentle as flowing water. However, there seemed to be a sharpness to her demeanor today.
Tang Wulin was taken to a huge room full of instruments, and a series of inspections ensued.
Tang Wulin did not know most of the implements in the room. All manner of scans and measurements were carried out continuously. He felt as though he were a puppet constantly being fiddled by all sorts of things but it did not cause him too much pain.
They had some problems drawing blood, as Tang Wulin's skin was so tough that ordinary needles could not pierce it at all. In the end, he had to use his own Golden Dragon Claw to make a small incision in his skin, and only then did they succeed.
Gu Yue stayed by his side the whole time. When she saw Tang Wulin's blood being drawn, she furrowed her brows furiously.
All of the inspections were finally completed after a full two hours of suffering.
Tang Wulin, who could usually cultivate all day without being fatigued, was left feeling dizzy.
Gu Yue passed him some water and he took a few big gulps. He then sat for a while as he slowly regained his strength.
"Finally, everything is done." Tang Wulin exhaled a breath of relief.
Gu Yue whispered, "I'm sorry."
"Huh? What are you sorry for?" Tang Wulin asked in confusion.
Gu Yue lowered her head and spoke, "I shouldn't have acted up with you. Otherwise, you wouldn't have had come to the spirit ascension platform. Actually, I saw you and Na'er today."
Tang Wulin was stunned for a moment. "How's this your fault? I really did plan to come here. I can only say that we were a little unlucky. Na'er? What's with Na'er? She…"
"Nothing." Gu Yue suddenly interrupted him.
Meanwhile, both of the Title Douluo's had already walked over.
"Wulin, let's return now." Yali grabbed Tang Wulin's hand suddenly.
With a smile on her face, the Heavenly Phoenix Douluo spoke, "Sister Yali, I haven't seen you in a long time. Why don't you stay and let me treat you to a meal? It will be another two hours before the results of the inspection are out. You see…"
Yali smiled as she shook her head. "There's no need. I still have some matters to attend to when I return. He's still waiting for me. Let's go." She pulled Tang Wulin along as they made their way outside.
The middle-aged woman who was standing at the entrance looked inquisitively toward the Heavenly Phoenix Douluo whose expression became gloomy.
The Heavenly Phoenix Douluo shook her head gently.
The Holy Spirit Douluo brought along Tang Wulin as they left together. Not even one of the Spirit Pagoda's staff tried to stop them.
"Bang!" Leng Yaozhu slapped the table in front of her, her face green with rage.
Gu Yue was startled as she had never seen her teacher so furious.
"Teacher, what happened?" she asked in concern.
Leng Yaozhu spoke ferociously, "She's only here to flaunt her strength at me. Hmph. What is so good about her?! Why is she pretending to be all holy and pure?! Hmph!"
Gu Yue was slightly dumbstruck. 'What's going on here?'
The Holy Spirit Douluo waved her hand once after she exited the Spirit Pagoda. A white soul ring circled around her body and Tang Wulin's. The surrounding scenery immediately turned blurry.
He could not feel that he was flying. He could not even see everything on the outside as though he was simply in a comfortable space.
"Are you feeling curious about my attitude earlier?" The Holy Spirit Douluo could not help smiling at Tang Wulin's dumbfounded expression.
Tang Wulin nodded honestly. The Holy Spirit Douluo was truly acting completely different today!
The Holy Spirit Douluo answered, "Initially, there was no need for me to come today and yet, I came over the moment I heard it was Leng Yaozhu. I would never allow her to bully you. Let me tell you a little secret — she's considered my rival. Oh, Wulin! You're blessed with natural talent in cultivation, and you'll definitely amount to great things in the future. However, you must pay more attention to your relationships. You'll attract more and more females as you grow older because of your excellence. Don't flirt. A man should be monogamous. Don't ever behave like someone…"
Meanwhile, in the Sea God's Pavilion, someone suddenly sneezed. His nose was feeling rather itchy. 'What is going on? I've long since become immune to heat and cold. How did this happen? Who's talking about me?'
Back in the Spirit Pagoda, it was announced, "The results of the inspection are out."
Leng Yaozhu sat at the head table in the meeting room. The people sitting below were those in charge of the different departments in the Spirit Pagoda headquarters, including the manager of the intermediate spirit ascension platform.
"Alright. Explain to everyone," Leng Yaozhu instructed her staff.
The staff immediately turned on the projector, and Tang Wulin's figure was projected onto the white wall.
Gu Yue was staring at Tang Wulin's image in the projection as she stood behind Leng Yaozhu. She could not help feeling strange since this was the first time she looked at him in this manner. He appeared rather helpless at that moment, and she felt a twitch in her heart out of nowhere.