Chapter 67 – Bullying People With Power
This time, Lei Xu brought Ji Fengyan and the others onto a long mountain path. As the day slowly fell into evening, golden light scattered over the forested mountain.
Finally, Lei Xu stopped in front of a large mining tunnel that was thoroughly blocked by an enormous pile of stones, its circumstances inside unknown.
"This is one of the best mineral veins in Ji City, however… Fengyan, you can also see that Uncle Lei wasn't trying to fool you. This mining tunnel had already collapsed due to the wind and rain and not because I'm unwilling to bring you here as even if you came, you still wouldn't be able to enter." Lei Xu sighed extremely helplessly.
Ji Fengyan narrowed her eyes. From the cracks between those stones, she could already see the variety of colourful spiritual energies that rare ores released. Lei Xu didn't "lie", this mineral vein was far better than the ones from before!
"Since it has collapsed for quite some time, then why hasn't somebody re-excavated it?" Ling He furrowed his brows as he asked.
Although Lei Xu didn't seem to have been lying, but all of this was a bit too coincidental. Before he had never heard about any situation of collapses recently, however after Ji Fengyan made her trip yesterday, all of the mineral veins unexpectedly collapsed today. Where in the world would there be such an interesting coincidence?
"How could excavating these mineral veins be that simple? The amount of manpower and financial resources required isn't what you people can imagine." Lei Xu fired back calmly.
After finishing, Lei Xu once again looked at Ji Fengyan.
"Fengyan, you've also seen how things are. If you don't believe me, I can bring you to look at a few other mineral veins as well."
As Lei Xu was speaking, Lei Min who was standing off to the side secretly revealed a smug smile. Normal people had a difficult time imagining how many mineral veins Ji City had. Ji Fengyan and her group were but outsiders, so how could they find them? Therefore wouldn't Lei Xu be able to bring them wherever he wanted to bring them?
At this moment, Lei Min had already completely relaxed knowing that his father had already made every necessary preparation.
"No need." Ji Fengyan waved her hand.
Lei Xu secretly became smug.
"As Ji City's city lord, I believe I have the authority to extract these mineral veins, right?" She suddenly asked.
He shrugged, "Naturally. So, Fengyan, you're planning on re-excavating this collapsed mineral vein?"
"Correct." Ji Fengyan nodded.
Lei Xu quietly sneered, but his face had a helpless expression. "Now that truly is a pity. These mineral veins that have collapsed before are too dangerous, almost no miner in Ji City dares to work under these hazardous conditions."
Once Lei Xu had finished speaking, the miners that were lead by Qi didn't move the slightest bit as they stood behind Lei Xu, as if they had never heard that Ji Fengyan was Ji City's city lord at all.
"You people still aren't doing anything?" Ling He immediately pressured, seeing those miners just standing there.
However, Qi's group didn't budge.
"You people won't even listen to the City Lord's words?!" He shouted.
The only response was silence and Lei Xu's almost arrogant smile.
At Ji Fengyan's side, there were only those few guards of hers while those family leaders of Ji City's eminent families and miners all stood behind Lei Xu. It was very obvious that in their eyes, Lei Xu was Ji City's true city lord.
Any words of Ji Fengyan was the same as farts to them!
As long as Lei Xu didn't speak not even one of them would obey the commands of this Ji Fengyan City Lord.
Lei Xu wanted Ji Fengyan to understand that even if she was Ji City's true city lord, as long as he was here, nobody would believe her status!
Chapter 68 – Look Closely for Me!
That was… Lei Xu's true objective!
He wanted to let Ji Fengyan know that without his permission, even if her status as city lord was publicly announced, it would still amount to nothing more then useless trash.
Seeing those family leaders of several of Ji City's families standing behind Lei Xu and those obedient miners, the smile in the depths of Ji Fengyan's eyes became more and more frosted.
Ling He and the others were almost angered into insanity. In Ji City it didn't matter whether she was the city lord or not, nobody would listen to her.
He finally understood why Ji Fengyan had not been in a hurry to release the news of her being the city lord. She had already early on anticipated that even if she publicly announced it, all that it would amount to would be a joke of a position in name only.
Ji City was Lei Xu's domain.
"My lady, we'll do it ourselves!" Ling He was frustrated beyond belief. Rolling up his sleeves, he called the other guards over and prepared to excavate the mineral vein himself.
All of the other guards were also rearing to go, preparing to personally go forward.
"I truly am curious, are you guys planning on using your hands or using your weapons to dig out those rocks?" Lei Xu lightly questioned, his gaze falling on Ling He's heavy sword.
"Truly a pity. In the end, a treasured sword that had once killed innumerable enemies has now actually fallen to the point of being a tool used to dig rocks. It really is… too pitiful." The mocking tone Lei Xu used couldn't be even more clearer.
"You!" Ling He grabbed his sword as he took a step forward. Immediately, those family leaders who followed Lei Xu over ordered their guards to quickly protect him.
"You're but a meagre guard and you're still planning on taking actions towards Sir Lei?"
"So these are the Young City Lord's guards? They truly have no sense of propriety…"
Sound after sound of criticism were like steel nails, rooting Ling He in place.
"Big Brother He." Ji Fengyan's voice suddenly resounded.
Ling He turned around and looked at her.
For the first time ever, he saw a trace of a biting chill inside Ji Fengyan's constantly smiling eyes.
"Give me your sword." Ji Fengyan smiled, however that smile didn't reach the depths of her eyes
He was unconsciously shocked. Hesitating for a moment, Ling He then handed the heavy sword in his hands over to Ji Fengyan.
Seeing Ji Fengyan take that heavy sword, Lei Xu was nonchalant, thinking that she was just unwilling to let Ling He take the fall and was preparing to act herself.
After receiving that heavy sword, instead of taking a step towards Lei Xu, Ji Fengyan lightly slid a fingertip over the sword's edge…
A bright red drop of blood fell from her fingertip.
The faint scent of blood spread throughout the mountainside. Lifting up her head, Ji Fengyan looked towards Lei Xu. "Sir Lei, you need to watch closely."
After she finished speaking, Ji Fengyan tore off a piece of her clothes, using her blood-soaked fingertip to gracefully draw a strange rune on it. Under everybody's skeptical gaze, she lightly threw that blood-coloured rune upwards, the heavy sword in her hand immediately and directly slashing through it!
A loud clashing sound echoed out as that heavy sword cut through the rune and directly struck the large pile of rocks behind it.
"What are you do-" Lei Xu looked at Ji Fengyan with confusion, thinking that this dead girl had turned insane.
However, before he could finish speaking.
A powerful explosion suddenly rang out! As the rumbling sound pierced through everybody's ears, dust scattered everywhere while the entire mountainside trembled!