Book 14: The Finals!
Chapter 120.3: The Tang Sect's Secret Techniques
Bei Bei then burst forward with increased speed as he propelled himself off the ground with the tips of his toes, increasing the gap between the cannon shell and him to over 3 meters.
A boom resonated from behind him; it was as if the sun seemed was shining brightly at his back.
"I have to return your favor. Since you've given me two eggs, I'll give one to you in return." Bei Bei's right wrist jerked as he flung a pitch-black, ball-like entity towards Michael.
This ball-like entity was oval-shaped, and its trajectory was as unrhythmic as the automatic soul cannon shell. It drew an arc in the air as it flew towards Michael.
Michael had just fired his third cannon at this point, and was shocked by how his second cannon shell was smashed onto the ground by Bei Bei. However, he immediately adjusted his third cannon so that its cannon shell would blow apart instantaneously. If Bei Bei dared to use the same method again, the cannon shell would explode the instant he made contact with it. However, it was a pity that he couldn't absorb any further energy from Bei Bei's soul skills, as it was unlikely that Bei Bei would use them again.
The 2 ball-like objects seemed to interlace as the scarlet ball of light reached Bei Bei almost instantly. Bei Bei performed an unexpected limbo-like action as he burst forward. He continued to advance, but his upper body was bent backwards. He flung both of his hands backwards too, causing the scarlet ball of light to be pushed backwards by a special force. Despite this, it remained locked onto Bei Bei, and continued chasing him after flying 3 meters away.
A loaded arrow concealed in Bei Bei's sleeve suddenly flew out and struck the ball of light at this moment.
Once Michael's automatic soul cannon shell was struck, it would blow up. In other words, it wouldn't continue to chase its target anymore. It wasn't so intelligent after all!
A deafening explosion that generated immense heat reverberated from behind Bei Bei, but Bei Bei wasn't struck by the shockwave as he continued to advance forwards.
"Well done!" Even Elder Xuan couldn't help but say when he saw this scene. He was immensely amazed. Bei Bei had dealt with his opponent's soul tools extremely brilliantly.
Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong looked at each other and saw the amazement in each other's eyes.
Bei Bei hadn't resisted the automatic soul cannon with his Blue Lightning Tyrant Dragon, but with a secret weapon from the Tang Sect! As the Tang Sect's eldest disciple, he'd finally revealed the true ability that he'd concealed for so long in the tournament. He'd used the Tang Sect's secret techniques!
While Bei Bei handled the third automatic soul cannon, the metal ball that he thrown reached Michael.
Michael wasn't careless, but he was still extremely scornful subconsciously. As an outstanding student from the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy, he was acquainted with the history of soul tools. Thrown soul tools had existed for a long time, but he couldn't think of any powerful ones amongst those this size.
It wasn't just arrogance for Bei Bei to fling a thrown soul tool towards a Class 5 soul engineer like him—it was much worse than arrogance.
However, he didn't react to it carelessly despite having such an opinion. He lifted his right hand and the Thunderous Soul Sword that he'd once used against Jiang Peng appeared.
A bolt of lightning shot out and turned into a lightning whip that he swung towards the metal ball.
Lightning was naturally attracted to metal. He wouldn't let the metal ball get close to him. A simple explosion wouldn't affect him with the distance he maintained from the metal ball. Furthermore, he was rapidly retreating backwards as he wielded the sword, while also preparing to fire his fourth cannon. Bei Bei might be very agile at dodging, but Michael wasn't scared of Bei Bei getting close to him. In addition to this, he could tell that Bei Bei had exhausted all of his power dodging his previous 3 cannon shells. He fired this fourth cannon towards the ground in front of Bei Bei; delaying his opponent was imperative.
A sequence of strategies formed in Michael's mind. The only thing that didn't cross his mind was the potential problem that the metal ball could pose to him.
"Boom—" The metal ball blew apart the moment it was struck by the lightning.
Compared to Michael's cannon shells, this explosion seemed very mild; it was as if a watermelon had been smashed. It didn't even catch many people's attention.
However, a gust of fog rose the moment it exploded. This fog carried a sweet scent that diffused in the air. As lightning flashed through it, the gust of fog surged slightly.
This was Michael's first thought. He was called an elite talent from the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy for a reason, as a barrier immediately shone around his body.
As he was a Class 5 soul engineer, this barrier was naturally a Class 5 barrier as well. Although this barrier couldn't withstand Ma Xiaotao's attacks or Xu Sanshi's Descent of Xuanwu, it was still resistant against most soul king-level attacks.
He believed that his defense was already very stable. While Bei Bei was quite intelligent to use poisonous gas, he was only delaying Michael's attack by a bit. Poisonous gas wasn't of much use against him.
But was it really just poisonous gas?
A soft crackling sound rang out. There was insufficient sunlight bearing down amidst the gloomy weather, thus Michael only briefly saw a black figure flash through the air. The crackling sound had originated from the barrier on his body.
Afterwards, he felt his body turning numb. It was as if he had been stabbed, and his body became stiff. The most tragic thing was that the cannon shell he'd just fired had stopped in front of him.
How could this have happened? Was it a dud?
Two thoughts popped up in Michael's mind at the same time. He hadn't expect to face something like this. Furthermore, he didn't know what trick Bei Bei had employed.
However, a beam of light descended from the sky engulfed his body at this point. This beam of light shielded him when the cannon shell blew up.
Everything had turned scarlet in front of Michael, and his gaze stiffened. His hair stood on end, and cold sweat ran down his back. If the beam of light had come even a second later, he wouldn't have been able to react in time. If he'd been engulfed entirely by that scarlet radiance, he would've followed in the footsteps of his compatriots. There truly was a thin line between life and death.
The Heavenfiend Douluo had been the one to save him.
The things that had happened before had left this Titled Douluo on his toes. He'd already readied his only defense-type skill in his palm. Once he realized that something was amiss, he'd immediately protected Michael.
Bei Bei seemed regretful as he muttered, "It seems like I'm better. He used so many eggs, but they were all inferior to mine!"
As the scarlet radiance slowly faded away, the muffled sound thunder could be heard from the sky. The weather became even more gloomy.
But this gloominess couldn't compare to the Sun Moon team's mood.
Since the Heavenfiend Douluo had intervened, it meant that Michael had lost. What they couldn't comprehend was how Michael had lost.
What was that metal ball that Bei Bei had thrown? Even most of those from Shrek Academy were confused.
Secret weapon; it was definitely a secret weapon from the Tang Sect. Huo Yuhao clenched his fist and watched the lofty Bei Bei in awe.
The Tang's Sect secret technique had finally appeared after many years of disappearance. However, how many still knew about the Tang's Sect secret techniques now?
It was a powerful secret weapon from the Tang Sect known as the Clustered Soulchasing Balls. The black figure that had appeared was the metal ball. After the Clustered Soulchasing Balls blew apart, countless Oxhair Needles had flown out. While these needles were poisonous, the poisonous fog had appeared in order to mask their presence.
The Clustered Soulchasing Balls were among the top 10 secret weapons in the Tang Sect, and specialized in breaking down all sorts of defensive barriers. Even a Class 5 defense barrier could only slow these needles down. In the end, the barrier was eventually penetrated by the needles, and the automatic soul cannon shell was detonated. Bei Bei hadn't intend to do the last part, however; that was just a coincidence.
Michael collapsed just like that at the center of the stage. The Heavenfiend Douluo's facial muscles twitched, and he burst towards Michael to prop him up. He quickly examined Michael's body.
"Poison?" The Heavenfiend Douluo was shocked and turned to look at Bei Bei.
Bei Bei shrugged and said, "Don't worry, it's not lethal. I'll give him the antidote once today's competition ends. It's not like I can give it to him now, right?"
The 2-2-3 fight had yet to begin. Giving his opponent the antidote now would mean that he'd have another opponent to deal with in the 2-2-3 fight.
What else could Huang Jinxu say? He could only personally escort Michael down from the stage.
Shrek Academy had won yet again.
Up until now, only 1 out of the 7 Shrek Academy members had been eliminated, whereas the Sun Moon team had already lost a total of 3 members. The conclusion seemed forgone in this individual round.
The healing-type soul masters were also helpless against the poison; they were only able to treat injuries. Furthermore, it wasn't easy to remove poison from the Tang Sect.
As the team leader of the preparatory squad, Bei Bei's move was very intelligent. Now that one of them had been poisoned, the Sun Moon team would be more cautious in the later stages. If they went all-out, who would be able to provide them with the antidote after the competition ended?