In fact, when everyone saw Huo Yuhao on the wheelchair, they all felt waves of intense emotion. Xiao Xiao and Jiang Nannan could not but exclaim out loud.
In the past, Huo Yuhao was youthful and dashing. With what he had learned, he continually created miracle after miracle. He was named as the most powerful genius Shrek Academy had seen in a thousand years. However, right now, he was only a cripple with just one moveable right arm.
However, Huo Yuhao's gaze was still resolute. No one prevented him from taking part in this tournament. Even his elder brother, Bei Bei, did not try to convince him otherwise. Over the past few days, Huo Yuhao's emotions had been steady, and he seemed much happier than before. Now, he tried to poke fun at others to make the group laugh. He appeared much more relaxed.
Everyone knew that this was his way of letting everyone around him feel better. How could he not be upset that he had been reduced from an able-bodied person to a cripple? However, he never once showed it. Sitting in the golden wheelchair, he was still full of hope.
Wang Dong'er gently touched Huo Yuhao's right hand and asked in a low voice, "Do you want some water?"
Huo Yuhao replied, "Didn't we drink some before we left? Dong'er, I'm fine, really. When will you guys believe that I'm still capable in spite of my disability?"
Jing Ziyan, who was ahead of him, turned around. Her face showed contempt as she said, "A cripple is a cripple. How can you be capable? Other than Spiritual Detection, what else can you do?"
Huo Yuhao sighed and said, "Actually, I can do many things. Do you know what it means to turn misfortune into fortune?"
Jing Ziyan wanted to rebut him immediately. However, her words stopped at the tip of her tongue. Her eyes widened, and she stared at shock at what was happening in front of her.
Huo Yuhao, Wang Dong'er, and Ji Juechen, all of whom were walking behind her, suddenly disappeared in a flash of light. They appeared to have vanished completely.
"Ah? What's going on? Where's Huo Yuhao and the rest?" Jing Ziyan exclaimed in surprise. This caught the attention of the rest. Everyone turned their heads. The three of them were indeed gone.
At this moment, the air distorted, and Huo Yuhao and the three of them appeared once again. They were walking forward normally. It was as if Jing Ziyan had been momentarily blinded.
"What trick is this? I don't recall you having any soul skill that allows you to camouflage others!" Jing Ziyan exclaimed in shock.
Concealing oneself was no big deal. Many soul masters had similar soul skills. However, for Huo Yuhao to conceal two other people along with him, that was rather unbelievable. Group concealment was a powerful soul skill that no one had ever heard of.
Huo Yuhao looked into the sky, sighed, and said, "This is called skill."
Jing Ziyan looked at him coolly and said, "Huo Yuhao, stop acting big. We're still friends."
"Ke! Ke!" Huo Yuhao appeared to have choked on his spittle as he coughed non-stop. Wang Dong'er rushed up to him and patted his chest.
Huo Yuhao said, "It's fine, we're still in the city. Once we leave the city, I'll show everyone what else can I do. If not, you'll just treat me as a cripple. I want to contribute to this tournament!"
Bei Bei looked at Huo Yuhao and said, "Little brother, don't force it."
Huo Yuhao said seriously, "Elder brother, I'm not forcing it. Even with just one arm left, I'm definitely still better than those who can just turn themselves into smoke and fog."
"What crap! I'll, I'll…" Normally, Jing Ziyan would have charged up at him. However, what could she do now that Huo Yuhao was in this state?
Huo Yuhao said confidently, "Let's see once we leave the city."
By doing so, not only was he trying to improve the atmosphere and not let everyone get distracted by the fact that he was crippled, he was also reminding himself that he had to show off some of his skills. If not, what if everyone really treated him like a cripple? He really wanted to compete in the tournament!
They did not move too quickly, taking an hour to leave Shrek City. They walked out of the west gate and continued headed west, toward the Sun Moon Empire. It was fastest for them to use a flying-type soul tool. Yesterday, they had planned it all out. Bei Bei, Xu Sanshi, He Caitou, and Wang Dong'er would fly ahead with Huo Yuhao first. Among them, Wang Dong'er was responsible for helping Huo Yuhao block the incoming wind. The rest of them would rely on their flying-type soul tools.
Furthermore, Xuan Ziwen had made a large flying-type soul tool that could carry many people at once, made to Huo Yuhao's specifications.
"Alright, we've left the city. Sister Ziyan, let's spar, let's spar."
Ji Juechen, who was pushing his wheelchair from behind, froze. "Yuhao, are you serious?"
While Jing Ziyan was weaker than Bei Bei, Xu Sanshi, and the rest, she was still a Soul Emperor in her own right! Her martial soul might not be terribly powerful, but when combined with her soul tools, her battling abilities could not be underestimated. If Huo Yuhao was uninjured, there was a chance that he could still beat her. However, in his current state, movement was difficult, so how could he fight her?
Huo Yuhao nodded and he looked at Jing Ziyan and said, "Of course I'm serious. Sister Ziyan, are you scared?"
Jing Ziyan said unkindly, "Scared of you? How can I be scared of you in this state? I don't want to bully a cripple!"
Huo Yuhao said angrily, "A temporary cripple, not a cripple! Come, hurry up, don't waste everyone's time."
"Has anyone placed bets? I'll be the bookie," Xu Sanshi rushed forward excitedly, almost bouncing.
Jiang Nannan followed next to him. When she heard what he said, she pinched his waist hard. "You're heartless indeed! Yuhao is in this state, and all you can do is stir up even more trouble! Yuhao, stop fooling around. We'll set off now. We all know you're capable."
Huo Yuhao smiled bitterly and said, "Fourth sister, from your words, I know that you don't expect much from me! Look, I think third brother understands me better."
In fact, since his recuperation had begun, he had not cultivated with his teammates. All he had been doing was recovering by himself at home. Coupled with the fact that only one of his four limbs could move, it was normal for his teammates to doubt his abilities. This was why he was set on challenging Jing Ziyan. If my teammates don't trust me, then, what if something goes wrong during the competition? Even Bei Bei won't let me compete!
Jing Ziyan said unpleasantly, "You're not joking! Dong'er, take good care of him." She completely ignored Huo Yuhao's provocation and turned to leave.
Huo Yuhao sighed helplessly. Following that, he narrowed his eyes, and a ray of purple light flashed from his pupils.
Just as Jing Ziyan was about to leave, she suddenly realized that the people around her were gone. She felt an immense pressure in her heart as she discovered, to her shock, that her surroundings had turned white. Nothing could be seen, and it resembled the end of the world. She was alone.
"What's going on? Juechen, Bei Bei, where are you?" Jing Ziyan called out. At the same time, she released her martial soul. A layer of fog started to spread from her body, and all six of her soul rings rose. A pair of short knives appeared in her hands.
"What's going on, Ziyan?" An extremely familiar shape appeared. It was Ji Juechen.
When she saw Ji Juechen, she sighed visibly and said, "What's going on? Why can't I see anyone else?"
Ji Juechen looked at her in confusion and said, "I don't know either! I heard your shouts and came over. You're right! Where is everybody?"
Jing Ziyan naturally lowered her guard around him. She looked around her suspiciously. At this moment, an icy-cold sensation appeared at her neck, and a cruel, killing intent manifested itself.
Jing Ziyan's body froze as she stood immobile. She could clearly sense the blade that was pressed against her neck. If she moved, she would die.
At this moment, the blurry scene around her disappeared. They returned to the west gate of Shrek City. Everyone was not far from where she stood. However, they all looked at her in shock.
The icy-cold feeling disappeared, and a tone of jest sounded, "Ay, it's so simple! No wonder you don't want to fight with me. This is why you can't match me."
Jing Ziyan turned around to look. She realized that the person next to her was not Ji Juechen, but Huo Yuhao instead. He slowly retracted a dark-golden blade that had emerged from his finger. The blade was six meters long. Under the bright sunlight, it was exceptionally terrifying.
"How, how did you do that?" Jing Ziyan asked in shock.
Huo Yuhao looked into the sky and said, "I can't reveal this secret, no, no, no."
Jing Ziyan said angrily, "Rubbish, I was ambushed by you. If you have the guts, let's have a one-on-one fight!"
Huo Yuhao's reply shocked her. "Ok."
As he said that, he lifted his right hand at Jing Ziyan once more. This time, Jing Ziyan did not dare to be careless. She leapt back, and as she did so, her entire body turned into a ball of smoke in mid-air, which slowly started to expand.
Everyone else who had thought that Huo Yuhao was just joking now looked at him solemnly with varying expressions in their eyes. With only one arm, how could he beat Jing Ziyan?