Ten minutes later…
"Didn't you say it would only be a light kiss?"
"I'll consider it a kiss after I'm satisfied."
"When will you be satisfied?"
"I'm unsure of that…"
After the Continental Elite Youth Soul Master Tournament entered its second elimination round, it became more and more intense. The remaining eighty-four teams went all-out against one another. After the first day of the second elimination round, twenty-one teams had already successfully qualified for the next round. After this successful qualification, they already had one foot in the round-robin stage.
That was because forty-two teams would emerge after this second elimination round. Although the next round was still an elimination round, the bottom twenty-one teams had to compete with one another in terms of points so that the best ten teams out of these twenty-one teams could be selected for the next round-robin stage. It was already very prestigious for a team to enter the round-robin stage, as it wasn't an easy feat!
The second day of the second elimination round...
The Tang Sect's fight was arranged for the afternoon. They didn't go to the tournament venue in the morning, instead remaining in the hotel to rest. Bei Bei's injuries seemed to relapse and become more serious. This also cast a shadow on the Tang Sect's match.
After eating lunch, they rested for a while, and then embarked on their journey to the venue as it came closer to the time of their fight.
The resting area was much less crowded, and it no longer felt packed. But the number of spectators continued to rise. These last few days of intense competition had left them more and more excited.
Huo Yuhao had set their strategy yesterday, and thus he had nothing to tell them today. In the VIP resting area, his attention was drawn to the other teams that were in the area with them. He was surprised to find that he couldn't ascertain which team was representing the Body Sect.
The team that he had been monitoring had been eliminated yesterday morning. With the Body Sect's abilities, it wasn't possible for them to make such a low-level mistake, so he had to search for a new target to monitor.
The Holy Ghost Sect's team weren't there in the afternoon. They had competed in the morning, and had already advanced to the next round. Although no one from the Tang Sect watched their fight, they could roughly guess that it didn't last too long.
In contrast, Shrek's team came to the VIP resting area to watch the fights even though they had already qualified for the next round. Undoubtedly, they were here to watch the Tang Sect's fight.
Huo Yuhao could sense Wang Qiu'er's cold and level gaze looking at him when she sat down.
He smiled and nodded at her. However, he was greeted by a cold expression. He couldn't help but touch his nose, feeling that he had been sharply rebuffed by her.
On the other hand, Wu Feng, Dai Huabin, and the others were watching the Tang Sect very closely. Their expressions weren't very friendly. It was easy to see their intense competitive spirit from the look in their eyes.
Huo Yuhao shook his head helplessly. Is there a need for this? We are all from the same academy.
He was in a good state right now. Of course, he hadn't forgotten the deep hatred that he concealed in his heart.
The Holy Ghost Sect didn't come. Huo Yuhao sat where he was and rested his eyes. He circulated his Mysterious Heaven Technique and fused with the origin energy of Ultimate Ice in his body. Even though he could only strip off some of the origin energy, it was still better than nothing. Such a continuous fusion was also the safest and most stable method.
It was finally the Tang Sect's turn to compete after the fourth fight in the afternoon had concluded.
"Tang Sect versus the Ironsword Sect. Competing members from both teams, please enter the waiting area. The first competing member from each team, please enter the stage."
Everyone from the Tang Sect stood up as the referee called for them. Wang Dong'er pushed Huo Yuhao in front of everyone and entered the waiting area with the rest.
Even though Huo Yuhao had defeated all his opponents on his own in the previous round, the Tang Sect was still an unknown sect. The attention they received wasn't much. The deepest impression the Sun Moon Empire's citizens had of the Tang Sect was probably Huo Yuhao's wheelchair.
Xu Sanshi leapt up and ascended the stage, walking briskly to the center.
Ironsword Sect. This was an extremely unfamiliar name to the Tang Sect, but they definitely possessed some quality if they were able to pass the first elimination round.
The first competing member from the Ironsword Sect was a young lady. She had a slender figure and a refreshing appearance. Her long black hair drooped behind her back. Her charm wasn't lost amid her beauty and gentleness.
Xu Sanshi's eyes widened as he saw that his opponent was a lady. He subconsciously swallowed his saliva.
Beneath the stage, Huo Yuhao muttered, "Did this Ironsword Sect research us? How did they know that the best way to deal with third senior was by sending a beautiful lady to fight him?"
"Hmph!" Jiang Nannan's cold voice caused Huo Yuhao to shudder. He quickly shut his mouth and prayed as hard as he could for Xu Sanshi.
After a brief moment, Xu Sanshi's expression regained its normalcy. He walked to the center of the stage. Before the referee even said anything, he reached his hand over and said, "Beautiful lady, how are you? I'm Xu Sanshi from the Tang Sect. I'm usually called, usually called…"
He wanted to tell her about some mighty nickname that he had, but he was as speechless as he usually was when he saw a lady.
This lady didn't expect her opponent to be like this. Seeing his awkward look, she couldn't help but laugh. In terms of looks, Xu Sanshi and Bei Bei had different styles. However, they were both handsome.
The lady reached out with her right hand to shake his hand and said gently, "What are you usually called? I'm Wang Chengxi from the Ironsword Sect. Please have mercy on me, senior."
Xu Sanshi was still aware that Jiang Nannan was here, and so didn't grab her hand tightly. However, his face was still filled with a grin. "Of course, of course I'll have mercy on you. What do you think I should be called? Hmm, let me think. Eternal Defense? What do you think?"
"Eternal Defense?" Wang Chengxi was stunned, but she revealed a smile after that, "Great! It sounds impressive."
"Are the two of you still competing?" The referee shouted, as he felt that the two of them didn't care about his presence. He took a step forward and separated them. After that, he skipped the explanation of the rules and pointed to the two sides of the stage.
"I'll see you later." Xu Sanshi made a sneaky gesture at Wang Chengxi. He used his right hand to sweep his medium-length hair before turning around suavely.
Wang Chengxi was still wearing a smile on her face. She was apologetic as she nodded at the referee. After that, she turned around and walked towards her end of the stage.
Xu Sanshi felt his body turning rigid as he walked towards his side of the stage. He immediately turned in the direction of the cold intent that was being projected towards him. He saw a pair of big, beautiful eyes.
"Oh shit… I got too immersed!" Xu Sanshi shuddered. As he walked to his side of the stage, his expression turned very cool. After that, he gave Jiang Nannan a thumbs-up and softly said, "I was bewitching my opponent earlier so that she would be unable to see my true self."
Jiang Nannan didn't say anything. The defensive light barrier was soundproof…
Xu Sanshi turned around in a cool manner. After that, he saw the referee lifting his right hand up before swiping down.
He stopped fantasizing and quickly rushed in Wang Chengxi's direction. Dazzling rings started to rise from his legs.
Yellow, yellow, purple, purple, black, black.
When his six soul rings rose, the spectators around started to exclaim.
Six rings. He actually had six rings.
Even the most clueless spectators knew what six soul rings represented. The abilities of a Soul Emperor!
It was very rare to find soul masters that were Soul Emperors. Since he was on this stage, it meant that he wasn't twenty yet. For him to achieve such a cultivation at his current age, it must mean that he was a great talent and a truly strong competitor in this tournament. A team with at least one Soul Emperor should be able to reach the quarterfinals in this tournament.
Who would have expected the unknown Tang Sect to possess a Soul Emperor? In the previous round, the five-ringed Huo Yuhao took down seven opponents single-handedly. In this round, the Tang Sect sent a six-ringed Soul Emperor to compete first. Everyone saw the Tang Sect differently now!
Wang Chengxi hadn't expected the guy flirting with her to be a Soul Emperor. However, her smile didn't disappear. She took small steps as she advanced towards Xu Sanshi. However, no one could see the coldness in her eyes.
As she lifted her right hand, a pitch-black iron sword appeared in the air. Rings of light also appeared on the iron sword. There were two yellow and three purple rings. This was a rather good combination of soul rings for an ordinary soul master. Furthermore, she was also a Soul King. However, this was nothing in the eyes of a truly strong soul master.
The two of them got close to each other very quickly. To make amends for his mistake earlier, Xu Sanshi shouted, "This is a duel between sword and shield. Come on." As he spoke, he lifted his Shield of the Xuanwu Turtle and swept it towards Wang Chengxi.
Wang Chengxi smiled, and she stopped for a moment. After that, she jumped to one side, and her sword flashed with a light. Suddenly, a streak of black sword light was formed and shot towards Xu Sanshi's shoulder.
Xu Sanshi wasn't too bothered. His footsteps became faster, and he made a simple turn. At the same time, he pulled his shield back and blocked the sword light.
A crisp ringing sound rang out as the sword light struck his shield.