A very long time ago in Talus City, Bai Yunfei was only an ordinary young boy when he came across what was his very first instance of danger and crisis. There had been a young man from the Capital who helped him out then. The young man had only said a few simple words, but those words had saved Bai Yunfei's life.
Back then, Bai Yunfei wasn't even a soul cultivator. But he made a promise. One day, he vowed, he'd repay the favor when he was strong enough.
Six years had passed since that day, and Bai Yunfei was no longer that weak commoner he once was. Today, he stood proud as a mature and strong soul cultivator, and that promise had never been forgotten by him.
In the few short words spoken to him, Bai Yunfei knew that his benefactor was Zheng Kai. From later days, Bai Yunfei learned he was the second son of the house of Zheng, one of the Five Great Houses.
One of the major reasons why Bai Yunfei came to the Capital was to hopefully find a chance to go meet him.
So it was completely unexpected to meet him here of all places rather than inside the Capital….
That's right. The person in white right in front of Bai Yunfei's eyes was none other than Zheng Kai!
Six years had passed since the two last met, but Bai Yunfei recognized him still. Zheng Kai didn't change at all.
And that was why Bai Yunfei was so unhesitant to charge out and help fight off those enemies.
He hadn't any idea why there'd be anyone that'd want to capture Zheng Kai and his friends, but if Zheng Kai was in danger, then Bai Yunfei wouldn't hesitate to come out and fight, even if it was to his benefit or detriment….
Author Note: Hem hem. Zheng Kai is a character from many many chapters ago, so many readers will have probably forgotten about him. Please refer to chapter five and six.
"Zheng Kai, we meet again…."
Bai Yunfei turned to him with a smile.
The three men stiffened at Bai Yunfei's words, Zheng Kai looking the most surprised out of the three of them, "You….you know me?!"
None of the three were really recovered from the ordeal they just went through. They had all been despairing at the danger they were in and hadn't expected reinforcements to suddenly appear and save them. But when it did, they were all relieved.
Zheng Kai studied Bai Yunfei with a still surprised eye. His mind was hard at work trying to figure out just who this mysterious savior was.
His two companions were looking to Bai Yunfei and then back to Zheng Kai, unsure of what to say. They were waiting for Zheng Kai to say something and were obviously curious to hear the relationship between the two.
But Zheng Kai couldn't put his finger on it. His eyebrows knitted tighter and tighter the harder he thought, but he just couldn't figure it out. "Friend," he gave up, "Do we….know each other?"
He couldn't be blamed for not remembering. What happened in Talus City had been life-changing for Bai Yunfei, but not for Zheng Kai, who had only said and did the things he did on a whim. It was a minor interlude of his life that only really affected Bai Yunfei, and the lasting effects of the memory would only be long enough to last for a short amount of time instead than six whole years.
Bai Yunfei didn't mind, though. "Perhaps you don't remember, lord Zheng, but we met six years ago in Talus City of the Azure Cloud Province. We were at a place called the Beast Coliseum, my name is….Bai Yunfei!"
"Six years ago?" Zheng Kai queried, "Azure Cloud Province…..Talus City…...the Coliseum…?"
Those four phrases spun around his mind as he thought. Savoring each word as if to try and recall lost memories, Zheng Kai's eyes suddenly widened in surprise, "Bai Yunfei?! I remember now! You're that person from the Coliseum! You're Bai Yunfei! "
His eyes widened even more at the realization, as if he couldn't believe just what he was seeing or remembering.
Likewise, Bai Yunfei was pretty surprised that Zheng Kai even remembered any of that.
"Haha, so you do remember, lord Zheng. I am that same Bai Yunfei, the one you helped save from trouble. I've never forgotten the kindness you showed me ever since." Bai Yunfei bowed politely to Zheng Kai.
"Is….is it really you?! You were….you were just a…." Zheng Kai was thunderstruck. Now that he could remember, Zheng Kai could distinctly recall that Bai Yunfei hadn't even fully awakened to his soulforce when they met. So how was he so strong now….
Try as hard as he might, Zheng Kai simply couldn't make the connection between the young boy he saved six years ago to the man who saved him here today.
"Bai Yunfei?! You said you're Bai Yunfei? The very same one from the rumors, the one from the Crafting School? That Bai Yunfei?"
A hoarse voice cried out just then; it was the earth type Soul Exalt that had spoken.
Bai Yunfei turned to look at him. The man was no longer wearing his stone armor, revealing his sturdy physique. He stood at about half a head taller than Bai Yunfei and was quite well-proportioned. With his short hair and sharp eyes, the man looked like a very straightforward and honest young man.
Zheng Kai had been focusing on the 'six years' part when he was trying to remember who Bai Yunfei was, but hearing his name had also caused him to think of another 'rumor'.
The very same rumor everyone on the continent had already heard about.
The rumors said that there was a new genius from the Crafting School named Bai Yunfei. Three years ago, his actions at Praestia Pass astounded everyone there and contributed to his fame. But then when people expected to see more, he vanished. Just like the short appearance he made back in the Forest Pass Province, his impromptu disappearance led to many people forgetting about him.
Bai Yunfei nodded, "I am indeed a student of the Crafting School."
The tall man's eyes gleamed brightly. "Ah Zheng," He glanced over to Zheng Kai, "never thought that you've a friend like that!"
Zheng Kai's eyes grew even wider when he heard Bai Yunfei confirm his identity. But while he was thinking, Bai Yunfei pointed a finger to the tied up person farther away, "Is….that your friend? We should untie him first, perhaps?"
Looking over to where Bai Yunfei was pointing, they all realized with a start just what they were here for to begin with. Thanks to Bai Yunfei's appearance, they had all forgotten about the tied up person.
"Haha! My bad my bad!! Nearly forgot about him, fourth brother, your second brother is here to save you!"
Zheng Kai laughed in embarrassment. Racing off towards the tied up person still glaring at them, he was quickly followed by his two other friends and Bai Yunfei.