The attendant hadn't been expecting such a question. "Bai Yunfei! What do you mean your student…? You've the nerve to strongarm your way into Xue manor like this, have you no respect for the law?! Don't think just because you're strong you can run amok! Men! Arrest this man!!"
The people around Bai Yunfei immediately leapt forward to capture Bai Yunfei and the others at his command.
A deafening roar boomed into the courtyard, startling everyone in there.
From where the once adorable looking white doggie had been next to Bai Yunfei, it had transformed into a giant lion-sized white mastiff in a flash of white light. Standing in front of Bai Yunfei, it's paws cracked the stone tiles beneath it as it let loose another roar!
Every single person that had originally planned to attack Bai Yunfei immediately blanched as if struck by something and immediately retreated!
Those without enough strength had instead had their eyes roll to the back of their heads and faint to the ground!
"Cl-class….class seven soulbeast!!!!"
The attendant's face drained of all blood from his face as he stared wide-eyed at the mastiff. The fat on his face quivered incessantly, and sweat drops the size of beans started to pool all around his face. "Class seven soulbeast! A class seven soulbeast! But how!?"
Another loud roar erupted from the courtyard, though this time it was the blue-eyes wyrm from Bai Yunfei's right that unleashed it. Growing to a larger size in a blaze of blue light, it waved its tail threateningly to fully show off how terrifying a two-storied soulbeast could be.
This wasn't the true extent to the blue-eyes wyrm, as it had looked around to see how much room it had in the courtyard before growing in size. Towering over everyone next to the mastiff, it roared again and shook its tail so that it smacked into several of the Soul Exalts, knocking them flying away into the walls and turning the wall into rubble.
This time, nobody dared moved and instead stared dumbfoundedly at the two terrifying soulbeasts.
"Call Xue Gui out to see me!!"
Bai Yunfei's voice thundered again, this time no longer patient enough to argue or fight with them. His two soulbeasts had done the intimidation for him, all he wanted right now was to accomplish his goals as quickly as possible.
Frightened out of his mind, the attendant tried to drum up the very last vestiges of his courage, "You….what do you want with the young master? Bai Yunfei, I'm telling you, even if yo—"
"Call out Xue Gui to see me!!" Bai Yunfei repeated thrice. "I only wish to ask him a few questions. If you don't call him out, then I'll go in myself!!"
"Sire, please calm yourself. We can talk civilized here. If my little son has angered you, I will punish him accordingly, please don't be extreme with your actions!"
An elderly voice called out from the other side of the hall then. In the next moment, a rather plump elderly man in his fifties came walking out assisted by a middle-aged man.
When the attendant saw the two, he cried out at once, "My lord! Eldest master!!"
From his speech, the elder surely had to be the head of the Xue and Chancellor of Finance, Xue Chunhou. He was an ordinary person, but the middle-aged man next to him was his son, and a late-stage Soul Exalt.
He was currently being assisted by his son, as his face was deathly white and his body seemed like it had difficulty moving due to the overwhelming pressure of the permafrost mastiff and blue-eyes wyrm. But the fact that he was still able to keep moving despite not being a soul cultivator meant he was at least a person used to seeing people vastly stronger than him.
Without a care for how the man was, Bai Yunfei spoke, "I've said it before. Call Xue Gui out, I've some questions to ask him!"
The wrinkles around Xue Chunhou's eyes tightened as he tried to smile. "What business might sire have with my young son? He's in the middle of healing, I'm afraid he's…."
"Chancellor Xue, I feel that it's in your best interest to call out your son. My brother here has a few questions to ask. If he's innocent, then we'll leave at once and bother you no more."
A rather lazy-sounding voice called out then, causing Xue Chunhou to look at the source and look on in surprise, "You're….young master Zheng?!"
Zheng Kai nodded. "We didn't come here intentionally to make trouble. My brother here is Bai Yunfei, instructor of Tianhun Academy. One of his students has gone missing, and we're afraid your son might be involved somehow. If you could please call him out so my brother can inquire about her whereabouts."
Xue Chunhou's eyes dilated at the mention of Bai Yunfei's name. In fearful reverance, he gave Bai Yunfei a look before looking a little disturbed. "Lord...lord Bai's student has gone missing? How could my son be involved? He's been in his room healing the entire time…"
But when he saw the unkindly look on Bai Yunfei's face, he gulped. "Go," he commanded one of the soldiers, "Escort my son out!"
A while later, a pale-faced and bandaged Xue Gui came quivering out to face Bai Yunfei.
Bai Yunfei immediately started to question him when he appeared. "Let me ask you, did you send anyone to kidnap Fang Tianmeng?"
"Fang Tianmeng?" Xue Gui repeated. He had been completely scared when he was told Bai Yunfei was there for him, but he didn't know what Bai Yunfei was talking about, "What happened to her?"
"She's missing, did you or did you not send people after her?" Bai Yunfei asked again, staring heavily at Xue Gui. The Charm Bracelet on his left hand pulsed slightly….
Xue Gui didn't know how to respond, the other party had thought that he had kidnapped Bai Yunfei's students. And that was why they were interrogating him?
"I...I did not!" He defended himself. "I haven't done a thing at all! I've been home and in my room all day yesterday to now. I didn't go anywhere, how could I even send anyone to kidnap Fang Tianmeng?"
"It really has nothing to do with me!" Xue Gui half-sobbed.
Bai Yunfei looked away to grip at his Charm Bracelet, his expression as stormy as ever.
He didn't think Xue Gui was lying because….Xue Gui was telling the truth.
Through the Charm Bracelet, Bai Yunfei was able to establish a mental link with Xue Gui without the other party knowing. He didn't talk with him, but he was able to sense his emotions and roughly what he was thinking. The ability to do so was something he had found out about the Charm Bracelet after studying it. With this, he was able to roughly sense the mood of a person of those with lesser mental strength than him. He couldn't directly hear what they were thinking about, but he could at the very least infer if they were lying or not.
Xue Gui was speaking the truth. He really had nothing to do with Fang Tianmeng's disappearance.
But if he didn't, then how in the world did Fang Tianmeng disappear?
For a few moments, Bai Yunfei thought to himself, but in the end, he looked towards Xue Chunhou, "Apologies for the disturbance, we'll be leaving."
"Let's go." He spoke to the others.
Bai Yunfei was silent for a while after they left, leaving Mo Chen to ask him impatiently, "Instructor Bai, is Xue Gui really not responsible for Tianmeng's disappearance?"
Bai Yunfei nodded." Xue Gui wasn't lying. Let's return to the academy and see if Dongfang Yuhui and the others have found anything."
A while back, Dongfang Yuhui and Ouyang Yuhun had gone looking for clues where Fang Tianmeng might've gone. He only wished that the two would find a clue or something….
As they reached the gates of the academy, they saw Dongfang Yuhui waiting. When they saw Bai Yunfei, their eyes lit up before they ran towards him.
"What happened? Did you find any clues, where are the others?"
Dongfang Yuhui replied first, "They're in the academy, we've found Ye Yu!"
"Whatz?!" Bai Yunfei looked pleasantly surprised, "And Tianmeng?"
"We don't know…." Dongfang Yuhui shook his head.
"Eh? What's the meaning of that? If we found Ye Yu, how could we not know where Fang Tianmeng might be?"
"While we did find Ye Yu," Dongfang Yuhui spoke grimly, "We can't really ask him anything right now, because….he's in a coma from his wounds!"