Bai Yunfei was surprised by the sudden iciness in Cheng Xin's words.
It wasn't as though he was scared, he was just surprised that it happened.
Up until this point, Bai Yunfei thought this was merely just one of those small 'enticements' between those young masters with power in the Capital and those with less. So when Cheng Xin suddenly started to speak a message so obviously meant to be bear ill-will towards Zheng Kai and his group, Bai Yunfei was stunned. Was the man not afraid he'd go back and 'report' to Zheng Kai of what transpired in this room?
But then Cheng Xin went and made this a deal where Bai Yunfei would be killed to keep the secret a secret!
Could the death of a person be so easily done over something as silly as this?
The truth of the matter was that Bai Yunfei's life didn't amount to anything in the eyes of Cheng Xin. He was a mere Soul Ancestor with no background. If a person like that was killed and the body hidden, who would know?
Still, Bai Yunfei wouldn't be cowered by such a situation. "And even if I agreed? Are you not afraid that I'd 'betray' you?" His eyes grew noticeably colder.
"Betray?" Cheng Xin laughed at the notion. His right hand shook once to retrieve a black colored pill. "This is a Spirit Seizing Pill, formed by synthesizing the toxins of sixty-six poisonous soulbeasts. You'll feel an indescribable amount of pain as your soul starts to tear up in ten days. Your soul will be ripped apart in a month if you don't eat the antidote. Even a Soul King will have to expend a great deal of effort to expunge it from their bodies. Do you think that the Soul King of the house of Zheng will even bother to help you?"
The sinister smile on his face was bone-chilling to say the least.
What an absolutely vile means of doing things!
Cheng Xin looked pleased at the shocked expression on Bai Yunfei's face. "You don't need to worry. I won't treat you badly as long as you serve me faithfully. You'll see plenty of good benefits in the future…."
Confident that he had Bai Yunfei now, he tossed the pill towards Bai Yunfei. "Eat it then and I'll show you just how well it is to serve me."
Bai Yunfei studied the pill in his hand for a moment, his eyes later turning back to Cheng Xin. "My apologies, but I'll have to decline."
Cheng Xin cried out in disbelief. "What did you say!? Repeat yourself!"
Bai Yunfei shrugged, "I said I'll have to decline. My apologies. I'll be leaving now. Please find someone else to play the spying game with you, lord Cheng."
He turned around abruptly, much to the shock of everyone else there in the room. When Bai Yunfei took several steps away from the room, Cheng Xin snapped in anger, "Brat, do you want to die?! I'll give you one last chance or you'll die here today!"
Bai Yunfei turned around for one brief moment to smile mockingly at him. "Are you not afraid of the trouble killing me will have?"
"You talk big game," Cheng Xin sneered, "but you're a nameless pawn trying to act like a king. Do you really think I'd fall for that? I could have you disappeared and killed in a single night! There'd be no one that'd pay attention to a nobody like you!"
Cheng Xin was still looking at Bai Yunfei like an ordinary Soul Ancestor. He had lived in the Capital his entire life, there wasn't anybody of any importance he didn't know. Bai Yunfei didn't look like anyone he should know, and his power was far too low to even be a guard for anyone important. And the fact that Zheng Kai had failed to introduce them only reinforced this misconception, hence why Cheng Xin was treating Bai Yunfei as such.
The indifference on Bai Yunfei's face infuriated Cheng Xin. Feeling that his goodwill had been taken for as a joke, Cheng Xin barked, "If you want to die, then I'll give it to you! Kill him and feed his carcass to the dogs!"
Spoken like an overlord of death, Cheng Xin signed off on the death of Bai Yunfei.
A cold light entered Bai Yunfei's eyes. The actions of Cheng Xin were laughable to Bai Yunfei and not at all something he felt like trying to resolve. Taking one final look at the clownish expression on Cheng Xin's face, Bai Yunfei left the room.
But the fact that Cheng Xin was really intent on killing him meant that Bai Yunfei couldn't leave things lying like that….
Two late-stage Soul Ancestors flew forward as soon as they were given the order as if they had been prepared to do so long before.
One man had a dagger in his hand and the other had a metallic claw equipped on his hand. From both sides, the two rushed at Bai Yunfei in a pincer attack. They weren't too fast, but they managed to get to Bai Yunfei quick enough with their weapons aimed at his throat and heart.
Bai Yunfei stopped Xiao Qi from moving from his shoulder and stood there. His hands flashed crimson and violet before the two Desert Eagles appeared in them.
Gunfire ran through the air as a red and violet bullet fired out from the guns to pierce through the thighs of the two Soul Ancestors before they could dodge!
The two men immediately crashed to the ground by Bai Yunfei. Clutching at their legs, they howled in pain and confusion at what had happened.
Hardly anyone had even noticed what Bai Yunfei had done with how fast he moved. All they could see were two mists of blood as two of their own fell to the ground.
"Protect the young master!"
Someone cried out, spurring everyone else into action. The strongest, a late-stage Soul Exalt elder behind Cheng Xin, was the first to act. Stepping in front of Cheng Xin, the elder exploded in a layer of orange light.
With his warning, everyone else was able to respond as well. Yelling aloud, nearly ten more figures came rushing at Bai Yunfei.
Bai Yunfei's legs remained where they stood, but his hands were a blur as his Desert Eagles fired repeatedly. Bullet after bullet was fired to strike down anyone that drew close to Bai Yunfei, and some of the soul cultivators were hit with at least five of them!
In no time at all, four Soul Ancestors came crashing down to the ground with howls of pain. Two of the early-stage Soul Exalts were able to dodge half of the bullets before being forced back while the two mid-stage Soul Exalts were able to dodge them all. But like the others, they drew back in fear of trying to press their luck.
"Wha—what kind of soul armament is that?!"
Everyone had the same question on their minds.
A peculiar light came over Cheng Xin's eyes as they fell upon the Desert Eagles in Bai Yunfei's hands. From behind the elder, he cried out, "Kill him! Thirty mid-grade primal stones to whomever kills him!"
The two mid-stage Soul Exalts immediately went forward at that along with one of the slightly injured early-stage Soul Exalts. Biting their lips, they clutched their weapons and charged at Bai Yunfei.