‘Smiling’ in between killing people.
Qiu Bailu’s heart skipped a beat in fear, his mind unable to do anything but to look on in fear.
His fear wasn’t because of Bai Yunfei killing people. His name wasn’t given to him in vain, and neither was the nickname of ‘Mara’. After several dozen years of killing, his victim list was perhaps in the hundreds if not the thousands, he wouldn’t even bat an eye if he killed a commoner.
What surprised him was the fact that Bai Yunfei was killing these people without even a warning!! He couldn’t even see Bai Yunfei move as he killed!
It was important to note that Qiu Bailu was a man who walked the path between life and death almost constantly. He was more than familiar with the sensation of ‘killing’ and all that applied to it. In his experience, any one person would always reveal a hint of intent to kill the moment before they do so and their soulforce would fluctuate just slightly. As a late-stage Soul Exalt, his perception on the act was far more sensitive, and he’d even be able to sense when an early-stage Soul King was prepared to kill. (But even if he could feel that murderous intent, it didn’t mean he’d be able to evade it in time)
But right now, Bai Yunfei wasn’t revealing even a bit of that murderous intent. From start to finish, his aura had been the exact same, and even after he killed the two persons, there wasn’t even a change in his expression!
An ‘unordinary behavior’ like this was what truly gave Qiu Bailu the fear he was feeling.
Furthermore, he didn’t even know just when this youth in front of him had used the strange soul armament in his hand and shot his two companions through the head….
To make the matters even worse, the last words of his bald-headed companion had revealed that all he was saying was a lie. This meant the youth would be even more likely to kill him now.
“Fuck! My life is important, so don’t blame me for trying to preach for it! That damnable person didn’t tell me I’d come across such a killer, this is all his fault!!”
Qiu Bailu gritted his teeth before finally staring back at Bai Yunfei, “Fine—I’ll speak! There really was a person that hired us to come. We were only pawns, people that had debts! Sire, please spare us and I guarantee you I can bring you to that person! There’s no need for you to do anything, we’ll help you take revenge on him!”
But his words didn’t even spark a single emotion on Bai Yunfei’s face.
Qiu Bailu hesitated for a moment before he continued. “Sire, could you first please release our bonds? I’ll personally take you to that person!”
There was a loud echo of gunfire, followed by the groans of another three of his companions before they were killed.
Bai Yunfei was still expressionless.
“He’s crazy! He’s f*cking gone crazy!!” Qiu Bailu rorared to himself. “The leader of the ‘Desert Wolves’ in the southern parts sent us here, he told us to kidnap a few girls for him!!”
The ‘Desert Wolves’?” Bai Yunfei repeated in surprise. Feeling that the name was familiar to him, Bai Yunfei thought for a moment—wasn’t that the gang that little ‘killer’ Yi Zi was running from the same day he went with Zheng Kai to go fight?
He remembered that the vice-leader of that gang was only a Soul Sprite before Yi Zi killed him off. The leader himself was only just a Soul Ancestor, and the gang itself was very weak. How could they possibly employ a group of Soul Exalts like Qiu Bailu and the others??
Qiu Bailu could tell from Bai Yunfei’s expressions that he was doubting what he said. “The leader is a mid-stage Soul Ancestor, but he’s just a middle man. The reward being offered was tremendous, a sum that only the major factions can even hope to give. I’m speaking the truth. There’s half of the reward in my space ring, we can offer it to you sire. Everything I’m saying is without a lie. Sire, if you allow me to go after the Desert Wolves, I can force them to say who the real mastermind is!”
Eyes flashing dangerously to the right hand of Qiu Bailu, Bai Yunfei waved his right hand and forced Qiu Bailu’s right arm up. The space ring on his right index finger came flying off of it and into Bai Yunfei’s hand.
Taking the ring, Bai Yunfei looked through it for a moment before then looking back to Qiu Bailu, “Was it really the Desert Wolves that sent you?”
“I don’t believe you.”
“....” A muscle in Qiu Bailu’s face twitched.
“You interrogated me when you thought I was lying, and now you don’t believe me when I’m telling the truth, are you f*cking with me?!”
His next words were spoken in a hurry, “I’m speaking the truth!! Sire, if you can bring me to the Desert Wolves, you’ll see for yourself the truth!”
“Is that so?” Bai Yunfei spoke. “But if you set a trap for me there, wouldn’t that just mean I’d be walking into it?”
“Er….” Another facial twitch. In his mind, Qiu Bailu was thinking that whatever Bai Yunfei was thinking was merely just conjecture and not reality.
At this moment, Qiu Bailu saw Bai Yunfei raise that strange soul armament of his and point it towards him.
“Ho—Hold on, what are—”
There was another bang as the person two persons to his right had his head blown up. The body twitched reflexively from the shot before it went still for the last time.
“Do you speak the truth?”
Bai Yunfei’s words were practically like ice.
Qiu Bailu’s pupil dilated within themselves, “It’s true! It’s true! I wouldn’t lie to you!”
“I don’t believe you.”
Again, those four words were said again. Another shot was heard as yet another one of Qiu Bailu’s companions was killed. Blood and brain splattered everywhere—some on his face—and his ears were ringing now.
“He’s gone mad! Truly and utterly mad!!!” Qiu Bailu howled to himself. He didn’t know what Bai Yunfei would do next. Killing a person without even showing any intent and completely incapable of communication either!
When he saw Bai Yunfei point the soul armament to his own head, Qiu Bailu’s eye dilated again to become practically a pin hole in size. Fear gripped at his heart as he howled, “I’m really not lying to you! I’m speaking the truth! Honestly!! What else do you want from me!?”
“Look at my eyes!!”
Qiu Bailu flinched reflexively at the roar. Fearing for his life, Qiu Bailu did as Bai Yunfei said and looked up. Somehow, Bai Yunfei was now right in front of him, and the moment he looked up, he saw an eerily strange light as if he was staring into a pair of whirlpools rather than eyes….
“Who sent you here?!”
An explosive-like voice rang in his mind, freezing Qiu Bailu to the core. Memories flickered across his eye before he himself went slugged. His single eye grew unfocused as he stared in the direction of Bai Yunfei.
Bai Yunfei’s position in front of Qiu Bailu was a little strange with how he was stooped over to stare at his eye. In Bai Yunfei’s own eyes, there was a pinkish light in them that shined in the same way his Charm Bracelet was shining with a type of ‘frequency’ in between the two like never before.
Clearly, Bai Yunfei was looking at Qiu Bailu’s eye and ‘searching’ his soul for something….