It was as if something realized the intrusion on the auras. Like a flickering television signal, the auras flickered for one last time before disappearing!!
In a single instance, tens of thousands of auras had disappeared all at once as if they hadn't existed in the first place!
Everyone was so startled by the sight that some of them let out a strangled cry. They scanned the area but felt nothing in response. It was as if the auras they sensed earlier had only been an illusion.
"F*ck! What is going on here!! This is freaky, Yunfei, far too freaky. We shouldn't be here, let's leave right now!"
Zheng Kai pleaded to Bai Yunfei as he looked back down at the now deserted city center.
Tang Xinyun and the others had the same ideas well, but Bai Yunfei was still looking off into a distance at a large building in the center of the place as if thinking about something.
"Yunfei, what's wrong?" Tang Xinyun noticed what Bai Yunfei was looking at and asked.
Bai Yunfei pointed at the large building after several seconds, "There's….people in the lord-mayor's place."
"What?" Zheng Kai's eyes widened, "There are?!"
Bai Yunfei nodded. "Just one person, and most likely a commoner judging from their aura…."
With the combined efforts of Xiao Qi, Long Lan, and Bai Yunfei, the three of them were able to sense the aura of a single person in the lord-mayor's mansion. And since all of the other auras were gone now, that one aura was all the more obvious.
At Bai Yunfei's prompting, everyone else started to look around with their soulsense as well.
A voice suddenly called out to them, a weak voice that was just barely loud enough for them to hear!
Someone was calling for help!
"Save me….someone save me…."
Straining their soulsense in trying to pinpoint the aura, everyone could sense the exact same thing. This wasn't an illusion, someone really was calling for help!
And this voice clearly belonged to a young girl!
It was a very weak voice and wouldn't have been heard by the group if they weren't Soul Exalts. The voice was very strained as if the owner was in pain and filled with terror. In fact, the voice was practically being murmured as she was falling out of consciousness.
"What's going on here….now we find a person, and they're at the very center of the city. What's going on here? So many auras disappeared at once, and now someone's calling for help…." Zheng Kai muttered to himself. "Yunfei, what do you say we should do? Should we just leave this place? Or…."
"Of course we'll go save that person, are you really just going to ignore someone in need of help?" A cross Kou Tingting interrupted, looking unhappy at his question.
"Er….no, of course I was planning on saving them. I just wanted everyone's opinions first. I want to save that person too…." Realizing that Kou Tingting didn't like her response, Zheng Kai moved to correct himself. He sighed to himself though, "If we really are going to save somebody, is it really wise if there's something strange afoot?"
Silent for a moment to think, Bai Yunfei sighed. "Something strange is out here. Leaving would be the safest idea, but if there really is someone asking for us to save them, we can't just leave them to die. It's a small child too, we should try to save her no matter what…."
"Maybe it's a little girl hiding on her bed?? There doesn't seem to be anything else around her. We can just go in and take her and leave, can't we? It seems pretty simple….." Xiao Qi suggested.
"It'd be great if it goes that way…." Bai Yunfei sighed.
"How about this, Xiao Qi and I will go in to save her. You all wait on the outside. If something happens, then leave at once. Everyone's safety is the most important thing here."
"Just you two? That's not good, is it? I think we should all stick together. It's not too far away, and we're all in the middle of the city anyways. Waiting outside or sitting here isn't too different." Zheng Kai objected.
"Zheng Kai is right," Tang Xinyun agreed, "We should go together, Yunfei. It's a young girl, so Tingting and I would be of some assistance. It's best if we all go together."
"I…." Bai Yunfei seemed to want to object, but he acquiesced. "Fine then, we can go together."
With their plan set in stone, everyone headed off for the large mansion. They flew over the walls and then into the large hall to walk into the receiving room.
This was where the young girl was calling from. Standing by the door, the group scanned the building again with their soulsense to hear the girl call out again.
Bai Yunfei was looking through the place as carefully as he could. There was nothing out of the ordinary it seemed, and the entire place looked empty, aside from the young girl hiding on the upper floor.
Both Kou Tingting and Tang Xinyun looked worried as they listened to the weakened cries of the young girl, and even Huangfu Rui looked a little pained at it. Pulling at Tang Xinyun's hand, she whispered to her, "Sis Yun, she sounds like she's in pain….we should hurry up and save her…."
"Yes, we'll be in there shortly." Tang Xinyun nodded and sent a glance over to Bai Yunfei.
Bai Yunfei glanced in turn to Long Lan to tell him to stay in the back while he went up first. Walking up to the right door, Bai Yunfei pressed his hand against it and pushed it open.
The door was pushed aside without anything else inside the room activating, meaning Bai Yunfei was able to peer into the room without a problem.
It was slightly dark inside of the room with there only being a single candle inside. Up to the left side of the room was a single bed where Bai Yunfei could see her.
A scrawny young girl was huddled on top of the bed, shivering with terrified eyes to look at Bai Yunfei.
She looked to be around seven or eight years old, though with how frazzled her hair was it was impossible to see what she looked like properly.
The moment the door opened saw to the young girl starting. She looked to Bai Yunfei in terror, but when she saw his friendly face, hope began to resurface in her eyes. Opening her mouth, she managed to say two words.
Looking a little concerned for the young girl, Tang Xinyun side stepped past Bai Yunfei to hurry into the room towards her with Bai Yunfei right behind her.
"Little sister, are you alright? What happened?"
Quickly arriving at the little bed, Tang Xinyun reached out to give the young girl a hug.
Suddenly, Bai Yunfei stepped out from behind her. Grabbing onto Tang Xinyun, he swung her behind and quickly stepped back away from the bed!
The bed underneath the girl immediately started to shake. Tendrils of shadows came flying out from underneath with one tendril wrapping around the little girl on the bed and pulling her under! The other two tendrils shot forth like snakes to coil around the retreating Bai Yunfei and Tang Xinyun!
At the same time, the high-pitched scream of Huangfu Rui could be heard outside the room!