Bai Yunfei was at a disadvantage. The young man he was fighting clearly didn't care to kill Bai Yunfei by his own hand—as was common in most grudges. He looked a lot calmer than before. If anything, he looked even more determined to kill Bai Yunfei. Bai Yunfei's couldn't be postponed, it had to be done now!
If left alive, Bai Yunfei would become a tremendous threat to them!
Still, even though the black-hooded man was commanding Xue Wei to kill Bai Yunfei, he was looking a little unconfident about that likelihood now.
His reinforcements were here, but Bai Yunfei's reinforcements were there now as well! And three equally powerful ones to boot! One figure in gray, one in blue, and a small bird were now right beside Bai Yunfei.
"What?! He's Bai Yunfei of the Crafting School?!"
Xue Wei let out a small gasp underneath his breath. He had only now just realized the circumstances of this fight and was quickly realizing the severity of the foreseeable future. "Young master," He whispered, "We must leave this place at once!
"Half a day ago," He continued without letting his young charge speak, "the first elder of the Crafting School brought three students with him! We won't stand a chance if they arrive!!"
"The first elder?!"
The young man blanched at the implications. He frowned, eyes blinking rapidly at the implications of that. "Damn! We're leaving then!!"
Xue Wei didn't hesitate to act this time. The space around them rippled slightly as he opened up a tear in the space.
The young man gave one final glance at Bai Yunfei down below, his eyes burning with enough hatred to make anyone shiver. He stepped through the tear right behind Xue Wei while the black-robed elder behind him stared strangely at Long Lan before following through the spatial tear.
One second later, the three were well over a kilometer away. A few more tears later, the three were completely gone and out of sight.
While Xue Wei was speaking to the black-hooded man.
Bai Yunfei had an uneasy look on his face at the sight of the two other people with the black-hooded man. But he was excited to feel the familiar presence of several people coming towards him. Turning around, he watched as the space behind him opened up to reveal two figures coming through it.
One of the two figures was a small prisma oriole. The moment when it came out from the other side of the tear, it flew straight for Bai Yunfei, "Yunfei, are you alright?!"
Visibly more relaxed than before now, Bai Yunfei smiled. "Yeah, I'm fine."
The one who had an aura of blue light was, of course, Long Lan. And the woman in gray robes next to him was elder Wu of the Underworld School.
Xiao Qi was the first to realize Bai Yunfei was out from the pocket due to their bond and rushed over. The other two elders from the Underworld School was a little uneasy when they heard from Xiao Qi that Bai Yunfei was fighting, and combined with their young charges currently in the middle of absorbing the Extreme King Pills, two of the three elders decided to stay behind. The third, elder Wu, took Xiao Qi and Long Lan with her so they could go after Bai Yunfei.
As fine as Bai Yunfei said he was, Xiao Qi could still tell that Bai Yunfei was practically exhausted of soulforce despite being physically unharmed. His 'Berserk Mode' took a heavy toll on his reserves, and his muscles looked like they were close to withering as well with all the fine lines and cracks on them.
"Damn!! Who was it! Yunfei, who were the people that attacked you?! Xiao Lan, we're going to devour them!!"
Xiao Qi was furious right now. He was staring at the three figures off in the distance with a very uncharacteristic aura of murderous intent. To even hear the bird tell Xiao Lan to 'devour them' was a testament to how angry he was.
"Xiao Qi, don't bother." Bai Yunfei shook his head. He of all people knew just how terrifying the black-hooded youth was, and the two new people with him were even stronger than he was. To attack them three would be foolish.
"Who were those people, Bai Yunfei? How did you start fighting them?"
Elder Wu had a focused stare onto Bai Yunfei. She was secretly surprised about the sight she saw earlier, the maelstrom of black and red energy from Bai Yunfei's fight. Even at her strongest, she'd be hard pressed to come out with an attack as strong as Bai Yunfei's—she still had a hard time believing it was him that unleashed the attack in all honesty. Bai Yunfei was a Late-stage Soul Exalt. Him being strong enough to do something like this was unbelievable.
Bai Yunfei shook his head, "I don't know myself. The young man in black with them sealed his strength somehow and pretended to be a Soul Exalt to get into the pocket. Most of the people inside were massacred by him. Somehow, I managed to come across him, and that's how…"
"What?!" Elder Wu exclaimed, "Massacred?! Why would he do such a thing?!"
"They're leaving!" Came Xiao Qi's cry.
The elder in blood-red robes was opening up a spatial tear now for them three to walk through.
"Yunfei!" Xiao Qi cried out again, this time inquiring if they should give chase.
But Bai Yunfei said nothing. He stared at the three without an emotion to be seen on his face. And not one to wait for something to be done against them, the three walked into the spatial tear and disappeared.
"Damn!" Xiao Qi cursed as the three disappeared and reappeared farther away. "Xiao Lan, what's wrong with you?! Aren't you going to do anything? Are you afraid?!"
Long Lan had been stuck steadfastly to his feet from the very beginning. Having not moved a muscle or said a thing, Long Lan looked almost like a statue, which was very strange for someone of his personality. Normally, he would've gone after the three individuals as soon as Xiao Qi gave the word.
"Long Lan, what's wrong?"
Bai Yunfei turned to him. Like Xiao Qi, he was also confused by Long Lan's silence. In fact, Long Lan looked almost 'terrified'!
A shiver traveled up Long Lan's spine at the questioning of both Xiao Qi and Bai Yunfei. Blinking several times, he turned away from where the black-hooded man and two others disappeared to slowly exhale.
"Long Lan, wh—erk!!"
As he was in the middle of asking what was wrong again, Bai Yunfei couldn't help but grunt in pain as the injuries and fatigue from his battle caught up to him. Swaying slightly in the breeze, he sat down and brought his palm to his chest. A small burst of fire came out from his chest before disappearing, and soon after, his power level dropped from an Early-stage Soul King back to a Peak Late-stage Soul Exalt.
"I'm going to rest, Xiao Qi. Keep an eye out."
With one quick message to Xiao Qi through their soul bond, Bai Yunfei closed his eyes and began to meditate.
"Xiao Lan, stand at guard!"
Xiao Qi urged Long Lan at once. Straight away, the two took up positions to the left and right of Bai Yunfei, leaving elder Wu to stare quizzically at Bai Yunfei for a second before she moved to cover their behind.
A few dozen seconds later, elder Wu tilted her head up to stare at the space up ahead.
An orange beam of light was coming straight at them from the direction elder Wu was looking at. It disappeared when it was a kilometer away from the four before then reappearing as a single person just ten meters away!
"Who's there?! Stop where you are!!"
Xiao Qi shouted at once. His entire body blared with elemental fire as he transformed into a fiery roc to intimidate and prepare himself for battle.