The might of Qin Shoufeng's low-heaven tier soul armament was awe-inspiring with how the flames billowed from it. The air seemed like it was warping in where the sword cut as if it was being sliced in two.
Only a few people were traveling on the main roads today. Most of them were soul cultivators, but even they were unable to hide their shock from seeing someone being attacked out of the blue. Qin Shoufeng was a Late-stage Soul Exalt and was using a powerful heaven-tier soul armament, so anyone that wanted to stop him from attacking the female was immediately dissauded.
Like the spectators around her, Tang Xinyun was surprised that she was being attacked, but not so surprised that she didn't move to protect herself. A small golden slip was retrieved from her space ring in one fluid motion before she activated it.
At the same time, a golden barrier erected itself around Tang Xinyun, there was a furious chirp from the skies above. Xiao Qi was descending down from the skies like a clap of lightning. His wings were shining a dreadfully dark-purple light as he prepared to turn whoever was attacking Tang Xinyun into a pile of smoldering ashes.
The two of them came to a stop, however, and paused whatever they were doing to wait.
That was because a figure had suddenly materialized in the space in front of Tang Xinyun to prevent Qin Shoufeng from passing through.
A clash of metal and a wave of fire erupted from the area. Dust was scattered everywhere along with rays of red light as a hand grabbed onto Qin Shoufeng's sword and locked him in place.
This person was Bai Yunfei. His face was unnaturally chilling and his eyes could freeze even water. "Do you want to die, Qin Shoufeng?!" He spat one word at a time.
"Die! Die!! I'll kill you!! Dieeee!!!"
Qin Shoufeng looked even more incensed despite Bai Yunfei's appearance. His feet were swinging in midair whilst he was being held up, and his sword arm was bulging as he attempted to pull the sword back. But Bai Yunfei's grip on it was solid.
Qin Shoufeng howled. Relinquishing his hold onto the sword, he aimed a palm thrust at Bai Yunfei's throat!
The cold sheen in Bai Yunfei's eyes sparked ominously. Letting go of the other arm of Qin Shoufeng, Bai Yunfei slammed his palm into his stomach.
A ring of elemental fire had come forward to protect Qin Shoufeng from Bai Yunfei's strike, but it was to no avail. Bai Yunfei's palm strike tore through it as if it wasn't there and sent Qin Shoufeng flying a hundred steps away.
Bai Yunfei stored away Qin Shoufeng's sword into his space ring. "Xinyun, are you alright?" He asked.
It was a rhetorical question given the circumstances, but Tang Xinyun felt touched nonetheless. "I'm fine." She smiled.
Xiao Qi and Xiao Bai descended to eye level with Bai Yunfei and Tang Xinyun with Xiao Bai roosting on top of Tang Xinyun's shoulder. "Yunfei," Xiao Qi chirped, "wasn't that person Qin Shoufeng? Is he crazy? Or suicidal?"
A furious roar answered Xiao Qi's question, causing the four of them to turn their heads towards the source.
Bai Yunfei was surprised. Although he didn't put too much force into his attack, he still expected Qin Shoufeng to be forced down for a while. But a figure cloaked in red light and a murderous aura was charging back for him again!
"You're just asking for trouble!!"
Bai Yunfei snapped. He kicked off against the ground to charge forward and meet with Qin Shoufeng. Despite his suspicions on why Qin Shoufeng had suddenly gone crazy like this, he wasn't feeling too rational himself.
Anyone that wanted to harm Tang Xinyun wouldn't be so easily forgiven.
There was no changing how strong Qin Shoufeng was, no matter how angry he was. A Soul Exalt was nothing in the eyes of Bai Yunfei. In the blink of an eye, Bai Yunfei had already intercepted him and landed a punch onto Qin Shoufeng's stomach!
Like last time, Qin Shoufeng wasn't able to dodge or protect himself. Bai Yunfei's fist slammed against his stomach with a loud crack. Several of his ribs had been broken despite the blow being aimed downwards of his stomach.
Blood flew out from Qin Shoufeng's mouth as he was thrust backward yet again. But before he could fly too far away from Bai Yunfei…
Both of his arms grabbed hold of the arm that had been used to punch him in the stomach!
Bai Yunfei hadn't expected to see Qin Shoufeng's arms wrap around his. His actions were almost as if Qin Shoufeng wasn't even feeling any pain to begin with.
When he looked up, he was greeted with a very odd 'smile'!
"Bai Yunfei…you're dead for sure!"
A demonic light flashed across Qin Shoufeng's eyes. The words he spoke were eerily-cold, and combined with the grin on his face, Qin Shoufeng's demeanor was downright bone-chilling.
There was definitely something extremely off with this situation, and Bai Yunfei couldn't help but think of something preposterous about Qin Shoufeng right now.
The grin on Qin Shoufeng's eyes didn't even look like it was Qin Shoufeng's doing…
But then before he could think any more about it, Bai Yunfei's eyes widened as he realized something!
The aura within Qin Shoufeng's body was reaching a volatile level of power!
This was just too out of the blue! No one, Bai Yunfei included, expected to see Qin Shoufeng do something like that! There wasn't even enough time for Bai Yunfei to pull his arm free from Qin Shoufeng's grasp!
There was an ear-deafening explosion as the area where Bai Yunfei and Qin Shoufeng was was engulfed by a bonfire of red light!
Tang Xinyun cried out in horror as she charged towards him.
"Don't worry, Yunfei's fine."
Xiao Qi called out to her before she could get far. Green light burst out from Xiao Qi's body as a bubble of wind gathered around Tang Xinyun to protect her. There was an even larger barrier of wind that covered the surrounding hundred steps from the explosion to prevent the elemental fire from harming any of the passersby.
With nowhere to go but up, the explosion of fire was quickly transformed into a pillar of fire.
The second source of fire exploded from within the pillar seconds after. Emerging from the center with force, the newer source of fire scattered apart from the first and soared into the air to devour at the rest of the remaining sparks before disappearing…
Left behind at ground-zero was a figure cloaked entirely in fire.
It was Bai Yunfei. He looked completely unharmed even despite the fact that a Late-stage Soul Exalt had just self-destructed literally within arm's reach of him. If not for the fact that the robes of the arm that had been grabbed onto by Qin Shoufeng, one wouldn't even know that Bai Yunfei was even in danger. Not even a single strand of his hair had been singed.
But even despite the relatively unharmed Bai Yunfei was in, there was an unsightly look on his face…
He was at a loss for words right now. Never had he thought that Qin Shoufeng would do such an instantaneous thing. Why would Qin Shoufeng self-destruct?!
He was the second son of the Qin, and now he was…dead?!"
"What's going on here? What in the world is going on here!?" His mind was wracked with confusion as he tried to figure out the answer…
An anguished howl erupted from the direction of Swallow City, prompting Bai Yunfei to look up. A streak of green light was flying from the skies over to where he was. It was Qin Shouhao!
Bai Yunfei felt his heart skip a beat as the severity of the situation caught up to him.
"This…could be trouble…"