One second passed by.Â
It was just a second, but it felt like an eternity to the white-faced Qing Song. His back was already completely drenched with sweat from his anxiety.
Truly, the passage of time almost felt far too slow to him. It felt as if he would die from old age after this moment was overâ€¦Â
A momentâ€™s inaction was dangerous. For people as strong as him, a second could determine their life or death several times over.
Though he was straddling the fine line between life and death, Qing Song couldnâ€™t help but feel excited. Bai Yunfei would no doubt be left unprotected if he dodged this, and that meant he had an excellent chance of killing Bai Yunfei!
â€śHmph! So, in the end, youâ€™ve run out of parlor tricks?! It doesnâ€™t matter how many tricks you have up your sleeve, you cannot escape death!â€ť
Song Qingâ€™s eyes honed in on Bai Yunfei like a snake eyeing its prey. His soulforce was circulating in preparation to strike and kill Bai Yunfei in one blow.
It was at that moment a sense of danger crawled up his spine. Sensing something above him, Qing Song snapped his head up. Something had been casting its shadow from above himâ€¦Â
Something that was black and gold in color and was the shape of a bell!
The only thing that could be heard was the bell dropping down onto Song Qing. His elemental barrier was rendered useless as no attack struck itâ€”the bell had simply been too big for its interior to touch it!
It was strange that the bell could make such a sound when it fell. Qing Song had been standing on thin air and yet the bell made the same sound it would as it would if it fell onto solid ground.Â
When the bellÂ didÂ fall, a black and gold sheen of light materialized at the bottom of the bell to form a material surface for the bell to rest on.
At what was the most critical juncture of the battle between Bai Yunfei and Qing Song, Bai Yunfei used the King Caging Bell to trap his still-frozen opponent!
That was the last resort Bai Yunfei had up his sleeve!!
He hadnâ€™t any other way to attack Qing Song. He was already operating the King Caging Bell to imprison Qing Song when the Yunâ€™s Soul Ring had warded off his opponentâ€™s attack. By using the Core Stone to evade his opponent, Bai Yunfei was able to fly the King Caging Bell over Qing Songâ€™s head while being camouflaged in the flames.
Qing Song hadnâ€™t been wrong in one regard. When Bai Yunfei used Soul Ignition to recover his strength and then the Soul Anchoring Technique to attack, he really was defenseless. But defenseless didnâ€™t mean being unable to think. With a single command, Bai Yunfei was able to precisely drop the King Caging Bell onto Qing Song!
Generally speaking, there was no way a Half-emperor would be caught so off guard like Qing Song had. In Qing Songâ€™s defense, this battle with Bai Yunfei had been so alarming to him that he couldnâ€™t help but focus entirely onto him. He hadnâ€™t the time to spare for the flames left behind by the Dual Dragon Burst and was thus caught off guard by the King Caging Bell. Even more importantlyâ€¦he didnâ€™t realize Bai Yunfei would have the treasured King Caging Bell in his possession!
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â€śThis isâ€¦the King Caging Bell?! How!!â€ť
He knew what the King Caging Bell was, of course. He just couldnâ€™t believe his eyes that the King Caging Bell of all things was imprisoningÂ him. No matter how much he didnâ€™t want to believe it, the truth was biting down on him hard!
â€śWhyâ€¦why! Why is the King Caging Bell in his hands rather than Qin Bangjie?! How canâ€¦how can he even use it?!!!â€ť
Trying as hard as he might to think, Qing Song simply couldnâ€™t justify the situation with an answer. How in the world was an outsider in possession of the treasured King Caging Bell; an item that had been closely guarded by the representative elder, Qin Bangjie, for the last several dozen years?!
â€śDamn it all!!â€ť
Qing Song roared aloud. Even if he wanted to pretend that this wasnâ€™t real, he could still very clearly feel his soulforce being drained away from his person!
He had to escape this place at once!
The power of the King Caging Bell wasnâ€™t lost on him. Qing Song knew better than to stick around here. Two seconds had elapsed since he was entrapped here and already he was starting to formulate a plan to escape. Black energy started to form around his right arm in preparation for an attack. He snarled.Â
Black claws formed immediately from the black energy to extend out from his hand. Despite its black color, a chilling sheen could be seen reflecting off the claws as he thrust them at the King Caging Bell!
The vibrations unleashed by the claws hitting the bell was almost strong enough to rupture Qing Songâ€™s eardrums. But he persisted somehow.
He was stunned. Something wasnâ€™t right here. While the King Caging Bell might be strong enough to stop Soul Kings, a Half-emperor was a step up from being a Soul King and shouldnâ€™t be stopped here.
He had put his all into that one blow. How in the world had it not broken him out?Â
Several scratch marks were left on the bellâ€™s interior, but that was the extent of the damages! The King Caging Bell was still exuding its powerful ability onto him!
It was enough to make him feel faint-headed. Was this really the King Caging Bell he knew of? Looking at his arm, the man suddenly realized something was amiss!
â€śThis canâ€™t be!!â€ť
He roared before slamming onto the wall of the bell again!
The bell hummed with a loud vibration once again when he struck against it. As everyone on the outside leaped at the sudden noise, Qing Song was on the inside still struggling against his confines.
â€śThisâ€¦this canâ€™t beâ€¦â€ť
All of the Soul Exalt students there were stupefied. Not even the Soul Kings were able to withhold their fear!
What had they seen?
It was simple really. A few moments ago, Bai Yunfei was on the retreat after being assaulted by another powerful elder from the Soul Refining School. Then a few exchanges laterâ€¦that same elder was captured by the King Caging Bell!
It went without saying that even the Soul Kings couldnâ€™t help but just stand there in mute shock. Their jaws were hanging on the hinges and their eyes were wide open. Who could possibly expect something like this to happen!?
There was one person in particular who was able to keep a calm expression on his face. Bai Yunfei!
That calm expression of his bled away as the realization of Qing Song being captured dawned on him. A fierce light started to shine from his eyes as he smiled in glee!
This last resort of his had been a gamble. He definitely wouldâ€™ve died if it failed, butâ€¦he somehow managed to turn the tables!
â€śResisting? Give up, itâ€™s hopeless!!â€ť
Bai Yunfei sneered to himself when he heard the noise coming from the King Caging Bell. Breathing in, he took off towards the King Caging Bell!
Qing Song hadnâ€™t been too far away from him to begin with so it didnâ€™t take long for Bai Yunfei to reach the side of the bell. Placing his right hand onto its surface, Bai Yunfei pressed gently against itâ€¦Â
One terrifying moment later, the other Soul Kings watched as the King Caging Bell lit up like a black and gold sun beforeâ€¦disappearing from sight!
â€śAh!! Stop him! Stop him!! Stop him now!!â€ť
The disappearance of the King Caging Bell and Bai Yunfei flying away was all it took for the remaining Late-stage Soul King to snap out of his daze. Letting out a cry of despair, he took off after him!
â€śBoom boom boom boomâ€¦â€ť
Multiple streaks of light shot across the sky like a storm of shooting stars. They were each flying for Bai Yunfei, butâ€¦was that really enough to stop Bai Yunfei?!
Evading and shrugging off the attacks as if it was no more trouble than a few droplets of rain, Bai Yunfei had the Heavenâ€™s Thunder beneath his feet fly even faster towards the boundary to the outside world!