Not Giving Face
The killing intent coming from Yuan Chengjun couldn’t escape Jiang Chen’s senses. Looking at his fading shadow, Jiang Chen couldn’t help but frown.
“I hope you don’t mess with me again,” said Jiang Chen plainly.
He didn’t wish to start a conflict with the people in the Prefecture, but if Yuan Chengjun continued to provoke him like a fool, he wouldn’t show him any courtesy. All along, the people who offended Jiang Chen didn’t have a good end.
A slight breeze blew out of his body, closing the doors automatically; he then continued his cultivation and effort to refine the soul imprint in his body. Unknowingly, the night began and the moonlight shone through the window of the room and landed on his face.
He slowly opened his eyes, feeling slightly agitated all of a sudden, not knowing if it was because of Yuan Chengjun’s interruption in the day. Through the course of his life, it was rare that such an unsettling emotion would affect his mind.
Since he couldn’t stay calm, he might as well end his seclusion. He made a lazy stretch of his back, stood up from the round cushion, and gently pushed open the door. A wave of cool breeze rushed in, giving him a sense of refreshing feeling.
He looked at the sky and found that it was a good night with the full moon and stars, but he somewhat felt lonely under the darkness.
The loneliness stirred his heart. In his past life, he was obsessed with cultivation and advancement. Although he had been living a solitary life, he never knew what loneliness was. In this life, he had families, lovers, brothers and friends, and being apart from them made him lonely.
“I wonder where Big Yellow has gone to. Could he be in One-Line-Sky?”
Jiang Chen shook his head. When Big Yellow was around, he would never feel alone. It was a pity that he and Big Yellow had been separated while reaching the end of the passageway. Not having any news of Big Yellow, the probability of meeting him again in this boundless world was very slim.
Furthermore, Jiang Chen was still too weak. Even if wings sprouted behind his back, he wouldn’t be able to fly at his will across the Immortal World. Before mastering the spatial force, he couldn’t even leave One-Line-Sky.
Taking advantage of the quiet and dark night, he walked out of the Prefecture without alerting anyone. It had been several days since he arrived in Yan City, but he hadn’t gone out for a stroll on the streets. Perhaps he might be able to comprehend something while admiring the structures of the city and the scenery outside.
There was an alley outside the main gate. Because this alley was narrower than the usual ones, it was totally dark even with the moonlight shining all over it. At this time, a black silhouette flashed into the alley stealthily.
Jiang Chen was a late Human Immortal expert and naturally had unusual eyesight. He glanced over at the alley and saw a black-clothed human figure leaning against the wall of the alley with his shoulder. Jiang Chen could immediately tell from his body shape that he was a middle-aged man.
Although Jiang Chen couldn’t see the man’s face clearly, he was certain that the man was staring at him unblinkingly.
“Master Jiang, can we have a talk?”
A sound came from the black-clothed man in the alley.
Jiang Chen was taken aback realizing that this man had deliberately hid outside the Prefecture waiting for someone. But he was sure that he didn’t know this man. Even after studying the man’s Qi, the man was a total stranger to him.
This man was a late Earth Immortal expert, but that didn’t scare Jiang Chen at all. Even if this man was a half-step Heaven Immortal, he had nothing to be afraid of. Although he wasn’t an opponent for a half-step Heaven Immortal yet, an expert in this level wouldn’t be able to fly in the sky yet, so it wouldn’t be a problem for him to escape from such an opponent. None of them could catch up to him with the speed of his Flaming Wings.
Fearlessly, he strode into the alley and faced the black-clothed man. With the help of the moonlight, he was able to see the face of the man clearly. This man’s figure was neither robust nor thin. He had a bearded face and looked around to be 40 years old. He was actually at the peak Earth Immortal realm, only one step away to the half-step Heaven Immortal realm.
“Who are you? I don’t know you,” asked Jiang Chen.
“I’m Huang Xiong from the Huang family. They all call me Sixth Master.”
Huang Xiong gave out his name and his status in Huang Family. Among the six brothers, he was the one with the lowest cultivation base. Although he was only a late Earth Immortal expert, his position in the family was incomparable to ordinary people. He believed that no one in Yan City didn’t know about him.
Too bad, Jiang Chen didn’t know him.
“A member of Huang Family? What do you want from me?” asked Jiang Chen again.
He had had conversation with Yan Qingcheng about the three major powers in Yan City. Huang Family was no doubt the major power that had been going against the Prefecture.
“I heard that an alchemist has joined the Prefecture. I never expect you to be this young. As I’m a person who doesn’t like beating around the bush, I will just go straight to the point. I have come to see Master Jiang, hoping that you can join the cause of Huang Family and we will double the benefits you receive in the Prefecture.” Huang Xiong said straightforwardly.
After hearing what he said, Jiang Chen’s expression remained unchanged, as if he had already anticipated what this stalker would say. But it was a pity that Huang Family had miscalculated and was destined to be disappointed. He wasn’t like any of those treacherous, double-faced pricks.
More importantly, the major powers in Yan City wasn’t worthy for him to seek refuge at all.
“I’m not interested in Huang Family.”
Jiang Chen blurted out a blunt answer without giving Huang Xiong the chance to save face.
Clearly, Huang Xiong had been dumbfounded. He wouldn’t have thought that his target would decline his offer so directly. Anyone would know that Huang Family had a major influence in Yan City. As the Sixth Master, no one would ever decline him every time he personally come and invite a person.
Even if that person declined his offer, that person would certainly not decline directly, or else, it would be impolite to him and Huang Family.
“Master Jiang, our family is sincere to have you work for us. I hope that Master Jiang can take time to consider it for a moment. I suppose that you should already know that the forces of our family isn’t any weaker than the Prefecture’s. If you have any special conditions, say it out. Our family will do our best to satisfy your needs and demands.” Huang Xiong said.
“Okay, but if you just came for this matter, I would suggest you to stop talking anymore. Like I said, I’m not interested in joining your family.”
Jiang Chen waved his hand, sounding a little impatient.
“Humph! Jiang Chen, don’t refuse a toast only to be forced to drink forfeit later!”
Huang Xiong became angry.
“Why? You want to kill me?”
Jiang Chen squinted his eyes. Despite the darkness, it couldn’t stop the light from shooting out of his eyes.
“Jiang Chen, you should know that it’s impossible for our Huang Family and the Prefecture to exist together. It’s only a matter of time before a war is started. There’s a saying that says two tigers can’t stay in the same mountain. The fact that you are helping the Prefecture is equivalent to making my family your enemy. Plus, you are a superior alchemist which is enough to affect the overall situation. If you are not willing to pledge yourself to our family, I will have no choice but to end your life. Talents that can’t be used must be eliminated.”
Huang Xiong’s killing intent was exposed. He was very clear that if he couldn’t recruit this super talent, he had to erase this existence from the map.
“I know, but I also know that you can’t kill me.”
Jiang Chen finished his word, turned and left.
Huang Xiong was completely angered. He couldn’t believe that a late Human Immortal wasn’t giving him the slightest bit of face at all. He had to admit that Jiang Chen was a bold man, but since they couldn’t reach an agreement, there was nothing more that they should talk about. He had to kill this man so that the Prefecture couldn’t use him.
Icy cold wind blew from behind all of a sudden. Even without looking behind, Jiang Chen already knew that Huang Xiong made his move. The Qi unleashed by a late Earth Immortal expert was indeed very shocking.
But Jiang Chen was already prepared for it. He moved right at the moment Huang Xiong moved. Using the Spatial Shift and the Nine Phantom Wolves, a series of illusions appeared in the alley.
Huang Xiong smashed two illusions of Jiang Chen but the real Jiang Chen had already disappeared from the scene. Then, he saw a silhouette rushing into the Prefecture.
“Very fast! It’s impossible. How can a late Human Immortal be so fast? Although attacking those illusions was a mistake, a late Human Immortal brat could never escape from my grip.”
Huang Xiong looked astonished by Jiang Chen’s speed. It was his first time seeing this. One should know that he was a late Earth Immortal expert and there was a huge gap between him and Jiang Chen, but still, this puny Human Immortal brat was able to slip off his grasp. If he didn’t experience this personally, he would never believe it.
“This man is definitely a huge threat. Where did such a great genius come from? Not only does he have a great concoction technique but he also has tremendous talent. I have to admit that this is my first time seeing a late Human Immortal slipping away from my grip. I suppose we have to get rid of him as soon as possible, or else his presence will definitely raise the overall strength of the Prefecture. By that time, our family will be doomed.”
Huang Xiong’s facial expression turned extremely grim. Before seeing Jiang Chen, he didn’t put Jiang Chen in his eyes at all, but now, he truly felt threatened from this newcomer. Since the patriarch has entrusted this task to him, he must make sure to complete it.
Huang Xiong’s emergence had spoiled Jiang Chen’s mood for a stroll. He then went back to his courtyard.
It seems like there are spies in the Prefecture. Otherwise, Huang Xiong wouldn’t have found me.
Jiang Chen muttered in his mind. Given his intelligence and wit, he was able to guess that Huang Xiong’s emergence must be after hearing the news of him concocting the Ardent Yang Pill, because the matter of Yan Dongliu’s injuries should have been kept a secret unless someone else broke the law.
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