Chapter 972: Fooled and Deceived
Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
Not even a ninth-grade Almighty would necessarily be able to defend itself against such swift and rapid martial art practitioners.
They both exchanged intense blows, and the fight temporarily stopped. The ceasefire allowed their figures to become clear. One of them was Gongsun Wuxie, who was clad in a black-and-white dress and was holding the Heavens Made Divine Crossbow. The other was a petite, intrepid teenage girl clad in a skin-tight shirt made of leopard skin. Both of them were petite and dainty. The only difference was that Gongsun Wuxie was quick-witted and mischievous, whereas the young girl was as agile as a demonic beast.
Due to Gongsun Wuxie’s nimble body technique, she was stepping on a pair of Wind Fire Wheels, which revolved at an extremely fast speed. She was under the suppression of the secret realm and hence only possessed the speed of a ninth-grade fairy. In the outside world, her speed would definitely surpass the ninth-grade Almighty.
Upon careful scrutiny, the pair of Wind Fire Wheels could be identified as a treasure of a very high grade, which far exceeded a top-grade spiritual artifact. Presumably, it was of the level of semi-manufactured fairy artifact. There couldn’t possibly be more than a few individuals in the whole wide world who owned a handful of semi-manufactured fairy artifacts like that.
Moreover, based on that little girl’s character, she might have more semi-manufactured fairy artifacts in possession, which she prepared to utilize in times of crisis. On the contrary, the girl clad in leopard skin solely depended upon her speed.
Su Yu was greatly surprised. The semi-manufactured fairy artifacts might be able to perform outbursts of speed due to relatively weaker influence from the suppression. But how did a teenage girl’s mortal body manage it?
“Little savage, how dare you keep chasing after me? Humph, today I’ll finish you off right here,” Gongsun Wuxie said with a smile. Her eyes shone, and the Wind Fire Wheels underneath her feet carried her along, forming a broken line aiming straight for the girl in leopard skin.
Dread and annoyance appeared on the girl’s dark face. “Shameless! Fight me fair and square if you really are capable. Why use your treasure?”
Initially, she thought that she was only chasing after an ordinary ninth-grade fairy. Who would have thought that she kept displaying various kinds of talismans, which gave rise to endless trouble? In the end, she had even used two semi-manufactured fairy artifacts consecutively. This had greatly distressed the girl. Up until now, her bodily strength had been decreasing intensely, but her opponent, who relied upon semi-manufactured fairy artifacts wasn’t experiencing any drainage. If this continued, she would be ruined by the Heavens Made Divine Crossbow.
“Fair and square? Isn’t one-on-one fair enough?” Gongsun Wuxie flashed a vicious smile and used the Heavens Made Divine Crossbow with a raise of her hand. A fire-based talisman shot out, transforming into enormous flames that could destroy a ninth-grade Almighty.
The girl bit her lip and gritted her teeth and then gave up on hunting down Gongsun Wuxie. She turned and ran away. Her nose was throbbing lightly as if she was trying to identify a certain direction by the scents.
“Follow me if you dare!” The girl turned her head and challenged Gongsun Wuxie.
Gongsun Wuxie chuckled. “Trying to lure me to someplace? Dream on, I’ll finish you off right here!”
Gongsun Wuxie took out a mass of white-colored objects from her sleeve. It looked like several white bones, each of which was as wide as a little finger. She shoved them into the ground. Shortly after, numerous colossal bones that were thirty-feet thick pierced the ground all around the girl.
The upper parts of the colossal bones were bent, forming a closure at the top. A cage made of white bones with a thousand-feet circumference was formed.
The girl snorted coldly, as she slammed her fist onto the white bone. With a sharp intake of breath, the girl watched as her fist sprang backward, marked with bloody scars. In frustration, she asked, “A semi-manufactured crafted with the white bones of an All Creations Stage Four Old Monster?” It was another semi-manufactured fairy artifact!!
“Hehe, accept your fate, little savage.” Once again, Gongsun Wuxie raised the Heavens Made Divine Crossbow with a smile and aimed it at the girl inside the cage. Once the flames engulfed the cage, the girl would have no way to escape.
The girl’s face changed. She ducked her body suddenly, and her hands were like the claws of a pangolin as she rapidly dug through the soil on the ground, forming a big pit. She dived into it and continued digging.
Gongsun Wuxie remarked, “Humph! If I let you escape just like that, is this still a semi-manufactured fairy artifact?” She grasped her fingers together and the white bone cage rose up from the ground. The girl who had drilled her way into the soil was extricated along with it. The bottom part of the cage was closed as well, and the girl was carried up into the air by the cage. She was suspended in midair and had no way of hiding anymore.
The girl was panicked and frightened as her attempts to escape proved to be hopeless. She kept spinning inside the cage.
Su Yu was speechless as he witnessed the scene. This wasn’t hunting and killing: this was a one-sided cruel slaughter.
“Little savage, do you prefer to hand over your Purple Cloud Vital Energy obediently, or have me see you off on your way to death?” Gongsun Wuxie flashed an evil smile.
The girl clung onto the white bone cage, now looking fearless and untameable. Despite the aggrieved tears in her eyes, she had no desire to give in. “I will never beg you! Just kill me if you want. At worse, I’ll come back in a hundred years.”
The simple words had revealed her ignorance. Who knew what the future held a hundred years from now? By then, perhaps the Glittering Jewel Wonderland wouldn’t even exist anymore.
Gongsun Wuxie lifted the Heavens Made Divine Crossbow and put it down slowly, as her lips split into a devilish smile.
Seeing that smile, Su Yu couldn’t help but feel sorry for the girl. Her life was over.
“Little savage, if you can promise me one thing, I will let you go.” Gongsun Wuxie flashed a sweet lovely smile, which was completely different from her previous smile.
The girl thought for a moment, and said, “Don’t even think of luring me into agreeing to unfair conditions!”
“No no no! There’s always fairness in the things I do,” Gongsun Wuxie said with a smile, “You want to enter the Glittering Jewel Wonderland, and so do I, is that correct?”
The girl nodded. “Yes.”
“You want the Purple Cloud Vital Energy, and I want it too, is that correct?”
The girl thought for a while and agreed. “Yes!”
“We have the same goals, am I right?”
The girl wrapped her arms around her chest and started thinking. “Yes, we both want to enter the Glittering Jewel Wonderland, and we both want the Purple Cloud Vital Energy.”
“In that case, we have the same interests, am I right?”
The girl was a little stunned. She felt as if something wasn’t right, but she couldn’t tell what, so she nodded in a silly manner. “Yes, I think you’re right.”
“If so, people with the same interest should join forces, in order to achieve their goals more easily, am I right?”
Join forces? The girl had a stronger feeling that something was wrong, but she had been led into a blind alley by Gongsun Wuxie. She nodded and said, “Sounds right too.”
“We should join forces, but now you’re being held captive by me, am I right?” Gongsun Wuxie went on.
Despite her reluctance to admit it, the girl couldn’t dispute it due to her current predicament. “Yes.”
“Now if I go easy on you, turning you from a captive into my battle companion, then you owe me a debt of kindness, am I right?”
A debt of kindness? The girl felt that something was very wrong, but she couldn’t find a way to argue with it, so again she answered in a silly way. “Correct.”
“Yes, if you owe me a debt of kindness, then you should repay me for it, right?” Gongsun Wuxie took out a white jade pendant which contained a light whiff of the Mortal Fairy’s Strength.
“How about this? I haven’t figured out how you should repay my kindness. I hope you agree to do me a favor in the future. Before I figure it out, you inject a drop of essence blood into the jade pendant, as a promise to me,” she said.
The girl looked warily at the jade pendant. She knew that it was a kind of treasure that could be used to control the essence blood’s owner through the essence blood injected. It could only be removed on its own, once the intention contained in the essence blood was fulfilled.
After a period of contemplation, the girl nodded and contributed a drop of her essence blood mixed with a bit of her consciousness. It was a request from Gongsun Wuxie, and a request which was within her limits.
The essence blood vanished into the white jade pendant, and white gleam flickered.
A cunning smile flashed in the depths of Gongsun Wuxie’s eyes. She stored away the jade pendant with a smile and released the girl from the cage. She stepped forward casually and put her arm around the girl’s shoulder. In a forthright and generous way, she said, “From now on, we’ll be friends with the same interests. Let us go fight for some Purple Cloud Vital Energy together.”
The girl nodded vigorously, her face determined and serious. “Right, fight for the Purple Cloud Vital Energy together.”
Su Yu was stupefied as he saw the two of them go off together. He had seen with his own eyes how Gongsun Wuxie fooled and deceived her opponent, who was the one with greater strength. She requested something that was out of bounds and even cheated her opponent to make her obtain the Purple Cloud Vital Energy for her. Su Yu was full of pity and sympathy for the girl, but it was Gongsun Wuxie, so Su Yu wouldn’t put his hands on her. He could only search for the next target.
Just as Su Yu was about to leave, he squatted down suddenly and looked again at the area where Gongsun Wuxie and the girl had fought.
A dark human figure flew out from the fuzzy haze. He landed where the great battle had happened, and glanced at the surroundings discreetly. Finally, he looked in the direction in which Gongsun Wuxie had left and mumbled to himself under his breath. “Humph, Gongsun Wuxie? Senior Sister Tianyu said that this woman belongs to the Demon Mountain. It’s best if she is eliminated. “If so, even if that Su happens to enter the Glittering Jewel Wonderland by luck, he’ll have no way of seeking assistance,” he said. Once he had finished talking, he pursued them with the agility of a cheetah.
He hadn’t discovered Su Yu, who was a thousand meters away, yet Su Yu recognized him clearly. His eyes shone. “Senior Brother Liu?” This person had threatened Su Yu previously and had tried to prevent Su Yu from participating in the Glittering Jewel Wonderland. He was still thinking of eliminating Su Yu and now even Gongsun Wuxie had become his target.
He had viciously projected his hostility onto Su Yu many times. Even men made out of mud had their own temper, let alone Su Yu. If it was in the faction, Su Yu could have let it go because it wasn’t convenient to fight him brazenly. But right here, right now, what was there to worry about? Su Yu’s eyes turned cold, as he followed surreptitiously.
Gongsun Wuxie and the girl made up a strong team, as both of them were great with speed. Even in the central region, they hardly met any rivals.
Su Yu could barely keep pace with them, yet they had successfully despoiled the Purple Cloud Vital Energy of four people in half an hour’s time. Every fight was a piece of cake for them, and their enemies could hardly even escape.
“With two whiffs of the Purple Cloud Vital Energy, there’s a great chance of entering the top hundred. Good enough,” the girl said with satisfaction.
Gongsun Wuxie pouted. “No way! There’s still half a day left, and we need to get as much as we can. If we come across powerful, invulnerable opponents, we can abandon a part of the Purple Cloud Vital Energy to divert their attention. We can then use the opportunity to escape. One more whiff of the Purple Cloud Vital Energy means one more life-saving amulet,” she said.
The girl found her words reasonable. “You’re really clever.”
Gongsun Wuxie giggled. What she had in mind was obvious.
The four people whom they had killed belonged to some of the eight great factions under the jurisdiction of the Purple Cloud Palace. But the girl was too innocent to understand Gongsun Wuxie’s motive of weakening the Purple Cloud Palace’s power.
“Haha, Junior Sister Gongsun, how about I lend you girls a helping hand?” A soft voice sounded from the fuzzy haze a hundred meters away.
Gongsun Wuxie squinted her eyes. “Senior Brother Liu?”