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He Jun sized up Duan Ling Tian for a moment before he sneered. “Is there no one else in Aurora City? A sixteen-year-old little kid is capable of being placed in the top of the Hidden Dragon List?”
“Idiot, so what if he’s sixteen? Say that again if you can defeat Duan Ling Tian.”
“Yeah, if you’re unable to even take a single move from Duan Ling Tian, that would really be an extreme disgrace.”
Bystanders in the crowd ridiculed him.
He Jun’s face turned grim instantly.
“Looks like they’re very confident in you.”
He Jun glanced at Duan Ling Tian.
Duan Ling Tian still did not reply; it was as if he hadn’t heard He Jun speak at all.
“Kid, I’m talking to you!”
He Jun had a grim expression. This was the first time he was ignored by someone in this way.
“Although they haven’t fought, their states of mind are already on different levels. Duan Ling Tian is worthy of being the first in the Hidden Dragon List, as he’s able to be unfazed no matter what.”
“Yeah, unlike this He Jun, who’s getting so flustered and exasperated. In terms of bearings, he isn’t even on the same level as Duan Ling Tian.
“Not on the same level? You’re thinking too highly of him; I think he’s miles away from Duan Ling Tian.”
Hearing the crowd’s ridicule, He Jun’s expression got uglier as time passed by.
“I’ll see how long you can continue acting for!”
He Jun was enraged. His body jerked like a roc spreading its wings as he flew towards Duan Ling Tian.
Three ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed into form.
This He Jun was obviously a martial artist at the second level of the Core Formation Stage.
Seeing He Jun flying out towards him, Duan Ling Tian’s eyes narrowed. No wonder He Jun was able to defeat even Lin Zhuo; he did really have some ability.
He Jun’s movement technique was similar to his, also a high grade Profound Rank movement technique at the Mastery Stage.
“See how I blast you flying with a single punch!” He Jun bellowed. His fist seemed like a launched cannonball as it whistled through the air and blasted towards Duan Ling Tian.
From start till finish, Duan Ling Tian stood on the spot, unmoved like a mountain. Even when He Jun arrived in front of him, Duan Ling Tian still had a tranquil expression.
Eventually, under the gazes of everyone present, Duan Ling Tian made his move.
Duan Ling Tian’s hands danced about, suffused with Origin Energy.
In the eyes of everyone in the surroundings, including He Jun’s, Duan Ling Tian’s hands movements weren’t random; they seemed to be following some sort of profound trail.
“Break for me!”
He Jun’s gaze turned cold and his fist exerted force like a landslide as it smashed towards the palm and fist silhouettes that appeared from Duan Ling Tian’s hand movements.
Before long, his expression distorted.
He noticed that his fist had actually hit nothing but air, and it didn’t touch a hair on Duan Ling Tian.
Duan Ling Tian’s eyes focused.
Above him, three ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed into form…
Duan Ling Tian’s finger strike flashed out. As it penetrated through the flurry of fist and palm silhouettes, an earsplitting howl sounded.
His finger touched upon He Jun’s fist, instantly shattering his defensive qi barrier.
He Jun emitted a shrill cry as his body flew out, crashing onto the ground in an incomparably sorry state.
His left hand tightly clasped the right as soon as he noticed that one of his finger bones had cracked apart and a heart wrenching pain caused his body to start trembling.
Only after hastily consuming a Grade Eight Gold Injury Pill did He Jun look at Duan Ling Tian with an expression of dread.
This sixteen-year-old youth was no different than a demon to him.
“Duan Ling Tian is so strong.”
“Allegedly, when Duan Ling Tian defeated Xiao Yu, he event used the strength of four ancient mammoths… Today, he instead only used the strength of three ancient mammoths to defeat this He Jun.”
“Duan Ling Tian obviously held back.”
“This He Jun probably can’t even defeat Xiao Yu.”
“The number one martial artist in the younger generation of Aqua Mist City is merely so mediocre.”
The crowd was in an uproar.
“You should keep a low profile and not establish arenas everywhere when you don’t have any ability.”
Duan Ling Tian paid no attention to He Jun. Under the gazes that were filled with veneration and adoration, Duan Ling Tian jumped off the arena and swung a kick at the one of the support pillars on the side of the arena.
Immediately, the martial arts combat arena collapsed with a loud crash, burying He Jun within.
He Jun crawled out in a sorry state with a face full of dirt, looking like a refugee.
Instantly, the crowd burst into a wave of laughter.
Amongst the laughter, He Jun’s expression turned ugly and he swiftly fled.
“Ha ha… Duan Ling Tian, nice!”
Lin Qi arrived beside Duan Ling Tian and gave him a big thumbs up, as if he was even more excited than if it was himself who beat He Jun.
“Duan Ling Tian!”
Meanwhile, two more people arrived beside Duan Ling Tian.
Li Zhong, Li Xiao.
“Is something the matter?”
Duan Ling Tian looked at Li Zhong as he questioned.
“Hurry up and say it.”
Li Zhong glared at Li Xiao as he scolded him.
Li Xiao’s body trembled as he looked at Duan Ling Tian in terror. “Duan Ling Tian, I apologize for what I did in the past. I hope you can forgive me.”
“Louder. Haven’t you eaten?”
Li Zhong grunted coldly towards his little brother. He didn’t care about his little brother’s feelings at all.
“It’s fine, just let the past matters vanish into the void now.”
Duan Ling Tian waved his hand and smiled.
This Li Zhong’s character wasn’t bad. Recalling the conflict between the two of them, it was all because of his little brother, Li Xiao.
Li Zhong swung his palm onto Li Xiao’s head. "What are you daydreaming for? Hurry up and say thank you.”
“Thank you, thank you.”
Li Xiao had a bitter smile on his face as he hastily thanked Duan Ling Tian.
Duan Ling Tian indifferently swept Li Xiao with his gaze before walking away with Lin Qi.
The crowd automatically opened up a path. The gazes that descended upon Duan Ling Tian from the surroundings were all filled with veneration.
After watching Duan Ling Tian and Lin Qi’s figures disappear in the distance, only then did everyone present come back to their senses.
“Too formidable. He annihilated Aqua Mist City’s He Clan’s He Jun with just a single move.”
“As expected of the young genius who defeated Xiao Yu to be placed in the top of the Hidden Dragon List.”
“Duan Ling Tian is only sixteen. I’m certain that the first ranked in the Hidden Dragon List for the next two years will undoubtedly be him.”
“Nonsense, even I can be certain of that.”
In a restaurant, Duan Ling Tian and Lin Qi sat facing each other.
Duan Ling Tian originally intended to return home but was forced by Lin Qi to come here, his reason being having something to discuss with him.
“What do you want to discuss, even coming to a restaurant. So solemn… Couldn’t you have just told me on the way?”
Duan Ling Tian looked at Lin Qi.
“Duan Ling Tian, what’s your plan?”
Lin Qi went straight to the point.
Duan Ling Tian was dazed.
“What I’m asking you is, what are your plans for the future.”
Lin QI smiled wryly.
“I don’t know for now.”
Duan Ling Tian shook his head and his heart slightly jerked.
Hearing Lin Qi speak about this, Duan Ling Tian couldn’t help himself from thinking about the Iron Blood Army’s Genius Camp he had heard of the other day.
The exact date of the Genius Camp test was five months from now…
Lin Qi continued, “Duan Ling Tian, even though you’re a member of the Li Clan, you’re a disciple with another surname after all… In the Li Clan, you’ll become an elder at most; you’re destined to have no fate with the Patriarch’s seat.”
“Can’t you just say what you want to say and stop beating around the bust?”
Duan Ling Tian derided.
“Then I’ll be frank.”
Lin Qi took a deep breath before slowly saying, “Half a month ago, my aunt made a trip back here and heard about you from me. She’s very interested in you.”
After hearing what he said, Duan Ling Tian’s face trembled and the food that he hadn’t swallowed yet was spat all over Lin Qi’s face.
“F**k! Lin Qi, although I’m not against being together with a slightly older woman, I’m really not suitable to be together with a cougar… Ask your aunt to look for someone else,” Duan Ling Tian said in all seriousness.
Lin Qi was dumbstruck.
Coming back to his senses, Lin Qi wiped off the food that was spat on his face before deriding, “Can you steop thinking of everything in that way!? My aunt’s been married for years, even her son is over ten years old.”
“Wasn’t it you who said your aunt was interested in me?”
Duan Ling Tian was slightly speechless.
Was it he who overthought things?
“She’s interested in your natural talent and comprehension ability.”
Lin Qi rolled his eyes at Duan Ling Tian.
“Say it earlier.”
Duan Ling Tian shook his head and continued to eat. He was like a whirlwind sweeping away everything on the plate.
“My aunt is the person in charge of the Violet Tulip Trading Company’s branch in Swallow Mountain County,” Lin Qi said.
“So what?” Duan Ling Tian asked as he ate.
“You’ve heard of the Violet Tulip Trading Company, right?”
Lin Qi looked at Duan Ling Tian as if he was looking at an alien.
When he saw Duan Ling Tian shake his head, he was utterly speechless.
This guy’s really ill informed!
“The Violet Tulip Trading Company is one of the three great Trading Companies in the Crimson Sky Kingdom. Its properties can be found all over six counties out of the eighteen counties in Crimson Sky Kingdom, and Swallow Mountain County is one of them…” Lin Qi explained.
“Wait. You said the Violet Tulip Trading Company occupies six out of the eighteen counties of Crimson Sky Kingdom, and your aunt is the person in charge of one of the counties?”
Lin Qi had a face full of pride.
“Even though my aunt’s natural talent in the Martial Dao is average, she is really business-minded, she was already thought highly of by the president of the Violet Tulip Trading Company in her early years, and she advanced step by step to obtain her current position. This restaurant that we’re eating in is one of the properties of the Violet Tulip Trading Company.
“Besides that, the properties of the Violet Tulip Trading Company can be said to have a finger in every pie, to the extent that it can be found even in remote, small towns… As long as it has the prefix of Agarwood, Golden Adonis, or Violet Caltrop, they are all properties belonging to the Violet Tulip Trading Company.”
Lin Qi continued to speak of the Violet Tulip Trading Company with great familiarity.
Duan Ling Tian suddenly realized that the Agarwood Restaurant in Fresh Breeze Town turned out to be a property of the Violet Tulip Trading Company.
“I’m not interested in conducting business.”
Duan Ling Tian shook his head.
“Who’s asking you to conduct business.”
Lin Qi angrily said, “My aunt took an interest in you because she highly regards your natural talent in the Martial Dao and your comprehension ability… While the Violet Tulip Trading Company is rich enough to rival a kingdom, it naturally has many people who are watching it secretly and are looking for an opportunity. Therefore, the Violet Tulip Trading Company has fostered many powerhouses to be in charge of protecting the trading company’s properties.”
“My uncle is precisely the Guard Commander of the Violet Tulip Trading Company in Swallow Mountain County, and he is a Void Stage powerhouse. Even the County Governor of Swallow Mountain County is respectful when dealing with my uncle.”
Lin Qi finished saying this within a single breath.
“Your aunt wants to make me a guard for the Violet Tulip Trading Company?”
Duan Ling Tian had a weird gaze.
“My aunt said that as long as you’re willing to join the Violet Tulip Trading Company, the Violet Tulip Trading Company will spare no effort in fostering you… In the future, you will even have the opportunity to take over my uncle’s position and become the Guard Commander of the Violet Tulip Trading Company in Swallow Mountain County.”
Lin Qi looked at Duan Ling Tian with a face full of envy and jealousy.
“In other words, once I join the Violet Tulip Trading Company, even if I stay there till I die, I will only be a head bodyguard?”
Duan Ling Tian had eaten his fill and put down his cutlery.
Lin Qi didn’t understand what Duan Ling Tian had said.
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