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Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
"Duan Ling Tian." Li An was slightly embarrassed when he saw Duan Ling Tian.
With Duan Ling Tian’s current status and identity, even if he had any ideas, he still wouldn’t dare do anything in front of Duan Ling Tian.
A slight mistake could lead to him falling into a bottomless abyss.
Duan Ling Tian nodded indifferently. He didn’t have any friendly relationship with Li An, and instead had some conflicts with him. However, he wasn’t in the mood to fuss about, so he directly returned home.
Li An couldn’t help but heave a sigh of relief when he saw Duan Ling Tian leave. He was really worried that Duan Ling Tian would get even with him for old grudges. Now it would seem that it was he who was too narrow-minded.
When Duan Ling Tian returned home, he noticed a fat figure sitting and chatting with his mother.
"Li Xuan?" Duan Ling Tian walked into the courtyard and was slightly hesitant when he spoke.
Li Xuan ought to be around this age now.
"Haha! Boss!" The fatty turned around. Compared to before, his fat face’s immaturity had vanished. However, his pair of eyes were still so wretched.
"Li Xuan, you’ve grown up." Duan Ling Tian looked at the fatty and couldn’t help but laugh.
Subsequently, he replaced his mother and started chatting with the fatty…
"Boss, you’re really formidable now. The moment I said you’re my Boss, no one in the Li Clan dared offend me," Li Xuan boasted, and his fat face was filled with a complacent expression.
Duan Ling Tian shook his head. "You Little Fatty, when did you learn how to take advantage of someone else’s influence?"
"Boss, you’ve fought so hard outside to become so renowned; if I don’t utilize it properly, wouldn’t it be a waste of your hard work?" Li Xuan said, in all seriousness.
"Can you be more shameless?" Duan Ling Tian rolled his eyes at Li Xuan. This damned fatty was still as wretched as he was that year, and it caused Duan Ling Tian to feel as if he’d retuned to the days in Fresh Breeze Town all those years ago.
He could still remember the son of Second Elder, who was given such a hard time by Li Xuan that he would run the moment he saw Li Xuan…
"Boss, tell me about what happened in the Imperial City." Li Xuan was obviously extremely interested in Duan Ling Tian’s experiences in the Imperial City.
Along with Duan Ling Tian’s narration, Li Xuan’s small eyes flickered with a bright light. "Boss, why don’t you take me along to the Imperial City when you leave this time…At that time, with you protecting me, wouldn’t I be able to do whatever I wanted?" As he finished speaking, Li Xuan’s face was full of yearning.
Duan Ling Tian shook his head. "I’m afraid I can’t grant your wish. Once I’ve dealt with the matter here, I won’t stay long after I return to the Imperial City."
Seeing Li Xuan bewildered, Duan Ling Tian continued, "I intend to head to the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom."
Li Xuan’s fat face dropped when he heard what Duan Ling Tian said. "Then I can only continue to stay in Aurora City."
In the following days, Duan Ling Tian stayed in the Li Clan as he waited for news…
Finally, after a month, Lin Qi brought back good news.
"Duan Ling Tian, I’ve found it." Lin Qi was out of breath when he arrived, as he had obviously ran over straight after he obtained the information.
"You’ve found it?" Duan Ling Tian’s eyes shone.
"Duan Ling Tian, according to the information the Violet Tulip Trading Company found, a grade eight weapons craftsman and another person had a life wager by weapons refinement one year ago in the County City. In the end, the quality of the spirit weapon crafted by the grade eight weapons craftsman surpassed that of the other person, and thus that person lost his life because of this!" Lin Qi finished saying with a single breath. "At that time, this incident gave rise to much discussion within the County City, so even my aunt knew of it. When she found out you were investigating this matter, she sent someone on a Ferghana Horse at the first possible moment to notify me."
"Do you know that weapons craftsman’s background?" Duan Ling Tian’s face sank, and a trace of a cold light flashed within his eyes as he asked.
"It seems to be a member of the County City’s Zhu Clan," Lin Qi continued.
Duan Ling Tian’s gaze flashed, then he smiled gratefully to Lin Qi. "Lin Qi, thank you."
"Don’t mention it; we’re friends, after all." Lin Qi shook his head and then said, "Duan Ling Tian, my Aunt said that if you need any help, you can look for her after you’ve arrived in the County City."
"Don’t worry. If I really do require it, I won’t be courteous." Duan Ling Tian nodded.
After Lin Qi left, Li Fei came out of her room and was slightly agitated. "Scoundrel, is there any news?"
"Yes, there’s news. But it isn’t confirmed to be your grandfather, so I intend to make a trip to the County City and personally confirm it." Duan Ling Tian nodded, and as he finished speaking, his gaze went slightly cold. "If it’s really your grandfather, then that Zhu Clan’s grade eight weapons craftsman will surely die!"
"I’ll follow you," Li Fei said.
Duan Ling Tian didn’t refuse, as he knew that he couldn’t refuse her, nor did he have a reason to.
The person that was most concerned about the matter now was Li Fei without a doubt.
"Ok, I’ll tell Ke Er and my mother. We’ll leave in a moment with Xiong Quan," Duan Ling Tian said.
Three Ferghana Horses transformed into a gust of wind that flew out of Aurora City.
With the Ferghana Horse as their means of transport, Duan Ling Tian’s group of three only spent seven days to rush to the Swallow Mountain County’s County City.
The County City was larger than Aurora City but inferior to the Imperial City.
Carriages queued up like long dragons and entered like a ceaseless stream into the County City…
Duan Ling Tian found an inn and the three of them took up residence there first, then they found a nearby restaurant to have a meal.
Li Fei didn’t wear a veil, thus she attracted many burning gazes everywhere she passed.
However, although these people were envious, they didn’t dare act rashly. This was because they could discern that the violet-clothed young man that walked with the girl had an extraordinary bearing and obviously was no ordinary person.
Besides that, the middle-aged man that followed behind seemed to not be simple with just a glance.
In next to no time, an attendant arrived before Duan Ling Tian’s table and respectfully asked, "Customer, what’re you having?"
Duan Ling Tian raised his hand and smashed down a silver ingot. "I want to ask you for information about something. If you provide me with what I need, this is yours."
The eyes of the attendant lit up when he heard what Duan Ling Tian said.
I can get so much silver by just talking?
Just this silver ingot was worth his salary for a month.
"Customer, what do you want to know? Ask away." The attendant smiled in a flattering manner.
Duan Ling Tian looked at the attendant and asked, "I’m not interested in anything else, I just want to ask you…One year ago, was there a grade eight weapons craftsman of the Zhu Clan that had a conflict with another grade eight weapons craftsman from outside the County City? Even to the extent they competed for supremacy by weapons refinement and conducted a life wager!"
"Customer, I was wondering what you wanted to ask, so it’s this…I know this." The attendant instantly smiled when he heard Duan Ling Tian’s question. "The grade eight weapons craftsman of the Zhu Clan you’re speaking about it the Zhu Clan’s Second Elder…Now that I mention it, this Zhu Clan’s Second Elder is a famous grade eight weapons craftsman in our Swallow Mountain County’s County City. He’s even capable of refining a grade eight spirit weapon capable of providing a 19% amplification!
"19%…That’s top quality amongst grade eight spirit weapons! Allegedly, he once had a life wager by weapons refinement with another grade eight weapons craftsman many years ago. At that time, he was only able to refine a grade eight spirit weapon that could provide an 18% amplification, but he still defeated the other weapons craftsman.
"Allegedly, that overconfident grade eight weapons craftsman from one year ago was precisely the disciple of that grade eight weapons craftsman from many years ago…These two master and disciple lost their lives at the hands of the same person. They can considered to be misfortunate as well." As he finished speaking, the attendant couldn’t help but sigh.
Li Fei’s beautiful eyes were lightly red when she heard what the attendant said…
Now she could almost be certain that the grade eight weapons craftsman that had a life wager by weapons refinement with the Zhu Clan’s Second Elder was precisely her grandfather, Li De.
"Do you know the appearance of the grade eight weapons craftsman that had a life wager by weapons refinement with the Zhu Clan’s Second Elder?" Duan Ling Tian looked at the attendant and confirmed a step further.
"Customer, now that I mention it, it’s really a coincidence. That day, I happened to be on leave, and I had a friend who was a servant in the Zhu Clan. He snuck me in and I watched the life wager with my own two eyes…That grade eight weapons craftsman was an old man around the age of 70. And above the left brow of the old man was a crescent=shaped scar," the attendant slowly said word for word. "Unfortunately, even though he had refined a spirit weapon with 18% amplification, he still lost."
"Grandfather!" Li Fei’s heart trembled, and she raised her head as if wanting to stop the tears that were about to flow.
"This silver is yours, give us some of your signature dishes." Duan Ling Tian took a deep breath. Now he could be sure that the old man was indeed Li De.
"Alright!" The attendant received the silver and left jubilantly. As far as he was concerned, it was a great profit that he was able to speak a few sentences to earn a silver ingot.
"Scoundrel." Li Fei’s eyes held tears that were about to fall and were slightly agitated.
"Little Fei, we’ve traveled an entire day… When the food comes in a while, you eat properly. After you’re full, we’ll go to the Zhu Clan Estate and make the Zhu Clan’s Second Elder pay with his life! Doesn’t he like wagering his life by weapons refinement? Then I’ll play with him nicely." As Duan Ling Tian finished speaking, his eyes went cold.
"Mmm." Li Fei lightly nodded, seeming obedient and cute.
Xiong Quan’s eyes squinted as he said, with a cold and indifferent voice, "Young Master, it’s only a County City clan. You only have to say the word and I’ll go annihilate him now."
"Xiong Quan, it’ll be too easy for him if you kill him right away." Duan Ling Tian shook his head.
Right at this moment, two figures walked into the restaurant. The person in the lead was a young man over the age of 20, and an old man followed behind him.
The young man’s complexion seemed pale and his footsteps light; obviously he had just excessively indulged himself in the bedroom.
"Hmm?" In next to no time, the young man’s gaze descended onto the table Duan Ling Tian sat at and descended onto Li Fei.
"So beautiful!" The young man’s breathing became hurried, and he quickly walked over. He then looked at Li Fei with a burning gaze. "Young lady, may I know your name?" From the beginning until the end, he completely ignored the nearby Duan Ling Tian and Xiong Quan.
"F**k off!" Li Qing’s mood was already bad. Now that she was annoyed by such a hateful fellow, her face sank and she shouted coldly.
"Oh! Quite ferocious…This Young Master likes it." The young man didn’t get angry and instead was even more interested. "Young lady, how about we be friends?"
"Didn’t you hear her ask you to f**k off?" Duan Ling Tian’s face sank, and he hadn’t glanced at the young man all this time.
Only now did the young man notice Duan Ling Tian, and he instantly emitted a sneer. "Kid, do you know who you’re talking to? Didn’t you even find out if I, Zhu Zhao, the third young master of the Zhu Clan, was someone you could offend?"
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