Chapter 21 - Six Cuts at One Breath
Wang Tianhao's words started a commotion around the ring. Regardless whether they knew Shi Mu or not, everyone looked in the direction of the Liu Feng club. Wang Tianhao viewed someone as worthy of fighting him?
"Who's this Shi Mu?"
"I faintly remember the name, I think it is the new guy from the Liu Feng club. I heard he reached the tenth level in body tempering at a young age. He is highly likely to become a Houtian Warrior."
"That's strange. With such techniques why would Wang Tianhao challenge anyone? It doesn't matter who his opponent is; he will win."
"What? There's someone able to attract Wang Tianhao's attention in the Liu Feng club?"
"Wang Tianhao knew of Brother Shi?!"
At this moment, everyone there began to try to figure out why Wang Tianhao was challenging this unknown person.
"Shi Mu, have you met Wang Tianhao before?" Li Canghai was also taken aback, turning his head to ask Shi Mu.
"I fought with him once, only that we didn't fight to the last moment, so don't know who's better." Though surprised at Wang Tianhao's open challenge, Shi Mu gave the answer calmly.
"So that's why! However, I'm afraid you don't have much chance to win. When you fought him previously, you probably had a chance, but now he is too strong. It's all right if you refuse to take the challenge." Li Canghai persuaded as he knit his eyebrows.
"Don't worry teacher, I myself would also like to compare techniques with him, it doesn't matter who wins." Looking at Wang Tianhao, Shi Mu smiled unexpectedly.
"Since your mind is set on doing this, I won't stop you. Just remember, his spear art is at a very high level, so if you want to have even the slightest chances of winning, you need to get close enough that he can't use his spear. Besides, if you don't evade his Flame of the Blazing Spear, you'll lose instantly." After a pause Li Canghai still let him accept the challenge, smiling encouragingly.
Sun Jun and Li Yunfeng gaped at each other, as they overheard the conversation, unable to close their mouths.
The red-faced Instructor Min also gave the two a curious look.
Shi Mu nodded obediently, then walked up to the ring, then he leaped off the ground and jumped directly into the ring.
Although Uncle Xu was also among the surprised, he could only leave the ring, making room for the two fighters.
"Are you the 'Fierce Fist' himself?" After looking over Shi Mu, Wang Tianhao narrowed his eyes and asked in a accusing voice.
"Never heard of him." Shi Mu blinked his eyes as he replied.
"Humph, hiding your identity even now! You are such a disappointment to me!" At Shi Mu's denial, Wang Tianhao seemed to have lost his interest.
"Am I? I'm now become quite curious, how can you be so sure as to my identity?" Shi Mu lazily drew a long knife from his waist, simultaneously asking in reply.
"Humph, everyone knows my memory, I never forget anything I've seen. The figure, the eyes, I know them! Even if you were wearing a mask. If I'm wrong, then my eyes must be rotten! No more nonsense! Take my Blazing Spear! I'll beat you in front of all who are here, letting them know I'm the real top practitioner in the city!" Wang Tianhao seemed impatient, and, after a few words, he began to shake his spear, the upper part of the spear vanishing after a flash.
The next moment, a flame appeared, floating in the air, and after a tremble, it transformed into a ball of red light and darted right toward Shi Mu.
Shi Mu only narrowed his eyes, and turned around to face the light. He only had one knife, but it projected four hard shadows into the air, which all fell on the blaze as Shi Mu rushed out after leaping off the ground.
Boom! A thunderous noise resounded.
The blaze was split into sparks, dashing into all directions in an instant, the falling sparks constituting a huge umbrella as high as two zhang. If Shi Mu had not taken a step back a moment earlier, he would've ended up the same as Gu Zhong.
But even so, the ring became unbearably hot!
Then, before Shi Mu found his feet on the ground again, a glaring spear tip whizzed out of the rain of sparks, right toward Shi Mu's throat as if a viper. Faced with the vicious spear attack, Shi Mu lifted his empty arm, clenched his fist and pounded heavily on the incoming spear tip.
"Peng!" The fist made of bone and blood pounded on the iron spear; simultaneously an immense force went backward along the spear right toward its owner.
Wang Tianhao's colour changed, and he subconsciously clenched the handle to steady himself, but his body was knocked backward by the force, and his originally successive attacks were broken in an instant.
Seizing the chance, Shi Mu sped forward with his long knife, instantly running into his opponent at lightning speed!
Boom! Wang Tianhao resisted with his spear and unexpectedly stopped the lightning knife. But meanwhile he was forced to step back, his feet already pressed against the edge of the ring.
"Excellent! Excellent! That's exactly what I need to inspire my blood! Exactly my match!" beyond everyone's expectations Wang Tianhao laughed, and then suddenly grabbed the upper body of the spear single-handed.
The spear, apparently made of black iron, started slithered like a snake, twisting in circles to stab into Shi Mu' chest.
Shi Mu looked rather serious now. He lifted his arms and gave the spear tip another good punch.
A dull sound was heard when the dazzling tip was beaten back again, but this was exactly what Wang Tianhao had been waiting for: he slid forward like a fish to evade the punch right along the ring's edge, and, after a mysterious shaking his feet, he had already reached Shi Mu's back.
"The Leaping Fish Steps?"
"Wow, you have good eyes, this is a body technique of the Practitioner level, also, it is one of our Wang Family's secret techniques, handed down from our ancestors, rarely seen in ordinary clubs. You should proud that you have forced me to use this technique! I want to defeat you even more now." The eyes Wang Tianhao cast at Shi Mu grew increasingly excited.
"You want to defeat me? Can you actually do what you wish?" At such a proud proclamation, Shi Mu could not help but roll his eyes in contempt. A single move of his arms sent cold lights rolling toward his opponent. He now used his Thirteen Series of Gale Force Art the best of his ability, each cut giving off cold light, giving him an aura of invincibility.
Meanwhile, Wang Tianhao roared fiercely, his spear shaking, turning into a viper that dancing around Shi Mu. Coordinated with his Leaping Fish Steps, he roamed the ring and resisted all the shadows of the knife.
"Don't you have any more tricks? Try them!" Wang Tianhao laughed wildly.
Provoked by his words, Shi Mu shook his knife even more quickly, his eyes sharp, each cut producing five or six shadows and gradually a glaring light shown on each of the blade shadows, completely submerging Wang Tianhao's figure. Even though Wang tried to use another technique, producing more sparks in his desperate defense, he could only defend, and not attack.
"Six Cuts in One Breath." The one who blurted out the name of the technique was exactly the red-faced Instructor Min.
"Brother Li, Shi Mu has reached such a high level in your Thirteen Series of Gale Force Blade Art! He's got such talent, why don't you tell me of him earlier? I would have used up all our resources to cultivate him."
"I just found it out myself! The boy has done all this himself. I thought he was only at the initial stage!" Watching what happened at the ring, Li Canghai was stunned too.
The long-bearded man, Uncle Xu, and other instructors all showed expressions of amazement at Shi Mu's Six Cuts in One Breath.
As for the other practitioners, they all stood completely still, mouths wide open in astonishment.
Boom! In the ring, a blazing ball of fire exploded, and the sparks were now breaking through the cold blade-shaped lights.
After a bright flash, Wang Tianhao rushed out from the sparks and turned around, sending the body of his spear forward, which trembled and vanished again.
Six puffs of red flame appeared, floating in front of his chest.
"Hehe, excellent, Six Cuts in One Breath! But if you can take the successive attacks of six fire balls then I'll admit defeat and retire from the match."
Just as he finished his words, Wang Tianhao let out a loud cry, clenched his spear, and twisted it with all his strength. Then he rushed directly at Shi Mu at a speed so fast he almost left the ground.
The six fire balls, on the other hand, revolved smoothly in the air, moving in an incredibly mystifying manner, then tumbled down onto Shi Mu's body. Shi Mu was still trying to understand the attack when the fire balls started falling.