Chapter 36 - A Strong Bow Equals Ten Warriors
Saying so, the man with triangular eyes convinced his fellow men who split into pairs. Moving cautiously, they started searching for Shi Mu.
The distance between them made their dialogue inaudible to Shi Mu, but judging from the way the triangle-eyed man dressed, the wooden case in his hand which seemed rather important, and from his manners when speaking, Shi Mu gauged that he must be some sort of a leader. Hence, Shi Mu decided to make this man his primary target, his eyes alight with a murderous glint. Besides, Shi Mu could also tell that the pursuers were all also Practitioners; there were no Houtian Warriors among them, which made him more confident of his chances.
Thinking this, Shi Mu grasped at the arrows in his pack, and pulled out a handful of them out, inserting each into the ground in front of him. After taking a deep breath, a fit of cracking burst forth from his body. In an instant, both his arms grew twice as strong! He gave a sudden pull at the purple steel bow, and the bow was instantly pulled to full draw, aiming straight for the men.
Meanwhile, it was natural for the cracking sounds in his body to travel far in the quiet of the deep forest.
"Who's out there?"
"Idiot! That's definitely Shi Mu! Move, don't let the bastard flee this time."
After a shock, the Wu riders were all delighted to realize that Shi Mu must be quite near, so they all began to rush to the direction of the sounds except the triangle-eyed man. A trace of a crafty smile crept upon his face. He was sure that, since Shi Mu had exposed his whereabouts, only the gods could help him this time.
But just as he was to close the lid of the wooden case, an ear-deafening noise exploded in the distance, bringing about a gust of strong wind which blew dust around him. The next moment, his throat feeling cold, the triangularly eyed man was pushed back by the gust, as if he collided with a massive object.
*BOOM* He bumped against a tree heavily, which caused its large leaves to fall like torrential rain. That was when the triangle-eyed man was shocked to find himself dangling in midair with a long arrow penetrating his throat, only the fletched tail of the arrow could be seen sticking out his throat.
So now the triangle-eyed man was nailed to the big tree by the arrow through his throat!
"Ah..." After some groans and vain struggling of his legs, he was completely out of strength in a short time. And, just before he took the last breath of his life, he vaguely saw his fellow companions shot one after another with roaring sounds, their bodies darting backward.
"That's fine, I'm not going alone to the other world..."
The wooden case thudded down to the ground and the lid was thrown open. Immediately, the beetles flapped their wings, and out they flew, disappearing into the grass.
"Hide! The arrows are so fast that we can't escape! Stone Zhao and the Big Kong were shot dead!"
"No way, they're just too fast, we can't escape! The trees! Back to the trees! Ah..."
"Shit! He's using the strong bow with a draw strength of at least forty pounds, which can even penetrate stones and trees! There's no use hiding behind the trees! Dog Sun and Wild Li just died there! What should we do?"
"You fool! Just lie on the ground!"
The Wu riders that were rushing vehemently at Shi Mu when the thunderous noises exploded, and now are being overwhelmed by panic, all lying prone on the ground and not daring to move a finger. But Shi Mu was quite at ease. Picking up the next arrow, he aimed at a spot over three-hundred meters away and pulled the bow wide open again, his eyes narrowed. Could there be another youth who was able to retain his cool in such a life-and-death situation like Shi Mu?
"The younger Hu was shot dead too! Who saw the direction that the last arrow came from? We can't hide until we know where he is." Another surviving Wu rider asked in fright, at the verge of breaking down.
"Brother Li, the arrows are so fast, I only caught a slim shadow coming from straight ahead." Answered another lucky survivor.
"Good, I can save us as long as I know the location." The, so-called, Brother Li fumbled at his back, and as the wind came again, he produced a thick round leather shield in his hand. After a roll on the ground, his entire body had now crouched down into a size that could be hid by the shield perfectly. Letting out a fierce shout he arched his back and charged at Shi Mu's spot like a bull.
"Thank heavens, I just forgot Brother Li's best skill was the art of shield. We can be saved now!"
"Prepare yourselves, we'll charge too once Brother Li has approached Shi Mu. We must kill the bastard as soon as possible." The survivors all rejoiced at the promising prospect.
*thud* A dull sound came to their ears, breaking their blissful moment. The rushing Brother Li's body was blown away twenty meters with another loud noise before he crashed onto the ground. No sound was heard from him.
"Goodness! It's not a bow of forty pounds, but has a draw strength of at least a hundred pounds! The leather shield won't work! Only a black iron shield can resist the arrows...Ah!" A Wu rider was just raising his head to look at Brother Li's body with a terrified shout, when he himself was penetrated by an arrow from his forehead, his body rolling for a while at the brutal force. This ghastly scene frightened the others out of their wits, after which they all pressed their bodies as close to the ground as possible, no thoughts in their minds of fighting back. They could only wonder, in their minds, how could someone see through the dark forest, at such a distance? And not missing one shot? Could it be that he was some superhuman archer, rarely born in this world?
As they lay still on the ground with trembling hearts, Shi Mu did nothing, which made the Wu riders even more frightened. Finally, one of them could not hold his fear anymore, and shouted out, "You bastard, don't be so proud! You think with a fine bow and some shallow skills you can flee successfully? See what happens to you when Master Tong comes here! He'll skin you alive to avenge my companions!"
"Master Tong? So you are not the Jin Clan's men?"
Shi Mu only spoke up when hearing the name.
"Humph! The Jin Clan has also come, led by their Fifth Master personally. But we have the Horses of Blue Wind, so we were faster and reached you earlier. You are dead meat this time, even if you can save your dirty little life from us, you can never escape from the Jin Clan's tracking group." The Wu rider cursed Shi Mu loundly.
Hearing such a spirit-lifting curse, the other riders also grew more daring. They thought to themselves, "That's right, even though we can't hurt him, that will be a different story once Master Tong comes. He's a real Houtian warrior, not someone you can handle."
"By Master Tong I believe you mean Wu Tong. Well, I'll deal with him late, after I finish sending you guys to the other world." Just as his voice fell, Shi Mu rushed out from a grove, with a loud footstep. He moved with blurring speed toward the men.