Chapter 167: Third Prince's Probing
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
Deep into the night, Duan Ling Tian summoned Xiong Quan over and passed a pile of silver to him.
"Take this 50 million silver and buy as much of those materials I asked you to buy the other time as you can," Duan Ling Tian ordered.
50 million silver?
Xiong Quan was stunned. Where did the Young Master get so much money from?
However, he was a smart man, so he didn't ask. He respectfully put the silver away and said, "Yes, Young Master."
When Duan Ling Tian returned to his room, he used up the last portion of materials Xiong Quan had purchased last time and once again inscribed a Bone Corrosion Inscription atop his Violet Myrtle Flexible Sword.
It could be said that he had experienced the might of the Bone Corrosion Inscription today!
Even the old man beside the Third Prince, an existence at the eighth level of the Nascent Soul Stage, didn't even have the time to react before he was hit.... And the bones in his entire body turned to ashes; he was completely and utterly dead!
The Bone Corrosion Inscription was a life-saving talisman to Duan Ling Tian. He could imagine how he would have been killed by that old man if he didn't have the Bone Corrosion Inscription.
"Third Prince, I, Duan Ling Tian, will remember the gift you gave me today." Duan Ling Tian's eyes flashed with a cold light.
After easing himself up, Duan Ling Tian cultivated the Nine Dragons War Sovereign Technique's Raging Python Form until deep into the night before going to sleep.
At morning the next day, Duan Ling Tian attended classes in the Star Mastermind Department's classroom as usual.
During the class, someone came to see Sima Chang Feng, and after going out for a while, Sima Chang Feng returned. He looked at Duan Ling Tian with a strange expression. "Duan Ling Tian, come out with me for a moment."
Although Duan Ling Tian thought it was weird, he still followed Sima Chang Feng out.
"Teacher, did you call me out here for something?" Duan Ling Tian questioned.
"Someone wants to see you," Sima Chang Feng said.
Just when Duan Ling Tian was wondering who wanted to see him, Sima Chang Feng had already brought him to an empty area at the corner of Paladin Academy, and there was a luxurious carriage stopped there.
Two old men were standing at each side of the carriage. Relying on the experiences of Rebirth Martial Emperor and his own formidable Spiritual Force, Duan Ling Tian could determine that the strength of these two old men were not one bit inferior to the old man he killed with the Bone Corrosion Inscription last night.
"Go ahead." Sima Chang Feng nodded to Duan Ling Tian. "I'll wait for you here."
Duan Ling Tian curiously walked over, and he was stunned once he entered the carriage.
The person who sat within the carriage was none other than the Third Price, who he'd just seen yesterday. However, after a night's time, the Third Prince didn't have a face full of smiles like yesterday; he now had a gloomy expression.
"Third Prince, are you looking for me?" Duan Ling Tian wasn't courteous at all. He directly sat down within the carriage, and his brows knitted.
"Duan Ling Tian, us honest people are straightforward and don't beat around the bush.... Last night, Uncle Hu didn't return after he left. Was he killed by your people?" The Third Prince looked at Duan Ling Tian with an electric gaze. He stared fixedly at Duan Ling Tian, watching for any change on Duan Ling Tian's face as if he was extremely afraid of missing the slightest twitch.
Duan Ling Tian had a face full of surprise and bewilderment when he heard what the Third Prince said. "Third Prince, who's Uncle Hu?"
"Hmm?" Third Prince frowned. He had been observing the changes in Duan Ling Tian's expression the whole time, but he noticed that there was nothing amiss in Duan Ling Tian's expression when he mentioned the matter of Uncle Hu.
Could it be that it really had nothing to do with Duan Ling Tian?
But that's impossible!
Yesterday, he sent Uncle Hu to kill Duan Ling Tian. However, Uncle Hu never returned; it was as if he had vanished into thin air....
If it was just Uncle Hu who disappeared, it would only be the loss of an eighth level Nascent Soul martial artist, and it would only cause him a short period of heartache. But Uncle Hu had another identity: he was the manager of his estate, and thus controlled his private wealth.
The thing he was urgently seeking now was precisely the Spatial Ring on Uncle Hu's hand!
If that Spatial Ring was gone, then it would also mean that his 70 or 80 million silver had gone down the drain, and his future days would become difficult....
Even though he was a prince, the expenses of his own estate were paid out of his own pocket. Moreover, if he wanted to get more support to obtain the seat of Emperor in the future, he would require usage of that wealth to obtain connections and bribe officials....
Duan Ling Tian had a surprised expression when he curiously asked, "Third Prince, why's your expression so unsightly? Has something happened?"
"Duan Ling Tian, it doesn't matter if you've killed Uncle Hu.... I can disregard it! But you must hand over Uncle Hu's Spatial Ring, or else... you should know the consequences!" The Third Prince's expression went gloomy as he finished speaking.
He still wanted to gamble and probe if that Spatial Ring was in Duan Ling Tian's hands or not.
"Third Prince, what's the meaning of this? Someone from your estate died and you blame it on me?" Duan Ling Tian's face sank and he burst into a rage. "As for whatever Spatial Ring you speak of, I know nothing of it.... Farewell!"
Duan Ling Tian didn't look back and walked out of the carriage. He left as soon as he finished speaking.
The Third Prince's expression was incomparably unsightly.
It really wasn't him?
Then who the heck was it....?
Uncle Hu was his trusted follower, and he was confident that if it wasn't for something happening to Uncle Hu, he would absolutely not vanish on him.
"Once I find out who did it, not matter who it is, I'll bury him in a shallow grave!" The Third Prince, who usually seemed easily approachable, now had a savage expression on his face; it was as if he had transformed into a devil.
Before long, the Third Prince's luxurious carriage left under the gazes of Duan Ling Tian and Sima Chang Feng.
"Duan Ling Tian, what did Third Prince look for you for?" Sima Chang Feng asked curiously.
"I don't know either.... He just told me that his estate's Uncle Hu died, and something about a Spatial Ring.... baffling." Duan Ling Tian shrugged with an innocent expression.
It wasn't unexpected to him that the Third Prince would look for him, but he never expected that the Third Prince would come so fast.
It looked like that silver was a huge amount even for the Third Prince, even to the extent it had an extraordinary meaning.
"Uncle Hu? Spatial Ring?" Sima Chang Feng was dazed for a moment before deducing the possibilities. "According to my knowledge, the manager of the Third Prince's estate is called Hu San.... Could it be that Hu San is dead? Hu San is the individual that the Third Prince trusts the most, and he even controls the wealth of the Third Prince's estate."
"Could it be that Hu San's dead, and the Spatial Ring that contained the wealth of the Third Prince's estate vanished with him?" Duan Ling Tian's eyes were wide open; he intentionally acted surprised as he spoke.
"That's probably it. Keep this matter to yourself; under no circumstances should you spread it.... Otherwise, it would provoke unnecessary troubles. That Third Prince isn't someone to be trifled with lightly." Sima Chang Feng had a serious expression as he warned Duan Ling Tian.
"Understood, Teacher." Duan Ling Tian hurriedly nodded, as a bright light flashed within his eyes.
The Third Prince was naturally not someone who should be trifled with lightly; this was something he experiences during the banquet last night. In fact, at the moment he saw the Third Prince today, he guessed the reason the Third Prince had come.
He had taken notice of the burning gaze the Third Prince shot at him when he abruptly mentioned that the death of Hu San was connected to him. He naturally was able to guess the Third Prince's goal. It was nothing more than trying to probe him and see if he was really connected to the disappearance of Hu San...
But unfortunately, the Third Prince was making a futile effort in trying to make him slip up. As a weapons specialist in his previous life, how could he possibly fall for such a poor attempt?
Duan Ling Tian couldn't help but laugh to himself when he recalled what the Third Prince said in the end. The Third Prince actually wanted him to spit out what he had already ate?
Was that possible?
Duan Ling Tian followed Sima Chang Feng back to the classroom and continued to attend the class.
At noon, after class ended, Xiao Yu and Xiao Xun walked over. "Duan Ling Tian, what did Teacher Sima call you out for?"
Duan Ling Tian shook his head and smiled. "Nothing. He just told me that a war might break out at the northwest border at any time... and asked me if I'm interested in going if the Paladin Academy Star Mastermind Department wants to send students over."
Duan Ling Tian spoke of the things which Sima Chang Feng told him 10 days ago, using it as an excuse.
Xiao Yu and Xiao Xun, however, believed it to be true, and Xiao Xun sighed. "Logically speaking, if Paladin Academy really needs to send students, it would usually be grade 3 and above students that would have the opportunity to head over.... Teacher Sima asking you this undoubtedly means that he plans to put his all in recommending you to go."
"Maybe." Duan Ling Tian nodded.
Xiao Yu thought about yesterday's matter and jokingly asked, "Duan Ling Tian, did you gain anything from attending the Third Prince's banquet yesterday? That Third Prince probably spent a great deal of effort in trying to rope you in to his side, right?"
Spent great efforts to rope me in?
Duan Ling Tian's expression was slightly unnatural.... That Third Prince wished for nothing more than his death; why would he still rope him in?
However, he naturally wouldn't say it and he lightly smiled. "The biggest gain from yesterday was probably meeting the number one beauty of the Imperial City."
The Imperial City's number one beauty?
Xiao Yu's and Xiao Xun's gazes shone. "You met Princess Bi Yao?"
Duan Ling Tian nodded.
"If I knew earlier, I would've followed you and joined in on the fun." Xiao Yu had a regretful expression.
"You really want to go join in the fun? Looks like when I see Little Qian again, I'll have to tell her about this." An evil smile appeared on the corners of Duan Ling Tian's mouth.
The Little Qian he mentioned was precisely Luo Cheng's sister, Luo Qian.
Xiao Yu rolled his eyes at Duan Ling Tian before asking curiously, "How was it? Was that Princess Bi Yao beautiful?"
Duan Ling Tian nodded. "She's worthy of her reputation.... In terms of looks, she isn't inferior to your sister."
Xiao Yu was slightly moved. The looks of his sister, Xiao Lan, was something he was aware of, and she was absolutely an unsurpassed beauty.
"What? Xiao Yu, your sister is actually a beauty that can be compared to Princess Bi Yao?" Xiao Xun's eyes shone as if he had transformed into a hungry wolf.
"Xiao Xun, don't have any ideas about my sister. She already has someone in her heart." Xiao Yu shook his head and smiled.
"That isn't a problem; I'll surely prove to her that I'm 10 times, 100 times stronger than the person in her heart!" As far as Xiao Xun was concerned, the person Xiao Yu's sister had taken a fancy to was probably someone from Aurora City.
In terms of natural talent, strength, and background, the other person had no way of comparing to him.
As a direct descendant of the Imperial City's Xiao Clan, Xiao Xun was extremely confident in this aspect...
"Are you sure you're 10 times, 100 times stronger than that person?" Xiao Yu's gaze became slightly strange.
"What? Besides Duan Ling Tian and you, there's another freak from Aurora City?" Xiao Xun's heart jerked as he asked curiously.
Xiao Yu shook his head.
"Then you mean...." Xiao Xun hadn't finished speaking when he noticed Xiao Yu neither intentionally nor unintentionally glancing at Duan Ling Tian.