Chapter 174: Su Li's decision
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
"So it's the Fifth Prince. I've really been impolite." Duan Ling Tian glanced at the carriage before lightly smiling.
"If there's nothing else that Fifth Prince needs, then I'll be leaving." Duan Ling Tian continued walking forward after he finished speaking.
"Wait." Right at this moment, the Fifth Prince's voice that contained no feelings once again sounded.
Duan Ling Tian stopped his steps. He was extremely curious... what the heck did this Fifth Prince want to do?
"Kneel down and kowtow three times... Then the enmity between you and my cousin will be written off." The Fifth Prince's voice continued to echo out, a voice that had a tone that allowed no dispute.
Duan Ling Tian's face went grim and rage arose within his eyes.
"Cousin, I don't want him to kowtow, I want him dead!" Tong Li's icy-cold voice subsequently sounded from within the carriage with a tone that seemed as if there was no room for discussion.
"Two idiots!" Duan Ling Tian sneered, and continued to walk forward.
"Duan Ling Tian, if you just walk off like this, then you'll surely regret it." The Fifth Prince's voice continued to echo out.
"Sorry, but the word regret doesn't exist in Duan Ling Tian's dictionary!" Duan Ling Tian's face seemed to have been covered in a layer of ice. He paid absolutely no attention to the Fifth Prince's threats.
There was gold beneath a man's knees, and his knees only bent for the heavens, earth, and his parents.
It would be impossible even for the supreme emperor to make him bow and kneel, let alone a mere prince!
"Presumptuous!" The white-browed old man's face went gloomy and a terrifying aura was emitted from within him as if he wanted to catch up to Duan Ling Tian and kill him on the spot.
Duan Ling Tian stopped his footsteps. His gaze focused and a cold smile appeared on the corners of his mouth.
If this white-browed old man were to attack him, then he'd activate the Bone Corrosion Inscription and annihilate him at the first possible moment!
"Old Bai, let's go." The Fifth Prince's voice that vaguely contained a trace of coldness sounded.
The white-browed old man caught his breath and suppressed the rage within his heart before driving the carriage and leaving.
Within the carriage.
Tong Li had a face full of displeasure. "Cousin, didn't you say you would help me vent my anger? Why did you only ask that Duan Ling Tian to kneel down earlier?"
The Fifth Prince lightly smiled. "Cousin, death isn't the worst punishment to some people. When it comes to a person like Duan Ling Tian, someone who is so unyielding and prideful, making him kneel down and kowtow is much more difficult than making him die! However, it can be said that I gave him a chance today... In the future, even if I really kill him, the Duan Clan can't say anything about it."
Tong Li seemed to come to an understanding and was slightly embarrassed. "Cousin, I've misunderstood you. However, didn't that Duan Ling Tian refuse the Duan Clan and doesn't consider himself a Duan Clan disciple? Cousin, why are you still worrying about that Duan Clan?"
The Fifth Prince's eyes focused. "Be that as it may, the blood of a Duan Clan direct descendant still flows within him... Don't worry, Cousin Brother will absolutely not let anyone who bullied you go. Just let him live for a few more days."
As he finished speaking, a sense of doting appeared on the Fifth Prince's face.
"Thank you, Cousin." Tong Li's face burst into a smile and her eyes flickered with a malicious sheen. It was as if she had already seen the scene of Duan Ling Tian's corpse being torn into pieces by her.
On the other side.
"This Fifth Prince is practically even more arrogant than that Third Prince!" Duan Ling Tian heart went slightly cold as he walked down the road. "You better not come offend me... Or else, even if you're a noble descendant of the Imperial Family, I still won't show mercy!"
Today, Duan Ling Tian's mood wasn't great originally due to Su Li's departure, so flames of fury vaguely arose within him.
Now with the appearance of the Fifth Prince and Tong Li, and that attitude of looking at him in a condescending manner, it was like putting oil to the fire, causing his fury to increase explosively and be difficult to restrain.
Only when he arrived near the Divine Might Marquis Estate did Duan Ling Tian's expression ease up and a smile appeared on the corners of his mouth.
In the entire Imperial City, besides his family and his few friends, only the Divine Might Marquis Estate could warm his heart.
Duan Ling Tian arrived before the Divine Might Marquis Estate's gate, where a young guard soldier took a step forward and fiercely shouted at him, "Halt!"
Before Duan Ling Tian could even speak, another middle-aged soldier ran over and raised his hand to give the young soldier a slap on the back of his head.
"Brother Zhang, why'd you hit me?" The young soldier turned around and looked angrily at the middle-aged soldier.
The middle-aged soldier paid no attention to the young soldier. He respectfully led Duan Ling Tian into the Divine Might Marquis Estate. "Young Master Ling Tian, please come in."
"You know me?" Duan Ling Tian was slightly surprised. He remembered that this person wasn't amongst the guard soldiers that were present when he came the last time.
"Young Master Ling Tian, the other day when Vice General Pang led you into the estate, I just happened to have seen you," the middle-aged soldier said respectfully. He clearly saw how Vice General Pang had a respectful appearance and didn't dare neglect this youth when he led him in the estate the other day.
Duan Ling Tian nodded before saying, "You continue with your work. I'll go look for the Marquis myself." Duan Ling Tian entered the Divine Might Marquis Estate by himself after he finished speaking, and moved familiarly within.
"Brother Zhang, who is he?" The young soldier rubbed the back of his head, but he wasn't angry, as he had realized that the violet-clothed youth wasn't simple.
"Humph! Kid, you're really brave from your ignorance... As for who he is, even I am not really sure; all I know is that when he came the last time, it was Vice General Pang that personally led him in. Moreover, when he left, the Marquis and Junior Marquis personally sent him out." The middle-aged soldier had a face full of fear. "Now tell me if I ought to have hit you or not?"
The young soldier's face went pale from fright and then he hurriedly nodded. "Yes! Yes!"
After entering the Divine Might Marquis Estate, Duan Ling Tian went directly to the audience hall.
After the soldiers who guarded the audience hall reported his arrival, Duan Ling Tian once again met the Divine Might Marquis, Nie Yuan.
"Little Tian." Nie Yuan had a wide grin on his face when he saw Duan Ling Tian. "What? Have you come this time because you need Uncle Nie to help you with something?"
Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled. "Uncle Nie really predicts things like a prophet."
Nie Yuan derided, "Kid, don't give your Uncle Nie that... Let me guess, you probably came because of the matter with the Su Clan, right?"
"Uncle Nie, you're well-informed." Duan Ling Tian's eyes narrowed as he lightly smiled.
"Students from the Su Clan within Paladin Academy tried to assassinate another student but were instead killed by their target... The Vice Dean was enraged, and he personally went to the Su Clan and reduced the Su Clan's recommendation quota into Paladin Academy from five to three! Looks like that Vice Dean Zhan really cares for you." Nie Yuan looked at Duan Ling Tian with a spurious smile.
Duan Ling Tian's eyes focused. He knew that the Vice Dean had gone to the Su Clan, but he didn't know that the Vice Dean had cut down the recommendation quota to Paladin Academy of the Su Clan to three....
For a moment, a sense of gratitude to the old man arose within Duan Ling Tian.
"Speak, what'd did you come to Uncle Nie for?" Nie Yuan glanced at Duan Ling Tian dotingly as he asked.
"Uncle Nie, I want the information of all the Su Clan's businesses within the Imperial City, including the information of the people in charge of those businesses." Duan Ling Tian proclaimed the reason for his arrival.
"You came here for this?" Nie Yuan was slightly surprised. He thought that Duan Ling Tian would want him to come forward and suppress the Su Clan's spirit, but never had he imagined that Duan Ling Tian would actually come for his....
"Yes." Duan Ling Tian nodded.
"Nothing else?" Nie Yuan asked.
"Nothing." Duan Ling Tian shook his head. He came to the Divine Might Marquis Estate precisely for this information. As for anything else, he was able to deal with it by himself.
"Alright, come get it three days from now." Nie Yuan glanced deeply at Duan Ling Tian and didn't ask any further.
"Thank you, Uncle Nie. Then I'll be heading home first so my mother doesn't worry," Duan Ling Tian said.
Subsequently, Nie Yuan once again personally sent Duan Ling Tian out of the Divine Might Marquis Estate, causing that rash soldier that guarded the gate to feel a lingering fear within his heart. Luckily, he hadn't offended that violet-clothed youth earlier; otherwise, the consequences would be unimaginable.
At dawn the next day, Duan Ling Tian had only just arrived at the Paladin Academy gate when he couldn't help but frown.
The restlessness of the two little pythons and his sensitive Spiritual Force told him that someone was watching him from the shadows....
"Humph!" Duan Ling Tian stopped his footsteps and glanced far off into the distance with a sneer on the corners of his mouth.
He didn't pay any attention to who sent those people, but if they were to dare to appear before him, then he wouldn't mind making them become corpses.
Outside of Paladin Academy, in a remote alley, two ramrod-straight figures stood there.
"He seems to have noticed us." The thin-figured middle-aged man among them had a face full of surprise.
"Seems so." The other middle-aged man nodded.
The thin man was silent for a moment before speaking. "I heard he's only at the ninth level of the Core Formation Stage... Logically speaking, it would be impossible for him to notice us."
"Maybe it's just a coincidence." The other man seemed unsure as he spoke.
After Duan Ling Tian walked into Paladin Academy, he noticed that the feeling of being watched had disappeared, so he walked into the classroom for classes as usual.
The entire morning passed with Sima Chang Feng's long-winded statements...
At noon during their meal, Duan Ling Tian's group was slightly unaccustomed to the lack of Su Li, and they remained silent in tacit understanding.
At dusk, after walking out of the Paladin Academy gates and saying his farewells to Xiao Yu and Xiao Xun, Duan Ling Tian once again felt someone watching him. Moreover, it wasn't just one person.
"Seems to be the two people from this morning," Duan Ling Tian thought inwardly as he walked into a remote alley. In this alley, he had lured and killed two batched of people who wanted to kill him in succession.
But this time, when he entered the alley and walked slowly, those two people didn't appear for a long time.
"Who the heck are they?" Duan Ling Tian frowned and lost his patience.
"Humph! Since you aren't taking the initiative, then I'll reverse the positions!" Duan Ling Tian's gaze focused and his speed increased, then he vanished at the end of the alley in the blink of an eye.
The two middle-aged men's figures appeared in the alley and swiftly moved forward, but they were unable to catch Duan Ling Tian's trail ....
Although they were Nascent Soul martial artists, they weren't Inscription Masters, and thus their Spiritual Force wasn't so sensitive. Moreover, they didn't possess the tracking and counter tracking abilities that Duan Ling Tian developed from his previous lifetime as a mercenary and Special Forces member.
"We actually let him escape from under our noses." The thin-figured middle-aged man laughed bitterly.
"We can confirm that our feeling in the morning was correct and he indeed noticed us." The other middle-aged man had a serious expression.
"Is playing hide and seek fun?" Right at this moment, a calm voice sounded from behind the two middle-aged men, causing their faces to turn extremely grim!