Chapter 254: Xia Guang's Background
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
The culprit, Ma Qin.
Duan Ling Tian could imagine that if it wasn't for him having Xiong Quan by his side, then today, he and the two girls by his side would surely be dead.
So as far as Duan Ling Tian was concerned, regardless of how the Ma Clan's compensation was....Ma Qin must die!
And at almost the exact same moment that Ma Qin pleaded for mercy, a blue afterimage flashed past him with a speed like wind, as if it was a ghost.
The blue-clothed old man, one of the Ma Clan's Supreme Elders, attacked out in rage, blasting Ma Qin to death with a single palm strike.
The blue-clothed old man looked at Duan Ling Tian and slowly said, "Even if guest hadn't said anything, our Ma Clan would not allow one who brings disgrace to the clan like this to continue living."
"Then....Let's talk about the compensation." The corners of Duan Ling Tian's mouth curled into a smile, and his gaze swept past the figures of the four old men, causing the old men to feel depressed and helpless.
After all was said and done, their Ma Clan Auction House was indeed in the wrong!
"Guest, please speak." Hu Jun took a deep breath. He'd already made the mental preparations to pay a large sum in compensation.
"10 million gold," Duan Ling Tian slowly said, with a carefree expression as if 10 million gold was nothing in his eyes.
Hu Jun and the other old men were instead stupefied.
They'd never imagined that the violet-clothed young man before them would demand such an exorbitant price!
"Guest....This 10 million gold, isn't it too...." Hu Jun was in a difficult situation, as even to their Ma Clan, 10 million gold wasn't a small sum.
If they were to take out so much gold, their Ma Clan would surely be greatly weakened!
"What? Think it's too much?" Duan Ling Tian calmly glanced at Hu Jun. "Don't forget that today's incident was caused by your Ma Clan....10 million gold, send it to the Flowing Cloud Inn tonight. Otherwise, bear the consequences!"
After he finished, Duan Ling Tian paid no attention to the four old men with flushed faces and directly left.
This time, Duan Ling Tian's group left the Ma Clan Auction house through the front door.
It was late in the night now, and the alley at the door of the Ma Clan Auction House had quieted down. Only occasionally could some sparse pedestrians be seen.
The Flowing Cloud Inn was just a short distance to the front. When Duan Ling Tian walked over to the auction house from the restaurant earlier, he'd seen this inn.
Their group walked into the inn.
And currently, the Ma Clan Estate's audience hall was lit up brightly by lanterns.
Four old men and a middle-aged man stood together.
At this moment, the middle-aged man's face was extremely unsightly. "That Ma Qin actually caused such a disaster....He deserved to die!"
"Ma Qin deserved to die. But Patriarch, that violet-clothed young man asked for 10 million gold. That is really going too far. Are we really going to give it to him?" The yellow-clothed old man's voice was low, and it seemed to have slight rage mixed within.
"Supreme Elder, if we don't give him 10 million gold, will you have another way to resolve the matter?" The middle-aged man, the Ma Clan's Patriarch, had an extremely unsightly expression as he spoke.
The yellow-clothed old man was speechless.
Did he have a way?
He didn't consider himself capable of bearing the rage of that Void Prying Stage powerhouse by the violet-clothed young man's side.
"I'll order someone to send this 10 million gold to him....However, our Ma Clan's money isn't so easy to take. Later, when sending the money over, I'll order someone to send Xia Guang's corpse to the Jade Magnolia Trading Company's branch in Black Wind City." As the middle-aged man finished speaking, his eyes flickered with a strand of a fierce light, and within that strand was a trace of a scheming aura.
"Patriarch is wise!" Instantly, the gazes of the four old men, including Hu Jun's, lit up.
The Jade Magnolia Trading Company was one of the seven great trading companies within the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom, and there was no lack of Void Prying Stage martial artists within it.
Xia Guang was the person in charge of the Jade Magnolia Trading Company's branch in Black Wind City.
And most importantly, Xia Guang's father was the Vice President of the Jade Magnolia Trading Company, and on top of that, his father was also a formidable Void Prying Stage powerhouse!
That night, Duan Ling Tian obtained the 10 million gold that the Ma Clan sent over as he wished, and it caused him to be unable to stop himself from sighing with emotion. This money came too quickly.
Deep in the night, Duan Ling Tian cultivated as usual....
Nine Dragons War Sovereign Technique, Wyrm Python Form!
Presently, Duan Ling Tian was still stuck in the third level Origin Core Stage bottleneck, and he was only half a step away from the fourth level of the Origin Core Stage.
"I ought to be able to break through before arriving at the Seven Star Sword Sect." Duan Ling Tian let nature take its course and cultivated until deep into the night before falling into a deep slumber.
At dawn the next day, after having breakfast with the two little girls, Duan Ling Tian's group departed on four Ferghana Horses, going directly out of Black Wind City.
And not long after Duan Ling Tian's group of four left, another two Ferghana Horses pursued, following from afar.
"Hmph!" After spurring their horses forward and going far away from Black Wind City, Duan Ling Tian's gaze abruptly went cold.
When he came out of the inn earlier, he noticed someone watching them from the shadows.
In the beginning, he paid no attention to it.
Now, when he noticed someone pursuing from far away, Duan Ling Tian's face went gloomy.
Duan Ling Tian notified the two little girls and Xiong Quan, then the four of them swung down the horse whips in their hands onto the Ferghana Horses, causing the Ferghana Horses to speed up and gallop madly.
In an instant, they had created more distance between them and the two people behind.
The two people who were following from behind were two middle-aged men. When they saw Duan Ling Tian's group of four abruptly speeding up to disappear before their eyes, an anxious expression appeared on their faces, and they hurriedly spurred their horses to madly run forward.
However, they quickly noticed that after galloping for some time, the road in front of them was peaceful, and they couldn't see the figures of the people they were following.
"Where are they?" The two men looked at each other, and both had bewildered expressions.
As far as they were concerned, the horses beneath them were Ferghana Horses as well, thus those four people should not be able to create so much distance between them.
"Are you two looking for us?" Right at this moment, an voice sounded from behind them, causing their faces to go pale.
When they turned their horses around, they saw their four targets spurring their horses to walk forward slowly, walking towards them....
They noticed the middle-aged man among the four sweeping them with his icy-cold gaze, and they couldn't help but have coldness arise within their hearts.
They could perceive how terrifying this middle-aged man was.
Their bodies lightly trembled, and traces of terror appeared in their eyes.
Duan Ling Tian looked at them with a calm gaze. "Speak, why're you following me?"
Duan Ling Tian's gaze went slightly cold when he saw the two of them seeming to be hesitant. "If you don't speak, you two can die here today."
Instantly, under Duan Ling Tian's gaze, the faces of the two men went pale, and they hurriedly said. "Lord, I'll speak, I'll speak....We're from the Jade Magnolia Trading Company's branch in Black Wind City. It was our Vice President that asked us to follow you."
"Jade Magnolia Trading Company?" Duan Ling Tian's brows knitted. Only now did he recall that the Ma Clan Auction House's Ma Qin seemed to have mentioned this Jade Magnolia Trading Company yesterday.
The middle-aged man that wanted the Jade-eyed Heavenly Mouse seemed to be a member of the Jade Magnolia Trading Company!
That middle-aged man and the two old men were all at the Half-step Void Stage, so their status in the Jade Magnolia Trading Company ought to not be low.
"Why did he send you two to follow me?" Duan Ling Tian asked, in a deep voice.
"Lord, we aren't quite sure of the exact reason; we're only following orders." The two of them shook their heads.
Duan Ling Tian's gaze didn't leave them from beginning till the end, and in the end, he noticed that these two people seemed to not be lying. Recalling the middle-aged man from yesterday, Duan Ling Tian asked, "Do you two know Xia Guang?"
"Xia Guang?" The two of them hurriedly nodded upon hearing this. "The President of our Jade Magnolia Trading Company's branch in Black Wind City is precisely Lord Xia Guang."
"The President of the Jade Magnolia Trading Company's branch in Black Wind City?" Duan Ling Tian's eyes squinted, as he never imagined that the middle-aged man from yesterday had such a background.
It looked like the Spatial Ring that he casually took from Xia Guang ought to have quite a large amount of wealth within it.
Right at this moment, Xiong Quan looked at the two of them and asked, "This Xia Guang, what relationship does he have with your Jade Magnolia Trading Company's main branch's Vice President, Xia Dou?"
The two men answered after hearing what Xiong Quan asked. "Lord Xia Guang is precisely the only son of Lord Xia Dou."
Duan Ling Tian noticed that when Xiong Quan heard what the two of them said, he frowned.
"Scram! If I notice you following me again, you two will surely die!" Duan Ling Tian's icy-cold gaze swept past the two men, causing the two men to feel a sense of relief and reveal overjoyed expressions before spurring their horses to kick up a cloud of dust, not daring to turn around.
Duan Ling Tian noticed something wrong in Xiong Quan's expression, so he curiously asked, "Xiong Quan, you know Xia Dou?"
"Young Master, that Xia Dou is the Vice Present of the Jade Magnolia Trading Company's main branch, and I've had dealings with him before....His strength was on par with mine when my strength was at its prime," Xiong Quan respectfully said.
"Sixth level of the Void Prying Stage?" Duan Ling Tian nodded. That year, when he had just encountered Xiong Quan, he still remembered what Xiong Quan had told him. Xiong Quan at his prime had a cultivation at the sixth level of the Void Prying Stage.
"Young Master, the people from the Jade Magnolia Trading Company were probably following you because of the Ma Clan. Should we?" Xiong Quan waved the hand sign for killing.
"A mere Ma Clan is nothing.... Hurrying on with our journey is more important now. We have to arrive at the Seven Star Sword Sect as soon as possible. If we're late to the Seven Star Sword Sect's outer court disciple test three months from now, then we'll have to wait another six months." Duan Ling Tian shook his head. Just like he said, he completely looked down upon the Ma Clan.
If they turned back now and annihilated the Ma Clan, it would only be a waste of time.
As far as he was concerned, if he delayed entering the Seven Star Sword Sect because of the matter with the Ma Clan, then the losses would outweigh the benefits.
"Yes." Xiong Quan nodded. To him, whatever the Young Master says, goes.
He was only a servant of the Young Master.
The four of them continued to hurry on their journey.
"Squeak squeak~" At an unknown time, the little gold mouse had awoken from its deep sleep, and after noticing it was on a Ferghana Horse, it was extremely thrilled. It then jumped onto the head of the Ferghana Horse and nodded to Ke Er like a human. It was extremely happy.
"Hiss hiss~" Seeming to have been awakened by the little gold mouse, Little Black and Little White poked their heads out from Duan Ling Tian's sleeve and looked at the little mouse. Their gold and silver eyes flickered with strands of bright lights.
"Squeak!" The little gold mouse looked at the two little pythons, then it actually turned its body around and shook its ass at them....