Upon hearing the Profound Divine Metal's words, the Chaos Divine Flame remained silent.
The Profound Divine Metal continued to say, "If I'm not mistaken, you can't maintain your consciousness for long either… Are you planning to stay here and wait for your next host to appear? Who knows how long that will take? Moreover, can you guarantee that you won't be absorbed by another Chaos Divine Flame's host? Once you're absorbed, you'll disappear. Is that what you want?"
The Profound Divine Metal continued to persuade the Chaos Divine Flame. "I know Chaos Divine Flames are proud, but so are the Profound Divine Metals. If I weren't afraid of being absorbed by another Profound Divine Metal's host, do you think I'll persuade you to serve my master? If we serve the same master, we won't have to worry even if we encounter the host of a third form Profound Divine Metal or Chaos Divine Flame. Moreover, together we can easily absorb other second form Profound Divine Metals and Chaos Divine Flames." Its voice grew softer and softer as it spoke. "Think about it… I'm going to lose my consciousness…" The moment the voice died away, the mysterious light surrounding the defective metal piece slightly dimmed. Then, the defective metal piece transformed into a streak of light that shot inside Duan Ling Tian's body. Following that, the mysterious light that shrouded his body slowly disappeared as well.
As soon as the mysterious light disappeared, Duan Ling Tian who was still unconscious fell to the ground with a thud.
The grey flame in the middle of the cave surged up a few times before it heaved a long sigh. "Well… the Profound Divine Metal has a point." The moment the ancient voice died away, the grey flame seemed to turn into a bolt of lightning before it entered Duan Ling Tian's body as well.
At this moment, the unconscious Duan Ling Tian was the only one in the cave. The stones and pebbles had disappeared as soon as the grey flame entered Duan Ling Tian's body.
The cave was peaceful and quiet as time passed by silently.
After a day and a night had passed, Duan Ling Tian who seemed like he was asleep began to show signs of movements.
"Mmm..." Duan Ling Tian slowly regained his consciousness. Although he was still bleary, he could not help the exhilaration that coursed through his body. "I-I'm not dead? I'm still alive!"
'So I was dreaming…" A bitter smile appeared on Duan Ling Tian's face as disappointment welled in his heart. When he woke up, he discovered the stones and pebbles had disappeared. Most importantly, the grey Celestial Flame had disappeared as well. He recalled exerting all his strength but still failed to obtain the Celestial Fire before he lost consciousness. At that time, he thought he would die. Now that he had woken up, everything had disappeared. What happened? Was it just a dream?
"Hm?" At this moment, Duan Ling Tian suddenly felt a jolt in his body, causing his hair to stand on end. He had suddenly felt a burning sensation in his soul.
"This is…" Duan Ling Tian was dumbfounded when he looked inside his body with his internal vision. He could clearly see a wisp of grey flame that was contained in the defective metal piece at the side of his soul. Although it was just a small wisp of flame, its destructive aura seemed to indicate it could burn through everything in this world! The aura was familiar as well. "This aura… belongs to the grey Celestial Flame!"
Duan Ling Tian gasped in excitement upon discovering this. He was 100% certain the small wisp of flame in the defective metal at the side of his soul was the Celestial Fire he had intended to retrieve before he passed out.
'There's no doubt the small wisp of flame is the Celestial Fire. Am I dreaming? Did I die? If I didn't die, how did it enter my body?' Duan Ling Tian had many unanswered questions in his mind. In a daze, he lifted his hand to pinch his face. His hand was only a hair's breadth away from his face, but it seemed to be a world away to Duan Ling Tian. His hand trembled as it neared his face. Even after ten breaths had passed, his hand still did not touch his face. If someone else were here, they would be able to see his hand trembling violently. 'It's fine if it's just a dream. If it's not, does it really mean that I died?' At this moment, he feared the truth.
Finally, Duan Ling Tian mustered up his courage and pinched his cheek with all his might. "Ouch!" he cried out when he felt the sharp sting on his face. His eyebrows rose up as an expression of happiness appeared on his face. 'I'm alive! It's not a dream! I survived!' No words could describe the happiness he felt after he confirmed that he was alive. It was as though he had just been given another lease on life.
It took 15 minutes before Duan Ling Tian finally calmed down. "I was so sure I would die before I passed out. It's strange that the Celestial Fire has already entered my body when I regained consciousness. The energy guarding the Celestial Fire had disappeared at some point. I'm certain I didn't retrieve the Celestial Fire before I passed out. I could hardly repel the attack, let alone retrieve the Celestial Fire. Moreover, it seemed like the Celestial Fire is also contained in the defective metal piece." He calmly analyzed the situation before coming to the conclusion that the defective metal piece was the reason he was alive and the Celestial Fire was in him!
"What in the heavens is it?" Duan Ling Tian knew the defective metal piece could function as a soul defense Celestial Weapon and that it was extraordinary, but he had no idea what it was. What was its true function? In any case, he discovered it could even help him to retrieve the Celestial Fire! Most importantly, it had also saved his life!
Duan Ling Tian's attention was solely focused on the defective metal piece at this moment. 'W-what are you? Back when Xia Jie gave the jade token to me, he only said it was extraordinary, and he didn't know its origins as well. Strangely, it led me to the weird stone near my hometown in the mundane realm before it merged with the weird stone and transformed into this defective metal piece. Where did the jade token come from? What's that weird-looking stone? Why is it near Fresh Breeze Town? Is there such a coincidence in life? This is truly strange…' The more he thought about it, the more confused he became. It felt as though he had fallen into the abyss of confusion.
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