Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!
The palm prints from the old man's strike seemed to fill the void and fell on Duan Ling Tian as tens of thousands of sword rays shot out from his body to defend against the attack.
Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!
The earth quaked as waves and waves of shockwave rippled outward.
Xiu! Xiu! Xiu!
It did not take long before the sound of sword cries drowned out the sound of explosions.
"How's this possible?!" In the distance, the old man whom Liu Zuo Lin addressed as Uncle Li could not believe what he had just seen. The sword rays surging out from the purple-clad young man had easily deflected his attack. His eyes seemed to clear up at this moment, a hint of fear and regret could be seen in his eyes. If he still did not realize he had offended someone whom he could not afford to offend, he would have lived his life in vain.
"Seeking death!" Duan Ling Tian said nonchalantly.
These words sounded like a tolling bell that signified death in the old man's ears. He began to panic and opened his mouth in an attempt to speak…
However, before words could leave the old man's mouth, the tens of thousands of sword rays merged into a sword Formation that fell on the old man like a cluster of meteors. Blood splattered everywhere, dying the small alley red. Then, the sword Formation disappeared into the air without a trace.
Liu Zuo Lin who had just regained his senses paled immediately. He was trembling violently as he looked at the blood-stained alley. The smell of blood in the air caused his legs to weaken and sent chills running up his spine. He felt something cool trickling down his legs.
Liu Zuo Lin fell to the ground, sitting in a puddle of urine. The stench of urine mixed with the smell of blood wafted in the air.
"Didn't you plan on killing me after robbing me?" Duan Ling Tian looked at Liu Zuo Lin who had peed in his pants in disgust as he coldly said, "Since your henchman is dead, you should do the deed."
"You… You…" Liu Zuo Lin looked at Duan Ling Tian and stuttered, "Y-you.. You can't kill me! If… If you do, the Liu clan will not let you go! My father is the Clan Leader of Liu clan!" He quickly revealed his identity in hopes of saving his life. After all, his father was the clan leader of one of the five major clans in Nine Specters City.
"Liu clan?" Duan Ling Tian laughed after hearing Liu Zuo Lin's words. "It seems you have a lot of confidence in your clan… Since that's that case, I'll give you a chance and let you return home."
Duan Ling Tian's words stunned Liu Zuo Lin. His eyes brightened for a moment before he asked fearfully, "You… You'll allow me to return to the Liu clan?"
"Not only will I allow you to return to the Liu clan, but I'll follow you back as well!" Duan Ling Tian said.
Liu Zuo Lin's expression changed as he asked in a trembling voice, "Y-you… Who are you?" Although he was not particularly smart, he was not hopelessly stupid. Since the purple-clad young man allowed him to return and was even planning to follow him back, it was clear the purple-clad young man was confident and unafraid of the Liu clan! At this moment, it dawned on him that he might have picked on the wrong target.
"If you don't want to return to the Liu clan, I don't mind sending you off to accompany that old man in the netherworld." Duan Ling Tian's tone was cold.
These words startled Liu Zuo Lin into action. His body shook as he left the small alley in a hurry, making his way to the Liu clan's mansion. He turned a few heads as he sped toward the mansion.
"Isn't that Liu Zuo Lin, the young master of the Liu clan?"
"What happened? Why does he look like he's in a panic?"
"Who knows? However, I'm sure I smelled the stench of urine when he ran past me."
"The stench of urine? Are you joking?"
Similar discussions could be heard along the way. People were so engrossed in their conversation that they failed to notice a purple figure tailing Liu Zuo Lin in the sky.
"Young master… You… What happened to you?" The guards stationed at the gates of the Liu clan's mansion were shocked when they saw the state Liu Zuo Lin was in and smelled the stench of urine. This was their first time seeing their young master in such a state.
However, Liu Zuo Lin did not deign to reply to the guards. He charged inside frantically in search of his father, the Clan Leader of Liu Clan.
Meanwhile, Duan Ling Tian said through Voice Transmission, "I'll wait for you outside the main hall…"
This frightened Liu Zuo Lin even more. "He… Who's he?!" Although he had always been assured of the Liu clan's strength, he became more and more anxious as he faced Duan Ling Tian who seemed unafraid of the Liu clan.
Duan Ling Tian who was hovering in the air above the main hall in the Liu clan's mansion muttered to himself, "Since the Liu clan is one of the five major clans in Nine Specters County, the Liu clan should be quite wealthy, right?" He clearly intended to demand money from these people. He did not feel bad. After all, as the saying went, 'The apple doesn't fall far from the tree'. Otherwise, he would not have followed Liu Zuo Lin here.
About fifteen minutes later.
Two gusts of wind blew into the main hall, and two figures appeared near Duan Ling Tian in just a blink of an eye.
"Father… That's him."
Duan Ling Tian who was resting opened his eyes when he heard Liu Zuo Lin's voice. He saw Liu Zuo Lin and a middle-aged man who bore resemblance to Liu Zuo Lin. However, the middle-aged man had a steady air about him, unlike Liu Zuo Lin.
"Sir, I hope you can be the bigger man and forgive my son for his transgression. As long as you're willing to spare my son's life, I, Liu Dong Ping, am willing to offer you 1,000 primitive Celestial Stones as compensation. Is this an acceptable offer?" The middle-aged was very respectful when he spoke.
"Liu Dong Ping? You're the Clan Leader of Liu clan?" Duan Ling Tian asked calmly.
"Yes." Liu Dong Ping nodded.
Duan Ling Tian looked at Liu Dong Ping for a moment before he said, "You're smarter than your son."
Liu Dong Ping forced himself to laugh before he said, "Thank you for the compliment, sir."
Duan Ling Tian shifted his attention to Liu Zuo Lin before he said, "Well, if your son only intended to rob me of my money and medicinal herbs, 1,000 prominent Celestial Stones would've sufficed. Unfortunately, he wanted to kill me as well… I've always had the habit of not letting those who intend to kill me live." He paused for a moment before he slowly said, "Clan Leader Liu… Is your son's life only worth 1,000 prominent Celestial Stones?"
"How many Celestial Stones do you want, sir?" Liu Dong Ping asked as his face slightly twitched. It was obvious he was suppressing his anger. Based on the state his son was in, the purple-clad young man had to have an extraordinary background. However, it crossed his mind that the purple-clad young man might be bluffing as well.
However, as the Clan Leader of Liu Clan, Liu Dong Ping was, naturally, more farsighted. He could not take the risk so he preferred to think the purple-clad young man had an extraordinary background.
Duan Ling Tian glanced at Liu Zuo Lin as he said without any inflection in his tone, "100,000 prominent Celestial Stones. If you give me 100,000 prominent Celestial Stones, I'll consider sparing his life."
100,000 prominent Celestial Stones!
Duan Ling Tian had come up with this number after taking into account the number of prominent Celestial Stones he found in the spatial ring of Zhou Tong, the first Revered Elder in the County Governor's estate in Nine Specters County. He had found 50,000 prominent Celestial Stones in Zhou Tong's Spatial Ring.
"100,000 prominent Celestial Stones?"
Liu Zuo Lin and Liu Dong Ping were stunned upon hearing Duan Ling Tian's demand. Liu Dong Ping's expression changed drastically as well as he cried out, "Sir!"
Liu clan was one of the five major clans in Nine Specters County City, and Liu Dong Ping was its clan leader. It was only natural that he had his pride as well. He could no longer suppress his anger when he heard Duan Ling Tian's outrageous demand. He glared at Duan Ling Tian as he said, "You're demanding too much! 2,000 prominent Celestial Stones. This is the best I can offer you. If you're unwilling, I..." He paused, swallowing the threatening words that hung on the tip of his tongue.
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