In the Stone Woods. Beside a giant rock.
Mo Chaoge, Bernard, and the Crescent Emissary were standing indifferently, seeming to wait for some news.
Before long, a Star Emissary appeared on the stone path far away, who was heading in their direction hurriedly.
That Star Emissary came near and bowed to the Crescent Emissary, “Sir, still no trace of them.”
The Crescent Emissary nodded, and waved his hand, “Keep watching those passes! Be on alert!”
The Star Emissary who was in charge of collecting information stepped back silently and disappeared into the piles of stones.
One hour later.
Big Johnson, who had lost his arm, showed up from another stone path. He walked up to Mo Chaoge and gave a salute, “No news of them.”
“Well.” Mo Chaoge nodded, “Keep watching. I just don’t believe that they won’t come out.”
“Third master, is it possible that they were already killed by the demon beasts in the Dark Forest?” Johnson asked after a hesitation, “It is said that the demon beasts in that area went crazy after we left. Many warriors died because of them. They disappeared for so long, maybe they were killed by those demon beasts.”
Surprisingly, Mo Chaoge didn’t oppose, but nodded and said, “But if they were not killed by demon beasts and slipped through to the Merchant Union, we can do nothing anymore. You know what I mean?”
“Got it! I will go and watch right now!” Johnson was enlightened and left immediately.
Frowning, Mo Chaoge said to the Crescent Emissary next to him, “Let’s wait for another month, if they still don’t show up, I guess they must have been killed in there. What do you think?”
“Well, I agree with you.” The Crescent Emissary agreed. He thought for a moment and said, “I got the information that the Medicine King Gan Xiao and the Silver Thunder Wolf are still fighting in the Dark Forest. But since there are too many demon beasts, Gan Xiao seemed to begin to withdraw. The demon beasts in the Dark Forest have now all gathered around the Silver Thunder Wolf, chasing the Medicine King Gan Xiao and his escorts. That battle area is relatively safe now.”
“You mean they may still be alive?” Mo Chaoge asked.
“Very likely.” The Crescent Emissary said, “Many warriors were killed in that region, and those not being killed had been scared out of the forest a long time ago. Therefore they can easily get out of the forest alive if they are not unlucky.”
“They’d better be alive!” Bernard from the Tush Mercenary Union was filled with hatred as he said coldly, “They will regret being in this world.”
A cold light flashed in the Crescent Emissary’s eyes, as he said indifferently, “I will take Mu Yu Die away.”
“Then that skinny boy is mine. He stole something from my Mo Family, so I need to get it first. Then you can do whatever you want to him.” Mo Chaoge took a glimpse at Bernard, and said in despise.
Bernard kept silent, pondering on something that no one knew.
Shi Yan was walking on the jagged stones cautiously, not daring to relax his vigilance.
Mu Yu Die and Di Yalan were discussing something ahead of him. He couldn’t hear them clearly.
“Ding Yan.” Mu Yu Die paused abruptly and turned around to look at him.
“Yeah?” Shi Yan was surprised and relaxed his vigilance a little, “What’s the matter?”
“You are from the Merchant Union?” Mu Yu Die hesitated and then asked casually.
“You trained all by yourself?”
“You helped me a lot all along the way, so I want to introduce you to someone. If he thinks highly of you, it will be very beneficial for your training. What do you think?” Mu Yu Die was serious, as her beautiful eyes shone and gazed at him.
Shi Yan was shocked at first, and after a long while, he shook his head and replied indifferently, “Miss Mu, thank you for your kindness, but I don’t like to be restrained.”
He understood, Mu Yu Die wanted to introduce him to an influential person or to a certain power.
In this world there were many single warriors who were at a very high level and could do whatever they wanted without any help.
But most warriors would choose to attach themselves to a certain power or a big family.
Those powers and families possessed lots of resources, immense Martial Skills and training materials, and most importantly, reputed warrior trainers, which could speed up one’s training process and step into a higher level.
However, those influential powers and families hardly admitted unknown warriors. It was very hard for a warrior to enter a big power without anyone’s introduction.
Apparently Mu Yu Die knew someone influential and she wanted to thank Shi Yan in that way.
“It is very hard to train all by yourself.” Mu Yu Die was a little shocked, as she couldn’t understand Shi Yan. “One could gain rapid advancement only when he joins a strong power, and could get help at difficult times. A single warrior tends to be attacked in foreign areas. You understand that?”
“Yes, to train alone has many disadvantages. Die is very considerate. You still have the chance to reject after meeting that person.” Di Yalan persuaded too.
“Nope. I’ll mind my own business, and I don’t want to be anyone’s domestic servant.” Shi Yan shook his head firmly.
“Then whatever.” Mu Yu Die frowned and felt that Shi Yan was being ungrateful, though she didn’t insist.
Di Yalan sighed, with a little bit of bitterness.
She would go with Mu Yu Die, and since Shi Yan rejected Mu Yu Die’s invitation, they would depart forever, for there was little chance they would meet again.
In the past few days, Shi Yan had already walked into her heart. She was filled with sorrow at the thought of their departure.
“Ding Yan, I must go with Die. You…”
After a long thought, Di Yalan couldn’t help but plead, as she looked at Shi Yan with regret.
“You can go with me.” Shi Yan was stunned, then added, “If you are willing to.”
Di Yalan looked gloomy as she murmured, “The power behind Die can not only protect Die, but also help me increase my ability. Furthermore, Die has promised me that I will get exorbitant training materials, as well as a weapon of the Soul Level, and will even have the opportunity to train with Spirit Level Martial Skills. I…”
Shi Yan replied decidedly, “You have your own pursuits, so do I. And I can’t give you what you want… Let’s depart as soon as we get to Silent Town.”
Obviously Di Yalan chose Mu Yu Die because she thought the power at Mu’s back was more beneficial for her. And Mu Yu Die really gave her a high price, so she found it hard to refuse.
“Ding Yan…” Di Yalan was heartbroken, “I’m sorry.”
“You don’t need to apologize.” Shi Yan shook his head and replied indifferently, “We did everything at our own will. We don’t owe each other.”
“You!” Di Yalan was a little angry as she stared at Shi Yan with discontent. Her chest trembled, but then she uttered with a bitter sigh, “However you think about it, I have my own plans. You are too young to understand that…”
Shi Yan curled his lips and looked at them coldly, not saying a word.
“You just don’t appreciate it.” Mu Yu Die grunted.
“If there isn’t a common ground, a single word is a waste of breath.” Shi Yan shook his head and walked onto another crossroad without taking a look at the two girls. His back to them, he said coldly, “Goodbye forever.”
“Ding Yan!” Di Yalan shouted, “Didn’t you say we wouldn’t depart till we get to Silent Town?”
“Miss Mu is at the Third Sky of Human Level, and there will be skillful warriors supporting you in the Woods. You don’t need to worry anymore. I won’t take advantage of that.” Shi Yan‘s sound faded away gradually, and so did his figure.
“This arrogant guy will get into trouble someday.” Mu Yu Die shook her head, “One has to learn to yield sometimes in this world. Or it will be hard to survive, especially for us warriors.”
Di Yalan was so disappointed, “I’m so worried about him. Why not just go with us? Why did he refuse?”
“Never mind. Stop worrying. We all will be in the Merchant Union, and will get the chance to meet again.” Mu Yu Die comforted her, “Sister Lan, though we are women, we have a mission to make our family prosper and avenge Uncle Luo and our friends. We have to depend on a big power and complete our mission.”
After a short pause, some mixed emotions crossed her eyes. Mu Yu Die recalled the days when they were travelling with Shi Yan and that mind-blowing kiss with him in that cave…
But eventually, she shook her head firmly, seeming to get rid of Shi Yan’s shadow in her mind. “And him, just let him be a beautiful memory in our lives.”
She seemed to say that to herself.
“He is not that bad… almost Human Level… and he is so young…” Di Yalan mumbled.
“It will take at least ten years for him to advance to Disaster or Earth Level, and even longer to get to Nirvana and Sky. We don’t have that much time. Furthermore, he is on his own, without any strong support…”
“Well, fine. I hope we made the right choice.”
“I’ve never made a mistake!”