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ON TOP OF THAT, YUAN DU AND GU LING’ER ALSO HAVE THE STATUS OF MASTER AND DISCIPLE. WHEN GU LING’ER STOOD OUT AMONG THE LOWEST LEVEL DISCIPLES, SHE WAS ACCEPTED BY YUAN DU AS HIS ONLY PERSONAL DISCIPLE.


THIS EXPLAINED WHY GU LING’ER HAD BEEN TURNED INTO INK.


IF EVEN HER MASTER WAS LIKE THIS, THERE WAS NO NEED TO MENTION THE DISCIPLE.


WITH THE HELP OF GU LING’ER’S MASTER’S STATUS, HE WAS ABLE TO TRAVEL TO THE SPIRIT PROVINCE WHERE GU LING’ER LIVED. EVEN IF LI YUAN WANG AND THE OTHERS WERE TO DISCOVER THIS, IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO SUSPECT ANYTHING.


AT THIS MOMENT, YUAN DU LOOKED TOWARDS YANG KAI AND SMILED, “IN THE PREVIOUS TRIAL, MARTIAL NEPHEW’S PERFORMANCE WAS SO BRILLIANT THAT THIS KING WAS AMAZED!”


YANG KAI BOWED AND SAID, “SENIOR IS TOO KIND, IT WAS JUST A FLUKE. I HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO INJURE THE SENIOR BROTHERS, MAKING ME FEEL VERY APOLOGETIC.”


YUAN DU CHUCKLED, “YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT AT THAT SITUATION, THERE’S NO NEED TO TAKE IT TO HEART. BESIDES, IT’S NOT LIKE YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR LIMITS.”


TURNING TO GU LING’ER, HE ASKED, “ARE YOU READY?”


GU LING’ER NODDED, “REST ASSURED, MASTER, EVERYTHING IS SETTLED!”


YUAN DU NODDED, “THEN LET’S BEGIN.”


ZONG YUQUAN SUDDENLY WINKED AT YANG KAI AND SAID, “JUNIOR BROTHER YANG IS IN LUCK, WE’LL ALSO BENEFIT FROM THIS.”


THE OTHER BLACK INK DISCIPLE ALSO WORE EXCITED EXPRESSIONS AS IF SOMETHING GOOD WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN.


YANG KAI WAS CONFUSED, “SENIOR BROTHER, WHAT DO YOU MEAN?”


ZONG YUQUAN SMILED MYSTERIOUSLY BUT DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING.


AT THIS MOMENT, A FIERCE WORLD STRENGTH SUDDENLY BURST OUT, STARTLING YANG KAI. HE QUICKLY TURNED TO LOOK AT YUAN DU AND SAW THAT HIS ROBES WERE FLUTTERING IN THE WIND. BEHIND HIM, THE IMAGE OF A VAST SMALL UNIVERSE APPEARED AND QUICKLY EXPANDED.


YANG KAI WAS SLIGHTLY SURPRISED. YUAN DU WAS OBVIOUSLY TRYING TO OPEN HIS SMALL UNIVERSE!


HOWEVER, SEEING THAT ZONG YUQUAN AND THE OTHERS HAD NO REACTION AND SEEMED TO HAVE ANTICIPATED THIS SCENE, YANG KAI DIDN’T DARE TO ACT RASHLY. SUPPRESSING HIS DOUBTS, HE QUIETLY WAITED.


IN THE NEXT INSTANT, YUAN DU’S SMALL UNIVERSE DESCENDED, SWEEPING EVERYONE IN ITS PATH.


THIS WAS NOT THE FIRST TIME YANG KAI HAD ENCOUNTERED SUCH A SITUATION. BACK WHEN HE WAS CHASING AFTER ZUO QUAN HUI IN THE NEW GREAT DOMAIN, ZUO QUAN HUI HAD FALLEN INTO DESPERATE STRAITS AND TRIED TO FIGHT TO THE DEATH WITH HIS SMALL UNIVERSE.


IN THE END, YANG KAI DID THE SAME AND ALSO USED HIS OWN SMALL UNIVERSE TO FIGHT AGAINST HIM. IN THAT BATTLE, ALTHOUGH YANG KAI HAD LED MANY OPEN HEAVEN STAGE MASTERS TO KILL ZUO QUAN HUI, HIS OWN SMALL UNIVERSE'S POWER HAD BEEN MIXED WITH MANY IMPURITIES FROM ZUO QUAN HUI.


LATER ON, HE HAD SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF EFFORT TO ELIMINATE THESE HIDDEN DANGERS, AND EVEN HIS OWN SMALL UNIVERSE'S FOUNDATION HAD WEAKENED SIGNIFICANTLY.


HAVING EXPERIENCED SUCH A SITUATION BEFORE, YANG KAI WAS NOW QUITE FAMILIAR WITH IT.


UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES, IF YUAN DU WERE TO SPREAD OUT HIS SMALL UNIVERSE LIKE THIS AND RELEASE THE INK FORCE, IT WOULD DEFINITELY ALARM LANG YA’S HIGH RANK OPEN HEAVEN.


HOWEVER, THIS WAS GU LING’ER’S SPIRIT PROVINCE, AND MANY SPIRIT ARRAYS HAD BEEN ACTIVATED TO ISOLATE THIS PLACE FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD, PREVENTING ANY SOUND FROM LEAKING OUT.


JUST NOW, YUAN DU HAD ASKED GU LING’ER IF SHE HAD MADE ALL THE NECESSARY PREPARATIONS, SO HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ASKING ABOUT THIS.


IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE, YUAN DU'S SMALL UNIVERSE SPREAD OUT, AND EVERYONE WAS PRESENT. YANG KAI LOOKED AROUND AND SAW THAT THIS SMALL UNIVERSE WAS EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE UNIVERSE PARADISE SHI ZHENG HAD LEFT BEHIND AFTER HIS DEATH. IT WAS COVERED IN BLACK INK, AS IF THE ENTIRE WORLD WAS COVERED IN IT, GIVING OFF AN EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE FEELING.


HOWEVER, IT WAS UNDENIABLE THAT AS A SEVENTH ORDER OPEN HEAVEN STAGE CULTIVATOR, YUAN DU’S FOUNDATION WAS INDEED POWERFUL. IN THIS SMALL UNIVERSE WORLD, THE DAO MARKS WERE EXTREMELY RICH, BUT YANG KAI WAS UNABLE TO DETERMINE WHICH TYPE OF DAO MARK IT BELONGED TO.


ON THE BLACK GROUND, AFTER EVERYONE APPEARED, THEY LOOKED AROUND. ZONG YUQUAN AND THE OTHERS ALL WORE PUZZLED EXPRESSIONS, EVEN YANG KAI DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE WONDERING ABOUT.


AS THE OWNER OF THIS PLACE, YUAN DU, ON THE OTHER HAND, LOOKED AT YANG KAI WITH A SMILE AND SAID AMIABLY, “MARTIAL NEPHEW, I SUDDENLY REMEMBERED SOMETHING. COULD MARTIAL NEPHEW GIVE ME AN EXPLANATION?”


YANG KAI, WHO WAS LOOKING AROUND, NODDED AND SAID, “SENIOR YUAN, PLEASE ASK, JUNIOR WILL TELL YOU EVERYTHING HE KNOWS!”


YUAN DU ASKED, “MARTIAL NEPHEW SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENLIGHTENED BY ELDER SHI ZHENG, RIGHT?”


“YES!” YANG KAI NODDED.


“HOW DID ELDER SHI ZHENG ENLIGHTEN YOU?” YUAN DU ASKED AGAIN.


HE WAS DOUBTING HIM… OTHERWISE, WHY WOULD YUAN DU ASK HIM SUCH A QUESTION AT THIS TIME?


YANG KAI’S HEART WAS AS CLEAR AS A MIRROR, AND HE WAS ALREADY MENTALLY PREPARED FOR THIS. HE HAD TOLD LI YUAN WANG AND GAO TING BEFORE THAT WHEN THE GRASS IS BEATEN, THE SNAKE SHOULD BE UNABLE TO RESIST COMING OUT.


IT WAS PRECISELY BECAUSE OF THIS CONSIDERATION THAT LI YUAN WANG SAID THAT IF YANG KAI CONTINUED TO STAY HERE, IT WOULD BE DANGEROUS, SO LI YUAN WANG ASKED HIM TO RECONSIDER.


HOWEVER, YANG KAI HAD COME HERE FOR THE MATTER OF BLACK INK DISCIPLE AND BLACK INK CLAN. IF HE WANTED TO BE SAFE, HE WOULDN’T HAVE TAKEN THE INITIATIVE TO ASK FOR INFORMATION.


YANG KAI RESPECTFULLY REPLIED, “ELDER SHI ZHENG USED A BLACK INK INSECT AND THIS JUNIOR FELT THE WONDERS OF THE INK FORCE. THIS JUNIOR WAS ENLIGHTENED AND THREW HIMSELF INTO ELDER SHI ZHENG’S ARMS WITHOUT HESITATION. THIS JUNIOR MUST THANK ELDER SHI ZHENG FOR TODAY!”


YUAN DU NODDED LIGHTLY AND ASKED MEANINGFULLY, “DID ELDER SHI ZHENG SAY ANYTHING ELSE TO YOU?”


YANG KAI HESITATED FOR A MOMENT BEFORE ASKING, “THERE IS SOMETHING. MAY I ASK WHAT SENIOR YUAN IS ASKING ABOUT?”


YUAN DU SMILED, “ACTUALLY, EVER SINCE YOU STEPPED INTO LANG YA AND MET ZONG YUQUAN, THIS KING HAS KNOWN ABOUT YOUR IDENTITY AS BLACK INK DISCIPLE. THIS KING HAS BEEN WAITING FOR YOU TO TAKE THE INITIATIVE TO VISIT THESE PAST FEW DAYS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY YOU HAVEN’T COME. IF NOT FOR THAT, THIS KING WOULDN’T HAVE TAKEN THE RISK TO COME SEE YOU.”


YANG KAI BOWED, “SENIOR, PLEASE FORGIVE ME!”


YUAN DU CONTINUED, “MOREOVER, YOUR MANY PERFORMANCES DURING THE TRIAL GAVE THIS KING REASON TO BELIEVE THAT BESIDES ZONG YUQUAN, YOU DON’T KNOW THE IDENTITIES OF THE OTHER BLACK INK DISCIPLES. WHAT’S WRONG? DID ELDER SHI ZHENG NOT TELL YOU THIS AFTER HE ENLIGHTENED YOU?”


GU LING’ER AND THE OTHERS HAD BEEN WONDERING WHY YUAN DU HAD SUDDENLY SPOKEN TO YANG KAI LIKE THIS, BUT NOW THEY REALIZED THAT YUAN DU WAS CLEARLY SUSPICIOUS OF YANG KAI’S IDENTITY.


IF HE HAD REALLY BEEN ENLIGHTENED BY ELDER SHI ZHENG, ELDER SHI ZHENG WOULD HAVE EXPLAINED SOME OF LANG YA’S ARRANGEMENTS TO YANG KAI, BUT YANG KAI SEEMED TO KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THEIR IDENTITIES DURING THE TRIAL, SO ALL OF THEM HAD VOLUNTARILY REVEALED THEIR IDENTITIES.


OF COURSE, THIS DIDN’T MEAN ANYTHING. PERHAPS YANG KAI WAS BEING TOO CAREFUL AND DIDN’T WANT TO REVEAL HIS IDENTITY FIRST, BUT SINCE YUAN DU WAS SUSPICIOUS, THEY HAD TO ACT ACCORDINGLY.


WITH A FLICKER OF THEIR BODY, GU LING’ER AND THE OTHERS SURROUNDED YANG KAI, SECRETLY CIRCULATING THEIR WORLD FORCE.


YANG KAI REMAINED CALM AND COMPOSED, NOT SHOWING THE SLIGHTEST HINT OF NERVOUSNESS AS HE SAID, “SENIOR, PLEASE FORGIVE ME. AFTER ELDER SHI ZHENG ENLIGHTENED THIS JUNIOR, HE ONLY TOLD THIS JUNIOR TO MAKE A TRIP TO LANG YA. AS FOR WHO HE NEEDED TO FIND AND WHAT TO DO HERE, ELDER SHI ZHENG DIDN’T REVEAL ANYTHING. IT WAS ONLY AFTER THIS JUNIOR REPEATEDLY ASKED THAT ELDER SHI ZHENG INFORMED ME THAT I ONLY NEED TO REVEAL MY IDENTITY TO SENIOR BROTHER ZONG WHO WAS GUARDING THE VOID HARBOR IN LANG YA TERRITORY. AS FOR WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THAT, I DON’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT IT, SOMEONE WILL NATURALLY COME TO SEE ME!”


YUAN DU FROWNED SLIGHTLY UPON HEARING THIS.


TO BE HONEST, YANG KAI’S WORDS WERE REASONABLE AND WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION. CONSIDERING ELDER SHI ZHENG’S PERSONALITY, IT WAS NOT IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM TO MAKE SUCH AN ARRANGEMENT.


HOWEVER, YUAN DU STILL DIDN’T WANT TO BELIEVE YANG KAI TOO MUCH, THIS WAS JUST HIS INTUITION.


YUAN DU STARED AT YANG KAI FOR A LONG TIME BUT DIDN’T NOTICE ANYTHING UNUSUAL ON HIS FACE. YUAN DU THEN SAID, “THE POWER OF INK IS MYSTERIOUS AND MAGICAL, BUT IT’S NOT OMNIPOTENT. THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN RESTRAIN IT TO A CERTAIN EXTENT. IS MARTIAL NEPHEW A BIG DRAGON? HAVE YOU REALLY BEEN ENLIGHTENED BY THE INK FORCE?”


YANG KAI GLANCED AT YUAN DU, “SO SENIOR IS SUSPECTING MY IDENTITY.”


YUAN DU SAID SOLEMNLY, “THIS IS A MATTER OF GREAT IMPORTANCE, THIS KING HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO ACT CAREFULLY!”


YANG KAI NODDED IN UNDERSTANDING, “JUNIOR UNDERSTANDS. AS A NEW BLACK INK DISCIPLE, IT IS NORMAL FOR SENIOR TO HAVE DOUBTS. SINCE THAT IS THE CASE, SENIOR, PLEASE TAKE A LOOK!”


SAYING SO, YANG KAI STRETCHED OUT HIS HAND AND SUMMONED A MASS OF INK-LIKE ENERGY. THIS THICK INK WAS LIKE A LIVING CREATURE AS IT WRIGGLED ABOUT IN YANG KAI’S PALM.


“INK FORCE!” GU LING’ER CALLED OUT SOFTLY.


THEY ALSO HAD THIS KIND OF POWER IN THEIR BODIES, WHICH WAS SIMILAR TO THE INK FORCE IN YUAN DU’S SMALL UNIVERSE. NATURALLY, THEY WERE NO STRANGER TO IT.


AS SOON AS THE INK FORCE APPEARED, THE VIGILANCE OF GU LING’ER AND THE OTHERS IMMEDIATELY DISAPPEARED, AND EVEN YUAN DU’S EXPRESSION BECAME MUCH MORE AMIABLE.


BEING ABLE TO USE THE INK FORCE MEANT THAT YANG KAI HAD INDEED BEEN TURNED INTO INK. THIS THING WAS NOT SOMETHING ANYONE COULD TOUCH.


“IN THAT CASE, CAN SENIOR DISPEL YOUR DOUBTS?” YANG KAI ASKED.


YUAN DU NODDED SLIGHTLY, “SINCE YOU CAN USE YOUR INK FORCE, THIS KING IS NATURALLY WILLING TO RECOGNIZE YOUR IDENTITY.”


BEFORE YANG KAI COULD BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF, HE HEARD YUAN DU SAY, “HOWEVER, FOR SAFETY’S SAKE, I ASK MARTIAL NEPHEW TO OPEN UP YOUR SMALL UNIVERSE AND LET THIS KING INVESTIGATE A LITTLE. ONLY THEN CAN WE BE CERTAIN.”


YANG KAI WAS SPEECHLESS.


NOW THAT HE WAS BEING INVESTIGATED, WHAT WAS HE SUPPOSED TO DO!


HIS SMALL UNIVERSE HAD INDEED SEALED SOME OF THE INK FORCE, BUT THAT WAS ONLY BECAUSE HE HAD THE WORLD SPRING. THE SMALL UNIVERSE IS IMPREGNABLE, AND THE INK FORCE WAS UNABLE TO ERODE HIS FOUNDATION, ALLOWING HIM TO NOT BE TURNED INTO BLACK INK DISCIPLE.


IF HE REALLY LET YUAN DU INVESTIGATE, HE WOULD BE EXPOSED.


SO WITHOUT ANY HESITATION, YANG KAI SHOWED A LOOK OF DIFFICULTY, “WHAT? SENIOR STILL DOESN’T BELIEVE ME?”


YUAN DU CALMLY SAID, “MARTIAL NEPHEW, IT’S NOT THAT THIS KING DOESN’T WANT TO BELIEVE YOU, BUT INVESTIGATING YOUR SMALL UNIVERSE IS THE SAFEST AND MOST DIRECT METHOD. IF YOU OPEN UP YOUR SMALL UNIVERSE, THIS KING WILL BE ABLE TO TELL AT A GLANCE WHETHER YOU ARE FRIEND OR FOE. IT WON’T BE A LOSS TO YOU.”


YANG KAI ASKED SOLEMNLY, “WHAT IF I REFUSE?”


YUAN DU’S EYES IMMEDIATELY BECAME SHARP AS HE STARED AT YANG KAI, “WHY NOT?”


ORIGINALLY, HE DIDN’T HAVE MANY DOUBTS; AFTER ALL, YANG KAI HAD TRULY ACTIVATED HIS INK FORCE, WHICH WAS ENOUGH TO RECOGNIZE HIS IDENTITY AS BLACK INK DISCIPLE.


HOWEVER, YANG KAI’S REACTION MADE HIM SUSPICIOUS AGAIN.


IF HE DIDN’T HAVE A GUILTY CONSCIENCE, WHY WOULD HE REFUSE? IT WAS JUST TO INVESTIGATE THE SMALL UNIVERSE, NOT TO DO ANYTHING TO HIM. COULD IT BE THAT THE BIG DRAGON’S STRENGTH WAS REALLY ENOUGH TO RESIST THE EROSION OF THE INK FORCE?


WITH THIS THOUGHT IN MIND, THE SMALL UNIVERSE WORLD SUDDENLY SURGED WITH MURDEROUS INTENT.


TO BE CONTINUED...

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