55 Sweet Nothings
Ning Ping's shout could be heard from very far away.
Others were curious as to how Jiang Chen had offended Ning Ping and where Zhang Shichao was.
He ran away. Elder Li shook his head out of pity. This wasn't Ning Ping's fault. Jiang Chen's performance exceeded everyone's expectations.
Luckily, since Jiang Chen had shown his ace in the hole, he was in a more vulnerable position currently.
There was still a long way to go until the end of the trial. Jiang Chen only had a slim chance of survival.
"I would have been able to kill him if he didn't have the spiritual armour," Jiang Chen thought to himself.
Although Ning Ping was in the beginning of the late stage of the Gathering Yuan State, Jiang Chen had mastered the full spirit of the sword.
Besides the first three, he was able to practice the other movements of The Rainbow Sword Method, but the situation had been changed by the spiritual armor.
This is the benefit of being resourceful. You can kill people easily by possessing a great amount of spiritual weapons.
However, the powerful men from the Sacred Zone weren't famous for having many spiritual weapons, but for their innate spiritual weapons.
Only death could tear one apart from their innate spiritual weapon.
A swordsman's innate spiritual weapon was usually a sword.
Jiang Chen picked the Redcloud Sword up and thought, "If this had been a class-two spiritual weapon, I would have been able to defeat the spiritual armor."
"I've mastered the full spirit of the sword. The Redcloud Sword should have been benefited from it," Jiang Chen said.
"Exactly," the soul of the Redcloud Sword answered him quickly.
"Then why is it still class-one?"
"After recognizing its master, the Redcloud Sword has been taking in the spirit of the universe. And thanks to your spirit of the sword, it has recovered a lot. The thing is, its ware pattern was destroyed long time ago. You can't ask a broken thing to repair itself automatically, can you?" the soul of the sword said.
"Why didn't you tell me about this earlier?"
"The Redcloud Sword's power achieved class-two when you mastered the full spirit of the sword. You could have had the ware pattern repaired by then, but later you were busy practicing with knives and kept the sword in the mustardseed ring. How would it have been possible for me to communicate with you?" the Redcloud asked him.
Jiang Chen had been studying Slashing at the Mountain in those days. The result could be observed from the fact that he had killed Zhang Shichao easily.
He'd never thought that he had neglected the Redcloud Sword.
"Looks like multitasking isn't so efficient. Fortunately, I don't have to ask people for favors," Jiang Chen smiled when he thought of this.
If the Redcloud Sword were a class-two spiritual sword, he wouldn't need to exert the slightest effort to repair it.
But it was a class-seven. Even though he only wanted it to be recovered to class-two, he had to work on the class-seven ware pattern on it.
"I doubt that I can find anyone in Ninedragons to fix it."
"It is difficult, but it looks like you know how to do it. How long will you need?" the soul of the Redcloud Sword said.
"How long do you think I need?" Jiang Chen smiled.
This was the shortest time that the soul could imagine it would take.
"Just one night." Jiang Chen rolled his eyes and didn't bother to explain. A month? What an insult!
"Unless you know the class-seven ware pattern… Do you really know it?" the soul's voice sounded shocked.
Jiang Chen covered his tracks carefully and hid in a hole in a tree.
After a desperate battle, he had used up most of his genuine yuan. He had to recover it as soon as possible.
However, as soon as he got into the hole, he found a yellow flag there. It was a flag of the natural law.
Yeah, I was focused on the fight and almost forgot the requirement of the Natural Law School.
Jiang Chen took the flag and packed it away, then he started to recover his genuine yuan.
He will need at least a night to recover. Ning Ping, don't let me down.
Elder Li was frowning. He could see the tree hole where Jiang Chen was hiding from his angle. Southwest of the tree hole, Ning Ping and others were still looking for Jiang Chen.
To his relief, Ning Ping was advancing in the right direction. If nothing unexpected happened, he would make it to the tree hole in one hour.
By then, Jiang Chen would be exposed. He would definitely die if he was still in his current condition. Besides, he couldn't turn to tactical formations or flame arrows this time.
However, Jiang Chen left the tree hole after only half an hour. He looked animated and spirited, not showing any signs of fatigue.
"So quick?! What methods was he practicing?"
The class of methods decided not only how far you could go in practicing, but also how fast you could recover your genuine yuan.
By the classification of sky, earth, black, and yellow, what Jiang Chen was practicing was a yellow-class method. It would take him one night to recover his genuine yuan.
This was what Elder Li had thought. But it took him less than half an hour. Could it be a sky-level method?
It's impossible. He must have used panaceas for his recovery.
Since he was unable to see what had happened in the tree hole, his conclusion seemed logical.
To his disappointment, Jiang Chen went in the opposite direction like a sly fox when Ning Ping came very close.
Then he saw two people in the place Jiang Chen was headed for.
"We could have a chance if he collides with them," Elder Li thought.
It was already night. Jiang Chen noticed a bonfire ahead.
He approached carefully and found Su Qian and Shen Huan were there.
They were sitting by the bonfire shoulder to shoulder, exchanging sweet nothings. Jiang Chen almost thought he had made it out of the trial ground.
Suddenly, Jiang Chen stopped and stood still. He didn't even dare to breathe. He had stepped onto something unusual.
He grew up in the Hundred Thousand Mountains, so he was sure that there was a trap trigger near.
After adjusting his center of gravity, he leapt back in a hurry and was more than ten yards away with only one jump.
There appeared a wooden shelf full of spikes where he had been standing. If he hadn't been careful, his body would have been pierced through.
"What was that?!"
Shen Huan and Su Qian immediately came from the bonfire. They were surprised to see Jiang Chen there, especially Su Qian.
"There isn't even a warning for the trap. I almost got killed," Jiang Chen sneered.
Traps for beasts usually had warnings to avoid people being hurt by mistake.
"You were sneaking around. We wouldn't have done anything wrong even if you had been killed!" Su Qian said angrily.
"At the trial ground, the greatest threat is human beings," Shen Huan didn't feel sorry, either. His eyes were icy cold.
"All right. I don't want to waste my time with you. See you around."
Jiang Chen shrugged his shoulders and intended to leave.
But to his surprise, Shen Huan stopped him and asked, "Are you Jiang Chen? The guy both Zhang Shichao and Ning Ping want to kill?"
"So what if I am?" Jiang Chen answered his question with a question.
Shen Huan beamed with joy. His eyes were filled with intention of kill. He said, "You've heard it, too. There are many benefits to killing you. Maybe you also have a flag of the natural law with you."
"You want to kill me?"
Jiang Chen was amused. He looked over to Su Qian. She didn't speak, standing behind Shen Huan silently.
"Do you know why he made that promise? Because even he is unable to kill me, let alone you. By the way, I killed Zhang Shichao."
"Ha, you killed Zhang Shichao? Do you think I'm stupid? Do you think you'll scare me by saying this?!" Shen Huan didn't believe him at all. He drew his spiritual sword out of its sheath immediately.
"If you want to risk your life, I'll lend you a hand," Jiang Chen smiled.