Chapter 978: Approaching Crisis
The Ring of Loyalty looked very small at first, like something that only a little girl could wear.
But as the man held the ring between his fingers, the ring grew by itself to accommodate his size.
The man wore the ring and declared: “My name is Boss; I hereby vow that I would never harm anybody in this room”
The Ring of Loyalty gave off a faint light that circled around the man before it was absorbed into his body.
Laura told him: “Even if that wasn’t your original name, the Ring of Loyalty would still produce the same results, because it directly locks onto your soul”
Saying so, she carefully looked at the man to observe his reaction.
“I used to have quite a few different titles, but none of them are very interesting at all, so I’ve decided. From now on, I’m Boss” the man confirmed again.
Everyone felt a bit awkward.
——-do we really have to call him Boss?
Wouldn’t that mean, normal conversations would go like this:
“Boss, time for dinner”
“Boss, good afternoon”
“Boss, where are you going?”
Is this really how it’s going to be?
Gu Qing Shan didn’t care much about that and was the first to reach out his hand, smiling: “Boss, welcome to our little group”
The man looked at his outstretched hand and curiously asked: “What does this signify?”
Zhang Ying Hao explained and casually asked him: “He’s offering to shake your hand, this is meant to as a welcoming gesture—— if you don’t even know about this, do you normally not make contact with anyone?”
“That’s right” the man generously admitted: “I’ve been staying in a place far from the masses, only very recently was I heavily injured and saved by Gu Qing Shan, leading to my current contact with you all”
Hearing him, everyone felt sympathy.
Away from people.
This person is genuinely strong, but he still fell into such a predicament.
Fine, ‘Boss’ it is.
It’s only a name either way.
With that in mind, everyone accepted the name.
Gu Qing Shan told him: “Boss, you should rest up a bit first—– Fei Li, give him another can of Soul Points drink”
“Sure” Ye Fei Li replied.
Gu Qing Shan then turned to the Demon Dragon and asked: “Now, please tell me where Little Dusk is”
「 She’s being imprisoned in the deepest part of the Holy Church of Fate; the coin is also in the possession of the Holy Church of Fate’s pope 」the Demon Dragon answered him.
“Very well, then let us move right away” Gu Qing Shan said without hesitation.
「 I don’t want to 」the Demon Dragon replied.
“Why not?” Gu Qing Shan asked.
「 That Pope revered me from the bottom of her heart, I was her God, and now you want me to meet her with this appearance? 」the Demon Dragon half-complained and half-rejected him.
While saying that, he sneaked a glance at his master.
His master refused to say anything and simply looked at Gu Qing Shan.
Gu Qing Shan took a look at Demon Dragon’s appearance again: an emerald green top hat; hair and beard braided to hang all sorts of trinkets; a face full of patterns that looked like doodles.
—–yep, this appearance is definitely not suitable to meet a woman with.
But I need to make sure of something first.
“Have you been using your identity as God to mess around with the woman of the 900 million World Layers?” Gu Qing Shan sternly questioned.
「 No, definitely not. I have no interest in such things. That Pope and I only came into contact from discussions about Space-Time and Fate 」the Demon Dragon swore.
“Very well, I’ll trust your words—– do you have anything that can be used to recognize that it’s from you?” Gu Qing Shan asked.
The Demon Dragon sighed in relief and answered: 「 Yes, take a strand of my hair, the Pope will recognize that it’s from me right away 」
Gu Qing Shan wielded his sword and cut a single strand of his hair.
As he was about to catch it, he froze.
A heavy sense of pressure that caused one to hold their breath flashed by his spirit sense.
Gu Qing Shan shivered.
He turned towards Lin.
Lin also had a heavy expression on her face.
“Did you feel that?” Lin asked.
“I did, and you?” Gu Qing Shan replied.
“My instincts aren’t as sharp as you cultivators, but I can sense a desperate battle approaching us” Lin explained.
She couldn’t help but emanate fighting intent.
Gu Qing Shan corrected her: “It’s not just a battle. My spirit sense is sharper than the majority of other cultivators, I can also feel death approaching”
Gu Qing Shan reached towards his back.
His back was soaked in cold sweat.
The others had different expressions on their faces as they heard them talking.
Ye Fei Li helplessly said: “I couldn’t sense anything at all”
Zhang Ying Hao seemed to be in thought and replied: “I was able to faintly sense something, as if we are in a state of being hunted”
The man called ‘Boss’ took out a book and carefully flipped through it.
“Ah, not good. I can see an enemy of mine approaching” he said.
“Your enemy? Then why do I have a feeling the target is me?” Gu Qing Shan scowled.
Boss replied: “That would depend on how much you’re related to my matter—- come, press your hand against mine, I’ll check to see if there is anything related to you”
“Your book is—”
“It’s able to observe events that happened recently that might be related to my life and yours”
Gu Qing Shan pressed his palm against Boss’ hand.
He then looked towards the book.
Something unimaginable happened.
Where the book was originally blank, it quickly displayed the Soul Shrieker’s appearance.
——-the Soul Shrieker was standing on an Abyssal Behemoth, quickly moving along the endless space vortex.
On the next page of the book, a black crow slowly manifested.
Three women were sitting on the black crow’s back.
“Su Xue Er, Anna, and Ning Yue Chan! Why are the three of them together, and being chased by the Soul Shrieker as well!?” Gu Qing Shan shouted in shock.
“Ning Yue Chan?” Zhang Ying Hao asked.
“Who’s this Ning Yue Chan girl?” Ye Fei Li also asked.
“A person who came from the same cultivation world as I did” Gu Qing Shan replied.
“She’s a female cultivator who’s been running all over to look for Gu Qing Shan. I took her in and she’s currently a captain of the Bramble Bird royal guards” Laura replied at the same time.
Zhang Ying Hao and Ye Fei Li immediately understood.
But Gu Qing Shan didn’t care for the specifics and spoke: “Laura, let me borrow your armor”
“Got it!” Laura answered right away.
The Bramble Bird Sovereign armor appeared on Gu Qing Shan’s body again, four swords manifested behind his back.
There was no other way, if the opponent was the Soul Shrieker, any level of preparation would not be excessive.
“Can we see where they are?” Gu Qing Shan asked Boss.
“Unfortunately, my book can only catch faint images, I don’t have a way to pinpoint where they are” Boss answered apologetically.
“Gu Qing Shan, don’t be too rash, if we can see these images, I have a way to find out more information” Laura told him.
“Really?” Gu Qing Shan was overjoyed.
Laura took out a golden alarm clock from inside her backpack and gave it to Boss.
“This is a single-use Space-Time instrument, it is able to discover something that happened in the past with the tiniest trace, display it and then try to locate it”
Boss received the golden alarm clock and smiled: “This thing looks very valuable, you said that this can only be used once?”
“That’s right, use it” Laura told him.
Boss nodded and crushed the golden alarm clock with his hand.
The hour, minute, and second hands as well as the numbers all fell onto the book, scattering as parts.
The golden parts began to give off light and levitated on top of the book.
At the same time, the picture on the book vanished.
The glowing light began to display the scene that was depicted in the book earlier.
“This was about 10 minutes ago, you can hear what they’re saying, but it’ll take some time to determine where they were exactly” Laura explained.
“10 minutes ago?” Gu Qing Shan felt anxious.
If it had already been 10 minutes, there was no telling if the Soul Shrieker had caught up with them or not.
Where are they now!?
Gu Qing Shan clenched his fist tightly.
The three girls in the picture began to speak.
Su Xue Er spoke up first: “We seem to be a bit unfortunate, as we both fell in love with the same man”
Hearing that beginning, everyone couldn’t help but feel shocked.
What’s going on?
If they’re being chased by the Soul Shrieker, why do you still have the leisure to be discussing such a thing?
Everyone couldn’t help but sneak a glance at Gu Qing Shan.
Gu Qing Shan pretended like he didn’t notice their gazes and continued watching the scene.
In the scene, Ning Yue Chan replied.
She asked: “What kind of person is he?”
“Ah, it’s quite hard to say. Hm, he’s also a cultivator”
“A sword cultivator? Tsk” Ning Yue Chan disdainfully scoffed.
“What’s wrong with sword cultivators?” Su Xue Er and Anna asked at the same time.
“…Sword cultivators… constantly swaying…”
“…personally, I think sword cultivators, in general, are nothing decent regardless of gender”
“…And here I was wondering what happened, turns out it was a sword cultivator who used devious means to make the both of you pledge your true love. Furthermore, making you live in such a tattered and sorrowful state, I hate this kind of person”
“…There’s no need for you to make any excuses for this kind of man. Once we return to the Bramble Bird Kingdom, I’ll help you see clearly just how he truly is”
The conversation between the three girls was on full display in the scene depicted by the book.
Everyone’s gaze was focused entirely on Gu Qing Shan.
“Erm, about this, I can vouch for him, Gu Qing Shan doesn’t seem like he’s done anything” Ye Fei Li said.
“Certainly, he doesn’t seem like the type” Lin casually added.
Zhang Ying Hao’s eyes were a lot sharper than Ye Fei Li, and he had a better way around words, so he spoke up: “Gu Qing Shan is a good brother of mine, during all these years, he hadn’t even had time to sleep, so I’m sure he hadn’t gone around any women either. He’s simply well-loved by others, there was no way around that”
Hearing this explanation, and recalling what she saw of Gu Qing Shan’s experiences, Lin suddenly felt like Gu Qing Shan had gone through a lot of hardship.
She knew everything there was to know about Gu Qing Shan, and she knew these women, so she was already prepared to see this play out.
I already knew about this beforehand, so I shouldn’t be angry, but I still couldn’t control my emotions.
Hah, when it comes to romance, it has always been something that’s beyond the control of people.
Lin’s thoughts turned and recalled two other women she saw in Gu Qing Shan’s mind.
They were Gu Qing Shan’s maids, who later became his junior sisters.
Gu Qing Shan was a young birdie…
Recalling the scene at the time, Lin’s mood improved somewhat.
The scene slowly faded and left a long series of numbers in the air.
Laura looked carefully at these numbers and sighed in relief: “These are coordinates within the 900 million World Layers, now we can locate—–”
She then spoke in shock: “Huh? They seem to be in the vicinity of the Bramble Bird Kingdom, they’ll arrive here very soon!”
The entire room was plunged into a sense of miraculous silence.
Everyone can infer without a doubt that the three girls were all coming for Gu Qing Shan.
But from the looks of things, they didn’t know that the one the other party was looking for was also Gu Qing Shan.
What should we do next?
All of a sudden, the sky outside darkened.
A black crow had appeared.
“Don’t stop me, I’m looking for Gu Qing Shan!”
Su Xue Er’s voice arrived from above the sky.
The black crow flapped its wings and swiftly made its way towards the Bramble Bird royal palace.
Laura swiftly gave the order: “Go, let them in, do not trigger any defense mechanisms, and definitely do not harm them”
The Bramble Bird General Ilya immediately left.
She was suppressing the smirk on her mouth as she made her way outside, loudly giving the orders.
“Big bro Qing Shan, what now?”
Laura carefully looked at Gu Qing Shan and asked.
Gu Qing Shan didn’t answer.
He was completely stunned, his usual confidence and calm gone without a trace.
He seemed to be panicking.
Everyone else tried to remain silent, occasionally sneaking glances at him.
Although a monster as powerful as the Soul Shrieker was approaching them, there was always the option of running away if they couldn’t face the threat of such a monster head-on.
But there was no way for Gu Qing Shan to run from this matter.
Against a threat, this guy always had a way to turn the situation around and turn the tide in his favor.
But this situation turns out to be more dangerous than any other he had ever faced…
Within the stunned silence—
「 Pftt! 」
As everyone turned to look, they found it was the Demon Dragon.
The Demon Dragon recalled what Gu Qing Shan sternly questioned him earlier and couldn’t help but chuckle out loud.