Chapter 2060 – Secret Contact
“You’re really sure that it’s Zhao Hai?” In the Tyrant Blade Sect’s Branch Hall in Magnificent Dragon City, the Teleportation Stage cultivator that Zhao Hai saw was currently talking to another person.
“I’m absolutely sure. I recognize his face, he is Zhao Hai.” The person who talked with Steward Gui replied.
The two people that were talking were the Branch Hall Master of the Magnificent Dragon City Branch of the Tyrant Blade Sec, Lei Bao, and the Senior Brother of the branch, Inner Disciple Yang Feng.
Lei Bao knitted his brows and said, “How did Zhao Hai end up with the people from the Rong Clan? Did the two elders instruct the Rong Clan to take care of Zhao Hai?”
Yang Feng shook his head and said, “It doesn’t seem like it. The people from the Rong Clan seem to be unaware of Zhao Hai’s status. Senior Brother, how do we react to this?” When Yang Feng and Lei Bao heard Zhao Hai’s name, they knew that Zhao Hai was out doing his trial. They even obtained information about it. The headquarters also implied that they should offer Zhao Hai help if possible.
They haven’t received this kind of order before, so they were surprised. They don’t understand why the headquarters were so attentive towards Zhao Hai. But no matter what, Zhao Hai’s position in the Tyrant Blade Sect was extraordinary. If possible, they wouldn’t mind lending Zhao Hai a hand. After all, Zhao Hai was a fellow disciple of the Tyrant Blade Sect.
Moreover, Lei Bao and Yang Feng knew that Zhao Hai had offended the Sword Hegemon Sect and the Imperial Beast Sect. His trial was more dangerous compared to other disciples. So it was understandable for the headquarters to ensure his safety.
Lei Bao nodded, “That’s true. I have heard that the two elders have a good evaluation of Zhao Hai. It seems like the Rong Clan doesn’t know about his identity. Otherwise, they won’t dare hire him to be a guard. If they knew of Zhao Hai’s status, they would have paid special attention to him a long time ago. Forget it, it seems like Zhao Hai took this mission as a rogue cultivator. But with Zhao Hai’s character, he wouldn’t take on simple missions. I heard that he’s made a huge amount of money in the sect. Did he find something in the Rong Clan?”
Yang Feng knit his brows and said, “Senior Brother, do you think we should get in contact with Zhao Hai? If he followed the Rong Clan due to some reason, then we need to prepare. Even if we contact him with regards to his mission, that would still be fine. It’s also good to have a good relationship with him.”
Lei Bao nodded, “Alright, let’s try to get in touch with him. Don’t be discovered by the people from the Rong Clan. The Rong Clan’s young miss has been poisoned, so they should stay here for a few days. Find a time to contact him.”
Yang Feng nodded, “Alright. To be honest, I’m quite curious about Zhao Hai. The Flower Den Cult’s disciples aren’t easily dealt with. But that fellow suffered a loss against Zhao Hai despite the gap in cultivation. Zhao Hai is really unique.”
Lei Bao smiled faintly and said, “Of course he’s unique, otherwise he wouldn’t become a disciple of the two Elders. The conditions to become their disciple are very harsh. I heard that Zhao Hai is also a god of slaughter.”
Yang Feng smiled, “If he isn’t a god of slaughter, then he wouldn’t become the disciple of the two elders. For many years, the two elders didn’t receive a disciple for fear that they would go insane. It seems like they’re very satisfied with Zhao Hai. I’m also surprised about Zhao Hai’s progress. Two years after coming to the True Spirit Realm, he’s already undergoing his Clone Stage trial. His cultivation speed is very fast.”
Lei Bao sighed, “Perhaps this is also the reason why the sect is attentive towards him. But no matter what, Zhao Hai is one of our people. Let’s help him as much as we can.” Yang Feng nodded, then he stood up and left.
Zhao Hai doesn’t know that Lei Bao and the other branch masters have received information from the sect nor did he know that Lei Bao plans to send people to contact him. He also didn’t know that his Clone Stage trial would be different from the past. Disciples from the Tyrant Blade Sect who underwent the trial weren’t allowed to contact the people of the sect. He just thought that the other party recognized him and didn’t doubt his identity. So Zhao Hai didn’t think about it too much.
The communication token that Zhao Hai gave Steward Gui was real. However, it was a communication token that transmitted low quality messages. It was a communication token often used by rogue cultivators. This way, Steward Gui won’t doubt Zhao Hai’s status.
After receiving Zhao Hai’s communication token, Steward Gui carefully put it away. Ordinary rogue cultivators might not experience the same treatment, but Zhao Hai did. This was because Steward Gui still couldn’t figure out the extent of Zhao Hai’s strength.
Steward Gui looked at Zhao Hai and said, “Little Hai, although the young miss’ poison has now been cured, I think we should stay in Magnificent Dragon City for a couple of days. The Tyrant Blade Sect already knows that we’re here, so we should be safe. You can explore the city in the meantime. Magnificent Dragon City is known for its food, you should taste it. Here, take this. This is for you.” After speaking, Steward Gui took out a spatial bag and gave it to Zhao Hai.
Zhao Hai received the spatial bag and looked inside it. There were about 100 spirit stones inside. After receiving the bag, Zhao Hai expressed his gratitude to Steward Gui.
Steward Gui waved his hand and said, “Little Hai, it’s not like I don’t want to give you more spirit stones, but even if I gave you more, you won’t buy much. There aren’t a lot of cultivators in Magnificent Dragon City. Most people here trade using gold and silver. So even if you have a lot of spirit stones, you won’t be able to spend it. But you can rest assured, I won’t treat you unjustly.”
Zhao Hai smiled and said, “Uncle Gui, I understand. To be honest, I don’t have any other hobbies other than looking for good food. Tomorrow, I’ll go look for good food in Magnificent Dragon City.”
Hearing Zhao Hai, Steward Gui couldn’t help but laugh, “Good, Magnificent Dragon City has good dried meat. If you like, you can buy in bulk for rations. These meats are rare.”
Zhao Hai nodded, then he stood up and cupped his fist to Steward Gui, “Uncle Gui, if there’s nothing else, then I’ll be heading back.” Because Dragon Palace has a lot of rooms, Steward Gui gave Zhao Hai and Rong San their own rooms. Although the rooms weren’t the best, they were still very good.
After returning to his room, Zhao Hai immediately adjusted his breathing. He felt his lack of strength today. When the Teleportation Stage cultivator attacked him, he thought that he wouldn’t be able to escape despite using the Space. This caused Zhao Hai to feel a crisis in his heart.
The night passed without any noise. The next morning, after having their breakfast, Zhao Hai greeted Steward Gui before leaving Dragon Palace. Then he strolled around the city.
As he walked around, Zhao Hai also tried the snacks of the city. The snacks were quite good, especially the dried meat that Steward Gui recommended. They weren’t fat, and they were still chewable.
Zhao Hai didn’t return to Dragon Palace at noon. To be honest, he was tired of the food in the hotel. Zhao Hai found an old shop by the street and walked in. Zhao Hai wanted to understand the local food. Dishes in Dragon Palace were the same as in all other hotels, it was nothing special.
Just as Zhao Hai entered the shop, the waiter welcomed him. He bowed towards Zhao Hai and said, “I have seen Mister. Mister, may I ask if you’re alone or with a group? Do you want to eat here or have your food packaged?”
Zhao Hai smiled and said, “I’ll eat here. Give me four of your signature dishes as well as two pots of wine.” The waiter complied. After taking Zhao Hai to his private room, he left to settle the order.
Before long, the waiter returned carrying a tray. On the tray were four dishes, two pots of wine, as well as tableware. After placing everything on the table, the waiter excused himself.
Zhao Hai took a sip of the wine and tried the dishes. The food was quite good, Zhao Hai couldn’t help but nod.
At this time, a knock was heard from outside. Zhao Hai couldn’t help but stare, then his expression changed. This was because he didn’t hear any footsteps. Zhao Hai calmed himself down before saying, “Come in.” The door opened and a person walked in from outside. Seeing who it was, Zhao Hai relaxed.
The person who entered the door cupped his fist and said, “Tyrant Blade Sect Magnificent Dragon City Branch Inner Disciple Yang Feng has seen Junior Brother Zhao Hai.”
It was Yang Feng who came under Lei Bao’s orders to contact Zhao Hai. As soon as Zhao Hai left Dragon Palace to explore, he knew. And when Zhao Hai entered the restaurant, he knew that it was his chance to approach.
Zhao Hai hastily stood up and returned the greeting, “I have seen Senior Brother Yang Feng. Let me apologize for yesterday. Because of the sect’s rules, I wasn’t able to greet you.”
Yang Feng waved his hand and said, “There’s no need to apologize, it’s no big deal. Actually, our meeting right now is against the rules of the sect. But meeting you here must be fate. If I didn’t come over to greet you, I’m afraid that I would regret it.”
Zhao Hai laughed, “Senior Brother, please sit down. Let’s share a few cups of wine.” Yang Feng smiled, “Alright.” Then he sat down. Zhao Hai poured two cups of wine and the two shared a drink.
After putting his wine glass down, Yang Feng looked at Zhao Hai and said, “Junior Brother, you’ve really hidden yourself. You didn’t even contact us when you arrived here. Junior Brother, things are different from before. Whenever a Clone Stage disciple arrives in a city, they would get in touch with the branch hall. So if you need help, just say the word.”
Zhao Hai smiled and said, “Forget it, I’ll go with the previous rules. If my Masters heard about this, they wouldn’t let me off.”
Hearing Zhao Hai, Yang Feng couldn’t help but laugh. Then he said, “Junior Brother, tell me the truth, is something wrong with the Rong Clan? Did you discover something wrong while undergoing your trial?”
Zhao Hai knit his brows and said, “I’m still trying to figure it out. The situation of the young miss seems to be special. I don’t know what’s going on. If it’s just an ordinary visit, they wouldn’t have needed to hire a guard. And the place they’re visiting is Flycloud City. It’s on the border. So I won’t know anything until we reach the destination.”
Yang Feng nodded, “If Junior Brother finds something out, you must tell us. The sect needs to know about this matter. The Rong Clan controls a lot of the sect’s businesses. If there’s any change with them, the sect would be affected.”
Zhao Hai nodded, then he shook his head and said, “It’s fine to report to the sect. But I don’t think the Rong Clan would dare betray the sect. If a merchant family like them betrays the sect, then it doesn’t matter where they go, they will be followed by bad luck. They would vanish before long.”
Yang Feng nodded, “But it’s better to be careful. I’ll pass the report back. Alright, Junior Brother, let’s have a drink!” Zhao Hai also raised his wine cup and shared a drink with Yang Feng.
Zhao Hai and the others stayed in Magnificent Dragon City for three days. Zhao Hai spent these three days exploring the entire city. He also bought a lot of the city’s delicacies. On the other hand, Steward Gui spent the three days taking care of the young miss. Fortunately, the young miss’ body was able to recover quickly.
Since the young miss was now healthy, it was naturally time for them to leave. But not long after they left the city, Zhao Hai and the others stopped. This was because a group of people were blocking their way. There were ten people in this group and all of them had swords on their hips. They also have a valiant aura along with their strength. The strongest person in the group was at the Earth Monarch Stage.
Just as Zhao Hai was being wary of these people, Steward Gui stood up and said, “You guys are finally here. So it’s Mister Hua who came. I’ve troubled mister.”
The Earth Monarch cultivator nodded proudly and said, “The chief steward said that the young miss has been poisoned. Why didn’t you rest in Magnificent Dragon City for a few more days? Is the young miss alright now?”
Steward Gui nodded and said, “Replying to Mister Hua, the young miss is now fine. But she needs to arrive at her destination. So we must hurry along. Did mister bring horses? Please send two of them forward to lead the way.”
Mister Hua nodded, “We did.” Then he gestured towards two people and said, “You two, lead the way. The others will ride their horses and follow behind the carriage. Protect the young lady.” The other members of the group complied and began their preparations.
Before long, Mister Hua and the others brought out ten horses from the forest. Mister Hua also went towards the back of the carriage. When he saw Zhao Hai clinging on the side, he couldn’t help but knit his brows as he turned to Steward Gui, “Steward Gui, why is an outsider here?”