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Chapter 621: Having a Conflict Only to Find that the Opponent is Known
Du Yunjie's whole being was petrified. He never dreamed that his powerful big brother would be defeated, more so that it was a thorough defeat without being able to fight back at all.
"SHUT THE h.e.l.l UP!" Du Yunlong yelled. "This d.a.m.ned thing ends here."
Du Yunjie turned his head in fright and looked at Tang Xiu with fear before nodding silently. Even though he really wasn't reconciled, he had no choice but to lower his head since he didn't want to die yet. He realized that today's incident would be spread throughout the social circles of the influential people of Blue City, and even his family would severely punish him.
And yet, he must admit that his ability was far inferior to the other's!
Without sparing a mind to Du Yunjie, Tang Xiu sat back on the sofa and smilingly said, "Your injury is very heavy, but it's just a small punishment for your own initiative to take the place of your little brother. Go back, rest for a few months and you'll recover."
At this moment, Du Yunlong had sobered up and realized that Tang Xiu was probably a cultivator as well, and therefore had no resentment toward him. He cupped his fists and said, "Friend, I admit that you're very formidable at present, but give me some time and I believe I will surpa.s.s and defeat you one day if I cultivate diligently."
"Having confidence is indeed good and all, but don't let your little brother come out and incite trouble again." Tang Xiu smiled. "I held back this time since I appreciate your character, else it would have been impossible for you to go back tonight."
With an accepting expression, Du Yunlong immediately cupped his fists and replied, "Rest a.s.sured, there will never be a second time."
The conflict finally concluded after Du Yunlong was badly beaten by Tang Xiu. Under Huang Xu and w.a.n.g Zidong's humble invitations, Tang Xiu and Long Zhongyu were invited to the Supreme Hall while the Du Brothers left in a mess. As for the matter in dealing with the aftermath of A' Qiang's dead body and the severely injured thugs of Blue City, this was handled by Du Yunlong.
Inside the Mercedes-Benz outside the building, Shao Mingzhen slowly opened his eyes. As his vision saw through the window and fell on Du Yunlong, his expression changed slightly. He immediately opened the car's door and said in a heavy tone, "Are you injured?"
Du Yunlong was propped up by his men and replied with a bitter expression, "I lost and was seriously injured. It will take a few months for me to recover."
"Everyone else, leave!" Said Shao Mingzhen all of a sudden after being silent for a while.
In just a minute, everyone including Du Yunjie had gone away, leaving only Shao Mingzhen and Du Yunlong at the entrance. Following which, Shao Mingzhen asked in a deep tone, "Is that person also a cultivator? What is his origin?"
"He is, but I don't know his origin," said Du Yunlong bitterly. "He's very strong, and the combat between us was simply a one-sided one. I… I didn't even have a chance to fight back."
Shao Mingzhen's pupils suddenly contracted. He thought for a short while before firmly speaking, "I can't stand by since this incident involves another cultivator. Let's go! Take me to see this man. I really want to know how capable this man is."
"Master, the conflict between my little brother and them has been concluded already," said Du Yunlong quickly. "At that time inside, Huang Xu also hinted me and if my guess I correct, that person should come from Beijing."
Someone from the capital?
Shao Mingzhen was silent for a while and then said, "I see what you mean. I'm not going to avenge you. But that cultivator has a very strong character and overbearingness. I'm afraid he still harbors resentment inside, so I need to see him and completely solve this incident."
"I'll take you there, then," said Du Yunlong immediately after hearing it.
Inside the Supreme Hall.
While sitting and smoking a cigarette, Tang Xiu looked at Huang Xu who was currently clumsily making tea. There was a faint smile on his handsome face as he didn't even blame Huang Xu at all for today's incident. He even thought that this guy was quite good except for his lasciviousness. In particular, he stepped forward to stand in front of him, blocking the gun pointed at him by A' Qiang, an action that moved and made Tang Xiu acknowledge him.
Creak… The box's door was pushed open from the outside.
When Tang Xiu saw Du Yunlong coming in, he couldn't help but furrow his brows. But after seeing Shao Mingzhen behind him, his furrowed brows stretched out, replaced with a strange expression.
After Shao Mingzhen walked into the box and took saw the people inside, he looked slightly stunned before his expression turned into a look of being at a loss whether to cry or laugh. He turned to Du Yunlong, pointed at Tang Xiu and asked, "Was the one who injured you that person?"
"Yeah. It's him, Master," said Du Yunlong.
Shao Mingzhen raised his hand and sent a gentle slap on his head, and the scolded him, "You really have a good luck and good fate, you d.a.m.n stupid brat! It was very lucky for you to come across him. I would have bagged your dead body had you b.u.mped into someone else."
Du Yunlong was dumbfounded. Judging from the words spoken by his Master, could it be that he and the other party knew each other?
Shao Mingzhen shook his head and let out a wry smile. Then he walked toward Tang Xiu and said, "Brother Tang, today's incident is really akin to having a conflict with a stranger only to know that each turns out to be close people, no? Anyways, for a broad minded man like you, you need not stoop down to the level of this ignorant second disciple of mine, right?"
Tang Xiu let out a smile as he got up and then walked over to hug Shao Mingzhen. Then he smiled and said, "I never thought he was your disciple, Old Brother Shao. Your eyes are good, nevertheless, since this kid has a good character—not a bad pick for your disciple, I admit."
After saying that, he stuffed his hand into his pockets and secretly took out a porcelain bottle from his interspatial ring, and then threw it to Du Yunlong, saying, "I should give you a gift for our first meeting since you are Old Bro Shao's disciple. We just had a small misunderstanding before, so accept this bottle of Holy Healing medicine! Your injury should be healed within three days at the most."
I'll be able to recover in three days?
Du Yunlong's expression was dazed before it was immediately replaced with excitement.
Tang Xiu's action was very much to Shao Mingzhen's satisfaction, so he smiled and said, "Brother Tang, a while ago I was quite curious about the ident.i.ty of the man who was unexpectedly able to injure Yunlong, so I came here to see him. Never thought that I would meet you here because of this. Anyways, other than tending to a private affair in Blue City this time, I also planned to visit Star City to have a few drinks with you."
Long Zhengyu at the side then joined in the chat and said with a smile, "Uncle Shao, I must accompany you to have a few drinks, too!"
"Sure." Shao Mingzhen smiled. "By the way, how has your father been, Zhengyu? I have a hunch that your Dad should be keeping a watch here in Blue City to make some money!"
"He's been great." Long Zhengyu smiled. "He often mentions you, Uncle Shao, and also Uncle Miao. Kinda missing the days that you shared some drinks with both of you."
"Hahaha." Shao Mingzhen laughed. "No worries, I'll go find him in the near future."
At the side, Huang Xu and w.a.n.g Zidong had their eyes widened. Never once had they ever dreamed that Tang Xiu would be acquainted with Du Yunlong's Master, more so that their relationship seemed very close as well. But, why would Tang Xiu and Shao Mingzhen address each other as brothers, whereas Long Zhengyu must address him as Uncle Shao?
The duo exchanged looks. Then, Huang Xu stood up and smilingly said, "Brother Tang Xiu, Zhengyu, since everyone is acquaintances, I'll tell the waiters to bring the dishes and drinks here. Running across each other by chance is also a reunion. Regardless, I must display my hospitality as a host here since I'm the owner."
Immediately after, Du Yunlong introduced Huang Xu and w.a.n.g Zidong to Shao Mingzhen. After everyone's introductions were done, they tasted the dishes and drank the wine while talking about various topics in a harmonious atmosphere.
After three rounds of wine, Shao Mingzhen and Tang Xiu made an appointment to meet again tomorrow, as the former then left with Du Yunlong. Huang Xu, however, personally booked two suite in the club and invited Tang Xiu and Long Zhengyu to stay there.
On a road with unceasing streams of traffic, a Mercedes-Benz was moving fast. Inside the car, Du Yunlong's bluish and swollen face looked a bit puzzled. Many times he wanted to ask to clear the matter that puzzled him but swallowed back all the words he wanted to say each time.
"Just ask whatever you have in mind!"
Shao Mingzhen took his eyes back from the window and glanced at him.
Finally, Du Yunlong asked, "Master, what exactly is Tang Xiu's ident.i.ty? He should be of the same age as me, but how come he has such a formidable strength?"
"His ident.i.ty is quite mixed and complicated," replied Shao Mingzhen with a sigh. "What I know so far is probably only the tip of the iceberg, but even that is enough for me to have the intention of showing my goodwill to get close to him. Do you remember when I told you about the purpose of my trip to Blue City? The person I wish to be at friendly terms with is exactly him… Tang Xiu."
Du Yunlong's eyes stared wide as he said with a flabbergasted expression, "What exactly is his ident.i.ty to actually make him deserve Master's…"
"You know, the first time I met him his strength was not even as good as yours now," said Shao Mingzhen with a forced smile. "Yet now, his strength may have surpa.s.sed mine… in just over half a year. As for his ident.i.ty, I will tell you now! Do you know the Magnificent Tang Corporation? He's the secret Big Boss behind this company."
Du Yunlong was shocked.
"Tang Xiu is a member of the Tang Family from Beijing." Shao Mingzhen continued. "According to the news I got, Dongbei Hu—the Amur Tiger was killed by him, and the main actor who ruined the Yao Family of Beijing who is now dest.i.tute is also him."
While gasping cold air, Du Yunlong felt secretly fortunate inside for not completely offending Tang Xiu today, or else his Du Family may have…
Suddenly, Shao Mingzhen's expression became gravely solemn and the tone of his voice turned heavy he spoke again, "What I just told you are only Tang Xiu's ordinary ident.i.ties. There's another ident.i.ty—the Everlasting Feast Hall's Master. I never told you the existence of the Everlasting Feast Hall before since I was afraid that it would produce a diversion inside your mind and give birth to a bad idea during your cultivation processing, but I must tell you about it now. The Everlasting Feast Hall is a very terrifying force. In the case that you encounter someone from the Everlasting Feast Hall, you must only make friends with them and never become enemies!"
"Master, what exactly is the terrifying aspect of this Everlasting Feast Hall?" Asked Du Yunlong hastily.
"No one has been able to clearly find out the strength the Everlasting Feast Hall possesses until now," sighed Shao Mingzhen spookily. "And n.o.body knows how many cultivators the Everlasting Feast Hall has."
Du Yunlong's body was trembling as he felt a chill inside his heart. With such a fearful force, wasn't it the same as no family having a chance to be placed on par with it? Cultivators absolutely possessed dreadful and abnormal strength, and if the Everlasting Feast Hall had a lot of them, then it…
In a flash, Du Yunlong came to a realization: Tang Xiu was the owner and the Master of the Everlasting Feast Hall.
Chapter 622: Finding a Chick to "Talk" About Life
The news that Tang Xiu came to the Blue City did not spread out due to the conflict in the Clearlake Club. Moreover, Huang Xu also learned from Long Zhengyu that Tang Xiu was currently hot news, so he immediately notified all the employees who had seen Tang Xiu keep their mouths shut.
And therefore, Tang Xiu's stay in Blue City for the next few days was very refreshing and tranquil. There was no interruption or disturbance from the media. He drank a bit of wine every day, tasted some delicacies, nested himself in the suite to read, cultivated and spent his time in a fulfilled manner.
"It's snowing again."
Inside the most luxurious suite of the Clearlake Club, Tang Xiu stood at the window and watched the dancing snowflakes in the air as he sighed inside. Without counting the 10,000 years in the Immortal World, every time the snowy days came was the most difficult time for him and his mother back when before his 18s. In particular was the issue with heating, as it was so serious that it felt like being tortured.
The door was knocked and Tang Xiu was dragged back from his reverie. Following which, he waved his hand and a Primal Chaos Force stream was released and gently opened the door to a slit.
Long Zhengyu, who stood outside the door, found that the door had slightly opened accidentally, then he pushed it and went inside. When he saw Tang Xiu standing before the window, he was immediately stunned and suspiciously looked around the room before he shifted his eyes back to him. Along with a slightly dumbfounded feeling, he immediately entered the room.
"Tang Xiu, I'm going to leave."
"Then let's go back together!" Tang Xiu smiled. "It's been four plus days, it's time to go back."
"No, I'm going to visit the Nine Dragons Island." Long Zhengyu quickly waved his hand. "All the workers there can't go home to the mainland because of your request, so I still need to send the necessary welfare needs."
"When will you be coming back?" Asked Tang Xiu.
"A week, at the most," answered Long Zhengyu with a smile.
"Bring Mu Qingping and Yinyin with you when you come back!" Said Tang Xiu.
"You're really good to your treasured disciple," said Long Zhengyu with a smile.
Tang Xiu didn't say more since Long Zhengyu didn't understand the particular nature of the master-disciple relationship among cultivators—Master for a day was a Father for the rest of one's life; even the elders in the Immortal World were sometimes more important than their biological parents. Ones' parents may stay with them for some time but wouldn't be able to accompany them for the rest of their lives. More so the eldership and Masters in the Immortal World possessed formidable cultivation, and the acc.u.mulation of attachment and emotions acc.u.mulated with the pa.s.sing years and through millenniums were extremely deep.
Along with Long Zhengyu's departure, Tang Xiu went back to watching the gently falling snow. He was somewhat hesitant to return to Star City now. His parents were still in the capital and he wasn't sure what he was going to do there. There would not be much difference from staying in Blue City, either, even if he were to return back to Star City now.
"Forget it, then. I'm staying here for a couple more days! At least there are some people here to serve food and drinks for me." Tang Xiu scoffed at himself as he let out a smile and stretched out his hand to shut the window.
Suddenly, his expression slightly moved and his eyes fell through the window toward the parking area about 100 meters away. To his surprise, he actually saw an acquaintance there.
She seemed to have gone to the Regal Cla.s.sical Music Academy. Now that the schooling was on holiday, shouldn't she return to Star City? How would she appear here? And those around her were unlikely to be her cla.s.smates either as they looked a bit older. Could it be that they were her family members?
Shaking his head secretly, Tang Xiu recalled that he and Li Xiaoqian were almost cut off from contact ever since they graduated from high school. He learned some things about her from Cheng Yannan when he was with the latter previously. Tang Xiu felt a bit strange when he remembered Cheng Yannan. He directly left for Beijing from Jingmen Island previously, whereas she kept staying in the Everlasting Feast Hall and then went to Clam Island with the experts of the Everlasting Feast Hall. Could it be that she hadn't come back yet?
Tang Xiu took his mobile phone and dialed her cell number, but was unable to get through. He remembered the bitter experience Cheng Yannan had gone through, recalling that Chen Xuemei, who was still missing until now, he regretted and pitied the frustrating life these two sisters must have gone through. He used to be like them, suffering difficulty in life along with his mother in the past. He now had come out of that dark—gloomy world, whereas they were still trapped in it.
"I'll help them out if the opportunity arrives!"
Closing the window, Tang Xiu got up and walked toward the door. Though staying all day in the suite was not stuffy and boring, he still wanted to go out. He didn't feel like disturbing Li Xiaoqian though he saw her all of a sudden. Since their student's years had ended, everyone had their own life path, and they wouldn't have too much contact in the future if they didn't partake in their life here and now.
Half an hour later, w.a.n.g Zidong, who was staying in the suite next door, was yawning in the sofa in boredom. The naked cover girl on the Playboy magazine he was holding couldn't make him feel refreshed at all. All these days, he really wanted to get close to Tang Xiu, building up a bridge and cultivating friendship, yet it was unfortunate that Tang Xiu was always holed up in his suite every day and he could only see him several times during meal time.
"Aargh, forget it. I need to look for some chicks to spice up my life."
w.a.n.g Zidong bounced up and grabbed his coat before walking out of the room. His handsome face changed all of a sudden when he came out of the building, as an infatuated expression filled his originally dulled, spiritless eyes, and transforming into a love-struck fool's expression.
Just a dozen meters away from him, in front of a handsomely macho Hummer SUV, a girl clad in black leather attire and black sungla.s.ses leaned on the car while holding the car keys in her hand. Her looks were perfect and that devilish-alluring figure altogether sent off a wild and dangerous vibe.
She was so stunning that it made his heart thump!
w.a.n.g Zidong seen and dated countless women, yet one this hot he had never seen before. She could make him so excited. After a few seconds in a daze, he rushed toward the girl before he snapped back to his senses.
"May I have the honor to treat you to lunch, beauty? Ah… right. I need to introduce myself. I'm w.a.n.g Zidong, one of the shareholders of this Clearlake Club."
Ouyang Lulu pulled the sungla.s.ses down to look at w.a.n.g Zidong and casually said, "Do you know a more beautiful girl than me?"
Staring blankly for a moment, w.a.n.g Zidong shook his head and smilingly said, "No."
"Do you have tens of billions or nearly 100 billion in a.s.sets?" Asked Ouyang Lulu once again.
"No." w.a.n.g Zidong was a bit bewildered, but still shook his head.
"What about fame? No need to be too famous, just enough to be well-known in our country," said Ouyang Lulu with a contemptuous look as she asked again.
"I…" w.a.n.g Zidong's lips wriggled. His fame in Blue City could be called as great, but saying that he was well-known in the country, how could that be possible? He was not a celebrity, for G.o.d's sake! He shook his head again and said, "Not either."
Ouyang Lulu rolled her eyes. Though her style was still alluringly fascinating, the attacking words that came next were not pleasant to hear, "Then why do you want to treat me to lunch if you have nothing? Just get a hump on! I have no use for an outwardly attractive but worthless man."
Outwardly attractive… but a worthless man?
w.a.n.g Zidong was so dumbfounded that he couldn't believe what he heard. This outstanding wild belle in front of him unexpectedly… called him as an embroidered pillow—and attractive but worthless man?
Suddenly, Ouyang Lulu seemed to think of something. She observed w.a.n.g Zidong and said, "Ah, forget it. It's not like I can't give you a chance. As long as you help me a bit, I can have you accompany me for lunch."
With an expression of being at a loss whether he had to cry or laugh, w.a.n.g Zidong asked, "What should I do?"
"Do you know Tang Xiu?" Asked Ouyang Lulu. "It doesn't matter if you don't know, though. But since you're a shareholder of this club, it should be easy for you to ask someone who knows and take me to him."
w.a.n.g Zidong stared in a daze at Ouyang Lulu and his mouth opened wide. All of sudden, a bad premonition raised inside his heart. After a short while, he asked with probing tone, "Are you looking for Tang Xiu? Then, you and him…"
"Yeah, I came to find him. He's my man," said Ouyang Lulu.
w.a.n.g Zidong thought he heard the sound of his heart breaking. Finding himself a woman who could make his heart so moved was very difficult, and yet this very one was unexpectedly Tang Xiu's woman. This… what the f.u.c.k? What have I done to deserve this? If it was someone else's woman, even if she was Huang Xu's woman, he dared to s.n.a.t.c.h her. But he would never dare to have thoughts to s.n.a.t.c.h Tang Xiu's woman in the slightest even if he were to be given a hundred more points of courage!
After straightening up his att.i.tude and manner, w.a.n.g Zidong laughed at himself inside and said, "Ah, you turned out to be Sis-in-law. Tang Xiu should be in his suite! Come, I'll take to him."
A smile outlined on the corner of Ouyang Lulu's mouth as a satisfied smile plastered itself on her flawless beautiful face. It was just an address, but the favorable impression she had of w.a.n.g Zidong increased a lot. The two people then came to the suite where Tang Xiu stayed. After knocking the door without any response for a long time, w.a.n.g Zidong then contacted the staff of the club and learned that Tang Xiu went to the Movie & Music Hall.
Movie and Music Hall.
Inside the heated, luxurious movie hall, Tang Xiu nested himself on the chair in the last row as he drank his scented tea while watching the movie on the big screen. He wasn't the least interested in the fragments of the movie due to his long life experience in the Immortal World, yet the Western sci-fi blockbuster still brought him a lot of inspiration.
The power of science of technology. Earth's current level of science and technology was very weak as he had seen some races with more advanced technology. But after he rose to the level of Supreme, the science and tech of those tech races were nothing to him.
However, the interplanetary war played in the movie did make him feel that if he pushed the development of the technological power to the limit, even developing powerful hot weapons would make him able to create a formidable armed force in Star City. For instance, the interstellar battleship. If he could produce hundreds of millions of powerful interstellar battleships, it can definitely sweep through countless star territories.
And the Immortal World was like the Oriental Xianxia in and of itself, and the appearance of the tech races there looked like the ones in this sci-fi blockbuster movie.
Having a formidable force was something Tang Xiu was perfectly clear about. And if he could adopt others' strong points while overcoming ones' weak points, that was, to combine it with science and technological power, could he be able to acc.u.mulate stronger armed forces in a shorter amount of time?
"Unfortunately, that tech race I met at that time is residing at the Loose Spiral Sh.e.l.l Star Area, and I haven't gotten hold of the technologies of their science and tech, else I would have definitely been able to make the level of science and tech on Earth progress by leaps and bounds, at least reaching the lowest level of a s.p.a.ce science and technology civilization.
"But I can still design some tools and gadgets. Though they are small ones, it still should… create a huge sensation if it appears on Earth, shouldn't it?"