Xu Xiaoshou stood next to Goose Lake the entire night.
The lake was always surrounded by insects during summer.
Right now, a few of the insects that didnt know their place wanted to use their meager powers to give Xu Xiaoshou some Passive Points.
However, their weak stingers could no longer pierce through Xu Xiaoshous body like before, as hed since passed into the Innate-stage.
It was very cold at dawn.
Xu Xiaoshou pulled his robes closer around himself.
He had mostly calmed down and was going to leave the place.
He turned around and saw a withered face staring at him.
Xu Xiaoshou was startled.
This old man looked fine in every regard except the two scary dark circles under his eyes.
“Youre from the outer yard
The lips of the old man twitched into a smile as he said, “Young lad, arent you going to watch the Windcloud Competition”
Xu Xiaoshou staggered backward a few steps, putting some distance between them.
He felt that the old mans voice was rather familiar.
Xu Xiaoshou tried to identify the old man.
Wasnt he the old man hed come across during his arduous journey on his wobbly legs to the group-stage competition
Was fate pushing them together
The old man chuckled.
He placed the straw hat in his hands onto his head, and Xu Xiaoshou instantly recognized him.
“Elder, you are…”
Xu Xiaoshou was doubtful.
He could attribute one encounter to chance, but two encounters were too much of a coincidence.
Had this old man intentionally come looking for him
The old man wearing the straw hat placed his hands behind his back and said, “Youre missing out.
I heard that there are many talents in the recent Windcloud Competition.
“There was a young lad yesterday.
I think his name was Xiaoshou”
“He even killed someone.
These young people sure are brazen!”
Xu Xiaoshous expression darkened.
“Why did you have to go and mention that” he thought.
“The killer is standing right in front of you!”
However, the old man didnt seem to recognize him.
“Thats all right though,” he continued.
“Im not here to find him.
Im here to find you!”
“I am…” Xu Xiaoshou started to say, but the old man reached a hand out to stop him.
“I know you!
“Old Xiao and Old Qiao told me that another swordsman who mastered the Acquired-stage Sword Will appeared in the outer yard two days ago.
“But I like you the most!”
Xu Xiaoshou couldnt take it anymore.
“Youre talking a bunch of nonsense!” he thought.
“You mentioned four people, two of whom are me!”
“Hey!” The old man glared at him, signaling for a young man like him to not be that impatient and allow him to finish saying his piece.
“Hey hey, you have an Innate-stage physical body.
Im not wrong, am I!”
“Ive been searching for you for a few days now.
I looked all around the outer yard but didnt expect you to be admiring the geese here.
You sure live up to the admiration I hold for you…”
“You know how to have fun!”
Xu Xiaoshou secretly rolled his eyes.
“How is that fun I was thinking about life, not admiring the geese.
“Whats there to admire about these plump geese They make for better eating.”
“I came here last night and watched you!”
The old mans words shocked Xu Xiaoshou.
“Last night” he thought.
“I didnt notice you!”
He secretly observed the old man and realized that he couldnt see his aura.
It was as though a normal old man was standing in front of him.
But how was that possible
An ordinary old man in the Tiansang Spirit Palace
This person was definitely a boss!
He secretly pondered the situation.
He didnt know why such an important person would come looking for him.
Was it because of his Innate-stage physical body
Fun, body, secretly observing…
Xu Xiaoshou shivered.
Why did he feel that something was wrong
The old man didnt notice Xu Xiaoshou acting strangely and continued talking with his hands behind his back.
“I observed you for an entire night.
Good lad, you have great resolve!”
“You didnt move an inch even after being bitten by insects and hearing the sinister, eerie howls in the area.
You didnt even look back.”
“I have to admit that youre a lot like me when I was young!”
Xu Xiaoshou staggered backward.
He remembered that hed frequently felt a chill on his neck during the night, as if someone were breathing behind him….
A person really had been breathing behind him
He suddenly felt scared.
Hed felt tired after thinking about life and coming to a critical realization, and hed dozed off while he was standing.
How did he not notice this old man
Now that he thought about it, his notification panel also hadnt indicated that there was anything like a surprise attack or a threat.
It had failed in its job!
“This cant do.
I honestly have to go back to my yard to sleep in the future.
“I shouldnt stand around outside in the future.
Otherwise, I might die without even knowing how!”
The old man couldnt help but nod with satisfaction.
He observed Xu Xiaoshou from head to toe, then suddenly asked, “Ive talked for so long.
Do you have anything you want to say”
Xu Xiaoshou was confused.
He said with a steely-green expression, “Werent you the one who stopped me from speaking”
“Think about it again.
Xu Xiaoshou wanted to retort but suddenly thought back to their interaction.
The old man only stopped him with his gaze and his hand.
He hadnt said anything.
He said in frustration, “Ive disappointed you, elder!”
“The brazen young murderer that you talked about is me.
The one who mastered the Sword Will is also me.
The person with the Innate-stage physical body… Yes, thats also me!”
“Also, my name is Xu Xiaoshou!”
He paused for a moment, then continued, “I have to attend the Windcloud Competition now, not as a spectator.
Even though he didnt know why the old man had come, it was best not to offend him.
It was best for him to run.
The old man grabbed him.
He had immense power, and his grip made Xu Xiaoshous wrist hurt.
“Elder, let me go! I wouldnt taste good! I didnt even take a shower last night!”
The old mans eyes twitched.
“Why are you talking about eating Arent pills delicious enough to eat Why would I eat you”
He once again looked Xu Xiaoshou up and down.
“Are you really a genius”
Xu Xiaoshou glanced at the notification panel and saw that he hadnt been doubted.
He said with a nasal tone, “Youve already believed me, so why are you asking me that question”
The old man cracked a smile.
“You have such a confident tone.
Youre like me.
I bet I wouldnt be wrong if I picked you to win the Windcloud Competition!”
He took out a red seed-like item from his pocket and handed it over to Xu Xiaoshou, “Eat it!”
Xu Xiaoshou almost peed his pants.
What was that!
“This messed-up old man must be sick in the head,” he thought.
“He caused such a fuss when he suddenly appeared and now he wants me to eat a seed”
“I swear, I, Xu Xiaoshou, will never loiter out here in the future!”
Must I have a wretched life! Must I lose my innocence because of a dead Wen Chong
“Eat it!” the old man said authoritatively when he saw Xu Xiaoshous pleading gaze.
“Itll be fine.
It might be a little painful, but with your Innate-stage physical body, itll be over after you bear with it for a while.”
“Im begging you to stop talking!” he thought, and almost kneeled.
“It was fine when you didnt say anything about it, but now that youve said this, even the flame of hope in my heart has gone cold!”
He was forced to take the red-colored seed that was about the size of a fingernail, and found that it was unexpectedly hot in his hand.
Xu Xiaoshou was shocked.
He had an Innate-stage physical body.
Wouldnt the seed have dissolved and fallen through an ordinary persons hand
He glanced at the old man in the straw hat again and noticed that he was looking at him rather expectantly.
“Eat it! Its delicious!”
He was definitely an important person, so there was no need for him to use poison or aphrodisiacs to toy around with him…
Xu Xiaoshou felt bitter.
Even though he was handsome, he wasnt so handsome that someone would fall head over heels for him and do anything within their means to get him.
“Ill go all out!” he thought.
Xu Xiaoshou felt as though he were consuming poison.
He swallowed the seed with a look of despair, then looked to the old man.
“Next” he asked.
“There is no next!”
The old man let out a wretched laugh, then vanished without a trace.
Xu Xiaoshou was about to explode with anger.
“What is this”
“You give me an unknown item, ask me to eat it, and then leave after I eat it…
“You really left!”
Xu Xiaoshou was manic.
He swore that he would immediately use his Fleeting White Cloud if he ever saw the old man again.
He would teach him what the words “theres no next” really meant!
The next second, Xu Xiaoshou felt his entire face turn red, and his entire body became hot.
Even his face was trembling.
“My body, my body feels strange…
“What kind of strange sensation is this!”
Xu Xiaoshou was shocked.
“Did that old man leave to call someone over!”
“Im not worth it! Help!”