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EIF - Book 04 Chapter 097: I Came Back to Kill You

Great Sigh Palace Hall’s plaza, Major Metropolitan City:

Imperial Emperor Xi Yu came out of closed-door cultivation. A white-robed child came out with him. However, the short child wore a hat that hid his face. This person was Mister Dongfang.

The civil and military officials had already gathered at the Great Sigh Palace Hall’s entrance long ago.

Countless experts in the city soared into the sky, trying to enter the Slaughter Nation’s mirage-like imperial palace. However, none succeeded.

Imperial Emperor Xi Yu had tried once—also to no avail.

Everyone could see it, but they could not touch it.

“Your Reverence, our men saw Gu Hai open the entrance.”

“Indeed. Your Reverence, Gu Hai must know how to get in.”

The officials clamored anxiously.

“Your Reverence, my humble son went chasing after Gu Hai. There should be news from him soon,” Archduke Xi Kang said gravely.

“Ha! News? Archduke, Xi Yong went to kill Gu Hai, right?” Mo Yike said indifferently.

“Huh?” Archduke Xi Kang suddenly raised his eyebrows as he turned to Mo Yike.

Mo Yike showed a sullen expression, but he did not say anything more. He was indebted to Gu Hai, so he did not want Gu Hai to die. Hence, he felt uncomfortable about this situation.

Imperial Emperor Xi Yu raised his head and looked at the sky. “Mister Dongfang, can you enter again?”

The childlike Mister Dongfang shook his head. “We have too little information. Getting Blood Prison was a surprise. Entering is not something that can happen quickly.”

“Then, continue laying the lifespan ritual array. How long will it take before we can enter?” Imperial Emperor Xi Yu looked at Mister Dongfang.

“I’m not sure. It might take very long, very, very long.” Mister Dongfang shook his head.

Imperial Emperor Xi Yu narrowed his eyes. “Hah! Are you aiding me with everything you have?”

“Imperial Emperor Xi Yu, rest assured. I am doing my best. This is an independent world created by the Slaughter Heavenly Dynasty, something extraordinary. It seems both illusory and material. You have no way to do anything to it; only I can. Isn’t that so? You have been trying in the Great Sigh Palace Hall during the past days but still cannot find any other way, right?” Mister Dongfang said indifferently.

Imperial Emperor Xi Yu frowned slightly, showing a sullen expression.

Whoosh!

Just at this moment, two figures flew over from a distance.

The one-armed guard brought Xi Yong over.

“Your Reverence! Your Reverence! Father!” Xi Yong quavered with some excitement.

“Xi Yong?” Imperial Emperor Xi Yu’s face turned serious as he looked at Xi Yong.

“Where is Gu Hai? Where is he?” Archduke Xi Kang immediately cried out.

At this moment, Mister Dongfang had no quick solution for everyone. They were at their wit’s end concerning the Slaughter Nation’s imperial palace before them. Since Gu Hai could find the entrance, perhaps he could enter?

Archduke Xi Kang felt incredibly anxious. He knew that his son had gone to kill Gu Hai, and now hoped that Gu Hai was fine.

“Mister…Mister Dongfang? You are still alive?” Xi Yong exclaimed in shock when he saw Mister Dongfang.

“Oh? Number Eight died as well?” Mister Dongfang said sullenly.

Xi Yong’s expression changed. This is not the same Mister Dongfang?

“Where is Gu Hai?” Archduke Xi Kang repeated, shouting.

“Gu Hai fled. He left after killing my man. He has left Major Metropolitan City,” Xi Yong said anxiously.

“Did you go to kill Gu Hai?” Mo Yike said.

“I did…did not…” Xi Yong suddenly felt fearful upon recalling the earlier events. 

As Archduke Xi Kang looked at Xi Yong’s expression, he guessed that Xi Yong ran into something terrifying. However, Xi Yong’s pursuit of Gu Hai resulted in Gu Hai’s departure, depriving everyone of this possibility of exploring the Slaughter Nation’s imperial palace, a major offense. Hence, Archduke Xi Kang immediately tried to protect Xi Yong.

“Your Reverence, the Qian Nation envoys have all left. We need to capture them and bring them back,” Archduke Xi Kang cried out.

“They all left? So, it was not because Xi Yong tried to kill them?” Qin Zibai said, his expression turning sullen as well.

Archduke Xi Kang yelled, “Humph! What does it have to do with my son? Gu Hai had planned to leave long ago. Didn’t he already send Long Wanyu out previously? Don’t tell me you don’t know about it?”

Qin Zibai frowned slightly.

“There’s you as well, Mo Yike. His Reverence assigned you to receive the Qian Nation envoy so that you could keep an eye on Long Wanyu. However, you let her escape? There’s also Gu Hai. To think that you let him escape? This is all your responsibility!” Archduke Xi Kang shouted at Mo Yike.

“That’s enough!” Imperial Emperor Xi Yu said coldly.

Archduke Xi Kang immediately kept quiet.

“Xi Yong, where did Gu Hai go?” Imperial Emperor Xi Yu asked.

Even if Gu Hai left, they should know which direction he had taken. Since he could find the entrance, perhaps he might know more.

“I…I don’t know!” Xi Yong said in fear. 

“You don’t know? Then, why did you follow Gu Hai?” Imperial Emperor Xi Yu’s tone turned frosty.

At that instant, Xi Yong felt chills all over his body. He finally understood that the emperor wanted to meet Gu Hai, but he had tried to kill Gu Hai. If the emperor knew about it, wouldn’t he be convicted of a grave offense?

“I…I…” the frightened Xi Yong stammered. 

Whoosh!

A flying ship shot over from a distance.

“Gu Hai? Is that Gu Hai?” One of the officials’ eyes lit up.

“Mister Gu?” Mo Yike also appeared surprised.

Archduke Xi Kang and the Bat Ancestor both looked at Gu Hai in surprise and curiosity.

Although no one said it, everyone knew that Gu Hai had fled Major Metropolitan City. Why did he come back?

The many guards wanted to stop Gu Hai, but Imperial Emperor Xi Yu waved his hand.

The surrounding guards immediately made way for Gu Hai.

“Gu Hai? You…why did you come back?” Xi Yong gazed at Gu Hai in horror. As he spoke, he backed up, moving behind Imperial Xi Yu. 

Imperial Emperor stood in front of his officials, looking at the approaching Gu Hai.

Gu Hai glowered at Xi Yong.

Whoosh!

The flying ship suddenly stopped and hovered in midair. Then, Gu Hai jumped off the flying ship and landed on the plaza before putting away the flying ship.

After the initial shock and fear, Xi Yong looked at the serious expressions of the surrounding people and no longer felt afraid.

With Imperial Emperor Xi Yu here, who can harm me?

“Gu Hai, why did you come back?” Xi Yong shouted again.

This time, his tone was bold, no longer revealing any fear.

“I came back to kill you!” Gu Hai said coldly.

This set off a commotion among the surrounding officials.

However, Xi Yong shivered as he goggled at Gu Hai. How can this be? How can he dare to say that out loud? All of the Yuan Nation officials are here. Why is he this arrogant?

“Hah! Hahahaha! You are truly reckless!” the Bat Ancestor laughed with a cold expression.

The Bat Ancestor had a grudge against Gu Hai. Initially, he wondered why Gu Hai had returned. However, mockery filled the Bat Ancestor’s face at Gu Hai’s reply. Gu Hai is simply seeking death, right? To think that he declared that he wanted to kill Xi Yong in front of Imperial Emperor Xi Yu?

Archduke Xi Kang’s expression changed as well. “You bastard, Gu Hai! What did you say?”

“I said, I came back to kill your son Xi Yong!” Gu Hai said, maintaining a sullen expression.

“You!” Archduke Xi Kang’s expression changed again.

“Mister Gu, are you alright?” Mo Yike asked worriedly.

Why is Gu Hai so impudent, daring to say anything here?

Chang Ming gaped, at a loss for words. He glanced at Imperial Emperor Xi Yu and then at Gu Hai. After a long time, he finally thought, You have guts.

Qin Zibai, Chang Sheng, and the others frowned, wondering what Gu Hai was trying to do.

“Qian Nation envoy Gu Hai?” Imperial Emperor Xi Yu suddenly said in a serious tone.

Imperial Emperor Xi Yu’s words sounded cold as well, as though reprimanding Gu Hai for his rudeness.

“Gu Hai greets Imperial Emperor Xi Yu!” Gu Hai bowed slightly.

“Huh?” Imperial Emperor looked at Gu Hai. “Did you say that you wanted to kill Xi Yong?”

“Yes!” Gu Hai nodded.

At the side, Xi Yong’s heart trembled. What is Gu Hai doing? Is he seeking death?

At the side, Archduke Xi Kang’s eyes filled with rage.

“Imperial Emperor Xi Yu, are you worrying about how to enter the Slaughter Nation’s imperial palace?” Gu Hai suddenly pointed to the sky.

“Oh?” Imperial Emperor Xi Yu narrowed his eyes at Gu Hai.

“This humble one has a ritual array that can connect the illusory to the material, connecting us to the Slaughter Nation’s imperial palace!” Gu Hai said seriously.

“What ritual array can connect the material to the illusory? Humph! Gu Hai, are you trying to cheat His Reverence?” Archduke Xi Kang immediately shouted.

However, Gu Hai said with a cold smile, “Just because you do not know of one does not mean that others do not.”

“Hah! Connect the material to the illusory? What a joke! With your skills, how can you lay such a ritual array?” Mister Dongfang sneered.

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“I can’t lay one? What about Old Mister Guan Qi’s Thirty Line-Pair World Ritual Array?” Gu Hai smiled.

“The Thirty Line-Pair World Ritual Array?!” Mo Yike suddenly exclaimed.

“Does Lord Mo know of it?” the officials asked, feeling curious.

“Yes. I have heard about it before. Among Old Mister Guan Qi’s Go Dao ritual arrays, the twenty-eight and the twenty-nine still work on creating a world. However, the thirty already starts perfecting a world. The Thirty Line-Pair World Ritual Array already exists between the material and immaterial, Your Reverence!” Mo Yike turned to Imperial Emperor Xi Yu.

Clearly, Mo Yike believed Gu Hai.

“Oh?” Imperial Emperor Xi Yu looked at Gu Hai.

Many had not heard of the Thirty Line-Pair World Ritual Array before. However, Mo Yike spoke up for Gu Hai, and Imperial Emperor Xi Yu trusted Mo Yike.

“Gu Hai is not talented, but I can lay this ritual array and allow everyone to enter the Slaughter Nation’s palace,” Gu Hai said gravely.

“How long will it take?” Imperial Emperor Xi Yu asked.

“If the entire city cooperates, eight days,” Gu Hai replied seriously.

Eight days?

It will take only eight days?

The various officials appeared shocked. However, Mister Dongfang remained silent and sullen. He had just said he did not know how long it would take for him to do it. However, Gu Hai only needed eight days.

“What do you need?” Imperial Emperor Xi Yu asked.

“First, I need thirty billion superior-grade spirit stones,” Gu Hai said.

The officials gaped. He asked for thirty billion superior-grade spirit stones from the get-go? Are you joking? My Yuan Imperial Dynasty does have that amount and more. However, we cannot take out half of our treasury for this uncertain possibility!

To think that he really dared to ask?

However, Mo Yike nodded. “Your Reverence, the Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Ritual Arrays that I laid did not cover a large area. However, each of them required one billion superior-grade spirit stones to lay. Mister Gu did not exaggerate the number needed for the Thirty Line-Pair World Ritual Array. In fact, it could be even more, but never less.”

Imperial Emperor Xi Yu looked at Gu Hai and nodded. “We grant you the thirty billion superior-grade spirit stones!”

Gu Hai nodded.

“Mister Gu, what else do you need?” Mo Yike looked at Gu Hai.

At this moment, Mo Yike felt extremely excited. He had already benefited a lot from the Twenty-Nine Line-Pair World Ritual Array. Unexpectedly, Gu Hai also knew the Thirty Line-Pair World Ritual Array. Even if Mo Yike just observed, he would benefit greatly.

“The second condition: I want Xi Yong’s head,” Gu Hai said.

Nearby, Xi Yong’s hair stood on end.

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Written by Guan Qi — Watching Chess. Translated by DragonInWhite. Edited by Vampirecat.