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EIF - Book 04 Chapter 142: Chang Sheng’s Favor

Outside the Thousand Islands Sea:

Ten flying ships carrying many angels and experts coursed through the sky.

“Second Young Master, we just entered the Thousand Islands Sea,” an angel said as he looked into the distance.

Yehua narrowed his eyes slightly and said, “We’ve arrived? Excellent. Increase our speed and head to Nine-Five Island!”

“Yes!” the angels operating the flying ships answered.

“Humph! Gu Hai, I hope you have not left yet,” Yehua said as he stared into the distance with slightly narrowed eyes.

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Guan Qi Hall, Heavenly Go Pavilion:

The eighteen elders showed sullen expressions as they watched Gu Hai and the Old Mister Guan Qi image play Go. However, a victor was not clear yet.

“Gu Hai? How strong are his Go skills?” one of the elders asked with an unsightly expression.

“First Elder, can Gu Hai solve the Thirty-One Line-Pair World Go Puzzle?” Another elder looked worriedly at the first elder.

The first elder took a deep breath and shook his head. “That’s impossible. When the pavilion master played Go against heaven, he used the Thirty-Three Line-Pair World Go Puzzle. However, while the thirty-one is inferior to the thirty-three, not just anyone can solve it. Gu Hai is just seventysomething. How could it be possible at that age?”

“But…” Everyone looked at the scene anxiously.

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In the scene, Gu Hai held a black Go stone, looking at the complicated Go board before him with narrowed eyes.

“Life or death is determined in one move. How will you play your move?” The Old Mister Guan Qi image smiled at Gu Hai.

As the two played, the situation on the Go board grew more complicated. It even reached the point where all the Go stones seemed to be jumping around to Gu Hai’s eyes.

However, when Gu Hai focused, those jumping Go stones settled slowly.

Gu Hai gained an increasingly clearer view of the situation.

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In Guan Qi Hall, the elders waited a few days for Gu Hai to come out of the sea, but that did not happen. With nothing left to do, they looked at the Go board.

Since these people could become Heavenly Go Pavilion elders, they naturally possessed extraordinary Go skills. As they watched, they became immersed in the puzzle.

“Why are these Go stones jumping around? I can’t catch a clear sight of them at all.”

“Indeed. All the Go stones are jumping around. How can one place another Go stone?!”

“The thirty-one is dazzling me somewhat!”

The elders showed unsightly expressions. At the same time, they became fully immersed, focused on the puzzle. However, the more immersed they were, the greater the drain on their minds.

Blargh!

Suddenly, the elder at the back opened his mouth and spewed out a mouthful of blood.

“Eighteenth, what’s wrong with you?!” Everyone looked at that elder in shock.

The elder called Eighteenth fainted after vomiting. Everyone gathered around him, feeling worried.

The first elder took a look and said seriously, “If your Go skills are not up to par, don’t force yourselves.”

“First Elder, Eighteenth is just mentally drained?” one of the elders said in shock.

The first elder nodded.

“Just looking at the Go board caused Eighteenth to vomit blood and faint. Are Gu Hai’s Go skills even stronger than Eighteenth’s?” that elder said in shock.

Everyone showed an unsightly expression.

“Are we going to continue watching?” one of the elders asked.

“We’ll watch. I don’t believe that an outsider’s Go skills can be stronger than ours. Although we have not seen the Thirty-One Line-Pair World Go Puzzle before, we might not lose if we meet,” another elder said.

The elders focused on the scene again—refusing to concede defeat.

In the scene, Gu Hai played another Go stone, and the Old Mister Guan Qi image played his move with a smile.

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At the same time, above the sea where Gu Hai was:

The Bat Ancestor and his followers were completely stupefied.

After killing some of the experts from the surrounding islands, they now felt completely sure that Nine-Five Island was originally here. However, it had disappeared for some reason.

It disappeared?

“That’s impossible. How can an island disappear like that? Search the place! Spread out and search! Search! Search everywhere! We must find it!” the Bat Ancestor roared.

“Yes!” The vampires and bat spirits immediately fanned out and searched.

Many bats flew in all directions.

The Bat Ancestor and the Chang Clan elders were nearly manic. They felt so excited along the way, declaring how they would torture the people of Nine-Five Island. Yet, the island was gone when they arrived?

This group had felt humiliated for so long. When it looked like they could erase their humiliation, they unexpectedly got slapped in the face.

The bat spirits and vampires went crazy, searching everywhere, even the sky and the sea, determined to find Nine-Five Island.

Chang Sheng and Chang Ming looked at the frantic Bat Ancestor and the others. Then, they sighed softly.

“Father, what should we do?” Chang Ming frowned.

“We do nothing. However, we cannot appear too obvious, either. We should hide at the bottom of the sea first and come out after the Primogenitor and the others’ anger has passed.

“Alright.” Chang Ming nodded.

Splash!

The two dived to the bottom of the sea.

Gu Hai was at the bottom of the sea. However, consider the size of Nine-Five Island. It was the size of all of Earth’s continents combined. Even with more than one hundred thousand bats searching, it was like looking for one specific person in the entire Earth, simply searching for a needle in a haystack.

How many crevices and chasms were there at the bottom of the sea? How could one possibly find Gu Hai?

However, there would always be some with especially uncanny luck in the world, just like Chang Ming.

Chang Ming, a heaven’s favored, just wanted to hide in the sea with his father for a while. They purposely sought out an isolated place to hide. However, when the two reached the seafloor in such an isolated area, Chang Ming suddenly showed a strange expression.

“What’s wrong?” Chang Sheng looked at Chang Ming suspiciously.

Chang Ming pointed to the distance. The two saw a platform of light there. It was in an underwater chasm and did not look very obvious. If others wanted to search for it, they might not even find it after searching for a decade or so. However, the two somehow managed to see it.

Gu Hai and the Old Mister Guan Qi image sat on the light platform, playing Go. Furthermore, there were only the two of them.

Chang Sheng gaped. We found him, just like that?

He looked at his son. A heaven’s favored truly enjoys uncanny luck.

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“Father, should we tell Primogenitor?” Chang Ming asked, feeling slightly excited.

Chang Sheng looked at the distant Gu Hai. Gu Hai, who was playing Go, seemed to sense that. When Gu Hai turned his head to look, he happened to see Chang Sheng and Chang Ming and frowned slightly.

“Let’s go over,” Chang Sheng said.

As Chang Sheng spoke, he swam over with Chang Ming to the light platform where Gu Hai was.

“Chang Sheng and his son, Chang Ming, greet Mister Gu!” Chang Sheng suddenly bowed slightly.

At the side, Chang Ming felt slightly shocked. Is there a need to bow and greet Gu Hai? The primogenitor is about to kill him.

“Lord Chang?” Gu Hai said with a frown.

Why are Chang Sheng and Chang Ming here?

“Mister Gu, the primogenitor is in a rage at the moment. He led everyone in the Chang Clan over, wanting to destroy Nine-Five Island to take revenge for the past,” Chang Shen explained seriously.

At the side, Chang Ming gaped, not knowing whether to stop this or not.

“Oh? The Bat Ancestor is here?” Gu Hai raised his eyebrows. “Lord Chang, why did you tell me? Why not report me to the Bat Ancestor?”

“We, father and son, do not intend to get involved in the grudges between Mister Gu and the primogenitor. When seeing Mister Gu today, I just wanted to sow some good karma with Mister Gu. I hope that Mister Gu will not think it beneath him,” Chang Sheng said with a smile.

Gu Hai looked at Chang Sheng skeptically before eventually nodding.

“Given that, the two of us will not disturb Mister Gu any further,” Chang Sheng said with a smile.

Gu Hai nodded.

Right now, he was at the most crucial moment in his match with Old Mister Guan Qi. Naturally, he did not welcome any disturbance.

Chang Sheng left with Chang Ming.

As Chang Sheng left, he showed a sincere smile.

“Father, what are you doing? Why were you so polite to him? If we tell Primogenitor, Gu Hai will die for sure. He is just one person,” Chang Ming asked in confusion.

However, Chang Sheng showed a serious expression as he countered, “However, how does telling the primogenitor benefit us?”

“Ah?” Chang Ming’s expression stiffened slightly.

“Ming`er, you are a heaven’s favored. Most of the time, you are luckier than anyone else, so you don’t have to think to make things go your way. However, just think about it. What if your luck vanishes one day? Or what if your opponent is luckier than you. What are you going to do?” Chang Sheng asked seriously.

“I…”

“You were quite smart when you were young. Among the second generations of our clans, you were even smarter than Mo Yike. Why did that Mo Yike grow smarter and more incredible while you become more stupid?” Chang Sheng said seriously.

“Uh! I…” Chang Ming felt depressed. When his father criticized him, he had no way to rebut.

“What is the benefit of reporting this to the primogenitor?” Chang Sheng asked.

“Primogenitor will only praise us,” Chang Ming replied with a bitter smile.

“Then, what if we don’t report it to the primogenitor?” Chang Sheng asked.

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“Uh…if we don’t, we would be helping Gu Hai. Would Gu Hai be grateful?” Chang Ming replied, feeling uncertain.

“Disregarding whether Gu Hai feels grateful or not, we are helping him. Whether he is willing or not, he received a favor from us. Whether he repays it or not, he owes us, right?” Chang Sheng said.

“Yes!”

“What if one day, you end up in Gu Hai’s hands again, or you end up in another person’s hands, and Gu Hai coincidentally can save you. This favor might save you, right?” Chang Sheng said.

“Uh…perhaps. However, why would I end up in his hands again? I wouldn’t need him to save me, either,” Chang Ming immediately argued while shaking his head.

“Who let you go when Mo Yike captured you previously?” Chang Sheng asked in a serious tone.

“Uh…it’s Gu Hai,” Chang Ming replied, feeling depressed.

“That’s why I want you to think. Furthermore, Gu Hai is sandwiched between the Qian Nation and the Yuan Nation in the war. There are many opportunities for you to get captured by him. Remember, you saw nothing,” Chang Sheng said seriously.

“Yes!” Chang Ming responded, feeling depressed.

“But, Father, are we really not going to tell Primogenitor? After all, Primogenitor created us. We should…,” Chang Ming said with a frown.

“The primogenitor created us for himself,” Chang Sheng said with a helpless and hateful glint in his eyes.

“What?” Chang Ming said, feeling confused.

“You will despair if you know the truth. Hah…I hope that day will never come,” Chang Sheng sighed.

Boom!

Chang Ming felt confused and was about to ask further when a loud sound suddenly came from above the sea. A strong shock wave spread towards the seabed.

Even Chang Ming and Chang Sheng could feel the seawater shaking violently. At the same time, a pure-white, holy light reached them, radiating in all directions.

“What happened?” Chang Ming’s expression changed.

“Holy light? This is the angels’ holy light?” Chang Sheng’s expression immediately changed.

DragonInWhite's Notes:

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