“We’re safe now…” Bai Ze recovered enough strength to speak.
“Is it over?” Fang Shui’er was relieved.
“I’ll give him a lesson he won’t forget about soon when I see him again.” Bai Ze spat out as she struggled to get on her feet. Just now, she had re-established her link with Li Yiming to prevent him from succumbing to the staff’s temptation of power.
Fang Shui’er let out a sigh as she glanced at Wu Jia and Chen Jiawang, who could not believe what they had just witnessed.
“Put that Boundary away. We need to go back to the tea shop.” Bai Ze wiped away the blood on the corner of her mouth.
“What about him?” Fang Shui’er pointed at Li Tie, who laid unconscious on the ground. She considered his ability to be useful for their goals.
“Trash that needs to be disposed of.” Bai Ze waved her hand, and the paw of a giant beast crashed down, creating a giant crater upon impact and turning Li Tie’s body into dust.
“Just like that...” Fang Shui’er was surprised to see how little hesitation Bai Ze showed. She did, nonetheless, agree with the decision.
“Oh! Ah! We need to go!” Chen Jiawang’s eyes widened as he looked at the giant crater. It was the first time he had witnessed the true power of a guardia. He realized that what he was doing until now was nothing but magic tricks.
As Fang Shui’er put her Boundary away, and Li Tie’s isolated space chamber was broken, the streets bustled with pedestrians and police cars once again. She noticed on the corner of the street two passersby being questioned by a police officer.
“They’re gone. Li Huaibei has no ill intentions.” Bai Ze was aware of Fang Shui’er’s concerns.
“Let’s get to the parking lot. My car is there.” Fang Shui’er said as she put on her sunglasses and face mask. After driving out of the area with her car, her TV director and his assistant were both left panicking, as they searched for her whereabouts.
As the group made their way back to the tea house, they found Li Yiming, seemingly lost in his own thoughts.
“What happened?” Bai Ze asked immediately.
“What happened?” Li Yiming looked at Wu Jia, who was still unconscious.
“A few things happened, but we took care of them. Let's talk about you first.” Bai Ze jumped onto the table and begin staring at Li Yiming’s face.
“I’ll bring Wu Jia upstairs.” Chen Jiawang said, still intimidated by Bai Ze after witnessing her demonstration of power. . As for Wu Jia, although she had yet to wake up, it was merely a question of time, as she did not suffer any injuries. In addition, Fang Shui’er even gave her some healing potion.
“I need to make a call. I was in the middle of an interview.” Fang Shui’er took out her phone and made for the exit.
“You should stay. And you, come down as soon as you put her upstairs,” Bai Ze ordered.
“Alright.” Chen Jiawang, who had a blind admiration for Bai Ze at this point, obeyed.
Fang Shui’er turned around and waited for Li Yiming to give his permission.
“Sit.” Li Yiming said.
Chen Jiawang came back very quickly and stood behind the counter like he always did.
“What happened?” Li Yiming asked, as he knew that Bai Ze had her reasons for making Fang Shui’er and Chen Jiawang stay.
“What happened to us is not important. What matters is that from today on, there's a new guardian organization in town: Pure Water Herb Hall,” Bai Ze said.
Bai Ze turned to look at Chen Jiawang, who announced their organization in the heat of the moment just moments ago. The latter, upon noticing the attention, trembled with anxiety.
“Well, that works out for us.”
“So, can you tell us what happened to you?” Bai Ze asked as she picked up the teacup from the table and took a long sip.
“I just went to the headquarters of Yunyu Corporation and killed a few people there.” Li Yiming decided to hide part of the truth from Fang Shui’er and Chen Jiawang, despite Bai Ze’s decision to get the two involved.
“Yunding Tower?” Fang Shui’er was surprised.
Li Yiming nodded.
“So the police out here…” Fang Shui’er said she glanced through the window. When they came back to the tea shop, they ran into patrol after patrol of police cars. Now that she thought about it, it was most likely due to the commotion Li Yiming had made.
“You killed all of them?” Bai Ze frowned.
“I left one of them alive.” Li Yiming could see that Bai Ze was concerned for his well-being.
“What should we do next?” Fang Shui’er changed the subject of the conversation, understanding that Li Yiming had his reasons for not wanting to reveal everything.
“Well, if we're going to make an organization, then we better start recruiting people.” Li Yiming sighed. After meeting with his clone, he realized that there were some things he could not do alone. He took out his cell phone and called Eyeglasses.
“Hey, it’s me.” The call was answered barely two seconds after.
“Hey.” Eyeglasses sounded like he was in a low mood.
“Are you busy right now? Could you bring everyone over?”
“Yiming, I’ve heard about Pure Water Herb Hall. I know what you're up to, but…” Eyeglasses said.
“Just come over. We'll figure something out.” Li Yiming said. He understood that Eyeglasses was worried of losing control of himself once again.
“You don't understand… we’ve… we’ve joined forces with Pan Junwei.” Eyeglasses took a deep breath and revealed the truth.
“Thanks for the invitation, but… sorry.” Eyeglasses hung up right after.
“He refused? Did something happen?” Fang Shui’er, and Bai Ze were close enough to hear what was going on.
“I’m not sure.”
“They’re all veterans. There must be a reason.” Fang Shui’er said.
Li Yiming lowered his head as he was having trouble grasping the reality of the situation.
On the other side of the line, Eyeglasses sank into a long silence as soon as he hung up the call.
“Did you tell him?” Qing Linglong asked.
“He’s inviting us to go back?” Qing Qiaoqiao was on the verge of tears.
Eyeglasses nodded and clasped the Shadowless Stone hanging by his neck.
“I don’t know what he’s up to, but we can only fight for ourselves now.” Big Beard, who had been smoking the entire time, suddenly said.
“Big Beard’s right, nobody forced us. Let’s go. We’re leaving on a new mission.” Qing Linglong took a deep breath and took out a paper envelope.
As the group left their tent in silence, a military helicopter nearby was waiting for them, along with a squadron of soldiers.
“To be a guardian is to defend what is right. That has been our duty, and it has never changed.” Qing Linglong approached her sister and said.
“Defend what is right…” Qing Qiaoqiao took on a firm expression as she repeated her sister’s words.
“Sir, could you please give me another chance?” In another tent, Lin Lu pleaded to the man sitting in front of her.
The high-ranking officer looked away with a frown, at a jet on the runway first, and then at Pan Junwei, who was standing on the side.
“Don't look at me, I'm only responsible for operations. I'll take charge of the people you give me, but you're responsible for recruitment,” Pan Juwei said.
“Please, sir, I’ve been working with him for a while now. I'm sure that he will be a great asset.” Lin Lu added, noticing the officer’s hesitation.
“The report clearly stated that the risks of cooperating with Li Yiming were too high…” The man sighed.
“Dad!” Lin Lu suddenly roared in anger.
“What?” Even Pan Junwei jumped up.
“I’m… going to check out the laboratory to make sure that everything runs smoothly tonight…” Pan Junwei decided to take his leave.
“You stubborn girl…” Lin Lu’s father scratched his head in frustration at his daughter’s short temper.
“I’ll tell you the truth. We had expected Li Yiming to be a channel for information about guardians…”
“But now, we have Pan Junwei to work with, and he has a much cleaner background. So you don’t need Li Yiming anymore, is that it?” Lin Lu interrupted.
“How should I put it… It’s more complicated than that…” Lin Lu’s father closed his eyes as he remembered Wu Yun’s words.
“To bring salvation to the world or destroy it entirely. It’s all up to him.”
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