As if one high-ranking person getting involved in the mess that Jing He’s trial in the mortal realm had become, Qiang Wei was about to add to the disaster. He had finally managed to subdue Liu Cheng and was pressing him to the ground while sitting on his back.
“Damn, you’re not bad considering you’re only human. Now, tell me what you were trying to do.”
Liu Cheng gritted his teeth. “Damn you, demon! Don’t think you’ll win this easily!” He struggled but it was futile in front of a dragon.
“I believe I already won. So why don’t you tell me what you were trying to do? I wouldn’t want to force you, you know?”
“Even if you kill me, I won’t tell you anything! Others will come to finish this fight!”
“Yes, yes. So, does this have something to do with His Highness?” He couldn’t imagine why the humans might want to make trouble for the Son of Heaven’s reincarnation but who knew? There might be some hidden reason he couldn’t think of.
Liu Cheng was just as confused. His Highness? Could it be … Had this demon something to do with the demons’ royal court? No wonder he was so strong! Ah, he shouldn’t have acted so rashly! Even if that girl’s darling was killed, that would still be better than letting this demon go on a rampage in the capital.
Oh no! His eyes went wide. “What did you do to the girl?”
“Girl?” Qiang Wei blinked and finally remembered Hong Bao. He looked around but nothing could be seen of the ascended deity. “Right … Where’s Hong Bao? Wasn’t she still there a moment ago?”
Liu Cheng frowned. “Leave her alone! She has nothing to do with you!”
“That’s true.” Qiang Wei sighed. “Ah, a pity. She’s cute.” And finding a wife in the dragon realm was hard with His Majesty around. Or, well, it was hard because His Majesty wasn’t around, leaving all the work to his advisers.
Liu Cheng stayed quiet. To think he’d ever have the day where he was of the same opinion as a demon … No, wait! This demon must have thought they were a couple since they arrived together and now he wanted to rile him up so that he would spill the beans! Naturally, he wouldn’t fall for this! Unfortunately, that also meant the demon might be after her as soon as he finished him off.
No, he had to do something! He couldn’t let her take the fall just because he wasn’t strong enough. He didn’t try to struggle free anymore and took a talisman out of his sleeve. He imbued it with his spiritual energy and flung it away.
Qiang Wei sighed and waved. The winds around them picked up and delivered the talisman right into his hands. “Sect Master Xian … Chun Feng Sect … Mn … Never heard of them.” He crumpled the talisman and threw it into his spatial ring. “Well, if you don’t want to tell me anything else …” He took off his necklace and imbued the transmission stone embedded in it with his spiritual energy.
The stone pulsed with white light and Qiang Wei started to wait. He waited a bit longer and still a bit longer and finally gave up, sighing. “So we’re back to the normal state of not being able to reach him.” He shook his head, took out another transmission stone and contacted Yi Zan instead.
The other side answered in a spell. “Qiang Wei. What happened?”
“Is His Majesty over there?”
“Mn. He came here just now and kicked us out. I haven’t heard anything since then.”
Qiang Wei sighed. The transmission stone they were using could only transmit Yi Zan’s voice and not project his image but he could imagine his deadpan expression. They had all given up on their king ever behaving in a normal way.
“Well, when he comes out, tell him that some strange guy showed up. I’m not sure of his motif. This might have been an assassination attempt on the Son of Heaven.”
“What did you say?!” Somebody else screamed at the transmission stone before Yi Zan could answer. “Somebody tried to assassinate His Highness?! How is he?”
“What? Somebody tried to assassinate the crown prince?!”
Qiang Wei closed his eyes. Oh no … That voice … That was one of the guards in the Nine Heavens, wasn’t it?
“Qiang Wei!” Xiang Yong’s voice was uncharacteristically discomposed. “How is he? Was he hurt?”
At their side, in front of the crown prince’s palace, the two Heavenly Guards that normally guarded Jing He’s palace had come over. Normally, those two were calm and collected but in the face of such news, they couldn’t help but fear the worst.
“No need to worry. I managed to catch the guy.” Qiang Wei patted Liu Cheng’s shoulder and smiled. “He didn’t even get to where His Highness is. But you might want to tell His Majesty nonetheless. I tried contacting him but …” He interrupted himself. There were still two gods around. He certainly wouldn’t speak about their king’s true character when they could hear it.
“Mn. He probably didn’t want to disturb His Highness’ peace,” Yi Zan helped out.
“We should inform His Majesty Tianjun at once,” one of the Heavenly Guards whispered in the background.
“But should we investigate this first?”
“Mn, yes, we should at least know who they are.”
Qiang Wei smiled. “Those Heavenly Guards over there maybe I can help a bit: Some ‘Chun Feng Sect’ seems to have something to do with this. At least he tried to contact them when he couldn’t win against me. You might want to start investigating from there.”
There was a short pause before one of them awkwardly managed to answer. “Thank you.” The sound of his steps was transmitted through the stone. He had probably gone to inform the God of War or investigate by himself.
Qiang Wei waited for a moment in the hope that the other Heavenly Guard would also retreat before picking up where he had left off. “Considering the circumstances I’d like to ask Fu Min over. Just one person might not be enough to guard His Highness.”
Xiang Yong wanted to reject but Yi Zan’s gaze let him shut up. He couldn’t understand why Qiang Wei would propose something like that when he should know that their king didn’t like having Fu Min by the crown prince’s side but Yi Zan knew him better.
“Alright. I’ll take care of that. Just concentrate on guarding His Highness.”
“Mn, I’ll do that.” Qiang Wei cut the transmission and kept the stone. “So, what should I do with you now?”
He hadn’t said that the culprit was still there to make sure the Heavenly Guards wouldn’t run over and take him away. After all, their own king would also want to know what this was about. They couldn’t let such a good lead be taken away.
Mn, Yi Zan should have picked that up. He’d send Fu Heng over with Fu Min. Then he can go back to guarding the crown prince until His Majesty returned.
He sighed. Ah, Fu Min, Fu Heng, please hurry! Having to cope with this is worse than just guarding a mortal reincarnation. He even said I’m a demon. And he said it more than once!