Xiao Li looked at the person on the ground and chuckled. “I guess the one who won’t be happy now is you, huh?” He bent down and picked Ma Tao up, pulling him back to where he had been forced to sit before. He tied him up in the same way that Fu Min and Fu Heng had tied him up before and then stepped back, a smile tugging at the corners of his lips.
“Thankfully, that formation was deactivated in time. This is the perfect chance to escape this situation.” Not that he couldn’t without but it was still better to tie up all loose ends before disappearing. That way, there wouldn’t be any bothersome person trying to find him later on. Although … it was difficult to escape from those dragons. He definitely couldn’t return to the Hei Dian Sect after this.
Xiao Li’s brows furrowed together when he thought of that. His standing in the Hei Dian Sect hadn’t been bad. With some more time, he could have even become one of the Elders. Then, he really wouldn’t need to worry about living in the mortal realm. But anyway, those demon-hunting sects had been restricted so as long as he didn’t go and make trouble in the following years, nobody would blink an eye at his parentage. He just had to stay away from the demon realm in case Jin Ling really lost the throne.
Thinking of that, Xiao Li was in a complicated mood. He still remembered the way Jin Ling had looked at him. That smile, those caramel-colored eyes … It really was hard to forget.
He wildly shook his head to get rid of these thoughts and then raised his hands, wrapping Ma Tao in his spiritual energy. Bit by bit, an illusion was added to his figure and he stopped looking like himself at all. Instead, it looked as if Xiao Li himself was still sitting there on the ground.
Xiao Li smiled at that and then used the same technique on himself. Now, looking like Ma Tao, he took a deep breath before rushing out of the room with a yelp. He left the door wide open so everybody would be able to see the body, and then ran out of the house and down the street toward Zhong Gang’s restaurant. He would make this into the biggest, possible mess he could.
Just when he turned into the street, the door of one of the guesthouses opened. He cursed under his breath but was too late to sidestep and thus collided with the person stepping out.
Hua Lin Yu gave a yelp, instinctively holding onto the person that had rammed into him so he wouldn’t fall. His hair fanned out behind him, making a sweet fragrance scatter in the wind.
The passers-by couldn’t help but glance over but Xiao Li didn’t even take a second glance. “I’m sorry.” He let go of him in the blink of an eye, turned around, he continued to rush down the street.
Hua Lin Yu was left standing there awkwardly, his puzzled gaze not straying from the back of that man. With his cultivation level, he had managed to see through the illusion at one glance. He couldn’t understand though. A handsome and well-dressed man … why would he pretend to look like that?
Behind him, Huo Cheng and Huo Hai rushed over, taking his arms. “Xiao Yu, are you alright?”
“Were you hurt?”
“I can’t believe the guts of that guy! Casually touching you …”
“Right. Let’s see if he can keep his hands if we see him again!”
Xin Lan walked out behind the two of them and casually pushed them away. “What are you even saying? Xiao Yu is a cultivator as well. Colliding with some mortal once, do you really think he wouldn’t be able to take it?” He gave them a disdainful look before turning to Hua Lin Yu. “Didn’t you want to see the city? Let’s go then.”
Hua Lin Yu looked up at him, his gaze still puzzled.
Xin Lan frowned. “What’s the matter? You look as if you lost your soul. Don’t tell me it really was that bad?” He pondered for a moment and finally decided that this should be a good opportunity to cultivate some good feelings.
He reached out and brushed through Hua Lin Yu’s hair, putting on a slightly awkward smile that might have turned out gentle. “If you’re really angry, I’ll hunt that guy down for you. It just depends on what you want.”
Before Hua Lin Yu could answer, his two senior martial brothers were already huffing. “Why would he need you for that? Doesn’t he have us?”
Xin Lan just glanced at them lazily. “Oh? Then you’d better go and try to find that guy. Otherwise, he’ll get away.” He didn’t bother about them any longer after that and just put an arm around Hua Lin Yu’s waist, pulling him down the street in the other direction. “Anyway, where do you want to go? We can do whatever you want.”
Hua Lin Yu finally pulled himself out of his reverie and gave Xin Lan a smile. “It doesn’t matter. Anywhere is fine.”
“Hm.” Xin Lan gave a hum and then just continued to pull him along. Anywhere … Dealing with beauties really was hard. You would not even get a good direction. But then again, maybe this Hua Lin Yu really didn’t care.
Thinking of that, Xin Lan really just took him to stroll around, only stopping when he felt that Hua Lin Yu might like something along the way. Actually, the atmosphere was quite harmonious. It was just a pity that there were two men with dark faces following behind them.