The City of Blossoms was already taken under control. Those of the Pavilion of Blossoms had escaped. Lu Ling occupied the city easily when she came over with the army.
After she took control of the city, she sent six troops to go and seize the territories. Affiliated to the Pavilion of Blossoms were three seventh rank families and numerous sixth rank families. But they barely put up a fight. Some small-scale battles broke out for three troops and the only troop that met serious problems was the one in the south.
A patriarch of the Lu Family led this troop which Bai Xiashuang was in. To protect her, Lu Ling sent two Earth Immortal Realm warriors with her. However, she was still ambushed.
The Teleportation Formation in the City of Blossoms glowed. Lu Li came. As soon as he arrived, he entered the Wicked Bead. After all, safety first. He scanned the city with psychic power and was sure that Lu Ling was here and that their army was now running the city. He came out from the Wicked Bead afterward.
Several deacons of the Lu Family came. They dropped to one knee to greet Lu Li. In the plaza, groups after groups of warriors knelt down and looked at Lu Li with admiration.
“Get up now!”
Lu Li said indifferently. He rushed to a mansion in the yard where Lu Ling was waiting for him.
Lu Ling was sorry. She wished to speak but stopped after having second thoughts. Lu Li forced a smile and said calmly, “Sister, I don’t blame you. What happened exactly? Have you found out?”
Lu Ling answered, “The one who attacked her was escaped survivors of the Ji Family. The leader was an Earth Immortal Realm warrior of the Ji Family that was hidden from society. They had another Earth Immortal Realm warrior, but I don’t know where he came from. Well… Lu Fengyun is to be blamed. He ignored my order which was for him to play for safety. He insisted on going into the rear of the enemy side to occupy a mine.”
Lu Li frowned. This Lu Fengyun seemed to be a patriarch from a Lu Family branch. He should be from Great Grandfather Five’s branch. Lu Li remembered Lu Fengyu should be at the Human Sovereign Realm.
“Okay. Let me go to Kui City first.”
The incident had just happened. Lu Ling knew little as well. It would be better to go to Bai Xiashuang and take a look rather than asking questions here.
Lu Ling nodded. She must stay here to assume command. Now that Lu Li was here, she did not have to worry too much. Lu Li dashed out to the Teleportation Formation and went westward to the Kui City.
Kui City was a regional capital. Lu Li arrived after a few rounds of teleportation. In the city gathered more than one hundred thousand warriors with quite a number of Human Sovereign Realm warriors. Lu Li’s two Earth Immortal Realm soul slaves were here.
Upon a simple check, Lu Li located Bai Xiashuang. She was in a castle. Judging by how pale she was, Lu Li knew her injury must be serious.
Lu Li felt his heart broke to see her like this. Paying no attention to people greeting him, he rushed directly into the castle.
“Young Master Li.”
A group of Noble Lord Realm warriors of the Lu Family was outside the castle. everyone was trembling with fear when they saw Lu Li coming in angry.
Lu Li looked at none of them and walked into Bai Xiashuang’s room at once. Outside her room were two Earth Immortal Realm soul slaves. As soon as they saw Lu Li, they dropped to their knees and apologized, “Young Master, we are sorry.”
Lu Li sneered at them and entered the room. Inside, a young lady from a Lu Family branch was here as well as two maids. The three of them were startled when Lu Li came in. They stood up in a hurry.
Lu Li knew this young lady, but he did not know her name. He was in no mood to talk to her and just waved her away.
That young lady nodded in respect and left with the two maids. Lu Li sat by the bed. Looking at Bai Xiashuang’s colorless face, he felt his heart ached.
He checked with psychic power. She had broken ribs and some injuries on her internal organs. She had been given the best healing pellets and was recovering. He was relieved.
In her sleep, Bai Xiashuang was terrorized. She murmured. Lu Li took her hands at once and whispered, “Shuang-er, I am here. Don’t be afraid.”
Hearing his voice, Bai Xiashuang slowly opened her eyes. When she could see his face, tears coursed down her cheeks uncontrollably. She said, choking, “Darling, you are finally here. I, I thought I couldn’t see you again.”
“There, there, don’t worry. I am here. Nobody could hurt you now!”
Lu Li patted her hand gently and said with determination, “Shuang-er, trust me, I will kill all of the people who had hurt you to avenge you.”
Bai Xiashuang put her hands around his waist. She could not stop crying. Lu Li comforted her until she fell asleep out of weakness.
After she was soundly asleep, Lu Li came out. He had let the young lady and the two maids go back in and wait on her. Looking at the two Earth Immortal Realm soul slaves, he said coldly, “Tell me. What happened?”
Both were Earth Immortal Realm warriors from the Feng Family of the Mage Imperial Universe. An old man with grey hair answered, “Young Master, we were going to the mine but surprisingly, there was an illusion formation. As soon as we approached the mine, the formation was activated. Hundreds of powerful warriors dashed out and there were also two Earth Immortal Realm warriors among them as well. The hundreds of them all targeted Bai Xiashuang. We tried our best to protect her but Madam Shuang was injured.”
The other Feng Family Earth Immortal Realm warrior added, “This was a premeditated attack and their target was Madam Shuang. Also, when they found out that they could not kill her, they withdrew at once. Since Madam Shuang was injured, we could not go after them. They ran away…”
“You did well!”
Lu Li nodded. Bai Xiashuang was important to her. Those who escaped could be hunted down in the future. But if Bai Xiashuang’s life was lost, then Lu Li killing every one of the Ji Family would be meaningless.
After a while, Lu Li asked, “My sister said that you insisted on pressing forward with no regard to potential dangers? What was that about?”
The older one of the Feng Family complained, “The commander of this troop heard that the mine had countless treasures and that someone was secretly moving the stones. The commander mobilized the troop immediately overnight. Madam Shuang is a lady of a pure and simple mind. She did not overthink. Lady Ling told us to protect Madam Shuang. We could not say otherwise…”
Lu Li understood. He looked outside and shouted, “Lu Fengyun, get in here!”
The commander and the assisting commander were outside. They came in at once. A middle-aged Human Sovereign Realm warrior knelt before Lu Li as soon as he walked in and said with sorrow, “Young Master Li, we are sorry to have put Madam Shuang in harm’s way. We apologize.”
Lu Li took the central seat. He showed no emotion. He did not tell Lu Fengyun to get up. Instead, he said angrily, “Lu Fengyun, why have you disobeyed my sister? You led the troop into the depth with no back-up. Why did you not send scouts to check for formations?”
Lu Fengyun was a noble and dignified man. But he could not help but stutter. It took him a long time to find the words, “I am sorry. I was in a rush to control the mine. We accidentally walked into traps. Even death cannot atone for my mistake…”
Right at that moment, there came a man from outside. Lu Li saw that it was a patriarch of the Cyan Phoenix Race. Lu Li actually knew him. He was Ye Ti, a warrior of the Cyan Phoenix Race that just recently had reached the Noble Lord Realm.