Chapter 20: Something happened to cousin
Without realizing it, half a month passed. This had been a
fulfilling half a month Jiang Bai. He spent every single day reading, and with
that, the amount of knowledge he had grew rapidly. In half of month, his level
of knowledge in the various subjects such as economics, culture, politics,
biology, history, and so on were already comparative to the best PhD holders.
Apart from spending his time reading, Jiang Bai had also been
visiting the Great World once every two days. The place had been handed over to
Li Qiang and Xu Jie, and business had been booming. Xu Jie's men were now in
charge of watching over the turf around the club, and apart from that, the
bouncers had all been changed to a bunch of sturdy youths as well.
Jiang Bai understood clearly the type of activities
conducted within the club, but he turned a blind eye to them. The thugs
watching over the club were all Xu Jie's men, but in a way, they were all his
men as well. Although he wasn't directly managing them, everyone knew he was
the actual boss of the place.
Jiang Bai had successfully made a name for himself through
one battle. His feat of wiping the floor with a group of 20 thugs including Xu
Jie had been spread far and wide by all the youths under him. Each time he arrived
at the club, he could clearly feel the adoration in their eyes. Unknown to him,
his feat was not only known within the Great World. In fact, his name was being
spread in the entirety of the Upper East District.
Jiang Bai was not from the criminal underworld, and he had
no intention of entering that world either. Even so, his name was starting to
be recognized by many people of the underworld. After all, Xu Jie himself was a
renowned figure at the Upper East District, and he had a big mouth. He had been
singing Jiang Bai praises everywhere he went, to the point Jiang Bai's status
had now been elevated to the number one boss of the turf. Sure, he might not be
much in the entirety of Tiandu, but at the Upper East District, his name was
known far and wide. Many young thugs dreamed of joining his gang.
When Great World was recruiting, why had all those young men
agreed to work as bouncers for a low pay? That was so they could claim that
they were Boss Jiang's men when they were outside. That alone would earn them a
considerable amount of respect. All of that was unknown to Jiang Bai. In fact,
he had not expected that something like that would happen.
Ma Changyang hadn't been idling around either. After cleaning
up the affairs of his production company, he changed the name of the company to
Soaring Dragon Films as per Jiang Bai's request. He had also hired people to
redesign a new logo and signboard for Jiang Bai, and had even asked for a copy
of Jiang Bai's ID so he could transfer the ownership to Jiang Bai in advance.
All that was done without a single mention of money, to the point even Jiang
Bai was feeling somewhat embarrassed.
Everyone except Jiang Bai seemed to be very busy. He had
nothing to do. Apart from reading, the only thing he had been doing was
flirting. Who had he been flirting with? Who else if not that seductive
neighbor of his?
Since the day they split Wu Tian’s money, the relationship
between Jiang Bai and Yao Lan had improved considerably. Their interactions had
been much warmer, and for some reason, Yao Lan greatly enjoyed teasing Jiang
Bai. Every now and then, she would unleash her seductiveness on Jiang Bai,
greatly stirring his lust.
What's odd was the fact that Wu Tian had never shown himself
ever since. It was unknown if that was due to Yao Lan having said something to
him. During the day, Jiang Bai's cousin would deliver him lunch every single
day. He could clearly feel the concern she had for him. And when he returned
home from work in the evening, he would be able to flirt around with his sexy
neighbor. He was indeed living a fulfilling life. His only regret was the fact
that Su Mei had not contacted him since their first meeting. It was as if she
had vanished from the world.
“Ding ding ding...granddaddy, your grandson is
calling...granddaddy, your grandson is calling...”
Today, while at work in the library, Jiang Bai was fully
immersed in the Dream Analysis by Sigmund Freud he was reading when his phone
suddenly rang. That was his new ringtone. The moment it rang, it attracted the
attention of everyone in the library, causing Jiang Bai to feel awkward.
"Hello? Who is this?" Jiang Bai blanked out when
he saw that it was an unknown number. He answered and asked politely.
"Is this cousin? I am Ma Shuyuan." A woman's voice
rang out from the other side of the phone. The caller was Lin Wanru's roommate
who Jiang Bai had met once before. The girls staying with Lin Wanru were all
decent people, especially this Ma Shuyuan who was the best friend of Lin Wanru.
When they met previously, she had even teased Jiang Bai and Lin Wanru, asking
about their relationship. During the meeting, she had also asked for Jiang
Bai's number, but they had never contacted each other before.
Jiang Bai checked the time and noted that it was around six
in the evening. Why was she calling him at this time?
"Hello. How can I help you, Shuyuan?" Jiang Bai
asked with a smile. He had a favorable impression of this straightforward young
lady from a northern town.
"You see, just now, Zhang Tian'ang picked Wanru up. I
think Wanru had previously asked for his help. He called her today telling her
there is an update, but it is a tricky problem so he will only help if Wanru
agrees to have dinner with him. But I have a bad feeling about the dinner.
Zhang Tian'ang has never been a decent person. There are even rumors that he
had gotten some seniors pregnant in the past and they were made to abort the
baby. And I have also heard that he has done many bad things outside the campus
as well. I'm worried about Wanru going out with him. That's why..." Ma Shuyuan slowly explained her reason for
calling, her anxiousness clear from her voice.
"Where did they go?" Jiang Bai's face fell as he
asked with a gloomy tone.
What kind of help would Lin Wanru need if not for the
trouble Jiang Bai was in previously? He had already told the girl that
everything was fine, but she refused to believe him. And what was that Zhang
Tian'ang trying to do? Wasn't he from an influential family? If he had really
asked around, shouldn't he know that the issue had been handled? Would he not
know Jiang Bai's current relationship with Xu Jie? If so, why was he still
asking Lin Wanru out for dinner? Dinner? It's definitely not that simple.
"I think it’s at Marriot Hotel." 
"Alright, got it. Don't worry. I'll deal with it."
After promising to deal with it, Jiang Bai ended the call
and left the campus. Xiaotian had been spending his time loitering around the
campus. With a single call, he arrived to pick Jiang Bai up. Jiang Bai got on
the car and they started heading toward Marriot Hotel.
Halfway there, Jiang Bai decided that it was not enough for
him to go alone. So he gave Xu Jie a call. It was not like he was afraid to go
alone. He had great combat strength, but it was better to have Xu Jie around to
deal with the aftermath. Xu Jie was a person with a number of connections. He
even knew some people from the police force. If things turned south, Jiang Bai
would fight but Xu Jie was the best person to deal with everything else. In
fact, the various interactions Great World had with the numerous parties such
as socializing, giving gifts and brides were all being handled by Xu Jie.
"Don't worry, boss. I'll be there immediately!" Xu
Jie stamped his foot with fury the moment he heard from Jiang Bai. After
gathering his men, they charged straight to Marriot Hotel. When Jiang Bai
arrived, Xu Jie was already there. Also standing there waiting together with Xu
Jie was a middle-aged man.
"Big brother, this is the president of Marriot Hotel, Sir
Chang. He is Old Ma's friend. I’ve already checked with him. That Zhang
Tian'ang is currently upstairs."
"Nice to meet you, Mr. Jiang."
Sir Chang was obviously a wise person. He did not show any
contempt despite Jiang Bai's age. Instead, he quickly shook Jiang Bai's hand
warmly. Marriot Hotel was a five-star hotel, a business worth a considerable
sum of money. With his wealth and his wisdom when dealing with people, it was
no wonder he could be friends with someone like Ma Changyang.
1. As we all know, this is an alternate world similar to Earth.
You will occasionally see similar places and organizations in this world, but
those would all be this world’s version of those places and organizations. So
do not be alarmed if there is something different with what you know. An
example would be this Marriot Hotel here. There is a Marriot International
hotel chain irl, but they are not the same.
Chapter 21: Insolent young master
After a handshake, Mr. Chang spoke in an anxious tone,
"Mr. Jiang, since you are Old Ma's friend, I will be straight with you. I
know who Zhang Tian'ang is. He is the young master of Mr. Zhang from Haojiang
Corporation. To speak the truth...this matter is quite troublesome. Unless
absolutely necessary, I don't suggest that you fight him."
It was blatantly obvious that Xu Jie wasn't any normal law
abiding citizen. When he arrived, he brought with him a group of bulky and
aggressive looking men. With them waiting here for Jiang Bai and Zhang Tian'ang
being Jiang Bai's target, what they were here to do was clear. If it wasn't for
Mr. Chang's good relationship with Old Ma, he wouldn't even have revealed that
much to them. Of course, as the owner of this hotel, he did not wish to see any
conflicts here as well.
"Haojiang? Zhang Changgeng?" When Xu Jie heard
that name, a grave expression surfaced on his face. It would seem like he knew Haojiang
Corporation as well.
"Yes, it's him. Therefore, unless absolutely
necessary..." Mr. Chang nodded and spoke softly. He did not finish his
sentence, but his meaning was clear.
"Mr. Chang, just give me the room number and this won't
have anything else to do with you. We will go ourselves. We can't drag you into
our trouble, right?" Jiang Bai said, telling Mr. Chang to leave in a
roundabout manner. Mr. Chang was visibly relieved when he heard that. After
giving them the room number, he left.
"Why? You know him?" Jiang Bai asked after Mr.
"Yes. I met him twice at my master's place before.
Zhang Changgeng is a very thorny opponent to have. He used to be a street thug
as well. Equipped with his ruthlessness, he spent only several years to rise in
power and status. He then got married with his present wife. Relying on his
father in law's influence, he started cleaning himself off crime. Over the past
decade, Haojing has been growing madly. From a tiny company focused on
smuggling and selling counterfeit products, the company grew into a massive
entity involved in real estate, manufacturing, export business, and so
"Although he has been slowly washing himself off crime
over the years, he still has a bunch of madmen working for him. And it is also
rumored that he is still maintaining a large number of his illegal businesses. He
has a large number of people working for him in Tiandu, making him one of the
tyrants of Tiandu. Old Ma is nothing compared to him. To be honest, in Zhang
Changgeng's eyes, Old Ma is simply a rich thug, an insignificant individual."
Xu Jie explained in whispers, his brows furrowed tightly.
He further continued, "This Zhang Tian'ang is his only
son, a son that Zhang Changgeng had only gotten at 32 years old. Both he and
his wife doted on this son greatly. This kid is known as a wastrel young
master. Over the years, he has done a lot of bad things. This dinner with your
cousin is definitely not as simple as it seems."
Xu Jie hesitated slightly before he added, "Zhang
Changgeng’s power is deeply rooted in Tiandu. He is really not someone you
should easily provoke. Maybe I can try calling my master? Zhang Changgeng knows
him and is usually quite respectful of him. If my master is willing to help,
there won't be a problem."
"It's fine. Why do I care who he is? Zhang Changgeng?
Even if he's an emperor, what do I have to fear? His son is the one looking for
trouble. I'll just have to deal with whatever he has to throw at me. At most,
I'll slaughter my way out, creating a river of blood!"
Jiang Bai declared coldly with his eyes narrowed. Xu Jie was
first shocked by what he heard, but he then recalled that Jiang Bai was an
authentic martial arts Grandmaster who specialized on the extremely destructive
Eight Extremes Fist. If he decided to throw caution to the wind, creating a literal
river of blood was very much possible.
"Ok! This is how my boss should be! Let us see what
this Zhang Changgeng is made of. At most, we'll slaughter our way out and
create a river of blood! With his large family and business, he has many to
lose. I wonder if he can afford that!" Xu Jie roared with laughter before
declaring with wanton recklessness, seemingly prepared to start a battle he
couldn't return from with zero regrets.
They went straight to the presidential suite at the top of the
hotel. The moment they reached the door, they were stopped by four bulky men in
black. Before Jiang Bai could even do anything, Xu Jie charged forward. His
underlings also charged forth with no hesitation. After a short while, the four
men were already pressed on the ground, unable to even budge.
Bang! Jiang Bai kicked the door open and strode inside. When
he saw Lin Wanru seated at the dining table at the middle of the room, he
heaved a breath of relief. The worst case scenario that he had imagined had yet
"Who are you?" The moment Jiang Bai entered, the
young man seated across Lin Wanru and facing the door saw him. He immediately
stood up and shouted in anger. Standing behind him were two men in black suits.
When they saw Jiang Bai's group entering, they stepped forth and reached inside
their suits. It was obvious what they were reaching for.
The shout caused Lin Wanru to turn around as well. When she
saw Jiang Bai, she was momentarily stunned before she quickly stood up. Like a
child caught doing something wrong, she lowered her head before asking,
"Jiang Bai, why are you here?"
"Silly girl, if I did not come, you would be eaten up
by this beast before even knowing what's happening." Jiang Bai said with a
sigh. He was planning to scold her, but when he saw her expression, he swallowed
his words and said something else instead.
"Hmm?" Lin Wanru looked at Jiang Bai blankly.
Then, a realization seemed to hit her as she abruptly turned to look at Zhang
"So you're Jiang Bai?" Zhang Tian'ang knew who Jiang
Bai was. But from how he was behaving, it was obvious he did not think much of
Jiang Bai. His voice was filled with contempt as he spoke.
"You know me? Since you know me, you should know that
my problem has already been dealt with. Why are you still lying to Wanru?"
Jiang Bai asked with an unfriendly tone.
"So what if I’m lying to her? I know you are quite a
capable fighter. You can fight a few dozen people by yourself? And the guy
beside you is that thug, Xu Jie? But so what if you can fight? You actually
dare to come here today? Are you tired of living?"
"I was initially in the mood to play a little game by
talking terms with Lin Wanru. She seems to like you a lot. For your sake, she is
willing to beg for my help. I was planning to exaggerate the trouble you're in.
She will then probably agree to strip down and allow me to have fun with her.
But since you are here to spoil my fun, I'll have to use force instead." Zhang
Tian'ang said coldly in complete disregard toward Jiang Bai and the others.
Even though Jiang Bai's side was holding the superiority here, he was still
looking down on them.
"Zhang Tian'ang, you're shameless!" Before Jiang
Bai could say anything, Lin Wanru shouted angrily. Her face was flushed red,
either from anger or shame.
"Heh. Shameless? Why is that? You can only blame
yourself for being too pretty. You should have agreed to follow me when I
courted you in the past. Being with me, you would be living a good life. But
you were unwilling to be with me and went on to get a crush on this kid
instead? If that is the case, the only thing I can do is have some fun with
you. You like him, right? Today, I will play with you right in front of
him!" Zhang Tian'ang declared and roared with laughter. He was filled with
arrogance and had zero sense of shame.
After he was done talking, he waved his hand. The two
bodyguards beside him immediately pulled out their guns and pointed at Jiang
Bai's group. He then shouted at the people behind Jiang Bai, "My father is
Zhang Changgeng from Haojiang Corporation. If you wish to live, piss off!"
Upon hearing that, some of the people that came with Xu Jie
retreated instinctively. After a slight hesitation, they started leaving. In
the blink of an eye, of the initial over 30 people, only about a dozen of them
were left. Even so, from the expressions of the ones left, it was clear they
weren't feeling much confidence either. From this, it was obvious how big of a
reputation Zhang Changgeng had in Tiandu.
Chapter 22: Even if your father is the god emperor, it won’t
"Heh, your men are quite brave, huh? They have the guts
to stay behind even after hearing my father's name? People this brave are very
rare in Tiandu nowadays. Unfortunately, they are too stupid." said Zhang
Tian'ang with a sneer when he saw that there were still about a dozen people
Pa! Pa! Pa!
The moment Zhang Tian'ang finished speaking, sounds of doors
being opened rang out repeatedly. The doors of the four rooms around the
presidential suite were suddenly opened. Several dozen people rushed out of
those rooms before surrounding Jiang Bai's group. These people were equipped
with various weapons such as clubs, daggers, and even spears.
Every single one of them was burly, muscular and over 1.8
meters tall. In fact, their arms were thicker than the legs of an average
person. Each of them looked incredibly ferocious, and it was clear they were
also experienced fighters. It only took a single glance to see that the quality
of these men was far higher than Jiang Bai's men.
"Since we're going to be playing, let's make it fun. I
had someone investigate your background before. Therefore, I have naturally
made some preparations before coming here. Of course, I have not expected that
you would be brave enough to actually come. I know you're a good fighter. But
my men are good fighters as well. So what if you're a good fighter? At my
command, your skull will be immediately pierced by a bullet." Zhang
Tian'ang said and started roaring with laughter.
He stepped forth, staring at Jiang Bai and continued
speaking arrogantly, "If you know what's good for you, stand still and
don't move. Watch with your own eyes how I have fun with your beautiful cousin.
If I’m sufficiently satisfied, I might even spare you."
Then, Zhang Tian'ang started ignoring Jiang Bai and looked
straight at Lin Wanru. He scanned Lin Wanru's body with a lustful gaze, causing
her to instantly go pale. With a perverted smile, he spoke, "Lin Wanru,
you heard me. And you can see clearly what's happening here. Serve me well
today and I will spare that kid. Or else, I am still going to do what I’m about
to do but on top of that, I will also allow my men to have some fun with you
after I'm done. As for that kid and his men, they will be made to watch before dying."
Zhang Tian'ang paused before he recalled something as he
quickly added, "I am going to play with you right in front of him.
Remember to struggle more. I like it when girls struggle. Hahaha! Come, let's
put on a good show for him. You may start stripping now."
"Strip your mom!" Jiang Bai was completely
infuriated when he heard all that. For the very first time in his life, he had
the urge to kill someone. The moment he shouted, he dashed forward.
Moving like the wind, Jiang Bai leaped forward. Immediately,
four figures were sent flying and crashed heavily on the wall. Four guns
appeared in his hands while the four that were sent flying could no longer
stand. After tossing the guns to Xu Jie, he charged forth again.
"Freeze, motherfuckers! Move and die!"
Wielding two guns, Xu Jie pointed at the people in the room.
Zhang Tian'ang's men no longer dared to move when they saw the guns in Xu Jie’s
hands. They were aware that he was a madman. If he claimed that he would shoot,
he would definitely do it.
"Boys, whoop their asses! Whoever dares to fight back
will take a bullet from me!"
With a sinister grin on his face, Xu Jie commanded his men
to go forward. With their confidence bolstered, they snatched the weapons off
their opponents and started beating those people up. The room was filled with
miserable wails, yet nobody dared to hit back. In a short few minutes, the
floor was filled with a group of groaning men.
The abrupt change shocked Lin Wanru so much she yelled
repeatedly. The confidence Zhang Tian'ang had vanished as he stared at Jiang
Bai. With a pale expression, he threatened, his voice stammering.
"You...you...my father is Zhang Changgeng! If you dare
touch me, my father will not spare you!"
Jiang Bai slowly walked toward Zhang Tian'ang, narrowed his
eyes and sneered before saying, "So what if your father is Zhang Changgeng?
Even if he is the god emperor, it won’t save you."
After saying that, Jiang Bai sent Zhang Tian'ang flying with
a kick. Zhang Tian'ang crashed on the wall with half his ribs broken. Even his
internal organs were injured from the kick. A mouthful of blood sprayed out of
his mouth like a fountain.
Jiang Bai was already holding back with the kick as he did
not want to kill someone in the public. Otherwise, he could have turned Zhang
Tian'ang into mincemeat with a single kick. That was not the end of this. Jiang
Bai strode forward and unleashed four continuous punches on Zhang Tian'ang,
crippling all four limbs of his. A miserable wail started to ring in the room.
After giving Zhang Tian’ang the beating, Jiang Bai was
satisfied. Zhang Tian'ang was now with grave injuries and would probably end up
many months in the hospital. Of course, the injuries were not fatal as Jiang
Bai had controlled his force well when attacking. He had a stream of Hidden
Force sent into Zhang Tian'ang's body so as to protect him from death yet allow
him to clearly feel the intense pain of being beaten up.
Even after doing all that, Jiang Bai did not intend to let
this matter end here. He lifted Zhang Tian'ang with one hand before tossing him
over to Xu Jie.
"Let's go. Take him with us."
The beating Zhang Tian'ang received was in fact quite a
harsh lesson for him. With such injuries, even after treatment, his limbs would
never be as nimble as they once were. With this, Jiang Bai had completely
turned Zhang Changgeng into his enemy. Since that was the case, he had to find
a way to end this conflict. Otherwise, endless troubles would ensue.
Xu Jie seemed to understand what Jiang Bai was trying to do.
Without saying anything else, he waved his hand and had his men tore off the
curtain before tying Zhang Tian'ang up. After tying Zhang Tian’ang up, they
took his socks off and stuffed them in his mouth.
Jiang Bai scanned the room coldly and under Lin Wanru's
stupefied gaze and his men's fanatical gazes, he spoke before he left.
"Go notify Zhang Changgeng to come see me. Just let him
know that if he wants his son back, today, he will have to give me, Jiang Bai,
an explanation for this!"
A fleet of vehicles had already been prepared by Xu Jie
beforehand. They stuffed Zhang Tian'ang into one of the vehicles, and they all
left on five different vans. Lin Wanru and Jiang Bai were seated on the same
vehicle. When Lin Wanru got on the vehicle, she finally recovered from her shock.
Still in disbelief, she opened her mouth, trying to say something.
Before Lin Wanru could say anything, Jiang Bai waved his
hand and spoke gently.
"Don't worry. I will handle everything. It will be
fine. But you won't be able to return to the campus for now. I'll get Xu Jie to
arrange a temporary hiding place for you. I will end this today."
This time, Lin Wanru was not reprimanding Jiang Bai nor was
she trying to educate Jiang Bai. She merely nodded obediently with a
complicated look in her eyes. Everything that had happened today was a large
shock to her; everything she knew seemed to have broken apart. It would take
her some time to take in all this.
As they travelled, Jiang Bai proceeded to comfort Lin Wanru
while also answering her questions such as the origin of his combat prowess. He
claimed that since young, he had been secretly learning from an expert. And
under Lin Wanru's complicated and worshiping gaze, they arrived at the house of
Xu Jie's friend where she would be hiding for now. The friend was a middle-ranking
police officer who was tight with Xu Jie as they once fought together in the
army. He was a trustable friend of Xu Jie.
It was only now that Jiang Bai found out about Xu Jie's past
in the army. Xu Jie was from the special forces, a soldier that had truly been
on the battlefield and had killed before. As for his past deployment locations,
Jiang Bai did not ask. But he finally understood the reason for this guy to be
so fearless and ruthless during fights.
Chapter 23: War God of the Human World Card
After dropping off Lin Wanru, Jiang Bai and the others
headed toward a dilapidated factory at the suburban district of the city. Along
the way, he did not stop racking his brain for a solution. He was fully aware
that he was in a crisis. Zhang Changgeng was not an easy opponent. That much
was clear from Xu Jie's reaction.
A martial arts Grandmaster was exceptionally powerful and
was akin to a humanoid weapon that had reached the limits of the human body.
But at the end of the day, he was still human. And so long as one was a human,
one would have limits. Even Cheng Tinhua, the Eight Trigram Palm Grandmaster, had
died to a bullet back then.
Jiang Bai might be powerful, but Zhang Changgeng was no
pushover. In fact, none of the people that could be called a tyrant at Tiandu
were pushovers. To be frank, apart from his fighting prowess, Jiang Bai was
basically worthless in all other aspects. His only option was to start
slaughtering wantonly and ensure both parties would suffer. Otherwise, he had
to think of a way to end this conflict as soon as possible. That was why he had
decided to kidnap Zhang Tian'ang in the first place. Zhang Tian'ang might be an
arrogant and despotic individual, but he had the kind of background qualifying
him to act that way.
"I need to think of something."
A Grandmaster was powerful but not invincible. Sure, Jiang
Bai wouldn't have a problem defeating 100 opponents alone. But what about 200
opponents? Or even 300 opponents? Even if the 300 opponents decided to stand still
taking his blows, he would be completely exhausted before he could go through
all of them. Apart from their pure number, he still to worry about the fact
that his opponents would be equipped with firearms as well.
Jiang Bai kept trying to think of a solution but failed to
come up with anything. Apart from fighting it out, he really had no other
"I still have about 700 prestige points left from last
time and have also earned about 1,000 prestige points during the past half
month. In total, I have 2,000 prestige points right now, enough for two
low-tier lucky draws. I was planning to save up the prestige points, but I
don't think I have any other options right now."
The only thing Jiang Bai could rely on right now was the
system. Although the low-tier lucky draw was as good as a scam, it was still
better than buying directly with prestige points. The things he could buy with
only 2,000 prestige points really wouldn't be of much help to him. He could
only rely on luck right now.
With his command, the slot machine started spinning rapidly
before him. After a few dozen seconds, the slot machine stopped spinning, stopping
at a black slot. Jiang Bai's face fell when he saw that. A black slot meant
zero rewards. He felt like he was suffering one calamity after another.
"The old saying is indeed correct. Blessings never come
in pairs and misfortune does not come singly. Looks like I'm having bad luck
today." Jiang Bai smiled bitterly and activated the slot machine once
again. He was already on the path of no return. At this point, his only choice
was to brace himself and accept whatever he was going to get. This time, the
best reward possible was still a blue reward. No purple slots were in sight.
Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh!
As Jiang Bai stared at the slot machine with bloodshot eyes,
the slot machine started spinning. After a while, it slowed down before finally
stopping at a blue slot.
"Congratulations, young man. You have obtained one War
God of the Human World Card. With this card, you can activate the War God
Possession ability for 30 seconds. During the active duration, you are
invincible in the human world, impervious to all weapons, immune to the
elements, fast as wind, wild as lightning, possessing the strength of the
boundless ocean, transforming into a lonely expert at the top of existence.
After 30 seconds, the ability will end. No side effects."
The system notification rang out in Jiang Bai's mind,
causing his eyes to lit up.
That was definitely a top tier reward. The description was so
sensational Jiang Bai's eyes twinkled when he heard it. The "strength of
the boundless ocean, transforming into a lonely expert at the top of
existence" part of the description filled him with confidence.
Half an hour later, they arrived at their destination. The
moment they got off the car, Jiang Bai spoke to Xu Jie.
"Give Zhang Changgeng a call and tell him to come get
his son. Also warn him to not call the police. I will be waiting for him here.
He can bring however many people he wishes. If he can defeat me today, I will
submit my fate to him."
Xu Jie looked at Jiang Bai in disbelief with his eyes opened
He had already thought of many possibilities on their way
here, but this was the only possibility he had never thought of. Calling Zhang
Changgeng telling him to bring as many people as he wanted here?
Bro, this did not seem right? Shouldn't they be threatening
Zhang Changgeng using Zhang Tian'ang and force him to come alone? And when he
arrived, they would kill both the father and son before fleeing far away,
living a nomadic life from then on?
Or they could also take a milder approach by inviting
someone of respectable status to host a negotiation between them while they
still had a hostage at hand. After apologizing and paying some compensation, the
conflict would be resolved. Xu Jie had even thought of asking for his master's
help. All they needed to do was apologize and pay some compensation.
Or they could also start a war, a war that would shake the
heavens... Of the many possibilities he had imagined, this was not one of them.
This...wasn't this the same as suicide? Yes, Xu Jie was fearless and unafraid
of death. But wasn't it stupid to actively seek death?
"Boss, this..." Xu Jie hesitated.
"Don't worry. I have my way of dealing with this."
Jiang Bai interrupted Xu Jie's words and declared calmly.
Xu Jie was not given a chance to say anything else so he decided
to do as told. He got a middleman to call Zhang Changgeng and made it known
that Jiang Bai had no intention of getting the police force involved. He only
wanted to have a clash with Zhang Changgeng. They were currently waiting at the
abandoned factory at the suburban district and Zhang Changgeng was free to
gather as many people as he wanted before going.
It wasn't that Jiang Bai did not want to get the police involved.
Rather, he saw himself as a good law abiding citizen that would never be able
to stand against the law and country. In fact, he would much prefer to deal
with this through the law, but the current him was not capable of that. If he
was really influential enough he could crush Zhang Changgeng with a single
phone call, he wouldn't have bothered to fight Zhang Changgeng personally.
On the other hand, Zhang Changgeng was a person with a wide
network of connections. He could plant numerous criminal charges on Jiang Bai
at any time. That was why Jiang Bai was forced to take this route instead.
Xu Jie did not think too much about this. Since they had
decided to have a clash with Zhang Changgeng, he decided that he might as well
create as much chaos as he could. And thus the middleman Xu Jie had called was
a renowned information peddler in Tiandu. Simply put, this incident was going
be spread all over the city.
By the time Zhang Changgeng was notified of this, every
individual of worth in Tiandu had gotten news of this as well. Instantly, the
tranquil lake that was Tiandu boiled.
Who was Zhang Changgeng? A tyrant of Tiandu! In the entirety
of Tiandu, even after adding up the people from both sides of the law, there
were less than 10 people capable of putting up a fight against him. All of them
were extremely influential individuals capable of creating a metaphorical
earthquake with a single stamp of their feet.
It had been many years since someone had last challenged Zhang
Changgeng. A few years ago, a so-called Crown Prince came from the north to
challenge him. But it ended with the Crown Prince's total defeat, causing him a
Of course, over the years, many other ambitious and ruthless
individuals had offended him as well. But all of them ended up at the bottom of
the river. And now, Jiang Bai, a person previously unheard of was challenging
Zhang Changgeng? And he had even kidnapped Zhang Changgeng's beloved son? He
even told Zhang Changgeng he wanted a clash of force and allowed Zhang
Changgeng to gather as many men as he wanted?
This piece of news created a massive sensation thorough
Tiandu. What were Jiang Bai and Xu Jie thinking? Were they sick in the head? How
many underlings did Zhang Changgeng have? How many mobsters did he have running
his criminal activities for him? In Tiandu and its peripheral regions, there
were no less than 1,000 mobsters working for him, capable fighters included.
And someone was challenging him like this? Why else would the person do that if
he wasn't crazy?
Chapter 24: Zhao Wuji
Xu Jie's message created an uproar that rippled throughout Tiandu.
As for Zhang Changgeng, he did not bother holding anything back. He immediately
gathered over 200 people, each of them veterans of many battles. On top of
that, he had also invited about a dozen martial art experts who shared a good
relationship with him. In the span of one afternoon, everyone was already gathered
at his villa. And on the same evening, a fleet of several dozen vehicles set
off toward the suburban district.
Everyone was of the opinion that Zhang Changgeng was making
a big fuss over a minor issue. During the afternoon, Jiang Bai's information
had been dug out by many people. It was said that he was a capable fighter
capable of fighting several dozen people alone. Even the river crossing dragon
from the north that had arrived not long ago was chased away from Tiandu by
him. It was also said that due to that incident, some sort of relationship had
been established between Jiang Bai and that person.
But Jiang Bai was still a kid. Regardless of how capable a
fighter he was, a force this large to deal with him was an overkill. As a
matter of fact, many people thought that Zhang Changgeng was trying to kill a
mosquito using a cannon, making a big deal out of nothing.
At the central area of Tiandu, at the center of a lush
garden was a manor occupying several acres of land. A middle-aged man in
glasses was standing respectfully beside a couch, reporting to a graceful-looking
man who was lounging on the couch with his eyes shut and a glass of red wine in
"Master Zhao, Zhang Changgeng has made his move. He has
over 200 people gathered, and among them were over 20 convicted murderers, each
armed with a firearm. He is bringing along 12 martial art experts, and even the
Hong Fist Grandmaster, Zhou Shilong, is there as well. They are now on their
way to the factory. What do you think he's doing?
"From what I heard, the kid called Jiang Bai is indeed
quite strong. He is at least a pseudo Grandmaster. Even the dog of Old Nalan
was beaten back by him not long ago. But even so, Zhang Changgeng's reaction is
a tad bit too excessive."
Not far from them, men in black suits could be seen
everywhere. The entire manor was heavily-guarded by these men. The man on the
couch was about 40 years old with a handsome appearance, dressed in a
traditional Chinese robe. After taking a sip of wine, he slowly stood up with
the help of the man beside him. And as he slowly stepped forward, he spoke.
"Hehe. What else can it be? Zhang Changgeng has been very
busy lately. This is simply a show of force. Due to my bad health, he is
probably getting ambitious. He is waiting for me to die so he can start
fighting others over the empire I left behind."
This was supposed to be an age where he still had a robust
body, yet it took him great effort to just walk. He was holding a crutch yet
still needed someone to support him as he walk. It was clear his health was in
"He dares to think that way? I will kill him right this
moment!" When the middle-aged man heard that, his face fell and he
"Hehe, you...are still as rash as ever. It has been so
many years yet your temper is still the same. I know myself. I don't have much
time left. But even so, as long as I am still alive, he won't be able to do
anything. As Old Zhang grows in age, he must have gotten senile as well. He
thought he is some big shot just because of his smooth growth in recent years?
In truth, he is still a nobody. Does he really believe that what happened
between him and Li Qingdi three years ago was due to his own power?
"If Li Qingdi hadn’t been holding back in fear of me,
he could have destroyed Zhang Changgeng and his family right then. Yes, Zhang
Changgeng's backer is quite powerful, but still not quite good enough to face
Li Qingdi. In fact, that backer has to worry about his own position as well.
There are many dragons capable of overturning seas and rivers here at Tiandu. And
of those dragons, which of them can Zhang Canggeng actually suppress?
"He is ambitious, but unfortunately, he lacks insight. A
person like him will never amount to anything great. Compared to him, I am more
worried about that little tiger from the south. He has been setting his sights
on me for quite a while. Even with me here, he is already brave enough to
challenge us. After my death, the tiger will be unleashed."
Master Zhao spoke with a smile on his face after waving his
hand. But toward the end, his expression turned solemn.
At the mention of the tiger, the face of the middle-aged man
fell as well. A trace of fear flickered in his eyes. That tiger wasn't an
opponent to be trifled with. He wasn't called the Tiger of the South for
nothing. As mentioned by Master Zhao, although that person was young, he was
truly a ferocious tiger!
"Alright, stop talking about him. Although the tiger
holds absolute power at the south, it's not like he has no opponents. Over the
past two years, that madman from Hong Kong had broken several of his fangs.
Before he can do anything here, he has to first clean up the danger lingering
behind him. But that madman is no easy opponent. Their fight will likely
continue for quite some time...And there's also the Dragon of the Capital, Li
Qingdi waiting around despite the setback he had suffered back then. Hahaha,
looks like the floodgates will be opened the moment I die."
Master Zhao laughed as he spoke, seemingly not bothered
about these people at all. Then, he recalled something as he said, "I owed
Xu Jie's master a favor in the past. Since Xu Jie is his only direct disciple,
give Zhang Changgeng a call. Tell him that I don't care what he does to Jiang
Bai, but Xu Jie must remain alive. Tell him these words come directly from me.
"That young man called Jiang Bai is quite a surprise.
He actually has the guts to challenge Zhang Changgeng to an upfront
confrontation. He is gutsy, but unfortunately, he lacks wisdom. I doubt he can
survive this. But if he really does manage to survive this, I will have a whole
new of respect for him. If he survives, there is no harm in bringing him to see
me. Perhaps in a few years, he will also be one of the dragons capable of
overturning seas and rivers."
Done speaking, Master Zhao turned around and left.
At the same time, within a graceful countryside courtyard at
the outskirts of Tiandu, an old man in a robe had received the same news as
well. His body trembled slightly when he heard that, but he did not say
anything. He waved his hand, telling the bearer of news to leave before he
continued watering the plants in his garden.
After a long time, he muttered to himself, "Xu Jie,
this is a path you have chosen for yourself. I only hope this is the right
All that had happened was unknown to Jiang Bai and the
others. Since noon, Xu Jie and his underlings had been feasting. Jiang Bai had told
them that anyone who wanted to leave may do so. He would not stop them.
But surprisingly, the kids that came with Xu Jie seemed to
be completely fearless as well. Not a single one of them left. Seeing that,
Jiang Bai decided to reward them. He ordered some meat and liquor and just like
that, they all sat there and feasted, seemingly having forgotten about the
As for the pitiful Zhang Tian'ang, he was left lying on the
ground with all four limbs broken. He spent an entire afternoon groaning in
pain, coughing some blood occasionally due to the injuries his internal organs
had sustained. He looked to be in an incomparably sorry state, the arrogance he
had earlier was nowhere to be seen. The only thing he was feeling was an
intense fear, fearing that Jiang Bai would decide to drag him down even as they
were about to die.
Time passed, and night finally arrived. A bunch of torches
were lit up all over the abandoned factory. It was also at this time that
sounds of vehicle rang out from the distant. Car after car arrived without
stop, while men in suits got off the cars like an unending current.