Battle Through the Heavens - chapter-295
As Xiao Yan walked out of the test ground, Ao Tuo caught up with him from
behind and walked side by side with Xiao Yan. Occasionally, Ao Tuo would
tilt his head and glance at the calm faced young man who was smiling. His
gaze was somewhat strange.
“Why do you keep staring at me?” After walking for some distance,
Xiao Yan could not endure Ao Tuo’s gaze. Finally, he helplessly shook
his head and asked.
“Ke ke, I am just trying to figure out how many things you, little
fellow, are hiding. You are actually able to cause everyone to be so
shocked…” Ao Tuo said with a smile.
Hearing this, Xiao Yan could only helplessly shrug his shoulders.
“With your performance being so eye catching this time around, I think
that old fellow, Qi Mi Er, will definitely come to me to inquire about
your background pretty soon. Although he does not know your actual
ability, just being able to refine the ‘Black Iron Spiritual Leaf’
eight times when you are only around twenty years old is something that
could be counted with one hand since the association was founded.” Ao
“I know…” As Xiao Yan slowly walked, he nodded his head. During the
refining of the ‘Black Iron Spiritual Leaf’, he had also considered
all of this. However, the Grand Meeting was about to begin. Revealing his
ability was something that had to be done sooner or later. Therefore,
there was no necessity to purposefully perform poorly here. Although
keeping a low profile was good, if it was overdone, the disdain and the
mocking gazes really caused Xiao Yan to feel entangled and helpless.
“I will have to trouble Grandmaster Ao Tuo to help me keep anything
related to my identity a secret.” Xiao Yan pursed up his lips and
softly said, “Due to some issues, if my identity is exposed, it is very
likely that I would be unable to participate in this Grand Meeting.
Therefore, I would like Grandmaster to try your best to help me.”
Hearing the serious consequence that Xiao Yan had mentioned, Ao Tuo was
at a loss. He immediately knit his eyebrows tightly together. If Xiao Yan
were to withdraw from the competition, it would result in the Black Rock
City’s Alchemist Association losing a chance to obtain a good result.
This threat had a very significant weight toward Ao Tuo who had not had
any great contributions ever since he came into his position.
Ao Tuo frowned tightly and mused for a long while before nodding his
head. He smiled bitterly and said, “Alright. I will try my best to help
you keep it a secret. It is good that the member information has yet to
be submitted. I can still change it.”
“Ke ke, then thank you very much, Grandmaster Ao Tuo.” Hearing his
words, Xiao Yan sighed in relief and replied along with a smile.
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“There’s no choice. I don’t want the competitor that I had a
difficult time finding to just run away.” Ao Tuo helplessly said.
Xiao Yan smiled. He was about to say something when Frank’s clear
laughter suddenly sounded in front of them, “Hey, Old Ao. How was it?
Has the test ended? How did the little fellow do?”
Currently, Xiao Yan and Ao Tuo had already walked out of the corridor.
Since this was an intersection, the human flow here was quite
significant. When they heard Frank’s laughter, there were quite a
number of curious people who immediately slowed their footsteps and threw
their gazes at Xiao Yan, who was walking together with Ao Tuo. As the
test before was an internal one, these alchemists did not know the exact
results of the competition. However, they were able to know that the
people who were able to participate in that internal test were mostly
seeded competitors in this Grand Meeting and their abilities were
Hearing the laughter, Xiao Yan raised his head and eyed Frank who was
striding over with a smile. Following beside him was the icy looking Xue
Mei, who was wearing a silver colored dress and Ling Fei. At the moment,
their gazes were a little curious as they too, shot them toward Xiao Yan.
Clearly, they were very curious as to what kind of result Xiao Yan was
able to obtain at a test of this level.
“It’s alright. I have barely managed to pass…” Seeing the three
people who had arrived in front of him, Xiao Yan smiled and said.
Hearing this, Ao Tuo at the side rolled his eyes. If this kind of result
was considered just passable, then wouldn’t the rest of the people fail?
“Haha, you passed? That’s good. I was originally still a little
worried. After all, those fellows who participate in the internal test
aren’t ordinary people.” Frank said with another smile.
“Hey, you. This time around, you are representing our Black Rock City.
Although I don’t expect you to surpass the geniuses around Liu Ling’s
level, you need to at least get into the top ten for this kind of
internal test in order for you to gain the possibility of attaining a
good result at the Grand Meeting. Just simply passable is
inadequate…” Ling Fei muttered. Clearly, she thought the passable
that Xiao Yan had mentioned would be the kind that barely met the grade
needed to pass.
“Liu Ling may be a genius, but he is after all the disciple of the
Pill-King. Moreover, he is a little older than Xiao… Yan Xiao. Having
received such a result is already quite good. At the very least, we
don’t even have the qualification to obtain this kind of result.” It
appeared that because Xiao Yan helped put in some good words on her
behalf on the matter of the ‘Peach Blossom Flame’ the last time
around, Xue Mei glanced at Ling Fei and said faintly, “I know that you
hero worship that Liu Ling, but Yan Xiao is someone from our side. If he
loses, our Black Rock City’s reputation will suffer.”
“I have only said this because he is the representative from our Black
Rock City… and did not say much about him… what does this have to do
with Liu Ling?” Ling Fei said resentfully.
“Oh, alright. The both of you should quiet down.” Seeing this pair of
enemies, Ao Tuo helplessly shook his head. He faced Frank and said with a
grin, “When you hear what happened, you will likely be shocked until
your jaws drop.”
“Oh? What happened?” Frank was stunned as he uncertainly asked.
Ao Tuo silently smiled. He was about to open his mouth when a commotion
occurred in the corridor behind him. They turned around to take a look.
It appeared that the commotion was caused by the competitors that were
participating in the test who had successively come out. The two people
right at the front were coincidentally the Little Princess and the
somewhat gloomy faced Liu Ling.
“Is that Liu Ling? Pill-King Grandmaster Gu He’s disciple? His
presence is indeed extraordinary.”
“He’s a tier three alchemist at such a young age. Ah, he really
“I think that the one with the best result for the test would
undoubtedly be him.”
“He does have such a good teacher… There’s no point being envious
over it.” Eyeing the group of people that had walked out from the
corridor, the surrounding people immediately began to engage in their
Xiao Yan tilted his head and eyed Liu Ling, who was walking over. He
Walking out of the corridor with a gloomy face, Liu Ling spotted the
familiar back with one glance. The corner of his mouth twitched a little.
He then inhaled a deep breath of air. Instantly, the emotions on his face
swiftly disappeared. Replacing it was that feminine smile.
“Mister Yan Xiao congratulations.” Liu Ling walked forward. He first
bowed and greeted Ao Tuo and Frank before turning his head to speak to
Xiao Yan, with a smile plastered on his face.
Xiao Yan shook his head. “I was lucky.”
“I still have something to do and it is not convenient for me to
converse any longer, Mister Yan Xiao, let us meet at the Grand Meeting
tomorrow.” Liu Ling clearly was not in the mood to chat now. After he
greeted them, he lifted his feet and quickly moved passed Xiao Yan’s
group. After which, he passed through the crowd and disappeared from
“Mister Yan Xiao.” After following Liu Ling and taking a few steps
forward, Little Princess suddenly paused. She hesitated a moment before
turning around and said with a smile to Xiao Yan, “There is a gathering
tonight where many alchemists will be attending, You…”
“Hehe, I’m sorry. I still have something to do tonight and I’m
afraid I won’t have the time…” Xiao Yan was a little stunned at
this olive branch that the Little Princess suddenly extended toward him.
He immediately understood the true reasoning, shook his head and smiled
as he replied.
Xiao Yan’s rejection was not beyond Little Princess’s expectations.
Her lips moved a little. After staring at Xiao Yan for a moment, she
finally said with another smile, “Since it’s like this, then I will
not force you. In the future, if Mister Yan Xiao needs any help, you can
come and look for me. Goodbye.”
Xiao Yan pursed up his lips as he eyed the Little Princess who slowly
disappeared from the edge of his sight. He recalled her attitude toward
him before the test and took a look at the situation again. He could not
help but smile bitterly as he said in his heart, “She is indeed a
person from the imperial family. In her eyes, the difference between
someone useful and someone who is not actually makes such a big
difference in treatment.
After watching Liu Ling disappear, Ling Fei, who still had stars in her
pupils, finally turned around. She eyed Xiao Yan and asked doubtfully,
“That’s right? Why did he congratulate you just now?”
Xiao Yan smiled. He did not think that winning over Liu Ling was
something very great. Although he was Gu He’s disciple, but to Xiao
Yan, who had once dared to treat Gu He and Queen Medusa as fish and pearl
while he acted as a fisherman, this little fame did not cause him to feel
the slightest awe.
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“Everyone, I also have some things to do. I will take my leave first.
Let’s meet again at tomorrow’s Grand Meeting.” Without giving Ling
Fei a chance to continue to inquire further, Xiao Yan smiled at Ao Tuo
and the others. He cupped his hands together before swiftly walking out
of the association.
“The internal test just now was to refine the ‘Black Iron Spiritual
Leaf’.” Watching Xiao Yan’s hurrying back, Ao Tuo touched his white
beard and suddenly said a moment later.
“Refining the ‘Black Iron Spiritual Leaf’? That seems quite
difficult. That thing is almost the hardest ingredient among the
middle-grade ingredients to refine. With my current ability, I would at
most be able to refine it eight or nine times.” Hearing his words,
Frank was surprised as he turned his head and replied.
“Haha, that’s right.” Ao Tuo smiled and nodded his head. He faced
the spot where Liu Ling disappeared and fondled his chin. “That Little
Fellow refined it six times.”
“Six times?” Hearing Ao Tuo’s words, Frank’s face was immediately
filled with shock. He clicked his tongue and praised, “How incredible.
At such an age, he was actually able to achieve that many refinements. He
really is worthy of being Gu He’s disciple.”
“That thing… I seem to be only able to refine two times. Ling Fei is
around the same as me. That Liu Ling’s talent is really
extraordinary.” Xue Mei at the side sighed gently as she said.
“Hee hee. That is only natural. The most outstanding person among the
Jia Ma Empire’s younger generation alchemists is undoubtedly no one but
him.” Ling Fei smiled and said. Seeing her manner, it appeared that she
was really worshipped Liu Ling.
“Ke ke, that may not necessarily be true.”
Ao Tuo smiled and shook his head. Seeing Ling Fei’s angry eyes staring
at him, he said with a grin, “Although Liu Ling is extremely
outstanding, Yan Xiao is not any worse compared to him. In the test just
now, Liu Ling refined six times while Yan Xiao did it eight times!”
These words of Ao Tuo were undoubtedly like a thunderbolt, causing
Frank’s expression to instantly stiffen. Eight times? That was an
extent that required a tier four alchemist in order to achieve. Yet Xiao
Yan, as a tier two alchemist, was actually able to achieve this? How was
“Teac… Teacher, you… you are joking right?” Ling Fei recovered
from her shock as she awkwardly said. She had great difficulty believing
that Xiao Yan was actually, ridiculously stronger than Liu Ling.
On one side, Xue Mei also widened her red lips. Her icy expression was at
the moment, somewhat shocked. Although she had never underestimated Xiao
Yan, she had never thought that he would be able to attain such an eye
“Old Ao. Is what you said true?” Fu Lan Ke stared at Ao Tuo intently.
His face revealed an unrestrained joy. The more outstanding Xiao Yan’s
performance was, the greater the benefit to the Black Rock City’s
“This little fellow hides his ability absurdly deep. Suddenly, I have
began to anticipate the Grand Meeting this time around.” Ao Tuo smiled
as he eyed the spot where Xiao Yan had disappeared from. He said,
“During this Grand Meeting, Yan Xiao may well be the largest black