Battle Through the Heavens - chapter-95
As the next few days slowly passed by, the amount of healing medicine
that the Jia Lie Clan sold in their marketplace at Wu Tan City began to
decrease. On the last day, when the last bottle of healing medicine was
finally sold, the Jia Lie Clan members responsible for selling the
medicine had little choice but to embarrassingly smile at the mercenaries
jostling outside. “I’m very sorry. Due to a shortage of stock, our
stall will be temporarily closed.”
The mercenaries who were squeezing for a better spot outside the stall
became silent upon hearing those words. After glaring furiously at the
stall workers for a long time, they began to start scolding angrily.
As the crowd dispersed, some of the less courteous customers verbally
abused the medicine sellers.
The news that the Jia Lie clan had ceased the sales of healing medicine
spread throughout the entire Wu Tan City in less than an hour. The first
reaction of everyone was shock followed by some who gloated at their
misfortune, some who felt regretful, and some who sighed…
Without the support of the healing medicine, the Jia Lie Clan, in the
fight against the Xiao Clan, was totally defeated. Following their
miserable defeat, the Jia Lie Clan was severely weakened and their
influence within Wu Tan City was unlikely to ever recover to the high
influential level that they had enjoyed in the past.
The Xiao Clan’s home, Meeting room.
“The Jia Lie Clan has lost the source of their healing medicine?”
Hearing the news that his subordinate had brought him, Xiao Zhan was
momentarily stunned before abruptly standing up. The happiness on his
face was difficult to hide.
In his excitement, he exchanged glances with the three elders, only to
find that their faces were also filled with uncontrolled happiness. Xiao
Zhan agitatedly took two steps in the hall. A while later, he finally
suppressed his happiness and asked the messenger with a smile, “What
about Liu Xi, their Alchemist?”
“I have no idea. Ever since that day when Jia Lie Ao and young master
Xiao Yan fought, he was never seen again.”
Hearing this, Xiao Zhan and the three elders were surprised. They shifted
their gaze stealthily at Xiao Yan, who was sitting in one corner.
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“Why are you looking at me? This has nothing to do with me.” Seeing
the four pairs of eyes looking at him, Xiao Yan rolled his eyes and
Xiao Zhan helplessly shook his head. In any case, he did not believe Xiao
Yan’s denial. Nothing to do with him? Then why was it that Liu Xi would
vanish after having a conflict with him?
“That’s right. Clan leader, a member of the Jia Lie Clan inner circle
accidentally leaked out that the Jia Lie Clan’s second elder, Jia Lie
Nu, was killed by a black cloaked man when he was transporting medicinal
ingredients.” After a brief hesitation, the messenger finally said in a
Xiao Zhan’s strolling legs suddenly froze. He drew his eyelids and
nodded before waving his hand to dismiss the messenger. He stared
intently at Xiao Yan and said with a wide smile, “Yan Er, I don’t
think that there is anyone in the entire Wu Tan City who has the ability
to kill the three star Da Dou Shi Jia Lie Nu other than your teacher.”
Xiao Yan rubbed his nose and sighed. He helplessly nodded his head.
“Jia Lie Nu is indeed dead.”
Hearing the admission from Xiao Yan, Xiao Zhan also shook his head and
sighed. The Jia Lie Clan, which had fought for decades with the Xiao
Clan, had actually fell into a decline because of a single young man.
This feeling… Xiao Zhan bitterly smiled and said, “I know that the
reason for the esteemed elder to extend his help is because of you.
Still, if there is time, please convey our Xiao Clan’s thanks. We owe
him so much.”
Xiao Yan shrugged his shoulders and carelessly nodded his head.
“Now, let us see how the Jia Lie Clan tries to get out of this mess.”
Xiao Zhan laughed quietly. The gloating manner in his laughter was hard
to hide. In the competition for the healing medicine market, the Jia Lie
Clan had pulled out after a big loss and this huge loss had severely
weakened the Jia Lie Clan while the Xiao Clan benefitted greatly.
In these short two months, the Xiao Clan had miraculously pulled
themselves from their initial miserable position to win the competition.
In addition, the two months of profit from the healing medicine was
equivalent to their annual income from before. Moreover, their influence
within Wu Tan City had obviously surpassed both the Jia Lie Clan and the
Ao Ba Clan. Even the Primer Auction house had made gestures of goodwill
because of Xiao Yan. With the accumulation of these factors, the Xiao
Clan had the greatest spot in the limelight in the entire Wu Tan City.
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Nevertheless, a centipede dies but never falls. Although the Jia Lie Clan
had received a terrible blow, they were still a force that couldn’t be
underestimated. The armed forces that the clan had built up over the
years was a force no one in Wu Tan City dared look down on.
The Jia Lie Clan was also well aware of the current influence of the Xiao
Clan. Hence, after they knew that it was hopeless to continue to compete,
they gathered their body like a poisonous snake and began licking their
wounds, seemingly waiting for an opportunity to devastate their enemy.
However, the days that were occupied in such a manner did not last long.
Two days after the Jia Lie Clan announced the ceasing of the sales of the
healing medicine, the Ta Lan City medicinal supplier sent a group led by
two Da Dou Shi. They aggressively entered the Jia Lie Clan family home
and rudely demanded that Jie Lie Bi pay up the three hundred thousand
gold coins owed to them within two days.
The action by the Ta Lan City medicinal ingredient supplier was
equivalent to worsening the problem for Jia Lie Clan. At this moment,
however, Jia Lie Bi did not dare to recklessly offend a party that was
not weaker than the Jia Lie Clan regardless of how angry he was.
Therefore, he could only swallow his bitterness and attempt to raise
After searching all over the Jia Lie clan, however, they could only find
a hundred thousand gold coins. This was a far cry from the debt they had.
Helplessly, Jia Lie Bi could only thicken his skin and attempt to borrow
money from the powers which the Jia Lie Clan had better relationships
with. However, there are far more people willing to share in your
happiness than aid in your sorrow. Seeing the current pathetic state of
the Jia Lie Clan and the hostility from the Xiao Clan, those powers which
once had a good relationship with the Jia Lie Clan did not want to get
involved in the mess.
Helping the Jia Lie Clan now would undoubtedly offend the rising Xiao
Clan. As a result, even after putting in tremendous effort, Jia Lie Bi
was unable to raise a sufficient amount of money.
With his face filled with gloominess, Jia Lie Bi returned home and raged
like a war god. After which, he unwillingly voiced a shocking suggestion:
Selling the marketplaces.
Jia Lie Clan had a total of three middle sized marketplaces and four
small sized marketplaces in Wu Tan City. The ones that Jia Lie Bi
intended to sell were two of the middle sized marketplaces with the best
location and popularity.
Once these words were out, the members of the Jia Lie Clan reacted
strongly. Even the entire Wu Tan City was in a state of shock. The
revenue from theses two marketplaces basically made up half of the income
of the Jia Lie Clan. Being forced into selling their marketplaces showed
just how desperate they had become.
If a marketplace had a sufficient crowd, it was a business venture that
would definitely be profitable. However, there were only slightly more
than ten marketplaces in the entire Wu Tan City. These marketplaces were
usually controlled by both the Jia Lie Clan and the Xiao Clan. The Ao Ba
Clan did not rely on a marketplace for a living. Instead, their income
mainly comes from underground gambling dens and brothels. Therefore,
after hearing that the Jie Lie Clan intended to sell the marketplace with
the best location, many people were tempted. However, after the initial
fervor subsided, they became down heartened. In the current Wu Tan city,
almost all of the crowds were dominated by the marketplaces of Xiao Clan.
Other than the extremely profitable marketplaces of the Xiao Clan, all of
the marketplaces could at best only break even. Buying the marketplace at
this moment would undoubtedly be a bad business venture. More
importantly, whoever bought the marketplaces of the Jia Lie Clan would
definitely offend the Xiao Clan. Those who were slightly interested had
little choice but to withdraw their interest with plenty of
After announcing his intentions to sell the marketplaces, Jia Lie Bi, who
had originally thought that there would be a surge of interest, once
again tasted embarrassment. He had not expected that the current
influence of the Xiao Clan had already reached such a great stage.
With the two day deadline drawing closer and the inability to raise the
needed money, Jia Lie Bi began perspiring anxiously. Just as Jia Lie Bi
became extremely anxious, a stranger appeared. After spending the entire
afternoon discussing about the price, the marketplaces were finally
bought by the stranger at a cheap price of two hundred thousand gold
coins. In front of the Jia Lie Bi’s extremely gloomy face accompanied
by killing intent, the stranger swaggered out with two sales agreements,
feeling extremely satisfied.
Upon receiving two hundred thousand gold coins as payment for the two
marketplaces, the Jia Lie Clan finally managed to be rid of the group
from the medicinal ingredient supplier. Seeing those bandit-like debt
collectors leaving the courtyard, Jia Lie Bi felt like crying, though no
tears came out.
Not long after sending off the debt collectors, a member of the clan came
rushing over to report the latest news. The two marketplaces which they
had sold in the morning were now under the name of the Xiao Clan. Hearing
this news, the extremely furious Jia Lie Bi was stunned for a moment
before finally coughing up blood and fainting.
Watching Jia Lie Bi being hurriedly carried into the room, all the
members of the Jia Lie Clan let out a sigh. From then on, the Jia Lie
Clan was condemned to be a second rate power in Wu Tan City…