Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Lanny stood in the monitoring room with an ugly expression. He was about to say something, when Simeon’s communicator rang. The voice on the other side was loud. Even without an external broadcast, Lanny heard it. “Captain, the shell, the giant crocodile and the giant bear are all gone!”
“What do you mean, gone?” Simeon’s face tightened.
“The security guards at the gate fainted, and we…We searched everywhere, and couldn’t find any strangers.” The subordinate’s voice was panicked. “There’s also a colleague in the corridor of the east section. I don’t know what knocked him out.”
After he listened to the report, Simeon gave the order, “Check all the security cameras.” After he finished, he sent more people everywhere.
“Captain. They went from the 81st floor to the first floor,” The man who was watching all the surveillance cameras said.
Simeon looked at Lanny. He was staring at the surveillance screen that had switched to Bai Jiao and Long Teng, and the corners of his mouth curled up. “Is the Long family broke? They can’t even afford to pay for the auction?” He hummed lightly, then his chin tipped towards Simeon. “Have someone stop them, and find out the identity of his companions.”
Bai Jiao and Long Teng had just reached the first floor, when they saw four security guards with weapons standing outside the elevator. Before the security guards could react, the elevator door had already closed in front of their eyes.
The elevator stopped on the second floor in the blink of an eye, and Bai Jiao said, “Find a window. Summon Big Black, and we’ll go through the window.”
Long Teng’s eyes glowed. He pulled the emergency button and quickly got out of the elevator, then found an open window nearby, and summoned the flying dragon beast, which hovered by the window.
Long Teng climbed into the window and turned to pull up Bai Jiao, who had just stepped on the edge of the window when a shout came from behind them. “Stop! Don’t move!”
Long Teng glanced over, and saw several security guards were running over with weapons. He didn’t even think about it, just grabbed Bai Jiao and jumped directly onto the flying dragon beast. “Fly!”
The flying dragon beast swung its tail. Its body rose abruptly, while the sound of gunshots and broken windows came from behind it, as it disappeared in an instant.
Bai Jiao was held tightly by Long Teng, and the two of them were extremely close. They often sat together, but always kept their distance. Now it was too close, which made him feel extra uncomfortable.
“Let go.” He tilted his head and spoke.
Long Teng turned and saw that Bai Jiao’s jade white neck side was slightly red, and he had a frozen expression, so he subconsciously let go of his hand. The moment he let go, Bai Jiao tried to move forward, but because the flying dragon beast was going too fast, the momentum caused him to fall backwards, straight into Long Teng’s arms.
Long Teng was much taller than Bai Jiao, so when the two were close to each other, he could see Bai Jiao’s neck and collarbone when he looked down. His hand moved, and Bai Jiao grabbed him again. Long Teng said, “I…I. You hold still and I’ll sit more stably.”
Bai Jiao’s lips moved, but finally he didn’t say anything. He opened his bracelet and contacted Xie Sen. As soon as the connection went through, Xie Sen asked, “Are you okay? Are you in danger?”
Bai Jiao, “Yes, but the Phantom of the Sea has found out that we have a problem. They were preparing to arrest us when we left. If we go to the spaceport now, we might be caught.”
Xie Sen said, “Then let’s change places. The contract beasts are in a bad condition, and staying in the space buckles all the time will make them worse. We need to find a place to treat them as well.”
Bai Jiao said, “Okay, you and I will share the location, and we’ll have Big Black fly to your location.”
This was a situation they considered last night. If they had good luck, they would get directly on the spaceship and leave. If they had bad luck and were suspected, they would find another place to hide Little Silver and the contract beasts first, and then let the investigation go forward.
The Phantom of the Sea had no evidence, so even if they were caught, they could only follow the correct procedures of investigation. If they couldn’t find Little Silver and the contract beasts in their possession, they could be cleared of suspicion.
They had been prepared to be suspected, so as soon as Xie Sen ended the communication, Maine immediately said to the flying lion beast, “Go west.” With a flap of its wings, the flying lion beast turned to the west.
Xie Sen was ready to contact Liu Shen, but then thought, No contact. Liu Shen not knowing anything was for the best. That way if someone asked him, he could behave naturally.
Xie Sen decided it was fine and relaxed against Maine. He looked at the surrounding scenery. The further west they flew, the fewer buildings and tourists were on the sea, until finally, gradually, no one could be seen.
He looked into the distance. The azure water far away gradually deepened in color until it looked like ink near the horizon. “Is that the Deadly Waters?”
There were tourists everywhere on Blue, but there was only one place where no one would go and that was the Deadly Waters. They had discussed it for a long time yesterday, and felt that this place was the safest.
However, they weren’t prepared to take any chances. Although Long Teng got excited when he heard about the danger, he couldn’t protest when the other three shared the same opinion, so they finally settled on a location outside the edge of the Deadly Waters as their destination.
After another half hour, there were no buildings, no people and the sea below them had turned dark blue, with swaying waves. There was even a hint of black.
Maine carried Xie Sen, and jumped off the back of the flying lion beast onto a reef. Xie Sen first released Little Silver and the contract beasts from the space buckle.
As soon as Little Silver came out, its soft voice came into his mind, “Is it safe? Can I open my mouth now?”
“Yes.” Xie Sen said.
The pearl’s silver gleam, and the five-color glow inside the shell reflected in the light, and Xie Sen suddenly felt that the surrounding area was much brighter.
“I didn’t like to open my mouth before, but now I can’t help it.” Little Silver was a little embarrassed.
Xie Sen guessed it was related to the golden energy, which affected the mental state of contract beasts. Little Silver wasn’t a contract beast, but it was also affected, and was probably much more agitated than usual.
Maine looked closely at the electronic lock on the cages, opened his bracelet and operated it quickly. Xie Sen looked at it for a while, then asked, “Can you unlock it?”
Maine nodded. “It will take some time.”
Xie Sen stood next to Little Silver, and almost got hit, but Long Teng was able to control the giant dragon beast in time, and it hovered in the air. Its huge eyes sparkled as it looked at Little Silver.
Little Silver closed its shell and cried, “Oooooo…! So scary. Does it want to eat me? I don’t taste good.”
The flying dragon beast blinked its big eyes, “Who dares to eat you? I’ll help you fight it!”
Xie Sen held his forehead. “It’s you it’s talking about. You’re scaring it.” He touched the shell soothingly. However he only touched it quickly, as the energy would have started to pull out. “Don’t be afraid. Big Black just likes bright shiny things. It means no harm.”
Little Silver ‘eeked.’ “You touched me, and I felt so comfortable that I don’t want to open my mouth.”
The flying dragon beast looked at it greedily. “Open up and let me see.”
Little Silver was silent, as it pretended not to hear.
Long Teng patted the flying dragon beast. It flew to the water’s edge and landed. Bai Jiao had no time to react before he was swept up by Long Teng who then jumped down. He was about to say something, when Long Teng looked at him with a big smile. “It’s convenient.”
After a while, Little Silver wanted to open his mouth again, so he said to Xie Sen, “Take the energy back. I don’t want to lose control of myself all the time. I need to find Big Pincers and Big Tail!”
Xie Sen thought it over for a moment. “Okay.” The longer the energy was in the pearl, the more Little Silver would be affected, and it would also affect the contract beasts. Since two of them especially, were in bad shape, if their spirits were in trouble again, it could get worse.
He put his hand on the shell, and the energy surged into his shoulder at the five-colored peony. When the energy recovery was complete, he lightly exhaled. Afterwards, however, he was stunned.
The peony’s temperature didn’t drop!