Chapter 751 - 751: The Insect
"That must be the Royal Palace in the center. Sigh, it would've been so much better if it was night right now. I would have made it inside the place much easier with Shadow Transformation; unfortunately, that's only effective at night," Long Chen said as he looked in the direction of the Royal Palace.
"You can wait for the night," Xun told Long Chen.
"Yeah, the man would be inside the Palace at night. I can't say the same for the day. Whatever, I'll try to be as fast as I can. It shouldn't be that difficult in day either," Shaking his head, Long Chen muttered.
"Don't be in a hurry. The Sword of Time won't run away in a few hours. Have patience," Xun told Long Chen as she patted her hand.
"Hey, I'm not a kid, you know," Long Chen said as he took her hand off of his head with a wry smile on his face.
"Sure, sure. You're definitely not a kid. I trust you, honestly," Xun said with a tinge of sarcasm.
" Xun, can I ask you something?" Long Chen asked suddenly.
"Sure. What is it now?" Xun inquired in confusion as she allowed Long Chen to ask what he wanted.
" How did it happen?" Long Chen asked suddenly.
"How did what happen?" Asked Xun, not understanding what he was talking about.
"I always wonder how I got here. Some years ago, even the thought of killing someone was a sin, and now I can cut people like they're vegetables without feeling any remorse. I was too lazy to even go out of the house, and now I'm going all around the world without getting a moment of rest. I used to think that I'd make only my girlfriend, my wife, but now I have so many wives. I'm grateful, but it's all so incredible," Long Chen said as he sighed.
" Sometimes I can't help but think that this is just a dream and I'll wake up from it, but even that thought scares. If I wake up from this dream, I'll lose all of you. I'll lose the family I created. But if it's not a dream, doesn't that mean I already lost the real me? The Real me who didn't want any of this? Am I even myself anymore? Or am I just a shell of my past? I have been going with the flow, now knowing why. Why did I even leave my home in the first place? This Bloodline and everything else, who desires it. I know I chose it myself, but sometimes I feel like it's not what I wanted at all, but it's something else, making me do all things through some strange means," Long Chen said as he sighed.
"Are you trying to say that I've been indirectly influencing you to do all this for myself? You do know that you want the strength. You need the strength so you can live in the future," Xun said as she gazed into Long Chen's eyes.
"No, I'm not saying that you influenced me. I'm sure it only has my good in your hand. It's just that, the stuff about the future. Most of the things I did at the start was to gain strength so I can survive whatever dangers you talked about the future, along the way losing myself. Or is it that the past me wasn't me at all, and the current me is exactly how I was supposed to be? Am I not losing myself but regaining the real me? Man, sometimes I feel like my mind is filled with so many strange, useless thoughts. What do you think?" Long Chen inquired.
"As I said before, don't think about useless stuff. You're doing everything right. Keep getting stronger and leave everything else to me. I'll make sure that things end exactly how they're supposed to," Xun told Long Chen with an innocent smile on her face.
"Now, place all your focus on getting the Sword of time and enjoy the life. Don't think about the past but think about the future. You're so strong already that you can finish all your enemies with ease. It's not a bad thing, but a good thing. With strength, you'll gain everything else. Just bear with it for a little longer. Before you know it, everything will be over. You'll get eternal peace; I promise that," she continued.
"Yeah, that's right. What's past is past. The current me is the real me. The bloody killer who will kill everyone to get to his destination. It's time I acknowledge that wholeheartedly and leave the humanity behind," Long Chen muttered as he nodded his head.
The Spirit Eagle flew and reached the entrance of the city, surprisingly though, no one stopped him to ask anything. The Royal Cities of the previous kingdoms seemed to have a better security.
"They have such a lax security. Is this because they're a weak kingdom and don't think an enemy would even bother about them?" Long Chem muttered as he frowned.
There were no air guards at the entrance. There were only two guests on the ground near the entrance who didn't even stand up as they saw Long Chen entering the city through air.
Long Chen made the Spirit Eagle land on an empty street of the city before telling the Spirit Eagle to leave like last time. He believed that he was going to stay here for at least a day.
He walked towards the royal palace on foot.
As he was walking on the street, he noticed a middle-aged man in an empty alley. There was a body of a woman lying in front of the man. She wasn't moving, and the clothes seemed to be torn at places. It was unclear if she was dead or just unconscious, but Long Chen had a feeling that she was dead.
" I was just wondering which insect I would be crushing to get some answers. It looks like I found my insect," Long Chen muttered as he glanced at the man who seemed to be smoking right beside that woman's body.
He started walking towards the man.
Just as he entered the alley, the man glanced at him.
"Get the hell out of here, kid. You can use the girl after I leave. Wait outside until I finish my smoke," the man said to Long Chen as he gestured for him to leave.
Long Chen, however, didn't listen and continued walking towards him.
"Hey, man. I told you to leave. If you don't stop, not only will you not be able to use the girl, but you will also be lying dead beside her. You can choose now," the man said as he glared at Long Chen.
Long Chen still didn't stop.
"You bastard, looks like you really want to die," the man muttered as he put the smoke down on the ground and crushed it under his feet as he started walking towards Long Chen. The Shadow of a Crow appeared behind the man.
"Oh, so you're a Spirit Warrior. No wonder you got such a free reign here. Spirit Warriors have a special place, after all, not to mention in such a weak kingdom," Long Chen muttered as he gazed at the shadow of the crow, but without letting the man have a chance to attack, he disappeared.
The man was confused as to where Long Chen went when he felt a hand gripping the back of his neck.
Before he could react, he felt his body being raised in the air.
He was smashed on the ground on his face. The Shadow of the Crow that was behind him disappeared.
"W-who are you?! Free me!" the man groaned in pain after struggling to free himself and failing.
"I'm someone who owns your life and someone who's going to get all honest answers," Long Chen said in a grim tone.