Xiang Shaoyun was still in concealment, and n.o.body could find him. Hence, they started panicking. If something really happened to this holy son-in-law, they would most likely be buried together with him as punishment for failing their task.
Tuoba Wan’er was filled with anxiousness. She searched and searched, but she couldn’t find any trace of Xiang Shaoyun. Her search fruitless, she started raging, “Investigate! Who is it that has a.s.sa.s.sinated the holy son-in-law! I won’t spare any of them!”
During the half a month she had spent with Xiang Shaoyun, she had slowly accepted his presence in her life. But now, she had lost him right before her eyes. He might not even be alive anymore. She was filled with sorrow and was utterly disappointed with their guards.
The guards started investigating the escaping crowd, while the experts that had arrived as backup were in charge of detaining anyone they found suspicious. They tried their best to not let any of the culprits escape.
A crowd of more than 10,000 people had gathered for this grand parade. Thus, the Holy Hall wouldn’t kill all of them. Therefore, it was inevitable that some of the a.s.sa.s.sins would be able to escape by mixing with the crowd.
Xiang Shaoyun remained in concealment as he was waiting for the a.s.sa.s.sins to either escape or be killed off. That way, things would be less dangerous for him.
At this time, the first elder and a few other elders appeared before Tuoba Wan’er. The first elder apologized, “Sorry, young lady. We were late.”
They were all elders that, instead of partaking in the parade, were praying in the Holy Hall. In any case, n.o.body had expected that someone would actually make a move against one of them right in their city. Today, a new precedent had actually been set.
“This is not your fault. The holy son-in-law was captured!” Tuoba Wan’er said anxiously.
Right this moment, Xiang Shaoyun’s voice rang out, “Wan’er, don’t worry. I’m fine.”
As he said that, he walked out of a random corner.
The moment Tuoba Wan’er saw him, she shot toward him with joy on her face. “Are you fine? I was so worried!”
Looking at Tuoba Wan’er, whose feelings were completely exposed, Xiang Shaoyun gently stroked her face and smiled. “I can’t be killed so easily. Sorry for making you worried, wife.”
Tuoba Wan’er could sense Xiang Shaoyun’s gentleness, and her face flushed red. She jumped into his embrace, not daring to look at anyone else.
Liang Zhuangmin and Wu Zhijun were also among the crowd. When they saw Xiang Shaoyun, the worry on their faces finally faded. When they saw how intimate he was with Tuoba Wan’er, they even felt happy for the two.
“Brother Yun has a good life,” lamented Liang Zhuangmin as he stole a glance at Wu Zhijun.
“That’s because he’s capable enough,” Wu Zhijun replied.
Liang Zhuangmin’s expression dimmed. He liked Wu Zhijun, but the difference between their strength gave him great pressure.
The first elder’s voice rang out, “Reorganize the procession. The parade will resume. Let me see who will dare to come create trouble again. I will slaughter his entire family.”
The first elder was clearly going to personally guard the procession. n.o.body dared to say anything toward his command. They quickly returned to their positions and formed a new procession. The music resumed, and the parade continued.
Among the crowd, Hu Yanbo sneered as he thought, This is not over yet.
Sure enough, when a guard led a new horse toward Xiang Shaoyun, something happened again. The guard arrived before Xiang Shaoyun and invited Xiang Shaoyun to get on the horse. But as he did that, his aura erupted.
Xiang Shaoyun had never expected that a guard of the Holy Hall would also actually wish to harm him. Thus, his vigilance was lowered, and he couldn’t react in time. The guard initiated self-destruct before he could do anything.
If the guard succeeded, both he and Xiang Shaoyun would perish together. However, just as the guard was about to explode, a powerful force wrapped around the guard, suppressing the guard’s surging aura into nothingness.
“You dare make a move before me? You’re courting death!” the first elder shouted. As he lifted his arm, the guard was lifted into the air, unable to even self-destruct.
Ultimately, the guard really did explode but not through self-destructing. Rather, he was crushed midair by the first elder. As the others saw the firework of blood in the air, they felt a chill creep up their spines, greatly fearful that they would suffer the same fate as well.
Droplets of blood rained down, and when they were about to reach the ground, the first elder waved his hand. All the blood droplets were wiped clean, leaving not a trace behind.
“Resume the parade,” said the first elder as though what he just did was completely insignificant.
With his presence, the procession’s morale stabilized, and they continued marching. With someone like the first elder here, who else would dare to create trouble? Hu Yanbo and Sha Hanbiao exchanged gazes, their eyes filled with unwillingness. However, that expression was gone as fast as it had appeared.
n.o.body created trouble anymore, and the parade ended smoothly. Even so, what had happened had thoroughly challenged the Holy Hall’s prestige. b.l.o.o.d.y turmoil would definitely come after this.
The Holy Hall was the supreme power within the Holy Earth Hall. The other organizations within the Holy Earth Hall were all their subordinates, and something this serious had never happened here before. If the Holy Hall did not do anything afterward, a great blow would be dealt to their authority. As the son-in-law, Xiang Shaoyun would also lose his prestige. This was not something the Holy Hall could accept.
When those partic.i.p.ating in the parade returned to the Holy Hall, Xiang Shaoyun and Tuoba Wan’er returned to the palace. First elder asked impatiently, “Holy son-in-law, young lady, it was my carelessness that led to the incident today. Before tomorrow arrives, I will investigate everything and give you an explanation for what happened today.”
“This is not your fault. Don’t blame yourself,” said Tuoba Wan’er.
Xiang Shaoyun said, “I am a newcomer at the Holy Earth Hall, and I don’t know this place well. I only ever offended the Coiling Snake when I took my big brother and sister-in-law from them. They once sent people to kill me. Without Senior Urchin’s help, I would have been killed long ago. I believe today’s incident is related to them.”
Xiang Shaoyun was sure the Coiling Snake had something to do with the a.s.sa.s.sination. He couldn’t think of anyone else who wanted him dead. Of course, it had also crossed his mind that there would be some other people in cahoots with the Coiling Snake, but he did not dare to voice his suspicions.