Shi Qingxuan fell silent.

Xie Lian felt something was wrong and said, “Wind Master, what’s wrong? Are you still there? What happened? Why aren’t you speaking?”

If he had been taken away by the playful Night Parade participants in the chaos, he wouldn’t suddenly go silent. Could it be that something had happened to him? But there was no use panicking. Xie Lian had no idea where Shi Qingxuan was at the moment!

The crowd finally quieted down, and Ming Yi managed to escape from the Fengshui temple as well. In the heavenly realm, there were rules against abusing powers and appearing openly before mortals. If they harmed or killed someone, they would be punished. These rules were a burden for the obedient temple officials. Otherwise, with a wave of their hand, they could send the crowd flying along with the temple roof. The crowd finally reacted, exclaiming in surprise, “It appeared! It really appeared!” “A monster is here!” They scattered in a panic. Xie Lian said, “Earth Master, why didn’t you grab Wind Master? Did you see him? When did you get separated?”

Ming Yi said, “While the crowd was in chaos, a ghost took advantage and attacked.”

It seemed that he got distracted by someone in a life-threatening situation and lost his friend while dealing with the ghost. Xie Lian said, “Let’s split up and search for them quickly! They shouldn’t have gone far.”

Suddenly, Shi Qingxuan’s voice echoed through the Telepathy Array once again. He laughed heartily, “Hahaha…”

Although the laughter was abrupt, at least there was a response. Xie Lian hurriedly said, “Wind Master, what happened just now? You suddenly went silent, and I thought something happened to you.”

Shi Qingxuan said, “Hahaha, how could I, the Wind Master, get into trouble so easily? I was just joking to scare you all, hahaha. Ming-xiong, you bastard, you didn’t hold onto me, and I almost died. I would have turned into a vengeful spirit to haunt you, hahaha…”

Ming Yi interrupted, “Stop laughing and speak properly!”

Xie Lian knew that the more nervous, excited, and scared Shi Qingxuan became, the more he would laugh. Already, he had forgotten to pause and continued without interruption, “You didn’t say anything? Did your expression change? Did you resist?”

Shi Qingxuan replied, “I didn’t say anything. My expression didn’t change. I didn’t resist.”

Xie Lian thought to himself, “This is bad. He’s scared out of his wits.”

He softened his tone and said gently, “That’s good. Listen to me, Wind Master. Don’t be afraid. Maintain your current state, pretending that you haven’t noticed anything. If you have anything to say, say it quietly through the Telepathy Array. But don’t let that thing know that you already know what it is. Release your spiritual aura subtly and form a protective barrier around you. This way, you can at least prevent yourself from falling or stepping into a pit. If any weapons come at you, you can sense them.”

Shi Qingxuan’s voice was tearful as he said, “Oh, okay. What else?”

Xie Lian continued, “Then take a deep breath. Like that, a few more times… Do you feel better now?”

His soft voice had a calming effect. Shi Qingxuan said, “I feel a bit better. Thank you, Crown Prince.”

Xie Lian then tested, “Well… If you were to open your eyes quietly and take a look at the thing holding onto you, what do you think would happen?” Can he hold up?

Shi Qingxuan replied, “I’d probably die.”

“… "

It seemed that if Shi Qingxuan were to open his eyes, his fear would reach its peak in that instant, becoming a delectable feast for the White-Clothed Calamity, a perfect source of nourishment. Afterward, he would likely lose his ability to fight. Moreover, if he were to open his eyes and that thing happened to be staring straight at him, the distinguished Wind Master might collapse on the spot, foaming at the mouth like a fallen star. Xie Lian said, “Then keep your eyes closed.”

Ming Yi asked, “After it led you out of the Fengshui temple, which direction did it go?”

Knowing Shi Qingxuan’s location was crucial right now. Shi Qingxuan couldn’t see where he had been taken, but they could estimate his position based on the general direction and number of steps. However, Shi Qingxuan said, “I don’t know.”

Ming Yi exclaimed, “You don’t know even that!”

Shi Qingxuan became angry and retorted, “Who would normally remember such things? Besides, I thought it was you!”

Meanwhile, Hua Cheng watched from the sidelines, already bored enough to change back and forth between his red, black, and white outfits. Each time Xie Lian turned around, he instantly transformed into a different appearance, with different hairstyles, accessories, and boots. Sometimes playful, sometimes elegant, sometimes solemn, sometimes magnificent. Xie Lian’s head spun from the dizzying display, and he kept turning back, unable to free himself from the mesmerizing sight. Suddenly realizing his own reaction, he blinked his eyes and resisted the impulse to exclaim, “This outfit looks great” or “It’s beautiful,” and said, “Wait, wait. This isn’t the time to argue. The more you argue, the farther Wind Master will go. The more you argue, the harder it will be to find him.”

Shi Qingxuan exclaimed in pain, “Are you telling me you really can’t find me? It’s only about fifty to sixty steps away, absolutely no more than a hundred steps, and they’re walking so slowly!!!”

Less than a hundred steps? Ming Yi rushed out quickly, disappearing at the end of the street. But in an instant, he reappeared at the entrance of the Fengshui temple, panting, “No!”

Oh no. Xie Lian said, “Teleportation!”

After that White-Clothed Calamity led Wind Master out of the Fengshui temple, it must have immediately used teleportation to send them elsewhere. Otherwise, they would have found them within a hundred steps. Once that spell was cast, it could take them anywhere. Finding Wind Master’s whereabouts would be like finding a needle in a haystack!

Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Xie Lian said, “I’ll go and inform the Telepathy Array in the Heavenly Court.”

However, Shi Qingxuan hurriedly said, “Wait! Crown Prince, don’t go! You promised me to keep it a secret. My brother is about to face the Third Heavenly Tribulation, a crucial test. We can’t let anything go wrong at this stage!”

Ming Yi said, “If we keep delaying, you’ll have to face your tribulation right now.”

Shi Qingxuan angrily retorted, “I said no, and it’s no! So many eyes are watching my brother. This thing deliberately chose this moment to come. It won’t succeed, no way! Even if I die and my bones rot, I won’t let them dig me out until after my brother completes his tribulation!”

After a moment, Ming Yi said, “Alright, alright!”

Xie Lian keenly sensed that there was an underlying anger in Ming Yi’s tone, an intensity of emotions he had not seen before. Feeling uneasy and unwilling to let things escalate further, he interjected, “Wind Master, did that thing keep holding onto you the whole time?”

Shi Qingxuan replied, “Yes. It’s still gripping my arm.”

Xie Lian asked, “Does it have anything special about it? Like a distinct demonic aura or a unique scent, something you can feel?”

“No. It has nothing. Nothing at all.”

“What about the surroundings? Is the ground beneath your feet uneven or smooth? Did you step on or kick anything?” Xie Lian wanted to determine the general area as quickly as possible based on the surrounding environment. Shi Qingxuan said, “The ground feels strange! It’s soft and floating, like walking on clouds.”

“… " Xie Lian thought, “You’re just scared out of your wits…”

With Shi Qingxuan having blocked his second sense, it was difficult to provide any clues. Hua Cheng, who had been idle and enjoying the spectacle, had no reason to intervene. He was a stranger to both Shi Qingxuan and the ghost realm, so Xie Lian didn’t want to trouble him for assistance. Xie Lian composed himself and said, “Wind Master, I have a way to immediately free you from that thing’s grip, but I need your permission.”

Shi Qingxuan immediately said, “Okay, I give you permission!”

However, Hua Cheng suddenly froze and said, “Soul-shifting Technique?”

“What?” Xie Lian asked.

He said, “That’s right. It’s the Soul-shifting Technique!”

As the name suggested, it was a soul-exchanging spell. “Through my eyes, see what you see.” This technique was not commonly used because it consumed a tremendous amount of spiritual energy, and very few people were willing to relinquish control of their bodies. Hua Cheng looked serious and said, “Brother, be cautious.”

Shi Qingxuan said, “What should I do if you encounter it?”

Xie Lian replied, “I’m not afraid of it. It doesn’t matter.”

Ming Yi said, “Switch.”

Hua Cheng added, “Brother, think it through.”

Suddenly, Shi Qingxuan said, “It has stopped.”

Hearing this, Xie Lian shouted in the Telepathy Array, “No time to hesitate, now!”

Shi Qingxuan gritted his teeth and said, “I’m counting on you, Crown Prince!”

Xie Lian said, “Alright!”

As soon as he finished speaking, he closed his eyes. His body suddenly became extremely light, as if floating towards the sky. Then, it became incredibly heavy, as if sinking into the ground. After a whirlwind rotation, he gradually regained his senses and stabilized his body, still keeping his eyes closed. He couldn’t hear any sound.

A hand was gripping his arm, motionless.

Xie Lian abruptly opened his eyes, removed an earplug with one hand, and with the other hand swiftly turned the tables, seizing the White-Clothed Calamity. He smiled and said, “Hello there?”

Shi Qingxuan kept his eyes closed for a while longer, surrounded by pitch-black darkness. Thus, when Xie Lian first opened his eyes, he couldn’t adjust to the darkness and couldn’t see anything. But the thing that was gripping him had become the thing he was now gripping. Xie Lian used a locking technique to firmly grasp the hand, making it impossible for the other party to escape with magic. In the Telepathy Array, Shi Qingxuan’s voice said, “Crown Prince! Are you okay? If you can’t handle it, switch back first, or let me take over!!!”

It seems that Shi Qingxuan has safely switched into his body. Xie Lian firmly held the White-Clothed Calamity, delivering more than thirty heavy kicks in an instant. He said, “Great!” Although there might be a slight adjustment period after the soul-shifting, once he adapted, his attacks would become even more ferocious. Shi Qingxuan said, “Your Highness, I’ll tell you the incantations and techniques of my treasures. Feel free to use the spiritual power, no need to hold back!”

Xie Lian, without a weapon, unfolded the fan in his hand with a “swish” sound and said, “Alright!”

Shi Qingxuan added, “Let me also tell you the incantation for transforming into a woman. My ability in female transformations is even stronger!”

Xie Lian firmly declined, “No, that won’t be necessary!”

Hua Cheng spoke in a deep voice, “Brother, quickly look around and tell me what kind of place this is.”

Ming Yi said, “No, let’s start by telling us what exactly we are fighting against.”

After a few exchanges, Xie Lian’s eyes gradually adjusted to the dark surroundings. He squinted and looked at the black figure across from him.