Chapter 1198: All Grown Up

Xu Lizhi chuckled, "We're all grown up now! We don't look like we did in the past, and this is the Dove Faction's territory anyway."

Tang Wulin released him and smiled as he said, "Let's go."

Xu Lizhi and Ye Xinglan weren't all that noteworthy, and the Spirit Pagoda and Holy Spirit Cult didn't even know of their existence. It could be argued that even Tang Wulin himself was just being overly cautious as there weren't actually that many people who knew of him, either.

After taking the two of them to the corner that he had been standing in before, he couldn't help but look at them with an irrepressible smile on his face.

"Where's everyone else, Captain?" Ye Xinglan still preferred to refer to him as captain.

"Zhengyu has already arrived, but I don't know where he is right now. Otherwise, I would've brought him along."

All three of them were filled with genuine excitement upon their reunion.

"Congratulations on winning the competition," Ye Xinglan said with a smile. Only in the company of her close friends did her cold facade ever fade.

Tang Wulin chuckled, "I was pretty lucky, especially in the mecha battle discipline."

Ye Xinglan asked, "Are you really planning to take mecha piloting seriously?"

Tang Wulin nodded in response. "I think mechas are very important. Battle armor is superior in many regards, but it still can't replace mechas altogether. The best way to proceed is to use both at once, which will significantly improve both battle stamina and overall defensive prowess. Mechas are like exoskeletons with boundless potential. Modern technology is all geared toward space exploration; it's very difficult for humans to survive in space with just battle armor alone, but mechas are different. Mechas that are powerful enough can even be used in battle in outer space, so I think it's very much necessary that we pursue mechas as well."

Ye Xinglan's brows furrowed slightly. "But won't we risk becoming jacks of all trades, masters of none?"

Tang Wulin smiled, and said, "Of course that's a risk, but we're not normal people; we're Shrek’s Seven Monsters! We just need to properly organize our priorities. In any case, there's no hurry; I'll get everyone's suits of three-word battle armor finished first. As for mechas, we have more than enough time. I'll custom make a mecha for everyone so all of you can practice."

"Alright." Ye Xinglan was obsessed with her sword, but it definitely wasn't a single-minded obsession. In particular, she had been truly swayed when Tang Wulin had mentioned outer space.

Tang Wulin turned to Xu Lizhi with a smile, and asked, "Are you looking forward to this? With a mecha, you'll also possess practical combat prowess. I'll custom make your mecha first."

"Hehe." Xu Lizhi chuckled as a smug look flashed through his eyes.

Tang Wulin had known him for such a long time, so he was naturally very familiar with Xu Lizhi's facial expressions. As such, his heart stirred slightly, and he asked, "Have you already cultivated some kind of practical combat ability?"

Xu Lizhi nodded in response. "It's basically complete; I can show you later."

"Sure!" Tang Wulin couldn't help but smile at the sight of his confident expression.

Xu Lizhi had a vast abundance of soul power, but due to the nature of his martial soul, he had always been focused on a limited scope in his cultivation. Among Shrek’s Seven Monsters, he was definitely the one with the greatest understanding of the Mysterious Heaven Method. Tang Wulin couldn't help but wonder what other practical combat skills he had learned aside from the Tang Sect techniques.

All of a sudden, Tang Wulin's soul communicator began to ring.

"Zhengyu? Where did you go?"

"Where are you, Boss?"

Tang Wulin and Yue Zhengyu both spoke almost in unison from the two ends of the line.

"I'm at the train station; Xinglan and Lizhi just arrived. What about you?" Tang Wulin asked.

"Are you at the station exit? Wait for me." Yue Zhengyu abruptly ended the call there.

"I have no idea what's going on with him," Tang Wulin chuckled.

A smile also appeared on Ye Xinglan's face. "Is he still just as scatter-brained as ever? I heard from Xiaoyan that he cultivated like a madman after being inspired by you."

Tang Wulin nodded in response. "He's improved significantly, and he's even mastered his Holy Angel Clan's Holy Fusion Technique. It's said that very few people in his clan master that technique, and he's already been unofficially deemed to be the successor to his grandpa as commander of the Southern Legion. What about you? How is your sword soul going?"

Ever since Ye Xinglan had lost to Sima Jinchi, she had been cultivating in seclusion the entire time, so Tang Wulin hadn't had a chance to ask about how her cultivation had been progressing.

"It's going pretty well," Ye Xinglan replied with a nod.

Tang Wulin smiled, and said, "Do you still recall the Wild Gale Saber Demon? He's here in Heaven Dou City."

Ye Xinglan's eyes immediately lit up in response, and it seemed that she had been struck by a slightly impulsive urge.

"He's here as well?"

"That's right, he came here with me." They were waiting for the others anyway, so Tang Wulin gave the two of them a recount of how Sima Jinchi and A'Ruheng had traveled to the Blood God Legion to find him. By the time he was finished with his story, Xu Lizhi was doubled over with laughter, and Ye Xinglan was also quite amused.

These were two of the brightest stars of the youngest generation, yet they had almost been executed at the Blood God Legion; it was truly quite a comical story.

"Captain, if it's not too much trouble, I want to face Sima Jinchi again," Ye Xinglan said in an earnest manner.

"Well..." Tang Wulin hesitated momentarily upon hearing this. Tang Wulin would've naturally had no objections prior to Sima Jinchi's breakthrough, but now, he had become a Titled Douluo and fused as one with his Dragonslaying Saber, thereby resulting in a massive power boost. Furthermore, he had also taken a step toward becoming the Saber God, albeit only a very minor one, so he was far more powerful than before.

"He's already progressed to the Titled Douluo stage, and he's truly become far more powerful than in the past. He's already risen beyond the realm of the saber soul," Tang Wulin said in a truthful manner.

To his surprise, not only was Ye Xinglan not disheartened by his euphemistic warning, her eyes lit up even further. "That's great! That's the type of opponent I want to face. Captain, please arrange a rematch for us."

Tang Wulin gave her a meaningful glance before nodding in response. "Alright, then."

Sima Jinchi was also one of his friends now and also had a profound connection with him; he was sure that Sima Jinchi wouldn't hurt Ye Xinglan.

"Haha, long time no see, everyone!" Yue Zhengyu's excited voice suddenly sounded behind him.

"You sure got here quickly," Tang Wulin said as he turned around, but not only was Yue Zhengyu approaching him from behind, there was also someone else with him.

"Captain!" Xu Xiaoyan dove into Tang Wulin's arms and gave him a huge hug.

That's right, Yue Zhengyu had disappeared as he had come to the train station to pick up Xu Xiaoyan.

Xu Xiaoyan knew Tang Wulin even before meeting Yue Zhengyu. She and Xie Xie, as well as Gu Yue, were Tang Wulin's earliest childhood friends.

As such, she was naturally very excited to see Tang Wulin again after being separated for so long.

Tang Wulin patted Xu Xiaoyan's back, and he felt as if a warm stream were flowing through his heart. "Welcome back, Xiaoyan."

Xu Xiaoyan had already broken down into sobs. "Captain, can we never separate again?"

"Oi, oi! Your boyfriend is right here; can't you have some restraint?" Yue Zhengyu complained as he glowered at Tang Wulin in case he did anything out of line.

Xu Xiaoyan blushed as she released Tang Wulin, then stomped on Yue Zhengyu's foot and ground her heel in a vicious manner. "Why did you have to ruin that good atmosphere?"

A dejected look appeared on Yue Zhengyu's face. "After we've been apart for so long, you only gave me a kiss, but you hugged him for so long; can't I be jealous?"

"Who, who kissed you?" Xu Xiaoyan blushed even further, yet before she could say anything else, she was dragged away by Ye Xinglan, and the two sisters also shared an excited reunion of their own.

"Aren't you developing a little too well, Lizhi? How are you still growing even after turning 20?" Yue Zheng appraised Xu Lizhi with a stunned look in his eyes.

Xu Lizhi chuckled, "I can't help it; I was fed really well. As a food system Soul Master, eating is a part of my cultivation, and the legion was constantly sourcing good food for me, so I became like this..."

He was even more cherished and revered than Ye Xinglan in the legion. As the legion's number one food system Soul Master, he was treated like a true VIP. With all of the delicious and highly nutritious foods provided to him, it seemed as if he had truly undergone a second round of puberty.

Yue Zhengyu patted his stomach, and asked, "You're a Soul Sage as well now, right? What's your steamed bun martial soul true body like? Can you give me a taste?"

Xu Lizhi chuckled, "My martial soul true body is rather special; you wouldn't want to taste it."

"Oh?" Both Yue Zhengyu and Tang Wulin were surprised to hear this.

Xu Lizhi smiled, and said, "This isn't a suitable place to show you my martial soul true body; I'll show you when we get back."

"Alright, then. So all we're waiting for are Xie Xie and Yuanen. Where are they? They're sure taking their sweet time." Yue Zhengyu was in a very excited mood. Indeed, Yuanen Yehui and Xie Xie were the only two members of Shrek’s Seven Monsters who still hadn't turned up yet.

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