The table shattered into powder that dispersed into the surroundings.
The atmosphere in the hall instantly fell deathly silent, and only the furious and cold voice of that disciple from the Divine Institute still reverberated.
Many clansmen of the Shentu Clan frowned yet didn’t say anything.
Chen Xi couldn’t help but be slightly surprised when he saw this. This was the Clan Hall of the Shentu Clan, yet this disciple of the Divine Institute dared to act so presumptuously. This clearly showed how arrogantly he was accustomed to acting.
But it was very obvious that out of consideration for this disciple’s identity, the members of the Shentu Clan had chosen to exercise forbearance when faced with such an action that had clearly gone too far.
This caused Chen Xi to have no choice but to sigh with emotion. Reputation really is everything. Merely the name of the Divine Institute seems to possess extraordinary deterring force.
However, when he heard that person actually say that Shentu Yanran ‘didn’t know what was good for her’, it still caused Chen Xi to frown while his eyes turned piercingly cold.
The Shentu Clan was afraid of the Divine Institute, but he, Chen Xi, wasn’t!
“Daoist Brothers of the Divine Institute, please calm your anger. Yanran has always had a frank disposition. Allow me to persuade her.” Shentu Xing hurriedly tried to mediate when he noticed that the atmosphere was slightly off.
As he spoke, his gaze descended onto Shentu Yanran, and he seemed to be exasperated by her actions as he said, “Yanran, stop causing trouble! Quickly apologize to the Daoist Brother of the Divine Institute so as to avoid making it difficult for everyone.”
Chen Xi almost thought that he’d heard wrongly. How could someone help outsiders to bully their own clansman?
This fellow is truly a bastard! Chen Xi couldn’t help but glance at Shentu Qingyuan who sat at the seat of the host, yet he saw the latter reveal an emotionless expression, and it was utterly unable to discern any emotion from him.
Chen Xi couldn’t help but be slightly disappointed by this. Shentu Yanran is your daughter. But you’re actually watching indifferently under such circumstances. Isn’t that a little too unreasonable?
“Haha! How truly laughable! You intend to force me to apologize just because I’m unwilling to join the Divine Institute? How could such an absurd and shameless thing occur in this world!?” At this moment, Shentu Yanran was infuriated as well. Her clear eyes were icy cold as she said coldly, “I’ll repeat it once more time. I, Shentu Yanran, don’t care about becoming a Powerseal Disciple!”
She spoke word by word in a forceful and resolute manner, and it caused those clansmen of the Shentu Clan to squint while they felt slight disbelief.
“Looks like the Shentu Clan doesn’t intend to collaborate with our Divine Institute.”
“What a terrible attitude! Senior Brother Gongsun, it looks like we’ve come here for nothing.”
The faces of those disciples from the Divine Institute sank while they sneered, and they were extremely displeased of Shentu Yanran.
“Yanran!” Shentu Mingda’s heart instantly jerked when he heard this, and he was slightly anxious. He immediately berated in a stern voice and said, “Could it be that you really intend to disregard the interests of the Shentu Clan and bitterly disappoint all your clansmen?”
His voice carried a wisp of anger that wasn’t concealed at all.
Shentu Yanran puckered her cherry lips yet hesitated to speak. Obviously, she was enduring a form of indescribable pressure as well.
“Since Yanran is unwilling, then it’s best to not force her. Whether she joins the Divine Institute or not isn’t of much effect to the overall collaboration between the Shentu Clan and the Divine Institute.” Chen Xi couldn’t help but sigh in his heart when he heard this, and he spoke out in the end.
As soon as these words were spoken, it wasn’t just the clansmen of the Shentu Clan who were stunned, even the disciples of the Divine Institute couldn’t help but be surprised. Who’s this fellow? What right does he have to speak at this moment?
"Fellow Daoist, you seem extremely unfamiliar. Forgive me not remembering if I have seen you before, but may I know who you are?” Gongsun Mu glanced at Chen Xi and spoke indifferently.
“He’s my friend….” Before Shentu Yanran could finish speaking, she was interrupted by Shentu Xing. “Is there any place for an outsider to interrupt at such a time? You’re simply running wild!”
As he spoke, he glanced at Chen Xi and spoke in a threatening manner. “Friend, please show some self-respect! This is an internal matter of my Shentu Clan, and it isn’t something that just anyone can interrupt!”
As soon as he finished speaking, a disciple of the Divine Institute couldn’t help but laugh with ridicule. “Haha! I thought he was someone great, yet he turns out to be a nobody that likes to poke his nose in other people’s business.”
“If this matter wasn’t related to Yanran, I truly couldn’t be bothered to pay attention to all of you.” Chen Xi merely smiled with narrowed eyes when facing this disdain and reproach, and he said casually, “But Since Yanran takes me to be her friend, then I’ll naturally not stand by idly and watch all of this occur.”
These words were spoken in a casual manner, yet they seemed to be arrogant and jarring to the ear when it entered the ears of everyone within the hall.
No matter if it was the clansmen of the Shentu Clan or the disciples of the Divine Institute, all of them couldn’t help but feel slight disbelief. Never had they imagined that this fellow with an ordinary appearance and bearing would actually dare to pick a fight with them at this moment.
Has this fellow goner mad?
Does he not know that this is the Clan Hall of the Shentu Clan? Is he not aware that he’s facing disciples of the Divine Institute?
“Yanran, where did you make such a friend? He’s simply a reckless idiot!” Someone couldn’t help but ridicule, and it caused the others to roar with laughter!” One of the disciples from the Divine Institute roared with laughter as he spoke as well, and he laughed endlessly with ridicule and seemed to have taken Chen Xi to be a rash and brainless fellow.
Shentu Yanran couldn’t help but become indignant when she heard all of these insults towards Chen Xi, and she was just about to say something when she was stopped by Chen Xi.
“There’s no need to make a fuss about it with them. That’s really just a waste of time.” As soon as he spoke these words, the expressions of those disciples from the Divine Institute turned cold.
That disciple of the Divine Institute that ridiculed Chen Xi earlier had suddenly stood up, and he stared at Chen Xi with an overbearing gaze. “Haha! Looks like this friend is discontent towards my Divine Institute?” He had a fair appearance, and he wore a silver robe that had broad sleeves and was secured by a belt, causing him to seem noble and dignified. However, his words were extremely oppressive, and they felt very offensive.
“It can’t be said to be discontent at all. I just can’t bear the sight of this.” Chen Xi spoke casually with an indifferent expression.
At this moment, even many clansmen of the Shentu Clan were slightly shocked by Chen Xi’s actions. Where exactly did this young man get the confidence to actually dare to enter into confrontation with disciples of the Divine Institute?
“Haha! How bold! Since it’s like that, then do you dare to spar with me?” That silver robed man from the Divine Institute started laughing from extreme rage, and his entire body emanated a terrifying imposing aura.
The atmosphere instantly became murderous and tense.
“Daoist Brother, calm your rage. Daoist Brother, calm your rage. Leave this person to me.” When he noticed that a battle was about to erupt, Shentu Xing hurriedly moved forward to persuade the disciple from the Divine Institute. Moreover, as he spoke, his face had turned gloomy, and he stared at Chen Xi with an icy cold gaze while he berated. “Friend, please leave right now. Otherwise, don’t blame me for driving you out!”
“How dare you!” Shentu Yanran struck the table before her as she stood up.
“Yanran, if you continue causing trouble, then you’ll be punished according to the rules of the clan!” Shentu Xing gritted his teeth with anger.
“Alright, everyone, please hear me out.” Suddenly, Gongsun Mu who was watching coldly from the sidelines had spoken, and it instantly suppressed all the voices in the surroundings and drew the gazes of everyone in the hall to him.
On the other hand, his gaze shot towards Chen Xi from afar while his voice was low and indifferent. “Friend, you said that you can’t bear the sight of my Divine Institute?”
Merely these words alone caused the atmosphere in the hall to change abruptly. The air seemed as if it had frozen, and it was oppressive to the point of being suffocating.
Chen Xi seemed to have not noticed it at all, and he said casually, “Did you not hear me clearly just now. Do I have to repeat it for a second time?”
At this moment, even the expressions of Shentu Mingda and Shentu Xing couldn’t help but change, and they faintly felt that there was something wrong with Chen Xi’s reaction, but they were unable to pinpoint what was wrong about it.
On the other hand, the Patriarch of the Shentu Clan, Shentu Qingyuan, still hadn’t spoken. His eyes were slightly narrowed while his right index finger occasionally struck the back of his chair. No one knew exactly what he was thinking.
When he heard Chen Xi’s answer, Gongsun Mu suddenly started laughing, yet his laughter didn’t contain any emotion. “There has to be a reason, right? Or perhaps you’re trying to defend Miss Yanran?”
“What you said isn’t wrong. Yanran is my friend, so it’s naturally impossible for me to watch indifferently when it’s related to her,” said Chen Xi in an indifferent tone.
“Since it’s like that, then tell me what qualifications you possess to act in this way. Could it be that you think that the identity of Powerseal Disciple of my Divine Institute isn’t good enough for Miss Yanran?” Gongsun Mu’s voice suddenly turned gloomy, and it carried a murderous tone.
“Forcing others to do that which they’re unwilling isn’t good in the end.” Chen Xi’s answer was very flat. “I can’t bother about the matters of others, but as her friend, I must bother about matters related to her.”
“Can you even do it?” That silver robed man from the Divine Institute couldn’t help but sneer.
Chen Xi directly disregarded him and couldn’t be bothered to argue with him.
When he saw this, Gongsun Mu went silent for a moment before he suddenly said, “This matter is related to the honor of my Divine Institute, so this matter has to be resolved.”
As soon as these words were spoken, it caused the hearts of the clansmen of the Shentu Clan within the hall to tremble.
At this point in the incident, they were very clearly aware that even if they interfere, it would be utterly impossible to change anything.
However, they were still curious. Where exactly did this friend of Yanran’s gain the confidence to act in this way? Does he not know what offending the Divine Institute represents?
“You intend to fight it out?” Chen Xi’s brows raised.
“What do you think?” Gongsun Mu answered with a question.
“Looks like I have no choice but to agree.” Chen Xi spoke indifferently. Shentu Yanran originally intended to say something, but she was stopped by him. Because those fellows of the Divine Institute had successively ridiculed him just now, and it had caused him to be slightly infuriated.
Even the nicest person experienced a moment where that person lost his temper. Chen Xi wasn’t an emotionless person, so he was naturally unable to tolerate the insults directed at him by those fellows from the Divine Institute.
If it was at any other time, he wouldn’t even bother to make a fuss about it with them.
But it was different now. He was a disciple of the Oracle Mountain. Regardless of whether it was for his own reputation or for the sake of protecting Oracle Mountain’s reputation, he had to take action in reaction to this.
“Haha! This kid has some backbone. Senior Brother Gongsun, since it’s like this, then allow me to experience this friend’s ability!” That silver robed man wasn’t able to restrain himself since a long time ago, so he immediately stepped forward, and his gaze was like a bolt of lightning as it swept over coldly and locked onto Chen Xi. Moreover, the corners of his mouth were covered in a cold and disdainful expression.
When the others saw this, they immediately understood that the battle was like a nocked arrow, and it had to be shot!
For a time, the gazes of everyone shot onto the silver robed man and Chen Xi in unison, and the atmosphere was confrontational.