His Presence (3)
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After a brief discussion, they proposed a good plan. They tried to make the mussel the scapegoat for the recent disappearance of the majestic beings. If they could convince others, they had more than enough reasons to kill it. Hence, they carefully planned each step and then set the plan in motion.
For instance, once the mussel was dead, one of them would offer one of his least favorable majestic beings and kill it with the mussel’s shells. By doing so, they could easily fabricate the charge against the mussel. When the structure of their plan was finally well made, they started to surround the mussel.
Altogether, they verbally abused the mussel by accusing it as a monstrous mussel that indulged in all sorts of evil doings. They proclaimed that killing it was as an act of righteousness by removing evil from the Saha World. They declared their action out of a sense of justice; however, their only evidence at the time was the musk deer that the mussel had just grilled. The trio claimed that the musk deer was not an animal in the wild; it was a majestic being that they owned.
Certainly, the mussel defended itself. It made its identity clear by bringing up its ownership. Also, it argued strongly that what it grilled was merely an ordinary musk deer. To the mussel’s surprise, the Senior Immortals refused to listen to its explanation. Instead, they decided to attack it.
During the fight, they put forward many lethal strikes against the mussel. They intended to pursue it to the brutal end. Meanwhile, they continued to abuse it, saying that it was not qualified to be in the Upper Bound and that even a boar here would be nobler than itself. They called it foolish and assumed that its owner must be equally dumb. They even threatened the mussel that they were going to cook it, for the taste of its meat must be good.
Humiliating the mussel was part of their plan, as they were concerned that their spiritual power might not be a match for the mussel’s incredible strength. They wanted to trigger the mussel to its greatest extent so that it would lose its focus in the fight.
The idea worked. Indignantly, the mussel lost focus and was unfortunately injured by one of their swords. Once it was hurt, the situation was completely reversed. All of a sudden, the mussel’s eyes became bloodshot while the color of its shells turned fiery red. Stamping about in a frenzy, it gave full play to its brutish disposition; its spiritual power suddenly increased by great folds.
The three men were no match for the mussel, so they decided to reveal their true forms. They were a fox, a silver wolf, and a peacock. Their sizes were considerably massive. In the siege, they fought for a very long time, until the sun had set. The ending was already known. The men failed to capture the mussel. Instead, the mussel had swallowed them all.
All the images were clearly depicted on the surface of the rock. When Di Fuyi saw the big revelation of the three Senior Immortals, he could not hold back his amusement. “They were merely three beasts, which had also acquired their human forms. They camouflaged as three Senior Immortals and played a dirty trick in their plot against a majestic being. Isn’t it an appropriate ending for them to be eaten? Great Guardians, does this look like a crime to you?”
Tie Zheng was speechless. In contemplation, Di Fuyi gently knocked the rock beside him. “The mysterious man obscured in the dark fog looked fishy. If I am not mistaken, he must have cast something wicked on their weapons. When the mussel was injured, the poison caused its animal disposition to be completely unleashed.”
Tie Zheng found his chance to get away from the embarrassment. Afire with noble indignation, he commented, “That is right! The man in the fog could be the prime criminal behind the disappearance of the majestic beings. He fooled us all by pointing us in the wrong direction. My prince, allow us to report to the Emperor Immortal immediately and request for more manpower to arrest the man!” He bowed and was ready to leave with the other two guardians.
“Have I allowed you to leave? Are you going to get away with the fact that you have arrested the wrong person?” Di Fuyi halted them.
They were at a loss for words.
“My prince, the lady has already punished us. Like a hedgehog, Tie Liu is injured with many needles pierced through his body. Unable to move, he is still lying somewhere,” Tie Zheng explained while putting up a smile on his face to please Di Fuyi.
“It was you who carried out the illegal punishments in the first place,” Di Fuyi reminded.