A few days later, the fruit garden closed and all the servants returned to the servants’ house. Die You and Old Fang first went to Yang Kai’s previous house to look for him, but after contacting him, they found out that Yang Kai had moved into Zhou Zheng’s former manager's house.
Now there was nothing to doubt. Since Yang Kai dared to move into the manager's house, it was obvious he had something to rely on. Moreover, in private, it was unknown who was spreading the news that Yang Kai was about to take over as the manager of the Fruit Garden.
Old Fang and Die You said that they hadn’t leaked anything, so Yang Kai estimated that most of this was because Du Rufeng had been adding fuel to the fire behind his back. It was probably to prepare for the announcement a few days later so that it wouldn’t be too abrupt.
Every month, Yang Kai would naturally go to the market to purchase insects from other Spiritual Lands. If it was in the past, Yang Kai would have been extremely excited, but now that Old Man Xu was involved, he couldn’t do anything and was constantly on edge, afraid that one day a great battle would break out and he would be dragged into it.
Moreover, with this, the road of wealth originally opened up by the Great General would not last long.
Losing interest, Yang Kai had Die You and Old Fang go to the marketplace to deal with this matter. In any case, after buying the Third Grade Stainless Golden Dew for Die You last time, Yang Kai didn’t have many Open Heaven Pills left, so he had asked them to pay for it.
Die You and Old Fang didn’t understand why Yang Kai, who had just been promoted to a Seven Skillful Land Disciple and had to take over as the Manager of the Fruit Garden, was still so depressed, but they couldn’t ask him about it, so they could only leave and go to the market to negotiate with the representatives of the other six Spiritual Lands.
Not long after the two of them left, a servant came to visit.
Yang Kai didn’t even know her name and had never even met her before.
If they had only heard the news, it wouldn’t have been a big deal. But now that Yang Kai had even moved into the manager's house and was wearing a Seven Colored Garment, it was obvious that the news wasn’t baseless.
With a change in leadership, these servants naturally had to maintain a good relationship.
For the entire day, Yang Kai had been welcoming and sending people back and forth. There were nearly a thousand servants in the servants’ house, and even if only ten percent of them came to visit, there were nearly a hundred of them. If they wanted to build a good relationship with him, it was definitely not just talk, so giving him some gifts was the most normal.
The servants weren’t rich, so they weren’t able to give him anything too valuable. The Open Heaven Pill was the most suitable. Five or ten pills was quite a lot.
After three days of hard work, Yang Kai didn’t know how many servants he had received, but he had already received 5000 Open Heaven Pills.
When someone came to deliver gifts, Yang Kai found it difficult to drive them away, or else he would be too unreasonable. In the day, he accepted gifts, and at night, he accompanied Die You and Old Fang to feed the Great General. With these two points of income, Yang Kai’s originally shriveled waist suddenly bulged again.
Three days later, before going to the Fruit Garden, Du Rufeng personally came to announce that Yang Kai had taken over the position of the Fruit Garden's manager. Not many people were surprised, but everyone was happy.
When he took over the position, Yang Kai naturally made a big speech in front of Du Rufeng, solemnly promising that he would manage the garden well, and Du Rufeng simply said a few words before letting him go.
Arriving at the fruit garden, he went straight to the lone peak in the center of the fruit garden. Last time, he had followed Du Rufeng here to eavesdrop, so he wasn’t too unfamiliar with this place.
Holding the fruit manager's garden token in his hand, he controlled the entire fruit garden’s grand array. This was the first time he had taken over the fruit garden, so there were many things he was still unfamiliar with. After several days of hard work, he finally managed to sort things out and understand what the manager should do.
Speaking of which, the manager of the fruit garden was both idle and not idle. When he had nothing to do, he would simply patrol the area, but when he had something to do, he would have to go to the gardens of the various servants to assist them in tending to the fruit trees.
A few days later, Yang Kai used his authority as the manager of the Fruit Garden to transfer Old Fang and Die You to his side, claiming that they would assist him in managing the Fruit Garden while the territory they were supposed to take care of would be taken care of by others.
Regarding this, Die You and Old Fang both felt quite uneasy. After all, when Zhou Zheng was still in charge, he had never so blatantly used his authority to scheme for personal gain, so they all urged Yang Kai to temporarily stop, lest Du Rufeng have any objections.
Yang Kai couldn’t be bothered. Du Rufeng had ulterior motives towards him, so how could he care about him? On the other hand, Old Man Xu had disappeared for many days and was still so quiet, causing Yang Kai to feel anxious. If Old Man Xu had made some noise as soon as he arrived, Yang Kai would have breathed a sigh of relief, but this kind of calm before the storm was difficult to dispel.
No one knew when Old Man Xu would suddenly attack, or what kind of situation he would be in.
He had been here for half a year, so whether it was Old Fang or Die You, both of them had taken good care of him. Although it wasn’t convenient for him to tell them about the crisis in the Seven Skillful Land, if anything were to happen to them, it would be easier for them to act together.
Since they couldn’t persuade him, Old Fang and Die You could only quietly help Yang Kai manage the fruit garden. With this, Yang Kai had nothing to do all day.
Yang Kai had thought that Old Man Xu would act soon, but who would have thought that after waiting for three months, there would be no movement from the Seven Skillful Land. Old Man Xu never came to find Yang Kai again, and if it weren’t for the faint uneasiness in his heart, Yang Kai would have thought that Old Man Xu had left Seven Skillful Land.
However, with the Seven Skillful Land Heavy Array, he could still rely on himself to sneak in. Even if he wanted to leave, it was impossible for him to do so quietly.
One day, Yang Kai was playing chess with Old Fang when he suddenly felt something and took out an object from his chest pocket, silently sensing it, “Du Rufeng has summoned me, I’ll be back soon.”
Old Fang nodded, “Come back soon.”
Yang Kai threw down the chess piece in his hand, left the room, and soared into the sky.
It didn’t take long for him to arrive at Du Rufeng’s residence, and when he entered the hall, he saw Du Rufeng standing in front of him, smiling at him.
Over the past three months, Du Rufeng would occasionally summon him to inquire about the situation in the fruit garden, and Yang Kai would also report to him truthfully. In any case, he had been managing it quite well these past few months, so there was nothing to fear.
However, every time he came, Du Rufeng would be alone.
This time, it was different. There were three people in the hall, one was Du Rufeng, and the other was a young man Yang Kai had never seen before. As soon as Yang Kai entered, he felt this young man’s eyes sweep over him like a greedy viper, making him feel uncomfortable. His gaze was filled with scrutiny and a hint of interest.
These two were standing, while the other was sitting on the chair. It was none other than Protector Venerable Duan Hai from the Fire Spiritual Land!
Yang Kai’s expression became serious as he quickly cupped his fists, “Greetings, Senior Brother Du!”
Since Duan Hai brought him to the Fire Spiritual Land last time, Yang Kai had not seen him again. He didn’t know why he had appeared here today, but Yang Kai instinctively felt that something was wrong. Could it be that Old Xu’s side had been captured and he had been implicated? If so, then Old Xu was too useless.
“Is it him?” The young man Yang Kai didn’t recognize suddenly asked.
Du Rufeng replied, “It’s him!”
“Nothing special, why are you so lucky?” The man chuckled.
Du Rufeng replied, “Junior Brother doesn’t know, you should ask him.”
Hearing this, Yang Kai was confused and asked suspiciously, “Senior Brother Du, this is…”
Du Rufeng introduced, “This is Senior Brother Yu Lian. He had been in closed-door cultivation all this time and only recently came out, so you haven’t seen him.”
“So it’s Senior Brother Yu!” Yang Kai cupped his fists and saluted, “Greetings, Senior Brother Yu!”
Yu Lian grinned, “Junior Brother Yang, right? Do you have any interest in guessing what I was in seclusion for?”
Only a ghost would be interested. Was there something wrong with this person’s brain? Yang Kai silently cursed in his heart and said, “Junior Brother doesn’t know, please enlighten me!”
Yu Lian smiled and said, “In order for us cultivators to break through to Open Heaven, we must gather the power of Yin and Yang, and the Five Elements. Senior Brother first condensed the power of Yin and Yang before condensing the Five Elements, and among the Five Elements, the first thing I condensed was the power of Fire. From Fire to Earth, from Earth to Gold, from Gold to Water… My last retreat was to condense the power of Water Element.”
Yang Kai silently calculated for a moment and was secretly shocked. This guy was half a step away from Open Heaven and was only one step away from breaking through, “Looking at Senior Brother’s rosy complexion, I think he must have successfully condensed it and is now only one step away from Open Heaven. Congratulations Senior Brother!”
“That’s right, just one step away!” Yu Lian’s eyes flashed a trace of fanaticism, “However, how many people have been blocked by this one step? I might as well tell Junior Brother that the materials I condensed are all Fourth Grade!”
“If Senior Brother achieves Open Heaven, he will be able to reach Fourth Order Open heaven. With the addition of another great general in our Seven Skillful Land, it is truly a blessing for our disciples!”
“It’s not easy to find a Fourth Order Open Heaven material. Even with the resources of the Seven Skillful Land, I don’t know how long it will take to find a suitable one. I’m afraid it will take more than a hundred years,” Yu Lian sighed.
“With Venerable’s abilities, he should be able to find a suitable one for Senior Brother.”
Yu Lian turned his head to look at Duan Hai and smiled, “Such a small matter, there is no need to trouble Venerable, as long as Junior Brother can help me with something, it will be fine.”
Hearing this, Yang Kai felt a chill run down his spine and faintly felt that something was wrong, “Junior Brother’s strength is shallow, I don’t know how I can help Senior Brother.”
Yu Lian leaned forward slightly and stared at him deeply, “Junior Brother only needs to contribute his Wood Element power!”
Hearing this, Yang Kai was shocked, all of his previous doubts suddenly cleared up! No wonder after helping Du Rufeng obtain the Scarlet Clouds Golden Flame, this guy had taken such good care of him, it turned out he had his eyes on his Wood Element.
Although he had guessed this a long time ago, he had never been certain, but now he knew that his guess was correct. That time, he had been forced to release his Dao Seal in front of Du Rufeng, which had been the root of this disaster.
By promoting himself to be the manager of the Fruit Garden and allowing him to hunt down Fang Tai, he was basically abandoning him. In any case, if his Wood Element power was really taken away, he would not have a good ending.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about!” As soon as Yang Kai finished speaking, he threw a punch forward, then without even looking, he activated his Space Laws and flew away.
TO BE CONTINUED...