Chapter 13: Extorting Confessions by Torture
The voices shouting ‘kill’ outside were truly not soft. It could also be heard that there were a large number of invaders, which was totally incomparable to the day when Xu Xingzhi first came into the wilderness.
… Fortunately, unlike that day, Meng Chongguang was defending outside.
Xu Xingzhi could not be considered to be well informed about others’ fighting strength, but Meng Chongguang could be regarded as his own son he raised in his book. With him defending, even if half of the wilderness’s monsters surrounded the tower, Meng Chongguang would still be able to retreat with his body unharmed.
Xu Xingzhi couldn’t explain as to where this sense of reassurance originated from, so he simply did not think much about it anymore.
He listened to the sound of swords clashing for a while before he fetched his clothes and wrapped them hastily on his body. He then laid lazily back on his bed. “The one being confined in the chamber is the Sealed Mountain’s lord?”
Zhou Wang nodded.
Xu Xingzhi was even more clear now.
Although he had long known that few could be well matched against Meng Chongguang in the wilderness, as the Lord of Sealed Mountain, the hide man was torn into that kind of appearance by Meng Chongguang’s hand even though he just encountered him. This showed that Meng Chongguang was certainly an unyielding person that could not be easily speak of.
The shackles on Xu Xingzhi’s feet were gone, and his eyes narrowed as he moved his ankles a few times. He asked thoughtfully, “What did you say just now? Are those people putting their lives on the line to come to save their Lord?”
Zhou Wang said, “As far as I know, before Big Brother Meng and my uncle entered the wilderness, the Lord of Sealed Mountain was the wilderness’s lord. He enjoyed worship in all directions. When Big Brother Meng entered the wilderness, this title had been shifted, therefore, he has always harboured implacable hatred toward us. Often taking advantage of the absence of Big Brother Meng to lead his people to kill us. But this time, they could not wait for Big Brother Meng to leave. Setting out in full force, blindly rushing to kill, and swearing to take their lord back., it i’s a matter of great affection and righteousness.”
Xu Xingzhi looked up at the top of the bed and laughed. “… Great affection and righteousness.”
Zhou Wang: “What’s wrong with it?”
Xu Xingzhi said, “Everything is wrong.”
Zhou Wang was doubtful and she no longer leaned against the wall but went to the bedside and leaned her arm against the frame of the carved bed. She looked at Xu Xingzhi and said, “What do you mean?”
Xu Xingzhi put his hands behind his head: “Let me ask you, if any of you were captured by SealedMountain and to rescue your comrade, you would need to go through mountains of knives and sea of fires… Would you still go through this rescue?”
It was not necessary for Zhou Wang to think, “So what about the mountain of knives and sea of fire? Naturally, we’re going.”
Xu Xingzhi: “Why?”
Zhou Wang asked in reply, “Does that still need a reason?”
Xu Xingzhi: “Why not?”
Zhou Wang frowned: “What do you mean?”
Xu Xingzhi laughed: “Places with fewer people; there will be fewer disputes, places with more people; there will be more disputes. Sealed Mountain has been rooted in the wilderness for many years. With its many twisted roots and intertwined joints, its numerous underlings and its many ivories crisscrossed, who knows how many people are eyeing the position to be Sealed Mountain’s lord? If I were part of Sealed Mountain, I would care less about the lord but instead conserve my strength and size an opportunity to capture the authority of Sealed Mountain; this is then the correct way.”
Zhou Wang thought about it. Although this remark was rogue, it had some truth in it. She then chased, “…And?
“Didn’t you just say that the people of Sealed Mountain went out and fought like hell?” Xu Xingzhi said, “I believe that there are people who value love and justice in the world, but I also don’t believe that this Sealed Mountain is full of people who are sincere. For them to be so desperate, they must have a plan.”
He turned over, sat up and concluded. “… There must be something worthwhile in the Lord of the Sealed Mountain’s hands.”
With that, he looked at Zhou Wang and blinked his eyes. “What do you think? Come with me and see the Lord of Sealed Mountain and the chips he is holding in his hands?”
Xu Xingzhi’s smiling face was very beautiful, similar to the clearness of the moon that harbored abundance in one’s mind, even Zhou Wang who was not interested in the opposite gender was shaken by his smile.
In the next second, Xu Xingzhi, who was ready to get out of bed, knelt down in front of Zhou Wang as his knees went soft.
…For half of last night, Xu Xingzhi was a fish meat on a sacrificial stand. The influence from last night was still presented, thus, his waist was very sore and tight.
Zhou Wang coughed and covered her mouth with her bandaged palms to hide her laughter.
Xu Xingzhi was thick-skinned and he was not embarrassed. He reached out his hand and waved it at Zhou Wang, motioning her to pull himself up.
Zhou Wang gave him a hand, grabbed his rosewood right hand, and pulled him up.
Xu Xingzhi’s right hand was broken at the wrist. When she pulled him up, Zhou Wang still had to take a few more glances at the broken part. It seemed that she was very interested in the cause of his broken hand.
In fact, Xu Xingzhi’s mind was clear that there was only one thing that could make these groups of Sealed Mountain’s people advance wave upon wave regardless of their lives.
…One of the fragments of the wilderness’s key was in Sealed Mountain.
Of course, anyone could be the Lord of the Sealed Mountain, but if they lost their precious key, their only hope of seeing the sun again would be cut off. What was waiting for them would be endless suffering.
What was the fun of being the Sealed Mountain’s lord? It was just eating and waiting to die.
Xu Xingzhi knew the location of the four hidden key fragments. According to his intention, he wanted to hide the key for a long time, so that Meng Chongguang would not have the chance to get out of the wilderness.
But the rescue of the people from Sealed Mountain was so fierce, and Meng Chongguang was not a fool. Just thinking about it a little more, you could guess what treasure was worth everyone’s life on the captured lord.
Instead of waiting for Meng Chongguang to discover this, Xu Xingzhi himself should ask a question ahead of time.
It was best to ask where the key fragments were. If he could not, he could at least know some valuable information; this could not be counted as a loss no matter what.
When his waist and legs were not so weak after a while, Xu Xingzhi and Zhou Wang went to the small chamber where the hide man was kept.
Perhaps the hide man sensed something; he had woken up.
When he heard the door sounded, he looked at it with his head tilted and his face twisted for a moment. Then he grinned bitterly and said, “I was still thinking, who was it? It turned out to be the traitor and murderer, Xu Xingzhi!”
Zhou Wang looked at Xu Xingzhi and said nothing.
This was a scolding to the original owner, Xu Xingzhi who suffered without any pain or itch.
He went to the animal hide man’s side and squatted down with a big grin: “You can talk? Pretty good. Can you hear?”
The hide man stared at him, his eyes full of blood vessels.
Xu Xingzhi pointed out the window: “Listen, your subordinates have come to rescue you. Tell me about it. First, you’re not handsome. Secondly, you’re a calamity that is fated to mourn your wife’s death. Why did they put their lives on the line to save you?”
The animal hide man did not say any word but salivated.
Xu Xingzhi was already on guard. When his throat knot wriggled, he had the intention to avoid it. The phlegm of the animal hide man eventually fell to the ground.
Xu Xingzhi held his fan in his left hand and knocked it at the back of his right hand. “It’s better to save some saliva, moisten your throat, and speak quickly.”
The hide man’s gaze became even more fierce. Unfortunately, his spine had suffered damage and he was completely paralyzed. His spiritual power was still there, but he was unable to use it at all. When he saw Xu Xingzhi’s face, his eyes were boiling a raging red: “What are you? With the ambition of wild wolves, turning back on your virtue to insolence. You first kill your teacher, and now you become a rabbit grandpa and copulate with your fellow disciples. All these filthy things, do you think that no one knows about what you do in the real word in the wilderness?”
Xu Xingzhi looked at the animal hide man. He frowned slightly and stopped talking.
Zhou Wang was only responsible for watching at the side. She never cared about such interrogation.
This chamber was built for interrogation. Every few days, Meng Chongguang would bring in some people from the wilderness and interrogate them alone without letting others know.
No matter how arrogant and aggressive these people were before they entered, as long as they stayed in the same room with Meng Chongguang for a moment or three. When they were carried out, each of them was as obedient as a small chick.
Seeing Xu Xingzhi’s silence, the animal hide man’s flames flared up again.
“Do you think that because I’m in the wilderness, I will not know of your dirty business?” He laughed in a cruelly and uncanny way two times. “I have a beautiful woman kept beside me. I’m afraid you’ll be scared to hear her name. She was even your acquaintance too. She knows all of your rotten deeds like it was her hand…”
Before he could finish, he was suddenly picked up by Xu Xingzhi, and his face was firmly pressed against the wall on one side.
In the first place, he was badly injured, but now he was caught off guard, grabbed by his hair and pressed against the wall. What could he do to fight back? His dark face was crushed and distorted by the squeezing to the point of almost cracking open.
Xu Xingzhi pressed his head tightly, and the corner of his lips provoked a little mocking laughter: “… You have to figure out what’s going on now. Is this your Sealed Mountain? Who are you shaking your baggage here?”
Zhou Wang was surprised and whistled.
…She seemed to have understood from whom Meng Chongguang had learned his methods.
The hide man was so pressed in that his head was about to burst open, he spoke with fury: “Xu Xingzhi, I must break you up…”
Xu Xingzhi asked, “What break?”
He grabbed the hide man’s head and hit the wall like it was an egg.
The hide man was also considered to have some cultivation, of course, a mortal’s arm strength alone was unlikely to break his head, but to be played like this, he was angry: “Xu Xingzhi, damn you…”
Xu Xingzhi was too lazy to listen to his nagging nonsense. He turned and asked around, “Do you have a dagger?”
Looking at the lively situation for half a day, Zhou Wang was happy to add fire in it. She drew a dagger from her legs and came forward, holding the dagger blade in her hand, ready to pass it to Xu Xingzhi.
Xu Xingzhi said, “You don’t have to pass to me, just show it will do.”
Zhou Wang did as he said. She spun the dagger in her hand and pointed it at the face of the hide man.
Xu Xingzhi took the animal hide man and pulled him off the wall. He pointed his eyes directly at the dagger blade.
The animal hide man immediately lost his voice. Sweat was seeping out from his forehead, his sunken belly whimpered and no words were uttered.
Xu Xingzhi said, “Whatever I ask, you will answer it. Don’t tell me any unnecessary nonsense. Do you understand?”
The eyes were only half an inch away from the dagger. The hide man’s pupils were shaking. He dared not even struggle for an extra inch. There were several loud rolls in his throat.
Although he was already a disabled person, a pair of eyes were after all valuable. With a dagger in front of him, he dared not be rash.
Seeing that he had learned to shut up, Xu Xingzhi asked directly, “What’s your purpose of capturing me?”
The hide man responded properly this time with no redundant word. “To present to Jiu Zhideng… you can also be used to coerce Meng Chongguang.”
Xu Xingzhi: “That’s a good idea. Do you think you can go out of the wilderness if you give me to Jiu Zhideng?”
The hide wearing man: “…Yes.”
Xu Xingzhi: “Can’t you go out by yourself?”
The animal hide man paused and a seam of anxiety flashed in his bloodshot eyes: “What are you talking about? I don’t understand.”
Xu Xingzhi: “Do you really not understand or do you not want to understand? What is the treasure that your subordinates would scrabble madly for even if they were to send themselves to death?”
The hide man roared with all his might. “I don’t understand your words!”
Xu Xingzhi did not want to be entangled with him anymore. He lightly unrevealed his trump card. “Let me guess, its is the wilderness’s key, am I right?”
The hide man’s throat shrank and he could not spit out any single word.
Zhou Wang’s body suddenly stiffened and the fingers holding onto the dagger tightened.
She had thought that it was some spirit stone treasures that were held in the hands of this hide man, but it was unexpectedly, the wilderness’s key that they had been searching hard for years.
But on second thought, it was reasonable.
If those people come to grab the wilderness’s key, then their madness and desperation made sense.
Zhou Wang looked up at Xu Xingzhi with eyes full of surprise and admiration. “How did you guess that?”
…Sorry, I have a script in my hand.
Without answering, Xu Xingzhi held the hide man’s collar and pulled his slightly wet hair away. He put his lips to his ear, and gently analyzed the situation for him. “…Now that you are disabled, do you expect your men to support you even if they can bring you back and wait for their keys to be taken away? You’d better end up being abandoned by them in the wilderness, eaten by monsters, and dying without a corpse. If you give us your key, you’ll at least dead faster. What do you think of the deal?”
The hide man gasped in despair and scolded, “Xu Xingzhi, you bastard!”
Xu Xingzhi was not ashamed to say, “I am a big bastard. Didn’t you know that long ago? What’s the surprise?”
The animal hide man gnawed his teeth and gurgled. He closed his eyes for a long time. It was so long that Zhou Wang thought he was overly angered and had fainted until he opened his eyes again.
“Only… Fragment…” The hide man said pitifully, “I only have a fragment of the key here…”
The author has something to say:
Upper Couple: To the younger generation be as warm as spring willow brushing the face
Lower couplet: Brutal to the enemy like the autumn wind sweeping the leaves
Horizontal scroll: If the upper beam is not straight, the lower ones will go aslant.