1127 Another Failure?
Time always passed by very quickly when one was not busy. In the blink of an eye, the day had gone by and 0542 had already completed most of the preparations for Jiang Fei.
"Captain, the preparations for your advancement has been completed. You may begin the process at any time," 0542 said to Jiang Fei.
"Alright!" Jiang Fei nodded. Although he had tried his best to appear calm, he still could not hide his excitement.
"Ariel, come on. Protect me!" Jiang Fei nodded at Ariel. In actual fact, she had already been following Jiang Fei around since the day before.
Jiang Fei did not seem to suspect anything. He merely thought that Ariel wanted to be around him.
"Okay!" Ariel nodded obediently. Due to her suspicions toward 0542, she had decided not to let Jiang Fei out of her sight.
After greeting his family members and informing Han Tianyu, Jiang Fei summoned the Gigantic Sword. Very soon, Jiang Fei and Ariel arrived at an abandoned island on the peripheral areas of Winter Islands.
"Okay! This is far enough from the center of the islands. The remnant energy waves won't affect anyone living around here," Jiang Fei claimed.
"Captain, can we begin?" 0542 asked.
"Yeah! Let's begin!" Jiang Fei took in a deep breath. According to the plan left behind by 0541, Jiang Fei's leveling process would not be a walk in the park.
"Initiating Plan 07548!" 0542 sounded mechanical yet again.
Thereafter, Jiang Fei's thoughts got interfered with strange energy waves. In an instant, Jiang Fei felt as if he was brought back to a memorable scene in the past.
"Husband, leave me, run…" A familiar voice could be heard from behind him. Jiang Fei jerked his head around and saw that Ariel was heavily injured but she was still trying her best to keep the shield active.
As the loud sound was heard, a beautiful black dragon appeared next to Jiang Fei and Ariel.
"Hmph! Do you think I won't kill you just because you possess the Dragon bloodline?" A loud snort could be heard from far away. Thereafter, a divine light struck the black dragon as it was instantly flung far away.
"Bella!" Jiang Fei felt pain in his heart. Although he knew it was only an illusion, he could not help but feel pained by the sight.
"Husband, get away…" Jiang Fei felt someone shoving him away. However, he had not moved at all.
Another divine light struck Jiang Fei as he saw a bright light flash before him.
Shuffle! Shuffle! Shuffle!
Several more divine light beams came his way. Jiang Fei could see cracks appearing on the protective shield around his body.
As another divine light hit him, Jiang Fei felt as if his heart was being torn apart. He knew what was going to happen next…
"This isn't the ending I want!" Jiang Fei roared. He wanted to fight against the Light Faction Overlord. Unfortunately, he could not control his body at all. In fact, nobody could hear his angry cries. After all, it was all an illusion. The scene was merely being replayed in his mind. All Jiang Fei could do was observe.
Bella who had blocked Jiang Fei was suddenly struck by the divine light.
Her corpse instantly fell in front of Jiang Fei.
Right then, a sorrowful song was being sung. As Jiang Fei turned around, he could see Ariel's body beginning to burn as it did before. She was burning herself to chant the Song of Dreams so that Jiang Fei could escape.
"Ahh… I'm so useless! I can't even protect the women around me!" Jiang Fei cried out angrily.
The scene suddenly changed before his eyes. Both Ariel and the Light Faction Overlord had disappeared. Instead, a pale-faced Bella with bloodshot eyes stood in front of him.
Various battle scenes began to unfold before Jiang Fei. He was an observer on the sidelines who could do nothing but watch.
Although it seemed as if Bella was fighting effortlessly, Jiang Fei could see from her facial expression that she was in a lot of pain. However, as soon as the battles ended, and when Bella returned to Jiang Fei, the painful expression would disappear from her face. Instead, she would smile at Jiang Fei from the bottom of her heart. However, as an observer on the sidelines, Jiang Fei could see through the facade of Bella's smile as her lips occasionally trembled from the pain.
The scene around Jiang Fei changed yet again. This time, Bella was lying on the ground. A cloaked man was moving a knife across Bella's face.
"Demonic Monarch!" Jiang Fei gritted his teeth. If Bella had not killed the Demonic Monarch in the previous battle, Jiang Fei would personally tear him apart.
"Ahh!" Jiang Fei roared. He was beyond furious.
"Why? Why are you all so strong? How could this be? How could I be such a useless person? I can't stand being such a weakling! I can't stand that I am unable to protect the women I care about! I want to become stronger! I want all of you to be weaklings!" Jiang Fei screamed.
A dim light flashed from the mysterious ring on Jiang Fei's finger. A large amount of energy began to disperse from the ring as it started flowing into Jiang Fei's body.
As it happened before, Jiang Fei's emotions were heightened as he entered the advancement state. As Jiang Fei was clear about his own pathway and understood his own Power of Conqueror, all he lacked was energy.
Jiang Fei had failed to advance to Level 5 the last time because he lacked energy. He also lacked the years of experience other Level 5 experts possessed. However, it was different this time. Jiang Fei now possessed 100 million energy crystals which were enough for him to get past the Level 5 threshold.
Although it was still an external source of energy, forcefully injecting energy was very different from actively absorbing it. If Jiang Fei had followed 0542's method, he would have become a fake Level 5 through a forceful injection of energy.
Meanwhile, 0541's method was to actively provoke Jiang Fei's emotions. By doing so, Jiang Fei who had comprehended the Power of Conqueror would naturally advance to Level 5 by absorbing the necessary amount of energy.
Energy continued to flow into Jiang Fei's body like waves. From afar, Ariel looked on nervously. At the same time, she was paying close attention to 0542.
After approximately three hours, Jiang Fei's body began to emanate a weird aura after absorbing a large amount of energy. It felt as if Jiang Fei was still in the realm of a pinnacle Level 4. However, the aura was very strange. Moreover, Jiang Fei could no longer absorb any more energy.
"What's going on? Is there a problem?" Ariel asked with a look of concern on her face.