Ninth In the World - Chapter 886
Chapter 886: The Disappointing Connate Treasure
When the jade bottle was sent away, almost everyone looked at the Teleportation Array pattern before Yi Ji.
A long moment passed, but nothing happened.
Such a teleportation usually occurred instantly. Even an idiot would know that something was amiss when nothing had happened after so long.
“Friend, why did you not teleport the Quintessential Essence of the Universe to me?” Yi Ji demanded coldly as he stared at Di Jiu.
Di Jiu was not surprised. Logically, such underhanded methods should not be used in such a trading hall yet they just had.
Almost everyone saw that Di Jiu had placed the jade bottle on the Teleportation Array pattern and the jade bottle had been teleported out. Since it had not appeared before Itinerant Yi Ji, it meant that it had been stolen during the teleportation process.
Di Jiu could not know who the culprit was unless he thoroughly analyzed this Teleportation Array pattern for some time.
The average person would have thought that it had been stolen by the trading hall, yet Di Jiu was sure that Itinerant Yi Ji was the one who had stolen it. The trading hall would not and dared not do such a thing.
This was a fact that probably everyone present knew. Since everyone knew the truth, not many people would help Yi Ji if Di Jiu displayed a forceful attitude.
With that thought in mind, Di Jiu opened his palm and the Heavenly Aqua Saber appeared on it. Then, he said arrogantly, “Come out now. You are called Yi Ji, right? Come and seize my ring if you dare.”
While Di Jiu said that, he silently observed the rest of the cultivators. If many people rushed up to stop him, he intended to stop and offer up a drop of Quintessential Essence of the Universe.
However, as he had expected, no one stopped him. Only the black-robed old man said, “Daoist, you have indeed accepted the Soul-Gathering Immortal Lotuses Yi Ji gave you, yet the Quintessential Essence of the Universe you teleported did not appear on his table. Nothing can go wrong in the trading hall, so the only possible explanation is that you actually did not send it out.”
Di Jiu knew that there were two possibilities. The other explanation was that the trading hall had allowed Itinerant Yi Ji to take it away in secret. It would be meaningless to say that, however, which was why he did not.
“If you take other people’s things but do not give your own, it is an unfair trade. I believe that Itinerant Yi Ji will not let you off. This is something that the trading hall will not interfere with, as it is considered a personal feud. However, you came here to trade two Connate treasures. There is still one left. You can head out with Daoist Yi Ji after you complete your trade to settle this feud,” the black-robed old man said calmly with a murderous intent.
Di Jiu immediately understood what the man was implying. Everyone knew that he had taken out the jade bottle that contained the Quintessential Essence of the Universe, but they were not concerned about that. Since Yi Ji had taken the Quintessential Essence of the Universe, they were all more concerned about the second Connate treasure Di Jiu wanted to trade.
With that thought in mind, he put the Heavenly Aqua Saber away, returned to his seat, and sat down. At the same time, he sneered at Itinerant Yi Ji. He would most likely be extremely mad when he saw that the Quintessential Essence of the Universe Di Jiu had given him was a drop of ordinary water.
When Di Jiu had sensed that something was amiss, he had decided not to hand the real Quintessential Essence of the Universe over. If it all went smoothly, his guess would be wrong. He would then apologize and personally deliver a drop of Quintessential Essence of the Universe to Yi Ji.
Since his guess had been right, he would naturally not hand over the real Quintessential Essence of the Universe.
Yi Ji did not take any action when Di Jiu returned to his seat. There was a tacit agreement that Di Jiu was his prey. He would have all the time he wanted after Di Jiu traded off the second Connate treasure.
The other cultivators were relieved as well. Not many people cared about the whole situation between Yi Ji and Di Jiu. Most people had come for Di Jiu’s two Connate treasures. The first item could not really be considered a Connate Dharma treasure, but it was indeed a quality item and was actually even better than a Connate Dharma treasure.
Di Jiu pressed the trade button again when he sat down. At the moment, no one wanted to compete with Di Jiu over the authority to start this trading round. Everyone was waiting for him.
When the trade light in front of him lit up, Di Jiu took out a jade box and announced, “This is a Universe Membrane fragment. I intend to trade it for the Earth King Book or something else of the same rank…”
The entire hall fell silent.
This would definitely have been considered a Connate treasure if it had appeared in the Dao World or other Divine Worlds, for it was even more valuable than a Connate treasure to some cultivators. However, the Universe Membrane fragment was not considered a top-notch treasure there.
Almost everyone there had seen a Universe Membrane fragment before. It was truly valuable, but it could be easily found during the heaven-opening process. When people started to use too many such fragments, their number decreased. Everyone there would have thrown rotten eggs at D Jiu if their culture had allowed them to.
“Is the Universe Membrane fragment the second Connate treasure you were speaking of?” The black-robed old man frowned.
He and everyone else felt like they had been played.
Di Jiu frowned and said, “Of course. This thing is even more valuable than the Quintessential Essence of the Universe. I came from outside, and this is a priceless treasure there. Are Connate treasures comparable to a Universe Membrane fragment? I urgently needed some Dharma treasures for personal usage, which is why I took this out to trade it.”
The disappointed cultivators started to leave. They had come to see Di Jiu’s Connate treasures, and none of them cared about the Universe Membrane fragment. However, one could not say that Di Jiu had lied to them, as he had come from outside. It was not wrong to consider the Universe Membrane fragment something akin to a Connate treasure.
The Quintessential Essence of the Universe was indeed more valuable than most Connate treasures there. Therefore, there was nothing wrong with Di Jiu treating both the Quintessential Essence of the Universe and the Universe Membrane fragment as Connate treasures.
“Senior, May I ask if this Universe Membrane fragment is bad? Why does no one want it?” Di Jiu looked at the black-robed old man innocently.
The black-robed old man waved his hand dismissively and said impatiently, “It is too good, so no one can afford it.”
Di Jiu put the Universe Membrane fragment away and glanced at Itinerant Yi Ji, who had been staring at him. Then, he turned and left the hall with the other cultivators.
The real trade started after Di Jiu left. However, no one cared much about this trade, so many people followed Di Jiu out. They all wanted to know how Itinerant Yi Ji would teach this arrogant cultivator a lesson.
Yi Ji was not anxious at all, for Di Jiu was his prey and no one could compete with him. Also, no one could leave the Dao Abyss, which was why he was in a hurry. Di Jiu would always be in the Dao Abyss, no matter where he went.
Po Xu, who was bound to the trading hall’s square, looked on with wide eyes as Di Jiu and countless cultivators walked out of the trading hall. What was going on? The trade seemed to have just started. Why had it ended so fast?
Many cultivators lingered around after walking out of the trading hall. They stood around the Dao Abyss Square, anticipating how the story between Di Jiu and Yi Ji would end.