The Nine Cauldrons


Book 1 Chapter 11: Escaped Convict ‘Chu Tian’

“He smiled at you?” Li Ran was surprised.

“Yeah, I don’t know why, but I feel that he doesn’t have any ill intentions.” Qin Hong said doubtfully, “Actually, this ‘Lone Wolf of the Flying Knives’ has always given me a sense of familiarity, as if I’ve met him somewhere before. But no matter how hard I try, I’m unable to remember anything.”

“If you cannot remember, then don’t get yourself confused thinking about it.” Li Ran said.

After a short while, they heard someone knocking on their door.

“It must be Brother Yang. I’ll go open the door.” Qin Hong went to the drawing room at once. He looked outside through the peephole before he opened the door. There was a refined man wearing glasses outside the door. He was around 1.75 meters tall. As soon as he came inside, Qin Hong shut the door of the entrance.

At this time, Li Ran came out of the bedroom.

“Brother Yang.” Li Ran greeted with a smile.

“Little Ran, you should care more about your child and stop running wildly all over the place. Make sure to rest properly.” ‘Brother Yang’ said with a smile on his face. The real name of this Brother Yang was Yang Yun, he was the general supervisor of all the members of the Special Operations Organization within the entire Jiangsu province. His personal strength was also extremely high. Due to the involvement of ‘Lone Wolf of the Flying Knives’ as well as God Kingdom’s two giants, almost all members of the Special Operations Organization present in the Jiangsu province had gathered in Yangzhou City.

Yang Yun looked at Qin Hong: “Qin Hong, you said that you saw ‘Lone Wolf of the Flying Knives.’ Go and see whether he’s still there or not.”

Qin Hong nodded his head. He went over to the drawing room window, and slightly looked through the blind.

“Brother Yang, he’s still there.” The moment Qin Hong spoke out, Yang Yun immediately came over to the window.

“Brother Yang, look at the biggest window of the second floor of that Tea House across the street. The man sitting beside the window is none other than ‘Lone Wolf of the Flying Knives.’ There is a woman sitting right before him.” Qin Hong frowned, “Oh, it’s her?”

“Her?” Yang Yun said wonderingly.

“Yeah, I didn’t observe her carefully before. I never thought it would be her. She’s called Lin Qing, and is a relatively famous individual of our Yangzhou City.” Yangzhou City was neither a small nor a big city. Qin Hong was naturally completely aware of all the famous individuals of such a moderate size city.

Yang Yun slightly nodded his head, and then took out his phone to make a call.

“Chen San, bring over your group members, and… hmm, gather at the White Cloud Café located across Qin Hong’s house. I’m going to hand over an important task to you!” After he finished speaking, he hung up the phone.

“Qin Hong, you stay here and don’t go anywhere else.” As he finished entrusting the task, he left Qin Hong’s residence at once.


In a secluded room inside White Cloud Café, there was only Yang Yun with a seemingly simple and honest middle-aged person.

After listening to the information that he receiving from his earpiece, the simple and honest looking middle-aged person nodded his head, and said: “Chief Yang, ‘Lone Wolf of the Flying Knives’ has already left the Willow Tea House. One of my squad members is responsible for tracking Lin Qing, the other four will tail ‘Lone Wolf of the Flying Knives’ in a crisscrossing pattern.”

Yang Yun didn’t say anything and silently waited for updates on their current operation.

After a short while, the middle-aged person spoke with a helpless wry smile: “Chief Yang, ‘Lone Wolf of the Flying Knives’ has disappeared from the sight of our members.”

“So it really didn’t turn out as I expected.” Yang Yun said with a smile as he shook his head, “This ‘Lone Wolf of the Flying Knives’ can be called an Ultimate Expert, standing at the pinnacle of the world, and he was once a hitman as well. He must be very good at concealment, tracking and anti-tracking. It would be extremely difficult for us to track him. Well, forget it. Chen San, have your group keep a close eye on Lin Qing. Perhaps we can find some way out of this predicament through Lin Qing.”

“Yes Sir.” Chen San immediately responded to the order.

Teng Qingshan was walking as if he was going on a stroll inside an old alley.

“The people who were tracking me just now should be from the same organization as my younger brother,” Teng Qingshan speculated, “Considering my younger brother’s status, he must’ve recognized my identity as ‘Lone Wolf of the Flying Knives.’” Teng Qingshan didn’t care about it at all. A common Special Operations team member like his younger brother was no different from an ordinary person in Teng Qingshan’s eyes.

All of a sudden, Teng Qingshan slightly pricked up his ears and quickened his pace.

After turning a corner, he found a very lean man who was wearing cap inside the alley right before him.

The reason Teng Qingshan didn’t linger at the Willow Tea House was precisely to track this lean man. But with Teng Qingshan’s strength, he didn’t need to watch him with his eyes. He could simply rely on his ears, without any fear of losing the target.

“This guy went back and forth by my younger brother’s residence three times this morning, and every time he wearing different clothes. Furthermore, every time he passed by, he carefully observed my younger brother’s residence. So he must be harboring malicious intentions,” Teng Qingshan’s attention had clearly been focused on his younger brother’s residence, but he also observed everyone who passing by it.

With his specially trained memory, just taking a glimpse at someone was enough for him to remember them without fail.

This was especially true in the case of the man before him, whose disguising ability wasn’t that good in the first place.

“Moreover, there was some abnormality in his eyes as he looked at the surrounding things. It was as if he was wary of others.” As an Ultimate level hitman, he could very easily discover the strengths and weaknesses of another person. He clearly observed that the disguising ability of this person was very bad.

After determining that the other person was harboring malicious intentions towards his younger brother, how could Teng Qingshan let him off? His younger brother Qing He was his only family member after all.

Although the lean man was being followed by Teng Qingshan, he wasn’t aware of it at all.

Before long, the lean man arrived at a six-story residential building in the neighborhood, and went up the stairs. Teng Qingshan listened to the sound coming from the head of the flight of stairs.

“Third floor, the room on the left side of the stairs.”Teng Qingshan easily distinguished the other person’s location after listening to the sound.

He immediately went upstairs, and arrived at the third floor. Then he stuck his ears to the wooden door of the room the lean man had entered.

Only faint sound could be heard from the room, but it was perfectly clear to Teng Qingshan.

“Hey Boss Li, I’ve already done the groundwork. Seriously, you never told me that Qin Hong also has a pregnant wife. When I go to kill Qin Hong, I will have to make sure to kill his wife too while I am at it. Otherwise, his wife will call others and I’ll be discovered by surrounding people. That would certainly be too unlucky for me. So yeah, I think you should increase the payout for this job. How about increasing it by another hundred thousand? I think this much should be nothing for you, Boss Li.”

When Teng Qingshan, who was listening to everything from outside the room, heard what the man said, his heart started to fill with killing intent.

They want to kill my younger brother and sister-in-law?

His younger brother was his one and only family member, he would absolutely not allow something like this to happen.

“Haha, Boss Li, you’re indeed a frank person. No problem! When I’m done with everything, I’ll leave this place at once. Don’t worry, although Qin Hong is powerful, I’ve already made a plan to handle him. He will die for sure. All right, just wait for the good news from me.” The man inside the room hung up the phone.

Teng Qingshan grabbed the door lock, and operated his inner strength. He then pushed open the door in a very relaxed manner. The door of the room opened with extreme ease, as if it wasn’t locked in the first place.

The lean man was lying contentedly on the sofa inside the drawing room, his mouth humming a discordant tune. Just as he was about to turn on the TV with the remote control in his hand, his gaze swept past the doorway. That was when he suddenly saw a glass wearing young man push the door open and enter. Then that person very smoothly closed the door again.

“You, who are you?” The lean man jumped up in fear. He still felt very doubtful in his heart. Could it be he didn’t close the door? Impossible, there’s no way he could be so careless.

“Who am I?” Teng Qingshan walked over to him with a smile.

The lean man’s eyes showed a firm look as he pulled out a gun from the back of his waist with lightning speed.

However, the young man who was close to the entrance a few seconds ago, was already right in front of him. The young man then grasped the gun in his hands.

*Crunch, Crunch* The barrel of the gun actually was broken and bent by the young man’s hand.

The complexion of the lean man greatly changed.

He knew very well how hard the gun’s barrel was. There was no way he could resist a person who could break and bend the barrel of the gun just by relying on his hand strength.

“Elder Brother, you, what underworld organization are you from?

The lean man was so frightened that he shivered inside his heart. He hastily said, “This humble me is Chu Tian, and I also have some reputation in the underworld… Some time ago, I committed a crime in my homeland and was listed as wanted due to it. That’s the reason why I came to this noble place of yours. If I somewhere offended you, Elder Brother…”

“Shut up.” Teng Qingshan said indifferently.

This ‘Chu Tian’ was so scared that he immediately shut his mouth.

“I’m going to ask you some things, and you have to answer me truthfully” Teng Qingshan said in a plain tone, but his ice-cold eyes made Chu Tian even more scared.

“Elder Brother, please ask anything you want.” Chu Tian hurriedly said.

“Are you planning to kill Qin Hong’s family?” Teng Qingshan indifferently said.

Chu Tian was startled, and couldn’t help hesitate a bit.

“SNAP!” Before he could even see the other person make a move, he felt a sharp pain in his right arm. Chu Tian cried out in pain as the bones of his whole arm were forcibly broken. But when he looked in the eyes of the other person, he ground his teeth and forcefully prevented himself from letting out a loud shout. Because it was clear to him that…

The more he shouted in this kind of situation, the sooner he would meet his death.

Chu Tian’s forehead was sweating due to pain, in a trembling voice he said, “Yes. When I broke the law, I was already wanted, so I didn’t have anything to lose. Therefore, as I passed by Yangzhou, I decided to make some quick money and leave after that. Is that Qin Hong your friend, Elder Brother? If that’s the case, this humble me asks your forgiveness. I will leave this place without any delay or objection. If Elder Brother is still not satisfied with it, do tell me what you want me to do.”

“Who hired you to do it?”

Teng Qingshan still asked in a plain tone.

“I, I can’t tell you that,” Chu Tian tried hard to squeeze out a faint smile on his face, “It’s against my work ethic to…”

*Snap* In an instant, the bones of his left arm were also broken.

The strength of Teng Qingshan’s hand and his grim attitude caused the collapse of Chu Tian’s mind.

“I told you, I’m going to ask and you’re going to answer. I’m not going to ask again. If you don’t answer my question, you know the consequence very well.” Teng Qingshan then indifferently said, “Who is Boss Li!?”

“You know?” When he heard Teng Qingshan speak out the two words ‘Boss Li,’ the heart of escaped convict ‘Chu Tian’ couldn’t help but fill with anger. You already know and you still asked me about it? However, as the bones of both arms were broken, he didn’t have the courage to say anything about the injustice he felt.

“Answer my question.” Teng Qingshan said.

Chu Tian took a deep breath, and with great difficulty endured the severe pain he was feeling in his both arms, “Elder Brother, if I answer your question, you, you must not kill me. If you don’t agree to it, I won’t say anything even if today I die a torturous death,” Chu Tian said while grinding his teeth, his eyes looking firmly at Teng Qingshan.

Teng Qingshan just indifferently looked at him, “Fine!”

Chu Tian let out a sigh of relief within his heart.

He seemed to believe that an individual with such great strength must regard it as very important to keep his promises.

“The one who made me do this, is the chairman of the Ming Shan Conglomerate, ‘Li Mingshan.’ That Li Mingshan is a big shot who commands respect in the underworld.” Chu Tian said.

“Li Mingshan, Ming Shan Conglomerate.” Teng Qingshan remembered the name.

Then Teng Qingshan waved his hand. His forefinger and middle finger combined together to form a sword, and directly pierced between the eyebrows of the escaped criminal. Chu Tian felt pain inside his head as his entire consciousness blurred. At the same time, he felt frightened and grudgingly looked at Teng Qingshan. Soon afterwards, his eyes grew dim as they completely lost their lustre.

He hated Teng Qingshan for not complying with his promise.

Teng Qingshan indifferently glanced at him.

He had been struggling within a pile of corpses ever since he was seven years old, and could be called the most fearsome hitman in the whole world. Since childhood he had learned to use every way possible to kill a target. So how could he let off his opponent due to some ridiculous promise? Even more so when the other person was going to kill his younger brother’s family. It was definitely impossible for him to allow the existence of anything that could threaten his family member’s life.

Teng Qingshan left the room, leaving behind the corpse and distorted gun.

“Li Mingshan!”

Teng Qingshan silently called out at the bottom of his heart.


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