Chapter 82 I Hear I’m a Battle G.o.d (19)
But Zhan Yanchao wasn’t worried about that.
What Ji Zuoshan lacked, he could make it up for Ji Zuoshan.
He knew all too well that he wasn’t Ji Zuoshan’s match, and knew that Ji Zuoshan absolutely wouldn’t let him off easily. However, when he put on his mecha, Zhan Yanchao’s body ignited with a rush of hot blood once more.
This could be his last time ever in a mecha. Even if he lost, he needed to lose well.
During the tournament, in order to avoid superiority of equipment affecting the fairness of the match, all compet.i.tors used the standardised training mechas provided by the tournament hosts.
His weapon was a primary light weapon, just like Ji Zuoshan’s.
……This scene was so similar to every one of their practice duels in the past.
Donning his mecha, the dazzling light of the display screen spread out before his eyes. Their senses joined. Zhan Yanchao clenched his fist slightly, confirmed that his energy, like rippling water, had reached every part of his body.
Both parties stood in the stipulated arena. The referee announced the start of the match.
This match had quite a few spectators. They were all antic.i.p.ating the two to begin by spouting off with their mouths, detailing all those times “you wronged me, I wronged you” in the past, then properly begin.
So when the two mechas began to move at practically the exact same time, slamming into each other, no one was able to react, including w.a.n.g Xiaoqing and w.a.n.g Xizhou, who had specifically set aside time to come spectate.
Zhan Yanchao’s right hand swung out with his light whip, it whirling like a golden dragon or a snake made of light. Ji Zuoshan met it with one hand, letting the light whip wrap around his right hand and arm. After he was half-pulled and half-sent himself to before Zhan Yanchao, a light blade flashed out from his left hand, severing the light with a clang——
His metal fingers on his right hand directly grabbed Zhan Yanchao’s mecha’s helmet. The moment his fingers closed around it, the crunch of gold iron shattering into pieces sounded!
Zhan Yanchao, being openly suppressed, unexpectedly neither panicked nor tried to run. He immediately hooked his leg around Ji Zuoshan’s knee, and smashed a fist towards his temple!
But his punch didn’t land.
During the time he’d hooked his leg around Ji Zuoshan’s knee, Ji Zuoshan used that force to kneel down slightly. Sparks spurted from the thruster on his leg, pushing him behind Zhan Yanchao. He swung back around, keeping low, and stabbed his light blade towards the core system on his spine.
Not even having the time to turn, Zhan Yanchao reached behind his back. A light shield burst of of the weapon system on his hand, blocking the light blade that had been heading towards him with the force of a thunderbolt.
The tip of the blade collided with the shield in a rain of sparks.
All this happened in the span of an instant. Watching this, the w.a.n.g family siblings were flabbergasted.
This was their first time seeing what level Ji Zuoshan’s close combat ability was at.
Other than Ji Zuoshan exhibiting his strong spiritual energy at the very beginning of the summer training, he had only ever used the simplest methods to kill the Zerg and take his spoils.
The number of times he’d fought with other mechas was even less. His reputation was so strong that the moment people from other teams saw a dark blue training mecha swagger over, parading itself out in the open, they ran even faster than when they saw the Zerg.
Hence, the w.a.n.g siblings hadn’t thought that Ji Zuoshan would have this kind of strength, just like how they hadn’t expected Zhan Yanchao’s own strength.
……They were all too clear on how horrifying the gold content in this short, three-second long clash of weapons was.
This kind of situation, could only occur when both sides had strength far above the norm.
The people who’d come to watch the ruckus had originally thought that they’d see an utter beatdown, but they didn’t feel any regret.
The sharp screech of gold iron meeting made their adrenaline spike.
His strike not hitting its target, Ji Zuoshan wasn’t interested in engaging further, so he withdrew.
Sure enough, Zhan Yanchao turned his light shield into a giant sword. Holding the hilt with both hands, he stabbed it backwards, the blade sliding a dangerously close half-inch away from the front of his abdomen.
The killing power of a light weapon was enough to penetrate the outer steel sh.e.l.l of a training mecha. Placing his weight on a single foot, Zhan Yanchao pivoted and swung his blade in a horizontal slash, but found that Ji Zuoshan was actually already no longer behind him.
Before he could turn around, he felt his feet leave the ground.
Ji Zuoshan wedged a light hook the length of a boatman’s tow-rope into the back part of his belt, swept him up into the air, then smashed him into the ground. “Be wary of what’s behind you. You often can’t defend against the second surprise attack from behind. ……Twelve.”
w.a.n.g Xiaoqing had yet to realise Ji Zuoshan’s usual practice of coaching people in these past few days. “What is he saying?”
Rosie just smiled, not answering. She said, “Beg me.”
w.a.n.g Xiaoqing, “……” Hmph.
When he fell heavily to the ground, other than the feeling of pain in his body, Zhan Yanchao didn’t feel any anger, rather, a rush of hot blood flooded through his veins.
He rolled to the side, away from the crater he’d made when he hit the floor.
In the next second, the place where he had just been lying was smashed into pieces by a fist.
Before he could steady himself on his feet, he seemed to sense something, and suddenly raised his arm to block his face. Sure enough, Ji Zuoshan’s right leg slashed through the air towards him.
Zhan Yanchao originally thought that he’d be able to block it.
However, Ji Zuoshan’s right leg was actually just a bluff. As soon as he threw up his right arm to block the blow, he used his momentum to turn his body, sweeping out his left leg and landing a heavy kick on Zhan Yanchao’s face!
When everyone thought that Zhan Yanchao was going to fall, Zhan Yanchao actually firmly took the hit and caught the mecha’s ankle with both hands. Several ropes of light climbed up the mecha’s leg. From the looks of it, he was going to imitate what Ji Zuoshan had just done to himself, lifting him and throwing him to the ground.
The thruster on the foot of Ji Zuoshan’s mecha was immediately pushed to its highest gear. Zhan Yanchao didn’t move. He firmly controlled his light ropes, not allowing them to loosen.
In the next second, Ji Zuoshan moved again.
He turned back, placing both hands on Zhan Yanchao’s shoulders.
Outside the arena, w.a.n.g Xiaoqing’s muscles were tense and her blood was boiling. She clenched Rosie’s hands.
w.a.n.g Xizhou looked at his older sister. He bravely volunteered himself, saying, “Jie, don’t be scared, Ji-dage won’t lose. If you’re nervous, you can hold my hand.”
w.a.n.g Xiaoqing didn’t even turn and look at him. “How am I supposed to hold your pickled pepper chicken claws.”
w.a.n.g Xizhou looked at his slender, soft fingers. “……”
Rosie said, “Don’t use any more force.”
w.a.n.g Xiaoqing, “It hurts?”
Rosie said honestly, “If you grasp my hands any tighter, I’ll get hard.”
w.a.n.g Xiaoqing, “……” Stinky hooligan, hmph.
w.a.n.g Xizhou was dumbstruck.
From the weapon system in Ji Zuoshan’s palm, out popped a light rope exactly the same as the ones Zhan Yanchao was using, only that there was a nail on the top. It swung over his shoulder and directly wedged itself in the rubber surface.
Zhan Yanchao, “……” f.u.c.k!
Before his muscles could muster the strength to react, the light rope in Ji Zuoshan’s palm retracted, flowing back into his palm, making a sliding sound that made one’s teeth itch.
In the next moment, Ji Zuoshan’s mecha was then pulled over to behind Zhan Yanchao. By the time the light ropes hindering his legs pa.s.sed Zhan Yanchao’s neck, Ji Zuoshan swiftly twisted his legs, making the light ropes form a cross and wrap around Zhan Yanchao’s neck!
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Before the light ropes could wrap around his neck, Zhan Yanchao quickly retracted his weapon. However, Ji Zuoshan was one step faster than him, using the nail to silently land behind his back, wrapping his arms around his mecha’s waist and following that with a violent rain of elbow strikes.
Some people were mocking surnamed Zhan’s recklessness, while others silently admired his courage to fight to the death.
Ji Zuoshan said gently, “You chose the wrong timing…… Thirty six.”
As he spoke, the light whip reached the shield formed from Ji Zuoshan’s spiritual power and broke into pieces.
But Zhan Yanchao unexpectedly flew up, pushing himself into mid-air with his movement equipment. He grabbed a broken fragment of his light whip, condensed it into a dagger, and held it like a pen in one hand as he aimed the blade downwards and stabbed it at Ji ZUoshan’s shoulder!!
This was an attack without any fancy tricks, truly with the att.i.tude of one fighting for their life.
Ji Zuoshan retreated half a step, instantly removing his spiritual energy barrier. The two light bullets turned into disparate powder, scattering to the ground, even harder to find.
Before he made his move, he calmly pointed out Zhan Yanchao’s problem, “Don’t casually hover in front of me.”
He slowly calculated the number of moves he’d made against Zhan Yanchao.
One hundred, five hundred, seven hundred.
On his seven hundred and ninth move, Zhan Yanchao, whose weapon systems on his arms and hands had already been completely destroyed, still wanted to stand up, but was thrown to the ground with a horizontal kick from Ji Zuoshan. The mechanical system on his left shoulder suddenly lost function.
Just one more, and then it would be seven hundred and ten.
When his back fell to the ground, every weak point on Zhan Yanchao’s body was exposed in front of Ji Zuoshan.
He even had the heart to let out a faint smile.
He’d had a good time. That was enough.
……Xiao Ji, this time, I’ll be your human sacrifice.
However, the hit and pain he’d imagined never came.
His training mecha was shaken to pieces inch by inch from the joints by Ji Zuoshan’s spiritual energy, accurate to every smallest part, but the body wrapped inside the mecha was utterly unharmed.
Zhan Yanchao even thought that he was hallucinating. Dazed, he sat up, and saw countless broken pieces of his mech fall off of his body.
The crowd watching, “……” f.u.c.k, manually forcing him out of the cabin.
Zhan Yanchao stared blankly at the person who had walked over to him.
“You’re a future soldier of this planet,” Ji Zuoshan said gently, “I won’t destroy an excellent soldier.”
Not because of old feelings, not because he still had any fantasies, just because his fighting skills were worthy of respect.
After that, he walked away, not looking back.
As he stared at his back, Zhan Yanchao’s entire body trembled with pain.
So dazzling, such a good person, why did he lose him in the beginning.
Why was he only left with the view of his back now……
On Chi Xiaochi’s display screen, Zhan Yanchao’s regret value rose straight up, all the way to 72 points.
“Wait! Wait a minute——”
Zhan Yanchao struggled to his feet, clutching at his still faintly painful chest. He shouted, “Xiao Ji, what are you going to do? You don’t have enough energy to turn into an Alpha……”
Ji Zuoshan stopped. He turned back, showing half his face. The corners of his lips rose slightly in a smile. “I can transform by myself, without needing to take anything from any of you.”
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