After Callan told him not to act recklessly, James did not contact anyone else. After he returned home, he simply rested.
In the room at night…
Thea held James in her embrace and asked softly, “Darling, when are we going to Malgudi?”
James said, “We’ll wait for news from the Mount Thunder Sect. Once I discuss matters with Callan tomorrow, I’ll head over to the Mount Thunder Sect and meet up with Jackson Cabral.”
Thea said with consternation, “I feel like something’s amiss…”
James asked, “Why? What’s wrong?”
The Celestial Sect was the one who found out about this. However, Thea was worried about the manner in which they investigated. This was information obtained by disciples of the Celestial Sect who successfully infiltrated the Gu Sect. This matter should be one of the Gu Sect’s top secrets, which only high-ranking members would know. However, the Celestial Sect managed to get its hands on the information without great difficulty. Their objective could be to lure James and the ancient martial artists there to annihilate them all at once.
Thea was lost in contemplation. Naturally, she could not divulge how she managed to learn of this.
“I don’t know either… It’s just my instinct…”
Smiling, James said, “Relax, everything will be fine. Almost the entire martial world will be joining us. Even if the entire nation of Malgudi is a trap, we will simply break through it.”
Even so, Thea was still worried.
The Gu Sect utilized Gu venom. No matter how powerful the martial artists were, they would only be lambs to the slaughter after being poisoned by Gu venom.
I hope I’m just overthinking things…
Thea fell silent.
The night passed silently.
The next day…
Callan arrived at Thea’s house early the next morning.
“What’s going on, James?”
Though James had briefed Callan on the matter over the phone, some messages could only be accurately conveyed in person. After they met, James narrated the chain of events that unfolded to Callan once more. He told him about the Gu Sect annihilating families and sects and abducting their youngsters. He also updated him on the intelligence the Mount Thunder Sect gathered.
Callan listened intently.
Upon hearing James’ narration, he said anxiously, “James, this could be a trap.”
“Even if it’s a trap, I can’t just sit idly by and watch the martial artists get controlled by Gu venom.”
As Thea had mentioned this last night, James had a slight feeling that it would be a trap. However, he had no choice but to go. Otherwise, the martial artists would be controlled by Gu venom.
If that came to pass, not only would their strength be boosted, but they would no longer fear death or pain. By then, it would be too late.
After long contemplation, Callan sighed, “Even though we know this is a trap, we don’t have a choice. Lucjan has lost his conscience for power.”
James looked at Callan and asked, “So what’s your opinion on the matter?”
After some thought, Callan said, “How about this? You will meet up with Jackson Cabral and the other martial artists at the Mount Thunder Sect and head out to Malgudi. I, on the other hand, will follow along secretly. That way, I can bring in reinforcements if it really is a trap. Saving the abducted martial artists is no longer important. What’s important is to preserve the lives of those who will be participating in the expedition. If they die, the ancient martial world is over.”
“That sounds like a good plan.”
James was at ease upon hearing that Callan would follow along in secret. After all, he was once the most powerful individual.