Now, many martial artists had grown stronger after refining the Spirit Turtle core. Even so, Callan was still one of the most powerful martial artists in the world.
“Where’s Thomas?” Callan asked.
James shook his head and said, “I can’t reach him. He’s an elusive figure. You don’t know where he could be at this moment. Every time he leaves, I can’t find him no matter how hard I try.”
“Hahaha!” At that moment, a burst of laughter boomed from outside.
Then, the door opened.
A man wearing a white robe walked in.
Upon seeing the man, James rolled his eyes and asked, “Grandpa, are you always just around me? How do you manage to appear every time I mention your name?”
Thomas walked over to James and took a seat, saying smilingly, “If it wasn’t for me’ protecting you from the shadows, you’d have been long dead…”
“Grandpa, you must have heard that I plan to head to Malgudi.”
Upon hearing this, Thomas’ expression turned grim.
After a while, he nodded slightly and said, “Yes, I have…”
“What’s your opinion on the matter?” James questioned.
“Go,” Thomas uttered a single word.
Upon hearing this, James was relieved. Now, he could finally head to Malgudi and annihilate the Gu Sect and Lucjan Owen.
“Grandpa, what’s your current strength?” James asked.
He was curious to know what his grandfather’s strength was. He only knew that he had yet to ascend the Skyward Stairway before the Mount Thunder Conference.
Thomas smiled and said, “I’m just a step away from reaching the ninth rank…”
James could not help but ask, “Which Stair have you ascended?”
Thomas glanced at Callan and pointed at him, saying, “I can fight against three of him, no problem at all. However…”
He continued, “Something went wrong while I was cultivating. As the matter is currently unresolved, I can’t use True Energy as I please, or else it might backfire on me…”
James was shocked by Thomas’ strength.
Fighting three Callan Mavericks at once?
Just how strong was he to utter such arrogant words?
Displeased, Callan looked at Thomas and said, “Aren’t you being a little too overconfident in yourself? I didn’t refine the Spirit Turtle core, but I managed to gain some insights and increase my strength after recovering from my injuries.”
“I know…” Thomas said nonchalantly, “I know you’re already on the Third Stair and will soon reach the fourth. Fighting against the three of you is just a conservative estimate. Once I reach my peak condition, I can kill you in a single move.”
Thomas was reassured of his strength.
Callan fell silent.
After James recollected himself, he said, “Grandpa, I can inspect your condition…”
Thomas waved and said, “No need. There’s no way you can heal my body. Anyway, go to Malgudi in peace. Callan and I will be watching the situation from the shadows. If things go awry, we will intervene in time.”
Hearing this, James was at ease.
“By the way, how are you doing, Thea?” Thomas suddenly looked at Thea who was beside James.
“Huh?” Thea was preoccupied with the conversation.
When Thomas posed her a question out of the blue, she momentarily froze before recollecting herself and said, “V-Very well… I’m doing fine.”
“I’m glad to know that…”
Thomas nodded gently and said, “Remember, no one can gain immense power in a short amount of time without paying a price. Cultivation requires patience and discipline.”
Though Thea could not understand what Thomas was hinting at, she nodded slightly and said, “Understood…”