James woke up.
As he slowly opened his eyes, he found himself staring at a white ceiling.
“Where am I?”
As his throat moved slightly, he let out a feeble voice.He wanted to get up, but when he moved, a severe pain shot through his body.
“Ah…” he cried out in pain.
Thea, who was nodding off, immediately reacted and grabbed James’ hand.
“Honey, I’m here. I’m here… It’s alright. Don’t be scared…”
James was calmed down by Thea’s voice.
He moved his head a little to look at Thea, who was sitting beside him, and asked frailly, “Thea, you… Why are you here? Oh, and uh, where am I?”
James was extremely confused right now. He could not remember much. He closed his eyes and tried to sort through his memories.
It was then that he remembered.
He went to Malgudi. He was captured there, and Tobias eventually absorbed his True Energy. Then, he went unconscious. He had no idea what happened after that.
“Thea, how is Malgudi, by the way?”
Thea shook her head slightly and said, “I-I don’t know. Sir Caden brought you here. You were already unconscious when you were brought here. We’re now in Cansington.”
She held James’ hand tightly and said, “Honey, Sir Caden said that all of your power had been absorbed. Now you’re just like any other person. Can we just put everything else behind us? Can we no longer care about what happens in the ancient martial arts world? Can we stop worrying about the country’s major issues?”
Thea started to cry as she was saying that. From the corners of her eyes, tears began to fall.
“Honey, I’m worried. I’m so scared. I worry that one day I’ll lose you. Let’s just let everything go and not care about any of that. Let’s live our lives like normal people, okay?”
At this moment, James was at a loss.
Let everything go?
He could not let it go now.
How could he?
The Gu Sect had not yet been destroyed, Orient Commerce was still in operation, and the election was near. If he did not deal with them right now, all of his previous efforts would be for naught.
However, when he saw the tearful eyes of the woman in front of him and noticed her tear-stained face, James’ heart softened.
He wanted to take care of the problems. Nevertheless, he had lost his power. He had become a useless man. Even if he wanted to do something, he lacked the strength to do so.
“Thea, I promise you,” James said in a weak voice.
“From now on, I’m not going to bother with other things. From now on, there will be no Dragon King, and there will be no Emperor. Now, I’m just a regular person.”
“Mhm…” Thea nodded with tears in her eyes.
“I-I’m a little thirsty…”
“Wait… I’ll get some water right now.”
Thea promptly let go of James to get a glass of warm water. She then fed James some water with a spoon in her hand.
James had promised Thea that he would live his life as an ordinary person from now on. That said, he was frustrated. In order to clean up everything, he had put in a lot of effort.
It was almost a success, and yet reality gave him another way.
He closed his eyes and buried it all in his heart.
Shortly, he remembered the Nine Scriptures of Ordeals that he had previously recorded at Polaris Sect.
It was the unrivaled martial art skill developed by the founder of Polaris Sect after they lost their power and became disabled. Not only did Archbishop Polaris regain his power, but his strength was greater than before. It was even nearing the ninth rank.
As he thought of the Nine Scriptures of Ordeals, James breathed a sigh of relief.
When one door closes, another opens…
However, he did not reveal his thoughts. Given that he had not fully grasped the Nine Scriptures of Ordeals, attempting to regain his strength would be nearly impossible. Now that this was the case, he could stay in Cansington for a while longer and spend some quality time with Thea.
“Sis!” At this moment, the door to the room was pushed open.
A handsome man wearing a suit walked in.
He was David Callahan.
“Ah, James! You’ve woken up?” When David noticed Thea was giving James water, he could not help but be ecstatic.