When Yu Fengcheng and the other men were catching the bus to F City’s Tiandi Canyon, Yun Jian and her team were already alighting the bus.
F City’s Tiandi Canyon was a scenic tourist spot in Country A. There was no greenery along the dozens of kilometers in the perimeter of the canyon; even when there was a sprout or weed, they were scarce and far apart.
Basically, there was no forest available in the Tiandi Canyon.
While it was a scenic area, there were not many tourists around. There was no entry ticket needed too, so anyone could go in and out of the place freely.
Since the Tiandi Canyon was such a vast area, one would spend days there on foot. Yun Jian and the team were swift to decide on renting a jeep.
It was not expensive to rent a vehicle. Ge Junjian had given them plenty of Country A’s currency before they departed and Yun Jian knew how to speak the local language. It took them no time in securing a rented car.
The jeep was not too small, fitting seven of them with a slight squeeze.
Fang Xiaoran was the one who drove. His driving skill was not the worst. Moreover, there was no need to drive fast when they were driving without a destination in the expansive canyon.
“Yun Jian, what are we doing next? Even when the thief is in here, this is such a big place. It’s like finding a needle in a hay stack to search for him without any destination in mind,” Liu Shiyun turned to ask Yun Jian out of habit.
He was Team Monarch’s leader but somehow, he was used to treating Yun Jian as the true leader, always asking for her opinion when situations arose. The other members were the same, seeing Yun Jian as their center unconsciously, that the positions of leader and assistant leader of Liu Shiyun and Hong Fan were nothing more than titles.
“We go south,” Yun Jian said with a press of lips, turning to look outside the window as she was seated by it.
Fang Xiaoran who was driving swiveled the steering wheel instantly at her words, driving them toward the south.
“Yun Jian’er, why south?” Liu Shiyun was going to speak but Chu Ning who had been idle the whole way voiced out everyone’s doubt in advance.
The Tiandi Canyon could go anywhere with the endless rocky mountains. The jeep ride was bumpy as well as they drove, sometimes going between two mountains.
It was fortunate that they brought along a compass and could identify the general direction. In spite of it, all of them shared the same confusion. Why south? Even Ge Junjian and his men could not pinpoint where the thief was in the Tiandi Canyon, the only information they had was that this was his last known location.
How was Yun Jian so sure that the thief had gone south?
The team was doubtful but even if they were on the wrong path, they were set on following through to the end with Yun Jian.
Snaking her hand into the pocket of her new purchase of a long down jacket, Yun Jian retrieved a map that was marked with a detailed introduction.
She passed it to Chu Ning who was sitting beside her and told the rest of the team, “I got this from the car rental, the full map of Tiandi Canyon. We’re going south because the water source is there. There are surely people living there where the water is. If we go along other directions, forget water, we’ll be entering deserts. No matter how much the thief wants to avoid us, he can’t possibly avoid water. Can he not eat? So his only route is the south!”
As Yun Jian spoke, she pointed at the south of the map, smiling as the pad of her finger rubbed against the southern region of it.