The following friendly matches were quite exciting. Xiang Nan had to admit that there wasn't much difference between a puppet battle and a martial artist battle.
The only difference was that the competitors weren't real martial artists. All the combat knowledge they had learned was how to defeat the opponent's puppets.
However, killing people was essentially different from destroying a puppet.
The opening ceremony of the first day ended in a vigorous atmosphere. It was already dark, and the puppet performance was over. Su Ran appeared again and sang for everyone.
The puppet battles were hot-blooded, and Su Ran's singing could soothe everyone's hearts. Those were two completely different emotions.
However, the enthusiasm of the audience towards Su Ran was not inferior to their passion for the competition.
Xiang Nan sat here and watched for a whole day. He also had a full understanding of these so-called puppet competition modes.
Kill, you have to see each other's expression change, guess each other's intentions, and even look at every detail of the enemy's body.
The ice-cold puppets didn't have eyes at all, and their body structures weren't as varied as the human body. Therefore, when fighting, it was very simple and rough.
However, just like the excitement of the audience, it was because this kind of battle was too crude and simple, too red, and it could actually arouse the primordial beast nature in the hearts of the audience!
Xiang Nan smiled and returned to his inn with the key.
As for the place that the organizer had arranged for Xiang Nan to stay, it happened to be the Crystal Palace.
After the waiter saw Xiang Nan, he was very vigilant. After Xiang Nan reported the name of "Xiang Bei" and showed him the key, the waiter's face turned green.
"I didn't … I didn't expect you to be such a big shot." The waiter hurriedly rubbed his hands and said with a flushed face, "I really deserve to die for offending you last time. Please do not forget this villain."
Xiang Nan said, "If I'm not a big shot, do you want to throw me out again?"
The waiter was so frightened that he hurriedly lowered his head and did not dare to refute.
Xiang Nan shook his head and strode in.
The Crystal Palace leaned against the Amethyst Mountain and had its own hot spring.
Xiang Nan took a comfortable bath and then went to the hall on the sixth floor to eat. He ate all kinds of expensive snacks that could not be named and drank valuable wine, but he kept on muttering in his heart.
What exactly could he do to find Old Man Tian Ji? He didn't even know what Old Man Tian Ji looked like.
"This is outrageous! I spent so much money to give you the best food, the most comfortable accommodation, and the best training, but is this the reward you gave me?"
Suddenly, a familiar voice came from the other side of the hall.
Xiang Nan turned around and saw Su Ran walking over under the protection of a group of people. As he walked, he reprimanded Li Haoming who had lost the match during the day.
Li Haoming lowered his head in shame and said, "That Zhong Wufeng's puppet was obviously personally modified by a Mysterious Dao expert. There is something wrong with his puppet's speed and strength!"
"You still dare to retort!" Su Ran said angrily, "When you jumped up, didn't you think that someone would hug you? What is your saber for? Is it just a decoration? Don't you know how to force him away with your saber!"
"If you lose, you lose. How can there be so many reasons! If you really are on the battlefield, do you still have the qualifications to talk back to me? You even lost your life!"
"Yes, yes." Li Haoming nodded.
At the side, the other nine contestants were also silent, but their expressions were clearly gloating over their misfortune.
As for Su Ran's martial artist guards, they didn't care about these matters at all. They were only responsible for protecting Su Ran's safety.
Su Ran sat down angrily and raised his head, colliding with Xiang Nan's gaze.
"It's you?" Su Ran's eyes lit up, and he immediately stood up and strode towards Xiang Nan.
The two guards rushed to Xiang Nan one step ahead of time. One of them pressed down on Xiang Nan's shoulder while the other reached out to touch the knife on Xiang Nan's back.
"My saber is not something you can touch." Xiang Nan said indifferently as he held the wine cup in his hand.
"No stranger is allowed to wear a weapon and talk to Miss Su Ran. I will temporarily take care of your saber." The guard grabbed the hilt of the knife and was about to pull it out.
"What a big shelf." Xiang Nan smiled coldly, "Last reminder, you can't touch my saber. Otherwise, you will have to bear the consequences."
"Stop!" Su Ran hurriedly scolded, and the two guards nodded before retreating.
Su Ran pulled up her chair and sat down opposite Xiang Nan. She crossed her hands on the table and looked at Xiang Nan as a superior.
Xiang Nan did not like to be seen like this by others, as if he was a good being evaluated by others.
He only drank lightly, but did not look at Su Ran once.
Then Su Ran frowned and said, "Say, you've been following me for a while now. Why on earth are you following me?"
"Stalking you?" Xiang Nan shook his head and said, "You are too self-effacing."
Su Ran laughed, "Don't think that you can ignore the etiquette in front of me just because you helped me out that day."
"Speak of etiquette." Xiang Nan raised his eyebrows, "I don't seem to allow you to sit opposite me."
Su Ran chuckled. She adjusted her posture and leaned against the back of the chair. "I asked about it. Did you come to the Crystal Palace that day to apply? Do you want to be my bodyguard?"
"If that's your goal, then you might want to get to know yourself again and figure out how to talk to me."
"Finished?" Xiang Nan put down his glass and said, "Please leave now. I'm going to eat."
Xiang Nan himself did not know why. He clearly had a request for her, but now he felt that she was very annoying!
Whether it was her attitude towards people or her tone, it made Xiang Nan annoyed. He felt that she was completely different from the singing Su Ran.
"You want to make me dislike you and arouse my interest first, and then slowly treat me gently?" Su Ran laughed, "Those who pursue me can be discharged from the Steel Continent to the Endless Sea."
"I've seen all kinds of methods. If you don't have anything new, why don't you get straight to the point?"
Xiang Nan took a sip of wine, put down his glass, tidied his collar, stood up, and turned around to leave.
"You'll come back for me." Su Ran held the wine glass and enjoyed the wine slowly swaying in the glass. She watched the wine dye on the glass and then slowly slide down.
She was very confident.
But Xiang Nan ignored her.
Xiang Nan did ask her, but he was not a person who put down his dignity and posture for his own purposes.
If a person was alive and didn't even have this bit of backbone, even if he placed all the World Devastating Divine Lightning in front of Xiang Nan, Xiang Nan would still feel that he had lost, lost his life, and lost his dignity.
"What exactly is that lotus leaf roasted chicken smell? It actually makes Miss Ruyan miss it so much."
Xiang Nan arrived at Pine Street again and arrived at the alley behind him.
Today, it was still overcrowded. Xiang Nan had been standing in line for three hours and was still in the middle of the line.
He just wanted to taste the roasted chicken and experience the taste that Miss Ruyan had experienced before.
"If you line up like this, I'm afraid you won't be able to buy it even in the middle of the night."
Behind him, a burst of fragrant wind blew over.
Xiang Nan did not turn around.
"Come on, I'll take you to buy it." Su Ran patted Xiang Nan on the shoulder and strode towards the door.
"Is this considered peace?" Xiang Nan asked.
"You can think of anything you want." Su Ran said without turning his head, "I owe you what I owe you. I should return it to you. This is my bottom line."