While Yun Bei Fen and Mei Chao Bing both worried about this matter, Lei Chen had once again pulled something out of his spatial bag. This time, it wasn’t a scroll though. Instead, it looked very much like a stone. He held it up as if wanting Mei Chao Bing to take it.
The disciple pulled himself out of his thoughts and gave Lei Chen a doubtful look before taking the stone. He had asked to be instructed but this guy hadn’t explained anything. In fact, from the moment he saw Lei Chen, he hadn’t said a single word and only done what Feng Bai Xiao asked of him. In front of his Master’s forbidding expression, this wasn’t anything odd for most people but this person had seemed strange from the very beginning so he couldn’t help but pay more intention.
Once again, Lei Chen didn’t say anything and simply waited as if expecting him to figure out on his own what to do.
Mei Chao Bing faintly raised his brows but then turned to look at the stone in his hands. Even upon a closer look, it still didn’t seem to be anything else. Well, of course, it also wasn’t just a regular stone. This one clearly contained some energy. “Am I supposed to transfer the energy from this?”
Lei Chen inclined his head and then held out his hand. Obviously, the energy was supposed to be transmitted to him.
Mei Chao Bing hummed but didn’t do anything for the time being. Instead, he continued to look the stone over, even turning it in his hands.
There really seemed to be nothing special about it. In fact, he wasn’t even sure how this thing had managed to absorb this much energy in the first place. And surely, it had absorbed the energy. While there were animals and plants that could gain enlightenment by themselves and start to cultivate through some twists of fate, he had never heard that a stone could. Even the mere idea seemed ridiculous.
Even though he had some doubts, Mei Chao Bing didn’t dwell on them. He only took a few moments to observe the stone itself and then focused on its energy, trying to figure out how it differed from the usual energy he perceived around him. After observing with his spiritual sense, he couldn’t find anything special though. The energy was low even if much higher than was usual for a stone but it was still the same kind of energy he could perceive in nature around him most of the time.
Another moment passed by and he felt his Master’s gaze on him deepen. Clearly, Feng Bai Xiao felt that he was wasting his time.
Mei Chao Bing could only grimace and turn to Lei Chen. He had no desire to communicate more with his Master so even though the other person didn’t seem to like to speak or maybe just couldn’t be bothered to speak with him, he’d still rather give this a try. “Am I just supposed to take in the energy and then … give it to you? Nothing special I have to do?”
Lei Chen inclined his head.
Mei Chao Bing raised his brows but in the end, he could only shrug. “Well, if you say so …” He had no idea what else to do either so he simply took in the energy he could sense within the stone and then reached out to take Lei Chen’s hand.
The other person’s cultivation level was low. He had already noticed that when he saw him for the first time. Now, he was once again reminded of it. Thinking of this, maybe it wasn’t that odd to start with a stone like this. If they gave him something else which had a higher amount of energy or maybe a very special type, it might be more likely for something to go wrong.
Mei Chao Bing didn’t think about it any longer when he came to this realization and simply led the energy from one hand to the other, transferring it to Lei Chen. He kept a close eye on this Elder’s face though, looking out for any change that might occur because of what he was doing.
Even though nothing of the like had happened when he tried the same with Song Mu and Da Hei, he didn’t want to take any chances. He might not care for this Elder Lei but who knew what his Master’s attitude toward him was?
Clearly, he had to trust this person quite a bit if he let him handle both the scrolls from before and allowed him to stay on while they discussed the plan. Even what was happening right now might be less about him being a test subject or more that he was knowledgeable enough about what the different types of energy and the constitution of the Lin family entailed. He should be regarded as a suitable teacher instead.
All of this was to say that he’d better not cause any trouble to this person right now. While having one less demonic practitioner to worry about would generally be a good thing, it absolutely wasn’t if it angered his Master. Thus, he had to pay at least some attention. Also, there was still the small possibility of uncovering something that would allow him to make a plan and save Yun Bei Fen from his Master’s grasp.
No matter how he looked, Lei Chen’s expression didn’t change at all though. He simply looked at him and waited until Mei Chao Bing had finished. When he had, he took back his hand, opened his spatial bag, and took out another stone, holding it up in front of him.
Mei Chao Bing stared at that stone and then at the one in his own hands and his brows twitched. This style of training … he really wasn’t sure what to make of it. Somehow, it felt as if he had become a disciple in the Qi Refining stage again who just started to learn about cultivation. Otherwise, why give him something like a stone for each of the steps?