Hansel, unable to formulate a response to Jackie’s question, stiffened as his gaze flitted around everywhere.
He mulled over the situation for a good while before he finally said, “I’m sorry, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy on this matter, and I’ve even signed a soul contract. If I talked about it, my soul would be punished.”
Jackie raised an eyebrow, not saying anything.
Rudy anxiously said, “You just said you’d tell us everything, and now you’re saying you’ve signed a soul contract? How could we know what kind of soul contract it is? Don’t try to deter us like this!”
Hansel hurriedly shook his head. “I’m not lying! I did sign a soul contract, I promise. It’s the kind that ties itself to heaven and earth. If I say anything, I probably won’t be able to survive for a minute before my soul explodes!”
Hansel’s words made it incredibly difficult for them to persist, but at the same time, Rudy and Grayson did not think Hansel was speaking the truth.
They just felt like Hansel made up a random reason to shut them up because he did not want to reveal the truth. Hansel saying he had sworn into secrecy would, of course, prevent them from interrogating him further.
Jackie sighed as he said calmly, “Since you’re not willing to answer, I won’t force you. However, you have to answer this question.
“Has the Middle Province Alchemist Alliance encountered many problems lately? Are these problems so severe that they’d threaten the existence of the alliance?”
Hansel looked at Jackie with a surprised expression. After thinking about it, he
nodded. “I don’t know if this matter would actually endanger the alliance. After all, the alliance has been in Middle Province for who knows how many years. They have very deep roots.
“Small matters wouldn’t be able to threaten them, but it’s true that they’ve had quite a handful of problems. That’s all I can tell you.”
Jackie nodded, rather satisfied with the answer. Knowing that, he would need to be more careful when doing a lot of things.
After they parted with Hansel, the three of them made their way to the airborne vessel. They showed their sixth-grade alchemist badges to the guard before declaring their reason for being there and who they were. The guard brought Jackie and the others to see Elder Simon.
Elder Simon was the head elder of the branch. When he heard about what happened to Jackie and the others, he hurriedly met them.
There were a total of five people in the spacious hall. Elder Simon sat in the main seat, while the steward, Xander, stood next to him. sitting in front were Jackie and the others.
Jackie and the others had been standing, but the elder had allowed them to sit on the account of their perilous journey.
Before they arrived, Jackie had already discussed with Rudy and Grayson not to reveal their battle with the one-eyed frost wolf and the three from the Seven Absolutes Pavilion. They could only say that they safely arrived in the Seven Absolutes Pavilion’s territory after the vessel crashed.
That way, Jackie could hide his martial talent and save a lot of unnecessary trouble.
Elder Simon’s face soured after hearing their story.”Heh, so it’s those hooligans, are they! I knew they wouldn’t let things rest so easily. How did the news leak out? Is there already a spy in the Rosefinch Pavilion’s branch?”