USAW Book 1 Chapter 44

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Chapter 44: Three Days of Tracking and Approaching Mortal Danger

In the evening of the next day, in that hotel,

Zhang Zhenshan was sitting at a table with a frosty expression listening to Zhao Ping, who was quickly giving a report on Bai Yunfei’s situation beside him.

After he finished listening to the report, Zhang Zhenshan felt silent for a while then suddenly stood up and waved at the tracking gray rat, which was gnawing on a small fruit on the table. The little animal stopped its movements and raised its head to look at Zhang Zhenshan. It was obviously somewhat hesitant, but after Zhao Ping verbally urged it a bit, it quickly climbed on Zhang Zhenshan’s shoulder.

“Master, do you want to get into action immediately?” Zhao Ping could not help saying on one side, “To run all the way to this place, you must have used a lot of your soulforce. It would be better for you to rest for a while.”

“I can handle myself!” Zhang Zhenshan frowned slightly and said expressionly then walked out of the hotel without hesitation.

Watching Zhang Zhenshan’s silhouette quickly getting away, Zhao Ping sighed gently and murmured, “As a Soul Sprite, master should have no problem dealing with a soul cultivator of the Soul Warrior stage. But I always feel that that man is still hiding something. When we fought last time, he certainly didn’t use all his power. Hopefully master won’t lose himself due to his desire for vengeance…”

… … … …

Tracking gray rats were first-tier soulbeasts, the lowest-ranked soulbeasts. They were basically harmless and almost unable to level up, but they were highly valued by some people because they had a special ability, namely tracking!

If a target’s body was stained with their saliva then for the next three days, no matter where the target run to or hide, they could always find the target’s location accurately.

Moreover, unless their saliva was washed off with a special liquid medicine, it would be impossible to get rid of it!

In less than three hours, under the guidance of the tracking gray rat, Zhang Zhenshan had arrived at that place on a bank of that small river where Bai Yunfei had taken a rest last night.

After arriving at this place, the tracking gray rat suddenly let out low squeaks. Zhang Zhenshan halted his steps doubtfully and saw this little animal jump off his shoulder, run to the edge of the river and stop for a while, seemingly unsure about something, then run back and forth in that area. He could even see that its little nose seemed to be twitching again and again.

“That man was unexpectedly so vigilant. He carefully washed off the tracking gray rat’s saliva at this place!” Seeing the little animal’s behavior, Zhang Zhenshan had a somewhat unsightly expression. He gave a cold snort then quietly waited for the gray rat to search, “So what if he did that? Without washing himself with that special liquid medicine, he can only make me spend a bit more time at most. It’s impossible for him to escape!”

Sure enough, several minutes later, the tracking gray rat suddenly rushed up along the small river while squeaking excitedly then trotted on Zhang Zhenshan’s shoulder again. With a happy expression, Zhang Zhenshan dashed in that direction without hesitation.

His speed had already reached its maximum. As he moved at full gallop, he created buzzing sounds that could even be heard from very far away in the quiet night. The tracking gray rat on his shoulder was also clutching his collar tightly with its little front paws while curling up into a ball so that it would not be thrown off.

Chasing nonstop for an entire night, only in the morning of the next day did Zhang Zhenshan stop. After resting for two hours and letting the tracking gray rat confirm the direction a bit, he continued to give chase…

Only when the sun went down behind the mountains and the moon began to rise did Zhang Zhenshan stop again in a grove. He took some food out from his space ring and ate it. At the same time, he recovered his spent soulforce.

However, now there was already a vague trace of anxiety on his face.

“Damn it! Just how far away has that man run? He should have run nonstop for a day at most. Seeing that nobody was chasing him, he should have relaxed his vigilance and slowed down… But even though I’ve been chasing at my top speed, I unexpectedly still haven’t found any trace of him!

“If I miss this opportunity, I don’t know when I’ll be able to find him again. If he runs out of Azure Cloud Province, it’ll be near impossible for me to avenge Yang’er!

“Two days has already passed. There’s only one day left. I’ve got to catch up with him tomorrow no matter what!”

The next day, which was also the last day of the time limit for the tracking, Zhang Zhenshan even gave up rest to chase at full speed with all his might nonstop.

In the afternoon, when there was only less than half a day left until the deadline of the tracking, Zhang Zhenshan’s expression became more anxious. There was already even a tinge of despair on his face, “Could it be… I really can’t catch up with him?”

Right at this moment, the tracking gray rat on his shoulder suddenly began to cry in a low tone. Noticing its unusual behavior, Zhang Zhenshan hurriedly stopped and looked at it in a slightly nervous manner.

The little animal sniffed its nose cautiously, let out two cries again and waved its claws gently, seeming to be somewhat excited.

“We’re getting close?! I’ve finally come near that man!!” Seeing the little animal’s behavior, Zhang Zhenshan could not help shouting in pleasant surprise.

Putting the little animal back on his shoulder, he galloped forwards again.

An hour later, when he was climbing over a small mountain, the gray rat suddenly raised the pitch of its cries a lot, appearing especially excited. Zhang Zhenshan was delighted inside. He looked down the mountain carefully and saw that on a meadow at the foot of the mountain, a silhouette of a person was running towards a forest up ahead.

That person seemed to be a young man. At the moment, even though he was not running at high speed, he was definitely not running slowly either.

As Zhang Zhenshan looked at this silhouette, his entire body began to trembled slightly, his expression was almost distorted and endless hatred and fury erupted from his eyes.

“It’s him! It’s definitely him! Finally, you’ve let me catch up with you! I won’t let you get away. Now pay for the death of my son with your life!!”

… … … …

That night, after discovering that the enemy might be tracking him, Bai Yunfei ran quickly for two whole days. Except for when he had to stop to take a rest, he did not stop at all!

Moreover, he did not know if this was a psychological effect or not, but when he sniffed at his right hand again after a period of time, he unexpectedly vaguely noticed that strange odor. This discovery made him worried even more in his mind. Almost every time he stopped, he would scrub his hands nonstop for over ten minutes, as if this was the only way that could make him feel a bit more at ease…

Two days later, he finally could no longer endure running at high speed day and night. After having a good rest for half a night, he slowed down while continuing to go forwards.

It must be said that thanks to using the Wave Treading Steps unceasingly for two days and nights, his mastery of this soul skills had improved at an unimaginable rate. If he had practiced this technique as usual, even though he was not lazy at all, it would have taken him at least ten days to reach his current level of proficiency with the Wave Treading Steps.

At noon, right after climbing over a mountain, he ate some food then went forwards in this rather large meadow. There was a forest not far up ahead. Bai Yunfei intended to go through this forest to see if he could find a populated place.

Looking at this seemingly endless area of grass and trees in front of him, Bai Yunfei almost felt like crying and murmured:

“This is really… Where am I actually at now?”

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45 thoughts on “USAW Book 1 Chapter 44” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. Maybe elaborate a little? Backstory, exposition, that kind if thing? Otherwise, I’ll just assume that you have a blood feud with Mega Charizard X for leaving you after he discovered your torrid affair with a male Gardevoir…

        1. Now I’m curious to see if there is a fanfic following the scenario mentioned above. If I recall correctly, there aren’t any male Gardevoir, so would this be a transgender-centric fanfic? Maybe it could be eligible for the Lambda Award?

          1. Oh look, I have a cheeky one on my hands here. Whatever, I’ll explain, as if it wasn’t obvious. My annoyance is clearly due to the idiotic content of the comment. Oh, and by the way? You’re not half as funny as you believe yourself to be.

          2. Hi Aimless.

            Your original post was understandable, but I chose to comment for the reasons outlined below. This is not me arguing with you, but an explanation of my actions and reasoning, with a little friendly advice at the end.

            I have seen you around for years, and noticed that you have become less tolerant of others, not to mention losing your sense of humor. My intention of commenting was twofold: to get you to realize that you are overreacting about an irrelevant internet comment, and mitigate the nasty tone of your comment. We have all been bothered to some degree by unintelligent comments, but you seem to take it as a personal affront. That does not mean that it is acceptable to be rude about it when you attempt to address the situation.

            More importantly, in my view, is the fact that people read your comment since it is right at the top. You are not exactly sending a positive message about how great the WuxiaWorld community is, and how supportive the fanbase is. There are a lot of silent readers out there, and I would rather see the site grow instead of potentially lose readers who do not want to be associated with anything you, an apparent harbinger of hate, enjoy. So, I added some humor to help defuse the situation. I am sorry you did not find it funny.

            My second comment was actually half serious. There are a lot of fanfics out there, some of which are quite good. I was curious if something like that already exists.

            Anyway, I understand where you are coming from, but I will have to disagree with your method of addressing the situation. I do not expect you to reply, but I do wish you would sit down and indulge in some introspection: everything you do online is in the public domain, and will be forever. Why not think about how you are presenting yourself, not just to your contemporaries, but to all who will read your comments in the future? If you are comfortable with the image you present to the world, then that is great. If not, then you have more thinking to do.

            I wish you luck, Aimless, I really do.

          3. Sorry, Ren. I know I’m partially at fault here. Of course, you managed to boil down to my core message: play nice. I should have just said that and walked away. My bad.

            Edit: How do you keep track of all of the comments? Does a bot flag keywords and wordcount or something? Also, the new ads load a bit differently than I’m used to, but I don’t know if that’s necessarily a bad thing.

  1. Thanks for the chapter! I just caught up with the series. It looks like the author is improving as he goes along, somewhat reminding me of LLS’s weird beginning (even the random [although LLS’s random was leagues above in regards to randomness] dimensional travel). This should get good within a book or two.

  2. Just caught up on this translation today.

    Pretty interesting story so far and I like this MC. At the very least he’s not overconfident with himself and he doesn’t have a boner for massacring his enemies.

  3. Lol…He’s heading in the right direction but has no idea. His sense of direction is horrible. Needs to become a tri sword user and rename himself Zoro…

    Thanks for the chapter.

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