Tang Wulin heaved an internal sigh of grief. She really was a troublesome little vixen! He really wanted to eat her up!
If it weren't for the fact that she was in a state of amnesia, and he still hadn't figured out the relationship between her and Na'er, he'd definitely... hehe!
After struggling out of Gu Yuena's octopus-like embrace with much effort, Tang Wulin heaved a long sigh and gulped down some cold water in a depressed manner to douse the flames in his heart.
However, Gu Yuena suddenly opened her eyes and shielded her face from the bright sunlight streaming in through the window. "Where are you going? The sunlight is so bright; do we have any curtains?"
Tang Wulin gave her a gentle slap on the backside, and chuckled, "Rise and shine, it's time to get up! We have to keep going." He definitely wasn't going to admit that he'd only done that because he's fallen in love with the supple sensation of her backside in his hand.
Gu Yuena grumbled something before throwing the blanket over her head.
Tang Wulin couldn't do anything, so he squirmed into the front seat before turning on the ignition of the battle vehicle. "You can sleep a bit longer if you'd like; I'll keep driving. If you're hungry, you can have some dried rations; I put some in the back for you."
"Hmm." A muffled response sounded from beneath the blanket.
Thus, Tang Wulin continued to drive through the desert, and in order to allow Gu Yuena to sleep in a more comfortable manner, he chose a relatively smooth route and also drove quite slowly.
This leg of the journey had been quite smooth thus far, but when night fell again on the second day, both of them were struck by a sense of loneliness. After all, they hadn't seen any other living being other than each other for two days.
Thankfully, the map indicated that they'd only have to travel for about half of the next day before they made it out of the desert and reached the Scorching Basin.
Tang Wulin closed the car door, then turned to Gu Yue, who had squatted down near the Tang Sect battle vehicle and was playing with the sand, and he asked, "What are you doing, Gu Yue?"
"Nothing much. How far do you think I'll have to dig through the sand to reach water?" Gu Yuena asked in a curious voice.
Tang Wulin replied, "We're deep in the desert, and the air is extremely dry here, so you'll most likely have to dig extremely deep before you find any water."
They had chosen to stop on a tall sand dune. They'd be able to see further from this vantage point, and they could also avoid being buried under the shifting sand in the night.
Gu Yuena sat down onto the ground before waving at Tang Wulin. Tang Wulin strode over to her before also taking a seat, and she immediately rested her head against his chest in a very natural manner before closing her eyes and basking in the warmth of his embrace.
"Are you getting bored?" Tang Wulin asked.
Gu Yuena shook her head in response. "Not at all! I really like this. There's only me and... Father here."
Tang Wulin smiled, and said, "That's true, we're the only ones here. The desert is very beautiful; it's just too bad that it's not suitable to be inhabited on a long-term basis."
Gu Yuena closed her eyes and didn't say anything. Tang Wulin held her in his arms and gently combed his fingers through her soft and smooth silver hair. Every single strand of her hair was so beautiful; they were like glittering and translucent crystalline threads. He felt as if he could play with her hair for the entire night without growing bored.
Right at this moment, Gu Yuena's eyes suddenly sprang open, and she cast her gaze toward a certain direction.
Tang Wulin immediately reacted and pulled her to her feet. At the same time, his eyes narrowed slightly, and golden light flashed all over his entire body before he stomped his right foot onto the ground.
A burst of golden light traveled into the ground from the sole of his foot, and a dragon's roar erupted several dozens of meters away. A golden dragon then abruptly burst out of the ground, sending sand flying in all directions.
Another low roar rang out as a massive crustacean emerged from the ground, and it spun around before just barely managing to stabilize itself. It had clearly been frightened by Tang Wulin's attack, and it immediately fled in the opposite direction. Despite the fact that it was scurrying over the sand, its massive body, which had a diameter of over two meters, was able to flee the scene extremely quickly, disappearing from view in the blink of an eye.
Tang Wulin didn't know much at all about desert soul beasts. He had sensed that there was a soul beast approaching them at the same time that Gu Yue had opened her eyes, and only then did he use his Golden Dragon Shakes the Earth to force it out of the ground.
He was quite benevolent toward soul beasts, so he hadn't tried to hurt it. As such, the Golden Dragon Shakes the Earth had erupted ahead of it instead of directly striking its body. Otherwise, this soul beast, which appeared to be around 1,000 years old at most, would've most likely perished in the face of his attack.
Gu Yuena smiled, and said, "Looks like we won't be lonely now."
Tang Wulin chuckled, "This is the first time I've encountered soul beasts in the desert; how intriguing! Gu Yue, you go rest in the car; I need to observe the surrounding area to make sure that there are no potential hazards approaching us."
"Alright." Gu Yuena nodded and returned to the car in a very obedient manner.
Tang Wulin's eyes narrowed slightly, and purple light shimmered within his eyes as he cast his gaze toward the distance. Right at this moment, a cool and refreshing sensation suddenly appeared deep within his eyes, and he felt as if the entire night had been illuminated, making everything very clear to him.
Was this... an enhancement from the Keen Gaze Dew?
A faint smile appeared on Tang Wulin's face as this thought occurred to him. It was undoubtedly fantastic news to him that the six Great Beasts were granting him such abilities.
However, his smile immediately stiffened in the next instant. In the distance, countless grains of sand were surging in waves, and all of those waves were traveling toward him.
Tang Wulin was rendered completely speechless upon seeing this. It appeared that benevolence wasn't always the right answer! It was undoubtedly the case that these beings had been drawn here by the soul beast that had just escaped. It was yet to be seen just how powerful these creatures were.
He immediately turned around to face Gu Yuena, who was sitting in the Tang Sect battle vehicle, and said, "Gu Yue, don't get out of the car no matter what; I'll take care of everything out here."
Golden light flashed from his body as he spoke, and he released his soul spirit, Goldsong. Goldsong had reached quite a considerable size now, and light flashed as it quickly expanded even further, transforming into a giant python that was over 100 feet in length to guard the Tang Sect battle vehicle.
Bursts of golden light appeared as Tang Wulin released his suit of two-word battle armor, Dragon Moon. This was the desert, and he knew nothing about his enemies, so he couldn't afford to be careless. With the enhancements from his suit of battle armor, his combat prowess would be elevated to a level that was comparable to that of a Soul Sage, which naturally made him much better equipped to deal with this situation.
Golden light flashed, and his Golden Dragon Spear appeared in his grasp. A layer of invisible bloodline aura naturally began to emanate from his body, and even though he was only standing still on the spot, it was as if he'd become the core of the entire desert.
The creatures beneath the sand were traveling toward him at a rapid speed, and they'd drawn very close to him after the span of only several dozens of breaths.
Tang Wulin harrumphed coldly as yellow light flashed from his torso, and all of the surrounding particles of sand immediately began to sink downward. Even the entire sand dune was descending as a result.
This was his gravitational control! He had increased the gravitational force within a radius of several hundred meters, forcing all of the sand within the area to sink directly downward. In the face of such heavy gravitational force, the desert soul beasts in the distance wouldn't be able to travel directly beneath him and the Tang Sect battle vehicle before unleashing their attacks.
As expected, one figure after another abruptly began to emerge from within the sand, and they were the exact same type of crustacean that Tang Wulin had just chased away. There were hundreds of them surrounding Tang Wulin and his Tang Sect battle vehicle, and the largest one among them had a radius of over five meters. Its shell was of a dark brown color, and it was exuding a very heavy aura.
The exoskeleton on its back split apart, and a pair of wings spread open. It had eight legs below its body, all of which appeared to be extremely sharp. In particular, the first two legs had been raised up into the air like a pair of sharp blades.
All of the other desert beetles also opened their wings and raised their bodies slightly while flapping their wings to create a loud buzzing sound. None of them dared to enter the area where Tang Wulin had increased the gravitational force.
His Mountain Dragon King torso bone's gravitational control was extremely potent, and he wasn't feeling panicked at all. Even if these creatures could fly, their flight abilities would definitely be hampered if they were to fly into the area controlled by his Mountain Dragon King torso bone.
Tang Wulin said in a cold voice, "We're just passing through, and we bear no ill will. I didn't harm your brethren that tried to attack us earlier, and I'd advise you not to throw away your lives by challenging me."
The leader of these beetles had to be over 10,000 years of age, and there was no way that a soul beast of that level wouldn't be able to understand human speech. Furthermore, they'd possess sufficient intelligence to process what he was saying and make sound decisions.
"Don't be merciful with these creatures, my Lord; these are Demonic Sandbugs, and they're a very abhorrent type of soul beast. They suck away the fluids of other living creatures for sustenance, as well as to support them in their cultivation, and they target both animals and plants. If you look closely, you'll find that they all have very sharp mouthparts, and they use those to pierce into the bodies of living beings before secreting fluids that'll convert all of the energy in the bodies of their prey into liquid for consumption. These Demonic Sandbugs are largely responsible for why the desert is constantly expanding. They're constantly devouring the plants on the borders of the deserts, and such a large group of Demonic Sandbugs would only require a day to demolish a square kilometer of forest!"Previous Chapter Next Chapter