This time, the fiery-red flower that was levitating in front of the enormous pink flower began to move. It rotated in the air and absorbed the icy-blue beam. The beam disappeared, while the fiery-red flower merely dimmed a little.
The Snow Lady’s attack wasn’t that powerful, but it was still Ultimate Ice. It was absorbed and dispelled so easily, so it wasn’t difficult to imagine what the red water’s temperature was like. It had to be a temperature produced by Ultimate Fire!
The large pink flower seemed to have been infuriated at this moment, and every single petal began to tremble before they started to sway rhythmically, and they shifted as if they were lifting something upwards.
Huo Yuhao’s mouth hung slack as he looked on in fright. Flower after flower that resembled the one that had just appeared were created from the red lake water and positioned behind this huge pink flower. There were thousands of them, and they congregated behind the large pink flower in throngs and masses.
This fellow can actually control the strange lake water...
Huo Yuhao hadn’t imagined he would end up facing off against so many entities that originated from Ultimate Fire, and he was almost ready to tuck tail and run without any hesitation at all. However, an amicable female voice could be heard right at this moment.
“Human, it’s your good fortune that you can make it here, but I will no longer show you mercy if you continue to provoke me.”
Huo Yuhao’s charged soul thrusters were prepared to erupt before he suddenly stopped everything. He stared at the giant pink flower before him with slack eyes and his jaw half-open as he mumbled, “You… you can talk?”
Huo Yuhao had encountered soul beasts who could talk before, but it was the first time he had seen plants who could talk.
Wang Qiu’er came up beside Huo Yuhao with a flash of golden light and grabbed his hand. Her face was full of anxiety as she muttered, “That’s a hundred-thousand year plant-type soul beast. Prepare to run!”
Yes, one hundred thousand years! Typically, only hundred-thousand year soul beasts could speak the human language. The Cerberus that he had seen before could speak the human language, and this peculiar giant flower before him also could. This meant the flower was likely to be a hundred-thousand year plant-type soul beast.
No matter how much confidence Huo Yuhao and Wang Qiu’er had in their abilities, they would never consider themselves strong enough to fight a hundred-thousand year soul beast.
A hundred-thousand year soul beast was comparable to a powerful Titled Douluo, and certain especially formidable hundred-thousand year soul beasts could challenge a Transcendent Douluo. They had actually run into an unassailable problem!
“I’m not a hundred-thousand year soul beast.” The giant pink flower’s petals began to open and close, and her voice was just so friendly and warm that the two of them felt extremely comfortable listening to her.
“Yes, you have an aura similar to the ice well... no wonder you could break through the Jade Phosphorous Flowers outside to reach this place.” The large flower muttered under her breath, and there seemed to be a hint of excitement in her voice.
Huo Yuhao and Wang Qiu’er’s soul power was completely interjoined. They glanced at each other, and they could see the astonishment in each other’s eyes. This flower was clearly a hundred-thousand year soul beast, yet she claimed that she wasn’t. Furthermore, her voice sounded warm and amicable, and it didn’t seem like she harbored any intention of attacking them.
Huo Yuhao was extremely intelligent, and immediately tried to probe the flower. “Greetings, senior. We’ve found our way here by accident, and we don’t know where this place is. We didn’t want to provoke or offend you, and I hope that you can forgive us.”
“Oh, so that’s what happened! It’s nothing much, I can forgive you.” It was easy to talk to this giant pink flower, and the fiery-red flowers that were floating in the sky returned to the red side of the lake and disappeared as she spoke. The pressure that Huo Yuhao and Wang Qiu’er had faced before vanished in an instant.
Huo Yuhao didn’t lower his guard even though it was easy to talk to this large pink flower. He asked once more, “Senior, I don’t know where we are. Since you can speak the human language, why do you say that you’re not a hundred-thousand year soul beast?”
The large pink flower replied, “This place is called the Icefire Yin Yang Well. That person says that this place is one of the world’s Three Great Cornucopias. Since the two of you are here by accident, then please leave as quickly as you can. You are lucky to have met me. If you had run into the other short-tempered fellows, they would probably have killed you on the spot as fertilizer. However, I haven’t seen humans for a long time, and I’m very happy to see you guys here today. Quick, talk to me, and I might even consider giving you some benefits.”
The corner of Huo Yuhao’s mouth twitched, because he realized to his surprise that this amiable enormous pink flower actually liked to nag!
“Alright! Let me accompany you in conversation, then. The empty space around you should be considered safe, right? I haven’t asked yet, senior, what is your name?”
The large flower tilted as if it were a human head that was deep in thought. “That person says that I’m a medicinal herb, and he calls me the Delicate Silk Immortal. You can call me You You.. yes, that name sounds good. Does it sound good?”
“Yes, it sounds really good.” Huo Yuhao hurriedly followed the large flower’s conversation. He was thinking about something else. This flower was known as the Delicate Silk Immortal, so she should also be a medicinal herb? An immortal herb, and a herb that had already evolved into a plant-type soul beast...
“You haven’t told me yet, senior. Why do you say that you’re not a hundred-thousand year soul beast?” Huo Yuhao immediately fired off another question.
The Delicate Silk Immortal giggled and said, “That’s because I haven’t lived to a hundred thousand years of age. I’m only ten thousand years old. Actually, I’m a little more than ten thousand years old, but I can’t really remember anymore.”
Wang Qiu’er beside Huo Yuhao blurted out, “That’s impossible! How can you be only ten thousand years old? If you’re just ten thousand years old, it’d be impossible for you to have enough consciousness and intelligence to evolve into a plant-type soul beast. Furthermore, you can already speak!”
You You spoke with obvious pride. “I’m sure you didn’t know this, but even though I’m not a hundred-thousand year soul beast, my abilities have reached that level. The Icefire Yin Yang Well nourishes us, so the plants that live here grow ten times faster than the plants in the outside world. That is the reason why I’m just ten thousand years old, but I’m equivalent to a hundred-thousand year plant. You humans are quite stupid, eh.”
Astonishment! You You made it sound so casual, but both Huo Yuhao and Wang Qiu’er were full of surprise and awe as they heard this.
One day spent in this place was equivalent to ten days in the outside world. Plant-type soul beasts could grow ten times faster than if they were outside – what a terrifying number! That also meant that there were probably a lot more plant-type soul beasts in this place than they had initially thought, and they were probably far more frightening at the same time. It was just as the Delicate Silk Immortal had said, that it was their good fortune that they came to her before going anywhere else. No – Niu Tian’s guidance in his letter had saved them, because if they had gone somewhere else and encountered another short-tempered and aggressive hundred-thousand year plant-type soul beast, they would probably have been dead by now.
“Hey, why aren’t you guys talking anymore? Say something, guys. Chat with me, quickly! If not, I may decide to stop protecting you. Without my protection, even the plants and the Icefire Yin Yang Well’s aura will harm you.”
Thoughts spun in Huo Yuhao’s head, and he quickly came to a decision. He bowed respectfully towards the Delicate Silk Immortal and said, “I’m sorry, You You, I’ve lied to you, and I am now apologizing to you. The truth is that we didn’t come here by accident, and we’re here for a purpose. Someone wants me to come here to find a book. Have you seen this book?”
The Delicate Silk Immortal’s enormous flower suddenly began to sway vigorously from side to side. “Ah, ah, ah! So you have been sent by that person. It’s actually him! How is he? I haven’t seen him for so long, and he doesn’t often come back to see everyone. Tsk, tsk.”
Truthfully, Huo Yuhao didn’t know who “he” was referring to. Was it referring to Wang Dong’er’s father or Niu Tian?
“He… he should be alright. Is that book really with you?” Huo Yuhao continued to probe.
“Yes, yes. It is.” The purple stamen in the flower’s center began to sway rhythmically, and an ancient book that was crafted from some unknown material drifted into view.
Huo Yuhao was elated! Every single one of uncle Niu Tian’s words have turned out to be true. I just didn’t expect this book to be protected by a hundred-thousand year plant-type soul beast. That’s incredible! Is the Clear Sky Sect actually that powerful?
Huo Yuhao still didn’t know what other plants there were inside this place, but he was absolutely certain that this valley was filled with exotic entities and resources. Any plant here grew ten times faster than they normally would... what kind of principle was that?
“Can you give it to me, You You? Thank you.” Huo Yuhao began to feel excited as he realized that he could possibly retrieve the medicinal herb that could save Wang Dong’er’s life.
“No can do. I’ve been protecting it for ten thousand years, so how can I give it to you so easily?” You You’s answer made it sound as if she couldn’t bear to part with that book.
“Ten… ten thousand years?!” Huo Yuhao was stunned on the spot. He suddenly realized that the person that had left this book behind, the person that You You was speaking of, wasn’t Niu Tian, and neither was it Dong’er’s father. Who could that be? Ten thousand years! He left this book here for ten thousand years? That’s almost impossible to believe...
“Yes! It’s been ten thousand years. That person said that this book can only be given to his descendant, or to someone with the right destiny. Furthermore, his descendants have to undergo a test before they can claim this book. You have to do two things if you want this book: you have to prove that you’re his descendant, and then you have to pass the test. Only then can you take it.”
Huo Yuhao asked confusedly, “How can I prove that?”
The Delicate Silk Immortal’s voice became a little solemn as she said, “It’s quite dangerous if you want to prove yourself. If you are unsuccessful, then you might die; that’s the rule he left behind. He said that this place is almost like heaven on earth, and we can never let evil humans know about this place. Those that are pretending to be his descendants will have to die. I will definitely not kill you, but it’s hard to say the same about the other guys. Are you sure you want to prove that you’re his descendant?”
Huo Yuhao felt his heart skip a beat. He understood that the Delicate Silk Immortal was speaking the truth. Plant-type soul beasts could be in every corner of this place, and he probably wouldn’t even have a chance to run if they all attacked him at the same time.
Huo Yuhao’s calm and composure paid off at this moment. He pondered momentarily before he said, “You You, can you tell me how I can prove that I’m his descendant? Someone directed me here, but I do not know whether I am his descendant. I don’t wish to die, so can you tell me how I can prove that I’m his descendant? This way, I will be surer of myself.”
“Yes, alright. You have to eat an herb to test if you’re his descendant. If you survive after ingesting it, that proves that you’re his descendant, and if you die, that means you’re not.”
“Ah?” Huo Yuhao had never expected the test to be like that. There weren’t any hints or clues at all! It would be truly regrettable if he died from rashly eating some herb.
“What herb is it?” Huo Yuhao pressed the issue.
The Delicate Silk Immortal shook her large flower and said, “I can’t tell you that. If you decide to take this test, then I will bring it to you.”
“No! You can’t do it.” Wang Qiu’er exclaimed almost without hesitation, and she grabbed Huo Yuhao’s arm while she stared at him anxiously.
Huo Yuhao turned around to her, and his eyes were full of complicated emotions. “It’s likely that I will succeed, Qiu’er. Even though I don’t know what this thing about descendants is about, and I don’t know who the person who left this book behind ten thousand years ago was, I know that obtaining this book is the only way I can find the medicinal herb to save Dong’er’s life. Uncle Niu Tian directed me here, and I trust that he won’t harm me. He must think that I’m a descendant of the person that left this book behind, and so he has assigned this task to me. Therefore, I am fifty percent certain that I will be fine.”
“No! Absolutely not.” Wang Qiu’er’s words were decisive. “Fifty percent? The other fifty percent will cost you your life, don’t you know that? Do you think it’s worth it for you to die just like that? I can tell you that every single plant in this place is sophisticated, and I have studied plant-type soul beasts before. However, I do not recognize more than two-thirds of the plants in this place. Your chances of survival don’t even stand at fifty percent, I don’t even think you have a thirty percent chance to survive. If you die, I…”
Wang Qiu’er suddenly realized that Huo Yuhao didn’t seem to be listening to her. His eyes seemed a little vacant, and he was looking up diagonally into the sky, as if he were thinking about something.
Yes, Huo Yuhao was thinking, and he was thinking about Wang Dong’er.
The Wang Dong that he knew surfaced continuously in his mind, to the point when Wang Dong became Wang Dong’er.
Wang Dong was his arrogant dormmate, and then became his best buddy. They cultivated together, studied together, and teacher Zhou Yi scolded them when they were late together…
They fought side by side in the Continental Advanced Soul Master Academy Soul Dueling Tournament, and they fought with everything they had to defend Shrek’s honor and glory…
At the Sea God’s Fate on Sea God’s Lake, the Raiment of Light had been heavily imprinted in the deepest parts of his heart.
The truth was that he had felt that something wasn’t right with Wang Dong a long time ago, and had wanted to test her gender when they met again. However, he didn’t have to investigate anything, and she revealed her gender to him during the Sea God’s Fate.Previous Chapter Next Chapter