Volume 30, Chapter 372.2: The Plan Starts

While a flying-type soul tool could accelerate quickly, it was harder to control than martial souls at low speed. Ye Guyi wanted to him slip up, but Huo Yuhao was walking casually as if he were at home on the waves.

How does he do it? Does he really have five soul rings?

Ye Guyi was shocked as she thought about it.

Quickly, she discovered how Huo Yuhao was able to stand on the water. With each step he took, parts of the sea would freeze into ice, which could hold his weight. This prevented him from sinking straight away, so he could stand on top of the sea as if it were nothing to him.

This guy… is abnormal!

Ye Guyi sighed and hurried over.

The seawater was clear-blue, and one could see the bottom. Even though the sun had set, the light from Ye Guyi’s Holy Angel allowed her to see the beautiful and enthralling underwater world.

Huo Yuhao did not walk too far out into the sea. There were ten times more soul beasts in the ocean than on land. Other than a few aquatic soul masters who lived near the sea, very few people dared to venture out into the sea without knowing the behavior and patterns of the soul beasts who lived there.

“Guyi, shine brighter!” Huo Yuhao said as he gestured toward Ye Guyi, who was above his head.

Ye Guyi turned her head to the side as if she had not heard him,

“Stop fooling around, aren’t you hungry?” Huo Yuhao spoke as if he were coaxing a younger sister, though Ye Guyi was older than him by five to six years.

“Hmph!” Ye Guyi said. Her two wings then lit up. Warm golden light cascaded from the sky. Night may have just fallen over this boundless sea, but the light from her wings over the water was a beautiful sight to behold.

Just like Huo Yuhao had said, fishes loved light. After a short time, he could see schools of fish swimming in the water underneath him.

“How do you plan to catch them? We have many people, and we’ll eat a lot,” Ye Guyi asked Huo Yuhao curiously. While she was powerful, her survival skills were mediocre at best. Ever since she was young, she had devoted all her energy to training. She had probably never done any chores in her life. Hence, while she liked to eat nice food, she was more curious about how this youth who had beaten her up, would cook the fish…

“Watch and see,” Huo Yuhao replied with a smile. A clear blue light shone from his body. The moment it appeared, the water underneath him froze. Ye Guyi noticed that Huo Yuhao was now standing on solid ice.

An area with a radius of 2.5 meters around him had frozen over. The motion of the waves quickly lifted the block of ice up. Huo Yuhao seemed to be standing on an iceberg. In the middle of the iceberg, many of the fish still looked as if they were swimming. At least a hundred of them were frozen inside.

“This… isn’t this too simple and brutish?” Ye Guyi asked dazedly.

Huo Yuhao smiled at her and said, “Sometimes, simplicity is beautiful. Let’s go.” As he said that, he waved his hands behind him, and two gusts of wind blew out. The ice underneath his feet started to slide across the waves toward solid land.

This is possible? How interesting! Ye Guyi had always been curious about Huo Yuhao. After she saw him fish with this method, she could not help but be even more intrigued.

Only Ye Guyi and Nan Qiuqiu had never done any form of chores in their lives before. By the time Huo Yuhao reached the shore, He Caitou and Xu Sanshi had already started a fire with some wood they found. A pot of water was boiling.

Ji Juechen was silent, but he was not someone who would not help. Earlier, he had helped cut the firewood. Jing Ziyan had built the bonfire and placed the pot over it.

At this moment, Nan Qiuqiu stood nearby, blushing because she had not done anything at all. At first, she had wanted to help Jing Ziyan, but the moment she tried to help, she knocked over the pot. Instantly, Xu Sanshi asked her to move to the side. If not, there would be no soup that night.

Huo Yuhao walked over and chuckled, “Our preparations are almost done! I shall start. Second senior brother, cook up some vegetable soup. We can’t just eat grilled fish. I’ll put two fish in the vegetable soup so it’ll taste better.”

Food was naturally one of the components taught in the Ultimate Solider Plan. While Huo Yuhao did not dare to say that he recognized all edible fish, he was able to recognize over sixty percent of them.

He picked up a few branches to skewer the fish, then went back to the ocean. With Ultimate Ice, he could not only freeze water into ice, but he could also allow ice to melt back into water. As every fresh fish passed his hands, he was able to wash all of them quickly. He skewered them on branches and then placed them on top of some leaves He Caitou had found.

Huo Yuhao’s movements were deft. Ye Guyi watched him with delight and wanted to help him. However, the moment she tried to do so, she realized that this simple task was not as simple as it seemed. She spent a long time skewering a single fish, piercing through its belly and making a huge mess of its scales. She even got fish blood on her hands. The end result was that the poor fish was burned to a crisp in a fit of rage by her holy flames.

While she was unwilling to concede defeat, Ye Guyi did not try to help after she washed her hands. She believed it to be a form of mercy for the fish, as they could enter her stomach whole.

She sat on the beach and watched Huo Yuhao’s nimble but unrushed movements. Her mind started to drift.

She looked at the guy, who was not really that handsome, and at most had a nice body. She had seen many guys who were more handsome than him. However, under the glow of moonlight, he appeared to have a special charisma as he processed the fish.

Guys look the best when they’re working. This thought swirled in her mind.

“Stop looking, I already have a master.” Huo Yuhao looked up and flashed a smile at her, interrupting her reverie.

Ye Guyi felt her heart go cold. Huo Yuhao’s tone was mirthful as he poked fun at her like a friend. However, he also seemed to be reminding her of something.

This made Ye Guyi uncomfortable, and she shot back shrilly, “So what if I stare at you? Looking at you, do you think I’ll fall for you? Hmph!” As she said that, she stood up, turned around, and headed back toward the bonfire.

Huo Yuhao shook his head helplessly as he thought, Please don’t fall for me! However, did you realize that you’ve been sitting next to me for the past half hour?

As he thought about that, he wrapped the hundred fish in banana leaves before heading back toward the bonfire.

On the other side, Nan Qiuqiu was already poking fun at Ye Guyi quietly. The two girls sat there mumbling to themselves. Under the glow of the bonfire, Ye Guyi seemed to be blushing.

When Huo Yuhao returned, he immediately started to grill the fish. He had already prepared the condiments and seasoning. Through his skills, he demonstrated his culinary abilities to those who had never eaten his grilled fish before!

It was faster to eat than to grill. Only after he grilled his sixtieth fish did Huo Yuhao get to have his first bite.

The fish soup was fresh. The grilled fish was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Moonlight shone down on the sea from the sky. The group of young men and women sat by the bonfire. It was a scene worth remembering.

The tasty dinner washed away the fatigue from the day. After dinner, they sat around the bonfire to meditate without even building tents, rotating the guard every two hours.

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After a silent night, Huo Yuhao and the rest set off once more. Like he said yesterday, he led everyone to fly out over the sea.

After they flew five kilometers out over the sea, the shoreline finally became blurry. Only then did Huo Yuhao change directions and start to head west.

They flew much faster above the sea, as they did not need to take detours. However, Huo Yuhao did not dare to lead everyone too far out into the sea, because there were many aquatic soul beasts out there. The most powerful ones were legendary and could rival, or even surpass, the kings of soul beasts in the Great Star Dou Forest. 

After four hours, they finally crossed the border of the Sun Moon Empire. Huo Yuhao had no choice but to bring everyone further out to sea.

Both the Star Luo Empire and the Sun Moon Empire were not adept at naval warfare, but this did not mean that they had no naval defenses. They were both afraid of a naval invasion, and so they each stationed navies at their common border. However, their navies were not large, and there were only a few soul tools on their ships. Comparing the two, the Sun Moon Empire’s navy was stronger.

It was not that they did not want to develop their navies, but on the Douluo Continent, the presence of aquatic soul beasts hindered the development of navies. Once a navy became too large, aquatic soul beasts would attack. There was no chance of them ever entering the deep sea.

This was also why, before the Sun Moon Continent and the Douluo Continents slammed together, the three countries of the Douluo Continent did not even know of the existence of the Sun Moon Continent. In this world, because of the presence of aquatic soul beasts, ocean exploration was impossible!

As it was impossible to develop naval forces, land battles were paramount in importance!

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