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Chapter 30.1 – The peerlessly talented demon ba snake (13.1)
Translated by: Niladri
Edited by: celes
This chapter is sponsored by Mangarosario
A baby’s cry resounded in the courtyard, but it was very weak. The baby was cleaned with Bai’s technique and wrapped in brocade. He observed it carefully. As a first-time father, Bai’s face was mournful because he knew that the child’s vitality had been cut short, and feared that it would not live long.
“It’s a daughter,” Bai whispered to Yun Niang.
“Let me see, bring her closer,” Yun Niang said weakly.
Bai hesitated for a moment. He didn’t want to show the child to Yun Niang so as not to increase her sorrow. But when he saw Yun Niang’s expectant gaze, he couldn’t bear to refuse her.
Yun Niang embraced her child, and her face displayed the joy and affection of a new mother: “I met your father in the season when pear blossoms were in full bloom, you will be called Bai Li, okay?”
She lowered her head and kissed the baby gently on the cheek: “I hope your life will be full of happiness and peace.” [T/N: Nope, she will just be a backstabbing, white lotus b….]
Immediately, they saw Yun Niang spit something out of her lips and feed it to the baby’s mouth. She had not swallowed the Qianye Lotus essence but secretly hid it under her tongue.
It happened so quickly that no one could stop her. The baby instinctively swallowed the liquid in her mouth, and at a pace discernible by even a naked eye, her pale face got rosier and her crying became louder and louder.
Yun Niang, on the other hand, seemed to have had her wish fulfilled, and her face ashened immediately. It seemed that it was just the moment of clarity before one’s death.
“Yun Niang, why are you so stupid!” Yun Niang’s death was a foregone conclusion. Bai was completely distraught; he knelt down beside her and began to weep.
Yun Niang smiled gently. She raised her hand and touched her husband’s face. “No mother would ever let go of her children. Knowing you was the best thing in my life, but I have to leave first.”
Bai, refusing to accept it, grabbed Yun Niang’s hand and shook his head powerlessly.
Yun Niang kissed the baby in her bosom again and showed her reluctance to part with her: “Bai, if you take care of Bai Li, I will have no regrets in my life. Don’t be too regretful. For what my family did… You don’t need to deviate from your (righteous) path because of them… Also, take good care of little Bai Li.
In the end, Yun Niang exhausted the last of her strength and closed her beautiful gentle eyes while her mouth carried a smile.
A few days later.
Bai finally recovered slightly from the grief of losing his wife. Only then did Lu Heng learn what had transpired that day.
‘The precious stone lands its innocent possessor in jail.’
Some time ago, Bai went out to find the auxiliary elixir needed to refine the Qianye Lotus. Yun Niang’s parents and brother suddenly knocked on their gates, claiming that since Yun Niang and Bai’s matter was settled, they were willing to accept Yun Niang and Bai’s marriage for the sake of their children.
When she left her family and eloped, Yun Niang never regretted it. But when she woke up from her dreams in the middle of the night, she still missed her family.
Yun Niang was a sheltered young girl. She was overjoyed at her close relatives taking the initiative. She didn’t suspect them much and let them stay in the courtyard. But who could have thought that they were up to no good?
Yun Niang’s elder brother, while frolicking around with a disciple, accidentally learned that a member of the demon race had acquired a heavenly treasure and saw the appearance of the demon in the photo beads. He was surprised to find that the demon was the poor boy that had abducted his sister and eloped.
Over the years, Yun Niang had longed for her family, hoping to return to her maternal home and ease the relationship with her family. However, Yun Niang’s parents lost face in front of the prefecture magistrate because of her elopement. They always regarded her as a stain in their family’s honour.
They still knew where Yun Niang lived now. Her brother had always wanted to enter the path of immortal cultivation, but due to his qualifications, he could not enter any sect. The moment he heard about it, he knew his chance had arrived. He plotted with the disciple, who promised Yun Niang’s elder brother that as long as he cooperated and obtained the treasure, he would help him take the first step (towards cultivation).
That was the night of their eternal parting.
On that day, Bai returned to the courtyard after foraging medicine and saw his happy wife. Bai was also glad to learn that his wife had reconciled with her family, because he also knew that this had always been a cause of heartache for Yun Niang. That night, Bai entertained Yun Niang’s family with a banquet, but when they let their guard down, Bai was attacked by Yun Niang’s elder brother with a powerful artifact.
At the critical moment, it was Yun Niang who blocked the attack with her body. The seriously injured Yun Niang’s pregnancy was affected, and the fetus in her abdomen could not wait to be born.
The courtyard outside was also surrounded by cultivators who from who knows where, and the scene that Lu Heng saw that day came afterwards.
“I’m going to take Yun Niang’s bones back to the native land of our race for burial. Let’s go to the demon race’s land on a day of our choosing.” Bai held a small rabbit in his arms. When he saw Lu Heng looking at the snow rabbit in his arms, he explained: “The children of the demon race will transform into their original shape one day after they are born.”
After that, Bai bid them farewell and went back to the courtyard to deal with the aftermath.
Looking at Bai, who was emaciated like the shadow of a wandering soul, and thinking about Min’s bones in the storage bag, Lu Heng couldn’t but help sigh: “Is it impossible for humans and demons to stay in love with one another?”
“It has nothing to do with humans or demons. Greed, wrath, and envy are like three bad roots, each producing bitter fruits.” Shi Kong was still calm and relaxed, and the ordeal with Bai had not been able to create even a wave in his eyes.
Lu Heng observed Shi Kong and could not help but think about what would need to happen in order to make his frozen face change color.
“Don’t cloud your mind with these things, it’s not good for your cultivation.”
“Cultivation this, cultivation that! Ah, let go, are you raising me as your son? I’m a few hundred years older than you, oh, you can’t mess up seniority.” Lu Heng blinked his eyes and made a joke to sweep away the heavy atmosphere that pervaded the air.
“Don’t talk nonsense.”
Lu Heng felt a sting on his forehead. Only then did he realize that Shi Kong had flicked his forehead. This monk, even when he flicked his forehead, had such a serious expression on his face. Lu Heng secretly spit in his heart, but his face only dared to make a ‘begging for mercy’ expression, and he obediently resumed his cultivation.
The method to enter the demon race’s territory was unexpectedly simple.
Bai gave Lu Heng two dried fruits: “This is the fruit of the Migu tree. You can eat it and then enter the formation without being stuck.”
“If that is the case, can’t anyone enter the land of the demon race as long as they have the fruit?” Lu Heng asked.
“The fruit of this Migu tree needs to be supplemented with demonic energy. If people do not have demonic energy accompanying them, they will not be able to use it.” Bai added, “And it must be demonic energy from cultivating on the righteous path; those evil demons will not be able to do the same.”
Lu Heng nodded and tried to put demonic energy into a fruit. Then he saw that the dry coating of the fruit immediately became succulent and lush green, appearing very appetizing. Lu Heng handed over the fruit in his hand to Shi Kong and processed the other fruit in a similar manner.
Lu Heng felt that his eyes and ears were quite clear when he swallowed the fruit of this Migu tree, which turned into a clear and sweet liquid in their mouths.
After all three of them had eaten all the fruit, they crossed the monolith and entered the territory of the demon race.
After traversing a lush forest, their vision abruptly cleared. Unlike the humans who preferred to build cities with stones, the towns of the demons were built directly among trees. There were houses built on the ground and wooden tree-houses hanging on branches. Lu Heng even saw a door suddenly open from the ground, and then a slender demon jumped out.
When Bai saw Lu Heng’s startled face, he finally showed his first smile in a while: “That’s the Golden Mouse clan. They like to live underground.”
After that, Bai suddenly paused again and said, “When I spoke about the customs of these demons with Yun Niang, she was also wanted to…”
Lu Heng patted Bai’s shoulder; the pain of losing his wife could only be slowly overcome by him. Lu Heng looked at the plump Bai Li in his arms and thought that with the company of such a lovely child, Bai should be able to recover more quickly.
Bai tried to cheer himself up and said, “We’re going to be staying here for the time being. The fox clan’s territory is in Qingqiu. I’ll find a friend in the fox clan to guide you.”
The trio stayed in an inn owned by the feathered bird demons [Yu Qinlei]. Feathered bird demons liked to live on trees. This inn was situated amidst tall, ancient trees, and the rooms were supported by sturdy branches like birds’ nests. This unique building was an eye-opener for Lu Heng from the modern society.
Lu Heng and Shi Kong shared a room as before. Last time, Lu Heng was very young, but now, they were used to this way of getting along. Anyway, they sat meditating in the evening, and didn’t have to worry about falling short of beds.
Night fell. That night the moonlight was particularly bright.
Lu Heng leaned against the window and looked at the novel scenery that was quite different from that of his hometown. Peering below, he saw demons appearing to be rushing in one direction, and in that direction, a multitude of dazzling lights shone, just like the neon lights of the modern world.
“Huh? It looks like something big is happening.” Lu Heng was curious and peered over by leaning his upper body forward.
“Tonight is the Moon Festival of the demon race.” Shi Kong grabbed Lu Heng’s collar and dragged him back into the room, which was quite high from the ground. Lu Heng realized that if someone like him fell down, he would be covered in injuries.
“The Moon Festival? Good, I want to take a look, let’s take a break from cultivation today.”
Looking at Lu Heng’s starry eyes, Shi Kong nodded: “This poor monk will accompany you.”
The Moon Festival was an important annual festival of the demons. All the residents of feathered bird race’s territory gathered at a huge clearing by the lake. The bright water of the lake reflected the bright moon, the size of the sieve plate. The pure essence of the moon even made many demons subconsciously revert to their original forms.
In the middle of the open space, a high platform was erected. The beautiful ladies on stage dragged along their trailing feathers and danced with fluttering steps. The dancing gestures were gentle yet energetic. Lu Heng, who had never seen such a dance before, was somewhat dazed, but the dancer’s expression was somewhat peculiar, and their eyebrows were full of affection towards others. The whole person exuded a sensation of eternal spring, and the people who were watching the dance were also moved and stood up.
“This is a male demon.” Shi Kong clarified.
What? It’s a male demon! Lu Heng was thunderstruck, but he calmed down and thought it was normal since in the mating dance of birds, the males showed off their dance moves to impress the females.
Lu Heng quickly accepted the fact and began watching the dance with pure appreciation.
As the dance went on, the atmosphere gradually started to heat up.