Chapter 2 — A Bizarre Scene
The situation was one of a large tiger and a pack of wolves competing for food—specifically, Yun Wu’s flesh. Both sides, tiger and wolves, exhibited their thirst and desire to devour her, and evidently, neither were willing to share.
Yun Wu watched warily with her back pressed against the cliff wall. Suddenly, her head felt like it was splitting in half. In her mind, golden light exploded. Waves of information poured in and then vanished without a trace, akin to a stone sinking into the bottomless ocean, leaving her with the sensation of an odd qi stream flowing through her meridians.
She wondered what now? but in any case, she wasn’t in the mood to think about other things. She knew she was currently no different from a fish on a cutting board, capable of nothing but waiting for the beasts to start fighting.
Could it be that right after revival, she would die in the mouths of these beasts?
No, definitely not.
She already made it clear that anyone who owed her would receive payback of a hundredfold, and right now, anyone who wanted to take her life would be repaid by having theirs taken.The beasts in front of her were no exceptions!
Yun Wu clenched her teeth as she propped up her broken, battered body. Even the slit tendons of her hands and feet were unable to prevent her from setting foot onto the path of blood.
What she didn’t know was that the strange qi in her meridians, coupled with her willpower, had replaced her devastated tendons. Little by little, she straightened up while using the cliff wall as support, and at that moment, her terrifying mentality seemed to have taken control of her body.
Her injuries and the pain coursing through her limbs were forgotten—she remembered only hatred and revenge. Murderous intent instantly rose from the depths of her soul as heinous animosity smothered her dantian.
“Agh!” A furious, human roar, carrying with it a penetrative murderous aura, tore from her throat. When that sound came out, the steadily approaching wolf pack and large tiger abruptly took a step back.
Yun Wu’s bloodstained hands grabbed ahold of a sharp piece of feldspar1, and her two eyes took on a cold-blooded scarlet hue as she glared fiercely at the group of beasts before her.
Want to eat her? She’ll let them fill their stomachs with their own blood.
Seeming to have sensed her murderous intent, hesitancy flashed in the eyes of the magical beasts. Shortly after, against their better judgments, they let their bestial nature take over.
Yowls resounded. One by one, the beasts revealed their fangs and pounced on her. Murderous intent surged in Yun Wu’s scarlet eyes. Faced with the wolf pack’s attacks, she bent her knees, leaped while pulling her hand back, and mercilessly pierced the skulls of two Iron-Back Wolves with her sharp feldspar.
When she pulled out her makeshift weapon, thick blood poured out of the wolves’ heads and instantaneously soiled the already-bloodsoaked clothes on her body and seeped into the ancient necklace hanging from her neck. Under her garments, a faint, black light gradually blossomed.
This escaped Yun Wu’s notice.
She moved like a lightning bolt, just as though this battered body of hers had transformed into the body she occupied in her previous life; usually lax, but once she attacked, the blow would guarantee to be a fatal blow.
Blood from a human and a group of beasts brought rise to a mesmerizing phoenix dance with a peculiar charm.
Everything, from Yun Wu’s landing at the bottom of the cliff to her discovery of the beasts to the fight, was seen by a pair of unnerving black eyes as fascination slowly materialized in the curving corners of the holder’s closed lips.
“What an interesting little pipsqueak.”
An unmoving shadow, one masked by darkness, watched as Yun Wu struck the beasts and as the latter’s honed claws ripped the flesh on her body. This scene roused a glimmer of bloodthirsty excitement in the shadow’s black eyes. One could tell that he enjoyed this brutal bloodbath and had little to no intentions to interrupt.
Yun Wu quickened her attacks. Nonetheless, resisting a besiege of beasts with her sorry body and the makeshift weapon would inevitably cost her loses.
Her body was already heavily gashed, to begin with. Now, under the beasts’ claws, several more bone-deep wounds appeared. Blood dyed her figure from head to toe.
Yun Wu stiffened, and her complexion abruptly shifted. Her entire body felt like it was fixed in place. She tried her utmost to free herself but to no avail.
In the next moment, from along her neck to her chest, there came a terrible, burning pain. It was comparable to having ten thousand needles perforating every single acupuncture point on her body. She grit her teeth as she endured the soul-excruciating pain.
Beads of cold sweat slid down her forehead. Her face paled.
Seeing the opportunity, the wolf pack and giant tiger attacked. She had never felt so small and helpless before, and she loathed the feeling of powerlessness. If she really was to die in the mouths of these beasts… she was unwilling, and she would always be unwilling.
“Brat2 countless people in this world are unwilling to depart, but your resistance pleases me quite a bit, so I shall lend you a hand.” An elderly voice loftily sounded in her ears.Yun Wu’s heart violently shook, because the moment that voice fell, she saw a black flame appear out of nowhere and momentarily burn all of the lunging beasts into ashes.
An evening breeze swept by, taking the ashes with it. If it weren’t for the few Iron-Back Wolf corpses still sprawled on the ground, she would’ve believed everything was all a hallucination fabricated by her overexertion.
The hidden man’s eyes widened slightly. He had intended to make a move but was interrupted by that elderly voice. However, the astonishment in his eyes was quickly subdued and replaced with a trace of great delight. His gaze became probing.
“Don’t be too amazed. If it wasn’t because I didn’t have any other choice, I would’ve been too lazy to take action. However, brat, you’ve really surprised me. I’ve been in a deep slumber for thousands of years, and aside from my first master, no one else has ever been able to break my seal. You were able to awaken me, so evidently, you must have potential, but pity… right now, your body… Alas, what a pity. Sleep well, child. Don’t push yourself any further.”
At his words, the prickling pain that had enveloped her entire body was gradually buffered by a warm current. Darkness invaded her consciousness.
VIN: The elderly voice actually addresses himself as “this old fellow” and not first-person pronouns.