Translator – Erza
Editor – Ben
Finalized Editor – Silavin
The entire night, it was unknown how many much blood Yang Kai had lost. It wasn’t until this moment that Xia Ning Chang fully understood the monstrous amount of willpower her Junior Brother had relied on during the night.
With these types of wounds, if his position was switched with a normal person, who knew how many times that person would die. While he bit down and held out against the pain and accompanied her to kill that final enemy, and then assisted her to capture the Nine Yin Dew Crystal.
After completing all of that, once he relaxed his mind, it was of no surprise that he would faint.
Placating the anxiety within her heart, Xia Ning Chang went to take out the remaining pills from within Yang Kai’s clothes. Then bracing herself, she forced herself to search Wen Fei Chen’s body and found more pills which she then fed to Yang Kai.
But Yang Kai was currently in a coma, so how could he possibly swallow those pills?
Thinking for a while, Xia Ning Chang began to break the pills into pieces before feeding them to Yang Kai.
Just as she was busying herself with various things, the Nine Yin Eight Locks suddenly burst out and disappeared.
The sun was up! With the sun brimming with vitality, the Nine Yin Eight Locks sealing formation had dissolved.
Unbeknownst to Xia Ning Chang, she did not sense the passage of time within the mountain valley as she was preoccupied tending to Yang Kai.
A wave of tyrannical but soft energy passed over Xia Ning Chang’s body. Shivering from the sensation, she suddenly looked up, as a figure appeared within her view.
“Master!” As soon as Xia Ning Chang saw him, it was like a crack had formed in a dam wall. With her master’s appearance, her reliance on him appeared as tears flowed unceasingly down her beautiful face.
His face serious, Meng Wu Ya was about to reprimand Xia Ning Chang when he saw that something was not quite right. Looking around his face became concerned as he asked: “What happened?”
Old Man Meng had stood guard outside of the Nine Yin Eight Locks formations for a good portion of the night. He did not dare to enter, as he assumed that the capturing of the dew drop had gone successfully. After all, he had prepared these things for many years, and all they needed was the corporation of Yang Kai. After that, everything was easy.
It was just that his beloved and treasured Disciple had to sacrifice herself a bit.
After staying outside all night, Meng Wu Ya was also feeling a bit stuffy himself. Which master would be drugged by his own Disciple; under the heavens, he guessed only he would be. Though that wasn’t the reason why Meng Wu Ya was feeling this way. Being drugged was a small matter, but this time he had lost a lot of face. Not to mention that this trip had brought Xia Ning Chang deep into Black Wind Mountains, what if something bad had happened to her?
So that’s why Meng Wu Ya was determined to go reprimand Xia Ning Chang for her actions; but of course he wouldn’t be too harsh on her. After all, this Disciple of Treasurer Meng’s was treated like his most beloved treasure.
But what he was about to say had suddenly disappeared as he gazed down at the ground. On the ground, he saw her panicked and pale face, as she looked at Yang Kai lying unconscious in a terrible condition. “What happened here?”
“Master I asked you to save him!” Bawling anxiously, Xia Ning Chang miserably cried out.
Meng Wu Ya did not hesitate; he immediately descended and used two fingers to jab at Yang Kai’s wrists. His Divine Sense sweeping across his body, Meng Wu Ya couldn’t help but make a startled face “How did he get so serious wounded?”
In the eyes of Meng Wu Ya, Yang Kai’s injuries were equivalent to having one foot in the grave. His internal chest and external injuries were all secondary. What was most worrying was the extreme depletion of his Yuan Qi, as well as the chaotic state of his meridians.
In regards to these types of conditions, he must take a special kind of spirit pill. Not only did he have to take a spirit pill, a doctor proficient in medicine was also needed.
Meng Wu Ya had neither of those.
“Master, will he die?” Xia Ning Chang mournfully asked, filled with worry.
Once Meng Wu Ya saw the expression on his Disciple’s face, he knew something bad had happened. Sighing internally he cried out [Fate! Dear fate! Even with my thousand blockades, I still wasn’t able to stop it.]
He couldn’t bear to have Xia Ning Chang saddened, so Meng Wu Ya consoled. “Don’t worry. With me here, he cannot die.” As he spoke, he reached into his clothes to take out a bottle. In a pouring motion, he took out a pill that was about the same size as a dragon’s eye*. It was entirely golden in colour and with one glance; one could tell that it wasn’t something of an ordinary grade.
(Erza: I say dragon’s eye, but that is just a direct translation. The word itself could also mean the fruit logan, which is called a dragon’s eye in Chinese. I wasn’t sure which one he was trying to reference too, but all in all, both objects are about the same size, since the fruit was named Dragon’s eye because that reason.)
(Silavin: Truth be told, its actually quite weird that a dragon’s eyes would only be as big as a longan – after all, they are creatures that were supposedly at least 10 meters long. If you do it by ratio of their pictorial depiction, their eyes were something you should not be able to fully enclose with one hand.)
When Meng Wu Ya took out that golden pill, Xia Ning Chang’s frantic feelings settled down a bit. It was because she knew the tremendous effects of that pill.
But Meng Wu Ya was extremely unwilling. After hesitating for some time, he was somewhat forced by Xia Ning Chang. Pinching open Yang Kai’s mouth, he fed the pill to Yang Kai.
“Let me!” Swiping the pill from her master’s hand, Xia Ning Chang proceeded to put the pill in her mouth. Once in her mouth, she used her tongue to wrap around it before placing her lips over Yang Kai’s blood red ones.[Hey, hey, hey! This old man is still here!] Meng Wu Ya shouted in his heart non-stop and immediately averted his gaze.
(Erza: So innocent, lecherous Meng)
Seeing his Disciple, without any hesitation or restraint, treating a male in this manner caused Meng Wu Ya to feel upset. It was like having a daughter whom you spent much effort raising, only to have her leave you.
Once Yang Kai took the pill, his color became somewhat better, but the results were not like the expected results.
Taking the opportunity, Meng Wu Ya observed their surroundings. The original hazy gaze, suddenly became cold as he saw the corpses of Wen Fei Chen and Long Hui.
All of his suspicions disappeared!
The reason why Yang Kai had suffered such serious wounds, the reason why his beloved Disciple cut such a sorry figure, just like they had engaged in a harsh battle; all had suddenly become clear.
A surge of fury burst out from Meng Wu Ya’s chest, as a frosty expression began to form on Old Man Meng’s face.
He didn’t decide to ask now, for currently, it wasn’t the appropriate time. The coming days were long, and there would be plenty of time to investigate and make things clear in the future.
Meng Wu Ya was extremely regretful. Regretful that when he had arrived last night, he didn’t break into the sealing formation of the Nine Yin Eight Locks. Otherwise, how could his Disciple and Yang Kai fall into such dire straits?
Vexation and remorse filled his heart, before gradually turning into fury!
Inviting the wrath of the heavens!
Taking in deep breaths, Meng Wu Ya suppressed the fury within his heart and gently asked, “Disciple, did you get the Nine Yin Dew Crystal?”
*En.* Xia Ning Chang continued to look stupidly at the unconscious Yang Kai, nodding her head.
“Then go refine it. You don’t need to worry for Yang Kai, for this old man is here, so he can’t die.” Meng Wu Ya consoled.
Hesitating, Xia Ning Chang finally agreed, repeating, “Master, you must take care to not let anything happen to him. The reason why your Disciple is still alive is because he put his life on the line to protect me. If it wasn’t for him, then your Disciple would have…” Mentioning the last part, Xia Ning Chang began to cry like a bird again.
“Relax!” Squeezing out a smile, Meng Wu Ya nodded his head lightly.
Only then did Xia Ning Chang gather herself again. Drying her tears, she sat down and took out the bag she kept at her side. While she refined the Nine Yin Dew Crystal, she also kept an eye on Yang Kai’s status.
In half an hour’s time, the Nine Yin Dew Crystal had been fully refined. Though Xia Ning Chang did not absorb the pill yet and rather kept it in her Dantian. This was because it took a long time to absorb the pill. Once she completely absorbed it, she would be able to breakthrough into the True Element Stage; but this would take at least a few days.
Without Yang Kai awake, Xia Ning Chang was in no mood to do so.
“Let’s go. Let’s first leave this place. With Yang Kai in this condition, he needs serious medical attention.” Bending down, Meng Wu Ya picked up Yang Kai and along with Xia Ning Chang, sprinted swiftly towards the edge of Black Wind Mountain.
The two people didn’t rush straight towards High Heaven Pavilion because the distance between the two places wasn’t small. Rather, they had come to the small town that Yang Kai and Xia Ning had rested at previously.
Searching for a tavern in the town, the three people settled down temporarily. Sparing no effort, Xia Ning Chang labored at Yang Kai’s side every day with all her heart.
While Meng Wu Ya gave Yang Kai True Qi every day, in hopes of improving Yang Kai’s condition.
Falling unconscious, Yang Kai discovered that his consciousness had come to the world with nothing. Inside this world, there was nothing; only the Golden Skeleton from the black book could be found.
The Golden Skeleton sat cross-legged, its golden brilliance shining brightly. Yang Kai also sat opposite it, cross-legged, not moving an inch.
Without a sound, without light, Yang Kai sat there observing the Golden Skeleton. Although the Golden Skeleton had no eyes, Yang Kai felt that it was also observing him.
Time flowed on, without any indication, Yang Kai and the Golden Skeleton maintained this kind of silent situation.
Yang Kai comprehended the mysteries of the Golden Skeleton. Last time he did so, Yang Kai felt that there were even deeper mysteries regarding it. But despite trying, he was far too powerless at the time.
But this time, after experiencing so many life and death battles, Yang Kai felt that the distance between him and Golden Skeleton had been shortened.
If one was to say there had previously been a barrier between Yang Kai and the Golden Skeleton, then currently, that barrier had been removed.
His unyielding willpower had conquered the Golden Skeleton’s haughtiness, while the Golden Skeleton was excited that he had found a suitable master.
Suddenly, Yang Kai smiled!
The Golden Skeleton also transformed. Turning into golden streaks of light, he entered Yang Kai; just like the first time, they had met.
But Yang Kai knew, he knew that this time, he had fully gained the support of the arrogant Golden Skeleton. Previously when this had happened, he only gained a portion of its strength. All this time it had been observing, examining, until finally, Yang Kai had gained its approval. This meant that the Golden Skeleton is now to willingly integrate itself into Yang Kai’s body.
The world of nothingness suddenly collapsed, causing Yang Kai’s consciousness to return to his body.
In no rush to open his eyes, Yang Kai probed around to learn about his body’s condition.
The injuries on his body were of no hindrance. It was only the area of his chest which had caved in that still hurt. Apart from that, the sword wounds on his abdomen and shoulder had healed up nicely.
Inside his Dantian, of the original forty drops of Yang Liquid, only a few remained; there was only about seven or eight left. The cost of that night’s battles was far too high.
Just the amount of Yang Liquid used on Disciple Cai and Wen Fei Chen alone numbered around twenty drops. Not to mention, the drops used in resisting the cold and the various other battles.
But this cost wasn’t without rewards. Through these battles, his original Initial Element Fourth Stage cultivation had shot up to the Seventh Stage!
To breakthrough three sub stages consecutively, Yang Kai couldn’t help but be startled.
Thinking back, while he was battling Wen Fei Chen, he had felt that the energy he emitted was at the Qi Transformation Stage. It should have been around that time, he had broken through.
To break through at that moment had caused Yang Kai to fail to notice. If it weren’t for his inspection of his body, such a breakthrough would have stayed unnoticed.