Lin Mu looked at his phone he had been hung up on, and kicked his feet, dispirited.
The old swing creaked and shook twice.
Letting out a heavy sigh, Lin Mu put away his cell phone.
He didn’t have anyone he could turn to for this matter. He couldn’t count on his colleagues, and he didn’t know any monsters, let alone great monsters that could run around with abandon in unknown lands.
Currently, it was hard for Di Wu to even protect himself, and no matter how he thought about it, he couldn’t go and ask Di Wu, the only one who could and was willing to help him, for help.
It would be fine if he was just weak, but his blood was also coveted by others. It was better for him to stay at home with the protection of the Morning Dusk. Furthermore, because if the special status of the reference room, he needn’t be worried about getting attack in the office. But if he went out, then it wouldn’t be confirmed.
Weakness was a sin.
Lin Mu leaned back against the swing, thought about his father who mostly likely had been sabotaged, and felt a bit sad.
This wasn’t the first time he felt so isolated.
Like at the start, when some people bullied a widow and her child, and when his mother passed because of a serious illness.
The days when he was with his mother were a little hard, but Lin Mu didn’t find it too difficult.
To him, the unbearable thing was the feeling that he couldn’t protect the things and people he wanted to, simply because he was too weak.
He still had to work hard.
Lin Mu thought.
Just like before, when he was bullied, he would still have to fight back.
As long as he was strong enough, even if he was alone, he would not be afraid.
It’s just that his father might have to wait a little longer — if he was really caught.
Because Lin Mu had no clue as to how monsters could become stronger.
He could only ask Da Hei for help.
Lin Mu rubbed his face hard and took out his phone, planning to give a call to Da Hei to ask about how monsters cultivated.
Just as he took out his phone, he heard the sound of a three-wheeled motorcycle1 coming to a stop outside his yard.
Lin Mu turned around and realised it was the express delivery.
Thinking about what he had bought recently, Lin Mu quickly put away his mobile phone and jumped off the swing to open the gate.
The delivery guy unloaded a lot of things from the back of his bike, looked at Lin Mu who came out and panted out, “what did you buy? So heavy and so many.”
“Just some things for rasing dogs and growing flowers.” Lin Mu looked at how the guy was panting, rolled up his sleeves and said, “let me move them.”
“Ah?” The delivery guy took a look at the Lin Mu’s thin arms and thin legs, and just as he was planning to say something, he saw this thin young man bending down to lift an iron frame that was greater than thirty kilograms. He easily carried it into the yard, then turned around and picked up two ten kilograms of pre-cultivated soil. His footsteps were like the wind, not even stopping once.
The delivery guy closed his mouth, and felt that it was better if capable people did more work.
He leaned against the car and watched as Lin Mu unloaded the things one by one, placing some of them in the yard and carrying the others into the house.
Lin Mu took out a utility knife from his house, walked to the parcel at the entrance and said, “Just a moment, please. I’ll open the package to take a look.”
“Sure, go ahead and check it.” The delivery guy said and looked around Lin Mu’s small yard.
This courtyard wasn’t complicated, and one could see it all from just a glance.
There was a small attic on the second floor of this self built house. From the outside, this house had some traces of time passing, some vines were climbing along the outside wall and there were several flower pots on the windows of the first. On the second floor hung some thriving green plants.
Several of them were in their flowering period, and were blooming beautifully.
On the concrete road next to the house, there were some neatly arranged potted plants. Through the windows on the first floor, one could also see that there were more plants inside. Near the cement road, there were some loosened soil, and it looked as if there was something that had been planted, but hadn’t sprouted yet.
Beyond that was a green meadow carpeted with a layer of grass, and a wooden swing swaying quietly in the wind.
The fence outside the courtyard wall was covered in vines with flowers, small and colourful.
The whole yard was full of greenery, and the wind blowing through the courtyard brought along a clear aroma that made people completely forget their troubles and worries, and the delivery guy gave a sleepy yawn.
Lin Mu checked all the packages that needed to be checked. When he looked up, he found that the express delivery guy had dozed off against the car.
He seemed to be having a good dream, and was sleeping with a slight smile on his face.
Lin Mu went up and patted the other party lightly, “I’ve finished checking.”
“Ah? Er.” The delivery guy shook his head, “okay, I’m going!”
“Wait for a while.” Lin Mu stopped him, turned back into the house, took a bottle of peppermint oil and gave it to him, “keeps you alert, be careful on the road.”
The delivery guy paused for a couple of seconds, and gave him an embarrassed smile, but still accepted the bottle of peppermint oil, “ah, thank you, your yard is really beautiful. ”
Lin Mu heard his words and also smiled back at him, eyebrows bending, exposing the two small dimples at the corner of his mouth.
When the three-wheeled motorcycle was far away, Lin Mu turned his gaze and glanced at the Morning Dusk planted outside the yard. He found that the flowers that should have been squashed were blooming undamanged in the same place, swaying in the wind.
It seemed that ordinary people could neither see nor touch it.
Lin Mu took back his sight, re-wrapped the packages that were unpacked and inspected, and moved them back into the house, one by one.
When he was moving the last few pieces, Lin Mu had just walked out of the house, and saw a figure standing outside the gate.
Yan Xuanjing posture was perfectly straight as he stood outside the yard. He was still wearing the ancient clothing that wasn’t suitable for the modern world, with his long hair hanging behind him, silently watching Lin Mu who was in the yard.
Lin Mu looked at that face, slightly widened his eyes, and was stunned for a long time before he returned to his senses and hurriedly went to the gate and opened it, “Yan…… er, Mr. Yan?”
Yan Xuanjing glanced over the white bracelet on Lin Mu’s wrist and his expression relaxed a lot, then he gave Lin Mu a slight nod, “just call me Yan Xuanjing.”
Lin Mu felt that Yan Xuanjing’s voice was really nice.
“Why did you2polite form of you come here?”
“I came to……” Yan Xuanjing said, then paused for a moment.
He didn’t know why he had come either.
Originally, he was supposed to be with the Ginseng Baby looking for monsters. As a result, he followed the Ginseng Baby and went over several mountains, but still could not find the Ginseng Baby’s friends. However, all the monsters in the whole of Qingyao Mountain knew that there was a great monster suspected of being a nine-tailed fox nearby.
These monsters instantly didn’t dare to fight anymore, they didn’t dare to fight for territory, didn’t dare to make any trouble, and were all extremely quiet and hiding in the dark corners, afraid that if they weren’t careful, their souls would be taken away by the nine-tailed fox to eat.
As everybody knew, a nine-tailed fox didn’t even need to lift a finger to eat a soul, and could hook their soul away with just a single glance.
For a time, the monsters ceased all of their activities, concealed their heads and eyes, and didn’t even dare to look outside.
Those friends of the Ginseng Baby were probably one of those monsters, and they were even good at hiding, and couldn’t be found even after several hills were rummaged over.
Yan Xuanjing just happened to receive the news that Wu Gui had returned, so he plucked two strands of fur to give the Ginseng Baby as a talisman, and turned around and went back to the sub-district office.
He knew he would see Lin Mu in the office, but he didn’t expect that after one day and one night without seeing each other, the concentration of the monstrous energy Lin Mu had suddenly soared by several levels.
When he first saw Lin Mu, he couldn’t tell that Lin Mu was a half demon without looking carefully looking, but now it could be seen with a glance.
Probably also because of this increasing power, the influence of Yan Xuanjing’s charm was no longer as great as before.
This was a good thing.
But Yan Xuanjing didn’t expect that Lin Mu would have the scent of blood on him.
It was obvious that he had been injured, and his blood was taken away by someone else.
Yan Xuanjing hurriedly went to send a letter to his father in the Great Wilderness through the passage in Qingyao Mountain, and told the people in the Great Wilderness that this matter might be related to Di Wu, then immediately went to Lin Mu’s home, wanting to confirm Lin Mu’s safety.
In any case, it was the person who took him in and provided him with a good place to recuperate.
But after confirming, he didn’t know what to say.
Yan Xuanjing was stuck for quite a while, and the expression on his face remained calm and cold as always, and after quietly watching Lin Mu for a while, he unhurriedly said, “I came to see you.”
Lin Mu’s eyes widened in amazement and stumbled over his words when he spoke, “came, came to see me?”
“You’re hurt.” Yan Xuanjing pointed to Lin Mu’s wrist.
Lin Mu didn’t expect great monster to pay so much attention to this small detail, he was stunned for a moment, and suddenly became alert.
Yan Xuanjing was confused by this sudden alertness.
Lin Mu was very alert.
To be honest, he wasn’t very familiar with Yan Xuanjing.
The last time they had met, he didn’t even look Yan Xuanjing in the eye, and the second time they met, Yan Xuanjing found out that he had bled and followed so closely, so there must have been something wrong.
Why was a great nine-tailed fox so concerned about what he–
Lin Mu paused and thought of the information he had found.
That’s right, Yan Xuanjing’s father, Yan Gui, was one of the monsters who had protected Di Xiu before.
But for three decades after Di Xiu disappeared, they didn’t take any action at all.
Lin Mu subconsciously touches the bracelet on his wrist, which was said to be made out of the fur of a nine-tailed fox. He looked at the great monster who seemed expressionless, but for some reason Lin Mu could see a trace of confusion, and was a little uncertain whether the other side was an enemy or a friend.
Lin Mu looked down, scanned over where Yan Xuanjing was standing, and found out that he just happened to standing outside the Morning Dusk.
Taking back his line of sight, Lin Mu slightly raised his head to look at Yan Xuanjing, smiled, revealing two small dimples and asked softly, “since you are here, would you like to come in for a cup of tea?”
If a monster had sinned, they would be burnt by the Morning Dusk.
Lin Mu thought about tricking this nine-tailed fox in first, he wouldn’t lose anything if he wasn’t burnt, and if he didn’t burn he earned.
Yan Xuanjing instinctively felt his back become cold. He suddenly looked up and around him, and frowned slightly after he didn’t notice any abnormality.
For his level of cultivation, his instincts usually weren’t mistaken.
— Somebody was plotting against him.
Lin Mu looked at the monster who was looking around him and asked tentatively, “Mr. Yan? Yan Xuanjing?”
Yan Xuanjing slowly retracted his gaze and nodded. He lifted his foot and walked straight into the yard.
The Morning Dusk were gently rubbed by his clothes, their stem trembling as they bent down, and they shook and swayed back straight against after he passed.
Lin Mu looked at this great monster who walked into the yard safely, and let out a sigh of relief.
Yan Xuanjing felt the chill and the sense of crisis suddenly vanished again, couldn’t help but stop, and looked down to think about who he had offended recently.
Then he realised he had offended too many people, and anyone would want to harm him.
The nine-tailed fox chose to give up.
Lin Mu closed the door and found Yan Xuanjing looking down at an open package. He quickly went over and bent over to pick up it up.
“Sorry, sorry. I haven’t packed up yet.” Lin Mu was a little nervous, and hugged his parcel and said, “please come into the room and sit down.”
Yan Xuanjing gave a reserved nod, and with actions that showed familiarity, picked a stool in the living room and sat down. His posture was dignified and his back was quite straight.
Lin Mu made tea from the strands of ginseng that the Little Ginseng plucked out for this great monster.
Yan Xuanjing held the cup, and actually gave the enamel cup a sense of being a rare treasured tea cup.
The nine-tailed fox turned to look at Lin Mu, looked him up and down for a while, “your monstrous power has increased by quite a bit.”
“Ah, yes.” Lin Mu was somewhat restrained in the face of this super handsome monster, and after the other party peacefully pass through the Morning Dusk, his mind had relaxed a lot, and said, “because I know my blood.”
Yan Xuanjing’s action of drinking tea slightly paused, waited three seconds without Lin Mu continuing, and realised that Lin Mu’s blood was not the type that could be said out at will.
He drank the ginseng tea, looked at the way Lin Mu wanted to say something, and asked slowly, “is there something?”
“……” Lin Mu hesitated for a long time, and still nodded, “yes.”
Yan Xuanjing placed down the cup in his hands.
“Monsters…… how can half-monsters become stronger?” Lin Mu asked.
Compared to Da Hei, this great monster in front of him would obviously know more.
Lin Mu didn’t feel that it was necessary for him to ignore what’s in front of him.
He looked at Yan Xuanjing, and said in a serious manner, “I want to become strong, but I don’t know how to.”
The nine-tailed fox paused a little, and after recalling his own experiences when he was young, he answered with uncertainty, “…… get beaten?”
Lin Mu: “?”
The author has this to say:
Lin Mu: Does this fox want to hurt the great me3Lin Mu uses 老子 (Lǎozǐ), a first person way of referring to yourself in an arrogant/I’m better than you/are you shitting me manner. He is not calling himself the ancient Chinese philosopher Laozi.