When Yan Xuanjing returned with the Ginseng Baby and his friends, Lin Mu was making breakfast.
There was a small cloth bag hanging around the fox’s neck, which contained a ginseng, two mimosa and a round potato.
Upon entering the yard, the cloth bag was ruthlessly thrown to the side. Within a blink, the two mimosa and potato dove in the ground, and the Ginseng Baby rolled out, and just as he wanted to run into the house with two roots, he was so shocked by the vigorous spiritual medication field in the yard that he became speechless.
He froze for a long time, then turned back to human shape and rushed into the kitchen.
The little Ginseng used his short hands to hug Lin Mu’s thigh, “Lin Mu, Lin Mu, I’m back!”
Because Lin Mu’s power has soared recently and his senses became more sensitive, he had long heard the little Ginseng’s movement , and wasn’t surprised after his thigh was hugged. He turned his head and gave him an apple and said, “you’re back.”
“Yup, I brought back a little potato and two mimosas.” The little Ginseng held the apple and raised his head, only to find a small seedling on Lin Mu’s head. He paused for a couple of seconds, then pulled Lin Mu’s clothes as he said in a small voice, “Lin Mu, are you sprouting too?”
Lin Mu was dumbfounded, then raised his hand to touch the top of his head, only to find that the small seedling had ran out again.
He looked at the bright sunshine outside the kitchen window and sighed, “probably because the sun’s too bright.”
The little Ginseng heard his words, and learned from Lin Mu then sighed. He raised his hand and touched the little ginseng seeds on his head and pressed them back, and then sighed in a childish tone, “my little fruit aren’t obedient too. They always come out as soon as the sun’s good.”
Lin Mu: “……”
It probably was a plant monster thing.
“Lin Mu, Lin Mu.” The little Ginseng hugged Lin Mu’s thigh again, “what’s going on with the spiritual medication field outside? How did it sprout? And the spiritual energy outside is very strong……”
The little Ginseng started to panic as he spoke, pouted, and said in an aggrieved tone, “do you have other little monsters?”
“No, it’s just that there’s been a lot of moon essence lately,” Lin Mu said.
Yan Xuanjing did not tell him how precious moon essence was, and during the last couple of evenings, Lin Mu watched as the moon essence flowed like water and he had no idea at all.
“When the moon essence fall onto the ground, the plants grow very well.”
Lin Mu said finished, and touched the little bud on his head.
En, the little seedling was also growing well.
The little Ginseng was confused. After all, in all the years that he was alive, his luck had been spent on running away for his life, and he didn’t know what moon essence was. Hearing Lin Mu say that he didn’t have any other little monsters, he gave a ‘hehe’ and nudged against Lin Mu using his head.
Lin Mu turned to take a few apples and asked the little Ginseng, “what about your friends?”
“They’re a little shy.” The little Ginseng took the apples from his hands, “I’ll give the apples to them.”
“Okay.” Lin Mu smiled and patted the little Ginseng’s head.
The little Ginseng ran out with four apples in his arms.
Milky came in slowly. After the little Ginseng ran out, he took his own time to come in and sat in the kitchen doorway like before, staring at Lin Mu.
When Yan Xuanjing had received his father’s letter, he finally remembered when he had seen such a great amount of moon essence, enough for them to converge into a stream.
It was not long after he had returned to Qingqiu Country.
The young Yan Xuanjing had finally managed to climb out of the chaos, and with a body stained with karma, it wasn’t long before something went wrong in a territorial struggle. His breathing was shallow, and he was rushed to a valley that was protected to death by his father.
There were many kinds of spiritual medication in that valley, and these plants that were rare in the outside world were growing like weeds there. The valley was peaceful and quiet, except for the sound of the wind, there was only the sound of flowing water.
The number of normal animals in the Great Wilderness wasn’t considered that little, but there were no birds in the valley, no animals on the ground, and no fish in the stream.
There were only a few great monsters in the valley that was familiar with Yan Xuanjing’s father, sprawled with their paws facing the sky under the most prominent tree in that valley. Even his father had laid down in a pile of fluff without regards for his image, and looked very comfortable.
Yan Xuanjing didn’t remember much of the valley. He only remembered a few images, like the sun essence and moon essence that fell from the sky.
Those bright and full lights fell on the tree. The tree also shed a few light clusters, and mixed in were some sun essence and moon essence, which sneaked into the bodies of the monsters present.
That was the most comfortable time Yan Xuanjing ever had to heal.
The power of the Relaxed Emperor was able to make him forget the pain, his mind was also at peace, and the sun essence and moon essence repaired his seriously injured body.
By the time he was completely awake, his father, who was sleeping like a pile of fluff, picked him up and threw him out of the valley.
That memory had always been a little fuzzy. Now, when he thought about it, Yan Xuanjing knew that his father deliberately made him forget it.
Di Wu’s matter had given Di Wu’s friends a wake-up call. Amongst monsters, there were many ways to seal memories, and before one was strong enough, even a blood-related son would not be able to remember the situation in the valley or the way in and out.
Currently, even though Yan Xuanjing had been recognised by his father as the next head of the country, he still couldn’t remember this memory. Yan Xuanjing guessed, it was probably because his father had completely forgotten that there was such a matter in the first place.
So Yan Xuanjing sent a letter to his father and told him that Di Xiu was dead, then returned with the Ginseng Baby.
Now, he finally understood why Lin Mu had attracted him so much, and why Lin Mu could grow the Morning Dusk, and also better understood why Lin Mu’s stars were hidden.
Because in Lin Mu was the blood of the Relaxed Emperor.
Just his blood alone was enough to make a stir.
Also, Lin Mu had just awakened, and was the weakest amongst the weakest.
Yan Xuanjing wasn’t clear about Di Xiu’s situation, but he knew about Di Wu’s matter.
At that time, Di Wu’s affair really caused quite a stir in the Great Wilderness. In addition, Di Wu was a friend of his father’s, so Yan Xuanjing knew the details about what had happened that year, and naturally, he was also clear what Lin Mu’s special blood would bring.
Even monsters like Di Wu would capsize, let alone a small half-monster like Lin Mu.
Yan Xuanjing laid on the ground, with his two front paws overlapping. His brows were slightly furrowed, and his expression was solemn.
Di Xiu had once saved his life, so he felt that it was necessary to protect Di Xiu’s son.
Lin Mu was really too weak.
So weak that Yan Xuanjing couldn’t even believe it.
Half-monsters were born with disadvantages, and Lin Mu’s was the most disadvantaged one out of all of them.
He didn’t have an elder, he didn’t know how to become stronger, and he was only twenty-three years old.
Twenty-three years old. A single fight for monsters like them could take up to tens of years.
“Milky?” Lin Mu reached out and waved his hands in front of his dog, looked at his boiled chicken breast then looked at the dog who was staring at him, “time to eat?”
Yan Xuanjing slowly withdrew his line of sight and got up to eat.
Lin Mu finished a bowl of noodles by himself, and seeing that it was still early, he carried a box out and placed it beside Milky. He took the things out of it one by one, “I bought a lot of things for you, look, dog chew toys, canned dog food, new dog beds for the living room and the study, and some small toys for you to play with.”
Lin Mu said, then took out a chick plush toy, pressed it, and the chick let out a ‘chirp’.
Yan Xuanjing listened to the constant chirping from beside his ear and continued eating. As soon as he looked up, he saw Lin Mu sitting cross-legged on the ground, looking down at the chick plush toy in his hand, and kept pinching it, not wanting to let it go.
When Lin Mu found out that he had finished eating, he pinched the chick and turned it around, “you see, it’s fun.”
Yan Xuanjing: “……”
I think you’re the one enjoying yourself.
Lin Mu realised that his dog didn’t seem interested, and took out another plush toy from the parcel, “if you don’t chicks, there’s baby dinosaurs.”
A pinch, a roar.
“Other than baby dinosaurs there’s a cat.”
A pinch, a meow.
“Other than a cat there’s a duck.”
A pinch, a quack.
“If you don’t like these, there are dogs.”
There were even two types of sounds, ‘Woof’ and ‘Awoo’.
Lin Mu pinched the dog plush toy a few times and suddenly looked at his own Milky and said in hindsight, “Milky, you never seem to bark or wag your tail.”
Yan Xuanjing, who was thinking about how to make Lin Mu stronger, had gotten a bit of a headache from the noise created by those toys.
When he heard Lin Mu say those words, Yan Xuanjing pondered for two seconds, then picked up the dog plush toy from his hand, bit it, and the toy barked.
Lin Mu: “……”
Yan Xuanjing looked at the silent Lin Mu and thought he wasn’t satisfied, so he bit the toy again, and the toy let out a series of barks and awoos like a CD.
“Milky.” Lin Mu made a ‘stop’ gesture, ten looked at the braided bracelet of nine-tailed fox fur on his wrist and muttered, “when you’re serious, you look like Yan Xuanjing.”
The implicated fox, Mr. Yan Xuanjing, paused, and raised his head to look at Lin Mu.
“But you’re not as good looking as Yan Xuanjing.” Lin Mu rubbed the dog’s fur and said, “when you gain spiritual awareness, your human form should be better looking. Just half as good as Yan Xuanjing is great, even if it’s not half, just one-fourth is okay too.”
“……” Yan Xuanjing remained silent.
“But don’t imitate his character.” Lin Mu whispered, “so rigid, doesn’t know how to be flexible, doesn’t even know how go easy.”1Again, lost in translation. 一点水都不放 lit. didn’t even let the slightest bit of water, aka didn’t even go easy so much.
He went so easy a dog could do it. 2another lost in translation. 水都放决堤了 lit. the water had burst the bank. Aka he’s gone very, very easy on Lin Mu.
The implicated fox looked at Lin Mu, bit the toy, giving a ‘woof’ as rebuttal.
Yan Xuanjing wanted to change into his human form.
Anyways, the little brat could already withstand his charm, and he was planning to stay and protect this little Relaxed Emperor for a long time.
“But he’s good looking.” Lin Mu, who didn’t realise anything, sucked his lips and said, “if he’s good looking, nothing matters.”
Yan Xuanjing looked at Lin Mu silence and dismissed his idea of turning into his human form.
If Lin Mu knew that he had listened to these words, he’s afraid that he would see a live show of Lin Mu closing himself off.
He would find a less embarrassing time, Yan Xuanjing thought, and threw the toy to the side and laid down.
“I just don’t know when he will come again.” Lin Mu patted his own dog and was a little distressed, “a lot of little monsters came to pay their respects these few days, and sent some things that I don’t really recognise. I have to give them to him.”
Yan Xuanjing shook his ears and turned his head to look that the Ginseng Baby who had ran with after digging up several spiritual medication.
The Ginseng Baby was carrying the spiritual medication, and just happened to hear Lin Mu’s words, ran over to ask him anxiously, “what little monsters! Lin Mu, didn’t you say there weren’t any little monsters?”
Lin Mu rubbed his head and explained, “there’s been a lot of little monsters coming over to pay respects. They said they saw a nine-tailed fox at my place, and with the Morning Dusk, so assumed that the nine-tailed fox was staying here.”
In just two days, almost all the monsters within several hundreds of miles around the Qingyao Mountain knew that a nine-tailed fox had come to Qingyao Mountain, and had spent a few days in the mountains, looking like he wanted to mark the territory.
They knew that a nine-tailed fox could easily hook away someone’s soul, the only question was whether they wanted to or not, not whether they were able to or not.
The frightened monsters either left Qingyao mountain in a hurry, or those that didn’t want to leave probed around with trepidation. It just so happened that a monster from the bird family saw Yan Xuanjing and Lin Mu fighting, and the scene of them attracting a large amount of moon essence.
In the Central Plains, the nine-tailed fox was an unreachable legend. In their point of view, there was nothing wrong with a nine-tailed fox attracting moon essence.
For the next two nights, there was still moon essence covering the small courtyard like it was just water.
So the monsters couldn’t sit still, took their most precious treasures and carefully placed it outside the circle of Morning Dusk, in hopes to get permission to go close or even enter to get some moon essence — even if it was just one or two, for them, it was a life-saving thing.
Lin Mu wasn’t clear about such things. With some difficulty, he finally managed to catch a little monster with who didn’t manage to escape, and after asking, he also knew that they had sent these things over as tribute to the nine-tailed fox.
He couldn’t accept the things that the little monsters gave as tribute to the nine-tailed fox, so they must be handed over.
He just didn’t know when Yan Xuanjing would return.
“Then you have to make it clear to those little monsters.” The Ginseng Baby held the spiritual medication, sneaked into Lin Mu’s arms and nuzzled then hugged his neck, “they’re not here to seek shelter with you, so they’re not good and ignorant, we don’t want them.”
Lin Mu laughed and patted the back of the little Ginseng in his arms, “en, en.”
The little Ginseng said, “what’s your relationship with that nine-tailed fox?”
“En……” Lin Mu thought for a bit, “a temporary teacher and student relationship.”
The little Ginseng said with a childish tone, “how is it temporary.”
“Because he’s very good looking.” Lin Mu said, very honest, “I want to be friends with him.”
Yan Xuanjing turned to glance at Lin Mu, and with a swish of his big fluffy tail, simply just curled himself into a ball.
Ha, little pervert.
The translator has this to add:
Lin Mu, so close yet so far.