“Okay, okay.” Di Wu lightly pushed the jade aside, picked up his phone and looked at the news that Lin Mu had just sent, and wasn’t that surprised.
He replied Lin Mu with a single ‘got it’, gave a slight snort, “tattletale little brat.”
On the other side, Lin Mu was flipping through the books that the Old Turtle had left for him, when he saw the text message from Di Wu and realised that Di Wu was also an actual tree spirit.
He glanced at the contents of the book, picked up his phone and sent a text message to Di Wu asking him how he could become stronger.
For a moment, Di Wu didn’t know how to reply when he had received the message.
How to become stronger, this sort of thing, if one asked Di Xiu and Di Wu, they really had no idea.
After all, they were sacred trees that had been nurtured under the essence of the sun and moon. Once they had gained spiritual wisdom and become a monster, they were already really strong.
Their strength was innate.
Di Wu thought for a bit, and carefully recalled what a group of his old friends did to raise their children and simply replied: first get beaten.
After that, he felt that it wasn’t quite appropriate and added another sentence: you’re still young and only just awakened, don’t be so anxious.
If this was a normal situation, Lin Mu would have known from the start that he was a half-monster, and he would still be a little baby, and what he had would be time to let him take it slow.
Even if the growth period of a half-monster was countless of times faster than that of a normal monster, but they also shouldn’t grow as fast as humans, particularly if it was a Relaxed Emperor, this kind of sacred tree that was famous for a slow growth rate.
Di Wu flicked Di Xiu on the head and made him dizzy, but could also understand why Di Xiu had used that method.
His existence had been discovered, and it was too late to call for reinforcements, so of course his first reaction would be to hide the existence of his wife and child.
He had spent a huge amount of effort to camouflage and obscure the presence of his family, which had sapped a great deal of his energy, so it was perfectly normal for him to crash.
Since he couldn’t protect his wife and child, it would be better to let the one who inherited his blood live in ignorance all his life. It was better to be born, live, and die as a human being than to follow in his footsteps.
But things change, and who knew that Lin Mu who originally should just have a hundred years as a human, suddenly and accidentally went down a fork in the road.
Di Wu reached out and took the jade with the remnants of Di Xiu’s soul and placed it in his pocket, then patted him, “there’s a fox spirit there. Although the energy isn’t quite right, it’s probably that fox’s brat. In any case, you don’t have to worry.”
Thinking of this, he felt that it was lucky, really lucky.
The jade turned over twice in his pocket.
Di Wu made a call to the monsters who had surrendered to him, and cleaned up every bit of his traces.
After tidying everything up, Di Wu left several imprints in a few corners of the room, and after finishing his handiwork, he watched this room turn into a cage and grinned, “heh, want to catch me?”
“Going.” He patted the jade that stayed quiet in his pocket, flipped through the information that was stored in his phone, gave a lazy stretch, put on his coat and slowly walked out of the room.
This was a luxury resort, and Di Wu walked through the gate, got into the car that was waiting at the door, which drove away, leaving trails of dust.
Di Wu sat in the car, lazily turning his phone over in his head. The small piece of jade slipped out of his pocket, rolled around several times, then slowly came back and nudged against him before stopping.
Di Wu was able to defend against black omens and violence, and by staying with him, Di Xiu would be able to reduce his resentful energy as soon as possible.
Currently, the ugly spots on the jade had disappeared by quite a lot.
Di Wu poked him gently and whispered, “I still can’t find someone who can grow spiritual medication……”
At that time, when he found the human with the surname Tan and buddied up with him, he wanted to try and grab a human with this talent, or a monster hidden amongst human beings.
Who would have thought that the first person that man introduced to him was Di Xiu’s son.
And he also managed to pull out Di Xiu, this unlucky fella.
Di Wu used his strength to rub the jade, “if we really can’t find any, we might have to get someone nearer.”
This ‘nearer’ referred to Lin Mu.
Di Xiu turned several rounds in Di Wu’s hands, and wasn’t happy.
The monsters in the Great Wilderness were relatively independent. Just like Yan Xuanjing who was mercilessly thrown in the most chaotic place of the Great Wilderness by his parents to gain experience. Although, if they were really going to die, they would definitely be saved.
And the things that the older generation needed to deal with by themselves, they usually would not go to their next generation.
This was an elder’s most basic self-esteem.
Di Xiu didn’t like doing so.
However, across the years, Di Wu had experience so many things, and felt completely indifferent.
The reason why he didn’t go directly to Lin Mu was because he had coincidentally gotten to know about Di Xiu’s matter, and coincidentally managed to fish up Di Xiu while fishing up his body and soul.
It was because he took into account Di Xiu’s face that he was willing to go further and not use what was closest at hand. If not, he wouldn’t go all over the place to find monsters that could grow spiritual medication.
Other than a small number of humans and monsters that were born for the sake of the spiritual medication, nobody else could compare with the positive influence a Relaxed Emperor could have on the land.
“That’s decided.” Di Wu made the decision single-handedly, “we’ll take this opportunity to get back more of your soul, and you’ll get better earlier.”
When Di Xiu heard this, he simply didn’t move.
This week, Lin Mu had moved his desk to the window at the east end of the office, and when nobody came in with business, he simply laid back in the chair and basked under the sun.
Because in the books the Old Turtle gave him wrote this:
Gain the essence of the sun and moon, draw in deep and purified water, and after a long time, one would open their minds and gain spiritual wisdom, obtain a human form and nine apertures, and after three thousand years, turn into a great monster.
The translation was–
Drink more water.
Get plenty of sun.
After three thousand years, you’ll be a great monster.
When Lin Mu saw it, he even thought that he had been tricked.
As a result, after asking about Di Wu, Di Wu said that it was true.
–In any case, this answer was much more reliable than that of being beaten first.
He thought about what Yan Xuanjing said before, about how different monsters had different cultivation methods. Lin Mu, who had gotten confirmation from Di Wu ,moved his desk in half-disbelief, and set his feet on the edge of the window where he could get the sun all day.
After becoming a monster, gaining monstrous energy, and being exposed to a bunch of strange things, Lin Mu realised that his senses became better. His body had become stronger, and it seems that even if the summer sun was getting hotter and hotter, he didn’t feel it.
This was probably what the book meant by the heat and the cold would not penetrate.
Lin Mu faced the setting sun, his hat had been placed on the table by him, and he was reading a book in the light of the setting sun.
The little seedling on his head stretched out its five leaves under the setting sun, scattering glowing dust came out of the five leaves, like the light cluster that fell from the big tree in Lin Mu’s dream.
Lin Mu slowly flipped through several of the books in his hand. Other than what he had learned two days ago that as a plant, he should get good exposure to the sun, there was no other harvest at all.
He sighed, closed the book, took a look at the time, got up and got off work.
The work in the office really couldn’t be called busy at all.
Because an office like theirs, there were several within the country, and many monsters from the Great Wilderness would choose the climate they could adapt to to live in, so Lin Mu’s side of the division didn’t have too much to take care off.
What’s more, since recently, his monstrous power had risen quite rapidly, those that come into the office to handle business were basically calm and gentle under the comfort a Relaxed Emperor’s strength, and they would even speak in a quiet voice.
Lin Mu put on his hat, bought a roast chicken and cantaloupe in the supermarket of the nearby shopping mall, and rode home against the sunset and his little electric scooter.
Yan Xuanjing was once again waiting at the door of his yard.
He had been coming here so recently that Milky had been coming and going like a shadow.
But Lin Mu didn’t mind so much — maybe it was because there was always this great monster coming here, and he had no sense of security, but Milky went to sleep with him in his bed every night.
Being so close with his dog that acted like a cat, Lin Mu was extremely happy, and everyday, since he could hug the dog to sleep and touch his fluffy fur, it couldn’t be better.
“I bought roast chicken!” Lin Mu said to Yan Xuanjing.
The cantaloupe was used to extract some juice for the little monsters.
A part of the small courtyard was hollowed out and used to make the foundation of the greenhouse. Those few little monsters were busy every day. Thanks to the small amount of people in the village, each family was separated by more than a hundred meters, if not, they would have long discovered that something was wrong.
Those little monsters really liked to drink fruit juice and were slightly repelled by food. So every day this week, Lin Mu bought different fruits and vegetables to squeeze juice for them to drink.
Yan Xuanjing looked at the roast chicken Lin Mu was carrying and gave a modest nod.
The several little monsters saw Lin Mu and Yan Xuanjing walk in together and stopped their approach.
— They were very close to Lin Mu, but Yan Xuanjing’s expressionless appearance was really frightening.
Lin Mu took the roast chicken into the kitchen served sliced chicken to Yan Xuanjing, and squeezed out four more cups of juice only to find that one small one was missing.
Lin Mu looked at the three little monsters that had came in together, patted a small mimosa’s head and asked, “where the little Ginseng?”
The little mimosa blushed, and her voice was high pitched like a mosquito’s, “big brother Ginseng pulled up some spiritual medication and went to help Uncle Tree heal his wounds.”
Lin Mu jolted, “alone?”
The slightly bigger mimosa nodded, “en.”
Lin Mu looks at bigger mimosa that blushed and stared at him, and raised his hand to pat the heads of the three little monsters, distributing his favour equally.
He went back to the house, looked at Yan Xuanjing who was sitting straight and upright as he concentrated on attentively eating roasted chicken on the plate, and said, “the little Ginseng went by himself to the mountains, I……”
“No need to worry.” Yan Xuanjing put down the chopsticks in his hand, “there’s no danger in the mountains.”
Ever since he threw back all the things that the little monsters had given him, all the monsters who were skeptical about the existence of the nine-tailed fox didn’t dare to look up.
Originally, the Qingyao Mountain god who was so worried about the conflict between monsters was now extremely idle, and he laid on the mountain everyday slacking off and basking in the sun. Two days ago, when Yan Xuanjing went to see if there was any reply from the Great Wilderness, he was dragged to play a whole afternoon of fighting the landlord.1popular card game in china
Lin Mu listened to what Yan Xuanjing said, and didn’t worry as much.
After all, Yan Xuanjing’s brain didn’t go through twists and turns, and basically, he wouldn’t exaggerated anything.
If he said it was safe, then it was safe.
Lin Mu simply put on an apron and made dinner for himself.
Yan Xuanjing finished the roast chicken and watched Lin Mu’s busy back, and felt that the life of this little Relaxed Emperor was really quite monotonous.
At dinner, Lin Mu muttered, “I still want to learn to fly.”
Yan Xuanjing nodded.
Whatever Lin Mu said was fine.
Lin Mu had mentally prepared himself, and after eating, he prepared to climb to the room and jump under the beautiful moonlight. As a result, he was carried like a little chick into the sky by Yan Xuanjing
The fox spirit looked down that the small fried egg shaped yard on the ground, thought for a bit, and felt that this height was about right.
Lin Mu tightly hugged Yan Xuanjing’s neck, stared dazely at the clouds that were within reach, and for a long time, he didn’t dare to reach out to touch them.
His grip on the clothes tightened, and he asked warily, “what are you planning to do?”
“Throw you down,” Yan Xuanjing said.
Lin Mu heard his words, looked down at the small yard beneath his feet and took a deep breath, “okay.”
No matter where he jumped from, it was still a jump.
He would just think of it as bungee jumping.
Yan Xuanjing watched Lin Mu as he slowly released him, and directly threw Lin Mu from the sky.
Lin Mu’s eyes were closed, the feeling of weightlessness was very terrible, and the wind was like a knife against his body. His entire body had lost its perception, and his whole mind was filled with ‘this time I’m dead’.
Yan xuanjing was expressionless as he followed Lin Mu closely and dived down, and when he saw that Lin Mu was so shocked that he couldn’t even open his eyes, he reached out to catch Lin Mu.
Lin Mu was surprised, slowly opened his eyes and glanced at the ground which was still quite a distance away, and was stunned for a long time before he reacted, “I failed?”
“En.” Yan Xuanjing looked at Lin Mu, who was pale, and held him slowly as they descended. He pondered for a while, and said, “you’re probably not suited for this.”
Thinking about it, Lin Mu had experienced too little.
In the face of such a critical situation, he had little ability to think.
But he learnt how to fight really quickly.
Yan Xuanjing held Lin Mu and fell steadily into the yard. He searched his memory for any other methods for learning how to fly. As soon as he looked up, he could see the little Ginseng come back from the outside with a skip in his step. Behind him was a ball of white fluff that looked exactly the same as the Milky.
The little Ginseng pattered over and opened the gate, brought the dog in, and happily said, “Lin Mu, Lin Mu, I brought Milky back!”
Yan Xuanjing stared at the pile of fluff without expression, and all over his body, was a chill of rejection that emitted for thousands of miles.
The little fluff felt nothing at all, looked around the small yard with great interest, and finally, his eyes fell on Yan Xuanjing, stepped up to him, sat down, and looked up.
— Milky, Papa’s here.
The translator has this to add:
Now there’s two fluffy foxes!