Lin Mu had no idea that his house had been physically removed.
He stood at the front and watched as Wu Gui made several phone calls in a row, then the police stationed there began to evacuate the crowd.
After two minutes, two teams of armed police came in with sirens blaring.
Yan Xuanjing glanced at the humans over there, motioned for Da Hei to bring away the little monster that Lin Mu was holding, and directly pulled Lin Mu across the cordon to stand in front of the crowd.
Several officers that saw this came up, and Wu Gui and Da Hei stepped forward, searched for some time, and finally found a certificate and gave it to the policemen.
Lin Mu’s hand was gripped by Yan Xuanjing, and he looked up towards that direction, and was somewhat confused about Yan Xuanjing dragging him to the front, “what’s wrong?”
Yan Xuanjing slightly lowered his head, found a few array plates and took them out, then turned towards Lin Mu and said, “resentful energy will retreat upon encountering you.”
Lin Mu looked at the greyish chaos around him, and found that indeed, these resentful energies all went around him, as if they couldn’t wait to be as far as possible.
“What can I do?” Lin Mu asked.
“Slowly.” Yan Xuanjing said, and placed his palm against Lin Mu’s back.
Lin Mu hadn’t learnt how to actively use his monstrous power before, and now, when they needed his help, it was a little troublesome.
Yan Xuanjing looked down at Lin Mu, and Lin Mu looked up at him, without any sense of precaution at all.
Such trust was rare in the Great Wilderness.
Yan Xuanjing’s gaze subtly shifted away for a moment, then he looked back again.
And couldn’t help but remind, “don’t trust too much.”
After reminding, he paused, and added, “other than me.”
Lin Mu heard him say this, and couldn’t help but smile.
Yan Xuanjing looked away, and focused on the resentful energy that was restricted by the array, but was trying to break through.
Lin Mu felt something cool and calm passing through his back from the hand on it, flowing through his four limbs, and couldn’t help but shiver.
The power of the nine-tailed fox couldn’t be considered gentle, and even though Yan Xuanjing had tried his best to suppress and restrain himself, Lin Mu was so cold that his face became pale under the bright sun.
Fortunately, Yan Xuanjing quickly introduced Lin Mu’s power into the array. Seeing that the resentful energy suddenly shrank back into a certain floor of the residential building, the nine-tailed fox quickly took back his hands, held Lin Mu in his arms, and pulled out several spiritual medications to replenish his strength and temperature.
Yan Xuanjing’s limbs were long, and in Lin Mu’s current state where he had shrunk and was shivering from the cold, he almost could wrap around his entire body.
He was warm, and the sun spared no effort in radiating its heat.
Yan Xuanjing patted Lin Mu’s back, looked up to where the resentful energy shrunk to, and glanced at Wu Gui.
Wu Gui looked around, realised that the fairly chaotic situation before had improved a lot, so he took out something from this toolbox.
Lin Mu shivered and looked out from Yan Xuanjing’s hug, and his hands that were as cold as ice weren’t modest at all as he reached into the collar of Yan Xuanjing’s clothes, absorbing his heat with a shirt between them.
Lin Mu asked, “what should be done next?”
“Get the rest of the people in the building out.” Wu Gui was quiet adept in dealing with such matters.
Today was a work day, so there weren’t many people left in the neighbourhood.
Coupled with the fact that someone was just about to jump off the building, almost all the people that remained in this not-so-large community ran out to see what was happening.
The number of people who remained could be counted on two hands, and would come out with a suggestion.
The little monster at the side watched them get busy, pressed his lips together tightly, and in Da Hei’s arms, said softly while holding back his tears, “I…… What about my brother……”
Lin Mu heard his small voice and looked at Yan Xuanjing, “do we need to go in?”
Before, when he called, his father had said that it was very dangerous.
“No need.” Wu Gui glanced at Lin Mu, then from his tool box, took out a…… drone.
Lin Mu: “……”
He had been with monsters too long, and had long forgotten the convenience of human technology.
Lin Mu quietly shut his mouth and stuck to Yan Xuanjing, taking his warmth.
The drone flew into the building, and was unhindered as it entered their target floor.
The corridor and the house were covered with blackish-grey fogs so think that they almost became a liquid. They covered the whole screen, and even through it, people could start to feel an inexplicable anxiety and irritability forming in their hearts.
And with this sense of irritation, there was an inexplicable sense of danger and stress, that caused all of Lin Mu’s goose bumps to stand up, and cold sweat to drench his back.
The camera showed nothing else other than the greyish-black colour, so Wu Gui changed to the thermal camera, and the greyish-black colour suddenly disappeared, and they could finally see another colour.
Yan Xuanjing glanced at the display and quickly raised his hand to cover Lin Mu’s eyes.
The little monster next to him saw the image and sobbed.
In a corner of the thermal image, on the edge of the red colour that represented heat, laid a human form that had already turned blue due to a lower temperature.
Those red spots were also fading at a speed visible to the naked eye, and eventually disappeared from the image.
Da Hei, whose ability wasn’t that strong, turned and sighed as he covered the little monster’s eyes. He frowned and said, “this is still a little too strong.”
Wu Gui agreed, but after thinking about it, Di Wu’s resentful energy was about twice as old as him, this three-thousand-year-old Old Turtle.
After accumulating more than 5000 years of resentment, if he wasn’t strong, then there’ll be a problem.
Especially since there was Di Wu’s power.
Di Wu’s power was quite uncomfortable for monsters — now, Lin Mu was considered half a monster, and could also detect this sense of being restricted.
Lin Mu muttered, “when Di Wu separated his resentful energy at first, did he not think that there would be such a result?”
“He wouldn’t had thought of it.” Yan Xuanjing said, “because, logically, his power was at odds with his resentment, so it wouldn’t take long for his resentment to disappear. “This was also what the monsters thought when they decided to suppress the power instead of separating it, because it was too hard, and they didn’t take this matter to heart in the first place.
Nobody ever though that such a thing would happen, and even Di Wu himself didn’t expect it.
Lin Mu felt much warmer, came out from Yan Xuanjing’s arms, and began to look around to check the situation.
Ordinary humans had already been evacuated, after Wu Gui had estimated the area that might be affected if an accident occurred, the human’s side had simply been urgently evacuated.
As a country that was at risk of flooding, the reaction and response to such early warnings was extremely quick, and it was so efficient that Lin Mu, who had never experienced such an evacuation before, was amazed.
Yan Xuanjing followed Lin Mu’s gaze and observed thoughtfully. Recently, he had been seriously considering some of the means humans had, as well as their social systems. He was thinking that if he could, he still hoped he could change the Great Wilderness a little — if the Great Wilderness was impossible, then at least, he could do something about Qingqiu Country.
After all, Qingqiu Country was his in the future.
And if some of the measures implemented by Qingqiu Country wasn’t bad, naturally, he wouldn’t have to worry about other places not following.
The future was very long, and Lin Mu could come to the Central Plains once in a while to play, but he couldn’t stay for long.
His unchanging face was one fact, and the on the hand, he might not be able to bear the reality of his friends aging and dying.
Yan Xuanjing glanced at the image on the drone, then looked at the residential building, and realised that there was no need for the drone anymore.
There was a thick black fog that crawled out from that floor’s window, like a puddle of mud. It was so dark until the point as if the surrounding light was going to be swallowed into it.
The black mud stretched out a few tentacles to test its surroundings, but it didn’t seem to be able to see, and relied only on perception.
Suddenly, the tentative black mud paused, instantly disappeared from their sight, and in the next second, there was a ‘crash’ as the mud slammed into a wall formed by the array.
It slammed against it again and again, and was repeatedly scorched by the flames of the Morning Dusk and the array.
Vaguely, they could hear some sharp and jumbled sounds from it. It wasn’t a voice, and even if they covered their ears, it could reach their minds, and it felt like being pierced by needles.
Lin Mu shook his head and felt like it was ringing.
Quickly, Yan Xuanjing took Lin Mu away from the mud, and looked along where the mud was slamming against the wall, and sure enough, he saw Di Wu with a disgusted expression floating in the air.
Di Wu had just emerged from Qingyao Mountain.
The great monsters shared the same view, that the battle should be held in the mountains — it was best if it could be near the passageway, after all, once they fought, it would be a big problem, so it was better to gradually move the battlefield to the Great Wilderness.
A Relaxed Emperor’s power, towards such things like resentful energy, was something that could restrain it. So Di Wu rushed and found a plot of land, buried Di Xiu there, and gave the rest of his body back to him, allowing him to turn back into that lush and large green tree.
— Although his healing power towards severe injuries was greatly reduced, it was better than nothing.
Di Wu was a little nervous.
After all, now, he was rather weak.
To put it bluntly, his current combat effectiveness was about half of Yan Xuanjing’s.
If they fought directly, he certainly couldn’t defeat Yan Xuanjing, but he had survived for thousands of years, and the means and the filthy methods in his heart was a Yan Xuanjing3.
Di Wu, who was standing nervously in the sky, noticed Yan Xuanjing’s gaze, and after a while, he said, “I never expected it to look so ugly.”
Yan Xuanjing looked at him expressionlessly, and took out the already activated array plate in his arms.
Di Wu watched the little fox’s straightforward action, scolded something, and ran away like the winds with his head still buried in sand the moment Yan Xuanjing deactivated the array.
That action was worthy of being called as natural as flowing water, without any stagnation, and he was so skilled at that, like the act was at his fingertips.
It looked as if he had done a number of similar acts in the past.
Yan Xuanjing watched as the resentful energy chased after Di Wu with his teeth bared, without paying any attention at all to the monsters who were supressing him before.
The next battle belonged to their elders, and had nothing to do with them, their juniors.
Wu Gui looked at the screen after the resentful energy had disappeared, and said, “the passage is gone. Seems to be one-time only.”
After that, he fell silent and glanced at the little monster, sighing.
There was no saving his brother, he was already dead.
Da Hei scratched his head, patted the little monster’s back, and said, “you’ll stay with us for a while, and we’ll send you back to the Great Wilderness in the future — or it’s okay if you want to live in the Central Plains too.”
The little monster made a sound in response, laid on Da Hei’s shoulders, and started to silently cry.
He didn’t question why they had failed to save his brother, and had very smoothly accepted his brother’s death. He didn’t react in a noisy manner, or insisted that it was unbelievable, and simply felt sad about it.
Lin Mu looked over and saw the monsters who started to work on the matter in an official manner, then looked at the indifferent Yan Xuanjing, and once again, realised how different the idea of ‘normality’ was in the eyes of monsters.
He silently pursed his lips and shrank into Yan Xuanjing’s arms.
“I’m going to follow it into the mountains.” Wu Gui put everything away, and made several phone calls explaining how the matter had progressed, then disappeared in front of them while carrying his toolbox.
“Go home?” Yan Xuanjing asked.
Lin Mu nodded, and was grabbed and thrown onto his back by Yan Xuanjing who had turned back into his original form. He crawled over to his head and asked, “Milky, nothing will happen to Dad and the rest, right?”
Yan Xuanjing didn’t dare to say that nothing would happen, he thought for a bit, and said, “they won’t die.”
Each of these great monsters were smarter than the other, and they definitely wouldn’t sacrifice themselves for justice.
Lin Mu responded, buried his head into Milky’s fur, and after a while, looked down at the time on his phone and paused.
It had already been ten minutes, why hadn’t they reached home yet?
Lin Mu sat up, realised that Milky had stopped, and climbed back up onto his head and asked, “what’s the matter?”
Yan Xuanjing lowered his head in silence, looked at the huge dirt pit that should have been a beautiful little yard, and his heart was filled in a rarely seen confusion and loss.
For a while, Lin Mu didn’t get an answer. He felt that it was a little strange, and carefully grabbed Milky’s fur and climbed to the side of his back to take a look, and then, he also paused as his heart was filled with confusion and loss.
“Where’s my house?” Lin Mu murmured.
Where’s my family?
Where’s my house?
There was such a large yard here, more than 400 square meters, how beautiful!
It was here before I went to work!
Where’s my house?!
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