“The moon’s too bright.” Wu Gui raised his head to look at the night sky, were the stars were scarce due to the bright moon.
He frowned, “bad luck.”
Lin Mu didn’t understand what he meant and he looked at Da Hei who was equally as confused. Then, he turned to ask Yan Xuanjing softy, “he can’t divine it?”
Yan Xuanjing looked at the pale-faced Lin Mu and nodded.
For monsters of Di Wu’s level, if one wanted to see their whereabouts using the sky, it wasn’t enough to rely on turtle shell divination alone.
“Contact the human side first.” Wu Gui said to Da Hei.
Da Hei got in touch with the person in charge of such matters amongst the humans, and soon, he arrived.
Lin Mu stayed beside Yan Xuanjing, whose face was expressionless and who no one dared to approach. He looked at Wu Gui calculating, and his fingers nervously plucked at the bark.
“Human death toll?”
“Four days ago, during the hour of the rooster. The last one died the moment before the hour of the dog.”
The hour of the rooster is from five to seven pm.
Four days ago, from five to seven in the afternoon, he was on the phone with Di Wu.
Lin Mu became more and more nervous. Anxiously, he picked at the bark beside him, and with a ‘crack’, broke off a small piece.
Yan Xuanjing turned to look at him.
Lin Mu threw away the bark in his hand and smiled with his lips closed.
Wu Gui looked at the divinatory symbols, slightly frowned, then looked towards the person who was recording and said, “there’s ghost energy present in the divinatory symbols.”
The human who was recording paused, took a deep breath, then frowned because of the scent, “go up and see.”
“En.” Wu Gui put away the turtle shells, looked up at the stars and sighed regretfully, “let’s go.”
The group prepared to go up the mountain.
Yan Xuanjing fell back to the end, and turned to look at Lin Mu, unblinking.
Lin Mu became extremely cautious as he was watched, thinking that Yan Xuanjing had seen something — he had been in direct contact with Di Wu before, so it wouldn’t be surprising if there was Di Wu’s aura on him.
But Yan Xuanjing stared at him in silence for a long time, and in the end, raised a hand to pat his head that was covered with a hat. With his calm voice, he said, “if you’re scared, you can go back.”
Lin Mu was stunned, then let out a slight sigh of relief and shook his head, “it’s okay, I…… still want to go up and see.”
Yan Xuanjing had no opinion.
This kind of scene was nothing for monsters that grew up in the Great Wilderness, there wasn’t even the question about being afraid or not, but Lin Mu had obviously never seen such a scene before.
So whatever Lin Mu said was fine.
He originally came here because of Lin Mu after all.
“Let’s go.” Yan Xuanjing turned and walked up the mountain.
Lin Mu followed behind him, a little distracted.
Lin Mu suspected that he had been deceived.
Di Wu took his blood and said it was because his soul wasn’t complete, but even after taking his blood, he still killed the people in this house.
Lin Mu didn’t understand how grudges were dealt with in the world of monsters, he just felt that even after Di Wu took his blood, he still killed more than twenty people and more than sixty monsters, which made him a little confused.
But when he thought about it carefully — from the start, Di Wu never promised him that he stop killing after taking his blood.
— There must have been some reason.
Lin Mu’s steps wavered, and he looked a little distracted.
Yan Xuanjing stopped his steps and reached out to support Lin Mu who ran straight into him. He looked at this little half-monster who was in a trance, thought for a bit, and simply picked Lin Mu up and carried him on his shoulder.
Lin Mu froze for a couple of seconds, and used Yan Xuanjing’s shoulders to support his body, “what are you doing?!”
Yan Xuanjing changed his posture, and held Lin Mu in his arms like a baby. He walked forward steadily and said in a cold and calm tone, “to prevent falls.”
The shock was written on Lin Mu’s face, “??”
What’s going on!
Does this fox spirit have some sort of problem!
Yan Xuanjing looked at the shocked Lin Mu, paused, then said, “you can continue thinking.”
Lin Mu: “……”
I’m sure this fox must have some sort of problem.
Yan Xuanjing hugged Lin Mu like a baby.
Although this was the first time he took care of someone, he felt that he was quite considerate.
This mountain road wasn’t easy to walk on, and the little half-monster was really weak, what if he fell and broke his neck or something?
The nine-tailed fox thought so, then the Lin Mu he was holding made a pained groaned and bent down, covering his head.
Yan Xuanjing looked up at the Lin Mu he was holding.
Lin Mu looked down at Yan Xuanjing, who was holding him.
Above their heads, the thick branch that Lin Mu had just hit his head on was still swinging gently.
Yan Xuanjing: “……”
Lin Mu: “……”
Yan Xuanjing silently placed Lin Mu, who was rubbing his head, down.
Lin Mu made a slight hiss, rubbed his head which had just ran into a branch, and watched as Yan Xuanjing raised in hand and broke the branch which was the size of an adult man’s arms with a ‘snap’.
Lin Mu didn’t understand what he did.
Yan Xuanjing threw the branch in his hand aside and turned to Lin Mu and said, “avenged.”
Lin Mu: “?”
Lin Mu was confused.
Lin Mu reacted.
Lin Mu’s whole body jolted.
Lin Mu fell silent for two seconds, and after thinking, gave Yan Xuanjing a smile and nodded.
Yan Xuanjing was satisfied. This time, instead of picking Lin Mu up, he held Lin Mu’s wrist and pulled him along.
Lin Mu followed, expressionless.
He looked at Yan Xuanjing’s tall and straight back, which almost blended into the night, and felt that if it wasn’t for the fact that this fox spirit was good looking and strong, he would have been beaten to death long ago.
But it was thanks to Yan Xuanjing, that all of Lin Mu’s previously messy thoughts disappeared. Currently, his mind was full of Yan Xuanjing’s amazing thought process.
Da Hei found that Lin Mu and Yan Xuanjing were falling behind.
After thinking about it, he slowed down and waited for the two left behind to catch up.
As a result, when the two came up they were holding hands — not exactly, it seemed that it was Yan Xuanjing who was leading Lin Mu up.
Da Hei widened his eyes in astonishment, and watched as Yan Xuanjing and Lin Mu approached in a daze. It was only when Lin Mu called him did he say in stuttering manner, “you…… your relationship quite good.”
Lin Mu jolted and he followed Da Hei’s line of sight, lowering his head to look at the hand Yan Xuanjing was using to hold his. It was only then that he realised it, and his mind started ringing. He hesitated for a moment between withdrawing his hand and continuing to hold it, and chose the latter.
Since the other party took the initiative to hold, it would be embarrassing to pull back.
Lin Mu thought so with great confidence.
Yan Xuanjing didn’t respond to Da Hei.
After Lin Mu had thought for a while, he said to Da Hei, “not going?”
Da Hei returned to his senses, looked at Lin Mu, then looked at Yan Xuanjing and the hands that the both of them were holding and wiped his face, “go!”
The closer they got to the house, the stronger the smell.
Lin Mu’s brows furrowed even more. Yan Xuanjing glanced at him, flicked his fingers, and Lin Mu realised that the unpleasant smell had disappeared completely.
Lin Mu bit his lips and gave a small smile to Yan Xuanjing, “thank you.”
Yan Xuanjing nodded his head slightly then turned to look at the house in front of him and stopped.
Da Hei, who felt neglected and not cared for, felt as if a large lemon1Chinese internet slang for jealous. The word 酸 (suān) lit. sour, is another way to say jealous/envious. Of course, lemons are sour. had been stuffed in his mouth, and he was full of jealously. He noticed that Yan Xuanjing had stopped when he was near the house, so he looked up.
“Ghost energy.” Yan Xuanjing looked around slowly, and said in a calm manner, “there’s a lot of it.”
Da Hei heard him, and his expression became solemn as he concentrated on looking around him.
There were gloomy expressions on the faces of several people and Wu Gui who were at the gates of the house. Seeing Yan Xuanjing heading their way, they raised their voice, “a group of them were killed by fierce ghosts!”
Yan Xuanjing wasn’t surprised, but it was just that the death of someone bitten to death by fierce ghosts wasn’t a good sight. He hesitated for a moment, before stopping the little Relaxed Emperor and didn’t let him go.
Lin Mu, who was stopped, paid more attention to the method of death. He turned to look at Da Hei and asked, “what’s the matter with being bitten to death by firece ghosts?”
“Most of the time, it’s revenge. Fierce ghosts won’t do this to anyone.” Da Hei looked at Yan Xuanjing, who seemed as if he was looking around for something, and explained to Lin Mu, “either they’re looking for their enemies, or they’re finding the person who made the thing that made them into a fierce ghosts in order to take it away or destroy it, or someone who invaded into a place they value…… basically, the person has to be related to the fierce ghost in order to be attacked by them.”
Just as Da Hei finished, they heard the other side shout, “there’s also monsters that have been killed, the house was turned upside down, we don’t know what was lost.”
Somebody asked, “nobody in the family was left outside?”
“The family issued a recall order 20 years ago, all those who know some things all came back.” Wu Gui looked at the yard that was full of blood splatters and twisted bodies and frowed, “they were all eliminated in one shot.”
The human beside him who was responsible for recording was also frowning, and had no positive feelings for this family that had been taken revenged on by fierce ghosts, and not just a single ghost.
“Reaped what they sowed.”2多行不义. lit many actions of injustice. Short idiom for 多行不义必自毙, meaning those who act in an unjust manner are doomed to destruction.
“This family has been very successful for the past twenty years.” Wu Gui said, and glanced at the humans around them, and they all realised something.
The ancestors of this family got rid of monsters and exorcised ghosts, although most of it were good deeds that accumulate merits and virtues, the sins of killing was a real thing, and occasionally implicating innocents was a real thing too.
These years, the family unfortunately had no useful descents, and it wasn’t rare for monsters or ghosts to retaliate against them.
A recall order was issued 20 years ago, and the explanation given to Wu Gui’s side was that they wanted to gather all their grandchildren together, so as to ensure that they weren’t scattered. Since the strength of a group of people gathered together was still considerable, their life was smooth and prosperous, and Wu Gui didn’t feel anything wrong.
But now that both fierce ghosts and Di Wu had eliminated them all, they could connect it with the types of beings that Di Wu would retaliate against, and one couldn’t help but think more about it.
And this house had already been searched — a great monster like Di Wu, what kind of thing could be available in the Central Plains that would make him kill an entire house to grab their treasure?
Unless it was his own soul or the remains of his body.
Wu Gui smacked his lips and stroked his beard, “what’s going on.”
Lin Mu also wanted to understand, and lightly hooked his hand against Yan Xuanjing’s, and when the fox spirit looked over, he asked, “this….. isn’t done by Di Wu?”
Yan Xuanjing shook his head, “a part is.”
Just as the fox spirit finished, he saw a glimmer of light, and then he released Lin Mu’s hand and went to the side of the house. He raised his hand towards a few moon essence that weren’t willing to land on the yard, and were being blown by the wind.
Moon essence didn’t work as well for human beings as they did for monsters, but the fact that it would keep the land cultivated would be enough for the humans to benefit for generations.
But Emperor’s Shelter’s talent of defending against bad omens and violence wasn’t capable of attracting moon essence.
The house, now a site of carnage, would not attract the moon essence either.
So this should have been left here before.
Yan Xuanjing turned to look at the little Relaxed Emperor who could attract moon essence, and when Lin Mu looked over, he subconsciously hid those moon essence in his sleeve.
Before, in this house, there should have been something that could attract moon essence.
Such as Di Xiu.
Yan Xuanjing thought about Lin Mu, who assumed his father had died because he had never met him before, and thought about Di Wu, who was torn into pieces, and felt worse.
The author has this to say:
Da Hei: Jealous!
Translator has this to add:
Da Hei, as a dog, shouldn’t you be used to dog food?
Also, this couple, starting from sleeping in the same room and bed, then going to hand-holding.