“Mother, mother.” Toothless cried.
“Roar—” Little White volunteered to fight and ran out, flying to Toothless’s side, and slapped the group of gold rats into bloodied meat, rescuing Toothless from the pack.
The three little guys fought bravely in a group against the rats.
“Seventh sister, there are so many gold rats, what should we do?” Another group of gold rats had peeped at the Tianyin helmet in Dongfang Minghui’s hands. They were silently jumping from everywhere to get to Dongfang Minghui.
Not to mention if they looked cute or not these rats with strong teeth were not something she wanted to deal with! One of them managed to accidentally jump on her head and into the collar of Little Minghui making her jump in fright, almost throwing the Tianyin helmet in her hand.
“Seventh sister, take it first!”
Qian Wanyu grabbed the helmet of little bean sprouts in her hand. She saw that Ninth Sister was about to take off her clothes, so she hurriedly stopped her, “Sister Ninth, the rat has already fallen from you just now, don’t worry.”
Even if Seventh sister said so, Dongfang Minghui’s fine hair was still standing up and she felt uncomfortable. She became suspicious and worried that another gold rat would slip into her clothes.
Qian Wanyu threw the little bean sprouts back into her hands, and released a gray coloured spiritual power from her hands. After continuously absorbing the dark spiritual power of Xian and Zong Pan, her dark spiritual power had turned majestic and extremely pure. Just a small amount of it was enough to frighten the group of gold rats who were not afraid of anything before.
“It’s afraid of this?”
Dongfang Minghui thought that they were not afraid of anything, and glanced left and right to make sure that none of them were sneaking over. But she had forgotten to take care of above… a familiar gold rat with wings was eying her!
As soon as she felt her hand was suddenly empty, she looked up and saw that the Tianyin helmet had been snatched by the gold rat with wings before! It quickly turned around and slipped away, “Don’t run!”
Little Colour’s vines tied to its tail in time, and Dongfang Minghui was pulled by the vines and rushed directly to the group of gold rats that were stacked up Arhats, knocking down the rat wall.
Qian Wanyu’s dark spiritual power between her hands caused the gold rats to immediately start running away, hugging themselves tightly into a ball.
The two followed the vines and turned to another cave. There was nothing inside this cave, just a square shaped golden stone trough that was half the size of a human. The gold rat whose wings were burned by the fire was devoutly placing the Tianyin helmet inside, ignoring its broken tail that had been ripped off by the vines.
TL: This is a stone trough btw
“Little bean sprouts!”
The Tianyin helmet was placed upright into the centre slot and slipped in perfectly as if it was specially built for the Tianyin helmet.
The vines tied themselves to the Tianyin helmet and tried to pull it out but it didn’t budge!
The golden stone trough suddenly rose at this time, and little bean sprout inside was trembling weakly. Little Colour threw out several vines, and pulled hard, “I can’t pull it out!”
When Qian Wanyu walked over, the gold rat standing beside the golden stone trough suddenly attacked, waving its claws towards them, its sharp mouth opened exposing sharp teeth,
Two clouds of gray smoke encased its entire body and in no time, the obstructive gold rat turned into a corpse.
“Seventh sister, this thing seems to be made of metal?”
The surface of the golden stone trough looked bumpy, and even the shape was irregular. Dongfang Minghui could no longer reach the height of the top slot. She had to stand on tiptoes to even see the little bean sprouts in the centre.
“Hot, hot, hot!”
Dongfang Minghui suddenly quickly let go, the stone trough had suddenly heated up and was getting higher and higher in the air as if something invisible to the naked eye was pulling it. Qian Wanyu focused her spiritual power into her eyes and saw a rope… no, it should be said that it was a very long fluffy tail.
She drew out her whip and gave the tail a savage swipe.
The golden stone trough swayed a bit, Qian Wanyu saw that the hair on the tail almost exploded, and then twitched. She sneered and kept tossing her whip covered in lightning on it and then the stone trough came down rapidly.
Dongfang Minghui couldn’t see the invisible tail at all, she only saw Qian Wanyu randomly whip the air three times, and then the stone trough descended and landed heavily.
Little bean sprouts desperately shook her head at her. If it could speak, it looked like it was calling for her help.
Qian Wanyu ignored the little bean sprouts stuck in the stone trough. She saw that a pale red flame suddenly wrapped it. When the trough was roasted by the flame, the temperature rose, and the gold lining on the surface seemed to slide down by itself. With the surface fading, it revealed the colour of dark ancient patterns carved deep inside in a belt wrapping the entire trough. Some were shaped like floating clouds and there were other handwritten text on it, some was erased or smeared and the original traces could no longer be seen.
“This is an alchemy furnace!”
This was no golden stone trough at all, it was obviously a furnace!
Qian Wanyu grabbed Little Minghui’s hand and took two steps back. The flame covering the alchemy stove was getting bigger and bigger, almost wrapping Tianyin helmet entirely! The little bean sprouts inside shook more and more violently.
“Seventh sister, the little bean sprouts doesn’t seem to be quite right?”
She couldn’t see the flames covering it like Qian Wanyu however, Dongfang Minghui could tell from the reaction of Little Bean Sprouts that something was wrong.
Seeing that it was about to be cooked in the furnace, of course it’s normal to be panicking.
Qian Wanyu urged her, “You stand here obediently and don’t touch that alchemy furnace.”
“Seventh sister, wait Seventh sister!”
Before Dongfang Minghui could say anything, she saw Qian Wanyu leap up and disappear in a blink of an eye. Soon, the Tianyin helmet stuck on the alchemy furnace had turned a bright red color, and the previous dark colour on it gradually peeled off, revealing its original appearance.
Toothless was on the side scratching his paws, there was a gold rat hidden underneath and it was being kneaded by him like he was kneading dough. The gold rats generally don’t bite, even when Toothless was treating it like this, it doesn’t get angry. It lay on the ground pretending to be dead and allowing Toothless to turn it over and over to play.
“Toothless, have you forgotten about that rabbit?” Leen had given Toothless a rabbit before but the rabbit was accidentally played to death by Toothless. At first, he even thought the other party was pretending to be dead so Toothless kept turning it over and over for a few days but seeing no response Toothless became sad afterwards.
After bringing up that bad memory, Toothless shook its head and lifted its paw. Little White took the opportunity to slam the gold rat against the wall. The gold rat rolled twice and quickly got up and slipped away.
Seeing that its new fun toy had suddenly disappeared after Little White slapped it to the wall, in a fit of anger, Toothless flew on Little White and bit it.
“Hey, don’t fight.”
As a result, the two playful little guys ignored her and only the green sand leopard lay obediently beside her, but its eyes looked up from time to time. Above, in the dark place, Qian Wanyu was using her whip to whip another huge gold rat.
The size of it was already the size of Little Minghui. It had built a cave above just large enough to accommodate it. It was so happy to see the Tianyin helmet before and accidentally exposed its tail allowing it to be caught by Qian Wanyu.
All of a sudden, the huge creature landed directly on the alchemy furnace from above, the flame suddenly rose, swallowing it cleanly.
“Little bean sprouts!”
Dongfang Minghui was stunned when she saw this scene. She was wanted to step forward to move the huge gold rat away but as soon as she stepped forward, she was forced back by scorching flames, Qian Wanyu suddenly pulled her wrist to make her come over to her side.
“Wait a while.”
Qian Wanyu frowned. She first checked Little Minghui’s hand. The hand that was marked by the trapped dragon seal before touched the flames before and the markings seemed to have become more alive on her hand…
Dongfang Minghui, who had all her thoughts on Little bean sprouts, didn’t see it at all. She was feeling a little anxious at the moment. Little bean sprouts that she had been raising for almost a year was squashed by a huge rat! With such a heavy object pressing down, she felt flustered when she heard it not to mention the little bean sprout that was more slender than a finger.
“Seventh sister, what is that?”
“A gold rat, a gold rat that has developed spiritual wisdom with more practice…”
“Why did it suddenly fall from above? It’s over, my little bean sprouts must have been crushed into little bean pieces…” She was ashamed of having to see the ghost-faced tree family and their expectations of her. The little bean sprouts which took a lot of hard work to raise and grow from a seed hadn’t even gotten the chance to thrive yet.
“Ninth Sister, I’m sorry.” To be frank, Qian Wanyu had actually never thought about what to do with the little bean sprouts, just now when the accident happened, the gold rat had jumped down and thrown itself into the furnace which was outside of her expectations.
Dongfang Minghui gave her a sad look, “Seventh sister, it’s not your fault.”
Seeing her sad little eyes, Qian Wanyu didn’t know how to comfort her, so she squeezed her hand lightly. Toothless and Little White felt that she was in a bad mood, so they simply stopped making trouble. The fight between the two was in full swing just now but there was only some light marks and not even a single scratch on both their bodies.
Watching them play with each other, the green sand leopard squatted aside calmly.
Qian Wanyu could see it clearly, the flame on the alchemy stove was not extinguished by the gold rat, but it instead burned even more! The gold rat inside was like a stubborn stone, bit by bit being swallowed by the flame.
Dongfang Minghui blinked and she found that the gold rat was suddenly gone, replaced by little bean sprout that was still swaying towards her. One of the buds of the little bean sprouts had bloomed a corner, and the colour looked reddish, faintly covering the other bud’s colour.
Qian Wanyu saw that the flame on the furnace had disappeared, and allowed Dongfang Minghui to approach the alchemy furnace.
“Little Bean Sprout, you’re actually fine, that’s great!” Dongfang Minghui teased it with her finger, but the red bud quickly dodged it. The other bud however rubbed lightly on her finger, making her heartbroken heart suddenly melt. Just as she was about to take out the Tianyin helmet, she found that the temperature on the surface of the helmet was astonishingly high. Her fingers were almost scalded, and she quickly shrank back. She put her finger on her ear and touched it lightly, “Seventh Sister, this helmet is so hot, and it’s stuck inside, what should I do?”
Qian Wanyu took a closer look around the alchemy furnace. It was the first time she had seen this sort of square shaped alchemy furnace. The shape was definitely not regular. She rubbed the alchemy furnace up and down and felt a small bump.
“Get out of the way first.”
Qian Wanyu took out the reincarnation bow from her space ring and released a little spiritual power in one hand, slowly condensing it into an arrow. She pulled it and easily shot the arrow made of spiritual power into the small protrusion .
There was the sound of something unlocking.
This small bulge seemed to have one on each side. Qian Wanyu draws the bow four times in a row, and the speed of each arrow was getting faster and faster.
Dongfang Minghui watched Qian Wanyu’s movements with fascinated eyes. She found that Seventh sister, who was standing straight with her bow and arrow draw, was at her most dashing. Her face on the side was very charming. Looking at it, she actually found a drop of crystal sweat across Seventh sister’s cheek.
With a mechanical sound, all the locks on the Tianyin helmet were loosened, Little bean sprout shook its head at her cheerfully, and the two buds moved towards Dongfang Minghui in unison.
Qian Wanyu took the Tianyin helmet off but found that the Tianyin helmet had changed a lot. The helmet that was gray before had turned red after being bathed in the flames, and there was still a little bean sprout on it…
“Strange, when did you get this? It doesn’t seem to have been there before.” Dongfang Minghui took the Tianyin helmet and found that there was a new pattern on the helmet. It was in the shape of the little bean sprout. She whimsically asked, “Seventh sister, do you think this mark was accidentally branded after the gold rat accidentally fell on little bean sprouts just now?”
Qian Wanyu looked at the very spirited little bean sprout, and had something to say to Qing Mo, “There is something wrong with the little bean sprout…”
Qing Mo lightly opened his eyes in her soul sea, and what he saw was the Tianyin helmet in the hands of Dongfang Minghui, then he set his eyes on the alchemy furnace that was ignored by them. A light flashed in those dead black eyes, “Come closer and let me take a good look at this alchemy furnace.”
The alchemy furnace looked very different from a traditional furnace, it looked like a stone trough.
After listening to Qing Mo’s words, Qian Wanyu carefully examined the four sides of the alchemy furnace as well as the bottom.
“Wanyu, you haven’t guessed wrong, this is not an ordinary alchemy furnace, this is a soul condensing furnace, also called the soul quenching furnace.” Qing Mo was actually not very sure about this since everything he knew came from the Qing Lan Sect’s library. This soul quenching furnace was somewhat similar to the picture depicted in the book, “It’s the soul-quenching furnace I mentioned before.”
“This is that Soul Quenching Furnace?!”
Thinking of the spontaneous flame just now, Qian Wanyu suddenly felt that things were a little bad, “Just now, the little bean sprouts was tempered on this soul quenching furnace…”
Qing Mo glanced at the bean sprouts that were shaking in Dongfang Minghui’s hands and fell silent.
The Soul Quenching Furnace is a special kind of furnace. Unlike a normal furnace, this furnace was where you put a human soul on the flame to refine it. If the refining was successful, the flame will disperse. If the refining is unsuccessful, the flame will be extinguished, and everything else would obviously be unnecessary. Qing Mo’s soul has always been incomplete. After his sanity recovered little by little, the first thing he thought about doing was to find this soul quenching furnace and immerse himself in this furnace to refine his soul. As to whether he could be successful or not, it would depend on his luck.
Qian Wanyu cut off the four iron chains that imprisoned the soul-quenching furnace one by one, and put them into her space ring, “Ninth Sister, let’s go.”
They went back the same way. The group of gold rats who were blocking the way before had somehow disappeared and they didn’t see any of them as they walked out, “You don’t want these armours anymore?”
The battle armour and battle clothes looked terrifying at first glance but were quite useless.
“Does Seventh Sister need it?” The only person with gold spiritual energy she knew was Seventh Sister, no one else she knew would need it.
“No.” Qian Wanyu had taken a look and confirmed that these battle armours were basically useless. The useful minerals and refined iron on the armours were swallowed by these gold rats. She was only wondering who was bored enough to hang all the armours here in the first place…?
Thinking of the hasty behaviour of the gold rat who had thrown itself into the furnace before, Qian Wanyu glanced at Dongfang Minghui worriedly.
Dongfang Minghui had no idea what was going on. In her heart, the little bean sprout was almost crushed by a huge beast just now. She didn’t know about the soul quenching furnace or the fact that there could be something worse than being crushed to death for little bean sprout…
“Little bean sprouts, you have to grow up quickly.”
“Seventh sister, did you hear any strange noises?”
Qian Wanyu glanced at her and took her hand, “We’ll know if we go and see.”
When they were bending over to go out, they found a huge creature blocking their way. The green sand leopard simply found a place far away from them and lay down, half squinting its eyes and soon falling asleep.
“Woo-” Fatty gave Dongfang Minghui a reluctant look, and continued to make a whimpering sound, it was too uncomfortable that it was still stuck here!
Dongfang Minghui had a headache, “Little Colour, can your vines pass over Chubby and drag it out?”
“Yes, but it will take a lot of effort.” Little Colour said lightly, not at all wanting to help.
“If we can successfully find the elves this time, I will definitely find advanced medical plants for you.”
“Hmm, fine but I want two.”
“Okay, okay.” Dongfang Minghui thought to herself.
Five vines were quickly pulled out from under Chubby’s body, dragging Chubby’s two hind legs and waist, and pulling it out like a radish in one go.
“Pfft.” Chubby fell to the ground, unable to recover for a long time, even so, it was still blocking their only way out.
“Chubby, get up quickly.” Dongfang Minghui found a digestion tablet for it to eat, and rubbed it on its belly twice, “I told you to go back, why are you so disobedient?”
As a result, Chubby, who was still lying on the ground, had no desire to move at all.
Dongfang Minghui found one of the few molar sticks in her space ring and put it under his fat nose to let it smell, “Want to eat? Then get up.”
In order to eat, Chubby really didn’t have any morals, it moved over and stepped back, every time it smelled the molar stick, Little Colour’s vines would pull the molar stick a little farther away.
For a molar stick, Chubby the lazy beast finally cooperated and exited the narrow dark passage.
After Dongfang Minghui came out, she wanted to settle accounts with Little Colour, “Didn’t you say there were many treasures? Hmph really made me look in vain.”
“The treasure is what your Seventh sister took.”
She thought for a while, wasn’t what Seventh sister took away just an alchemy furnace? She glanced at Qian Wanyu’s face, and saw that the other party was frowning deeply, it didn’t look like she had gotten a treasure at all and she felt like she had gotten tricked again!
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I feel bad for poor Minghui’s little bean sprouts 🙁