In the deep seabed, there were two mermen sneaking into the depths one after the other. A circular crystal transparent waterproof cover laying between them. There were two people sitting cross-legged inside the cover. The group had decided to dive into the deep sea for the second time. Qian Wanyu and Dongfang Minghui would go down below as well.
Swimming at the forefront was the little mute. He’s the most familiar with the crooked reefs on the seabed, avoiding the rapid seawater and dodging the huge vortexes. His long tail exerted a little force, and the water on the seabed would immediately shift along with the water barrier.
“Wrong again ugh.”
Wei Junlan resignedly corrected the position of the water barrier behind them dozens of times. The water cover was light enough to be pushed out of sight by even a light wind and wave.
On the way, they stopped and started multiple times and it was considered that they had to go through dozens of disasters before they successfully reached the place where they picked purple plants last time.
The colourful plants were everywhere, the cheerful fish swam before them fearlessly, and the squid glowed with a kind of fluorescent light, they lurked under the reefs, pretending to be part of the deep sea, and waited until there was a fish. When they came close, they were swallowed in one mouthful. Every time they took a mouthful, the fluorescent light on their bodies became a more dazzling light, which was pleasing to the eye. All kinds of strange fish, some they have never even seen before swam past, Dongfang Minghui looked at them curiously, but the group of pleasing seabed creatures also tried to attack their water barrier only to find that those attacks were completely ineffective. After that, they didn’t give up and used their sharp claws to try to fiddle with it.
The water barrier was gently pushed by them, and the position was deviated again…
Wei Junlan angrily swung her long dark blue fish tail, a movement created by the force of the water causing the little guys on the seabed to flee, and some of those hit by the fish tail rolled out three meters away. Wei Junlan sneered, “Hmph, those who bully the soft and fear the hard.”
After the rolling, the water barrier was pushed by Wei Junlan from a distance and continued to move forward.
Qian Wanyu supported Dongfang Minghui, who had fallen. On the way, they only used their eyes to appreciate the creatures on the seabed. They had learned about the survival law of big fish eating small fish, and unexpectedly discovered that there was actually spiritual power contained inside the sea creatures, although it was very weak. If they hadn’t stopped curiously to observe, they wouldn’t have found it, some of them might have evolved automatically.
“Are you all right?”
Dongfang Minghui shook her head with a heavy heart. Even when she saw these creatures on the bottom of the sea, she still couldn’t get out of that emotion. She was still immersed in the painting on the white silk that have been painted by generations. The “truth”… it was difficult for her to accept this identity for a while. The last meager bloodline left by the Longevity clan bore the heavy responsibility of killing all the traitors who betrayed the Longevity clan. She was not the original Dongfang Minghui, but… she currently occupied everything of the original Dongfang Minghui including her body. What did she want to do? Perform this duty on behalf of the other party?
Qian Wanyu had long noticed that something was wrong with her, her face darkened, and she stretched out her hand to pull her up to sit.
The little mute was waiting for them in front, and pointed to the beautiful coral and seaweed group, indicating that the place had arrived. Qian Wanyu squeezed the other person with her hand, trying to pull back the other person’s thoughts. She pointed to those beautiful plants, fixed the other person’s head, and let the other person’s eyes look at her. She opened her mouth and said word by word, “Does this place have the medicinal plants you need?”
Little Colour came out of Dongfang Minghui’s soul sea and tied itself to her wrist with a vine branch, just like when she was on the island.
“I’ll go as well.”
Although she couldn’t hear, she knew that they were looking for medicinal plants to heal her ears and said bluntly, “Its my own business, I hope to do it myself.”
Qian Wanyu’s face was tense, worry flashed in her eyes, but she was eventually relieved, “Okay.”
It’s actually a bit difficult to find a plant of unknown species from the endless plants. Fortunately, Little Colour brought the previously dyed companion plant, so everyone could see it at a glance, “It is a companion plant so the appearance is not much different from it, if we take a closer look at the plant that lives alone, the colour of this plant may be green, or it may be the colour of green and purple mixed with each other, pay attention while looking.”
After Dongfang Minghui became deaf, even her method to communicate with plants disappeared. She sat in the water hood and looked at the corals and seaweeds. She fluttered for a while, but found nothing. She drifted further and soon discovered an independent plant. This plant looks extremely slender. There were two large leaves on one plant, and the leaves stood upright, giving people a particularly lonely feeling. She couldn’t help but stretch out her hand, but out of nowhere a little creature that looked nothing like it ran up to take a bite.
Luckily her hand shrunk back very fast, and also luckily Qian Wanyu’s lightning whip lashed out.
Qian Wanyu’s eyes followed wherever the transparent water cover swam. She was actually worried about the other party acting alone, but she couldn’t hold back the unusual persistence in her eyes. So, when she saw a shadow flash by, she quickly pulled out her whip and hit it on Little Colour’s vine branch. The vine branch shrank automatically when it hurt, and Dongfang Minghui’s hand also pulled back.
“Should be this.”
Qian Wanyu felt that the unique plant Ninth Sister was looking for was very similar to what Little Colour had just described. There was no other plant around. The key was the colour of the plant, pure green, but a little purple at the roots, like a stain left over by inadvertently touching something, it must look like the colour had been diluted by the continuous washing of sea water.
Dongfang Minghui looked at it with some lingering fear, and the other creature looked at her. It had red lips, and its head and body were like those of a bat. It was small, and there were four bamboo-like legs under its flat body…
At first glance, it looked pretty scary.
Two round black eyes stared at her like that.
“What the hell is this, it looks scary.”
“Ninth Sister, are you all right?”
Dongfang Minghui’s eyes were still staring at the thing opposite her, and when it saw someone approaching, it moved back step by step until it retreated to a dark place, leaving only bright red lips outside.
Little Colour reached out and touched the plant, accidentally stained with a little green plant colour, and after wiping it hard several times, the colours that were hidden under the green colour reappeared, a lavender plant appeared in front of them, “That’s it.”
Little Mute happily flicked his fish’s tail, but only after flicking it a few times the water under the deep sea suddenly became faster, and the light water barrier was washed out five meters away by the current without any defense.
Little Colour tightened the vines, and the water barrier rose again against the current, being dragged back to them. They looked at the place that caused the current to change. It was the cave they had entered before, the water in the cave was constantly tumbling.
Wei Junlan shrank back cautiously, in case something was going to rush out of the cave.
Qian Wanyu tried to move closer, she seemed to hear something.
“Seventh sister, don’t go there, it’s dangerous.”
Dongfang Minghui was still in shock. When the water barrier was swept out by the current, she was forced to roll around 360 degrees inside multiple times now her whole head was dizzy. If it wasn’t for the vines at her wrist she wouldn’t know how to position herself.
Qian Wanyu swam in from the cave with a whip in hand, followed by the little mute, Wei Junlan hesitated for a moment, and pushed the water barrier forward.
“This place, we’ve been here before.”
They swam through the dark cave, and suddenly they saw a bright light. The gate of the palace, which could not be pushed open by the three people had actually opened! It was pierced by weapons similar to spears. The rapid flow of water in those caves were caused by the water flowing out of the palace. Except for the stone lions, many messy things were all gushing out with the water, and there was even a large skeleton. There were many other skeletons similar in size to the merpeople.
When the little mute saw it, he walked up and down in front of them with a little anxiety, and hurriedly gestured with Wei Junlan.
The other party was very frantic and more urgent than the gesture. Wei Junlan looked confused and turned to Qian Wanyu for help, “What is he talking about?”
Qian Wanyu glanced at him and guessed, “Is he worried about the people who broke into the palace?”
The little mute first nodded, then shook his head, his gestures became faster and they still couldn’t understand what he meant.
“He seems to be saying that there are valuable things in it… he’s afraid that group of people will take it away.” Dongfang Minghui had often observed people’s words and deeds recently, she boldly guessed a sentence from the dazzling gestures of the little mute.
The little mute was stunned for a moment, and then nodded sharply at Dongfang Minghui, looking at her excitedly as if he had found a soulmate. The little mute deliberately swam in front of Dongfang Minghui and made some more gestures.
Dongfang Minghui looked at it for a long time, then hesitantly said, “He hopes that we can help him – drive away those people – he will give us a heavy reward.”
The little mute nodded, and a pair of beautiful blue pupils stared straight at them.
Wei Junlan and Qian Wanyu looked at each other, the expressions on their faces were concerned, Qian Wanyu swam to the door of the palace and pointed to the corner of the door that was blocked by something, “This door has only recently been opened, the group of people may still be inside. ”
“Do you really want to go in? We don’t even know how many people there are, and the little mute only described things vaguely, we have no idea what treasure is hidden in it.”
The little mute became anxious when he heard it, and hurriedly gestured to Dongfang Minghui.
“He said that the group of people should be merpeople, the things inside are useful to merpeople, but not to humans.”
They worked together to completely open the door that had been opened a little bit. The little mute swam in first, and Qian Wanyu followed. There was a strong corrosive smell hitting their face, which almost choked them out.
Wei Junlan pushed Dongfang Minghui’s waterproof cover inside and whispered, “The oxygen under the deep sea is not enough. If you stay too long underwater like your Seventh sister for a long time, you will definitely feel suffocated. It is better to let her stay with you.”
Dongfang Minghui, who was sitting in the barrier had her back turned to her and had no idea what the other party was talking about. Her eyes were on Qian Wanyu at the moment. As for the things in the palace, many of them were rotten, and it could be seen that there was not much of the original appearance.
The little mute followed the water barrier and took them into the deeper part of the palace. This palace has existed for at least a hundred years. It could be regarded as an antique. The only constant was probably the towering pillars where the little mute hid. There were also many green plants on it.
“It’s a dark green rhizome. Green rhizomes that have survived for more than ten years will not have such a colour, so this palace should also have more than a hundred years of experience.” Little Colour picked one and threw it into the space ring.
“The merpeople couldn’t have built such a magnificent palace.”
Just by looking at these pillars, Wei Junlan also tapped on the jade pillar, and a lot of floating debris fell from the top. She thought it was some kind of poisonous insect and instinctively tossed it on the seabed, causing stormy waves.
Dongfang Minghui was scraped away by the waves, Little Colour’s vines gently pulled, and the water barrier was pulled in front of Qian Wanyu.
Qian Wanyu’s eyes deepened, and she turned her ear to hear a voice about twenty meters away from them, “Shh.”
Wei Junlan shook her hair and fish tail and swam over quietly, staring at Qian Wanyu with a puzzled face.
“Come on, I think I know where they are.”
The sound of the water hitting the pillars caused Qian Wanyu some trouble in recognizing their position. The little mute swam around the palace with ease, and also found a lot of strange things, some strange armors, some plants, and some disgusting, unrecognizable bugs.
This place was full of unknown treasure, waiting for them to dig.
“It doesn’t look like it could be built by humans.” The palace was too tall, and the palace built by the average human would only be half as high as this. Dongfang Minghui raised her head and saw a tail shape carved on a jade pillar. Guessing boldly she said, “Seventh sister, do you think this is the palace of the Dragon Clan?”
“That’s not unreasonable.”
Wei Junlan looked at it from another angle, and it seemed that the more she looked, the more she thought so as well although there was no basis. She followed behind Qian Wanyu and slowly swam towards them. When she was bored, she observed the marks on the pillars of the palace, and there were more than 40 of them she saw.
“It’s the Water Dragon Palace. Legend has it that Water Dragon Palace was transformed by a water dragon after thousands of years. Because of his monstrous mistake, he was demolished by the dragon god and suppressed in the sea. It had taken away 80% of the dragon’s life in order to fight. He built a jade pillar pointing to the sky lies in this palace along with a gate called the Dragon Gate. Just so that one day in the future, he can cultivate into a dragon again and fly to the sky in one fell swoop.” Qing Mo observed the relics for a long time before coming to such a conclusion.
Qian Wanyu hadn’t yet found the dragon gate that Qing Mo mentioned but she could see that these jade pillars have maintained their original appearance even after a hundred years or even a thousand years, and they have not been decayed so this gate might also still exist.
“They look like humans.”
Wei Junlan pulled Qian Wanyu back and pointed to a place about ten meters ahead. A group of people were looking for something. They didn’t have fish tails and were whispering to each other, “I didn’t find it, what about you?”
“Strange, senior brother clearly said that those things would be here.”
“What are they looking for—?” Wei Junlan remembered what the little mute said just now, and turned her head to ask. When she turned around, the little mute who was still following them had disappeared at some point. The most important thing was that the always drifting water barrier had also disappeared!
Wei Junlan immediately turned pale with fright, and tugged at Qian Wanyu’s sleeve, thinking about what to say to the other party.
“Stop annoying me.”
Wei Junlan reluctantly pulled her again, her mouth wriggled, “Your Ninth Sister is gone.”
Qian Wanyu’s eyes suddenly widened, and she turned to look behind them. The sound of water was still flowing without any waves. It was obvious that they had disappeared before they reached this area. She then gave up staring at the group of people and turned around searching backwards from the route they had just gone through.
“I think I heard something.”
“Don’t be suspicious, look for it quickly, if we can’t find the thing senior brother wants we’ll be blamed for it.”
Wei Junlan glanced at the group of people who were still looking for something, and repeated in her mouth the words they kept mentioning – Senior Brother.
These people were not the merpeople like the little mute had thought so what were they looking for?
This palace has long been submerged by water, and there was nothing in all directions except for the towering jade pillars that reached the sky. They had ran into the accomplices of the group of people just now, but they really couldn’t find Dongfang Minghui.
“She’s protected by the water barrier, so she’s fine for the time being.” Qing Mo appropriately emerged from the sea of souls and comforted her.
“The key is that the little mute is gone too, are they together?” Wei Junlan scratched her head, blaming herself. She had paid attention to observing the palace along the way and hadn’t been paying attention to the two of them.
Only then did Qian Wanyu notice that the little mute was not there either.
As predicted by Wei Junlan, Dongfang Minghui found the little mute swimming towards a fork in the road. Thinking of Qian Wanyu’s shh just now, she couldn’t make a sound, so she chased after him. Thinking of what he had said before, she was full of curiosity towards the little mute, “Little mute, is this your merpeople’s palace?”
The little mute swam forward, stopped to wait for her, and gestured to her at the same time to say – no this palace existed when he was very young, and he also broke in accidentally.
Dongfang Minghui pondered, before long she found that she followed the little mute into a side hall. There were about thirty jade pillars in the side hall. Like the main hall just now, it was also empty. Except for the gurgling water there were only echoes from the water.
There was a small door in the side hall set in the corner. If you didn’t pay attention to it you wouldn’t even see it at all, because the pattern of the door was very special, it looked like a plant climbing up on it. The little mute slammed up hard, but couldn’t knock it away after several hits.
“Little Colour, are you here?”
Dongfang Minghui pulled the vines on her hand, and Little Colour’s vines checked up and down the door. Two-thirds of the door was immersed in sea water. Due to water pressure, the door remained closed.
“Could it be that the thing those people are looking for is inside this door?”
The little mute nodded desperately.
Little Colour looked at it carefully for a while, and the vines dragged the little mute aside, she found a gap from the bottom and it took a little force to open the door.
The water flowed rapidly, and a small whirlpool spread out from the crack of the door, just like the one they had encountered outside the palace before.
Little Colour’s opening only lasted only a breath before the door banged and closed again, this time with a loud noise. Little Colour secretly screamed internally. The vine branches quickly grabbed Little Mute and Dongfang Minghui to turn and leave. After searching for a long time, they found a darker place to hide.
As soon as they left, someone appeared where they were standing before.
“What was that sound?”
“The sound just now seemed to be from when we opened the door before.”
“Yes.” An extremely handsome young man swam under the water for a while, but didn’t find any suspicious people, his brows could not help frowning. “You all split up and see if there is something we missed.”
“Yes, Senior Brother.”
The little mute was about to shake his tail, but it was tied tightly by Little Colour’s vines so he wouldn’t be able to move. Dongfang Minghui looked at Little Colour for unknown reasons, trying to see something from the other’s vigilant eyes.
“Elder Brother, look, does this look like that door?”
That door had been opened by Little Colour so the traces on it had already been revealed, it was not unexpected for it to have been discovered.
“Could it be the loud noise from this door just now?” Some of the people carefully speculated.
The so-called senior brother stepped forward and touched the door up and down. “It should be, this door is the same material as the door outside the palace. If we want to unlock it, we need to call Song Quan over.”
Song Quan’s a Spiritual Master of the gold element and was also extremely talented. His skills were varied and although he acted a little tasteless, sometimes, like now, he was a necessary resource. His ability to open any metal doors was extraordinary.
Whew more ruins exploration! Exciting times, I hope Dongfang Minghui opens up to Qian Wanyu about her problems soon ;-;
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