On the second, third, fourth, and even on the fifth day, the three of them spent their time on the back of the Golden Crow, and thanks to these days of free time, Dongfang Minghui was able to concentrate on her cultivation day and night, soon she felt a change in her sea of souls. She felt that she should be able to use her new skills now!
“You have to find a place and test your skills to perfect them.” Little Colour suddenly woke up and felt the spiritual energy fluctuating in the Sea of Souls, it even felt that Dongfang Minghui’s Sea of Souls seemed to have changed along with it, but upon closer inspection, it seemed to be normal.
“Little Colour, are you ready to go out?” Dongfang Minghui was glad that the effort hadn’t been wasted.
“There’s still a bit of spiritual energy leftover from Blue Star Dream. When you find a place to settle down, try your new skill first.” Little Colour said and fell back into cultivation.
Dongfang Minghui was getting used to its pattern of suddenly appearing to brush up on its existence and then suddenly disappearing, although there was a little bit of disappointment, she soon came to terms with it.
“Minghui, why do I feel like you’ve changed.” Situ Hao knitted his eyebrows, staring at Dongfang Minghui.
The last few days, everyone had been out in the wind and sun and hadn’t found a suitable inn to rest in, there was no time to clean up after themselves, Situ Hao didn’t need to look to know that he was grey-haired and dirty, his eyes darted around Dongfang Minghui and Dongfang Wanyu’s faces for a moment.
Dongfang Minghui glared at him, she hadn’t forgotten the first time she met him when he was so disgraceful! Those words, it must be from his old habit again, “Come on keep looking, look again and I’ll smack you.”
Situ Hao scoffed, he found Dongfang Minghui’s temper that blew up every now and then too cute to resist teasing, but as soon as he saw Dongfang Wanyu sitting behind her, he immediately wiped his thoughts away.
“I’m serious, if you don’t believe me, let your Seventh sister take a look at it for you.”
Dongfang Minghui pursed her lips, not believing him, yet she still turned around to let the Female Protagonist take a look.
In the meantime, Dongfang Wanyu said, “It’s a bit different.”
No way, she was so shocked by Female Protagonist’s words that she immediately tried to find something to use to look at her face.
“It’s getting prettier and prettier.” Dongfang Wanyu went on again, after the words she purposely pinched her face with her hand, “Your skin is really soft, it’s really comfortable to pinch. Ninth sister, what have you done recently?”
Dongfang Minghui didn’t even know that her face was red and she recalled, “I don’t think I did anything. I just did what you did.”
But she should know what caused this.
Dongfang Wanyu and Situ Hao looked at each other, how come they haven’t cultivated to such an extent that it made their faces look better? The effect of beautifying themself through cultivating, Situ Hao couldn’t help but wonder, “What sort of skill are you practicing?”
Dongfang Minghui looked at Female Protagonist and blinked, what she was practicing was the skill the Female Protagonist gave her ah! It seemed like the first day when she felt that she’d become prettier, it wasn’t her own delusion, it turned out to be true.
But at this rate of cultivation, after a month, wouldn’t she be a different person!?
The great surprise was directly drowned out by fear.
Dongfang Minghui crinkled her small face, looking at Female Protagonist’s surprised expression probably not sure of the reason, and tried to ask Little Colour, who wasn’t there either.
“It’s fine, I guess it’ll be fine in a few days.”
“Qing Mo, are you aware of what’s wrong with this skill that Minghui is practicing?” Dongfang Wanyu couldn’t help but ask Qing Mo in the Sea of Souls.
“Hmph.” Qing Mo only had one word to this.
As if he was still angry with her, since that day, Qing Mo had kept his mouth shut, and even if he opened his mouth, there was only this one word.
Dongfang Wanyu was thinking that it would be better to go back to the academy’s book collection to check what the reason was.
The three of them got down from the Jin Crow as they were approaching a small town in Death Valley. The Golden Crow rubbed up against him affectionately, before spreading its wings and flying away, soon it was gone.
Dongfang Minghui looked dumbfounded, “It’s gone like that, huh?”
Situ Hao laughed, “Although the Golden Crow is my mount, I don’t limit its freedom, it arrives when I call it and doesn’t run around too far.”
“Today, let’s find a place to rest for the night and then continue our journey tomorrow.” The three of them were dressed in dusty clothes, looking like travelers from far away.
As soon as they entered the city, they felt as if they were being watched. They quickly found a nearby inn to rest in.
Immediately after rushing through the check-in, the three of them went upstairs and quickly gathered together again.
“There’s something odd about this inn, everyone should try not to touch anything they send over.” Situ Hao lowered his voice and said in a voice that only three people could hear.
Dongfang Minghui couldn’t help but sigh, she had come across a black shop this time, couldn’t she just get a good night’s rest…
Dongfang Wanyu looked at her screwing up a small face with a serious look and said, “Today I’ll be here to help you keep watch, so you get a good night’s sleep.”
As soon as this was said, Minghui immediately showed a smile.
“Seventh sister, isn’t this hard on you?”
Dongfang Wanyu loved to see her like this when she’s full of ideas, but she still acts as if nothing is wrong, “Or I’ll take today off and you’ll keep watch.”
Damn, the Female Protagonist’s words just now were a test, right? Good thing she was smart enough to ask.
Dongfang Minghui looked like she was struggling with a tangled face, “Naturally yes, then Seventh Sister you quickly rest, I’ll just sit here.”
Dongfang Wanyu pursed her lips with a smile in her eyes, “I’m really gonna go you know.”
Dongfang Minghui looked livid, it’s not easy being someone’s little brother, even if she’s sleepy as hell, a word from the Female Protagonist and she’s still on the chopping block.
“Seventh sister, you should go.”
Dongfang Wanyu saw her eyelids could not open and pinched her face, “Just playing with you, you should go sleep.”
Dongfang Minghui’s head was in a bit of a knot, and her mind was drifting, unable to guess what the Female Protagonist was trying to do.
“After practicing for so long, how come you still can’t change your habit of loving to sleep.” Dongfang Wanyu sat her down on the bed and gently pushed her down then took off her boots, and helped her cover up straight away with a blanket.
There was a gentleness in her movement that even she didn’t notice.
“Hurry up and go to sleep, I’m afraid it won’t be peaceful by midnight.”
Dongfang Minghui only heard the first half of the sentence, the second half or whatever she ignored as she rolled over and went to sleep, all was well as long as it’s the Female Protagonist anyway.
“Not similar at all.” Dongfang Wanyu sat on the bed and watched her for a moment, thinking about how she had looked when she had first approached her and the arrogant and domineering Ninth Miss from before, they weren’t the same at all. It’s as if they were different people…
If she thought about it even further, not to mention the heart, even the mannerisms and expressions were not the same, the attitude difference between the two people was as wide as the difference of heaven and earth!
Dongfang Wanyu’s fingers gently caressed her face, but Dongfang Minghui ducked and ducked her entire head into the blanket like an ostrich.
“Heh.” Dongfang Wanyu laughed, this little one is so cute, forget it, let’s not expose her yet.
By midnight, Dongfang Wanyu who was cultivating suddenly felt that the temperature around her was dropping and the cold was piercing her bones, the unwelcome visitor should be an Ice Spiritual Master.
She immediately pushed Dongfang Minghui awake, “Get up, there’s movement.”
Dongfang Minghui rubbed her eyes and looked sleepy, she smacked her lips in displeasure,” Seventh sister, it’s not even dawn yet.”
Dongfang Wanyu was totally lost for words with this little girl, pinching her little face she said, “Someone’s coming.”
Dongfang Minghui woke up completely with a jolt, but there was no light in the room, so she couldn’t get used to it for a while, she felt a soft hand on the side of the bed, she was shocked and wanted to move away, but the Female Protagonist held her back.
Dongfang Wanyu whispered, “Not yet, find a place to hide first.”
As soon as the words left her mouth, Dongfang Wanyu saw the wooden bolt locking the room shatter, the other party first wrapped the bolt with spirit power, quietly shattering it so that it made no sound at all.
She pushed Dongfang Minghui into the bed and laid herself down on the side of the bed.
Dongfang Minghui could clearly see a twisted silhouette of a man stepping towards their bed, and she gulped, a little nervous.
As soon as he reached the bed, Dongfang Minghui saw a bright light illuminate their room. Before she could even react, Dongfang Wanyu had already taken action.
Dongfang Wanyu hit the person with a direct lightning bolt and also got a good look at their true colours.
Dongfang Minghui screamed. Can you imagine the weirdest thing that could appear above your bed in the middle of the night? How about a skeleton? A skeleton that could move no less!
As soon as Situ Hao heard the screams next door, he immediately rushed over and then saw the skeleton and bones emitting a dark power.
As soon as Situ Hao saw, he immediately purified the other party’s darkness with his light attribute spiritual attacks, the two of them joined hands before they were able to subdue the skeleton.
After it was done, Dongfang Minghui muttered, “Damn Undead Legion.”
Dongfang Minghui patted her chest, that was too scary, what did this guy want to do running in here at this time of night?
“Why are you both looking at me like that?” Situ Hao and Dongfang Wanyu both stared at her, making her feel a little numb.
Situ Hao pointed at the bone soldier, “How do you know it’s from the undead legion?”
Dongfang Minghui rolled her eyes, “This is the Valley of the Dead, isn’t there a legend that says this place-”
Before she could finish her sentence, Dongfang Wanyu covered her mouth.
“Then how come it didn’t break into anyone’s room but yours? Maybe you’ve been targeted by them.” From this situation, Situ Hao made a quick judgment. He had sat in his room all night waiting, but this skeleton soldier had run to Dongfang Minghui’s room instead.
“You’ve got to be joking!” Dongfang Minghui was not inclined to think about it. She didn’t want to be targeted by this group of inhuman and ghostly things ah!
“Situ Hao has a point, I’ll share a room with you from now on so there won’t be any more accidents.”
The Female Protagonist delivered a straightforward verdict.
Dongfang Minghui originally resisted, then suddenly remembered that the Female Protagonist also had dark energy ah, could it be that the soldier was not coming for her at all, but for the Female Protagonist?
“Ninth sister, why are you looking at me?”
Dongfang Wanyu had a tingly feeling from her staring at herself like that, it always felt as if she was being seen through completely.
Dongfang Minghui directly propped her head up, “Seventh sister, I am thinking about something, isn’t this bone soldier still able to move? Why don’t we just let it go back, we’ll follow behind and see where it goes.”
Situ Hao shook his head, “Bone soldiers are all controlled by people, it won’t bring us to its master. Besides, if we follow it, if we run into their lair, the three of us won’t make it out alive.”
“Situ Hao’s right, we’ll wait and see for now.”
“What should we do about it then?” She got all flustered at the sight of a skeleton soldier, what was the difference between this thing and a dead man’s bones, well besides the fact that it was a little more powerful than a dead man’s bones, it could move and kill after all.
Dongfang Minghui thought she’d probably have nightmares if she spent the night with it.
“Leave it to me.” Situ Hao took one look at it and just lifted it away.
The next day, the three of them ran to the town to find out information, and at the mention of the word Valley of the Dead, the attitude of those who were asked for directions turned nasty, and they even waved their hands to show that they didn’t know.
After one day, they didn’t even get any useful information.
At night, it was still the same inn, and Dongfang Minghui was a bit jumpy and couldn’t sleep.
“Seventh sister, do you think the bone soldiers will suddenly appear?”
Dongfang Wanyu only said, “I’m here, you don’t have to worry about someone hurting you.
Dongfang Minghui flung herself into the bed, not even a little sleepy just now, but suddenly the sleep bugs came! She mumbled, “Female Protagonist seems to have a point.”
Head tilted, she fell asleep.
Dongfang Wanyu rolled her over, smoothed her hair, covered her with bedding, and gently said, “Rest easy! Sleep, it will be fine.”
“Situ Hao is a Light Spiritual Master and has a very powerful intuition. If you want to act and hide it from his ears, you should be more careful.” Qing Mo was serious in the Sea of Souls.
Dongfang Wanyu had expected this trip to Death Valley to bring a lot of obstacles when she saw the Golden Crow Bird, but she didn’t expect this obstruction to be beside her.
“I want to go see where the skeleton soldiers are going.” Dongfang Wanyu released a cloud of green fire in her hand into the air. If Dongfang Minghui had seen this, she would have been able to recognize what this green light was.
When the Skeleton Soldier had broken into the room yesterday, when the lightning had struck, there had been two clusters of green light inside the eye sockets of the skull, which were very spooky.
But the green light had been absorbed by Dongfang Wanyu, floating like a ghostly fire in front of it.
“Go, take me.”
Dongfang Wanyu followed the ghost fire all the way north and soon left the village and town, getting more and more remote as Dongfang Wanyu brought up all her senses to be aware of any changes.
In the middle of the night, Dongfang Minghui, however, suddenly woke up, and she found that the room was so quiet you could hear nothing at all. The room was dark and she opened and closed her eyes again taking a long time to adjust to the weird darkness.
“Strange, where’s Seventh sister?”
She turned the light on and found no one in the room, where was the Female Protagonist who promised to protect her before?
“Follow her out.” Little Colour suddenly suggested.
Dongfang Minghui was pleasantly surprised, “Little Colour why did you wake up all of a sudden?”
Little Colour was so angry that he just reached out a vine and smacked her in the sea of souls, “Stupid, you’re being played! Your seventh sister just dug a pit for you, don’t you think it’s strange that a second ago you were so excited, and you were happily scurrying around in your sea of souls then later you suddenly fell asleep? If I hadn’t woken you up, an idiot like you could have slept until dawn.”
Luckily he had been sensing the changes in her soul sea, or else he wouldn’t have known she would be trapped by her Seventh sister.
Dongfang Minghui had no choice but to spread her hands, if the Female Protagonist had laid hands on her, how could she resist anyway. Her little friend’s just bullying her, nothing good would come from going against the Female Protagonist.
“I think there’s something wrong with your Seventh sister, there must be something wrong, go out and take a look, I can sense her position.” Little Colour said to her in a serious manner.
Dongfang Minghui stroked her forehead, she didn’t even know how to explain it to her little friend.
“Well, are you going!?”
“Okay, okay, I’ll go I’ll go.”
She just couldn’t figure it out, having beauty sleep was good, why the hell did she want to run off to the middle of nowhere?
Following the route provided by Little Colour, Dongfang Minghui felt herself getting more and more isolated, there was no one in the wilderness, and there were weird sounds everywhere, which were weird and scary to hear.
“Little Colour, let’s go back, shall we?”
It’s too dangerous out here, it’s better to stay at the inn to feel a little safe.
“I’m here to protect you, what are you worried about, quick, she seems to have walked into the Valley of Death.”
Dongfang Minghui was dumbfounded, this was the Valley of Death?! Holy shit! Oh my god! She was alone and was tricked by her little friend into this dangerous Valley of Death, the land of many undead.
“Little Colour, you bastard, you know it’s the Valley of Death and you still made me go, don’t you know how many undead are in there?”
She complained but continued to follow forward.
The valley was silent, with an occasional crow or two cawing, scaring Dongfang Minghui’s soul out of her wits.
She simply couldn’t imagine what would happen if the Female Protagonist knew that she had discovered the other’s secret, would she just kill her?