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Chapter 1138: Xiao Bao
The white, chubby boy pressed his body against the huge rock. He stood on the slight protrusions of the rock, and he was over ten meters from the group. It was very difficult to imagine that a child at such an age could climb so high through his own hard work.
At this moment, the boy slipped. He immediately began to fall from the rock. He was clearly frightened, subconsciously calling out, “Mum!”
Before the boy could finish speaking, a white figure had appeared beside him almost instantaneously. She extended a hand to catch him, saving him from danger.
The white figure that had suddenly appeared was the Heavenly Enchantress. However, the Zither of the Demonic Cry had now disappeared from her hands even though it almost never left her side, now replaced by the boy.
The Heavenly Enchantress cradled the boy in her arms. She looked at him with mixed emotions along with an unhideable fondness.
“Xiao Bao, you’re not listening again. Have you forgotten what I’ve said to you?” The Heavenly Enchantress chided as she sternly stared at the boy.
The boy was extremely active and mischievous. He did not seem to fear the Heavenly Enchantress at all. He extended his chubby, dusty arms to grab the Heavenly Enchantress’ neck. He said, “Mum, Xiao Bao has been very good. Xiao Bao is only thinking of mum and wants to spend time with mum.” With that, the boy stared at the Heaven Enchantress in vivid interest with his bright eyes and seriously said, “Xiao Bao knows you’ve been very sad. Don’t be sad anymore, okay?”
A rare gentleness appeared on the Heavenly Enchantress’ face. She gently rubbed Xiao Bao’s head, but she produced a deep sigh inside. She was filled with bitterness.
At this moment, three figures flew over from afar. They stopped near the Heavenly Enchantress in the end, and these figures were Qin Qin, Xiao Qian, and Xiao Yue.
Qin Qin’s disposition had undergone a very great change from a few years ago. She now possessed an additional feeling of refinement, as if she had broken free from mortal affairs.
Qin Qin had already sensed the Heavenly Melody with the a.s.sistance of the Heavenly Enchantress and embarked on a unique path of cultivation. However, just a few years was not enough for her strength to increase too much. She was only equal to Earth Saint Masters, so she needed Xiao Qian and Xiao Yue’s help to fly.
“Mum, mum, look! The three sisters have come,” Xiao Bao immediately squealed out in excitement from the Heavenly Enchantress’ bosom. He broke free from her hold and happily ran to the three of them.
“Sister, huggie!” Xiao Bao opened up his arms in front of Qin Qin.
Qin Qin fondly lifted up Xiao Bao while Xiao Qian and Xiao Yue gathered over as well. They played around with Xiao Bao as they laughed, and their gazes for the boy were filled with fondness and love.
Xiao Bao’s status on Three Saint Island was extremely special. He had basically become the young master there, being looked after by Qin Qin, Xiao Qian, and Xiao Yue daily. He was protected and loved by them.
However, the relations.h.i.+p between the Heavenly Enchantress and Xiao Bao only seemed to be foster mother and foster son in the three lady’s eyes.
Qin Qin carried Xiao Bao to one side and played around with him. However, the Heavenly Enchantress remained where she was with Xiao Qian and Xiao Yue. Their smiles immediately vanished after Xiao Bao had been carried away and faint worry filled their faces.
“Mother, we have successfully exchanged for the ten-thousand-year heavenly resource, the Heaven’s Heart Lotus, at Biyou Island. It’s said that the Heaven’s Heart Lotus has wondrous effects at changing const.i.tution, so it should be effective to Xiao Bao.” Xiao Qian pulled out a square jade box from her s.p.a.ce Ring and pa.s.sed it to the Heavenly Enchantress.
“Master, the properties of the Heaven’s Heart Lotus are far too powerful. If Xiao Bao ingests it directly, I fear that he won’t be able to withstand the potency. We need to use a few other medicines with the Heaven’s Heart Lotus to make it into a pill,” said Xiao Yue.
The Heavenly Enchantress thought with furrowed brows. Afterward, she nodded and said, “Xiao Qian, Xiao Yue, I’ll go to the Tian Yuan Continent to find a highly-ranked alchemist to refine the Heaven’s Heart Lotus. You need to protect the island while I’m gone.”
“Yes, master!” Xiao Qian and Xiao Yue replied together.
The Heavenly Enchantress paused slightly before adding, “Also, you have to look after Xiao Bao. That child always likes to run around. The terrain of the mountain is perilous, so you can’t let him come across any danger. If something happens, contact me immediately using the secret technique.”
The Heavenly Enchantress immediately left the island with the heavenly resource after telling them what to do while she was gone.
Xiao Qian and Xiao Yue watched the Heavenly Enchantress leave in a daze. They both sighed gently and one of them said, “I hope the pill from the Heaven’s Heart Lotus can change Xiao Bao’s const.i.tution so he can cultivate like any other person. Otherwise, Xiao Bao’s fate will be…”
“Sigh, Xiao Bao really is pitiful. Not only did he lose his parents as soon as he was born, but he’s also a cripple that almost never appears. We’ve fed him so many several-thousand-year heavenly resources over the years, but we unfortunately still haven’t been able to change his const.i.tution. It’s only made Xiao Bao’s body become much more powerful than an ordinary child. There’s still nothing inside him. Not even a speck of Saint Force.”
“We watched Xiao Bao grow up. He may not be our child, but we’re like his family. We need to make it so that he can cultivate normally no matter what. If we run out of choices, we might as well ask master to request a hundred-thousand-year heavenly resource from Mercenary City.”
In a certain place on the Tian Yuan Continent, an extremely huge formation covered a pitch-black forest. The forest was shrouded by black mist, which surged about like dragons. The mist seemed like vicious and terrifying ghosts that were brandis.h.i.+ng their teeth and claws from time to time, which was chilling.
All the vegetation in the forest only had two colors, red and black. The black trees were hidden in the surging black mist, seeming like huge ghosts from afar. The blood-red plants radiated a demonic light, as if they were covered with blood. The ground was scarlet as well, like dried blood.
The forest enveloped by the formation was the most dangerous place on the Tian Yuan Continent, the Death Nest.
The Death Nest was single-handedly created by the strongest human, Mo Tianyun, many years ago. Countless experts had fallen in the war between the three races in ancient times, and Mo Tianyun used his great abilities to move and bury all their corpses in one location. Regardless of Saint Emperors, Saint Kings, or Saint Rulers, they were all buried in the current location, the Death Nest.
The Death Nest was the grave of many Saint Emperors among the three races. The ground had been died red by the blood of Saint Emperors, so it remained scarlet even after countless years. Even the plants that grew there became demonically red.
The ground in a radius of ten thousand kilometers was withered and barren. Nothing grew and it was desolate, having been affected by the Death Nest. The region was unsuitable for habitation and even the sky had become heavy. Even with a scorching sun in the middle of the sky, it was gloomy. None of the sunlight could reach there, making it rather cold in fact.