Volume 2 – Birth of Heaven’s First Dragon Sacrifice
Chapter H – The audacious dragon egg feast
“I once sang the wisdom initiation version of the psychic battle song so that you could learn my language. But now you say that you are able to understand this old carving when even I cannot explain it. This basically means that your knowledge about this secret language is standalone and is not related to what you learned from me. Could it be that this text is written in a language that comes from your world?” Hailun asked.
“I think so.”
“Holy Campas! This is wonderful! Our great war-god not just granted you the status of an inborn soul singer before handing you over to our beast race, the mighty lord also gave you a natural ability to befriend magical beasts and turn them into your partners.” Hailun stroked the giant black turtle’s shell with a regretful look in her eyes: “It is such a pity that your partner has died in battle without getting a chance to perform any meritorious service for you.”
“I don’t understand what you are talking about.” Liu Zhenhan seemed as if he didn’t know whether to laugh or cry: “I actually made a pact with it to inquire about how to go back to my original world.”
“Wait, you want to leave me? Li Cha?” Hailun’s eyes turned red.
“I just thought….” Liu Zhenhan felt a bit guilty all of a sudden.
“I see, got it now. I just needed to perform my pious worship as a sacrifice, but perhaps it was my fault to generate false hopes in my heart. I guess I was entranced by the strong feeling of love.” Hailun expressed her feelings as her shoulders were twitching gently.
“Hailun” Liu Zhenhan nervously pinched his fingers like a naïve cat on hot bricks. His heart was filled with twisting innermost feelings of grief and regret but did not know what he must say right now to comfort her.
“No, I will not lose hope. After all, war-god Campas has allowed you to come to our world and must have his reasons for doing so.” Hailun suddenly raised her head and looked at Liu Zhenhan with a wicked smile on her beautiful face: “Now that your only clue has returned to the bosom of war-god Campas, I would like to see how you return to your original world.”
She just demonstrated the true nature of the famous Fox clan, well-known for their slyness and manipulative skills! Hailun looked at Liu Zhenhan with her cunning eyes, thinking that her words really weren’t wrong and the expression on his face was testifying that to some extent!
Going back home was out of the question at the moment. He had to return to the reality.
Hailun seemed as if nothing happened. Right now, she was cleverly avoiding the matter and was fully indulged in sewing the wolf skin. She was using the corner of a thin fish bone that she always carried with her in her robe and the thread removed from her robe for sewing a pair of leather boots for him. Since Liu Zhenhan didn’t have boots, he was very careful not to step on the fishbone needles lying all over the ground around Hailun which was very similar to her delicate heart that was filled with needles, so being careful was his only way out of this situation.
Liu Zhenhan squatted beside Hailun while feeling very guilty in his heart. He racked his brains for quite a while but was still unable to find suitable words to comfort her.
He knew that it was a blunder on his part and must have left a lump in her heart. He was being utterly selfish when he said those words, while completely ignoring her. In case he found a way to go back, would it not actually mean abandoning her? Liu Zhenhan suddenly realized that when he would actually find a way to go back, it might actually be a big issue to make that decision.
In order to ease the awkward atmosphere, they began to chat casually about random stuff. Liu Zhenhan wanted to take the load off his chest and finally told her how he had to kill the three wolf cubs to save his own life. He also told her that the blue wolf he had killed earlier was perhaps the father of those cubs.
After knowing that this female wolf was actually the spouse of that previous giant blue wolf that had attacked Liu Zhenhan on the other side of the island, Hailun could not help but sigh. She told him that he shouldn’t have killed the wolf cubs, after all, the breeding of magical beasts was never easy but she also realized that it was not intentional.
Liu Zhenhan also lamented and was full of remorse. Being a soldier, he was used to killing people but the slaughter of innocent cubs broke his heart for real. He couldn’t help but have utmost respect for the wolf and the black turtle, the two great mothers.
Liu Zhenhan had been gradually getting used to Hailun’s way of talking. Although her way of speaking was elegant and fluent, he also learned that she spoke very quickly. Sometimes, words slipped out of her mouth, somewhat intertwined into each other. Perhaps, it was something to do with the translation effect of the psychic battle song.
Similarly, Hailun was also getting accustomed to his way of speaking, and the occasional vulgar terms which were always prevalent in his talks.
Suddenly, Hailun tapped him on his head and screamed at the same time.
“What? What happened?” Liu Zhenhan was startled.
“You’re a fool!” Hailun started to pound his chest like a drum with her delicate fists: “Didn’t you tell me earlier that the black turtle was pregnant? Why did you put her on fire! If her egg had hatched, the baby would have one day become a powerful Yalong magical beast!”
“Oh?” Liu Zhenhan finally remembered.
“Powerful and high ranked magical beasts get respect in the Beamon Kingdom. The war-god must have thought that your strength is still insufficient to subjugate an adult Yalong beast, so he prepared a pregnant beast for you, but she suffered from dystocia that led to excessive bleeding. Everything indicates that this was supposed to happen, and in the end, you were supposed to take the egg for yourself.” Hailun’s beautiful face was filled with regret.
“Campas! That fucking asshole! How dare he play games with me!” Liu Zhenhan was furious in his heart and kept cursing.
“How can a Yalong magical beast be possibly defeated by a wind type magical wolf? Of course, that is because she was pregnant and the dystocia must have caused excessive bleeding!” Hailun grew more and more furious and again pounded both her fists on his chest with all her might.
Liu Zhenhan pretended to be knocked down and stayed on the ground, thinking that the sense of victory might calm her down.
“Do you know how precious a Yalong magical beast is?” Hailun mercilessly poked his forehead with her finger.
“Hailun, Miss Hailun! I swear to God, the High and Mighty Campas! I will again catch a Yalong magical beast and make it my magic pet.” Liu Zhenhan pledged in front of her like a defeated gambler.
“Longs (Dragons) are the continent’s most powerful creatures! They have no less than human intelligence. Yalong species are their descendants and are the result of the cross breeding between dragons and other formidable magical beasts. Do you think it will be easy to find a Yalong?” Hailun cocked a finger in front of his face like a teacher and said: “In the entire Danube wilderness, in all of the temples that are located in all of our provinces, there are not more than 400 sacred sacrifices and few have been able to attain the title of great Vian Shamans, and out of them, only a handful have Yalong pets! In fact, if you take a broad view at the entire Qin Continent with its 10 countries, mostly dominated by human race, there are a total of only 50 Yalong knights and two Dragon knights.”
“So dragons are the same in this world as well, those lusty creatures.” Liu Zhenhan said in his heart.
Seeing him suddenly go silent, Hailun thought that he was rebuking himself and quickly hurried to comfort him, “Dear Li Cha, don’t be sad now. You do not have the ability to sense the aura of a Yalong, so this is not your fault. I do not blame you for this.”
Liu Zhenhan smiled with a fresh look of pureness appearing on his face due to the sudden turn of events but he still did not know why he was being pitied at the moment.
“But I still feel pity and outraged!” Hailun picked up a fishbone needle and aimed it toward his arm, then said: “Just let me poke your arm to vent my anger!”
“Hey, come on! You are not serious, right?” A serious look appeared on his face when he realized that she was dead serious about what she just said.
Hailun didn’t stop before poking him twice against his will.
“Ha ha, I know you love me and feel bad while hurting me, now stop already! See, you are scaring the shit out of me and made me hungry as well.” Liu Zhenhan stood up and took this opportunity to get the hell out of there. He began to search for things to eat as he was really hungry right now.
He had brought coconuts and grilled meat but all that was left behind on the cliff.
“Idea.” Liu Zhenhan’s eyes brightened up with an idea.
“Li Cha, what are you planning to do?” Hailun was surprised when she saw that creepy look on his face, which resembled the face of a crazy bandit. He took his machete and went toward the turtle’s burnt corpse.
“I’m looking for something to eat.” Liu Zhenhan cut open the turtle’s body and it seemed like he was searching for something.
“Ha ha!” Liu Zhenhan threw the machete on the ground and took out a pumpkin sized egg with a pitch black shell. He cleaned the egg with his hands and peeled the shell off, revealing a big and hot semi-coagulated egg.
“You want to eat it?” Hailun twisted her eyebrows and asked.
“There is a saying in my country; a turtle bastard can never become a deity.” Liu Zhenhan put the egg on the grass and used his machete to cut it into four parts like a melon.
“Dear Hailun, may I have the honor to ask you to join me for lunch?” Liu Zhenhan bowed in front of her like a butler and offered an egg piece to her.
“Honorable gentleman, please enjoy it yourself.” Hailun was sewing boots for him and had already finished the task halfway. She further said: “I want to prepare necessary travel equipment for my love. I request you to let me focus on that, oh gentleman.”
Liu Zhenhan didn’t wait for her and started eating. Only the yellow part of the egg had coagulated properly and was exuding a tempting fragrance.
Fruit had been dozing off all this time on Liu Zhenhan’s head. The egg’s fragrance interrupted his sleep as he climbed down and joined the feast.
“Eat more, Fruit. There’s plenty for everyone.” Liu Zhenhan and Fruit as if started an eating competition while making funny faces at each other.
“Li Cha.” Hailun stopped sewing and could not help but say: “You ate the egg of your own magic pet and I didn’t stop you but I would like to tell you that you cannot eat your own magic pet! You just cannot!”
“Although I may seem a bit insensitive at times, it doesn’t mean that I will eat my own magic pet, okay.” Liu Zhenhan thought that she really had a bad impression of him in this regard.
“Thank god, for a moment I thought that you will eat just anything that is edible.” Hailun smiled: “But the level of your cooking is pretty good. You cook delicious foods, even better than those hobbits.”
“Hobbits?” Liu Zhenhan picked up an egg piece and asked.
“Hobbits are also the residents of Danube wilderness and are our neighbors. An average hobbit adult grows up to the size of a human kid. Hobbits are born gourmet and their only desire is to cook and eat delicious food and nothing else.” Hailun frowned and said: “Li Cha, you make that sound whenever you eat, right? Although I know that the pigmen generally eat like this, I do hope that you will put some effort into correcting it?”
Liu Zhenhan’s face turned red from embarrassment. At this time, he noticed that Fruit had also picked up this habit from him and was imitating it quite well.
“Pigman, eh? So now I have completely turned into a pigman with no hope of turning back to how I was?” Liu Zhenhan touched his nose and felt a bit sad.
Several times, he had wanted to talk to her and tell her about his original world but his tongue would stop midway. Subconsciously, he knew that a simple girl like Hailun would not be able to accept the truth that he came from the world where human beings were dominant and also wreaked havoc on other creatures, just like the human beings of this world.
So his only option was accepting this new tragic fact that he had become a pigman!
He pursed his lips then began to chew fiercely.
Hailun secretly covered her mouth and giggled.