Chapter 34: Recovery
Ning Yue Xi just stood there like a doll, not saying anything.
Gong Sun Zhi suddenly thought of something, hurriedly look around and mumbled: “Lost consciousness? Could it possibly be Tianma…” (TN: lit. Heaven’s Devils)
He took out a small dark-red formation plate, moving his hands on it.
The formation plate didn’t react.
Gong Sun Zhi calmed down, looked at Ning Yue Xi a bit, then at Gu Qing Shan and shut his mouth.
If it’s not a soul eater Tianma, Ning Yue Xi won’t have any problems, this is just something between Ning Yue Xi and Gu Qing Shan, so Gong Sun Zhi won’t interfere.
All things contain karma, this time’s favor of saving her life of course contains immense karma, so Ning Yue Xi will have to decide for herself, as no one else will be able to.
Gu Qing Shan looked at Ning Yue Xi, a bit anxious.
The demon army is already approaching, why is this girl just sitting there and not taking the time to recover?
When the demon army comes, forget the other demons, even a Faceless Giant alone will make things extremely complicated.
As Gu Qing Shan thought that, he couldn’t wait anymore, just took Ning Yue Xi’s hand and put the liver in it.
He loudly shouted: “Why are you still just sitting there, if you don’t want to die then quickly heal your wounds!”
Gong Sun Zhi’s face twisted a bit, looked at Ning Yue Xi nervously, about to say something to pacify her.
This youth really dared touch Ning Yue Xi’s hands, does he not know how Ning Yue Xi treats people that touched her without permission?
In the last few years, everyone who dares do that already became crippled, unable to cultivate anymore for the rest of their lives.
As the two of them stared at her, Ning Yue Xi finally moved.
She just stared at Gu Qing Shan, then said: “Give me half an hour, I’ll need to expel the poison”
A bit unexpected, Gong Sun Zhi furrowed his brows.
Since when was the Saintess Ning Yue Xi that easy to talk to?
Hah, women really are fickle, even harder to understand than formations, Gong Sun Zhi silently shook his head.
Gu Qing Shan satisfied with that, hurriedly said: “That’s fine”
That’s how it’s supposed to be, to fight you must have a healthy body.
Even though he doesn’t know what realm Ning Yue Xi is at, but in the past life, even when she was heavily wounded and without any supplies she was still able to fight 5 demon generals for a whole day and night, so her strength must be quite considerable.
Ning Yue Xi slightly bowed her head, spoke with a low voice: “Thank you very—–“
Ning Yue Xi couldn’t even finish her sentence as Gu Qing Shan already wasn’t looking at her anymore, instead pulling Gong Sun Zhi to one side and talked to him:
“Since we have some time, senior Sun Zhi, I have read a few military books, being a bit knowledgeable on this matter, I have a few things I would like to ask you about”
This is a formation Grandmaster, a Ding Yuan General of humanity’s alliance, a legendary person in history.
There’s even historians who said that he had died too soon, otherwise the flow of war would have changed.
Gu Qing Shan was also a strategist in the past life, meeting Gong Sun Zhi like this, he felt like he’s met his match, already eager to polish his skills since a while ago.
Gong Sun Zhi seeing the boiling look in his eyes, a bit confused but still answered: “Very well”
Gu Qing Shan immediately: “You’ve been at the frontline since the start, in the Southwest stronghold, why did you decide to station 2 squads of 5-Elements spell users?”
Gong Sun Zhi: “This, I felt that it had 3 main advantages…”
The two of them quickly got into gear.
Ning Yue Xi went back to the cushion, hesitated for a bit then decided to take off her mask.
As her inner sight flowed out to observe the other two, she could tell they didn’t turn around, nor did they use their inner sight to observe her.
Gong Sun Zhi is a world famous Dao idiot, his whole life only devoted to study the art of formations, he didn’t even bother to find a Dao companion, saying that it wastes too much time. (1) (2) (3)
She wasn’t surprised that Gong Sun Zhi didn’t take notice of her, but why is that damn guy also like that?
Ning Yue Xi ate the snake liver bit by bit, occasionally glanced only to see that Gu Qing Shan was very seriously asking Gong Sun Zhi about issues of military formations and strategies.
As Ning Yue Xi eavesdropped for a bit, she could tell he’s not just doing it for show, as the matters he asked are all very deep, even Gong Sun Zhi had to think for a bit before he could answer.
However, that also piqued Gong Sun Zhi’s interest, as he was discussing with Gu Qing Shan about a certain strategy.
Gong Sun Zhi himself is a talented person, his eyes are even higher than his head, so he doesn’t even bother to respect the masters of many sects, yet here he was seriously discussing strategies with a youth back and forth, extremely excited.
This is rare.
Ning Yue Xi at first was surprised, then a bit annoyed.
——–right now I’m not wearing my mask you know.
So many cultivators hesitated on the battlefield and lost their lives simply because they wanted to see my face for a bit longer.
The mask was worn to prevent others from seeing it, but now that she’s taken it off, why isn’t he looking?
Ning Yue Xi after finishing the snake liver silently wore her mask again.
She could feel a hint of dissatisfaction in her heart.
But very quickly, Ning Yue Xi closed her eyes and started to treat her wounds, these strange thoughts quickly dissipated.
Zhao Lu dismantled about half the rooms, stacking the wood neatly to one side.
The cold winter is coming so he’s preparing the wood to keep warm.
Even though there aren’t much supplies left in the outpost, freshwater and spice are still plenty enough.
The demon beasts that were hunted are still stored here, when Gu Qing Shan left he only took a bit to use as rations, the rest were carefully seasoned by Zhao Lu and preserved here.
The formation is still active, Zhao Lu counted the time and quickly changed out the Spirit Stones.
Zhao Lu could feel his life here to be decent and safe.
Humanity’s alliance only need to organize a counterattack in the next few days, and he will be saved.
A military cook, alive, alone in the fallen sector of the frontline, that would probably cause a huge uproar.
This kind of heroism, just wait until he comes back home, he will definitely be welcomed by his family.
At that time, thanks to his awesome reputation, he will be able to marry a decent wife, living the rest of his life proudly.
As Zhao Lu was thinking, suddenly there was a loud bang outside the outpost.
A giant foot stepped down from the sky, causing the earth to shake.
And then another foot.
Just a few moments later, the roaring has already gone away.
Zhao Lu looked at the giant creature walking away, he suddenly felt that he has become a bit braver after seeing it for so many times.
That guy said this was a chaos species demon, called Faceless Giant.
No matter what kind of demon you are, as long as I have the Invisibility formation I’ll be safe.
After seeing it so many times, Zhao Lu even started to feel like the demon isn’t much to fear.
It’s just that, this demon’s started to appear more often.
Almost like it’s looking for something, but unable to find it.
As Zhao Lu was thinking, the earth shaking sound could be heard again from afar.
The sound of footsteps approaching again.
Zhao Lu sighed, a bit annoyed, he’ll just wait until the footsteps disappear and go back inside the barracks to rest.
Not long after, the footstep sound went away again.
Zhao Lu yawned as he went towards the barracks.
Accidentally looking at the outpost gates, he immediately stopped his feet.
The horrible giant feet were standing right outside the outpost.
The sky became dark, as the whole outpost was covered by a shadow.
Zhao Lu looked up only to see a terrifying giant hand that covered the whole sky reaching down towards him.
The thin layer of spirit light surrounding the outpost popped like a bubble in front of the giant hand.
Zhao Lu looked at the giant hand coming closer and closer, suddenly hearing Gu Qing Shan’s persuasion again.
Endless regret rushed to him as Zhao Lu screamed.
“Please no! Please don’t eat me!”
These were the last words that Zhao Lu uttered in this world.
(1) Dao: this is probably a familiar term to everybody, but just in case. Dao is a system of belief in ancient China, known for its pursuit of the mystics, similar to alchemists in the West, most Daoist seek to create the philosopher’s stone in order to attain immortality, but Daoist are also known to hold power over the mystics, dispelling ghosts and demons and the likes. Nowadays, and especially in novels, Dao have many different meanings, but essentially it is the seeking of the truth of the world, whatever that might be.
(2) Dao idiot: this is a liberal translation, just like sword idiot or battle junkie, the word means someone that only care about pursuing the meaning of Dao. A literal translation would be “a person obssessed with Dao”
(3) Dao companion: essentially a spouse, a word only used for cultivators.