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Chapter 32: Jumping off a Cliff “Suicide”

Gong Qianxue’s face distorts.

A four-year-old Heaven Grade practitioner, a full eighteen years younger than her. How can she tolerate?

“Capture him for me and don’t let him die so easily!” Gong Qianxue says ominously, “A four-year-old heaven grade practitioner doesn’t conform to common sense. Maybe he took some sort of treasure for talent. If this child’s flesh and blood is refined into an elixir, it may help me break to Precelestial Stage!”

“Yes, Princess!”

Several guards quickly encircle Xiao Bao, blocking all escape routes.

Gong Qianxue is a mid-level heaven grade practitioner, and her guards, the lowest ranked is at the peak of profound stage, while the two highest ranked have reached the early Heaven grade.

Xiao Bao calmly and indifferently sweeps his eyes over everyone. Then, he turns around and jumps down the cliff without any hesitation.

“Damn, quickly catch him for me!!” Gong Qianxue roars, rushing to try and make a grab for him.

However, Xiao Bao moved too quickly and decisively, they didn’t even have the time to respond.

Who would have thought that Xiao Bao wouldn’t stop and fight, but would just jump down the cliff and commit “suicide”?

“Xiao Bao——!!”

While Gong Qianxue is dawdling, she sees a while light flashing in front of her. A silhouette very quickly darts past them and flies toward the falling Xiao Bao.

MuYan didn’t expect, when she managed to finally catch Xiao Bao’s form as Lin Sitong directed,

She would witness the scene of him jumping down to the bottom of the cliff.

MuYan practically didn’t have to think twice, Mysterious Energy frantically circulates within her whole body, and she heads straight to jump from the edge of the cliff.

Gong Qianxue discovers that it’s indeed a woman’s figure, she immediately shouts: “Strike!”

Two guards at the peak of Earth Grade are closest to the edge of the cliff. They yell as they direct palm strikes at back of the figure in white.

MuYan suddenly turns, white clothes fluttering, ink hair dancing, revealing a splendidly unrivaled appearance.

The two guards blank-out and falter, unable to respond as they only feel an overwhelming Mysterious Energy assault their senses.

Boom–! A loud noise.

The two only feel a burst of pain in their chests, as the other neatly jumps down the cliff.

“What’s the matter?” Gong Qianxue asks sharply, “Who was that?!”

Contrary to her expectations, the two guards just blankly stare at her for a long while, and then suddenly cough out a mouthful of blood. They collapse to the ground together.

“Princess, the two of them are already dead.” The head guard takes the initiative to examine their breath, and shakes his head.

At the moment of their death, the two were still staring wide-eyed, at a loss, seemingly unaware of what just happened.

Gong Qianxue’s eyes widen in astonishment, she doesn’t dare believe it, “How could it be? Two peak Earth Grade practitioners both died after a single blow? Who was that just a moment ago?”

She looks at what’s below the cliff, only seeing the endless white fog, and nothing of the person’s shadow.

Thinking that falling from such a high place, the two people must have died already. Gong Qianxue breathes a sigh of relief.

In any case, she remains as Yanwu Continent’s youngest Heaven realm expert, an incomparable genius.

But–

“Go down and search for me! Alive, I must meet them; dead, I must see their corpses!” anyway, she could not give them the chance to survive, “And my sacred beast, be sure to find the rabbit for me!”

“Yes, Princess!”

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Chapter 31: Crazed Cruelty

MuYan just realized that Xiao Bao is nowhere to be seen so she immediately gives chase.

The visibility within Fog Forest is too low, so she spends a lot of time wandering around without finding her son.

What she finds instead is Lin Sitong lying on the ground, on death’s door.

When she saw Lin Sitong’s miserable condition, vivisected from her chest to her abdomen, the normally indifferent MuYan feels pity well up in her heart.

The silver needles flicker at her fingertips and she quickly inserts them into Lin Sitong’s major acupuncture points.

But she had lost too much blood, and her whole Dantian is completely shattered. It can be said that there is simply no hope of survival.

Under the stimulation of the silver needles however, Lin Sitong slowly opens her eyes.

MuYan quickly asks: “Have you seen a four-year-old child pass by, carrying a long-haired rabbit?”

Lin Sitong’s eyesight is blurry, dazed at first. Soon after, she points to a direction, “He…he has fled in that direction. You-you should quickly save him, Gong… Gong Qianxue wants to kill him!”

“What?! Who did you say?!” MuYan’s pupils instantly shrinks.

“Gong Qianxue… she has… because I formed a contract with the holy beast… she dug out my… internal Blood Contract bead.”

Gong Qianxue! It was really Gong Qianxue!

Hehe, that’s right, only she is capable of such crazed cruelty!

To dig out the blood contract bead from inside the Dantian of a living person!

Lin Sitong’s eyes are now gradually losing focus, her breathing slowly grows weaker.

However, tears still roll down from the corners of her eyes, “Yichen… brother… I had… promised to be his… his bride…we both agreed to… get married next year…if Yichen-brother knows that I died, probably… break his heart a… I’m so sorry…Yichen brother, Sitong can’t… can’t stay with you…”

MuYan’s heart fills with sadness. Her hatred against Gong Qianxue further intensifies, and she worries about Xiao Bao.

Although she very much sympathizes with Lin Sitong, she must now find Xiao Bao as soon as possible.

However, Lin Sitong suddenly grabs her hand and places a jade bracelet in it: “Girl… beg you to help me… give this to Yichen brother… tell him not to… feel sad… ”

“Wait, which sect is your Yichen brother from? What’s the full name?”

However, after those last words, Lin Sitong completely closes her eyes and breathes her last.

MuYan looks at the dark-green jade bracelet in her hands, red blood staining it. She frowns and accepts it in her mind.

In any case, the most important issue right now is Xiao Bao.

She will never let Gong Qianxue harm Xiao Bao again.

===

Xiao Bao carries the rabbit as he runs in Fog Forest, lightning fast.

For a short period of time, Gong Qianxue and her subordinates are really unable to catch him.

But Xiao Bao is after all, just a four-year-old child that could get tired.

At last, he is cornered by a few people to the edge of a steep cliff.

The fog in this place isn’t as dense. Looking down from the cliff, below is still within the area of the Fog Forest.

But from the height where he’s standing, there’s at least a hundred meters drop to the forest below.*

Jumping down, even if one is a Precelestial expert, one will directly fall to his death.

Within the fog, not far from where he is, Gong Qianxue’s cold and murderous voice is heard, “Why don’t you keep running! I’d like to see whether or not can escape my clutches!”

Xiao Bao hugs rabbit, coldly watching Gong Qianxue.

A guard at Gong Qianxue’s side wants to get some credits. Without warning, he pounces while gathering Mysterious Energy in his hand, wanting to knock Xiao Bao down.


*T/N: I have considered the thing about reaching terminal velocity, normal humans surviving as long as they fall right, and decided to completely ignore how a Precelestial would fare 🙂 hahaha…

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EMHS – ch30

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Chapter 30: My Rabbit

The white-haired rabbit is furry and chubby. The small eyes blink, and just lazily close.

As if simply unwilling to even acknowledge Gong Qianxue’s roaring.

A ruthless light flickers within Gong Qianxue’s eyes. A dagger immediately appears in her hand, motioning to cut the rabbit’s belly.

However, there’s a sudden flash of light, catching Gong Qianxue off guard and the rabbit in her hands is taken away.

Gong Qianxue furiously looks over, only finding that the rabbit is held by a pink-faced little boy with jade-carved features, so delicate that it could open people’s eyes.

The little boy expressionlessly stares at her, coldly saying: “My rabbit!”

This is niangqin’s emergency ration, he can’t let other people snatch it away!

Gong Qianxue was kept away from the sacred beast over and over again, her sense of reason is almost completely muddled by anger.

She didn’t even have the time to ponder how a four-year-old child could steal the rabbit from her hands.

A streak of light appears on her palms, becoming a long sword.

Eyes filled with malice and viciousness stare at Xiao Bao, she says heavily: “Little brat, if you don’t return that rabbit to me, I will immediately slaughter you!”

As soon as she says that, a powerful Internal force combined with a gleaming double-edged sword, goes straight towards Xiao Bao.

Nobody thinks that Xiao Bao can escape the attack infused with Internal force.

Even the dying Lin Sitong shows a troubled and dim light.

Who would have thought that Xiao Bao, facing an Internal force-infused attack by a Heaven Grade expert, can dodge to the side, without showing panic or haste.

Subsequently, the small hand rapidly attacks –

With a loud noise, the two Mysterious Energies collide with each other and completely disperse in the air.

Xiao Bao and Gong Qianxue simultaneously retreated by a step.

Including Gong Qianxue, everyone at the scene is stunned.

She looks at her hand holding the sword in disbelief, and looks at Xiao Bao again.

She can’t believe that her attack was blocked by a 3 or 4-year-old kid.

Gong Qianxue is a Heaven Grade practitioner, and those that can block the attacks of that level will naturally be of a higher cultivation, or a similar Heaven Grade practitioner.

“Hahahaha ……” Lin Sitong already has a very thin breath at this time, but she couldn’t help but have a fun laugh after seeing this scene, weakly gasping, “Gong Qianxue, Yanwu Continent’s youngest Heaven Grade expert……hahaha, this is really a big joke.”

All of Gong Qianxue’s guards also sucked in a mouthful of cold air.

A child who is only three or four years old, a powerful Heaven Grade expert – these are two disparate things that are not mentioned together, in any case!

However, the fact is now in front of them!

If people are to know that Gong Qianxue strength is only comparable to that of a baby-doll, her title as the number one genius in Yanwu Continent will really become a big joke.

Damned if Gong Qianxue will allow it!

A strong killing intent fills Gong Qianxue’s eyes.

Now, she no longer puts as much importance on taking the rabbit and the sacred beast egg that it swallowed, but it is more imperative to kill the child before her eyes.

Only by killing this boy would she, Gong Qianxue, forever be the number one genius of Yanwu Continent.

The youngest Heaven Grade powerhouse!

Her dark and cold eyes sweep around, the guards at the side immediately understand. They reveal their weapons one after another and charge towards Xiao Bao.

After clashing against Gong Qianxue, Xiao Bao realizes that this bad woman is equal to him in strength.

Including her subordinates, perhaps it would be difficult to win. Rather, he’s most likely to be at a disadvantage

Xiao Bao remembers what niangqin had said – if you can’t beat them, run!

Therefore, he didn’t even hesitate in the slightest. Holding the little rabbit, he turns around and rapidly runs in away.

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Chapter 29: Swallowed!!

“It’s too late! Who allowed you to overestimate yourself, actually establishing a spiritual contract with my sacred beast? Hehe, now that your blood contract bead has not completely merged with your body, I only have to dig out your bead and eat it. Then, the sacred beast will still belong to me!”

Lin Sitong desperately struggles to escape, but her limbs are quickly immobilized.

In the next moment, the sharp pain from her stomach made Lin Sitong unable to suppress a miserable howl.

However, Gong Qianxue and her subordinate are completely unmoved. Gong Qianxue’s hand even rummages within Lin Sitong’s dantian, producing terrible sounds from moving the internal organs.

Lin Sitong’s miserable shrieks become weaker and weaker, her lips turn blue, and her eyes become sluggish: clearly near the point of dying.

Finally, Gong Qianxue finds the bead of the blood contract and couldn’t help but laugh.

In front of Lin Sitong, she swallows the Blood Contract Bead.

Sure enough, the bead melts into her body and she finally feels a contractual bond with the sacred beast. The egg on her hand produces a cracking sound.

“Princess, this is very good! The sacred beast will soon be born!”

“Congratulations princess, you will soon be the first person in Yanwu Continent to have a sacred beast contracted as a companion!”

Gong Qianxue carefully sets the sacred beast egg on the ground, her eyes stare unblinkingly at red marbling that is getting brighter and brighter. It slowly reveals web-like cracks on the shell.

At the same time, her body begins to surge with strong Internal force, Gong Qianxue’s face glows with a frantic excitement.

Just at this moment, the underbrush at the side suddenly moves.

Gong Qianxue and others are startled, thinking that someone had heard the commotion and have come to snatch the sacred beast egg.

Turning to look, they only find a plump snow-white rabbit emerging out of the underbrush, shuffling towards the sacred egg.

Gong Qianxue and others relax their stance.

Just a rabbit, nobody will put it in their eyes.

They are too lazy to even kill.

As the cracks are getting bigger and bigger on the sacred egg placed the ground, faint golden light slips out from the gaps.

“Ao, ao – a wuu……” A faint beast-like sound could be heard coming from within the egg, and a formidable pressure permeates between the heavens and the earth.

Gong Qianxue’s subordinate couldn’t help but exclaim, “This is the sacred beast? Such a powerful oppression!”

“Yes, I haven’t felt such oppression even from a peak Heaven Grade!”

“The princess having a contract with the sacred beast will be invincible in Yanwu Continent hereafter!”

Gong Qianxue represses the restless surging of boundless power within her. Her scorching gaze is unblinking at that instant, staring at the sacred beast egg splitting open little by little.

Soon, just a little bit more, she will become an unmatched owner of a sacred beast.

After that, breaking through Yanwu Continent and ascending to the upper realm will no longer be just a dream.

However, just when the sacred beast’s eggshell is about to be completely split open,

The silly rabbit at the side suddenly opens its mouth, there is an ‘ao wu’ sound when it takes the soon-to-be hatched egg, and swallows it whole, with the eggshell and the sacred beast inside.

Swallowed the sacred egg!

Swallowed it!!

Gong Qianxue and her guards, who were standing by and anxiously waiting, are petrified.

Even Lin Sitong, who was continuously losing vitality, also sees this scene and couldn’t help the bright glow in her eyes.

“Beast!!” Gong Qianxue has an immediate reaction, she screams and spares no effort to grab the rabbit, and holds it by the neck, “Quickly regurgitate my sacred beast egg!”

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Chapter 28 Murdering to Rob a Treasure

Lin Sitong falls to the ground, blood trickling out her mouth, and her internal organs are in pain from the shock caused by the Internal Force.

She looks towards Gong Qianxue in disbelief, not understanding why Qianxue-sister, who has just been gentle and affectionate, suddenly becomes so ferocious.

“Qianxue-sister, you-, why would you do this? I clearly discovered the sacred beast egg first, how can you just take my stuff!”

Gong Qianxue sneers, “You think an idiot like you is qualified to be contracted to the sacred beast? Do you know how much I prepared to get this sacred egg? I am destined to be its master…”

As soon as the meteor fell down in Fog Forest, Gong Qianxue went to a [Planemaster] to make a divination for this treasure.

After learning that the treasure that will appear is a sacred animal, never before seen in Yanwu Continent, her whole body had trembled.

For this sacred animal, she is determined to win, and she has also fully prepared for it.

As she is Yanwu Continent’s youngest Heaven Grade expert, she is naturally the only one worthy to be the sacred beast’s owner.

Just who is Lin Sitong? Even wanting to take the sacred beast egg from her?

Gong Qianxue looks fascinated with the dull red marbling on the egg, thinking that this is about to belong to her, and her body couldn’t help but shiver with excitement.

In the next moment however, her expression suddenly freezes.

She places her bloodied hand on the sacred egg, but the beast didn’t have the slightest response.

When Gong Qianxue carefully examines at marbling on the shell, the cold and stunning face instantly distorts in malevolence.

She very fiercely glares at Lin Sitong: “You’ve already established a contract with the sacred beast?!!”

Lin Sitong first looks at her, then looks at her own hand. The surface of which is covered by scratches from twigs and sand, resulting in cuts.

Just holding the egg of the holy beast would inevitably smear blood on its shell.

The contract with the sacred beast occurs after it makes contact with a drop of blood from the one to be recognized as Lord. The sacred beast will be internally engraved with the master and servant mark, while the human will internally condense a Blood Contract Bead.

Gong Qianxue just refuses to believe that the sacred beast actually recognized this waste Lin Sitong as its owner.

The holy beast unexpectedly becomes Lin Sitong’s contracted spiritual companion.

Lin Sitong realizes what happened and couldn’t help but smile cheerfully, “You’re a hypocrite, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, evil woman. I genuinely regarded you as an elder sister, but you actually wanted to take my sacred beast egg. Now you that you can’t get it, it’s really just what you deserve!”

Then again, she doesn’t really want the sacred egg, she only wanted to give it to her brother. She won’t be able to give it to her senior brother now, but this is better than giving the sacred beast egg to this evil woman!

Gong Qianxue takes a deep breath. Instead of being furious, she reveals a shallow smile.

When she saw her smiling like that, Lin Sitong inadvertently shudders all over, “Y-you, what do you want to do?”

“Once one establishes a contract with a spiritual beast, the practitioner will condense a blood contract bead within the Dantian, and bead will require at least half an hour to fully integrate itself with the human body.”

“Even a spirit beast requires half an hour. You say, how long do you think will it take for your blood contract be completely merged with your body?”

The sacred beast is of a much higher rank, compared to the spiritual beasts and the strange beasts.

Lin Sitong widens her eyes in horror, and then she turns around to run.

However, before she could run two steps, she bumps into someone and gets roughly pushed back by Gong Qianxue’s subordinate.

Before Gong Qian Xue’s cold and cruel gaze, Lin Sitong couldn’t help but cry out: “You shouldn’t kill me; I don’t want the sacred beast egg. Can’t you just let me go, wuu wuu…”

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Chapter 27: Face Changing

It’s only because Lin Sitong’s teacher is extraordinary, and her senior brother Bai Yichen is also a famous Martial Arts genius in Yanwu Continent.

Gong Qianxue considers this girl to have some value, so she sweet talks her.

Just then, a burst of muffled thunder resounds in the sky.

The whole sky suddenly seems to darken.

Even the wind within the Fog Forest becomes fierce; the dense fog thickens further, countless leaves and sand scatter around.

“Ah, Qianxue sister, ouch. I was scratched by some branches… I-I couldn’t see anything. Qianxue sister, save me!”

Gong Qianxue stands steadily amidst the fierce winds as she listens to Lin Sitong’s call. However, she’s completely disinclined to even bother. Instead she reveals a callous and disgusted expression.

“Princess, do we need not save Miss Lin?” Gong Qianxue’s guard asks.

Gong Qianxue scoffs and says, “It doesn’t matter. She dies, I’ll carry her bones to her teacher’s door then cry and mourn for the sister that I just got along with. Rather, that would be better in order to get Bai Yichen and the others’ favor. She is much more useful dead than alive!”

This gale and lightning sweep through half of the Fog Forest.

It lasted for a tea-time before it subsides.

“Qianxue sister, I feel sore!” Not far from them, Lin Sitong’s low, pained voice could be heard, “I got hit by something and it was painful. Wuu, it scratched my face. If senior brother sees it, he will definitely call me Little Ugly!”

Gong Qianxue frowns in disinterest. She is just about to pretend like a gentle sister, when she catches sight of the thing in Lin Sitong’s hand. Her pupils suddenly shrink.

That turns out to be an infant-sized golden egg.

The golden egg’s surface has a layer of dull dark-red marbling, and it emits a bright glow.

This is – an egg of a Sacred Beast!

It is also the greatest treasure that will be born in the Fog Forest.

Gong Qianxue is breathless, hardly managing to stabilize her mind before she speaks, “Sitong has a really great luck to have found the egg of the sacred beast.”

“Ah!” Lin Sitong snaps back to herself and looks at the egg in her arms. Only after discovering that the golden egg is exactly the same as the sacred beast that senior Bai Yichen had described to her, did she unwittingly become happy and say, “Ah, It’s really a sacred beast egg! I actually found the sacred beast egg. Haha, if senior brother knows of this, he definitely won’t believe it!”

Gong Qianxue slightly lowers her eyes and murmurs: “Sitong sister, didn’t you say that you really like me? Your sister really wants this sacred beast egg, how about giving it to me?”

“This…” Lin Sitong suddenly looks embarrassed, but soon disagrees. She firmly shakes her head, “I’m sorry Qianxue sister, I can’t give this sacred egg to you because I want to give it to Yichen brother.”

A strong murderous intent and spite flash through Gong Qianxue’s eyes. The gentle smile on her face completely disappears, leaving only a cold and gloomy ferociousness.

“In the end, the deep sisterly affection that you spoke of was just a lie. Hehe, since you don’t really think of me as a sister, not even willing to give the sacred beast egg to me, then don’t blame me for being impolite!”

As soon as she says that, Gong Qianxue suddenly strikes.

With her strength at Heaven Grade, few could contend with her within the entire Yanwu Continent.

Lin Sitong is but an early Profound Stage, and she doesn’t have the slightest ability to resist.

With such defense, she is knocked to the ground by one strike from Gong Qianxue, and the sacred beast egg also falls into the other’s hands.

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Bonus Chapter!

T/N: Unfortunately, the weekly bonus chapters for this week will be delayed. I’m only editing the announcement on this scheduled chapter. There are some server issues that I need to deal with – for some reason, I can’t access sites like wordpress sometimes (youtube, google, and fb are on ALL the time. I don’t know what’s up with this). It’s much easier for me to schedule them all in one go, so we’ll have double releases within this week 🙂


 

Chapter 26: Stir-fried Rabbit Meat for Niangqin to Eat

“Mother, where are we going?” Xiao Bao holds onto MuYan with one hand, while hugging a stupid rabbit with the other. He walks with his small short legs padding along, his handsome face taut, but he finally couldn’t help but ask.

MuYan thinks for a moment and picks up her son. She isn’t perfunctory about the issue just because Xiao Bao is too young. Instead, she replies with a lowered voice: “There was a group of bad people who had bullied niangqin. Niangqin is now going to find them for revenge.”

Xiao Bao’s soft and pink little face immediately shows a dense murderousness, “Xiao Bao won’t let the bad people that bullied Nianqin get away.”

“Xiao Bao is so good!” MuYan couldn’t help but kiss her baby boy.

Xiao Bao blushes. Just as he’s about to ask where the bad guys are, MuYan suddenly brightens and puts Xiao Bao down.

She just hurriedly steps forward and parts a bush open. Sure enough, she sees an unremarkable red fruit in it.

“A Ninth rank Red Flame Fruit!” The usually calm MuYan couldn’t help but gasp.

A Ninth rank Red Flame Fruit is a first rate Mysterious Plant in Yanwu Continent. It can be used for alchemy, as well as medicine.

If you take it out for sale, you can sell it at an astronomical price.

“Xiao Bao, stay close and protect nianqin, don’t let anyone disturb me, okay?”

The Red Flame Fruit must be harvested along with its roots. Even a slight damage during this process would diminish the medicinal properties of the Red Flame Fruit by half.

Xiao Bao nods in a serious manner. He obediently stands at the side while holding a rabbit.

Some time passes, then suddenly, the quiet rabbit in Xiao Bao’s arms twitches its nose and abruptly jumps out.

Xiao Bao is surprised and turns to look.

He could see that the rabbit didn’t leave but it stands still, turning to look at him with eager bean-like eyes.

“Stir-fried rabbit meat for nianqin to eat …” Xiao Bao whispers and takes a few steps. He closes in on the rabbit, trying to catch the food provision.

But just when he moves to grab, the rabbit nimbly jumps away.

Then continues to stay in place.

Xiao Bao pursues in this manner step by step, not noticing that his mother’s figure behind him is gradually getting covered by fog, until he could no longer see it.

After MuYan completed harvesting the Red Flame Fruit, she turns her head and only sees the remnants of her son’s tracks disappearing in the fog.

Her face changes and she quickly gives chase.

—–

Deep within the fog, two beautiful maidens walk together. The slightly older one wears a red attire, her cold glamorous appearance showing nobility.

The younger one, although slightly inferior in appearance, has delicate and pretty features. Her clear eyes are especially clever and bright, making people become unconsciously attracted.

“Qianxue sister, I’m so unlucky today ah! It wasn’t easy to make my senior agree to take me to the Fog Forest, but I actually got separated with him in the end. Fortunately I encountered you; otherwise I’d already been torn up by the strange animals.”

Gong Qianxue gives a warm smile, “It’s only a small matter, how many times do you have to thank me for it? Not to mention, when I first saw you as a kindred spirit, I already thought of you as a little sister. Of course I can’t see you being bullied. Do you dislike having me as a sister?”

“How could that be!” Lin Sitong exclaims. “You are Yanwu Continent’s youngest Heaven Grade expert. I can’t idolize you enough! Being a sister to you is just like a dream!”

The more Lin Sitong talks, the more excited she gets. She looks at Gong Qianxue with eyes full of admiration and reaches out to grab the other’s arm. She happily walks next to the her.

Impatience flickers within Gong Qianxue’s eyes. She calmly retrieves her hand out of Lin Sitong’s grasp.

But on the surface, she still maintains the appearance of a caring sister, talking to her gently from time to time.

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