Chapter 407: Xiao Yan’s Experience of Ice and Fire
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
The little Taotie Tun Tun looked left and right and sneaked towards with Hu Yanyan’s residence as if she was a weasel trying to steal a chicken.
Hu Yanyan was initially Xiao Yan’s neighbor, but ever since Xiao Yan had his independent Inferno Precipice, Lin Feng did not pursue the matter and Hu Yanyan remained on the main part of Mount Yujing at the original area.
Lin Feng watched Tun Tun with amusement and thought to himself, “A while child after all. Are you trying to take advantage of the fact that Hu Yanyan is stuck with the Heavenly Fire Tribulations and exact your revenge?”
Indeed, after Tun Tun snuck in to Hu Yanyan’s stone room, she stared at the fire fox with unfriendly intentions.
She scrutinized Hu Yanyan up and down and pouted, with a look of unhappiness and envy and said, “All you foxes are the same!”
Even if it were a female from the demon race, and even though Tun Tun had not yet matured, she had a decent idea of how to appreciate the beauty of her own gender. Se had to admit that the fire fox in front of her was breathtakingly beautiful.
Her physical appearance was flawless and her disposition was the same. However, her expression was cold and plain and this created a sinister contrast as she withdrew the special attraction that only beautiful females from the Fox Race possessed. This gave her a demeanor of silent hostility and aggression.
She looked at Hu Yanyan but subsequently lowered his head as he looked like a little potato. Tun Tun was extremely displeased and her little face immediately scrunched up and bloated into a bun as she ground his teeth and glared at Hu Yanyan. “What goes around comes around! You bullied me on behalf of Hu Fen the other day, I’m here to return the ‘favour’!”
Hu Yanyan still had a look of plain coldness. She leaned against the wall of the stone room and seemed extremely weak, but still displayed a special kind of elegance and lazy beauty.
She did not even look at Tun Tun as she replied coldly, “You haven’t had enough beating?”
As he heard this sentence, along with the fact that Hu Yanyan seemed to disregard her completely, she exploded. It seemed quite apparent that the Hu Yanyan in front of her was extremely weak, but she could already feel sores all over her body.
Back in the Barren Expanses years ago, when Tun Tun was in the beginner stages as a demonic lord, she met Hu Yanyan who was already in the advanced stages as a demonic lord. Back then, she was completely unable to retaliate and had her butt kicked on multiple occasions. In each and every occasion, he was in bad shape after the fact and it was only because Hu Yanyan was wary of the Taotie Grand Sage that he was still alive.
Even though she had remade her body and was no longer in her original physical form, she could still feel the sores from the bruises he sustained from Hu Yanyan all those years ago.
The little Taotie jumped up and blurted out, “I can’t kill you hear on Mount Yujing, but I can still cut off a few of your tails to make a few fox-skin scarfs for my mother!”
Hu Yanyan replied, “It’s okay if I destroy your current physical body, right? It will be like the Dark Aqua Xuanming – leaving behind remnants of the soul is fine.”
As she finished her sentence, six blinking spheres of flames emerged from behind her back, like six tails of a fox, and were dancing in the air.
Tun Tun witnessed the scene and a look of shock instantly took over her face. She almost choked on his saliva and exclaimed, “Six tails?! You have already recovered to the beginner stages as a demon king?”
In her days in Mount Yujing, Hu Yanyan did not step out a single time. She shut herself in the stone room and was quietly training to control the Heavenly Fire Tribulations within her body.”
As more and more instances of the Heavenly Fire Tribulations were suppressed and subsequently mastered to become a force of strength that Hu Yanyan could control and less and less wild instances remained, Hu Yanyan could gradually identify the mana that was subdued before and her powers recovered day by day.
As of current, she had already recovered to the standard of a beginner level demonic lord.
Tun Tun’s heart was pounding in her chest. She had battled Hu Yanyan so many times before and knew that the fox was one of the new-generation prodigal talents of the Fox race. She had exemplary battle skills and she had mastered the multiple mantras and Abhijnas of the Fox Race. The power of the aforementioned probably exceeded that of the human counterparts.
“But now I have the Grand Sun Primordial Flame and my physical body is bigger than before. Even though I could not re-form the Demon Soul, my powers are definitely not as weak as my standards back then. I shouldn’t be afraid of her.”
As Tun Tun was thinking to herself, she began to realize that something was wrong. Upon closer inspection, she abruptly realized that the six meandering flaming tails behind Hu Yanyan were flickering with a highly murderous and hostile black flame.
“Heavenly Fire Tribulations!” Tun Tun finally realized what was going on and a chill was sent down her spine. Her adversary’s mastery certainly exceeded her own, and by virtue of mantra and abhijna the fox already had an advantage. If they had to fight it out for real, she would probably end up on the losing end.
Her face was once again scrounged up into a mess as she hesitated. She was unsure of what to do and thought to herself, “However, if I go back just like that then I will be greatly humiliated. I will be laughed at by the little shit Shi Tianhao again – to think I said before that I would share one of the fox tails with him.”
Just when the little Taotie was in trouble, a shadow appeared outside the stone room. The arriving party was clad in a skin-tight purple suit and wore a long black robe. Both of the individual’s hands were cupped behind his head and he walked in shakily. When he saw Tun Tun, he looked shocked and said, “Why are you here?”
The arriving party was the Lin Feng’s eldest disciple, Xiao Yan. Upon seeing him, both Tun tun and Hu Yanyan were taken aback as well.
Tun Tun instantly reacted in anger and scoffed at Xiao Yan’s statement. She stared at him with an unfriendly look and replied, “I should be the one asking you. What are you doing here? Sneaking here like a thief as if you are going to do something wrong?”
“All you males are the same. Once you’ve had one thing you just want more… Don’t forget, you still have a fiancé waiting for you. You’re truly letting her down by sneaking around to another girl’s room!”
Xiao Yan flashed his eye whites and retorted, “A load of nonsense. Master ordered me to send something to her.”
Tun Tun was still suspicious. “What are you delivering, pray tell? If it was just a simple delivery, why does it have to be you? The little servant kids can do it. Heck, even I can do it. Why does it have you be you and not someone else?”
Xiao Yan was clearly upset and grunted in response. “That’s because I have to do a demonstration.” As he finished his sentence, his mana rippled and a sphere of purple energy appeared with a few drops of water much like tiny crystals.
When Hu Yanyan and Tun Tun saw what was happening, their eyes lit up as they could feel the ice-type energy contained within the item. The coldness was not sharp and piercing. Instead, it was ironically warm and peaceful and Tun Tun began to understood what was in front of her. “Is this the Ice Amber from the Heavenly Lake Sect?”
Xiao Yan nodded his head. “This is the prize that Junior Wu won from the competition during the Spiritual Conference of Huanghai. He was concerned about the primordial flames that were plaguing my body so he gave a large amount to be to try. It was indeed effective.”
“Master projected his voice to me and requested for me to share a little bit with this fox girl. Since experience is required in handling and training with it so I have to be here in person to demonstrate. That’s why I’m here.”
“Share some with me too.” Tun Tun eyed the Ice Amber with a greedy look but quickly recovered and grunted in disapproval. “Hmph, why would Master give this to the fox? Has he grown affectionate towards her?”
Xiao Yan glanced at her with a look of mild amusement and replied, “Perhaps it’s because Master discovered that somebody is harboring mischievous intentions and sent me here to get in the way?”
Tun Tun withdrew her neck for a moment with a look of guilt and glanced in Hu Yanyan’s direction. She took the opportunity as an excuse to retreat and said, “Hmph, count yourself lucky. If not, you would have gotten what’s coming to you!”
Hu Yanyan’s eyes were once again cold and indifferent. She replied quietly, “If you don’t get out of my sight right now, you can prepare yourself another physical body.”
Tun Tun exploded in fury. “You…”
Xiao Yan interrupted her and said, “Tun Tun, go back to the Wasteland Valley.”
Tun Tun was still furious. “Stop it. You’re in no state to scare anyone.”
Xiao Yan chuckled and replied, “Looks like someone misunderstood my current state. It’s not that I can’t engage in battle against people, instead it’s the opposite. My body contains three types of primordial flames at the moment, and I’m also unable to fully control them at the moment. In the event that I lose control I will harm both my adversary as well as myself. Therefore, before I learn to control the primordial fires I will not fight anybody.”
“But where are we? We are at Mount Yujing and Master is not away on business. When I engage in battle, Master can suppress my power when I lose control. Whether or not I fight anyone depends on whether or not I feel like it.”
Even though he was laughing, one could tell that his smile was charged with aggression and an acute ferocity.
Xiao Yan was never the soft type. The plague of the primordial fires rendered him unable to engage in battle and the fact bored him to death. He even had to sit out the battle of Mount Kunlun, which was of great importance to his Sect, and become the cheerleader instead. He had a lot of frustration pent up within him.
Hu Yanyan glanced at Xiao Yan. Even though the flaming tails behind her body were still extended outwards, the power of the Heavenly Fire Tribulations were withdrawn and the black flames disappeared.
Even though Xiao Yan’s little speech was directed at Tun Tun, it was also positively directed to her as well.
“Helping outsiders bully me. Hmph!” Tun Tun replied with clear disapproval but Xiao Yan simply shrugged his shoulders. “I don’t like people who take advantage of others when they are weak. If the two of you were in peak condition, I will stand aside and watch the show.”
Tun Tun opened her mouth as if she wanted to say something but nothing came out. She already had the experience of fighting Hu Yanyan when both of them were in peak condition and she was destroyed every single time.
“If you have the ability you can try protecting her everyday!” Tun Tun stamped her foot and turned to leave.
Xiao Yan chuckled at her reaction and said, “You speak as if you have the courage to come back a second time. The other party’s abilities will only get better by then, alright?”
“A little child’s folly. Please forgive her.” He turned around to look at Hu Yanyan and noticed that she had withdrawn her flaming tails as well and was staring at him in silence.
Hu Yanyan still had the hot red cloak on her body and was expressionless.
Xiao Yan coughed dryly and said, “Uhm… If you don’t mind, do you mind turning back into your fox form?”
Hu Yanyan did not say anything in response and did not change back to her original form as per Xiao Yan’s request. She just sat there staring at him in silence with an extremely cold and apathetic look. It was one without a single tinge of warmth and friendliness. She seemed like she was simply staring at a non-living thing – a table, or a rock.
Xiao Yan tilted the corner of his mouth and realized he was just mocking himself. He resolved to display the method of handling the Ice Ambers and Hu Yanyan was also just looking on in silence without a hint of response and accepted the gift from Xiao Yan afterwards.
At the end of everything, Xiao Yan left the stone room as if he was running away from something inside.
“Master, don’t look for me for this kind of thing next time. I felt like I was cooked on both sides by the coldest tundra and the hottest oven – truly an experience of ice and fire! This is not something a normal person should need to experience.” Xiao Yan was extremely upset.
Lin Feng, even though he was being complained to by Xiao Yan, was only smiling at the furious little Taotie in front of him.
“I don’t care, I will defeat that Hu Yanyan some day! I want to be stronger than her, and one day I will pinch off a few of her tails to make collars for myself!”