Chapter 97: Blood-Thread Heart
Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
Cold sweat drenched Geo Peng’s clothes and his lips turned pale. If Dumby had not reacted in time, he and Da Zi might have perished at the mouth of the snake.
The Giant Jungle Anaconda saw its prey fleeing and took its time, not moving too slow or too fast. It looked toward Gao Peng and the others with an uninterested gaze. It had only gone there to check out the unfamiliar yet powerful presence it detected in its domain.
The Giant Jungle Anaconda returned to the high ground lazily. It wrapped around a tree trunk and moved swiftly into the dense treetop as if its enormous body were weightless.
Gao Peng narrowed his eyes and said, “Dumby.”
Dumby put Gao Peng and Da Zi down. It looked over at Gao Peng with its head tilted slightly.
“Can you kill it?” Gao Peng asked as he watched the departing Giant Jungle Anaconda. This was the second time he had felt the threat of death. He had not looked for any trouble with that Giant Jungle Anaconda, yet it had visited him twice.
Dumby did not answer the question. It only clenched its fists and bumped them together powerfully before letting out a low growl. “Kill!”
The harsh sound reverberated in the jungle, and out of nowhere, a murderous aura filled the air.
When it finished speaking, Dumby ran a few steps forward in a frenzy. It lifted its black robe and showed the strong silver and gray bones beneath. The faint blue soul flames burst into life and a low and thunderous roar erupted from its throat.
It reverberated in the jungle and shocked the departing Giant Jungle Anaconda.
Dumby leaped forward and held on to a tree branch with its left arm. With a swing, its body flew into the air, deadly as the unsheathing of a sharp sword!
The initially calm eyes of the Giant Jungle Anaconda suddenly contracted. Its sharp, cold gaze fixed on Dumby.
This damned monkey is just seeking death, it thought.
The Giant Jungle Anaconda opened its large mouth and initiated an attack with lightning speed.
Dumby, who was still in midair, could not exert any additional force. It seemed Dumby had launched towards death.
A strong and disgusting smell flowed from the snake’s pitch black throat.
Dumby roared in anger. The Blood-Threat Heart, a condensed bunch of bloody threads, contracted and beat crazily. In the next moment, it leaped out of Dumby with a violent and explosive force.
Dumby raised a right fist and blood threads condensed upon it, acting as a fully extended bowstring.
A wild punch landed on the Giant Jungle Anaconda’s teeth. The teeth distorted and bent inward on impact. It was clear that they had been broken off at the root, and large chunks of meat and blood flew spurted from its mouth.
The Giant Jungle Anaconda closed its massive jaw and felt a searing ache and an odd sensation: its “teeth” had become soft. Dumby stepped on the lower jaw and somersaulted onto the back of the Giant Jungle Anaconda. Its actions flowed seamlessly. It started its flurry of attacks on the back of the Giant Jungle Anaconda, landing punch after punch.
The Giant Jungle Anaconda wailed. It straightened the scales of its body, which stood up like razors in an attempt to slice the enemy. However, the only result was a screeching noise as the scales scraped Dumby’s skeleton. Dumby’s defense was top-notch.
Noticing that its attack was ineffective, the Giant Jungle Anaconda rolled down and fell from the tree. Gao Peng thought that the earth would shake from its fall, but there was only a thud like an empty steel pipe clattering to the ground. All of its strength was gone.
The fallen Giant Jungle Anaconda rolled in a frenzy. A thick layer of dried leaves was spread on the ground, so when the anaconda rolled thousands of leaves flew into the air. Trees fell to the ground as they were broken in half by its thrashing.
No matter how the Giant Jungle Anaconda rolled and turned, Dumby held on tightly to its scales. A structure like that of a webbed fishing net existed on the surface of the Giant Jungle Anaconda, where its scales could be extended and collapsed. When the scales were erected, they were like blades filled with killing capability. It was one of the most intimidating arsenals imaginable.
However, these erected razors only produced unpleasant sounds when slicing across Dumby’s body. Occasionally a long white mark would appear on the bones.
Dumby took advantage of the Anaconda’s weakness and swung its fists, viciously attacking the head again.
Who knew how many times the Giant Jungle Anaconda had already cursed that monkey?
The condition of the Giant Jungle Anaconda gradually deteriorated from healthy all the way to moderately injured. It laid on the ground, gasping for air. Its eyes narrowed.
Eventually it retracted, collapsed all its scales, and lay silently on the ground. Its body unfurled into a tight straight line and started spinning wildly.
Dumby lost its concentration momentarily and was almost thrown aside. Fortunately, it managed to grab onto a piece of the Giant Jungle Anaconda’s scale at the last moment. The strong centrifugal force transformed the scale into a distorted shape, and blood started trickling down from its root.
Before Dumby adjusted its pose, the Giant Jungle Anaconda began to move. It spun wildly on the ground. One round, two rounds, three rounds…
It spun faster and faster. The dried leaves on the ground had long been blown away, leaving only the black and yellow dirt and mud. A pit appeared and gradually become more evident.
Dumby was thrown off. The piece of bloodied scale that was torn off was still in its hand. A dangerous glint flashed across the Giant Jungle Anaconda’s eyes, and it dashed towards Dumby! This time, it did not open its mouth but crashed forward like a raging train.
Dumby failed to dodge it and was sent flying. It flew backward, hit a tree, and continued going for a dozen meters before finally stopping. The Giant Jungle Anaconda looked to the sky and shrieked loudly before turning around to leave.
It did not want to stay and continue the deathmatch after its injury. In the hazardous wilderness, monsters would not fight their opponents to the death unless it was necessary.
It wanted to leave, but Dumby did not want to let it.
Dumby, who had received a military order from Gao Peng, roared at it in a low voice. Dumby put one knee on the ground and pressed its strong right arm against its chest. The frequency of the blood red heart grew more and more peculiar. Sometimes it was fast, and other times it was slow, as if it were looking for a certain rhythm.
The fleeing Giant Jungle Anaconda suddenly stopped. It felt that there was something wrong with its heart as the frequency of its heartbeat grew rapid and its blood flowed faster.
The Giant Jungle Anaconda hissed in anger; it did not know where the odd feeling was coming from.
Dumby’s head hung low. It five fingers through the gaps of its rib cage and grabbed its heart with its bone-white fingers.
Multiple scarlet threads flowed outward as if they were alive. They flowed through the gaps of the fingers, all the blood threads visible to the naked eye, slowed down and flowing into the artificial heart.
Although Dumby’s attack did not target Gao Peng and Da Zi, Gao Peng still felt uncomfortable. A weird pressure overwhelmed his entire body.
The Giant Jungle Anaconda turned around and fixed its gaze on the ape before rushing Dumby like a mad runaway bull. Dumby raised its head and locked eyes with the Giant Jungle Anaconda. It raised the side of its mouth, then laughed heartily.
The heart burst.
The Giant Jungle Anaconda shivered as if it had received a critical hit. Its dash stopped suddenly and it rolled over in agony.
Dumby relaxed its grip and the broken blood threads fell through the gaps of its skeleton. Dumby stood up and it seemed its aura was weakened significantly due to the destruction of the blood threads.
The Blood-Thread Heart was a unique ability; it could also be considered a supernatural gift that was awakened after Dumby’s advance to Epic Grade.
The destroyed heart could be regenerated. However, it would require a long time and a considerable amount of blood thread.
The Giant Jungle Anaconda laid powerlessly on the ground. It stared at Dumby who was getting closer as blood dripped from the corners of its eyes.
The last punch went through its eyes and deep into its brain, with a violent twist.
The Giant Jungle Anaconda spasmed for a moment before breathing its last breath.