Chapter 99: Suspension of the Group Training
Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
Sometimes Gao Peng wondered if he was too cruel to Dumby.
It usually only consumed a couple of needles at a time. Now it was reduced to eating grass in the wild. Even worse, when it ate grass in secret it still had to pay tribute to its bully Da Zi.
Of course, it was all in good humor. Gao Peng saw that Dumby was eating a plant called Yin-Thread Fern. It was a plant that grew in humid areas and had strong Yin energy. For a ghoul type monster like Dumby, this sort of plant was very nutritious.
At first, Gao Peng limited Dumby’s growth because he wanted to make a contract with it. So for long periods of time, he prevented Dumby from consuming food rich in nutrition.
Now he felt that Dumby had been having a hard time.
“Wait ’till after we get out of the valley. I’ll buy you lots of tasty stuff,” Gao Peng said to Dumby with a smile.
Dumby put the last Yin-Thread Fern into its mouth reluctantly before getting to its feet.
Da Zi, who had parked itself on Dumby’s back, was pushed down. It fell in an odd position, belly-up with all its legs pointing to the sky. The white belly shone brightly. It fumbled about for a while before regaining its posture and sounding off its displeasure.
It was their sixth day in the valley. Mu Tieying walked in the jungle and Lotus Seed paved the way. Beside her were two other petite girls of similar age. Of course, in front of her, no girl could be regarded as big or tall.
These two were Mu Tieying’s distant cousins. After their family members found out that Mu Tieying was in the same school as the two of them, they requested Mu Tieying form a team with them.
After all, they were two girls, and Mu Tieying was bigger compared to others. She gave people a sense of security.
After her previous exploration with Gao Peng, Mu Tieying moved around the jungle with more familiarity. First, they found a safe house in a relatively remote area. They used the safehouse as a base to continue exploring their surroundings.
“Elder cousin, you’re really amazing! You sure know loads of stuff,” Mu Qingluan said, her face filled with admiration. To her, her elder cousin was a knowledgeable scholar who knew everything.
Last time, her younger sister and herself followed a large squad from their class that consisted of over 30 people. After seven days, due to a difference in opinion among members of the team, they ended with less than 20 people
They only survived for seven days by eating wild fruits. She even had diarrhea for two days after returning home.
“Shhh,” Mu Tieying whispered. Lotus Seed looked a little uneasy. It seemed like there was something wrong.
“Let’s retreat,” Mu Tieying ordered without hesitation. Under normal circumstances, that method got them through most hazardous situations.
After all, Lotus Seed was not weak. Monsters usually didn’t confront it and instead gave warnings to chase away Mu Tieying’s group.
Everyone retreated slowly, facing forward.
Lotus Seed gradually became more and more uneasy. A white mist came out of its nostrils and it fidgeted on its hooves.
Danger, danger. Lotus Seed’s voice reverberated in Mu Tieying’s mind.
At the same time, the other two familiars made uneasy sounds. One of the familiars looked like a cuckoo bird with cyan feathers and dark green eyes. It was hidden on Mu Qingluan’s shoulder. Half of its body was buried in her hair.
Bugu, bugu, the Blue Sea Cuckoo Bird called nervously. It was also called the Bugu bird in some places.
The other familiar was a little monkey a foot and a half tall. Its body was filled with gray fur and its face was white with little red markings. It was called the Freaky Flame Ring Monkey. It was a familiar famous for its agility as well as its sharp claws.
The ground beneath them shook suddenly, and a massive wave of earth flew into the air as if the land had turned into a swamp. A horrifying monster lay hidden in the depths of the ground.
Soon after, a smooth, round, gigantic head appeared. On it were layers upon layers of mucous membrane. It tackled Lotus Seed’s belly viciously.
It was so painful that Lotus Seed wailed.
“The two of you! Get out of here quickly!” Mu Tieying said immediately.
The two Mu Qingluan sisters were scared out of their wits. They immediately turned around and fled for their lives upon hearing Mu Tieying’s instructions.
Lotus Seed was hurt. It immediately raised its thick, pillar-like legs into the air to counter the attack, but the ground shook. Large amounts of earth exploded into the air. Holes appeared on the ground while earth flew all over the place.
The monster succeeded in retracting its head every time it was about to be hit. It looked like “Whack-A-Mole.”
Lotus Seed dashed towards Mu Tieying, who hooked herself onto the thick skin of Lotus Seed with ease. With a leap, she landed on Lotus Seed’s back.
Lotus Seed tried to take a step but its leg collapsed the thin earth that remained on the surface, landing in a hole. With a stagger and a bend of its legs, it almost fell over.
A loud and low voice came from behind. A dark red earthworm appeared from the within the ground.
Its tail curled upwards and the top split open, displaying a chrysanthemum-petal-shaped mouth. After the mouth appeared, it targeted the person on Lotus Seed’s back, Mu Tieying!
[Monster Name]: Shatuoman Man-eating Earthworm
[Monster Level]: Level 16
[Monster Grade]: Excellent
[Monster Attribute]: Earth
[Monster Weakness]: Electric
The tail gradually moved closer and Mu Tieying’s eyes filled with despair. Suddenly a strong wind came from her side and a large and bony hand emerged to grab the gaping mouth of the earthworm. It tore the mouth open viciously.
The earthworm gave a horrible shriek as its mouthparts were eviscerated. Flesh and blood took to the air.
A purple-colored centipede crawled over at great speed. The two golden feelers on its head curved backward and rested on its carapace. Electricity sparked; the carapace seemed to have the special effect of conducting electricity, as even Da Zi’s body surface had a fine electric arc.
Dumby threw the earthworm on Da Zi’s carapace and in an instant, the earthworm began to spasm. Before long it was electrocuted and burnt to a crisp. The last part of its body turned into black charcoal, and a charred smell filled the air.
“These earthworms are increasing in number,” Gao Peng frowned. It was the third time he had encountered this type of earthworm. The previous two encounters had been normal Grade, but this one was Excellent Grade.
Gao Peng did not know how the other students handled this type of earthworm. He had Dumby and Da Zi, so it wasn’t that hard. It would be more difficult for the other students. After all, this type of earthworm usually stayed underground.
A loud warning announcement suddenly came from within the valley. “Attention to all examinees participating in the training. Attention to all examinees participating in the training. The wild valley simulation training is now over. The wild valley simulation training is now over!”