Gazing at the distant figure of the Nocturnal Beast, Bai Xiaochun was extremely pensive. Just a moment before, he was observing the scene and was able to see that the Nocturnal Beast’s body was slowly shirinking. This obvious scene allowed Bai Xiaochun to have a certain understanding towards the Rearing Beast Flower’s blooming period. During this, he also pondered about the fragrant aroma that released as it bloomed.
“There exists an odor within the Rearing Beast Flower which causes their victims to experience hallucinations. It caused the various types of different spirit beasts to be in an illusory world and when the spirit beast’s qi and blood are most vigorous, it extracts a trace of their life source; their hereditary blood. It uses this to undergo metamorphosis. This was the reason why the Nocturnal Beast slowly wasted away… It was different from spirit beasts, and the illusory world that would cause its blood and qi to turn vigorous was also different from spirit beasts. But no matter what the Rearing Beast Flower did, its purpose was to make these spirit beasts lose their resistance while they were hallucinating.”
“It’s truly worthy of being the extremely scarce Rearing Beast Seed… To a certain degree, its existence surpasses all the other spirit beasts!” Bai Xiaochun’s mind shook as he gradually began to understand.
It was the same as how mosquitos would release a numbing feeling as it absorbed blood. This Rearing Beast Blood would release an excited feeling while it absorbed of the spirit beasts’ Hereditary Blood.
Time passed, and seven days later, Bai Xiaochun saw that not many days of the Rearing Beast Flower’s blooming period were left. If he didn’t have the Rearing Beast Seed absorb the Hereditary Blood of more high quality beasts, then it would be wasting this precious treasure.
Bai Xiaochun once again thought about the slandering that the disciples of the North Bank had given him, causing him to clench his teeth. Late into the moonless night, when the gales were at its strongest, he quietly left the Hundred Beasts Courtyard without a trace.
“Although I haven’t done this sort of thing for a long time... and although doing these kinds of things, with my status, is losing too much face… I have no choice.” Bai Xiaochun’s eyes brightened as he floated around the North Bank, heading directly towards a residence. His speed was too fast, and in the instant he stepped into the house, a beautiful peacock, which was currently resting in the residence, had its neck grabbed by a small hand, not even giving it the chance to sense the danger of its surroundings.
This peacock was about to struggle to get free, but its body was dragged by a huge force, and it could not make the slightest bit of noise. Its body turned soft and it was incapable of struggling. It could only allow Bai Xiaochun to lift it and quickly leave.
Bai Xiaochun glanced left and right; he was very vigilant. After he sensed that no one was paying attention, he charged into the next area. In an instant, besides the peacock in his hands, there was an extra beast; a green python. This did not end, and he continued onwards.
After some time, Bai Xiaochun returned to the Hundred Beasts Courtyard after toiling away for long hours. His left hand was carrying a peacock and his right hand was holding a Night Panther; his armpit had a White Monkey clamped between it, and his body had a Green Python wrapped around it as he excitedly returned.
“A big harvest!” Bai Xiaochun was excited. He knew that time was an urgent matter, and as a result, after he tied up these combat beasts in the back courtyard, he immediately threw the peacock into the Rearing Beast Flower.
Looking at the Rearing Beast Flower swallowing the peacock, Bai Xiaochun was excitedly waiting by its side. Not long after, the peacock was spat out. Unexpectedly, infatuation didn’t appear in its eyes, and instead, it was immersing itself in the beauty in its memories. Clearly, the illusory world that it entered was different from other beasts. Without waiting for it to react, Bai Xiaochun hurriedly grabbed it and threw the Green Python into the Rearing Beast Flower. Soon after, he carried the peacock and quickly left, returning the peacock to the owner’s residence.
This time, the peacock didn’t cry out or struggle, and it even tried to curry favour with Bai Xiaochun by rubbing its head on him while he was carrying it. Expectation appeared in its eyes, as if it wished that Bai Xiaochun would take it again next time.
“If you get one strand of your Hereditary Blood absorbed, there won’t be any problems. However, if you lose more, then it won’t be good. Be obedient. Right… and don’t tell your owner,” Bai Xiaochun strictly spoke while suppressing his voice and immediately ran off.
During this night, Bai Xiaochun had to do the same thing over and over again, sending off the Green Phyton, the White Monkey, and the Night Panther to their respective owners. When the sun rose, he felt very tired. When he thought about the reluctant and infatuated looks on those combat beasts at the end, Bai Xiaochun felt that he had done a good deed.
Especially when he saw the thriving Rearing Beast Flower, he was even more satisfied.
“I did something that made the combat beasts satisfied. The Rearing Beast Flower was satisfied. And I am also satisfied. This shows that I am indeed doing a good deed!” Bai Xiaochun was very happy today, and when the moonlight descended again, he faced the wind, lifted his chin and continued walking outside.
He did this for several days in a row. He could already do this easily, like a walk in the park. He didn’t care whether it was an inner sect disciple or an outer sect disciple, they were all his targets. Every night, he would choose four beasts at most. If he chose more, he wouldn’t be able to make it back in time before the sun rose.
Since Bai Xiaochun was cautious, and also because his cultivation was profound, giving rise to an incredible speed, he had no problems at all during these few days. Only, during the day, those combat beasts which had been secretly ‘dedicated’ would immediately be in high spirits after seeing Bai Xiaochun, wanting to curry favour with him.
Their owners were all dumbstruck while looking at their combat beasts, which were previously bad to Bai Xiaochun, actually trying to curry favour with him now. They were all flabbergasted, and when they communicated with their own combat beasts, unexpectedly, none of the combat beasts gave them a reply.
This went on for half a month. The pleased Bai Xiaochun looked at his Rearing Beast Flower which had followed his plan and unceasingly obtained the Hereditary Blood of different spirit beasts. His strongest combat beast was also steadily developing, and so, he would do his very best every night.
During this night, the black clouds in the sky covered the bright moon, and it was pitch-black everywhere. Bai Xiaochun was holding a hedgehog in his hands, and he was carrying a fierce cow on his shoulders, subduing them. After making them unable to cry out, he quietly and invisibly approached a residence.
“Blue-eyed Black Cat…” A strange light appeared in Bai Xiaochun’s eyes. He had always been thinking of this combat beast. At this moment, he was about to approach its residence. when suddenly, within the pitch black courtyard, a pair of blue eyes opened, and a low roar, as if it was a cat’s meow, echoed throughout the quiet night.
“So vigilant!” Bai Xiaochun was surprised. This meow spread out in all directions, causing many people to be woken with a start. Bai Xiaochun quickly retreated, but at this moment, that Blue-eyed Black Cat suddenly charged directly at Bai Xiaochun, as if it wanted to obstruct him from running away.
Its eyes, which were unexpectedly human-like, showed ridicule in them.
Bai Xiaochun was angry. If it was any other time, taking care of this Blue-eyed Black Cat would be very easy. However, at this moment, he feared that he would be detected, so he anxiously spread out the wings on his back, using his full speed to escape before anyone appeared.
That meow carried a penetrative force, and Bai Xiaochun was in a tight corner during the whole journey. He had to avoid the appearing disciples of the North Bank, and he finally escaped after great difficulties. Walking on the small road leading to the Hundred Beasts Courtyard, he clenched his teeth while thinking about the Blue-eyes Black Cat.
“I have to think of a way. That black cat is too vigilant.” Bai Xiaochun currently had a headache. Suddenly, his expression changed, and his body quickly dodged as a shadow whistled past him from the side. At that moment, a teeth grating sound echoed out.
“IT’S YOU AGAIN!” Previously, Bai Xiaochun was already extremely angry. At this moment, when he saw this shadow, which was exactly that Nocturnal Beast, he immediately got even angrier.
During the previous two sneak attacks by this Nocturnal Beast, it would immediately escape after it missed. This time, it didn’t run away, and instead, it carried madness and savageness, as well as hatred, as it unexpectedly once again charged at him.
If it escaped using its extremely agile body and the special characteristics of the Nocturnal Beast, it would have an extremely fast speed, which would force Bai Xiaochun to use his full strength, and even then, he would need some time before catching up to it. This time, it didn’t even run away and was quickly subdued by Bai Xiaochun.
“I’m still lacking a beast tonight. I’ll just use you as a replacement!” Bai Xiaochun hatefully spoke, carrying the unceasingly struggling Nocturnal Beast. He returned to the courtyard and first let the fierce cow and the hedgehog ‘dedicate’ themselves, before he finally threw that violent Nocturnal Beast, which was still struggling, into the Rearing Beast Flower.
Once he had sent away the fierce cow as well as the hedgehog and had returned, he used his time for the day to release his ruthlessness, preparing to give this Nocturnal Beast a lesson that it would never forget; he would make this beast dedicate itself fifteen times in a row.
At the end, this Nocturnal Beast was already dying, before it got viciously thrown out by Bai Xiaochun.
“If you dare to sneak attack me again next time, I'll make you become dog shit!” Bai Xiaochun angrily spoke. That Nocturnal Beast picked itself up with great effort and ran into the forest. When Bai Xiaochun couldn't see it anymore, it lay in the darkness, sticking its tongue out to lick its lips, a deep intoxication unexpectedly appearing in its eyes.
Another several days passed, and Bai Xiaochun was still moving around in the deep night. Merely, the vigilance of the Blue-eyed Black Cat made Bai Xiaochun have a big headache. He thought about making a ruthless move, but he discovered that this black cat actually hid in its owner’s room, not even daring to come out.
This made Bai Xiaochun very helpless. Although he was unwilling to, he could only give up and choose other beasts. However, he was always remembering that cat in his heart. Late at night, after he sent a toad beast back to its owner and was on his way back, his footsteps suddenly paused. A shadow instantly charged out from the side of his body, and the familiar grating sound once again echoed out.
It was the Nocturnal Beast again. It stood there in high spirits, and it also didn't run away this time. Instead, it exposed viciousness in its teeth, as if it wanted to charge towards Bai Xiaochun again.
Bai Xiaochun was shocked and was shaken by the persistence of this Nocturnal Beast. Following that, Bai Xiaochun felt that it was weird. During the third time that it sneak attacked him, Bai Xiaochun didn't think more of it, but now, he had somehow carefully thought about it. This big dog still hadn't ran away and had completely given up on its speed. It was to the point that when it was sneak attacking him just now, the feeling that it had given Bai Xiaochun seemed to have been somewhat perfunctory. The strength of the bite was also miles away from the savage mess of the previous sneak attacks.
“You're doing this on purpose!” Bai Xiaochun shouted in astonishment.
This Nocturnal Beast was originally about to charge out, but after hearing this sentence, its footsteps paused, and it stopped, its eyes looking towards Bai Xiaochun. It also didn't let out a low growl, didn't grind its teeth, and didn't even charge out; it just had a straight gaze at Bai Xiaochun.
Bai Xiaochun's expression turned strange. When he ignored the Nocturnal Beast and walked around it, the Nocturnal Beast unexpectedly followed him. It followed him all the way until Bai Xiaochun returned to the pavilion and returned to the courtyard.
Once it arrived, the black dog’s tail unexpectedly shook excitedly, and it charged towards the Rearing Beast Flower, actually… jumping into it.
Bai Xiaochun was incredibly shocked, his expression gradually became even weirder. Especially when he saw that after the Nocturnal Beast finished dedicating itself, it crawled over and unexpectedly didn't leave, once again jumping back inside the Rearing Beast Flower. Going back and forth till the dawn of very next day, this Nocturnal Beast had unexpectedly dedicated itself seven or eight times.
“This… this… so much Hereditary Blood... Do you not want your life anymore? Damn it! What illusory realm did you enter?” Bai Xiaochun took a deep breath and grabbed the Nocturnal Beast that was once again about to throw itself. Bai Xiaochun hurriedly threw it out, he was about to threaten it, but Bai Xiaochun’s heart slightly shook, so he changed his mind.
“I know that you can understand my words. I'll tell you what, if you want to come again next time, don't sneak attack me. Instead, go catch that Blue-eyed Black Cat, and I'll let you dedicate yourself again!”
The Nocturnal Beast was limping and was about to leave, but after it heard Bai Xiaochun’s words, its footsteps paused and it turned its head around to look at him. Then, it turned its head around to run into the distance.
Several days later, late at night, Bai Xiaochun was about to go outside, looking for beasts. Just when he was about to leave the pavilion, he suddenly heard a familiar bark echoing out from outside the door...
3rd guaranteed chapter of the week.
TLCed by: Ash