Chapter 11: Earthburst Golden Lotus (One)
He leapt several meters high, however, just as he neared his old strength, boths his arms evenly unfolded like the shining wings of a white crane. Following after, he suddenly pressed downwards, surprisingly ascending several more meters once again!
"Skraw!" The sound of a crane cried out, resonating over the entire setting!
"Crack!" In the next second, Xu Yangyi's hand suddenly caught on to the other's jet-black, shimmering scale. Soon after he grabbed it, a rain of fishy, repulsive blood sprayed out high in the air!
The seemingly steel-like scale had surprisingly been torn apart bare handed! Accompanied by the shredded scale was a gushing torrent of fresh blood like the scattering of rainflowers!
"Hiiiissssss!!" A long heaven-shaking cry produced a formless sound wave that caused the sand on the ground to flying! Like that of the blowing of a small-scale sandstorm!
Already at this moment, the blue veins on both of Xu Yangyi's hands were completely exposed, his five fingers were like the five claws of a beast! As long as one was met with it, their flesh would be immediately torn asunder! He was like a miniature drilling machine, boring a path through the tremendous serpent's body!
"Go up twenty meters, that's where its weak point is." Within his ear, Mao Ba'er's voice continued to relay: "Its spiritual energy is changing there! It's also where the Serpent Eye Monster's heart is!"*
Xu Yangyi turned a deaf ear; at this moment, he was like a tiger running along the serpent's back, one claw, one leg, completely ripping up wounds upon wounds that weren't of a minor severity. As for him, following these wounds, he used his fastest speed to charge twenty meters outside!
"Whoosh!" Just at this time, a snow-white bony spur suddenly emerged out of the serpent's back, bringing with it blood that colored the sky, skewering his hand!
The opponent was also fighting with every ounce of its being!
Obviously, the remaining consciousness it possessed told it that this man absolutely held the strength to break through its defenses. At the current moment, its gargantuan body and the tremendous power brought with it wasn't of the slightest use; the opponent was like a hornet, ruthlessly drilling great holes in its vitals!
Life or death was just twenty meters! Xu Yangyi wanted to rush forth and slay his foe; the other had to expel him out within these twenty meters of flesh no matter the consequence, as well!
"Thump…… Thump! Thump! Thump! Thump! Thump!" The countless sounds of punctured flesh echoed and was accompanied by the furious roar of the tremendous serpent, resonating throughout the heavens and earth. In these twenty meters, an incalculable number of bone spurs, large and small, sprouted from the tremendous serpent's punctured flesh, causing it to turn a gigantic hedgehog! The twenty meters had become a path of blood-dyed of bramble and thorn!
These were its bones that had pierced out in reverse. Life or death, it was within these twenty meters!
"Crack!" Xu Yangyi watched as the serpent's back became covered in bony ridges and spurs within a second. The other party was also considerably decisive, even if it had lost its mind and granted that a major, unknown condition had occurred with its body, however…… possibly in its capacity as a demon, and it living properly to a grand old age in a complicated world of human-demon coexistence, it absolutely wasn't a novice.
He exerted all of his might, forcefully twisting off the bone spur, not retreating, but instead advancing, his speed rising in another level once again! Like a train racing out towards the serpent's head!
The bone spurs were seemingly alive, becoming sharper and more compressed, cutting his body like a blade as he took a step forward. With an unceasing number of bone spurs entering his flesh, thighs, and arms, both his hands obstructed his head, and he murmured out of his mouth: "Solution Ninety……"
"Pretty boy! Are you insane!" The tone not yet falling, the surprised voice could be heard from the transceiver: "The Hundred Solutions, it's the sole spirit ability that a student of Heaven's Law that hasn't graduated yet can learn! The lower the number, the greater the might! If I haven't remembered incorrectly, Solution Ninety is already the limit of what a student that hasn't graduated can learn! You're going to use too much force! The burden on your body will be too great, as well!"
"You'll lose your life!"
Xu Yangyi turned a deaf ear towards the voice coming from the transceiver. At this moment, the veins of his entire body seemed to come alive! Twisting, they interweaved in his whole body into a strange design!
A Qilin birthed by the sacrifice of his bodily flesh!
It was simply like a tattoo!
The design was formed in that second, and his entire body suddenly erupted in a burst of scarlet radiance like a moving fireball, shattering the bony spurs and ridges up ahead with a bang!
"Crack! Crack! Crack!" In the air, the blood-dyed bone spurs rained down like a shower of flowers. Beneath moonlight, the flaming ball of fire swiftly charged exuberantly towards the top of the tremendous serpent's head. If anyone saw this scene, it was guaranteed they wouldn't be able to shout!
"Hiss!" An incomparably sharp hiss cried out; life or death in an instant, the realms of both sides weren't high, and their hidden aces weren't many. The tremendous serpent's giant eyes flashed, the shadow of death was facing towards it, rapidly approaching. Followed by a furious roar, its entire body began to roll like a wheel!
"Rumble Rumble Rumble……" The surface of the earth slightly trembled like an earthquake of no minor strength was in the middle of being experienced!
However, after a mere three seconds, it stopped. The scales of its whole body, like armor, clankingly began to tremble.
It was a frightening trembling, trembling like the god of death standing atop its head.
A hand, a human hand, a powerful hand, one that was slaked with blood, was already pressing down precisely on top of its Achilles heel.
Beneath moonlight, Xu Yangyi was covered in bone spurs, having truly become a hedgehog. The pit of his stomach slightly heaved up and down, and he was covered in fresh blood from head to toe, towering over the tremendous serpent's vitals.
The fishy taste of blood was strong…… He licked his lips, letting a portion of the scorching liquid incense his calm arteries, bringing the fishy taste to flow down his throat.
Its blood…… This was its flavor…… This was his final resort as he lifted his hand ahead.
"Severing Dragon Typhoon!"
Between heaven and earth, a streak of reclusive light flashed, appearing like a flash of eminence at midnight and like that of a crack of thunder in the sky. At this moment, be it moonlight or starlight, both simultaneously lost color. Everyone's sight was completely gathered on the flashing and waning of the scintillating rays above.***
An instant of magnificence.****
Only a momentary resplendence, illusory that it made people feel it wasn't real.
Xu Yangyi half-squatted on the floor, his left hand faintly trembling. In that sudden space of time, the arteries of his left hand abruptly burst open, and an arrow of blood fiercely spurted out from his veins.
"Boom!" Behind him, a tremendous sound echoed, and dust flew upward. Half of the tremendous serpent's body that was the size of the room and over a dozen meters in length, followed by an explosion of dust in the air, fell down behind him.
His strength from hair to toe ebbed away like a tide of water. Every single one of his bones were clamoring in an overload of pain. However, at this time, a sharp voice suddenly could be heard from the transceiver: "Pretty boy! Watch out!"
In the place where the tremendous serpent had been bisected, a red light that was brilliant to the eyes spilled forth! Like a sun rising amidst darkness!
"Crash! Boom! Bang!" All around, there was a fit of shattered and fragmented sound, and Xu Yangyi roared terribly!
It was the sound of the Big Dipper Heaven-Tail Formation breaking apart!
This streak of devilish red light directly sundered open the Big Dipper Heaven-Tail Formation in a quake! Moreover, it was coming straight for him!
It was quite slender…… At least in comparison to the corpse of the tremendous serpent and approximately only the thickness of an arm; It was directly zoning in on Xu Yangyi's heart!
However…… he was simply unable to move!
The streak of red light was such that it couldn't be said to be red light. His vision was only on that last moment, and all the strength of his body and spiritual energy disappeared in an instant!
"Mao Ba'er!" He bellowed furiously, a sharp voice could be heard immediately from the transceiver: "Understood!"
The Big Dipper Heaven-Tail Formation had gradually shattered in an instant, and the corpse of the tremendous serpent had vanished in a blink!
"Fuck……" Xu Yangyi fiercely grinded his teeth, the hell you understand!
He wanted the other to think up of a method, yet the first thing the other did was stow away the spoils of war!
He hadn't finished speaking his words at all, because at that moment, an even stranger scene occurred!
"Sha Thunk……" A gently-swaying golden lotus slowly sprouted from the ground. It was sparkling and translucent; pure and limpid. Cloudy mists wound around it, making it appear as if it existed in another world, another dimension.
It was like a hidden orchid in an empty valley, splendid and beautiful, blooming beneath the moonlight!
The second flower…… the third flower…… the fourth…… countless flowers!
Xu Yangyi was instantly surrounded by an immeasurable number of golden lotuses all around him! He was like a saint walking among golden lotuses!
"Earth…… Earthburst Golden Lotus?!" Mao Ba'er yelled. If what he had just said a moment ago was a screech, then his current shouting at this moment could be considered to have torn his heart out and cracked his lungs wide: "Pretty boy! Get out! Get out now! If these things hit you dead center, you'll be fucking screwed!"*****
The red light shone upon Xu Yangyi's bitterly smiling face.
At this moment, it was like he being locked in place. Even if he wanted to move, he couldn't.
"Bang!" In the next second, he felt as if his stomach had been met with a heavy fist! His surroundings turned dark in front of him, and he was simply unable to control the frantic spraying of a mouthful of blood. His whole body went flying four to five meters! Struck flying like a tattered sack, landing heavily on the ground once again.
His dizziness didn't pass until he saw four to five seconds of the moon, and then he hopped back up immediately. His first matter of business was to touch his stomach.
Setting his hand on the outside, he only felt solid muscle. Surprisingly, there wasn't a trace of a scar!
This is……" He lowered his head to take a look, and his gaze suddenly tensed.
On the pit of his stomach, there was a fist-sized black lotus. It unknown when, but it had already branded itself onto his stomach.
"Are…… Are you alright?" Mao Ba'er's suspicious, uncertain voice rang out in his earpiece.
Xu Yangyi shut his eyes and sensed his entire body, shaking his head in confirmation.
No one said anything. Within his and Mao Ba'er's hearts were a myriad lingering suspicions.
That thing, that streak of light…… was more frightening than any creature they had understood from a book in the past. A person's first reaction upon running into danger was to escape, yet that streak of light had simply "rejected" his "thought" of evasion!"
Speak of light and there will be light. This was more like a kind of "intrinsic" law of the world, like Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation. The earth had its own intrinsic attraction; this streak of light had it's own intrinsic law that made people incapable of dodging it.
However, being struck by it, Xu Yanyi was without the slightest of wounds!
Of the black lotus on his stomach, not only was it not devilish, on the contrary, it revealed its own kind of mysterious charm, similar to that of an ornate tattoo.
Xu Yangyi didn't lower his guard in the slightest. Its appearance was too strange, and there wasn't any justification for it to speak.
"Crunch……" All of a sudden, a soft sound entered his ears, like he had first awoken from a dream, he immediately look over.
As far as his vision stretched, he was yet stunned for a moment once again.
Just a moment ago, the cobblestone path and lawn were devoid of any living things, but now…...
It had already become filled with lotuses!
Wilted lotuses, it was true, not false.They absolutely hadn't withered moments ago, rather they had already eroded in the wind. In a touch, they had transformed in floating, dried-up yellow pool.
The sound was that of a person stepping on the ground covered in dried-up lotuses.
His vision flashed and he recalled that not only had the streak of light branded a strange pattern on his stomach a moment ago, it had also…… even broken through the Big Dipper Heaven-Tail Formation!
The corpse of the tremendous serpent had been swiftly collected by Mao Ba'er as a spoil of war. He didn't see it, however…...
Wasn't the current desolation that filled the eyes like that of the gigantic craters on the surface of the moon?
And as for the sudden advent of the field covered in withered lotuses?
Silence, a silence like that of death.
"Ka Thunk……" It wasn't known whose rifle fell on the ground, since no one cared for it, but Xu Yangyi had seen it clearly. It was a second-year soldier with two yellow bars on his shoulder. Presently, he was looking at the current scene incredulously, saying in a daze: "My…… god…...."
Afterwards, there wasn't a sound again.
It wasn't that he wanted to say something, but rather the current scene was so simply shocking that not a person could say a word.
* This doesn't actually say weak point.The exact wording is 七寸, meaning seven inches. I was kinda confused at first, but this word is used to describe the weak points of snakes (the position of their hearts and where to hit) and later on, a more general term for just the weak point of any creature. I thought you guys would find it interesting.
** Qilin - this is a chinese unicorn pretty much. Search Qilin for better representation.
*** 昙花. Now I'm not actually sure about this translation. As it is, this word refers to a flower known as "The Queen of the Night" and "The Dutchman's Pipe". However, in Chinese, it is used to refer to a person who makes sudden unexpected gains in a momentary period of time, which is then often chalked up to luck.
****刹那芳华 - flash of eminence - an instant of youth more like it. Used often to refer to the fleeting beauty of women as they were young.
***** Earthburst Golden Lotus is actually a real flower LOL. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensete_lasiocarpum I thought it was made up, but found out it was real…...