Gao Moumou had based the character of the second female lead on Song Shuhang's tastes!
It was literally 'catering to someone's tastes'!
Therefore, Song Shuhang found this new female lead that had just appeared very pleasant.
Now then, this was the feeling! This new girl was very likable and really conformed to his tastes.
Song Shuhang thought of praising Gao Moumou, but after recalling that awful scene of the senior sister getting married to someone else earlier, he decided to keep the praise on hold.
It was better to see how the plot was going to develop first.
Song Shuhang knew that Gao Moumou had written this story with evil intentions. Therefore, he couldn't judge things before reading the story until the end.
Then, just as he was reading... this second female lead that really conformed Song Shuhang's tastes suddenly decided to head to the afterworld!
What was happening? The female lead was unexpectedly planning to abandon the main character and die by herself?
The reason was... that the second female lead was actually a ghost!
She was the ghost of a beautiful woman!
At first, the new female lead still had some resentment left towards the world, but after meeting the main character, all her resentment disappeared. As such, she decided to let everything go and head to the afterworld.
But here came the problem.
If she wanted to go to the afterworld, she first had to retrieve her ashes from the hands of the enemy. Needless to say, the enemy was precisely that mysterious organization that had attacked Earth.
After reading up to this point, Song Shuhang's liver twitched.
"Gao Moumou, are you doing this on purpose?" Song Shuhang called out.
Halfway through my love relationship, just when things were showing some sign of development, I discovered that my girlfriend was a ghost!
Sometimes, the truth was really cruel.
Did Gao Moumou really have to make him experience this brutal experience even in a fictional movie?
He was going to flip the table! (╯‵□′)╯︵┻━┻
Gao Moumou laughed, extremely satisfied, and said, "Wahaha! What do you think? It's a really cool story, right?"
After seeing Gao Moumou's smug expression, even Song Shuhang's heart started to twitch.
He wondered whether he should consider brainwashing Gao Moumou and have him change the plot. It was simply too disheartening.
"Due to the limited amount of time, I was able to write the story only up to this point. In the next part, a large number of characters will make their appearance one after another. Afterward, there will be all kinds of bloody battles, and it's the part I excel at the most," Gao Moumou said. "Right. There is also that problem about cultivation realms. Which one do you think is better, a metal-based system or a numerical one?"
"Metal-based system? Numerical one?" Song Shuhang asked in puzzlement.
"Do you prefer something like Bronze, Silver, Golden; First Class, Second Class, Third Class; or perhaps First Stage, Second Stage, Third Stage?" Gao Moumou asked.
"I find the metal-based system the best," Song Shuhang replied without hesitation. That metal-based system reminded him of a game he really liked to play during junior middle school. Back then, he wasn't that skilled and would often make his teammates ragequit. However, he still liked the game, and it was a memory he cherished.
Therefore, as soon as Gao Moumou mentioned it, he selected the metallic system.
"We aren't good friends for nothing. We share similar opinions," Gao Moumou said. Immediately after, he used the pen to circle the metallic cultivation system on the manuscript.
All the effort that Daoist Priest Horizon had put in yesterday to convince Gao Moumou had gone to waste. Well, it wasn't a complete failure, either. Daoist Priest Horizon's rich life experiences had already transformed into part of Gao Moumou's story. It was something worthy of celebration.
Song Shuhang managed to stop himself from ripping the whole manuscript apart and asked, "Gao Moumou, how long will it take you to finish writing this story?"
"I think I can finish it in around one month," Gao Moumou said after pondering for a moment. After all, the story was rather short and wouldn't take too much time.
"That's great," Song Shuhang said.
After one month, he would be back from 'space'. At that time, he would be able to contact the seniors in the group and start the preliminary preparations to shoot the movie.
"However, what I wrote isn't a screenplay. This story will have to be revised a bit before it can be turned into a movie, right?" Gao Moumou asked.
"It's not a problem. I can contact a screenwriter and have him revise the story together with you, adapting it into a movie while trying to preserve most of its original plot," Yu Jiaojiao said with a smile.
"Well, that's great!" Gao Moumou said. Such being the case, he would have an opportunity to learn from a professional screenwriter how to revise a story and turn it into a screenplay.
"However, I have a question, Mister Gao," Yu Jiaojiao gently said while pointing at the manuscript. "Is this going to be a cool and funny story?"
The reason she decided to kidnap Gao Moumou and have him write the plot was that she wanted a cool and comical plot.
But what was going on with the initial part of Gao Moumou's story? It wasn't happy at all and gave a tragedy-like vibe!
"Don't worry, Miss Jiaojiao," Gao Moumou assured her, "It will surely be a cool story." Yes, it was going to be a cool story. But he couldn't guarantee whether it was going to be a happy one or not!
After Gao Moumou's reassured her, Yu Jiaojiao faintly nodded. After all, it was just the beginning of the story, right?
Thereupon, Jiaojiao said happily, "In that case, let's drink and celebrate again tonight! Let's celebrate the fact that Mister Gao has started writing the story!"
Would Gao Moumou write with all his might again after getting drunk tonight?
As soon as the word 'drink' was mentioned, Gao Moumou's face whitened.
Song Shuhang's head also started to ache a little.
They had just recovered from the hangover, and they were going to drink again?
That evening... Song Shuhang got drunk again.
The host, Yu Jiaojiao, enthusiastically proposed to have another drinking session in the evening to celebrate the fact that Gao Moumou had started writing the story.
The reason for the celebration made them unable to refuse.
Since Yu Jiaojiao was so enthusiastic about it, Song Shuhang, his roommates, and Yayi all ended up getting drunk and were ultimately sent to their room by the servants.
That night, Gao Moumou and his girlfriend Yayi quickly fell asleep. Therefore, Gao Moumou didn't write another 50,000 characters as Yu Jiaojiao hoped.
Miss Yu Jiaojiao was very disappointed.
August 9th, right after midnight.
Song Shuhang woke up in a daze.
His head was in pain. This evening, he deliberately controlled the level of his capacity for alcohol and was only slightly drunk, and nothing like yesterday when he was dead drunk.
However, his mental energy was too strong at this time, and it would fluctuate from time to time, making him feel as though someone was pounding his head with a hammer.
Thereupon, that occasional hammering forced Song Shuhang to wake up.
Afterward, due to his head aching, he was unable to fall asleep again and lost his sleep.
Song Shuhang rubbed his eyes and forced a smile.
If things kept going on like this, he wouldn't be able to sleep at all.
The pain that his mental energy was causing him after sharply increasing this time was already in the range where he couldn't 'neglect' it anymore.
From the looks of it, he was going to suffer from insomnia until he could strengthen his constitution enough or find another method to solve the problem.
Song Shuhang's current cultivation realm wasn't so high that he could go for months without sleeping. After seven or eight days of wakefulness, his condition would start to worsen.
After faintly sighing, Song Shuhang got out of bed and pushed the door of the balcony open.
Even though it was night, the Jiangnan area was still brightly lit.
Large stalls selling grilled food, seafood, and so on were very lively at this time.
"Geez..." Song Shuhang sighed, perplexed.
After gazing at the nighttime scenery for a long time, Song Shuhang returned to his room and took out that box of spirit beast crystals.
Since he couldn't fall asleep, he might as well practice!
He felt that he had already thoroughly absorbed and refined the spirit beast crystals he'd eaten yesterday. Therefore, he could eat some more now.
In addition, since he broke through several small realms yesterday, the number of spirit beast crystals he could eat at once should have also increased, right?
He first took out five types of spirit beast crystals. The lion, tiger, leopard, wolf, and fox types.
The ❮Whale Swallowing Technique❯ activated, and the lion-type spirit beast crystal was swallowed up and digested with its essence being absorbed.
The small illusory figure of a lion appeared next to the embryonic form of the 'innate true qi' in Song Shuhang's Sea of Qi Dantian, pushing it one step further toward perfection.
Afterward, the spiritual energy inside the spirit beast crystal was transformed into true qi and poured into Song Shuhang's dantian.
But at this time, all of his dantians were full.
In particular, the dantians from the fourth (Dragon Body Dantian) to the seventh (Dragon Head Dantian) were filled to the brim by those grains of high-quality energy and couldn't accommodate any more true qi.
After helping Song Shuhang break through, that high-quality energy stayed inside his dantians. That energy was simply too powerful, and although Song Shuhang started to slowly 'refine' and transform it into his own true qi, the process was extremely slow.
Without any external help, Song Shuhang would need years to completely refine the energy.
Such being the case, before it could be even refined, the spiritual energy inside the lion-type spirit beast crystal that Song Shuhang had just swallowed and transformed into true qi was forcefully pushed towards the bottleneck of the seventh dantian by that high-quality energy.
But how could the energy of a spirit beast crystal of the Second Stage break through that bottleneck?
Thereupon, the spiritual energy inside that lion-type spirit beast crystal that Song Shuhang had just eaten was almost instantaneously consumed.
It was nothing but a huge waste!
It was no different than wasting the spiritual qi inside a spirit stone of the Second Stage rank.
Song Shuhang's eyes suddenly lit up. The true qi he obtained from the spirit beast crystal was wasted before he could even refine it... however, the projection of a lion had appeared next to the embryonic form of the innate true qi inside his original dantian!
Such being the case, didn't it mean that he could swallow all the 33 types of spirit beast crystals without having to worry about the amount of his true qi inside his body increasing?
Although he was just wasting spirit beast crystals this way, Song Shuhang could complete his 'pseudo-innate true qi' several days earlier.
"Although its cost-ineffective, it's the best choice I have at this moment. In that case, let's give it a try!" Song Shuhang tried to eat another spirit beast crystal, the tiger-type one.
Just like before, the projection of a tiger appeared in his original dantian.
Then, the absorbed true qi was sent towards the checkpoint between the seventh and eighth dantian before it was refined, getting quickly consumed.
"It seems to work! If there are no problems, I should be able to eat all the 33 types of spirit beast crystals today and condense that 'pseudo-innate true qi'!" Song Shuhang was very happy.
Song Shuhang started to swallow down spirit beast crystals one after another.
Leopard, wolf, fox, marten, bear, elephant, ape, chicken, crane, wild goose, hawk, snake, turtle, pangolin, rabbit, mouse, whale, piglet, crab, shrimp, cuttlefish.
In addition, there were the ones he had already eaten: shark, sheep, horse, camel, donkey, bull, deer, pig, dog, cat, lion, and tiger... for a total of 33 spirit beast crystals!
After he swallowed down the last spirit beast crystal, the projections of 33 different types of beasts had appeared on the edge of the embryonic form of the innate true qi inside Song Shuhang's dantian, quickly rotating.
After rotating, the projections of the 33 beasts started to merge.
What Song Shuhang practiced was the Huge Whale Chapter of the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts' Technique❯. Therefore, the projections of the 33 beasts inside his body started to fuse using the whale as a base.
Each projection that was fusing with the whale would change part of its appearance.
It took from two to three seconds for one of the projections to fuse with the whale.
Therefore, around two minutes later, the 33 beasts finished fusing with the huge whale, transforming it into a hideous monster.
The newly born creature had four beastly claws, the neck hair of a lion, hard scales, pointed horns, the tentacles of a cuttlefish, the wings of a bird, and so on. In short, it had the distinctive characteristics of each of the 33 beasts.
After this hideous creature came into existence, it hovered next to the embryonic form of the innate true qi and opened its mouth, swallowing it down.
It was precisely the last step needed for the 'Thirty-Three Divine Beasts' Innate True Qi' to take shape. This hideous beast was the key to complete it.
With this Thirty-Three Divine Beasts' Innate True Qi, Song Shuhang's practicing speed after advancing to the Third Stage Realm wouldn't be inferior to that of geniuses that had practiced since they were kids!
It was the cultivation technique that Venerable White had said was the most suitable for him.
But how could the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts' Technique❯ that originated from the Divine Beast Department of the ancient Heavenly City be so simple?
Back in those days, even the 'Thirty-Three Divine Beasts' Sect' was a large world-famous sect. Was it really possible that all the disciples they recruited didn't start practicing since they were little and missed the best period to cultivate just to learn the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts' Technique❯ later to make up for the lost time?
Of course, it wasn't this simple!
Just as Song Shuhang condensed the perfect form of the 'Thirty-Three Divine Beasts' Innate True Qi', the innate true qi spread to all his body.
It was the same as pouring dyestuff into the limpid water. The innate true qi started to affect all the true qi in Song Shuhang's body.
The speed of the transformation was very quick.
In around two or three breaths, the true qi inside Song Shuhang's Sea of Qi Dantian was transformed into 'Thirty-Three Divine Beasts' Innate True Qi'.
Next, the change spread to his other dantians.
He had finally managed to completely grasp the cultivation technique!
Song Shuhang was a little excited. After coming out of the ancient ruins, Venerable White would be surely surprised after seeing him, right?
Song Shuhang himself couldn't believe that he had managed to get the complete set of the 33 spirit beast crystals and perfect his innate true qi in such a short amount of time!
However, Song Shuhang's excitement lasted only for around ten seconds.
Soon after, he discovered that when his true qi was transformed into 'Thirty-Three Divine Beasts' Innate True Qi', the bottleneck to the eighth dantian, the Dragon Horn Dantian, couldn't hold anymore and got breached...