Since I've managed to fool her, I should seize this opportunity to bid the lot of them farewell and leave the Jade Lake as soon as possible. I can't risk having this silver-armored female guard go crazy again. There is a chance she might change her mind again if she keeps pondering this matter any further.
After thinking up to this point, Song Shuhang cupped his hands and prepared to say goodbye to the silver-armored female guard.
But right at this time... he sensed a warm feeling getting transmitted from his back to the rest of his body, just as though someone had hugged him from behind.
Song Shuhang, who was planning to leave, froze in his original position and was unable to set out.
Around a breath later, that warm hug-like feeling slowly faded and was replaced with another type of feeling. Now, he felt as if something was about to drill out of his back.
However, he felt no pain in his back at the moment. On the contrary, a weak and numb feeling was transmitted from there.
At the same time, he discovered that he was now unable to move, just as if someone had cast an 'immobilizing technique' on him.
"What's happening..." Song Shuhang tried to move his hands, and he realized that he could move only his fingers and was unable to lift his arms. All his body felt extremely heavy.
"What happened to you? Your complexion is very pale," the silver-armored female guard below asked.
Song Shuhang furrowed his brows, and said, "I can't move my body."
"Hmm, let me take a look... Eh? All the true qi inside your body is concentrating in your back. Do you practice any cultivation technique that can allow you to 'break out of a cocoon and get reborn' or 'shed your skin'? For example, techniques such as the ❮Nine Transformations of the Giant Silkworm❯, the ❮Metamorphosis of the Caterpillar❯, or the ❮Three Lives of the Jade Snake❯?" the silver-armored female guard asked.
Song Shuhang replied, "No, I don't. I've never practiced any of these strange cultivation techniques."
The silver-armored female guard pondered for a short moment, and then said, "In that case, the situation might be rather serious... and it's possible that you might die. It feels as if there is something that wants to drill out of your back and get out of your body. In addition, all the true qi in your body is concentrating in your back. From the look of it, this thing is absorbing it and using it as nourishment. After it comes out of your body, you will probably die."
"..." Song Shuhang.
Holy shiet, what's happening? Why is there something that wants to come out of my body?
Is it something similar to those aliens in the movie 'Alien'?
Was it possible that some type of parasite had attached itself to his body after he barged into this fragment of the Heavenly City? No, that shouldn't be the case. If some parasite had entered his body, Venerable White would have surely noticed it.
Such being the case, did someone or something plot against him after he had separated from Venerable White?
Song Shuhang immediately thought of the broken Imperial Pearl that the silver-armored female guard was holding in her hands earlier.
Earlier, the Imperial Pearl suddenly broke, turning into fine powder. When that happened, he found the whole thing rather strange. Was it possible that the Imperial Pearl was the 'method' that the Heavenly Emperor had left behind to come back to life? Perhaps the opposite party had been looking for a suitable body that they could forcefully seize and use to reincarnate?
Was it possible that he had been so unlucky to have Heavenly Emperor forcefully seize his body, with the latter now planning to drill out of his body after absorbing all his strength?
The more he was thinking about it, the more he felt that it was possible!
Lately, he had had some awful luck, so awful that it couldn't be any more awful.
In addition, he had seen similar scenes in countless novels, movies, and manga... such being the case, this theory about the emperor planning to forcefully seize his body to come back to life seemed rather reasonable!
If the plot didn't stray too much from movies and manga, the Heavenly Emperor should obtain all his knowledge and memories—and even assume his appearance—after coming out.
At that time, the Heavenly Emperor would temporarily keep living as 'Song Shuhang', and one day, they would collect all the fragments of the Heavenly City, rebuilding the city again and becoming even more powerful.
The more he was imagining this stuff, the more Song Shuhang felt that his situation was bad.
"Fairy maiden, do you have the means to resolve this situation? Can I still be saved?" Song Shuhang asked while looking at the silver-armored female guard.
At the same time, he'd once again used the 'thousand mile sound transmitter talisman' to urge Senior White and Sixteen, telling them to hurry over and see if he could be saved or not. After that, he sent his mental energy into his size-reducing purse and established a connection with that bamboo leaf. If the Heavenly Emperor was really going to drill out of his body, perhaps he could use the bamboo leaf to keep his life. Since his life was at stake here, there was nothing wrong in making all these preparations.
"I'm sorry, but I can't help you," the silver-armored female guard said, somewhat embarrassed. "We sisters know how to kill people, but we have no idea how to save them. Such being the case... if the thing that comes out of your body isn't too powerful, we sisters can kill it to avenge you."
"..." Song Shuhang.
But right at this time, Venerable White's voice was transmitted from the 'thousand mile sound transmitter talisman'. "Shuhang, what's the matter?"
Song Shuhang forced a smile, and said, "Senior White, how come you haven't returned yet? I have a problem here."
"I will immediately come over, just wait a moment. Get out of my way~" The sound of battle was transmitted from Venerable White's side. From the looks of it, he was dealing with something? No wonder he hadn't come back even after so long.
"I will also head over in a short while," Su Clan's Sixteen said the same. It seemed that she, too, was busy fighting.
His two saviors were both busy battling!
What bad luck!
Song Shuhang sighed and prepared to describe what was happening to Venerable White... but right at this time, that weak and numb feeling that was transmitting from his back intensified.
"It's coming... it's coming out!" Song Shuhang couldn't help but shout out loud.
Actually, although this thing was seemingly on the verge of coming out of his body, he didn't feel any pain. On the contrary, he felt a bittersweet feeling.
Venerable White asked, "What is coming out?"
However, Song Shuhang was already unable to reply to Senior White at this time. He issued a long gasp, and all his strength was drained, with his body weakly lying on the edge of the Jade Lake.
That thing that wanted to come out of his back... finally came out!
This time, he was really done for.
After a short moment...
Eh? I didn't die! Song Shuhang felt that there was nothing wrong with his body. However, he had consumed a lot of true qi and physical energy. As such, his whole body was weak and unable to move.
At this time, all the true qi in his eight great dantian had been sucked dry, and only a little bit was left in his 'original dantian'. His physical energy had been likewise sucked dry, and he had to use all his strength just to move a finger.
Nevertheless, he was still alive. From the looks of it, that thing that had come out of his back had no intention of claiming his poor life.
As such, Song Shuhang heaved a sigh of relief.
"Shuhang!" Right at this time, a gentle voice echoed in his ears.
Next, someone gently embraced him from behind, and a delicate fragrance got into his nostrils.
This voice... was very familiar.
Song Shuhang used all his strength to turn his head around and look behind him, and it was at that time that he saw a familiar face.
It was a very good-looking girl. Her long brown hair was carefully braided into pigtails, and her long bangs faintly covered her eyes.
Her eye sockets were red, and there were still tears lingering in the corners of her eyes. From the looks of it, she had just finished crying.
"Shuhang, are you alright?" The voice of the girl was gentle, and her breath like orchids.
Anyway, the girl had a slender figure while Song Shuhang momentarily had a Hulk-like build. Therefore, it felt as if a little girl was hugging her father's big back from behind.
Song Shuhang immediately heaved a sigh of relief and squeezed out a warm smile. "Senior Sister Ye Si, so it was you!"
He had been really frightened to death earlier!
In this world, the scariest thing was a person trying to scare themselves to death!
In the end, what drilled out of his back wasn't that Heavenly Emperor, but Senior Sister Ye Si, who had disappeared since signing a contract with Song Shuhang and had now finally regained consciousness!
Therefore, he had been scaring himself for nothing while imagining all that stuff earlier.
"What happened to you? You look so weak." Senior Sister Ye Si placed her hands on Song Shuhang's large back and used a healing technique.
"Nothing, it's just that I've consumed too much energy all at once," Song Shuhang said in a soft voice. "Senior Sister Ye Si, you've absorbed all my true qi and physical energy when you came out just now. However, it's not a big deal, and I can recover my strength after resting a little bit. Right, there are some medicinal pills to replenish true qi and physical energy in my size-reducing purse. Senior Sister Ye Si, can you help me get them?"
Now that Senior Sister Ye Si had returned, it meant that Song Shuhang's ghost spirit cheat had been renewed and upgraded. Now, a brand-new ghost spirit system was online. It had even more features than before, and was only waiting for Song Shuhang to discover them.
When Senior Sister Ye Si drilled out of his body, Song Shuhang felt a strengthening feeling that he hadn't felt in a long time. It was precisely that strengthening feeling that the 'energy sharing' between the ghost spirit and its master would bring about.
In the next moment, Song Shuhang felt a burst of spiritual energy getting transmitted over from Senior Sister Ye Si's body, flowing into his dried up body.
All the Thirty-Three Divine Beasts' Innate True Qi inside Song Shuhang's body had been sucked dry earlier. Now, the spiritual energy that was transmitted over from Senior Sister Ye Si's body started to fill up his dried up eight dantian.
This feeling was simply too comfortable. It was the same as having an icy cold spring water flow into one's mouth and belly during the scorching hot summer when one was about to die from thirst.
In addition, Senior Sister Ye Si was a real Fifth Stage Spiritual Emperor! Even if Song Shuhang had randomly signed a contract with her, it didn't mean that her strength would be restricted due to the ghost spirit contract. And that wasn't all... after she signed this contract with Song Shuhang, even her realm, which hadn't advanced in a very long time, had now increased by a little bit!
In other words, the energy that Senior Sister Ye Si was transmitting back to Song Shuhang's body wasn't the 'liquefied true qi' of the Third Stage or the 'innate true yuan' of the Fourth Stage... it was 'spiritual energy' of the Fifth Stage Spiritual Emperor Realm!
Moreover, since Senior Sister Ye Si was now Song Shuhang's ghost spirit, there were going to be no consequences even after her spiritual energy had started to circulate in Song Shuhang's meridians.
It was somewhat similar to the 'strength imparting' process. After the spiritual energy had entered Song Shuhang's body, it would be automatically transformed into liquefied true qi of the Third Stage Realm by his body as time passed by.
However, this transformation was going to have a certain delay.
Before the transformation, the spiritual energy of the Fifth Stage rank would revolve into Song Shuhang's body according to the route of the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts' Technique❯.
Thereupon, when Senior Sister Ye Si's spiritual energy entered Song Shuhang's body, it immediately started to open his four great mysterious meridians.
The day before yesterday, when Song Shuhang came out of the cocoon, he opened the Dazzling Star Meridian of the four great mysterious meridians... and now that this formidable spiritual energy was transmitted over from Senior Sister Ye Si's body, it made Song Shuhang literally fly~