Chapter 1: Mysterious boy
Late at night, moonlight bounced off the ripples on the water, the surroundings stood still and calm.
A beautiful girl quietly left the room and sneaked out to open the backyard gate. A red flush crept in to her porcelain-smooth cheeks, making it difficult to hide her nervousness, expectation, and embarrassment.
The girl's attire was simple, yet she looked very attractive. She was tall, her chest was tightly wrapped; her reed-slim waist was like a snake full of vigour. An ultra-short leather skirt clung to her bottom and showed off the curve of her perfectly round buttocks. Her thighs were round and delicate like white jade, slender and straight with no gap, full of youthful vigour.
In front, a teenager stood quietly under the moonlight, probably around 15 to 16 years old. He had a handsome face, fair skin, tall stature, and was dressed in coarse hemp garments. Even so, the garments could not conceal his outstanding traits. His pair of eyes were like stars in the night sky, shining with a touch of mystery and profoundness.
"Sorry to keep you waiting, Chu Tian." Meng Ying Ying's voice trembled as she said, "Everyone is asleep, quickly come over, we will go up into my room quietly."
She underwent psychological pressure for over a month before she finally decided to indulge herself.
A person's youth may be short, but it should be full of bliss.
Meng Ying Ying was very nervous. One of her very experienced girlfriends once said that if Chu Tian could give an outstanding performances every night, she would be able to lead a comfortable and happy life; she even would eventually find her old-fashioned beliefs silly. If you had money, then you ought to enjoy yourself. If you didn't, would it not waste your family's generous financial conditions?
If this was found out, then her reputation might be ruined.
But Meng Ying Ying found it difficult to resist the temptation. When she was about 12 or 13 years old, she often fantasized about having such a person around.
Meng Ying Ying closed the door. She seemed stiff, her thin nose was covered with tiny little droplets of sweat, and her beautiful cheeks flushed bright red. Her midsection was tightly bounded by garments that pushed her breasts up, making it seem as if they would burst out any moment. Her little hands were moist and constantly clenched, not knowing where to put them.
The bedroom was bright and spacious, richly decorated with marble flooring and hand carved wooden bed inside. There were strange lights which emitted a soft light; they were carved from a crystal into the shape of a lotus so they appeared like a beautiful piece of art. The walls were covered with murals and the table filled with books. The pink bed canopy with flowing sheer curtains brought a faint fragrance that gently permeated the room; creating an ethereal romantic atmosphere. This was a good place to have an affair.
Chu Tian curiously asked: "Is this your first time doing this kind of thing?"
Meng Ying Ying lowered her flushed face: "Mhm… first time."
Chu Tian smiled and said: "A pure wealthy miss like you is very rare."
Meng Ying Ying was slightly embarrassed and asked with her mosquito thin voice: "The trafficker said you received special training and is an expert in this field. Are you really experienced?"
Chu Tian shrugged: "I believe there is no problem."
Meng Ying Ying found that when Chu Tian spoke, his attitude was neither humble nor pushy, neither slow nor fast. Not like other slaves, he had the appearance of a highly educated person. The trafficker said that Chu Tian was a noble, but due to special circumstances, his family members were all killed. He was hunted down, reduced to slavery and was finally bought by Meng Ying Ying.
To let a lonely noble teenager to do this kind of embarrassing thing…
Tonight I must carefully test his ability. Hopefully he's not just an empty shell and actually has the ability to satisfy all my needs!
Meng Ying Ying whispered: "I will get prepared; you take off your clothes first!"
Tonight will be a sleepless night, one must prepare for battle.
Chu Tian took off his coat and placed it on the table.
"Help me with this!"
Meng Ying struggled to pull out a large wooden crate.
Large piles of books and scrolls piled up on the table.
Meng Ying Ying embarrassingly smiled: "I have accumulated a whole month of homework right here. The master will inspect it tomorrow. I have not yet answered a single problem. I will leave this to you and see if you can solve it."
Having spent half a year worth of pocket money to buy him, if he proves his worth, then I will have plenty of time to relax and play!
Meng Ying Ying very much looked forward to it!
"This is more than I thought there would be." Chu Tian opened a paper talisman filled with complex shapes and patterns. His mouth revealed a smile of contempt: "You should go to sleep and don't worry about this homework."
(TL Note: Talisman - Refer to this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulu .)
"Ah, you don't know?" Meng Ying Ying's face was full of disappointment, "This is an incomplete fireball talisman. Level 1 talisman structure is too complicated, so repairing it will be difficult. Only a real talisman expert can complete this. But the master does not require us to completely repair it. This is a correction exercise. The charm has 12 errors and you only have to find 5 to pass. There is a reference book, can you please look into it."
Chu Tian's dark eyes flashed in amazement: "This is considered difficult?"
Meng Ying Ying slightly puzzled: "Is it not difficult?"
"This is not even something you can lie to a child about!" Chu Tian laughed: "The intelligence of people of your time is a bit too low!"
Meng Ying Ying confused: "Our time? What do you mean!"
Chu Tian realized he said something that he shouldn't, and immediately changed the subject: "Ok, let's not talk about that, you first bring me the hardest problem you have."
"My master is Zhang Li Qing. He is the leader of the Scrivener Guild within the city, specializes in making talisman. He has a high reputation so even the mayor has to give his respect. Are you sure you want to look at the hardest problem?"
Chu Tian unfazed: "Bring it out."
Left with no alternatives, Meng Ying Ying could only do as he said and laid out the huge scroll. The scroll contained many complex diagrams, like many spider webs stacked on top of each other. Ordinary people would get dizzy just by looking at it.
"This is a new earth elemental talisman my master has been researching. After 80% of his intensive research, he hit a stalemate in his research line and could not proceed further anymore. Because he could not come up with anything else, he published the blueprint to search for new inspirations in order to complete it. I was curious and brought one back at that time, but I could not understand it at all, let alone give a useful feedback on it. I suggest you not to waste your time, since it is not something that ordinary people can understand."
Chu Tian took a glance and said: "This is a mere level 1 earth elemental talisman blueprint, very rough, undeveloped, off the mark, low standard, and incomplete."
He took only one glance to recognize the type of talisman?
Such a feat should be almost impossible!
Because a normal person would take at least several days to figure it out!
Meng Ying Ying was shocked and surprised: "Have you already looked at the blueprint before?"
Chu Tian was too lazy to explain: "Bring me a pen."
Meng Ying Ying was very suspicious and handed over a red crystal pen. Can this boy really understand the master's blueprint?
"This is wrong, that is wrong, wrong, wrong….. All wrong!" Chu Tian quickly made a dozen red circles on the blueprint: "Diagram errors, runes overlapping, confusing logics, absurd ideas….. beginner's mistakes all over the place. Is this really talisman engineering? This is simply a perfect collection of mistakes. Even though your master is brainless, but I will praise him for having the guts to release this rubbish out to the public."
Chu Tian quickly made a dozen marks and left relevant notes in the blank spaces.
"You are the brainless one! How can you say that about Master Zhang!"
She had a feeling that Chu Tian was just a big liar.
Even though you are a noble and received a good education… How old do you think you are? To dare judge Master Zhang Li Qing like this.
He was simply crazy and arrogant to the extreme!
Meng Ying Ying had completely given up hope on Chu Tian, and angrily lessoned: "At the time when blueprint was released, it caused an uproar in Tian Nan City! Master has studied magic formations and talismans for decades, and thus has remarkable achievements in the field. What right do you have to say he is unworthy? And…..Hey! Hey! What are you doing? Are you listening to me? What kind of weird stuff are you drawing!"
In only a few minutes, just a few short minutes!
Chu Tian had completed a brand new blueprint on the back of the scroll!
The newly formed blueprint was less than half the size of the original. The runes were neatly and orderly arranged. Every rune looked like the precise result of a thousand trails. Every stroke in the blueprint was wonderfully artistic. As a whole, it gave a sense of perfection, of nature itself.
One could make people dizzy and uncomfortable, yet the other one gave them the same enjoyment as of looking at art. Two polar opposite experiences.
When Meng Ying Ying came over to look, her beautiful eyes widened in surprise.
She dared to swear to God, that this was the most beautiful talisman blueprint she ever had seen in her life. It had a mysterious power to captivate people. Simply a textbook perfect piece of work!
Not even the great classical textbooks can be compared with this talisman. Even though Meng Ying Ying could not understand the content, but from a structural and artistic point of view, it was way ahead of the materials in textbooks.
Meng Ying Ying became more captivated the more she looked at it. She unconsciously started bending over, almost lying on the table. Her heavy bust tightly pressed against her collar, exposing her round curvaceous cleavage. The tightly encased bust raised two peaks, leaving a deep trench down the middle, enough to excite the imagination of any man.
I haven't expected, this young missy is muse to her age even though she is so young.
Is this the legendary "you can only imagine but cannot be sought" busty loli?
I wonder how they feel to touch…
Meng Ying Ying did not notice that she was exposing too much, and thus stayed captivated for a whole 5 minutes. She raised her head and spoke: "I cannot understand this at all, but your work is very beautiful."
"Level 1 Stone Skin Talisman, this is after I have rectified the original design and completed the subsequent parts." Chu Tian said to the adorable missy: "But being limited by your master's original design, this is the worst piece of work I have ever made. When you take it outside, do not say it was done by me."
Chu Tian said it - not because he was worried about his reputation, but because he didn't want to expose his capabilities too soon.
Meng Ying Ying dopily nodded.
Did she not realize what this all meant?
Forty-two thousand years ago, human philosophers discovered a way to cultivate magical power, giving humans the ability to establish a foothold on this land.
Twenty-six thousand five hundred years ago, humans discovered the secret of magic formations, causing a substantial increase in productivity, enabling civilization to make the transition from tribes to empires.
Fourteen thousand two hundred years ago, humans learned how to craft talismans. Since then, wars erupted and empires grew bigger. Talismans became a cultivator's most important consumable. Talismans were associated with the strength of a cultivator, the strength of an army, and the strength of a country.
How could the birth of a new talisman not cause an uproar?
It represented unlimited wealth, honour, and prestige!
Meng Ying Ying only followed a simple train of thought. The only thing she was worried about was whether or not this mysterious fellow was truly dependable, and if he can finish her homework for her. Because all of this was on her mind, she could not fall asleep, so she just sat at the side of the table, worried that Chu Tian might slack off on the job.
She noticed that whether it was a hard and profound problem or a simple elementary problem, there was absolutely no difference to Chu Tian. He could find the solution in an instant, like someone that practiced this a thousand times and had already known all the answers. He completed each exercise at a lightning pace.
These flawless runes and formations, those extremely sophisticated arrangements and profound combinations was beautiful works of art, definitely not possible from a random scribble.
She found that watching Chu Tian working was akin to watching an artist painting. The whole process was free and effortless, filled with an aesthetic prowess.
Neither sluggish nor dead. Each stroke was precise, as if imbuing nature itself.
Meng Ying Ying was so absorbed into watching, she felt like she was enjoying a feast for both her eyes and her brain. An hour and a half had gone by unnoticed; more than 100 sheets of homework were neatly stacked on top of the table.
Chu Tian got up and stretched: "So bored, I almost fell asleep."
Meng Ying Ying could not resist and pinched her white thighs…Ouch!
This really is happening! This is not a dream! This guy has just completed a month's worth of homework in less than two hours.
"This task had no challenge to it, do you need any other services done?" Chu Tian said as he stared at the maiden's pair of legs. Very white, very long, very mellow, very beautiful, just like a white jade carving. "Massages, baths, or even accompany others in bed. I am very experienced. Do you want to give it a try?"
Meng Ying Ying's cheeks reddened: "No way!"
"How regretful, then I shall take my leave."
Meng Ying Ying quickly asked: "Where to?"
Chu Tian yawned: "You know that I was held captive at a slave market. I went for several days without a good sleep but I finally found a good place now. What? Do you want to sleep with me?"
What is this guy's brain full of!
"Pei! No ivory will come out of a dog's mouth!" Meng Ying Ying quickly explained, "Let me tell you this, there are many bad guys in the city so I arranged an identity for you. You will be our family's new culinary apprentice. There is an empty room in the house. Here, take this key."
(TL Note: No ivory will come out of a dog's mouth. - Something that is impossible.)
This missy sure is thoughtful.
When Chu Tian took the key and was ready to leave, he suddenly heard the sound of footsteps coming from the yard.
Chu Tian said as he knitted his brows: "Weird, I think someone is coming."
Meng Ying Ying's expression immediately changed: "This is bad, it's JieJie! Hurry up and hide!"
(TL Note: JieJie(姐姐) means elder sister or used by girls to refer to an older girl they are close to.)
TL: Face Mcbashy
Editors: Conan143, Gem
Translated by Novelsground team