Chapter 16: “Divine Beast Little Roar”
She picked up the interspatial ring and the stone as she inspected them closely. She poured in Spiritual Energy to inspect them separately and still could not find anything special. She then put the stone down and used a small knife and pricked her finger as she let the blood drip onto the interspatial ring. She stared at it intently, watching in marvel as her crimson blood seemed to have disappeared into the ring although she had witnessed it touching the ring. She felt a sense of closeness and realized that her link with the ring had been established. Just as she was curious and focused her thoughts on the interior of the ring, she felt as if her consciousness was sucked away into a different space.
"I’m inside the ring?" Sima You Yue couldn’t help but stare wide eyed as she took in her surroundings. She was surprised to find herself standing in a space the size of a room as she excitedly said out loud: "From now on, going out will be so much more convenient! I can store everything in here!"
Her consciousness swept the entire room in its entirety and she had a grasp of how it worked. As she retracted her consciousness, she heard a voice in her head cry out.
"Hahahahahahah! This little Master has finally awoken!"
Sima You Yue was startled as she subconsciously asked: "Who is it?"
"Huh?" The other voice paused for a while and there was silence. Suddenly, the voice exclaimed: "You actually don’t remember me?!"
Sima You Yue scanned her surroundings and saw nothing, where did the voice come from?
"Sniff sniff, I can’t believe you actually forgot about this Little Master." The voice whimpered out indignantly.
"Who are you?"
"I am Little Roar! You really can’t remember me?" A voice filled with grievance echoed in her head which further confused her.
"Monkey? Haha, You are a monkey?" She asked out loud.
(*TL: Little Roar's name in chinese is Hou and it can also mean monkey. It sounds similar, only when reading it, would you be able to see the difference)
"You are the monkey! You were the one who named me!" Little Roar cried out.
While Sima You Yue was still in her stupor, a figure came out from her body and floated in front of her.
"Hmm, you're not a monkey but a rabbit!" Sima You Yue looked at it from head to toe and after affirming it, she nodded contentedly.
Rabbit? How am I a rabbit?! I am Hou! The Ancient Sacred Beast Hou!" Little Roar yelled at her in exasperation.
Sima You Yue touched her own noise in embarrassment and asked: "Sacred Beast Hou?…Little Roar?"
"You’ve finally remembered me?" Little Roar asked.
"Not really." She seriously answered.
"Then how did you know that I’m called Little Roar?" It asked earnestly.
"Didn’t you just say it yourself…?" Sima You Yue carefully answered…as she looked at this creature once again. This creature's IQ was way lower than a human's.
"Oh, did I?"
"How are you in my body? Also, just now you mentioned that you've finally awoken. What do you mean by that?" Sima You Yue who was speechless at the way the little rabbit appeared could not help but ask.
"I have a contract with you, so where else would I be other than in your body?" Little Hou asked.
"That's right! We are bound with a Spiritual Contract and although you then died, your spirit was still around and I followed you here." Little Roar replied.
"Why then did you not appear till now?" Sima You Yue continued to ask.
"Didn't I just tell you? I was in a deep sleep!" Little Roar explained: "You were hurt, and the injuries spread to me as well and I was recuperating in my sleep. I did not expect you to have forgotten me when I woke up….. Wah~"
Little was so sad he started sobbing and the tears dripped onto Sima You Yue, as an invigorating sensation of relaxation came over her.
"Your tears are amazing." Sima You Yue exclaimed.
"I am a Charm Beast, of course you will feel good." Little Roar retorted.
"Really!" Sima You Yue stared at Little Roar intrigued and said: "You mentioned you got hurt earlier, how did that happen? And, how did we come to be bound in a contract? I don't remember having ever seen you!"
"Wah~ Wah~ Yue Yue! You are so detestable! I don't like you anymore! How could you ever forget your adorable Little Roar? Luckily I entered into a Spiritual Contract with you earlier or I would never have been able to find you! Wah~ Wah~ But now, Yue Yue has completely forgotten about Little Roar altogether!" Little Roar wept sadly.
Seeing Little Roar in such a state made Sima You Yue suddenly overcome with a sad feeling in her heart as well, seemingly having been affected by Little Roar's emotions. She carried Little Roar into her arms, gently stroking at its fur and said: "I'm sorry, I really can't remember. But I can feel the link between us. When you are sad, I feel it in my heart as well."
Little Roar stretched out a short front paw and rubbed it over its face and said: "Maybe your spirit was damaged and it has caused you to forget your previous life? I will go take a look."
Upon finishing the sentence, Little Roar suddenly vanished from within Sima You Yue's arms and quickly reappeared. But its face was looking rather concerned as it stared at Sima You Yue to say: "Your memories have completely disappeared. No wonder you do not remember me."
"Memories? What memories?" Sima You Yue raised Little Roar up before her eyes and asked.
"It wouldn't help even if I told you. You will have to find those memories back on your own." Little Roar replied.
"Recently, I have been feeling that I am missing some memories as well. Sometimes my mind feels a little empty, feeling like I am forgetting something very important. But if it was that important, why do I not remember a thing about it?" Sima You Yue released Little Roar and put both her hands on her head, as her face twisted up in frustration.
"Yue Yue, don't get so frustrated. That will not help you get back your memories." Little Roar said.
Sima You Yue turned to Little Roar and asked: "Little Roar, you know of a way?"
Little scratched at its tiny head for awhile before it finally said: "I think it must be due to your spirit having been damaged, that caused you to forget what happened in the past. As your spirit gradually restores itself, you should be able to remember them again."
"But how do you restore the spirit?"
"Eat things that are beneficial to the spirit, and also cultivate. Once you reach a certain level, you will be able to restore your spirit." Little Roar replied.
Suddenly, Little Roar saw the stone in the box. It cried out in surprise and pointed at the stone: "That….. that is the Spirit Pearl?"
Sima You Yue saw Little Roar's agitated reaction and she asked: "You know of this thing?"
"Of course I know about it!" Little Roar's eyes lit up as it flashed to come before the Spirit Pearl. It stretch out its two short paws and started caressing the pearl, its drool almost dripping out of its mouth.
"My cheapo father said this was a divine item handed down from far ancient times, and it will only acknowledge the destined one as its owner." Sima You Yue said.
Little Roar was still caressing the Spirit Pearl as it nodded vehemently and said: "Yes, yes. A pity no one knows what kind of use this pearl has. Yue Yue, come here quickly and see if it will acknowledge you as its owner! I heard that this is a magical item of the highest divinity and it will be great is you can gain its acceptance."
"Really?" Sima You Yue looked at Little Roar skeptically.
"Really! Come, come, come. Come try!" Little Roar carried the Spirit Pearl to come right before Sima You Yue and urged excitedly.
"Err….." Sima You Yue hesitated, but when she saw Little Roar's earnest face and so filled with excitement, she took the Spirit Pearl and said: "Alright, I'll give it a try."
"Yup, yup." Little Roar leapt up onto Sima You Yue's shoulder and said: "Yue Yue, quick, quick."
But Sima You Yue did not know what she must do to make the Spirit Pearl acknowledge her and just as she was thinking what kind of ritual she must carry out when Little Roar suddenly just came over and pulled apart the wound earlier inflicted on her finger and as there was not much blood, Little Roar pushed her finger directly on to the surface of the Spirit Pearl.
At first, there was completely no reaction from the Spirit Pearl. The blood had not melded into the pearl yet. And just as she was about to give up, the blood was suddenly absorbed into the pearl and she had wanted to remove her finger thinking the process was finished when she found that she could not move it.
Not only that, Sima You Yue felt as if her finger had been bitten and an excruciating pain suddenly poured into her as she felt her blood surge out of her through her finger. She was soon giddy from the sudden loss of blood and the next moment, the world turned suddenly black and she fell onto the bed.
Before she lost consciousness, she heard Little Roar calling out to her worriedly and she cursed in her heart: "You little con! You just killed me!"
*Can you see Little Roar on her shoulder?
TL: 小吼 (xiǎo hǒu) is Little Roar’s chinese name. 猴子(hóu zi) means monkey in chinese.
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