"You’re also surnamed Chu?" Chu Fei Ling was startled. [How can there be such a coincidence?]
"Yes. I’m called Chu Yang." Chu Yang's got excited in his heart. He chuckled and said, "It’s such a coincidence, isn’t it?"
"It sure is!" Chu Fei Ling’s heart was set into turmoil. [Could it be that he’s my son?] He secretly released his aura to gain a response from the Purple Jade Essence Pendant that his lost son had possessed. But, he got no response. He only detected a piece of purple jade in Chu Yang’s pocket. This was the same purple jade that Chu Yang had robbed from Ye Ran Mo.
He couldn’t help but sigh in his heart in a self-ridiculing manner. He scolded himself for having such greedy thoughts, [how can he be my own son? That’s just wishful thinking!]
[This young hero is extraordinary. He’s wise and full of tricks. He acts decisively. And, his methods are quite transcendental. Most importantly, he has that kind of incredible air about him. And, it takes a long time to nurture such a top-genius! He obviously comes from some great clan. His origin can never be ordinary.]
[I shouldn’t harbor such a delusion… even though I miss my son. I lost my son from the cradle in the Lower Three Heavens. I don’t even know whether he’s alive or dead. He may have been adopted, but I still don’t know whether he’s living comfortably or not. Perhaps he’s just a young woodcutter who chops wood in the mountains... how can he possibly grow up to be such a young hero?]
[These two are simply incomparable!]
Chu Fei Ling sighed sadly as he thought of this. [I think I’m going crazy thinking about my missing son...]
"What’s wrong? Is this medicine very difficult to find?" Chu Yang looked at him, and asked in a deeply concerned manner.
"It’s not generally difficult..." Chu Fei Ling gazed at the Raging Fire Mountain Range, and replied in a heavy tone, "If the raging fire mountain range doesn’t have it... then perhaps it doesn’t exist. It will be an item that only exists in the legends in that case..."
"Oh..." Chu Yang was silent a moment. He then asked, "What is this medicine that’s so difficult to find?"
Chu Fei Ling heaved a deep sigh. He thought of the disparity between his son and the young man in front of him. He thought of the cluster of messy situations that had built up in his clan. He thought of his own brother… who was trying to assassinate him. Then, he thought of the tragedy that had befallen his family… and his wife was depressed nowadays… A tinge of sadness suddenly rose in his heart. He spoke, "I will go look for it, ok."
He had unexpectedly avoided Chu Yang’s question.
He knew that Chu Yang had asked this question because he had intended to help. However... he already owed Chu Yang many favors. How could he feel right about accepting any more help?
Chu Fei Ling was a person with a proud and lofty disposition. How could he allow himself to owe endless favors to a person?
Chu Fei Ling’s figure accelerated, and burst into the Raging Fire Mountain Range. Chu Yang frowned, but followed after him.
The Sword Spirit analyzed the situation in his consciousness, and said, "He has come to the Raging Fire Mountain Range. This means that he’s looking for an elixir with a strong fire property. It’s very hard for such a medicine to grow. So, I think that the possibility of finding it may not be large."
Chu Yang nodded and replied, "Indeed. Most elixirs grow in the form of plants. And, even a person would get roasted within half-a-days’ time in such a burning hot place. So, its needless to mention the survive chance of plant…"
"Correct." Sword Spirit heaved a deep sigh and said, "I can tell that you are hitting it off well with him, and that you wish to help him out. I suggest that you make use of Sword Point’s searching ability… perhaps you will have an unexpected harvest. You never know…"
"Ok." Chu Yang nodded gently.
The Nine Tribulations Sword’s Sword Point silently emerged from Chu Yang’s fingertip the next moment.
The two people went halfway into the Raging Fire Mountain Range. But, Chu Fei Ling’s complexion sank more and more with every passing step. [It’s just nowhere to be found!]
Chu Yang suddenly noticed that the Sword Point suddenly vibrated at this time, and pointed eastward. Chu Yang got excited and spoke-up, "Let's go check out that side."
"Alright." Chu Fei Ling nodded.
The figures of these two people seemingly flew-out in that direction. Chu Yang was intentionally or unintentionally in front of Chu Fei Ling. They turned a corner, and a burst of herbal fragrance suddenly reached their noses. Chu Yang got very excited. However, a disappointed look appeared on Chu Fei Ling’s face.
It was impossible for the Mysterious Yang Jade Essence and Mysterious Yang Jade to issue such fragrance!
They went close, and saw that there was miraculously a piece of vacant land amidst the raging hot fire. There was a tunnel entrance in the ground, and the herbal fragrance was coming out of it.
An ordinary person couldn’t withstand such hot temperature! Even the so-called ‘Second Grade King Level Expert’ like Chu Yang perhaps wouldn’t be able to withstand it if he didn’t have the ‘Seven Yin Cold Energy’ in his body.
"There’s some medicine inside this!" Chu Yang’s eyes lit-up.
Chu Fei Ling smiled solemnly and said, "Wait here. I will go in and fetch it. Then, I will give it to you!" He spoke this, and took a step. His palms issued a purple saber light. He grabbed the stone at the cave’s mouth. Then, he lifted up this big chunk of iron-like purple-red stone with a loud ‘ha!’. The larger cave mouth in the back was revealed as a result.
Chu Fei Ling’s figure flashed like lightning, and went in!
Chu Yang only heard a muffled snort that came from inside. This was followed by a burst of fighting sounds. Chu Fei Ling came flying out soon after. He was holding a lump of purple-red soil in one hand. It was giving-off choking hot heat. A mildly purple crystal-like Spirit Mushroom was rooted in this lump of soil. It was sparkling and translucent. It looked quite beautiful. That rich herbal fragrance had been coming from this spirit mushroom.
The Sword Point shook in a rhythmic fashion. It looked very excited.
"Sea of Fire Purple Crystal Spirit Mushroom…" Sword Spirit said with a sigh, "It looks like it has been cooked for more than 3000 years. Its value would’ve been immeasurable if its whole body had turned purple."
Chu Yang laughed in his heart. He knew why the Sword Spirit was sighing with sorrow. That was because this spirit mushroom hadn’t matured enough. It was evident that the Sword Spirit would wish to use his accelerated ripening method on it…
Chu Fei Ling held a silver white monster snake in the other hand. It was as thick as the wrist. He had already killed it by cutting off its vital part. "To think that there was such a monster keeping watch over this elixir. Its skins and flesh are quite rugged." Chu Fei Ling smiled, and handed over the Purple Crystal Spirit Mushroom, "Little Brother, I give this to you!"
"You don’t want it?" Chu Yang was stunned as he asked, "Isn’t this the medicine you were looking for?"
"No." Chu Fei Ling replied. Then, he tossed the Purple Crystal Spirit Mushroom over to Chu Yang. He skillfully skinned the silver white snake, and scooped its core out. He then said, "This is a rare Star Silver Snake. Don’t let its small size fool you. It’s at least regarded as a Seven Grade Spirit Beast! Its scales are impervious to weapons, and can even evade vital energy attacks. Its inner core has gained a bit of ‘pure yang power’ since it has stayed in the raging fire! It might be of some use in treating my father’s injury. I would like to oblige you, but please let me keep this one, Little Brother."
Chu Fei Ling neatly and efficient stripped the scales, and offered the entire snake body to Chu Yang, "This snake’s meat can incite the source of spiritual power. Consume it every day to increase your cultivation. Moreover, this snake skin can be turned into a small waistcoat that can protect the important parts of your body. It is considered as the most precious asset of a travelling Jianghu person."
Chu Yang bluntly accepted the items. He knew that Chu Fei Ling wasn’t being polite to him. In fact, refusing to accept would seem like an attempt to estrange him.
He accepted these two items. But, Chu Yang finally couldn’t bear anymore and asked, "This Purple Crystal Spirit Mushroom is also considered as a priceless treasure. Moreover, perhaps there aren’t many elixirs in this Raging Fire Mountain Range. What kind of elixir are you looking for that’s so hard to find?"
"I have basically reached a conclusion about this Raging Fire Mountain Range after having seen the Purple Crystal Spirit Mushroom. That Purple Crystal Spirit Mushroom wouldn’t have been able to grow here if that item was here." Chu Fei Ling heaved a deep sigh and said, "My father has been poisoned by the cold blood poison of a Monarch Level Expert of the Three Stars Divine Clan. Mysterious Yang Jade is required to treat him... Sigh… it isn’t here. It seems that I must go elsewhere to try my luck."
Mysterious Yang Jade! He had ‘only’ dared to pin his hopes on the Mysterious Yang Jade. After all, wasn’t that ‘merely’ a legendary item?
Chu Fei Ling seemed reluctant to leave as he looked at Chu Yang. He then spoke in a heavy voice, "Little Brother, I have to leave the Raging Fire Mountain Range. So, I must bid farewell to you. Take care of yourself."
"The poison of cold blood…?" Chu Yang opened his eyes wide, "The Mysterious Yang Jade?!"
He suddenly patted his thigh, "Fu*k! Why didn’t you say that earlier?"
He had never expected that the elixir Chu Fei Ling had been looking for would ‘actually’ be in his possession. In fact, he had a big pile of it…
The Sword Spirit’s face twitched in Nine Tribulations Space. He gnashed his teeth. [Spendthrift ah! Prodigal ah. You will soon squander all our fortunes...]
[You motherfu*ker! You think managing this Mysterious Yang Jade is easy for me…]
Sword Spirit looked at the pile of Mysterious Yang Jade that lay before him, and sighed sadly. However, he had no choice but to take out two pieces. Chu Yang’s voice rang in his thought, "I will take a good one! I want it to be from the center so that it’s at least a fist-sized one!"
Sword Spirit’s eyes turned moist... [this bastard! His generosity is so over the top.] He endured the heartache as he broke-off a small chunk from the central position... he felt as if it was a drop of blood from his own heart…
However, he didn’t know the feelings in Chu Yang’s heart. [I must be careful. This injured person is probably from my grandfather’s generation...]
Chu Yang was unsure about his own life’s history. Moreover, he was undecided about what he wanted to do in his life… but, he couldn’t allow someone to die, and not do something about it!
Not to mention... he didn’t know that the person in front of him was being opposed by whom in the clan. However, Chu Yang would be in big trouble if the person opposing this man turned out to be his own biological father… Returning to his birth clan and getting their recognition would be like setting foot on the road to hell if that were the case...
Meanwhile, Chu Fei Ling’s face had turned red with excitement. He looked at Chu Yang in disbelief, "Little Brother, you... you..." He wanted to ask, [Do you have the Mysterious Yang Jade?] However, he was extremely scared of disappointment. So, he didn’t dare to ask out loud. However, his heart had started to beat faster and faster. In fact, he felt as if his heart would jump out of his throat any moment.
"Isn’t it ‘just’ the Mysterious Yang Jade?" Prodigal Chu spoke-up in a deemphasizing manner… as if it was no big deal. In fact, he seemed like a pretentious prick, "I thought it would be some great stuff… when I saw you worrying about it."
Chu Fei Ling nearly fainted!
[What did he say just now? Isn’t that ‘just’... Mysterious Yang jade…? How can you talk like that about it? This is the most precious item on the entire Nine Heavens Continent! My little darling!]
"In that case... you... have it?!" Chu Fei Ling cautiously asked.
"I have a Mysterious Yang Jade Core here... don’t know whether it would be of any use…?" Chu Yang overturned his hand. A piece of pink and transparent Mysterious Yang Jade appeared in his palm. It was the size of a fist. The high temperature in the surroundings receded the moment it was taken out. In fact, the temperature had suddenly become warm and comfortable.
Chu Fei Ling eyes straightened up in the blink of an eye! His eyes attentively stared at this piece of Mysterious Yang Jade Core… without even sparing a blink. He had nearly begun to weep! [This… is my old father's life!]
[The Mysterious Yang Jade Core!]
A myriad of feelings welled-up inside Chu Fei Ling’s heart. [I just needed the Mysterious Yang Jade, but this Little Brother took out such a big Mysterious Yang Jade Core!]
[This is such a big favor! This is an enormous display of esteemed kindness and invaluable friendship!]
Chu Fei Ling's eyes had turned moist.