Ju Zi removed Huo Yuhao's torn clothing as Ke Ke watched her from afar. After that, she lifted him up and leaned him against a huge tree. She rubbed Huo Yuhao's blood onto the parts of his body that weren't injured.
Ju Zi was already breathing heavily at this point. The depletion of her energy left her extremely fatigued, and she felt she might faint at anytime. However, she was closely monitoring Huo Yuhao's heartbeat at this moment. Although Huo Yuhao's heartbeat was very slow, it was still beating. This was also her last shred of hope.
Ju Zi judged that Huo Yuhao had lost almost half of his blood from his injuries. This would be fatal for a normal person, but she could also sense that Huo Yuhao's life power was very strong. Even though he was critically injured, his heart was still beating resolutely.
"How is he?" Ke Ke walked over and asked after her soul power had been restored by the Milk Bottle. She passed a Milk Bottle to Ju Zi as well.
Ju Zi laughed bitterly and replied, "I don't know. A normal person should have caved in under such injuries. But he's still alive. I've stitched his wounds, but the shrapnel is still not out. Let's see whether he can survive beyond today. I'm only scared that he'll suffer from an infection. The shrapnel should be unclean. However, he's lost too much blood; everything depends on him now."
Ke Ke stripped off her outerwear and covered Huo Yuhao's blood-stained body. She looked at Ju Zi and laughed bitterly, "Sister Ju Zi, are you repaying your benefactor with your own body?"
Ju Zi turned red, and her cheeks turned rosy. "Don't talk nonsense. His blood has a special strength that is very beneficial for one's body. I'm returning the blood that stained me to heal his body."
Ke Ke squatted down and looked at Huo Yuhao. She said, "We both owe him our lives. Especially me. If I hadn't been so reckless, he wouldn't be in this state."
Ju Zi shook her head and said, "How can you be blamed? We were both in danger. I didn't even realize that he had arrived. But you're right. We owe him our lives."
Ke Ke focused and stood up. She said, "Sister Ju Zi, take a rest. I'll protect the both of you."
"Alright." Ju Zi acceded to her request and sat down close to Huo Yuhao.
Although Huo Yuhao's back was covered in blood, he wasn't hurt in front. There wasn't a single piece of fat on Huo Yuhao's well-developed body. Hongchen's Yearning had been reabsorbed into his chest as well.
If not for this Class 9 soul tool that produced an Invincible Barrier that was almost three times stronger than his own body, the three of them would have been blown to pieces.
Huo Yuhao's body was a little cold, Ju Zi was usingher body to warm him up. When her eyes shut, she fell asleep almost instantly. However, she wore a peaceful look on her face.
Only one man had held a place in her heart ever since she was young - her father. Her father had filled her childhood with fantastic memories, but had perished in war. Right now, someone else had unwittingly entered her heart. Even though he was injured, Ju Zi felt at ease as she hugged him. It was as if she had found a shelter to hide away from all her trials and tribulations.
After her close brush with death, she was in a weird state of mind. This weird state of mind was also extremely immersive.
Ju Zi was right. If Huo Yuhao's injuries were inflicted on someone else, that person would have been dead by now. The shrapnel wasn't from the all terrain exploration soul tool. The powerful shockwave was kept out by the Hongchen's Blessing. What really tore his skin and muscles were the soul tools on his body that blew apart in the explosion.
His life hung by a thread as he was protected by the Hongchen's Blessing and the Ice Empress' Armor. Ju Zi was right when she had tried to limit his blood loss. What she didn't know was that he wasn't destined to die once she stabilized his injuries.
How would Huo Yuhao, who had fused with the immense life power of Life Gold, die so easily? The strength within his blood came from the life power of Life Gold! This immense life power wasn't just in his blood, but was spread out all through his body, from his bones to his internal organs.
Huo Yuhao's life power started to return as he healed. The immense life power started to stimulate his bone marrow and increase the rate at which he created new blood. His energy was slowly restored, and his internal organs were being healed. It was treatment from the inside out.
Ke Ke didn't dare to sleep. Although she was exhausted, she had to hold on for their safety.
The sun in the sky rose higher and higher. The warm sunlight shone down on her and left her slightly hazy. After taking a small bite of some food, she restored her energy and chased away a few soul beasts who didn't have high cultivations.
She also came to check on Huo Yuhao and Ju Zi from time to time. She discovered that Huo Yuhao's body was slowly getting hotter and hotter, as if he had developed a fever. However, his temperature was still within an acceptable range. His pulse wasn't any weaker, either.
Ke Ke was completely clueless about healing. She didn't know what to do, and thus could only wait.
Ke Ke was on the verge of collapse when Ju Zi awoke from her sleep. Although her soul power had recovered, her mental energy was almost depleted since she had to be wary of soul beasts the whole time.
"Ke Ke, take a break. Let me take over for you," Ju Zi said to Ke Ke, who was muddle-headed by now.
Ke Ke stood up and rushed over to them, asking, "How is he?"
Ju Zi furrowed her brow and revealed a stunned look in her eyes. "His pulse is vibrant, and not as weak as before. Although his body temperature is higher than average, it's not too high. His breathing is also stable. He doesn't even seem like he was critically injured."
Ke Ke looked at Ju Zi in a daze. "Are you saying he's in a much better condition now?"
Ju Zi nodded her head, "It's unbelievable! How is this possible? He lost almost half his blood, and even sustained critical injuries. There's still shrapnel in his body. However, his pulse is beating normally. It's only been ten to twelve hours."
Ke Ke said, "Take a look at his back."
Ju Zi and Ke Ke carefully placed Huo Yuhao on a blanket that they set out. She also changed into clean clothing before taking off the outerwear Ke Ke had put on Huo Yuhao.
The pieces of shrapnel were still very horrifying, as if Huo Yuhao had grown spikes on his back. However, Ju Zi and Ke Ke were more shocked that none of his wounds had been infected. Although Ju Zi had rubbed some medicine on him, that had just been medicine for the treatment of common injuries.
"Is he human?" Ke Ke couldn't help but ask.
Ju Zi laughed bitterly. "I thought of a quote. Shrek only accept monsters, and not ordinary people. It seems like he really is a monster. Even a soul beast can't compare to his self-healing ability."
Ke Ke asked, "Should we remove the shrapnel?"
Ju Zi shook her head and said, "No, let's allow him to recover more. With his current healing speed, he should be awake soon. We can help him remove the shrapnel then."
As they spoke till here, the two of them looked at each other before heaving sighs of relief.
Ju Zi said, "It seems like we will have to spend the night here. Ke Ke, hold on for a while more. Let's pitch a tent to keep out the wind and rain. The mountains will also be colder at night. Let's take turns to keep watch at night."
Ke Ke hesitated for a while. "The tent is for one person. So I'm going to be with him in one tent?"
Ju Zi snapped, "I didn't even care when I tried to save him just now. What're you scared of? Furthermore, we can also watch him at a close distance. Don't worry, I won't reveal this to anyone. You must also keep this secret for me."
Ke Ke took a look at her and replied after a moment, "Alright, I'll take it as if he's my younger brother."
Ju Zi suddenly thought of something. "He's not that young either…"
The two of them were efficient. After Ju Zi had ten to twelve hours of rest, her body had already recovered. After she pitched the tent, Ke Ke went inside with Huo Yuhao and laid down beside him. She was so exhausted that she passed out instantly.
Ju Zi was the one on guard duty now. She was feeling much better now. She adjusted her soul tool defense line before adding some chemical items that had the effect of chasing soul beasts away.
Ju Zi discovered that her body felt much better, and even more vibrant. Not only was her fatigue gone, but she was filled with energy. Even her soul power seemed to have been enhanced.
Ju Zi couldn't help but wonder if it was her reward for being nice.