Wang Qiu'er turned and glanced at him as she said, "It doesn't make a difference even if we meet up with the others in your current state. You should try to recover first. Plus, I can't remember the way back, so we can only find our way slowly."
Huo Yuhao naturally knew that her words made a lot of sense, and nodded while sitting down cross-legged and beginning to replenish his soul power.
Wang Qiu'er stood by his side and protected him.
Huo Yuhao hadn't consumed that much soul power, so it didn't take long for him to recover. However, his spiritual wound had to be nurtured slowly. Huo Yuhao managed to completely stabilize his spiritual sea and regain all his soul power, and he leapt to his feet at once.
"Do you need to rest?" he asked Wang Qiu'er.
Wang Qiu'er shook her head.
Huo Yuhao said, "Let's go, then. Let's get back to the others as fast as we can." He immediately began racing in the direction that they came from as he spoke.
Wang Qiu'er caught up to him quickly.
"Huo Yuhao, are you in such a hurry to return to the others because of the company, or because of her?" Wang Qiu'er suddenly asked as they ran.
Huo Yuhao naturally knew which "her" she was referring to, and he shot an astonished glance at Wang Qiu'er. This question totally didn't conform with her typical style!
"A little bit of both. I want to get back for the company, and also for Dong'er. These two things aren't mutually exclusive," Huo Yuhao answered.
Wang Qiu'er pursued the issue and said, "The main reason is still her, right?"
Huo Yuhao frowned and said, "Why do you ask?"
Wang Qiu'er changed tack and said, "Let's give it a name."
Huo Yuhao wasn't used to her style of suddenly changing topics, and was momentarily at a loss as he said, "Give what a name?"
Wang Qiu'er said, "Let's give our martial soul fusion skill a name."
Huo Yuhao finally realized what she was referring to and said, "Ah, yes. We should give it a name. I didn't expect the two of us to have a martial soul fusion skill, and our martial souls fused after the first time our soul powers came into contact. That's unimaginable."
Wang Qiu'er replied coldly, "What's so unimaginable about that? Are you telling me that only you and her can have martial soul fusion skills?"
Huo Yuhao was a little speechless as he said, "And yet you tell me that Dong'er feels hostile toward you; aren't you the same toward her? I really don't understand. The two of you look so similar, but you guys aren't more intimate because of that. Instead, the two of you start antagonizing each other. You girls, what are you thinking about?"
Wang Qiu'er's eyes became a little more tender as she gazed into the distance and said, "You will understand one day."
Huo Yuhao shook his head in exasperation. The two of them quieted down and continued on their way.
After a few minutes, Huo Yuhao said, "Our martial soul fusion skill can be called the Dragon Roar of Destiny, how about that? I originally thought that my twin martial souls would create two martial soul fusion skills with you, but I didn't expect all three martial souls to fuse together. I can feel that our fusion skill is more powerful than any one of my four fusion skills with Dong'er. However, just one instance consumes too much soul power, and Zhong Liren escaped too quickly, so we didn't get to test its true strength."
Wang Qiu'er muttered the name that Huo Yuhao had suggested over and over again. "Dragon Roar of Destiny, Dragon Roar of Destiny… Can it be that this is my destiny? I didn't think…"
She finally paused when she said those words, as if she realized she had said something she wasn't supposed to say.
"You didn't think about what?" Huo Yuhao continued asking.
Wang Qiu'er shook her head and said, "Nothing. Let's just call it the Dragon Roar of Destiny. The reason why we consume so much soul power is because every strike after our fusion carries a peculiar power, and I'm willing to call that judgment Destiny's Judgment. The effects will be extremely terrifying if someone is struck by Destiny's Judgement. That evil soul master has eight soul rings, but I know that we would probably have taken half his life away if I had managed to stab him."
Huo Yuhao asked suspiciously, "Destiny's Judgment? That may be the effect that my Eye of Destiny carries. But how different is it when it's used along with your attacks?"
Wang Qiu'er said plainly, "I can feel it. That power of judgement is awakened by the Dragon Roar of Destiny, and its effects will remain on the target for eternity if it strikes someone. Furthermore, it can only be misfortune."
"That…" Huo Yuhao drew a cold breath.
Misfortune for the rest of one's life… no wonder Wang Qiu'er thinks that Destiny's Judgement is exceedingly formidable when used with her Golden Dragon Spear! Having to live with terribly bad luck for the rest of one's life is more painful than death! If Zhong Liren hadn't run away fast enough, he would probably have been the first person to have a taste of a lifetime of misfortune!
Wang Qiu'er said, "The truth is that I don't think we only have one martial soul fusion skill. The Dragon Roar of Destiny can work in reverse. If you have enough spiritual power, you can become the main attacking strength. That way, I will transform into armor on your body, and I will amplify all your abilities while passing some of my own to you. I believe your attacks would also contain Destiny's Judgment."
Huo Yuhao stared at her with a strange look and said, "How do you know all this? We have never experimented before!"
Wang Qiu'er glanced at him, but there was a tinge of doubt in her eyes. "You also possess an Ultimate martial soul. Do you not know about Ultimate innate skills?"
Huo Yuhao was momentarily stunned. "Ultimate innate skills? What's that?"
Wang Qiu'er seemed like she had a revelation as she said, "I understand now. Your Ultimate innate skill is the extreme cold from your ice element. It seems like your martial soul is still slightly inferior to mine. We who possess Ultimate martial souls will normally have innate skills like soul beasts sometimes do. Your Ultimate innate skill must be the pure and extreme cold. Or, you haven't unlocked it yet."
Huo Yuhao was even more confused. "Your ability to immediately understand the profundities of our martial soul fusion is related to your Ultimate innate skill?"
Wang Qiu'er nodded and said, "I have three innate skills: Golden Dragon's Pride, Golden Dragon's Perception, and the…" She stopped talking, and didn't reveal her last innate skill.
"With Golden Dragon's Perception, I possess an almost three-dimensional perception. It's a little bit difficult to understand when I talk about it, but simply put, it just means that I can perceive some things that you're unable to see, and I will develop a deep understanding of the things that I perceive.
"You've already seen what the Golden Dragon's Pride is and what it does. It relies on the energies of the Golden Dragon's lineage, and I am able to temporarily control a single soul beast when I'm using Golden Dragon's Pride. I can maintain it for a certain period of time as long as I don't attack it."
Huo Yuhao was astonished. "Even a soul beast at the Darkgolden Terrorclaw Bear's level can be controlled through Golden Dragon's Pride?"
Wang Qiu'er nodded and said, "I know you would doubt me if I didn't explain this to you. Please keep my secret."
"Alright." Huo Yuhao immediately agreed. He had a lot of secrets himself, and Wang Qiu'er telling him about it meant she had decided to trust him. Their relationship had clearly become a lot more intimate after this battle. It wasn't just because the strange martial soul fusion between them had occurred. More importantly, Huo Yuhao had reached out to save her, and that melted the iciness in her heart, so they could become even closer.
Their intimacy was developing purely as friends, and there wasn't anything else.
They both had exceptional memories. Huo Yuhao had Spiritual Detection, while Wang Qiu'er had her Golden Dragon's Perception. As they darted through the forest, they actually managed to follow their original path as they gradually came back to where they had last clashed with the three brothers.
"Wait." Huo Yuhao called out to Wang Qiu'er, and paused in his tracks.
Wang Qiu'er stopped when she heard his voice, and gave him an inquiring look.
"Help me use Spiritual Detection to search for them. I have a feeling we are very close." He grabbed Wang Qiu'er naturally as he spoke, as if he were grabbing Wang Dong'er's hands on a normal day.
They had already done this not too long ago. However, Huo Yuhao felt his heart skip a beat when he clasped Wang Qiu'er's hands once more. He turned towards Wang Qiu'er subconsciously and realized that she was staring right back at him.
Wang Qiu'er and Wang Dong'er's looked almost identical, but there were many things about them that were vastly different. For example, their hands were very distinct.
They both had slim and tender hands, but Wang Dong'er's hands were always so cold and icy, and she gave him a feeling as if he had to take care of her. Wang Qiu'er's hands were warm, possibly even warmer than Huo Yuhao's own hands, and he felt as if he were holding onto a gentle oven and being warmed up.
Huo Yuhao found it hard to imagine that these warm, tender, and petite hands could possess such frightening explosive power, and this feeling intensified the more he held on to her.
They had held hands before, when they were fighting Zhong Liren. However, they had been facing a powerful enemy, and they didn't have time to think about all this; all they thought about was how to give everything they had to defeat their adversary. At this moment, Huo Yuhao only wanted to borrow Wang Qiu'er's strength to boost his Spiritual Detection's strength, but there was an indescribable feeling that rose from his heart when they actually held hands once more.
Huo Yuhao almost let go of her hand subconsciously. He already had Dong'er, so how could he lead other girls on? Even though he was true to his conscience, he didn't want other girls to misunderstand. Perhaps he was just thinking too much, but he wanted to prevent anything that could affect his relationship with Dong'er.
However, just when he wanted to let go, Wang Qiu'er grabbed his hand tighter and infused her fearsome Golden Dragon's soul power into his body. Their soul power immediately fused, and Huo Yuhao's abilities were instantly amplified.
"Don't think so much. Let's find them as soon as possible," Wang Qiu'er muttered coldly, as if she could see into Huo Yuhao's inner thoughts.
Huo Yuhao felt a blush come over his face. Perhaps he really was thinking too much...