"Zhang Lexuan," the voice said.
"Yes?" Zhang Lexuan lifted her head to peer into the sky. There was a confused look in her eyes.
"Love is never a punishment. However, you'll only hurt yourself if you indulge in a love without an outcome. You'll also receive the best reward possible; an opportunity to forget. Go and find your true love."
A golden light flashed, and Zhang Lexuan disappeared.
"Ning Tian, Wu Feng."
Ning Tian and Wu Feng were standing side by side right now. They lifted their heads to look into the sky.
"Dying for love and walking away from the pain. The two of you have passed your Sincerity Adventure rounds. The reward that you are going to get is going to be quite heavy, thus the two of you will share one reward. This reward will solve all your problems. Ning Tian, you'll be a man from today onward. Go."
Two beams of golden light shone at the same. Ning Tian and Wu Feng were shocked as they looked at each other before they were taken away.
Ning Tian's familial pressure would be greatly alleviated if she were a man. In addition, the dilemma that she and Wu Feng faced in their relationship could also be resolved. After going through the three rounds, this was what she wanted too. Changing her gender was indeed the best way to solve the root of their problems.
"If I'm going to get a reward, I want Xiao Ya!" Bei Bei said eagerly.
"You barely passed your Sincerity Adventure round, as your lover isn't around. This was also the reason why it was easier for you to pass. You've already received your reward. Remember, there are clues in everything you've seen. You'll have three opportunities to release the final glow to inquire of other people. Go."
Before Bei Bei could say anything, a golden light flashed, and he was dragged away and vanished.
Everyone's situation was indeed different. At this point, the only people left were He Caitou, Xiao Xiao, Huo Yuhao, Wang Qiu'er, and Wang Dong'er.
Huo Yuhao pursed his lips tightly, and felt his forehead swelling. There were even some bloodstains on his forehead. Considering how strong his body was, he must have kowtowed strongly...
The voice echoed again, but it didn't call Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong'er.
"He Caitou, Xiao Xiao."
He Caitou and Xiao Xiao looked into the sky at the same time. Xiao Xiao was holding onto He Caitou's arm. Even though they knew that they weren't going to be punished, Dong'er's death still left them very tense. In this valley, they simply could not control their own destiny.
"Revealing your true feelings in the face of a crisis. He Caitou, the release of the knot in your heart is your reward. Are you content?"
He Caitou nodded forcefully and replied, "I am. However, can you revive Dong'er…?"
The voice seemed to ignore his request, "Xiao Xiao, you used your love to untie the knot in your lover's heart. You deserve to be rewarded. He Caitou, reveal your original appearance as Xu He. This will be the greatest reward for Xiao Xiao. At the same time, Xiao Xiao's soul power will be increased to Rank 60."
A beam of golden light descended from the sky and engulfed both of their bodies. He Caitou's appearance started to transform strangely. As his face contorted, he slowly turned into someone else.
His skin was still tan, and he was still bald. However, he now had bushy eyebrows and huge eyes, and his overall look was very charming.
This was the true He Caitou! He was actually Xu He, but he had used a secret technique of the previous dynasty to alter his appearance!
Xiao Xiao was in a daze as she looked at He Caitou. She was a little stunned, and asked, "So you are actually this handsome?"
He Caitou laughed bitterly. "In fact, I'd already forgotten how I looked. Since the knot in my heart has been untied, then let me regain my own appearance. It no longer matters if I'm recognized. I'll be me, and I'm Xu He. However, I'll always be your He Caitou too. Xiao Xiao, I promise you that I won't hide anything from you from today on."
"Okay." Xiao Xiao nodded, but she was still a little worried when she looked at Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong'er. Among Shrek's Seven Monsters, she shared the best relationship with Wang Dong'er. They had grown up together, and had been together ever since they entered Shrek Academy. They had gone through too many things together. She wasn't any less sad than Huo Yuhao over Wang Dong'er's death. Right now, she was still very sorrowful.
However, both she and He Caitou vanished as golden lights flashed, before she managed to make any requests.
At this point, only Huo Yuhao, Wang Dong'er, and Wang Qiu'er were left in this place.
Wang Qui'er was still a little stunned. Her eyes were lifeless, as if she had lost her spirit. Huo Yuhao's forehead was bruised, and he was shuddering slightly. This was a testament to how tense he felt right now.
"Huo Yuhao, Wang Dong'er, Wang Qiu'er. Your three fates are closely interlinked. However, true love is always mutual, and it can only be between two parties. That's why only two of you can get together eventually. Wang Dong'er is already dead. Huo Yuhao, are you willing to give your love to Wang Qiu'er and love her properly in the future?"
"No, I'm not. I only want Dong'er to be revived. Please revive Dong'er. No matter what you do to me, I hope you can revive Dong'er." Huo Yuhao's voice was still trembling. He was sobbing heavily, and tears flowed down his face uncontrollably.
"The death of one person is a win-win situation for all three of you. At least one person will be spared the pain. Isn't this good? Don't be obstinate." The indifferent voice sounded a little angry.
"No, it's not good at all. I only want Dong'er, and I only love her. If you are unwilling to revive her, then kill me too. Even if I go to another world, I want to be with her. I don't ever want to separate from her."
Huo Yuhao hugged Wang Dong'er tightly and stuck his face close to hers. He already seemed to be very dazed as his tears fell onto Wang Dong'er's cheeks. At this point, the fear and sorrow in his heart slowly diminished. If Wang Dong'er was dead, he would choose to die. If Wang Dong'er was alive, he would remain alive. While this Yin-Yang Love Querying Valley could decide a person's fate, there wasn't much for him to be worried about after Wang Dong'er's death, since his heart had already died with her.
Wang Qiu'er suddenly lifted her head and shouted, "I'm the one who should be dead! Let me die in exchange for Dong'er's life. In this way, they can be together. I shouldn't have appeared in their lives. I affected them. Just let me die. Let me die!"
The indifferent voice went silent. It seemed to be thinking, or rather, hesitating.
Huo Yuhao lifted his head to look at Wang Qiu'er. He took in a deep breath and shook his head slightly. He said, "No, Qiu'er, you didn't do anything wrong. You never did anything wrong at all. I was the one in the wrong. I hurt both you and Dong'er. Now that things have come to this stage, you must live well. Yin-Yang Love Querying Valley, does it mean that we are all entitled to a reward since we've reached this stage?"
"That's right. However, the dead person will not be rewarded." The Yin-Yang Love Querying Valley answered.
Huo Yuhao nodded and said, "Alright, I shall not plead for you to revive Dong'er. Instead, I hope that you can make Qiu'er forget me and everything that happened between the three of us. Can you do that? After that, let us leave this place."
"Forgetting everything might be a good thing at times. However, are you willing, Wang Qiu'er?"
Wang Qiu'er shook her head with strength and replied, "No, I don't want to forget. I would rather bear this pain than forget this experience. This is the most painful yet unforgettable memory of my life. Whether I'm dead or alive, I want to preserve this memory. Don't take it away!"
"Ahhhhh… there will never be happiness in a love triangle. Alright, I'll grant both of your wishes, since this is the case."
A beam of golden light descended from the sky and shone on Wang Qiu'er's body first. In the next moment, she had already vanished.
Following this, another beam of white light shone on Wang Dong'er's body. Huo Yuhao could clearly sense the warmth from this beam of white light.
"Wang Dong'er sacrificed herself for love. Her utterly fearless spirit is commendable. I'll revive her. However, you must remember today's lesson and hold fast to your words, Huo Yuhao. Otherwise, you'll face tougher tests in the future. You'll need to be even tougher than this. Do you understand?"
After hearing that the Love Querying Valley was willing to revive Dong'er, Huo Yuhao was suddenly full of energy. He started to become very excited, and nodded his head desperately. His tears immediately stopped flowing.
"Death is sometimes not scary. The path that you're going to take is destined to be tough. Do your best."
Wang Dong'er's rigid body slowly became softer. Her complexion slowly regained its color too, and her chest also started to rise and fall. Her life energy was restored under the nourishment of that beam of white light.
Huo Yuhao only felt that he had never felt so weak before. Wang Dong'er's death to her resurrection tortured him more than the three tests he had had to go through earlier.
Seeing that Wang Dong'er was slowly recovering, he hugged her body as if he were holding a treasure. He was choking with his sobs.
After a brief moment, Wang Dong'er's breathing became normal again, and her face regained its rosy color.
Alive, my Dong'er is alive!
Huo Yuhao finally smiled. At this moment, he only felt that Wang Dong'er was the most beautiful thing in this world.
"Eh..." the indifferent voice suddenly sighed. At this moment, it seemed to become slightly more emotional.
Huo Yuhao had been in a very tense state for a long time. After hearing this sigh, he reacted quickly and blurted out, "What's wrong?"
"There's a problem with Wang Dong'er's resurrection." The voice sounded even more helpless.