"Only in that moment when Dong'er died for you did I realize that her love for you was so much deeper than mine because I had hesitated at that moment. I contemplated that if she died, I could be with you forever. My love for you ultimately has that bit of selfishness, but hers doesn't. Her love for you is pure. She could sacrifice her own life for you without any hesitation at all, just like you had done for her.
"I seemed to understand in that moment, that I was always just an outsider between the two of you, and I was never anything else but an outsider. Therefore, I left, and I returned to the Great Star Dou Forest. I made a promise to myself that I would never see you again, and I would bury everything that happened between us in the past, and I would let bygones forever be bygones.
"I had learned how humans love each other, but I didn't learn how to forget. I couldn't forget about you
"Therefore, I came once I felt that you were in danger. This time, Dong'er isn't by your side, and we aren't inside the Yin-Yang Love Querying Valley. This time, I will not lose to her. She is in a deep sleep, so there is no way she can compete with me."
Wang Qiu'er presented everything through her consciousness into Huo Yuhao's mind, and he felt like his brain was in complete disarray. Even though his spirit was already exceptionally weak, every single word that Qiu'er uttered to him in his mind stunned and astonished him at an unimaginable level. Huo Yuhao didn't realize that his spiritual power, which was burning up continuously before this, had actually stopped burning.
Wang Qiu'er could feel saltiness flow into her mouth through the corners of her lips, and tears were already streaming down her face. However, she was still holding Huo Yuhao's head as tightly as she could, so that his forehead was still closely pressed against hers.
Wang Qiu'er's consciousness traveled into Huo Yuhao's mind once more.
"Hehehe... actually, I like how you are now because you won't resist, and you will just take everything in silence. How I wish I could spend eternity with you like this! Thank you, Yuhao, because you have finally told me that there is space for me in your heart. In the end, I didn't waste my experience of that love that humans have. Perhaps I have become more like a human at this point.
"Thank you, Yuhao. Perhaps this is the best outcome for us. No matter what, we will never be separated again."
Illusory golden light flickered rhythmically on her body. Both Nan Qiuqiu and Nan Shuihui, who were protected beneath this golden light, realized to their surprise that their bodies had become like statues, and they couldn't move a single inch.
They could see that the golden light emanating from Wang Qiu'er's body began to resemble flames, while heaven and earth seemed to lose all color at that moment.
Wang Qiu'er's entire body became a little blurry, and she transformed into a ball of light that resembled the shape of a human. Afterward, she melted through the spot where her forehead was tightly pressed against Huo Yuhao's forehead. She slowly melted into Huo Yuhao's body, bit by bit…
"No, Qiu'er…" Huo Yuhao couldn't shout, because his lips were still tightly locked with Wang Qiu'er's lips.
At this moment, Nan Shuishui and Nan Qiuqiu could clearly hear his shouts, those hysterical exclamations that came from his spiritual world, but they couldn't do anything to stop this process, which was almost like a divine ceremony.
Streaks of light flowed into Huo Yuhao's forehead continuously!
Wang Qiu'er seemed like liquid gold, and she gently spread to every part of Huo Yuhao's body. She tenderly integrated herself into his body, and Huo Yuhao's entire body was covered with golden hues.
Huo Yuhao's own projection hovering above his head discreetly and quietly vanished. The raging spiritual flames were extinguished by those golden colors that flowed into him.
Wang Qiu'er's body continued flowing into Huo Yuhao's body until only her virtual self remained. She still looked like she had, but she had become transparent.
An enormous vertical eye stood as a backdrop behind her, and the Three-Eyed Golden Lion's projection flickered. However, the lion was looking up at the sky at this moment, and there was only satisfaction in her three eyes.
"Don't do this, Qiu'er!" Huo Yuhao felt as if lava was flowing through his body as heat surrounded every inch of him. All his weakness was replaced by strength at this moment, and he felt as if his entire being was fusing with another.
Huo Yuhao's spiritual sea became plentiful once more as golden seawater flowed torrentially through it. Everything was brilliantly golden in color and exceptionally eye-catching.
Three projections glimmered and hovered above his spiritual sea one after another. They transformed, respectively, into a handsome youth and two ladies.
The handsome youth had long white hair, and ten golden halos circled around his body. One of the ladies wore a flowing jade-green dress, and there were tinges of unruliness and unyieldingness amid her beauty. The other lady bloomed with cold arrogance as if she were a winter sweet in harsh ice.
"Concrete-material realm... a realm that not even I was able to reach after one million years of cultivation, but this realm has been realized at this moment," the handsome youth muttered under his breath, and he went down on one knee in the next moment. He placed his right hand on his chest and closed his eyes, as if in prayer.
The other two ladies made the same motion, but they didn't close their eyes. Their enchanting eyes were full of reverence and longing.
There was no question that this handsome youth was the Skydream Iceworm, while the other two ladies were the Ice Empress and the Snow Empress.
The Ice Empress had become like she was back then, and she seemed to have recovered some of her memory. These three powerful beings weren't excited or overjoyed about their transformations at all at this moment. Instead, they were filled with some indescribable emotions.
Of course they knew what had just happened. In that moment, not even they knew how to extinguish Huo Yuhao's burning spiritual flames with all their power and strength. However, Wang Qiu'er did it, and they were kneeling for her.
Huo Yuhao wasn't the only person that Wang Qiu'er had saved - they were saved as well, and even though they could have continued to survive within Wang Qiu'er's spiritual world, that outcome wasn't something that they had wanted.
In terms of age and cultivation, even though Wang Qiu'er was the Emperor Beast, the Three-Eyed Golden Lion, she only had several tens of thousands of years of cultivation. Naturally, she couldn't take these three powerful beings, who all had at least four hundred thousand years of cultivation each. But these three powerful beings knew that what Wang Qiu'er ha done for Huo Yuhao wasn't something they could do, and so they knelt for her out of respect.
Sacrifice! Yes, only a Sacrifice could produce such tremendous changes.
Wang Qiu'er was the human form of the Three-Eyed Golden Lion, who was also the Emperor Beast, and the god-beast of Destiny. No matter how much her appearance, personality, and emotions resembled those of a human, she was still empirically a soul beast in the end.
Soul beasts always became soul rings after death, and human soul masters could absorb them once they reached their bottlenecks. Soul masters depended on soul rings to break through their bottlenecks.
However, there was a very special situation amongst soul beasts. If a soul beast was willing to sacrifice itself to become a human's soul ring, then its soul ring would fuse with the soul master at the highest possible level. However, this soul beast would lose its life in the process, and even its spirit would be completely integrated into that soul master's spirit during this fusion process. The soul beast's spirit would disappear forever.
This fusion process that required death without any reciprocation at all was known as Sacrifice.
Wang Qiu'er wanted to save Huo Yuhao, and she wanted to make sure that he wouldn't die after his spiritual sea was incinerated, so she chose the most intense, cruel, resolute, and passionate method.
The Skydream Iceworm, the Snow Empress, and the Ice Empress didn't dare to do so, but Wang Qiu'er did so for Huo Yuhao.
Just as she said, she didn't want to lose to Wang Dong'er again, and she would never lose to Wang Dong'er again in this moment.
She knew that even though that she took up some space in Huo Yuhao's heart, she could never compare to Wang Dong'er. This ceremony was the only way for her body, spirit, and everything that she was to be integrated into his body so that she would never be separated from him.
She offered herself to Huo Yuhao not just to save him. At the same time, she did so because of that burning passion in her heart. She chose the proudest method to announce her sovereignty over Huo Yuhao.
After this divine ceremony was complete, Wang Qiu'er and Huo Yuhao would never be apart. They had truly become one body.
Perhaps this was their destiny from the moment Huo Yuhao's forehead pressed against hers, from the moment he obtained his Eye of Destiny from her.
She was the god-beast of Destiny, but she couldn't escape fate and the pull of destiny in the end.
Huo Yuhao's spiritual sea and his soul power were sublimated into hers, and everything that he had was fusing with her rapidly. His burning spiritual sea regained its original shape, and it was even more voluminous than before. His spiritual sea fully stepped into the concrete-material realm, and in terms of Huo Yuhao's spiritual strength, he was now amongst the most powerful beings in the world.
A halo quietly appeared on Huo Yuhao's body, and it drew out five other circles that were respectively white, purple, black, black, and black. This most recent soul ring aligned itself at the back, but it had a peculiar golden color. It shone with faint rosy colors but retained the brilliance and dazzling elements of gold.
This was the third time that a peculiar soul ring that transcended normal soul rings had appeared on Huo Yuhao's body. His glossy white million-year soul ring, his orange-gold soul rings that represented the Snow Empress' spirit, and this newest rose-gold soul ring made Huo Yuhao seem like he was a being that came from another world as if he wasn't a soul master from the Douluo Continent.
Finally, all those golden colors integrated into his body completely, and the spheres of light that were rotating rapidly finally stopped, and gradually descended to the ground.
Everything around them was still black and white while rolling thunder boomed in the sky. Violent and hysterical winds billowed through the air as mountains shook and the earth trembled at that moment, and lightning sparkled and flashed in the heavens. Rolling thunder echoed continuously, as though heaven and earth were about to shatter into a million pieces.
A dash of blood-red light flickered far off on the horizon, and an indescribable and enormous pressure caused all the soul beasts in the Douluo Continent to raise their heads at the same time.
Inside the Great Star Dou Forest...
Thunder continued to boom as heavy rain poured from the sky. The entire Great Star Dou Forest witnessed torrential rain that they wouldn't see more than once in a century… but strangely, there wasn't a single dark cloud in the sky. There was only a patch of blood-red color at the other end of this rainstorm, and the sky above the entire Great Star Dou Forest was stained this same blood-red.