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Anyhow, this chapter is long! And it took so long because Chinese is a very frustrating language to translate. Haha. For example: 进退两难 would literally be translated as “advance retreat both difficult“. I have to make this understandable for you guys. In the end, I came up with: It was difficult to choose between the two. Regardless whether they choose to advance or retreat, the outcome didn’t look good. Now you see why I always avoid translating? Haha. It’s mentally draining. My brain…:(
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Chapter 35 A pack of wolves
As they left the broken house, a gust of fresh and breezy wind blew across their cheeks. It was a very refreshing feeling.
“Let’s go…” Xuan Luo could see that Bai Tian’s eyes looked drowsy. He disregarded it and kept on walking.
“Wu wu…” A crying sound could be heard nearby. Xuan Luo and Bai Tian were confused. What was going on? They were on the mountains yet there was a child crying?
But after quickly thinking about it, Xuan Luo came to the realization that something was wrong. How could there be a child in the middle of the mountains?
“Oh no, it’s a wolf!” Xuan Luo’s brows furrowed. Not far from where they were stood a wolf, and it was staring right at Xuan Luo and Bai Tian. Since the rain had only recently stopped, Xuan Luo was surprised to see a wolf hunting for a prey so soon.
Hearing Xuan Luo’s voice, Bai Tian turned to take a look. He looked unimpressed and said, “Xuan Luo, you’re making such a big deal. It’s just a wolf. Why are you afraid? We can chase it away!”
Bai Tian then grabbed a wooden stick from the ground and headed towards the wolf’s direction. During their exploration, Xuan Luo and Bai Tian have came across ferocious beasts that were similar to the wolf. Fortunately, they have acquired some basic fighting techniques from Master Li. If not, they definitely wouldn’t dare to explore the mountains on their own. Although Master Li had only taught them simple fist techniques, it was enough for them to protect themselves.
Bai Tian lazily approached the wolf, with the wooden stick in his hand. Once he was at a close proximity to the wolf, he waved his stick; attempting to scare the wolf away. Unexpectedly, the pupil of his eyes started to miniaturize. His whatever face suddenly transformed into fear. He struggled to turn around as he loudly hollered, “Xuan Luo, it’s not a wolf. It’s a pack of wolves. Run!!!”
Immediately, Bai Tian dropped his wooden stick and ran back to where he came from.
Xuan Luo also quickly turned around and used all his strength to run. Both of them were now running -one ahead of the other, while a pack of wolves were right behind them…
Honestly, a wolf on its own was not scary. The scary thing was when they were in a pack. There was no way you can handle them all unless you possess strong Martial Arts abilities. If not, don’t even think about surviving from ten thousand wolves*…
Although Xuan Luo and Bai Tian were not yet twelve, their running abilities were very impressive. They were actually developed during these past two days on the mountain.
As the pack of wolves got closer and closer, Bai Tian and Xuan Luo were horrified and baffled. In front of them was a cliff, while behind them were the wolves. It was difficult to choose between the two. Regardless whether they choose to advance or retreat, the outcome didn’t look good. They don’t know what would be waiting for them under the cliff.
“Let’s risk it all! We are going to die anyway. At least, take some of them with us!” Seeing this situation, Xuan Luo shrieked. Actually, Xuan Luo’s thoughts were very simple. If they were to jump off the cliff, their chances of surviving would be slim. Whereas, if they try fighting for their lives, perhaps they would have a higher chance of living!
Bai Tian looked at Xuan Luo and let out a yell. The two of them then stood with their backs against each other. Both of them had their fists tightened and their horse stance ready.
Although Xuan Luo and Bai Tian didn’t start learning basic Martial Arts until they were ten, and that they normally only practiced the most basic horse stance, they have accumulated a good foundation. Right now, Xuan Luo and Bai Tian were releasing all their potential.
Since Xuan Luo and Bai Tian were no longer moving, the pack of wolves also stopped. The wolves were looking at them like they were food.
One by one, the wolves sprinted to attack. Xuan Luo and Bai Tian looked at each other with one eye and nodded in unison. Then, they separated.
Xuan Luo timed it correctly and his fists landed right on the wolves’ heads.
The wolves that were striked flew a short distance and made the “wu wu” sound on the ground. But not long after, they got back up again.
At the same time, the wolf pack started howling together. The mountains were filled with their sounds.
Seeing this, Xuan Luo and Bai Tian could tell they were in a bad situation. The wolves were definitely vigorous. If they were to maximize their powers, their strength would be equal to a couple hundred jin. Yet, that was still not enough to kill the wolves.
One by one, the wolves attacked Xuan Luo and Bai Tian. After a couple of rounds, Xuan Luo and Bai Tian were definitely much weaker physically. Their willpower to fight were also decreasing drastically as well.
But their current situation didn’t allow them to relax.
Suddenly, they realized that many of the wolves were starting to lose their willpower to fight. A glimpse of hope finally appeared in Xuan Luo and Bai Tian’s eyes.
The constant fighting were starting to wear the wolves out. Their willpower were decreasing faster and faster. But by now, Xuan Luo and Bai Tian’s clothes were all torn and soaked with blood.
Xuan Luo and Bai Tian have already used up all their physical strength. The only thing that they have left was their mental wish to hold on. Without that thought, they would be inside the belly of the wolves right now; and eventually become nourishment for the soil.
Currently, Xuan Luo and Bai Tian were at the verge of collapsing. They were standing by the border of the cliff. Within the pack, there were still many wolves that were gazing intently at them. However, they didn’t dare to approach.
After all, Xuan Luo and Bai Tian had used up most of their fighting strength. Now, most of them were just howling in pain.
But at this moment, a wolf decided to pounce on Xuan Luo.
Xuan Luo was already stumbling, with the wolf’s attack, he totally lost his balance as he fell straight off the cliff. Unfortunately for the wolf, he also fell off the cliff.
Bai Tian was also stumbling, and at that moment, Xuan Luo accidentally pulled him down with him as well.
Thus, two people and a wolf have fallen off the cliff.
As he was remembering this, Xuan Luo couldn’t help but laugh. Fortunately, they were able to get through the daunting experience without mishap.
The sky was starting to turn white. The sun rays splattered onto Xuan Luo’s cheeks. He was in severe pain. He couldn’t tell how many bones he had shattered…
Xuan Luo then recalled what had happened. He was fighting with a wolf. Right now, he was lost and confused. He had totally no idea where he was.
He looked at the scenery around him. He felt uncomfortable. He saw a zigzagging stream that flowed in between a valley. Suddenly, he realized that he was sitting on something.
With difficulty, he got up and looked down. He was in shock!
It turned out it was the body of the wolf. Except, the body had totally been squished. The wolf was literally as flat as paper.
Xuan Luo was fortunate. As both him and the wolf were falling off the cliff, the wolf ended up landing before he did. Since he landed on the wolf, his life was spared.
Then again, the cliff wasn’t extremely high. If it were higher, even with the wolf under him, he would still have died.
Seeing this, Xuan Luo couldn’t help but feel lucky.
Xuan Luo then snapped out of his daze and looked at the flatten wolf. His gut told him there was something within his stomach. Therefore, Xuan Luo used his hands to open up the wolf’s stomach.
This wolf was the leader of the pack. His body wasn’t as big as most wolves** Xuan Luo took out the yellow oily paper package from the stomach and rinsed it out at the river nearby. It turned out the package was actually a book. But as he flipped through it, nothing made sense to him. Nonetheless, he decided to keep the book.
Xuan Luo looked up at the sky and looked at the four corners around him. Every step was a challenge; every step was a mental and physical test for him.
But right now, Xuan Luo wasn’t thinking about himself. Instead, he was thinking about Bai Tian. Earlier, as he fell off the cliff, he had pulled Bai Tian down with him as well. But right now, he didn’t see Bai Tian anywhere. Xuan Luo couldn’t help but worry. He was praying in his heart that Bai Tian was alright!
* It’s not actually ten thousand wolves, but an expression. Basically, it means a lot. I translated it as ten thousand because that’s what it says in Chinese. Don’t take it literally.
** Really? I would have thought the leader would be bigger than most wolves…