The heavily-bandaged Yin was roused by the abnormal smell in the air. It was heavy and sticky and irritating to the nose.
In fact, it wasn't the room itself that smelled nasty. The room looked bland with its gray walls and lack of windows, but it did not stank to high heavens, only maybe a little stale.
The culprit of the smell was those bandages wrapped around Yin. It seemed like they were soaked in blood and medicinal herbs before they were used on her. The bandages caused her to feel numb and the paralysis looked like it would not be gone for quite some time.
"Yuck! I smell!" She wanted to tear the bandages away, but she could not even move her finger, let alone lift her arm. "Wu wu, Yin is now disgusting! Disgusting! I don't like this!"
She struggled to move but in the end, all she could do was flop around like a worm.
"Elder Sis Xuan'er?" she called out. "Bro Hua? Old fogey?"
Where was everyone?
Hey, is this some sort of game? Is this the so-called game that commoner children play, that famous Hide-and-Seek?!
But... why was she tied up? Was this some sort of upgraded version?
Yin might be paralyzed, but she paid it little mind. She was a carefree spirit to begin with. Though she's a mortal that had no qi, her soul was a monster older than Time that could even shoulder and butt heads with the Heavens. Was there anything she needed to fear?
All she had to do was spread... hmm? Why was her consciousness blocked? What's with this room with specially-crafted walls?
Yin then tried to use her divine consciousness to lift her up and untangle the smelly bandages on her limbs. However, the moment she did, she felt the world spin around her and she spat out bloody red ice crystals. In three breaths' time, the red ice crystals dissipated into the air.
"Looks like this body really can't handle my soul," Yin could not help but pity. "Ayaya, when can this world see my splendor? I need to cultivate fast and make this midget stronger."
Yin took a deep breath and tried to move the qi within heaven and earth, manipulating it to push out the numbness inside her body. After a few more tries, she realized that the smelly bandage actually had sealing powers on it. Upon looking closely, she saw rune formations engraved on them, using beast blood with Yang attributes as ink.
"What the hell is going on?"
Suddenly, the door opened and several white-haired men entered, followed by what appeared to be servants. Based on their clothing, the white-haired men looked like they probably had more money to burn than that Old Fogey Ye Mo.
"She's awake?" the one in front could not help but be amazed. "That was enough sedative to make an adult snow-fire tiger sleep for days."
"So this is an Absolute Yin Physique! It's really a legendary Spiritual Body!"
"We really gained a lot this time."
"Little girl, why have you not paid respects to your maternal grandfather?"
Grandfather, my ass!
Bah! Who's the kid you're trying to trick?
Yin narrowed her eyes. She could smell that these group of rotten potatoes have no good intention towards her.
She had never seen them before, and she could not sense the Ye Clan's cultivation technique from the qi they're emitting. She was pretty sure these men belonged to a different faction.
Well, though she's cute, she' not dumb. With her body in this state, until she understands more of the current situation she's in, she had to play along and plan along the way.
Yin made sure her eyes were large with awe and curiosity. Her cute rounded face made her look soft and defenseless.
"Yes, yes, I'm your grandpa." The white-haired man claiming to be her relative tried to smile amiably. "Grandpa has hurried over to cure you."
Nod some more like a pecking chicken, you fake!
Yin tilted her head to the side. "You are my papa's papa? My mama's papa?"
"Yes! I'm your mama's papa! So be a good girl and follow what grandpa says, okay, Little Yin?"
She could remember trying to mess with a black-robed doll-to-be before she passed out. Did that toy of hers bring her here? Where is this? Is it far from the Ye Clan?
'Drats, I've been kidnapped!'
While they were talking, Yin did a secret trick and failed to sense any resonance between their blood. She sighed in relief that this was actually not the original owner's real family. If it was, she had to act nice with them to show gratitude towards her host body.
However, when she heard him call her 'Little Yin', she realized that they were scheming something against the Ye Clan. Bad people! She could not help but worry that the Ye Clan would immobilize its people to get her back.
But then again, she was only a nobody. If people were going to look for her, it would only be that Old fogey, Bro Hua, and Elder Sis Xuan'er. She could sense that these kidnappers had higher cultivation bases than those three, thus, they would be risking their lives if they were to come take her away.
After some thought, Yin deliberately let out a pout, suffering a kitten-like whimper. "Grandpa, grandpa, I want to have a bath. I am so smelly wu wu..."
The one in front could not help but frown. He gestured to a servant behind him. "Prepare a basin of clean water--"
"No! I want to have a hot springs bath! Mama says hot springs bath are the best for Niu'er's body!"
"Niu'er? Who is Niu'er?"
"Grandpa, I'm Niu'er! Don't tell me you don't know my real name?"
The old man smiled a dry smile. "Aren't you called Xiao Yin?"
"Eh? But Mama said my name is Niu'er. Everybody calls me Niu'er. Are you really my mama's papa? How come you don't know that?"
'Niu'er? What kind of boorish parents would give their daughter a cow 牛 character in her name?!'The old man claiming to be Yin's maternal grandfather was called Shangguan Ke, the Branch Leader and the person with the highest authority among Leaf City's Ming Yue Sect. After the ruckus that Ye Mo caused earlier, all the high-level members of the sect that wasn't in isolated meditation had gone to the entrance to see what the commotion was about.What they saw made their minds blow up.The well-known genius of the Ye Clan, a hero of his generation, titled Elder in-charge of the city's security for his depth of cultivation and battle prowess, the "Sword Flash" Ye Mo... that very man was standing in front of the sect entrance with a distressed appearance, as if he had passed through the nine hells just to get in there.On his arms was a block of ice...No, it was a body of a toddler
Claim to be an orphan's family!It was a foolproof plan. After all, the little girl is only a toddler. Even if she does not play along or denies the claim, how convincing would her words be? Who would listen to her?Proof? Evidence? Ming Yue Sect could produce hard evidence in a blink of an eye to show that Yin is a daughter of a sect disciple sent on a faraway mission. Who would dare question? Who would dare investigate the truth?Even if the Ye Clan wants, they would dare not. After all, the current Ye Sect is in a very delicate situation right now. If Ye Clan offends the Ming Yue Sect, it would be easy to see the future of the once-hegemon of the Leaf City.The two Great Elders of Ming Yue Sect could be said to be playing dirty, but who among those who have lived for so long not a cunning, old fox? Both Zhu Wei and Yan Yu refused to believe that Ye Mo would send such a precious "gift" to their foo
"Aaah! Grandpa!"A pitiful, heartbreaking little girl's cry rang out from inside the hot springs. Patriarch Shangguan Ke, and the Great Elders Zhu Wei and Yan Yu, along with the others waiting outside, could not help but be stunned.Yin continued to wail. "A-Auntie! Auntie needs help! Quick, help us!"If the maid was awake, she would have puked out blood and fainted once more in anger.She's only fourteen years old! Young, fresh fourteen! Which part of her is an 'auntie'?!In less than a breath's time, the door had been blasted open and everyone ran inside the hot springs, including the guards. Multiple divine senses swept out inside and outside, fearing the appearance of a powerful intruder.'Niu'er' is now a precious member of the Ming Yue Sect, a favored daughter of Heaven and the Saintess-potential that would lead the entire branch to greatness in the fut
"I hate you!!!"Those three words echoed loudly within the empty hallways leading to Zhu Wei's medicinal garden. Yin even tried to push and wriggle herself out Shangguan Ke's arms, even managing to land the soles of her feet on his bearded face. On his left cheek, there was a slightly wet tiny footprint.For a second, the three old men were too astounded to move.Audacious!Completely audacious!A little mortal kid was kicking the face of Ming Yue Sect's exalted Patriarch! And it looked like she did not care a wit that she's trampling on her own grandfather!How dirty are a person's feet? What do they represent? If news were to get around, even if she's supposed to be his only descendant, it would have been completely a humiliation to him and the sect! He would become the laughing stock of Leaf City for years!Shangguan Ke was angered to
Being inside the pocket dimension was like being inside a smaller version of the real world. Just by standing in place, the lands seemed endless. It had its own sky, its own sun, its own water source and its own stable system of heaven and earth qi circulation.It could even be said that if one has enough resources, he or she could wish to live inside a pocket dimension in isolation, there would be no issues at all. This small world was completely self-sufficient.In fact, the heaven and earth qi inside was much, much stronger than outside. An ordinary cultivator was likely to cultivate twice as fast inside, and if he was supported by heavenly cultivation dan and herbs, it could even come close to thrice as fast.The Ming Yue Sect in Leaf City might be just a branch, but still, they had enough resources to invite a powerful space cultivator to create a pocket dimension for Great Elder Zhu Wei. Just from this, the vast we
In a courtyard of Leaf City's Ming Yue Sect. It had been more than half a day since the sun had risen from the east. Now, it was already in the early afternoon. Ye Mo had been waiting for several double-hours, yet there was still no news regarding Little Yin's treatment. To say he was worried sick would be an understatement. He had been pacing back and forth, unable to rest, the moment the elder assigned to assist him brought him to a guest courtyard to stay the night. "Why aren't they telling me any news?" Ye Mo, who refused to leave yet was refused to see Little Yin, was relegated to one of the spacious courtyards prepared to receive important guests. As the Ming Yue Sect occupied a mountain range in the outskirts of Leaf City, they had hundreds of available pavilions and courtyards to be used as housing and accommodation. The size of their territory was only slightly
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