Wen Ruan held the tea cup and glanced at them, casually lowering her head and continuing to contemplate.
According to the memories of the original host, she had joined the mortal team only after the opening of the Demon Realm, and the process went very smoothly.
In other words, for the next few days, all she had to do was wait?
"Miss, your food is here." The fox-eared attendant shouted as he made his way through the crowd, his round face still carrying a childlike innocence.
Wen Ruan picked up her chopsticks and smiled, her eyes curved with joy. "Thank you."
At the same table, a few girls in white exchanged glances, and one of them lowered her voice and said:
"Sister, he seems to be a half-demon."
"So disgusting, shall we change to another inn?"
"Yeah, I can already smell the stench coming from him."
"What is this inn thinking? They actually hired a beast to work here."
The teenage fox-eared boy stiffened, feeling embarrassed. He lowered his gaze and quickened his movements.
The two girls echoed each other, becoming increasingly harsh in their words. The other person remained silent but showed some hesitation on her face.
Wen Ruan frowned. She didn't want to meddle in other people's affairs, but their words were truly hurtful.
She stared at them with clear eyes and asked seriously:
"So what if he's a half-demon?"
The other girl glanced at her slantingly, seemingly realizing that she didn't have much cultivation, and spoke disdainfully:
"There's a difference between humans and demons. His parents violated the natural order by being together and gave birth to him. In simple terms, he's a hybrid."
The young boy's face turned pale, and his shoulders dropped even lower, his ears hanging down.
Wen Ruan's anger surged. She put down her chopsticks with a loud noise, clenched her fist, and spoke in a cold voice:
"What business is it of yours that his parents were together? May I ask how noble your own lineage is? Violating the natural order? The heavens haven't even spoken yet, so what are you comparing here?"
"You!" The girl in white laughed with anger. "From the way you speak, are you standing up for him?"
"I just can't bear to see it." Wen Ruan pointed at the boy. "He has been working since he was in his teens, never stealing or robbing, and yet you unjustly bring up his uncontrollable birth. What kind of reasoning is that?"
"Miss, actually, I'm 120 years old this year."
The fox-eared boy glanced at the girl's lively cheeks and spoke softly, "I just have a youthful appearance. But, according to the age calculation of the Demon Clan, I have just come of age this year."
"...Shut up." Wen Ruan stuffed a bun into his mouth, feeling frustrated. "Can you not distract me at this critical moment?"
He stared at her without blinking, his clear eyes showing a hint of confusion.
"Alright." The other person from the trio in white finally spoke. She had been silent from the beginning, but now that she opened her mouth, the other two quieted down.
"Yu Ya, you were wrong. Apologize to them," she said.
"Yes?" She glanced lightly at Yu Ya.
Yu Ya felt extremely wronged but didn't dare to disobey her command. With a sullen face, she turned away and spoke in a mosquito-like voice:
Wen Ruan quickly waved her hand. "You didn't offend me, there's no need to apologize to me."
Yu Ya, feeling humiliated, shifted her gaze in another direction and said to the fox-eared boy, "I'm sorry."
The boy twitched his ears, took the bun out of his mouth, and grinned. "Thank you, but I don't accept your apology."
Yu Ya was taken aback, and her face quickly flushed with embarrassment. She trembled with anger and asked, "What do you mean?"
"What I mean is," The boy put away his smile, his eyes calm and indifferent. "I don't intend to forgive you."
In fact, he looked quite good. When he smiled, his eyes and eyebrows curved gently, like a pool of spring water.
But when he wore a serious expression, the spring water turned into ice, making people feel intimidated.
Yu Ya was frightened by his gaze, unable to speak for a moment. She was secretly shocked by this.
No matter how you looked at this boy, he was just a lowly half-demon. However, the fleeting aura that emanated from him just now seemed to be... the aura of the royal family of the Demon Clan.
But besides herself, it seemed that no one else present had noticed it.
Her heart pounded, and cold sweat broke out on her forehead. She pulled her companion.
"You..." Her companions let out a helpless sigh.
The two glanced at each other and stood up together, following her out of the inn.
With the farce over, the atmosphere in the lobby remained lively, and no one paid any attention to the scene in the corner.
"Thank you for helping me out," the boy said, holding the bun, looking somewhat embarrassed. "This bun... I can go and get another one for you."
"No need, I'm giving it to you," Wen Ruan said, taking a sip of her porridge. "Eat it quickly, it won't taste good when it gets cold."
He pursed his lips and spoke softly, "Thank you."
Wen Ruan observed his expression and thought to herself, "Oh no, he must have misunderstood."
She quickly explained, "Don't misunderstand, I'm not pitying you or giving you charity. I just wanted to treat you to a bun, that's all."
He paused for a moment and then smiled, his eyes curving. "I know."
After a pause, he spoke again, "My name is Ah Yan."
"I'm Wen Ruan." She patted his shoulder. "Young man, don't be disheartened. If you train hard and become powerful, no one will dare to speak ill of you again."
Ah Yan stared at her for a long time before finally saying, "...Okay."
Ah Yan went to the backyard.
He pushed open the innermost room. "Elder, I want to return to the Demon Realm."
The woman who was embroidering raised her eyes and put down her needlework. She covered her lips in surprise and said, "Did the sun rise from the west? Are you done playing house?"
"No," he scratched his head, smiling foolishly. "I suddenly feel like I want to grow up."
The selection of Mu Zhe’s concubine this time was a grand event. First, they recruited a group of eligible women from the Demon Realm, and then they set their sights on the Mortal Realm.
Originally, demons looked down upon mortals, but somehow, there was a rumor circulating—
That Mu Zhe was fond of the weak and helpless.
Several high-ranking demons discussed among themselves, wondering if there was anything weaker than mortals.
So Chi Feng, accompanied by a group of subordinates, left the Demon Realm and started "recruiting" people— oh no, they were making "friendly negotiations."
Your daughter looks good. Give her to me, and I'll pay you.
What? You don't agree?
He grinned menacingly, waving his hand. “Capture them.”
The victims, centered around the Demon Realm, spread out to several nearby cities.
At that moment, countless people, with their families and belongings, hurriedly ran away while carrying their airships overnight.
So they simply resorted to directly seizing the airships.
By the time the news reached Chunling City, it was already too late.
Wen Ruan walked down the street and watched helplessly as an airship hovered over Chunling City, casting a massive shadow that engulfed her. Numerous demon soldiers descended from the sky.
In an instant, the young girls in the city were in a panic, scattering in all directions.
Screams and curses filled the air.
If there had to be one word to describe the scene, she would call it:
"Ghosts Invading the Village: Cultivation World Edition."
This was not the script she had received. Why were they already resorting to robbery?
Could it be... because she arrived early?
Wen Ruan spotted a soldier sticking his tongue out and rushing towards her. She was about to run, but something felt off.
In any case, she was going to the Demon Realm. What difference did it make if she went earlier or later?
She abruptly stopped in her tracks, quickly consumed a pill that concealed her cultivation level, and transformed into a weak and delicate woman.
"Oh dear, I've fallen."
The soldier fell for it and approached, rubbing his hands together. He grinned. "You can't escape now. Come with me obediently. Our Demon Lord likes someone like you."
"In that case, what are we waiting for?" She quickly grabbed his shoulder, acting like they were good friends.
"Let's hurry and go!"
The demon soldier thought, “Something doesn't seem right…”
Regardless, Wen Ruan successfully boarded the airship and, along with the girls captured from Chunling City, was locked in a room.
Just as she found a spot by the wall and squatted down, she suddenly heard a cry of surprise.
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