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Following the dragon's roar, the tailbone of the dragon skeleton gradually covered with a layer of light pink. The light pink spread little by little, gradually covering the whole dragon skeleton, and veins could be faintly seen on it.
Jing Yue, who wanted to quickly pick up his precious treasure at first, stared blankly at the dragon skeleton. Beside him, A-Wu also froze on the spot as if his soul had left his body. Only the blue phoenix screamed, “OMG! The flesh is growing on the bones!”
After speaking, Lan Ji-ji swayed and fainted with a loud thud.
Unfortunately, Jing Yue didn't realize the tragedy of the blue phoenix at all. His attention was taken away by the dragon skeleton. The previous scene was like a painting drawn by the most mysterious brush of heaven and earth— blood and flesh grew on the dragon skeleton, and scales gradually covered it inch by inch. The fiery red scales seemed to be burning, spreading all the way to the golden dragon claws, stopping at the dragon horns on the head.
He saw the birth of a dragon!
The red dragon full of vitality roared again. The snake-like body smashed straight through the cave roof of the temple. A ray of sunlight shone down, reflecting a dazzling golden light on the dragon scales. The dragon's beard fluttered with the wind, and the dragon's eyes were stern by nature.
All the snakes trembled. It was submission and fear from the bloodline, while the human race looked at the horizontal huge fire dragon in the air, at a loss for words from shock.
The giant dragon glanced at them lightly. Under that gaze, everyone felt like ants, and their life and death depended on the other party’s thoughts.
The giant dragon soared into the sky and disappeared in a blink of an eye.
After a while, someone tremblingly said, “The dragon egg hatched so soon?”
“Are you stupid? Can a baby dragon grow that size?” Another person sarcastically said.
“So where did this dragon come from?”
“It seems to be from there.” The man pointed to a location in the snake tribe.
At this time, the snake Yao who had been frightened out of their wits finally came back to their senses, and the leading snake Yao said, “Oh no, go to the temple!”
The snake Yao couldn’t care less about the humans now. They swarmed into the temple and saw two humans standing in the temple, looking up at the moment.
Stones were scattered around them, and the sky could be seen directly above their heads, while the altar was empty.
The leader of the snake tribe was furious, and shouted, “How dare you sneak into the hinterland of my snake tribe!”
That roar finally pulled back the souls of the two of them. Jing Yue and A-Wu looked at each other blankly, and the latter asked, “Is the dragon skeleton yours?”
Jing Yue, “Yes.”
A-Wu, “The dragon skeleton turned into a dragon.”
Jing Yue, “Mm.”
A-Wu, “The dragon flew away.”
Jing Yue was about to answer when the leader of the snake tribe said angrily, “Stop playing dumb! Tell me! What happened just now?! Where did you hide the dragon egg? If you don't hand over the dragon egg, this will never end!”
His anger finally attracted Jing Yue's attention. The young Daoist asked, “Are you sure you want the dragon egg?”
The leader of the snake tribe was annoyed by his contemptuous attitude, and instantly turned into a giant python more than ten feet long. He flicked his tongue and said, “Hand it over!”
Jing Yue suddenly smiled. “Okay.”
His cooperation immediately gave the leader of the snake tribe warning bells, but before the leader could figure it out, Jing Yue said softly, “Come back here.”
A gigantic dragon descended from the sky, making the cracked hole even bigger, and sent dust billowing.
“Ouch, my back…” The giant dragon spoke human speech, rolled on the ground, and stood up with difficulty.
Hong Yan was furious. He got a new body by accident and wanted to fly in the sky smugly for a while. After all, he hadn't enjoyed the pleasure of flying through the clouds for more than 10,000 years, nor smelled the scent of all creatures for too long.
Besides, he could feel that this place was full of spiritual energy, unlike anything he’d ever seen before, so he wanted to take a good look.
However, before he flew a few miles, he felt as if his remnant soul was petrified, and his physical body was dragged down uncontrollably, and even fell flat to the ground!
Hong Yan took a step forward angrily, leaned over slightly, and glared at Jing Yue with a pair of huge dragon eyes.
Hong Yan roared at Jing Yue, and the strong wind messed up Jing Yue's hair. The snake tribe in the cave couldn't help but take a half step back from the dragon pressure he released. They were so nervous that their legs went weak, but they saw that the human facing the dragon was calm.
Hong Yan, “Kid surnamed Jing, you…”
Jing Yue, “For disrespecting your master, I’ll punish you to twist into a loop.”
With that said, the dragon's body was tied into a knot.
Hong Yan was totally humiliated and cursed, “I… ouch!”
No one knew what happened, but the giant dragon suddenly lay on the ground, its fierce vertical pupils became clear, and it yelled childishly, “Master! Master!”
Jing Yue raised his eyebrows. “The dragon fetus?”
The giant dragon nodded repeatedly and flicked its knotted tail.
Jing Yue understood. The dragon fetus suppressed Hong Yan's remnant soul and controlled the dragon body now. So, he stepped forward and touched the other party's nose. “Tell me what happened just now.”
The dragon fetus tilted its head slightly as if thinking. After a while, Jing Yue felt the consciousness of the dragon fetus.
It turned out that the dragon egg, which was formed from the heart of the ancient dragon, had only one purpose, which was to breed dragon offspring. The dragon egg sensed the dragon soul and the dragon skeleton in the Sumeru ring and poured all its power into them, allowing the dragon skeleton to regenerate flesh and blood, and have a true second chance of life.
“I see.” Jing Yue smiled. “That's good. You look much better like this.”
The dragon fetus rolled around happily.
Jing Yue turned his head and said to the leader of the snake tribe, “Do you still want the dragon egg?”
The leader of the snake tribe hurriedly shook his head. Although he still didn't believe that the dragon egg was this giant dragon, the dragon had acknowledged the human as its master, so how would he dare to say anything?
Jing Yue, “Can we leave then?”
The leader of the snake tribe nodded hastily again, wanting to send the God of Plague away.
Jing Yue picked up the treasures scattered on the ground, some of which were completely destroyed, and Jing Yue was heartbroken. Fortunately, due to Ji-ji's forceful request back then, he prepared two Sumeru rings, and the ring that stored the dragon skeleton did not contain many valuables.
“Dragon fetus, go back to the Sumeru ring.”
He didn't want to catch the attention with a giant dragon in tow. There might be trouble if he was unlucky enough to attract the dragon race.
The dragon hesitated a bit, and looked at Jing Yue eagerly, his eyes full of longing.
Jing Yue, “What’s the matter?” He thought the dragon fetus didn’t want to be locked up now that it had a physical body.
But the dragon fetus' consciousness told him that it wanted a name.
Jing Yue was taken aback before he remembered that the dragon fetus never had a name. He pondered for a while. “Since you’ve formed a bond with me, and you’re of the dragon race, how about… let’s call you Xiao-ji?”
Everyone: …. What’s the connection?
A scream rang through his consciousness, almost knocking Jing Yue out.
“Ji-ji disagrees! I! Don’t! Agree!”
The blue phoenix, who passed out from the vision of the dragon skeleton growing flesh, woke up at this time. Before it could express its fear of the dragon skeleton's resurrection, it heard something that broke its heart.
The blue phoenix jumped into Jing Yue's arms, tears streaming down the wind. “Jing-jing! Ji-ji will be good, Jing-jing doesn't need a substitute.”
Jing Yue, “…”
“Ji-ji is begging you…”
The blue phoenix wiped its tears with its wings, crying uncontrollably. Jing Yue was both amused and heartbroken. “Okay, that’s enough. I just thought that since you keep calling him your younger brother, naming him Xiao-ji can show that the two of you are related. If you don't want to, let’s find another name.”
The blue phoenix tremblingly said, “Really?”
Jing Yue couldn't help pressing its head.
“Let's call it Hong Shi, with the same surname as Hong Yan,” Jing Yue proposed again.
The remnant soul of Hong Yan, who was squeezed into the corner, was furious upon hearing that. The dragon race would never acknowledge relatives so casually!
Hong Yan wanted to resist but was suppressed by the dragon fetus. The latter was very satisfied with the name and said happily, “Hong Shi! Hong Shi!”
As the protestor had no way to express his protest, the naming event ended ‘happily’, and because of this accident, the blue phoenix even forgot to express dissatisfaction about the dragon skeleton turning into a real dragon.
Under the fearful and jealous eyes of the snake tribe, the tribesmen returned to the tribe again and held a three-day and three-night celebration for this.
Although they failed to raise the dragon as they wished, the dragon recognized Jing Yue as its master, and Jing Yue was the apprentice of the chief. To the tribesmen, the dragon had become the common property of the tribe.
Two days later, Jing Yue finally awaited the return of the eagle named Cutie. According to the information from Cutie, it found the person in the portrait, who was in Suna City to the west.
Without delay, A-Wu wanted to set off with Jing Yue that very day. Before leaving, he opened the forbidden area in the tribe and took out a stone sword from it.
“I forged this sword myself, and it’ll be the only sword in my life.” A-Wu caressed the blade gently. “You may not believe it, but I can always hear the stone sword talking to me.”
Jing Yue knew immediately that the stone sword had developed a sword spirit.
He told A-Wu what he knew about swords. A-Wu was surprised and asked many questions, and finally sighed. “I loved swords since I was a child, but I never knew that so many things went on with swords. It seems that you decorations in the West aren’t that useless, after all.” He said longingly, “I really want to see a sword that has given birth to a sword soul. I wonder what it’ll look like.”
Jing Yue, “As long as we find Yanzhi, Shizun can see one.”
After the two bade farewell to the tribesmen, A-Wu and Jing Yue flew for a full hundred days. One day, they finally arrived in Suna City.
As soon as he entered the city, Jing Yue felt a sense of affection.
It was not only from the fact that Suna City was quite similar to the urban landscape of later generations but also Qin Yanzhi’s presence.
At this moment, he was finally relieved. He confirmed that Qin Yanzhi was indeed here.
“Suna City is attached to the Royal Purple Palace.” A-Wu explained, “The Royal Purple Palace is very mysterious, and no one knows its origin. It suddenly appeared quite aggressively, and quickly took over several surrounding cities under its sphere of influence.”
“The Royal Purple Palace?” Jing Yue felt that the name sounded familiar. After thinking about it for a while, he finally recalled the records about the Royal Purple Palace in the secret realm.
When he thought that the first Palace Master was also a person who could not awaken his talent, he had a vague premonition that Qin Yanzhi was in the Royal Purple Palace.
He guessed that Yanzhi was probably in trouble or he would have looked for Jing Yue.
Jing Yue was about to ask for information when someone suddenly shouted on the street, “The Holy Son is here! Lord Holy Son is here to patrol the city!”
With this shout, many city residents around became excited.
“The Holy Son has finally come to our Suna City! I heard from people in Taye City that Lord Holy Son has an extraordinary appearance and a natural temperament, and everyone will fall for him at first sight!”
“Of course, otherwise, how could the Palace Master choose him as Holy Son?”
“What is Holy Son?” Jing Yue asked A-Wu curiously, but A-Wu also shook his head blankly.
At this time, there was a loud commotion in front. The people on the street quickly moved aside, knelt on both sides of the long street, and bowed to the ground.
Jing Yue narrowed his eyes slightly. In the distance, he could see a sedan chair carried by eight people slowly approaching from the end of the long street.
Those eight people were all young and strong, with their upper bodies bare, and their bulging muscles showed that their physique practice wasn’t weak. The sedan chair they carried was even more luxurious, shining like a bright moon, with layers of tulle hanging on all sides. When the wind blew, the tulle rippled like waves on the sea, adding a mystery to the person on the sedan.
At this moment, Jing Yue's heart thumped violently and uncontrollably, and all his blood gushed straight to his brain because he had no doubt that the person in the sedan was Qin Yanzhi!