Chapter 25.1 – Author: That is the proper use of storage rings
“Cough, cough, cough …”
Violet was coughing in the smoke and wanted to climb up from the ground, but there was a sharp pain on her back. She was able to reach out a hand to feel the ground before everything in her vision turned red. In that moment she could only form a battle aura around herself for defense before the explosion swept across everything around her.1
There was silence. In the smoke, Violet could not see her companions. After resting for a while, the demon girl stood up, softly calling out: “Lord Xiu … Mr. Du Ze?”
She remembered their location when last she saw them, so first she went to where Xiu had been resting. She did not find him. Violet then went to the center of the explosion. There she found the two of them huddled together. Xiu had his back to Violet and he was holding the other person in his bosom. The Lich’s body was badly damaged, but with his death aura he was recovering at a speed visible to the naked eye.
The smell of blood grew stronger. Violet went to Xiu’s side and was shocked to see the black-haired youth in the Lich’s arms. No matter how you looked at it, that person was clearly dying. Even with the Lich protecting Du Ze’s body with his, they were just too close to the Flame Lord’s explosion. Sharp stone fragments had penetrated Du Ze’s chest, making his blood flow unceasingly.
Among all races, the dragons have the strongest physique while the weakest are the gnomes, followed by the humans. Violet was surprised and puzzled; is Du Ze really just a human, not a dragon?
Xiu hugged Du Ze silently. For the first time, Violet saw a dazed and bewildered expression on the Lich’s face.
Xiu was frozen, as though he were afraid that any movement would cause the youth in his arms to stop breathing.
Why is he so scared?
The man can only stay by his side.
If this man were to die, he could still make an undead puppet of him, so why is he so worried?
This person is different.
Since when did he start to think that?
This person is important – why is this person important?
The Lich’s strong death aura forced Violet to back up a little. It gave one the feeling that anyone nearby would be quickly killed.
Xiu was frowning, trying to think of a way to save Du Ze. Actually, there was no need to heal Du Ze completely. If he can just keep the youth alive until midnight, then that person will not die. But all he can use at this time is the undead magic, which represents torture and death.
Since the undead can’t do it, Xiu coldly thought that a change would come in handy.
A white flame leapt up, illuminating the symbol on the torch.
Violet raised a hand to her mouth in amazement when a man with splendid blond hair appeared. The man gently pressed down on the black-haired youth’s wound. Inside the volcano filled with dark elements, there was a sudden glow of healing.
The light elements, summoned by the magic of Xiu, battled with the dense dark and fire elements in the volcano and attached themselves to Xiu’s hand. Under the light of the healing magic, Du Ze’s chest stopped bleeding, but his face was still very pale. This healing was only a drop in the bucket since the amount of light elements in the reverse side of the continent are too sparse to allow Xiu to use even the most basic healing magic. Xiu couldn’t remove his hand from Du Ze’s chest for even a moment, else the youth would stop breathing and die.
As time passed, Xiu’s face became paler and paler until there was very little difference between his face and Du Ze’s. Both of them looked like they were dying. Violet held her peace for a long time but, finally, she could not stay quiet: “It’s hopeless …”
Violet opened her mouth but then choose to keep silent. If Alice were on the verge of death, Violet would never give up even if she was wasting her energy.
The demon girl in the blue dress did not have the heart to look at the two of them anymore so she looked up at the purple sky. The two moons continued to climb the heavens slowly. They would not stop for anyone’s death. Violet was so sad that she even felt like the moons were glaring down at her
This night is so long.
The wet sound of something being pulled out of a body caught her attention and Violet looked back in astonishment. She saw that the stone fragments in Du Ze’s body were pulled out and thrown aside by Xiu. The youth’s chest was filled with bloody gashes but at that very moment Violet thought she she saw a miracle.
The handsome young man with blond hair lowered his eyes and his blue eyes reflected the appearance of the black-haired youth whose body was now completely restored. The blonde’s lips were curved up in a smile and he seemed to be saying someone’s name in a whisper. The next moment, the person holding Du Ze fell to the ground, unconscious.
Du Ze had another dream but this time, amazingly enough, he knew he was dreaming.
Surrounded by darkness, Du Ze looked down at his chest and touched it gingerly. Before he lost consciousness, he had felt a severe pain in that area. Even in this dream he still felt a faint ache.
[…… You …]
The sudden sound startled Du Ze. It sounded like an old phone call, very intermittent, noisy and disturbing.
[…… How…… Dying … Where are you …]
This time Du Ze listened attentively and could just barely understand a few words here and there. Somehow, Du Ze felt that the person who made the sound was listening. When Du Ze opened his mouth to speak, the static noise in the background suddenly vanished and the dark place became silent once more. One sentence could describe this situation properly: Your connection was interrupted.
Then Du Ze woke up.
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