Part 2 Special Episode: Four Years
The gnome’s record reads: ______ gave the wheel of time to the gnome race.
Xiu rummaged through all of the gnome’s data and never found the name that should be in that blank space. According to all of the information he could access, the gnomes attempted to manipulate the law of time, thus they were erased by time, but the deliberately erased name implies that things are not that simple. Xiu stared blankly at the blank.1 He wanted to know who this person is. Compared to the gnomes of old who wanted to manipulate time itself, Xiu was more concerned with snatching control of the wheel of time from that unknown person.
Since he could not find the master of the artifact, then he would need to work directly on the artifact itself.
Yet even if he has earned his six-star credentials, he is still unable to shake the wheel of time. The immense wheel, as always, was quiet and shining, as if laughing at mortal powerlessness and presumptuousness.
If mortals cannot control it, then … What about a god?
Xiu took out Dan’s note and tore it apart without hesitation.
Three days later, the green-clothed merchant appeared in the Gnome ruins.
“Gee, you really made me look hard for you.” Dan took the book in his right hand, looking at the steel city with great interest. “Luckily, the channel is open, otherwise I would have a credibility crisis.”
Dan addressed the flaxen-haired gnome. “That must be Your Excellency’s masterpiece. So, what kind of deal do you want to make with me this time?”
“Get my companion out of it.” Xiu pointed to the wheel of time. “I will pay anything.”
“I didn’t see the human, was he sucked in?” Dan glanced at the wheel of time, and then asked Xiu to confirm it again: “What’s the reward?”
After getting Xiu’s affirmation, Dan went to the front of the wheel of time and pressed his hand on it. “How exciting!”
The light of the wheel of time became more dazzling but Dan jerked back a few steps. He was silent for a while then said to Xiu: “It’s a pity but I’m afraid I’m incapable of completing this transaction.”
“You are a god … you really can’t do anything?”
Dan’s eyes narrowed and his normally harmless demeanor was replaced by a terrifying manner. In a flash Old John moved in front of Xiu, falling into an attack posture.
“You know?” Dan’s voice was very light and dangerous: “How did you find out?”
“Answer my previous question,” said Xiu, still standing upright even in the face of pressure as heavy as a mountain, “and I’ll tell you.”
Dan gazed coldly at Xiu. It was as though he was looking at an ant.
The sweat slid down the gnome’s cheek and the whole room seemed to solidify.
The next moment, Dan patted the book on his forehead, and went back to his usual harmless appearance.
“Your Excellency really makes me feel embarrassed. I don’t want to lose such a satisfied customer.” Dan raised the book slightly, revealing a bitter face. “It is a master artifact that can be destroyed but not controlled – only its master can control it.”
Xiu already knew this but he did not think that even a god cannot seize control of the wheel of time. “Who is its master?
“I don’t know.” Dan shook his head: “I can only say that it gave me the feeling that I should not meddle with this object … Don’t look at me like that, a god is not omnipotent, not to mention I can’t use my power now. Maybe one day your partner will come out.”
The green-clothed demon spread his hands. “Well, I’ve answered your question, can you answer mine now?”
“… He told me.”
“He?” Dan immediately reacted and followed Xiu’s eyes to the wheel of time. “How did he find out? Why would an ordinary man – ”
Xiu’s heart beat violently and he eagerly interrupted Dan’s words. Xiu didn’t realize that his voice trembled as he said: “Wait – did you say he is an ordinary man?”
“What else?” Dan looked at Xiu with amazement. “What do you think he is?”
“… a god?”
Xiu watched the green-clothed merchant shake his head with great certainty.
“No, he is not a god.”
Deep in the depths of the sea of undead souls, in a house built of bones, the lid of a black coffin slid open. A wrinkled hand grasped the edge of the coffin. Slowly, a dried-out body rose.
The mummy clapped her hands, and a bat flew over with a bottle of red liquid. The mummy took the bottle and opened the lid. The house was filled with the rich scent of blood.
“Glug, glug, glug.”
After the contents were all gulped down, a white, plump hand put down the empty bottle. The tips of the hand were painted red.
The mummy had disappeared, replaced by a sexy woman with long, straight black hair who wore a Necromancer’s black robe. She stretched.
“I’ve been asleep a long time and my bones are rusty,” said the woman, placing her red fingertips to her red lips and giggling. “Let my lovely disciple come and stretch with me.”
The coquettish woman got up and used the contract to summon her beloved student, but the information she got from the contract made her stop in her tracks.
The voluptuous woman’s body began to tremble, long fangs burst from her mouth and stabbed her red lips, drawing blood.
“Who was it? Who dared to kill my student Anat?!” A furious breath rolled over the bone house, and the woman’s voice became ugly with anger. “I want him to die!!!”
Xiu remembered a story he had heard.
A demon was sealed by God. For the first 100 years, the demon thought that if someone were to release it, the demon will give that person countless treasures. However, 100 years passed and no one released it
For the second 100 years, the demon thought that if someone were to release it, the demon will give that person the best things in the world. However, 200 years passed and no one released it.
For the third 100 years, the demon thought that if someone were to release it, the demon will make all of that person’s wishes come true. Unfortunately, 300 years passed and no one released it.
The demon became desperate and furiously said to himself: “If someone releases me, then I will kill that person!”
The first time he heard the story, Xiu was so ignorant that he could not understand why the demon would choose to kill its benefactor. He thought, “oh, it’s because he is a devil.” Xiu could not understand that demon’s hope and despair.
But now that he has experienced it himself, Xiu understands that waiting for something without knowing when it will come is pure agony.
Day after day, the little Phoenix is growing up.
The parts he made for Old John are getting more and more elaborate.
But Du Ze never showed up.
The excitement of hearing the news that Du Ze is not a god began to cool down. He may not have to wait for that man anymore.
That man is his only hope. He can lose everything except for Du Ze. He will never let him go.
He waited for a year, then another year, and in the blink of an eye another year passed by.
The gnome’s little figure leaned against the wheel of time, and he put his face on the wheel and lowered his eyes.
Come out quickly, I want to see you.
Come out quickly, I want to say something to you.
Come out quickly, I’m already … I can hardly bear it anymore.
The demon says if someone releases it, it will kill that person.
The surface of the wheel reflected Xiu’s eyes. The color was so bright that it seemed to ooze blood.
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