Chapter 537: Whale Island
Translated by Yan of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
After four and a half days, the merchant ship finally arrived peacefully at Whale Island.
They actually hadn’t encountered any roaming pirates along the journey. You XiaoMo originally wanted to see the pirates of this world, but his hopes were dashed.
The merchant ship reached the shore, and the crew began to unload the ship.
Whale Island’s port was three or four times bigger than River Town’s port. There were also more merchant ships in the port, and it was extremely lively. Indeed, it was exactly what the old man had said: Whale Island’s situation was much better than River Town’s.
You XiaoMo and Ling Xiao weren’t in any hurry to get off the ship, but Yang Ding and the rest fled rapidly off the boat as soon as it neared shore. Ever since You XiaoMo had punished them, they didn’t dare to create any more trouble, and every time they saw You XiaoMo on the ship, they grew extremely nervous. In the end, they simply hid in their rooms and didn’t dare to come out.
A third of the cargo had just been unloaded when the captain came up and told them to get off, saying that there was someone looking for them.
You XiaoMo turned his head and looked at Ling Xiao. He had spoken correctly again; it seemed that the old man from River Town indeed had some connections. Now there was no need for them to go search on their own, as he had already arranged it for them.
After disembarking, they saw who had come to find them, and they discovered that it was a young person whose facial features still seemed slightly childlike. Unexpectedly, the young person’s original form was that of the Tortoise Clan.
The youth took the initiative and indicated that he had come to find them, as the old man had said.
Although the youth wasn’t from the Mystic Tortoise Clan, nor was he a Psychic Black Turtle, it seemed that his rank wasn’t low in the Tortoise Clan either. Moreover, he was very familiar with the people on Whale Island, and people continuously greeted him along the way.
The youth wasn’t a calm person, and he very quickly began to start asking them questions.
“I heard Old Long say that you guys came to Living Waters River Boundary because you were entrusted by the Tortoise Clan. Could I ask what the name of the person who entrusted you is?” Old Long was the old man, and his original body was that of a dragon turtle.
You XiaoMo had long since guessed that he would ask about this. The Psychic Black Turtle most likely already knew of how Mo Jing had been attacked while bringing back the baby turtle. All in all, the baby turtle was the Black Turtle Clan’s descendant, and its status and position were both not ordinary. The Black Turtle Clan’s people were probably extremely worried that it hadn’t come back for so long.
But this was still too fishy, so even though they knew that You XiaoMo and Ling Xiao most likely had something to do with Mo Jing and the baby turtle, they still didn’t dare to just rashly take them to the Black Turtle Clan.
“There’s no harm in telling you.” You XiaoMo asked for Ling Xiao’s opinion using his eyes before he said, “His name is Mo Jing.”
After finishing, You XiaoMo caught a flash of excitement across the youth’s face.
Up to this point, they could basically confirm that the old man and the youth were actually both the Black Turtle Clan’s scouts, or else they couldn’t have known about Mo Jing’s situation with their status.
However, You XiaoMo didn’t plan on instantly handing over the baby turtle to the youth.
The youth deliberated for a while. “Did the man called Mo Jing only tell you guys to deliver a few messages to the Black Turtle Clan? There was nothing else besides this?”
“Of course. What else do you think there is?” You XiaoMo innocently blinked. He really knew nothing at all.
“Oh, nothing, nothing. I was just asking casually.” The youth nodded hastily while releasing a breath of air at the same time. He just knew that it was impossible. The Young Master was so important, so how could Mo Jing just hand it over to two strangers, but Old Long had insisted on him asking about it.
“Speaking of which, don’t get offended, but I have a small pet that’s the same race as you.” You XiaoMo suddenly laughed before fishing out the baby turtle from his robe. “See, it’s this baby turtle. Isn’t it cute?”
The baby turtle crawled slowly across his hand, and its claws hung gently over his fingers. Its strength was very light, so it felt as if it was tickling him. This movement indicated that it was extremely happy.
The moment the youth heard ‘baby turtle,’ his eyes grew wide, but when he saw the baby turtle on You XiaoMo’s hand, he calmed down again.
Young Master was a Psychic Black Turtle, and their shells had a pattern across them. This baby turtle didn’t have any, and it seemed that it was just an ordinary baby turtle. He glanced at it once and then lost interest.
You XiaoMo laughed secretly to himself. Now he could confirm even more that the youth knew about the baby turtle.
As for why the pattern on the baby turtle’s seal disappeared, it was actually very simple. It was because he covered it with paint that was the same color.
Afterwards, You XiaoMo boldly let the baby turtle stand on his shoulder.
The youth didn’t even notice anymore, but You XiaoMo could imagine how upset he would be once he learned of the truth.
The youth was also from the Dragon Turtle Clan. He was called Hai Chu, and though he looked shy, he was actually a very talkative person. He had a somewhat good opinion of You XiaoMo, so he willingly explained Whale Island’s situation to him along the way.
Whale Island was a middle tier island in Living Waters River Boundary. It served as a transfer point among the various islands. For example, there were some islands that would bring the goods that they were selling to Whale Island before transferring them to other islands that needed it via Whale Island. That was why it was so lively.
Hai Chu brought them to an inn to stay at.
Sea beasts didn’t really put much emphasis on living spaces, so the buildings were as simple and crude as they were in River Town. But with one glance they could tell that the buildings were very sturdy and practical.
“Please feel free to stay here at the inn. I’ve already sent a message informing the others that you are seeking the Black Turtle Clan, and before long someone should come to clear up the situation with you two.” Hai Chu sent them to their room.
You XiaoMo nodded and said, “Okay, but don’t take too long. We can’t stay here for very long.” He still didn’t know what had happened outside, so he wanted to hurry and go back.
“I understand, Young Master can be at ease.”
Hai Chu left after finishing speaking.
When You XiaoMo walked in the room and saw the big bed, he couldn’t resist sighing. It was a wooden platform bed again. It seemed that he would have to start preparing some cotton-padded quilts from now on, or else when he was being done by Ling Xiao on the bed, it would take off several layers of skin. It was so hard that it was truly uncomfortable.
You XiaoMo placed the baby turtle on the table. The Metal Swallowing Beast and the Golden Winged Insect also both ran out. CatQiu was taken away by PiQiu and the rest, so there were only a few small demon beasts at his side who couldn’t or didn’t know how to change shapes.
The Golden Winged Insect liked to stand on the baby turtle’s shell quite a bit, and sometimes it would even flap its wings as if it were driving the baby turtle.
The Metal Swallowing Beast was the worst. Since the baby turtle moved extremely slowly, the Metal Swallowing Beast would often push the baby turtle back to its original position after it had crawled a small distance and force it to crawl all over again, and it took great pleasure in this. Afterwards, the baby turtle would get angry and turn around in search of You XiaoMo for comfort.
Every time You XiaoMo would scold them, but then they would just do it again.
The baby turtle crawled slowly back to You XiaoMo’s hand and started to crawl up along his fingers with an ‘I won’t play with you’ attitude.
Since the Metal Swallowing Beast and the Golden Winged Insect had just been scolded, they had no choice but to play by themselves.
“So next we should just wait for the Black Turtle Clan’s people to come find us?” You XiaoMo poured a cup of hot tea for Ling Xiao. The tea was provided by the inn, and the room had been prepared well in advance by Hai Chu. It was clear that this was planned beforehand.
“Mm.” Ling Xiao replied sparingly.
You XiaoMo couldn’t help but pet the baby turtle. “At that time, we’ll have to return the baby turtle to them.” Although the baby turtle looked a little endearingly silly, it was still much more trouble than the Metal Swallowing Beast or the Golden Winged Insect.
Ling Xiao raised his eyebrows. “You like it?”
You XiaoMo knew that if he replied that he did, Ling Xiao’s next statement would be something like ‘then just let it stay by your side’ or ‘I’ll catch you a new one’.
Their relationship with the QiLin Clan wasn’t that good in the first place, and if they added on the Psychic Black Turtle, then that wouldn’t be very fun.
You XiaoMo thought a bit. “Nah, never mind. I don’t want to be a nanny.”
The baby turtle was born not too long ago, and You XiaoMo didn’t know how the Black Turtle Clan took care of its younglings. During this entire time, he had been feeding it spirit fruit, and if he had ruined the baby turtle, then he was screwed.
“Up to you,” Ling Xiao said.
After that they settled down in the inn. Hai Chu came to see them once and said that he had finally gotten in touch with the Black Turtle Clan. He told them that they would get there in three days before asking them to wait patiently.
You XiaoMo was so bored that he took his adorkable crew and Ling Xiao out to shop around Whale Island. Along the way he bought quite a bit of Whale Island’s and the surrounding islands’ special goods, including both practical and impractical items. Several were also the adorkable crew’s toys.
After strolling through two streets, You XiaoMo pulled Ling Xiao into a teahouse.
The shopkeeper of the teahouse happily served them a pot of hot tea. You XiaoMo poured a cup of tea before picking it up and walking to the door. He handed it to a young man who was pretending to look around, and he said with a smile, “It must’ve been hard to follow us this whole time. I invite you to drink a cup of tea!”
There was a dumbfounded look on the young man’s face, and after he recovered, he instantly ran off awkwardly.
He was the person that Hai Chu had sent to keep an eye on them. First, it was because he was still a little suspicious of their motives, and second, he was afraid that they would just leave like this.
The young man had even believed that his tailing skill was pretty good.
But what he didn’t know was that You XiaoMo and Ling Xiao had already discovered his existence since the moment they walked out of the inn. It was only that they paid no attention to him and pretended as if he wasn’t there at all.
You XiaoMo drank the tea in one gulp before returning to Ling Xiao. He chuckled. “That fellow’s mental fortitude really sucks. All I did was invite him to drink a cup of tea, it wasn’t like I was going to eat him.”
“You couldn’t eat him anyway.” Ling Xiao splashed cold water on him.
You XiaoMo pouted and ignored him. He lifted the cup and fed the baby turtle some tea, and the Metal Swallowing Beast also came over to join the fun.