Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Maine hugged Xie Sen, pulled his collar back up, and reached out to caress his face. His eyes were full of pain.
Xie Sen subconsciously rubbed against his hand. His head was now dizzy, as if he felt like a bit of dough steaming on the steamer. As the water boiled, he was getting hotter and hotter, and his body seemed to explode.
He thought to himself, there was too insincere a bun. After steaming, it must have false obesity. A hand pinch could make a thin layer. And when it was eaten down, the stomach also wouldn’t care. After a long time, he was still hot all over, and he thought, That murderous steamed bun, it forgot to take him out of the steamer! It’s going to be bad!
Xie Sen awoke the next day. He was relaxed, and his body was full of power, but because he had sweated so much, his body was sticky and he felt extra uncomfortable. He also somehow had an indefinable feeling, as if there was something more in his consciousness, but he couldn’t see or feel it. For a moment he thought he was hallucinating.
“Is there anywhere you are uncomfortable?” Maine asked as soon as he opened his eyes.
Xie Sen reached out, touched the scruff above his lips and smiled. “No, I feel fine, I just want to take a shower,” he said, a little confused. “What’s wrong with me?”
Maine’s hand slid from his face to his left shoulder. Xie Sen subconsciously moved back. He had sweated profusely, and he hadn’t brushed his teeth since he woke up. This man was too indiscreet, right? “I’m filthy, I’m not…”
Maine couldn’t help but laugh lightly as he pulled down his collar. “I just want you to see your beast tattoo.”
Xie Sen turned his head and saw a sunflower on his shoulder that previously had nothing on it. The flower was small, right in the middle of his shoulder, and the color was bright and beautiful.
“This?” He couldn’t care less about being embarrassed because of the misunderstanding just now. He couldn’t help but be surprised. “This is my beast tattoo?”
“Yes, you have also awakened for a second time,” Maine said with a puzzled expression. “Your previous beast mark is on your right shoulder, so why is this now on your left shoulder?”
The position of the animal contract beast’s beast mark was different, which meant the gender was different. Xie Sen’s two contract beasts were both plants. Could it be that the gender of the plant beast owner wasn’t differentiated according to the position of the beast mark?
Otherwise it was impossible to have two plant beast marks, one in the left shoulder and one on the right shoulder. Xie Sen knew in his heart that it was because the peony wasn’t a beast mark at all. He thought about it a little, and guessed that the sunflower should be the original body’s contract plant.
He suddenly remembered what Gu Luo had said. The near extinction of the plant beast master, and the reduction of edible plants were related.
Under his body’s former identity, he rarely ate vegetables, and after the death of his adoptive parents, might not have even eaten nutrients on time. The body was a plant beast master, but it had nutritional deficiencies, and failed to awaken its contractual plant.
He couldn’t help but sigh a little. His predecessor really was a poor child. He didn’t awaken the contract beast before adulthood, and that was the last straw that crushed him, while in fact, he was originally a rare plant beast master.
He rubbed on the sunflower, and sighed again. What a pit. This was now ironclad proof that he really was a female!
Maine saw him sighing, and thought he was worried. He took him by the arm, “It’s okay. No matter where the beast pattern is, it’s good that you’re okay.”
Xie Sen pushed his shoulder. “I smell like sweat. Don’t get too close to me.” He looked out. “Is this the second day?”
“Mn. Are you hungry?” Maine asked.
“Hahahaha! I caught a big fish!” Just as he spoke, Long Teng’s excited voice came from outside the tent.
Xie Sen sat up, his eyes alight. “I’m hungry. I want to eat fish.” Maine pulled him up, and the two of them came out of the tent to see Long Teng was holding a large white fish, nearly a meter in length, that he had caught.
“A’Sen, are you better?” Long Teng asked as soon as he saw Xie Sen. Bai Jiao, who was putting firewood together, also looked over in concern.
Xie Sen smiled at them, “I’m fine.” He looked at the water sliding off the fish, and asked, “Where is the water? I want to take a bath.”
Long Teng pointed to his right. “There’s a river over there.”
Without hesitation, Xie Sen looked to Maine, who understood what he was thinking and followed him to the river.
The river Long Teng pointed out wasn’t far from where they were staying. It flowed and wound downstream, while there was a turn somewhere downriver that was blocked from view by a mountain wall. Xie Sen made sure there were no dangerous creatures in the water, then took a quick open-air shower, pulled out clean clothes from his spatial pack and changed into them. Now his whole person was fresh and relaxed.
But the feeling that something was now in his consciousness kept lingering, and Maine, having seen his frowning and puzzled look, asked, “What’s wrong?”
Xie Sen told him what he was sensing, “I feel like there is something more in my consciousness. It feels strange.”
Maine said, “I think it’s your awareness of the new contract plant. The previous contract plant didn’t have this feeling?”
Xie Sen shook his head. Maine looked at him for half a second, then suddenly pulled him into a hug. Xie Sen sensed his uneasiness and blinked. “What’s wrong?”
“You’re so amazing. There are so many things that are different about you. I can’t explain it, but this feeling scares me. You’re obviously right in front of me, but I always feel like you don’t belong here.”
Surprise flashed in Xie Sen’s eyes. Maine really was too sensitive. He hugged his waist and laughed, “Don’t think about it. I just have a different physique than others. By the way, where is the flying lion beast? Have you seen it?”
Maine let go of him, then led him back as he answered, “After you passed out yesterday, it fought for a long time again, then suddenly left. But it came back after some time. Long Teng went to pry. It wasn’t a beast it attacked, it was the flower.”
Speaking of the flower, Xie Sen looked around at the not-so-bright light, then looked upward to see the flower had cast a layer of shadow over the forest. He saw the back of the flower through the gap, and just for a moment, the image of a sunflower suddenly came to his mind, and an instinctive urge rose up from his heart to make the flower his.
He froze and guessed that this oversized sunflower might be his contract plant.
The idea had just surfaced in his mind, when suddenly there was a rustling sound. A huge green leaf, as if swept by true qi silk, came from a distance towards the two. The blade was very large, but very thin. It was extremely soft, and it automatically shrunk when it encountered obstacles to avoid them. It had a harsh aura, as it flew towards the two people just out of its reach.
It was reasonable to think that the blade would be very fragile, but the blade was very thin, while the edge had a green glow that was sharp and dangerous.
Maine’s expression changed abruptly. He held Xie Sen back a step, while he lifted his hand towards the leafy blade. A sharp dagger suddenly appeared in his empty hand in mid-air, and sharply cut off the front end of the leaf blade.
The blade curled up where it was hurt, and in the next moment a new leaf had suddenly grown and returned to its original appearance, as if it hadn’t been injured.
Maine looked vigilant, and Xie Sen summoned the watermelon vine, while he stared at the green leaf with a serious face. He felt a strong natural aura, and his right shoulder burned. He knew that the leaf must be part of the flower, while the wood energy was on the branch of the flower.
The green leaf stopped in place as if frozen, and Xie Sen sensed an emotional fluctuation, like a complex aggravation.
He stared at the green leaf in disbelief, only to see its huge sides both roll inward, so the huge leaf gradually became a long green stick. Then the green stick began to bend and twist into a circle. It continued to twist, and after a while, it held the twisted pattern across Xie Sen two meters away. QAQ.
Although there were no broken strokes in the middle of the green stick, and there were many locations with repetitive marks that looked a bit messy, Xie Sen still recognized it at once. He rubbed the bridge of his nose, and suddenly thought that the mood swings he had just felt might not be an illusion.
He opened his mouth and asked, “Can you understand me?”
The green stick, with its well-woven expression, swayed from top to bottom.
Sure enough, according to the experience of the first two energies, when the energy was on the beast or right next to it, he was able to communicate with them directly because of the System in his body.
But this time was different. This time the energy was in a plant, and the plant wasn’t talking. But it seemed that although it didn’t speak, it had intelligence because of the energy. It could understand human speech, and in addition, it could convey feelings.
It was just that this was the first time Xie Sen had met this kind of situation, so he had begun to ignore the emotional fluctuations.
He looked at the decapitated blade on the ground. “Sorry. You were just too fast. We thought you were going to attack us, so we attacked to hurt you.”
The aggrieved emotion dissipated, and the green leaf returned to its original form. It slowly extended its large blade to Xie Sen, with the tip curled inward to cover its sharp edge and reveal a harmless curved surface.
Xie Sen reached out and touched it. The moment he did, he immediately felt a strong, life-giving energy and a relaxed, happy mood. The blade rubbed against his hand. It folded inward, then unfolded and folded again, as if it were beckoning him.
Xie Sen thought he understood and asked, “Do you mean to let me come with you?”
The blade bobbed up and down a bit, while it conveyed a pleasant emotion to Xie Sen. It was obviously happy that Xie Sen understood its meaning.
Xie Sen hesitated. “I still have friends here, and I have to go talk to them. Can you wait?”
The blade shook again.
So Long Teng and Bai Jiao saw the two of them come back, followed by an oversized green leaf and no idea where the trunk was, while it followed Xie Sen wherever he went.
“Wow! What is this?” Long Teng was amazed. Bai Jiao was also amazed. He secretly studied the characteristics of the leaf, as he tried to recall what kind of plant it was.
Xie Sen said, “It is one of the leaves of my contract plant, the big sunflower. Now it wants me to follow it. I don’t know where it is going, I guess to its trunk.”
Long Teng’s eyes glowed as he reluctantly looked away from the fish that was nearly baked. “Shall we eat before we go?”
Xie Sen had just that in mind, and immediately nodded. “Yes, I’m hungry!”
The green leaves were very patient, as they waited for them to eat. They curiously scurried around to the four of them, and seemed very interested. After they ate and drank, the four followed the leaves to the middle. Then they heard the roar of the flying lion beast. The leaves’ speed remained unchanged, as if they hadn’t heard the same thing.
Once they reached the green branches, the leaves stopped.
At the same time, Xie Sen’s group also saw the flying lion beast that was roaring from time to time. After he stared for a while, the corner of Xie Sen’s mouth jerked.
Wasn’t this a two for one?