“If she didn’t have anything to do with you, why would she come to this market with you? This king has never seen her bring anyone else here… Wait, you said you only knew Xiao Die for a month?” The bear-like man suddenly frowned as he looked at Yang Kai, seemingly remembering something, “You’re a newbie who came a month ago?”
Yang Kai nodded, “Yes!”
The bear-like man slapped his head and laughed loudly, “No wonder you look a bit unfamiliar, so you’re a newbie!” His smile faded as he said fiercely, “A newbie dares to have ideas on my woman, are you tired of living?”
Yang Kai was speechless, “Friend, did you misunderstand? I’m not too familiar with Lady Die You, it’s just that I’m a newcomer and am unfamiliar with this market, so she kindly brought me here to broaden my horizons.”
“That’s all?” The bear-like man stared at Yang Kai with his big eyes, the axe in his hand held horizontally in front of him, ready to strike at any moment.
“Hmph!” The bear-like man nostrils flared as he stared at him carefully for a long time before finally saying, “At least you know what’s good for you. Little brat, you better remember that Xiao Die is my woman. If you dare to have any ideas about her, this old master will make you regret ever being born in this world.” Rubbing his chin, he put on a disdainful look, “But then again, Xiao Die probably doesn’t like someone like you.”
Yang Kai was speechless. He didn’t know where this sense of superiority came from, but he still said, “Friend, you’re right, Lady Xiao Die is a natural beauty with a kind temperament. Only a hero like you can match her!”
The bear-like man originally had a fierce look on his face, but after hearing Yang Kai’s words, he suddenly burst into laughter, his gaze towards Yang Kai becoming much friendlier as he couldn’t help nodding, “You’re right, in the entire Fire Spiritual Land, no, Seven Skillful Land, only this king is worthy of Xiao Die. How could anyone else have such qualifications? Little brat, you have good eyes, what’s your name?”
Yang Kai cupped his fists, “Little Brother is Yang Kai!”
The bear-lime man nodded, “I’ll remember your name. Since you’re new here, it’s rare for you to have such insight, so follow me from now on. If anyone dares bully you in Fire Spiritual Land, just say my name.” The bear-like man raised his thumb and proudly declared, “Remember, this king's name is Xiang Yong!”
“So it’s Brother Xiang. This name is truly awe-inspiring. When this little brother heard it, he couldn’t help feeling a sense of admiration.”
“Stop flattering me!” Although Xiang Yong said so, the smile on his face couldn’t be concealed.
“Brother Xiang is also from the Fire Spiritual Land?” Yang Kai asked curiously.
“Yes! What’s so strange about that?”
“No, no, it’s just that I’m a bit curious. Why haven’t I seen someone as mighty and fierce as Brother Xiang before?”
“We haven’t met before, but it’s not too late to meet now!”
“Yes, yes, yes. Seeing someone like Brother Xiang today, I have no regrets in this life,” Yang Kai coughed lightly and looked at him, “Since the misunderstanding has been resolved, can Little Brother return now?”
Yang Kai excused himself and flew past him.
“Wait a moment!” Xiang Yong suddenly rushed over and chopped down with his axe, cutting off Yang Kai’s path and glancing at him, “If Xiao Die asks later…”
“Brother Xiang and I hit it off right from the start, Brother Xiang has always taken care of me…” Yang Kai didn’t even need to think about it as he spoke.
Xiang Yong grinned happily, “You’re not bad! This king admires you. Alright, go back.”
After bidding farewell to Xiang Yong, Yang Kai went straight back to the Fire Spiritual Land and returned to the village where the servants’ home were located. Taking out his token, he opened the seal on his room and sat down. Just then, a knock came from outside.
Opening the door, he saw Die You standing outside, sizing him up, “Are you alright?”
“I’m fine, what could have happened?” Yang Kai blinked.
“It’s good that you’re fine. Just now, someone told me that Xiang Yong had left the servants’ house and I was just about to go take a look when you returned.”
“Xiang Yong? Who is Xiang Yong?”
“The one who followed me today, the one who looks like a bear,” Die You said as she smiled.
Yang Kai nodded in understanding, “So he’s Xiang Yong, but what does him leaving the servants’ house have to do with me?”
“It’s best if it doesn’t matter,” Die You said before taking out two more items, “Oh right, I forgot to give you this.”
It was a wooden box with two boxes of Hundred Refinements Incense.
Yang Kai stretched out his hand to receive it and thanked him, “When I’ve collected enough Open HEaven Pills, I’ll definitely return them to you.”
“There’s no rush,” Die You smiled, “Then you rest well, I’ll go back first.” Saying so, she yawned, a lazy look appearing on her face.
“Goodbye,” Yang Kai nodded.
After Die You left, Yang Kai closed the door and took out the Wood Box and Hundred Refinement Incense. He had obtained these two items from Old Fang before and had even used them to catch insects, so he was no stranger to them.
Two boxes of Hundred Refined Incense, with ten of them, was enough to last him a year or two, so for the time being, it didn’t matter even if he didn’t have the Open Heaven Pill.
Just as he put away the box and incense, he heard a knock on the door.
Yang Kai was a bit puzzled, wondering who it was that had come to find him again. He thought Die You had forgotten something, so he opened the door and was immediately dazzled by a golden light.
At the entrance, a golden chicken half the height of a man stood proudly, like a great general overlooking his territory.
After staring at each other for a while, Yang Kai smiled and said, “So it’s Great General, what brings Great General here? I don’t have any more Jade Fire Silkworms here!”
General Si Chen slowly turned his head and stared at Yang Kai with one eye.
Yang Kai scratched his head in confusion.
After staring for a long time, General Si Chen slowly strode forward, his fat butt swaying as he slowly walked away.
Yang Kai was confused, lowering his head to examine himself, but he found nothing out of the ordinary. When he looked again, General Si Chen had disappeared.
Shaking his head speechlessly, Yang Kai closed the door and began meditating.
For the next two days, nothing happened.
On the morning of the third day, the sound of the Golden Chicken call resounded throughout the entire village, causing Yang Kai to be startled awake. Listening carefully, he couldn’t help but frown, feeling that the Great General’s announcement today was a bit too close to him.
Rising to his feet, he opened the door to his room and saw that General Si Chen was standing in front of his own door, screaming loudly.
'Do I have a grudge with you?' Yang Kai really wanted to ask. Since coming to this servant room, this guy had been intentionally or unintentionally causing trouble.
Glaring fiercely at the Great General, Yang Kai closed the door and soared into the sky.
Streams of light rose from all over the village and rushed towards the fruit garden.
In less than an hour, they had arrived at the fruit garden. First, they went to their own territory to inspect the fruit trees, making sure that they were growing well and that there were no Fire Spirit Fruits missing, before carefully taking care of each fruit tree.
After half a day of hard work, a total of thirty fruit trees had been taken care of, so it didn’t take much effort for him to find Old Fang.
Old Fang was still busy. He had a lot of fruit trees under him, so every time he came, he would have to work for a few days before he could rest.
After spending a month together, they could be considered acquaintances. Seeing him come over, Old Fang simply greeted him and busied himself.
Yang Kai followed behind Old Fang and chatted with him for a while. At first, Old Fang was still in the mood to deal with him, but after a while, he became quite annoyed, mainly because he hadn’t finished his work yet, so he wasn’t in the mood to chat with Yang Kai. However, this guy was still pointing fingers at him, acting as if he was the most experienced person in the world.
“If you really don’t have anything else to do, let’s play a game of chess as soon as possible,” Old Fang couldn’t take it anymore and looked up at Yang Kai.
Yang Kai turned his head to look around, silently calculating the amount of work Old Fang had to do and the time he would need to spend, before turning around and saying, “Forget it, take your time. I’ll come find you in a few days.”
Saying so, he clasped his hands behind his back and leisurely walked back.
“Little ingrate!” Old Fang gritted his teeth and scolded, “You don’t know how to show consideration to an old man!”
Yang Kai turned his head towards him and pretended not to hear.
Returning to his own territory, Yang Kai was quite bored. He couldn’t cultivate here, so he had nothing to do. Suddenly, he remembered that this was a place with a history of a dead tree. He had checked it before, but he hadn’t found any problems. Perhaps this time he would be able to see something.
He immediately took out his token and focused his attention on it, but in the end, he found nothing…
Retracting the token, Yang Kai rubbed his chin, not understanding what had gone wrong with this damned place. Why had three trees suddenly died previously?
Unconsciously, he remembered what Die You had said in the market before. He had condensed the Five Elements' Wood Force and could use it to nourish the Fire Spirit Fruit Tree.
If he couldn’t find the problem with this piece of land, he could use his wood energy to nourish it in advance to prevent any future problems from occurring. This way, he wouldn’t have to take responsibility if something really went wrong.
Now that he had found something he could do, Yang Kai happily went to the center of this piece of land and immersed himself in it, forming a series of hand seals to activate the power of his Dao Seal.
A faint layer of energy spread out in all directions with him as the center. If one looked carefully, they would be able to see that this layer of energy was a faint green color and was filled with rich vitality.
Yang Kai didn’t know what kind of effect the Wood Element Force had on the fruit trees, so he didn’t dare to use it strongly. It was just a small test.
As soon as he tried it out, the thirty fruit trees in his fruit garden suddenly began rustling, startling him and causing him to stop in his tracks. Looking up, he saw that the fruit trees had not changed much, but there were some subtle movements coming from a corner of the garden.
Yang Kai walked over to take a look and found that it was where the three saplings were located. At this moment, the soil around the roots of the three saplings seemed to be undulating, as if the saplings were growing, causing the soil around them to shake.
TO BE CONTINUED...