Chapter 31: You Are My Faith (XII)
Chapter 31: You Are My Faith (XII)
Shang Ke leaned against the soft blanket and closed his eyes to rest. His wound was rebandaged and he was changed into a robe, the front was slightly open so the Flaming Red Sky could be faintly seen. A couple strands of hair flowed down and scattered across the blanket.
Tylor held some of his hair in his hands and suddenly spoke, “Shang Ke, after we seal the tree, live with me alright? Let me take care of you.”
Shang Ke opened his eyes and looked at his serious expression and smiled, “I can take care of myself.”
“You know what I mean.” Tylor’s gaze was very devoted, a faint fire flickered in his eyes.
“Tylor, you better not forget, you are a prince.” Shang Ke looked down at Pupu who had fallen asleep on his stomach.
“I already renounce my inheritance right when I came to age, now I am just an ordinary person of the imperial family.” Tylor’s tone was cautious, “I might not be able to give you the right to display your status frankly, but I vow to only be loyal to you my entire life.”
Shang Ke’s heart was touched, this man seems to fall for him every time. He obviously didn’t have any memories of the past couple times, but he could always find him among the crowds of other people and pull him out, then give him heart to him.
Ignoring gender, ignoring identity, he was so focused on feelings that made people hard to resist him.
Shang Ke knew that his heart was touched by him and he really wanted to have a love with him without worry. But before his third mission ends, he was unable to promise him anything.
“I’m sorry, I can’t promise you.” A delicious meal was placed in front of the extremely hungry him, but he could only ruthlessly reject it.
“Is it because of my identity, or my gender?” Tylor’s gaze swept fast his eyes, lips, jaw, adam apple and collarbone one by one.
“No.” Shang Ke replied, “It’s because of my identity, and my gender.” As a person specializing in dying, he felt that he had to throw off the scum man “Death God” before he could dip a finger into the other promising young man. (Death God: A scum man? Want to try and see if I will kill you right now?)
“You can’t change your identity.” Tylor held his chin and hooked Shang Ke’s waist and whispered by his ear, “But gender, perhaps we can overcome that.”
The moment his words fell a burning hot tongue replaced it to explore his ear, sucking it.
“Don’t move.” Tylor curbed Shang Ke’s wish to move away, huskily saying, “Don’t wake up Pupu.”
While Shang Ke hesitated, Tylor’s lips swept past his chin to his adam apple, then continued down…
“Tylor!” Shang Ke quietly reprimanded, “Stop it before you go too far.”
Tylor raised his head from his chest, his eyes flickered with mirth as his lips made out a faint smile, “Shang Ke, it’s not like you feel nothing for me.”
He was already having a hard time resisting, can he please not seduce him alright?!
Shang Ke pulled a long face, doing his best to put on a realistic face.
Tylor lied down by him and helped him pull up the blanket that slid to his waist, gently speaking, “Don’t worry, even if I want to do something, this isn’t the place for it.”
Shang Ke glanced at him, leaned back and turned his back to Tylor. He went to sleep holding Pupu.
Tylor watched the two figures sleeping together, he didn’t move away his gaze for a long, long time…
Kaiser and their group continued on their journey, on the way there, they have met several groups. Just like Philippines said, not a single one was in good condition. Without exception, all of them have been invaded by the devil qi, just their degree of severity was different.
Despite Shang Ke doing his best to treat them, even he could only save some of them. In the end, Tylor had no choice but to prohibit him from saving anymore when he could hardly walk.
Five days later, the group has expand to around sixty people and they have finally arrived at the center.
Everyone finally could see in close range at the Devil’s Tree that had disturbed the continent for thousands of years.
It was around one hundred meters tall and its tree truck was around fifty meters wide. Roughly thirty people would be needed to wrap their arms around it. Its branches reached and weaved together far above like a large umbrella. The tree leaves had devil qi condensing and flowing around it, like black will-o’-wisps, burning.
Everyone could only feel as if they fell into hell, everything before their eyes was only darkness. Besides the dense devil qi, there was nothing else.
The Devil’s Tree pressure made breathing difficult for everyone. Their hearts stirred restlessly and their legs felt frozen. They couldn’t move at all.
The fear, cold, pain and pressure… drowned nearly everyone.
They lost their loses and sank into a never ending nightmare without any strength to resist.
In over seventy people, barely two or three people managed to keep their clarity.
Shang Ke gripped Tylor’s hand and helped his absorbed the devil qi within his body. At the same time, he reminded him, “The magic crystal.”
Tylor steadied his mind and fished out a transparent crystal from his pocket.
At least three magic crystals were needed to make a boundary.
Shang Ke also helped Kaiser absorb his devil qi, then the horticultural master Sindi–this guy was the first one to break away from the devil qi invasion out of everyone. The three of them put together a boundary.
They held the magic crystal and put all their faith within.
The magic crystal started to gradually shine. Like a small firefly in the deep darkness, it flickered.
Under the shining light, many people returned from their murky state and took out their magic crystals with difficulty and joined in the people who outputs their faith.
Philippines, Max, Amy, Youri… with each crystal lighting up, the rays of faith power became stronger and stronger.
Although Shang Ke only found four of the warriors that sealed the Devil’s Tree before, but with this many helpers they found, although their power of faith could not be compared to those seven themselves, but with everyone, it should be enough to seal it.
However, because of Shang Ke’s protection, most of the people have not experienced the devil qi’s test and built up their resistance. So when they set foot into the origin of the devil qi, they were pretty much immediately invaded by the devil qi, and it was a deep invasion.
They turned into apostles one after another and completely lost their reason, attacking the people near them at random.
The situation that Shang Ke worried the most about still happened in the end.
Tylor immediately stopped putting in his faith and told the others, “Kaiser, you guys continue to seal the Devil’s Tree, I’ll be in charged of protecting you guys.”
He took out his weapon and stood in front of Kaiser and the others, at the same time, he also told Shang Ke, “Stay by my side, don’t stray too far.”
Shang Ke held Pupu and nodded.
The devil qi invasion spreaded quickly like the plague, in just a few minutes, half of the people were invaded.
Tylor fought four to five people who had gone crazy in an intense battle. The cries of pain, the crossing of swords, the yells of anger and so on all mixed together in the confusion.
Shang Ke took a look around, at present, there were thirteen people who had lit up their magic crystal. Sealing the Devil’s Tree needed five hours. With Tylor’s and the other’s strength, handling a dozen people should be fine. But the regretful part was that there should be other low level apostles hiding in the darkness. The Devil’s Tree will not allow humanity to seal it.
Even if there wasn’t ten thousand devil apostles on this continent, half of that is still possible. The number of initial and middle level invaded are even lesser. Although it was impossible for all of them to be recalled by the Devil’s Tree, a couple hundred should still be possible.
There was only a step away from completing the mission, Shang Ke did not want anything to spoil it from happening.
He walked behind Youri and took the harp from his back.
Youri’s entire concentration was on the magic crystal so he did not notice the activity behind him.
Shang Ke held the harp and sat cross-legged. He raised his head to look at the battling Tylor quietly for a moment. Then took out a magic crystal and gave it to Pupu, reminding her, “Pupu, don’t let go of this no matter what alright?”
Pupu grasp the crystal and seriously nodded.
Shang Ke smiled and rubbed her small head, then placed his fingers on the strings and started to play…
Tylor suddenly turned back when he heard the familiar harp sounds. As expected, he saw Shang Ke hold the harp, playing it not to far from him.
“Damn it!” Rage flashed through his eyes. Was this guy insane? Absorbing devil qi from the origin of it, no matter how strong his faith was, it was impossible to suppress such violent devil qi!
But at this moment, it was impossible for him to stop him anymore. There were more and more apostles appearing from all directions, their situation was becoming more and more dangerous.
In Tylor’s scarlet eyes was a splash of violence, he raised his glinting sword and rushed forward like a ferocious beast. Under the sweet sounds of the harp, blood danced around a sword.
Dark tears flowed from Shang Ke’s eye, the devil qi twisted around him like it was in black fire. His fair skin become and even brighter white, his lips were red like blood and his long hair moved even when there wasn’t wind. His entire person looked like a god that had came out from hell, devilish and beautiful.
The music carried his power of faith and absorbed the devil qi from everyone else’s body bit by bit into his own. In the darkness, they formed strips of light that flowed to him.
Shang Ke’s eyes were completely enveloped by the darkness, his hair burned like will-o’-wisps as black tears flowed from his fair face and turned into fog in the air, disappearing right after.
Those who were invaded by the devil qi gradually returned to reason. Those that had long turned into apostles also started to show confusion.
Tylor and the other’s battle became bigger and bigger, the side of disadvantage gradually shifted.
The harp was still being played, sinuous and melodious, somethings higher and sometimes lower in pitch. The devil qi in the surrounding began to crazily bubble up and collide intensely with everyone’s condensed power of faith.
Right at this moment, around ten more people suddenly leaped out from the darkness.
Their skills speed was quick, their strength strong, they were all King level apostles without an exception. Because of their surprise attack, in just a few minutes, three magic crystals no longer shone.
The devil qi within King level apostles was stable, the sounds from Shang Ke’s harp have a very limited influence on them. Everyone once again sank into a critical situation.
Shang Ke slowly raised his eyes, a dark fog rushed from his eyes. The finger that was flying the strings quickly waved and a burst of hurried harp sound surged up violently like a wave.
Shang Ke only had one thought in his mind, even if he dies, he can’t let the sealing fail!
The power of faith within the harp suddenly rose and went straight for the King level apostles like a hurricane.
They became aware of Shang Ke’s danger level and immediately sent a couple to him. Tylor immediately moved in front of them, blocking them off with his sword. He will not let anyone take another step closer.
With the passage of time, the number of dead bodies littering the ground increased more and more. The air was full of the scent of blood, but the devil qi has leseem. A light gradually appeared in their dark world.
With the completion of the sealing right before their eyes, out of the ten magic crystals, four of them suddenly went out.
There needed to be at least seven types of faith to seal the Devil’s Tree, if there were only sic, they simply can’t seal it. The devil qi that had lessen once again grew, almostly completely taking over the remaining six.
Is this it?
Despair gradually appeared in everyone’s eyes.
No, there is still hope.
Shang Ke’s harp still has not stopped.
Everyone followed the sound and were shocked to find that Shang Ke’s body was completely wrapped by devil qi. His figure was faint like a reflection in water. Only the flickering of the the harp’s power of faith and those five bloody fingers could be clearly seen.
On the golden strings were full of blood while his fingers were badly mangled. But even so, he continued to play without stopping, the harp’s sound just as flowing and emotional as before.
Everyone could only feel their eyes sour and tears fell. At the present scene, there was no one in more pain than him.
He hadn’t even given up, so why do they have the qualifications to give up?
Everyone once again gathered their concentration and the lights of faint shone brighter.
Tylor looked toward Shang Ke, his eyes full of grief. He finally knows what Shang Ke’s faith was.
And that was–Sacrifice!
The more he sacrifices his life, the stronger his faith.
This was also the reason why he does not fear the devil qi, because every time he fought against the devil qi, he held the determination to die.
SnowTime: One more to go!