Chapter 48: Everyone Loves Little Immortal Mushroom (VI)
The devil tried to get him to do all sorts of atrocities everyday. Shang Ke expressed that the pressure on him was truly great. When he could hide, he hid. When he couldn’t hide, he would turn into a mushroom and quietly rest in some dark corner.
Seeing how he was so “stubborn to not change”, Yan Lu did not force him, rather, he went out alone to “forage”. When he came back with his body covered in killing intent, Shang Ke was startled. He wasn’t startled because of fear, but the opposite. It was like he smelled something very delicious and the devil dan in him was excited, as if all the pores on his body was opened.
Yan Lu said, “Since you’re not willing to absorb other people’s essence energy, then I will do it in your place.”
He just needs to gather some more essence energy every time he went out and not absorb it. Then he can return and dual cultivate with Little Mushroom. Little Mushroom was a demon spirit, dual cultivating with him also gave Yan Lu a small trace of demon qi. Although the essence qi’s quality isn’t high, absorbing it was quite convenient due to quantity.
“Little Mushroom, transform into human form.” Yan Lu pinched Shang Ke’s soft mushroom head.
Shang Ke did not move.
“If you don’t transform, I will keep you in my mouth. Dual cultivation can still work.” Yan Lu undressed and leisurely spoke.
Keep, you, in, my, mouth?! Can your taste not be so heavy? Shang Ke’s body trembled, after he struggled with himself for a moment, he finally still transformed.
Yan Lu held him and with a twist, they were sitting on the stone bed. He practicedly placed his legs on his waist.
Their lower bodies connected intimately.
Shang Ke really likes the scent on Yan Lu’s body, to be more accurate, it was his devil dan that really likes it. It was like a bee seeing nectar, so delicious and enticing it was hard to resist.
However, no matter how hard it was to resist, he cannot allow Yan Lu to successfully cultivate into a devil.
His chin was raised and essence qi was sent over to him through his mouth. After a dozen of minutes, the transaction was completed. Yan Lu was just about to pull back but Shang Ke held onto his neck and kept their lips connected.
Little Mushroom was absorbing his essence qi? Yan Lu was rather surprised but he kept his hands on his waist and didn’t stop him.
Shang Ke’s charming eyes were open a thread as he did his best to take essence qi from him. His soft white hair gently drifted and would sweep past Yan Lu’s eyes from time to time. As he absorbed more and more essence qi, Shang Ke’s appearance became more and more enticing. His eyes were bright like precious stones under light.
Yan Lu was planning to push aside this greedy little mushroom when he saw how his essence qi was being taken far too much. But when his eyes met his, he suddenly stopped that action.
Give you everything to me—Shang Ke’s eye clearly said that, firmly and intensely.
【Yan Lu, I will take your place in devil cultivation, I will take your place and bear heaven’s punishment even if I have to pay with my life for you. I only ask that you don’t fall into the devil path and injure the people.】
Yan Lu narrowed his eyes, his large hand trailed up Shang Ke’s back until it slowly arrived at his nape. With just a pinch there and he would be punished.
【Yan Lu, there are thousands of ways to cultivate, why must you choose the devil path, that heaven does not tolerate?】
Yan Lu did not understand, why was Little Mushroom always stopping him from devil cultivation? He did not feel that there was anything wrong with devil cultivation, let alone when it allowed him to dual cultivate with him.
Shang Ke stopped absorbing from him as his body was already full. He gently licked at Yan Lu’s lips, like he was tasting him. His small tongue slid past the line of his lips and carried away a strand of silver.
Because Shang Ke absorbed too much essence qi, he was instinctually intimate with Yan Lu. Every action he made carried enticement, like a cat’s claw that was softly scrafting at Yan Lu’s heart. The tolerance and gentleness Shang Ke had toward the man was thoroughly blended into his soul.
The lake that was Yan Lu’s heart rippled and his chest tighten as a fire lit in his eyes.
After Shang Ke enticed him a bit longer, he no longer moved again as he seem to have regained his senses. He looked at their postures then screamed soundlessly: Your mom, was he seducing him? Nonono, this was not his original plan. He just wanted to absorb all of Yan Lu’s essence qi and cultivation until his devil cultivation was completely dispersed so he could cultivate.
After humans have their cultivation scattered, as long as their spirit roots aren’t destroyed, they can cultivate again. But demon spirits like him were different, once he loses his cultivation, he would immediately turn back into his original form, becoming a regular mushroom. As such, even if he wanted to restart his cultivation, he wouldn’t have the chance to. Otherwise, this would be so much easier. Dual cultivating with Yan Lu with an immortal body would be smooth sailing to his goal.
Just as he was deep in his thoughts, his body was suddenly in the air then pressed down heavily onto the stone bed. A long length entered him and started the intense ramming exercise.
This time, Yan Lu did not cultivate, he merely “purely” exercised. This wild way was completely different from their first time. Back then, there might have been some pleasure, but it was not filled with such intense desire…
The two of them did it until the next day. If it weren’t for Shang Ke taking the chance to quickly turn back into his original form, a certain someone that was still full of energy would likely continue on for another few days and nights.
Yan Lu casually draped a gown over his shoulders, revealing his muscular chest that had small scratches littering here and there. He lazily leaned against the wall, his gaze deep as he looked at the little mushroom hidden in the corner. The desire between his legs was still holding strong, like he haven’t eaten his fill.
Shang Ke felt that he was about to lose all his integrity, the actions between the two of them were going a bit out of control. However, as long as Yan Lu was willing to let him “suck”, then there is still a chance of saving him. With Yan Lu’s cultivation, just another three to five times and his cultivation should be completely cleared to restart cultivation.
Unfortunately, if Yan Lu’s will was so easy to sway, then he wouldn’t become the Great Devil King that topples the cultivation realm in the future.
Besides being more intimate with Shang Ke, Yan Lu did not show any mercy in absorbing other people’s essence energy. He did not urge Shang Ke if he was not willing to dual cultivate with him. From time to time, he would take a portion of the essence energy he gathered and used it to “feed” his Little Mushroom. It was also a delight in a way.
Shang Ke had no choice but to change his tactics. Afterwards, he would follow whenever Yan Lu went out to forage to curb his slaughtering as much as possible. If he only took a bit of other people’s essence energy, then it was less likely to harm their lives.
Yan Lu did not pay attention to Little Mushroom’s obstruction, rather, he felt that his appearance of worry for him was rather interesting.
He was not that attached to devil cultivation nowadays either, the only reason why he was unwilling to disperse his cultivation was because of Little Mushroom. If he changed back onto the righteous path, then wouldn’t he not be able to “dual cultivate” with Little Mushroom anymore? He would lose much delight in his life that way, so it was still better to keep following the devil path.
If Shang Ke finds out that he has actually become the reason for Yan Lu’s stubborness on sticking to devil cultivation, he would certainly cough blood from all the depression.
“There appears to be more and more people with serious essence energy deficiency.” A black-clothed daoist toward the village not too far from him. The villagers there were all becoming gloomier, their spirits depressed. It clearly was not the appearance of a regular person.
By the black-clothed daoist, a white-clothed man closed his eyes to observe for a period of time. He then stated, “It is a demon causing trouble, the demon qi of one still remains in the air.”
The black-clothed daoist coldly spoke, “Notify each sect, we must find out the whereabouts of this demon. We can’t allow it to continue harming the human world. With its absorption speed, it likely wouldn’t even take a couple hundred years for it to complete its cultivation, by then, dealing with it would be too late.
The white-clothed man nodded, “Senior Brother words hold true.”
The town several hundred miles away also had a similar scene.
“Wenjie, this demon qi, is it the same as the demon spirit you met before?” Daoist Qing Chong coldly stared at Yu Wenjie.”
Yu Wenjie bitterly smiled, “Yes.”
“Hmph!” Daoist Qing Chong severely said, “If it weren’t for you pleading mercy with me that day, how could I let him leave? How would these common people suffer like now?”
Yu Wenjie kept his head low and did not speak, his face ashamed. Although he wasn’t willing to believe it, with the reality before him, he can’t find a reason to absolve for Shang Ke.
“Draw the appearance of that demon spirit and sent it out to all the disciples of the sect. Report back immediately when his tracks are found.”
Yan Lu and Shang Ke went westward, wherever they passed, essence energy would be gathered. If it weren’t for Shang Ke doing his best to prevent it, Yan Lu would have likely not left even a single person alive.
The two of them did not know that their actions had have already been noticed by many cultivators. Large numbers of men on horses were dispatched to search for their tracks. To be more accurate, they were searching for Shang Ke’s tracks.
Today, the two of them searched for a hidden place to temporarily rest and reorganize. Yan Lu cultivated while Shang Ke kept watch.
Shang Ke was currently researching the spell within the jade strip when there seems to be a commotion outside.
He let go out his divine sense and followed the sound to search for the source. He found in the distance that there were dozens of cultivators who were currently flying toward this place.
At the beginning, Shang Ke did not care about it and waited for them to pass by. But then, he saw that one of them was holding a strange magic treasure. A light formed from it and pointed toward the cave where he and Yan Lu resided.
Following that, he noticed that Yu Wenjie, Daoist Qing Chong and a couple other familiar figures were among them. He then became aware that they were likely heading for him.
Shang Ke looked back at the still hidden Yan Lu, then he got up and rose, flying out of the restriction as he quickly headed for another direction.
“Over there!” A loud shout came from behind him and followed that was the sound of air breaking. Dozens of sword cultivators quickly followed.
“Demon spirit, let’s see where you will run!” A long and short sword slashed open the sky as they shot toward Shang Ke’s back like meteors.
Shang Ke’s cultivation also increased somewhat under Yan Lu’s hardwork. His figure flashed and he dodge aside the flying sword attack.
However, the flying swords acted as if it had spirits of its own and quickly turned, once more attacking Shang Ke and sealing his way out.
The dozens of cultivators from behind quickly caught up and surrounded Shang Ke…
Within the cave, Yan Lu’s eyes suddenly opened. His gaze swept around him and did not find that familiar figure. A faint ill premonition stirred in his guts and he quickly rushed out of the cave, following the trail that Shang Ke left behind.
From afar, the light of a sword shone covered in murderous intent.
Shang Ke was covered with injuries under the attacks from the dozens of people.
“You devil practitioner, if you kept to yourself and cultivated away from mortals, then you would not have today.” A daoist lectured him with righteous words.
Shang Ke knows that all these people have placed all of Yan Lu’s misdeeds onto him. He cannot explain, nor did he want to explain. In fact, he was already at his wits end, no matter how much he tried to obstruct, guide or disturb him, he could only lessen Yan Lu’s slaughtering and not change his ways. He was like a thousand year block of ice. Even if he did his best to light his life, he would not melt.
An exhausting wait with almost no hope. Shang Ke felt that he was almost at his limit.
But he didn’t want to give up, even if it was only a small gleam of hope, he wanted to persist until the end.
Numerous swords shot toward Shang Ke like rays of light, forming into beautiful flowers of swords that reflected in his eyes. His gaze gradually blurred, and he felt like he saw that familiar figure flying over.
When Yan Lu hurried over, he made it just in time to see Shang Ke being stabbed through by a number of flying swords. The spraying blood dyed his eyes red.
His figure suddenly stopped as he stood rigidly in air, staring blankly at Little Mushroom within the bloodbath.
“Brother Yan?” Yan Wenjie noticed Yan Lu and made a greeting with some hesitation.
“What is going on?” Yan Lu was expressionless and his voice cold.
Yu Wenjie wore a bitter face as he explained, “Does Brother Yan know of Shang Ke’s identity?”
Yan Lu had no reactions at all.
Yue Wenjie continued to say, “Recently, there are many common people who are having their essence being taken away, causing their body to fall weak. The criminal left behind devil qi, so each sect sent people to follow this devil qi and found Shang Ke.”
It was not that they found Shang Ke, but rather, Shang Ke deliberately let them find him so that he could draw them away to protect Yan Lu, the true criminal.
Yan Lu stiffly stared at Shang Ke within the bloodbath, a violent storm seem to be raging within him.
Yue Wenjie’s expression abruptly changed as he felt the dangerous presence from Yan Lu’s body. He subconsciously retreated but was still too late. Yan Lu’s figure flashed and appeared behind Yan Wenjie in a moment. A sword immediately stabbed through his chest, he didn’t even have the time to cry out in pain before his life was taken.
Yan Lu’s eyes were cold and jumped into the sky. With his murderous spirit lit, he raised his sword and pointed it at all the people present…
A couple hours later, Yan Lu came back reeking of blood with one arm dangling. He walked somewhat unsteadily to Shang Ke’s side.
His hands that were stained with blood lightly traced down his face, it was a bit warm.
“Little Mushroom…” Yan Lu whispered softly.
Shang Ke’s eyelashes trembled, his eyes half lidded. He opened his mouth to speak but a great amount of blood bubbled out instead.
He had wanted to struggle a little more, to have Yan Lu go back onto the righteous path, but everything was going worse than he wanted. He looked around at the pieces of flesh littering around him and reckoned that this time, he did not have a chance at all.
Shang Ke look at Yan Lu, vaguely seeing some unrest in those stagnant eyes. It seems to be fear, and it also seems to be confusion.
It looks like, he still has some kind of spot within his heart…
Shang Ke’s consciousness gradually blurred. His eyes closed and he thoroughly sank into the darkness.
Right at the moment he closed his eyes, a golden light suddenly smitted from his right chest. The golden seed Daoist Luo He had given him sprouted under that light and quickly grew into a red flower that slowly blossomed on his chest. The image of the flower was astonishingly the same as the Flaming Red Sky Flower.
With the blossoming of the flower, Shang Ke’s body started to shrink until he was back into his original mushroom form. Soon after, he was wrapped up by the flower, turning into a red flower bud that gently landed into Yan Lu’s hands…