Chapter 220: Death Cycle (XVIII)
Shang Ke chose the path of “being killed” from the very beginning, but he had not planned to do it so soon. He would first spend one or two years with his man, then one or two years to accumulate hatred, and finally one or two years of lover-enemy status to accomplish his goal step by step.
However, the reality alway doesn’t give him any wiggle room. Under the impact of the spirit power, Shang Ke reacted instinctively. In the depths of his consciousness, sacrificing for his lover had become a kind of reflex, but he did not feel great about this “sacrifice”, as it would bring harm to his loved one instead.
But what he didn’t expect was that this “sacrifice” was a real sacrifice. The moment he lost consciousness, his time stopped. There was no “mission accomplished” prompt, no return to the system space, his soul was completely lost in the endless darkness, unconscious and senseless…
Zuo Xian staggered to the spot where Huo Xuan disappeared, and found that the corpse on the ground was not the zombie king Di Kui. Although the body shape was similar, the features were distorted, the muscles were atrophied, as if they had been crushed by something heavy, and the bones in the body were all broken.
It was neither Di Kui nor Huo Xuan, so it was most likely the general-level zombie that was good at spatial abilities. The surrounding few kilometers became an empty-zone, and besides them, no other living person or zombie could get close.
Then, where did Di Kui, Huo Xuan and Shang Ke go?
Zuo Xian looked at the sky and had a feeling in his heart that they might never come back…
Di Kui held Shang Ke and walked aimlessly in the deserted city in a trance-like state, with countless scattered scenes and memories constantly flashing in his brain.
When passing a truck, the figure reflected in the glass mirror was not Di Kui, but Huo Xuan. But Di Kui didn’t notice and just kept walking forward.
Before the sun set, he found a reasonably comfortable resting place, put Shang Ke carefully down, and then stayed aside, waiting patiently for him to come back to life.
He couldn’t remember much of what happened in the dark space, except that when Shang Ke was dying, he used his hand to break open Huo Xuan’s chest and squeeze his heart. Huo Xuan’s sword blade also wringed his arm into pieces.
When Di Kui looked down at his arm, he found that it was intact, but his chest was aching as if it was empty, and he couldn’t feel his heartbeat at all.
Di Kui only wondered about it for a moment before disregarding it. The only thing he cared about was when Shang Ke would be resurrected.
According to past experience, Shang Ke’s longest revival time is 24 hours, and he will wake up tomorrow at dusk at the latest.
From night to dawn, from dawn to sunset, Di Kui watched as Shang Ke’s blood dried, his flesh stiffened, and his wounds showed no signs of healing. He was just like a real dead body, still and silent.
Di Kui thought, this time the resurrection may take a little longer. Wait a little longer, he will definitely wake up.
Like a stone sculpture, Di Kui sat on the edge of the bed and focused on the person on the bed. Day after day, month after month, until the corpse decayed and dust piled up, he still waited.
Three months later, a group of mercenaries hid in the abandoned city from zombies hunting them. In the heat of battle, one of the mercenaries was knocked away, and knocked against a wall before rolling into a room. When he rose from the rubble, he found that there was a man in the room. He sat cross-legged on the edge of the bed and gazed intently at the… bones on the bed.
“You’re, you’re Boss Huo!” The mercenary shouted excitedly. Although his skin color was a bit strange, the face was all too familiar.
The man beside the bed remained motionless, as if he hadn’t heard it.
“Boss Huo, it’s so good to meet you here! We ran into some trouble, may I ask for your…” Before the mercenary could finish his sentence, several zombies rushed in through the opening and pounced on him brandishing their claws and teeth.
The mercenary subconsciously used his powers, and in a flash of lightning, light blue arcs of electricity shot through the zombies like a net, quickly spreading around and enveloping the entire room.
A muffled bang was heard, the bones on the bed shattered in the electric shock, and the world that Di Kui had been forcefully supporting collapsed.
Di Kui’s eyes shone with blood, his throat let out an oppressed roared, and his body flashed. He mercilessly snapped the mercenary’s neck, followed by the zombies around him one by one breaking apart. The mercenaries and zombies that were fighting outside were also not spared. In just a few tens of seconds, everything was calm, only torn limbs littered the scene, indicating that a killing had taken place.
With his body covered in blood, Di Kui returned to the room, looking at the broken bones on the bed, and had to face a cruel fact that he had been unwilling to admit all along. Shang Ke really died and would never be resurrected again.
From then on, no one would ever get milk for him, comb his hair, look for food for him, acquire him new clothes, wander with him everywhere, spend boring days and nights with him, embrace him and kiss him without any hesitation…
The feeling of being accompanied by someone was so beautiful. He learned to be patient, to control, and to live. However, the person who taught him all these things disappeared from his world like this.
Di Kui stood rigidly in the ruins, his eyes red with pain as tears poured out without warning, filled with despair and fear. He cried like a helpless child.
【Don’t call me ‘Human’, please call Me ‘Shang Ke’ ……】
【Di Kui, I always had a question I wanted to ask you. Why do you kill people?】
【Your ‘sloven’ look is very down to earth, but isn’t elegant and gorgeous enough.】
【Kissing should be like this… Caressing should be like this… Control your strength and don’t hurt the other person.】
【I say, don’t always make me worry…】
【Di Kui, I’m back.】
No, you won’t be coming back.
You would never, ever come back again…
Di Kui was so deep in grief that he didn’t notice a mole appearing on his hand, lying there quietly, listening to Di Kui’s sobbing cries, as if it was grieving with him.
After a long time, a voice suddenly sounded in Di Kui’s head: 【Stop crying, think of a way to save him】
Save him? Can he be saved?
“How do I save him?”
【I.. I will send you both back to the first reincarnation.】
【You wouldn’t understand even if I explained it to you, your IQ is with me.】
“What do you mean?” He seemed to have been mocked?
【In the end, we were all set upon by the curse of the reincarnation lamp. This was an impossible mission. If I kill Shang Ke, Shang Ke’s soul will be scattered; if Shang Ke kills you, your soul will be scattered.】The Flaming Red Sky which represents our faith can only be destroyed by our lover.
“Soul scattered, you mean Shang Ke’s soul has scattered?”
【No, I used my life to save the remains of Shang Ke’s soul, so he could come back to life!】
“How do I revive him?”
【As I have said, return to the world of the first reincarnation and infuse the soul into his body again.】
“The world of the first reincarnation?” Di Kui seemed to both understand and not understand at the same time. The only thing he understood was that there was still a chance for Shang Ke to be resurrected. “What should I do?”
【You don’t have to do anything, just stay true to your original faith.】
“What is my original faith? And who are you?”
【I am you, the one who began the cycle of reincarnation.】
The souls of Chen Xiao and Shou Mo entered the reincarnation lamp, and under the influence of the curse, they were forbidden to stay together in their lifetimes. It was only when the soul of Chen Xiao fused with the reincarnation lamp that he was able to restart the reincarnation. Shou Mo’s soul was carved into his body in the form of a tattoo in the first world where his reincarnation took place. The Flaming Red Sky on his chest was Shou Mo’s lost piece of soul, and after the fusion, his soul was whole and had the opportunity to change his fate.
However, just as they were about to succeed, the curse backfired, forcing the release of an impossible trap task. As long as it is completed, one of the two will be scattered.
Fortunately, the reincarnation lamp’s curse destroys itself for violating the rules (there is no reward for completing the mission). Chen Xiao’s remnant soul gained ultimate control and can start the reincarnation again, sending Shou Mo to any world in the cycle.
This information was not understood by Di Kui, who has no memory, but Huo Xuan, who controls the reincarnation lamp, understood everything. If he wanted to save Shou Mo, he would have to leave the original soul completely and become a spirit of the reincarnation lamp, and would no longer be able to enter reincarnation with the main soul. He would no longer be able to enter reincarnation with the main soul, and the main soul would lose all its reincarnation marks. In other words, in each new reincarnation, only Shou Mo has all the memories, and Chen Xiao’s memories will be received by him as the reincarnation lamp after his death.
His love for Shou Mo was no different from the main soul, but if he wanted to start a reincarnation, he can’t leave the reincarnation lamp and fuse back with the main soul. He has tried to replace the main soul, but he failed every time.
The main soul can experience each reincarnation with Shou Mo, and then forget everything and start a new chapter, while the fragment has only memories.
【Di Kui are you ready? Go save Shang Ke.】
“Wait, you haven’t told me how to do it?”
【I’ve already said, stay true to your original faith.】
Chen Xiao, the Flaming Red Sky was already broken. If you give up your right to love him because of forgetfulness, then “he” will take his place at any cost. Therefore Chen Xiao, you can forget everything, but you must never forget your love for Shou Mo.
The reincarnation begins again, and Chen Xiao is sent to the first world of reincarnation, and becomes Ravel, General of the Dragon Fang Empire.
Shang Ke, on the other hand, is the son of General Utrecht, the head of the rebel army, Cage. He sneaked back to the planet Dragon Fang from the planet Taima, and was captured by the Cruise’s men, who tortured him in an attempt to find out the “rebels” hidden within their ranks.
When Shang Ke opened his eyes, he found himself confined to a metal chair, and a mechanical arm appeared above his head, in the shape of a syringe with a spinning tip that made a sizzling sound.
“I’ll give you one more chance. Tell us all the information you know, and we can consider sparing your life.” An unpleasant voice sounded in the closed room.
Shang Ke felt some déjà vu in this scene.
“In that case, let’s see how long you can keep your mouth shut. The national flower of our Dragon’s Tooth Empire is the Flaming Red Sky, with seventy-two petals that are layered like burning flames. I’m sure your father would be very happy if the national flower of our Dragon’s Tooth Empire was tattooed on your body, right?”
The Flaming Red Sky? The Dragon Fang Empire?
What is that? What is this place? Why is he here?
Shang Ke’s head was mush and he could only watch as the metal arm approached him and then fired a laser that outlined a flower of flame on his chest.
“Ah!” The pain was so intense that Shang Ke couldn’t help but scream, and with it, a jumbled memory of…
SnowTime: Man, this is sad all around. How often do you find a story where the fragments of the souls don’t fuse together into one? Here, our Mole needs to stay with the lamp for all eternity and just get the memories…. oof