Yu Qiu looked at Xiao Chunmian’s face that was very close and watched him slightly open his lips as if he was about to say something.
At such a tense moment, a roar of a demon beast suddenly broke out from somewhere.
The two people turned a deaf ear. They were deeply immersed in that sweet1青涩 – Actually means “young and inexperienced,” but I don’t know how to translate that without breaking the flow… and unambiguous atmosphere from before. A mere howl of a demon beast couldn’t disturb them at all.
Yu Qiu was still anxiously waiting for Xiao Chunmian’s words to come out.
But then a shadow flew from the forest and fell just beside their bonfire, putting out most of the flames. Finally, the atmosphere was completely destroyed.
Xiao Chunmian had already looked at what had fallen in shock and horror.
It was a figure of a man. He seemed to be hurt. The moment he hit the ground, he spewed out a lot of blood.
Yu Qiu was so depressed that he wished he could add a foot to this guy’s face. However, from the light of the flames stirred bright and erratic, he found that the man seemed to be an acquaintance.
The other person rolled on the ground, put out the fire on his body, then stood up and stared at them with eagle-like eyes.
Yu Qiu’s heart beat and lamented: Really an acquaintance ah!
The black shadow was Gao Conghan, the guy who put a positioning technique on Yu Qiu’s forehead. Him suddenly appearing here may not necessarily be a coincidence.
Sure enough, after Gao Conghan swept a glance over them, his unfriendly eyes landed on Xiao Chunmian. “Why are you here?”
“Xiao Qiu and I came to hunt in the mountains.” Xiao Chunmian actually didn’t keep in mind that Gao Conghan had almost stabbed him to death before. He said with a smile, “How about you, Senior Gao? Could you be cultivating in the mountains?”
As the saying goes, reach out and don’t hit a smiling person. Being greeted by Xiao Chunmian in such a polite manner, Gao Conghan was too embarrassed to continue his unfriendly gaze. He just vaguely said “en,” and for a while, he didn’t know what to say.
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He once again sized up Yu Qiu and XIao Chunmian together, only to find that the atmosphere between the two was very fishy! Before, in order to talk to Yu Qiu, Xiao Chunmian had his face very close to him, but now they were apart. Although they weren’t touching, they seemed to be separated by only a sheet of paper, which actually seemed a bit more ambiguous than having their arms around each other. What’s more, Yu Qiu’s face was still red. Even though it’s been a while, the blush still hadn’t faded.
“You guys…” Gao Conghan’s gaze changed, his tone cold.
But before he could get the third word out, the beast roared again, followed by the earth tremendously shaking.
“It’s coming!” Gao Conghan had no choice but change his target and stare at the direction he just fell out of.
Soon, a figure appeared in the woods. When it pounced under the moonlight, it was revealed to be black in color. Like a small mountain, its shadow shrouded these three people in the forest.
Yu Qiu cursed under his breath: Such a huge beast! This huge beast was the mountain overlord in Fang Beishan. Already having a certain level of intelligence, it usually didn’t attack at will. Even when people intruded on its territory, it would mostly just roar twice to get rid of them. But now it was wildly howling in grief and indignation.
“What the hell did you do? How did you provoke this beast!”
“Killed its cub,” Gao Conghan said calmly.
This answer made Yu Qiu want to cough out blood. How he itched to kick Gao Conghan straight into the beast’s mouth, so he’d know what it meant to do evil and not live.
“Don’t panic,” Gao Conghan continued indifferently. “It looks big, but it’s actually just a top-grade rank nine small demon beast. After all, this is only Fang Beishan. No matter how powerful it is, it is only at this level at most.”
“This yingxiong,” Yu Qiu gritted his teeth. “If I judged correctly, you should be seriously injured ba. How did this happen?”
Gao Conghan choked.
Yu Qiu pulled on Xiao Chunmian’s sleeves, and lowered his voice to say, “Let’s go. We are not that beast’s target. We can run faster if we run now.”
“But…” Xiao Chunmian seemed hesitant.
Yu Qiu thought his holy mother heart was overflowing again. He was so anxious and he wanted to say more, but that beast had already arrived before their eyes in a split second. One slap from it had sent Gao Conghan down.
Gao Conghan hurriedly raised his sword to block it, only to hear a dang sound. In a moment, the beast slapped him eight zhangs away. He crashed into an old tree and split open its roots, and he once again vomited blood.
Fortunately, Yu Qiu had pulled Xiao Chunmian and ran away, not at all affected by the disturbance caused by that slap.
“You guys!” Over there, Gao Conghan was furious.
“Hurry!” Yu Qiu couldn’t care about Gao Conghan. He just wanted to take Xiao Chunmian away. And in Yu Qiu’s case, if Gao Conghan were directly killed by this beast, then he no longer had to worry about the positioning technique.
But Xiao Chunmian obviously didn’t think so. When Yu Qiu pulled him again, he wouldn’t move, his eyes narrowing on the large demon beast.
“You’re only on the third level of Qi Refining, while he’s in the late stage!” Yu Qiu said anxiously. “If he wants to kill you, it would be like killing an ant. Do you have to risk your life to save him?”
Xiao Chunmian shook his head slowly and continued to look at the monster. After a while, he suddenly said, “Black Tiger Beast.”
Yu Qiu went blank. He turned around to carefully look at the demon beast.
Sure enough. Although the fire had long been extinguished, the light from the moon was enough for them to clearly see that this was an authentic Black Tiger Beast. Its size was simply several times larger than the average Black Tiger Beast.
Demon beast grade ranks didn’t have as many labels as human cultivators’. They were only divided from ranks one to nine. Among them, the ninth rank was equivalent to a human cultivator in the Qi Refining period. Then the low, middle, and top grades were, respectively, equal to the early, middle, and late stages. The Black Tiger Beast was only an ordinary ninth-rank demon beast. They are generally born as low-grade, and a large part of them may reach middle-grade by the time they become adults. As for reaching top-grade, the highest level, it was very rare for this kind of small demon beast. This ninth-rank top-grade Black Tiger Beast before them should be 99% the king of Black Tiger Beasts in the entire Fang Beishan.
No matter what kind of small demon beast it was, so long as the title of “King” was added to it, it wouldn’t be easy to provoke.
Yu Qiu only hesitated for a moment. Once again, he pulled Xiao Chunmian and said, “Let’s run first. There’ll be more Black Tiger Beasts; we don’t have to fight this one.”
“… Will there really be more?” Xiao Chunmian asked.
Yu Qiu stared blankly.
Over there, Gao Conghan was already risking his life, the light of his sword radiating all around against this Black Tiger Beast King. Seeing those two standing on the sidelines, he kept growling and muttering to himself, not knowing what to say. Inside, he was very anxious and angry. “If you dare run away, then so long as I still have a breath left, I will hunt you to the ends of the earth!”
Just a moment ago, Yu Qiu had begun to sway, but in a flash, he firmly wanted this guy to be done and over with2自生自灭 – to emerge and perish on its own; to run its course.
“We’ve already wandered in the mountains for half a day, but we have gained nothing.” Xiao Chunmian was still very calm and collected as he explained his thoughts to Yu Qiu. “Coming across an ordinary Black Tiger Beast is already so difficult, right? What’s more, how could the Black Tiger Beast King appear that easily? Therefore, I think some things must’ve changed now.”
“But this kind of huge beast…”
“It is injured,” said Xiao Chunmian.
Yu Qiu sniffed the air and smelled the scent of blood. His eyes narrowed. It could be seen that this huge beast before their eyes had been injured from chasing after3追杀 – A specific word for chasing that includes an intention to kill. Gao Conghan also used this earlier, but I just translated it as “hunt” instead. Gao Conghan. It was indeed injured, and the injury wasn’t light. It was just that Gao Conghan had also received some heavy injuries, and he couldn’t do anything about it now.
Thinking this way, perhaps Gao Conghan was on par with the beast when fighting with it earlier.
“It’s not after us.” Xiao Chunmian lowered his voice again. “Senior Gao had completely attracted its attention. Normally, demon beasts won’t ignore the other people around them who might be threatening. But right now, perhaps Senior Gao has used some special means, and to the extent that we’re given the opportunity to catch it off guard.”
…… To put it simply, Gao Conghan was actually a very good bait. All hostility was focused on him. It was very much convenient for them to take up their blades……
Well, of course, Xiao Chunmian’s original idea was definitely not like this. After all, he was such a soft and gentle holy mother. How could Yu Qiu think of such a thing? Surely, he had simply misinterpreted Xiao Chunmian’s good and honest intentions. Yu Qiu silently repented in his heart.
And yet, Yu Qiu had been completely persuaded. He was now seriously thinking on how they should attack.
Over there, the Black Tiger Beast King had already chased Gao Conghan around the field in three laps. Just a while ago, Gao Conghan had been tossed from side to side, and he had spurted out blood several times. While they were looking on, he had already lost half of his life.
The bait4Yu Qiu actually says “拉仇恨,” which means, “courting hatred” or “the one courting hatred.” But that’s too wordy, so I used bait instead XD was about to fall! Yu Qiu started to think fast.
“Can’t wait any longer.” Xiao Chunmian sized up the situation once more, made a gesture to Yu Qiu, and then rushed out decisively, leaving only one sentence: “Act as you see fit.”
Yu Qiu was taken aback, and in the blink of an eye, Xiao Chunmian had already rushed to the Black Tiger Beast King.
Just a moment ago, the Black Tiger Beast had been once again blocked off by Gao Conghan’s palm. Right now, its body was swaggering, but before it could steady itself, Xiao Chumian had already smoothly slid to right under its belly.
This huge beast’s wound was right down its belly.
Even though the Black Tiger Beast King had been ignoring them, at this time, he also had a trace of vigilance.
It roared. Its eyes as large as copper bells glared at Xiao Chunmian, but it had already missed the key moment. It hurriedly lifted up its paw to slap Xiao Chunmian away.
Yu Qiu rushed to hit it in the face with a blade of wind, while Gao Conghan also slashed at it with his sword. However, this beast could accurately tell which one was the biggest threat right now. Its claws were still firmly aiming at Xiao Chunmian. It also wasn’t merely caging over Xiao Chunmian’s body; rather, it was striking away at every place Xiao Chunmian intended to go to. If Xiao Chunmian was still thinking of killing it, then it was time to stop. Instead of waiting for those claws to drop, he should fall back and make plans.
Yet Xiao Chunmian, as if he didn’t see it, still went onward and tried to get under its belly.
He was obviously about to breathe his last, yet he still had a smile full of confidence on his face. Seeing this, Yu Qiu was so anxious, he wanted to jump in and scold  him: How could this young woman be so stubborn! Does he5 Author used he/him pronouns in the raws… which you might find odd, since YQ is explicitly calling XCM a girl here. The author probably forgot or had made a typo. Anyways, I’m going with what’s in the raws. really believe he could dodge its paw? If he wants to dodge it, he can only do it if…
… Wait, only if what? Yu Qiu thought of that thing, but he didn’t breathe a sigh of relief at all for Xiao Chunmian. He only wanted to holler curses at this lady.