Right in the middle of Arnhem, the bonfire burnt brightly by the mountain wall.
Yang Chen sat cross-legged next to the fire with a grim expression. He was looking less pale but his face was still dull.
Liu Mingyu sat on tree bark as she looked at him nervously with Xiao Zhiqing by her side who seemed to be at a loss.
Moments later, Yang Chen opened his eyes and let out a long sigh before shaking his head.
“It’s…still not working?” Liu Mingyu forced these words out.
Yang Chen smiled bitterly. “I can’t summon any True Yuan. It feels as if my dantian has been blocked by a boulder. My meridians feel frail and my body feels weak...it's as if…”
“You’ve turned into a normal human, right?”
Yang Chen bit his lips and nodded helplessly. “This Purple Butterfly Fantasy. Is it really untreatable?”
“I don’t know.” Xiao Zhiqing racked through her mind, “I’ve only seen limited information about this venom in one of the books in the Xiao clan. I only know that it’s made from a great ancient poisonous insect. The user can transform it into a poisonous fog with the use of True Yuan. That’s how it enters the target’s body along with the user’s True Yuan. It only works on cultivators who are of the same rank or lower rank. If the target has a stronger True Yuan, the venom would not be able to enter the target’s dantian. Once it gets into the body, the target’s dantian would be locked completely and his True Yuan would be dried up. This is why it’s a strong venom used mainly to control cultivators…”
“It’s not that bad, I just feel like a normal human.” Yang Chen gave a mocking laugh. “Ever since I became an assassin, I’ve forgotten how it felt like to be a normal person. It sucks.”
Tears welled up in Xiao Zhiqing’s eyes. “How can you still laugh at this? Do you know that you’re able to withstand part of the venom because of your special body? Any other cultivator would have been rendered useless! You’re fortunate enough to be able to function at all!”
Liu Mingyu’s eyes reddened when she heard Xiao Zhiqing’s words. Her heart wrenched at Yang Chen’s self-deprecating attitude.
Yang Chen cut them off hurriedly when he noticed that they were close to crying. “I’m asking if there’s any way to solve this. Is there really no way?”
Xiao Zhiqing shook her head and clenched her teeth. “I don’t know, it wasn’t mentioned in the book. As a matter of fact, he must be so afraid of you, seeing how he used such a rare venom on you. He didn’t want anything to go wrong.”
Yang Chen narrowed his eyes. True, if it wasn’t for the strange person who showed up unexpectedly, he wouldn’t have been able to escape.
Judging from the person’s tactics and the fact that he had been turned into a normal person, it would only be a matter of time before he got his hands on his scripture.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t be sure if he was Yan Wuchen, nor could he identify the mysterious man.
Even so, he couldn’t think about it anymore. He had lost all of his cultivation!
His strength had deteriorated to the level of a normal human being. That was the worst thing!
He couldn’t possibly hope for the venom to cure on its own, so he was forced to move along with the flow. Heaven would never bar one’s way, he would definitely find a solution!
With the number of enemies around him, if he were to give up just like that, wouldn’t his family suffer?!
If he were to die, how would his women survive?
At the thought of this, Yang Chen snapped out of it. With glowing eyes, he resolved to himself that he would not fail!
If Xiao Zhiqing had no solution, he could ask Christen and the others. He could also ask Jane to try and cure him using medicine or surgery. He couldn’t give up when there was still hope!
Yang Chen had grown up in an appalling environment. This wasn’t the first time in a near-death experience. He would keep on fighting in spite of all setbacks, this was his greatest weapon!
Liu Mingyu and Xiao Zhiqing could feel his resolution from the side, causing them to hold their tears back in.
Yang Chen threw some dry wood into the bonfire and patted dust away from his palms before saying, “Since we can’t solve it now, our first aim is to get out of here safely. It wouldn’t have been a problem if I still have my cultivation but things are different now. We can’t stay here any longer, we don’t have food or communication devices. This is a deserted place and it’s unrealistic to wait for people to look for us. We have to follow the sea and trek north, find someone and return home. Even though it’ll be a tough trip, I still have strength and experience. It shouldn’t be hard to bring you guys out of here. Of course, I have to apologize. It should’ve been a rather safe trip but now you guys will have to suffer.”
Xiao Zhiqing was dumbfounded. She thought Yang Chen would be down for some time even if he didn’t give up on himself.
She never expected him to bounce back so quickly!
“Why are you looking at me like that. Did you expect a tantrum? Listen to me, you guys must stay strong. As long as I’m alive, I won’t give up. We will definitely come up with a solution.” Yang Chen smiled.
Liu Mingyu’s heart warmed and she looked at him with a gentle gaze, her heart swelling with pride.
This was why she was willing to be his lover, even if she would never be given an official status.
For a woman, a man could be normal but he couldn’t be unambitious and fickle.
At this moment, Liu Mingyu thought it didn’t sound bad to die with him here. Her emotions had taken over her.
Yang Chen chuckled at their reaction. “Stop staring at me like that. Even though it's depressing, at least I’m still alive. Go to sleep now, we’ll leave early in the morning tomorrow. We need to walk for four to five days to reach the beach. We will only have enough energy by resting well!”
They nodded at his words. Even when Yang Chen had lost his cultivation, he was still their leader.
The three of them were already worn out from the incident, so it only took them a while to fall into a deep slumber.
Yang Chen opened his eyes in the dark. Other than thinking of a way to retrieve his cultivation, he was also wondering what he should do if his enemy came to him back home.
However, no matter how hard he thought about it, he did not have a solution. His only option was to go with the flow.