Chapter 76 Way out
As Shen Shu spoke, the scarlet redness of his eyes faded instantly, turning back to the usual jade black.
Through his spiritual sense and contact with Afterglow, Ye Yunlan affirmed that the person in front of him was not an illusion but his disciple he was looking for after entering the secret realm.
His face was constantly changing between pale and thin red. After a while, he finally spoke in a cold voice: “Your Master thought that since I made you retreat and reflect these past few years, you will know what is wrong…Shen Shu, do you still remember that I am your master?”
He moved the wound on the top of his lip that Shen Shu bit during the conversation and thus frowned with pain.
He wiped it with his finger, and a trace of bright red blood remained on the fingertip.
Ye Yunlan looked at the blood on his fingertip, his expression getting colder and colder.
He had restrained himself in the illusions. He didn’t want to allow himself to become engrossed. In the end, nothing ridiculous happened with the person in the illusion. On the other hand, Shen Shu was overtaken. Taking him and acting like this… His eyes were red, and he almost became demonic.
If he really was an illusion, did Shen Shu know that he would have fallen into the trap and sink deeper and deeper in the illusion, making it even more difficult to break free?
It was… it was so unbelievable.
He still wanted to speak and reprimand him, but his words were really lacking. At last, he cursed in a low voice, “I didn’t know that the disciple I received was originally just a dog.”
Shen Shu, who he slapped, was scolded again. At first, his face was stunned, but he didn’t show that he was affected. Instead, he changed into his honest appearance again to admit his mistakes.
“I was out of control just now. I encountered too many illusions. For a while, I mistakenly recognized Master, please don’t be angry.”
He apologized, but his eyes didn’t blink for a moment when he looked at Ye Yunlan.
Blood smeared on the thin, pale lips of the person in front of him. It was almost the same color as the clothes on his body. Against his black hair and white skin, it was like white paper stained with ink.
His Adam’s apple rolled slightly, a touch of interest lingering in his eyes.
Ye Yunlan didn’t notice the change in him. He only snorted coldly, wiped the blood from his fingertip and lips with the hem of his suit, then walked back holding his sword.
The Netherworld Secret Realm was dangerous, and this was not the time to argue with Shen Shu. Besides, this could wait until they finish with everything, then he could deal with these matters with Shen Shu.
“Where is Master going?”
Shen Shu hurriedly followed as if nothing had happened before.
“To find the key to break the illusion.” Ye Yunlan paused and asked nonchalantly: “You came from the gray fog, did you find anything?”
Indeed, he found many monsters that shouldn’t belong to this place… and he also “ate” a lot…
Or rather, he himself was one of these monsters.
Shen Shu thought about it, then replied: “There was no big discovery. I realized that I was in an illusion in a wooden hut. After traveling all this way, I couldn’t see other people, but I encountered a lot of monsters that attacked me in the gray mist. They seem to be resentful spirits, but there were also other ones. However, they are all not my opponents, um… my Afterglow sword has already wiped out all those who dared to attack me.”
Ye Yunlan stopped, “… Resentful spirit?”
“En…” Shen Shu casually replied, “Maybe not just a resentful spirit. There was something more on their bodies. There was an evil aura. Dirty, filthy, unclean… it’s disgusting.”
He said this, then stopped behind Ye Yunlan. He leaned forward, lowered his head close to Ye Yunlan’s shoulder, sniffed his nose, and laughed: “The only reason why I mistook Master for an illusion earlier was that I felt that kind of aura on Master’s body.”
He stretched out his hand to cover Ye Yunlan’s shoulder, “Right here.”
Shen Shu was holding the place where he was injured in the illusion before. There was a faint pain. The pain was even more prominent when Shen Shu touched it.
Ye Yunlan frowned slightly, “What do you want to do…” Then, he saw a burst of black air emerging from his shoulders.
An obscure monster with a distorted shape appeared in front of him. Looking at it, it seemed to be a black living creature with deformed limbs, struggling and shouting. Then, a sharp sword light passed by, and the monster issued a very sharp, piercing scream. Then, it was crushed in thin air.
At the same time, Ye Yunlan felt his body relax a lot, and the injury on his shoulder was no longer hurting.
Shen Shu: “I have encountered this kind of monster before. They are good at hiding by the side of a human body. It would disguise itself into the person one wanted to see the most to confuse them. But compared to the other monsters in the gray mist that will actively attack people, this kind of monster is quite easy to deal with.”
He noticed that Ye Yunlan was silent as the monster dissipated. He raised his eyebrows slightly, not hiding his suspicions.
“I’m a little curious. Who is the person that this monster turned into in Master’s heart?”
Ye Yunlan did not answer.
The two were silent for a while, then Ye Yunlan said, “You said you felt the aura of this kind of thing and that it was evil, dirty, filthy, and unclean?”
Shen Shu looked at his side of the face, smiling slowly.
“They look very disgusting, don’t they?”
The monsters in the Demon Abyss are all disgusting.
Shen Shu thought.
If he revealed his aura, perhaps he would be a million times more disgusting than these monsters. He was afraid that this person would immediately leave if he saw him.
Ye Yunlan didn’t know what he was thinking but saw him absent-mindedly answer “en” and continued to move forward.
He twisted his ankle accidentally when he was escaping, so he staggered a little while walking. However, there wasn’t a safe place for him to stop and deal with the injury in the illusion realm. Shen Shu noticed the situation and walked to him: “Let me help you, Master.”
Ye Yunlan shook his head: “No. Pay attention to the surroundings. I am different from you. I was awake when I just walked into the illusion, so I know I didn’t go far. If this is the illusion array, the entrance and exit should be the same place, and it should not be far away.”
Shen Shu was a little curious, “Has Master entered this illusion before?”
Ye Yunlan said: “One small path, the path through these houses.”
They stopped in front of the houses with black tiles and white walls during the conversation.
The pale moonlight was shining quietly. Ye Yunlan closed his eyes and pondered for a while, pinching his fingers to calculate the position. He pointed to the boundary of a piece of gray mist, then spoke to Shen Shu: “You follow this direction. Go forward ten steps. When you encounter danger, you will immediately withdraw. Then, tell me what you saw.”
Shen Shu did as told. After a moment, he turned back from the gray mist, then shook his head: “Ahead, there is still only fog with no end.”
Ye Yunlan frowned slightly. His memory couldn’t be wrong. This position was where he walked along the path in the sea of flowers on the other side.
Was this a matter of spiritual perception or perception?
They walked around the house for a while and didn’t find the way out of the illusion. Ye Yunlan felt a little puzzled.
Logically speaking, even if part of the vision and perception were blinded, causing him to distinguish the direction wrong, the illusion exit would not be too far away from here.
Shen Shu suddenly said: “Perhaps in the room.”
Hearing this, Ye Yunlan felt a little dazed. Indeed, they searched all around, and they didn’t even notice the exit. Now, the only thing that remained was just the house.
What you saw and heard in the illusion couldn’t be seen with common sense. All distortions and truth and false may not be what people think. Ye Yunlan thought of the mirror and the paper person he had seen before. He had a vague idea.
The first thing they went to check was the room Ye Yunlan entered at the beginning. That window was still open. There was a black hole in it and no candlelight. Shen Shu walked in and took a look, “There is no one inside, but the door is open. Looking inside again, there seems to be nothing.”
“Want to go in, Master?”
Ye Yunlan also walked to the window. The churning darkness inside had disappeared, including the person who only existed in his memory.
The makeup mirror stand was empty, and the bronze mirror reflected the people outside the window sill. The pale moonlight was hanging high behind them.
The door on one side was wide open, and it was dark and deep inside. Shen Shu’s eyes couldn’t see clearly, while he only felt something vague and indescribable.
Ye Yunlan was silent for a while, then said, “Let’s go in.”
First, Ye Yunlan wanted to flip over and enter the window sill this time. However, his sprained ankle was unstable when it landed on the ground, so his face distorted slightly due to the pain. While Shen Shu grabbed the window, flew in with one hand, then reached out to support him.
Ye Yunlan stabilized his figure and was about to say something, but Shen Shu had already half-forced him to hold him onto the makeup stool in front of the makeup mirror. He took off his shoes for him, then stretched out his hand to cover his thin pale ankle. He injected spiritual power into it to heal his injuries.
A faint wind blew in the darkness of the opened door. Ye Yunlan, facing the mirror with his back, was still tragically left with the horror of looking at the paper man in the mirror at the beginning. Shen Shu’s hands were wide and hot. One hand wrapped around his ankle, holding one of his forefoot that was already swollen and bruised.
Spiritual power poured in, and he felt warm.
Ye Yunlan slowly grasped the edge of the makeup stool with his fingers, then he whispered in a low voice: “It’s not safe here…”
However, Shen Shu kept moving his hands and smiled casually.
“It’s okay. Whoever wants to hurt you has to step on my corpse first.”
Ye Yunlan’s pupils shrank slightly.
The Demon Lord had once said this sentence to him.
Ye Yunlan turned his head and stared directly at the darkness outside the door as if demons and ghosts would burst out from the darkness at any time. Or as if to see if he could see a flower out of the darkness.
Shen Shu said, putting on his shoes and socks for him. He stood up, but for a moment, his eyes lingered on the red embroidered shoes on the other party’s feet. He thought Ye Yunlan’s feet were born a lot more delicate than a woman’s, and they really matched these embroidered shoes.
He always had no interest in a human’s outer appearance, but he didn’t expect that one day he would love a human’s feet so much that he wouldn’t want to part with it.
He poked the Snow White Nascent Soul in his heart palace and changed his clothes to Ye Yunlan’s set in front of him with one thought.
Ye Yunlan stood up, and the pain in his ankle had disappeared. He pursed his lips and didn’t say anything. He just walked towards the door.
He stopped, turned around, and took Queying out of its sheath as if thinking of something again.
Shen Shu didn’t move.
The long sword glowing with cold light swept across his side. Even if the person who used the sword had no spiritual power, the cold murderous aura still made a person feel like they were falling into purgatory.
Shen Shu didn’t know how Ye Yunlan condensed such a deathly sword intent, and his eyes became more interested.
He didn’t move, as if he didn’t think Ye Yunlan would hurt him at all.
He heard a cracking sound, and then the sword light split the bronze mirror on the makeup mirror table by Shen Shu’s body into two halves. It fell to the ground and shattered into countless pieces.
The surrounding environment was still gloomy, and Ye Yunlan’s clothing turned into flying confetti. He then changed back to the appearance of his white outfit at the beginning.
Ye Yunlan looked sideways and looked at the pale moonlight outside the window. He was still thinking for a moment, but he still turned around and walked into the darkness of the room.
Shen Shu followed him.
The cold wind blew across his side, and the mourning and prayers of the dead seemed to sound faintly within his ears.
Shen Shu walked to the side with Ye Yunlan, then suddenly asked.
“Master, that sword just now, was it warning me?”