Chapter 21 Advancing in Rank
Gu Panpan jumped forward in front of Shao Qing and in one stroke grabbed onto the man eating flower. With her left hand holding onto the top of its stem and her right hand holding onto the bottom of the stem, she tried to forcibly bring the two parts together. From Shao Qing’s perspective, because she was exerting herself so ferociously it was as if she was like a mouse trying to make use of it’s muscles.
Owing to the fact that she was using too much strength all of a sudden, Gu Panpan did not see that the location her left hand was placed on had a sharp point. That thorn directly penetrated through the back of her hand. Blood flowing along the palm of her hand, came trickling down.
Reeking of the smell of blood, the movement of the man eating flower became even more violent. Unceasingly struggling, Gu Panpan’s head became drenched with sweat.
It’s thorns… there’s…. Anaesthesia on it. I can’t hold on anymore. Hurry!”
A Tu and Gu Chuan quickly tried to dispose of the man eating flower. One attempting to make use of soil to control the man eating flower while the other attempted to use ice to slow down the flower’s speed. However, both failed. Just from the man eating flower suddenly moving to and fro, the diamond barbie like Gu Panpan was thrown away just like that. Luckily she was caught by Gu Chuan.
Without anyone restraining the head of the man eating flower, with a whoosh, it headed towards Shao Qing, trying to take a bite out of her. The man eating flower appeared as if it wanted to swallow Shao Qing whole and slowly digest her.
Biting down on her teeth, Shao Qing picked up her knife and all at once stuck it into the man eating flower’s mouth, pressing it against the flower’s calyx. Unfortunately only persevering for a second, it was broken with a snap.
The inner walls of the man eating flower secreted a sort of liquid similar to sulfuric acid. Anything that entered its mouth would be completely corroded.
Gu Chuan who was knocked over to the ground by Gu Panpan upon seeing Shao Qing’s situation, urgently shouted out for her. “Shao Qing! Are you able to think of a method to subdue it!”
Reportedly, wood element users were able to reduce variation plants into submission for their own use. However, the majority of the superhuman users who were able to subdue them, subdues a comparatively more gentle type of variation plant. For instance, the variation medicine ingredient plants which are all a wood elemental user’s favourite because they are able to aid in treatment.
One wood elemental user was able to subdue a plant that was able to emit a fragrance that had similar effects as doping. During a fight, it would be able to increase their own side’s fighting strength, allowing them to briefly forget about injuries.
But to have the courage to subdue a man eating flower of this variation, there are not many.
At each level, a wood elemental user would be able to subdue a single plant. Anymore and it would exceed their ability to exercise control over them and they might get devoured instead. Luckily by coincidence, Shao Qing had never subdued any plant life whatsoever.
Therefore Gu Chuan would allow her to have a try.
Based on the current circumstances, this was their final resort. Their superhuman abilities had no effect on the man eating flower, Gu Panpan had been poisoned with Anaesthesia, if they didn’t take a gamble, they would be forced to walk the long road.
Shao Qing took a deep breath. Calmly dodging to the side while studying the man eating flower for its weakness, she looked carefully and discovered that when the man eating flower attacked, it would subconsciously protect it’s fine slim stalk.
It’s stalk was a soft green, seemingly even more fragile than its petals. Reckoning that it was similar to a human’s neck, that point must be vital.
Somersaulting forward, Shao Qing dodged the man eating flower’s sudden biting motion towards her. Abruptly she extended her ten fingernails, ice-cold ash black coloured nails reflecting back a glossy appearance. Quick and accurate, Shao Qing thrusted into the man eating flower’s stem causing green liquid to ooze out.
The green liquid dripped down onto the ground and immediately started corroding the soil turning it black. With such corrosiveness, not to mention the ground but Shao Qing’s hand was also easily corroded until you couldn’t even see the skin anymore, only the dark red remains of flesh.
Shao Qing’s flesh was a dark red colour, a shade darker than the average person. In particular because of the slow circulation of her blood, when it dripped out, it rapidly solidified.
Exerting all her strength, Shao Qing tried to nip the flower, entirely ignoring both of her corroding hands that had become a tragic sight by now. The entire head of the man eating flower resembled a seven inch viper that had been picked up, madly twisting about struggling. Yet owing to Shao Qing’s position, it was not able to bite her.
Shao Qing was also displaying her fierce determination with ten fingers completely stuck within the flowers stem. More green liquid was coming out and the flower head began to struggle even more ferociously. Finally with a plop, it fell onto the ground. Twitching one final time, the flower head slightly closed up.
Upon seeing this, Shao Qing readily bit her wrist causing dark red blood to drip out and enter the man eating flower’s wound on its stem.
From one’s bare eyes, the green coloured stem slowly began to corrode due to the dark red liquid. While Shao Qing poured out her blood, she also tried to use her wood elemental powers to control the man eating flower.
After about ten minutes, Shao Qing’s head was completely drenched in cold sweat. The twitching man eating flower moved a bit at this moment, shattering into a stream of light, it rushed forward and entered Shao Qing’s body.
A vision of black, Shao Qing then lost consciousness. The last thing she remembered before she lost consciousness was Yan Hanqing‘s alarmed expression when he held her in his arms.
Not knowing how long she slept for, Shao Qing just felt that the power within her body was in a constant rebellion. She thirsted for strength, thirsted for fresh flesh, instinct told her that she was in a current state of evolution.
Her instinct told her that she was capable of absorbing more power from fresh flesh.
At her side there seemed to be fresh flesh with an extremely fragrant smell unceasingly tempting her. Shao Qing little by little, slowly woke up, unable to resist biting the throat of the person beside her.
Lowering her head, she saw that it was Yan Hanqing who was lying beside her bedside. The well built youth was curled up into a ball, strenuously bending over in that low stool with his eyebags big and dark.
It appears that he hasn’t slept in a while.
While Xiao Baozi was sleeping on Shao Qing’s other side. Hugging her thigh, he was constantly smacking his lips together like he was savoring something.
Shao Qing immediately woke up and quickly grabbed a few crystals from her space dimension which included the crystal from the woman and the variation zombie.
She needed energy to continue to evolve, otherwise she would definitely fail. After absorbing several crystals, feeling abundant with energy within her body, she clearly felt a portion of the energy within her body to unceasingly expand.
Arriving to this final step, it felt like she was breaking through a layer of skin. A surge of power rapidly exploded out. Shao Qing felt that she could even hear her own bone joints snapping.
She knew that she had already made a breakthrough. But, it wasn’t limited to her wood elemental powers. Her body had also raised to another level. Just looking at her strength and speed, an average superhuman would definitely not be her opponent.
Clenching and unclenching her fists, Shao Qing let out a breath of air. With more strength, she would be able to better protect her baby.
Her movements roused the Yan Hanqing who was guarding nearby. Yan Hanqing becoming alert opened his eyes. Discovering it was Shao Qing, he relaxed and spoke with a hoarse voice. “You’ve finally figured out how to wake up.”
“Have I slept for long?” Shao Qing shifted a bit. Right away Yan Hanqing reached out to grab her palm, attentively holding the bandage on her hand. “Your body temperature is high. Gu Chuan said that this is because you are advancing in rank and your body is currently being transformed. After sleeping for about eighteen hours then would your body temperature gradually start to come down.”
Shao Qing stared at this man’s serious face and couldn’t resist extending her hand to touch his face, and speak teasingly. “You’re so wise and kind, you should get married as soon as possible. What do you think about me?”