Chapter 55 - I Also Loved You in the Past
"Benefactor, I am not feeling well!" Little Rou said painfully.
Upon hearing this, Gu Hai's countenance changed as furrows appeared on his forehead.
At this moment, none dared to attack; attacking at this moment was tantamount to serving up their head on a platter.
Obviously, Great Wisdom King was not planning to fight with Gu Hai anymore. More importantly, Bodhisattva Liang Sheng had also appeared. The people who did not recognize them came to know the identities of the three from the others.
At this time, whoever dared to rush forwards would be angering them, and it was all no different than courting death, no matter who they were.
"Bodhisattva Lian Sheng, what do you mean? Can you save Little Rou?" asked Gu Hai anxiously.
Bodhisattva Liang Sheng flew higher into the air.
Great Wisdom King also glanced at Bodhisattva Liang Sheng. "Lian Sheng? You are also here?"
"Amitabha, Great Wisdom King, we have not seen each other for many years. How have you been since our last meeting?" Bodhisattva Lian Sheng brought his palms together as if he was praying.
"Humph, why don't you explain it to him clearly! The nourishment of six Hundred Years Longevity Peaches is too much, if she consumes anymore Hundred Years Longevity Peaches, Empress Wa's earth soul will also suffer!" said the Great Wisdom King coldly.
"Bodhisattva Liang Sheng, please take a look at Little Rou, can you help her recover her vitality?" cried Gu Hai, distressed.
As Bodhisattva Lian Sheng looked at Little Rou, a slight frown appeared on his face.
"Since her three ethereal souls haven't scattered, recovering her vitality isn't difficult, it would suffice as long as there were powerful spirit herbs. As precious as the Hundred Years Longevity Peach might be, at the end of the day, it is just a longevity herb; it isn't a spirit herb. Its potency is simply too fierce! Not only would it useless in recovering Little Rou's vitality, it would be detrimental to her. Throne Master Gu, Little Rou's earth soul is of Empress Wa. Sooner or later, it has to return to Empress Wa. How about you take this opportunity and let her return!" advised Bodhisattva Lian Sheng.
Gu Hai tightly clenched his fist, staring at Bodhisattva Lian Sheng all the while. He could only suppress the anger in his heart after taking a few deep breaths.
Although Bodhisattva Lian Sheng explained it once, how could Gu Hai not understand with his intelligence? Bodhisattva Lian Sheng had the ability to help Little Rou, but he wouldn't help!
"Earth soul? Reincarnated earth soul? If Little Rou's earth soul returned to Empress Wa, then would Little Rou be Little Rou? What about her heaven soul and human soul?" asked Gu Hai, suppressing the anger in his voice.
"Little Rou's heaven soul and human soul will fuse with Empress Wa's heaven soul and the human soul. However, Empress Wa's would be the primary, the earth soul wouldn't change!" elaborated the nearby Great Wisdom King.
Bodhisattva Lian Sheng brought his palms together as if he was praying.
"If the earth soul wouldn't change, then would Little Rou still remember everything?" Gu Hai looked at Bodhisattva Lian Sheng.
Bodhisattva Lian Sheng nodded. "She will still remember. Little Rou's memories are Empress Wa's memories, why would Empress Wa forget them? It just that everything in the future, Empress Wa's will would take precedence. All of Little Rou will just be a part of her memories!!"
With Little Rou in his arms, Gu Hai looked at everyone, his eyes flickering reluctantly.
"Benefactor, I am feeling very bad!" stated Little Rou painfully.
Gu Hai abhorred the feeling of unable to save the people around him. Obviously, the others could help, but they wouldn't. He was feeling the same as when he couldn't save his wife, Chen Xian'er. It's just like that again!? Just like that!?
"Hurry up, Empress Wa's earth soul is about to be injured!" urged the Great Wisdom King.
Gu Hai turned a deaf ear to Great Wisdom King and looked at the feeble Little Rou. "Little Rou, did you hear what they said? Would you be willing to turn into another person? Your memories will remain but your identity would be different!"
"Why are you still asking her about this matter?" asked the Great Wisdom King.
"If you are willing, I will hand you over to them! If you don't want to, I will help you extricate yourself!" stated Gu Hai, gritting his teeth.
"Don't you dare!" the Great Wisdom King roared out.
Suddenly, countless peacock plumes emerged all around him, giving the impression that Great Wisdom King would attack Gu Hai at once if Gu Hai showed even a hint that he would kill Little Rou.
The valiant general underneath Gu Hai brandished his Fang Tian Hua halberd and pointed at Great Wisdom King. His body overflowing with battle intent.
Gu Hai merely gave a cold glare to Great Wisdom King. Even if Gu Hai knew that Great Wisdom King was exceedingly powerful, he was still unafraid.
Little Rou quivered for a bit. "There is another way to live? I can still see Benefactor again, can think of Benefactor again, then, I am willing! I am willing to turn into another person!"
Great Wisdom King immediately blew out a long breath in relief.
Embracing Little Rou, Gu Hai's eyes flickered with complex emotions as he turned his head to look at Bodhisattva Lian Sheng and said, "Bodhisattva Lian Sheng, I hope that you are not lying to me!"
"Amitabha, every word of this Lowly Monk is completely true!" Bodhisattva Lian Sheng brought his palms together again.
"Lead the way!" shouted Gu Hai at Great Wisdom King.
"Humph!" Great Wisdom King snorted coldly in response before turning around and flying towards a faraway peak.
Under Gu Hai's control, the army flew its way towards the faraway peak.
Standing in the air, looking at Gu Hai's back, Bodhisattva Lian Sheng heaved a sigh. "Gu Hai, I am also doing this for your own good. If Empress Wa can't be resurrected today, you will not just face one Great Wisdom King. You will be hunted down. You will not be able to escape no matter where you go, whether it is the above the sky or below the ground!"
Though the mighty army left the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree open, Bodhisattva Lian Sheng still remained in the vicinity of the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree.
A hesitant look also immediately appeared in the eyes of countless cultivators all around.
"Perhaps, perhaps we can now take it?" many people's heart was filled with anticipation.
However, a majority of cultivators didn't dare to rush. Finally, after a good long while, someone could not hold himself back.
That man charged straight towards the Hundred Years Longevity Peach Tree. There was an anxious look on his face.
"Damn!" The look on many people face immediately changed as they yelled in anger.
Suddenly, a peacock plume swept across the sky.
The man, along with his cloud beast, was split down the middle before he started free falling.
The sound of people taking in a cold breath of air resounded in the winds.
Great Wisdom King, who was flying towards the ground, turned his head and said lightly, coldly glaring at the sky, "I am still here. I will kill whoever dares to move!"
Great Wisdom spoke in a light tone, yet strangely it rang in everyone's ears, sending a chill down the spine of almost everyone.
At this moment, no one dared to take another step. Even Ninth Young Master had an extremely ugly look on his face at this moment.
Gu Hai and the party soon arrived at the peak, where many sun-patterned black-robed men were genuflecting on one knee.
"We welcome the return of Empress Wa!" said the congregation of black-robed men as they bowed their heads respectfully.
"Open the coffin!" shouted the Great Wisdom King.
A group of the men gradually opened the ten-zhang long huge coffin.
The coffin was filled with dense white mist. As the coffin lid was opened, a billowing Spirit Qi blew in everyone's face. Apparently, that white mist was congealed out of a huge amount of Spirit Qi.
The coffin inside was almost completely filled with churning white mist. Only at one end of the coffin, one could notice a head attached to a snake's body, the head of a stunning girl.
The girl's appearance bore a startling resemblance to Little Rou, but it was a lot more mature than Little Rou.
The girl's eyes were slightly open, giving the impression that she was extremely weak, and she was looking at Little Rou.
Little Rou also looked at the girl feebly.
Little Rou's body quivered ever so slightly.
"Little Rou, are you okay?" asked Gu Hai, worried.
"Benefactor, I am having an intimate feeling! It seems, the girl in the coffin is truly me!" replied Little Rou, sobbing.
"En!" nodded Gu Hai.
Inside the coffin, the girl lightly parted her lips as she spoke, "Enter my mouth, we will combine into one!"
While speaking, the girl's head suddenly transformed into a huge snakehead. The snake jaws were wide open, as if waiting to swallow Little Rou.
Looking at that mouth, Little Rou once again started crying.
"En, Benefactor!" Little Rou looked at Gu Hai; there was a sorrowful look in her eyes.
"Little Rou, I'm sorry! I don't have the ability to save you again this time!" Gu Hai was also extremely mournful.
"Benefactor, put me inside her mouth!" said Little Rou while sobbing.
During this time, Little Rou kept on staring at Gu Hai. Little Rou knew that perhaps this would be the last time she could look at Gu Hai; the last time.
Gu Hai nodded before he carefully put Little Rou into that huge snake mouth.
The huge snake jaws closed slowly.
Suddenly, Little Rou broke into tears as she madly rushed out from the slowly darkening mouth. "Benefactor!"
"Little Rou, tell me!" Gu Hai looked at Little Rou.
"If...if someday, I turn bad, you must remind me that I used to be better in the past!" cried Little Rou.
The snake jaws closed up completely.
Little Rou was completely engulfed by darkness. The moment she was swallowed by the darkness, she spoke another sentence, “I also loved you in the past!”
Unfortunately, the snake jaws were already shut tight; no one could hear the final sentence of Little Rou. Perhaps, that feeble voice was just enough for only her to hear.
Little Rou wanted to say this for a long time. Since she was rescued from Pang Tianlong's hand by Gu Hai, Little Rou's heart was tied to Gu Hai. In the moment of my desperation, my sadness, when no one listened to me, when everyone was watching me die in cold blood, only Benefactor...only Benefactor appeared out of the blue like a hero and rescued me.
Nobody knew that Little Rou was touched by that moment, by that feeling of escaping the jaws of death and extreme fear, by that moment when Benefactor saved me, and rescued me from extreme despair.
Little Rou very much wanted to speak her heart out to Benefactor, but I was worried that Benefactor would send me away. I could only secretly bury these words in my heart.
Perhaps, Benefactor does not need to do anything. As long as I could remain beside Benefactor and look at Benefactor from time to time, everything was all good. If Benefactor could occasionally smile at me, I might be completely satisfied in this life.
Originally, Little Rou already felt she was the happiest because everything was already sufficient; I could already follow the Benefactor.
I will keep these words completely buried in my heart. It's all good as long as I know it. There is no need for Benefactor to say anything as long as I can occasionally look at Benefactor.
However, why would the Heavens not let me have this bit of desire? Why not?
Benefactor, I really love you! I am soon about to turn into another person. Soon, I will no longer be able to love Benefactor again!?
Little Rou broke into tears of heartbreak inside the snake jaws. I hate my timidness, my weakness. I am not going speak these words even when I am going to die, I will not.
Gradually, Little Rou's body melted away inside the snake mouth, along with her tears, her sadness. Little Rou felt herself getting weaker and weaker. Gradually, she didn't feel anything anymore.
Vaguely, Little Rou felt like she was having a dream. In her dream, Little Rou had turned into a human and was calmly walking, hand-in-hand, with Gu Hai, inside a herb field, talking happily with each other, telling touching stories.
Someday, if I turn bad! Benefactor, you must remind me that I once used to be better! I once used to love you!