Chapter 3: Knight Examination (III)
“Senior, I don’t know.” As soon as he saw that middle aged man, Balza hurried to salute him. This middle aged person came a few days earlier to Odin Hall, so he was not sure of this middle-aged man’s identity and circumstances, and only knew that he was a figure of the group of knights coming from from Hao Yue city.
The middle aged man looked back, saying indifferently, “It is because his mental capacity is different from ordinary people’s… Otherwise, how do you think he could display that kind of talent?”
Long Hao Chen was happy, preciously holding a glass in his hands and jubilantly running towards his home.
For the other kids, the liquid in this bottle was just a hard to drink medicine, but for him, it was actually the reason why he joined the Knight Temple.
As he walked, he thought aloud, “Big brother Jiang Hu was right, this Elemental Training Liquid is really a good thing. Since she started to drink a bottle of this each week, Mother’s health had gotten better. Mother, sorry, you taught me that as a man, I can’t beg other people, but if I couldn’t pass the examination today, I would never be able to bring you again Elemental Training Liquid to drink.”
If Balza heard Long Hao Chen’s remark, he would be staring at him in astonishment.
To the Knight Temple, the Elemental Training Liquid was a kind of medicine that had an effect on children under fifteen years old, enabling them to strengthen the basic cultivation’s results, assisting their training and laying their body’s foundations. The reason why Long Hao Chen had almost failed the examination today was that he didn’t drink any Elemental Training Liquid at all! All of it was given to his mother. One year ago, he was just a thin and weak little boy and today, he had to make intensive efforts in order to break through the tenth spiritual energy level while letting his mother drink his Elemental Training Liquid, which was supposed to support his spiritual energy’s cultivation.
To a nine years old kid, in terms of difficulty, going through this trial surpassed completely the hurdles of the examination to become a Standard Knight.
The sunlight fell on Long Hao Chen’s body, shining with a kind of golden luster that seemed as if it came from the bottom of his heart.
Long Hao Chen’s home was located at the west side of Odin town; he even had to cross a river to reach it. Quickly, he passed through the wooden bridge. However, he didn’t go straight home, but went along a little road that gave access to a forest to the west of Odin.
Every time he got the Elemental Training Liquid, he had first to pick up some vegetables, before he could give it to her mother to drink, then mixed the medicine liquid with wild vegetables, producing a soup with strong taste.
Going through the forest, he quickly got to work. These years, Long Hao Chen and his mother were depending on each other. Even in the town of Odin, their household was the poorest one and, as the child of a poor person, he had to take care of the chores early on, whereas a lot of children of the same age only knew about playing everyday. On the other side, he needed to help his mother, to let her share some of her pains. Mother and child were only relying on the mother, Bai Yue, having a meager income from sewing some clothes every day, for their life expenses, but he always felt that he had a happy life.
After a while, quite a few herbs were piled up. Long Hao Chen was quite familiar with them and although they were only wild herbs, their flavor was not so bad. He knew of this because since his infancy, he had eaten a lot of them.
As Long Hao Chen was preparing to pack these up before going home, suddenly, a low pitched puff sound startled him. Actually, this forest was not so peaceful, there were occasionally some wild animals in it.
Long Hao Chen looked up to the direction he heard the sound from, seeing a kind of faint and small shadow that seemed to be falling down. Urged by his curiosity, he cautiously walked at it, and after several steps, saw that this shadow that was falling in the forest was actually no wild animal, but unexpectedly a little girl.
The little girl seemed to be 7 or 8 years-old, had a very delicate appearance, and purple short hair. Her clothes were damaged, blood coming out from at least six or seven places from her body. Although she fell on the ground, she still maintained her consciousness. She tried to get up, but it seemed very difficult for her.
Long Hao Chen hurried forward, trying to help her to get up, asking her embarrassed, “How are you?”
The little girl looks surprised and she unconsciously moved back, looking at him from the side. At this moment, Long Hao Chen saw the appearance of the little girl.
A lot of dirt was on her beautiful cheeks, the corner of her mouth letting out a thread of blood. She looked very embarrassed, but still easily shocked people. However, her beauty was different from Long Hao Chen’s. Long Hao Chen’s gaze was gentle, giving people a feeling of intimacy. But although this little girl is young, her gaze looked stubborn and cold, and as she suddenly stared at him, Long Hao Chen couldn’t help but shiver.
Seeing Long Hao Chen, the little girl looked surprised. She doesn’t know if it is because her affinity with Long Hao Chen was good enough, but she quickly calmed down.
“Are you okay?” Long Hao Chen asked one more time.
The little girl lifted a hand reluctantly and wrote a line of word, “I can’t speak, bad people are chasing me, they will arrive soon. Sister, save me.”
Looking at the words written in front of him, Long Hao Chen was shocked, but when he read the last words she wrote, a few black lines appeared on his forehead.
“It is brother, not sister.” After defending himself with one sentence, in a depressed tone, he lifted the little girl up, full of compassion. Because he passed the knight’s examination, his strength was already at the level of an adult’s, plus the little girl’s body was especially light, so when holding her, he did not find her heavy at all.
After lifting her up, Long Hao Chen went back to the spot he was at, using a rough rope to pick up the wild herbs. But at this moment, the little girl anxiously pulled the lapel of his cloth.
Long Hao Chen gawked at her, hurriedly placing her on the ground, and the little girl wrote quickly on the land: “I feel their presence, they will arrive right away, they can track my scent, go quickly, otherwise it will be too late.”
Long Hao Chen’s brows wrinkled, and he firmly shook his head, saying: “Out of the question! As a man, I must to protect you.” Even though he was only 9 years old, as he said these words, his beautiful little face contained an incredible resolution.
“Your scent?” The expression in Long Hao Chen’s eyes changed. Very quickly, he extracted some parts of these wild herbs, pressing them with his hand before rapidly rubbing them on the little girl’s body as well as his own. Afterwards, he ran to the side, carrying her towards bushes, and placing her carefully in the middle of these brushes. At this point, he lied on his stomach, using his elbows to support his body.
He didn’t notice that in the moment he was doing this, the little girl he protected stared at him with a strange look, without moving at all.
As Long Hao Chen just finished hiding, he heard some noise from outside, and from a gap between the bushes, he secretly looked at them, seeing a group of men in black clothes. These men’s figures were very tall, and even hidden, they still stank a little of fishy smell. Among these people, some were specialized in smelling odors.
“Why does the scent trail end here? What if this little girl got someone to rescue her?” These unpleasant husky voices resounded in the woods.