Chapter 332: The Human-faced Peach King (Part 2)
"Jiuge, are you alright?" Zi Shang looked at Yun Jiuge nervously.
Not far away, all the branches on the pitiful Human-faced Peach King had been cut off by Zi Shang who was furious, leaving only the bare trunk and a handsome man's face crumpled into a mess, looking extremely pathetic.
"This damned Peach King had the guts to scheme against you. Wait, I'll kill it for you." Since the previous time where Yun Jiuge was almost killed by Si Youyue insidiously, Zi Shang became very acute to such situations. He'd never spare anything that could harm Yun Jiuge.
"Don't… he is very pitiful." Yun Jiuge hurriedly held back Zi Shang's hand.
The pitiful Peach King was once innocent and pure. As long as he continued growing in this Secret Realm, he would eventually gain human form to obtain great powers.
However, later it was fed by the Yin Corpse Sect and transformed into a bloodthirsty peach. As soon as he matured, he would become the king of massacres and destroy the entire Secret Realm.
"Why should I care?" He could escape the Secret Realm with Yun Jiuge even if it was destroyed.
"There're so many disciples of the Yin Corpse Sect up there. If they all die and I'm the only survivor, how can I stay in Yin Corpse Sect anymore?" Yun Jiuge knew Zi Shang wanted her to learn the Yin Sect's Yin-corpse Bone-Controlling Technique. He would not want her to give up halfway.
Zi Shang hesitated for a while as expected. Then he said unwillingly, "Fine, you tell him — as long as he hands over the Jasper Spiritual Peach, I can detach those bloodcurdling evil-foreboding spirits from him."
"How will you do it?" Yun Jiuge wanted to know more and asked, "Will you be in any danger?"
"You don't need to bother about that." It was a long story, and Zi Shang was too lazy to explain.
"All right!" Yun Jiuge gave up questioning, and turned to the Human-faced Peach King saying, "Peach King, you've heard him. He's willing to help you detach those bloodcurdling evil-foreboding spirits from you in exchange for your peaches."
Somehow that seemed like a weird thing to say to a handsome man's face.
The Peach King twisted his brown vines, and sent a clear message to her. "I don't trust him. I trust you."
"I can't help detach the bloodcurdling evil-foreboding spirits from you." Yun Jiuge knew that the Human-faced Peach King wanted her to become the guarantor, but this was a troublesome matter with no benefits. She didn't want to do it!
"Here, take this." The Human-faced Peach King's brown vine retracted into the trunk and dug for something. Finally, it took out a green crystal and placed it in front of Yun Jiuge.
The crystal was only the size of a thumb, greenish-blue and crystal clear. Its rays could make anyone feel comfortable.
Yun Jiuge's instincts told her that this crystal would bring her good. She looked at Zi Shang.
"This is the Wood Spiritual Crystal. After eating it you can communicate with all the vegetation in this world." Although Zi Shang was annoyed by the Human-faced Peach King's act of trying to win Yun Jiuge's heart, he had to admit that the Wood Spiritual Crystal would benefit Yun Jiuge.
"I can't possibly accept this reward!" Yun Jiuge was in a dilemma. Zi Shang had always been the one doing everything, so she felt bad accepting this!
"I will do the honors then." Zi Shang took the Wood Spiritual Crystal at once and shoved it into Yun Jiuge's mouth.
Once the Wood Spiritual Crystal melted in her mouth, Yun Jiuge felt a strong wave of vitality wrapping around her body.
Then two tiny leaves resembling bean sprouts appeared on her arm.
These two leaves had clear veins and were full of the Wood Spiritual aura.
"Hey!" Yun Jiuge saw that after the two tender leaves grew out, an extra Wood Spiritual Root grew on her Thunder Spiritual Root, transforming into Wood Thunder Spiritual Root.
The Human-faced Peach King was very happy to see leaves growing on Yun Jiuge. The bare trunk then grew many brown branches and penetrated the corpses of the beasts on the ground.
The hill of beast corpses vanished rapidly.
The tawny skin on the Peach King gradually turned into a layer of blood. The perfectly handsome face was now becoming clearer, showing a deep sense of demonic aura.
It reminded Yun Jiuge of the terrifying faces on the Human-faced Peaches in the forest. She took two steps back cautiously as she said, "Would it turn wild and kill humans?"
"It wouldn't be called the Peach King if it didn't kill. Best if you stay far away from it." Zi Shang protected Yun Jiuge from behind.
"Jiuge, I wouldn't kill you even if I grew wild." A gentle male voice sounded in Yun Jiuge's mind. It was the voice of the Peach King.
It could only use one's consciousness to communicate with Yun Jiuge previously, but through the Wood Spiritual Crystal, he could now talk directly to her.
Although Yun Jiuge believed that the Peach King would not hurt her, its horrible appearance still made her tremble in fear.
"There's still some time before he matures. Don't you want to deal with Su Junqing? Let's go find him." Zi Shang took Yun Jiuge's hand, bringing her back to ground level in a flash of light.
By this time the situation on the ground was a mess. The ferocious Human-faced Peaches suddenly fell to the ground and ate up the beasts' bodies. Then they dashing to attack the disciples of the Yin Corpse Sect.
Although Lang Ya, Bai Lan, Su Junqing and the Han Brothers tried to fight with all they had, many disciples were still injured.
The Liu Sisters, Bing Xinlian and Little Fatty had been practicing defense all this while. They held onto each other and emitted the Icy Yin Qi Strike, assisting Bing Xinlian to condense an ice wall, barely blocking the Human-faced Peaches' crazy attack.
"Everyone, come this way." Yun Jiuge immediately drew her four Bone Spurs.
A black mist rose from the Hallucinatory Fog Bone Spur, but a thin green line gleamed inside. The Human-faced Peaches avoided the mist as if they recognized it.
"Senior Yun Jiu, we're here. Everybody, come quickly." cried the Liu Sisters.
Bing Xinlian immediately led all the disciples orderly towards Yun Jiuge's side for evacuation.
Bai Lan and the Number Three Peak disciples dashed towards Yun Jiuge like a hive of bees upon seeing this.
Yun Jiuge's black fog could not protect so many people. But it was pointless even if she told this to Bai Lan. She had to think of something.
"Lang Ya, come over and help me set up the ice wall." Yun Jiuge felt Lang Ya was the most pleasing among them so she had the intention to help him.
"Okay." Lang Ya immediately led his disciples to execute the Icy Yin Qi Strike, building up a thick ice wall on the right of Yun Jiuge.
Yun Jiuge dispersed a portion of her black fog over to the wall to help put up the defense.
The Han Brothers followed suit and led their disciples to build an ice wall on the right of Yun Jiuge too.
Bai Lan had to get through this situation if she wanted to get close to Yun Jiuge.
She wisely gave up any intentions of snatching positions and led her disciples to build the ice wall.
With equal treatment, Yun Jiuge distributed some black fog to her too.
The Human-faced Peaches were repressed by the black fog and thus unable to devour the disciples from the Yin Corpse Sect. In the end, they ate one another.
When all the Human-faced Peaches were ripe, a huge blood-red vine suddenly broke through the ground and rose into the sky.
The ripe peaches seemed to hear the call of the gods and flew to the red vines like moths to a flame.
"The peaches." Su Junqing was anxious. He drew out three Demonic Flower Bone Spurs and caught a few Human-faced Peaches.
"Hurry up and get those peaches back," Bai Lan shouted. If they didn't get enough Human-faced Peaches, the Secret Realm would not open. Emerging from this attack would be pointless then.