Chapter 26: It's good to be alive
Following the fishy stench left behind by the demonic wolf, Lu Mingshu entered deep into the mountain, where she found a cave.
Given that it was located in a barren land, Locust Tree Village did not have much production. Yet this cave was teeming with lush grass and even large patches of blue flowers all around.
Blue flowers were rarely seen in the natural world, let alone in such concentrated amounts. Lu Mingshu's intuition told her that something was amiss.
She entered the cave while holding a fire torch.
Light did not filter into this deep cave, which left it cast in darkness.
The air was also very poor, and the demonic wolf's fishy stench especially pervaded the area.
Lu Mingshu held her nose and continued deeper in.
She would not have imagined herself to have such guts were it a few months ago, to have enough guts to roam such a cave in the countryside. Having been baptized in the cleansing of the Heavenly Wheel's streamers, her line of thinking had not only deepened, but her courage had improved by leaps and bounds.
Lu Mingshu suddenly stopped.
She lifted the fire torch and carefully observed the walls. As she looked, her eyes seemed to have flashed past a dim light.
Lu Mingshu went up and pushed aside the moss on the wall.
There is a faint reflection of light that's blue in colour on the stone wall!
She immediately thought of the numerous blue flowers outside.
As Lu Mingshu found a few tree branches on the spot and scraped off the mosses on the stone wall, she tried hard to suppress her excitement.
She could sense a faint mystic force – this is an ore that contains mystic force!
But she quickly calmed down. Even if this is an ore that contains mystic force, how am I to take this out? Dig it out with my hands?
As she thought about a solution, Lu Mingshu continued walking forward.
The fishy smell that was no longer present in her position should have been neutralized by the mystic ore. The smell that got fainter as she walked deeper indicated that the mystic ore further inside was even more concentrated.
Sure enough, Lu Mingshu spotted some fragmented broken ore on the ground by the side after walking for about a thousand feet.
The blood vessels in her eyes nearly popped from trying to keep the glowing stones in her line of sight as she walked to the end of the cave in one sitting.
The light-blue mystic ore embedded in the walls of the cavern radiated a faint blue light under the shine of the fire torch, lighting up the entire cave like a world of blue crystals.
This must have been the wolf's shelter. It was empty, devoid of objects and any sign of life.
Lu Mingshu had no idea that this was not the scene that would have greeted her had she come a little earlier. Due to the existence of this mystic ore, almost all of the demonic beasts in the vicinity were drawn to this place. But ever since the demonic wolf's arrival, the demonic beasts that occupied the pits here were all driven away. With the demonic wolf's stench still being present, no beast dared approach.
Lu Mingshu could not wait to enter the Heavenly Wheel and ask Brother Six for advice on the ore and how she was to mine it. But this was after all the wilderness.
Lu Mingshu took off her robe, tied a few knots to make it into the shape of a package, and stuffed the nicer-looking broken ores into her package.
When she had finally picked a full package of broken ores, she proceeded to carry them down the mountain.
By the time she returned to the village, the slaughtering of the demonic wolf was about done. Elder Tian brought the wolf hide, the wolf claws, and the wolf teeth they had dealt with first to her.
Lu Mingshu entered the Heavenly Wheel.
The two met each other smoothly as Brother Six was normally around at this hour of the day.
Brother Six expressed his interest in hearing Lu Mingshu speak of the bag of broken ores that she had picked up at the demonic wolf's shelter.
He built a channel and let her send a small ore over.
Lu Mingshu intended for precisely this by looking for Brother Six. It would definitely not be wrong to ask Brother Six, who was passionate about collecting all sorts of information and had a broad knowledge.
Soon, Bother Six's hoarse voice travelled over, "Little Sister Seven, this is good stuff!"
Lu Mingshu hurried to respond, "What is it?"
"This is mystic spirit ore. It may be called differently in different worlds, but in short, it is a kind of low-grade ore. The blue ones you collected are pure with good quality, and the energy they contain is very pure too. It would be very useful to use these for practice."
Brother Six told her of the specifics of the grade and uses of the mystic spirit ore, adding lastly, "Little Sister Seven, you don't have to give me the harvest from killing the demonic wolf, but can you instead give me two pieces of this broken ore?"
Lu Mingshu naturally agreed, gifting him two pieces of good quality ones.
Brother Six sighed when he received the ore, "What a pity you do not have storage tools, or else you would have been able to bring back more."
A special channel must be constructed if one wanted to bring physical objects into the Heavenly Wheel, which required mystic force. Lu Mingshu would not be able to construct one with her current, low amount of mystic force. She could only use other, smaller items in her exchanges. For example, this mystic spirit ore. Moreover, one could not store physical objects inside the Heavenly Wheel. The object would be broken down into mystic force once the user left, returning to their body.
Therefore, the Heavenly Wheel could only be used as a platform for exchange and not as storage space.
Lu Mingshu asked, "Brother Six, what are storage tools?"
"Storage tools are normally in the form of a pouch or ring, and some call it mustard seed pouch, while others call it universal pouch. Some even call it Sumeru ring* … The name isn't important. In short, it functions as storage. It may look small, but the space inside is huge, making it convenient to carry items."
Lu Mingshu exclaimed, "Something so magical actually exists?"
Brother Six found it strange. "Your world should have it too. Why, didn't your elders explain it to you?"
Lu Mingshu laughed dryly. "I just entered my sect …" and she continued to ask, "That, can I buy one?"
"It is possible to buy, but this item isn't cheap …"
"Is it very expensive?"
"Un. I have mixed around for so long and only managed to conveniently get an old one from someone else's hands."
Even Brother Six had to pick up a cheap one – it really must be absurdly expensive.
However, Lu Mingshu still longed for one. If she had this, she would have been able to bring back more ores today.
"If you really want one, I can keep a lookout for you."
Lu Mingshu was overjoyed. "Thank you, Brother Six."
She asked a few more general-knowledge questions before leaving the Heavenly Wheel.
It was almost time; she had the feeling that she was on the cusp of returning to her own world.
When she went out to say a few farewells, almost all of Locust Tree Village ran out to send her off when Elder Tian informed them of her departure.
In this manner, Lu Mingshu was sent out of the village while carrying ores and the rest of her paraphernalia. Then she disappeared out of thin air in front of the whole crowd of villagers.
The villagers turned pale with fright and immediately fell to their knees to kowtow, repeatedly calling out ‘celestial being' in her wake.
On the other side, Lu Mingshu opened her eyes. She was still lying down on the bed, and the sky outside had brightened.
She sat up, looking toward the package filled with the wolf parts she had procured from the villagers.
Once she hid the package under the bed, Lu Mingshu left the room.
An aroma wafted out of the kitchen. When she went in for a look, she laid eyes on Liu Jizhen, who was making fried eggs.
Lu Mingshu felt warmth in her heart. Her master always said he did not care about her, but he had actually changed a lot ever since she had appeared in Green Jade Valley.
Liu Jizhen plated the omelette, placing it on the table. "Let's eat."
"I'll go wash my face!" Lu Mingshu ran out to brush her teeth and wash her face, returning to eat once she had cleaned up.
She had a grin on her face today. Liu Jizhen glanced at her a few times, "What are you so happy about?"
Lu Mingshu revealed a large, toothy smile. "Nothing much, it's just that I'm glad to be alive and that being able to eat this much delicious food is great."
Liu Jizhen looked down. Rice porridge, salted egg, pickles …