ACA Chapter 38

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Chapter 38 – The Lyrics Are Wrong

 

Ever since she came to this world, there had been more and more things that she cared about.
Thus, the people back in the modern world, who were important to her before, became equivocal beings.

Gu Qingyu poked at the fire, “Hey, what did you do for a living?”

“Me?” Qi Wan looked at Gu Qingyu helplessly, “I’m the kind the adults always talk about. The ones who’re holed up in their homes, not doing anything other than playing games and stuff..”1

“Then, why would they come looking…” Gu Qingyu pondered, propping her chin in her hand thoughtfully.

By “they”, she referred to the black clothed men obviously.

“What about you?” Qi Wan asked.

“Psychiatrist.” Gu Qingyu answered truthfully.

“Yooh~ A psychiatrist?” Qi Wan raised his eyebrows, “I would’ve never guessed that in my life, Boss~”2

“Your sister, I, is called being modest, you don’t know your arse from your elbow.” Gu Qingyu rolled her eyes in disdain “I reckon that we’re already in the valley. Let’s take a rest and meet up with the others tomorrow morning.

Qi Wan nodded, “Mm, Mo Bai’s herbs are really handy.”

“Please. He’s a Divine Healer.” Gu Qingyu batted an eye at Qi Wan.

 

“Oh right… Gu Qingyu.” Just before Gu Qingyu was about to fall asleep, Qi Wan asked softly, “… Do you really want to go back?”

Gu Qingyu muttered, “Yeah… together… with everyone.”

 

Go back… together…

Was it actually possible?

 

Early next morning, Gu Qingyu opened her eyes.

She turned her head towards the cave mouth. The sun was just rising. Perhaps it was because they were in a cave, but she wasn’t able to have a peaceful sleep.

She faced forward, and saw that Qi Wan was missing.

Where is he?

Just as Gu Qingyu was about to get up, Qi Wan walked in through the entrance, “Oh! You’re awake? Good morning, Boss~”

“Mm, morning. Where did you go?” Gu Qingyu looked at him and rubbed her eyes.

Qi Wan dangled a watersack in his hand, “Just checking if there’s water nearby~” He handed over the watersack to Gu Qingyu, “Hurry up and drink. The water around here is free from pollution! Completely pure and natural~”

Gu Qingyu took the watersack, “Well, you got up quite early.”

“Yupp, ever since I left behind the alarm clock, I’ve been waking up quite early.” Qi Wan’s words were full of grievance, “Go ahead and drink, then we’ll take a short break before we set out.”

 

“How’s your injury?” Gu Qingyu drank a bit and put down the watersack.

“It been recovering very well.” Qi Wan moved his body about to show her, “We can go now.”

Gu Qingyu stood up and stretched her waist, “Let’s go!”

They left the cave and walked towards the steep cliffs.

 

“How are we supposed to get down…” said Gu Qingyu and sighed.

Qi Wan thought for a minute, “Summon wings.”

“… Hah?” Although I don’t know what you’re talking about, it sounds really amazing!

“I remember that one called Qian Cheng taught you before, right? Sigh, Boss, it’s not that they were bad at teaching, but it’s just that your IQ is worrying!” Qi Wan feigned a sigh.

“My IQ your sister!” Gu Qingyu glared fiercely at him, then asked unhappily, “How do you summon them then?”

“First of all, extend your small hands~” Qi Wan said with a serious face.

Gu Qingyu caught on his seriousness, and likewise, extended her hands very seriously.

“Then, clasp your hands together and place them behind your head~”

“Yes, exactly~ Very good~ Then, squat down slowly~”

“Perfect~ Just like that~ And rise~ And squat~ Repeat one more time~”

There was something about this that sounded really familiar to Gu Qingyu, but she couldn’t put her finger on it. She worked as she pondered, then suddenly realized what was going on. She got up immediately and squeezed her hands together, the bones let out an audible cracking sound.

“Boss…” Qi Wan quickly realized that he was in deep trouble, “That… um… let’s have a calm and nice chat…”

“Rest assured. You and me, have nothing to talk about.” Gu Qingyu rolled up her sleeves slowly, “I’ll give you three seconds to reminisce the joyful times in your life.”

“Boss…” Qi Wan suddenly got a bright idea, he pointed behind Gu Qingyu, “Look! A shooting star!”

Gu Qingyu blinked, then foolishly looked back by reflex.

Before she could react, Qi Wan ruthlessly kicked at her. Gu Qingyu lost her balance and slipped down over the edge of the cliff—

“What shooting star in the broad daylight! Can you not be so obvious when you’re trying to kill me!” Gu Qingyu shouted at him, and saw that Qi Wan had also jumped down.

Qi Wan shouted as well, his voice was constantly picked up by the wind, so it sounded on and off, “Quick! Summon your wings! Focus your mind! Picture yourself flying up to the sky!!”

“…” Gu Qingyu suddenly calmed down, she looked at Qi Wan, she felt like crying but no tears came out, “I’ll t-try…” She paused, “Sometimes I think I, am like, a little bird~ I want to fly and fly, but I can’t seem to fly high~” 3

“Not this one! What do you mean by you can’t fly high? Switch song!” Qi Wan rebuffed her.

 

Are we doing this for real…

 

Gu Qingyu roared out, “Spread your wings and soar! Burst forth your light! In this instant, you will be set free! Never give up, this is hope! Always remember to encourage yourself! Spread your wings and soar! Be brave and strong…”

“Just like that!” Qi Wan roared as well.

Right before they were about to crash into a tree branch, Gu Qingyu soared up into the sky.

“I did it! I summoned it!” While Gu Qingyu was cheering for herself, she heard a loud thud from below.

 

Oh shit! For a moment, I forgot about Qi Wan!

 

Gu Qingyu turned stiff, then weakly descended, “Qi Wan~ Qi Wan?”

She heard a cough coming from the tall grasses.

Gu Qingyu immediately went over, and found her little friend Qi Wan with his hair tangled in weeds…

“F*ck! I helped you summon your wings to save me! Not to play around!” Qi Wan angrily pulled off his silver headband, his long dark green hair fell down.

“Hurhur, aren’t you all safe and sound…” Gu Qingyu gave a small laugh, “Then again, now that I have wings, I can help out in emergencies in the future…”

She slowly stopped talking, because she noticed that Qi Wan was staring stupefied at behind her.

She looked behind her, and was shocked as well.

 

Unlike Jia Qizhe and the other’s wings that were big and wide, hers resembled a butterfly, light and transparent.. The forewing and hindwing of a light golden butterfly fairy.

 

“So beautiful!” Qi Wan exclaimed.

“Yeah, yeah!” Gu Qingyu agreed.

 

They were simply so beautiful and gorgeous.

 

After withdrawing her wings, they walked out the valley, following a small path. They caught sight of the rest of the group as they exited the valley.

 

“Brother Zhu, did something happen to you?” Mo Bai looked deeply concerned, the gentleness in his voice was same as ever.

“Not at all!” Qi Wan answered instead. After having put up his hair and straightened out his clothes, he turned once again into an elegant and handsome youth. He walked up to Mo Bai and patted him on his shoulders, “Brother Mo! Your herbs are really effective! It only took a night for my injuries from yesterday to heal up!”

A faint murderous intent flashed by Mo Bai’s eyes, but he kept smiling, because Gu Qingyu was still looking at him. He turned his head and looked at Qi Wan’s hand on his shoulders, then removed it without batting an eyelid, “Then, when I am free, I’ll brew a few bottles for you to recover your health. You have to drink them up properly later, Brother Qi.”

“A-ha-ha-ha, Brother Mo, you’re being too much, you don’t have to do that~” Qi Wan immediately left it there and tactfully escaped.

 

“My husband~” Xiao Qi threw herself on her, “I was worried to death for you!” My goodness, since when did she get so used to this bizarre way of addressing me! Hey!

“Good girl, don’t you see how well I am~” Gu Qingyu patted on Xiao Qi’s head, “Jia Qizhe, how did it go for you?”

Being called by his name, Jia Qizhe smiled at her, “They came with no return.”

 

What a coy and arrogant answer… As expected of Hero Jia…

 

“This is too much! My master had told me that Confucian scholars should not openly slaughter.” Qi Wan’s face was filled with bitterness like some grumbling lady.

Scholar? Let’s talk again when you have the manners of a scholar first!

 

Murong Zuoyu was as calm and cold as ever, “Brother Zhu, now that you’re fine, let’s move out.”

“Ok! Did you find out about their origin?” Gu Qingyu asked, at the same time, she exchanged a look with Qi Wan.

They thought of the same question.

“Too tight-mouthed.” Murong Zuoyu shook his head, “They took their own lives before I could question.”

Sigh…” Gu Qingyu let out a sigh, “Let’s go then. After passing through this valley, we’ll reach the Bloodglaze City.”

Jia Qizhe walked to Gu Qingyu’s front, “Stay behind me, shouldn’t be much of a problem.” Gu Qingyu didn’t refuse and agreed in silence.

 

Venerable Flames appeared again, drifting around in the air.

Gu Qingyu rolled her eyes at him, and asked through her inner mind, “Why did you come out again?”

“Your master came out to take a breather.” Venerable Flames seemed to be in a really good mood. He squinted his eyes and looked up at the dazzling sun in the blue sky, “It has been a long time since I basked in sunlight like this…” He seemed to be reminiscing about something.

What could he be thinking about? Since he didn’t tell her, Gu Qingyu didn’t bother to ask either.

She was definitely not interested in invading a person’s privacy.

Gu Qingyu followed his gaze, staring into the sun. She closed her eyes and let the sun shine on her eyelids. The sunlight was warm and fuzzy.

“Brother Zhu, what are you doing?” Qi Yichen asked curiously.

Gu Qingyu opened her drowsy eyes and cast him a glance, “This one is photosynthesizing.”

“Photosynthesis? Care to explain?” Murong Zuoyu jumped into the conversation, with a curious look.

“Photosynthesis(光合作用), as the name implies, takes effect when absorbing light(光). Is my analysis correct?” said Qi Yichen and analyzed. He tilted his head to the side, “But, it’s something that only plant can do, right?”

As expected of a scholar, Qi Yichen, this smart creature. Gu Qingyu was rather impressed at his answer and nodded, “Correct!”

Qi Wan nodded his head as well, “Brother Qi, you may not yet be aware! But regarding our Brother Zhu(竹), is also exactly as his name implies! Brother Zhu(竹), Brother Zhu(竹), grew up from a bamboo(竹), therefore is able to absorb the sunlight, break down CO2 and produce oxygen, the maker of a sound and beautiful ecological environment, that’s why…”4

At first, Qi Wan spoke in an affected and pretentious voice, then he began rambling on a huge pile of biological knowledge.

 



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  1. H-HE’S A NEET!
  2. Thank god, our author knows that, and everyone else! At least it’s not a hole!
  3. I am a little bird – Song
  4. 竹=Bamboo