Chapter 52: Variant Little Python
Translator: / KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
Late at night, the room was brightly illuminated by lamplight.
The youth sat cross-legged in the bath barrel that was filled with medicinal liquid, painstakingly cultivating, practically forgetting everything else.
Nine Dragons War Sovereign Technique, Spirit Serpent Form!
Seven Treasures Body Tempering Liquid continuously poured into his body.
The medicinal strength of the Dark Spirit Fruit was also dissolving at an extremely fast speed, merging into the youth's flesh, blood, and bones.
If he wanted to win the champion's position at the Clan Martial Meet in three days and obtain the three-hundred-fifty-year-old Blood Lingzhi...
Then he must break through to the ninth level of the Body Tempering Stage!
"Still a little bit more."
Perceiving the speed of which his fleshly body underwent metamorphosis and his lifeblood grew reducing, the youth opened his eyes and sighed.
Yawning, the drowsy youth instantly fell asleep.
He slept until morning the next day.
"Young Master, Young Master!"
An anxious voice sounding from outside his room caused the youth to be startled awake.
"Ke Er, what happened?"
Not having time to put on an outer garment, the youth was wearing his sleeping clothes as he opened the door and looked towards the young girl outside.
"Young Master, look."
In the young girl's hands, two fist-sized python eggs were violently trembling.
Quickly, the two python eggs broken open one after another. Two exquisite little pythons stretched their heads out and poked out their tongues before swallowing down the python egg shell fragments.
Subsequently, they looked at each other with unsatisfied expressions before looking at Duan Ling Tian and then at Ke Er.
The two pairs of tiny eyes emitted a deep sense of attachment...
As if they were looking at their parents.
"Young Master, they don't look anything like a black python."
Ke Er sized up the two little pythons before her willow-shaped eyebrows lightly knit together.
"They aren't alike..."
Duan Ling Tian was also sizing up the two little pythons.
The two little pythons were black and white respectively.
The white little python had silver markings on its body. The markings were extremely complicated, difficult to understand thoroughly.
The black little python had gold markings on its body, exactly similar to the markings on the white little python.
They both had one more similarity.
Both of them had a small bulge on their heads.
Duan Ling Tian searched through the memories of Rebirth Martial Emperor, but he didn't come across any memories that related to the two little pythons.
In other words, even if Rebirth Martial Emperor was alive, he wouldn't be able to recognize the two little pythons.
But, in the memories of Rebirth Martial Emperor, there was one type of python that had slightly similar overall characteristics to the two little pythons.
That python was not a black python.
But a fierce beast, the Snow Python.
According to Rebirth Martial Emperor's memories, the fierce Snow Python would be comparable to a Nascent Soul martial artist when it reaches adulthood...
A martial artist's cultivation after the Body Tempering stage was the Core Formation stage.
After the Core Formation stage was the Origin Core stage.
Only after the Origin Core stage was the Nascent Soul stage.
A colossus such as the Aurora City Li Clan had many Origin Core martial artists.
But Nascent Soul martial artists could be counted with one's fingers.
"It's unlikely that the offspring of the black python was made with a Snow Python."
Duan Ling Tian shook his head, dispersing this absurd thought.
Not to mention the difference between a black python and Snow Python, even the markings on the body of the two little pythons were not something neither the black python nor the Snow Python had.
From this it could be determined that these two little pythons were not Snow Pythons nor black pythons.
"Maybe they are similar to their father. I wonder what type of python their father is. Rebirth Martial Emperor experienced the passage of two lifetimes and has a wide range of knowledge and experience, but even he couldn't recognize this type of python," Duan Ling Tian silently deduced in his heart.
"Young Master, they seem to be hungry."
The young girl's voice caused Duan Ling Tian to come back to his senses.
The two little pythons her their tiny eyes wide open, flickering with pitiable brilliance as if begging for something.
Duan Ling Tian took out the two Violet Thorned Fruits that they brought back the other day from a corner of the room.
The two Violet Thorned Fruits were precisely left behind for them by the mother of the two little pythons.
Just as Duan Ling Tian brought the two Violet Thorned Fruits to Ke Er's side, the two little python's bodies trembled and they moved instantly.
As if transforming into a bolt of white lightning and a bolt of black lightning, they flew straight towards the Violet Thorned Fruits in Duan Ling Tian's hand...
In a few moments, the two Violet Thorned Fruits had been completely nibbled by them until nothing remained.
After eating their fill, the two little pythons fell soundly asleep.
"What type of snake are they?"
Duan Ling Tian and Ke Er glanced at each other, noticing the astonishment in each other's eyes.
The speed of the two little pythons earlier, even if compared to their mother's, the black python, they wouldn't be much slower.
An adult black python having such a speed was not strange.
But these two little pythons had only just been born...
Duan Ling Tian's subconscious felt that these two little pythons were not so simple.
After finding a box and poking a hole in it, Duan Ling Tian placed the two soundly asleep little pythons within. Only after doing this did he put on his outer garments, then he grabbed Ke Er's hand and walked out of his room.
"Ke Er, let's go out for a walk."
Duan Ling Tian and Ke Er walked out of their home, quickly arriving at the Martial Arts Practice Field.
A corner of the Martial Arts Practice Field was currently surrounded by quite a few people.
"Let's go take a look."
Duan Ling Tian and Ke Er walked over.
They supposed it would be someone sparring, but only when they approached did they notice it wasn't.
A blue-clothed youth stood in the middle of the crowd, saliva flying from his mouth.
Combined with his tone, he seemed to be a storyteller.
"According to what I heard, the adult Snow Python in the Misty Forest moved like a thunderbolt, killing a few Origin Core martial artists of Aqua Mist City's He Clan in seconds... In the midst of human martial artists, they were considered outstanding, but in front of the adult Snow Python, they couldn't even withstand a single blow!"
The blue-clothed youth continued, as if he saw all this with his own two eyes.
"Li Yun, is there realty a Snow Python inside the Misty Forest?"
Someone in the crowd asked.
"I, Li Yun, am famous in Aurora City for my ability to know everything, and my reputation is extremely good. News of this will spread throughout the entire Aurora City soon. At that time, you all will naturally know that what I said was true."
Li Yun held his head high with a face full of confidence.
"Li Yun, you know every bit of news at the first moment, this we do not doubt. But this matter is truly unbelievable."
"Yeah, according to reason, during this season, this python species of wild animals and fierce beasts should be hibernating, especially a top ranked fierce beast like the Snow Python. According to the records in books, among the python-type fierce beasts, the Snow Python has the highest level of somnolence."
Another person voiced their doubt.
"What you said isn't wrong, but according to the Origin Core stage lucky survivor of the Aqua Mist City's He Clan, that Snow Python seemed to have gone completely mad, killing anyone it saw, as if it was venting its anger..."
Li Yun lightly nodded as he continued.
The surrounding crowd were in high spirits. A few people even curiously asked, "What do you think is the reason the Snow Python became like this?"
"My personal guess is either its mate was killed by humans, or its offspring have died," Li Yuan said.
The speaker had no particular intention in saying it, but the listener understood.
Duan Ling Tian and Ke Er glanced at each other before leaving the crowd.
"Young Master, do you think that Snow Python is the father of the two little pythons?"
Ke Er's clear eyes emitted a trace of compassion.
"There is such a possibility."
Duan Ling Tian's eyes flickered.
The two little pythons were indeed possibly the offspring of the black python and Snow Python, and due to certain reasons, a variation occurred.
Through the memories of the Rebirth Martial Emperor, Duan Ling Tian knew that variant fierce beasts existed...
"Young Master, should we send them home..." Ke Er said. Her clear eyes were slightly wet. She seemed to have thought of something.
"Ke Er, what's wrong?"
Duan Ling Tian had a worried expression.
"I thought of my mother. When my mom left me, I felt my whole world collapse... The feelings of that Snow Python right now are certainly the same as how I felt before."
Ke Er's voice slightly trembled as she spoke.
Duan Ling Tian took advantage of the opportunity and embraced her in his arms, lightly patting her back as he gently said, "Silly girl, don't you still have me?"
"Being able to meet Young Master is my good luck, but that Snow Python...."
Ke Er's voice was almost in tears.
Duan Ling Tian touched Ke Er's beautiful hair as he smelled the fresh fragrance it emitted and slowly said, "It's OK. I promise you, after the Clan Martial Meet ends, we can send them back home."
When he returned home, Duan Ling Tian noticed that the small box was empty.
The two little pythons had vanished.
Just when he and Ke Er were about to go looking for them.
A black and a white bolt of lightning approached!
The black little python coiled itself around Duan Ling Tian's wrist, and the white little python coiled itself around Ke Er's wrist, playfully flicking out their tongues at them.
"They really are two little rascals."
Duan Ling Tian shook his head as he smiled.
"Ke Er, give them names."
Duan Ling Tian gazed at Ke Er.
"Let's call them Little White and Little Black."
Ke Er lightly smiled.
"From now on, you're called Little Black."
Duan Ling Tian raised his hand and looked at the little black python that was coiled on his wrist.
At this moment, a strange scene took place.
Duan Ling Tian saw that the little python actually looked at him and nodded its head, causing Duan Ling Tian to be dazed from shock.
This little black python could understand human speech?
After a moment, he noticed that the little black python was still continuously nodding. Only then did Duan Ling Tian realize that he had overthought things.
The little black python seemed to have entangled itself with Duan Ling Tian and was unwilling to leave.
The little white python was entangled with Ke Er as well.
The two of them were helpless and could only bring them along at their side.
After a moment of distinguishing, Duan Ling Tian noticed the little black python was male, whereas the little white python was female.
That night, when Duan Ling Tian sat inside the bath barrel to cultivate, he noticed the little black python dive into the bath barrel, swimming across the surface of the water as it swallowed the Seven Treasures Body Tempering Liquid.
At the same time, the gold markings on its body started to flicker in a dark gold lustre until it finished eating a full portion of the Seven Treasures Body Tempering Liquid. Only after it was satisfied did it fly out, then it lied on the corner of the bath barrel and slept.
At this moment, the dark gold lustre on its body slowly dimmed.
"I wonder what this little python has varied into," Duan Ling Tian thought in his heart.
Two days passed.
Tomorrow was the second round of competition for the Clan Martial Meet, and it was the true Clan Martial Meet.
Duan Ling Tian's cultivation still wasn't able to break through.
Although he could feel he was at a threshold, he still couldn't break through after a long time.
He had already absorbed 80% of the Dark Spirit Fruits medicinal strength.
"Is it not my fate to get that three-hundred-fifty-year-old Blood Lingzhi?"
Duan Ling Tian laughed bitterly.
He heard a light sound enter his ears. Only now did Duan Ling Tian notice that that little black python was contracted at the corner of the bed, flicking its tongue in what seemed like a greeting to him.
In the next moment, the little black python's body trembled and it started wriggling.
Sometimes slow, sometimes transforming into black lightning.
Silent like a hermit, moving like a mad rabbit!
At the beginning, Duan Ling Tian only used a curious gaze as he sized up the little black python.
But slowly, the little black python's movements seemed to give him a certain enlightenment.
His gaze became engrossed and dull.
At this moment, the world in his eyes seemed to only contain the little black python that continuously flashed about.