Hou and Ruby strolled everywhere around the edge of the small green mountain. They were searching for rare spirit plants and fruits.
While Hou pulled the tied up 2 unconscious youths with vines, leaving a few trail marks on the ground.
An hour ago, when those youths realized what happened to them, they shouted and cursed at Hou but instead Hou knocked them out.
Finally, after gathering a few rare spirit plants and fruits, Hou thought it was enough. So, he returned to his resting spot.
Meanwhile, Ruby had an odd expression on her face, when she discovered those spirit plants and fruits.
But she just followed behind him without asking anything.
Later they entered the bushes and found Cheng Shuang with her closed eyes, meditating and healing herself.
Noticing their presence, Cheng Shuang opened her eyes and glanced at them.
Even though she had a curious gaze, she didn't inquire anything after finding those tied up people.
While Ruby recognized her since they entered around the same time. Yet she didn't speak and only stared at Hou as she wanted to see what he planned to do with them.
Before long, in front of both Cheng Shuang and Ruby's bewildering eyes, Hou dropped all the spirit plants and fruits on the ground and cut them into pieces.
After that he fed those pieces to the tied youth's mouths, one after another.
Soon, the both youth's faces turned into different expressions, from painful to blissful to horrified, along with their begging and pleading tones echoing in the whole area.
After a while, one youth's voice stopped along with his breathing while the other youth seemed relieved though he still remembered the dreadful experience.
Hou burned the dead body then sorted the spirit plants and fruits according to their expression.
Afterwards, he picked the safe portion and walked toward Cheng Shuang.
When Cheng Shuang saw him coming closer, she at once stepped back few paces. However, in a flash, Hou appeared and fed her the portion without bothering about her decision.
Just like those youths, she also experienced through the same process but let out no begging or pleading voices.
Later, the spirit fruits and plants began their effects and all heavenly Qi flowed toward her wounded shoulder.
Slowly, a few of her bones on her right shoulder reconstructed and attached, though her wounded shoulder appearance showed no changes.
Hou glanced at her wounded shoulder and heaved a long sigh.
He thought at least her injuries had made the progress or he might have to abandon her here as he already wanted to go to the peak.
He looked at Ruby and spoke.
"I'll go search for more spirit fruits and plants, meanwhile you should guard them."
Afterwards, he left from the bushes and headed with the rapid speed toward the unexplored spot.
Meanwhile, 2 figures appeared at the cave and spotted no one inside there.
One was Shi Lei, and another one was Fan Le.
Shi Lei seem slightly injured, and he glanced around the cave with an anxious expression.
He had a few mushroom-shaped spirit flowers on his hand.
Once he found no traces of battle, he calmed down and relaxed before sitting on the ground.
While Fan Le was merely glancing around and also sat down on the ground.
However inwardly he felt content with the situation.
As for why they came here together, a week ago, Fan Le found Shi Lei wandering around the place searching for something.
So, he at once followed behind Shi Lei.
A day later, Shi Lei entered the beehives territory and got trapped there. Fan Le quickly helped him escape from there.
After they escape, Fan Le told him everything about the garden at the small green mountain's peak and invited him to join him. However, Shi Lei showed no interest in his offer and declined.
Without no choice, Fan Le offered to help find whatever he was searching here.
Shi Le accepted his help as he needed to hurry and heal Cheng Shuang's injuries. So, he asked him to search for any spirit fruits, flowers or plants that healed bone fractures.
Later, Fan Le found the spirit flowers and gave them to Shi Le. Only then did Shi Le agreed to join him to go back to the garden. However, he said his companion must also join them.
Though Fan Le didn´t want to let Shi Le´s companion in his group, but recalling the devastating sight at the peak, he could only agree.
Meanwhile, at the peak of the small mountain, 7 people hid under a big rock and watched the White Yeti.
One among them was Xiang Chu. After escaping, he quickly spotted new people exploring and trying to enter the small mountain.
At once, he formed a group with them and gathered enough people to defeat the White Yeti.
Finally, the group reached the peak.
But Xiang Chu was not certain whether the White Yeti would call more helpers than last time.
Hence, they hid and waited for others, as he knew those people would eventually come here.
Back at the bushes
With his sparkling eyes, Hou peered at Cheng Shuang's right shoulder. All the bones finally reconstructed back to normal and showed no sign of injuries.
He glanced at the tied youth, on the verge of taking his last breath.
Shaking his head, he took out his dagger and ended his life before burning the body.
Afterwards he said in a cheerful tone.
"Let's go toward the peak."
He walked out of the bushes without looking at them.
While Ruby happily followed behind him, Cheng Shuang only stood with a bitter expression at her spot.
But she didn't dare to delay and hurried after them.
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