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Ju Zi was horrified. She turned around and kneeled once again. “No, Your Majesty. No, I can’t do that. How can I bear someone else’s child? I’m your Ju Zi, and will only be your Ju Zi. No, I don’t agree.”
Xu Tianran was a little stunned, and was also a little touched as he looked at Ju Zi. This was the first time she had dared to resist his orders ever since he had saved her. However, this resistance stroked his ego.
“If possible, no one will want his wife to have someone else’s kid. However, I have no choice. I can only do this to shut everyone up. I’ve even selected the candidate. He’s an authentic bearer of the royal blood lineage, and he’s a distant cousin of mine. Due to a mutation of his martial soul, he’s not even a soul master now, and he holds a very lowly position in the royal family. Apart from you, no one else must know about this. I’ll ask someone to teach you how to carry it out. After that, you’ll retrieve the ‘seedling’ from his body and implant it into your own body. After that, he’ll be killed. No one will know this secret then. Don’t worry, I am infertile. The child you bear will be ours. I’ll treat him like our biological son. When I turn a hundred years, he’ll inherit the throne. Perhaps we might rule the entire Douluo Continent by then.”
Ju Zi lifted her head and looked at Xu Tianran pitifully, “Your Majesty, is there no other way? I am really unwilling to do this.”
Xu Tianran’s expression turned cold and he said, “Alright, that’s final. Do you really think I want to do this? I feel heartache doing it too. Alright, with that sort of plan, you’ll be touched by another guy. Go and prepare first. I’ll get someone to teach you how to do it, and I’ll get the Imperial Physician to take a look at your body. These few days are the best time for you to be impregnated.”
“Yes.” Ju Zi shuddered a little and eventually agreed to his words. She kowtowed to him respectfully.
Xu Tianran’s expression turned gentler. He lifted her up for the third time and patted her back. “Silly girl, don’t think too much. I already told you that I’ll treat the child you bear as our own. Only I have the right to be his father. You can go now.”
“Yes, Your Majesty.” Ju Zi indignantly made her way out after bowing to Xu Tianran.
After exiting, a heavy look gradually appeared on Ju Zi’s face. However, there was a cold intent that flashed across her eyes.
Xu Tianran, why didn’t I realize that I’ll only be your pawn? Even the closest pawn is still a pawn.
When Huo Yuhao regained consciousness, he was stunned to discover that he was in a clean room. The room also looked very familiar to him. Everything around him was familiar, including the aura.
Where am I? He was a little puzzled.
Everything that had happened earlier replayed itself in his memories.
Didn’t I meet the Darkness Holy Dragon and Dragon Emperor Douluo, Long Xiaoyao? Wasn’t I stabbed nine times because of his threat? But why don’t I feel any pain?
He subconsciously touched his body, and was astonished to discover that there weren’t any wounds at all. He then circulated his soul power. His body drifted up above his bed, and there were suddenly strong soul power undulations in the room.
Huo Yuhao was shocked as he sensed everything. He discovered that this soul power was like a strong wave. Just by circulating it slightly, it was actually surging. What’s going on? Where exactly am I?
“Bang!” The door opened. A figure rushed in. Wasn’t she Nan Qiuqiu?
When she saw Huo Yuhao sitting up, Nan Qiuqiu was delighted. “Ah, Yuhao, you’re awake. You’re finally awake. What happened exactly!? You were unconscious for seven days.”
Huo Yuhao looked at her and was shocked as he asked, “Am, am I really alive?”
Nan Qiuqiu took a few steps forward and pinched his arm with force.
“Aiyo, what are you doing?” Huo Yuhao screamed in pain.
“If you know that it’s painful, it obviously means that you aren’t in a dream. Of course you aren’t dead.” Nan Qiuqiu snapped.
Huo Yuhao laughed bitterly. “It’s already not easy for me to come back alive, but you still pinched me so hard. Are you still human?”
Nan Qiuqiu furrowed her brow and placed her hands on her waist. She was furious, “How dare you mention it? You didn’t even bring me on your adventure to Heaven Dou City. How did Tang Wutong find you the moment she was there? Didn’t you say that she isn’t Dong’er?”
After hearing her mention Tang Wutong, Huo Yuhao was stunned, and asked, “Did she send me back? Is she fine?”
“How would I know?” Nan Qiuqiu said coldly, “She dumped you here before leaving. She didn’t say anything at all, as if she were dumb.”
Huo Yuhao furrowed his brow and sighed in his heart. Tang Wutong isn’t Dong’er after all! Although I don’t know why I’m alive, it seems like the Dragon Emperor Douluo still let her off in the end. It’s just that I was critically hurt then, and my life energy was about to fully disappear. Now that I think of it, it seemed like the last stab was blocked by something before it reached my body. That prevented my heart from being struck. Don’t tell me the Dragon Emperor Douluo did it intentionally? He’s the only one who could do that at that point in time.
However, how did I survive? My injuries were so critical. Furthermore, I don’t even feel any pain now. On the other hand, my soul power even seems to have improved. I feel as if I have touched a bottleneck. What exactly is going on?
Huo Yuhao was filled with doubts as he climbed up from the bed. He moved his body. Indeed, it was filled with strength! Everything felt unbelievably good.
It was good to be alive. Furthermore, Huo Yuhao felt that a lot of the pressure on him had been relieved after he went through that near-death experience. The look in his eyes was much more vibrant compared to before. He couldn’t help but think of what Wang Dong’er had said to him. Relieving stress from time to time was good for cultivation. Yes, I’ve really been under a lot of pressure. I didn’t expect this to relieve so much pressure, although the way it was done wasn’t very nice.
“Hey, what are you thinking of?” Nan Qiuqiu was displeased as she questioned Huo Yuhao, seeing that he had gone quiet all of a sudden.
Huo Yuhao shook his head and said, “Nothing. Alright, Qiuqiu, how was I when I returned?”
Nan Qiuqiu answered, “Pretty good! You were just in a coma. There was nothing else really. Tang Wutong didn’t say anything else. She just seemed very confused. Eldest senior didn’t probe further upon seeing that you were fine.”
I was fine when I returned? My wounds disappeared? It seems like I can only ask Tang Wutong to know what’s going on.
“Qiuqiu, I’ll go and see eldest senior first.” As he spoke, he walked out.
Nan Qiuqiu chased after him and said, “Don’t forget what you promised me. Teacher Xuan seems to be very excited after seeing the metal that you brought back.”
“Oh right, don’t worry. You won’t be excluded.” Huo Yuhao smiled.
When Huo Yuhao saw Bei Bei, Bei Bei was dealing with a lot of things. Seeing him entering, Bei Bei was delighted before his expression sank.
“Little junior, you are really incorrigible! I won’t let you leave the sect easily no matter what. Every time you leave, you have to get into some trouble. Tell me, what happened this time? Why were you in a coma, and Wutong had to bring you back? She didn’t want to say anything. Surely you can tell me what’s going on, right?”
Huo Yuhao laughed as he said, “Eldest senior, don’t be angry! Nothing happened really. I went to Heaven Dou City to capture an evil soul master, as well as to find out where Teacher Xiao Ya and Sister Xiaotao are at. I searched the city. They aren’t there. After that, I met a strong opponent when capturing an evil soul master, which drained me. I might have fallen into a coma because of that. Oh yes, I almost forgot!”
When he mentioned the evil soul master, Huo Yuhao immediately thought of two important questions. He wondered if the evil soul master he had sealed in his storage-type soul tool was alive after so many days. In addition, the Ice Bear King could still be in Heaven Dou City!
“What’s wrong?” Bei Bei jumped in shock when he heard Huo Yuhao shout.
Huo Yuhao didn’t say anything, but hurriedly poured in his soul power into his storage-type soul tool. A light flashed before an ice statue appeared in front of him.
Huo Yuhao’s Ultimate Ice had improved compared to before. He had frozen the evil soul master for at least seven to eight days, but there weren’t any signs that it was going to melt. It wasn’t even damaged in the slightest. The evil soul master that was frozen was still astonished, and even terrified.
Bei Bei was stunned as he asked, “This is? An evil soul master you caught?”
Huo Yuhao nodded and replied, “Yes! It took me quite a lot of effort to capture this fellow.” When he faced the Darkness Holy Dragon, he wasn’t fearful at all. However, now that he thought of it, he was actually pretty terrified then. When it came to Long Xiaoyao’s cultivation, it was not something that he could surveil using his Spiritual Detection. This was because Long Xiaoyao was spiritually much stronger than him. It was very easy for him to unleash a spiritual barrier that kept out Huo Yuhao’s spiritual power. Huo Yuhao had no way of dealing with Long Xiaoyao directly.
Of course, Long Xiaoyao’s spiritual power was stronger than his in terms of absolute volume rather than the level of it. Huo Yuhao’s spiritual power had reached the concrete-material realm. Even the Dragon Emperor Douluo wasn’t at that realm yet. This was the advantage of a spiritual-type soul master. Just like Long Xiaoyao had said, if Huo Yuhao purely cultivated his Spirit Eyes to the standard of a Transcendent Douluo, he might actually be able to fight him. In fact, Huo Yuhao had the confidence of challenging Long Xiaoyao when he considered his Ultimate Ice.
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