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EIF - Book 04 Chapter 043: The Tables Are Turned

Around the ice mountain:

“Ouch!”

“Ah! My stomach is growing larger again! It is growing larger again!”

“I don’t want to give birth. I am a man!”

Miserable cries filled the ice mountain’s surroundings.

The one hundred thousand cultivators had all collapsed, holding their abdomens and showing expressions of despair, sorrow, and rage.

Even the Bi-An King broke out in a sweat.

Give birth? This is the first time for me. Can I not do anything about this? There is a little Bi-An in my abdomen?”

“Good fortune! Good fortune! This is a great beneficence!” the skinny Longevity said excitedly.

The bound, fat Purple Subtlety, trying to shuffle away, glared at the skinny Longevity and said, “Are you crazy? A great beneficence? It would be good enough if they didn’t kill us. You have caused me so much misery over the years. All my energy got drained away by the lifeforce in your painting. Fortunately, I could refine those embryos into fatty meat. If you—a man—were to give birth, would you be happy about it?”

“I would be glad to. However, I’m immune to the paintings. I cannot give birth myself. You have no idea how jealous I am,” Longevity said excitedly.

Purple Subtlety’s face turned stiff for a while. “Ptooey!”

After spitting, Purple Subtlety continued shuffling into the distance. Once these people finally reacted, the two of them would be dead for sure.

Fortunately, everyone was trying different ways to deal with the embryo in them for now. They did not pay attention to the two.

However, nothing they tried worked. The despair and miserable cries continued.

More importantly, there were other cultivators in Dragon Vein City who had not seen the painting. They now heard the miserable cries in the distance.

These people’s cultivations were too low, the ordinary disciples of the various sects and clans. They had been brought over to handle menial tasks. When they heard the miserable cries, they immediately came over. Then, they all inhaled sharply.

“Sect Master, what happened to you? Why is your stomach so big?”

“Clan Head? Why is your stomach so big? How…how are you going to explain this to your wife?”

Startled cries rang out everywhere.

These weaker disciples of the various factions goggled.

“Argh! My stomach hurts from the swelling. It feels very unbearable! I’m entering labor!”

“I’m entering labor! I’m entering labor too!”

“I’m a man! How am I to give birth?!”

The one hundred thousand cultivators held their stomachs in pain. The embryos grew especially fast; they would have to be delivered soon.

More importantly, how were these one hundred thousand cultivators to give birth? Most of them were men. While they could be pregnant, how were they to give birth? Male physiology did not permit that. It would be like cooking wontons in a teapot. The spout was too narrow; there would be no way to pour out the dumplings.

“Are there any midwives here? Are there any midwives?” one of the big-bellied clan heads roared in pain.

A middle-aged woman showed a bitter expression as she said, “I know how to deliver babies, but…but I don’t know how to do that for a man!” 

“Ouch!” Countless cultivators held their abdomens in despair.

In the ice mountain:

Gu Hai and Fairy Waner had been goggling for a while now. This was the first time they saw such a scene.

“Preg…pregnant?” Fairy Waner said with shock on her face. 

However, Gu Hai stared at the distant Purple Subtlety and Longevity. These two people?

Were these two the disaster that Wanyu spoke about?

“What should we do now?” Fairy Waner asked anxiously.

“Leave it to me,” Gu Hai said after a deep breath.

“Huh?”

Gu Hai flexed his hand and created a suction.

Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!

Suddenly, the surrounding cold energy rushed into Gu Hai’s body.

The huge ice mountain quickly melted. Gu Hai absorbed the cold energy into the water deity palace, merging the energy into his water-attributed Veritable Essence.

“This is indestructible divine water, the ice of faith! This is no ordinary ice!” Fairy Waner said in shock.

“I know. Coincidentally, I cultivated a water deity palace as well.” Gu Hai smiled.

“Ah? So, you could have fled earlier? Why…” Fairy Waner exclaimed.

“I can absorb the ice, but I cannot deal with all the people here.” Gu Hai smiled.

“You were just pretending?” Fairy Waner suddenly raised her eyebrows.

Boom!

Gu Hai absorbed all the cold energy of the entire ice mountain.

Gu Hai and Fairy Waner immediately regained their freedom.

However, Fairy Waner’s zither puppet suffered great damage.

After Gu Hai absorbed the cold energy, the mountain behind him trembled.

All the collapsed cultivators’ expressions changed.

“What? Gu Hai is fine?”

“He was pretending earlier?”

“It’s over! It’s over! This is bad!”

The expressions of the one hundred thousand big-bellied cultivators immediately changed wildly.

Everyone had been pressuring and forcing Gu Hai earlier. Some even cursed and swore to kill him. Now, everyone lost nearly all their mobility, falling to the ground.

However, Gu Hai was uninjured.

Even the expression of the nearby Bi-An King changed.

At this moment, there was an embryo in the Bi-An King. It looked like he would be giving birth soon. This was his weakest moment; he was so weak that he could not move at all.

What should he do if Gu Hai wanted revenge for his pressuring Gu Hai earlier?

Indeed, Gu Hai revealed a faint smile as he looked at the surrounding people.

“Block Gu Hai! Block Gu Hai!” one of the clan heads exclaimed.

The miscellaneous disciples in the vicinity immediately charged at Gu Hai.

Gu Hai took out the Marionette Controller with a flip of his hand.

Whoosh!

Then, he swung it.

“Ah! Clan Head, I can’t move!”

“Sect Master, save me!”

These disciples cried out as Gu Hai controlled them with the Marionette Controller.

Gasp!

“Gu Hai, what are you planning?”

“If you dare to touch me, my children will not let you off!”

“Gu Hai, do you want to become enemies with my entire sect?”

The many cultivators gazed at Gu Hai in horror.

The tables were turned. Previously, everyone was pressuring and forcing Gu Hai; they had held control over his life and death. Now, the situation had reversed. Gu Hai held control over everyone’s life and death.

Even that Middle Heavenly Palace Realm Bi-An King would not be a match for Gu Hai now.

I’m finished? I’m finished?

Gu Hai walked over to Purple Subtlety and Longevity at a measured pace.

“What…what do you want?” Purple Subtlety cried out with a startled expression.

“Don’t come over. I’m very powerful!” Longevity cried out as well.

Gu Hai immediately took out a bronze saber, which flashed with a cold glint.

“Don’t kill me, Milord! I’ll kneel to you!” Purple Subtlety immediately cried with a sorrowful expression.

“Me too! I’ll take you as my godfather! Don’t kill me!” Longevity cried out in fear as well.

“Right! Right! Godfather! You can do whatever you want, really!” Purple Subtlety immediately promised.

Gu Hai’s expression turned dark. Who do you think I am?

Shing!

Gu Hai swung his saber at the two.

“Ah!” the two shrieked.

However, Gu Hai had already withdrawn his saber. He had cut the restraints of the two with the earlier swing.

“Ah?” the two screamed, having discovered a moment later that they were fine.

They immediately got back to their feet in shock.

“I…I’m fine! This is great! My handsome face!” Purple Subtlety cried out in wild joy as he touched his face.

Gu Hai felt speechless as he looked at that swollen, oily face.

“You…you are not killing us?” Longevity looked at Gu Hai in surprise. 

“This humble one is the Han Royal Dynasty’s Gu Hai. It is fate that we met. Many thanks for your earlier painting. It allowed me to resolve the earlier danger,” Gu Hai said with a smile.

“Ah? Painting?” Purple Subtlety felt slightly startled.

“Painting? My painting? Haha! Purple Subtlety, see! I always knew I would meet a kindred soul. This is a kindred soul. Someone would eventually thank me. You bunch of vulgar people do not know how to appreciate my painting.” Longevity suddenly rushed over and grabbed Gu Hai’s hand, feeling like he had met a bosom buddy.

“Huh?!” Gu Hai pulled his hand back, feeling stunned.

“Gu Hai? Mister Gu, thank you for appreciating my painting. Since you like it, I’ll paint one especially for you. No, ten! So that you can appreciate them!” Longevity spoke excitedly and incoherently.

Appreciate them? Gu Hai turned his head to look at the one hundred thousand collapsed cultivators.

Give me another painting? Gu Hai’s expression turned stiff, and he had to force a smile. “Never mind. There’s no need. You should leave them for those who need them more.”

“Oh? They are they, and Mister Gu is Mister Gu. Someday, my paintings will take the world by storm!” Longevity said confidently.

Gu Hai maintained his forced smile. Indeed, take the world by storm. It doesn’t have to be someday. Today was already enough of a storm.

“The two of you, might I ask about this underground palace?” Gu Hai looked at the underground palace.

“Ah? This underground palace? Oh no! This is bad. With the underground palace damaged, would that seal…” Purple Subtlety’s expression suddenly changed.

“Mister Gu, quickly leave. We need to leave this place quickly. I-I’ll be leaving first,” Longevity said with a horrified expression. 

Gu Hai raised his eyebrows. There is danger in the underground palace? The greatly ominous feeling that Long Wanyu mentioned has not started yet?

Purple Subtlety and Longevity appeared flustered, wanting to run out of the city.

“These two sirs, please wait!” Gu Hai said while shaking his head.

“Hurry! We need to leave quickly. Mister Gu, we shall meet again in the future!”

“We shall meet again in the future, Mister Gu!”

Purple Subtlety and Longevity appeared horrified as they turned and ran towards the distant city gates.

Gu Hai turned his head and looked at Fairy Waner.

“Fairy Waner, please leave the city immediately. It is dangerous here. You should leave quickly,” Gu Hai said seriously.

“Aren’t you leaving too?” Fairy Waner frowned.

“I’ll leave after I settle some things. You go first. There is no need to wait for me.” Gu Hai shook his head.

“Humph! Who is waiting for you? Don’t overthink this!” Fairy Waner snorted coldly. Then, she flew into the distance with her zither puppet.

Whoosh!

Fairy Waner, Purple Subtlety, and Longevity left in the blink of an eye.

Gu Hai alone could suppress this area outside the underground palace.

All the surrounding cultivators looked at Gu Hai in horror.

Gu Hai is not leaving. Is he taking revenge? I am going to give birth now, but I can’t do that. This pain is too extreme. What should I do if he wants to kill me? 

Then, Gu Hai slowly made his way to the Bi-An King.

“Gu Hai is seeking out the Bi-An King for revenge? That’s true. It was mostly the Bi-An King pressuring him earlier. His first target is the Bi-An King?

Everyone rejoiced at first. Then, they recalled that disaster would reach them soon. They would die at Gu Hai’s hands sooner or later. They were finished.

As the Bi-An King held his abdomen and sweat poured down his head, he watched Gu Hai approach step by step.

“Ha! Haha! You want to kill me?” the Bi-An King laughed with an unreconciled expression.

DragonInWhite's Notes:

Chapters for December: 27 / 50

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Written by Guan Qi — Watching Chess. Translated by DragonInWhite. Edited by Vampirecat.