Urban Tales of Demons and Spirits
Vol 5 Book of Farewell – Chapter 27 Confession
First Published on Chaleuria.
Chapter 27 Confession
I looked at Xu Yingchen, stunned. “Are you saying… these black-haired monsters are actually the souls of innocent people? You turned them into your servants?”
“If I left them alone, they would have just wandered in the world of Yin or the world of Yang and would eventually have become evil spirits. So I spared them from that fate.” Xu Yingchen smiled as if he was just talking about some animals. “Besides, your Royal Highness, now you should understand, no one in this world is innocent. We are all sinners from birth. We either die as mere prey or become predators.”
“But that is——”
Xu Yingchen interrupted me. He approached me and put a finger on my lips.
“Shh, see, my princess,” he whispered. “They are all low-born people, and your life is much more valuable than theirs. If you choose me, I can guarantee——”
“Stop,” this time I interrupted him. “I know.”
I turned around to see Wen Jiubo. He was standing in the shadows as if he had accepted his destiny. It seemed like he had no intention to explain himself.
“Well, if this is the case…” I walked towards Xu Yingchen, who seemed very conceited right now.
“Ah, I knew that you would eventually choose me,” Xu Yingchen said arrogantly. “As I said, you and I, we are the same kind of people——”
All of a sudden, I took out a small bottle from my pocket and sprayed it directly at his eyes. “You think so? I have nothing in common with you. You animal! ”
Xu Yingchen screamed and covered his eyes. He took a few steps back before falling to the ground. I turned back and yelled at Wen Jiubo, “Run!”
Wen Jiubo looked at the spray in my hand with surprise. “Pepper spray? Why are you carrying this kind of thing with you?”
“To protect myself from your hands!” I answered impatiently. Then I held his hand and ran. “Run, hurry up!”
“Catch them!” Xu Yingchen rubbed his swollen red eyes, yelling at his servants. “After them now!”
Wen Jiubo and I ran as fast as we could, but there was no place to hide in this dark and empty space. The monsters behind us were getting closer and closer.
“What should we do now?!” I looked nervously back.
“Look at what you did!” Wen Jiubo complained.
“What? Is this how you speak to the one who saved your life?!” I got angry.
“They’ll catch up to us sooner or later. It’s better for us to strike first instead of waiting for them to kill us. Catch this! ”
Wen Jiubo suddenly threw something at me. I subconsciously caught it and noticed it was the paper charm he wanted to give me earlier.
Then, Wen Jiubo suddenly turned around. Some dust was raised by his abrupt move.
He shouted, “The fan!”
I immediately responded and threw the green fan at him, and he firmly caught it.
A ray of light emanated from his hands. Wen Jiubo began to chant a spell.
“We exorcise you, diabolical legions, we adjure you; cease to deceive human creatures, to punish them with the poison of eternal damnation. We ask of Thee, hear us!”
The light instantly became glaring, and those long-haired monsters began to groan in pain.
I covered my eyes with my hands because of the glaring light. And through my fingers, I could see those monsters screaming in the light as if they were vampires exposed to the sun. They screamed painfully before turning into ashes.
After the light disappeared, the only sounds I could hear were me and Wen Jiubo gasping for breath.
“How did you——” I looked at Wen Jiubo in disbelief.
“Lingxiao said that they used to be humans, so they are just a variant of evil spirits. I just used the same spell I use against evil spirits,” Wen Jiubo answered. He straightened up his body. “The space structure here is very complicated. It will take him a while for him to find us.”
I interrupted him before he finished his sentence.
“Wen Jiubo, I think we need to talk.”
Wen Jiubo looked helplessly at me. Under the faint flashlight, his eyes glittered like obsidian.
“Do we really have to do it now?” He said helplessly. “Frankly, this is not the right moment to have a conversation. We don’t have much time to ——”
“I know,” I interjected. “I just want to be sure of something. I’ll help you break this damn barrier after that. ”
“Okay.” Wen Jiubo paused for a few seconds and agreed. “Go ahead.”
“The first thing.” I grabbed the paper charm in my hand tighter. “The reason why I’m still alive and didn’t disappear is because you remember everything about me ever since I was born, right? Because I should have disappeared from this world and its timeline since I should have been erased inside the crack, right?”
“Yes,” Wen Jiubo replied calmly. “The only reason you still exist in this world is that I never forgot about you.”
“Show me.” My voice sounded bitter. “Show me how you remembered me.”
His face softened a little. He slowly rolled up his sleeve and showed me his horrible scars.
I took a deep breath and asked again, “The second question, Xu Yingchen just mentioned the Jade Ruyi… He said that you just want to use me to get it. Is that true?”
Wen Jiubo looked at me and then nodded. My heart sank a little, but I questioned him further. “Why?”
“To fulfill my wish,” Wen Jiubo said. “That’s the only reason why everyone wants to have it. It’s a pity that Lingxiao has opened the crack with the jade. I’m afraid that it has broken into pieces now. ”
“What wish?” I stared at Wen Jiubo, but he did not answer.
“Tell me. What do you wish for? ” I did not give up.
At last, Wen Jiubo whispered, “…I don’t want you to die. My wish is for you to have a normal human lifespan so you can spend it with me.”
My eyes opened wide from the surprise.
“I know, it’s selfish.” Wen Jiubo smiled bitterly. “I’ve told you, the reincarnation of Qing Yu bears the power of the nine-tailed fox and as a result, not a single of those reincarnations managed to live for more than twenty years. Twenty years, it’s a long time for human beings, but for me… it’s too short. As if I’ve fallen in love with a blooming rose, I never have the chance to express my love to the one I love deeply.”