Venerated Venomous Consort Chapter 3068
Chapter 3068: Anecdote (3) The Firmament Stone
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
From the very beginning, I always knew that I was a unique piece of jade.
Other jades were just regular green stones, but I used to be a star stone that regulated the balance for all lives. The Master of the Heavenly Law used the stars to exert control over everything. The number of star stones corresponded to the number of continents that he had under his command. All these star stones worked together as messengers to deliver law and order to the guardians of the heavenly law to be carried out, respectively.
I had many siblings, each with a special talent, and each owned by an independent guardian. I was the latest one that came alive. When I was born, the Master of the Heavenly Law was still recovering from a catastrophe. He seemed weak, delicate, and vulnerable. He was attempting to channel a fragmented piece of his soul into my body.
I was confused. As far as I could tell, I was in the Forbidden Land of God. The place was covered heavily with many star stones, but the Master of the Heavenly Law looked completely out of strength as he stood at the altar.
He was caressing me while addressing me as Xijiu. "Xijiu, I will not let you fade into oblivion. You have to come back! I will do everything that I can to make sure you come back!"
That was how I found out that the soul that I was obliged to carry was called Xijiu. However, the soul was too severely damaged to the point where its fragments were made up of thousands of little fragments. It was incomplete even if all those pieces were combined together. Besides, it did not contribute to the souls consciousness, or at least that was what I thought.
The Master of the Heavenly Law put a drop of blood on my body, stating that the blood was, in fact, extracted from his heart. The blood had the spiritual resources that could nourish the souls fragments back to a whole. Also, he secured a perimeter around me so that no one could interfere with the recovery. He wanted me to focus on the recovery of the soul to make sure nothing would go wrong.
According to him, he needed some time to recover too, but by the time he was ready, he would perform a spell to bring the fragments together into a complete soul and revive it. In a hundred years, he promised to bring her alive.
However, plans changed all the time. Right after he kept me under his sleeves, he came across Fan Qianshi, who was already on the verge of breaking down. The mad man insisted on trespassing the Forbidden Land of God. Knowing how much Xijiu cared about her only disciple, the Master of the Heavenly Law decided to go after the mad man into the Forbidden Land of God to save him.
However, the use of a forbidden spell to gather her fragmented soul had crucially drained off most of his spiritual power. Furthermore, he had to use his remaining strength to bring me into existence and grant me the special ability to secure her soul. With that said, he was already a spent force.
Perhaps Fan Qianshi was too driven by his grief and indignation, so he did not think twice before stepping into the grand hall of the Forbidden Land of God. The hall was shut right after his abrupt entry, so not even the Master of the Heavenly Law was permitted to enter.
He did not plan to follow his footsteps, anyway, and took his time to focus on his recovery instead. When the hall was finally opened again, Fan Qianshi could be seen slowly reemerging from the inside.
The events that followed were baffling. Both Fan Qianshi and the Master of the Heavenly Law forgot about the existence of Xijiu. I, too, forgot about her. I even forgot that I still kept a piece of her fragmented soul in my body.
The Master of the Heavenly Law used a secret spell to keep her soul hidden in my body such that without a unique method of revelation, the soul would remain sealed and undisclosed. Upon rediscovering his identity as the Master of the Heavenly Law, he regained access to many other star stones. But as for me, I was kept away and forgotten in the very corner of his storage bag.
I was not ready to waste my life away, so I waited for an opportunity to break free from the confinement. One day, I fell out of his bag and onto his chessboard during an ongoing game with Fan Qianshi. My unwelcomed arrival on the board was announced with a loud bang. Coincidentally, I broke a chess piece on the board.
The Master of the Heavenly Law picked me up to have a better look at me. "This stone looks fancy."
Fan Qianshi teased, "I did not expect that we would find something so fancy from you, Divine Lord. From the look of its vivid colors, it looks different from other stones."
The Master of the Heavenly Law put me on the board as he said, "It has unfortunately broken one of my pieces here, so it has to replace it." I was obviously better than that chess piece. In fact, it was a downgrade for me.
To make matters worse, he even offered to give me away. If Fan Qianshi won the game, I would be given to him as a gift.
Fan Qianshi liked me, so he agreed to the offer and started to play with more effort. However, Fan Qianshis skill was incomparable to that of the Master of the Heavenly Law. He was defeated eventually, though he had tried his best. As a result, I stayed on as the Master of the Heavenly Laws possession.
I was frustrated by his lack of courtesy, for he had clearly underestimated my value as a stone of the heavenly law. One day, I decided to leave him and embarked on a voyage of discovery in the universe. I also got myself a great name the Firmament Stone.
Many years passed to the point where I lost track of time and started to forget where I actually came from. All I could remember was that I was extraordinary and that I needed to safeguard something precious. Sadly, I could not remember what it was about.
Fan Qianshi and I crossed paths again, which was purely coincidental. He still remembered me. "Hey, isnt this the lucky stone?"
I was offended by his terrible remark. He was the lucky one to have crossed paths with me.
Fan Qianshi took me away, saying that my shimmer attracted him. He wanted to turn me into a night lamp to decorate his room.
I could not fight him, nor could I accept my fate of becoming a night lamp. Therefore, I decided to keep all of my charms away and became a regular grey stone with a rough surface.
Fan Qianshi knew that I was reluctant to belong to him, so he started to check on me in an attempt to restore my charm. A strange combination of circumstances led him to discover the fragment of the soul that was hidden in my body.
Abruptly, he turned me off, but when I regained my consciousness later, I suddenly became a bracelet on the wrist of a mad scientist Long Fan.
I felt lost, like something in me was missing. I looked into every corner of my body, but everything was still intact. I sat pondering what had happened as it felt as if I had lost the true meaning of life.
Meanwhile, life went on with the mad scientist. I had learned many skills and met many people, but nothing could bring me back the memories of my past. I had a feeling that I was meant to be a guardian for someone, but I could never remember who that person was.
Long Fan said that I was a very advanced version of artificial intelligence. Being a stone of the heavenly law, I was told that I had the ability to access the heavenly laws as well. Therefore, he assigned a mission to me. He brought me across the universe and gave me a lot of information about the Feixing Kingdom. My target was to find a woman named Gu Xijiu and stay by her side as her indispensable helper.
When I first saw Gu Xijiu at the auction, my cold, cold heart was immediately overwhelmed with emotions. It was her! It was always her! She was the one that I was supposed to guard.
It felt like a reunion after being apart for a long time. My life was finally complete.
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
"Xuyue, do you want a younger brother or sister?"
It was a very fine day with the breeze gently caressing Gu Xijius face. She sat on a lazy chair, looking very cozy and relaxed.
She was only pregnant for three months, but her belly made it look as if she was eight months pregnant. She started to wonder if she had conceived a super baby.
The baby was conceived after Gu Xijiu, and Di Fuyi were both reinstated. She was the Creation Deity, and he was the Master of the Heavenly Law, so it should not be a surprise that their union would result in a baby with the best genetics. Hence, it was reasonable for the baby to grow extremely fast.
At her current stage of pregnancy, it was easy for her to tell the gender of the baby, but she refused to check. She would rather keep it as a secret, just like most other pregnant women. She felt that the anticipation should be part of the process, and even her little girl was intrigued just as much as she was at the moment.
Di Xuyue was already seven years old, so she knew how to behave well now. However, she was unusually stubborn when it came to the gender of the baby. "I want an older brother." Her answer remained unchanged.
Patiently, Gu Xijiu explained to her, over and over again, "Xuyue, you are my first child, so the baby can either be your younger brother or sister."
Di Xuyue pinched her lips into a thin line and protested, "No, I want an elder brother to look out for me!"
Gu Xijiu could feel a sudden wrench in her heart. She had a feeling that little Xuyue used to have an elder brother, but the illogical thought was soon dismissed. Little Xuyue was her first child, so there was no way that she could have an elder brother. Perplexed, she wondered how the thought came by.
Ten months of pregnancy can be compared to a melon. When a melon is ripe, it falls off its stem, just like overripe babies. But there was nothing special about that.
As far as Gu Xijiu was concerned, some legendary men were born in extraordinary ways. She had heard of the legend of Nezha, a divine warrior in Chinese mythology. His mother was pregnant with him for three years before he was born.
Another legend told about the story of Lao Tzu. His mother went through 81 years of pregnancy before giving birth to him. In other words, extraordinary babies tended to stay longer in their mothers bellies for longer periods.
Gu Xijiu had a feeling that her baby would take a long time in her belly as she and Di Fuyi were both deities, and the baby was the first union of their divine bloodlines. To her surprise, the baby had been growing really fast, and very soon, the baby was ready to be born.
Four months passed, and the baby was already eager to come into the world. Panicked, Gu Xijiu actually thought that it was a sign of a miscarriage. She tried many ways to keep the baby in her belly, but the baby disregarded her concerns and insisted that it was time for the delivery.
Anxiously, she grasped Di Fuyis wrist tightly and asked in a tearful voice, "Are we losing the baby?"
Di Fuyi had some experience of dealing with pregnancies. He first observed the size of her belly before he wiped away the cold sweats that broke out on her forehead. "Dont worry, Xijiu. Although you have been pregnant for less than ten months, the baby seems large enough to be delivered. The baby has been growing at an observably fast pace, so maybe he or she is ready," he explained.
Gu Xijiu was still worried, though. The baby seemed to rush into everything. Would it be healthy? She went into labor with an anxious heart. The pain lasted for an hour, and the baby was finally out. However, she found it unbelievable when she saw what came out of her body.
It was not a baby that came out of her body. Instead, it looked like a piece of kryptonite. The stone was about the size of a basketball with irregular edges. With a pale shimmer, it looked like a star in the sky that was viewed up-close. However, its surface was not as tough as it seemed. With a smooth and soft texture, it trembled even with the slightest touch.
Nezhas story reminded Gu Xijiu that the legendary hero was also born in a ball of flesh. The emergence of the kryptonite from her body certainly showed parallels to that, and she realized that her baby might be inside the stone.
With no regard for the pain of her labor, she quickly cast a spell to summon a sharp blade on her fingertip and was eager to cut the stone open to take out the baby.
However, her attempt was immediately stopped by Di Fuyi. "Xijiu, dont!"
"The baby has to develop from within and break the shell from within when the time is ready. We cannot do that right now."
Bewildered, Gu Xijiu stared blankly at the kryptonite that was still shimmering in seven colors. "Have I just laid an egg? This is rather odd. We are both deities, not birds. Has evolution gone the other way? Are you sure that the baby can break free from within? Will the baby be suffocated?"
Di Fuyi studied the stone for a while and replied, "Dont worry. The baby will be fine," he emphasized once more and then carried the stone away.
There was a Star Formation in sight. Many stars flared up in the night sky, each in its own orbit. Simultaneously, the starlight was directed to a raised platform in the sky. The stone was securely placed on the platform, shining with sparkling light under the influence of the stars. It spun slowly to fully absorb the very essence of the starlight.
Di Xuyue came to visit again and again and sat down next to the wooden table made of a flamboyant tree. That was where the stone was placed. She stared blankly at it as it had been three years since it was first placed here. "Dear brother, you have been there for three years now. When are you going to come out?"
However, the stone continued to rotate in silence.
"Father and mother visit every day. In fact, mother is very worried about you; she wonders if you will not make it out on your own. She tried to help a few times, but her father stopped her."
"I am told by my mother that you will be my younger brother. I cannot wait to see your face. You must look really handsome!"
"By the way, they finally have a name for you Di Hao. Doesnt it sound noble and refined? Father came up with the name for you. Mother, too, came up with a nickname. She calls you her little star. After all, you were born in a star stone."
Di Xuyue talked on and on. She did not realize that the stone skipped its usual rotation and trembled a little when she mentioned its nickname.
"Little star sounds good. I am sure you will look adorable. I have seen a child whose nickname is little bun because he looks soft and cute, but I still prefer the nickname little star."
Meanwhile, the stone slowed down its rotation.
"I have decided. From now on, I will call you the little star. I will visit you every day to call you by your nickname so that you can get used to it. I am sure you will like it," Di Xuyue announced her decision.
The stone appeared to stop spinning as if it had fallen into quiet contemplation.
Di Xuyue talked on for a while before noticing that the spinning had come to a stop. Panicked, she leaned forward to get a better look. "Little star, why arent you spinning anymore?"
She was worried that something might happen to it, so she tried to study and see if there was anything wrong, but she could not find anything. She could not help but point her finger at the stone and gave it a gentle poke.
To her utter surprise, a few cracks started to form on the surface of the stone. Certainly, Di Xuyue felt a surge of anxiety. With a dumbfounded look on her face, she quickly called out loud for help. "Father! Mother! Come right here!"
Di Fuyi and Gu Xijiu both arrived in the blink of an eye. Together, they witnessed a miracle.
Under the stars, the stone opened up like a bud that was bursting forth. Every petal was in the shape of a pentagonal star. Layer by layer, the petals arranged themselves neatly on the wooden table before revealing the baby that had been secured within the layers for years.
Gu Xijiu held her breath until the very last moment of the revelation. At last, her heart was filled with immense joy.
The baby boy looked so beautiful with his exquisite features and looked to be about six months old. His body was covered in a tiny piece of clothing of royal blue, and his pitch-black hair was complete and soft.
He opened his eyes, revealing his crystal clear eyes that glistened under the starlight. He took a quick look at Di Fuyi, Gu Xijiu, and Di Xuyue before reaching out his tiny hands to his parents to ask for a hug. "Mother! Father!" As a newborn, he could already talk.
His sweet smile melted Gu Xijius heart. Eagerly, she stepped forward to hug him. "Hao-Er!" When she called out his name, she could not help but feel a little sad, like she had finally found what she had been missing for so long. She felt as though she did not want to let go of him ever again.
Di Fuyi seemed relieved as well. He hugged the boy closely to examine his potential. Obviously, the boy was born with extraordinary spiritual power, which made him a quality successor to continue Di Fuyis work in the future.
"Little one, you have finally revealed yourself."
He then pinched the boys arms and legs to determine his fitness before developing training plans to unleash the boys potential.
Di Hao was shocked to see the calculative look in his fathers eyes. Without further hesitation, he reached out to his mother for help as he found his father quite intimidating.
He was only a newborn, and yet his father was already planning to train him. Honestly, he was not ready to be a successor to such a powerful man. He was just a boy at the moment.
"Mother! Father! Let me hold him. Let me hold him!" Di Xuyue circled Gu Xijiu in excitement. She was eager to hug her little brother.
Gu Xijiu did not want to disappoint her, so after informing her of some precautions, she then passed the baby boy to her.
Excitedly, Di Xuyue stared right at the babys big, bright eyes. "My baby brother, you are so soft!" Eagerly, she then proposed, "Brother, shall we take a walk around the sky?"
Before she asked for her parents permission, she was already flying with her baby brother into the sky. After rounds of training, she could already keep her balance well. Steadily, her dress danced in the winds, while she glided in the air.
Worried that her baby brother might be uncomfortable in the winds, she set up a wizardry barrier to turn the gusts into mild breezes to make the flying experience a pleasant one for him.
"Baby brother, what do you think about my flying skills?" Di Xuyue excitedly asked.
"Good, but not as good as mine," Di Hao answered.
Di Xuyue raised her eyebrow at him in disbelief. "You are a newborn. How can you learn to fly right away?"
"What if I can really fly?"
"If you can fly, I will refer to you as my big brother."
With a smile, Di Hao let go of her arms and found himself standing on a cloud. Swiftly, he then grasped Di Xuyue by her wrist and led her higher into the sky.
Di Xuyue gaped at him, not believing that he could already fly on his own. "You!?!?"
"Come, Xuyue. Dont forget to refer to me as your big brother."
Di Xuyue said something else instead, "Little star!"
"Not this one! Xuyue, my flying is better than yours, so you must do as promised. Come. Call me your big brother."
Di Xuyue was quite reluctant to call a newborn baby her big brother. She could not do it. However, she did not want to break her promise as well, so instead, she changed the topic.
She took a look and saw a happening market that was situated right ahead. Perplexed, she asked, "Where are you taking me?"
"I am getting you a set of nine rings."