After a few more hours of practicing, Jia Yuan finally gave up and decided to exit the cave and head back home.. After all, he was getting hungry, and the sun was about to set. Soon, it would be too dangerous for him to run back home, or even to stay in the cave. He could always try later!
As such, he quickly exited the room in the cave. He paused, then looked back. After thinking a bit, he decided to cover up the entrance with a large rock, in case anyone else happened to come across the cave.
After doing the deed, he quickly ran out of the cave into the forest in the direction of Fire Hill Village.
After three minutes or so of running, Jia Yuan abruptly stopped, chills running down his spine.
In front of him was a fire lizard. Fire lizards are amongst the most dangerous creatures living in the forest. In fact, they are so dangerous that usually a single fire lizard spotting outside the village would prompt three adults to pursue it together, for the lizard was viewed as too risky to take on alone.
The common fire lizard is 3 meters long and is rises to about 4 feet off of the ground. In addition, the fire lizard has a myriad of other skills. Not only does the fire lizard possess quick speed, but mature fire lizards possess their innate Song which grants them the ability to use fire attacks with their claws, and grants particularly explosive speed to their tail, which could brain an adult human with a single swing.
Guess I shouldn’t of wished for a stronger creature to practice against, huh. I guess I’ll have to see how strong I’ve gotten.
Jia Yuan quickly took the first stance of the Song. Maybe during this fight, I’ll gain an insight into the Song.
The fire lizard charged forward.
Jia Yuan quickly shifted from the first stance into the second stance with two movements.
With the first movement, he smashed his sword toward the fire lizard, as one would with an axe.
With the second movement, he ducked under the lizard’s attack and shifted the trajectory of his sword and sent his wooden sword towards the fire lizard’s stomach.
“Shheeek” The blade pierced through the soft belly of the lizard, but did not go deep enough to cause a fatal wound to the lizard. However, it WAS enough to anger the fire lizard, who had only wanted to kill Jia Yuan for sustenance earlier. However, now it wanted to kill Jia Yuan to vent its anger.
It turned back towards Jia Yuan, but in the half a second the fire lizard took to turn around, Jia Yuan had always switched to the third stance heavily smashing his sword towards the lizard’s head.
The sword hit, and the lizard stumbled back, stunned.
Jia Yuan finally switched to the last stance and his sword sliced through the air at an absurd speed and sliced through the head of the lizard, braining it effectively.
Jia Yuan stepped back and panted. Why do I feel so tired? I hardly moved, but my mental and physical strength are both depleted.
Jia Yuan did not know, but at that time, the scroll of the Song in the cave brightened. A ghostly image of an elderly man appeared, and he sighed. “It appears that a worthy candidate has finally arrived. I hope he will take this chance and bring our Element back to the forefront of the world... However, it seems that while he understands the Dance, he does not understand the Song. It has been far too long."
"I cannot wait any longer. I will make him the right candidate.”
And with that, he disappeared.
Meanwhile, Jia Yuan quickly carved some choice parts of the lizard, as he could bring them to his master to sell for money. He then sat down and quickly meditated for 5 minutes, and then continued on his way.
A few minutes after sunset, he reached the small house on the edge of the village. He saw his master sleeping and placed the bag of lizard parts at the foot of the bed. His master would be happy to see it when he woke up.
He then looked toward the table at the middle of the table, and was very surprised. Not only was there a bowl of vegetable congee, but there was also some bread, and… MEAT.
This was the first time since he was purchased by his master that jia Yuan had seen meat in the house, and the layout on the table suggested that the meat was for him.
Jia Yuan looked emotionally at the old man. “He may be my owner and I may be his slave, but at least he looked at me and big brother as more than merchandise. If I look at it another way, by purchasing me he saved me from a meaner owner. If one day I succeed, I will come back and repay his kindness.”
Jia Yuan quickly devoured his congee and bread, but made sure to savor the meat. After all, he was fairly sure that he wouldn’t be able to enjoy proper meat for a while. At the very most, he could get some wild meat from killing bears and other creatures in the forest, but that simply couldn’t compare to proper meat.
He then prepared to sleep on the floor.
As soon as he fell asleep, he began to dream. In front of his eyes, was an elderly man.