Mutated Tao – Chapter 100: Yang Xiaohai

Chapter 100: Yang Xiaohai

Yang Xiaohai groggily opened his eyes when he saw the sunlight coming in from the paper windows. Then he got out of his blankets and started wearing his clothes.


He pushed open the door to the kitchen and stared at the water in the water jar. Feeling that it wasnt enough, he picked up a shoulder pole and two buckets before heading out.

My Senior Brothers and Sisters will need water to wash up after they wake, and I also need to cook congee today, so that amount of water wouldnt have been enough, muttered Yang Xiaohai.

As someone who used to be an assistant within the Zephyr Temple, even though Yang Xiaohai was only ten years old, he could do every household chore, including sewing, washing, cooking, and repairing clothes. He even knew the medicinal properties of some of the ingredients that were used to refine pills.

He was forced to learn all of these thingsif he hadnt managed to learn everything fast enough, then he wouldve been dead.

In that cave where there was no sunlight, he learned one thing and one thing only; he learned that people who were useless were nothing more than useless trash.

If his Senior Brothers and Sisters decided to leave those who were dragging them down, then they would abandon the ones who were still sleeping on the bed.

Yang Xiaohai had a secret that no one knewthe location he had provided as his home was fake. In truth, he had no home. His only wish was that they could continue their travels. Then, at least he would always be able to have something to eat.

He was different compared to the others. Most of those within the Zephyr temple were either sold or abducted; however, he had gone there willingly just because someone told him that he would be provided meals over there.

When he walked out, Yang Xiaohai greeted the Senior Sister practicing the sword in front of him. Good morning, Senior Sister.

However, Chun Xiaoman ignored him as she continued to study the blade.REad updated stries at n//vel/bin(.)com

Yang Xiaohai did not get offended. He was already used to her demeanor. This Senior Sister of his who was covered in strands of black hair was always busy studying the blade. The only exceptions were when she was eating or sleeping.

Yang Xiaohai walked alone on a path as the morning fog accompanied him. The grass was wet with dew.

I wonder if I can ask Senior Sister to teach me the ways of the sword? Once I master the sword, at the very least, no one would dare bully me when I once again become a beggar. But would she agree to it? Shes usually quite indifferent.

He thought about it as he arrived at the villages small pond and took some water.

Just then, a large black shadow appeared from within the fog, startling him.

However, he soon saw that it was a group of people. They were wearing ragged clothes while their faces were black. They were beggars. At one point, he used to be one of them as well.

When he saw them sniveling, Yang Xiaohai deduced that they mustve had to sleep without a fire last night.

Meanwhile, the group of beggars was surprised to see Yang Xiaohai as well.

After both parties confirmed that each other to be indeed living people, the group of beggars pushed forward one of the younger beggars to collect some water.

The child was hesitant and didnt dare to speak.

Just when the other child was about to head back after collecting water, one of the older beggars walked over and pushed the child beggar down before bowing toward Yang Xiaohai and asking politely, Young brother, may I ask if this is the Wu family village?

The people you seek are not here. Everything has been abandoned here. There is nothing left, replied Yang Xiaohai.

Yang Xiaohais words caused them to get even more agitated as their noses became redder. One of the old beggars pointed at the surroundings with his fingers and asked, The houses and the land here, its all abandoned?

However, Yang Xiaohai was no longer interested in talking with them, especially to the beggar that had pushed the child down. He turned and left.

Back in the kitchen, he poured the water from the bucket into the water jar. Then, he wiped the sweat on his forehead, picked up the pole and buckets, and headed back outside; it was a very large water jar so he would need to make multiple trips.

When he came back, he saw the beggars were rummaging through the empty houses.

However, he knew that they wouldnt be finding anything valuable inside. All the valuables had long since been taken away by the people who left. If anything had been left behind by them, then Puppy and the rest wouldve taken it.

But beggars could not be choosers. They would even celebrate finding torn clothing.

When Yang Xiaohai came out for the third time, he saw that the beggars were fighting amongst each other. He wasnt sure what they were fighting for.

Dont live here. Its an ominous place. Something might happen to you! Yang Xiaohai shouted toward the beggars, to no avail.

After the fourth trip, Yang Xiaohai was so tired that his face was pale. Still, he pushed on and walked back to the courtyard. Once inside, he placed the pole down and caught his breath. He was waiting for something.

It was only after he heard footsteps that Yang Xiaohai picked up the pole and walked back inside.

Soon, the pole-carrying Yang Xiaohai got into contact with the rest of his Senior Brothers and Sisters. Good morning, Senior Brother Cao Cao.

Hey, why are you the one filling up the water jar? You are good at household chores, so you should leave this kind of physical labor to Simpleton. Puppy patted Yang Xiaohais head and walked out.

Senior brother Cao Cao, the congee is cooking in the pot. We can eat soon, Yang Xiaohai shouted toward Puppys back.

Alright, I will go and wake up Simpleton, said Puppy.

By the time sunlight was shining into the courtyard, everyone had already gathered in the dining hall.

Their breakfast consisted of simple congee with some preserved vegetables that Puppy found within an underground basement in the village. They even ate their own rations and guokui. There were also two eggs in a bowl.

However, none of them began to eat; it was as if they were waiting for something.

Just then, Xiaoman, who had been practicing with the blade in the courtyard, walked in. Puppy asked her playfully, Senior sister, how was your training? Youve been training very consistently. Once you master it, you can teach us as well.

Not too bad; at the very least, Im not swinging it blindly anymore. The bodyguard from the courier service told me that theres no shortcutonly through training can one master the blade. Ive also made two bamboo swords. After our meal you can come and practice with me, replied Xiaoman.

Hearing this, Puppys face instantly turned bitter.

Meanwhile, Xiaoman hung her sword onto the wall and sat down at the table, joining the others as they waited for something.

Soon, the stench of blood filled the air as footsteps rang out. Yang Xiaohai instinctively lowered his head, not daring to look in the direction of the footsteps.

It was none other than Li Huowang.

He knew that Senior Li would not harm him. In fact, he was taken in by Li Huowang. Even so, he was afraid of Li Huowang, especially after everything that had happened on their journey so far.

Bai Lingmiao carefully supported Li Huowang until he sat at the front of the table. Only after he started eating did everyone else join in.

Even Li Huowang did not know when this rule had come to pass.

Halfway through their meal, the sound of saliva being swallowed was heard. A few beggars were standing outside and staring at them as they ate their meal.

Why are there still beggars? I thought the village had become empty, asked Li Huowang.

Hearing this, Yang Xiaohai stood up nervously and told him everything that he knew about the beggars.

Hoho, looks like their information network is quite efficient, to the point that they even knew that this place had been vacated. But dont you think staying at the place that the Eighteenth Lunar once used as its feeding ground would be quite unlucky? Ive eaten enough, you guys can continue on, said Li Huowang, standing up.

Chacha and Char's Thoughts

Ah, a world-building chapter. It's nice to have an assistant's perspective this time.

Chapter end

Chapter 1: The Master
Chapter 2: Li Huowang
Chapter 3: Jade Pendant
Chapter 4: Black Cauldron
Chapter 5: Pills
Chapter 6: Worth
Chapter 7: Zephyr Temple
Chapter 8: Rewriting the Script
Chapter 9: Black Taisui
Chapter 10: Steamed Buns
Chapter 11: Xuan Yuan
Chapter 12: Pill Recipe
Chapter 13: Refining Pills
Chapter 14: Ally
Chapter 15: Zheng Kun
Chapter 16: Head
Chapter 17: Found It!
Chapter 18: The Method To Become An Immortal?
Chapter 19: Superstitious
Chapter 20: Dan Yangzi
Chapter 21: Attaining Immortality
Chapter 22: Exit
Chapter 23: Home
Chapter 24: Plunder
Chapter 25: Path in the Forests
Chapter 26: Frightening
Chapter 27: Evil
Chapter 28: Lu Family
Chapter 29: Stage
Chapter 30: Performance
Chapter 31: A Wandering God
Chapter 32: Hu’s Family Ancestral Hall
Chapter 33: Continue The Performance!
Chapter 34: The God of Happiness
Chapter 35: Confused
Chapter 36: Donkey Cart
Chapter 37: The Nine Classes
Chapter 38: Jianye Town
Chapter 39: Wild
Chapter 40: Midnight
Chapter 41: Monk
Chapter 42: Monastery
Chapter 43: Buddha
Chapter 44: Righteous Monastery
Chapter 45: Buddha Statue
Chapter 46: Xin Hui
Chapter 47: Placing the Incense Sticks
Chapter 48: Escape
Chapter 49: Strayed One
Chapter 50: Buddha
Chapter 51: Negotiation
Chapter 52: Dan Yangzi
Chapter 53: Ponder
Chapter 54: Wandering God
Chapter 55: Healed
Chapter 56: Beyond the Border
Chapter 57: Shaman
Chapter 58: Li Zhi
Chapter 59: Chosen Apprentice
Chapter 60: Shaman
Chapter 61: Second Deity
Chapter 62: Night Visit
Chapter 63: Red Veil
Chapter 64: Drum
Chapter 65: Let’s See How You Beat The Drum Now!
Chapter 66: A Virtuous Person
Chapter 67: Parcel
Chapter 68: Festival
Chapter 69: Meal
Chapter 70: Lake
Chapter 71: Water Bandits
Chapter 72: Dragon Gate Village
Chapter 73: Murder
Chapter 74: Death
Chapter 75: Warehouse
Chapter 76: Bamboo Slips
Chapter 77: Ba-Hui
Chapter 78: The Aftermath
Chapter 79: Market
Chapter 80: Nun
Chapter 81: The Benevolent Nunnery
Chapter 82: Abbess Jingxin
Chapter 83: Strayed One
Chapter 84: Sense of Doubt and Confusion
Chapter 85: Descent
Chapter 86: Departure
Chapter 87: Forest
Chapter 88: Rules
Chapter 89: Wu Family
Chapter 90: Girl
Chapter 91: Li Huowang
Chapter 94: Bewilderment
Chapter 92: The Eighteenth Lunar
Chapter 93: Red
Chapter 96: Ba-Hui’s Descent
Chapter 98: Backtrack
Chapter 95: Pain
Chapter 97: Doctor Li
Chapter 99: Night Visit
Chapter 100: Yang Xiaohai
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