Mutated Tao – Chapter 23: Home

Chapter 23: Home

Senior Li! Bai Lingmiaos frantic cry made Li Huowang turn around. He was holding a lantern in the darkness while looking toward the others standing in the sunlight.

He once again waved them off. Go on. All of you can go back home now.

Senior Li, come together with us. Staying together on the way back will be safer too. Or did you forget something inside? Zhao Wu said while lying on Simpletons back. His expression was rather nervous; it was as though he could sense that something was amiss.

Keke Go together? To where? Li Huowang said as he turned around before once again heading toward the darkness.

Lets go back home together to celebrate the New Year. Senior Li, where is your home?

Li Huowang just chuckled soundlessly in the darkness before carrying the lantern and walking back to where they came from. Home? I dont have one now. I have not been able to return to my home since a long time ago!

Then, Li Huowang silently walked back into the darkness. Zephyr Temple was currently very peaceful, and only the sound of his footsteps was accompanying him.

Amidst this peaceful environment, Li Huowang suddenly began to hum a song, his footsteps becoming lighter, as he swung the lantern from side to side rhythmically.

As he continued humming, Li Huowang returned to his residence. He then closed the door and placed down the lantern on the table. Not even bothering to wipe off the blood that had splattered on his face, he slowly lay down on the stone bed before closing his eyes.

Its the first day of the year. I havent eaten that disgusting Black Taisui this month. I should be able to see Yang Na again soon, right? Li Huowangs lips curled slightly upward at the thought.

He silently waited for his childhood sweetheart to bring him back to the world that he belonged to.

Having not slept for an entire night, Li Huowangs consciousness soon began to fade gradually. However, at that moment, the door suddenly opened just before he could slip into the beautiful dreamland.

Li Huowang rubbed his eyes and sat up only to see Puppy, Zhao Wu, and the others standing at the door.

Bai Lingmiao stood there uneasily, her gaze darting around for a while before it finally settled down.

Senior Li, if you cant go back to your home, then come to mine. My house is very spacious, and the room in the East wing is empty.

Li Huowang looked at the kind girl before him before shaking his head gently. This place is comfortable too; I have grown quite used to it.

Only a raving madman would choose to stay in such a dark and ominous place. Bai Lingmiaos lips quivered slightly as she found Li Huowangs words to be quite unbelievable.

I once had a home and a family, but Li Huowang looked up toward the pitch-black roof. His expression was complex, as though he was recalling something.

Puppy thought for a while, then shot a few glances at the others and whispered, Since Senior Li wants to stay here, should we just leave?

Shut up!

Bai Lingmiaos sudden outburst caused Puppy to jump in fright. This was different from the submissive young lady that he knew.

Meanwhile, Bai Lingmiao stepped up in a hurry and stubbornly said, Do you think that your current actions would make your family happy? If your family knew you were like this now, what would they think?

Li Huowang smiled bitterly before his expression turned extremely agonized as he said, How would I know what they would think? I dont even know if they truly exist! I might just be a madman who is all alone. Everything around me could be completely dreamt up by me.

Bai Lingmiao reached out with her almost-transparent hands and grabbed onto Li Huowangs hand. Senior Li, you are not aloneyou still have us.

Li Huowang just blankly stared at the girl before him, looking at her determined and delicate face. At that moment, he felt that his understanding of this girl was very shallow.

Why is she so kind to me?

Suddenly, his surroundings began to change again. The cave system around him started to switch back to white hospital walls.

At the same time, Bai Lingmiaos features melted and reformed into Yang Nas face. Her tearful face was filled with worry.

Nana! Li Huowang dashed across the room, hugging her tightly with an extremely pained expression.

Huowang, you cannot give up on yourself. You must live on, no matter what you encounter. Alright? You must persevere, no matter what you encounter. Never ever give up. Yang Nas voice quivered.

Soon, that face morphed into that of his mother. Son, you cannot die. If you end up dying, how will your old man and I survive!

After this, that face rapidly morphed into various people that Li Huowang recognized, all of them encouraging him.

Suddenly, everything around him froze. Then, the bright hospital ward quickly became dim.

Li Huowang slowly released the person he was embracing, only to find that he had actually been embracing Bai Lingmiao.

While the girl in his arms was slightly embarrassed, she didnt evade his gaze. Senior Li, lets go. Im uncomfortable with staying here for much longer.Updted chapters n nvelbin(.)com

Then, she pulled out those paper notes from the pouch at her waist and said, Senior Li, theres no use passing these on to me. After all, we are all illiterate.

Right, Senior Li, only you are capable of handling this. At that moment, the others standing at the door chimed in.

I, I, I can re- Simpleton stuttered as he tried to speak.

However, before he could finish what he was saying, Zhao Wu covered his mouth. Even if you can read, you would better pretend that you cant!

Meanwhile, Li Huowang silently looked at the paper notes containing the last words left behind by those people with an inscrutable expression.

Bai Lingmiao then used both her hands to push those paper notes toward him. Senior Li, you were the one who personally promised them. A true man doesnt go back on his words.

The reality and the hallucination constantly alternated within his brain. Finally, Li Huowang reached out to retrieve those notes. Lets go.

Li Huowang had decided that no matter where he was, he would do his best to live well, not just for himself, but also for those family members who may or may not even exist.

Upon hearing those words, everyone broke out into relieved smiles.

While they did not know what Li Huowang was thinking, it was fine as long as he did not choose to stay in this cursed place.

The group then flocked around Li Huowang and walked out of the dusky room together. They were about to start heading toward the entrance when Li Huowang suddenly called out for everyone to stop.

Hold on. Since weve decided to leave this place, we have to plunder it a little. Simpleton, carry Zhao Wu with you and lead the others to the kitchen. Take the food supplies that we can carry while traveling. We wont last if we dont have anything to eat.

Li Huowang then brought Bai Lingmiao to the Pill Refining Room to take some of the pills that he could recognize. Li Huowang had practiced the Dao of Pills for some time now and could be considered half a doctor with these items. He did not know how long they would have to travel before they could reach their homes, so it was better to be well prepared.

However, he only took the pills that he recognized. He did not even dare to touch the ones that he didnt recognize and were refined by Dan Yangzi, much less take them with him.

When they regrouped with the others in Zheng Yi Hall, Li Huowang said, Hold on, theres one more thing I have to take with me.

Li Huowang then carried the lamp in his hand and carefully made his way toward the cave that held the Black Taisui.

Chacha and Chars Thoughts

And here we see what Bai Lingmiao looks like. @

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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