The time vortex had dragged the people from ancient China into this realm. The power of the alien realm collided with the elements here, triggering uncontrollable turbulence. To prevent the realm from collapsing, Jiang Ziya temporarily confined them in a magic field...
In a room full of books, the devil-winged Nicole was enjoying one of them, as if she was in the book’s world. She did not notice Septem’s presence at her side; he grabbed the book in her hand.
Septem: “Myth of Vega”?
Seeing that Septem seemed to be interested in the book, Nicole became excited. She could not wait for him to finish the book and had started to share her opinions about the story.
Septem: Boring. If I were the Xian goddess, I can’t can’t imagine leaving behind my carefree life.
Septem: Love cannot satiate thirst like water, and it cannot satisfy hunger like bread!
Septem incessantly the criticized unrealistic plots of the story, completely ignorant of the change in Nicole’s expression. Finally, Nicole held back no more and yelled —
Nicole: You...Septem...You idiot!
Septem: What’s wrong with you? Why are you suddenly angry?
Nicole: It’s clearly a touching story. Why are you trying to find its flaws?
Septem: How can two people from different worlds be happy together?
Nicole: Septem, you’re really annoying!
Nicole: Septem... You’re the world’s biggest idiot!
Septem: If I’m the biggest idiot, then you’re the most unreasonable person in the world!
Nicole: I can’t put up with you stone-hearted idiot!
After saying this, Nicole flew off in a huff.
An-Ka: Septem, will you really not go after her?
Septem: Relax. She’ll come back when she calms down.
The worried An-Ka looked at Nicole’s diminishing figure. Then, it turned to find that Septem was doing the same. An-Ka could not help but sigh.
Septem had been waiting. He thought Nicole would come back like usual. She would leave for a while when she was angry and return soon. However, Septem waited and waited but Nicole never reappeared. He became more worried when he thought about this; he feared that Nicole might have run into danger...Visualizing Nicole crying alone, Septem began worrying.
An-Ka: What should we do now, Septem?
Septem: Let’s get out of here first! We can’t do anything here.
When they were about to cross the magic field, a voice rung from their behind...
Ascetic: What are you doing? Are you planning to leave the field?
Septem: I’ve got something to do. Step out of my way!
Wen Zhong the Mercy Revealer: The reason I shared my precious books with you is to make you stay in the field.
Wen Zhong the Mercy Revealer: If you don’t appreciate it, I’ll have to keep you here by force!
Septem: We understand your kindness, but there is a reason why I must leave!
Wen Zhong the Mercy Revealer: A reason?
Septem: Nicole...One of our companions is missing. She could be lost somewhere on this land.
Septem’s expression leaked a shred of regret...
Septem: ‘If I knew this would happen, I wouldn’t have been stubborn and let her go.’
Wen Zhong the Mercy Revealer: Why do you value her?
Septem: Because she’s my companion, an important person to me.
Wen Zhong witnessed the resolution in Septem’s eyes and immediately understood that none could shake his will.
Wen Zhong the Mercy Revealer: No matter what I say, I cannot change your mind. So...
Wen Zhong reached into his pouch as he was speaking and took out a jade. He handed it to Septem.
Wen Zhong the Mercy Revealer: You have to carry this with you if you do not want to be assimilated by the realm.
Septem: Thank You. After we have located Nicole, we’ll return as soon as possible.
Septem showed his gratitude to Wen Zhong before departing. Nicole’ s situation was more worrying as more time passed. Septem journeyed forward while hoping in his heart that Nicole was safe...
Septem and An-Ka searched through the realm and reached a city in the east. The buildings and clothes looked much like those in Ancient China; hence, Septem felt especially relieved. But they also worsened his homesickness.
Septem looked around and paid special attention to spaces between tree trunks and above tile roofs. Those were places where Nicole loved to frequent. Just then, noises from an argument came from the front. Septem was originally going to ignore it, as he only wanted to find Nicole back as soon as he could. But a scream drew his attention...
Old Man: How could you toss my fabric onto the ground?
Captain: If you can’t pay, you can’t pass. You know the drill!
An old woman showed her pass to the soldiers; however, not only did the soldiers ignored it, they also pushed the old woman to the ground. The old man hastily helped her up and carefully checked her wounds; but the soldiers kicked their wooden cart, frightening the harnessed ox into bellowing.
The soldiers’ behaviors were contemptuous in the eyes of all. Seeing the whole incident, Septem could not bear turning a blind eye instead of teaching them a lesson. Hence, he, with a short laugh, raised his sword and slashed...
Septem: You cowards only know how to bully the weak?
Captain: Stay out of our way or you’ll regret it!
Septem: You can barely grip your sword properly and you think you can beat me? I won’t be so kind as to show you mercy, unsophisticated rats!
Captain: You wait and see! I won’t lose next time!
Soldiers lost to Septem and had to hastily escape.
The old man immediately took the old woman to the carriage. Septem then picked up the goods and put them in the car for the old couple. It was then that the old man grabbed some of the fruit and handed it to Septem...
Old Man: We can only give you this. Hope you’ll accept it...
Septem: You’re too generous. It was nothing.
Old Man: Please take it! Or she’ll keep nagging.
Septem did not refuse this time. He took the fruit with a smile and saw them off.
Old Woman: Altair! Who did you say would nag?
Old Man: Vega, no matter how much you nag, I’ ll still stay by your side forever.
Hearing this, the old woman smiled brightly and held her partner’s hand tight.
Septem: ‘Altair...Vega? The two names sound familiar...’
Septem: ‘Weren’t they the characters in the “Myth of Vega” Nicole’s been into?’
Suddenly getting an epiphany, Septem wanted to catch up with the couple and ask a few questions. But they and the carriage were long gone...
Septem and An-Ka were in the woods. As dusk had come, they decided to rest here until daybreak. To prevent animal attacks, Septem gathered sticks and built a fire. He then sat cross-legged under a tree, his sword resting in his legs and his arms wrapped around it. He stared into the flickering fire, falling deep in thought...As Septem was about to descend into slumber, a familiar voice rang from not far away, snapping him wide awake.
Septem woke An-Ka and hurried to the direction of the voice. The person he had been longing for was just nearby. When Septem and An-Ka headed out of the forest, they finally saw Nicole’s figure, the one they had been missing days and nights. She was playing happily with unknown monsters.
Nicole: Ah! You’re here? Let me introduce you to my new friends! He is...
Septem: We came all the way here is to take you back to the field, not to meet your “new friends”!
Septem’s sudden harshness to Nicole rendered her unable to respond. The monsters stayed silent, as if any noise they emit would cost them their lives.
Nicole: Why are you like this? What did I do wrong?
Unaware of what was going on, Nicole could not bear such blame. She raised her bow and arrow, aiming at Septem...
Nicole: I’ll not go back with you!
Septem: You ignorant girl!
Septem: If you don’t go back, you’ll be assimilated into this land and vanish forever. If it isn’t the case, I don’t care if you come back!
Recognizing the truth, Nicole slowly lowered her bow and arrow.
She stayed far away when she finished her words, unwilling to look at Septem; he did not say a word and turned back to the direction of the magic field. Nicole stared at his back, afraid to do anything. After taking a few steps, Septem stopped walking; he cracked into a bitter smile and turned back to yell at Nicole...
Septem: Why are you still standing there? I’m tired. Let’s find a place and get some rest!
Nicole chuckled at his reaction, for she knew that he was not angry anymore. She flew behind them slowly, embarking on the journey back to the field with the pair.
Nicole: How can you always find me among all the people in the world?
Septem: Maybe because our hearts are linked together!
Septem suddenly recalled Altair and Vega, thinking that all was unbelievable. Even Septem and Nicole, a man and a devil, can be good friends. Septem could not help but murmur...
Septem the Traveling Seeker: Maybe two people from two different worlds can also be...
Nicole: What are you saying?
Septem: You won’t understand even if I tell you.
Nicole: I have much bigger ears than you! I can hear clearly!
Septem and Nicole started arguing again. An-Ka, seeing all this behind them, could only say...