Xiahou Dun: Master Cao Cao, I just hunted a hare in the woods, to replenish your mother’ s health. Master! Master!
Ever since the demotion of Cao Song, people had been estranging with Cao’s clan. This day, the young, simple-minded Xiahou Dun visited Cao Cao as usual, but he was nowhere to be seen.
Xiahou Dun: “Strange. Where has he been…”
At the moment, Cao Song, Cao Cao’s father, happened to go out, so she immediately stood in the way to question.
Xiahou Dun: Master Cao Song, do you know where Master Cao Cao is?
Cao Song: I, I have no idea...Maybe playing around uphill. You know that kid loves having fun.
Xiahou Dun: Impossible! Master Cao Cao takes care of his ill mother every day. There’s no way that he’ll do that!
Xiahou Dun pulled out her blade to point at Cao Song.
Xiahou Dun: Where is Master Cao Cao? Say it!
Cao Song: Don’t-don’t kill me...A woman named Zhang Jue said that she could fulfill my wish and regain my status and power. In return, she needs me to hand over my son——
Xiahou Dun: You bastard! How dare you sell your own son for fame!
Cao Song: I have no choice! Why do I have to live like an underdog! I don’t want it! Never!
Xiahou Dun: “He is hopeless. I better save Cao Cao now.”
Leaving the place, Xiahou Dun pried into Zhang Jue’s whereabouts with the residents nearby, and got a clue that she was seen on the uphill woods frequently. Burning with anxiety, Xiahou Dun broke into a run in no time, regardless of the bone-chilling wind.
Xiahou Dun: “Master Cao Cao, please be safe!”
However, the actual scene in the woods was in stark contrast with what she thought——At the center of a huge magic circle, the blood-stained Cao Cao was standing on the pile of kid corpses and bloodbath.
Cao Cao, who looked up at the sky in a trance, turned around as he sensed Xiahou Dun’s presence. His bloody face carried a familiar smile, with innocence and kindness.
Young Cao Cao: AHH! I’m suffering...Dun...Help me…
Xiahou Dun: Cao Cao!
Xiahou Dun put her confusion aside and ran towards the center of the magic circle. When she was about to reach him, a gigantic shadow appeared. Despite parrying with her spear, the impact was not completely offset, forcing her to step backwards.
Xiahou Dun: What...what is this thing?
She was under attack by two arms, not humans’, but monstrous with covered with blue-green scales. What really shocked Xiahou Dun was that the two arms were actually Cao Cao’s!
His once slim arms had become monster-like. Worse still, his face was infected by unknown substances, covered with swollen, blackish-green veins.
Young Cao Cao: AHH——It HURTSSS! Stay away from me——!
Cao Cao stopped screaming and looked stiff suddenly. But the next second, he moved again stretching his neck, completely losing the trait of innocence. In contrast, an unsettling creepy vibe was exuded.
Demon: Hahahaha! Finally I’m out!
Xiahou Dun: ...Who are you? And what did you do to Cao Cao!
Demon: Oh, so this vessel is called Cao Cao...Tut! Still resisting? This boy has a strong will...Wait.
The demon stopped talking, staring at Xiahou Dun. Then it cracked a smile.
Demon: This boy means a lot to you, right? I know exactly what he thinks inside him. As long as I make him kill you, then he’ll break down. By then I’ll take full control of this kid. Well well, I’m a real genius——Oh!
The demon dodged a spear attack from Xiahou Dun. Enveloped by fury, she threw an angry glare at the demon.
Xiahou Dun: I won’t die in your dirty hands! Kill you and Cao Cao will be saved!
Demon: Hahaha, die you fool!
The demon circulated elements to bulge and pump the arteries and veins all over the body. Then its arms doubled in size pressing against her— —
Young Cao Cao: “Dun...I dragged her into this...It’s all my fault to be such weak...Boohoo… ”
Demon: Hahaha! Right, humans are way too fragile. Come. Offer your body to me——
Xiahou Dun: Shut up!
Even with severe injuries, she managed to parry the pressure of the huge arms with her spear. Standing up again, Xiahou Dun exerted her strength to point towards the demon.
Xiahou Dun: I’ve made it clear. I won’t die in your dirty hands!
Demon: Tut! If once is not enough, I’ll make it twice until I kill——Emm!
The demon tried to attack again, but its body was out of control, choking its own neck so hard with arms.
Young Cao Cao: “I’m not gonna let you kill her!”
Demon: You...kill me...you’ll die...too…
Young Cao Cao: “I will sacrifice myself as long as Dun can survive!”
Xiahou Dun: “Cao Cao...What can I do to save him...Damn it!”
???: “Do you really want to save him?”
Xiahou Dun: Who’s it!
She look around and saw nothing but a streak of light shining next to a headless female corpse. Xiahou Dun walked over there, knowing that the light came from a crystal jade, which was marked with blood curses.
Ascetic: “I’m the spirit who once sealed that demon before, but my disciple has caused chaos by releasing it.”
Xiahou Dun: So...you know how to save Cao Cao?
Ascetic: “I have a way. However, it may cost your life.”
Xiahou Dun: Never mind! I’ll do anything, even sacrificing myself to save him!
Xiahou Dun: “Right, I have to, at any price! Since that day, protecting you has been my mission.”
Demon: Damn...you...stubborn fool...don’t you dare to stop me!
The demon circulated elemental power all over its body, overwhelming enough to collapse Cao Cao’s will.
Young Cao Cao: I can’t hold it anymore...Dun, just run…
Putting its hands down, the demon successfully took control of the body. As it was about to take action, Xiahou Dun stood in the way.
Xiahou Dun: Get out of his body now!
Demon: Hahaha! Excellent timing. You embarrassed me, and I’m gonna torture you to death in return!
The demon punched at Xiahou Dun ferociously; with no intention to hold back, she faced up by stepping forward.
Demon: Bastard! Die you filthy little bug! Die!
The demon was furious over Xiahou Dun’s valiancy and continued attacking. Despite taking all the attacks, she endured pain to approach the demon notwithstanding.
Xiahou Dun: “Almost there...I did it!”
Xiahou Dun: Got you!
Demon: Wh-what!...The curse on your hands...isn’t it from that old fool!?
Xiahou Dun clenched the demon’ s face with both hands that marked the blood curse. Wearing a smile, she began to chant a spell as taught by the ascetic. During which, a streak of light emerged and an old man spirit was slowly revealed.
Ascetic: “You stubborn evil, back to the crystal jade!”
Demon: Noooo! I don’t wanna be sealed again! NEVERNOOOO!
Ascetic: “How is it impossible...Its power is stronger than before…”
Unable to contain the demonic power, the hanging crystal jade cracked; the old man’s spirit also began to fade.
Xiahou Dun: “The seal is gonna fail...I can’t let it happen! I must protect Cao Cao!”
Resonating with her desire, dazzling light shone through Xiahou Dun’s left eye towards the spirit to stabilize the old ascentic’s soul. Blood ran down her eye accompanied with immense pain. But she resisted it and grabbed the demon tight!
Demon: Roarrr——! You...I curse you all...Even if you succeed, my demonic aura has already corrupted that kid. He’ll never be who he was in the past. Hahahaha——
The spirit captured the demon and pulled it out of Cao Cao’s body by force. Then it was sealed into Xiahou Dun’s left eye. Soon, Cao Cao had also changed back to normal; and by that moment she finally felt relieved.
Xiahou Dun: “Phew...I saved him...This time I really did it…”
As she relaxed, consciousness started sinking into darkness, until a voice was calling into her ears.
Cao Cao: Dun! Dun!
Xiahou Dun: Em? Sorry, I was drifting my mind.
Cao Cao: This is rare. Did something bother you?
Xiahou Dun: ...No, nothing. It was just some old stories. You want something from me?
Cao Cao: Yeah, Sima Yi has taken the lead to set out. We’re about time to head to Lü Bu’s territory.
Xiahou Dun: Understood.
As Cao Cao turned around, Xiahou Dun looked at the back of his burly figure in a trance. He was not that kind, weak child anymore.