Chapter 20: Fear

“I want to head there and check,” Ning Chu’s voice came along with the wind, “Those young dragons…”

There was a turn at the intersection ahead, but the dwarf dragon’s speed was unrelenting.
Ning Chu’s head was sideways and he wasn’t paying attention, and Wuuth’s hand was already holding him steady.

“Clear?” There was some restrained anger in Wuuth’s tone, “Who told them to do that?”

“Nuba River is too close to the surrounding residential area, where the dragon nest is built, so it will affect the general public,” Ning Chu explained, “As long as it can be moved to a safe place without any problem, the nest and the young dragons would be fine.”

Wuuth obviously didn’t support such action and reacted strongly to the removal of the dragon nest, Ning Chu was a little surprised while that put his mind at ease at the same time.

Wuuth was silent for a moment, then slightly softened, “How do we relocate it?”

“Let’s go see first.” Ning Chu replied.

He didn’t notice that when he was talking about moving the dragon nest, he implied that he wanted to make sure that it was safe for the dragons.
Ning Chu was oblivious, and Wuuth went along with him.
Ning Chu saw a small town with a river running through it, stretching towards the mountains in the distance.

Arriving at the town, Wuuth didn’t stop, but let the Dwarf Dragon fly in, and found some people dressed as mercenaries along the river.
There were several students with the mercenaries, all wearing Lance Academy uniforms, and as the Dwarf Dragon flew closer, it caught everyone’s attention.

Ning Chu had a bad feeling seeing all these people, and they walked with such a high profile too… 

There were two other residents of the town around them, and they were terrified when they saw the Dwarf Dragon appear, “Dragon! It’s a dragon!”

They were quickly calmed by a student who told them that it was a sub-dragon and that it was their classmate from the same school who arrived.
Wuuth’s contracted beast was known and no one could mistake it, but… there was another familiar-looking person on the dragon’s back today.

In a gray suit with an iconic mask.

It was Ning from the arena! The newcomer who made Wuuth admit defeat outright.
Not only did the two appear together, they also rode the same contracted beast.
That was Wuuth’s contracted beast, a fierce-looking hard-armored sub-dragon, once upon a time there would be no one else on the back of the dragon except Wuuth himself.

Ning was even standing in front of Wuuth!

The eyes and expressions of the students present were subtle, Wuuth and Ning’s relationship has long been rumored, with all kinds of claims popping up, and this scene today completely confirmed that the two have a great relationship.

Ning Chu could guess what these people looking at them were thinking, but he was wearing a mask, so he was still calm.
He walked up, “I heard that a dragon’s nest was found here?”

“Yes, it was just discovered yesterday,” A student in a blue uniform replied, pointing in one direction, turning his head to look at Ning Chu and then at Wuuth, “I didn’t expect you guys… I heard someone say you both took part in the cleanup two days ago, and I thought they were just rumors…”

Ning Chu responded vaguely, “What’s the status of the dragon nest? How many adult dragons are there?”

A man from the mercenary group answered him, “There are six adult dragons, but it’s not clear if they all belong to this nest.
As for what’s inside, no one dared to go in yet.”

The dragons came from the Enigma Forest and temporarily found a place to build their nest and guarded the area day and night.
In the back was a large mountain range and woods, so they weren’t worried about food, and didn’t actively attack humans.
But they were too close to the town, and the residents were terrified, asking them for help to get rid of the dragons.

Only one or two were okay but there were six adult dragons, and the probability of dragon eggs or hatchlings in the nest was high.
If they took any rash actions, the female dragons might think they were attacking their young cubs and the consequences would be unimaginable.

They hadn’t gathered enough people even now, so this group of people were very worried.
It seemed that someone had already informed the Church, but no one was sure if they would send someone.
If they couldn’t think of a suitable way to relocate them smoothly, they’d have to do it the hard way.
Ning Chu understood the general situation by the others’ explanation.

At this time several mercenaries who were present, again, had a disagreement with the students.
The mercenary group felt that the dragon nest should be dealt with before it was too late, and there was no point in delaying it any longer.

“A mutilated dead dragon can be sold for at least 200 purple gold coins! Have you students seen such money staying in school every day?” A mercenary’s face showed disdain, “300 purple gold coins is enough for you to share, right?”

The student who spoke to Ning Chu earlier was furious, “You only see money? And there are also still young dragons in the nest, what about them?”

The fact that the dragons didn’t attack the humans proved that they only came here to reproduce, but Enigma Forest was destroyed, and the magical beasts inside were also victims.
The students thought differently from the people of the mercenary corps.
Every magical beast had the possibility of being domesticated into a contracted beast, which was more valuable than a cold corpse.

Moreover, after the death of the adult dragons, the hatchlings couldn’t be raised by humans and basically had no way to live.

The mercenary laughed at the student’s naivety who was still thinking about the beast even now, and spoke sarcastically, “So you’re going into the dragon’s nest yourselves? Good luck.”

They weren’t going to help, so the students were very angry, and an argument almost broke out again.
The two residents on the sidelines were in a difficult position, but they were easily persuaded to stop, and the atmosphere was stagnant for a while.

At that moment, Ning Chu suddenly spoke up, “I’ll go.”

All eyes turned to him, and he added, “Together with Wuuth.”

He wanted to go alone, which would be more convenient, but to face six adult dragons alone, anyone would be suspicious.
But it wouldn’t be so with Wuuth, who was notoriously mysterious and unpredictable, plus himself, who was equally mysterious in the eyes of others… 

Ning Chu coughed lightly and pulled Wuuth to his side, “We still have a sub-dragon.”

The mercenary’s eyes were suspicious as his gaze surveyed him from top to bottom, “Really? Just the two of you?”

Ning Chu’s tone was confident, his attire wasn’t like a student’s, and the dragon he was talking about was right at his feet.
It let out a dull low roar as its hard tail slammed down and a small crater was created in the stone beside him.

The mercenary who spoke couldn’t help but take a half step back to steady his mind, “If you get hurt, don’t blame us for not warning you…”

The student in a blue school uniform was also worried, “We don’t know what species those six dragons are, so… Why don’t we all join together?”

Previously they weren’t strong enough, but now with Ning Chu and Wuuth, they could really try without the help of the mercenary group.

The students gathered together and Ning Chu said, “No, you guys don’t need to come.”

He looked at the Dwarf Dragon, “With the sub-dragon, we can escape in time if we encounter a situation, don’t worry.”

Other contracted animals weren’t worthy enough in front of the dragons, and those who could fly were scared stiff, plus, the Dwarf Dragon couldn’t stand a third person on its back.
At Ning Chu’s insistence, the students agreed to stay where they were.
Wuuth didn’t say a word from the beginning to the end, standing on the side like an ice sculpture.

Ning Chu, on the contrary, was different from the crowd’s imagination.
He was more approachable and soft-spoken, unlike… in the arena fighting without mercy, the big brother who was on a winning streak.
As he watched Ning Chu and the students get closer and closer, talking more and more, Wuuth pulled Ning Chu back.

He said in a cold voice, “Where’s the dragon’s nest?”

Several of the students, each of whom had been beaten by Wuuth, shut their mouths and led the way for the two.
The blue-uniformed student pointed to the distance, “Over there.”

Ning Chu looked in the direction he pointed, and there were indeed a few dragons deep in the woods.
They were quietly lying in the grass, sunbathing, and behind them was a natural cave, which was the dragon’s nest.

Ning Chu quickly looked up the taming manual, and after a few moments, he determined the species of these dragons.
They were Green Lizard Dragons, omnivorous common dragons, small but flexible, explosive, and liked to live together in groups of their kind, sometimes forming groups of more than ten.

Looking at their present state, the dragon nest should have unhatched dragon eggs.
The eggs were easy to take away, but Ning Chu had to find a way to keep the dragons and the eggs together and stabilize them so that they could move together.

He and Wuuth approached the herd silently, and Ning Chu lowered his voice, “Why didn’t you ask me?”

Wuuth tilted his head, and his eyes seemed to say, Ask what?

Ning Chu choked for a moment and skipped the topic, “Do you have a way to distract these dragons? I’ll go get the dragon eggs.”

In fact, if Wuuth went to convey the command to the dragons, they would leave.
He didn’t know what Ning Chu wanted, but he hesitated before nodding, “Okay.”

As soon as the words left his mouth, Wuuth called out his Dwarf Dragon and rushed out, hissing at the dragons.
The Green Lizard Dragons were alerted and spun in place.
Wuuth threw a few magical clusters of light at the grass, and several of them immediately chased him through the forest.

The progress was so smooth and rapid that Ning Chu was dumbfounded as he rushed back to the dragon’s nest.
The cave wasn’t deep, and Ning Chu found a pile of hay in the back, with three green dragon eggs lying quietly on it.
He found a soft cloth from his storage bag, padded it with cotton and hay bought from the mall, wrapped the dragon eggs carefully, and then put a mesh bag over them.

Bending down and walking out of the cave, Ning Chu called out Third Cub.

Wuuth stopped at the end of the woods, where there was no one nearby, and he stopped his disguise, intending to let the Green Lizard Dragons leave directly.

There was suddenly a loud dragon roar, and the Green Lizard Dragons were shaken, then looked around and turned around and ran towards the back.

It came from the direction of Ning Chu, and it sounded like Scarlet Flame.
Wuuth was worried that something was wrong and immediately rushed over.

When he arrived at the dragon’s nest, Ning Chu was lying under a tree, surrounded by traces of giant dragon trampling, and a flaming red shadow flew away in the distance, followed by the Green Lizard Dragons.

Seeing Wuuth return, Ning Chu grabbed his hand and panicked, “It’s the fire dragon! I just held the dragon egg out, and it appeared… It took the eggs away.”

Ning Chu told Third Cub to take the dragon eggs away and let them hatch in a safe and deserted place, and Ning Chu chose a bag to carry the eggs, so that they could be hung directly on the neck of the dragon.

Third Cub said it could make the dragons obey, so Ning Chu came up with that as a solution.
He pretended to be afraid and scared, and although his face was hidden, his hand was trembling slightly as he held onto Wuuth for dear life.

Wuuth knew that he was pretending, so that the Green Lizard Dragons could leave with the dragon eggs, but Ning Chu’s appearance still made his heart tighten, “Are you hurt?”

Ning Chu paused and shook his head, “No, it didn’t hurt me, I was just…”

Before he could say the word ‘scared’, his mask was suddenly taken off by Wuuth.
Ning Chu was confused and quickly adjusted his expression, “…What are you doing?” 

Wuuth half-lowered his eyes and whispered, “Just wanted to confirm.”

Just now, he couldn’t see Ning Chu’s expression, so he was panicking.

“Ning?” At this time, the students who heard the dragon roar in the distance were worried about the two and all rushed over, including the people from the mercenary group.

Ning Chu’s mask was still in Wuuth’s hand, and he reacted extremely quickly, pressing Ning Chu into his arms and blocking his face in his chest.

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