Chapter 44: Lough Valley

The only one with a short horn between his forehead was the little black dragon.
So he stayed awake at night and quietly came over to lick his face?

Ning Chu’s brain was blank, his emotions were very complicated and hard to describe.
If it was another baby dragon, he might not have felt anything.
Fifth Cub was sleeping on the other side of his neck, but Wuuth was completely different.
He had just blushed and wondered for half a day because Wuuth had called him Ning Ning, and couldn’t figure out who was the problem.

Ning Chu hesitated to pretend to be woken up by the little black dragon’s action, and then let him go back to the next bed and sleep on its own, when the little black dragon had stopped sleeping again, quietly leaning on the side of his neck.

So Ning Chu closed his eyes and moved, moving a little to the other side.
The little black dragon immediately raised his head, saw Ning Chu sleeping well without signs of waking up, followed by moving over to continue to lie down.

Ning Chu was torn for a long time, but let it go.
He thought in his heart several times, this was his little dragon cub.
He guarded him when he broke the shell, although he missed a long period of time in the middle, not able to watch him grow up.

As the former nurturer of the dragon cubs, it was normal for them to be close to him, and he shouldn’t think too much about it.
Ning Chu’s mind was still in turmoil, but his self-brainwashing had worked, and he fell asleep in a daze, as if it was another dragon cub lying by his neck instead of Wuuth.

When Ning Chu woke up the next day, the little black dragon on his pillow was long gone, and only Fifth Cub remained.

Wuuth stood in front of the window, looking at the street below.
Second Cub and Third Cub crouched on either side of his shoulders, watching with him.
Fourth Cub and Fifth Cub were still sleeping, but when Ning Chu woke up, they woke up with him, yawning and turning over.

When Wuuth heard the movement, he turned his head and approached him with a few steps, asking, “Does the wound still hurt?”

“The pain is long gone, I’m fine…” Ning Chu shook his head and coughed lightly as if he had no intention of saying, “Where did you sleep last night?”

Wuuth paused and looked at the bed opposite Ning Chu, “Over there.”

Ning Chu eyes complex, “…Oh.” Why don’t you admit it?

Ning Chu wondered if there was some kind of communication problem between the two of them.

He still thought that the possibility that this dragon didn’t understand anything was higher than that Wuuth liking him, and that Wuuth did something that he misunderstood, so he could try to teach or guide him to understand this.

But he wouldn’t admit it, making Ning Chu’s words impossible to accept.

Wuuth didn’t move, “What’s wrong?”

It was dawn outside the window, and they had more important things to do, so Ning Chu hesitated, “Nothing.”

After the Church was finished and the dragons were rescued, it wouldn’t be too late to have a talk with Wuuth, so he could calm down and think about his reaction last night.

After feeding the dragon cubs and hatchlings, Ning Chu planned to visit the countryside again to find the right time to leave.
But if anything else happened today, they couldn’t wait any longer and must rescue the dragons as soon as possible.

Looking at the pile of dragon cubs in the house, Ning Chu went downstairs to a store selling magical equipment and bought two small communicators.
The communicator could be used with a magic array printed on it, Ning Chu intended to take one with him and leave the other here.

If he couldn’t make it back to the inn in time after the Church, they could use the communicator to contact each other and agree on where to meet, so it would be more convenient and they wouldn’t get separated.
Ning Chu wanted to leave Wuuth behind, as he was the only one besides himself who could speak human language.

Wuuth refused, “I’ll go with you.”

Ning Chu had been injured yesterday, how could he feel comfortable leaving his side.

Wuuth was very determined and Ning Chu was torn when Third Cub took the communicator away from him, “Awo!”

Let Wuuth go, he and Fourth Cub will stay.

It was just a communicator, he knew how to use it too.

Third Cub put his paws on the communicator, and let out an aowu.
The interval was only half a second, the sound was clear to Ning Chu.

The voice in the communicator could be translated as usual, and Ning Chu nodded reluctantly, “Okay.”

He also wrapped the three hatchlings in soft pads so Third Cub could pick them up and take them away, and he finally touched Third Cub’s horns, “Good work.”

With everything arranged, Ning Chu and Wuuth took Second Cub with them and set off.

When they arrived at the northern outskirts of the city, Ning Chu saw a group of men patrolling the woods and some large transport trucks parked outside, and someone was pushing out a black cloth-covered cage, preparing to move the dragons.
Now it was broad daylight, Ning Chu pondered whether to take advantage of the lack of people to do it immediately, or to follow these people all the way out of the city to find a safer environment, or to wait until the night.

The two men were hidden behind an abandoned house on the outskirts of the city when Wuuth suddenly turned his head and raised his hand to swing a fog blade at a distant bush.
The man behind the bush hastily withdrew, but was still unable to dodge the fog blade hit.
He cried out in pain and covered his arm, and even though he was discovered, he didn’t run away, but approached Ning Chu.

Wuuth’s eyes were cold and his right hand gathered magic again, Ning Chu tugged on Wuuth’s sleeve and whispered, “Wait.”

He recognized this man as the elf from the woods last night, and he didn’t expect him to show up again today.
Wuuth moved, not killing him immediately, he gathered his dark magic, condensed into a sharp knife against the man’s throat, not allowing him to take a step forward.

The elf raised his hands to show that he meant no harm, “Hello, I think we met yesterday.” He removed his mask straight away to reveal his pointed ears and green eyes, “My name is Ximan and I come from Lough Valley.”

Ning Chu and Wuuth looked at each other, both found it very strange.
Why did this man suddenly announce himself, did they know each other well?

Ximan saw Ning Chu and Wuuth both half reacted, they were both wearing masks and could not see their expressions, he began to doubt his judgment and looked at Ning Chu suspiciously, “Are you… not an elf?”

Ning Chu was silent for a moment, “…I’m not.”

Dare to be misunderstood, thinking he was the same race? Ximan opened his dark green pupils incredulously, “How is that possible? I saw it all yesterday, your wood magic is so pure that it’s unbelievable…”

Elves had only one kind of magic talent, that was wood, and each one was extremely gifted, this was their unique advantage, which wasn’t comparable to any race.
That was why Ximan was so excited when he saw Ning Chu’s vines on his way to escape yesterday.

“……” Ning Chu’s tone was sincere, “I’m really not.”

This was a big misunderstanding, he wasn’t using his own magic element at all, but Fifth Cub’s.
Fifth Cub was a dragon, and had nothing to do with the elves.

In the distance, the Church people were still carrying the cage, no one noticed their situation here.
Ning Chu looked at the bewildered Ximan, “Why did you come here last night?”

Perhaps it was the pure wood magic that made Ximan naturally kind to Ning Chu, he wasn’t the least bit wary and replied, “Some humans almost intruded into Lough Valley the other day, the clan elders asked me to come and see what was going on.”

Lough Valley was in the forest not far west of the city, where the elven clan lived deep inside, forbidding outsiders to enter, and had always been uninterrupted by other races around it.
He used the words ‘almost intruded’ was mild, the day the outer boundary of Lough Valley was crossed, his people thought someone invaded.

Repairing the boundary, the clan elders sent Ximan out to find out what was going on, he first went to the big woods outside the city to look for a circle, and looked for movement to come here, only to find the dragon herd.

The elves have never been friends with outsiders, so it was unlikely he was in league with the Church.

Ning Chu tugged on Wuuth’s sleeve and told him to let Ximan go.

“There seems to be a misunderstanding, and I’m not one of your clan,” Ning Chu said politely, “We still have very important things to do, so you should go back first, it will be dangerous if that group finds out.”

Ximan looked to the woods, “You mean them?” He looked indignant, “It’s these humans, in order to catch dragons everywhere, they damaged the woods, destroyed our boundary without even an apology and left…” Ximan finished turning his head and turned to Ning Chu and Wuuth, “I intend to rescue these dragons and take them to Lough Valley.”

Ning Chu froze and almost thought he had heard wrong, “What… what?”

“I intend to save the dragons and teach these people a lesson,” Ximan repeated again and added, “The Mother of the Forest embraces all things, and the Elves are one of them, and we live in peace with all things, including dragons, of course.”

 

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