raised a smile, as he said slowly, “Want to guess?”
He stood against the light, teal pupils darkened a lot, this familiar face made a completely different expression from his usual one, looking a little weird.
The student felt an inexplicable chill down his spine and couldn’t help but take a step back.
He didn’t want to talk to Ning Chu any more, and dragged his companion to leave in a hurry.
After they left, Ning Chu collected himself, thanked the staff of the commissioning office, and left.
The next afternoon, Ning Chu arrived at Crow Market on time, took his commission card and went to Enigma Forest.
Knowing that Third Cub would be waiting for him in the forest, Ning Chu was in a good mood.
When he entered the forest, Ning Chu called out, “San San?”
A red shadow appeared in response and flew towards Ning Chu, avoiding the branches.
Ning Chu opened his arms and caught Third Cub, who flew into his arms.
Third Cub steadied himself and flew around him, stopping on a tree branch.
Ning Chu took out a beef jerky from his pocket, “I brought you something to eat.”
This was prepared by the cafeteria for the students, and each person could only take one, so Ning Chu didn’t eat it and saved it all for Third Cub.
Ning Chu said, as if to himself, “Isn’t it a little too big? I’ll tear it for you…”
Before he could say anything, a large red dragon suddenly appeared in front of him, a large tree behind him was crushed, and the air around him became hot.
Ning Chu looked up at the Third Cub, which had returned to its adult form, and said in a daze, “You can tear it apart…”
The dragon looked down and gently ate the jerky out of his hand without even swallowing.
Ning Chu dropped his empty hand, “Okay…”
Third Cub dropped his head again, lowered the back of his neck, and spewed dragon breath from the tip of his nose.
Ning Chu guessed, “Are you… Are you going to let me sit on you?”
Third Cub didn’t move, so Ning Chu tried to touch the scales on the side of its neck, stepped on his front paws and climbed up with difficulty.
Without a tool to hold his body in place, Ning Chu carefully moved up to the top of Third Cub’s head and hugged one of his horns.
Third Cub wouldn’t do this for no reason, he probably wanted to take him somewhere, so Ning Chu hugged his horn tightly, “Ready.”
The dragon’s body temperature was high, and his scales and rough horns were slightly hot, so he took care of Ning Chu and opened his wings to rise very slowly high into the sky.
The woods below were getting farther and farther out of sight, and Ning Chu only looked down before he dared to look again.
His heart was beating wildly, and his excitement came sluggishly as he realized he was really sitting on a dragon’s head.
In the past, he wasn’t very healthy, so he couldn’t do anything physical like sports, and couldn’t do anything too exciting.
As Ning Chu grew up, he had never even ridden a roller coaster.
When he came to this other world, the magical creatures he raised in the game became real and would take him to the sky, an experience that used to only happen in his dreams.
Third Cub flew very steadily, and he could sense that Ning Chu was in a good mood, so he deliberately slowed down his flight speed.
Ning Chu gradually calmed down, as the wind was blowing his hair and robe, he reached out and touched the clouds passing by, leaving a wetness in his palm.
Third Cub took him as far as the center of the forest, where Ning Chu saw a lake at the bottom and a pile of brightly colored objects at the edge of the lake.
When Third Cub flew down and stopped in the open area near the lake, Ning Chu’s expression gradually froze.
He got off Third Cub and looked at the pile of orange fuzzy fruits in front of him and was too shocked to say, “These…”
There were thousands of Flocculent Fruits… half of the forest’s fruits must have been picked.
Third Cub had already become small again and flew to the fruit pile and squatted down, holding his head high and waiting for praise, as if to say, ‘Is this enough money?’
Ning Chu didn’t know whether to laugh or cry as he went forward to check.
Among the fruit were a lot of branches and dirt, and a circle around the pile were all dragon footprints.
In the distance, there were a few ordinary dragons lying under the tree waiting for new instructions, Ning Chu looked at them, “You asked them to help you pick them?”
Third Cub nodded his head.
Ning Chu had mixed feelings and stroked his head, “Good boy, you grew up well.”
Third Cub cocked his tail and gave an “aowu” to the distance, several ordinary dragons got the order and left quietly.
However, this pile of Flocculent Fruits made Ning Chu feel a little worried.
Dragon paws weren’t as good as human hands, so the fruit wasn’t picked properly, a lot was damaged after being picked and carried, so they had to be cleaned up.
And since there was more than required by the commission, he didn’t know whether they would accept all of it.
But the fruit was picked, and Ning Chu couldn’t let Third Cub down.
So he sat in the woods all afternoon, and barely managed to clean out the pile of Flocculent Fruits.
There were more than two hundred of them, so Ning Chu took off his jacket and wrapped them in his clothes.
When he was finally done, Ning Chu leaned back and lay down on the grass to rest.
Third Cub rubbed himself against the side of his neck, and Ning Chu smoothed his spine with one stroke, gently reprimanding him, “You can stop picking so many at once… It’s easy to waste them.”
Third Cub nodded silently, paws flattening the blades of grass and lying down to sunbathe with Ning Chu in the fine breeze.
When Ning Chu struggled to carry a big bag of soggy fruits to the commission office, the staff was surprised, “Where did you…? Where did you get so many?”
Ning Chu smiled shyly, “I accidentally picked too many, can you take them all? Or can you only take the thirty that were assigned?”
“We can take them, but…” the staff member thought for a moment and lowered his voice, “Do you have any way to get other supplies from Enigma Forest?”
He had a hunch that Ning Chu wasn’t ordinary.
Collecting so many Flocculent Fruits, how far would one have to travel to pick them all? Besides, there weren’t only magic dragons in Enigma Forest, there were also many magical beasts of all ranks.
Ning Chu, a first year student, always returned unscathed.
Ning Chu whispered to him, “What supplies?”
“Just… You only need to agree or refuse, this is a high-level private assignment, so I will not ask more questions and will not disclose your information to anyone.
Ning Chu understood what he meant, as he was pondering.
He had Third Cub, he could walk straight across the Enigma Forest without fear of the magical beasts deep in the forest, and rarer supplies meant higher prices.
Ning Chu immediately nodded, “Okay, what do you need?”
“No rush, I’ll make a list and show you tomorrow,” the staff member took the Flocculent Fruits on the table, “Let’s settle these first.”
The part that exceeds the demand of the commission could only be counted as the normal price, which was thirty one gold coins.
With what Ning Chu brought back, he earned a total of ten gold coins in exchange.
This was the first time he got so much money, so he put the gold coins away, and his heavy pockets immediately became light again.
The staff member said, “By the way, a dragon was brought back from Crow Market today, do you want to take a look?”
Ning Chu was immediately interested, “A dragon?”
“Yes,” the staff nodded, “But unfortunately it doesn’t look too good.
The arena is looking for someone who can hurry to take it as a contract beast.”
The dragon was wounded and was very resistant to other people’s contact.
Healing magic would be greatly reduced without contact and if they were to wait for the wound to heal, it would die because of pain.
The contracted beast could rely on the master’s magic power to heal itself, which was twice as fast as direct healing.
But taming the dragon wasn’t so easy, and people could only hope that they could catch the dragon’s eye and it would be willing to take the initiative to submit.
Ning Chu thought about it, asked the staff where the dragon was, and searched for it alone.
There was a small beast farm near the arena, and sometimes some magical beasts were brought in as contract beasts for the students to choose from.
Ning Chu went late and there were very few people in front of the cage, and they left after unsuccessful attempts.
Ning Chu approached the imprisoned dragon, which was very thin, lying moribundly in the cage, the obvious skeletal lines on its spine proved that it had not had a healthy life.
There was a deep wound on its abdomen, and the bleeding had been temporarily stopped.
Sensing another person approaching, it weakly opened its eyes, its gaze wary.
If no one can tame him, he probably won’t live more than three days.
Ning Chu asked, “How do I make it my contracted beast?”
The man in the room didn’t even look up, “Just use your spiritual power to sense it.”
Spiritual power? What is that?
Ning Chu was confused, he recalled the two people who had just left, their movements in front of the cage, so he tried to close his eyes, while extending his hand.
…Nothing happened, the same as the magic he couldn’t use.
Seeing that he had also failed, the man from the farm got up and pushed the cage inside, saying, “We have to let him rest today, so come back tomorrow if you want to try again.”
Ning Chu had to give up, took a few last looks, and turned around to leave Crow Market.
Back at the Academy dormitory, Ning Chu immediately opened《Dragon Island》.
Together with the ten newly recharged currencies today, he could finally unlock the mall.
Ning Chu clicked “unlock” at the system’s prompt, and after deducting six currencies, the familiar purchase interface appeared.
Food, tools, medicine… These three categories were the main supplies needed in the game, Ning Chu looked back and found an additional column,【Other.】He clicked on it and saw that there were only two items he could buy.
【Create a new Dragon Island.】
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