Mutated Tao – Chapter 10: Steamed Buns

Chapter 10: Steamed Buns

Li Huowang curled up like a fetus, remaining motionless in a corner of the Preparation Room.

The other guiding drug ingredients didnt dare to disturb him and just quietly went about their own tasks.

Unknowingly, night had descended upon them, and all the oil lamps on the wall were extinguished.

Darkness enveloped Li Huowang like a blanket as he lay there like a corpse, unresponsive to the changes in the outside world.

At around 1 a.m., a faint candlelight flickered to life at the entrance, illuminating the nearby shelves and dissipating the darkness around Li Huowangs body.

It was Bai Lingmiao who was timidly carrying a bundle of dried grass toward Li Huowang, before carefully placing it over his body.

Then, she pulled out a steamed bun made with mixed grains from her pocket, and placed it near his mouth.

Seeing Li Huowang continue to remain motionless, she pursed her lips and gently nudged him. "Senior, please have a bite. You havent eaten anything all day."

Li Huowangs eyes were open. He hadnt blinked for those last few hours, and was just numbly staring at the icy-cold ground. He showed no signs of movement despite Bai Lingmiao approaching him.

Bai Lingmiao wanted to leave, but after a moment of hesitation, she took out a jade pendant from her pocket and placed it in the palm of Li Huowangs hand.

Senior, this is yours. Please take it back.

This time, Li Huowang finally reacted. He looked at the object in his hand and realized that it was the circular jade pendant he had stolen from the previous Xuan Yang.

Li Huowang remembered that he had given this item to Yang Na in order for her to exchange it for money. Just the thought of Yang Na made his broken heart start to ache once again.

"How did this end up with you?" asked Li Huowang.

It was Senior Li who passed it to me. Even though I said that I didnt want it, you insisted on giving it to me.

Under the dim candlelight, Li Huowang slowly sat up and carefully examined the jade pendant with cloud patterns on it.

Before this moment, he had never felt that everything here to be so real. However, in this reality, there was only genuine despair and agony.

If he was given the choice, he would prefer to remain trapped in that beautiful illusion forever.

Seeing Li Huowang respond, Bai Lingmiao asked softly, "Senior Li, where were you captured by Master? Im from the Liang Kingdom. Where are you from?"

Li Huowang was stumped, but then he shook his head dispiritedly, I dont know.

He truly didnt know. He did have memories of the past. But after todays events, Li Huowang himself was unable to determine just how many of those memories were true and how many were false.

Even here, he was nothing more than a lunatic that could not distinguish fact from fiction.

As he was shaking his head, Li Huowang suddenly felt that there was something abnormal on his head. He reached out to find a blob of congealed blood in his hair; he had been injured before.

Bai Lingmiao saw Li Huowang touching his own hair and explained, That was done by Senior Wang.

Li Huowang knew Senior Wang; he was that hare-lipped fatty who had wanted to harm Bai Lingmiao

After he did that, you killed him with one kick.

Li Huowangs mind played the scene in the hallucination, where he kicked Old Liu and sent him flying.

Remembering the scene, he lowered his head, silently chuckling; he was insane enough.

Then, Li Huowang reached into his pocket and fished out the golden anklet with a red thread tied around it, and placed it before Bai Lingmiao. This is yours, take it back.F0lloww new hapters at nov/(e)l/bin/(.)com

Bai Lingmiao looked at her own anklet and pushed it back with both her hands, Senior Li, you were right. Theres no use for this here, so you can take it.

Li Huowang looked blankly at this golden anklet. This object had no use to him now, since everything he cared for had all but vanished.

Senior Li, I would like to use this item as compensation, and ask for a favor.

Bai Lingmiaos words caused Li Huowang to look at her.

If you are ever able to get out of here alive, can you pass on a message to my parents? They stay at the foot of the Cow-heart Mountain in Liang Kingdom. Tell them that their daughter isnt filial, and cannot fulfill her filial duty of supporting them through their old age. Bai Lingmiaos voice choked with sadness.

Senior Li, I really dont wish to trouble you, but I have no other choice. I will probably be taken to the Pill Room soon.

Li Huowangs face had been filled with despair and numbness. But upon hearing those words, his silent eyes gleamed with some light as he came to a decision.

He looked at the dried grass on his body, then at the steamed bun beside him. He gently placed the red-threaded golden anklet back into his pocket once again.

Ill keep my word. Since Ive taken something of yours, then I will help you.

Bai Lingmiaos sorrowful eyes lit up, but quickly dimmed again. Senior Li, that wont do. It will get you into trouble as well.

Keke Do you think Im afraid of that now? Li Huowang had completely thrown caution to the wind. Since everything he cared about had vanished, what else was there to be fearful of?

Alright, Senior Li, youre so mighty! A male voice suddenly rang out from outside the Preparation Room, causing the two inside to jump in fright.

When candlelight illuminated that person, they saw a mischievous monkey-like face with thin lips. His face had patches of yellow and white, and it seemed that he had some form of skin disease like vitiligo.

This person took out two mixed-grain steamed buns, and placed them beside Li Huowang to get on his good side.

Hehehe, Senior Li, have these steamed buns. When I was having dinner, I remembered that Senior Li hadnt eaten anything yet, so I specially saved these two for you. You may not recognise Junior, since I was born and raised without a formal name. You can call me Puppy. Hehe, yesterday, I gifted 17 copper coins to you.

Puppy anxiously fidgeted, while the will to flatter was plastered on his face. He evidently wanted to rely on Li Huowang, and did not want to simply be a guiding drug ingredient. From the looks of it, there were clever people everywhere.

Li Huowang did not respond. He just picked up the three slightly hardened steamed buns and wolfed them down; after all, he hadnt eaten for a whole day.

Due to eating too quickly, he slightly choked on them. Immediately, the smart and sensible Puppy ran out to bring him a cup of water.

With the help of the icy underground water, Li Huowang stuffed the three mixed-grain steamed buns into his stomach.

He struggled to stand up, shaking constantly due to his legs that were numb from lying on the ground for too long.

Bai Lingmiao reached out to help support him, but Li Huowang pushed her away.

His eyes were fixed on the dark exit of the Preparation Room, before he walked out unsteadily.

His enemy was no longer that sudden illness. Now, his enemy was that Baldy, Taoist Dan Yangzi, someone who used humans to refine pills.

When Dan Yangzis ugly and nauseatingly large face appeared in his mind, Li Huowangs eyes were filled with a strong hostility, and he grinded his teeth with a grating sound.

Just moments ago he was wallowing in despair, but now he was now filled with motivation. The only thing he had to do now was to find a way to kill him!

Chacha and Chars Thoughts

Ah yes, the love interest and the comedic relief are introduced here. His team is growing!

Chapter end

Chapter 1: The Master
Chapter 2: Li Huowang
Chapter 3: Jade Pendant
Chapter 4: Black Cauldron
Chapter 5: Pills
Chapter 6: Worth
Chapter 7: Zephyr Temple
Chapter 8: Rewriting the Script
Chapter 9: Black Taisui
Chapter 10: Steamed Buns
Chapter 11: Xuan Yuan
Chapter 12: Pill Recipe
Chapter 13: Refining Pills
Chapter 14: Ally
Chapter 15: Zheng Kun
Chapter 16: Head
Chapter 17: Found It!
Chapter 18: The Method To Become An Immortal?
Chapter 19: Superstitious
Chapter 20: Dan Yangzi
Chapter 21: Attaining Immortality
Chapter 22: Exit
Chapter 23: Home
Chapter 24: Plunder
Chapter 25: Path in the Forests
Chapter 26: Frightening
Chapter 27: Evil
Chapter 28: Lu Family
Chapter 29: Stage
Chapter 30: Performance
Chapter 31: A Wandering God
Chapter 32: Hu’s Family Ancestral Hall
Chapter 33: Continue The Performance!
Chapter 34: The God of Happiness
Chapter 35: Confused
Chapter 36: Donkey Cart
Chapter 37: The Nine Classes
Chapter 38: Jianye Town
Chapter 39: Wild
Chapter 40: Midnight
Chapter 41: Monk
Chapter 42: Monastery
Chapter 43: Buddha
Chapter 44: Righteous Monastery
Chapter 45: Buddha Statue
Chapter 46: Xin Hui
Chapter 47: Placing the Incense Sticks
Chapter 48: Escape
Chapter 49: Strayed One
Chapter 50: Buddha
Chapter 51: Negotiation
Chapter 52: Dan Yangzi
Chapter 53: Ponder
Chapter 54: Wandering God
Chapter 55: Healed
Chapter 56: Beyond the Border
Chapter 57: Shaman
Chapter 58: Li Zhi
Chapter 59: Chosen Apprentice
Chapter 60: Shaman
Chapter 61: Second Deity
Chapter 62: Night Visit
Chapter 63: Red Veil
Chapter 64: Drum
Chapter 65: Let’s See How You Beat The Drum Now!
Chapter 66: A Virtuous Person
Chapter 67: Parcel
Chapter 68: Festival
Chapter 69: Meal
Chapter 70: Lake
Chapter 71: Water Bandits
Chapter 72: Dragon Gate Village
Chapter 73: Murder
Chapter 74: Death
Chapter 75: Warehouse
Chapter 76: Bamboo Slips
Chapter 77: Ba-Hui
Chapter 78: The Aftermath
Chapter 79: Market
Chapter 80: Nun
Chapter 81: The Benevolent Nunnery
Chapter 82: Abbess Jingxin
Chapter 83: Strayed One
Chapter 84: Sense of Doubt and Confusion
Chapter 85: Descent
Chapter 86: Departure
Chapter 87: Forest
Chapter 88: Rules
Chapter 89: Wu Family
Chapter 90: Girl
Chapter 91: Li Huowang
Chapter 94: Bewilderment
Chapter 92: The Eighteenth Lunar
Chapter 93: Red
Chapter 96: Ba-Hui’s Descent
Chapter 98: Backtrack
Chapter 95: Pain
Chapter 97: Doctor Li
Chapter 99: Night Visit
Chapter 100: Yang Xiaohai
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