168 White Tiger
More than a month had passed. The adventure in the Realm of Beasts had almost come to an end.
Jiang Chen and Shui Sheng headed for the closest portal. The City of Wolf would have been the best choice for them, but since there could have been killers there, they headed for another city.
There was more than one city in the Realm of Beasts. They were all named after the strongest monsters in their area.
Where they were going was the City of Bear.
"Apprentice Brother Jiang Chen, will you compete for a place to study in the Sacred Institute?" Shui Sheng asked him on the way.
As time went by, they had become good friends. Jiang Chen knew Shui Sheng was from the Exquisite Sect, one of the top ten sects and schools in the Fire Field.
She had met Tan Yun and the others after she arrived there.
"Yeah, I think so," Jiang Chen said.
With only a few months to go, it would depend on his strength. In case he hadn't improved himself enough, he wouldn't force himself to participate in the competition.
"I'll cheer for you if you go," Shui Sheng grinned. She looked down shyly.
"Great," Jiang Chen said.
Suddenly, a growl came from behind the tree. Jiang Chen wrapped his arm around Shui Sheng's waist and flew into the air with her immediately, but he stopped soon in the air, since there hadn't been any disturbances save for the growl.
So, he landed with Shui Sheng and went to check what was behind the tree.
"Ah!" Shui Sheng shouted out of surprise. There was a monster under the tree. It was a rare white tiger, still a cub. Most importantly, it was as thin as a board of wood. It looked like it had been starving for a long time, its body full of bloody, blackened wounds. It was smelly.
Although they had hunted hundreds of monsters those days, they couldn't help feeling sorry for this one.
The white tiger was dying. It growled with its last bit of power left to let Jiang Chen know its pain.
"Don't look," Jiang Chen told Shui Sheng, who was beside him. He took out his Redcloud Sword and was going to put it out of its misery.
Shui Sheng was a good person, but she wasn't stupid. She knew what was kind and what was hypocritical, so she turned around without a word.
Jiang Chen suddenly noticed something and pulled back his sword.
"What's wrong?" Shui Sheng asked.
"It's not a wild monster. It's a mount." Jiang Chen squatted and petted it.
Mounts were monster cubs raised by human beings. They had strong bonds with their masters, tame and loyal, and could travel and fight with their masters.
So, Jiang Chen didn't kill it. He checked its condition and said, "It fought with several monsters of the same level and was wounded and abandoned."
"Abandoned?" Shui Sheng was dumbstruck. Her eyes were full of sympathy.
"Yes. The monsters wouldn't have left the white tiger alive, and it has been wounded for many days. This means the tiger won the battle and could have gone to look for its master."
"The white tiger killed monsters for its master, but in the end it was abandoned?" Shui Sheng couldn't believe it.
"It'll take a lot of time and effort to treat a severely wounded mount, since monsters can't take in the energy of universe like us to recover. Of course, its master could be dead, so it might have nowhere to go," Jiang Chen said.
"Apprentice Brother Jiang Chen, could you save the white tiger?" Shui Sheng hesitated and plucked up her courage to ask him.
"Why do you think I can save a white tiger?" Jiang Chen asked curiously.
"Because… because you seem to know everything and are able to resolve all kinds of problems," Shui Sheng said in a low voice.
Jiang Chen smiled and nodded, deciding to save it.
He took some clean water and poured it onto the white tiger's wound.
The tiger shook its body. It didn't know what Jiang Chen was doing.
"Stay still!" Jiang Chen shouted. The white tiger was raised by humans, so it understood him.
"The wounds are more severe than I thought. The flesh around the wounds is rotten. It's a miracle it's still alive."
Jiang Chen took out a dagger to cut off the rotten flesh and stop the bleeding, then he raised his hands. His fingers emitted a silver light. He was pressing on the white tiger's body in a specific rhythm, like he was playing music.
Shui Sheng was standing behind him, curious. She had never seen anyone treating a monster before.
Although she didn't know what he was doing, she saw the white tiger was getting better and better, its vitality recovering rapidly.
For the last step, Jiang Chen took out a handful of panaceas and let the white tiger eat them.
When it swallowed them down, a series of pitter-patter sounds came from its belly, then it stood up slowly.
The white tiger growled after stretching, bursting with energy. With only a single jump, it landed at the end of Jiang Chen and Shui Sheng's sight in a second and disappeared.
"It's so fast."
Shui Sheng was very surprised. She said, "Has it left to look for its master?"
"Probably," Jiang Chen said.
Fifteen minutes later, a white figure came back. It kept running around them. Nothing in the forest was an obstacle for it. The two had to keep turning to follow it with their eyes.
The white tiger suddenly ran up to Jiang Chen, raised its forelegs, and jumped on him.
Shui Sheng shrieked, but Jiang Chen stayed still.
The white tiger leaned its body against Jiang Chen and nuzzled him.
"It went to eat."
Jiang Chen smelled the blood on the white tiger's mouth and smiled bitterly. He touched its back and the tiger started to wag its tail.
"Apprentice Brother Jiang Chen, looks like the white tiger has accepted you as its new master," Shui Sheng said happily.
"It's only a ghost-level monster fully grown. What a pity," Jiang Chen said.
To his surprise, the white tiger understood what he had said. It was frustrated immediately. It lowered its head and stopped wagging its tail.
"All right. Follow me. I'll turn you into a black-level monster," Jiang Chen said.
The white tiger cheered up and ran wildly around Jiang Chen.
"Apprentice Brother Jiang Chen, can I touch it?" Shui Sheng found it very cute.
Without waiting for Jiang Chen's answer, the white tiger came up to her. It lowered its head and laid down on the ground.
"What kind of tiger is this? It's a cat." Shui Sheng burst into laughter and squatted down to pet it.
"Tigers are big cats," Jiang Chen said, thinking the Redcloud Peak was big enough to hold a monster. Besides, white tigers had the blood of fierce prehistoric beasts. Although it was generations removed, it was still there. It could become a powerful creature in the future.
"We've lost much time here. Shui Sheng, ride on the back of the white tiger. Let's have a race," Jiang Chen said.
The white tiger was still a cub, very fond of playing. It stood up immediately and gestured Shui Sheng to climb on.
Shui Sheng had never ridden a tiger before, but she was looking forward to it. She climbed onto it carefully.
"Shui Sheng, bend down a little bit. Wrap your arms around its neck," Jiang Chen instructed her.
Jiang Chen flew off the ground immediately and started forward.
The white tiger shouted excitedly and bounded with Shui Sheng on its back.
Although Jiang Chen was in the air, the white tiger caught up with him quickly. Despite using all of his holy points, he could only keep pace with it.
"It just recovered," Jiang Chen exclaimed.
Racing each other like that, the two and the tiger made it to the City of Bear in a short time.
It was time to leave, so many people were gathered in the city. Shui Sheng went into the city riding on the white tiger's back, attracting attention.
"Miss, are you also from the Bailis? Your team is ahead," a guy spoke to Shui Sheng.
Shui Sheng was dumbstruck. The Bailis were famous for taming monsters in the Fire Field, like the Mos were famous for machine-operated beasts.
She was riding the white tiger; it was natural that others had misunderstood.
A whip suddenly flew out and hit the ground with a loud crisp sound while Shui Sheng was speaking.
"Little White? You're still alive? B*tch, how dare you ride my mount?" The person holding the whip was a woman. She was looking towards them ferociously.