Chapter 31: My Brother is Injured

“Sister Lin, let’s go back!” I said, lifting the pile of boxes in front of me with some frustration, but Sister Lin seemed not to hear me and continued shopping.

Shopping with Sister Lin felt endless. The sun was now overhead, and I was drenched in sweat and exhausted. I could only wipe the sweat off my face on my shoulder while Sister Lin, completely oblivious to my state, was happily looking at bags. It seemed she wasn’t kidding when she said she wanted to buy bags.

“Let’s go back!” Sister Lin finally paid and hung the packed bags on me, smiling. I felt a rush of relief, almost to the point of tears—though it might just be the sweat. At this point, I couldn’t tell the difference.

But just after a few steps, Sister Lin suddenly turned around, and a bad feeling hit me. No way, not again!

“Do you want an ice pop? You look exhausted, drenched in sweat,” Sister Lin asked. 

I was really about to cry this time. Sister, you can tell I’m tired!

I was about to nod, but sweat got into my eyes, so I rubbed my shoulder against my face.

“Oh, if you don’t want it, that’s fine!” Sister Lin misunderstood my gesture and walked on.

As we continued, Sister Lin kept looking around while I kept wiping sweat, attracting curious glances from passersby. Gosh! Haven’t they seen a handsome guy before?

“Xia Tian.” Suddenly, a woman’s voice called my name. Thinking it was Sister Lin, I responded, “Sister Lin, what’s up?”

“What?” Sister Lin turned around, looking puzzled. And there it was—when did she get an ice pop?

“You ate it all by yourself!” I couldn’t hold it anymore and tried to grab the ice pop from her, but realized my hands were full. Darn it! How am I supposed to snatch it?

Sister Lin looked puzzled and said, “Didn’t I ask you earlier? You said you didn’t want one.”

Seeing her innocent expression, a surge of frustration bubbled up. I took a deep breath, feeling like I was in some epic struggle. I lunged for the ice pop with my mouth.

But Sister Lin, being quick and agile, moved the ice pop towards her mouth in an instant.

There was no way I was letting her have it.

I sped up, almost causing friction burns with the air. At this moment, I felt like I had some hero’s spirit within me.

Just as I was about to bite the ice pop, I tripped over my own feet, and crashed into Sister Lin, our lips almost touching, with the half-eaten ice pop in between.

A passerby exclaimed, “This is intense!”

Wait, no! This is supposed to be a romantic urban fantasy! Let’s get back to the story.

Now, Sister Lin was under me, our mouths almost touching, but the ice pop was in the way.

Instinctively, I bit the ice pop and swallowed it. It tasted pretty good, so I took another bite. Wait, this feels off… like jelly. Gosh! Seeing Sister Lin’s wide-eyed look, I realized what had happened.

Just as I was about to get up, a sharp pain shot through my lower body. Ouch! I was already trying to get up, was this necessary? This might really cause some damage!

Due to the sudden attack and the delicate nature of the situation, the intense pain made me fall again. I tried to brace myself, but accidentally landed my hand on Sister Lin’s chest. Hopefully, she wouldn’t mind, otherwise, this could get worse!

Sister Lin was stunned, and I couldn’t help but think that she really needed some help in that department.

“Get up!” Sister Lin’s voice snapped me back to reality. I wanted to stand, but the pain was too much. I whispered, “Give me a moment, my brother is injured…”

From now on, I swear never to joke about this kind of pain again. I finally understood how tough Zhou Feng must have been to endure a similar situation.

“Your brother is hurt? You should check if it’s serious!” Sister Lin said, still glaring. 

I smiled wryly, “Sister, you just kicked my brother…”

Hearing this, Sister Lin’s face turned red. She stayed silent for a while before muttering, “Sorry…”

Neither of us spoke after that, but Sister Lin seemed quite anxious, breathing heavily. This made me feel a bit excited, and despite the pain, there was a faint sign of recovery.

The crowd around us grew, and Sister Lin seemed embarrassed, urging me again, “Are you okay yet? Get up if you’re fine!”

“Almost…” I said, enjoying the moment despite the situation.

“It’s been five minutes already. Do you think I’m a child? Want me to kick your brother again?” Sister Lin said, her face red and her teeth clenched.

Hearing that, I dared not take any more advantage. I quickly got up and helped Sister Lin up, trying to be a gentleman.

“Young people today are so bold!”

“Yeah, getting ready to go at it in public!”

“Ah, to be young again…”

The murmurs from the crowd made Sister Lin’s face even redder. She quickly ran out of the crowd, while I calmly explained, “She fainted, and I was performing CPR. Please don’t misunderstand.” Then I picked up the bags and walked away calmly.

“Xia Tian!” That voice called my name again, but Sister Lin was already far away. Who was it?

I looked around but saw no one. Could it be Mei’er?

“Mei’er?” I asked tentatively in my mind, and the voice responded, “Xia Tian, there’s a strong spiritual energy nearby!”

“What? Is there a demon hunter nearby?” I was startled. Mei’er sounded anxious, and it seemed I was in trouble.

But Mei’er quickly denied it, “No, it’s not that!”

“Then what is it?” I asked, puzzled.

“Judging by this spiritual energy, it should be a low-grade spirit stone!” Mei’er’s revelation left me stunned. But what exactly is a low-grade spirit stone?

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