Chapter 24 part 1
At this side, Ling Xi had entered the netherworld. After she had walked for some time and discovered that there were no small or big ghosts that surrounded her, she finally let out a breath of relief.
She was not completely ignorant about the netherworld. She knew that Nan Zhi and Xinyin on her and Juisheng on her waist who had slept for a few days were all immortal spirits. In fact, a spirit consists of only one immortal part and one mortal part. They couldn’t be considered to be a completely alive soul and wouldn’t be easily detected by those ghosts of the netherworld. However, as for herself, senior sister didn’t give her any cover and only said that she was different from ordinary people.
Ling Xi couldn’t think so long now. It was fine as long as she could pass through the netherworld smoothly. She had to get to the River of Forgetfulness and get the Soul-Locking water first!
There was no daytime in the netherworld. The cold wind blew all day long and crying and laughter could be somehow heard, making one’s hair stand on end. Ling Xi had been following the group of souls that were led by the Black and White Impermanence Guards. The whole way went smoothly. Until when the group stopped, Ling Xi’s heartbeat quickened more and more when the stream of the River of Forgetfulness came into sight.
- One’s hair stand on end: one’s blood run cold
In front of her was the Naihe bridge that she often heard about. After crossing the Naihe bridge, drink madam Meng’s soup and forget about the past, the soul would be reborn.
- Naihe bridge means the bridge of Helplessness. The soul has to cross this bridge, drink the soup to be able to reincarnate. This soup wipes the memory of the person so they can reincarnate into the next life without the burdens of the previous life
In fact, that Madam Meng’s soup is actually water of the River of Forgetfulness. Madam Meng used the water of the River of Forgetfulness as the charm to draw out the present lifetime’s memory of the soul and let it re-enter the water. The water of the River of Forgetfulness is called Soul-Locking water. In fact, it would not only lock the soul but also lock the memories. Therefore, no one knew how many memories of how many lifetimes of the souls are in the River of Forgetfulness that was so deep that you couldn’t see the bottom of it.
After arriving at the Naihe bridge, other ghosts stood guard. After the Black and White Impermanence Guards mumbled something, they disappeared without a trace. From time to time, there would be some souls who refused to drink Madam Meng’s soup. They howled and struggled and were subdued by the ghost-guards in a moment.
There weren’t many ghost-guards at the River of Forgetfulness, but there were many red spider lilies blooming like flames. Ling Xi felt that the color was more eye-piercing than the red clothes of high-tiered deity Donghua.
Red spider lilies are poisonous. Ling Xi didn’t dare to use spells in order to avoid being detected by the ghost-guards. Just as she was pondering about how to get to the bottom of the River of Forgetfulness without anyone noticing when she suddenly heard an old and weird voice shout, “There is still one left. Still not coming over quickly?”
The road where Ling Xi stood on is called the Yellow Springs Road. There was no place for her to hide on this road. The whole way she had been invisible. She had been following from far away. Originally, she thought that the Black and White Impermanence Guards didn’t discover her and the other ghosts also wouldn’t be able to smell her. She looked at the Naihe bridge. There wasn’t one soul left. That madam Meng truly seemed to be talking to her.
“What are you still looking at? It’s you!” Madam Meng got a bit impatient.
“Madam Meng, what are you talking about? Just now, big brothers Black and White said there were fifty-six souls today. Just now, I also counted. It was exact fifty-six.” A ghost said fawningly.
“Right, Madam Meng. We also didn’t see any other souls.” Another ghost said while he narrowed his eyes and looked forward.
Madam Meng didn’t have an official rank in the netherworld, but her qualifications were great. Even when the king of hell saw her, he would be more respectful. These small ghosts didn’t dare to offend her, but she had an extremely difficult temperament. After being together for such a long time, the small ghosts would inevitably have complaints. The ghost who first spoke already cursed silently. Could they be more blind than Madam Meng who doesn’t have eyes? There was obviously not even a shadow of a soul in front of them. It must be certainly that she wanted to make trouble out of nothing again.
“Little miss, come over quicker. It’s not difficult to get into this place, but it is not easy to go out. A moment of carelessness and you can become a lonely soul and a homeless ghost.”
Madam Meng laughed very wickedly. Ling Xi couldn’t help but shiver.
“Nan Zhi, what to do…” Ling Xi couldn’t help but ask Nan Zhi in her heart.
The special bond between an immortal spirit and the owner makes the communication between the two very easily and it would not be noticed by others. After Ling Xi heard Nan Zhi, she decided to make herself visible.
Ling Xi approached the Naihe bridge. Only now did the ghost-guards saw her and they were very surprised.
She clenched her fists tightly. She didn’t know what would happen next and how should she deal with it. She instinctively copied the appearance of those souls from before and walked to Madam Meng.
“Little miss looks very unfamiliar.”
Madam Meng poured a bowl of Madam Meng’s soup. Ling Xi was thinking about it. Could it be that she (M) really took her as a soul? When she looked up again, she took two steps back from shock. This Madam Meng clearly has no eyes.
“Madam Meng, I think this person…this ghost…no, this thing…is very strange. I will take her to let the officials take a look at it.”
While the small ghosts talked, they came over to buckle Ling Xi, but were stopped by a shout from Madam Meng. “I say that this little girl looks very unfamiliar!”
Ever since the day the netherworld existed, there was Madam Meng. Anyone that had went through the reincarnation cycle had to cross the Naihe bridge and drink her Madam Meng’s soup. She didn’t have eyes on her face, but she had a pair of eyes in her heart. As long as she had seen the soul once, she will be able to recall his previous lifetime and every lifetime before that.
After the little ghosts heard Madam Meng roar like that, they didn’t dare to make a sound again. They only scolded in their hearts. This thing…not a person, not a ghost…They had never seen a ghost that lacked a complete soul. Even more, they hadn’t seen a person that lacked a complete soul and who was still able to live well…
Ling Xi didn’t understand the mystery in this. She still wondered how she could take advantage of their inattentiveness to directly jump under the Naihe bridge, dive into the River of Forgetfulness and find the Soul-Locking water…While she was thinking, someone pushed her. She heard Madam Meng’s hoarse voice sneer, “Whether you are a person or a ghost, I’ll know by just one try.” Then, she (LX) felt a bone-piercing cold.
Ling Xi had never thought that she racked her brains to go down the River of Forgetfulness and that in the end, she was directly thrown into it by Madam Meng!
Usually, ordinary souls that had fallen into the River of Forgetfulness would be immediately swallowed by the river and the soul would be scattered into ashes. If it was a person that had fallen into the river, the whole body would be corroded by the river water. The spider lilies on the shore would quickly invade the body. Even if that person didn’t die from being corroded by the river water, he will die from being poisoned.
Fortunately, Qing Lian had thought her the water-repellent spell. Under a critical moment, Ling Xi’s reaction could be considered quick. She immediately casted the spell and quickly sank.
When the ghost-guards saw that something was not right, one immediately jumped into the river and chased after Ling Xi. Two other ghosts quickly went to report this matter. Only Madam Meng held a bowl of Madam Meng’s soup and sighed, “It’s an immortal again…”
Even if she used the water-repellent spell, the water of the River of Forgetfulness still froze Ling Xi, making her unable to move. When she heard the “pootong” sound of the water, she knew that someone chased after her. She called Xinyin and Juisheng. The two immortal spirits blocked the ghost-guard that came down. Then, she called Nan Zhi and they continue to sink.
The ghost-guard didn’t expect that Ling Xi had these “things” that were not human nor ghost. He shouted in alarm. Even if Xinyin and Juisheng were immortal spirits that have quite great cultivation, they didn’t have much advantage. The spells that the ghost-guard used were spells that they have never seen before. The two parties held each other back and no one had the upper hand for a moment.
Ling Xi sank quickly with Nan Zhi’s help. However, the more they went down, the colder the river water was. The water-repellent spell that she casted seemed to gradually lose its effect. Her skin began to notice the tingling pain and her head gradually began to turn black. The sour water of the River of Forgetfulness seemed to have pierced through her boundary and flow through her mouth and nose into her stomach, making her stomach feel very painful. Even the countless memories in the River of Forgetfulness began to attack her. There were memories of all kinds of people. For example, babies that had been born. For example, women being married. For example, old people struggled to not die in their sleep. Some people cried, some laughed, some yelled, some whispered. Various sounds and imagines filled her ears and head.
“We can’t go down any further.” Nan Zhi stopped suddenly.