The Villain's Memories Revealed - Chapter 9
Just as Jiang Zhige was trying to remain positive, there was a sudden gale, turning the cold air even colder.
Jiang Zhige’s expression changed drastically as he looked up at the sky and spoke in a trembling voice, “This is… a blizzard?!”
Even in Yucheng, a border city that was covered with heavy snow all the year round, blizzards were extremely rare. Unluckily, he happened to run into one today.
Once a blizzard occurs, the freezing cold would freeze people into ice sculptures. Staying outside in a blizzard was no different from seeking death.
Jiang Zhige looked around anxiously, but found that the surroundings were deserted and there was nowhere to take shelter.
Jiang Zhige gritted his teeth and, instead of retreating, he marched forward at a faster speed.
It was impossible for him to traverse the blizzard by running. He could only pray that the snow mountain not far ahead would have a place to hide.
“It’s true that when it rains, it pours.”
“In such a desperate situation, even the Demon Emperor should be finding himself in a plight with no way out, right?”
“Something else must have happened. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be standing here watching these memories now.”
Not only the cultivators in the hall, even Qu Yun was curious about how Jiang Zhige survived in such a bleak situation.
Taking 10,000 steps back, even if Jiang Zhige was lucky enough to survive the blizzard, how would he find the plum blossom tree when the temperature had dropped so much suddenly?
If he had taken refuge somewhere and waited for the blizzard to blow over, he would have probably frozen or starved to death in less than three days.
Jiang Zhige didn’t run very far. Just as the blizzard was about to engulf him, his eyes suddenly lit up as his legs came to a stop.
“That’s… a cave?”
Jiang Zhige looked overjoyed and he immediately rushed over to the cave with Nangong Rou on his back.
The cave should be formed naturally and space inside it was large enough to accommodate him and Nangong Rou.
However, because of this, the cold wind from the outside would continue to blow in from the cave mouth.
“Brother, is it going to snow heavily outside?”
“Well, let’s take shelter here first.”
Jiang Zhige took Nangong Rou to take refuge behind a rock that could block the cold wind, and quickly collected everything in the cave that could be ignited.
After a while, Jiang Zhige sighed as he looked at the few sticks of firewood he managed to gather.
Although it was said that one should never give up hope, sometimes it becomes too difficult to remain positive.
There were very few dead branches and leaves in the cave, and it was impossible for him to go foraging to find firewood in the current blizzard.
If the blizzard lasted too long, they would still freeze to death even if they continued to take refuge in the cave.
Jiang Zhige shook his head. Now that the things had come to this point, he could only resign himself to fate.
He took out the flint from his pocket and began to focus on kindling the dead branches and leaves.
The dead branches and leaves in the cave were quite wet, so it took a lot of effort to light them into a burning kindle.
Nangong Rou, who was sitting next to him, rubbed her stomach. She looked at Jiang Zhige and wanted to open her mouth to say something, but when she saw Jiang Zhige’s serious expression, she held back her words.
Outside the cave, the blizzard howled, and the temperature inside the cave continued to plummet.
After half an hour, Jiang Zhige finally managed to light the fire but his hands were covered with blisters now.
Before Jiang Zhige could feel the warmth of the flames, a strange sound suddenly came from beside him.
He turned his head and found Nangong Rou covering her stomach with her head down. She was obviously famished.
Jiang Zhige blamed himself internally. He wanted to comfort Nangong Rou, but felt that whatever he would say now was meaningless.
If he had food for Nangong Rou, why would he wait until now?
Nangong Rou didn’t speak. Her head was lowered and her delicate body kept trembling.
Jiang Zhige’s heart sank slightly and he quickly looked down to check Nangong Rou’s condition. Only then did he notice that her small face was full of tears and she bit her lips to resist crying.
“Rou’er, are you hungry?”
“Rou’er… Rou’er is not hungry. Rou’er is just a little homesick, so…”
Small tears kept trickling down from Nangong Rou’s face. She didn’t want Jiang Zhige to worry, but she ended up crying, making her breathing irregular.
Jiang Zhige’s eyes turned red and he clenched his fists tightly.
Seeing that his sister was so hungry that she started to cry, he began to feel somewhat suffocated inside.
At this moment, if Nangong Rou had lost her temper, Jiang Zhige would have felt better.
Since his birth, although he had lived a hard life, he had never complained about his background.
But now, Jiang Zhige hated himself for being a beggar and not being able to do anything.
“Rou’er, I’m going out to find something to eat. You look after the fire.”
Jiang Zhige didn’t say anything else. He got up and walked out of the cave.
“But brother, it’s snowing so hard outside…”
Nangong Rou showed a guilty expression. Even though her brother ate less than her, she was the first to cry.
If it wasn’t for me, brother would certainly not go outside to find food in such heavy snow.
“Don’t worry Rou’er. Brother is very confident this time.”
Jiang Zhige turned his head and smiled, and then strode out of the cave.
“What confidence? In such a heavy snow, let alone finding food, you will freeze to death while trying to find a piece of firewood.”
“What is the Demon Emperor thinking? Is he looking for death?”
Everyone in the hall complained for a while. For a weak beggar, even if he was the Demon Emperor Jiang Zhige, it was impossible for him to find edible food under the raging blizzard.
This was not something that could be accomplished with only firm will. There was no chance at all.
“Something’s wrong. Look, the Demon Emperor stopped outside the cave and didn’t go far.”
At this moment, someone noticed that Jiang Zhige did not go far and sat in the snow outside the cave.
A sneer flashed in Qu Yun’s eyes as he pretended to say casually, “It seems that the Demon Emperor didn’t really want to take this risk. He just pretended to comfort Xiaorou.”
What’s so great about the Demon Emperor? He was now trapped in Zhengyang Hall, waiting for his death.
Nangong Rou neither refuted nor agreed, and kept staring at the picture in the light curtain with her brows furrowed.
“That will not work. The wind and snow are so strong outside. Even if the Demon Emperor really finds food outside, it is impossible for him to bring it back alive.”
“Seeing his sister suffer, the Demon Emperor should have felt that it is better to at least pretend than to do nothing.”
“Wait a minute, what is the Demon Emperor trying to do? Shouldn’t he be…”
In the light curtain, Jiang Zhige sat outside the cave and did not go far.
After enduring the freezing gale and snow for a while, he finally managed to dig away the snow around him and found a relatively sharp stone.
Holding the stone, Jiang Zhige pulled up his pants on his left leg, lifted up left leg and kept looking at his thigh.
After a long time, he took a deep breath and thrust the stone at his thigh.
The intense pain made Jiang Zhige’s face turn pale, but in order not to be noticed by Nangong Rou who was in the cave, he gagged himself from shouting.
Although the stone was sharp, it was not that sharp. It took him half an hour to successfully cut out a piece of meat out of his thigh that was of the size of a palm.
Jiang Zhige’s forehead was covered with cold sweat. He looked up and gasped for breath.
After a while, he looked at the bloody human thigh meat.
“Rou’er, I’m sorry. Brother is too thin…”
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