The ornamental materials inside the commercial car were destroyed, and the place where the corpse had been hidden before was empty, leaving only a lot of brown bloodstains and maggots.
Thinking back to the situation when he first saw the commercial vehicle, and then looking at its present appearance after only being a few days, Ji Mingxia had some inexplicable feelings.
However, it was Bao Guangyuan who had the strongest emotions.
A car of seven people had come over, and in just a few days, six people had died, leaving him all alone.
Except for Zhou Li, who died at the hands of her friend and had left bloodstains and maggots inside the car, the remaining five didn’t even leave ashes because they were destroyed by the power of the ring.
All were buried in the wind and water of the Love Mountain Spring.
Bao Guangyuan walked up and looked at the wrecked state of the car. He had just stretched out his hand when the commercial vehicle suddenly shook gently.
Bao Guangyuan froze, thinking that he was mistaken.
The next moment, there was a loud crash. The vehicle toppled over and a black shadow suddenly appeared in front of Bao Guangyuan.
The black shadow appeared so suddenly and Bao Guangyuan had no time to react at all.
He watched the black shadow pounce on him with the stench of a rotting corpse following it. His mind went blank and he even forgot to resist.
A red light suddenly flew past in the nick of time and landed directly on the black shadow.
The black shadow that was about to smash into Bao Guangyuan twitched, and it withdrew its palm in pain. It took a few steps back and faced Yu Ning and Ji Mingxia’s direction with a fierce growl coming out of its mouth.
It was only at this moment that everyone could see what this black shadow really was.
It turned out to be a brown bear!
It was brownish-grey in colour, with thick hair and a huge body. It was as big as two or three Bao Guangyuans.
The commercial vehicle was parked by the trees and the bushes were dense. So although broken, the commercial vehicle was intact, making it a natural habitat.
This brown bear must have been around for a long time. The car was in such a state of disrepair that Ji Mingxia thought it was caused by a fight, but it seemed likely that the bear was responsible.
When Ji Mingxia and the others came this way, the bear probably heard the commotion and went into hiding.
Animals judge strange outsiders based on their height because in the jungle, the taller the creature, the more difficult it is to deal with.
For many animals, people who appear in groups are a threat and they wouldn’t attack recklessly.
It was not until Bao Guangyuan was close to the commercial vehicle and at arm’s length that the brown bear sensed a crisis and took the initiative to attack.
The attack came suddenly but it turned into a failure.
In addition, Yu Ning’s red light injured the brown bear’s palm, so although the brown bear was extremely reluctant, it immediately found an opportunity to turn around and run.
It was huge but it moved swiftly and conveniently and had no intention of getting attached to the battle.
It was only when the bear was gone that Bao Guangyuan came back to his senses and realised what he had been through.
His legs went weak and he almost fell to the ground.
He had reached the edge of the forest and thought he had escaped the paranormal stuff, he almost died before getting out.
In Bao Guangyuan’s conception, bears are basically the same as dolls.
They were large cuddly dolls, or the small cloth bears that are occasionally won from crane machines in shopping malls.
He had only seen bears on television, and when he went to the zoo, he didn’t even make a point of watching them.
How could he have imagined that he would be confronted with a real beast today.
This animal, which in his concept, should be cute and lovingly naïve, suddenly appeared with a huge body, fierce face and sharp claws ……
Ji Mingxia also came back to his senses, and he helped Bao Guangyuan up: “Are you alright, are there any bruises?”
Bao Guangyuan shook his head and turned his head to Yu Ning, “Yu Ning, thank you ……”
He was about to burst into tears. He had always felt that Yu Ning was creepy and scary, but it was not until this moment that Bao Guangyuan felt how powerful and secure Yu Ning’s red light was.
If it wasn’t for Yu Ning, that big claw would have slapped him flat on the spot.
“Mingxia, your Yu Ning …… is too powerful ……to react so quickly ……” Bao Guangyuan muttered
Yu Ning put away the ring when saw the bear leave and on hearing Bao Guangyuan’s words, Yu Ning’s face, which had been gloomy all night and morning, became slightly brighter.
Pei Yuan, who had been standing in the same place, also walked up.
When Bao Guangyuan was in danger, Pei Yuan was not slow to react and he has started to form the triangular crest at the first opportunity.
However, this crest was usually prepared in advance and it would take some second to make it on the spot.
The brown bear attacked unexpectedly, and Bao Guangyuan was in danger within a few seconds. Yu Ning’s red light was extremely fast, and it instantly repelled the brown bear.
So it was only when the brown bear was ready to escape that Pei Yuan’s crest was finally formed.
By this time, the battle was already over, so it was useless to continue holding the crest and he nullified it.
In other words, Pei Yuan did not help from beginning to end, only Yu Ning did.
After being praised, Yu Ning looked at Pei Yuan and then slowly moved his eyes to Ji Mingxia.
Ji Mingxia had just recovered from the shock and was still holding on to Bao Guangyuan, so he didn’t even notice Yu Ning’s expression.
It was not until a gust of wind blew in, slightly blowing Yu Ning’s hair up and revealing his clear eyes.
Although he did not speak, Yu Ning’s eyes were extraordinarily luminous as he looked at him.
Ji Mingxia inexplicably thought of the expression on Yu Ning’s face when he asked him about his ears before he went to sleep last night. It was somewhat similar to the one he had now.
He didn’t know what was wrong after his answer, causing Yu Ning to stay in low spirits until now.
Ji Mingxia immediately seized the opportunity to brighten Yu Ning’s mood and he said loudly, “Yu Ning is the best.”
After saying this, Ji Mingxia hurriedly observed Yu Ning’s expression secretly.
He saw Yu Ning withdrew his gaze happily, and after looking around to make sure that the surroundings were safe, he haughtily turned around and said, “Let’s go.”
Of the four, only Yu Ning knew the way. He was the equivalent of a humanoid navigator, and everyone followed him.
Because of the disappearance of the boundary and the frequent presence of wild animals, the final formation became that Yu Ning walked at the front to open the way, Ji Mingxia and Bao Guangyuan walked in the middle, and Pei Yuan walked at the end in case of an unexpected situation.
After leaving the commercial vehicle, the further out they walked, the smaller the trees became, and they could vaguely make out a road ahead.
Ji Mingxia was behind Yu Ning and he noticed that the wind-blown hair on his head, which was slow to fall, swayed with him as he walked. He watched it bounce around and he could not help but secretly smile.
Although they had left the forest, the surroundings were still quiet. There was no sound except for the four people’s footsteps.
The four had reached the road closest to the forest when they heard a subtle vibration sound.
The sound sounded very familiar, and it was only after Ji Mingxia had listened to it for two or three seconds that he realised that it was the sound of a vibrating mobile phone.
Because of the lack of signal in the forest, everyone had not touched their mobile phones for many days, and most of their phones had long since run out of battery.
At this moment, everyone froze for a moment at the first movement of their mobile phones.
Ji Mingxia looked at the front and back, and finally saw Pei Yuan taking out his mobile phone from his backpack.
He was the last of the four to enter the forest so his phone still had battery left. Now that he was out of the forest and in an area with a signal, he immediately received a call.
Pei Yuan took out his phone, glanced at the screen and then accepted the call.
The person on the other end said something unknown, and Pei Yuan raised his head in surprise and looked around, “Where are you?”
Five minutes later, a figure gradually appeared before Yu Ning, Ji Mingxia and the others.
There was only one path into the forest, and the man came on foot. It was obvious that he had been waiting outside the forest for a long time.
When he saw Ji Mingxia and his group, the man immediately quickened his pace and came up to them.
He was a young man of about thirty years, wearing simple casual clothes and he had the same tanned skin tone as Pei Yuan.
His hair was short, and his facial features were handsome.
His eyes were unusually bright, and he looked very spirited.
Ji Mingxia looked at him and inexplicably associated him with a school physical education teacher, or a hiker. The man seemed to radiate with energy.
“Where did you go? We agreed to meet at night, but we have been waiting for days and no one is here. I couldn’t get to you on the phone, and the headquarters keeps asking me about you.” The man started spouting off as soon as he finished looking Pei Yuan over and confirming that Pei Yuan was healthy and his body was intact.
As he complained, the man looked at Yu Ning, Ji Mingxia and Bao Guangyuan, and when he noticed that all three had young faces and looked like boys who had just come of age, the man immediately greeted them, “Hello, I’m Pei Yuan’s big brother.”
Pei Yuan glanced at Ji Mingxia and corrected him, “He’s my senior uncle from the same department, Yan Guang.”
Yan Guang stopped talking for a moment and gave Pei Yuan a somewhat surprised look.
When facing outsiders, they consistently referred to themselves as relatives, and only when facing those in the know would they speak frankly.
With this short sentence, Pei Yuan not only named Yan Guang, but also mentioned the words “senior uncle” and “department” so it could be seen that these three people knew quite a lot of things.
Thinking of this, Yan Guang turned his head and once again looked at Ji Mingxia’s group.
Compared to the casual greeting before, Yan Guang’s eyes took on a bit of scrutiny.
After all, Pei Yuan had been missing for two days. They couldn’t expose too much if these three people were ordinary people.
But if all three were characters related to mysterious items, there should be no room for sloppiness.
Because Pei Yuan’s eyes fell on Ji Mingxia when he introduced him, Yan Guang first took a closer look at Ji Mingxia.
The more he looked, the more Yan Guang became puzzled and he frowned slightly.
At that moment, Yu Ning took a step forward and came in front of Ji Mingxia. Yu Ning looked at Pei Yuan and Yan Guang and said, “Department? Senior Uncle?”