The Myriad Stars was so named because of its absolute vastness. It held stars, countless in number. It held countless citizens, governed by strict rules.
Nobody knew who created the Myriad Stars or its rules, but all knew the strict laws that governed their lives.
Those born in the Myriad Stars, upon reaching ten years of age, would attend awakening ceremonies in order to receive their blessings. The stars of the vast universe would bless the children, to provide them a cultivation path. Nobody understood exactly how or why this was the case, but all knew that the more stars one received blessings from, the stronger they would be.
But star blessings weren’t the only way to grow stronger. Some, such as those of the Long Clan, had special ceremonies of their own. The Long Clan was born through a diluted version of a Dragon Bloodline, and had their own special awakening ceremony. In their corner of the Myriad Stars, they were seen as an undefiable, all-powerful presence. Only the Long Clan itself knew that they were still weak, too weak to explore the vast universe beyond their domain.
Due to the bloodline of the Long Clan, this region of the Myriad Stars was called “Dragon Land”. The Dragon Land was incredibly vast—if a mortal were to try to cross from one edge of the region to the opposite, it’d take them dozens of years.
But as for what lay beyond the land’s borders, few knew. Though most ancient records had been lost over time, a single teaching had been passed down, faithfully, to each following generation.
Never leave the Dragon Land!
As for why… legend has it that an Ancient Long Clan Patriarch had done...something in the outside world. After travelling through the vast universe, he’d returned with a weird, strange woman in tow. The woman refused to speak with others, and had an unbearably ugly appearance that didn’t match the handsome looks of the Long Clan Patriarch.
The worst of it, though, was that she was pregnant.
The Long Clan’s troubles only began after the child was born.
The child’s parents died soon after birth—it seemed to be from some sort of infectious energy or poison. Despite that, though, the Long Clan willingly took in the child.
Despite the mother’s appearance, the child grew to be quite the handsome individual, and married a girl of the Long Clan. As the years and generations passed, the Long Clan found that the children and descendants of that cursed woman, were born weak, without the Dragon Bloodline.
Yet, they were born handsome and beautiful, making them coveted partners for marriage in the Long Clan.
After a few centuries, a split was clear in the Long Clan. There were those who hadn’t married the descendants of that patriarch and the cursed woman, and those who had. Eventually, the two sides clashed, and obviously, those still holding the Dragon Bloodline won. But they hadn’t done so, easily—the civil war had utterly decimated the Long Clan’s reach and power.
Thus, the new leaders of the Long Clan didn’t exterminate the remainders of the cursed woman’s descendants, but created certain rules. If a girl from that bloodline was born, she was only allowed to have a single child. If it was a boy, he could only sire a single child. Thus, the bloodline would carry on, but there could only be one potential heir to the bloodline at any moment.
The current heir was Long Chen. At just a few years of age, his parents had died, on a mission for the Long Clan. Long Chen wasn’t stupid—he knew that his parents had been murdered, albeit perhaps not by the Long Clan. He and his parents weren’t worth the time of day for the Long Clan. The clan allowed their bloodline to live, and that was that.
As for why the Long Clan didn’t care about them, that was simple. Their bloodline was incredibly weak, as they only ever received a single blessing from the awakening ceremony, Origin.
This meant that all those of their bloodline would ever be 1-Star talents. In a world where people could awake three, five, or even up to ten or more blessings, to be a 1-Star talent was to be a useless piece of trash.
Despite not having the Dragon Bloodline, the Long Clan continuously forced their bloodline to go through the special awakening ceremony of the Long Clan, just in case. Typically, though, it was just a source of shame and an opportunity for the rest of the Long Clan to mock them.
This was because the special awakening ceremony did, sometimes, affect them—but their only gain was the ability to summon a tiny cube, that seemed to be completely useless. Even those capable of summoning it didn’t know what to do with it.
From generation to generation, some would gain the ability to summon the cube, some would not.
And just now, Long Chen had awakened it..
He’d just turned twenty years of age. When cultivators of the Long Clan turned twenty, they used the special ceremony to awaken the high and mighty Dragon Bloodline, strengthening their bodies and giving them some dragon-rage capabilities.
Long Chen, though, had simply gained the cube. He felt that it was stored inside him, and that he could summon it at will. But that was all—he didn’t understand what it was, or what he could use it for.
Long Chen looked upwards and sighed. Despite cultivating studiously for the last ten years, he was still only a Martial Apprentice. But, that was to be expected. His ancestors, even his parents, had never reached beyond the Martial Warrior realm.
As he sighed, those around him laughed. The one who laughed the loudest was one by the name of Long Yi, who’d been born the same day as Long Chen.
“Hey! You can be proud! At least you surpassed your good for nothing father and awakened the mighty cube!” Long Yi mocked.
Long Chen eyes flashed with hatred. With how much he missed his loving parents, he particularly detested those who mocked them. But, he couldn’t help but agree that the cube was indeed useless. His ancestors had spent centuries trying to find something, anything, that the cube could do. But, their efforts had all been in vain. Alas, the most each of his bloodline could do, was to work to preserve their bloodline and pass their meager achievements to the next generation.
Perhaps, one day, they would find an use for their cube, find something special about their bloodline. There was nothing that Long Chen’s parents, and he, had hoped for.
“What’s with the depressing, look? Are you going back to cry into Zeng Lei’s bosom?” Long Yi mocked yet again.
“Too bad Zeng Lei can’t see your handsome appearance!”
Zeng Lei was Long Chen’s woman, one the clan had arranged for him a few years ago. Zeng Lei wasn’t a kingdom toppling beauty, but was pretty enough for many men to want her as a wife. Or at least they would have, if only she wasn’t blind. Her otherwise pretty face was marred by a huge scar that passed through both of her eyes. The empty sockets stared creepily at any who dared look at her.
Nobody knew about Zeng Lei’s origins. Only that she’d been found, wounded, in the woods. A Long Clan alchemist had found her and nursed her back to health by using one of her pills. Only, the alchemist had fed her an experimental pill of his, not caring if she lived or died.
As luck would have it, the pill had saved Zeng Lei’s life.
After some deliberation, the alchemist had brought Zeng Lei back to the Long Clan, where she’d been interrogated regarding her background and circumstances. A smart girl, Zeng Lei had lied to the Long Clan, and told them that she was an orphan child. As she was weak and blind, none had bothered to delve further, and she was able to come to an agreement with the clan. As long as she agreed to marry Long Chen, she’d be allowed to stay.
She didn’t mind, either. As she’d been adjusting to her blindness, Long Chen was the only one who had treated her well. And... well, this was puzzling to her, but despite her blindness… she could see a light.
And that light, was Long Chen. When he was in her presence, she could see his silhouette, a light surrounded by the ever-present darkness.
Zeng Lei lived a simple life. Today, she was waiting for Long Chen to return home. Despite her blindness, she’d grown accustomed to moving around and could perform some simple chores around the house. Having cultivated to become a Martial Warrior, her senses were better now than when she’d initially been blinded.
She listened as Long Chen entered their home. Even though they were formally married, they didn’t sleep together. In that aspect, Zeng Lei was highly grateful to Long Chen, for not pushing himself onto her. Instead, despite being married, their relationship moved slowly, but steadily. They had accepted each other, held hands, embraced one another, and had even kissed a few times. But they hadn’t yet crossed the line, and her purity was still intact.
“I’m home!” Long Chen said as he walked into their abode. He opened his arms, expecting an embrace and a quick kiss. What greeted him instead, though, was a stunned Zeng Lei.
Long Chen had rarely ever seen such an expression on Zeng Lei’s face before. He immediately grew worried, rushing to her side.
“What’s wrong? Are you okay?”
To Long Chen, Zeng Lei was his only family, and he truly cared for her. As Zeng Lei’s mouth moved, but she failed to speak, he grew even more worried.
What happened to her. I can’t lose her. Those damnable guys, it must be them who made her like this. I’m gonna to kill them!
“You are too handsome…” Zeng Lei finally uttered, turning her whole face red. Even with her face and looks, Long Chen suddenly found that his wife was incredibly gorgeous. Her body was extremely fit, and well developed...
Long Chen was used to being called handsome so he particularly didn’t mind and even ignored this fact. But his wife’s sweet voice was extremely pleasing to his ears. Upon hearing it, he finally calmed down.
“I think, I would have a hard time controlling myself now.” Long Chen joked.
Yet, for some reason, the barrier Zeng Lei had held onto, the barring them from taking the next step in their relationship, suddenly broke down.
“Then, you don’t have to control yourself.” She said, positioning her face so that she looked as if she was looking into his eyes.
Her face turned bright red, and her body burned with warmth. Long Chen, surprised, suddenly embraced and kissed her, losing himself in his lust. He even pressed his pants against her stomach.
Zeng Lei’s belly felt incredibly hot.
After a round of hot kisses, the couple moved forward with large steps. Things that hadn’t been touched before, were now kindly caressed, bringing a wave of new emotions and feelings to Zeng Lei.
She let herself loose.
As for him, as a healthy, young male, he’d truly been tortured these past few years. It’d been incredibly difficult for him, sleeping next to her all these years, embracing her, not moving further. Today, everything inside him exploded.
The two were both emotionally mature for their ages, but inside, they were both still youths in love.
The night of passion surfaced every buried feeling they’d ever had for each other. Their fears were no longer there, cast away by passion.
For Zeng Lei, it had been her darkness, her loneliness that had kept her afraid, unwilling to devote herself to Long Chen. She’d wanted to see him, know in her heart that he was someone who she could be with that she deserved him.
And today… she’d seen him. He, who she’d usually only ever seen as a silhouette of light. She’d seen him, standing in a golden light that seemed to devour the darkness surrounding her.
When they’d started their night of passion, Long Chen had been afraid of taking her purity. He didn’t want to hurt her, as he didn’t truly feel that he deserved her. He knew the history of his ancestors. To marry him was a dead end, to be married into a life of meaninglessness.
And she, to him, was a goddess, perfect in every aspect. If he were to take her purity, she would only ever be able to be with him, never to be accepted by another man. As such, he could only wait for her to accept him—only then, did he deserve her.
Unfortunately, Long Chen hadn’t realized the obvious. How could a blind girl know that he was handsome? He’d simply not been thinking, entranced by her sweet words.
But now, they’d become one.
And it’d lasted for more than a single round. This was something that made Zeng Lei wild with joy. After enjoying her first, she’d thought Long Chen, with his weak body, wouldn’t be able to go any further, but it turned out that the boy was actually a man, a dragon amongst men, even.
Actually, Long Chen was even more stunned than she was. If loving Zeng Lei was the greatest thing he could ever feel, realizing that he could last so long, and make her so passionate, made him confused. Why was he so “powerful” when he was weak to the point that he usually only had the strength of a ten-year-old child?
But alas, it was not a time for such thoughts, and Long Chen quickly forgot them, losing himself in newfound pleasures.
Eventually, night became day, and day again became night. And still, they persevered, releasing their feelings and enjoying themselves.
Sweat covered each and every inch of their bodies, yet both held shining smiles.
Zeng Lei caressed her man’s face. “You’ve made me a woman, yet this was far from the beautiful gift you gave me. Since the first moment I met you, I was attracted to you. You were a light in my darkness. You cared for me, you worried for me, and you have become the pillar of my life. I know you love me, that you’d die for me.”
“Still, I don’t know why or what happened but let me tell you this. To me you are my all, yet it pained me to be unable to see you. I wanted to know everything about you. I strived to cultivate in order to awaken the divine sense, so I could see you. But yesterday, you gave me quite a surprise. I can see you now. I can see the real you, and... well, I couldn’t control myself. You’re...so handsome.” She said, smiling.
Long Chen, being a man with the mental capacity of a rock, replied in a rather childish manner.
“Eh? So, you can see me? How!?”
“Seriously, you’re quite slow sometimes.” She softly laughed, then kissed him. “Yesterday, when you returned, I could see you. I told you about how I could see your silhouette, right? As of yesterday, I could see the real you. Also, there’s something behind you, basking you in a golden light. There’s… also something inside you?”
“Ah! Yesterday...” Long Chen explained how he’d summoned the useless cube.
“That’s it!” She shouted. “That’s the thing that made you real to me and what makes you shine.”
Zheng Lei knew the cube didn’t seem to have any functions, as Long Chen had long past explained to her his family’s circumstances. But she could see the cube’s light—would something so useless shine so bright?
“Dear, you said the cube normally stays in the stomach, right?” Zeng Lei asked.
“Yes, that’s how it’s been for those of my bloodline. It’s the same for me. Why?
“Well, there is something different about your stomach.” She paused, thinking of something. “Oh, I think I understand now!”
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