Chapter 7.1 – Amazing
It was of utmost importance Shen Lang make money to retaliate against the Xu Family, but first and foremost, he needed to go home and tend to his family. As of current, his father lies injured in bed and his brother’s a cripple, leg deadbeat and broken.
Besides, he hasn’t seen them for well over three month’s long. He’s not sure whether they’re worrying for his well-being to the point of death. Possibly so. They loved and spoiled him dearly.
“Shen Lang, let us go and make haste.” Tian Thirteen and Tian Fourteen hollered. “Do we need to carry you in our back?”
The two sons of Tian Heng emitted a sharp, cold gaze; they stared at him intently.
Shen Lang smiled and stretched his body.
Thereafter, he began walking.
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Yue State is located on the southwest side of the Great Yan. The area was hill-like and though the mountains were neither high nor steep, they were numerous in numbers.
In a complex mountainous area, the paved roads were done well. The roads in the countryside were about four meters wide and relatively flat and smooth. Horses traveling from one direction to another can pass by without any troubles.
This was already better than Ancient China.
Once dawn rose, many farmers came out of their home with straw hats on and began to work. They were dressed in a similar fashion like the peasants of the ancient world. The only difference is the people of this world had a better physique. They were taller and had more muscles.
It was of great surprise to find almost every village along the way we’re fortified with bricks and stones with few martial practitioners patrolling the area. Many of the villagers carried knives on their waist and some carried bow and arrows.
Dynasties in the ancient world deemed those weapons to be a sort of contraband and a felony against the emperor, but it did not seem like it here. They appeared in every village with dignity.
The spirit of martial practitioners in this world was truly far superior to that of Ancient China.
The very next day, Shen Lang soon arrived in Fengye Village.
The village was located in a mountainous valley with no more than a population of six hundred. The village also had bricks and stones fortified as a fort and a max of twenty martial practitioners protecting the village.
The villagers lived together, their houses crowded on both sides of the river bank. Only Shen Lang’s home stood far away resting on the foothills of the hillside valley. Because his family was an outsider, a non-native of Fengye Village, he and his family lived on the hillside. They’ve been here more than ten years now.
This kind of villagers was conservative in their ways. His family were unable to deal and make friends with the close-minded village folks so they found it difficult to integrate themselves.
Climbing up the steep hill, Shen Lang looked at the house made of mud and clay.
It was his home and it was too broken… the condition worse than three months ago.
The courtyard which had been cleaned and flattened regularly by his father was now covered with weeds. The walls made of mud and clay had several holes due to the torrential wind and rainstorm. Even the roofing looked dilapidated.
This kind of poverty was saddening.
Wind and rain were enough to break a fragile home.
Before reaching the door, Shen Lang heard the pitiful cries of his mother, the painful cough of his father, and the weeping moans of his brother.
“Go to the Xu Family House and bring Lang’er home… bring my son home…” Shen Wan’s voice was hoarse, coughing and wheezing with each breath.
The injury received was a long-term wound and the pain in his lungs ached him agonizingly. It was already difficult to breathe let alone speak. A case of severe inflammation and hematoma in the lungs was highly possible. [I]
“You need not worry, old man. I won’t fail you.”
Shen Lang’s mother sobbed pitifully.
“Old man, you’ve been coughing blood and you can’t even get out of bed. Go rest. Though my legs are broken, so what? I will bring home big brother. Tomorrow I will go to the Xu Family House and demand to see big brother. If they don’t, then I will die in their gates.”
“Lang’er… so honest, so good, actually in the house of a tiger’s den. I hope you’re okay.”
The mother sobbed even more.
“I do not know whether you’re eating well or the clothes you’re wearing is warm enough so you don’t get cold… don’t get sick… my son has never suffered… now he left… I don’t know how it is there… is he okay, is he well…?”
Listening to his mother’s cries, Shen Jiang consoled her. “Tomorrow, I will go to the Xu Family House and bring big brother back home. Don’t be sad…”
Listening to the words spoken, Shen Lang trembled, his heart in disarray.
He rushed to the door and hurriedly knelt down. “Mother, father… your son is unfilial. I am back.”
The three looked at Shen Lang with eyes widened in surprise then quickly turning into one of ecstasy.
The mother immediately rushed up and hugged her dearest son. Her tears soaked his clothing.
“Lang’er, it really is my Lang’er. You’re finally back. I thought I would never see you again. I’m… I’m not dreaming am I?”
Shen Wan struggled only to meet a violent spasm. He let out a violent cough as blood fell to the corner of his lips.
Shen Jiang suddenly rose to his feet and cried.
“It’s me… I’m back…”
“My son, it’s good you are back. Don’t leave again. The Xu Family is vicious.”
Shen Lang nodded. “Yes, mother. Your son will never go to the Xu Family again.”
“Okay. That’s good… that’s good.” His mother smiled gently, wiping away her fallen tears.
Shen Wan rejoiced in happiness. “My son is really sensible.”
[I] Hematoma is generally defined as a collection of blood outside of blood vessels. Most commonly, hematomas are caused by an injury to the wall of a blood vessel, prompting blood to seep out of the blood vessel into the surrounding tissues