1.2 My adorable baby boy!
Here comes Death.
His body turned cold, but that was nothing compared to what his heart was feeling.
From agonizing pain, to absolutely nothing in a matter of seconds.
All his life, Mo Helian did whatever the hell it took to make him feel real again. He did terrible things, that in the end destroyed him.
However, nothing was able to fill that void inside him.
Not even Death.
It never scared him. In fact, something about death always made him excited.
In the end, no one can escape death.
Although he knew he deserved it, he realized, so suddenly that it hurts, just how empty a creature can be, while still filled to the brim with drowning agony.
He had not really lived, and he had not been allowed to die. He had drifted between life and death which now seem, strangely alike.
For him, living had been more painful than anything. Existing for no reason was the same as being dead. He had been dead for a long time now.
Surrounded by this cold-blooded darkness, he felt strangely at peace.
The piercing coldness that made him shiver to his spine, slowly disappeared. Whatever pain he was in, it was all gone.
It was really strange, but Mo Helian didn care enough to even give some thought to it.
He had always wanted to be physically erased and start over again.
He didn want to be here. He didn want to be there. Perhaps he wanted to be nowhere. He wanted to fall into nothingness. He wanted to be untouchable and have no need.
It seemed like his wish finally came true.
The end had come. And he was ready for it.
However, the silence was suddenly broken by an unwelcome guest that appeared out of nowhere.
”Do you feel like making a deal with the devil? ”
Mo Helian chuckled. The voice of a child making an offer like this was quite funny.
e asking me to sell my soul? ” He asked, thinking that this must be his imagination.
Even though, now that he was dead, nothing was impossible.
He already knew he was in another realm, detached from his body. By looking down at his hands, he noticed his being seemed to be translucent, almost like a ghost.
”Im asking you to sign a contract that- ”
Before the child could finish talking, he was interrupted by Mo Helians cold tone. ”Not interested. Theres nothing you can offer me that I crave. I don want anything. Now or ever again. ”
He had realized long ago that he has no real desire. So it was pointless to continue this conversation.
”You like death? ” The child suddenly muttered, looking a bit confused, like he couldn wrap his head around such a thought.
He looked to be about 3 years old, floating in the air, his body looked a bit translucent. He had golden hair and blue eyes. His chubby arms were crossed and he was pouting, making him look so cute and pitiful.
Mo Helian was not moved in the slightest. He never even liked children.
”If you spend enough time with anything, you start liking it. Even death. ” He decided to indulge the pitiful thing though.
Being alone with his thoughts made him more miserable than he already was, so the little thing turned out to be a good distraction.
e not dead yet. I mean, your body is, but your soul is still alive, thanks to me, of course. ”
The child raised his head high, he looked so proud of himself, making Mo Helian raise an eyebrow and observe this creature seriously this time.
Was he acting? Or was he truly as innocent as he seemed? He couldn tell for now. He didn even know if this being was even a human.
The human didn seem moved, making the little child a bit anxious and desperate, so he blurted out, ”There must be something you want. Just tell me, what is it? Ill try my best to help you find it. ”
Actually, Mo Helian had no idea what he wanted, only that deep down, he wanted something, which is the worst kind of wanting.
After a long while, almost in a whisper, he replied, ”I suppose I do want something…something that would make it worth living and dying for. ”
”Ugh, why do you have to look for something so complicated? I don even understand what that is. Honestly, all I can give you is another chance. You can start a new life from the very beginning. Isn that great? ”
The child kept giggling, thinking that he finally convinced this stupid human, since according to his logic, no human would ever deny an offer like that.
However, to his surprise, Mo Helian declined.
”No. For me, existence is both a curse and a prison. ”
The child didn even understand what this stupid human was saying, he looked so shocked by Mo Helians refusal, that his adorable big blue eyes were filled with tears, threatening to fall down any second.
This situation truly shocked Mo Helian. He froze and had no idea what to do. He didn like kids, but that didn mean he hated them.
Actually, he was quite weak to the adorable and innocent creatures. He never wanted to hurt them, but somehow he had managed to make this little thing cry, without even meaning to do that.
Suddenly, the child wiped his tears with his chubby little hands and directed a fierce glare towards Mo Helian, yelling, ”Stay and rot in here then. I hope you enjoy it. ”
Surprised, Mo Helian couldn even respond for a moment, but in his eyes, the child looked just like a pitiful wounded animal.
He could tell that the little thing was desperate, however, he was not good at comforting people. And he definitely wouldn agree to something,without knowing what he was getting himself into.
He was a selfish person, he would put his interests before anything else. Apparently, the deal this child was offering was not beneficial for him.
Still, he was a bit amused when he saw the child quietly float away in the darkness and finally sat his little butt on what seemed to be a cloud, which appeared out of nowhere in this endless darkness, and continued drawing circles in front of him, while trying to keep his whimpering as silent as possible.
Mo Helian really felt like a horrible person now, as if he bullied a little child to tears, but he didn say anything harsh though, right?
Nevertheless, he couldn stand the sight of the child crying silently, putting his arms around his legs and trying so hard to fold into himself, just so he could avoid drawing attention towards him.
Mo Helian was speechless for a while. He has never been in a situation like this, so it was hard for him to think of a solution.
”Hey, little guy…why is that contract so important? ”
Drawing the childs attention to something else was the only thing he could think of at the moment. And seems like he succeeded to distract him.
The boy sniffed a bit, then slowly turned towards him, talking in a small voice, barely audible, ”I am about to disappear too but…Im a little baby. I just want to live! ”
This time, his words were sincere. His whole being seemed to be drowned in sadness and despair, almost as if he had already accepted his fate, but the child was still reluctant to give up on his last hope, which happened to be Mo Helian himself.
This pitiful look of the boy and the burning gaze he directed at him, as if he was his salvation, put some pressure on Mo Helian, who finally couldn help but ask, ”So, what happens if I sign the contract? ”
Hearing this, the little boys eyes sparkled immediately, he couldn resist smiling.
That look really made Mo Helian feel so uncomfortable. People usually looked at him with fear in their eyes.
”The contract binds us, so I can use both our spiritual energies to send us to a different place, a much better one. I will find a suitable body for your soul and…and since the contact binds us, I cannot harm you. Because if you die, I die too, so…so I will really try my best to help you- ”
”Thats enough. ”
Being interrupted by Mo Helian made the boy think that he refused his offer a second time, so the little thing was on the verge of tears, again. This made Mo Helian have a real headache this time.
Before the little boy could drown in despair, he urged, ”Tell me about the benefits I get from the contract and what the price is. ”
After hesitating for a moment, the boy decided to tell the truth and started to explain, ”I can help you learn many new skills and abilities and…and I can protect you! Also, I don need anything in return. I just want to go to that place. Actually…I need a little bit of your energy…No, I need a lot, since my energy alone isn enough. But I promise Ill give it back to you later! And Ill help you become very very strong! ”
The child looked so satisfied with himself, Mo Helian couldn resist a chuckle, which made the little thing so shocked, he forgot to speak.
Mo Helian didn know that this guy was scared to speechlessness because of him. Mo Helian had short black hair, sharp eyebrows and red eyes. The moment he smiled, he looked so malicious, as if he was a demon ready to devour you whole. This made the boy get shivers down his spine.
In Mo Helians opinion, this little guy was too pitiful and his offer was tempting, however he still had his doubts, so he decided to voice them out.
”Why me though? ”
”Because your spiritual power is so strong and almost endless! I don know how you even survived in this world! The energy here is so scarce, there is almost none. Its like this…When I woke up, the whole world was dark and you were the only thing that was shining so bright, so I couldn help it… ”
The boy kept babbling and enthusiastically explained things to him, but Mo Helian only focused on the important parts. He couldn help but think that this little boy was too innocent and defenseless. He couldn even keep some secrets for himself.
From what he heard, this child was definitely not a human though.
Out of curiosity, he made up his mind and decided to play this little game.
Death was always going to be there in the end. For everyone, not only him.
This would be just like a game. And he could end it anytime he wanted.
So, he made the boy shut up immediately when he asked, ”Where do I sign? ”
”The contract. How is it done? ”
”Oh…you want to-you actually…? Did you just agree? ”
Mo Helian was amused when the little guy forgot to even form sentences. He could tell he was shocked and delighted at the same time.
”Yes. So, how do we bind? ”
”Just…give me your hand? ” The boy hesitated, focusing all his attention at him, as if he wanted to see if Mo Helian was joking around and playing with him.
Mo Helian let the boy stare at him all he wanted. He walked forward until he was near the boy, who was currently floating on top of his cloud. Then, he put his open palm forward, waiting for the child to seal the contract.
After confirming that Mo Helian was serious, the child approached him slowly and carefully, until his little chubby hand landed on Mo Helians rough palm.
”My name is Jingyi. I will be your companion from now on. What is your name? ”
”Mo Helian. ” Thats all he managed to say, as he could feel his energy being drained from him at an rapid speed.
”Im sorry, Mo Helian. This may hurt a little, but I will share the pain with you. Go to sleep now. Don worry, I will keep you safe. See you again in the other place. ”
Mo Helian had never been afraid of pain, he could endure it. However hearing the little one promising to take care of him, he felt strangely at ease.
He was not able to wonder much longer, as his vision started to blur and subsequently, he lost consciousness.
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