Mei Chao Bing quietly walked through the valley with his little bunny still wrapped around his arm. He wasn’t in a hurry at all. Whether the Elders expected them to turn up in the border region soon or not, why should he care about that? Hadn’t Sect Master Zhang told him to pay special attention to Yun Bei Fen? Well, he was doing exactly that. Nobody could say he hadn’t done what he was supposed to do. So why shouldn’t he let Yun Bei Fen take a good look around and slowly choose a spiritual beast that he liked? He shouldn’t have to choose the first thing they came across.
Just when he thought so Yun Bei Fen suddenly stopped in his tracks before he excitedly tugged at Mei Chao Bing’s arm. “Over there! Look over there!” Before Mei Chao Bing had the time to really look ‘over there’, Yun Bei Fen let go of his arm and madly dashed over, crouching down next to the roots of a tree.
An alarm went off in Mei Chao Bing’s head. He rushed after Yun Bei Fen, just in time to see him reach out. He hurriedly pulled him back and wrapped him in his arms. “What are you doing? What if it’s something dangerous?”
Yun Bei Fen turned to look at him and blinked his eyes. “Why should it be dangerous?” He actually wriggled out of Mei Chao Bing’s embrace on his own accord and reached down once again, picking up something lying between the roots.
Mei Chao Bing frowned and took a closer look. The thing his little bunny had found … His brows twitched when he saw the little creature. Yun Bei Fen couldn’t be serious, could he? He cleared his throat and wrapped an arm around Yun Bei Fen’s waist, pulling him back into his arms. Well, at least he didn’t have to worry anymore that the thing might be dangerous. “Fen’er, this thing …”
Yun Bei Fen looked up at him excitedly. “It’s a little bunny!” He didn’t add anything else and just went on to fondly rub the little thing’s head.
Mei Chao Bing really wanted to say ‘you’re the little bunny!’ but he held back. Ah, it was just a bunny. No need to be worried. At the very least, Yun Bei Fen had estimated the danger very well. There really wasn’t anything to fear about this little animal.
Yun Bei Fen played around with the bunny before he looked up at Mei Chao Bing with wide eyes. His lips parted but he finally hesitated and first snuggled up closer to Mei Chao Bing. “Mei Chao Bing … Can I keep it?”
Mei Chao Bing looked at his little bunny’s expectant expression and couldn’t bring himself to say no. Ah, there it was again. He just couldn’t help but give in to his whims. “Well, I guess if you like it so much, then there’s nothing wrong with keeping a pet. You just have to pay a little attention to it.”
Yun Bei Fen nodded happily. “Of course! Then … How do you sign a contract?”
Mei Chao Bing coughed. Come again? Contract? He rubbed his brow and looked at the little creature in Yun Bei Fen’s arms again. Sure enough, the thing wasn’t an actual bunny but a spiritual beast. Well, at the end of the day, it still was more or less a little bunny. Its level … Mei Chao Bing didn’t even dare to look too closely. It definitely wouldn’t be able to defend Yun Bei Fen. In fact, his little bunny might have to defend his little bunny if he really took the thing in. “Fen’er … I don’t think there’s anything wrong with keeping it as a pet but … A spiritual beast? I don’t think that’s such a good idea.”
“Ah?” Yun Bei Fen’s happy expression collapsed, making it seem as if he had been bullied severely.
Mei Chao Bing felt a headache coming on. If his little bunny begged him a while longer, he might just go ahead and tell him. Ah, but he couldn’t really do this, could he? Having a spiritual beast at his side was for his protection! Some little bunny certainly couldn’t do that. “Fen’er, what’s the problem with just keeping it as a pet?”
Yun Bei Fen looked at the spiritual beast in his arms and patted its head again. “But didn’t we come here to get a spiritual beast? Now I found one that I really like. Why can’t I make a contract with it?”
Mei Chao Bing sighed. “It’s not that you can’t at all, it’s just that … Its level is rather low. Do you really want to have that kind of spiritual beast? It won’t be able to protect you at all! Then I’ll have to be worried again.”
Yun Bei Fen pursed his lips. Right, getting a spiritual beast was so that senior martial brother Mei wouldn’t need to worry about him. It seems a little bunny really wouldn’t do. He continued to pat its head and then put it down between the roots of the tree again. “I guess if that’s the case, then I should just leave it here.” He couldn’t help but sound pitiful though, making Mei Chao Bing feel as if he had just done something bad.
Ah, how could he have treated his little bunny like this? If Yun Bei Fen really liked it that much, then what was wrong with letting him keep it? He would just need to make sure that he himself kept his little bunny safe.
Mei Chao Bing picked the spiritual beast up again and stuffed it back into Yun Bei Fen’s arms. “Never mind. It might not have a high level now but who says that can’t be changed? You just have to train diligently, both of you. Who knows? If you take good care of it, it might just advance in leaps and bounds.”
Yun Bei Fen didn’t dare to be happy too soon. Hadn’t his senior martial brother just said that it wouldn’t be a good idea? And now it suddenly was? “Are you sure?”
Mei Chao Bing nodded with a heavy heart. This wasn’t what he had had in mind at all but, well, if it made his little bunny happy, he would have to live with it. “We’ll make it work out somehow. You just take it.” He leaned forward and kissed Yun Bei Fen’s temple, making him beam.
Yun Bei Fen hugged his senior martial brother tightly while stroking the spiritual beast’s fur with the other hand. “Thank you, Mei Chao Bing! You really … You’re really the person that cares the most for me.” He blinked his limpid eyes and before Mei Chao Bing knew what was happening, his little bunny had already pursed his lips and leaned forward, their lips finally touching.
Ah, if he had known this would happen, he might have agreed sooner.