Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Hunters of the Forbidden Region ch 11.1 - Emperor of Fresh Water

Normally when Lin Shuo spoke, his tone was even keeled and not loud. But this “WATCH OUT!” came from his dantian1, it sounded so thunderous that it gave everyone goosebumps.
Everybody was startled and looked over to where Lin Shuo was standing by the river. Then everybody saw it, a flash of white light above the river.
That white light, sped passed the metal chain bridge at high speed. Under the midday sun, its entire body was reflective and many didn’t see what it was.
But the white light darted over the bridge and returned back into the water. It didn’t cause too much of a ruckus, much like a stone falling into the water.
In addition to being the equipment specialist of the mercenary troop, Liu Qing was also an excellent markswoman. Her eyesight was way better than most, she cried out, “It’s a fish!”
While she was saying that, she placed her hands about half a meter apart in front of her body and elaborated, “About this size.”
Wei Xingshan looked at Lin Shuo and felt that he had overreacted. He thought Lin Shuo was referring to something much bigger, but just a fish?
Surely the fish jumped quite high, all the way over a 10 meter bridge, but it was still just a fish.
“Hehe,” dried laughed Wei Xingshan and attempted to say something nice, “That indeed pose a safety issue. Getting hit by a fish of that size is no small feat.”
Even though he said that, it didn’t do much for the mercenaries working under him.
“Are you kidding me! We slaved all morning long just for a fish?”
“Hah, if this fish really come jumping up while we are crossing, I am going to catch it with my dagger and it will be dinner.”
“Even Mr. Lin can make mistakes some times.”
“Okay, you guys. He just had our safety in mind is all. Stop with the trash talking and get back to work.”
Anne looked at the still silent Lin Shuo and there were questions in her eyes. But this beauty was also a smarty. Judging from Lin Shuo’s look, she knew there was more to it.
Lin Shuo ignored everyone and stared intently at the surface of the river.
His one hand started reaching for the quiver behind his back.
“Everybody stand back,” warned Anne as she noticed his action.
Before she finished her sentence, another white bean darted out of the water. Then another one, and another one Light beam after light beam rose from the surface of the river and turn into parabolas of light.
Some of the fish didn’t jump as high and passed under the bridge, others jumped straight over the bridge.  A few unlucky ones smacked right onto the metal chain, which changed their course of trajectory, and struggled to get back into the water.
These fish were not small and there were more and more of them jumping out of the water.
At the beginning, everybody thought it was a fun experience to witness this. As there were more and more fish jumping out of the water, and they were starting to lose count, they started to look more and more worried.
Certainly one fish would not pose a big threat, but when there were so many of them, it got a little scary.
The next question that popped into the minds of both the biologists and the mercenaries was: why did the fish jump out of the water?
Not to mention the height they have reached. That also suggested a startling velocity as they broke out of the water.
Was there something chasing behind them?
Lin Shuo’s look became progressively more solemn. Slowly he was pulling out an arrow for this recurve bow from behind him.
These arrows were much thicker than regular arrows and were the size of someone’s arm, and close to 2 meters in length. Holding inside Lin Shuo’s hand, it looked like an extra thick fishing spear.
A minute or two later, it appeared that most of the jumping fish had passed. There were fewer and fewer fish coming out of the water.
Right then, another unusual white light left the water, it’s trajectory very different than those previously seen.
It jumped high up into the air when it was still about 5 meters from the bridge. It reached the apex of the parabola at about 5-6 meters directly above the metal chain bridge. It’s spindle-shaped body paused for about half a second in mid air.
Everybody could now see that the fish’s body was a blueish grey color.
When this half a meter long, looked to be about 5 kilogram giant fish spread in the air and was about to return back into the water. A loud noise came from the river and a gigantic creature dashed out from the river!


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