”I… ” Auntie Pan was also embarrassed as she began to tell Yi Yun a sob story about her living situation, a little bit of struggles she had as a housewife, and tried to even inquire about the state of Yi Yun ’s mother and sister. It was clear that she wanted what he had.
He had to patiently listen to her drone on. The heart of elves was not without its selfishness. Still, he didn ’t want to make things worse for his sister and mother towards the community, ”Auntie Pan! Here, I have more than enough for us, and it ’s my pleasure to give this to you. ”
In the end, he gave her the three undersized potatoes and left with a bright smile. With that, he skipped off quickly to return home.
Auntie Pan was left holding the undersized potatoes and frowned, staring at the direction Yi Yun left in. The light in her eyes slowly became more and more displeased, until eventually she spat out beneath her breath: ”You filthy half-breed. To waste my breath on you, pah! ”
Yi Yun ’s footsteps halted a distance away, but he resumed his steps as if it was just a natural pacing step. While others might be out of earshot, he ’s always had keen senses, so he clearly heard her words. Still, it was better than the alternative of being targeted for being stingy.
Yi Yun was a half-breed, a mixture of a human and an elf. Unlike in other areas of the Grand Cyclic Stellar Region, such as the Everlore Starfield, the concept of interbreeding with humans has distorted over the thousands of years. With elves been considered an ’inferior ’ race by the inhabitants of the Aeternal Sky Starfield, those humans, how could they not have any hatred towards them?
This hatred was interwoven deeply, spreading from the top experts to the minor figures that gleaned the fields due to their poor status. It permeated the society. And it likely wasn ’t better outside of here. Since being half-elf meant being a part of an ’inferior ’ race, their treatment was likely even worse there.
Yi Yun sighed in his heart, but had long since gotten used to it. Furthermore, he had to accept such abuse daily, in the whispers of his neighbors and their disparaging looks from afar. Others could be blissfully unaware, but his senses prevented him from being so.
Despite it all, he still had a home and a loving family. With a pip in his step, he saw the small wooden house from afar. ”Mom! Little sis! I ’m back! ” His excitement was palpable.
”Big Bro! ” A delicate, lovely voice resounded from within. The door was pushed open to reveal a young girl roughly twelve years old, looking cute like a freshly made doll. Her platinum blonde hair was dazzling alongside her large, limpid blue eyes.
”Missed me? ” With a swift rush, he grabbed the little waist of that little girl and lifted her up, spinning around. She was momentarily shook before laughing, enjoying the ride. This girl was named Yi Meimei, his half-blood sister. She was a full-blooded elf, unlike himself.
After a while, Yi Yun put her down carefully.
”Did you find something? ” Her cute eyes brightened as she tried to look into the basket, but there was a cloth hidden over it as if purposely keeping it as a surprise.
”I did! ” Holding her hand, they walked into the house.
The first sight he saw was a gorgeous middle-aged woman, with dry platinum blonde hair, and turbid blue eyes. She seemed like an older version of Yi Meimei, and could ’ve been dazzlingly radiant if she wasn ’t currently in bed, cold sweat dripping from her forehead. Her body exuded a fragile weakness, and when she saw them enter, her eyes brightened before she let loose a series of hefty coughs into her hand
”Mother! ” Yi Meimei rushed over, grabbing a cloth to slowly and thoroughly wipe the blood that covered her mother ’s hand and mouth. Afterwards, Yi Meimei carefully placed a blanket over her mother.
Yi Yun walked over, his eyes smiling, trying to hide his true emotions. With a low tone, he said: ”The effervescent potato harvest was today. I got lucky, so we got one very big oversized potato! Guess something is looking out for us today, I ’ll make you something. ”
Yi Meimei ’s eyes brightened. Those potatoes had special properties that were known for handling easing symptoms for illnesses. A happy glint emerged in her eyes. It was always her brother who was most reliable.
The middle-aged woman, Yi Jingyi, gave off a slight, weak smile. ”You ’ve worked hard, ” she hoarsely said before her breathing became a little labored. It seemed even speaking exhausted too much of her energy.
Yi Yun smiled, moving to bring out some other ingredients to mix with. While doing so, his mind was endlessly circulating with all sorts of thoughts. ’Tomorrow, if I can get that herb…until then, just stay strong mother. Stay strong. ’
Yi Yun in his past life wasn ’t much, just a thief who died while trying to steal. But he accrued enough Karmic Sin in his lifetime to warrant being cleansed by the Second Calamity of Hell, the Calamity of Endless Regret. His soul, despite its lowly life, had survived all 108,000 years of its horrific experience of isolation and regret. His perseverance came alongside the special laws that balanced punishment with reward, and he was thus blessed by the Heavenly Daos.
While his soul was thoroughly cleansed in the third trial, sending him off to the river of souls to be reincarnated, the blessing followed him into this life. At that moment, as he sliced the potato, he experienced the first Karmic Luck surge of his lifetime.
And it was a massive one.
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