Lost in Their Own Thoughts and Snake for Dinner!
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     XiXi  began walking back to where her father was waiting ignoring Feng Tian. 

     The dead snake he was carrying made her skin crawl when she looked at it. It's eyes were like green glass staring at her as though it could still eat her alive.

     Feng Tian glanced over at her and shook the snake. "How childish" she muttered under her breath.

     He couldn't help but smirk when he heard her, how is this girl, who barely stands as tall as his chest, going to accompany her father on this deadly hunt?

     When he thought this he suddenly felt an unusual concern for the little beauty.

     She seemed strong willed but with that frail body of hers how was she going to make it through the Forest of Illusion not to even mention the Cloud's Edge Wilderness.

     The Mythical Beasts there would have her for a snack picking the their teeth with her bones afterwards. He decided at that moment he would accompany them, he can't let anything happen to his little bunny.

      They arrived at the edge of the forest they saw her father down below had gathered the wood and had even produced a bowl and some items from his dimensional space. "Zhang Yu I see you had high expectations for dinner!" she laughed as she looked at his eager face.  "I know my XiXi is capable!"

     Zhang Yu looked at the snake with enthusiasm in his voice said "I see the gentleman killed a Seven Skin Snake! that's impressive! We will eat well tonight!" XiXi rolled her eyes when she heard this{please Dad don't encourage this arrogant fellow}.

     Well, I will make vegetable soup let those two deal with that snake.

     Feng Tian went to a boulder and sat down throwing the snake to the ground. He deftly took out his dagger and began skinning the seven layers of skin. Although he had reached a level he didn't need to eat he still enjoyed the camaraderie of the dinner table,  he hadn't had snake since his last trip here. 

     He was enjoying watching  these two, it had been at least a hundred years since he had ventured down to play.

     XiXi takes the ingredients she found and begins to make her soup. "Do you have any spices in there?" Zhang Yu replies," A few I wasn't quite packed for the journey yet.  I got out some spare clothes I had brought along you can change into after dinner."

     She was happy to hear that, this cloak was ridiculously large and heavy she was thinking. Her father wasn't a big man so they should be manageable. That dimensional space certainly is handy she thought, I wonder how much stuff he has in there. I'm going to ask him for one when we get home.

     These mundane thoughts were helping her not think about their current situation. She didn't want to admit it even to herself but she was really scared.

     Her mind is filled with thoughts.

     I mean Dad isn't even a brilliant prodigy or at the very least well prepared. Why did those jerks send him, a mere third grade Sorcerer, to do this task. 

     XiXi was brought back to reality when Feng Tian brought over a pile of snake meat and was eyeing her broth. Mushrooms and onions were floating in it and the spices gave it a nice aroma.{Hmm she can cook I see} "How about you make snake soup for us? You will like it I promise!"

     Well, cut up it just looked like chicken but the thought of that snake...XiXi decided her dad was excited to eat it so fine.

     She wasn't really hungry now after pondering the possible outcome of searching for this Mythological Beast. She looked up and said "Okay" and was caught off guard by that smile of Feng Tian's.

     If it weren't for that mask he would look like an idol. Look away XiXi.

     Feng Tian had skewered some of the snake meat and it was roasting  on the fire so XiXi walked over there to get away from his aura and sprinkled some chili spice on it.

     It looked like a skewer you would get at the stalls by the school. XiXi wished she was back meeting her friends there, having a coke, laughing about the boys in her class.

     Zhang Yu looked over at his daughter and felt a pang in his heart. He knew the only way she would survive is if he passed her the knowledge of the elders, She needs to read the three volumes of magic he always kept with him.

     He had always hoped to avoid this until she was older but she needs some protection.So he decided since time was not on their side after dinner he would talk with her.

     His father had told him once XiXi was special, she had the mark of the Ancients behind her right ear.

     A small red lotus which had been sealed when she was born. It was written in the ancient book her destiny was to become a powerful Sorceress, Zhang Yu looked over at XiXi and sighed.

     Zhang Yu had thought his father was being dramatic but now he wonders. Why was she tossed into this world with him this time?

     XiXi  stirred the soup and felt the meat looked cooked,also the skewers were lightly charred. She had washed the berries and put them in a bowl. She also had made a rustic salad using the greens she had found. Oh she thought note to self- have Feng Tian have a berry first!

     She called out to the two men lost in their own thoughts, "Dinner is ready!"