The Dragon King’s Personal Chef
Nian Bing’s face twisted. Although Salamandhys’ expression was very perverted, he didn’t seem to be lying. “Give me a break. I don’t have any interest towards an old woman. Moreover, would you even let me go?”
Salamandhys chuckled. “Of course I wouldn’t. Actually, even if you wanted to rape her, it wouldn’t be easy unless you were stronger than her. But that’s impossible, not even in a century. Nian Bing, boy, to be frank with you, even though that girl is very old, her body is still very nice because of the long years she spent cultivating ice magic. It must be as good as a young maiden. Such a shame you won’t rape her; it really isn’t such a bad choice. It will feel good and will also count as revenge. Isn’t that great!?”
Nian Bing stared at him blankly. “I’m really suspicious right now. Are you actually a dragon? Are all dragons like you?”
Salamandhys snorted. “In order to better survive in this world you must be flexible. The most important thing is that it’s beneficial for you. Because I understand this, I have become one of the dragon god’s chosen. Boy, you don’t need to tell me that you want your revenge to be just and honorable.”
“Of course not. As long as I can have my revenge, I will do anything.” His eyes flashed coldly, and he clenched his hands.
Salamandhys said leisurely, “I see, there really is some bad blood between you and that silly Ice God’s Pagoda girl! You better hurry up with your revenge. Ten years from now, she’ll have gone to the divine realm. Then what chance would you have?”
Nian Bing smiled bitterly. “Could I even get revenge the way I am now? Would you even let me go out?”
Salamandhys chuckled. “I just said I wouldn’t let go of you, not that you couldn’t go out. Didn’t you just say there were many delicious foods out there? We can go and try them. You’re familiar with humans. So long as you can get me delicious foods to eat, we don’t always have to stay here. Do you think I want to lie around here and sleep the whole day?! The Lord Dragon God only let me cultivate the Dragon God’s supreme spell as long as I stayed here. Right now I’m finished with the spell, so I can finally go out and play. Only an idiot would want to stay.”
Nian Bing felt his heart jump. “So you’re saying you’ll bring me out of here so we can go through the continent and try delicious foods?”
Salamandhys shook his head. “No, no, no, don’t be mistaken. It’s not that I’m bringing you out of here. You are bringing me out of here to try delicious foods. Of course, you must listen to me.”
Nian Bing grinned. He didn’t expect that he wouldn’t need to find a way to leave here. Salamandhys was the one who wanted to leave all along and eat the delicacies of the world. So what if he couldn’t he go wherever he liked? Although his freedom would be hampered to a degree, if you thought about positively, Salamandhys would be his undefeatable bodyguard.
“Oh mighty Salamandhys! I have some things I’d liked to discuss with you.” Nian Bing had been counting his chickens before they hatched.
Salamandhys snorted. “Discuss what? I still think you’ve forgotten how to address me.”
Nian Bing smiled. “How could I have forgotten? Making food for you is my honour. HOwever, as you know, as your chef, if my magic is too weak, wouldn’t I bring shame to you? When I came here I saw that you had quite a few magic books . If I could learn some things from them, I could probably come up with better ways of cooking. You see….”
Salamandhys glared. “Fine! You actually dare covet my treasures. Quit dreaming. Those magic books used are written in ancient script. Even if I gave them to you, you wouldn’t understand.”
Nian Bing said despondently, “I won’t understand even a bit? That really such a wastel. It seems that if we are to meet danger, I can only ask you to protect me. Shame, you can’t directly attack humans, and my magic is far too weak.”
Salamandhys tilted his head. “Boy, you don’t need to make my decisions for me. Seeing as the food you make is truly delicious, I will naturally point out a few tricks of magic to you when I am pleased. However, you need to satisfy my stomach. If I get tired of your food, I might just snap off your head.”
Nian Bing rejoiced inside. If he could actually get some pointers about magic from an existence as powerful as Salamandhys, it would be massively helpful for his Ice and Fire Source. He hurried to say, “Don’t worry, as one of the preeminent chefs on the Yangguang contient, my food will definitely satisfy you. Now, could you teach me some about this imitation magic? You already know I have two attributes, but I cannot control them. That is what is restricting my magic development. It will be difficult to raise my magic higher.”
“I’m sleepy. Let’s talk about this later. Recover your magic power first. Once the food is finished, we will leave here to search for delicious food outside.” Salamandhys began snoring loudly. Although he was in human form, his snores was enough to shake the whole cave.
Eating then sleeping, is he a pig? Nian Bing insulted in his head, helplessly shaking his head. He walked over to the side and sat down. He didn’t immediately enter meditation, but rather mulled over Salamandhys’ words. According to him, the Ice and Snow Goddess’ Worshipper cultivated for over a century to reach where she was now. That was simply too scary. Could it be that the difference between a magister and a descended god mage was that big?
He remembered that when he was young, his father had said that because Mother secretly got together with him, she was punished by the Ice and Snow Goddess’ Worshipper. Perhaps the Ice and Snow Goddess’ Worshipper wanted her mother to inherit her position and choose the path of virgin cultivation. Salamandhys also said that destroying the Ice and Snow Goddess’ Worshipper’s virginity was the best revenge, but never mind. Although he wasn’t some upright individual, he had no interest towards a granny over one hundred years old. She was old enough to be his grandmother. Just you wait, Ice and Snow Goddess’ Worshipper. Even if I cannot be stronger than you, I will find a way to humiliate you.
Nian Bing shut his eyes, calmed himself, and settled into a meditative state. He gripped the Ice and Snow Goddess’ Sigh and the Flame God’s Roar in each hand, each of them devouring the magic element in the air. Actually, he himself didn’t notice, but his cultivation speed was much greater than an ordinary mage.
This wasn’t just because he was a dual element mage who could absorb two types of magic, but also (and more importantly) because of the Ice and Snow Goddess’ Sigh and the Flame God’s Roar. Two top-tier divine stones normally wouldn’t produce too visible effects. They seemed to only make spells stronger as well as let him save a bit more magic power. Actually, during his normal cultivation, the two divine stones possessed a special energy that was imperceptibly (but constantly) altering Nian Bing’s constitution and making his magic power purer.
It was an easily visible effect. Li De was a magic scholar, but in battle capability and magic usage, when using a similarly ranked spell, he definitely wasn’t any stronger than Nian Bing. His magic power reserve was bigger, but in terms of purity it was not close to one of Nian Bing’s magics. Right now, Nian Bing was building his foundation. The firmer his foundation was, the stronger the mage he could become. Fire dragon Salamandhys saw this, of course, but since he viewed Nian Bing as so insignificant, he naturally wouldn’t mention it to him.
Three days passed. Salamandhys was definitely top player in cleaning out food. When he became human, his eating speed slowed down quite a bit, but he just didn’t stop eating. If he wasn’t sleeping, he would be eating. Nian Bing’s speed at making food was barely enough for him. In these three days, these two people repeated the same routine. Salamandhys would eat, sleep, eat and Nian Bing would cook, meditate, cook. Fortunately, Salamandhys was considerate. When he was eating he wouldn’t forget to leave Nian Bing a little. Through his nonstop eating, Ka Luo and the others’ left behind ingredients were finally used up.
Lying on top of his treasures with great satisfaction, Salamandhys sighed. “This is too wonderful. Thinking of the tens of thousands of years I, the mighty Salamandhys, have lived, I have eaten the best in these past few days. Nian Bing, you really weren’t boasting. All of the food you make has subtle variations. I am looking forward to the outside world.”
Nian Bing said in ill-humor, “While you eat well, I am almost dying of exhaustion. If you eat like this everyday, I will be done for before long.”
Salamandhys chuckled. “No way, how could I let you die of exhaustion? Oh, that’s right. Haven’t you noticed that even though your body is tired, your spirit seems to have improved? Your magic progress is much quicker?”
Nian Bing snorted angrily. “That is the result of my hard work, as well as the abundant fire element here. Every day I make food for you to eat, so my spirit has been in a constant state of exhaustion. And don’t talk about progress, I’m about to dry out of exhaustion.”
Salamandhys patted Nian Bing’s shoulder. “Okay, okay, don’t be grouchy. Anyways you are about to leave this ocean of suffering. I don’t need to eat everyday. For me, eating is just an enjoyment. You’re hard times are coming to an end. Anyways, there aren’t any more ingredients, so we will leave today. I will give you some magic insight as your remuneration. How’s that?”
Nian Bing’s eyes sparkled. “You really will teach me? It can’t be some trash insight. Don’t forget, I am a person and you are a dragon. Our bodies are not made of the same stuff and our interactions with magic are different. Will your insights will be useful for me?”
Salamandhys snorted. “You understand nothing. Although I am a dragon, I have lived for tens of thousands of years. I’m not quite familiar with you humans’ composition, but I know magic that you will never be able to reach. So stop with the nonsense and pick up your stuff. Get ready to go.”He pointed at his kitchen utensils.
We’re finally leaving. Nian Bing couldn’t suppress the jubilance in his heart, though his outer expression showed no sign of it. After cleaning his kitchen utensils, he put them into his space ring.
Salamandhys looked at his treasures and groaned. “Nian Bing, I suddenly found a problem. Your three knives represent fire, ice, and wind attributed magic, ice being an evolution of water. Haven’t you seen when you use different knives on the food, even if you don’t use magic, the same food will have a different taste?”
Nian Bing spoke while putting away his things, “Nonsense. Because I use these three knives inlaid with high-quality magic stones, I infuse the magic element into the ingredients. So naturally, when you eat it the flavors will taste different. This is the advantage of using magic in cooking. Ordinary chefs, even if their skills are outstanding, cannot make a dish have the flavor of magic. Because of this, my teacher lost against an ordinary barbecued roast.”
Salamandhys chuckled. “If it’s like that, if you could use every kind of attributed knife, would you be able to produce even more flavors?”
Nian Bing’s eyes flashed. “You say that to so easily. Ordinary magic knives are useless. I can only use these top-quality knives to blend the element into the food. Could it be you have some top-tier knives? I don’t believe it. What’s more, I can only use fire and ice magic. I don’t have imitation like you, so I can only use fire and ice element in my food. Other magics are impossible.”
Salamandhys looked at him and chuckled. “Boy, stop with the pretentious act. I know you want to learn my magic imitation, and have designations on my treasures.”
Nian Bing’s face remained calmed. “I do? You were the one who mentioned it. What does it have to do with me? Didn’t you say you wanted to leave here? I’ve put everything away.”
Salamandhys leisurely laid against his treasure pile. “Nian Bing, it isn’t impossible for you to learn my magic mimicry. If you were an ordinary human mage, it would be impossible, but you are different. Ice and fire magics are diametrically opposed to one another. If you can cultivate the true Ice and Fire Source and use it as your foundation, it you won’t be much worse than us dragons.”