Winger shook his head and warmly brought the girl in his arms closer for protection: “Princess, I’m sorry but I’m afraid it won’t be easy for us to seek the king now…”
Di Ling Yan’s eyes dimmed somewhat. She wanted to head to her father’s side, but she also knows the act of dragging someone else into trouble was a wrong thing to do.
“Let me down Uncle Winger. It’s okay, you don’t have to look down at me like that, I’m actually very tough and can take care of myself.”
The milky voice and strong determination sent the bird man trembling inside because he felt ashamed for being a coward. A full-grown adult couldn’t even compare to a two year’s old courage, what more does he need to say?
“Princess, I actually don’t feel hurt at all from the lightning, it’s no different from an itch. Here, I’ll take you to the king!”
Even if that pain stung him deep into the bone, Winger won’t allow the baby to go off on her own. It’s his duty right now to protect her and his wish.
“Really?” A puzzled expression came off of Di Ling Yan when looking up, “I’ve seen Mother take hits from a lightning. It hurts alot….”
“Don’t worry Princess, that is not a thunderbolt so it doesn’t hurt. Would I lie to you? Look at my face, does it look like someone that’s hurt?”
Though palish in color, Winger’s expression remains relaxed on the surface and even showed a slight smile to emphasize his point.
“Okay Uncle Winger, I believe you. But first let me down, I can walk on my own.”
“No Princess, we have to go to the king faster so let me carry you.” He tries to persuade her by speaking softly.
Nodding over the suggestion since its reasonable, Di Ling Yan didn’t object: “Alright, we will go find Father. I don’t want anything to happen to him….”
“Okay, let’s go.”
With the nod given, Winger began to move with the girl firmly protected in his arms. He’s making sure his entire body was acting as a shield when the lightning bolts come down again, otherwise it would surely hit the princess if he’s not careful.
Very soon, the bird man could see the tightly closed gate of the city after enduring several more strikes from above. He’s spitting blood now from the corner of his mouth, but he’s done and kept the charge in his arms safe.
“Uncle Winger, you tricked me, you’re hurt! Let me down, I will go on my own to find Father!”
Only a meter away from the exit, Winger finally collapsed under the last blow from the sky.
“Ahhh!!” Di Ling Yan cried out in fright: “Uncle Winger, how are you? Don’t die please, I know I’m wrong, I shouldn’t have asked you to help me find Father. Don’t die….”
Seeming to recall something crucial, the girl suddenly picked up a dagger from the ground nearby and cut open her finger, thus allowing the blood to flow into Winger’s wound.