Mountain of the Snails 🐌
Yasha was very impressed with this young Chinese boy. "I don't even care if it's a prank anymore! You're really talented, so if you guys are doing this for the laughs then I say good job but I still need to know how you did what you just did. Let's pretend you're indeed my, uh... 'grandfather', then you have to teach me how to do that! My gramps can also do some incredible things despite his age and-"
"Yes, yes! And now I can do even better in this rejuvenated body."
"...and he would always teach me if I asked!"
"But of course! Why would that change? Of course I will teach you! Let's go to the house and have some tea. I have gathered the herbs that will soften up your bones, and then we can jump into the training right away."
"Umm, sure. Well, even if your fairy tale is true, there's still one thing I'm gonna miss is your incredible muscle strength! When my gramps stretched me, it felt like being pulled by a horse! When he folded me, it felt like being squashed by an elephant!"
"Is that so? Then there's hardly something to worry about," the Chinese boy walked to a nearby rock, the size that even three strong adults would struggle to move around, and he easily lifted it like a bucket of water.
Once again Yasha needed a moment to regain his senses. "Hmm, but gramps also told me quite a few tales of some tricky evil spirits who specially love to take the form of pretty boys to lure in their prey..."
"Oh yes, I sure have a lot of such stories from my many encounters with those pretty spiritboys over the past centuries. But I assure you I'm no evil spirit, though from my years working as a spirit catcher I gained quite a number of blessings and curses that I'm not really sure if can still line myself up with humans."
Yasha shrugged. The kid didn't look or sound like gramps, yet if he wrote Yasha a letter, it would probably read exactly like a letter from gramps!
"Alright. But if I do manage to find gramps..."
"You already found one, just how many more do you need??"
"Fair, so... what do we do now?"
"I know you came to China to get another boost to your contortion skills, Yasha, so this time we're going to work on your backbends!"
"Backbends? But I already know pretty much everything about backbends..."
"Oh, believe me, you know nothing about backbends! Let's have some herbal tea, it does miracles to the body, then I'll show you something interesting..."