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TL’ed By: HurrayCats
Edited By: M2t5, NinetheLite
Converted By: M2t5
Alright, Chapter 8 is re-released in CN. If you would like an explanation/more info on re-releases look at the chapter 6 and 7 CN posts.
On another note I’m not sure that we have a glossary posted, so I’ll fix/check on that, going from EN -> CN can be a little jarring without that.
Fun Fact: Zi Xue’s (Jisue in EN) name was mentioned 78 times this chapter (T.T Lei Xiang please…)
Chapter 8, Zi Xue, Trouble
After a good while, I patted her little face, softly calling: “Zi Xue, Zi Xue, wake up.” After few more calls later she hazily opened her eyes, confused and asked: “What happened?”
I lovingly and gently pinched her little nose, faintly smiling: “You sleepy worm, we’ve arrived at school, if we don’t hurry we’ll miss dinner.”
She then gradually became clear-headed, and seeing that the sky was already dark she cried, “It’s already so late? I’m finished, I’m finished, when I return they’ll tease me to death, it’s all your fault.” A small fist lightly beat at my broad chest.
My usually proud aloof and cold personality has already disappeared above the clouds, and now I just want to dote on this treasure in my embrace. I teased her saying, “If you hit me again, my old wounds might reappear.”
Hearing my words, Zi Xue quickly withdrew her fists and lightly caressed me. She then turned her head up to look at me, panicking, “What’s wrong, did I hurt you?”
She looked too cute, and I laughed loudly: “Silly fool, I lied and you actually fell for it.”
Zi Xue realized she had been tricked and angrily said: “You’re so bad, how can you… uuu…” I used the most direct way to cut off her words, greedily kissing her sweet lips. After little while, she pushed me away and angrily said: “I dislike these kinds of jokes, don’t make them in the future.”
“As you command, my baby.”
I went back into the school the same way we left. After we settled Black Dragon at the horse stable, we headed straight to the dining hall, holding each other’s hands.
As we came closer to the dining hall, we could see more and more people, Zi Xue tried to shake off my hand a few times, but my grip stayed firm. As we passed the students, we could feel their envy filled stares.
As we came in sight of the dining hall, Zi Xue urgently said, “ let go of me, quick it’s not good to let others see us, not to mention romantic relationships aren’t allowed in the school.”
I replied, “What’s not good about it? There were already people who saw us, I want to let everyone know you are mine, unless you have objections? As for the school rule, it’s unreasonable in the first place, ignore it, if anything happens you have me.” Saying so I pulled her into the dining hall.
Zi Xue whispered: “You are killing my reputation, how can I go to class from now on?”
The light magic stone illuminated the whole cafeteria which was filled with many people. When I entered with Zi Xue, my tall figure and Zi Xue’s elegant and beautiful face immediately became the focus of everyone.
“This is the new student who fought with the nobles last time right? Guys look, he’s actually holding Zi Xue’s hand.”
“This guy again, he dares to actually hold Miss Zi Xue’s hand, I’ll go teach him a lesson.”
“Wah, he looks so cool, with Zi Xue they are a perfect match, I’m so jealous.”
I tenderly said to Zi Xue: “What do you want to eat, I’ll go buy it.”
Zi Xue’s face was flushed like the evening glow, she whispered with her head lowered, “You are really putting me to death, how can I still have an appetite for dinner? you decide.”
I lightly smiled, but just when I pulled her to buy the meals, Hua Lun’s detestable figure appeared in front of us. He said with a pale face: “Let go of Zi Xue, on what basis can you hold her hand?”
I coldly smiled and looked at him: “Can you stop me? Does your arm not hurt? Want to go again? Get lost!”
Hua Lun subconsciously touched his arm which had just healed, his attitude noticeably softened, and while holding in his anger he said: “Fine, you are detestable, if you have the guts don’t run away, you just wait here.” Saying so, he turned and gloomily left.
I gave his back a cold laugh: “Trying to scare me? If I am afraid I wouldn’t be here right now.”
Zi Xue pulled my sleeve: “Don’t cause trouble, you just came out from confinement.”
I smiled: “If you don’t give guys like him an unforgettable memory they will never give up, you don’t have to worry, you have me. We should go eat.”
Just when we bought our meal and sat down to eat, another familiar person showed up, it was the beautiful girl who some time ago fought for Zi Xue’s injustice, Jin Li Li. I could see the surprise and hostility in her eyes. She did not care for me, she quickly sat at Zi Xue’s side and pulled on Zi Xue’s arm to ask: “Don’t tell me you didn’t attend a single afternoon class to be with this guy.”
Zi Xue turned to face Jin Li Li and gently nodded her head imperceptibly, her face almost buried to her chest.
Jin Li Li continued to ask: “How did he manage to trick you? He didn’t use any unspeakable methods, right?” Zi Xue firmly shook her head: “Sister Jin, I really like him, please stop asking me, we are truly in love….”
I did not interrupt them, these kind of things are better for Zi Xue to handle.
Those two chattered for half a day, at last Jin Li Li was convinced by Zi Xue, she stood up and walked right up to me, fiercely looking in my eyes.
////editor note: I am assuming that “chattered for half a day” is a chinese expression, not sure though.
I did not back down and stared straight back at her, her fierce eyes under my overbearing watch gradually turned into an indistinct expression, she sighed: “I really don’t know what Zi Xue likes about you.”
I coldly said: “You are not her, of course you don’t know.” I am only gentle to the ones I love, I will not be lenient towards arrogant people like her.
Jin Li Li angrily said: “You, you…” Zi Xue saw Lily was becoming angry and quickly held her arm and threw me a pleading look.
Jin Li Li held in her anger and boldly said: “You just remember, if you bully Zi Xue then I will not forgive you.”
I calmly replied: “That fellow who approached us just now said the same words but I’m still sitting here fine, but you can relax, I only have love towards Zi Xue, I will definitely not let her come to any harm.”
Only hearing the first few words, Jin Li Li immediately started to be tiger-like again but Zi Xue firmly pulled her arm, and upon hearing the rest of my statement, her expression calmed down. Coldly snorting, she retorted, “Remember what you have just said.”
Seeing how she cared for Zi Xue, I did not want to keep provoking her and decided to ignore her. Jin Li Li turned her head to Zi Xue and said to Zi Xue: “If he mistreats you, you have to tell me, older sister will take care of him. You guys eat, I’ll leave first.”
That was basically like a 3 people hearing, one group leaves and another comes, I lowered my head and said gently to Zi Xue: “It’s hard on you, but it has to be done, a short-term pain is better than a longer one, I don’t hope to keep dragging this out and find troubles in the future, do you understand?”
Zi Xue cutely nodded her head: “Eat quickly, it’s getting cold.”
“My wife’s command, I’ll immediately carry it out!” Saying so, I immediately held up the dinner in front of my eyes, the strange thing was, Zi Xue did not refute me, she only gave me endless meat from her tray.
“I have enough, look at how sturdy I am, you have to eat more, you are too skinny.”
“It’s because you are big that you sturdy you have to eat more, with your big body how can your nutrition be balanced?”
Just when I was reveling in this gentle meal, a familiar voice broke in: “It’s so sweet, I’m drowning from the sweetness.” Without looking I could tell it was Fenyu speaking. I looked at him, I saw he was holding two bowls while giggling.
I said: “Sit, even eating will not stop your talking.”
Feng Yun sat at my side and ignored me, happily giggling and asked Zi Xue: “Miss Zi Xue, how did Lei Xiang trick you, can you tell me? You are the dream lover of most of the male students, to our surprise this fellow beat us to you first.”
Displeased, I looked at Feng Yun. He acted as if he didn’t see me, and waited eagerly for Zi Xue’s answer.
Zi Xue first peeked at me, and said in a small voice: “I also don’t know, it should be I am the one who tricked him, from when I first saw him I couldn’t stop myself from liking him, but I never expected him to like me, I felt he was so independent and he seemed a little out of reach. I never imagined he would like me.”
My whole body was stunned, I never thought Zi Xue would so straightforwardly say her inner feelings. My eyes gushed with a strong feeling, and I immediately grasped Zi Xue’s hands, affectionately saying: “No, you can’t say that, you are the greatest gift from the Heavens to me.”
Feng Yun yelled loudly: “I can’t take this, I can’t take this, I’ll depart first, you guys continue.” Then he turned and ran, Zi Xue and I looked directly at each other and smiled, continuing our sweet dinner.
Finished with dinner, Zi Xue saw me sitting without moving then realized I was waiting for Hua Lun and the nobles, she then held on to me hand and said softly: “Let’s leave, okay? Let’s not lower ourselves to their level.”
I looked at Zi Xue, her face full of anxiousness, I could not bear to let her worry and gave up on my original plan, helplessly saying: “Okay, on your feelings I’ll let them go.”
I pulled Zi Xue towards the cafeteria door. Just at the door, we bumped into Hua Lun who returned. I frowned, inwardly thinking, this fellow is really looking for death. Hua Lun saw that I was about to leave with Zi Xue thought I was afraid of him, then he mocked: “Hmph! And here I thought how courageous you are, turns out you are only pretending, why in such a rush, want to run with tails between your legs? It won’t be that easy.”
I coldly looked at him: “Let me see how many reinforcements you’ve brought to dare be so rampant.”
Hua Lun disdainfully said: “It’s not in the quantity but in the quality, today I’ll let you experience what is called real skill.”
“Really? Then I’ll wait and see.”
A cold snort came from outside the door, my mind shook and I immediately paled. Simply based on his voice he could control my state of mind, this person’s skill was definitely deep and unpredictable, no wonder Hua Lun was so confident.
From the door walked in a person, this person was not below my height although not as robust but as ideal, even from his bones seem to come a breathtaking power, his face was thin and clear, eyes flickering in the light. Who is this? He was in control, just based on how imposing he was, I was at a complete disadvantage.
This person greeted Zi Xue: “Long time no see Miss Zi Xue, Liwa greets you here. Please give my greetings to his Excellency the duke.” His actions obviously showed he did not put me in his eyes. However, what surprised me even more was that Zi Xue’s father was on equal footing with a prince, no wonder no one dared to be rude to her.
Zi Xue calmly said: “Please do not be so polite, Senior Liwa. This year you should have graduated, how come you’re still joining in the fun here?” I was innerly thankful, Zi Xue clearly told me this person was in grade 5, from what I can see, even among nobles he was held at a high status.
Liwa naturally said: “I heard from Hua Lun there was someone being disrespectful to Miss, so I specially came to take a look to discipline this arrogant student.”
Zi Xue said: “There is no need, he is my friend, and also the closest person to me, between us there is no need for outsiders to interrupt.” Her words immediately warmed my heart.
Hearing Zi Xue’s words, Liwa’s eyes exploded with fierce light, staring straight at me, I also did not back down and looked at him. He said: “Then I’ll have to see, what kind of person can make Miss Zi Xue who regards men as nothing, move her heart.”
Although I knew this person was not easy to take care of, at this moment I could not retreat, and I pulled Zi Xue to the side: “You stay here and watch, do not intervene, everything is fine if I’m here. If you stay I will be distracted, listen, behave well.”
Finally convincing Zi Xue who has ten thousand disagreements on separating, I covered my whole body in the Mad God’s battle chi, secretly casting a flying technique on myself and then firmly stared at my opponent. Everyone knows, that at any moment the battle could start.
////editor note: I think “ten thousand disagreements” is another chinese expression.
“Who is causing trouble in the dining hall again?” A low voice came.
Liwa and I became stunned, from outside the cafeteria came a person, who turned out to be the vice-principal, his gloomy face sweep across the surrounding crowd and finally stopped at me.
Wrinkling his eyebrows, he said: “Lei Xiang, how come it’s you again, you just been released from confinement, did you forget?” As he said so, he gave me a signal with his eyes.
I still did not reply and Hua Lun already opened his mouth, smiling apologetically to the vice-principal: “Vice-principal, hello, we are not causing trouble, everyone was just having a conversation.” He is actually trying to help me, why?
The vice-principal looked at him, strictly saying: “Liwa, you are Dragon General Liwo’s son and also the school’s Sky Dragon team’s chief, you should pay attention to your position in the school, this time I’ll pretend I didn’t see anything and forgive you guys. If you have to fight, wait until the school’s annual fighting tournament, if I hear about another private fight then don’t say I did not warn you, it’ll be immediate expulsion.” So it turns out Liwa has such an outstanding background, no wonder he’s so powerful, he is actually the Dragon General’s son, the vice-principal clearly told me of his identity.
Liwa bowed: “Yes, vice-principal.”
“Alright, everyone disperse, do whatever you are supposed to be doing. Liwa and Hua Lun follow me, Lei Xiang, I’m warning you, your punishment was just removed, if you break the rules again, you heard what I have just said, let’s go.”
Before leaving Liwa looked deeply at me and quietly said: “I hope you can persevere in the school’s Martial tournament to meet me.” Hua Lun stared fiercely at me.
I stared back steadily to respond to his challenge.
The vice-principal turned to leave, Jin Li Li appeared from the vice-principal’s shadow and bounced over, pulling on Zi Xue and said: “How is it? I rushed over just in time right, I called the vice-principal, how are you going to thank me?”
I coldly snorted at the side: “Nosy.”
Jin Li Li immediately angered to the point of transparent red skin and shouted loudly: “If it wasn’t for Zi Xue, who would help you, don’t you know how strong Liwa is? He is now already an upper level Earth Knight and is nearing a Dragon Knight’s strength, he’s not someone you can compete with.”
“That is also my business, I don’t need you to care.”
Zi Xue pulled on my sleeve, pleading with me.. I snorted at Jin Li Li and softly said: “Zi Xue, I’ll walk you back.”
Zi Xue lowered her voice: “No need, I’ll go back with Sister Lily, she’s already angry with me.”
I tooked at look at Jin Li Li who couldn’t even speak from her anger: “OK, you have to be careful, I’ll leave first. Let’s eat together during lunch tomorrow.” Saying so, I lightly pecked her little face and turned to leave the dining hall. I really like the feeling of kissing her, soft, white and delicate skin was very moving. Behind me was left the blushing Zi Xue and the fuming Jin Li Li.
Zi Xue’s voice came from my back: “In the future you can’t go look for that nurse.” Seems like when it concerns someone she loves, even a shy lady like Zi Xue cannot let even one grain of sand enter one’s eyes! Hearing her words, I could not help but think of Ke Lan, those 10 days recovering in the hospital, I felt her feelings towards me, her expression was so clear and sincere, it looks like I have to find a chance to clear this up with her, after all, Zi Xue is my actual choice.
////editor note: Again I’m assuming “cannot let even one grain of sand enter one’s eyes” is a Chinese expression
Back at the dorm, Feng Yun and the rest were all there, it seems like they want to collectively interrogate me.
I jumped onto my bed and laid down.
Huo Xxing’s voice came first: “Hey, Lei Xiang, how can you not say anything? You did not even say a hello.”
I said: “Say what. Didn’t that big mouth Feng Yun tell you everything already.”
Embarassed, Feng Yun said: “How did I become big mouthed?
I leaned towards the side of the bed, looking at him: “Then you didn’t say anything?” Feng Yun immediately became silent.
Huo Xing said: “Older Brother Lay, you are really… you actually caught Miss Zi Xue, quickly tell us your heroic battle.”
I smiled: “Don’t call me that, I might not be older than you, Zi Xue is a good girl, she’s good to me, and I also really like her, and naturally it became like this.”
Huo Xxing said: “With that said, with your confinement, our teacher was so worried and looked for the vice-principal a few times to plead your case, but that old vice-principal did not agree and confined you for 3 months. School has just started and you fell behind so much, how will you make it up?
I said displeased: “Don’t speak badly of the vice-principal, you don’t understand, he confined me for my own good, these three months were very important to me, but I have to thank Teacher Zhuang Jing, she is truly a responsible and good teacher.”
Feng Yun asked curiously: “Quickly tell us, how come these 3 months are important for you?”
I stared at him: “Even without your big mouth, I also cannot say, but I suggest you guys go often to the library to take the look, there are many good books.”
Huo Xxing seemed as if he understood something and said: “I understand, is it because the vice-principal want to let you avoid the nobles that’s why he persisted in confining you and chose the library to give you an opportunity to self-study?
I nodded: “You are very smart, compared to a certain someone.”
Feng Yun pretended to be angry at me: “What’s wrong with me?”
I replied saying: “who said it was you?” Feng Yun immediately became cross causing the Ho brothers to laugh.
Huo Xing said: “Older Brother Lay, this time you seem to be different from before, looks it, during your stay in the library you must’ve learned many things.”
I asked: “How am I different?”
Huo Xing said: “You are more cheerful compared to before, no longer as dark, at least we can now chat for a few minutes, but before you wouldn’t talk and always keep a gloomy face, seeing you I was afraid.”
I chuckled: “What’s there to be scared of, how come I couldn’t tell you were afraid of me? Compared to before I am more cheerful, maybe it’s because Zi Xue melted my ice-cold heart.” Ke Lan probably deserves some of the credit, I wonder how can I take care of this matter without hurting Ke Lan.
Forget it, when the car arrives at the mountain there will be a road, I’ll just decide then.
////editor note: You guessed it, another Chinese expression.
“Everyone should sleep, there’s still class tomorrow.”
I laid on top of the bed and looked at the ceiling, I found that have grown to like the human country’s way of life, the things that I am getting attached to are growing in number. At this rate, perhaps I won’t be able to free myself when the time comes, but I already promised Zi Xue, no matter where I’ll go I’ll bring her, and I definitely cannot go back on my word. Now my mission is considered complete, should I head back to the Beast Country? This is a moving idea, but I immediately rejected it, what’s so good back there? there is not even one person to speak to. Everywhere there is death, theft, fighting, just thinking of it makes my heart turn cold, it’s still more comfortable here, and didn’t father give me 5 to 10 years to complete my mission? Good, then I will just stay here for 10 years and then go back to the Beast Country. Perhaps if father and the emperor knew I decided to do this, they would say I did not love our country, but I do not think so, what country can I love? The truth is, I also have a quarter human blood, alongside my beast and demon blood.
Early in the morning, I woke up to my roommates calls, ate breakfast, decided that before class I’ll go find Teacher Zhuang Jing and tell her I’m back. She cared for me so much, no matter what I’ll have to tell her first.
I knocked on the door and from the inside came a familiar voice: “Who is it? Come in.”
I walked into Teacher Zhuang Jing’s office, she was currently sitting behind the desk writing something. She lifted her head and saw it was me, her face showed a surprised and happy expression and stood up from the chair. Holding on to my arms, she said: “Lei Xiang, you’re back, has it been hard on you this whole time?”
Why did she care for me this much? I could feel that her concern came from her heart. Her words allowed my heart to feel some warmth and my nose turned a little sour, from when I was little until now, my mother never cared for me, but how could a teacher I just met less than 4 months ago care so much about me?
With a hoarse voice I said: “Teacher, thank you for your concern, I’m very well.”
Teacher Zhuang Jing sighed: “It’s all because Teacher is not strong enough, I wasn’t able to help you and I let the vice-principal shut you away for 3 months. From today on, you can come and make up classes in the evening,so that you don’t fall behind, your potential is good, and my expectations of you are very high.”
“Teacher, thank you, but, I think I don’t need it, actually the confinement from the vice-principal was for my own good, you should not blame him.” I once again told of the vice-principal’s painstaking efforts and my efforts at practicing during this time period to Teacher Zhuang Jing. However I hid the part about the Berserk God and memorizing books. In any case the Berserk God’s art is not suitable for everyone and I did not want to share it with anyone, not even Teacher Zhuang Jing.
She suddenly realized: “So I wronged the vice-principal, you’re really great, to be able to use 3 months time to learn all the elementary magics, it’s not an easy feat, in the future don’t fight with the nobles anymore, you’re no match for them.”
I bitterly replied: “So what if they’re nobles, they think because they are born with a golden key they have the all the rights? I look down on these types of people. It’s not thanks to their own efforts that they have their rights, and yet they are still so high and mighty, yesterday after my confinement release when I ate dinner, I almost fought with Liwa, he is the strongest of the nobles I’ve seen.”
“What, Liwa? He’s the Chief of warriors of this school, and also the chief of the Sky Dragon team, his family’s Descending Dragon battle chi is very strong, and his father is very influential in the imperial courts, how can you provoke him, he’s different from the other nobles, his upbringing is very good and will not usually provoke others. What on earth happened?
My face turned red: “Teacher, it’s time for class, I’ll tell you in the future.”
Teacher Zhuang Jing’s sharp eyes stared at me and sge suddenly realized: “Ah, I understand.”
I said embarrassed: “Teacher, it’s not Zi Xue’s fault, it’s because I can’t stand that Hua Lun fellow.”
Teacher Zhuang Jing exposed a sly and prevailing expression and smiled: “I was pretending, but now I really understand. So it’s because of Zi Xue, she is a good lady, you have to cherish her! But, in the school you have to tone it down, since they do not allow romantic relationships.”
////editor note: I’m starting to like Teacher Zhuang Jing…
I was stunned by what she said and recovered after half a day: “Teacher, you do not oppose Zi Xue and me….”
Teacher Zhuang Jing said as it it was natural: “Oppose? Why should I oppose you two, your age is when kids act on impulse, this is normal. The only thing I want from you, is that you have to hold onto yourself, and not to cause trouble anymore. Then again, I wonder what difference would it make if I oppose? Even though I have not known you for very long, I feel I can understand your personality. Silly boy, when you meet someone you like, you must not easily give up, and you also must not harm each other, understand?”
////Editor note: I wouldn’t mind having this teacher myself…
I nodded: “Yes, teacher.”
Teacher Zhuang Jing seemed to remember something: “Ah, that’s right, when you were in confinement, a lady was looking for you, she looks like a nurse from our school’s auxiliary hospital, very pretty and clever, I told her you were in confinement and she looked very sad. She said she’ll look for you when you are released, probably in the next few days, you’re not putting your leg on both boats right?[cheating]”
No way, Ke Lan really fell for me, why else would she take the initiative to find me? If she comes what do I say to her? I can’t say I don’t have feelings for her, but I’m afraid I’ll lose Zi Xue if I got involved with her, thus I fell deep into thought.
Teacher Zhuang Jing pushed me a little: “I asked you a question.”
I said “ah” and woke up from my thoughts, how can I tell Teacher Zhuang Jing, she’s so good to me, I can’t bear to lie to her, I cleverly changed topic: “That’s right, Teacher Zhuang Jing, I heard the vice-principal say that our school has a one a year martial tournament, what is it?”
Although she knew I changed topic to escape the subject, she was still interested in what we were not talking about and replied: “The martial tournament is very important, it’s the school’s way to test the students. Once a year, starting in February, at the end of this semester, people compete. This tournament is also a way to take a step towards your future career, because the ones who place in the top 10 can enter the ranks of the Dragon Knights.”
I asked: “Everyone competes together?”
Teacher Zhuang Jing shook her head: “It’s divided into grades, the school has 5 grades and from each class they’ll select two students to enter the competition. the top ten that just now mentioned meant top 10 from grade 5, that is to say, every class from the 5th year will select 10 competitors to join. Although there are lower grade experts as well, generally the quality of the 5th years are the highest, and also they’re nearing graduation, every time the selected students from the 5th year are the favorite picks, and they will definitely be put to an important position, even if they don’t get in the top 10.
In order not to neglect the talented, the school set a rule, the champion of the lower grades can challenge any of the champions from the upper grades, then they can enter the 5th grade directly.”
So that is how it is, no wonder Liwa told me to persist in order to meet him, if I want to compete with him, then I have to become the grade champion.
Teacher Zhuang Jing then said: “That’s why, you have to practice well and become the grade champion for me, personally, I think it’s an embarrassment, the few magic-warrior classes in the same year competition, usually they end up being number 1 and 2 when counting backwards, you have to get our revenge, because we are enrolled with more students this year, in total there are 6 classes and 12 competitors, even if you don’t get the championship, you have to enter top 3. You and Feng Wen have a lot of potential, at that time I plan to let you two enter the competition.
////editor note: 1 or 2 counting backwards…interesting way of putting it Teacher Zhuang Jing…
“Isn’t the class chief Feng Juan? Is it alright to not let her fight?”
Teacher Zhuang Jing chuckled: “That fat girl, she is somewhat strong, but she received her position due to luck, do you think I can’t tell who is stronger? If it wasn’t for both you and Feng Wen being injured she wouldn’t have became the chief. Aiya, let’s go, just talking with you I forgot about class.”
I also lost track of time and quickly went with Teacher Zhuang Jing to our class’s direction.