Chapter 255.1 - Complete Triumph
And regardless of who would win, that promised match would merely be an exchange of notes. Now, however, the core intent behind the match had already changed. If Tianjing were to lose in this situation, then they wouldn't be able to raise their heads and face others anymore.
Based on the current situation and the opponent he was picking a fight with, one could argue he had no reason to go to such extremes.
Laura was the sole exception to this line of thought. Even Leo, who had looked at Wang Zhong with great interest, seemed dumbfounded by his proposal. But while he was surprised, he also felt this was becoming more and more interesting to watch.
A faint smile appeared on Paul's face.
"Good!" Sully spoke in an extremely casual fashion as he said, "Someone come and get four of our squadmates here! We'll go and accompany this Tianjing Squadron for some fun."
Leo couldn't hold it in any longer and let out a sigh. Paul is still as gentlemanly as ever. If I were in his shoes I would probably be quite prejudiced. Be it toward Tianjing Academy or Wang Zhong, he wouldn't have accepted a match with their squadron. This was too much of a lethal taste, and it didn't help that Wang Zhong was quite impulsive. He didn't leave behind any way out! Or… did he actually have a trump card in hand?.
There was no doubt that the card Paul had played was extremely beautiful. If he won then no one would be able to say he'd bullied Tianjing. But on the off chance the Saxon Squadron had lost, then he could attribute it to him having not participated, thus leaving himself a face-saving path.
It was, after all, true that Tianjing had defeated Adolf not so long ago. This was actually one of the reasons why none of the other squadrons were willing to compare notes with them. Other than Copperfield, Austin1, and Saxon2 who all had elite squadrons with standings in the higher rankings, the other squadrons couldn't truly puff out their chests and proclaim with 100 percent certainty that they could come out victorious against Tianjing. Furthermore, if they did win then it wouldn't truly be anything spectacular. Losing, however, would result in them falling into a deep ditch, throwing away all semblance of face at the same time.
"Hmm." With a gentle laugh, Wang Zhong rubbed his chin thoughtfully before saying, "Then for the sake of equality, I too shall not enter."
Other than Laura, who almost burst out into laughter, the rest of the audience turned completely speechless.
Sully rolled his eyes at those words. This fellow was really both narcissistic and blind! We're Saxong Academy, the boss of the Eastern Area! You guys were tenth place last year! Our captain was being humble toward you, yet you turn it right back and refuse it! Equality and all this talk? Fuck your mother's brains!
If you want to be pretentious, at least have the strength to back it up brother!
Paul almost burst into laughter.
Doesn't this waste have any understanding of the situation he is in?
As one who followed the rule 'an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth', Paul viewed Wang Zhong's emergence the past few days as a threat that wasted his own future prospects. This made Paul hate him to the core. Even though he was able to make contact with Calderon afterward and even represent Saxon Squadron in signing an agreement for mutual assistance, Paul's hatred never lessened.
Some people would hold a grudge their entire lifetime.
After all, if he didn't have a tacit understanding with Sully, would the latter really dare to act so rampantly and provoke the Tianjing Squadron?
Even if Wang Zhong didn't bring up the match, Sully would definitely have taken some opportunity to do so!
"Haha. This is just a comparison of notes. Let's follow what Captain Wang Zhong just said." Paul smiled while waving a hand. "Will you require time to prepare?"
"No need. Our Tianjing Squadron is prepared to enter combat at any time," came Wang Zhong's reply.
They were gonna fight! They were really gonna fight!
News began to circulate about the match between the Tianjing Squadron and Saxon Squadron. It only took a half hour for this information to make the rounds within Copperfield Academy.
There was usually no such thing as having concealed fights or a quiet exchanging of notes between the various academy squadrons. Students in Copperfield were allowed to view whichever matches they wished, especially if the number of celebrity participants in specific squadrons was on the high end. Therefore, when such fights happened there would usually be a large crowd arriving to join in the fun, so long as there was no class happening at the same time. In fact, the number of people watching was usually quite high, though this meant a few hundred at most.
But it was a completely different story this time!
Known as one of the strongest academies around, Saxon had actually accepted a mutual confrontation with Tianjing Academy, the lowest ranking squadron present in this special class!
To those students bored to death by the bitter curriculum yet found it hard to get access to any form of entertainment that wasn't meaningless, this strange and question-worthy match that erupted out of nowhere made them feel extremely interested.
As such, the news spread like wildfire and lit up the entire Copperfield Academy.
It was evening at the moment and almost everyone had finished their lessons and were heading back, only to hear this news spread around. All of the students immediately rushed over with bated breaths.
"Tianjing Academy versus Saxon Academy! I heard the losing squadron has to strip naked and run around the academy three times!"
"What nonsense! There are quite a few girls in Tianjing Academy's Squadron. Naked your sister! People with common sense won't think such a thing, alright? Rather, I heard the two captains have placed bets around 10,000 each!"
"Another load of nonsense! It's definitely impossible for them to gamble with money. I heard someone from Tianjing had been beaten by Sully. These two guys here are just taking advantage of the hype to mess around with people. The squadron that loses just has to kowtow a hundred times!"
"Regardless of what exactly they've bet, is Tianjing retarded? They're challenging Saxon! That's a strong squadron not much weaker than our own Copperfield Squadron!"
Over ten thousand students made their way toward Copperfield Academy's group battle arena. Very quickly the entrance became jam-packed with people.
After all, this was the land of the Fight-loving Copperfields.
The arena itself was amply spaced, revealed through the several hills dotting it and the large pool of water that sat right in the middle. Several changeable obstructions were also available, installed in various parts of the arena. Above was a clear skylink hologram floating in mid-air, a display of both sides' statistics shown. This would later change and allow for the latest reactions to the match taking place.
Although the match had been decided at the very last minute, it seemed Copperfield Academy's efficiency was quite high. Once it circulated past the student body, it seemed anyone with free time had already arrived shortly after the battle was confirmed. Naturally, the main show here was Saxon as they were considered an overlord of the Eastern Area.
Currently, the buzzing and droning of voices filled the arena. Honestly though, anyone with the slightest bit of understanding toward the numerous squadrons would realize this wasn't an even match at all.
"The strength of a squadron doesn't depend on some randomly powerful freshmen popping up out of nowhere, not unless they're sanctuary division experts like All-Mouthy King. Obviously, Tianjing doesn't have this. As for their victory over Adolf, it could just be that Adolf has degenerated by too much."
"Right. They're just ranked third in a small part of the Eastern Area. In that fight they also had a 4:3 score. Saxon isn't a squadron that a waste like Adolf can compare to."
"Haha. Don't talk about others like that. Just enjoy the liveliness and soak in the joy. Speaking of which, what exactly did the two squads bet on? I feel this is the most important thing."
"This sister is here to see some handsome boys! Ah~! Look, it's Galen! Boys in glasses are the most gentle!"
"No, Captain Paul is the definition of handsome. Look at that gentlemanly aura he gives off just sitting there!"
"His figure is also very good. Look at the slender fingers of St. Paul! Oh my god, I feel like I could play with them all year round! How can he even be compared to that gorilla?"
"Fuck you all and your stupid aesthetic sense! It's clearly Captain Leo who's the most manly!" With eyes radiating an intense flame, this fat girl weighing over 150 kg and holding a bag of popcorn rushed to the front row and stared directly at Leo. Her howls could be heard even through the din around her as she shouted, "Captain Leo! I love you! Kyaaaah~! You're the most handsome of them all!"
Burnel Barton who stood beside Leo couldn't help but snicker at the proclamation of adoration. In response, Leo hammered down on his head. As for the fat girl, she was still in her fan-crazed state and continued to shriek, "That method of beating people up is so handsome! So manly! Please go out with my, Captain Leo!"
"How rare Leo! There is finally someone willing to profess to you! As a hot-blooded man, you should definitely meet this beautiful lady's request head on!" Unable to hold it in any longer, Galen said while chuckling.
To the side, Paul sat with a faint smile, an atmosphere of relaxation permeating from him. While he didn't think much of it, those of Tianjing should realize the disparity between the two sides in the eyes of others, right? This kind of invisible pressure was much stronger than a simple 'Good Luck' cheering spouted by their opponents. As he thought about this, Paul couldn't help but turn to look at Wang Zhong.Overall champion, full heavy soldier lineup. ↩ Third place, full assassin lineup. ↩