"Where did that little shorty go?"
The very astonished-looking red-haired Moss peeked left and glanced right at the bustling entrance of St. Dawn Academy.
There were quite a lot of senior students under the doorways of St. Dawn Academy’s great arched stone gates. These senior students had volunteered to come help and give new students a little introduction, then guide the new students to their dormitories.
As one of the academies with the longest traditions in St. Lauren, St. Dawn Academy was not only built with antique architecture, its campus was also very vast. It took at least a forty minutes on foot from the main entrance to the "Ivy" residences and the "Redbud" residences where the new students lived. It was very easy to get lost for new students unfamiliar with the area.
The way Moss saw it, a guy like Ayrin who came from a small time place would certainly stir a fuss about nothing and make a fool of himself after seeing the genuine appearance of St. Dawn Academy.
That was why Moss intentionally kept some distance away from Ayrin, ready to make fun of him. But what he hadn’t expected was that Ayrin would have already disappeared in the blink of an eye.
"School sister, what are you called? I’ll help you carry your things ok?"
"School sister, I’ll take you to the dorm ok?"
At the same time, a Rinloran who looked even prettier than the vast majority of girls found himself in the middle of an encirclement of several older schoolmates whose eyes shone bright. His face was already full of black lines, once again reaching the verge of an explosion.
"This is the Thinkers Forest!"
"Sleeping Mermaid Stone Statues!"
"I’ve reached the beast training schoolroom!"
Ayrin held a thick booklet at this moment and he was already shouting out a name or two from time to time as he walked on the roads inside St. Dawn Academy, attracting sidelong glances from one passerby after another.
Old Ginns had been the one to give him the small booklet he held in his hand. Its name was called "Guidebook to St. Dawn Academy." This booklet not only had a map of St. Dawn Academy inside, it also contained introductions about many edifices and many academy teachers.
"Cattail Library, so called because the growth of cattails filling the shores of the lakes beside it. The floors, stairs, and windows all groan because it is from too ancient an era, so it is also customarily called the "Groaning Library." Finally here!"
Half an hour later, with the guidance of the map, Ayrin finally came in front of the library old Ginns said he needed to go to first thing.
This was an ancient wooden building set over a protruding mound surrounded on three sides by lakes. Green vines climbed all over the surface of the wooden building. There was only an unremarkable name board standing in the vicinity of the entrance
The instant Ayrin crossed inside this ancient library entirely made of wood, an expressionless old man with a short stature wearing a black robe and thick long-sighted glasses blocked his way.
"You’re a freshman who’ve just been admitted in the academy?"
Shooting a glance to the freshman card hanging on Ayrin’s chest, the black-robed old man said in a severe tone, "This is the library, you’re not allowed to enter as you wish."
Ayrin nodded, "I want to get a reading card and go read inside."
The black-robed old man cast a glance at Ayrin, "New students only have the right to read the books inside, you can’t borrow them out."
"You’re not allowed to take any sharp device that could possibly scratch the books inside. You have to trim your nails first before going in."
"Any book-damaging behavior is forbidden, otherwise there will be severe punishments. In serious cases, you can even be directly dismissed from the academy."
"It’s forbidden to read in a loud voice and make a racket inside the library, otherwise you’ll be expelled. If you violate the rules too many times, you’ll permanently lose the right to enter the library."
After a full hour and more, after a full three repetitions of the library’s rules and regulations, the old black-robed man who’d already talked about many information having nothing to do with books finally let go with satisfaction of an Ayrin whose whole face was blank from listening. Then he handled a reading card and let Ayrin enter inside his ancient library.
"It was indeed the super chatty librarian, professor Plum."
Ayrin only rubbed his own face when he reached the groaning wooden stairs leading to the second floor of the library, recovering from the state of a blank and dumbstruck face.
"Hateful old Ginns, acting so mysterious. It’s one thing if you don’t tell me what bloodline power it actually is, why did you also have to put it inside an obsolete library with some nagging librarian."
The Ayrin who was mumbling inside his mind immediately sucked in a mouthful of cold air as soon as he climbed up along the creaking wooden stairs to the second floor of the library. He was thoroughly astounded.
Rows and rows of bookshelves filled the entirety of the second floor, all the way to a roof you had simply no way of reaching without wooden ladders. Books with covers in all kinds of colors were neatly and tidily laid out on the thick and deep brown bookshelves. It was simply a sea of books.
All the bookshelves and the majority of books were obviously very ancient. The cover on some were even entirely faded, but they were all very clean, not even a speck of dust on them.
The atmosphere inexplicably became a little graver.
Ayrin went back and forth between the rows of shelves. The entirely library had four floors. He didn’t continue upward but searched slowly, reaching a corner close to stairs leading to the third floor.
A book with a purple leather cover titled "Views on architectural styles during the war of the dragons era" quietly reclined on the second layer of the bookshelf in this corner, counting from the bottom.
The moment Ayrin pulled it out, pearls and pearls of incomparably tiny shiny silver stars intriguingly emerged without any warning from the double layered board under the book. They converged at top speed on the five fingertips on Ayrin’s right hand.
Those dust-like bright silver stars quickly shaped into five tiny diamond-like crystals on the tips of Ayrin’s fingers.
Five tiny marks also emerged separately on Ayrin’s five fingertips at the same time.
With a flash, the five tiny crystals pierced into Ayrin’s fingertips, and the five tiny marks of light also vanished at the same time.
Not even one second had passed by from beginning to end.
It seemed like a giant invisible hammer had fiercely struck Ayrin’s heart before he had any time to react, even to the point of making his body jump up involuntarily.
"So this is the fusion of bloodline powers?"
Ayrin came to his senses the moment his two hands unconsciously pressed on his own heart. His heart banged once again at the same time.
"Boom! Boom! …"
He saw his exposed skin shake like waves along with one violent beat of his heart after another. The blood inside his body also seemed to become suddenly much heavier, pressing down on him until his body almost started to bend down.
His heart was even going to jump out and crack at this rate… He was going to die right?
Ayrin felt unspeakable discomfort.
But his face once again brimmed with a confident expression that never admitted defeat the next second. His hands left his chest and tightly clenched into fists.
"Come then! No matter what bloodline power, you just obediently fuse for me!"
Ayrin’s body kept shaking, but he started to straighten up bit by bit instead.
There was no telling how much time had gone by when the violent heartbeats stopped. It was only that the blood inside him still seemed extremely heavy. An inexplicable intuition started to get ahold of him, that he could make the blood flow a little faster and his body a little more relaxed if he moved a bit.
"What, you’re still not obediently fusing thoroughly!"
Ayrin put the book back with a face filled with warlike determination. He tried walking a few steps and found out it made him a little more comfortable. So he simply walked straight in quick steps without stopping, directly walking out of the library with creaking floors and stairs. Then he started running along the avenue.
"You’re obediently fusing just like this? You don’t even have a little fighting strength."
As he started to sweat big drops after running continuously for several minutes, Ayrin felt all the feelings of discomfort had already entirely disappeared. His heartbeat had also completely returned to normal.
He slowly walked forward a while and calmed his breathing down, waving his fists a few times. He couldn’t feel any obvious difference in his body compared to before.
"Is the bloodline power really too bad, or is it that it can only display its effect after I become an arcane master?"
Ayrin discovered shops standing everywhere in front of him after mumbling a few sentences to himself. There were many clerks wearing bright-colored clothes doing their best to attract business.
Behind a full hundred stores arranged in charming disorder, there was also a quiet park one couldn’t see the end of with a quick glimpse.
"It’s the commercial street!"
Ayrin immediately realized he’d unconsciously run all the way to the only commercial street inside St. Dawn Academy.
The entire city of St. Lauren was built on a mountain. St. Dawn Academy was built on a mild slope mid-mountain on the north side of St. Lauren. The commercial street was located in St. Dawn Academy’s central area, adjacent to the biggest park inside the academy: the "Goddess Park."
The "Goddess Park" had gained its name because there was a kind of white tulip named "Goddess" planted in great numbers inside the park.
"Why are there so many people?"
As he unconsciously surveryed the academy’s commercial street that seemed almost bigger than Cororin’s surface area, Ayrin saw on it a shop with a big crowd in front of the door, encircling it so tightly not even water would leak through. His curiosity was immediately roused and he couldn’t resist going there.
He squeezed with great difficulties past the great turbulent crowd of humans, then he almost fell face down on the ground at the first sight of the scene in front of him.
This was a store with a "Super Mega Giant Fried Pork Chops" signboard hanging on it. Inside the doorway, there were several fatties who’d eaten until they were clearly about to puke, but they were all still grabbing the golden fried pork chops and gobbling them ferociously.
"Are the pork chops so good, they still want to eat it even when they’re already like this?"
Ayrin had no way to understand no matter how he tried and couldn’t resist shouting out. Some students beside him immediately started to talk all at once when they heard, explaining, "It’s this store’s opening day. The boss said you can eat for free as long as you eat ten chops in one go."
"So it turns out to be like this." The suddenly enlightened Ayrin was immediately eager to give it a try. "Can anyone participate?"
"Do you actually also want to participate?"
"Stop dreaming, even a single chop is bigger than your face, it’s simply impossible to eat ten in one go. Until now the most they’ve eaten is seven pieces. If you can’t manage it you still have to pay the money for the pork chops you’ve eaten."
"That’s right, don’t be fooled, it’s simply impossible to succeed. The boss is clearly cheating ignorant youngsters."
Among such voices, Ayrin stretched his hand out and tried to measure it. He felt these pork chops were indeed really big.
Several pork chops were carried out again at this time.
"Fragrant super mega giant pork chops! Whether you walk by or pass by, don’t miss it by!"
"Ultra quantity, genuine super mega giant golden fried pork chops! As long as someone can eat ten, everything’s free!"
The fat boss immediately shouted vigorously, his face flushed red and a white chef uniform on his body. He attracted even more St. Dawn Academy students over.
Choked by the heavy smell of grease, those challengers who were already about to puke immediately blanched and retreated in defeat one by one. There were two of them who even directly shoved their way out of the crowd and ran to the side of the street to puke loudly.
Ayrin was somewhat delighting in someone else’s misfortune, but the instant the thick aroma surged into his nose, a burst of completely spontaneous shudders spread out from the depths of his body. He even felt that every muscle inside his body seemed to have transformed into extremely tiny particles, all of them vibrating, rubbing against each other.
A feeling thoroughly occupied his consciousness, as if he’d been hungry for several days and several nights, hungry until his heart beat in extreme flurry.
His entire body started to ache the next moment, his pair of feet shaking nonstop.
"Gulp." The clear and loud sound of swallowed saliva came up.
"Can I try?"
Ayrin’s eyes stared fixedly at the several pieces of golden fried pork chops, no longer able to shift away.
"No problem." The thoroughly red-faced boss immediately beamed like a blossoming flower when he saw a challenger come up, still not convinced. Moreover it was even a thin and small young man. "Anyone can try, you only need to eat ten and everything will be free. But you have to eat ten chops in one go ok? My super mega giant fried pork chops are really fragrant and crispy and juicy…"DIF Chapter
The boss was in the middle of talking excitedly, but he heard a burst of voices sucking cold air in.
"Nine chops… already nine pieces…"
"Really strong, does this guy have a pure giant bloodline to be so good at eating?"
The boss turned his head to have a look and also became a little crazy. In the mere blink of an eye, Ayrin had already swept clean these pork chops around him, and moreover an Ayrin with a belly swelling high still had a face that seemed not fully satisfied yet.
"This comrade has a really great appetite." The store’s boss came back to his senses and patted Ayrin’s shoulder with a deep meaning, saying laughingly, "Really promising, you ate nine pieces in one go. Since it’s like this then just eat the tenth chop. When you’re done you can have it all free!"
So said he bent down and took the tenth pork chop from behind.
"This is a pork chop! This is also a pork chop?!"
The surroundings stayed silent for the space of one second, then burst with curses overflowing the sky.
What the boss had taken out was an ultra giant pork chop several times bigger than even all the other nine chops added together. It was simply half a pig.
"Haha, it’s not like I ever said the ten pork chops are all the same size, how’s that shameless." The boss was exceptionally proud of himself. "Plus I run a small business, it’s really not easy, everyone need to be somewhat understanding."
"What, he can even eat that?!"
Half a minute later however, his incredulous voice rang inside the commercial street.
Under the stare of countless disbelieving gazes, Ayrin finished eating that super giant fried pork chop, then rubbed his bulging belly. He said thanks to the dumbfounded boss, then he said another sentence that made everyone around almost faint to the ground, "Eh, where are my feet, why can’t I see my feet."