Chapter 116: Everyone is suspicious
Sima You Yue gave a bow to Wan Wu Feng, saying, "This lowly one, Sima You Yue, greets His Majesty, wishing you a long and prosperous life."
Wan Wu feng saw that Sima You Yue was well aware and admitted to his status, so he said, "What you meant earlier was that you were the secret person of the Sima Clan?"
"Your Venerable Majesty, actually, no such secret person exists. These were merely conjectures made by everyone." Sima You Yue smiled, saying, "Their thoughts ran wild because they did not know where the pills my Clan produced came from."
"The pills recently sold by the Sima Clan were refined by you?" Wan Wu Feng asked in astonishment.
"This lowly one does not have the talent. It was just under the instruction of Master Feng that I learnt a bit of alchemy." Sima You Yue replied.
"Master Feng?" Wan Wu Feng looked at the old Principal.
The old principal looked at Sima You Yue for a long while, saying, "I’m not too sure of this myself. Master Feng's identity is rather mysterious and he didn’t tell me he knew alchemy, so I’m not too sure. However, he does indeed pay more attention to Sima You Yue."
Wan Wu Feng nodded. The old principal had told him before about how Feng Zhi Xing had come to the academy. He had not clearly told him about his identity, only saying that he had come from up above. So even if it was himself, he had to yield somewhat .
"However, Sima You Yue, when did you start refining pills?"
He didn’t mention anything about him being a waste, but his expression was showing exactly that.
"Your Majesty, this lowly one has not yet refined for a year." Sima You You said. After that, she bowed towards Shi Lei, "I wonder if Great Master Shi stills remembers the time when my Grandfather used the hundred year old ginseng in exchange for two Third Ranked pills from you? At that time, I don’t know why but I actually learnt alchemy. Speaking of which, I really have to praise Great Master Shi's pill, or else I would have remained as a waste forever."
"Then I really have to congratulate you." Great Master Shi said enigmatically.
Although he really liked it when others praised the usefulness of his pills, when it came to the Sima Clan that he really couldn’t get along with, it was better for them to have a wastrel than a Spirit Master.
"Clan Leader Nalan, do you still have any questions?" Wan Wu Feng asked as he looked to Nalan He.
Nalan He never thought that the secret person of the Sima Clan was actually Sima You Yue. This actually gave him a huge shock.
He wasn’t even able to cultivate a year ago, but but now he was standing there with the rank of an Alchemist. This caused him, along with the others, to completely disbelieve it.
"Your Majesty, from what I understand, that Alchemist is a second ranked Alchemist. Sima You Yue did not even know alchemy a year ago. In the span of a year, it’s not possible for him to become an Alchemist, much less a second ranked Alchemist. I can’t be the only one who suspects something, right?"
When Wan Wu Feng heard what Nalan He said, he remembered the impossibility of the situation. Who, within the span of less than a year, would be capable of learning alchemy, even becoming a second ranked alchemist?
"Sima You Yue, Clan Leader Nalan is right. Did you really learn alchemy only a year ago?" Wan Wu Feng asked.
"I’m sure that everyone has heard of the situation where I was beaten until I was only left with my last breath. If I knew alchemy, I think I would not have been beaten up so badly at that time." Sima You Yue said, "Murong An and Nalan Lan can be my witnesses with regards to this. They could be said to have been there to watch me get beaten up with their own eyes."
Seeing that Sima You Yue was so confident, everyone believed that she had never learnt alchemy before. After all, one merely had to ask the parties involved and they would uncover the truth. It was also impossible for her to lie.
It was only when Shi Mo Li heard Sima You Yue talk about these two people that she realized Murong An and Nalan Lan were not in the great hall!
"So what you’re saying is that, within the span of one year, from an….. ordinary person who could not refine pills at all, you became an Alchemist, and even a second ranked one at that?" Nalan He said.
Sima You Yue touched her cheeks and said narcissistically, "Oh my, this talent I possess, I can’t do anything about it, either."
"Pfft…" her brothers were tickled pink by her current appearance.
"Impossible!" Shi Lei shouted loudly, "An ordinary person cannot possibly become an Alchemist without spending a few years. There is also a huge chasm between each rank, where crossing over each one is immensely difficult. How could you possibly become a second ranked Alchemist within the span of a single year?!"
He took ten over years in order to reach the level of a second ranked Alchemist from the time that he first began to learn alchemy. Up until this point, he had yet to reach the level of a third ranked Alchemist. If Sima You Yue took a year to become a second ranked Alchemist, what would that make him?
Sima You Yue shrugged her shoulders nonchalantly, saying, "Just because you can't do it doesn't mean that nobody else can."
Shi Mo Li had always felt that she, having spent only a few years in order to even come close to touching the doors of a second ranked Alchemist, was a talent amongst talents. She never thought that would heard that Sima You Yue had used the time span of less than a year to surpass her. She taunted her, saying, "Sima You Yue, since you say that you're a second ranked Alchemist, do you dare to refine a second ranked pill in front of everyone?"
"Trying to manipulate me?" Sima You Yue raised her eyebrows, "But this doesn't benefit me at all."
Shi Mo Li saw that Sima You Yue was unwilling, so she said, "Your Majesty, Clan Lord Nalan said just now that the Sima Clan's alchemist was a second ranked Alchemist and Sima You Yue claimed that the person he spoke of was himself. However, what happens if he cannot refine a second rank pill? Wouldn't it mean that the secret person was somebody else? Wouldn't that mean that General Sima and the others have lied to Your Majesty?"
When Wan Wu Feng heard this, the color of his face changed. Even if it was an outsider like himself, he knew the difficulties of becoming an Alchemist. Wanting to become a second ranked Alchemist was exponentially difficult! Hearing them say it this way, it really seemed as if Sima You Yue was lying to him.
"Sima You Yue, since things have progressed to this point, you have to refine a second ranked pill in front of everyone. If you can refine one, then it's fine but if not, this means you are not an Alchemist and you cannot blame me if I pronounce judgement upon your Sima Clan!"
There was no discussion, it was a direct order.
Sima Lie wanted to open his mouth to say something, but he was pulled back by Sima You Yue.
She smiled, saying, "Since everyone harbors suspicion in their hearts, there no harm in me concocting some pills. However, Your Majesty, if I am able to refine a second ranked pill, since the Nalan Clan has been forming such assumptions, shouldn't they also give me a gift in apology?"
Wan Wu Feng cast a glance at Nalan He, and the two of them replied immediately, "If you are really able to refine a second ranked pill, my Nalan Clan will definitely apologise to you in front of everyone!"
"Okay." Sima You Yue said, "Grandfather, you can return to your seat first. You just have to watch You Yue refine some pills."
"Mm. You just have to give it your best." Sima Lie said.
If it was successful, then the Sima Clan would be able to pass this trial smoothly. But if they failed, he would handle all the resulting consequences. She didn't need to feel pressured, she just needed to properly refine pills.
Sima You Yue understood his meaning as she smiled and nodded her head.
"Do you need a pill furnace or anything like that?" The old principle voiced out in question.
"Thanks to the principle for your care. Being an alchemist, I have brought along all the things that I need. However, Your Majesty, allow me to go look for a long table."
As Sima You Yue finished speaking, a pill furnace appeared in front of everyone.
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