Chapter 61 Fire
“Boasting without shame.” Kaunitz could not even bother to take a single look at Fang Xingjian. In his eyes, Fang Xingjian who was rumored to have ‘failed the job transition’ could barely even compare to characters like Carter or Zhou Yong. He was already eliminated, and a useless bum from head to toe.
However, what Fang Xingjian had said was true. The actual time for the battle was today, and not last night. It was just that after everyone had seen Fang Xingjian ‘failing the first transition’ the night before, they all subconsciously felt that he had failed to honor the appointment.
Class 256’s instructor, Dick, said coldly, “Fang Xingjian, you have failed the job transition and no longer have the right to continue staying in this class. Leave quickly! Stop with the endless pestering.
“As for your villa, maids, and monthly resources, I’ve already submitted an application to cancel them. Those resources were not meant to be wasted like this.”
“To think that his class’s Prefectural Champion had failed the first transition. If not for Kaunitz’s ingenious performance, his situation in the academy would now be even worse. Thinking of his teaching appraisal for the current year, Dick’s gaze towards Fang Xingjian turned more and more into one of disgust.
Fang Xingjian only looked at Kaunitz coldly, his gaze full of unspoken provocation. He had been fully focused on his training all this time, but that did not mean that he was unaware of the rumors outside. He was not a robot, but rather a person who had been left with even more fury, vengeance, and negative emotions than normal people.
However, for the sake of fully devoting his efforts towards the first transition, Fang Xingjian had been unwilling to waste any of the time on him. After all, he barely had slightly more than four years left.
But now that he had finally completed the first transition successfully, it was only obvious that he would no longer have any more reservations, nor would he continue to tolerate the other party’s impertinence.
Moreover, the Ice Age Meditation Art he was cultivating required bravery and diligence, and the elimination of all grievances in one’s mind through physical force. How could he then allow others to cause him humiliation as they wished?
“Haha,” Seeing Fang Xingjian’s provocative gaze, Kaunitz stood up. A violent raging force field swept across the surrounding air, releasing a pitter patter of explosive sounds. Even the tables and chairs in the surroundings were all being squashed and deformed, making creaking sounds.
“Don’t anger me. Fang Xingjian, the one thing you shouldn’t have done in this life is to anger me.” Kaunitz lifted his chin, staring down at Fang Xingjian with a gaze filled with a sense of superiority and said, “Seeing that we are classmates, I’ll give you one last chance. Apologise and admit your mistake, and I’ll let you leave with dignity.”
“Kaunitz…” Fang Xingjian’s eyes squinted slightly as he lightly replied, “No need to say any more. Let’s meet on the arena.”
Dangerous glints flashed continuously in Kaunitz’s eyes. He took several steps forward, his Reduced Force Field like a gust of raging wind, pushing against Fang Xingjia and pressing down on his shoulders, limbs, and spine.
“As you wish. Fang Xingjian, today will be the day you’ll never ever wish to remember.” Kaunitz checked the time and said, “In one hour, we’ll meet on the arena. I hope that you will not stand me up again.” After finishing his statement, he smirked at Fang Xingjian, satisfied.
He wanted to ensure that there was sufficient time for enough people to gather, so that even more people could witness Fang Xingjian being squashed under his feet. He wanted to vent his frustrations caused by Fang Xingjian previously defeating him in a single move. Kaunitz wanted to let everyone know that in the whole of Class 256 and in this year’s Prefectural Selection, only him, Kaunitz, was a true genius.
Kaunitz turned to leave while Barbara, Ferdinand and the others followed behind him. Barbara looked towards Fang Xingjian with a cruel smile, mimicking the gesture of cutting one’s throat.
Today, Fang Xingjian was dead meat to them.
Dick passed by Fang Xingjian, gave a cold snort and said, “Don’t know what you’re trying to do.” His gaze was full of contempt towards Fang Xingjian. To him, it seemed that the latter had completely failed his job transition, and had gone crazy to actually dare to come to the classroom and stir up a scene, seeking his own humiliation.
‘But it’s also good that Fang Xingjian will be chased away like this. A useless bum who failed his job transition would just be a burden on the results of my appraisal if he were to stay.’
Jack and Anthony came to Fang Xingjian’s side, not saying much. They merely nodded and said, “Xingjian, be careful. It’s said that Kaunitz has started learning Killing techniques since last month. Be careful of his Reduced Force Field.”
The group headed in the direction of the arena. And the news of Fang Xingjian still insisting on having the arena battle with Kaunitz, even after the former had failed his job transition, had spread like wildfire throughout the whole Royal Knight Academy.
Knowing that there was going to be a battle, the many staff members and students who saw them on their way all followed curiously. They looked at Fang Xingjian as if he were an idiot.
“How many years has it been since there’s been a battle in the academy?”
“I thought that this battle had long been cancelled, what with Fang Xingjian failing his job transition and all. I never would have thought that he had such guts.”
“Guts? I’d say it’s foolishness. One who has yet to complete the job transition challenging one who has already gone through the first transition… He’s simply courting death.”
As Fang Xingjian and the others gradually walked towards the arena, more than ten Knights were already there. Instructors, students and members of staff were coming as well.
And when those who had arrived saw Fang Xingjian and Kaunitz, their gazes were filled with varied emotions.
“Didn’t Fang Xingjian fail his job transition? He’s still looking for a battle with Kaunitz?”
“Is this fellow crazy?”
“It’s such a pity for Fang Xingjian. If not for the fact that he’d insisted on choosing the Windstorm Sword Hero, he wouldn’t be in such a pathetic state.”
“This is what’s called biting off more than one can chew.”
There were only about one to two hundred students and instructors in Kirst Royal Academy. Counting maids, chefs, craftsmen and other members of staff, the personnel would definitely not exceed one thousand people. There weren’t really that many people, so the news that Fang Xingjian and Kaunitz were going to continue with their battle spread very quickly throughout the entire academy.
Fang Xingjian did not pay them any heed. After arriving at the arena, he sat down cross-legged on the floor, and closed his eyes as he started his cultivation.
He started circulating his sword arts again and again, throughout his whole body. Under his Knight attire, his veins, muscles and bones were trembling endlessly, entangling, twisting as he circulated the sword techniques and Waves.
More and more people rushed over, including instructors like Dick. Even Hogan from the City Guards Institution came to the arena.
Seeing Hogan walk over, Jack’s gaze flickered as he asked, “Boss, why are you here?”
“Of course, to teach a class. Although it’s merely in name, I am still the academy’s instructor and have to come a few times every month.” Hogan said as he took a glance at Fang Xingjian, who was cultivating with his eyes closed.
He had thought well of this person since the Prefectural Selection, and had even had a bet with Dick, winning 100 gold. He tried to advise, “Fang Xingjian, cultivation is not a matter of speed. Do you want me to go have a talk with Kaunitz and the others? You can focus on your recuperation first, and then battle it out with him after completing your job transition. Don’t act on impulse.”
Anthony followed, saying, “That’s right, Xingjian. We can bring up the battle at a later date. Why do you need to rush into it? Even if you’re in a rush, you should still allow yourself time to recuperate from yesterday’s injuries.” They had seen for themselves how Fang Xingjian had spewed a few big mouthfuls of blood the previous day.
“It doesn’t matter.”
Fang Xingjian suddenly open his eyes wide, giving this simple answer before he headed up to the arena, saying, “Kaunitz, come up. Let’s not waste the time.”
He shook all the muscles over his body, releasing a series of crackling sounds, and taking big steps up the arena.
His display of strength was extremely violent and raging, but his mind was calm as he analyzed all of Kaunitz’s actions in his mind, continuously simulating what would be happening during the course of battle later.
Kaunitz frowned slightly. It had only been half an hour. But although it was not exactly what he had planned, taking a look at the more than one hundred people below the arena, he was not willing to step back either. With a light tap of one of his legs, he cut across the air in a beautiful arch, and appeared on the arena.
He was wearing his blue Knight attire, with three longswords attached to each side of his waist. His golden hair fluttered in the wind as he broke into a cold smile.
Looking at Fang Xingjian, he said, “Today, we’ll fight it out. I’ll let everyone know… who is the real genius in this year’s Prefectural Selection…”