Chapter 713 – The matter of accepting a disciple (13)
Su Luo used one hand to prop up her chin, also expressing her doubts.
Grandmaster Rong Yun was accustomed to being indifferent. His methods of doing things were enigmatic and impossible to predict. No matter how much people pondered, they really were unable to understand.
However, she always felt that Grandmaster Rong Yun, being that sort of wise and farsighted person, should have been able to see Li Yaoyao’s true colours. If this was the case, then, why did he still side with her?
The more Su Luo thought about it, the more her head hurt.
“Forget it, it’s just the first exam question. Losing is fine, consider it a loss. There are still opportunities after this.” Su Luo spread out her hands.
“If you’ve already lost the first round, then it will be very hard to win it back later.” Beichen Ying’s gaze was gentle and soft like water. He stood up and rubbed Su Luo’s head.
This sort of intimate action was something only Nangong would do. So, momentarily, Su Luo had a somewhat blank expression.
Just at this moment of being distracted, Beichen Ying had already walked far away.
“This child, how can he just randomly rub someone’s head.” Su Luo grumbled a line of complaint, without actually thinking too deeply about it.
During these ten days, Su Luo did not actually stay idle.
Aside from refining drugs in her space, the rest of her time was spent staring at the Amethyst Crystal Fish.
Additionally, she kept telling the little divine dragon repeatedly that he must not be gluttonous and eat it on the sly.
The little divine dragon also understood the seriousness of the matter, and his little head nodded solemnly. The several days after, he did not even go play the water sports he loved the most. His small body just laid on his stomach in front of the Amethyst Crystal Fish.
Two large limpid eyes, with clearly distinct black and white sections, stared fixedly at the Amethyst Crystal Fish without blinking.
However, even if it was like this, the Amethyst Crystal Fish was still very disappointing.
Until the last day, the Amethyst Crystal fish still had not spit out that purple-colored crystal stone that Su Luo had wanted the most.
Su Luo let out a sigh, there was no other way…
Even though she was not able to obtain the purple-colored crystal stone, Su Luo still got up really early in the morning. After freshening up and dressing, she looked like a completely new person. Like this, she went towards the throne room.
In the throne room, there were less civil and military officials this time, yet, there were more of Jade Lake’s Li family’s people.
Li Yaoxiang, Li Aoqiong, were all present.
Jade Lake’s fairy had a smile in her eyes. She cast a glance at Su Luo with that smile that was not a smile.
One must know yourself and know your enemy. Only then can you come out unscathed through a hundred battles (1) . The Jade Lake’s Li family naturally had taken notice of the activity on Su Luo’s side all along.
Who told her to be the only finalist that passed to fight with the Jade Lake’s fairy for the position?
The news that the Jade Lake’s Li family asked around and got was that there was no movements in Su Manor, only Beichen Ying was outside, busily running around.
Moreover, it was a pity that every time, he would return disappointed.
Grandmaster Rong Yun sat at a high place. Today’s him was still dressed in a soft, white robe. Aristocratic and graceful, his pitch-black, ink-colored eyes carried a kind of deeply hidden sharpness in the midst of seemingly being empty and misty.
Apothecary Leng stood on the steps and with a loud voice, said:
“Ten days’ time is already over. Now, present the items with both hands.”
When he spoke, Apothecary
Leng swept a worried gaze over Su Luo’s face.
The news in the entire imperial capital was usually thorough. All of Su Manor’s activities were observed by everyone.
At this time, almost everyone didn’t have any hope placed on Su Luo.
However, thinking about it, it also made sense. One was Jade Lake’s Li family’s little princess. The other was the very small Su Manor’s unfavoured daughter birthed by a concubine.
This sort of matter that involved one’s background, family property and connections, how could Su Luo possibly win?
Also, it was a purple-colored crystal stone, how could she possibly bring one out?
The corner of Jade lake’s fairy’s contained the traces of a slight smile. She placed a red silk bag on the tray and took a step back.
After standing firmly back in her place, she used a provocative gaze to sweep towards Su Luo.
However, Su Luo, at that moment, stood there motionless.
Su Luo’s peculiarity drew in everyone’s attention.
What was this, Su Manor’s unfavoured daughter birthed by a concubine, waiting for? It seemed as if she was trying to stall for time.
Everyone could not understand.
If this was any other matter, then fine. However, with this purple-colored crystal stone, even if she stalled for time, if she could not bring it out, then she simply could not bring it out.
In the end, what exactly was she waiting for? Could it be that she would wait and wait, allowing her to wait until it arrived?
1) One must know yourself and know your enemy. Only then can you come out unscathed through a hundred battles: This was from Suzi’s book of the Art of War, a famous book written in 776- 471 BC on strategies of war.
Chapter 714 – Rong Yun’s Bias (1)
In fact, Su Luo was still waiting.
That morning, the Amethyst Crystal Fish still had not spit out a crystal stone yet. Therefore, she placed all of her last hopes on this last chance.
She hoped the Amethyst Crystal Fish would, at the most crucial moment, be able to spit out the purple crystal stone that she needed the most. Please, please.
Didn’t everyone all say her luck was good, that she’s the illegitimate daughter of the goddess of fortune? This time’s luck must be very impressive! Su Luo was praying secretly inside her heart.
A hint of a sneer flashed across the Jade Lake’s fairy’s eyes: “Miss Su, it’s your turn.”
The corner of Su Luo’s mouth contained a trace of a shallow smile: “There’s no hurry. Has the Jade Lake’s fairy already collected them all?”
Li Yaoyao gave a smile that was not a smile: “Waiting for you to hand in the exam. Naturally, I’ll wait to see the results. Hurry and go up, stop delaying for time. If Grandmaster Rong Yun gets angry, the consequences will be severe.”
At this time, Su Luo talking about this and that with Jade Lake’s fairy was just to stall for more time.
There were still ten minutes left before the Amethyst Crystal Fish would spit out another crystal stone…
The Jade Lake’s fairy noticed that Su Luo was still deliberately stalling for time and could not help but sneer: “Miss Su, if you don’t have the purple-colored crystal stone, then you just don’t have it. Even if you wait, it won’t come. How long will you drag this out?”
Su Luo did not pay her any attention. She maintained her I’m-mulling-over-it expression and nearly infuriated the Jade Lake’s fairy to death.
On the surface, Su Luo seemed calm and collected, but actually, inside her heart, she was secretly anxious.
Su Luo had never known that time originally passed this slowly…These ten minutes let her fully experience the torment.
Just right at this time, Grandmaster Rong Yun shot a glance at Su Luo. His clear and cold voice rang out: “Time——”
“Pop–” Before Grandmaster Rong Yun could finished speaking, he saw a little dragon suddenly leap up towards his body.
The little divine dragon, having received Su Luo’s command, ran into Grandmaster Rong Yun’s arms and acted cutely.
Before Grandmaster Rong Yun had treated him well. Now, seeing him run over, Grandmaster Rong Yun also came to like it.
The little divine dragon didn’t just stay well-behaved in his arms and acted cute. He was very lively, leaping up and down.
One moment here, then another moment there. Suddenly, he leapt up onto that table.
As everyone knew, the embroidered pouch that had every color of crystal stone was placed on this tray.
The speed of the little divine dragon’s paws were very fast. Don’t know where he got his courage from, and one paw went into the pouch and grabbed something, immediately stuffing it into his mouth.
Even though his action was quick, under thousands of staring eyes, everyone had seen it very clearly!
As a result, everyone froze, staring blankly.
This… What was this supposed to be… Wrapped inside that embroidered pouch was clearly the items the Jade Lake’s fairy had handed in.
The bystanders were shocked, but how could their shock be compared to the Jade Lake’s Li family’s?
Wrapped inside that was actually seven colors of crystal stone, with one for each color. If it had been something else, then forget it. But the purple-colored crystal stone was extremely hard to come by. Even though they were one of the strongest among the ten great powers, they also had to grit their teeth to bear the pain before managing to gather them all.
Li Yaoxiang got so angry that his face flushed red.
Subconsciously, he wanted to rush up there and examine it. However, before waiting for him to even get close, the two chamberlains at Grandmaster Rong Yun’s side obstructed Li Yaoxiang’s way.
One indifferent voice, like the wind, said: “Stop right there.”
A grim and bloodthirsty voice said: “Courting death?”
The hot blood that rushed up to Li Yaoxiang’s head cooled down in a flash. Only then did he realise that a moment ago, he almost offended Grandmaster Rong Yun.
Even though he realised this point, but due to arrogance, it only eased the tension in his expression slightly: “Grandmaster Rong Ýun, please examine them for a moment, which crystal stones did we, the Jade Lake’s Li family, lose!”
If it was others, then fine. If it turned out to be the purple-colored crystal stone… For Li Yaoxiang, just thinking about it, felt his head hurt.
At this moment, the corner of Su Luo’s mouth twitched slightly.
She somewhat speechlessly supported her forehead with her hand and raised her head to look at the sky.
It was because of her family’s little divine dragon’s treasure hunt ability.