Chapter 1221: Just You Wait!
Chu Liuyue quietly looked at him with an ambiguous smile on her face. “Rong Xiu, do you really think that way?”
Rong Xiu shifted his gaze to meet her eyes. An invisible current instantly flowed between the two when their eyes met. “What do you want to know?”
Chu Liuyue stared into his eyes as if she were trying to peer into the deepest part of his mind through them. “Why didn’t you tell me that I’ve been to that medicinal garden?”
Luo Shishi and Zhuo Sheng were currently battling each other at the top of a mountain in the warrior area. Both of them were trying to figure out the new technique that Elder Wen Xi had taught them recently—sparring was the quickest and most effective way to do that, and it was beneficial to their respective cultivations.
The fight was intense with both of them flipping their bodies around and exchanging blows. There were several times when Zhuo Sheng slipped up and nearly got defeated by Luo Shishi, but he managed to hold on and launch a counter-attack when the latter’s energy was almost depleted, eventually winning the fight.
“I’ve lost.” Seeing how beads of sweat were dripping down Luo Shishi’s flushed face, it was clear that she had given it all in that match.
However, there wasn’t the slightest bit of joy on Zhuo Sheng’s face despite having won the match. Instead, he shook his head with a sigh. “If I wasn’t a few years older and had broken through to become a ninth-grade warrior sooner than you, I’m afraid I wouldn’t have been a match for you just now! Shishi, you’ve improved by leaps and bounds. If this goes on, I believe it won’t be long before you catch up and overtake me.”
Luo Shishi pursed her lips and smiled. “That won’t happen so easily, given how capable you are and how strong your foundation is. I still have a long way to go.”
Zhuo Sheng laughed. “There’s no need for you to be modest! I’m proud of your speedy improvement! We grew up together, so I know the talent and potential you’ve got all too well! If that wasn’t the case, your father and the others wouldn’t have agreed to let you specialize in the warrior path.”
The Luo family was famous for producing Xuan Masters—most of their members, including Luo Yanlin and Luo Yanming, were quite talented in this aspect. However, it was different for Luo Shishi. Her talent in the warrior path far exceeded her talent in the Xuan Master path, and that was why her family had agreed to let her undergo warrior training at Ling Xiao Academy.
“As long as you focus on your cultivation, you’ll surely be able to achieve great things in the future!” said Zhuo Sheng. “You might even be the first among us to make it onto the Qing Yun Ranking!”
Having their name on the Qing Yun Ranking was the greatest recognition and glory to them at the moment.
Luo Shishi thought about it and laughed. “I doubt so. I heard that Chu Yue almost managed to refine a ninth-grade pill the last time. Besides, he’s quite talented in other aspects too… In my opinion, he has a higher chance of getting on the Qing Yun Ranking first.”
Zhuo Sheng stroked his chin and nodded in agreement as he recalled what he had seen so far. “That’s true! Heh, that fella sure isn’t simple! When he’s out, I’ll have to ask him how strong he really is!”
Luo Shishi suddenly froze. “Wait, isn’t today the day he’s supposed to be out?”
Zhuo Sheng slapped his forehead. “Oh, yeah! I’ve been so focused on studying the new skill that I completely forgot about this!”
After thinking about it, Luo Shishi said, “Should we go see him?”
“Sure! I heard that the punishment at Fengmin Mountain is really tough. I wonder how he’s doing now!”
After reaching an agreement, the two of them set off immediately. However, they had only just taken a couple of steps when they suddenly heard someone from the side saying, “Hah, Chu Yue is all capable now. Why would he even need you to worry about him?”
They looked over and saw some familiar faces—it was Gong Sheng and Liu Yintong with a few other people behind them. It seemed like they happened to be passing by.
Luo Shishi and Zhuo Sheng weren’t too fond of them in the first place, so Zhuo Sheng frowned when he heard that. “What do you mean by that?”
Gong Sheng snickered. “You guys haven’t heard the news? Chu Yue managed to become friends with Rong Xiu! So what if he was locked up at Fengmin Mountain? With Rong Xiu behind him, he can do whatever he wants in the academy in the future.”
Luo Shishi and Zhuo Sheng looked at each other with bewilderment. How did that happen? Does that mean Chu Yue and Rong Xiu…
“Aren’t you good friends with Chu Yue? How come you didn’t know this?” The sarcasm in Gong Sheng’s tone was heavy. “Rong Xiu even brought Chu Yue back to his place earlier. I hear that Chu Yue will be staying there for the time being, and Rong Xiu will be personally mentoring him! The rumor has already spread across the entire academy!”
Luo Shishi and Zhuo Sheng really had no knowledge of this matter, but that was a given since they had been diligent in their cultivation lately and hadn’t been paying much attention to other matters. However, this news came as a shock to them, and they could see the incredulity on each other’s faces when they looked at each other. J-just what exactly is going on…?
“That kid sure is lucky to have found such a powerful backer for himself just by taking a risk…” With Rong Xiu protecting him, nobody in the academy will dare to pick a fight with him anymore. Instead, people will all be flocking to fawn on him!
Despite his indignation, Gong Sheng knew that they wouldn’t be able to gain the upper hand in a fight with Chu Yue anymore. They had been waiting for a chance to teach Chu Yue a lesson, but it turned out that he was one step ahead of them. It would be a lie to say that they weren’t furious and jealous of him.
Zhuo Sheng soon noticed the plain mockery, jealousy, and hatred on their faces. “Well, that’s because Chu Yue is capable! Why do you think Rong Xiu likes him of all people in the academy? It’s despicable how some people who don’t have ability or guts only dare to talk about others behind their backs!”
The expressions of Gong Sheng and the others darkened. “What did you just say?!”
“Well, I didn’t mention any names. Why are you so eager to admit it?” Zhuo Sheng wasn’t afraid of them because Luo Yanlin alone was enough to make those people scared, let alone Rong Xiu. If they hadn’t tried to find trouble on Chu Yue, there wouldn’t be beef between us now. Everything that has happened is their own doing!
Gong Sheng was stopped by Liu Yintong, who was right next to him. “That’s enough. Let’s go!”
Gong Sheng was seething, but he had no choice but to keep his temper in check when he turned and saw Liu Yintong’s expression. He gritted his teeth and pointed a finger at Zhuo Sheng. “Go on acting smug! I’d like to see if Chu Yue will still be friends with you now that he has Rong Xiu behind him! Just you wait!”