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The Position (2)

"It's an alchemy trick.  If you talk into it, you'll have a deeper voice," Ye Lang gave a very good explanation, allowing Coldblood Five to reply calmly. 

Coldblood Five knew the rest wouldn't pursue further. They wouldn't ask what it was, nor would they ask who she was testing it with. They wouldn't be interested. 

She was right. 

"Oh, alright!" Coldblood Two and the rest nodded, satisfied with the explanation to weird noises coming from her body. If nothing peculiar happened, they wouldn't suspect a thing. 

"Alright, we're done here. You idiot, stop talking!" Coldblood Five flicked at Ye Lang. 

He nodded, zipping his lips with a hand, showing he would keep quiet. 

She fell silent, then shook her head. She hoped he'd remember, or he'd start shouting again. 




The four remaining contestants attacked the obsidian boulder with all the power they had to leave marks. Some used tools, some used alchemy formations while the rest used alchemy chemicals. 

They each were good in their own way. Coldblood Five-Two-Zero, the smallest one, seemed to be the most powerful, leaving the deepest scar in the boulder. She was using the chemicals. 

It was a chemical that could eat into the rock, resembling sulphur. If it could leave a deep mark on obsidian, anything else would've been eaten right through. If anyone met touched it, they'd probably be finished. 

This was a surprise. No one expected her to have the best results, although she only used a chemical. 

In the next stage, the contestants were glancing at each other, waiting for someone to make the first attempt. That way, they would have a little more experience watching the effects, having a better advantage. However, in the middle, there was a short person squatting before the symbol. It was Coldblood Five-two-zero again, studying the symbol closely. 

The Coldblood Group wasn't that big, so you can imagine how low her position is in the group. You can imagine no one was expecting much when they saw her enter the competition. 

Perhaps it was because of this, she didn't mind going first. She didn't have much hope anyway. 

But then again, if she was a finalist, she'd definitely have some hope! 

You can't qualify based on luck! 

It seemed like everyone in the alchemist team had low rankings. They were alchemists, and alchemy skills didn't score many points within the organisation. Naturally, they had lower rankings. 

Five-two-zero was probably one of the lowest-ranked though. Everyone behind her was a 'maturing' member or a future successor! 

When she was about to begin, something surprising happened. 

"Alright, we have the results for this competition. I can rest now," Coldblood Eleven declared suddenly, packing up his weapons to leave.

"??" At this moment, other than Coldblood Five-two-zero and Ye Lang, everyone was confused. What results? There were three stages, and they weren't even done with two. What results? 

Did Coldblood Eleven know that she'd be able to solve the formation? 

That's impossible. Nobody had heard of any communication or relationship between them. 

What was going on? 

"Alright, the results are as such: Coldblood Five-two-zero will be the new Coldblood Thirteen!" announced Coldblood Two. Why were there results? 

Even if she had the abilities, they should let her solve it too! How would anyone be satisfied with results like that? 

"Lord Two, we aren't done yet! This isn't fair!" argued Coldblood One-six-zero. 

"Do you know why we want to pick a Coldblood Thirteen from the alchemist teams?" asked Coldblood Two. 

"Because Coldblood Thirteen has to lead our alchemist team, bringing the strongest alchemy skills to the group." 

"You're right, but Coldblood Thirteen not only has to lead you, he/she also needs to be the best alchemist here to motivate the subordinates. And that's the most important part," said Coldblood Two, looking at One-six-zero. 

"There was a secret test other than the three tests we gave you. It was to test your approach towards alchemy. When you were waiting for each other, without going up to study the symbol, we could tell that you were not the most curious," 

"Coldblood Five-two-zero didn't think much. She only focused on studying the formation. With this attitude, she'd make so much progress in the future. And I say it with confidence because of her age!!" 

The three contestants turned green. They never would've thought their attitude would cause them to be eliminated. 

They were not satisfied. Alchemists were not only like that! 

"We were taking a more observational approach to get the best advantage!" argued Coldblood One-six-zero. 

"That is correct, but the Coldblood Group has always been a highly detailed team. Everyone only needs to focus on their own duties. As for types of approaches, that's something only related to our spy team. The spy team would never interfere with the alchemists, nor will the rest," Coldblood Two looked at the audience. She wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone to not think of anything else, to only focus on their tasks at hand. 

The members didn't need to know how to be a person, nor did they need to watch for styles. The Thirteen Eagles were mostly like this. Even the leader of the information team was a quiet man, and the assassins were cold. They didn't know much about having 'styles' but they were the core of this organisation. 

DOGE's notes:

much surprising and confusing ending. wonder what's going to happen next. 

symbol/formation here refers to the diagrams u see in witchcraft/alchemy representations. like pentagram.

tell me if this was ok. much hard to translate. *makes stressed noises* 

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see ya next week! 

bork wishes, 


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