Come to think of it, Fan Yu hadn't seen Huo Yuhao for a long time. When he saw Huo Yuhao lying on a bed in the infirmary covered in blood, his heart was about to jump out of his chest. He was dumbstruck, and his blood boiled. He was about to turn violent.
"Teacher Fan Yu, don't be agitated. Huo Yuhao is fine. He's only sustained superficial wounds. Jiayi, explain the situation to Teacher Fan Yu," Jing Hongchen said gently.
Fan Yu's eyes burned with fury and he interrupted, "There's no need to explain anything. Hallmaster, I only want to ask you one thing. If Xiao Hongchen and Meng Hongchen were to sustain such injuries in Shrek Academy, how would you react? I won't say anymore. You should know what to do." After he finished speaking, he turned and left. He didn't even look at Huo Yuhao again.
Jing Hongchen was stunned as he watched Fan Yu walking away. He was puzzled - Fan Yu was leaving just like that? He didn't even bother to listen to an explanation or check up on Huo Yuhao. What was going on?
He didn't know that Huo Yuhao had used his Spiritual Detection to share what he thought with Fan Yu just as Fan Yu was about to erupt. Huo Yuhao also told Fan Yu that he was fine.
Fan Yu's fury wasn't a pretense. However, he had already calmed down when he spoke to Jing Hongchen.
"Hallmaster, what do we do?" Lin Jiayi asked anxiously.
Jing Hongchen's expression was extremely grim now, "It's all Wang Shaojie's fault. How dare he lead an outsider to make an arrest in the academy. Expel him immediately, and kick him out of the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy."
Lin Jiayi hesitated. "But we don't have proof that he was the one who did it…"
Jing Hongchen was a little vulgar as he interrupted, "Why do I need any proof to expel a student? Follow my instructions."
"Okay." Lin Jiayi was petrified. He was an intelligent person, since he was able to become the teaching director. He could subtly sense something from Jing Hongchen's words. It seemed like Jing Hongchen had made a decision on the empire's current situation!
Huo Yuhao's wounds were quickly dealt with. When Jing Hongchen came to him, it was undeniable that Huo Yuhao was gravely injured. He didn't seem to be putting on a show. Jing Hongchen also didn't know that Huo Yuhao had torn the wounds on his back deliberately, which made him appear to be in a worse state. However, Huo Yuhao had controlled his soul power well, and only torn the skin on the surface of his wounds. His muscles had still managed to heal. Besides some loss of blood, he wasn't in much danger.
The few healing-type soul masters from the academy helped him stitch his wounds and used healing-type soul skills to aid his recovery. His injuries stabilized very quickly.
"How's his condition?" Jing Hongchen asked a doctor.
"He's not too hurt. He just lost too much blood. It's just that I don't know what caused such injuries. It's very complicated, and it's impossible for it to have been inflicted by any type of weapon or tool that I know of. We gave him some medicine that boosts blood production. This young man is very fit. I think he'll recover within ten to fifteen days."
Jing Hongchen nodded, and he couldn't help but think of what Fan Yu had said before he had left. If his grandchildren were in this state, what would he do?
"Wake him up. I have something to say to him." Jing Hongchen instructed.
"Yes." The doctor took out a small bottle and placed it under Huo Yuhao's nose.
Huo Yuhao was already awake. But as he inhaled, a burning yet refreshing feeling surged through his nose. He was jolted completely awake. He sneezed before opening his eyes.
"Yuhao, I'm Jing Hongchen." Jing Hongchen stepped beside the bed where someone had already placed a chair for him. Right now, he wore a friendly look as he watched Huo Yuhao.
"Greetings, Hallmaster." Huo Yuhao's voice was a little hoarse, and he sounded slightly weak too. It was like he was out of breath.
Jing Hongchen pondered for a moment before he said, "I'm sorry for what happened today. The academy didn't do our job well to protect you. The perpetrators who arrested and tortured you have already been punished. The academy will also toughen up our management, and we'll not let anyone harm you again. I hope that you can forgive us. I extend my apologies to you on behalf of the academy."
What a man! No wonder Elder Mu always commented that he was an adaptable person, though he was one who had a hot temper.
Huo Yuhao shook his head slightly and said, "Hallmaster, you're not the one who harmed me. You don't have to apologize for this. In addition, the mastermind of the perpetrators was the one who appeared outside the interrogation room after the incident. He instructed those five guys to torture me. I didn't expect this to happen either. With the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy's current status, I didn't think that anyone would be brazen enough to arrest someone in the academy. My injuries are nothing. They're nothing for a soul master like me."
"However, I hope to learn something from this exchange. I've been in the academy for some time, but I've learned nothing apart from some basic theories. I'll lose more time because of this delay."
Jing Hongchen was secretly hateful. Huo Yuhao might be young, but he was scheming. He was using words to corner Jing Hongchen. However, Jing Hongchen had no choice but to bear it if he wanted his grandchildren to be safe at Shrek Academy.
After pondering for a moment, Jing Hongchen said, "The captain of the Royal Stewards, Xu Mochen, is the son of a prince in the imperial clan. I have no authority over him, but I'll make him apologize to you personally. The academy has to bear some of the responsibility for this incident too. From now onwards, you can bring back all the materials you use for creating soul tools from the academy. However, this doesn't include blueprints or formation arrays. You don't have to be tested either. When you recover, ask Xuan Ziwen to bring you into the Illustrious Virtue Hall. This will help you in your progress and increase your knowledge. Although Elder Mu has passed away, he's always been the elder that I've respected the most. If anyone dares to provoke you in the academy, you must tell me."
Huo Yuhao revealed a look of gratitude as he realized that his target was about to be fulfilled. "Thank you Hallmaster for granting me this opportunity. I won't let you down. I'll be studious."
Jing Hongchen was irked by Huo Yuhao's sincere expression. He squeezed out a smile and stood up before saying, "Alright, rest well then. I'll ask them to give you the best medicine for your treatment."
"Okay." Huo Yuhao nodded his head respectfully.
Alas, he didn't suffer for nothing. Hehe.
After his wounds were taken care of, Huo Yuhao was sent to a ward in the infirmary to rest. He was given the best care due to Jing Hongchen's concern over his condition. Even his meals were much better. Although they weren't as good as Shrek Academy's meals, he was well-nourished.
Although he didn't lose as much blood as the previous time, Huo Yuhao was still tired, as he had tried to make the act as real as possible. The stinging pain in his back was greatly relieved with the help of medicine, but he became groggy from it.
At this point, the door opened slowly, and someone walked in.
Huo Yuhao was very alert, and he unleashed his Spiritual Detection. However, he became relieved once again. It was Ke Ke.
"Yuhao, Yuhao." Ke Ke came to his bedside and called to him.
Huo Yuhao was very fatigued at this point. He didn't want to scam Ke Ke either, thus he decided to pretend that he was sleeping.
Ke Ke was furious as she muttered to herself, "The bastards from the Royal Stewards are too vicious. He's covered in so many bandage. He must be critically injured! His old injuries haven't even recovered. I really want to teach them a lesson. I want to castrate all of them and make them eunuchs."
Huo Yuhao was amused, but he held in his laughter. Ke Ke was a very direct person, and wasn't scheming at all. She was a good lady.
Ke Ke lowered her head and place her face in front of Huo Yuhao to look at him. She blew a gust of air towards Huo Yuhao's face, and he almost couldn't hold it in anymore.
Ke Ke lifted her hand to touch Huo Yuhao's head. She sighed, "It's a little small. Otherwise, I'd be interested in you." As she spoke, she even pinched his face.
Huo Yuhao's heart pumped faster! What did she mean when she said she might be interested in him…?
Ke Ke was in a momentary daze. Seeing that Huo Yuhao was not about to wake up, she silently left.
Huo Yuhao heaved a sigh of relief. He was afraid she'd continue to wait. He was almost on the verge of sleeping, but was jolted awake by her words.
The door opened again at this moment.
Why was she back? Huo Yuhao was a little annoyed.
However, he soon realized that something was amiss. The choking voice that he heard didn't belong to Ke Ke.
A figure came to his side and caressed his hair. Huo Yuhao was annoyed as he thought, "Why do they like to touch my hair? How can they violate a man's hair so easily?"
"Yuhao, I'm sorry. I implicated you. If I didn't bring them to deal with you, you wouldn't have conflicted with Wang Shaojie. You're injured again, even though you just recovered. It's my fault."
Warm tears fell onto Huo Yuhao's face, but they were soon wiped off by a tender and smooth hand. Huo Yuhao's heart fluttered a little.
His bed wasn't huge. There wasn't any excess space after he laid on the bed. However, Ju Zi still laid beside him on her side and placed her head on his shoulders. She sobbed gently.
Huo Yuhao was even more afraid to move at this point. Ju Zi was a mystery to him. It was only now that he realized everything after he saw Ju Zi with the Crown Prince. While her background was pitiful, she had someone to back her. No wonder she had mentioned meeting him in battle in the future.