The newcomer was startled to see someone come flying at his feet. Blinking a few times when he recognized the face of Xu Sihan, he looked to Bai Yunfei next.
"Xu Sihan? Bai Yunfei?" He muttered in surprise.
Blood was flowing from Xu Sihan's face. His nose was caved in and his lips were cracked in multiple places for blood to spill out. His eyes were wide open with fear, but the orange light surrounding those areas quickly staunched the wounds and returned to normal.
Xu Sihan was only just picking himself up when he heard the voice. At the same time as Bai Yunfei, the two of them turned around to look at who it was.
One of the two people cried out when they saw who it was, but it wasn't Bai Yunfei who cried out, but Xu Sihan.
Bai Yunfei came to realize him too as the instructor he had a decent opinion of, Xiao Nan.
So he was acquainted with Xu Sihan?
Xiao Nan gave a quick look at Xu Sihan and then to Bai Yunfei. Although he didn't understand what was going on between the two, it was obvious that there was a conflict happening between them. Quickly standing between Bai Yunfei and Xu Sihan, Xiao Nan held his hands up to stop the two. "Yunfei, what's going on here?"
"Big brother Xiao Nan?" Bai Yunfei spoke, "You know him?"
Xu Sihan spoke far more angrily. "Xiao Nan!! Stand clear—I'm going to kill him!!"
Xiao Nan gave the man a cold look, "Xu Sihan, if you keep going on with your hedonistic ways and claiming to kill him or her, you'll meet your doom one of these days!"
"Xiao Nan!! Don't speak to me in such a way! You might be the husband of my cousin, but that doesn't make you invincible! Mind your business or I'll teach you a lesson too!" Xu Sihan cried out in a demeanor that seemed to broker no exceptions.
"You…." Xiao Nan's face darkened with disgust. "Even if you're the cousin of little Xiao Jie, I'm far too lazy to bother with you. I'm just warning you to calm yourself or else you'll end up biting off more than you can chew."
But Xu Sihan spat out in disdain at his words, "Pah! Spare me your 'holier-than-thou' theatrics! How amazing can your little friend be? It's impossible to save him! I'll make sure to instill in him just how terrifying I can be!!"
Xiao Nan sighed to himself at those words. Of the four sons of Minister Xu, the first three were all fine and mighty gentlemen. So why was it that the fourth one was so unbearable?
Bai Yunfei was experiencing some strong emotions of his own. Xiao Nan was actually related to Xu Sihan in some way?!
Seeing that Xiao Nan was trying to mediate this, Bai Yunfei gave Xu Sihan a final look. The man had already been taught some degree, so Bai Yunfei decided to call it there. "Since you know him, big brother Xiao Nan, I'll call it there."
But Xu Sihan only looked angry at that, "Calling it there?! Kid, do you think you have a say whether we're done or not?! You dare attack me—I'm telling you, you're finished! I'll—"
Xiao Nan barked out a furious command, shutting up Xu Sihan almost immediately. "Don't humiliate the house of Xu any longer or else I'll teach you a lesson in your cousin's place! Leave at once!!"
"You—I'll…!" Xu Sihan wanted to speak out against Xiao Nan, but he found himself lacking the words to offer up any resistance. A flash of fear spread across his face for a moment before he gave one final glower at Bai Yunfei. "We're leaving!!" He spat to his two guards.
Though he was giving up, anyone could tell that giving up was the very last thing he really wanted to do.
Inside to himself, Xiao Nan was thinking that it served Wu Sihan right for him being embarrassed like this. In fact, Xiao Nan was starting to regret that he stepped in to mediate. He should've let Bai Yunfei enforce his lesson before he tried to mediate.
Xiao Nan spun around to apologize to Bai Yunfei, "Yunfei, I've let you see something embarrassing. He's nothing but an unworthy hedonist. I hope you won't take this matter to heart."
Bai Yunfei smiled. "No need to apologize on his behalf, big brother Xiao Nan. I'm not one to take grudges, as long as he doesn't bother me anymore, I won't do a thing."
The matter with Xu Sihan was already thrown far back to the far recesses of his mind. "Big brother Xiao Nan, are you here to drink some time too? I've never seen you here before."
"Haha, I come every so often, but generally in the noon. I happened to come by a little earlier today, that's all."
"I see." Bai Yunfei spoke. Since he himself came every morning and night, there'd be no way he'd see Xiao Nan who came in the afternoon.
The fact that Bai Yunfei was here to drink some Soul Consolidating Tea was a little surprising, but Xiao Nan took it in stride. He and Bai Yunfei both walked up to the second floor so that the two of them could have their own tea and talk.
The two of them left the teahouse an hour later.
"Haha, how amazing the Soul Consolidating Tea is! Thanks to your generosity, Yunfei, I've experienced just how good it is for myself, haha!"
"It's nothing much, big brother Xiao Nan. The Soothing Heart is a very special teahouse, and its owner, uncle Dan Teng, is a great person. Just drinking some Soul Consolidating Tea has done wonders for me."
"Oh? You happen to know the proprietor? I've heard he's quite the mysterious person."
"Mysterious? I didn't quite think so. He's unfortunately not here today, but maybe in the future you'll meet him. He's a really decent person."
"That's fine. In any case, I have to get back to the academy, so we'll be splitting ways here. Please come by my house in the future, I'll show you the amazing cooking of my wife. It's quite a delicious meal."
"Really? Haha, alright. I'll be your guest in the future then, big brother Xiao Nan!"
The two parted ways at the teahouse with Xiao Nan heading for the academy and Bai Yunfei towards his own home.
"Yunfei, I know you're here, haha. Did you come and drink yet another high-grade primal stone away?"
Just a few steps later, another person came forward to greet Bai Yunfei. It was Zheng Kai.
"Ah, yeah, I just came from the Soothing Heart." Bai Yunfei smiled and nodded his head. "Ah'Zheng, you seem to be pretty happy? Did something good happen to you?"
Zheng Kai smiled. "Haha, you could tell? Something good did happen actually. I saw the fourth son of Minister Xu on my way here. I don't know what happened, but his face looked as if it was slapped, haha!! I nearly busted a gut laughing, that guy's always an pompous ass. I always wanted to teach him a lesson, but this works, haha…"
"Ah…." Bai Yunfei's lips twitched. "Anyways, did something happen if you came to find me so early?"
Zheng Kai's smile grew even wider. "Ah, I nearly forgot about it. Yunfei, come with me, there's something good to watch."
"What are you up to now?"
"We're going to fight!" Zheng Kai laughed merrily.