The Inverted Dragon's Scale Chapter 202-204
Chapter 202: Scheming and calculating!
"What does that mean?" Chu Xianda said coldly. "The person both I and Duke think highly of can't be wrong. Is it because that old man recommended a Xu Da that we have to change our minds and replace someone else? Minister, no need to worry. Who is a talent and who is useful, I already know."
"Your Majesty, the chess piece that the Defense Minister effortlessly placed is not that easy to solve." Since Cui Xichen knew the king in front of him had the intention to assess the situation, he did not want to hide anything that would make him suspicious of himself. "Defence Minister recommended Xu Da to re-establish the Monitoring Division for your majesty. Has your Majesty thought about it, how to make this strategic decision and all it's strategical implications?"
"Well? I was going to discuss it with Duke first. What do you think?" Chu Xianda looked at him trustingly and said with a chuckle.
"First of all, you can permit the defense minister's proposal, let Xu Da help your Majesty rebuild the Monitoring Division. But that's the problem. Xu Da has been leading battles and was formerly a general who guarded the strategic position on the frontier, so he may not necessarily do a good job in the Monitoring Division, in supervising the hundreds of officials. Moreover, the Monitoring division is your Majesty's Monitoring Division and is the organisation that checks administrators to prevent corruption and provides information for your Majesty. It is your Majesty's eyes and ears. Such a core department, your Majesty must use one of your trusted aides who you can absolutely trust for you to be at ease. If the leader's mind is biased or not with your majesty, then the Monitoring Division may become a violent organisation and an opportunity to suppress dissidents. It will become a great danger to the country, your Majesty must consider carefully."
"Defence Minister is right." Chu Xianda nodded. "I have to find someone I can trust absolutely. Otherwise, the Monitoring Division would just be an empty shell."
"Second option, reject Defense Minister's proposal, adhere to your Majesty's original choice. This way, the problems are the same."
"Your Majesty, think about it, who is Xu Da? He started as a solider and fought hundred of battles for the country, and emerged victorious in almost every battle. He has defended Broken Dragon Pool for tens of years, leading to the solid and stable state of the border, and the soldiers respect him greatly. He is known as the 'iron-walled general'. This is what Defense Minister said earlier and these words have profound meaning. If even with Xu Da's military success and meritorious service, he can't take the post of the Chief of the Monitoring Division, then that means your Majesty has to find someone more senior and better than Xu Da?"
"That old thing——" Chu Xianda's voice was filled with anger. He did not expect that with just a few words, the old dog set himself up with such a painful band-tightening spell.
"Cui Jian is a common person, formerly without an official job, left Tiandu for several years and does not have any achievements. If Xu Da was rejected, then Cui Jian even more cannot take this post. Otherwise, how can your Majesty explain yourself to the Defense Minister? How can we convince the public? If your Majesty insists on using Cui Jian, people would think it was appointed by favouritism. This is detrimental to your Majesty’s reputation. My Cui family has received generous treatment from the Royal Family of West Wind for generations, how can I helplessly watch your Majesty be talked about? Therefore, Cui Jian can't become the Chief of the Monitoring Department, your Majesty needs to choose another talented person."
"Duke wholeheartedly thinks for me, I'm extremely reassured." Chu Xianda came forward to take Cui Xichen's hand and personally walked him over to sit him down on the luxury stool as he said: "Before Father died he told me to trust Duke, value your loyalty, bravery and wisdom. Now, the number of courtiers that wholeheartedly think for my sake are really few. I often blame myself, did I treated them badly, which made me lost the support and loyalty of the people?"
"Your Majesty is gracious and merciful, and loved and respect by everyone. West Wind Kingdom is prosperous and the people are at peace; the nation's power is stronger with everyday, when did you lose popular support and the loyalty of the people?"
"Duke is just comforting me, you can't be serious." Chu Xianda laughed heartily. He seemed to be in a much better mood. "Xu Da can't, Cui Jian can't, does Duke have any other suggestions?"
"Your Majesty may choose a person of virtue and prestige to manage the Monitoring Division." Cui Xichen said.
"A person of virtue and prestige?"
"There are precedents like this. The Emperor chose a Prince to run the Monitoring Division; however, the Prince did not handle any affairs, instead the Junior and Senior censorate officials were responsible for everything. And they still had to report to the King. Later, Emperor Kanglong felt that the procedure was complicated and made some changes so that the Chief of the Monitoring Division was directly responsible."
Chu Xianda's eyes flashed with delight, clapping as he exclaimed: "This plan is wonderful. I'll find a prince [TN Note: When prince is mentioned, it can mean the son of the emperor but can also mean brother to the emperor]. to take control of the Monitoring Division; the Monitoring Division won't have a chief, but three senior investigating censorate officials. As long as they are my people, the Monitoring Division would still be under my control——Wonderful, wonderful."
"Your Majesty is wise." Cui Xichen complemented and seemed not at all proud that he was the one who suggested it.
"Lu Xingkong, this old man will have nothing to say? The princes are of Royal blood. Is his little Xu Da general comparable to them?"
"Your Majesty is right." Cui Xichen agreed in a deep voice. "If this happens, there will be no objection among the hundred officials, and the public will naturally support and approve. Prince is your Majesty's family, and your Majesty use his own family to be the eyes and ears. Who is qualified to object?"
"Which prince do you think can share this matter with me?" Chu Xianda asked with a smiling face.
A look of panic crossed Cui Xichen's face, as he hurriedly explained as though trying to avoid arousing suspicion: "This is your Majesty's family business, minister dare not to say anything."
Chu Xianda pointed to Cui Xichen, saying: "Given Duke's cautious and prudent nature, you should know who is right. I asked you in person and you should answer directly. Do you think I would suspect you're disloyal to me"
"Your Majesty is wise." Cui Xichen simply smiled and didn't answer.
"What do you think of Prince Fu?"
"Prince Fu is very good."
"What about Prince Kang?"
"Prince Kang is also excellent."
"Is Prince Fu or Prince Kang better?"
"Prince Fu and Prince Kang are both virtuous princes, whoever your Majesty thinks is suitable, then he is suitable."
Chu Xianda no longer pressed this old fox; he knew that he can't obtain any honest words from him. Of course, if he really did strongly recommended a prince, his heart will most likely immediately banish that prince to the cold palace. Important ministers making friends with the members of the Royal family, did it mean they wanted to revolt?
"Then Prince Fu will be in charge of the Monitoring Division. The Monitoring Division won't have a chief, but three chief investigating censorate officials and twelve junior investigating censorate officials." Chu Xianda looked at Cui Xichen and said: "Asking Cui Jiang to take the post of senior investigating censorate official is not insulting him, right?"
Cui Xichen hurriedly rose to express his thanks. "Thunder, rain and dew all are Emperor's kindness. Your Majesty entrusted him with such heavy responsibility, Cui Jian will definitely dash his brains out on the ground and try his very best to serve your majesty, even at the expense of his own life."
"Okay, okay." Chu Xianda waved dismissively. "Who wants him to dash his brains out on the ground? Who told him to go to risk his life? Diligently work for me, stay alive, and I will not treat Cui Jian unfairly and will not treat your Cui family unfairly."
"Your Majesty is merciful." Cui Xichen smiled.
"Then it's decided." Chu Xianda let out a long, loud sigh: "That old man of the Lu family is really not simple at all. A chess piece he conveniently placed, forced you and I to such a point."
"For the Defense minister to have wisdom like the sea, is the blessing of West Wind Kingdom." Cui Xichen said.
"Ha ha, if only you really think so." Chu Xianda said with a smile.
"Your Majesty, now that the matter of the Monitoring Division has been settled, what is the arrangement for General Xu Da?"
"Xu Da——" Chu Xianda pondered for a moment before he asked: "What is Duke's opinion?"
"Your Majesty, because of some personal matter, I should not add my opinion. However, we must have arrangement for Xu Da and as soon as possible. Otherwise, I'm afraid there would be many more incidents."
"Yes. I can understand Duke's problem." Chu Xianda nodded, and said rather tiredly: "You can't add your opinions, but I have to give them a reply. In the words of that old man, Xu Da was wronged this time. A warrior who had worked hard and performed valuable services, received such an insult, I obviously have to prepare proper arrangement for him, give compensation. Only this way the troops at the border won't be bitterly disappointed."
"However, who would compensate my grievance?"
The young emperor's face darkened, his voice vicious.
Cui Xichen lowered his head submissively, his face like stagnant water——
The fragrance of tea filled with room.
Inside a study, several men sat on ground.
"General, why bother his Majesty persistently for my affairs. He was right——just that he isn't very friendly to us. If General pester him too much, it might anger him." A dark man clad in a casual grey outfit looked sincerely at the elder and said in a low voice. When he was still a soldier, Lu Xingkong promoted him. After, he fought countless battles and become known as the iron wall general.
Everything he possessed was given by the elder before him. If it were not for him, the man, who had no money to give gifts to bribe others and had no power to rely on, how could he become a general? It was something that he had never dared to think about back then.
"If I did not go persecute them, would they be kind to us?" Lu Xingkong lifted a cup to take a small sip, a calm and unhurried expression on his face. "Although it angers him when I go see him every day, but at least he knows that we're not easily bullied. If we don't say anything, don't do anything, he will think we're weak and easy to bully, and then slowly seize our power. Then, when we want to say something or do something we would already be powerless to do so."
"I know." Lu Xingkong waved his hand dismissively. "The whole world all say I, Lu Xingkong, am the stiffest tree, which is also the most easily cracked. However, if I am not tough, your bones will be broken, backbone will be crushed——A general without a spine, is not what the people deserves.."
Chapter 203: Plan carefully and take every possibility into account!
Lu Xingkong's words made the several people present felt great empathy.
They were all soldiers or had defended a city or region. They had fought countless battles, for the people and the country.
However, the army was not much cleaner than the political circle. It was possible that it was even more corrupted than the political and government circle.
Politics was about money and background, strategy and ability.
The army was also about money and background, strategy and ability
But the difference between them and government officials was that, they have to hold a sword in their hand, and fight with their courage.
The have to go all out, to risk their life.
It was only when they're alive that they were qualified to think about money, status, strategy and ability.
The several people present had one thing in common: they all came from an ordinary background with no one that they could rely on. Without money to bribe high-ranking officers, they carried their head on their waistband, and the little merit that they achieved by beheading enemies on the battlefield were snatched away by the younger generations of influential officials who have been assigned to the military despite lack of knowledge. And eventually at the time of reward, based on contributions, what they received was not much.
And those younger generations of noble family, who did not do anything, but instead sit and reap the harvest of other, in the end were all promoted and left. They realised their aspirations and eventually reached their goals.
A lot of people like them, who have fought courageously and fiercely on the battlefield, with no money or official jobs, ended up missing arms and leg, riddled with illness, and die miserably.
They were fortunate, because they have met the Bo Le [TN Note: Chinese idiom where it means they met someone who could greatly aid them in their careers] of their lives.
After being spotted by Lu Xingkong, their life changed. Lu Xingkong did not ask for money, or looked at their background. He only assessed their skills and abilities, and how they behaved on the battlefield.
Lu Xingkong was a powerful high-ranking General, and when he was in charge of the military, he drove out all the younger generations of rich families who were trying to form cliques and factions in the military. Lu Xingkong also was a general who understood his soldiers, and allowed everybody to display their talents and made the best possible use of his men and materials. When these ordinary young soldiers finally obtained the opportunity, they were all grateful to Lu Xingkong. Under his command, they won battles after battles.
Lu Xingkong provided a platform for them to bloom and shine.
The reason why they could fight to their heart's content, display their military talent unrestrained and without fear was because they have a tough leader, sheltering them from wind and rain. They did not need to lower their head with a great show of respect or be whipped and insulted by the younger generations of rich families. They were able to be stand upright and fight war.
If it weren't for Lu Xingkong, this 'tough' old man, would they still have the determination and courage to win battles? Can they maintain this mentality and—— righteous ardour?
Without good morale, without enthusiasm and passion, who would protect the country?
The human race fought for tens of thousands of years, fighting for all sorts of causes. Was it not namely because there were leaders that knew how to control the heart of the people?
"General is right. If General had not carried us, I, Li Kefeng, would have returned to civilian life, gone into farming a long time ago and drink all day long——Who would be willing to stay in Tiandu and suffer maltreatment?"
"The funds and provisions for the troops have been stripped again and again, and the real soldiers that work hard were not selected for promotion, instead they kept sending some white-faced pretty boy here——they were not allowed to do anything, but we have to respect them and whenever they were slightly dissatisfied they would hit our brothers——"
"The most important thing is that if not for General, we——I'm afraid we would have been framed and put into jail? Look at brother Xu Da, they say he's involved in corruption, I don't believe it at all——"
Lu Xingkong waved his hand. "Talking is useless. If you really did remove your armour and return to civilian life, you can indulge in drinking in the countryside. That really isn't a bad choice in life. But the country needs soldiers like you who can actually fight, our people also needs you troops who refuse to budge an inch. Since you're still wearing that body armour and you have such good brothers following you, you should be on guard, raise your spirit and do well in what you should be doing."
"General is right." Everyone echoed in agreement.
"General, about General Xu Da——will the Palace give a statement?" Li Kefeng asked aloud.
"They will give a statement." Lu Xingkong replied.
"Your Majesty will never let Brother Xu Da re-establish the Monitoring Division, so what would they do with General Xu?"
Lu Xingkong's eyes were deep, but calm as water.
On one side it was a calm and tranquil lake, but makes people feel that the lake was of unfathomable depths.
"The reason I recommended General Xu as the chief of the Monitoring Division, was merely to give his Majesty a reminder. I want him to know that General Xu Da has contributed greatly to the country and society, and for a general that has been through hundreds of battle to be falsely accused is harder to accept than being beheaded."
"I want him to know that the General Xu Da's situation has not been resolved, and ever since General Xu Da was arrested by the Monioting Division he has been staying at home without a new job arranged——I obviously know that it's impossible for the Emperor to let General Xu Da take over the post of the Chief of the Monitoring Division. If I guessed right, in order to compensate the Cui family, he would select a Chief of Monitoring Division from the candidates the Cui family suggests."
"Because of Cui Zhaoren's death, the Cui family's seven sons have all gathered in Tiandu. All the other children have important affairs, but the eldest Cui Jian has just came back from his travels. It is in the interest of the Emperor and the Cui family for him to take over the Monitoring Division. Presumably the Cui family will not let this opportunity slip by."
"General, since the Cui family wants Cui Jian to be in charge of the Monitoring Division, but you still recommended General Xu Da——would he be successful?" Meng Hao said dully. This was a comrade he ate food from a ditch with. The fact that his good brother was ignored and removed from an important position filled him with indignation.
"No." Lu Xingkong said unhesitating. "I recommended Xu Da, if Xu Da is unsuccessful, Cui Jian will also be unsuccessful."
"Why would Cui Jian be unsuccessful?"
"What does Cui Jian have to compare with General Xu Da? Qualifications? Ability? Or past merits? If they reject General Xu Da, then they must choose a better and more senior figure than General Xu Da to take this important position. Otherwise, how could he convince the majority? Whether or not other people dare to speak out, I will yell at the Palace Hall."
"General, is that not the same as killing one thousand enemy but self-damaging eight hundred?"
"If we can't kill the enemy, we also can't damage ourselves." Lu Xingkong lifted the cup, and sat staring at the billowing steam from the hot tea in a sort of trance. "Cui Jian can't be the Chief of the Monitoring Division, but he can still be in charge of His Majesty's Monitoring Division, is still the Emperor's eyes and ears—— "
"General——" Li Kefeng said, a puzzled look on his face. "Did General not say Cui Jian also don't have a chance? Why would he still be in charge of the Monitoring Division for his Majesty?"
"His Majesty is paranoid, indecisive, stubborn and do not accept any suggestions. I went and gave him a little push and he was so angry. He would only be more determined to use Cui Jiang."
"General, is that not an arduous and fruitless task?"
"The difference is that in order to convince the public, he will not let Cui Jian become the chief of the Monitoring Division, but instead choose a well-respected person for this post and then entrust the three major senior censorate officials with heavy responsibility——Cui Jian's experience and military success cannot be compared to Xu Da, so he obviously cannot be in charge. But it is reasonable to appoint him as a Senior Investigating censorate official. No one can say anything. After all, there are three senior investigating censorate officials, making it sound like this role is much less important."
"However, the Monitoring Division is directly responsible to the emperor. Who his Majesty sees important or who he trusts, would be the one in charge of the Monitoring Division. If his Majesty trusts Cui Jian and the other two senior investigating censorate officials are His Majesty's confidants. Doesn't that mean Cui Jian is still the chief of the Monitoring Division?"
"What about General Xu Da?" Li Kefeng asked. "He can't stay in the house forever? What would the outside people think? What would the boys in the army think? If His Majesty does not trust General Xu Da, others would also think that General Xu Da is seriously guilty of corruption and accepting bribes."
"General Xu Da will become one of the three senior Investigating censorate officials." Lu Xingkong said. "In order to express his trust of General Xu Da, he will appoint him as a senior Investigating censorate of the Monitoring Division, leave him by his side but not give him any powers and ignore all his intelligence——this would be the best arrangement."
"Are they going to make General Xu Da just a figurehead?"
"With the emperor's attitude and manner towards us, he will no longer let General Xu Da return back to Broken Dragon Pool?" Lu Xingkong sighed lightly. "They are worried of General Xu wielding immense military power, and is also vigilant of us."
"I'm fine. I'm just sorry for General Xu. Pity the people of the West Wind Kingdom. General Xu Da was a valiant military leader of West Wind Kingdom, this is equivalent to trapping a fierce tiger in a cage, hiding a sword in a box. There's nothing I can do to help."
"General——" Xu Da dropped to the ground on his knees, his head heavily knocking against the stone floor, as he exclaimed: "Xu Da will remember your kindness. I, unable to return the favour, am willing to die for you instead."
Lu Xingkong waved his hand. "I do not need you to die. I will work together with all of you, and help earn a living for your family. Not for anything else, but for the sake of our families who can live with their heads held high. If we can make a few more years of peace for the people of the Kingdom, I will have no regrets."
"General——" The crowd was astonished.
The next day, Chamberlain Li Fu came to the Lu Mansion to deliver the imperial decree.
"General Xu Da, loyal and brave, is the backbone of the Kingdom. For his merits, he will be assigned to the post of Senior Investigating Official of the Monitoring Division. He will be relieved of his duties as a General standing guard at Broken Dragon Pool, which will be taken over by White Feather General Song Qianyun."
Xu Da, already expected this and was prepared. He went down on his knees and accepted the imperial edict.
Just as Lu Xingkong had foreseen, Prince Fu became in charge of the Monitoring Division, and the East and West, North and South and central senior Investigating censorate officials of the Monitoring Division were assigned to Yan Xiangma, Cui Jian and Xu Da, respectively.
Chapter 204: Dragon Face!
At the gate of the main entrance of Imperial View High, were carriages after carriages waiting to collect young masters.
In a dark carriage, Yan Xiangma was leisurely humming a tune with his eyes closed.
"My eyes are hungry as I stare through space, swallowing my saliva. Lovesickness piercing through my bones, like autumn ripples passing through me. Even a metal and stone my, would be entangled by emotions——Old Lu, what time is it?"
As the curtain was uncovered, Li Dalu's pandering face was seen right outside the window of the carriage.
Li Dalu was Yan Xiangma's former subordinate in Jiangnan. When Yan Xiangma accompanied Cui Xiaoxin back to Tiandu, he also brought along his several powerful confidants with him. Therefore, they also stayed with Yan Xiangma in Tiandu and continued to listen to his orders.
"Young master, I've asked the time, Miss Li should be coming out soon." Li Dalu happily answered.
"I asked you what time it is now, why did you ask about Miss Li? What Miss Li? Which Miss Li?"
"Master, I didn't mean that——now it is——"
"Fine, fine. Go and see when Miss Li comes out. The moment you see her come tell me. Young master, I, will coincidently run into her."
"Coincidentally." Yan Xiangma said firmly. "Each person will brush past someone countless times in their life. However, Li Shinian happens to come out of that door and I just happen to wait at the door——Is that not a coincidence?"
"Yes, yes. It's a coincidence. Li Dalu repeatedly nodded.
There was a sudden commotion at the school gate, and then students dressed in school uniforms began to come out in twos and threes.
One wave after another, one group after another.
From the start till the end, and until no one came out of the school, Li Dalu still saw no signs of Li Shinian.
Impatient, Yan Xiangma, jumped out from inside the carriage, yelling: "What's going on? Why isn't she out yet?"
"Master, Miss Li——Could she have ran away through other places?"
"Run away? Why would she run away? Am I a demon that eats people?"
"No, no, no, I didn't mean that——"
"Besides, the other places where she can escape are also guarded by our people, where could she have gone?."
"Maybe she's still inside." Li Dalu said comfortingly. "Young master don't be anxious, we'll wait a little longer."
"Why would I be anxious?" Yan Xiangma said coldly. "Just a woman. I am a young master of Jiangnan, a senior investigating censorate official of the Monitoring Division, why would I care about a woman?"
"Yes. What kind of person is Young Master, Miss Li is such a common woman——"
Yan Xiangma whacked Li Dalu with his fan again as he scolded: "What qualifications do you have to say Li Shinian is a common woman, see if I'll break your dog head——"
"Young Master, forgive me. I said something wrong, Miss Li is beautiful like an angel——" Li Dalu said in a panic.
They anxiously waited another while, yet still no signs of Li Shinian coming out of the school gate.
Yan Xiangma waited another moment, and then hastily trotted towards the school gate.
He grabbed Xiao Huan by the arm and asked: "Xiao Huan, where's Li Shinian? Why isn't she out yet?"
"Yan Young master——" Xiao Huan looked at Yan Xiangma, her eyes sparkling like stars, as she said: "Big sister Shinian did not come to school today, she asked for leave of absence."
"Leave of absence?" Yan Xiangma's face suddenly clouded over. "When?"
"Yan Young Master, are you going home? We were also on our way——"
"Xiao Huan, you go back home first. I may not come back for a few months."
"Go. Don't miss me. A sad person——is currently sad."
After seeing Xiao Huan off, who turned to look back at every step, Yan Xiangma had a disappointed blank look on his face.
"Young Master, we'll come back tomorrow. I don't believe Miss Li will be off school again tomorrow." Li Dalu tried to comfort him.
"Tomorrow, I'm leaving." Yan Xiangma let out a long sigh—— "
The breeze was gentle and the sun was bright, illuminating thousands of miles.
After a bath Lu Qiji changed into Starry Sky Academy's White Cloud uniform, when knocking sounds came from the door.
It was two gentle knocks and then it quieted down.
It did not sound like knocking, rather a little reminder: reminding the owner of the house that someone was waiting at the door.
Lu Qiji pulled open the door, where Chu Xun, dressed in a black outfit, was patiently waiting at the door.
His long hair was tied up and a sword was hanging at his waist. He looked charming, determined and full of energy.
Lu Qiji's brow scrunched up, asking: "What for?"
"Today is the day of the battle between me and Li Muyang, so I have to dress more appropriately and to move freely." Chu Xun said with a smile. He bowed slightly, waved his hand in front and said with a smile: "Please go ahead."
Although he was a little prince, but he had always treated and took care of Lu Qiji like a princess.
As Lu Qiji walked past him, Chu Xun did not forgot to help her close the courtyard door behind him and then quickly followed after Lu Qiji.
"You really have to do battle with him?"
"We've already agreed on the date, how can I break a promise?" Chu Xun said with a smile.
"Can't you cancel?"
"If Li Muyang came to apologise and begged for forgiveness, then since we're classmate, I will obviously agree to cancel the duel. But until now he hasn't, so it seems that he is sufficiently prepared. If I proposed to cancel the battle, wouldn't people think that I'm afraid of him? If he does not say yes, wouldn't that be humiliating and embarrassing for me?"
Lu Qiji remained silent for a moment, then said: "If you agree, I can go talk to him. We can set aside this matter and no one will bring it up again."
Chu Xun thoughtfully gazed at Lu Qiji, before he replied: "Are you worried about me? Or worried about him?"
"What do you think?"
"If you're worried about me, I'd be really happy. However, I hope you can have some confidence in me. Other people I cannot guarantee, but Li Muyang, his cultivation level should be far below me, right? I have tested him before, he is nothing but in the Empty Valley realm, and his sea of qi is not filled yet. To fight with him, is fighting a one-sided battle."
"Are you really——that sure?" Lu Qiji sighed. She could tell that Chu Xun was really confident. It seemed that he did not attach any importance to his rival.
However, she could not tell Chu Xun about Li Muyang's true identity. Even she herself did not know of Li Muyang's current state—-
She only knew that, the monster that merged with the Tear of the Dragon King, the bastard that inherited the Black Dragon's mantle,is presumably——hard to handle?
Even herself, she did not have the certainty to say that she can kill Li Muyang.
The smile on Chu Xun's face faded. "It seems you don't believe me. What? Do you know of the true state of Li Muyang? Or has he recently mastered something I don't know about?"
"I just don't want to see you lose." Lu Qiji said.
The corners of Chu Xun's mouth curved into a smile as he said: "Don't worry. You're not going to see that."
Lu Qiji's face remained emotionless, unwilling to linger on this topic.
Today at noon was Teacher Yang Xiaohu's Dragon Language class, so Li Muyang arrived early at the lecture place.
He first greeted Cai Pa, who came a little earlier than him, and immediately opened his 'Language of Dragons' book and began to work hard.
After fusing with the Tear of the Dragon King, the language of dragons was no longer a problem for him. Apart from some of the most obscure old spells or worship speech, others were no different to the Chinese Language.
The reason why he pretended to be so serious before was that he was worried that his outstanding ability in the Language of Dragons would arouse suspicion. Heavens rewards the diligent; he could tell others that his hard work and diligent practice led him to have such achievement.
Qiandu and Lin Canghai arrived; Lu Qiji and Chu Xun also came.
Seeing Chu Xun's manner of dressing, Li Muyang's eyes flashed, and then quickly returned to calm state.
He was still wearing the cloud robe and did not deliberately change his clothes for his battle.
He had not forgotten about the duel today, rather did not see it as particularly important. He felt it was a very insignificant thing, that it doesn't matter whether he fight or not.
Chu Xun looked at Li Muyang in the eye, a cold sneer twisted his lips, before he turned to find his own seat.
Tie Muxin took a seat next to Li Muyang and nudged Li Muyang's arm on the table, whispering: "There is murderous intent in that boy's eyes. It seems it's hard to avoid your battle today."
Li Muyang smiled and said: "If others want to fight, then I have to play to the end. Escaping is not my style."
"Are you confident of winning?"
"I've never fought before, and I also don't know his level, how can I talk about the certainty of victory?" Li Muyang smiled as he continued. "I'll just do my best."
"Would you like me to talk to him first, and then——" He did not continue, but did a 'snapping' motion with his hands.
The last time he and Chu Xun clashed because of Lu Qiji. He didn't expect this kid to hold grudges.
"Thank you, Brother Muxin." Li Muyang likes people who are direct and straightforward. However, he still refused his offer, saying: "If you break his arm first, then wouldn't I have an unfair advantage? Even if I win, I'd lose face, don't you think?"
"Of course, if brother Muxin really wanted to, I won't stop you, after all, everyone has a right to make their own decision. Just because I have a duel with Chu Xun, it doesn't mean I don't permit others to clash with him——this is not fair to Brother Muxin."
Tie Muxin clapped on the shoulder of Li Muyang and said with a wide grin: "Brother Muyang, I like your personality. You say what you want to say, and never hide anything. You're a real man."
"Brother Muyang, don't worry, if you want to fight with that kid, I absolutely will not spoil your good occasion. You fight with him first, and if you lose, I will help you. With us brothers working together, we absolutely will not let him off lightly."
"——" Li Muyang stared wide-eyed at Tie Muxin. Is this guy lacking intelligence? Hurry fill it with gold. Did he not understand what he meant? Li Muyang had never thought about playing a fair game with Chu Xun, all right?
His victory was expected, because he's a dragon.
But what if he loses? What about his dragon face?