As he left the school’s Administration Building, Xiao Luo heaved a long sigh of relief. He had thought he could be in deep trouble, but he’d been worried over nothing. With Dong Zhenwu here as a backup, so long as he did not do anything drastic like murder someone, Dong Zhenwu would cover for him.
Without a doubt, this also showed how much Chu Yunxiong valued him. At least, while he was protecting Chu Yue during this period, Chu Yunxiong remained willing to remove any obstacles in his path. In his heart, this reassured him that he had to do his best to protect Chu Yue.
Ever since they’d left the Administration Building, Qin Nanyu nagged him incessantly. She was trying to instill her principles in him and validate her justifications. Xiao Luo just let her teachings wash over him without any of it taking. As a polite façade, he maintained a modest smile.
Deep down, Xiao Luo had reason to smile. He had earned a whopping 10,000 points for the genius system and was sitting on a total of 30,001 points. Of course, he had no intention of immediately spending his points to redeem new abilities. While there was no harm in acquiring more abilities, redeeming skills he would not be using any time soon would simply be a waste of points. He also wanted to avoid an awkward situation where he needed a specific skill but did not have the points required to redeem it.
“Xiao Luo, you have to keep in mind that you’re no longer a soldier. You’re a university student now, and sometimes you need to hold back your temper,” Qin Nanyu exhorted sincerely. “Study hard, then take the civil service exam, join the workforce, or pursue further studies. You still have a long road ahead of you, so don’t ruin your future during this transition period.”
“I understand, Teacher Qin!” Xiao Luo replied and smiled modestly.
Seeing Xiao Luo’s pleasant attitude, Qin Nanyu did not know what else to say. More importantly, her mouth was dry from all the talking, and she almost felt dehydrated. “You should head back. I hope I won’t be hearing about you getting involved in any more fights after this.”
Xiao Luo nodded, then stuck his hands in his pockets and left.
“God, how did I end up having to deal with people like this?”
Qin Nanyu, who was still standing in the same spot, patted herself on the forehead and shook her head, sighing. Her eyebrows were so furrowed that they almost twisted together. She had not gotten much rest over the past two days, thanks to the mess that Xiao Luo had made. She could feel her complexion starting to sallow and pimples popping up.
Back at the dorm, Zhu Xiaofei and Ding Kai crowded together closely.
“Brother Luo, did the headmaster do anything to you? Is the punishment expulsion or disciplinary probation?” asked Zhu Xiaofei anxiously.
“It’s all our fault, Old Zhu. Let’s go beg the headmaster for mercy,” suggested Ding Kai.
Xiao Luo felt awkward, so he said while patting Ding Kai on the shoulder, “Relax, everything is okay. You don’t have to beg anyone for mercy.”
Everything is okay?
Zhu Xiaofei was sure that Xiao Luo was lying and retorted bitterly, “My good Brother Luo, don’t lie to us. You crippled Song Jianan’s hand. There’s no way the school will let you off without punishment.”
Ding Kai nodded vigorously, like a chick pecking at rice, and his face was full of worry.
“When have I ever lied to you guys?” Xiao Luo shook his head and sighed in exasperation. “Okay, I’m quite tired. I’m going to go get some rest.”
Having said this, he walked to his bed and promptly fell asleep.
As they watched Xiao Luo nap with a calm and composed expression, Zhu Xiaofei and Ding Kai looked at each other. They almost believed what Xiao Luo had said.
“Does Brother Luo have some powerful connections or something?” Zhu Xiaofei voiced his suspicions.
Ding Kai rubbed his chin. He was deep in thought like Detective Conan.
News of Xiao Luo single-handedly defeating the mixed martial arts club and crippling Song Jianan’s hand rolled through the Huaye University campus like a storm. It was all the students had been talking about for the past few days. Many even felt relieved that it had happened. After all, Song Jianan had been too full of himself, and the mixed martial arts club was more like a gang, dishing out violence to whomever they wanted.
At the same time, interest in Xiao Luo was piqued. The boys wanted to see him in action with their own eyes. Someone had leaked that, not only was Xiao Luo an exceptional fighter, he had a fantastic talent for soccer. He was able to turn ordinary soccer balls into fireballs like in the movie ‘Shaolin Soccer.’
The girls, on the other hand, were curious about Xiao Luo for different reasons. Many had abandoned their old celebrity crushes and made Xiao Luo into their new male idol. There were already more than a thousand posts on the thread in the school forum about him, making it the most active of all the threads.
“What’s the story behind this pretentious d*ck? How did beat up more than a hundred mixed martial arts club members and walk away unharmed?”
Chu Yue sat in her dorm room, staring at her laptop screen without blinking and sucking on a lollipop. She had attractive features with a light, dewy complexion. She looked beautiful, no matter her expression.
“I’m somewhat curious, too,” Bai Ling said thoughtfully, then she began her analysis. “The school’s records show that he comes from an average family, so there should be nothing noteworthy there. If anything’s amiss, I suppose it’s his time in the army. Still, he served in a military region in Jingcheng, where there should be nothing out of the ordinary, either.”
“This guy is a mystery!” Chu Yue pouted, resting her chin on both hands.
When she’d first heard that Xiao Luo had beaten up all the entire mixed martial arts club, she had not believed it. No matter how strong someone was, there was no way anyone could beat more than a hundred people alone. As Grandpa Mao used to say, ‘There is strength in numbers.’ If Xiao Luo could thrash that many people, maybe he was the reincarnation of the legendary warrior, Lu Bu?
Bai Ling nodded in agreement. “Hm.”
In this era of explosive information, any talking point quickly becomes old news, and Xiao Luo’s fight with the mixed martial arts club was no exception. Soon enough, Huaye’s student body found new hot topics to discuss, like a celebrity’s extramarital affair, or an earthquake that had occurred somewhere. In any event, everyone’s attention gradually drifted elsewhere.
It was time for choir practice again.
Huang Ruoran was on the verge of tears because her class of English Language majors still could not sing ‘Yellow River’ in harmony, and the competition was only a week away. What really crushed her spirits was that the neighboring class, which consisted of Measurement and Control Technology majors, was also singing ‘Yellow River.’ While their singing was average, their harmonizing and enthusiasm far exceeded that of her class.
Comparing the two was like comparing heaven and hell when, unfortunately, her class was the latter!
It would have been fine if there had been no one for them to be compared to. But now, the English Language majors felt humiliated. They wanted to sing well, but no matter how hard they tried, they were not in sync. They simply could not sing ‘Yellow River’ with the oomph it required.
Just then, the class monitor from the Measurement and Control Technology majors came over. He was a boy in glasses who looked neat and refined.
“Ruoran, I suggest you choose another song. Singing ‘Yellow River’ requires men’s roaring voices. It’s not very suitable for girls. It sounds too feminine. If you choose to perform this song at the competition, then there is no way you can expect a good result.”
Huang Ruoran’s expression instantly sank as she replied, “Zhao Shijie, I don’t interfere with your practice, so don’t interfere with mine. Why did you come over here to disparage me?”