Chapter 241.1 – Grandson-in-law?
If traditional rune patterns were able to become widespread due to industrialization, then one could say life rune patterns wouldn’t be suited to follow it. Wang Zhong didn’t plan to overly explain and break down this life rune pattern array as it belonged to Aioros in the end. Even so, this process of comprehension had benefited both Wang Zhong and Old Potter a great deal. Especially for the latter, as he already possessed outstanding knowledge and depth of understanding on the subject. Old Potter gave Wang Zhong a clearer understanding of the essence behind the little spatial pouch which allowed him to learn much.
Wang Zhong’s own understanding of space was built on the academic foundations provided by the academy, along with his own view of the dimensions from Simba. As he studied the Federation’s basics on the matter, he had already determined that such a high level of understanding wasn’t something ordinary students and teachers possessed. This was before he met someone like Old Potter. If he hadn’t met him, then everything he said would’ve been regarded as heretic.
One old and one young continued to chat with a frenzy. At this moment, Laura arrived with an antique purple teapot in hand. Those two had already forgotten about the time and there was nothing else present in their eyes other than the subject of their conversation. They didn’t even notice Laura when she walked over to them and poured them each a cup of tea. But it was just as she was doing so that a single sentence nearly made her slip and fall.
What had happened was Old Potter nodding his head repeatedly before turning a thousand words into a single sigh and sentence; “Listening to the words of a wise man is truly superior to studying ten years of books!”
Laura’s hands turned limp for an instant and she nearly dropped the precious purple porcelain pot in her hands.
This, this… is this really grandfather, the one who dared to scold the Federation’s chairman? Furthermore, this statement was actually spoken to a youth around her age! Exactly who was Wang Zhong? Rune patterns having lives? What the hell?
Laura was completely stupefied and stayed in that state until Old Potter sighed once more with deep emotion as he said, “Wang Zhong, your understanding towards the lives of rune patterns truly makes me…”
It was only then that old Potter noticed Laura’s presence. With a casual wave of his hands, he signaled Laura to come over quickly. “I’m really having a hard time thinking where exactly a little braniac like you sprouted from. You even give me a feeling like you’re looking down upon me from an incomparably high place. If not for me personally hearing you speak, I wouldn’t have believed it. Although that fellow, Moore, is quite alright on the creation of weapons, he isn’t on this level.
“Wang Zhong, you’re really an extraordinary brat. Even with such limited information available to you, you were actually able to reach such a high level of understanding on the topic. Do you have any interest in joining my research team?” Old Potter was the kind with a quick temper. As he approached the topic, his poaching heart was quickly lit.
With a smile, Wang Zhong said, “I have just a bit of interest in rune patterns. But in the end, I want to become a heroic soul soldier. If you just let me do research for too long, I’ll become no different from everyone else.”
Old Potter wasn’t one to easily give up. “Don’t reject me so quickly, ok? Let’s just use this period of time and have you give it a try.”
“I’m afriad that’ll be hard considering I still have to participate in the lessons of this special training.”
Old Potter almost choked on his tongue as he tried to scrap together a reply. “Special training? That playing session isn’t very important. Why do you care about the influence from the academy? I’ll help get you a special case absence slip. In fact, that won’t even be necessary—”
“I still have to attend ordinary training,” Wang Zhong said with a smile. “The CHF is just around the corner and our Tianjing Squadron wishes to obtain a good ranking. I can’t just skip training.”
“Are you joking with me, little fella?” Old Potter stared at Wang Zhong with wide eyes, an incredulous expression on his face. “How can you lump that killing business together with the big things we are about to do and achieve?”
Hearing Old Potter’s words, Wang Zhong really had nothing to say. They definitely held different levels of importance toward the topic. Different people had different aspirations. Still, refusing now would appear rude and impolite. “Our Tianjing Academy placed all its hopes and dreams on the shoulders of our squadron. We—”
He was interrupted by Old Potter before he could complete his excuse. “Tianjing Academy? Isn’t Greene your Tianjing Academy’s headmaster? I’ll give him a skylink call later; I feel you don’t need to return to Tianjing. Regardless of whichever condition you bring up, our Copperfield Academy is much better than Tianjing in every way. If you feel you’re letting Tianjing Academy down, just state it clearly. Alright, I’ll just get that lass, Laura, to transfer over to Tianjing and let her help your academy win that whatever competition. This lass’s mind is a bit weaker than your’s, but her fighting and killing skills will be more than enough…”
The only person at this moment who would dare show any signs of a headache would be Laura. Hearing Old Potter’s rebuttal here, Laura almost bit off her tongue. Really, what bewitching drug did this fellow give to grandfather!? He actually wants me to transfer!?
The most important point, however, was that… What did he mean by my mind being slightly weaker other than for fighting and killing!?
Was this really her grandpa?
Since no one dared to disturb the elder and youngster within the building, after leading the group out Calderon and the rest found some reason or another to depart early. Earlier, none of them had treated Wang Zhong with any regard, but the attitude Old Potter showed was clear for all to see. It seemed they had all misjudged him. Forcibly staying would have just meant them finding fault in themselves. Most importantly, they were all very clear about the mannerisms and style of Old Potter and in the end that was all they needed in order to understand the situation.
The leftover large group of students also weren’t in the mood to fool around. In fact, most weren’t clear as to what exactly had happened. The only thing they knew was that Headmaster Schoffel had arrived, before the large crowd of ‘refined figures’ walked out with dejected and depressed expressions. This group included all of the captains and vice-captains of the various squadrons. Currently, other than Old Potter and Laura, the only one who remained inside was Tianjing Academy’s Wang Zhong.
Everyone was now grouping together in twos and threes, whispering to one another as they guessed what was happening inside. The majority of them were curious and interested, while the most excited one was Arnold Teuton.
One could say he was the only one present who understood the temper and shortcomings of Old Potter. The old man had a short fuse, and little figures wouldn’t even enter his gaze. Seemingly all members of the Potter Clan had such a temperament.
Because he stood outside, greeting guests, Arnold hadn’t been there to witness the scene. But to him there wasn’t any need to guess. The matter of Wang Zhong having peeped on Laura had definitely entered Old Potter’s ears. With the old headmaster’s temper, there was even the possibility of him devouring Wang Zhong alive! In this case, Old Potter actually possessed the ability to do so!
But such thoughts were quickly dispelled in a short period of time. If Old Potter did look for Wang Zhong because of that matter, then why did that Saxon vice-captain–the one who clearly disliked Wang Zhong–have such a black face when he walked out? Not just he, even Saxon Squadron’s captain, Paul, seemed destitute. The other squadron leaders even looked embarrassed over this.
“Hey.” Arnold greeted Paul and handed him a glass of red wine. Twitching his mouth toward the large hall, he asked with a grin, “What happened in there?”
Noticing Arnold, Paul accepted the glass from him. The man was still someone he had to give face to.
It was just so close. He only had to take a step successfully into the sanctuary division and, upon getting recognition from Calderon and the others, he could establish his bloodline and expand his future paths. This was Paul’s most important goal in coming to this Copperfield special training. But now, after Headmaster Schoffel’s arrival, that Surnamed Wang stole all of the spotlight from under him, Captain Paul!
Truthfully speaking, he didn’t mind others being in the spotlight and didn’t even mind that Wang Zhong got recognized by Old Potter. ‘You walk your path, I walk mine.’ It was just that this situation made it so that all of his chances with the others disappeared.