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Volume 4: Chapter 6

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Volume 4: Chapter 6 – Situation in the Academy II

It was Hai Yue! It had been a few years since I had last seen her, and she had become a young woman. Her elegant look hadn’t changed at all! If anything, she had become even more graceful. I had wondered why Ma Ke had suddenly stopped talking – so it was because he had seen the girl of his dreams.

I lamented, “Hai Yue became even more beautiful, no wonder you can’t get over her.”

Ma Ke sighed, “The guy at her side is her current boyfriend, Feng Liang Ri!”

Only then did I notice the twenty years old man by her side. He was almost the same height as me, approximately 1.9m. His lean body contained strong powers. Although his looks were average, his large and lively eyes suited his face. It was likely that girls often grew fond of his looks.

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I whispered to Ma Ke, “Let’s go and greet them!”

Ma Ke startledly said, “No! She will definitely treat me badly.”

I pretended to be angry and scolded, “You are such a coward! No wonder she hasn’t  developed any feelings for you. Quickly follow me!” After saying so, I took the initiative and walked up to them. Ma Ke had no choice but to follow behind me.

When I neared them, I laughed and said, “Why aren’t you greeting your old playmate?”

Hai Yue looked up and down at me and showed a sudden expression of understanding. “Ah! You’re Zhang Gong, it has been a few years since I last saw you!”

I pointed at Feng Liang at her side. “Aren’t you going to introduce him to me?” Feng Liang’s eyes flashed with caution.

Hai Yue’s face reddened. “He is my boyfriend, Feng Liang Ri.” I felt Ma Ke’s body tense up behind me. Hai Yue pointed at me before saying, “He is Zhang Gong Wei. He was my classmate when I was at the Royal Intermediate Academy. He even fought against my brother!”

I extended my hand and Feng Liang shook it asking, . “Hello, are you also studying in this academy?”

“Yes! I just transferred to the Year 3 Class 3. Today is my first day. Please look after me.”

I pushed Ma Ke to the front. “Since we are all friends here, quickly give them your greetings!” Since I was much taller than Ma Ke, Hai Yue did not notice him standing behind me. Once she saw Ma Ke, her expression darkened.

[TL Miki: Why do you hate him so much? pout]

Ma Ke awkwardly smiled. “I hope you’re doing well.”

Hai Yue did not give him any face and interrupted. “Well? How am I well? I don’t feel well at all when I see you. Zhang Gong, if you are here to be a middleman to convince me to go out with him, you’re just wasting your time!”

I curiously asked, “What middleman? Oh~ you are talking about that year when Ma Ke pursued you. You don’t need to worry about that. You still hate him after so many years? He didn’t do anything to you. We’ve already known each other for so many years. You don’t have to always treat him as though he is an enemy, even if you don’t get along.”

It was Hai Yue’s turn to become awkward. Feng Liang, who was at her side, stood in front of her. “What Zhang Gong said is right. Hai Yue, you don’t need to continue bickering over past things. Class is starting soon, let’s head back.”  

Hai Yue snorted and walked away without another word.

Ma Ke’s energy level deflated like a balloon and he lethargically said, “Boss, now you have seen it. I obviously don’t stand a chance.”

I gave him a violent slap on his head and angrily said, “You’re truly worthless! I’ve never seen anyone more cowardly than you. You’ve yet to be defeated but you’re already cowering. How could she fall for you? She doesn’t like a guy who’s only heroic on the outside. I really don’t understand what you’re thinking. When you see Hai Yue, you are just like a mouse meeting a cat. Let’s go! Class is starting.”

Ma Ke frustratedly followed me back to the classroom, but did not go back to his. He sat in the same back row as me in my classroom. I did not listen much to the lesson. I started to ask Ma Ke, “Please continue to tell me about the academy’s situation? Let’s leave the talk about Hai Yue for next time.”

Ma Ke regained some of his mood. “The three main powers are the Ri, Yue and Xing families who formed an alliance to form an elder group. As all of the families held powers over the kingdom for several generations, they all are already deeply rooted to the country. They could also influence all of the territories in the country, making it impossible to ignore them.”  

I curiously said, “If they are allies then why did Hai Ri still encourage you to chase after his sister? If Hai Yue marries the eldest son of the Ri family, won’t it lead to a more beneficial marriage?”

Ma Ke bitterly smiled. “You think Feng Liang is such a good guy? I heard that he has already gone out with many girls and that they’ve ended up the same way. He plays with them and then dumps them. Brother Hai Ri knows I’ve been chasing after his sister for many years, so he knows that I’m seriously in love with Hai Yue. He doesn’t care about Feng Liang at all so he encouraged me to chase after her.”

[TL Miki: hmmph! If Hai Yue were to get dumped in the future, she will regret not choosing Ma Ke! As her punishment~, I hope that Ma Ke will move on by then! ]

[ED: annoyance: i second that]

[2nd ED: Kai : with even more beautiful girl]

 

“Oh~ So it’s like this! Ok now tell me who the last big power is.”

“The last big power is the Emperor’s ’s blood related younger brother, Prince Ke Zha. He was also a great general in the Wang Kingdom so he holds lots of influence in the military. When comparing the Emperor’s strength to his, he is definitely stronger. Brother, I have been hiding something from you. Please forgive me after hearing me out.”

I seriously looked at him. “Just say it. Is it about your family?”

Ma Ke was surprised and said, “How did you know?”

I smiled. “When you previously refused to head out with me to gain experience, I’d already guessed that your family was not that simple. You can just tell me directly that you are from one of the three families.”

Ma Ke looked at me in shock and was flabbergasted.

At that moment, I sensed some danger and hurriedly cast a Light Shield. “Pu~” After that sound, I could tell from the fire sparks that it was just a small fireball.

I looked in the direction where the attack had come from. At the lecturer’s platform, there was an elderly magician. He seemed to be the teacher for the current lesson. Judging by his angry expression, we may have provoked him. In his angry expression, there was a also a sign of surprise, as he did not think that I would be able to thwart his sneak attack so easily.

The old magician scolded, “Did you come here for a lesson or just to chat?”

Ma Ke whispered to me secretly. “He’s known to have an extremely bad temper. We shouldn’t continue to provoke him.”

At that moment, the entire class of students was looking in our direction, including the ordinary female student sitting beside me. She seemed to have heard what Ma Ke was talking to me about before. I did not care about it at all as the facts should have been known to everyone already. She was not hearing anything new so it shouldn’t have mattered much.

I awkwardly smiled. “Ah~ Sorry, teacher. I will stop chatting and start to seriously focus in class.”

The old magician’s expression softened a little. “You should be the new student. After class, please come to my office. Ma Ke, why are you here in Class 3? You should head back to your class. If you two continue chatting, I will have you scrub the toilet as punishment!”

Ma Ke surveyed the class and saw that the students were sniggering. He had no choice except to stand up and head to his class, but only after whispering to me, “I’ll tell you my identity later.”

 

 

 

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#abstract #TL;DR [Zhang Gong], Matchmaker, makes statement, Gains political affluence, teases [Ma Ke]’s backstory.

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Comments 21

  1. Thanks for the chapter XD

    While I feel sorry for Ma Ke, at the same time, I think all of you are too harsh on Hai Yue…

    Think about it from her perspective. Ma Ke was the guy that kept on harassing her for years, he would bother and stalker her to the point that she basically has instinctive hate of her.

    And this douche she is dating is a guy that is GOOD at getting girls. I don’t blame her for falling for a douche that knows how to get girls.

    Ma Ke is just naturally talented and rich, so girls want him… but once Ma Ke’s talent and riches were known did Hai Yue all of the sudden try to get with him? No…

    That, in my books was actually a plus. If she ever does go out with him, it’d be because she fell for him. She didn’t become a fan girl all of the sudden once he became desirable…

    I just feel it is too bad that their issues from childhood is stopping her from giving him a chance, but not going out with a person isn’t a bad thing, and we saw from earlier chapters that she wasn’t even a bad person… Ma Ke just bothered her too much (to the point that she had to call her brother to beat him up to try and keep him away -if you constantly harass a girl to that point, and still don’t stop, then your just being selfish).

    1. Except Ma Ke seems to be pretty timid around her now? She also could have overreacted in getting her brother to beat him up before. We don’t know what this “bothering” entailed. That said, she is definitely not totally in the wrong to be somewhat bothered by Ma Ke but she doesn’t have to be such a bitch about it. Especially when it is obvious how Ma Ke feels.

      But regardless, surely she has been told this guy is a womanizer. I hope he takes her virginity and dumps her.

      Be careful what you wish for, after all.

      1. Well XD Not that I can say about that as I really don’t quite like how Hai Shui is treating Ma Ke, but I still hope that it will not the case that you suggested haha There might be an actual reason why she is doing that, but we will have to find out in the future chapters 😛
        Ps I read the chapters as I translate so I also don’t know what will happen in the future 😉

      2. Ya, but would she believe it? Love (whether it be true, or a crush) makes people do stupid things. Ma Ke himself is a great example.

        And her reactions are based off of his past harassment… seems more ingrained now. Plus, he caused issues with her for a while. It’s just now that he’s leaving her alone. Even knowing his feelings, Ma Ke was her enemy for a while.

        Ma Ke should have just left her alone earlier. If she got her brother to beat him up, then that should be a clear sign that she doesn’t want him harassing her. In fact, even before that, she was clear about not wanting him around her. He would keep chasing her to the point that she asked her brother to stop the guy from stalking her. In fact, in this case, he was completely in the wrong. Even if he likes her, he should have gave her her space and left her alone.

        And while she hates being with Ma Ke, she isn’t actually a bad girl. That was a horrible thing to say.

        “I hope he takes her virginity and dumps her.”

        Why would you say something so horrible? There is something wrong with you to even wish that. Ma Ke should get over her, but she doesn’t deserve anything bad.

        Or is that all a woman is? If they don’t love the guy then they deserve horrible things? She doesn’t deserve hate for not returning Ma Ke’s feelings. And Ma Ke harassed her to the point that she now hates him. Even if he stopped now, that hate isn’t just going to magically disappear.

        1. @ DMR Ma Ke was not beaten by her brother? Her brother supports their relationship. It is just that she doesn’t have feelings for him xD I also do agree that the part about taking her vaginity was going a little too far as well ^^

      3. Their might be political alliance at play here, I’m sure she’s aware of his past deeds. But her family might have pushed the relationship. If not forced, certainly it’s possible they might of said something along : You should date him, no really you should. No? We’re telling you it’s a great idea.

        Why else would the authour point out the identities that are fighting for the throne power?

        Same with his friend, he’s the son of someone important just like the others.

        But yeah, that whole year of harassment didn’t help Ma Ke’s case at all.

    2. If you consider that she treats him special (even if its in a bad way), he has already made some progress, just needs to follow his friends advice, stop playing the mouse and start playing the tiger :p Insecurity doesnt make anyone fall in love with you ( at least in my point of view XD )

      1. He has good reason to be insecure. The main problem is that he basically harassed her until she hated him, and now he is giving her space only after she hates him.

        So he needs to fix her opinion of him before he gets a chance. He was too forward with her before, and now he is too shy…

  2. His family is definitely a competitor for the throne, and zang gong is gonna make him king! It’d be convenient to be best friends with a king!

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