Volume 2: Chapter 5 – Ability X
Wang Zheng paused, he briefly touched the strength testing machine. Carl looked impatient, “Hurry up, don’t dawdle!”
“Carl, if you’re looking for trouble, I’m happy to keep you company!” Zhang Shan frowned as he spoke. This bastard was asking for a beating. He looked like someone who deserved a beating from head to toe!
“Just you wouldn’t be enough!” Carl’s mouth twitched.
Luo Yun gave a slight smile, “Don’t be anxious, within this month, there will definitely be an opportunity for you to vent your frustrations.”
Wang Zheng paused for a moment, even he did not know how strong he was. In order to beat Masasi however, he had to use what he was good at.
“Wang Zheng, be careful!” Ye Zisu said. She did not feel that injuring oneself to triumph once was particularly heroic behavior.
Wang Zheng nodded his head and took a step back. His eyes flickered with energy. Bang…
Fuck! When he released his fist, Wang Zheng knew a problem was going to arise!
Crack… Ding…. Bang…
Some workers by the door heard the explosion and rushed in. Everyone in the strength testing room could only stare agape at the sight.
The strength testing machine had been completely destroyed…
The audience looked at Wang Zheng silently. Wang Zheng was also speechless. Deep down he scolded himself, “You really are an idiot Wang Zheng! I shouldn’t have to pay any compensation for this, right?”
Luo Yun was shocked but he controlled himself and gave a slight cough, “I think the strength testing machine has had some issues, swap it for a new one.”
Seeing that Luo Yun had not raised any notions of asking for compensation, Wang Zheng gave a huge sigh of relief. The Earth’s corps were still quite reliable!
After a new machine was swapped in, Wang Zheng tightly controlled his strength. Surprisingly, he was still able to give out 580lbs of force in a single strike! At this point, everyone else was utterly flabbergasted.
Ye Zisu looked forced as she walked over and beat Wang Zheng’s shoulders fervently, “Wow you bastard, you’ve hidden a lot of things about yourself!” She said as she gave Meng Tian a meaningful glance.
Xie Yuxin gave Wang Zheng a thumbs up. Looked like he was wrong, Wang Zheng’s true potential might actually not lie in the field of physics!
Carl was speechless while Masasi looked at Wang Zheng with great interest. Arrogance required some form of backing. They had originally felt that no one on Earth could compete with them.
Yet Wang Zheng was still very innocent. He only had one thing on his mind. His largest worry was that Luo Yun would suddenly turn around and tell him, “Wang Zheng, this strength testing machine’s compensation will be on your tab!”
Thankfully, Luo Yun immediately moved onto the next part of the test. The testing facility was extraordinary. It could be seen that the next machine for testing was significantly more complex than the last one.
Masasi stopped and then said, “Instructor, there’s no need to test me, I possess Ability X.”
Luo Yun nodded his head, “Do the rest of you want to try the test?”
Carl looked distracted. He shrugged his shoulders and replied, “I don’t have it. No need to test.”
The two girls also shook their heads while Zhang Shan waved his arms, “I don’t have this thing either.”
“I do,” Said Xie Yuxin.
Everyone had a look of surprise on their faces. Especially Carl. How could he expect that someone on Earth would have this…
“Um, what is Ability X?” Wang Zheng asked curiously.
“If your genes are of Grade A, which is to say above 90 points, there will be a special test that scans your brain region. Some people possess extraordinary abilities, commonly known as extrasensory perception,” Explained Ye Zisu. She then remembered Wang Zheng’s gene score…
Wang Zheng gave a bitter smile, “I don’t have it, I have no need to test.”
“Could you all record this down?” Luo Yun asked.
“My apologies instructor, this is a secret,” Masasi declined.
Luo Yun did not continue to push the issue. Those who had Ability X were the elites among the elites. Thus, it could be said that whichever department had one would definitely place that person in a critical role.
Ability X did not assure that one’s brainwaves would react with greater activity, perhaps there was no practical application. However, in the younger generation, this was all part of one’s identity showing that they had the potential for great talent.
Furthermore, for Ability X users, they would all become members of a particular department.
Due to this fact, Carl could no longer afford to look down on Xie Yuxin.
The probability of possessing Ability X was extremely low. In fact, even among elites, out of every ten thousand would there be only one individual with it.
“The seven of you have had decent performances. In the future, there will be more exceptional students that will be joining us. You can all go back now; future training will be tougher than this. You better be mentally prepared,” said Lt. Commander Luo Yun. He still wanted to assess the training situation of the rest of the students.
In the past, training was not as complicated. This time however, Gu Te mobilized a significant amount of resources to teach the students. Firstly, to obtain an understanding of their standards. With Gu Te’s influence, the military would naturally cooperate. Furthermore, the military urgently required capable fresh blood to join them.
People like Masasi and Carl would definitely not stay on Earth. However their presence could serve to motivate the rest of the students and this situation couldn’t be better.
To the new students of Ares College, this would definitely be a period that would be hard to forget. Regardless of if they were part of the Military Departments or not, this also included people like Wang Zheng and Zhang Shan who actively looked for torture-like training.
After the first day where they were taught a lesson, the entire first week was spent on grueling and strict basic training. Military appearance, drills, marching, running, rolling around. Without needing any further words, it could be said that it was extremely tiring and depressing. Being oppressed day and night, everyone’s spirit had gone through a qualitative change.
Furthermore, those who could enter Ares College all possessed similar basic abilities. No one wanted to be weaker than someone else. Thus gradually, the atmosphere improved.
After the first week, the most outstanding individuals were none other than Wang Zheng, Masasi, Carl, Zhang Shan, Meng Tian and Ye Zisu.
The two beauties were in the limelight. They were the two goddesses of this hellish training who could reduce the pain of everyone.
Meng Tian was 1.8 meters tall. Wearing her military uniform, one could feel an incomparable valiance and formidable air from her. The large group of the males all fell head over heels for her. Unexpectedly, one of the most fervent competitors was actually Carl.
Ye Zisu was from the capital. She was originally Daybreak Middle School’s flower, OMG’s little princess. She looked delicate, but had performed exceptionally. Many people saw her with a whole new level of respect. When beauty, wealth, and fitness combined together, it would result in one who was envied by everyone as Ms. Perfect.
The one in most pain would be Yan Xiaosu. The hellish training that skinned him alive. Compared to the days where he would only need to rely on his street smarts, the contrast was so drastic that he had long wished to quit school! The thought of how scary his father would be led him to persevere. If he really did quit school, his father would definitely cut off all of his allowance, regardless of what he excuse he gave.
Wang Zheng and Zhang Shan had another sort of notoriety. The two were Physics Department students, yet they were famous in the Military Departments! They had caused a large number of Mech and Officer Department students to feel inspired. Most importantly, the instructors often used their names to provoke the other students!
With regards to the instructor’s method in sowing hatred to motivate them, Zhang Shan was naturally quite unaffected. He was a Physics Department student after all, he did not see these individuals in any light.
For poor Student Wang, it was a headache. He would have to join the Mech Department in the future and yet before he even joined, he had offended everyone there!
Wang Zheng enjoyed the training immensely. This intense training helped him sharpen his body and his cultivation had also improved. Even the Rubik’s Cube’s battle energy had increased.
Of course strange situations also occurred… Meng Tian would occasionally glare at him icily, but when did poor Student Wang ever owe her any money?
Wang Zheng had not touched CT for a week and he had felt a sense of longing. Unfortunately, the only source of leisure here was training. The rules were strictly enforced. If one wanted to play games on their Skylink that was fine, but they had to be careful not to get caught. The penalty would be a negative evaluation.
The second week of training had finally improved. The students were finally rid of the boring and simple exercises. Now they could enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery!
Yet this was not a casual outing. Everyone had to carry a heavy pack filled to the brim with bricks!
Don’t think that this mech pilot’s training is tough and tragic, because there was no training that was the most tragic; only training which were more tragic than the last. Mech pilots were mostly soldier types. Not every pilot could become a mech pilot. Most became engineers, tank operators, ship pilots, or even infantrymen!
Physical strength was the most important aspect regardless of whatever one would do.
Soon, everyone understood how they were extremely fortunate to just spend their time running around the track. They had to climb over mountains and ridges while carrying bricks. They really wanted to take those bricks and fling them at the instructor’s brains!
After the first day, everyone was too tired to think. They ate as if their life depended on it and slept as though their life depended on it. This was because they would be woken randomly during the middle of the night!
After one week of this torture, even Masasi and Carl’s usual calm and collected appearance changed slightly. On Carl’s face, fatigue could be seen. This training was too intense!
His original haughtiness had also disappeared, but this was not due to the training but rather, Wang Zheng.
Carl strongly suspected that little bastard was a robot in human skin! How could there be no discernable signs of fatigue on him!
Student Wang ate well and slept peacefully. Concurrently, he also had to serve as a psychological counselor, listening to Yan Xiaosu complain. Actually, the intensity of the training had already been reduced, but Xiaosu needed to vent.
One week’s wilderness training had led to the condition of the female student’s skin being affected significantly. Yet there were also exceptions. For example, no one knew what sort of skin product Ye Zisu was using, but her skin became more and more sparkling! This had led her to become more popular among the girls, with many asking how this was possible.
During the third week, it was a blessing as far as anyone was concerned. Although basic training still continued, the quantity had reduced significantly. The key thing was to better understand their firearms. This was everyone’s happiest moment.
Wang Zheng’s elite class had increased to a size of 50 individuals. They were those who had displayed exceptional ability and willpower in the earlier training exercises.
With the firearms class about to officially begin, military training was thus simpler.
In the monitoring lab, Gu Te had arrived.
“General, the students of this batch are generally not bad,” Luo Yun saluted.
“It must have been tough. I have received your report, your analysis has been extremely accurate,” Gu Te nodded his head.
“The headmaster taught me well!” replied Luo Yun as he smiled. He too, was a student of Ares College, a member of the army’s Innovation Faction.
In order to bring back Ares College’s glory, relying on Masasi and Carl’s abilities had no value. Everyone was clear that they were only two individuals and the school would not regain its glory by relying on them. Gu Te was extremely clear on that point. He had gotten these two to join mainly to motivate and incite the rest of the students.
Looking at the sight before him, the results were not bad. Especially Carl’s provocative personality. It had spurred many students to improve.
“Headmaster, this Wang Zheng is an extremely important matter. I have been in the military for almost 10 years and I have never met such a prodigy. It is like he was born to be a soldier. Yet, he is actually part of the Physics Department.” Luo Yun said with regret.