Volume 3: Chapter 7 – Return
Unknowingly, the distance between the two had shrunk. It had to be said that Wang Zheng used to be tormented by Bonehead. Thus he felt some slight aversion to beautiful girls. Conjuring the image of Bonehead in makeup in his mind was useful at this point in time.
A beautiful girl, however, would still be a beautiful girl regardless.
Meng Tian had an amazing body and there was nothing wrong with her features. She had flawless snow white skin and except for her cold personality, she was truly a beauty anyone would fall in love with at first sight.
Even if Wang Zheng was slow to react, he would eventually succumb to the other party’s charm.
But by the time Wang Zheng could feel it, Meng Tian had hurriedly stood up. “I’m going first. I will help your friend pass the letter to An Mei; don’t worry about it.”
After say that, she rushed towards the female changing rooms. Even Wang Zheng could feel that her heart was clearly quite flustered.
Dear Student Wang rubbed his nose. Was he that scary?
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To the Ares College students, the upcoming month would definitely be the most exciting one by far.
Firstly, it was for the oncoming event between the three military colleges. This year it would be held at Ares College and it was rare for there to be a full confrontation with blood boiling battles. It was something everyone looked forward to!
In addition, since this year’s freshmen included Masasi and Carl, Ares College’s team strength had explosively improved. There was a good chance that they were able to get rid of the fate between the old three.
The second and also the most important thing was that Lin Huiyin would be performing a concert in the capital.
In the entire Solar System, she’d only chosen to perform on Earth and, specifically, in the capital.
This caused all of her numerous fans to be extremely excited. Of course, the fans included the three in the dormitory and best buddy Yan Xiaosu.
For the princeling Student Yan, he would spare no expense to grab a ticket.
Up until now, however, only news of the concert was made available. Ticketing had yet to start but the fans would inevitably be waiting anxiously.
The problem here was that Lin Huiyin was just too popular. Although the younger generation was full of rebellious individuals, Huiyin’s sweet princess image captivated countless hearts. Everyone aspired to be a badass while hoping others were just quiet individuals. The new song was one that had a very gallant style to it. Previous concerts had a venue bursting with people. This time, the concert would be in the capital with the headlining song being NOT AFRAID.
It was rumored that the inspiration for this song had come from Earth.
Students loved to engage in bustling activities and this event was no different from a huge “get together” festival.
Yan Xiaosu very happily called Wang Zheng on his Skylink and told him that An Mei had agreed to his invitation.
After merely meeting once, it seemed as though An Mei was quite different from Yue Jing. Even if his confession was unsuccessful, it was unlikely she would put him on the spot.
For the purposes of the three military college’s exchange, the school had to pick out outstanding talent for competition. Despite an equal number of spots allocated for freshmen and seniors, the main point of the exchange was to test the freshmen’s talent.
Masasi and Carl were both freshmen and, without question, part of the main force. Wang Zheng was picked as the substitute for the team. Although Wang Zheng’s results in the military training wasn’t bad, a training exercise could not be considered sufficient experience. A real battle was a completely different situation.
The other two had often experienced such competitions. Being able to be selected as a substitute was already very shocking.
Other than him, Zhang Shan was selected as the other substitute.
The two of them were representatives from the Physics Department, and it was also the first time something like this had happened.
Captain: Ma Xiao
Official Members: Jiang Bin, Masasi, Carl, Meng Tian
Substitutes: Wang Zheng, Zhang Shan, Guan Tao
The individuals who were chosen for this event every year would have special attention paid to them by the school. This year’s event was even more lively as Masasi and Carl’s strength had given the school a hope for victory.
Even though Ma Xiao could be considered an expert, a lone hero could not hold back a pack of wolves. His individual ability was not sufficient enough to allow him to dominate the competition.
With these two experts assisting him, Ma Xiao felt his confidence increase. Especially since he had personally tested the two’s combat ability. He felt extremely confident. The remaining time left for training was meant to improve the team’s ability to work together as well as for personal training to ensure that the team could compete in peak condition.
Guan Tao was originally in the official line up but was displaced by Meng Tian. It was originally intended for the freshmen to take priority anyways. Furthermore, when Guan Tao competed against Meng Tian, he had lost three times in a row. Thus, Ma Xiao had to make a decision.
As Wang Zheng and Zhang Shan showed excellent performance during military training, they were chosen as the substitutes of the team. Such a line up was already sufficient.
The training lasted from 7 to 9pm every night with Teacher Zhuo Mu from the Mecha Department supervising.
Zhuo Mu had graduated from Ares College and was the trump card of the army. But since he had lost one of his legs in a battle, he had returned to the school to teach. He was a teacher with a unique ‘personality’ and, in truth, was quite rough. He would fly into a terrible rage whenever someone failed and the school suffered from numerous complaints as a result. He had, however, suppressed the complaints with his own abilities. Yet the fact was that if results could not be produced, it would be hard to say if he could continue to stay in the school.
Guan Tao whispered, “One has to be calm when dealing with Steel Leg Zhuo. Regardless of what he says, just imagine he’s just making fart noises.”
Guan Tao was quite close to the rest with the exception of Ma Xiao and Jiang Bin. Zhang Shan was still in a festive mood and with Wang Zheng accompanying him, he treated the situation as an excursion with a buddy.
After half an hour, Zhuo Mu finally hobbled his way into the classroom. One of his leg’s was fitted with a steel prosthetic and his footsteps were not stable, clinking as he walked along.
Zhuo Mu indifferent glanced at the eight of them before looking at Ma Xiao. “Why are you still here? Looks like Ares College is lacking people.”
Ma Xiao looked embarrassed. He was in his fourth year and should not be participating in this competition. But there was no choice. Ares College was severely lacking in experts and he was quite experienced himself.
With regards to Jiang Bin and Guan Tao, Zhuo Mu completely ignored the two of them. Jiang Bin and Guan Tao didn’t take offence at his treatment of them; they had long become used to his attitude.
Using Steel Leg Zhuo’s own words, “Crop after crop, disappointment year after year.”
“I suppose you two are the ones from outside Earth. I heard your strength isn’t bad, but this is Ares College’s fight. Are you willing to participate on behalf of Ares College?” asked Steel Leg Zhuo.
Carl grinned arrogantly. “Competing casually will be enough. What’s the point of being serious for such a competition?”
Steel Leg Zhuo then turned to Masasi. “Do you feel the same way?”
“I am currently a student of Ares College. Naturally I would put in all my effort to fight for Ares College. You can rest assured about this, teacher,” replied Masasi.
Zhuo Mu nodded his head before pointing at Carl. “You. You can leave now.”
Carl stared blankly. “Hey you old bastard, did you make a mistake? Did you just ask me to leave?”
“If you don’t want to leave, I can throw you out myself,” replied Zhuo Mu unenthusiastically.
“You old bastard, do you think I wouldn’t dare to hit you!”
After saying that, Carl rushed towards Zhuo Mu but the teacher just lifted his leg.
Carl screamed in pain. Bitch! That was alloyed metal! If a normal limb was to collide with it…
Zhuo Mu had indeed thrown Carl out of the doorway before closing the door. The room had seven people left. Ma Xiao and the rest looked at each other. They were doomed! Carl was one of their main forces. Without him, they had basically lost half of their fighting strength.
“I don’t oppose anyone becoming a hero, but one has to have a sense of team honor. Regardless of where you might come from, since you are a student of Ares College, you have to fight for your college’s glory. With regards to anything else, you can talk about it after this.”
After Zhuo Mu finished speaking, he stared icily at the group in front of him, “Meng Tian, I don’t care about your background. In this team, there will be no gender separation. Are you sure you want to join in our training?”
“Yes, teacher!” Meng Tian replied without hesitation.
“How about the two brats from the Physics Department?”
“Teacher Zhuo, although I might be from the Physics Department, I have the heart of one from the Mecha Department!” replied Zhang Shan. This bastard was literally stealing his lines.
“I am willing to fight for the college,” replied Wang Zheng.
“Excellent, we can head out. Follow me.”
The group followed him outside only to realise… there was a space shuttle awaiting them. What was he trying to do?
Wasn’t it nightly training from 7 to 9pm?
Wasn’t he going to follow established practices?
Ma Xiao had a bad feeling about it. Although they did previously mention that they would be doing the real thing, could it be that they would start immediately…
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After that event, Carl immediately left the college and returned to Mars. Although the principal had tried his best to get him to stay, he was unable to change Carl’s mind.
Frankly, ever since Carl had arrived on Earth, he was looking for such an opportunity to leave. He was unable to find an opportunity to properly compete with Masasi as the latter was simply uninterested. Furthermore the atmosphere was unsuitable for him.
It was perfect that he could use this situation to finally leave. Towards Ares College, losing him was a terrible situation. Especially since Carl’s mech piloting abilities were quite decent.
Although Wang Zheng and the rest were taken away, their course materials were recorded in the form of videos for them to slowly catch up when time was available.
Chen Xiu, Yao Ailun, and Yan Xiaosu were anxiously taking care of their Skeleton Corps.
The three of them were extremely active. Chen Xiu even frequently answered questions and guided noobs.
When it came to theoretical knowledge, he was exceptionally proficient in it.
“Brother Xiu, I used to learn from the high level battle videos but always lost pitifully! But ever since I started watching Skeleton God’s battle videos… why am I losing even more pitifully than before!” asked player I Must Become A God.
Chen Xiu was stunned. “What have you been using?”
“Of course Wargod No. 1. It’s such an all rounded mech that it’s essential for becoming a god!”
Without waiting for Chen Xiu’s reply, the audience burst into raucous laughter. This funny bastard.
Chen Xiu didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. “When things are going your way, you might be able to win, but one’s ability to battle comes from learning from experience. Other than having the skills to do so, one must practice often to achieve success.”
“Now we will commence the third mech analysis lesson. The Ice Shuttle Type-III mech specialty lies in…”
Chen Xiu and Yao Ailun’s mech analysis had improved significantly. It covered both the strengths and weaknesses of the mech and also included replays of high level battles involving the mech.
They hoped that one day, Wargod No. 1 would be able to compete with high level mecha.
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As of now, even Wang Zheng did not know where he had been shipped to. It looked like he had been brought to a military barrack.
Steel Leg Zhuo seemed extremely familiar with the place. Valiant soldiers could be seen all around and the group of them looked like lambs in comparison.
“Fuck. Where is this place? It seems so dark and foreboding.” Zhang Shan frowned. He felt that the situation was not looking very positive. He was a genius of the Physics Department. He should have been enjoying life and beautiful women but instead he was here.
“Do you know where we are, seniors?” asked Masasi.
Ma Xiao shrugged his shoulders. “Don’t ask me, this is also my first time here. We will have to adapt to the situation. Looks like this old man is playing for keeps this time.”
With the memory of the previous military training, everyone snapped to attention. This time, however, things were different; nothing happened. Furthermore, everyone was given their own room.
“Comprehensive training starts tomorrow. So rest well for tonight, you will get no further chance to do so,” said Zhuo Mu as he walked away.
How could someone sleep peacefully with such words?