Chapter 131 – New Challenges
The next morning, all the young cultivators gathered at the amethyst platforms once again. They were enthusiastically eager to start the second day’s fight, hoping to expand their capacities.
South Star’s opponent for the second day was Ling Yin Academy. They came in twenty-eighth place last year, and South Star easily triumphed over them. Furthermore, they didn’t even have to get Ye Wei involved..
Their winning streak continued for two weeks. Apart from their first opponent, South Star did not really face any worthwhile opponents. This winning streak allowed Ye Wei a chance to rest, consolidate his cultivation, and strengthen his array of skills by learning the Selenic Triple-Primal Sword and the third evolution of Supernova stance.
On the fourteenth day of the tournament, South Star finished early again, and Ye Wei decided to join the other youngsters in watching the fight between Frozen Sun City’s Golden Wood Academy and Seven Star School. The dark skinned boy, who made eye contact with him at any opportunity would be fighting, and Ye Wei wanted to see his skill.
“Ye Wei? Is that you?” A clear bewitching voice sounded from the noisy crowd.
Ye Wei’s gaze fell on a young lady in her early twenties. Her emerald dress was skin tight. Nonetheless, it elegantly complimented her curves and made her look extra sassy. Her mesmerizing body and pleasant face made her stand out in the crowd like a crane in a flock of chickens.
“Xue Yao?” Ye Wei recognized her facial features.
“Took you a while!” Xue Yao’s eyebrows rose as she smiled at Ye Wei.
“How have you been?” He could sense Xue Yao was already a condensed prime Warrior.
She did not answer him directly, but instead narrowed her eyes and assessed him, “You’ve grown a lot and become really handsome in three years! Where is your girlfriend? Did she come with you?”
“Hey… Don’t joke around like that!” Ye Wei’s face became red, too embarrassed to answer.
The two then decided to catch up using the voice transmission technique as the crowd was getting noisier and noisier.
Turned out Xue Yao, Hong Xun, Zhou Hou, and the others met the descendants of the Glacial Emperor’s disciples and inherited their legacies. Each of them improved quickly over the three years.
“It’s a shame that Hong Xun and the others couldn’t make it here. Everyone got together a few times after we left the labyrinth. We have gotten a lot closer since the ordeal in the labyrinth as we were made to swear loyalty to whomever inherits the Glacial Emperor’s legacy lest we wish to be smited by the heavens. We were also told that the inheritor will have a jade trinket he would use to communicate with us…”
Xue Yao then looked at Ye Wei, he was surprised to hear what she just told him Ye Wei assumed that she already knew who became the Glacial Emperor’s inheritor.
Seeing Ye Wei chatting with a beautiful girl, Liu Jian, Chen Mo, and the rest of the South Star crew became somewhat jealous; yet, at the same time, they respected Xue Yao as they could sense that she was a condensed prime Warrior despite her young age.
“So, little Wei, why haven’t I seen you fighting?”
“I did on the first day, but haven’t needed to since then.”
“Oh okay, well, my brother is representing Golden Wood Academy so I have to go now! Catch you later!” Xue Yao heard the crowd going wild and noticed someone on the platform had just been injured. Worried that it might be her little brother, she quickly headed closer.
“Take care!” Ye Wei waved goodbye. Ye Wei felt grateful for all that Pu Yuan had done, surprised by his efforts that gave him a small but powerful force to command. During the three years, Pu Yuan had treated Ye Wei with great patience as if Ye Wei was his own apprentice.
Ye Wei knew that Master Yi and Pu Yuan had treated him as if he was family the whole time he was with them.
“We have been pretty lucky with the matchups so far. Apart from the fight with Polaris Academy, we have won every match with relative ease even without Ye Wei.”
“Let’s maintain our winning streak!” Everyone in South Star felt elevated and cheerful from their spectacular results.
“The tournament is half-way through, and we are one of five schools with a clean record. I think that says a lot! Well done guys!”
“Yes, but that means we have to pay extra attention when we face Galaxy Academy, Zhoutian Sword School, Tri-Solar School, and Seven Star School. We are aiming to finish in the top three!” Vice-principal Xu He looked around him and smiled gladly. He was impressed and happy with his students “During our best run a long while back we managed to finish seventh, but I think we will definately top that this year!.”
“Tomorrow we will be facing Tri-Solar School. Their team’s average cultivation level is higher than ours. Furthermore, they have Shi Hun Tian, one of the God’s Seven among them, be prepared for a tough fight!”
“If we win tomorrow’s matchup, then we will surely be in the top three. Boys and girls, please, do your best! And, Ye Wei, we are depending on you to deal with you know who.”
Everyone simultaneously looked at Ye Wei warily. Although he had defeated a powerful cultivator, Qi Xiu, a God’s Seven is in a completely different realm! a differentnother level of existence. They were imagining the slim possibility of their teammate becoming one of the seven.
“I will do my best!” Ye Wei smiled and nodded.
‘The human race is more laughable than I remembered them to be. Calling seven children God’s Seven? Get over yourselves! Hahaha!’ The Progenitor chuckled.
Ye Wei’s face blackened as he was upset by the Progenitor’s mockery.
After the pep talk, all of the students went back to their own rooms to prepare for the important day tomorrow each one felt a bit nervous.
The fifteenth day of the tournament arrived, as the starry night diffused into a bright morning with a clear sky. The amethyst platforms were already warmed by the sun by the time the students gathered..
“We have an interesting matchup ahead of us today. Now, neither South Star or Tri-Solar has lost a match, they will undoubtedly fight their hardest to keep a perfect record!”
“Interesting? I don’t see how Tri-Solar can lose. I mean, they have Shi Hun Tian, and he is one of the God’s Seven! Two years ago, he came to the public’s attention; he rose like a star out of nowhere and took the God’s Seven title. And for the past two years, he has been training behind closed doors! He has only gotten stronger!”
Although most of the crowd recognized Ye Wei’s strength, not many thought he could actually overcome Shi Hun Tian and become a God’s Seven.
“I wouldn’t be so sure just yet, apart from South Star’s first match we didn’t really see Ye Wei fight. What if he didn’t show all of his strength when he fought Qi Xiu?”
Everyone approved of Qi Xiu, and they knew him from two years ago when Shi Hun Tian and him both took on the same God’s Seven. Whereas Shi got the title, but Qi Xiu fought a good fight and, unfortunately, lost.
Some of the audience thought South Star had hope, some thought they just got lucky, and most thought Shi Hun Tian would be able to finish South Star single-handedly. Although they didn’t have the same opinion, all of them were looking forward to the outcome of this fight.
“Hey, Xu He, did you hear the crowd? They don’t think you are going to win!” Tri-Solar’s vice principal, Shi Xiao Ran, cockily chuckled.
“It won’t be the first time we have become disliked for winning and it certainly won’t be the last.” Xu He replied coldly.
“Haha! I admire your confidence. What do you say about making this more interesting?” Shi Xiao Ran took out a foldable fan from his possession, smiling indifferently, “If you win, this mystic arms is yours!” His tone became slightly provocative.
“Medium-grade two-star mystic arm, aren’t you generous.” Xu He narrowed his eyes in distrust.
“It’s fine if you don’t want to play with me. I’m just asking, that’s all!” Shi Xiao Ran laughed.
“Well if you insist to shower me with gifts…” Xu He took out a knuckleduster from his possession.
“Let the fifteenth round begin!” the City Lord’s voice echoed over the whole area. The audience below and above eventually took their seats as the contestants stepped onto the amethyst platforms.
The audience cheered wildly when they saw Shi Hun Tian walking to platform three.
“That’s him! Shi Hun Tian! I haven’t seen him fight for two years! Do you guys still remember when he defeated Mu Kong in less than fifty blows? I couldn’t believe a fifteen year old would ever beat a God’s Seven!”
“Of course I do; I don’t think this fight will be much worse!”
Shi Hun Tian began to stare at Ye Wei from across the martial platform, “Just you wait Ye Wei, I will make you forget all about Qi Xiu and show you the distance between him and I; it is more vast than you could ever imagined!” He mumbled to himself.
Feeling a burning gaze, Ye Wei casually looked towards Shi Hun Tian and continued talking to Cao Ning.
“Humph, it seems this Ye Wei kid doesn’t care at all!
“Arrogance is the mother of regret, Ye Wei, I’ll show you how it’s gonna be.”
Contestants of both schools lined up on the opposite sides of the platform. After two weeks of demanding fights everyone from South Star, even the less experienced ones, looked fiercer and more confident.
Unlike the first day, most of the influential audience on the cloud platform had their eyes on platform three looking forward to watch South Star’s fight, a school they had hardly cared about not too long ago.
The majority of the patriarchs and the representatives from the Green Army already had an idea about who they wanted to recruit after watching the fights for two weeks, and they were excited their two favourites would finally be facing each other.
“It doesn’t really matter who comes out on top; they are both fit for us,” They said beaming, but the intimidating armor they wore made their smiles look slightly awkward.
Ning City’s patriarchs eagerly discussed their opinions before the fight started.
“I think Shi Hun Tian is going to carry his school to victory today as, two years ago he already showed his enormous potential. He must have broken through to become a condensed prime Warrior since then.”
Defeating Qi Xiu at his best was undoubtedly a feat for Ye Wei, and it did not fade in the audience’s minds, but Shi Hun Tian had also defeated Qi Xiu and not only was that a more convincing victory then he had more opportunities to show his capacities while fighting some of the stronger schools.
The crowd slightly leaned towards supporting Tri-Solar School as logically it made sense to support them. As a result, they waited impatiently as the young cultivators warmed themselves up.