Library Of Heaven’s Path - Chapter 24
Wang Tao is also in a state of disbelief.
Before he came, he had made sure to look into Zhang Xuan's strength. Back then, the information he got was that he was only Fighter 3-dan Zhenqi realm, a weakling!
How could he possibly stop his attack with just two fingers?
In order to achieve such a feat, not only must one possess sufficient strength, he must also be precise in his timing, control over his strength, his positioning and many other factors. If there were to be a slight discrepancy in his judgement, it is possible for his fingers to be severed and he would be severely injured!
The other teachers, or perhaps even the Pixue realm elders, would be unable to achieve such a feat! Yet, a fellow who is reputed to be trash...
’’Coincidence! It must be a coincidence!’’
Such a thought pops into his mind. A savage look appears on Wang Tao's face once more and exerting strength through his both hands, he howls, ’’Let go!’’
He wants to retrieve his sword that is trapped between the two fingers of Zhang Xuan.
However, despite trying twice consecutively, to the point that veins are popping out on his temple and that he is about to vomit blood due to overexertion of strength, he is astonished to realise that the sword that is held between the Zhang Xuan's fingers seems to be firmly latched onto his fingers. No matter how much strength he exerts, it doesn't budge in any way.
’’Could it be... his true strength isn't Zhenqi realm?’’ A peculiar thoughts appears in his mind.
But this is impossible!
It hasn't been long since the last Teacher Qualification Examination. Everyone in the academy is aware of the fact that he only has the strength of a Zhenqi realm pinnacle... Furthermore, even if he were to break through his current realm, he would only be at Pigu realm, which is the same level as him. He wouldn't be so hard pressed just by a mere two fingers of the other party!
Just as Wang Tao is considering the peculiarity of the situation, a surge of might suddenly comes gushing towards him through the sword and the impassive words of the other party echoes by his ear.
Before he could even react, his entire body is sent flying through the air.
His head bashes through the door of the classroom.
’’Alright, let's continue on with our lessons!’’
After casually throwing Wang Tao out, Zhang Xuan turns towards the rest and says blandly.
Wang Ying, Zhao Ya, Liu Yang, Zheng Yang and Yuan Tao stare at one another. The turn of events left them unable to react and they are on the verge of exploding due to the overwhelming shock.
That is a Fighter 4-dan Pigu realm expert! Not mentioning how an attack of his full strength was easily dealt with, to think he would be thrown out with such ease...
Isn't this teacher of theirs the worst teacher with the lowest combat ability in the entire academy?
How did he do it?
’’Teacher... has been hiding his strength?’’
Suddenly, Zhao Ya comes to a realisation as her face flushes from excitement.
The only viable explanation is that the teacher before her has been concealing his true strength!
If not, how could he possibly point out the problems whom no one else could discern and boost their might with just a casual pointer?
The others aren't fools as well. They clench their fist in agitation.
Coming to the academy to come under the tutelage of the teachers, who wouldn't hope to be under the guidance of a capable teacher?
Before this, everyone thought that their lives would be miserable, judging from how they came under the tutelage of the academy's worst teacher. Only now do they know that... they have won in the competition of choosing one's teachers, an overwhelming one at it!
The teacher with the worst reputation in the academy is actually a... true worldly expert!
When their path of thoughts reaches this point, all of the excessive thoughts disappear from their minds as they nod their head vigorously. Even Liu Yang, who held doubts about Zhang Xuan's lessons, couldn't help but look over in enthusiasm, afraid that he would miss out a single word of his teacher.
What Lu Xun laoshi and Wang Chao laoshi... All of these has been thrown to the back of their minds!
Not just them, even the elders would have to kneel when compared to Zhang laoshi!
’’To rush in like this, I hope that young master is fine!’’
Outside the classroom, Old Liu looks worriedly at Wang Tao, who had barged into the classroom furiously.
’’Rest easy, Wang Tao-shaoye has reached Fighter 4-dan Pigu realm while that Zhang Xuan is still stuck at Zhenqi realm. Soon, he would be able to teach him a lesson and bring young mistress Wang Ying out!’’
Shaoye ->Young master.
Yao Han nods his head with a bright smile on his face.
Just as he is visioning the pathetic state the shameless teacher would be in with his teeth scattered all over the floor, he suddenly hears Wang Tao's furious howl from the room.
’’It has begun!’’
Yao Han's eyes light up and the edges of his mouth creep upwards.
If that Zhang Xuan was only the last in the entire academy, Yao Han wouldn't be bothered to interfere in his affairs. However, to think that he would dare to be disrespectful to the young mistress!
If Zhang Xuan didn't execute some underhanded tricks, how could the young mistress possibly willingly acknowledge him as her teacher?
If Yao Han were to make a move personally, he would definitely incur the ire of the young mistress, not to mention offending the Hongtian Academy at that. It would be more than ideal for Wang Tao to make a move in his stead!
Hongtian Academy is located in Tianxuan Royal Capital, the home ground of the Wang family. Even if Wang Tao were to beat up a teacher, they would definitely have the means to deal with it! Furthermore, Wang Tao is the disciple of an elder and holds an esteemed position in the academy. It is much more appropriate for him to make a move.
’’Hehe, I would like to see how would that trash of a teacher embarrass himself...’’
The more he thinks about it, the more delighted he gets. Yao Han creeps towards the doorstep, intending to open up a crack between the doors and peek through it when he hears a boom and the tightly-shut doors burst open.
Yao Han didn't even have the time to react from the sudden assault by the metal door. It slams right into his face, rattling his consciousness. In the midst of his daze, a head comes crashing into him!
The intimate encounter between his face and the head creates the crisp melody of the cracking of a bone and the two remaining teeth that survived yesterday's attack after much difficulty dislodges valiantly.
The intense pain causes Yao Han to convulse and a mouthful of fresh blood bursts forth.
His body isn't fragile, but... he had yet to recover from his injuries from the prior day. Yesterday, he had been bashed in his face and now, he was slammed by a metal door before a head comes crashing into him right after... It is already quite a blessing for him to be alive at this point.
Old Liu realises that the one who was sent flying was his young master and he dashes over, frightened.
’’Damn it, damn it!’’
Wang Tao might have knocked into the metal door, but with Yao Han cushioning his fall, he isn't severely injured by that encounter. Standing up and recalling how the 'trash' caught his blow and threw him out, he feels an intense fear. Although he shouted loudly, he didn't dare to approach the classroom anymore.
’’Young master Wang Tao, you... you...’’
Faint-headed, Yao Han only realises at this point that the one who knocked into him is Wang Tao. With an intrigued expression, he struggles to stand up.
Didn't you rush in to beat him up? How come you are the one who was sent flying out?
’’I... I was practicing as new type of battle technique!’’ Wang Tao didn't dare to say that he had been thrown out by a 'trash', so he could only come up with something else.
’’Battle technique?’’ Yao Han's vision is still blurry from the previous impact. He hurriedly questions, ’’Did you expose the true face of that fellow? How did our young mistress react...’’
’’Cough cough. I... I didn't have the time to make a move when my younger sister pushed me out. I think... why don't we try waiting here!’’ Wang Tao says with an embarrassed look.
Just a moment ago, he was still declaring how he would make the other party suffer. Yet, the next moment, he was sent flying out. He wouldn't acknowledge such a shameful affair even if he were beaten to the verge of death!
Yao Han scratches his head as doubts appear in his mind. However, he didn't think that he should point them out, so he chooses to change the topic instead, ’’Wang Tao shaoye, I have a question to ask of you, seeing how you are also a student of Hongtian Academy!’’
Shaoye ->Young master
Seeing how Yao Han doesn't continue pursuing the events that transpired in the classroom, Wang Tao heaves a sigh of relief and replies.
’’Is there any female teachers in the academy who has 'Bi' in their name?’’ Recalling the fellow who beat him up the previous day, Yao Han's anger billows.
’’Bi? The most famous one of them all is the academy's female goddess, Shen Bi Ru! I heard that Zhang Xuan laoshi wanted to court her as well. He is truly a toad lusting over... the flesh of a swan...’’
Halfway through his words, Wang Tao pauses abruptly.
Before this, everyone knew that Zhang Xuan's abilities were sub-par and his capability as a teacher was horrendous as well. With such standards, he dared to pursue the academy's female goddess Shen Bi Ru... That's why everyone termed him as such. Now that Wang Tao has experienced the other party's strength first-hand and understands that he is on a different level from him, he finds it unnatural to continue saying that he is a toad lusting over the flesh of a swan!
’’Shen Bi Ru? Zhang Xuan wants to court her?’’ Yao Han's eyes light up as he comes to a realisation. The person whom the fellow yesterday was talking about must be her. He continues asking, ’’Other than Zhang laoshi, is there anyone else who is courting her?’’
’’Shen laoshi is incredibly beautiful, the teachers who wish to court her are far too many for me to count. However, the most famous of them all is the grandson of Elder Shang Chen, Shang Bin laoshi!’’ After pondering for a moment, Wang Tao looks over in suspicion, ’’Why is butler Yao asking such a question?’’
’’Oh, I am just casually asking!’’
Yao Han doesn't touch any further on the topic, but a glint flashes past his eyes.
’’I will be able to ascertain it after looking into whether this Shang Bin had gotten into a conflict with Zhang Xuan yesterday. If it really is him, regardless of whether he is the son of an elder, I would definitely make him suffer...’’
When had the butler of the Baiyu City Lord, a figure that rises above the others, standing beneath only an individual, suffered such a great injustice!
If he doesn't seek vengeance on him, it would be hard to quell the resentment accumulating in his heart. For it, he is willing to turn into a demon!
While Yao Han is still considering whom he should find to gather intelligence, the person in question, Shang Bin, had just finished conducting a lesson and had left his classroom when he met a young man.
Cao Xiong laoshi!
Xiaojie (See-ow Jee-yeh) ->Young mistress
Shaoye (Shi-ow Yeh)->Young master
Rough pronunciations of the words.
I wanted to retain it in English so that it would be easier to read through. While young master isn't a wrong translation for it, it feels inappropriate for the butler of Baiyu family to be calling Wang Tao as young master. So, I think I will translate it to Chinese whenever it feels iffy (will leave a note below so that it doesn't affect the reading too much)
...toad lusting over... the flesh of a swan (癞蛤蟆想吃......天鹅肉......)
Refers to how someone desires a person beyond their abilities (e.g. an ordinary peasant hoping to marry into royalty)
a figure that rises above the others, standing beneath only one (一人之下万人之上)
Normally refers to the Prime Minister of a country in Ancient China (Standing only below the King), but used to refer to the butler of the Baiyu City in this case
There are some parts which doesn't sound that exaggerated in Chinese but after translating, it is hard to find an appropriate milder phrase for it, so it sounds a little out of place :X
Anyway, for now, the chapters are capped at ~3/4 a week cause I have to book into my camp (conscription) on weekdays and can only work on it on Friday/Saturday/Sunday. I also have to work on ELCL so releases will be limited (at least until I'm released in ~March)