AC Chapter 22

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Chapter 22: This King has Something to Ask You

The rookie training began officially on July 1, yet it was already July 4, 10:30am. Doing the calculations, Shi Xiaobai had played truant for three days, and was late for two-and-a-half hours on the fourth day. Riko had specially mentioned in her message not to be late, much less play truant. It was unexpected that Shi Xiaobai’s single deep meditative state made him guilty of both.

The most important thing he should do was of course to rush to the training grounds, and explain the reason why he had violated the rules to the seemingly-peculiar instructor. However, Shi Xiaobai was in no hurry. He slowly found a small haversack in the house, and constantly stuffed food and drinks into it. He even began carefully selecting which foods to bring.

“Being late for a minute is late, while being late for a few hours is also late, so why should This King worry?”

With this thought in mind, Shi Xiaobai left the residence slowly, and soon was on the road. Shi Xiaobai remembered Riko mentioning him several times in her introduction to Steel City that the rookie training ground were south of the [Annihilation]’s jurisdiction zone. It was the southern end of Steel City.

However, which direction was south?

Shi Xiaobai looked at the crossroads in front of him and automatically stopped. Shi Xiaobai stood at the crossroads for very long before he managed to encounter a passer-by. He immediately stopped the person and after asking which direction south was, he began walking along the roads that were paved with black steel. However, every time he encountered an intersection, Shi Xiaobai would patiently stop and wait for a passer-by and ask for directions before he continued on.

Throughout his journey, he constantly walked and stopped, but he finally arrived at the southern end of Steel City, where a gigantic iron gate was.

“This is the Gaia South Gate that leads to the Demon World!”

Shi Xiaobai awed as he looked at the steel gates, before turning to face a surprised gate-keeping guard. He was planning on asking for the location of the rookie training grounds.

The rookie training grounds were already located rather close to the South Gate, so the guard pointed out a specific route for Shi Xiaobai in a friendly manner. Shi Xiaobai nodded and thanked him before heading out according to his directions.

However, after three corners…

“Eh, did Uncle Demon World Gatekeeper say to turn left or right at the fourth intersection?”

Shi Xiaobai thought in silence for three seconds, and decided to abandon the painful thinking process. He stopped at the crossroads and began waiting.

It was already noon, and the sun was shining brightly. After standing there for a minute, Shi Xiaobai could no longer stand it. As he looked around, he saw a short warehouse-like steel building. Shi Xiaobai immediately headed towards the iron building’s shadow.

As he walked, he suddenly heard a thump, as if something had collided into steel. However, as it was slightly farther away, it didn’t sound very loud, in fact, it was nearly inaudible.

Shi Xiaobai pricked up his ears as he could vaguely hear the colliding sounds coming from the other side of the steel building. As he headed towards it, the sounds became clearer. When he reached the side of the steel building, the colliding sounds was nearly deafening..

“Peng! Peng! Peng!”

Shi Xiaobai took step after step towards the back of the steel building, from the colliding sound, it did not seem like it was produced by using a hammer to strike the steel walls. Soon, he reached the corner and began faintly hearing violent grunting.

“Puff! Puff! Puff!”

The breathing sounds seemed like a violent wind that blew out of a hole in the mountains, with a force that seemed to be able to tear. Shi Xiaobai involuntarily slowed down his footsteps as the breathing slowed down too.

He was getting closer and closer. Shi Xiaobai had finally reached the corner of the steel building. Standing still for a few seconds, he slowly took a step forward, leaning his body slightly and turned his head. Immediately, he could see everything behind the steel building.

At the boundary of sunlight and the shadows stood a man. The man’s back was exposed under the sunlight, filled with jaw-dropping muscles. And hidden in the shadows, was his front that seemed to contain explosive power. At this moment, this man was punching the steel buildings wall with his fists while spewing beast-like breathing from his nostrils.

And what was most shocking was that although it seemed like his fists were slamming onto the steel walls to produce the deafening sounds, Shi Xiaobai was able to see clearly that every time the fist came to 10 cm in front of the wall, it would stop. It did not make contact with the wall at all!

Looking closely, wherever the fist passed, there were ripples of white light that flashes out from the fist, like a vertical ripple was emanating from the wall. When these white ripple fluctuations hit the wall, it would produce a deafening sound, as well as cause a visible sag into the steel wall.

“This…”

Shi Xiaobai gulped down his saliva. His eyes were shimmering with burning flames as he began observing intently. The scene of the muscular man punching out with his fist was imprinted in his mind. His body involuntarily began to imitate the muscular man’s actions, despite him looking extremely clumsy and ridiculous.

The muscular man punched out dozens of times, and similarly, Shi Xiaobai punched out dozens of times. The contrast was extremely disparate. One was like a ferocious beast, causing the wall to tremble with each fist, while the other looked extremely weak. While punching out, he did not even stir a weak wind from his fists.

“Phew!”

Finally, the muscular man seemed to feel tired and pulled back his fist to stand straight. After taking a few deep breaths, he turned to look at Shi Xiaobai. At the same time, Shi Xiaobai pulled back his fists, and turned to look at the muscular man.

Reflected in Shi Xiaobai’s pupils was a face that wasn’t too much to be described as ‘extremely vicious’. A patch of hair that circled the remaining black hair had been trimmed away, and in the middle of his head was yellow hair that stood up like a rooster’s crown. At this moment, his eyes were filled with intense flames, while a hideous scar went from his forehead down past his right eye. His mustache was a messy scrawl, and a prominent double chin brought out the terrifying weirdness of his face.

The top of Shi Xiaobai’s head only reached the muscular man’s chest, and as the they faced each other, Shi Xiaobai was like a tiny tree sapling that had been shrouded by a large mountain.

“You have a problem?”

A coarse and rich voice, interspersed with a tinge of gasping, blared out from the muscular man. It sounded like the low growl of a beast, filled with an irrepressible hint of brutality.

Immediately an undeniable idea came to Shi Xiaobai—This man could beat him down in one punch, or even kill him in one punch!

This was what Riko said, to definitely not mess with others! If he dared to call himself “This King”, or say any shameless words, then the man would mercilessly use his fist that could even cause tremors into the steel walls at his head!

Shi Xiaobai immediately knew the best choice for him now was—keeping a low profile, keeping a low profile, and keeping a low profile.

“This King has something to ask you.”

However, his high-spiritedness, and even arrogant sounding words, still came out of Shi Xiaobai. He said it without any trembling or moments of hesitation.

However, the moment he said this, even the sound of wind fell silent. The shadow at the back of the steel building immediately seem to fall into dead silence.

The muscular man crinkled his eyebrows, as if pondering over Shi Xiaobai’s words, or pondering whether he should wave his fists.

Shi Xiaobai held his chest straight out, and looked up to face the muscular man directly. There was no haughtiness or fear in his eyes, not even the slightest emotions.

There was only calmness and naturalness. It was as if he had done something normal like wave hello.

“This King has something to ask you.” Shi Xiaobai repeated himself again.

Against this “ferocious” muscular man, Shi Xiaobai did not choose to keep a low profile, not because he wanted to flaunt himself, just because—This was him, this was Shi Xiaobai. You ask why he did that? Because there is no why!

Regardless of the reason, there was already no way to reverse the impending disaster, because the muscular man had already slowly raised his extremely firm fists.


AN

Author’s Note: In order to enhance the chapter’s depiction and immersion, it was written in a bit more detail. Also, this novel’s battle system has already been decided. I’ll not talk about the various magical superpowers first, but even Psionic Ability combat would be very interesting. Let me slowly introduce it, and roll it out! Right, some people might think that Shi Xiaobai was simply courting death by doing this. Then I have to say that this novel is a story about how a chuunibyou youth, who constantly courts death, but lives better than anyone else!

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30 thoughts on “AC Chapter 22” - NO SPOILERS

    1. I’m not intending to shame you but, could you please delete your comment? I don’t care if you’re a muslim or not, just the fact that you added ‘F5 SECT’ into a sacred chant made you lose all qualification to be called a muslim.

      RWX, can you please delete this comment for us muslims? I think this man’s behavior to be extremely rude.

      Thanks.

      1. I’m not intending to shame you but, could you please stop whining about jokes about your religion? I don’t care if you’re a muslim or not, just the fact that you’re trying to stop freedom of speech makes you an enemy to all free nations in this world.

        RWX, can you please keep protecting the freedom of speech for us normal people on this website? I think this man’s behavior to be extremely rude.

        Thanks.

        1. Now.. Along with freedom of speech comes the right to be offended, and that is an important right to everyone. We should definitely state when someone is taking a certain topic too far.
          Everyone has the right to tell someone that they crossed a line that they never should have crossed. Certainly with religion (as it is a sensitive topic for many)

          I’m not going to drag on for too long, but joking about someones religion is certainly something they can and will be offended by. And this person has by all means the right to state their opinion.

          On a different note, you ridicule this person for “being an enemy to everything free”. HAH! That’s bull! Take a guess what you’re doing by saying that. Irony~
          And you also dare call that person “rude”? That is the most sincere complaint that I’ve seen in a long while.

    1. There’s no way this could be anyone BUT Nendou Riki, partner.

      (See the manga (and now mini-anime) Saiki Kusou no Psi Nan for the amazingness that is the original on whom this new buffoon is based, partners who don’t know this beautiful person, partner.)

  1. Thank you very much for translating this! I love that you are extremely active and can get content out so quickly.

    I, however, must drop this since it is obvious to me that this main character belongs in a shounen manga, not wuxia. There is too little seriousness and too much undeserved arrogance coming from him with absolutely no repercussions. This guy would have died in a week in literally any other novel on this website due to his arrogance alone. Or, because it seems like he can’t die due to his convenient ability, he would at least have to live in fear for the rest of his life. I forgive such manga with a similar story because of the pretty pictures… but these dialogues are just painful xD.

    You may want to change the introduction.

  2. Pipe down! said Meng Hao in a clear and cold tone.
    Have faith in LORD FIFTH, gain eternal life. When LORD FIFTH appears, who dares to cause strife!

    Dear Friends, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter!

  3. Uhh author said he’s not an idiot but i can’t see how he isn’t at this situation… People have self controll for a reason. Yes it’s not good to compromise too much of yourself for other people but still, i can’t see how acting as yourself even tho you know it will cause you further problems isn’t being an idiot.

    I don’t like being near my boss for example but i have to compromise for the job. If i would act like myself i wouldn’t even get near such a guy. But i don’t have such power. So i can’t act reckless. Since my livelihood is at stake. But mc acts like himself even tho his actual life is at stake… So how is this not being stupid? No it’s being extremely stupid… Having no self controll isn’t a good thing at any kind of situation. If you don’t have the means to back it up you can’t act however you want… Luck can’t save you forever. You can get lucky once or twice but if you keep acting reckless then you will eventually hit a wall hard… it’s an inevitability…

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