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3e3d3 – I’m Here to Apologize

The thought of Yuanen Yehui reminded Tang Wulin of the twenty thousand contribution points he was fined, and his heart began to ache. If not for the exceptional circumstances, he probably would have given Xie Xie a good beating. This fine all came about because Xie Xie peeped on a girl after all! However, Tang Wulin could tell that there was something amiss with Xie Xie lately. As sworn brothers, there wasn’t much he could do besides offering some words of comfort.

His relationship with Yuanen had been fairly good previously, but now that Yuanen became Yuanen Yehui and after the recent incident, he was afraid it wouldn’t be easy to repair their relationship. He decided to find her and apologize when he got back. In the end, the whole incident was Xie Xie’s fault and he had been unclear on the situation when he acted.

Mu Xi escorted Tang Wulin to the entrance of the building. “I’m going to campus to report tomorrow. I’ll give you a call once I get there.”

“Okay. Senior sister, there’s a lot of freedom at Shrek. Since you’re a fourth-rank blacksmith, you’ll definitely be very popular!”

Mu Xi snorted. “What’s so great about fourth-rank? You’re already at the fifth rank. Who knows when I’ll finally catch up to you.”

Tang Wulin smiled wryly. “Senior sister, what’s your soul power rank at now?”

“It’s rank 38,” she answered.

“Wow! You’re almost at rank 40! I’ll probably reach rank 30 around the time you reach rank 40. Let’s try spirit refining together when the time comes. Senior sister, have you decided to become a battle armor master?”

Mu Xi stared at him blankly for a moment. “I haven’t thought about that before. I’ve always just wanted to be a great blacksmith.”

“I think you should work toward becoming a battle armor master like me. It’d be a waste to not take advantage of a haven of geniuses like Shrek. The requirement to graduate from the outer court is to become a battle armor master anyway. We’ll definitely benefit a lot while we work on making battle armor. Making battle armor will make us more powerful and improve our blacksmithing skills. With battle armor to boosting our cultivation, we’ll be able to do high-level blacksmithing even sooner. It’s half the work for double the results!”

Mu Xi mulled it over. “What you’re saying makes some sense, but can I really do it?” Although her soul power rank was higher than Tang Wulin’s, she was seventeen years old this year. She couldn’t’ be considered anything great in Shrek Academy. In fact, she was a bit below average.

“Nothing’s impossible if you’re determined. Senior sister, let’s do our best!”

“Mn. Alright.”

As Mu Xi watched Tang Wulin’s departing figure, she subconsciously clenched her fists. “I’ll definitely do my best. I can’t fall too far behind you! I’m going to catch up to you one day!”

At the working student dormitory, Xie Xie was currently pacing back and forth in front of a door, occasionally rubbing his hands nervously.

The dormitory had been cleaned up and all the broken windows replaced. Xie Xie had done it all himself. Even after replacing the window panes, he wiped all of them until they were sparkling.

At the moment, he was the only person in the dormitory. Xu Xiaoyan had went to the Designer’s Association to report, Gu Yue had disappeared as usual, Tang Wulin had gone out, and neither Yuanen nor Yue Zhengyu had returned yet.

Xie Xie continuously replayed what forbidden scene he had witnessed that day. Although the room had been misty and the light dim, so he only remembered her hazy silhouette, the image was burned into his mind. To a youth of no more than thirteen years old, the impact of that scene had been too much for his innocent heart.

He heard some footsteps and quickly hid, his heart caught in his throat. After a moment, he realized that it was just Yue Zhengyu.

Yue Zhengyu had a dour expression. He thought he had finally caught an evil soul master, but it turned out he had misidentified her and he was punished. It was as if fate was playing a cruel joke on him.

His face darkened at the sight of Xie XIe. “What are you doing here? Oh, the windows are all fixed!”

“Mn.” Xie Xie nodded.

Yue Zhengyu walked over to Xie Xie’s side, a slight smirk on his lips. “Are you waiting here to admit you were wrong?”

Xie Xie knitted his brows. “What does it matter if I admit it? It’s only natural that I acknowledge my mistakes.”

Yue Zhengyu chuckled and placed his hands behind his head casually as he turned toward his room. “Then you can just wait here patiently. Be careful though! Tang Wulin and the others aren’t here this time, so don’t get her mad again. You’re gonna be toast if you do.”

Xie Xie grumpily shooed Yue Zhengyu away. He turned toward the entrance to the dormitory and waited.

Just as he turned around, he was astonished to see Yuanen Yehui returning. She walked in complete silence, completely ignoring Xie Xie as she returned to her room.

Yuanen Yehui was currently wearing her usual men’s uniform, and had her Yuanen disguise on. If Xie Xie hadn’t confirmed with his own eyes that she was indeed a girl, he wouldn’t be able to argue contrary to her disguise.

Summoning up his courage, Xie Xie ran over before she could enter her room. “Yuanen.”

Yuanen Yehui stopped and turned toward him, her eyes chilling to the core. Faced with her aura of fury, Xie Xie couldn’t help but falter.

“Screw off!” She entered her room and slammed the door on Xie Xie.

“I-I came to apologize.” Xie Xie said to the door helplessly.

A loud bang resounded from within the room, startling Xie Xie. He immediately took off in fear for his life. He was still traumatized by Yuanen Yehui’s killing intent that night.

Yuanen Yehui threw herself onto her bed. The ice in her eyes instantly thawed, and in its stead was hollowness. She lay there motionless. Soon, tears began streaming down her face, yet she did not utter a single sob.

By the time Tang Wulin came back, Gu Yue had also returned.

“What’s going on? Why are you looking so dazed?’ Tang Wulin frowned when he saw Xie Xie sitting on his bed, staring off into nothingness.

Xie Xie slowly turned toward Tang Wulin, his blank expression turning to one of defeat. “I went to go apologize, but she told me off.”

Tang Wulin made dumbfounded face. “You can’t be so impatient! You have to wait for her to calm down before you try apologizing. Just forget about it for now and focus on earning enough contribution points to pay off your fine. You can just slowly improve your relationship with her. With things as they are now though, it won’t be easy to fix. Anyway, just be careful not to make her angry.”

“Mn. I know. I don’t want to die just yet.” Xie Xie smiled bitterly.

“Your thinking has been wrong these past few days,” Tang Wulin said. “Xiaoyan is practicing her designing, so why aren’t you over at the Maker’s Association? The competition is so fierce here yet you’re not making good use of your time. Are you trying to be one of the ten people who are going to be expelled? Stop overthinking things. The past is the past. Just focus on improving yourself first. If you don’t, you’re not going to survive even a minute against Yuanen.”

A fire ignited in Xie Xie’s eyes. “You’re right! I’m still too weak compared to her. I need to become strong first!” After he finished speaking, he jumped off his bed and made for the door.

“Where are you going?” Tang Wulin ask.

“I’m going to the Maker’s Association to practice!” Xie Xie said ust as he darted out the door.

Tang Wulin couldn’t help but smile. That guy’s mood swings so much. Well, at least he recovers quickly too.

Tang Wulin climbed onto his bed and began meditating. There was nothing more important for him now than to reach rank 30.

“Tang Wulin kiddo, are you here?” Just as Tang Wulin began clearing his mind of distracting thoughts, a familiar voice called out from outside.

His eyes shot open. Why’d he come all the way here to find me?

Without any other choice, he got up and went outside.

“Elder Feng, I’m here. What are you here for?” Tang Wulin instantly saw the energetic Feng Wuyu the moment he stepped foot outside his room.

“What? Am I not welcome here?’ Feng Wuyu scowled at him.

Tang Wulin smiled apologetically. “You’re welcome here, of course you’re welcome here. There’s no way you wouldn’t be welcome. Did you need something from me?”

Feng Wuyu snorted. “It’s your win kid. I admit defeat. Now come with me.” Without explaining any further, he grabbed Tang Wulin, threw him over his shoulder, and dashed off like a gale.

Seconds later, they were in Feng Wuyu’s workshop.

Tang Wulin let out a defeated sigh. “Elder Feng, can you stop doing this all the time? I’ll give you my number, so you can just call me next time. You don’t need to abduct me every time, you know?”

“We can talk about that later. First, I’m going to help you get to rank 30.” Feng Wuyu threw Tang Wulin onto the ground.

“Elder Feng, I don’t have any money or contribution points! And I still have a twenty thousand point fine to pay off! You can’t force me to do this!” Tang Wulin shouted.

He still owed Yuanen Yehui twenty thousand contribution points. Even if he payed her off by thousand refining, he would have to buy the raw metal himself. If he needed to pay Feng Wuyu ten spirit refinings as well, then it would take even longer to pay off his debt. The success rate for spirit refining was low and countless pieces of metal would turn to trash during the process of ten successful spirit refinings.

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