livable briny

3d2f8 – The World Isn’t Fair

Tang Wulin sighed. There’s nothing I can do then. I’ll just have to help Xie Xie pay back his debts.

“Xie Xie, do you accept your punishment?” Elder Cai asked.

Xie Xie lowered his head. “I accept it. This was all my fault. If I had been clear on the circumstances beforehand, I wouldn’t have made this mistake. I’ll accept the punishment.”

Seeing how easily he accepted it, Elder Cai’s expression softened and she turned to Yuanen. “Yuanen Yehui, he peeped on you and has admitted to being guilty. However, you were still wrong to injure him in your rage. According to the investigation, if not for the other students stepping in to stop you, you really might have killed Xie Xie. I can understand your embarrassment as a girl, but Xie Xie’s mistake is not worth his life. Moreover, you already heavily injured him, so don’t think about getting revenge on him later on.”

Yuanen Yehui breathing grew ragged, but she remained silent.

“Hm?” A perceptive light shined in Elder Cai’s eyes, a wave of pressure instantly appearing to weigh down upon everyone present.

“Mn.” Yuanen Yehui finally nodded, tears streaming down her face.

Elder Cai now turned to Yue Zhengyu. “As for you, Yue Zhengyu, I know that your Holy Angel clan takes it upon yourselves to eradicate evil soul masters, but Yuanen Yehui isn’t one. She has twin martial souls, with the Titan Giant Ape being her main one. Moreover, the Academy has investigated her and judged that she isn’t an evil soul master. Despite being warned by an enforcer previously, you choose to act independently against her. Since you ignored the judgement of the Academy, we cannot pardon you for your actions this time. For your punishment, you will have to clean Spirit Ice Plaza by yourself for an entire month. In addition, you will pay five thousand contribution points to Yuanen Yehui for her mental trauma, understood?”

“I…” Yue Zhengyu still felt that he hadn’t done anything wrong and was reluctant to accept this punishment. However, as a member of the Holy Angel clan, he understood just how terrifying the Silver Moon Douluo was. Retorting was not an option for him! He hastily nodded. “I’ll accept my punishment.”

Elder Cai now turned to Tang Wulin, Gu Yue, and Xu Xiaoyan.

“As working students, and you especially, Tang Wulin, as the class president of the first grade, should have understood the situation clearly before you acted. Yet, you charged in without understanding anything. I don’t care what you thought the circumstances were, you all mishandled the situation. Of the three of you, only Gu Yue didn’t act, so I won’t punish her. Xu Xiaoyan, you’re fined one thousand contribution points, and Tang Wulin, you’re fined ten thousand contribution points. Five of those ten thousand are to be paid to Yuanen Yehui as mental trauma compensation. Understood?”

H-how much? Tang Wulin raised his head to look at Elder Cai with wide eyes. Ten thousand? But Xie Xie was fined fifteen thousand for peeping on her! Why am I being fined so much when I didn’t even do anything?

“I don’t accept this!” Tang Wulin blurted out without the slightest hesitation. He would have been fine with a punishment like Yue Zhengyu’s, but it was different when it came to money! First-grade thousand refined metal could be sold for about two thousand contribution points, but that didn’t take into account the material costs. Acquiring the metal to forge took quite a large chunk out of his profits.

Everyone stared at him in shock the moment the words left his mouth. This kid actually dares talk back to Elder Cai?”

“You don’t accept? Twenty thousand then.” Elder Cai said indifferently.

Gu Yue stepped forward. “This isn’t fair.”

Elder Cai sneered. “You should all remember this: this is the real world now. Fairness? That’s ridiculous. If you don’t have strength, how can you even think about talking fairness? If you were a small country and a larger neighbouring country attacked you, would you complain to them about being fair? Do you think they would have their army retreat? Or do you think you’ll do one-on-one battles with them? Come back and talk to me about being fair when you have the strength to stand on the same ground as me. If you still don’t accept this, then you can just drop out.”

Elder Cai got up and stormed out, leaving these words lingering in the air.

Tang Wulin stood there, dumbstruck. He didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

He didn’t want to admit it, but he knew Elder Cai’s words were true. He pinched his thighs as he fought to stead his breathing. In this world, fairness did not exist. No, it could only be achieved through a foundation of strength. The powerful made the rules, not the weak.

But even so, he couldn’t stomach the thought of having to pay twenty thousand points! My punishment is even worse than Xie Xie’s! Who’s trying to provoke who here!

Filled with grief and indignation, Tang Wulin led his companions back to their room. Not a single one of them had a hint of joy in their faces.

“I’m so sorry! Wulin, I’m sorry I got you caught up in this. Just let me handle your twenty thousand point punishment! I’ll work hard and earn enough points to pay it all off!”

Tang Wulin let out a bitter laugh. “Who are you trying to trick? That’s twenty thousand points! In any case, we’re brothers! Don’t even mention something like that. We’ve all suffered a loss this time, so in the future, we have to be more careful.” With his blacksmithing skills, Tang Wulin could make the most money of them all.

Before they had left, Shen Yi had called him over and whispered a few words into his ear. She advised him that Elder Cai was only being so strict on him because he was the class president.

The class president represented the entire class when they interacted with teachers, so they had a high status among their peers. But for the same reason, any of the class president’s mistakes would be punished far more harshly than those of an ordinary student.

Tang Wulin only understood the significance of his position and his error after Shen Yi pointed it out. He knew now that there was nothing he could do but accept his punishment.

Xie Xie forced a smile out. “It’s my fault for being too curious. If I had just come back and asked you, none of this would have happened. I still need to thank you for saving me. If not for you guys, I might have really been cut down by Yuanen Yehui. By the way, why do you think she hides the fact that she’s a girl?”

“I think it’s because of her martial soul,” Tang Wulin said. “Her main martial soul is the Titan Giant Ape, and it probably has a lot of influence over a girl’s body. She’s probably afraid of people mocking her for it. Then there’s her Fallen Angel martial soul, which makes it easy for others to mistake her as an evil soul master. So, she probably hid her gender to protect herself. But in any case, she really is amazing! Both of her martial souls are peak-level existences. It’s no wonder that she’s the class representative for the second grade. I don’t think I can stand against her at all.”

“So what if she transforms into the Titan Giant Ape?” Xie Xie muttered. “That’s just during battle. Isn’t she still really pretty during other times?”

Tang Wulin raised a brow at him. “Alright. No need to think so hard about it. Let’s head to bed early.”

While Tang Wulin had some idea what sort of circumstances Yuanen Yehui had, he decided not to look any deeper. It would be rude to pry into someone else’s secrets after all. Considering the fact that both her martial souls were extremely mighty and she possessed talent surpassing even Wu Siduo, he guessed that she might have some sort of restrictions placed on her abilities. If that wasn’t the case, then Tang Wulin was clueless as to why her second martial soul didn’t also have three soul rings.

After climbing onto bed, Tang Wulin began meditating. He focused on criculating soul power throughout his body via the Mysterious Heaven Method. A whirlpool of soul power formed in his dantian, sucking in soul power then dispersing it to other parts of his body. His blood essence coursed through his meridians, hastening the circulation of his soul power. Although his martial soul so his soul power improvement rate was similarly slow, his cultivation speed kept pace with users of powerful martial souls.

At the break of dawn, he practiced his Purple Demon Eyes. Then, he ate breakfast with his friends.

Xie Xie had his injuries treated the night before, but he was still pale from the blood loss. On the way to class, Xu Xiaoyan teased him for peeking at what he shouldn’t look at, so his injuries only served him right. Gloom hung around Xie Xie, making him seem like a completely different person than usual. He looked like he carried a heavy burden in his heart.

“What’s going on, Xie Xie? Are you still thinking about what happened yesterday?” Tang Wulin nudged Xie Xie.

“Yeah.” Xie Xie raised his head and looked straight into Tang Wulin’s eyes. “Wulin, do you think I was horrible yesterday? A girl would obviously be angry if someone peeped on them, right?”

Tang Wulin shrugged. “Of course. You saw her naked. So, you should quickly earn enough to compensate her. But be careful if you run into her again. Absolutely do not do anything to anger her again. She was really trying to kill you yesterday, you know?”

Xie Xie nodded in silence.

Wu Zhangkong taught them today, continuing where he left off the previous class about the basics of mecha making. The topic had always intrigued Tang Wulin since childhood, so he listened with rapt attention.

 

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