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“Quit complaining. I’ll lower the price to five spirit refinings just for you. The Association will provide you with the metal to forge as well.”

Tang Wulin stopped struggling at Feng Wuyu’s words. Five only? And the metal will be provided too? If I don’t have to buy the metal, I’ll save a ton of money!

Feng Wuyu sensed the change in Tang Wulin and scowled. “I get it now. Kid, you’re a super stingy money grubber!”

Tang Wulin smiled awkwardly. “Elder Feng, I’m not a money grubber! I’m just from a poor family. If I don’t meticulously plan my spending every day, then I won’t be able to afford to eat. Don’t’ forget, I’m a working student. I have to pay for my meals too. I can’t afford not to be stingy. How about you cover all my meals too? If you do, then I’ll listen to anything you say.”

“Give me a break already!” Feng Wuyu groaned. “Fine, I’ll cover your meals too. But onyl if you accept me as your teacher.”

“Deal!” Mu Chen had already urged him to do so, so he couldn’t let such a great opportunity slip away. Feeding himself was currently his biggest challenge after all!

Tang Wulin’s quick response left Feng Wuyu in a daze. “Why’d you agree so quickly? You’re acting like a little thief! What’s going on!”

Tang Wulin revealed a fox’s smile. “Elder Feng, your words have a lot of weight, you know? You have to keep your promise! I met Teacher Mu Chen today, and he agreed to let me accept you as my teacher. Of course, Teacher Mu Chen is still also my teacher.”

Feng Wuyu understood now. “Kid, you really know how to take advantage of opportunities! That kid Mu Chen is also quite tactful. I actually planning on paying him a visit and rampaging a bit. Hmph!”

If Mu Chen was present to hear Feng Wuyu’s words, he definitely would have broken out into a cold sweat. Feng Wuyu was a true madman! Not to mention Mu Chen, not even Zhen Hua, a Divine Blacksmith and president of the Blacksmith’s Association, dared provoke him.

“Elder Feng, so you just agreed to pay for my food, right?” To Tang Wulin, this was the most important part of their deal.

“You’re still calling me ‘Elder Feng’? Do you think I’m actually crazy?” Feng Wuyu said helplessly.

“Teacher!” Tang Wulin quickly corrected himself.

Feng Wuyu had a giant grin on his face as he basked in the pride of acquiring Tang Wulin as a teacher. After enjoying his new disciple’s salute for a minute, he kicked Tang Wulin. “Alright. Get up you brat. You’re my disciple from now on. If anyone dares bully you on campus, just tell me and I’ll go beat the crap out of them.”

“Thank you, Teacher.” Tang Wulin lowered his head respectfully.

Now that Feng Wuyu was his teacher, Tang Wulin acted completely differently than before. There was a limit to how impudent Tang Wulin could act. He understood that a teacher for a day, a father for life.

The fact that he was able to make it this far and accumulate what little achievements he had was undeniably in large part due to the guidance of his numerous teachers. Starting from Mang Tian, then Mu Chen and Wu Zhangkong, the three had each taught him important life lessons. If not for those three, perhaps Tang Wulin would still be an ordinary person in Glorybound City doomed to mediocrity.

After all this time, he finally made it into the continent’s number one academy and became the class president.

“Are you your class’s blacksmith representative?” Feng Wuyu asked.

Tang Wulin nodded, a proud smirk forming on his lips. “I’m the class president too.”

“You’re also the class president?” Feng Wuyu was astonished.

“Mn.” Tang Wulin nodded happily as he waited expectantly for his teacher’s praise. Although he wasn’t the strongest person in his class, he was still the class president! There were only six class presidents in the entire outer court! However, his expectations were betrayed.

“So a two-ringed soul master is the class president… Looks like this year’s batch of new students isn’t anything special.” Feng Wuyu frowned.

Tang Wulin’s expression dropped.

“Alright, enough nonsense. Let’s get you to rank 30 now. The longer you can practice spirit refining, the better. So, starting earlier is also better. Sit upright and stabilize your body.”

Tang Wulin quickly straightened his back and steadied his core.

Feng Wuyu took a seat behind Tang Wulin. He raised both hands, and in an instant, silence enveloped the workshop. Not a single sound could be heard.

Tang Wulin noticed this change, but he couldn’t begin to fathom what had actually happened.

Feng Wuyu placed his hands on Tang Wulin’s back and said, “No matter how painful this is, just endure it. You have to persevere. Understood?”

“Yes,” Tang Wulin answered.

Pain? I’ve already endured the torture from breaking the seals! There’s no way it could be worse.

Two gentle energies poured into his body, hissing like a torrent of boiling water. An indescribable warmth filled him.

The two energies stirred Tang Wulin’s soul power and blood essence, merging with the two.

“Circulate this energy the same way you would when you cultivate,” Feng Wuyu said.

Tang Wulin willed his spiritual power to guide the warm energy to move along with his soul power according to the Mysterious Heaven Method.

His soul power followed along. Tang Wulin could feel his meridians being purified as the energy ran through them, leaving a faint golden hue. Although his meridians were somewhat elastic, they still quickly began to feel bloated. Despite this, he felt no pain.

“Huh!” Feng Wuyu let out a bewildered grunt from behind him, then he felt the warm energy flow into him at an increased rate.

Tang Wulin felt more and more bloated as time passed, but as Feng Wuyu instructed, he continued to circulate the energy according to the Mysterious Heaven Method. While the amount of energy within his meridians continued to increase, he still maintained skillful control of it without being agitated. Soon, he finished one cycle of the Mysterious Heaven Method.

His meridians and body were saturated with energy now. Every single one of his meridians felt like they were on fire, but even so, Tang Wulin endured as he could feel his soul power increasing.

“Endure it!” Feng Wuyu commanded.

Tang Wulin did as he was told and continued to circulate his soul power.

After familiarizing himself with the energy, the next cycle went faster than before. With each circulation cycle, Tang Wulin felt the improvement in his soul power, the purification of his meridians, and less bloated.

Teacher, what sort of soul power is this? How can it have this kind of effect? It’s actually refining my meridians?

This was Tang Wulin’s first time experiencing something like this, but he understood what a stroke of luck he had. Not only did the warm energy refine his meridians, it also improved his viscera and bones. As the bloated feeling melted away, comfort washed over him.

It’d be great if cultivating was always like this!

After a while, Tang Wulin completed his forty-ninth circulation cycle and the warmth began flowing into his dantian.

“Stop!” Feng Wuyu ordered. The energy began swirling within Tang Wulin’s dantian, combining with his soul power to form a whirlpool.

Tang Wulin felt a cool sensation as something was pressed to his lips.

“Open your mouth!”

He did as instructed and a cool object soon went down his throat. It instantly melted into liquid and flowed into his dantian.

Immediately afterward, Tang Wulin felt a burst of energy within him. The cool feeling turning into a freezing chill, spreading to every corner of his body in an instant.

 

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