toxic evenness

3h2d7 – The Consequences

The red-haired girl was nowhere to be seen now. Instead, a five-meter tall titan stood in her place.

Even so, she was not unscathed in her new form. It was impossible to come out unharmed in a clash with Tang Wulin’s Golden Dragon Dreadclaw. It was a skill derived from the Duskgold Dreadclaw Bear after all!

Five long gashes ran from her shoulder and down her right arm, crimson blood trickling out.

Tang Wulin did not come out unscathed either. The shockwave sent him flying into backward. Fortunately, Gu Yue conjured a wall of air to cushion his impact so he he came out relatively intact.

However, when the dust settled and the form of the titan grew clear, everyone’s jaws dropped.

The titan’s majestic body exuded pure strength that seems to constrict the atmosphere itself.

I-isn’t this the Titan Giant Ape? This is Yuanen’s Titan Giant Ape!

What’s going on? Why did it appear here?

The titan glared at Xie Xie with eyes full of crimson fury as if they were on the verge of exploding. Gu Yue stood at Tang Wulin’s side, a storm quickly forming around her. With a dignified air around him, Yue Zhengyu flapped his wings and ascended to the air.

She took my Light of Judgement and Tang Wulin’s claw attack head-on, but there isn’t a single scratch on her! She’s no simple evil soul master!

“A-are you Yuanen?” Tang Wulin’s rage dissipated as doubt crept into his heart.

At that moment, a wave of pressure swept through, suppressing all of them.

The first to suffer was Yue Zhengyu, who fell from the air under the pressure. He landed face first into the ground, and imprinted himself into the ground under the pressure’s influence.

Then Xie Xie and Xu Xiaoyan fell. With Xie Xie being injured, and Xu Xiaoyan’s weak body, neither could put up much of a fight.

Tang Wulin had immediately pulled Gu Yue into his arms the moment this happened. His golden soul ring appeared and he activated Golden Dragon Body. Blood essence flooded out of him to fight back against this mysterious pressure. But even so, he lasted no more than a second before falling to his knees.

Compared to the others, Yuanen stood the tallest. She let out a rebellious roar before dropping down to all fours. Even so, she towered above the rest, an unyielding flame burning within her eyes.

However, that was all the resistance she could muster. In the face of this force, there was nothing they could do.

Two figures descended from the sky in front of them all. They were both in their thirties, one with seven glittering soul rings revolving around them, while the other six. Yet what shocked them all was that these two imposing figures were both clad in shining armor.

Battle armor! That has to be battle armor!

While there was a large difference between them and a six or seven-ringed soul master, they wouldn’t be so thoroughly suppressed that they couldn’t even move an inch. Such dominance was only possible due to the amplification effect of battle armor!

Battle armor could raise its user’s strength by two soul ring levels. From the complex design of the armors worn by the two, they were undoubtedly at the two-word level! Now this was true battle armor!

“What’s going on here? Why are you working students fighting?” The seven-ringed battle armor master’s chilling voice was like a bucket of cold water over their heads. When he discovered the injured Xie Xie, he raised a finger, shooting a beam of light into Xie Xie. A moment later, the Xie Xie’s chest stopped bleeding.

Yue Zhengyu struggled to get up from face-planting in the ground. “R-reporting!”

With a wave of his hand, the seven-ringed battle armor master dispelled the pressure suppressing the students.

“Speak!”

Yue Zhengyu pointed at Yuanen. “It’s her! She’s an evil soul master! Her second martial soul is a Fallen Angel. She infiltrated our working student dormitory then attacked Xie Xie at night. She even said she was going to kill him! When we discovered Xie Xie in his tattered state, we rushed to subdue her, so we ended up battling. Esteemed enforcer, please arrest her. I’m sure you’ll find truth in my words after some investigation!”

The seven-ringed enforcer cast a doubtful look at Yuanen. “Are you the second grade’s Yuanen?”

Yuanen’s body rapidly shrunk until she was once more a delicate looking red-haired girl. Since her uniform had exploded from her transformation, all she had on now was a skintight black suit.

She quickly put on a jacket before returning an icy gaze to the enforcer. “I am.”

“What’s going on?” The enforcer looked at her doubtfully. “You’re the president of the second grade’s class, so why would you attack another student.”

“Just ask him!” Yuanen’s face flushed crimson as she jabbed a finger toward Xie Xie.

Xie Xie’s face contorted with pain as he struggled to get up. While the bleeding may have stopped, the dark energies of Yuanen’s sword had still invaded his meridians and were corroding them. If not for the light-attribute of his Light Dragon Daggers, his condition would have been far worse.

“I-I…” He stared at Yuanen, utterly tongue-tied.

“Let’s hear their explanation after we go back,” the six-ringed enforcer said to the seven-ringed one.

“Alright.”

Half an hour later, they stood in the teacher’s office of the outer court school building.

Shen Yi and Wu Zhangkong had been summoned to the office, as well as the teacher in charge of the second grade. However, none of them sat down. The only person seated was the headmaster of the outer court, an elder of Sea God’s Pavilion, Elder Cai.

Tang Wulin, Gu Yue, and Xu Xiaoyan stood a strange look painted on their faces.

Xie Xie’s wounds had been treated by a teacher and so he stood alongside his teammates, his head hung low.

Yuanen had changed into a school uniform and stood on the other side, glaring daggers at Xie Xie the entire time. She looked like the incarnation of a demon bent on destroying him.

Yue Zhengyu wore the oddest expression of all. He stood beside Tang Wulin, his face twitching as he fought to restrain himself.

“Elder Cai, the situation has been explained to us already. The battle this time was all due to a misunderstanding.”

“Misunderstanding? A misunderstanding that all of the working students participated in? One where someone got injured? Tell me then, what is this misunderstanding?” Elder Cai’s words dripped with darkness.

“From our investigations, we have concluded that the working student in the first grade, Xie Xie, went out for an evening stroll. Because he didn’t know Yuanen changed rooms, he mistakenly believed that a thief had broken into their dormitory, so he went to investigate. However, Yuanen Yehui just happened to be taking a bath at that time…” The enforcer’s mask of seriousness cracked and he revealed an awkward expression as his words trailed off.

Tang Wulin’s eyes darted to Yuanen. So her full name is actually Yuanen Yehui.

“Afterward, Yuanen Yehui discovered that Xie Xie had peeped on her maiden body. In her fury, she attacked Xie Xie. Yue Zhengyu knew of Yuanen Yehui’s Fallen Angel soul, so he misunderstood the situation. Later, Tang Wulin, Xu Xiaoyan, and Gu Yue also arrived on the scene and misunderstood as well. This is what led to their battle.”

Elder Cai was speechless after listening to the enforcer’s explanation.

“So you’re telling me that this is all because that brat Xie Xie peeped on a girl?” The temperature in the room seemed to drop as Elder Cai spoke.

Tang Wulin found the situation even more surprising when Elder Cai put it that way. It was clear that she stood on Yuanen’s side. It was certain that Xie Xie would be faced with quite a hefty punishment.

Tang Wulin took a step forward. “Elder Cai, it’s not quite like that. Xie Xie only went to go take a look because he thought someone had broken into our dormitory. He didn’t know Yuanen lived there at all. It really is just a misunderstanding.”

Elder Cai would not normally appear to oversee such trivial matters, however, in this specific case, she was also the teacher in charge of the first grade. So, it was her responsibility to figure out what happened.

Elder Cai looked at Tang Wulin calmly. “So you’re saying Yuanen Yehui should let others see her body for free?”

“That’s…” Tang Wulin was at a loss. There was no one in the right or wrong in this situation!

Elder Cai snorted. “The matter is clear already. All six of you working students are such a handful. You’ve only been here how long? Yet you’ve already cause such a ruckus. If I don’t punish you, then the heavens wouldn’t be fair. Xie Xie, as the main instigator, you will be fined five thousand contribution points. I don’t care if this was a misunderstanding on your part. You have three months to pay the fine or you’ll be expelled. In addition, you’ll pay Yuanen Yehui ten thousand contribution points as mental trauma compensation. You have one year to pay her.”

 

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