Tang Wulin nodded with a smile. "Thank you, Teacher. How much do you think this piece of heavy silver can sell for?"
Mu Xi couldn't help but purse her lips. "You haven't changed at all in that regard; is money the only thing you see?"
She was unaware that Tang Wulin required funds to support his mission.
Mu Chen glared at her before a smile returned to his face, and he said, "There's no need to sell this; I'm keeping this as part of my collection! You're my most exceptional disciple, and I'm going to show off this piece of metal to everyone at the blacksmith association headquarters. Even your uncle-master would be green with envy! Hahaha! After reaching the half-step soul refinement stage, you have the right to name your own metal."
Tang Wulin's heart stirred, and he hurriedly said, "Teacher, why don't you give it a name in my stead?"
Mu Chen looked at Tang Wulin with a surprised expression. For a Saint Blacksmith, it was a great honor to be able to name their own metals, and very rarely would anyone offer this opportunity to someone else.
Mu Chen was still hesitating about whether it was right to accept this offer, but Tang Wulin urged in a heartfelt manner, "Teacher, I wouldn't be where I am today without your instructions, so please don't turn me down."
Mu Chen burst into laughter upon hearing this. "Alright! Nothing makes me happier than being able to do something like this. Seeing as this piece of heavy silver is covered in dragon scales, why don't we name it Dragonscale Heavy Silver? All of your soul refined metals can have the prefix of 'Dragon Scale' before their names; what do you think? Scale also has the same pronunciation as the 'Lin' character in your name, so that also forges a connection between yourself and your soul refined metals." [The Lin character in Tang Wulin is the same Lin (麟) in the mythological creature, Qilin, while the Chinese character for scale (鳞) has the exact same pronunciation.]
"That sounds great!"
From that day forth, all of the names for Tang Wulin's future soul refined metals had been decided.
Once an uncommon metal was given a name, it's value would increase to an incredible degree. Furthermore, the attributes of soul refined metals differed depending on which Saint Blacksmith they'd been refined by, so not all Soul Masters could use the soul refined metals forged by the same Saint Blacksmith.
Tang Wulin's future soul refined metals were going to be infused with his Golden Dragon King bloodline, thereby making them metals of an extremely high caliber even among soul refined metals. With these attributes, it would be suitable for almost all battle armor masters, especially for assault and power system battle armor masters.
Following Tang Wulin's experimentation, he discovered that this piece of half-step soul refined metal could even ward off his Golden Dragon King bloodline intimidation as it also contained the same bloodline aura.
If all of his friends could wear battle armor constructed from his Dragonscale metals, then they wouldn't be affected by his bloodline aura during battle.
Mu Chen gave Tang Wulin 5,000,000 federal credits, which was more than enough to cover the costs of their journey. If this piece of Dragonscale Heavy Silver were to be sold on the free market, it would almost definitely fetch a higher price than that, even if it were only half-step soul refined. However, the fact that the piece of metal had been accepted by Mu Chen for his collection gave it special meaning.
"I'm going now, Senior Disciple Sister." Tang Wulin waved at Mu Xi at the front gate of the blacksmith association.
Mu Xi had treated him in a very cold and resentful manner this entire time, but she still accompanied him all the way to the front gate prior to his departure.
At the sight of Tang Wulin's smiling face, Mu Xi bit down on her lower lips, and she suddenly rushed over before enveloping him in a tight hug.
Tang Wulin was rather taken aback by her tight embrace, and Mu Xi sobbed into his ear, "Take care, Wulin."
Before he had a chance to say anything in reply, Mu Xi had already released him and ran back into the building as quickly as she could.
Her unique fragrance still lingered, and a sense of loss welled up in Tang Wulin's heart. This sense of loss didn't just stem from separation; the feeling also arose from the fact that in that moment, Tang Wulin suddenly realized that he was no longer a child. He was an adult, and the carefree days of his childhood were permanently behind him. From now on, the burden on his shoulders would only become heavier.
"Are you unwilling to let her go?" Xie Xie chuckled in a low voice right beside his ear.
Tang Wulin swatted him on the head in a cranky manner.
A medium-sized bus that could carry 20 passengers soon rolled up before them. This was a vehicle that Mu Chen had organized for them, and it would take them to the railway station.
In all honesty, Tang Wulin had already been slightly traumatized by soul trains. He had experienced such terrible luck the few times he'd traveled by train, and that had led to an instinctive sense of aversion toward this mode of transportation.
However, he had to admit that a soul train was going to get them to their destination as quickly as possible.
They were running on a time limit of 15 days, and from the tone of Elder Cai's voice, as well as her expressions, it could be deduced that it was not going to be an easy task to get to their destination. As such, they had to conserve time wherever possible.
Furthermore, they were not the children they had once been. All of them were one-word battle armor masters, and there were seven of them traveling together! This was already quite a formidable force. As such, after some careful consideration, Tang Wulin still decided to take a high-speed train en route to their destination.
Thus, they arrived at the train station before buying their tickets. During this process, Tang Wulin refrained from using the privilege that had been given to him. After boarding the train, Tang Wulin fell asleep before it had even departed from the station.
The train was filled with rows of two-person seats, and Tang Wulin was sitting together with Yue Zhengyu. Xu Lizhi was sitting with Ye Xinglan, and Xie Xie, Yuanen Yehui, and Xu Xiaoyan took up a three-person seat.
Yue Zhengyu was intrigued by how slow and even Tang Wulin's breathing had become, and as he turned toward him, he was surprised to find that Tang Wulin had already fallen asleep.
He was far too exhausted, not just from cultivation for these past six months in the academy, but also from the draining experience of attempting soul refinement.
He sat beside a window, and had fallen into a deep sleep. His handsome face was very placid, and even in a state of slumber, he was like the male version of Sleeping Beauty.
Yue Zhengyu glanced at Tang Wulin before casting his gaze blankly into the distance.
During these past six months, he'd also accumulated a lot of fatigue. Ever since he'd been rejected by Xu Xiaoyan during the Sea God Fate Match-making Convention, he had changed significantly. Her rejection had dealt him an extremely heavy blow, and after helping Tang Wulin search for Gue Yue for a few days to no avail, he stayed in his dorm room for an entire month.
He was too ashamed to meet anyone, and his pride simply couldn't handle such a severe blow.
He gradually began to understand what the problem with his confession had been, yet his ego prevented him from admitting to his mistakes.
He had always subconsciously thought that Xu Xiaoyan would come and find him, thereby giving him a chance to explain himself.
However, half a year had passed, and Xu Xiaoyan didn't come to visit him. The distance between the two of them also seemed to be constantly widening.
If he didn't like her so much, then he wouldn't be in so much pain, but the fact of the matter was that he'd fallen hopelessly in love with her.
However, the pride of the Holy Angel clan made him unwilling to apologize to her, and that was what pained him the most.
Yue Zhengyu sat on his seat with a blank expression. Perhaps he should find an opportunity to have a good chat with her during this trip.
He reflexively turned toward Xu Xiaoyan, and much to his surprise, she was also looking at him. As soon as their eyes met, both of them reflexively looked away.
However, right at this moment, an indescribable impulsive urge suddenly welled up in Yue Zhengyu's heart, and he abruptly rose to his feet.
He passed through the aisle and made his way over to the three-person seat. Xie Xie was sitting on the outside with Yuanen Yehui sitting in the middle, and Xu Xiaoyan was seated on the innermost spot.
Yue Zhengyu said to Yuanen Yehui, "Yuanen, can I swap seats with you? I have something I need to say to Xiaoyan."
"Oi!" Before Yuanen Yehui had a chance to respond, Xie Xie was already aiming a displeased glare at Yue Zhengyu. However, he could only heave a resigned sigh in the end at the sight of the serious expressions on Yue Zhengyu's face.
Yuanen Yehui didn't say anything, and she rose to her feet before taking a seat beside Tang Wulin. Xie Xie also got up and stood in the aisle beside her, leaving the entire seat to Yue Zhengyu and Xu Xiaoyan.
Xu Xiaoyan glanced up at Yue Zhengyu upon hearing his voice before immediately casting her gaze out the window.Previous Chapter Next Chapter