Chapter 25: You Are My Faith (VI)
“I won’t.” Shang Ke simply and clearly returned two words to Max’s challenge then turned back around to tidy up his things.
Max frowned, playing with his short sword as he watched his busy figure. Suddenly, he took out a silver coin from his pocket and swiftly shot it at Shang Ke’s leg.
Shang Ke’s body instinctively dodged it but his reaction speed was too slow and was still hit head on.
His knees bent and almost fell down. The bowl in his hand fell though and shattered upon impact with the ground.
Pupu was frightened and ran over to Shang Ke, tightly holding his leg as she glared at Max.
Max looked at the small girl holding onto Shang Ke’s leg, his expression strange, “Osari, you…” He didn’t expect that Osari would become so weak that he couldn’t even dodge a coin nowadays.
Shang Ke turned to look at him and asked, “Do we have to fight?”
He asked very calmly, in his dense, dark eyes, there wasn’t any indignity or fear, like he was just asking something very ordinary.
On the other hand, Max didn’t know how he should reply being asked such a question.
“Captain Max Wey.” At this moment, a person appeared before Shang Ke, lazily saying, “If you’re really itching for a fight, why don’t you fight me?”
“You’re…Kaiser?” Although Max already graduated, he still somewhat paid attention to the new talents of Light Ode College. Kaiser’s quick double swords were already famous in his new generation.
“I didn’t expect that Captain Wey would know my name.” A smile hung on Kaiser’s face, but rage and killing intent filled his eyes.
Max looked at him, then looked at Shang Ke behind him and put away his short sword, sneering, “Forget it, it’s not my style to bully the weak.”
He called for his companions and then left.
“Shang Ke, are you alright?” Kaiser went to Shang Ke’s side and asked worriedly
“I’m fine.” Shang Ke smiled back.
Kaiser hesitated for a moment then finally could not hold back and asked, “Are you really Osari?”
“My name is now ‘Shang Ke’.” Although he replied that way, he indirectly admitted to his identity.
Kaiser watched as he unsteadily walked, sorrow flashing through his eyes.
When he just started school here, he had heard about the school’s double stars from years ago. One was the deep and unmeasurable Tylor while the other was Osari, whose talent surpassed all. The two of them brought countless honor to the school in all sorts of competitions. When someone mentioned the bright days of the college, at least one of them would be named. In those four days, Light Ode College almost completely monopolized all the “first” of all prizes. Who knows just how many people’s idols the two of them were, how many people worshiped them.
However, the great Osari who had a bright future before him went missing after graduation. He reappeared five years later, but in such a situation. His strength was greatly lowered, no longer glorious and was even caught by slave traders. Against someone who he had once won easily before, he had no more power to fight back.
Just how big of a sacrifice did this man make? Just how many years did he silently endure it? With himself as the price, absorbing the devil qi within others, was it really worth it? Those people who are invaded by the devil qi, most of them were weak in willpower or somber people. Using his everything to save their lives, was it really worth it?
He originally had talent that surpassed all with a future that was beyond everyone. With his great strength, he could even become a leader to a group in the future. But nowadays, he could only push a cart and make a scarce living by selling lunch boxes. (Shang Ke: Correction, the profit I earn isn’t “scarce”, please don’t look down on my lunch boxes alright?)
When he saw him being humiliated by Capital Max Wey, Kaiser felt such indescribable anger.
He hated how he couldn’t immediately rush out to tell everyone: “Osari is not a weakling, he is stronger than anyone!” But he was afraid of bringing him trouble. After all, people are usually afraid of someone who has devil qi in their body. The way they handled people who were invaded was one way–If not cured, kill.
Kaiser opened his mouth and wanted to asked him: Do you really not care at all?
But Shang Ke turned and smiled at him, “Kaiser, let’s go back home.”
That smile was like a warm sun in winter. His eyes were bright and beautiful, without any dejection. He was like a precious stone twinkling a glorious luster.
In that moment, the anger and unfairness in his heart evaporated like water.
The common saying said “People that are pitied also have places that are hated..” But a strong person did not need pity, because they never loses his courage and hope.
“Hm, let’s go back home.” Kaiser showed a bashful smile, his eyes slightly warmed as he held Pupu’s small hand and followed by Shang Ke, slowly walking back home.
Everyone will know one day just how strong this man was. His strength was not in physical power but in his spirit.
“I really can’t believe that that person was Osari, someone who was once equally famous with you.” Quincy’s face was full of amazement, “How did he turn into this?”
Tylor leaned against the tree trunk, staring at their leaving figures silently.
Quincy once again spoke, “If it were me, I would probably never step a foot into King City so I don’t make myself a fools show.”
Tylor glanced at him and started to walk, going another direction.
“Hey, wait!” Quincy did not take note of Tylor’s expression and continue to speak full of zest, “By tomorrow, the whole school would probably know of this. The former genius fell. Who knows how many people will come out to watch…”
Like Quincy said, Osari’s identity quickly spread. That Lunch Box Prince was actually Osari, the genius who had gave the college many “firsts”.
This new created a sensation in the college, the next day, many people flocked by, trying to get a look.
Shang Ke did not shut himself in the house because of his identity being exposed, rather, he once again raised the price of his lunch boxes by three time and cut down to half of quantity.
“He’s Osari? My older brother used to be a year younger than him and would always talk about him.”
“Did Osari really give up his faith?”
“This kind of person could be equally famous as Lord Tylor?”
Everyone pointed and poked at Shang Ke, some were curious, some were excited, others sneered and some even felt pleasure at seeing the former talent fall.
Kaiser stood behind Shang Ke and really did not understand why someone who knows that they will be hit while down would still persevere and come out to do his business. Although he was not very well-off, he still had enough to raise two other people with enough to spare!
At this moment, a couple youths walked to Shang Ke’s cart and one of them with a buzz cut peculiarly said, “Senior Osari, we have visited your stall so many times yet did not realize your identity, we apologize for our lack of manners.”
While Shang Ke carved his fruit into a flower, he asked, “Are you buying a lunch box?”
“Yes, of course I’ll buy it.” The buzz cut youth said exaggeratedly, “I’ll take all of your lunch boxes today.”
“A total of 213 gold coins, thank you for your patronage.” Shang Ke replied without even raising his head.
The youth stared blankly, then asked, “213 gold coins? Why is it so expensive? You only sell a hundred lunch boxes every day with each one being 25 silver coins. One hundred lunch boxes is only 25 gold coins at most.”
“The prices increased today, each box is 75 silver coins today.”
“Then it should only be 75 silver coins in total.”
“The additional 138 is IQ fee.”
“IQ fee?” The buzzed-haired boy stared blankly.
Shang Ke indifferently asked, “You’re a second year student at Light Ode College right?”
“That’s right. How did you know?” The boy puffed out his chest and said with pride.
Shang Ke sighed and replied, “You’re wearing the blue-lined school uniform, anyone with a regular IQ can tell, unless you’re only borrowing someone else’s uniform.”
The surroundings all roared with laughter.
The youth’s face went red and flew into rage, “I just forgot I was wearing my school uniform, what is there to make a fuss about?!”
Shang Ke smiled and once again spoke, “I also know your grades aren’t good. Oh, sorry, it should be said as very bad.”
“You investigated me before?” His face was stunned.
Shang Ke sighed again, “Tell me, do you think a person whose failed six subjects in a row in one semester is worthy of my time to investigate?”
The other was completely in Shang Ke’s pace, “How did you know I failed six subjects in a row?”
“You said it three days ago when you bought lunch boxes from me.”
“Three days ago?” The corner of his mouth twitched. Something a passenger by said three days ago, can you not remember it so clearly?!
“There are nine main subjects in the school and you failed six of them immediately, you’re pretty amazing in your own way. Me taking some IQ fees from you isn’t undue is it not?”
Everyone once again roared with laughter.
The man was so angered he was going to spit blood. The blond man beside him seeing his friend being utterly defeated helped, “Osari, you’ve fallen to this stage yourself, what kind of qualifications do you have to mock others?”
Shang Ke took a look at this blond man, then looked at the girl by him and asked, “You’re Kenly right?”
“That’s right.” The blond man smoothed his hair and raised an eyebrow, “I’m born in nobility with excellent achievements. I’m afraid you can’t find a reason to mock me.”
“Oh?” Shang Ke objected, “Then, what about your relationship problem?”
“Relationship problem?” Kenly’s face slightly changed and subconsciously looked at the girl by him.
Shang Ke smiled at that girl, “Your necklace is very pretty. Did Kenly give it to you?”
“Thank you, he did.” The girl was momentarily blinded by Shang Ke’s smile and also gave back a smile.
Shang Ke continued, “Very not coincidentally, I saw the same necklace on another girl.”
Kenly said with disdain, “So what if the necklaces are similar? It’s not like this is the necklace is unique in the world.”
“That’s right, it’s not unique.” Shang Ke shrugged his shoulders, “But it’s quite regretful that your handiwork is low. On the two girl’s necklaces, you left a love declaration with different content, but the handwriting was the same. Your girlfriend’s necklace says ‘Thinking about you all the time’ while the other girl’s has ‘Loving you all the time’. I can’t help but say, your vocabulary is really low.”
The girl stared at Kenly with disbelief, then forcefully pull off the necklace and then fiercely kicked him, leaving in a crossed mood.
“Sonnie!” Kenly was anxious and chased after her.
Shang Ke then moved his sight upon a couple other people who subconsciously took a step back. They didn’t dare to provoke him anymore, they fear he would deal with their IQ fees.
TL Note: IQ Fee, means he’ll question and mock their IQ.
“Hahaha!” Everyone loudly laughed.
But after they laughed, they couldn’t help but secretly fear fearful. That necklace was so small, just what kind of eyesight and memory did one need to recognize it? Plus, there was quite a bit of time in between, and it was a stranger he did not have any relation with, just how did Osari remember this?
Shang Ke turned a deaf ear to all the laughter and tranquilly said, “Although my martial prowess isn’t good nowadays, but my IQ and moral quality can leave you behind a couple streets. Come back and lecture me after you get full marks on all the subjects alright?”
A moment later, he laid down his knife and slowly raised his head, his gaze brightly looking at everyone, “Being uncouth and ignorant can give you a moment of pleasantness, but it can never make the strong ones surrender, or make the wise man bend his head.”
After he said that, he placed gently place down the fruit he had carved onto the table.
Everyone’s laughter gradually stopped as their sight followed his slender fingers and fell onto the fruit.
In those few minutes they were speaking, this fruit was carved by Shang Ke into a blooming flower. The layers of petals unfolded and was dazzling, it was fine down to the smallest detail and the faint fragrance diffused into the air, relaxing everyone’s heart.
A king within flowers that no one could overtake.
This is…the power of faith!
Although they could not feel the power of faith from him, but he could attach his faith to an external item! It was so pure, so fresh and so gorgeous.
Everyone looked at this simply dressed and smiling youth and suddenly felt like he was a tall mountain, deep and unmeasurable. No one had the mind to scorn him.
This is the demeanor of a former genius! Even if his martial prowess was gone, his spirit was as strong as before. Between his smiles was wisdom, in his bearing was elegance.
Kaiser continued to stand behind Kaiser. He was originally prepared to fight, but he simply didn’t even need to use his skills as Shang Ke used just a few sentences to dissolve a crisis. And also received a whole group of fans. His lunch boxes were sold at an even faster speed than before until none were left.
Hidden in the forest, Tylor deeply watched that youth that was surrounded by everyone, his heartbeat sped up a bit.
The Osari he once knew was like a sharp blade, although strong, he did not have any depth. The current him, although physically weak, was like polished pearl. His brilliance roamed and turned into a sharp spear, one that people could not take their eyes of off.
Just what did he experience to have such heaven and earth rending change?
It probably was a way to improve oneself that a normal person couldn’t imagine?
On the way back, Kaiser would glance toward Shang Ke once in a while.
Shang Ke glanced back, “If you have something to say, then say it.”
“Heh, it’s nothing.” Kaiser rubbed his nose, his eyes lit up with happiness. His mood was clearly great.
Shang Ke gave him a strange look, he did not know what he was being crazy on.
“Shang Ke.” Kaiser suddenly moved close to Shang Ke’s ear and softly said, “Let’s be a family in the future alright?”
“Aren’t we not one right now?” Shang Ke raised an eyebrow, “You can give it up, I am not planning to move out of your house.”
“Haha.” Kaiser suddenly hugged him, “pecked” his face many times then held Pupu and ran out into the courtyard quickly.
Shang Ke rubbed away the saliva on his face while he cursed with a smile, “Nutjob.”
Every since that day, Shang Ke’s popularity quickly rose. Although many people still secretly mocked and ridiculed him, but physical violence no longer happened. On one hand, it was because his personal charm conquered some people. On the other hand, it was because Tylor and Kaiser has issued their own warnings.
Kaiser was easy to talk to, if it was Tylor, no one would dare to be scornful against him.
As such, Shang Ke spent his days very comfortably. He sold lunch boxes, played with Pupu, gossiped a bit…until seven days later, an old man came by.
“Teacher Gamov.” Shang Ke gave the old man a student bow.
Gamov was Osari’s (greatly respected) teacher, he was also the headmaster of the college.
He rubbed his beard then gently looked at Shang Ke and asked, “Osari, how long are you planning to sell lunch boxes?”
“Teachers means?” Shang Ke probingly asked.
“Come back with me to the school, be a guest lecturer in Light Ode College.”
A flash of surprise went through Shang Ke’s eyes, “Teacher, my strength has greatly lowered nowadays, how can I be qualified to be a guest lecturer?”
“The school don’t lack martial masters.” Gamov faintly smiled, “What I want you to teach is knowledge, spread the culture and not fighting skills.”
Shang Ke fell into contemplation.
Gamov once again said, “You were the most talented one among all of my students. I believed so before, and I still believe it even now.”
To Gamov’s proposal, Shang Ke did not hesitate for long.
He gave him a deep bow and smiled, “As long as teacher doesn’t not fear this student hampering other’s progress, then this student would naturally be delighted to try.”
“Haha.” Gamov’s mood was great. The many years of misunderstanding finally disappeared with those exchange of dialog.
Gamov looked at the youth in front of his and felt both admiration and pity. What he admired was his mental state while he pitied his strength. Although he did not know why he became so weak, but it did not influence his evaluation of him. On the contrary, he felt that the current Osari has the temperament of someone truly strong.
The news that Shang Ke would take up the post of guest lecturer quickly spread and caused a disturbance within the college. People who supported and people who were against it each took up half. They all wanted to see just what kind of show Osari would give them.
Tylor was the college’s glorious professor while Osari was the college’s guest lecture, the former “double stars” of school once again met after five years.
SnowTime: ML really has one tendency that doesn’t change hahahaha. I won’t say who it is~ o3o Have fun peeps. Should be easy to guess tbh. This chapter is about 2x longer than usual, so I’ll pretend it’s 2 and nap some more before working on others… >_>;;