Chapter 26: You Are My Faith (VII)
Headmaster Gamov prepared a temporary room as his office and originally wanted to arrange a housing room for him but was refused. Because Shang Ke had promised to Kaiser before that he would live with. Plus, he didn’t want to be too far from the “main character” in order to avoid mishaps.
The reason why Shang Ke agreed to becoming a guest lecturer was so that he could more easily make public the way to seal the Devil’s Tree. Before that, he also had to make his status and reputation so that people would believe in him.
His memory far surpassed others and with the original’s knowledge, giving lessons to the freshmans should be fine.
When Tylor went over, Shang Ke was preparing his lessons in the lounge. He saw him leaning against the window sill, his long hair flowing by his side. His legs were slightly raised, assuming a comfortable posture while he drank tea and thumbed through a textbook. The afternoon sun shone on, making him appear like a carefree lazy cat.
Tylor noticed that Shang Ke’s flipping speed was very fast, he turned a page about every three seconds. Tylor did not believe that he was randomly flipping through it, so the only possibility was that he could read extremely quickly.
Shang Ke seem to have felt his gaze and raised his head, meeting a pair of blood-red eyes. To tell the truth, Shang Ke felt that red eyes were a bit scary, especially when they’re on a grave and stern face.
“Apologizes for the disturbance.” Tylor entered the lounge.
Shang Ke looked at him, “Lord Tylor is looking for me?”
“Headmaster had me come to ask you, do you need any help in preparing your lessons?” Tylor made an excuse without any change in expression.
“No need.” Shang Ke’s attitude became distant. If this man really was the man in his heart, then Shang Ke really did not want to walk too close to him. At least when he was not able to determine if he could survive.
Tylor walked until he was next to him and stared at him in his eyes, asking, “You don’t like me?”
“As the one who was defeated by you, you think I should like you?” Shang Ke raised an eyebrow, his chin also slightly held up.
Tylor’s line of sight swept across his moist lips and said, “Perhaps you disliked me before, but the current you may not necessarily dislike me.”
“Oh? How are you so sure?” Shang Ke wore a respectfully listening face.
“There is no hate in your eyes.” Tylor said with certainty.
Shang Ke frowned and suddenly used his fingers to raise the corner of his eyes, his face revealing an ominous light as he fiercely said, “How about this? Enough hate now?”
Tylor stared coldly at Shang Ke’s wacky expression without saying a word.
After Shang Ke did that action, he regretted it! Just how stupid was he, playing around in front of Tylor when he had was better off doing something else? What happened to his cold and elegant grandeur?
“You should continue preparing your lessons, I won’t disturb you.” He left the lounge right after he said that, leaving Shang Ke to panic around by himself.
Tylor left the room and turned into a corridor before suddenly bursting into laughter.
“Cough.” In only a moment, Tylor quickly returned to his grave and stern face. But his mind deeply remembered Shang Ke’s wacky face. His mood was very cheerful for the entire day.
Why did he never notice before that Osari was actually so cute?
Shang Ke’s first lecture was on the third day of the guest lecturing. The content of his lecture was about devil qi and faith’s conditional relationship.
On this day, the classroom was a full house with many even crowding outside the door.
Shang Ke’s mental stats were superb, so he completely did not know what it meant to have stage fright. Plus, he knew the contents of the textbooks by heart. Within the classroom, pretty much no one could stump him. He could even tell them the page and line of the answer in the textbook.
The first class was very successful.
After class, someone suddenly asked him, “Teacher, now that you’re a teacher, are you still going to sell lunchboxes in the future? These days I haven’t been able to eat it and I just can’t get it out of my mind!”
Those words immediately obtained everyone’s attention.
Shang Ke said, “Whoever can get full marks in my class, I will treat you to eat a great luxury meal.”
“Oh yeah!” The students all cheered.
“A great luxury meal.” After school, Tylor suddenly dropped by and calmly asked, “I don’t know if perhaps I would have the chance for it as well?”
“No.” Shang Ke quickly left.
Tylor blindly followed him until they arrived at Kaiser’s home.
Kaiser had martial training at night and would only return at midnight. Shang Ke went to the neighbors house to bring back the crying Pupu. This pitiful little girl thought she was abandoned by father and held back her tears while waiting. When she saw Shang Ke was back, she immediately hugged him and started to cry.
“Daddy, daddy…” She nonstop called for him, complaining to him.
“Good girl, didn’t I already tell you that I would be back home at night.” Shang Ke rubbed Pupu’s head.
Pupu unhappily looked at him and wiped her tears and mucus on Shang Ke’s clothes.
Tylor stared at them for a while then finally asked, “She was adopted by you?”
Osari had only left for five years so it was impossible for him to have a six to seven year old child.
“Hm.” Shang Ke didn’t pay much attention to him and just nodded, then put Pupu down to go make their dinner.
Pupu held his clothes tightly as she followed behind him.
Tylor leaned against the door as he quietly watched Shang Ke bustle around the kitchen. His face was expressionless like a statue.
Pupu would turned her head to look at him every few moments. As long as their eyes met, she would immediately hide behind Shang Ke and only reveal her watery large eyes sneaking peeks at him.
Tylor did not have a favorable impression of children, but he felt that Osari and this child gave people a comfortable feeling when they were together.
That night, Tylor ate deliciously at Shang Ke’s home and left behind ten coins and left in a relaxed mood.
When Kaiser’s training was over, he returned completely exhausted only to find that there wasn’t any leftovers…
Shang Ke’s life started to have a pattern and was carefree. In the daytime he would go to class, at night he would take care of Pupu, feed their dog (Kaiser) and occasionally fed a wild animal (Tylor).
Time passed until three months later, the devil qi storm that Shang Ke waited for finally broke out. The Devil’s Tree’s energy was usually very stable, but at special periods of time, it would break out in one or two devil qi storms, like a volcano erupting.
There were differences in their range, though this time was the biggest one in history. It covered almost one third of the continent and countless people were invaded by the devil qi, causing there to frequently be riots and social order fell into confusion. Normal devil qi would not take the initiative to invade a body, but the devil qi storm was different. Because the energy was too strong and the concentration was too high, many innocent people were unable to escape.
The imperial capital King City was also in the range of the devil qi storm, about one fifth of the population showed the signs of being an initial invaded.
All the clergies and doctors were gathered then separated into groups to treat different areas and focus on treatment for the invaded people.
But with the number of people being invaded constantly increasing, the clergies and doctors simply could not get around to all of it and finally, even the teachers and students were all mobilized.
Kaiser was sent to the east area to be in charge of keeping order and provide assistance in treatment. Because Shang Ke’s strength was weak, he was not arranged anyway and stayed home to accompany Pupu.
However, they were not too safe at home either. Because their neighbor was suddenly invaded by the devil qi as well.
Luckily their neighbor was a normal person so Shang Ke did not use too much strength and helped them by absorbing their devil qi, returning him to normal. But this one action caused the others to come to him and request for treatment.
The reason was because after the neighbor was saved, he did his best to spread the news that Shang Ke was a very amazing healer with a miraculous treatment method that did not cause pain. Which therefore made him the first choice for anyone invaded by devil qi. As a result, the days afterward had people come find SHang Ke, even if they were not gravely invaded by devil qi, they would still come over to cause more trouble.
Kaiser found some time to help Shang Ke drive away some people who looking for trouble.
But Shang Ke, this professional at courting death upheld his holy mother principle of “sacrifice and devotion” and refused no one. Absorbing the devil qi without pause. When Kaiser noticed something was wrong, Shang Ke was holding his breath as he absorbed the last bit from another invaded.
“Shang Ke, enough!” Kaiser agitatedly shouted.
At this moment, Tylor just so happen to come over with several clergies. When they saw the devil qi winding around Shang Ke’s body and surroundings, one of his hands still tightly grabbing another person’s wrist, it looked like he was about to “commit a violent crime”. So one clergy didn’t even think and raised his staff to smash at Shang Ke’s head.
“Stop!” Kaiser and Tylor both shouted but they were not able to stop him in time, they could only stare as that clergy smashed Shang Ke into the ground.
Shang Ke only felt a pain at the back of his head and shouted “This is bad!” in his mind. He had thought of many ways that he could die in this world, the only one he didn’t expect was to be hit on the head by someone, this kind of death is not graceful at all!
His consciousness went blurred and he soon felt into darkness.
“Shang Ke.” Kaiser and Tylor both rushed over to him, just about to help him up when the clergy by the side immediately stopped them. “Don’t touch him, he’s already at an advance invaded state, he can’t be cured.”
“You understand nothing!” Kaiser cursed in rage at him.
The clergy was first stupefied for a few seconds, then immediately reactioned and unhappily said, “Although I understand your feelings, but this is my duty. Any people found at the advanced invaded state will be immediately dealt with.
“He is not an advanced invaded person, he’s saving people!” Kaiser saw Shang Ke motionless on the ground, his long hair spread around him on the ground as blood slowly seeped out from him, like a bloody flower blooming. Kaiser felt fear grip his heart and he almost didn’t dare to go up to confirm.
“Saving people?” the clergy coldly snorted, “Are you joking?”
“You can fucking go take a look yourself!” Kaiser roared at him and pointed at another direction.
Everyone followed his finger to that person who Shang Ke had been holding to. That person had already returned to normal and stared blankly at everyone, then when he saw Shang Ke on the ground, he couldn’t help but ask, “What happened to Teacher Shang Ke?”
“He wanted to harm you just now.” The clergy said.
“Who said that?” The man said in rage, “He saved my daughter and now saved me.”
“Saved you? How is that possible?” The clergy said in disbelief, “He’s a person invaded by devil qi.”
“He’s not, I’m the one.” That man continued to explain, “He absorbed all the devil qi from my body.”
Those words all stupefied everyone. When they looked back at Shang Ke, they noticed that his hand was still holding onto the man’s. The devil qi on his body did not show any sign of leaking outward, instead, it was blending into him bit by bit.
“What is going on?” Tylor could see that something strange was going on and turned around to look at Kaiser.
Kaiser very carefully helped Shang Ke up, his face no longer had his former smile as he gloomily asked, “Do you all know why the former Osari whose strength was outstanding because the nowadays physically weak Shang Ke? It’s because he used his own body as a vessel to absorb the devil qi within others into his own, then used his own will to suppress it.”
Shock flashed through Tylor’s eyes.
All the others also held faces of disbelief.
“Shang Ke saved countless people and endured the immense pain everyday. But even so, he still did not give up his reason for existence. And now, he died in your hands!” Kaiser angrily glared at the clergy that attacked him, his eyes full of tears.
When he heard the “died”, Tylor’s heart suddenly contracted and a strange pain came from his chest along with a stab of pain at his temple.
That clergy’s back went cold at the look Kaiser was giving to him but he retorted, “I have never heard of any normal person to take the initiative to absorb devil qi into their own body. The consequences of this kind of action will only be two, they either go crazy and die, or fall and turn into a devil apostle.
He did not believe that someone can suppress such dense devil qi with just willpower and faith.
At this moment, a clergy returned from outside, his expression strange as he reported, “My lord, I led around a couple people to check the vicinity but did not find a single person who needs treatment.”
“None? Did someone report false information?”
“About that…” That man who had just been cured started to speak. “I’m sorry, I think this is what happened, we originally had around a dozen people who were invaded. Some were serious some were light, but we were all cured by Teacher Shang Ke. It was three days ago when we sent the news, if it weren’t for Teacher Shang Ke, by the time you guys came, we would probably already be in a great mess.”
“You said there were a dozen of you but he only used three people to cure all of you?” The clergy could hardly believe it. In other words, this man, in three days, absorbed a dozen of people’s devil qi. If it were a normal person, they would had long gone crazy. There was actually someone in this world that would use such a self-sacrificing way to say others? Just how strong much his willpower and faith be?
“Daddy.” Pupu walked out from a corner and crouched by Shang Ke. She grabbed his ice-cold hand and carefully called for him, “Daddy, daddy.”
Shang Ke laid in Kaiser’s arms, the devil qi had already been completely absorbed into his body. His appearance was serene, his complexion white with his lips scarlet and lovely, like an aristolochia flower blooming at midnight.
In the quiet room, only Pupu’s anxious calls could be heard.
Kaiser place his ear against Shang Ke’s chest, he could only feel the remaining warmth that held no heartbeat.
His shoulders slacked and started to sob. He did not dare to accept this reality. For such a cheerful, kind and strong person to die just like this?
Tylor’s complexion was gloomy and he raged at the clergy beside him, “What are you still standing around for? Hurry up and save him!”
Everyone returned to their senses and flusteredly ran over to save him at his words.
But when they had just went over, they saw Shang Ke suddenly cough and return from his suspended state into revival.
Kaiser was wild with joy and hugged him, Pupu also threw herself into Shang Ke’s arms.
Tylor heaved a long sigh of relief as he felt the haze in his heart scatter and his heartbeat returning to normal.
In fact, Shang Ke really was on the verge of death, his soul was already out of his body. He originally thought that this mission was destined to be a failure, but then he suddenly remembered how in the first world when his body was frozen and he was also just a soul, he returned to life when he touched his body. So he guessed that as long as the soul return to the body in a short time, then he could revive himself.
As such, he tried it and really smoothly returned. As for what happened afterward, he did not have the energy to understand.
Anyway, his real purpose has already been reached, which was to make everyone believe that willpower and faith can suppress devil qi. That this was the only way to seal the Devil’s Tree…
By the time Shang Ke woke up again, it was the afternoon of the next day.
He looked around him and saw that he was in a very luxuriously decorated bedroom. Pupu was lying by his side, holding his sleeve and sleeping sweetly.
Shang Ke sat up only to feel sore and weak all over. His mind went dizzy.
He lied back down, staying motionless like a corpse.
“You’re awake.” He suddenly heard a familiar voice from the side.
Shang Ke turned around only to see Tylor wearing han clothing, standing ramrod straight by his bedside. He stared steadily at him.
“Tylor? Where is this?” Shang Ke used a hoarse voice to ask.
“My mansion.” Tylor answered.
“How am I here? Where’s Kaiser?”
“He’s fine, you’re staying at my mansion for now until the situation outside is stabilized.” Tylor placate him, “The devil qi storm will pass by soon.”
“Why do I have to live in your mansion?” Shang Ke continued to ask.
Shang Ke: “…By my rival who has defeated me, how am I supposed to feel safe?”
“We don’t have to be rivals.”
“Then what are we supposed to be?”
“Friends, comrades, or perhaps…” Tylor seriously stated, “Lovers.”
SnowTime: Dun dun dun dunnnnnn…..