Battle Through the Heavens - chapter-406
“Hei, it actually is really that new student who took two years leave
in one go…” Huo De was holding a casefile in his hand within the
spacious room. There was a drawing in the casefile. Although the drawing
was three years old with a face that still carried a little innocence,
the overall outline was exactly the same as Xiao Yan’s.
Hou De closed the casefile in his hand before a genuine smile appeared on
his face. He patted Xiao Yan’s shoulders and smiled before saying with
a deeper meaning in his words, “Little fellow, you’re definitely not
simple. The casefile states that you were merely a four star Dou Zhe two
years ago, but now… I’m afraid that you are at least of the Dou Shi
Upon hearing Hou De’s words, those members of the Law Enforcement Unit
were immediately startled. They threw their stunned gaze toward Xiao Yan.
In two years, he directly advanced from a four star Dou Zhe to become a
Dou Shi. This kind of speed was quite good.
Xiao Yan smiled, neither denying nor acknowledging.
“Are you planning to head directly to the academy now?” Huo De asked
with a smile.
“Yes.” Xiao Yan nodded.
“Carry this with you. Only then will you be permitted into the
academy.” Huo De took out an azure badge from his storage ring, and
handed it over to Xiao Yan. After which, he appeared to have suddenly
remembered something. He turned his head toward those members of the Law
Enforcement Unit and smiled before he asked, “Oh that’s right…
coincidentally, tomorrow happens to be the inner academy qualifying
“Ah, yes that’s right Section Leader Huo De.” A member of the unit
“You are really lucky to be able to see such a grand event after just
entering the academy. However, I recalled that there seemed to be your
name in the inner academy qualifying competition last year. This is
something that Instructor Ruo Ling had helped you put in against all
odds. Unfortunately, you did not come at the end. This really infuriated
Instructor Ruo Ling. Therefore, I think that she is unlikely to put in
your name this year. After all, the qualifying competition this time
around concerns whether she can be promoted to a Xuan class
instructor…:” Huo De smilingly said.
“Uh…” Xiao Yan was startled when he heard this. As he recalled
seeing the angry, green face of the gentlewoman back then, he laughed
bitterly and said, “I really had something important and could not rush
over at that time…”
“Hee hee, this does not concern me. If you want to explain, go and
explain to her by yourself.” Huo De smiled gloatingly. His gaze eyed
the sky outside, which was gradually becoming dark. He voiced his
thoughts, “The sky is already quite dark now. However, I see that you
are hurrying to go to the inner academy, so I shall not hold you back.
However, there is still an extremely large region of primeval forest
outside the academy. There are many high ranking Magical Beasts there,
with it being quite dangerous to pass through at night. I can let people
drive the Griffin carrier to quickly bring you directly over to Jia Nan
City. Is that okay?”
“In that case, thank you very much, Instructor Huo De.” Xiao Yan
rejoiced at hearing these words, and he quickly replied with gratitude.
The map which Dou Ma gave him only covered the area of the
‘Black-Corner Region’. Xiao Yan’s head was shrouded by a mist as to
which direction he should fly in after entering ‘Peace Town’. It was
naturally his current wish for someone that could lead him to his
“Ke ke, it’s fine.”
Huo De smiled. The current him did not conform with the coldness he had
displayed at the town’s entrance at all. He waved his hand and called
out two members of the Law Enforcement Unit, one male and the other
female. After he gave instructions, he allowed the two to go out and make
“Xiao Yan, ah, I have to remind you once before you leave. Although you
have not entered the academy, it is likely that you already have quite a
number of potential opponents within Jia Nan Academy. Ke ke, I think you
also know what the reason for this is… the kind of outstanding girl
like Xun Er really has too great of an attractiveness toward those
favored, talented, young men of the academy. She has come to the academy
for over two years but her reputation has already caught up to that
little witch who gives people a headache. Therefore, those love rivals of
yours are not made of simple stuff. However, I advise you to know how to
endure. That would be a little smarter…” Huo De moved closer to Xiao
Yan and reminded him out of goodwill.
Xiao Yan laughed softly when he heard this. Although he had missed two
years of life at the academy, he believed that his life and death
grinding during these two years would definitely not be poorer than any
teaching methods. During these two years’ time, he had even fought
fearlessly against Dou Huangs and even Dou Zongs. Would he be frightened
of those people who were the same age as him at the academy?
“Thank you for your reminder, Instructor Huo De. Xiao Yan will remember
this in his heart.” Xiao Yan smiled at Huo De, and cupped his hands
together. He heard the screeching sound of the Griffin outside. Without
wasting a moment, Xiao Yan turned around and swiftly walked out of the
room, and saw the huge Griffin, which was standing on the street,
outside. At this moment, the man and woman on the Griffin were smiling at
Xiao Yan as they said, “Junior Xiao Yan, please climb aboard. We will
escort you to Jia Nan City.”
“Thank you very much.” Xiao Yan smiled. His feet gently pushed off
the ground and his body agily leaped onto the back of the Griffin. His
feet immediately appeared to stick to its back and did not make the
slightest of movements.
Seeing Xiao Yan’s totally still body, shock flashed across the faces of
the two people on the Griffin’s back. It should be known that the
feathers of this Griffin caused a sort of strange moist air. Some people,
who were riding it for the first time, could only sit on a specific
man-made saddle in order to stabilize their body. Yet, Xiao Yan was able
to completely rely on himself to let his body remain at equilibrium. This
was something that was impossible for even the both of them to display so
“What the Deputy Section Leader said is indeed correct. This Xiao Yan
really does have some skill…” The two of them muttered in their
hearts. They waved their hands at Huo De, who had walked out of the
house, before emitting a whistle from their mouths. Immediately, the
wings of the Griffin creeping on the ground was flapped. Its huge body
began to rise into the air in a spiral.
As Xiao Yan eyed the small town, which was swiftly becoming smaller, he
let out a breath of air. He lifted his eyes and gazed at the azure sky.
An elegant and exquisite face of a young lady slowly surfaced in his
mind. Her frown and laughter all caused the young man, who had lived two
years of difficulty, to be that concerned.
“Xun Er, I can finally see you again…”
This flight continued for nearly the entire night. Of course, this also
included the two to three hours rest midway. When dawn of the next day
arrived, a thread of sunlight shot out from the edge of the land,
expelling all the darkness between the land and sky.
At this moment, Xiao Yan, who had his eyes shut as he rested, opened them
as though he suddenly sensed something. His gaze shot into the distance.
There was an outline of a city occupying a large area, that left one
speechless, slowly appearing within the faint mist.
“This is Jia Nan City huh…”
Although he was in the sky, he was still unable to see the entire city
within his field of vision. From this, it could be seen just how large
this city was.
“Ke ke, Junior Xiao Yan, we will stop this Griffin at the flying stop
within the city. After that, you need to hurry to the academy on your
own. It is our Law Enforcement group’s rotation this week, therefore,
we cannot leave the ‘Peace Town’ for too long.” The young man from
the Law Enforcement Unit smiled as he spoke to Xiao Yan.
“Thank you very much seniors.” Xiao Yan nodded and smiled as he
voiced his thanks.
“There is no need…” The young man waved his hand. A whistle was
once again emitted from his mouth and the Griffin immediately let out a
soft screech. It waved its wings and shot down toward the large city.
From the flying stop at the Jia Nan City, Xiao Yan raised his head and
watched the Griffin, which had once again risen into the air. He slowly
exhaled, turned around, and exited this empty space.
A spacious, open street paved with green stone appeared in his eyes as he
walked out of the flying stop. The human flow on the street was
turbulent, causing Xiao Yan to quietly become breathless. This kind of
human traffic was something that even the capital of the Jia Ma Empire
could not compare with. It was indeed worthy of being the cradle of the
oldest academy in the continent. Just its name alone would attract a
countless number of people to this place.
Xiao Yan did not stop on the street for too long. He followed the route
that the Law Enforcement member earlier had pointed out and hurried over.
After going around in circles within the city in this manner for half an
hour, Xiao Yan could only helplessly stop. He eyed that street, which he
was still unable to see the end of, and could not resist bitterly
laughing, “Dammit. Why was this city constructed until it became so
Xiao Yan sighed despondently. He once again lazily hurried on, slowing
his footsteps as he walked toward the Jia Nan Academy, which was located
in the middle of the city.
As he slowly walked on that spacious street, Xiao Yan sensed the usual
city’s atmosphere and sighed in relief within his heart. It was
fortunate that this place was not in any way similar to the
He once again walked passed a street. In the distance, he appeared to be
able to see the vague outline of that ancient academy…
“Stop that fellow!”
Xiao Yan had just made a turn, when a cry was suddenly emitted from a
spot not far in front of him. A minor disturbance immediately rippled
onto the street with a huge group of people forming a circle and judged
as they watched the fight within it.
Xiao Yan’s gaze drifted toward the circle of people, who were watching
the show, but did not move any closer. His palm gently patted the large
Heavy Xuan Ruler on his back, as his footsteps began to lead him around
the crowd at an even pace.
Just as Xiao Yan was about to directly walk toward the academy in the
distance, a cold angry laugh in the human crowd caused Xiao Yan to
suddenly pause his footsteps.
“Ma Yan, don’t waste your effort. You actually want to go after my
younger cousin with that strength of yours?”
“Brat, if you don’t want to do it nicely… attack. We don’t need
his life, but he must see red!” After that cold laughter sounded,
another voice that appeared to be angry from embarrassment sounded.
Immediately, there was the muffled sound of flesh coming into contact
from within the human crowd.
Xiao Yan had his back facing the crowd. He was silent for a while as he
heard the muffled sound that appeared from within the circle before he
sighed gently and immediately turned around.
Within the crowd, a young man in blue clothes, who was around eighteen or
nineteen, was violently exchanging blows with a few men around him, while
his eyes were filled with fury. Seeing the Dou Qi that was seeping out of
the young man’s body, it appeared that he was at the Dou Shi class.
However, the four young men surrounding and attacking him clearly had
strengths that were no weaker than his. Therefore, the blue-clothed young
man was at disadvantage. His face would occasionally suffer a blow, and
traces of blood flowed out from the corner of his mouth.
Another wave of scuffles occurred. One of the young men coldly and
viciously kicked at the blue-clothed young man’s lower abdomen. The
back of the latter’s body immediately began to curl up. Despite the
four young men seeing that he had no ability to retaliate, they did not
show even the slightest sign of stopping. Four legs moved together. In a
tricky and vicious manner, they violently kicked at the blue-clothed
young man’s body.
“Bang, bang, bang…”
The feet, which contained a ferocious force, were about the land on the
blue-clothed young man’s body, when a black shadow suddenly flashed
past. After which, it collided firmly with the four feet. Four horrible
shrieks were immediately emitted. The four of them hugged their thighs
and rolled painfully on the ground.
After the black shadow pushed the four people back, it turned into a
large, black ruler that was inserted into the hard ground. The
blue-clothed young man hugged his lower abdomen, and stood up with great
difficulty. His expression was somewhat pale as he cupped his hands
toward the black-robed young man, who had his back facing him, “Mister,
thank you very much.”
“Xiao Ning, you have a lot less vigor compared to when I last saw you
two years ago.” The black-robed young man slowly turned around. He
looked at the blue-clothed young man, whose face was stunned at seeing
the former, while speaking with a faint smile.
Xiao Ning. This blue-clothed young man was actually Xiao Ning, who had
some grudge with Xiao Yan at the Xiao clan back then!
“You… you are Xiao Yan?” Xiao Ning’s face was completely full as
he eyed that face which he had not seen for two years. He finally
recovered a long while later, but still had difficulty believing the
“I thought that you would not recognize me.” Xiao Yan laughed.
Although he had some grudges with this fellow, whom he did not really see
eye to eye with when they were a younger, the current him was no longer
that impulsive child he had been back then. Those things had naturally
vanished long ago. Moreover, no matter what happened, the person in front
of him had a thread of blood relation to him.
“How can I forget. Younger cousin Xiao Yan…”
Xiao Ning let out a bitter laughter. He eyed Xiao Yan in front of him,
feeling a complicated emotion. Now that he had muddled about on the
outside for two years, he was similarly no longer a child. Only in the
outside world, which contained all sorts of people, did he feel that
those experiences in the clan back then were the most precious memories
within his heart. No matter how one put it, one’s kin was ultimately a
little closer to oneself.
“Older cousin Xiao Ning.” Seeing the apologetic smile Xiao Ning gave
him, Xiao Yan also smiled. He patted the latter’s shoulders.
“These fellows?” Xiao Yan turned his gaze toward the four people
rolling on the ground and asked.
“Isn’t it still because of Xun Er? These fellows know about our
relationship and keep trying all sorts of means to get news about Xun Er
from me. It is really too troublesome. However, they don’t dare to
attack me at the academy. Today, when I came out to buy something, I
coincidentally ended up being seen by these fellows.” Xiao Ning was
somewhat helpless. From the looks of it, it appeared that this was not
the first time that this had happened.
Xiao Yan could only laugh bitterly when he heard this. It really was true
that beauty was a source of trouble. It was likely that the girl had now
truly lost the innocence she had back then?
“Hee hee, Xun Er is very outstanding. A woman undergoes many changes
when she grows up. She is now even more beautiful. There have been an
unknown number of people who had fallen for her during these two years. I
think that you will also be shocked when you meet see her again.” Xiao
Ning said with a laugh.
“How much can a child change?” Xiao Yan shook his head and laughed
softly. When he said such aged words, he forgot that he was also merely
eighteen years old.
“If you say these words in the academy, others will gang up to fight
you…” Xiao Ning rolled his eyes. His expression abruptly changed as
he appeared to recall something. He then grabbed Xiao Yan and ran toward
the entrance of the academy, “Dammit, I have actually forgotten. Today
is the Inner Academy Qualifying Competition. Instructor Ruo Ling could
not resist Xun Er’s spoiled pestering and took the risk of being
promoted to a Xuan class instructor by putting your name in. If you are
absent like you were last year, Instructor Ruo Ling can forget about
being promoted for the next three years.”
“Uh? She still wrote my name?” Xiao Yan’s face was completely
“Ah, however, even if you got here in time, I don’t think it would be
of much help. The Inner Academy Qualifying Competition is not an ordinary
one. All of those who have the qualification to participate are among the
top students in the academy. Without at least the strength of a seven
star Dou Shi, one might likely be eliminated once he enters the
competition ground.” Xiao Ning’s hurried running speed slowed as he
Xiao Yan was startled. He opened his mouth, but before he had the chance
to speak, Xiao Ning continued, “Forget it, forget it. Being able to
come is better than being absent. Even if you lose, Instructor Ruo Ling
would only lose this chance of promotion. There is still a chance the
next time around…”
Once he finished saying those words, Xiao Ning pulled Xiao Yan with great
force and quickly ran toward the ancient academy.
As a major event of the Jia Nan Academy, the so-called Inner Academy
Qualifying Competition was naturally the event that attracted the most
attention. Moreover, the renowned people in the academy would appear
within this qualifying competition. The male and female students who were
viewed as the idols of others, as well as their source of their
adoration, were undoubtedly a great source of attraction.
Therefore, the stadium used by the academy was squished in and filled
with people, despite the academy having already prepared the largest one
for the competition’s use. Countless numbers of students from the Jia
Nan Academy squeezed and bumped heads as they charged into the seats of
the stadium. At one glance, it was like a sea of dense black heads (hair)
and the noise shot to the clouds.
The spacious open ground was circular in shape. The area surrounding the
open ground was a set of rock stairs, which repeatedly spread upward.
That shape was like an arena. The sea of people seated surrounding the
arena could clearly see the entire place.
At this moment, there were two human figures on the open ground. One man
and one woman. The two flashed and exchanged blows. Ferocious Dou Qi
ripples shrunk and burst from the points where their palms made contact,
causing the surrounding people sitting in the viewing gallery to
frequently emit shocked sighs. However, clearly over half the gazes in
the viewing gallery were paused on the lovely figure wearing a pale-green
dress, with her lovely body flashing and moving in a light and elegant
The two human figures engaged in one risky exchange after another. The
pale-green colored figure suddenly paused. Her hands glowed brightly. It
carried a ray of light as it imprinted itself onto the chest of the young
man. A powerful force directly shook the latter until he was pushed out
of the battle arena.
“Senior, thanks for giving way!” The green-clothed young lady smiled
after defeating the opponent with a single blow. She bowed toward that
man, who was quite handsome, in such a manner that no one could find
fault in her manners.
“Junior Xun Er is indeed worthy of being the student with the greatest
potential this time around. I have lost.” Although the handsome young
man had lost, he was straightforward. With a smile, his gaze watched that
green-clothed young lady, who was like a lotus, causing people to be
relaxed and happy. He immediately withdrew in a free and easy manner.
“Xun Er wins this round!”
The green-clothed young lady turned around and leaped down from the
competition stage only after she heard the cry that sounded from the
“Xun Er, not bad!” After the green-clothed young lady descended from
the stage, a lady from the viewing gallery waved at her.
“Instructor Ruo Ling.” Xun Er ignored the heated gazes shooting at
her from her surroundings, and ran into that specially arranged viewing
gallery and shouted with a smile. She immediately turned her gaze toward
a group of ladies, who were off to the side of the viewing platform, and
smiled as she said, “Elder Cousin Xiao Yu.”
“Little girl is becoming more and more powerful. You were actually even
able to defeat that Mo Wen. Looks like you will definitely be able to
enter the Inner Academy this year.” A beautiful lady wearing a
pale-purple academy uniform smiled as she walked over. When she walked,
her pair of long, mellow legs wrapped in the trouser leggings immediately
attracted some heated gazes, which were originally looking at Xun Er.
Those alluring, long legs were really a killing weapon when it came to
“Hopefully.” Xun Er smiled. After she greeted the ladies behind Xiao
Yu, she dragged Xiao Yu’s hand, sat beside Instructor Ruo Ling and
softly spoke with a smile.
“Elder Cousin Xiao Yu, that… has Xiao Yan ge-ge not arrived yet?”
Xun Er softly asked as her eyes glanced at Instructor Ruo Ling off to the
side who appeared to be relaxed. The brows of the latter, however, had
some anxiety between them.
TL: ge-ge – elder brother or used to address an older male
friend/relative (latter usually used affectionately by female)
“Yes.” Xiao Yu also sighed softly when she heard this. She
immediately tightened her fist as she softly reprimanded, “I also
don’t know exactly what that fellow has been doing. Back then, we
agreed that he could only take one year’s leave. Now, he has dragged it
on for a full two years. Moreover, he is still absent this year…”
“He should get here very soon.” Xun Er gently bit her lip as she
“I also hope so… but today is the competition. If he is still absent,
Instructor Ruo Ling…” Xiao Yu laughed bitterly.
While the two of them were quietly whispering privately, another three
round of fighting had passed. A man flashed up onto the stage at the
fourth round. The long lance in his hand landed on the ground with great
force. The somewhat heated gaze of his swept toward the direction where
Xun Er was at without any intention of covering it up.
“Xuan class – Third class Xue Beng against Huang class – second
class… Xiao Yan!”
TL: Class as in classroom
As the voice from the referee seats fell, the noisy open ground suddenly
became much quieter. A countless number of gaze were thrown toward the
position where the Huang class – second class was at. During these two
years, this name Xiao Yan, had already been firmly remembered by all the
students and even the instructors of Jia Nan Academy. After all, this was
the first time that they had met such a thorny student, which had
directly taken two years leave since the founding of Jia Nan Academy.
Of course, a greater reason was that during the last Inner Academy
Qualifying Competition, that was the only name which was absent.
Therefore, now that they heard this name again, everyone’s gaze were
thrown toward where Xun Er’s group was seated. Due to Xun Er’s
outstanding performance at the academy, she had many suitors. However,
during these two years, there was still no one who could move her heart.
The only form of address, which one could hear the most from her mouth,
was that so called Xiao Yan ge-ge. This kind of extremely affectionate
address naturally caused Xiao Yan, who had never shown himself, to become
everyone’s common enemy.
When faced with the countless number of gazes being shot over, some cold
sweat involuntarily surfaced on Instructor Ruo Ling’s smooth forehead.
Her fist was also tightly clenched as her eyes swept around her, hoping
that the figure, whom she had valued greatly two years ago would appear
once again like a savior.
The open ground, which had become silent, also caused Xun Er and Xiao Yu
to become anxious. They exchanged glances and saw some anxiety from
within each other’s eyes.
“Xiao Yan huh.. a coward who dares not even reveal himself and letting
a girl receive such unnecessary criticism. This person, won’t do.” A
white-dressed young man on the viewing platform, who was not bad looking,
shook his head and said faintly, “He is not worthy of Xun Er…”
The white-clothed young man was shockingly the person who had met Xun Er
at the foot of the mountain a few days before. He appeared to be called
Bai Shan, one of the outstanding people among the younger students in Jia
Nan Academy. His strength was not much weaker than Xun Er’s.
“Chi, this is the man whom Xun Er always talks about incessantly? Is
his zodiac sign a turtle? If one were to follow this kind of man, isn’t
it better to follow me? What is so good about those stinky men? They only
think with the lower half of their bodies.” On another very good
location in the viewing gallery, a young lady wearing a red-colored dress
had her hands crossed in front of her chest. Her back leaned against an
iron pipe with her exchanting curves appearing extremely alluring against
the background of the straight iron pipe. The current her could not help
but curl her lips as she eyed the open ground where there was actually no
one who came out to engage in a fight. There was a little disdain as she
spoke with a cold smile.
“Little witch, sit properly. Acting so presumptuously in public, where
is your decency?” A white-haired old man by the side of the red-clothed
young lady could not help but blow his beard angrily when he saw that
posture of hers and the independent special words of hers.
The red-clothed lady unceremoniously rolled her eyes at this old man, who
clearly had quite a high position within Jia Nan Academy as she coldly
snorted, “To think that you are still the Deputy Headmaster of the
Outer Academy. If it was up to me, I would have long kicked that Xiao Yan
out of the academy. Two years leave. Humph. How arrogant.”
“There is no choice. That girl Xun Er insists on protecting that
boy.” The old man helplessly shook his head. He immediately voiced his
thoughts: “However, if he is to still absent this year, then I really
have no other choice. The rules of the Jia Nan Academy cannot be
“Don’t tell me that you hope that Xiao Yan would be able to appear
during the last few minutes?” The red-clothed young lady gave the old
man an opaque glance as she said.
“I really do hope so…” The old man sighed. He slowly closed his
eyes and waited for this farce to end.
After the silent atmosphere continued for two minutes, some private
conversations finally began to appear.
“Ah, this bastard didn’t keep his promises…” Xiao Yu sighed and
softly cursed when she saw the disappointment-filled face of Instructor
Ruo Ling, who sat next to her.
Xun Er lowered her head. She pulled Instructor Ruo Ling’s sleeves and
softly said, “Instructor, I’m sorry…”
“Ke ke, you need not blame yourself. This matter is not related to
you.” Instructor Ruo Ling patted Xun Er’s hand and forcefully gave a
comforting smile, “It’s alright. At the very most, I will wait
another three years…”
“Let’s go.” Instructor Ruo Ling stood up and said to Xiao Yu and
Xun Er. Seeing her somewhat reddened eyes, it appeared that she was not
as free and easy as she had pretended to be with her mouth.
A group of male and female of the same class similarly sighed with
disappointment as they stood up, preparing to leave the stadium. However,
they had just stood up when Xun Er’s lovely body suddenly stiffened.
Her pretty face was abruptly lifted as she muttered, “He is here…”
“Uh? What?” By her side, Xiao Yu and the others were startled, having
not heard clearly.
Just as Xiao Yu’s question fell, an ear-piercing sound of rushing wind
suddenly appeared on the open ground, attracting everyone’s gazes.
As the sound of rushing wind appeared, a black figure suddenly shot down
from the sky and suddenly smashed into the open ground. The hard ground
was directly shattered into powder, which soared up and shrouded a small
“Who is it?” Seeing the black shadow which had shot up, the young man
carrying a lance, who was called Xue Beng, could not help but cry out
Xun Er’s gaze stared intently at the area hidden in the dust. An
excitement that she had difficulty hiding swarmed onto her face, “He is
When they heard these words of Xun Er, the lovely bodies of Instructor
Ruo Ling, as well as Xiao Yu and the rest quivered. Their gaze were
immediately cast toward the area on the open ground.
Under a countless number of gazes, the soft sound of footsteps could be
heard from within the dust. In the completely silent open ground, the
sound of footsteps was like something stepping in people’s heart,
causing their hearts to beat faster.
“Boom, boom.” The soft sound gradually became clearer. A black-robed
young man carrying an enormous black ruler on his back faintly appeared
from within the dust. A moment later, he finally appeared under
“Huang class – second class, Xiao Yan!”
The black-robed young man took a step forward and raised his head
slightly. That faint voice of his was like thunder as it resonated in the
ears of everyone present.