Battle Through the Heavens - chapter-427
Xiao Yan slowly walked on the small, tree-lined trail within the academy.
He narrowed his eyes and did not really bother with the heated gazes shot
from around him. Ever since he became the champion of the Qualifying
Competition two days ago, these kinds of gazes accompanied Xiao Yan.
Initially, he was a little frustrated. However, as more time passed, he
could only numbly act as though he disregarded them. He had no choice
regarding this. After all, their eyes were not under his control.
Today was already two days after the Qualifying Competition had
concluded. During these two days, not only did Xiao Yan fully recover
from the injuries he received during the competition but his strength had
also completely stabilized at the six star Da Dou Shi level. His
condition was such that he was basically always in peak condition. The
Dou Qi was circulating unceasingly within his body like flood water,
causing a comfortable feeling to seep out from all over his body.
According to the rules of the academy, the top fifty students of the
Qualifying Competition must begin to prepare to enter the Inner Academy
within seven days after the end of the Qualifying Competition. As for
Xiao Yan and the others in the top five, they could choose a time to
enter the academy’s ‘Book Collection Hall’ within these seven days.
They had the qualification to rely on their luck to choose something that
belonged to them as a reward.
Xiao Yan was also very interested in that mysterious ‘Book Collection
Hall,’ which even Xun Er constantly kept in her mind. However, the top
five people who could enter, according to the rules, had to enter at the
same time. Yet, Bai Shan, Hu Jia, and Wu Hao, were still lying in the
clinic. Based on what he heard from Lu Mu, the three of them could forget
about walking without three to five days of rest. While Lu Mu said these
words, the gaze which Lu Mu used to look at Xiao Yan was somewhat strange
and filled with happiness. Clearly, he was thinking that it was fortunate
that when he was fighting with Xiao Yan, this fellow did not become crazy
and beat him up into that miserable state. As a person from the Alchemist
Department, the hardship that Bai Shan and the two others had undergone
these past two days was something that he had clearly witnessed with his
“I wonder what exactly is in the ‘Book Collection Hall’. Hopefully,
I can find something suitable for myself.” The warm sunlight passed
through the gap between the tree branches, shining on Xiao Yan’s body
as he muttered with hope.
“Elder Cousin Xiao Yan.”
While Xiao Yan’s footsteps were walking at a steady pace, a somewhat
timid voice suddenly sounded from in front of him. Xiao Yan’s footsteps
paused when he heard the voice. He opened his narrowed eyes and looked
forward, only to see a group of lively and pretty young ladies. Among
this group of young ladies, Xiao Mei was being clustered around like a
moon surrounded by stars. Honestly speaking, with Xiao Mei’s
appearance, she could be considered among the elite, even in this
academy… The current her was somewhat ill at ease while she eyed Xiao
Yan, who had walked over. This was a young man, who had used less than
ten days to raise his reputation to the peak within this academy, where a
countless number of talented individuals gathered.
“Wow, Xiao Mei, he really is your cousin? He is walking over, walking
over…” Beside Xiao Mei, those young ladies eyed Xiao Yan, who was
slowly walking over. A flush involuntarily and swiftly surfaced on their
faces. They pulled Xiao Mei as they softly shouted somewhat excitedly.
The reputation that the current Xiao Yan possessed within Jia Nan Academy
had basically surpassed Bai Shan’s in the past. Before, his act of
fighting one against three had been relished by a countless number of
students. As they repeatedly conversed of the event between one another,
Xiao Yan’s position swiftly rose among many students. This, in addition
to the fact that Xiao Yan’s face also belonged to the delicate and
handsome class, despite not being extremely handsome, and that his face
frequently contained a warm smile, resulted in many young ladies winking
at him during these short two days. A man who had strength was filled
As Xiao Yan’s reputation rose within the academy, it also caused his
original reputation of being extremely thorny, which had been passed
around due to him having taken two years leave, to become synonymous with
having a great amount of character.
Young people were like this. If it was a person whom they liked and
respected, they would all try their best to ignore or remedy any
shortcomings he had in the past and do their best to let him become the
most perfect person in their hearts. The current Xiao Yan did not give
any explanation but that bad reputation of him skipping classes for two
years had been twisted into “being full of character…”
Xiao Yan slowly walked toward the somewhat uneasy Xiao Mei. He smiled and
nodded toward her before stopping in front of her. He carelessly chatted
a little with her while smiling. After which, he brushed past Xiao Mei.
Although Xiao Yan’s face was warm and had a smile, Xiao Mei still felt
an unfamiliarity from within it. As she heard the envious voices of the
young ladies around her, she felt the tip of her nose ache a little. Her
pupils were filled with a gloominess. Originally, they could be very
close. She did not need this kind of superficial greeting. Instead, she
would rather he display anger toward her. That way, she would at the very
least feel rejoiced. If there was anger, it meant that she was worth him
being angry over. Yet, this calm manner of Xiao Yan’s caused her to
feel an extreme pain in her heart. Hating a person was not being angry at
her, but to completely ignore her. The current Xiao Yan appeared to have
already reached this stage.
All of this was the result of a mistake in her attitude back when she was
still a child!
As Xiao Yan brush passed her, Xiao Mei drew her nose and tried her best
to not let the moist air agglomerate in her eyes. Although the regret in
her heart tortured her until she could not wait to hug someone and have a
good cry, she lifted her pretty face and forcefully smiled at the young
ladies around her, who still had envious gazes. After which, she turned
her body to leave.
“That’s right, can you leave with me? I want to tell you
something.” Just as the dejected Xiao Mei was about to leave, a smiling
voice suddenly rang out, causing her body to stiffen on the spot. She
hurriedly turned around, only to find the warm faced Xiao Yan. After
being startled, she hurriedly nodded. She did not say goodbye to the
young ladies around her as she swiftly followed Xiao Yan under the
envious gazes of those young ladies.
Strange gazes followed them the entire way as Xiao Yan led Xiao Mei
slowly toward a quiet lake. He stood in front of the lake and was quiet
for a moment before telling her about all the things that had happened to
the Xiao clan in detail. No matter how one put it, Xiao Mei was a member
of the Xiao clan. She had the right to know that the clan had moved.
Moreover, Xiao Yan felt guilty regarding the matter of the clan moving.
If it was not because of his conflict with the Misty Cloud Sect, the clan
need not be implicated in this manner. Although this clan had not left
him with a good impression since he was young, the clan was ultimately
the blood and sweat of his father and the various ancestors of the Xiao
clan. Now that his father was missing, he, Xiao Yan, must become the
acting Clan Head of the Xiao clan. One would know about this from the
moment the three elders decided to hand him the mysterious jade piece,
which was a family heirloom that also possessed the ability to store a
speck of the spirit belonging to the Clan Head. This was because the jade
piece was the symbolic status of the Clan Head of the Xiao clan over the
“The clan has moved?” Xiao Mei was also startled when she heard the
news. Her eyebrows knit together slightly. She eyed Xiao Yan’s
expression and the intelligent her blinked her eyes. She guessed, “This
is because of the matter regarding the Misty Cloud Sect, right?”
“Yes.” Xiao Yan laughed bitterly before becoming slightly quiet. His
tone had suddenly become much more cold, “I killed one of their elders
and after that, our ties have been strained since. I will settle this
matter properly with them when I return to the Jia Ma Empire in the
future. During this period before I return, you should try to not return
to the Jia Ma Empire as much as possible. If your movement is exposed,
you and the clan may receive a destructive blow.”
Xiao Mei nodded obediently. The corner of her eyes glanced at Xiao Yan as
she softly said, “Elder Cousin Xiao Yan, rest assured that no one in
the Xiao clan will blame you for this matter. I’m afraid that even
those Elders would feel extremely proud that you act like this. In so
many years, there aren’t many people who dare or have the qualification
to fight with people from the Misty Cloud Sect.”
Xiao Yan smiled when he heard this. He immediately nodded and said,
“Hopefully. The Xiao clan is my father’s blood and sweat. I will do
my best to protect it.”
“The current Elder Cousin Xiao Yan is able to do it. Back then…”
Xiao Mei’s words suddenly came to a stop. Her pretty face became pale
and her hand really wanted to pull at her own mouth. It was not easy to
finally have some warm atmosphere, but she had to choose to bring up that
“Yes, let the things back then stay in the past. We are no longer
children and there is no use to keep remembering those things.” Xiao
Yan’s gaze stopped on the sparkling surface of the lake. He turned his
head and eyed Xiao Mei’s worried manner before saying, “No matter
what happens, you are always my younger cousin… If you have some
problems in the future, you can come and find me. Although I don’t have
the strength to protect the clan’s fate in the Jia Ma Empire, I am able
to ensure that the members of the Xiao clan will not be bullied within
this Jia Nan Academy.”
Xiao Mei smoothed out a breath within her heart. These words of Xiao
Yan’s caused an additional smile to appear on Xiao Mei’s face as she
“Alright, I also need to return. Remember, if there is a problem, come
find me where Instructor Ruo Ling stays.” Xiao Yan smiled and patted
Xiao Mei’s shoulders. He immediately turned around before walking to
the outside of a small path.
Xiao Mei stood on the same spot and eyed the figure, which had become
distant. She suddenly cracked a smile. This appeared to be an opportunity
to break the deadlock between the two of them, right?
Five days after the Qualifying Competition was over, Xiao Yan went to see
Instructor Ruo Ling, Xun Er and Xiao Yu were both present when he
returned to Instructor Ruo Ling’s unique home. In front of them also
stood a middle-aged man, who was wearing the academy’s Instructor robe.
“Ke ke, what is this about?” Xiao Yan smiled and asked as he walked
into the living room. He turned his gaze toward Xun Er.
“Xiao Yan ge-ge, this is Instructor Ku Lu.” Xun Er smiled and stepped
forward. She smoothly received Xiao Yan’s jacket and said gently,
“Bai Shan, Hu Jia, and Wu Hao have already recovered. According to the
rules, this afternoon is the time when we will enter the ‘Book
Xiao Yan’s footsteps paused a little. He was a little surprised.
Immediately, he smiled and nodded. It had finally arrived. He had highly
anticipated this so-called mysterious ‘Book Collection Hall’. Now, he
hoped that it would not disappoint him…