Battle Through the Heavens - chapter-666
Xiao Yan stood on the rock stairs after having exited First Elder Su
Qian’s study. He lifted his head to the sky and exhaled a breath of
air. Medusa was following like a shadow behind him. Her pretty face was
cold, and was unwilling to utter even a single word.
There would occasionally be some Inner Academy’s Elders coming and
going from the study. These people who possessed quite a high status
within the Inner Academy, stopped their footsteps and eagerly chatted and
smiled with Xiao Yan. They did not have the slightest Elder demeanor that
they used when speaking with ordinary students. Of course, they clearly
knew in their hearts that their so-called Elder status did not have the
slightest use in the face of this young man in front of them.
Xiao Yan sent off those Elders who had greeted him before he quietly
sighed in relief. It had only been a couple of months since they had met.
Did they really need to be so warm and enthusiastic?
“Where do you need to go next?” An ice-cold voice containing some
impatience sounded from behind Xiao Yan. It was actually Medusa who had
waited for over half a day.
“I thought that you wanted to continue being a mute.” Xiao Yan turned
around and studied Medusa’s vertical eyebrows on her pretty face while
he spoke with a smile.
Medusa once again displayed a taut face in the face of Xiao Yan’s
teasing. The latter could only helplessly shake his head at this. He
said, “Let’s go. We will make a trip to ‘Pan’s Gate’ first. I
don’t know when the next time I will return after making this trip to
the Jia Ma Empire. Therefore, it is best that I settle everything
Xiao Yan raised his feet and took the lead to walk outside after he
spoke. Medusa was just like a ghost as she closely followed.
Xiao Yan’s return to ‘Pan’s Gate’ naturally caused ‘Pan’s
Gate’ to immediately boil. A countless number of people swarmed over
from all directions. Their purpose was to give a reverent cheer to this
mysterious leader whom they could hardly see. Xiao Yan’s current
reputation within the Inner Academy had already reached a certain level.
There was no student from any previous batch who could reach such a level.
Wu Hao, Hu Jia, Lin Yan, Xiao Yu, and other important people in the upper
echelons of the ‘Pan’s Gate’ once again gathered within the meeting
room of ‘Pan’s Gate’ because of Xiao Yan’s return.
“You created such a big commotion the moment you returned. There is
currently an unknown number of brothers from ‘Pan’s Gate’ waiting
outside for you to reveal yourself.” Xiao Yu shook her head as she
glanced at Xiao Yan, who was seated in the leader’s seat, after hearing
the noise float in from outside the hall.
Xiao Yan smiled. He did not expect that he would actually cause such a
big commotion by just showing himself.
“You have disappeared for a couple of months again this time around.
What do you want to do now that you are back?” Lin Yan made a big
motion as he sat on his chair and rolled his eyes toward Xiao Yan.
Xiao Yan was silent. He immediately spoke in a slow manner, “Everyone,
this time around, I have returned to tell all of you that I may perhaps
be leaving the Jia Nan Academy, and returning to the Jia Ma Empire within
these two months.”
The original joyous atmosphere within the hall immediately became still
after Xiao Yan spoke. Everyone looked at one another. They also knew a
little about Xiao Yan’s past. Hence, they naturally knew what he
intended to do when they heard him saying that he was returning to the
Jia Ma Empire. Therefore, no one opened their mouths to hold him back.
Hu Jia was finally the first to speak after remaining quiet for a long
while. “So soon?”
Xiao Yan bitterly laughed as he faced everyone who had suddenly become
much quieter. He sighed, “That’s right, I have already prepared
everything. The Xiao clan is still waiting for me to return. I cannot
delay any longer.”
Everyone was silent. A moment later, numerous voices that appeared as
though they had come to a prior agreement appeared, “I will leave with
Xiao Yan was stunned. He looked at everyone who was looking at each other
and felt his heart become warm. He smiled and said, “I also hope so.
However, it is too risky returning to the Jia Ma Empire this time around.
The strength of the Misty Cloud Sect might not be any weaker than the
line-up of the strong people that Han Feng had gathered to launch a sneak
attack on the academy two years ago. Moreover, what will happen to
‘Pan’s Gate’ if all of you leave? This is our blood and sweat.”
Wu Hao and Hu Jia immediately became dispirited when they heard this.
“I have agreed with you back then right?” Lin Yan spread his hands
and smiled at Xiao Yan. “There is no longer much use for me to remain
in the Inner Academy now. It might be better for me to leave and strike
out with you.”
Xiao Yan also hesitated for a moment when he saw Lin Yan’s smiling
face. He nodded his head and spoke, “I shall not say any arrogant
words. I am reassured with your strength. Moreover, there is not much use
for you to remain in ‘Pan’s Gate’. It is fine if you follow me.”
Lin Yan’s face could not resist twitching when he heard Xiao Yan’s
words. What did he mean by there was not much use for him to remain in
‘Pan’s Gate’? Was this fellow’s words not too damaging?
“What about me? Even this fellow can go, don’t tell me I can’t?”
A tender clear voice suddenly sounded. Xiao Yan looked at the
white-clothed little girl who was standing with her hands by her waist.
He could not help but hesitate for a moment. Although Zi Yan’s strength
was indeed stronger than Lin Yan, they were not going to go to the Jia Ma
Empire for a tour. There was quite a lot of danger in it. He was not too
willing for this cute, little girl to be dragged into it.
“Are you thinking of not helping me refine the ‘Body Transformation
Pill’? You liar, are you looking for a beating?” Zi Yan immediately
raised her little eyebrows when she saw Xiao Yan hesitate. She clenched
her little fist and stared at Xiao Yan angrily. She had become vexed at
having stayed in the Inner Academy for so many years. Naturally, she
needed to grasp this opportunity to leave and venture into the outside
world. Most importantly, she would not need to eat those awful medicinal
ingredients by following beside Xiao Yan. Of course, she naturally hid
these words in her heart. She definitely needed to look for the most
Xiao Yan felt neither able to laugh nor cry when faced with Zi Yan’s
cute angry stare. He mused for a moment before nodding his head and said,
“It is fine if you follow me. However, you must agree that you will
listen to everything I say. Otherwise, I will send you back!”
Although the little girl was naive in nature, there was no need to doubt
her strength. It was likely that her frightening strength had increased
greatly after not having met for two years. That kind of strange strength
was likely something that would cause even an elite Dou Huang to suffer
should they collide head on.
“Chi, I am not afraid of you.” A gloating expression surfaced on Zi
Yan’s face when she heard Xiao Yan’s reply. However, she curled her
mouth and did not show any sign of weakness.
Xiao Yan once again turned his gaze to Hu Jia and Wu Hao by the side. He
mused for a moment before slowly speaking, “I think that the both of
you should have already heard some news. I have established a faction
named ‘Xiao Gate’ within the ‘Black-Corner Region’. The
academy’s ‘Pan’s Gate’ might have limitless potential, but there
is a natural drawback in its management. The students will leave after
they graduate. Moreover, the ‘Fire Energy’ within the Inner Academy
will also fail to provide for them the means to survive in the outside
world. Hence, I wish for you to pay some attention. You can introduce
those students who have graduated in the future into ‘Xiao Gate’. Of
course, this is entirely voluntarily. There is no need to try and force
them if they are unwilling.”
Xiao Yan had always viewed the potential of ‘Pan’s Gate’ seriously.
Most of those students who were able to enter the Inner Academy were
people who possessed a great talent. If they were groomed properly, they
would definitely gain achievements in the future. This would be an
extremely great potential strength if he was able to gather them.
“Joining ‘Xiao Gate’? Is this not a little inappropriate? Since the
‘Xiao Gate’ is established in the ‘Black-Corner Region’, it can
be considered a faction of the ‘Black-Corner Region’. You should also
be aware that the place is always a deep taboo among the students of the
Jia Nan Academy.” Wu Hao and Hu Jia knit their brows, and voiced their
thoughts when they heard this.
“Ke ke, I am naturally aware of this point. However there has been
repeated friction between Jia Nan Academy and the ‘Black-Corner
Region’. During such a time, guarding against the ‘Black-Corner
Region’ is not a long term solution. If ‘Xiao Gate’ is able to
expand in the future and quite a number of its members are students who
graduated from the Inner Academy, do you think that this faction would
act in a friendly or hostile manner when they meet groups from the Inner
Academy who have gone out to train?” Xiao Yan laughed softly and slowly
“Moreover, once ‘Xiao Gate’ gradually takes shape in the future, it
might even be able to act as a middleman to regulate the relationship
between the Jia Nan Academy and the ‘Black-Corner Region’.”
Wu Hao and Hu Jia frowned as they thought deeply. They naturally knew
that these factions within the academy did not have the strictness of the
sects and gangs in the outside world. No matter how one put it, they were
still students. It was not possible to put in place traitor rules for the
sect etc. This action of Xiao Yan was to turn ‘Pan’s Gate’ into a
talent reservoir for ‘Xiao Gate’. Being a faction of the
‘Black-Corner Region’, the various rules within ‘Xiao Gate’ were
definitely very strict. The overall mobilization ability of this kind of
faction would naturally exceed ‘Pan’s Gate’ by ten or even a
hundred times. It was not bad if they were currently able to make plans
for the future when they had to leave the Jia Nan Academy.
“If you are worried, the two of you can temporarily manage the ‘Xiao
Gate’, which lacks someone to manage it during this period that I am
away. This way, the both of you will be better able to completely
understand the implication of this.” Xiao Yan smiled as he suggested.
“You are the true leader of ‘Pan’s Gate’. You have the right to
make such decisions… since you possess such a thinking, we will obey
you.” Wu Hao and Hu Jia smiled. They mused for a moment before they
nodded and spoke
“‘Pan’s Gate’ would have scattered were it not because of you
guys. What has it got to do with me?” Xiao Yan sighed.
“Were it not because of the reputation that you had garnered, what use
would there have been in simply relying on the two of us?” Wu Hao shook
his head. Although Xiao Yan had seldom participated in matters regarding
‘Pan’s Gate’, they clearly knew that it was likely impossible for
‘Pan’s Gate’ to reach this size without Xiao Yan’s reputation.
Xiao Yan’s position within the hearts of all the members of ‘Pan’s
Gate’ could clearly be seen from the commotion that was created when
Xiao Yan returned.
“The two of you need not flatter each other. Let’s do as Xiao Yan
says with regards to this matter. Wu Hao and my strength are too weak,
and we would likely not be of much help if we were to follow you to the
Jia Ma Empire. Therefore, we will stay behind to manage ‘Pan’s
Gate’ and try to understand ‘Xiao Gate’. We will come and help you
when we breakthrough to the Dou Wang class.” Hu Jia rolled her eyes and
Xiao Yan smiled and nodded. He also slowly sighed in relief within his
heart. The most important thing was that ‘Pan’s Gate’ had been
settled properly. This indeed allowed him to release the heavy stone in
his heart. Next, he would quietly wait for two months, and wait for Xiao
Li to gather all the helpers on his end. After which, the return plan
would formally begin!