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At noon the next day.
Paladin Academy’s cafeteria.
"Tian Hu." Duan Ling Tian glanced at Tian Hu before looking at Xiao Yu and Xiao Xun, who were beside him. "You two tell him."
"What’re you all being so mysterious about?" Tian Hu had a stupefied expression, and he glanced at Duan Ling Tian before looking at Xiao Yu and Xiao Xun.
"Let me do it." Xioa Xun looked Tian Hu as he lightly smiled. "Tian Hu, from tomorrow onwards, you’ll probably have to eat alone in the cafeteria…"
"What do you mean?" Tian Hu frowned. "Why are you three acting so mysterious today…Could it be that you’re all planning to ask for leave and go on a journey?"
Xiao Xun shook his head. "It can be considered a journey, but it isn’t asking for leave…We will be joining the reinforcements to head to the northwest border tomorrow and become a members of the reinforcements troops to head to the northwest border’s battlefield!"
Tian Hu was struck dumb, and he extended his hand to touch Xiao Xun’s forehead. "Xiao Xun, you don’t have a fever, so why are you raving wildly?"
Tian Hu naturally didn’t believe what Xiao Xun said, as amongst the Paladin Academy students, the minimum requirement to enter the battlefield even within the Star General Department would be grade 2 students, whereas for the Star Mastermind Department, the requirements were much harsher, and generally only a few grade 5 or grade 6 students were able to participate.
Seeing that Tian Hu still didn’t believe them, Xiao Yu spoke out as well. "Tian Hu, Xiao Xun isn’t talking nonsense; we’re really leaving tomorrow."
Tian Hu still was still partially skeptical when he heard what Xiao Yu said, then he looked at Duan Ling Tian in an attempt to seek the final confirmation.
Duan Ling Tian nodded.
"F**k!" Tian Hu glared. "How did you all get spots? You guys aren’t good brothers, sneaking off by yourselves and leaving me all alone."
Xiao Xun patted Tian Hu’s shoulders as he said, with a smile, "Tian Hu, didn’t you once say it yourself? As a Star General Department student, you’ll have an opportunity to enter the battlefield sooner or later…As for us, we’ll probably only have this one chance."
Tian Hu’s face instantly fell when he heard what Xiao Xun said, and his face was filled with helplessness and a bitter laugh.
In the afternoon, Duan Ling Tian sat cross-legged in cultivation atop a large tree at the side of the Martial Arts Practice Grounds.
At an unknown time, a wave of clamor echoed into his ears.
"Duan Ling Tian!" A sweet-sounding voice entered into Duan Ling Tian’s ears and gave him the feeling that they’d met before.
Duan Ling Tian returned to his senses before looking off into the distance, and only then did he notice a beautiful figure that seemed like a celestial maiden standing there…The woman had a drop dead gorgeous appearance.
"Princess Bi Yao?" Duan Ling Tian was stunned, as he’d never imagined that Princess Bi Yao would appear here.
Meanwhile, Duan Ling Tian noticed that the entire group of Star Mastermind Department students including, Xiao Yu and Xiao Xun, were all looking at where Duan Ling Tian currently was, and most of them had faces filled with jealousy and envy.
Moreover, Xiao Yu and Xiao Xun had dubious expressions.
Duan Ling Tian smiled bitterly as he directly jumped off the large tree. In next to no time, Duan Ling Tian noticed that Princess Bi Yao seemed to say something to the old woman behind her, then the old woman nodded and Princess Bi Yao walked over alone towards him.
"Princess." Duan Ling Tian nodded with a smile to Princess Bi Yao. This could be considered a greeting to her.
Princess Bi Yao’s beautiful face blushed and had a delicate and attractive appearance. "Duan Ling Tian, I heard that you’re leaving the Imperial City with the reinforcement troops tomorrow and heading to the northwest border…"
"Yes." Duan Ling Tian nodded. "Princess, why are you at Paladin Academy?"
Princess Bi Yao lightly smiled. "I came to look for my seventh brother, then I thought of coming to see you on the way." As she finished speaking, Princess Bi Yao’s face was even redder.
Seventh brother? Duan Ling Tian was surprised.
The Seventh Prince is at the Paladin Academy as well?
"It’s really a rare occasion that Princess still remembers me, and it’s truly an overwhelming favor." Duan Ling Tian’s brows slightly knitted and he lightly smile.
Princess Bi Yao shook her head and said, "Duan Ling Tian, there’s only me and you here, so you don’t have to be so restrained."
"Yes." Although Duan Ling Tian replied to her, there was still no change in him, causing Princess Bi Yao to gradually become slightly helpless as she glanced at Duan Ling Tian with a hidden bitterness.
After chatting for a while more, only then did Princess Bi Yao leave.
"Duan Ling Tian, you’re really something; the Princess actually personally came to look for you." Xiao Xun walked over with a face full of jealousy and envy.
"She really deserves to be the number one beauty within the Imperial City, and she has a well-deserved reputation." Xiao Yu couldn’t help but sigh as well, and he glanced deeply at Duan Ling Tian at the same time…
This fellow, why does he incur so much fondness of beauties?
First it was Li Fei, then it was his sister, and now Princess Bi Yao arrived.
The three women were undoubtedly beauties with drop-dead gorgeous appearance, but they had all lost their hearts to Duan Ling Tian.
"I hope that with the passage of time, Lan can forget him." Xiao Yu sighed in his heart, as although he didn’t mind Duan Ling Tian being his brother-in-law, whenever he thought about how Duan Ling Tian already had women by his side, he wasn’t willing to allow his sister to jump into the flames and share a husband with other women.
Meanwhile, the surroundings burst into an uproar.
"Did you see that, even Princess Bi Yao came to look for Duan Ling Tian."
"Yeah, I never imagined that Duan Ling Tian’s charm was so huge…In terms of age, Duan Ling Tian is similar to Princess Bi Yao, and they seem like a perfect match."
"They’re far more than a perfect match; they are virtually a match made in heaven!"
"The Imperial City’s number one beauty, and the Crimson Sky Kingdom’s number one genius in the younger generation…Tsk tsk, could it be that the heavens destined them to have a fate of marriage?"
Similar discussions spread out from the side of the Martial Arts Practice Grounds to the entire Martial Arts Practice Grounds.
Moreover, the news strayed from the truth the further it spread. Some people even said that his majesty the Emperor intended to bestow marriage upon Duan Ling Tian and Princess Bi Yao.
At another side of the Martial Arts Practice Grounds, a few 25-year-old higher grade students were encircled around a handsome and extraordinary blue-clothed young man that had a graceful bearing. They were listening to him recount something…
A strong confidence was emitted from between the brows of the blue-clothed young man, and there was a resplendent and bright smile on his face as he gave a lively description.
The surrounding students’ gazes revealed a trace of respect when they gazed at him.
"Brother Gu Xuan!" Suddenly, an anxious voice sounded and interrupted the blue-clothed young man.
"What are you so agitated about?" The blue-clothed young man frowned as he looked at the young man that ran to stand before him and was slightly displeased.
"Brother Gu Xuan, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to interrupt you. However, this matter is related to Princess Bi Yao, I…"
The young man that arrived in haste hadn’t even finished speaking when he was interrupted by the blue-clothed youth, "What did you say? Bi Yao? Bi Yao’s come?" The blue-clothed youth’s eyes revealed a trace of fanaticism, and his tone became hurried as well.
The disposition with graceful bearing earlier was instantly shattered by himself.
"Yes, she seemed to have come to look for the Seventh Prince." The young man hurriedly nodded.
"Is she still at the Seventh Prince’s place?" The blue-clothed young man pressed on and seemed that he planned to directly charge over to meet Princess Bi Yao.
"No, Princess Bi Yao has already left." The young man shook his head.
"Then what’re you so agitated about?" The blue-clothed young man frowned, and his eyes flashed with a trace of disappointment.
"Brother Gu Xuan, besides seeing the Seventh Prince, Princess Bi Yao saw another person…" The young man carefully glanced at the blue-clothed young man as he spoke slightly hesitantly.
The blue-clothed youth seemed like an explosive that had been lit when he heard what the young man said, and his face went grim. "Who else did Bi Yao see?"
"Duan Ling Tian," the young man directly said.
"Duan Ling Tian?" The blue-clothed youth frowned and was slightly depressed. How could Bi Yao know that grade 1 student…
That person seems to have only arrived at the Imperial City a few months ago, right?
Right at this moment.
"You didn’t see it earlier. Not only did Princess Bi Yao take the initiative to go see Duan Ling Tian, she even asked the old woman at her side to stay on the spot while she went to talk intimately with Duan Ling Tian by herself."
"It can’t be! Could it be there’s something between them?"
"I don’t know either. However, she chatted quite happily with Duan Ling Tian; moreover, when Princess Bi Yao left, I saw that her face was rosy red from blushing."
"Looks like Princess Bi Yao has feelings for Duan Ling Tian."
The voice of two students that walked shoulder to shoulder as they passed by entered the blue-clothed young man’s ears and caused his face to sink.
The blue-clothed young man’s frosty gaze looked towards the two students that passed by as he coldly shouted, "If you two dare speak nonsense anymore, I’ll cripple your tongues!"
The two students’ faces went grim. They were about to retort, but when they caught sight of the blue-clothed young man, they were like mice that had seen a cat, and they fled in panic…
"Brother Gu Xuan, what’s wrong? Didn’t you say that Lord Xiang and His Majesty had privately come to an agreement and that in more years, he would bestow a marriage and betrothe Princess Bi Yao to you?" One of the people at the side had a bewildered expression.
"Humph!" Gu Xuan’s face sank, and a thread of cold light flashed within his eyes.
Duan Ling Tian!
The other people realized Gu Xuan’s fury and shut their mouths. However, they quickly noticed that every part of the Martial Arts Practice Grounds was currently spreading the rumors regarding the dubious relationship between Duan Ling Tian and Princess Bi Yao…
Atop the large tree at a side of the Martial Arts Practice Grounds, Duan Ling Tian yawned and looked at the sky’s color. It was currently sunset, the time to leave the academy.
"Xiao Yu, Xiao Xun!" Duan Ling Tian greeted Xiao Yu and Xiao Xun before walking towards the outside of Paladin Academy with them.
"We’re leaving tomorrow. Are you two ready?" Duan Ling Tian asked with a smile.
"Actually, there’s nothing to get ready, just some changes of clothes." Xiao Xun shook his head with a smile. When he thought of how he would be following the reinforcement troops to depart tomorrow and head towards the northwest border’s battlefield, he couldn’t help but get slightly excited within his heart.
Xiao Yu evidently was almost the same.
Just when the gate was right before their eyes.
"Duan Ling Tian!" Right at this moment, a cold and indifferent voice sounded from behind Duan Ling Tian’s group of three.
Duan Ling Tian’s group of three stopped their footsteps before turning around. Duan Ling Tian looked off into the distance. There was currently a blue-clothed youth with a handsome appearance and a graceful bearing coming towards them, and he was bringing along a few young men.
"Gu Xuan!" Xiao Xun frowned when he saw the blue-clothed young man.
"Xiao Xun, you know him?" Xiao Yu noticed the hostile expression that was revealed between the brows of the blue-clothed young man, and this hostility was precisely directed towards Duan Ling Tian.
"This Gu Xuan is the only son of Prime Minister Gu, and he is a grade 6 student within the Paladin Academy’s Star Mastermind Department. His cultivation is at the third level of the Origin Core Stage…Most importantly, he’s inherited the wisdom of Prime Minister Gu and has his own understanding on the Dao of the mastermind, with a bearing that showed he had a great chance of developing his own school of thought!" Xiao Xun slowly said.
"Prime Minister Gu?" Xiao Yu was slightly surprised. "That figure that’s equally famous to the Divine Might Marquis, Grand General Nie Yuan?"
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