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After listening to what Nie Li said, the eyes of the commoners in the class lit up. They are all aware of Lord Ye Mo's story. He was an example to follow, when one wants to become a powerful existence. Except, the words that Shen Xiu spoke of earlier were simply too harsh. This caused them to be depressed.
"You… In the hundreds of years of Glory City, Lord Ye Mo's the only one able to climb to the peak by relying on his own ability," said Shen Xiu, showing a moment of lag. She quickly retaliated with her far-fetched reply.
"But didn't Teacher Shen Xiu say that it's impossible? Why are you being so self-contradicting?" Nie Li coldly sneered, "Lord Ye Mo is a clear-cut example. No matter if it's a noble, or commoner, the future's potential is infinite. Nothing is difficult, as long as one is willing to climb."
I couldn't help but smile a little bit. This kid had some balls to contradict a sacred family teacher. He is sure to be on their shit list.
Shen Xiu almost exploded. She gazed coldly at Nie Li. He dared to openly contradict her in front of so many people. She'll not let Nie Li have it easy in the coming future!
Not far away from Nie Li, Du Ze looked at Nie Li. I could see the look in the guys eyes. That's a lot of loyalty behind those eyes just for standing up for him. His family's situation might be worse than I thought.
I couldn't give my loyalty away just like that. Trust is much more than just standing up for someone, and he really wasn't the one he was standing up for mainly. Aristocratic families do have more of a chance than commoner families in the eyes of the sacred families.
I might be able to support of his ideals, but following someone that blindly without truly knowing them? Not a chance. However, if I could say, give some free lessons to some commoners then I might be able to gain followers just like Nie Li has.
It is always better to gain followers and support before you piss of the enemy. Nie Li was going around this all wrong. Maybe some well-placed advice here and there he might become an ally? I can't fully go against the likes of the sacred family like he wants to do.
Oh, there is another Idea. Befriend Nie Li, add advice here and there, but let him fight while I can gather more trustworthy people. While the sacred family is too busy focusing on him, they won't see me. Either Nie Li will beat them, Or I Pick up the pieces after he loses. That's a much better Idea than just blindly following.
Shen Xiu sneered, "Smart mouth, you think that putting things this way could change the harsh reality? You only looked at Lord Ye Mo's glorious moment but didn't look at how many people have failed. Not to mention being a Demon Spiritualist, even becoming a Fighter is a difficult thing to achieve. Nie Li, right? You can be considered a bloodline of an Aristocratic family. Since you don't know when to come and go, I'll see what kind of talent you have."
Shen Xiu lowered her head and looked at the parchment paper in her hands. After taking a glimpse of the contents, she mockingly laughed, "Nie Li: red soul realm, current soul force 5, strength 21. With your talent you can only reach Bronze rank Fighter in your entire life. Wanting to become a Demon Spiritualist is simply impossible. You're even inferior to some of the commoners. No wonder you dare to speak in this way. You are just trying to hide your own low self-esteem!"
A soul realm's grade is differentiated by the colors: red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, azure and indigo. Of the seven different grades, red is considered the worst. It's the weakest to the lowest level. An average person would have an orange or yellow soul realm. Having a green or cyan soul realm could already be considered a genius. As for azure and indigo soul realms, they have only existed in legends.
After hearing what Shen Xiu said, the group of commoner students began to feel sorry for Nie Li. As someone of nobility, Nie Li's talent could be considered the worst. They fear that it would be difficult for him to have any achievements in his life.
Ye Ziyun looked at Nie Li and sighed gently. Although her impression of Nie Li isn't good, knowing his talent is so terrible, she couldn't help feeling sorry for him.
Shen Yue, who is sitting next to Ye Ziyun, curled his lips in disdain. Yep that kid is going to be a handful. No doubt. Especially with how Nie Li was looking at the girl he was after. Kids who thought you threatened what they thought was theirs could be downright viscous.
Shen Yue's whole reason of being here was for Ye Ziyun. Everyone knew that the Sacred family used Tutors to get their kids up to at least 100 soul force so that they could join the Demon spiritualist class right off the bat. However, most main family members joined the Genius level class of the demon spiritualists. So, they definitely trained them more than just up to 100 soul force.
Shen Xiu aggressively continued, "With such talent, even within your family, you won't be able to get any attention. Yet, you act so rampant and are rude to your elders!"
Well that's weird. Why would have a kid not over the age of 13 have that much sadness and regret on his face? I can understand some regret for not being good enough for his family. There is something more there.
This had always been a needle in Nie Li's heart.
He honestly surprised me, the sadness and regret were readily replaced with confidence and determination. Determination and hard work are the best tool in my book. However, overconfidence could be this kid's downfall. He may do something stupid and not think about the repercussions to his family.
Everyone was surprised that even though Nie Li was being ridiculed by Teacher Shen Xiu, there wasn't any shame shown on his face. On the contrary, his gaze was firmly locked onto Shen Xiu's and he said, "Teacher Shen Xiu, you feel that a person's soul realm decides a person's future, right? With that despicable character of yours, you'll only defend the gifted and mock the mediocre. And yet, you still speak a bunch of principles. You're just merely trying to cover your despicable character."
Hearing Nie Li's words, Shen Xiu's body quivered with anger. Coming from someone who knew a little more about women than some 13-year-old kids. That was definitely not going to play over well. A saying I have heard since being young, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned". She cursed uncontrollably, "Silence! Who do you think you are to discredit your teacher?!"
Nie Li curled his lips in disdain.
"I feel ashamed to have a teacher like you. I can guarantee that in this class, there will be a lot of commoners exceeding your imagination. They will have unimaginable achievements. Instead of coaching then patiently, you use harsh words to attack their self-confidence. You're not worthy to be a teacher! Although my talent is weak, so what? One day, I will become a Legend rank Demon Spiritualist like Lord Ye Mo and marry the most beautiful woman in Glory City!"
As he spoke, Nie Li's gaze fell on Ye Ziyun, who was sitting far away. His eyes shined with an absolute resolve.
Then I saw Nie Li looking towards Ye Ziyun. I could tell this girl hasn't had a lot of friends her age. Kids with not a lot of contact, boy or girl, usually tend to get flustered more with their own emotions than kids who had more practice with it.
Seeing Ye Ziyun's expression, Shen Yue's face turned a dull color. Although he and Nie Li aren't of the same standard, I could tell that he was definitely threatened now.
"Hahaha! This is the funniest joke I've ever heard! A red soul realm actually said that he wants to become a Legend rank Demon Spiritualist like Lord Ye Mo. Even when Lord Ye Mo was younger, he was already tested and showed to have amazing talent. He had a cyan soul realm! You think success relies on luck alone? Ridiculous!" Shen Xu mocked mercilessly, "Rather than being a smart mouth here, why don't you start learning seriously?"
Nie Li's next words were powerful and resonating.
"I know your heart is full of contempt, but one day I will shut your mouth with hard facts. Aptitude cannot determine a person's achievement! We use the weak to defeat the strong, to overcome the heavens! We practitioners are already challenging the impossible by going against the way of the heavens!"
Now that is an Ideal I could get behind.
Nie Li's words couldn't stop causing the students in the class to feel their blood surging. Practicing was already going against the way of the heavens. If one did not oppose the heavens, how could they talk about practice?
Nie Li enunciated powerfully, "Without a continuously fighting heart, without the courage to turn the impossible possible, even possessing extraordinary talent would be useless. Since I, Nie Li, was born into this world, I shall challenge the impossible! Teacher Shen Xiu, how about having a bet with me?"
That is true. Being talented but lazy meant that you wouldn't get any where in life. Hard work was definitely the way to go, whether you had the talent or not. Hard work preservers above all.
"What bet?" Shen Xiu sneered.
"We'll bet that on the coming test in two months' time, I will be able to reach Bronze rank. If I fail to do so, I will resign from the institute. If I reach Bronze rank, then you will resign, how about it?" Nie Li said unyieldingly, looking at Shen Xiu.
Listening to what Nie Li said, everyone was taken aback. They were all surprised that Nie Li actually proposed this kind of bet with Teacher Shen Xiu. Although they were hoping that Nie Lie wins, they felt that there's no way that Nie Lie can win.
Now how would a kid with a soul force of 5 get his soul force up to reach 100 in two months with techniques from Glory city. Am I not the only one who woke up with the Heaven's Path Library? Could there really be another person with it? Even if he had it, is he trustworthy? I can support his ideals, but his actions are way to sporadic and overconfident, even for someone that young. Even if he could back his words up his way of going about it was incredibly stupid. The sacred family will be on him like white on rice.
"Hahaha. You're funny enough to say that you will reach Bronze rank within two months. You think that you can raise your soul force from 5 to 100 in two months?" Shen Xiu face was full of spite. Has Nie Li gone crazy?
"I only asked one question. Do you dare or not?" Nie Li ignored what Shen Xiu just said.
"That being the case, why would I not dare? I do not believe an egotistical brat like you can achieve anything. Who do you think you are boasting to?" Shen Xiu angrily snorted, "Such rudeness to your teacher. For the next two months, you will stand at the back of the classroom and listen to the class!"
Shen Xiu's famous for being unreasonable. Nie Li looked contemptuously at Shen Xiu. So, what if he's standing at the back of the class, for Nie Li this little punishment is superficial.
"Since Teacher Shen Xiu agreed to the bet, don't regret it later," said Nie Li as he strolled to the back of the class.
"I'll regret it? What a joke. Don't come crying to me later!" Shen Xiu laughed.
Seeing Nie Li standing at the back, a few noble kids started to mockingly whisper.
"The future Legend rank Demon Spiritualist got punished standing!"
"Tsk tsk, so he's afraid of withdrawal from the institute!"
"Weren't you being egotistic a while ago?"
"Two months to raise his soul force from 5 to 100. Who does he think he is? Even when Lord Ye Mo was younger, he couldn't even reach a such frightening speed."
Shen Xiu sneered. So, what if Nie Li is being egotistic. Doesn't she still have the final word in the classroom? She naturally didn't bother with what Nie Li said. Two months to raise his soul force from 5 to 100. Shen Xiu thought of it as a joke. This will absolutely not happen! Just look forward to Nie Li's withdrawal from the institute.
Because Nie Li was punished to stand at the back of the class by Shen Xiu, Du Ze was silent for a moment. He gritted his teeth, then rose up and went to stand beside Nie Li. Nie Li was punished for helping the commoners speak up, so naturally, he wants to stand together with Nie Li.
Seeing that Du Ze stood beside Nie Li at the back of the class, Shen Xiu's eyes darkened and hummed, "Since you also like standing, you can stand together with him."
Nie Li and Du Ze looked at each other. Their eyes flashed a sense of rapport and lightly smiled at each other.
At this moment, Nie Li felt as though he was back in his past life when he and Du Ze were best friends. Du Ze is still that Du Ze.
After Du Ze stood at the side of Nie Li, Lu Piao was submerged in his thoughts for a moment and then stood beside Nie Li.
After seeing them stand up, I took this as my chance to get closer to them. I stood up to stand with them. I may not trust him, but his ideals are solid, and if he was that confident about training that fast then surely, he had something. Even if it wasn't the library of heavens path, It was definitely something.
I will take any advantage on collecting more knowledge that I can. However, I need to warn them about being so challenging in public.
Nie Li smiled as he asked, "Why are you here?"
Lu Piao and I shrugged, "Sitting down is pretty boring. I feel more cool standing, can't I?"
"I agree with you on the values of hard work, and the fact that I am also from an aristocratic family."
"Haha, that suits the both of you!" Nie Li laughed. I could see his friendly attitude toward Lu Piao, and his slight suspicion of me. More than likely because he thought me dead from the accident. I had a few weird looks from when I first got here. Seems a lot of people thought that I hadn't survived, or at least would have been crippled.
Successively, three other commoner kids stood up and stood by Nie Li's side. Nie Li belonged to a aristocratic family, but he took the risk of withdrawing from the institute to speak up for them. They were grateful for that, so they felt that they have to support Nie Li. unlike me who was here for information and maybe to let Nie Li take the spotlight so that I wouldn't get picked off by the sacred family.
With these brothers by his side, Nie Li felt that it wasn't so bad to be punished and his mood turned exceptionally cheerful.
When she saw this, Shen Xiu's facial expression turned ugly. She put on a cold face and continued her lecture.
"After being tested, among the students in this class, Ye Ziyun, with a cyan soul realm, has a soul force of 86. Shen Yue and Xiao Ning'er both have a green soul realm, with a soul force of 78. They will soon reach 1-star Bronze rank. Congratulations to them!" Shen Xiu lightly said. Her gaze fell on Nie Li for a moment. This is real talent, what's Nie Li compared to them?
Huh, my name wasn't on the list. Now that you mention my family hasn't tested my soul force since the accident. I wonder why that is? That's weird. Surely, they would have checked to see if my soul realm was crippled or not. that's something to look into.
Listening to Shen Xiu's words, the students in the class all cried out in surprise. A cyan soul realm, with a soul force of 86! Such an amazing person is actually in their class. With such powerful talent, she's got the chance to become a Legend rank Demon Spiritualist in her lifetime!
As for Shen Yue and Xiao Ning'er, they also had extraordinary talent. Their future achievements were limitless!
Ye Ziyun's origins were unknown, she was a fresh and beautiful appearance with an extraordinary talent and mysterious background. This made her the most dazzling figure in the class. As for Xiao Ning'er, her appearance was not any less than Ye Ziyun, but her talent was slightly inferior compared to her.
No matter what, ordinary people have no hope of catching up to them.
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