“She named me champion?” Ye Lang was already confused about winning the alchemy category hence he believed Edward that it was because of Xuan Yuanbing.
“No! Don’t listen to him, sir! We would never name you champion just because you’re you, not even the Lady has the power to do that! This was a decision made by everybody. If he still doesn’t believe it, he can ask the alchemists from his academy. They’ll give him the answer!” Feng Xing also heard of the incident though he didn’t know much either.
“I know of this. I was just talking to Linasha about it. She worships that sick bastard, he’s literally her idol now. If it weren’t for the rest of them stopping her, she would’ve come here to ask for his autograph. And that’s why he indeed got his title through his capabilities, it’s not like what you say it is!” explained Fei. Linasha was an alchemy student from Violet Academy.
“...” Edward fell silent. He knew who Linasha was and understood she was a proud person. It was difficult to get her to admire another person, let alone ‘worship’.
“Lord Feng Xing, this man seems to have strong opinions against Mr Ye and even attacked him. It might be best to kick him out of the city!” The Light Riders were disgusted with Edward’s behaviour, some of them irritated.
Edward turned as white as a ghost when he heard them.
Anyone kicked out of a place like Sheng City would definitely be shunned in the future- this was the reality across the mainland. Although the Sacred Light Religion didn’t have a clear physical territory, the influence of their teachings was powerful, spreading across all different types of people and empires.
“Yeah, throw him out. He will only tarnish this sacred place if he stays,” Feng Xing nodded. It was the best thing to do.
“What gave you the right to kick me out?! This is unfair, this is a private conflict I’m having with Ye Lang. You all only side with Ye Lang, this is unfair!” Edward immediately fought for his ‘rights’.
“You ambushing Mr Ye gave us the right to kick us out. No matter what, that was a very dishonourable thing you did. I believe everyone here would agree, no one would feel we were unjust!” said Feng Xing calmly.
“Ambush?! He’s a tournament participant, why would there be a problem if I attacked him? He’s the one with a problem, he let a person who wasn’t in the participant list attack me!” cried Edward as he pointed at Little Xin next to Ye Lang. He was very sure Little Xin wasn’t part of the team.
“...” Feng Xing furrowed his brows. They’d already gotten used to Little Xin’s presence so they didn’t notice. Now that Edward brought it up, this was definitely against the rules.
“Little Xin isn’t a…” Ye Lanyu wanted to say something but was stopped by Ye Lang.
“Edward is it? I’m thinking about how I saved your life from that group of mountain robbers that day. Although I was only doing it to be prodigal, I’m still the person who saved your life!” Ye Lang remarked cooly.
Saved his life? Everyone stared at Edward in shock. They never would’ve thought Ye Lang and Edward had such a deep connection. If that were true, this Edward was being ungrateful!
Edward’s reputation fell a little more.
“Alright, let’s not talk about that! I didn’t even want to attend that martial arts battle at your girlfriend’s matchmaking ceremony. I only helped because your love story moved me. Maybe I didn’t help you all the way to the point of you holding her hand, but I definitely helped clear your path! And then you got what you wished for, and never even thanked me. It’s fine if you never told everyone the truth, but what the hell are you doing now?
“To be honest, I understand why you did what you did. You wanted to look perfect in front of your girlfriend- I believe most men would too. But I want to say this…
“You ungrateful asshole! You’ve lost all my respect today! From this day on, I refuse to admit to anyone that I’ve ever known you!”
Edward turned pale at every word but it was the truth.
And at this moment, Fei realised she had always misunderstood Ye Lang. He wasn’t a shameless bastard, he was a true friend who honoured a code. She wasn’t sure why she believed everything he just said, but she did.
Edward’s reputation had hit rock bottom!
“That was awesome! Ye Lang, what you did made you a man!” praised Ye Lanyu, patting Ye Lang’s shoulder.
“Nonsense, I’ve always been a handsome man…” Ye Lang said proudly.
“Ye Lang, are you sure you want to say that…” asked Zhen Xiaoyan.
“Uh, I’m a good man. A good man is me…” Ye Lang made a face then disappeared.
“Ye Lang, if you are a man, don’t hide behind your women again. Let’s fight man to man. I need to know who would win!” Edward refused to give up. Perhaps he already knew he was done for, he had to drag Ye Lang with him too.
Or perhaps he only wanted to know what would happen if Ye Lang didn’t surrender that day at the matchmaking…
“Fuck, I’ll show you what a man is! Men do what they say, men tell their loved ones the truth! They do what they need to do! I think even the people you love would look down on you…” Ye Lang casually accepted the challenge.
Feng Xing and the rest wanted to stop him but after thinking about what Ye Lang said they decided to let him fight. Most of them had never seen Ye Lang fight on his own, they’d only heard of his abilities from stories.
They remembered the time Ye Lang first met the people of the Sacred Teachings. He was the one who punched the bishop in front of many Light Riders and then dragged him away.
From his movements, they could tell Ye Lang was agile and could fight if he wanted to. Many people also heard he was an alchemist who could fight.
They confirmed this from Ye Lanyu and the other girls’ expressions. If Ye Lang couldn’t fight at all, they wouldn’t stand around like that.
“Little Brother, are you sure about this?” Second Sister wasn’t very familiar with Ye Lang’s true capabilities. She’d only spent time with him when he was very young and he still needed many people to care for him at that age.