Shrek Academy spanned a wide area and there was a lot of empty space between buildings. After walking out, Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong directly stood in the open area outside of the dormitory.Turning around, Huo Yuhao signaled for Wang Dong to attack.
Even with a burning fury in his heart, Huo Yuhao did not charge forward. After the life and death situation in Star Dou Forest, he had learned to stay cool.
The old man lying next to the dormitory door slightly raised his head. In his dim eyes flashed a curious glow. He looked toward Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong, filled with enthusiasm.
Pale golden light sparkled in Huo Yuhao’s eyes and the white spirit ring rose from his feet. His Spirit Eye Battle Spirit was activated.
Seeing his ten-year spirit ring, Wang Dong chuckled. “I’m curious how you even got into this school. You dare to fight me with such insignificant power? I don’t even need to use my Battle Spirit to handle someone like you.”
As he was talking, Wang Dong tapped the ground with his left toe. His body shot out like an arrow toward Huo Yuhao. Not only was the speed fast, his body was also remarkably graceful. In the blink of an eye, his right foot was up and heading straight for Huo Yuhao’s chest.
As he raised his leg, Huo Yuhao noticed that Wang Dong had a pair of abnormally long legs, one of which was just about to hit him.
Huo Yuhao moved at that critical moment. He promptly stepped right and tried to slap Wang Dong’s ankle away with his left hand.
“Eh?” Wang Dong obviously didn’t expect Huo Yuhao to be able to dodge such a swift kick. He took back his right foot immediately, evading Huo Yuhao’s left hand. At the same time, he kicked out his leg once again with lightning speed, but this time aiming for Huo Yuhao’s neck.
Huo Yuhao seemed to be able to foresee Wang Dong’s every move. As Wang Dong kicked out, Huo Yuhao had already squated down. In the next moment, he jumped up and his right shoulder hit the right thigh of Wang Dong.
The two’s movements were very fast. To normal people, it would have seemed that Wang Dong had purposely placed his leg to let Huo Yuhao push up with his shoulder.
It went without saying that Wang Dong’s body was of the best quality. WIth his thigh pushed up, a normal person would have lost balance, but Wang Dong’s right leg was high up to his head. His body looked like a vertical line with his left foot stable on the ground.
Huo Yuhao only felt a burst of soft flexibleness as his shoulder pushed up against Wang Dong’s leg before charging forward to hit Wang Dong in order to keep the upper hand. He wanted to take advantage of the opportunity when Wang Dong was standing on one leg to push him down.
Facing the quick reactions of Huo Yuhao, Wang Dong made another shocking movement. The right leg that was lifted continued rising with his body and he jumped up with the left leg at the same time to kick at Huo Yuhao. In that instance, his two legs had opened so much that it was beyond what one imagines to be the limit of normal humans.
Huo Yuhao’s Spirit Eye Mental Detection ability had accurately grasped Wang Dong’s previous attacks. This time, he saw his opponent’s movement but he couldn’t stop his body from charging forward.
Predicting enemy movements still gave a definite advantage. Wang Dong’s leg was just about to reach his chin when Huo Yuhao suddenly made a downward push with his hands and collided with Wang Dong’s left leg.
“Paa—” Wang Dong’s power was astonishing. With this leg came an indescribable force. Huo Yuhao could only feel his hands suddenly going numb before subconsciously using his Mysterious Jade Hand power. Even with this, he still staggered back after being kicked.
Wang Dong’s body flipped through the air as his right foot lightly tapped the ground. The left leg he had lifted also went downwards and his body flipped once more with his right leg whipping toward Huo Yuhao’s shoulder. He was obviously outraged that Huo Yuhao had pushed against his thigh.
As he was staggering back, Huo Yuhao reacted when he saw Wang Dong’s right foot tapping the ground to flip back up. His footsteps suddenly became agile. With a flash, he quickly dodged toward the left.
“Peng—-” Wang Dong’s right foot fiercely kicked the ground and actually left a light footprint on the stone. One could see how much power he had put in this kick. Right after, his entire body became like a windmill and flew toward Huo Yuhao with legs like metal poles; launching an attack toward Huo Yuhao like a storm.
After the previous confrontation, Huo Yuhao had become more calm. His Mental Detection ability had fully activated and he could calmly predict Wang Dong’s every attack. Using what little he knew of the Ghost-Shadow Elusive Steps, he seemed to be a little boat floating left and right without capsizing against Wang Dong’s fierce attacks.
Wang Dong had become more shocked over the course of the fight. He had felt that this Huo Yuhao’s ability was far from his own. Be it speed or power, everything was inferior to him. But his own attacks could not hit anything. Even though Huo Yuhao’s speed was not fast, every single movement was predictive of his own and could effectively circumvent them. He had tried to use feints but couldn’t fool his opponent a single time.
Wang Dong’s personality was not only arrogant but also very stubborn. Since he said he wouldn’t use his Battle Spirit, then he would definitely not use it. He quickened his attacks as he doubted Huo Yuhao could sustain forever.
Indeed, Huo Yuhao was at his limits. Wang Dong’s attacks were not only powerful but also insanely quick. He needed to use Mental Detection and be completely focused in order to barely escape the attacks. However, as time passed, the difference in physical fitness between him and Wang Dong began to show.
Huo Yuhao had a tough life growing up which caused him to be malnourished. The conditioning effects from Mysterious Heaven Skill were also just becoming apparent. Compared with the extremely fit Wang Dong, there was a great difference in their constitution. Although he was using a Battle Spirit and Wang Dong wasn’t, his Battle Spirit could only help his inner strength. As more time passed, Huo Yuhao inevitably made some mistakes. Even though he only got scraped by Wang Dong’s feet a few times, there was a sense of great pain following each. The unfamiliar Ghost-Shadow Elusive Steps also became more messy and Huo Yuhao became more and more passive in the battle.
This couldn’t be. At this rate, Huo Yuhao was going to lose. He backed up quickly, almost unable to dodge Wang Dong’s next attack.
Suddenly, he raised his head. Because of the dramatic move, Wang Dong subconsciously looked at his face. He saw a purple hue flashing through Huo Yuhao’s pale golden eyes. Following that, Wang Dong felt like needles were poking through his brain. Under the tremendous pain, his mind turned completely blank.
Huo Yuhao would never miss such a perfect chance. He rushed toward Wang Dong, jumped up and restrained both of his arms. Then, Huo Yuhao wrapped both of his legs around Wang Dong’s waist, forcing him to fall to the ground.
Wang Dong had always attacked with his legs. By wrapping his legs around Wang Dong’s waist, Wang Dong will no longer be able to attack. Huo Yuhao could then control the battle.
The pain in his head caused Wang Dong to tighten his eyes. Even though his head cleared after only two seconds, he was on the ground due to Huo Yuhao’s attack. His waist was tightly wrapped by Huo Yuhao’s legs and his arms were also restrained. Their faces ended up only centimeters apart; close enough to hear each other’s breathing.
Huo Yuhao panted heavily as he asked with a low voice, “Feeling good?”
“Good your head. Let me go.” Wang Dong was furious and struggled to get free. But Huo Yuhao was using all his strength and even had the support of his Battle Spirit. Even without his Battle Spirit, it would have been hard to get free in this situation.
“Do you accept your loss? If I had used a blade earlier, you would be dead.” Huo Yuhao didn’t show a single sign of weakness. As he was holding closely onto Wang Dong’s body, he was slightly shocked to discover that Wang Dong’s body was not only very flexible and elastic, it even had a gentle feeling. It’s also a wonder that a boy’s body could release a faintly refreshing smell that felt so comfortable.
Hearing him, Wang Dong paused and his struggling weakened. Right! His head had experienced a piercing pain before and he even fainted for a while. Based on the close distance between them, Huo Yuhao would have had enough time if he wanted to hurt Wang Dong.
“I lose. Hurry and get up.” Wong Dong said with anger and his eyes showed dissatisfaction and hatred.
Huo Yuhao didn’t let him go so easily but coldly said, “It’s not that I cannot follow the five rules you gave me before. I will do it, not because of your threats, but because I respect my roommate. I know that your real power is above mine. If we had used Battle Spirits then I wouldn’t have been able to win. But, you better remember. If you ever try to bully me again, even if you kill me, I will bite a chunk of meat off you.”
Seeing Huo Yuhao’s viciousness and his beast-like glare, the hatred in Wang Dong’s eyes disappeared and was replaced by a hint of fear. His opponent’s strength was obviously lower than him but based on imposing manners, he was definitely the weaker one.
Huo Yuhao slowly let Wang Dong go and stood up. He backed off while facing him for a few steps before turning to go back to the dorm.
Wang Dong sat there for a while before finally standing up to walk back with slow steps. When he reached the door, an ancient voice said, “You really did lose. Not only losing the battle but even losing your heart.”
“Why?” Wang Dong turned his head to look at the old man with a face full of resentment, “I am obviously stronger than him. If I had wanted to deal with him then he wouldn’t even be able to touch me. How did he win?”
The old man pointed to his own heart. “Right here. He has a fearless heart, but you don’t. Being unafraid of death is not something everyone can achieve.”
Wang Dong blanked out for a moment, then gave the old man a deep bow. “Old grandpa, thank you for your guidance.” After saying this, he walked with large strides back to the dorm.
After returning, Wang Dong saw that Huo Yuhao had already started meditating on his wooden bed. He wanted to say something but managed to force it back. After a snort, he went to prepare his own bed.
Compared to Huo Yuhao’s embarrassing conditions, Wang Dong’s bed was covered with a thick layer of fur bedding from who knows what kind of Spirit Beast; it looked both thick and soft. He also had a soft blanket. His luggage had already filled his entire wardrobe and more was laid out on his desk. Wang Dong was too lazy to clean up and went to bed with anger as he covered his head with his blanket.
For the next two days, neither Huo Yuhao nor Wang Dong acknowledged the other. What surprised Wang Dong was that other than eating, Huo Yuhao would spend every single moment in cultivation. He could faintly feel the strength of Huo Yuhao’s Spirit Power. The more he felt, the more he could not accept it. With a strength like his, how could he have won against me?
The new recruitment period was finally over. The new students’ dorm also became more lively. Even though each individual dorm room was not that big, the good thing was that two people could live together. The outside was lively, but it didn’t pass through to the rooms since they had good sound insulation.
Huo Yuhao had continuously cultivated without stop over the last few days. He was greatly inspired when he fought with Wang Dong. The only reason he was able to win was because of the last move Daydream Iceworm had taught him when he woke up.
An Iceworm is not a powerful Spirit Beast. The four abilities the million-year Daydream Iceworm had given Huo Yuhao were also not that powerful. They are: Mental Detection, Mental Sharing, Mental Disturbance and Soul Assault.
The first two abilities were very familiar to Huo Yuhao. He had also tested their uncommon uses with Beibei. The Mental Disturbance skill is an area of effect ability that can affect any creature with a mind within a diameter of thirty meters with Huo Yuhao as its center. But it’s disturbance is not strong. With his current cultivation, the most it can do is to create a temporary trance. Also, he cannot support it for more than three minutes. Its Spirit Power usage is much greater than the two previous abilities.
The fourth skill, Soul Assault is the only ability with a bit of offensive use. Since it is a single target ability, it’s attack power is stronger than Mental Disturbance but not by much. The only reason Huo Yuhao could use it to win in the fight against Wang Dong was because he had combined it with Purple Demon Eyes. The result was better than he had imagined. Of course, it was also used when Wang Dong was unprepared. If he was prepared, then its capability would have been greatly reduced.
No matter what, with this fourth ability, he finally had some aspects of a control style Spirit Master. However, Elder Brother had told him before that first year students do not get to pick departments. Everything will have to wait till surviving the freshman year.
“Hey, today is the first day of class. What are you doing sitting there?” Wang Dong’s voice woke Huo Yuhao up from his deep thoughts. He had just come back from eating breakfast and was preparing to cultivate a little.
“Is class starting now?” Huo Yuhao asked subconsciously. This was the first communication after the two had fought.
Wang Dong didn’t even look at him but faintly replied, “In around half an hour.”
“Oh.” Huo Yuhao responded then closed his eyes to begin meditation. After the last few days of efforts, he had become more familiar with using the Mysterious Heaven Skill. A half an hour was enough for him to circulate his energy once and let his Spirit Power improve a little bit more.
Wang Dong didn’t hear him. When he turned around and saw that Huo Yuhao had actually started meditating again, he couldn’t resist saying, “What a lunatic.” It’s been two days and he had still never seen Huo Yuhao lie down to sleep.
The white academic building’s doors opened and freshmen wearing white uniforms entered. Everyone had a green monster mark on their left chest symbolizing Shrek Academy.
Different year students wore different colored uniforms, just like the colors of their academic buildings.
The bell rang as Huo Yuhao hurriedly arrived at the freshman academic building. He rushed inside and found the first classroom on the left on the first hand floor with a sign marked class one before rushing in without pause.
At this time, the large classroom was already filled with people. Since Huo Yuhao came in last, there were only a few seats left. It was fairly difficult for him to find a seat to finally sit down. In the seat next to his was a beautiful little girl. However, this little girl had the same expression as Wang Dong when they first met. Her head was lifted high with a proud attitude, not giving him a glance.
After sitting down, Huo Yuhao got a moment to examine his surroundings. He sat in a spacious classroom with about one hundred other students. Since there was a total of one thousand freshmen, there should be around ten freshmen classes.
It didn’t take long for Huo Yuhao to find Wang Dong. Since Wang Dong is extremely good looking, he was surrounded by girls; all looking just as pretty as the girl sitting next to Huo Yuhao.
Just at this time, an old woman walked in with weather worn skin and braided white hair on top of her head in a bun. She wore a white robe and had an average build. What stood out was her pair of bright eyes; a mysterious light shone out of her black eyes.
Since Huo Yuhao’s Battle Spirit is Spirit Eyes, he was especially sensitive to other people’s eyes. He felt a great pressure from this lady’s gaze.
Although the old lady was quite old, she stood tall and straight. She arrived at the podium with a few steps. Unquestionably, she must be the teacher for this class.
Seeing that the teacher had arrived, the noisy classroom sudden became quiet. All eyes turned toward the podium.
The old woman’s gaze calmly swept from left to right. Suddenly, every single student felt she was watching them and an invisible pressure pushed at their hearts.
“I am Zhou Yi, your homeroom teacher. I can’t confirm how many of you will be able to spend the next year with me. But, I will tell you that in my class, trash will never be allowed to pass examinations. I want to raise monsters, not idiots.”
This Teacher Zhou had an unpleasantly hoarse voice like a broken gong.
After hearing her words, resentment had spread on the faces of many students. Considering how these students were able to pass the initial entrance exam, they were each country’s best. Among their peers, they could only be described as elite. But they had turned into trash, idiots in this Teacher Zhou’s words.
However, Huo Yuhao was very calm. When he saw this Teacher Zhou, he had thought of his elder brother and Teacher Tang Ya’s words. Teacher Zhou will be very strict and she has a bad temper but she is in fact, a very good teacher.
“Those who have fought in the last few days, stand up.” Zhou Yi’s next few words had shocked the entire class.
These students had just been accepted. Who would fight in the academy for no reason? Even if they did, why would anyone admit it?
At the moment when the entire class was silent, a single person rose. That person was Huo Yuhao. He didn’t stand up because he was honest, but because he had guessed that this teacher didn’t do things like normal.
Seeing Huo Yuhao rise, Wang Dong snorted but would not be outdone and rose, too.
Of the one hundred students in the class, only the two of them had stood up. Like a flock of birds, every student’s attention had suddenly focused on them.
“Only two?” Zhou Yi’s eyebrows rose, “Really a bunch of trash. Don’t you know those who are afraid to cause trouble are mediocre? Other than the two of them, everyone get out and run a hundred laps around Shrek Plaza. Those who cannot finish will be expelled immediately.”
With these words, the entire class was in an uproar. It was only the first day of school, before class even started, and they were actually being punished for not fighting? Who would accept that?
Suddenly, a student stood up, “Teacher, I don’t accept this. Why should we be punished for not fighting?”
Zhou Yi faintly said, “Because I said so. If you don’t want to accept it then get out. As homeroom teacher, I have the power to expel any student. I will give you one minute. If I still don’t see you guys running around Shrek Plaza after a minute, then you’re all expelled.”
As she said this, a sudden terrifying aura spread from her body. Her powerful spirit force pressed each student so hard that they couldn’t breathe. Many spirit rings rose from Zhou Yi’s feet.
Two yellow, two purple, two black. A total of six spirit rings released an indescribably powerful aura. This teacher was actually a Spirit Emperor and even had two ten-thousand-year spirit rings. It wasn’t an exaggeration to say that she could settle these one hundred students in front of her easily.
These students were still freshmen. Under such powerful pressure, no one dared to fight back. Everyone was dejected and rose to head out. Zhou Yi’s spirit rings retracted and she was expressionless as she watched her students leave the classroom.
“A reminder for you guys. You only have one hour. After an hour, those who have not completed a hundred laps will fail. This will be your first exam. Those who fail will be expelled.”
Hearing this, everyone quickened their movements and immediately started running.
Wang Dong glanced at Huo Yuhao with astonishment. There were only the two of them left in the classroom. Zhou Yi’s expression seemed to have softened and she waved for them to come forward.
Wang Dong and Huo Yuhao walked over.
Looking at the two of them, Zhou Yi nodded with satisfaction and said: “Good. At least we have two kids who are hot-blooded. Let me hear about it. Who fought against who and why?”
Wang Dong was just about to speak, but Huo Yuhao had rushed ahead and said: “Teacher, we are roommates and we just had a bit of conflict over some trivial matters.”
Zhou Yi seemed very interested and said: “Oh. Roommates. Good job. It’s good to have roommates fighting. Having competition will promote progress.”
Standing in front of Zhou Yi, both Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong felt shivers going down their spines. This Teacher Zhou was too domineering. Also, she didn’t seem to follow the norm. Her thought process was too different. No wonder his elder brother had called her a monster teacher.
Zhou Yi’s face showed a smile that was uglier than crying. Her aged face also twitched: “Fighting is a good thing but I don’t like seeing it between my own students. Remember, next time, pick on someone from another class. Shrek Academy’s rules have always been fairly loose to promote individualism. We always turn a blind eye to fights. However, there are certain restrictions. Higher level students cannot pick on lower level students. If discovered, they face immediate expulsion. However, lower level students can challenge higher level students. In this case, a teacher must act as witness to make sure the lower level student is not being bullied. As for fights within the grade, as long as no one dies, the school does not intervene. Battles are the best way to improve your skills.”
“If you two can ascend to second year, then you can go to the arena to fight. If you win often, the school will even give you prizes. However, for now, both of you go run laps.”
Wang Dong looked stunned, “Teacher, I thought you said we were hot blooded?”
Zhou Yi was still smiling, “But I never said that you didn’t need to run! To fight with your roommate when school just started. You two are really something. Since you are so promising, the exam’s difficulty should be higher for you than others, too. You two should also suffer with your peers. So, go run a hundred laps and finish at the same time as the others. Oops, looks like some time has already passed!”
Wang Dong still wanted to say more but was pulled away by Huo Yuhao, who turned and ran without hesitation.
Even though Wang Dong was dispirited, he still ran out, “Why are you dragging me? This Teacher Zhou is crazy.”
Huo Yuhao snapped, “Do you think you can out talk her? Can you fight and win against her? If not and you still want to stay in Shrek Academy, then you have to do as she says. Go run. I believe that getting expelled for failing to run a hundred laps is the truth.”
Shrek Plaza was right outside of the freshmen academic building. The plaza wasn’t too big. One lap was around three hundred meters. For normal people, running a hundred laps around the plaza was not an easy feat. But for these young Spirit Master students, it really wasn’t that hard. If they focused, they can definitely finish within an hour.
When Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong joined the rest to start running, many snickers could be heard. But the two of them didn’t care about it since they were already fifteen minutes behind. They will need to hurry.
As they ran, Wang Dong suddenly asked Huo Yuhao, “What kind of ability did you use to win against me before? I still haven’t figured it out. Could it be that you have a mental attribute Battle Spirit?”
Huo Yuhao nodded.
Wang Dong paused, “Really a mental attribute! No wonder I couldn’t tell what kind of Battle Spirit you had after you released your spirit ring. At least I didn’t suffer too much injustice.”
Huo Yuhao said helplessly, “You are too arrogant. If you had used your Battle Spirit, then I wouldn’t even have had a chance. I can feel that your Spirit Power is much higher than mine.”
Wang Dong said proudly, “Of course. Only a few can compare to me in this year’s freshmen. You only have a ten-year spirit ring so of course you are not a match for me.”
Huo Yuhao could not stand his arrogance and said, “Don’t forget that you just lost to someone with a ten-year spirit ring.”
“Eh…” Wang Dong said snappily. “Well, let’s not talk about this anymore. Since you protected me in front of that monster teacher, I’ll forget everything that had happened before. From now on, no matter who bullies you, I’ll protect you.”
Huo Yuhao didn’t know what to say, “I don’t need your protection.” He quickened his steps and ran forward.
Wang Dong sped up too. His body was more fit than Huo Yuhao’s so it was easy for him to catch up.
“You are so unreasonable!” Wang Dong said with dissatisfaction.
Huo Yuhao glared at him and said: “Well, if you had treated me as your equal, then you wouldn’t be having this feeling.”
Wang Dong pouted, “Ever since I was young, there was never anyone my age who deserved having me treat them as an equal.”
Huo Yuhao snorted and turned away, “Having different views makes it impossible to talk.”
Wang Dong also stopped talking. He sped up and passed Huo Yuhao. He began to run around the track at an alarming speed.
Although Wang Dong was arrogant, his cultivation was definitely exceptional. After he sped up, no one in the class was able to catch up to him.
By this time, Zhou Yi had already arrived and stood on the side of Shrek Plaza. She stood there, quietly watching the running students. After some time, she focused on Wang Dong. Her gaze changed slightly but immediately switched back.
Time passed really fast. As the number of laps they ran increased, their breathing also became heavier. It’s during times like these that the difference in cultivation level and body strength begins to show. Since Zhou Yi didn’t say it was prohibited to use Spirit Power, almost everyone was using Spirit Power to regenerate energy for the run.
The first ten students in the front were all very fast runners, and Wang Dong was in the lead. Although he came out later than everyone else, it only took him half an hour to catch up and to surpass them. From the way he looked, he also didn’t seem to have wasted too much energy. He never even slowed down.
After the first ten students, there was a larger group of about seventy. They were running with average speed and didn’t seem to have much difficulty in finishing the hundred laps within the hour.
At the end, there were also about ten students. Huo Yuhao was one of them. In order to catch up to the other students, Huo Yuhao ran extremely quickly in the beginning. However, after twenty laps, his strength began to be used up. Not only was he the last one, he had also run fewer laps than the others because he was fifteen minutes late.
By now, half the time had already passed. Zhou Yi’s voice rang within each student’s ears. “Hurry up, use my position as the end point.”
Just as she was talking, Wang Dong passed her and became the first to finish one hundred laps.
After finishing one hundred laps with lightning speed, Wang Dong’s handsome face finally showed some flush. His breathing was audible as he gradually slowed down. He only came to a complete stop after walking for another lap.
More and more students began finishing the one hundred laps after Wang Dong. By that time, there was only about fifteen minutes before the one hour was up.
After Wang Dong completely came to a stop, he quickly glanced at the slowest Huo Yuhao. He tightened his brows, murmured: “How did I lose to him?”
Huo Yuhao’s speed was no longer as fast as he first started. His uniform was already soaked with sweat. His Battle Spirit is of the mental attribute and provided little help for his body. If it were not for the Mysterious Heaven Skill, he would have been in even worse shape than now.
Huo Yuhao can barely finish one hundred laps even if he had the full hour. Since some time was wasted talking to Zhou Yi, the feat seemed impossible. He forced himself to increase his speed but that had dramatically increased his energy expenditure. By now, he was three laps behind the students next to him. He also had twenty laps to go. Twenty laps in fifteen minutes, an almost unimaginable challenge.