Minor cliff ahead yo!
Chapter 29 Part 1 New skill
Because it was known that he is recuperating, Xiào Mu can only stay in his dormitory after the lunch break. With the free time in hand, Xiào Mu browsed through some medical-related courseware for a while and then watched the hottest popular dramas recently. The plot is as dog blood as real-life drama back on Earth but he doesn’t mind. Xiào Mu just wants to understand the way people live on this planet. When it was time for dinner, Xiào Mu turned off the terminal and was about to go to the canteen. His terminal received a message that his takeaway has arrived. Seeing the high-energy food exactly as it was at noon, he immediately knew who ordered it. After some hesitation, Xiào Mu sent a message to Leo.
‘Thank you for the takeaway. I have recovered.’
Xiào Mu unpacked the food and started eating. His terminal vibrated and he looked down. Leo replied, ‘No need to thank me. This is what I should do. It’s good that you are fine.’
The replies from both of them were extremely standard that Xiào Mu couldn’t help but laugh at. He continued to eat but before he could take another bite, his terminal vibrated again. It is still from Leo, ‘See you in the gym tomorrow night.’
At the same time, his terminal received the lock permission of Room 333 of the gymnasium. Xiào Mu felt a bit helpless. Leo really cared about the mistakes in his curricular arrangements. It was a pity that he could not tell him the truth; Leo is destined to be unable to find the real reason. After eating, Xiào Mu estimated that even if he didn’t take the boost pill, his physical fitness will be almost restored fully, so he stopped worrying and went straight to the virtual net.
The ‘Fragrant Sweet Pastries’ store has finished its renovation, so when he walked to the door, Xiào Mu even suspected that he went to the wrong place. It is completely different from the standard model he has seen before. The outer walls of the store are painted with a light yellow color. A sign with the name of the store is hung on the sales window. There are also patterns of biscuits scattered between the words so one can see what the store sells at a glance. Opening the door, Xiào Mu saw that the room is completely decorated according to his design. The biscuit-making instruments were neatly arranged side by side, and the long preparation counter was placed against the wall. After checking, he confirmed that everything is complete. Xiào Mu placed an order on the virtual net to buy the biscuit materials and the biscuit jar. 10 minutes later, all the things he bought were delivered.
Xiào Mu closed the door and concentrated on making biscuits. The sweet smell filled the tip of his nose, making his mouth curve up with smiles and his mood is very relaxed. The biscuits he made this time had a lighter taste. The batch of sweet and salty biscuits was made 3kg, and they were divided into 5 jars; 300 grams each. After sealing the jars, he put them at the sales window and set a price of 50 coins per jar. Next, he set up the automatic vending mode, and then cleaned the store before leaving the virtual net. Xiào Mu stayed on the virtual net for almost an hour. Excluding the time to buy ingredients, it seems that 50 minutes is enough to make biscuits.
At this moment, the sky is not completely dark yet. Xiào Mu wanted to go downstairs for a run but was worried that Leo would see him, which Leo would then find out that his physical fitness recovery is not normal. After thinking about it, Xiào Mu simply decide to take a shower. During his bath, his terminal kept vibrating, which was a reminder for the sale of biscuits. Every time a jar of biscuits was sold, he would get a notification. Xiào Mu couldn’t help but check the notification when it comes, which is really affecting his work. Hence, he turned off the automatic reminder and set it to manual check. His terminal immediately quieted down. After Xiào Mu finished his shower, he browsed the school forum for a while and went to sleep.
After washing up the next morning, he received a message from Hawke, ‘I’m heading downstairs now. Can you go to class today?’
“Yes, I’ll get down right away.” Xiào Mu replied.
Hawke was already waiting when Xiào Mu went downstairs. Hawke immediately raised a big smile and waved his hand. When he approached, Hawke grabbed his shoulders and checked his complexion, “You look better. I was scared to death yesterday.”
Xiào Mu was a little embarrassed. He also felt that his body is too delicate now; worse than the girls on Earth. “I am fully recovered, don’t worry.” He smiled.
The two bought some food from the cafeteria and sat in a corner to eat. After a while, Hawke looked around, leaned close to his head, and asked in a low voice, “Have you noticed that many people are watching us?”
Xiào Mu smiled bitterly, he had noticed it earlier because the gazes are so obvious. He nodded, a little apologetic in his tone, “They should be talking about me.”
After saying that, Xiào Mu tilted his head slightly to the left, and saw the two young men waiting at the window selling bread looking at him. They pointed at Xiào Mu and seemed to be saying something. Then, noticing Xiào Mu’s gaze, the young man in black clothes curled his lips. The young man in blue clothes beside him twitched his mouth and opened his mouth to make a roar like a wild beast. Then the young man in black laughed out loud.
Xiào Mu: “…” Is it funny?
The laughter of the two stopped abruptly as if they couldn’t believe that they didn’t scare Xiào Mu.
Xiào Mu turned his head and continued to drink porridge and eat steamed bun (Xiaolongbao).
“Hahaha…” Hawke saw everything and couldn’t help laughing. After laughing, he asked in a low voice, “Are you scared?”
“Do you mean the action of opening his mouth to roar?” Xiào Mu’s mouth twitched.
Hawke couldn’t help but smile again. When the corner of his eyes saw the two young men walking towards them with their food, Hawke stopped smiling and looked at them guardedly. Xiào Mu frowned and touched the side pocket of the backpack with his right hand to make sure that the anesthetic shot is there, so he didn’t panic. With his physical stamina, he probably could not even land a finger on them if a fight starts. But with Hawke beside him, Xiào Mu could provide the medicine, so it’s not a problem for Hawke to fight 1vs2.
The black-clothed young man walked to their dining table and glared at them angrily. Then all of a sudden, he stretched out his hand. Hawke looked at the young man vigilantly, as long as he waved his hand to Xiào Mu, he(H) would absolutely stop the young man in time. However, the young man in black did not swing his fist at Xiào Mu but thumped it hard on the dining table. A loud BANG could be heard by the people nearby. Xiào Mu’s porridge shook out due to the shaking of the tabletop, and some of it spilled on the back of Xiào Mu’s hand. He quickly retracted his hand and wiped the back of his hand with tissue. Looking at the inwardly concave arc of the dining table, Xiào Mu could feel that it must be painful.
The black-clothed young man looked at Xiào Mu’s shrinking back action with satisfaction because he thought Xiào Mu was frightened. Then he gritted his teeth and asked, “Still want to laugh?”
“Fxxk!” Hawke grasped his fist and stood up, but Xiào Mu pulled his sleeve to make him sit down again.
The young man in black snorted proudly through his nostrils and grinned mockingly at Xiào Mu. Then he turned around and walked a few steps forward, and sat with the young man in blue on the dining table not far away from them.
“He is too much,” Hawke said angrily. “Did you get scalded?”
Xiào Mu shook his head, “It’s okay. I have been stirring the porridge to cool down before this, so it’s not that hot.” As he said that, Xiào Mu opened his terminal and typed a message.
Hawke took a bite of his bread, still feeling angry, “Why don’t you let me get back at him? I brought a lot of medicine, so I won’t suffer any loss.”
Xiào Mu helplessly said, “I believe you will not suffer, but it is inevitable to get hurt in the fight. It is not worth it to get hurt for them.”
“Then we just let them continue to act so proudly?” Hawke pouted, his face full of upset.
“Classmate, are you the one who sent the message?” Just as Hawke just finished speaking, a tall man in a white chef uniform approached. He glanced at the table and asked Xiào Mu.
Xiào Mu nodded and pointed back to the young man in black seated at the rear left, “It was a message from me. This dining table was damaged by the student in black.”
“Thank you for letting me know.” The man in the chef uniform thanked him, strode behind the man in black, and grabbed his back collar to pull him up.
The young man in black was startled, “What are you doing?! Let me go!”
The man in chef uniform steadily dragged the young person to the table that was dented by him and asked, “Did you smash it?”
At this moment, there were a lot of people sitting in the cafeteria. The black-clothed man felt embarrassed from getting pulled up like a little chick so he yelled, “It’s me, so what?!”
“So what? Damaging school equipment, you must compensate according to the price. However, listening to your tone, you seemed completely unrepentant and your attitude is bad. So you will also need some ideological education, come with me.”
The man in chef uniform sternly dragged the young man in black to the back of the kitchen area.
“Let go of me! You are just a cook, why are you acting like a bigwig in front of me?!” The young man in black heard the sneer from all around him, and it caused his blood pressure to surge. Trying to grab the hand that was twisting his back collar, the young man kicked his feet backward at the same time.
“AHH…” The black-clothed man hadn’t reacted yet, and he fell face down. His nose hurt, and he couldn’t help but exhale in pain.
“Wow!” The exclamation came from the classmates who were eating, they all looked at the chef with admiration.
Xiào Mu was also a little surprised. Yesterday, he had nothing to do so he studied the rules and regulations and added a lot of knowledge. He learned that anyone damaging the school equipment would be punished, so he sent a message to the cafeteria when he saw the young man in black slammed the table. Originally, he only wanted to get the young man punished, but he didn’t expect that there is a master in the cafeteria. But after thinking about it again, he feels that this is only logical. With its students so aggressive and prone to violence, if the school put someone with no skills to guard the cafeteria, the cafeteria will be demolished sooner or later.
The black-clothed young man was brutally suppressed, but the man chef uniform showed no mercy. He grabbed the young man’s left ankle and dragged him to the office area in this manner. As for what kind of punishment he will receive later, nobody knows.
Hawke was overjoyed, and gave Xiào Mu a thumbs up, “So smart, this is like an invisible killing move!”
Xiào Mu smiled and said, “All thanks to his cooperation1. This table is currently being used by us. If the compensation for the table is shifted to us, we will suffer a lot.”
Hawke blinked his eyes. “Don’t tell me you are only worried about the compensation?”
“Of course not,” Xiào Mu ate the last dumpling, “Since I can’t beat him, I have to use my brain.”
After eating, the two of them walked to the teaching building. People were pointing to Xiào Mu along the way, but no one came forward to make trouble.
Hawke turned his head and stared around, “These people are really annoying. So what if you are weaker? Have you done anything bad to them?”
Xiào Mu soothed Hawke and said, “It’s okay, I’m not familiar with them. Their attitude doesn’t matter to me.”
The first class of the day is the introduction to medical materials. Xiào Mu has taken the class before and knew that there will be exam questions at any time, so he listened to the lesson seriously. Time flies quickly when he is focusing, and after the major class, it’s PE period again. The building for his material class is located is not far from the exercise hall. The nearest one is exercise hall No. 4. However, students have to fill in hall No. 1 first. Hall No. 2 will only open after hall No. 1 is full of 200 people.
All lesson courses are arranged in this way as well. Except for the PE classes in the exercise hall, the rest of the classes are conducted in the classrooms. The first classroom must be fully occupied before the second classroom will open. Students can go to classes freely. It is not possible to determine the number of students in each class, so it is not easy to arrange teachers. According to this rule, one can only determine how many classrooms each class takes and how many teachers are needed when it’s time for the lesson. This is why the teacher always arrives in the classroom 5 minutes after class starts.
The exercise halls are all connected. To get to hall No. 1, you need to pass hall No. 42. When passing by hall No. 4, Hawke was surprised when he saw people playing in the exercise hall, “Why is hall No. 4 open right now?”
There are more than 20 minutes before class, and there are not many students in the higher education department. Under normal circumstances, exercise hall 4 won’t be used at all. For it to be opened at this hour today, it is inevitably for anyone to be surprised.
“I’ll ask what’s going on,” Hawke said, running into the hall. “Hey, classmate, are the first 3 exercise halls full right now?”
Xiào Mu stood by the door waiting while for Hawke, watching the people on the court curiously. They were playing basketball, 3 on 3. This was the first time Xiào Mu saw someone playing basketball in this world; he even thought that this sport had disappeared. When Xiào Mu saw Hawke approaching the players, they stopped playing and said something to Hawke. Hawke nodded and turned and ran towards the door.
At this moment, the classmate who is holding the ball suddenly looked towards the door. Xiào Mu felt the person seemed a little familiar and was trying to recall who is he. The young man suddenly flung the ball in his hand and the basketball flew towards Xiào Mu in a straight line like a shadowless phantom. The young man used a lot of strength, so the ball fiercely whooshed by Hawke in the blink of an eye.
Hawke was startled and then shouted, “Be careful! Quickly get away!”
Xiào Mu’s heart shuddered. His thoughts were much faster than his movements, and he kept telling his body to avoid, but the ball had already arrived in front of his eyes before his feet could take a step. Xiào Mu’s pupils shrank suddenly, his heartstrings were tight, and his nervousness was extreme. Just before the ball is about to touch him, his body suddenly moved away to the right. The ball passed the place where he had stood the previous second in a straight line, and finally hit the tree by the side of the road. After rebounding, the ball was caught by the passing classmates from the higher education division, “Who the fcxk is randomly throwing the ball?”
Xiào Mu was frightened and broke into a cold sweat. Holding the fence around the exercise hall with his hands, his feet were a little soft. If he really got hit by the ball, he would turn into a fool if not dead.
[Congratulations, host! Martial skill activated, basic qinggong : Crane Resting on Jade Platform]
The familiar mechanical sound rang in Xiào Mu’s head. That notification stunned him and he opened the system panel to see the icon of Crane Resting on Jade Platform in the martial skill tab glowing with silvery-white light. He tapped on it:
[Crane Resting on Jade Platform: Move quickly to the right, the higher the physical fitness, the farther the movement distance. The current distance is 2.7 meters. Note: The distance limit is 20 meters.]
The icon stopped glowing after he tapped on it, and it greyed out. There was a 30-second countdown on the icon, which was the skill cooling time. In other words, Xiào Mu can use the skill Crane Resting on Jade Platform once every 30 seconds. He could use it at critical times to avoid attacks and save his life. Xiào Mu checked his physical strength. His current points are 270, which means that the distance of Crane Resting on Jade Platform is 1/100 of the total physical fitness, in meters.
Raw word count: 6678 (whole chapter)