The Fake Playboy
Nicole was really frightened of Rody’s shocking opinions. She severely warned him not to say such things in front of others. Rody did not defend himself and merely promised her that. Nicole was still concerned and continued to say more but Rody patiently explained himself, “Nicole, I have said I am an unimportant person. These ideas, even if I think about it, I will not dare tell anyone other than you. Just voicing some of my opinions aloud had immediately caused my teachers to treat me as a deviant. I do not want to invite more trouble. The past few days, I had more than enough bitterness already. Isn’t it so? You, too, have been punishing me a lot lately. Now, I have learned not to speak so freely.”
Nicole was speechless. The past few days, although she did punish Rody, most of it was not because of his opinions but because of her jealousy: especially, when Jojo kissed Rody, Nicole was so angry she could not sleep.
Nicole then changed the topic and started coaching Rody about Seth’s normal habits because he would be returning soon to the Academy as Seth. Nicole talked about the people that were acquainted with Seth during his time in the Academy. She also explained their family backgrounds and Seth’s relationships with them. Nicole had a good understanding of Seth’s habits because she had put in a lot of effort monitoring Seth previously. For example, Nicole had arranged for someone she could trust to be Seth’s bodyguard. Unfortunately, that bodyguard was later bought over by Seth.
The more Rody listened, the heavier his head felt. He not only needed to remember a lot of people that he did not recognize, he also needed to memorize their appearances, their speaking styles, and their preferences. This was more tiresome than the monstrous training by Instructor Carter. Even if Rody had extraordinary perseverance, he was still unable to understand these things that he had no knowledge of. To Rody, a stranger was just a name and to expect him to remember various information about the stranger and then to pretend he knew him for a long time, gave him a headache.
Nicole did that routine for not only 1 stranger!
Nicole gave Rody a register containing all sorts of information. For three full days, she stopped all of Rody’s other classes. Rody only needed to concentrate on remembering the information on the register in his room. Instructor Carter did not object. In his opinion, Young Master’s progress could only be described as ‘abnormal’. Carter could not understand why Young Master, who was initially so weak that any of his disciples could easily defeat, suddenly became so strong that even his strongest disciple was severely injured instead.
Instructor Carter’s report to Nicole was: If Young Master were to take the examination right now, he could easily pass the Grade 3 swordsman level. The Grade 4 swordsman level would not be too much of a problem… If he could do it like the time he fought Randt and used that sword skill, it was possible for him to pass Grade 5 level too.
The other scholars and teachers felt happy. Although Young Master was smart, he had too many preposterous ideas. If they had to deal with him every day, they would go crazy and start frothing at the mouth. Might as well stay at home peacefully…
Just like that, three quiet and boring days passed by quickly. Rody’s head was now crammed with all kinds of information on various people. Early that morning, Nicole asked Angel to help him dress up. Rody was soon dressed in the standard noble’s uniform of the Imperial Academy.
The only surprise to Rody was that there was a star embroidered onto Seth’s original uniform! It represented the identity of a warrior!
Of course, Rody could not believe that the real Young Master possessed the strength of a Grade 1 swordsman. He believed that the Tulip Family’s influence must have been used for him to pass the Grade 1 swordsman examination.
Feeling nervous, Rody followed Nicole into the carriage.
The magnificent luxury carriage was surrounded by guards mounted on horses. Old Mark was at the reins, leisurely holding his whip. Rody felt like he was going towards the execution grounds.
In the carriage, Rody wanted to ask Nicole a question, something that he had wanted to ask for several days now.
He wished to know what he should do if he were to encounter another one of Seth’s lovers. The information Nicole had given him on Seth had nothing on Seth’s female acquaintances. Rody had already learned a lot about Seth. He was not so naive as to believe that Jojo was Seth’s only lover. He wanted to know what he should do if he were to encounter this problem.
However, Rody did not know how to ask this question, especially so ever since Jojo barged into his bedroom that day. He was worried that Nicole was still angry over this issue. He did not want to ask this question and provoke Nicole. The consequences would be terrible.
Rody listened to the gentle ringing of the carriage bells and took a deep breath. He then opened the windows of the carriage to look out.
The wide limestone road led directly to the Imperial Academy and was filled with pedestrians. Rody looked at the buildings of the Imperial Academy that were becoming clearer. The Imperial Academy’s most famous building, the White Tower, also seemed to get closer. Rody’s palms started to sweat.
I wonder how is Star right now. Nicole said that she has already released him. Was he worried about me? There is also Instructor Shale. I suddenly disappeared and did not take the Grade 1 swordsman examination. He must be very disappointed in me. In fact, I was his favorite student. And….uh….
Rody had never been so nervous, nor had he felt so glorified before.
The current Principal of the Imperial Academy, Sir Sowell, together with most of the important and powerful elders in the Academy, personally came out to greet him. The old guy was a very important person. Commoners like Rody would never get to meet him. Right now this person was standing at the gates, smiling; the smile lines all bunched together forming wrinkles. He extended his hands, that looked like chicken claws, to help Miss Nicole get off the carriage.
Rody did not listen in on Sir Sowell’s flattering welcome for Nicole but also did not get any attention or any concern for his ‘sickness’. He stood beside Nicole with a reluctant look. Regarding his attitude, nobody was surprised because everyone in the academy was aware that the Tulip Family’s Young Master was not just a playboy. It was common knowledge that Seth’s role in the academy would be to get himself into trouble because he hated wasting his time in the academy. The amount of time he actually spent in the academy previously was less than the amount of time he had absconded.
“Sir Sowell, my brother has not fully recovered. Considering that he will soon take the examination so that he can inherit the title, we don’t have much time left. At first, I thought that he should not come back but then I also think that he needed some final training. As I cannot provide him with the final training at home, I brought him here hoping that he can receive strict instructions.”
After that, Rody no longer listened to the conversation with Sir Sowell. He started to break out in cold sweat when he saw several young ladies walking around. Naturally, they were also students at the Imperial Academy. Among them, a few already threw flirtatious looks towards him. Rody understood immediately. Shit! It seemed that the playboy really did have more lovers!
Of course, the eyes of the male students were not so friendly towards him.
Nicole pretended to carry a stern look as she left last minute instructions for Rody and then while everyone was not paying attention, her face softened. After that, she went back to the carriage.
Just before leaving, Old Mark walked up to Rody. Before Rody could react, he had pressed something hard into his hand.
“If you meet with something troublesome that you cannot settle, crush that thing. No matter where you are, I will come and help you.”