A Gang of Scoundrels
“You fool! Your sword is not an ordinary sword! Master’s lightsaber can even cut through a hill, much less cut through a wall.”
That absurd lightsaber? Rody was furious the moment that saber was mentioned.
“Aha! Are you angry again? You fool! You broke such a precious saber and I haven’t even punished you. You still dare to be discontented?”
Rody angrily replied, “That scrap? Don’t talk about cutting through that wall, it can’t even cut firewood!”
“Hah! That is because you are stupid! It is Master’s lightsaber. How can it be used in the normal way?”
The moment he heard this, Rody realized his mistake. That’s right. It is something Dandong left behind. How could it be useless?
At this moment, Rody, less doubtful now, whispered, “But I don’t have it with me. I left it at home.”
Andy was silent for a moment before he spoke in a reserved and depressed voice, “Forget it. Forget it. Forget about it today. But, I want you to do me a favor.”
“Tonight’” Andy softly said, “Tonight, come here quietly with the lightsaber. I will teach you how to cut through the wall! Inside, there are things I wish to see …”
“What is in there?” Rody felt curious after hearing Andy’s words.
“Nothing in particular. Those days, that was one of Master’s study rooms. I think there are definitely some things that belonged to Master still in there. However, for some reason, it was sealed up.”
The study room? Rody pursed his lips. He was no longer extremely curious about books. If they were books, the Tulip Family already had more than enough books for him. The playboy’s book collection was alarming huge. Rody would not even be able to read all of them within three to five years. As soon as he heard that the room was filled with books, he lost interest.
Rody resumed his journey down the White Tower. He only realized that it was almost noon when he reached the bottom of the stairs. Around this time, Miss Nicole’s carriage should have arrived at the entrance of the Academy. Does she know that I have been chased out on my first day in class? What will she think?”
With this unpleasant thought, Rody walked on. However, he inadvertently walked towards a small lane. That lane led to the old dormitory for common civilians, where he used to stay.
The two-hundred-year-old building looked even more worn out than before. The building was covered in vines and the doors were rusted.
Rody stood downstairs and looked at the window of his previous room. He saw a gray curtain at the window and it was clear that it was not his. It seemed that the Academy had evicted him after he went missing. His room had been given to someone else.
I wonder if my sword was also taken by others. Rody sighed. He couldn’t help but wonder even though he did not really care about that sword anymore. This was especially true because when he was training under Instructor Carter, they would break their swords frequently, almost one every two days.
Rody looked at his old home feeling melancholic. He did not know whether he should feel happy or sad.
His identity was gone. For the time being, this person named Rody did not exist. Now he needed to pretend and be that playboy! However, would this be meaningful?
Rody stood downstairs for a long while having these confusing thoughts.
Suddenly, a hand lightly tapped Rody’s shoulder. A clear and melodious voice called out from behind him, “Hey… why are you here? What are you looking at?”
Rody turned around and saw the black-haired girl who had earlier shared some notes with him.
Frankly speaking, the black-haired girl’s facial features were only average. However, her delicate eyebrows, with some freckles on her cheeks, made her look smart.
“I am not looking at anything in particular…” Rody shook his head. “I am just walking around… That … Master Glenn’s class. Is it over?”
“The class is over!” The girl stuck out her tongue and laughed. “You are a noble, right? Why are you walking here? You should not be here. This is the living area of the commoner students.”
For some reason, Rody felt happy chatting with her. Needless to say, Rody grew up in this kind of world. These past days, he had to deal with nobles, their guards, and servants. Now that he is chatting with a commoner girl, Rody felt like he was in his comfort zone.
Rody smiled faintly. “I have friends living here.”
“Your friends? You aristocrats actually make friends with commoners?”
Rody smiled softly. “I did not lie to you. I really have friends nearby.”
Star should still be around. However, he would probably not recognize Rody even if they met.
The black-haired girl also smiled back. She could see that this handsome male was gentle and amiable. He did not have the arrogance of a noble.
Then, an angry voice came from behind them. “Hey! That playboy! Get away from Arche.”
Rody turned around and saw a lean man wearing a commoner’s uniform and glaring at him angrily.
“Star!” Rody could not help but call out.
Star was stunned for a moment. He did not think that this playboy would actually call out his name. However, he did not bother to think more about it.
Star took a few steps towards them and pulled the black-haired girl, Arche, a few steps away from Rody. He angrily asked, “Arche, why are you with this kind of guy?”
Arche gently frowned. “Star, why are you so impolite?”
Star raised his eyebrows and sneered at Rody in contempt. “Do you know who he is?”
“A noble I guess …” Arche lightly replied. “He doesn’t look like a bad person.”
“Bad person?” Star laughed loudly. “In the entire Imperial Academy, if he is not a bad person, then there are no bad people at all. Let me tell you. This is the playboy Seth!”
“Ah!” Arche’s expression changed immediately. Her gentle eyes turned into contempt and she quickly moved back a few steps.
Rody made a wry smile. He did not expect his reunion with Star to turn out like this.
Star stepped in front of Arche and said, “Arche. You know about this guy’s reputation. He will politely strike up a conversation but… there are no good intentions! Just ignore him!” Having said that, Star turned to Rody and coldly threatened him, “Tulip Family! I am warning you! Stay away from my girlfriend!” After finishing what he had to say, he gave Rody another threatening stare.
Girlfriend? Star actually found a girlfriend? However, Arche’s blushing face confirmed his thoughts. Rody did not know whether to laugh or cry, meeting his best friend this way.
Star actually thought I was chasing his girlfriend?
Right about then, three individuals walked towards them from a distance and looked threateningly at Star. The middle one shouted, “Star! Who are you threatening?” The two companions that stood beside him sniggered.
Rody took a look at the three men.
Among them, there was a tall, thin guy with a long horse-like face. He played with his long hair pretending to look elegant. However, his looked more like a ghost.
Of his companions, one was tall and the other was short. The tall one was well built and carried a magnificent sword. The scabbard he carried was mounted with seven or eight gems. The short one had sturdy limbs and a stocky body. He had an ominous glint and did not look like a good person.
These three people were dressed in the noble’s uniform. Besides that, the horse-faced person, in the middle, had two stars on his chest. This meant that he was a Grade 2 swordsman.
Rody identified these three individuals with a glance. The guy with the horse-face is Prince Baron’s son. That is His Majesty the Emperor’s nephew, Bayan. The tall companion should be the Finance Minister’s son Didi. The short companion should be the Empire’s Garrison General’s son. His name… Rody thought for a moment before remembering that this coarse looking person had a nice name. Dardaniel.
These three people obviously were trying to find fault with Star. Rody felt even more awkward because these three, according to Nicole, were well acquainted with Seth…
This was especially true for Didi and Dardaniel who were Seth’s gang of scoundrels.