The moment Bayan saw Seth, he had a strange expression and laughed. “Seth, I did not think you would be back so soon! These few days, we had less fun without you!”
Didi and Dardaniel also looked at Rody but seemed uneasy.
Seth and Bayan both had high noble ranks and had always been the leaders among the noble children. Although Seth was a playboy, he was ambitious and arrogant and never had a good opinion of Bayan. Although the two people knew each other, their feelings of enmity were stronger than friendship.
On the other hand, Didi and Dardaniel have always been Seth’s henchmen. Seth hanged out with them because they allowed him to play tricks on them; such idiots. Moreover, Seth was a playboy and not a particularly good person. The three of them, though, shared the same lustful interest, being birds of the same feather.
However, after Seth left the Academy for such a long time, Didi and Dardaniel were left without a leader. They were soon won over by Bayan and became his henchman. Although these nobles were not adults yet, their conversations often involve politics. Friendly relationships between young people meant future alliances. That was why Bayan, an ambitious person, was paying attention to identify and associate with young nobles that would one day form the core of nobility. This was all part of his plan to build his influence.
Naturally, this was not something Rody realized. All he knew was that Didi and Dardaniel looked uneasy. He was unaware of anything else.
Bayan seemed more interested in Rody and therefore no longer bothered with Star. He merely spared Star a glance and said, “Star, with your status, you are not qualified to speak to me. I believe you know the reason why I came looking for you today! You have better not act rashly and be well behaved during Master Glenn’s disciple selection next month! You can forget about the quota!”
Rody immediately understood these words.
Come to think of it, next month the old guy Glenn will pick his disciples. Every two years, Glenn would choose his disciples among a group of students and personally teach them magic. Under normal circumstances, commoners are forbidden from entering the White Tower. That would mean that their only chance to enter the White Tower was to be selected as Master Glenn’s disciple which he did once every two years. Nobles with strong backgrounds could enroll directly into Glenn’s class. For example, today, Rody who had just arrived was specially arranged by a principal of the academy to learn from Master Glenn. With Rody’s current status, Glen had no choice. Common nobles would still need to go through the selection process because Glenn only selected a limited number of people.
Right now, Star appeared to be the most likely talent to be selected. Rody knew because when he was still in the Academy, Rody was regarded to be talented in swordsmanship while Star was regarded by the teachers as talented in magic.
With this thought, Rody frowned. For Bayan, His Majesty’s nephew and part of the dignified royal family, he should be able to bypass the selection process. So why is he fighting against Star for the quota?
However, Bayan’s following words explained it.
“Star, listen clearly. That position belongs to Didi! So you better know where you stand!” Bayan said with a threatening look. Although Star was angry, he could not say anything. After all, he was just a commoner.
Even if he was recognized as a good student and liked by many teachers, he could not afford to offend the Royal Family.
Bayan seemed to be diligent in winning the allegiance of the people around him. Although Didi was the son of an Empire’s minister, it was not enough for him to get inside the White Tower. Glen’s temper was well known and everybody stayed out of his way and dared not offend him. This was clearly demonstrated when he even dared to expelled Rody out of his class. So, this would be a good opportunity for Bayan to help Didi.
Rody felt really angry when he saw his best friend humiliated. He was about to speak when Andy’s voice sounded out.
“Idiot! Do not say anything! If you say the wrong thing, you will risk revealing your true identity! With your current position, you can only help him secretly.”
This sentence was like a bucket of cold water being poured over Rody’s angry heart. Rody thought for a while and did not say anything.
The moment Bayan stopped talking, he no longer looked at Star. Star’s face was ghastly pale. He could only glare at Bayan and Rody, before leaving angrily with Arche.
“Seth, why are you still sitting there? If you have nothing to do, let us find someplace to have some fun. It is too hot staying out here in broad daylight.” Bayan looked at Rody and smiled. He was hoping to get on good terms with the Tulip Family’s heir. Even if the other party was too influential and cannot become one of his men, there would be no harm in building a good relationship.
When Didi and Dardaniel saw Seth, they initially felt ashamed but the moment they saw Bayan trying to be friendly, they immediately started to smile. “That’s right Seth. We have not met for a long time. Today, we must go out and have fun. We have not been going out together for a long time.”
Dardaniel said, “No more talking. Today is my treat. Let us go to that old place.”
Didi, more devious, smiled and said, “Dardaniel, it is best if you keep your mouth shut. With Young Master Bayan here, how could it be your turn to treat?”
They pulled Rody to the entrance of the academy without giving any explanation. Rody was determined to refuse but he did not know how to. He also did not dare to ask where was the ‘old place’ and could only let them pull him along.
A carriage parked at the entrance of the Academy. It did not have any decorations in particular places or any gorgeous modifications. However, the golden flower and thorn design on the carriage signified the owner’s noble identity. It was the crest of the Empire’s Royal Family!
The moment they entered the carriage, Bayan immediately took out a few bottles of wine from a secret compartment under the seat. He handed Rody the first bottle and smiled. “This is a tribute given by the South to His Majesty. Go ahead and try it.”
Dardaniel immediately cheered and started drinking one bottle. Rody was silent. He merely coped with the people and the wine. The surroundings began to get warmer. They engaged in idle talk and chatted about women. There were also stories that made Rody feel embarrassed. Most of the stories about women had something to do with Seth. Rody could only vaguely cope looking at the three faces each time he got a knowing smile. He feared that if he said something wrong they would get suspicious.
The carriage moved quickly along the road. Although the streets were crowded with pedestrians and other carriages, they gave way the moment they saw the crest on the carriage.
After crossing a few main streets, with increasing number of pedestrians, the carriage finally stopped at an intersection. Immediately, the three young men’s arrogant behavior took an about turn and now displayed a cautious air. Didi drew open the curtains and looked outside for a moment. He then opened the door and jumped out of the carriage. He was followed by Dardaniel and Bayan. Rody had no choice but to follow them.
Bayan waved and give a signal. The driver immediately understood and left together with the carriage. Bayan then led the way. Rody and the other two followed him to another street.
Rody, following at the back, was puzzled. He finally asked lightly, “Why do we need to be so careful?”
After asking, Rody regretted because the guys already made it clear that they were going to the ‘old place’. There must be a reason for them to be so careful. He could have accidentally revealed his true identity by asking that question.
Bayan merely turned around and smiled. Fortunately, he did not suspect anything but lightly said, “Seth, you are really audacious. You truly exceed your reputation as a playboy. However, I am different. I am someone from the Royal Family. I must naturally be careful when I come to this kind of place.”
Careful? ‘This place?’
Rody felt that things are becoming bad. This was especially true when he saw the beautifully decorated building and became stupefied.
Once the huge red door was opened, a long red carpet, from the entrance to inside, can be seen. There were already a lot of carriages stopped in front of the entrance and there were men looking in and refusing to leave the area.
Several young women in revealing clothes were standing near the entrance, giving the young men seductive looks, from time to time. There were also a number of fierce looking men standing at both sides of the door. Inside, the building was filled with a lot of noise and laughter.
At the moment, even if Rody was a fool, he should already know what kind of place that was.