Zhao Rui looked dumbfounded, but he still answered honestly, “Left it at home.”
Lang Jing Feng frowned like a strict teacher. “Really?”
Zhao Rui, “…”
In order not to be beaten, Zhao Rui suppressed the urge to scold his mother1It means to curse and swear. and said helplessly, “Really. I told Teacher Liu before the collection of homework. I’ll go home to pick it up at noon.”
With a calm expression, Lang Jing Feng nodded. “Okay.”
After the whole conversation ended, the crowd of curious girls returned to their seats.
Insane, but handsome.
At noon, Lang Jing Feng went to eat at a fast-food restaurant near the school.
Although the set meal in the canteen was not unpalatable, there was too little meat. Lang Jing Feng wanted to fill his stomach with meat. Even ten set meals were not enough, so he sneaked out to eat. He ordered fried chicken worth for several people, holding a tray of chicken legs, chicken wings, and chicken nuggets, looking for a place to sit. When he looked up, he caught a glimpse of Zhao Rui also eating at a table by the door.
“When will you pick up your homework?” Lang Jing Feng sat down at the next table.
Zhao Rui held his chicken legs in pain. “Can’t I finish my meal first?”
“…Will you be able to make it in time?” Lang Jing Feng looked at Zhao Rui’s chubby body, thick like an oak barrel, felt uneasy, and sincerely doubted his running speed.
Zhao Rui gritted his teeth. “I’ll take a taxi!”
This scumbag was not normal!
Lang Jing Feng stopped speaking and immersed himself in eating chicken. From time to time, he glanced at Zhao Rui, as if he was afraid that Bai Ruan would be yelled at by Old Man Liu if Zhao Rui didn’t hand up his homework in time. Zhao Rui was so flustered by what he saw that he slumped his head and rushed out to take a taxi after eating.
After his Qi Orifice was partially sealed, Bai Ruan felt that his fear was greatly reduced. He was no longer that afraid of Lang Jing Feng. No matter in class, inspection, or study, he had relaxed a lot. Although he would still be nervous when talking with the young wolf, at least his face wouldn’t be pale, and his shirt wouldn’t be drenched due to excessive perspiration. In addition, his practice proved that his demonic energy was enough for him to maintain his human form for a whole day after partially sealing his Qi Orifice.
After solving his own difficulties, Bai Ruan began to worry about Lang Jing Feng’s merits.
Merits were not meaningful to ordinary people, but it was different for demons and cultivators. Birth, old age, sickness, and death, the natural selection of things were all Heaven’s will. Cultivation was a good thing for an individual, but its essence was to go against the heavenly way and was easily condemned by The Heavens.
Since ancient times, there had been folk legends that demons or cultivators needed to overcome thunder tribulation, which was actually a sort of divine judgement. The more a demon’s or a cultivator’s merits were maintained in a low state all year round, the easier it was to be condemned. Divine retribution was generally not fatal, but the process was extremely painful; their skin would be burnt with every action. Besides, it also severely depleted their cultivation foundation. The so-called hard work for many years would amount to nothing.
Because of this, many demons would deliberately engage in work that helped to accumulate merits, such as doctors, saving the world from illnesses, police for crime punishment, teachers educating people… The most powerful ones would do scientific research to benefit the country and the people… Some demons would do volunteer work in their spare time, such as rescuing animals. In short, they were afraid of being punished by The Heavens.
However, merits couldn’t be seen by the naked eye and required opening the eyes with spiritual energy. In addition, not all demons could be like Bai Ruan, who happened to worship a Taoist priest and learn from him. It was good enough not to be stabbed to death by radical Taoists with a mahogany sword. So, the vast majority of demons were smeared in black energy, and they didn’t know how much merits they had. No matter how terrible things were, once they were invisible and intangible, their deterrence will be reduced. Therefore, many demons didn’t care about merits. Some with low IQ and a wild nature had the mindset of simply drinking their life away2今朝有酒今朝醉 is an idiom that refers mostly to a negative and decadent attitude towards life, living day by day to have a good time, just looking at the present without long-term plans.. Before they returned back to their original form, it would be best to eat enough, drink enough, and play enough, not wasting the benefit of being in human form. The dogs who robbed Zhou Hao Chen were those typical kinds of demons. Their merits were darker than Lang Jing Feng, and they could be condemned at any time.
Lang Jing Feng’s performance in the past few days had improved. Naturally, this improvement was compared to his own. Mathematics and Chinese homeworks could be written or copied and handed in. There were books on the desk during class. During self-study, he would drop his head down in a daze. He didn’t have this “calling two, five, and eight thousand” expression3means having an arrogant look. It’s the situation where one is playing Mahjong and is waiting for 3 types of cards to win, thus secretly being happy because chances of winning are very high. and looked at the ceiling. He didn’t make trouble for his classmates… To him, this performance was definitely an improvement.
In addition, Bai Ruan had also heard from Monitor Xu Chen that these days, Lang Jing Feng sometimes used protection fees to urge others to hand in homework.
“Especially Mathematics and Chinese.” On Friday afternoon, Xu Chen handed the summary of the class meeting to Bai Ruan, pushing up his glasses and continued, “He doesn’t seem to care about other subjects.”
Bai Ruan was not stupid, and he instantly figured out the key in the process. Feeling a little fuzzy, he couldn’t laugh or cry.4be at a loss whether to cry or laugh.
“How did he urge them?” Bai Ruan asked to confirm. “What did he say? What did he do?”
“He just walked over and knocked on the table and told those who didn’t hand in the homework to do so as soon as possible. The way he approached them looked scary…” At this point, Xu Chen tilted his head for a moment and added, “But actually, he didn’t do anything else, either.”
Bai Ruan relaxed and replied, “Okay, I see.”
As a result, Bai Ruan wanted to take action and rescue the promising Lang Jing Feng, letting him keep up with the rest of the demons.
However, the most urgent thing was to increase the merits of the little wolf cub as it was on the verge of divine retribution. There wasn’t a need to improve too much, the least he could do was to stay away from the warning line. Otherwise, this wolf cub might accidentally commit some terrible mistakes someday and be forced to return back to his original form by The Heavens. What else was there to talk about? The only thing he could do then was to directly go to the old forest in the mountains and chase rabbits.
There wasn’t any night self-study on Saturday. School ended when the fourth class in the afternoon was over. As soon as the school bell rang, Bai Ruan, who supervised the self-study from the podium, beckoned to the student sitting in the last row. “Lang Jing Feng, come here.”
Lang Jing Feng put down his school bag and walked to the podium with a small smile on his lips. “Teacher Bai.”
Bai Ruan spun his pen uncomfortably and raised his eyelids. As soon as he came in contact with the aggressive wolf eyes, he quickly lowered his eyes and asked nervously, “It’s after school… Do you have time?”
When he said this, Bai Ruan felt that his wording was incorrect. This sentence did not resemble a conversation between a teacher and student, but a bit like an invitation. Bai Ruan’s face was slightly heated with embarrassment. When he was about to change his tone to ask again, Lang Jing Feng quickly interrupted, “Yes.”
“Then you…” Bai Ruan licked his lips anxiously under the pressure of the close range of the other’s energy and asked, “How long will you be free for? Do you have a curfew?”
Lang Jing Feng frowned. “You want to conduct make-up lessons for me?”
Bai Ruan shook his head. “No, it has nothing to do with that.”
Lang Jing Feng smiled, forcibly forgetting the house rules for arriving home before nine o’clock on a Saturday night, and said, “My parents don’t care about this. I can even return home tomorrow.”
Bai Ruan nodded, looked away awkwardly, and said, “Then take your school bag. I’ll bring you to a place later.”
Although there was a seal amulet, he still didn’t dare to look directly at Lang Jing Feng.
Lang Jing Feng’s eyes lit up. He bit his lower lip, lowered his voice, and said, “Just the two of us?”
“Uh, yes. There is something that needs to be done.” Bai Ruan dared not to look at Lang Jing Feng’s face. He didn’t know why this little wolf boy looked excited. He looked down at the phone and walked out. “I’ll go back to the staff room first. Come and find me when you’re done packing up.”
Lang Jing Feng flew back to the last row, picked up his school bag, and rushed out of the classroom.
Bai Ruan returned to the office and dragged out a bulging mountain bag from under the table. The young man grabbed it and said, “I’ll carry it.”
Bai Ruan paused for a moment, thinking that this trip was mainly for Lang Jing Feng to accumulate merits and it was right for him to contribute more, so he accepted it with pleasure. He pulled out a set of sportswear and a pair of sports shoes from the cabinet and said, “I’ll go change in the toilet. Put your bag down first. It looks pretty heavy.”
Lang Jing Feng’s Adam’s apple rolled as his eyes swept around and saw the empty office. He said, “The toilet is inconvenient. You can change here. Are you afraid that I’ll look?”
Bai Ruan was embarrassed and answered stiffly, “No.”
Lang Jing Feng strode to the door and locked it. Then, he blocked the door with his back and looked straight at Bai Ruan and added, “If that’s the case, change here. The door is locked. If anyone wants to enter, let them wait outside for a minute.”
As the office door was open just now, Bai Ruan could still endure the tension caused by being alone with Lang Jing Feng. Now that the door was locked, the office had the wolf and rabbit in a confined space. Bai Ruan suddenly felt weak in his legs, his pair of beautiful eyes wide and round as he stammered, “You, you… can’t…”
Is he shy? Lang Jing Feng felt an itch in his heart. He had no choice but to turn around to face the door and said, “I won’t look at you.”
Bai Ruan couldn’t refute and obliged. The only way to get out of the current embarrassment was to quickly put on his clothes, so Bai Ruan stopped talking and changed his clothes in a hurry.
Lang Jing Feng listened to the rustling sound behind him, sniffing with his nose. Just as the wolf’s head with a crooked thought moved and turned a little, Bai Ruan’s panicked voice came from behind him. “Don’t… don’t turn around.”
Staring intensely at the door.
Realising this, the young man was not only not disappointed, but also inexplicably more vigorous. His voice was slightly hoarse. “I know.”
Bai Ruan quickly finished changing his clothes. He had a tender face. He usually relied on suits and shoes to barely create a sense of a teacher with an imposing manner. Now that he changed into sportswear, which was full of youthful vitality, he looked like a college student.
Lang Jing Feng opened the office door and stared directly at Bai Ruan, who was different from usual, and guessed, “Mountain trekking?”
“Yes,” Bai Ruan said, “Longtan Mountain. There is something to do there.”
Ignoring the explanation behind him, Lang Jing Feng squinted his eyes out the window, smiling as he said, “Longtan Mountain is so close. You might be able to see the sunset if you climb quickly.”
“Not to watch the sunset.” Bai Ruan walked towards the corridor and explained, “Let’s go feed the birds.”
Lang Jing Feng followed, raised his eyebrows, and asked harshly, “What birds? Whose birds?”
Bai Ruan didn’t hear Lang Jing Feng teasing himself. He walked ahead and replied solemnly, “No one’s birds. They’re the wild birds in the forest.”
Lang Jing Feng tutted, “Wild birds, and you still… Why are you doing this, Teacher Bai?”
When Bai Ruan talked with the students, his thoughts wouldn’t turn in a perverse direction at all. After listening to Lang Jing Feng, who seemed to disagree, he hurriedly explained, “I know that when the weather is warm, wild birds normally do not need human intervention. They can find food by themselves. It’s only in the winter that it’s hard to find food to survive. But last year, Longtan Mountain developed its tourism, building roads and houses. The environment is incomparable from before. The birds seem to be getting less and less. Now that it’s getting warmer, I’d go once a week to feed them.”
He had done this a few years ago to accumulate merits. After numerous times, it had gradually become something not only for that purpose.
- 1It means to curse and swear.
- 2今朝有酒今朝醉 is an idiom that refers mostly to a negative and decadent attitude towards life, living day by day to have a good time, just looking at the present without long-term plans.
- 3means having an arrogant look. It’s the situation where one is playing Mahjong and is waiting for 3 types of cards to win, thus secretly being happy because chances of winning are very high.
- 4be at a loss whether to cry or laugh.