Chapter 246 Meaty Pork Skin Noodle (a)
Translated by Gumihou
Edited by Gumihou
The Imperial Capital was a very large city filled with many people. Therefore, Shiyu did not sense Tan-Tai Chu’s arrival. Right now, the thing that was keenly bothering her was the absence of certain people in the house.
From her original family, only Xiao Qi was left. She was not so worried about Xiao Qi since the little girl has the enthusiastic backing of Elder Liu. She was just… feeling a little lonely.
However, everyone has their own way of living. Sooner or later, Xiao Qi would be leaving for her own path too.
Troubled by her thoughts, she redoubled her Cultivation efforts. After all, the Imperial College was merely the starting point of things. With everyone setting off one after another, it would not be long before it was her turn.
It’s better to work hard now. After all, every little bit of extra strength could mean the difference in life or death.
It was now midsummer.
Some people have come, others have left. No matter what, everyone was filled with hope.
After a few more days of sultry heat. Thunderstorms rolled over the Imperial Capital and summer showers came suddenly, pattering onto the blue-tiled roofs  and splashing water everywhere.
A faint mist rose over everything.
As she stood at the peak of the hill overlooking the College, it felt as though this mountain had turned into an island. Isolated by the heavy rain and grey skies, she watched as the rain pattered down around her. The rain had reduced the dignified image of the Imperial Capital, making it appear wilder, perhaps even reckless.
“What are you looking at?” Qing Chen appeared from somewhere.  The umbrella in hand closing as he stepped into the  pavilion.
Shiyu kept her eyes forward, looking at the place where the Imperial Palace lies. “Just watching the rain and thinking.”
“Thinking? Happy things? Unhappy things?”
“Neither,” Shiyu sat down on  the relatively smooth boulder that served as a bench. “Come sit too. I’m just wondering when those people plan to show their hands.”
If the nobles of the Capital have ideas of overthrowing the Imperial Family, they must already have backers. Perhaps foreigners aiming to devour the Eastern Martial Empire.
Qing Chen  leaned the umbrella against a pillar and sat down beside Shiyu. However, his posture was different from Shiyu’s careless flop. He looked more like one of those scholars from an old fashion portrait. Peerless and meticulous.
“It should be soon,” he said. Then, he added, “What does it have to do with us?”
If heaven falls, the tallest man is responsible for holding it up. Above them were the emperor, the Dean and a group of elders. Therefore, surely there was no need for them to get mixed up in these politics? Moreover, their Cultivation realm was too low to be anything but cannon fodder if a fight breaks out. They should only concern themselves with these matters only when they reached Divine Condensation realm.
Shiyu could see his point and had to laugh.
“What’s so amusing?”
“Hahaha, I just remembered a saying. It fits your way of thinking perfectly.”
“Oh? What is it?”
“Leave my shit alone, look after your own shit.”
“…” Qing Chen appeared stunned by the crude language. Then he wryly smiled, “Should I praise you for your eloquence?”
“No need, no need. However, people like you cause quite a headache,” she flashed a sideways glance at him and said. “They become very scary once they get attached to something.” This guy has a steady expression on his face. He is the type of person that most people could only look but never touch. However, once he gets attached, he’ll be really warm and affectionate. Also, he’s really good looking…
“When did you learn to tell fortunes like that?”
“It’s not fortune-telling. You see, you’re attached to very few things, which is why you can let them go easily. However, once you’ve attached yourself, isn’t it natural to devote yourself to it? People who appeared cool and detached are often the most stubborn. For people with many interests, their hearts are divided towards multiple things. They might appear generous and magnanimous but, in reality, their feelings are very thin,”
Qing Chen thought over her words seriously. Finally, he said, “Are you complimenting me?”
“You may think of it that way,”
“What about yourself? What are you like in your opinion?”
“Me? I’m just ordinary. I’m lucky to meet up with good friends. Thanks to the blessing of Ocean Heart Flames, I’m able to advance my Cultivation. However, I can’t be considered too good either. So, about middling?”
Qing Chen eyed her for a moment. That she would call herself ordinary… for a moment, he really didn’t know what to say.
Ordinary? The reason why they have this group of people was all because of her. The fact that they could get along so well, have fun with each other and quarrelled good-naturedly was a miracle in itself. After all, geniuses always did have their own eccentricities.
Xuan Yin was cold and unfriendly. Dong-Fang Zhen might appear amiable at first but was very arrogant. Lin Fan has a calm temperament but doesn’t make friends easily. Qi Chuyun was similar to Lin Fan. However, non of them wish to show their bad side around Shiyu.
Perhaps people really don’t know themselves.
The fact that Shiyu could develop a method that uses beast core to directly raise Cultivation levels had already overshadowed all of them in terms of skill. That single piece of meat that day saved them at least a year, perhaps even a decade of effort. Moreover, if the other food created by  Shiyu was to judge by, she had been researching actively on her own all this while. Has the research been completed? Would she create something even more incredible in the future?
This alone was enough food for thought.
To think that this person who could achieve such shocking results would think herself as ordinary.
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 The reason why Shiyu would call herself ordinary, was because it’s true. As someone who had read the original novel and knew just how high these people could reach, her sights were different from the rest.
Qing Chen’s way of thinking was not wrong. In fact, he’s very intelligent. Only, Shiyu has access to information he did not. In her eyes, the people around her were all investments. She freely lends a hand to them now, while they were still starry-eyed newbies who have yet to reach their full potential. Right now, these people were all overshadowed by Wen Heng, however, there would come a time when they would overshadow that untouchable golden thigh.
Once these little saplings grew up, she could crouch under the shade of these big trees and hug as many golden thighs as she likes.
As for making a name for herself… what a joke. Why should she expose herself to the wind and sun when she could enjoy the shade under the trees?
Big trees are wonderful things. She could take cover on a snowy day by a fire and eat fragrant banana pancakes while admiring the beautiful scenery around. On hot days, she could swing her legs and enjoy Crayfish in Mala Sauce and sip on Sour Plum Soup while listening in on the chatter around her.
Such leisurely days are more wonderful than fighting with people for something as fleeting as fame.
[Gumihou: Gumi is not sure what this chapter is supposed to achieve… ]
Gumihou is keeping track so that you don’t have to ~
|凝氣||Condensation Stage||Stage 1|
|化丹||Core Transformation||Stage 2|
|凝丹(46)||Core Condensation||Stage 3|
|化神(52)||Divine Transformation||Stage 4|
|成嬰||Nascent Formation||Stage 5|
|返墟||Revert Decay||Stage 7|
|歸真||Original Purity||Stage 8|
|成仙||Become immortal||Stage 9|
 Added Details for Logistic Purpose: Pavilion, closing of umbrella, where the boulder/chair is, are they sitting in the rain? Are their butts wet? None of these was clarified.  Added Details for Dramatic Purpose: Since author-san wants Shiyu to appear intelligent and awesome, Gumi will do her best.
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