Zheng Yang scratched his head in embarrassment at having his intentions pointed out so directly by Wei Ruyan.

"Fine, fine. I'll agree to your request!" Seeing the look on Zheng Yang's face, Wei Ruyan sighed deeply before relenting. With a glint in her eyes, she asked, "So, what do you need me to do? Shall I poison her? If you want, I can guarantee her a slow and painful death, and you can be assured that there will be no evidence pointing to you. If you are worried about her family getting vengeance on you, I can help you get rid of them as well…"

"A-ah… It's alright. I think I can handle it by myself," Zheng Yang replied with a shudder.

He was getting the feeling that he might have erred in his judgement when he requested his junior's help.

"There's no need to stand on ceremony. If you don't want her dead, I can concoct some pills that will eat into her mind and turn her into a puppet. She will become your toy to play with, and you won't need to worry about her turning against you at all…" Wei Ruyan continued throwing out ideas with a nonchalant look on her face.

"Cough cough…" Zheng Yang quickly interrupted Wei Ruyan's train of thought. "Junior, I just remembered that I still have other stuff to attend to! You seem to be rather busy as well, so I guess I won't trouble you for such trivialities. Farewell!"

And so, he immediately turned tail and fled.

As expected of the master of Poison Hall… Wei Ruyan was truly not someone to be trifled with!

However, before Zheng Yang could get far, he heard the sound of wind behind him. Turning around, he saw a frail figure following behind him, and he was nearly scared out of his wits.Find authorized novels in Webnovel,faster updates, better experience,Please click www.webnovel.com for visiting.

"Junior Ruyan…" Zheng Yang said with a hint of bitterness in his voice.

"I get it, you don't need to waste your breath explaining. I was only making some casual remarks; it's not as if I am fond of meaningless slaughter! Even if I want to make a move, I'll only make a move on those who are an Ancient Sage and above. Ordinary humans don't really pique my interest anymore!" Wei Ruyan harrumphed.

While she was the master of the Poison Hall, she was not the kind of person who would take away a life for trivial reasons. Her words might not reflect it, but having lost her loved ones before, she was well aware of the value of life.

Besides, if she dared make light of life, her teacher would probably be the first one to whip her to death.

"But…" Zheng Yang protested weakly.

He knew that his junior had just been pulling his leg, but he really did not dare order a person as skilled with poison as Wei Ruyan around!

If she lost her cool and released her poison, he would really be at a loss.

"No buts. Lead the way forward. If you dare say another meaningless word, I'll poison you mute!" Wei Ruyan flung her hands coolly.

"…" Zheng Yang nearly burst into tears.

What the heck was that?

If he had known that would happen earlier, there was no way that he would have turned to her for help. Things really seemed to be getting out of his control. It was as if he had gotten onboard a pirate's ship and could not alight anymore.

The two of them swiftly flitted out of Hongtian Academy, and not too long later, they stopped right before a majestic manor. This manor was truly humongous in size, spanning the width of an entire street.

Looking down at the manor from the sky, Zheng Yang was confused. "Wait a moment, this doesn't seem right…"

"What's wrong?" Wei Ruyan walked up to his side.

"I used to live in this area, and I'm sure that it's a civilian area. Why would there be such a huge manor here?" Zheng Yang remarked in astonishment.

His family was not too well-to-do. Otherwise, if he had gone through systematic training, he would not have had difficulties clearing Wang Chao laoshi's assessment!

Before he left, the place had still been an ordinary civilian housing area. When did such a massive manor appear there?

"Isn't that question a really simple one to answer? You just have to grab a person off the streets and ask him."

Wei Ruyan descended to the ground and walked up to a tea stand. Looking at the owner of the tea stand, she asked, "Friend, may I ask if this manor has recently been constructed?"

The owner of the tea stand initially could not be bothered to answer the question, but when he saw the looks of the young lady, a smile blossomed on his face as he quickly answered, "Young lady, it must be your first time in Tianxuan Royal City! You're right, this manor was recently constructed. The construction began a year ago, and it was completed in less than a month. It's said that all of the top craftsmen in the area worked tirelessly within this period of time in order to complete this project on time! Take a look at the layout of the courtyard. Rumor has it that the owner of the manor hired landscapers, making it a building even grander than the royal palace itself!"

"Even landscapers were brought in?"

Wei Ruyan and Zheng Yang exchanged gazes.

Most civilians in Tianxuan Royal City might have been unaware of the significance of landscapers, but the two of them were fully aware. Even large clans like the Zhang Clan would have to tap into some connections in order to contact a landscaper. If the owner of the manor had the resources to build this manor and connections to hire a landscaper… why would they still choose to live in Tianxuan Royal City?

"Do you know whose manor this is?" Zheng Yang asked out of curiosity.

"It's the Su Clan's manor!" the owner of the tea stand replied.

"Su Clan?" Zheng Yang was perplexed. "Since when has there been a Su Clan in Tianxuan Royal City?"

The Four Great Clans of the Tianxuan Royal City had always been the Wang, Liu, Bai, and Du. There had never been any notable Su Clans in the vicinity before.

"You have never heard of the Su Clan? Do you know of its clan head, Su Maoqing?" the owner of the tea stand asked with a frown.

"Su Maoqing?" Zheng Yang's body jolted as he looked as if he had heard something unbelievable. "Is… Is his daughter Su Feifei?"

"That's right!" The owner of the tea stand nodded in response. "If not for his daughter finding a good son-in-law, there's no way that he, Su Maoqing, would have been able to live in such a luxurious manor! If it was two years ago, he wouldn't have been able to afford the tea from my stand! Even the clothes that he wore were shabby and ugly. However, after finding himself that son-in-law, the one thing that he doesn't lack now is money. I heard that he spent a total of ten gold coins just for his dinner yesterday!"

"Wait a moment! Son-in-law?" Zheng Yang cut into the owner's words. Unknowingly, his hands had already clenched into fists.

"Huh? It looks like you really don't know much, do you? However, you are right to ask me about the matter! I have been working here for more than ten years now, and there's nothing in this area that escapes my notice!"

The owner of the tea stand was becoming more and more passionate in his words, such that it was starting to feel as if he would never stop. "His daughter, Su Feifei, somehow got to know a noble of some empire. The noble is rich and powerful, and he built this massive manor just for the two of them. Otherwise, given the capabilities of that father and daughter, do you think that they would ever have been able to afford something of this scale?"

"I see…" Zheng Yang replied as he nodded in a daze.

"So, this Su Feifei is the young lady whom you fancied in the past? It seems like she doesn't a good eye for people!" Wei Ruyan chuckled softly as she sent a telepathic message to Zheng Yang.

Be it the noble of whichever empire or what, even emperors would pale in comparison to the current Zheng Yang!

To think that Su Feifei had actually forsaken the pearl before her eyes to settle with a mere noble… It sure would be interesting to break open her mind and find out what she was thinking once she found out what she had missed out on.

"I…" Zheng Yang was momentarily unable to find the words to speak.

Back then, he had been rejected by Su Feifei right before the assessment, resulting in his forceful spearmanship being riddled with hesitance. As a result, he had failed to come under Wang Chao's tutelage.

"Look, they are coming out!"


The massive gates of the manor creaked open, and a young lady holding onto the arm of a middle-aged man walked out from within.

The young lady was decent looking, but in terms of appearance, she would hardly be a match for even Shen Bi Ru, let alone Wei Ruyan, Zhao Ya, and the others. The middle-aged man beside her had a plump body and slightly distorted facial features. His size was even more exaggerated than Yuan Tao's.

Despite so, the young lady's chin remained proudly tilted upward, as if she was holding onto the hand of a charming prince.

Seeing this sight, Wei Ruyan scoffed, "The person you liked actually married such an ugly old man?"

It was likely that Su Feifei had married the other party for his money, but how in the world could Su Feifei bear sleeping beside someone like that every night if it was not true love?

Breathing out deeply, Zheng Yang turned around and said, "Let's go!"

This was the first person whom he had liked, and his crush on her had lasted more than five years. All he wanted was to pay her one last visit so as to put down his feelings for her once and for all. Since he had met her, and it seemed like she was living blissfully… that was already enough for him.

"Go? The show hasn't even started yet, so how can we go at such an exciting moment?" Wei Ruyan chuckled softly as her lips crept into a smile.



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