In the evening, Sun Mo came out from the Battlegod Canyon and got onto the mountain peak where plenty of maple trees were growing. He cleared up his mind while admiring the sunset.
The orange sunset dyed the horizon, making it look like a wheat field waiting to be harvested.
“It’s so beautiful!”
Sun Mo subconsciously touched his pocket, wanting to take out his phone to take a photo, only to discover that there was nothing there.
This was inconvenient. He could only leave the scenery in his memories.
“It wouldn’t be bad to turn into stone either. At least, there won’t be any troubles.”
Jin Mujie stood next to Sun Mo and let out a sigh.
Next to the mountain peak, the long bulging rock was still there. The stone statue on it still maintained its pose, looking toward the sky. Nothing changed.
“But there’ll also be a lot less fun,” said Sun Mo.
“That’s right. To Teacher Sun, having risen to fame in your youth, being handsome and talented, having a high status, pockets filled with gold... there’d indeed be a lot less fun if you were to turn into a stone statue.”
Jin Mujie pouted.
Her tone sounded a little jealous.
There was no helping it. Sun Mo’s students were so outstanding and had love and respect for him, yet he didn’t let their expectations down. She felt upset upon seeing this.
“Uh, Teacher Jin...”
Sun Mo was surprised and he looked toward Jin Mujie as he thought, (I didn’t offend you, right?)
“I’m sorry, it was a slip of tongue.”
After saying that, Jin Mujie turned and quickly left.
How could she have said that?
That was too rude of her. It also made her appear narrow-minded.
Jin Mujie had followed Sun Mo here, wanting to discuss with him about their experiences in teaching students. However, in the end, her pride as a 3-star great teacher as well as a senior made it hard for her to speak up.
“Maybe she isn’t in a good mood?”
Sun Mo looked at Jin Mujie’s departing back and didn’t blame her. He knew that this great beauty from the Central Province Academy had a lot of pressure recently.
That aside, her figure was really great!
The Nine Provinces didn’t seem to be a place for monogamous marriages, right?
“Host, your thoughts are really dirty!”
The system said in disdain.
“How are they dirty?”
“You’re a great teacher. Please avoid immorality!”
The system instructed.
“Should I just go and become a monk then?”
Sun Mo rolled his eyes.
(I’ve been in Jinling for over a year and hadn’t visited those renowned shops and floating brothels on Qinhuai River. What else do you want me to do?)
Of course, Sun Mo was only complaining. He was definitely not going to become a monk.
After coming down from the mountain, Sun Mo found a random shop to have his meal and returned to the campsite. He then continued to study those sword marks.
“Teacher, have some tea!”
An Rou docilely placed a cup of white tea on the side of Sun Mo’s table.
She knew that Sun Mo had recently taken a liking to this drink.
Sun Mo let out a soft laugh.
It was so late and the teashop had since long closed for the day. However, this drink was still emitting steam. An Rou had clearly bought it in the afternoon and had just reheated it.
An Rou was given a fright and struck in awe. She quickly bowed. “Teacher is too polite. It’s my good fortune to make tea for Teacher.”
Favorable impression points from An Rou +100. Respect (3,000/10,000).
Sun Mo was speechless to hear the notification. Excellent, he had gained another fangirl. However, what came with that was heavy pressure.
If he couldn’t teach her well, he’d let her trust and admiration down.
“How’s the progress of your comprehension?”
Sun Mo asked.
The Central Province Academy’s students had all entered the third part of the canyon under his guidance. Their efficiency was astonishing.
“Thanks to Teacher, it’s very smooth-sailing. I’ve withstood 3,000 streams of sword qis and gained some rewards from it.”
An Rou stood there, looking restrained as she answered respectfully.
Sun Mo got up. “Lie down. I’ll help you check your body.”
An Rou looked overjoyed and quickly expressed her thanks. Her heart then started to palpitate when she saw the tidy bed. This was Sun Mo’s bed.
Sun Mo instructed.
An Rou discarded her distractions and quickly lay down. However, she secretly took a whiff of the bedding when Sun Mo wasn’t noticing.
Sun Mo performed the ancient massaging technique to relieve An Rou’s muscle fatigue as well as mental damage.
15 minutes later, An Rou got up, feeling invigorated and in peak condition. She expressed her thanks again.
“Can you not be so polite?”
Sun Mo felt helpless. “Oh right, how is Zhou Yu’s progress?”
“Not too good.”
At the mention of this, An Rou’s countenance immediately turned grim. “Teacher, I’ll be heading to the canyon.”
(No, I mustn’t waste any more time. I must try to get stronger as soon as possible, gaining the right to participate in the personal disciples battle. However, I mustn’t stop brewing tea for Teacher three times a day. This matter is more important than cultivating.)
Sun Mo called out, then took out a bottle of ancient whale oil, tossing it to An Rou. “Go look for Teacher Gu and get her to give you a massage.”
An Rou instantly felt agitated. This oil was rumored to be beyond amazing in the entire Central Province Academy. It was said to be the best reinforcing medicine.
Even great teachers couldn’t get it despite their willingness to spend a great amount of money on it.
“Go on quickly!”
Sun Mo went back to his studies.
His ancient massaging technique was at the grandmaster-level. The results would be superb if he were to give An Rou the massage, but she wasn’t his student after all. Applying the whale oil on her might cause criticisms.
He might as well let Gu Xiuxun do it. It’d also train her skill and also build up her reputation.
An Rou bowed deeply and ran off. After leaving the campsite, she didn’t manage to hold back and removed the bottle cork.
An intense fragrance immediately drifted out.
Just smelling it made An Rou feel invigorated.
“What is that smell?”
“Is it flowers?”
“It smells so good!”
Surprised gasps immediately rang out in the surroundings. There were even people trying to look for the source of the scent.
An Rou became nervous and quickly put back the cork, running off.
Sun Mo had just entered his focused state when he was disturbed again.
“Do you have any motives on Jin Mujie?”
Li Ruolan entered the tent. She was drenched in sweat and appeared fatigued, clearly having just been through a tough training.
“Why do you say that?”
Sun Mo felt aggrieved. He really didn’t have any motives.
“Why are you so good to her disciple?”
Li Ruolan teased, “You can’t possibly have taken a liking to that young girl, could you?”
“Hey, there are some things that you shouldn’t be saying recklessly!”
Sun Mo frowned.
“Uhh, alright, I apologize.”
Li Ruolan knew that she had gone overboard. After apologizing, she sat down next to Sun Mo, looking at those spirit runes.
“You’re helping her purely because An Rou is a student of the Central Province Academy?”
Due to the amazing effects of the giant medicine packet and the spring water beauty medicine packet, Li Ruolan had tried to get a set of each. She also heard that there was the ancient whale oil that was Sun Mo’s precious collection, and only those who were in a close relationship with him could see it. Therefore, she felt curious about Sun Mo’s generosity.
“What else do you think?”
Sun Mo asked.
“Then as your friend, can I use it?”
Li Ruolan put down the spirit runes. It was like a heavenly book and she couldn’t understand it at all. As a result, she felt greater admiration for Sun Mo.
To think that he could discover that those sword marks were spirit runes?
Favorable impression points from Li Ruolan +100. Reverence (13,870/100,000).
“Are we on such close terms?”
After saying that, Li Ruolan’s small fist hammered his arm.
“You’re so bad!”
Li Ruolan rolled her eyes at Sun Mo then broke out into a smile.
Sun Mo was quite interesting. He was unlike other men who would always smile at her and try to curry up to her, getting into her good books when they were talking to her.
There was no fun in that at all.
(Hmph, isn’t there one who dares to scold me?)
Sun Mo laughed and took out two bottles of ancient whale oil, handing them to Li Ruolan. “In the future, write more good articles about me and the Central Province Academy.”
In this era, there was no internet nor internet water army. Therefore, it was extremely difficult to build up and disseminate one’s reputation.
A top writer like Li Ruolan, who was renowned in the entire great teacher world, having a good reputation, good morals, and great writing ability, had a very high value.
She had too many readers. Some people weren’t even from the great teacher world but would buy the Great Teacher Report just to read her articles.
“I didn’t expect you to be so interest-driven. Excellent, I must expose this and say that God Hands Black Doggy Sun bribed me.”
Li Ruolan assumed a pose as if she was upright and couldn’t be bribed.
“I’d believe you if you didn’t hold onto the whale oil bottle so tightly.”
Sun Mo’s lips twitched.
Li Ruolan laughed out loud and patted Sun Mo’s shoulder hard, like treating a male best friend. She laughed to the extent that she was out of strength and leaned on him.
Sun Mo felt that this was a nice relationship.
In fact, as the Middle-Earth Nine Provinces was a feudal era, males and females were very conservative with each other. If you were to accidentally see the small feet of the ladies in their embroidered shoes when their dress hems were to lift up slightly, they’d look for a rope and head to the backyard to hang to their death on a jujube tree.
“Then I won’t stand on ceremony with you, alright?”
Li Ruolan accepted it. She would remember Sun Mo’s friendship.
Given the harvesting rate of favorable impression points that Sun Mo was having now, he didn’t care for the small things. He could easily buy a dozen of them at any time and even use them for a bath.
“Are you busy now?”
Li Ruolan put down the tent’s door and walked toward the bed after ascertaining that no one would see her.
Sun Mo shook his head. (What are you trying to do now?)
“Then what are you waiting for?”
Li Ruolan removed her leather armor and then lay down on the bed. “Hurry up.”
“I was looked down on. Therefore, I must clear the third stage of the canyon tomorrow.”
Li Ruolan was a proud person. She must let Shi Xingyan know that he was the blind one. To think that he said that her method of comprehending wouldn’t work?
That was ridiculous.
(I, Li Ruolan, have 100 times better judgment than you!)
There was definitely no problem with the comprehending method Sun Mo told her.
Sun Mo was surprised and immediately refused. “Why not get Gu Xiuxun to give you a massage?”
“Her technique won’t work.”
What Li Ruolan wanted was efficiency.
Sun Mo threw a glance outside the tent.
“Are you a man? Hurry up!”
Li Ruolan urged. She was feeling quite shy too. (But for the sake of giving that guy a slap in the face, I’m going all out.)
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