While this became a sleepless night for many in Copperfield, another scene was occurring far, far away in Stuart City.
This time it was Divian who came to Stuart City specifically to find Carolyn. The mutual bosom friend feelings between the two were rather strong, and they would always find some time to meet up. Naturally, their meetings weren't quite the same as other girls.
That was because the two proceeded to have a great, sweaty fight. Naturally, it was Divian who appeared to stay in a rather good state between the two.
Divian right now was strong, extremely strong. Strong to the point of it being somewhat excessive. In their previous meeting during the OP, Carolyn had already felt the quantitative change Divian was undergoing. From the looks of it now, she had again successfully broken through. Furthermore, it was a breakthrough on all aspects!
Speed, strength, skills, even her fighting spirit, all seemed to have risen.
After completing their spar, the two took a comfortable hot bath before lying on a relaxing beach chair to rest. The bodies of the two ultra-beauties were wrapped up in bath towels, which was willfully parted to reveal their fair and perfect bodies. Due to their absolutely beautiful appearances, this would've been more than sufficient enough to instantly kill off any man who witnessed them.
"Losing once in a while really gives one a novel feeling. With regards to people at our level, there isn't much that can rival it. It seems like we have all the resources desireable, but the opportunity to make breakthroughs is still too rare to come by," Divian said in a slightly emotional tone while sipping on a cup of blended fruit juice.
"Stop, stop!" Between her laughter and tears, Carolyn immediately interrupted, saying, "How are others going to live if you're complaining about possessing too much? Just be content with what you have."
Smiling, Divian said, "There's nothing I'm discontent about. It's just an occasional lament of mine. Speaking of which, you hadn't improved in the slightest the past half-year. I also heard you've been in contact with Solomon? Was that the will of your clan?"
Carolyn also smiled as she replied, "Keeping in contact with Solomon isn't as complicated as you think. It's just some business dealings. He bought a few rune cannons from us and only recently found the issue with the cannonballs. As such, he's trying to dig around here and there, talking to me all day long."
"Serves them right. The core technique that changed the rune cannons came from Old Potter and isn't something that empire could just convert. But don't you think you're oversimplifying matters?" Divian said with a spurious smile. "Don't pretend your clan doesn't care about this matter. They're purposefully allowing you to take the step forward. Especially since the other side is Solomon. I don't believe your clan's higher-ups have no intention of pairing you two together."
"Perhaps the clan has some thoughts in this area, but he and I aren't the same kind of people. We can't seem to work up a conversation in any area."
"What kind of person does Solomon make you think of?"
Thinking it over a bit, Carolyn answered, "He's very ambitious and very strong, but too shrewd as a youth. There are times when I feel as though I'm speaking with a member of my father's generation, or even my ancestor's when I talk business with him. It's extremely tiring, you know? He can be considered the type that won't allow anyone to control him."
"So you like those obedient types, huh?" Divian had a teasing smile as she continued, "Could it be like that little lover of yours over in Tianjing? What was his name? Did you maintain any kind of contact with him recently?"
Suddenly questioned on this matter, Carolyn gawked slightly before returning to her smile. With a slight sigh she said, "Don't mention it. I completely forgot about that…"
Mouth gaping in an exaggerated fashion, Divian exclaimed in 'shock', "Oh, is that right? We talked about it last time we met and didn't you say he made your heart go 'badump'?"
"There was indeed some attraction, but that's as far as it gets." Carolyn's smile turned faint. "Perhaps it will just stay a beautiful and perfect memory for the rest of my life, but there just isn't any possibility of a good ending."
Knitting her forehead, Divian asked, "Is it due to the difference in status? Or your clan matters?"
"As if I'm that shallow." Carolyn appeared more mature than before, during their other meetups, as she said indifferently, "Even if the family was acting troublesome I would still have the ability to make my own decisions when it comes to love. But…"
Looking earnestly at Divian, she continued, "Do you think I would truly be able to get together with him? That we would be able to communicate on the same level? Or even maintain the same level of happiness and joy?"
Divian turned quiet for a while. With their identities and statuses, their lessons, the things they received and enjoyed, it truly was much, much more than what any ordinary person can imagine.
"I guess it's best that you were able to think about this point. Acting impulsive can only last for a while. As time goes on you'll discover his various weaknesses and insufficiencies. Rather than endure those feelings of disappointment, it'll be better for you to leave it as a beautiful memory. Maybe that's why those children stories don't have any follow-ups," Divian said while sipping her fruit juice, swinging her long legs.
Did the prince and princess enjoy a blessed life? Nope. The two would have quickly found out how irritating their partners were.
These two heaven favoured daughters present together revealed a less than respectable image. From time to time they would make small movements that would reveal a bit of their radiance and springtime. Such scenes would definitely drive men mad, while other women would've felt despair. Fortunately there was just the two of them and no one else.
A faint smile suddenly appeared on Carolyn's face as she said, "Perhaps this would also be true for him. He did treat me as though I were an ordinary person."
For an academy student without a single inkling of a clan background, even if he had some talent he would still have to rush around and tire himself in order to live and survive.
On the other hand, this heaven favoured daughter stood at the top of the Federation since birth and would always be around the elites of the political world, discussing the future development of mankind. There was indeed no way for this couple to have any common words between them. Once their relationship was exposed, then even those with a certain level of background wouldn't be able to endure the repercussions, nevermind a single weed-like existence.
There was no despise behind this view. Instead, it was just reality. A slightly cruel, cold reality.
Could they fight for it? In the eyes of ordinary people, such an undertaking would be extremely extraordinary, to the point where one would be crowned a hero. But before an enormous leviathan like the Stuart Clan, no matter how combat-capable one was one would just be a higher-priced fighter and nothing else.
"Many things are best when presented in a haze," Carolyn said calmly. "Rather than walk close to him and break this beautiful memory at the end, it would b e best to let the memories remain forever in my heart. That would be the best ending for this."
Alright, I understood. In your heart, then, he'll remain an incomparable and unrivaled hero." Divian decided to stop questioning Carolyn and just ended with, "I respect your beautiful dream!"
The sound of their glasses clinking together reverberated faintly through the luxurious relaxation room.
Wang Zhong had chatted with Old Potter the entire night, talking about stuff that wasn't as worthless as what the others had thought. In fact, the conversation they had provided each of them with mutual enlightenment.
For Old Potter, this little Wang Zhong fellow's basic theory on rune patterns may have appeared a bit shallow in foundation, but his groundbreaking way of thinking and creativity was still stronger than his own. While he had been thinking about '1', this brat had already begun to think about '3'. Yet, he still managed to reach that point with extreme reasoning and logic. In comparison, Old Potter felt his own ideas to be too limited in scope.
As for Wang Zhong, while his ideas were on the right track they were still too wide and expansive, and he still needed Old Potter's help in tying together some of the more important technological summations and evaluations. This summation and evaluation made Wang Zhong sigh with incomparable admiration. It was with this mutual supplementation of deficiencies that led to the both of them seeing the other as having the missing piece to the puzzle. This feeling made them feel absolutely content within their hearts.
With the coaxing of Old Potter, coupled with a few threats and promises, rather than stay in Copperfield Academy and toss himself into scientific research without a thought, Wang Zhong decided to accept working together with Old Potter in writing a thesis paper regarding the lives of rune patterns. The main writer would be Old Potter with Wang Zhong assisting him by his side.
Due to Old Potter's excitement in preparing the resources for this paper, he completely disappeared the next few days after that night.
Currently, the special training had ended up calming into a state of everyone participating in the lessons while declining to mention the previous night's matter. Although they were curious, they just lacked any kind of relationship with Wang Zhong that would allow them to conveniently say a few words. Furthermore, everyone had already begun to discriminate against Tianjing, so it just wasn't all that easy to suddenly get intimate with him.
In the end, other than receiving a few attentive gazes during the lessons in the academy, the rest was basically no different from normal. Other than, of course, the change in treatment Tianjing Academy now received.
With Old Potter's special care, the academy helped provide the Tianjing Squadron with specially arranged temporary training grounds. These were the private grounds of the Potter Clan and weren't inferior in any way to that of the Wild Beast Squadron. The key point here was that the Wild Beast Society's training grounds had to stuff ten squadrons inside, while only nine people from Tianjing Academy stayed at the specially allocated one.
This was but one of the little tricks Old Potter pulled because of the extreme pain he felt toward Wang Zhong's thoughts of 'military before academics'. No matter the cost, he had to find a way to show Wang Zhong that the right path for humans was to throw themselves completely into scientific research.
Threats and connections wouldn't work for such matters. It was more reliable to systematically and patiently guide him onto the right course. With regard to human relations, the more one owed you the harder it became for you to get rejected in the future. Furthermore, not only was he letting Wang Zhong witness and recognize his veteran strength in scientific research, but he had also lent him the training grounds and even tossed in twenty-thirty service staff with but a single word. Old Potter didn't doubt that a young, talented youth such as Wang Zhong wouldn't be touched by a single thought about the strength and authority being shown.
And indeed, Wang Zhong didn't reject his offers. What Tianjing Academy needed at the moment for their training was the space to practice their movements and shifting combat tactics. If they were to try and crowd in with that side at the Wild Beast Society, then they would only be able to undergo personal training.
His quick decision was partly because Ma Dong had influenced him into not placing himself at a loss, and partly because… he had already accepted his participation in the thesis paper. Such an undertaking obviously required some compensation! From what Old Potter had said, only two names were allowed to be hung on the back of this thesis paper. As for how enormous the benefits this paper would provide Wang Zhong, that was so, so far off into the future that it couldn't even be considered for the time being.
After staying in Copperfield City during the past few days, the Tianjing group had more or less gotten used to the rhythm of the city. More recently, Wang Zhong had grown to love running toward the library, to the point where he even skipped a few squadron sessions on the training grounds!
Basically, their current training was led by Scarlet and Grai, the two of them having the deepest understanding of the various changes in Wang Zhong's combat tactics. What they needed to do now was simply review and revise the training they had started back at Tianjing Academy. As such, they weren't that bad of a situation whenever Wang Zhong suddenly chose to play hooky.
This afternoon, Wang Zhong was once more in the library flipping through some stuff. Although Old Potter was the main author of that thesis paper, since Wang Zhong had agreed to help it would be best if he were to actively do his part. It was his habit to not skimp and rush when doing something.
Old Potter still had many original ideas toward this system of living rune patterns. His published 'Schoffel's Rune Pattern System' was one such piece where he previously elaborated on the topic. Naturally, he had been extremely vague at the time and had instead used the concept of the simpler 'rune pattern activities' as the point of discussion.
Bur even so, he was indeed the first person within the Federation to make a breakthrough on the aspect of rune pattern principles and boundaries and had even formed a system of classification for the subject. He was also the very first to mention that rune patterns weren't just cold formulas that simply 'existed'.
While Old Potter had yet to find another mind with an identical view of the subject, he had even more trouble coming up with substantial proof that would allow him to build up the concept. His viewpoint was indeed extremely advanced, however, and he possessed a kind of original foresight and research foundation was that countless times firmer and more practical than Wang
Most of what they spoke that night involved topics that were still in their infant stages. The basic knowledge provided with regards to living rune patterns had given Wang Zhong much enlightenment, so it was with great gusto that he began to sift through Old Potter's literary works along with additional related information from the library.
He was currently flipping through a precious book titled 'A Brief Discussion On The Living Traits Of Rune Patterns'. It was written by a famous rune pattern science from the Federation's Institute of Science long ago and was actually offered as a counter-argument to Schoffel's proposed 'living traits of rune patterns'. It wasn't spread very far and could actually be considered semi-internal information. Only places like Copperfield City and the like could so grandiosely put it up in their libraries.
Flipping through a few pages, he suddenly felt a pat on his shoulder as a voice sounded, "Hey. Such a coincidence. What book are you looking at?"
It was Laura, who didn't usually frequent the library. Bumping into her here could be considered a coincidence.
Grinning, Wang Zhong flipped the cover of his book and showed her the title.
"'Living traits of rune patterns'? Grandfather seemed to mention a new concept of rune patterns before. It seemed to cause some big hoo-haa at the time." Although Laura had only an ordinary understanding of rune patterns and their scientific aspects, she more or less possessed knowledge of the famous system developed by her grandfather. It was only after thinking of the conversation between her grandfather and Wang Zhong about those so-called 'living rune patterns' that she guessed they were just an upscaled version of the 'living traits of rune patterns'."
"So that was what you were talking to my grandfather about? Ever since that night I've been curious about it, yet grandfather is keeping shut." Laura couldn't hold back her laughter and continued, "Grandfather has always been trying to get proof of the concept and it became a thorn in his heart. He would talk about it a couple times every year. Don't tell me you actually gave him some enlightenment on the topic?"
If that were true, then Laura would be able to understand why Old Potter held such high regard for Wang Zhong.
Wang Zhong felt admiration for Laura's deductions. To guess such an answer that was relatively close to the truth just by reading the book's title showed she really was an extremely intelligent lady.
Spreading his hands, he said simply, "I don't dare to say I enlightened him, only that I may have given him a few pointers. It just so happens that my ideas coincided with Headmaster Schoffel's."
"Still being quite modest, I see." With a clear smile, Laura took the chance to sit beside him.
"That's just me telling the truth. What's the matter? Does Student Laura feel an interest in the theories of living rune patterns?"
"I don't have the same elegance and love for higher knowledge like the two of you," she replied, flinging her hair from side to side. She then smiled as she posed a question to him, "That's right. Two days from now will be the official start of our combat tactics training. How confident are you in your group tactics? You guys are gonna go up against Saxon. Not only is their Specter Dance Formation extremely unique, but they even have quite nice common formations."
"The main aspect of this training is participation," replied Wang Zhong. "This isn't a formal competition you know. We're just here for mutual learning."
"Oh? So calm and collected, huh? But there's nothing for you to worry about, right? Not with such good skills. After all, you did manage to dodge my soul bear in an instant."
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