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Chapter 1115 Who Said No One Will Accept Him?
This young man’s stubbornness had affected the normal examination order. The outer elder reminded him again and again with good intentions, but he didn’t expect that the young man would be so ungrateful. The outer core elder snorted and said, “Since you want to humiliate yourself, you can take the a.s.sessment. But I have to remind you that according to your previous examination results, even if you have a full score on the perseverance test, you can’t possibly join the Swordsmans.h.i.+p-seeking Sect. ”
“But I heard that there was a senior in the Swordsmans.h.i.+p-seeking Sect who entered the sect with his perseverance test result. His apt.i.tude for martial arts was also very poor, but now he is already one of the world’s most powerful people.” On the young man’s tanned face, his eyes were s.h.i.+ning with amazing brilliance, like a burning flame.
The elder was stunned for a moment. He then smiled contemptuously and said, “Are you talking about Elder Zhang Fan, the Mad Saber? Haha, Elder Zhang did enter the sect with excellent perseverance, but you should know that besides that aspect, his attribute and comprehension ability were not the worst. That was why he had a chance. As for you… I’m not trying to discourage you, but with your terrible apt.i.tude and comprehension ability, you’re destined not to practice martial arts for the rest of your life.”
When the skinny youth heard this, a trace of despair flashed through his eyes.
His body trembled slightly, and he lowered his head as if he was sobbing silently. But in the next moment, when he quickly raised his head, he still stubbornly said, “Elder, thank you for your reminder. I want to give it a try.”
As he spoke, he turned around and strode into the perseverance test tactical deployment.
“You don’t know what’s good for you.” A white-robed youth who was taking the test simultaneously laughed coldly.
Most of the others also disdained this tanned boy, who smelled like a beggar. “Humph, how dare you compare yourself with the Mad Saber? Who do you think you are? You really overestimate yourself.”
Under countless gazes of contempt, the tanned and thin young man took a deep breath and prepared himself for the test.
In the end, a total of 100 teenagers were sitting in the tactical deployment.
The outer core elder activated the tactical deployment.
In an instant, terrifying might was released, and all the teenagers’ faces changed.
The tanned and thin young man even paused and almost collapsed to the ground. He had no martial arts foundation at all, and his body was extremely thin and weak, almost unable to bear this kind of pressure. But in a short moment, he gritted his teeth and straightened his body.
The patterns of the tactical deployment flickered, and the pressure was constantly increasing.
The young man’s face turned deathly pale. His body began to tremble, and he held on with great difficulty.
“Let’s bet on how long that brat can hold on.” The group of well-dressed teenagers pointed and discussed outside the tactical deployment. The young man in purple said with a smile, “I bet he won’t last more than 30 minutes!”
“Haha, yeah. Just 15 minutes!”
The well-dressed youths began to tease the tanned and thin young man.
They all had a solid foundation in martial arts and came from a well-known martial arts family. They were talented and their previous achievements were nice. It would not a be problem for them to enter the Swordsmans.h.i.+p-seeking Sect. Therefore, from now on, they regarded themselves as nominal disciples of the sect. It was as if they were taking command of their world.
“There’s no need to lower ourselves to the level of a brute,” another arrogant young man said. “Humph, he really doesn’t know what’s good for him by comparing himself to Senior Mad Saber.”
Time pa.s.sed by along with the discussion of the crowd.
In the tactical deployment, some teenagers finally couldn’t stand the horrible pressure and left.
The number of people in the tactical deployment gradually decreased.
In the blink of an eye, 30 minutes had pa.s.sed, and only less than 50 youths were still persisting. Moreover, to everyone’s surprise, the tanned and thin youth was still holding on, and his situation was already extremely miserable. He had almost been bitten his lips rotten while fresh blood seeped out from the corners of his mouth, and there were even fine and dense beads of blood that were the size of needles seeping out from his tanned skin. Obviously, he was enduring terrifying pressure.
“I didn’t expect…” A young man in finery was stunned.
That outer core elder was also a bit shocked, but he shook his head sympathetically.
The tanned and thin young man’s temperament and perseverance were indeed not bad. Ordinary people could not hold on for such a long time with such an awful foundation. Unfortunately, the young man’s other qualifications were terrible. He was not talented enough and not meant to learn martial arts at all.
Time quickly pa.s.sed.
There were less than ten people left in the tactical deployment.
The tanned and thin youth was actually still holding on.
It was just that at this moment, he was doing even worse. He almost became a man of blood. His whole body was wrapped in plasma, and his clothes were stained with blood. He could no longer sit cross-legged and was lying on the spot like a pile of mud, and his blood flowed along the patterns of the tactical deployment on the ground.
If it weren’t for the fact that his body was still wriggling slightly, others would perhaps have thought that he had fainted.
According to the exam rules, once someone fainted, it meant that his test was over.
It was truly hard to imagine what sort of power was supporting the young man.
Even the well-dressed teenagers who had teased the tanned and thin youth before no longer showed him contempt at this time, but they did not take his situation seriously. His apt.i.tude was too poor. Even if he could endure the pain and coercion, he could not become a disciple of the Swordsmans.h.i.+p-seeking Sect. In this world, the cultivation of martial arts was all about talent. If a man didn’t have any talent, all his efforts would be in vain.
Finally, the a.s.sessment time ended.
Only three figures were left in the tactical deployment.
One was an elegant young man in white, one was a young scholar with a cold expression, and the last was the thin and tanned youth who was on the verge of breaking down.
“Time’s up. The a.s.sessment is over.” The outer core elder announced the results loudly.
The elegant young man and the young scholar stood up. Their faces were slightly pale. Obviously, this was not their limit. However, the tanned and thin young man could no longer get up. He was lying on the ground like a pile of mud, and his surroundings were stained with blood. He was barely waiting for the examination results, and his gaze was stubborn and eager.
“Li Yun’s perseverance exceeds first cla.s.s, Mu Tian’s perseverance surpa.s.ses first cla.s.s, Zhou Fan’s perseverance….” The outer core elder looked at the tanned and thin young man, paused, and then said, “Zhou Fan’s perseverance is at supreme cla.s.s!”
As soon as he said that, the people around him exclaimed.
“His perseverance is at supreme cla.s.s?
“This is the highest evaluation the sect can give.”
In the same test, the elegant young man Li Yun and the young scholar Mu Tian performed even better. Unexpectedly, they only exceeded first cla.s.s. However, Zhou Fan, who seemed about to be disabled and become a pile of blood, actually got supreme cla.s.s.
The tanned and thin teenager’s name was Zhou Fan.
“Can… can… I still… join… Swordsmans.h.i.+p-seeking Sect?” Zhou Fan asked weakly. If ordinary people were in such a situation, they would have fainted, but he was still holding on and asked the question stubbornly.
The outer core elder sighed in his heart and couldn’t bear to tell him the answer, but in the end, according to the rules of the sect, he shook his head and said, “You… Although I admire your perseverance, your previous examination results are just too bad… In the cultivation of martial arts, perseverance is not indispensable, so… so you can hardly enter the sect.”
As soon as these words were spoken, everyone exclaimed with pity.
As for the tanned and thin young man, he seemed to have been struck by lightning, and he was dumbstruck. He seemed to have instantly lost all vitality and had become a statue.
Then, two streams of clear warm tears rolled down from his eyes.
He growled like a wild beast. In a voice that only he could hear, he said regretfully, “Dad, mom, I’m sorry, I… I still… failed… I…”
His eyes, which had been burning with a fiery light before, instantly lost all their color.
Using his arms to support his body, he crawled toward the outside of the tactical deployment little by little, like a walking dead.
“Well… Elder, can’t you be lenient? This young brother is devoted to martial arts…” The elegant youth Li Yun couldn’t help but plead.
“Yeah,” said the young scholar, Mu Tian. “Elder, I also feel that Brother Zhou’s perseverance is shocking. It would be a great pity if you don’t take him in!”
The elder sighed, shook his head, and said, “The rules of these exams are set by the Sect Master. They have always been strictly followed over the years. I am just an outer core elder and can’t make an exception. Moreover, Zhou Fan’s talent is too poor. Even if he practices, it will only be a waste of resources and time. He might as well just be an ordinary person… No one will accept him as their disciple!”
What he said basically put an end to Zhou Fan’s chances of cultivation.
The thin and tanned young man, who had been holding on to the last shred of hope, had completely given up.
The people around him also sighed.
But at this moment, a calm and firm voice suddenly came from the side. Someone said, “Who said that no one would accept him as a disciple? I’ll take Zhou Fan in.”
It was so sudden, and everyone was stunned and looked in the direction of the voice.
A young man in a cotton robe with ordinary looks and slightly tanned skin slowly walked out of the crowd and came to Zhou Fan.
“Eh? It’s one of the handymen of the sect just now.” Someone among the well-dressed teenagers recognized that this young man was one of the handymen who had met them and been scolded by them before.
The others were also very curious. They didn’t know who this young man was. “How dare he refute the outer core elder of the Swordsmans.h.i.+p-seeking Sect? His clothes are ordinary and simple. He doesn’t seem to be from the Swordsmans.h.i.+p-seeking Sect. Is he from some other sect? Did he come to the Swordsmans.h.i.+p-seeking Sect to rob them of their talents?”
However, right at this moment, the outer core elder’s expression instantly changed, and he immediately ran over to the young man in a few steps, bowed respectfully, and said, “I didn’t know it was you, Elder Zhang. Please forgive me for my negligence.”
As soon as he said that, the crowd burst into an uproar.
“Is this cotton-robed young man also a member of the Swordsmans.h.i.+p-seeking Sect? His status seems to be even higher than that of the outer core elder who presides over the a.s.sessment.”
The young men in finery were also stunned.
“Well… Elder Li, you’re too courteous. You’re a senior to me…” A shy smile appeared on the young man’s face, and then he said, “I’m sorry, Elder Li. I just feel that I seem to have a predestined relations.h.i.+p with this child, so I suddenly want to take him as my disciple. I didn’t mean to cause trouble in the examination.”
The outer core elder quickly said with a smile, “It’s fine. He doesn’t know that he’s too lucky to be valued by you, the Mad Saber…” Then, he said to Zhou Fan, who looked as desperate as a walking dead, “Silly child, what are you waiting for? Didn’t you hear what he said? Elder Zhang is willing to accept you as his disciple. You have now truly reached success in one step!”
The crowd was about to go mad.
“Did I hear that right?
“The Mad Saber? This young man in a cotton robe is Zhang Fan, the Mad Saber? He’s going to accept the thin and tanned youth as his disciple?
“Good Heavens! That youth is so incredibly lucky!”
When Zhou Fan, who had been completely desperate, heard what Elder Li said, he raised his head in a daze as if he could not believe his words. He looked at Zhang Fan blankly and seemed to not understand what had happened for a moment.