Chapter 579: Apologize
Bai Yunfei's face looked a little dark after he listened to Dongfang Yuhui's explanation, though no one seemed to know what he was thinking about.
"How about it? You've heard the story, Bai Yunfei. Your students were the one who instigated this, and over a little spat from your female students. A student of mine was grievously injured, your students should be heavily punished!!" Lu Ren glared at Bai Yunfei.
"That's right!! You must have them apologize to my young master and the young miss from the Chen and accept a heavy punishment!!" The attendant from the Xue piped up next.
Wu Yang's eyes flew open with anger, "Outrageous! Apologize to them? I was the one to hit them, shouldn't you be asking me to apologize?!"
"Er...that..." The attendant blustered, his eyes shifting away to look at anywhere other than the fourth prince. The nature of the fourth prince was well known to many people there, and although Wu Yang wasn't acting on with imperial dignity yet, the attendant didn't dare simply ask for Wu Yang to 'take responsibility'.
The attendant was after all a member of the imperial system. To warrant hostilities with the fourth prince would be unwise. It was only because instructor Lu Ren was there in capacity as an instructor of the academy that the attendant could afford to throw around the word of 'fairness' in this conversation with Wu Yang.
Just as the fourth prince was about to call upon his station as a prince to 'dissolve' the matter, Bai Yunfei spoke up.
"Yes. You're right. An apology is needed."
He had spoken after thinking for a long moment, but his words had completely caught everyone off guard.
The attendant sighed inwardly to himself--he hadn't thought that Bai Yunfei would be so soft like that to concede. This also meant he wouldn't have to deal with the fourth prince, and now he could come out from this messy affair looking relatively safe.
Even the instructor next to Lu Ren looked astonished at Bai Yunfei's reaction. He originally thought that Bai Yunfei would fight the accusations, thus why the instructor came with Lu Ren in the first place to stand on the side of 'fairness' to teach Bai Yunfei a lesson.
But then Bai Yunfei simply gave up and 'conceded' then and there.
The ones injured by Wu Yang all looked pleased with themselves as if they had just won a battle.
The ones who reacted the most were Bai Yunfei's own students. Many of them looked incredulously at him, some of them having looks of disappointment in their eyes.
Seeing the finish line in sight now, the attendant smiled with relief. "Haha, so you finally admit it. Let's have these lowly plebeians apologize to the young master then. If my young master is pleased enough, we'll think about being lenient!"
Bai Yunfei frowned. Looking at the man as if he was an idiot, Bai Yunfei spoke, "You misunderstand. I didn't say my students will be the ones apologizing."
"What?!" The attendant cried along with the others with him.
Bai Yunfei pointed a finger at Xue Gui, "Have those that bullied my students come forward and apologize to my students. I won't pursue the matter after that."
He then pointed at the attendant, "As for you. You've a filthy mouth. Slap yourself on the face ten times and I'll forgive you."
The entire crowd all stared incredulously at Bai Yunfei as if they weren't sure if what they heard from him was correct.
"This is absurd!!"
The attendant responded after a few mute seconds. "You...what is the meaning of this?!" He cried, growing practically purple in the face."
"Was I not clear? Or do you not understand human language?"
"I...yo--you!" The attendant's body quivered intensely to glare at Bai Yunfei. He didn't know how to respond to Bai Yunfei's arrogant attitude towards him at all.
Lu Ren stepped in to intervene, "Bai Yunfei, how could you be so unreasonable?! Your students were the ones to injure the other. What logic is there in having the injured party apologize?"
"My student is also injured" Bai Yunfei pointed at Mo Chen.
"How can his injuries even compare to the injuries of Xue Gui?!"
"It isn't as if he's my student."
The big-nosed instructor next to Lu Ren finally chose then to break his silence with angry words. "Bai Yunfei! You're being unreasonable here!! I came here today to seek fairness from you! Your student injured the other, stop twisting your words with your illogicalness!"
"I know that it was my student who was first bullied, thus why I ask your student to apologize."
Again, the crowd grew silent with how 'unreasonable' Bai Yunfei was being. None of them had thought to see that happen.
Bai Yunfei stared at the quivering attendant from the Xue with a bored expression, "Let's hurry it up then. I've a class to teach."
He still wanted the attendant to 'hurry up' and slap himself?! Unable to hold himself any longer, his fatty cheeks started to jiggle in his anger, "Filthy undesirables! Vagabonds and plebeians, all of you!! How dare you all! Teach them a harsh lesson they won't forget!!"
He was the one responsible for the finance and attendants in the house of Xue, how could he stand for such disrespect like this? Already, he saw himself as a 'noble' that stood over the others people who didn't match him in station, such as Bai Yunfei. He only took Bai Yunfei to be an ordinary instructor that was daring to try and 'humiliate' him, thus why he was so angry today.
He would teach Bai Yunfei a fierce lesson.
Several people gasped as Bai Yunfei disappeared from sight.
The soldiers behind the attendant had been quick to follow his commands. None of them were particularly weak with three of them being late-stage Soul Ancestors and two of them early-stage Soul Exalts, but none of those five had even registered Bai Yunfei disappearing from sight when they leapt forward.
An ear-ringing sound was heard behind the soldiers.
Looking back, the soldiers were alarmed to find Bai Yunfei somehow standing right behind them! His right hand was outstretched at the moment and was falling back down to his side, but on the left side of the attendant's fatty face was a single red palm mark!
Bai Yunfei stared icily at the attendant as he held a hand to his own face. "Don't keep saying words as dirty as 'filthy plebeian' or 'undesirable'. I may have come from a commoner's life, but in my own eyes, 'nobles' like you who think yourself higher than us are nothing more but slaves."
Another slap. The left side of the attendant's face was already swollen to fill a large amount of his face.
"Ah! Ahhh!!! I'll kill you!!" The man shrieked in fury. Golden light flooded out from his body as he revealed himself to be an early-stage Soul Exalt. Raising his right hand to bring out a golden blade, he moved to slice through Bai Yunfei's throat.
There was another ringing sound when Bai Yunfei slapped the man in the face again, completely disregarding the elemental energy and soulforce protecting the Soul Exalt!!
Bai Yunfei had ignored both those two energies to completely overwhelm the man!
The soldiers cried in alarm as they threw themselves at him again. But even the fastest of the five, the two Soul Exalts, hadn't been fast enough before Bai Yunfei disappeared, leaving them to grab onto nothing but air.
With a few quick footwork, Bai Yunfei was already stepping past the soldiers and was raising his right hand again....
"Pow! Pow! Pow...."
A series of frightening sounds echoed through the air as Bai Yunfei dodged the attacks of the soldiers. There was a total of ten slapping sounds before the attendant was completely out of it, his eyes seeing nothing but stars and his mouth silent.
With Bai Yunfei using his fingers to slap the man in the face, there was a small flow of blood trickling down his mouth, and the left side of his face was at least two times bigger than his right.
"Bai Yunfei!! Stop!"
Unable to contain themselves anymore, the two other instructors moved forward to stop him.
"Hmph!" Bai Yunfei snorted. Tossing the person in his hands away, he whirled around to bring both his hands forward to push against the two instructors with his palms.
And just like that, the two instructors were sent flying away!
Completely caught off guard by how they were sent flying away by Bai Yunfei, the two instructors staggered back onto their feet in awe.
In one simple move, Bai Yunfei had shown the two that they were no match for him!
While they knew Bai Yunfei was strong due to him being able to beat Zhou Yu with his soul armaments, they hadn't believed Bai Yunfei was strong enough to force them back without even using all his strength!
Eyeing the soldiers who were immobilized with fear, and then the injured Xue Gui standing slightly farther away, Bai Yunfei spoke calmly.
The glare in his eyes had caused several of the students to gulp and quiver nervously. Xue Gui himself had been staring in fear at the knocked out attendant of his family when he started to stammer, "I--I..."
"Apologize." Bai Yunfei repeated again, a hint of severity added to his word.
Xue Gui was practically bathed in sweat now as he looked to Mo Chen and the others. "I'm....I'm sorry...."
Bai Yunfei nodded before turning to the nearly frightened out of her mind girl next to him.
She managed to squeak out towards Fang Tianmeng. She looked ready to burst into tears at any moment now, making her look to be quite the pitiful sight.
Lu Ren and the instructor was going to stop them from speaking, but the die had been cast already. Their students had apologized. Turning slightly green in the face, neither of the two spoke up again or did anything to Bai Yunfei.
Looking at the quivering students in front of him, Bai Yunfei suddenly felt a little vapid, as if he thought he was bullying them now. He frowned. Sighing, Bai Yunfei turned away from them to look at his own students.
"Let's go, we've class to have."
With that, he lead his students away up to Back Mountain.
Wu Yang, who had been stuck to the spot ever since Bai Yunfei had told the other party to apologize the first time, blinked twice. Giving Bai Yunfei an odd stare at first, he looked at the other stunned classmates of his before following him up the mountain.