Chapter 141: Laying a Trap, Massive Gamble
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
"Kid, did you hear what the Vice Guild Master said? If you can't prove your identity as a Grade Nine Alchemist, then the Alchemist Guild will reclaim your Alchemist Guild crest." Xiao He looked at Duan Ling Tian with a gaze filled with a sense of looking at a joke.
What a joke!
He wouldn't believe no matter what that this little kid was a Grade Nine Alchemist...
One by one, the gazes of the people present descended upon Duan Ling Tian, and even more people were waiting for Duan Ling Tian to make a fool of himself.
Duan Ling Tian glanced at the surrounding people as he asked, "None of you believe that I'm Grade Nine Alchemist?"
Even though no one replied, their questioning gazes explained everything...
"You're called Xiao He?" Duan Ling Tian turned his gaze over to Xiao He, and his eyes flashed with a trace of a cunning brilliance that he didn't allow Xiao He to notice.
"Exactly, I'm Xiao He." Xiao He perked up his head in an incredibly arrogant manner as he looked down upon Duan Ling Tian.
"If do you dare to make a bet with me?" Duan Ling Tian asked.
"Humph! I'm not interested in betting with you," Xiao He sneered. Even though he didn't know what exactly Duan Ling Tian had up his sleeve, being someone who could become a Grade Nine Alchemist at the age of 20, he naturally wasn't a fool.
"Haha... The Crimson Sky Kingdom's most gifted genius alchemist, an alchemist at the age of 20? What an undeserved reputation!" Duan Ling Tian started laughing with a carefree expression, but anyone could perceive that Duan Ling Tian was actually mocking Xiao He as a cowardly person.
"Kid, don't change the subject. Didn't you hear what the Vice Guild Master said? If you can't prove you're an alchemist, then you have to hand over that Alchemist Guild crest!" Xiao He looked at Duan Ling Tian with an expression that said 'Stop acting, I saw through your act long ago.'
"When did I change the subject? The bet I want to carry out with you is precisely in response to the Vice Guild Master's request. What I want to bet on is: if I can prove that I'm a Grade Nine Alchemist, then you'll lose 5,000,000 silver to me. Conversely, if I'm unable to prove it, then I'd lose 5,000,000 silver to you.... Do you dare?" Duan Ling Tian gazed at Xiao he with a tranquil expression.
The gamble which Duan Ling Tian spoke of was like a pebble tossed onto the water, raising a thousand ripples. The surrounding crowd instantly burst into an uproar!
Even the Alchemist Guild's main guild's Vice Guild Master, Ye Lun, looked at Duan Ling Tian with a gaze full of interest. "Could it be that he really is a Grade Nine Alchemist? However, if he really is a Grade Nine Alchemist and had passed the verification process to obtain the Alchemist Guild crest, then why didn't the Alchemist Guild that registered him not report this to the main guild?" There were too many questions within Ye Lun's heart...
"5,000,000 silver?" Xiao He was stunned.
5,000,000 silver was nothing to him. If he wanted it, the Xiao Clan would surely satisfy his wish. After all, he was the genius alchemist who the Xiao Clan was focused fostering, and he was an existence would sooner or later become a Grade Seven Alchemist.
However, he had only been a Grade Nine Alchemist for a year, and most of the medicinal pills he refined were to complete the Alchemist Guild's assignments in order to earn Alchemist Guild points. Currently, he only had with him the 3,000,000 silver the clan gave him.
"What, you don't dare?" Duan Ling Tian looked at Xiao He and started laughing. "If that's the case, then I guess you think I'm a Grade nine Alchemist. Now, shouldn't you take back your questioning towards me and admit that I'm a Grade Nine Alchemist? At the same time, you must admit that I'm an even more gifted genius alchemist than you! And your reputation as the Crimson Sky Kingdom's most gifted genius alchemist of the younger generation is undeserved!"
Since Xiao He appeared, Duan Ling Tian had seen through the sort of person he was. Xiao He was an arrogant and conceited person, and it was exactly this point that he picked out to use as a means to force Xiao He to accept his bet under the gazes of everyone present.
He was confident that with Xiao He's arrogant personality, he would absolutely not admit that he didn't dare.
"Haha. What a bullsh*t genius alchemist; he's nothing more than a coward!" Duan Ling Tian continued to add fuel to the flame, breaking down the last line of defense within Xiao He's heart...
Ye Lu glanced deeply at Duan Ling Tian. "This violet-clothed youth, can it be that he's really confident?"
"OK, I agree! However, can you even produce 5,000,000 silver?" In the end, Xiao He still agreed to the bet, and he looked at Duan Ling Tian with a mocking smile.
As far as he was concerned, everything this youth said earlier was surely said on purpose to embarrass him, and now he would unravel the violet-clothed youth's lies!
Can you even produce 5,000,000 silver?
For a moment, the gazes of the surrounding crowd all descended upon Duan Ling Tian. They were all stunned by the massive gamble that Duan Ling Tian spoke of... 5,000,000 silver wasn't something that anyone would be able to casually put forth!
Even a Grade Nine Alchemist would at least need tens of years to earn that amount of silver...
"Are you sure?" After hearing what Xiao He said, Duan Ling Tian didn't rush to withdraw his silver, as he wanted to make Xiao He enter his trap completely, and in this way Xiao He wouldn't be able to go back on his word.
"What, you're scared?" Seeing Duan Ling Tian like this caused Xiao He to think that Duan Ling Tian was afraid of being found out, and he laughed loudly before looking at the surrounding people and Ye Lun. "Vice Guild Master, you and everyone present here shall be the witnesses of today's gamble..."
"I, Xiao He, and this ignorant kid establish a gamble. If he can prove that he's a Grade Nine Alchemist, I'll lose 5,000,000 silver to him! And if he is unable to prove he's a Grade Nine Alchemist, then he will lose 5,000,000 silver to me!"
As he finished speaking, Xiao He added, "But of course, the precondition to this gamble would be him being able to produce 5,000,000 silver!"
The meaning of what he said was nothing more than saying if Duan Ling Tian couldn't produce such an amount of silver, then the gamble would have no meaning.
As far as he was concerned, doing this was more than enough to reveal Duan Ling Tian's scheme.
"Of course I'll produce the silver, but I'm afraid you might not be able to." Duan Ling Tian looked at Xiao He and smiled lightly.
"I can't produce it? Kid, I'm the genius alchemist that's being fostered by the Xiao Clan; I only need to say the word to get 5,000,000 silver. I understand now, this is just your way of evading the bet because you're incapable of producing 5,000,000 silver. You said this on purpose, right?"
The smile on Xiao He's face grew even wider, and the last trace of worry within his heart vanished as he firmly believed that Duan Ling Tian wasn't able to produce such an amount of silver. And everything that happened was just something Duan Ling Tian did on purpose with the objective of making him afraid of agreeing on the bet, thus causing him be embarrassed and lose face in public.
"What, I've unraveled your lies? Don't have anything to say?" Seeing Duan Ling Tian slightly hesitating caused Xiao He to sneer. "If you don't have that much silver, then don't act beyond your means! If you're sensible, then cut the crap and hand over your Alchemist Guild crest."
Duan Ling Tian's eyes narrowed as he spoke indifferently, "As long as you can produce 5,000,000 silver and pass it to the Vice Guild Master for safekeeping, I naturally will produce my 5,000,000 silver and pass it to the Vice Guild Master as well. Unfortunately, however, you're probably unable to produce such an amount..."
The smile on the corners of Xiao He's mouth completely froze as he said, in a low voice, "Kid, are you not done? Fine, I'll pass 5,000,000 silver to the Vice Guild Master right now. Vice Guild Master, I only have 3,000,000 silver with me right now; can I borrow the other 2,000,000 silver from you?" Xiao He withdrew a stack of silver with a wave of his hand and passed it over to Ye Lun.
As the Xiao Clan's genius alchemist, Xiao He was the only one among the Xiao Clan younger generation that possessed a Spatial Ring.
Ye Lun's brows lightly twitched, but in the end he didn't say anything as he received Xiao He's silver and nodded.
"Kid, did you see that? That's my wager. Where's yours?" Xiao He held his head high as he looked at Duan Ling Tian and sneered unceasingly as he waited for Duan Ling Tian to make a fool of himself.
"What a joke! You say you're the Xiao Clan's disciple, but you have to borrow from another person just to gather a mere 5,000,000 silver...tsk tsk." Duan Ling Tian couldn't help but laugh.
"Cut the crap. Where's your wager?" Xiao He's face sank, and a desire to kill the violet-clothed youth abruptly arose within his heart.
This kid was too hard to deal with!
"Watch closely. This is my wager.... Although I'm just a nobody, I don't need to borrow money from someone else to gather a mere 5,000,000 silver." Duan Ling Tian put his hand into his pockets on purpose before withdrawing all the silver within his Spatial Ring, then he passed it over to Ye Lun. "Vice Guild Master, this is my wager. Please count it..." Ye Lun was stunned for a moment before he received the silver from Duan Ling Tian.
After counting for a moment, he nodded. "Yes, it's precisely 5,000,000 silver."
As he finished speaking, Ye Lun had an extremely complicated gaze. He vaguely realized that everything was a trap laid by this violet-clothed youth, and he was just waiting for Xiao He to jump in... He used Xiao He's conceited personality against him!
This violet-clothed youth was really too terrifying; he completely made use of Xiao He's weakness. At this point, he was almost completely sure that the violet-clothed youth was a genius that slipped through the Alchemist Guild main guild's net; he should indeed be a Grade Nine Alchemist... but he was still slightly anticipating the scene when the youth proved himself.
"What the f**k! It's really 5,000,000 silver. Who is this youth?"
"Even Xiao He wasn't able to produce 5,000,000 silver and needed to borrow some silver from the Vice Guild Master.... However, he easily produced 5,000,000 silver. Truly unbelievable!"
"Since he can produce so much silver and he initiated this gamble, could it be that he's really a Grade Nine Alchemist?"
"Since the matter has already come to this, do you think it's possible that he's so kind as to gift so much money to Xiao He?"
"If he's really a Grade Nine Alchemist, then it's really too unbelievable! An 18-year-old Grade Nine Alchemist is absolutely a new record within our Crimson Sky Kingdom!"
"Looks like we're lucky enough to witness this special moment."
The surrounding crowd grew in number, as everyone who entered the Alchemist Guild crowded over. After some of the people who were unaware of what happened heard of the sequence of events from the person beside them, they looked at Xiao He and Duan Ling Tian with interest as they waited from the crucial moment to arrive...
Of these two people, one of them was the famous genius alchemist in Crimson Sky Kingdom! And the other was only a nobody!