Chapter 58: The Strength: Part 1
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
Lin Sheng took a deep breath. The cold morning air rushed down his throat and into his lungs, refreshing him all of a sudden.
“Did I… have a dream just now?” He clearly remembered that he had just seen two white shadows.
He could still recall the deep fear he felt when he saw the white shadows.
“Why can’t I enter the dream realm?” Lin Sheng sat up in bed, his brows furrowed. “Is it because of the ritual?”
He got out of bed and touched his neck, which smelled of sweat.
He walked out of the bedroom and saw Wang Yue on the phone in the living room. She looked pale and seemed to be saying something.
Lin Sheng went to the washroom, washed his face, and brushed his teeth. Then he changed into his school uniform and carried his schoolbag.
When he entered the living room, Wang Yue had finished her phone call and was now sitting on the sofa, looking depressed. She gave Lin Sheng a forced smile when she saw him enter the living room.
“Breakfast is ready. It’s on the kitchen counter.”
She had been staying there for several days. To thank them, she washed the dishes, cooked, and did the laundry every day. As a result, Lin Sheng had also slightly changed his view of her.
“It’s okay, I’m running late. I’m going to school now,” he said, looking at Wang Yue. He found that she looked haggard. “If something happens, it’s better to communicate with your family and find a way to solve it together.”
“I know… It’s all because of my family…” Wang Yue lowered her head. Her tears were dripping on her skirt.
Lin Sheng guessed that something was wrong with her family, but it was no use saying anything at that time. He had learned a little about Wang Yue’s situation in the days that he spent with her.
Her parents liked gambling. They spent most of their time in the casino, and their money would be thrown into the bottomless pit of gambling. Therefore, since junior high school, Wang Yue had started to work and earned money to go to school. It was hard for her, and her life remained that way to this day.
Due to an urgent need for money, she asked for help everywhere, but could not find anyone who was willing to lend it to her. So, she turned to a money-lending company for help.
In the beginning, she signed a contract with a monthly interest rate of 2% with the company. Although it was high, it was not out of line. But later, when she wanted to pay back the money, she found that the contract was totally different from the previous one. The monthly interest rates had multiplied dramatically.
She begged them and used up all of her savings, but it was still far from enough. The money-lending company even found her school, forcing her to skip classes.
“It’ll be all right.” Lin Sheng comforted her. There was nothing else he could do for her.
Then, Lin Sheng left the house.
As he walked to the bus stop, he saw two men, who were smoking, standing near a flower bed.
One of them was fat and the other one was thin. Both of them were wearing gray leather jackets. Their eyes were sweeping around, and they definitely did not look like good guys at first glance.
Lin Sheng frowned. He did not like to cause trouble, at least not if he was not strong enough to protect his family. However, that did not mean he was alright with a potential threat hanging around his doorstep.
He was worried that they were coming for Wang Yue to their debt. One did not want to mess with people like them.
After thinking for a while, Lin Sheng walked straight toward them.
The two men saw Lin Sheng approaching from afar. One of them sensed that Lin Sheng was actually coming to them, so he dropped his cigarette and straightened up.
Lin Sheng stopped two meters away from the two men. He tightened his bag around his shoulder and frowned. “What are you two doing here?”
The two men were a little surprised. They looked at Lin Sheng but did not answer him.
“If I come back from school and find both of you still here, don’t blame me for being rude!”
The two men looked at Ling Sheng’s school uniform and school bag, and they almost burst into laughter.
“Yo! A boy!” The fat man laughed and stomped on the cigarette butt on the ground.
“Hit him!” The thin man reached for Lin Sheng’s hair.
Lin Sheng tilted his head and avoided the man’s hand. Then he dashed forward and punched the thin man hard on the chin.
The thin man screamed, covered his mouth, and stepped back. He squatted down, and his mouth began to bleed. Apparently, he had bitten his tongue.
The fat man was stunned for a moment, and he rushed over with a roar. But then, he tripped and fell to the ground. Before he got up, he was kicked in the stomach, and he screamed as he rolled on the ground.
Lin Sheng looked calmly at the two men who were lying on the ground.
He had experienced a lot of fighting and died so many times in the dream realm. Not only that, he had absorbed a lot of incomplete memory fragments. He was no longer just a researcher of ancient languages.
On the surface, he was an ordinary senior high school student, but in reality, he was a senior high school student with strong swordsmanship skills and rich practical experience.
Lin Sheng kicked them again and warned, “Don’t let me see you two again, or…” Lin Sheng pondered, but could not think of any more threatening words.
By then, a few people had been drawn to the incident.
He went up to them and pummelled them again. They were covered in bruises, their noses were bleeding, and their teeth were broken, falling to the ground.
With the absorption of so many practical experiences and skills in addition to the effect of the Ashen Seal, it was a piece of cake to deal with those two men.
After a hard beating, Lin Sheng was finally feeling good.
“Stop!!” The fat man cried out, “We just came here to collect the property management fee! What the hell is going on?!”
Lin Sheng paused for a moment. Collect the property management fee? It seemed that the fat man was not lying…
“I made a mistake?” He looked around, feeling a little guilty. Then he turned around and ran.
On the bus, Lin Sheng continued to think about the two men from earlier. It looked like he was really in the wrong.
“It was my preconception.” Lin Sheng shook his head. “But they did look like bad guys,” he defended himself. And it made him feel better.