Godly Stay-Home Dad - Chapter 1068 - Keep Good Men Company and One Shall Be of the Number
Chapter 1068 Keep Good Men Company and One Shall Be of the Number
Shi Fenghou turned into a streak of light and soared into the sky. His expression was calm, not flustered at all.
“I’ll go kill him!”
Shi Fenghou, who came and went without a trace, deeply enraged the Real Kings of the other side.
One of the Real Kings, who was relatively fast, chased after Shi Fenghou with a broadsword in his hand.
But no matter how hard he tried to speed up, he couldn’t catch him.
Shi Fenghou’s constant sneers made his hackles rise.
“Except for Zhang Hanyang, who in the world can stop me?”
Shi Fenghou looked down at the Real King as if looking at a humble ant.
The Real King’s dignity had been trampled upon. Yet, he was unable to catch Shi Fenghou, who was like an Internet troll that would disappear immediately after making a snarky remark online.
Although Shi Fenghou could run away, the others couldn’t. In the continuous battles occurring in the encirclement, the casualties were rising faster and faster.
Both sides were suffering losses, but not at the same pace. What surprised Lord Liu was that the other side soon made way for his force on their own initiative.
Lord Liu and his force quickly retreated. After getting out of the encirclement, they looked back to check.
They now only had about 20,000 fighters. In such a short battle, they had lost 10,000 of their people. What about the enemy? They lost 5000 at most.
The most important thing was that Lord Liu’s confidence was marred by the humiliating escape.
“Lord Liu, this game has just begun. Don’t die too soon.”
The Real King leading the opposite troop even made such a remark.
Lord Liu’s face stiffened. He wheeled around and stared at the other party. Yet, he gritted his teeth and said nothing. Then, he walked away with a flick of his sleeve.
Had the other party not made way for them, Lord Liu reckoned that it would already be thankful if around 15,000 people managed to escape.
Now, they had to keep the losses to the minimum. After all, they were the weakest party.
Sect Leader Mu sighed.
War was indeed cruel.
Mu Xue was also silent. Zhao Feng and the others also had no words. Their first battle had turned out to be such a setback, which made them feel very bad.
When they were about to arrive at their base, Zhao Feng exhaled deeply and said with emotion, “This is a real battle. When we followed Master on all the adventures, we never lost a battle. For a long time, we’ve become pampered. It’s not good to take victory for granted. Even though Master is not here, we have to win this war. This defeat has served as a warning for us.”
Hearing this, Mu Xue looked stunned and said softly, “Yes, when Master was around, we were never defeated by anyone. But as soon as we left Master, we suffered a setback. However, I believe we will win in the end.”
“Yes, we will.”
Sect Leader Mu suddenly laughed.
He could feel these young people were growing more mature.
“Honing gives a sharp edge to a sword, and bitter cold adds keen fragrance to plum blossom. How could they become great figures without experiencing hardships?”
“Changqing, you’re back, too?”
On the way back to the main peak, Mu Xue was slightly taken aback when she caught the sight of Chen Changqing.
“Yeah, we ran back in a fluster.” Chen Changqing’s expression was a little strange. He touched his forehead and sighed. “We were ambushed on our way. It was Lord Bei Huai’s men. Two-thirds of our people have died. Only 10,000 made it back.”
“We were also waylaid.” Zhao Feng said, “Tens of thousands of Lord Zhen Hai’s men encircled us. We also lost 10,000 fighters.”
Then, both of them fell silent.
They headed forward for dozens of meters.
“Instructor Liu, Jiang Yanlan, how were things at your side?” Mu Xue asked when she saw them.
“Don’t mention it.” Jiang Yanlan said in frustration, “When we arrived at the border, we came across many murderous formations. The opposite side had more than 20,000 people. With the help of the formations, we lost 8000 people.”
They went back to the main peak.
Lord Nan Shan, Lord Dong Gu, Zhang Mu, and Deep Flame were sitting on the edge of the cliff in silence.
About an hour later, everyone returned and reported the number of people they had lost.
“This is a hefty defeat!”
Lord Dong Gu said bitterly, “We lost 100,000 people in just a few hours?”
“They seem to be determined to wear away our strength,” Lord Nan Shan said with a livid face.
“The other two parties lost less than 50,000 people. That’s to say, they each lost 25,000 people, which is no big deal to them. But we lost 100,000 people, leaving only 200,000 people with us. We’re now back to square one.” Lord Dong Gu felt that a headache was on the way. “I’ve had enough. How about I lead the force to the north and fight as far as we can?”
“Don’t be impulsive.” Lord Nan Shan said somewhat irritably, “Let’s wait and see how things will develop. Don’t they want more territories? Just give some to them. At worst, we’ll just stay put and hide here. I don’t think they will directly wipe us out.”
“The most urgent task now is to guarantee the safety of this place. Many of us know how to set up formations. Let’s put more formations here first. On no account can we lose our last land.” Zhang Mu said in a heavy voice, “I suggest that we should make progress step by step and set up layers of formations in safe places.”
“That’s the only way.”
Lord Nan Shan nodded.
Thus, the strategy changed from conquering the Mountain Nan Domain to seeking development at a slow pace.
After the first crushing defeat, many people understood that war was harsh.
“If Han were here, how would he fight against the enemies?”
Zhang Guangyou, who was at the rear, began to brood.
He could not think of a way to fight the battle for the time being.
The disparity in strength was simply too great.
“If Master were here, he would certainly have many ways to deal with the situation,” Jiang Yanlan scratched her forehead and remarked.
“But the point is that Han can’t possibly be there.”
Dong Chen inhaled slightly and said, “If he were here, with his knowledge of formations… Well, forget it. It’s no use bringing this up. Since Han’s not here, we can have a real trial. I think it’s good.”
“It doesn’t matter if we lose. But we can’t lose too badly,” Ah Hu said in a muffled voice.
He was rubbing his right arm. There was a bone-revealing wound there. After applying for some medicine, the wound was healing rapidly.
Talented as they were, they still found this kind of war very challenging.
Just like that, their life as fighters in the King’s Domain began. On the very first day, one-third of the 300,000 people had died. It was a heavy blow to them.
When Zhang Han heard the news, he was also a little dismayed.
“Their people died too fast, didn’t they?”
Zhang Han and Yue Wuwei were sitting in a pavilion on Mount New Moon, drinking tea. After hearing the news, they looked at each other speechlessly.
“Yeah, it’s a little too fast.” Yue Wuwei said pensively, “If it goes on like this, Lord Nan Shan’s force will be finished off sooner or later.”
“If they survive in a desperate situation, maybe they will gain more.” Zhang Han suddenly chuckled and said, “Even if they are going to lose, the days they hold on before losing will also be a kind of trial for them.”
Yue Wuwei looked at Zhang Han and said with a chortle, “Well, your calm and collected manner kind of reminds me of my master.”
“Speak of that mysterious master of yours…”
Zhang Han shook his head slightly and asked, “What kind of person is he on earth?”
“He’s otherwordly and elegant. It’s as if nothing in the world can perturb him. He’s handsome, peerlessly dignified, and superior to the whole world. He’s invincible, the most remarkable legend, and a free soul that travels around the world,” Yue Wuwei said with a gratified look.
It was as if he was complimenting himself.
“Why do I feel that you’re talking about a young man?” Zhang Han was amazed. Then, he said in amusement, “As you look quite old, your master must be elderly as well.”
“Who said that?” Yue Wuwei scowled at him and said, “Master is handsome, though I haven’t seen his good self yet.”
“Huh? Haven’t you seen him before?” Zhang Han slightly narrowed his eyes.
“I have, but it’s never been captured in my memory. It’s as if the moment I turned around, all the memories about his appearance just disappeared.” Yue Wuwei suddenly sighed and said, “I don’t know why exactly. Every time I tried to follow Master’s footsteps, I failed to catch up with him. There are many secrets on the Saint Warrior Planet that even I don’t know about. But you have a chance to know, for Mengmeng is now the Heavenly Lord. For her, to solve many of those secrets is just a matter of time.”
“It’s getting more and more mysterious.” Zhang Han curled his lips.
He also felt a little absurd. He was curious about that mysterious master. The cultivation method he had been practicing was also left by that mysterious master. But most of the supernatural powers were gained through his comprehension.
“How’s your practice of the cultivation method going?” Yue Wuwei asked casually. “I mean the one that Master gave you.”
“That method is remarkable and powerful,” Zhang Han said, “and it suits me very well.”
“How long will it take you to break through to the Yuan Ying Realm?” Yue Wuwei asked again, “Hurry up and cultivate. I figure you will soon go to the Sea Dragon Star Area to have fun. You are only in the Elixir Realm. There are some things there that will be a little knotty for you to handle. But if you reach the Yuan Ying Realm, you can do whatever you want in the vast Sea Dragon Star Area.”
“There is no rush.”
Zhang Han suddenly fixed his eyes on Yue Wuwei and asked with a smile, “As long as you’re with us, we’ll encounter no problem in the Sea Dragon Star Area. Even if we go to the Heavenly Dragon Star Province…”
Before Zhang Han could finish his words, Yue Wuwei coughed softly and said, “Why are you always curious about my strength? You’ll know it when the time comes. Humph, I’m gonna turn in. I’ll send my daughter here tomorrow morning so she can go to school with Mengmeng.”
Then, without giving Zhang Han a chance to speak, he conjured up a Space Portal out of thin air and departed.
“This old brat…”
Zhang Han shook his head and went back to his room.
He was also wondering how long the people in the King’s Domain could hold up and if they could win in the end.
What worried him the most was that those people were not good at this kind of strategy-oriented attack.
Early the next morning.
Yue Wuwei and his family came over and had breakfast with them. After that, Zhang Han drove the two girls to the First Middle School.
“There are so many people my age…”
Yue Xiaonao knew what a school was like. But when she saw students filing into the campus one after another, she still found it very novel.
“They’re, of course, at our age,” Mengmeng said. “The older ones are all in senior high or college.”
“What grade are we in now?” Yue Xiaonao asked curiously.
“We’re in Class Eight, Grade One. It’s the second semester,” Mengmeng said kindly. “You haven’t attended the first semester, so there is a lot of knowledge you haven’t learned yet. I’m not sure if you can catch up with the others. If you find the subjects too hard, I can try to teach you.”
“Hey, no need. Studying is simple.” Yue Xiaonao casually waved Mengmeng’s offer aside.
She was extremely confident.
“Daddy, we’re going to school now. Don’t forget to come and pick us up on time in the afternoon.” Mengmeng ran to the driver’s seat, leaned in, and kissed Zhang Han on the cheek.
Yue Xiaonao immediately covered her eyes with both hands and said, “Mengmeng, how old are you? How can you still kiss your dad? It’s too bashful!”
“So what?” Mengmeng snorted and said, “I can kiss my dad whenever I want.”
“Then do as you please.” Yue Xiaonao dropped her hands, looked around, then ran to the campus with Mengmeng’s hand in hers.
Zhang Han shook his head with a smile, started the car, and slowly drove away.
With the improvement of Mengmeng’s strength, the treasures she carried, and Yue Wuwei’s protection, Zhang Han no longer felt it necessary to station his people in the school every day to watch over the little girl.
Mengmeng had grown up after all.
When they entered the classroom, Bai Yilin was already there, waiting.
“Zhang Yumeng, you’re here.”
Seeing them come in, Bai Yilin said with a smile, “Is this the new member of our class, Yue Xiaonao?”
“Yes,” Mengmeng replied.
Bai Yilin clapped his hands and said, “Everyone, quiet. Let me introduce a new classmate to you. Well, I’d better let her introduce herself. Come on.”
Under the teacher’s instruction, Yue Xiaonao walked up to the podium and looked around. She had no stage fright at all.
In a loud and clear voice, she said, “My name is Yue Xiaonao. I’m Mengmeng’s friend. I heard that school is fun, so I came. From now on, I’ll take good care of you.”
Bai Yilin was bemused.
He looked a little dumbstruck and embarrassed.
“What’s going on?
“This girl doesn’t play by the rules.”
“Well… Let’s applaud our new classmate, Yue Xiaonao.”
As Bai Yilin spoke, he murmured with emotion inwardly, “It seems that this is a rather unruly girl.”
One’s words could reveal a lot about one’s personality.
Bai Yilin was kind of mortified when he heard that the girl promised she got her classmates’ back on her very first day in school. None of the students he met in his school life had such an imposing manner.
Mengmeng, however, found it understandable.
“After all, Xiaonao grew up in the King’s Domain. She has lived like a princess for many years. Thus, her habits have long become well-seated.”
As for Bei Jinnan and the other students, they happened to dislike ordinary self-introductions. Upon hearing Yue Xiaonao’s words, their interest was piqued, and they all applauded with great enthusiasm.
Laughing happily, Yue Xiaoxi stepped off the podium and looked at the back of the room several times.
“Eh? Where will I sit?”
“Here.” Bai Yilin lightly coughed and pointed to a desk in the first row near the podium.
Yue Xiaonao was instantly stunned. “Uh? I don’t want to sit here. I’ll sit next to Mengmeng so that we can look after each other.”
Bai Yilin didn’t know what to say.
“Do you think this is a battlefield? You said you wanted to sit with Mengmeng so you could look after each other? I bet you just want to chat with her in class. How can I allow that?”
Mengmeng was a top student in the class. As her teacher, Bai Yilin wouldn’t allow anything to hinder Mengmeng from her study.
This proposal made Bai Yilin even more concerned.
He said, “Yue Xiaonao, umm… in our class, students’ seats are allocated according to their grades. Only the top 10 students have the right to choose a new seat. You’ve just joined our class, so sit here first. It’s good for you to concentrate on lectures since it’s close to the blackboard. There’s an exam in half a month. If you become top 10, you can switch seats then, okay?”
Negotiation worked very well on Yue Xiaonao.
Yue Xiaonao nodded and took the special seat in the first row near the podium.
In truth, like all the other teachers in the world, the teachers in the advanced class of the First Middle School favor students with good grades. Yue Xiaonao, a transfer student, was able to join the advanced class directly. That fact alone already explained a lot. Moreover, in this school, the students were all teenagers. Many teachers preferred to resolve disputes with students through negotiation. They hoped to persuade and guide them by virtue. Bai Yilin was of this kind.
Seeing that Yue Xiaonao obediently took the seat, everyone started with the morning self-study session.
At first, Bai Yilin thought that Yue Xiaonao, the new student would also be smart in class. But he found that she just sat in her seat playing with her little toys during the first class. When he gave her warning gazes, she was not scared at all. Instead, she even boldly met his eyes several times.
Her eyes were clearly saying, “Why are you looking at me?”
In this regard, Bai Yilin thought to himself that the new girl might not be a top student.
When class was over, Yue Xiaonao instantly livened up. She sat in the class and watched Bei Jinnan and the others chatting with Mengmeng. Soon, she blended in.
“Class starts so soon?”
After a 10-minute break, the bell rang again. But Yue Xiaonao still wanted to chat.
With the arrival of the teacher, silence fell in the classroom. The only sound that could be heard was the teacher giving a lecture on the podium.
Yue Xiaonao looked ahead at the blackboard and tried to listen to the lecture for a few minutes.
But she found it simply boring.
“Mengmeng, what are you doing?”
Yue Xiaonao could perform the Designated Voice-transmitting Technique. Her voice soon sounded in Mengmeng’s ears.
Mengmeng was slightly stunned. She hadn’t learned the Designated Voice-transmitting Technique yet. Therefore, she wrote a note and flicked it at Yue Xiaonao. The note turned into an almost imperceptible jet of light and landed on Yue Xiaonao’s palm.
“I’m studying. We gotta pay attention to the lecture in class.”
“Mengmeng, attending classes is so boring. Why don’t we go out and play?”
“No, we have to study.”
“Gee, I’m so bored. Mengmeng, why don’t you chat with me for a while? You don’t know how to use the Designated Voice-transmitting Technique? I can teach you.”
“Listen carefully in class. Hurry up and study.”
“I’m not interested in the lecture. I can’t understand a word of what he’s saying. Mengmeng…”
Just like that, Yue Xiaonao talked to Mengmeng with the Designated Voice-transmitting Technique every other minute.
Because of this, Mengmeng couldn’t focus anymore. She took a deep breath and scribbled some words on a new note.
“Yue Xiaonao! I need to study. If you disturb me again, I will be angry.”
“You’ll get angry because I spend time chatting with you? You’re too petty.”
Mengmeng wrote back, “I won’t play with you anymore.”
Yue Xiaonao was rendered speechless.
She couldn’t understand why Mengmeng was angry. “Is it just because I talked to her?”
That question baffled her throughout the second half of the class. After class, she did not go to talk to Mengmeng at the beginning. But seeing that Mengmeng also ignored her, Yue Xiaonao could not help feeling a little anxious.
After thinking for a few minutes, she ran to Mengmeng’s side and sat down.
“Fine, I shouldn’t have disturbed you. Don’t be angry, okay?”
When Yue Wuwei and Lisa “saw” this, they were both astonished.
“So there are times that our daughter has to admit defeat, haha.” Yue Wuwei laughed, then said, “Keep good men company and one shall be of the number. Now that Xiaonao is friends with Mengmeng, I reckon she will become more docile.”
“Don’t you know why she is so disobedient?” Lisa said flatly.
“I know, I know.” Yue Wuwei quickly smiled apologetically and said, “I was just too busy with my work before. Don’t worry. From now on, I’ll be a house husband like Zhang Hanyang, satisfied?”
“It’s too late.”
“No, it’s not.”
After all, they were husband and wife. Although they were not the sweet couple as Zhang Han and Zi Yan were, they still had a warm and romantic life.
Now that Yue Xiaonao had taken the initiative to apologize, Mengmeng couldn’t stay angry anymore.
She pouted slightly and whispered to Yue Xiaonao, “Well, I forgive you. Xiaonao, this place is different from the King’s Domain. We have to listen carefully in class. We can’t talk, use mobile phones, or play games. It’s because a student’s job is to pay attention in class. Not talking in class is a way to show our respect for the teachers.”
“Well, I see,” Yue Xiaonao said. “But I know nothing. The lecture was gobbledegook to me. It was so boring. Mengmeng, if it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have come.”
“You, you don’t know anything yet, but you can learn. It’s very simple. You are so smart. I bet you can grasp the content of the textbooks with a glance. Moreover, if you do well in exams, your parents will reward you. Every time I get good grades, my parents will reward me,” Mengmeng said seriously.
“Is that so? I can get rewards?” Yue Xiaonao became interested.
“What’s more, if you get good grades, teachers will like you, and other classmates will admire you. Anyway, there are a lot of benefits,” Mengmeng said.
“Okay, I’ll give it a try. Tonight, I’ll ask my dad if he has any reward for me.” Yue Xiaonao nodded.
However, in the second class, which was English, Yue Xiaonao felt a little lightheaded with all those foreign words buzzing in her ears.
But she listened attentively. Soon, she realized that she had accurately memorized all the things the teacher said in this class.
She then split her mind into two and began to flip through the textbook. When she was absorbed in learning, she didn’t feel the flow of time. Then, as if in a short moment, the class was over.
“Oh, so that’s what taking a class is all about. It feels okay.”
Once she began to focus on studying, it would not be so boring.
Like that, Yue Xiaonao’s school life commenced.
Seeing this, Yue Wuwei was quite gratified.
With emotion, he kept whispering in his head, “It’s true that keep good men company, and one shall be of the number.”
Also, he was puzzled by how Mengmeng, who was raised by Zi Yan and Zhang Han, could turn out to be so smart and sensible.