It turned out that Meng Hao had been disabled by the attack of the demon bats on the airship, since his right shoulder was severely injured. Because of the disability, he couldn't use swords anymore. He was right-handed, so he couldn't use swords with his left hand, either. Like this, the man who used to be a genius became mediocre, even worse than an average man.
Of course he wouldn't be able to join the Swordquest School, but he was reluctant to go back in that state, too, so he just stayed in Ninedragons, idling around.
"Where are your two friends?" Jiang Chen asked out of curiosity.
Meng Hao had a painful expression on his face when Jiang Chen brought up this topic. He finished the liquor in his glass and started to tell Jiang Chen the story.
When he finally finished, Jiang Chen said, "In another word, those two abandoned you and became a couple after you saved them at such a great cost?"
"Ye Xiu was never my girl friend. We didn't have anything to do with each other." Meng Hao forced himself to smile, feeling a bitterness that he couldn't even describe.
Jiang Chen recalled the way that Ye Xiu had looked at Meng Hao when they were on the ship. Her look was so tender and amorous.
But Jiang Chen didn't question it further since Meng Hao was obviously in pain. He just said, "All right. I'll cure your arm."
Meng Hao was in the middle of raising his glass. He became dumbfounded when he heard this. He looked at Jiang Chen gratefully.
Jiang Chen smiled lightly and stopped talking. He had already gained Meng Hao's trust.
To Meng Hao's surprise, Jiang Chen didn't even need a special place to do it. He took off his outerwear as soon as they left the restaurant and started to check Meng Hao's injury.
Jiang Chen shook his head while he helped Meng Hao remove his dressings.
He was there when Meng Hao had been injured. At that moment, he hadn't thought it was a big deal. That was why he believed a doctor in Ninedragons would be enough to deal with Meng Hao's injury.
He hadn't expected that the doctors here would disable a patient. Fortunately, Meng Hao had run into him. Otherwise he would have no cure, and his whole life would be ruined.
There wasn't much to say about the treatment. With Jiang Chen's help, Meng Hao felt his numb arm burning. He was about to shout because he couldn't endure more when he heard a "click," as if some dislocated thing had been put back into the right place.
"Amazing!" Meng Hao tried to move his shoulder and was pleasantly surprised. He thought it would take a lot of time to heal it, but the treatment worked immediately.
They went back to the restaurant. Jiang Chen sat down opposite to Meng Hao calmly, as if he hadn't done anything special for him. He asked Meng Hao, "Has the recruitment of the Swordquest school already ended?"
"Yes. And most of the sects and schools that I want to join have stopped recruiting disciples. I have to wait another year," Meng Hao smiled bitterly.
His right arm had recovered. The other things were not so important anymore. At least he had stopped feeling ashamed of himself and could go back home.
But Jiang Chen surprised him again.
"If you don't mind, you can come to the Natural Law School with me, as my attendant. Once I become a senior disciple of the Natural Law School, I will be able to recommend you to the Swordquest School."
Jiang Chen had learned recently that the disciples of the Natural Law School could take attendants there with them.
After one became a senior disciple, they would live on a mountain peak alone, with servants taking care of them.
The advantage to being Jiang Chen's attendant was that once he became a senior disciple, Meng Hao would have the opportunity to join the Swordquest School with Jiang Chen's recommendation, and Meng Hao had no doubts at all as to whether Jiang Chen could become a senior disciple or not.
He had heard of Jiang Chen's performance at the trial grounds.
Since he had met Jiang Chen in desperation, Meng Hao couldn't help but cry out, "Thank you!" It was the silver lining to his dismal situation earlier.
"Start packing then. I'm heading for the Natural Law School today," Jiang Chen said.
He appreciated Meng Hao's performance on the Cloudbuster. That was why he lended Meng Hao a hand.
Jiang Chen went to the inn where Meng Hao was living. Embarrassingly, they ran into Ye Xiu and Shi Tian.
The couple was snuggled up together. Ye Xiu was embarrassed when she saw Meng Hao coming, but Shi Tian grinned and pulled her even closer to him.
Shi Tian had been in high spirits since he qualified for the Swordquest School. Especially after Ye Xiu threw herself at him, he became even more arrogant.
Before, he only regarded himself as Meng Hao's follower and had never thought that one day he would be with Meng Hao's girl.
Ye Xiu, of course, didn't qualify for the Swordquest School. That was why she chose to stay with Shi Tian, so that she could stay in the Swordquest School.
"Where have you been recently, Meng Hao?" Shi Tian called his name directly. He had always called him brother before.
Meng Hao looked dejected and stayed silent. He went into his room and started to pack.
"Meng Hao, are you going back?" Ye Xiu asked in a low voice.
"That's the wise thing to do. By the way, please tell my parents the good news," Shi Tian went to Meng Hao's room and said to him.
Ye Xiu pulled his sleeve, trying to stop him, but Shi Tian warned her with a look. She didn't dare speak anymore and just stood there silently.
"No, I'm not going back," Meng Hao looked at Shi Tian after packing everything up.
"Then where are you going? Where can you go in your current condition?" Shi Tian taunted him.
"I wouldn't have been like this if I hadn't tried to save you two."
Meng Hao would never have spoken like this before, but it was different at the moment, since his right arm had recovered.
"I didn't beg you to save me. You told us to lie down. We were able to fight at that moment, but you wanted to be the hero. Who do you blame for that?" Shi Tian was shameless.
"Cut it out. I don't want to speak with you. Go away," Meng Hao made a disgusted face, internally asking himself why he had made friends with such a terrible guy.
"I won't go away if you don't tell me where you're going."
Shi Tian reached out his hand to stop Meng Hao.
"You have to even if you don't want to!" Meng Hao had run out of patience. He suddenly drew out his sword with his right hand smoothly. The brilliant sword ray forced Shi Tian to step back.
"Your arm? Has your arm recovered?!" Shi Tian exclaimed.
He wasn't happy to see this.
He took a look at Ye Xiu, whose face was unreadable, and said, "Even so, you can't join the Swordquest School now. I'll have the entire year to pass you."
"I'm afraid I have to disappoint you, because I am headed for the Natural Law School right now," Meng Hao said.
"You're headed for the Natural Law School? But how?" Both Ye Xiu and Shi Tian were shocked.
"With me." Jiang Chen came striding over. He had heard the conversation and couldn't stand Shi Tian at all.
"Meng Hao will improve rapidly at the Natural Law School. After a year, you won't even be able to look up to him."
This was obvious. Meng Hao had always been more excellent than Shi Tian, and the Natural Law School was way better than the Swordquest School.
Ye Xiu regretted her decisions. She hadn't expected Meng Hao to recover one day.
When he saw this woman's face, Jiang Chen felt Meng Hao and he were experiencing the same emotions.
Ye Xiu reminded him of Su Qian, and Su Qian reminded him of the pretty woman in wedding dress.
Are all women the same? Seemingly in love, but they suddenly turn hostile at the drop of a hat?
Meng Hao felt better when he saw Shi Tian's look. He left the inn with Jiang Chen.
Jiang Chen let out a sigh and looked up to the sky.
The channel of the Planes World was up in the sky.
"Sacred Zone, I'll be back!"
Jiang Chen swore to himself that he would find that woman and settle all of their old scores!