Chapter 74: Rumors
The two of them walked out one after the other. Some of the students were chatting softly.
“Did Su Ye cheated or not?”
“I thought something was wrong when the results came out. He failed so many subjects last year but almost got full marks this time?”
“But he’s pretty lucky. He probably sucked up Laker, or Laker wouldn’t have defended him in public.”
“I think he could use his magic so well. He probably didn’t cheat.”
“He has magical talents, but it doesn’t mean that he’s good at studying. Laker is good at studying, but his magical talents are not as good as Su Ye’s. So, just because he’s good at magic doesn’t mean that he didn’t copy someone else’s answer.”
“That makes sense. It seems that Su Ye’s name won’t be cleared up.”
“What a pity! No matter how good Su Ye’s magical talent is, in the future, he won’t be able to hold his head up in school.”
“There’s nothing to be sorry about. He’s not a good person, to begin with.”
“Lower your voice. Do you want to get beaten up?”
Palos lowered her head and clenched her small fists.
Others might not know Su Ye, but she had been eavesdropping on Su Ye and Hort’s conversation and learning from them. Although she could not judge how effective Su Ye’s methods were, she believed that Su Ye, who said those things and done those things, could definitely improve his grades.
Su Ye, who had been studying diligently, should not have been subjected to such insults.
On the meadow outside the classroom, Laker’s pale face was flushed with anger. The blush burned all the way up to the dark circles under his eyes from staying up late to study.
His face was solemn, he said, “I am very interested in Magic Medicine. I was invited to join the Giant’s Eye Society of Magic Medicine. The senior students there all focus on potions and magic, I did not expect that even they asked me about you. The results came out in the morning, and the rumors began to erupt in the afternoon. Although you’re now somewhat a celebrity in the academy, it’s still too unusual. Someone must have been adding fuel to the fire behind the scenes.”
Su Ye smiled and said, “Thank you, Laker. Your analysis is very accurate, and I also feel that there’s something wrong. It might even have been brewing since noon. This means that someone is secretly watching me.”
Laker hesitated for a moment and said, “I shouldn’t have said anything, but after thinking about it, this matter is very likely related to your victory over the Noble Academy. The noble students of Plato Academy have always… been working for outsiders.”
Su Ye’s relationship with Laker had improved a lot these days. He knew Laker better. He had always been hostile toward the nobles. It must be related to Laker’s previous encounters.
“I’m not sure who’s behind it either, but don’t worry, I’ll take care of it,” Su Ye said.
Laker glanced at the classroom, then his gaze passed through the window and landed on Rolon’s face. He hesitated for a while, then nodded, and said, “Be careful. The nobles’ methods of retaliation can far beyond your imagination. I have many good friends at the Giant’s Eye Society. I might not be able to fight the enemy directly, but no one can beat me at Magic Medicine. If you have any problems with your body, come to me immediately.”
Su Ye smiled happily and said, “Thank you for your help, Laker.”
“Because you’re worth helping!”
Su Ye first thought that Laker was helping him because he was valuable, but suddenly, everything that Laker had done appeared in his mind. He thought of Peyrusse who was forced to leave, and he remembered that Laker had always been willing to tutor Hort. He suddenly realized something.
Laker did not help others for his own benefit. He was only willing to help those who helped themselves.
Laker said again, “I’ll leave Hort to you in the future.”
“Huh?” Su Ye did not understand what Laker just said.
Laker smiled sincerely. His gray eyes were radiating an indescribable warmth.
He turned his head and looked at the distant sky, he said, “I wasn’t familiar with Hort at the beginning. At first, I only knew that he was able to enter the academy because of his father. I kind of looked down on him. Later, I heard that his family died fighting for Athens. Then, I began to sympathize with him and observe him occasionally. Only then did I understand that he was really dumb. He couldn’t understand multiplication, nor could he understand the basic concept of a triangle. He even frequently misspelled basic words. Sometimes, his pronunciation wasn’t accurate enough…”
“I discovered many, many flaws in him, but slowly, I discovered many of his strengths. He has a very kind heart. It was said that when he first entered the academy, he was bullied. Even though he was strong, he didn’t fight back because he was afraid of hurting his classmates. Later on, his kindness ‘infected’ other classmates and more and more people helped him. He has never said no to anyone. When someone asks him for help, he would definitely help them. As long as he is capable of it, he would do it even if it means risking his life. Once, he helped a friend by participating in a private competition. His skull was cracked, but when the friend needed help again, he did not hesitate to lend a hand.”
“He works extremely hard. I only found out after a long time that he trained until midnight every day, and he would get up early in the morning. He works even harder than me most of the time. I like this kind of classmate, I like hard-working people, so I often help him by explaining the questions to him and by clearing his doubts.”
“You have probably noticed that I don’t really know how to teach people. Even the teacher can’t teach him, how can I teach him well? I have tried many times and failed. However, if he asked a question, I would still answer him. In this new semester, he rarely asked me any questions. I found out that he preferred studying with you. At first, I was a little unhappy, but later I discovered that when he studied with you, he was happier than when he studied with me. His exam results also proved that it was more effective for him to study with you.”
Laker grabbed both of Su Ye’s upper arms. He looked into Su Ye’s eyes and said sincerely, “I’ll leave Hort to you. You’re more suitable to study with him than me.”
Su Ye moved his mouth, not knowing what to say.
Laker turned around and left.
Su Ye looked at Laker’s back, his heart was filled with affection.
It turned out that his deskmate had been helping another deskmate all this time.
It turned out that Laker trusted him so much, even at a time like this.
It turned out that the trust of a classmate felt warmer than the sunlight.
Su Ye suddenly realized that, compared to Laker’s trust and help, the malice from the outside world was so insignificant.
Su Ye smiled. His smile seemed to contain the magic that would brush away the layers of black mud on his body.
Su Ye returned to the classroom. As usual, he listened to the teacher attentively, studied the content of the class, and asked the teacher about the content of the pre-lecture preparation and revision before the self-study session began.
Many people were passing judgments on Su Ye, but Su Ye always kept a faint smile on his face.
No matter what Su Ye saw, heard, or felt, he would adhere to the principle of “No comment”. If he did not react to all those things, they were neither good nor bad to him, so they would not affect him.
Moreover, every time Su Ye did not react to such things, the joy in his heart would thicken a little because he’d had a stronger grasp on this ability.
Even if Su Ye had not changed his attitude this time, he still came up with an idea. All the malice in the outside world would turn into the fuel that strengthened his ability to not react, thus making him stronger overall.
Su Ye’s smile was very sincere.
However, in the eyes of others, he was faking.