Chapter 25 - Guild! Oh, Guild!
Everyone’s eyes shot over.
Some of the ladies nimbly rushed over.
They surrounded Gu Fei instantly.
“You bastard, what do you think you’re doing!” a lady bellowed as she heavily slapped the table.
Gu Fei took a look at her and felt another surge of excitement, Yet another Fighter! It was a lady whom he had met for the first time today. She was pretty good looking and had healthily tanned skin in a shade of chocolate brown. Gu Fei observed this in passing. But what truly caught his attention was that there were actually two among these ladies that chose to become a Fighter. Gu Fei began to look around and observe the others as he thought of this, hoping to find a third woman who had chosen the Fighter job class.
From the lady’s perspective, Gu Fei had seemingly ignored her question, eyed her for a moment, and then turned his gaze away to look for another target. His wandering eyes were like a pair owned by a lecherous person who was trying to pick the right prey, and she was the first to be eliminated from the selections. She felt nothing but endless irritation when she looked at him. She stood up promptly, blocking Gu Fei’s view, as she threateningly demanded, “What are you looking at, huh?”
Gu Fei furrowed his brows. In this day and age, such a coarse and uncouth woman could only be seen in movies. Online games sure are fertile ground for vulgarities! Gu Fei mused internally as he shook his head, “Nothing at all.”
Gu Fei’s look of disregard had thoroughly agitated the hot-tempered woman. She raised her fist and was about to fight with him when July shouted, “Lie Lie! It was nothing. He said he wanted to leave the guild.”
“Ah?” The woman called Lie Lie froze for a while as she unwillingly lowered her fist. The faces of the ladies that surrounded Gu Fei had also shown varying degrees of surprise.
“What’s the matter?” Gu Fei scanned the expressions of their faces. “Am I mistaken? Don’t you all want me to leave the guild?”
The ladies felt uncomfortable upon hearing his words, some even showing a sliver of contrition. July could only express frankly what she had meant before, “You’re not mistaken. We do want you to leave the guild… But not right now.”
“What do you mean?” Gu Fei was confused.
“Do you really not know or are you playing the fool?” the prideful Lie Lie announced loudly, “Guilds have a minimum requirement of twenty players. Once a guild drops below this number, it will be disbanded.”
“Oh… Guess you all have to quickly find someone so I can leave the guild?” Gu Fei asked rhetorically. For some reason, the image of Young Master Han flashed through Gu Fei’s mind; who knew what would happen if that guy joined this guild.
The ladies all looked at one another before July finally said, “We’ll be quick about it. We just hope you’ll bear with us for the time being.”
“No problem,” Gu Fei laughed as he stood up, “Just kick me out once you find someone suitable. Are we done here? If there’s nothing else, I’ll take my leave.”
As Gu Fei stood up and walked toward the door, he felt a sense of stillness from his surroundings. He turned around and noticed the atmosphere in the room was somewhat frigid. He spied Lie Lie staring at him at that very moment, so he nodded and said, “Lie Lie. Yup, that’s a fine name!”
“What do you mean by that?!” Lie Lie’s personality was indeed as intense as raging flames. Hearing Gu Fei’s words that seemed to hint toward something deeper, she swiftly sprinted toward him. She unerringly appeared behind Gu Fei and threw her right fist at him.
Gu Fei had silently opened the door at the same instant and his body flashed out. He turned and happily said, “I’m leaving,” then he closed the door behind him.
Spurring Meteor! Gu Fei silently thought to himself as he walked out on to the street. That was an attack skill from the Fighter job class. It was faster and more powerful than a normal attack and it had the added effect of Sprint.
“No matter how I look at it, Fighters are just way cooler!” Gu Fei lowered his head and studied his mage robe, feeling sorry for himself.
Back in the room after Gu Fei left, silence settled in for half a minute. The first one to recover was July who slowly made her way to the rooted Lie Lie’s side and wrung her hand, “Don’t be so rash next time. He may have a high level but he’s still a Mage. His equipment looked pretty bad as well. Had you misjudged and your fist struck him, he would have died instantly!”
Lie Lie was startled as she turned back and looked at July, “He dodged it.”
“Hmmm? What are you talking about?”
“It’s as I said. He dodged my fist,” Lie Lie said.
The girls promptly surrounded the two, and someone asked while everyone gabbed, “Weren’t you just scaring him?”
Lie Lie laughed bitterly, “I really wanted to punch his rude a*s. I don’t know how he did it, but he opened the door and dodged it.”
Everyone was somewhat speechless. Having been together for quite some time, they had some idea what each of them was capable of. Lie Lie was not simply just a Fighter; she was someone who was brave and ruthless since young. She was very adept at kicking, punching, and such ilk. Rumor had it that she even secretly went to a martial school to learn a few moves. The fact was this woman was better at fighting than most people. In the new fully immersive game, Parallel World, her speed could be seen as the fastest among all. When everyone held on to their weapons sloppily and stared at the monsters blankly, she had already ecstatically struck with her fists and feet all the monsters.
Lie Lie’s level was not the highest among them at level 26. But when it came to PvP, she could easily fight four or five of them in one go. She was ecstatic with regard to this point. Gaming pros of the past might find this game to be a bad fit, but she was the opposite as she had learned some actual kicking and punching methods. She felt even more at home here since she had chosen to be a Fighter.
Couple with her character and hobby, Lie Lie did not shy away from PvP despite being a woman. What’s more, she had yet to experience a loss even against opponents whose levels were higher than her. The wins she had garnered gradually made her feel that she was the world’s number one expert.
Facing a Mage like Gu Fei, she was confident her punch would cause him to lose all his teeth in one blow. However, he had simply opened the door and dodged her punch without missing a beat. This sort of gesture that barely cared for her actions displayed the air of an expert.
“Lie Lie, do you think he has trained in martial arts as well?” one of the ladies asked.
“No.” Lie Lie said with certainty.
“How do you know?”
“Wouldn’t he have gone with a Fighter job class like me? Or at least chosen a close combat job class like Warrior or Thief. Instead, what did he choose? A Mage? Is he an idiot?” Lie Lie stated bluntly.
“Maybe he’s just honestly playing the game; unlike you who came here looking for a fight!”
Lie Lie frowned to show her disdain.
“Lie Lie, be serious for a moment. How do you think he dodged it?” July questioned.
“It was an illusion!” Lie Lie blinked her eyes intently, “It must be an illusion.”
Everyone slowly dispersed.
“B*tches, are you all looking down on me?!” Lie Lie waved her fist and rushed over. They had no intention of being on the receiving end of her attack so they streamed out of the door one by one into the streets. July watched the fleeing figures of everyone and could only laugh forcefully.
“That guy’s not bad!” a voice came from behind July.
“Xiaoluo, please don’t be smitten just because he’s a little good looking,” July spoke without even looking to see who it was.
“What, I’m being serious. Don’t you think so as well?” Xiaoluo answered.
“True. I don’t find him detestable. Somewhat friendly even,” July said.
“So there’s no need to snub him. Let’s allow him join our activities until we find his replacement!”
“Mmmm…” July gave her an ambiguous reply.
“I’ll go give this to him then!” Xiaoluo approached the table July was sitting and took an emblem.
“Hmph. Didn’t you say you're not smitten?” July sniggered.
“I’m going to go and observe him some more before I say anything else,” Xiaoluo laughed as she left the house as well.
There were no more people around her. July laughed bitterly and shook her head. Sweeping her gaze around the room, she proceeded to the door. Even before she closed the door, she heard a voice that suddenly came from above her, “So how was it? He’s not bad, eh?”
“Xiaotian, you’re always like this. Sooner or later, you’ll give me a fright straight to my grave,” July sighed.
“Nah. You’re already used to it!” Xi Xiaotian laid flat on the roof as she revealed her head to speak to July.
“Are you coming down?” July asked.
“Of course!” Xi Xiaotian said as she lightly landed with a flip. The house was rather tall, so Xi Xiaotian landed painfully enough that caused her to purse her lips. She quickly recovered and swept her gaze at the signage that hung the guild’s emblem. Smiling, she said, “To have your guild’s base here... Not bad.” With that, she entered the room. July was left with no choice but to follow her in and close the door behind her.
Xi Xiaotian did not take a seat. Instead, she stood by the windowsill and leaned against the wall as she asked, “So how was he? I specially came here to find out how it went.”
“Alright, stop your act. You were never that thoughtful. Did you steal someone’s belonging and have to make a run for it again?” July asked bluntly.
Xi Xiaotian laughed lightly as her left hand tossed an item over, “Here, this is for you!”
July’s arm stretched out and caught the object. She opened her hand and saw a simple ring called Wooden Ring of Wind. It was an item that boosted Agility and Strength. Fighter job class players would not give up such a magnificent support item. The price for this sort of equipment that boosted stat points would increase, especially with the increased difficulty leveling above 30 would bring. July was naturally well acquainted with the value of this small ring. But she merely laughed lightly and casually tossed it back to Xi Xiaotian.
“What, do you not want it again?” Xi Xiaotian did not express any surprise at her choice.
July smiled without answering her.
Xi Xiaotian did not say anything as well as she returned the ring back to her pocket. She turned her head toward the window and gazed outside for a while before saying, “I know. Even if you had to pick between me and a complete stranger, you would still rather pick the latter to join the guild; am I right?”
“We are friends,” July said, “But matters concerning the guild will affect more than just my personal interest alone.”
“I know,” Xi Xiaotian laughed, “That’s what I like about you.”
“Thousand Miles Drunk… How did you know that guy?” July asked.
“He's someone I could not trick at all,” Xi Xiaotian said as she stared out the window.
“What do you mean?”
“Remember what I told you before? Professional scammers like us depend on people’s greed. No matter how intelligent they are, as long as they strongly covet something, I'll find a way to reel them in. As for him… He got away,” Xi Xiaotian finished.