Chapter 42: To want what isn’t yours
Gu Qing Shan looked around and check the archery range’s layout.
20 targets are lined up next to another, a few people are already practicing their shooting at the targets.
A few of them even have instructors, carefully showing them how to fix their postures and techniques.
The employees leading him saw that and asked: “Do you need archery instruction? Our teachers here are guaranteed top-level professionals”
“Ah, no need”
“Will you be using your own bow or ours?”
“I’m using my own”
As Gu Qing Shan said that, he reached into the archery bag behind him to take out the Night Rain.
“Let me try for a bit first”
“Please go ahead”
Not infusing any spirit energy, he only casually took an arrow, pulled the strings and fired.
A target more than 50 meters away was blown to bits, there was even a huge hole on the walls behind the target.
The whole archery range went silent.
“No, it seems like the target had a problem”
A few people who didn’t seem to sure what happened was discussing it among themselves.
They’re all aristocrats with some pedigree, so even if there’s a crisis, they would still remain calm first and foremost.
The two employees besides Gu Qing Shan are already stunned.
“Haha, sorry about that, seems like I’d better use your bows instead” Gu Qing Shan quickly said.
This is a distinguished individual, of course he would be different from normal people, one of the employees convinced herself, then said: “That’s great, then would you like to use a public target that everyone can use, or a personal target?”
“Personal target” Gu Qing Shan thought a bit and answered.
The employee: “The first time renting our bow will cost you 800 credits, a personal target will cost 1000 credits per hour”
After the 2 employees made a strange face a left, Gu Qing Shan could finally sigh.
The Night Rain is too powerful, infusing it with spirit energy will let it become invisible, as well as removing all traces of the user.
Gu Qing Shan had already considered this fact, so to avoid attention, Gu Qing Shan didn’t use spirit energy and only 1/3 of his raw strength.
The result was that a high-resistance target was immediately blown to pieces.
Stowing away the Night Rain, Gu Qing Shan chose a target closest to himself and waited for the employees to do their job.
Just a bit later, the employee brought back 3 bows.
“Please try them out”
Gu Qing Shan tried each one, estimated for a bit before choosing the heaviest one.
“I’ll use this one” he gestured.
“Very well, please have a good time” the employee politely said and returned.
Very good, now I can start training.
The only thing I have to worry about is the strength.
Gu Qing Shan drew an arrow used for training, only using 10% of his strength, lightly pulled the bow and fired.
As soon as the arrow left the bow, Gu Qing Shan immediately regretted.
This shot he had unconsciously used the arrow guiding method of Shifting Flurry.
But a shot arrow cannot be taken back.
The arrow flew out in a twisted line, drawing a strange curve before hitting the bullseyes.
A surprised shriek was heard.
“Look, look, that arrow can curve!” a female student who what watching shouted.
“How is that possible”
“That can’t be, you must have seen it wrong”
A few people refuted her suspiciously.
Right then, everyone was still concentrating on training, so no one else noticed it.
Gu Qing Shan wiped the sweat from his forehead.
What a blunder, accidentally using a Skill like that.
He feigned ignorance of the commotion, pulled his bow and once again fired an arrow.
This time, everyone else on the archery range all stopped their hands to look.
Gu Qing Shan lightly let go.
The arrow flew.
But this time was a normal arrow, so everyone watching felt disappointed.
Gu Qing Shan breathed out normally, then continued to shoot.
In the next few minutes, he had shot 2 quivers worth of arrows, but did not create any more commotion.
It was now that everybody stopped paying attention.
Even the female student was muttering to herself: “Could it be that I was dizzy?”
After a while, seeing that Gu Qing Shan held the same posture, using very standard, but also accurate archery, even she lost interest. A bit angry, she didn’t bother with Gu Qing Shan anymore.
Finally, Gu Qing Shan could sigh in relief, considering himself lucky.
Putting down the bow used for training, Gu Qing Shan hesitated a bit, but still took the Night Rain out.
Training bows are too normal, so Gu Qing Shan wasn’t feeling it.
He might as well use the Night Rain, that way, not only can he train his skills, he can also get used to using the Night Rain.
The only thing he has to worry about is not using spirit energy, and pay attention to not use too much force.
The former will create strange occurances, while targets can’t handle the latter, drawing unnecessary attention to himself.
Gu Qing Shan held the Night Rain, stood at the rented target, using minimal force to fire.
This time he used a full hour.
Gu Qing Shan happily trained, his whole body covered in sweat, but got more and more used to the Night Rain.
Even though he couldn’t use any Skills, the knowledge he gained on archery itself is real, this time he even drilled them into his body as muscle memory.
While nonchalantly training, he didn’t notice there were people staring straight at him, as well as the Night Rain.
A voice was heard next to him.
Gu Qing Shan looked back, only to see a young man standing at the target next to him while seriously evaluating him.
“What’s it is?” Gu Qing Shan lowered his bow and asked.
“Can I ask if your bow is for sale?”
“Sorry, it’s not” Gu Qing Shan answered.
The man still stared at the Night Rain, loudly: “Just name a price, bargain a bit, to us money is no issue”
“I don’t intend to sell it” Gu Qing Shan repeat.
The young man shook his head, turned to go to another target.
He went into a group of youths and repeated what Gu Qing Shan had said to the leader.
The leader laughed when he heard that and said something.
Just a moment later, the whole crowd of people went next to Gu Qing Shan’s target.
Gu Qing Shan seemingly not aware yet, still drawing arrow after arrow.
“Your bow isn’t bad”
The leader stares incessantly at the Night Rain, greed could be seen in his eyes.
“It really isn’t” Gu Qing Shan answered
“I want to buy it” the person said.
“I’m not selling”
“Don’t be like that, how about this, you sell me the bow, we can be friends”
The person thought for a bit, then said: “Then how about a bet? I’ll bet 100,000 credits”
Archery, this type of sport, by itself is a very good sport to bet on and discuss, not just aristocrats but even regular people who have a bit of money are willing to bet on it for a bit of fun.
Right when Gu Qing Shan was a bit lacking money, so when he heard that he said: “That’s fine, but I have a condition”
“How dare you speak of conditions in front of Hui Shao!” the young man from before shouted.
“Don’t fuss, let him speak his condition”
Hui Shao raised a hand to stop the other person and slightly cracked his head.
Every time a fish is about to take the bait, he would always not be able to help it and crack his neck a little to hide his emotions.
As long as the other party agrees to a bet, he have absolute confidence to win.
It’s just a few small tricks, some dirty, some aren’t.
This time he’s prepared at least 5-6 of those.
Because he really wants that special and powerful bow.
“It’s a simple condition” Gu Qing Shan coldly replied “transfer the 100,000 credits first, if I win I’ll take the money and leave, you win, both the money and the bow is yours”