Fortunately, Hong Xian did not want Du Changkong's life. She had been holding back all this time. When she saw that he couldn't get up anymore, she viciously spat at him.
"Nice one, Hong Xian." Several people cheered for Hong Xian and gathered around her.
The rest dispersed when they saw the show had ended.
Du Changkong's injuries weren't really serious. He merely suffered from some minor injuries. Furthermore, since his strength had been diminished, he couldn't pick himself up for the time being.
When Ren Baqian saw the way Du Changkong lay on the ground, he sighed deeply. He stepped forward to see how was his pig-ignorant teammate doing.
"Are you able to stand up?" Ren Baqian squatted down beside Du Changkong and asked.
"This Hong girl is getting more and more powerful. Her attacks were ruthless, almost costing me my life." There weren't many open wounds on Du Changkong's face but there were several bruises. Right now, he was panting heavily.
Ren Baqian did not say anything. You're lucky to be able to survive. Even if you're stupid, you should be able to tell that she did not go all-out on you. From the way she punched and kicked you into the air, one can tell that she is much more powerful than you. If she intended to kill you, do you think you can lie down here and groan like what you're doing now?
Do you think you're just getting a beating? You're going to suffer in the future too.
When Ren Baqian thought of Hong Xian, he slightly hesitated on the notion of asking her for his crossbow back. He reckoned that she was still in a fit of anger. If he asked her for it now, he would get into trouble.
Forget it, I still have my handgun. Initially, Ren Baqian wanted to use the handgun to sneak attacks on other people. Now, he had to be more careful and not let other people find out about his handgun.
As long as no one saw him hunt with the handgun, nobody would know what it was.
Ren Baqian no longer cared about Du Changkong. He stood up and walked off.
On the other side, Hong Xian and her counterparts had seen Ren Baqian squat beside Du Changkong. With anger rushing through her face, Hong Xian said, "I was thinking why is that bastard so bold today!"
"I heard that the Honglu Deputy isn't from Dayao, I think that should be him. How dare him? I will go and teach him a lesson now," a girl immediately said.
No one objected to her idea. After all, Ren Baqian was just a Honglu Deputy. Furthermore, he wasn't from Dayao. These sons and daughters of the court officials did not really care about him.
Especially when they knew the words that Du Changkong said just now were taught by this fellow, they resented him even more than Du Changkong.
Just as Ren Baqian stood up and took a few steps, he saw a young girl that previously stood beside Hong Xian walked towards him. She was roughly 1.65 meters tall and her skin color was slightly tanned, resembling the color of wheat. She also wore a set of skin-tight clothes.
Du Changkong was right behind him. However, he had just been beaten to the state of a dog, therefore the girl shouldn't be looking for him. Furthermore, it seemed that the girl had fixated her gaze on Ren Baqian.
Ren Baqian took a small step to his side. If the girl wasn't looking for him, he could just walk past her.
However, it was a wasted effort by him. It turned out the other party was coming for him.
"You taught him those words?" the girl asked impolitely as she walked over to Ren Baqian.
"Of course not," Ren Baqian shook his head and replied. He couldn't take the blame for this, otherwise he would be in deep trouble.
"Ptui! A coward that does not dare to take responsibility for his actions!" the girl said in disdain.
Ren Baqian was speechless for a while. She is so sure that I taught Du Changkong those words? All he wanted was to have his crossbow back but he didn't expect he would create so much trouble.
"It was indeed not me."
"I don't care whether or not it was you, I just want you to know that you're not getting that thing back. If you're capable, come and get it back yourself. Coward." After finishing her sentence, the girl cast a disdainful look at Ren Baqian and turned around and walked off.
Ren Baqian stood at the same spot for a while. Suddenly, he burst into laughter.
You might be the daughter of a court official but I am a court official myself. No matter what, my official rank is still Secondary class, Rank 6. Do you really think you can push me around as you wish?
Do you really think I'm a pushover?
It was impossible for Ren Baqian not to feel angry. After all, he was a young man too. Even if his arms weren't as thick as theirs, he would still feel angry after being treated like this.
Initially, I am prepared to give up the crossbow, but now I have to get it back.
Otherwise, how am I going to survive in Dayao? If anyone can just come over and push me around, the term "coward" will stick to me forever. If something tries to do this to me again in the future, what can I do about it?
The empress is just nearby, how will she not realize this situation? Perhaps this is just a small issue and she can't be bothered with it. However, what will she think if I act like a coward now? Ren Baqian felt that the seventh-most powerful expert in the world wouldn't approve of his cowardice. Why would she employ someone that was easily pushed around by a few youngsters?
After these thoughts ran through Ren Baqian's mind, he walked towards Hong Xian with a smile on his face.
That girl just returned to Hong Xian and mumbled, "A coward that doesn't dare to take responsibility for his actions."
However, she immediately discovered that everyone was looking behind her.
She turned around and saw the coward walked towards them with a smile on his face.
But that smile seemed slightly cold.
Ren Baqian walked to the group of people and pointed to the crossbow in one of their hands and said, "That thing is mine."
"It's no longer yours," the girl that previously chided Ren Baqian turned around and replied with her head raised.
"What official position do you hold?" Ren Baqian smiled and asked.
"Why do you care what official position I hold? I don't give a sh*t about a Rank 6 deputy," the girl sneered
The rest burst into laughter. They indeed did not care about a Rank 6 deputy.
If Ren Baqian was an aboriginal, they might not go overboard like this, but since he was a foreigner, they did not fear him at all.
When Ren Baqian saw the fearless and arrogant look on their faces, the smile on his face became colder.
Word by word, Ren Baqian said, "I don't care what official positions your ancestors, your grandfathers or your fathers hold. They are the ones that are holding the official positions, not you. They are the ones that are receiving salaries from the imperial court, not you. Usually, when people give way to you, it's not because you're terrific, but rather, it's because of your ancestors, your grandfathers, and your fathers. They don't want to embarrass you.
What qualifies all of you to look down on a Rank 6 deputy? Even if a person is just a Rank 9 official, he still receives his salary from the imperial court. Even if he doesn't make any meritorious contributions to Dayao, he still works his ass off. This nation is built through the officials' blood and sweat.
You can look down on me, but my official position was conferred by Her Majesty. Since I receive my salary from the imperial court and I work for Her Majesty, I am the face of the imperial court. What gives all of you the right to look down on me?
How dare all of you snatch an official's possession? Are you even fit to do that?
So you indeed don't care about Her Majesty and the imperial court, huh?
So do you dare to kill an official? Since you dare to steal from an official, you should be daring enough to kill an official too, right?"
After Ren Baqian finished his sentence, an absolute silence swept across the area in an instant.
Ren Baqian spoke quite loudly, therefore many people heard what he said.
Everyone shifted their gazes to Ren Baqian and Hong Xian and her counterparts. Many people put down what they were doing and stood up.
The smile on Hong Xian's and her counterparts' faces froze. The onlookers' gazes were pricking them like needles.
"How dare you lecture me?" the girl had an incredulous look on her face. Following which, she said, "What thing do you think you are?"
"I'm not your father, I don't really dare to lecture you. As for what thing I am, why not you ask Her Majesty what's an official appointment? It seems like your ancestors and me are the same thing," Ren Baqian replied viciously. The only thing he could rely on now was the fact that these young men and women that participated in the Great Hunt weren't court officials. Those who held an official position would not participate in the Great Hunt.
Those who participated in the Great Hunt would probably be sent to the army or other places but that would only happen in the future.
Ren Baqian was an exception. He was a Rank 6 deputy that dropped from the sky. He was chosen by Her Majesty to take part in the Great Hunt. Therefore, he was different from everyone else.
After hearing Ren Baqian's words, the girl was incensed. Raising her hand, she wanted to slap this bastard to death.
Cold sweat broke out in Ren Baqian's back. Someone faster come and stop this crazy b*tch! If she really slaps me, I am dead for sure. It will be too late even if she is punished severely.
However, on the surface, Ren Baqian maintained his composure and continued looking at her with a smile on his face.
"Liu Ruoyao, stop it!" A roar resounded through the air.
At the same time, Hong Xian's frozen face finally moved. She immediately kicked Liu Ruoyao's arm away.
"Don't stop me, I am going to kill him." Liu Ruoyao's eyes were slightly red, looking as though she was thoroughly infuriated by Ren Baqian's words.
"So you really dare to kill a court official, are you trying to rebel against imperial court?" Ren Baqian sneered.
Ren Baqian knew that Liu Ruoyao hated him to death, therefore he did not mind angering her even more now.
Since he had already offended her, he could not back off now.