Apart from Xu Lizhi, all of the students from Shrek Academy were to participate in the one-on-one duels. They would form four teams for the two-on-twos, and Xu Lizhi would act as a backup member for the team battle. Essentially all of them were forced to compete.
“I don’t want to be with him,” Gu Yue said, pointing her chin at Tang Wulin.
The matter of who teamed up with who was normally a foregone conclusion, but today was different. Gu Yue refused to fight.
Elder Cai frowned. “Let me remind you that you are not competing in the tournament for yourself alone. You are representing Shrek Academy as well. If that is not enough, this tournament is also a trial. You will be graded on your performance in Star Luo. If you don’t compete, then you won’t be considered for the Shrek Seven Monsters, and possibly even admittance to the inner court.”
“That’s fine,” Gu Yue said.
“Gu Yue, are you crazy?” Tang Wulin muttered hastily, pulling at her arm. “Why are you refusing to compete?”
Gu Yue shook her head at him. “I don’t feel like it.” Then she turned around and left Elder Cai’s room.
“Is she still jealous?” Xie Xie cast a furtive glance at Tang Wulin. “If that’s the case, this is…”
“Elder Cai, I’m sorry about this. I’ll try to change her mind,” Tang Wulin said, then rushed out after Gu Yue.
Back in her room, Gu Yue stood in front of her window, silently staring out into the distance. The door to her room was left slightly open as if she had anticipated Tang Wulin coming after her. Through that open door, Tang Wulin entered, taking long strides to reach Gu Yue in an instant.
“Just what are you thinking?” he demanded. “Why are you refusing to compete?”
Gu Yue continued looking out the window. “Why do I have to compete?”
“I know you’re frustrated with me, but please, stop using this to vent.” Tang Wulin took her by the hand. “I’ll go with you to explain things to Elder Cai. Then we can compete together. Or do you not actually want to enter the inner court? To become one of the next Shrek Seven Monsters?”
“Do you really think I could be one of the Shrek Seven Monsters?” Gu Yue said, turning to face Tang Wulin. “I’m a member of the Spirit Pagoda, remember? Shrek doesn’t have as harmonious of a relationship with Spirit Pagoda as you might think. Well, I’m sure you didn’t know that.”
Tang Wulin was taken aback. “You’re choosing the Spirit Pagoda?”
“I decided long ago, back when Elder Cai made things difficult for us,” she answered. “The Spirit Pagoda has given me many things that Shrek cannot. It is impossible for me to become one of the Shrek Seven Monsters.”
Tang Wulin stared at her in disbelief, barely managing to blink his eyes a scant few times. This had completely blindsided him. Words formed at his lips, but they came out as incoherent stuttering. He wanted to argue, he really did, but he simply didn’t know how he could persuade her. They had spent years with one a
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