Elder Eliot snorted, ignoring Elder Rick’s question.
However, this did not deter Elder Rick as he pursed his lips, looking like he suddenly thought about something. “That brat is the best candidate, but at the end of the day, he’s just a sixth-grade alchemist, and he’ll no doubt affect the team negatively. If he does, and even if our valley wins by then, he’d receive punishment. It’s quite a pity, since Jackie is quite talented.”
His snide remarks sounded harsh to the ear. Elder Rick had just so firmly said that he did not have a grudge against Jackie, yet he so openly said such things! No doubt was he a bitter person, through and through.
Elder Eliot felt a surge of rage in his heart. Just as he was about to shout and curse, however, he suddenly heard footsteps coming from the distance. All of the elders looked toward the source of the noise at the same time.
They saw Elder Maurice walking in with Mr. Zayne, both seemingly calm as they headed into the hall. Far behind them were Jackie and the others. At that moment, their expressions were incredibly serious, but Elder Maurice walked in with a stern look.
At that, Elder Turner and the others started to feel worried. Before Elder Maurice even arrived at the middle of the hall, Elder Turner had rushed up to greet them.
Elder Rick, Elder Eliot, and Elder Baggins walked away from their little debate at the corner.
Elder Maurice saluted Elder Turner before passing him the golden scroll in his hand. Everyone who saw it knew that it was the merit log Elder Maurice had prepared.
Everything that happened in the tournament was recorded in the scroll, as well as the evaluations on the three participants.
Elder Rick shot Jackie a venomous look the moment he arrived at the center of the hall. At the same time, Jackie looked his way, too.
Elder Rick snorted as he looked at Jackie confidently, his expression seemingly conveying that this was the day Jackie’s life would end.
Elder Eliot looked at Jackie pitifully. Even if Jackie was talented, the main forces of the tournament were still seventh-grade alchemists. No matter how good he was, Jackie was still a sixth-grade alchemist.
Jackie was fated to fail the valley, no matter how hard he tried.
“Let’s not talk about anything else for now,” said Elder Turner anxiously. “Did you win?”
Even though Elder Turner seemed calm, he was, in fact, just as anxious as Elder Eliot and Elder Baggins were. He knew very well that Sky Peak Pavilion was not a part to scoff at they must have had a trump card.
He did not know if Elder Maurice and the others would be able to deal with it. If they lost the tournament, it would be a massive blow to Phoenix Valley. It was even possible that it would cause them to lose the battle against the Unbreaking Pavilion.
Elder Maurice sighed before he looked up and said, “We won!”
Those words felt like waves that splashed everyone, and the atmosphere inside the hall suddenly got livelier at Elder Maurice’s words.
Elder Turner breathed out a sigh of relief as he happily patted Elder Maurice on his shoulder. “Very good! Very well done!”
Elder Rick smiled. It went exactly as he thought it would.
There was no way Phoenix Valley could lose in the tournament. No matter what sort of trump card Sky Peak Pavilion had, Phoenix Valley would never take it lying down!
With that in mind, he turned and looked at Elder Baggins and Elder Eliot in disdain as he whispered, “I told you you were worrying too much, but you didn’t listen to me.”
After that, Elder Rick turned to look at Jackie once more, all too excited in wanting to see Jackie receive a hefty sentence. He wanted to see Jackie groveling on his knees, begging for mercy, yet would still face the repercussions of failing the team.
Even though he had used official matters for his revenge this time, so what? He accomplished his goals!