Not having a license would garner Albert a lot of bad comments, but even if he was given a license, his haters would still call it something bad. If that’s the case, id rather get the license myself.
‘Well… If that is what he wants…’
Chester nodded. “Very well. But take this Purifying Pill. The elders insist that you take it. If you refuse, they’re going to take it out on me.”
He gave Albert the pill.
As the Bainbridge branch’s representative, he knew all about Albert’s achievements. Albert was already the best of the best among his peers. Most of the elders in CAUMP were slowly changing their focus from medical research to raising new doctors due to their age.
Albert was one of the young doctors they had their eyes on. Regrettably, his hara was destroyed, hampering his future in medicine. However, his incredible eye for pill workings was enough to cover for his flaw.
They were still hopeful for his future. Once they knew Albert was in Bainbridge, they told Chester to give Albert what he needed as soon as possible.
‘Guess l have to take this, then.’
“Thank you, Mr. Wilhelminum…”
He was surprised that people in Bainbridge knew his hara was destroyed.
Purifying Pills were used to clear out the negative Ki produced by destroyed hara. They couldn’t repair broken haras, but at least they could keep the user healthy.
Now that his business was done, Chester wanted to leave. The competition was right around the corner after all, so CAUMP had a lot of business waiting for him.
“Of course, Dr. Larson. I shall be on my way now. May luck be on your side. Cheerio!”
He left as fast as he came.
Once he was gone, the other contestants crowded around Adrian, looking sad.
They knew what Purifying Pills did, and through that, they knew Albert‘s hara was destroyed. There was no other reason CAUMP would give him the pill.
At this thought, the contestants couldn’t stay calm, not after Albert generously explained the workings of his greatest product. The hidden sects quickly whipped out their best pills and herbs they had.
“Mr. Larson, here’s a Steelbody. It can’t heal your hara, but it can strengthen your body. The path of martial arts isn’t what we should focus on, anyway…”
“I got this Ameliorator from my mentor. He doesn‘t know. It can cleanse your body.”
“I have this Lovefruit. It can help with your reaction speed!”
Albert wanted to tell them he was already healed, but they kept giving him gifts, interrupting him. Eventually, Albert was holding a mountain of presents.
At this moment, the monk came up to him.
Albert met his gaze, feeling curious. When he was changing the monk’s clothes for him the day before, all the monk had with him were his medical journal and a necklace of beads made from rosewood on his neck. That was his symbol of faith.
The monk couldn’t give that away unless he wanted to turn his back on his faith.