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 Before those curious students could find out which medicinal ingredients that Shen Yanxiao had grabbed, she walked toward the area meant for processing the potions. Everyone's shocked gazes trailed after her as she held onto her pockets.

Shangguan Xiao was looking for the last item on his list when he noticed something was amiss. As he turned his head, he realized that the petite figure had gone toward the potion concoction area, and none of the participants had noticed that. She had occupied the best table out of the ten tables that were prepared for the competition.

Shangguan Xiao's lips twitched.

The other participants finally noticed Shen Yanxiao's movements, and they looked at each other in dismay. They did not even have the time to react to that situation.

"Why did that little kid head over there?" A few of the participants stared at the tables that they had aimed to choose. Then they looked at Shen Yanxiao, who stood there as she looked around the area. No one could understand the complexity of their feelings at that precise moment.

They had ten minutes left, and most of them only managed to find half of the ingredients that they needed. Their opponents had most probably grabbed the other half. If they stuck with their choice, then they would not be able to gather all the ingredients required even if they had thirty minutes left.

"He must have chosen a junior potion so that he could snatch a seat," one of the dissatisfied students muttered.

They were displeased that a first-year student had taken the lead in the competition.

There were many unusual noises from the spectators' area when they realized Shen Yanxiao's movements.

Lin Xu and the group of first-year students were relieved when they saw Shen Yanxiao at the potion concoction area. However, they were worried at the same time too.

Even most of the second-year students could not gather all the ingredients that they needed in time, so how did Shen Yanxiao manage to do it? Did she decide to use a junior potion for the competition?

Their hearts thumped like the beatings of a drum.

Moments later, Shangguan Xiao found the last item that he needed, so he made his way toward where Shen Yanxiao stood and occupied the table behind her.

"A random junior potion won't get you anywhere in this competition." Shangguan Xiao placed his items on the table and then narrowed his eyes at Shen Yanxiao's back.

Due to time limitations, he did not observe the medicinal ingredients that Shen Yanxiao had grabbed. However, based on the time that she had completed the task, she could not have taken that many items. He had 35 items with him, and he did not spare a single moment to hesitate in his search. Even then, he was already about four to five minutes behind Shen Yanxiao.

He did not believe that Shen Yanxiao could grab more than twenty medicinal ingredients in a short span of twenty minutes.

"There's no need for you to worry about that. You will know which potion I'm working on in the third round." Shen Yanxiao did not even bother to turn her head around for her cold reply to him.

Her arrogance added more flames to Shangguan Xiao's anger, and that motivated his intention to win the competition even further.

Minutes trickled by. They were down to the last three minutes when some of the participants began to fight each other for the ingredients. At the very last second, the remaining eight tables were occupied by three second-year students and five third-year students.

At that point, the rest of the participants had lost their rights to continue in the competition. The teachers then led them away from the arena.