January 18, 2022

Chapter 47: Seek Refuge

After Zheng left, Yingying kept a low profile at home. Whenever she saw Yansheng, she would always smile and try to talk to her. On the other hand, Yansheng just ignored her.

Yingying learned to behave well after receiving cold shoulders several times. She tried her best not to provoke Yansheng and avoided her at all costs.

She didn’t dare to go out to play for a while, so she stayed home every day to Shuocheng study diligently.

When Yansheng saw that Yingying was managing Shuocheng’s studies personally, Yansheng handed over the full authority of Shuocheng to his mother. Yingying had seen how Yansheng won Huan’s favor because of her good management of Shuocheng, so she wanted to please Huan as well.

However, she had no deterrent power against Shuocheng at all.

As soon as Shuocheng noticed that his eldest sister did not care about him anymore, he immediately reverted to his original behavior.

He would wake up in the morning to play first.

Yingying had been up early recently to wait for Huan to have breakfast before going back to sleep, and it would be noon when she woke up again. So, Shuocheng had been playing all morning.

Yingying would finish her meal at noon, and in the afternoon, she would refresh herself and watch him do his homework. Shuocheng was completely out of control in front of her. He would just write a little bit and play for a while.

Yingying would be angry and beat him up. As usual, Shuocheng would roll on the ground for a long time and howl at the top of his lungs. This commotion made Mrs. Wang sweat all over her head.

Mrs. Wang couldn’t help but complain, “Let Miss Yanyan take care of him.”

Yingying didn’t dare to do anything to Huan and Yansheng, but she was rude to Mrs. Wang so she yelled back, “What do you mean? Who is his mother?!”

Mrs. Wang would just curse silently, ‘You know that you are the mother of this child, so why didn’t you care about him earlier? Do you think this temporary cramming will work for children?

Then, Yingying would just put her hands on her waist and say, “You figure out who gives you salary!”

This made Mrs. Wang keep her mouth shut and didn’t dare to speak at all. When Yingying saw her being silent, she would curl her lips secretly.

In private, Mrs. Wang would quietly mention this to other maids, “Let see what she can do with her children!”

This situation lasted for a few days, but Yansheng said nothing. The first person who couldn’t stand it was Heling. She finally couldn’t bear it and ran to Huan to complain, “Shuocheng’s homework has fallen a lot and August is almost halfway through!”

Huan asked strangely, “Aren’t you and your sister taking care of him doing his homework?”

Heling complained again, “Right now, Mom is looking after him and won’t let my sister take care of him. Although she is at home every day now, she can’t manage him well at all. Shuoshuo’s homework was all written in a mess!”

Huan held his forehead and was speechless for a long time.

He went to find Yansheng in the guest room. “You should take care of your brother’s studies instead. I don’t think she is a person who can manage children at all.”

“He is your brother anyway,” he said with a smiling face. “How about this, I will give you an additional fifty thousand yuan pocket money every month?”

Yansheng replied, “Originally, whoever had the children should be in charge of them. Other people are also fulfilling their obligations as parents. What do you want me to do? To compete with mothers for their children? I’m fed up. I haven’t even finished my homework yet.”

No. 1 High School was a key high school, and along with the acceptance letter came a frightening amount of homework.

At the beginning of Yansheng’s rebirth, her mind was almost empty. She frantically supplemented it with knowledge from middle school. The first thing she reviewed was practice exercises for middle school. It was almost done before she started to catch up with the homework assigned by the high school.

A lot of the homework assigned by the No. 1 High School was the preview of the lessons to be learned after the start of the school year. This was worse than the middle school lessons. At least, during the review, Yansheng would recall some of them from what she has learned from her previous life. But the lessons in high school—she only recalled skipping class.

Aside from having a lot of homework, she also didn’t want to care about Shuocheng in her heart.

Anyway, his mother had the intention to take care of him now.

It didn’t make sense to leave the mother aside and let the eldest sister take care of him. This was all because Huan was too picky and coveted beauty, but didn’t guard against the outcome, which had the consequences of giving birth to children.

Huan couldn’t help but be embarrassed.

He decided to talk to Yingying and tell her not to do the job if she didn’t have the ability. In any case, the child was his son, and no one should cheat his own son.

Unexpectedly, Zheng’s affairs made too much trouble this time. Huan not only taught Zheng a lesson but also broke off the Liang family as a relative, so Yingying wanted to please him. In particular, when he talked about this matter, his expression was still very serious and his attitude was not very good. So, Yingying wanted to do something to make him happy.

She repeatedly promised, “I will take care of him!”

Although Huan was skeptical, in the end, he still decided to give Yingying another chance. He let her inside the house to take care of the children after all.

Yingying was really determined to take care of Shuocheng, otherwise, he would fall into Yansheng’s hands again, and all the benefits would belong to Yansheng. She couldn’t have Huan become more and more biased towards Yansheng.

How could that work?!

But this matter was not something that could be done just by making up her mind.

Tutoring elementary school students was one thing that could transform people into something else.

Yingying, who hadn’t finished college, finally regained her energy and wanted to give her son some serious guidance. As a result, she unexpectedly went berserk.

“How can you come up with nine as the answer? How can the difference of these two numbers be equal to nine?!”

“Have you read the question? Have you seen it? Huh?!”

“How many times have I told you this? Are you deaf?”

“Ahhhhhhhhh! Are you trying to make me angry?”

No mother in the world could handle tutoring elementary school students, and neither could Yingying.

She became violent and started to beat up Shuocheng. For the past two days, her roars and Shuocheng’s pig-killing howls always came from the third floor.

Yansheng brought juice upstairs and saw Heling lying on the handrail of the stairs, looking up, looking worried.

Yansheng was speechless.

She clasped Heling’s skull—no, the top of her head. She exerted force to twist her over, and then push her towards her room. “Do your homework!”

Heling grabbed her arm, “Sister, can you do something about it?”

Yansheng was expressionless. “Do I have to take care of your mother as well? Let it go, I have a lot of homework!”

When it comes to tutoring and learning, sooner or later, someone would collapse, either the mother or the child.

Shuocheng collapsed first.

From her room, Heling heard footsteps rapidly approaching and Shuocheng’s hoarse voice, “Sister! Sister!” The shout was startling, so she hurriedly ran to open the door.

Shuocheng rushed over with tears and snot on his face.

Heling stretched out her hand…

However, Shuocheng bypassed her!

Heling was dumbstruck.

Yansheng also heard the movement, so she got up and opened the door, frowning. Anyone, who was concentrating on their studies, disturbed by such noise would be unhappy.

When she opened the door, she saw Shuocheng rushing towards her with a runny nose!

She instinctively wanted to lift her knees!

If this was the tall and strong thirteen-year-old Shuocheng, she would definitely kick him!

But this was the seven-year-old Shuocheng, who was still a little boy.

Yansheng was still rational in the end and she suppressed this flying kick. Shuocheng had already rushed over, got directly behind her, and hugged her. “Sister! Sister!”

Yansheng was in a panic. She didn’t know if the snot and tears got on her clothes. In any case, she must not wear these clothes again.

Immediately after, Yingying came down.

She was panting with anger, her eyes were glaring, her expression was hideous, and she was holding a hanger. This thing could be seen everywhere in different weights and shapes. It was the world’s universal weapon to beat a child.

“Get you *ss over here!” she yelled.

“I don’t want to!” Shuocheng also panted.

“D*mn you! How could I give birth to something as stupid as you?” Yingying gritted her teeth, fuming in rage. “How many times have I taught you?! I repeatedly explain everything to you! And you repeatedly make mistakes! I taught you over and over, but you kept on making mistakes!!! Do you even have a brain? You’re a pig, aren’t you? Come here!”

Shuocheng shouted with a sharp voice, “I don’t want to!”

He hid behind Yansheng. Yingying was afraid of Yansheng now and didn’t dare to pull him directly. But Shuocheng resisted so fiercely, so she became angry and went to pull him regardless. “Come here!”

However, Shuocheng dodged and screamed.

Yingying raised the hanger in her hand. But immediately, her wrist was gripped by Yansheng.

After Yansheng’s rebirth, her strength had increased several times and her grip on Yingying’s wrist was like a clamp. Yingying let out a scream of pain.

Having direct physical contact with Yingying, Yansheng felt sick, so she threw Yingying out of her room. Yingying staggered back two steps and leaned against the wall, so she didn’t fall on the ground.

She didn’t dare to lose her temper with Yansheng now and she only dared to say to Shuocheng viciously, “If you don’t come over, I’ll beat you to death today!”

Shuocheng shouted hysterically with snot and tears, “I don’t want you to take care of me! I want my sister to take care of me!”

As his words fell, the corridor on the second floor fell into an eerie silence.

Everyone knew that Shuocheng’s ‘my sister’ definitely did not refer to Heling but to Yansheng.

When did Shuocheng actually take the initiative to approach Yansheng and beg her to take care of him?

Both Yansheng and Yingying were in the same complicated mood.

Yansheng glanced at the little boy who was hiding behind her, only to find a green mark on his arm. It was obviously drawn out by the hanger. The force used was not small, someone must have lost their mind in the heat of anger.

Mrs. Wang chased down from upstairs and Mrs. Luo ran up from downstairs. When the two of them saw Yingying, who wanted to rush forward, they went over together and pulled her back.

“Aiya, just talk to him, don’t hit him!”

“He is still young! What does he know?”

Yingying used to say this sentence ‘he is still young’ whenever Shuocheng got into trouble, but she didn’t expect that one day other people would throw this sentence at her.

She was stunned. “He’s a little sh*t! He’s already in the first grade, but he can’t even do that f*cking subtraction!”

She yelled again, “Shuocheng, I’m telling you, if you don’t come to me now, then don’t call me your mother from now on!”

Shuocheng inhaled fiercely. “Then I won’t! I won’t call you mother!”

Yingying couldn’t stand it anymore. “Fine! I won’t care anything about you from now on! Don’t come to me if you are bullied! Don’t ask me to buy something you want in the future!”

She slammed the hanger to the ground, broke free from the blocking of the two maids, and went upstairs angrily.

Shuocheng shouted as he protested behind her, “Dad will buy it for me!”

His sniffing sound turned Yansheng’s stomach upside down. With one hand, she pulled Shuocheng’s hand that was holding onto her clothes.

Shuocheng raised his hand to wipe his nose with the back of his hand, but Yansheng shouted, “Don’t move!”

He just got out of the tiger’s mouth and entered the wolf’s den again, so he shivered with fright.

Yansheng strode into the room and took several tissues, then walked back and stuffed them into Shuocheng. “Wipe your nose!”