January 27, 2022

Chapter 56: Twist and Turn

Lichen stood there with his mouth open, only to react for a long time, and strode after her. “Yansheng!”

There was a look of excitement on his face.

“You turned out to be such a person,” he said, “it’s so different from what I thought.”

Yansheng snorted and walked forward with her long legs, without paying attention to him.

Lichen didn’t care either, he was thick-skinned. Yansheng ignored him, so he could only talk to himself.

“I thought you were one of those good students. The kind who doesn’t speak profanity or curse at other people and someone who is well-cultured. In the end, not only do you curse, but you can also fight. Yesterday, Qian and the other girls weren’t able to beat you.” He smiled slyly. “If I knew that you were like this, I shouldn’t have tried to show off in front of you.”

“It’s useless for you to hold it in.” Yansheng sneered. “I know exactly what kind of person you are.”

“Oh? So, you are paying attention to me then?” Lichen’s eyes lit up.

Yansheng found that she had said the wrong thing, so she changed her words and said, “There’s no need to pay attention, for people like you, I can see through it at first glance.”

“Then, if you really have seen through me—” Lichen stepped in front of Yansheng and blocked her way. The corners of his mouth raised evilly. “Can you tell how much I like you?”

Yansheng was stunned.

D*mn! What kind of flirtatious pick-up line is this? Little fool, what kind of domineering president are you pretending to be?!

Yansheng got goosebumps on her arms.

But she remembered that Lichen was like this, and at that time, when she was in high school, the girls all liked his evil charm and crazy style.

Back then, Yansheng also fell for it.

Her face flushed strangely and it looked particularly provocative in the early morning.

Lichen looked at her with bright eyes and a flash of triumph in his eyes.

He didn’t know that Yansheng was just embarrassed about how she was in high school in the past.

There were unbearable memories in the past that you couldn’t look back on, you couldn’t really stand that time when you were still self-righteous and stupid, and there was too much of black history that you wish should have never happened at all.

On Lichen’s fairly handsome face, there was ‘self’ written on the left side and ‘righteous’ written on the right, so Yansheng didn’t want to see him at all.

She passed by and waved behind him. “Hey, classmate!”

Lichen turned his head and saw a boy who turned his head when he heard the shout. He seemed a little surprised. He was not sure if Yansheng was calling him.

It was him whom Yansheng called out to. She saw him at a glance just now, his face was familiar, and she knew that he was from her class, but she hadn’t remembered his name yet, so she could only call him ‘classmate’.

She bypassed Lichen who was standing in front of her, walked quickly to the boy, smiled, and said, “Good morning.”

“Oh, good morning!” The boy was a little nervous, but he hurriedly returned the greetings to Yansheng.

Yansheng didn’t actually remember the boy’s name. He was quite tall, sitting in the last row, and a few rows away from her. He was relatively far away.

Now, Yansheng was more familiar with the circle of classmates and a few class leaders, but she was not yet familiar with the students who were in the remote corners. However, Yansheng was not nervous so she asked the boy calmly, “I missed a little bit of my physics notes yesterday. Can you lend me a copy of your notes later?”

“Sure,” the boy agreed. “I’ll give it to you in the classroom.”

Yansheng left Lichen behind and entered the school side by side with the boy.

Lichen snorted and also entered the school. But when he heard someone calling “Qian” behind him, he turned his head and glanced. He didn’t know when Qian appeared, and she was not that far.

There was a look of anger in her eyes that she couldn’t hide. She should have seen Lichen and Yansheng walking while talking together just now.

At the start of school, Lichen thought Qian was quite pretty and even thought of chasing after her. Later, he found that Yansheng was more beautiful, so he started to chase Yansheng, but he also had an ambiguous relationship with Qian. A scumbag like him would take this kind of thing as a pleasure in life.

But now, he realized that he had completely lost his attraction to Qian.

This was also because of the comparison.

Compared with other girls, Qian had a stronger taste. But compared with Yansheng, she was not delicious enough.

Yansheng had a feeling of being different from other girls. Lichen felt that he was becoming more and more attracted to her. This attraction was so strong that he could ignore other girls and pay attention to her alone.

Looking at Qian again, the anger in her eyes had disappeared and she bit her lip slightly, as if she had been wronged or let down. It seemed that the look of anger just now was only in Lichen’s illusion.

If it were other boys, it would be really easy to be moved by Qian.

Unfortunately, Lichen was not an ordinary boy. He was a natural scumbag.

Qian’s acting skills really couldn’t fool him.

Of course, none of them knew that in her previous life, Qian had become Yansheng’s best friend by relying on her acting skills, and Yansheng could only refuse Lichen because of her verbal skills. In the end, it became a three-person relationship.

Later, as the days passed and they became more and more acquainted with each other, Lichen’s initial thoughts of hugging left and right gradually turned to being biased towards Yansheng. He also persuaded Yansheng not to trust Qian too much.

It was a pity that Yansheng couldn’t leave this ‘best friend’ just because Qian and her ‘share the same hatred’ and verbally crusade against the old demon Yingying and her half-siblings in the family.

After all, Yansheng was a teenage girl at that time. She didn’t have the education and guidance of her mother like other girls. She was so aggrieved by her complicated family situation and she was particularly paranoid.

When people were paranoid, they tended to listen and hear what they only wanted to hear. Even if Yansheng knew that Qian had done all kinds of bad things, she still insisted on being ‘best friend’ with her.

In this life, Yansheng finally no longer had to maintain the plastic sisterhood with Qian, and the three-person relationship was no longer possible. Yansheng no longer looked up to Lichen, who was still young and self-righteous.

However, Lichen still liked her and was even more attracted to her faster than in her previous life.

Qian was still the same as she was in her previous life. Lichen should have liked her instead, but he was ‘robbed’ by Yansheng, so she couldn’t let go.

Lichen glanced at Qian, who was aggrieved and resentful, but he no longer liked her. He snorted, turned around, and walked into the school.

Anger flashed in Qian’s eyes again and she was even more unwilling.

From childhood to adulthood, there was nothing she couldn’t get whenever she wanted something, she could be friends with whoever she wanted to be friends with, and she could make anyone lose her friends if she wanted her to have no friends.

She didn’t believe that she would tumble in high school.

The person who called her came quickly, walked to her, sniffed, and asked, “Are you okay? I seem to have a cold.”

This girl was also one of the girls who was pushed into the sink by Yansheng yesterday.

When she said this, Qian’s new hatred and old hatred for Yansheng had risen from yesterday and today, and she felt angry in her heart early in the morning.

She couldn’t suppress her anger, said “I don’t have a cold”, and strode into the school.

Yansheng and the unnamed boy arrived in their classroom. The boy opened his schoolbag and immediately handed her the notes Yansheng wanted. “Here it is.”

Yansheng took it, thanked him, and said, “Thank you, I will finish copying it right away, and I will return it to you as soon as possible.”

“No need to hurry,” the boy replied, “physics is in the fourth class, so don’t worry, concentrate on the morning test first.”

There would be a short test in the morning’s self-study every day, which was called a daily test. Every morning, students would have to enter a state of intense learning.

“Okay, thank you.” Yansheng smiled.

The boy hesitated for a moment and whispered, “I am—my name is Zhang Zhiyuan.”

She didn’t even know his family name and it was suddenly revealed. Yansheng didn’t change her face and said, “It’s a coincidence. My surname is Zhang. My name is—”

“Zhang Yansheng, I know,” the boy said, his ears turned slightly red.

This was a normal fifteen-year-old boy. Although young, he was very cute. What kind of thing is Lichen who thinks that he is a master of the jungle at a young age? Yansheng wanted to roll her eyes now when she thought about it.

As she watched Zhiyuan who hurried back to his seat, she felt that his name seemed familiar. After thinking about it, she still couldn’t remember. Forget it, a teacher might have asked him to answer a question in class, so it felt familiar.

Yansheng didn’t bother to think about it and opened Zhiyuan’s notes, ready to make up for what she had missed. She didn’t deliberately talk nonsense just to get rid of Lichen, she really did miss some notes yesterday. She was thinking about going to the school to find students near her seat to borrow notes. When she saw Zhiyuan at the school gate, she realized that she was running out of time, so she just asked him instead.

But when Yansheng opened his notes, she couldn’t help but gasp.

She flipped through a lot of pages and she was pretty sure that this was really the neatest, beautiful, and cleanest notes she had ever seen.

First of all, Yansheng was amazed by his good handwriting.

Her handwriting was also pretty good. In the past, when her mother was alive, she let her practice with all her might. When she was in elementary school, she was already writing in a stylish font. With a good foundation, she definitely made more improvements, so her handwriting became better and better.

Lichen wrote badly like a dog crawling.

Yansheng laughed at him a lot in her previous life.

But Zhiyuan’s writing was more than beautiful. His notes were so clean, they didn’t look like notes written by a boy.

She did not only recognize that it was complete, but the sequencing was very clear as well. He also used pens of different colors to distinguish the key points, and he also marked the points that were easy to make mistakes.

This looked so comfortable to the eyes.

Yansheng suddenly closed the notes and glanced at the name on the notebook cover—Zhang Zhiyuan.

Then, she suddenly remembered him. No wonder with forty classmates in the class, she would find his name familiar.

Zhiyuan was the top scorer in the college entrance examination. He was admitted to a Top 2 University in the country after the college entrance examination.

Yansheng was later expelled from No.1 High School and Huan found her a private school. She wanted to abandon the college entrance examination, but she went there anyway, got a bad score on the exam, and spent money to go to a local pheasant university.

When the college entrance examination scores came out that year, her cousin, Qi, called her specifically to ask how well she did in the exam. Thinking of it now, her cousin was full of malice, it was not like she didn’t know how Yansheng did in her three years of high school. Qi was a dignified K University student who made this call especially and the sarcasm was too obvious.

But it was on that phone call that Qi said, “This year’s top scorer in the college entrance examination came from our K City. He is from No.1 High School. What’s his name again? Oh, Zhang Zhiyuan! His score is really good. I heard that he has been admitted to Qing University. You really shouldn’t have left the No.1 High School, sigh…”

Yansheng couldn’t bear it at that time, so she hung up the call.

Yes, she was the one who was always absent from the classes, she was the one who played truant, she was the one who always fought, and she was the one who was expelled.

However, she was not proud of it in her heart. Whenever she went to the small living room on the first floor, her eyes would always unconsciously avoid the wall that was once covered with her award certificates.

When she was young, she used to boast to her mother, saying that she would get into a Top 2 University when she grew up. Later, she also knew that the path she was taking was going in the wrong direction, but she was unable to change the direction as she was walking along that road.

Fortunately, there was a chance to start all over again in this life.