February 8, 2022

Chapter 68: Evil Fire

In the pure and faintly sentimental gaze of the teenager, Zhang Yansheng felt that the hostility in her heart seemed to have been neutralized a lot.

It’s cold in winter. After standing for a while, Zhang Zhiyuan’s nose was already frozen and began to turn red, and there was a faint white smoke between his breaths, which made his eyebrows look hazy and clean.

Zhang Yansheng had a soft feeling in her heart.

Zhang Heling sometimes makes her feel this way. It seems that she and Zhang Zhiyuan have something in common. But Zhang Heling is still too young, so she is not as clear as Zhang Zhiyuan makes people feel.

Zhang Yansheng smiled.

“Don’t think too much about it.” She said softly, “Actually, I’m just afraid of affecting you.”

Zhang Zhiyuan blinked.

Zhang Yansheng’s eyebrows were exceptionally soft at this moment, which was very different from her usual loneliness. He couldn’t help holding his breath slightly and listening to her carefully.

Zhang Yansheng frowned and told him, “I have been paying attention to your grades. From the beginning of school to the present, your ranking has been moving forward, and you have never fallen.”

She is often cold, and she smiles on this cold winter day, but she is indescribably bright. The smile in his eyes was gentle, and she confessed that he had been paying attention to him, which made Zhang Zhiyuan feel that his heart stopped for a short time, followed by an accelerated pounding.

“Zhang Zhiyuan, I predict that you will go to the top class next semester.” Zhang Yansheng said, “I later felt that I disturbed you too often. Although everyone said that when helping others, you can get a review yourself, but there’s a gap between my level and yours, which is a waste of time for you. I have been wandering on basic questions, and your time should be used to overcome those high-precision problems.”

Zhang Zhiyuan opened his mouth: “No, I…”

But Zhang Yansheng interrupted him.

She stared at him and told him: “Zhang Zhiyuan, I want to see you enter the top class as soon as possible. There are only more than 900 days before the college entrance examination, so don’t waste time in Class 2!”

Zhang Zhiyuan was startled, because Zhang Yansheng’s eyes were shining with expectation. What she said was not empty words to coax him, she was talking about expectations that actually fell on the ground.

Zhang Yansheng pays attention to him, cares about him, and has such great expectations for him.

Zhang Zhiyuan smiled, showing his white teeth.

“I think Class 2 is particularly good.” She said, “But I will cheer you up.”

“It is necessary.” Zhang Yansheng said, “Since Q University is your goal.”

Zhang Zhiyuan was slightly surprised: “How do you know?”

Zhang Yansheng pursed his lips and smiled: “You are so good in mathematics, physics and chemistry, where else can you go except to Q University?”

“Then, I’ll borrow your good words!” Zhang Zhiyuan said with a smile, “But you don’t have to avoid me, you really don’t need to. The so-called high-difficulty problems are all accumulation and deformation of basic questions. In the end, you must have a solid foundation, and discussing these questions with you does not delay me.”

“Okay. If there are questions that Gao Xiaoxiao and I don’t understand, then I will ask you about them.” Zhang Yansheng said, “And I have been considering hiring a tutor recently.”

“Tutor… if economic conditions permit, it is best to hire a teacher instead of a part-time college student.” Zhang Zhiyuan has obviously studied this, “The college entrance examination changes every year. College students can’t keep up. After all, we are in a test-oriented education and the key is still taking exams. Those remedial institutions also vary greatly. You can consider looking for them in our school, there are many special-grade teachers in our school, but you have to find them quietly. Now that the Ministry of Education is investigating this kind of thing, the teachers are very low-key.”

The topic just changed naturally. With a white breath and a smile in their eyes, the two of them easily discussed the tutoring class and make- up lessons at home.

When they waved goodbye at the school gate, both of them had bright eyebrows and smiles on their faces. There is only brightness, no ambiguity.

But for this to fall into Xu Lichen’s eyes still made him jealous.

The next day is January 1st, New Year’s Day, and the school is closed. If you don’t take a break, then just let it go for at least one day, although it doesn’t feel as good as a weekend. You have to go to school again before you can lie down comfortably.

The two little ones went to school with bad faces in the morning.

When Zhang Zhiyuan entered the classroom, everyone was taken aback. The corners of his eyes were bruised and he put a large dressing on his cheeks. There are also bruises and swelling in places that did not have dressing, and some of these are obviously because of broken skin. A bandage was wrapped around his hand between the thumb and forefinger.

The classmates were doing a surprise review before the morning test, and they stopped writing one after another, and asked in surprise, “What happened?”

Zhang Zhiyuan also had broken skin on his lips, and the corners of his mouth were also blue. He smiled helplessly: “I was just careless…” Then he refused to say more.

The bell for early self-study rang, and everyone returned to their seats.

But Zhang Yansheng still frowned and glanced at him before turning her head.

From her perspective, those scars… seemed to be caused after getting beaten.

After the morning test, the interval between the second class and the end of the first class is very short, only five minutes. After class, the boys rushed over and surrounded Zhang Zhiyuan to ask questions.

Soon Zhang Yansheng heard the second-hand information that Gao Xiaoxiao transferred to her: “He said that he had a conflict with someone on the way home, so they fought. Really, boys are so aggressive in their bones. He usually looks very gentle.” As she said this, she was also speechless.

Sure enough, he was beaten.

Although it is scary to look at the bruises, if you look at it from a professional point of view, it is all skin traumas, no muscles and bones were hurt.

Zhang Yansheng is a member of the mixed boxing gym and has seen injuries that are much more serious than this. Moreover, in the previous life, she and Xu Lichen fooled around. That guy had excess hormones and energy, and fighting was just a commonplace.

Zhang Yansheng was therefore very calm about boys fighting.

Gao Xiaoxiao, who was sitting in front of her, said with a smile: “You are so calm.”

Because it was Zhang Zhiyuan who was injured, this remark was obviously meant to tease her. Zhang Yansheng twisted the fat on her cheeks unceremoniously. The pain made her scream “Ouch ouch”.

When she went to fetch water after class, she ran into Zhang Zhiyuan at the water tank. Zhang Yansheng asked with concern: “Are you okay?”

Zhang Zhiyuan said, “I’m okay.”

He still wanted to smile at her, but the wound at the corner of his mouth was affected, and the pain was so painful that he let out a “hiss”.

Zhang Yansheng hurriedly raised her hand to stop him: “Don’t smile, just bear it.”

She asked again, “What happened later? Did you call the police?”

After being a classmate for almost a semester, she subjectively decided that it was definitely not the champion who caused trouble first, and he must have met a gangster. In this case, he should call the police.

Zhang Zhiyuan said, “No, it’s not worth calling the police.”

Zhang Yansheng felt that his personality was a bit too gentle. But after all, not everyone has the character of fighting back like her and Xu Lichen.

She shrugged and said, “If you apply cold compress more, you will get better faster.”

Zhang Yansheng thought this was the case, and he never thought that Zhang Zhiyuan’s beating would be related to her.

But on Saturday, Gao Xiaoxiao suddenly sent her a message and said, “Did you know that Zhang Zhiyuan seems to have been beaten by Xu Lichen from Class 8…”

Zhang Yansheng was startled at the time and immediately called her.

“Oh, why didn’t you use VX voice for making a call? This will add cost to your phone bill, such a tyrant.” Gao Xiaoxiao shouted.

Zhang Yansheng asked in a deep voice, “What happened to Zhang Zhiyuan? How did you know?”

“It’s from our classmate Qi Guanyu, guess who he is? You’ll never guess that our dean is his uncle! Dear uncle! It’s been a semester and we haven’t heard him mention it, he has hidden this key information! He’s so sophisticated!” Gao Xiaoxiao repeatedly admired and explained the source to Zhang Yansheng, “Qi Guanyu told Huang Heng, Huang Heng told Li Shuqing, Li Shuqing posted it in their own group chat, Ye Meng saw it and told Liu Keren. Didn’t I tell you that Liu Keren and Wang Siyu learn piano together at XXX? We have a small group…”

Zhang Yansheng pinched the center of her eyebrows: “Just get to the point!”

“Cough, the point is, my news is very reliable!” Gao Xiaoxiao said, “This is what happened…”

After Gao Xiaoxiao’s explanation, Zhang Yansheng figured out what was going on.

It wasn’t that he had a conflict with some punk on the road. He was blocked halfway by Xu Lichen on the way home and beat him up.

“Zhang Zhiyuan told his family that he had a conflict with a punk on the road, and then he refused to call the police. But his mother didn’t believe him and secretly went to the police herself later. The police station had set up the road monitoring system, and at first glance, it was shown on the video that the other party was also a student. It was shown that at that point in time, it was just after school, and he was chased from behind by a student from our school.”

“Zhang Zhiyuan’s mother went to the school with the surveillance video. When the dean watched it, he immediately recognized Xu Lichen.”

“They called Zhang Zhiyuan and Xu Lichen over and asked them why they were fighting. Then guess what, the two people said in unison that they didn’t like each other, and they clashed in language, and then they started fighting. Hey, hey, think of it, think carefully…”

“What do I have to think of?! “Zhang Yansheng said angrily, “Tell me, what did the school do about it?”

“Well, this is really troublesome.” Gao Xiaoxiao said, “According to Qi Guanyu’s news, because they both insist so much, the responsibility was split in half. Wait for Monday, maybe two people will be punished one by one…”

Zhang Yansheng was silent.

Gao Xiaoxiao said casually: “In fact, everyone knows that it must have been Xu Lichen in Class 8 who started it first. We discussed it just now. He might really be up to no good. Hey, hey, he kind of looks good when angry. Although I know it’s wrong, he’s really a bit handsome. Let me tell you the truth, in fact, many of the girls from our class have a crush on him…”

This kind of bad boy look often has some special attraction to these good girls who follow the rules.

“He is not suitable for you.” Zhang Yansheng said bluntly.

Gao Xiaoxiao was discouraged: “Of course, it was just a thought. Hey, you know he is so handsome, so why doesn’t he study hard? If he is willing to study hard, the girls in our class will have to choose him as our current school prince.”

After hanging up with Gao Xiaoxiao, Zhang Yansheng only felt an evil fire rushing up.

Just before New Year’s Day, she was secretly happy that she was willing to study hard in order to fight for a breath.

Now, she only felt the hostility in her chest that had melted because of Zhang Zhiyuan, and it sprang up because of Xu Lichen.

Zhang Yansheng took a deep breath, turned on her cellphone, and wanted to call Xu Lichen. Only to find that in this life, she did not have Xu Lichen’s phone number on it.

In her previous life, Xu Lichen’s phone number was the shortcut key ‘1’. She just needs to open the dial-up interface, press and hold ‘1’, and she can directly dial Xu Lichen’s phone.

But she remembered that she had added Xu Lichen to her friends list, although he stubbornly never sent her a message.

Zhang Yansheng initiated an audio call, and it took a long time for it to connect with Xu Lichen: “Zhang Yansheng?”

The sound on his background was noisy and the music was loud. Obviously, he was playing in some entertainment place.

Zhang Yansheng asked, “Where are you?”

The sound of music was a little lower, and it sounded like coming from the private room to the corridor. Xu Lichen said, “I’m outside, do you need something from me?”

Zhang Yansheng asked, “Where is it?”

Xu Lichen paused and replied, “Baochi, in Liudao South Road…”

Zhang Yansheng does not need an address. She knew where Baochi was. Before the Jinding Club where she died became popular, Baochi was the hottest entertainment club in K City. She used to go there often in her previous life.

She interrupted Xu Lichen and asked, “Room 806?”

There was a second of silence on the phone, and Xu Lichen’s somewhat incredible voice came: “How do you know?”

Of course, Zhang Yansheng knew.

Because Baochi was opened by a relative of Xu Lichen, and their family has shares in it. Room 806 is a private room reserved for him.

They used to go there to play. Xu Lichen also gave her his black membership card before going abroad, so that she could use his private room at any time.

But everyone else was gone, and Zhang Yansheng never went there again, after he went abroad to sleep with foreign girls.

Zhang Yansheng did not disturb her family, nor did she call their driver. She called a car from outside by herself.

When she calls a car, she usually asks for a luxury car, a Mercedes-Benz or a BMW. Automobile companies have strict requirements for drivers, and they cannot casually strike up a conversation with customers because of their desire to chat, disturbing the tranquility of customers.

But Zhang Yansheng looked like a student at first glance. The driver looked in the rearview mirror several times, and finally couldn’t help his curiosity and asked: “Miss, what is that you’re wrapping in your hands?”

Zhang Yansheng focused on putting the strap around her fingers and told the driver: “Hand wrap.”

The driver asked, “What is that for?”

Zhang Yansheng said: “It’s used to protect the hard bones and cartilage of the hands from fractures, protect the skin from abrasion, and protect the wrists from sprains.”

“But that… we don’t usually suffer that kind of injury in our daily life, right?” the driver asked puzzledly.

“Normally, you won’t.” In the car, the girl with a cold white face raised her eyes, “But when you hit someone, you will.”

“The experts also call this thing a battle bandage.”

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