February 19, 2022

Chapter 79: End of Semester

Final exam is in late January. Without the burden of checking the homework, the teachers checked the papers quickly. This time, the results came out faster than the usual monthly exams. After the analysis of the test papers was finished, the new ranking came out.

After this semester, Zhang Zhiyuan has fully adapted to and mastered the learning rhythm of high school. He climbed up the rankings again and again, and finally climbed to second place in the Class 2 at the end of the semester.

In this exam, the first and second place scores surpassed the last few people in the first class!

After everyone applauded, the teacher announced directly: “Chang Ran, Zhang Zhiyuan, you two pack up and go over there.”

The teacher encouraged them: “Go to the first class and continue to work hard! If you fall back into my hands again in the future, just wait for me to train you hard!”

The classmates laughed, and their envy was palpable.

After thanking the teacher, the two students walked out. Zhang Zhiyuan let the girl walk in front of him very gentlemanly.

He was in a calm mood. Because this result was not an unexpected surprise that fell from the sky, it was a solid step by step for him. At this step, he already knows exactly where he is and where to take the next step.

So, although he was happy, there were no surprises, and his heart was calm. But when he was about to step out of the classroom, he couldn’t help but glance back.

The girl he wanted to see was also looking at him.

Zhang Yansheng quietly gave him a thumbs up.

Zhang Yansheng knew that Zhang Zhiyuan would not return to Class 2 for the next two and a half years after he left. He will fight steadily until he takes off the crown of ‘champion’ and goes to the Q University of his dreams.

Go ahead.

Zhang Yansheng raised her head and smiled.

Zhang Zhiyuan also smiled slightly and walked out of Class 2.

People from several classes can be seen coming out in the corridor. Obviously, all classes are making adjustments, waiting for these people to go to the new class to arrange the next things.

The expressions of these students are different, because some people have entered a good class from a bad class, while others have fallen from a good class to a bad class.

When Zhang Zhiyuan saw Xu Lichen, who was carrying a schoolbag like him, in the corridor, he was stunned.

Because Xu Lichen is from Class 8. A few people in Class 8 can pass the exam. Because even people in ordinary classes basically don’t get worse grades than Class 8.

This guy… his face is so ugly, he can’t be expelled from school, right?

Xu Lichen is terribly upset now!

There is a sense of stubbornness in his bones, and Zhang Yansheng knows his character well, so she uses a radical approach to him. Sure enough, he really liked this set up. In the last monthly exam, he got the 100th place from the bottom.

After meeting with Zhang Yansheng alone at Zhang Yansheng’s house last time, Xu Lichen sighed and wanted Zhang Yansheng to look at him differently, and he really reviewed the lessons carefully during the last few days.

Xu Lichen is actually a very smart person, otherwise he would not have rushed to the bottom 100 positions with one effort. He just doesn’t usually work hard.

As long as he works hard, he will definitely be able to rush up. He himself thinks so.

However, Xu Lichen overlooked one thing — others will work hard too!

In the last monthly exam, Xu Lichen, who had been punished in Class 8, actually surpassed many other students in ordinary classes. These class teachers used Xu Lichen to stimulate them in their own classes.

Xu Lichen suffocated his breath to make Zhang Yansheng look up to him, and tried hard to review at home, thinking that he would be able to make it to the bottom 100 if he tried this hard.

Xu Lichen held his breath and wanted Zhang Yansheng to look up to him. He worked hard to review at home, thinking that if he tried so hard, he would definitely be able to break out of the bottom 100.

He didn’t know that these students in other classes who were surpassed by him were also furious one by one, and they spent the last month studying with their lives!

Xu Lichen never expected that after working so hard, as soon as the final ranking came out, he… actually fell down to the 72nd place!

He was stunned on the spot!

Until the teacher smiled and praised him and asked him to pack up and go to Class 5, he was still in a daze when he walked in the hallway with his school bag on his back. He can’t figure it out if he wants to break his head. How can the harder he works, the more he regresses in the rankings?

This makes no sense!

When he stepped into the new class, he became energetic again — he has never been in the same place with these ‘good students’. These good students may not be pleasing to him, and maybe they will join forces to exclude him.

He, Xu Lichen, is not easy to be bullied by others.

When Xu Lichen walked into the classroom, he had already pulled up his cool and domineering aura, ready to meet the hostility from these good students at any time.

Unexpectedly, the new class teacher asked, “You are Xu Lichen who was transferred from Class 8, right?”

He raised his head: “Yes!”

Before the sneer on his face could be revealed, the head teacher had already stretched out her arms at him and said to the students in the class: “Students, everyone, let’s welcome Xu Lichen!”

The unprecedented applause scared Xu Lichen to take a step back, his school bag was against the blackboard!

What the hell… what the hell is going on???

Why does everyone have curious and enthusiastic gazes in their eyes, as if they really welcome him?

Xu Lichen didn’t know that just before he came over, the head teacher had just used him to give the classmates in the class an impassioned infusion of chicken soup.

“For as long as you work hard, you will reap!”

“Even if it is a student of Class 8, if you work hard, you can move forward!”

“It’s not anything else that determines where you can go and where you are, it’s your efforts and yourself!”

“Only hard work will not disappoint you!”

Immediately afterwards, the ‘hardworking’ Classmate Xu came.

The classmates who had just finished drinking the chicken soup looked at him with the eyes of the big chicken drumsticks and gave him a warm welcome.

Xu Lichen was still dumbfounded until he sat down.

The teacher also took a minute to introduce him to the classmates around him.

On the left is the class leader, on the right is the study committee, behind is the disciplinary committee, and in front… is the first place in the final exam. He could have gotten to the upper class with another two points.

In this way, Xu Lichen integrated into the new class group surrounded by ‘good students’ on the front and back.

He doesn’t know why, but there is always a feeling of trance…

Zhang Yansheng’s ranking has improved a lot, and she is considered to be in the medium-level rank in Class 2.

This is mainly because physics and mathematics, which had been giving her lower scores in the past, gave her higher scores this time. The money was really not wasted, and the time and energy were not wasted as well.

Seeing this ranking, Zhang Yansheng knew that she was stable in the second class at least for now, and she breathed a sigh of relief.

When her business was settled, she looked for Xu Lichen in the ranking board again, looking up from the bottom 100 position… but she didn’t find his name.

Zhang Yansheng: “…” Do I still need to look up to him?

Zhang Yansheng moved her gaze down and finally found Xu Lichen in a certain position. After a little conversion, the ranking was down to more than seventy, and his ranking in the monthly test had regressed.

But Zhang Yansheng was not as confused as Xu Lichen. She saw that his grades in various subjects were quite stable, and he even made progress compared to the previous monthly exam results. After thinking about it for a while, she understood why his ranking had fallen.

She knows how her classmates pierced each other at the end of the semester.

She even guessed that Xu Lichen must not know this — he always felt that he had worked hard enough, and he didn’t know that someone worked harder than him.

But it doesn’t matter, this ranking is enough for him to be promoted.

Zhang Yansheng originally wanted to ask which class Xu Lichen went to, but when he finally saw him after school, Xu Lichen turned his head and walked away as soon as he saw her!

Zhang Yansheng: “…”


The school spent a day or two dealing with various class chores, and then it was the winter vacation.

On the last day, Zhang Heling brought her certificate home and gave it to Zhang Huan, shouted “Dad”, and then threw the “Learning Star” certificate in front of his face!

The little girl’s eyes were smiling and shining, full of expectation.

Zhang Huan was very enthusiastic and said, “Hehe is really amazing. Have you received an award again? Tell Dad, how well did you do on the exam this time?”

Zhang Heling raised her small chest: “First place!”

“Wow~” Zhang Huan clapped his hands. “Amazing!”

Zhang Heling raised her head: “Dad!”

Zhang Huan: “Hey!”

Zhang Heling looked at him expectantly with her bright black eyes. Zhang Huan: “?” He has already praised her!

Zhang Huan then asked, “Do you want something? Tell Dad.”

Zhang Heling shook her head like a rattle: “No.”

She continued to look at him expectantly.

Zhang Huan: “???”

Zhang Yansheng couldn’t stand it anymore, so she coughed loudly.

Zhang Huan looked at her. Zhang Yansheng winked at him.

Zhang Huan didn’t understand.

Zhang Yansheng pressed his chest for a breath, and pointed her chin in a certain direction.

Zhang Huan turned his head and glanced, there was nothing.

Turning his head to look at Zhang Yansheng again, his eyes were naive and ignorant.

Zhang Yansheng: “…”

Zhang Yansheng took a deep breath, winking vigorously at his hand with her eyes.

Zhang Huan looked at the award certificate in his hand.

Zhang Yansheng pointed her chin over there again.

Zhang Huan turned his head and looked over there again. There is… a wall over there.

Zhang Huan suddenly woke up!

“Ohhh!” He reacted, “That’s right, post the certificate! Post the certificate! Ah, Hehe, get the scissors and tape! Dad will stick the certificate for you!”

Zhang Heling’s face lit up, and she put her hands in her clothes pockets with a smile…

She took out the tape with her left hand and the scissors with her right hand — she had already prepared them.

Zhang Yansheng covered her eyes.

Zhang Huan felt very happy.

He posted the new award certificate, took a few steps back, and looked at it with his hands on his waist and his stomach hunched. Then, he looked down at his little daughter’s glowing face.

Suddenly, he can appreciate the joy of raising children.

He also felt that he was now really old too — when he was younger, he couldn’t bear to do this, and left it all to his wife. When his wife was done and he came back, she would deliberately pull him over, would tell him loudly what award Yanyan won and gave him a wink.

So, he would take the initiative to praise a few words like “Yanyan is awesome” and joined in the fun.

At that time, he could give so much to his child, but in fact, he couldn’t really sink his heart to experience the fun.

But now, he is already old, and after he has settled down, his heart seems to be less impetuous. He looked at the still blank walls, looked at the radiant face of his little daughter, and felt happiness from the bottom of his heart.

The sadness of some men is that when they start to be fathers, they are often not ready.

When they are finally ready, the child has already grown up.

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