Chapter 66 – Did Well or Did Badly
If not for the bystanders who stopped him, judging from his ferocious look, Zhu Baoguo might have beaten that person to death.
When other people mentioned Zhu Baoguo’s mother, he would beat them up, so how could Qiao Nan escape his wrath when she spoke of his mother? This was unfair.
Zhao Yu who was thinking about this did not realize that there was no fairness in these things. There was no valid reason behind her enmity towards Qiao Nan as well.
No matter how bitter Zhao Yu felt, Qiao Nan and Zhu Baoguo had been getting along well with each other.
Time flew past. Qiao Nan had just started to make changes to her sorrowful life that she had in the previous lifetime. But in a blink, half of the semester had passed.
Qiao Nan and Qiao Zijin were both preparing for their mid-term exams.
Qiao Nan was better prepared compared to the last time. In fact, she was looking forward to the mid-term exams. She wanted to know how her revision was going.
Even if the exams might not be an accurate indication of how she did for her revision, at the very least she would have a rough gauge of her standard.
As compared to Qiao Nan who was full of anticipation, Zhu Baoguo did not have confidence in the exams. “If I did not do well, would you… Would you look down on me?”
“Isn’t it normal for you not to do well?” Qiao Nan arched her eyebrows. She had only tutored Zhu Baoguo for about a month, unless he cheated in the exams, if not it was impossible for him to do well.
“Right, forget that I said it.” Qiao Nan’s words might seemed like she was looking down on Zhu Baoguo, but what she said was the truth.
They had known each other for more than a month. Zhu Baoguo had been used to her way of speaking. She would not beat about the bush and she would always hurt others inadvertently with her blunt truths.
School ended earlier as the students were having exams. Qiao Nan did not feel like going home, so she went to the Lee house with Zhu Baoguo to do revision.
Elder Lee knew that according to the school schedule, his grandson was in the midst of his mid-term exams.
He thought of asking about his exams.
Elder Lee had neglected his grandson for years. Now that he wanted to mend their relationship, he realized that he had no idea how to communicate with him.
Besides, his grandson never used to put his mind into studying. He should not harbor any hopes of him doing well for his exams.
Especially when he saw that as soon as his grandson and Qiao Nan reached Lee house, he did not play around, instead he took out his books and started reading.
Upon seeing that, Elder Lee told himself, it was within his expectation if his grandson had done badly for his exams. But even so, he was still happy with his change of attitude.
By the time Qiao Nan reached home, everyone was home. Despite a day of work, Ding Jiayi was not tired, she hung around Qiao Zijin, asking about her results for the mid-term exams.
Ding Jiayi had a job now and she got to know more people. Moreover she had two daughters, thus she naturally knew that her daughters would be having mid-term exams around this time of the year.
“Nan Nan is back.” Qiao Dongliang was full of smiles, his tone full of affection.
Qiao Nan arched her eyebrows when she saw the attitude of her parents. It seemed that Qiao Zijin had done pretty well in her mid-term exams.
It would be a festive mood in the Qiao family whenever Qiao Zijin did well in her exams. But when Qiao Nan had good results, she would only get a “Good” from Qiao Dongliang.
“Nan Nan, your sister had her mid-term exams. How about you?” Unlike the cold and indifferent attitude of Ding Jiayi, Qiao Dongliang was concerned about Qiao Nan.
“I had my exams, I just finished them today.” Qiao Nan put down her bag and poured herself a cup of water.
In Elder Lee’s house, their nanny would always serve her tea, but she was used to drinking plain water.
“How do you think you did for your exams?”
“No idea, I have to see the results to know.” Qiao Nan felt good about her exams, she felt more confident compared to her last exams.
But it seemed that Qiao Zijin had done well in her exams, hence Qiao Nan did not bother to say too much, lest she dampen her parents’ high spirits.
When Qiao Zijin was in the limelight, it would not be good for Qiao Nan to steal her limelight, if not her mother would not let her off.
Qiao Zijin was happy at Qiao Nan’s words, she lifted her chin and said, “Nan Nan did you flunk your exams like last time? You should have an idea of how you do for the exams. But it’s okay, do not be too anxious. I can catch up on my grades, so can you. Besides your results have always been good.”
“You really flunked your exams?” Qiao Dongliang’s countenance wobbled, could it be that Nan Nan’s results were affected as she had to tutor Baoguo?
If so, should she continue to tutor Baoguo?
At the next moment, Qiao Dongliang put his heart to rest. If Qiao Nan did not do well in her exams, he would not need to say another word, and the Lee family would get another tutor for Zhu Baoguo. After all, if Qiao Nan’s results were as bad as Zhu Baoguo, she could not help him.
By that time, when the younger daughter no longer needed to tutor Zhu Baoguo, she would have more time for revision and would be able to catch up.
“I am not too sure. It’s more or less that way.” Qiao Nan did not cherish much hope for Qiao Dongliang. She gave a faint smile and did not say much as usual.
“In terms of studies, as one advances to another level, it gets more and more difficult, but this should be the case. As the saying goes, ‘A man at five may be a fool at fifteen’, Zijin is so smart and hardworking.” Ding Jiayi felt proud and elated, she could finally hold her head high.
Five thousand yuan was nothing. No matter how much it was worth, it was incomparable to the future and prospects of the elder daughter.
The teachers at The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China were really capable, better than the others.
When Ding Jiayi was at work, she would always chat with her colleagues about Qiao Zijin who studied at The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China.
Everyone in Ping Cheng knew about The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China. Anyone who managed to enroll into the high school must have been very intelligent and had good future prospects.
When her colleagues heard that Ding Jiayi’s daughter was studying at The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, they were full of praise for Qiao Zijin, saying that she must be very smart and that she would be successful in the future. Ding Jiayi could be assured that she could lead a good life.
Ding Jiayi found it inappropriate to tell them that her daughter did not do very well for her middle school exams and that she spent some money to enroll her into The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China.
If not she would love to tell them that the teachers at The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China were really capable. After studying at the high school, Qiao Zijin who was once an average student had improved tremendously and was the top student now.
Ding Jiayi had absolute trust in Qiao Zijin’s words. It never crossed her mind that if the teachers at The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China were capable of creating miracles, making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China would be full of top students, no one would have bad results.
“Don’t be anxious, since Zijin managed to catch up on her results, Nan Nan can do it as well.” Qiao Dongliang looked at Ding Jiayi in disapproval.
“How could it be the same? How can the teachers at the other schools be comparable to the teachers at The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China?” In this life, Qiao Nan could never have the chance of studying at The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China. Therefore there was no way that she could catch up on her studies.
“That’s simple. Since Zijin can study at The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, why can’t Nan Nan?”