Since the words were already said, even though Qiao Zijin was unhappy, she could only do her homework obediently.
With the matter of money unresolved, Qiao Zijin, who already did not have an enthusiastic learning attitude, could not concentrate on her homework. After dawdling for a long time, she had only finished a page while Qiao Nan had almost completed hers.
Qiao Dongliang, who was reading a book and silently observing, quietly furrowed his brow.
True enough, the elder daughter was probably not cut out for studies.
Nan Nan was very focused on completing her homework, she was effective and not distracted at all. But Zijin completely could not do so.
Fortunately, Zijin was the elder daughter. When she was older, he could take in a son-in-law that would bear the bride's family name and move into his house. Under his wife and his watch, Zijin would not be bullied even if her grades were not good.
Qiao Dongliang glanced at Qiao Nan again and his eyes shone brightly.
Nan Nan was very outstanding and would be promising in future.
Qiao Dongliang was aware that whoever was willing to be take the Qiao family's surname might have lesser qualities, but he could also be an honest and down-to-earth chap.
If Qiao Nan found an outstanding man, this man would also certainly not allow his child to take the Qiao surname.
At the thought of this, Qiao Dongliang felt that this was quite a good arrangement. Then he continued to read his book.
Such a heartwarming atmosphere continued until around nine that evening. Qiao Nan had completed her homework as planned. She closed her books and stretched.
"It's quite late now, both of you should turn in early." Once Qiao Nan made a slight movement, Qiao Dongliang started to perk up.
Qiao Nan breathed a sigh of relief, she stretched, washed up and went to sleep.
Just when Qiao Nan thought that she had been released from this predicament, she saw Qiao Zijin wearing her pyjamas and standing at the entrance of her bedroom. She was hugging a pillow with her hands.
Qiao Nan frowned "What is the meaning of this?"
"Tonight, I am sleeping with you." Qiao Zijin smiled. Anyway, she had two days. She did not believe that she could not find a a way to get the money from Qiao Nan.
Earlier, she told Qiao Nan that she was borrowing from her. If Qiao Nan had obligingly lent to her, she might really pay back the money when she had it.
But after she kicked up such a fuss, Qiao Zijin made up her mind that she would never return the money to Qiao Nan once she received it. It was Qiao Nan's fault for not agreeing at the beginning.
"I remembered that you do not like to sleep with anyone." At the very least, Qiao Zijin never slept with her before.
"You are my biological sister, how could you be considered as others. Nan Nan, you see, it's late, let's sleep." Qiao Zijin, affectionately pulled Qiao Nan's hands to return to the room.
After they went in the room, Qiao Nan yawned. She knew that Qiao Zijin was set on hounding her until she get the money.
Go ahead and hound. Who would be afraid?
"Are we sleeping or not?"
"Sleeping." Qiao Zijin placed her pillow beside that of Qiao Nan, covered herself with a blanket and proceeded to sleep.
However, once Qiao Nan lied down and closed her eyes, Qiao Zijin started talking again. "Nan Nan, I'm a little restless, can we lie down and chat with each other?"
"Sure, what do you want to chat about?"
"That Zhu Baoguo - is he really your deskmate?"
"I didn't know who my deskmate was, but now I think it is him." Anyway, she could not recall who her deskmates were in secondary one and two.
"How did you know that Zhu Baoguo would encounter danger, and it was so coincidental that you happen to be at the scene?" Qiao Zijin's eyes flashed with doubt; that was the part that she could not understand the most.
The place that Zhu Baoguo was attacked was definitely not a place that most people would pass by. If not, he would not have suffered such a serious injury and needed to wait for Qiao Nan to call for help.
Qiao Nan had her small secret and this was found out by Qiao Zijin long ago.
Till today, her mother and her had not been able to find where Qiao Nan hid her books.
Qiao Zijin already noticed that, in the recent month when Qiao Nan was studying at home, she had been reading the content of the four volumes of the past two years.
So, it was true when Qiao Nan said she had forgotten most of what she had learnt in the past two years.
If she could think of a way to get rid of this set of textbooks, Qiao Nan would not be able to revise. With the loss of four volumes' contents, she do not believe that Qiao Nan would do better than her in the exams.
When the time came, Qiao Nan had no choice but to work.
At the faint thought of this, Qiao Zijin was full of energy.
"It was a coincidence that I passed by that road." Qiao Nan turned her head and saw Qiao Zijin with her eyes lit up. She wondered what ideas Qiao Zijin was hatching again.
"Happened to pass by, which path was so coincidental?"
Qiao Nan pursed her lips. "The quad had only a few paths. Which path can it be? Think yourself."
"Nan Nan, Dad has allowed you to continue your studies. Mom could not have a say in this, you can keep those books at home now. Furthermore, Mom did not do it intentionally last time, she was careless and sold your books together with mine. This kind of mistake, she will not repeat for a second time. If you put them somewhere else, it's kind of troublesome to retrieve it as and when you need it."
"Are you still angry with Mom, she gave birth to and raised us. How hard it was. Nan Nan you can't be so petty, especially when you keep losing temper with Mom. That year, in order to give birth to you, Mom suffered a lot. You have never met the Ding family. I have seen them before, because Mom gave birth to you, you don't know how the Ding family laughed and made Mom so angry. She cried. Our grandmother laughed at Mom and said she had sinned in her previous life, that she did not do good in this life, so she could not bear a son and made the Qiao family lose the family line. For this matter, after Mom gave birth to you, she did not even have a proper confinement. Nan Nan, you have to be sensible and do more for Mom. She suffered so much for you."
"Not angry." There was nothing to be angry about since she had already been driven to the grave by her Mom once.
"That's right. Don't be angry. In future, listen more to Mom at home. Just listen to whatever Mom tells you and don't be stubborn. Mom will be finding a job soon and it will be hard for her. The household chores at home, do as much as you can and lessen Mom's worries. A family that gets along with one another, that's the best. Right?"
Qiao Nan rolled her eyes. Her mother was going to work to support Qiao Zijin, and to support Qiao Zijin's studies.
There was no reason that Qiao Zijin should enjoy all the benefit, while she had to take on the responsibility of all the household chores. Wishful thinking!
"Nan Nan, are you asleep?" Qiao Zijin did not hear Nan Nan's response. She smiled. "You're like a child. Cover yourself properly with the blanket. Don't kick. If you catch a cold this time, don't blame it on others again."
Qiao Zijin thought that Qiao Nan was asleep. Qiao Nan allowed Qiao Zijin to misunderstand, so that she could really sleep.
Qiao Nan, who was really falling asleep, did not know that she had fallen for Qiao Zijin's ploy.
At this moment, Ding Jiayi and Qiao Dongliang were awkwardly pressing their ears to the door of the room.