"Zijin copied from Nan Nan, do you think Zijin is right? If Zijin is capable, why didn't she write it herself, why does she have to copy? Nan Nan was being labeled as lazy for using her own essay, what about Zijin who copied Nan Nan's essay?" Qiao Dongliang was confused, he couldn't think.
The elder daughter copied the younger daughter's essay and almost copied her way to a prize.
When he heard that, Qiao Dongliang had no idea if he should be glad or angry.
He was happy that the younger daughter's essay was good enough to get a prize in high school. There was no way that the same essay would not get a prize in the junior high school competition.
But he was furious as the elder daughter used such underhanded methods to copy the younger daughter's essay and was issued a warning for it.
As a sister, she resorted to copying from her younger sister. If he was not trying to keep his temper in check, he wanted to ask the elder daughter, why would she be so shameless?
But his wife gave the younger daughter a lecture as soon as she reached home. Qiao Dongliang felt so outraged for the younger daughter.
The elder daughter was caught copying from the younger daughter, but the younger daughter was being blamed instead, what right does the elder daughter have to copy from her sister?
"What's wrong, Zijin bought a stack of essay books so as to 'learn', what do we mean by learn, isn't it similar to copying? Besides, this is our essay, if not for Qiao Nan, nobody would know that it wasn't Zijin's idea. She has to be blamed for it."
Ding Jiayi was totally brainwashed by Qiao Zijin who bawled her eyes out at school just now. She believed that "All articles were created by copying".
Besides, there were no outsider involved, how could it be considered copying? Zijin merely borrowed it.
If Qiao Nan did not write this essay but wrote another essay, everything would be alright.
"Who told you all this? You are so downright shameless. Old Ding, are you really this shameless?" Qiao Dongliang lashed out at her, "This is not our property, this is Nan Nan's essay, her own essay! Can Zijin take and use Nan Nan's property as and when she wish? Who said this?! Nan Nan's works belonged to her alone, you can't say that it belonged to the family."
"Isn't Zijin her biological sister? Zijin treated her so well, shouldn't she help her as well?" Ding Jiayi refused to back down, "We are one family, why do we have to be so calculative? Ha!"
"Alright, if that's the case, does it mean that Nan Nan can use Zijin's things and has it all for herself?" Qiao Dongliang was boiling with anger at Ding Jiayi's arrogant and unreasonable behavior. He almost felt like giving a slap to her face.
"Zijin took credit for Nan Nan's essay. No matter how we look at it, it's Zijin's fault. How can you say that Zijin is being good to Nan Nan? That's just crap!"
Qiao Dongliang stretched out his hands to pull at Ding Jiayi. "Since you insist that Nan Nan is at fault, that she shouldn't be lazy and she should write another essay, go outside with me now. I dare you to repeat what you said to me and Nan Nan just now to the people at the quad. If you dare to do that, Nan Nan and I will admit that it's our fault. What do you think?"
"What are you doing?" Ding Jiayi paled in fright, she slapped at Qiao Dongliang's hands, refusing to step out of the house.
Ding Jiayi felt that it was alright of her to make unreasonable requests to Qiao Nan, and that Qiao Nan was obligated to do according to her wishes.
But she felt ashamed to repeat what she said to others.
Ding Jiayi dared not tell the others that instead of the person who wrote the essay, the one who copied the essay had the right to use the essay. She dared not tell them such shameless things.
"So you also realized that what you said just now was shameless and you dared not let others know. But why would you treat Nan Nan in this way? You only dare to take it out on the family and to bully Nan Nan? How unlucky Nan Nan must be to have a Mom like you? Do you know that what you said just now will affect the relationship of the two sisters? If they fall out with each other and turn their back against each other, you will have to bear the full responsibility! As you said, Zijin is Nan Nan's biological sister, if she runs into any troubles in the future, she has no one to seek help except Nan Nan. Yet you want to create troubles!"
Qiao Dongliang's words was to serve as a reminder to Ding Jiayi and Qiao Nan.
Ding Jiayi did not get it, but Qiao Nan understood.
Qiao Dongliang had two meanings to his words.
First, Ding Jiayi's ramblings was all her own doings, it had nothing to do with Qiao Zijin. He wanted Qiao Nan not to have any misunderstandings and not to affect the relationship between the sisters.
Secondly, Qiao Dongliang understood that even if the elder daughter has been making improvements, her results was still far behind the younger daughter's results.
In the society now, those who could study would have a brighter future.
The younger daughter might have better future prospects as compared to the elder daughter.
If the elder daughter ran into any troubles, she could only seek help from the younger daughter.
If Ding Jiayi continued with her ways to spoil their relationship, the younger daughter might not be willing to help the elder daughter when she was in trouble?
His wife would only hinder the elder daughter.
Qiao Nan's lips dropped, she could no longer feel the surge of warmth when Qiao Dongliang jumped in to defend her just now.
That surge of warmth was not enough for her to feel comforted and warm, instead his words were just like pouring a bucket of cold water over her.
Her mother wanted her to be the source of income for Qiao Zijin. She would do anything that was beneficial for Qiao Zijin, even if it meant taking everything away from Qiao Nan.
As for her father, he wanted Qiao Nan to be Qiao Zijin's nanny, to take care of her no matter what.
"How am I creating trouble?" Ding Jiayi refused to admit. "Zijin was the victim here, you decide what to do!"
Old Qiao wanted to take in a son-in-law for Zijin. She did not believe that he would not be anxious that she was being issued a warning.
If not for the fact that Qiao Zijin's teacher had told Ding Jiayi outright that it was only possible that Qiao Zijin copied the essay from Qiao Nan, Ding Jiayi might have dragged Qiao Nan to The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, and forced her to admit in front of the teacher that she had copied from Qiao Zijin.
Not only did Ding Jiayi refused to admit her mistake, she acted justified and confident. Qiao Dongliang had a splitting headache, Old Ding was so muddleheaded. "Nan Nan…"
He could only work on the younger daughter since his wife refused to listen to reasons.
The squeaky wheel gets the grease, Qiao Nan had always been obedient and sensible. Hence Qiao Dongliang was used to the fact that she should give in and suffer in silence, and try to be more understanding towards Ding Jiayi and Qiao Zijin. "Your Mom has a bad temper, she was muddleheaded to have said those words. Do not take it to heart. She is a good person, it's just that she cared too much for your sister."
"Dad, did you also think that I should let sister copy my essay?"