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“Baoguo really did so well? Don’t tell me that Teacher misreported or got the grades mixed up?”
He was still thinking that it would be a good improvement if Zhu Baoguo managed to pass his exams.
“When the Zhu family called Teacher Chen about this, they also asked many similar questions. Dad, you don’t need to doubt. These are really Zhu Baoguo’s results. This year, Grandpa Lee invited our family to his house for Lunar New Year. If you bump into Zhu Baoguo there, Dad, please keep your earlier words to yourself, it’s too hurtful.”
When the Zhu family dared not believe that Zhu Baoguo did so well, Zhu Baoguo could barely accept it.
However, the same could not be said for a similar reaction from an outsider. Zhu Baoguo might perceive that the other party looked down on him.
With that fiery temper of Zhu Baoguo, even if her father was Zhu Baoguo’s elder, Zhu Baoguo would not be able to control his temper.
Others would not dare to do it but not Zhu Baoguo.
“Don’t, don’t worry, is Dad someone who is so bad-mannered?” Qiao Dongliang put away this thought. Qiao Nan reminded him well, the question he asked earlier, wasn’t he doubting Zhu Baoguo’s ability and suspecting that Zhu Baoguo cheated in the exams? That will definitely not do.
“What’s there to be happy about. Zhu Baoguo is very smart and he relied on his own efforts,” Ding Jiayi interrupted as she could not bear to see Qiao Dongliang, after hearing Zhu Baoguo’s grades, continuously praising Qiao Nan like she was a divine being. “Zhu Baoguo did so well, don’t think that your father would be happy that you pulled up Zhu Baoguo’s grades but deteriorated your own. How many marks did you get, what is your ranking in the class and grade, I don’t even wish to ask you.”
Qiao Nan was just a child who had limited energy and ability.
She needed to learn and progress herself and also assisted Zhu Baoguo to revise.
Qiao Nan was just an ordinary person, to make Zhu Baoguo progressed so much, she must have put all her mind and heart on helping Zhu Baoguo. As such, how would she still be able to manage her own studies?
Ding Jiayi’s questions were full of gloating as if she was waiting to watch the show. Qiao Dongliang’s expression changed.
Did Nan Nan really spend all her efforts and time on Zhu Baoguo and neglected her own learning?
“Nan Nan, don’t worry, Dad has been saving money. Dad had thought about it, both of you are my daughters, Dad will treat both of you equally. If you did not do well in your middle school examination, Dad will definitely raise a sum of money to admit you into The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China. Looking at your sister’s recent situation, this money is certainly worth spending.”
Out of guilt, Qiao Dongliang could only compensate Qiao Nan in such ways.
Because of Zhu Baoguo, Qiao Dongliang’s reluctance on this matter previously had become full of promises today. Ding Jiayi’s face turned pale when she heard this.
Such a large sum of money, could it be saved so easily, how many years of hard work did it take them previously to save this up?
You must know, the reason for saving this sum of money was to find an opportunity to build a house.
After all, when the two daughters have grown up, especially if they would be taking in a son-in-law for the elder daughter, there would be not be enough rooms for everyone and the grandchildren.
If Qiao Dongliang really wanted to pull strings with money and send Qiao Nan to The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, undoubtedly, it was not sufficient to rely on his savings alone. He would have to borrow from someone.
At that time, no matter how Ding Jiayi doted on Qiao Zijin, she could no longer dote on her without thinking by satisfying all of Qiao Zijin’s financial wants. She needed to first pay up this piece of debt.
To work for the sake of Qiao Zijin, Ding Jiayi was very willing.
Previously, for the sake of buying Qiao Zijin new clothes, Ding Jiayi stayed up late everyday until midnight, she did not even complain. But if this situation was for Qiao Nan, Ding Jiayi’s stance was obviously a no. “Old Qiao, are you mad, for the sake of Qiao Nan, you want to drag our whole family down. Are we still going to live? To allow her to enter the school, don’t tell me you want our whole family of four to have porridge and pickles for every meal. We can’t even have a proper meal?!”
“My stand remains. If there is really a need to borrow money, I will do it. I will pay it back in future. You just need to focus on taking a hand in Zijin’s matters, you don’t need to interfere in the affairs on my side.” Qiao Dongliang knew the consequences but he still gritted his teeth and told Qiao Nan with certainty that he would ensure that she studied in The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China and receive the same treatment as Zijin.
When Qiao Nan heard that Qiao Dongliang and Ding Jiayi quarreled directly in a furious manner because of this, she helplessly twinged the corners of her mouth. She cast a glance at Qiao Zijin’s door, and said, “Dad, I did fine this round. I came out top in my class, as well as in the grade.”
As to how many marks the second and third places lagged behind her, Qiao Nan did not even bother to mention.
At that moment, both pairs of eyes were full of exclamation, Qiao Dongliang’s eyes were full of joy, he wanted to rejoice and announce to the whole word.
But Ding Jiayi’s were more of resentment and depression.
She could not understand, within a short time span of one semester, how did Qiao Nan improve by such leaps and bounds.
During the last mid-term examination, Qiao Nan had already regained her previous level of standard, but the results of this exam had simply exceeded her usual standard, it was so much better than before!
With this kind of result, there was no need to pull strings to admit her into Qiao Zijin’s school. She was obviously a student that was a perfect match for the school.
Ding Jiayi was not willing to spend money to let Qiao Nan enter The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China. Nevertheless, Ding Jiayi was also reluctant to not spend a cent for Qiao Nan to enter the school.
It was a status symbol to become a student of The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, she could not accept that Qiao Nan and Qiao Zijin were of the same standard. Qiao Zijin went to The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, Qiao Nan should attend another school that was not better.
“I say you’re such a mean girl, your Dad doesn’t believe me. Now I can see for myself, you’re a dead girl who sides with outsiders. In the past, you refused to help your sister with her studies and as a result, she did not do well. Because of that, we spent all the savings in the family. If you had helped your sister like you did for Zhu Baoguo, couldn’t we have saved up all those money? The money was not spent by your sister, it was you who wasted it!”
Ding Jiayi was flustered and exasperated, she immediately linked Zhu Baoguo’s matter to Qiao Zijin.
“It’s the Lunar New Year and you had to create some problem to disturb our peace? I, I’ll kill a jinx like you.” Ding Jiayi raised her hands and wanted to pinch Qiao Nan’s ears.
Somehow, Qiao Zijin’s recent words suddenly appeared in Ding Jiayi’s mind, “Mom, if Qiao Nan’s fever earlier had damaged her brain and made her a fool, how good will that be, then both Dad and you would not have so much conflict because of Qiao Nan. When she becomes a fool, she will surely obey you and not have so many thoughts of her own.”
Unknowingly, Ding Jiayi was like a demon, with only those words in her mind, she seemed suddenly possessed.