Translator: CKtalon Editor: CKtalon
Keke was so frightened she didn’t dare say a word. Fangzheng patted her on the head and said, “Patron, don’t worry. If he comes, This Penniless Monk will naturally talk to him.”
When the woman heard that, her eyes seemed to flicker with hope as she gratefully said, “Thank you.”
Fangzheng shook his head and asked, “Keke, what’s the name of the man who lent you money? What does he look like?”
“He…” Just as Keke was about to say a word, they heard someone knocking on the door outside. The knock was very loud and very fast. It was obvious that the person came in a rather imposing way from the sound. Or it could be said that the person thought nothing of the people inside the house.
The color in Keke’s face drained instantly as she said, “He… He’s here.”
Keke’s mother also wore a look of worry as she said, “Keke, call the police. Quick, call the police!”
Keke cried and said, “Mommy, I’ve lost… the cell phone.”
Keke’s mother was enraged when she heard that. “How did you lose it? Didn’t I tell you that you have to keep an eye on your cell phone at all times?”
“Mommy, I was wrong… Boohoo!” Keke cried the moment she was yelled at.
Fangzheng hurriedly said, “Patron, Keke is still too young, so it’s inevitable she makes mistakes. Don’t worry. With This Penniless Monk around, that man won’t be able to do much. Keke, let’s go. This Penniless Monk will open the door with you. This Penniless Monk wants to see what kind of rotten egg the person who lent you money is!”
Keke looked at her mother who said, “Go. Be careful.”
Keke’s mother no longer had a choice. With the person coming to the door and her unable to call the police, the only thing she could do was rely on Fangzheng. Although she didn’t trust him either, she was mentally prepared to have everything in the house taken away. Things would be fine once there was nothing tempting in the house. Similarly, she planned on making a police report once today’s matter was over. Regardless, she had to find a way to protect her daughter.
Outside the door stood a brawny man with short hair, looking like he had just been released from incarceration. He was wearing a leather jacket and jeans, and he was slamming the door with a cigarette in his mouth. As he banged, he mumbled. “F**k, what’s that little girl doing inside? Why isn’t she opening the door?”
As he spoke, he kicked the door. With the kick, his eyes suddenly lit up. “Hehe, this door is pretty good… F**k, why didn’t I think of it before?”
With that thought, the man was delighted. He came close to check on the brand of the door…
In the house, Fangzheng suddenly stopped Keke who was about to open the door. He said with a smile, “Let me do it. You lack the strength.”
“But opening a door doesn’t need too much strength?” Keke asked, puzzled.
Fangzheng returned with a smile. “Of course not, but there’s this!”
With that said, Fangzheng suddenly pushed the door with great strength.
There was a loud thud followed by a blood-curdling scream.
This scream gave Keke a fright. However, she looked over curiously and saw a man lying by the door. He was holding his head with both hands, cursing. “F**k! Little b*tch, can’t you use less strength when opening the door… Uh? Who are you?”
The man suddenly realized that the person who had opened the door wasn’t Keke, but a white-robed monk. He was instantly stunned, thinking, “Could this family have a relative visiting?”
However, when the man scrutinized Fangzheng, he realized that Fangzheng wasn’t too old. He looked cultured and weak. He didn’t look fierce at all. Immediately, the man felt emboldened as he got up and pointed at Fangzheng, shouting. “Bald Donkey, were you the one who opened the door?”
Before Fangzheng could even speak, Keke suddenly stood forward and shouted. “No, it was me.”
The man raised his foot to deliver a kick when he heard that!
Keke covered her head when she saw this, subconsciously crouching down, shouting simultaneously. “Don’t beat me…”
For the lass to have such a reaction, it was obvious that she had been beaten by the bastard in the past! To actually hit such an adorable child, where was this man’s humanity? Fangzheng instantly felt infuriated as he raised his foot and kicked as well!
Before the man could react, he felt an excruciating pain in his chest as he flew up in midair.
The man slammed into the wall and hung on it for a full second before sliding down. He held his chest and spewed foam from his mouth, his eyes rolling back to reveal their whites.
Having finished the man with one kick, Fangzheng squatted down and gently patted Keke on the head. This only resulted in Keke crying out loudly. “Don’t beat me! Don’t beat me…”
When Fangzheng saw Keke panicking, he pulled her into an embrace and gently patted her on the head. “It’s alright. It’s alright. Keke, don’t be afraid. Daddy’s here. Everything is over. Everything is over.”
With Fangzheng saying this, Keke slowly calmed down. She leaned into Fangzheng’s embrace and released her hands from her head to look at Fangzheng. At that instant, Keke found the monk before her extremely handsome. He looked so much like the father she had never seen. His smile was brilliant like sunshine, and his chest was extremely warm and safe. Subconsciously, she leaned into his embrace and curled into a bunch like a kitten.
As Fangzheng gently patted Keke on the back, she fell asleep without realizing it.
It was only by hugging Keke that Fangzheng realized how scrawny she was. Although there was her down jacket in between them, he could sense how thin she was underneath it. She was as light as a feather. In addition to how exhausted she was, it was obvious how much the little girl had been through while her mother was sick.
A six- or seven-year-old child should be experiencing a fun childhood, without having to understand anything about the world. Yet this girl had to shoulder the burden of a family. She needed to take care of her family, cook, and take care of her mother’s illness. She even had to fend off scum like the man who fished in troubled waters. Even an adult would be left mentally exhausted and brought to the brink of insanity under such circumstances, much less a child. Yet, Keke had endured it…
Fangzheng felt Keke’s pulse, and his frown deepened. Keke was severely malnourished, and together with her overexertion, the situation resulted in her being anemic. If Fangzheng hadn’t come in time and things had continued in this manner, this child might have even passed away before her mother.
With this in mind, Fangzheng’s heart hurt even more. He gently lifted Keke as his eyes landed on the scumbag like sharp knives.
At that moment, there were a series of footsteps coming from downstairs as a woman shouted. “Song Bin, get the hell down here! Are you bullying that orphan and widow again?”
As the voices sounded, a few middle-aged women ran over with brooms and poles. All of them were infuriated as though they wanted to beat Song Bin to death. But the moment they arrived, they saw him slumped on the ground like road kill while a white-robed monk was quietly standing there as he held a sleeping Keke.
The few women were stunned. What was happening?
At this moment, the monk asked, “His name is Song Bin?”
The women nodded in unison.
The monk shook his head. “He sullies the name 1 .”
With that said, the monk carried Keke into the house and closed the door. A woman in red shouted. “Who are you? Why are you carrying Keke?”
The shout awoke Keke, and when she heard this question, she subconsciously replied, “He’s my daddy!”