Meng Ting couldn’t recall so she was mindful of him, she switched off the lights and went to sleep.
Her sleep routine was very regular, it’ll never exceed 11 pm. However, the next day, which was a weekend, came with bad news.
The buses that operated from her house to the school had been discontinued.
Father Shu looked gloomy as he talked about this: “This area is newly developed, so they’re working on the roads, the bus would only be able to operate again a month later.”
Shu Yang kept quiet for a while: “Just wake up earlier in the morning and walk there.”
Shu Lan wasn’t keen on this: “Walking to school takes 40 minutes! We’ll be late for school for sure.”
Meng Ting was helping Father Shu wash some vegetables, she didn’t comment on the issue when she overheard them.
As time passed, she started to remember the small details in the past clearer, the bus also stopped operating the last time, Father Shu thought of a way to borrow a bicycle while also buying a new one, so that the 3 of them could head to school more conveniently.
But it wasn’t cheap to get a bicycle of good quality this year, Meng Ting knows that the family isn’t doing well financially, it was only for a month, walking to school was fine for her.
Shu Lan was making a big fuss out of it, she even said: “If you’re going to make me walk to school, starting from tomorrow, I’ll not be going.” A statement like this.
Father Shu got so angry that he scolded her before leaving the house, at night, but he smiled and waved at the kids: “Come and look at the new member of our family.”
Meng Ting put down the physical book in her hand, softly sighed beneath her breath.
Shu Zhi Tong is a soft-hearted father, even if he did scold Shu Lan this morning, he was still scared that she’ll feel sad about this, so he borrowed a bicycle and also bought another sky blue bicycle.
The bicycle that he borrowed was dusty black, the paint at the head of the bicycle had fallen off, Shu Lan cheered and lovingly started to touch the sky blue bicycle: “Father, is this for me?”
Shu Lan was put in a slightly tough position, he wanted to reason with her: “The black bicycle is slightly bigger, I was thinking of giving it to Shu Yang, so he could bring you there. Since both of you are always heading out later than Meng Ting.”
Shu Lan’s expression changes, she smiled coldly: “So you bought it for Meng Ting?”
“What are you talking about! We can always share it in the future, after this month, if you want, you can also ride it to school, Shu Lan, behave yourself.” Shu Zhi Tong’s face went green, he really didn’t think of favouring any one of them, it was just the most logical arrangement, Shu Yang wasn’t close with Meng Ying, but Shu Lan and Shu Yang are twins, they’ll feel more natural if the brother sends the sister off to school too.”
But in Shu Lan’s eyes, that bicycle was old and rusty, if she really rode on that bicycle, if she bumped into someone she knew, she would be too embarrassed in front of her friends.
She wanted to complain further, Meng Ting said: “Give Shu Yang the new bike.”
She walked over as she smiled at Father Shu, Shu Zhi Tong had already run all over the place to buy and borrow the bike, he’s already very tired out.
Meng Ting helped him push the old bike and locked in on the fence outside the neighbourhood.
She calmly finished everything.
Shu Yang stared at her as he stood at the door, and also locked the other bike nicely.
The two of them were both standing at the fence, he suddenly said: “Aren’t you not sisters with Shu Lan anymore? Why are you still giving in for her?”
Meng Ting looked up with a shocked expression, Shu Lan didn’t have a high EQ, his personality was considered weird by outsiders, even if he was twins with Shu Lan, he wasn’t really close with her. He always had that calm look on.
She lightly smiled: “It’s already late, dad’s tired.”
He shouldn’t have to fight with his daughter and son, who are going through puberty, after a long day out.
Under the hazy night, her tone was sweet: “Ride safe tomorrow.”
Shu Yang didn’t look at her.
Ever since her eyes healed, she turned back into the look of a little fairy that he remembered her as. Back then, Shu Lan and he always envied her. Even now, Meng Ting was quiet and gentle, Shu Lan was boastful and arrogant, but he was still the same, introverted and wasn’t good at expressing his feelings.
Waited until she walked away, Shu Yang ou slowly said: “You too.” But Meng Ting didn’t hear it.
Because she had to ride to school, so she woke up earlier than usual.
She hadn’t ridden a bicycle for many years, at the start, the bicycle moved forward in a zigzag motion, it only improved after she got a hold of the balancing.
The morning was very cold, she wrapped herself in a khaki-coloured scarf, the scarf blocked off half of her face, showing only a pair of clear and bright eyes.
The area was still being developed, when she passed by the fanciest street outside of her school, many shops were not open yet.
He Jun Ming walked out from the cyber cafe as he lazily stretched his back, he saw Meng Ting riding past him on a bicycle, the morning was misty, she was paying attention to the road, and didn’t see them.
He thought he was having illusions from playing games all night, he tapped on He Han and said: “Isn’t that Meng Ting?”
He Hand nodded: “Why is she riding on a bike?”
Excuse him for being straightforward, but that bicycle looked so hideous, it looked like it was from ages ago. He suppressed: “Riding this is quite cool.”
He Jun Ming laughed out loud, and passed a cigarette to the owner of the cyber cafe: “What’s happening recently, road construction?”
The owner knows that these teens are rich kids, smiled as he accepted the cigarette: “Yes, the new area is developing, even the roads need to be reconstructed, buses have stopped operating, private vehicles have to use another road to get here.”
He Jun Ming gave this some thought, he excitedly rubbed his hands together, he was going to mention this to Jiang Ren when he got to school.
Jiang Ren lazily said: “Sure.”
He Jun Ming: “……That’s all? Isn’t he going to do anything about it?”
Like driving the school babe to school?
The group skipped the next class and played basketball for the rest of the day, they all sweated buckets under the winter weather. They got lazy to return to the classroom and went to the highest rooftop in school to smoke, the wind blew, He Jun Ming was still sweating, the chilly breeze felt so good.
He took out a box of cigarettes: “Boss Ren.”
Jiang Ren placed his hands on the railings, and looked down from the highest tip, he could see the whole of LiCai and he could also see the building where Meng Ting had her classes, he lightly said: “I don’t want to smoke.”
He Jun Ming sucked on the cigarette a few times, Jiang Ren suddenly thought of something: “Don’t smoke near me.”
He Jun Ming was speechless, why is he suddenly so disgusted by it, what did he do before this.
Jiang Ren popped a gum in his mouth to chew.
It was hard to quit smoking, the addiction felt like a small bug softly biting on his beard. He stood on the top floor as he looked at the small red building where Meng Ting was having classes at, thinking about how mister able he was now.
Jiang Ren waved: “I’m leaving first.”
He Han said: “What do you guys think Boss Ren is going to do?”
He Jun Ming: “How would I know?”
Jiang Ren climbed through Seven High’s school gates, that year, Seven High was very poor, the wall was as short as the flat ground, there weren’t any security cameras either.
He jumped down, both hands in his pocket.
He leisurely walked around the school compound.
The school’s atmosphere was great for studying, he could hear the good students reciting from a distance, Jiang Ren tsked.
It was really different.
When he walked past the school building, a few people in the classrooms burst in the discussion.
“Is that Jiang Ren?”
“It is him, what is he doing at our school?”
“……” The students curiously looked out, the teacher knocked on the podium and said: “What are you guys looking at, look at the blackboard!”
Jiang Ren walked past the ground floor of the building, he found the ugly bicycle that He Jun Ming described, parked at the bicycle shed beside the security room. Students were all having classes now, so the security guards were watching shows on the television.
He was chewing on the gum and suddenly smiled.
Meng Ting ate lunch in school, and waited until it was dark out after school, she went to get her bicycle, after unlocking it, she noticed that something was off after pedalling two times.
She squatted down to take a look, she realised that the chain was broken, Meng Ting was dumbfounded for a moment, wasn’t it just fine this morning?
She started to panic, how would she get home if it’s broken? Pushing it home would be so exhausting with the chain falling out like this.
And Father Shu borrowed it, spoiling it on the very first day, it was hard to give them a valid explanation.
She folded up her sleeves, her fair and slender arms, her long eyebrows facing down, trying to place the chain back in place.
But it was an old bicycle, there weren’t any lubricants on the chain, she tried multiple times, she even dirtied her soft and fair hands, but still failed to place it back.
At this time, the school compound was very quiet, she was carrying her backpack, all the students had long gone. She was the only one there foolishly trying to fix her old bike.
She wasn’t the only one riding to school, the students that passed by her, all looked towards her.
They all know that she’s Meng Ting
She’s just way too pretty, the boys casually walked past her just to look back and peek at her.
There wasn’t sunset in the evening during the winter season.
Meng Ting’s school uniform was grazing the floor, her features were so breathtakingly beautiful. A few people wanted to approach her, but they didn’t dare to do so.
Seven High was very strict on the rule of dating at this age, but this is the age where boys and girls start falling in love, but because they feel embarrassed and reserved, they are some that would write love letters, but there were very little of them that dared to confess in person.
They slowly walked past her, their face turned bright red when she looked up at them and ran away in full speed.
Jiang Ren slowly walked over and bumped into this scene.
She was squatting alone on the ground, her hands dirty from the chain. Her head tilted, the pair of big light brown eyes was seriously examining how to correctly place the chain.
So obedient, so obedient.
He got down on one knee, without a sound, he pulled her up.
Meng Ting only then saw him, her hair stuck onto her face, she hurriedly brushed it off with her elbow, slightly awkward: “Jiang Ren, what are you doing here.”
“I have something to do.” He smiled, “Is there something wrong with your bike?”
Meng Ting nodded, her hand was covered with dirt, she consciously hid her hands behind her. She decided to not try to fix it anymore, she’ll push it back so that Father Shu could take a look.
He slightly chuckled: “What are you hiding from me.” He pulled her hand over and casually helped her clean her hand with his gloves.
His gaze looking down, he was focusing on wiping off the dirt, Meng Ting blushed: “It’s very dirty.”
“It’s not” He cleaned her small soft hands and folded up his sleeves to help her fix her bike.
He looked skilled, with a pair of black gloves on, in no time, he already located the velcro for the chain, removed it, and screwed the thimble in place.
Meng Ting stood aside and watched.
His side profile looked unruly, giving off a bad and wild vibe. He fixed it in no time.
“It’s done, give it a try.”
She pedalled for a few steps, looking back with a soft smile: “Yes, thank you.”
He couldn’t help but smile, how can she be so silly.
This is even harder to resist than his smoking addiction, it defeated, his heart melted for her.
Jiang Ren said: “There’s no lubricant, you won’t go far until the chain falls off again.”
Meng Ting froze: “Ah?”
Jiang Ren walked over, and pushed the old bike along, his long legs hopped onto the bike as he looked back at her and said: “Let’s go, I’ll fetch you home.”