Chapter 24- Hug me
Meng Ting shook her head: “It’s fine, I can do it on my own.”
Jiang Ren asked her: “Do you know how to fix it?”
Of course, she didn’t know-how.
He looked away, and seriously said in an agitated tone: “Hurry up.”
She hesitated for a long time and sat down at the back seat, Jiang Ren slightly smiled: “Hold tight.”
With a hard kick, he sped off quickly.
At first, Meng Ting was holding onto the backseat of the bike, after a moment, she got slightly scared.
With the young man’s alarming strength, he rode fast.
She bit her lips, her face flushed and lightly said: “Slow down, Jiang Ren.”
He smiled wickedly: “If you’re scared, just hug me.”
Of course, she wouldn’t hug him, she tightly held onto the backseat. The bike sped off, the wheels spun in a fast motion, he rode the bike as if it was a motorcycle, which scared her out of her wits.
He made a turn, Meng Ting shouted in horror, she felt like she was almost flung out from the bike. The sky was turning dark, there were only a few people left on the streets. The teen’s clothes swayed with the wind, his long legs firm and strong, the young girl kept silent, tightly grabbing onto the backseat as she quietly held her tears back.
He suddenly stopped.
He placed his feet on the ground and looked back at her. The wind was soft and was filled with the smell of cement from the construction area nearby. Her eyes were clear and slightly watery, she was looking up at him. Her slender and beautiful fingers were pale, her knuckles turned red and the blister was almost appearing.
Her hair was scattered everywhere by the cold wind, she was in a messy and pitiful state. Her eyes looked like there were stars that fell in the water, bright and soft.
He let go of the handles and pinched her chin, his gaze boiling with anger.
“Do you just hate me that much?” until you’re so reluctant to even slightly touch me?
She let go of her pale fingers and slapped his hand away as she looked down without answering him.
He froze in the spot for quite some time: “Shit, it’s my bad ok. Show me your hands, did I hurt you?”
Jiang Ren saw as Meng Ting didn’t react, he got slightly flustered: “Don’t cry please, I was being an asshole, I shouldn’t have bullied you, you were scared right, I’ll ride slower, even slower than if I walked ok.”
She looked up at him, her gaze still made his heart flutter. Her tone slightly girlish in a nasal voice: “Ride slower, don’t lie.”
She was indeed upset, persistent to follow her damn principles, and still didn’t like him, but she didn’t mind how mean he was. This girl doesn’t hold grudges and is very easy to please.
He smiled unintentionally, his heartfelt both sour and soft for her: “Ok.”
He took off his own jacket and laid in on her seat, terrified that she’ll hurt her hands, and tied the jacket onto the seat, this way, she could hold on to the shirt.
It was a winter evening, the old bicycle made weird noises along the way. It was the slowest he has ever ridden in his life, she was quite behind him, his heart sank along with the silence.
He almost made her cry.
He wasn’t a good person.
He just wanted her to hug him in the first place, thinking of this made his heartache. It was like an uncontrollable feeling, like a disease implanted in his spine. That was why he tried his best, using every possible trick up his sleeves.
He was blocking the cold wind. Under Meng Ting’s guidance, he stopped the bicycle on a road which was slightly away from her neighbourhood.
Although it wasn’t really developed here, the neighbourhood was still quite eco-friendly.
She got down from the bicycle, returned his jacket to him and softly said thank you. Her tone sounded slightly sweet and started to push the bike home.
If it was the summer now, her figure from the back would be so breathtakingly beautiful.
However, in the winter, her figure felt more gentle and cute.
His chest was piping hot, sweet and shy.
It was the first time Jiang Ren ever liked someone, he didn’t know how to express his love, but as she looked back at him, he couldn’t help but smile uncontrollably.
She looked back, with a confused gaze: “Yes?”
He couldn’t help take a few steps forward, stopped, and said with a smile: “It’s nothing, just head home.”
She nodded and started walking home.
When Meng Ting got home, she sensed that something had happened.
Shu Lan’s face was covered with tears and snot, Shu Zhi Tong angrily said as he beat her: “I just wished that I didn’t have someone like you as my daughter!”
Shu Lan screamed: “Do you think I want someone to like you as my father! You’re poor and stupid, putting yourself in such a miserable state to nurture someone else’s seeds.”
Shu Yang was standing aside and was also beaten a few times by his father, but he didn’t speak and just took it all in.
Meng Ting hurriedly shut the door: “Father?”
Shu Zhi Tong’s chest raised from the anger, after a while, he threw the stick aside and walked back to his room without answering Meng Ting.
Meng Ting made dinner, Shu Lan had run out, Shu Yang only had half a bowl of rice before putting down his chopsticks. Father Shu said that he wasn’t eating either and that he was already full from all the anger in him.
It was only Meng Ting and Shu Yang left at the dining table.
Shu Yang furrowed his eyebrows but he didn’t say anything. Meng Ting saw as he didn’t speak, she went into her room to take out a bottle of red medicine for him: “Wipe it on yourself.” She pointed at his back, worriedly said, “There’s blood there.”
Shu Yang said: “It isn’t mine.”
He looked up and finally told her what happened: “It’s someone else’s, I hit him. He accidentally fell down the stairs, he’s now in the hospital, father went to apologize just now.”
Meng Ting looked at him shockingly.
Shu Yang’s personality was always calm, he didn’t look like someone who would get in fights.
Shu Yang looked away, his voice slightly hoarse: “After school when I was heading over to pick up Shu Lan, ……That guy was kissing her.”
He didn’t mention the part where the guy’s hand reached into Shu Lan’s clothes.
Even if his personality was naturally calm, but she was still her twin brother, they shared the same womb. He pulled Shu Lan away and swayed a punch right over at him.
When they were sneakily kissing, they were doing it at the stairway, the guy didn’t balance himself and fell right down the stairs.
He was admitted to the hospital right there and then.
This soon became a huge matter. His family requested for compensation and scolded Shu Lan for fooling around with guys at such a young age. No wonder Shu Zhi Tong got so angry.
Meng Ting listened as he finished his side of the story and opened the medicine bottle, her tone was soft: “Ok, put on the medicine and eat your dinner.”
Shu Yang tightened his fist: “You don’t blame me?”
Meng Ting shook her head and smiled: “You rarely lash off like this.” Every time he did, it was because he was met with things that even his rationality couldn’t calm him down anymore. For example, that year, when she was disfigured……
Shu Yang rushed into the sea of fire.
But…… He couldn’t find her.
Meng Ting said: “Protecting your sister is a good thing, just don’t do things on impulse next time. If something really had happened to him, you would regret it.” She stopped, “How much did father pay them?”
Shu Yang’s expression looked grey and defeated, after a moment, he said: “The family wants twenty-five thousand, and dad gave them six thousand first.” He didn’t regret his actions when he hit the guy, but now, he’s starting to regret how reckless he was.
They didn’t have that much money, the money that Shu Zhi Tong earned in the research centre was used to pay back their debt.
Shu Yang’s gaze was dull, there wasn’t a hint of energy in him.
Meng Ting looked at him, returned to her room and not long after came back out to show him her certificate.
On the certificate, it wrote——First place in the National Mathematical Olympiad for the middle school category, Meng Ting, this certificate is issued as a form of encouragement.
Shu Yang didn’t know what she meant by this.
Meng Ting placed the certificate in his hands: “There’s a $8000 cash price for this.
Shu Yang froze.
But he could hear the young girl’s calm and determined voice: “You’re so smart, Shu Yang, just participate in competitions to earn money.”
In the teenager’s black eyes, a faint light started to shine.
That night when Shu Lan ran away, Father Shu still went out to bring her home safely.
Father Shu is still her father.
No matter how bad his daughter and son became, parents could never abandon them.
These past two days, Meng Ting got to know a lot more about the incident, the guy that was kissing Shu Lan, was Zhang Yi Yi’s boyfriend, Chen Shuo.
Father Shu was planning to visit him during the weekends.
Ultimately, it was still his son that punched him, that’s why he’s in the hospital bed now. However, they were taking advantage of this, Shu Zhi Tong didn’t agree on the compensation amount. He asked for the medical bill but they were reluctant to show it to him, this incident was eventually brought to Seven High.
Chen Shuo was long permitted to be discharged from the hospital, but because Father Shu didn’t pay them in full yet, he just continued staying in the hospital.
Before Shu Zhi Tong went out, he listened to a call, the research centre was desperately looking for him. He saw as the hospital was near to the school, he passed the fruits to Meng Ting and asked Meng Ting to pass it to Chen Shuo at the hospital after school. He could not have called for Shu Lan, since that incident of Shu Lan and the guy still made Shu Zhi Tong very angry.
Meng Ting nodded.
She wanted to ask Shu Yang along, but she was worried that the matter would worsen, so at the end, she chose not to. These few days, Shu Yang was preparing for the physics competition, he was very good in physics, he even scored a few marks higher than Meng Ting.
Zhao Nuan Cheng saw her carrying a basket full of fruits: “Ting Ting, who are these for?”
“A guy in the hospital, my father asked me to bring it over.”
The road to the hospital was different from the one home.
She said goodbye to Zhao Nuan Cheng and passed through the crowd of students after school as she rode towards the hospital.
Zhao Nuan Cheng waves back at her, the moment she turned back, she saw Jiang Ren.
The black-haired teen was sitting on his motorcycle, his gaze landed on Meng Ting’s figure. He Jun Ming, on the other hand, happily greeted Zhao Nuan Cheng: “You’re Zhao…… What was it again?”
Zhao Nuan Cheng was terrified of them, she glared at him and reluctantly said: “Zhao Nuan Cheng.”
Jiang Ren looked down: “Where is she going?”
Zhao Nuan Cheng was the most terrified of him, she stuttered as she explained. The bunch of them didn’t look friendly, the students around them didn’t even dare to go near them, but they were the centre of everyone’s attention, Jiang Ren was wearing a helmet, no one could clearly see his expression.
Meng Ting got to the hospital room, 302, Chen Shuo was the only one in the hospital room. He was lying down on the bed with his leg up high, holding onto the remote control as he changed the channel.
Meng Ting knocked on the door and walked in, she placed the fruits at the front of his bed.
She didn’t like this person. “This is Shu Yang’s apology.”
She nodded and was about to leave when she saw him look over.
The boy on the bed opened his eyes wide, staring straight at her face, when Meng Ting was about to reach out and close the door, he hurriedly said: “Wait for a minute, student!”
Meng Ting looked over.
She raised her long eyelashes lightly, her hazel eyes were dazzling, Chen Shuo’s heart started to race.
So freaking beautiful! Chen Shuo is a playboy, relying on his appearance that was slightly above average to fool around with girls, but he has never seen such a beautiful girl.
“Who are you?”
“Shu Yang’s sister.”
Chen Shuo suddenly thought of something: “Wait, don’t go, what’s your name?”
Meng Ting furrowed her eyebrows.
Chen Shuo swallowed down his saliva, “Your family still owes me the medical fees right? Your dad doesn’t plan to pay, right? He still owes 19 thousand bucks. I am really injured. How about you……” He looked at the girl in awe, licked his lips and said, “Be my girlfriend and play with me, then I’ll let the matter go.”
Meng Ting didn’t even have time to react to this, a person came from behind her.
Jiang Ren kicked the door open.
He furrowed his eyebrows with anger and punched right at Chen Shuo’s face. He dragged Chen Shuo down from the bed and banged his head on the floor.
Jiang Ren took the vase on the drawer and smashed him with it.
Blood started to trickle down from Chen Shuo’s head, he didn’t have any strength to fight back.
Jiang Ren lost all control and started to beat him up.
Meng Ting was shocked by the scene that was happening in front of her, after a while, she pulled Jiang Ren back as she shivered.
The teen’s muscle was tight, he kicked the person on the floor again and said: “Now I’m the one who owes you the medical fees, I’ll play with you for a little longer then, don’t worry, I’ve already prepared for your funeral expenses.”