C10

Chapter 10: Problems (2)

T/L: Sial Joans   E/D: larkspur


Old man Lin always suspected that she wasn’t telling the truth. After dinner, she was washing dishes. Old man Lin went straight into the study and opened WeChat on the computer.

She washed the dishes and came out. Old Lin was sitting on the sofa in the living room. He didn’t turn on the light. His face was shadowed and he didn’t say a word.

The air tasted bad.

In her memory, the last time Old man Lin posed this way, she chose social science when she was divided between social and natural science in high school.

Lin Zhao Xi’s first reaction was to run, and her second reaction was not to run. She’d read about Alzheimer’s too many times, and emotional instability was one of the problems with the disease.

She stiffly turned, wiped her hand on the apron, walked towards the sofa and carefully asked, “Dad?”

No response.

She caught a glimpse of the computer in the study and vaguely saw WeChat on the screen, and instantly understood what was going on.

She sat down and hurriedly admitted her mistake. “I’m sorry, I just thought you’d be unhappy when you saw it. It didn’t matter whether you saw it or not…”

“Do you think Dad is out of his mind?” Old Lin’s tone was cold.

“No…”

“What makes you think your father will be angry with his daughter for a little bit of kindness?”

Lin Zhao Xi looked up slightly, surprised, “Ah… Then why?”

“Did you go on a blind date?”

She froze. In short, at that moment she guessed countless reasons but never thought it was because of this.

Old Lin’s face was twisted, heart unfathomable.

“How do you know?”

“Well, to tell you the truth, the administrator of your university was my classmate. She learned of my illness from you, so she paid me a call. At the same time, she informed me that your blind date’s family was very kind and did not care about my illness, and decided to continue to include you in their son’s harem, demoted to one of the candidates. ‘I hope you’ll continue to try.’”

“…”

“What were you thinking?” Old Lin’s tone was very harsh.

“It’s just that I’ve gotten to the age… I think it’s time to find a boyfriend.”

Heaven knows why, Lin Zhao Xi didn’t explain to Old Lin that before entering the coffee shop, she didn’t know it was a blind date.

“Think…? What exactly is your life plan?”

“To be a teacher.” Lin Zhao Xi answered.

“Oh? So you went on a blind date because you really want to have a boyfriend and, because you really like students, to be a teacher?”

Lin Zhao Xi couldn’t answer straightforwardly. “Mr. Lin, you should know better than anyone that you can’t do whatever you like in this world,” she said.

For example, you like math, but in the end, you had to give up your studies.

I like Pei Zhi, but in the end, I can only sigh.

To grow up is to learn to compromise with the world.

After she said that, Old man Lin said nothing more.

He just looked at her deeply.

When she gave up on studying Olympic Mathematics, she saw that stare; when she argued with Old Lin over electing social or natural science, she also saw that stare.

He was disappointed with her decision but restrained the impulse to interfere with her life.

It was Old Lin’s creed that people must be held responsible for their decisions.

Lin Zhao Xi took a deep breath and stood up.

“Have you ever thought about it?” Old Lin didn’t give up this time and continued to say, “10 or 20 years from now, I will finally be dying in my hospital bed. When you think of today’s conversation in front of my hospital bed, what will you want to say?”

“Dad, what was the password of our bank card?”

“215000.”

Old Lin answered and slammed the sofa, warning her, “Miss Lin Zhao Xi, don’t try to change the subject!”

Lin Zhao Xi: “…”

“If you think about it, will you regret not being able to pursue your dreams at the age at which you could?”


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