Genius Fundamentals - Chapter 17
Chapter 17: Zhuan Zhu (2)
Lin Zhao Xi was so frightened that she turned her head and ran away.
The little boy had quick eyes and hands, so he hurriedly hugged her leg and shouted, “Sister Xi is going to run away, everybody come get her!”
Lin Zhao Xi bowed her head and looked at the boy clinging to her leg, wondering: If she was known to be a walking nightmare every day, how could she have so little prestige among the children in the orphanage?
Standing still, she shook her leg and said, “Lin Aimin, are you done yet?”
“No, auntie said whoever catches you first will get five pine nut candies.”
Lin Zhao Xi was just about to swear when a big hand came from behind and pinched the back of her neck. Wanting to shout in pain, she quickly looked back,but after seeing a gloomy face looking back at her, all her painful cries were swallowed.
Five minutes later, at the dean’s office.
The orphanage didn’t have many lights on, and the garden house outside the window looked dark, but there was a warm yellow light in the office.
The surrounding walls were full of photos, and the bookcase against the wall was filled with awards and trophies. Most of the awards were outdated and many were meaningless, like the third place prize in some school reading contest.
But no matter how big or small they were, they would still be proudly displayed in a frame.
Lin Zhao Xi stood silently, glancing at each certificate and the name of the winner.
She looked at it for a long time until the master of the office put down her pen and interrupted her with a light noise.
She hurriedly looked up with a smile on her face.
Seeing the little girl’s obviously ingratiating smile, Dang Aiping was very disappointed.
This afternoon, she received a phone call from Lin Zhao Xi’s head teacher. She thought there was something wrong with her ears. She wasn’t surprised that Lin Zhao Xi hit someone, but skipping class, how is that possible?
Because every child here knows that orphanages also have primary school courses, it wasn’t easy for them to study outside.
After working here for more than 20 years, she had seen many children go to school with a 40-degree fever, even so, they had never played truant because of trifles.
She was angry, but she knew that Lin Zhao Xi had high self-esteem, so she calmed down.
Gazing into the dark eyes of the little girl, she slowly said, “Today, I got a lot of phone calls.”
Lin Zhao Xi froze.
Of course she knew it was wrong to skip class, and she was ready to be scolded.
But for her, no matter how terrible the next reprimand and punishment were, she could not resist the impulse to find Old Lin.
But now. There was neither scolding nor anger, the atmosphere in the office was quiet, and the dean herself did not look angry. But Lin Zhao Xi felt uneasy.
“I called all the hospitals in the city, large and small, and even the traffic police. They all said that no 12-year-old girl was taken to the hospital because of a car accident today, I was relieved.”
The lady at her desk was over forty years old, she was wearing a cotton shirt with yellow and black checks. She spoke slowly, and when she finished, she pushed her glasses up and looked over at Lin Zhao Xi calmly.
It was clear that everything was quiet, but Lin Zhao Xi’s mind was suddenly confused.
Yes, when a child doesn’t show up at school, the parents’ first reaction was that something had happened. In the past few hours, the motherly dean must have made a lot of phone calls and talked to a lot of people.
She wanted to be cute and say something funny, but it was all in her throat and she couldn’t say anything.
Just then, the dean spoke again.
“I’m glad you’re alright. Go back.”
Lin Zhao Xi looked up suddenly.
Before she came, she had already thought of how to explain her disappearance, like being too scared after fighting with her classmates today and having to face her, so she didn’t dare to come back.
But when she heard that plain and ordinary sentence, all the careless excuses were suddenly stuck in her throat and she couldn’t say a word.
After thinking for a moment, she stood upright, took it seriously, and apologized.
“Where are you wrong?” Asked the dean.
“I shouldn’t have skipped class and worried you.” She spoke honestly what was on her mind.
“No.” The dean shook her head.
“I skipped class and failed to cherish the hard-won learning opportunity. I’m sorry to myself.”
Again, a shake of the head.
Now, Lin Zhao Xi realized the everlasting problem of a boyfriend coaxing his girlfriend — What did you do wrong?
He’ll never get the right answer.
She sniffed and thought she might cry. But it was just a bad feeling, she couldn’t cry.
There was a stalemate for a while.
Finally, the woman behind the desk sighed gently and said, “It’s alright. If you can’t think of it, forget it. Go back.”
Lin Zhao Xi’s legs and feet were deadlocked in the same place. She couldn’t move her feet.
The gentle voice sounded: “If you don’t go, then I’ll be off.”
With that, the motherly dean of the Red Star Orphanage stood up. She picked up her bag from the hanger and left the room.