br>The money earned from doing odd jobs was not enough.
He could only stare at it and sigh[3], being only able to appreciate its beauty through pictures.                                                

Qin Chu wouldn’t need to hesitate for a long time.
He was a rich second generation.

Lu Tong rolled over the bed and thought about Qin Chu’s side profile, the person he had seen in the office during his self-study that evening.
The other party was neither sitting nor properly standing.
He had heard that he was an unqualified product[4] with no parental control, no teacher intervention, and lawlessness.                                                                     

But he had freedom.

If he becomes like Qin Chu, fighting, cutting classes, and doing nothing but evil, Lu Zhiyan will climb out of the coffin even if he is dead, chasing him to Leifeng Pagoda while carrying the coffin board.

However, if his father really had a son with the morality and conduct of Qin Chu, then he would be infuriated to death.

Lu Tong was amused by his imagination, laughing.
He continued scrolling through his phone while laughing.
Lu Tong lay on the bed with his hands clenched into fists supporting his chin, and his two legs were crossed up and wobbling.
Usually, he wouldn’t be this much relaxed.
With Lu Zhiyin in, Lu Zhiyin controlled every word and action.
He was like a doll with threads manipulating him.

Lu Tong’s self-control was very powerful.
After scrolling through the forum for a while, he felt that he was in a much better mood.
So he sat down at his desk and spread out the physics paper.

He liked to do problems, but he didn’t like skimming through the problems.
He did it all the way.
But if a similar type of question arises, he will not do it again after doing it once.

The physics question paper was in black and white, and he picked the remaining topics that he hadn’t done.

As soon as he finished writing one, the phone on the table vibrated.

Zhou Hai had suddenly sent him a text message.

Before opening the message, Lu Tong had thought that Zhou Hai was looking for him to discuss the physics competition.
But when he opened it, he unexpectedly found that Zhou Hai was looking for him to ask if he was interested in doing a part-time job.

-One of the high schools’ class teachers, Lu Tong, came to me saying one of her student’s marks weren’t good enough.
She also says that it was hard to find a teacher outside the school to make up for his missed classes.
I just recommended you to her.
If you are interested, you can call her and ask.
Make-up classes may cost 200 yuan/hr, and you could regard it as a part-time job and go on weekends.  At that time, you can come to me for your social practice.
Teacher Zhao’s number is 138xxxx0213.

200 yuan?

Lu Tong glanced at this number.

Then, he glanced at the release price of the Tyrannosaurus Rex figure in his phone and replied a “yes” to Zhou Hai.

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When Zhao Yan received the news, the stone in her heart fell to the ground, and she couldn’t help but say, “Done.”

Qin Chu, lying on one side of the desk, lifted his head and asked, “What’s done?”

Zhao Yan took the board and knocked on the table, “The job of finding you a teacher is done.
Don’t laze off.
Do you know how much homework you have not written? Wouldn’t you stop writing if I stop staring at you?”

In front of Qin Chu was a mess of test papers spread out, all of which were blank.
From the academic year’s beginning to the present, he wrote nothing.

The study committee members in the class did not dare to record Qin Chu’s name, which led Zhao Yan to discover that Qin Chu had never handed in an assignment until now.

Therefore, she specifically set aside her time tonight to press Qin Chu in the study and stared at him as he wrote the papers one by one.
However, Qin Chu’s biggest concession was to stay in the study honestly.
As for writing papers? He refused to make even a single stroke.

“Tomorrow is Saturday, and the teacher will be coming early tomorrow morning.
You are not allowed to go out to play.
I will be there at five to keep a watch on you from the gate.”

Qin Chu blocked his ears, “I got it, old Zhao.
Are you on your menopause or something? So annoying.”

Zhao Yan glared at him, “Do you know how hard it is to invite him? It was not easy for me to invite him, and if you can’t get 300 points on the midterm, I’ll really have to tell your parents!”

Qin Chu lied down on the chair and said with a grin, “Go ahead and tell them.
I’m not going to stop you.”

Zhao Yan knew that she couldn’t win against Qin Chu with her words.
So she immediately changed the topic, “Hurry up and write.
You cannot go to sleep until you finish it.
I’m going to see Xiao Nan.
I must get to see that you have finished the MCQs after I come back.”

In addition to Qin Chu -a hermit crab[5]- an old nanny, and her sister’s youngest daughter -Xiao Nan- were in her house.                                                           

Qin Chu monopolized the second floor while Xiao Nan, Zhao Yan, and the nanny lived on the first floor.

Qin Chu threw away the mock papers and swaggered out of the study as soon as she left.
He got into his room and went to bed with a stuffy head.

When Zhao Yan came back, she couldn’t find anybody else in the study.
She saw that his bedroom door was slightly ajar and that he had already fallen asleep and was disappointed about the iron not becoming steel[6].
She turned off the light for Qin Chu and closed the door as she went out.                                   

— I hope that Lu Tong will come to the rescue tomorrow and save this mess. 

Qin Chu’s next day came slower than others. 

For ordinary people, their next day starts after 7 a.m.
But the arrival of Qin Chu’s next day mostly depends on when he goes to bed and when he gets up.

Lu Tong kept his promise and acted quickly.
For the sake of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, he found the neighborhood of the civic center by following the map at 9:00 itself.
At this moment, Lu Tong stood in front of Zhao Yan’s house.
Finding the opened yard door, he entered directly.

After hesitating for a while, Lu Tong knocked on the door for a long time: Nobody answered.

–Zhao Yan took Xiao Nan out for a walk early in the morning, but she hadn’t come back from the market.

There was only one Qin Chu who was asleep at home.
Lu Tong rang the doorbell twice, but no one opened the door.
He raised his hand and knocked on the door three times.

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The three knocks were tremendously loud, and the rhythm was very beautiful.
It was like they were going to film a music concert- it woke up Qin Chu.  

Even after Lu Tong knocked on the door three times, nobody came to open the door.
So Lu Tong started to become suspicious.  

After a pause, he raised his hand and knocked on the door again.

As a result, the door suddenly opened from the inside.

Lu Tong’s hand, knocking on the door, did not stop.
However, his hand directly hit the man’s chest, making a crisp “bang” sound.

Qin Chu:……

The aggressive alpha’s pheromones, like the cold fragrance of roses, sweet and cold, wrapped around Lu Tong from all directions, telling him to take a small step back as his legs went jelly.

Lu Tong strived to stand still.
He raised his eyes to see Qin Chu standing in front of him with a bird’s nest on his head, staring blankly at him.

Qin Chu froze for a second when he saw Lu Tong, and then immediately afterward, he slammed the door.

This time it was Lu Tong’s turn: ……

Standing in the room, Qin Chu reacted sluggishly in his heart: Did I dream of Lu Tong? What kind of terrible dream did I have?



↑1 an exaggerated opinion of one’s abilities
↑2 lit.
chicken speaking with duck / fig.
talking without communicating / people not understanding each other
↑3 The 望“龙”兴叹 is a wordplay from “望而兴叹”, which means to sigh because you can’t achieve something you want.
↑4 product lacking one or more of three requirements such as production license, inspection certificate, and manufacturer’s name and location
↑5 寄居蟹 literally means “crabs that live in someone else’s place.” It means they don’t have their own place, needing to depend on someone else. 
↑6 lit.
disappointed that iron does not turn into steel (idiom) / fig.
frustrated with sb who has failed to meet one’s expectations

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