Little Sweetheart - Chapter 2
What Did He Eat Growing Up?
Gu Siyi’s father, Gu Zhiyuan, was a collegemate with Xia Guangyu and his wife Peng Ling. They had first met due to their similar interests and became good friends since then. The marriage between Xia Guangyu and Peng Ling was all due to Gu Zhiyuan helping in the middle. He and Shi Lao also helped mediate in their fights. When the two finally married, it was said that Gu Zhiyuan, the groomsman was happier than when he was getting married.
But the road of life must go on and they eventually arrived at the junction at which they must part.
Xia Guanyu was the son of an officer. So, it was natural that he pursued politics while Gu Zhiyuan became a merchant. One was located in the north and the other in the south. With the difference in identity, status, and geographic distance increasing, their relationship was no longer as close as in the past. The real division happened after they had children.
Gu Zhiyuan’s commercial circle continued to expand, and slowly developed all over the country. As a businessman, it could not be helped that he would have to interact with the supervision department. Once, during a development project, he wanted to ask Xia Guangyu to approve a document but was rejected. From then on, the relationship between the two really dulled.
A while back, Gu Zhiyuan and Xia Guangyu came across each other again and began talking about their children. Xia Guangyu offered to help transfer Gu Siyi to Long Xing Middle School. Long Xing Middle School was C City’s top known school and was famous even throughout the country. The Gu family had been greatly worried about their cute and clever daughter who always struggled with her studies. So, they were naturally happy about this opportunity. To help her better assimilate to the new environment, they purposely brought her over to C City before school started to meet with Xia Zhijun.
August came fast.
After finishing the admission procedures for Long Xing Middle School, the Gu couple came to report to school with their daughter.
The school was located in C City’s new district. The middle school and high school buildings were together and took up a huge expanse. The infrastructure was luxurious and so were the software facilities. The most elite teachers in the city were all concentrated here. As a prestigious school, there was a limit to the number of students they could recruit in a year. The competition was intense since countless elites tried to get their children admitted. Thanks to the Xia family, they could get their daughter admitted, or else it wouldn’t have mattered how much money they had; they wouldn’t have been able to spend it anywhere.
The couple walked with their daughter on the school campus, feeling touched and fortunate.
Xu Jiahui said, “In order for you to go to school, your dad did so many years of work for nothing, all of his efforts were wasted.”
Gu Zhiyuan said, “In order for you to go to school, your mom saved up and bought fewer clothes, bags, and cosmetics.”
Gu Siyi translated their words in her mind, “…Study well round the clock.”
“In order for you to go to school, your dad went from drinking a 1982 Lafite to an Ergutou.”
“In order for you to go to school, your mom’s bag went from Hermes to Coach, and it was bought from an overseas agent.”
She continued to translate, “Strive for the top, and keep improving.”
Two boys passing by laughed while turning their heads to look at them.
Gu Siyi, “…” My parents are drama queens, ok?
The three walked together to the school dorms. The dorm area had two large buildings: one male and one female dormitory. These two buildings were side by side, separated by a road. The exterior appearance of the building was beautiful, and the interior was nice as well. The four people dorm had closets, desks, an individual bathroom, and a small balcony. Xu Jiahui stated that she was satisfied with it. After all, her daughter had been brought up pampered. She did not want her to have a rough time.
The couple had lunch with Gu Siyi outside the school premises and then left. She watched them leave and her heart was filled with a sense of sorrow and reluctance.
This was the first time in her life that she was so far away from home. Having to attend a new school in a foreign city, she would have to live and study all by herself. Her nose felt sour and she almost teared up. But she held back the urge to run up and stop her mother.
Gu Siyi returned to the school and walked around the unfamiliar environment. She was supposed to report to class tomorrow, so she was free for the rest of today.
She came in front of the honor roll on the school’s announcement board. On top were the top 100 scores during the rise from the middle to high school.
Number one was Xia Zhijun.
Gu Siyi looked at the scores for each of his classes ——
Full points in Math? Full points in English? Full points in Physics? Full points in Chemistry?
…What did he eat growing up? Brain Platinum?!
She tried hard to process the row of scary scores. Seeing his perfect scores, she felt that she was so stupid that she would not even qualify as a bad grade student but just a useless one.
She then went to look at the class placement bulletin board. She saw her name “Gu Siyi” towards the bottom under Year 1 Class 6. From the bottom, she looked at each of her classmates’ surnames until she came to the name of number one, Xia Zhijun.
“Wow, I saw Xia Zhijun! I am so fortunate to be in the same class as him!”
“Me too! Thankfully the school did not use our scores to place us!”
“I am in Class 13…so far from you guys. We all rose from middle school. Why can’t we be placed in the same class…”
“It will be fine. We are still in the same building. We can hang out later.”
“Hey hey hey, Xia Zhijun is coming. Xia Zhijun!”
The excitement from the girls beside her reached Gu Siyi’s ears. She followed their voice and turned her head to look.
Xia Zhijun wore a blue and white ball uniform and walked in the center of a group of boys. His short soft black hair glittered light spots under the sun. The height of the few boys next to him were about the same yet he was the most eye-catching of the group, holding everyone’s attention.
Gu Siyi was stunned by him the first time he saw him. The second time around, she was still stunned by his beauty. Especially under the comparison of the group of boys around him, he seemed even more dazzling and outstanding.
However, she did not want to be entangled with the problem of greeting and attracting attention or not greet and appear rude. So she quietly retreated into the crowd as she saw them walking over.
The boy walked at a lazy pace, his eyes cold. When he tightened his lips, he emitted an uninterpretable cold aura. Seeing him, the eyes of the nearby girls that were sparkling and full of excitement were rejected by his cold demeanor. No one rushed upfront to strike up a conversation.
The boys walked past the announcement board. They did not stop to look but left. Gu Siyi sighed in relief after watching them leave. She looked over the names of all the first years but she could not spot a familiar one. Guess there was no chance of meeting a friend here.
After circling the huge school, she was baked by the scorching heat of the sun like a fish out of water, thirsty and uncomfortable. When the school cafeteria’s milk tea shop came into view, Gu Siyi’s heart fluttered.
She quickly moved up the steps and opened the door. As the cool air from inside blew on her face, she felt refreshed. She bought a cup of Super Fruit Season Spring and walked inside to find a seat to rest.
The seats near the wall were occupied by four or five guys, each with long legs and a strong sense of presence. Of course, the most eye-catching was still Xia Zhijun. He leaned lazily on the back of the chair. He held a phone horizontally in his hands, his eyes looking intently on the phone screen.
“Ah Jun, you betrayed me!”
“So what if he betrayed you? By betraying you, he got 5 consecutive combos.”
Oh, they are playing as a team.
Xia Zhijun reached out to grab the cup on the table. When he saw that it was empty, he placed it back down. Gu Siyi was about to turn and leave when he looked up. Their eyes met.
“…” She was sure he saw her.
Although his eyes only stopped for a second before dipping down to continue playing games.