Chapter 40: Preferential Treatment
The young teenager recognized that this girl shared a similar sense of superiority that he had, the kind of self-confidence that was above the average person. His eyes narrowed in on her as he spoke, “Mom, I choose her.”
The mistress was hesitant at first, but then she finally acquiesced, knowing that the final decision laid with her son.
She stood up and turned to the Dean: “We’ll be taking her.”
But the Dean wanted to persuade her otherwise: “Madam, her illness…”
The teenager turned back and he sharply glared at the Dean: “Whomever I choose is my business, or is it your place to interject?”
The Dean cringed and took a step backward in fear. He inconspicuously stared daggers at Lin Xin while cursing in his heart: ‘That little b***.”
Lin Xin smiled at him triumphantly; her delicate cheeks were dyed with a healthy red that was inconsistent with her sickly appearance for the past few days.
Meanwhile, the young master couldn’t help but ponder: ‘A child with such a high IQ and incomparable self-confidence like hers is completely unlike a someone who grew up in an orphanage. Why hasn’t she been adopted yet?’ Xiao Tian continued to stare at this mysterious girl with interest.
He glanced at Lin Xin’s shabby clothing and asked his servant, “Lin Bo, did you prepare any girl’s clothing with you?”
The middle-aged man who stood by the mistress came up to him and replied, “Master, I’ll go and retrieve it from the car.” The young master was OCD about cleanliness and couldn’t tolerate anything dirty, so the butler prepared several clothes for boys and girls before their trip in case he needed it.
Lin Bo took a set of clothing and shoes from the car before handing it over to Lin Xin and instructing her to take a bath. After she finishes changing into her clean clothes, they planned to take her to from the orphanage with them.
Lin Xin received unprecedented preferential treatment. The cafeteria aunt specially brought a warm bucket of water for her to wash in and she occupied the orphanage bathhouse all to herself. Lin Xin pondered the next step of her plan as she soaked in a warm, wooden barrel of water.
Meanwhile, a fresh breeze swept through the green ivy like layers upon layers of waves landing on the shore, causing the leaves to rustle.
Underneath a tall garden wall covered in ivies, a beautiful young boy followed behind the handsome young master. Whenever the well-dressed teenager took a step forward, the boy behind him took a step forward; and when he stopped, the boy would also stop in his tracks. The teenager turned around sharply, only to find that the beautiful child hid quickly like a thief. But such poor acting wouldn’t fool him.
Just earlier, after the teenager had chosen to adopt Lin Xin, he ignored his mother’s pleadings to show compassion to the other children, and wandered off alone. Xiao Tian never bothered to interact with the other kids, so why did this child stick around and follow him?
The beautiful boy who tailed him was Lin Xinyu. When he heard that Lin Xin was going to be adopted, he ventured out, hoping to see her one last time. When he heard that she was off to take a shower, the boy waited outside the door. This time, he was afraid that he would never have the chance to see her again.
When Lin Xinyu spotted the Young Master walking around at the courtyard, he wanted to see what kind of person wanted to adopt Lin Xin, so he followed after the youth.
Lin Xinyu had no ulterior motive.
But the teenager said in a chilly tone, “Why are you following me?”
Lin Xinyu timidly lowered his head and took two steps back. He whispered quietly, “Do you want to adopt Lin Xin?”
The Young Master thought: ‘Who’s Lin Xin? Oh, she must be the girl with high intelligence and unshakable self-confidence.”
He simply replied: “Yes.”
Lin Xinyu raised his head and carefully observed the teenager before him. He only appeared to be two or three years older than him, and was also a head taller.