Chapter 56: It’s Finally Today~ (1)
Lin Xinyu felt her inquiring gaze. “What?”
She shook her head, “Nothing.” The book selection must be reconsidered.
I wanted him to contemplate the meaning of life. Instead, he copied an entire paragraph about ‘love’, it’s really not easy… Speaking of the affairs between men and women, Lin Xin naturally thought of what the dean did to him. After going through such a thing, I don’t know if he can marry and have children ordinarily.
Seeing him growing brighter in the calm days these months, her fears diminished. She believes that as long as she stays with him, he will grow up like any other healthy child. Forgetting the unhappiness of the past is a matter of time.
Lin Xin took the two books “Jane Eyre” and “Anna Karenina” from the table, thinking: Jane Eyre is blinded by love, and this Anna abandoned everything for the sake of love. I can’t show him these when the child’s three views have not yet formed.
She grabbed “Journey to the West” on the side and pushed it towards Lin Xinyu: “Read this later and ask me about anything you don’t understand.”
Lin Xinyu turned over a few pages of “Journey to the West”, concluding she really liked the monkey protagonist, or she wouldn’t have let him read this one without finishing the other two books. Whatever she likes, he will like too.
He earnestly studied, asking whenever words he didn’t understand came up.
“What does this word mean?”
Lin Xin stretched her neck and looked down: “qie (挈), synonymous with ‘契 (qi)’ in《Han Dynasty: Gully Overview》– record belonging to the emperor’s legacy, appears in Wei Ji’s《魏受禅表(Wei’s Zen Tablet)》and is a verb.”
Lin Xinyu squinted, what do you mean?
Lin Xin blanked for two seconds: “It means to raise, lead or guide.”
Lin Xinyu bowed his head, glancing down, his thoughts were too jumbled, and he lifted the pen, writing what Lin Xin had just said in the notebook. ‘qie, synonymous with…’ applying force on each stroke, as if to engrave every character into his bones.
He didn’t want to be too far from her, so he worked hard, studied hard, and struggled to catch up with her. The more he chased, the more he noticed the difference between them. He could only see her back, never brushing shoulders with her.
Therefore, he has to work harder. Tonight, he has to not only finish reading this “Journey to the West” but also know how to recite it by heart. All the words inside must be understood.
Lin Xinyu read “Journey to the West” softly.
Lin Xin, seeing him go back to studying, believed him to really be a good boy who loves reading. Just wait till he finished middle school, went to an external high school, college, and then looks for work. Like a regular person, finishing this life in a quiet manner. Watching him grow will be a wonderful thing.
Lin Xin, fearing she would distract him from reading, returned to the table and went back to sleep.
Completing “Journey to the West” is a very difficult task for the average person, let alone Lin Xinyu, who has heart difficulties. He didn’t like reading and the description in the text could not stir him.
He hid in bed and read “Journey to the West” over and over again. It was as dry as chewing wax, tasteless, and gave him heartaches. But when he thought that while he would only be able to pull out a page and read two words, Lin Xin would recite the text front and back, then proceed to explain to him the whole article’s concept, he felt incompetent.
Lin Xinyu continued doing this for a week to finish the entire “Journey to the West”. The moment he closed the book, he fainted on the way to Lin Xin.
At that time, Lin Xin was practicing taekwondo in the indoor stadium. The children in the orphanage panickedly ran and yelled at her, saying something happened, something went wrong.
She wiped her face with a towel and casually suggested: “Whatever happened, don’t worry, tell me slowly.”
The child gasped: “Lin Xinyu, Lin Xinyu…”
Lin Xin dropped the towel and ran out barefoot before the child finished speaking. Not far from the door, Lin Xinyu was surrounded by a group. Lin Xin, panickily, instantly ran over. When everyone gave way, Lin Xinyu was lying on the ground, his face pale white, clutching “Journey to the West”.
Heart attack? Lin Xin first thought of this. She drew the medicine she carried on her body and poured one out, feeding it to Lin Xinyu’s mouth.
“Water!” she shouted.
The children were scared, timidly looking at everything that happened in front of them.
Lin Xin raised her finger to a half-sized child: “You, go to the tap and bring me a bit of water.”
The child heard the order and hurried to the tap.
Lin Xin untied Lin Xinyu’s shirt button and put her ear to his chest, listening to his heartbeat ‘dong, dong, dong…’ Counting the sounds, the frequency of his heartbeats were within a normal range. She sighed relievedly, took the water which the child fetched, and fed it to Lin Xinyu.
Confirming that his heart was fine, she picked up Lin Xinyu and proceeded to his residence.
After two steps, she noticed that her feet hurt.
Peering downwardly, Lin Xin found that she stepped on glass residue and blood stained her right foot.
She bent down and, gritting her teeth, pulled out the glass stuck in her flesh.
Lin Xin used the moistened dirt on the ground to stop the blood and carried Lin Xinyu back to his residence.
The grass treated the wound under her foot, and she went looking for the dean.