Chapter 74: Why did you change your name?
Zhao Qiang pouted and said, “I’m not telling you.”
“You can’t beat me,” Lin Xinyu confidently stated, as if no one in this world was his match.
Haha… You arrogant brat.
He rolled up his sleeves and rushed towards Lin Xinyu, who easily dodged both his left and right fists. As Zhao Qiang neared, Lin Xinyu crouched down, swept past, and jumped over him, pressing him down to the ground. With a jab, Lin Xinyu disabled one of his arms.
Zhao Qiang was in pain. He grabbed his right arm with his left hand and slumped to the ground, looking at Lin Xinyu as if he was a monster.
This kid, he’s not just eating fertilizer, he must also be taking strengthening agents…
Lin Xinyu looked at him condescendingly, just like how he had looked at him years ago. An inexplicable sense of pleasure rose from inside him, making his heart beat faster.
‘Do you still want to fight?’
Lin Xin asked him again, “Why did you change your name?”
Zhao Qiang stroked his limp arm and said, “First, fix this up.”
Lin Xin turned to Lin Xinyu and said, “Fix it for him.”
Lin Xinyu squatted down and grabbed Zhao Qiang’s arm. Then, he ‘snapped’ it twice and put his arm back down. All throughout, Zhao Qiang stayed silent, covered in sweat.
He stood up and wriggled his arms.
“We need to find a place to sit. It’s not good to stand on the street.”
All three walked for a while before they found a roadside stall. Zhao Qiang ordered three servings of spicy crayfish and a few bottles of beer. He drank a cup first, then poured another and pushed it in front of Lin Xinyu, “Here, have a drink.”
Lin Xin pushed the cup of wine away and said, “He’s not yet of age.”
Zhao Qiang stared blankly for a moment, then looked at their school uniforms and asked, “You two are still in school?”
“We’re in our first year of high school.”
Zhao Qiang laughed, his eyes desolate as he muttered, “Studying sounds pretty great.”
Lin Xin asked again, “Why did you change your name?”
Zhao Qiang answered, “I wanted to change it, so I did. Right, how come you two are in S City? What happened to the dean that day I left?”
Lin Xin glanced at Lin Xinyu. He sat perfectly straight and didn’t appear to be giving off any weird signs.
“He and I were adopted. We’ve been in S City for four years.”
Seeing she was unwilling to talk about the dean, Zhao Qiang did not probe further. It was disgusting to think about that filthy thing. Looking at Lin Xinyu stopped being so annoying.
He picked up a crayfish, peeled it, and fed himself before saying, “You eat it too.”
Lin Xin wasn’t in the mood to eat crayfish. She took a sip of water, stood up, and said, “Xiao Yu, let’s go back.”
“Hey, why are you going? I still haven’t told you why I changed my name,” Zhao Qiang stopped her.
Lin Xin thought that if this was really that Zhao Zihao, then she would tell Lin Xinyu to stay away from him.
But for now, she would listen to what he had to say.
Zhao Qiang smiled when he saw her sit down again. “That day I escaped from the orphanage, I took a taxi to S City.”
“I didn’t have any money then, so at first, I slept under the overpass, begging for food during the day. Someone would always hand me a few bucks.”
“One day, I saw a fight and tried to help. That’s when I met my godfather, and I’ve followed him since then. Now, here I am.”
Lin Xin inquired further, “Your godfather is a gangster? Was he the one who asked you to change your name? Why didn’t you change your family name?
Surprised, Zhao Qiang asked. “How did you know?”
“I guessed,” Lin Xin answered.
Well, she was smart, always having plenty of ideas up her sleeve, so it wasn’t strange that she would be able to guess. He mumbled, “I have a dad and a mom, why would I change my family name? If I changed my family name, would I still be considered human?”
Hearing him say this, Lin Xin’s heart relaxed.
“Gangsters don’t end up well. If you mess around, you will pay for it sooner or later. You’re still young. Why don’t you learn crafts and earn a living?”
Zhao Qiang was not an idiot. He could tell who had his best interests in mind. All the gangsters in his circle would say that good brothers were loyal and shared their fortunes and difficulties together.
Did they regard him a fourteen year old child, ah? ①
At the end of the manhua “Young and Dangerous”, Chen Haonan and the rest all died! ②
T/N: ① Zhao Zihan is nineteen. ② Chen Haonan’s the protagonist of “Young and Dangerous”.
After a few more years, he would accompany his godfather in retirement.
Since it was rare for someone to sincerely take care of him, and she was an old friend to boot! He wanted to get closer to her.
Just as he was about to reach for Lin Xin’s arm, Lin Xinyu glared at him and stretched his arm to ward Zhao Qiang’s hand off. He gave a laugh and said, “Hey, hey, I’ll just take the crayfish, alright?” He picked up the small lobster and waved it in front of Lin Xinyu, asking, “Do you want to eat this?”
Lin Xinyu glanced at him and said, “You can keep it,” as if saying ‘Eating won’t kill you.’
His expression, as intimidating as Lin Xin’s, scared him a bit…
Lin Xin assessed the situation and decided that she did not want to get entangled with Zhao Qiang any longer.
She got up and said goodbye, pulling Lin Xinyu along. As Zhao Qiang looked at them walking away, he shouted, “Hey, I’ll come play with you in two days!”
Lin Xin held Lin Xinyu’s hand tightly and said, “Don’t meet with him in the future. Stay away from wherever he is, alright?”
Lin Xinyu didn’t know why she had such an aversion towards Zhao Qiang, but he’d listen to anything she said.
At this moment, they hailed a taxi and headed home.
Because neither of them had mobile phones, the school called Cheng Qingrong. He was frantic and didn’t dare return until he found Lin Xin and Lin Xinyu. It wouldn’t be good for his wife to know that the children were missing, so he kept on pacing back and forth in front of their house.
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P.S. Discord crew read dis chappie days ago~ wink wink
P.P.S. Shh… Dun tell them… > < (Shoutout to Anjul!)