After the parent meeting, Cao Yang tried to sit Xia Rou down for a proper conversation.
“What do you want to study in the future?”
“… Not bad. Have you already thought about your university?”
Xia Rou handed over a list of the universities she was interested in to Cao Yang.
In this life, because she had attended a great school like Nan Hua, her standing was much better than in the past though her grades could still be considered below average. That was why that the universities she had chosen this time were much better.
With the little improvements she strove to make… she was happy with herself.
He looked at the list wordlessly, folding the paper to keep it well.
Then he said, “Don’t think about anything else, focus on your studies.”
“Mm,” Xia Rou nodded. Translated by The Novelst
The first and most important thing was to face the national university entrance exam.
In that revision-intensive high-stress environment, time passed quickly.
On the 7th and 8th of June, it seemed even the streets were filled with a tense atmosphere.
The Cao Family didn’t expect to see Xia Rou not nervous at all. They had expected her to be too nervous to even eat breakfast.
But the child was calm, her condition excellent.
Cao Xiong looked at her with pride, encouraging her, “Good luck on your exams.”
“Mn!” Xia Rou smiled.
She was really not nervous at all.
The national university entrance exam – she had already experienced it once.
And in this life, she understood that this exam was just a way to record her ability. The Cao Family was the one to give her a future.
When a person had something to fall back on, someone to depend on, that person would have confidence.
All her hard work was just to prove herself and put herself at ease.
On the first day, Cao Yang and Cao An drove her to school and picked her up together.
On the second day, Cao Yang had pressing matters, so it was only Cao An that ferried her to school. But in the afternoon, both brothers showed up to pick her up.
After the nonstop examinations over two days, Xia Rou was calm but very tired.
When she returned home, she immediately flung herself into bed.
Cao Yang came by to knock on her door. She didn’t open it, instead wearily saying, “The door’s not locked…”
He opened the door himself and saw her sprawled out on her bed like a dead dog.
“Get up,” he said, nudging her bed. “Come down to eat.”
“Why so early?”
“If I don’t call you early, you won’t come down on time.”
Actually, Cao Yang wanted to speak to her about her major, but the way she looked now… He thought he should let her rest for a few days first, so he didn’t say anything but called her down to eat.
Xia Rou said, “I’m already dead. Just put the chopsticks on my rice.”
Cao Yang: “…”
He stretched out his hands to drag her up.
The atmosphere at the dining table was very relaxed. Xia Rou had eaten a lot today.
“I used up too much brainpower,” she complained.
“Yeah,” Cao An looked at her with pity. “Your brain cells were lacking in the first place and now you’ve used them all up.”
Xia Rou acted like she wanted to use her chopsticks to stab him, and the entire table laughed.
She was asked what her plans were for after the exams. Xia Rou’s eyes shone: “So many things!”
“I’m going to buy clothes! Perm my hair! Do my nails! I’ve already set a date to go shopping with my classmates!”
Cao Xiong, Cao Yang, and Cao An: “…”
Haiz, no matter what she was a girl! The men thought.
“I want to color my hair,” she said, pulling the hair from her ponytail over her shoulder. “Fourth brother, which color do you think is the best?”
Before Cao An could answer, Cao Yang rejected the idea for him: “Don’t dye your hair, you look good as you are now.”
Cao An felt his big brother was being too bossy. Just as he was going to speak up, he heard Xia Rou pipe up in a weak voice: “Then… Can I perm it a little? Just the ends?”
Cao An: “…” He was so mad he felt his eyes rolling around in his sockets.
What a spineless little girl!
He had already noticed it early on – this little girl had a sharp tongue when arguing with him, but was so obedient when confronting his big brother. Whatever his big brother said, she would listen.
Look, she had allowed him to become more and more authoritative. Now he wanted to control her hair!
Cao Yang liked to see Xia Rou listening to his words the most.
She was much easier to raise than the little monkeys that were his little brothers. Look how lovely she was!
“Alright,” he agreed with a smile. “Just perming the ends is going to look good on you, you’re all grown up now.”
After that, he looked at his fourth brother, smirking, “What’s wrong with your eyes? Want me to rub that twitch away for you?”
“…No need.” The one who had been criticizing another for having no guts inside shrunk to the same treatment.
It was just that he was really traumatized by this big brother hitting him when he was young…
Cao Yang was thinking he would let her rest for two days so she could have the time to herself, then bring up the topic again. But in the end he realized he couldn’t seem to find her.
He didn’t know what she was so busy doing, but the first few days she slept until very late, even past when Cao Yang left the house. And when he returned home, he realized she hadn’t come home yet!
So he asked Cao An, and that’s how he learned she was shopping out with her friends all day, every day.
It wasn’t easy to graduate from Nan Hua, and now that they didn’t have to wear their uniforms, this bunch of rich girls started to let loose.
Cao Yang: “…” Translated by The Novelst
Fine, it would be okay to let her rest for a few more days. Her results hadn’t come out yet.
Proofread by: Hannah