Mu Rulan’s eyes narrowed a little and she took a quick glance at Ou Kaicheng. She was still smiling warmly as usual when she said, “Is that so? Then let’s go and eat.”
Bai Suqing nodded her head frantically like a frightened rabbit. She had already prepared herself for any questions that Mu Rulan asked, so that other people could be able to feel clearly that Mu Rulan was the reason for her state of fright. However, until they entered the canteen, Mu Rulan still hadn’t asked her anything.
When they arrived, Ou Kaicheng and Mu Rulan sat down in the seats Bai Suqing had reserved for them. However, there wasn’t any space for Bai Suqing herself to sit. In the end, a boy awkwardly got up and went to find another seat, which eased the atmosphere.
Bai Suqing’s eyes were a little teary; she seemed very nervous and uncomfortable, twisting her fingers. She finally stood up and continued to the front to get some food and drinks to serve Mu Rulan.
Her back and forth to grab food finally caught Ou Kaicheng’s attention. He hadn’t noticed Bai Suqing from the start, but even the other tables she passed through started to notice her comings and goings. In the beginning, they thought she ate an extraordinary amount, but they slowly came to the realization that Bai Suqing was serving Mu Rulan food, like she was her slave.
What was worse was that this slave had a tearful gaze and a pitiful expression, looking like she was forced to do these things.
“What’s happening?” Someone whispered, giving a strange look to Mu Rulan’s table.
“Who is that?” Translated by The Novelst
“She looks like the president’s little sister…”
“Pui! What little sister, she’s just living with them temporarily. Don’t even know what family she’s from… Probably not a prestigious family, she doesn’t look the type.”
Clank! The hot soup that Bai Suqing was carrying splashed on her arm, the boiling hot liquid steaming the air, the white ceramic bowl falling to the ground and breaking to pieces.
Bai Suqing cried out as if shocked by the sudden heat. She immediately pulled off her coat to reveal her short-sleeved summer uniform, dark purple bruises evident against her pale skin. This scene surprised the people who noticed.
Bai Suqing, her eyes filled to the brim with tears, looked pitifully at Mu Rulan. “Sister, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to…”
Everyone turned to give her their attention, their expressions complicated and strange.
Bai Suqing hung her head, holding her arms closely to her body without looking at Mu Rulan, like she didn’t dare move an inch without orders from Mu Rulan.
This girl had a very deep scheme unfolding, despite her young age. She had calculated that Mu Rulan definitely would not be able to give a good explanation to clarify the situation and the doubts of the other students in such a situation.
Even still, she had good reasons to give to Mu Rulan about her emotions. If Mu Rulan really was an angel, then naturally she wouldn’t blame her, right? She also hadn’t said anything from the beginning, simply implementing misdirection to imply a situation and conjure groundless thoughts.
Bai Suqing had also expected it to be impossible for Mu Rulan to expose Zhou Yaya’s situation, since it would only make Zhou Yaya resent Mu Rulan in that case. No girl would want others to know that she had been raped.
Mu Rulan was surprised for a while, seeming to not be able to react. Her expression revealed that she was obviously confused. Ou Kaicheng, sitting beside Mu Rulan, would obviously be unwilling to believe Bai Suqing so easily and suspect Mu Rulan, so he said coldly, “What are you standing there for? Go get yourself treated at the nurse’s station.”
“Sorry, sorry, I… I…” Tears started to fall from her face as she began to cry soundlessly. Bai Suqing shivered, looking at Mu Rulan but not daring to move, like she was afraid to leave her sight.
Ou Kaicheng’s gaze started to turn cold.
Mu Rulan blinked her eyes questioningly, giving a worried look to Bai Suqing, “Qing Qing, what’s wrong with you?”
Finally, she had asked!
Bai Suqing was happy in her heart. Just as she went to reply, Mu Rulan was suddenly enlightened, “Was it because you were accused in the hospital of being the person to send the kidnappers to Yaya Tongxue, and that left you like this?”
Bai Suqing’s face went slack in shock.
Ou Kaicheng was so surprised that his eyes opened widely. Suddenly the entire room boiled over with students discussing the situation, some even pointing at Bai Suqing. None had known that Zhou Yaya had been kidnapped once more, so they thought Mu Rulan was referring to the first incident that happened at the school.
“This woman… surely is scary, even though she looks so harmless, she…”
“Did you see? She even acted like she was being bullied by our president-sama…”
Humans were easily swayed, like grass atop a wall that flung itself from side to side with every gust of wind. Anyhow, Mu Rulan had a strong reputation as a kind angel at Liu Silan for several years. No matter what Bai Suqing tried to do, it wasn’t as effective as just one sentence from Mu Rulan.
If Bai Suqing’s scheme was like tarot cards stacked into a pyramid, no matter how tall she built, just slight pressure from Mu Rulan could knock it right over.
Bai Suqing lowered her head, tears cascading down her face endlessly. She replied softly, “Mn.”
“Heh… You’re so good at acting. You must be the purest, most harmless person in the world,” a disdainful voice sounded, resentment clear in the tone. Zhou Yaya, Mu Rusen, and Mu Rulin appeared at the entrance of the room.
Bai Suqing never imagined she would bump into Zhou Yaya again. She felt annoyed in her heart, but her appearance was still pitiful. When comparing the two, with Zhou Yaya’s expression, someone might even guess that she was being wrongfully accused.
“Hmmph.” Zhou Yaya was disgusted to see Bai Suqing’s face. She wanted to leave but Mu Rusen and Mu Rulin had already walked further into the room to be by Mu Rulan’s side.
“Sister, I want to eat the fishball,” said Mu Rusen, pointing to the plate.
“You guys haven’t eaten yet?” Mu Rulan used a fork to spear a fishball and feed it to Mu Rusen.
“We already ate,” said Mu Rulin, taking an unhappy glance at Mu Rusen. “Sen, aren’t you going to the library with Zhou Yaya?”
“You’re not going?” Mu Rusen asked in response. It was clear that if Mu Rulin said he wasn’t going to go, then Mu Rusen would reply that ‘Then I’m not going either.’
Zhou Yaya was standing at the entrance, looking with an uninterested gaze at Mu Rusen’s close proximity to Mu Rulan.
Bai Suqing was being completely ignored. Translated by The Novelst
Proofread by: Hannah