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Blazing Sunlight I (骄阳似我 上) – Chapter 12

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Chapter Twelve

The cool night breeze caught the edge of my skirt causing it to billow. After some time had lapsed, I found my voice.

“Why are you still here?”

Zhuang Xu and his room mates had also tagged along to send Ah Fen off. I hadn’t paid any attention to them the entire time so I was confused as to why he was stuck here as well.

His eyes flashed. “I was standing behind you. Since you couldn’t board, neither could I.”

His words sounded very much like he was blaming me. I relived the embarrassing memory of being jostled off the bus and couldn’t help feeling apologetic. “Sorry.”

“You should say ‘thank you’.”

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Blazing Sunlight I (骄阳似我 上) – Chapter 11

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Chapter Eleven

It was not until the day of the vivas that I bumped into my hostel mates. The moment Xiao Feng laid eyes on me, she pounced and shook my shoulders vigorously “I’m sorry Watermelon! My blunder caused you to be maligned. You must forgive me!”

As if she wanted to prove her sincerity, her hands that were gripping my shoulders were as forceful as eagle claws. I felt as though my shoulders were going to shatter …

“… Do you think I would forgive you if you maim me?”

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Blazing Sunlight I (骄阳似我 上) – Chapter 10

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Chapter Ten

The second day, I accompanied Jiang Rui to the examination venue once again. When he alighted, Jiang Rui broke into smiles “Look, Jie, I didn’t lie to you. Your destined other is here!”

He was his usual mischievous self as he dragged me over. “Zhuang Fei, Brother Zhuang.” he greeted cheerily.

That was how I came face to face with Zhuang Xu.

Suddenly, all I could hear was Jiang Rui’s faint ramblings in the background. Zhuang Fei and he were deep in conversation while Zhuang Xu stood quietly beside me. There was no one as handsome as him in the throngs around us. I suddenly realised what Jiang Rui was hinting at by ‘destined other’ and my annoyance flared. I couldn’t understand how he could be bothered with such childish pranks while taking his National examinations.

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Blazing Sunlight I (骄阳似我 上) – Chapter 9

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Chapter Nine

When June rolled round, Nanjing became unbearably warm.

One thing I’ve learnt from my four years here was that Nanjing didn’t seem to experience spring or autumn. The weather was always either blistering or chilly. One rarely wore long-sleeved tees. In fact, a short-sleeved tee and a wool sweater would suffice.

However this sweltering heat was a perfect match with my anxiety. I wasn’t uneasy over my vivas; instead it was my cousin’s National Examinations that made me worried.

Uncle and Aunty were prepared for the battle. My father even called to ask after cousin’s preparations but uncle wasn’t too appreciative of his concern. Unconsciously, I also became tensed. Whenever I passed cousin’s room, I would unwittingly step gently out of fear of interrupting his rest. Yet right in the eye of this anxious tornado was the calm examination candidate. His demeanour was in such stark contrast to ours, frankly it bordered on frustrating. Even when his exam was the following day, he could still find time to immerse himself in reading the hand guide on studying abroad.

“This is such a grand campus.”

“… We’ll get to that after you’ve completed your examinations.”

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Blazing Sunlight I (骄阳似我 上) – Chapter 8

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Chapter Eight

I was approaching the school gates when I bumped into Si Jing. It was rare that she hollered my name unlike her usual ladylike self and it was so loud I couldn’t ignore it.

“Xi Guang”.

I pedalled to a stop. “Si Jing”.

She noted the thesis in my grasp, “Here to collect your marked thesis?”

“Yup.”

“How was it?”

“A mess.”

“Do come back. Everyone can help vet it. We’re almost graduating, there aren’t many days left for us to hang out.” Seeing that I remained silent, she stopped. She studied my expression carefully before she continued “Are you still bothered by that incident? It was a misunderstanding, Rong Rong wasn’t being malicious. Surely you won’t take it to heart?”

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Blazing Sunlight I (骄阳似我 上) – Chapter 7

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Chapter Seven

The following days were peaceful and disciplined. There were no classes so I made infrequent trips to the library to source for research material. I would then photocopy the relevant pages before returning home to study them more thoroughly.

Then I would study until I ended up gaming on the computer.

Cousin was nearing his National College Entrance Examinations and it was a critical time for him. Seeing me lounge about all day seemingly free made him envious. I comforted him “I’ve to work soon, there won’t even be winter break for me then whereas you have four years of fun in store for you.”

Cousin replied in disdain “Jie, I’ll be putting in my best effort in university. Dad has already amassed the capital; I’m going to be a successful entrepreneur. Do you think everyone lacks ambition like you?”

“Sigh, when I was your age I was equally ambitious. Why do you think I made damned sure I got into this prestigious university? However, I know better now. Jiang Rui, I hope you’ll never have a similar revelation like me and that you’ll continue to strive and labour to bring in the dough. I’ll be depending on you in future.”

Cousin wore an expression of agony “If you can’t find anyone to marry, I’ll look after you.”

“It can’t be Jiang Rui … You have a secret crush on me.”

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Blazing Sunlight I (骄阳似我 上) – Chapter 6

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Chapter Six

On encountering the chilly night breeze after sprinting out of the hostel, I became more clearheaded. I vaguely pondered what they thought of my hasty retreat?

That I was acknowledging my guilt? Or avoiding punishment?

I can’t speak for the others but based on how Zhuang Xu viewed me, I was highly certain he would think that.

It was so laughable. Before today, I naively assumed that even if Zhuang Xu didn’t like me and despised me for lacking direction in life, he would at least be grateful and think me a decent human. After all, I had help him previously had I not?

However once again I was proven an idiot.

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