“Wa!!” Ning Ning.
“Wa!!” The other party.
Ning Ning screamed because she was frightened.
The other party screamed because she was kicked off of the bed.
“Yun Lin, is there something wrong with you?!” The other party hurled abuse at her, the voice sounded a little familiar…
Ning Ning felt around and switched on the table lamp, she also hurled abuse at the other party after getting a good look at their face, “Li Ping Ping, is there something wrong with you?!”
The person who got up from the floor wasn’t anybody else, it was actually her roommate, Li Ping Ping!
Not only did she curl her hair, she was also wearing a floral dress similar to what Yan Qing wore. She looked exactly like the photo that was hung on the wall in Pei Xuan’s house!
“…Why did you dress up like Yan Qing?” Ning Ning looked at her doubtfully and furiously, “Do you want to scare me to death?”
Li Ping Ping looked like she had been crying, her eyeliner had smudged into two lines of tears, she stared at Ning Ning coldly.
“I can’t dispute him liking Yan Qing, Yan Qing is very pretty after all, any man would like her. But what are you?” She suddenly said, “If he wanted to look for an ordinary girl, why must it be you, why can’t it be me?”
Ning Ning was stunned for a moment, after she came back to her senses she asked, “You went to look for Pei Xuan?”
Ning Ning realised what happened after she pondered on it. “No wonder you asked what time I was coming back. You went to look for him the moment I came back?”
She even dressed up specifically like this when she looked for him, it was simply obvious at a glance what she had wanted to do.
Li Ping Ping had no trace of embarrassment even after her intentions were exposed, she even let out a cold laugh and looked at Ning Ning with a very weird look.
“He said I was too scheming, but how are you any better?” She said while staring at Ning Ning, “Yan Qing’s incident was clearly done by both of us.”
Ning Ning was stunned by those words.
“…What do you mean by that?” She asked in a low voice.
“Feigning ignorance, you can continue pretending.” Li Ping Ping continued to laugh coldly. “But you can’t keep this up. If Mr.Pei were to pick you in the end, I would definitely tell him the truth.”
…You should tell me the truth first!!
Li Ping Ping did not specifically say what the truth of the situation was, or maybe she thought that both of them clearly knew what had happened so there was no need to say more.
It was not something Ning Ning could ask directly, she could only keep it in her heart and prepare to ask about it indirectly in the future.
In the end, both of them tossed and turned restlessly in bed that night, neither managed to fall asleep.
The two of them were embroiled in a cold war in the next few days—or it would be more accurate to say that Li Ping Ping was fighting a cold war one-sidedly. Ning Ning could not pry anything of value from her mouth, all she could get were sarcasm and mocking comments. As the anxiety accumulated, school reopened.
“Good morning, Teacher!”
Although there were a lot of things bothering her, she had to continue living her life, she had to continue acting in this movie.
“Turn to page forty.” Ning Ning held a textbook in her hands as she began the lesson.
It was a good thing that it was a language lesson at junior high school level. After a month of effort, she could teach like a teacher. It wasn’t very well done, but it wasn’t poor either. After enduring to the end of the lesson, she used the chal to leave homework on the blackboard, then said, “Class monitor, please collect the summer holiday homework.”
After a wave of sounds—of drawers being pulled open and students going through their school bags—the class monitor came over with a stack of homework.
Ning Ning was slightly taken aback when she saw the other party.
From 1987 to 1990, then from 1990 to 1994, the Wen Yu in front of her was different from the last time she saw him, he had already become a pretty boy.
His hair and eyelashes were as fine as before, his already fair skin was further accentuated by the black school uniform he was wearing. A boy with this kind of looks would usually seem gentle and reserved, they would even seem a little feminine, but he was emanating a sort of ‘do not approach’ aura, diluting his gentleness and reservation.
“Teacher.” He looked up with his delicate face and asked her blandly, “Where do I bring them to?”
Ning Ning came back to her senses, “Bring them to my office.”
They walked into the office one after the other, students and teachers were gathered at the field due as it was time for radio exercise, the office was empty but for the two of them.
Wen Yu bent down and placed the stack of homework on her desk. As he got up to leave, a voice rang out from beside him, “Does everyone know about the incident with Teacher Yan Qing?”
Wen Yu turned and looked at Ning Ning beside him, “…We do.”
“Can you give me your opinion on it?” Ning Ning spoke very casually, as if she only wanted to know the impressions the students had of Yan Qing.
“…I have no opinions on Teacher Yan Qing.” Wen Yu stared at her for a while. “I have a little opinion on you.”
Ning Ning was shocked.
She had treated Wen Yu as someone mature all these while, so her tone was inevitably a little intimate, she even asked about his opinion without thinking about it. When she put aside her earlier perception of him, she then realised that Wen Yu was looking at her with a very cold expression, it even had a trace of …disgust.
If the other students were to hate her, then that would be excusable, because she was playing a scary homeroom teacher, but it shouldn’t be the case for Wen Yu. He was not the kind of person who would hate or be disgusted with a teacher for being too strict or for giving too much homework.
In other words, was there another reason for it?
“What opinion do you have of me?” Ning Ning asked, “Could you tell me?”
“Teacher Yan Qing is already dead.” He looked at Ning Ning seriously. “Can you stop already?”
Ning Ning fell silent for a moment before asking, “Did I do anything to Teacher Yan Qing?”
Wen Yu immediately turned away and looked at the door, seemingly not wanting to talk to her, it even felt that it was unbearable for him to be in the same room as Ning Ning.
Ning Ning looked at him for a moment. She suddenly flipped open a lesson plan, and wrote a sentence on it with a red pen. She handed the lesson plan to him, “Look.”
Wen Yu took a glance at the sentence and was slightly taken aback.
The lesson plan had a lot of notes Yun Lin had left behind, they were written with a blue pen. Ning Ning copied a part of the notes with a red pen. Comparing the two—the handwriting was different.
They were not completely different, there were at least a few words that were around the same, but the other words only had a fifty percent similarity.
“Ask me a question.” Ning Ning said.
“…What?” Wen Yu looked at her doubtfully, he didn’t know what she was trying to pull.
“Ask me a question.” Ning Ning repeated, “Ask me questions…you think I should be able to answer.”
Wen Yu stared at her for a moment before asking hesitantly, “Who was the student who committed theft last term?”
Ning Ning, “I don’t know.”
“Whose belongings did the person steal?” Wen Yu asked again.
Ning Ning, “I don’t know.”
Wen Yu, “How much is the fee for make-up lessons here?”
Ning Ning, “I don’t know.”
Wen Yu suspected that she was making a fool out of him, he stiffly asked, “Who was number one at the end of the last term’s examinations ?”
Ning Ning, “Cao Xiao Dong.”
Wen Yu, “How many essays did you assign for summer vacation homework? What were the names?”
Ning Ning, “Eight of them, their names are <<My School>>, <<My Family>>…”
The question and answer lasted for a period of time, the end of the radio exercise rang out, Ning Ning asked with a smile, “Have you figured it out?”
Wen Yu looked at her with a complicated expression.
“I’ve lost my memory.” Ning Ning had a calm look. “I didn’t lose all of my memory, but there is a portion that is missing.”
There was a limit to her understanding of Yun Lin.
The limit was Yun Lin’s diary.
Although Yun Lin had written her habits in her diary, she did not write down everything that happened in her life, especially the little things that she didn’t care about.
Moreover, ever since Pei Xuan appeared, her diary had completely become a diary about her crush on him. From the previous term to the present, she used almost every page and every word in the diary to write about her feelings towards Pei Xuan, she did not care about anything else.
So there was a gap in the memory of the ‘Yun Lin’ Ning Ning was acting as.
She had no memory of what happened in the period of January to July.
“…January to July.” Wen Yu pieced the clues together as expected. “You don’t remember anything from this period in time?”
“I don’t remember.” Ning Ning said.
Wen Yu looked at her doubtfully. He looked like he was trying to determine whether she was telling the truth by the look on her face.
“I know you have an opinion on me, but there must be a reason for it right?” Ning Ning looked at him sincerely. “Can you tell me what happened, let me know the entire process, let me know why I’m so hated by people?”
Wen Yu lowered his head and thought about it. Before he could finish thinking, a commotion sounded out from the corridor outside the office. The students had returned from the field, a few teachers had entered the office one after the other.
“…Let’s talk after school.” Wen Yu looked at the movement outside of the door. “Look for me after school, we’ll talk about your questions then.”
Then he turned back and stared at Ning Ning, “You can forget everything, but you cannot forget about that incident…you cannot live a guilt-free life after what you’ve done.”