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Chapter 36.1

“Yu Lan is real, hooray for double candy!”

“That’s right, An An and Yu Yu have a scene together!!! I was worried before that the two of them wouldn’t have one but now it’s settled, there definitely is! As long as they have a scene together, our Yu Lan will definitely explode!”

“Of course! Just from the previews today, Cheng and An An’s faces are, my God, so handsome! Just think, if they both look so good in the original pictures then in the movie they’ll be exceedingly handsome. They’re a perfect match!”

“Honestly, sisters, it’s not that I’m proud, it’s just that for Yu Lan’s face, if you look in the entire entertainment industry, you can’t find a rival, I’ll give you my head if you Yu Lan doesn’t blow up!”

“I want to wake up and see ‘Yun Yun’, woo woo, Director Zhang, hurry up and shoot, I’m waiting impatiently.”

Director Zhang, who had high hopes placed on him was currently arguing with Cheng Yu over the emotion in Jing Huan’s eyes.

Time rewinds back to when filming had just started and Lin An Lan and Cheng Yu had finished getting ready to start shooting a new scene.

Gu Shuyu knocked on the door and then stood outside with a fruit basket and milk in his hands. When Jing Huan opened the door, he wasn’t surprised to see him.

“I’m here to see your mother.” Gu Shuyu said.

Jing Huan nodded then sidled up to let him in, but his mother was already asleep.

Seeing this, Gu Shuyu put down what he was holding and went outside the ward with Jing Huan to chat.

He looked up at Jing Huan who had changed his clothes and was no longer wearing the same clothes he had worn during their first two meetings.

He asked, “Was the money enough?”

Jing Huan was a little embarrassed for a moment, not expecting him to be so open and straight to the point.

He nodded then shook his head, “I don’t know.”

Gu Shuyu made an ‘oh’ sound, “It’s okay, take it slowly, treatment is always like this.”

“Thank you.” Jing Huan said, “Thank you for your help. I wrote an IOU, here it is.”

Saying this, he took out the IOU note he had written from his pocket. Gu Shuyu took it and saw written in black and white: Jing Huan gave Gu Shuyu 10,000 yuan on October 21.

Gu Shuyu put the note in his wallet and said to him, “Just tell me if it’s not enough.”

Jing Huan wanted to refuse, but thought that if he refused Gu Shuyu, there would be no one else to help him, so he could only give a silent ‘hmm’.

He didn’t understand why Gu Shuyu wanted to lend him money. They had only met each other in passing and while it was true that he had helped Gu Shuyu, that had just been done in passing and wasn’t worth so much money.

But he needed Gu Shuyu’s help, so even though he thought so, he didn’t say anything.

That night, Gu Shuyu didn’t go home. He was the only one at home anyway so it wouldn’t make a difference whether he went home or not.

He finished writing his practice test paper in Jing Huan’s mother’s ward, during which Jing Huan poured him a glass of water and cut an apple for him from the fruit basket he had brought.

Gu Shuyu thanked him then asked, “You must be about the same age as I am right?”

Jing Huan looked at the familiar yet unfamiliar test paper in front of him and asked in reply, “You’re in your third year of high school?”

Gu Shuyu shook his head, “First year.”

“And you’re practicing these set of questions?” Jing Huan was surprised.

Gu Shuyu smiled, “It’s this year’s college entrance exam paper, the teacher asked us try it out, so I’m giving it a try.”

Jing Huan looked at the test paper which had almost all the answers filled and said softly, “Then you must have done well.”

“Not bad.” Gu Shuyu said modestly, “What about you? It’s your turn to answer me.”

“Seventeen.” Jing Huan replied as he thought of the question he had just asked him.

Gu Shuyu wasn’t surprised, “You dropped out of school?”

“My grades weren’t good and my family’s condition wasn’t good, something like going to school isn’t that necessary for me.” He lowered his head, his eyes dropping gently as his tone carried an unconscious self-deprecation in it.

Gu Shuyu looked at him and didn’t say anything.

He picked up a cut apple from the table and handed it to Jing Huan who thanked him then walked to the side to stop bothering him.

He sat down on another chair, took out his phone and started playing with it.

Gu Shuyu didn’t pay attention until he finished his water and when Jing Huan put his phone down to pour another glass for him, he inadvertently glanced at the contents of Jing Huan’s phone and saw that it was an electronic version of a car repair guide. Gu Shuyu thought to himself, so this is what he does.

As it was late in the night, Gu Shuyu stayed Jing Huan’s mother’s ward.

There was a cot in the adjoining room so when Jing Huan saw that he was staying, he gave him the bed.

“Aren’t you coming to bed?”

“I’d rather sleep on the table.”

“How embarrassing would that be.” Gu Shuyu said, “Let’s sleep together, you’re not a girl, I won’t take advantage of you.”

Hearing this, Jing Huan had no choice but to squeeze in with him on the cot.

Gu Shuyu hadn’t slept with anyone for a long time, or to be more precise, he hadn’t stayed with anyone after school for a long time.

Everyone had their own family and would all go back to their homes after school.

But his home was empty, it was just a house full of loneliness.

Gu Shuyu understood that his parents were busy and he enjoyed the money they brought him, so naturally he wouldn’t turn around to blame them for their busyness.

Hence he didn’t interfere with his parents’ work and grew up the way they wanted him to, becoming the envy of all his parents as the so called someone else’s child, well behaved and understanding.

But now, crammed into this one-metre-long cot with Jing Huan, he felt sincerely relieved and grateful for this rare opportunity to have someone beside him to talk to at night.

Gu Shuyu wasn’t short of money or love, but he lacked someone to keep him company after school and at night.

For this reason, he had been to his friend’s house a few times, but it was his friend’s house, not his home, moreover he couldn’t keep going there, let alone spend the night at someone else’s house.

However, he had always wished there was someone he could spend the night with.

Gu Shuyu slept peacefully.

He slept well and had a good night’s sleep.

The next day, he once again came to Jing’s mother’s ward after school.

Jing Huan had gone to work and Jing Huan’s mother was awake. When she saw him entering the ward, she curiously asked who he was.

Gu Shuyu said he was a friend of Jing Huan’s and seeing him carrying a school bag, Jing Huan’s mother thought he was a friend her son had made during his school days. She took his hand emotionally and started talking to him.

“If Xiao Huan hadn’t dropped out of school, he would have been just like you.” She sighed and said sadly, “If he hadn’t been born into our family, he would have been studying hard like you’re doing now instead of leaving school early to work. It’s me and his father’s fault, we are the ones who have wronged him.”

As Gu Shuyu listened quietly to her words, he finally knew that Jing Huan had dropped out of school due to financial difficulties.

After Jing Huan’s father died, he left behind nothing but a pile of debts for the mother and son and when creditors had come calling, Jing Huan’s mother had had to grit her teeth and pay back some of the money, leaving the family with nothing.

Jing Huan’s grades weren’t good and faced with this situation, while it was true that school didn’t cost much money, school also meant that he couldn’t earn money at this time.

After a week of quiet reflection, he took the initiative to leave school.

Jing Huan’s mother was furious. She had scolded him and argued, but it was to no avail.

Jing Huan said calmly, “I won’t be able to get into university with grades like this, so I might as well come out to work early and gain a few more years of work experience.”

He spoke calmly, but Jing Huan’s mother knew it was still a question of money.

There was nothing she could do for her son, but she also knew that without money, he wouldn’t be able to make up for his schooling, and with grades like that, he really couldn’t get into university.

Rich families would never know how terrible poverty was, because for poor families, every step was a matter of choice.


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