Chapter 13: The Toad’s Philosophy
This was Zhou Jian’s high school life. Study, earn money, study again, and earn money again. Zhou Jian knew that no matter how much the toad improved itself, it wouldn’t change into a Prince Charming. Even if he was admitted into a prestigious university, he wouldn’t become a Heaven’s favored child. During the top university admittance assembly, the principal often expressed: “If you can be admitted into XX university, this prove that you are the most outstanding,” or “today, you are proud because of XX university. Tomorrow, XX university will be proud because of you.” The aspiring students who listened to this would often be boiling with passion. Actually, they didn’t know that the principal didn’t believe in his own nonsense. Because, if he was so naive to do so, he wouldn’t had been able to climb up to this position.
If a toad wanted to transform, it could only depend on its own effort. Zhou Jian would never delusion himself on gaining the attention of a beautiful wealthy girl. He knew that it’s impossible, unless he was good enough to attract their attention.
The phone continued to ring. Zhiu Jian finished reminiscing and pressed answer. “Hi.”
“Is that Zhou Jian? I am Wen Ren Hui Yin.”
He heard that clear and concise voice coming from the phone. During high school years, Wen Ren Hui Yin made several calls to ask Zhou Jian on methods to solve mathematical exercises. The start of the call was always this sentence.
Zhou Jian calmed down his fluctuating emotion. “Ha ha. you have the number. How come you’re free to call me today.”
“Em….it’s like this. I heard that recently you have some financial difficulties?”
Zhou Jian went slightly absent minded. Heard? Who did she heard it from? He’d only call four people to borrow money moments ago. Come to think about it, these four people are not that familiar with Wen Ren Hui Yin. How did it spread to her ear.
“That… who did you heard it from?”
Sun Li? Although Zhou Jian’s relationship with Sun Li and Li Yun Fu in high school was not bad, he still acknowledged that Sun Li was not a decent girl. It’s just because she’s his friend that he didn’t think much about it. But how did Wen Ren Hui Yin come into contact with her.
He curiously inquired: “Are you in the same city as Sun Li?”
“No. I’m in Hong Kong. You didn’t even know which city I am in?”
Zhou Jian cursed himself silly. Of course he knew where Wen Ren Hui Yin was, and where Sun Li was. How come he spoke out without thinking. He bite the bullet and explained: “I know about it. I just momentarily forgot where Sun Li was at.”
“Haha…. alright.” Wen Ren Hui Yin laughed a bit. Also didn’t know if she bought it or not.
Zhou Jian said: ” I’m just curious how can the both of you keep in touch.”
“Oh, just a coincidence. Because of my father, I played an online game and stumbled upon her in the game.”
“What game is it?”
“《Gods and Demons》.”
“Em? Such a coincidence.”
“You’re playing as well?”
“Yes. I loved to play online game so much. How can I miss it?”
“Haha. Yes. But for you, even if you played a lot of online games, your study is still so good.” Wen Ren Hui Yin was one of the few girls who could see Zhou Jian’s bright spot. The evaluations of most of the other girls on Zhou Jian were “unreliable”, “no proper job prospect”, and “pauper”.
Studied well. Is that a good point? Zhou Jian self-depreciatingly smiled.
“What’s your Tianxun number in 《Gods and Demons》? Mine was ….” Wen Ren Hui Yin said her number and Zhou Jian noted it down.
“Which city are you in?” Zhou Jian asked.
“Nuwa city. And you?”
“Pangu city? I heard that the Tianzun team, who’s the first to finish the new dungeon raid is in Pangu city. Haha, my guild will try rushing to the Demon’s Nest several days later, but I’m not confident about it.”
Zhou Jian heard this and was slightly surprised for a moment. In his mind, although Wen Ren Hui Yin played online game, she wouldn’t know about these news. Moreover, she wouldn’t invest so much energy to practice until she reached the situation where she could challenge the Demon’s Nest.
He asked, puzzled: “You wanted to do the new dungeon raid?”
“Em, yes, but my level is still somewhat low.”
“Which level are you at?”
“Level 30. And you?”
“Er…21.” Zhou Jian for the first time felt that his own level was difficult to said out. But this was too strange, the 《Gods and Demons》 account was bound to the person. Without power leveling, Wen Ren Hui Yin was able to reach up to level 30 on her game account was a bit unusual.”
“Haha, if you come to Nuwa city, I can bring you out to go practice leveling.”
“Er…ok.” Zhou Jian felt that this world had change. Turns out that he want Wen Ren Hui Yin to bring him out to practice his level. Really was speechless. “Alright. If your guild wanted to do the new dungeon raid, remember to call me up. I had did some research on the new dungeon raid.”
“This… I heard the new dungeon is extremely dangerous. You’re just level 21. If you go in, it’ll be very dangerous for you.”
“It’s no problem. I’m a thief, can sneak around. Besides, I’d already challenged it once, I already experienced it before.”
“Nah? You’d challenged the new dungeon before? You’re only level 21.”
“Yes. I was with a high grade team to challenge it.”
“Oh, no wonder. To do the new dungeon raid need at least level 30 and above. I’ll tell my cousin to bring you in but you need to be careful.”
“It’s no issue. Don’t worry. Right , you said earlier that you played this game because of your father?” Zhou Jian still felt that Wen Ren Hui Yin being able to rise up to level 30 was incredible.
“Yes. Actually, I don’t want to play. But my grandfather insisted that I play, and had stipulate it as a task to me. In fact, several of my cousins are ordered to play this game too. Fortunately, my (tl: female) cousin is playing as well, so practicing together isn’t as boring.”
“Your grandfather…..” Zhou Jian wanted to ask what Wen Ren Hui Yin’s grandfather do, but it’s not polite. He seemed to have a faint grasp that Wen Ren Hui Yin’s grandfather was Lingnan’s number 1 character. Why did he wanted her granddaughter to play the game? Her cousins as well….
“Alright, let go back to you. Sun Li said that you wanted to borrow money from her to play online game?”
Zhou Jian listening on, has a little temper flared. How come those words changed flavor when coming out from Sun Li’s mouth.
“No, that’s not it. I needed to go to Pengcheng. I’m running out of travel expenses.”
“How much are you missing. I can lend it to you.”
Just a simple word, Zhou Jian had many emotions when he heard it. Although Wen Ren Hui Yin didn’t mean anything, but he felt very moved.
“Thank you very much. But I’d already put a sum of gold for consignment in 《Gods and Demons》. I no longer had the need for the money.”
“You’ll lose a lot of money on gold consignment. You’re just level 21, it won’t be easy earning that gold. It’s better if I lent it to you.”
“Really, there’s no need for it.”
“Haha, you’re not treating me as a friend? Why would you asked to borrow from Sun Li, but you can’t borrow from me?” Wen Ren Hui Yin’s sweet voice, and her playful words really put people into some kind of trance.
Zhou Jian wasn’t clear why he couldn’t borrow from Wen Ren Hui Yin. Maybe subconsciously, he felt like both of them didn’t belong to the same world. Or perhaps because of his self esteem.
“Give me your card number.” Wen Ren Hui Yin’s voice made people unable to resist her.
“6435xxxxxxxxxx, 500 is enough.”
Ten minutes later, Zhou Jian received a text message saying that Wen Ren Hui Yin had remitted 1000 yuan to him. Attached to it was another message: “Just traveling alone will need 400. The remaining 100 to be used for meal and lodging, isn’t it too tight? I’d sent you 1000 yuan. Don’t be too hard on yourself oh :)”
A smiling emoticon let Zhou Jian felt all warm inside. Besides Mule, he now has another heartfelt friend.