After school, the twins seized the opportunity and stayed in Mu Rulan’s office, before being asked to go home first. By the time she finished with her work, it was already past four o’clock.
Liu Silan University had adapted the foreign educational system; classes finished at half past three in the afternoon, the remaining time open to allow students to participates in clubs and student government. But because the school festival was so near, a lot of classes had been cancelled. Even clubs were optional for the students to attend. Most students took the opportunity to play outside, so the school was quieter than usual. Only a few students remained to prepare for their classes.
Mu Rulan locked the president’s office door and walked out of the student council office building. As she passed the basketball court, a young man approached her holding a basketball under his arm, hair messy and his sporty white shirt drenched in sweat. His tan skin glistened and just by his appearance it could be assumed he was bright and straightforward. But with a closer look, one could tell his gaze was sharp and cold under his bangs.
He was very handsome. As one of the most popular students in school, not many dared to get close to him, as he was like a cold flower within sight, but beyond reach.
Ou Kaicheng was taken aback for a while, and Mu Rulan was the same. She immediately brought up a warm smile that nobody could resist, like she was a warm wool to warm up people’s hearts in a cold winter – not too hot, but it made people want to hug her tightly in order to soak up some of that warmth.
Ou Kaicheng felt giddy, opening his mouth to say something, but Mu Rulan just nodded at him from a distance and stepped away from the court without any hesitation.
He dazed off, looking at her retreating figure, his usual cold and lonely gaze overwritten by confusion. He didn’t know if it was his own misperception, but he felt that Mu Rulan was good to everyone but him – she kept a distance between them.
At first he didn’t really care about it at all, since he’d only started to get to know her. He hadn’t had any complaints to her attitude toward him.
But he’d slowly started to notice that most of his friends were always mentioning her, and those conversations were unexpectedly interesting. Moreover, some of them had become friends with her and she treated them very well.
Everyone who became her friend felt they were treated with the utmost sincerity. There was once when someone had gotten sick. Mu Rulan had immediately rushed off to buy him medicine in the extremely cold weather, taking delicate care of him even while she was wearing a very thin shirt. At times she would be gentle, but at others she could be playful too, never taking a stance or being biased against anyone. Anyone who made contact with her would definitely take a liking to her.
This young girl was very miraculous; he’d never seen any girl be so sociable with basically everyone. Although some may have been disgusted or jealous of her, in the end, they had all changed their opinions of her. Some even turned into her faithful guardians. That was when he’d unconsciously started to observe her and began to care for her.
Gradually he’d noticed she wasn’t willing to get close to him at all. He had to confess that the discovery made him uncomfortable. Why would she treat others nicely, but it was only to him that she was ambivalent, plain like water?
At first he thought that maybe they weren’t close enough, so he tried his best to find an opportunity to get close to her. He attended dinner parties hosted by the Mu Family, and when the Mu Family attended his family’s parties, he tried to be present the entire time, even though he didn’t like those kinds of occasions. However, none of these efforts gained Mu Rulan’s attention, nor did it change her attitude toward him.
It was very frustrating to him, since he was used to being surrounded by girls. But humans were weird. The more frustrated he became, the more he came to care for her.
Humans were drawn to fire.
The bright orange light of sunset illuminated her form. Liu Silan’s white uniform was a perfect fit for her. Despite the fact that they all wore the same uniform, Mu Rulan managed to draw out a sense of purity and beauty.
Her warm smile remained on her face, her eyes were still pure, but she was pretending not to realize that there was still a gaze on her.
That person behind her was Ou Kaicheng. In her past life, she had fallen crazily in love with him. But after that one time she was set up and gang-raped, he had abandoned her immediately, giving her the cold shoulder. In the end, he’d even killed her in that car crash and proposed to someone else…
Mmm, what to do? His gaze excited her. She could feel her blood boiling… Had he fallen in love with her? He should definitely like her now, right? But did his feelings only go so far as liking?
Hehehe… It wasn’t enough. If it was only liking her, how could it be enough? He needed to fall deeply in love with her; deep as an ocean, so he couldn’t live without her. So much in love that he could hit someone with his car to prove his love. So much in love that he could sacrifice for her, be willing to give his body to her, give it all to her…
To make him into a puppet!
It was the only way she could forgive him, ya~. It was them who had twisted her personality into this state… Ah, was this how that woman had described her — ab. nor. mal.
The smile on her face was contagious. The students who passed her couldn’t help but look back and return her smile. Everyone who neared her would become comfortable. It was incredible how pure and warm this girl was.
Mu Rulan went to Loulan Court, one of the most famous restaurants in K City. Their restaurant was always full and customers normally had to book reservations to taste the delicious food they offered. Since Mu Rulan’s identity was special, just with one phone call the manager would tell the chefs to prepare her meals first, not to mention what happened when she visited personally.
She only ordered a light rice porridge and a few other small dishes. Though the dishes were simple, Loulan Court did a great job emphasizing the unique flavors. Once eaten, one could never forget the taste.
Chen Hai drove Mu Rulan to the hospital. She told him to stay in the car and wait for her – what danger could she encounter in the hospital? This chance of danger was further decreased by the fact that she had never offended anyone.
Lan Yiyang was a transfer student who had recently arrived from Australia just two days before. Liu Silan High School didn’t allow just anyone to enroll – it had special requirements that other schools did not, especially for poor students who had no power or connections but were smart enough to have good grades.
Lan Yiyang’s admissions test was graded personally by Mu Rulan. Since Liu Silan High School was run mostly by students, the authority of the student council was just below that of the school directors. Mu Rulan even had the right to decide whether or not to allow the student to participate in the transfer program with only a short notice to the director.
He was male and a junior at 19 years old. Normally he shouldn’t still be in junior year at his age, but he seemed to perpetually get in fights in school, causing trouble and never really participating in exams, so he’d repeated the grade three times.
Surprisingly, when he had sat for the entrance exam, he nearly received a perfect score for all subjects except for language, which he had chosen not to fill out the essay portions for. There was no reason for Mu Rulan to prevent him from transferring to Liu Silan with such grades, so she had even arranged for him to enter the second best class, Class B, which was just one class lower than Class A.
It was just that she hadn’t expected this young boy to speak such rude works. Mu Rulan had already known of his history when she’d accepted his transfer, but how dare he speak in front of others saying he wanted to save s*x with her?
But she wouldn’t say anything about it and would pretend she didn’t yet know. A child could be spoiled, but how could one spoil even a dog? Use a whip first and then comfort it with a sweet – wasn’t that the best way forward?
Proofread by: Hannah