Chapter 94 Part 2 (Extra 1)
The next afternoon, Jiahui asked the leader for leave and returned to Yun County, just in time for the last long-distance bus.
Halfway through the ride, the sky started to darken, it became overcast, and it looked like it was going to pour down, but it didn’t. Jiahui was very worried about getting caught in the way. Fortunately, it didn’t rain until she got off the bus. It didn’t rain until Jiahui was on the way.
“In June, the sky is sometimes cloudy and sunny, which can torture people.”
Jiahui heard the voice and looked up. Her mother-in-law, Zhang Qiaoer, was whispering on the side of the road.
“Mom, where are you going?”
Zhang Qiaoer was not prepared to be called like this and was startled.
“Oh, Jiahui, I was so scared that I almost didn’t hold my breath.”
Jiahui walked over with a smile. I just came back. Mom, where are you going with your umbrella? It’s Saturday, isn’t it? “
“It’s Saturday. Heidan has a study group at school. He went to school today and hasn’t come back yet. I see that it’s raining. I have to send an umbrella to him.”
“Well, I’ll go then. I can walk fast, and I’ll be there in a few minutes. “
The house they bought was close to the school and not far from the county government. Such a house would only cost more than 3000 yuan. It had two floors and six rooms. It was built by a capitalist before. The whole family was scattered during the great movement, and a distant nephew inherited the house.
Jiahui took an umbrella and walked to No. 1 middle school. She was already familiar with the school. Meixiang had taught here for three years, and Xiaoli restaurant was also opened near the No. 1 middle school. Heidan is now a second-year student. Next semester, he will be promoted to the third year. It is understandable to be nervous about learning.
The Second Year Class 1 was located on the second floor. Jiahui went to the door and looked inside. There are a few students sitting in the class, some buried in their homework, some talking to each other, and some holding books to read.
Jiahui knocked on the door, and the sound of knocking rang out. Those students who were whispering and those students who were reading books, immediately sat down and thought the headteacher had come.
A gentle female voice sounded. The students turned their heads and looked back. A gentle and beautiful woman stood at the back door with long hair and a shawl, wearing a decent suit, carrying a black leather backpack and black high-heeled shoes.
She’s so beautiful. It’s like a movie star in a pictorial.
At present, people don’t pay much attention to dressing up. Maybe big cities receive more fashion messages faster, but small counties and cities are one level worse.
Zhao Zhuojun, who was giving a lecture to his classmates, turned back in surprise at the familiar voice. Jiahui was standing at the door.
He got up from his seat and walked towards her, under the eyes of the whole class.
“It’s raining. I’ll send you an umbrella. “
Jiahui handed her an umbrella with a smile.
“Um, did you just come back? I didn’t see you at noon. “
“Yes, I came back to rest for two days.” Then Jiahui looked at the time on her watch. It was more than four o’clock.
“The lesson is starting soon, right? What do you want to eat tonight? I’ll cook whatever you want. “
Zhao Zhuojun looked at Jiahui’s half-wet hair and speculated that she must have been caught in the rain on the way. He remembered that it didn’t start to rain until well after 3:40. That means Jiahui was on her way home from the station at this time.
“I have nothing that I particularly want to eat. So hurry back and don’t catch a cold. “
Knowing that he was concerned about her, Jiahui was very happy.
“Well, I know. Go in, and I’ll be right back. “
Zhao Zhuojun nodded and returned to his seat. All the students in the class were asking, “Who is she? Zhao Zhuojun’s aunt? “
“Zhao Zhuojun has only two aunts. One is a restaurant owner, and the other is Teacher Zhao of our school. “
“Then who is she? It can’t be his sister, right? “
“This is Zhao Zhuojun’s mother.”
“Mom? Whom are you kidding? She looks so young. Is she in her twenties? “
“You don’t know. Zhao Zhuojun’s real mother divorced his father. This is Zhao Zhuojun’s stepmother. Zhao Zhuojun has been calling her aunt.
“Oh, no wonder she’s so young, but his stepmother is good to him and also gave him an umbrella.”
“It seems that she’s good, but who knows? They all say that the stepmother is bad. If she’s good, why wouldn’t Zhao Zhuojun call her mother? “
What was said was in a low voice, but later it became louder and louder. Finally, the whole class could almost hear it.
Zhao Zhuojun closed the book. He looked at the students in the back row. Zhao Zhuojun picked up his schoolbag and umbrella. He didn’t go to class and left the class directly without telling the teacher.
“Hey, you’re in trouble. Zhao Zhuojun is angry. “
The student who was babbling covered his mouth. He felt a little sorry, but at the same time, he was unwilling to admit his mistakes. He touched his neck and said, “I’m just telling the truth, so do others.” I’m not the only one who said this. “
“What else do you know? What does Zhao Zhuojun’s stepmother do? Why did she dress so well? “
“They said that she was working for the provincial government. She’s working as a translator for foreigners. She often brings back foreign chocolates or something. She has a monthly salary of more than 200 yuan. “
“Really? Zhao Zhuojun’s family is very rich. “
“His father is also from the government.”
“Yes. As you can see, what he was wearing was always good. “
“His stepmother looks very kind. She smiled so kindly. She doesn’t look like a bad person. “
“If she was so kind to him, why didn’t Zhao Zhuojun call her mother?”
“Maybe he just doesn’t want to call her that. It’s nothing deep. “
Everyone said one word after another. After talking for more than ten minutes, the headteacher finally came and was very angry to see that they hadn’t studied hard.
“What’s the matter? We let you come for you to learn, not for you to talk to each other! “
Everyone looked down and started to read. No one dared make a noise. The headteacher turned around and finally found something was wrong.
“Where’s Zhao Zhuojun?”
It took a few seconds for a student to risk his teacher’s anger and whisper, “Went home.”
The headteacher didn’t believe it. Zhao Zhuojun studies hard and never leaves early.
“Teacher, it’s Zhao Zhuojun’s stepmother. Oh, no, Zhao Zhuojun’s mother sent him an umbrella, and then he left. “
The sequence is indeed like this, but there is a little difference in the middle, which can be completely ignored.
“Well, OK, I don’t think you’re in the mood for class. It’s raining outside. Those with umbrellas can go back. Those without umbrellas wait for their family to pick them up. “
Everyone was excited. At this time, those students without umbrellas didn’t stay. They just shared those that have it.
After a while, everyone in the class left.
Zhao Zhuojun was walking down the road with his schoolbag and umbrella on his back. Although he was young, he had grown to 1.7 meters. The boy was tall and thin, with no expression on his face, but he had an indelible childishness.
He doesn’t mind others saying that Jiahui is his stepmother because this is a fact in itself. Just as Jiahui doesn’t mind others attacking her with marriage problems, Zhao Zhuojun doesn’t care about what others say. But what he minded was when someone said that his stepmother was bad to him. That’s why he won’t call her “Mom.”
On many sleepless nights, Zhao Zhuojun secretly gave himself the courage to shout that word out, but after dawn, when he met Jiahui’s gentle smile, it was as if he was forbidden to make any sound at all.
He knew he was an awkward child. If he had been replaced by another child, he might have changed the way he thinks calmly long ago. It was because he took this matter too seriously that he couldn’t say it easily.
He’s not stingy with his words, but it is his inability to accept the care and attention she had given openly. After all, he is a child abandoned by his biological mother. How can he be worthy of love?
As Zhao Zhoujun passed by the corner, he saw Jiahui buying vegetables at the brisket store.
“Yes, boss, three cattys of beef.”
“One more roasted pork chop for my big boy as a midnight snack.”
“OK, your big boy is in junior high school, right?”
“Yes, he’s in his second year.” He has a heavy study load, so he needs to make up for it. “
“That’s right, and it’s really the time for them to grow up. It’s necessary to take good care of him.”
The boss sharply cut the meat, put it on the greasy paper, then said the price and handed it to Jiahui.
“This money is just right, my bad. Take care of yourself. “
Jiahui carried two bags of stewed pork and walked away in high heels. Behind her, Zhao Zhuojun’s eyes were wet.
She always affectionately and proudly called him “big boy,” “my son,” or “my family’s Zhuo Jun.” She treated him as if he was her own. Why does he stay in that identity and can’t get out?
She is a mother, and only she deserves the title of “mother.”
That night, Jiahui sent the hot roasted chicken.
“Zhuo Jun, why haven’t you slept yet? I’ll heat up the roast chicken for you and eat it when you’re hungry. “
Jiahui put the plate on the desk and was ready to leave.
“Wait a minute.”
Jiahui turned her head and saw her eldest son looking at herself seriously. “What’s the matter?” she asked with a smile.
Zhao Zhuojun’s heart pounded. He summoned up his courage and opened his mouth.
“Mom, thank you. I’ve always wanted to say thank you. “
Although the word “thank you” can’t express my gratitude, I really want to tell you that I know what you’ve done, and I’m grateful for that.
At first, she didn’t react at first and thought she was hallucinating, but she saw her son’s expression and knew that the sentence she had just heard was true.
Her eyes unconsciously flushed, and she smiled at Zhao Zhuojun with tears in her eyes.
“Silly son, it’s natural for a mother to be good to her child.”
He has grown taller than himself, but he is thin and looks a little thinner, but he is already a teenager.
Looking at him, Jiahui is pleased that her son has just grown up.
“Don’t read too late. Go to bed after eating the roast chicken. Go to Grandma’s house with me tomorrow.”
Zhao Zhuojun’s eyes were also red. He nodded heavily. Tomorrow, he could finally say frankly that he was going to his grandma’s house.
Jiahui returned to the bedroom with red eyes. Zhao Donglin, who was still working under the desk lamp, looked back at her and found something wrong. She quickly put down her pen and came over.
“What’s the matter? Why are you crying? “
Jiahui shook her head with a faint smile on her face.
“I’m not crying, and I’m just moved to tears.”
Zhao Donglin wondered, “Moved to tears? Why are you moving? “
Jiahui held Zhao Donglin’s hand and played with his fingers. She lowered her head and said slowly, “Just now, I sent a midnight snack to Zhuojun. He called me ‘Mom’ and said thank you to me.”
With that, Jiahui’s tears couldn’t help but fall. She fell on Zhao Donglin’s shoulder. Zhao Donglin clearly held her and patted her on her back for silent comfort.
“I’m so happy. I don’t mind whether he recognizes me or not, and I don’t care about the title, but I’m just very happy. “
Jiahui was rambling and didn’t know what she was talking about. Zhao Donglin held her in his arms and soothed her. “I know, I know.”
The fact is that he understands her dedication, he understands her tolerance, and he understands why she is moved.
It is precisely because of his understanding that made him love her so deeply.