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When he said that they could talk again when they were free, Ye Zifan knew that he could not try to keep him around any longer. Ye Zifan smiled and said, “Alright. I’m sure that you have other urgent matters to attend to if you had to come all the way down here on such a warm day. Do what you have to do; we can have a drink in the future when you have the time.”
After sending off Secretary Wu on his car, Ye Zifan’s smile disappeared. He glared at his wife and said to Ye Ying sternly, “Take care of your mother! We’ll talk about this when I come back!”
It was time for the meeting and he had to rush back.
Ye Ying was truly terrified of him. Hearing that, she broke out in a cold sweat and timidly nodded in response.
Ye Zifan was in no mood for the meeting as he suppressed his anger. Just the thought of his wife lacking self-awareness and showing off a gleeful look again was enough to fan the flames of anger in his heart, adding to the fury that he was unable to let out.
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Ye Jian, whom she had called a d*mned lass, had gone overseas, won a prize, and returned!
The People’s Daily had pictures of her and even bolded the names of the gold medalists!
Of course, the names included Ye Jian. The newspaper even used the phrase ‘most exceptional’ to describe Ye Jian’s performance in the examinations!
Let’s see if she still had the guts to go around talking about how Ying Ying did in the examinations; let’s see if she still had the guts to brag around about how great her daughter was; let’s see if she still had the guts to glorify herself and step on Ye Jian’s reputation!
At first, he had planned to reprimand his wife as soon as he had returned home after work. Yet, who would have expected that a call would send Ye Zifan to the city right after his meeting?
An answer had finally arrived after he had been left hanging for half a year. Having been promoted from the Deputy Mayor to the Mayor, he had to report in the city for work and learn for half a month, and could only return after the school period had started.
This fortunate turn of events in his career caused Ye Zifan to temporarily throw everything else aside and rush off to the city after packing his luggage.
Back in Shui Kou village, Uncle Gen and Principal Chen were smiling from ear to ear after a great catch from fishing early in the morning. They had known about Ye Jian’s success in the test before Ye Zifan did. At the same time, they also knew about the shocking and dangerous incident that had taken place that night.
While it was dangerous, the two elders understood that the army would know about it and record Ye Jian’s efforts, and their fears were replaced by joy and excitement.
“That girl is bold but cautious. Once her mind is set on something, she’ll definitely succeed!” Uncle Gen laughed as he prepared the big grass carp that was caught earlier in the morning. As he laughed, his deep wrinkles seemed to bloom with happiness like flowers. “I’m really happy and relieved for her.”
Ever since Principal Chen returned from the province, he had been spending his time in Shui Kou village with Uncle Gen, living a carefree lifestyle and returning to the army once a week or so.
Hearing Uncle Gen, his upright face with a few wrinkles on it revealed a smile. He lamented, “The 4-year plan may feel long, but half a year had passed in a blink of the eye. The real amount of time little lassie Ye spends by our side adds up to a total of one year, and we can only wait to continue the rest whenever the winter or summer breaks commences.”
There were no high schools in the village. Even if there were, with Ye Jian’s talent, studying in a village high school would not hamper her progress.
With her drive to learn, she would do fine no matter where she went.
Uncle Gen had already burst out in laughter. “She has already grown up. Sooner or later, she’ll be able to soar. The higher she goes, the further she’ll be able to see. It’s enough if she comes to see us every now and then, but she must not be tied down here. Even though time may be short, the stricter we teach her, the better she’ll learn, and it will only a matter of time before she’ll be admitted to the school.”
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