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Her Little Dimples

3.1

Very Bad

3

Lunch break flew by.


Afternoon classes started at 2:30, with three sessions, and evening self-study was not mandatory for day students. Xu You packed her books into her bag, changed into a short-sleeved shirt, put on her school uniform jacket, and headed to the classroom.


In September, it was unusually hot and humid after noon. By the time she reached the classroom, sweat was dripping from her forehead.


It was already 2:15, but there were only a few scattered students in the classroom.


Xu You sat at her desk, looked around, took out her books, and shook her head.


If she didn't know they had just finished PE class in the morning, she would almost suspect that everyone had gone to the sports field for the first class.


After quietly working on math problems for a while, more students began to trickle into the classroom. Xu You was flipping through her book, pen in hand, when a cup of crushed ice suddenly appeared on her desk.


She looked up and saw Fu Xueli strolling in with a small Hello Kitty bag, a wide grin on her face. "Little sister, this is for you."


"Huh?" Xu You quickly stood up, stepping aside and stumbling over her words, "This... I..."


"What do you mean, 'this'?"


Fu Xueli shook her head, raising her eyebrows. "If you don't drink it, I'll throw it away."


After a few seconds, Xu You lowered her head and softly said, "Thank you."


She thought for a moment. It seemed that the new students in this class were not as bad as rumored.


At least her deskmate, Fu Xueli, was a warm and pretty girl.


Xu You bit the straw and secretly glanced at the person next to her, who was playing with their phone.


She accidentally took a big sip; the crushed ice was too cold, making her shiver.


She couldn't help but cough, but she didn't want to disturb the other students in the classroom, so she covered her mouth.


Xu You rarely drank this kind of thing; at home, she only drank the boiled plain water and mung bean soup her grandmother made. She never touched those strange drinks and cold beverages.


Fu Xueli laughed at her reaction and suddenly asked, "Hey... do you have a boyfriend?"


"Huh?" Xu You was startled and shook her head. "No."


"You're so cute, no one's chasing after you?"


Xu You felt embarrassed by the comment. "I'm not cute. You're the first person to call me cute."


"Really?" Fu Xueli laughed again. "That means I have good taste."


The two of them sat there, chatting back and forth.


In fact, Xu You wasn't a traditionally shy girl; she was just a bit slow to warm up. Once she got comfortable, she found that she had a lot to say.


Gradually, the classroom filled up, and it became a bit noisy. The teacher walked to the platform, holding the lecture notes.


Xu You quickly finished the drink in her cup, tidied up her desk, and took out her Chinese textbook.


"Hey, why are there two empty seats behind Group Four? Who's supposed to be sitting there?" The Chinese teacher pointed over and asked the class monitor.


"It's supposed to be Xie Ci and Song Yifan."


The class monitor stood up, answering in a flat tone, clearly having dealt with this kind of question many times before.


The Chinese teacher rolled her eyes and didn't pursue the matter further.


These two, one would sneak into the classroom just in time, the other would be late.


The teachers found it annoying but couldn't do much about them.


After taking a sip of water, she picked up a chalk and wrote "Jing Ke's Assassination Attempt on the King of Qin" on the blackboard.


Halfway through, the back door of the classroom was slammed open.


All eyes turned to the door, and the Chinese teacher paused, turning around.


Xie Ci and Song Yifan, unfazed by the attention, casually strolled in, one after the other, under the gaze of the whole class.


The Chinese teacher seemed to have restrained herself, not losing her temper, and turned back to finish writing on the blackboard.


Xu You listened nervously to the commotion behind her.


*Bang, thud.*


The two lads dragged their chairs, making quite a noise, before finally sitting down.


"Where were you guys? Did you sort things outi?"


Leaning against Xie Ci's desk, Fu Xueli lowered her voice and turned to look at them.


Xie Ci couldn't be bothered to speak. He casually flipped through a book from the drawer and slammed it on the table.


Song Yifan shook his leg, indifferent. "Fu Yiyi is just a nobody. A Ci. and I roughed him up a bit, then went to the internet cafe to play games."


"No, really, A Ci, did you really make a move on Qiu Qingqing?" Fu Xueli glanced at him. "That girl, she's so... I don't like her."


"You're just jealous because she's prettier than you," Song Yifan retorted nonchalantly.


"No, Song Yifan, don't you think?" Fu Xueli looked serious. "A.C. took her out a few times, and I feel like she looks down on us with poor grades."


Song Yifan remained indifferent. "Well, she's rising above her circumstances. She remained uncorrupted."


Xie Ci, who had been silent the whole time, grew impatient and lay his head on the desk, ready to sleep.


"Alright, let's learn a new lesson today."


The Chinese teacher stood at the platform and cleared her throat. "Everyone, quiet down. I need someone to read the text for today."


Hmm…


The classroom fell silent instantly.


Damn it.


Why does she have to pick someone to read such a long classical Chinese text? Ridiculous.


Most of the students quickly lowered their heads, avoiding her gaze as she scanned the room.


The teacher's eyes lit up as she pointed to the well-behaved girl sitting in the back. "Um, the girl at the back, the new transfer student who arrived this morning, is it?"


Xu You hesitated for a moment. With everyone's eyes on her, she blushed and stood up quietly, nodding.


"What's your name?" the teacher asked.


"Xu You."


"Where are you from?"


"Xizhou."


"Oh, that place." The Chinese teacher nodded thoughtfully. "From the south, no wonder you're so fair."


As soon as the words were out, the whole class burst into laughter.


Xu You stood there awkwardly, bowing her head slightly.


Despite her excellent academic performance since childhood, she was somewhat afraid of being called upon to answer questions in class. Every time she stood up, her ears would turn red.


This kind of quiet and obedient female student was very likable to the Chinese teacher. The teacher nodded and said, "Then, please read this text for us."


The summer sun shone through the glass, casting beams of light in the air, with tiny particles floating in it.


Xu You's uniform sleeves were rolled up to her elbows, revealing a section of her slender and fair arms. She held the Chinese textbook and began to read from the first line.


Word by word.


Her voice carried a soft and gentle tone unique to the Jiangnan region, slow and soothing.


"Wang Jian, the Qin general, defeated Zhao, captured the king of Zhao, took all their land, advanced north, and reached the southern border of Yan..."


The Chinese teacher nodded along as she listened, wrinkles forming on her face from smiling, showing her satisfaction.


Xu You's reading was not only smooth but also pronounced many difficult words accurately.


It was the result of her advance preparation.


When she read "The wind blows cold over the Yi River," the teacher interrupted her.


"Stop." The Chinese teacher made a gesture and said gently, "Read this sentence again."

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