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COR Chapter 32

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Farewell

“Fuck.” Bian Shengjian couldn’t help but sighed, “more than ten thousand clicks?”

“The child is here.” Lu Shen glanced at him.

“Cough.” Bian Shengjian paused, changed his tone and said, “Wow, is it really more than ten thousand clicks?”

“Yeah.” Lu Shen pressed Huang Xiaomei’s hand and scrolled the mouse, not surprised that the comment area was flooded.

[Netizen 1]: Meimei sings really well! 

[Netizen 2]: It’s really not easy… Which hospital is this? If one knows where, tell me I would like to donate to this little girl. 

[Netizen 3): Wait, why do I seem to find that the little girl is injured! Is it only my imagination?!?! 

[Netizen 4): Person upstairs, I saw it too! 

[Netizen 5]: It can’t be domestic violence!

“These…” Bian Shengjian hesitated for a while, “What are you going to do?”

“Make it bigger,” Lu Shen said, “and then find a reporter.”

“No,” Bian Shengjian couldn’t help dragging him aside, and said in a low voice, “then why didn’t you just call the police directly? What’s the point of going around in a big circle?”

“It’s different, I have my plan.” Lu Shen shook his head. “The police can only solve the problem temporarily.”

“What do you mean?” Bian Shengjian frowned.

“I’ll release the specific address of the hospital and the time when her uncle would go to the hospital to go through the formalities,” Lu Shen said in a low tone. “Let the reporters and online volunteers go there together.”

“Four o’clock tomorrow afternoon?” Bian Shengjian still frowned.

“Hm, this is the key to resolving resentment.” Lu Shen said.

“Okay.” Bian Shengjian hesitated and turned around, looking at Huang Xiaomei, who looked terrified and said softly, “Have you remembered what I just told you? Don’t make trouble when you go to the hospital tomorrow, we will find a way when the time comes. “

“I remembered.” 

Huang Xiaomie nodded, with tears in her black and white eyes. “My mother…”

“Shh.” Lu Shen put a finger to his lips. “If you have something to say, go out and say it there.”

Bian Shengjian tilted his head and keenly saw that a buddy who was a few seats away from them was taking off his headphones and looking towards their side, probably because he was a little puzzled by Huang Xiaomei’s behavior of speaking into the air.

“Little friend, who are you talking to?” the buddy shouted at Huang Xiaomei from a distance.

“I… I’m talking to myself!” Huang Xiaomei responded very quickly, followed by a bright smile on her face. “Big Brother, you can continue playing games, I’m fine!”

“Okay.” The buddy took another look at Huang Xiaomei before putting his headphones back on.

“Very clever.” Bian Shengjian stretched out his hand and flicked Huang Xiaomei’s forehead.

“Then what are you going to do now?” Bian Shengjian tilted his head and asked again.

“Everything’s okay, I’ve basically finished explaining her situation.” Lu Shen took a closer look at the webpage and nodded. “Just wait for tomorrow.”

“That…” Huang Xiaomei said cautiously, trying to make the volume only heard by the two of them. “Will my uncle and aunt go to jail?”

“What?” Bian Shengjian was stunned.

“That’s right…. If police come tomorrow…”

 Huang Xiaomei bit her lip.

“If they do something wrong, they will naturally be punished under the law.” Lu Shen said warmly, “Xiaomei, you just need to be yourself.”

“En!” Huang Xiaomie simply nodded vigorously, but then the guy near them looked over again with a ghostly pale look.

“Still….it’s better to go out and talk about it outside.” Lu Shen couldn’t help but hold his forehead.

****

“Can you accompany me to the small park to play for a while?” Huang Xiaomei suddenly suggested on the way home, with a longing expression on her face. “Can you?

“Won’t you be scolded if you go back late?” Lu Shen asked.

“I don’t know… who cares.” Huang Xiaomei’s voice was a little dull. “No one has played with me since my parents had an accident two years ago.”

“Okay.” Bian Shengjian agreed, “how do you want to play?”

A few minutes later, Huang Xiaomei and several peers chased each other on the grass with a shrill laugh.

“Hey! Run slowly and don’t fall!” Bian Shengjian frowned and shouted, but Huang Xiaomei didn’t look back, maybe she didn’t hear it. 

“Shengjian.” Lu Shen suddenly called him.

“Huh?” Bian Shengjian and him had a two-step distance apart when he turned his head.

“How are you feeling these days?” Lu Shen said hesitantly, “Is there any discomfort?”

“I’m fine.” Bian Shengjian retracted his gaze and continued to stare ahead. “But I will definitely beat you to death after I go out.”

“As it is,” Lu Shen smiled, “But I think you like Xiaomei quite a lot.”

“Because I was like her when I was a child,” Bian Shengjian’s expression was very calm, “I can understand her feeling.”

Lu Shen’s expression was slightly taken aback.

“To be honest, if the target you said was not her, I might have collapsed.” Bian Shengjian looked at him, “I’m serious.”

Lu Shen was silent for a while before slowly saying, “Can you tell me about your childhood?”

“Impossible.” Bian Shengjian refused neatly.

“Okay,” Lu Shen shrugged, “I guess, it should have something to do about your mother. “

“Lu Shen, let me tell you,” Bian Shengjian said word by word, “I’ll transfer to another school immediately after I go out.  Don’t fucking think that you can still use me. “

“I swear, I will never use you again.” Lu Shen paused, his tone a bit difficult, “I just…”

“Shut up, I don’t want to hear your explanation.” Bian Shengjian squinted his eyes, turned his head and continued to look at Huang Xiaomie, who was running in the sun, and said to himself, “Damn… why do I feel like I’m taking a child out for a stroll.”

Lu Shen lowered his head and pulled out a small smile, which soon dissipated as fast as it appeared.

I’m sorry, Third brother.

***

“Are they here yet?” Bian Shengjian glanced at the sleeping woman in the ward, a little impatient. “Didn’t those two old people say that they’d go through the formalities now?”

“Wait,” Lu Shen glanced at the time, “It’s almost time.”

Before Bian Shengjian looked up, a long cry came from the corridor: “I don’t want–”

“Come on.” Lu Shen’s expression froze.

“Alas.” When Bian Shengjian saw Huang Xiaomei’s crying face, he instantly felt a headache coming. The things that he had explained to her yesterday were forgotten after she slept.

“Scram! Go and try again!” 

The bastard whom he saw last time pulled her with one hand and scolded her fiercely. “I told you that there is no money in the family! Just now, your aunt and I had already signed the papers, and the doctor will come in a while!”

“You lied to me!” Huang Xiaomei screamed.

“Son of a bitch!” The old bastard raised his hand with fierce eyes. “Will you cry again?”

“Fuck it.” Bian Shengjian gritted his teeth and couldn’t help but look back at Lu Shen.

 “Where’s the reporter!”

“Almost.” Lu Shen looked down at the time.

“Hey! Who are you! What are you doing here!” A panicked cry of a nurse suddenly came from the front.

“There!” 

Someone shouted, and then a group of people rushed over. Some people were carrying cameras in their hands, and some people who looked like college students were panting and carrying large and small bags.

“Are you Huang Xiaomei’s adoptive father?”

The old bastard was still holding Huang Xiaomei’s collar in one hand, and he didn’t respond for a while to the microphone that was suddenly thrust into his face.

“You… Who are you?”

“We heard from an insider that you have stolen this little girl’s family property and then gave up the treatment of her vegetative mother, is that true?”

A skinny girl with black rimmed glasses thrust the microphone straight in front of the old bastard face and asked again. “Did you just go through the discharge formalities just now?”

“What…” The old bastard was stunned for a while and couldn’t look straight into the camera. “Where did you hear that? Stop filming!”

Behind the camera, the cameraman showed a somewhat contemptuous face, but he still held the camera firmly in his hand.

“I told you to stop filming! Did you not hear me!” The old bastard suddenly became very angry. “Our family has nothing to do with you stinky reporters! Get the hell out of here!”

“Audience, friends,” the girl immediately turned around, “This is the situation at the moment, everyone should be able to see the bad attitude of Xiaomei’s adoptive father, then we will go to the ward for further interview….”

“Scram! Let me tell you!” The old bastard slapped the girl’s shoulder and roared, “If you dare to broadcast this episode, I will kill your whole family!”

“Hey! Why did you hit someone!” 

The girl panicked instantly, and the scene suddenly became a little chaotic.

“Xiaomei, we’re here because of your post.” Several girls squatted around Huang Xiaomei. One stretched out her hand and gently pulled off her collar, then suddenly took a sharp breath. ” This… who did this?”

Huang Xiaomei was stunned by this unexpected change, and it took a long time before she answered intermittently. “My…my uncle.”

“This is too much!” A long-haired girl shed tears looking at her blue and black bruises. “Call the police… This must be reported to the police!”

“Yes! We must call the police!” The others echoed, and then began to take things out of those large and small bags. “Xiaomei, this is a gift we bought for you, do you like it?”

“I like it.” Huang Xiaomei gently took the stuffed toy bear with lace and bit her lip so as not to let her tears fall. “Thank you sister…”

“Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid, no one will hurt you in the future.” The girl took Huang Xiaomei into her arms distressedly, “You are still so young, everyone will find a way to help you.”

“Thank you….really thank you.” Huang Xiaomei endured but in the end,she couldn’t help crying. “Thank you for caring about me, I thought no one in this world would care about me except my parents.”

“No, there are many people in this world who love you.” The girl hugged her tightly, then turned and glared at the old bastard who was entangled with the media. “You’ll definitely go to prison, you animal!”

When Huang Xiaomei heard this, her whole body trembled. “If my uncle goes to jail…would anyone still want me?”

“Yes, we will.” The girl said, “We will all donate money to you, and this incident will definitely hit the headlines today, and then, more people will pay attention to you…”

Bian Shengjian stood and watched this tender scene quietly, before whispering after a long time, “Is that it?”

“Yeah.” Lu Shen replied, “But the key point hasn’t come yet.”

“Not yet? When will it be?” Bian Shengjian frowned, “Are you sure we can really go out?”

Before Lu Shen could answer, a sharp alarm sounded from the ward, and the people who were arguing were all stunned.

Riing Riing!

A few doctors wearing masks rushed up from behind, and roared with a serious expression. “This is a hospital! Stop making trouble! The security we called will be here soon!”

Then a few people rushed into the ward amidst the siren, and after a while, they quickly pushed Huang Xiaomei’s mother out: “Emergency! Get out of the way!”

“Mom…Mom!” Huang Xiaoe’s eyes widened. She was about to rush to the hospital bed, yet was immediately hugged by a few girls.

 “Xiaomei!”

“The patient suddenly developed severe heart and lung failure.” The nurse who finally came out of the ward wiped the sweat from her face and looked a little confused. “It’s strange… There has never been such a situation in a vegetative state before.”

“What’s going on?!” Bian Shengjian shook Lu Shen’s arm violently, “Didn’t you say she won’t die!?”

“Shengjian, calm down.” Lu Shen looked calm, “Death is an important node that cannot be crossed. Even if we can change the past, this point can never be changed.”

“What did you say?” Bian Shengjian stared at him in disbelief, his voice trembling a little. “You lied to me…. You fucking lied to me again!”

“But even if her mother died at the same time, the meaning of her death has already been changed!” Lu Shen’s voice rose sharply, “Don’t you understand? What Huang Xiaomei is really afraid of is not her mother’s death at all! “

“What…meaning.” Bian Shengjian took a deep breath.

“What she is really afraid of is not finding the courage to continue to face life after her mother leaves.” Lu Shen said, “Because no one cares about her and no one notices her, she can only place all her beliefs on her mother. Once her mother leaves, it will aggravate her original extreme character… and even affect the course of her entire life, which is also where her resentment lies.”

“Then what are we going to do now?” Bian Shengjian’s voice was hoarse.

“Let her know that the world is still full of kindness,” Lu Shending looked at him, “so we can only try our best to make others pay attention to her, and finally let her have the courage to face her mother’s death.”

Bian Shengjian did not speak.

“Keep up,” Lu Shen gently grasped his hand, “ready to leave…do you want to say goodbye to her?”

“Has her resentment been resolved?” Bian Shengjian raised his eyes and looked at him in confusion.

“En.” Lu Shen responded, and at this moment, time seemed to be stretched all of a sudden. Bian Shengjian saw the operating room with red lights from a long distance away, and Huang Xiaomei being surrounded by people, standing in the doorway, lowering her head and wiping away her tears.

“Xiao.” Bian Shengjian called softly.

Huang Xiaomei was stunned for a moment, as if she felt something, she broke free from the embrace of one of the girls, and ran towards one side without hesitation. 

“…Brother!”

“Don’t be afraid.” Bian Shengjian squatted down and looked at her, trying to keep his tone calm. “Your mother’s death is not your fault.”

“Also, if you live, you have to work hard to live no matter what.” Bian Shengjian held her hand tightly. “I know you have suffered a lot, but no matter what, we should live in this world, so that we can still believe in the good while experiencing the bad ones.”

Huang Xiaomei looked at him vaguely.

“It’s time, we should go.” Lu Shen said softly, and then put his hand on Huang Xiaomei’s head and touched it lightly.

When he retracted his hand, the talisman hidden in Lu Shen’s palm suddenly burned violently, and after a while, it turned into ashes and dissipated in the air.

He let out a light sigh of relief. “The resentment is resolved, and the task is complete.”

Before Bian Shengjian could speak, he felt his whole body sink suddenly, and Huang Xiaomei’s face became blurred for a moment.

“Wait…” He stretched out his hand and tried to grab something, but that familiar dizziness followed.

When he opened his eyes again, he was sitting dazedly on the grass beside the lake. The lake water had regained its calm, and the blood left on the grass had disappeared, like everything was just an unrealistic dream.

But soon there were a few dots of light rising from the place where the resentful spirit was, and after a while, it dissipated in the oncoming night wind, like a few broken stars.

“.. will she go into reincarnation?” Bian Shengjian said in a hoarse voice, feeling that the whole person was still in a trance state.

“Hm.” Lu Shen looked up at the dissipating light with a very tired expression.

“Cough cough…”

 Bian Shengjian pursed the corners of his lips and coughed suddenly, and his body was a little unstable.

“What’s the matter!” Lu Shen quickly stepped forward and supported his shoulder.

 “Are you still dizzy?”

Bian Shengjian just got out inside a realm with different time and space, and his body was still a little uncomfortable, but even if he couldn’t even speak at this moment, Lu Shen still clearly sees two lines of tears on his face when he lowered his head.

“I…I miss my mother.” Bian Shengjian whispered.

Before Lu Shen could speak again, he closed his eyes and fainted.

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