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ATCF Ch 15 Part 4 – The Heartless Jiang Xiao Li (IV)

Hearing Tong Yi’s name, Jiang Zhou’s expression was even uglier than Feng Yun’s. After a few seconds of silence, he proposed: “How about we contact Ruoruo’s homeroom teacher and ask her to change Jiang Li’s seat?”

He had seen today how good Jiang Li and Tong Yi’s relationship was. Having been reminded of the unpleasant memory when he was overshadowed by Tong Yi in their childhood, Jiang Zhou only felt disgusted towards both of them.

It was out of this thought that he gave his mother the idea to contact the homeroom teacher to separate the two, hoping they would gradually become estranged.

Once that happened, he would tell Jiang Li that it was his mother who asked Teacher He to change her seat. Jiang Li, who was already prejudiced against their family, would probably be even more reluctant to go home, and he would no longer have to worry that she would take the life that belonged to Ruoruo.

After listening to her son’s suggestion, Feng Yun hesitated for a moment, but finally nodded, “Teacher He is currently busy with Shen Mian’s affairs. I’ll contact her later tonight!”

After Jiang Li and Tong Yi ate to their full, they paid the bill and left the private room. Standing in front of the hot pot restaurant, Tong Yi asked Jiang Li, “Are you going back to school now?”

Jiang Li shook her head, “I’m going to buy a mobile phone.” With a mobile phone, she could contact the orphanage and keep an eye on the online news at any time. It would also be much more convenient to do online shopping.

Tong Yi gave her a glance, “You still have money?”

Jiang Li nodded, “Although my savings are not much, it’s more than enough to buy a cheaper model.”

“You still have to save some for food.” Tong Yi reminded her.

Jiang Li was not worried at all, “The school will issue the scholarship money soon, and I will have another 8,000 yuan by then.”

Tong Yi’s eyes were filled with a smile, “Let’s go. I’ll help you to pick up the most suitable phone.”

Jiang Li’s eyebrows raised, “Aren’t all mobile phones more or less the same?”

For electronics products, advanced models cost higher, but they also come with a lot of bells and whistles. She didn’t have much money now, so some random basic model would make do.

Tong Yi sighed helplessly, “Of course not.”

Jiang Li was noncommittal. Back in the real world, she didn’t lack money and changed phones frequently. But all the purchases were handled by the grandpa housekeeper, so she had zero experience in choosing and buying her own mobile phones.

If Big Sleepyhead was willing to be her consultant, it was all good for her.

“Do you want to buy a domestic brand or the fruit brand?” Tong Yi asked.

“Of course the domestic one.” Jiang Li answered as a matter of course.

Tong Yi gave her a meaningful smile, “If you don’t have enough money, I can lend you some.”

Had to say, it felt pretty good to be Jiang Xiao Li’s creditor.

Jiang Li shook her head, “No need. Although the fruit brand looks trendy, its battery life is very poor and the signal coverage is pathetic. I’d better use the domestic one!”

Tong Yi couldn’t help chuckling, “I thought girls choose gadgets based on look alone!”

“Put on a nice case, and all phones will look the same,” Jiang Li was nonchalant.

Hearing this, Tong Yi was finally sure that Jiang Li was not trying to save money but really preferred a domestic brand over the foreign one. He then took her to a mobile phone counter in the nearby mall and helped to choose a flagship model.

Jiang Li was surprised to find that the prices were not much lower than the fruit brand. Clutching her shiny new phone, she groaned in pain, “I have used more than half of the scholarship money even before getting it!”

Tong Yi, who helped her pay for the phone, said amusedly, “Jiang Xiao Li, it’s okay if you don’t want to pay me back.”

Jiang Li suddenly turned vigilant, “I don’t think so.”

There was no free lunch in the world. If she accepts Big Sleepyhead’s money for no reason, she will end up at his mercy forever.

Tong Yi shook his head and laughed, “Why are you looking so defensive? Relax, I won’t ask you to climb the mountain of sword or accompany me into the sea of fire.”

“Then what is your condition?” Jiang Li was still a little cautious. If Tong Yi wanted her to do trivial matters such as helping with his homework, she would gladly accept it.

Tong Yi said with all seriousness, “You can be my little sister. As your big brother, I will be responsible for all your living expenses. I can even afford to buy you a luxury item a day.”

If Jiang Xiao Li was willing to call him ‘Big Brother,’ the twins would no longer be able to use their seniority to press above his head. Even those two must find it awkward to be called uncle by someone their younger cousin called a big brother!

In fact, it would even be perfect if he could make Jiang Xiao Li call him uncle. He would be a generation older than the twins!

Still, Tong Yi wisely kept the last thought hidden in his heart. If he dared to say it aloud, Jiang Xiao Li was guaranteed to beat him to a pulp.

After staring at Tong Yi’s bright face for a moment, Jiang Li silently lowered her head and continued fiddling with her new phone.

Sure enough, there was no free lunch in the world. She shouldn’t harbor such an unrealistic fantasy just now.

Even after seeing Jiang Li’s annoyed reaction, Tong Yi still didn’t give up, “Give it a thought. You won’t suffer a loss by calling me Big Brother.”

Jiang Li finally gave him a glance, “Just call me Big Sister then.”

Tong Yi flicked Jiang Li’s forehead, “Jiang Xiao Li, you are only fifteen, remember? I am already seventeen.”

Jiang Li fell into a ponder, “Then you can worship me as your master. After all, there is no rule that says a master must be older than their disciples.”

Tong Yi: …

The twins’ cousin was not easy to fool, ah!

Tong Yi sighed helplessly: “Up to you then. Alas, It seems like I was born under the fate of misfortune and destined to live a lonely life. A little sister is all I want, yet it’s all just a pipe dream.”

Jiang Li never expected that Tong Yi would be so obsessed that he even used the pity card. She gave him another glance, “Alright. If you can pass my score in the high school entrance exam, I’ll call you big brother as you wish.”

Tong Yi was stunned for a few seconds, “Jiang Xiao Li, you know that I didn’t take the P.E. exam, didn’t you?”

Jiang Li nodded, “Of course!”

Big Sleepyhead didn’t plan to take the high school entrance examination, so he skipped the P.E. exam entirely and got a big 0 on his transcript. She knew it better than anyone!

Tong Yi: …

He only found out now how heartless Jiang Xiao Li is!!!


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