422 Dad Believes in You
Sun Lei's form teacher kept quiet all the while, but he knew that the principal would reprimand him for what happened today.
But at the thought that Qiao Zijin's form teacher would have a tougher time than him, he felt slightly at ease. He did not need to take the full blame for this incident. "Aren't you leaving?" The form teacher gave Sun Lei a disdainful look. He only knew how to cook up troubles. He was still so young, yet he was only interested in getting a girlfriend. Why did he not put his attention on his studies to score a good result?
He could tell that the principal was enraged. Though Sun Lei would not be able to escape unscathed, Qiao Zijin and her form teacher would have to bear the full brunt of his anger.
"No, that's not right…" Ding Jiayi was dumbfounded. Though she believed in Qiao Zijin, she could tell that everyone had believed that Qiao Zijin cheated during the exams. Everyone believed in Sun Lei's words. "Old Qiao, Zijin is being framed and there's nothing that she can do to clear her name. You must put in a good word for her. Zijin didn't cheat. She is being framed! It is obvious that Sun Lei didn't manage to make Qiao Nan like him, so he blames it on Zijin. He is telling lies. Can't the principals and teachers tell that he is lying?"
"Yes, I am innocent. I didn't cheat." Qiao Zijin refused to admit that she was in the wrong.
Zhu Baoguo shook his head. "Sun Lei has already said that we only need to compare the exam papers to know whether you have cheated or not. If the answer on your exam paper does not tally with the answer on the paper, then you didn't cheat. But if they match, do you still have the cheek to say that you are innocent? Since you came in eighth place in the class, there must be quite a number of mistakes. It is normal to have the same correct answers, but it will be strange to have the same answers that are wrong. By then, nobody will believe that you didn't cheat."
"Zijin, is it true that you didn't cheat?" Qiao Dongliang, who had been silent all along, spoke up.
Qiao Zijin dashed to Qiao Dongliang's side and pulled his clothes, seeking his protection. "Dad, I am being wronged. I really did not cheat in the exams. Sun Lei couldn't make Qiao Nan like him, thus he blames it on me. I am innocent. Dad, you must believe me. You must help me."
"You refuse to be convinced until you're faced with grim reality." Sun Lei snorted disdainfully.
If Qiao Zijin did not cheat, why would she be scared stiff and take the initiative to introduce her sister to him as a girlfriend when he told Qiao Zijin about the paper that he had with him?
In fact, when Sun Lei seized the chinks in Qiao Zijin's armor, he had actually wanted Qiao Zijin as his girlfriend.
And the boy who copied the answers for Qiao Zijin had the same goal in mind as well. They would not help her for no apparent reason.
Since Qiao Zijin had the intention to tantalize the boy, she would never agree to be Sun Lei's girlfriend.
If she agreed to Sun Lei's suggestion, the boy who helped her would be angry with her.
Since Sun Lei insisted that Qiao Zijin be his girlfriend, she had no choice but to suggest Qiao Nan as an alternative.
She had thought that Qiao Nan was not ugly. In fact, in the eyes of the average people, Qiao Nan was pretty. Furthermore, she was in Ping Cheng High School, a good school. She had good grades and was beautiful. A girl like her should be very popular.
Therefore, Qiao Zijin told Sun Lei that she would introduce her sister to him.
When Sun Lei saw the photo of Qiao Nan that Qiao Zijin showed him and heard about her grades in school, he was very satisfied with Qiao Nan and agreed to go ahead with Qiao Zijin's suggestion.
At that time, Qiao Zijin did not have the intention to scheme against Qiao Nan. She merely wanted to stall for time.
Qiao Zijin never expected that Sun Lei would be so difficult and that he was bent on having a girlfriend. He was already in his second year and his homework had been piling up, yet he was concerned about this matter and rushed Qiao Zijin to settle it as soon as possible.
Qiao Zijin did not dare to arrange for Sun Lei to meet Qiao Nan. Hence, she came up with the idea for Qiao Nan and Sun Lei to be pen pals so as to pacify him.
All the letters that Sun Lei received were not sent or written by Qiao Nan. They were, in fact, written by Qiao Zijin. Qiao Zijin had loads of homework and assignments every day, yet she had to pretend to be Qiao Nan and write letters to Sun Lei, acting like his girlfriend. It was a torturous task for Qiao Zijin.
As a result, the handwriting on the letters to Sun Lei was often messier than her usual handwriting.
What made Qiao Zijin exasperated was that Sun Lei was not contented with communicating through letters. He was foolish enough to go to Ping Cheng High School and tell everyone that Qiao Nan was his girlfriend.
Qiao Zijin boiled with anger at the thought of this.
If not for Sun Lei who messed things up, nobody would find out about this and she would not be issued a warning.
She really doubted how Sun Lei managed to be enrolled into The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China. Why would he do things that harmed others without benefiting himself? Was he too bent on having a girlfriend that he had lost all reasons?
Everything that happened was beyond Qiao Zijin's expectation. She did not expect that things would turn out to be like this. She had thought that she just had to suffer for a year before college entrance examination was over and they would leave The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China. Thereafter, she could be rid of Sun Lei, the troublemaker.
Everyone was studying in high school. They did not even have enough time for their studies. Why would he have the time to start a relationship?
Qiao Zijin might have it planned out, but she never expected that Sun Lei was so bent on having a girlfriend that he was beyond reasons.
Sun Lei was stubborn, but Qiao Nan was even more stubborn. She refused to help her at all. Qiao Zijin felt as if she was going to bawl her eyes out.
Why was she so unlucky to have dealings with such people? Her classmate was not good to her and she did not have a good sister.
If one of them had some conscience, she would not end up like this.
What was wrong with this society? People were so indifferent and cold. They were family! How could Qiao Nan stand by and watch while she suffered? She was too vicious and cold-hearted!
Qiao Dongliang had no idea what was going through Qiao Zijin's mind. He took a deep breath and asked, "Are you sure you didn't cheat?"
Seeing that Qiao Zijin was so certain, Qiao Dongliang relaxed slightly. "Zijin, you are my daughter. I will always believe in you. Since you said no, I will believe you this time."
"Thank you, Dad!" Qiao Zijin and Ding Jiayi smiled at the same time. At the crucial time, it was Qiao Dongliang who stood by their side and sheltered them from the evils of the world.
Qiao Dongliang pursed his lips and revealed a very reluctant smile. "Zijin, since you are innocent, you don't have to be afraid. I will accompany you."