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Seeing the phone in Zhai Sheng’s hands, Miao Jing had thought that her son was working and she was disturbing him.
Before Zhai Sheng was able to answer, there was a rustle on the other end of the phone. It seemed that things had been knocked onto the ground.
Zhai Sheng was not shocked by the sudden appearance of Miao Jing. In fact, it was Qiao Nan, who was on the other side of the phone, who was in shock. When she heard Miao Jing’s voice, she threw the phone away. By the time she came to her senses and wanted to pick up the phone, she accidentally bumped into the things on the table, and so it ended up in a mess.
“Brother Zhai, quick, hang up the phone!” Qiao Nan did not know what reaction Auntie Miao would have if she knew that the person whom Zhai Sheng dated was her.
But Qiao Nan knew that even if Miao Jing did not like Qiu Chenxi as her daughter-in-law, she would not accept her for the time being.
Zhai Sheng did not listen to Qiao Nan. Instead of hanging up the phone, he held it in his hand and looked at Miao Jing as if he was doing serious work. “Is anything the matter, Mom?”
“Nothing. I am just here to look for you and Hua Hua. I have nothing to do at home.” Miao Jing felt bored. Zhai Yaohui was back at the army and she came with him to accompany him. However, he was always full of praises for Qi Minlan. Miao Jing had no wish to hear all these anymore.
Therefore, although Miao Jing came to the army with Zhai Yaohui, she could not be bothered with him.
More importantly, apart from her husband, Zhai Yaohui, her daughter and son were all here in the army. Since she had no wish to accompany her husband, she looked for her children instead.
Zhai Hua was the first person that Miao Jing went to look for. She had not even got a few words across, but Zhai Hua had already been assigned a mission and left for work just like that.
“Who is on the phone with you? Is it important? If so, I will go out first.” Miao Jing knew that the phone call might be confidential.
Actually, since Miao Jing was the wife of the chief and Zhai Sheng’s mother, it was alright for her to listen in. However, she was never willing to create any trouble for her children, so she would rather excuse herself when he was working.
“No need. It is Nan Nan who is on the phone.” Zhai Sheng shook his head.
“Brother Zhai…” Qiao Nan was so angry that she wanted to cover Zhai Sheng’s mouth. As she could not do that, she thought of covering the mouthpiece. But she was in a hurry and did not know whether she should cover the mouthpiece or the receiver.
“Nan Nan? Why would she look for you?” Miao Jing did not go out of the office. Instead, she sat down. “Nan Nan and you… have been in close contact?”
Zhai Sheng was in the army all year round. Apart from the days when he would be at home during his break, she did not remember receiving any calls from him. Miao Jing felt it odd that Qiao Nan would call Zhai Sheng.
“She is not looking for me. She is looking for you,” Zhai Sheng said calmly without batting an eyelid.
“Looking for me? Why is she looking for me? Why would she call you if she is looking for me?” Miao Jing smiled upon hearing that Qiao Nan was concerned for her. Nevertheless, she was puzzled.
Zhai Sheng held the phone in one hand and said calmly, “Nan Nan could tell that you are not in a good mood and she could not find you at home. So, she asked me about your whereabouts, wanting to know about your situation and to cheer you up.”
“Really?” Miao Jing’s eyes lit up, looking comforted. “Give me the phone. I will talk to Nan Nan myself.”
If Qiao Nan wanted to ask about her, there was no need for Qiao Nan to talk to Zhai Sheng. Qiao Nan could ask her directly.
“Brother Zhai…” Qiao Nan put the phone aside once again when she heard that Brother Zhai tried to put Miao Jing on the phone. Brother Zhai was adding trouble to the already messy situation!
Not waiting for Qiao Nan to finish her sentence, Miao Jing’s voice could be heard from the other end of the phone. “Hello, Auntie Miao, how have you been?”
“I am good.” Miao Jing gave a candid reply. “How about you? Are you doing well in your studies? I heard that girls will find it difficult to keep up with the studies in high school. Can you keep up with the progress? Actually, if you have any problems with your studies, you can ask Brother Zhai. Of course, it is best to pick a time when he is free, or when he is back at home. Although he is a soldier, he is quite clever and smart.”
Qiao Nan calmed down slightly. “Auntie Miao, thank you for your concern. Right now, I am doing well in my studies. I haven’t encountered any major problems for the time being. I know Brother Zhai is very busy, so I don’t usually call him. He gave me this number two years ago and I have only called him twice since then. It’s the truth…”
Qiao Nan had, in fact, betrayed herself with her own words. But Miao Jing did not notice it. “It’s okay. I know that you know what you’re doing. I am sure you will not disturb him.”
Qiao Nan only called Zhai Sheng twice in two years, and one of the phone calls was regarding her.
Miao Jing felt particularly pleased.
Zhai Sheng noticed that Miao Jing was having a good chat with Qiao Nan. He stood up quietly and poured her a glass of water, lest she felt thirsty.
“Yes, well, I won’t go back for the time being. You must study hard. Don’t worry about me. I am fine. I am an adult. I will manage myself and my emotions. You should focus on your studies. Speaking of which, apart from Zhai Sheng, it’s been a while since there is someone who is good at studying in the quad. Nan Nan, you must make us proud.”
“Auntie Miao, you can rest assured that I will work hard. Even if it is not for the quad or for others, I have to do my best for myself. Auntie Miao, I want to study at the college in the capital in the future.”
“Study in the capital? Then, you have to work harder. There are a lot of good schools in the capital. Enrolling in these schools will not be that easy. Nonetheless, after you go to college, you may even have a chance to study overseas as long as your results are good. Nan Nan, you are a girl. All the more reason for you to seize the opportunity, do you understand?”
“Don’t worry, Auntie Miao. I have this in mind as well.” In the two lifetimes, Qiao Nan had been interested in English. She wanted to spend more time and put more effort into her English.
Zhai Sheng knitted his eyebrows when he heard the topic of studying overseas. Given his position, he could not go overseas under normal circumstances.
In other words, if Nan Nan really went abroad to study, it would be a long-distance relationship for both of them. Unless Nan Nan returned from her studies, he would not be able to see her.
“Mom.” Zhai Sheng did not like what he heard. He looked at his mother, reminding her to take note of the time.
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