Tea Leaves and Gold Pins

Exams, Summer Plans, and Crush

Match Twenty-One: Exams, Summer Plans, and Crush:


Well, here it is. My week for final exams. I have stayed up nights studying for them. Plus, I also have to pick a business plan from Wang-qianbei or Ba-qianbei to partner up with. Fei and Hen-to helped to manage between both school and the clan up to this point. Now, to get them both over with.

I headed out of my dorm when my phone rang. I looked at the screen to Bik's name flashing at me. I smiled as I pressed the call button.

"Hello Bik," I said.

"Good luck on your exams," she said to me.

"Thank you," I said.

"Don't forget to do well," she told me.

"Yes, taitai," I replied. "Say, are there any good places for a dinner meeting?"

"I'll look it up on my break," the nurse replied.

"Thank you," I said. "I knew that I could rely on everyone."

"Do you get the care package I gave you?"

"Yes, taitai."

"That makes me glad."

I looked at the clock tower near my dorm house. Thirty minutes to ten already? Oh crap, I have to get going! "I have to get to my tests now."

"Oh, right. Do well."



"Bye." I hung up the phone and raced all the way to class. She always does this to me on exam days. I managed to make it back to call by just a hair. I took my seat next to Qun. She glanced over at me.

"The nurse on the phone again?" she whispered. I only nodded. The teacher gave us one final head count. He slammed the tests down on his desk.

"Begin the test!" he commanded. A couple of the administrators passed around our exams and we got right to work. I can get through an exam just fine. I just pretended that I am in a sound-proof glass box with nothing around me. Once I'm in that state of mind, I get right to work until time is up. The first exam is about two hours long. I got down in an hour and forty-right minutes. I set down my pencil and wait to turn in my test.

I do this for two other tests that I have today. Tomorrow is going to the same thing except for just the two classes I have left. Once I get those out of the way, I have one summer class and then my summer break.

However, I do not get a day off in the summer. It's work, work, work for me. I have to meet with the clients, pick out what college I want to go to, go over paperwork; my list just goes on and on. Actually, Fei and Hen-to are doing the paperwork put this year. I can't legally sign anything yet. I just have to be a witness for now. Those guys are the ones running things until I turn eighteen. I still have to meet with my clients and pick out which college I want. Bik insisted that I get started on the latter right away.

"The sooner the better," she drove into my head. I of course never brush her off. She is the closest thing to a mother that I have ever had. So when she says something important to me, I take her word right away. As of yesterday, I started looking up for different colleges to go to after I graduate. However, I can't go away too far. I have a clan to look after. However, I found myself distracted with something else outside of work, family, and life.

I keep thinking about Wang-qianbei for some reason. There is something about him I feel that just has to be figured out. I can't quite put finger on it and it's bugging me worse than that folder that Fei tried desperately to hide from me. Lucky for me, these thoughts are just in their initial stages. Yet, I do not know for how long. I need to do something about that before it gets out of hand and I end up doing something foolish with Yao.

But first, I have my last two exams to deal with before I can actually do anything.

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