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Tang Hongjun didn’t know much about the chef in the unit’s canteen. After talking to the two of them, Tang Jinyu was anxious to hear that the other party had left. So Xia Ye calmed him down and said to Tang Hongjun, “Uncle, I’m looking for him for something. If it’s convenient for you, can you take me over to say hello to the personnel side and ask for contact information?”
Tang Hongjun nodded and said, “That’s okay, but the personal side must first contact the other party.”
Xia Ye took over this matter and didn’t let Tang Jinyu intervene anymore. After dinner, they went back home. Tang Jinyu led him to the community. Xia Ye said to him, “You don’t have to worry about this. There should be files in their unit, it will be a matter of time before we find him. You concentrate on studying, and when I find them, I will take you to visit him.”
Tang Jinyu nodded, taking advantage of the darkness, gave him a big hug at the corner of the road.
Xia Ye squeezed his earlobe and laughed softly, “I thought there would be a goodnight kiss.”
Tang Jinyu was a little embarrassed, but still stood on his tiptoes, Xia Ye stretched out a finger to his forehead and stopped him, “Save it for next time.”
Xia Ye didn’t check it himself, and called Song Yi instead. He was more steady when it came to technology, but Song Yi was more steady in these things. He promised the little guy at home that he would definitely find them.
Nevertheless, it had to be checked for some time.
The phone number left by the old man had been disabled for some reason. Only a copy of the past file was left. Xia Ye checked it and found out that he had been to many places for so many years and had traveled a long way. From Huicheng all the way to Qizhou, then to Pingcheng, then to Harbin, and then all the way south, and finally stopped in Shanghai.
The old man had been in Shanghai for a long time. After reading the date, Xia Ye had a subtle feeling in his heart.
Around that time, his brother started to make a “tourism map” and insisted on going to Pingcheng and Harbin, especially in various food stalls. He found that during that time they went to the school canteen, the little guy seemed to know that the other party was there.
Lines of whereabouts on the screen were sent over, showing the location of the old man over the years. Xia Ye watched for a while, but still chose to remain silent.
His brother didn’t say anything, so he must have his own reasons, he can wait.
Wait until the day the little guy speaks to him in person.
It took Song Yi more than two months of work to finally find out his whereabouts from the old man’s donation record. He took the donation slips to Xia Ye and said to him: “What the old man did, if it weren’t for us to check. It is estimated that no one will find out about his life, you know, he has a lot of money for a month as a chef, and he didn’t keep most of it. Most of it was donated to the orphanage, and the rest also assisted several students who are not in school. There’s at least 14 of them that finished college…” Song Yi was a little moved. “These remittances are also the same. I checked the orphanage in Huicheng. When the other party heard of the name ‘Tang Zhengde’, they took out a lot of remittances. Every year, they receive different amounts of donations and have never stopped receiving them.”
Xia Ye looked at the donation slip and asked, “Where is he now?”
Song Yi said, “I asked someone to go to Huicheng to ask. There was a problem with a student’s home he had donated from before. I’m still checking the specific address, I’ll find them in a few days.”
Xia Ye glanced at the time. It was not long before the college entrance exams. He hesitated, but nodded and said: “Tell me as soon as possible after finding out. I’ll take Xiaoyu there.”
Song Yi: “Do you not want to wait at the end of the college entrance exams? Taking him there will make him distracted.”
Xia Ye said: “He has been waiting for too long, I want to make him happy first.”
Song Yi shook his head and smiled: “It’s no wonder that Xiaoyu is the closest to you. I’m convinced. Okay, I’ll make the arrangements as soon as possible.”
Song Yi estimated that there are still about two weeks left. It is not too difficult to inquire about these, and the key clues have been found. Xia Ye didn’t tell Tang Jinyu in advance, anyway, it won’t be long before they find him. When the time comes, he would take him with him directly, without delaying his study.
Tang Jinyu has been going to high school twice a day. He didn’t feel stressed because he went to bed on time every day. He always felt that being able to fall asleep couldn’t be regarded as stressful.
He sometimes stays in Xia Ye’s apartment. After falling asleep at night, he would hum a tune. Xia Ye heard him turn over and glanced at him. Tang Jinyu hummed quietly, and after a while, he started talking vaguely. Xia Ye got closer and found that he was reciting a formula, he somehow didn’t forget to study even when he was asleep. He watched the little guy for a while and didn’t wake him up. When Tang Jinyu was quiet, he covered him with a blanket and hugged him in his arms and gently kissed his forehead.
Before the college entrance exams, Tang Jinyu had a fever once in the middle of the night, his forehead was a little hot, but his consciousness was still clear.
He had a faint hunch in his heart. After staying at home for two days, the fever started in the middle of the night. This time his whole pajamas were soaked. He sat up and took anti-fever medicine and drank a large glass of water, and the heat receded.
Normal colds and fevers are different. Tang Jinyu had a vague feeling in his heart when he dreamed of the white mist this time. It felt as if it was pulling his body through the white mist and going to the other side. The ties on both sides were tied to him alone, and he vaguely felt that he would have to pick a choice next time.
His fever began to become frequent. Tang Jinyu was a little weak when he was at school during the day, and fell asleep on his desk without knowing it. This shocked the teacher and other students around him. They had never seen their monitor so weak before, so he was rushed to the infirmary. When Tang Jinyu woke up in the infirmary, he just heard the bell ring signaling that class was over. He blinked and it took a while for him to understand where he was.
The infirmary teacher saw him wake up, and breathed a sigh of relief: “You have slept for more than half an hour and have a low fever. I don’t know if you are allergic to any medicine, so I didn’t dare give you any. I am planning to notify your parents…”
Tang Jinyu shook his head and said, “Teacher, there is no need to notify them, my parents are busy.”
”How can you do that, no matter how busy they are, they have to take care of you. You have to take the college entrance exams soon, your body has to be able to keep up!”
Tang Jinyu looked up at her and said, “Please help me contact my brother, and my brother will pick me up.”
The infirmary teacher thought about it and nodded in agreement. As long as it is a family member, the student’s body is the most important thing.
Tang Jinyu reported a list of phone numbers, and the teacher went to call someone. Tang Jinyu sat on the bed in the infirmary, but he didn’t feel relieved for a long time. He held his arm and raised his brow slightly. He felt that this “fever” could not be treated by the hospital.
Xia Ye arrived very quickly. After he arrived, he went straight to the infirmary. If Tang Jinyu didn’t insist on going by himself, he would take the people all the way out to the car.
Even though Tang Jinyu told him that he was okay, Xia Ye was still worried and took him to the hospital for an examination. On the way to the hospital, Tang Jinyu’s fever had subsided, so nothing was found in the hospital. The doctor saw that he looked tired. After he heard that he was a college entrance exams candidate, he prescribed some medicine to help him sleep and told him: “Don’t stress too much, relax your mind, take more breaks and build up your energy so that you can perform better.”
Tang Jinyu nodded, “Okay.”
Xia Ye kept watching him, and took care of him on the way back. Instead of sending him back to school, he took him to his apartment to let him rest.
Tang Jinyu didn’t insist on going to school this time. After thinking about it, he said, “Brother, can you take a few days off from school for me, okay?”
Xia Ye nodded and agreed, “You sleep at ease, I’ll tell everyone, and I will send you back at night.”
Tang Jinyu shook his hand, “Brother, I don’t want to go back, can you let me stay on your side for a few days?” After he waited for Xia Ye to nod his head, he said to him, “I might sleep more in these two days, so don’t be afraid, I will wake up.”
”Xiaoyu…what the hell is going on? Can’t you even say it?”
Tang Jinyu opened his mouth, the secret hidden in his heart was still locked, and he couldn’t reveal a word. Xia Ye still wanted to ask, but when he saw his face flushed with sadness because he couldn’t speak, he felt distressed immediately, and he held him in his arms to soothe him: “If you can’t say it, I will help you go to school and ask for leave, and tell our family, you can be at ease here, and do whatever you want.”
Tang Jinyu grabbed his sleeves and said with difficulty: “Brother, when I wake up, I will tell you everything, will you wait for me?”
Xia Ye nodded and said yes.
His brother has never been naughty, and has never made them worry about him since he was a child. He couldn’t bear to deny such an obedient kid that he has held in the palms of his hands.
Xia Ye protected him under his wings and took good care of him. As he said, everything was covered for him.
Tang Jinyu was fine on the first day, but Xia Ye didn’t go to the company the next day, he asked for a leave and came back to specially accompany him, for fear that he might have an accident.
That was until dinner, Tang Jinyu fell asleep at the table without warning.
He was vague and still had a little consciousness. He could hear his brother calling him, he wanted to say that he was okay, but he was swept all over by a burst of white mist, and all his consciousness was brought into that thick mist. The white mist was very warm, and he did not feel any danger, just pushing him forward and taking him to another place.
”…Xiaoyu? Why is Xiaoyu in a daze holding a bowl while eating?”
The old man’s voice was kind, and after asking a few words, Tang Jinyu was relieved. He looked down at the bowls and chopsticks in his hand, blinked, and his gaze fell on the only old wooden table in the room. He was so familiar with this table. He had dreamed of this countless times in his dreams. During the day, he would see his father’s dining table. After washing up at night, it would become his study desk.
On the table is a dish of fried ham with cucumbers, a dish of salted edamame, and a few pieces of fermented bean curd. The rest is a large wooden bucket of rice that is brought to the side. The rice is white in color and bright, with unique characteristics. The fragrance of white mist floating in the air.
Tang Jinyu still didn’t move.
The old man poured him a glass of water and put it beside him, then patted him on the shoulder and laughed, “Don’t think about the questions while eating. Even if you have to take the college entrance exams, you shouldn’t be in a hurry.”
Tang Jinyu’s hands trembled slightly. He looked up at the old man. He had never seen the other person so clearly, nor had he sensed the other person’s touch so clearly. He raised his head and shouted “Grandpa”, and the old man nodded, and asked him a little strangely. “What’s the matter, is today’s food not delicious?” He started to blame himself after saying, “I’ll told you to cook a piece of fish, you wait, grandpa will now…”
Tang Jinyu put down the bowls and chopsticks, turned around and hugged him, and called grandpa again.
The old man was stunned, touched his head and was at a loss: “It’s okay, it’s okay, grandpa is here, what happened in school? Don’t be afraid, tell grandpa.”
Tang Jinyu shook his head, he remembered everything.
He remembered everything from his life before he opened that book, and the ten years he spent ignorantly after opening the book.