Zhou Zihuai frowned but did not make any comments.
Zhou Tingting continued to speak. “We already have two back-ups in our team. If you insist on checking the question bank, I guess we’ll have no choice but to kick you out.”
Everyone from Class 21 fell silent.
“Do you know what you are talking about?” Ma Mingquan said as he rubbed his temple. “Fu Zhi’s just expressing her opinion, and she’s definitely participating in the competition. Besides, Zhou Zihuai is the team leader. He hasn’t said anything, so why do you have to get all hot and bothered?”
Zhou Tingting scoffed, “I just want the best for Class 21. She is an ignorant fool, and I won’t allow anyone to get in my way!”
In the past, she would not have cared about what she did. However, things were different now. If she did not win the competition, she would have to leave this school.
Be that as it may, Fu Zhi was not going to listen to her. She took a seat near the window and pulled her phone out of her pocket. Resting her chin on her palm, she began to look through the question bank.
Ma Mingquan sighed.
“Zhou Zihuai.” Zhou Tingting did not want to look at Fu Zhi anymore. She turned her head around and faced the young man sitting next to her. “Both of us have participated in Physics competitions in the past, and we only have one goal: to win the competition. We must not allow a bad apple like her to ruin our effort!”
Zhou Zihuai had been at the live streaming session when Fu Zhi had answered the questions that netizens had thrown at her. Therefore, he was very certain of her ability. He paid Zhou Tingting no mind as he turned his good-looking face toward Fu Zhi. He pitched his voice low and asked, “Are you sure about that?”
Fu Zhi nodded.
Zhou Tingting scoffed. She could not fathom why Fu Zhi had to be so stubborn. Just as she was about to say something, Zhou Zihuai collected all his stuff and then told Fu Zhi solemnly, “I’ll team up with you.”
Then, he paused for a second before adding, “I’ll try my best to keep up with you.”
The remaining four participants were all male students who were very close to Song Fang and Lu Yubai.
It did not really matter to them if they won or not. After all, most of the participants were a lot better than them, so there was only a slim chance they would win the competition. Therefore, they said, “We’re withdrawing.”
Zhou Tingting was stunned. This was something that she had not expected, and the smug expression on her face cracked. “What are you guys doing?”
“We’re forming a team with Fu Zhi.”
“What about me?”
Before they could reply, Lu Chuwan, who had been watching them the whole time, stepped forward. She pointed a finger at Fu Zhi and said, “Zhizhi, I think Tingting knows more about the competition than you. You can’t single her out just because she has a different opinion. It’s not fair to her.”
She paused for a moment and then added, “Besides, because of you, everyone is attacking our school on the internet. Everyone places great emphasis on this competition. You’re liked by the netizens, so it’s fine for you to sit on your laurels and have no desire to improve yourself. However, it’s different for the school. Our school cannot afford another attack, do you understand?”
She made no effort to lower her voice, and every student in the study turned their head and stared at Fu Zhi in disapproval.
They began to whisper to one another, and they all thought Fu Zhi should not kick Zhou Tingting out of the team.
Zhou Tingting was still crying miserably. Lu Chuwan pressed her lips and patted her shoulder. She lowered her voice and said, “If you have any questions, just talk to Zhizhi nicely. Even though she’s bad-tempered, she is easy to reason with. I’m sure she wouldn’t…”
Fu Zhi smacked her phone hard on the table. Then, she looked at Lu Chuwan and said, “I don’t have anything to say to her. Even without a team, I can still win the competition. Since you’re so kind, why don’t you take Zhou Tingting into your team instead so she can participate in the competition?”