The implication that the country was backing up Fu Zhi almost overflowed the screen. Netizens were confused by the news released by the country’s official account, so they went back and clicked on Yu Suo’s picture to comment.
In the group photo of nearly 100 people, although the little girl standing in the center had short legs and looked multiple times tinier than the other people, the participation ID she was wearing was indeed exactly the same as the other contestants’ IDs!
While the netizens in China were astounded by the things happening on Weibo, something happened on the internet outside China. A fairly good-selling newspaper had published a new piece of gossip on a foreign social media platform.
“Shocking news! After winning the international Physics competition, Mia, the only heiress of the Ford Family, was accused of cheating by the contestants from China!”
They’d even attached a photo of Fu Zhi at the bottom of the article.
The news dropped like a bombshell, and everyone started discussing it on the social media platform, each of their comments being worse than the last.
[The game is over, so why can’t they just accept the result?]
[Here’s another attention-seeker! There’s no way she can defeat other people in a competition because she’s not good enough.]
[I’ve seen this girl before. She doesn’t look that beautiful in person.]
[She’s a conceited b*tch. I heard that she caused her team to lose their flash drive because she was late for the competition. She didn’t contribute anything to the team, and she merely relied on the few men on her team. There’s no doubt that a woman like her can never survive without men.]
[Not only did she lose her flash drive, but she also had the audacity to say that Mia stole it! She’s so rude!]
For a moment, the netizens of Country M kept calling Fu Zhi names. However, things were slightly different in China. After realizing that Fu Zhi was backed up by the government, the netizens in China had no other choice but to stop attacking Fu Zhi and start showering her with praise.
The number of her followers doubled as well.
When the matter reached Gu Yan’s ears, she could not keep her calm anymore and grew restless.
Gu Yan did not believe Fu Zhi had the ability to retrieve deleted surveillance footage, but what if the government sent someone to help her? There were many professional hackers that worked under the government, and it would be just a piece of cake for them to recover deleted surveillance footage.
“It seems like Fu Zhi has a way to recover the footage,” Gu Yan told Mia through her phone.
The auction was around the corner, and Mia had joined her father to check the security system at the venue. When she heard what Gu Yan had said, she was stunned for a moment. “Are you sure about that? She’s just a student, and the only one in this world that can recover a file that’s so damaged is Siren and her team.”
In other words, there was a possibility that the footage could be recovered. With that thought in mind, Gu Yan hastily added, “So that means you aren’t 100% sure that the evidence was thoroughly destroyed either?”
Mia frowned at Gu Yan’s attitude. “I’m not a pro at this, so how am I supposed to answer you? Besides, do you have any idea how much it costs to hire Siren and her team? There’s no way Fu Zhi can afford that.”
‘But what if the government hires them for her?’
When Gu Yan came out of her room in a panic, she came face to face with Chen Ming, who had come out of Fu Zhi’s room.
Chen Ming was talking to his assistant. “Just follow Fu Zhi’s instructions. This time, we’re going to make them pay for what they did to us!”
Gu Yan’s blood turned cold, and she felt as if she had fallen into an ice cave.
She knocked on Fu Zhi’s door, but the person that answered the door was Liu Mi, who had come to give Fu Zhi the invitation to the auction.
“I’m looking for Fu Zhi. Is she inside?” Gu Yan’s heart was pumping fast, and the sense of uneasiness that devoured her whole nearly compelled her to delete the post that she had published on Weibo.
Liu Mi retreated to the side. In the past, Gu Yan would have been very curious about Liu Mi’s identity. After all, he had a different vibe, and he did not seem like someone from their social circle. However, at the moment, she just nudged her chin at Liu Mi and said, “Please go out. I have something to discuss with Fu Zhi alone.”
Liu Mi looked at Fu Zhi.
Fu Zhi, who was sitting on the couch, opened a packet of milk powder and poured it into her milk bottle. Without raising her head, she replied, “I don’t have anything to talk to you about. Either you’ll say it now, or I will have to ask Liu Mi to take you out of my room.”
“Fu Zhi!” Gu Yan panicked, and her eyes reddened around the rims. “You won’t force me…”
“No one is forcing you. If you don’t want to say it now, then please leave my room,” Fu Zhi replied as she gestured at Liu Mi.
The vulnerability on Gu Yan’s face disappeared. She avoided Liu Mi’s hand with a pale face. Seeing that Fu Zhi was not going to ask Liu Mi to go out, she hemmed and hawed for a while before saying, “Fu Zhi, you lost the flash drive, and no one wanted that to happen. However, you also prepared a backup, and it can be said that you didn’t suffer a loss, so let’s end this here. Don’t investigate further, okay?”
Gu Yan did not understand why both of them were participants but the government only supported Fu Zhi.
When Jiang Zong had stood up for her, truth be told, her heart had been filled with unprecedented joy and contentment over being liked by someone of Jiang Zong’s stature.
However, there was a huge difference between Jiang Zong standing up for her and the government backing Fu Zhi up.
Jiang Zong could make mistakes, but the government could not.
She did not know how to deal with this matter anymore, and the only way she could think of was coming to Fu Zhi and persuading her to put things to rest and stop here.
She nearly begged her.
After Fu Zhi finished preparing her milk, she raised her head and looked at Gu Yan. There was no emotion in her eyes.
She wiped her hand with a paper towel and then tapped her fingers on the table.
Gu Yan’s heart was fluttering as fast as a bird flapping its wings in a cage.
“I already told you that I’d get to the bottom of this,” Fu Zhi said. “This is a matter of principle. It’s nothing personal.”
The atmosphere froze. Gu Yan’s heart skipped a beat for a second before she asked, her voice shaking, “You… You have already gotten the footage?”
Fu Zhi did not reply, but Gu Yan was certain that she already had the footage. “I stole the flash drive… I admit it. I don’t care if you have the surveillance footage or not. I’m telling you, if you dare to send the footage out, I will not help you guys treat your second brother anymore!”
She smacked her hand hard on the table in an effort to intimidate Fu Zhi.
This was different from throwing shade at Fu Zhi in the live-streaming room. It was related to their country, and if the surveillance footage was exposed, she would not be able to stay in China anymore.