"At that time, my father was laid off and stayed at home for about one year. The heavy responsibility of supporting my family had been shifted to my mother. Women of that era had a hard life and male chauvinism was very serious. So that was why my mother couldn’t hold a family for long."
Wang Luo talked about something she had forgotten, "Suddenly, one day, I saw my father becoming crazy after coming back from school and broke all the objects in the house. That night he became drunk with a letter in his hand written by my mother... or it should be called a note because there were only three words 'I have left '."
"Later, I heard many rumors. Some people said my mother married an overseas Chinese who returned to China, some said she went to a further place to work, while others mentioned that they found her working in a nightclub. I don’t know exactly which one is true... But my father seemed to believe all the rumors."
Even though she was already over 30, in Zhang Qingrui’s current perspective, Wang Luo was like a helpless little girl.
She clasped her own hands and said in an unusually disgusted tone, "You can’t imagine how ugly he is when a man tries to escape from the reality… It’s too serious to be forgiven even though he was my father. There was a period of time… I remember it was in summer, I could only wear winter clothes to go to school. Do you know why? That was because I was afraid of the exposure of my wound on my hands and feet to my classmates. There were scars here and there."
Wang Luo let out a sigh, saying in a low voice, "I couldn’t bear such an inhuman torture any longer. I wanted to escape from that cold family… That night, that ugly man revealed his lowliness, cowardliness, and his incapability again. It seemed that he could only keep the remaining of a man’s self-esteem through the cruel beating of his daughter."
Wang Luo stretched out her hands suddenly, "I was very afraid... I grabbed the kettle and smashed it towards his head mercilessly! Then he fell down to the ground with pain! I saw his forehead started bleeding! I felt even more dreadful, thus I ran out of the house at all cost... He chased me! I kept running and he kept chasing me from behind! I was too panicked to choose a way to escape, so I finally went to hide in a construction site nearby! He picked up an iron stick from somewhere... kept striking and hitting... like a crazy person. He kept beating many things around... "
Wang Luo retrieved her hands, holding her arms tightly again. She quivered slightly, "Just like now, hiding here."
"And what happened later?" Zhang Qingrui asked.
Wang Luo lowered and shook her head, "I have no idea. I forgot about that… I just remembered that I was not at that place after waking up, but in an unfamiliar street. I was wandering along the street, seeking something to eat from the garbage bins when I felt hungry. Such life went on for several weeks, I dared not to go back. Perhaps because of God’s mercy, a couple found me and took me in... I dared not to tell them about my family affairs because I was afraid they would send me back home. Thus, I pretended not to remember anything. They didn’t have children and since then, I became their kid."
"…Did you really forget about the matters happened at the construction site?" Zhang Qingrui inquired suddenly.
Wang Luo gave a start and turned around to look at this student. But who knows when Zhang Qingrui had lowered her head, therefore, her face couldn’t be seen clearly. This change made Wang Luo feel a slight hint of uneasiness.
"I don’t know… I can’t remember it." Wang Luo answered unconsciously.
"You forgot about it, forgot about it… you forgot about it!"
At that very moment, Zhang Qingrui raised her head. Two hands stretched out to strangle Wang Luo’s neck. The ogrish hand strength left Wang Luo in unparalleled pain!
The current spectacle chilled Wang Luo’s heart into cold ice… The beautiful Zhang Qingrui’s looks turned grisly suddenly.
Her hair became scattered, her lips turned bloody… She wanted to open her mouth, yet the sewn fish wires that intersected one another prevented her intention.
The greatest extent to which her mouth could open was a small gap that was sewn with many fish wires!
Pain, fear, panic and despair, countless emotions started to swarm into Wang Luo’s mind in a moment.
Fragmentary pieces flashed across Wang Luo’s mind.
Wang Luo witnessed the ugliest face she knew, her biological father’s face… His hands, his fierceness and his sin!
One after another.
Steel needle and fish wire.
Wang Luo struggled frantically. Her legs kicked and flailed about on the ground--- But no matter how, she couldn’t struggle to free herself from the hands of that person!
Suddenly, there was a sound of something being smashed.
The office door had been kicked open, that freak with a fire extinguisher came in. A fire extinguisher was thrown towards them!
The abnormal Zhang Qingrui loosened her hands, and Wang Luo moved back using the force in her legs!
Watching the abnormal Zhang Qingrui rushing towards this freak with an incomparable power, and pushed this freak to the wall, Wang Luo trembled. While crawling and rolling, she tried to run out of the door.
"Why did you stop me?!"
The voice was emitted from the sewn mouth with hands squeezing the freak’s neck. Zhang Qingrui’s current expressions showed a gruesome air.
"A little girl requested me to help save her elder sister."
However, that freak didn’t show any sign of pain. He took off the black cloth on his body, and caught Zhang Qingrui’s arms. He said with a gentle voice, "When she requested that from me, she looked firm. But as I grabbed her palm… I think she was more scared than you."
"Ridiculous! I’m afraid of nothing! I’ve no longer scared!!"
"Really? Even when you were buried in a completely dark place forever?"
"You don’t know anything!!"
The sewn mouth opened to its limit furiously, but it still couldn’t break those intersecting fish wires. At the same time, the blood came out. A stream of dense smoke exuded from Zhang Qingrui’s body, swirling frantically.
Not long ago, the boss of the club agreed to the demand of a little customer.
Where was it?
Who knew where this place was … maybe just an office on this floor. The scared Wang Luo was totally unaware of where she broke into.
She hid near a sofa, holding her body tightly in her arms. The scattered hair kept out most of her vision.
The extreme fear seemed to drag her back to that night 20 years ago.
She seemed to be in the same situation, hiding in the construction site, muttering, "Don’t be afraid… he can’t find me. He can’t find me. Don’t be afraid…"
The stronger and stronger shivers made her eager to comfort herself, "Don’t panic… I’ll protect you. Xinxin, sister will protect you, don’t panic… don’t…panic."
She opened her arms, it looked like she wanted to take something into her arms.
However, there was nothing there. Her arms were just embracing the air. The vacant arms had her recall everything.
"That b*stard, did he hit you at the time when I’m out?"
"Today, not that much…"
"That b*stard!! Even hit the six-year-old you, f*ckin wretch… are you painful? I can apply some medicine."
"Xinxin, be positive, sister will come back soon."
"A ball! How come?"
"Hush, I took it back from school, don’t tell others."
"Yeah! This is Xinxin’s treasure! Sister is the best! Let’s play together!"
"Sorry, I can’t! If I don’t work, I’ll be beaten! What about playing sneakily on vacation? We can finish work quickly and play, OK?"
"Yes… let’s have a pinkie shake and swear! Pinkie shake on it then keep your promise forever."
"Great, pinkie shake on it then keep your promise forever."
"Xinxin, let’s escape! We can’t stay here any longer, or we’ll be beaten to death!"
"But… what if we are caught… Dad, dad is fierce…"
"Don’t worry! Sister will protect you, I’ll protect you, don’t worry…"
"Don’t worry, he can’t find us. Don’t make any sound, he can’t find us."
"Sister… I’m scared…"
"Hush… don’t worry, sister is being with you."
"My ball is missing!"
"Ball? Leave it alone, sister will give you more beautiful ones!"
"No! The ball… is the present sister sent me! We’ve promised that we’ll play with the ball together!"
"I found you! Little b*tch!! You dare to run away and hit me!! Little b*stard! I’ll kill you!!"
"Sister, save me… sister, sister…sister, where are you… sister…"
Sister… dared not come out.