‘Well, I can also be Miss Elle Thion, but it’s rude to use the deceased name in vain.’
Alek Cider glanced at her older brother T**o who happened to be watching her too. T**o’s eyes glinted mischievously, indirectly hinting Alek to introduce as one of the Nine Immortal Survivors.
Quinn Sohal happened to be one of the Nine Immortal Survivors who helped the whole world regain the knowledge of their ancestors. He was the most popular survivor known either from the West Continents or East Continents. He had authored more than a thousand books since almost a century ago. Given that he wrote an average of 17 to 18 books in a year.
Those books mostly consist of a few pages unlike the books from this time when most were filled with explanations about their findings. Scholar Sohal’s books were mostly introductions, theories, and basic definitions. It was even said that a survivor also helped him visualize the contents of his books.
The third world war occurred 136 years ago for a period of 37 years. Exactly 99 years ago since the destruction of almost all man-made creations. The only ones left from the creation of humankind were also the humans they thought they could use as weapons.
There were still about 50 million survivors, but only them received such recognition from every country and even from the savage tribes living behind the inconspicuous places in the world.
To use that name… How bold this old man Quinn must be?
Alek Cider shook her head, convinced herself that old man Quinn’s parents must be a fan of the Great Scholar.
She once again scrutinized the young-looking boy carefully.
Quinn had no trace of nervousness in him at all. He was confident with his answer. He was even looking at them arrogantly. His face was full of pride that was unnatural for a boy like him.
For the first time, Alek Cider doubted if her senses were still working.
“You already know my name, old man Quinn.”
“Well…” Quinn shrugged his shoulders. His face twitched as he straightened his back, and sat properly. “A-Alek? That’s all?”
“You don’t need to know other details, Quinn.” T**o cut off Quinn from inquiring more of Alek’s details. He was only avoiding the possibilities of endangering Alek’s well-being. It was not he suspected Quinn as someone ingrate, but to protect the child-like innocence of the girl.
This was the only way to help her.
Unknown to him, Alek Cider had already brought troubles to herself because of her part-time job as an intermediate.
One cared for the other, and the other did not care.
“Well… Uhm… I think it is best to play a guessing game.” Alek Cider alternately looked at T**o and Quinn confusedly. She wanted to get along with old man Quinn, yet her friend did not want her to get along with him. It was so confusing for her.
Silence permeated the whole room. They awkwardly stared at each other, waiting for who among them would speak first.
Cough. Cough. Quinn pretended to have a bad cough while eyes secretly glancing at the two teens. He acted as if he was going to stand up when he heard muffled voices somewhere.
Around three voices were overlapping each other.
“How will we tell it to… You really asked for…”
“Why? Do you…”
“No. But it is never… Should we… brother?”
“Oh! We are already here. Shh!”
“... hear us. … doomed!”
From Alek Cider’s perspective, she could hear each word spoken by four brats. It was not three people exchanging lines but four.
“How will we tell it to the big sister Alek? You really asked for a beating. You know how painful her spanks are!”
“Why? Do you have any ideas how we could help her lessen the expenses in our home?”
“No. But it is never an option. If the laws have no loopholes, we might already bring demise to ourselves. What should we do? Should we tell it to my brother?”
“Oh! We are already here. Shh!”
“She already heard us. We are doomed!”Shuffles.Creak.
The door slowly opened and a tiny tangerine head peeked inside the living room. What met the tangerine head’s eyes were three baffled eyes staring back at him.
Then an identical-looking face peeked at the door and another until five heads stacked at each other. They ignored Quinn and T**o’s stares and directly looked at Alek’s facial expression.
She looked unusually calm with a cheerful smile on her face. Her aura was so bright that they felt they were burning.
“Sorry! We will not do it again?”
Seven junior middle graders quickly bowed in front of Alek Cider. They dared not to look at her serene-looking eyes. They had no idea what those eyes actually meant.
Feeling the awkwardness of the situation, Quinn stood up and coughed, calling the attention of the nine teenagers. “Thanks for the water. I will go now.”
Looking at the teens kneeling and to Quinn that was ready to go anytime, Alek Cider felt a bit conflicted. She was slightly ashamed about how her family acted in front of the guest.
Alek Cider looked down and sighed. “I’m sorry Old Quinn. Don’t worry, I’ll be there at the banquet. But… Please pick me up, I have no idea where that place is.”
Loud snorts echoed one after another. The middle graders covered their noses and mouths, doing their best to not laugh.
T**o cast a warning glance at them. Unfortunately, they were too busy giggling under their noses and dared not to look up, lest meet Alek Cider’s serene gaze.
Alek Cider acted as if there were only her and Quinn. They chatted for a short while before Quinn turned his back on them.
The nine of them stared at the closed door, feeling something amiss.
Well… No one could blame them if they lack proper etiquette in sending off a visitor. Eventually, they heard the rusty gate opening and closing.
“It is not locked now,” Alek whispered absentmindedly. She stared at the seven middle graders, pursing their lips and preventing themselves from giggling. “Lock the gate.”
“OkAy…” They replied in chorus and raced out of the house.
A week ago, foreign countries requested schools in Yolo City for an exchange program. They did not care about the background of the exchange student, as long as they could vacant two or three seats in their school.
At first, they were reluctant to accept the offer but after benefits were presented, they did not idle and accepted the offer. But who would think that not only one school in each country but more than fifty!
It was known that Yolo City belonged to a small and impoverished country in country P. Due to the kindness of country P, they accepted all refugees from the war. It caused overpopulation in their country and to help the first-world countries leading the war, they sent more than half of their military power to them.
As for the result of the war, it was said that their achievement was within the top three out of one hundred countries.
Harboring the envy of those first-rate and second-rate countries, their development became stagnant. Those powerful countries could do anything for the sake of their good.
Pitifully, country P had no idea about it and still idolized those who harbor ill-intent towards their nation.
Ignorance was not always a bliss.
In Dicax Academy, twenty-five foreign exchange students arrived at their school. Those who were a bit well-off voluntarily went to the schools in contact with their academy.
As of this moment, three female students from Feiyan Middle School, Haru Gakkō, and Virgil Island School talked silently near the entrance of Dicax Academy.
“Good morning!” A loud voice suddenly greeted them from behind and offered a pair of a breadstick and a bottled carbonated drink.
The three of them looked at what the person handed before looking at who gave it.
“Sorry, I’m quite late for giving some relief. I hope you are not that stressed after the mock examination in our school.”
“...” The three exchange students looked in a daze at the girl with a dazzling and gentle smile on her face. Her voice was inexplicably intoxicating; as if the girl was singing a melody.
“Oh, I forgot. My name is Alek Cider. You can call me anything you want. I’ll go now~” The girl tilted her head a bit to the left. Her long ponytail also cascaded to the left, the light reflected a bloody red shade from her hair which was not obvious if one would not look into it clearly.
Alek Cider waved at them with an optimistic smile before skipping away. Behind her was a tall, dark-skinned male student who was dragging a cart full of boxes. She then stopped behind or in front of her batchmates and gave the snacks to them with a smile.
The three of them wore serious expressions.
It seemed to be that the popular low-ranked student was an expert in speaking English.
A group of students huddled together with a book and papers at the middle. Each of them held a pen in different ink colors. They were talking seriously as if what they were discussing was something critical. For students, it was something critical to them. They would have another exam after the major examination that happened last week. Teachers made an excuse such as orienting their students about the 1st Term individual evaluation or class rating evaluation. [Note: Critical but easy as a piece of cake] Shameful may it be to use the run-around answer students often used; they could only use it to shut up the students. They won’t be able to know or guess the real answer from them anyway. That was the reason why “almost” all students were studying so hard that they didn’t care anymore even if they go bald. This time was the only time they really studied hard and would do everything for a classmate that was behind the class to catch u
Clouds ran in the sky as they covered the raging sun. Dews crystallize on top of the leaves reflecting the sunlight. The ground was wet and small puddles formed after a light rain. Ripples appeared on the puddles as tiny mud hit on the surface. It persevered continuously until the last pair of feet passed by. Such a wonderful spring-like morning welcomed a new nerve-wracking event. Most of the grade 12 students paced back and forth in front of the bulletin board. The faculty teachers did not need 24 hours to complete checking their papers. The total grade 12 students were only 156. No more, no less. Albeit sacrificing a little of their personal time and overwork on that certain day, they felt no fatigue for they had already received a bonus that would total three months of their salary. Some visitors were willing to invest in this school just for the sake of scouting talents. The students below grade 12 were amazed to se
“I found a good hut earlier. Shall we go in there?” “What's nicer, the mansion or the hut from these slums?” “Boss, we don't even have a mansion.” Pak! “Aw!” “Don’t you know ecstasy in daydreaming? F*ck off!” Footsteps scurried away as the boss battered his lackeys on the way. Three girls listened to their conversation until they got away. The series of events baffled the two foreign girls. But she was not the only girl who grabbed them inside her house. She might still be oblivious of their intention in coming into the slums, but soon she would be able to find it out. Though much later since her so-called schedule was filled to the brim. She could not present only one “present” in the auction, should she? And she was also a kind, loving, and obedient girl. She would do her best not to cause trouble to oth – old man Quinn. Quinn had just become Quinn and not others. Now that they were in a state of collaboration, she could not declare him as a stranger. Alek Cider glanced at
The whole country heard of the Grit’s daughter’s banquet. She had successfully ranked first in the CSAT last week. Being the first in banking means she has the qualification to study on the Mainland. Although Yolo City was not within a high-ranking country, since her family is sponsored by the General, she had the possibility to enroll in the two prestigious universities there. People were also confident that she would have new friends because of her generosity and kindness. The reason why people idolized her was because of their tragic past. Shania Dewy Grit. A beautiful name of the most adored person in the city. The local citizens were blindly loving her so much as if she was the saintess that would bring them salvation throughout her life. Her life was dramatic. When she was a young and naive child, her family lived on the Mainland until her father died later when he was betrayed and stripped of his position in his own company. No one investigated the validity of her mothe
“Let us congratulate our party’s main character, Miss Shania Dewy Grit.” The host announced amidst the harmonic atmosphere. All of the people stared at the start of the banquet entering from the entrance with her two-colored minimalist dress of white and purple. Her hair was done with sparkly ornaments and a dragonfly hairpin at the center-most of her head. Her purple-white peony earrings that symbolize beauty and elegance highlighted her appearance. She simply looked like a goddess that descends on Earth. “Mother,” Shania Dewy softly muttered and stared at the silent woman who sat with General Vanuatu and other big shots. General Vanuatu laughed boisterously as he praised, “Madam Narine, you groom your daughter to be such a perfect lady. ”“My, my. General helped me in the beginning and let us have a peaceful life in this city,” Narine answered merrily as she covered her mouth with her hand. “I will be talking with the seniors, Ma.” Shania Dewy smiled sweetly to her mother bef
“You won’t get anywhere if you entrust your future through cheating.” Quinn stood up as he commented on what was on his mind. The bullies laughed hardly to the point of holding their stomachs. “You have a strong gut, transferee.” Brattiny wiped the tears of joy from her eyes. “Even stronger than that war veteran,” Quinn whispered with a soft, melodic voice. He visibly nodded with an arrogant smile on his face. The two girls were momentarily dazed. Joey threw a punch on his face. Veins bulged from his neck and forehead. Quinn only had a small bruise on his cheek. He protected his face well. His body took the most impact from their kicks but
“Miss Grit, we’ll leave now!” Brattiny and Alek Cider turned to look at Particia at the same time. Both of them have the surname Grit. Either way, the two of them immediately understood it. Particia realized her mistake but did not utter a single word of explanation. She held Brattiny’s wrist and dragged her away. As for Joey, they were girls after all. They could not carry a 142 pound Joey while running away. They could only bully and beat up flimsy characters, not carry a dead weight! “Miss Rain,” Alek Cider spoke out of the blue. Particia paused in her steps and subconsciously clutched Brattiny’s arm. Quinn saw the little lady who was scolding him yesterday with an innocent smile on her face. She was picking here and there and did not even notice his presence. He frowned. ‘Is she doing this because of what she said yesterday? She's broke so she… No way, she cannot find food in this place!’ “Little lady!” Quinn called out a few times before gaining the attention of Alek Cider. Alek Cider looked at him and swiftly got down from the slope of the mountain. “You are so quick. What time is it?” Alek Cider complimented and yawned. She has not slept yet. She thought it was still the night of the same day. Darkness blanketed the sky. The moon and stars hung in the darkness, twinkling elegantly and inviting her to sleep with them. “Four in the morning,” Quinn replied with a confused look on his face. Alek Cider shook her head in disbelief. “No way but alright. Between the two of us, only you have the phone and that luxurious watch.” Alek Cider’s eyes twinkled seeing the watch on Q
Pampered Boss CH012: Pitiful Little Lady
Quinn saw the little lady who was scolding him yesterday with an innocent smile on her face. She was picking here and there and did not even notice his presence. He frowned. ‘Is she doing this because of what she said yesterday? She's broke so she… No way, she cannot find food in this place!’ “Little lady!” Quinn called out a few times before gaining the attention of Alek Cider. Alek Cider looked at him and swiftly got down from the slope of the mountain. “You are so quick. What time is it?” Alek Cider complimented and yawned. She has not slept yet. She thought it was still the night of the same day. Darkness blanketed the sky. The moon and stars hung in the darkness, twinkling elegantly and inviting her to sleep with them. “Four in the morning,” Quinn replied with a confused look on his face. Alek Cider shook her head in disbelief. “No way but alright. Between the two of us, only you have the phone and that luxurious watch.” Alek Cider’s eyes twinkled seeing the watch on Q