60 My Dad Is Really Ill
It was springtime and the sun was warm; however, in front of Da Feng Ge Fruit Co. the atmosphere was freezing cold.
Auntie Ma’s words had made Mr. Wang highly suspicious, and he looked at Zhao Yu and Jiang Xiaoqing with a strange expression.
Seeing that their plot was on the verge of being exposed, Zhao Yu suddenly rolled his eyes and stared angrily at Auntie Ma. Like Guan Yu killing people with his long knife, Zhao Yu shouted, "You b*tch! I’ve finally caught you! How are you gonna escape this time!? You...swindler!"
Jiang Xiaoqing quickly played along and rushed toward Auntie Ma, "Oh no, Auntie Ma, my dad’s going crazy again!" Jiang Xiaoqing pointed at Zhao Yu, wanting to let Mr. Wang see that that lunatic was really her dad, that her dad was really ill!
Auntie Ma was taken aback. She wanted to say something but Zhao Yu jumped at her and yelled. Baring his fangs and showing his claws, he looked as if he could eat a person alive.
Although Mr. Wang was unclear of the situation, he quickly grabbed Zhao Yu when he saw his manic behavior.
"Ah!" Jiang Xiaoqing hastily rushed toward Auntie Ma and tried to push her away, "Auntie Ma, my dad’s condition is getting worse! You’d better leave quick! I’ll send the watermelons over later!"
Auntie Ma felt dizzy. She wanted to ask more questions, but seeing the lunatic Zhao Yu, she was pale with fear and trembling.
"Bitch! Thinking of running away!?" Zhao Yu howled as he pushed Mr. Wang away. "Don’t try to stop me, you know you’re obstructing public service? I’m a policeman, I’m catching a criminal! Don’t stop me...." With this, Zhao Yu picked up a few oranges and threw them at Auntie Ma.
"Ah!" Auntie Ma shuddered and quickly drove her car away.
"The criminal’s gotten away! Don’t stop me, I’m gonna catch the criminal!" To make his performance really convincing, Zhao Yu opened his eyes wide and struggled persistently, making Mr. Wang tired.
"Dad, wake up!" Jiang Xiaoqing pretended to be helpless as she cried in front of Zhao Yu. "The person that you wanna catch has surrendered herself at the police station! Cool down!" With this, the young girl went closer to Zhao Yu and stroked his chest.
Zhao Yu played along and softened down, his eyes relaxing. Throughout the entire process, he had skillfully imitated a lunatic to perfection!
"I’m sorry Mr. Wang, my dad’s condition is getting more serious!" Jiang Xiaoqing helped Zhao Yu to the chair as she explained to Mr Wang, "He always thinks that he is a police officer, and everyone looks like a criminal to him!"
Mr. Wang heaved a sigh and felt helpless. After a long pause, he said, "Xiaoqing, it must be hard on you!"
"It’s alright!" Jiang Xiaoqing pretended to be strong and explained, "My uncles have already contacted the hospital, and they will bring my dad there for professional treatment in the next few days. I believe my dad will get better!"
"Tsk tsk…" Mr Wang looked at the lifeless Zhao Yu and sighed. "I did not expect your family to be like this. No wonder your father didn’t pick up my call! If I had known, I wouldn’t have asked him to attend the parent conference! But Xiaoqing, no matter how hard it is at home, you cannot neglect your studies!"
"Yes, Mr. Wang, don’t worry!" Jiang Xiaoqing answered like a good girl. "I will not disappoint you! Studying is a piece of cake!"
"Mmm...that’s good, that’s good!" Mr. Wang wiped the sweat off of his forehead and said, "I’ll get going then! Take good care of your father!" He signalled to Zhao Yu.
"Ah, Mr. Wang you’re leaving, do you wanna take some fruits along!?" Zhao Yu stood up suddenly.
"No, no need! Get a good rest! I’m leaving!" Mr. Wang quickly turned his head and left the fruit store in a fluster.
"Goodbye, Mr. Wang!" Jiang Xiaoqing waved respectfully at her teacher.
After Mr. Wang disappeared at the end of Shunfeng Street, Jiang Xiaoqing stooped down in exhaustion, putting her hands on her knees.
Zhao Yu also let out a long breath. He was soaked in sweat.
"Off...Officer Zhao!" the young girl panted, "It’s really soul-stirring to work with you! I was almost scared to death! Just now...just now...I thought we were doomed!"
Zhao Yu’s lips were dry, the fear was still lingering. He had never felt that nervous, even when he was catching the culprit in the graveyard! "Holy sh*t!" Zhao Yu patted his chest and sighed, "We almost got caught! Luckily I was quick-witted! Huh?" Zhao Yu raised his head and suddenly saw a group of people running over from the other side of Shunfeng Street. The one leading the group was Auntie Ma, whom Zhao Yu had frightened off earlier! Shrewd as he was, Zhao Yu knew that the people were coming to handle him. He quickly slipped into the alley!
"Xiaoqing, Xiaoqing, are you okay!?" Right after Zhao Yu disappeared, Auntie Ma reached the fruit stall hastily and asked loudly, "Where are those two lunatics? Where have they gone to? He dared to call me a b*tch! I’m gonna kill him today!" Behind Auntie Ma were a few old neighbors of Shunfeng Street. They looked awe-inspiring with their brooms and hammers in hand, all there to back Auntie Ma up.
"What are you talking about, Auntie Ma? What lunatic? I don’t understand?" Jiang Xiaoqing acted as if nothing had happened as she weighed the watermelon.
"Huh?" Auntie Ma was taken aback. "Are you sure? Xiaoqing, were my eyes playing a trick on me, or is there something wrong with you? Where are they? The lunatic? He even...even threw oranges at me! And said he’s a...what...policeman!?"
"What are you talking about? Jiang Xiaoqing handed over the watermelon to Auntie Ma and said smilingly, "Total forty-two yuan, forty will do!"
"Ah!?" Auntie Ma pouted, and the neighbors looked at each other in consternation.
By that time, Zhao Yu had already reached the intersection of Shunfeng Street. Although it had been a thrilling process, he had finally resolved Jiang Xiaoqing’s issue, and lifted a huge burden off of his shoulders. He felt relieved and started whistling a light-hearted tune again. However, just as he stepped out of the intersection, a white Subaru honked and stopped in front of him, blocking his way.
The driver lowered the window of the passenger side, and Zhao Yu saw that the driver was actually Qu Ping! Team Leader Qu sat firmly in the driver seat and curled her finger at Zhao Yu as she said bluntly, "Get in! Quick!!"