Chapter 185: Survival of the Fittest
Shen Zhong saw Second Aunt’s heartache and quickly pulled her into his arms. As if he was coaxing a child, he gently stroked Second Aunt’s back to help her calm down.
“Yes, I just know. That’s why Xiao Hao is forced to learn all sorts of skills at such a young age. Don’t think that Xiao Hao is doing everything well now. Only I, as his mother, know clearly how much Xiao Hao has sacrificed behind the scenes.”
When Second Aunt thought of this, the tears in her eyes could not stand it anymore. Shen Zhong’s heart ached, and he quickly helped Second Aunt wipe her tears.
“Don’t cry. I know that your heart aches for your son. Do you want your son to be unable to protect himself? How can he be injured? Don’t you know how he was framed?”
Second Aunt cried even harder when she heard this. Shen Zhong was right. Born in the Shen family, if one wanted to live, one had to learn more.
Although the Shen family appeared to be harmonious and respected by everyone, the higher one stood, the more things one had to endure. The dangers one had to face were much greater than others. Otherwise, just as Shen Zhong had said, one would not even know when one died.
However, as a mother, she had seen her son learn all sorts of knowledge from the moment he was born. Then, his outstanding performance in school had caused others to be jealous or disgusted. Was this the cold violence that a child had to endure from a young age?
Just as Shen Zhong said, if they wanted to live, they had to adapt to the survival of the fittest from a young age. She was not a mother who only doted on her son. However, every time she saw her son’s tired appearance, she could not help but feel uncomfortable in her heart.
“Alright, don’t feel uncomfortable. Xiao Hao is already old, so he has naturally gotten used to living like this. You have to believe in our son. Isn’t he adapting very well now?”
Shen Zhong looked at Second Aunt, who was sobbing uncontrollably, and could only comfort her. However, he could not change his son’s fate because he wanted Shen Hao to live.
Second Aunt was sobbing uncontrollably. She could no longer care about her usual gentle image. “How long will you stay at home this time? Can you spend more time with the child?”
Since there was no way to change it, she would spend more time with the children. At least, the children would not feel that no one cared about them, and he would not feel that he was the only one on the road to growth.
“Dad asked me and Third Brother to stay at home for a period of time. He said that since the person behind this is so well hidden, it would be useless no matter how we look for him. It’s better to stay at home in peace. The person behind this will eventually reveal his fox tail.”
“You only know how to frame me. Tell me honestly. Xiao Hao and the others are going to have their summer vacation soon. Does Father have any other plans?”
Second Aunt obviously did not believe Shen Zhong’s words. After all, how could busy people like them stay at home peacefully?
Shen Zhong reached out and pulled his wife into his arms again. He sighed lightly. Sometimes, marrying a smart wife was also a sweet burden.
On the other side, Shen Yu, who had washed up after returning to the Shen family, appeared in Shen Nan’s room. Shen Nan had just walked out of the bathroom when he was startled by Shen Yu, who was sitting in front of the desk.
“Fifth Brother, although we are on good terms now, you are still very scary, okay?” Shen Nan hurriedly took a piece of clothing and put it on himself. He looked at Shen Yu with some dissatisfaction as Shen Yu entered uninvited.
It was only then that Shen Yu realized that he had forgotten his manners because he was too excited. He looked at Shen Nan apologetically and said, “I’m sorry, I just suddenly thought of something, so I wanted to look for you to confirm it.”
Shen Yu and Shen Nan looked at each other. Shen Nan was puzzled. He walked up to Shen Yu and stared at Shen Yu’s face. After making sure that Shen Yu was not joking, he said, “Fifth Brother, are you sure you’re not joking with me? You’re so amazing. Do you still need my help to verify things?”
“Shen Xue. You said that when you were arguing with Shen Xue in front of the bulletin board, Shen Xue said that she would have crippled Emi’s hands if she had known earlier?”
“I’m being serious,” Shen Yu said anxiously. He always felt that there was something wrong with what Shen Xue said. However, when he returned home and thought about it for a while, he came to his senses. He was so anxious that he wanted to verify it with Shen Nan.
“Wait for me to think about it.” Shen Nan frowned and fell into deep thought. After a while, he suddenly came to a realization. “I remember that the original words that Shen Xue said were that it was a pity that she didn’t cripple Millie’s fingers completely.”
“Yes, that’s right. Why do I feel like she regrets not using a heavier hand on Emi? Also, why did she say so confidently that she didn’t cripple Emi’s fingers completely?”
Shen Yu frowned and emphasized the word ‘fingers.’ Whether it was because he was sensitive or because he thought too much about it, he just felt that what Shen Xue said was a little strange. His expression changed.