Chapter 207: Prefecture Examination 1
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Liu Zijin took it gratefully. “Thank you, Miss Su.”
Wearing Su Hua’s clothes, his body was no longer cold. After eating the meat porridge and taking the medicine, his head was clear, his body had strength, and he was confident about the exam.
At night, Su Xiaolu gave him a few more injections.
Every time Liu Zijin felt guilty, Su Xiaolu would coldly say, “You’ll pay me back later.”
Liu Zijin nodded. He secretly made up his mind to take the exam well and strive to get into Elementary Scholar so that he could earn some money as a teacher.
Only by being able to share her mother’s burdens and solve his own difficulties would he have a chance to repay the money he owed.
Liu Zijin was determined. He took the medicine and fell asleep. He slept very soundly.
Liu Zijin woke up early the next morning and looked much better. Seeing that he was much better, Teacher Xu knew that he had someone to help him. He patted Liu Zijin’s shoulder and instructed, “Take the exam well. As long as you make a name for yourself, you will have everything you want.”
He was a poor student, but as long as he stood out, he would have all the wealth he wanted.
Liu Zijin lowered his eyes and nodded. He replied softly, “Thank you, Teacher. I understand.”
He turned to look nearby, his eyes flashing with envy.
Su Chong, Su Hua, and Zhou Heng were also going in. Lin Pingsheng was also instructing them.
Su Xiaolu smiled and handed a few bottles to them. “Everyone, this is for your energy. You can eat it when you’re tired from the exam. The small bottle is for your head and temples. If you wipe it when you feel stressed, it can refresh your mind.”
“Master and I will meet you outside.”
Su Xiaolu gave each of them two bottles of medicine that she had prepared.
Su Chong, Su Hua, and Zhou Heng took them with a smile.
Su Chong reached out and ruffled her hair. “Thank you, Xiaolu.”
They were all in good health and didn’t really need these. However, with Su Xiaolu’s care, their hearts felt unusually warm.
“Then we’ll get going, sir.”
Zhou Heng cupped his hands at Lin Pingsheng.
Su Chong and Su Hua also cupped their hands at Lin Pingsheng. “Teacher, we’re going.”
Lin Pingsheng nodded. “Go, go.”
Su Chong, Su Hua, and Zhou Heng walked towards Liu Zijin. They nodded at each other slightly and then went in together.
The examination hall for the prefectural examination was very large, with thousands of students entering at once.
They would enter at 11 AM. After entering, they would have to take the exam for four days before coming out.
Those who did not have a teacher would enter the venue themselves. Many schools were led by teachers.
Lin Pingsheng looked at Su Xiaolu and said, “Let’s go back to the inn and wait. Don’t be too anxious. Your brothers will be fine.”
Su Xiaolu nodded solemnly. “Yes, I believe you, sir.”
She looked serious because she felt that studying was very rigorous. It was not easy for every student.
Su Xiaolu and Lin Pingsheng returned to the inn to wait.
Su Xiaolu had been grinding the medicine these past few days.
Lin Pingsheng spent most of his time in the inn reading books. When he was interested, he would also teach Su Xiaolu. Su Xiaolu listened attentively. She understood everything. After three days, Lin Pingsheng couldn’t help but sigh. “Xiaolu, if you were a man, you would also be a genius.”
She was bright and extremely intelligent.
Su Xiaolu waved her hand with a smile. “I don’t want to take the imperial examination. My dream is to travel the world with my sword.”
She was happy to be praised, though.
Lin Pingsheng smiled and echoed, “That’s good. Travel to all the rivers and mountains in the world, everyone will be envious.”
The exam will be over tomorrow, and the results will be released in two days.
So they would stay here two more days.
Su Xiaolu was tired and went to brew medicine at night.
In the examination hall, the seats of Su Chong and the others were not far apart. They came from the same town, so it was normal for them not to be far away.
It was a lot harder than county examinations.
They couldn’t even stretch straight when they slept in that small place at night.
The food was only so-so. All the students were tired, but they endured it.
Some of them couldn’t take it and fainted, so they were carried off. This exam opportunity was gone for them.
After the exam at night, Su Chong injected some internal force into Su Hua and Zhou Heng to relax their bodies.
Liu Zijin’s body was very weak, and Su Hua had also sent him some internal force to relax his body. Liu Zijin ate the medicinal cuisine cake. He asked Su Chong and the others, “Su Chong, have some too. This is really good. I’ve been relying on this for the past few days. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to survive this time.”
He might not even have been able to walk to Anping County, let alone take the exam.
This medicinal cuisine cake was good, but the only bad thing was that it was bitter. Some of the dough seemed to be raw and choking.
He had to eat it with water or he couldn’t swallow.
Liu Zijin wanted to hammer his heart after taking a few bites. He was really choking on it.
Su Chong, Su Hua, and Zhou Heng both waved their hands.
Su Chong said, “Zijin, you can eat it. Our bodies are fine.”
Su Hua smiled and said, “Yes, we’ll just have this nourishing one.”
Zhou Heng smiled and said, “Xiaolu’s medical skills are very good. She’s not good at making medicinal cuisine, but the effects are the best. Zijin, eating more is good for your body.”
Liu Zijin nodded. “I know. I’ll finish it all.”
It might taste awful, but it had saved his life.
Su Chong, Su Hua, and Zhou Heng were different from him. What he dreamed of, they had with them.
Liu Zijin knew very well, but he would not be jealous of them. He just had a different life. In the future, he would also have these things.
Tomorrow would be the last day of the exam.
The exam would be over after that.
The four-day exam was both long and short. It was difficult, but they got through it.
On the fourth day, as soon as the exam ended and the papers were collected, everyone stood up and left.
Liu Zijin was no exception. Su Chong, Su Hua, and Zhou Heng waited for him to go out together.
As soon as they left the examination hall, some students fainted.
The teacher or relative who came to pick them up called out anxiously, ‘Doctor, doctor…’
Many doctors were already waiting for them and immediately took their pulses.
Lin Pingsheng and Su Xiaolu were also waiting with Su Xiaolu’s silver needles in their hands.
Seeing her brothers come out, Su Xiaolu took their pulses, she heaved a sigh of relief. “They’re just a little tired. They’ll be fine after eating and resting for two days.”
Liu Zijin was a little weak, but his cold was mostly gone.
Su Xiaolu also took his pulse. After taking his pulse, Su Xiaolu handed the medicine bottle to Liu Zijin. “The medicine is all in here. 60 pills, three pills a day. Take them in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Your cold and cough will be cured after this.”
Liu Zijin took the medicine bottle and thanked her gently. “Thank you, Miss Su.”
“If you haven’t finished the medicinal cuisine pancake, you can continue to eat it.”
Su Xiaolu had made dozens of them. In just four days, Liu Zijin shouldn’t be able to finish them. The pancakes weren’t delicious either, but that didn’t affect the medicinal properties. It was good to finish them.
Liu Zijin nodded. “I know. I’ll finish it.”
As they walked back to the inn, Teacher Lin also asked about Su Chong, Su Hua, and Zhou Heng’s exams. Su Chong, Su Hua, and Zhou Heng explained them in detail. After Teacher Lin heard them out, his expression relaxed.