There was no news from Long Xing and Feng Junyuan for a while. After being rejected by Xia Hongshen, Xi Anling refused to come over but would occasionally call Song Jun from time to time to ask how Xia Hongshen was doing.

       In fact, Xia Hongshen’s condition had been very stable; the wound had not worsened, nor had he recovered.

       It was just drowsiness, unexplained drowsiness. Sometimes, he could sleep all day long in Song Jun’s arms. However, when Song Jun asked him to get up and eat, he was not entirely unresponsive. He was only willing to eat cat food, with the addition of Whiskas food pouch.

       Song Jun always felt that Whiskas pouch was not healthy for the injured Xia Hongshen, so he refused to give it to him. He just let him eat some cat food and drink some milk.

       As summer approached, Song Jun’s first year of graduate school came to an end. All his courses would conclude after this semester, and he would be exclusively engaged in lab experiments from the next semester onwards. With this, his schedule would become more flexible. Additionally, his advisor arranged for him to assist at the identification centre in the institute, earning a monthly salary of 1,200 yuan. Hence, he no longer had to take time off to work in a milk tea shop.

       But before that, he still had to deal with the final exam of this semester.

       Two days before the exam, Song Jun went to the classroom to borrow last year’s test papers and spent the afternoon studying in the classroom. Xia Hongshen refused to stay in the dormitory alone and insisted on going out with Song Jun.

       So Song Jun packed him up in a backpack and took him to the classroom.

       Fortunately, Xia Hongshen was not a real cat. He would not run around or meow at inappropriate times.

       Due to various chaotic events recently, Song Jun felt he was falling behind in his studies. Holding photocopies of exam papers, he spent almost two hours in the classroom, flipping through books and studying.

       Xia Hongshen lay down in his backpack at first, then crawled onto Song Jun’s lap and slept on his stomach.

       A girl sitting in the front row of Song Jun passed by his seat and noticed the black cat on his lap. She whispered, “You brought the cat to self-study?”

       Song Jun raised his head and smiled in acquiescence.

       The girl reached out and scratched the little black cat’s head, then returned to her seat and sat down.

       Xia Hongshen raised his paw and scratched the touched area.

       Song Jun then scratched him for a while, then raised his head to look at the girl and suddenly found several red spots on the back of the girl’s neck.

       While the girl was studying, she reached out and scratched the back of her neck.

       After a while, the red spot started to bleed. She covered it with a tissue and didn’t dare to scratch it anymore.

       Song Jun didn’t mind the distractions and spent the entire afternoon studying. Later, he returned to the dormitory, carrying Xia Hongshen with him.

       After two or three days, Long Xing and Feng Junyuan came back.

       They failed to find Yun Po, but they found the abbot master of the temple where Yun Po was located. The master had not left the temple for many years. If they took Xia Hongshen to the temple, the master might be able to try to find out what was going on.

       “Going to the temple?” Song Jun asked.

       Long Xing said, “I don’t know what else to do.”

       Several people were silent for a while.

       Long Xing said to Song Jun, “Why don’t you come with us? I’m really worried about leaving you alone.”

       Hearing what Long Xing said, Song Jun suddenly thought of Ling Xiao and Xiang Wenxi. Perhaps it was because those two people had never hurt him, and Song Jun wasn’t that afraid of them, but it was really not a pleasant thing to be caught and threatened to be sold.

       Song Jun had an exam tomorrow, and within the past two weeks, there would be three or four exams in succession. He had no way to leave, and there was no way he could let Xia Hongshen wait for him with his injury.

       After hesitating, Song Jun said to Long Xing, “You’d better bring Senior Brother Xia for treatment first. I’ll be fine.”

       Long Xing hesitated for a moment and said to Feng Junyuan, “You take Teacher Xia, and I’ll stay and watch Song Jun.”

       But Feng Junyuan said, “It’s better that I stay and you go.”

       Song Jun suddenly felt embarrassed and said, “I’m fine…” but he was only saying it and didn’t seem convincing.

       In the end, it was decided that Feng Junyuan would stay behind. Song Jun would at least have someone to help him if something happened. Long Xing took Xia Hongshen to the temple alone, and Xi Anling also stayed because he had final exams like Song Jun.

       Long Xing took Xia Hongshen away, and it was also time for Song Jun’s final exam. He was reviewing and preparing for the exam every day. In order to concentrate on reading, he simply went to the classroom most of the time.

       There had been no news from Long Xing, and Song Jun felt worried constantly.

       Just like this, the exam week was over, and Song Jun finally completed a few exams safely. He would not have to return to the classroom for the next two years.

       Many people plan to stay on the campus this summer, including Bu Hui, who was about to finish his hospital internship.

       Zhou Yingchun called Song Jun and asked him to go to the appraisal centre to help at the beginning of the summer vacation. He would have weekends off, and he would be paid at a rate of fifty yuan per day.

       Song Jun thanked Zhou Yingchun repeatedly.

       Before the exams, Song Jun had already informed the boss at the milk tea shop that once he finished the exam, he would no longer be working there. The boss was very nice and said there would be no problem at all.

       The night after Song Jun finished his exam, he went to the milk tea shop to help out for the last time.

       At around eight o’clock in the evening, he saw Xiang Wenxi, with yellow hair, walking in from outside.

       Song Jun suddenly felt nervous and subconsciously wondered if he should give Feng Junyuan a call.

       In the end, Xiang Wenxi sat in front of the counter and ordered a cup of milk tea.

       Song Jun brewed him milk tea and couldn’t help but ask, “Is Ling Xiao okay?”

       Xiang Wenxi propped up his face with both hands, looked at him and said, “Fine, he’s not dead.”

       Song Jun finished brewing the milk tea and asked, “Would you like to drink it now?”

       Xiang Wenxi nodded.

       So Song Jun helped him insert the straw and handed it to him.

       Xiang Wenxi took it, took two sips, and then said, “Ling Xiao isn’t dead, so I won’t bother with you guys.”

       Song Jun subconsciously retorted, “It was you who stole our things first. We should be the ones settling the score with you, shouldn’t we?”

       Xiang Wenxi glared at him.

       Song Jun lowered his head and wiped the counter hard with a rag.

       Xiang Wenxi said, “You killed my brother, and I wasn’t even planning to settle the score with you! Are we really going to be able to settle this?”

       In his heart, Song Jun was complaining that it was his brother who had evil intentions first, and that was why Senior Brother Xia killed him, no? But there was no point in arguing with Xiang Wenxi. After all, Xiang Wenshi had lost his life. It was normal for his brother to want revenge, so Song Jun fell silent.

       Xiang Wenxi continued, “But you have offended someone, and I am afraid that person will not let you go easily.”

       Song Jun heard this and looked up at him in surprise.

       Xiang Wenxi said, “Don’t you remember what happened that day when Demon Zhen made a big fuss in the Demon Market? I heard that the owner of the Demon Market has a very powerful background. I’m afraid he won’t let it go so easily.”

       Song Jun said, “What happened that day was obviously caused by you.”

       Xiang Wenxi’s expression immediately turned somewhat subtle. He was silent for a moment and said, “I took Ling Xiao for treatment, but many places were reluctant to accept him. I think someone might have spread the word behind the scenes.”

       Song Jun stopped wiping the counter and asked Xiang Wenxi, “Who is the owner of the Demon Market?”

       Xiang Wenxi shook his head and said, “I don’t know either. Anyway, just take care of yourself.” After that, he added, “If you are really Chunjun.”

       After that, Xiang Wenxi took the milk tea and left. After he left, Song Jun realised that he hadn’t paid at all, and he had to compensate for the money for his cup of milk tea himself.

       However, after seeing Xiang Wenxi, Song Jun could breathe a sigh of relief. At least Xiang Wenxi and Ling Xiao had no intention of kidnapping and selling him again. According to Xiang Wenxi, they might be somewhat preoccupied at the moment.

       He didn’t know who the owner of the Demon Market was, and he didn’t know what caused the injury on Xia Hongshen’s leg.

       These things were too complicated for Song Jun. He probably couldn’t figure them out clearly based on his own imagination.

       Xia Hongshen had not yet returned. Long Xing called, assuring them that they could relax as they had found a way to heal Xia Hongshen’s injuries.

       When he heard what Long Xing said, Song Jun breathed a sigh of relief.

       At the beginning of the summer vacation, he officially went to the appraisal centre to help. His job was very simple. He was responsible for receiving guests who came for appraisals and collecting blood from the persons being appraised.

       Song Jun had just started to work in this field, so it was inevitable that he would not be familiar with it. Fortunately, he had a senior sister with him who could teach him step by step.

       Their testing centre received the most customers who came for paternity testing. Generally speaking, the senior sister was responsible for reception, and Song Jun was responsible for collecting blood.

       However, it was only his second day at work. When he was collecting blood from a guest, he rolled up his sleeves and saw red sores all over the guest’s arms.

       Even though he was wearing gloves, Song Jun was still startled and subconsciously wanted to retract his hand.

       The customer also felt a little embarrassed and said, “I don’t know what I’m allergic to recently; every time I scratch, my hands end up covered in wounds.”

       Song Jun calmed down and said, “The allergy is so serious, it’s better to go to the hospital.”

       After that, there wasn’t much said. When the guests left, Song Jun returned to the computer, and his senior sister sat nearby, continuing to surf the internet.

       After a while, Song Jun noticed that the senior sister was scratching her own face. He turned around and took a look and saw many red pimples on the senior sister’s face.

       Song Jun stopped her and told her to stop scratching.

       The senior sister was stunned for a moment, ran to the bathroom and looked in the mirror. When she came back, she said, “It seems like an allergy. I don’t know what’s causing it. I’ll go buy some antiallergic medicine later.”

       Song Jun nodded and then felt something was wrong. He suddenly began to worry about whether it was an infectious disease, so he said to his senior sister, “Go to the hospital early after work. Be careful; it might be contagious. I just noticed that the arms of that customer were covered in red sores too.”

       When the senior sister heard this, she made a disgusted expression and said, “Then I’ll go to the hospital to have a look.”

       Thinking of this, Song Jun couldn’t help but go to the bathroom and wash his hands again.

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