Monday, Yan City No. 1 High School.
On the flag-raising platform, a young man in a plaid shirt was giving a speech: “I am honored to be invited by my alma mater to give a speech to my juniors…..”
“…..An incident that happened this morning made me deeply appreciate the enthusiasm and kindness of our Yan No. 1 High School students. When I rode my bike to the school in the morning, I was a little dizzy because of a cold, and I almost went off the road in a daze. If it wasn’t for an enthusiastic student who pulled my bike in time to remind me, there might be unforeseen consequences. I mentioned this small matter to everyone to remind everyone that you need to stay awake when doing anything, especially studying…..”
“There are so many things to say about dozing off on a bicycle, I’m truly defeated.” Shen Xu rolled his eyes from below, leaned closer to Jiang Chen and said, “Say, what does old Fu want with you, even deliberately pulling you to stand in front.”
Jiang Chen was thinking about the email he received in the morning, and he was slow for a few seconds when he heard Shen Xu’s words before returning to his senses: “What?”
“I’m saying, that big brother whose bicycle you pulled to a stop this morning is chattering non-stop, talking more than me and M2 scolding students. After he finishes talking, the new vice principal will speak, I don’t know how long we will have to stand here for, and old Fu even pulled you to the front…..” Shen Xu complained halfway when he saw Jiang Chen looking down distracted. He stopped and said, “Jiangzi, why have you been a little distracted since this morning? Did you not sleep well?”
Jiang Chen: “No, I was just thinking about one thing.”
Shen Xu became interested: “What’s the matter?”
“In the second year of junior high school, the little boy who was in the car accident.”
“What are you thinking about him for?”
Jiang Chen didn’t answer, but a chill flashed in his eyes. This morning he received an email from the private detective he found some time ago, which contained things that happened to He Qianjian from childhood to adulthood. One of the past events made him very concerned: He Qianjian and He Qianmin were in a car accident together.
The timing of the car accident was very coincidental. It was in the second semester of his second year of junior high school, and it was exactly at the scene where he called the police and the ambulance. What he cared about was not whether He Qianmin was the one he rescued, or whether it was because he saved He Qianmin that He Qianjian noticed him and began to send someone to follow him.
What he cared about was——before the car accident, he saw He Qianjian, but after the car accident, he was obviously sitting in the wrong position in the car.
After seeing that email and the picture of the car accident scene attached to the file, Jiang Chen found this dusty memory in his mind in an instant.
It was old lady Yang’s birthday that day, and it was not pleasant as usual. He also left the Yang’s house early on the excuse of going home to review for the final exam. Because he was in a bad mood at the time, he didn’t take the nearby bus directly, but chose to walk a few stops before taking the bus to cool off.
There were few people and cars on the roads in the suburbs, and the empty road was very quiet. In the afternoon when the evening was approaching, the afterglow of the sun shone on the ground, as if he was the only one on the whole road. At that time, Jiang Chen noticed that car, not only because it was the first oncoming car since Jiang Chen walked on this road, but also because he felt eyes glued to him. Feeling it, he turned his head and saw a teenage boy in the car looking at him. He didn’t take it seriously at the time, but when he was about to look away, he heard the sharp screeching sound of brakes.
The whole car went from being hit to overturning in just a split second. When Jiang Chen turned around to look, there was only silence and buzzing after the loud noise in his ears. There were no other pedestrians on the side of the road. The two cars that collided were leaking oil, and the situation might be critical if the people were not rescued in time.
Jiang Chen hardly thought about it. He just took out his mobile phone to call the police and ambulance, and immediately ran to the side of the car, pulling everyone out of the car.
The first one was the least injured teenager, the second was the unconscious driver, and the third was a little boy covered in blood whose face could not be seen clearly. The first two were relatively easy to rescue. But it took Jiang Chen a lot more time to find a way to rescue the little boy from the car.
At that time, the little boy was still a little conscious, probably because he was afraid and seemed to want to say something, so he held on to the edge of his clothes tightly. He hugged the boy and was about to comfort him, but suddenly received a call from his mother crying. Thinking that his mother might have been bullied again by the Yang family, Jiang Chen instantly became anxious. An adult happened to pass by at the time, and after handing over the little boy to the adult, he quickly returned to the Yang family.
Later, the noise and unhappiness in the Yang family made Jiang Chen unable to think anymore about the car accident in the evening.
If Huo Bo hadn’t brought up this past event again yesterday, plus the email this morning, Jiang Chen might never have thought of it again, but it was such a coincidence that the same past event was mentioned two days in a row, and there were even photos from that time.
Almost at the moment when he saw the photo, that memory and those doubts that were fleeting but never ended up being pursued appeared in Jiang Chen’s mind:
——Before the car accident, the location of He Qianjian he saw was the location where he rescued He Qianmin after the car accident. In that car accident at that time, apart from the driver’s seat, He Qianjian’s original position was the one that was hit the hardest.
The details were connected to each other, almost in the blink of an eye, and Jiang Chen got the answer: He Qianjian had very likely used the system in his head to switch places between him and He Qianmin at the critical moment, allowing himself to sit in the relatively safe rear right of the driver’s seat.
Back then, the reason He Qianmin held him tightly and was so scared. He was afraid that apart from the car accident itself, there was also being inexplicably switched places while in a waking state, and he had to face the great panic caused by a life and death situation and the betrayal of a close family member.
Jiang Chen’s eyelashes trembled slightly, thinking of He Qianmin’s attitude when he mentioned He Qianjian, remembering the accident where He Qianmin was cut by a knife after He Qianjian failed to steal his blood last time, thinking of He Qianmin’s self-deprecating and pretending to be indifferent attitude when he said that no one believed him…..His fingers curled up by his side, gradually forming fists.
“Jiangzi? Jiangzi!” Shen Xu bumped Jiang Chen’s shoulder, saw him come back to his senses, and worried, “What’s the matter with you? Why is your complexion so bad?”
Jiang Chen restrained the emotions in his eyes before raising them. He was about to speak, when Fu Jinyu walked over, patted Jiang Chen on the shoulder and said, “Come with me.”
Jiang Chen nodded to Shen Xu, and followed Fu Jinyu back to the teaching building.
In the office of the year two group, the young man who was giving a speech just now was sitting at the desk, dozing off with his head propped on a hand.
Fu Jinyu knocked on the door, and the young man sat up in startlement, heaved a sigh of relief when he saw the person at the door, rubbed his eyes and said, “Old Fu, was it necessary for you to scare me? I thought it was Teacher He. “
“If you’re afraid of him, why do you still dare to sit in his seat and doze off.”
“Didn’t I just graduate?” The young man yawned and said, “I have to find a balance for myself, and I was so excited last night that I didn’t go to bed until three or four o’clock, but I woke up at six o’clock this morning, just to come to give a speech, otherwise would I almost…..eh? Aren’t you that warm-hearted and kind junior brother!”
Jiang Chen nodded slightly: “Hello senior brother.”
Fu Jinyu was a little surprised, but he was also quite happy: “You guys know each other? That’s good, Jiang Chen, didn’t you say you wanted to apply for the computer major before? Mo Xi, your senior, is a junior majoring in computer science at Yan University. He’s also one of six people who attended the IMO, and you two can have a talk.”
Mo Xi smiled and said, “Hello, junior brother.”
“You guys can chat here.” Fu Jinyu said to Mo Xi: “Tell him about your experience in the National League.”
“League?” Moxi hesitated for a moment, then reacted quickly, and said with a smile: “Okay.”
Fu Jinyu glanced at Jiang Chen, and a trace of sadness flashed across his eyes. He nodded to the two of them and walked out.
When there were only two people left in the office, Mo Xi stretched his back and slumped in his chair. Seeing Jiang Chen looking at him, he propped his head up weakly and said, “Understand me a bit, your senior, I was smashed by a pie falling from the sky yesterday, and I didn’t fall asleep all night, and now I’m sitting in a familiar place, and I can’t help feeling sleepy.”
Jiang Chen smiled slightly, and said lightly, “I don’t mind.”
Mo Xi asked: “This is the first time old Fu asked me to help him guide a student. I thought you would be the candidate to realize his dream of cultivating a mathematics bigwig, but I didn’t expect that you wanted to study computer science. By the way, I haven’t asked your name yet. What’s your name, junior brother, why do you want to major in computer science?”
“My name is Jiang Chen.” Jiang Chen said, “My purpose of studying computer science is to specialize in this direction in the future.”
“Specialized research?” Mo Xi sat up straight: “Which aspect? Theory, system or…..”
“AI…..” Mo Xi thought for a while, organized his words, and said sincerely: “Junior brother, with all due respect, if you plan to enter a domestic university, and then don’t plan to go abroad to study for a PhD, I suggest you change your direction, but having said that, if you want to study AI, you should be preparing for graduate school, so it is quite suitable for you to apply for my major as an undergraduate.”
“What is senior brother’s major?”
“Computer system structure.” Mo Xi smiled and said, “Will you be my junior brother in uni as well?”
Jiang Chen smiled and said nothing, Mo Xi continued: “But if you go in this direction, it’s the same if you choose applied mathematics, and old Fu will definitely be happy. It’s rare for me to see him care so much about any student. He didn’t care about me this much back then…..” In the middle of speaking, he folded his index finger and thumb together, leaving a little distance, and said with a conflicted expression: “I don’t know if I should ask, but I am really puzzled…..”
“Please go ahead.”
“Why did you participate in the league this year? According to how much old Fu cares about you, he should have pulled you to participate in the competition in the first year of high school. According to the time, you should be just coming back from the training team by this time and preparing for the IMO in October. “
Jiang Chen smiled: “I also participated in the competition in my first year of high school, but only in physics. Due to some reasons at home, I was unable to participate in the winter camp and training camp, so I only participated in the math competition this semester.”
Jiang Chen smiled and said, “I will only participate in the October league.”
“Yet old Fu still cares about you so much?” Mo Xi rubbed his chin, took out a piece of paper from the table, picked up a pen and wrote down a question before pushing it to Jiang Chen, and saying, “Try and solve this?”
Jiang Chen took the pen and quickly wrote down the steps and answers almost without thinking.
The edges of Mo Xi’s eyes raised slightly. None of the numbers he gave could be quickly calculated mentally: “Mental calculation? Wait, do another one.”
After Jiang Chen quickly gave a step-by-step answer again, Mo Xi asked a few questions in succession with disbelief, and then directly wrote down this week’s homework he hadn’t done yet.
Seeing Jiang Chen help him finish his homework, Mo Xi blinked his wide eyes, swallowed, pretended to nonchalantly fold the draft paper and stuffed it into his pocket. He coughed, and said: “Junior brother, in terms of competitions, this senior brother has nothing to teach you, but about computers, I’m not just boasting, I promise you will benefit a lot. So go ahead, what do you want to know, this senior brother will definitely tell you everything I know.”
Jiang Chen thought for a while, and said, “I want to know the current situation of several major game development companies in China.”
“What do you want to know about this for?” Mo Xi chuckled: “But you are asking the right person, senior brother, I just sold a small game a while ago, and I accepted a big business deal yesterday, stumbled on great luck——no, it should be said that I bumped into a great god, this great god is a top figure in the hacker world, within two weeks he…..”
He cleared his throat excitedly and wanted to tell about his great luck from beginning to end, but from the corner of his eye, he caught a glimpse of Jiang Chen who did not seem to show interest or admiration for the “great god” he was talking about. Thinking of the two pages of homework just now, he could only suppress the desire to show off regretfully, shook his head and sighed: “Forget it, you are still young, this field is too advanced for you, I will tell you after you learn programming, now I will talk about the game companies you want to know…..”