In reality, Yun Jian’s guess was correct. The old man leading a bunch of others smashing the door and swinging shovels was the grandfather of the student who was accidentally killed by Lu Feiyan’s father.
The reason Lu Feiyan’s mother panicked was because this old man was absurd.
The innocent victim was Zhang Qin, a twelve-year-old boy who was a fifth grader this year.
Lu Feiyan’s father was devastated by Zhang Qin’s death. Being a virtuous man all his life, he had never taken a strayed path and was humble and kind as a teacher. Accidentally causing the death of a student was going to be a sting in his conscience, a pang in the gut that he would have to live with for life.
Zhang Qin’s grandfather was a local farmer without any education. After his grandson’s death, he turned Lu Feiyan’s father’s mistake into hatred. He had even brought the shovel in threatening to kill Lu Feiyan when she went to school previously.
According to Zhang Qin’s grandfather, Lu Feiyan’s father had killed his grandson. An eye for an eye, he should be killing his daughter, Lu Feiyan for it.
Every day, Zhang Qin’s grandfather bawled and cursed in front of the Lu house with his shovel. After the winter break, Lu Feiyan no longer dared leave her house. Other than sneaking to the police station to plead the police in allowing her to visit her father, she stayed home.
Anytime she went out, Zhang Qin’s grandfather was shouting to kill her with a group of people.
Once, he almost slashed her stomach if Lu Feiyan was just one step slower. It was the same time a big gape was torn on her down jacket.
It was not that Lu Feiyan did not know how to protect herself but when she lodged her complaint to the police about how Zhang Qin’s grandfather was transferring his grudge to her, the police dismissed her by asking for evidence and stopped making things up if there was no evidence.
Both Lu Feiyan and her mother could feel that the police had most probably been bribed by Zhang Qin’s father.
They were completely helpless now. Unsupported by either power or influence, they could only hide and avoid confrontations as much as they could.
“Mom, let’s go together!” Lu Feiyan tugged her mother anxiously, grabbing Yun Jian with another hand to pull them to safety.
Their conversation happened in only a blink of eyes. As they were about to run to a corner to hide, someone with Zhang Qin’s grandfather in front of their house noticed the three of them.
“They’re over there!” someone cried.
Zhang Qin’s grandfather snapped his head over. With a frowning glare, he raised his shovel to dart to them.
As a lifelong farmer, uneducated and ignorant of the law, Zhang Qin’s grandfather had lived in an era where brute force was used to solve problems when he was younger. When his grandson was killed, his old-school mind told him that he should kill the offender’s daughter to avenge his grandson’s death!
Blinded by hatred, he grabbed his shovel and sprinted to Lu Feiyan and her mother.
“You should die! You deserve to die!” Zhang Qin’s grandfather and his people charged to where the three women were in a fit. Those were also boorish villagers like Zhang Qin’s grandfather.
They had no concept of one being responsible for his own action, nor did they know that the law and police would take cases like this into their hands.
“Run! Both of you, run quick!” Seeing that it was too late, Lu Feiyan’s mother pushed her daughter and Yun Jian with the intention to block Zhang Qin’s bolting grandfather with her body.
It was understandable that she was protecting her daughter while for her to protect Yun Jian, it was due to her gratitude. Moreover, the girl was innocent. Lu Feiyan’s mother did not want any more innocent people getting involved.