Chapter 1: Wen Yantong
In the middle of the night, just after Chaoge City's night's last watch bell (3-5 am) rang, Wen Yantong suddenly opened her eyes.
In the distance was the faint sound of bells, while nearby were the snoring of her roommates.
Wen Yantong cautiously sat up, and did not make any sound when her foot touched the floor.
Using the faint moonlight, she found and put on her clothes before she tiptoed out the room.
The moonlight was bright and there was no one around.
Wen Yantong couldn't help shivering when the cold wind blew.
She took out a thin knife that was stolen from the cafeteria.
After unwrapping it out of the silk cloth, the blade shone coldly in the moonlight.
It was only when she looked closer, did she realize that the blade was blunt; there were even some fine cracks on it.
Wen Yantong cussed at her bad luck.
When she sneaked to the kitchen during the day, she was scared of being caught and didn’t take her time to choose.
She just chose this knife because she had thought it was small and easy to hide.
Unexpectedly, it was a dull knife.
She reached out and felt the blade.
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Wen Yantong wanted to use this knife to do a big thing.
She wanted to kill a chicken.
This chicken also had a name: Wu-duo (Not lazy).
Wen Yantong never expected that one day a big rooster would become her biggest rival.
This rooster was personally picked up by the dean of Songhai Academy from his hometown on a carriage.
Currently four years of age and this rooster was extremely ferocious.
It’s said that it will peck every passiby, so no one dared to approach it.
Wen Yantong had never been pecked by it.
But this rooster's nest was built right behind her dormitory, and every six quarters of mǎo-shí (5-7 am), the rooster would croak up to the sky and spin by her window.
His crows pierced straight into her ear, resulting in a massive headache.
Every time she was awakened from her sleep by this rooster’s loud, intimate calls, Wen Yantong wanted to break the window and twist the rooster's neck.
The rooster ‘alarm clock’ was highly valued by the academy.
So when Yantong suggested to her teacher to relocate the chicken coop, she was given a harsh scolding.
After four tortuous days, Wen Yantong could no longer bear it anymore.
She decided to go to the pantry to steal a knife, reluctantly sacrificing half a night's time to completely solve this deadly-plague-of-a-rooster.
She carefully looked around and sneakily made her way to the chicken coop.
The rooster was very alert and had already sensed someone approaching.
Its eyes were open, it was vigilant, but didn't move.
Firstly, because chickens were no different from a blind man at night.
And secondly, the rooster was fierce and did not fear humans at all.
Wen Yantong felt full of hatred when she saw it.
She spat and thought: it’s useless for you to be vigilant! Tonight I will turn you from Wu-dou to Wu-tou (No head)!
She gestured back and forth with the thin knife, trying to find a suitable position to chop off the chicken's neck.
She wanted it to make it a clean cut, so as not to wake others up with its cries.
Everything was ready, she was just one knife cut away.
Wen Yantong's posture was all set, and just as she was about to use the knife, a loud sound suddenly came from the side.
“Who are you?! What are you doing there!”
Wen Yantong was frightened by this lous call.
She turned around and saw a person holding a lamp, standing not far away.
She quickly recognised the person as the infamous Teacher Wu from the academy.
Without a second thought or sound, she quickly turned around and ran.
Teacher Wu caught up to her in three steps and kicked her right leg.
“Ow!” Wen Yantong felt a pain in her leg, fell to the ground, and was pinned down by Teacher Wu.
She immediately threw the thin knife away, raised her hands, and shouted, “Don't hit, don't hit me! I'm a student of the academy!”
Her chicken assassination plan was unsuccessful.
The next day, Wen Yantong stood outside the academy.
Her eyelids were so heavy that she could not wait to lie down on the ground and sleep.
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There was a lot of noise last night, and a morning’s gossip, everyone in the academy knew that Wen Yantong wanted to kill a chicken in the middle of the night.
Some students walked up to her and laughed at her.
Wen Yantong didn't have the energy to care.
She wasted half the night trying to kill the chicken.
She wanted to sleep for a while after returning to her dorm, but the pain in her right leg made it hard for her to sleep.
After finally getting some rest, the chicken, who should have been stuck with a thousand knives, croaked by her window again.
The morning class started before the break of dawn.
Wen Yantong was taken aside by the teacher and asked for her reason for wanting to kill the rooster.
Wen Yantong quickly admitted her mistake, and even wanted to squeeze out two tears, “I was too hungry…”
The teacher hated that iron could not become steel*, and bitterly lectured her for an hour.
The teacher was only done after the morning class was over.
Before leaving, he asked her to stand by the gate of the academy and reflect on her actions.
(Pure: To feel resentful for failing to meet expectations and impatient to see improvement)
As soon as the teacher left, Wen Yantong became drowsy under the warm midwinter sun, and started to doze off while leaning on the wall.
It had been four days since she entered this book called
When Wen Yantong first opened this book, she never expected to become the character who shared the same name as her.
A cannon fodder who only appeared in twice, spent two years in prison, and finally died tragically.
In the original book, Wen Yantong's biological father, Wen Qin, was an extremely famo
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