After Nai Nai's unfortunate death, father's original children are moving to Tiajin to join Niang and third brother. Niang is now going to be in charge and all the children's lives are going to change forever .
Who will look after me during Aunt Baba and Nai Nai's absence?
After the traditional mourning period went by ( for Nai Nai) Aunt Baba, Ye Ye and younger sister joined the rest of the family in Shanghai. An issue fell between younger sister and Niang. Niang began to hit younger sister. In an attempt to save her sister, Adeline jumped in by desperately asking Niang to stop and forgive her. Niang took this as a chance to yell at Adeline and make her life harder. She threatened her and told her that she was not going to be cared for. Adeline was shocked and terrified at the same time. She new that from then on Niang would have no mercy on her.
"Get out, I shall never forgive you! Never, never, never! You better watch out from now on, you will pay for your arrogance!"
Adeline received a pet chick along with all of her siblings. She named her chick Precious Little Treasure (PLT for short). PLT was all that Adeline could think about all day and all that excited her and made her feel needed. Father decided to test his pet, Jackie's ( a dog) obedience by tempting him with one of the chicks. Third brother chose Adeline's chick to be tested with. PLT was brutally killed by Jackie, right before Adeline's eyes.
MY Precious Little Treasure ! The only thing that kept me excited to come back home everyday is now gone !
In her school in Shanghai, Adeline became class president after a democratic vote held in her class. Her friends decide to surprise her by following her to her house and holding a celebration. Niang became furious because of this and decides to punish Adeline by taking her back to Tianjin and enrolling her in a boarding school there. The communists were approaching Tianjin and it was extremely dangerous for anyone to be living there at that time, let alone a chid.
Are they going to leave me here all by myself? What if the communists come? Is father so careless to not bother to come say goodbye? I don't want to be left here all alone.
"Here she is, she will be staying with you for a little while." "Say hello to sister Mary Adeline."
After almost a year, Aunt Reine (Niang's sister) comes and saves Adeline from her boarding school in Tianjin. She takes her to her father's house in Hong kong. Her parents enrol her in a boarding school in Hong kong where she stays for the next few years. During those years she visited her family twice ; once when she gets sick and once when Ye Ye passes away. Ye Ye passed away and a few weeks before that, he encouraged Adeline to pursue her dreams. Her Ye Ye's encouragements were what pushed her to apply for the international writing competition. She was waiting for the results although she did not have high hopes. It was a complete surprise that her father had called for Adeline and Adeline was quite nervous to find out why.
Really?! For me ?!
Your chauffeur has arrived to pick you up. He said he is taking you to your father!
Once Adeline arrived at her father's house in Hong Kong, she headed straight to her father's room where he was waiting for. He informed her that she had won the writing competition and made him extremely proud. She then asked him for permission to travel with her brother to England to study. Surprisingly, her father agreed but with only one exemption. To study medicine and become a doctor. Although medicine was not her dream education, she was flabbergasted that her father had finally allowed her to travel to England and study in a university.
You made me proud. You may travel with your brother to England and study!