Xia Rou didn’t remember anything after she had gotten drunk, so she followed Cao Yang to his study without thought.
So when she heard Cao Yang ask, “Do you know Liang Ziheng?” she couldn’t conceal her emotions at all.
Surprise, sadness, anger, regret, and resentment – the emotions she revealed at that moment were so complicated she didn’t look her age at all.
And they were all completely caught by Cao Yang.
It was the first time he had seen something so unfamiliar on Xia Rou.
“I do know him. The day of the party, Brother Hu Chen brought him along,” she said, smiling after she calmed down.
The smile was so reluctant and her acting was very poor, was all Cao Yang thought.
Xia Rou even acted cheerfully to ask, “Why are you asking about him?”
Cao Yang lit up a cigarette. “Yesterday you were so drunk you cried the entire time and kept cursing his name.”
He let out a puff of smoke, staring at her: “What did he do to you?”
Xia Rou felt the smile on her face stiffen.
She was very clear that her acting skills couldn’t deceive Cao Yang. But she really couldn’t explain it away, so she could only continue to act.
“I can’t remember anymore. I must have had too much to drink and started babbling nonsense,” she answered. “I don’t know him that well, anyways.”
Cao Yang bit down on his cigarette. Under his gaze, her back began to sweat as she gritted her teeth, trying to withstand the attention.
When he called Hu Chen, he remembered seeing Liang Ziheng around before, once or twice. Mostly he had seem him trailing Hu Chen very attentively.
And the occasions he remembered him from, thinking back… Xia Rou had been there too. It was possible that she had met him before this.
Though that kid’s background was quite mediocre, he had a good-looking face.
He stared at Xia Rou, looking carefully at her.
He had experience with a lot of women, and so had practice in inspecting people. Just by her attitude he could confirm she was still a virgin.
Even if she had been deceived by a bad guy, at least she hadn’t lost too much.
Seeing her cry so sadly that day, it seemed like she cared about that kid… Since she wasn’t willing to tell him, he decided he wouldn’t force her any longer.
Just when he thought this, he heard her say, “Big brother, my stomach hurts, I think I might have eaten something bad… I-I need to go to the bathroom…”
Cao Yang: “…” Translated by The Novelst
In order to escape this topic, she had even used the poop trick!
Cao Yang gritted his teeth, his face darkening. He waved his hand at her.
Xia Rou was glad to be free, acting painfully, covering her stomach and trying to flee.
“Xiao Rou!” Cao Yang called after her.
“Hm?” Xia Rou turned around at the entrance.
“Whenever…” he said, “No matter what kind of person or matter you run into – don’t let anyone bully you.”
“If anything happens, you must come back to tell me.”
“Do you understand?”
A whole-hearted smile took over Xia Rou’s face.
“Mn!” she replied. “Of course!”
“…” Cao Yang said, “Your stomach isn’t hurting anymore?”
Xia Rou: “…!!”
She quickly ran away.
Cao Yang let out a tsk and laughed.
He flicked the cigarette ash into the ashtray, then decided to make a call.
“Help me check on someone,” he said. “Check if… the person has anything to do with our Xia Rou.”
“Mn, his name is Liang Ziheng…”
Wang Man sat at the window, looking at the unmelted snow on the road, bored.
She looked at her watch… twenty minutes. That person was already twenty minutes late.
She felt that ever since she had returned to the country, her patience had improved. She would actually wait for a man and tolerate him being over twenty minutes late.
If this was the past, she would have left early. But from the beginning to now, she didn’t have any intention of leaving. Now that she thought about it, she found herself… unbelievable.
Her phone rang. It was that person – she waited two rings and then picked up, speaking slowly in a soothing tone: “Hello?”
The man’s voice was deep like a cello. “Sorry, I’m here. Are you still here?”
Wang Man smiled. “Yes. Walk inside and turn right, I’m near the window.”
“I see you.”
He hung up.
Wang Man turned to see Cao Yang.
He was in a black uniform with a black cashmere coat. Under the hat, his sharp eyes peered out.
He tucked his phone away and strode toward her.
Wang Man felt that the little unhappiness she felt in waiting was dispersed by his powerful footsteps, so she put down her phone and smiled.
“I’m really sorry…” he took off his coat and hung it off the back of his chair before taking off his hat and apologizing. “I didn’t expect my boss to look for me all of a sudden.”
“I’ve already ordered two dishes that are going to be a while,” she said, pushing the menu to him. “You should order some more.”
Cao Yang smiled, “You can order for me. We’re northerners, the two of us, so our tastes should run the same.”
Wang Man smiled back and ordered more vegetables and noodles.
As he had expected, it fit Cao Yang’s tastes very well.
“How was your New Years’ visit down to your hometown?” Cao Yang asked.
With the smile on his face, he looked much gentler.
Handsome and charming. Translated by The Novelst
“It’s so much colder than it is here. I can’t get used to it,” she replied. “What about you? Did you go back to your hometown?”
“No. Ever since my grandparents passed away, we haven’t returned. My father left his hometown very early and all my brothers were born here…”
The couple sitting by the window, chatting and laughing, exuded a harmonious atmosphere.
They both had excellent appearances. The woman had an outstanding temperament, and the man was wearing an army uniform and sitting straight, masculinity in every line of his form.
Even the guests who walked by took a few more glances.
The atmosphere of the dinner was great, but Wang Man felt irritation in her heart.
As usual, there was no progress…
Proofread by: Hannah