Chapter 129: Can I not say?
Yang Chen just got off the phone, and didn’t notice where Wang Ma went. Shaking his head he asked, “Why are you looking for Wang Ma?”
Lin Ruoxi creased her brows. She seemed to be considering something and remained silent while biting her lip
At this time, Wang Ma’s voice was heard from the second floor, “Miss, what’s the matter?”
Both Yang Chen and Lin Ruoxi raised their heads at the same time and were dumbstruck.
They saw Wang Ma who had changed into a set of white pajamas and had her hair untied. She stood by the railing on the second floor. There was a pure white facial mask on her face, she was in the middle of maintenance for ladies.
Lin Ruoxi’s cheeks reddened. With a slightly blaming tone she said, “Wang Ma, when did you start using facial masks? Also, have you forgotten what day it is?”
While giving her face a small massage, Wang Ma pondered and said, “Oh! well Miss, I’ve been getting older and my memory is getting worse, I forgot about the matter you mentioned.”
Yang Chen looked at Wang Ma’s face which was totally white, and found that it was rather refreshing. No wonder Wang Ma managed to look like she was in her forties when she was over fifty. It turns out that she does proper maintaining work on herself. But come to think of it, it made sense since she was overseeing such a large house. When she wasn’t busy during the day, other than performing maintenance on herself there was practically nothing else to do.
“Hurry up Wang Ma, I’ll wait for you.” Lin Ruoxi helplessly said. She was sulking like a little girl that was bullied by her elders.
Yang Chen felt rather baffled. What matter was she attending to that required Wang Ma’s company?
Before Yang Chen could ask, Wang Ma said, “Miss, you don’t need to wait for me. In the past there were only us ladies in the house. Now that Miss has married Young Master, it should be Young Master who accompanies you to Book City to shop for books instead. I still have much more maintenance work to be done. Miss, just go with Young Master.
“No!” Lin Ruoxi immediately said defensively, “Wang Ma, I want to go with you.”
Wang Ma walked down the stairs while chuckling, her hands were still rubbing her face as she said, “Miss, I’m pretty old now, and can’t always accompany you. In the future, you’d still have to spend days together as a couple. If I accompany you to buy books, I won’t be able to help much. The most I could do is to help you carry two bags of books. Young Master on the other hand, is different. You’re both youngsters, you could chat and exchange opinions. Besides, when leaving the house at night, it’s always good to have a man by your side. I’ll be at ease with Young Master protecting you.
Yang Chen understood and nodded. This woman wanted to go to Book City to buy books. Although they hadn’t known each other for long, he knew that Lin Ruoxi was fond of books. He had previously seen her collection of books that were in her study. This made it look like a small library. Every week during the period of when she was hospitalized, a large number of books needed to be sent to the hospital for her reading pleasure.
It was unexpected that this CEO who had a cold and distant character insisted on Wang Ma accompanying her to buy books from Book City. It was like a little girl who wanted her mother’s company to shop.
Lin Ruoxi was immediately speechless. What Wang Ma said made sense. Although she felt rather stifled inside, for unknown reasons, she felt a little inexplicable anticipation towards Wang Ma’s suggestion.
Wang Ma smiled, then said to Yang Chen, “Young Master, Miss had few friends since childhood. She loves reading books which is why she practically needs to go to Zhonghai’s Book City every month to purchase a ton of books. In the past, when the Old Mistress and Mistress were around they’d accompany Miss there. Now that they’re gone, there’s only an old lady like me who could accompany Miss. She is not used to going there by herself. But it’s good now. With Young Master here, I can retire honorably from this duty.”
With that said, Wang Ma gave Yang Chen an encouraging gaze and slowly went back upstairs.
Lin Ruoxi’s little problem was pointed out by Wang Ma and she felt unsettled around Yang Chen. Luckily, with her usual cold expression there was no awkwardness that could be noticed.
Yang Chen knew that she was thin-skinned, so he didn’t continue asking questions. He said, “Let’s go, it isn’t safe for you to go alone at night, let me accompany you.”
“Do you know the location of Zhonghai’s Book City?” Lin Ruoxi asked.
“I don’t, but you can just lead me there.” Yang Chen replied.
Lin Ruoxi slightly shook her head, “I’ll drive then.”
“Is that very important?” Yang Chen was baffled.
Lin Ruoxi solemnly nodded, and with a serious look on her face she said, “It’s very important, I don’t want to die on the road just because I want to buy books.”
Half an hour later, sitting in Lin Ruoxi’s black Mercedes SLK that was from the collection in her garage, the two arrived at Zhonghai’s Book City.
The whole Book City filled a building that was over twenty storeys, and books of all genres could be found here. The number of neon lights and the traffic flow in this area was much more sparse than in other areas. Nonetheless the number of people traversing in and out of Book City were many.
Despite the materialistic life being incomparably abundant in this era, the mysterious invention called books never died out. Several scientists have proclaimed that books would be eliminated by e-book readers and other tools and paper would sink into the rivers of history. However, the fact was that books had a place in this world that was irreplaceable. From the ancient times till today, books were one of the few things that haven’t been eliminated by progress.
The reason is very simple, when a person sees an e-book reader, they usually have only two choices, to read or not to read. However, when faced with a book, a person can choose to ‘casually flip through’. One only needs to flip through the pages to have a rough understanding of what’s in the book. This was something the e-book readers couldn’t achieve.
Yang Chen stuck beside Lin Ruoxi, and entered Book City.
With a pure face without makeup, and a white dress that seemed to have been washed many times, Lin Ruoxi’s manner of dressing couldn’t be more ordinary. Regardless of this, many gazes still lingered on her. There were many men which also revealed undisguised lust in their eyes. This made Yang Chen understand to a large degree as to why Lin Ruoxi needed someone to accompany her. In a crowded place like this, it would indeed be dangerous for a young lady like her to walk around alone.
After taking the elevator over ten floors up to the culture and history section, Lin Ruoxi got out of the elevator. She noticed Yang Chen following her, and felt very awkward, so she said, “You can just go look around on your own, just wait for me downstairs later.”
“I’m not here to look at books, I’m here to look after you.” Yang Chen replied.
“I’m not a child, what are you looking after me for?” Lin Ruoxi was displeased.
Yang Chen didn’t mind, “You just need to tend to your own business. Since Wang Ma asked me to look after you, I’ll naturally follow her instructions. Don’t worry, I will not disturb you, you can look as long as you want.”
Lin Ruoxi knew that there wouldn’t be a good end to all this if she continued talking to this rogue, she may even be angered to death. She glared at him for a while and began to browse around the orderly bookshelves afterwards.
Despite having many people inside Book City, it was peaceful. It didn’t feel crowded due to the size of the floor.
The genres Lin Ruoxi read were of an incredibly large range. From the over ten floors, she would enter every floor to pick out a few books and place them into the books basket. When they got up to the eighteenth floor, the sector for fashion and design, Yang Chen was already carrying two full baskets of books with a combined weight of at least a hundred pounds.
Ruoxi previously came to Book City with Wang Ma. As they were both women, they’d be unable to proceed any further after filling one basket. It was extremely troublesome to go all the way downstairs to store them before coming back up to take more. Now that Yang Chen was here, Lin Ruoxi felt a lot more relaxed. It didn’t matter how many books she took as long as she could place them into the baskets Yang Chen held, so she just had to choose and didn’t have to consider carrying them.
The woman was extremely engrossed at this moment. She simply had no idea how many books she had chosen and had no awareness of fatigue as she shuttled between bookshelves and browsed through book after book.
Several customers who passed by saw the large baskets in Yang Chen’s hands which were full of books. They gave Yang Chen looks of admiration and consolation. In their view, this man’s arms were definitely about to break. However, when they saw Lin Ruoxi’s face, those customers felt at ease. They believed that he was trying so hard to gain this girl’s favor. Some of the young male customers who saw Yang Chen’s current state immediately removed any thoughts of Lin Ruoxi, for a woman like that was too difficult to deal with.
Yang Chen was indifferent to this. He didn’t even consider whether the weight he bore in his arms were beyond the comprehension of ordinary people. As long as it could fit in the basket, he wouldn’t say a thing.
After going past the fashion and design floor, the two arrived at the final floor. It was a special floor for exceptional foreign works. There were very few people on this floor, after all, most of the books here were of languages like French and Spanish. The ones who could read these books were few, while the ones who were willing to spend time reading them were even fewer.
Lin Ruoxi looked at this section and suddenly remembered Yang Chen’s perverse foreign languages skills that made even her at a loss for words. She casually asked, “Are you able to read all of the books here?”
Yang Chen swept a glance at them. These were mostly Western languages and some Southeast Asian and Middle East languages. There weren’t any of the more minor languages spoken in Africa and Latin America, so he nodded, “I can read all of them.”
Lin Ruoxi was originally just making a casual remark. She didn’t expect Yang Chen to actually say that he understood all of them, and she couldn’t help but feel that Yang Chen was just boasting. There were over twenty languages on this level, so as to give Yang Chen a small lesson for “speaking without thought,” she calmly walked towards the Albanian section in a playful mood.
Albanian was the official language of Serbia, Yugoslavia and several other countries. Because it had combined the vocabulary of Greek, Italian and Slavic languages, it was considered one of the more obtuse and difficult European languages.
Lin Ruoxi casually picked up a heavy book with a black cover and wantonly flipped to a page. The bundle of Albanian words on the page gave her a headache just by looking at it.
“Since you said that you understood all of the languages here, could you translate what’s on this page to me?” Lin Ruoxi looked at Yang Chen radiantly. She didn’t seem like she had spent three hours shopping in Book City.
Yang Chen took a quick glance, and awkwardly pursed his lips before he asked, “Can I not say it? I find this rather difficult to say out loud.”
“Don’t make excuses, isn’t it just translating? Didn’t you say you knew all these languages? What’s so hard about this? I’m even holding the book up for you, so you just need to say it.” Lin Ruoxi urged him on continuously. In her beautiful eyes were satisfaction and joy. She felt like she finally had the upper hand, and that she would have defeated Yang Chen for once.