Chapter 136: You can
“Do you mind if I sit here?” Yang Chen slowly walked closer, so that he wouldn’t alarm Mo Qianni who was pouring drinks for herself at all.
Mo Qianni heard the familiar voice, and gently raised her head. Perhaps it’s because she had been drinking for a while, but there was a alcohol flush on her beautiful face that couldn’t be replicated.
“Why are you here?” She spoke in a slurred manner, but contained unexpected yet pleasant surprise.
Yang Chen casually sat down. He broke apart the disposable chopsticks, ate a slice of spiced beef and said, “I came out for fresh air, and randomly came by coincidence. It just so happened that I was hungry and wanted to eat at this roadside stall. Who knew, you were here as well.”
Mo Qianni could tell that Yang Chen wasn’t lying. With a dull smile she said, “Do you know that those words you spoke is actually a song?”
“…… Please let me settle down, use silence to bury the past, filled with a stormy past I emerged from the seas, and finally lived quietly in this desert. Things that should be hidden away would always come to light, so many things I want to convey, but can only remain silent…… Love is the superstition of the right place and time, oh… you were here as well.
Mo Qianni sung in a light tone, her voice was exquisite; low and gentle. This song 《So You Were Here》 seemed to be narrating some painful, unspeakable parts of her past.
“You sung it beautifully, though it’s the first time I’ve heard this song.”
“That’s because we’re both indeed here.” Mo Qianni poured another glass full of white spirit for herself and sipped a small mouthful before speaking.
Yang Chen remembered the first time he came here with Mo Qianni, she was also pouring her own drinks on that day. She was just like those heroines of the ancients who roam all around the world without a home, sitting in a dilapidated straw shack, with a pot of wine and a dish. While they seemed free and unrestrained, they also seem lonely.
Perhaps no one had thought that Department Head Mo, who was always brimming with style and confidence in front of others, would have such a plain and down-to-earth side to her.
The two of them didn’t speak for a while, and the atmosphere turned silent. After Mo Qianni finished drinking a glass, she finally found that the wine bottle was empty. It seemed like she didn’t want any more wine. She looked towards Yang Chen with a complicated gaze before asking: “You really came out just for a spin?”
Yang Chen was stunned. In actuality he refused to return because he didn’t want to face Lin Ruoxi’s senior, Zeng Xinlin. Remembering the relationship between Mo Qianni and Lin Ruoxi, he suddenly asked, “Miss Mo, do you know who is Zeng Xinlin?”
“Zeng Xinlin? How do you know him?” Mo Qianni seemed to find it very strange.
“When I went home today, that Zeng Xinlin was sitting in the living room chatting with Ruoxi. However, I didn’t really want to listen in, so I left the house.” Yang Chen explained simply.
Mo Qianni looked at him with a profound look. With a rather playful smile she said, “You’re feeling threatened?”
“The threat of having your wife stolen?”
“You’re kidding. It’s not like we’re living in ancient times with tribal customs. Do you really think he could just steal my wife away on horseback?” Yang Chen said loudly.
Mo Qianni snorted, “Back then when Ruoxi was in college, it was difficult for even female friends to get close to her. It was only that Senior Zeng Xinlin who was able to meet her everyday. At that point of time, many people felt that they, the most popular boy and girl in school would get together sooner or later, as they seemed like they would be a model couple…… It was a pity that later on, Ruoxi suddenly dropped out of school to take on the position of CEO in Yu Lei, while Zeng Xinlin gave in to his family’s requests and joined the army. Otherwise…… who knows what kind future it could have been……”
“What do you mean it’s a pity? That guy’s clearly just an idle heir.” Yang Chen’s expression changed slightly, and he finally looked a little uncomfortable. Once he thought about how that fellow had been meeting Lin Ruoxi every day when they were in school, Yang Chen regretted that he didn’t beat him up before leaving the house. Anyways, it had all gone to shit.
Mo Qianni pretended to sigh with sorrow: “That’s right, once he came back, he immediately became the CEO of Changlin Media. Although it’s just a portion of the assets of the Zeng family, he still holds power in a listed company. He’s young, rich, and his looks were popular in school to the point that he had ten thousand admirers. Once he started working, he immediately became the CEO of a big company. Just as you said, that’s nothing much.”
Yang Chen creased his brows and asked, “That Changlin Media, is it a big company?”
“It’s originally a media company from a different province, its headquarters is in Yanjing. However, because of Zeng Xinlin’s return this time, it directly moved into Zhonghai. It could be considered as one of the country’s top ten media companies, about the same as us at Yu Lei. However, they have the Zeng Family’s decades of accumulated wisdom backing them. That isn’t something Yu Lei can contend against alone.” Mo Qianni explained clearly.
“It looks like you know a lot about it, did you investigate it professionally?” Yang Chen asked.
Mo Qianni rolled her eyes at him, “Changlin Media isn’t a small company, and it counts as a fashion company too. When they officially entered Zhonghai, the news was enough for me to take notice. Listening to what you said however, Zeng Xinlin went to your house to visit Ruoxi so late at night. It looks like he’s taking the initiative to display some goodwill, hoping for the chance of an alliance in the future.”
Screw that alliance! It’d be alright if it was only about work. Though if you have other intentions, I(laozi) will burst your balls! Yang Chen angrily thought.
The cold night wind blew past, and Mo Qianni trembled from the cold as she said: “It’s late, could you send me back?”
“You didn’t drive here?” Yang Chen bewilderedly asked.
“Isn’t it because of you? After that incident previously, the lock on my car was broken by those people and it can no longer be locked. I will be bringing it to the Audi service centre for repair during my break tomorrow. I was intending to take a cab home tonight.” Mo Qianni complained.
The incident which Mo Qianni was referring to was naturally the three ninjas from the Yamata Sect abducting her as hostage.
Yang Chen smiled apologetically. Since that incident, it seemed like the Yamata Sect no longer dared to touch Mo Qianni. This let Yang Chen put down the burden in his heart. If they really tried to act against her, he would definitely have to exceed his limits and use some tactics to force them to back off, and maybe even kill them. It was quite risky for him to act against them, as they weren’t normal people.
Previously, in the situation where he had gone up against dozens of gunmen, it was only when he had exuded large amounts of killing intent to suppress his opponents psychologically, did he get enough time to exceed his limits and act. In the end, it had caused him to lose control. Since it had been a normal massacre, it wouldn’t be as critical, but if he continued to exceed his limits, it would eventually cause some of his past ailments to flare up again.
This was precisely the reason why Yang Chen kept refusing to rashly use force against those three who found trouble for him, every time he would deal with them appropriately, and let them intelligently choose to leave themselves.
Yang Chen just hoped that those three would behave, or that the Yellow Flame Iron Brigade would meddle into this and send them back to their island country for him, saving him from future headaches.
But obviously, as long as the Yamata Sect doesn’t jeopardize Huaxia’s interests, the Yellow Flame Iron Brigade simply wouldn’t lash out against the Yamata Sect rashly. If they wanted to deal with the three ninjas, they would definitely have to pay a painful price.
Sending Mo Qianni home seemed to be necessary, as he owed her a lot. The two’s relationship wasn’t that close and she even got implicated into being taken as hostage. If Yang Chen didn’t send her home, he would feel extremely apologetic inside.
After getting in the car, he drove for over twenty minutes according to Mo Qianni’s directions and arrived at the condominium Mo Qianni stayed at.
This was a western building complex situated at the southern outskirts of the city. It had beautiful scenery, clean streets, and felt very middle class.
It was already midnight when the car stopped at Mo Qianni’s apartment block. Mo Qianni didn’t get out immediately. From the car’s dim interior lighting, her charming face showed an inquiring expression, “Where are you going?”
Yang Chen blankly stared, “Where else could I be going? I’m going back home.”
“It’s already late, driving from my place to Dragon Garden takes about half an hour.” Mo Qianni said.
“What else could be done? I can’t possibly be sleeping at your house, right?” Yang Chen playfully said.
Mo Qianni’s answer was sudden and left Yang Chen at a loss as to how he should respond. In the dead of the night, there was a lonely pair of man and woman. The woman was even a delectable sumptuous beauty. It was against his expectations that this beauty took the initiative to hint that he could spend the night in her nest……
Yang Chen wasn’t the kind to reject one night stands and such. Furthermore, her looks weren’t beneath him.
However, he remembered that Mo Qianni was Lin Ruoxi’s best friend. Seeing that her expression was rather calm, he hesitated and asked: “Miss Mo, I’m afraid that wouldn’t be good.”
“Don’t let your thoughts wander anymore. Even if you’re really hungry, you can’t pick what you eat. I just feel that since it’s already so late, you’ll just bother Ruoxi and Wang Ma from their rest if you return. Furthermore, you should be tired after driving to that place and sending me home. Being humane, I should repay you for your deeds. If you don’t want to, I’m fine with that as well.
Since she had already said it like this, if he continued mincing his words, then he wouldn’t be a man anymore. Yang Chen was indeed rather tired from driving. Although his body wasn’t tired, his heart was.
“Then okay, thank you for taking pity on me, Miss Mo.” Yang Chen smiled and turned off the engine.
Upon hearing Yang Chen’s agreement, a trace of delight appeared in the corner of Mo Qianni’s lips, but it disappeared just as quickly. She said: “Let’s get off then. My house is on the third floor.”
“Ah, wait a minute,” Yang Chen stopped Mo Qianni and said somewhat shyly: “Let’s agree upon it beforehand. When I’m sleeping, you can’t do anything illegal to me!”
Mo Qianni truly wanted to slap this shameless man. Gnashing her teeth, she said, “Don’t worry, it’s just a pig sleeping in my house. No matter how muscular the pig gets, I won’t look at him fondly!”
Yang Chen thought about it seriously before saying: “It’s not that Miss Mo can’t look at him fondly, it’s just that most women can’t stand pigs…”
How does this fellow’s brain work? Is he growing mushrooms in there!? Mo Qianni was about to puke blood.