Chapter 139: Tricked
Lin Ruoxi had already finished her meal, she put down the chopsticks, and gracefully wiped her mouth with a moist towel. She folded the towel into a square and placed it back down. Then, ignoring Yang Chen who was walking over with a smile, she walked from the dining table to the sofa, and turned on the TV with its remote.
Yang Chen thought about what he should say, but right when he was about to say something, the news program on the TV made him stay silent.
The morning news was in the segment for Zhonghai’s local news, and the title of the piece was “Terrifying bank robbery re-emerges!”
On the screen was a bank in Zhonghai which had its door and several walls bombed open, cordoned off by the police yellow tape. A number of medical personnel carried out bank employees and clients who were hurt. By the side of the road were a crowd of onlookers, and amongst them were relatives who were wailing and scolding the police.
According to the reporter at the scene, yesterday afternoon, at that bank which got bombed, eight robbers took a modified Ford van, and charged into the bank with it. They didn’t just steal millions, they even hurt a large number of employees and customers. In the end, they took advantage of the speed of their modified vehicle and rash driving skills to run off with a hostage, they got to the suburbs of Zhonghai, hoodwinked the police and dodged pursuit.
“There are such brazen bank robberies in the country?” Yang Chen creased his brows, and asked Lin Ruoxi who was watching the TV seriously.
Lin Ruoxi coldly swept him a glance, she didn’t speak a word and continued watching the TV.
Yang Chen didn’t court a rebuff, he shut his mouth and continued watching the news.
A while later, the scene was changed to an interviewing platform for the police, and Yang Chen actually recognized the person on TV who was going to receive the interview!
With a neat head of short hair and a beautiful oval face that was filled with a heroic charm, this person who wore a loose police uniform still had curves of her large breasts show. It was precisely Yang Chen’s longstanding adversary, and one of Lin Ruoxi’s few close friends, Cai Yan.
But come to think of it, Cai Yan was a superintendent after all, as the bureau chief of the West Region Police Station, it was very normal for her to appear on TV.
But Cai Yan seemed to be in a horrible mood. Her brows were creased, her face cold, like she was going to fly into a rage at any moment.
Several reporters didn’t dare to ask any questions after seeing this expression of Cai Yan’s, one of the experienced reporters from Zhonghai TV was pushed up front to ask, “Bureau Chief Cai, this is the second bank robbery case in the last two months. The offenders are the same team according to eyewitnesses, Zhonghai City has never had a bank robbery case for nearly ten years, yet two happened in the span of two months. The leader of the city’s government is extremely angry, what thoughts do you have as the new West Region’s Bureau Chief?”
Cai Yan was silent for a moment, then said, “These criminals possess enough arms, proper equipment and meticulous planning. The robbers are very professional, and should be a criminal gang belonging to an organization. For them to suddenly appear in Zhonghai, it’s very possible that they illegally immigrated by sea, as vestiges of their crimes have been found on other provinces that border the sea, but they have never been apprehended all this time. For them to have managed escaping twice consecutively is the failure of us police. On behalf of the West Region Police Station, I apologize to the masses who suffer.”
“What use is there apologizing!? What about our money!! What about the people who died!!!”
“Just what are the police for!? Get lost and put someone else up there!!”
The scene was rather chaotic, a victim’s family loudly shouted from outside the interviewing platform, and quite a number of people followed suit to scold the police for their incompetence.
Cai Yan had a pained expression ,but she remained resolute and said, “I Cai Yan will pledge to everybody here, I will definitely bring these criminals to justice. If it happens again, I will take the initiative to resign and never be involved with policing again!”
This piece of news was from yesterday afternoon, but was only released today. Obviously, the city government also made serious considerations, as such an event would lead to panic in the masses. But they knew that paper can’t cover fire, there were too many spectators, so this could only be released to inform the masses.
After watching this piece of news, Lin Ruoxi suddenly chose to turn off the TV, then picked up the cordless phone beside her and dialed a number.
“Hello, Yanyan, I’m Ruoxi.”
“Yeah…… Are you alright?”
“That’s great, take care, and send my regards to Uncle Cai too, bye bye.”
In less than fifteen seconds, Lin Ruoxi hung up the phone, got up and planned to go upstairs.
Yang Chen suddenly felt regretful, for this woman was this cold to even her close friends. Despite being worried, she was only willing to speak a few lines, could it be that this was a psychological problem in terms of verbal communication!?
Seeing that Lin Ruoxi was about to go upstairs without a word, Yang Chen couldn’t help but ask, “Darling Ruoxi, aren’t you going to ask me, your husband, where I went last night, and why I didn’t I call home?”
Regarding Yang Chen’s intimate ways of addressing her, Lin Ruoxi was no longer as disgusted as she used to be, she was completely numb. Hearing Yang Chen’s question, she stopped in her tracks, turned back and asked with a poker face, “If I asked you, would you answer with the truth?”
Answer with the truth? Say that he accompanied Mo Qianni at a roadside stall for the third time, say that he returned home with her, say how Mo Qianni wanted to kiss him, say how he pretended to be asleep while waiting for her kiss? Or should he say that he feels really guilty to Mo Qianni right now?
Yang Chen finally understood how Lin Ruoxi could be a CEO and manage such a huge company. She hadn’t even asked, yet she already knew that he wouldn’t speak the truth!
“That… I won’t speak the truth this time, but I’ll do it the next time. However, I’m actually really good at lying, it’ll even sound like the truth. Do you want to try listening to one?” Yang Chen suggested.
Lin Ruoxi’s lips formed a smile, with a sneer she said, “You should save that for other women, I don’t need it.”
With that said, Lin Ruoxi continued upstairs, but she only took a few steps before turning back again in a natural manner to say, “By the way, after you left last night, Senior and I agreed to a collaborative project. It will become the main assignment for the coming year. For this reason, I want to make a business trip down to Hong Kong next week, and meet the other investor who’s in on this collaboration. I’m letting you know beforehand so as to avoid you from doing something rude like you did yesterday.
Impolite? It looked like Lin Ruoxi had thought that he had acted that way on purpose last night to anger Zeng Xinlin. That was good anyway, it saved him from having to explain some things he didn’t want to explain.
Wait a minute! Collaborating with Zeng Xinlin! Lin Ruoxi is going on a business trip herself!?
Yang Chen felt that something wasn’t right and immediately questioned: “Why are you the one going? Don’t tell me that you have to personally connect with Zeng Xinlin on this project?”
Lin Ruoxi nodded, “The investment is rather large. I have a plan, but I haven’t put into practice yet. I won’t be rest assured if I left it to someone else, so I’m going myself.”
“Wouldn’t that mean that you would have to meet Zeng Xinlin often in the future?” Yang Chen asked, feeling incredibly uncomfortable with it.
“Why, you have an opinion about it?”
Yang Chen nodded without hesitation. Wasn’t this sending the sheep right into the wolf’s jaws? How could he just allow something irreversible happen?
“But this project is really important, furthermore, the opposite party is an Italian investor. In our company, the only person proficient in Italian in the executive level is me.”
“Isn’t it just Italian? I can speak Italian too!”
Having said so, Yang Chen abruptly realised that something wasn’t right! It seemed like he was digging a hole for himself!
As expected, Lin Ruoxi’s frosty face revealed a dull playful smile, she smiled like a little white flower, it was extremely cute.
“Since you’ve already said so much, it looks like I definitely have to give you a chance to volunteer now. I’ll let you take on this arduous task for me. We’re a married couple after all, I do have at least this much trust in you.” Lin Ruoxi smiled as she said.
Yang Chen’s expression turned bitter, “Ruoxi, my good wife, how can you leave such an important business deal to someone like me who doesn’t know anything? How about you send someone else? Yu Lei possesses quite a number of capable people, I can just interpret for them.”
“No way, this project isn’t public. I need someone who can execute the plan in secret. If you’re not going, then I’ll be the one going.” Lin Ruoxi threatened.
Yang Chen gave in, this was forcing a choice between “wife” and “laziness” onto him!
“Let me think about it,” Yang Chen took out a cigarette and lit it. While smoking, he paced around the room.
Lin Ruoxi wasn’t in a hurry. Her arms were crossed on her chest, as she watched Yang Chen from the higher ground, the corner of her lips brimming with pleasure.
Yang Chen pondered. Though he needed to relax his mind as much as possible due to his sickness, doing more work shouldn’t increase his psychological burdens by much. All he needs to do is to avoid getting too attached, and there shouldn’t be a problem. But if he doesn’t do it, his wife would run to Zeng Xinlin’s side, that would be the end! He can’t possibly kill Zeng Xinlin for real, right!?
Stubbing the cigarette in the ashtray, Yang Chen raised his head and said: “Fine, since I already said what I said, I’ll go, but don’t blame me if the negotiations turn awry!”
“No way!” Lin Ruoxi looked grave, “You have to do this well. This affects the progress of the company for the next five to six years. I won’t allow failure!”
“But… this is my first time going out on a business trip for negotiations.” Yang Chen smiled bitterly.
“Don’t worry, it’s not going to be difficult, as a whole, this cooperation is pretty much set, all you need to do is follow through with my instructions, fight for the greatest possible benefits, and invite the opposite party to Zhonghai to finalize the deal. As for signing the document, I’ll handle that.”
Yang Chen hesitated and asked: “It won’t just be me alone right? There should be someone who’s going to help me with consultations and the like, right?”
“I’ll let Qianni accompany you. You can discuss it with her if you’re unclear about anything. This time, you’ll be the lead on this project, she won’t give you any problems.” Lin Ruoxi said.
Yang Chen’s legs turned soft. Great, my relationship with Mo Qianni just turned for the worse last night, now I’m being sent overseas along with her, when we meet together it’d be worse than not meeting at all.
“Why? Is there a problem with having Qianni go with you?” Lin Ruoxi feigned ignorance as she asked.
Yang Chen hurriedly waved his hand, and smiled deprecatingly, “No problem at all. It’s great that I’ll have a beautiful woman as company, hehe… I was just overwhelmed by the tremendous favor…”
Lin Ruoxi actually had no other choice, though Mo Qianni had already made an indirect confession that she had feelings for Yang Chen, Lin Ruoxi believed that the rational Mo Qianni wouldn’t do something that lets her down. Besides, this collaboration was incredibly important, and she had to send someone she trusts, therefore, sending Yang Chen who was proficient in Italian along with Mo Qianni was the best choice.
Regarding personal feelings and professional considerations, Lin Ruoxi’s thoughts were way ahead of Yang Chen’s.
“Think about those matters yourself. You don’t have to be cocky in front of me. With your appearance, if Qianni really takes a fancy to you, then I’m truly speechless.”
Lin Ruoxi felt powerless and sighed, it was truly tiring to think about such matters with her EQ. In the end, she glanced at Yang Chen, then walked back up to her study.