Chapter 140: Mysterious place
In the early morning of Sunday, there were clear skies, but Yang Chen’s original plan to go out, get some sun and take a nap was totally wrecked by the arrival of a sudden pile of documents from Lin Ruoxi.
“Here, finish reading all of these. I’ve already booked the flight tickets for you and Qianni. Your flight’s on Wednesday, and finish negotiations in a week and come back.”
Lin Ruoxi, who was only wearing a silken nightgown, pulled out a folder from somewhere and tossed it onto the sofa. Following that, she turned and started to eat the breakfast that Wang Ma had prepared.
Yang Chen could only resentfully turn off the morning news he was watching. Actually, the main reason he was watching was because he found this channel’s female anchor quite pretty with a sweet voice, but now that his wife had given the order, along with the fact that he had agreed to take this project yesterday, he could only start reading the documents.
Once he agrees to something, he would do it to the best of his abilities. That was Yang Chen’s principle.
He took out three large piles of documents from the folder. The papers were filled with words and diagrams. After a cursory glance, Yang Chen roughly understood what the project for this collaboration was about: research and development of a new kind of eco-friendly material.
Just from a look, it was obvious that this type of material research project had no relevance to a fashion company like Yu Lei International. After all, Yu Lei International’s expertise is in selling fashion branded goods, fashion departmental stores, clothes, accessories, exhibitions, advertisements, entertainment media and such. While this type of project was more akin to one for a chemical engineering company or research institute.
Since environmental protection was one of the most important industries of the 21st century, the impact of fashionable accessories on the wearer’s body, as well as the protection of the environment had become even more important.
Many developed nations had already begun setting regulations on products that weren’t environmentally friendly. Some items that are difficult to be recycled would face serious regulations. On the other hand, items that could guarantee the safety of the user or could even be healthy for the user, could be recycled, and also could be produced at low costs for high profits would be more well received by the consumers of the country.
From the materials, it could be seen that the most basic ones that were in use now were new types of plastic materials and fibers. These materials could be used in the manufacturing of clothes, handphones, electronics and fashionable accessories. These products were going to be competitive premium goods in the fashion industry in the future. There was a lot of value in researching them.
Just imagine, what if your handphone boosted your ear’s blood circulation while you were taking a call? How blissful would that be!?
What’s the most important thing? It’s health!
However, though this idea was good, Yu Lei International was more of a marketer and product designer. When it comes to scientific research, they were only at the beginning stage. Which meant that in order to make rapid progress, the best choice would be to make use of other companies’ resources, use collaborations in exchange for their own benefit.
Of course, although Lin Ruoxi and Zeng Xinlin had considered this point, it didn’t mean that other companies couldn’t find the right way to do so just by thinking of this point. Thus, secrecy was especially important at this point.
Once Yang Chen had a rough understanding, he started to look at the specific development guidelines and the project terms under negotiation next week. Although there were a lot of specialized terms that he didn’t understand, there was no problem understanding about eighty percent of them.
Lin Ruoxi sat by the dining table, eating oatmeal in small mouthfuls. As it was Sunday, she was able to take a rare break. She came downstairs in her pajamas and messy hair, with a bare face without any makeup. Her innate coldness and indolence made her originally perfect face seem even more extraordinary.
Seeing Yang Chen carefully looking at the documents with his brows slightly furrowed, the trace of a smile unconsciously appeared at the corner of Lin Ruoxi’s lips. Although purposely using Yang Chen’s disgust towards Zeng Xinlin to force him to participate in the work was a dirty trick, Lin Ruoxi didn’t feel like she had done anything wrong. From her view, Yang Chen had a lot of undeveloped potential, but he was just too lazy and had no ambition. If she could somehow motivate him properly, then this cheap husband who didn’t have the most noble background could still become a fine man who could make others sit up and take notice.
She herself didn’t want to be some talent scout, she only wished that someday, when she walked with him under the public eye, the gaze of others wouldn’t be on her for her beauty, she hoped that they would look at Yang Chen for his identity and status. Women always hope for their man to be someone worth respecting and admiring, they would become jealous over their men, but would feel even more proud, even the indifferent Lin Ruoxi was no exception.
Seeing Yang Chen looking through the materials seriously, Lin Ruoxi secretly nodded to herself in satisfaction.
However, at this moment, Yang Chen’s handphone rang. He put down the materials and picked up the phone to look- it was Li Jingjing who called.
“Jingjing, what’s up?”
“Big Brother Yang, did you forget? You promised that you would accompany me somewhere. It’s Sunday today, and the weather’s good, I thought that you should be free.”
Yang Chen obviously hadn’t forgotten, seeing that he had spent just about enough time looking at the documents, he said, “Alright then, where shall I pick you from?”
“At the school then. I just took some stuff out from the school, I’ll wait for you at the school gates. See you in a while!” Li Jingjing was obviously in a cheerful mood.
Yang Chen hung up the phone, then called out to Lin Ruoxi who was by the dining table, “I’m going out for a while, leave the documents here for now.”
Lin Ruoxi, who had just been thinking that Yang Chen had finally started taking things seriously, felt that the beautiful dream in front of her had just shattered in an instant! She was so angry that she nearly threw the spoon in her hands to the floor. Seeing that Yang Chen had dropped everything and was walking out the door directly, the phrase ‘the leopard can’t change its spots’ came to mind! Of course, if her thoughts were a little more vulgar, it would have been ‘dogs can’t change their habits of eating… eating… eating that!’
Yang Chen had received quite a good amount of money as salary this month, he had also received the money he extorted from Guo Ziheng, so the money he had on hand was abundant. Despite the insane gas prices, he still filled the BMW’s tank with the most expensive gas before setting off to pick Li Jingjing up from Zhonghai’s Yizhong.
When Li Jingjing finally appeared in his sight, he saw that she was wearing an aqua blue puffy skirt. Yang Chen was once again bewitched by the girl’s youthful and energetic appearance. Ever since she had graduated from university and become a teacher, Li Jingjing had become more and more beautiful. She had not only become smarter at emphasizing her good traits, but she also had an air of self-awareness and confidence.
Her skin was as white as snow, and her collarbones were delicate and pretty. Her head of fine black hair was neatly combed back with her fringe parted to the right. Standing there, she smiled and waved at Yang Chen, drawing the jealous resentment of quite a few male passersby.
The video of the Jiang father and son had finally allowed Li Jingjing to lead a life without troubles. She was finally on the right track for both her career and her life. Since her mood had improved, she would naturally be all smiles.
Yang Chen got off the car. He noticed a large cardboard box placed beside Li Jingjing that was solidly wrapped up, and asked, “What’s that on the ground?”
Li Jingjing winked, “Secret!”
Seeing that the girl was in a good mood, Yang Chen couldn’t help but hold out his hand to rub her exquisite face, causing a blush on Li Jingjing’s pretty face.
“Get in, I will load up the box for you.”
Once Li Jingjing had gotten in the car, Yang Chen asked: “Where’s this mysterious place you mentioned?”
“Central South Avenue, North Road,” After Li Jingjing read out the address, she smiled and asked: “Big Brother Yang, you should be free this afternoon, right?”
“I’m free, what’s up?”
“Then that’s good, because once we get there, we might only be able to leave at night.” Li Jingjing said.
Yang Chen didn’t continue asking, after driving for half an hour, he arrived at the location Li Jingjing stated. Looking closely, he was immediately bewildered.
There was a cluster of three or four multi-storey buildings surrounded by dense conifers, filling the area with greenery. A white sign with black words hung at the main gate: “New Hope Orphanage”.
Helping Li Jingjing carry her large cardboard box, the two entered the orphanage. Li Jingjing knew that Yang Chen had many doubts, so she slowly explained, “A few days back, I brought the students to the welfare agency around here, and did volunteer work at the nursing home. When we came to this orphanage, I found the children here really cute, but they don’t have parents during their childhood, and I found them so pitiful. From then on, I came here a few times alone. However, it was really tiring for me to play with so many children by myself, I also don’t have that many friends in Zhonghai. My students are all in their senior year and I don’t want to adversely affect their studies, so, I could only think of calling you to come here and play with them, Big Brother Yang.”
“To be honest, I don’t really like this place,” Yang Chen smiled bitterly, “But I can understand your feelings.”
Li Jingjing was startled for a moment before she said apologetically: “Sorry Big Brother Yang, I forgot that you were an orphan too…”
“It’s fine, I’m already used to it. However, I’m curious as to why you wanted me to go play with them.” Yang Chen asked.
Li Jingjing pursed up her lips and smiled, “Actually, I got interested in this because of another lady. The second time I came here, I met a really beautiful older sister, and I think she’s probably the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. I heard the President mention that she comes here often to read to the children; riddles or some interesting stories. The children really like her. Moreover, she has already been doing so for many years. I really admire her and I want to do something for the kids, just like she did. I thought of bringing some books over for the children and read some interesting stories for them, just like she was doing. Either that, or we could play some games with them, we don’t have to tire ourselves out.”
Yang Chen nodded, “So this box is filled with books?”
Without waiting for Li Jingjing to finish speaking, a short middle-aged woman wearing a black frock came out from the corridor and walked towards them. With a face full of smiles, she called: “Jingjing, you’ve come?”
Li Jingjing saw the person walking over, and sweetly greeted, “Yes, President Cha, how can I forget an appointment I made with the kids?” As she said that, she pointed towards Yang Chen who was beside her, “This is Yang Chen, Big Brother Yang, my friend who’s here with me today to play with the kids.”
President Cha greeted Yang Chen enthusiastically, and teased: “Is he your boyfriend?”
“He’s not!” Li Jingjing blushed as she said shyly: “Big Brother Yang’s already married, don’t speak nonsense, President Cha.”
President Cha was rather surprised, but she still expressed an apologetic smile towards Yang Chen. Yang Chen didn’t mind this at all, naturally. After all, according to the current norms in Huaxia, it was rare to get married at such a young age.
They followed President Cha on the path to the interior of the courtyard. From what she had said, the children were currently reciting Tang poems, so it was quiet outside.
When they reached a turn in the center of the courtyard, an oil painting hung on the center wall of the courtyard drew Yang Chen’s gaze.
Yang Chen felt a nerve in his mind being touched, but he didn’t understand why he had such a mysterious feeling, he just stopped and stared at that oil painting hanging over there, entranced.