Chapter 141: I want
Li Jingjing and President Cha noticed Yang Chen’s strange action, and also stopped in their tracks.
They noticed that he was entranced by a photo on the wall, so President Cha said with a smile, “This is Madam Guo Xuehua, the founder of our New Hope Orphanage. Up till now, she has founded over a hundred orphanages, her portrait could be found in every single one of these orphanages, expressing the respect everybody has towards her.”
It was also the first time Li Jingjing heard the name Guo Xuehua, she raised her head to look at the woman who looked over thirty years old. This person had a bunned up hairstyle, with glossy and round cheeks. While looking graceful and high-class, she also looked friendly and dignified, as if she had the temperament of a powerful family. While invoking closeness, she also gave off a feeling like she shouldn’t be stared at for too long as that would be disrespectful.
“Big Brother Yang, what’s up with you? Do you recognize Madam Guo?” Li Jingjing curiously asked.
Yang Chen lightly shook his head, he smiled, “When seeing a beauty, a man spends more time staring, that’s how we are.”
Li Jingjing rolled her eyes at him, she didn’t mind what he said.
As they followed President Cha in, the portrait was still stuck on Yang Chen’s mind, he felt like he had seen that woman somewhere before, but he just couldn’t figure it out. This feeling was difficult for Yang Chen to bear, so he decided to temporarily stop thinking about it.
When they entered a large hall, they finally saw a large bunch of children, they all wore bright clothes, both boys and girls opened their deep brown eyes widely as they watched Li Jingjing walk in, they revealed childish expressions of joy, and dropped what they reciting and rushed forward!
“Jingjing-jie I wanna play games!”
“I want to see you draw!”……
A bunch of children immediately surrounded Li Jingjing, requesting all kinds of innocent little requests. Li Jingjing also happily smiled back as she accepted them one by one, she was being pulled all around by them. Luckily, these children weren’t strong, otherwise, Li Jingjing’s clothes would definitely be torn apart.
Yang Chen felt his scalp going numb, but it wasn’t right for him to directly run away, so he put down the boxes and opened them. Inside, he found books that were full of illustrations, what made Yang Chen even more intrigued was, Li Jingjing had also brought quite a few intellectual type of jigsaw puzzles. Just one of these jigsaw puzzles would be enough to stall the children for a long time, which meant that Li Jingjing was also goofing off in a way.
Time passed by quicker than Yang Chen had expected, other than having a simple lunch, these children knew not of exhaustion as they surrounded Li Jingjing. They wanted to hear Li Jingjing tell them stories, and wanted Li Jingjing to teach them how to make watercolor paintings.
Halfway through, Li Jingjing’s throat couldn’t manage anymore, so she had Yang Chen take over in telling stories, but when the children listened to Yang Chen’s dry and hoarse voice, they all sulked, expressing their discontent.
Yang Chen dejectedly got off the stage, and could only continue his pathetic role of an assistant. This made Li Jingjing and the other personnel of the orphanage laugh out loud.
Only when it was almost evening time did the children listen to President Cha’s suggestion and let Li Jingjing off, they will wait for her to come back again to play. As for the boring Yang Chen, he was neglected.
Walking out of the orphanage, that bunch of children kept saying goodbyes to Li Jingjing, several little girls were even tearing up. It was a scene that makes one want to show tender affection.
While waving her hand at the children, Li Jingjing forcefully held back her tears and smiled.
When they returned to the car, Li Jingjing immediately took out a tissue to wipe her eyes, she sobbed for a moment, and said, “Every time I bid farewell to the children, I feel like crying. They’re still so young, and no longer have a father or mother…… Big Brother Yang, it must’ve been rough for you during your childhood.”
Yang Chen smiled at her, “It’s no big deal once I’m used to it. Sometimes, many things can help me forget about the matter of my parents.”
When you’re treading on the line between life and death everyday, you won’t have time to even think about parents and relatives…… Yang Chen thought inside.
Li jingjing said in a sad manner, “I just hope that by telling these children stories and giving them presents, they would be a little happier. Although I was very poor during my childhood, I had Dad and Mom with me, and that made me feel like the happiest child in the world. They definitely envy other children who have parents, it’s a pity that they can’t have what they wish for.”
Yang Chen saw the grieved expression on the girl’s face, so he thought for a moment before asking, “Today, our Teacher Li has given so many presents to the children. Well then, what does Teacher Li herself want?”
Li Jingjing pouted, “Big Brother Yang, please stop joking, I’m no longer a child.”
“Children aren’t the only ones who have the rights to desire presents, you worked hard all day today. For your effort, I, your Big Brother Yang has decided to reward you.” Yang Chen earnestly said.
It was already sunset, the radiance of the setting sun spilled into the car, dyeing its internals with a beautiful dull gold color. It was so quiet inside the car that they could hear the sounds of each other’s breathing.
Li Jingjing’s eyes seemed a little bewitched, she seemed to have thought for a long while and her face blushed as she said, “I want… love, Big Brother Yang, can you give me that?”
Saying that, Li Jingjing lowered her head. She didn’t dare to look Yang Chen in the eyes.
Yang Chen’s smile which was on his face a moment ago had vanished, he became taciturn. Li Jingjing’s sudden words were like a hammer smashing on his heart.
“I don’t need much, I don’t need a house, a car, money, reputation or status…… I just want some love, I just want Big Brother Yang to pay attention to just me alone, and love me alone…… However, the only thing I want may also be the thing I have no way of getting, I guess……”
That’s right, perhaps I could give her anything, but unfortunately, what she wants is something I have no way of giving.
Yang Chen sighed, “I’m sorry, I never thought this would happen. However, you’re an outstanding lady, and you’re still young. I believe that you’ll have a happy ending. At that point of time, I may attend your wedding as your elder brother.” Saying those words, Yang Chen felt a bad taste in his mouth.
Li Jingjing raised her head, her eyes were red, but she still maintained a smile, “Big Brother Yang, don’t say such things, otherwise, you’ll be like my mother who urges me to find a husband everyday, vexing me to death.”
“Your parents are getting older, it goes without saying that they wish to carry a grandchild, it’s only natural.”
“Alright that’s enough, Big Brother Yang, stop with those consoling words. Actually, saying what’s weighing on my heart has made me feel a lot lighter now. Either way, I don’t want to get married for now. Who knows, perhaps you’ll get divorced with Sister-in-law, and I’ll have a chance?”
“Don’t count on me, I’m not a good man.” Facing Li Jingjing, Yang Chen felt like he was indeed vile.
Li Jingjing shook her head, “You men aren’t qualified to say whether you’re good or not, it only counts when a woman says it.”
What she said seemed to make sense. It was always one radish to one hole, although it seemed like he had dug this hole for himself a little too big to the point that a few radishes were trying to squeeze in. It was somewhat strange to refer to men as holes though.
“By the way, Jingjing.” Yang Chen thought of something, “Previously, you said you wanted to move out, have you thought it through?”
“I have. I’m in the middle of looking for an apartment. However, I don’t want to renovate and refurnish and such, that’s too troublesome. I plan to just rent a smaller apartment, that shouldn’t be difficult considering my current wages.” Li Jingjing said.
Yang Chen nodded, when a lady grows up, her thoughts would gradually turn independent. Looking at the rather depressed Li Jingjing, Yang Chen didn’t say anything more, he started the car and sent her home.
The weekend passed in a flash, Monday came and it was time to work again.
Although Yang Chen accepted his CEO wife’s mission, this project wouldn’t be revealed to the public temporarily, so there was no need to discuss transfers or promotions. He would only be the project manager in special circumstances. Therefore, early in the morning, Yang Chen routinely bought large bags of breakfasts and carried them into the Public Relations Department.
The moment he entered, the gluttonous Zhang Cai was the first to charge towards him, she grabbed two bags of pan-fried buns and a bag of milk, then ate heartily. The other ladies saw the way Zhang Cai ate and couldn’t help but gnash their teeth, they were puzzled by how Zhang Cai was able to eat so much while maintaining her figure, other than being slightly plump with a round face, gorging herself seemed to take no effect at all.
When breakfast was nearly finished, Yang Chen noticed that Zhao Hongyan who sat closest to him hadn’t arrived, thinking about what happened on Friday night, Yang Chen felt that something was amiss.
At this time, Liu Mingyu suddenly rushed into the office. She who wore a dull gray suit had a flushed face due to hastily walking, and had a panicked expression. She quickly walked up to Yang Chen, and impatiently said, “Yang Chen, just what happened between you and Hongyan?”
Liu Mingyu’s voice was very urgent, the ladies in the office heard it all clearly, and they looked at Yang Chen in astonishment.
Yang Chen creased his brows, “Mingyu-jie, what’s wrong?”
“Hongyan’s husband, Yu Guang and her brother-in-law Yu Hui have come to the company, Hongyan looks to be in bad shape! She looks like she had been beaten! Yu Guang is shouting for the man ‘Yang Chen’, he’s saying very unpleasant things, and is causing a huge disturbance in the hall of the ground floor!” Liu Mingyu said with a hurt expression.
Yang Chen’s face darkened, in the past two days, Zhao Hongyan didn’t contact him. He thought that this matter wouldn’t blow up, but now it seemed that Zhao Hongyan didn’t have any chance to contact him when something happened, or she might not even have considered telling him.
If it wasn’t because they were off-work on the weekend, he reckoned that her husband would drag her to look for him two days ago.
“Take this.” Yang Chen passed the remaining breakfast and soy milk into Liu Mingyu’s hands.
Liu Mingyu rushed to receive it, and asked, “What are you doing?”
“It’s about time for the man named ‘Yang Chen’ to make his appearance.”