Chapter 78: First time in life
When the car reached an exit in the highway, it swerved into a small lane that went in a different direction, towards the east of Zhong Hai, a new industrial area.
After he arrived at a section of the industrial area that was abandoned in the middle of construction, Yang Chen slowed down the car, and parked it on the soil ground by the side of the road. He took out a cigarette and quietly lit it up while leaning against the car, looking towards the oncoming car.
Not too far away, a black Honda Accord silently stopped, and a short while later, 4 men in boorish clothing got off. The 4 men were of different physiques, looks and temperament, but all of them looked maliciously at Yang Chen; there was even some ruthlessness in their eyes.
“How did you discover us?” A tan-skinned man wearing a floral shirt asked.
“A man’s sixth sense.” Yang Chen grinned.
The floral shirt man wrinkled his eyebrows, and bewilderedly questioned, “Since you noticed that you were being followed, why did you bring us here? Did you think that we would stop following you if you changed routes?”
Yang Chen breathed in a few breaths of smoke. He had some money, but the tobacco he smoked was still cheap and spicy. After blowing a few smoke rings in relish, Yang Chen grinned and said, “I didn’t ask for you guys to follow me, all I did was choose a venue that was suitable for you guys to disembark.”
“What do you mean?” The floral shirt man had difficulty understanding the current situation. All they did was follow instructions to investigate this man’s social status and background, and then figure out the next course of action. However, this scenario presented to him left him with no choice but to reconsider what their next step should be.
Yang Chen’s eyes formed two lines as he squinted, and with a weird smile he said, “Fellow brothers, haven’t you realised that in this area… there aren’t any security cameras…….?”
As this was an area that was still opening up for development, the industrial area they were in had its work progress halted, causing its infrastructure to seem exceedingly chaotic and dilapidated. Even the road wasn’t completely laid out, and there was simply no other cars to be seen.
“Cameras?” The floral shirt man maliciously smiled, “I should be the one warning you, in a place without cameras, we don’t need to hold back when taking action.”
“What if it’s the exact opposite?” Yang Chen shrugged his shoulders.
“Big bro, this brat wants to fight. It seems like he’s really stupid.” One subordinate laughed while stating.
The floral shirt man’s face showed that he was displeased as he said, “Youngster, you can talk big, but don’t force us brothers to take you down. Although we haven’t received the order to get rid of you, we can still act first and report later.”
“You guys are really annoying.” Yang Chen beamed as he said, “If you want to make your move, hurry up. I’m in a rush to go home for dinner.”
“Stinking brat, you’re tired of living!”
A man with a groomed beard walked over without saying another word, and the other three no longer said anything either. They charged forward to encircle Yang Chen.
“Let me tell you this, bullshitting won’t work, the one with the mightier fist is reason!” The bearded man spat out a mouthful of saliva, formed a fist, and threw it at Yang Chen’s face like a pouncing tiger!
Yang Chen easily dodged the fist, and at the same time that he dodged, his lips formed a chilly smile, “When I returned to this country I inwardly resolved myself. If others do not provoke me, do not threaten me, or take the initiative to attack me, then I won’t take the initiative to beat them up. So now I’m very thankful to that punch of yours, for it allows me to have no qualms about slaughtering you guys.”
“Everyone attack together!” The floral shirt man was in an unprecedented fury; he truly couldn’t tolerate a youngster like this who held the four of them in such contempt.
But the four’s coordinated attack seemed futile. Yang Chen casually executed some mixed martial arts moves; utilizing lightning speed and tyrannical strength. He caused the four men to have either broken fingers and arms or have their palms ruthlessly hit to form large bruises.
In a flash, the chaotic fight between the five turned into a scene of Yang Chen toying with them.
“He’s too tough, we can’t beat him!” The bearded man who made the first move shouted while covering his swollen face.
The floral shirt man also noticed how abnormal the situation was. Although he felt unresigned in his heart, he still recognized the fact that the four of them simply weren’t on the same level of strength as the man in front of their eyes.
“Run to the car!”
Under the floral shirt man’s order, the four of them hurriedly ran to the Honda Accord.
Yang Chen didn’t obstruct them, and with a smile that wasn’t a smile he watched the four lock the car and raise the windows as soon as they got in. They started up the car, and urgently turned the car around in an attempt to escape.
When the Honda Accord was about to get away, Yang Chen stooped down and picked up a pebble that was the size of an egg, weighing it in his hand……
In the car, the floral shirt man and his subordinates breathed a sigh of relief after the car started. Although they couldn’t beat him down, they were at least able to get away. Furthermore, no matter how well this youngster could fight, he couldn’t possibly catch up to a car! When they reported this to the higher ups and returned with a huge entourage of their brothers, wouldn’t they be able to take revenge for this defeat!?
However, there’s always a difference between dreams and reality……
After Yang Chen picked up the stone, he immediately got into a pitching stance and closed one eye to take aim. He stretched his arm and leaned back, then his waist abruptly shot forward!
His right hand flung the stone that he was holding!
The stone was like a miniature artillery shell, tearing through the air with a sonic boom!
With a speed that was impossible to see with the human eye, the stone smashed its way into the petrol tank from the side……
The black Honda Accord that was still moving caught fire in a moment like an ignited dynamite; the raging flames soared towards the sky enveloping the entire car in high temperatures. The flames sent it charging towards a lamp post on the side of the road!
In a blink of an eye, the Honda Accord that was perfectly fine a moment ago turned into a flaming piece of coal.
Yang Chen looked at the ‘death case of four men’ he caused like he was looking at a piece of art. The reason he waited for the four to get in the car before disposing of their lives in this manner was mainly because he was afraid that the police might discover some clues.
In addition, killing these people, right when they had relaxed the most gave Yang Chen utmost satisfaction in his heart; this could also be considered a mental disease that he had developed over the years. It was a pity that Yang Chen never thought of treating this cruel shortcoming of his.
“When you leave the womb in your next life, remember to buy a German car, Japanese cars are too fragile.” Yang Chen made a deep smile, returned to his car, and continued on his way back home.
Along the way, Yang Chen pondered over who would take action against him. First, this person was definitely not very familiar with him, otherwise they wouldn’t have dispatched people to follow him, to investigate where he lived and his interpersonal relationships.
After thinking for a while, Yang Chen was still unable to figure out who it was, and could only sigh. With an expressionless face, he thought out loud, “It’s okay to find trouble with me, but if they implicate the people by my side…… They must die……”
After having a sumptuous meal in the villa that evening, Wang Ma once again brought a bag of fashion magazines. She smiled to Yang Chen and said, “Young Master, these are magazines that Miss has subscribed to. They arrived today so please bring these to Miss in my stead later.”
Yang Chen was in the midst of watching news on the television. When he heard this, he happily received the bag. “This is how it should be, Wang Ma only needs to provide us with delicious meals; miscellaneous tasks like this should be dealt with by us men.”
“No no.” Wang Ma immediately replied: “Young Master cannot say this. My main goal is for Young Master to see Miss more often. This way Miss will think about how good Young Master is, and in the future the two of you can be more intimate.”
Yang Chen forced a smile and said, “Wang Ma, for you to tenaciously push Ruoxi into my embrace like this, do you trust me that much?
Wang Ma unflinchingly replied, “Young Master, I’ve watched Miss grow up. In this lifetime I’ve never been able to bear and raise my own children. I feel embarrassed to say this, but Miss is like half a daughter to me. After Old Mistress and Mistress passed away, I’ve always hoped for Miss to have a proper home. Miss has always been this pretty since childhood, and the men who are smitten with her are all over Zhong Hai, but those people are too hypocritical.”
As she said that, Wang Ma looked at Yang Chen with a pleased smile, “Young Master isn’t like them. I may be old, but my judgement remains as clear as ever. Young Master, although you have never said it out loud, I know that you truly care for Miss. On the day Miss fainted, I could see it from your eyes that you care about Miss a lot. But like Miss, you’re just not used to expressing yourself. Sometimes, you youngsters worry about your own dignity a little too much, but the importance of dignity can’t compare with affection.”
Yang Chen remained silent for some time before he spoke with a dull smile, “Wang Ma, you can become an expert in psychology. Your words made me doubt whether I am really who I am.”
“Don’t overthink things, Young Master. Just think of it as this old woman speaking drivel. It’s better for you to hurry on and send the magazines to Miss, if we dally any longer, Miss might go to sleep.”
Yang Chen picked up the bag of magazines and glanced through them — they were mostly fashion and internationally renowned brands’ introduction of their seasonal luxury goods. It can be inferred that as a fashion company’s CEO, Lin Ruoxi herself must personally understand these products.
Very soon, he left Dragon Garden and headed towards the hospital. As he drove along a street bustling with various businesses, Yang Chen glanced at a shop with its lights turned on from the corner of his eyes, and couldn’t help but reveal a knowing smile.
When he arrived at this hospital, it was nearly 10 in the evening. A majority of the wards already had their lights switched off, but Lin Ruoxi’s ward remained brightly lit.
Yang Chen dexterously opened the door. While looking inside, he realised that Lin Ruoxi wasn’t alone in the ward.
The visitor was Lin Ruoxi’s secretary, who was also known as the one with a airport runway (flat-chested) figure, Wu Yue. It was unknown whether this person was originally ice-cold, or if she had learned from Lin Ruoxi on how to be exceedingly cold to the point of being boring.
Lin Ruoxi was lying on the bed. On the table in front of her, there was a pile of documents. She held a silver fountain pen in her hand and was in the midst of writing something down, while Wu Yue stood beside her, wearing an earnest expression. From time to time she tidied the papers and handed over more documents.
After seeing Yang Chen enter, Wu Yue wrinkled her brows, “What did you come here for?”
Yang Chen lifted up the bag of magazines in his hand, “I’m here to deliver these magazines.”
“Why are you the one to deliver them? Who do you think you are to the CEO?” Wu Yue discontentedly reprimanded.
Yang Chen thought for a moment. In any case, she’s considered Lin Ruoxi’s trusted aide. It wouldn’t be a big deal to reveal it to her. But before Yang Chen managed to say anything, Lin Ruoxi indifferently interrupted with a sentence.
“He’s my distant relative.” With that said, Lin Ruoxi faintly hinted him with her eyes, signaling Yang Chen not to say anything superfluous.
A legal husband turned into an insignificant ‘distant relative’. Yang Chen rubbed his nose, and his lips revealed a slightly pained smile. He initially thought that the two’s relationship had become rather intimate these days, but it seemed that currently, in Lin Ruoxi’s eyes, he was still merely a contracted acting companion. She did not truly accept him as someone close to her, and never had the thought of recognizing him as her husband.
He was slightly disappointed, but luckily he had a strong mentality and was prepared for such an outcome. He wasn’t so naive as to believe that the ice lady would be this easy to conquer. Yang Chen casually smiled, and didn’t say anything more. He placed the paper bag on Lin Ruoxi’s bedside cabinet and said, “Wang Ma asked me to deliver these; she said that these are your subscribed magazines for this month.”
Wu Yue showed an expression of sudden understanding. She made the assumption that this man who is famous in the company for being an odd jobs person had depended on the title of ‘distant relative’ to enter the company. She looked at Yang Chen with even more disdain than before, and spoke with a little hostility, “If there’s nothing else then drop the things and leave. Don’t disturb the CEO as she works.”
Yang Chen initially wanted to persuade Lin Ruoxi not to wear herself out at night, but after seeing her focus all her attention on the documents without any intention of talking to him, he didn’t court a rebuff.
“Then I shall leave now.” Although he was rather dissatisfied with Wu Yue, when all was said and done, she was still Lin Ruoxi’s secretary. It wasn’t a good idea to flare-up, so Yang Chen held in his anger and ignored her.
Only when Yang Chen turned to leave did Lin Ruoxi slightly raise her head. Her clear eyes gazed at Yang Chen’s back. His usually unruly and carefree back looked a little depressed and lonely under the lights. Lin Ruoxi couldn’t help feeling regretful inside, she had not even said a word of thanks to him, but her shy temperament had left her simply unaware of how to speak up.
As the door closed, Lin Ruoxi released an unperceivable sigh and continued to deal with the documents.
Approximately an hour later, it was very late at night. Wu Yue took a look at her watch, and hesitantly said, “Boss, let’s stop here for today, I’ll bring the documents back, tidy them up and pass them to Department Head Mo tomorrow. The important ones have already been dealt with, you should rest now.”
Lin Ruoxi rubbed her temples. These days she’d been taking Chinese medicine, recuperating, and also had to receive those people who came to visit. It was late at night, and fact was she was honestly rather tired, so she nodded and said, “Tell Department Head Mo that I’ll personally handle the autumn fashion conference documents and the project for breaking into the Japanese market, while she deals with everything else.”
Wu Yue worked extremely fast, in less than 5 minutes, all of the documents were tidied up. She respectfully bid Lin Ruoxi goodbye and left.
Lin Ruoxi relaxed her whole body, inhaled deeply, and leaned against the soft pillow. Her eyes glanced at the big bag of magazines Yang Chen had brought. With some thought, she brought the bag over, intending to take a look at the magazines before sleeping.
The moment she opened the bag, she suddenly smelled a familiar scent of glutinous rice pouring out of the bag. Lin Ruoxi was stunned and took a careful look inside. She discovered that other than the magazines which numbered more than a dozen, there were actually glutinous rice balls packed in a transparent plastic container!
Slowly taking the container out, Lin Ruoxi looked at the 10 round balls of doughy things inside. There were white ones, black ones, green ones, and various other colors. It was also still warm with a little steam at the top.
Lin Ruoxi naturally knew that these weren’t given to her by Wang Ma, because when she was young, she had hurt her stomach from eating too many glutinous rice balls. From then on, Wang Ma never allowed her to eat glutinous rice balls again. Therefore, these could only be bought for her by that person……
Is it because the last time Cai Yan visited, she mentioned that I love eating glutinous rice balls?
Just from that casual conversation, he remembered my favorite food?
Recalling the words she had said to Yang Chen earlier, and how coldly she had treated him as if he was a total stranger, along with the view of Yang Chen’s back when he left……
Lin Ruoxi was completely unaware that her eyes had begun to turn moist.
For the first time in her life, while looking at her favorite glutinous rice balls, Lin Ruoxi didn’t have any appetite.