Chapter 16 – New Product Development
“Haha, I understand what you mean. When I first saw her I almost vomited my dinner from the night before. I don’t know how that young master Duan can bear to be around her. Could he really have such heavy tastes? Ugh, barf.”
“Aye, I really don’t understand why HR would hire her. Was it to make us eat less food at the cafeteria and help the company save on food expenses? No matter what, we are still a skincare company. Are they not afraid that she will end up ruining our image?”
“Don’t say it like that, in any case she is still a proper undergraduate student. Reportedly, she’s from an important undergraduate course with a high educational background.”
“What’s the use of academic qualifications? If I were her, I would never dare to leave the house and meet people.”
Zhou Ling froze in front of the mirror. The words of the men’s gossip kept ringing in her ear. The rim of her eyes turned red.
The comfort of staying with Duan Shu Tong for half a month did not make her forget her previous humiliation, and her tears flowed down.
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But she did not dare to make a sound.
Those people in the men’s toilet next door did not know that Zhou Ling was just a few meters away. Perhaps even if they knew, they would not care about demeaning her within hearing distance.
They talked while smoking, until the door of a toilet compartment creaked and opened.
The men’s toilet was silent for a moment. The men stood there holding their cigarettes stupidly as they watched the man with extraordinary temperament step out of the compartment and walk towards the sinks.
They stared at the big boss. They did not dare to say a word or even twitch a muscle.
To be caught red-handed talking about other people behind their backs, moreover, they were gossiping about their superior and talking bad about him. No matter who it was, it would be impossible for them to remain unconcerned.
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Duan Shu Tong was originally just going to the toilet. He did not expect to be hit with an earful of malicious gossip. Moreover, that malice was directed at a young girl. He could not help feeling irritated.
Although Zhou Ling’s ability was far less than that of his former assistant in his previous life, the girl’s tenacity and willingness to learn were infinitely better than these losers who disparaged other people.
[T/N: “loser” was written in English in the original text]
The sound of running water broke the silence hanging over the men’s toilet. With his eyebrows lowered, Duan Shu Tong turned off the faucet after washing his hands and turned around.
He glanced at these people’s extinguished cigarette butts.
“If I remember correctly, the company has regulations that specify researchers must not have odors on them, let alone the smell of smoke.”
After he finished talking, he no longer looked at the faces of these people and turned to leave the bathroom.
A man with a cigarette pressed between his lips said with a bitter face: “What now? He’s not going to fire us, is he?”
No one could answer him.
The people here no longer have connections and they were completely unable to compete with the airborne Young Master Duan. They could only resign themselves to their fate.
In the bathroom next door, Zhou Ling wiped her tears and could not help laughing.
Director Duan was really a good person.
Zhou Ling quickly sorted out her emotions, and when she returned to the laboratory, Duan Shu Tong had already put on his lab coat and was seriously researching.
Zhou Ling felt light-hearted. She did not disturb him and instead concentrated on her own work.
When five o’ clock rolled around, Duan Shu Tong did not leave on time as usual. Although Zhou Ling was surprised, she did not say anything and continued to accompany him at his side.
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Seeing the look of focus on Duan Shu Tong’s face, she felt a thrill of anticipation and her heart couldn’t help thumping faster. Could it be that it was possible to create the new product today?
After following Duan Shu Tong for so many days, Zhou Ling could not accurately say which step of the process they were on, but she could take an educated guess.
It was almost like a hunch. Today, there might be a miracle.
Yes. A miracle.
If this new product could be researched and developed, then it would be a miracle for many female consumers.