Chapter 47 – Concerning How to Teach Children
“Why do I have to apologize?! I’m not apologizing! I’m not in the wrong!”
The angry shouts of the youth inside the ward could be clearly heard from the corridor. Cen Ning paid careful attention to the situation inside and answered the phone, “Young Master Duan, you can also hear it. It’s not that President Xi is not responding to your messages, he really is unable to attend to other things at the moment.”
It couldn’t be helped, as President Xi’s special assistant, Cen Ning has long heard of President Xi’s nephew’s fighting prowess.
Duan Shu Tong expressed his understanding: “Then I will go to the hospital for a look.”
After he got home, no matter how long he waited he still didn’t get any news from Xi Duan. He sent messages through WeChat, but still got no response, so he could only call Cen Ning.
Now he knew that Pei Ruo Wei was safe and protected, and that Xi Duan was dealing with a fight between his nephew and the other person involved and could not leave the hospital for a while, so he decided to come.
This young master of the Xi family seemed to be a bit wild indeed.
Xi Yu was a decade younger than Xi Duan and was in a rebellious period. Due to Xu Duan’s preoccupation with his work, the relationship between uncle and nephew was not close, and there were even rumors that Xi Yu hated Xi Duan, and that sooner or later, there would be internal strife as the uncle and nephew pair would be fighting over ownership of the Xi family.
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Duan Shu Tong didn’t think that Xi Duan would compete with his nephew over the Xi family. With Xi Duan’s ability, he could completely create another conglomerate like the Xi family, or even surpass the Xi family.
The reason that he worked like his life depended on it was all for the sake of giving Xi Yu a better and indestructible Xi family to inherit.
Thinking of the bruises under the man’s eyes, Duan Shu Tong couldn’t help feeling a little bit empathetic, and he didn’t know whether he was feeling distressed for Xi Duan or for himself in his previous life.
At the door of the ward, Duan Shu Tong didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when he heard about the situation from Cen Ning.
The President Xi who passed like thunder and moved like the wind*, who was an invincible presence in the business world, seemed to be a bit clumsy in handling family relationships. It was no wonder that Xi Yu always opposed him.
[*T/N: “pass like thunder and move like the wind” is a Chinese idiom meaning one who is swift and decisive in their reactions]
Of course, Xi Duan did not have any ulterior motives or bad intentions towards Xi Yu, but Xi Yu was in his adolescence and his way of thinking was still indeterminate. In addition, his parents passed away when he was a child, so he lacked a sense of security. He was naturally extremely repulsed by Xi Duan’s strong and intense way of doing things.
Xi Yu might see Xi Duan as an enemy if even one person by his side were to secretly incite disharmony between the two.
Such things were not uncommon, but Duan Shu Tong has seen a few cases with his own eyes.
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There was no more sound coming from within the ward. The two, uncle and nephew, were most likely in a stalemate.
Cen Ning did not dare to interfere with the boss’s personal matters, but Duan Shu Tong did not want to see Xi Duan being misunderstood. After thinking about it, he stepped forward and knocked on the door to the ward.
“Enter.” The man’s familiar voice sounded a bit tired.
Duan Shu Tong pushed open the door and entered. He saw Xi Duan standing at the end of the hospital bed. His gaze was deep and faraway when he looked over. There was also a bit of helplessness and exasperation mixed into that gaze. He seemed to be at his wit’s end concerning his only relative.
Xi Duan thought it was Cen Ning, but it was Duan Shu Tong who came in. He was taken aback, and then he realized: “Sorry, I forgot to send you a message.”
“It’s okay,” Duan Shu Tong approached. He reached out and patted Xi Duan’s drooping arm and smiled warmly, “Sit down first and then talk.”
Xi Duan’s natural aura was already strong, and his physique was tall to boot. It was easy to give people a sense of oppression when he looked at someone while standing up. Talking in such a posture would definitely make the sensitive teenager, Xi Yu, produce a rejecting mentality.
Xi Duan listened to his words and sat on the small sofa by the windows, dropping his line of gaze.
While waiting for Xi Duan to sit still, Duan Shu Tong had time to study Xi Yu, who was leaning on the hospital bed.
There was a gauze patch on the boy’s head. Cen Ning had just infrmed him that Xi Yu got injured on the head and had even required two stitches to sew the wound close.
Underneath the gauze patch, the youth’s eyebrows were thick and stylish, like unsheathed swords. They were the exact same shape as Xi Duan’s eyebrows, but the eyes beneath the brows were somewhat different from Xi Duan’s.
Xi Duan’s eyes were slightly narrow and long, giving people the feeling that he was shrewd and capable, cold and majestic. Xi Yu’s eyes were slightly rounded, and they looked innocent and candid, but right now they were occupied by anger and doubt, and they looked a little arrogant.
He stared at Duan Shu Tong and asked, “Who are you? Are you his assistant?”
Before Duan Shu Tong could answer, Xi Duan raised his eyes and warned: “Xi Yu.”
Xi Yu snorted and didn’t even look at him, but at Duan Shu Tong. It was as if asides from himself, there was only Duan Shu Tong in the room.
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Duan Shu Tong was not angry at all. He smiled and said: “I am your uncle’s friend. My name is Duan Shu Tong. Pleased to meet you, Xi Yu.”
“Tch!” Xi Yu rolled his eyes, “Yeah, right. What kind of friends can he have?”
Duan Shu Tong has seen a lot of bear children*, and he was not shocked at all.
[*T/N: 熊孩子 “bear child” – unruly child / brat / little devil]
He said frankly: “Ce-ge has already told me the whole story. Actually, I don’t think your uncle should have you go apologize.”
Xi Yu’s eyes lit up when he heard those words, and the depression in his eyes seemed to disappear. “Do you really think so?”
Xi Duan also looked at Duan Shu Tong. His eyebrows crinkled slightly.
Duan Shu Tong gave him a reassuring look. Leaning leisurely against the wall, he adopted a posture that said he was ready for a patient for chat.
“You had a quarrel with the other party. You got so angry that you hit the other person a few times. While he was resisting, he cut your head open with a tree branch. When you saw the blood, you got scared and accidentally broke his arm, am I right?”
Xi Yu stiffened his neck and retorted: “I wasn’t scared!”
Duan Shu Tong ignored the teenager’s ego. His eyes were extremely gentle, “In fact, there is a way to get the best of both worlds, which can save you from apologizing and eliminate the other person’s anger.”
Xi Yu suddenly revealed a smile. He said contemptuously and disdainfully: “Isn’t it all fine if money is used to compensate?”
“Now there’s an idea,” Duan Shu Tong clapped his hand and praised, “How about this, I’ll call the other person’s parents over, let them beat you up to release their anger, and then throw enough money at you, what do you think?”