Chapter 51 – President Xi’s Bargaining Chip
On the other side, Xi Duan frowned as he looked at the continuous “the other party is typing” text in the upper left corner of his phone screen.
Xi Duan wondered is he hesitating? What is he hesitating for? Is this about the matter with the brand ambassador?
Xi Duan quickly texted: I’m planning to bring Xi Yu, what do you think?
This time, Duan Shu Tong’s reply came in a few short seconds: Sure thing!
Xi Duan’s eyebrows curved with the hint of a smile: In the future, if there’s something wrong with the way I’m raising him, please advise me.
Duan Shu Tong: Xi Yu is very sensible. Just make use of the vacation time to temper him a bit, and he will be just fine.
Xi Duan couldn’t help chuckling out loud. It was the first time he heard someone comment on Xi Yu’s sensibility so sincerely.
The topic seemed to end there, but for some reason he could not bear to put down the phone.
Xi Duan could still remember the first time he rode in the car with the young man. At that time, he thought the young man fiddling on his mobile phone was still childish. He never expected that there would be a day when he would be looking at his phone, waiting in high spirits for the other person’s text.
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Just as Xi Duan was laughing at himself, Duan Shu Tong resolutely made up his mind and sent the question over: Is it because of you that Lin Man Man is willing to accept the endorsement?
With his gaze fixed on this line, Xi Duan rubbed the back of his phone with his fingers, and then solemnly replied after half a minute: She wanted to retrieve the images that were secretly photographed yesterday and make a deal with me. She doesn’t fit the image as the Xi Company’s brand ambassador. Rather than waste the opportunity, why not have her endorse products that suit her.
After Xi Duan sent this over, Duan Shu Tong did not reply for a long while. Xi Duan’s mind was at sixes and sevens. His lips pursed together into a thin line. His gaze refused to move from the phone screen lest he missed Duan Shu Tong’s text.
The screen went black from inactivity. Xi Duan turned it back on. This repeated for five or six times before Duan Shu Tong finally replied with a succinct text and a gif image: Thank you! [bixin*.gif]
[T/N: 比心 bi xin – Chinese Internet slang meaning to form a hand heart using one’s thumb and forefinger (or by using both hands)]
Looking at the looping image of the little cartoon character sending out hearts, Xi Duan’s eyebrows curved with laughter. But he rationally told himself that this was just an emoticon that was often sent among ordinary friends, and it didn’t represent much at all.
Then the young man sent another message: I’m sorry, just now my sister came to look for me, so I didn’t reply to you in a timely manner.
Xi Duan: It’s okay. Good night.
After replying “good night,” Duan Shu Tong couldn’t help burying his face in his pillow, trying to calm down.
Xi Duan was so considerate! If he kept doing things like this, then Duan Shu Tong might not be able to resist.
But Xi Duan liked Pei Ruo Wei. Even his [DST] gender did not match up.
Just as he was about to enter the bathroom to take a shower, there came a knock at his bedroom door. He got up and opened it to see Duan Si Fu standing at the doorway. He shifted to one side and invited her in.
At the same time, he thought to himself: I just lied to Xi Duan that my sister came to find me, and she really did come to find me.
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“I heard that you came home, so I came back to see you.” Duan Si Fu did not like to talk excessively, so she bluntly said, “The ‘Clear Sky Has Eyes’ that tried to throw dirt on you before on the Internet have already left Yalan. However, the reputation of Yalan and several other skin care product companies have been more or less affected in some way, and the Spring and Autumn Hall is also the same.”
Duan Shu Tong nodded, “I know. They all think that I stole He Run’s credit.”
Seeing that he seemed confident, Duan Si Fu asked, “Do you have a solution?”
“En, when No. 2 goes on sale, those comments will probably disappear.”
It was as He Run had said. If the effect of Spring Flower No. 2 was really effective in removing scars, then it would be out of the category of skin care products.
This was something that He Run could not do.
Duan Si Fu did not ask any more, “As long as you have a plan, then it’s fine. If there’s anything you need you can always call home. You don’t have to shoulder it alone.”
Duan Shu Tong was just feeling moved by his sister’s concern for him, when she abruptly changed the topic: “I heard that you came back this time because of Miss Pei.”
There didn’t seem to be anything wrong with these words, so Duan Shu Tong deliberately said, “At least I saw what was right and wrong and acted courageously*.”
[*T/N: 见义勇为 – This is an idiom from the Analects. Alternative phrasing: “to stand up bravely for the truth” or “acting heroically in a just cause.”]
Duan Si Fu’s expression was serious, “You have grown up during this period of time. You have to be serious about your feelings. If you really like her, don’t trade her back and forth like before.”
Duan Shu Tong: …
He screamed in his head I didn’t! It’s not me! This is injustice!