Chapter 52 – Entering* the Xi Family
[*T/N: The verb used here is 入住 ru zhu, which has a more specific meaning of “checking in” to a place such as a hotel, etc]
At seven o’ clock in the morning, the cars from the Xi family arrived on time in front of the Duan family’s house.
Because there were a lot of people going back on the return trip, there were a total of three cars.
Xi Duan sat in the forefront car. Xi Yu was still being difficult, so he chose to sit in the second car. When he saw Duan Shu Tong, he purposefully got off the car and tugged Duan Shu Tong towards the second car by the arm.
Duan Shu Tong: …
It just so happened that he needed to prevent excessive contact with Xi Duan, so Xi Yu’s willfulness at the moment was actually a big help to him.
But he also cannot eschew manners.
Despite Xi Yu’s unhappy expression, Duan Shu Tong approached Xi Duan’s car to greet him and said, “You still have to pick up Miss Pei in a little while, right? Then I will go sit with Xi Yu.”
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He didn’t want to be the third wheel.
Xi Duan who was waiting for him to get in the car: “…”
After Duan Shu Tong left, Xi Duan’s complexion darkened quite a bit.
After getting in the car, Duan Shu Tong couldn’t help but ask Xi Yu: “How come there are three cars?”
Xi Yu felt like Duan Shu Tong was the one who understood him best, so he was especially chummy with him. Upon receiving the question, he explained carefully: “Uncle wants to take me to Shan Quan County. With both him and me out of the house, Sun-yeye* insisted on us bringing the chef and housekeeper with us. He said he’s concerned that we won’t be able to eat well and take care of the house well.”
[*T/N: 爷爷 yeye translates to “grandpa.” It can be used to address any elderly man, even if there is no biological relation. In this case, this old man’s surname is Sun and not biologically related to the Xi family, so he’s probably like the elderly butler in the family. He might or might not have been mentioned in the text before, but it escapes my memory at the moment.]
Duan Shu Tong couldn’t help holding his forehead in his hand. He and Xi Duan had agreed to live together. Originally, he had thought that all the people living in the house would be friends that he was familiar with, so it didn’t matter even if they lived together for a spell, but now Xi Duan was bringing his household with him and it felt a bit awkward to be living with him.
Just as Duan Shu Tong was lamenting over this, he heard Xi Yu say excitedly: “Sun-yeye said that Duan-ge is going to be living together with us! This is great!”
There was a sincere smile on the boy’s face. Duan Shu Tong was infected by it, and the discomfort in his heart gradually disappeared. He laughed and said: “Why is it great, huh?”
“You don’t know, but my uncle is way too rigid. Living together with him? I will be suffocated to death!” Xi Yu smiled slyly and held onto Duan Shu Tong’s arm intimately, “You are so much better than him!”
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Duan Shu Tong shook his head and didn’t speak. There was a mistake in the child’s perception of his uncle, but preaching to him wasn’t the correct method. It was better for him to experience things himself.
Xi Duan’s earnest care and hard work was not something that he could squander freely.
In the blink of an eye, they arrived in front of the hospital.
Pei Ruo Wei already knew that Xi Duan and Duan Shu Tong had rescued her, and she was extremely grateful. She walked up to Xi Duan’s car and was about to express her gratitude in person when she heard Cen Ning say: “Miss Pei, get in the car, ba.”
Pei Ruo Wei: ???
“Young Master Duan… isn’t in the car?” Aren’t Young Master Duan and President Xi good friends? Why aren’t they sitting in the same car? It gave her the feeling of being a vicious female side character that broke up a pair of close friends.
Cen Ning thought about the low pressure emanating from his boss, secretly sighed, and pointed to the second car, “Young Master Duan is sitting together with Young Master Xi Yu.”
Pei Ruo Wei could only nod her head and get in the car.
As soon as she got in the car, she felt uncomfortable all over, because the aura of the man next to her was a bit scary. He was not as approachable as Young Master Duan at all, and she couldn’t understand how the two of them got along.
In order to prevent herself from becoming cannon fodder, she maintained a silent attitude and kept herself as far away from Xi Duan as possible. She was almost pressed flushed against the car door.
The atmosphere inside the car was subtly scary for a time.
Cen Ning sat in the passenger seat, and was hugging himself in distress.
Pei Ruo Wei had encountered Assistant Cen before when he was delivering flowers to her, all in the name of President Xi, but this was the first time that she had laid eyes on Xi Duan, yet she didn’t dare to look directly at his face.
She has reason to believe that Cen Ning gave her flowers as a spoof. How could the Big Boss Xi possibly like her?!
That was simply too much of a fantasy story.
She was relatively sensitive to people’s emotions. If a person liked her, she could feel it. For example, comparing the previous Duan Shu Tong with the current Duan Shu Tong, she could clearly tell that the previous Young Master Duan was friends with her in hopes of becoming lovers in the future, but now, that feeling was completely gone.
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As for Xi Duan, there was no need for extra contemplation. It was impossible for him to like her.
When the car was halfway to their destination, Xi Duan finally spoke. His voice was low and felt a bit cold ringing against her eardrums. “Do you need to take legal means?”
Pei Ruo Wei had seriously considered this issue. To be honest, she did not suffered substantial harm, and there was no clear evidence of wrongdoing. Even if the case was reported, it was difficult for Li Xiao to be punished. Besides, she considered herself to be an insignificant little person. She did not have enough energy and ability to fight against Li Xiao. Maybe Duan Shu Tong and Xi Duan would help her, but she didn’t want to trouble them anymore.
So she replied: “I just want to have nothing to do with him anymore.”
She wanted to cut off all association with him.
Xi Duan nodded coldly and changed the subject, “Miss Pei is very talented in design, and Xi Corporation has a suitable position. I wonder if Miss Pei is willing to give it a try.”
Huh? He wanted to hire her as soon as he opened his mouth to speak? She could feel her entire back break out in goose pimples.
Pei Ruo Wei was about to reply, when Xi Duan spoke again: “Li Xiao can make other companies blacklist you, but he can’t influence the Xi family. You don’t have to worry about it. Besides, the Xi Corporation’s treatment and salary is not bad.”
Not bad? What not bad? Don’t be too good to be true, okay?!