Chapter 53 – Entering the Xi Family
Pei Ruo Wei was indeed enticed, but she calmed herself down to think about it.
It was a little weird for Xi Duan to suddenly gave her such an offer.
Besides, the treatment and salary that Duan Shu Tong had discussed with her was also good. Although Shan Quan County was not as good as Yan City, for her, it was still a little more comfortable and cozy to be in a small county.
“Thank you for your kindness President Xi, but I have promised Young Master Duan to go to the Spring and Autumn Hall to work.”
Even if her heart was dripping blood at having to reject this offer, she still could not step into this giant pit.
Moreover, compared to entering a mature company with high-level talents everywhere, it was better to progress together with a company that was growing.
The most important thing was that the packaging design of Spring Flower No. 1 has garnered many praises, which gave her a deep sense of fulfillment, and she couldn’t help but feel a sense of belonging to the Spring and Autumn Hall, so she didn’t want to leave for the time being.
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Xi duan nodded and stopped talking. He had made the offer in order to sound her out. But after testing her, he was full of contradicting feelings.
He did not want Pei Ruo Wei to continue working at the Spring and Autumn Hall, but he also felt gratified that Duan Shu Tong had a person who could resist temptations to help him.
He has lived for over two decades, but never has he felt so tangled and confused.
Compared to the dull atmosphere in Xi Duan’s car, Duan Shu Tong and Xi Yu conversed quite happily. Xi Yu thought of himself as being more mature than his peers, so there wasn’t much to talk about with people of his age group. But when it came to talking with his elders, there was still a generation gap, so it was still hard to chat with them.
Then he met Duan Shu Tong, and it was like he transformed into a chatterbox. The more he interacted with Duan Shu Tong, the more that he found that the once prodigal son was actually a hidden treasure. No matter what he talked about, Duan Shu Tong could match him in conversation.
The most important thing was that Duan-ge could always consider a problem from his perspective. He was the most considerate person!
Xi Yu draped his arm across Duan Shu Tong’s shoulders. With the two sitting side by side, he laughed up his sleeve and said, “Duan-ge, I’m saying for real here, I’ve heard of your reputation before, and I thought that you were the same as everyone else.”
Duan Shu Tong’s eyebrows rose, “I wasn’t that bad before, was I?”
“It was my bad,” Xi Yu grinned, “I shouldn’t have listened to rumors.”
Duan Shu Tong nodded in satisfaction, “What the ears hear may not be true, and what the eyes see may not be true. You have to learn to think for yourself.”
Xi Yu expressed that he had received the advice. Then he approached Duan Shu Tong’s shoulder and asked in a low voice, “Then, do you think that Miss Pei will become my aunt?”
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For a hot minute, Duan Shu Tong didn’t know how to answer the youngster’s question. He knew that Xi Yu wasn’t asking casually, after all, the loss that he had experienced was still clearly visible within his gaze.
It seemed like the youngster did not want Xi Duan to get married.
“And if she does [become your aunt]?” Duan Shu Tong asked.
Xi Yu drooped his head instantly, and after a long silence, he pretended to be indifferent and said, “My uncle is so old, it’s normal to get married.”
Duan Shu Tong laughed, “He is not that old. He’s older than you by twelve years, but he’s still only twenty-seven.”
“Yeah,” the teenager looked out the window, “not that old.”
Observing the youth’s state of mind, Duan Shu Tong thought for a while and felt that he probably understood what the teen was thinking, so he said to comfort him: “You are his only biological relative, even if he gets married, he won’t leave you behind. You can’t tuck away the concerns in your heart. You can try communicating them with him.”
Xi Yu shook his head, “Duan-ge, you don’t understand.”
Duan Shu Tong patted him on the head, “I’ve eaten more rice than you*, how could I not understand?”
[*T/N: “I’ve eaten more rice than you” means “I’ve lived more years than you” or “I have more experience than you.”]
“But my uncle is already angry with me,” when Xi Yu looked at him, his eyes were flushed red, and he looked very sad, “It’s my fault. I was ignorant before and said some really bad things.”
He blamed himself, but at the same time he didn’t want Xi Duan to really give up on him, so he tested the man’s bottom line time and time again.
Duan Shu Tong patted him on the shoulder, “He is your uncle and won’t hold grudges against you.”
“You don’t know how terrible the things I said were,” Xi Yu leaned back, eyes drooping to hide the dampness within. His voice was a little choked up, “He definitely doesn’t like me anymore. After he gets married, I will move out.”
Seeing that he couldn’t get any proper answers out of the boy, Duan Shu Tong had no choice but to give up.
The misunderstandings between the uncle and nephew had to be solved as soon as possible otherwise something bad will happen.
When they returned to Shan Quan County, Pei Ruo Wei stayed in Duan Shu Tong’s house, and Duan Shu Tong went to Xi Duan’s residence.
At first, Duan Shu Tong thought that it would be awkward to live at Xi Duan’s place, but the servants of the Xi’s family were very thorough and did not let him notice the slightest impropriety. After Xi Duan arrived home, he immediately went back out to deal with work, and the two of them didn’t speak at all.
Translations by Vanilla Muse.
Duan Shu Tong knew that there was something off about the way he felt towards Xi Duan right now. In order to avoid having too much contact with the other man, he he began to invest in busy experiments and did his best to develop Spring Flower No. 2.
Pei Ruo Wei had promised him that she would work for the Spring and Autumn Hall. Due to her pregnancy, Duan Shu Tong allowed her to work from home. As long as she delivered her designs on time, then it would not delay production.
At the end of July, the development of Spring Flower No. 2 has entered the late stage. After negotiating with the company’s senior management, Duan Shu Tong decided to wait for the results of Spring Flower No. 1’s endorsement before implementing No. 2.
It didn’t take too long to shoot the advertisements. By early August, the Spring and Autumn Hall had already purchased advertising time, and was waiting to see if sales would increase after broadcasting the advertisements.
But before the ad was broadcast, the Spring and Autumn Hall’s sales began to explode, and the staff who had been monitoring the data almost had a heart attack.
After a lot of hustle and bustle, they finally discovered the reason.
It turned out that their brand ambassador Miss Lin Man Man had promoted Spring Flower No. 1 on Weibo, and then linked the post to the Spring and Autumn Hall’s official blog.
Who was Lin Man Man? She was a star at the top of the entertainment industry! She was so popular that if she ever announced a wedding some day, Weibo would definitely be paralyzed.
With tens of millions of fans, her appeal was most definitely not weak.
The director of the Advertising Department covered his chest and looked at the number of fans on the official blog. He felt like he had reached the pinnacle of his life.
With trembling hands, he moved the mouse cursor to click into Lin Man Man’s Weibo, and responded: Glorious like spring flowers, and bright like the autumn moon.
At the same time, a photo was attached.
It was a photo taken during the shooting of the commercial. The woman in the photo was indeed looking fresh and beautiful, glorious like spring flowers and bright like the autumn moon, bright and blooming.
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