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Chapter 59 – A Nostalgic Flavor
With a calm expression on his face, Duan Shu Tong replied to Cen Ning, “I slipped in the bathroom last night and bumped against the washstand.”
Cen Ning and Liu Zhi Fei helped bring breakfast to the dining table.
“Is it serious? Do you want to go to the hospital for a look?”
Duan Shu Tong looked at Xi Duan when he heard Cen Ning’s question. By coincidence, Xi Duan was also looking at him. The two men stared blankly at each other for a few seconds.
Duan Shu Tong looked away first, and then answered Cen Ning’s question, “It’s not serious. I’ll just rub some medicinal wine on it.”
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He walked to the dining table and helped set the tableware. Xi Yu rushed over like a little monkey to accompany him.
Under everyone’s astonished eyes, the teenager diligently filled a bowl of congee and put it on the table with both hands. He said shyly, “Uncle, have breakfast.”
Xi Duan: ?
He thought, I didn’t see you for one night and your entire personality changed?
He remained calm and collected and said lightly, “You eat too.”
If that was all Xi Yu did then it still wouldn’t seem too outrageous, but during the meal, he would help Xi Duan add food to his plate, just like a filial nephew.
Duan Shu Tong and Cen Ning watched the scene with enjoyment. Their stares made Xi Yu so embarrassed that he secretly glared at them.
Cen Ning reacted the fastes. He quickly picked up a piece of pickled radish and gave it to Liu Zhi Fei. With a concerned expression, he said: “Here friend, eat some more.”
Liu Zhi Fei: Thank you… friend. But I don’t like eating radishes.
He accurately locked on to the pickled cucumbers and reciprocated the favor by stuffing it into Cen Ning’s bowl. Then he said earnestly, “Cen-ge, you’ve worked hard, you should also eat more.”
Cen Ning wanted to cry but had no tears. He hated pickled cucumbers.
With them also placing food into each other’s bowls, Xi Yu felt much more at ease. He was immersed in the important matter of repairing the relationship between him and his uncle, so he didn’t notice Duan Shu Tong who was eating “alone.”
Seeing the mountain of “filial piety” piled up on the plate, Xi Duan felt a bit helpless and like he didn’t know what to do. He stretched out his hand to stop Xi Yu’s continual filial piety. His gaze swept across his two subordinates who were putting on a show and then finally landed on the young man who was sitting across from him.
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Xi Yu tracked his uncle’s line of sight and a look of chagrin appeared on his face. It would be rude to give Duan-ge the cold shoulder like this, so he gave Duan Shu Tong a poached egg. His big eyes were full of sincerity, “Duan-ge, you eat some more too.”
Seeing Duan Shu Tong receive the egg with a smile, Xi Duan withdrew his gaze and slowly ate his breakfast.
After breakfast, Duan Shu Tong got some medicinal wine from Uncle Sun and was about to go upstairs to massage it into his bruise, when he took note of Xi Duan and the others. They had yet to leave the house, so he couldn’t help asking, “Not going to work today?”
Xi Duan’s eyes fell on the medicinal wine in his hand, “Taking a day off. Is it convenient for you to massage it yourself?”
Duan Shu Tong nodded, “I can do it by myself.” After saying that, he quickly looked away and went upstairs while supporting his waist.
Every time he looked at Xi Duan, it would remind him of how close they were yesterday night in the kitchen. He could still clearly recall the faint rosin smell on Xi Duan when the other man was in his arms. There was a touch of alcohol smell mixed into the scent. At that time, Duan Shu Tong was really reluctant to let go.
He regretted that he had agreed to live with Xi Duan without careful consideration.
Duan Shu Tong had to constantly remind himself that Xi Duan was the third male lead and that he already had someone that he liked. Even if he didn’t get together with Pei Ruo Wei in the future, he still would not get together with a man.
After applying the medicinal wine to his bruise, he hurried out to the Spring and Autumn Hall.
Zhou Ling had resigned, so now he did not have any assistants. The company planned to recruit some new technical personnel.
With the Spring and Autumn Hall’s current reputation, it was very easy to recruit new hires. However, the kind of researchers that Duan Shu Tong was looking for might not be the same as what Zhai Jun thought.
Duan Shu Tong went to Zhai Jun’s office. Gao Fang poured tea for the two of them, and then tactfully left them alone.
“What orders does Young Master Duan have for me?” Zhai Jun smiled and took a sip of tea.