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Chapter 74 – Chugging Vinegar (Sigeng)
Xi Duan scrolled through the chat records between him and Duan Shu Tong, and he was even more certain that the young man was deliberately alienating him.
Before, the young man would send a lot of emoticons, but now there were none of those.
Xi Duan typed for a long time on his phone, but in the end he only replied with two words: You’re welcome.
He put down the phone in disappointment. Resting his forehead on the palm of his hand, he carefully recalled what happened before. The young man seemed to have started alienating him after the night of the celebration banquet.
Did he do something he shouldn’t have done that night?
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He painstaking went over the events of that night, trying to find the answer. Except for the question he asked when they got home, he didn’t do anything out of bounds.
Was this misfortune really caused by that one question?
While Xi Duan was pondering this, Duan Shu Tong was also struggling with what Xi Duan had said.
On the night of the celebration feast, although Duan Shu Tong was drunk, his consciousness was still there, so he vaguely remembered what had happened after he woke up.
Xi Duan asked him if he liked Pei Ruo Wei.
He denied it.
Upon hearing that answer, Xi Duan seemed to be very happy.
When Duan Shu Tong linked up these three memory points together, it made it hard for him not to suspect that Xi Duan still held affection for Pei Ruo Wei. It’s just that Xi Duan decided to hold back for the sake of his former love rival, now turned friend.
Including that night when Xi Duan was drunk, and he had said “I don’t like [her]” in the kitchen. That could have also been Xi Duan choosing friendship and familial love over romantic love.
Duan Shu Tong also did not want to be the third party that broke up other people’s love. He didn’t like Pei Ruo Wei, but he was afraid that he had fallen for Xi Duan.
Staying away was the most effective way.
However, Xi Duan secretly helping him out once again plunged his thoughts into a cyclone. He couldn’t go and tell Xi Duan not to come around anymore, and not to help him out anymore. If that wasn’t the act of a thankless wretch then what was?
Duan Shu Tong took a deep breath, forced himself to calm down, and recited “the third male lead likes the female lead” ten times before he had the courage to send a WeChat message: If you are free on Saturday, come over for dinner.
When Xi Yu started school and returned to Yan City, Uncle Sun and the cook and nanny went back to Yan City with him.
Uncle Sun was reluctant to part with Xi Duan, but the little young master needed his care even more, and from the start, Xi Duan didn’t like his household to be too crowded.
Xi Duan has been eating out these days. It’s not that he couldn’t find another chef, but again, he didn’t like having too many people around. Not only that, due to how busy he was, he didn’t often return home, so it didn’t seem necessary to hire a chef.
It’s not that Duan Shu Tong didn’t know all of this, but even if he did, what could he do about it?
No matter how distressed he was for Xi Duan, he still had to stop himself from reaching out to that straight man.
Duan Shu Tong planned to take this opportunity of inviting Xi Duan to dinner to give him a present. Just take it as him expressing his gratitude by offering a bit of help.
Even if it was insignificant, at least he could get his intentions across.
After Xi Duan agreed to his proposal, Duan Shu Tong blanked out for a moment, and then he suddenly remembered that there was another person at home!
He angrily smacked his forehead. Lu Shi definitely would not want to see other people. Although Duan Shu Tong believed in Xi Duan’s character, Lu Shi was not familiar with Xi Duan.
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After sending out an invitation, it was not right to withdraw it immediately. He thought about it, and then re-edited the message: I just remembered that I have something to do this Saturday. How about next Saturday?
Lu Shi was only staying for ten days. He would be returning to Yan City next Saturday.
When Xi Duan received this message, he was puzzled. Why was the other person changing plans so quickly? But without thinking too much about it, he agreed.
At nine o’clock in the evening, Liu Zhi Fei drove the car into their little neighborhood.
When they passed by Duan Shu Tong’s residence, Xi Duan subconsciously glanced at the villa and was suddenly stunned.
He knew that Duan Shu Tong’s bedroom was on the east side of the second floor, and from this angle, he could clearly see the lights inside.
This was nothing unusual. What was strange was that the room on the west side of the second floor, which has never been in used, had its lights turned on.
He pondered for a few seconds. Did Duan Shu Tong change their plans to next Saturday because he had a guest over?
Xi Duan unconsciously pressed the power button of his mobile phone. He looked at the flickering screen, and suddenly laughed at himself.