Chapter 89 – Is He Caring About Me?
The morning passed quickly. At lunchtime, Duan Shu Tong and Xi Duan made an appointment to eat together.
After burying his sentiments deep in his heart, Duan Shu Tong was no longer as uncomfortable as before when he faced Xi Duan. Duan Shu Tong laughed while he talked. Finally, he said a word of complaint: “In the afternoon, I have to sit in the conference room and listen to a speech.”
Xi Duan’s expression did not change as he said, “I will try to be as brief as possible.”
Duan Shu Tong: ???
He never thought that Xi Duan would speak as a representative of the company!
The young man was debating whether to apologize or not when he saw Xi Duan get up and say, “I have to go deal with something. Take your time eating.”
The man walked away on his long, lean legs.
Duan Shu Tong sighed under his breath. Whatever. If Xi Duan didn’t like him then just let it be. Anyway, he no longer had expectations of dating Xi Duan.
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Xi Duan ambled over to the manager in charge of hosting the conference. The manager had a cordial smile on his face as he shook hands with Xi Duan.
“Mr. Xi’s graceful bearing is the same as always.”
Xi Duan showed a faint smile, “I would like to thank you for your invitation, I am honored.”
The manager smiled even more, “It’s our honor to be able to enjoy your participation in the exhibition. This afternoon’s speech…”
“I was just about to talk about this,” Xi Duan cut him off. “In the afternoon, the company has an emergency video conference. I have to get back to the hotel before three o’clock. The speech may be brief.”
“Three o’clock?” The manager frowned, “The timing is a bit tight indeed.”
Xi Duan was not the only who would be giving a speech. The organizers, leading companies, as well as other corporation delegates would all be going up on stage to give their speeches.
But amongst all of the enterprises, Xi Duan was definitely the most important existence, so the manager must weigh the pros and cons.
“Then how about we limit each representative’s speech to fifteen minutes?”
Xi Duan’s eyes showed gratitude. He looked friendlier than his usual aloof and cold persona. “Thank you very much.”
The manager looked at Xi Duan’s countenance and he suddenly felt a lot better about the decision. Such a trivial matter, it was not a lost to do this favor for Xi Duan.
When afternoon rolled around, Duan Shu Tong came to the conference hall and prepared to be paralyzed all afternoon, but then he found that the organizer only spoke for fifteen minutes.
Didn’t Jiang Sheng say before that the organizer’s speech was the most long and boring?
Next to go up was the leading company Yalan.
The representative of Yalan Enterprise was Xu Ya Ze. After he went on stage, he glanced at the audience and easily spotted Duan Shu Tong sitting below in the audience. He sneered in his heart.
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So what if the Spring and Autumn Hall’s product was good? Duan Shu Tong still had to sit down in the audience and listen obediently to other people talking on stage.
Because he was too smug, he completely forgot the notice from the organizer. After the fifteen-minute mark he still kept talking without stopping. The staff kept winking at him and making gestures, but he didn’t see it at all.
It wasn’t until twenty-five minutes later that he suddenly realized the problem, and he quickly stopped talking and ended his speech.
Coincidentally, the person going up to make a speech right after him was the representative of the electronic information company, Xi Duan.
After Xi Duan took the stage, he only spoke reservedly for about two paragraphs worth of words.
“I am honored to be invited to participate in this exhibition. Thank you for your trust. I believe that the field of electronic information has developed rapidly in recent years. I believe that with your efforts, it will be more prosperous in the future. Time is limited, so I won’t go into details here.”
Everyone below in the audience lowered their heads and snickered, but Xu Ya Ze’s face was flushed with embarrassment. He wanted to find a hole and crawl into it.
Duan Shu Tong was stunned for a moment, and couldn’t help but chuckle.
Someone next to him said: “I used to think that President Xi was quite aloof. I didn’t expect him to be quite humorous. Did you see Xu Ya Ze’s expression? It’s so funny.”
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“Haha, who’s to blame? They sent out a notice at noon and said that each person should not exceed fifteen minutes for their speech. Young people just don’t have a sense of time.”
To be honest, many bigwigs present did not take Xu Ya Ze too seriously.
He was just an ignorant brat. If it were not for his father’s sake, the organizers would not let him speak on stage.
Not only that, he completely made a fool of himself.
Duan Shu Tong’s smile gradually solidified. Xi Duan, he… he couldn’t have gone to negotiate with the organizer just because of one of his complaints, right?
It shouldn’t be. How could it be?
The author has something to say:
Xi Duan: “I just want to know how many people think my name is Xi Rui.”
[T/N: Explaining the authors joke at the end. Xi Duan’s name in Chinese is 席端 and Xi Ruan is written as 席瑞. Duan 端 and Rui 瑞 look similar in Chinese. Duan means “end” while Rui means “lucky.” So it’s like Duan Shu Tong is lucky with Xi Duan around.]