Chapter 91 – The Misunderstanding is Finally Cleared Up
Duan Shu Tong and Xi Duan walked into the Yalan store together. When a pair of tall and handsome men entered the store, it immediately attracted everyone’s attention.
Heavens, what kind of magical day was it today?! A handsome guy came by just now, and now there were two more handsome guys. It was simply too eye-catching!
The salesperson approached enthusiastically and was about to speak, when Duan Shu Tong said, “I want to buy a set of Yalan’s new products.”
The salesperson was taken aback, “Sorry sir, there is no men’s version for the new product.”
“En, I’m buying the ladies’ version.” Duan Shu Tong smiled politely.
The salesperson nearly exploded from Duan Shu Tong’s beautiful face and her heart was beating wildly, but her strong professionalism brought her sanity back. She smiled wholeheartedly and said, “Okay, this way, sir.”
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My god, which lady was so lucky that she was able to get two handsome guys to come buy skin care products?!
When they reached the sales showcase, the salesperson wanted to introduce other products, but Duan Shu Tong interrupted her and said, “Where do I pay?”
Salesperson: “…Do you want to scan a QR code* or use cash, sir?” She still wanted to talk a bit more with the handsome guy.
[*T/N: In China, it’s common for people to use a QR code on their phone to pay for stuff. I don’t know the exact details, but the QR code is likely linked to some form of payment method, like a bank account or credit card.]
But the other handsome guy was too frigid, so she was a bit scared of him.
“Scan QR code.” Duan Shu Tong took out his phone.
As soon as he finished paying, he heard a voice from behind him. It sounded a little familiar.
“We meet again.” It was a uniquely hoarse voice with a touch of languidness.
Duan Shu Tong looked behind him. It was the man who had chatted with him on the side of the road yesterday.
When they first met, it was nighttime and Duan Shu Tong was also distracted, so he didn’t pay much attention to the appearance of the other man. But now that he was looking closely, the other man was indeed good looking. He wasn’t handsome in the conventional sense, but it was a seductive kind of attractiveness.
To describe it in one word, it was probably flirtatious.
It wasn’t his cup of tea.
Duan Shu Tong just nodded politely and planned to leave with the skin care products.
The man’s gaze shifted from Duan Shu Tong to Xi Duan, and the meaning of the smile on his face was unclear. It wasn’t malicious per se, but it still made him feel weird.
“So you like this type.”
Duan Shu Tong: “…”
With a guilty conscience, he directly grabbed Xi Duan’s sleeve and walked out of the store.
Xi Duan did not speak the entire time. But at the moment he walked out of the store, he looked back and met the other man’s gaze. The look in his eyes was deep, dark, and cold.
The flirtatious man burst out laughing.
Unlike the strong winds and rains of the day before, today the sun was shining brightly and it was warm.
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The two walked side by side. The bag in Duan Shu Tong’s hand swayed, and the shadow on the ground swayed with it.
Duan Shu Tong had his head lowered. After a long while he finally opened his mouth and said, “I don’t know that person, so don’t take his words to heart.”
Xi Duan frowned deeply, “Which words?”
Duan Shu Tong glanced over at him with lightning speed. How was he supposed to say it out loud? Moreover, that man was not wrong. Duan Shu Tong did indeed like men that were like Xi Duan. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have been so aware of Xi Duan ever since they met.
The two resumed their silence.
When they were about to reach the hotel, Xi Duan suddenly stopped and looked at Duan Shu Tong seriously, “Have I not explained it to you yet?”
“What?” The young man raised his eyes.
Xi Duan looked solemn, “I have never liked anyone, including Pei Ruo Wei.”
Whether he could be with the young man or not, he had to clarify that fact. In the past, he hesitated because of fear. Now he was calm, but it could also be said that it was his last stand.
Duan Shu Tong’s eyes were full of shock, “Then before, why did you…”
“Xi Yu mentioned something to you,” the man explained warmly. “He used to feel insecure and didn’t want me to get married.”
“I still don’t understand.” Duan Shu Tong frowned.
Xi Duan laughed at himself: “Many people know about this. Even if I plan to not get married for the rest of my life, this incident will become a point of attack against Xi Yu in the future.”
Duan Shu Tong’s eyes widened. He finally understood.
If Xi Duan really did not get married in the future, other people would gossip about it. Xi Yu was worried that Xi Duan’s biological heir would snatch away control of the Xi family, so that’s why he would hinder Xi Duan’s marriage plans. This matter would always be a black spot for Xi Yu.
Xi Duan wanted to hand over the Xi family to Xi Yu, and he didn’t want Xi Yu to bear such rumors and accusations.
“So you’re using the guise of not being able to pursue Pei Ruo Wei as an excuse to announce to the public that you will never marry?”
Duan Shu Tong stared at the other man in stunned silence. Then, in a flash, he was overwhelmed by the feeling of immense distress for Xi Duan.
Xi Duan did so much just to help Xi Yu wash his hands clean of all the impulsive mistakes he made when he was young. He took all the responsibility onto himself so that Xi Yu could take over the Xi family with a clear conscience.
Duan Shu Tong’s chest ached for the other man and his eyes stung with tears.
Seeing how emotionally moved the young man was, Xi Duan felt both warmed and guilty. He reached out and stroked the young man’s hair, “To me, this matter is not a big deal. You don’t have to feel sorry for me.”
Duan Shu Tong lowered his head and did not respond.
Xi Duan said so, but Duan Shu Tong felt distressed just thinking about how Xi Duan, who was still young back then, struggled to support the Xi family while fabricating this story, all so that he could eventually hand everything over to Xi Yu.
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“Why did you explain this to me?” Duan Shu Tong turned his head away from the man’s palm.
Xi Duan’s hand stilled in midair. He suppressed the rising bitterness and said with a smile, “I just want to say, if I don’t meet the right person, I won’t get married.”
Duan Shu Tong looked at him. So what [are you saying]?
“So,” Xi Duan’s gaze was soft. There was not a hint of blame anywhere. “You don’t have to help Xi Yu set me up on blind dates in the future.”
Duan Shu Tong: “…” That was such a long time ago.
His mood was ineffably cheerful. So that night in the kitchen, when the drunk Xi Duan had said that he didn’t like Pei Ruo Wei, it wasn’t a lie.
The swaying skin care product bag in his hand shook a bit harder.
Xi Duan watched Duan Shu Tong walking away with lively steps. His gaze turned profound and unfathomable. He said all that to the young man as a form of forewarning.
He was afraid that if he was not careful he would do something wrong [to Duan Shu Tong].
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