Chapter 10 – Don’t Like Him
In the president’s office, Ji Shenxiao put down his cell phone and pressed his right hand once against his abdomen.
“Why are you angry again?” A dignified and beautiful middle-aged woman came in slowly from the door. “I ran into Xu Chen at the door, and his eyes were all red.”
“I didn’t scold him,” Ji Shenxiao said lightly. “He said there was a problem and needed to bypass giving a report. In the end, he came to deliver a pile of foodstuff, and I said a few words to him.”
“He was just caring about you.”
“If I’m hungry, do I not know to eat?”
“You, ah… really…”
Her son was good in every aspect, but he was not emotionally aware. Other people’s children fooled around, living aimlessly, but he was outstanding from a young age. He put all his attention onto his studies and career. He was twenty-seven years old, but he has never dated.
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Xu Chen was her friend’s son. She had a good opinion of Ji Shenxiao, and her son just so happened to need work right after graduation, so she put the child in Huayi as a special assistant. Originally thought it was a pavilion near the water*, but did not think that it was also the falling flowers yearning for love, but the heartless brook ripples on**.
[*T/N: a pavilion near the water = using one’s proximity to the powerful to obtain favor]
[**T/N: the falling flowers yearning for love, but the heartless brook ripples on = one side is willing, yet the other one remains indifferent (usually of unrequited love)]
Gu Shuyi sighed: “You’re not young anymore. If there’s a suitable one, you can give it a go. Even if you can’t feel the pheromones, you can take care of other areas first. It would also be good for your health.”
Ji Shenxiao hummed indulgently in response and said: “I will take note.”
After a moment, he asked: “Why did you* come by?”
[*T/N: JSX uses the respectful form of “you.”]
“I just so happened to be in the area. I packed a soup for you.” Gu Shuyi opened the soup container and filled a small bowl.
The rich fragrance spread instantly in the room. The truth was Gu Shuyi made an order for this soup at the restaurant yesterday. The fire simmered all night long. Now it was the time when the aroma and nutrition of the soup was at its best.
“Thanks, mom.” Ji Shenxiao received it with both hands and drank it down in gulps.
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After drinking less than half of the bowl, he slowed down at a rate that was visible to the naked eye.
“If you can’t drink anymore then don’t force yourself.” Gu Shuyi sighed, feeling a little distressed.
Her eldest son was excellent and competitive from an early age. Four years ago, when old Ji* passed away, he singlehandedly protected his family’s property from the hands of many jackals, tigers, and leopards. His methods even surpassed that of old Ji’s.
[*T/N: Referring to the father.]
Now the company was on the right track, but his physical problems increased more and more: insomnia, stomach problems, pheromone reception disorders…
Ji Shenxiao finished the last mouthful of soup and took the initiative to sort out the tableware.
Her son was so sensible. Gu Shuyi was even more distressed, but unfortunately he saw a lot of doctors, and they all said that medicine could not do much, and he could only slowly nurse his body back to good health.
“President Ji.” There was a knock at the door and Lu Pingyin, dressed in a suit and leather shoes, came in. He nodded when he saw Gu Shuyi. “Hello, bomu*.”
[*T/N: 伯母 bo mu – polite form of address for a woman who is about the age of one’s mother]
Ji Shenxiao: “What’s the matter?”
Lu Pingyin handed over a tablet: “This is the follow-up development and operation report of Lanhou Island. At present, the airport has been constructed and all test flights have been completed. It will be officially opened on June 1, and the “Four Seasons Food” program team will also arrive on the island on June 10.”
““Four Seasons Food”?” Gu Shuyi said with surprise. “The company sponsored “Four Seasons Food”?”
Ji Shenxiao nodded: “This show will be recorded on Lanhou Island. Huayi Real Estate sponsored this season of “Four Seasons Food” and wanted to use this program to publicize.”
Located at the junction of tropical and subtropical islands, Lanhou Island was a tourist island in the southeastern sea area, with landscapes such as volcanoes, virgin forests, seascapes, and farmland. But because it was far away from the mainland and there was no airport, it was not famous, despite having rich tourism resources.
What was more fatal to the island was that the local job opportunities were scarce. Young people on the island competed to leave, and the island’s population gradually began to age.
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That was until four years ago when Ji Shenxiao stood out from the crowd and had Huayi Real Estate subcontract the entire island.
Now Lanhou Island has completely changed. The island has beautiful scenery, equipped with hospitals, golf courses, airports, duty-free shops and other places, with the intention of making this place an international tourist island.
In addition to being a tourist island, Lanhou Island focused on poetic life and poetic retirement. At present, high-end retirement villas and retirement apartments have been constructed.
However, while the island development had high investments, the results were slow and the payback period was long. Infrastructure construction was only the beginning.
It was the future operation and publicity that would really determine whether the island would be profitable.
The reason Huayi Real Estate sponsored “Four Seasons Food” was precisely to use this variety show to increase the island’s popularity and to contribute to subsequent operations.
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