Chapter Seven

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With an acquaintance as a neighbor, the life of Jiǎn Míng Xià did not change much. She still worked from nine to five, and she still had almost zero social life.

The only change was that you did not have to worry about your three meals a day.

Xuē Lì Yán’s housekeeper would send breakfast and lunch to the company. Then for dinner, it would be delivered to Jiǎn Míng Xià when she got home.

Jiǎn Míng Xià knew that this must have been done in accordance with Xue Li Yan’s instruction, instead she just asked the housekeeper: “You have to send the meals to Xue Li Yan and I, won’t it be too troublesome?”

The clean and tidy, honest-looking housekeeper aunt replied, “No trouble, Mr. Xuē’s workplace is only four or five stations away from here, so there is no delay.”

Jiǎn Míng Xià had no choice but to give up and send a message to Xuē Lì Yán: I’m really grateful that you asked the housekeeper to send me food, but it’s too much trouble for you. If I become accustomed to eating, I will be even more lazy to cook in the future. When I became such a waste, would you pay the bill?

You should pay the bill, which means that you were responsible.

This was the case in this era. Most men thought that housework was a woman’s responsibility. Even though women were also to be industrious, rising early and going to bed late and earn money outside to support their family.

Xuē Lì Yán replied: I dare to pay, do you dare to accept?

Jiǎn Míng Xià of course could not accept his dare, so everything continued to proceed that way. She was not worried about the cost, but felt that it was difficult to pay off the debt of gratitude.

Even if they were good friends, it did not necessarily mean that one had to go as far as saying, I cooked a meal every day to send you some. Although it was not Xuē Lì Yán who delivered the meal, he was the one behind the deed.

When he got himself a girlfriend, his girlfriend would definitely have a problem. At that time, in order to avoid suspicion, he would not send food to her again, yet Jiǎn Míng Xià had already indulged herself.

Hopefully he would not regret his kindness when he quarreled with his girlfriend.

When someone called for deliveries, Jiǎn Míng Xià no longer flock together with her colleagues to eat, her colleague asked her, “Is it your mother who sends you meals every day?”

Jiǎn Míng Xià answered: “No, it’s the housekeeper.”

Colleagues were surprised: “I can’t see that you are so corrupt!”

In fact, the one who was truly corrupt was a certain someone. She was just a by-pass beneficiary.

Every night,  proper behavior was based on reciprocity[1],  thus Jiǎn Míng Xià would also let the housekeeper bring something to Xuē Lì Yán. Sometimes it was fresh fruit that she just bought, and even her own biscuits.

[1] meaning is to return one’s good deed with another goodness.

As she grew older, Jiǎn Míng Xià gradually lose interest in snacks. Instead, she would learn methods for making some biscuits, which were mainly used to relieve hunger when working overtime. She knew Xuē Lì Yán would be engaged in computer work all day long. When she was too immersed with her own thoughts, she forgot everything and gave him some biscuits with various flavors.

As for whether he enjoyed it or not, Jiǎn Míng Xià thought, that was his own business.

It might be that the time for commuting was different. Xuē Lì Yán had lived here for a week, but they had never seen each other again. The light on the opposite building let Jiǎn Míng Xià know that there was another familiar stranger living there.

After leaving home for some time, Jiǎn’s mother began to ask about the progress between Jiǎn Míng Xià and Xuē Lì Héng.

Jiǎn Míng Xià replied: “After sending me back to Nancheng, we haven’t been in touch ever since.”

Although this was the honest truth, but Jiǎn Míng Xià still felt an inexplicable guilt.

Jiǎn’s mother was furious: “If he doesn’t contact you, you don’t know to contact him? What decade are you living in? Are you just sitting at home waiting for a good man  to drop from the sky?”

Her mother had really said it well. It was very reasonable that Jiǎn Míng Xià was unable to respond.

Maybe it was Jiǎn’s mother who asked Aunt Xuē to say something. The next day Xuē Lì Héng called Jiǎn Míng Xià and asked her to come out to play on the weekend. At the end, he added: “Take this opportunity to bring you my girlfriend. I usually don’t have much time to accompany her. As a younger sister, think of it as helping your brother takes care of her. She is still a child, insecure and always clamoring to see my friends. But I’ve got no friends, just  competitors. It’s good enough that they did not make a stumbling block for me.”

Xuē Lì Héng paid a high price for his ambition. He might be very successful, but he was also severely criticized. Jiǎn Míng Xià could already foresee the birth of a black-hearted businessman in the future. When people mentioned him, there were praises interlaced with criticisms.. Of course, Jiǎn Míng Xià’s main focus at present was on the girlfriend. Was it not  about EQ? How could in less than a month he already got a girlfriend again? And it sounded pretty good.

Upon digesting her feeling of wonders, Jiǎn Míng Xià still agreed.

“Then I’ll ask Lì Yán to send you over on Saturday, and I will survey the location again.”

Why would you want to survey it?

It must be asking for advice from his girlfriend. I can’t tell that Xuē Lì Héng is actually a henpecked man.

Hang up the phone, Jiǎn Míng Xià felt that she had lost a potential stock. Why on earth was she even feeling the slightest pain?

That night, Jiǎn’s mother called again to ask about the progress. Jiǎn Míng Xià who was  taking joy in calamity and delight in disaster said happily, “Xuē Lì Héng said that he would take me and his girlfriend to play with him this weekend.”

Jiǎn’s mother hung up in anger.

Then after an hour, Xuē Lì Héng’s phone came: “Old girl, you are not kind of doing this thing ah! Why did you sell me in a blink of an eye.”

Jiǎn Míng Xià spoke full with innocence: “You did not say I can’t say it.”

“Little friend Jiǎn Míng Xià, why haven’t you changed your habit of selling people for so many years?”

“It’s probably because some people are born with a silly face.” The two exchanged a few words, and they seemed to narrow the distance invisibly.

Until this time, those two could be regarded as getting back together to when they were children. When they met the other day, though nothing happened, they both felt strange and defensive.

It was not until Xuē Lì Héng’s career was successful that he could make up with each other in the way of blind dates. Either Xuē Lì Héng or Jiǎn Míng Xià herself, would have some suspicion of the other’s motive.

However, it was way too late for Jiǎn Míng Xià to even be considering this point. After all, the time was really off, so she had never considered that Xuē Lì Héng’s precautions were at fault.

Now that Xuē Lì Héng had a girlfriend, Jiǎn Míng Xià got a clear standing position, the relationship between the two could naturally be closer.

After the idle talk, Jiǎn Míng Xià had to sighed with emotion. He was indeed a businessman, the account was very clear.

In fact, Jiǎn Míng Xià did not care as much about whether she was still friends with Xuē Lì Héng. When many things that had not been redeemed, she always cared about them. If it had been saved, they would feel that they are just the same thing.

This was the evil nature of human beings, it was best to leave things.

In recent years, Jiǎn Míng Xià had stopped watching the ending of TV series. Hence this way, life would continue and so would the story.

On Friday night, Jiǎn Míng Xià sent a message to Xuē Lì Yán asking what time to set off tomorrow morning.

It was also strange to say, since they had exchanged phone numbers to now, those two still had not called even once. Whatever Jiǎn Míng Xià wanted to say to Xuē Lì Yán, was sent via text messages, and vice versa.

Did you know that, Jiǎn Míng Xià had not sent a short message to people for a long time, except for New Years blessings.

She still remembered when she had been in college, the mobile phone package was the kind of sending short messages. Hundreds of short messages were used up in a few days, and then the monthly phone bill accounted for the majority of the living expenses.

Now maybe she was getting old and became impatient. She no longer would wait upon her cell phone all the time just for a message that she did not know when to reply. Now, when contacting people, it was basically a phone call, and was concluded in three sentences.

Jiǎn Míng Xià only vaguely remembered that, at the beginning of a month a few hundred yuan of short message fee would be spent. She remembered the literary and artistic text messages sent to her girlfriends that hurt the spring and autumn,  and moaned about imaginary illness [2], but she could not recall what she had sent to Xuē Lì Yán, only that she remembered  that sometimes she would send them all night.

[2] meaning is sentimental nonsense.

If possible, Jiǎn Míng Xià would like to ask Xuē Lì Yán what they had said at the beginning.

But she only entertained the thought.

Xuē Lì Yán returned the message and made an appointment at 7:00 am

Jiǎn Míng Xià usually fell asleep at 10 o’clock in summer, so this time was OK, so she promised to come down.

At seven o’clock on Saturday morning, when Jiǎn Míng Xià went downstairs, Xuē Lì Yán was already waiting there.

He drove a silver sports car today. Jiǎn Míng Xià had no idea about the trademark. What she knew was that it was a new car.

She cursed corruption in her heart. Jiǎn Míng Xià opened the door and got on the car and settle herself in the front seat. In fact, she wanted to sit in the back, but the car had only two seats.

“Catch some breakfast first, or eat later?” Jiǎn Míng Xià asked him.

Xuē Lì Yán did not hesitate, and immediately gave the answer: “Let’s eat again later, there is nothing good to eat this early.”

Jiǎn Míng Xià nodded, thinking that fortunately did not as one’s wishes, in fact, casual talent is not the most negligent.

If you dare say at random, you could eat ice cream!

After sitting for about a minute, the car had not started yet. Jiǎn Míng Xià turned her head to look at Xuē Lì Yán.

The man whose expression had always been very pale, he was looking at the front seriously now, but… no matter how you looked at it, it felt a bit in a daze.

He’s not awake, is he?

Jiǎn Míng Xià did not forget that he went out to look for food at two o’clock in the afternoon.

Wait a few seconds again, Jiǎn Míng Xià called him: ” Xuē Lì Yán?”

En.” Xuē Lì Yán answered and started the car.

After the car drove to the road, Jiǎn Míng Xià just knew why Xuē Lì Yán got that expression before.This guy was a novice at all, ah!

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