Hey, Don't Be Unruly! - 11
Chapter 11 – Yin Ze’s image
In the end, she did not throw the pumpkin at him and they chose to cook at Yin Ze’s place.
Gao Yu Lan felt that it was not because she was terrified but both her hands were full and it was not easy for her to make the move. Besides, a little child was watching them with her big eyes. As to cooking at Yin Ze’s place, it was Yin Ning’s decision. She insisted on inviting Gao Yu Lan for a meal as a way of apologizing and thanking her. And she had said that she and Gao Yu Lan were very compatible and now, getting to know a friend was not easy, so Gao Yu Lan must accept this meal. However, her kitchen in the shop was not as well-equipped as Yin Ze’s kitchen, so it was better to go to his place.
Gao Yu Lan finally agreed. First, it was because it was not nice to refuse, and second, it was a free lunch. Not having the lunch would be a waste and anyway, Yin Ning and Niu Niu were present so Yin Ze would not dare to behave too much of a scum.
Thus, Yin Ning ended the punishment for Niu Niu and Mantou then carried her cake and got ready to close the shop to leave together with them.
Niu Niu came over to hold her mother’s hand while Gao Yu Lan and Yin Ze were both carrying a pile of vegetables, meat, and fruits. When they were just at the doorway, Mantou crawled out from under the table with something dangling from his mouth, running over briskly.
“Mantou, what did you pick up?” The little girl asked in her child’s voice and Gao Yu Lan turned her head around. She took a look and jumped with fright. She quickly shot over like an arrow and shouted. “Mantou!”
She loosened her hands and all the vegetables and fruits fell onto Mantou.
The innocent Mantou yelped in pain and was stunned when all the things dropped on it. The thing that was dangling from its mouth had dropped somewhere and could not be found. It lowered its head and prodded its nose into the pile of things that had fallen from Gao Yu Lan’s hands to look for it.
Deftly and quickly, Gao Yu Lan picked up all the things from the ground and then said to Mantou. “You cannot simply pick up rubbish.”
Mantou turned a circle to look around but it could not find anything to pick up and raised its head innocently to look straight at Gao Yu Lan with its little shiny eyes. Gao Yu Lan blushed with guilt, put on a bold front, and to cover up her embarrassment, she said. “Come, come, follow Sister, come! Let’s go and cook up a nice meal!” After speaking, she did not linger to see everyone’s reaction and walked out.
Niu Niu went over, picked up Mantou and scolded. “Mantou, you are naughty, you farted.”
Gao Yu Lan blushed as she walked out the door and overheard Niu Niu talking to her mother. “Mom, Mantou is so heavy, help me to carry it.” After a short while, she said again. “Mom, can you also carry me?”
Gao Yu Lan was too embarrassed to look back at them but Yin Ze, with his hands full of things, walked over to her and said. “Ai……so, you are Mantou’s sister? I’m Mantou’s dad!”
Gao Yu Lan stared at him. Grinning, Yin Ze used his shoulder to nudge her then threw her a glance and said. “So, we are one family, ah!” After he had finished, he laughed loudly and walked away.
Gao Yu Lan gritted her teeth. This time, she really wanted to smash the pumpkin on the back his head but she could not do so. Her hand was still clutching Chen Ruo Yu’s enthusiastic gift of ‘boxed insurance’. The box must have fallen onto the floor during the chaos created by the two little rascals when they grabbed the cakes just now. She had enjoyed the chat with Yin Ning and had completely forgotten about it. The result was Mantou had fished out the box and it was very embarrassing.
Fortunately, Yin Ze did not see, did not see…….did not see!
She made an effort to suppress her embarrassment and was determined to find an opportunity to get rid of that thing.
The group of three adults, a child, and a dog soon reached Yin Ze’s place. Gao Yu Lan discovered that Yin Ze owned a family restaurant very near to ‘Suixin Yuan’ which was just a mere five shops away. Looking from the outside, the restaurant door was not large with no evidence of any attractive signage and the name of the restaurant was just a simple arrogant word – ‘Food’.
The interior of the restaurant was similar to the character of the restaurant name……..simple. The space in the restaurant was not big nor small with decent décor, chic and elegant, very tasteful. But for a restaurant, it was not practical.
There was no dining furniture in the lobby floor but only a few very beautiful display cabinets. In the cabinets were a variety of high-quality food ingredients and the introduction of some brand names. Gao Yu Lan, the country bumpkin, had never seen this before and stood there to look at the display for a long time.
On the other wall of the shop was a bookshelf. Gao Yu Lan curiously went over to take a look and found some books and magazines on the subject of food. In the middle of the room, there were a few comfortable looking sofas, a beautiful clean coffee table, and the room was void of any other decorations.
Yin Ning explained that this floor was for customers to place their orders, wait for their friends, or to chat, and only the floors above were the dining area.
In Gao Yu Lan’s heart, she felt a weird person tends to operate a weird restaurant and it is such a waste that the floor is not used as a dining area.
But when she went upstairs she found that it was not only the lobby floor that was wasted but the entire restaurant was wasted.
The second and third floors were indeed the dining area but with such big spaces, there were only five tables. On the second floor, there were three tables and on the third floor, there were only two tables with a table in each private room. In other words, the whole restaurant consisted of only private rooms with a total of five rooms and five tables. Then on the third floor, there was also a large magnificent kitchen.
This kind of wastage made Gao Yu Lan speechless. The décor was super expensive and for a three-storey restaurant, there were only five tables…….it must be a mistake, right?
Although it was almost noon and nearing the lunch hour, there was no one in the restaurant except for a receptionist who was manning the counter in the lobby. There was no one else and even the lights were not switched on.
How bad is the business here?
When Yin Ze noticed Gao Yu Lan was looking around the place in surprise with her mouth agape, he said. “Don’t belittle me in your heart and don’t look down at my restaurant. Business is here good and we’re fully booked for the next three months.”
“Then why are there no customers? Did they just make reservations and didn’t turn up?” Gao Yu Lan asked in disbelief.
“I only do dinner business and not lunch.” Yin Ze said calmly.
“Tired……too lazy to work.”
“What?” Gao Yu Lan’s voice tone could not help but rise up several notches. What kind of boss is this? He should be sent to the firing squad! “Can the income earned from the sale of five tables a day cover the décor, rent, electricity, wages, and daily expenses?”
“My dear, you really care for me.” The corners of Yin Ze’s mouth curled and blinking his eyes, he had a bashful look.
Her lips twitched and Gao Yu Lan pressed her lips tightly. She endured and tried to stay calm, then turned around and ignored him. She went in search of Yin Ning to chat with her as it would make her feel happier.
However, Yin Ze was determined not to be ignored and shouted as he followed behind her. “My dear, I will cook for you! Just wait a while, I’ll be quick!”
Feeling helpless, Gao Yu Lan did not even turn her head around and went straight to the table next to the big kitchen where Yin Ning was showing Niu Niu how to pick vegetables.
She quickly joined them and Yin Ning noticed her disdainful look and could not help but smile. “Don’t mind him, Yin Ze likes to joke all the time. I grew up with him and I also can’t stand him, so I always berate him for his spiteful mouth!”
“True, true!” She fiercely nodded. This man with his spiteful mouth is such a rarity that he deserves to be graded as a national treasure and caged in a zoo to let him perform every day.
Niu Niu heard her mother talked badly about Yin Ze and quickly ran up to him to report loudly. “Uncle, Mom told Sister that you have a spiteful mouth and Sister said ‘true, true’.” As she talked, she nodded her head and imitated the way Gao Yu Lan nodded.
Gao Yu Lan blushed up to her ears and did not look at Yin Ze but he purposely asked. “Then did Aunt say that she likes Uncle?”
“No, oh……” Niu Niu answered seriously.
This time Gao Yu Lan did not blush instead her face darkened. She turned her head around and glared at Yin Ze which made him burst out in loud laughter. Niu Niu did not understand and asked. “Uncle, Sister doesn’t like you but why do you feel so happy?”
“No, Uncle feels very sad.” Yin Ze teased playfully. Gao Yu Lan could not help but glare at him again. Yin Ning also glared at him but Yin Ze pretended he did not see anything, hugged Niu Niu, and said. “Niu Niu keep Uncle company while Uncle cooks and Uncle will cook the food Niu Niu likes.”
Niu Niu nodded, stayed by his side and did not return to her mother.
Yin Ning turned to Gao Yu Lan and said to her. “Look, although he is not serious, he is still very considerate. He knows we want to chat, so he keeps the child with him. He likes to joke but he is not malicious, so don’t be angry. According to my experience from young until now, the angrier you get, he will find it more interesting and it will be endless.”
Gao Yu Lan nodded. Then the two women started to converse and the more they talked, they found they have a lot of common interests. Gao Yu Lan talked a lot about herself and Yin Ning also talked a lot.
“When he was small, he was the protected child, but when we have grown up, it was he who took care of me. My mother and father were divorced. My father remarried and had a daughter who is five years younger than Yin Ze. Although my father married a new wife, he was still concerned about my mother and he always came back to visit us. Then one day, he took my mother out and they were both killed in a car accident. At that time, I still had not graduated from college and Yin Ze just got into university as a freshman. My father’s will was divided into two parts, the larger part was left to us and the smaller part was left to his wife and daughter. Of course, his wife hated us to the bones. The inheritance was not easy to claim and suddenly we did not have any reliable source of income. Then Yin Ze quit school, stating that I was going to graduate soon and since I am a girl, the responsibility of supporting the family should be borne by him.”
When Gao Yu Lan heard up to here, she subconsciously looked over at Yin Ze. At this time, he was wearing an apron and cooking. She could not hear what he was saying but Niu Niu, the little child was beaming a happy smile and she was seriously helping him handing over this and that.
Yin Ning was also watching them as she continued. “He did not have any qualifications and could not find any good job. He did odd jobs, wash dishes in restaurants, and worked as a supermarket merchandise clerk. He did all kinds of menial, hard labor jobs but I couldn’t help him. In fact, I can’t help him with anything at all and I’m truly not a good elder sister. My father’s wife came from a rich and powerful family and we had little hope of getting the inheritance but Yin Ze did not give up. He found a lawyer, strived for five years, and finally, the inheritance was settled.”
“Looking at the two of you now, you must be doing quite well.”
Yin Ning nodded. “Actually, my father didn’t have a lot of money but his wife was rich, so what my father left us was not considered much. When Yin Ze got the money, he invested in a vegetable farm in the countryside, a plan that he had harbored for a long time. He had always thought further ahead than me and while I was still thinking we would not be able to get the money, he had already planned on how to start a business.”
When Gao Yu Lan thought of him possessing a farm and a restaurant, she felt it was very daring of him.
“He set up an organic farm and a suitable piece of land was already found earlier on. He was involved in farming and marketing the vegetables and also developed tourism. Those white-collar elites have no place to spend the money, so they go to the countryside to experience the green lifestyle. They will stay for two days to experience picking their own vegetables, fishing, barbecue their own food, and looking at the stars. I don’t know where the fun is, but anyway, the place is fully booked every day. Then he opened this restaurant with the money he had earned. Don’t think that this place is deserted, the business here is extremely good. Here the food is prepared with homegrown organic vegetables, good quality ingredients but without menus for reference. At the time of reservation, customers will pre-order whatever they want and the food is prepared according to their requests.”
When Yin Ning said up to here, she lowered her voice. “But the price here is very expensive. Let me tell you, it’s too shady. Yin Ze is very brave to price his food so steeply and I don’t really understand how the customers think. Eating a meal here is equivalent to eating several meals in any high-end restaurant outside, but the people still prefer to come here because they say it’s special here and it gives them face.”
“This is something about the psychology of consumer curiosity since everyone is buying a specialty instead of a meal.” Gao Yu Lan had always been in market planning and once she heard, she understood. She secretly sighed. It seems Yin Ze has excellent business acumen.
Yin Ning sighed. “Anyway, I am unable to understand, but I am happy my brother can make money otherwise we, both mother and child, will face a lot of difficulties.”
“Have you never thought of finding a good man to marry?” In Gao Yu Lan’s opinion, no doubt the brother is good to the mother and child, but it is still better to have a husband.
“I’ve been cheated by a man, why should I look for a man again? I’m not interested in looking for a man. I’ll live the rest of my life together with Niu Niu. Men are not reliable.” Yin Ning did not realize she had just praised her brother sky-high but in fact, he is also a man.
Gao Yu Lan propped up her chin. “Although I have also been abandoned by a man, my feelings have also been hurt, my heart is still sunny. I feel there are good men around but I haven’t encountered one yet. I still want to fall in love, get married, and set up a family.”
“So what kind of men are you looking for? I’ll keep a lookout for you.”
Before Gao Yu Lan could answer, Yin Ze called over. “Time to eat! I heard both of you talking about men and although I’m also very interested in this topic, I’m hungry. So, it’s better to eat first.”
Niu Niu ran over to pull them and imitating Yin Ze, she said. “I’m also very interested in this topic but we must eat first.”
Yin Ze laughed and lifted her to put her on a high chair. “How old are you? This topic is not suitable for you.”
Once Yin Ze had joined them, Gao Yu Lan immediately felt that the topic of ‘men’ was too sensitive as this man always have a way to make her feel embarrassed. Seeing that he could so quickly rustle up a meal with several dishes, she felt he is indeed skillful.
A long, long time later, when Gao Yu Lan recalled her memories, she had to admit the image of Yin Ze in her mind changed when she took her first bite of the meal he cooked. The good taste immediately made her feel Yin Ze is tall and handsome.
Of course, this image lasted only for a minute.
Because when Yin Ze saw her happiness while she ate, he began to tease her again. “How is it? Do you feel that your stomach has been conquered by me?”
Although it was indeed the truth, people with integrity would never admit. As a result, Gao Yu Lan tried hard to praise him as an average cook and said. “Your cooking skill is not bad.”
“So cold, ah!” Yin Ze teasingly used his hand to cover his heart again. “Elder Sister, I’m hurt! Niu Niu, I’m hurt! Mantou, I’m hurt!”
Yin Ning calmly continued to eat while Mantou buried its head in its rice bowl and did not lift its head. Only Niu Niu answered him and holding her little hand over her heart, she mimicked. “Uncle, just hang on there and let Niu Niu eat first.”
The family’s response made Gao Yu Lan almost sprayed out the rice in her mouth. She turned her back and tried hard to suppress her laughter. In the end, she still choked and coughed for a long time. Yin Ze poured her a glass of water, patted on her back, and said. “How funny is it? You can’t even stay calm.”
Gao Yu Lan coughed until tears streamed down her face and thought…….must she be calm to be able to have a proper meal here?
It was not easy to get over her coughing and when she could finally suppress her cough a little, she drank some water. Just then Yin Ze’s phone started to ring and he picked up the call. He listened for a while and then asked. “You’re selling insurance? Where did you get my phone number?”
This time, Gao Yu Lan could stay calm again, and fortunately, she was sitting with her back was facing the table, or else it would be so shameful!
Chen Ruo Yu, ah……Chen Ruo Yu…….you must be alert, don’t expose me! ! !
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