The Rich Man's Life - Chapter 29
Chen Yibin surmised the causes and consequences of this matter and dialed Zhang Wenyan’s number.
“Hey Lao Zhang. What are you up to? You didn’t contact me for so long. Are you afraid that I will lose more money because of you?”
Zhang Wenyan was immersed in his research for a book on the application of cutting-edge internet technology and almost choked when he heard Chen Yibin’s words. “I say, can you stop bringing that up every time we talk? I invested more than you…”
“You don’t have to act like you don’t know anything, alright? It has fallen drastically. Today, it has fallen below 150 Hong Kong dollars.”
Zhang Wenyan didn’t really pay any attention to Tencent’s share price. When he heard that it fell below 150 Hong Kong dollars, he frowned. However, when he recalled his recent research results, he became assured. Confident, he said, “It’s okay, no worries. It’s falling, right? I still have some spare cash on hand…”
Chen Yibin was speechless. He didn’t hold out much hope in such a hardcore academic person. Anyways, he had plenty of money.
Without mentioning the stock issue again, he tentatively asked, “Lao Zhang, I saw the person you had introduced to me today. Do you know him well?”[P/R Note: Lao Zhang = Old Zhang; Lao is a prefix used before the surname of a person to indicate affection/familiarity/respect]
As the think tank behind the provincial party, Zhang Wenyan was a talented person. His ability to observe words and colors was exceptional. He immediately realized that something was amiss. He said calmly, “It’s alright. We have known each other for almost two years. What’s wrong?” [TLN: observe words and colors = search for hidden meaning]
“You didn’t see the news?”
“No, I don’t even have enough time to read books. How could I have time to watch the shitty news you made?”
Chen Yibin’s forehead was full of black lines. But he also knew that indeed, people on Zhang Wenyan’s level paid little to no attention to domestic news media. [P/R Note: Thick black lines around the character may indicate trembling due to anger, shock or astonishment.]
‘It’s all censored before you dare to broadcast any news. It’s always just the same old news. What do I have to look forward to? A fart?’
Chen Yibin decided not to beat around the bush any longer. He asked directly, “Did you know that someone in Luzhou won 200 million yuan a little while ago?”
The cogs in Zhang Wenyan’s brain turned and processed what Chen Yibin just said. He exclaimed in disbelief, “You mean Ma Dong?”
Chen Yibin could envisage his old classmate’s shocked expression through the phone. Unfortunately, he couldn’t see it.
“Yes, it’s him!”
Zhang Wenyan didn’t follow up with any lame questions such as “You won’t lie to me, right?” Instead he recalled Ma Dong’s invitation to dinner and everything became clear at once.
He said to himself, “No wonder he asked me about investments! And that feeling of having more money than places to invest in…”
Chen Yibin heard him talking to himself and asked, confused, “Why? Do you know anything about it?”
Zhang Wenyan smiled and shook his head. “No. Just a few days ago, he invited me to dinner and consulted me about some investment issues. But I didn’t care much at that time…”
Chen Yibin smiled and joked, “I must say, you should take a break from pitting others. Am I not enough? Don’t pit someone else’s pony in too.” [TLN: Don’t make others lose money too]
“Fuck off! I didn’t force you to buy it. It was you who wanted my advice. Don’t ask me in the future!”
Chen Yibin was just teasing him light-heartedly. Even without considering their friendship, Zhang Wenyan’s identity alone was very influential. He was the top think tank in the province and his level was not necessarily worse than that of the central think tank. Unfortunately, he had simply never got the right opportunity, despite being more than qualified…
“That won’t happen. I will invite you for dinner soon. I still have some spare cash in my hands. I’d like to ask you for some advice.”
Zhang Wenyan laughed and scolded, “Don’t talk nonsense. Enough with the useless talk. Let’s talk about the real problem!”
Chen Yibin smiled and said, “Sure enough. I can’t hide anything from you. I found some clues. Your junior brother is probably in trouble.”
Zhang Wenyan raised his eyebrows and said non-committally, “Really, it’s a good thing for young people to face some trouble. It can help them grow. I will not ask for specifics. Keep an eye on the situation. But don’t interfere much.”
Chen Yibin rubbed his face. Between them, it was really boring to put everything in words. After so many years of knowing one another, they had a profound understanding of each other, “Well, you are a bully. I will take on this pretense for you! I won’t say anymore. Let’s talk again when we meet.”
After hanging up the phone, Chen Yibin shouted, “Xiao Wang, come in.”
The editor on duty ran over, “Yes, Mr.Chen?”
“We won’t broadcast or reprint this news. Understood?”
The editor hesitated, “This…” Looking at his boss’s severe eyes, he quickly said, “Understood Mr. Chen! I’ll let the reporters know!”
Chen Yibin nodded in satisfaction. This was for the best…
At the same time, the WeChat group of the Luzhou branch of CCB completely exploded.
“My God! Ma Dong from the Binhu branch is actually the winner of the 200 million grand prize?! Did you see the news?”
“Hey, you saw it too? I just saw it. I think it’s fake. It’s too much…”
“What’s with this discussion? Hurry up and send the link in the group.”
After the link was sent in the group, the atmosphere began boiling.
“I spoke with him a few days ago. At that time, there wasn’t anything unusual. I didn’t expect him to be a millionaire!”
“The friends from the Binhu sub-branch come out. Do you know something major has happened in your sub-branch?”
“The Small Binhu teller is here! But don’t ask me; I just got the news…” [TLN: Small Binhu Teller = Probably someone’s username]
‘A Rotten girl’ @MaDong: “Brother Ma Dong, I will hold your thighs for a lifetime. Please give me some money!”[P/R Note: hold someone’s thigh= To curry favor and be subservient to that person]
‘A Son-of-a-b!tch’ also followed @MaDong: “Brother Ma Dong, I too will hold your thighs for a lifetime!”
Unfortunately, it was all useless no matter what they said.
“Don’t ping @MaDong, I just tried to call him. His phone is switched off.”
“Ah… it can’t be…”
“Don’t be so wicked upstairs. After all, we are all colleagues.”
The leaders of the Binhu Sub-branch, including Li Shengnan, also learned about Ma Dong’s situation through the WeChat group. Unfortunately, Ma Dong could not be contacted at that time. All the questions could only be answered when he came back.
The speed of information dissemination in modern society can be compared to the speed of light. The news that Ma Dong won 200 million was spread among high school students, university students, alumni…
There were people who were giving their blessings, some were envious, some were jealous and, some were intensely jealous. There were many people with all kinds of thoughts in the group pinging @MaDong.
Some high school classmates were clamoring for Ma Dong to invite them for dinner, “Local tyrant Ma, when will you invite everyone for a high-class banquet? Please help us. We are about to eat soil…”
“That’s it! I’m also in Luzhou. Count me in…”
“No hotel below a five-star level is acceptable. The wine must be Moutai!”
Jin Xin also knew about Ma Dong’s affairs. When he saw this group of old classmates talking about booze and other bunch of nonsense, he said, “Ma Dong must be in a bad shape now. Stop bullsh!tting, wait until he finish handling the matter.” [TLN: Jin Xin = Friend of Ma Dong]
Xu Anhui also sent a message, “Ma Dong’s phone is switched off. So please don’t shout in the group for now.” [TLN: Xu Anhui another friend]
“I say you guys have such a good relationship with each other. You must’ve known this long ago. You just kept it from us…”
“That’s right, you guys kept it from us!”
At this time, Zhou Jian was also sitting in front of his computer. He was crazy jealous when he learned that Ma Dong won 200 million! [TLN: Zhou Jian = Ma Dong cheated him of his money while buying his Benz]
‘No wonder you can afford a Mercedes!’
‘But so what? It’s not that I was cheated of my money. I spent it of my own violition, for my own satisfaction. The poor will always remain poor. Even if you have some money, you still can’t beat me.’
He turned off the computer and stopped paying attention to the group of poor classmates who were bragging about Ma Dong. But thinking about Ma Dong who had more than 100 million in his hands now, Zhou Jian only felt more furious. His dog-shit luck was too great!
Holding back his anger, he threw off the big-breasted girl on the bed who was browsing Taobao, “You Slut, you only know how to spend money. See if I don’t kill you today!” [TLN: Taobao = Online shopping site ]
“Ah! Why are you…”
The pandemonium in Luzhou was growing by the minute. Ma Dong could guess it even if he turned off his mobile phone. However, he couldn’t do anything about it for the time being.
Sitting in the car without saying a word and, thinking about what to do in the future, his heart felt heavy…
Zhang Mengmeng looked at Ma Dong’s dark expression and felt very guilty. This incident also had a lot to do with her. She placed her arm around him and said softly, “Brother Dong, don’t think about it anymore. Take some rest. Let’s think about it tomorrow, okay?”
Ma Dong rubbed his aching temples and sighed wearily, “Well, let’s do that then.”
Zhang Mengmeng made some space and let Ma Dong lie on her lap, “Let me give you a massage while you sleep.” [TLN: Jealous]
Ma Dong glanced at her, feeling a little moved, “Well ok, wake me up when we get there.”
Things being as they were, Ma Dong had a dream. He killed Wei Xiong, and then killed Wang Quanquan, Pang Hailiang, and others.
He dreamed that he took all the money, invested it and made even more money out of it. Finally, he bought Ding Sanshi’s NetEase, bought countless Tencent stocks, and bought one skyscraper after another.
Until one day, he bought all the houses in Luzhou for himself. He stood on a one-hundred-story metropolis building with a group of beauties in his arms. He pointed at the sun and said arrogantly, “Everything that the light touches is mine. Yes, everything! Hahaha…” [TLN: A lion king reference?]
While he was hugging and waving, the door slammed open. And then a squad of armed policemen barged in and encircled him, “Ma Dong, you are under arrest!”
Ma Dong seemed to be flustered, but his mouth was quite arrogant, “What are you doing? Who let you in? I am Ma Dong. Who dares to arrest me?! Why are you arresting me?”
Two glamorous women came out of the group of beauties he was holding but Ma Dong just couldn’t see their faces. “The evidence is here. Do you remember Wei Xiong and Pang Hailiang that you killed? Ma Dong, just surrender and wait for your sentence.”
Looking at the numb crowd around him, Ma Dong turned desperate. “No! How is it possible?! Why did you betray me? Why!!!”
Ma Dong yelled, “Why?!”, and then woke up abruptly.
Seeing Ma Dong’s sweating so much, Zhang Mengmeng looked worried and asked, “Brother Dong, Brother Dong! What’s wrong with you? Did you have a nightmare?”
Looking at Zhang Mengmeng who had a worried expression on her face, Ma Dong wiped his forehead which was covered in sweat and said, “It’s okay. I just had a nightmare. I am just tired.”
Zhang Mengmeng patted her chest and said, “Phew… I am glad you are alright. You almost scared me to death!”
Looking at the brightly lit high-rise buildings nearby, Ma Dong asked, “Are we in Shanghai? Where is this?”
“This is the parking lot of Shanghai Jianguo Hotel. I didn’t want to wake you up when I saw you sleeping soundly.”
Two rooms were booked in the hotel. One for Sun Yan and, one for Ma Dong and Zhang Mengmeng.
Currently, it was past one o’clock in the morning. Ma Dong didn’t go to the hospital. He was really exhausted after the day’s events.
The next day, Ma Dong woke up early with two dark circles under his eyes. Without disturbing Zhang Mengmeng who was sleeping, he left a short note and went to the hospital.
When he came to the door of the ward, he saw his mother Hu Xiaoping standing there, stealthily glancing around. When she saw Ma Dong, she slipped into the ward first.
The corner of Ma Dong’s mouth twitched, and that heavy feeling was completely swept away. When he walked into the ward, Ma Dong smiled and said, “Mom, are we having an undercover illegal meeting?”
Hu Xiaoping slapped him straightforwardly, “Little bastard! I have never been so terrified of hearing your name before. You don’t know, when I heard someone mention your name outside in the morning, it almost scared me to death…”
Seeing the horror on his father and mother’s faces, Ma Dong could only comfort them, “I have seen the photos on the news. They look nothing like me. The people outside will not be able recognize me.”
“That’s good, that’s good…”
Suddenly, he was slapped again.
“Why didn’t you tell me about such a big thing earlier? Are you dumb?”
Translated By: Flux007(aka Divinrth)
Proofread By : FiveMoreMinutes
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