The appearance of Qiao Xi’s unexpected appearance turned the originally romantic and elegant meal into a very hot pot-style dinner for six people around the table.
Not only was the hot pot dinner party not lively, but due to the very different groups of people at the table and their different thoughts for no apparent reason, the atmosphere at the table was very awkward and subtle, reaching freezing point for a time.
After lunch, Jiang Xiaoqing, Qin Yuanyuan and the female companion brought by Qiao Xi finally made it to the end of this indigestion-inducing “torture”——
Each person found a reason not to lose their mind and quickly disappeared.
Qiao Xi also wanted to take the opportunity to run away and gave Gu Nian an awkward but polite smile: “Miss Gu, I have something to do in the afternoon, so I won’t disturb you. Luo Xiu…Mr. Luo, you can chat slowly.”
“Mr. Qiao, don’t be impatient,” Gu Nian opened her mouth and pressed on to the end of Qiao Xi’s words, not giving him a chance to leave directly. “Between you and me, I just wanted to find a rental house, but you had to go to Europe, so you allowed me to live in the empty house. It is really difficult to find such a good deal as a tenant, so I should toast Mr. Qiao with a glass of wine.”
Facing the raised red wine glass and the girl’s eyes smiling warmly, Qiao Xi had no choice but to lift his upper body and sit back down.
He smiled stiffly and raised his glass: “You’re welcome, Miss Gu.”
So the six-person dinner turned into a one-party meeting.
After leaving Qiao Xi behind with polite words, Gu Nian walked around for a few words indifferently, and then went straight to her destination: “Since Mr. Qiao has returned to China, I won’t occupy your villa. Give me two days, and I will move out of there as soon as possible.”
Even if he guessed that Gu Nian was testing him, Qiao Xi couldn’t really let her move out from there. He didn’t dare to look at Luo Xiu, and could only smile bravely: “Miss Gu, don’t worry, I came back to China this time because I have something to do; in two days I have to go back. Even though Miss Gu is not there to stay, I will tell Miss Gu in advance when I officially come back.”
Gu Nian seemed to believe it: “Are you really not in a hurry?”
“No hurry, no hurry.”
Gu Nian: “Thank you so much, Mr. Qiao, for helping me so much.”
“You’re welcome, Miss Gu, this is what I should do, I should.” Qiao Xi felt so guilty that he wanted to wipe away his sweat.
After thinking about it for a moment, she raised her head and smiled: “You, Mr. Qiao, only had a blind date with me once, how could it be appropriate?”
“…” Qiao Xi choked.
Qiao Xi almost wanted to look at Luo Xiu for help, but his senses came back quickly and he stopped himself from making such stupid mistakes under Gu Nian’s eyes.
Unfortunately, Gu Nian did not end the “interrogation” plan.
Putting the red wine glass back on the table, Gu Nian paused and asked casually and harmlessly: “Mr. Qiao, do you know my boyfriend?”
Qiao Xi still pretended to be stupid: “Boyfriend? Miss Gu has a boyfriend?”
Gu Nian: “…”
In the past, the best acting skills she had seen were those of movie kings and queens, but now she realized that she was too young and superficial.
True acting skills should be like a certain evil dragon, able to radiate and influence his employees and friends silently and smoothly.
Gu Nian turned around and looked at Luo Xiu.
Luo Xiu once again toyed with his piece of dessert with a knife and fork while remaining aloof.
His eyes were warm under the lenses of his gold chain glasses, his thin lips were smiling, and he was calm and composed. Gu Nian felt that Zhuge Liang must have had this kind of mentality when he played the piano and acted out the empty city plan.
At this moment, Qiao Xi, who was finally able to look at Luo Xiu naturally, did not miss the opportunity and looked like he suddenly realized: “So Miss Gu’s boyfriend is actually Mr. Luo?”
Gu Nian looked back and cooperated with him: “Well, how did Mr. Qiao meet my boyfriend?”
Qiao Xi tried very hard to make eye contact with Luo Xiu, but unfortunately the man didn’t raise his eyes at all and ignored him.
Qiao Xi could only scold him in his heart and lie on his own: “I knew Mr. Luo from before, he is a star after all, and I just liked Mr. Luo’s acting skills and works. Then by chance, I saw Mr. Luo once at a cocktail party and we got to know each other, eh.”
Qiao Xi felt that his prevarication was flawless and perfect, and he even proudly wanted to wait for Luo Xiu’s secret look of praise.
It was a pity that he glanced over very proudly and heard a dumb laugh in his ear.
“No need to cover it up with Nian Nian,” Luo Xiu stopped his knife and fork and raised his eyes, “I have already told her about the Luo family.”
Qiao Xi: “…”
Qiao Xi: “…”
Luo Xiu didn’t look at Qiao Xiu’s expression of “Am I being betrayed like this?” He turned slightly sideways, his eyes met Gu Nian’s, and his gentle smile remained unchanged: “Just ask me directly. Didn’t I promise that I would never lie to you again?”
Gu Nian silently recited “Don’t be fooled by beauty” several times in her mind and looked at him with difficulty, “What do I ask you?”
Luo Xiu: “As long as you want to know anything, I won’t hide a word.”
Gu Nian continued to frown: “So, tell me, does the villa we live in now belong to you?”
Luo Xiu did not hesitate: “Yeah. I was worried about you living alone in the original place. So I asked Qiao Xi to send a separate message to your friend groups pretending it to be a group message, and then rented the villa to you through him.”
Gu Nian: “…”
Luo Xiu wondered what she was thinking, and added: “Later, on the “Broken” easter egg re-recording scene, I also deliberately brought my suitcase there to trick you into taking me in.”
Gu Nian: “……”
Because the “person being interrogated” was too frank and not only admitted the crime, but also explained the cause and effect and the merged case, Gu Nian didn’t know how to continue the interrogation for a moment.
Across the table, Qiao Xi heard the part of the follow-up results that he didn’t know originally, and looked at Luo Xiu with a mixed emotion of admiration and accusation at the same time: “How can you be such a beast?”
After a long while, Gu Nian finally came to her senses and sighed slowly: “I mentioned the Sixteen Strategies last time just to joke with you, but I didn’t expect that I still underestimated you.”
Luo Xiu lowered his eyes: “Sorry, Nian Nian. At that time, I just wanted to stay by your side as soon as possible and have the qualifications to stand in front of you.”
Gu Nian was silent.
Luo Xiu sighed softly: “I know you must be angry. You can punish me. Anything is fine. Just don’t ignore me.”
“I didn’t…ignore you.” Gu Nian found that even though she knew how good Luo Xiu was at disguising his true emotions and how good he was at manipulating people’s hearts, she still couldn’t bear to hear him feel sad, even if it was just a little downness hidden in his tone.
Gu Nian frowned slightly, lowered her head and sighed in despair at her own attributes. Then she felt her body being hooked and pulled by the person next to her.
Gu Nian raised her eyes and saw Luo Xiu kissing the back of her finger: “Then don’t be angry. Otherwise, you can punish me in any way.”
Just as Gu Nian was about to say something, she suddenly thought of something and turned back to look across the table——
Qiao Xi had a choked expression on his face.
Luo Xiu noticed that Gu Nian’s attention had turned away and followed her gaze.
Qiao Xi was silent for a few seconds: “How about I lie down under the table for a while, and then I can come up after you guys are done?”
Gu Nian: “……”
Gu Nian blushed, but Luo Xiu didn’t care. He smiled as usual, but when he turned to Qiao Xi, his eyes became lighter: “Don’t you have something to do this afternoon?”
Qiao Xi: “Huh? What do I have to do?”
Luo Xiu looked at him warmly and silently.
After a few seconds, Qiao Xi understood. He gritted his teeth and glared at this oblivious man. He leaned on the table and stood up: “Yes, I do have something else to do, so I won’t disturb you anymore. Miss Gu, I’ll see you later.”
Luo Xiu said warmly: “After all, you are former blind date partners. As long as your female companion is not jealous, you still haven’t told her.”
As if he had tripped over something, Qiao Xi paused and turned around: “It’s okay, my female companions are usually not so jealous.”
Luo Xiu didn’t seem to hear anything at all and turned back calmly. Gu Nian continued to say something.
Qiao Xi left with regret.
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