Gu Nian didn’t know exactly what Luo Xiu did after that day.
She only heard a colleague from the brokerage department of BH Media company say something during afternoon tea one day in early November. The general idea was that Dingke Media was having a bad time this year. Several of their big projects went wrong and they suffered one setback after another, and there were several troubles within the company. Scandals, stock price fluctuations, and disputes among high-level power systems had made everyone feel at risk.
Gu Nian didn’t say anything when she heard it, she just acted as an uninvolved bystander. But when she returned to the villa in the evening, she took the initiative to mention it to Luo Xiu during dinner.
“Are you behind the recent events at Dingke Media?”
While listening, Luo Xiu stood at the dining room table and took care of serving the mushroom soup. The soup was swaying in the large silver spoon, so clear and bright but it didn’t even tremble during the whole process of him transferring it to the bowl.
Then Luo Xiu placed the soup bowl in his hand steadily on the heat-proof mat in front of Gu Nian, with a gentle smile in his lowered eyes: “Be careful of the heat.”
Gu Nian nodded and took it.
Luo Xiu sat down across from her at the dining table and picked up the spoon. Then he seemed to have just remembered something: “Dingke Media has been standing in the media industry for many years. It has a big tail and has been suffering for a long time. Zheng Haolei is good at playing tricks, but he relies too much on small tricks, which leads to problems. It’s just a matter of being finished sooner or later.”
Gu Nian listened to him doing Tai Chi by himself and took a sip of the soup slowly: “Sooner or later, but things just happened sooner rather than later.”
Luo Xiu smiled, and seeing Gu Nian insisting, he stopped covering up: “It was me who pushed them, but the shortcomings are their own and have nothing to do with me.”
Gu Nian nodded calmly: “It’s always others who follow the guidance of ‘Someone’ and walk into your trap, or into a series of traps. There is really no need for you to take the initiative.”
There was a hint of resentment in the calm voice. Luo Xiu stopped the spoon, raised his head and asked, “Don’t you like what I do?”
Gu Nian stopped turning the soup spoon. After a while, she sighed softly and pushed the soup bowl slightly towards her mouth.
The girl also raised her head, her eyes silent and uneasy.
“I don’t have any sympathy for Zheng Haolei. He has done far more harm to me. He deserves whatever fate he ends up with.”
Luo Xiu’s eyes turned relaxed and he smiled softly: “Then why don’t you like it?”
Gu Nian frowned: “I have interacted with him, and I deeply feel that he is the craziest person I have ever seen…” The words were paused for a second when she looked into Luo Xiu’s gentle eyes, and Gu Nian went silent for two seconds, feeling a headache. Then she stretched out her hand to press her forehead and said, “Except for you, in my heart, you are the craziest person I have ever seen.”
Luo Xiu understood: “Are you afraid that he will be detrimental to us?”
“A dog will jump over the wall when he is anxious.”
Luo Xiu lowered his eyes and smiled gently: “Then don’t let it rush you.”
“Find the limit of its endurance, use the piece of meat it values most as bait, and never let it despair. That way, no matter what kind of torture it suffers, it will keep staring at that piece of meat and forget about the wall behind it.”
Luo Xiu’s voice was as cold as ice, but when he raised his head again, his brown eyes were as gentle as a clear lake in spring.
“Nian Nian, for this kind of person, the most terrifying thing is not despair, but hope.”
Gu Nian was silent for a few seconds, and her heart trembled slightly.
Then she lowered her head to drink the soup.
Luo Xiu’s eyes moved in those few seconds, as if he was strategizing and thus making unexpected waves on the calm lake. Then her hand, which was lying next to the table mat, was lightly clasped.
The table was quiet for a few seconds.
Gu Nian looked up blankly, “Why are you apologizing to me?”
Luo Xiu lowered his eyes and said nothing.
The cold shower he took two days ago didn’t cause him any other problems, but he probably got agitated. The next day, Luo Xiu had a serious stomach problem. You could still see a bit of paleness in his face to this day and know that he was feeling weak.
Especially when he lowered his eyes like this, looking downcast, sad and harmless without saying a word, it seemed even more heartbreaking.
…Although it could not be ruled out that it was a disguise.
Gu Nian sighed silently in her heart.
At this moment, Luo Xiu spoke: “I know you don’t like it, maybe even feel disgusted by it.”
Gu Nian heard his wording and immediately denied it: “I don’t.”
Luo Xiu raised his eyes, the brown in his eyes was highlighted by a soft light, making him seem gentle and sad: “You don’t have to worry, no one will like the real me.”
Gu Nian’s expression changed: “You’re talking nonsense.”
“But you were afraid of me just now, right?”
“I’m not afraid of you, it’s just-“
Gu Nian felt guilty.
Seeing that Luo Xiu’s expression became even lower, she struggled with her words and said seriously: “I’m really not afraid of you, or it’s not you that made me hesitate just now, but what you said. Because it’s the truth, so it’s hard to accept and shocking to me—that’s all.”
The lost emotion in Luo Xiu’s eyes faded slightly, and his eyes became gentle. He nodded slowly in silence: “Then what I want to do to it next, will it disgust you?”
“To whom?” Gu Nian asked hesitantly, “Dingke Media, or Zheng Haolei?”
“As long as it doesn’t hurt you…” Gu Nian fiddled with the spoon uneasily, “Maybe it’s because I’m still too timid, but I’m always worried that being entangled by evil people like this will drag me into the abyss.”
After Gu Nian finished speaking, she felt something was wrong and tilted her head in confusion.
The entanglement of evil people, the abyss?
Why did these words sound so familiar? And why did it feel weird?
“Nietzsche said. When you stare into the abyss, the abyss is also staring at you,” Luo Xiu’s words made Gu Nian raise her eyes, then he finished speaking gently, “When you fight evil dragons, you will become an evil dragon yourself.”
Gu Nian choked.
She knew now what felt strange.
Under Gu Nian’s gaze, Luo Xiu smiled knowingly at her: “Qi Han and the others always say that I am the evil dragon.”
Gu Nian: “…”
When watching movies, audiences were always worried that the good guys would be dragged down by the bad guys’ revenge, and such tragedies often happened.
But if bad people met even worse people…
Gu Nian picked up the spoon and started eating with great peace of mind.
Luo Xiu didn’t move. He supported his cheekbones on his hand and slightly adjusted his glasses with the thin gold chain hanging down. From behind the thin lenses, he looked at Gu Nian istting across from him with gentle eyes.
In fact, he still had something to say.
Gu Nian was afraid that Zheng Haolei would take revenge on him.
But Zheng Haolei knew that he couldn’t get what he wanted.
Just like that day at BH Media, the camera that looked at them so clearly, was like the eyes of an evil ghost.
Luo Xiu was really looking forward to Zheng Haolei making such a mistake. Because only then could he completely destroy someone without breaking the law.
Zheng Haolei was a very smart person, especially when faced with profit and loss decisions. Even if he knew the wall behind him, he would only focus on the piece of meat in front of him.
Probably because he was being looked at for too long, Gu Nian noticed and raised her head: “Why don’t you eat and still look at me?”
Luo Xiu sighed silently.
He didn’t dare to say these words to Gu Nian. The only thing he was afraid of was how she felt about him.
Luo Xiu followed Gu Nian’s words, picked up the tableware, and then asked softly, seemingly unintentionally: “Are you afraid of me?”
“No,” although the question came suddenly, Gu Nian said firmly without thinking, “I will never be afraid of you.”
Luo Xiu’s eyes deepened: “You still like to say forever.”
Gu Nian raised her head proudly: “That’s because I am very confident in my own level of dedication.”
Luo Xiu smiled.
Seeing that the topic had become more relaxed, Gu Nian deliberately raised her face and tightened her expression to tease Luo Xiu: “Why are you laughing? Don’t you have confidence in yourself?”
Luo Xiu shook his head.
Gu Nian was shocked and leaned back: “You really don’t have it?”
Luo Xiu smiled faintly, his eyes deeply fixed on her figure: “I don’t use the indicator of others to judge.”
Gu Nian was confused for a moment: “Huh?”
“You are the beginning and end of my desire.” Luo Xiu smiled warmly, “Things that have nothing to do with other people do not need their indicators to judge.”
After a long silence, Gu Nian blushed, lowered her head, took a mouthful of soup, and whispered, “Damn it.”
Luo Xiu: “What’s wrong?”
Gu Nian: “Obviously I am the screenwriter, how come you can talk about love better than me?”
Luo Xiu laughed dumbly.
Dinner got over like this.
Gu Nian accompanied Luo Xiu to take the kitchen utensils into the kitchen. When she opened the dishwasher, she remembered something, turned around and said to Luo Xiu, “I’ve been looking for a suitable house recently.”
Luo Xiu’s figure walking out suddenly stopped, and he looked back at Gu Nian.
Gu Nian put the plates into the dishwasher one by one: “The community there is not very good. Although it is safe, the privacy is not high. When I go out recently, I would have to wear a mask or a hat. I still have to find a place with less personal traffic—ah!”
His hands suddenly came up from behind, and Gu Nian was so unprepared that she screamed in surprise and dropped the plate in her hand.
The person hugging her from behind had obviously expected it. He lowered his body to catch the plate and put it back on the table.
Gu Nian was in shock. When she regained consciousness, she was a little annoyed and wanted to laugh. “What are you doing, attacking so suddenly?” She said and wanted to turn around but was hugged tighter from behind.
And after putting down the plate, that slender and beautiful hand took off his glasses and put them next to her.
An alarm bell sounded in Gu Nian’s heart.
But being “restrained” so thoroughly, she had no choice but to let the man bury his head in her neck as he bent down to nestle beside her neck.
His breath burned against her carotid artery, and the scalding temperature returned to her heart.
Gu Nian’s mouth felt a little dry for no reason.
After attributing this feeling to the floor heating in the villa being too hot, she cleared her throat guiltily: “What’s wrong with you?”
The man didn’t speak. He just kissed her neck in silence, and then said, “Why are you leaving?”
His voice was very different from his usual gentleness and indifference, and actually seemed a little aggrieved.
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