That night, Zhou Kai was brought to a hospital by an ambulance.
No one was surprised to see an ambulance parked in front of the Yonghe Club.
Everyone knew that most of the people who frequented the club were either rich or powerful, and a trip to the hospital was a common result of offending such individuals carelessly. Onlookers just didn’t know which person was so blind to offend one of these people who couldn’t be offended.
But Jiang Nian did not know about this and neither did Xu Xinyi.
Jiang Nian was hesitating about how he could explain to Xu Xinyi that he had screwed things up.
Xu Xinyi was also hesitating about how to talk to Zhou Kai tomorrow. According to what she knew about Zhou Kai’s character, he probably wouldn’t just let the matter drop. If she really approached him for a peaceful settlement the bastard would use the opportunity to swagger around in front of her.
He was a typical small-time villain.
No, she couldn’t just swallow down this grievance.
If that bastard Zhou Kai really started spouting off in front of her, she was afraid that she wouldn’t be able to restrain herself from knocking his dog head in with a bottle of wine.
But it wasn’t really a big deal, Zhou Kai was just a host, he wasn’t someone who couldn’t be offended.
With that thought in mind, Xu Xinyi stopped hesitating.
Meanwhile, Jiang Nian was standing at the door to her office, hesitating to enter.
He didn’t want to make trouble for Xu Xinyi, but if he didn’t tell her, Zhou Kai, that pig, would definitely use what he did to make trouble with the company.
He squatted and scratched his head, confused. In the final analysis, he had been too impulsive, it seemed he still didn’t have the ability to deal with things cleanly.
Anya was taking a script to Xu Xinyi when she saw Jiang Nian outside the office door, she asked him in a strange tone, “Are you looking for Xinyi? Why don’t you go in?”
“Well… something happened.”
“Then follow me in.”
Anya opened the door and Jiang Nian followed in behind her.
“Here, take a look at this script. I’ve looked over the drama’s elements and the crew for you. It’s all decent. The crew isn’t shoddy. Now I just need you to see whether or not you like the script.” Once Anya finished her own business she looked at Jiang Nian. “Jiang Nian says he has something for you.”
Xu Xinyi set down the script and looked up at Jiang Nian. “What can I do for you?”
“Last night, I went to see Zhou Kai…”
“What!” Xu Xinyi suddenly stood up and glared at him from behind her desk. “You already know that he’s an asshole and a scumbag. What are you meeting with him for? I told you that I would take care of this. You must have been at a disadvantage if you went to go see him. Did he say anything to insult you last night? Did he bully you?”
Anya also looked at him as if she hated iron for not becoming steel, “Jiang Nian, what were you trying to do by meeting him? Do you think he would just accept your apology? That kind of person only gets worse if you show weakness. Have you suffered at all or promised him any terms?”
Jiang Nian shook his head. “I kicked him a few times last night and broke a bottle of wine on his head.”
Xu Xinyi: “…”
The two exchanged confused glances.
“I’m sorry, Sister Xinyi. I couldn’t control my emotions last night.”
Xu Xinyi was the first to react, “You hit him? Did he say something? Did he bully you?”
Jiang Nian was silent, it seemed like acquiescence.
Xu Xinyi instantly understood. People like Zhou Kai had a ‘reputation’ in the industry, and that ‘reputation’ was not a good one. By relying on his uncle, a big director, a small host acted domineering and used the hidden rules inside his station whenever he could. Who knows how many interns and small stars who had just joined the industry had suffered in his hands?
He must have done or said something to Jiang Nian last night, otherwise why would Jiang Nian hit him?
“That’s alright. I thought it was something big. You just hit someone. Just fight if you need to fight, as long as you don’t suffer a loss.”
Anya whispered in her ear, “What do you mean ‘just fight’?”
“Sister Xinyi, I made the call. So if Zhou Kai comes looking for trouble, just hand me over. I won’t hurt the company and I won’t hurt you.”
Xu Xinyi acted completely unconcerned. She just waved her hand bravely. “It’s fine, this is just a little thing, you don’t have to worry about it. You can go ahead and do your own things now. I’m still busy on my end.”
Jiang Nian frowned slightly, “But Sister Xinyi, I… I hit Zhou Kai. “
“I know. It’s fine. Don’t worry, with me here, Zhou Kai won’t dare to touch you.”
Anya deeply felt that Xu Xinyi was just trying to save face in front of her staff but she did not expose her. She just waited until Jiang Nian left the room and then asked her, “I say Miss Xu, beating people can be just a trivial matter, but this time it was the nephew of a big-time director from Taiwan, and a host who has been working for more than ten years. Come on, tell me, how do you plan to solve this thing so that Jiang Nian doesn’t get entangled with the law?”
Hitting someone actually complicated things quite a bit.
Before, when Jiang Nian had walked off the set, it had only been a matter of face. Now that he had hit someone, if Zhou Kai wanted to investigate and press charges, she really did not have the power to protect Jiang Nian.
However, Jiang Nian’s father was not the kind of person who would allow his son to be bullied, and there was also the defiant and lawless Jiang Huai in the picture, how could he just watch his brother being thrown into prison?
So she really didn’t have to worry about it at all.
This was actually great news. She wouldn’t have to bother dealing with Zhou Kai tomorrow anymore.
There was a knock at the office door and the assistant came in.
“Sister Xinyi, Zhou Kai came to our studio and said he was looking for you and Jiang Nian. I asked someone to take him to a lounge. Would you like to see him now?”
Xu Xinyi and Anya looked at each other.
“How many people did he bring?”
“He brought one person.”
“Just one person?” Xu Xinyi got up and said, “OK, I’ll be right there.”
Since he came with only one other person, Xu Xinyi was not afraid at all. She walked ahead and pushed open the door to the lounge boldly.
“Zhou…” The ‘Kai’ was still in her throat when Xu Xinyi actually saw Zhou Kai and swallowed the word down forcefully.
Zhou Kai was in the lounge with another man. He really looked way too miserable.
There was thick gauze wrapped around his head, his face was black and blue, his mouth was swollen, his right arm was in a sling, while his left arm was wrapped in gauze and the injury looked no lighter than the one on his right arm. His eyes were dazed and unfocused and he stared off into space vacantly like he had dementia.
Xu Xinyi sucked in a cold breath.
What… had Jiang Nian really beaten him this badly?
Didn’t he say he just kicked him a few times and smashed a bottle of wine on his head?
Where did Zhou Kai’s ‘bungee jumping without a cord’ look come from?
Seeing Xu Xinyi frozen in the doorway, the man who was with Zhou Kai hurriedly stood up and offered his hand. “Hello, Miss Xu. I’m Zhou Kai’s agent, Li Chen.”
Xu Xinyi hesitantly reached out and shook his hand while giving Anya a puzzled look.
Didn’t your side get beat up? So why was this agent’s attitude like he was the one who had hit someone?
Anya gave her a look that said ‘Don’t ask me. I have no idea’.
When they entered the lounge and he saw Xu Xinyi, Zhou Kai’s dull expression suddenly became excited. It seemed he could not speak but he began making a whining sound when he saw Xu Xinyi.
“Mr. Zhou, this is…” Seeing Zhou Kai like this, Xu Xinyi was speechless. She looked at Li Chen in doubt.
“You see, Zhou Kai and I came here to apologize to you and Jiang Nian.”
Xu Xinyi was surprised and said, “Apologize?”
What kind of strange game was this?
Li Chen was very humble and spoke courteously. “What Zhou Kai did last time on set was wrong so we have the responsibility to come and apologize to you.”
He wanted to apologize? Xu Xinyi smiled awkwardly. Did the sun rise from the west today?
But since it seemed Zhou Kai had come to apologize and make peace, she could not go too far. “I heard from Jiang Nian about that day,” she said with a smile. “In fact, our side also made mistakes…”
Before Xu Xinyi even finished her words, Zhou Kai shook his head desperately, whimpering louder and louder, while looking eagerly at Li Chen.
Li Chen understood the look and quickly took out his cell phone.
Zhou Kai poked at the screen with the only finger on his right hand that was not covered with gauze. Soon he pecked out a sentence to Xu Xinyi.
-It’s all my fault. I shouldn’t have said that kind of thing to Jiang Nian on set that day.
“That kind of thing?”
Zhou Kai pecked at the screen again.
-I shouldn’t have told Jiang Nian to change careers and let me keep him.
Jiang Nian had never mentioned that to Xu Xinyi.
No wonder Jiang Nian walked off the set without a word that day.
Who could bear such a thing?
“Well, wait a minute,” Xu Xinyi’s face was frosty and she said to Anya. “Go and get Jiang Nian.”
Zhou Kai continued to poke at the screen.
-Yesterday, I shouldn’t have said that I was going to send Jiang Nian to prison, let alone talk about shutting down your studio.
-I am truly sorry. I hope you and Jiang Nian can forgive me. I’ll never say something like that again.
Xu Xinyi looked at his body that was covered in wounds and vaguely understood something in her heart.
Who would want to beat him up?
“Mr. Zhou, your wounds…”
Li Chen replied for him, “Last night at Yonghe Club, Zhou Kai made an appointment with Jiang Nian but then he coincidentally bumped into Jiang Nian’s brother. They had a small chat.”
‘A small chat?’ But it didn’t look like there was much talking involved.
Xu Xinyi was afraid that there had been some intense physical contact, right?
Zhou Kai pecked excitedly at the screen.
-Also Mr. Yi was there.
Xu Xinyi raised her eyebrows and asked, “Yi Yang?”
Li Chen said with a polite smile, “Although you and Mr. Yi have not made your relationship public yet, Mr. Yi took the initiative to admit your relationship with him last night. However, you can rest assured that we will not speak of it to anyone.”
Zhou Kai quickly bobbed his head up and down many times.
“Yi Yang too…” Xu Xinyi looked dubiously at the injuries all over Zhou Kai’s body. Yi Yang would probably not be so ruthless.
The door of the lounge suddenly opened behind her and an out of breath Jiang Nian appeared. He looked at Zhou Kai vigilantly. “What did you want to see me about?”
Anya rushed in behind him a few seconds later. “Jiang Nian, why are you running so fast?”
When he saw Jiang Nian, Zhou Kai hurriedly got up and, ignoring his scarred body, he bowed ninety degrees to express his sincerest apology to Jiang Nian.
When Jiang Nian saw that he took a confused step back.
Li Chen said with a smile, “Zhou Kai came to apologize to you. He truly feels that he shouldn’t have talked to you like that on set that day.”
The guarded look in Jiang Nian’s eyes disappeared and he looked blankly at Xu Xinyi.
“Don’t look at me, it was all because of your brother.”
“After you were at the Yonghe Club yesterday, your brother happened to run into Mr. Zhou and the two of them had a chat. After their chat, Mr. Zhou deeply felt that he should not have treated you like that, so he came to offer his apologies. Isn’t that right, Mr. Zhou?”
Zhou Kai nodded again and again, and his swollen mouth kept whistling incomprehensible noises of agreement.
“But I’m curious, were the injuries on Mr. Zhou left by Jiang Huai or by Yi Yang?”
But under those circumstances, how could Zhou Kai have known who exactly was beating him? All he remembered was a group of bodyguards rushed in and pressed him to the ground before beginning to beat him to death. The two big bosses just watched from the side while he was beaten unilaterally, the scene was actually not chaotic at all.
He poked out a few more words on screen.
-Mr. Yi and Mr. Jiang didn’t hit me.
Xu Xinyi nodded. What a smart guy.
“Jiang Nian, what do you think? Do you want to forgive him?”
Jiang Nian glanced at Zhou Kai’s injuries and said coldly, “Let’s just forget it.”
Zhou Kai stood up and seemed ready to give him a ninety-degree bow again.
Jiang Nian just ignored him. Now that this matter was over, he didn’t want to bother making any more trouble over this, he just didn’t want to worry about it anymore.
“Sister Xinyi, I have things to do. I’ll leave first.”
Jiang Nian left the lounge, took out his cell phone, hesitated after scrolling through the contact list, and then clicked on Jiang Huai’s number and sent a text message.
Soon after that, a text message came back, ‘Then I’ll thank you in advance for coming home for dinner tonight.’
Jiang Nian looked at this message for a long time. Eventually, he replied ‘Okay’.
In the lounge, Xu Xinyi had asked clearly about what happened last night and was trying to formulate a timeline of events.
It seemed what happened was: Zhou Kai wanted to humiliate Jiang Nian, which enraged him into hitting him with a bottle of wine and kicking him a few times. If things had come to an end here it would have been difficult if Zhou Kai wanted to come and ask them for an account today, but luckily, his ranting was overheard by two passers-by, Jiang Huai and Yi Yang, which resulted in him being taught a small lesson.
After sending away the submissive Zhou Kai, Anya stood behind her and sighed, “Those evil capitalists! Damned rich people!”
Xu Xinyi asked thoughtfully, “Do you think I should thank Yi Yang tonight?”
Anya gave her an ambiguous smile. “Of course, you have to thank him for doing you such a big favor.”
“…Don’t get me wrong, okay?”
“Alright, alright. I understand perfectly.”
When she returned home that evening, Xu Xinyi met Butler Chen in the living room and asked him if Yi Yang was back yet.
Butler Chen smiled and said. “The young master is upstairs in his study.”
As soon as he finished speaking, Xu Xinyi disappeared.
As soon as she got to the top of the staircase on the third floor, she saw Yi Yang coming out of his study. Xu Xinyi ran forward and leaped on Yi Yang, wrapping her arms around his neck and her feet around his waist.
“Thank you, husband!”
Yi Yang was startled by Xu Xinyi’s enthusiasm but he hugged her back. “What are you doing?”
“I already know everything! Didn’t you beat that Zhou Kai up at Yonghe Club last night? That’s what that son of a bitch deserved! Today, he came to my company and apologized to me. He told me in detail about what you did to him last night. Did you really have your bodyguards beat him up?”
Xu Xinyi spoke very quickly. She had already blurted all that out before Yi Yang had time to cover her mouth. He glanced back at the study and frowned, “Don’t talk nonsense.”
“What nonsense? Don’t hide it, I know what you did! Zhou Kai told me that you said if he bothers me again, you will break his legs and force him out of the industry! Last time, you banned Xu Weiyin for me, and this time you dealt with Zhou Kai for me. I don’t even know how to thank you.”
Yi Yang covered Xu Xinyi’s mouth and looked behind her uncomfortably. “Grandfather, don’t listen to Xu Xinyi’s nonsense, there was no such thing.”
Xu Xinyi slowly turned her head and looked into the study. She saw Mrs. Yi and Old Master Yi were both standing there and looking at her with indescribable expressions.
All four of them stood stock still for five long seconds.
“…grandpa…mom…” Xu Xinyi slowly slipped off of Yi Yang and stood behind him, she swallowed and smiled thinly, “What I said just now…”
When she saw Old Master Yi raising his cane, Xu Xinyi stepped back nervously and thought: ‘I have to find a way to push this off on Yi Yang.’ So she frowned severely and spoke righteously, “Grandpa, everything I just said was all done by Yi Yang. I also thought he went too far. How could he do something like that? It’s one thing to just casually ban people, but to also go around beating them up? Although we can be considered rich and powerful, it’s not like we can just do whatever we want. You should educate him, I… I’m a little bit hungry. I’m going to go and see if Auntie Chen has finished cooking dinner.”
With that, she turned and slipped away.
As she escaped to the living room on the first floor she could still hear Yi Yang on the third floor.
“Grandfather… Let me explain, please don’t… Hiss–“