Qian Wei kept a close eye on Lu Xun from the moment he stepped into the office the next day but, unfortunately, this guy didn’t show the slightest change in his appearance or behavior! He was clearly planning to go on his first ever blind date that evening, but he acted completely nonchalant, really hiding so deeply!
Eventually, the afternoon rolled around and, sure enough, at exactly 5:30 p.m. Lu Xun took a brief look at his watch before standing up and leaving the office. The sudden change from his usual style of crazily working overtime like he wished there could be more hours in a day even made their colleagues begin to whisper and speculate.
As soon as Lu Xun left, Qian Wei packed up her things and followed him out. She found a taxi and went straight to Hyatt’s Western Restaurant, ready to create a ‘chance encounter’.
There actually weren’t that many people in the restaurant at this time of day, and Qian Wei was quickly able to spot Lu Xun at a table by the window after a single scan of the area. Sitting at the same table opposite of him, there was a girl with long and curly hair, red lips, white teeth, and two lively eyes that seemed to sparkle with admiration as she stared at Lu Xun with her pale and dainty hands cupping her cheeks. Looking at her, her eyes seemed to be full of a kind of naive and wholehearted trust, but that wasn’t the main point! The main point was that the always unsmiling, expressive as a rock, and overall strange tempered Lu Xun was actually smiling back at her, and his smile was clean and pure, seemingly completely defenseless!
Seeing that scene, Qian Wei could feel her mentality collapsing. She really couldn’t stand to look at such a Lu Xun.
“Miss, are you alone? Would you like me to arrange a table for you?”
Because the restaurant was very quiet at the moment, when the waiter spoke his voice carried throughout the room. Over by the window, Lu Xun subconsciously looked over at where the voice had come from, and when his eyes fell on Qian Wei they widened with surprise: “Qian Wei?” He blurted unconsciously. He stared at her, his eyes fixing themselves on her ten-centimeter high heels and her long red skirt, and his lips pressed themselves into a thin line as he asked, “Did you have another date here too?”
The high heels and red skirt were actually Liu Shiyun’s suggestions, her reasoning being that if Qian Wei planned to go and stir things up at a blind date, she would need to upgrade her equipment no matter what.
Feeling Lu Xun’s eyes on her, Qian Wei’s palms began to sweat nervously. She forced out an awkward smile and began spouting nonsense in her confusion: “Yes, I have a date.”
Without thinking, Qian Wei nodded along and agreed: “Yes.”
“Brother Lu Xun, who’s this?” The girl with curly hair sitting across from Lu Xun blinked her dark eyes and looked over at Qian Wei with curiosity.
Lu Xun’s expression had turned a little ugly. Probably no one would be in a good mood if they ran into a co-worker while on a blind date. In the end, he just glanced at Qian Weii and said succinctly, “A colleague.”
In her mind, Qian Wei was roaring: Brother Lu Xun?! Since when did Lu Xun get a sister?! Do you two know each other very well?! Have you two known each other for a long time?! When you were certifying your newfound sibling relationship, did you get my, Qian Wei’s, consent?!
For the first time, Qian Wei was very angry with Lu Xun’s sultry and seductive appearance. It seemed he really was a flirtatious man who spent all his time attracting bees and butterflies!
Although her heart was full of complaints, Qian Wei could only plaster a smile on her face and say: “Anyway, I won’t bother you two. I’m going to go sit down and wait for my date.”
Because of Lu Xun’s cold gaze, Qian Wei didn’t dare to sit too close to him. In the end, she could only go and find a table that was still close enough to see Lu Xun’s table, but which was some distance away while feeling wronged. After picking a table, she sat down, took out her phone, and began to broadcast the scene live to Liu Shiyun on Wechat, scolding Lu Xun in her heart all the while.
She didn’t know if it was because of her presence, but the sunny and cheerful expression that Lu Xun had been wearing just now had disappeared and become cloudy. His previously open smile had now been completely packed away, his smooth brows were now a bit furrowed, and the corners of his mouth had turned down in a faint frown.
Qian Wei sneered in her heart: Wow, what a hypocrite! Before this, you were happily flirting around, but now you pack it all away since one of your colleagues can see it? Fine then, if that’s how it is then I’m definitely going to stay here and make your blind date awkward and uncomfortable!
However, before Qian Wei could properly revel in her complacent attitude, her fragile heart suffered another serious blow.
Lu Xun had been chatting with the girl with curly hair when suddenly a well-dressed couple walked into the restaurant. These newcomers looked to be about fifty, but they were both well-maintained, with a well-off, educated, and elegant aura about them. They looked around for a moment and, when they saw Lu Xun, they both smiled at him and went straight to his table. Then they said something affectionate to the girl with curly hair before sitting down beside her.
Qian Wei was dumbfounded at this development, and an alarm went off in her head.
It was just a blind date, but even the girls’ parents were here?! It seemed this was bigger than she thought! Lu Xun was really serious this time! With her understanding of Lu Xun’s character, it was absolutely impossible for him to agree to meet the other party’s parents unless he was very serious about her.
Qian Wei stared at the several people crowded around Lu Xun’s table in a harmonious atmosphere. The middle-aged couple seemed to be obviously very satisfied with Lu Xun, while Lu Xun himself had eyes full of kindness, and the girl with curly hair had become even more lively after her parents’ arrival. She had picked up food and put it in her parent’s bowls several times in succession, and even took the initiative to put some food in Lu Xun’s bowl once.
And, what was the worst for Qian Wei, was that Lu Xun unexpectedly, but with completely natural movements, ate the food given to him by the girl.
At that moment, there was a ‘Boom’ in Qian Wei’s brain and she felt something inside her completely snap.
Perhaps he was still worried about the presence of a colleague because Lu Xun occasionally glanced over at Qian Wei as he chatted with the people at his table. However, whenever Qian Wei met his eyes he would quickly turn his face away and pretend that nothing had happened.
After a while, Lu Xun stood up, said something to the rest of the table, and then left to go to the bathroom. As he passed Qian Wei’s table, he sent her a quick glance that was neither heavy nor light. In the end, Qian Wei had no choice but to pretend that she was still waiting for someone and kept fiddling with her phone until he had walked away.
Not long after Lu Xun left, the girl with curly hair suddenly called Qian Wei’s name politely. She looked at Qian Wei, seeming a little embarrassed, before continuing: “It was Brother Lu Xun who told me your name. Did the person you were waiting for stand you up?”
Qian Wei coughed: “It seems something happened to him on his end. His boss suddenly pulled him into a meeting and he can’t leave.”
“Would you like to eat with us?”
“Huh?” Qian Wei looked up at the naive expression on the girl in front of her, and was caught completely off guard. It seemed this girl had a strange brain. It was her own blind date, but she was taking the initiative to ask her date’s colleague to join them and play the light bulb?
However, for Qian Wei, this was an opportunity she could only dream of but never be able to secure with her own power. After all, this whole time she had only been able to watch from the side as Lu Xun and his party interacted enthusiastically, and only she knew how much she was suffering from not being able to hear what they were saying. It was to the point that she had been feeling like she was suffocating.
So when she heard this offer, Qian Wei quickly nodded and graciously walked over to sit down at Lu Xun’s table.
“Sister Xiaowei, I’ve always been curious, what does Brother Lu Xun act like at work?”
Qian Wei looked around and saw the somewhat concerned, somewhat curious, eyes of the other girl and the middle-aged couple, and she finally understood what was going on here!
It seemed that the girl had invited Qian Wei to their table, primarily so she could inquire about Lu Xun’s abilities at work, and his impression among his colleagues and subordinates.
Now, what could be said about Lu Xun’s work abilities? Of course, there was completely nothing to say!
And his impression among his subordinates? Of course, he was so full of prestige and glory that people wanted nothing more than to follow behind him!
But was now the time to tell the truth?
Of course not!
Qian Wei silently asked herself, what was her purpose in coming here? Wasn’t it all just to disturb Lu Xun’s blind date so that she could snatch Lu Xun for herself?!
She quickly began to hype herself up: The Chinese nation was currently facing its most dangerous crisis! Qian Wei! Right now, it’s every man for themselves, it’s time to grit your teeth and fight!
And so she began, “Well, Partner Lu usually works very hard. He works overtime all day every day, and he basically lives in the office. Around the office, everyone says that even if by some miracle he manages to marry and have children in the future, the office will always be his true home. The opinion regarding Partner Lu is that, no matter whether it’s a girlfriend, or a wife, or a child, they can all only be passers-by in his life. For him, only work is eternal!”
The girl and the middle-aged couple seemed stunned: “Is that so…”
“And, in fact, there is a rumor about him in our law firm.”
The three people were very curious: “What rumor?”
Qian Wei deliberately spoke slowly to create an atmosphere of mystery. “It’s said that there’s probably something wrong with that aspect of him.”
The girl with curly hair wasn’t too young, so she soon realized what Qian Wei was referring to. She covered her mouth and said, “How could that be possible for Brother Lu Xun… how…”
The middle-aged couple were also stupefied by this twist but, in the end, they were both experienced people who had seen many things so, although they had complex expressions, they didn’t say anything.
“You know, as lawyers, we usually spend a lot of time writing at our desks, we don’t get much sleep, and we’re generally prone to poor physical strength. Partner Lu’s illness should be due to all of his hard work.” Qian Wei continued sympathetically, “In order to save time, he usually doesn’t even stop to drink water. And, well, you should know it but, men, if they don’t get up and exercise a bit or at least drink some water all year round, it will have a great impact on their health.”
The girl with curly hair didn’t believe it. “But it’s all just rumors and speculations,” she argued. “I don’t believe that could happen to Brother Lu Xun.”
Qian Wei swallowed uncomfortably, but then quickly continued: “Actually, I saw it with my own eyes when he went into Jianguo Men’s Hospital. Just think, okay! You should know that Partner Lu hasn’t ever talked about dating or finding a girlfriend for all these years, and there’s a reason! That day, when I saw him walking out of the hospital with an expression that seemed helpless and heavy, as if the whole world were against him, it even made me, as his subordinate, feel distressed!”
“…” The girl with curly hair looked at Qian Wei with a complicated expression. “Well, besides all this, Brother Lu Xun should be a good person, right?”
Young woman, I’ve already come to this point but you still haven’t given up?! Qian Wei gritted her teeth, it seemed that it was time to pull out some even more powerful medicine!
*she calls Qian Wei ‘小唯姐姐’ or ‘Xiao Wei Jie Jie’. afaik jiejie is older sister, Wei is Qian Wei’s name, and xiao is like a diminutive or casual modifier? Not 100% sure how it all fits together in this context so I’m just leaving it as is.
oh hey I have a new project The Rich Ex-Husband Cries and Begs to Remarry