Qian Wei woke up with a slight headache. She opened her eyes and immediately noticed that the room she was in was obviously not a room in her home. She looked around and found that the place was lit with only a single dim floor lamp, which created a dark and ambiguous atmosphere. Qian Wei reached down and touched the bed under her body and found that it was one of those oversized beds particular to high class rooms in hotels the world over, soft and luxurious, but at the same time somehow impersonal in its uniformity with all other high-end hotel beds. From that touch, she realized that she should probably be in a very high-end hotel room or suite. With that thought in mind, Qian Wei worriedly reached down and touched her clothes to check, but she breathed a sigh of relief when she found that they were still perfectly intact. However, at the same time her wariness was shooting through the roof at this whole strange situation. She really didn’t have much of an impression of what had happened after she had gotten drunk and she could only vaguely remember a very realistic but somehow wonderful dream. Besides that though, her memory was just a blur of incoherent fragments.
She was a bit annoyed that she had gotten herself so drunk. She was well aware that she was a light drinker and that she should definitely not have been so cavalier about her drinks. If she had managed to meet up with Qian Chuan then he would definitely have taken her home, but since she was waking up in a hotel room, didn’t that mean that she had found her way into the hands of someone with ‘malicious intentions’?
Just as that worrying thought was crossing her mind, she suddenly heard the sound of a key card being swiped, and the handle at the door of the room began to move.
It was all over now, the pervert was back! The probably rich pervert!
Qian Wei quickly became extremely vigilant and hurriedly armed herself with a particularly thick and heavy-looking pillow before using the dim lighting to hide herself against one of the walls not visible from the door to the room.
Sure enough, while she was moving, the pervert had already stepped into the room, and now he had turned away to close the door behind him, leaving with his back exposed to Qian Wei. Looking at him, Qian Wei could only vaguely make out that he seemed to be a tall and well-proportioned man.
Qian Wei was already panicked, so she didn’t stop to think any further before hefting the pillow in her arms and smashing it down on the back of the man’s head. Then, taking advantage of the moment while the man was reeling with confusion, Qian Wei threw the pillow away and bolted for the still open door.
However, it seemed that her escape plan was just wishful thinking because, as soon as her hand touched the doorframe, she felt her other arm being caught and pulled back by the man. Qian Wei was still off balance from her ill-conceived escape attempt, so she stumbled and fell into the man’s arms.
“Qian Wei, it’s me.”
Even as she heard that familiar low voice, her nose was filled with a cold and woody scent, which she recognized as a familiar men’s cologne. Exposed to these easily recognizable sensations, Qian Wei’s taut nerves relaxed in an instant.
“Lu Xun.” Fortunately, the dim light concealed the blush that suddenly crept onto Qian Wei’s face. She didn’t know why, but just by being alone with him like this and smelling his scent, she could feel her heart begin to beat faster.
So, in order to cover up her embarrassment, she asked, “Why am I here? What happened last night?” Qian Wei couldn’t remember if the matter of her slandering Lu Xun in front of his parents had been exposed, but she decided to preempt things just in case, “Actually, I drank too much last night and now I can’t even remember what happened. So let me say, no matter what it was, my behavior while I was drunk was definitely not according to my intentions, so don’t have any misunderstandings!”
Unexpectedly, after she said all of that, Lu Xun just fell completely silent. Only after a long period of quiet, did he finally say in a slightly hoarse voice, “Then everything that happened was just the result of you being impulsive because you were drunk?”
Inside, Qian Wei fretted, it was all over, he really found out!
She could somehow feel that Lu Xun was straining to restrain his emotions, so Qian Wei had to nod along desperately: “Yes! That’s right! It was all just a misunderstanding! I sincerely hope that this little incident won’t change our relationship!”
For some reason, when she said that Lu Xun’s expression looked a little lost for a moment, but when Qian Wei looked again carefully, all she could see was his usual perfectly handsome face, without any flaw at all.
A subtle atmosphere descended, and Qian Wei scratched her head before changing the subject to escape the awkward silence: “Where’s Qian Chuan?” She glanced down at her phone. “I texted him.”
“He sent Liu Shiyun home.”
Qian Wei had question marks written all over her face. How did that end up happening? Didn’t he usually take issue with Liu Shiyun? How did he end up abandoning his twin sister at a hotel to run away with Liu Shiyun? Suddenly Qian Wei blinked, maybe this meant that the dream she had while she was drunk where the two of them showed up together was some sort of sign!
Lu Xun pressed his lips into a thin line, but then gave a start as he suddenly seemed to remember something. He reached out his hand and offered the bottle of sparkling water he had been carrying the whole time to Qian Wei: “I just went down and bought this, go ahead and drink it. It will be good for your stomach to drink something carbonated.”
Qian Wei took the sparkling water from Lu Xun and took a sip before looking up and asking: “Wait, what about your side? What happened with your parents and your cousin?”
“I called them a taxi.”
Qian Wei felt a bit embarrassed: “You should have sent them home properly.”
“And leave you drunk like that in a hotel?” Lu Xun lowered his head. “Even if we have no other relationship, I’m at least your boss. A good boss wouldn’t just turn a blind eye and put their subordinates at risk. At any rate, because you just directly fell asleep last night I went ahead and booked a room to let you get some rest.”
Although Lu Xun could be said to be very excellent as a boss, Qian Wei somehow felt a bit sour when she heard that. Oh, ‘even if they have no other relationship’, huh? Was it important to draw the lines of their relationship so clearly? Suddenly she felt nervous. Could it be that her small thoughts were actually very obvious? Had Lu Xun completely seen through everything?
After Qian Wei sobered up, there was naturally no excuse for her to continue delaying Lu Xun, and in the end he sent her home. However, along the way, Qian Wei noticed that Lu Xun seemed to be staying unusually silent.
Qian Wei didn’t know why but, although she had just gotten drunk the night before, she was in very high spirits this morning. She bustled about energetically until she ended up being called out of the office by a corporate client with a labor dispute that required her mediation, and she spent the whole rest of the morning dealing with it at the client’s company. In the end, Qian Wei only managed to return to the office around noon.
But then, as soon as she stepped into the office, she noticed that there was a strange atmosphere floating around today. Not only were most of her female colleagues still in the office, not having left for lunch, but they were also all gathered around and discussing something enthusiastically.
“Oh my god, I never expected that Partner Lu would be such an ‘enthusiastic’ person. I really misread him.”
“Does this mean Partner Lu has finally left singledom behind? He really found someone?!”
Because she heard Lu Xun’s name, Qian Wei instinctively poked her head into the conversation and asked, “What are you all looking at?”
Looking carefully, Qian Wei noticed that the group she had barged into was composed of several female lawyers and interns, all looking down at someone’s phone. One of the colleagues that she was more familiar with enthusiastically invited her to come closer and have a look while saying: “Haven’t you heard about the ‘Passionate kiss at the door’ incident yet?”
“The ‘Passionate kiss at the door’?”
“Mhm. It seems that last night Partner Lu kissed a mysterious beauty in the foyer of the Hyatt Hotel. Lawyer Qian, you’re really too oblivious to the goings-on in the world. This video has already nearly exceeded a million views!”
Qian Wei suddenly felt her forehead throb as a dreadful premonition settled over her, but she still said: “Let me see.”
She took the phone offered by her colleague and found that it was currently at a certain page on the A University the campus forum. There was a post with a small flaming ‘hot’ symbol next to it which had been posted around 10 p.m. the night before and had an astonishing number of replies. The title of the post was quite eye-grabbing as well:
‘A storm is raging! Lu Xun, the coldest and most noble flower to ever grace the halls of A University Law School, was seen passionately kissing a beautiful woman in public! Another excellent potential husband leaves the dating market in a high profile manner!’
Qian Wei suddenly felt her heart begin to thump, and she was overwhelmed with a sense of foreboding. She clicked on the post with shaking hands, and the video began to play.
It was obvious at a glance that the person taking the video had been standing a little far away, but the place in the frame was indeed the Hyatt Hotel where she had been the night before. The scene was a bit noisy and, although the ‘female lead’ of this little drama couldn’t be seen clearly because of distance and angle, Lu Xun’s face had been captured perfectly by the camera.
However, just because other people couldn’t recognize Qian Wei, that didn’t mean that she wouldn’t be able to recognize herself… her eyes widened with disbelief as she looked at the ‘female lead’ in the video, who was wearing ten-centimeter high heels and a long red skirt. Who could it be if not her?
What was even more frightening was how the woman in the video was just sitting on the ground defiantly, seemingly not willing to let Lu Xun help her up.
Qian Wei’s heart was beating like a drum. Wasn’t this exactly the plot of the dream she had last night?
“Don’t worry, those two are going to kiss soon. It’s really amazing!”
Qian Wei was distracted, so she wasn’t sure who was speaking, but whoever it was they were ‘kindly’ giving her a preview of what was to come.
And sure enough, following what her coworker had said, the Lu Xun in the video suddenly leaned down and kissed the woman who was sitting on the ground before pulling her to her feet. After the woman stood up, the two figures in the video tussled for a moment before suddenly starting to kiss each other fiercely, as if no one else was around.
Although she didn’t know who had come up with the vulgar moniker ‘Passionate kiss at the door’, after watching the video herself Qian Wei had to admit that the label seemed very apt…
“Do you see?! They’re french kissing! It’s a tongue kiss!” Seeing how serious the little intern who spoke looked, Qian Wei suddenly had the illusion that if there had been a blackboard at hand, then there was no doubt that this little intern would probably rap on it with her ruler while saying, ‘This is a textbook example of a french kiss!’
After a moment, the intern sighed, “Partner Lu is so good-looking though, this is just like watching an idol drama. I never would have expected that Partner Lu, who usually acts so cold and indifferent to women, would suddenly be so enthusiastic upon finding the right person! I really envy that girl, but I don’t recognize her at all. Do any of you know who she is?”
“I don’t recognize her either, but her figure has curves in all the right places. You guys, think about it, which one of our corporate clients has such a great body? Actually, wait a second, didn’t someone say that Partner Lu would be going on a blind date at the Hyatt last night? So is that girl the one from the blind date? “
“Wow, those two moved so quickly that it must have been love at first sight. I estimate that we’ll all be invited to see Partner Lu’s wedding within half a year.”
“Huh? Why do I feel like this girl’s silhouette bears a striking resemblance to Qian Wei?”
Qian Wei hurriedly waved her hands in a gesture of denial while clarifying solemnly with a straight face: “Don’t talk nonsense! That’s not me! Isn’t my figure much better than that woman’s?”
Everyone gave a burst of boos in response to Qian Wei’s conceited remark, but after that they really stopped thinking in that direction. Qian Wei secretly felt glad that she had changed into her ‘battle gear’ before going to stir up trouble last night. After all, that long red dress and thin high heels were very different from her usual style, so it was hard to recognize her at a glance.
However, just because she could hide it from her colleagues didn’t mean that it didn’t happen. When Qian Wei recalled everything she had experienced last night that she had just written off as a ‘dream’ she suddenly felt as if all the blood in her body was rushing to her face and causing it to burn bright red. First, she had slandered Lu Xun in front of his parents, and then after that she had gone on to seduce their son in front of them. Plus, there was all that coquettish pushing and pulling back and forth that culminated in the two of them kissing in public?! She simply didn’t have the courage to watch the video again. It was just too shameful.
It would have been fine if she had just gotten drunk and fooled around a bit, but why did Lu Xun, who usually acted so calm and reliable, suddenly decide to cooperate with her so obediently and create this mess?
Suddenly, Qian Wei bit her lip. It seemed that she had already thrown away her reservations and asked for a kiss, but why was Lu Xun still playing dumb now? He had kissed her in the hotel foyer in such a high profile way last night, but now after she had sobered up he hadn’t mentioned it again at all. Was this the legendary ‘turning his face and refusing to recognize her after the deed was done’?!
So thinking, Qian Wei quickly rushed over to Lu Xun’s office. Today she would absolutely have Lu Xun give her an explanation!
“Oh! Qian Wei, Partner Lu isn’t in the office right now!” One of her colleagues, Lawyer Zhang, stopped Qian Wei at the door, “Actually, he went to the airport an hour ago. Something’s gone wrong for one of his clients in City B and he has to deal with it personally. He said he would be out of town for the next few days. By the way, you handled that asset reorganization case from last time, right?”
“Um, hey? Qian Wei? Where are you going, Qian Wei? Wait, I wanted to ask you if I could look at that asset reorganization case for reference, it was your case, right?”
However, after hearing the word ‘airport’, Qian Wei barely even heard what Lawyer Zhang said next. Although she knew that if she just waited obediently in the office then Lu Xun would definitely come back from his business trip eventually, for some reason, Qian Wei felt as if her heart was on fire. Right now, she seriously felt that she really couldn’t stand to wait even one more extra minute.
It was as if her heart had been in a big, tangled mess all this time, but now that mess was slowly unraveling and she was getting closer and closer to seeing some truth that she had never been able to notice before. Right now, she only felt an overwhelming desire to see Lu Xun, to hear his voice, and to be by his side.
Perhaps sometimes in life, things were simpler than she had ever thought. Perhaps, after stripping out all the external factors in this ever-changing world, there would be one simple truth left behind.
She loved Lu Xun.
As Qian Wei boarded a taxi headed to the airport, she called the law firm’s administrative department and found out Lu Xun’s flight number. Thus, as soon as she got off the taxi, she hurried to a certain terminal. However, now that she was already in the bustling airport, Qian Wei suddenly realized her impulsiveness. After all, even if she knew Lu Xun’s flight number, she still might not be able to see him. He hadn’t even replied to the text message she had sent to him just now.
There was no Lu Xun at the airline reception desk and there was no Lu Xun at the baggage check-in office, however, perhaps because, as they say, ‘it was always darkest before the dawn’, just when Qian Wei was about to be overcome with disappointment, she finally spotted Lu Xun.
He was waiting in line for the security check before boarding the plane.
Qian Wei didn’t care about anything else and directly shouted his name at his tall back.
Lu Xun’s figure froze, and then he slowly looked back. When he saw Qian Wei standing there, his expression morphed into a look of shock. “How did you…”
“Lu Xun, I love you!” Qian Wei directly interrupted him, “I love you so much that I want to marry you!”
There were actually still a great many people waiting in line at the security checkpoint, so Qian Wei’s sudden declaration attracted a lot of attention, but by this point she didn’t care about that at all. Right now, in her eyes, there was only Lu Xun. At this moment, she didn’t care about anything else in this world except for him.
She had already asked him for a kiss, so was it even possible for her to embarrass herself any further?
With that thought, Qian Wei completely let go of her inhibitions, bit her lower lip, and plucked up the greatest amount of courage she ever had in her life.
“You kissed me last night! So you have to be responsible for me!”
Lu Xun seemed to be frozen solid. He stared at Qian Wei wide-eyed, with an expression of complete disbelief. But just when Qian Wei began to feel awkward and think that her confession had failed, Lu Xun finally seemed to thaw out and regain control of his body. He directly stepped out of the line for the security check and walked over to Qian Wei.
Then, without saying a word, Lu Xun cupped Qian Wei’s face in his hands and gave her a kiss.
The crowd at the security checkpoint, including the staff from the airport, all burst out into cheers, applause, and good-natured whistles. Unfortunately, just then, Lu Xun’s flight sounded the boarding announcement over the intercom.
Time was very short, so Lu Xun had no choice but to leave in a hurry.
“Wait for me to get back.” Lu Xun left those words in Qian Wei’s ears before stepping away. However, Qian Wei noticed that there was even a slight tremor at the end of his voice when he spoke. For her, this was the first time she had heard such a voice from the ever unflappable Lu Xun. It seemed that, like her, he had also been nervous just now.
Suddenly she realized: It turned out that even he could get nervous too.