Title: 谁把谁当真 (Winner Takes All)
Translator: 月野 見事 (TsukinoMigoto)
Protagonists ：黎朔 (LiShuo), 赵锦辛 (ZhaoJinXin)
Li Shuo and Zhou Jinxing made an appointment for afternoon tea in a cafe. He didn’t notify Zhao Jinxin. When he got to the place and his dad asked him about it, he pretended only to recall: “Oh, I forgot.”
Mr. Li gave him a weird look: “You didn’t have such a bad memory before. You can call him now, anyway. Mr. Zhou hasn’t arrived yet. ”
Li Shuo reluctantly sent a text message to Zhao Jinxin and Zhao Jinxin quickly replied with the word “Okay”.
Mr. Li stirred the coffee with his spoon and asked casually: “Are you not getting along well with Jinxin? You are not as close as before.”
“Dad, we’ve never been that close, right? After all, we haven’t known each other for a long time.”
“You were not that close, but also not that unfamiliar. You think I can’t tell? Is there any conflict between the two of you?”
“It’s not that big of a conflict. After all, we are in a business partnership. At most, there are some differences between us. His understanding of doing business in China is still too shallow. Sometimes I find it difficult to communicate with him.”
“This is normal. That is the reason why people spend so much money on hiring you.”
“Yes, I know.” Li Shuo agreed, and through the glass window, he saw a tall and handsome mixed-race man walking across the road. His long windbreaker swayed with his steps, and his forehead is covered with some broken hair. He looks messy but sexy. The long legs that overlapped one after another turned the zebra crossing abruptly into a runway for models.
Mr. Li followed his gaze, smiled lightly, and joked: “This man is so handsome. But it’s not the type you like, right?”
Li Shuo also chuckled: “It’s really hard to discuss with my dad about the type that I like.”
“What’s the problem with this? Although I am old, I am not on the verge of dying yet, and my thinking is always progressive.”
“Yes, yes, of course.” Li Shuo said with a smile, “but I don’t think he has anything to do with the type that I like, because he is the person we want to meet to discuss business with.”
Li Shuo was a little surprised and said, “This is the illegitimate son of the Zhou family by the way.”
Zhou Jinxing came in and the three of them exchanged greetings.
Zhou Jinxing also brought with him a gift. It was a Swiss heart health medicine with deep-sea fish extract. The stock was extremely low that it can only be bought by high-ranking officials and wealthy businessmen. Li Shuo thanked him again and again. Zhou Jinxing took a mouthful of gratitude from Li Shuo’s father. From his facial expressions to his language, it didn’t seem like he came there to talk about business. It was just like he came to meet a friend’s family. His dad also became embarrassed due to his kindness.
Li Shuo secretly admired Zhou Jinxing, this method is too clever. How can his dad ask for the liberalization of investment rights right now? Even if you talk about that, you should also pay attention to the good atmosphere you had just established with Zhou Jinxing instead of treating them with the attitude of a businessman.
Sure enough, after the small talk, although his dad deliberately guided towards the topic, he still didn’t dare to get into it too forcefully.
Li Shuo is more relieved. He understands his dad. His dad doesn’t care about money so much. On the contrary, he pays more attention to love and justice.
The three of them were chatting when Zhao Jinxin arrived. Seeing his appearance, he seems to have come in a hurry.
Li Shuo and Zhou Jinxing looked at each other and both smiled slightly.
Zhao Jinxin had a full view of this scene. His face sank suddenly. He walked over, said hello to Mr. Li and then smiled and said to Zhou Jinxing without much of a smile: “Mr. Zhou, we meet again. ”
“Yes.” Zhou Jinxing smiled and stretched out his hand.
Zhao Jinxin shook hands with him and sat next to him. He smiled softly at Li Shuo who was on the opposite of him: “When I received your text message, I was in a meeting. I ran over immediately.”
Li Shuo smiled: “Don’t worry, today is to just meet and chat. It doesn’t matter.”
Mr. Li coughed slightly.
Zhao Jinxin saved even the greetings and looked directly at Zhou Jinxing: “Mr. Zhou, I found out some information about the hotel project from Brother Li. I also like to invest in this project. I wonder if there is any possibility for cooperation?”
“It would be great to be able to cooperate with Ennan. However, this project has just been approved, and everything is in the preparatory stage. When there is a need to attract investment, I will definitely notify Mr. Zhao.”
Zhao Jinxin smiled and said: “Mr. Zhou, Ennan wants to invest. We will invest a large sum and I won’t mix things like investment promotion. Why don’t we invest in this project together?”
Zhou Jinxing smiled calmly and said: “It seems unrealistic at the moment. This project is led by President Cui. When President Cui first found me, I wanted to invest in the entirety and give shares to President Cui, but President Cui wanted to pull in a friend. And for that, I am also very happy to make a friend like Li Shuo. Right now, there is no shortage of funds or people. Since Zhao’s family is engaged in trading, Of course I estimate that it will waste your talents on real estate development. If funds are needed, I will talk to Mr. Zhao, and I will be direct with you.”
Zhao Jinxin smiled and shook his head: “Why don’t Mr. Zhou think of it from a long-term point of view? Let’s say you can make profit by yourself now by tenfold at most. If we do it together, you can make about double or triple of that amount. Wouldn’t it be more profitable?”
“My profit is tenfold. Adding yours, it can get to a hundred.” Zhou Jinxing smiled, “Actually, I am really willing to cooperate with Mr. Zhao, but after comprehensive consideration…”
Li’s father and son were watching them negotiating each other. Both of them were very eloquent. They only hated that they were embarrassed to speak at this time and could only play stupid by the side.
After chatting for a long time, Zhou Jinxing has been playing table tennis. No matter how much Zhao Jinxin said, he did not waver. Zhao Jinxin’s smile became more and more rigid.
Li Shuo was quite satisfied. Seeing that Zhao Jinxin had eaten enough today, he came out and made a round in time, saying that his dad was going to eat and shop with his mother in a while, and he had to send someone home first.
Zhou Jinxing smiled and said, “Then let me invite my uncles and aunts to have a meal together some other day.”
“That will be good.”
Zhao Jinxin looked at Li Shuo and smiled obediently: “Brother Li, can you give me a ride?”
“Did you not drive here?”
“There was traffic jam, I came by subway.”
Li Shuo can only say: “Okay, let’s go.”
Saying goodbye to Zhou Jinxing, the three of them walked to the parking lot. On the way, Li Shuo received a text message from Zhou Jinxing: He’s really hard to deal with.
Li Shuo gave a wry smile and replied: Thank you very much.
Zhao Jinxin squinted at Li Shuo and deliberately said: “This time, the general manager really doesn’t buy in. Opening up a little investment rights won’t take him down a few points. On the contrary, he can make this project better. I really don’t understand what he is thinking.”
Mr. Li also echoed, very disappointed.
Li Shuo said nothing.
Li Shuo drove his father back home first. After his dad got out of the car, he lifted his chin to Zhao Jinxin, the co-pilot, and said unceremoniously, “Get out of the car.”
Zhao Jinxin unfastened the seat belt but did not pull the car door. Instead, he leaned slightly and said with a smile, “You and Zhou Jinxing have colluded, right? You don’t want me to take part in the project?”
“So what? What is the point of you doing this? And why should we let you participate?”
“Of course, it’s for you. What’s the point of taking such a share? If not for you”
“I spend my own money on my project. Whether it makes sense or not, I have the final say.” Li Shuo increased his tone, “Get out.”
“You haven’t sent me home yet.” Zhao Jinxin said annoyingly, “My home is not far from here, it’s only seven or eight kilometers away.”
Li Shuo put out the engine of the car out neatly and got out of the car. He then slammed the door shut.
Zhao Jinxin was taken aback and hurriedly got out of the car.
Li Shuo stretched out his hand to stop a taxi, opened the door, and looked at Zhao Jinxin blankly: “I’m going in or are you?”
Zhao Jinxin walked over and slammed the door of the taxi shut loudly, looking deeply at Li Shuo.
Li Shuo narrowed his eyes: “What I said that day, did you lose your memory again?”
“No, I remember every sentence clearly.”
“Then what you said yourself, do you remember?”
“Then what the fuck are you doing now? What you said yourself, now…”
“I regret it.” Zhao Jinxin looked at Li Shuo’s eyes without evasiveness. He then spoke clearly and seriously, “I said I will never bother you again, I regret it. I can’t do it.”
“Can’t do it? What is it that is so impossible? It’s your own business whether you can do it or not.” Li Shuo pointed at him and said sharply. “I don’t care what you want to do. The most tolerance that I can give you is just to save your face. It’s easy to move on. Except that we don’t need any personal relationships.” He said, turning around to get another taxi again.
Zhao Jinxin looked at Li Shuo’s cold back, his eyes sting a little inexplicably. Li Shuo once gave him countless warm embraces, but now he always gives him the back full of rejection. It was his own play that broke him away from Li Shuo’s gentleness, Li Shuo’s pampering, and Li Shuo’s kindness. Once all of that was only available for him infinitely, but now he has nothing…
Those open arms and generous hugs, who will they give to in the future?
No matter who it is, as long as if it is not him who receive it, they will be damned!
A taxi slowly approached the roadside. As soon as Li Shuo wanted to take a step forward, he felt that there was a gush of wind passes from behind him. Before he could react, his body was swept into a familiar arms.
Li Shuo became angry from embarrassment. As he was just about to try to attack the man, he felt Zhao Jinxin’s arms tighten and hugged him with a force that seemed to want to embed him into his body.
“Li Shuo, I am in love with you.”
Li Shuo froze.
Zhao Jinxin greedily pressed the side of his face to Li Shuo’s cheek, feeling the warm skin, smelling the refreshing and sweet aroma of Li Shuo’s shower cream.
This is his Li Shuo. He is familiar with the smell of Li Shuo that once belonged to him.
After reflecting the meaning of the words spoken by Zhao Jinxin, Li Shuo suddenly feels his whole-body trembles. It was as if hundreds of bugs had crawled all over his body. This is not right. His expression became abnormally cold and he spoke in a tone that couldn’t be any crueler: “Zhao Jinxin, are you not so famous in the circle? There should be no shortage of people around you. Why bother to use this indiscriminate method in order to have sex with me? Aren’t you looking down on yourself?”
This time, as if he was struck by lightning, Zhao Jinxin froze.
Next update: 2021/10/25