Chapter 365 - Associated With Everyone
"Instructions? I don't have any instructions…" Lin Yi was a special case, but even so this was an elder he was talking to, an old enemy of his shifu! Lin Yi would, naturally, want to be humbler. "Uncle Tian, it's a request for your help."
"Just tell me what you need." Uncle Tian was a bit angry. "You're boss' heir- your words are the boss' words!"
"Alright, so here's the thing- I'm attending my friend's second grandpa's birthday feast with him, but there aren't any rooms left. Do you have spots for us at your place?" Lin Yi asked.
"Is that it?" Uncle Tian was stunned at how simple it was. "Is it Kang Laicai's birthday feast?"
"Kang's the surname- Miracle Doctor Kang. Don't know if it's Kang Laicai or not." Lin Yi chilled at the name- no wonder the guy was rich.
(a direct translation of the characters lai cai would be 'come, money'...)
"That's him." Uncle Tian said with a smile. "The Kangs booked the whole resort already, but I have a villa of my own there not for commercial use. You can just come over."
"Alright, I'll go right now. I'll give you a call when I get there." Lin Yi made sure to give him a reminder. "I'm currently a student."
"I understand." Uncle Tian said with a chuckle- he wouldn't ask questions about Lin Yi's identities and goals.
Lin Yi hung up and went back to the car. "It's done, let's go."
"Go where?" Xiaobo blinked.
"To that Moon on the Sea resort!" Lin Yi said as he started the car.
"I thought there weren't any rooms left… Boss, you have a connection there?" Xiaobo was getting excited. "We get to stay at Moon on the Sea too?"
"Yeah…" Lin Yi nodded. "The owner is an elder of mine."
"Jesus, boss! You're amazing!" Xiaobo was as impressed as could be towards Lin Yi right now- his eyes flamed with fire, proud that he could make a comeback.
His second uncle didn't want to let him stay there, did he? Well, here he was, heading to his own place without bothering with the rooms he'd prepared!
Tang Yin turned to Lin Yi after seeing Xiaobo's excitement, her eyes curious. This guy seemed to be able to avoid every trouble and obstacle wherever he went… He even knew the owner of Moon on the Sea!
He sure knew a lot of people.
"Haha… Alright, calm down. It's not just a room, either, it's a villa!" Lin Yi smiled at Xiaobo.
"Villa? Seriously?" Xiaobo's eyes were wide open. "I heard that Moon on the Sea only has thirty villas, and only ten of them weren't for business… Oh, boss, you know the owner so of course we get a villa!"
Lin Yi didn't know where the resort was, but he did pull Yushu's GPS off of her Beetle and installed it in his car.
It was a very famous resort- he only needed to type the name in to see a clear route.
Kang Xiaobo's second uncle, Kang Zhaoming's father, was currently standing at the gates of Moon and the Sea, greeting guests.
Kang Xiaobo's first uncle, on the other hand, was the CEO of the company Miracle Doctor Kang Medicine- he was a figure much more important than Xiaobo's second uncle, and was with a couple of bigger guests inside the hotel.
"Boss, that's my second uncle, and the one beside him is Kang Zhaoming…" Xiaobo pointed to the people, introducing them to Lin Yi.
"Xiaobo…" Fen closed her eyes in fright upon seeing the guy's figure- this was someone she was once head over heels for, but those emotions were no longer something she understood.
Was it still love? Or was it hate, or fear?
Xiaobo grabbed Fen's hand tightly. "Don't worry, it's alright… I'm here, and my boss is here too… No one's gonna bully you…"
"I'm still kinda scared…" Fen was clearly very nervous- she didn't look like she wanted to let go of Xiaobo's arm at all.
"It's alright… If you're not ready yet then just bend down and close your eyes, it'll be fine…" Xiaobo consoled.
"Okay…" Fen did as Xiaobo suggested.
Lin Yi sounded the horn at the rail blocking their way.
Zhaoming took a look at Lin Yi's car and walked over impatiently to a security guard. "Can you guys tell the delivery vehicles to go through the back? How many times do I have to say this? It irritates our guests!"
"Yes, Master Kang." The security guard said carefully. He turned to look at the licence plate on Lin Yi's van- he didn't know this car. Was it a delivery van for the hotel?
(he calls Zhaoming Second Master Kang here)
"Delivery vehicles go through the back!" Kang Zhaoming ran over impatiently and swung a hand at Lin Yi.
"I'm not a delivery guy, I'm here to stay at the hotel." Lin Yi was a little speechless- this was the second time he'd been mistaken for a delivery guy.
"The hotel? My family's booked the whole place, there aren't any rooms left. Go somewhere else." Zhaoming turned and left without paying Lin Yi any more attention.
He couldn't be bothered bullshitting with some stranger.
Xiaobo frowned and got out the car. "Zhaoming, it's me and my classmates- we're here to celebrate second grandpa's birthday feast!"
"Oh?" Zhaoming was evidently taken aback from Xiaobo's appearance- didn't he ask his father to tell them not to come to Moon on the Sea and stay somewhere else?
Zhaoming didn't like Xiaobo too much- Xiaobo didn't pay him respect or anything the last birthday feast, even when he was like a big brother to him and everything! He felt quite humiliated because of Xiaobo's coldness.
After all, every other relative showered him with praise and respect- but who did Kang Xiaobo think he was? He was a Kang, yes, but a Kang from a different branch! He had nothing on him!
And here he was, thinking he was hot stuff!
Zhaoming assumed that Xiaobo had brought his friends along this time to show off how powerful the Kangs were, that his second grandpa was Miracle Doctor Kang!
Yet Zhaoming had long since grown resentful of Xiaobo- there was no way he'd give him what he want. Since the guy wanted to be in the spotlight so much Zhaoming decided that he'd embarrass him by asking his dad to tell Xiaobo's father that there weren't any rooms left, that they should go find some cheap motel!
He'd thought that Xiaobo would be so humiliated that he wouldn't try to show off like that again!
Chapter 366 - Going Against Each Other
Zhaoming turned to look at his father, only to find that he found it odd as well- he'd informed his Xiaobo's father already, did Xiaobo miss the news?
"Xiaobo, didn't your father tell you? The resort's packed, we didn't arrange a room for you and your friends!" Zhaoming said innocently. "How 'bout this, you and your friends can live in the motel over there. It's thirty, forty kuai a night, you guys handle it first and tell me how much it was tomorrow."
"Oh, no need to trouble you, Zhaoming, we've booked a room in here already." Xiaobo said faintly. "We don't need your arrangements."
"Hm? What?" Zhaoming froze. "You booked a room here? Impossible! I booked all of the business rooms here already! What're you trying to pull?!"
"I'm not trying to pull anything." Xiaobo shrugged, delighted at Zhaoming going crazy.
"Xiaobo, I know how you don't wanna lose face in front of your friends, I really do understand!" Zhaoming made it sound genuine, but also loud at the same time so Xiaobo's friends in the van could hear. "But you need to understand that the people attending my grandpa's birthday feast are all people of very high positions, and even they don't get rooms! There's no way we can arrange any for your friends! Also, you're not grandpa's direct grandson, too- we really can't include you when managing those rooms!"
"You don't have to worry." Xiaobo wasn't the slightest bit frustrated. "The ones open for business may all be booked, but not the ones not open for business, right? That's what we booked."
With that, Xiaobo got the rail pulled up and got back in the car, not paying Zhaoming anymore attention.
"You……" Zhaoming was almost choking with rage- did Xiaobo know a worker in here? Did he get himself an employee's room or something?! It was so frustrating just to let him trot in like this!
"Forget it, Zhaoming!" Zhaoming's father said with a wave of his hand. He looked down on his nephew's family as well, but he was still an elder- he wouldn't want to go overboard.
"What the hell! Think you're some big shot!" Zhaoming yelled out, unable to contain himself. "You call that a car?! Aren't you ashamed of yourself?!"
"Alright, Zhaoming, your grandfather cares about his reputation- don't embarrass yourself in front of outsiders. He's a long-distance relative anyway, just let him do what he wants if he wants to show off. It doesn't get him any substantial benefits or anything." Kang Cuipu shook his head before turning to an Audi with a smile. "Mister Wang, you came…"
Lin Yi contacted Uncle Tian after entering the resort- he had to persuade him into not coming down to greet him personally and send someone he trusted instead.
Although, even the trusted person didn't know Lin Yi's real identity.
Lin Yi wanted to keep a low-profile, after all- if people knew about his connection with the boss it'd attract the Kangs' attention…
He was here with Xiaobo as a bystander and observer in the first place- the point was to show Fen exactly what kind of an ugly person Zhaoming was, thus removing him from her memory!
If Lin Yi were to expose his connection with Uncle Tian, then Zhaoming might actually have a change of attitude and be all respectful towards him all of a sudden- Fen wouldn't be able to see his true face if that happened.
"Master Lin, nice to meet you! Mister Tian sent me." A thirty year old man walked over to Lin Yi's car with quick steps, not a single trace of disdain in his eyes towards the run-down van Lin Yi was driving, clear of suspicion and full of respect. "I'm Li Yixun- you can call me Li, Master Lin."
Uncle Tian must've told him the licence plate number for him to be able to confirm Lin Yi's identity so quickly.
"Ah, just take us to the villa please, Mister Li." Lin Yi said politely.
"Please come with me, Master Lin." Yixun nodded. "Should I get in your car, or will you and your friends come in mine?"
Yixun pointed at an SUV not far away as he spoke.
"You get on, Mister Li- I'll drive." Lin Yi said.
Yixun left it at that and got in Lin Yi's van. He gave him directions and got them to a stand-alone villa by the sea- it should be the villa with the best view here.
There was a sign on the villa's door- 'Not for business'.
"Master Lin, the preparations have been made- you can move in right away!" Yixun said as he handed Lin Yi his name card. "You can contact me if anything comes up, Master Lin!"
"Alright, thanks." Lin Yi put the name card away.
Yixun didn't have much to say- he nodded and left. There was demand for people like him, people who worked without asking or saying too much.
"Master Lin? Boss, you're not really one of those big young masters from a rich family, are you? Didn't you say you have a rich relative?" Xiaobo was clearly excited from how Yixun had been addressing Lin Yi. "Boss, tell me honestly! Are you a legendary young master?!"
"Do I look like one?" Lin Yi smiled bitterly. "That brother of yours is what you call a young master, okay…"
"Heh… Eh? Fen?" Xiaobo was about to prod Lin Yi on when he saw Fen's tear-streaked face- he jumped, completely startled. "Fen, don't cry! What's wrong?"
Lin Yi and Tang Yin heard the sobbing as well, turning around to see tear stains on Fen's face…
But both Lin Yi and Tang Yin didn't know what to say- this was within expectations.
Fen meeting Zhaoming again, after all, was enough to affect her fragile and broken heart, even if she'd only seen him from a distance…
There was only Xiaobo who could be there for her right now- Lin Yi and Tang Yin didn't need to say anything at all.
"Xiaobo, you wanna help Fen inside and talk to her first?" Lin Yi suggested.
"Okay…" Xiaobo nodded and quickly went in with Fen in his arms…
"Let's wait outside a bit…" Lin Yi sighed and parked the van outside the villa, shutting the engine down.
"Fen sure has it rough…" Tang Yin sighed as well, shaking her head as she looked at Fen and Xiaobo walking away. "Hope she gets over it after all this…"
It's gonna get intense soon ;D