Chapter 502 - My Dad Wants to Meet You!
Lin Yi stuffed all the remaining injury medicine into Fatty Lai's arms, only to see that Fatty Lai was about to cry again. Frightened, he pushed the meatball out of his room and slammed the door shut.
Lin Yi stretched his back and called Tang Yin, but her phone was still off. He helplessly shook his head and wondered if Tang Yin read his text.
After splashing his face with water, his phone rang from on the bed. Lin Yi thought that it was Tang Yin's reply only to find out it was Xiaoxiao.
LinYi frowned and ignored her calls but Xiaoxiao never knew when to give up, calling time and again. Lin Yi couldn't take it anymore and answered the phone annoyed, "What do you want?"
"Why are you so irritated!" Xiaoxiao heard the annoyance in his voice and felt wronged. Why was he so polite to others and so rude to her!
"What do you want?" Lin Yi ignored her question. "If there's nothing, I'll be hanging up!"
"Don't! I'm looking for you, really!" Xiaoxiao was afraid that Lin Yi would hang up and hurriedly stopped him, trying to squeeze out any reason for her to call him.
"What is it?" Lin Yi resisted his urge to hang up.
"Where are you?" Xiaoxiao asked.
"At a hotel. Anything else?" Lin Yi replied.
"Yes, and…." Xiaoxiao started sweating from the anxiety. "Which hotel are you staying at?"
"It's none of your business. Is there anything else? " Lin Yi questioned.
"Yes! Erm… my dad wants to meet you! The man you met during the auction, you guys have met before…." Xiaoxiao couldn't think of any reasons but was able to blurt something out.
"Your dad? Meet me?" Lin Yi was startled. However, he didn't suspect Xiaoxiao because they knew, and even carried out a mission together, so it made complete sense. Tianlong wanted to meet him, but why have Xiaoxiao call? Why wasn't Tianlong himself calling?
Besides, he made eye contact with Tianlong and signaled to him. As an expert agent, couldn't he see Lin Yi didn't want his identity to be exposed? Why was he still looking for him?
Calling him privately was fine, but Tianlong wasn't so careless as to have Xiaoxiao look for him, right?
"Yeah…" Xiaoxiao couldn't go back on her own words after blurting out this reason! Why would her dad wanted to meet Lin Yi? Xiaoxiao began brainstorming. Finally, she thought of something!
"I said you're my boyfriend, so he wants to meet you now," Xiaoxiao replied shyly.
"Eh?" LinYi almost threw his phone. Food can be eaten without thinking, but words can't be spoken so lightly, right? Lin Yi finally understood why Tianlong wanted to meet him. Any father would want to meet the boyfriend of his daughter. Particularly in his case, as they knew each other. Tianlong was probably wondering how Xiaoxiao and he had gotten together!
"Lin Yi, which hotel are you staying at?" Xiaoxiao asked softly. "Should I come over?"
"Ugh… Never mind, where are you? Should I come over?" LinYi was a little speechless. This had to be settled and explained right in front of Tianlong or else it would be game over!
"Heehee, I'm at Songjiang International Hotel; I'm standing right at the entrance!" Xiaoxiao hadn't expected Lin Yi to buy it. She thought that it was indeed a great idea to use her dad as the reason! Little did she know that Lin Yi would be coming for a different reason.
"OK." Lin Yi smiled wryly and hung up. He had to explain this to Tianlong face to face.
After telling Xuemin and Fatty Lai he was going out, he left the hotel. The trio had planned to eat a midnight meal together, but Lin Yi couldn't join them anymore.
Lin Yi hailed a taxi near the entrance of his hotel and told the driver the location. Songjiang International Hotel wasn't far from Lin Yi's hotel, but it was on the other side of the auction hall.
Lin Yi paid the fare after the car stopped at the entrance of the hotel. Xiaoxiao was standing there and waving at him spiritedly, which made Lin Yi frown. Why was Xiaoxiao acting so warmly? Was she trying to make Tianlong misunderstand?
"Lin Yi, over here!" Xiaoxiao called to Lin Yi excitedly, waving her small hand.
"Where's your dad?" Lin Yi walked to Xiaoxiao while ignoring her enthusiasm.
"Erm… my dad…" Xiaoxiao sorted everything out while waiting for Lin Yi's arrival. "My dad just got a phone call: he has to attend a meeting, but will be back soon, so he asked me to entertain you in the meantime!"
If this wasn't Xiaoxiao, Lin Yi wouldn't believe her one bit. Calling him to come over just a minute ago and saying that her dad left for work? How could there be such a coincidence?
But Lin Yi took the bait anyway! Lin Yi knew that Tianlong had more freedom than him, but not much. When Tianlong got a call for a mission, no matter midnight or early morning, he had to go. Lin Yi did not suspect Xiaoxiao and nodded. "Where should we wait?"
"I haven't eaten yet. My dad asked me to treat you to dinner!" Xiaoxiao was surprised. She never expected Lin Yi to be this easy! Logically, Lin Yi shouldn't be this easy to trick. At school, he never believed anything she said. What was different today? She was suspicious, but she wasn't so stupid to ask him directly, so she kept her questions to herself and waited.
"Oh, then let's eat." Lin Yi had eaten dinner early and planned to eat a midnight meal with Fatty Lai and Xuemin, but Xiaoxiao's call forced him away.
"Ah? Sure, let's find some good food nearby!" XIaoxiao didn't expect Lin Yi to agree so willingly, getting more and more suspicious.
"Can't we eat in there?" Lin Yi pointed at Songjiang International Hotel, behind Xiaoxiao. "It's an international hotel. How can't they have something eat?"
"Um…" Xiaoxiao hesitated, then said, "This place is super expensive… I don't have enough money…."
The food here wasn't cheap, and Xiaoxiao was staying in an economy room paid for by her dad. Xiaoxiao had brought only a few thousand RMB to Yanjing and didn't want to spend it all at once.
"Geez, I'll treat then." Lin Yi blinked and smiled. He never knew Xiaoxiao had such a cute side.
Chapter 503 - Chengtian's Decision
Lin Yi's impression of Xiaoxiao did not change. He just thought she was acting weirdly, confessing to him out of the blue. He had no idea what was wrong with her.
She even told her dad about the boyfriend thing, which made him suspect her all the more.
"Great!" Xiaoxiao nodded happily.
As they were conversing, a Nissan Quest pulled up and parked in the parking lot of the Songjiang International Hotel.
Chengtian, Tianlong, Xinyan, and the Xiao brothers got out. Wangba praised, "Bro Chengtian, you're such a big shot. I've only come here once or twice, and those were during the House meetings."
"Hehe, it's nothing to brag about." Chengtian waved his hand like a celebrity would. In reality, even though House Wu was powerful from generation to generation, they had been prioritizing martial arts. They were experts in various forms of kung fu but were mediocre businessmen, only earning tens of millions per annum. And although they owned several companies, they weren't the size of megacorps. So at an auction, House Wu would windowshop, rarely having a reason to bid.
Not everything was expensive in Songjiang International Hotel. The rooms, for example, were split into several categories—economy rooms, business rooms, deluxe suites, presidential suites, and more. The typical economy room cost only a few hundred RMB a day, but the presidential suite cost tens of thousands per day!
It was the same for food. The first and second floors held normal restaurants. The prices weren't expensive; a full table cost at most 800 to 1,000 RMB. If you didn't reserve a room and ate dining hall meals, it cost just a few dozen RMB.
But don't even think of dining on the third and fourth floors if you don't have eight to ten thousand RMB to spare. And the top floor was even more ridiculous. A meal for a full table cost millions. They only served top-tier food prepared by international master chefs!
Of course, each floor had their individual elevators. The restaurant customers didn't need to worry that their wealth differences might cause unhappiness.
"Indeed! Bro Chengtian is leagues above us!" Wangdao flattered while giving him a thumbs up.
Xinyan frowned as she found the flattery disturbing. She didn't understand what her father saw in these rich kids! Xinyan was confident that she wouldn't fall for them even after ten years of interaction.
Wangba was about to flatter Chengtian some more when he looked up in shock and saw Chengtian looking distressed. "What's wrong, bro?"
"Fuck, that's the punk!" Chengtian clenched his fists as he stared at the not too distant Lin Yi. He felt the urge to charge forward and give Lin Yi a good beating!
"Oh? He's here?" Zhaolong was surprised to see him here as well. Since he wasn't at the auction, it was no surprise he didn't know Lin Yi was in Yanjing.
"Bro Chengtian, shall we teach him a lesson? Who's that lady with him? A good-looking girl's with him?" Wangba noticed that Lin Yi was alone with a girl, so he got arrogant even though House Xiao had fallen on hard times. But he was still from a powerful house and didn't give a shit about the people in Yanjing.
"Ahhh." Xinyan didn't expect to see Lin Yi here either and let out a sigh. She wondered why Lin Yi would show up here. She even phoned him earlier.
"There's no need!" Chengtian waved it off as Wangba reminded him that there was indeed a girl standing beside him. Lin Yi was with a girl who wasn't Jingyi, who was his girlfriend, and was going out with said girl. Hehe, it's Lin Yi's turn to be disgraced, Chengtian thought. If he told Jingyi about this, would she still date Lin Yi?
Of course, it was natural for rich kids to do such things. It didn't matter as long as they did it behind the girls' backs. It would be chaos if their girlfriends found out.
"No need?" Wangba was confused. This was a great opportunity to beat Lin Yi up. Why was there no need?
"I'm going to invite them dinner, just cooperate! Don't say anything stupid, listen to me, and everything will be fine!" Chengtian wasn't stupid. He knew Jingyi wouldn't believe him if he just told her that Lin Yi had an affair. She would even think that he was making it up!
Evidence was always required! Although he could have just taken a photo of them standing together at the hotel entrance, it didn't prove anything. Lin Yi could've bumped into an old friend and started talking for hours. Chengtian wasn't so stupid to use this as evidence!
Chengtian's idea was to treat Lin Yi to dinner and take a picture of them when the couple started to get intimate. Of course, if Lin Yi was on guard, he would give him more to drink, which would make it hard for him to not give things away and would be the best time for Chengtian to photograph the evidence. Then Jingyi would have no choice but to accept it!
Chengtian felt he was a genius for plotting this, setting a trap for Lin Yi to character assassinate him.
"Ah? Bro Chengtian, you're planning on treating him as well?" Wangba couldn't believe his ears.
"Exactly! I'll need your guys' help, and cell phones, to take photos of them when things start to heat up!" Chengtian ordered.
"Sure!" Wangba and the others nodded. Only Xinyan frowned, not sure of what Chengtian was planning.
"Lin Yi." Chengtian strode toward Lin Yi after giving his orders.
LinYi did not expect to meet someone he knew here and turned around, seeing it was Chengtian. He wasn't angry and looking trouble, was he?
"What do you want?" Lin Yi glanced at him and noticed Xinyan was right behind him! Lin Yi was finding it more and more strange. How could Xinyan be mingling with people like Chengtian? And next to Xinyan was another familiar face. Zhaolong was here too!
"Brother Lin Yi, I sincerely apologize for all the trouble that just took place!" Chengtian clenched his teeth and acted deeply apologetic. "My grandpa already lectured me; I hope you didn't take offense…."
"Oh, I don't give the time of day to nobodies, I don't even remember your name." LinYi looked at him and waved. "You are Wu Tieshou,1 right?"
A scowl flashed across Chengtian's face before he could conceal it. "Ah, my name is Wu Chengtian. You can also call me Wu Tieshou since I'm of the Iron Fist Wus!"
1. Tie is iron, shou is hand or fist. He was trying to say iron fist here since Chengtian is of the Iron Fist Wus.