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Published at 30th of September 2018 04:28:14 AM
Chapter 37

Chapter 37 — A Small Gift

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Although he was beyond busy, Qin Jiran made time to cook dinner for Su Yanyi whenever he could, and the servants were very happy about it . Wang-jie beamed as she handed the kitchen over, and then she presented the little golden tortoise to him . The tortoise blinked up at Qin Jiran .

“Yanyi’s?” He asked with great uncertainty . He didn’t think Su Yanyi was the type to raise pets .

“Miss said, this is a gift for Master . She said the golden tortoise is auspicious, and she hopes that Master’s new film will become a great hit,” Wang-jie said, twisting the instructions Su Yanyi had given her to sound more pleasant .

Qin Jiran looked at the little tortoise, and then he picked it up . “Does this little thing have a name?”

At this, Wang-jie suppressed a smile and replied with feigned calmness, “Its name is Cutie (Xiao Meng) . ”

“Which ‘meng’? Did Yanyi pick the name?” He asked as his lips drew an arch . It surprised, and at the same time, amused him that Su Yanyi would pick such a cute name for the tortoise .

“Miss said it’s the same ‘meng’ as ‘chun meng’ (playing dumb to seem cute) . She said if Master doesn’t like the name, it can be changed to Dummy (Xiao Chun) . ” Wang-jie was also carrying a hint of laughter in her eyes . She’d always been rather afraid of her cold Miss, so she too was surprised .

Qin Jiran and Wang-jie exchanged glances and shared a laugh .

“Let’s call it Cutie then . It’s better than Dummy,” he chuckled . To the tortoise, he said, “From now on, your name will be Cutie . Be obedient, and don’t be naughty, okay?”

He was especially gentle to the tortoise, owing to his love for small animals in general and the fact that this beautiful little tortoise was a gift from Su Yanyi . Of course he would like it .

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His smile never left his face . That night, the food he made seemed to taste especially good . When Su Yanyi came home and noticed his good mood, she was infected by his smile . The corners of her lips turned up, softening her expression

“Thank you for the wonderful gift . I’ll raise it well,” Qin Jiran said seriously . He set the final dish down and swiftly laid the tortoise on the table too .

“Keeping it alive is good enough,” was her callous response, though she was actually feeling quite happy with herself . She’d lifted a burden off her back and received Qin Jiran’s gratitude for it, killing two birds with one stone .

Ah, how clever I am .

Qin Jiran smiled again . He knew she was not a small animal person, and he wasn’t sure why she decided to give him this tiny thing to raise . It was probably from a friend . Nonetheless, he was happy .

As much as he loved small animals, he kept it more or less a secret . After all, he was a full-grown man . When he started living together with Su Yanyi, it became impossible for him to express his fondness for small animals .

He’d never expected to get one from her .

The brimming sincerity and delight he showed towards the gift caused her pause and dwell on it . Then, she asked him, with both doubt and pleasant surprise in her voice, “You like small animals?”

Just as the question left her lips, the System beeped .

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So she was right .

However, she could not relate to his fondness for small animals at all . He felt discomforted by her stare and assumed that she was laughing at him .

“Little animals are very cute, haha,” he explained weakly . The embarrassed look on his face amused her . Although her smile was almost imperceptible, it attracted all of his attention . To him, nothing else in the world was as beautiful as her smile .

“Very cute indeed,” she agreed .

Having gained a point from the System, she suddenly felt like the tortoise wasn’t as troublesome as she’d thought . Off to the side, the golden tortoise blinked its pelike eyes and turned its head to the left, and then to the right, and then to the left again . After observing it for a moment, she admitted that it was pretty cute .

Dinner ended . Su Yanyi started to look over the five scripts she had gotten from the System and deemed them all exceptional . The scripts included three genres: ancient, xianhuan, and suspense . The songs were interesting too, so Su Yanyi was quite satisfied .

After a short moment of contemplation, she left for Qin Jiran’s study . She had no habit of knocking when she was in her villa, or company, or anywhere within her sphere of influence since in those places, she called the shots .

When she pushed the door open, she saw Qin Jiran seated and writing on a sheet of paper . It looked like he was doing work for his upcoming film . She walked up to him and unceremoniously put down the scripts and songs she had in her hand .

She casually swept her gaze over his desk and noticed a familiar teapot . It was the same one he had used last time when she came into his study to tell him jokes .

Seeing it again now, she wondered…

“You like to drink tea?” she asked somewhat anticipatively .

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Wasn’t this too easy? She was able to earn two points in one night!

“I do . I like to drink tea every night after work . Do you want some? It’s longjing tea today . Try it . ” He took the initiative and started pouring as he spoke .

When it came to tea, Su Yanyi had no particular preferences . After a few sips, she decided that it was pretty good . Then, she pointed at the scripts and told him, “Look through these when you have time . Keep the ones you like, and give me the ones you don’t . I’ll give those to other actors . ”

With this, Su Yanyi had casually determined the fates of the five most influential films of the future film industry . It wasn’t that she didn’t care, or that she was unaware of the value of the scripts, but that she was too caught up in the satisfaction of being able to give a gift to someone she wanted to spoil .

“Thank you . ”

Although her tone was casual, Qin Jiran’s gaze turned perplexed .

If she had treated him indifferently, then he probably wouldn’t have thought much, but she was treating him so well that he couldn’t help but let his mind wander .

Could he assume that perhaps, maybe, possibly, Yanyi liked him, even just a tiny bit, in a romantic way?

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