Translator: virtual group, EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: virtual group, EndlessFantasy Translation
It took Old Master Xu about half an hour to regain his composure. Just as Fu Zhi was about to fall into a slumber, he replied, “You shouldn’t be online dating, Zhizhi. It’s not good. You don’t know who you’re talking to, and there are plenty of bad guys on the internet. All they want is just to take advantage of you! I’m pretty satisfied with my job. It offers a great salary and it has promising development prospects. Besides, not only can I keep the streets clean, but I can also collect empty bottles to exchange them for cash. Even though it’s a nine-to-five job, at the very least, I can earn enough money to take care of you.”
‘A nine-to-five job, huh… It must be exhausting. Unlike online dating, which can allow one to start working at any time from anywhere.’
Besides, the netizens had told her that the job had a low maintenance cost and a high return. It was a job that was worth investing in.
Fu Zhi had never come across a job like this before. Furthermore, Xiao Li was her nephew and he was a good man. There was no way he would have dirty thoughts about her.
She had just come to know the upside of online dating, so she was kind of reluctant to switch jobs.
“Collecting empty bottles doesn’t earn as much money as fast as online dating.”
Old Master Xu was stumped, seemingly feeling too overwhelmed by her answer. As she looked at her husband, who sat frozen and stiff as a statue, Madam Xu let out a sigh. She took his phone from his hand and pushed the voice message button. In a soothing voice, she said, “Zhizhi, you’re still young. You can’t keep thinking of getting something for nothing. Online dating is bad. We have to stay down to earth and earn money by using our own hands. You should join your grandpa and start collecting empty bottles from the street. It’s not as tiring as you think. I’ll tell him to give you 70% of the overall profit. How’s that sound?”
“I didn’t get that money for nothing. He gave me the money because I chatted with him.” Then, before both Madam Xu and Old Master Xu could say anything, Fu Zhi added, “Besides, what’s wrong with me earning money by typing and using my hands that way?”
The next day…
After Fu Zhi put on her blue retro-style sling dress, she asked Xu Wei to do her hair. As she tidied up her room, she received a message from Old Master Li, who was asking when she would go to see Li Nanli.
Fu Zhi pondered it for a moment. Since today was Sunday, she decided to go check on him.
When Xu Wei heard that Fu Zhi was going out, she said, “It’s only 8 o’clock. Where are you going so early in the morning, Zhizhi?”
Fu Zhi, who was opening a box of milk candy, cocked her head to the side when she heard Xu Wei’s question, giving one a glimpse of her swan-like neck. Then, she answered matter-of-factly, “I’m going to meet a friend of mine that I met on the internet.”
Xu Wei was stunned. She looked as if she had been hit by a bolt of lighting.
Her parents had not had the chance to tell her about hooking up with “men” over the internet yet, so Xu Wei was devastated when she heard Fu Zhi say she was going to meet a friend that she had met on the internet.
She forced herself to come back to reality and snapped, “What did you say? Zhizhi! Do you have any idea what you just said? How could you fall in love so soon? You’re still so young!” Xu Wei’s eyes reddened around the rims. The dream she’d had several days ago came back to her, and she grew even more anxious. “Is he stringing you along? Is he trying to get you to give him money? Tell me, Zhizhi.”
Fu Zhi replied, “Nope. He isn’t stringing me along.”
Xu Wei was so sad that she started crying like a baby. “You’re still lying to your mother. Look at yourself, Zhizhi. I can’t believe that you would tell lies to your mother because of an outsider!”
Fu Zhi was left speechless.
However, before she could say anything, Xu Wei smacked the table with her hand and added, “Mommy is not going to let you meet him! If you insist, I’m going to cut off your internet access!”
Truth be told, Fu Zhi had not expected that Xu Wei would react so violently to online dating, but she did not seem to support it either. Fu Zhi let out a sigh and said, “I was joking. Don’t cry. I’m just going to meet Su Xing.”
Old Master Xu had said plenty of things to Fu Zhi last night, and she had vaguely realized that she was wrong.
After all, Xiao Li was not her immediate family, so she should not accept money from him.
Even though she was short of money now, there was more than one way to earn money. She could work as a video game streamer or collect empty bottles from the street. She did not have to depend solely on her nephew.
However, Xu Wei still did not believe her. “Are you really going to meet Su Xing and not some strange guy from the internet?”
Even though Xu Wei was airheaded and often fell victim to phishing scams, when it came to Fu Zhi, she was very alert and smart.
Fu Zhi showed her the message Su Xing had sent her, asking her to meet up at a bubble tea shop. Then, Xu Wei finally felt a little relieved and said, “Then remember to come home early after you finish your bubble tea!”