“You may take the car back,” Qiao Yanjue told Old Chen as he casually took over the bottle from his hand.
Old Chen nodded, “Alright.”
Upon turning around, he saw that Xia Xibei was wrapped in a coat and couldn’t help but be surprised, asking, “Do you feel cold, Ms. Xia?”
It was nearing summer and Town G had turned quite warm, so why would she still need to wear a coat?
“I’m feeling fine,” Xia Xibei forced out a smile for him.
“Alright, you should go.”
With a wave of his hand, Qiao Yanjue sent the driver away.
As he saw Xia Xibei’s uncomfortable posture, with the way she was tugging at the coat while being cautious not to soil it, which stopped her from striding forward, Qiao Yanjue couldn’t help but laugh softly.
He stepped forward and put his hand on her shoulder.
Xia Xibei was stunned for a second, meeting Qiao Yanjue’s profound eyes.
Qiao Yanjue put more pressure on her shoulder and led her forward.
With his reassuring force leading her, her steps couldn’t help but quicken.
Before she could come to her senses, they had arrived at her house.
“I- I’ll go change my clothes first!” Xia Xibei blurted out, her face flush as she hurried into her room.
When she emerged in a set of new clothes, Qiao Yanjue placed a cup of brownish-red liquid in front of her.
Upon smelling the familiar scent, Xia Xibei was surprised.
“Brown sugar ginger tea,” Qiao Yanjue replied. “I found the ingredients in your kitchen.”
Xia Xibei’s eyes went wide as she stared at him in disbelief, “You…”
“I asked Old Huo before. He said you can drink this,” Qiao Yanjue said as casually as always. “You were checked by him before, weren’t you? Brown sugar ginger tea is suitable for your condition.”
Xia Xibei blushed again. Although Huo Zijun did witness her predicament the last time, this time was different!
Having noticed her awkwardness, Qiao Yanjue explained, “Rest assured, he told me this when I asked him last time. I didn’t call him today.”
“Why would you ask him these questions?”
Xia Xibei’s expression had turned stiff. Who the heck would want to discuss such things with a man?!
“You almost passed out from the pain the last time, didn’t you? So I took the trouble to ask him about it, and it happened to come handy today,” Qiao Yanjue replied with his hands spread out, looking innocent. “If you feel offended, I apologize.”
Xia Xibei’s lips twitched and she took a few deep breaths, trying to suppress the awkwardness she felt inside.
She wasn’t a real teenager, so these things should be totally normal for her, and she shouldn’t be so bothered by them.
Besides, Qiao Yanjue had been of so much help to her. How could she bring herself to make him apologize?
“It’s alright. I should be thanking you instead,” she said, adjusting her expression.
“If I don’t take good care of you, Sister Hong’s gonna beat me to death!” Qiao Yanjue chuckled, his stunning face looking lively and youthful, showing no hints of the slyness and ferocity of the Master Jue he would become in a few years.
Xia Xibei’s lips moved, wanting to say something, but he cut her off, “Alright, it’s late now. You should rest well after finishing the ginger tea.”
Standing up, he added, “By the way, you don’t need to go to the company tomorrow. Just rest at home.”
“It doesn’t matter,” Xia Xibei shook her head, “I can keep practicing.”
Qiao Yanjue, however, was resolute.
“Your condition requires good rest, and you should avoid intense physical activities.”
“There are other lessons apart from dancing.”
Although Xia Xibei had acquired a wide variety of skills by now, she still felt the need to keep up with her proactive attitude. Furthemore, there were Bai Meixue and Xia Qinghan to deal with.
“It’s just one day. It won’t make a difference,” Qiao Yanjue said. “I don’t think your company isn’t that unreasonable.”