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Chapter 250 His Small Circle
That place could be considered as the one with the best scenery around the Southern Lake in the Qu Jiang region. So many bars and restaurants were gathered there. In summer days, to people, after finis.h.i.+ng a whole sullen day, their life truly started at night. It was especially so for young people. As a result, most of the customers in the bar were young males and females by twos and threes. Among them, many were handsome guys and beautiful ladies. After all, that kind of environment was most suitable for young males to flirt with the females.
The ones at Su Yongxian’s age were barely seen. Plus, he was drinking liquor and smoking cigarettes. That kind of elegant and luxurious enjoyment was rare there. Consequently, many people were staring at him curiously.
“Qin Sheng, I remember that it was in the Spring Festival there years ago that I saw you the last time. At that time, we ate together at your home. After that, there wasn’t any information about you anymore.” Upon getting the news from Su Qin that she and Qin Sheng had already broken up, he had been pretty astonished. Because his daughter had been dating Qin Sheng for many years.They had barely quarreled. Since his daughter was pretty obedient and considerate, Qin Sheng had given in to her in every aspect of their lives and placed her under his protection. So he was pretty surprised at the news that they had broken up. In later days, he had known that it was his daughter who had taken the initiative to break up with Qin Sheng.
Qin Sheng also said somewhat emotionally, “Yes. Uncle, we have not seen each other for three years and eight months. I should have visited you and Auntie when I came back in the Spring Festival last year. However, I felt I didn’t have the face to do that.”
Su Yongxian chuckled as he said, “You make it sound too serious. Your Auntie and I have known you for ten years. We watched you and Su Qin grow up together. Even though you broke up in later days, it is impossible for you to stop communicating with us for the rest of your life.”
Qin Sheng nodded quietly as he said, “You are right. Uncle. I overthought things at that time.” He felt that Su Yongxian was not just asking him out to chat and talk about the past.
Su Yongxian said thoughtfully, “Qin Sheng, I want to ask you about one thing.”
“Uncle. I am all ears.” Qin Sheng couldn’t help but feel nervous.
The look in Su Yongxian’s eyes was sophisticated. He said, “Qin Sheng. I wonder why you were been missing for so long a time? Was it because you felt frustrated because of breaking up with Su Qin? If the answer is positive, I apologize to you on Su Qin’s behalf.”
“Uncle. You are overthinking this time. Though Su Qin took the initiative to break up with me, my departure was not directly related to it. This was an arrangement my Grandpa had set up for me. I needed to do something.” Qin Sheng explained honestly.
Eventually, Su Yongxian felt at ease. He replied, “Then, it’s good. However, speaking of the Old Master’s pa.s.sing, your behavior was inappropriate. You should have informed us at that time, so that we could have seen the Old Master off in his last journey.”
Su Yongcian had only seen Old Master Qin once. At that time, he had been so amazed by him that he had thought of him as a Buddha, who was not an ordinary person at all. In previous days, he had heard of him from Qin Sheng sporadically. One day, it had been raining. While living in the Lin family, Qin Sheng had been worried about the Old Master. So Su Yongxian had accompanied him back to the hillside of Zhongnan Mountain. Consequently, he had been blessed to see him in person. The Old Master had given him a hand string as a gift. According to Old Master’s saying, he was kind and intelligent. He definitely could enjoy a smooth life.
“Uncle. It was Grandpa’s arrangement that prevented me from informing everyone. He wanted to leave this world quietly and he disliked those presumptuous rituals. He disliked being disturbed the most. At that time, even Uncle Lin and Auntie w.a.n.g were kept in the dark. It was Grandpa’s several friends, who were hermits in the Zhong Nan Mountains, and the old Taoist in Lou Guan Tai who helped in dealing with his funeral,” Qin Sheng explained solemnly. The old master was solitary by nature. Since he had been acting alone for his entire life, of course, he did not care about those worldly rituals. Plus, if Qin Sheng had held a funeral for him, those attendees would have been strangers. What was the point of doing that?
Su Yongxian said thoughtfully, “I am now enlightened. The Old Master was not an ordinary person at all. Then how did you go through the past three years? Where are you living now? If you don’t mind, you can tell me about it. I don’t have other purposes.”
Su Yongxian picked up the gla.s.s and clanked it against Qin Sheng’s. After that, he sipped at the wine gently and dragged at the cigarette.
“Uncle. There’s nothing that I will hold from you. According to my grandpa’s arrangement, I had been hanging around outside. I visited all the regions around the south of the Yangtze River in the past two years, and had been traveling on the road. It was not until last October that I came back. In later days, I went to Shanghai. I am working in Hangzhou now,” Qin Sheng said pretty briefly.
Su Yongxian asked casually, “How is your career? Is it smooth? You don’t intend to come back to Xi’an, right?”
“It is well enough. An old friend of my Grandpa arranged the position for me. For some years, I am not supposed to come back to Xi’an. As for the remote future, I have no plans yet,” Qin Sheng said as he shook his head.
Actually, what Su Yongxian indicated was that if Qin Sheng planned to come back to Xi’an, he could directly enter the company of the Su family. As long as Qin Sheng was back, his daughter would definitely be back too. In that case, he and his wife didn’t need to miss their daughter. In daily life, if they wanted to see their daughter, they could only see her via video chat or sometimes they would go to Shanghai to check on her. Or they could only see her when she came back to Xi’an.
Su Yongxian was silent for a while. After that, he asked probingly, “Speaking of the beautiful girl by your side today, she is your girlfriend, right?”
Qin Sheng was not surprised at Su Yongxian’s question at all. According to his estimation, instead of ascertaining, Su Yongxian was only guessing Lin Su’s ident.i.ty. After he was hesitant for a while, he nodded as he said, “Yes. Her name is Lin Su. She is my girlfriend.”
“She is very beautiful. She also has a pretty good temperament. She matches you so perfectly.” Though Su Yongxian had already known the answer earlier, upon hearing Qin Sheng’s words, he felt somewhat depressed. He added, “Apparently, you and Su Qin can’t get back together. In this case, Qin Sheng, could you do me a favor?”
Qin Sheng knew that the real purpose for Su Yongxian meeting him here tonight was coming. He replied, “Uncle. I am all ears.”
“Since you already have a new girlfriend and a new life, could you please help me to persuade Su Qin to give you up? So that she can also start her new life. I am begging you. We only have this daughter and we are not willing to see her torturing herself this way.” Su Yongxian finally spoke out the purpose of his invitation.
While feeling stupefied, Qin Sheng said surprisedly, “Uncle. How could I help? I can help you deal with other things. However, for this thing, I am really incapable of doing anything.”
“Qin Sheng, since you know Su Qin loves you deeply, I guess you are also not willing to see her ending up like this. You are the only one can help her now,” Su Yongxian sighed deeply as he said.
An elder, who had once treated him quite well, said those kinds of things to him for his daughter’s sake. It made Qin Sheng feel both sad and guilty. He was the initiator of all the evil. If Su Qin had not run into him, if they had not broken up, Su Qin would not have been so.
“Uncle. Kindly let me think about it. I can’t a.s.sure you the result in a short while.” Instead of conceding to Su Yongxian’s request, Qin Sheng stepped back. He really could not refuse Su Yongxian. It did not occur to him that Su Qin’s situation was far more serious than what he had thought.
Su Yongxian said helplessly, “Okay. I will wait for your answer. I hope you won’t disappoint me. I hope you can go back to your old days. We don’t know how you ended up this way. We really can’t understand the relations.h.i.+p between young ones.”
Qin Sheng did not say anything further. After his whole cigar was done, he had also drank up half a bottle of wine. After that, they directly left the bar. Su Yongxian’s driver drove Qin Sheng to the entrance of Jindi Furong s.h.i.+jia.
By the time Qin Sheng returned, both Auntie w.a.n.g and Xin Xin had gone to sleep since they had to catch a flight in the early morning. When he went back to the room, he found out that while playing with her mobile, Lin Su was waiting for him.
Lin Su saw Qin Sheng walking in. She stood up as she said, “You are back.” At the same time, she also smelled the fumes of wine on Qin Sheng’s body. While frowning, she said, “Did you drink?”
Qin Sheng chuckled as he said, “Yes. I drank a bit. Not too much.”
“Take a shower and sleep. We need to get up early tomorrow morning,” Lin Su said in a low voice. After that, she lay down.
While feeling pretty confused, Qin Sheng said, “Do you have any questions to ask of me or what would you like to say?”
“What kind of questions should I ask you? What should I say? Should I ask you who did you meet outside? Everyone has a past. I am grateful to her for the life paths she had accompanied you to take. That was the reason why I could run into the best you. I don’t want to know your past. Otherwise, I would envy her, since she actually ran into you earlier than I did. But she is beautiful. From this, it could be seen that you are charming, insightful, and tasteful. In any case, even if I say more, nothing is more important than the fact that you are by my side now. As for other things, they are dull and meaningless. If I cared about them, I would only be seeking troubles on my own.” Though Lin Su said she had nothing to say, she still spoke such a long phrase. Those wordings were all her innermost thoughts. She did not want Qin Sheng to overthink.
Upon hearing what Lin Su had said, Qin Sheng felt inferior in secret. He thought he had really made light of Lin Su. Lin Su’s state made him feel too ashamed to show his face. A woman like her was really a soul mate which any man would dream of.
Consequently, Qin Sheng walked over, sat by the bedside, and stared at Lin Su pretty affectionately. Lin Su felt very confused as she said, “What are you doing?”
“Nothing. I just want to have a look at my wife and see whether I am dreaming or not. If the answer is positive, I hope I never wake up for my entire life. If the answer is negative, I hope I still can run into you in my next life,” Qin Sheng said tenderly.
Lin Su burst into laughter. She pushed Qin Sheng away as she said, “The same trick? I am not buying it.”
“Is that so?” Qin Sheng said playfully.
Upon finis.h.i.+ng his words, before Lin Su came to herself, Qin Sheng directly pushed Lin Su down on the bed. After that, he directly kissed her in a formidable manner. Even though Lin Su tried to struggle, unfortunately, she was not Qin Sheng’s opponent at all. She had to give up in the end.
Instead of pus.h.i.+ng his luck, Qin Sheng directly ran away to take a shower after he enjoyed the kissing. Lin Su was so angry that she said, “You are a ruffian.”
The next morning, w.a.n.g Li was about to drive Qin Sheng, Lin Su, and Xin Xin to the airport. To Qin Sheng’s surprise, Meng Zhe, Wu Hao, and Zhao Xuan were also planning to drive him to the airport. They called him after they arrived at the entrance of Jindi Furong s.h.i.+jia residential quarter. Qin Sheng was pretty surprised by their actions. In the end, it was Meng Zhe, Wu Hao, and Zhao Xuan who drove them to the airport.
On the way, all of them chatted casually. In the airport, they exchanged pleasant remarks and said their goodbyes. Meng Zhe said that in the future, if they had a chance, they would rush to Hangzhou to hara.s.s Qin Sheng.
Qin Sheng smiled as he said, “You’re welcome to Hangzhou.”
The group of people, including Qin Sheng arrived in Hangzhou at 11 o’clock, almost afternoon. Hao Lei drove a car to the airport and picked them up. When he saw Xin Xin, he was very happy. On the way home, he had been talking with Xin Xin, completely ignoring Qin Sheng and Lin Su.
After Qin Sheng returned to Hangzhou, he directly let Lin Su take care of Xin Xin. As a result, Lin Su specially asked for a few days’ leave from her company. She was planning to take Xin Xin to visit around Hangzhou. After all, that city was almost the same as Xi’an. There were many places for them to hang around.
As for Qin Sheng, he started a new and busy life. The first thing he did was to gather all the people together. That group of people made up his small circle.
The members of his small circle were: Chang Baji, Hao Lei, Yu Fengzhi, Ms. An, Lyu Yuan, and Chang Baji’s two martial nephews, Gu Qingyang and Gu Xiaobo. Due to that layer of connections, of course, Qin Sheng needed to treat them as his trusted subordinates, so that they would serve him wholeheartedly.
Lin Su had helped Qin Sheng choose the place where they were going to have dinner. It was a pretty quiet restaurant in the Long Jing area. Both its environment and atmosphere were good.
Qin Sheng and Chang Baji arrived first. They were waiting for the arrival of the others…