The supermarket in the small village wasn’t that large. There were only three shelves in total. Other than dried tofu and biscuits, there was instant noodles which could complement their meal. There was dried beef as well, but it was made from an unknown factory, so they didn’t dare try it.
Yang Chen took out a hundred-yuan note and bought seven to eight packets of instant noodles in addition to a few packs of dried tofu before asking the shop owner for a pot of hot water and two bowls. They went to sit by the windows as they prepared to eat.
Since Wang Ma had been cooking all of Lin Ruoxi’s meals at home, she hadn’t had instant noodles before, so she didn’t intervene, but opened a pack of dried tofu instead. Although her stomach was growling, she still chewed slowly as she wasn’t taught to gobble food.
Yang Chen made a bowl of instant noodles before making yet another one, with two packets together in the second bowl.
Lin Ruoxi noticed his actions and quickly stopped him. “One packet is enough. Why did you buy so many packs? Return the remaining ones.”
Yang Chen smiled helplessly and said, “Wi— Oh no, Boss Lin, one packet is enough for you, but I have to eat a few of them as well.”
“You’re eating as well?”
“Of course, I haven’t had lunch yet ,” Yang Chen said gloomily.
Lin Ruoxi’s hand which was holding the dried tofu stopped moving as she stunned on the spot.
Yang Chen must’ve returned home earlier, otherwise he wouldn’t have known that I came to Yuping District. He must have reached home around lunchtime. I left home more than an hour ago, while he managed to catch up with me. Judging from this speed, he definitely didn’t have time to eat at home.
Is he so worried about me that he didn’t even bother filling his stomach?
Lin Ruoxi felt that her heart went numb, while her cheeks involuntarily heated up.
Yang Chen felt confused when he saw that Lin Ruoxi suddenly kept quiet while turning around for some unknown reason. He minded his own business as he opened the packets of dried tofu before putting them all into his bowl, to eat them together with his noodles.
After the noodles were cooked, Lin Ruoxi started eating while she glanced at Yang Chen who was wolfing his noodles down. Suddenly, she felt like the fellow’s rude act wasn’t as despicable as before.
After the late lunch had ended, the trailer had arrived as well. Since Lin Ruoxi was unfamiliar with such procedures, Yang Chen dealt with them on her behalf.
When Lin Ruoxi got into Yang Chen’s car as they prepared to depart, she finally noticed how accurate Wang Ma’s words were—there needed to be a man at home.
There was still quite some time for them to reach Yuping District. It’d be a miracle if they could reach there by evening. Since it was off-peak hours, numerous villagers were on their way home after working, so the traffic was rather jammed.
Lin Ruoxi looked at the densely packed bicycles and motorcycles as her scalp went numb. If she was the one driving, she wouldn’t have much difficulty proceeding forward.
She then looked at Yang Chen who was relaxedly pressing the horn while inching forward, Lin Ruoxi couldn’t help but feel impressed by the driving skill of the man beside her who didn’t even own a driving licence.
Of course, Yang Chen noticed the occasional glances of Lin Ruoxi. He couldn’t hold back from smiling when he saw her adorable look of carefully glancing in an attempt to remain stealthy. “Ruoxi, let’s reconcile.”
Lin Ruoxi’s body lightly shivered. She vaguely felt that Yang Chen intentionally called her to try to please her when she was in Hainan, before repeatedly calling over after hanging up the call. In addition to seeing Yang Chen rush over to find her today, Lin Ruoxi had a feeling that Yang Chen seemed to have changed his mind. He wasn’t willing to divorce her.
However, now that she listened to his statement… Lin Ruoxi was so nervous that she couldn’t speak a word.
“I said something earlier which may have hurt you. I know that you hate me very much. I also feel that I’m useless, since I’m often distracted by the things happening around me. I went through something in Japan, I feel that it’s better if we can get back together… Let’s not talk about the divorce anymore. It’s really hurtful, isn’t it?” Yang Chen looked at Lin Ruoxi in high hopes as he waited for her to speak.
Lin Ruoxi felt that her heartbeat was incredibly fast. After a short moment of silence, she cleared her throat and turned her head to look outside the window. She said, “You wanted a divorce because you said so, and now you want to reconcile because you say so. Am I a doll who is expected to obey you all the time? I have my own thoughts. Furthermore, we’d never been on good terms before, is there a need for reconciliation?”
Yang Chen swallowed his words which he was about to say as he sighed helplessly. He knew that the matter couldn’t be rushed. He had to look for another chance to speak to her again.
However, he didn’t know that Lin Ruoxi felt extreme regret after saying that. She only made such a statement because of her pride. After all, if she listened to Yang Chen immediately and became his wife obediently, she’d seem like she really wanted to get back together with him, appearing much more vulnerable.
Lin Ruoxi hoped that Yang Chen could beg her again, or try to advise her. It’d even be fine if he would reveal sorrow in his gaze…
However, this insensitive fellow! He actually acted like nothing happened and continued driving, not saying anything!!!
Lin Ruoxi almost couldn’t hold herself back from giving Yang Chen a few slaps. He’d call me ‘my dear baby’, ‘my obedient wife’, and ‘Babe Ruoxi’ all day when I didn’t need him to act cheesy. However, at such a key moment, this piece of wood! He keeps quiet!
As she pondered over the matter, Lin Ruoxi clenched her teeth in fury and hatred. Reconcile? Reconcile with yourself!
When Yang Chen was driving, he felt that Lin Ruoxi’s entire body seemed to have exuded a bone-penetrating, cold aura, as if she was utterly assimilated into darkness. He didn’t dare to breathe too loudly. Did I annoy this CEO again? But why…
Yang Chen was distressed. He didn’t dare to bring up reconciliation during the journey anymore. They didn’t talk again afterwards in the car.
It was dusk when they arrived at the clothing factory in Yuping District. Cold wind blew occasionally on the desolate streets.
Although Yuping District was near Zhonghai, there were more foreign people staying there temporarily, as the local security and standards of living weren’t great. But the local government collected plenty of tax revenue, since there were quite a number of factories there.
Such a place wouldn’t be too lively. This made Lin Ruoxi, a city girl, panic.
When the car was parked outside the main entrance of Yuping Garment, the two could see quite a few tents set up by the walls. Many of the people were dressed in old and worn-out clothes as they had their meals using porcelain bowls. Their dishes were even cooked by the road using barbecue grills.
Numerous banners were hung there, with words like ‘unethical factory delaying employees’ wages’ and ‘Yu Lei International is a liar’. Some of them even insulted Lin Ruoxi herself. The people surrounding the factory were evidently workers who came to ask for their wages to be paid.
Lin Ruoxi paled when she looked at the situation.
Yang Chen knew that she mustn’t be feeling well in her heart. Yu Lei was passed down to her from her grandmother, which was a business empire she worked hard to maintain. As the owner of Yu Lei, now that she received these insults, it was no different from getting a slap in the face.
“As long as the problem is solved, they’ll take back their words. These people are not very well-educated. They’re merely intuitively expressing their anger. I believe they don’t mean to intentionally hurt anyone. Don’t worry too much about it,” Yang Chen advised.
Lin Ruoxi didn’t reply him. Taking a deep breath with her eyes shut, she took her phone out and dialled a number.
A man’s voice echoed from the phone. He sounded confused. “Who’s this?”
“I’m Lin Ruoxi.”
There was no reply for a very long time. At last, he chuckled and replied, “So it’s Boss Lin… Hehehe… I’m surprised. May I ask what Boss Lin personally called over for?”
“Wu Liangzhu, being the director of Yuping, are you going to tell me everything’s fine now?” Lin Ruoxi asked coldly.
The man called Wu Liangzhu replied, “Boss Lin, I don’t have a solution for this. No matter how much trouble the workers cause, I’m only a person and not the God of Wealth. If I had money, I would’ve distributed it to the them, but there really isn’t any money in the factory…”
“Whether or not there’s money isn’t decided by you. Immediately gather the main managers to the factory. I’m right outside it now,” Lin Ruoxi said.
“Bo—Boss Lin, you’re outside the factory?” Wu Lianzhu obviously stunned. Soon, he said, “I thought some department head would come down to solve the problem. I didn’t expect Boss Lin to come personally. How can this problem be delayed further? But Boss Lin, if the workers see me now, they would smash me with bricks to death. My car was destroyed yesterday. Boss Lin, why don’t you go to Yuping Hotel now? I’ll wait for you there. I’ll gather the managers there as well. We’ll have a meal to welcome Boss Lin as well.”
Lin Ruoxi snorted in contempt. “You can’t distribute the money, but you can afford to treat me for a meal. Wu Liangzhu, I don’t need you to buy me a meal. Ask your accountant to send all the accounts to my email. We can skip the meal part.”
“Don’t! Boss Lin, it’s rare for you to come see us at such a place. Please show yourself, and we shall talk about this matter carefully. The money for the meal comes from my own pocket. It has nothing to do with the factory. I hope Boss Lin can come see us…” Wu Liangzhu sounded aggrieved.
Lin Ruoxi knew that she’d be too merciless if she rejected his request again. He was an employee under her company after all. As a result, she accepted as she said, “Alright, don’t forget to ask your accountant to send me the details immediately.”
“Aye, aye. I’ll do it now. Let’s meet later at the hotel.” Wu Liangzhu finally felt relieved, and happily promised her
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