Chapter 301 – Qiao Lian, I Like You (1)
His hand was about to turn the door handle when he heard Qiao Lian yell, “Let go or I’ll hit you!”
Her tone was dead serious, but at the same time, there was underlying trust and warmth, like the sort of tone one would only use with family and friends.
He paused, remembering how she had used to speak to him the same way when they had first met eight years ago.
Although he appeared to be in a relationship with Qiao Lian now and although they had reconciled, the truth was that Qiao Lian had never been as casually bold with him.
He stood there, immobilized for a moment.
“I am serious and having a decent conversation! Lian Lian, what’s wrong me with holding your hand? I even intend to hug you!” Sun Linan leaned towards her as he said this, obviously wishing to carry this out.
Qiao Lian was conscious of the man hiding in the washroom. She immediately extended her arm. Standing in between the two men, she chided, “Stop this nonsense!”
Sun Linan chuckled and sat down at the dining table, studying the various dishes on it. “Wow, the steamed fish is not bad! Come, let’s talk as we eat!”
Qiao Lian silently looked in the direction of the washroom and sighed.
Shen Liangchuan’s expression was as black as the bottom of a pot.
Not only had this man taken over his private room, he was now going to eat his fish… AND chat with his woman!
He had never felt so humiliated in his life.
Sun Linan picked up a sliver of fish meat and said, “Why do I suddenly feel funny? Like there’s someone else in here watching me.”
“… You’re imagining things!” Qiao Lian said.
Sun Linan nodded immediately and took a bite off the fish. Then he put his chopsticks down on the table and stared at her.
Frowning, Qiao Lian asked, “Why are you staring at me?”
Sun Linan remarked out of the blue, “Lian Lian, I’m truly sorry that I was overseas and not around when you needed me eight years ago.”
His words caused Qiao Lian to suddenly clench her fists.
Those year’s painful memories came flooding back. She felt her muscles tensing up and her expression turned cold.
The rims of her eyes were turning red and she tried to suppress her emotions. She looked down and whispered, “It’s alright.”
When Sun Linan saw her reaction, he quickly masked the sadness in his eyes with a smile saying, “Well, now we’re both back in Beijing. Where do you work? I’ll take care of you and Xiao Yi from now on! Oh, why don’t you give me your cell phone number? ”
He picked up the cell phone on the table and asked before Qiao Lian could speak, “Is this yours?”
Qiao Lian was stumped.
It was Shen Liangchuan’s cell phone.
She had forgotten to stuff that into the washroom together with the owner, but now facing Sun Linan’s questioning, nodding seemed to be her only viable response.
Handing her the phone, Sun Linan demanded, “Turn it on.”
“And how could she know the passcode to turn it on?” Qiao Lian thought.
But all of a sudden a set of numbers flashed through her mind. She picked up the cell phone and introduced the password “0517.” It released the lock.
Sun Linan entered a number in the phone, gave himself a missed call and then smugly saved the number in his own cell phone directory. “Lian Lian, let’s stay in touch more often from now on.”
Qiao Lian winced.
Then, Sun Linan suddenly stood up in the middle of the conversation. “I must have drunk too much, I need to go to the washroom.”
As he spoke, he started to walk to the washroom.
Horrified, Qiao Lian exclaimed, “No!”
Following this, she jumped in front of the man to halt his advance.
Stunned by her reaction, Sun Linan asked, “Why?”
“That is… because…” Qiao Lian’s eyes wandered as she tried to come up with a valid excuse. “That is because… the peeing sound that men make is too loud and it enbarrasses me!”
Sun Linan was astonished. “Cut the pretense! Are we such strangers? Remember that one time you so intently stared at my ‘little buddy’?”