As lunchtime approached, the butler came to remind them that lunch was ready, but Chen Lao showed no intention of moving immediately.
He continued talking as if waiting for someone.
Twenty minutes later, someone finally arrived.
Before the person entered, his voice could be heard, “Old man, why did you suddenly call me for a meal? You didn’t even give me advance notice, and the traffic was terrible.”
They looked up and saw the person who spoke, and it was Qi Xing.
Lin Zhinian’s expression showed surprise, while Ye Xingzhou slightly furrowed his brow, but he quickly returned to his usual demeanor.
Qi Xing noticed them and raised an eyebrow.
He walked over and sat next to Chen Lao, saying in a carefree manner, “You should have told me you were coming here.
We could have come together.”
Chen Lao asked him, “Do you know each other?”
I went to see Lin Laoshi’s art exhibition this morning.
And, old man, you already know, I wanted to bid on the painting you donated, but Mr.
Ye here snatched it from me for eight million.” Qi Xing emphasized the “eight million” as if he intended to mock Ye Xingzhou.
Chen Lao had a smile on his face.
“It seems you’ve met by coincidence .That’s good.”
He introduced Ye Xingzhou and Lin Zhinian, saying that Qi xing was his adopted grandson.
“I see that you’re all young people and have things to talk about, so I invited this kid as well.
It’s just a meal together, the more the merrier.”
Qi xing stared at Ye Xingzhou, with a smile that didn’t reach his eyes.
“Yeah, I’m afraid someone might think I ruined his plans by coming here.”
Lin Zhinian smiled and joined in.
“It’s indeed livelier with more people.
Besides, I owe Qi xing a meal.”
But Qi xing only stared at Ye Xingzhou and drew out his words.
“What do you say, Ye xingzhao?”
Ye Xingzhou calmly looked back at him and lightly uttered two words, “I have no objections.”
There was neither awkwardness nor embarrassment in his expression.
Although Ye xingzhao didn’t expect the relationship between Qi xing and Chen , it didn’t affect him at all.
Qi Xing sneered in his heart.
Not seeing him change his expression made him frustrated.
During the meal, Chen lao continued to chat with Lin Zhinian about his art exhibition and mentioned the award-winning piece by Lin Zhinian.
Qi Xing casually said, “I quite like that painting.
I wanted to buy it from Sir Lin, but unfortunately, he wouldn’t part with it.”
Because Chen Lao was present, Lin Zhinian explained, “I intended to give that painting to Xingzhou.
“So it was meant for Ye xingzhao,” Qi xing suddenly realized, “i understand.”
Lin Zhinian nodded slightly, looking slightly uncomfortable.
Chen lao scolded Qi xing with a laugh.
“You little rascal, don’t meddle in others affairs.
Buying it would only ruin it.although I was also thinking it would be nice if I could have a chance to buy that painting, it’s truly magnificent”
Qi Xing retorted, “Old man, you don’t get a chance to join the fun either.
Since sir Lin was going to give the painting to Ye Xingzhao, neither of us will buy it.”
Ye Xingzhou didn’t pay him any attention and calmly proposed to Chen lao, “If you like it, I can donate the painting to you.”
As he spoke, Lin Zhinian’s face changed slightly, but he quickly concealed it.
Chen lao laughed and said, “How can I accept such kindness? A true gentleman doesn’t take away what someone else likes.
I feel embarrassed to accept.”
“My nephew doesn’t appreciate those things, and it would be better if the painting goes to someone who truly understands.
If you like it, don’t hesitate,” Ye Xingzhou’s tone was like a junior presenting a gift that matches the other party’s preferences.
After speaking, he considerately turned to Lin Zhinian and asked, “What do you think, Zhinian?”
Lin Zhinian raised his eyes and met Ye Xingzhou’s calm and composed gaze.
His voice paused, and he said, “It’s an honor for my humble work to be collected by Chen lao.”
Qi Xing, sitting across from them, clicked his tongue, laughing as he gave Chen Lao a thumbs-up.
“You really are influential, old man.”
With the conversation reaching that point, Chen lao no longer declined and happily accepted their goodwill.
After a joyous meal, they accompanied Chen lao to have a pot of tea.
Later, Chen Lao enthusiastically took Lin Zhinian to appreciate the paintings he collected, telling Qi xing and Ye Xingzhou that they didn’t have to come along if they weren’t interested.
Ye Xingzhou went to the restroom and came out, and proceeded to the yard outside to get some fresh air while waiting for Lin Zhinian.
In the corridor of the courtyard, Qi xing fed the fish in the pond below.
When he saw Ye Xingzhou coming out, he casually threw a handful of fish food into the water and spoke first, “It must have been quite a struggle for you to flatter my godfather and specially bring sir Lin to please him.”
Ye Xingzhou didn’t take his sarcasm seriously.
He casually lit a cigarette, and Qi xing sneered, “and also if you don’t want to be kicked out by my godfather, you better not smoke in front of him.”
Ye Xingzhou’s gaze turned towards him, the cigarette hanging from his mouth, his eyes slightly narrowed.
His pupils were pitch black, but the gaze behind the lenses was explicit.
He stared at Qi xing attentively without withdrawing his gaze.
Qi Xing became slightly annoyed.
He remembered how Ye Xingzhou “harassed” him at the art gallery before and felt uncomfortable all over again.
“What are you looking at?” Qi xing raised his voice, his face showing annoyance.
Ye Xingzhou picked up on these few words and finally spoke, “The son of a nouveau riche?”
“Do you want to know the relationship between me and my godfather?” Qi xing laughed, “cause i won’t tell you.”
After saying that, he changed his mind, walked closer to Ye Xingzhou, and deliberately provoked him by getting in his face.
“How about this? Since you don’t seem to care much about sir Lin anyway, you let me have him.
I’ll help you build face in front of my godfather, so you don’t have to go through the trouble of painting and giving gifts with a forced smile.
Maybe my godfather will look at you with more favor.”
Getting too close, they had already passed the safe distance, but Qi xing didn’t realize it himself.
Ye Xingzhou calmly looked at him, his gaze piercing through him as he slowly uttered, “I refuse.”
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