In the president’s office.

In fact, Xu Chenghao and Ruan Chenxuan didn’t get along as warmly as someone’s brains had made up; it was even cold and businesslike.

Ruan Chenxuan opened his mouth and went straight to the point: “Has Jiang’s group contacted you lately?”

Being dramatic was Li Nian’s job.
He immediately replied, “Called yesterday.”

Ruan Chenxuan continued to stare at him, but Li Nian smiled faintly and didn’t continue.

Ruan Chenxuan was silent for two seconds and calmly said, “Recently, the Jiang family has been prodding and pressuring me.
It is normal for them to contact you.
I just hope that Mr.
Xu will abide by the contract and will not reach any agreement with the Jiang family before the project is signed.”

Xu Chenghao leaned back in his chair with a shallow smile and said, “That’s for sure.
I said our Xu family has a high credit value.”

Ruan Chenxuan, who had a negative credit score due to poaching, could only laugh it off and steer the topic back, “At the moment, the fact that the Jiang family dares to pry means that they haven’t found out about our cooperation yet.
I’m also here today to discuss with President Xu the matter of lowering the price.”

Xu Chenghao: “I would like to hear the details.”

Ruan Chenxuan: “Our current position holds absolute dominance, and while the Jiang family can ask for a high price in the early stages, we can naturally return the favor by oppressing them in the opposite direction, keeping the allotment low in the later stages.”

“My hope is for President Xu to cooperate with my plan.
Help me stall the Jiang family in the early stages—it will only take a month.
When the time is up, I will immediately shut down the project and reject the Jiang family, declaring that their price is too high…… I believe this would be an excellent reason, and no one would accuse the Xu family.”

Xu Chenghao: “That’s a fact, not a reason.”

Ruan Chenxuan agreed, “Indeed if the Jiang family hadn’t been in a hurry to try to take a fat bite, they wouldn’t have faced this situation.”

Xu Chenghao tapped his finger on the table, “Then how is the Ruan family going to treat the Jiang family? If the price is too low, the cooperation will not be completed in the future, right?”

Ruan Chenxuan: “Naturally, I only need to reduce the original price by a certain margin, mainly to kill the passion.”

Xu Chenghao continued to pursue the question, “Oh? How much will it be reduced?”

Ruan Chenxuan was silent for two seconds; as if understanding the meaning of Xu Chenghao’s question, he asked rhetorically, “What does President Xu think?”

Xu Chenghao said calmly: “In the end, it’s more profitable than before.
It’s a pity that our Xu family will be busy for a long time, but we’ll still suffer a serious loss in the end.”

Ruan Chen Xuan raised the contract book in his hand, “Our contract mentions that once the Ruan family and Jiang family’s cooperation is successful, you will receive eight percent of the dividends.”

Xu Chenghao: “A cup of water on a burning cart of firewood.”1杯水车薪: a cup of water on a burning cart of firewood (idiom); fig.
an utterly inadequate measure.

Ruan Chenxuan’s eyes turned cold: “I would like to ask Mr.
Xu to see that if we didn’t cooperate, the Xu family might have lost even more money.”

Xu Chenghao was always calm: “I would also like to ask Mr.
Ruan to see that we are mutually beneficial, and if we don’t cooperate, you won’t do any better!”

Ruan Chenxuan: “President Xu must be joking.
In comparison, our Ruan family is obviously in a much better situation than the Xu family.
It should be you guys who care more about this contract.”

Xu Chenghao: “President Ruan is the one who’s joking.
Although you seem to be in a much better situation, our Xu family can get out of this situation in one piece, but can you?”

Ruan Chenxuan paused.
The answer was, of course, no.
This disadvantage had existed since the day he tried to intercept.

Xu Chenghao sat up straight, folded his hands on the table, and said seriously, “What I actually want to remind President Ruan of is that the Jiang family is trapped because of their avariciousness.
However, the initiator of the current situation is clear.
It’s you!”

“So who else could it be if not you to pay for our Xu family’s loss?”

Ruan Chenxuan looked at him steadily for a long time before sneering, “Mr.
Xu is really powerful.
I underestimated you in the past.”

Xu Chenghao propped up his chin and laughed: “It’s not as good as President Ruan’s business acumen, you’re still earning in the bargain after all.”

Ruan Chenxuan: “Then how much does President Xu want?”

Xu Chenghao looked at the contract on the table and said lightly, “We don’t need to change this contract since it’s already established, so President Ruan can just give me 30% of the profit gained from lowering the price.”

Ruan Chenxuan pondered for a moment, nodded, and said, “Yes, but I hope this is the last contract.”

Xu Chenghao: “Of course.”

Li Nian stood up consciously: “I’m going to prepare the contract.
Please wait.” After saying that, he turned around and left the office.

Xu Chenghao watched him leave and was just about to withdraw his eyes when he saw a familiar figure peeking through the door and window of his office!

Jing Yicheng???

Xu Chenghao thought he was seeing things, and without moving, he swept his eyes again to ensure that the fellow standing at the doorway and secretly watching was really Jing Yicheng!

What the hell was going on?! Did he walk up to his office so uprightly just to tell Ruan Chenxuan about their collaboration?

Heck, he hasn’t even signed the second contract he’s so easily pitched!!!

Xu Chenghao was angry and speechless.
In his heart, he wanted to rush out and kick him to death, but on the surface, he had to play it cool and send him a message quietly.

Xu Chenghao: “What are you doing outside the office! Hurry back!”

Jing Yicheng replied quickly, “What are you guys talking about? Why did you sign another contract?”

Xu Chenghao: “….
Does it have anything to do with you?”

Jing Yicheng: “It does.
After all, we originally worked together because of him.”

This was a very good reason; Xu Chenghao hesitated for a second before sending another message, telling him, “It’s still for Jiang’s project that I cooperate with him.
Do you understand?”

Currently, under the joint cover of Xu Chenghao and Jing Yicheng, only the two of them knew that the project had been carried out, so Xu Chenghao saying this was equivalent to directly telling Jing Yicheng that he was using the Jiang family project to pit Ruan Chenxuan.

Jing Yicheng was very satisfied with this answer, “I’ll trust you this once.”

Xu Chenghao: “Leave if you believe me! You’ll pay for my losses if you’re found out!”

Jing Yicheng: “I won’t be found out.”

Xu Chenghao: “…”

Jing Yicheng: “If I’m really found out, I can pay for it.”

Xu Chenghao: “…”

He silently lowered his head and rubbed his brow, trying to restrain the emotion of wanting to break out in curses—Jing Yicheng really wouldn’t stop until he was pissed off! What kind of extreme fucking scourge was this! Does he think he’s the class teacher? What kind of secret observation was this?!

Ruan Chenxuan saw him rubbing his brows for a while and hesitantly said, “If President Xu is not feeling well, we can come back in the afternoon to sign.”

“No need.” Xu Chenghao looked up again, having regained his composure, and said calmly, “Habitually pinching my brows makes my head feel more relaxed.”

Ruan Chenxuan: “It turned out to be like this, I thought it was because you didn’t rest well last night.”

Xu Chenghao touched his nose embarrassedly, “Sorry to ask, did you call me last night?”

Ruan Chenxuan nodded, “Yes, President Xu fell asleep at the time, so I sent text messages instead.”

Xu Chenghao: “It’s fortunate that you sent a text message, otherwise I wouldn’t remember answering the phone at all.”

Ruan Chenxuan’s expression was dyed with a smile: “President Xu works too hard on a daily basis.”

“That makes two of us.”

Once they were out of business mode, the atmosphere between the two men eased, and there was quite a bit of talk and laughter.

Then Xu Chenghao’s phone vibrated – “You smiled at him!!!”

Xu Chenghao’s smile froze, and he gritted his teeth and said, “It’s none of your business!”

Jing Yicheng: “At the very least, we’re tentative friends, and he’s an enemy, but you clearly treat him better than you treat me!”

Xu Chenghao: “He is giving me money.
Can I still weep to him?”

Jing Yicheng: “I have a 1.5 billion contract and he can’t even catch up with a fraction of that.
Isn’t it so obvious how differently you’re treating him?”

Xu Chenghao: “He didn’t eat my peppers.
What about you?!”

Jing Yicheng: “…”

The world was instantly quiet.

Xu Chenghao couldn’t help slamming the phone on the table, and the sound of the impact made Ruan Chenxuan look at it probingly for half a second.

Xu Chenghao’s face was expressionless as he said, “Sorry for losing my temper.”

Ruan Chenxuan shook his head, “It’s fine.”

Xu Chenghao didn’t explain why.
He just dragged the little yellow duck on the table over and hugged it, trying to rely on the little yellow duck to ease the mental trauma that a certain madman had brought to him.

He was now really worried that he would one day be pissed off to death by Jing Yicheng!

Fucking retard!

As he was sulking alone, Ruan Chenxuan, sitting across from him, suddenly sat up straight and said in surprise, “Your potted plant seems to be growing peppers.”

Xu Chenghao followed suit and looked down to find that there was actually a chili pepper hanging brightly in red on the chili pepper seedling that had just been green.

Xu Chenghao sat up suddenly: System system, did I just trigger the halo?

[Ding – After detection, the auras you triggered are ‘Male lead suppression suffers,’ Spare tire is the most stifled in annoyance,’ ‘Villain contests Dark Hatred’]

Xu Chenghao: … there is still my role.

Although it doesn’t look like a good halo.

Xu Chenghao rubbed his brows helplessly, raised his hand, and took off the chili peppers.
Considering that he had a cold throat and that a chili pepper could not be used for anything, he gave the chili peppers to the male protagonist and smiled, “I will give you a souvenir for the two collaborations.”

Ruan Chenxuan was very surprised: “For me?”

The other day, when An Rouyu ate the chili peppers, the angry look of the other party was still vivid in his mind.
How did he turn around and give it to him so generously and directly?

Xu Chenghao said: “Yes, this also represents the sincerity of my cooperation——”

Before he could finish speaking, the closed wooden door of the office was suddenly kicked open, with a loud crashing sound.

The two people in the office looked back at the same time and saw Jing Yicheng walk in with his hands in his pockets, sweeping his gaze over the chili in Ruan Chenxuan’s hands and raising a cold smile, “What did you say before? Didn’t eat chili?”

Xu Chenghao: “…”

Suddenly guilty.





The author has something to say:

Jing Yicheng: Exploding in place!

Xu Chenghao: Should I take back what I said earlier, or should I take back the chili?

Ruan Chenxuan: Who am I, where am I?



Jing Yicheng’s “you smiled at him” is making my day brighter, ahahaha!

Missed you all so much~~.
Hope you enjoy this chapter.
Thanks for the wonderful comments!!

1杯水车薪: a cup of water on a burning cart of firewood (idiom); fig.
an utterly inadequate measure.

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