Chapter 32: A Billion-Yuan Bride Price (2)
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Although Mr. Xu was uneasy about letting Xu Weilai speak to Mr. Gu Sr. in private, he wasn’t in a position to deny the elder’s request, either. He glared at Xu Weilai warningly as he said, “Weilai, why don’t you take Grandpa Gu for a walk and have a good talk with him?”
Xu Weilai could only nod her head in assent. She supported Mr. Gu Sr. by his arm as they both walked out of the hospital room.
The two of them strolled along the corridor of the hospital. It was bright and sunny outdoors, and a gentle breeze blew past. However, Xu Weilai wasn’t in the mood to appreciate the fine weather, and she looked down with a heavy heart.
Mr. Gu Sr. noticed how she was behaving, and his heart went out to her. He knew very well what Xu Weilai’s parents were like, and he didn’t care much for them. But they had been blessed with a very good daughter.
Mr. Gu Sr. had watched Xu Weilai grow up. Her beauty and intelligence made her quick-witted and lovable. Also, she was kind-hearted and considerate. If only he had such a granddaughter, he’d keep her in the palm of his hand and not let any harm come to her! He would never allow her to be subjected to any humiliation!
6“Little Weilai, please don’t hold it against me for proposing the marriage to your parents without first letting you know.” Grandpa Gu’s eyes were kind, and his voice was very sincere. “I like you very much, and I want very much for you to be part of my family. Originally… we should have been a family three years ago.”
Xu Weilai shook her head. “Grandpa, I don’t hold it against you. However…”
She paused for a moment and bit her bottom lip, but forged ahead anyway, “But you know very well that Gu Yu doesn’t like me. So, this marriage–”
“But do you like him?”
The sudden question from Grandpa Gu halted Xu Weilai mid-sentence. Xu Weilai grew quiet, although she couldn’t be sure if it was because she didn’t want to answer the question or because she didn’t dare to.
4Grandpa Gu saw her hesitation and didn’t push her further. The both of them walked to a pavilion and sat down.
Mr. Gu Sr. motioned Lin with his eyes, and Lin nodded in response before taking out some documents from his briefcase and placing it on the table.
Xu Weilai looked at the document with curiosity.
Mr. Gu Sr. did not beat around the bush with her and went straight to the point. He said, “This is the bride price that the Gu family is offering the Xu family. It is a contract that is worth a billion yuan.” (Approximately 140 million USD.)
Mr. Gu Sr. was indeed worthy of his reputation as a legendary tycoon in the business world. He knew what the Xus needed the most at that moment, and his offer was very hard to refuse.
1Xu Weilai’s hands began to tremble uncontrollably.
Mr. Gu Sr. pointed to the contract on the table gently and continued. “The crisis that the Xu Corporation is facing now is not something that can be solved with a few random collaborations and the backing from an investor or two. The ability to truly save the Xu Corporation is now in your hands.”
Even though Mr. Gu Sr. had been retired for many years, his bearing as he spoke, and the aura he emanated, had not lessened at all. Every word of his hit the nail on its head and resounded in Xu Weilai’s ears.
Xu Weilai closed her eyes; she didn’t have the ability to voice a rebuttal.
“Little Weilai, this is my biggest show of sincerity. Regardless of whether it’s for the sake of your family, or for yourself, I hope that you will give this marriage some serious consideration.”
Xu Weilai stared at her Grandpa Gu in a daze and looked back at the contract. Finally, she lowered her lashes and, with her lips quivering, said in almost a whisper, “Gu Yu will never agree to this…”
Three years ago, he hadn’t wanted her. Three years later, he wasn’t going to want her, either.
“Child, your consent is all that matters. Think about it properly. I’ll wait for your answer.”
On the way back, Lin could not suppress his curiosity and asked, “Master, why are you so insistent that Young Master marries Miss Weilai?”