Chapter 58: Their Song (2)
At the recollection of that memory, tears welled up uncontrollably in Xu Weilai’s eyes.
In the confines of her own home, she could live in denial and pretend that whatever she didn’t see didn’t exist. She never allowed herself to ponder on the relationship between Gu Yu and Su Ziqian. However, right now, she was witnessing with her own eyes how much Gu Yu doted upon Su Ziqian. She’d also witnessed how her precious memory meant nothing to Gu Yu.
Gu Yu had sung with her three years ago. Now, three years later, Gu Yu could repeat the same gesture with Su Ziqian.
It had been delusional on her part to think that this song, Hiroshima Mon Amour, had belonged to her and Gu Yu alone.
Xu Weilai could no longer endure it, and she was afraid of losing her composure in front of everyone. She didn’t want to become the subject of everyone’s joke once again. Grabbing Xiao Chun’s hand, she whispered, “Chunchun, I’m making a move first.”
Xiao Chun, naturally, wasn’t comfortable seeing Xu Weilai fleeing the scene in this manner. But when she caught sight of Xu Weilai’s reddened eyes, she couldn’t bring herself to insist. “Let me send you back,” she said.
“Don’t. This get-together was organized to welcome you back. It won’t be appropriate for you to leave. Don’t worry. I can handle myself.”
Xiao Chun stroked Xu Weilai’s on her head and said, “All right, then. Be careful on the way home. Drop me a message on WeChat when you get home.”
Xu Weilai took a deep breath and suppressed her urge to cry. She quickly nodded her head, got up, and exited the room without a sound.
Xiao Chun’s eyes followed Xu Weilai until she disappeared behind the door, and then she turned her gaze back to Su Ziqian. At that moment, Su Ziqian’s eyes looked unsettling to her, and so did her nose. For that matter, every feature of Su Ziqian was aggravating to Xiao Chun.
Xiao Chun had originally allowed Su Ziqian to come in order to teach her a lesson. Unexpectedly, she had ended up hogging the limelight. There was no way Xiao Chun was going to take this lying down.
She couldn’t take it anymore! To hell with it, even if Gu Yu was backing Su Ziqian!
Xiao Chun stood up and was about to flip out when Gu Yu suddenly flung the microphone away. The microphone landed with a loud, piercing screech on the marble floor.
This sudden turn of events left everyone speechless.
Gu Yu couldn’t be bothered with anyone. He motioned to Xiao Chun and Xu Shuai with his chin and casually uttered, “I’m off!”
After dropping the two words, he got up and left!
Only when he disappeared past the door did Su Ziqian finally regain her wits. As she heard the backing track of the song continue without its singer, her eyes darkened, and her fingers clenched around the microphone in a vice grip.
Seeing how the situation had unfolded, all the anger that had built up in Xiao Chun’s chest dissipated immediately. She cleared her throat and resumed her aristocratic demeanor. The next words she uttered were dripping with contempt. “It’s important for a person not to overestimate their worth. People should be realistic in their expectation, and not reach for things that are way beyond their reach.”
She paused for a moment before turning her head to look at Su Ziqian and asking, “Don’t you agree, Miss Su?”
Su Ziqian bit her bottom lip forcefully, and her pretty eyes gradually turned red. Her lips quivered, but she didn’t dare to utter a word. Picking up her handbag, she dashed out of the room.
At Su Ziqian’s departure, Xiao Chun eased her posture and lifted her goblet to clink it against Xu Shuai’s.
Xu Shuai downed his drink in one go, and remarked, “I gather you’ll be staying in China?”
“Yeah. After traveling around the world, I’ve discovered that my homeland is still the best!”
Xu Shuai nodded his head in agreement. “In other words, I can now start to court you?”
Xiao Chun snorted before replying seriously, “If you lined all your girlfriends up, the line would be long enough to circle the earth a few times! Do you even know who’s beside you when you wake up in the mornings?”
Xu Shuai gave the question some serious thought before responding, “Indeed, I don’t, but that’s because they all look the same! You can say that I’m pretty consistent. My taste hasn’t changed in so many years; I still go for the ‘plastic-surgery face’! You really won’t consider me?”
“… Get the f*ck away from me!”
As Gu Yu drove out of the building, he was just in time to catch sight of Xu Weilai getting into a taxi. However, the taxi went in the opposite direction of their apartment.
The look in his eyes darkened as he stepped on his gas pedal and followed the taxi.