Chapter 138: A Smart Move (2)
“Ahem,” Xu Weilai cleared her throat and tightened her lips as she stared at her computer screen. She replied, “Mrs. Lin, I’m drafting a news report. I’ll be done soon. Could you please give me five minutes? When I’m done, I’ll call Gu Yu to ask him.”
After all, continuity of thought was important in writing. Once her concentration was broken, it would take plenty of effort for her to reorganize her ideas.
Xu Weilai thought it was best to send Mrs. Lin out first so when she came back a few minutes later, she’d be able to say that she had already called him. That way, she would be able to avoid the problem altogether!
Xu Weilai looked at Mrs. Lin earnestly. Mrs. Lin smiled back at her as she replied, “Sure, Young Mistress.”
Despite her reply, she didn’t leave as Xu Weilai had hoped. Instead, she simply stood where she was. Judging from her posture, she intended to stand there for the next five minutes.
Xu Weilai held it in for a while until she couldn’t any longer and said, “Mrs. Lin, I can’t write with you here staring at me!”
Without another word, Mrs. Lin turned to face the wall before saying, “Just pretend I’m not here, Young Mistress.”
Xu Weilai stared at her back and proceeded to bring the palm of her hand to her face. She had severely underestimated Mrs. Lin! From the looks of it, she couldn’t get herself out of having to make this phone call.
Five minutes later, Xu Weilai picked up her cell phone and dialed Gu Yu’s number under Mrs. Lin’s tight watch.
Xu Weilai wasn’t wrong at all. In the few days that Gu Yu had spent accompanying her in the hospital, a lot of his work had been pushed off, and many meetings had been postponed. Now that she had been discharged, he couldn’t afford to delay them any further.
Just as Xu Weilai’s call came in, Gu Yu was exiting the main entrance of the office. When he took his phone out and saw her name on his screen, surprise flashed across his eyes. This was her third time calling him ever since she returned to the country.
The previous two times weren’t very pleasant to think about.
Gu Yu clenched the phone in his hand for a while before finally moving his finger and swiping the screen to answer the call.
In an emotionless voice that carried no warmth, the man’s first words over the phone were, “What is it?”
Xu Weilai’s finger tightened around her phone subconsciously. She bit her bottom lip and stole a glance at Mrs. Lin out the corner of her eye. Moving her lips, she said softly, “Gu Yu, well… are you busy? Will you be coming home for dinner tonight?”
She said everything in one breath, seemingly afraid that the words would jam in her throat and she wouldn’t be able to finish her sentence.
When she was done, she was met with a sudden silence over the line.
Xu Weilai expected this to happen. The only reason Gu Yu had spent the past few days in the hospital with her was that Grandpa Gu had forced him to. It wasn’t as if he truly wanted to spend time with her. Now that she’d been discharged, he was no longer obliged to accompany her. Naturally, he wouldn’t come home for dinner.
She swallowed the lump in her throat and tried to assume a natural and gentle tone as she continued, “If you’re very busy, I won’t disturb–”
Before she could say the word “you,” Gu Yu suddenly spoke up and interrupted her.
In a casual and clear tone, he merely uttered, “Alright.”
Xu Weilai was left speechless. She couldn’t believe what she just heard.
It was only when Gu Yu disconnected the call and the disconnect tone played repeatedly over the phone that she blinked her eyes and regained her senses.
Did he just agree to it without ridiculing or insulting her? Had she heard him wrongly?
The assistant drove over just as Gu Yu was putting his phone away. He pulled the car door open and got in. With a lazy lift of his eyelids, he ordered, “Back to the apartment!”