Chapter 64: The Return of the System
Gu Xiqiao refused Mu Zong's offer to send her back home once again and walked directly towards the crowd.
One of her hands was stuffed in her pocket while the other was holding her bag. As she was waiting for the lights at the pedestrian crossing to become green, a royal blue sports car stopped right next to her, and the windows rolled down to reveal a devilishly handsome face.
The youngsters in the crowd were all quite surprised by this, and they all pointed towards it and started breaking out in excited conversation. To them, this sort of extravagant car could only be seen on the television and in magazines, and they were all in disbelief upon seeing it in real life.
Gu Xiqiao looked at the car, before opening the door and entering it, and at this point, she had two thoughts on her mind:
One, that a certain Young Master Yin had bought a new car again; Two, was he not worried that he was going to be fined for stopping at the pedestrian crossing?
"Did you come out by yourself?" Yin Shaoyuan spotted her at the coffee shop when he finished talking business with someone else, and he was too worried to let her go home by herself after she went missing the day before yesterday so he waited for her to finish before fetching her home himself.
Gu Xiqiao was scrolling on her phone, and upon hearing this she only hummed in confirmation, before speaking, "I won't be going back just yet."
"Huh?" Yin Shaoyuan almost braked right there on the spot. "Where do you want to go?"
She replied with an address, and Yin Shaoyuan muttered, "That's quite out of the way…"
That being said, he still obliged and spun the steering wheel to go to the address that Gu Xiqiao told him. He couldn't defy the orders of Empress Gu, after all! At this point, he would probably be unused to it if the girl suddenly started treating him gently.
"Are you checking on the stocks again?" He asked, upon seeing her looking at the familiar website out of the corner of his eye.
"Yeah," Gu Xiqiao replied halfheartedly before she saw a familiar stock and tapped into it. "Bluestar has been having financial troubles lately, hasn't it?"
"Huh?" Yin Shaoyuan was quite surprised at this. "You knew about it?"
The female celebrity from before had been fired by Yin Shaoyuan, and because the company had spent too many resources on her—She was featured on a recent drama, but Bluestar bought the rights to it and changed the female lead to someone else. This bought some negative consequences to the company and caused their stocks to drop, but since this drama was based on a well-known novel with a lot of fans, Bluestar Entertainment could easily get a new bunch of fans through this without any consequences by buying the trending tab positions and getting prime time placements…
But Gu Xiqiao knew that Yin Shaoyuan would be able to think of all these plans, so she had something else in mind. "We have high-tech entertainment tools on our hands, do you want them?"
She had six percent of the shares to the company after all, so it was natural that she would help.
The quality of celebrities under an entertainment company's name as well as the tech that they had under their belt was both important. A company that didn't have proper funding wouldn't be able to create a critically acclaimed piece of art, both because of the high price of contracting artists and all sorts of technical equipment and behind the scenes workers, but the best technical equipment couldn't easily be bought even if they had the money for it.
Yin Shaoyuan turned over and looked at her calm expression before smiling. "High-tech entertainment tools? Alright."
"I'll have someone contact you later about it." Gu Xiqiao looked back down at her phone, not saying much.
Yin Shaoyuan didn't lack money at all, and the only reason why he accepted the tools was that he didn't want to upset Gu Xiqiao. Most of the tools and equipment in his company were all imported from abroad and were already considered quite top-notch even when compared internationally, so he didn't care all that much about the tools that Gu Xiqiao talked about.
Gu Xiqiao saw his expression, of course, but she didn't explain herself any further.
The car stopped at a certain high-end primary school, and Gu Xiqiao got out of the car. "I'll be back in ten minutes."
This was a private primary school, and it was clear that a lot of money was poured into furnishing and building it up to be like a palace, but this place wasn't the objective of Gu Xiqiao, but instead the abandoned two-story building next to the primary school. This abandoned house had always been the objective of explorations for kids, but Gu Xiqiao was here for Gu Xijin!
This was a ‘secret base' that Gu Xijin and had always flaunted about subtly in their past life, saying that it belonged to her and Xia Zijun, and was the place she would frequent whenever she was in a bad mood.
Gu Xiqiao pushed open the door slowly, and the inside of the building was dark and only illuminated by the dim yellow streetlights outside. She walked slowly, side-stepping the obstacles in her way as she did.
With a ‘click', the house was suddenly illuminated with light, and Gu Xiqiao smiled gently as her calm clear eyes met a pair of astonished ones. "Long time no see, Sister."
Meanwhile, Gu Xijin's expression was one of a person that had just seen a ghost, and she was so scared that she couldn't even make a sound as she looked at Gu Xiqiao. She was extremely familiar with this place, so she knew that this place had already long since been cut off from electricity, but the lights were suddenly switched on!
As a chill went up her spine, she shivered as goosebumps grew on her arms. Was Gu Xiqiao a human or a spirit?
"Don't be scared, let's have a little talk." Gu Xiqiao seemed even more like an apparition under the light that made her look as pale as a ghost, and with a single wave of her hand, an old bench flew in her direction. "First, let's talk about why you're so against me, hm?"
Gu Xiqiao started shivering even more that her teeth started chattering, and she couldn't even breathe properly anymore.
"The temperature of the water in the showers on the day I was first accepted to the Gu family, and the bear you gave me the day after that… And even the love letter that you gave Wu Hongwen using my name." Gu Xiqiao squinted slightly and spoke, leaning slowly towards Gu Xijin as she did. "I'm just a lowly illegitimate daughter, so why would you need to plot to get rid of me like that?"
This question went unanswered by the elder girl because she had already fainted.
Gu Xiqiao looked down in disdain at the small puddle of liquid under the other girl, and after a while, she muttered, "How useless."
She didn't actually want answers from the other girl because she already knew from her past life, but she had never thought that the other was so uselessly weak. Gu Xiqiao took out her phone and messaged someone, before walking towards the exit. Before she left, she looked back at the girl that was lying on the dirty floor and smiled.
The daughter of the Gu family became insane and spent the rest of her life in an asylum…What a good idea.
"Well, that was quick!" Yin Shaoyuan snuffed out his cigarette.
"I never expected it to go like this either…Let's go."
They spent an hour to get from the abandoned house back to downtown, and Gu Xiqiao got down from the car and waved Yin Shaoyuan goodbye before walking away.
Yin Shaoyuan looked at the petite silhouette that had her head lowered slightly, and from her side profile, he could see her fluttering eyelashes and her elegant chin. Young, lovely and alluring at the same time, she could already be compared to the prettiest female celebrities out there, and she had already won against them in terms of aura and temperament.
If she became a celebrity, she would definitely become the most popular of them all.
That was a far-fetched idea in the first place, so Yin Shaoyuan only started driving off with a sigh. "The Nine Heavens Group, huh…"
Back at the mansion, Gu Xiqiao breathed a sigh of relief upon seeing that Jiang Shuxuan hadn't returned home yet, because she felt somewhat guilty of not notifying him before she went out.
After eating dinner, she went upstairs to look at the documents that Mu Zong had handed her, and after a while, a series of familiar sounds started to ring in her head.
The system had finally returned.