Chapter 36: Banquet (1)
Originally, Xin Siyue wasn’t planning on showing her face to the birthday banquet, since she didn’t know anyone attending.
Xin Siyue grabbed Xin Qiancheng’s arm and held onto her dress, making small, careful steps on her seven-centimeter high-heels. Perhaps because it was the first time, she had paid attention to her attire, but she still felt extremely uncomfortable.
Xin Siyue lowered her head to focus on her footsteps, but didn’t forget to complain to Xin Qiancheng, “I already said that I didn’t want to come. You forced me to attend! Plus, I already made an appointment tonight to continue to learn how to dance with the teacher.”
Ever since Xin Siyue forfeited the competition, she understood: If she wanted to mingle, she needed a special ability she could demonstrate. The host normally wanted someone who had a lot of talent and abilities. They should be able to recite, dance, sing, or play an instrument… As long as you have an extra ability, others will think more highly of you.
When the time came, Xin Siyue did not want to do something last minute, so she immediately found a dance teacher and a piano teacher. Every night, she alternated what she learned.
In Xin Siyue’s view, spending time on self-improvement was a much better choice in comparison to attending a banquet filled with people that she did not know.
However, Xin Qiangcheng didn’t think so. Although he later asked what happened with her and Chen Sinan’s mother, she had only carelessly replied that on the day she returned to the apartment, they had accidentally encountered one another. They hadn’t spoken much before she had realized the strange situation and smartly left.
After she had finished speaking, Xin Qiancheng was silent for a moment. On the surface, the encounter sounded perfectly normal; yet, listening to Xin Siyue’s tone, it seemed like it wasn’t that simple.
Xin Qiancheng, in order to remove the possibility of future trouble, thought that it was still better to let Xin Siyue come out and interact with people, thereby getting to know better-quality men. That way, she can more easily break off her foolish thoughts about Chen Sinan.
Xin Siyue did not know that Xin Qiancheng still entertained such thoughts, she really would’ve wanted to stab his head and say: “Do I look like that kind of leisurely person?!”
Xin Qiancheng was very diligent in his duties, taking Xin Siyue to congratulate the 70-year-old birthday host. He brought her away from the crowd and introduced her to each personーmaking a point of giving Xin Siyue space whenever he introduced her to handsome young men, whom he had selected very carefully, of course.
No matter how stupid Xin Siyue was, she understood that this was basically a blind date banquet that Xin Qiancheng had arranged.
The young man with Xin Siyue at the moment, who just would not stop rambling about his career history, couldn’t help but ask after suddenly hearing her say something under her breath, “Miss Xin, what did you just say?”
Xin Siyue forced a rigid smile on her face.
“Sorry, I’m a bit tired and would like to rest over there.”
“Then let me accompany you.”
“Thank you, but there’s no need,” Xin Siyue smiled as she politely rejected him.
When Chen Sinan arrived in the front hall, he was witness to this scene.
Xin Siyue wore a revealing long dress, which opened just below her shoulders and teased the passersby to imagine the rest of her delicate frame. She was smilingーtalking to a man who was barely a step away from her. Chen Sinan couldn’t hear the man’s response, but Xin Siyue smiled even brighter, waving her hands at him. She carried her dress and walked over to the corner, where the resting area was.