Chapter 71: Relieved
Xia Qiao had already changed out of his formal wear, sporting black pants, and a simple white shirt.
Gu Tong greeted him enthusiastically when she saw him. “Host Xia!”
Xia Qiao smiled faintly. “Don’t call me that! Just call me Xia Qiao.”
Gu Tong smiled back. “How could I? Even though I couldn’t experience your hosting talent today, I overheard many classmates and seniors who attended, and they were all complimenting you. ‘Host Xia was on fire today! His talent never fails to shineーnot once! I don’t even need to say how good he is!'”
Xia Qiao continued to smile. “Thank you.” His eyes naturally shifted to Xin Siyue after he finished talking.
Before Xin Siyue could even greet him, he said, “When we were on the new building tour, I couldn’t find you. I needed to ask you for a favor.”
“What did you need help with?” Xin Siyue recalled how she was practically dragged out by Chen Sinan, and because of that, she didn’t know anything that happened.
Xia Qiao shook his head and explained, “ It was nothing serious. Oh, one of the guests today was an alumnus from your school. Have you met yet?”
Xin Siyue’s hesitation showed in her eyes. She replied as she gave him an uncertain gaze. “Are you talking about Chen Sinan?”
Xia Qiao nodded. Though he hadn’t seen clearly when he turned around, he was certain the figure dressed in red and white that flashed before him was Xin Siyue.
When surveying the people who were still participating in the tour, he found that only Xin Siyue, Chen Sinan, and Chen Sinan’s assistant were missing.
Such suspicious activity made Xiao Qiao worry for Xin Siyue’s safety, but he couldn’t just leave midway. He was greatly relieved when he finally saw her again.
At the same time, he was curious about Xin Siyue’s relationship with Chen Sinan. But no matter how curious he was, he continuously reminded himself, it was Xin Siyue’s right to associate with whomever she wanted in her private life. He had absolutely no right to ask her about anything.
Upon mention of Chen Sinan, Xin Siyue quickly brightened her smile and replied, “Oh, he was just telling me he had to leave. Something urgent has come up, and he didn’t want to bother everyone; instead, he asked me to show him the way out without attracting any attention.”
“That was all? Hmm, then you’ve had a hard day.” Xia Qiao smiled and spoke with a gentle tone. “You’re probably tired from all the hard work today, you should go back and rest early.”
“Of course.” Gu Tong replied, “Thank you for your thoughtfulness, Host Xia! You also had a busy day, so sleep early too!”
After saying their goodbyes to Xia Xiao, Gu Tong pulled Xin Siyue’s arm and excitedly asked, “Wow Siyue! When did you become so close to Xia Qiao?”
“What? We’ve only run into each other at the library a few times. We talk for a bit whenever it happens,” Xin Siyue replied.
“Wow, that actually works? Looks like I need to go to the library with you more often!” Gu Tong exclaimed.
Xin Siyue was speechless. “I called you every time I went, but you’ve never responded like that. Now you’re all gung-ho because you found out that your prince charming goes there too?”
“Well, of course! The treasure is within our grasp! We need to march forward courageously!” Gu Tong declared energetically. “Oh, the one and only Xia Qiao… he’s so cute in that white shirt!”
Xin Siyue didn’t really pay attention to him. She replied, half-heartedly at best. “He’s alright.”
“That reaction was so… underwhelming!”
Xin Siyue laughed and said, “What else do you want me to say? How else do you want me to react? I know someone who looks even better with a white shirt on…”
“Xixi…” Gu Tong was overjoyed. “I finally have evidence! The person that you think looks good in a white shirt is Chen Sinan!” She had seen him earlier that day as well, so she knew what he looked like in a white shirt.
Xin Siyue turned speechless once again.
Gu Tong decided to keep prodding. “C’ mon, you can end this if you confess! It’ll only be more painful the more you resist!”
“There’s nothing to confess”ーXin Siyue turned to look straight at herー“because nothing is going on between us. At all.”
Gu Tong didn’t buy it. “I don’t believe you! If you guys really didn’t have any sort of relationship, then why did he ask youーand only youーto lead the way for him?”
Even Xin Siyue didn’t know the answer. “Why don’t you ask him, and tell me what he says?”
Gu Tong was confused at how adamant Xin Siyue was being. “There’s seriously nothing?”
“Nothing,” Xin Siyue firmly confirmed.
Gu Tong examined her from top to bottom. She wouldn’t stop blathering about how unfortunate it was; she was denied the juicy secret relationship she hoped for.