Chapter 32: A Sleepless Night of Revelry
It was a quiet night.
The next morning, Liu Yanbo went to the valet driving company to resign. Then, in the afternoon, he headed to the taxi company.
Pan Yuyi was trustworthy and kept her word. She sent a paper about Liu Yanbo’s car accident to the taxi company. She also sent a good citizen certificate and a 500 yuan prize to Liu Yanbo.
The taxi he drove received some serious damage, although it wasn’t enough to be scrapped, it still required major repairs.
Yuntong Taxi Company had implemented one taxi per driver. Because Liu Yanbo’s assigned car was damaged, there was no taxi available for him to use.
Liu Yanbo had to take the initiative and ask for a half-month leave, but his superior didn’t allow it.
Yuntong’s CEO was a righteous person. He didn’t allow Liu Yanbo to take a leave because if he did, he wouldn’t get paid during that period. Instead, he suggested Liu Yanbo take a half-month vacation, and that way he would still receive a salary.
Mother Yin spent three days in the city. Liu Yanbo and Yin Hanruo accompanied her. They bought many things together, such as daily necessities like clothes and food, souvenirs, and even baby supplies. Mother Yin insisted they should get them in advance…
As soon as Mother Yin left, Yin Hanruo focused all her attention on her company, leaving Liu Yanbo to wander all day long.
Half a month passed by ordinarily, without seeming too long nor too short.
By the tenth day, everyday was basically the same for Liu Yanbo. He slept and ate, then slept and ate. It was dull but somewhat peaceful. His only outing activity was to help Lin Xue commute to work and then hang out in Tianshui Bar for a few hours. Occasionally, he would also pick up Yin Hanruo from work.
Yin Hanruo was afraid Liu Yanbo would idle away all his break. So she wanted to invite him to work at Ruomeng several times, but in the end, she’d refrain.
It was another evening, where the sunset outside the window was like a tide, coloring half the sky red. Liu Yanbo was well-dressed and ready to go out. Currently, Lin Xue was at the top of his priority list. As for the rest? He had nothing else to do.
After greeting Mrs. Huang, Liu Yanbo went out to pick up Lin Xue. He didn’t take his old Chery tonight.
For a person with alcohol addiction, going to a bar but not drinking, was a kind of suffering.
Liu Yanbo could bear it, but Lin Xue was sensible. Knowing that he loved drinking and smoking, she proposed for them to take the bus together. That way, he wouldn’t have to drive her home.
Such a sensible girl, how could Liu Yanbo refuse? He didn’t even think about it, and readily accepted.
Tianshui Bar was very lively tonight. There were many flower baskets decorating the entrance and lobby. When it officially opened at 7 o’clock, a large crowd would flow in, and Liu Yanbo would be one of them.
The bar was brightly lit. There were balloons and colored papers everywhere, flowers on each table, and on a big screen, 4 words were displayed: Tianshui Bar’s Fifth anniversary!
Tonight was destined to be a sleepless night of revelry.
The popularity of Tianshui Bar in Haishi city was extremely high. Even its CEO was very popular and had many rumors about his or her identity.
On such a big day, of course many people came to celebrate. There were even some big figures amongst the crowd.
On the flower baskets, Liu Yanbo noticed the names of ten really important people who ranked the highest in Haishi City.
Liu Yanbo had never seen these important men, but he heard that without them, Haishi City wouldn’t have become what it was today.
Whether they came or not, their names were beautifully honored on the flower baskets.
Big figures and normal people were all gathered here, joining in on the fun together.
Maybe someone would get lucky today. Three glasses of wine could help them approach a big figure. From then on, they would fly to the top. Such a thing seemed to be unrealistic, but it was not entirely impossible.
You didn’t give up when you had an opportunity, this was the survival rule of common people.
On this visit, Liu Yanbo was feeling a bit awkward, because all the seats were booked tonight, and even a free small bench was hard to find.
Liu Yanbo and Lin Xue looked at each other for a moment, not knowing what to do.
“Brother Liu, why don’t you go home and pick me up later tonight?” Lin Xue suggested.
Liu Yanbo shook his head decisively: “No! I couldn’t drink because I had to stay sober and drive you home a few days ago. Xiao Xu tempted me with wine everyday. Tonight, I’ll drink enough for all the times I missed.”
Xiao Xu was a bartender at Tianshui Bar. He was a lively and cheerful boy. Recently, during the hours Liu Yanbo spent in the bar every night, the two of them became very familiar with each other.
Knowing that Liu Yanbo drove Lin Xue home when she got off work every night, the young man would make good wine every night to tempt him. He said that he wanted to see the funny expression Liu Yanbo made when he wanted to drink but couldn’t.
More and more people entered the bar. Wang Yingying came over and said: “Girl, it’s time to work. We’re very busy tonight.”
“Sister Yingying, would you help Brother Liu find a place to sit?” Lin Xue took Wang Yingying’s hand and shook it pleadingly.
“Brother Liu doesn’t have a seat?” Wang Yingying wondered: “Didn’t you book a table tonight?”
Liu Yanbo touched his nose and smiled embarrassedly: “I’ve slept too much these past few days, I can’t remember anything.”
“I think you’re just lazy.” Wang Yingying rolled her eyes to Liu Yanbo, then glanced pitifully to Lin Xue.
A lazy person, who didn’t book a table;
A stupid person, who has nowhere to sit.
“Why don’t you go home first and wait for Xue to get off of work before you come pick her up?” Wang Yingying looked at Liu Yanbo’s unhappy face, and suggested again: “Then will you wait at our staff’s lounge?”
There were too many people tonight, it would be hard for Wang Yingying to find Liu Yanbo a free seat.
“You’re busy, don’t worry about me. I’ll just go stand somewhere.” Liu Yanbo waved and walked towards the bar. “I’ll go get a drink now.”
Liu Yanbo loved drinking wine but it wasn’t because of that, that he stayed. The reason why he refused to leave was because there were too many people tonight. No matter how good Tianshui Bar’s security was, he would not be reassured if he had left.
“Brother Bo, you’re here,” said Xiao Xu, the bartender, who was very busy working. The other two bartenders were also working at a lightning speed. “Brother Bo, I made new fruit juice, how about I make it for you to try later?”
Alcohol could have many different combinations and so could juice.
When Liu Yanbo couldn’t drink alcohol, his consumption was basically spent on a variety of juices made by Xiao Xu.
“I won’t drink juice tonight, give me a glass of vodka.”
Liu Yanbo stood at the far right side of the bar, next to a potted plant. There was no space between the two, but it was the best place he could find to stand alone.
“Here you go, no ice vodka.” Xiao Xu said with a smile: “Brother Bo, what are you doing standing over here? Did you not reserve a table tonight?”
“Isn’t it obvious?” Liu Yanbo put the glass on his mouth and swallowed it in one go. “Glasses are boring to drink with. Get me a bottle.”
“Coming right up,” said Xiao Xu.
“Hey Xiao Xu, help me get a bottle of whiskey.” Zhang Xiaoyun came over and said. When she saw Liu Yanbo in the corner, she scoffed and looked at him with contempt mixed with a bit of hatred.
Since Liu Yanbo was on the news, everyone at Tianshui Bar knew that Lin Xue had a brother who drove a taxi.
Zhang Xiaoyun was very annoyed when she learned that. She felt like she was deceived. Since then, Zhang Xiaoyun avoided seeing Liu Yanbo. When she did, she would treat him coldly.
As long as Zhang Xiaoyun didn’t bully, hate or look down on Lin Xue, Liu Yanbo didn’t care. She could do whatever she wanted.
Xiao Xu handed the bottle to Liu Yanbo and said, “Brother Bo, did something happen between you and her?” Xiao Xu looked at Zhang Xiaoyun who was leaving and warned, “If that’s the case, you should be careful. This woman has a narrow mind.”
“It’s just a little misunderstanding.” Liu Yanbo waved and smiled, “you’re busy, you should go. I’m going to walk around.”
Liu Yanbo did just that while holding his bottle of vodka.
On the upper floor, there was a circular table close to the stairs, and no one was sitting there yet.
“Hey! You can’t sit there!”