Chapter 7: A Decision
In a cramped rental house with no lights on, Liu Yanbo sat in the darkest corner, on the edge of the curtains. The air was filled with a strong smell of smoke and alcohol.
When he received Han Feiyan’s text message, the last little hope left in Liu Yanbo’s heart faded away, but he still didn’t give up. He drove behind the Ferrari and watched as Han Feiyan and the young man walked into a hotel hugging and kissing. At that moment, he was in complete despair.
After seeing Yin Hanruo home, Liu Yanbo returned to his rented house and sat there for two hours, drinking wine and smoking cigarettes.
For Liu Yanbo, those two hours seemed as long as a century. In those hours, he went from feeling anger to sadness, then to despair, and finally, numbness. Four moods, each of them like a sharp steel knife, stabbed deep into his heart, and it felt so painful that he couldn’t breathe. Alcohol and nicotine seemed to be the only medicine.
The wine was strong, Liu Yanbo had brewed it himself, so it was as strong as fire.
The cigarettes were cheap, but because he cut off their filters, the taste was pungent.
Three years ago, Liu Yanbo came to the city alone and met Han Feiyan, who had just graduated from college.
On the same day, two people with no work experience were looking for a job in the big city when they were threatened by a criminal organization. The head of that criminal organization was attracted to the beautiful young Han Feiyan, but Liu Yanbo saved her.
He was the hero that saved the beautiful woman from the bad guys, and like a fairytale, they ended up dating. The two lived happily together.
But what Liu Yanbo did not expect was that his happiness had a time limit. This is the gap between fairytales and reality, isn’t it?
The wine will always run out, just like the smoke, the darkness before dawn, no matter how long it took, the light will always come.
It was bright already!
Through the window, the soft morning sun fell on every corner of the room and shined on Liu Yanbo’s face.
After smoking the last cigarette, Liu Yanbo slowly stood up. Overnight, he looked like he aged several decades.
Opening the window, the morning breeze blew in, blowing away the pungent smell of smoke and alcohol in the room, just like the past haunting Liu Yanbo, slowly dissipated.
It’s time to make a decision! Liu Yanbo thought as he stood in front of the window, standing in the sun, as stiff and cold as a rock.
In the president’s office.
Yin Hanruo was wearing a black OL suit today, her attractive S-shaped curve was perfectly displayed, and she wore a pair of black-rimmed glasses on her nose. Her serious and professional appearance perfectly showed the beauty of intellectual women in the workplace.
“Qingmeng, the company’s performance seems to be getting worse and worse. This month’s profit is five percent less than last month. If it keeps going down like this, I’m afraid the company will not be able to make ends meet.”
Yin Hanruo looked at the performance and financial statements, frowning deeper and deeper.
Sitting opposite to Yin Hanruo was a woman, whose face and figure, was not inferior at all.
The woman wore a red dress and had a figure even hotter than Yin Hanruo, her slightly curly burgundy long hair was casually down. She had exquisite facial features, fair skin, and peach blossom eyes.
This charming woman was none other than another founder of Ruomeng Group.
“What can we do? The competition is increasing, especially in jewelry and catering, and the whole market has reached a state of saturation, there isn’t much room for development.” Shangguan Qingmeng said while lying on the sofa.
Yin Hanruo nodded in agreement, she knew this. After all, as the chief executive of a group company, she should always keep an eye on the needs of the market.
“It seems we need to open up a new market. Do you have any good recommendations?” Yin Hanruo asked.
“Medicine. Currently, the pharmaceutical industry is the most profitable, but we must have our own unique formula, even if it’s just a formula for headaches and colds. We can make a lot of money.”
Shangguan Qingmeng then sighed, “It’s a pity we don’t have one!”
Yin Hanruo suddenly remembered the medicine that Liu Yanbo gave her to treat her foot injury that evening. After badly spraining her ankle, that medicine allowed her to walk normally after just one night. It was really a magical medicine. Yin Hanruo had an idea: If I can get the formula of that medicine, there will definitely be a great market demand.
“Qingmeng, I know a formula,” Yin Hanruo said with delight.
Shangguan Qingmeng sat up all of a sudden, her eyes fixed on Yin Hanruo.
“Someone I know has the medicine, but I’m not sure if he has its formula,” Yin Hanruo said with uncertainty.
“Just ask him.” Shangguan Qingmeng ordered.
“What if he does have it, but won’t sell it to us?”
“Just make a phone call, don’t be such a chicken. If it’s a big deal, I’ll do it myself.”
Shangguan Qingmeng waved her hand and spoke in a domineering way.
Yin Hanruo hurriedly ran to her desk to get her phone.
“By the way, what’s the effect of this medicine? Is there anything similar in the market?”
“In my experience, the efficacy of this medicine is pretty good. I have not seen anything similar nor heard of it before.”
Yin Hanruo had asked Liu Yanbo before, he said it was made by the people in the mountains and it couldn’t be bought in hospitals and pharmacies.
Shangguan Qingmeng happily said: “That’s good.”
Just when Yin Hanruo was about to dial Liu Yanbo’s number, her phone rang. When she saw who called, she made an ugly face.
Yin Hanruo didn’t want to answer the phone, but she knew she had to.
“You and Liu Fei are getting engaged next month. Put aside everything in the company in advance. Liu Fei will pick you up in a few days to prepare for the engagement.”
The voice on the phone was cold.
Hearing that Liu Fei was coming to pick her up, Yin Hanruo made an ugly face again and stubbornly said, “I won’t get engaged to that bastard even if I have to die.”
“Don’t try to frighten me with death. I told you it’s not up to you.”
On the other end of the phone, Yin Fu hung up the phone directly. Yin Hanruo felt like crying and her eyes became somewhat misty.
“Qingmeng, what should I do?”
Yin Hanruo, with red and puffy eyes, looked at Shangguan Qingmeng.
“The same thing again?”
“Mm-hmm. My father said that Liu Fei will pick me up in a few days.”
Shangguan Qingmeng said with a cold expression: “Your father is really unscrupulous! In order to get the support of the Liu family and hold on to his position, he completely disregarded your feelings. In this case, if you ask me, you have nothing to hesitate about. Just find someone to get married to first. I don’t believe that the Liu family will hurt their pride by allowing their son to become someone’s second marriage.”
Yeah! Her father had completely disregarded her feelings, and just wanted to sacrifice her happiness for money, so why hesitate?
“Good idea!” Yin Hanruo made up her mind.
“Do you have a candidate?”
Yin Hanruo nodded, a trace of guilt flashed in her eyes.
“Since you already have a candidate, you’d better hurry up and take care of the matter! Let’s put aside the formula for a while. There’s no rush at this moment.” Shangguan Qingmeng urged.
“No need, these two things can be done together.”
It was strange, but there are some people that always seemed to appear at the most appropriate times.