Xie Yang suspended his artist work and officially started performing the duties of Rongding’s vice-chairman.
Another week came and Xie Yang brought He Jun to the Rongding regular meeting on Monday. He sat in the position of chairman and announced to the room full of stunned eyes. “Start the meeting.”
Everyone was dumbfounded.
Qiu Jingwei recovered first and he asked with a frown, “Where is Chairman Qiu?”
“He isn’t in good health so he needs to eat and sleep more. I am strictly controlling his sleep and rest time. Starting today, Chairman Qiu’s working hours are changed from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. At other times, I will handle Rongding’s affairs.”
There was a commotion.
Qiu Jingwei was more stable than his brother Qiu Jingbang. He said, “I remember Chairman Qiu saying he would pick two people to assist you in handling company affairs. Have you forgotten?”
All those who were secretly staring at this position fell quiet and looked at Xie Yang.
Xie Yang raised his eyebrow and replied, “I naturally didn’t forget but it obviously isn’t the right time. Qiu Xing can still work now. I’m just dealing with some trivial things for him. Rongding’s major decisions are still up to him and…”
He glanced at the high level people in this room and smiled. “If I start to determine the support positions now, can you come to a consensus in a short time?”
It naturally wasn’t possible. Everyone wanted to take advantage of Qiu Xing’s operation and Xie Yang acting as vice-chairman to gain more power and money. It wouldn’t be easy to end the open fighting and covert maneuvering.
The room was quiet.
Xie Yang smiled. “So can we start the meeting now?”
No one said anything else and the meeting began normally. Some of the crafty ones wanted to test Xie Yang’s depth and deliberately complicated matters. Xie Yang didn’t show any weakness. He could solve the problem himself. If he didn’t understand then he would ask He Jun. If even He Jun felt unsure…
Xie Yang directly made a video call to Qiu Xing and asked Qiu Xing who was recuperating at home to handle the matter remotely. Qiu Xing had been worried that people would make things difficult for Xie Yang in the company. He immediately picked up the video call. He stared at the people in the meeting room through the lens and asked Xie Yang, “What is it?”
Xie Yang told Qiu Xing about what he didn’t understand.
Qiu Xing’s expression sank when he heard this and he spoke in a cold voice, “How did you hand in such a vague report? It seems that some people are too old to keep up with Rongding’s rhythm. He Jun, go and inform the personnel department. The person who just made the report should be transferred to the branch office to build up his foundation before he can return.”
Everyone knew it wasn’t good when Xie Yang called Qiu Xing. They heard Qiu Xing’s words and didn’t dare speak again. The people who deliberately complicated their reports shrank back.
Xie Yang flipped the video call to him and allowed Qiu Xing to watch his face. “Did you eat breakfast?”
Qiu Xing’s expression looked a bit better. “I’m going to eat now. Are they bullying you?”
The group looked like they were swallowing rags when they heard this question.
Xie Yang reassured the other person. “Not for the time being but I’m relatively stingy. Something I don’t think of as bullying today might change tomorrow. Have a good rest while I continue the meeting.” He put the phone aside and observed the people in the room again. “Is there anyone else who wants to make a report?”
It didn’t take long for the regular meeting to end and Qiu Xing to come to Rongding. Xie Yang hugged him and looked at Qiu Xing with a blank expression. “I remember the work time I set for you is 10 o’clock.”
Qiu Xing was troubled. He stepped forward, rubbed Xie Yang’s face and coaxed him, “It isn’t that much in advance.”
Xie Yang was unmoved. “It is only 9:10. You have gone to work almost an hour earlier. This time is enough for you to get a good sleep.”
Qiu Xing bent over and kissed Xie Yang but he was still stern and silent. A few seconds passed before Qiu Xing stated, “I can’t sleep if you’re not there.”
Xie Yang raised his eyes to look at Qiu Xing. Qiu Xing kissed Xie Yang again.
“…Don’t do it again.” Xie Yang finally relaxed. He pulled Qiu Xing to sit down and handed him a magazine. “Read this for fun first. You can approve documents with me once it is 10 o’clock.”
Qiu Xing glanced at the fashion magazine in his hand and then the pile of documents in front of Xie Yang. “You—”
“Or you can go to the bedroom here and go back to sleep.”
Qiu Xing decisively changed his words. “…Tell me if you don’t understand anything.”
Xie Yang was satisfied. He kissed Qiu Xing as a reward, picked up the file and started reading it.
Qiu Xing opened the magazine and only read two lines before he couldn’t help staring at Xie Yang. He saw Xie Yang looking so serious and gently touched this person’s head with the feeling of being cherished and some guilt.
Xie Yang was touched by Qiu Xing. He flipped over a page and spoke without raising his head, “We haven’t done it in a long time.”
Qiu Xing’s face was red as he took back his hand uncomfortably. “What nonsense are you saying during working hours?”
Xie Yang approved the document, picked up the next one and really stopped talking. After a long time, Qiu Xing’s fake calm voice was heard. “You… have been thinking about it?”
Xie Yang changed to using one hand to flip through the documents while he placed his other hand on Qiu Xing’s leg in a silent answer.
Qiu Xing’s leg muscles tightened and he hurriedly grasped Xie Yang’s troublesome hand. The room was obviously quiet and empty with only those two people present, but he looked around like he had a guilty conscience. He coughed and told Xie Yang, “Wait for tonight… be good.”
“I can’t wait for the evening.” Xie Yang took back his hand, approved a document and placed it aside. He went to grab another one when he turned to look at Qiu Xing. “No wonder why so many bosses like to keep their mistress in the office… do you want to try it?”
Here? Try what?
Qiu Xing held up the magazine. “Stop talking nonsense and concentrate on work.”
“You don’t want to?”
“……” Qiu Xing couldn’t help looking at the large desk in front of him. He saw Xie Yang’s white hands on the desk and some disharmonious images appeared in his mind.
Xie Yang moved closer to Qiu Xing and lowered his voice. “Don’t you want it?”
Qiu Xing saw the approaching Xie Yang and his Adam’s apple moved as he slowly leaned forward.
“I won’t wait for the evening.” Xie Yang abruptly backed away, raised his hand to press Qiu Xing’s body close to him and raised an eyebrow. “Wait until you gain weight. Dr Kirkman said that your current condition isn’t suitable for frequent intercourse. Thus, I have decided that for every kilogram of weight you gain, I will do it with you. Come, you should rest and don’t think about working secretly or we will end up with a platonic relationship in the future.”
Qiu Xing froze.
Xie Yang calmly patted Qiu Xing’s shoulder. “If you are bored then you can listen to the songs I wrote, discuss the menu for the afternoon meal with Master Liao or look at the TV series produced by our company. If not, you can visit our CP super topic to see the fan works written by fans. In short, you have a lot to do except for work.”
Qiu Xing captured a strange word. “Fan works?”
Xie Yang hadn’t expected Qiu Xing to not know about the existence of fan works. The evil tricks in his mind made him take out his mobile phone, open his Weibo side account and shove the phone into Qiu Xing’s hands. “I have forwarded and shared the better fan works written by the fans. Bookmark it and read it yourself. I’m going to work.” Then he kissed Qiu Xing again, sat back down and continued to read the documents.
Qiu Xing glanced at Xie Yang and then Xie Yang’s phone. He thought he might see many exaggerated praises and blessings so he opened the homepage of Xie Yang’s side account in a good mood.
Five minutes later, Qiu Xing’s expression froze.
Seven minutes later, Qiu Xing frowned.
10 minutes later, Qiu Xing sneakily looked at Xie Yang and changed his sitting position.
Dozens of minutes later, Xie Yang took the phone away from Qiu Xing. Qiu Xing acted like he was caught doing bad things. He controlled his expression and said solemnly, “How can you look at this type of thing? How can the fans write it—”
Xie Yang raised his head and kissed Qiu Xing.
Qiu Xing shut up.
Xie Yang stepped back first and suggested, “Once you get better, let’s try out all of what they wrote. We should try the hot spring first. I heard there was a hot spring villa on the mountain next to Jinghe Garden but I’ve never had a chance to try it.”
Hearing Xie Yang’s words, Qiu Xing abruptly realized that he had never taken Xie Yang out to play once or took him on a good date since their relationship was determined. Xie Yang was only 21 years old. He was still young and at the age to relax and enjoy a relationship.
Qiu Xing touched Xie Yang’s face before holding this person in his arms. “Wait for me. I will accompany you everywhere and try everything with you.”
Xie Yang was amused. “What about Rongding?”
“It is just training a few more assistants. I chose the support candidates for you this time for that purpose.”
Xie Yang was surprised. “So you’ve actually picked good choices?”
“Yes. I can’t let you be alone and helpless in Rongding. In addition, He Jun has been by my side for many years. After this, I will give him a position.”
During lunch, Qiu Xing contacted his two selected assistants and took Xie Yang to have a small video meeting with them. Xie Yang found that he was familiar with Qiu Xing’s people. One made trouble for him at the previous regular meeting and the other was sitting with Qiu Jingwei. He was apparently very close to Qiu Jingwei.
The two men saw Xie Yang and changed from their previous jealous and hostile attitude. They greeted Xie Yang in a gentle and friendly manner and apologized to him for their previous rudeness.
Xie Yang understood and glanced at Qiu Xing. “Everyone was deceived by you.”
Qiu Xing gently squeezed Xie Yang’s hand from an angle that wouldn’t be seen by the people on the other side of the video call. After lunch, Xie Yang took Qiu Xing for a walk and then forced him to take a lunch break.
“Working hours are from 3 to 5 o’clock and now it is close to 1 o’clock. I’ll come in at 2 o’clock to call you. You must sleep honestly and don’t use your mobile phone.”
Qiu Xing didn’t have the habit of taking a nap and frowned when he heard this. Still, he didn’t refute Xie Yang’s good intentions and nodded. “Okay.”
“Then go and lie down.”
Qiu Xing went to the bedroom and lay down on the bed. Xie Yang pulled the quilt over Qiu Xing and got up to leave, only to be held back by Qiu Xing. “You aren’t sleeping?”
“I have to go back to Yang Xing.”
Qiu Xing was silent before letting go of Xie Yang’s hand. He ordered, “Remember to take breaks when you are busy.”
“No problem.” Xie Yang kissed Qiu Xing and left.
After settling Qiu Xing down, Xie Yang took care of matters at Yang Xing. Once it was almost 2 o’clock, he got up and left the office, ready to return to Rongding to wake Qiu Xing up.
“Wait a minute.” Qin Cheng suddenly looked strangely at Xie Yang as he held his mobile phone. “Mr Qiu… has his account been hacked?”
Xie Yang wondered, “What?”
Qin Cheng silently extended his phone in front of Xie Yang. Xie Yang looked down and saw Qiu Xing’s Weibo homepage on the screen. At the top of the homepage was a fresh ‘like’ message. The content of the like was… a fanwork?
Xie Yang immediately looked at the time. It was 1:48 p.m.
He slowly narrowed his eyes.
Very good. The mouse was so brave. He dared to be disobedient and play with his mobile phone secretly.
Proofreader: Paranoid Kitten