166 Did the lass break up with that young man from before?
"This restaurant's food is so expensive."
Pei Ge pouted as she stood next to Chen Zhengchu.
When she accompanied him to settle the bill earlier, she was almost shocked to death by the staggering amount stated in it.
That table of dishes cost almost 2,000 yuan!
Pei Ge had never spent this much money on a single meal before and scolded the shop in her heart for ripping off its customers. This shop is a total scam!
"It's alright." Chen Zhengchu smiled at her depressed look and asked, "Are you still hungry? I know a place that serves pretty good steak. If you are still hungry, we can go there to eat."
Pei Ge shook her head immediately. "No, thanks. I'm full already!"
She was not in the mood to eat right now!
Not only did she not get to enjoy that expensive dinner, she even made this man spend so much money on her. She wanted to vomit so badly!
"Are you sure you have eaten your fill?" He looked at her state and found her to be rather cute. Although she was not his type, she was not actually hard on the eyes.
"Mhm-mhm. I'm full. It's already quite late; it's better if we end the night here."
Actually, the night was still young, and 8 P.M. was when nightlife began for many.
However, after this incident with Ji Ziming, she was no longer in the mood to do anything else other than to go back home.
"Alright, I'll give you a ride home." Chen Zhengchu nodded and smiled.
"No need; I'll just grab a cab home." She felt quite ashamed that he had spent so much money on this dinner date that they did not actually get to enjoy properly.
When she suggested splitting the bill, he refused to tell her his bank details, insisting that the food was his treat.
This made her guiltier, as well as more impressed with the man.
She began to think that Chen Zhengchu was what Pan Xinlei meant about a decent man!
"I insist. I came here with my car, so it is not an inconvenience. Besides, sending a lady home is a man's duty." He grinned.
She eventually succumbed to his persuasion and accepted the ride from him.
His car was not as comfortable or as luxurious-looking as Ji Ziming's.
However, what the two men had in common was the lack of any accessories in their car and their tidiness.
As Chen Zhengchu drove onward, she looked at the passing night view outside the car window and thought of Ji Ziming.
She really could not fathom what that annoying person was thinking. He had made a mess of her previous blind date.
This time, he also messed her date with Chen Zhengchu!
Could it be that he liked her and did not want her blind date to succeed?
As soon as this question flashed through her mind, she immediately and firmly rejected it.
How could that be possible?! Why would that annoying person like her?! It must be the other way around; he did not like her, so he was messing with her!
He was probably feeling bored and was pestering her to pass the time.
"What is on your mind?" Chen Zhengchu asked lightly when he suddenly saw Pei Ge shake her head.
"Oh, it's nothing. I just… I'm really sorry for what happened to our dinner date earlier," she apologized and lowered her head in embarrassment.
"He he! You have nothing to apologize for. As for that boss of yours, he is really weird. Why is he always aiming at us? He seems to dislike seeing you have a good time. Did you offend him in some way before?" he asked while chuckling.
Chen Zhengchu's words only confirmed Pei Ge's conjecture that Ji Ziming disliked her and did not want her to see good days ahead.
Hmph! That man is pettier than a woman!
"Mhm. I did offend him before…" And not just once, she depressingly thought to herself.
"Then, why are you still not resigning? Working under such a boss must not be easy." He looked at her with concern.
"I don't really have a choice. It's not exactly easy for me to find a higher paying job. For that high salary, I have to continue working for him." She sighed and confided in him.
"That's true. It's hard to find a high paying job now." He nodded and comforted her for a while.
Chen Zhengchu's attempt at comforting her made Pei Ge's favorable impression of him soar once more, especially when she compared him to that annoying person, Ji Ziming.
Although Chen Zhengchu did not make her heart race, she was looking for someone to spend the rest of her life with and not someone to love.
When they reached her house, she smilingly offered to buy him a meal on their next date.
"When are you next free, Dr. Chen?" she beamingly asked.
"I can't give you a definite answer right now. Why don't I let you know after I report to the hospital tomorrow?" he replied apologetically, showing his inability to decide.
"Sure," she nodded and generously agreed.
The two bid each other goodbye; she entered the neighborhood entrance while he drove off.
"Ge Ge, you're home." Grandpa Ge, who was in the security booth, greeted her with a smile.
"I'm back, Grandpa Ge. Working the night shift again? It's better if you put on extra layers of clothes for the night," she advised with a smile.
"Yes, yes, yes, I know; you hurry home now, lassie."
Watching her retreating back, Grandpa Ge could not help but mutter, "This lass, did she break up with that young man from before? How come the guy that sent her home tonight is not that good-looking young man?"
"Mom, I'm home," Pei Ge announced as she changed into her indoor slippers.
Zhang Manhua, who had already heard her daughter's approaching footsteps, got up off the sofa and made her way toward the door before Pei Ge could unlock it.
"How was your date with Dr. Chen?" She looked at her daughter with anticipation.
Er… How did it go? We didn't really talk much… all thanks to that evil Ji Ziming!
Today, she spoke to Ji Ziming more than she did with Chen Zhengchu!
"Well, it's alright. We feel the same way for each other and have even agreed to meet next time." She gave this answer with a smile.
Hearing her daughter's words, she felt assured. "That's good; that's good! When are you bringing Dr. Chen home for dinner to let me see?"
"Mom, I just met him. Can you not jump the gun?" She laughed at her mother and protested coquettishly.
"Alright, alright, alright! Mom admits that she is in a hurry."
The mother and daughter walked hand in hand to the sofa. They had not been chatting long when the doorbell rang.
"It's so late already. Who could it be?"