422 This woman is so dumb he needs to look out for her!
Shortly after they had placed their order, sounds of movement came from outside the room.
They first heard a waitress's voice, followed by a series of knocks on the door.
When Pei Ge heard the almost-rhythmic knocking, she was very sure that the one standing outside would never be Ji Ziming.
That was because she had just informed the man of the address not too long ago, so how could he reach this place so quickly?!
She was very wrong, however, for the person who had come in was the very man himself.
She was a little dazed when the man in a form-fitting suit entered the room.
It was worth mentioning that, of all the men she had seen wearing suits, he looked the best.
He was tall and had legs leaner than those artistes the public had dubbed as 'Long Legs Oppa'.
Of course, those so-called highly valued 'face' idols also paled in comparison to his majesty.
Just the noble aura this man gave off was something others could not hope to beat.
How could those few waitresses, therefore, not swoon at the sight of this top-notch catch of a man?
"Xiao Ji, you're here so quickly!" Her mother could not help but exclaim when she saw the man step into the room.
He ignored the waitresses vying among themselves to serve him, purposefully strode into the room, and stopped right in front of Pei Ge. He then took it upon himself to occupy the only available seat next to her.
"I was doing business somewhere close by." He expressionlessly gave this reason for his early arrival once he was seated.
The mother-daughter pair was slow to react to his series of actions and could only stare blankly at him.
Zhang Manhua was saving that seat for her future son-in-law, Wen Qimo, but the man unfortunately got to it first!
Her eyebrows visibly twitched at the sight of her daughter and this man sitting next to each other. She was unable to tell him to change seats, too, as that would just be too rude.
"How convenient, then." She smiled awkwardly at him.
"Mhm." He lightly acknowledged her remark.
No one spoke afterward. It appeared that the air in the room had stilled due to the man's arrival and audacious snagging of the seat next to Pei Ge.
Zhang Manhua was at a loss on what to say after the man snatched her future son-in-law's seat.
Pei Ge, for her part, had been preoccupied by her thoughts ever since she saw the man.
As for the man himself, on top of being a naturally taciturn person, he was also in a bad mood today, so he kept his peace.
In this slightly awkward atmosphere, movements were heard from outside the door once more.
Just like when this man arrived, the voices of a few waitresses were heard first before the door to this room was pushed open.
When the door was opened, Pei Ge saw Wen Qimo standing at the threshold.
The man wore a casual outfit today, so compared to Ji Ziming's prim and proper suit, the former looked much more approachable.
"Alright, thank you."
When she saw him successfully captivate those waitresses that had been fawning over the annoying fellow moments ago with a smile, the impression she had of the two men – that they were extreme ends of a spectrum – only grew stronger.
"Xiao Wen, you're here!" Zhang Manhua zealously welcomed his arrival with a wide smile. Compared to the enthusiasm she had shown when the other man arrived, the feeling she gave off now was much more intimate and familial.
At least, this was the feeling Ji Ziming gleaned from her words.
Glaring unhappily at Pei Ge, who was sitting next to him, he directed his sharp and cutting gaze at Wen Qimo.
Once he sent off the waitresses, Wen Qimo greeted Zhang Manhua warmly and politely.
"Auntie, did I come a little late?" He swept his gaze across Ji Ziming.
He seemed to be asking if his late arrival had cost him his seat beside her daughter.
"No, no. You're not late at all." Zhang Manhua smiled at him and got up from her seat, saying, "Come sit at auntie's seat here, so you can be next to our Ge Ge."
Ji Ziming felt his chest constrict at her action.
"How can I do that?" Wen Qimo shook his head, as though he wanted to reject her offer.
"Of course, you can! You are our Ge Ge's boyfriend, after all!" Zhang Manhua grew fonder of him due to his respectful attitude.
Pei Ge's mother just proved the truth about this saying: 'The more a mother sees a man as her son-in-law, the more favorable she is to him!'
What she did not know was that her words brought contrasting effect to the two men in the room.
Wen Qimo's smile grew wider and looked as if he were extremely happy.
Ji Ziming, meanwhile, pressed his lips very firmly together as his dark irises became stormy.
"It's my privilege to accept your offer, auntie." With that, Wen Qimo sat down on Pei Ge's right side.
Hence, the current scene was of a woman being sandwiched by two extremely handsome men. Surprisingly, though, this was pleasing to the eye.
Zhang Manhua was amused when she saw this.
At this moment, Pei Ge felt that she had no tears left to cry!
The man on her left had been emitting frigid air non-stop ever since Wen Qimo sat down next to her.
She really could not figure out where Ji Ziming's hatred for Wen Qimo had stemmed from!
Was it because his last date liking Wen Qimo had made him lose face?
That's just too petty! I totally didn't see signs of this annoying fellow liking that woman.
"How coincidental, CEO Ji. We meet again." Wen Qimo's response to his cutting gaze was a friendly greeting.
Merely narrowing his eyes threateningly at him, Ji Ziming did not reciprocate his greeting. Nonetheless, his stoic expression turned a few degrees colder.
How can this d*mn, stupid woman keep in touch with this pretentious and calculative twerp?! Indeed, I really need to look after her since she's so dumb!