793 Shhh! I want to give him a surprise!
"Yes, she's talented, but if she just relies on our family, then she'll never grow! Also, she can't stay in our Ji Group forever. She is bound to start her company in the future. What will she do when that time comes?"
"You with the surname Ji! I think you've been getting quite bold lately! You actually dared to speak to me like that?"
Madam Ji narrowed her eyes threateningly at him for rebuking her.
"It seems that I've been too lenient with you, and that's why your head is in the clouds."
"Dear, of course not. 'Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.' I'm only teaching her—"
Mister Ji hastily put down his cup as he turned from a high and mighty man into a pitiful henpecked husband.
"You dare give excuses?!" She squinted at him for a bit. Eventually, her gaze turned softer and her lips curved up slightly.
"No. Dear, Pei Ge is still here." It's not really good to let a younger one watch this.
He looked at his furious wife helplessly, feeling somewhat bitter inside!
Seeing that his son's girlfriend had high potential, he just wanted to teach her a trick or two.
After all, with her past work experience only limited to that of a lowly assistant, she still handled that CFO position well and even managed to resolve all those complicated issues of Jiaheng.
She accomplished such an amazing feat of bringing that dying company back, not just to life, but to a thriving one as well. This was not something anyone could accomplish.
He admired and cherished such talents; hence, he could not resist speaking up a little, not realizing that he had rebuked his 'empress dowager' wife for the first time…
"What if Ge Ge is here? She'll soon be part of our family, anyway!" She gave an off-handed remark as she looked at him with amusement.
Pei Ge blinked at this couple brimming with love and perceptively said, "Uncle, auntie, I still have something on, so I'll take my leave now. I'll come visit again next time."
As Madam Ji was thinking of properly educating her husband, who had gone against her for the first time, she did not persuade her to stay.
She only grinned at her before gently saying, "Are you going to Ming Ming next?"
"I'll go home first to check on my mom, and then I'll go look for Ziming." Pei Ge shook her head.
She must check first on her mother as she had not been home for so long!
At this, Madam Ji nodded and smiled. "Go home, then. I'll give my son a call to send you home. You guys can have a chat along the way."
She shook her head hurriedly. "No, auntie! Don't let him know that I'm back!"
The pair gave her a quizzical look, not getting why she would hide it from their son.
"He he! That… I'm thinking of giving him a surprise. It's also why I didn't inform him that I'd be back to the capital from Tianjin today."
She abashedly smiled.
"Pfft! You child!" The man's mother shook her head while chuckling.
"So… Auntie, please don't let him find out!" she pleaded.
"Fine, fine, fine. I get it. I won't tell him so that you can give him a surprise!"
A bright smile appeared on Pei Ge's face at her acquiescence.
"Then, uncle, auntie, I'm going now!"
With that, she happily got up off the sofa and left the study room.
"That lass truly puts in so much effort! Our son will surely be happy today!"
"Alright. Now that our future daughter-in-law is gone, it's time to settle things between us!"
"Dear, I was wrong."
"It's too late to apologize!"
Pei Ge got into the chauffeur's car again and left the Ji family's villa.
However, the moment she left, unbeknown to the Ji couple and her, an elderly woman in the villa walked to a secluded corner and made a call out.
"Hello! Miss Qiao, Pei Ge is back. Yes, she arrived just this afternoon. Master sent someone to fetch her. She just left the villa… I heard that she'll go home first before finding the young master to give him a surprise… I understand."
Her whispers slowly drifted and disappeared into the wind, leaving only the gentle breeze behind… as though no one had stood there before.
"Mom, I'm back!"
After fishing out her house keys from her bag and opening the door, she announced her presence as she changed out of her shoes.
Zhang Manhua, who was watching TV in the living room, excitedly got up off the sofa upon hearing her call.
"Ge Ge, why didn't you tell me that you're coming back today?! Mom could've picked you up!"
She walked to the entryway and reprimanded her daughter with a smile.
Despite her scolding, her daughter remained ecstatic.
"I wanted to give you a pleasant surprise! How is it? Did I succeed?"
Her daughter happily spread her arms.
"Yes! Luckily, it's not bad for the heart." She hugged her cheeky daughter.
Once her daughter was done changing into her indoor slippers, she dragged her over to sit on the sofa.
"Daughter, are you staying in the capital or leaving again eventually?"
She nervously looked at her daughter, hoping that the latter would not go to another branch company in a different city.
She was still waiting for her daughter to settle down and get married. Afterward, she could have a grandchild to play with!
"Yes! I won't be away on a business trip for a while!" Her daughter nodded and smiled.
"That's great!" She sighed in relief upon hearing this.
"Mom, I've got better news for you!"