Only the smoked salmon was eaten to completion by Xiao Ning, the sweet and sour pork on his plate, along with the tofu, both still having a good amount remaining.
Seeing this, Shan Haiming looked at him and asked, “Are you heading straight back to your place after this?”

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Reminded of the other man's family background, Xiao Ning felt this action of Shan Haiming's was so done with such ease and so conservative that it made the meal instantly become a bit uncommercial.
He wanted to decline, but was left with no way to really voice it.

So when facing someone like Shan Haiming, he didn't just feel a sense of admiration, he also felt somewhat envious.

But Xiao Ning had no idea how this topic ended up being delved into so deeply.
Thinking for a moment, Xiao Ning then asked, “So why didn't you just enter Rihua directly?”

You see, in the story of Bill Gates success, it is rarely ever mentioned that he actually had a powerful mother behind him.

Maybe it was the true sincerity emitted in his words, or perhaps it was the pure earnestness in his eyes, because each time there seemed to always be some part of him that caused Shan Haiming to be moved.
As currently, in that youth's smile, no longer was any cynical look able to be seen.

However, Shan Haiming said nothing more apart from asking, “Where's the parking lot?”

Oh, so it's like that. Despite having no real idea why being at Rihua would be “unconformable”, Xiao Ning guessed it may have something to do with Shan Haihong.
Think about it for a bit, he then said, “I still think your quite admirable, though.”

But despite Xiao Ning having no clue as to why he asked such a question, still nodded his head honestly in response.

These words of his were direct, so much so, they gave Xiao Ning not even the slightest chance to be tactful.

After the water boiled, Xiao Ning went for it and brought the kettle back, pouring cup for Shan Haiming as he further asked, “But you come back here and started a business, didn't you? So that way more awesome than me who just graduated university.”

“Not dislikable?” Shan Haiming cast a sidelong glance towards him, saying, “You have a really good temper.”

It seemed as though that guy was well aware of his own imposing nature, but Xiao Ning honestly thought it was his natural talent to be able to hold it back to such a degree.
One where it made others feel more embarrassed, but never getting to the point where it became unacceptable.

Folks born in the year of the sheep are thought of having been born with the characteristics for the sheep/ram/goat zodiac: gentle and considerate, good at communicating, and willing to sacrifice their own interests for other's sake.
They give others a reliable feeling.[] Folks born in the year of the dragon are believed to be blessed with innate courage, tenacity, and intelligence.
They are seen as being filled with confidence and enthusiasm; able to take on challenges, never backing down and willing to take risks.
But they may sometimes be thought of as aggressive…
and angry.
Another fall back is them not being open to criticism.

A grunt signifying his understanding left Shan Haiming's throat, with him then asking the waiter to pack up the left over food while he paid the bill.

When one is compared to the other, the only result will be a face full of tears.

A grunt signifying his understanding left Shan Haiming's throat, with him then asking the waiter to pack up the left over food while he paid the bill.

Shan Haiming then suddenly stated, “Phone.”

Reminded of the other man's family background, Xiao Ning felt this action of Shan Haiming's was so done with such ease and so conservative that it made the meal instantly become a bit uncommercial.
He wanted to decline, but was left with no way to really voice it.

He then reached over to rub Xian Ning's head, giving little warning of his action, still smiling as he said, “There's nothing here to admire.”

The two had nothing to converse over during the drive, apart from Shan Haiming asking Xiao Ning which direction to take when they came upon a fork in the road.
During that time, Shan Haiming's phone also rang a few more times, but all he did was glance at it without answering at all.
His act causing a bit of curiosity to stir within Xiao Ning, making him unable to stop himself from taking a look, only for him to see vaguely see the name Ye Ziyin flash upon the screen.

“Speak.” Shan Haiming was not replying him, but to someone on his own phone.
While opening the door of hs car, he motioned Xiao Ning to go to the other side, continuing to speak to the person on the other line, “Stop talking nonsense and just make the arrangements now.”

Those words of his made Xiao Ning seem as though he had lost his manners.
So while letting out an awkward laugh, he replied, “…no, I just assumed Mr.
Shan would have other business to attend to this afternoon.”

Xiao Ning was impressed.
He also recalled Wang Hua mentioning Shan Haiming had studied in Germany.
“Did it only take you a year to start your company?”

Ever since he was little, Xiao Ning has been extremely sensitive to other people's feelings, so he got the sense that this question was not at all similar to Shan Haiming's earlier queries, as it seemed he simply wanted to ask it without being answered.

Obviously he had zero intentions of asking about it, and soon Shan Haiming stopped in front the entrance of his apartment building.
Seeing this, Xiao Ning then said, “Sorry for troubling you, Mr.
Shan.”

Shan Haiming then suddenly stated, “Phone.”

“Nope.
I went for two years then dropped out.” Shan Haiming then added, “So my highest level of education is just a high school diploma.”

“I've already cancelled my afternoon appointments.” Shan Haiming answered bluntly, adding, “I have nowhere to go.”

Reminded of the other man's family background, Xiao Ning felt this action of Shan Haiming's was so done with such ease and so conservative that it made the meal instantly become a bit uncommercial.
He wanted to decline, but was left with no way to really voice it.

But Xiao Ning had no idea how this topic ended up being delved into so deeply.
Thinking for a moment, Xiao Ning then asked, “So why didn't you just enter Rihua directly?”

His tone as he said this was rather casual, almost sounding like one of familiarity.
Xiao Ning wanted to say a few polite words in response but the other man had already walked outside, forcing Xiao Ning to follow after him with the plastic takeaway container in hand.

Forcing Xiao Ning to ask in return, “What?”

“Nope.
I came back to the country when I was twenty,” Shan Haiming replied.

“No, I'm not that ambitious.” Having aid this, Shan Haiming probably felt his lips to be a bit dry, using his tongue to lick them before continuing, “I just didn't want to stay over there any longer.”

A grunt signifying his understanding left Shan Haiming's throat, with him then asking the waiter to pack up the left over food while he paid the bill.

But despite Xiao Ning having no clue as to why he asked such a question, still nodded his head honestly in response.

Xiao Ning followed Shan Haiming to the parking lot, and not far away from them, a sapphire blue car unlocked.
“Mr.
Shan…”

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Oh, so it's like that. Despite having no real idea why being at Rihua would be “unconformable”, Xiao Ning guessed it may have something to do with Shan Haihong.
Think about it for a bit, he then said, “I still think your quite admirable, though.”

“Your phone.
Can you not understand?” Shan Haiming spread his hand open in front of Xiao Ning, causing the latter to now understand his intention and handing over the phone.
Xiao Ning watched Shan Haiming slide open the screensaver, then after a few seconds, Shan Haiming's own phone rang, and Xiao Ning's phone was returned.
“Why didn't you set up a screen lock?”

Xiao Ning sighed, replying, “It's admirable how you know who you are and what you want for yourself.”

“Because doing so would be a pain.” Shan Haming took a sip of slightly cooled water, adding, “I just want t be comfortable.”

“Because doing so would be a pain.” Shan Haming took a sip of slightly cooled water, adding, “I just want t be comfortable.”

On Xiao Ning's phone screen, a disconnected call was shown, the number belonging to Shan Haiming.
Hearing what the other asked, with a smile he replied simply, “Because there's nothing on my phone.”

Xiao Ning was stunned for a bit as well.
He had guessed that Shan Haiming was indeed not older than himself, but…
he never expected the other man was younger than him by this much.
That is to say, this kid was only twenty-three years old and had already started a business selling real estate right out of university?

Shan Haiming then suddenly stated, “Phone.”

“Admirable?” Shan Haiming laughed a little as he responded, “What about me is admirable?”

This sentence of his was too sudden, so sudden, Xiao Ning reacted before his mind had caught up.
His head slowly turning to look at Shan Haiming before his brain could digest the statement.

Forcing Xiao Ning to ask in return, “What?”

Furthermore, you did so straightforwardly with dignity and pride.

“Being with me is uncomfortable for you, isn't it?”

Shan Haming made no further comment, his hands now resting on the table as he rose to his feet.
“Pick up your leftovers and the clothes, I'll give you a lift back.”

Such qualities were exactly what Xiao Ning lacked.
He was also overly cautious, constantly worried, and excessively prudent.
Not to mention, still being unable to handle things properly.

His tone as he said this was rather casual, almost sounding like one of familiarity.
Xiao Ning wanted to say a few polite words in response but the other man had already walked outside, forcing Xiao Ning to follow after him with the plastic takeaway container in hand.

Those words of his made Xiao Ning seem as though he had lost his manners.
So while letting out an awkward laugh, he replied, “…no, I just assumed Mr.
Shan would have other business to attend to this afternoon.”

On their way out, Xiao Ning thought carefully about his words, thinking he should not bother Shan Haiming too much.
Despite it seeming as though they had a close relationship, Shan Haiming's behaviour really made it hard for Xiao Ning to communicate with him.

His tone as he said this was rather casual, almost sounding like one of familiarity.
Xiao Ning wanted to say a few polite words in response but the other man had already walked outside, forcing Xiao Ning to follow after him with the plastic takeaway container in hand.

His tone as he said this was rather casual, almost sounding like one of familiarity.
Xiao Ning wanted to say a few polite words in response but the other man had already walked outside, forcing Xiao Ning to follow after him with the plastic takeaway container in hand.

A grunt signifying his understanding left Shan Haiming's throat, with him then asking the waiter to pack up the left over food while he paid the bill.

Xiao Ning was impressed.
He also recalled Wang Hua mentioning Shan Haiming had studied in Germany.
“Did it only take you a year to start your company?”

“Nope.
I went for two years then dropped out.” Shan Haiming then added, “So my highest level of education is just a high school diploma.”

Xiao Ning followed Shan Haiming to the parking lot, and not far away from them, a sapphire blue car unlocked.
“Mr.
Shan…”

But all Shan Haiming did was grab hold of the staring wheel, rest his chin on his hands while staring at Xiao Ning.

On Xiao Ning's phone screen, a disconnected call was shown, the number belonging to Shan Haiming.
Hearing what the other asked, with a smile he replied simply, “Because there's nothing on my phone.”

So as a result, Xiao Ning swallowed those words of his back, doing so for a good while also, until he finally spoke out frankly.
“To be truly honest, it's not actually, Mr.
Shan, because you don't do anything that goes too far.
I think our interactions are rather friendly, to be honest.
It's just that we don't know one another all that well.
Plus, I'm not the kind of person who naturally opens up a lot, and your forward attitude makes me feel just a little uncomfortable—but it's not to the point where it's dislikeable or anything.”

Xiao Ning hesitated for a few seconds, but Shan Haiming was already seated in the car, so he had no choice but also climb in.

“Your phone.
Can you not understand?” Shan Haiming spread his hand open in front of Xiao Ning, causing the latter to now understand his intention and handing over the phone.
Xiao Ning watched Shan Haiming slide open the screensaver, then after a few seconds, Shan Haiming's own phone rang, and Xiao Ning's phone was returned.
“Why didn't you set up a screen lock?”

“You live that far away?” Shan Haiming started his car after saying this, driving off.

“I've already cancelled my afternoon appointments.” Shan Haiming answered bluntly, adding, “I have nowhere to go.”

“Speak.” Shan Haiming was not replying him, but to someone on his own phone.
While opening the door of hs car, he motioned Xiao Ning to go to the other side, continuing to speak to the person on the other line, “Stop talking nonsense and just make the arrangements now.”

Demanding great help from a mere acquaintance is a foolish

Shan Haiming held a throw pillow in his arms, still maintaining his television watching position, leaving nothing but his bored side profile to see.
Xiao Ning instinctively wanted to say something to deny it, as well as adding a few kind words to ease the situation.
But those words of his only got stuck in his throat, preventing hm from saying them aloud.

On their way out, Xiao Ning thought carefully about his words, thinking he should not bother Shan Haiming too much.
Despite it seeming as though they had a close relationship, Shan Haiming's behaviour really made it hard for Xiao Ning to communicate with him.

Xiao Ning hesitated for a few seconds, but Shan Haiming was already seated in the car, so he had no choice but also climb in.

Wearing a forced smile, he kept looking at Xiao Ning as he continued, “I'm not some industrious entrepreneur.
The starting point for me was completely different.”

“Admirable?” Shan Haiming laughed a little as he responded, “What about me is admirable?”

“Being with me is uncomfortable for you, isn't it?”

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“Not dislikable?” Shan Haiming cast a sidelong glance towards him, saying, “You have a really good temper.”

Xiao Ning: “…”

“Don't send it for me to look over, is that something I do?” Using his other hand, Shan Haiming buckled his seatbelt, continuing, “I understand.
Tell me the reports on Sunday.”

So when facing someone like Shan Haiming, he didn't just feel a sense of admiration, he also felt somewhat envious.

Xiao Ning sighed, replying, “It's admirable how you know who you are and what you want for yourself.”

“Nope.
I went for two years then dropped out.” Shan Haiming then added, “So my highest level of education is just a high school diploma.”

“Your phone.
Can you not understand?” Shan Haiming spread his hand open in front of Xiao Ning, causing the latter to now understand his intention and handing over the phone.
Xiao Ning watched Shan Haiming slide open the screensaver, then after a few seconds, Shan Haiming's own phone rang, and Xiao Ning's phone was returned.
“Why didn't you set up a screen lock?”

It seemed as though that guy was well aware of his own imposing nature, but Xiao Ning honestly thought it was his natural talent to be able to hold it back to such a degree.
One where it made others feel more embarrassed, but never getting to the point where it became unacceptable.

Such qualities were exactly what Xiao Ning lacked.
He was also overly cautious, constantly worried, and excessively prudent.
Not to mention, still being unable to handle things properly.

“Don't send it for me to look over, is that something I do?” Using his other hand, Shan Haiming buckled his seatbelt, continuing, “I understand.
Tell me the reports on Sunday.”

Following this, he hung up his phone, tossing it aside, then pulled out his car keys.
“Your house is close to Baiye, right?”

“You live that far away?” Shan Haiming started his car after saying this, driving off.

Reminded of the other man's family background, Xiao Ning felt this action of Shan Haiming's was so done with such ease and so conservative that it made the meal instantly become a bit uncommercial.
He wanted to decline, but was left with no way to really voice it.

So as a result, Xiao Ning swallowed those words of his back, doing so for a good while also, until he finally spoke out frankly.
“To be truly honest, it's not actually, Mr.
Shan, because you don't do anything that goes too far.
I think our interactions are rather friendly, to be honest.
It's just that we don't know one another all that well.
Plus, I'm not the kind of person who naturally opens up a lot, and your forward attitude makes me feel just a little uncomfortable—but it's not to the point where it's dislikeable or anything.”

“I've already cancelled my afternoon appointments.” Shan Haiming answered bluntly, adding, “I have nowhere to go.”

You see, in the story of Bill Gates success, it is rarely ever mentioned that he actually had a powerful mother behind him.

Such qualities were exactly what Xiao Ning lacked.
He was also overly cautious, constantly worried, and excessively prudent.
Not to mention, still being unable to handle things properly.

Forcing Xiao Ning to ask in return, “What?”

It's not exactly what can be called near, but it is in that direction. Xiao Ning nodded, replying, “Yes.
It's south of Baiye.”

Xiao Ning hesitated for a few seconds, but Shan Haiming was already seated in the car, so he had no choice but also climb in.

Xiao Ning: “…”

“Yeah, sure.
The remote is on the table,” Xiao Ning replied while making his way to the kitchen to boil the water.
When her came back out, Shan Haiming already had the television switched on and was quickly flipping through the channels before finally stopping on Animal Planet.

“You live that far away?” Shan Haiming started his car after saying this, driving off.

It seemed as though that guy was well aware of his own imposing nature, but Xiao Ning honestly thought it was his natural talent to be able to hold it back to such a degree.
One where it made others feel more embarrassed, but never getting to the point where it became unacceptable.

Being told he was easy to bully by a man like Shan Haiming, a person who was even younger than him, felt too strange.
So touching his nose smugly, Xiao Ning replied, “I was actually born in the year off the dragon.”

Folks born in the year of the sheep are thought of having been born with the characteristics for the sheep/ram/goat zodiac: gentle and considerate, good at communicating, and willing to sacrifice their own interests for other's sake.
They give others a reliable feeling.[] Folks born in the year of the dragon are believed to be blessed with innate courage, tenacity, and intelligence.
They are seen as being filled with confidence and enthusiasm; able to take on challenges, never backing down and willing to take risks.
But they may sometimes be thought of as aggressive…
and angry.
Another fall back is them not being open to criticism.

The two had nothing to converse over during the drive, apart from Shan Haiming asking Xiao Ning which direction to take when they came upon a fork in the road.
During that time, Shan Haiming's phone also rang a few more times, but all he did was glance at it without answering at all.
His act causing a bit of curiosity to stir within Xiao Ning, making him unable to stop himself from taking a look, only for him to see vaguely see the name Ye Ziyin flash upon the screen.

“The year of the dragon…” Shan Haiming froze for a moment before asking, “You're twenty-seven? Then that means you're four years older than me.”

These words of his were direct, so much so, they gave Xiao Ning not even the slightest chance to be tactful.

Shan Haming made no further comment, his hands now resting on the table as he rose to his feet.
“Pick up your leftovers and the clothes, I'll give you a lift back.”

Obviously he had zero intentions of asking about it, and soon Shan Haiming stopped in front the entrance of his apartment building.
Seeing this, Xiao Ning then said, “Sorry for troubling you, Mr.
Shan.”

Forcing Xiao Ning to ask in return, “What?”

Xiao Ning hesitated for a few seconds, but Shan Haiming was already seated in the car, so he had no choice but also climb in.

Being told he was easy to bully by a man like Shan Haiming, a person who was even younger than him, felt too strange.
So touching his nose smugly, Xiao Ning replied, “I was actually born in the year off the dragon.”

However, Shan Haiming said nothing more apart from asking, “Where's the parking lot?”

After the water boiled, Xiao Ning went for it and brought the kettle back, pouring cup for Shan Haiming as he further asked, “But you come back here and started a business, didn't you? So that way more awesome than me who just graduated university.”

“Your phone.
Can you not understand?” Shan Haiming spread his hand open in front of Xiao Ning, causing the latter to now understand his intention and handing over the phone.
Xiao Ning watched Shan Haiming slide open the screensaver, then after a few seconds, Shan Haiming's own phone rang, and Xiao Ning's phone was returned.
“Why didn't you set up a screen lock?”

Obviously he had zero intentions of asking about it, and soon Shan Haiming stopped in front the entrance of his apartment building.
Seeing this, Xiao Ning then said, “Sorry for troubling you, Mr.
Shan.”

But all Shan Haiming did was grab hold of the staring wheel, rest his chin on his hands while staring at Xiao Ning.

Xiao Ning even more impressed, saying, “So you skipped ahead to graduate early then.”

Xiao Ning felt a little uneasy by his staring, so he undid his seatbelt and was planning to open the car door, when Shan Haiming asked him, “No more?”

On Xiao Ning's phone screen, a disconnected call was shown, the number belonging to Shan Haiming.
Hearing what the other asked, with a smile he replied simply, “Because there's nothing on my phone.”

So when facing someone like Shan Haiming, he didn't just feel a sense of admiration, he also felt somewhat envious.

Xiao Ning kept getting the feeling, that when these kinds of things occur with Shan Haiming, they surprisingly did not come off that weird.
So with a chuckle, he asked the younger man, “Are you trying to be like Bill Gates then?”

Those words of his made no sense, making Xiao Ning ask confusedly, “What?”

Being told he was easy to bully by a man like Shan Haiming, a person who was even younger than him, felt too strange.
So touching his nose smugly, Xiao Ning replied, “I was actually born in the year off the dragon.”

On Xiao Ning's phone screen, a disconnected call was shown, the number belonging to Shan Haiming.
Hearing what the other asked, with a smile he replied simply, “Because there's nothing on my phone.”

Furthermore, you did so straightforwardly with dignity and pride.

Xiao Ning was impressed.
He also recalled Wang Hua mentioning Shan Haiming had studied in Germany.
“Did it only take you a year to start your company?”

Xiao Ning followed Shan Haiming to the parking lot, and not far away from them, a sapphire blue car unlocked.
“Mr.
Shan…”

In response Shan Haiming raised his chin, his tone carrying a trace of criticism as he asked, “Aren't you going to invite me up?”

Following this, he hung up his phone, tossing it aside, then pulled out his car keys.
“Your house is close to Baiye, right?”

In response Shan Haiming raised his chin, his tone carrying a trace of criticism as he asked, “Aren't you going to invite me up?”

You see, in the story of Bill Gates success, it is rarely ever mentioned that he actually had a powerful mother behind him.

Furthermore, you did so straightforwardly with dignity and pride.

Xiao Ning: “…”

Xiao Ning: “…”

Following this, he hung up his phone, tossing it aside, then pulled out his car keys.
“Your house is close to Baiye, right?”

Those words of his made no sense, making Xiao Ning ask confusedly, “What?”

A grunt signifying his understanding left Shan Haiming's throat, with him then asking the waiter to pack up the left over food while he paid the bill.

Those words of his made Xiao Ning seem as though he had lost his manners.
So while letting out an awkward laugh, he replied, “…no, I just assumed Mr.
Shan would have other business to attend to this afternoon.”

Xiao Ning followed Shan Haiming to the parking lot, and not far away from them, a sapphire blue car unlocked.
“Mr.
Shan…”

“I've already cancelled my afternoon appointments.” Shan Haiming answered bluntly, adding, “I have nowhere to go.”

Xiao Ning: “…”

Xiao Ning was of course stunned, thinking of how such an act showed no respect towards an elder.
But once he saw how good of a mood Shan Haiming was now in, he stopped himself from voicing his complaints aloud.
In the end, simply choosing to shake his head with no words said.

Obviously he had zero intentions of asking about it, and soon Shan Haiming stopped in front the entrance of his apartment building.
Seeing this, Xiao Ning then said, “Sorry for troubling you, Mr.
Shan.”

Speaking quickly, Xiao Ning couldn't help but say with a smile, “Oh, you can come up then, but…
I really don't have anything to entertain Mr.
Shan.”

But Xiao Ning had no idea how this topic ended up being delved into so deeply.
Thinking for a moment, Xiao Ning then asked, “So why didn't you just enter Rihua directly?”

Oh, so it's like that. Despite having no real idea why being at Rihua would be “unconformable”, Xiao Ning guessed it may have something to do with Shan Haihong.
Think about it for a bit, he then said, “I still think your quite admirable, though.”

“Yeah, sure.
The remote is on the table,” Xiao Ning replied while making his way to the kitchen to boil the water.
When her came back out, Shan Haiming already had the television switched on and was quickly flipping through the channels before finally stopping on Animal Planet.

“Don't send it for me to look over, is that something I do?” Using his other hand, Shan Haiming buckled his seatbelt, continuing, “I understand.
Tell me the reports on Sunday.”

Shan Haiming now turned his head Xiao Ning's way, staring at him for a long time before scoffing with a grin, “If you're like this, you'll be really easy to bully.
Were you born in the year of the sheep?”

“No, I'm not that ambitious.” Having aid this, Shan Haiming probably felt his lips to be a bit dry, using his tongue to lick them before continuing, “I just didn't want to stay over there any longer.”

It's not exactly what can be called near, but it is in that direction. Xiao Ning nodded, replying, “Yes.
It's south of Baiye.”

However, Shan Haiming said nothing more apart from asking, “Where's the parking lot?”

“Your phone.
Can you not understand?” Shan Haiming spread his hand open in front of Xiao Ning, causing the latter to now understand his intention and handing over the phone.
Xiao Ning watched Shan Haiming slide open the screensaver, then after a few seconds, Shan Haiming's own phone rang, and Xiao Ning's phone was returned.
“Why didn't you set up a screen lock?”

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Xiao Ning sat back down again and directed Shan Haiming to the parking lot on the first floor, then both took the elevator upstairs.
Because this apartment was only visited by Xiao Ning and Lu Yan occasionally, there were still two pairs of slippers in the shoe cabinet, perfect for him and Shan Haiming, one pair each.

“Don't send it for me to look over, is that something I do?” Using his other hand, Shan Haiming buckled his seatbelt, continuing, “I understand.
Tell me the reports on Sunday.”

Such qualities were exactly what Xiao Ning lacked.
He was also overly cautious, constantly worried, and excessively prudent.
Not to mention, still being unable to handle things properly.

“Admirable?” Shan Haiming laughed a little as he responded, “What about me is admirable?”

Xiao Ning smiled reluctantly, “I'm just lazier than most.
I just don't have it in me to get angry.
Besides, it's much easier to go along with stuff in comparison.”

It's not exactly what can be called near, but it is in that direction. Xiao Ning nodded, replying, “Yes.
It's south of Baiye.”

These words of his were direct, so much so, they gave Xiao Ning not even the slightest chance to be tactful.

Those words of his made Xiao Ning seem as though he had lost his manners.
So while letting out an awkward laugh, he replied, “…no, I just assumed Mr.
Shan would have other business to attend to this afternoon.”

“Would you like some coffee or maybe some tea, Mr.
Shan?” Although neither of these options was considered anything grand, given he had no idea how long the tea had last been stocked, and the coffee was the instant kind, Xiao Ning still had to ask the other man out of courtesy.

On their way out, Xiao Ning thought carefully about his words, thinking he should not bother Shan Haiming too much.
Despite it seeming as though they had a close relationship, Shan Haiming's behaviour really made it hard for Xiao Ning to communicate with him.

Xiao Ning followed Shan Haiming to the parking lot, and not far away from them, a sapphire blue car unlocked.
“Mr.
Shan…”

He then reached over to rub Xian Ning's head, giving little warning of his action, still smiling as he said, “There's nothing here to admire.”

The two had nothing to converse over during the drive, apart from Shan Haiming asking Xiao Ning which direction to take when they came upon a fork in the road.
During that time, Shan Haiming's phone also rang a few more times, but all he did was glance at it without answering at all.
His act causing a bit of curiosity to stir within Xiao Ning, making him unable to stop himself from taking a look, only for him to see vaguely see the name Ye Ziyin flash upon the screen.

Xiao Ning followed Shan Haiming to the parking lot, and not far away from them, a sapphire blue car unlocked.
“Mr.
Shan…”

“Just a glass of water will be fine, thanks.” Shan Haiming was currently taking a look around the apartment he had stayed in the night prior, then took himself a seat on the sofa.
“Can I watch some TV?”

Xiao Ning took a seat next to him on the sofa, a gap between them, and silently stared at the screen.

“Yeah, sure.
The remote is on the table,” Xiao Ning replied while making his way to the kitchen to boil the water.
When her came back out, Shan Haiming already had the television switched on and was quickly flipping through the channels before finally stopping on Animal Planet.

Folks born in the year of the sheep are thought of having been born with the characteristics for the sheep/ram/goat zodiac: gentle and considerate, good at communicating, and willing to sacrifice their own interests for other's sake.
They give others a reliable feeling.[] Folks born in the year of the dragon are believed to be blessed with innate courage, tenacity, and intelligence.
They are seen as being filled with confidence and enthusiasm; able to take on challenges, never backing down and willing to take risks.
But they may sometimes be thought of as aggressive…
and angry.
Another fall back is them not being open to criticism.

Xiao Ning took a seat next to him on the sofa, a gap between them, and silently stared at the screen.

Obviously he had zero intentions of asking about it, and soon Shan Haiming stopped in front the entrance of his apartment building.
Seeing this, Xiao Ning then said, “Sorry for troubling you, Mr.
Shan.”

Shan Haiming shook his head, while a thin smile seeming to be floating on water spread itself on his face.
“Even if I don't depend on Rihua to something, if not for my parents' names, a lot of folks wouldn't even give me the time of day, neither would they know about me.
On top of that, there would be a lot of information I just wouldn't have known.
It's unpleasant to hear as much as it is to say this, but from since I was young, the stuff I was exposed to was quite different from the average person.”

On their way out, Xiao Ning thought carefully about his words, thinking he should not bother Shan Haiming too much.
Despite it seeming as though they had a close relationship, Shan Haiming's behaviour really made it hard for Xiao Ning to communicate with him.

Oh, so it's like that. Despite having no real idea why being at Rihua would be “unconformable”, Xiao Ning guessed it may have something to do with Shan Haihong.
Think about it for a bit, he then said, “I still think your quite admirable, though.”

In response Shan Haiming raised his chin, his tone carrying a trace of criticism as he asked, “Aren't you going to invite me up?”

“I'm awesome…” Shan Haiming kept a tight grip on his cup, swirling its contents, while his his half closed eyes was fixed on the hot water inside.
He then lifted his gaze towards Xiao Ning and asked, “Then would I still be considered awesome if I was reborn in a different body?”

A grunt signifying his understanding left Shan Haiming's throat, with him then asking the waiter to pack up the left over food while he paid the bill.

“Being with me is uncomfortable for you, isn't it?”

Shan Haming made no further comment, his hands now resting on the table as he rose to his feet.
“Pick up your leftovers and the clothes, I'll give you a lift back.”

This sentence of his was too sudden, so sudden, Xiao Ning reacted before his mind had caught up.
His head slowly turning to look at Shan Haiming before his brain could digest the statement.

Xiao Ning was impressed.
He also recalled Wang Hua mentioning Shan Haiming had studied in Germany.
“Did it only take you a year to start your company?”

Following this, he hung up his phone, tossing it aside, then pulled out his car keys.
“Your house is close to Baiye, right?”

Xiao Ning sat back down again and directed Shan Haiming to the parking lot on the first floor, then both took the elevator upstairs.
Because this apartment was only visited by Xiao Ning and Lu Yan occasionally, there were still two pairs of slippers in the shoe cabinet, perfect for him and Shan Haiming, one pair each.

Xiao Ning followed Shan Haiming to the parking lot, and not far away from them, a sapphire blue car unlocked.
“Mr.
Shan…”

Those words of his made no sense, making Xiao Ning ask confusedly, “What?”

So when facing someone like Shan Haiming, he didn't just feel a sense of admiration, he also felt somewhat envious.

“Not dislikable?” Shan Haiming cast a sidelong glance towards him, saying, “You have a really good temper.”

Shan Haiming held a throw pillow in his arms, still maintaining his television watching position, leaving nothing but his bored side profile to see.
Xiao Ning instinctively wanted to say something to deny it, as well as adding a few kind words to ease the situation.
But those words of his only got stuck in his throat, preventing hm from saying them aloud.

Xiao Ning felt a little uneasy by his staring, so he undid his seatbelt and was planning to open the car door, when Shan Haiming asked him, “No more?”

Ever since he was little, Xiao Ning has been extremely sensitive to other people's feelings, so he got the sense that this question was not at all similar to Shan Haiming's earlier queries, as it seemed he simply wanted to ask it without being answered.

Those words of his made no sense, making Xiao Ning ask confusedly, “What?”

“Your phone.
Can you not understand?” Shan Haiming spread his hand open in front of Xiao Ning, causing the latter to now understand his intention and handing over the phone.
Xiao Ning watched Shan Haiming slide open the screensaver, then after a few seconds, Shan Haiming's own phone rang, and Xiao Ning's phone was returned.
“Why didn't you set up a screen lock?”

Reminded of the other man's family background, Xiao Ning felt this action of Shan Haiming's was so done with such ease and so conservative that it made the meal instantly become a bit uncommercial.
He wanted to decline, but was left with no way to really voice it.

You see, in the story of Bill Gates success, it is rarely ever mentioned that he actually had a powerful mother behind him.

Demanding great help from a mere acquaintance is a foolish

However, Shan Haiming said nothing more apart from asking, “Where's the parking lot?”

When one is compared to the other, the only result will be a face full of tears.

So as a result, Xiao Ning swallowed those words of his back, doing so for a good while also, until he finally spoke out frankly.
“To be truly honest, it's not actually, Mr.
Shan, because you don't do anything that goes too far.
I think our interactions are rather friendly, to be honest.
It's just that we don't know one another all that well.
Plus, I'm not the kind of person who naturally opens up a lot, and your forward attitude makes me feel just a little uncomfortable—but it's not to the point where it's dislikeable or anything.”

“Because doing so would be a pain.” Shan Haming took a sip of slightly cooled water, adding, “I just want t be comfortable.”

You see, in the story of Bill Gates success, it is rarely ever mentioned that he actually had a powerful mother behind him.

Demanding great help from a mere acquaintance is a foolish

Folks born in the year of the sheep are thought of having been born with the characteristics for the sheep/ram/goat zodiac: gentle and considerate, good at communicating, and willing to sacrifice their own interests for other's sake.
They give others a reliable feeling.[] Folks born in the year of the dragon are believed to be blessed with innate courage, tenacity, and intelligence.
They are seen as being filled with confidence and enthusiasm; able to take on challenges, never backing down and willing to take risks.
But they may sometimes be thought of as aggressive…
and angry.
Another fall back is them not being open to criticism.

“I've already cancelled my afternoon appointments.” Shan Haiming answered bluntly, adding, “I have nowhere to go.”

You see, in the story of Bill Gates success, it is rarely ever mentioned that he actually had a powerful mother behind him.

These words of his were direct, so much so, they gave Xiao Ning not even the slightest chance to be tactful.

“Not dislikable?” Shan Haiming cast a sidelong glance towards him, saying, “You have a really good temper.”

“Not dislikable?” Shan Haiming cast a sidelong glance towards him, saying, “You have a really good temper.”

“I've already cancelled my afternoon appointments.” Shan Haiming answered bluntly, adding, “I have nowhere to go.”

“Not dislikable?” Shan Haiming cast a sidelong glance towards him, saying, “You have a really good temper.”

“I'm awesome…” Shan Haiming kept a tight grip on his cup, swirling its contents, while his his half closed eyes was fixed on the hot water inside.
He then lifted his gaze towards Xiao Ning and asked, “Then would I still be considered awesome if I was reborn in a different body?”

Shan Haiming now turned his head Xiao Ning's way, staring at him for a long time before scoffing with a grin, “If you're like this, you'll be really easy to bully.
Were you born in the year of the sheep?”

Xiao Ning sat back down again and directed Shan Haiming to the parking lot on the first floor, then both took the elevator upstairs.
Because this apartment was only visited by Xiao Ning and Lu Yan occasionally, there were still two pairs of slippers in the shoe cabinet, perfect for him and Shan Haiming, one pair each.

Shan Haiming shook his head, while a thin smile seeming to be floating on water spread itself on his face.
“Even if I don't depend on Rihua to something, if not for my parents' names, a lot of folks wouldn't even give me the time of day, neither would they know about me.
On top of that, there would be a lot of information I just wouldn't have known.
It's unpleasant to hear as much as it is to say this, but from since I was young, the stuff I was exposed to was quite different from the average person.”

It seemed as though that guy was well aware of his own imposing nature, but Xiao Ning honestly thought it was his natural talent to be able to hold it back to such a degree.
One where it made others feel more embarrassed, but never getting to the point where it became unacceptable.

In response Shan Haiming raised his chin, his tone carrying a trace of criticism as he asked, “Aren't you going to invite me up?”

“Yeah, sure.
The remote is on the table,” Xiao Ning replied while making his way to the kitchen to boil the water.
When her came back out, Shan Haiming already had the television switched on and was quickly flipping through the channels before finally stopping on Animal Planet.

“Speak.” Shan Haiming was not replying him, but to someone on his own phone.
While opening the door of hs car, he motioned Xiao Ning to go to the other side, continuing to speak to the person on the other line, “Stop talking nonsense and just make the arrangements now.”

“Admirable?” Shan Haiming laughed a little as he responded, “What about me is admirable?”

On Xiao Ning's phone screen, a disconnected call was shown, the number belonging to Shan Haiming.
Hearing what the other asked, with a smile he replied simply, “Because there's nothing on my phone.”

Shan Haiming held a throw pillow in his arms, still maintaining his television watching position, leaving nothing but his bored side profile to see.
Xiao Ning instinctively wanted to say something to deny it, as well as adding a few kind words to ease the situation.
But those words of his only got stuck in his throat, preventing hm from saying them aloud.

Shan Haiming now turned his head Xiao Ning's way, staring at him for a long time before scoffing with a grin, “If you're like this, you'll be really easy to bully.
Were you born in the year of the sheep?”

Xiao Ning smiled reluctantly, “I'm just lazier than most.
I just don't have it in me to get angry.
Besides, it's much easier to go along with stuff in comparison.”

This sentence of his was too sudden, so sudden, Xiao Ning reacted before his mind had caught up.
His head slowly turning to look at Shan Haiming before his brain could digest the statement.

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Xiao Ning smiled reluctantly, “I'm just lazier than most.
I just don't have it in me to get angry.
Besides, it's much easier to go along with stuff in comparison.”

Those words of his made no sense, making Xiao Ning ask confusedly, “What?”

Xiao Ning took a seat next to him on the sofa, a gap between them, and silently stared at the screen.

“I'm awesome…” Shan Haiming kept a tight grip on his cup, swirling its contents, while his his half closed eyes was fixed on the hot water inside.
He then lifted his gaze towards Xiao Ning and asked, “Then would I still be considered awesome if I was reborn in a different body?”

You see, in the story of Bill Gates success, it is rarely ever mentioned that he actually had a powerful mother behind him.

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Shan Haiming now turned his head Xiao Ning's way, staring at him for a long time before scoffing with a grin, “If you're like this, you'll be really easy to bully.
Were you born in the year of the sheep?”[1]

“Yeah, sure.
The remote is on the table,” Xiao Ning replied while making his way to the kitchen to boil the water.
When her came back out, Shan Haiming already had the television switched on and was quickly flipping through the channels before finally stopping on Animal Planet.

Being told he was easy to bully by a man like Shan Haiming, a person who was even younger than him, felt too strange.
So touching his nose smugly, Xiao Ning replied, “I was actually born in the year off the dragon.”[2]

“Being with me is uncomfortable for you, isn't it?”

Shan Haiming then suddenly stated, “Phone.”

“You live that far away?” Shan Haiming started his car after saying this, driving off.

Xiao Ning felt a little uneasy by his staring, so he undid his seatbelt and was planning to open the car door, when Shan Haiming asked him, “No more?”

“Speak.” Shan Haiming was not replying him, but to someone on his own phone.
While opening the door of hs car, he motioned Xiao Ning to go to the other side, continuing to speak to the person on the other line, “Stop talking nonsense and just make the arrangements now.”

Being told he was easy to bully by a man like Shan Haiming, a person who was even younger than him, felt too strange.
So touching his nose smugly, Xiao Ning replied, “I was actually born in the year off the dragon.”

Demanding great help from a mere acquaintance is a foolish

“The year of the dragon…” Shan Haiming froze for a moment before asking, “You're twenty-seven? Then that means you're four years older than me.”

“No, I'm not that ambitious.” Having aid this, Shan Haiming probably felt his lips to be a bit dry, using his tongue to lick them before continuing, “I just didn't want to stay over there any longer.”

Xiao Ning was stunned for a bit as well.
He had guessed that Shan Haiming was indeed not older than himself, but…
he never expected the other man was younger than him by this much.
That is to say, this kid was only twenty-three years old and had already started a business selling real estate right out of university?

Xiao Ning sat back down again and directed Shan Haiming to the parking lot on the first floor, then both took the elevator upstairs.
Because this apartment was only visited by Xiao Ning and Lu Yan occasionally, there were still two pairs of slippers in the shoe cabinet, perfect for him and Shan Haiming, one pair each.

Such qualities were exactly what Xiao Ning lacked.
He was also overly cautious, constantly worried, and excessively prudent.
Not to mention, still being unable to handle things properly.

“Nope.
I came back to the country when I was twenty,” Shan Haiming replied.

When one is compared to the other, the only result will be a face full of tears.

But despite Xiao Ning having no clue as to why he asked such a question, still nodded his head honestly in response.

Xiao Ning was impressed.
He also recalled Wang Hua mentioning Shan Haiming had studied in Germany.
“Did it only take you a year to start your company?”

The two had nothing to converse over during the drive, apart from Shan Haiming asking Xiao Ning which direction to take when they came upon a fork in the road.
During that time, Shan Haiming's phone also rang a few more times, but all he did was glance at it without answering at all.
His act causing a bit of curiosity to stir within Xiao Ning, making him unable to stop himself from taking a look, only for him to see vaguely see the name Ye Ziyin flash upon the screen.

“Admirable?” Shan Haiming laughed a little as he responded, “What about me is admirable?”

Following this, he hung up his phone, tossing it aside, then pulled out his car keys.
“Your house is close to Baiye, right?”

These words of his were direct, so much so, they gave Xiao Ning not even the slightest chance to be tactful.

Xiao Ning: “…”

“Nope.
I came back to the country when I was twenty,” Shan Haiming replied.

“I'm awesome…” Shan Haiming kept a tight grip on his cup, swirling its contents, while his his half closed eyes was fixed on the hot water inside.
He then lifted his gaze towards Xiao Ning and asked, “Then would I still be considered awesome if I was reborn in a different body?”

But all Shan Haiming did was grab hold of the staring wheel, rest his chin on his hands while staring at Xiao Ning.

“The year of the dragon…” Shan Haiming froze for a moment before asking, “You're twenty-seven? Then that means you're four years older than me.”

Xiao Ning even more impressed, saying, “So you skipped ahead to graduate early then.”

After the water boiled, Xiao Ning went for it and brought the kettle back, pouring cup for Shan Haiming as he further asked, “But you come back here and started a business, didn't you? So that way more awesome than me who just graduated university.”

“The year of the dragon…” Shan Haiming froze for a moment before asking, “You're twenty-seven? Then that means you're four years older than me.”

Shan Haiming then suddenly stated, “Phone.”

“Nope.
I went for two years then dropped out.” Shan Haiming then added, “So my highest level of education is just a high school diploma.”

Maybe it was the true sincerity emitted in his words, or perhaps it was the pure earnestness in his eyes, because each time there seemed to always be some part of him that caused Shan Haiming to be moved.
As currently, in that youth's smile, no longer was any cynical look able to be seen.

Shan Haiming now turned his head Xiao Ning's way, staring at him for a long time before scoffing with a grin, “If you're like this, you'll be really easy to bully.
Were you born in the year of the sheep?”

Following this, he hung up his phone, tossing it aside, then pulled out his car keys.
“Your house is close to Baiye, right?”

“Would you like some coffee or maybe some tea, Mr.
Shan?” Although neither of these options was considered anything grand, given he had no idea how long the tea had last been stocked, and the coffee was the instant kind, Xiao Ning still had to ask the other man out of courtesy.

In response Shan Haiming raised his chin, his tone carrying a trace of criticism as he asked, “Aren't you going to invite me up?”

Xiao Ning kept getting the feeling, that when these kinds of things occur with Shan Haiming, they surprisingly did not come off that weird.
So with a chuckle, he asked the younger man, “Are you trying to be like Bill Gates then?”

Ever since he was little, Xiao Ning has been extremely sensitive to other people's feelings, so he got the sense that this question was not at all similar to Shan Haiming's earlier queries, as it seemed he simply wanted to ask it without being answered.

“No, I'm not that ambitious.” Having aid this, Shan Haiming probably felt his lips to be a bit dry, using his tongue to lick them before continuing, “I just didn't want to stay over there any longer.”

In response Shan Haiming raised his chin, his tone carrying a trace of criticism as he asked, “Aren't you going to invite me up?”

The two had nothing to converse over during the drive, apart from Shan Haiming asking Xiao Ning which direction to take when they came upon a fork in the road.
During that time, Shan Haiming's phone also rang a few more times, but all he did was glance at it without answering at all.
His act causing a bit of curiosity to stir within Xiao Ning, making him unable to stop himself from taking a look, only for him to see vaguely see the name Ye Ziyin flash upon the screen.

But Xiao Ning had no idea how this topic ended up being delved into so deeply.
Thinking for a moment, Xiao Ning then asked, “So why didn't you just enter Rihua directly?”

“Nope.
I went for two years then dropped out.” Shan Haiming then added, “So my highest level of education is just a high school diploma.”

“No, I'm not that ambitious.” Having aid this, Shan Haiming probably felt his lips to be a bit dry, using his tongue to lick them before continuing, “I just didn't want to stay over there any longer.”

“No, I'm not that ambitious.” Having aid this, Shan Haiming probably felt his lips to be a bit dry, using his tongue to lick them before continuing, “I just didn't want to stay over there any longer.”

So as a result, Xiao Ning swallowed those words of his back, doing so for a good while also, until he finally spoke out frankly.
“To be truly honest, it's not actually, Mr.
Shan, because you don't do anything that goes too far.
I think our interactions are rather friendly, to be honest.
It's just that we don't know one another all that well.
Plus, I'm not the kind of person who naturally opens up a lot, and your forward attitude makes me feel just a little uncomfortable—but it's not to the point where it's dislikeable or anything.”

Maybe it was the true sincerity emitted in his words, or perhaps it was the pure earnestness in his eyes, because each time there seemed to always be some part of him that caused Shan Haiming to be moved.
As currently, in that youth's smile, no longer was any cynical look able to be seen.

“You live that far away?” Shan Haiming started his car after saying this, driving off.

“Admirable?” Shan Haiming laughed a little as he responded, “What about me is admirable?”

He then reached over to rub Xian Ning's head, giving little warning of his action, still smiling as he said, “There's nothing here to admire.”

After the water boiled, Xiao Ning went for it and brought the kettle back, pouring cup for Shan Haiming as he further asked, “But you come back here and started a business, didn't you? So that way more awesome than me who just graduated university.”

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“Speak.” Shan Haiming was not replying him, but to someone on his own phone.
While opening the door of hs car, he motioned Xiao Ning to go to the other side, continuing to speak to the person on the other line, “Stop talking nonsense and just make the arrangements now.”

It's not exactly what can be called near, but it is in that direction. Xiao Ning nodded, replying, “Yes.
It's south of Baiye.”

But Xiao Ning had no idea how this topic ended up being delved into so deeply.
Thinking for a moment, Xiao Ning then asked, “So why didn't you just enter Rihua directly?”

Xiao Ning followed Shan Haiming to the parking lot, and not far away from them, a sapphire blue car unlocked.
“Mr.
Shan…”

“I'm awesome…” Shan Haiming kept a tight grip on his cup, swirling its contents, while his his half closed eyes was fixed on the hot water inside.
He then lifted his gaze towards Xiao Ning and asked, “Then would I still be considered awesome if I was reborn in a different body?”

“Speak.” Shan Haiming was not replying him, but to someone on his own phone.
While opening the door of hs car, he motioned Xiao Ning to go to the other side, continuing to speak to the person on the other line, “Stop talking nonsense and just make the arrangements now.”

These words of his were direct, so much so, they gave Xiao Ning not even the slightest chance to be tactful.

Shan Haiming held a throw pillow in his arms, still maintaining his television watching position, leaving nothing but his bored side profile to see.
Xiao Ning instinctively wanted to say something to deny it, as well as adding a few kind words to ease the situation.
But those words of his only got stuck in his throat, preventing hm from saying them aloud.

Shan Haiming now turned his head Xiao Ning's way, staring at him for a long time before scoffing with a grin, “If you're like this, you'll be really easy to bully.
Were you born in the year of the sheep?”

Xiao Ning kept getting the feeling, that when these kinds of things occur with Shan Haiming, they surprisingly did not come off that weird.
So with a chuckle, he asked the younger man, “Are you trying to be like Bill Gates then?”

It seemed as though that guy was well aware of his own imposing nature, but Xiao Ning honestly thought it was his natural talent to be able to hold it back to such a degree.
One where it made others feel more embarrassed, but never getting to the point where it became unacceptable.

Shan Haiming then suddenly stated, “Phone.”

Demanding great help from a mere acquaintance is a foolish

Forcing Xiao Ning to ask in return, “What?”

Shan Haiming shook his head, while a thin smile seeming to be floating on water spread itself on his face.
“Even if I don't depend on Rihua to something, if not for my parents' names, a lot of folks wouldn't even give me the time of day, neither would they know about me.
On top of that, there would be a lot of information I just wouldn't have known.
It's unpleasant to hear as much as it is to say this, but from since I was young, the stuff I was exposed to was quite different from the average person.”

Oh, so it's like that. Despite having no real idea why being at Rihua would be “unconformable”, Xiao Ning guessed it may have something to do with Shan Haihong.
Think about it for a bit, he then said, “I still think your quite admirable, though.”

Wearing a forced smile, he kept looking at Xiao Ning as he continued, “I'm not some industrious entrepreneur.
The starting point for me was completely different.”

Speaking quickly, Xiao Ning couldn't help but say with a smile, “Oh, you can come up then, but…
I really don't have anything to entertain Mr.
Shan.”

When one is compared to the other, the only result will be a face full of tears.

Being told he was easy to bully by a man like Shan Haiming, a person who was even younger than him, felt too strange.
So touching his nose smugly, Xiao Ning replied, “I was actually born in the year off the dragon.”

“Being with me is uncomfortable for you, isn't it?”

But all Shan Haiming did was grab hold of the staring wheel, rest his chin on his hands while staring at Xiao Ning.

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Xiao Ning smiled reluctantly, “I'm just lazier than most.
I just don't have it in me to get angry.
Besides, it's much easier to go along with stuff in comparison.”

His tone as he said this was rather casual, almost sounding like one of familiarity.
Xiao Ning wanted to say a few polite words in response but the other man had already walked outside, forcing Xiao Ning to follow after him with the plastic takeaway container in hand.

In response Shan Haiming raised his chin, his tone carrying a trace of criticism as he asked, “Aren't you going to invite me up?”

Xiao Ning hesitated for a few seconds, but Shan Haiming was already seated in the car, so he had no choice but also climb in.

“Your phone.
Can you not understand?” Shan Haiming spread his hand open in front of Xiao Ning, causing the latter to now understand his intention and handing over the phone.
Xiao Ning watched Shan Haiming slide open the screensaver, then after a few seconds, Shan Haiming's own phone rang, and Xiao Ning's phone was returned.
“Why didn't you set up a screen lock?”

These words of his were direct, so much so, they gave Xiao Ning not even the slightest chance to be tactful.

Xiao Ning: “…”

But Xiao Ning had no idea how this topic ended up being delved into so deeply.
Thinking for a moment, Xiao Ning then asked, “So why didn't you just enter Rihua directly?”

However, Shan Haiming said nothing more apart from asking, “Where's the parking lot?”

“Admirable?” Shan Haiming laughed a little as he responded, “What about me is admirable?”

“No, I'm not that ambitious.” Having aid this, Shan Haiming probably felt his lips to be a bit dry, using his tongue to lick them before continuing, “I just didn't want to stay over there any longer.”

Xiao Ning was impressed.
He also recalled Wang Hua mentioning Shan Haiming had studied in Germany.
“Did it only take you a year to start your company?”

It seemed as though that guy was well aware of his own imposing nature, but Xiao Ning honestly thought it was his natural talent to be able to hold it back to such a degree.
One where it made others feel more embarrassed, but never getting to the point where it became unacceptable.

“Because doing so would be a pain.” Shan Haming took a sip of slightly cooled water, adding, “I just want t be comfortable.”

Shan Haiming now turned his head Xiao Ning's way, staring at him for a long time before scoffing with a grin, “If you're like this, you'll be really easy to bully.
Were you born in the year of the sheep?”

On their way out, Xiao Ning thought carefully about his words, thinking he should not bother Shan Haiming too much.
Despite it seeming as though they had a close relationship, Shan Haiming's behaviour really made it hard for Xiao Ning to communicate with him.

“Being with me is uncomfortable for you, isn't it?”

Oh, so it's like that. Despite having no real idea why being at Rihua would be “unconformable”, Xiao Ning guessed it may have something to do with Shan Haihong.
Think about it for a bit, he then said, “I still think your quite admirable, though.”

“Just a glass of water will be fine, thanks.” Shan Haiming was currently taking a look around the apartment he had stayed in the night prior, then took himself a seat on the sofa.
“Can I watch some TV?”

Obviously he had zero intentions of asking about it, and soon Shan Haiming stopped in front the entrance of his apartment building.
Seeing this, Xiao Ning then said, “Sorry for troubling you, Mr.
Shan.”

It's not exactly what can be called near, but it is in that direction. Xiao Ning nodded, replying, “Yes.
It's south of Baiye.”

“No, I'm not that ambitious.” Having aid this, Shan Haiming probably felt his lips to be a bit dry, using his tongue to lick them before continuing, “I just didn't want to stay over there any longer.”

So as a result, Xiao Ning swallowed those words of his back, doing so for a good while also, until he finally spoke out frankly.
“To be truly honest, it's not actually, Mr.
Shan, because you don't do anything that goes too far.
I think our interactions are rather friendly, to be honest.
It's just that we don't know one another all that well.
Plus, I'm not the kind of person who naturally opens up a lot, and your forward attitude makes me feel just a little uncomfortable—but it's not to the point where it's dislikeable or anything.”

“Admirable?” Shan Haiming laughed a little as he responded, “What about me is admirable?”

A grunt signifying his understanding left Shan Haiming's throat, with him then asking the waiter to pack up the left over food while he paid the bill.

Those words of his made Xiao Ning seem as though he had lost his manners.
So while letting out an awkward laugh, he replied, “…no, I just assumed Mr.
Shan would have other business to attend to this afternoon.”

Ever since he was little, Xiao Ning has been extremely sensitive to other people's feelings, so he got the sense that this question was not at all similar to Shan Haiming's earlier queries, as it seemed he simply wanted to ask it without being answered.

Xiao Ning followed Shan Haiming to the parking lot, and not far away from them, a sapphire blue car unlocked.
“Mr.
Shan…”

“I'm awesome…” Shan Haiming kept a tight grip on his cup, swirling its contents, while his his half closed eyes was fixed on the hot water inside.
He then lifted his gaze towards Xiao Ning and asked, “Then would I still be considered awesome if I was reborn in a different body?”

The author has something to say:[]*thanks a user* Happy Holidays Everyone!! (T/n: this was released around the Spring Festival, but since Corpus Cristi was yesterday, Happy (pseudo) Holiday from me too.)

Only the smoked salmon was eaten to completion by Xiao Ning, the sweet and sour pork on his plate, along with the tofu, both still having a good amount remaining.
Seeing this, Shan Haiming looked at him and asked, “Are you heading straight back to your place after this?”

Xiao Ning sighed, replying, “It's admirable how you know who you are and what you want for yourself.”

Shan Haiming then suddenly stated, “Phone.”

Furthermore, you did so straightforwardly with dignity and pride.

Shan Haiming shook his head, while a thin smile seeming to be floating on water spread itself on his face.
“Even if I don't depend on Rihua to something, if not for my parents' names, a lot of folks wouldn't even give me the time of day, neither would they know about me.
On top of that, there would be a lot of information I just wouldn't have known.
It's unpleasant to hear as much as it is to say this, but from since I was young, the stuff I was exposed to was quite different from the average person.”

But despite Xiao Ning having no clue as to why he asked such a question, still nodded his head honestly in response.

“Being with me is uncomfortable for you, isn't it?”

After the water boiled, Xiao Ning went for it and brought the kettle back, pouring cup for Shan Haiming as he further asked, “But you come back here and started a business, didn't you? So that way more awesome than me who just graduated university.”

Xiao Ning: “…”

A grunt signifying his understanding left Shan Haiming's throat, with him then asking the waiter to pack up the left over food while he paid the bill.

It seemed as though that guy was well aware of his own imposing nature, but Xiao Ning honestly thought it was his natural talent to be able to hold it back to such a degree.
One where it made others feel more embarrassed, but never getting to the point where it became unacceptable.

Such qualities were exactly what Xiao Ning lacked.
He was also overly cautious, constantly worried, and excessively prudent.
Not to mention, still being unable to handle things properly.

It's not exactly what can be called near, but it is in that direction. Xiao Ning nodded, replying, “Yes.
It's south of Baiye.”

“Don't send it for me to look over, is that something I do?” Using his other hand, Shan Haiming buckled his seatbelt, continuing, “I understand.
Tell me the reports on Sunday.”

So when facing someone like Shan Haiming, he didn't just feel a sense of admiration, he also felt somewhat envious.

He then reached over to rub Xian Ning's head, giving little warning of his action, still smiling as he said, “There's nothing here to admire.”

Wearing a forced smile, he kept looking at Xiao Ning as he continued, “I'm not some industrious entrepreneur.
The starting point for me was completely different.”

So when facing someone like Shan Haiming, he didn't just feel a sense of admiration, he also felt somewhat envious.

Furthermore, you did so straightforwardly with dignity and pride.

Xiao Ning felt a little uneasy by his staring, so he undid his seatbelt and was planning to open the car door, when Shan Haiming asked him, “No more?”

“Nope.
I went for two years then dropped out.” Shan Haiming then added, “So my highest level of education is just a high school diploma.”

Xiao Ning followed Shan Haiming to the parking lot, and not far away from them, a sapphire blue car unlocked.
“Mr.
Shan…”

Obviously he had zero intentions of asking about it, and soon Shan Haiming stopped in front the entrance of his apartment building.
Seeing this, Xiao Ning then said, “Sorry for troubling you, Mr.
Shan.”

Xiao Ning felt a little uneasy by his staring, so he undid his seatbelt and was planning to open the car door, when Shan Haiming asked him, “No more?”

“I've already cancelled my afternoon appointments.” Shan Haiming answered bluntly, adding, “I have nowhere to go.”

Maybe it was the true sincerity emitted in his words, or perhaps it was the pure earnestness in his eyes, because each time there seemed to always be some part of him that caused Shan Haiming to be moved.
As currently, in that youth's smile, no longer was any cynical look able to be seen.

Xiao Ning kept getting the feeling, that when these kinds of things occur with Shan Haiming, they surprisingly did not come off that weird.
So with a chuckle, he asked the younger man, “Are you trying to be like Bill Gates then?”

Only the smoked salmon was eaten to completion by Xiao Ning, the sweet and sour pork on his plate, along with the tofu, both still having a good amount remaining.
Seeing this, Shan Haiming looked at him and asked, “Are you heading straight back to your place after this?”

So as a result, Xiao Ning swallowed those words of his back, doing so for a good while also, until he finally spoke out frankly.
“To be truly honest, it's not actually, Mr.
Shan, because you don't do anything that goes too far.
I think our interactions are rather friendly, to be honest.
It's just that we don't know one another all that well.
Plus, I'm not the kind of person who naturally opens up a lot, and your forward attitude makes me feel just a little uncomfortable—but it's not to the point where it's dislikeable or anything.”

“Nope.
I came back to the country when I was twenty,” Shan Haiming replied.

Forcing Xiao Ning to ask in return, “What?”

Shan Haiming held a throw pillow in his arms, still maintaining his television watching position, leaving nothing but his bored side profile to see.
Xiao Ning instinctively wanted to say something to deny it, as well as adding a few kind words to ease the situation.
But those words of his only got stuck in his throat, preventing hm from saying them aloud.

“Admirable?” Shan Haiming laughed a little as he responded, “What about me is admirable?”

He then reached over to rub Xian Ning's head, giving little warning of his action, still smiling as he said, “There's nothing here to admire.”

Xiao Ning was of course stunned, thinking of how such an act showed no respect towards an elder.
But once he saw how good of a mood Shan Haiming was now in, he stopped himself from voicing his complaints aloud.
In the end, simply choosing to shake his head with no words said.

Shan Haiming then suddenly stated, “Phone.”

Shan Haiming shook his head, while a thin smile seeming to be floating on water spread itself on his face.
“Even if I don't depend on Rihua to something, if not for my parents' names, a lot of folks wouldn't even give me the time of day, neither would they know about me.
On top of that, there would be a lot of information I just wouldn't have known.
It's unpleasant to hear as much as it is to say this, but from since I was young, the stuff I was exposed to was quite different from the average person.”

Maybe it was the true sincerity emitted in his words, or perhaps it was the pure earnestness in his eyes, because each time there seemed to always be some part of him that caused Shan Haiming to be moved.
As currently, in that youth's smile, no longer was any cynical look able to be seen.

Folks born in the year of the sheep are thought of having been born with the characteristics for the sheep/ram/goat zodiac: gentle and considerate, good at communicating, and willing to sacrifice their own interests for other's sake.
They give others a reliable feeling.[] Folks born in the year of the dragon are believed to be blessed with innate courage, tenacity, and intelligence.
They are seen as being filled with confidence and enthusiasm; able to take on challenges, never backing down and willing to take risks.
But they may sometimes be thought of as aggressive…
and angry.
Another fall back is them not being open to criticism.

Xiao Ning was of course stunned, thinking of how such an act showed no respect towards an elder.
But once he saw how good of a mood Shan Haiming was now in, he stopped himself from voicing his complaints aloud.
In the end, simply choosing to shake his head with no words said.

“Admirable?” Shan Haiming laughed a little as he responded, “What about me is admirable?”

Xiao Ning felt a little uneasy by his staring, so he undid his seatbelt and was planning to open the car door, when Shan Haiming asked him, “No more?”

Xiao Ning was of course stunned, thinking of how such an act showed no respect towards an elder.
But once he saw how good of a mood Shan Haiming was now in, he stopped himself from voicing his complaints aloud.
In the end, simply choosing to shake his head with no words said.

Obviously he had zero intentions of asking about it, and soon Shan Haiming stopped in front the entrance of his apartment building.
Seeing this, Xiao Ning then said, “Sorry for troubling you, Mr.
Shan.”

Shan Haiming held a throw pillow in his arms, still maintaining his television watching position, leaving nothing but his bored side profile to see.
Xiao Ning instinctively wanted to say something to deny it, as well as adding a few kind words to ease the situation.
But those words of his only got stuck in his throat, preventing hm from saying them aloud.

Those words of his made no sense, making Xiao Ning ask confusedly, “What?”

Following this, he hung up his phone, tossing it aside, then pulled out his car keys.
“Your house is close to Baiye, right?”

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