It was more than an hour later when they both emerged from the department store. When they headed for the entrance, a middle-aged man with a briefcase rushed towards the department store. Just as he was about to dash past them, the middle-aged man hurried back a few steps and called out.
“Master Lu! Yikes, my useless eyes, I almost missed you!”
The man was the owner of the department store. He had hurried over from another place when he received a call from the manager.
“Master Lu, you are such a rare guest at our store. Why don’t I treat you and your missus to lunch?” Mr. Li, the boss, had rushed back just to invite them for lunch, mainly to evaluate the situation with Lu Xingzhi. If he was still so angry about the incident that he goes back to complain to the two elders, his intention for a loan would be thrown out the window.
His hands were tied at the moment. He had started a company in another province but it turned out to be a bad investment. He urgently needed the money.
“No thanks.” Lu Xingzhi refused in an instant. “I’m rarely home, my time belongs to her.”
Then, he held Jiang Yao’s hand and walked directly to the parking lot without another word to Mr. Li who had rushed here.
“Where are we going now?” Jiang Yao sat shotgun and looked at the roadside, but she felt an extraordinary sensation inside her heart. Just this morning alone, Lu Xingzhi’s image in her heart took a complete overhaul over the incident.
She wasn’t aware at all that even the owner and the manager of the department store addressed Lu Xingzhi as Master Lu. When she thought about his emotionless reaction to the title, she figured that he was used to it.
Jiang Yao looked at Lu Xingzhi and mumbled, “Master Lu?”
Lu Xingzhi parked the car in front of a restaurant, but he didn’t get off in a hurry. Instead, He exchanged glances with Jiang Yao and asked, “In this case, should I call you Mrs. Lu? Or Young Mistress Lu? Or Madam Jiang?”
“No, never! It’s so awful! It sounds like the old and rich socialites in the capitalist era of the old society!” Jiang Yao shook her head in irritation and was ready to open the door and get off the car. However, she pushed it twice to no avail. It was only after she heard Lu Xingzhi’s faint chuckle that she realized the situation. He had locked the door, it was no wonder she couldn’t open it.
Jiang Yao glared at Lu Xingzhi and huffed, “Open the door.”
Lu Xingzhi nodded with a smile and unlocked the door. They got off the car.
Lu Xingzhi had selected a famous Cantonese restaurant in the city for lunch. Since it was a popular restaurant, it was almost a full house.
Jiang Yao looked around in confusion as Lu Xingzhi walked forward and spoke to the waiter. Then, the waiter hastily stood upright in a respectable manner and led them to a window seat.
Lu Xingzhi ordered the dishes for them. She watched him named a few dishes without even flipping through the menu. Apparently, he was very familiar with this place.
After the waiter left with the menu, Lu Xingzhi said when he saw Jiang Yao scanning around curiously, “I didn’t make a reservation, so the private rooms are all occupied. The first floor is quite crowded and noisy, please bear with it.”
Jiang Yao nodded and looked earnestly at the man sitting opposite her. He was taking the teacup in front of her and pouring tea for her. A scent of very fragrant chrysanthemum wafted into her nose. He had ordered a pot of chrysanthemum tea that had the function of reducing internal heat, a perfect drink in the summer.
Lu Xingzhi was very skillful and elegant in preparing the tea, donning a neutral expression. He noticed Jiang Yao watching him, so he simply raised his eyes to meet hers without saying anything. He placed her teacup in front of her before pouring for himself.
Jiang Yao stunned for a while before holding the teacup and blowing into it. It was too hot for her to sip.