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Chapter 20

Chapter 20: Xiao Shiyu in Despair
Translator: Min
“… Are you alright?” As she stared at Jiang Chen, who approached her, she bit her lips and ran
out of words to say .
“Not exactly okay, a minor injury . ” Jiang Chen had the audacity to point at the small cut on his
cheek . If he didn’t point it out, it was barely visible .
“I, I’ll treat it for you . ” Xia Shiyu lowered her head full of guilt . She never owed favors to anyone,
but now she owed this person so much .
“Here? Saliva can disinfect it . ” Jiang Chen joked carelessly . It even surprised himself a little .
[Hmm? When did I get so flirty?]
“… I have bandage and alcohol at my place . ” Xiao Shiyu coldly answered Jiang Chen’s mockery
“Don’t look at me like that . At least I am your new creditor . ” Jiang Chen waved the agreement
between his fingers . “Look . Though since I am a nice person, I won’t charge you any interest . ”
[Is there anyone more narcissistic than him . ] Xia Shiyu stared at the smiling Jiang Chen with a
look of defeat . She was confused . This was the same guy that was afraid to make eye contact
with her?
“I’ll repay you, including interest . ” Xia Shiyu expressed her gratitude with certainty in her
voice . Hesitantly, “With normal interest rate . ” She wasn’t confident in repaying the high
interest on her debt .
Jiang Chen shrugged as he knew this girl too well . She would not back down from her goal .
“Xia Shiyu . ”
“Yeah?” Xiao Shiyu turned her head after the store owner called .
“This is your salary for half of the month . I am sorry, but there is nothing I can do about the
thugs . Also, you don’t have to come to work tomorrow . ” The store owner said laboriously as he
finally said the disheartening statement in an almost pleading tone .
After she had taken the envelope of money, she nodded her head emotionlessly . She gazed at
the flower shop that was about to close . Evading and doubtful looks . She didn’t know why she
wanted to cry .
She couldn’t remember the number of times she almost broke down . This was the first time in
her life she felt so fragile .
“Fired?” Jiang Chen said mockingly . He felt so joyful when his manager got fired again .


She didn’t answer Jiang Chen's mockery . She bit her lips full of emotions . She turned around
and headed home as Jiang Chen followed . Xia Shiyu did say that she was going to help him with
the wound .
By now, the wound has already scarred up, but Jiang Chen was curious about where his ex-boss
lived . He had nothing better to do anyways .

Jiang Chen giggled as he thought that he was a terrible person . Almost as mischievous as Sun
Jiao .
Jiang Chen stepped onto the moldy stairs, and a frown appeared on his face . He was surprised
that Wang Hai city even has a building this old . The cracked filled walls indicated that this place
was not pleasant .
Xiao Shiyu pulled out her keys and opened the rusted door . A bitter smile emerged on Jiang
Chen's face . [This girl is almost too resilient and independent . Any other girls would not be able
to handle these living conditions . Especially with her charming looks, if she wanted her
problems solved, a lot of people would be willing to pay 500,000 for her . ]
But her attractiveness was completely undermined by her terrible attitude .
There was a hint of moldy odor when Jiang Chen first entered the room, but the scented air
freshener quickly filled his nostrils . It was clear that Xia Shuyu used it in an attempt to solve
the problem .
The room was tiny and cluttered with furniture . It was even smaller than Jiang Chen’s cheap
apartment . There was no TV in the living room . Only an old wooden desk with even older
chairs . Maybe it would be worth something if she sold it as artifacts .
There was no air conditioning in sight either, only a fan placed in the corner of the room . The
most expensive electronic was the stainless kettle which she brought when she fled from her
home .
A laptop was on the table, but there was no wifi there . What would be the use of it?
He noticed that two pairs of shoes were placed neatly in front of the door . There was no way she
only owned two pairs of shoes . She must have been in a rush when she escaped . Although the
condition was not the best, it did look like she spent a considerable amount of time cleaning the
place .
“Sorry, it’s pretty crappy here . Sit . ” Xia Shiyu awkwardly said . It was her first time bringing a
not so familiar man to her place . Even for her ex, she always asked him to stop in front of her
door . The idea of spending time alone with the opposite gender made her extremely


door . The idea of spending time alone with the opposite gender made her extremely
uncomfortable . Perhaps it was because of her overprotective mindset that she was friendless,
especially at this time, when she needed someone the most . She walked into the tiny bedroom .
Jiang Chen pulled out a chair and sat down on it . However, to his surprise, it almost made him
fall . [F*ck, the chair is missing a piece of its leg . ]
Soon, Xia Shiyu walked out with rubbing alcohol and q tips .
“Where?” Her tone was mechanical . She examined the wound as she tried to place her hand
awkwardly .
“Here . Are you going to . . . ?” Jiang Chen forced a smile . He only wanted to mock the ex-manager,
but she did bring out the rubbing alcohol .
“I said I would treat it for you . ” Xia Shiyu took in a deep breath as she advanced near his face .
Jiang Chen felt uncomfortable as well . His hands wiggled back and forth not knowing where to
place them .
“Don’t move . ” Xia Shiyu frowned slightly and gave the unresting Jiang Chen a hard stare .

“Ok . ” Jiang Chen forced a smile again .
It was a delightful fragrance . The lilac aroma twirled around Jiang Chen’s nose . Her flawless
neck was decorated with jewelry . Jiang Chen remembered there was a necklace . When she
leaned forward, the light summer shirt foretold a glimpse of her beautiful cleavage . It was
probably only a B, which was nothing compared to Sun Jiao's . But with her serene figure, she
seemed like a delightful breeze in the summer day .
She was a goddess in looks and figure . It was quite embarrassing, but Jiang Chen did
masturbate to her before .
In his memory, her hair was always tied back professionally . Today, her hair was pulled back in
a ponytail which brought Jiang Chen to a memory of his past . The fresh out of school looking
Xia Shiyu was nowhere like the professional office lady .
“What are you looking at?” She noticed the invasive stare which made her quite scared . But her
face still displayed the same protective emotionless look .
“No . Nothing . ” Jiang Chen awkwardly replied .
After the wound was treated, their eyes crossed .
Time stopped for a moment .
Awkwardness ensued .
“It smells very nice here . Hahaha . ” Jiang Chen rubbed his head to break the silence .


“It smells very nice here . Hahaha . ” Jiang Chen rubbed his head to break the silence .
Xia Shiyu zoned out momentarily . Her cheek blushed as her emotionless face smiled slightly,
but her eyes looked even colder .
“It’s the scent of lilacs . I probably got it when I worked . ” With a frown on her face, she quickly
cleaned up and headed back into her room .
[Heart pounding fast . ] She held her pumping chest as she recollected her breathe . She
disappointedly looked at herself in the mirror . She didn’t know why she was acting weird .
[Heart pounding fast . ] Jiang Chen also confusedly touched his chest . [There is no way I am
interested in this girl . ] He immediately rejected the idea and blamed the natural reaction of his
hormones . Compared to an icy beauty, he preferred the energetic and lively Sun Jiao . The Sun
Jiao who occasionally went into her character as the Queen of the wasteland while acting as a
caring and heartwarming wife .
Xia Shiyu left her room moments later and interrupted Jiang Chen’s train of thoughts . She
stood across from Jiang Chen, but there was no conversation between the two . Silence filled the
room as the only noise was the ticking clock and their heartbeats .
“Thank you . ” Xia Shiyu broke the silence first .
“No problem, I just happened to pass by . ” He lied about the fact that he tried to find her today in
the morning with hostile intentions but only left because he heard her left her position .
He didn’t expect this stubborn girl to thank him .
“You,” Xia Shuyu briefly paused as if she had something to say . She hesitated for a bit before
finally asking what bothered her, “don’t you hate me?”
He was not surprised by the question . He also considered the question himself . [Do I still hate
her?]

“I hated you . ” In the end, the paragraphs he tried to articulate in his head only turned into three
short words . Jiang Chen looked at Xia Shiyu with a perplexed look .
[Then why did you save me?]
She didn’t ask this question, but Jiang Chen read the unasked question in her eyes .
He hated her before . She fired him and almost made him homeless . He was not hesitant to
curse her with the most malicious vows… However, that’s all in the past . After he had released
his anger, it was no longer an incident that bothered him . Life continued, and there was no
reason to continue to despise her .
“No particular reason . ” Jiang Chen sighed as he shook his head . “To be frank, when I heard that
you were fired, I was quite ecstatic for a moment . As you can see, the clothes I am wearing right

“No particular reason . ” Jiang Chen sighed as he shook his head . “To be frank, when I heard that
you were fired, I was quite ecstatic for a moment . As you can see, the clothes I am wearing right
now are purchased from that store . However, I realized that I am still too immature . ”
“Immature?” She mumbled the word repetitively . She was dumbfounded by Jiang Chen’s words .
Her icy cold eyes began to lose its focus .
If Jiang Chen humiliated her or even hit her, it would make this feel easier . But the man she
almost single-handedly pushed to despair didn’t do anything in retaliation . He gave her a
helping hand in her most desperate time .
[Why…]
“Even if I retaliated, what would I get in return? To be honest, the feeling of revenge is great . If I
see a girl get pushed to the edge of life by a group of thugs without doing anything, the guilt
will overwhelm me; especially since I know you . After all, we don’t have a hatred that runs for
generations . It was only a job after all . If you give me the job now, I will not take it . ”
It was a job after all . Compared to what Jiang Chen lost, he certainly gained a lot more . If he
weren't drunk, he would have never passed the alley . He would have missed the opportunity to
acquire the interdimensional bracelet .
You never know where life will take you the next day .
“Before I fired you, I thought a lot about it . ” With a perplexed look, she continued, “based on the
facts, I know I am not a qualified manager . ”
“You have all the abilities, but you don’t know the human heart” Jiang Chen smiled .
“Human heart? Do you mean psychology?”
“No no, it’s not something from the textbook . The human heart is a complicated matter . Even
within a lifetime, it would be difficult to understand it all . "
They chatted as if they were close friends that haven’t seen each other for a long time . Jiang
Chen felt the calmness he was searching the entire day for .
Yes, it was incredible shopping, and eating a fancy meal, but he still felt hollow .
In this large metropolitan city, he didn’t even have a single friend he could talk with . Maybe
that’s what Jiang Chen was searching for that entire day . Everyone took separate path after
graduation and moved on .
This tiny apartment brought him the calmness and serenity he desperately searched for .
Maybe, this peacefulness was what life rewarded you with when you did good deeds .

 


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