Chapter 21: Work for me?
Why don’t you work for me?
He stared out the window as night fell . It was getting pretty late . He peeked at the clock, and it
pointed directly at 12 .
At that moment, he realized there was something wrong . There were only three pairs of female
shoes there, but he always thought she had a boyfriend .
“I am staying pretty late, is your friend not going to be jealous?” Jiang Chen casually asked but
soon noticed the gloom on Xia Shiyu’s face .
Immediately, he realized what happened . He knew someone as smart as Xia Shiyu would not
borrow money from sketchy sources . Then the only option was that after she had lost her job,
he loaned under her name .
That also explained why she was left helpless in this old and torn down apartment .
“Your man’s a trash and a half . ” Jiang Chen stood up for her .
“He’s not my man . ” Xia Shuyu replied with the same emotionless tone .
“Why don’t you go home?” Her apathetic tone made Jiang Chen quite shocked . So to avoid the
awkwardness, he changed the subject .
“I don’t want to bring trouble home . ” The resilience on her face touched Jiang Chen . She was
definitely capable . He thought that maybe it was because upper management had a thing with
her . But he was too quick to judge . For a renowned brand, the upper management was not the
type to think with the lower half of the body .
“To be honest, I am impressed . ” Jiang Chen said to Xia Shiyu with sincere .
“Really?” The tone of her voice was filled with self-mockery .
For some strange reason, the second she opened her mouth, Jiang Chen saw a glimpse of
wretchedness in her eyes . Perhaps it was not that, perhaps it was weariness .
As a woman, after all the ups and downs she has gone through, she still stayed strong .
Jiang Chen didn’t know what would comfort her . He was not too good at comforting woman in
general . Or else he wouldn’t be single for 20 years .
Silenced ensued again .
“Do you want to listen to my story?”
Jiang Chen nodded .
She told him everything that happened after she fired Jiang Chen . The store was facing sales
problems, and the headquarter was questioning her ability . From a bunch of anonymous
complaints to holding the notice of termination, she felt a mixture of emotions when she left
the place . Unemployed, cheating, and gang harassment, she was running out of options, and
she finally decided to flee from her apartment and hide there .
What pushed her from despair to hopelessness was hearing the proud voice of her parents on
the other side of the phone . However, she couldn’t express her sorrow to them . She could only
answer against her will that she was okay, and everything was fine . Her parents were too old to
accept this travesty .
Jiang Chen also felt the same heartache when he lost his job . She was not seeking sympathy;
she only wanted someone to talk to because she was too tired . However, this person only
showed up now .
“You are very strong . If there’s anything I can do to help, feel free to call me . ”
“Thanks, but I don’t need sympathy . ” Xia Shiyu smiled as she rubbed her teary eye .
Jiang Chen was stunned .
“Is there something on my face?” Xia Shiyu felt quite shy after Jiang Chen’s eyes were locked on
“No… But this is my first time seeing you smile . ” He blankly nodded . He knew that if he looked
in the mirror right now, he would look extremely foolish .
Haha, Xia Shiyu burst out in laughter . She was also stunned because she realized that she was
laughing . Not only was she laughing but she was laughing joyfully .
“Well, is it that funny?” Jiang Chen pretended to cough as he awkwardly rubbed his head .
“You, are very funny . ”
[Why is it in a questioning tone?] Jiang Chen rolled his eyes as he looked defeated .
“Now that I told you my story, can you tell me yours?” She rubbed her eyes . Her softened
expression made her face as pristine as snow .
[She has such an adorable face, why would she remain so cold every day?] Jiang Chen murmured
in his mind .
“Me? There really is not much to say . I made some money with my own business . ” Jiang Chen
guiltily made up an unsophisticated lie .
Xia Shiyu slightly frowned and looked unhappily at Jiang Chen . She didn’t even realize such a
girly expression appeared on her face .
“Hmm? I don’t believe it . ”
“Well, there is nothing I can do about it . ” He opened his palms . Some secrets must be kept
hidden forever . “But, I do believe you’ll be an excellent manager . Are you interested?”
This was Jiang Chen’s other consideration .
Open a company and let Xia Shiyu work for him .
Exchanging for gold is not a long term strategy . One day people will question his source of
income . If the government noticed him, he would have to live on the other side of the earth . The
best way was to open a company . He even thought about the name . It will be called “Futuristic
His plan was to gather all the “garbage” from the apocalypse and introduce ground-breaking,
innovative products .
iPhone, Microsoft, and Samsung will all be names of the past . Could they be as innovative as
technology from 200 years later? Even the computer screen was made by full-sensory
technology . If they produced the technology that only existed in sci-fi, all the consumers in the
world would go insane .
This was only in the electronic devices .
Blizzards, EA, and Ubisoft would go lunatics over the virtual reality technology . Once a matured
virtual reality technology debuts in the market, no one would want to play with a mouse and
controller anymore .
Then it would be home appliances, cars, military tech, and even technology for space
exploration! The possibilities were endless .
The reason why he chose Xia Shiyu was simple . He couldn’t find anyone else, and he trusted her
ability . Although they had a conflict in the past, Jiang Chen realized he forgave her quite easily .
Maybe it was because she was not a bad person, or maybe it was because of how similar their
experiences are .
So when Xia Shiyu hit rock bottom, Jiang Chen reached out to help her and recruited her .
“Interested?” Xiao Shiyu was still unclear about what Jiang Chen meant .
“How many years would you have to work in the flower shop to pay me back? And since you are
unemployed, I just found a job for you . ”
“You own the company?” Xia Shuyu looked at him questionably .
“What, I can’t? I am excited to see my ex-manager work diligently under me . ” He said jokingly .
But he looked quite serious .
She closed her eyes to consider the proposition for a moment . It was quite attractive to her . She
didn’t have any reason to reject it .
“I accept . ”
“Excellent . ” Jiang Chen laughed and extended his hand . “Welcome on board, Manger Xia . You
are hired by Futuristic Technology, and you starting salary will be 10,000 . ”
The salary was comparable to her previous job . Jiang Chen’s generosity made her feel confused .
After so long, he already made this much progress in his career?
She shook Jiang Chen’s hand . The warm but coarse feeling made her slightly tremble .
“That’s a hefty salary you are paying . However, just to be clear, I will not do any sexual favors . ”
Astonishingly, she was surprised she got the job .
Jiang Chen was completely stunned . He was amazed by the glimpse of charm she displayed .
The icy beauty made a dirty joke .
[What’s the reason?]
“Can I get a brief description of the company?” Known for her professionalism, she quickly
recollected herself . She headed straight to business . “Futuristic Technology, the company
sounds like a firm that specializes in the technology sector . What am I in charge of? Sales, or
research and development? If it is R&D, although I don’t any experience in the area, I am
confident that I will be familiar with the responsibilities within a month…”
“Stop, stop right here . ” Jiang Chen signaled Xia Shiyu to stop talking . With her question-filled
eyes fixed on Jiang Chen, he cleared his throat . “In simple term, you are the CEO . Therefore you
take care of everything . ” Let the secretary do everything was the way Jiang Chen imagined to be
a boss He didn’t have the energy to manage people .
Xiao Shiyu's face all the sudden turned concerned . She never heard of the Futuristic Technology
at all .
“Currently, the company is still in planning stage . ” Jiang Chen answered the question she was
worried about as if it was not a big deal at all . “Don’t you feel excited? You’ll be the Steve Jobs of
China, and I will be the Bill Gates of China!”
With passion, he stated the quote that he always wanted to say . He finally had the opportunity
to say it .
“Wait, why do you have your phone out?”
“I am reserving a hospital bed for you . ” Her look expressed which type of hospital she was
sending him to written all over it .
She grabbed her phone and convinced her to let him finish .
“If you don’t join us right now, you’ll regret it in 5 years! Just like how no one believed in Jack
Ma . Wait, don’t call . ” Jiang Chen calmed the almost furious Xia Shiyu with a smile . He was not
talented in giving pep talks . He didn’t know how to recruit and excite people . He wanted to use
what he has learned through WeChat marketing, but it made him even more suspicious in the
“Simple, your position is the CEO . However, since the company doesn’t have a lot of business
right now, why don’t you take care of the position of general manager as well . At this stage, I’ll
pay you 10,000 a month . You don’t need to repay me with this money . I really don’t care about
such a small amount of money . Maybe in the future, your salary would be far above the amount
of loan . Don’t look at me like that . I am not joking . Your next task is simple . I’ll wire you
Years later, Xia Shuyu would still be grateful when asked about this day . When media asked
about how she almost rejected Jiang Chen's offer, she would just emotionally say one sentence .
“Sometimes a split second decision makes a difference between a billionaire and poverty . ”
“It’s late now . I’ll head back . ” It was almost one in the morning .
“Mhmm . ” She stood and walked Jiang Chen to the door .
“Don’t forget to send me your bank account number . I’ll prepay your July salary . You’ll get paid
at the end of the month . Also, find somewhere nice to live . It’s not safe to live here, especially
for a beauty like you . ” The exact contract can only be made when the company is incorporated .
However, Jiang Chen was not too bothered by the details . He had faith in her loyalty .
Xia Shiyu blushed when she heard Jiang Chen call her a beauty . A lot of people called her that
before, but this was the first time her heart started to pump faster . She didn’t display her
feminine side this time and nodded calmly .
“Ok . ”
“That’s all from me . I have to leave for a couple of days, so you might not be able to reach me . ”
Jiang Chen turned around and left .
“Hmm?” Jiang Chen turned back .
“Thank you . . . You looked very . . . handsome when…”
At Jiang Chen’s surprised look, Xia Shiyu slammed the door shut .
[This girl, is she interested in me?] Jiang Chen thought joyfully .
But, it could just be a simple thanks .
He didn’t think too much of it .
She leaned behind the closed door and slowly slid onto the ground . The cold feeling of the
porcelain tile pressed against her smooth leg made her mixed emotions slightly calmer .
[What happened there? Why did I say something so embarrassing…] She covered her face as she
tried to hid the tingling sensation in her hands . Her lips slightly trembled .
[That was so embarrassing… I want to die… Ahhhhh!]
In “humiliation” she hid her head between her legs .