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Published at 14th of January 2016 12:27:02 PM

Chapter 34

"I am coaxing you . ”  


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Jian Yao is surprised by his answer . That’s not what she expected to hear .   Sweetness poured into her heart .   But almost immediately, it’s replaced by reason and logic, with a touch of frustration .

 

She turns around to look at him: “Coax me… to be your assistant?”

 

“Yeah . ” He taps his hand on the corner of the table, leans forward to look at her .

 

- I knew it!  Her lips curl into a bitter smile .  

 

“Well, that’s not the only reason . ” He suddenly adds .

 

She waits…

 

He stares at her .   Bo Jinyan looks good in white .   It brings out his nice skin complexion .   His eyes looks clear and sharp .

 

“I think we should reconcile . ”

 

Jian Yao is speechless .

 

 By now, Fu Ziyu has finished his call .   He’s been observing the two of them .   He can’t help but smile: “Nice job with the fish . ”

 

Jian Yao is poking her chopsticks in an empty bowl .   She is not giving Bo Jinyan an answer .

 

Fu Ziyu takes a glance at Bo Jinyan: “Have some fish .   Nobody forced him to debone it for you .   He does not expect anything on return .   Don’t worry .   Just because you eat some fish does not mean you agree to reconcile with him, or to remain to be his assistant .   Right?”

 

“Hum…” Bo Jinyan asks coldly: “Whose side are you on?”

 

Fu Ziyu: “Jian Yao’s of course .   I’ve always been and will always be loyal to her!”

 

While the two men are bickering amongst themselves, she picks up a piece of the fish fillet with her chopsticks and puts it in her mouth .

 

It’s very tender .  

 

He spent half a day deboning the fish for her… till his fingers are tired .

 

This man… .  

 

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Dinner is over .   They are standing in the shade under a tree in the restaurant carpark .   Fu Ziyu asks: “What should we do next?”

 

Jian Yao: “I need to go to the supermarket .   I won’t join you anymore . ” 

 

Bo Jinyan stands next to her .   He takes a look at her .  

 

Fu Ziyu smiles: “Then we will accompany you to the supermarket .   We are coaxing you, remember?  Today, you are the Queen .   We will follow Your Majesty anywhere .   Is that right, Bo Jinyan?”


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Jian Yao laughs: “ Oh, Come on…”    Bo Jinyan agrees with a low voice: “Yes, we will go with you…”

 

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How often does a lady get to stroll the supermarket with two handsome and charming ‘bodyguards’ .   She is attracting lots of attention today .  

 

Fu Ziyu is clearly in a good mood today .   He is playing his ‘Queen’s knight’ role extremely well .   “Your Majesty, which aisle should we take?” “My Queen, do you want this brand of salt?”… .

 

His charm manages to soothe her melancholy .   She can’t help but smile: “Oh, stop calling me that . ”

 

Bo Jinyan stands quietly by her side .   From her peripheral vision, she knows that Bo Jinyan is always looking at her .   She refuses to engage with him, so she keeps looking away from him .   They don’t talk to each other at all .

 

They come to the confectionary section .   Jian Yao stops to replenish her stock .   There’s a young pretty lady promoting a new brand of biscuit .   When she sees Jian Yao and the two men, she walks over with some samples .

 

Bo Jinyan will, of course, ignore her .   But Fu Ziyu is too soft hearted to say no to a pretty girl . After trying the sample, he follows the girl to the biscuit section to get a pack .

 

There’s only the two of them left in the confectionary section .

 

Jian Yao pretends to read the labels of the products .  

 

Suddenly, she notices Bo Jinyan has walked off .  

 

She takes a look around .   He is not there anymore .  

 

Her heart sinks .  

 

Then she hears a familiar voice behind her: “Your majesty, here’s your sugar-free lollies . ”

 

It’s an item on her grocery list .   He must have seen it and went to find it for her .

 

Jian Yao says to him: “Why are you following his lead?  Stop calling me that . ” 

 

Bo Jinyan puts the pack of lolly into her trolley: “No one is forcing me to do it .   And I don’t expect anything in return . ”

 

Jian Yao takes a look at his ‘unwilling’ face .   She smiles and says: “I don’t want apple flavour .   I prefer orange . ”

 

Bo Jinyan reaches for the pack in the trolley: “Yes!  Your majesty . ”  He picks up the packet of lolly and return it to the shelf .   Jian Yao watches him as he looks carefully at the labels to find what Jian Yao is after .  

 

A tall man with bright eyes and strikingly handsome features, wearing a simple white shirt and a pair of black pants .  

 

Yes, this is the man she likes .  

 

Soon, he finds what he is looking for .   He turns back and walks toward Jian Yao .

 

“Thank you . ” Jian Yao reaches out her hand, ready to take the packet of lolly from him .


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He places it in her hand, but he doesn’t let go .   They are both holding the packet of lolly .

 

She looks at him .   He takes a step forward to reduce the distance between them .   He looks into her eyes .

 

“Reconcile?”  He says in his deep melodic voice .  

 

Jian Yao’s face starts to blush .   She tries pulling the pack a little harder . But he is not letting go .   The packet of lolly is quite small .   His fingers are touching the back of her hand .   Jian Yao feels like there’s small pulse of electricity coming through her hand .  

 

Jian Yao gives a sigh .   She surrenders .  

 

Lifting her head, she smiles at him: “Alright .   I have had enough of your nonsense . Let’s make peace . I won’t hide from you anymore .   What do you want for breakfast tomorrow?”

 

Bo Jinyan eye’s light up: ”Whatever you want .   My Queen . ” 

 

Jian Yao just answers: “Let’s go . ”

 

“Ok…”  

 

She pushes the trolley towards the counter .   He is following behind her .   After a few steps, she feels something soft and warm touching her head .   It’s Bo Jinyan, he pats her head as he walks past her .

 

She pauses her steps .

 

- Yes, we have reconciled .   Bo Jinyan,  I like you, but you obviously don’t share the same sentiment towards me .   But I can’t stay by your side as a friend anymore . What am I going to do?   

 

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Since they have ‘reconciled’, Jian Yao takes some snacks and fruits she bought earlier to Bo Jinyan’s apartment .  

 

Bo Jinyan is taking a shower .   Fu Ziyu is sitting in the sofa reading .   When she enters the apartment, he smiles and signals her to come to sit beside him .

 

Fu Ziyu pours himself a glass of red wine .   He asks Jian Yao: “Would you like some wine too?”

 

Jian Yao shakes her head .   She walks to the kitchen and pours herself a glass of milk: “I’ll take milk . ”  She says to Fu Ziyu .

 

They quietly sit for a while .   Then Fu Ziyu asks her: “You like Bo Jinyan, don’t you?”

 

Jian Yao almost choked hearing those words .   Her face turns red, and she starts to cough .

 

Fu Ziyu laughs at her, while gently patting her back to help her feel better: “Take it easy .   I am on your side . ”

 

“I am not sure what you are talking about . ” says Jian Yao after she finally regains her composure .

 

Fu Ziyu: ”Your secret is safe with me…” 

 

Jian Yao does not deny anymore .   She is a straightforward person in front of her friends anyway .

 


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After a moment of silence, she says to Fu Ziyu: “Please don’t tell him . ”

 

“Of course not .   Men should always make the first move when it comes to courting . ”  Then he pauses “Though, this might be difficult for Bo Jinyan . ” 

  

“I don’ think that’s necessary .   He has no feelings for me . ”Jian Yao says .

 

Fu Ziyu is stunned: “That’s impossible!”

 

Jian Yao hesitates .   Then she explains to Fu Ziyu why she has come to that conclusion .   She feels a bit of her burden is lifted after getting it off her chest to someone .

 

She didn’t expect Fu Ziyu to have such a reaction after hearing her out .   Instead of consoling her, he has a ‘I knew it’ look on his face .   He smiles: ”You base your conclusion on those statements of his?”

 

Jian Yao argues: “Well, would you say to someone you like - “Go find yourself a boyfriend’?”

 

“Me?  No… . But we are talking about Bo Jinyan!  A genius with extremely low EQ .   Besides  he has never been in a relationship before .   You know what he is like .   In the inside, he’s just an egotistic boastful kid . ”

 

Jian Yao can’t help but agree with what he says: “Yes, that’s so true . ”

 

Fu Ziyu continues: “So, even if you tell him you are getting married tomorrow .   He will congratulate you and even write you a big cheque as a wedding present .   But it’s not until he sees you in the arms  of another man will he suddenly realise “Oh, how come she is not mine anymore?” “

 

Jian Yao laughs at the suggestion .   There’s still a bit of bitterness and uncertainty in her heart .   Can he be such an idiot when it comes to love? 

 

Maybe…

 

“I’ve never seen him so concerned about a girl before . ”    Fu Ziyu looks at her and says in an unwavering tone: “ But that’s Bo Jinyan .   He is extremely talented, and a very good criminal psychologist .   But he is also a loner .   Someone that hates socialising .   So, to be his friend, or lover, we need to take more effort to reach out to him .   Looking back, it took me a long time to become his only friend .   Now, as his best and only friend, I urge you to give him more time .   I don’t want him to lose out on such a lovely girlfriend . ”  

 

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It’s a beautiful night .   The warm summer breezes brushes over one’s face as if to appease the restlessness in the heart .  

 

Jian Yao looks up and meets Fu Ziyu’s reassuring gaze .  

 

Bo Jinyan walks out from his bedroom .  

 

Without looking at him, his two guests raise their glass .   Fu Ziyu says to Jian Yao: “To our alliance!”

 

Bo Jinyan stands behind them: “Alliance?  What are you talking about?”  He is wearing a white T Shirt and shorts .   He looks at Jian Yao: “Why is your face so red?”

 

Fu Ziyu smiles .

 

Jian Yao stands up quickly and says her goodbye: “It’s getting late .   See you tomorrow . ”

 

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The next morning .

 

Bo Jinyan wakes up feeling a little irritable .   Jian Yao said they’d make peace, but she didn’t even speak to him once last night .

 

This is the first time in Bo Jinyan’s life that he is at someone’s disposal .   He’s used to being the one in control - Where he works, his title, who works for him… No one dared to say no to him before .

 

- Perhaps, if he continues to coax her for one more day?  She will agree? 

 

He stands in front of the mirror .   Then he hears the sound of the front door open .  

 

He smiles .   Time for breakfast .

 

When he enters to the lounge,  he see Jian Yao sitting on the sofa .   And his favourite fish dumplings… on the coffee table .  

 

She is wearing a beige dress today .   She greets him with a nice smile .

 

Mmm…that’s what it ought to be every morning .   His irritability has dissipated .  

 

Jian Yao asks causally: “What do we need to work on today?”

 

Bo Jinyan smiles: “There’s no urgent work at the moment .   I’ll… I’ll get changed first .   Then we will have breakfast together . ”  He’s obviously in a good mood .   He sounds cheerful .

 

“OK . ” Jian Yao puts her head down .  

 

- Oh Bo Jinyan .   I have gone one extra step .   I will wait here .   Are you willing to come to me?  But don’t make me wait too long, I might get discouraged and turn my back on you… .

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Bo Jinyan whistles as he changes in front of the mirror .   Then he gives Fu Ziyu a call .

 

Fu Ziyu congratulates him: “I will arrange for the contract .   The usual term? Three years?”

 

Bo Jinyan: “Change it to ten years . “

 

Fu Ziyu is a little surprised .   Then he laughs: ‘Your sister won’t be too happy that you won this round . ” 

 

This reminds Bo Jinyan .   He sends his sister a text message: “I am sorry .   Jian Yao is mine now . - Yours, “The ‘real’ Bo Jinyan” ”  

 

YinZiqi did not reply to his text .  

 

He returns to the lounge .   Jian Yao is reading a book “The Guide to Behavioural Evidence”

 

His phone rings .

 

“Professor Bo .   My name is Wang Xi . ”  It’s the inspector from Wang Wan Wei’s case .  

 

“Yes?” asks Bo Jinyan

 

 

“We found ‘him . …” He says heavily, “His body . ”



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