Chapter 24

       Ning Junyan briefly talked to Gu Yaojia about the child’s current physical condition. Actually, these attending physicians had already talked to Zhou Yan, Gu Yaojia and others. After that, he went on to talk about the follow-up treatment after the surgery. Gu Yaojia listened silently and kept nodding her head.

       Chen Yuncheng stood by and forwarded the photo of Zhou Yan’s ID card in Gu Yaojia’s mobile phone WeChat to himself, and then returned the phone to Gu Yaojia.

       When he was leaving, Gu Yaojia asked Chen Yuncheng, “Cheng ge, are you going to find Zhou Yan?”

       Chen Yuncheng said, “I don’t know if I can find him.”

       Gu Yaojia nodded, “Anyway, thank you very much both of you.” She said this to Chen Yuncheng and Ning Junyan at the same time.

       Ning Junyan responded flatly, “It’s fine for you to only thank him.”

       Chen Yuncheng couldn’t help but glance at Ning Junyan, and then said to Gu Yaojia, “Don’t worry about it, take good care of the child.”

       After they took the elevator down to the lobby on the first floor, Ning Junyan went directly to the finance office to swipe the card to pre-pay the child’s treatment fee.

       He came out of the office and saw Chen Yuncheng sitting quietly on the seat against the wall. As soon as Chen Yuncheng saw him, he immediately stood up.

       Ning Junyan walked to Chen Yuncheng.

       Chen Yuncheng asked him, “Do you still have to go back to work?”

       Ning Junyan raised her wrist and glanced at the time, and replied, “I haven’t gotten off work yet, but I don’t have any work for now.”

       Chen Yuncheng looked at him and suddenly didn’t know if he should tell that he was leaving, but if he didn’t leave, he didn’t know what else to do in the hospital.

       At this moment, Ning Junyan suddenly said, “I have two days off tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.”

       Chen Yuncheng gave a soft “um” and waited for his next words.

       Ning Junyan said, “Can you go out with me for two days?” Before Chen Yuncheng answered, he said again, “To have consecutive vacations are more precious to me.”

       Chen Yuncheng was silent and did not answer immediately. His expression was even a little strained, firstly because he had that ambiguous feeling again from last night, and secondly because he did not quite want to refuse Ning Junyan when he had just done him such great favour, but he did have other arrangements.

       After a while, he said to Ning Junyan, “I want to visit Zhou Yan’s hometown tomorrow.” He tried his best to keep his tone and expression very sincere, and he didn’t want Ning Junyan to think that he was just making excuses.

       Ning Junyan was not angry, and asked him calmly, “Is Zhou Yan that important?”

       Chen Yuncheng said, “I feel like I have a responsibility to Zhou Yan.”

       Zhou Yan was five or six years younger than him and had been brought back by his foster father less than a year before the foster father and foster mother were arrested by the police, and Zhou Yan had not spent nearly as much time with him as Ning Junyan had. But when Chen Yuncheng came out to work at the age of eighteen, within two years, he met Zhou Yan, who also came out to work and earn money. At that time, to the adult Chen Yuncheng, Zhou Yan was really still a child.

       Over the years, Zhou Yan had always trusted and relied on Chen Yuncheng very much. Once Chen Yuncheng was injured and hospitalized, Zhou Yan went everywhere to lend money to Chen Yuncheng to pay for the hospitalization. The reason why Zhou Yan got to know Zhang Wenyong was through Chen Yuncheng. People like Zhang Wenyong were not good people. Although Zhou Yan did not listen to Chen Yuncheng’s advice and insisted on continuing to work with Zhang Wenyong, Chen Yuncheng always felt that everything started because of him.

       Now, as long as he could do so, he would definitely pull Zhou Yan along.

       Ning Junyan looked at him calmly and said, “Okay.”

       Chen Yuncheng didn’t understand what Ning Junyan meant for a while, he hesitated a little, and then said, “I’m sorry, next time as long as you have time, I’ll invite you out to play, and can go anywhere.”

       Ning Junyan didn’t seem to care much about this issue, he just said, “I will accompany you to find Zhou Yan tomorrow.”

       Chen Yuncheng suddenly showed a surprised expression.

       Ning Junyan continued, “Is it the address on the ID card?” He had seen it on Gu Yaojia’s mobile phone just now.

       Chen Yuncheng said subconsciously, “No need, it’s too much trouble.”

       “It’s no trouble,” Ning Junyan said, “You said it was a responsibility.”

       Chen Yuncheng said, “But Zhou Yan’s matter has nothing to do with you. You have already helped so much, how can I cause you any more trouble.”

       Ning Junyan said, “It doesn’t matter. The last thing I care about is you giving me trouble.”

       No other words come out of Chen Yuncheng’s lips anymore because although Ning Junyan’s expression was serious, there seemed to be frivolous teasing in his tone, and Chen Yuncheng didn’t even know if it was his own delusion.

       However, the next moment, Ning Junyan’s tone became serious, he said, “You’re going to have to pay it all back anyway.”

       As soon as Ning Junyan finished speaking, the phone on his body suddenly rang. He said to Chen Yuncheng softly, “Sorry,” picked up the phone and walked aside to pick it up.

       Chen Yuncheng looked at his back with mixed emotions.

       After a minute, Ning Junyan hung up the phone and came over and said to Chen Yuncheng, “The director is looking for me, I’m going back to the department.”

       Chen Yuncheng nodded, “Get on with your work.”

       Ning Junyan said, “At what time do you want to leave tomorrow?”

       Chen Yuncheng opened his mouth, but couldn’t say what he refused, and finally said, “Early.”

       Ning Junyan nodded, “How about I pick you up at 7.30 am?”

       Chen Yuncheng said, “Okay.”

       Before Ning Junyan left, he put his hand on his shoulder and said, “Don’t worry too much, everything will work out.”

       Chen Yuncheng forced a smile and said, “I know.”

       Before 7:30 the next morning, Chen Yuncheng opened the shutter door and saw that Ning Junyan’s Land Rover had parked in front of his store.

       Ning Junyan was not in the car but stood by the side of the road leaning against the car, wearing the thick down jacket he had worn last time.

       Chen Yuncheng was a little surprised, “Why didn’t you tell me when you arrived?”

       Ning Junyan glanced at the time and said, “It’s not even half past seven, so I can’t bear to bother you.”

       Chen Yuncheng had actually woken up a long time ago, he had something on his mind and had not slept well last night. Apart from Zhou Yan’s matter, he could not help thinking about Ning Junyan’s attitude.

       All of this had made Chen Yuncheng annoyed and perplexed.

       The small county where Zhou Yan lived was about a five-hour drive from the city. If everything went well, they should be able to go back and forth on the same day; if Zhou Yan was not found, or Zhou Yan did not go back there at all, then there was no need to stay there overnight.

       So Chen Yuncheng only brought his wallet and mobile phone, nothing else, he just pulled down the rolling shutter and locked it from the outside.

       After locking the door, he asked Ning Junyan, “Have you eaten breakfast? Do you want to leave after breakfast?”

       Ning Junyan said, “What do you want to eat?”

       Chen Yuncheng glanced at the noodle shop next door and asked, “Is it okay to eat noodles?”

       Ning Junyan said, “Yes, I’m fine with it all.”

       The owner of the noodle restaurant and Chen Yuncheng had known each other for a long time, and it was too early for business. He stood at the gate and kept looking at the Land Rover that Ning Junyan parked on the side of the road.

       When he saw Chen Yuncheng and the others come to eat noodles, the boss greeted Chen Yuncheng loudly and invited them to sit, and then asked Chen Yuncheng, “Is that your friend’s car? I’ve seen it a few times.”

       Chen Yuncheng let out a laugh and replied, “Yes.”

       The boss took a rag to wipe the table for them, and said, “An eight hundred thousand dollar1around $120k car, right? That’s nice.”

       Chen Yuncheng glanced at Ning Junyan and saw that Ning Junyan took two pairs of chopsticks out of the chopstick holder with a blank expression, and Chen Yuncheng said to the boss, “It’s not like other people’s cars are mine, so I have no idea.”

       When the boss saw that Ning Junyan had no intention of saying anything, he laughed dryly and turned around to go inside the shop.

       Ning Junyan handed a pair of chopsticks to Chen Yuncheng and said, “You can take the car and drive it if you need to.”

       Chen Yuncheng raised his hand and brought over both pairs of chopsticks. While getting up to go to the pot to heat the chopsticks, he said, “I don’t need it, I’m afraid I can’t afford it.”

Okay, not only he doesn’t mind Chen Yuncheng troubling him, lending him a large sum of money, helping Chen Yuncheng look for another man, and picking him up earlier than the scheduled time, but he also offered his $120k car to use

Good thing they are canon or I’m gonna go mad >:(

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  1. Ketkai

    He really has fallen too deep in. Ml’s so ready for anything related to mc sskskksks wonder what’d happen if they didn’t have that intersection at the start of the novel.

  2. Cocole

    Ning Junyan raised her wrist….

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