Chen Yuncheng went back to the shop quite late the next day. At that time, the store had already opened, and Shi Peng was already moving goods at the door.

       When Shi Peng saw Chen Yuncheng, he greeted him, “Cheng ge!”

       Chen Yuncheng smiled at him.

       Shi Peng asked curiously again, “Did you spend the night out last night?”

       Chen Yuncheng’s attitude was quite calm, and he replied, “Yes.”

       Shi Peng didn’t think there was anything wrong either, so he said “oh” and went back to moving the goods.

       Chen Yuncheng stretched his stiff shoulders as he walked inside. After being handcuffed to the bed for a long time last night, he woke up early this morning feeling stiff and uncomfortable in his joints. He couldn’t help but feel that he wasn’t getting any younger, and at the same time, he also cursed Ning Junyan hard in his heart.

       When he entered the room, Guan Anlin just came out of the bathroom, looked up at him, and said nothing.

       Chen Yuncheng bent down to find the phone charger by the bed, plugged the phone in and charged it, and said to Guan Anlin, “I’ll call Sun ge later to see if I can invite him to dinner tonight, why don’t you come with me?”

       Guan Anlin said Guan Anlin said in a cool and lingering tone, “No more fooling around with men tonight?”

       Chen Yuncheng turned to look at him, stretched his shoulders, and said, “I don’t want to see him for a few days.”

       Guan Anlin noticed his movements and asked, “What happened to your shoulder?”

       Chen Yuncheng didn’t answer, and after a while, he blushed slightly.

       When Guan Anlin noticed it, he was baffled and a little angry. He always felt that Chen Yuncheng must have done something shameful.

       It was not that Chen Yuncheng really didn’t want to see Ning Junyan, but he was really busy these days. After taking the time to chat with Sun Shiliang and the liquor agent that Sun Shiliang introduced to him, they all advised him to be cautious about taking over the agency of a small brand, fearing that he would not be able to sell the goods.

       Above all, Sun Shiliang chatted with him for a long time and told him that he might as well try to take a small number of goods first and see if the goods could be sold. He could sell them in their shop anyway and market them when he had customers, and if he had repeat customers, he could consider getting into them officially.

       After some consideration, Chen Yuncheng followed Sun Shiliang’s suggestion and sold a small amount of the wine in the store. At the same time, he divided the wine into small glass bottles and gave it to the customers who came to pick up the goods for tasting and received a lot of positive feedback.

       When Chen Yuncheng bought goods from the manufacturer again, the people from the winery persuaded him to use a local first-level agent. He was a little tempted, probably asked about the price, and then began to think about the bank loan.

       This was not an easy task for Chen Yuncheng. Although the money needed was not much, he did not have enough credit to take out a loan, and he did not have any assets under his name to take out a mortgage. Sun Shiliang had a way to introduce him to outside lending institutions, but he didn’t recommend him there, because to put it bluntly, those lending institutions could handle unsecured loans, and they had to bear a lot of risks, so the interest was very high, which was equivalent to a loan shark.

       Sun Shiliang saw that Chen Yuncheng was in a difficult position, and said to him, “How about this, I will give you an advance of your year’s income according to last month’s turnover, and you can take it first. We will settle the account at the end of the year.”

       Chen Yuncheng was stunned for a moment, and said, “He was not receiving a fixed salary, but a monthly commission based on his turnover, and his next income was unknown, so Sun Siliang was lending him a sum of money without interest and then counting it towards his monthly repayment.

       Sun Shiliang said, “It’s okay. I didn’t have a chance to thank Dr. Ning for helping me last time, and he didn’t want gifts. I know you two are close, so you should find a way to return the favour for me.”

       Chen Yuncheng didn’t know what to say for a while.

       Sun Shiliang simply transferred more than one hundred thousand to Chen Yuncheng, but it was still not enough, and Chen Yuncheng still needed to find a solution for the remaining money.

       Guan Anlin knew that Chen Yuncheng needed money, so he said to him, “Go ask your man for it, he is so rich.”

       Chen Yuncheng held the lunch box and gave him a cold look.

       Guan Anlin said, “What are you looking at me for? I didn’t say anything wrong.”

       Chen Yuncheng said, “Because of Zhou Yan’s incident, I haven’t paid off the money I owed him. How can I continue to borrow from him?”

       Guan Anlin finished the food in the lunch box in two bites, temporarily tossed the empty lunch box at his feet, lit a cigarette, breathed it into his lungs hard, and said, “Then what do you think?”

       Chen Yuncheng asked, “What do you think?”

       Guan Anlin said, “Even if you two men can’t get married, you will never be a family. So even the money must be calculated so clearly, huh?”

       Chen Yuncheng felt that the meal was tasteless, but he didn’t want to waste it, so he put all the rest of the meal into his mouth in one go, chewed for a long time with his mouth puffed up, and then said, “I can’t spend his money even if he is a woman.”

       Guan Anlin scratched his scalp with his fingers, “I thought you were the woman.”

       If Chen Yuncheng hadn’t chewed and swallowed the food in his mouth, he felt that he could spray it on Guan Anlin’s face, so he stared at Guan Anlin with a mean expression.

       Guan Anlin quickly said, “I’m just describing your relationship, isn’t one of you playing the male and one playing the female? I don’t know what to say, why are you glaring at me?”

       Chen Yuncheng said, “Just shut up.”

       Guan Anlin no longer entangled with him about men and women matter and continued, “I just thought that if you really want to be together, there’s no need to be so concerned about it, it’s not like you’re not going to pay him back, what’s so hard to ask. If I had 100,000 yuan in my hand today and you came to borrow it from me, I would guarantee that I would lend it to you without you even typing the IOU1An IOU (abbreviated from the phrase “I owe you”) is usually an informal document acknowledging debt.. After a long time, aren’t your relationship with him better than with mine? Even Sun ge was willing to lend you money, right?”

       Chen Yuncheng was silent for a while, and said, “It’s not the same.” He picked up the two empty lunch boxes on the ground and threw them in the trash can.

       He had just taken two steps when Chen Yuncheng received a phone call from Long Zhanyu.

       Long Zhanyu seemed to be very busy, and told him in a hurried tone, “Zhou Yan’s case would start trial next week.”

       Chen Yuncheng was a little surprised, “So fast?” He thought it would take at least half a year.

       Long Zhanyu said: “The trial of their accomplice who stole the vehicle has been completed here, so they can directly copy the case file over there; as for the intentional murder, he turned himself in and gave a complete account of the crime. He has pleaded guilty and had a good attitude until now, so the case is handled quickly.” After he said that, Long Zhanyu couldn’t wait to hear him continue talking and just said, “Something’s up, I’ll hang up.”

       Chen Yuncheng didn’t even have time to say thank you when he heard the voice of call ended tone from the phone.

       He couldn’t help turning his head to look at Guan Anlin.

       Guan Anlin was still enjoying his after-meal cigarette, and looked up at him, “What’s wrong?”

       Chen Yuncheng said, “Zhou Yan’s case will be brought to trial next week.”

       Guan Anlin said in a cold tone, “Oh,” and then added, “It was an early trial, it’s good.”

       Chen Yuncheng walked to the trash can, threw away the two lunch boxes, turned around and saw Guan Anlin still squatting in front of the store smoking, so he walked behind a pillar and called Ning Junyan.

       Ning Junyan was off duty tonight, and when he answered the phone, his surroundings were very quiet, and he called out in a deep voice, “Yuncheng.”

       Chen Yuncheng said, “Where are you?”

       Ning Junyan answered him, “Still in the hospital and haven’t got off work, miss me?”

       The corners of Chen Yuncheng’s mouth could not help but turn up slightly, and said, “I miss you.”

       Ning Junyan said, “Then let me come pick you up.”

       Chen Yuncheng replied, “Okay.”

       When he returned to Guan Anlin’s side, Chen Yuncheng looked down at him and said, “I’m going out tonight.”

       Guan Anlin raised his head, frowned, looked at him for a while, and finally said, “Try borrowing money from him.”

       Chen Yuncheng did not reply.

       As he sat on the bed in Ning Junyan’s bedroom, Chen Yuncheng stretched out his hand and shook the iron chain on the head of the bed gently. He no longer felt anything when he saw the pair of handcuffs now. He also knew that Ning Junyan had ordered a collar for him, which he kept in the drawer of his bedside table, together with the ring he had proposed with earlier.

       To Chen Yuncheng, whether to wear these things or not is just a matter of taste, and Ning Junyan would not force him, and would definitely not hurt him.

       When Chen Yuncheng complained about shoulder pain, Ning Junyan would patiently massage his shoulders, and next, he would remove the handcuffs from the chain, and let Chen Yuncheng put his hands around his head and hug his shoulders.

       Ning Junyan came out of the bathroom without any clothes on, went to bed to hug Chen Yuncheng and kissed him.

       Chen Yuncheng hugged Ning Junyan back, greedy for his tenderness, but he was also a little absent-minded.

       Ning Junyan asked him, “What’s wrong?”

       Chen Yuncheng said, “Zhou Yan’s case will be tried next week.”

       Ning Junyan lay on the bed, let Chen Yuncheng pillow his shoulder, and gently touched his face and neck with his fingers, “Do you want to go?”

       Chen Yuncheng said, “I’m going, and I’ve told his girlfriend that when the time comes, I’ll pick them up and take the kids with me.”

       Ning Junyan asked, “Can children be brought into court?”

       Chen Yuncheng looked up at him, “I don’t know.”

       Ning Junyan pinched Chen Yuncheng’s earlobe with his fingers and rubbed it. Chen Yuncheng raised his head slightly and took the initiative to kiss Ning Junyan’s lips.

       As his lips parted, Ning Junyan said to Chen Yuncheng, “I’ll go with you.”

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