The woman next to Pei Qing looked to be in her twenties, wearing a blouse and a skirt, with long curly hair. She was very beautiful.

       Zhan Weiyang kept staring at the woman, wondering who she was.

       Pei Qing noticed Zhan Weiyang’s gaze and said to him, “This is the sister of the company where I am interning. Her name is Qin Yishan. You can call her Shan jie.”

       Qin Yishan smiled and said, “He can call me jiejie, but you don’t have to.”

       Pei Qing smiled and said nothing.

       Zhan Weiyang was still staring at Qin Yishan in a daze.

       At this time, the traffic light at the intersection had turned green, and Pei Qing said, “Let’s cross the street first.” When he was about to walk forward, he saw that Zhan Weiyang was not moving, so he reached out, grabbed his wrist, and led him across the street before letting go.

       They walked across the street and stopped again.

       Pei Qing asked Zhan Weiyang, “Why are you here?”

       Zhan Weiyang was stunned for a moment, then came to his senses and said, “I’m here to find my classmates.”

       Pei Qing asked him again, “Did you find them?”

       Zhan Weiyang thought that he had already met Xie Ling, so he said, “Yes.”

       Pei Qing said, “Have you eaten?”

       Zhan Weiyang shook his head.

       Pei Qing said, “We are getting ready to have dinner. Let’s go together.”

       Qin Yishan stood by the side with her arms crossed in front of her chest. Her gaze shifted between Pei Qing’s face and Zhan Weiyang’s face. A faint smile lingered on her own face throughout.

       Zhan Weiyang didn’t think much, nodded, and said, “Okay.”

       Pei Qing then turned to Qin Yishan, “Where is the restaurant you mentioned?”

       Qin Yishan looked forward and said, “We’re almost there.”

       The three of them walked forward side by side. Zhan Weiyang felt a little awkward walking beside Pei Qing.

       Qin Yishan asked Pei Qing as she walked, “You said your family isn’t from here, right? Then how come you have a younger brother here?”

       Pei Qing said, “This is my younger cousin, Zhan Weiyang.”

       Qin Yishan glanced at Zhan Weiyang, who was walking on the other side of Pei Qing, and said, “Younger cousin, no wonder you don’t look alike.” She looked at Zhan Weiyang’s school uniform and asked, “High school student?”

       Pei Qing responded, “Second year in high school.”

       Qin Yishan smiled at Zhan Weiyang.

       Zhan Weiyang wasn’t actually very happy, but he still smiled back at Qin Yishan out of politeness.

       Qin Yishan took them to a restaurant specialising in beef. When they entered, there was an empty booth by the window. Pei Qing asked Zhan Weiyang to sit inside, and he sat beside him. Qin Yishan sat opposite them and waved for the waiter to come and take their order.

       When the menu was brought, Qin Yishan took it and handed it to Zhan Weiyang, saying, “Younger cousin, you can order whatever you want. Jiejie will treat you to dinner today.”

       Zhan Weiyang looked at the menu in front of him and felt momentarily at a loss.

       Pei Qing lowered his head, approached Zhan Weiyang and said softly, “Just order it, I’ll treat you.”

       When Qin Yishan heard this, she immediately said, “That won’t do, we agreed that it’s jiejie’s treat.”

       Pei Qing said, “Didn’t you say that I don’t have to call you jiejie?”

       Zhan Weiyang couldn’t help but look up at Qin Yishan and saw her looking directly at Pei Qing with a completely different smile on her face, which Zhan Weiyang couldn’t describe. He reached out and pushed the menu in front of Pei Qing and said, “I don’t know what to order.”

       Pei Qing took it and handed it back to Qin Yishan, saying, “It’s better if you do it.”

       Qin Yishan no longer refused this time and familiarly ordered three dishes and a soup, handed the menu back to the waiter, and then said, “This restaurant really tastes good.”

       Pei Qing nodded, “What you recommended must be good.”

       Tonight, Pei Qing was working overtime for a while at the company where he was interning. When it was about to end, Qin Yishan, who worked in the company, took the initiative to invite him to have dinner. The two of them had some contact at work, but not much. Pei Qing was a little surprised but didn’t refuse.

       This restaurant was also Qin Yishan’s suggestion. It was not far from their company. It took the two of them less than twenty minutes to walk from the company. If they hadn’t met Zhan Weiyang on the way, it would have been faster.

       The restaurant’s business was so good, but the food service seemed a bit slow.

       While waiting for the food to be served, Pei Qing had been chatting with Qin Yishan, and the two of them were talking about things related to their work. Because Pei Qing was only a senior in college, Qin Yishan also gave him a lot of career advice about his future.

       “Are you planning to go to graduate school?” Qin Yishan asked Pei Qing.

       Pei Qing replied, “I’m considering it.”

       Zhan Weiyang could understand at most a third of what the two of them were talking about. He had been sitting quietly. At first, he was listening to their conversation and watching them, but later, he was shaking his legs restlessly.

       Pei Qing stretched out a hand under the dining table to hold down Zhan Weiyang’s shaking legs, looked at him, and asked, “Are you hungry?”

       Zhan Weiyang was actually hungry, but he shook his head and said, “Not hungry.”

       Pei Qing’s hand did not move away from his leg. Through the thin layer of school uniform pants, Zhan Weiyang felt the warmth and pressure of his palm. When Zhan Weiyang couldn’t help but fidget again, Pei Qing’s fingers even tightened inward, giving him a little pinch.

       Zhan Weiyang felt itchy from being pinched by him and did not dare to move.

       Pei Qing called the waiter and asked her how long the food would have to wait. When the answer was a little perfunctory, she asked the waiter if there were any snacks that could be served immediately.

       The waiter said there was Ice Jelly1Bingfen, also called ice jelly, is a Chinese dessert native to Southwest China in provinces such as Sichuan, Guizhou, and Yunnan. It is served as a bowl of iced transparent jelly, made from the seeds of the Nicandra physalodes plant, along with toppings like haw flakes and wolfberries.

       Pei Qing looked at Qin Yishan, “Yishan jie, do you want it?”

       Qin Yishan said, “I don’t eat cold food.”

       Pei Qing said to the waiter, “I want a bowl.”

       The waiter turned and left and quickly brought them a bowl of brown sugar Ice Jelly and placed it on the table. Pei Qing released the hand holding Zhan Weiyang’s thigh and lifted it up to hold the small spoon in the bowl, stirred the brown sugar liquid that was covered on top of the Ice Jelly before pushing the whole bowl in front of Zhan Weiyang and said, “You eat first. “

       Zhan Weiyang lowered his head, took a spoon and took a spoonful of Ice Jelly, and put it into his mouth. He felt that the Ice Jelly was sweet, and he felt less anxious instantly. He turned his head and looked up at Pei Qing.

       Pei Qing was also looking at him, and after meeting his gaze, he smiled at him.

       Zhan Weiyang then also smiled, lowered his eyes and continued to eat the Ice Jelly.

       Qin Yishan supported her chin with one hand and looked at them for a long time before saying, “You take good care of your younger cousin.”

       Pei Qing said, “I am now living in their home. My uncle and grandma take good care of me. It is my duty to take care of him.”

       Strictly speaking, Zhan Weiyang’s grandmother was Pei Qing’s grandmother, but in the end, there was no blood relationship. After Pei Qing came here, he had been calling Zhan Weiyang’s grandmother, Grandma, and no one thought there was anything inappropriate.

       Qin Yishan didn’t know about Pei Qing’s relationship with the Zhan family, so naturally she thought nothing was wrong. She just looked at Pei Qing with a smile and said, “Your character is much more mature than your actual age.”

       Pei Qing smiled and said, “Maybe I just look older.”

       “I’m talking about personality, not appearance,” Qin Yishan said, “When you first came to our company as an intern, I felt that you were calmer than other college students. Nowadays, many men are still like children after they graduate from college and work. You… On the contrary, are still a student but feel more stable and reliable than them.”

       Pei Qing laughed, lowered his head, picked up the chopsticks on the table, and put them down gently without saying anything else.

       At this time, the waiter finally brought the dishes.

       Qin Yishan asked Pei Qing, “Want to drink some beer?”

       Pei Qing said, “Do you want to drink? If you want to drink, I can accompany you.”

       Qin Yishan shook her head, “I don’t drink.”

       Pei Qing said, “Then I won’t drink either.”

       Hearing this, Qin Yishan said, “Drink some. This kind of weather is suitable for a bottle of beer.”

       Pei Qing seemed to hesitate for a moment, then raised his hand and asked the waiter to open a bottle of beer and bring it over.

       The beer was frozen, and the glass bottle was covered with a layer of white mist.

       Zhan Weiyang had just finished eating the Ice Jelly and saw the mist on the wine bottle. He couldn’t help but stretch out his finger to wipe it.

       Pei Qing reached out to pick up the wine bottle and put it on Zhan Weiyang’s face.

       Zhan Weiyang said, “Oh!” and hurriedly ducked to the side with his neck scrunched up. When he couldn’t hide away, he raised his hands to cover his face.

       Pei Qing asked him, “Want to drink?”

       Zhan Weiyang covered his face, which was red from the cold, and nodded.

       Pei Qing stretched out the mouth of the beer bottle in front of him. He really thought that Pei Qing wanted him to drink, so he leaned over and as soon as his lips touched the mouth of the bottle, Pei Qing took the bottle away and said, “I just remembered. You are still a high school student, you can’t drink.”

       Zhan Weiyang wanted to say that he had actually drunk with Chen Youyou, but he was afraid that Pei Qing would be angry if he found out, so he said, “I just remembered too.”

       Pei Qing immediately looked at him and smiled.

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