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The Long Road Ahead CH 5

Author:Yu Xiao Fan Category:urban Update time:2022-12-01 14:51:43

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That can't be true, right

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Xiao Ning always had a limit on the amount of food and drink in his diet, so after stuffing himself that vigorously, to the point of bursting, he found himself on the following Saturday feeling a bit sick and had to take a day for rest the Sunday proceeding it.

Because of this situation, he as also unable to go visit Wang Hua and see for himself how his sister-in-law was doing.

"Did something happen" As they walked, Wang Hua asked.

So even though there were a lot of things happening to him, more than anyone, Xiao Ning understood that to others, only a few things could be told.

Sun Rouyan sat on the hospital bed, her face a bit drowsy as she gently held a child in her bosom, "So you're Xiao Ning, huh I swear, I hear Wang-ge talk about you all the time."

Sun Rouyan sat on the hospital bed, her face a bit drowsy as she gently held a child in her bosom, "So you're Xiao Ning, huh I swear, I hear Wang-ge talk about you all the time."

Beckoning Wang Hua's proud response, "That's right."

"Hey, don't look down on your Wang-ge's eyesight.

Because if I wan unable to notice this much, how could I be the assistant of Director Shan" Wang Hua moved to pat Xiao Ning's shoulder, then asked once more, "So tell me, what's going on Is it something at your company Or is it something at home Why didn't you go to work"

Sun Rouyan sat on the hospital bed, her face a bit drowsy as she gently held a child in her bosom, "So you're Xiao Ning, huh I swear, I hear Wang-ge talk about you all the time."

Early the following Monday morning, he made his way to the company he worked at and had an early morning group meeting as usual.

Then after returning to his seat, he drank two mouthfuls of hot water, right as his manager came to find him.

"You're Xiao Ning, yes" Director Zhao Chao stared at Xiao Ning in the eye, while pointing towards a stack of A4 papers on his desk.

"Come take a look at these."

"Yes, it's exactly that 'can't be true'." Wang Hua eyes sharpened as the watched him, adding, "Shan Haiming is the Shan family's second son."

His manager didn't say much about the matter, but the man's expression made Xiao Ning feel ill at ease.

Prompting him to dare not ask the reason, as soon he had entered the director's office with him.

But in the time of these shortened days, he felt a bit exhausted.

At this time, Wang Hua, who he regarded as an elder, showed him concern.

So this once, he simply couldn't help himself.

Hearing this command, Xiao Ning couldn't make heads or tails of it.

The Branch Manager's boss was the Regional Manager, and above them both was the Director.

So usually such a person was not directly responsible fro a low level supervisor like himself.

So why would they suddenly single him out and call him to the office Was there something going on

Xiao Ning stopped at once, his expression now turning somewhat dazed.

Zhao Chao then added, "You guys are the customer service department.

You all contact the clients in our distribution chain, and all of you had signed a confidentiality agreement when you were hired.

So I hope you properly understand the gravity of this matter."

"Xiao Ning, we're heading over to the director's office."

Xiao Ning's face tightened.

Something like this could regarded as corporate espionage at the very worst.

Plus, even though he had no idea it happened, they oud think he was involved in it too.

The smile Sun Rouyan now wore was especially gentle, possessing a kind of gentleness borne from the purest form of content, and whether the reason for this expression was on account of her newfound motherhood, was something left unknown.

"The birth was natural, so my recovery is going along quite fast."

At the annual company meeting, both the general manager and the vice-general manager had been present.

But, Xiao Ning had no lasting impression of General Manager, so how could he be expected to remember the vice-general manager But on several notices throughout the company building, both the general manager and vice-general manager's names had been signed.

So using this, he tried his best to recall them, saying, "It looks like their name is Shan..."

Hearing this command, Xiao Ning couldn't make heads or tails of it.

The Branch Manager's boss was the Regional Manager, and above them both was the Director.

So usually such a person was not directly responsible fro a low level supervisor like himself.

So why would they suddenly single him out and call him to the office Was there something going on

Zhao Chao then added, "You guys are the customer service department.

You all contact the clients in our distribution chain, and all of you had signed a confidentiality agreement when you were hired.

So I hope you properly understand the gravity of this matter."

The Rihua Group was a large listed enterprise, so it was not that strange for someone working as long as Wang Hua to have heard of their name.

But the expression he was currently wearing seemed much more complex than ne which would say: Turns out it was Rihua.

This reaction gave Xiao Ning a strange feeling, making him ask, "What wrong"

Xiao Ning always had a limit on the amount of food and drink in his diet, so after stuffing himself that vigorously, to the point of bursting, he found himself on the following Saturday feeling a bit sick and had to take a day for rest the Sunday proceeding it.

Because of this situation, he as also unable to go visit Wang Hua and see for himself how his sister-in-law was doing.

His manager didn't say much about the matter, but the man's expression made Xiao Ning feel ill at ease.

Prompting him to dare not ask the reason, as soon he had entered the director's office with him.

"Goodness, you're just stopping by, so why did you bring us so many gifts." Upon seeing Xiao Ning arrive, Wang Hua promptly got up from his seat at his wife's bedside, taking the gifts and placing them to the side.

"Come, get over here.

This right here is you're sister-in-law.

And, honey, this guy here is Xiao Ning.

He's the one I've been telling you about."

"You're Xiao Ning, yes" Director Zhao Chao stared at Xiao Ning in the eye, while pointing towards a stack of A4 papers on his desk.

"Come take a look at these."

The smile Sun Rouyan now wore was especially gentle, possessing a kind of gentleness borne from the purest form of content, and whether the reason for this expression was on account of her newfound motherhood, was something left unknown.

"The birth was natural, so my recovery is going along quite fast."

Xiao Ning stopped at once, his expression now turning somewhat dazed.

Zhao Chao then said seriously, "Six thousand yuan.

It's really easy for the people on your team to make some extra money, isn't it"

Xiao Ning stopped at once, his expression now turning somewhat dazed.

Xiao Ning was still in a state of not really understanding, as he was a low-level supervisor with who knows how many levels there was between the vice general manger and himself.

He usually had most of his dealings with his direct manager, and the first time he ever spoke to the managing director was in fact today.

Plus, having always been focused on his own work, he was not good at schmoozing with the higher ups, and his interpersonal skills were a bust.

Because, if none of these things were true, he would not currently be left to act passively in his current mess.

It clear what he meant was that Sun Rouyan had to nurse, so understanding this, Xiao Ning quickly rose up and left with him.

"Goodness, you're just stopping by, so why did you bring us so many gifts." Upon seeing Xiao Ning arrive, Wang Hua promptly got up from his seat at his wife's bedside, taking the gifts and placing them to the side.

"Come, get over here.

This right here is you're sister-in-law.

And, honey, this guy here is Xiao Ning.

He's the one I've been telling you about."

Zhao Chao then added, "You guys are the customer service department.

You all contact the clients in our distribution chain, and all of you had signed a confidentiality agreement when you were hired.

So I hope you properly understand the gravity of this matter."

He was one who preferred to not commit to anything completely, leaving room for him to advance or retreat, in everything he did.

He depended on his reliability and experience to get himself promoted to his current supervisory position, and as a supervisor, he wasn't that strict.

So even if it was the greed of another that had brought about this mistake, he, as the supervisor, could not shirk his responsibility regarding it.

Whether he lost his job or not because it, was something yet to be known.

Another worry because of this, was him having to pay a significant mount of compensation.

The good never happens, and the bad always comes true.

This situation...

the way this looks doesn't seem to good either, right

A smile, one which could only be described as brilliant, at the mention of his daughter, spread across Wang Hua's face, "Yes, her name is Ya'ting. The 雅:Ya for elegance, and the 婷:Ting for grace."

His manager didn't say much about the matter, but the man's expression made Xiao Ning feel ill at ease.

Prompting him to dare not ask the reason, as soon he had entered the director's office with him.

He was one who preferred to not commit to anything completely, leaving room for him to advance or retreat, in everything he did.

He depended on his reliability and experience to get himself promoted to his current supervisory position, and as a supervisor, he wasn't that strict.

So even if it was the greed of another that had brought about this mistake, he, as the supervisor, could not shirk his responsibility regarding it.

Whether he lost his job or not because it, was something yet to be known.

Another worry because of this, was him having to pay a significant mount of compensation.

Beckoning Wang Hua's proud response, "That's right."

"Oh, sorry.

My bad." After a passer-by knocked into him accidentally, Xiao Ning regained his senses.

Pursing his lips, he thought for a little while then pulled out pocketed phone to call Wang Hua.

"Wang-ge You're still at the hospital, right Oh, okay.

Well, I don't have anything to do right now, so is t a good time for me to come over and see sister-in-law"

Zhao Chao and Xiao Ning's manager did not say anything more.

But because Rihua had very strict regulations, Xiao Ning, along with his entire group, were all suspended.

The handling of the incident was to be reported to the authorities, and left up to the higher ups to discuss.

Zhao Chao then said seriously, "Six thousand yuan.

It's really easy for the people on your team to make some extra money, isn't it"

The smile Sun Rouyan now wore was especially gentle, possessing a kind of gentleness borne from the purest form of content, and whether the reason for this expression was on account of her newfound motherhood, was something left unknown.

"The birth was natural, so my recovery is going along quite fast."

Early the following Monday morning, he made his way to the company he worked at and had an early morning group meeting as usual.

Then after returning to his seat, he drank two mouthfuls of hot water, right as his manager came to find him.

But no matter how hard he tried, Xiao Ning honestly couldn't think of what the problem could've been, and could only obediently listen to his superior as he began flipping through the papers, which were filled with lists of names and phone numbers.

It clear what he meant was that Sun Rouyan had to nurse, so understanding this, Xiao Ning quickly rose up and left with him.

The smile Sun Rouyan now wore was especially gentle, possessing a kind of gentleness borne from the purest form of content, and whether the reason for this expression was on account of her newfound motherhood, was something left unknown.

"The birth was natural, so my recovery is going along quite fast."

"Listen Xiao Ning, I know you're not not someone who likes going around and spreading gossips with others, so I have to ask you this first." Saying this, Wang Hua stared at him with an expression which was impossible to describe.

Then with a click of is tongue he continued, "Do you know who the vice-general manager of Rihua is"

Hearing no one pick up on the other end of the line, Xiao Ning hung up, feeling the depression in his heart congeal into a cold blob of emptiness.

The frigid thing entwining around all the organs inside him, leaving his entire body crawling with a chill, one which refused to leave him.

It clear what he meant was that Sun Rouyan had to nurse, so understanding this, Xiao Ning quickly rose up and left with him.

Zhao Chao then said seriously, "Six thousand yuan.

It's really easy for the people on your team to make some extra money, isn't it"

"Hey, don't look down on your Wang-ge's eyesight.

Because if I wan unable to notice this much, how could I be the assistant of Director Shan" Wang Hua moved to pat Xiao Ning's shoulder, then asked once more, "So tell me, what's going on Is it something at your company Or is it something at home Why didn't you go to work"

As a result, Wang Hua changed the topic, "Which company are you working at now I can check around to see if there anyone there that I know."

A smile, one which could only be described as brilliant, at the mention of his daughter, spread across Wang Hua's face, "Yes, her name is Ya'ting. The 雅:Ya for elegance, and the 婷:Ting for grace."

Xiao Ning did not want to tell his problems to Wang Hua, only because it was something he was unaccustomed to, that is, passing on negative things to others.

"...Please accept my apologies.

This was a dereliction of duty on my part." Xiao Ning kept his cool as he said this, before adding as calmly as he could, "As per the losses the company has incurred because of this, I am deeply sorry."

Xiao Ning's heart lurched, and he now knew what was going on.

How could it be, that after twenty years of resigning myself to working hard, and conducting myself in an upstanding manner, I still ended up being screwed over like this

"Hey, don't look down on your Wang-ge's eyesight.

Because if I wan unable to notice this much, how could I be the assistant of Director Shan" Wang Hua moved to pat Xiao Ning's shoulder, then asked once more, "So tell me, what's going on Is it something at your company Or is it something at home Why didn't you go to work"

Beckoning Wang Hua's proud response, "That's right."

Wang Hua's reply was beaming with enthusiasm, and Xiao Ning seemed as though he released a weighted breath.

He now made his way to the supermarket, buying two huge bags worth of gifts, afterwards hailing a cab to hurry over to the maternity hospital.

"Yes, it's exactly that 'can't be true'." Wang Hua eyes sharpened as the watched him, adding, "Shan Haiming is the Shan family's second son."

"You're Xiao Ning, yes" Director Zhao Chao stared at Xiao Ning in the eye, while pointing towards a stack of A4 papers on his desk.

"Come take a look at these."

So even though there were a lot of things happening to him, more than anyone, Xiao Ning understood that to others, only a few things could be told.

Wang Hua's reply was beaming with enthusiasm, and Xiao Ning seemed as though he released a weighted breath.

He now made his way to the supermarket, buying two huge bags worth of gifts, afterwards hailing a cab to hurry over to the maternity hospital.

Wang Hua's reply was beaming with enthusiasm, and Xiao Ning seemed as though he released a weighted breath.

He now made his way to the supermarket, buying two huge bags worth of gifts, afterwards hailing a cab to hurry over to the maternity hospital.

Zhao Chao then added, "You guys are the customer service department.

You all contact the clients in our distribution chain, and all of you had signed a confidentiality agreement when you were hired.

So I hope you properly understand the gravity of this matter."

Wang Hua, more or less, knew him.

And if Xiao Ning was the type that could mingle with those at the upper echelons at the company, he would've gone into marketing a long time ago, instead of being bullied in customer service.

But in the time of these shortened days, he felt a bit exhausted.

At this time, Wang Hua, who he regarded as an elder, showed him concern.

So this once, he simply couldn't help himself.

After such a scene on his way out of the office, Xiao Ning's mood was as low as it could be.

On his way back home, his urge to call Lu Yan couldn't be helped, but to his amazement and expectation, that other man did not answer.

Xiao Ning's face tightened.

Something like this could regarded as corporate espionage at the very worst.

Plus, even though he had no idea it happened, they oud think he was involved in it too.

Hearing no one pick up on the other end of the line, Xiao Ning hung up, feeling the depression in his heart congeal into a cold blob of emptiness.

The frigid thing entwining around all the organs inside him, leaving his entire body crawling with a chill, one which refused to leave him.

But no matter how hard he tried, Xiao Ning honestly couldn't think of what the problem could've been, and could only obediently listen to his superior as he began flipping through the papers, which were filled with lists of names and phone numbers.

The author has something to say:~[] To the roast chicken who threw me a mine, thank you =3=)

With a shrug of his shoulders, Wang Hua helped him complete it, saying, "Shan Haihong."

Wang Hua's reply was beaming with enthusiasm, and Xiao Ning seemed as though he released a weighted breath.

He now made his way to the supermarket, buying two huge bags worth of gifts, afterwards hailing a cab to hurry over to the maternity hospital.

"...Please accept my apologies.

This was a dereliction of duty on my part." Xiao Ning kept his cool as he said this, before adding as calmly as he could, "As per the losses the company has incurred because of this, I am deeply sorry."

"Xiao Ning, we're heading over to the director's office."

"Hey, don't look down on your Wang-ge's eyesight.

Because if I wan unable to notice this much, how could I be the assistant of Director Shan" Wang Hua moved to pat Xiao Ning's shoulder, then asked once more, "So tell me, what's going on Is it something at your company Or is it something at home Why didn't you go to work"

He gave Wang Hua the basic picture of what went down at his company.

The man muttering to himself for a while before he said, "Hey, don't worry yourself too much, alright Whether this matter will be a big deal or a small one is completely up to the higher-ups at your job to decide.

For you, this matter is abut your dereliction of duty.

So are there any higher ups you can talk to If you can get them to say a few words in your favour, then perhaps you'll just be made to submit a self-criticism and be docked a month's pay as punishment."

Zhao Chao and Xiao Ning's manager did not say anything more.

But because Rihua had very strict regulations, Xiao Ning, along with his entire group, were all suspended.

The handling of the incident was to be reported to the authorities, and left up to the higher ups to discuss.

Zhao Chao then said seriously, "Six thousand yuan.

It's really easy for the people on your team to make some extra money, isn't it"

To the rest of the customer service specialists, this matter was relayed by Xiao Ning, all of them panicked when they heard.

But Xiao Ning had nothing more to say to them, and simply went to pack up his own things, after doing so, just made his way back home.

But no matter how hard he tried, Xiao Ning honestly couldn't think of what the problem could've been, and could only obediently listen to his superior as he began flipping through the papers, which were filled with lists of names and phone numbers.

"...Please accept my apologies.

This was a dereliction of duty on my part." Xiao Ning kept his cool as he said this, before adding as calmly as he could, "As per the losses the company has incurred because of this, I am deeply sorry."

The author has something to say:~[] To the roast chicken who threw me a mine, thank you =3=)

The author has something to say:~[] To the roast chicken who threw me a mine, thank you =3=)

Xiao Ning no longer had any idea what he should say, so after nodding, he turned his gaze to the child, asking, "Wang-ge, has she been given a name"

He was one who preferred to not commit to anything completely, leaving room for him to advance or retreat, in everything he did[1].

He depended on his reliability and experience to get himself promoted to his current supervisory position, and as a supervisor, he wasn't that strict.

So even if it was the greed of another that had brought about this mistake, he, as the supervisor, could not shirk his responsibility regarding it.

Whether he lost his job or not because it, was something yet to be known.

Another worry because of this, was him having to pay a significant mount of compensation.

He gave Wang Hua the basic picture of what went down at his company.

The man muttering to himself for a while before he said, "Hey, don't worry yourself too much, alright Whether this matter will be a big deal or a small one is completely up to the higher-ups at your job to decide.

For you, this matter is abut your dereliction of duty.

So are there any higher ups you can talk to If you can get them to say a few words in your favour, then perhaps you'll just be made to submit a self-criticism and be docked a month's pay as punishment."

Xiao Ning did not want to tell his problems to Wang Hua, only because it was something he was unaccustomed to, that is, passing on negative things to others.

A smile, one which could only be described as brilliant, at the mention of his daughter, spread across Wang Hua's face, "Yes, her name is Ya'ting. The 雅:Ya for elegance, and the 婷:Ting for grace."

He was one who preferred to not commit to anything completely, leaving room for him to advance or retreat, in everything he did.

He depended on his reliability and experience to get himself promoted to his current supervisory position, and as a supervisor, he wasn't that strict.

So even if it was the greed of another that had brought about this mistake, he, as the supervisor, could not shirk his responsibility regarding it.

Whether he lost his job or not because it, was something yet to be known.

Another worry because of this, was him having to pay a significant mount of compensation.

"Yes, it's exactly that 'can't be true'." Wang Hua eyes sharpened as the watched him, adding, "Shan Haiming is the Shan family's second son."

And after freezing for a second, Xiao Ning replied, "No.

It's nothing."

Xiao Ning no longer had any idea what he should say, so after nodding, he turned his gaze to the child, asking, "Wang-ge, has she been given a name"

After such a scene on his way out of the office, Xiao Ning's mood was as low as it could be.

On his way back home, his urge to call Lu Yan couldn't be helped, but to his amazement and expectation, that other man did not answer.

He was one who preferred to not commit to anything completely, leaving room for him to advance or retreat, in everything he did.

He depended on his reliability and experience to get himself promoted to his current supervisory position, and as a supervisor, he wasn't that strict.

So even if it was the greed of another that had brought about this mistake, he, as the supervisor, could not shirk his responsibility regarding it.

Whether he lost his job or not because it, was something yet to be known.

Another worry because of this, was him having to pay a significant mount of compensation.

留餘地: in basic terms, it means to allow for some leeway.

But in broad terms, it's being used here further highlight Xiao Ning's non-committal and tepid nature.

His unwillingness to step forward unless he can step back and how that results in him being unmoving.

[]anasi: One of the reason's I like this story is that Xiao Ning reminds me of a certain character from one of the first BL I ever read, but he ended up with his Lu Yan in the end which I don't accept to this day.

Sun Rouyan sat on the hospital bed, her face a bit drowsy as she gently held a child in her bosom, "So you're Xiao Ning, huh I swear, I hear Wang-ge talk about you all the time."

This was always how it was for Xiao Ning, he would give the other a call and there would be a fifty-fifty chance of him getting an answer.

It was either due to Lu Yan always being busy with something personal, or him being caught up at work.

Plus, even if he did notice the missed call from Xiao Ning, there was no incentive on his part to call Xiao Ning back, knowing Xiao Ning would most likely call him again.

To the rest of the customer service specialists, this matter was relayed by Xiao Ning, all of them panicked when they heard.

But Xiao Ning had nothing more to say to them, and simply went to pack up his own things, after doing so, just made his way back home.

Zhao Chao and Xiao Ning's manager did not say anything more.

But because Rihua had very strict regulations, Xiao Ning, along with his entire group, were all suspended.

The handling of the incident was to be reported to the authorities, and left up to the higher ups to discuss.

This was always how it was for Xiao Ning, he would give the other a call and there would be a fifty-fifty chance of him getting an answer.

It was either due to Lu Yan always being busy with something personal, or him being caught up at work.

Plus, even if he did notice the missed call from Xiao Ning, there was no incentive on his part to call Xiao Ning back, knowing Xiao Ning would most likely call him again.

"...Please accept my apologies.

This was a dereliction of duty on my part." Xiao Ning kept his cool as he said this, before adding as calmly as he could, "As per the losses the company has incurred because of this, I am deeply sorry."

The author has something to say:~[] To the roast chicken who threw me a mine, thank you =3=)

The smile Sun Rouyan now wore was especially gentle, possessing a kind of gentleness borne from the purest form of content, and whether the reason for this expression was on account of her newfound motherhood, was something left unknown.

"The birth was natural, so my recovery is going along quite fast."

Wang Hua's reply was beaming with enthusiasm, and Xiao Ning seemed as though he released a weighted breath.

He now made his way to the supermarket, buying two huge bags worth of gifts, afterwards hailing a cab to hurry over to the maternity hospital.

Hearing no one pick up on the other end of the line, Xiao Ning hung up, feeling the depression in his heart congeal into a cold blob of emptiness.

The frigid thing entwining around all the organs inside him, leaving his entire body crawling with a chill, one which refused to leave him.

"Oh, sorry.

My bad." After a passer-by knocked into him accidentally, Xiao Ning regained his senses.

Pursing his lips, he thought for a little while then pulled out pocketed phone to call Wang Hua.

"Wang-ge You're still at the hospital, right Oh, okay.

Well, I don't have anything to do right now, so is t a good time for me to come over and see sister-in-law"

"He is..." Xiao Ning hesitantly shut his mouth, thinking: Why is there only one character different between his name and Shan Haiming's

"...Please accept my apologies.

This was a dereliction of duty on my part." Xiao Ning kept his cool as he said this, before adding as calmly as he could, "As per the losses the company has incurred because of this, I am deeply sorry."

And after freezing for a second, Xiao Ning replied, "No.

It's nothing."

Early the following Monday morning, he made his way to the company he worked at and had an early morning group meeting as usual.

Then after returning to his seat, he drank two mouthfuls of hot water, right as his manager came to find him.

"Did something happen" As they walked, Wang Hua asked.

Zhao Chao then said seriously, "Six thousand yuan.

It's really easy for the people on your team to make some extra money, isn't it"

Sun Rouyan sat on the hospital bed, her face a bit drowsy as she gently held a child in her bosom, "So you're Xiao Ning, huh I swear, I hear Wang-ge talk about you all the time."

Zhao Chao and Xiao Ning's manager did not say anything more.

But because Rihua had very strict regulations, Xiao Ning, along with his entire group, were all suspended.

The handling of the incident was to be reported to the authorities, and left up to the higher ups to discuss.

Now standing on the street, the stream of people moving to and fro flooded past him, all of them having their own direction, with only him not knowing where he should go.

This feeling currently overwhelming him, was one reminiscent of a time back in his youth.

A time when he was also in this state, while looking on at a bustling crowd darkly.

So even though there were a lot of things happening to him, more than anyone, Xiao Ning understood that to others, only a few things could be told.

Wang Hua, more or less, knew him.

And if Xiao Ning was the type that could mingle with those at the upper echelons at the company, he would've gone into marketing a long time ago, instead of being bullied in customer service.

After such a scene on his way out of the office, Xiao Ning's mood was as low as it could be.

On his way back home, his urge to call Lu Yan couldn't be helped, but to his amazement and expectation, that other man did not answer.

How could it be, that after twenty years of resigning myself to working hard, and conducting myself in an upstanding manner, I still ended up being screwed over like this

Now standing on the street, the stream of people moving to and fro flooded past him, all of them having their own direction, with only him not knowing where he should go.

This feeling currently overwhelming him, was one reminiscent of a time back in his youth.

A time when he was also in this state, while looking on at a bustling crowd darkly.

"Oh, sorry.

My bad." After a passer-by knocked into him accidentally, Xiao Ning regained his senses.

Pursing his lips, he thought for a little while then pulled out pocketed phone to call Wang Hua.

"Wang-ge You're still at the hospital, right Oh, okay.

Well, I don't have anything to do right now, so is t a good time for me to come over and see sister-in-law"

Hearing this command, Xiao Ning couldn't make heads or tails of it.

The Branch Manager's boss was the Regional Manager, and above them both was the Director.

So usually such a person was not directly responsible fro a low level supervisor like himself.

So why would they suddenly single him out and call him to the office Was there something going on

To the rest of the customer service specialists, this matter was relayed by Xiao Ning, all of them panicked when they heard.

But Xiao Ning had nothing more to say to them, and simply went to pack up his own things, after doing so, just made his way back home.

The conclusion was in his heart, but it was too much of a coincidence... how could there be such a thing be true The thought made Xiao Ning's mouth fall open in shock, speechless: ""

Xiao Ning replied imply, "Rihua."

So even though there were a lot of things happening to him, more than anyone, Xiao Ning understood that to others, only a few things could be told.

留餘地: in basic terms, it means to allow for some leeway.

But in broad terms, it's being used here further highlight Xiao Ning's non-committal and tepid nature.

His unwillingness to step forward unless he can step back and how that results in him being unmoving.

[]anasi: One of the reason's I like this story is that Xiao Ning reminds me of a certain character from one of the first BL I ever read, but he ended up with his Lu Yan in the end which I don't accept to this day.

Xiao Ning did not want to tell his problems to Wang Hua, only because it was something he was unaccustomed to, that is, passing on negative things to others.

Wang Hua's reply was beaming with enthusiasm, and Xiao Ning seemed as though he released a weighted breath.

He now made his way to the supermarket, buying two huge bags worth of gifts, afterwards hailing a cab to hurry over to the maternity hospital.

Zhao Chao and Xiao Ning's manager did not say anything more.

But because Rihua had very strict regulations, Xiao Ning, along with his entire group, were all suspended.

The handling of the incident was to be reported to the authorities, and left up to the higher ups to discuss.

Xiao Ning always had a limit on the amount of food and drink in his diet, so after stuffing himself that vigorously, to the point of bursting, he found himself on the following Saturday feeling a bit sick and had to take a day for rest the Sunday proceeding it.

Because of this situation, he as also unable to go visit Wang Hua and see for himself how his sister-in-law was doing.

Wang Hua's reply was beaming with enthusiasm, and Xiao Ning seemed as though he released a weighted breath.

He now made his way to the supermarket, buying two huge bags worth of gifts, afterwards hailing a cab to hurry over to the maternity hospital.

"It's beautiful." Xiao Ning honestly replied.

Maybe it was because he knew he, himself, would never have a child in this lifetime, that caused him to unconsciously grow fond of children whenever they are seen.

This special kind of otherworldly pureness and tranquillity, now infected Xiao Ning, coaxing the corners of his lips in a upwards curve as he praised, "When she grows up, she'll be a beautiful woman."

留餘地: in basic terms, it means to allow for some leeway.

But in broad terms, it's being used here further highlight Xiao Ning's non-committal and tepid nature.

His unwillingness to step forward unless he can step back and how that results in him being unmoving.

[]anasi: One of the reason's I like this story is that Xiao Ning reminds me of a certain character from one of the first BL I ever read, but he ended up with his Lu Yan in the end which I don't accept to this day.

He gave Wang Hua the basic picture of what went down at his company.

The man muttering to himself for a while before he said, "Hey, don't worry yourself too much, alright Whether this matter will be a big deal or a small one is completely up to the higher-ups at your job to decide.

For you, this matter is abut your dereliction of duty.

So are there any higher ups you can talk to If you can get them to say a few words in your favour, then perhaps you'll just be made to submit a self-criticism and be docked a month's pay as punishment."

Xiao Ning did not want to tell his problems to Wang Hua, only because it was something he was unaccustomed to, that is, passing on negative things to others.

A smile, one which could only be described as brilliant, at the mention of his daughter, spread across Wang Hua's face, "Yes, her name is Ya'ting. The 雅:Ya for elegance, and the 婷:Ting for grace."

With a shrug of his shoulders, Wang Hua helped him complete it, saying, "Shan Haihong."

"Goodness, you're just stopping by, so why did you bring us so many gifts." Upon seeing Xiao Ning arrive, Wang Hua promptly got up from his seat at his wife's bedside, taking the gifts and placing them to the side.

"Come, get over here.

This right here is you're sister-in-law.

And, honey, this guy here is Xiao Ning.

He's the one I've been telling you about."

Wang Hua then asked, "Do you know who the chairman of your company is"

He was one who preferred to not commit to anything completely, leaving room for him to advance or retreat, in everything he did.

He depended on his reliability and experience to get himself promoted to his current supervisory position, and as a supervisor, he wasn't that strict.

So even if it was the greed of another that had brought about this mistake, he, as the supervisor, could not shirk his responsibility regarding it.

Whether he lost his job or not because it, was something yet to be known.

Another worry because of this, was him having to pay a significant mount of compensation.

To him, except for one's parents, he believed no one should have a limitless store of patience, or obligation, to listen one's troubles; and parents were something he never had.

Sun Rouyan sat on the hospital bed, her face a bit drowsy as she gently held a child in her bosom, "So you're Xiao Ning, huh I swear, I hear Wang-ge talk about you all the time."

This was always how it was for Xiao Ning, he would give the other a call and there would be a fifty-fifty chance of him getting an answer.

It was either due to Lu Yan always being busy with something personal, or him being caught up at work.

Plus, even if he did notice the missed call from Xiao Ning, there was no incentive on his part to call Xiao Ning back, knowing Xiao Ning would most likely call him again.

This was always how it was for Xiao Ning, he would give the other a call and there would be a fifty-fifty chance of him getting an answer.

It was either due to Lu Yan always being busy with something personal, or him being caught up at work.

Plus, even if he did notice the missed call from Xiao Ning, there was no incentive on his part to call Xiao Ning back, knowing Xiao Ning would most likely call him again.

The Rihua Group was a large listed enterprise, so it was not that strange for someone working as long as Wang Hua to have heard of their name.

But the expression he was currently wearing seemed much more complex than ne which would say: Turns out it was Rihua.

This reaction gave Xiao Ning a strange feeling, making him ask, "What wrong"

"It's very nice to meet you, sister-in-law." Xiao Ning then carefully sat down at her bedside, saying, "You've worked really hard.

So how are you feeling now"

Xiao Ning did not want to tell his problems to Wang Hua, only because it was something he was unaccustomed to, that is, passing on negative things to others.

The author has something to say:~[] To the roast chicken who threw me a mine, thank you =3=)

"Oh, sorry.

My bad." After a passer-by knocked into him accidentally, Xiao Ning regained his senses.

Pursing his lips, he thought for a little while then pulled out pocketed phone to call Wang Hua.

"Wang-ge You're still at the hospital, right Oh, okay.

Well, I don't have anything to do right now, so is t a good time for me to come over and see sister-in-law"

Beckoning Wang Hua's proud response, "That's right."

The Rihua Group was a large listed enterprise, so it was not that strange for someone working as long as Wang Hua to have heard of their name.

But the expression he was currently wearing seemed much more complex than ne which would say: Turns out it was Rihua.

This reaction gave Xiao Ning a strange feeling, making him ask, "What wrong"

Wang Hua, more or less, knew him.

And if Xiao Ning was the type that could mingle with those at the upper echelons at the company, he would've gone into marketing a long time ago, instead of being bullied in customer service.

The conclusion was in his heart, but it was too much of a coincidence... how could there be such a thing be true The thought made Xiao Ning's mouth fall open in shock, speechless: ""

The smile Sun Rouyan now wore was especially gentle, possessing a kind of gentleness borne from the purest form of content, and whether the reason for this expression was on account of her newfound motherhood, was something left unknown.

"The birth was natural, so my recovery is going along quite fast."

His manager didn't say much about the matter, but the man's expression made Xiao Ning feel ill at ease.

Prompting him to dare not ask the reason, as soon he had entered the director's office with him.

As a result, Wang Hua changed the topic, "Which company are you working at now I can check around to see if there anyone there that I know."

But seeing Xiao Ning's completely unknowing expression, Wang Hua responded himself, adding, "Shan Yisong."

"It's beautiful." Xiao Ning honestly replied.

Maybe it was because he knew he, himself, would never have a child in this lifetime, that caused him to unconsciously grow fond of children whenever they are seen.

This special kind of otherworldly pureness and tranquillity, now infected Xiao Ning, coaxing the corners of his lips in a upwards curve as he praised, "When she grows up, she'll be a beautiful woman."

A smile, one which could only be described as brilliant, at the mention of his daughter, spread across Wang Hua's face, "Yes, her name is Ya'ting. The 雅:Ya for elegance, and the 婷:Ting for grace."

This was always how it was for Xiao Ning, he would give the other a call and there would be a fifty-fifty chance of him getting an answer.

It was either due to Lu Yan always being busy with something personal, or him being caught up at work.

Plus, even if he did notice the missed call from Xiao Ning, there was no incentive on his part to call Xiao Ning back, knowing Xiao Ning would most likely call him again.

Wang Hua, more or less, knew him.

And if Xiao Ning was the type that could mingle with those at the upper echelons at the company, he would've gone into marketing a long time ago, instead of being bullied in customer service.

Xiao Ning no longer had any idea what he should say, so after nodding, he turned his gaze to the child, asking, "Wang-ge, has she been given a name"

After hearing this, a bitter smile appeared of Xiao Ning's face.

Hearing no one pick up on the other end of the line, Xiao Ning hung up, feeling the depression in his heart congeal into a cold blob of emptiness.

The frigid thing entwining around all the organs inside him, leaving his entire body crawling with a chill, one which refused to leave him.

"Yes, it's exactly that 'can't be true'." Wang Hua eyes sharpened as the watched him, adding, "Shan Haiming is the Shan family's second son."

Now standing on the street, the stream of people moving to and fro flooded past him, all of them having their own direction, with only him not knowing where he should go.

This feeling currently overwhelming him, was one reminiscent of a time back in his youth.

A time when he was also in this state, while looking on at a bustling crowd darkly.

Zhao Chao then said seriously, "Six thousand yuan.

It's really easy for the people on your team to make some extra money, isn't it"

A smile, one which could only be described as brilliant, at the mention of his daughter, spread across Wang Hua's face, "Yes, her name is Ya'ting. The 雅:Ya for elegance, and the 婷:Ting for grace."

Xiao Ning no longer had any idea what he should say, so after nodding, he turned his gaze to the child, asking, "Wang-ge, has she been given a name"

"It's beautiful." Xiao Ning honestly replied.

Maybe it was because he knew he, himself, would never have a child in this lifetime, that caused him to unconsciously grow fond of children whenever they are seen.

This special kind of otherworldly pureness and tranquillity, now infected Xiao Ning, coaxing the corners of his lips in a upwards curve as he praised, "When she grows up, she'll be a beautiful woman."

His answer prompting a queer look to flash across Wang Hua's face.

"Xiao Ning, we're heading over to the director's office."

It clear what he meant was that Sun Rouyan had to nurse, so understanding this, Xiao Ning quickly rose up and left with him.

Zhao Chao then said seriously, "Six thousand yuan.

It's really easy for the people on your team to make some extra money, isn't it"

Zhao Chao then added, "You guys are the customer service department.

You all contact the clients in our distribution chain, and all of you had signed a confidentiality agreement when you were hired.

So I hope you properly understand the gravity of this matter."

Beckoning Wang Hua's proud response, "That's right."

Xiao Ning stopped at once, his expression now turning somewhat dazed.

Xiao Ning did not want to tell his problems to Wang Hua, only because it was something he was unaccustomed to, that is, passing on negative things to others.

The smile Sun Rouyan now wore was especially gentle, possessing a kind of gentleness borne from the purest form of content, and whether the reason for this expression was on account of her newfound motherhood, was something left unknown.

"The birth was natural, so my recovery is going along quite fast."

Xiao Ning's face tightened.

Something like this could regarded as corporate espionage at the very worst.

Plus, even though he had no idea it happened, they oud think he was involved in it too.

"Oh, sorry.

My bad." After a passer-by knocked into him accidentally, Xiao Ning regained his senses.

Pursing his lips, he thought for a little while then pulled out pocketed phone to call Wang Hua.

"Wang-ge You're still at the hospital, right Oh, okay.

Well, I don't have anything to do right now, so is t a good time for me to come over and see sister-in-law"

Xiao Ning did not stay for long with them at the hospital, since it wasn't long before Yating woke up and began crying.

"Let's go, your niece has to eat." Wang Hua stood up and said.

"Listen Xiao Ning, I know you're not not someone who likes going around and spreading gossips with others, so I have to ask you this first." Saying this, Wang Hua stared at him with an expression which was impossible to describe.

Then with a click of is tongue he continued, "Do you know who the vice-general manager of Rihua is"

After such a scene on his way out of the office, Xiao Ning's mood was as low as it could be.

On his way back home, his urge to call Lu Yan couldn't be helped, but to his amazement and expectation, that other man did not answer.

Wang Hua, more or less, knew him.

And if Xiao Ning was the type that could mingle with those at the upper echelons at the company, he would've gone into marketing a long time ago, instead of being bullied in customer service.

It clear what he meant was that Sun Rouyan had to nurse, so understanding this, Xiao Ning quickly rose up and left with him.

"It's beautiful." Xiao Ning honestly replied.

Maybe it was because he knew he, himself, would never have a child in this lifetime, that caused him to unconsciously grow fond of children whenever they are seen.

This special kind of otherworldly pureness and tranquillity, now infected Xiao Ning, coaxing the corners of his lips in a upwards curve as he praised, "When she grows up, she'll be a beautiful woman."

"You're Xiao Ning, yes" Director Zhao Chao stared at Xiao Ning in the eye, while pointing towards a stack of A4 papers on his desk.

"Come take a look at these."

Xiao Ning replied imply, "Rihua."

Xiao Ning stopped at once, his expression now turning somewhat dazed.

He gave Wang Hua the basic picture of what went down at his company.

The man muttering to himself for a while before he said, "Hey, don't worry yourself too much, alright Whether this matter will be a big deal or a small one is completely up to the higher-ups at your job to decide.

For you, this matter is abut your dereliction of duty.

So are there any higher ups you can talk to If you can get them to say a few words in your favour, then perhaps you'll just be made to submit a self-criticism and be docked a month's pay as punishment."

The smile Sun Rouyan now wore was especially gentle, possessing a kind of gentleness borne from the purest form of content, and whether the reason for this expression was on account of her newfound motherhood, was something left unknown.

"The birth was natural, so my recovery is going along quite fast."

"Yes, it's exactly that 'can't be true'." Wang Hua eyes sharpened as the watched him, adding, "Shan Haiming is the Shan family's second son."

"Did something happen" As they walked, Wang Hua asked.

With a shrug of his shoulders, Wang Hua helped him complete it, saying, "Shan Haihong."

Sun Rouyan sat on the hospital bed, her face a bit drowsy as she gently held a child in her bosom, "So you're Xiao Ning, huh I swear, I hear Wang-ge talk about you all the time."

After hearing this, a bitter smile appeared of Xiao Ning's face.

Xiao Ning's face tightened.

Something like this could regarded as corporate espionage at the very worst.

Plus, even though he had no idea it happened, they oud think he was involved in it too.

"Yes, it's exactly that 'can't be true'." Wang Hua eyes sharpened as the watched him, adding, "Shan Haiming is the Shan family's second son."

And after freezing for a second, Xiao Ning replied, "No.

It's nothing."

Wang Hua's reply was beaming with enthusiasm, and Xiao Ning seemed as though he released a weighted breath.

He now made his way to the supermarket, buying two huge bags worth of gifts, afterwards hailing a cab to hurry over to the maternity hospital.

"Xiao Ning, we're heading over to the director's office."

The Rihua Group was a large listed enterprise, so it was not that strange for someone working as long as Wang Hua to have heard of their name.

But the expression he was currently wearing seemed much more complex than ne which would say: Turns out it was Rihua.

This reaction gave Xiao Ning a strange feeling, making him ask, "What wrong"

Xiao Ning's face tightened.

Something like this could regarded as corporate espionage at the very worst.

Plus, even though he had no idea it happened, they oud think he was involved in it too.

The author has something to say:~[] To the roast chicken who threw me a mine, thank you =3=)

"You're Xiao Ning, yes" Director Zhao Chao stared at Xiao Ning in the eye, while pointing towards a stack of A4 papers on his desk.

"Come take a look at these."

That can't be true

"Hey, don't look down on your Wang-ge's eyesight.

Because if I wan unable to notice this much, how could I be the assistant of Director Shan" Wang Hua moved to pat Xiao Ning's shoulder, then asked once more, "So tell me, what's going on Is it something at your company Or is it something at home Why didn't you go to work"

Sun Rouyan sat on the hospital bed, her face a bit drowsy as she gently held a child in her bosom, "So you're Xiao Ning, huh I swear, I hear Wang-ge talk about you all the time."

Xiao Ning did not want to tell his problems to Wang Hua, only because it was something he was unaccustomed to, that is, passing on negative things to others.

Early the following Monday morning, he made his way to the company he worked at and had an early morning group meeting as usual.

Then after returning to his seat, he drank two mouthfuls of hot water, right as his manager came to find him.

Xiao Ning's face tightened.

Something like this could regarded as corporate espionage at the very worst.

Plus, even though he had no idea it happened, they oud think he was involved in it too.

This was always how it was for Xiao Ning, he would give the other a call and there would be a fifty-fifty chance of him getting an answer.

It was either due to Lu Yan always being busy with something personal, or him being caught up at work.

Plus, even if he did notice the missed call from Xiao Ning, there was no incentive on his part to call Xiao Ning back, knowing Xiao Ning would most likely call him again.

Xiao Ning did not want to tell his problems to Wang Hua, only because it was something he was unaccustomed to, that is, passing on negative things to others.

The good never happens, and the bad always comes true.

This situation...

the way this looks doesn't seem to good either, right

This was always how it was for Xiao Ning, he would give the other a call and there would be a fifty-fifty chance of him getting an answer.

It was either due to Lu Yan always being busy with something personal, or him being caught up at work.

Plus, even if he did notice the missed call from Xiao Ning, there was no incentive on his part to call Xiao Ning back, knowing Xiao Ning would most likely call him again.

At the annual company meeting, both the general manager and the vice-general manager had been present.

But, Xiao Ning had no lasting impression of General Manager, so how could he be expected to remember the vice-general manager But on several notices throughout the company building, both the general manager and vice-general manager's names had been signed.

So using this, he tried his best to recall them, saying, "It looks like their name is Shan..."

Beckoning Wang Hua's proud response, "That's right."

His manager didn't say much about the matter, but the man's expression made Xiao Ning feel ill at ease.

Prompting him to dare not ask the reason, as soon he had entered the director's office with him.

To him, except for one's parents, he believed no one should have a limitless store of patience, or obligation, to listen one's troubles; and parents were something he never had.

To him, except for one's parents, he believed no one should have a limitless store of patience, or obligation, to listen one's troubles; and parents were something he never had.

"Yes, it's exactly that 'can't be true'." Wang Hua eyes sharpened as the watched him, adding, "Shan Haiming is the Shan family's second son."

"Yes, it's exactly that 'can't be true'." Wang Hua eyes sharpened as the watched him, adding, "Shan Haiming is the Shan family's second son."

As a result, Wang Hua changed the topic, "Which company are you working at now I can check around to see if there anyone there that I know."

The Rihua Group was a large listed enterprise, so it was not that strange for someone working as long as Wang Hua to have heard of their name.

But the expression he was currently wearing seemed much more complex than ne which would say: Turns out it was Rihua.

This reaction gave Xiao Ning a strange feeling, making him ask, "What wrong"

"Goodness, you're just stopping by, so why did you bring us so many gifts." Upon seeing Xiao Ning arrive, Wang Hua promptly got up from his seat at his wife's bedside, taking the gifts and placing them to the side.

"Come, get over here.

This right here is you're sister-in-law.

And, honey, this guy here is Xiao Ning.

He's the one I've been telling you about."

Xiao Ning's heart lurched, and he now knew what was going on.

Xiao Ning's face tightened.

Something like this could regarded as corporate espionage at the very worst.

Plus, even though he had no idea it happened, they oud think he was involved in it too.

It clear what he meant was that Sun Rouyan had to nurse, so understanding this, Xiao Ning quickly rose up and left with him.

So even though there were a lot of things happening to him, more than anyone, Xiao Ning understood that to others, only a few things could be told.

At the annual company meeting, both the general manager and the vice-general manager had been present.

But, Xiao Ning had no lasting impression of General Manager, so how could he be expected to remember the vice-general manager But on several notices throughout the company building, both the general manager and vice-general manager's names had been signed.

So using this, he tried his best to recall them, saying, "It looks like their name is Shan..."

Xiao Ning stopped at once, his expression now turning somewhat dazed.

Wang Hua, more or less, knew him.

And if Xiao Ning was the type that could mingle with those at the upper echelons at the company, he would've gone into marketing a long time ago, instead of being bullied in customer service.

Now standing on the street, the stream of people moving to and fro flooded past him, all of them having their own direction, with only him not knowing where he should go.

This feeling currently overwhelming him, was one reminiscent of a time back in his youth.

A time when he was also in this state, while looking on at a bustling crowd darkly.

It clear what he meant was that Sun Rouyan had to nurse, so understanding this, Xiao Ning quickly rose up and left with him.

The Rihua Group was a large listed enterprise, so it was not that strange for someone working as long as Wang Hua to have heard of their name.

But the expression he was currently wearing seemed much more complex than ne which would say: Turns out it was Rihua.

This reaction gave Xiao Ning a strange feeling, making him ask, "What wrong"

His answer prompting a queer look to flash across Wang Hua's face.

Zhao Chao then added, "You guys are the customer service department.

You all contact the clients in our distribution chain, and all of you had signed a confidentiality agreement when you were hired.

So I hope you properly understand the gravity of this matter."

"...Please accept my apologies.

This was a dereliction of duty on my part." Xiao Ning kept his cool as he said this, before adding as calmly as he could, "As per the losses the company has incurred because of this, I am deeply sorry."

But in the time of these shortened days, he felt a bit exhausted.

At this time, Wang Hua, who he regarded as an elder, showed him concern.

So this once, he simply couldn't help himself.

Xiao Ning always had a limit on the amount of food and drink in his diet, so after stuffing himself that vigorously, to the point of bursting, he found himself on the following Saturday feeling a bit sick and had to take a day for rest the Sunday proceeding it.

Because of this situation, he as also unable to go visit Wang Hua and see for himself how his sister-in-law was doing.

The conclusion was in his heart, but it was too much of a coincidence... how could there be such a thing be true The thought made Xiao Ning's mouth fall open in shock, speechless: ""

Xiao Ning's heart lurched, and he now knew what was going on.

"Listen Xiao Ning, I know you're not not someone who likes going around and spreading gossips with others, so I have to ask you this first." Saying this, Wang Hua stared at him with an expression which was impossible to describe.

Then with a click of is tongue he continued, "Do you know who the vice-general manager of Rihua is"

His answer prompting a queer look to flash across Wang Hua's face.

"...Please accept my apologies.

This was a dereliction of duty on my part." Xiao Ning kept his cool as he said this, before adding as calmly as he could, "As per the losses the company has incurred because of this, I am deeply sorry."

That can't be true

He gave Wang Hua the basic picture of what went down at his company.

The man muttering to himself for a while before he said, "Hey, don't worry yourself too much, alright Whether this matter will be a big deal or a small one is completely up to the higher-ups at your job to decide.

For you, this matter is abut your dereliction of duty.

So are there any higher ups you can talk to If you can get them to say a few words in your favour, then perhaps you'll just be made to submit a self-criticism and be docked a month's pay as punishment."

"Yes, it's exactly that 'can't be true'." Wang Hua eyes sharpened as the watched him, adding, "Shan Haiming is the Shan family's second son."

And after freezing for a second, Xiao Ning replied, "No.

It's nothing."

It clear what he meant was that Sun Rouyan had to nurse, so understanding this, Xiao Ning quickly rose up and left with him.

As a result, Wang Hua changed the topic, "Which company are you working at now I can check around to see if there anyone there that I know."

This was always how it was for Xiao Ning, he would give the other a call and there would be a fifty-fifty chance of him getting an answer.

It was either due to Lu Yan always being busy with something personal, or him being caught up at work.

Plus, even if he did notice the missed call from Xiao Ning, there was no incentive on his part to call Xiao Ning back, knowing Xiao Ning would most likely call him again.

His answer prompting a queer look to flash across Wang Hua's face.

But no matter how hard he tried, Xiao Ning honestly couldn't think of what the problem could've been, and could only obediently listen to his superior as he began flipping through the papers, which were filled with lists of names and phone numbers.

But no matter how hard he tried, Xiao Ning honestly couldn't think of what the problem could've been, and could only obediently listen to his superior as he began flipping through the papers, which were filled with lists of names and phone numbers.

"You're Xiao Ning, yes" Director Zhao Chao stared at Xiao Ning in the eye, while pointing towards a stack of A4 papers on his desk.

"Come take a look at these."

After hearing this, a bitter smile appeared of Xiao Ning's face.

The author has something to say:~[] To the roast chicken who threw me a mine, thank you =3=)

Zhao Chao then added, "You guys are the customer service department.

You all contact the clients in our distribution chain, and all of you had signed a confidentiality agreement when you were hired.

So I hope you properly understand the gravity of this matter."

The author has something to say:~[] To the roast chicken who threw me a mine, thank you =3=)

Early the following Monday morning, he made his way to the company he worked at and had an early morning group meeting as usual.

Then after returning to his seat, he drank two mouthfuls of hot water, right as his manager came to find him.

After such a scene on his way out of the office, Xiao Ning's mood was as low as it could be.

On his way back home, his urge to call Lu Yan couldn't be helped, but to his amazement and expectation, that other man did not answer.

"...Please accept my apologies.

This was a dereliction of duty on my part." Xiao Ning kept his cool as he said this, before adding as calmly as he could, "As per the losses the company has incurred because of this, I am deeply sorry."

Zhao Chao then said seriously, "Six thousand yuan.

It's really easy for the people on your team to make some extra money, isn't it"

Wang Hua, more or less, knew him.

And if Xiao Ning was the type that could mingle with those at the upper echelons at the company, he would've gone into marketing a long time ago, instead of being bullied in customer service.

As a result, Wang Hua changed the topic, "Which company are you working at now I can check around to see if there anyone there that I know."

His answer prompting a queer look to flash across Wang Hua's face.

Xiao Ning always had a limit on the amount of food and drink in his diet, so after stuffing himself that vigorously, to the point of bursting, he found himself on the following Saturday feeling a bit sick and had to take a day for rest the Sunday proceeding it.

Because of this situation, he as also unable to go visit Wang Hua and see for himself how his sister-in-law was doing.

As a result, Wang Hua changed the topic, "Which company are you working at now I can check around to see if there anyone there that I know."

"He is..." Xiao Ning hesitantly shut his mouth, thinking: Why is there only one character different between his name and Shan Haiming's

留餘地: in basic terms, it means to allow for some leeway.

But in broad terms, it's being used here further highlight Xiao Ning's non-committal and tepid nature.

His unwillingness to step forward unless he can step back and how that results in him being unmoving.

[]anasi: One of the reason's I like this story is that Xiao Ning reminds me of a certain character from one of the first BL I ever read, but he ended up with his Lu Yan in the end which I don't accept to this day.

The smile Sun Rouyan now wore was especially gentle, possessing a kind of gentleness borne from the purest form of content, and whether the reason for this expression was on account of her newfound motherhood, was something left unknown.

"The birth was natural, so my recovery is going along quite fast."

And after freezing for a second, Xiao Ning replied, "No.

It's nothing."

How could it be, that after twenty years of resigning myself to working hard, and conducting myself in an upstanding manner, I still ended up being screwed over like this

So even though there were a lot of things happening to him, more than anyone, Xiao Ning understood that to others, only a few things could be told.

"It's beautiful." Xiao Ning honestly replied.

Maybe it was because he knew he, himself, would never have a child in this lifetime, that caused him to unconsciously grow fond of children whenever they are seen.

This special kind of otherworldly pureness and tranquillity, now infected Xiao Ning, coaxing the corners of his lips in a upwards curve as he praised, "When she grows up, she'll be a beautiful woman."

Xiao Ning replied imply, "Rihua."

"It's very nice to meet you, sister-in-law." Xiao Ning then carefully sat down at her bedside, saying, "You've worked really hard.

So how are you feeling now"

But seeing Xiao Ning's completely unknowing expression, Wang Hua responded himself, adding, "Shan Yisong."

Xiao Ning always had a limit on the amount of food and drink in his diet, so after stuffing himself that vigorously, to the point of bursting, he found himself on the following Saturday feeling a bit sick and had to take a day for rest the Sunday proceeding it.

Because of this situation, he as also unable to go visit Wang Hua and see for himself how his sister-in-law was doing.

His answer prompting a queer look to flash across Wang Hua's face.

And after freezing for a second, Xiao Ning replied, "No.

It's nothing."

Wang Hua's reply was beaming with enthusiasm, and Xiao Ning seemed as though he released a weighted breath.

He now made his way to the supermarket, buying two huge bags worth of gifts, afterwards hailing a cab to hurry over to the maternity hospital.

"Yes, it's exactly that 'can't be true'." Wang Hua eyes sharpened as the watched him, adding, "Shan Haiming is the Shan family's second son."

To him, except for one's parents, he believed no one should have a limitless store of patience, or obligation, to listen one's troubles; and parents were something he never had.

The smile Sun Rouyan now wore was especially gentle, possessing a kind of gentleness borne from the purest form of content, and whether the reason for this expression was on account of her newfound motherhood, was something left unknown.

"The birth was natural, so my recovery is going along quite fast."

Zhao Chao then said seriously, "Six thousand yuan.

It's really easy for the people on your team to make some extra money, isn't it"

After such a scene on his way out of the office, Xiao Ning's mood was as low as it could be.

On his way back home, his urge to call Lu Yan couldn't be helped, but to his amazement and expectation, that other man did not answer.

The Rihua Group was a large listed enterprise, so it was not that strange for someone working as long as Wang Hua to have heard of their name.

But the expression he was currently wearing seemed much more complex than ne which would say: Turns out it was Rihua.

This reaction gave Xiao Ning a strange feeling, making him ask, "What wrong"

Xiao Ning did not stay for long with them at the hospital, since it wasn't long before Yating woke up and began crying.

"Let's go, your niece has to eat." Wang Hua stood up and said.

To him, except for one's parents, he believed no one should have a limitless store of patience, or obligation, to listen one's troubles; and parents were something he never had.

"Goodness, you're just stopping by, so why did you bring us so many gifts." Upon seeing Xiao Ning arrive, Wang Hua promptly got up from his seat at his wife's bedside, taking the gifts and placing them to the side.

"Come, get over here.

This right here is you're sister-in-law.

And, honey, this guy here is Xiao Ning.

He's the one I've been telling you about."

His answer prompting a queer look to flash across Wang Hua's face.

Xiao Ning's face tightened.

Something like this could regarded as corporate espionage at the very worst.

Plus, even though he had no idea it happened, they oud think he was involved in it too.

"Listen Xiao Ning, I know you're not not someone who likes going around and spreading gossips with others, so I have to ask you this first." Saying this, Wang Hua stared at him with an expression which was impossible to describe.

Then with a click of is tongue he continued, "Do you know who the vice-general manager of Rihua is"

Beckoning Wang Hua's proud response, "That's right."

To him, except for one's parents, he believed no one should have a limitless store of patience, or obligation, to listen one's troubles; and parents were something he never had.

How could it be, that after twenty years of resigning myself to working hard, and conducting myself in an upstanding manner, I still ended up being screwed over like this

"Did something happen" As they walked, Wang Hua asked.

Zhao Chao and Xiao Ning's manager did not say anything more.

But because Rihua had very strict regulations, Xiao Ning, along with his entire group, were all suspended.

The handling of the incident was to be reported to the authorities, and left up to the higher ups to discuss.

Xiao Ning was still in a state of not really understanding, as he was a low-level supervisor with who knows how many levels there was between the vice general manger and himself.

He usually had most of his dealings with his direct manager, and the first time he ever spoke to the managing director was in fact today.

Plus, having always been focused on his own work, he was not good at schmoozing with the higher ups, and his interpersonal skills were a bust.

Because, if none of these things were true, he would not currently be left to act passively in his current mess.

"...Please accept my apologies.

This was a dereliction of duty on my part." Xiao Ning kept his cool as he said this, before adding as calmly as he could, "As per the losses the company has incurred because of this, I am deeply sorry."

"Yes, it's exactly that 'can't be true'." Wang Hua eyes sharpened as the watched him, adding, "Shan Haiming is the Shan family's second son."

It clear what he meant was that Sun Rouyan had to nurse, so understanding this, Xiao Ning quickly rose up and left with him.

The author has something to say:~[] To the roast chicken who threw me a mine, thank you =3=)

"Listen Xiao Ning, I know you're not not someone who likes going around and spreading gossips with others, so I have to ask you this first." Saying this, Wang Hua stared at him with an expression which was impossible to describe.

Then with a click of is tongue he continued, "Do you know who the vice-general manager of Rihua is"

At the annual company meeting, both the general manager and the vice-general manager had been present.

But, Xiao Ning had no lasting impression of General Manager, so how could he be expected to remember the vice-general manager But on several notices throughout the company building, both the general manager and vice-general manager's names had been signed.

So using this, he tried his best to recall them, saying, "It looks like their name is Shan..."

Xiao Ning was still in a state of not really understanding, as he was a low-level supervisor with who knows how many levels there was between the vice general manger and himself.

He usually had most of his dealings with his direct manager, and the first time he ever spoke to the managing director was in fact today.

Plus, having always been focused on his own work, he was not good at schmoozing with the higher ups, and his interpersonal skills were a bust.

Because, if none of these things were true, he would not currently be left to act passively in his current mess.

So even though there were a lot of things happening to him, more than anyone, Xiao Ning understood that to others, only a few things could be told.

This was always how it was for Xiao Ning, he would give the other a call and there would be a fifty-fifty chance of him getting an answer.

It was either due to Lu Yan always being busy with something personal, or him being caught up at work.

Plus, even if he did notice the missed call from Xiao Ning, there was no incentive on his part to call Xiao Ning back, knowing Xiao Ning would most likely call him again.

Xiao Ning always had a limit on the amount of food and drink in his diet, so after stuffing himself that vigorously, to the point of bursting, he found himself on the following Saturday feeling a bit sick and had to take a day for rest the Sunday proceeding it.

Because of this situation, he as also unable to go visit Wang Hua and see for himself how his sister-in-law was doing.

"It's beautiful." Xiao Ning honestly replied.

Maybe it was because he knew he, himself, would never have a child in this lifetime, that caused him to unconsciously grow fond of children whenever they are seen.

This special kind of otherworldly pureness and tranquillity, now infected Xiao Ning, coaxing the corners of his lips in a upwards curve as he praised, "When she grows up, she'll be a beautiful woman."

Xiao Ning stopped at once, his expression now turning somewhat dazed.

The conclusion was in his heart, but it was too much of a coincidence... how could there be such a thing be true The thought made Xiao Ning's mouth fall open in shock, speechless: ""

With a shrug of his shoulders, Wang Hua helped him complete it, saying, "Shan Haihong."

But seeing Xiao Ning's completely unknowing expression, Wang Hua responded himself, adding, "Shan Yisong."

At the annual company meeting, both the general manager and the vice-general manager had been present.

But, Xiao Ning had no lasting impression of General Manager, so how could he be expected to remember the vice-general manager But on several notices throughout the company building, both the general manager and vice-general manager's names had been signed.

So using this, he tried his best to recall them, saying, "It looks like their name is Shan..."

He was one who preferred to not commit to anything completely, leaving room for him to advance or retreat, in everything he did.

He depended on his reliability and experience to get himself promoted to his current supervisory position, and as a supervisor, he wasn't that strict.

So even if it was the greed of another that had brought about this mistake, he, as the supervisor, could not shirk his responsibility regarding it.

Whether he lost his job or not because it, was something yet to be known.

Another worry because of this, was him having to pay a significant mount of compensation.

"He is..." Xiao Ning hesitantly shut his mouth, thinking: Why is there only one character different between his name and Shan Haiming's

That can't be true

Hearing no one pick up on the other end of the line, Xiao Ning hung up, feeling the depression in his heart congeal into a cold blob of emptiness.

The frigid thing entwining around all the organs inside him, leaving his entire body crawling with a chill, one which refused to leave him.

Xiao Ning's face tightened.

Something like this could regarded as corporate espionage at the very worst.

Plus, even though he had no idea it happened, they oud think he was involved in it too.

Wang Hua then asked, "Do you know who the chairman of your company is"

Xiao Ning's heart lurched, and he now knew what was going on.

Zhao Chao then said seriously, "Six thousand yuan.

It's really easy for the people on your team to make some extra money, isn't it"

Hearing this command, Xiao Ning couldn't make heads or tails of it.

The Branch Manager's boss was the Regional Manager, and above them both was the Director.

So usually such a person was not directly responsible fro a low level supervisor like himself.

So why would they suddenly single him out and call him to the office Was there something going on

So even though there were a lot of things happening to him, more than anyone, Xiao Ning understood that to others, only a few things could be told.

Xiao Ning did not want to tell his problems to Wang Hua, only because it was something he was unaccustomed to, that is, passing on negative things to others.

留餘地: in basic terms, it means to allow for some leeway.

But in broad terms, it's being used here further highlight Xiao Ning's non-committal and tepid nature.

His unwillingness to step forward unless he can step back and how that results in him being unmoving.

[]anasi: One of the reason's I like this story is that Xiao Ning reminds me of a certain character from one of the first BL I ever read, but he ended up with his Lu Yan in the end which I don't accept to this day.

But in the time of these shortened days, he felt a bit exhausted.

At this time, Wang Hua, who he regarded as an elder, showed him concern.

So this once, he simply couldn't help himself.

But seeing Xiao Ning's completely unknowing expression, Wang Hua responded himself, adding, "Shan Yisong."

After such a scene on his way out of the office, Xiao Ning's mood was as low as it could be.

On his way back home, his urge to call Lu Yan couldn't be helped, but to his amazement and expectation, that other man did not answer.

The conclusion was in his heart, but it was too much of a coincidence... how could there be such a thing be true The thought made Xiao Ning's mouth fall open in shock, speechless: ""

But in the time of these shortened days, he felt a bit exhausted.

At this time, Wang Hua, who he regarded as an elder, showed him concern.

So this once, he simply couldn't help himself.

"Yes, it's exactly that 'can't be true'." Wang Hua eyes sharpened as the watched him, adding, "Shan Haiming is the Shan family's second son."

The Rihua Group was a large listed enterprise, so it was not that strange for someone working as long as Wang Hua to have heard of their name.

But the expression he was currently wearing seemed much more complex than ne which would say: Turns out it was Rihua.

This reaction gave Xiao Ning a strange feeling, making him ask, "What wrong"

After hearing this, a bitter smile appeared of Xiao Ning's face.

Hearing this command, Xiao Ning couldn't make heads or tails of it.

The Branch Manager's boss was the Regional Manager, and above them both was the Director.

So usually such a person was not directly responsible fro a low level supervisor like himself.

So why would they suddenly single him out and call him to the office Was there something going on

Xiao Ning's heart lurched, and he now knew what was going on.

Xiao Ning replied imply, "Rihua."

Sun Rouyan sat on the hospital bed, her face a bit drowsy as she gently held a child in her bosom, "So you're Xiao Ning, huh I swear, I hear Wang-ge talk about you all the time."

"Did something happen" As they walked, Wang Hua asked.

The smile Sun Rouyan now wore was especially gentle, possessing a kind of gentleness borne from the purest form of content, and whether the reason for this expression was on account of her newfound motherhood, was something left unknown.

"The birth was natural, so my recovery is going along quite fast."

His manager didn't say much about the matter, but the man's expression made Xiao Ning feel ill at ease.

Prompting him to dare not ask the reason, as soon he had entered the director's office with him.

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