about it.
This car is my friend’s.
I need to make a call first.”

Chi Mingyao walked a few steps to the side of the road, took out his phone and dialed a number.
The boy turned his face away, wiping it a few times with the back of his hand; he was crying.

Li Yangxiao had originally planned on directing his anger toward that little rascal, but the boy was crying silently in a way that made him unable to bear to do so.
He was also quite good-looking.
As a connoisseur of beautiful faces, Li Yangxiao simply quashed his fiery rage, and even took a few photos of the boy’s shoulders, before comforting him: “Hey, as long as everyone’s okay…”

“It would’ve been better if I had died in the crash,” The boy turned his face away, his voice choked with sobs, “Where am I going to get the money to pay him…”

Li Yangxiao’s chest had been suffocated by a ball of rage, but because that sentence carried a tinge of sadness, he sighed, and walked to the back of his little Xiali.
He squatted down and examined the dented area, before he grabbed the trunk lid, opening and closing it a few times.

At this moment, Song Chang also got out of the car, still holding his phone; it appeared that he had finished consoling his girlfriend.
He walked to Li Yangxiao’s side, and asked about the situation, before he comforted him: “As long as everyone’s all right, your car is insured…”

As he spoke, he looked up and spotted the car behind the Xiali, and blurted: “What the fuck! Yangxiao, this Cayenne crashed into you?!”

In this small town, Mercedes-Benz and BMW were still uncommon, let alone a Cayenne “in the flesh”.
Within a few seconds, the crowd that had witnessed the luxury car get hit formed a large circle.
Li Yangxiao’s little Xiali, which hardly ever attracted the attention of a crowd, was now shivering in front of the Cayenne, utterly disgraced.

Li Yangxiao did not think that the little Xiali was embarrassing at all.
His mind was filled with the scene of his father, pointing at the tip of his nose and chastising “you wasteful thing”; it was quite a lousy feeling.

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The voice of the driver of the Cayenne on the side of the road was blown in and out of Li Yangxiao’s ears by the wind: “Everyone, I’m sorry, the car was hit on both sides… Mm, it was rear-ended.
There aren’t any big problems with the front, but the rear bumper is a little dented … All right, do you want to take a look? I’m at Hengmao…”

Song Chang also overheard this.
He turned and asked Li Yangxiao in shock: “That’s not his car?”

“It’s his friend’s,” Li Yangxiao cast the man a glance, and said, “Judging by how well he’s handling the situation, he’s probably another big shot4.”

Song Chang nodded and said: “Right, birds of a feather flock together… Achoo!” He rubbed his nose, before he sneezed again, “–Achoo!”

“You’re not sick, are you? Sit in the car, there’s nothing much going on out here.
Let’s wait for the traffic police to take care of it.” As Li Yangxiao spoke, he grabbed Song Chang’s shoulder, and shoved him into the car, leaving no room for protest.

Chi Mingyao’s call had ended; he walked over to the boy who had been driving behind him and said: “My friend will come here in a bit to take a look.” Then, he leaned against the car door to smoke.

Li Yangxiao was squatting by the side of the road, smoking, when he happened to catch a glimpse of Chi Mingyao’s side profile.
It was dusk, and night had not yet fallen.
Chi Mingyao was wearing a crisp black overcoat and was smoking leisurely.
The contours of his face were deep, and the lines from the brow bone to the bridge of the nose were particularly smooth and beautiful.
Judging from his height and appearance, he almost looked like he was mixed-race.

Li Yangxiao had not seen a handsome man with such vivid features in a long time.
For a moment, he forgot to avert his eyes, transfixed.

Chi Mingyao’s expression appeared calm, but in truth, he was also quite vexed.
A single Cayenne did not mean much to him, but the issue was that this car was not his; it was Xu Yan’s.
His and Xu Yan’s relationship could not be considered very good, but after he heard that Chi Mingyao would be staying in W City for three days, he insisted on lending him his new Cayenne.

Now, this was just great.
The car had been crashed; even if it was fixed, he would owe Xu Yan a big favor, and that made Chi Mingyao feel very irritated.
And at this very moment, he was even more irritated; not far away, the owner of the Xiali had been staring at him for quite a long while.

Was he trying to pick a fight, or blackmail him? Chi Mingyao could not keep himself from turning his head to meet Li Yangxiao’s stare.

In the instant when their eyes met, Chi Mingyao realized that Li Yangxiao did not seem to harbor any ill intentions, since he quickly averted his gaze; there was even the uneasiness of being discovered hanging on his face.

Chi Mingyao frowned.
He thought that this man looked very familiar; it seemed like he had seen him somewhere before, but at this moment, he could not recall where.

He put out his cigarette and walked up to Li Yangxiao, towering over him.

Li Yangxiao was nervous for a moment.
He did not know why Chi Mingyao had suddenly walked over.
This man’s demeanor was too intense, and it made him feel a sense of pressure.
He felt someone’s gaze over his head shooting daggers down at him, so he lifted his head and looked at Chi Mingyao, before he asked: “What’s up?”

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“Just now, what were you looking at?” Chi Mingyao asked expressionlessly.

Li Yangxiao looked at him, and the “The fuck are you looking at? So what if I was looking at you!” joke happened to flash through his mind, before he let out a rather inappropriate laugh.
He even choked on the smoke that he had inhaled, and coughed for a long while before he managed to stop.

“N-nothing–cough cough,” Li Yangxiao waved the smoke out of his eyes in embarrassment, “Cough cough cough–“

Chi Mingyao was a bit speechless.
He took a step to the side, and asked straightforwardly: “Have I seen you somewhere before?”

Li Yangxiao’s coughs stopped.

In that instant, he almost cried from joy; this was his first time getting recognized! Although it did not seem like he had made much of an impression, he still made an impression!

He raised his head and looked at Chi Mingyao with a face full of disbelief, and asked dumbly: “Was it in a movie?”

“You’re an actor?” Chi Mingyao asked.

Li Yangxiao nodded furiously, his expression full of eagerness as he looked at Chi Mingyao, hoping that in the next second, he would name a film that he had acted in.

But Chi Mingyao only “oh”d indifferently and did not say anything more.

Chi Mingyao watched the expression of the man in front of him change, and the corners of his lips twitched imperceptibly.
He did not watch movies often, and even when he did, they were older films, so he was sure that he had not seen this person in a movie.
However, since he said that he was an actor, that made things easier–Although Chi Mingyao was not too interested in movie stars, people in his friend group would occasionally bring a few rising stars to get-togethers.
It was very likely that the man in front of him had slept with one of his friends before.
When Chi Mingyao thought of this, his eyes drifted down to Li Yangxiao once more.

To his credit, this man was actually quite attractive.
Although he sounded a bit stupid when he spoke, he had a cool aura about him when he kept his mouth shut.
His eyes were especially beautiful–it seemed like he matched the tastes of a few of his friends.

Li Yangxiao’s hopeful expression had already disappeared.
At this moment, he could not help but feel a bit disappointed.
Earlier, in that instant, he had thought that he had encountered a fan–so far, this type of creature had never once appeared in his life.

打肿脸充胖子 (dǎ zhǒng liǎn chōng pàng zi): “to beat one’s face swollen so one can pass as a fat man”.
It means to do things that are very difficult to save yourself any embarrassment. Referring to the organ (心脏) 哥: In some contexts, it can be “bro”, but usually it just refers to a male that’s older than you, but not by too much. 壕 (háo): Short for 土豪 (ostentatious rich person).

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