Chapter 52 I Owe You Then
In fact, Li Tianlan did not understand that it didn’t matter whether he was loosening the reins only to grasp Wang Yuetong better.
As the little princess of the Wang family of Beihai, Wang Yuetong had never been treated like this since childhood. And that was the most important thing.
She really appreciated the man who seemed to have countless mysteries on him.
The man who looked quiet, but possessed Wind and Thunder Veins and the Feature of the Chosen One.
The man who never seemed to be arrogant or impetuous and would always stand in front of her when she was in danger.
The man who preferred to do everything neatly and indifferently, even if he was severing the relationship with her.
Wang Yuetong did not know what was wrong with all this. She just met with her Second Uncle, but why did everything turn out like this?
“Just because of Qin Weibai?”
Wang Yuetong did not believe it. If it had anything to do with Qin Weibai, Li Tianlan would at most have a strained relationship with her Second Uncle. He would never make a thorough break with her.
She neither understood why Li Tianlan did this to her nor accepted the statement that he fought for her desperately just in order to return the favor.
After having lunch in Yu’s Restaurant, Wang Yuetong was in a trance the most time of yesterday. Her mind was occupied by Li Tianlan’s determination and straightforwardness when he turned around, the coldness and aloofness revealed from his calm expression, the craziness and potentness as he wielded the sword to create flames, as well as the gentleness and fervency when he looked at Qin Weibai.
Various versions of Li Tianlan appeared repeatedly in her mind. But since Li Tianlan turned around and left at that time, it all seemed to have nothing to do with her.
She felt wronged, sad, confused, bitter and did not want to reconcile herself to this result. Furthermore, she admired Li Tianlan a lot. All this caused the accumulation of too many complicated and unspeakable emotions in her heart within a short time. With all the emotions mixing together, she seemed to have the idea of snatching Li Tianlan from Qin Weibai at any cost.
Wang Yuetong knew that there was something wrong with her. As the little princess of the Wang family of Beihai, she should be arrogant, reserved, and cool in the face of the pursuit of a large number of young talents.
But it couldn’t change her mind at all even if she did self-hypnosis to herself over and over again. Especially after seeing Li Tianlan, her intuition kept telling her that she should be crazy once. At the very least, she couldn’t make a thorough break with this man so inexplicably.
So, the moment Li Tianlan was about to get up and leave with an alienated expression on his face, Wang Yuetong reached out and grabbed his arm forcibly.
Her voice was somewhat shrill due to its tremor. The grievance and hidden bitterness contained in her tone made the hearers’ hearts flutter.
The entire space of the third floor was plunged into silence.
Li Baitian and Zhang Houlong no longer ran.
Han Xinyan stopped chasing them too.
Ning Qiancheng, who was still some way off from the ‘battlefield’, stopped moving forward and looked back.
All of them saw that Wang Yuetong grabbed Li Tianlan’s arm with both hands, just like a pathetic little girl who had just quarreled with her boyfriend but did not want to let him leave, while Li Tianlan just stood where he was rigidly and kept silent.
They looked at this scene in amazement with their eyes wide open.
None of them could react to it quickly.
The girl who looked so pathetic in front of them was actually a little prince coming from one of the most influential families in Zhongzhou State.
“What the hell happened yesterday?”
Li Baitian muttered to himself as he looked at all this blankly.
This was their real purpose of coming here. By the way, the girl was undoubtedly a great beauty. How many people had ever seen the current look of the little princess from the Wang family of Beihai?
“How the hell did he do it?”
“Who is he?”
Han Xinyan asked as she clutched the cue. Obviously, she did not inquire about Wang Yuetong’s identity. Although the Han family of Huating was a new influential family, the Flourishing Age Fund was enormously powerful. A few years ago, it took the lead to short the yen and other funds followed suit. Within a few months, trillions of capital poured into Dongdao State’s financial markets. Since then, the financial order of the entire Dongdao State was almost completely disrupted. While the Flourishing Age Fund made a lot of money, several countries in Southeast Asia trembled with fear. It was no exaggeration to say that they were lying awake the whole night during those days.
And in fact, that was the result of the collaboration between the Wang family of Beihai and the Flourishing Age Fund. At that time, Wang Tianzong, who was known as Sword Emperor and also the number one expert in Zhongzhou State, went to Huating to have a secret talk with Han Donglou. As Han Donglou’s only daughter, Han Xinyan was present, so did Wang Yuetong and several other young talents of the Wang family of Beihai.
She couldn’t establish a deep personal relationship with Wang Yuetong in just a few days probably, but it was not difficult for her to remember her.
“Li Tianlan, my bro.”
Ning Qiancheng and Li Baitian spoke in unison.
“And he’s my bro, too.”
Zhang Houlong said in a low voice.
“You are so stupid! You even react slowly to things than others.”
Han Xinyan twitched her little delicate nose and snorted.
Zhang Houlong continued to enjoy the show with a wry smile on his face.
Although his grandpa was retired, he was still an important figure in the Southeast Group till now. So compared with Han Xinyan, his relationship with Wang Yuetong was obviously much deeper. The two were real friends as well as cousins.
In the past, he had seen much of Wang Yuetong’s cool, reserved, and proud look. Now looking at the pathetic look of the little princess of the Wang family of Beihai, he thought it was quite an eye-opener.
He even intended to go to the commodity area to take two packs of sunflower seeds to eat while enjoying the show, but he stayed where he was after thinking of the consequences that he was discovered by Wang Yuetong.
In fact, however, Wang Yuetong did not even look over there.
At this moment, in the spacious area on the third floor, all Wang Yuetong saw was Li Tianlan. Not having received Li Tianlan’s answer and explanation, she grabbed him more tightly and shouted pitifully, “Senior brother.”
Li Tianlan stood motionlessly.
Wang Yuetong bit her lips and relaxed her tight grip. Then she walked quickly to Li Tianlan and said, “Look at me.”
Li Tianlan looked at her quietly. It was indeed a delicate, flawless face, and her eyes were crystal clear. He could still see his own shadow in her eyes, so clear but so distant.
He suddenly smiled and said gently, “I already have a girlfriend. You saw her yesterday, didn’t you?”
“I’m not trying to be your girlfriend.”
Wang Yuetong bit her lips and continued, “Senior brother, can’t we even be good friends? Why did you do this to me? What did I do wrong?”
Be a friend instead of a girlfriend.
What Wang Yuetong said was perfectly awesome because it left her enough leeway to either advance or retreat. At this moment, perhaps Wang Yuetong did not even know what was on her mind, let alone Li Tianlan.
Although they hadn’t spent much time together, they shared life and death with each other during that period. The Life-saving grace was enough to make a woman pledge to marry a man. Women usually fell in love with men due to love at first sight. But aside from that, an enchanted moment could also make them unforgettable. In the blazing flames and the torrential rain of broken ices yesterday, Wang Yuetong did feel enchanted. However, she was not sure what that meant on earth. Therefore, she felt a sudden relief when she said the words “good friends”.
It was an orientation of a relationship that was full of possibilities. She was unwilling and did not plan to think about the future. Now she just wanted to know why all this happened.
“There’s nothing wrong with you.”
Li Tianlan added calmly, “I was wrong. I’m sorry. I…”
“I don’t want to hear that!”
Wang Yuetong interrupted Li Tianlan arbitrarily. She didn’t seem to want him to go on speaking, so she said quickly, “Senior brother, I’ve prepared some medicines and herbs for you in the car. I’ll go and fetch them right now.”
She kept walking while speaking. As she trotted down the stairs, her nice figure and the clear sound of high-heeled shoes hitting the ground drifted away.
Wait until her figure disappeared completely, Li Tianlan let out a long sigh. He turned around to look at the others who had been enjoying the show.
Li Baitian and the others suddenly came to their senses. Han Xinyan was not a good actor, that was why she picked up the cue and was going to continue the chase to prove her innocence. Zhang Houlong and Li Baitian opened their mouths as if they planned to continue screaming.
Li Tianlan spoke calmly before they began to scream. “I’m going downstairs.”
He went downstairs quickly, following closely behind Wang Yuetong.
The rest of them looked at each other in speechless despair. After hesitating for a while, Zhang Houlong found that he could not refrain himself from gossiping. He asked tentatively, “Shall we go down and have a look?”
“Look what? Aren’t you afraid that Wang Yuetong kills you after she discovers you? Haven’t you seen enough just now? Hurry up, go and get me two packs of sunflower seeds. I’d like to ponder over that and chat with you guys while eating.”
Han Xinyan slapped Zhang Houlong on the head. She appeared to be quiet, but each and every action of her showed manliness. The ones who could not stand her aggressiveness were Li Baitian, who had been beaten by her for a long time, and Ning Qiancheng, who had watched two good plays in a row, not to mention how Zhang Houlong, the direct ‘victim, felt.
“I’ll go with you.”
Li Baitian’s mouth twitched. He put an arm around Zhang Houlong’s neck and whispered in his ear while grinding his teeth, “Little Throat, f*ck you! Is this the delicate and quiet campus belle that you were going to introduce to me? If I don’t rip you off tonight, believe it or not, I will abandon my surname!”
Han Xinyan watched them walk away, shoulder to shoulder. She narrowed her watery pupils and muttered to herself, “They can never do anything nice together. Do they still want to have sex with me?”
She shot Ning Qiancheng a glance and suddenly said, “Do you think they still harbor that idea? Look, Li Baitian is thievish-looking and he resembles a pervert.”
Ning Qiancheng’s body quivered and he answered without hesitation, “No, you really thought too much.”
Wang Yuetong’s car was parked just outside the club. In order to stop Li Tianlan from going on talking, she hurried downstairs and went directly to the car. Then she took a large rectangular box that was nearly 10 centimeters thick and about half a meter long out of the car. She weighed the box and nodded with satisfaction. But before the smile crept over the corners of her mouth, her expression suddenly froze.
Li Tianlan, who followed her downstairs, stood in front of her and looked at her calmly.
Wang Yuetong’s heart sank. She lowered her head and took a few steps forward, trying to stuff the box into Li Tianlan’s arms.
Instead of taking the box, Li Tianlan just said in a low voice, “My injuries have healed. You can tell that, do you?”
Wang Yuetong insisted on handing Li Tianlan the box. It was the first time she had ever given a gift to a man and thus, she felt extremely embarrassed. However, Li Tianlan’s reaction made her feel more grieved. She tried to stuff the box into Li Tianlan’s bosom and her fingers turned pale because she had exerted too much strength. She again lowered her head and said in a low voice, “Can’t we even be good friends?”
“I just don’t need medicines anymore.”
Li Tianlan shook his head, not knowing what to say.
“No, you need. There are a lot of drugs that are used to heal wounds and some even enable you to temporarily enhance your combat capability. They are all useful to you. Take them back to the Sky Academy and they will help you to gain a greater credit advantage more quickly.”
Wang Yuetong looked up at Li Tianlan, with the box in her arms. “This is the best I can do,” she said, “but in a few days, my father and brother will come to Huating too. I will ask them for some more drugs then and give all of them to you. Is that okay?”
“Your father and brother will come to Huating?”
Li Tianlan was somewhat surprised.
One was the number one expert in Zhongzhou State, the Sword Emperor.
The other was the pride of youth in everyone’s eyes today.
Li Tianlan thought of them with mixed emotions.
“My brother is about to break through to the Thunder-shocking Realm from the Fire-flaming Realm,” Wang Yuetong said, “my father said he is going to take him to the desert in Beijiang and come to Huating after that.”
She explained honestly. And after hesitating for a while, she added in a low voice, “Besides, my father wants to see you.”
Li Tianlan felt that the hair all over his body stood on end.
“Wang Tianzong wants to meet me?”
“What the hell is going on?”
It was almost the last thing he wanted to see now.
He took a deep breath and said calmly, “His Highness is busy attending to numerous affairs every day and it’s really a waste of time seeing me. I’m merely a nobody, he’d better not meet me.”
He nodded to Wang Yuetong and added politely, “Thank you for your drugs, but I really don’t need them currently. Please put the box away.”
Then he turned to leave.
He took a deep breath and walked straight to the door of the club.
Wang Yuetong shrieked in agony behind him.
The sun was shining brightly in the sky. The girl’s voice sounded helpless and sad under the dappled shade of the trees. Her mood seemed to have gone completely out of control, and her face was full of tears.
She held the box in one hand and wiped her tears with the other. “Am I annoying you? Why are you trying to be even with me? I want you to owe me something! You saved me yesterday, but that does not count! I’d better die if you did this to me! It doesn’t count, you hear me? You still owe me, and I’ll let you owe me a lifetime!” she sobbed.
Li Tianlan stopped as he was about to step on the stairs.
Without turning around, he just said indifferently, “I owe you then.”