After Playing the Fool and Marrying the Blind Villain [Transmigration] - Chap 90
The plane landed in Haishi on time.
As soon as Pei Yi and the other three walked out of the airplane pick-up port, the saw a familiar figure.
They made eye contact.
Gu Jianshen walked up with a smile. “Mr. Yi, Mr. Li, we meet again. Welcome back to Haishi.”
Pei Yi and Li Yuan glanced at each other, a little surprised by Gu Jianshen’s appearance. The latter said, “Mr. Gu, why are you here in person? Wouldn’t it be enough to send a staff member from your company?”
“How is that possible, ah?” Gu Jianshen shook hands with them and responded jokingly, “Letting ordinary staff receive two big bosses who are our partners. If you’re not greeted well, it would be our Weiyi’s fault.”
The group of people walked to the car and opened the trunk.
Gu Jianshen tried to help Qiao Dong move the suitcase, but Qiao Dong moved it by himself.
Gu Jianshen saw Qiao Dong’s small stature and said, “You can’t tell by looking at him, but this little brother is quite strong!”
Pei Yi smiled and said, “Let me introduce you. This is my assistant, Qiao Dong. You can contact me through him in the future for follow-up matters.”
Gu Jianshen nodded. “Okay, let’s get in the car! I’ll take you to the hotel to check in!”
As requested in advance, they had already booked an independent suite in the hotel where the competition was held last time.
Qiao Dong sat in the front row at the request of the two bosses, while Pei Yi and Li Yuan chose to sit in the back row.
The car slowly started and drove smoothly onto the roadway leading into the city.
Gu Jianshen, who was driving, brought up the topic again, “It will be almost half past six when we arrive at the hotel. I arranged dinner in advance. Will Mr. Yi and Mr. Li eat a little bit? It’s just the right…..”
Halfway through his words, he fell silent.
Through the rearview mirror, Gu Jianshen saw Pei Yi and Li Yuan sitting in the back seat, in the same posture of lowering their heads and holding their cell phones.
They were each concentrating, with smiles on their lips, sending WeChat messages to unknown people.
Qiao Dong also noticed the suddenly quiet atmosphere and in a low voice, explained in their stead, “Mr. Gu, they just got off the plane and are reporting that they’re safe.”
Gu Jianshen had been transferred from Nebula Fun Tour back to Weiyi group headquarters. Moreover, he was promoted to manager of the copyright department, which also gave him additional say regarding investments. His future was bright.
As soon as he finished speaking, Pei Yi, who had sent Bo Yueming a message that he was safe, raised his head and spoke calmly, “Sorry, Mr. Gu, what were you saying?”
Gu Jianshen knew that Pei Yi had a lover, so he didn’t blame him at all. “I said, you two must be hungry after coming all this way. I booked a private room at the hotel restaurant where you are staying, and notified the other two leaders.”
“It just so happens that we can all meet, get to know each other, and communicate.”
Pei Yi knew that the meeting between the two parties was unavoidable. “Of course, Mr. Gu. Please arrange it.”
Gu Jianshen sighed deeply and didn’t conceal anything. “This ‘Mr. Gu’ sounds really unfamiliar. We’ve at least gotten to know each other, and the cooperation some time ago was quite pleasant.”
As for the connected games and projects, they were promoted through private communications. This friendship was much deeper than that of ordinary partners.
“Well, I’m two or three years older than you, so I’ll just call you by your names. If you two are willing, you can call me Brother Gu?”
Pei Yi and Li Yuan looked at each other and said without much entanglement, “Okay.”
Gu Jianshen was very good at getting around in the world, and had considered everything for them. “You guys go back to the room to settle in later, and then come to the private room after you’ve finished tidying up. There’s no rush.”
“We’ll trouble Brother Gu.”
. . . . . . .
This was the first time the two parties were meeting since their partnership, after all, so they couldn’t be disrespectful and make them wait.
Pei Yi and Li Yuan took a brief rest, then quickly went to the box reserved by Gu Jianshen.
In the elegantly decorated box, Gu Jianshen took the initiative to act as a middleman. “Here, let me introduce you—”
“These two are YWY’s Mr. Pei Yi and Mr. Li Yuan, and this is general assistant Qiao Dong.”
In addition to Gu Jianshen, whom they were already familiar with, there were two unfamiliar faces in the box, a man and a woman.
Gu Jianshen gestured politely toward the long-haired woman on his right, “This is Ms. Kong Li, the executive director of our movie game.”
Kong Li had graduated from a famous film school and had always been passionate about making horror movies.
Her debut film “Soul” several years before was shortlisted for an international short film award, and she also won “Best New Director” that year!
For nearly ten years, Kong Li had taken root in the filming of horror and supernatural films, and had produced many popular movies.
Weiyi was able to hire Li Kong as its executive producer this time precisely because this new shooting mode drew her interest.
“Hello, Director Kong.”
Pei Yi spoke on behalf of YWY Studios, “You are the expert and we are the laymen when it comes to movies. Please take care of us in the next two months.”
When Kong Li saw Pei Yi’s young face and his humble and sincere way of speaking, her impression of him gradually rose.
“Mr. Yi, good to meet you. You’re younger than I thought.” She reached out to shake his hand, not hiding her appreciation—
“The game script you provided this time is very interesting. I hope we can communicate more and strive to successfully test the waters of this new method.”
Seeing Kong Li greet Pei Yi and Li Yuan one by one, Gu Jianshen introduced the other person on the left.
“Also, ah, this is our gold medal game planner from Weiyi, Gao Pingfeng.”
Gao Pingfeng looked to be in his thirties or forties, and wore black thin-framed glasses. He smiled and nodded hello to Pei Yi and Li Yuan.
Gu Jianshen was as good at speaking as always. “I’m a person who has a fair eye for copyright investment, but when it comes to the plot and text, I’m a bad student.”
He patted Gao Pingfeng’s shoulder and said subtly to Pei Yi, “I know that YWY is mainly responsible for the game script this time, but—”
“If you have any ideas or tangles about the game script in the future, you can discuss it with Mr. Gao. He will cooperate with you throughout the entire process to complete the writing of the game script.”
Gao Pingfeng nudged the frame of his glasses, looking very cooperative. “Mr. Yi is in charge, and I am here to assist.”
Li Yuan knew how to get along at the wine table better than Pei Yi, so he responded politely, “Teacher Gao is too humble. I have heard your name in the gaming circle for a long time.”
Pei Yi didn’t know Gao Pingfeng very well, but he still went along and said, “Yes, ah, I would like to learn more from Teacher Gao.”
After the two parties finished their polite greetings, they took their seats.
Pei Yi’s eyes wandered unobtrusively over the faces of Kong Li and Gao Pingfeng again, and his hand under the table quickly edited and sent a WeChat message.
After finishing this, he raised his glass at Gu Jianshen’s invitation.
In the end, this night was just the first meeting, and the two parties did not delve too deeply into work. Instead, they agreed to go to Weiyi headquarters the next day for a meeting and the formal handovers.
The meal ended just after nine o’clock.
As soon as he returned to the upstairs suite of the hotel, Pei Yi took off his coat and asked, “Qiao Dong, how is the investigation going?”
“Investigation?” Li Yuan was a little confused. “What are you investigating?”
Qiao Dong explained, “Before dinner began, Brother Yi asked me to investigate Gao Pingfeng.”
The WeChat message Pei Yi hid at the dining table just now was sent to Qiao Dong.
Li Yuan responded, “No wonder. I was wondering why you left to go to the toilet and never came back.”
Qiao Dong smiled sheepishly, feeling that his excuse had been a bit clumsy.
He handed over the information compiled on the tablet and returned to the topic, “Brother Yi, take a look.”
Pei Yi took it, and listened to Qiao Dong talk at the same time—
“Gao Pingfeng is thirty-eight years old this year, but is already considered a veteran-level game architect at Weiyi headquarters. He has nearly fifteen years of experience in the industry.”
He had practically accompanied Weiyi from a small company to being at the top today.
“He’s been able to stay with a game company that doesn’t belong to him for fifteen years? That’s a long time.”
There was a hint of admiration in Pei Yi’s eyes, but at the same time, some confusion. “Then he should have quite a few game works under his belt?”
He had been on the Youtu forum for so long, but had very little impression of this person.
Pei Yi’s fingertips slowly slid down the tablet as Qiao Dong continued his introduction.
“I found out that Gao Pingfeng has participated in many small game projects, but didn’t occupy the main leadership role. However, in the past five years, he had a particularly successful hit game.”
Li Yuan answered quickly, “Seventeen Days.”
Upon hearing this game, Pei Yi suddenly realized, “He was the chief planner of the game?”
“Seventeen Days” was a turn-based RPG mobile game launched by Weiyi five years ago. The copyright of a supernatural novel had been purchased from overseas, and then localized for Chinese audiences.
Once it was launched, it caused a stir in the Chinese gaming community and was even exported to nearly ten countries. As a result, the team behind the scenes became well-known.
Li Yuan shook his head slightly. “I vaguely remember that Gao Pingfeng was not the chief planner in the beginning?”
As soon as he finished speaking, Pei Yi saw the information on the tablet. “He only took over as the chief planner of the Seventeen Days game three years ago.”
Qiao Dong added, “Brother Yi, I just checked the chronology of Seventeen Days on the game forum. Originally, the chief planner of the game from Chinese localization to distribution was Chen Min.”
“Three years ago, she fell ill due to long-term overwork and had to resign in order to recuperate, so Gao Pingfeng, who was originally the deputy planner, was promoted.”
He had been in the position of the game director of Seventeen Days until now.
Pei Yi’s eyes flickered as he gave back the tablet in his hands. “I understand, thank you for your hard work.”
Li Yuan sat down on the sofa with his friend. “Why did you want to look into Gao Pingfeng? Do you think there’s something wrong with him?”
Qiao Dong took back the tablet and said, “I saw that Teacher Gao was smiling, shouldn’t he be easy to get along with?”
Easy to get along with?
Pei Yi thought about this phrase for a moment, and only said, “I think Weiyi is still on guard against us, or in other words, they want to gain greater say and control.”
It was clearly agreed that YWY would be responsible for the game script, but now they suddenly sent Gao Pingfeng and called him an “assistant?”
To put it bluntly, didn’t they just want to get involved in the game script?
Li Yuan thought for a moment. “Although, it’s reasonable for Weiyi to do this.”
After all, it was one of the top game companies in China. The division of shares had been controlled by Pei Yi at 40-60, and even the core game script rights were controlled by YWY. It was inevitable that Weiyi’s senior management would be a little unwilling.
Pei Yi raised his eyebrows. “En, but the fact that they are unwilling doesn’t mean that we’re taking advantage.”
The reason YWY Studios could obtain the rights and shares was not charity from Weiyi’s top management, but an exchange of commercial interests—
Pei Yi needed Weiyi’s exposure channels and connections, and Weiyi was also interested in YWY’s next Last Fog 3.0, and wanted to take the opportunity to reach an additional cooperation.
Qiao Dong was a little nervous. “Brother Yi, do we need to be on guard against Gao Pingfeng and Weiyi?”
“The partnership is set, and if we’re on guard, we won’t be able to cooperate. Besides, I trust Gu Jianshen’s character. Weiyi will not go back on its word and cause a setback, but Gao Pingfeng—”
Pei Yi shook his head. Gao Pingfeng’s smiling face reappeared in his mind, and a dark light flashed in his eyes. “Weiyi is Weiyi, and he is who he is.”
As the saying went, you could know people, and you could know faces, but you couldn’t know what was in their hearts.
Pei Yi didn’t want to be arbitrary, but he had an intuition that this person wasn’t as easy to get along with as he seemed on the surface.
Pei Yi glanced at the time and called a stop. “Never mind, it’s useless to think too much now. It’s getting late, let’s wash up and go to bed. We have to go to Weiyi headquarters for the meeting tomorrow.”
Li Yuan and Qiao Dong looked at each other and nodded.
. . . . . . .
Half an hour later.
Pei Yi walked out of the bathroom after washing up. The bedding was specially brought from the Imperial Capital and laid out by the hotel staff.
Looking at the familiar dark blue sheets, Pei Yi felt that something was missing. He dug out the coat he had brought from the open suitcase, wrapped up in it, and lay down in bed.
Pei Yi picked up the cell phone on the bedside table and muttered subconsciously, “It’s not even ten o’clock yet, are you asleep?”
The next second, the phone screen jumped to the WeChat communication page.
Bo Yueming, who was far away in the Imperial Capital, seemed to have a natural understanding with him and made a video call exactly at that moment.
Pei Yi quickly answered the call and looked at his lover on the video. “Er-ge.”
There was a smile in Bo Yueming’s eyes when he heard this address. “Are you done with work?”
Pei Yi reported casually, “En, we had a meal with the other Weiyi party. I’ve already washed, and I’m in bed.”
Bo Yueming could clearly see the coat wrapped around him, and chuckled. “Can you sleep with my coat on? What time do you have to get up tomorrow?”
“Nine o’clock. We’re going to Weiyi to sign the additional agreement at 10:30.” Pei Yi shrank into the quilt.
Bo Yueming noted this down. “Then I’ll wake you up at that time tomorrow?”
Pei Yi nodded and said, “You’d better think of a way for me not to lose sleep tonight first.”
This was probably related to how he had grown up. Every time he was in a strange environment, he would be awake until one or two in the morning before falling asleep.
Sometimes he would even stay up all night, unable to get used to it.
Bo Yueming seemed to have considered this problem a long time ago. “Do you have any headphones? Put your phone on the bedside table, turn off the light, and lay down.”
Pei Yi obediently did as he was told, placing his phone on the bedside table and laying down on his side with his headphones on.
He looked at his lover on the screen and teased, “Er-ge, you’re not treating me like a three-year-old and telling me a bedtime story, are you?”
Bo Yueming accepted his teasing and asked fondly, “Do you want to hear a bedtime story, or do you want to hear me sing a lullaby to coax you to sleep?”
Pei Yi was stunned. He didn’t expect that Bo Yueming would mention a “lullaby,” and raised his head eagerly. “For real? You can sing, ah?”
Bo Yueming added, “Turn off the light.”
Pei Yi replied, “It’s too dark, I won’t be able to see you clearly.”
Bo Yueming coaxed him, “You can still hear my voice. Be good.”
Pei Yi could only turn off the light as instructed. As soon as he lay down, a light, steady lullaby came from his headphones—
It was a lullaby with an English melody that he had never heard before. Rendered by Bo Yueming’s voice, it had the ability to soothe a person’s heart.
Pei Yi felt that his ears were numb, and his heart was so swollen with happiness that he was overwhelmed.
Whether he was in the orphanage or adopted later on, nobody had ever sung him a lullaby.
Pei Yi closed his eyes and said with unbelievable cuteness, “Er-ge, this is the first time someone has sung me a lullaby to put me to sleep.”
Bo Yueming stopped singing for a moment, but didn’t speak, then continued on again.
Even though they were separated, Pei Yi felt like his lover was leaning against him, holding him tightly in his arms as he fell asleep, just like before.
Time was drawn out long and slow by the looping lullaby.
After an unknown amount of time, Pei Yi’s breathing gradually calmed down. Bo Yueming on the other side stopped singing the lullaby.
The babbled response was a cute, unique thing that Pei Yi only did when sleeping.
Bo Yueming’s innermost being was touched by warmth and softness, and he added in a whisper, “Good night.”
. . . . . . .
When Pei Yi and the others arrived at Weiyi headquarters the next day, Gu Jianshen was still in charge of receiving them.
“The second to fourth floors are peripheral game exhibition halls, and the fifth and sixth floors are the staff canteen and kitchen.”
“From the seventh to the seventeenth floor are the planning, art, technology, online publicity, copyright, and logistics departments. They are divided according to the size of the departments, and there are high-rise offices from the 20th floor up.”
“If you look out this window, those two buildings are used specifically to house the servers, and the other two buildings are staff dormitories.”
Pei Yi and Li Yuan heard about Weiyi’s domineering division of departments, and invariably revealed a trace of yearning and fighting spirit.
No matter how good they thought they were, there was always someone who was better.
As the owners of YWY Studios, they also looked forward to their studio achieving such a large scale in the future.
Of course, they couldn’t grow fat in one bite, and must take every step in a down-to-earth manner.
Just like this partnership.
Gu Jianshen took them to the 18th floor and explained further, “This office building is specifically used for short-term external project cooperation. When the meeting starts in the afternoon, the personnel transferred from various departments will be working.”
As soon as the lingering sound faded, this group of people glimpsed a familiar figure.
Gao Pingfeng approached with his assistant, and the former still had a smiling demeanor. “I guessed that Mr. Gu would bring you here, so I waited in advance.”
Li Yuan nodded politely. “Teacher Gao.”
Gao Pingfeng explained his purpose for coming, “Mr. Yi came from the Imperial Capital. Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the personnel division of our Weiyi project team?”
“If you are comfortable with it, shall I arrange workstations for everyone and establish a work group?”
What appeared to be non-aggressive and friendly help actually hid a deeper intent to seize power.
Pei Yi’s eyes flashed slightly, and he didn’t evade. “Of course, Teacher Gao has more experience leading large projects than I do.”
“Teacher Gao, there’s no rush in this matter. It can be arranged after everyone arrives in the afternoon.” Gu Jianshen calmly turned his watch and changed the topic. “I still need to take them upstairs to discuss re-signing the agreement. We’ll talk about this later.”
Gao Pingfeng still smiled easily, saying, “You guys go to work first.”
Gu Jianshen simply smiled back and shifted his position. “Then let’s go upstairs first. We will complete the supplementary contract in the morning and hold the meeting in the afternoon.”
The group turned and walked toward the elevators, leaving Gao Pingfeng and his assistant behind.
The office where the contract was to be signed was on the 23rd floor. When the elevator reached its destination, Pei Yi was in no hurry to step out.
He looked at Gu Jianshen standing by the elevator door and asked in a respectable manner, “Brother Gu, please wait a moment.”
Gu Jianshen understood his meaning, and stepped tactfully to the side.
When he was the only one left in the elevator, Pei Yi whispered to Li Yuan and Qiao Dong, “I’ll follow you two in later, I’m not going yet.”
“Remember, put off signing the supplementary contract for the time being and wait until I come back.”
Li Yuan frowned slightly. “Pei Yi? What’s wrong?”
Pei Yi looked at his friend and said, “Pear Garden, did you bring your cigarettes?”
Li Yuan cooperated and took the cigarettes and lighter from his pocket, both of them brand new.
Since he started dating Yan Cen, he was afraid that his lover wouldn’t like the smell of cigarettes, so he would either avoid smoking or restrain himself. After buying these cigarettes, he might not use one in ten and a half days.
Pei Yi took the cigarettes and lighter from Li Yuan and gave him a meaningful smile. “Wait, I’ll go meet Gao Pingfeng first.”