Full Cup of Water - Chap 26
Xin Qianyu did not know whether to laugh or cry at Su Zhong’s serious attitude. But the funny emotions relaxed Xin Qianyu a lot, and he no longer felt the initial tension of reuniting with Su Zhong. Xin Qianyu rested his chin on a hand and said, “A little reminder for interpersonal communication is when it’s obvious others don’t want to talk about a certain topic, please don’t try to get to the bottom of it.”
Su Zhong nodded respectfully and recorded it on the tablet.
Xin Qianyu looked at Su Zhong, who had his head lowered while taking notes, and his heart again filled with sighs of “This man is so cute“.
In his previous relationship with Su Zhong, Xin Qianyu also sighed countless times, “Zhong Ge is so cute.” Sometimes, he could not tell whether Su Zhong was cute or whether he simply chose to neglect Su Zhong’s weak points.
Now that Su Zhong looked different from the past, Xin Qianyu was still moved by this cuteness. He was resigned to there being no cure, and a wave of panic toward the ineffectiveness of his body’s immunity surged out. Have I really been caught in Su Zhong’s evil influence?
Xin Qianyu leaned back slightly, unyieldingly separating himself from Su Zhong.
After Su Zhong finished taking notes, he raised his head and said, “There are certain risks in buying a shell company. No one knows what the situation is inside this shell company. You need to understand the hidden risks clearly.”
Xin Qianyu did not react for a while. “What?”
Su Zhong said, “Didn’t you just ask me what else I thought about you purchasing a shell company?”
“Ah, yes, it’s…” Xin Qianyu stammered. He had forgotten all about it, but Su Zhong remembered. Xin Qianyu forced himself to turn his thoughts from private affairs back to business. “But we have commissioned an independent third party to carry out an investigation…”
“Even if due diligence has been done, there may be omissions. Because it’s actually very easy for the shareholders of a company to conceal their liabilities from the outside world.” Su Zhong said lightly. “Not to mention, an independent third party is not necessarily completely impartial.”
“Is there such a thing…” Xin Qianyu felt a bit of a headache.
“Yes, even large financial groups buying shell companies have been deceived, let alone novices like you.” Once Su Zhong returned to the topic of business, his words were a little rude. “I don’t think you have the ability to distinguish.”
Although Su Zhong’s words were blunt, Xin Qianyu was entirely able to accept them. He was still very humble in this regard but was also quite concerned. “But if we don’t buy a shell company…”
Su Zhong said, “M-global can inject capital into Yuzhuo.”
Ah, back to this topic……
Xin Qianyu sighed. “I’ll think about it again.”
Su Zhong nodded. “Feel free to contact me at any time.”
Xin Qianyu also nodded. “Thank you.” This time, the thanks were not just to be polite. They were earnest. He could feel Su Zhong’s kindness and help. Even if it was Su Zhong, Xin Qianyu did not feel that he could calmly accept the other party’s kindness and take it for granted.
Su Zhong looked at Xin Qianyu. “Could you unblock me?”
Xin Qianyu swallowed. “…Yes.”
Speaking of which, it seemed like Xin Qianyu had blocked Su Zhong for two years.
Xin Qianyu felt the coincidental encounter with Su Zhong in the restaurant this time was normal.
However, after that, Xin Qianyu began to “coincidentally encounter” Su Zhong in this restaurant continuously, and this “coincidental encounter” became less “coincidental”.
Xin Qianyu was a frequent patron of this restaurant, and of course, he came often. But Su Zhong was not. Financial Street was a fifteen-minute drive from here, and the average person would not choose to have lunch so far away from the office.
But Xin Qianyu did not want to analyse why Su Zhong would be in the private room of the restaurant so often.
Today, when Xin Qianyu came to the restaurant, the manager stepped forward and said, “Mr Su did not come today, but he said his private room is available for you to use.”
Hearing that Su Zhong had not come, Xin Qianyu could not decide how he felt. He breathed a sigh of relief but felt a little empty.
“l see.” Xin Qianyu said. “That’s Mr Su’s private room. I shouldn’t be using it. I’ll just eat in the main area.” The manager led Xin Qianyu to sit by the window. Not long after Xin Qianyu sat down, he saw a familiar figure appear in front of him. “Rui Lei?” Xin Qianyu raised his head, a little surprised. “Why are you here?” He did not have a good expression for Rui Lei.
Rui Lei proved herself to be an experienced social animal. She was adaptable and sat down with a smile carrying a hint of flattery.
Thinking of their last meeting, Xin Qianyu was puzzled. “Why are you looking for me? You’re a buyer. You don’t have to smile at me, right?”
“Not anymore.” Rui Lei sighed deeply.
“What do you mean?” Xin Qianyu asked in surprise.
“David and I have changed jobs.” Rui Lei said with a gloomy expression. “We were wrong about the past issues. I also request Master Xin not to hold it to heart.”
“Why did you change your job?” Xin Qianyu thought of David and Rui Lei’s previous show of respect and guessed, “Don’t tell me you were fired?”
Rui Lei smiled. “It’s not that miserable. Let’s consider it as being ‘persuaded to resign’. After resigning, we were blocked and couldn’t get into the good buyer companies. Now I’m in a securities company.”
“Oh, I see.” Xin Qianyu did not sympathize at all when he heard that they were so down and out. He felt that they deserved the payback. “Who did you offend? To go so far as to be blocked?”
“Who else could it be?” Rui Lei raised her eyebrows. “Wasn’t it Su Zhong?”
“Su Zhong?” Xin Qianyu was slightly startled when he heard the words. He originally wanted to say that Su Zhong was not so cruel, right? But he swallowed and did not dare to assert, because sometimes, Su Zhong was really cruel. Didn’t Kevin almost get sent to jail by Su Zhong?
Thinking of the past, Xin Qianyu smiled slightly and said unceremoniously, “Previously, you blocked him, but now it’s his turn to block you. This is called the tide of wind and water.”
“I didn’t block him. David did it all.” Rui Lei hurriedly cleared it up. “What can a useless troop like me do against him? I was used as cannon fodder… Speaking of which, I didn’t scoop up anything but got into a lot of trouble. I’m also a victim.”
Xin Qianyu did not want to continue this topic with Rui Lei, so he said coldly, “But what does this have to do with me?”
Rui Lei clasped her hands together and said, “I know you have a good relationship with Su Zhong now…”
“Stop.” Xin Qianyu subconsciously clenched the knife and fork in his hand, his expression wary and guarded. “We broke up a long time ago, don’t you know?”
Rui Lei frowned. “But I heard you guys are dating again?”
“Who did you hear it from?” Xin Qianyu said. “You know it’s impossible when you think about it for yourself. With Su Zhong’s and my characters, how could we go back?”
Rui Lei said, “Who knows about feelings? And David said it was because he was rude to you, so he was being messed with by Su Zhong!”
Xin Qianyu’s chest tightened, but his expression was indifferent. “David is suffering the consequences of his bad deeds. What does it have to do with me? Don’t talk nonsense. I don’t want someone to talk to me about my ex-boyfriend during dinner. It’s so annoying.”
“I’m sorry.” Rui Lei immediately apologized and said, “Regarding the listing of Yuzhuo, maybe our company can help.” While speaking, Rui Lei handed Xin Qianyu her business card. “Our company also has shell companies available. If you are interested, you can refer to it. We are professional in this regard and have a well-known reputation. The shell companies are cleaned up and then sold, guaranteed to have no problems.”
Xin Qianyu heard there was a clean shell company to buy and came to his senses. “You should have said this a long time ago. Why were you chattering with me about Su Zhong for so long?”
After lunch, Xin Qianyu received a call from Zhan Feiyang as soon as he returned to Yuzhuo. Zhan Feiyang was the founder of “Feiyang Technology”, and the shell company “Feiyang Technology” had been selected by Xin Simu. However, Xin Simu no longer intervened in the listing project, letting Xin Qianyu and Zhan Feiyang connect directly. Zhan Feiyang’s offer to Xin Qianyu was the same as that to Xin Simu – 250 million.
Zhan Feiyang called and said to Xin Qianyu, “Master Xin, I’ll put my cards on the table and speak frankly. Your old rival ‘Qiushi Education’ also contacted me about buying a shell company.”
Hearing this, Xin Qianyu frowned slightly. He had actually heard the rumour that Qiushi Education was preparing to go public and wanted to follow the path of Yuzhuo in buying a shell company for this.
Previously, Qiushi Education had tried to trip Yuzhuo up over the pirated textbooks and the AA Association matters. This time, it happened again with them trying to vie for the same shell company as Yuzhuo. They really were old adversaries.
Xin Qianyu said, “Thank you for telling me this information.”
Zhan Feiyang said, “You’re welcome. I just want to tell you, if you really want to buy it, then buy it. If not, then forget it. I’ll sell it to Qiushi.”
Xin Qianyu frowned slightly. “We are very sincere in wanting to buy it…”
“If you are sincere, then pay!” Zhan Feiyang spoke fluently. “I know your company is tight on cash, so if you pay a deposit of 100 million first, this shell company will be considered reserved for you.” The rest of the money can be paid in instalments…”
Xin Qianyu smiled and said, “100 million is also not a small number.”
Zhan Feiyang smiled and said, “Master Xin, you can see it like this – the 300 million yuan shell company that Qiushi Education is vying for, you can snatch it for 100 million.”
Xin Qianyu was startled. “300 million? Wasn’t it 250 million?”
Zhan Feiyang said, “Oh, by the way, I forgot to tell you, I decided to increase the price.”
This Zhan Feiyang was really unorthodox by raising the price just like that.
But Xin Qianyu was very calm. “Well, I’ll think about it carefully.”
Zhan Feiyang snorted and laughed. “By the time you finish thinking about it, Qiushi would have gone public!”
Xin Qianyu hung up the phone, pondered for a long time, and then dialled Rui Lei’s number.
Xin Qianyu made an appointment with Rui Lei for dinner, but he did not expect David to come too. Rui Lei followed David like a dutiful vase, maintaining her smile and speaking appropriately, but mainly, David was the one expressing his opinions. David was doing his utmost to flatter Xin Qianyu. From the start, he praised Xin Qianyu for being so talented at such young age, and just before he stopped, he said that Xin Qianyu had clear thinking with a unique insight. It was as if the David who had previously stepped on Xin Qianyu had been possessed by a ghost.
Xin Qianyu was not interested in flattery from David, a greasy middle-aged man, and only said, “Let’s talk about the shell company situation.”
David said, “This shell company was made in the early years and was cleaned up a long time ago. It can be sold to you for 100 million. Once it’s in your hands, it’s guaranteed to be debt-free. It can’t be cleaner than this.”
Xin Qianyu took the information handed over by David and looked through it a few times. “It’s clean?”
“Of course,” David replied. “If you don’t believe me, go out and inquire about it. Our company sells a lot of shell companies. It’s not our first time selling shell companies, and there hasn’t been a problem once.”
Xin Qianyu smiled and said, “Priced so cheaply at 100 million?”
“It’s cheap, but our company’s rule is payment in one lump sum,” David replied.
Xin Qianyu nodded.
David laughed again and said, “Master Xin is rich and has deep pockets. Can 100 million be even considered money? Right?”
Xin Qianyu smiled and said, “100 million is not money? That’s really a joke.”
While talking, someone knocked on the door of the private room.
They thought it was a waiter, but they did not expect it to be Su Zhong.
Now when he saw Su Zhong, David’s chrysanthemum tightened.
David was originally the boss of a billion yuan financial group and had unlimited potential, but because of his fate, he was reduced to the 100 million list, sucking up to “young men” like Xin Qianyu. David had resentment in his heart, but facing Su Zhong, David was more afraid than resentful.
As soon as he saw Su Zhong, David hurriedly stood up, smiling like a brilliant chrysanthemum. “Such a coincidence. President Su is also here?”
Su Zhong nodded and said, “I’m here for dinner. When I saw that Xiaoyu and the two of you were here, I came to say hello. I’m not interrupting, am I?”
Hearing Su Zhong saying such polite things, Rui Lei and David were shocked, suspecting at every minute that a ghost had possessed Su Zhong.
As Xin Qianyu was already used to Su Zhong’s change, he was no longer surprised and just said, “It’s okay. Come and sit down.”
Su Zhong came in and sat down.
In any case, Xin Qianyu had a natural sense of trust when he looked at Su Zhong, and he put the information in front of Su Zhong casually. “I wonder if you’ve ever heard of their securities company? Is it true that the shell companies of theirs are very clean?”
Su Zhong did not read the information book but only looked at Xin Qianyu. His focused look could make one blush.
Xin Qianyu coughed dryly and looked away.
Rui Lei and David, who were sitting opposite, felt a little redundant.
Su Zhong paused, and only said, “Their shell companies have all been cleaned up long ago, so should be clean.”
After David heard this, he was overjoyed. “Yes, you see, President Su says so as well!”
“But their securities company itself is not very clean.” Su Zhong said.
David’s chrysanthemum-like smile immediately wilted. “You can’t speak carelessly about such things…”
Su Zhong had been looking at Xin Qianyu since he came in. Now, he gave David a look, but what he said was very cold. “If there’s nothing else, you can go.”
David wanted to curse, but he left dejectedly with Rui Lei.
Xin Qianyu watched their departure and shook his head, speechless.
Su Zhong looked at Xin Qianyu and said, “Shouldn’t you thank me?”
“Why?” Xin Qianyu glanced at Su Zhong. “Even if you didn’t warn me, I wouldn’t have bought a shell company from them. I don’t do business with people I can’t trust.”
Su Zhong seemed to be surprised and unconvinced. “Then why did you ask to meet them?”
“I want to understand more about the market and market conditions.” Xin Qianyu rested his chin on a hand. His expression carried a bit of haughtiness unique to that of a rich young master. “And play with them at the same time.”
Su Zhong said, “Then why didn’t you ask me out to understand from me the market and market conditions?”
“Ah…” Xin Qianyu was taken aback.
“And also play with me at the same time.” Su Zhong’s expression was serious.
Xin Qianyu’s back stiffened instantly. “Why would I play with you?”
“Why not?” Su Zhong picked up his notebook to hear his opinions. “May I ask which area you think I’m not fun to play with?”
This made Xin Qianyu feel very dazed. Xin Qianyu had heard a bit about Su Zhong from others and on the Internet. According to others, Su Zhong was one who wore a white suit, was a loner, cold, sharp, and sensitive to smell. Therefore, Su Zhong was called the “Great White Shark” by the industry.
At this moment, Su Zhong looked innocent and simple and was just lacking the words “You’re welcome to scam me” written on his forehead.
Xin Qianyu thought to himself, Was this really the rumoured “Great White Shark”? Why did he seem more like a “Great White Dog”?
Do people on Wall Street have bad eyes?