Chapter 36: Calling for help (Part 1)
T/N: Hey everyone! I actually wanted to do double releases this week (Thanks to Kenzie's generous donation!), but something unexpected happened so I'm going to do normal releases this week and do the double release next week. ^_^
The sales man let out a loud scream involuntarily as he saw the box crash against the floor. Everyone knew that there was no saving the pieces inside. Such expensive merchandise, the salesman trembled in fear and looked at his manager.
The Porcelain gallery was an upscale store that catered to the rich. No matter what happened, they store managers were experienced at taking care of matters smoothly.
The manager who came towards them was a dignified middle aged man wearing a well made dark suit. He was bald and portly but possessed a dignified air around him. He came to them and smiled gently at Xiaonian and Mu Qian Chu.
He would not dare criticize their clientele, instead he enquired, “Miss, these pieces that you crashed into, were they meant for you?”
Such damage was nothing to wealthy people. They can compensate for it, but the salesman was not in the same league, so he can only make them pay for it.
Xiaonian stood there motionless. She looked at the box near her feet and couldn’t help but say, “It..It was an accident..”
The salesman immediately clutched her hand, “Miss, I was clearly walking ahead, it was you who did not look around and turned and crashed into me!”
His grip on her hand was painful due his terrified state. The man was barely conscious of his actions, but the manager saw Xiaonian flinch in pain and furrowed his eyebrows in displeasure.
He silently signaled the nearby staff and two of them came swiftly to pull back the salesman, say from Xiaonian.
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He slowly walked forward to the box and said, “Miss, while the salesman was definitely in the wrong for walking in your path, we can only ask you for your generosity.”
Mu Qian Chu watched in silence as the scene unfolded.
At this time, he walked forward and asked the manager, “How much is the total worth of your damaged goods?”
The manager looked happy when he saw Mu Qian Chu inquiring about the price. Looks like this was going to be solved without much hassle.
Clasping his hands together, he quoted the price his assistant handed him, “250,000 sir.”
Xiaonian’s body shook with terror.
Her face became pale. She was just a small time worker who had a measly 12,000 saved in her account for emergencies. How can she ever hope to pay this hefty sum of 250,000!
Just as she was considering her situation, Mu Qian Chu took out his wallet and handed a black card to the manager, “I’ll pay for it. Think of it as the money to make you disappear from our lives. Don’t let me see you again from now on. Stop harassing me and Ah Yue.”
Money to make her disappear?
She had done so much for him, and in the end, what she got was money to disappear from his life.
She might not be successful person, she might not have the money that he could so easily give away, but she still had her morals.
Stopping the card that was about to be handed to the manager, she pushed it back into his hands avoiding touching him. In the past she was told that her touch made him want to vomit.
“This has nothing to do with you, please take this back.”
Mu Qian Chu sneered contemptuously at her, “You cannot afford to pay for these things just based on the measly money you get from scribbling your comics. It’s better for you to accept this offer now.”
Xiaonian’s fingers twisted her sweater in hurt when she heard him deriding her profession. It was her pride.
“That’s my business” she maintained her position, “I said I’m not going to involve myself with you anymore, so you don’t have to do this or anything.”
Accepting this kind of money, it just proves that she had done something that was shameful. Even if she was persistent, she only ever talked to him when she had an opportunity, she never made any schemes or played any tricks.
She made a mistake, she will take up the responsibility.
Mu Qian Chu heard her proud talk and coldly put the card back in his wallet, “Well, if they put you in prison for this, at least I won’t have to deal with you for a while” saying that Mu Qian Chu left the Porcelain gallery.
The manager who heard their conversation had an ugly expression when he understood that Xiaonian cannot pay for the broken goods.
Once he realized that she was not a rich clientele capable of paying, his attitude towards her immediately changed. taking a much aggressive stance towards her, he said, “Miss, you better pay up for these! You were clearly the one in mistake, you don’t see where you are walking to and crash into a properly working staff member and cause us such a huge loss. You cannot leave the store unless you pay up, or else, we will call the police!”
Xiaonian was alarmed at the barely veiled threats of the manager. He no longer had an amiable look on his face and the only card she had with her had barely a 6000 in it.
Xiaonian thought to pay whatever money she had in compensation and go to jail for it. Her body trembled in fear as she thought of it.
“She’s so poor and yet pretends to be a rich customer to con us. How shameless!” someone whispered around her.
Other people immediately joined in.
“Probably trying to get into the bed of a rich master. Hmph! but the attempt obviously failed and now we have to face the consequences of her shamelesness!”
Xiaonian’s cheeks burned with humiliation and her eyes reddened. She really did cause them trouble and had no way to solve it. But suddenly she thought of him.
The store suddenly, quieted.
The manger thought he misheard her and asked, “what did you say?”
“Gong Ouyang,” Xiaonian repeated the name, her fingers twisted her sweater even more, “Gong Ouyang will pay for me.”
She really was not sure if he would shoulder this for her, but she really hoped he would find a way to help her. She would really try her best to compensate him, she really would! She just hoped that he would extend a helping hand in this situation.
The manager was silent as he heard the name again. There are some people who you never went against, even against the people around. And, Gong Ouyang was such a person. Every one who is associated with the upper echelons of the society knew about the infamous temper and absolute power of Gong Ouyang.
Calmly he called for one of the staff to get him a phone and handed it to Xiaonian implying that she make a call.
A trembling hand took the phone and pulling out her mobile, she opened the message from Feng De and entered his number into the phone.