Chapter 79: Distracted
T/N: Next release, on day after tomorrow guys. (✿◠‿◠)
For the third time, Xiaonian absentmindedly put another piece of vegetable on Gong Ouyang’s plate leaving the big meaty pieces inside the pot.
Gong Ouyang’s eyebrows twitched in a mixture of confusion and frustration. His good food stayed in the pot and he was being fed only goat food.
Who cared for these vegetables?
The maids standing behind started sweating bullets as they watched Xiaonian act as if her thoughts were a million miles away. Wasn’t she scared?
Their boss was a fire a breathing dragon when he is displeased, ah!
Gong Ouyang finished his vegetables and looked expectantly at the pot filled with meat pieces.
A maid noticed that Xiaonian’s eyes were still glued to her own plate and hurriedly moved to serve her master.
Gong Ouyang looked at her with displeasure but let her serve. As soon as the food was his plate, his attention was once again focused on his food.
It was only after he was done that he noticed Xiaonian’s non-participation. Usually, she would reach for a dish and serve him as soon as he saw it, but today she did not move much and the maids did most of the serving. It really made his meal a little less appealing.
When he looked up at Xiaonian sitting before him, she was still dazedly picking her beans, one by one as if she wasn’t really looking at them.
Did the woman have a problem?
Last time she was silent for a long time, he thought she was rebelling, but it was only later he learnt that she was running a high fever. the whole house had to scramble finding a doctor and taking care of her.
She really was so unreliable.
He looked closely at her face to see if she looked like she was ill. But her skin looked as fair and as soft as always.
Not able to bear it any longer, Gong Ouyang directly called for her attention to only be responded with silence.
What? He wasn’t even worth her attention now?
Seeing his quickly worsening mood, a maid immediately stepped towards Xiaonian and gently prodded her.
Xiaonian came to her senses with a quick jerk and looked stupidly at the silent maid at her side.
“What are you doing being lost in thoughts? Can’t you hear me calling you?” Gong ouyang asked sourly.
“Ah? You called?” Xiaonian asked dumbly. When did he do that? She did not hear a thing.
“Do you have a fever again? Is that why you are zoning out?”
Gong Ouyang made a sound of impatience, “Do you have a fever?” he asked again loudly.
Did he think she was suffering from fever because she was inattentive?
Xiaonian’s face broke out into an amused smile.
“What?” Gong Ouyang’s voice sounded irritated.
“Nothing,” Xiaonian said gently, “I was thinking that you are getting better at noticing things.”
Gong Ouyang frowned, “does that mean, you have a fever?” How delicate is this woman? She gets ill at the drop of a hat. How can he raise her if she’s like this?
“No, I don’t have a fever. I was just caught up in my thoughts, that’s all,” Xiaonian explained. She quickly looked at the empty dishes before her and realized that she did not really serve him anything. No wonder he looked like that.
Gong Ouyang visibly relaxed when he heard that she was not ill. “What’s so important that you forgot about your dinner?” he asked leaning back into his chair and sipping his water.
Xiaonian nibbled on her food, “I overheard a woman I know talk about something and it made me curious.” She did not want to explain about Shi Yue and complicate this matter with Gong Ouyang.
“Oh. If you are really that curious and want to know more why don’t you just do it properly? Tap her phone,” Gong Ouyang suggested blithely as if he wasn’t talking about something illegal.
Xiaonian heard his explanation and choked on her food, coughing out loud.
“Thank you,” she thanked the maid who passed her the glass of water.
“You just offhandedly suggested something illegal, you know?” she told Gong Ouyang after drinking some water to stop her coughing. That really hurt. Her windpipe was aching.
“It’s only illegal if you get caught,” Gong Ouyang said with a wicked smile lighting up his face.
For a moment she thought that this must be how the devil look like. Tempting people with ridiculously reasonable ideas and dragging them over to the dark side while still pasting on a wicked smile on a handsome face.
The conversation between Shi Yue and Wen Yan had been bugging Shi Yue so much that she kept repeating their words over and over gain in her head. What intrigued her more was the connection between Tang Yi and Shi Yue.
The way Tang Yi warned her about Shi Yue, she really wanted to know if there really is anything to it. And, despite her moral misgivings, she agreed that she was slightly tempted by Gong Ouyang’s idea.
“Um, assuming I want to, how do I go about it?” she asked him tentatively.
Gong Ouyang’s eyes lit up with interest. Although he liked Xiaonian as she was, he had to agree that her interest in illegal methods to snoop around made a mischievous part of him like her even more.
He felt as if he was smearing her with his colors and making her his. This was much more pleasurable than pressing her down in the bed.
“It’s quite easy. You just have to infect her phone with a spy virus.”
“Um,… and how do I do this?” She squirmed uncomfortably in her chair.
“Just send her a message. And when she opens it, the software will be automatically downloaded.”
Xiaonian looked at him in surprise. That’s all? Didn’t that just sound too easy?
“Of course, I personally developed it. It is quite easy. The message even mimics a familiar number from her contact book. There is no way it won’t work, you have Gong Ouyang’s personal guarantee,” he said with a tinge of pride coloring his words.
Xiaonian was slightly impressed at his skill. She knew he liked making softwares for his company and he even helped his company technical team, but she did not know that he was this good.
But a small part of her was still suspicious that he would give it her easily.
“So, will you lend this software to me?” she asked softly, not looking directly at him.
Gong Ouyang laughed at her evasive manner, “Of course, but I need you to do something for me.”
Xiaonian quickly looked up at him and waited for his answer. She was still paying for the phone, will he add more hours sorting through his documents?
“This weekend, accompany me somewhere.”
Xiaonian thought it wasn’t a bad deal. “Like, a party?” As long as it was away from people she knew, she really did not mind.
“No, not a party. Somewhere private. What do you say?”
Xiaonian was confused. Bt she felt better knowing that it wasn’t a party. If it’s just accompanying him, why not? She was doing it now staying here.
“Good. Come to my office and pick it up later. I’ll ask Feng De to keep it ready for you in a flash drive. He’ll instruct you on how to use it properly.”
And just like that, Xiaonian started spying on Shi Yue’s phone calls.