Qiao Anhao's complexion had a thin layer of foundation, and her eyes quivered with hints of shyness. Her voice was mellow and delicate. "Brother Jiamu, Happy Birthday."
Lu Jinnian lips lingered with Qiao Anhao's warm breath. He stared at her for a while, moving his lips, and then lowered his eyes to mask the raging emotions beneath them. The corner of his lips curved into a hint of a smile. A flurry of graceful and composed servants brought over a knife and he started to cut the cake.
After eating the cake, guests started to leave one after the other. Qiao Anhao and Lu Jinnian stood at the Xu family doors, politely escorting the guests to their cars. One luxury car after another drove out of the Xu family mansion. Not long after, the mansion was completely empty. In an instant, the previously rowdy place fell overtly silent.
The servants came in and out of the mansion, cleaning up after the party.
Qiao Anhao and Lu Jinnian followed behind Xu Wanli and Han Ruchu just beneath the steps to the mansion, then stopped. Qiao Anhao called out to Xu Wanli and Han Ruchu, who stood half a meter in front of her, "Uncle Xu, Aunt Xu..."
Xu Wanli and Han Ruchu stopped in their tracks and turned their heads at the same time. Perhaps it was because Xu Wanli had drank a little, his face was completely red.
Qiao Anhao pursed her lips into a smile before courteously saying her goodbyes, "We won't be going in. It's late, we'll head out first."
Lu Jinnian didn't even make a sound, as he strode directly over to his own car. He opened the car door and sat in, then pulled the car up in front of Qiao Anhao. He pulled down the car window but didn't say a word, only pressed the car horn. His eyes stared blankly in front of him, never bothering to look at Xu Wanli and Han Ruchu.
Qiao Anhao immediately waved at the two of them. She opened the door and sat down, then put her head out the window and called out to them, "Goodbye."
Xu Wanli and Han Ruchu also said "Goodbye" to Qiao Anhao, and then gave her a few caring words. Lu Jinnian silently stared up front, waiting for them to politely bid farewell. Then he stepped on the accelerator, turned the steering wheel, and slowly started up the car. He drove out of the Xu family manor.
From the Xu family manor to Mian Xiu Garden, they pa.s.sed the most bustling street of the city.
Night cleaning trucks had just pa.s.sed, and so the streets were wet. Under the traffic lights, rays of light reflected brightly.
Lu Jinnian pulled the car window down, and the cool night breeze slowly came in, making the ride feel particularly comfortable.
The birthday party lasted several hours long, and Qiao Anhao had been drinking, so was quite tired. As soon as she got in the car, she leaned back and shut her eyes to take a nap, as she thought about giving Lu Jinnian a surprise when they got home.
Lu Jinnian's car was playing a soothing song by a charming female singer. Lu Jinnian couldn't recall the song, but he felt that the melody wasn't bad. After hearing a few lines, he turned his head and glanced over at Qiao Anhao. He saw her eyes were shut, as though she had already fallen sleep, and so he raised his arm and casually turned off the music.
It was quiet in the car. Only the sound of car horns going off were occasionally could be heard from outside.
Qiao Anhao didn't sleep, but she shut her eyes to get some rest. Suddenly, she heard that there was no more music. She opened her eyes and coincidentally, through the side view mirror outside the window, saw Lu Jinnian turn his head, concentrating on his driving,.