Without even glancing at the doc.u.ments that had piled into a mini hill on his desk, Lu Jinnian replied, "I'm done."
Not pausing, he asked, "What's wrong?"
"Nothing..." Qiao Anhao seemed to have something to say but held it in. She hesitated before replying, "Lu Jinnian, if you aren't busy, you can come to the restaurant on the top floor of Hua Yuan hotel. I'll treat you to dinner."
"Sure, I'll come right now."
After he hung up, he grabbed his jacket and rushed out the door, not even bothering to turn off his computer.
Just then, Lu Jinnian's a.s.sistant came to look for him. Before he could knock on the door, it was yanked open violently, scaring him backwards. He hurriedly greeted, "Mr. Lu."
Lu Jinnian ignore him, taking large strides to the elevator.
His a.s.sistant trailed behind. "Mr. Lu, you have a dinner today..."
Lu Jinnian entered the elevator. Lifting his head, he interrupted, "I haven't switched off my computer, help me do that and remember to close the windows, it might rain."
Before giving his a.s.sistant any opportunity to speak, he closed the elevator door, descending.
Since it was knock off time, the streets were littered with cars. In the end, Lu Jinnian gave up, using the public bus lane.
Even so, it was 7 pm when he finally reached Hua Yuan hotel.
Lu Jinnian hurriedly parked his car before rus.h.i.+ng to the main hall. He took the elevator all the way to the top floor. Without waiting for the waitress to ask, he reported the details, "Table 116, Miss Qiao."
Hua Yuan hotel's top floor restaurant was a rotating restaurant. In the middle of the room was a stage and a girl dressed in a ball gown sat there in front of a piano, playing a melodious tune. The surrounding tables were all facing the window.
After Lu Jinnian walked around the stage, he saw Qiao Anhao sitting alone in a two people table, her head t.i.tled sideways as she looked out the window. He bypa.s.sed the waitress and headed straight to her. When he was about five meters away, he paused.
He had spotted two large suitcases beside her.
The waitress who was left behind walked to Qiao Anhao's table. She turned to look at Lu Jinnian who was three meters away before speaking politely, "Mister, this is your seat."
Qiao Anhao turned in the direction of the waitress's voice. When she saw Lu Jinnian, she waved at him. "Lu Jinnian."
Lu Jinnian's gaze moved from the suitcases, and he walked towards her with uncertainty and confusion. He turned to look at her, trying to decipher her mood.
Why did she bring two suitcase when she asked him out for dinner? Was she in shock because of Xu Jiamu's affair? Was she preparing to leave Beijing? Was this meal her farewell to him?
When Qiao Anhao saw Lu Jinnian's dazed expression, she raised her hand, waving it in front of him. "Hey, Lu Jinnian, stop dreaming! Sit down!"
Lu Jinnian came back to his senses. He nodded lightly, his glance still focused on Qiao Anhao. After about two seconds, he pulled his chair to sit down.