Yan Rusheng had initiated this meeting today and he had a hunch that it was because his wife had wanted to acquire the land for Tiny Stars Orphanage. He had planned to wait for him to start the ball rolling and then he would pretend that the matter was tricky before agreeing to his request.
Unexpectedly, he had threatened him right away.
But based on the present circumstances, he had to put his pride aside and swallow his anger in order to build a diplomatic relationship with him.
Even if he didn't want his vote, he had to consider that Yan Rusheng had a hold on him. Yan Rusheng definitely had concrete evidence if he was confident enough to threaten him.
Yan Rusheng's first reaction when Fang Jiayin arrived was to observe Xuxu's reaction.
He was frustrated by her sudden arrival. Why didn't she mention in the past that she had an uncle who was working as a government official in the capital city?
He hoped that this dumb woman wouldn't jump to the conclusion that he had deliberately brought her to meet Fang Jiayin.
The room fell silent and Fang Jiayin glanced at Secretary Liu before turning to Yan Rusheng and Xuxu. She smiled as she asked, "What happened? Did I interrupt your discussion?"
"No, you didn't. Join us for the meal," Secretary Liu laughed and replied Fang Jiayin before picking up his chopsticks.
He urged Yan Rusheng and Xuxu to eat as well.
There was a plate of sirloin right in front of Yan Rusheng and he silently picked up a piece and placed it in Xuxu's bowl.
All this time, he didn't look at Fang Jiayin at all.
Xuxu looked at the tender sirloin for a moment and without a thought, she picked up some vegetables and placed it inside Yan Rusheng's bowl. "You eat too."
She had no idea why she did that but there was a fleeting thrill coursing through her as though she had just sought revenge.
Years ago, Fang Jiayin had always served Yan Rusheng with food and smiled affectionately at him all the time while Xuxu was around.
After that thrill had faded, she felt that she was being too childish.
They were in love at that time; wasn't it normal for them to serve each other food? And she didn't do it on purpose to show her at that time. So by seeking revenge now was simply too ridiculous and unreasonable.
But her little 'revenge' had made Young Master Yan overjoyed and he had the urge to kiss her on her cheeks.
But he was wary that she might assume that he had done that to show Fang Jiayin. So he scrapped the idea.
"President Yan and Madam Yan are truly well-deserving of their reputation for being loving towards each other."
Secretary Liu noticed their interactions and immediately seized this opportunity to talk to Yan Rusheng.
Yan Rusheng shot Secretary Liu an approving look at the topic he had raised.
This old fellow was indeed quite witty and knew how to pander to him.
Fang Jiayin interjected with a smile and said, "I agree. I even read about them on the news when I was overseas."
Xuxu heard her and recalled reading about them on the local websites.
But she didn't see them appearing on the international news though.
Yan Rusheng's flings these years had been reported frequently and Fang Jiayin must have followed his news regularly. Even though she appeared calm and natural, as though she had put the past behind her and had forgotten all about Yan Rusheng, Xuxu's instincts told her that the truth wasn't so simple.
A woman's intuition is very accurate and she believed hers.
So the more natural and composed she seemed, the more she felt that she was hiding something.
Of course, she had hoped that she was just projecting her shortcomings on someone else and that she was simply too sensitive.
Xuxu continued eating as though she wasn't paying any attention to the conversation. Her expression didn't betray her thoughts at all.
Yan Rusheng looked at Fang Jiayin with a haughty expression. He smirked lightly. "Miss Fang, you must be joking. Xuxu and I haven't been on the international news."