The relaxing weekend quickly passed, and a refreshed Pei Ge returned to the office.
"Good morning, Manager."
"Good morning, Sister Xinlei."
Pei Ge greeted each colleague with a bright smile.
"Sister Xinlei, did you not get enough sleep yesterday?" Pei Ge asked Pan Xinlei with concern when she saw her yawn.
"Mhm-mhm. My son had a high fever last night, so I stayed up all night." Pan Xinlei nodded her head as she said this in a helpless voice.
"How is he now? Is it serious?" Pei Ge asked worriedly.
"I sponged him the whole night to cool down his temperature, and now he's feeling better," Pan Xinlei replied with a wry smile.
"That's good, then." Pei Ge nodded her head. Seeing the fatigue written all over Pan Xinlei's face, she suggested softly, "If you're feeling too tired, maybe you should take the rest of the day off."
"With the change in management, it's quite inappropriate for me to take a day off. Don't worry; I'm just a little tired." Pan Xinlei weakly smiled at Pei Ge.
"Alright. If there's anything you need help with, just let me know," Pei Ge offered sincerely.
"Mhm-kay." Pan Xinlei nodded her head appreciatively.
Very quickly, Pei Ge regretted her offer, though.
Of course, her regret was not for offering to help Pan Xinlei, but....
"Ge Ge, the CEO has scheduled a meeting in the afternoon. Could you attend it in my stead and record the minutes of the meeting? I feel a little lightheaded, so I may accidentally fall asleep if I go."
Pei Ge dazedly looked Pan Xinlei, her whole being on the verge of tears.
Ahhh! That annoying male host of a CEO is back again! I have to be in the same room as him, too!
"What's wrong?" Pan Xinlei asked perplexedly when she saw the weird expression on Pei Ge's face.
"Oh, nothing. Just a little nervous," Pei Ge shook her head as she gave this reason.
"I see! What's there to be nervous about? You're really good at what you do, so there's nothing for you to worry!" Pan Xinlei encouraged with a smile.
Oh... Why was her life so dire?
Just thinking of how she had to mess her hair again like a nutcase made her heart sink.
Still, no matter how unwilling she was, she could only grab the booklet for recording meeting minutes and walk toward the conference room with Li Qin.
"Ge Ge, didn't I ask you to tidy up your hair?"
It was only after Li Qin entered the conference room that she noticed Pei Ge's messy hair. Her forehead creased at the sight.
Abashed, Pei Ge bit her lips and reasoned, "I don't have a comb...."
"You could've at least combed your hair with fingers. How can you be considered as a white collar worker with hair like that?" Li Qin asked with a slight rebuke.
Pei Ge blinked her eyes and sheepishly replied, "I'll tidy up after the meeting; the meeting is more important."
Seeing Li Qin eventually drop the matter, Pei Ge heaved a sigh of relief. She then placed the booklet in front of her and waited for the meeting to start.
Compared to the first day she had found out that the male host was the CEO, she was not as nervous.
This was especially the case since she was seated far away from the CEO during this meeting.
"Good afternoon, CEO Ji!"
Ji Ziming pushed the conference room door open and walked inside with a cold expression on his face. Without even saying anything, his presence was enough to make everyone in the conference room straightened up in their seats.
Pei Ge glanced briefly at Ji Ziming who had finally arrived for the meeting and lowered her head just as fast. Although there was quite a distance between them, she did not dare to look directly at him.
Ji Ziming coldly scanned the people present in the room and, when he spotted a woman with messy, blonde hair, his forehead slightly creased. He then shifted his gaze away from the unpleasant sight.
"The agenda for today's meeting is to give you all a better idea of the company's situation...."
As Ji Ziming rattled on, Pei Ge quickly jotted down the main points in Pan Xinlei's booklet.
Pei Ge noted that despite Ji Ziming's pretty-boy appearance, he actually was a man of substance based on his words right now, and she slightly changed her biased opinion of him.
However, just as she was beginning to have a favorable impression of him, that budding thought was quickly destroyed by Ji Ziming.
"At this point, I would like to remind everyone that this is an office space. You can't control how you really look like, but I hope that you'll still maintain an image that can be taken seriously. If you can't even maintain a good image, how can you do a good job?" Ji Ziming said sharply.
Hearing Ji Ziming's words, Pei Ge could not help but feel like it was a personal attack.
The more she listened, the surer she was that Ji Ziming was talking about her!
"Like someone's hair I really don't know where she's getting the courage to walk out of her house looking like that."
"..." Damn it! My hair is always styled so beautifully when I leave the house! If not for you, I won't be having this hair! You idiot!
"I'll stop here regarding the image issue, but I hope everyone here will take my words seriously. After all, an employee's appearance represents the whole company." Ji Ziming's eyes cast a look at the person who was sitting far from him with her head lowered.
Do you have to be so obvious?! Pei Ge could feel everyone's eyes on her now because of Ji Ziming.
"Did you hear what CEO Ji just said? Next time, please take note of your image," Li Qin, who was sitting next to Pei Ge, softly chided.
Pei Ge nodded her head and whispered, "Mhm, I will."
Although she said that, she stared at Ji Ziming, who was at the CEO's seat, with fuming eyes.
Idiot! Idiot! Idiot! You're just finding fault in me! Idiot, idiot, big idiot!
Just as he was sharing his plans, Ji Ziming suddenly sneezed, "Achoo!"
The loud sneeze echoed through the room, causing the people present to be shaken awake.
Ji Ziming continued to conduct the meeting expressionlessly, as though nothing out of the ordinary had just happened, even when he felt everyone's curious eyes on him.
However, his thoughts were completely different from his outward expression.
Damn it! Who was scolding him just now?