But dealing with this matter can be postponed for later. The most urgent task right now is to compensate Mu Mingcheng for their faults and to obtain his forgiveness.
Elder Jing said a few words to disperse the crowd. As the most senior person in the event, people listened to his words and were polite to him.
Not everyone was able to witness the joke that just happened between the Jings and Mu Mingcheng. The onlookers dispersed one after the other and continued to converse with their business associates and friends.
The banquet was heated and noisey, but people’s eyes would dart to that one spot consciously or inadvertently.
Once the crowd had dispersed, Master Jing ordered the waiter to bring a few more drinks. He held up his glass and said with a smile, “Mr. Mu, my grandson’s eyes don’t know the height of Mount Tai, and had offended you. Please consider this elder’s reputation and forgive him this one time.”
After saying so, the elder winked at Jing Hao, signaling him to give a toast of apology.
Master Jing thought: ‘Everyone says that Mu Mingcheng is a benevolent man, but who knows whether it’s true or just a pretense.’ Still, this old man in his seventies was taking the initiative to ask for his forgiveness under the public eye. If Mu Mingcheng wants to maintain his reputation, he must accept this cup of wine. Whether his benevolence is true or not will be exposed by his acceptance.
But after some time, Jing Hao still didn’t move. The old man turned and glared at Jing Hao coldly.
Jing Hao was raised by this elder since childhood. The two of them had tacit understanding, so he perfectly understood the meaning within the old man’s stare.
However, Jing Hao had always been a proud young master. Ever since he took over the Jing company, he became even more arrogant. Others can only apologize to him, so why should he bow to another person?
Right now, having him apologize to another man his age left a bad taste in his mouth; it would be humiliating.
Jing Hao pursed his lips. Under the threatening gaze of his elder, he finally had to suppress his pride.
He grabbed a wine cup from the waiter’s tray and walked up to Mu Mingcheng with some effort. Jing Hao calmly said, “Mr. Mu, I wasn’t able to recognize you earlier. It was disrespectful of me.”
It was obvious to see how uncomfortable he felt, and he had to apologize because of his lower identity.
Gu Jin raised a brow when she noticed the blue veins bulging on the back of Jing Hao’s hand. Power was indeed a desirable thing; no wonder so many people were attracted to it.
“I dare not accept it,” Mu Mingcheng replied without a glance at Jing Hao. His eyes turned to the glass of wine offered to him and calmly said with a smile, “If you want to make amends, you might as well say it to my girlfriend.”
He turned to Gu Jin with a deep, gentle gaze and said, “My girlfriend is also used to being spoiled. She shouldn’t serve others nor follow them around.”
Gu Jin tilted her head and stared at Jing Hao’s dark expression. She pushed back the impulse to massage her brows in exasperation, and instead, took a deep breath and smiled back at him.
She sighed to herself internally. Now that she had thoroughly offended the male protagonist, just let the storm come more fiercely.
Elder Jing secretly thought to himself that it was time he arrange several blind dates for Jing Hao. The woman not only should be able to support, she should also be someone who wouldn’t embarrass him in front of others.