Faced with Li Peisong’s interrogation, not only did Shi Lei not panic, he actually smiled confidently.
“Overboard? Me? My father is so old and yet you people fired him for no reason, and you didn’t even let him to seek an explanation from the factory! He began to work there at the age of seventeen. He’s fifty this year. That’s more than thirty years of service, and for what? You fire him now and expect him to find another job? You even used him to set an example! Did my father smash things in the factory or publicly cause trouble? Of course not! He only wanted an explanation and yet he became the example! Is the factory Qin Huaiyuan’s personal toy? He can’t even ask for an explanation!? The house was a benefit from a collective resource. It was from over ten years ago and we spent more than 20,000 yuan on it. Now you people only give us 20,000 yuan back? I would’ve tolerated taking the market price now and calculating the percent of money owed from that time, but what did Qin Huaiyuan do? He forcefully transferred 20,000 yuan into my father’s account and took the house away! He only gave us three days to move! If you were to move, can you do it in three f*cking days? And then my dad got beaten up because he didn’t move! They were even violent toward a woman, so my father opposed and got beaten up like this. Now you, Li Peisong, come and say that I’m going overboard? You people have all the excuses in the whole f*cking world! You want to end everything with 150,000 yuan as compensation? Wow, Qin Huaiyuan sure is kind to bestow that upon us! And you, Li Peisong! You really are bold, aren’t you?! I’m telling you, if it wasn’t for the fact that I was classmates with your son, Li Chen, I would have chased you out immediately. Who the hell do you think you are!?” Li Peisong had never been scolded by anyone like this before. It was even impossible for factory owner Qin Huaiyuan to talk to him in such a tone. His face flashed between red and white, and he couldn’t speak for a long time.
Shi Lei took out his phone and checked the time. “I already said this to Qin Huaiyuan,” he said. “I will give him twelve hours. It was around 4 PM when I said it, so if he can’t give me an answer that can satisfy me before 4 AM, then tell him that bear the consequences himself. It’s 5 PM right now. There is still eleven hours until 4 AM. Well, it’s almost dinner time, Director Li. I won’t keep you!”
Li Peisong was unable to restrain his anger and thought that Shi Lei was being completely unreasonable.“Good, good, good,” he laughed wickedly, nodding his head. “You’ve definitely matured after studying in university. Fine, I’ll wait and see how you make factory owner Qin bear the consequences.” With that, he flung his sleeves and left. He’d originally wanted to talk more about the compensation, but he’d given up after seeing Shi Lei attitude.
After he left the hospital, Li Peisong called Qin Huaiyuan. He didn’t say what Shi Lei had said at the very end, only recounting the other’s requests and mentioning something about the twelve hour limit.
Qin Huaiyuan was shaking from anger as he howled, “Fine, let me see how this brat can make me bear the consequences!” With that, he smashed his phone onto the carpet in the mansion.
Li Peisong pondered for a while, but decided to head toward Qin Huaiyuan’s house. He knew that the man was angry and definitely wouldn’t be nice to him, but he had to go. He didn’t manage to do what Qin Huaiyuan had asked him to do, which may make him even more unhappy. He had to go and properly explain everything.
When he arrived at Qin Huaiyuan’s house, the guards quickly opened the door and greeted him with the words “Director Li.” Li Peisong nodded arrogantly and walked inside with his hands behind his back.
But when he walked up the steps to the mansion, he bowed and said politely, “Chairman Qin, I’m Xiao(1) Li!” He was actually a few years older than Qin Huaiyuan, making it quite shameless for him to address himself as “Xiao Li.”
Qin Huaiyuan opened the door with a stern face and didn’t let him in. “What are you here for?” he asked.
“Chairman Qin, don’t be angry. Let me talk to you inside.”
Qin Huaiyuan glared at him as if complaining about not being able to conduct his business properly, but still made a small gap and allowed Li Peisong to enter.
After he closed the door, Qin Huaiyuan sat down on the couch with a furious look on his face. Li Peisong didn’t dare sit down or even breathe loudly.
“What do you want to say?” Qin Huaiyuan finally asked, then thought that it was inappropriate for him to be the only one sitting, so he pointed to the spot opposite to himself and said, “Sit.”
Li Peisong then bowed and sat down with a smile. “Don’t be angry, Chairman Qin. Your blood pressure will go up. Would you like me to check it?”
Qin Huaiyuan nodded. Li Peisong easily found the blood pressure meter from the cabinet and began to check the other’s blood pressure as if he’d done it a million times.
As the meter was going, Li Peisong said, “Chairman Qin, don’t be angry and lower yourself to that brat’s level. He thinks he’s culturally educated just because he went to study for a few years in Wu Dong. But you were an undergraduate student too. There’s a massive difference between the university now and the university back then. I assume that he met some random lawyer and raved at you, thinking that the lawyer will back him up. Something like twelve hours, 4 AM, what can he really do? And that lawyer’s not even here yet! Apparently, she’ll get here tomorrow. He’s just young and making a big scene.”
Qin Huaiyuan felt much better after hearing this and snorted loudly.
Li Peisong pretended to be surprised and said, “Aiya, your blood pressure really is slightly high! I’ll go grab your medicine…” Qin Huaiyuan was also surprised himself. He looked down to see that the diastolic pressure wasn’t even ninety, and the systolic pressure was just over one hundred thirty. At his age, it was only slightly higher than normal and far from needing to worry.
Seeing that Li Peisong was nodding his head and bowing, Qin Huaiyuan smiled. “Alright, stop that now. How is this high? I had some alcohol for lunch and didn’t rest, so this is normal. Stop busying yourself. Since you’re here, stay for dinner and let’s drink for a bit.”
Li Peisong saw that Qin Huaiyuan was smiling and knew that everything was fine. He immediately answered with his own smile. “Then excuse me for intruding and drinking the good quality wine you’ve collected.”
“You…” Qin Huaiyuan laughed and pointed at Li Peisong. Every single factory owner before him had wanted to get rid of this director because he didn’t know anything other than flattering others, but none of them could live without him. Qin Huaiyuan was no different. He’d heard about Li Peisong’s reputation beforehand and had thought about changing him, but after he came, he realized that this man was the easiest to use. It has been more than ten years and Li Peisong was still sitting securely on the director’s seat. There was even a saying in the factory: The office director is made out of iron and the factory owner is running water. Of course, that was before. The factory owner hadn’t changed ever since Qin Huaiyuan came.
Just as they began to drink, somewhere else, Wei Qing had arrived in Run Zhou.
After Shi Lei had left in the middle of the day, Wei Xingyue and Wei Qing investigated the story themselves and learned what happened. Wei Xingyue finally decided what to do after a brief discussion. “I think you should go to Run Zhou,” she said.
Wei Qing frowned slightly and thought: Although I have a good relationship with him and I’m willing to be friends with him, what about you? You should have a closer relationship with him, right? You’ve even hugged him the moment you saw him, so shouldn’t you go instead?
Seeing that Wei Qing didn’t reply, Wei Xingyue was slightly unhappy and said, “You came to Wu Dong to do a project with my sister, right? I told you clearly before that this project was ordered by my father, and the reason for it is Shi Lei!”
Wei Qing was astonished and didn’t understand what was going on. His cooperation with the Wei family was related to Shi Lei? Perhaps Wei Xingyue’s father also cared about Shi Lei. But why? However, his doubts had also been cleared. No wonder the Wei family specifically told him to negotiate such an important collaboration.