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Chapter 24: A Crazy Night
“The fireworks are beautiful. Thank you.”
When Tang Feng opened the door, Lu Tian Chen was right outside. He stepped aside to let the other man in. Lu Tian Chen closed the door behind him and locked it under Tang Feng’s gaze.
“As long as you like it.” The simple reply carried more impact than the sweetest compliments especially since it came from Lu Tian Chen, a man known to be logical and blunt.
Charles could shower any random stranger with the most flattering praises. However, with each repetition, the praises lost their meaning. Who knew whether Charles really meant what he said?
Lu Tian Chen was a man of few words but when he did speak, it was in a straightforward manner that expressed his thoughts clearly. More often than not, people were more willing to believe and rely on these kinds of people.
Tang Feng couldn’t help but admit that a simple “As long as you like it” made his heart skip despite his years of experience.
“Why did you suddenly decide to set off fireworks? And at 11:11 at that?” Tang Feng turned around and walked toward the bar. He looked back at Lu Tian Chen, who was taking off his jacket and loosening his tie. “Do you want something to drink? Alcohol or coffee?”
Tang Feng brought out two glasses and filled them half-way with ice. He then poured each of them a glass of whisky. He admitted he was indulging, but he rather enjoyed having the chance to indulge occasionally.
“It’s because today’s a special day.” Lu Tian Chen said while unbuttoning the top three buttons of his shirt, revealing a hint of a toned chest. Lu Tian Chen had a rather well-built physique for an Asian man.
If not for his cold expression and his sharp personality, Lu Tian Chen would definitely be more popular. However, Lu Tian Chen’s personality meant that he had high standards for his other half. Having only a beautiful exterior wasn’t enough to satisfy someone like Lu Tian Chen.
If the other party wasn’t someone especially outstanding or someone of strong mind, it would be difficult for them to stand beside Lu Tian Chen and not feel pressured.
Tang Feng glanced over Lu Tian Chen before walking over. He handed a glass of whisky to the president who deliberately brushed his hand against the actor’s as he accepted it.
Sitting opposite from Lu Tian Chen, Tang Feng asked “What’s special about today?”
Tang Feng tilted his head and glanced at the fireworks outside the window. The spectacular display must have cost a fortune.
When he glanced back, he noticed Lu Tian Chen staring at him. It was an earnest gaze. Despite the dazzling fireworks behind him and the glittering night scene of Los Angeles below, it seemed as if Lu Tian Chen only had eyes for him.
At that moment, Tang Feng relived his past life when he had heart disease. He could feel pressure on his chest and a throbbing pain deep in his ribcage. It wasn’t the unpleasant kind of pain though.
Not wanting Lu Tian Chen to notice something was off, Tang Feng raised his glass and took a big drink. He’d already had a few glasses earlier. He could feel his head becoming hazy and his cheeks heating up. He was definitely on the brink of becoming drunk.
“I’ve been thinking over why it seems you’ve become a completely different person after losing your memories. At first, I truly believed it was because you wanted a fresh start. However, a broken vase can’t become an antique even if it returns to the furnace. Similarly, an ignorant, willful, and childish person can’t suddenly become mature, calm, and indifferent.” While speaking, Lu Tian Chen’s eyes did not leave Tang Feng’s.
No wonder Lu Tian Chen was a businessman. He was definitely a force to be reckoned with at the conference table.
Even Tang Feng felt a bit pressured from such an intense gaze. If he looked away or if his expression wavered, Lu Tian Chen would know something was off.
Fortunately, Tang Feng had no plans to evade the question. He’d never planned on leading a false life from the start.
“You’ve said that a lot. But you haven’t answered my question yet. Why is today special? Is it because it’s the first time I’ve gone out with three different men? Or is it because it’s Fiennes’ birthday?” Tang Feng took a drink and smiled.
“11:11. Don’t you understand what that means?” Lu Tian Chen replied mysteriously.
The actor shook his head. He truly didn’t know what 11:11 meant.
“Single,” Lu Tian Chen supplied.
“Huh?” Tang Feng stared at him blankly.
“November 11th is Single’s Day. The reason I set off the fireworks at 11:11 is to celebrate the last day of you being single.” Lu Tian Chen’s reply perplexed Tang Feng even more.
He was single. That was right. When did he stop being single?
Tang Feng confusingly stared at the other. Contrary to his normal calm, the doubtful look he had on his face made him look rather adorable.
Staring at that pair of bright and confused eyes, Lu Tian Chen was struck with how beautiful they were. He didn’t know whether it was because Tang Feng’s eyes were beautiful to begin with or if he had started thinking Tang Feng was beautiful no matter what after falling in love with the actor.
It didn’t matter in the end. As long as he liked what he was seeing.
“I don’t understand what you mean. You’re acting really strange today, Lu Tian Chen.” Tang Feng set his glass down and furrowed his brows.
The second he finished speaking, Lu Tian Chen leaned forward and kissed him on the lips, a simple and fleeting brush. Then, as if nothing just happened, Lu Tian Chen sat back down in his spot.
“I think the reason you called me over is because you have something to say to me,” Lu Tian Chen said.
“You kissed me.” Tang Feng was caught off guard by the sudden change in topic. If Lu Tian Chen was doing it to get his attention, then he was a little too successful.
Who in the world would be capable of discussing secrets with someone who’d just kissed you out of nowhere?
“Yes, I did,” Lu Tian Chen said.
“Are you not even going to explain? You just kissed me!” The more Tang Feng learned about Lu Tian Chen, the stranger and more interesting the latter became. It seems Lu Tian Chen wasn’t as old-fashioned and boring as he initially appeared.
“I’m not used to sleeping alone.” The topic drifted away once again. Tang Feng was simply incapable of following Lu Tian Chen’s train of thought.
“Then why do I remember you sleeping by yourself all the time before? My god, I’m losing my mind.”
Tang Feng didn’t know if it was due to the constant change in topics or the alcohol, but he could feel himself losing his hold on his logic and calm. They sprouted wings and were flapping to fly away, all the while waving and saying goodbye to him.
He rested his hands on his forehead and shook his head. “Enough, Lu Tian Chen. Tell me what you want. I feel like my head is going to explode.”
“Your head won’t explode.”
They’d landed on another strange topic.
“I was making a comparison!” Tang Feng glared at the other. Lu Tian Chen didn’t reply, he simply stared back at the actor.
“No matter how much you stare at me, I won’t turn into a flower.” Unable to stand Lu Tian Chen’s gaze anymore, Tang Feng stood up to cover the other’s eyes. To his surprise, Lu Tian Chen wound an arm around his waist the second he got out of his seat.
By the time he had his hands on Lu Tian Chen’s eyes, the latter had already pulled him into a hug, bringing both of them down onto the couch.
Lu Tian Chen was a businessman, but, as he had already mentioned before, he was also a man.
From the minute he’d confessed to Tang Feng, Lu Tian Chen had already switched from being a businessman to simply being a man.
He leaned forward to kiss the actor again. This time, it wasn’t a simple brush against the lips. There weren’t any fancy techniques to his kiss, but the force of his kiss was enough to make Tang Feng feel as if he were being invaded. It was a kiss that spoke of Lu Tian Chen all over.
By the time his brain had caught up to the situation, it took Tang Feng ten seconds to finally realize that he was being kissed by another man.
No. It was more accurate to say that they were kissing because Tang Feng was also responding.
Perhaps he had been holding himself back for too long, or perhaps his logic had flown out the window, or perhaps it was even because he wanted to let himself go and truly indulge tonight, but Tang Feng gave in and accepted Lu Tian Chen’s kiss.
The president’s mouth was fresh and minty; he had probably brushed his teeth before coming over.
When Lu Tian Chen pulled his bathrobe open and moved down to kiss his collarbone and shoulder, Tang Feng understood.
Everything had been planned beforehand. Lu Tian Chen probably started planning how they were going to spend the night together while they were still tomb sweeping.
November 11th was Single’s Day and today was supposedly the day he stopped being single. But just because they slept together didn’t mean that he had stopped being single.
Lu Tian Chen noticed that Tang Feng was lost in thought. Out of mischief, he reached down between Tang Feng’s legs. The sudden touch jolted the actor out of his thoughts and made him kick out at Lu Tian Chen.
“First time. My mistake.”
Tang Feng rolled his eyes and glared at the other. Soon, his expression changed to one of surprise as he watched Lu Tian Chen move down and open his mouth.
It was truly a crazy night.
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To understand things better, the story will have to backtrack to two days ago.
Su Yi Mo had been contemplating over and over again, things as they were now just did not sit right with him. If Ran Feng Ge’s situation remained unclear, then it would be impossible to save Jing Qiu Lan, and he would have to sacrifice someone from his side.
Feeling such unease has never been a trait of Su Yi Mo, even if he had to lose a substantial amount of assets, the normal him would require the same amount of returns back.
Staying still like a sitting duck was not doing him any good, he might as well do something about his current situation.
Therefore, he decided to activate the tracking device he had previously installed into Jing Qiu Han’s phone, finally identifying Lan Kuang’s location.
The location was in ‘A’ city, and it was naturally part of Su Yi Mo’s territory, his subordinates started to work out finding leads as soon as they got the order from above.
If Lan Kuang finds out that the information Ran Feng Ge handed him was accurate, he will not let this chance to bring down Su Yi Mo go. He would definitely try his hand at the goods in the harbour.
Against someone like Lan Kuang, a direct approach will be fruitless and will only serve as an excuse for Lan Kuang to take out Ran Feng Ge. There was only one method against someone like him, a feint to turn the tides.
Two days later
Lan Kuang did indeed bring his men to the harbour, however, even before he had a chance to launch his attack, a trusted subordinate contacted him to inform him, Su Yi Mo and his men were getting ready to raid a nightclub that Lan Kuang owned.
This nightclub cost Lan Kuang a lot before it was established, and for such a nightclub to exist in ‘A’ city where the Su family was in charge meant that if Su Yi Mo were to set his eyes upon it, then all the troubles Lan Kuang had gone through to open it would come to naught.
There was no need for him to lose such an important asset over an issue so minor.
Lan Kuang quickly ordered his men to stand down on the raid at the harbour and instead decided to focus on the defence of the nightclub.
Taking out Jing Qiu Han’s phone which he took from Ran Feng Ge, Lan Kuang decided to give Su Yi Mo a call.
In actuality, Su Yi Mo did not intend to join the raid on the nightclub, he was merely vetting through the information his subordinates were providing him, slowly eliminating the possible locations where Ran Feng Ge could have been held at.
At the sound of his phone ringing, Su Yi Mo felt a smile pulling at the corner of his lips. He took his time to answer the call and did not utter a single word once the call was put through.
On the other end of the line, Lan Kuang refused to say a word as well.
Both sides were silent.
After a long while, Lan Kuang finally asked “So you know everything?”
“What do I know?” Su Yi Mo replied.
With a small chuckle, Lan Kuang said “Ah, this whole thing involving your Ah Qiu!”
Hearing that, Su Yi Mo’s eyebrows knotted together, what exactly did Lan Kuang mean by that? Unless Lan Kuang capturing Ran Feng Ge was not just a punishment? Did he actually know everything Jing Qiu Han’s double? Or… is he saying all of this as a means to unsettle him?
“Ah Qiu will not be going back to your side ever again. He promised me that he will stay by my side.” Lan Kuang replied smugly, “Young master Su’s expectations are so refined, I doubt you ever truly liked Ah Qiu. Everything you had before, wasn’t that just a performance?”
This move Lan Kuang played was indeed smart, regardless of whether Jing Qiu Han was indeed a double agent, keeping him forcefully still proves his worth as a useful pawn piece.
Because of the initial text message Su Yi Mo had sent him, Lan Kuang already ascertained a simple fact. Su Yi Mo was willing to go to any lengths for Jing Qiu Han.
Su Yi Mo targeting Lan Kuang’s nightclub in ‘A’ city was evidence enough of his affection for Jing Qiu Han.
What else could be said here on out?
Admit to Lan Kuang that he does care for Jing Qiu Han? And then what? And if he were to refute his affection for Jing Qiu Han, then this would lead Ran Feng Ge to his demise at the hands of Lan Kuang.
“Who would be so distasteful as to let young master Lan enjoy someone I’ve used already?” Su Yi Mo said nonchalantly, “What we have between us should naturally be kept between us. If young master Lan would be so kind to compromise a little, then there is no doubt that I will do the same for you.”
A deep guttural laugh escaped Lan Kuang’s lips, his voice laced with contempt, “Su Yi Mo, these lies of yours can only be used for the dead! If you were willing to compromise, then you wouldn’t have targeted my nightclub!”
“Since you have already seen through my plans, there is no need for me to pretend any further. If young master Lan fancies Qiu Han that much, then keep him. I’ve already had enough fun with him anyways.” With that said, Su Yi Mo ended the call.
This was a gamble.
Su Yi Mo was gambling that the suspicion his words would raise would lead to Lan Kuang heading over to the location where he was holding Ran Feng Ge.
Su Yi Mo was just emulating Lan Kuang’s thought pattern.
Lan Kuang did indeed get suspicious. Unless… what if Su Yi Mo’s ultimate target wasn’t the bar, but instead it was just a diversion with his main target being the rescue of Jing Qiu Han?
Regardless of the tricks Su Yi Mo was playing, in order to prevent his plans from falling through, Lan Kuang decided to head down to where Jing Qiu Han was being kept.
Su Yi Mo’s eyes followed the little red dot on his phone, it was heading in the direction of the last few locations Ran Feng Ge could have been held. At last, the red dot was circling around outside a workshop in the west side of the city.
Whilst driving, Lan Kuang was tossing a little object up into the air and letting it drop back down into the palm of his hand. He had long since discovered the tracking device that had been installed into Jing Qiu Han’s phone and it was not hard to guess that this was what Su Yi Mo was using to try and find him.
Driving the car towards the west was but a method to attract the snake out of the hole.
Su Yi Mo, if you have the guts to come, come. I will have a huge gift waiting for you!
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