"Who told you to say yes?" Li Jingran pinched the girl's wrist as if to punish her. He lowered his eyes and stared at her. "You're already living in the Li residence, and you still want to push me away?"
Xu Wanwan's eyes instantly widened. "Ah... Ah?"
Wasn't he just acting? What did he mean by that? Was he too deep in character?
Mother Li was also unhappy. "Jingran, what are you doing? Don't touch that girl."
"Mom, I'm officially informing you now. She's mine." Li Jingran's tone was a little arrogant, and his attitude was exceptionally firm. There was not a hint of falsehood in his eyes. "It's better for you to put aside other thoughts."
When Mother Li heard this, her lips trembled with anger. In order to maintain a good image, she even drank several mouthfuls of water before she eased up.
Father Li stood up and said in a stern voice, "Li Jingran, who gave you permission to fool around! I'm telling you, we have already agreed with the Zhou family that the marriage between the two of you will have to be settled sooner or later."
"I don't agree," Li Jingran vetoed immediately.
"It's not up to you to decide! In a family like ours, it's always the parents' order and the matchmaker's word. You have to agree, even if you don't want to!"
Mother Li also chimed in, "Jingran, it doesn't matter if you haven't figured it out yet. I'll bring Xiaolin to visit you personally in a couple of days."
Li Jingran could hear the threat in their words. He could not be bothered to dwell on them. He grabbed Xu Wanwan's hand and got up to leave.
He even took away the gifts that Xu Wanwan had given to the two elders before leaving.
Father and Mother Li were so furious they could not help but say some unpleasant words.
Xu Wanwan could not keep up with Li Jingran's footsteps as they walked out of the Li family's old mansion. She gasped for breath and reached out to pull him gently. "Can... can you walk slower?"
Li Jingran calmed down and suddenly turned around, pulling the girl into his arms. He looked at her with a heavy gaze. "You don't have to take what my parents said to heart."
"I didn't take them to heart." After an afterthought, Xu Wanwan whispered. "What they said makes sense. It's time for you to think about your life."
"Although I live in your house, I also don't want to delay your marriage. Also, I know you just wanted to put an act in front of your parents, but I think what they said makes sense."
Li Jingran frowned as he reached out to pinch the girl's face, laughing in exasperation. "Do you really want to see me get married so bad?"
"Well... It's just a matter of time." Xu Wanwan sighed lightly, a sense of loss flashing deep in her eyes.
Anyway, it's not like he would marry her. With her living in the Li family home, she would have to face it sooner or later.
Li Jingran's thin lips curved slightly, deliberately scaring her. "Aren't you afraid that it would be bad for you if I get married?"
Xu Wanwan tilted her head and gave it a serious thought for a while, but her heart was still feeling a little disappointed.
If he were to marry someone else, she wouldn't be able to trouble him anymore. Perhaps it would really be bad for her.
But what can she do about it?
He didn't belong to her. Sooner or later, he would have to get married and have children. He would have to live his own life.
Xu Wanwan pursed her lips and stubbornly said, "I'm not afraid. If you don't treat me well anymore, I'll move out."
As if in a fit of pique, she added, "I won't look for you anymore."
Li Jingran kept a straight face. Seeing that she didn't care at all, he said in a low voice, "I won't get married for the time being."
"Oh." Xu Wanwan didn't show much emotion on the surface, but in her heart, she was a little happy.
When he got back to the Li family home, Li Jingran received a message from a friend in the city.
He had carefully read Xu Wanwan's proof report several times and finally came to the conclusion that this piece of land would really be in conflict with the development of the country. A timely sale would be the best strategy.
Li Jingran turned off the computer and held the proof report in his hand. When he thought of Xu Wanwan's serious collection of information, the corners of his lips curled up slightly.
She had really helped him big time.
At the meeting the next day, Li Jingran publicly rejected the proposal submitted for the construction of the commercial building.
The company's senior management expressed great confusion, thinking that Li Jingran had been deceived by Xu Wanwan's words. They could not help but come forward to voice their doubts.
"Director Li, you asked us to do the proposal before. What exactly went wrong that made you reject all of it?"
"Yes, this piece of undeveloped land still has a lot of value. The company should make use of it in a timely manner."
"Director Li, please give us a reasonable explanation."
Li Jingran did not say much. He took out the proof report given by Xu Wanwan and said lightly, "This analyzes the country's twenty-year development plan, and the company will definitely be in conflict with the country by developing this piece of land."
One by one, the company's senior executives passed around the proof report, and after they read it, they could not help but sigh.
"Right, how come we didn't think of this? Who was the one who discovered such an important point?"
"Xu Wanwan put this idea forward yesterday. The proof report seems to be hers too..."
"Xu Wanwan? A high school student who hasn't even gone to university. What kind of magic does she have to be able to discover these things?"
"Sigh, it seems that we are getting old. The students are surpassing the masters. There are talented people emerging from every generation."
Seeing everyone's surprised reaction, Li Jingran was in a good mood. He slightly curved his lips and asked, "Does anyone have any objections?"
"Since it conflicts with national development, these plans should naturally be scrapped."
"Director Li, we have no objections."
A few of them saw Li Jingran leave after the meeting adjourned, and they immediately became restless.
"Oh my God, I think I saw Director Li smile just now! After so many meetings, this is the first time I've seen him smile."
"I can be sure that Director Li has been in a good mood recently. It seems that our good days are just around the corner."
"Tsk, why do I feel that this is all thanks to Xu Wanwan? If she hadn't discovered this loophole in time, Director Li wouldn't have been so happy."
"It seems like we've misunderstood that little girl. When we have the chance, we should treat that girl to a meal."
Li Jingran walked out of the conference room and went straight to the Internship Department. He was in a good mood today. After he saw Xu Wanwan, he seemed to have changed into a different person and not someone indifferent at all. "Come with me to the office."
Xu Wanwan looked at him in confusion. Seeing that his face did not look not serious, she felt relieved. "Okay."
Having entered the president's office, Xu Wanwan cautiously asked, "Do you have something to tell me?"
"The proof report you gave me is correct. That piece of land really cannot be used for commercial development." The tall and long-legged Li Jingran halted in front of the French window, standing there and looking down at the traffic down below. She was unable to discern the emotions in his tone. "You've helped me a lot. Do you have anything that you want? I'll give it to you."
Xu Wanwan finally relaxed her nervous mood.
She had thought that it was because she had not done her job well and that she was called in to get scolded.
But who would have thought that Li Jingran would call her to the office and ask her what she wanted?
She had a rough guess and quickly refused. "It's okay. I'm now a member of the company.. It's only right for me to do something for the company."