Honeyed Marriage - Chapter 59
Translated and edited by CutieBinkie
In the afternoon, Zhou Mengyan and others held the first round of cooperation talks at the Fangyuan Exhibition Center in the Garden Center.
The hot tea on hand rose up, and was refilled after it had cooled, repeating the same.
The outside sunlight is getting weaker, gradually giving off a golden color, putting a layer of glow on the horizon.
At 5 o’clock in the evening, the people in the box stood up one after another. Shen Zhou said that the talks came to an end for a while, and it was time for dinner. Eat first and continue tonight.
Zhai Zhen and Zhou Mengyan chatted with each other and walked out. Zhong Zhanjing received a call from a friend and walked slowly behind.
“Will you be too lonely to celebrate your birthday in another city today? Didn’t you say that you would like to cancel this trip arrangement?”
“Work is important,” Zhong Zhan said with a grin, “And who said that I am alone?”
“What do you mean?”
“He… is also here.”
A few seconds later, the friend said who “he” was referring to, “Zhou Mengyan? What a coincidence?”
“It’s not a coincidence.”
In fact, two days ago, she heard from Shen Zhou that Zhou Mengyan said that he was coming.
“That’s good, but I am still worried that you will be lonely all by yourself. Now that I think about it, you must be very happy.”
Zhong Zhanjing walked outside while on the phone, passing through one side of the courtyard, and happened to see Zhou Mengyan talking with a garden staff.
When she passed by, she heard Zhou Mengyan’s low voice: “Yes, it’s a birthday.”
Zhong Zhan heard the sound quietly, and suddenly stopped.
The staff said, “Then I recommend Bingquan Restaurant. The environment for birthday banquets there is very good. If you have specific needs, you can tell us. By the way, this is our dessert menu today. See if you need anything. We can do it for you…”
Zhou Mengyan lowered his head to turn over the menu, and saw that the first page turned out to be a cheese mocha cake.
“Mr Zhou, our chef’s special recommendation for the cheese mocha cake is limited today. Would you like to have one? And this matcha pudding cake is also very good…”
Zhou Mengyan just remembered what Gu Yuan said yesterday, and then closed the menu, “Let’s have a cheese mocha cake.”
“Okay, when do I need to send it to you?”
“After the evening meeting.”
After the staff left, Zhong Zhanjing just listened to the whole process, and called her name for the third time on the other end of the phone, “Hey, are you listening?”
She recovered, “I am.”
“Why don’t you speak?”
Zhong Zhanjing looked at the back of the man in front, her heart exploded like fireworks, turned and walked in the other direction, the corners of her lips smiled, “No, I just learned a happy thing.”
“Zhou Mengyan wants to celebrate my birthday tonight.”
“Wow, did he tell you?!”
Zhong Zhanjing raised her head and looked at the early white moon on the horizon, with a sweet heart, “No, he should have wanted to surprise me, but I heard it by accident.”
No wonder Zhou Mengyan did not mention her birthday all day today.
She thought he had forgotten, but it turned out that he had never forgotten, and he even prepared a dessert for her.
On the other side, Zhai Zhen returned to Zhou Mengyan after going to the bathroom, and the two went to the restaurant.
Zhou Mengyan said: “Brother Zhai Zhen, I just asked the staff for you by the way. They said that there is a restaurant in this garden called ‘Bingquan Restaurant’, which is suitable for birthdays. You can inform them of what you need to arrange.”
“Great, please help me ask, I will go back tonight with Qiu An. Tomorrow night, I will take Jiajia there for his birthday.”
Zhai Zhen laughed, “I didn’t intend to bring Jiajia here this time, mainly because of his birthday, and thinking that instead of making up for him, it is better to bring him over to play, and the child is happier.”
Zhou Mengyan nodded, “That’s it.”
The two went to the restaurant and joined Qiu An and Ruan Yan.
The two families sat facing each other. Zhou Mengyan’s eyes fell on Ruan Yan’s newly edited hairstyle and Hanfu skirt. Qiu An asked him, “Well, is Ruan Yan particularly beautiful in this suit? We went to the Hanfu Museum today. I picked the best fit for Ruan Yan.”
The girl has dark hair and crimson lips, and a layer of faint shimmering under her eyelids, showing white porcelain, her face is full of light, impeccable, and she wears a pale green Hanfu long dress, like a beauty in an ancient painting.
Ruan Yan’s complexion turned red when she heard the words. The next moment she heard a faint cry from a man next to her, she felt her cheeks become hotter.
He does say the same in front of outsiders…
Zhai Zhen held Qiu An’s hand, “What did you do this afternoon?”
“In the afternoon we went to the back garden, and just went to the tavern next to sit down. By the way, there is a market in Yuanhu East tonight. I plan to go shopping, do you want to be together?”
“We will have a meeting tonight.”
“Ah… it’s a pity.”
Zhai Zhen: “It’s okay. If it ends early tonight, I will accompany you.”
After having dinner together, Zhou Mengyan and Zhai Zhen returned to the convention and exhibition center just now. After sitting down inside for a while, Zhong Zhanjing also came, with two fruit salads in her hands, and divided them between them: “Would you like to try it?”
Zhai Zhen thanked him.
Zhong Zhanjing sat quietly next to Zhou Mengyan, helped him open the lid, and pushed it in front of him: “Aren’t you going to eat?”
“No thank you.”
Zhou Mengyan lowered his head and continued to read the documents, Zhong Zhanjing thought of tonight, and raised the corners of her lips, looking forward to it in her heart.
The evening meeting lasts until nine o’clock.
After the whole day of the trip today is over, everyone can start their own activities.
Zhai Zhen was going to find Qiu An, so he left early. Zhou Mengyan and Zhong Zhanjing walked out of the exhibition center, and the man sent a message to Ruan Yan: [Where. 】
Ruan Yan came back and said: [Just now Sister Qiu An took me to a place called ‘Tao Xian Pavilion’. 】
Zhou Mengyan: [I am past now. 】
The man put his mobile phone in his pocket, when a staff member stepped forward and gave a delicate box: “Mr Zhou, this is a cheese mocha cake made for you.”
Zhong Zhanjing next to him fell on the box, and a light flashed under her eyes.
Zhou Mengyan accepted the thanks and walked forward. Zhong Zhanjing naturally moved forward with him and spoke to him, “The first time I feel that a business trip is also a pleasure, the environment here is really great.”
Zhong Zhanjing chatted with him, and the man responded lukewarm as usual.
At a fork in the road, she turned her head to look at Zhou Mengyan, and tentatively asked, “Are you going to the left or the right?”
He raised his head and looked at the signs on the left: [Bingquan Restaurant, Taoxian Pavilion, Ming’an Street. 】
“Well, let’s go together.”
Zhong Zhanjing saw that he chose the direction where the Bingquan Restaurant was located. When she thought of hearing the conversation between him and the staff in the afternoon, her heartbeat could not help speeding up.
He really wants to celebrate her birthday.
There will only be two of them tonight.
For so many years, she has been abroad for her birthday, and he has no way to be by her side, as if a corner of her heart is missing. But this year, everything seems to have been compensated.
She even started to think, and later Zhou Mengyan told her happy birthday, how she should reply, and then she will not be so excited…
Continually moving forward along the stone road under the street lamp, the surrounding quiet and peaceful, the two walked alone, Zhong Zhanjing’s lips wore a gentle smile, feeling that the ambiguous feelings were constantly wrapping the two of them.
She lifted her long hair that was blown by the wind, and said softly, “Meng Yan, I think of high school time, do you still have it? You used to like to stay in the class after school to do problems in high school, and sometimes I would stay and do questions, your mother often invites me to eat at your house.
Also, before, when you participated in the school basketball game, all of our class skipped class at that time, and we went to cheer you…”
She recalled the past, talking and speaking, her mood was getting better and better, Zhou Mengyan beside her suddenly cut off her words: “I will pick Ruan Yan.”
Zhong Zhan was taken aback for a moment, “What, what…?”
The man walked up a section of stone steps and turned to the Taoxian Pavilion above.
A few steps ahead is the Bingquan Restaurant. Zhong Zhanjing didn’t react for a while, and quickly followed. When she reached the last step, she found a black hair sitting in front of the stone table in the Taoxian Pavilion. Girl with red lips–
It is Ruan Yan.
Zhong Zhan was stunned and watched the man walk up to Ruan Yan and said, “Let’s go.”
Ruan Yan heard Zhou Mengyan’s voice, stood up, waved her hand in the air a few times, touched the man’s arm, and gently put it on.
Then, Zhou Mengyan put the dessert bag in her hand, and his voice was faint, “For you.”
Zhong Zhanjing who saw this scene was completely stunned.
T/N: That’s a wrap for this week. So exams start in a week but I’d try to keep chapter updates consistent, have a great weekend!
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