The meeting place was arranged in a restaurant underneath Din Tai.
When Chen Dong arrived at the restaurant and saw Elder Long, he could not help but be stunned for a moment.
At this moment, Elder Long was even paler, and his face could not hide the look of exhaustion.
Kun Lun, who was sitting beside Elder Long, was looking pensive and frowning, so he should have known something in advance.
Elder Long got up, revealing a kind smile as usual.
“Have a seat.”
Chen Dong helped Elder Long to sit down and asked directly, “Elder Long, what has happened during the time you were away?”
Elder Long smiled bitterly, “A matter at home, the master urgently recalled his old slave.”
Chen Dong obliterated a mouthful of tea and waited quietly.
“It’s because of Master’s use of Yike Group to help Young Master.” Elder Long’s tone was weary.
Chen Dong raised his eyebrows, suddenly feeling amused.
“He’s at least the head of the family, and he can’t even make decisions on this matter?”
Elder Long shook his head and looked at Chen Dong profoundly, “If it was an ordinary day, of course the old master would be able to make the decision, but there is still an old man in the family today, and the old master has helped you with Yike and alarmed the old lady.”
Chen Dong’s eyes stared: “I …… grandmother?”
Long Lao denied and said slowly, “The Chen family has intricate relationships and a thriving population, and as a hidden family that rules the world’s power and wealth, the selection of the head of the family is not the usual family where the son inherits the father’s business and passes it down from generation to generation.”
Chen Dong listened quietly.
For a family to prosper and flourish, relying on the efforts of one lineage alone would really not determine the future.
“Therefore, when the Chen family selects its family head, it also selects the one who is capable, setting up candidates among a large number of younger generations, and then competing with each other, so that the one who achieves the best is the next family head.”
Elder Long spoke slowly, as he was explaining and telling Chen Dong some of the circumstances of the Chen Family.
“However, even if one inherits the position of family head, the Chen Family has an unwritten rule that the family head, too, must treat the parents of the previous family head well, as if they were his own parents.”
Hearing this, Chen Dong suddenly laughed helplessly.
With such an unwritten rule, his father, whom he had never met, was not destined to be able to do as much as a single word in the Chen family.
It was true that the head of the family decided on major matters, but if the old lady wanted to intervene in a certain matter, not even the head of the family could resist.
However, he did hear another thing from Elder Long’s words.
Rubbing his nose, Chen Dong Dong said, “Elder Long, according to you, my father should have been a very good person back then, or else he wouldn’t have been able to defeat the other candidates and become the Chen family head.”
“Indeed ……” Elder Long’s gaze became deep as he said retrospectively, “When the old master was young, his talent was unparalleled in the world, at only 20 years old, he had already revealed his greatness and defeated all the Chen Family candidates. ”
Rao Chen Dong could not help but change his expression and suck in a breath of cold air backwards.
At the age of 20, he was still working and studying at university at that time, living a precarious life.
But his father, however, had already laid claim to the position of family head!
Taking a deep breath and suppressing the shock in his heart, Chen Dong slowly asked, “That’s strange, in that case, even if my father had abandoned me and my mother back then and returned to the Chen family, my mother and I shouldn’t have been so poor, not to mention too much, my father would have left us a small base.”
Ever since he was a child, he had never experienced what it meant to live.
To him, the life he lived with his mother, it was all called survival.
If his father was really that good, even with his mother, he should have had a foundation, and even if he had returned to the Chen family, the foundation would have been left in his mother’s hands.
As far as he could remember, his mother had rarely had a break, at least working two jobs at the same time, working day and night.
Long Lao smiled bitterly, “Young master …… when your father first left, the large foundation he built was taken in by the Chen family as much as possible, but he still left a small portion of the money to your mother and son ……”
The meaningful tone of voice made Chen Dong’s expression stagger.
Suddenly, there was a brilliant flash in his eyes, “My mother?!”
Seeing Chen Dong’s change of expression, Elder Long smiled evasively.
Chen Dong’s thoughts instantly became complicated.
How could this be possible?
There must be something inside of it!
Soon, he suppressed the mixed thoughts in his mind.
The most urgent task was to find out what the old lady of the Chen family had done!
Chen Dong asked, “What exactly did that old lady of the Chen family do?”
“Because of the young master’s birth, the old lady was extra mindful.”
Long Lao looked a little gloomy: “So when she learned that Yike had helped the young master to build up his power in this city, she exploded with thunder and interfered with the family head’s decision, and at the same time transferred the old slave back to her home to scold her, and the old slave was able to come back only because the master had appeased the old lady, and then this allowed the old slave to leave quietly.”
Chen Dong laughed, his heart rising with depression, “In the end, it is just that I am not rightly named, not having grown up in the Chen family, receiving elite training, or that I am considered a wild child in the old lady’s heart.”
Long Lao’s expression was stunned.
His eyes flickered for a few moments, but he did not retort.
The Chen Family had rules, and in the Chen Family’s rules, if Chen Dong was not the Old Master’s own son and the Old Master deliberately interfered, Chen Dong could not be counted among the candidates for the next head of the family at all.
“I understand, Elder Long has worked hard these days.”
Chen Dong got up and said to Kun Lun with a smile, “Kun Lun, take Elder Long back to the Tianmen Mountain villa area to rest, Dingtai still has things that I need to arrange.”
“Alright Young Master.” Kun Lun answered.
For his part, Elder Long was astonished, when he said these words, he had prepared himself to meet Chen Dong’s resentful anger.
But Chen Dong’s reaction had caught him a little off guard.
It was too calm!
Seeing Chen Dong about to leave, Elder Long suddenly shouted, “Young Master ……”
Chen Dong stopped walking and turned his back on Elder Long and said, “I won’t let him down, the family head can be in my family for one generation, the second generation is bound to be in my family as well, I will let the old lady see how the so-called wild seeds actually crush her so-called elite!”
The words were resounding, like a vow, incomparably firm.
The old man smiled heartily and said, “Young master has grown up, but beware young master, soon after the old slave returned home, Chen Tianyang came home with a broken leg and said straight out that it was you who did it.”
“This matter caused the old lady to be furious, but was suppressed by the master, but Chen Tianyang has an older brother, Chen Tiansheng, and the two brothers are extremely close, Chen Tiansheng has a heart and mind far beyond Chen Tianyang, and with his vengeful nature, he will not let the young master off the hook.”
Chen Dong snorted, striding away, his icy voice reaching the ears of Elder Long and Kunlun, “If he dares to come, then break his legs again and give the two brothers a broken-legged duo!”
Elder Long smiled spontaneously, “It seems that the old slave has been overly concerned.”
Just as Chen Dong walked out of the restaurant, Gu Qingying’s phone call came through.
Looking at the caller ID, Chen Dong’s heart immediately rose to his throat.
He hurriedly picked up the phone, “Hello, Xiaoying.”
“Are you free tonight? I want to ask you out!” On the phone, Gu Qingying’s voice was calm, but no longer as oddly cold as before.
The change in Gu Qingying’s tone made Chen Dong ecstatic.
Perhaps …… there was a turnaround in their relationship tonight!
Chen Dong did not hesitate to agree.
The torment lasted all afternoon.
Chen Dong got off work early and rushed to Genting Sky.
This was the place that Gu Qingying and he had agreed on over the phone.
Soon after, Gu Qingying’s figure appeared at the entrance of Genting Sky.
Chen Dong’s eyes lit up and he got up to wave, “Little Shadow.”
Gu Qingying smiled and walked quickly towards Chen Dong: “Didn’t we say 7pm?”
“I wanted to come over and wait for you.”
Chen Dong smiled and said, “You came early too.”
“I also wanted to come over first and wait for you.” Gu Qingying was all smiles, no longer cold like the previous times they had met.
This put Chen Dong’s mind at ease.
After ordering the dishes, the two of them chatted.
The happy atmosphere made Chen Dong feel like he was back in the time when Gu Qingying had just returned to China, automatically ignoring the previous times they had met.
Once the dishes were brought to the table, the two of them chatted while eating.
Chen Dong was happy, as Gu Qingying was also happy.
However, Gu Qingying’s words instantly made Chen Dong calm down.
“Chen Dong, I have to go abroad in the next few days.” Gu Qingying said, “To visit my parents.”
Chen Dong’s heart thudded and he said, pretending to be calm, “Why are you going abroad all of a sudden?”
Gu Qingying was a bit helpless, shrugged her shoulders and smiled bitterly, “Isn’t it because you’re too high-profile?”
Chen Dong froze for a moment.
Then he reacted, “Is it the Longting Garden confession?”
Gu Qingying rubbed her hair irritably, “It’s not all because of you, right, there’s also the reason why I sacked Zhang Heming, Zhang Heming was the person my father arranged to keep at Yingli building materials, but as soon as I arrived at Yingli, there was that incident with Zhang Heming, which made my father ask over, and then he found out about you confessing your love for me.”
“This afternoon, out of the blue, a transatlantic phone call came and asked me to go back.”
Chen Dong landed with a pounding head.
He really didn’t expect that Longting Garden’s confession of love would attract the attention of Gu Qingying’s parents who were far away from home.
After thinking about it, Chen Dong said, “Why don’t I go with you?”
“What are you thinking?” Gu Qingying said.
Chen Dong shrugged, “An ugly daughter-in-law has to meet her parents-in-law, right?”
Gu Qingying’s eyes flashed and her willow brows lowered slightly, “Forget it, I’ll go over and explain to them first, let’s take the rest one step at a time.”
Chen Dong looked dumbfounded and smiled bitterly, “Then, okay, when are you leaving?”
“Tomorrow morning’s flight.” Gu Qingying said.
“Then I’ll send you to the airport tomorrow.” Chen Dong squeezed out a smile.
Gu Qingying’s expression changed for a moment and nodded, “Okay.”
A meal was finished.
Gu Qingying drove straight home.
Chen Dong walked on the street, blowing the night breeze, but his heart was a little bitter.
He thought that Gu Qingying had forgiven him.
But Gu Qingying’s words just now, “Let’s take one step and see what happens”, clearly showed that he had not yet looked past the last incident with Genting Sky.
However, he did not pursue the matter to the bottom.
In the world of adults, sometimes if you are too inquisitive, you won’t even be able to be friends.
Raising his hand, he hailed a taxi.
Once he got into the car, Chen Dong leaned back in the seat and looked out of the window at the night scene, dazed.
Gu Qingying had come back at a time when he was most distressed.
In his heart, Gu Qingying had long been on a par with his mother.
Now Gu Qingying’s departure was as if a part of his heart had suddenly been taken away, leaving it empty.
Back at the Tianmen Mountain villa area.
In the living room, the lights were on.
Li Lan, Elder Long, Kunlun and Fan Lu were all there.
Watching the television and chatting idly.
Chen Dong smiled, and no longer looked as dishevelled as he did a moment ago.
The scene in front of him felt like home.
“Mom, Elder Long, what are you guys chatting about?”
Chen Dong smiled as he walked over.
“Dong’er, back so late again, have you eaten?” Li Lan’s mouth was complaining, but her eyes were full of heartache.
And Chen Dong also saw that his mother’s eyes were a little red, obviously she had just cried.
“I ate, I ate outside with Xiao Ying.” Chen Dong did not ask more questions.
Since Elder Long had arrived, just now was considered the first time the two of them had met.
It was only reasonable to talk about some things from back then that had stirred up his mother’s red eyes.
“Where is Little Shadow?”
Li Lan looked behind Chen Dong and said in mock disappointment, “Such a nice girl, why didn’t you bring her home on a big night?”
Chen Dong froze for a moment, then reacted and rolled his eyes, “Mom, why didn’t I realise you were so immodest before?”
A word that caused the four of them to laugh out loud.
Chen Dong also laughed along with them.
Sitting together, they chatted idly for a while.
Chen Dong then took the lead and went back to his room.
Lying on his bed, he did not feel like sleeping and looked at the ceiling, pondering over the things that Elder Long had said at noon.
He had, after all, thought of the Chen family too simply before.
Although that father, whom he had never met before, was the head of the Chen family, he did not have a hand in the Chen family after all.
And his birth would inevitably become a sticking point for the old lady to stop his father.
However, he didn’t care too much about that.
As long as Dingtai now pre-sells all the properties in the shantytown project in the west of the city, he is fully confident that he will be able to ride on this east wind and rocket upwards.
Even without the secret help of the Chen family, he has nothing to fear.
The wild and the elite, really not an insurmountable gulf!
What Chen Dong cared about was what had happened back then!
According to what Elder Long said, his father had already become the number one of the Chen family at the age of 20 back then, and it would not be too much to say that he was the pride of the heavens.
Why did he come together with his mother?
Why did the foundation that was originally left behind disappear after leaving?
He did not believe that his mother would rather work a few jobs every day and live through a disease, while throwing away the foundation left by his father.
The old man’s words were a direct reference to his mother.
He could not solve such doubts for the time being, so he could only wait for a suitable opportunity to ask his mother.
The answer was in his mother’s heart.
In a trance, Chen Dong thought of Gu Qingying again, and his mood once again became melancholy.
What had been a peaceful day had once again become an up-and-down mood because of the return of Elder Long and the departure of Gu Qingying.
At that very moment, the phone rang.
Chen Dong frowned, picked up the phone and took a look, and instantly froze.
It was Zhou Yanqiu calling!
Why was Zhou Yanqiu calling at this late hour?
Puzzled, Chen Dong picked up the phone, “What can I do for you, Mr Zhou?”
“Chen Dong, are you free tomorrow night? Let’s get together, or let me be a peacemaker.” Zhou Yanqiu said with a smile.
Chen Dong frowned: “What kind of peacemaker?”
Zhou Yanqiu curbed his laughter and said in a deep voice: “At tomorrow’s dinner party, Zhou Zunlong will also come. I know about your feud with him, so I want to make peace with it.
Chen Dong raised his eyebrows and hesitated.
Last time, because of Kunlun and Fan Lu, he and Zhou Zunlong had a falling out.
Not to mention anything else, he had stabbed Zhou Zunlong in the thigh with a knife.
This was a feud that Zhou Zunlong, given his origins, would definitely not put aside, and the only thing he could do was probably to stop dwelling on it.
There was no room to make peace!
However, Zhou Yanqiu had helped him, he could not afford to brush off his face, so he still nodded and agreed: “Okay, what time tomorrow, I will definitely be there.”
“Eight o’clock at night!”
On the other hand, Zhou Yanqiu hung up the phone.
Pushing the glasses on the bridge of his nose, he looked at the person in front of him with a smile, “Tomorrow night, you’ll be able to meet him.”