C35 – Conspiracy

“Excuse me. Coming through,” Wen Shuyue kept apologizing as she ran downstairs.

Before she made it downstairs, He Siming’s Rolls-Royce was already gone, leaving her no chance to make an apology.

Oh, come on. Was it doomed that he should misunderstand her? How she wished he had stayed just a little longer!

With her head lowered, Wen Shuyue was lost in thoughts, feeling guilty somehow. She regretted she had said such resolute words. She couldn’t bear it if someone said the same thing to her, let alone He Siming.

“Yueyue, why are you here? You’re not off work yet, are you? What about He Siming? I heard he had come here. Is he in the office now?”

Suddenly, a familiar voice rang nearby, following which Wen Shuyue saw Lin Lin running towards her.

“Alas!” Wen Shuyue took a deep breath before she continued resignedly, “He’s just left. I wanted to talk to him, but only found him gone when I got here.”

“What a bummer! Are you sure he’s left?” Lin Lin said with a crying face but soon turned serious as she looked at Wen Shuyue. Obviously, Lin Lin didn’t trust Wen Shuyue.

Wen Shuyue rolled her eyes and patted Lin Lin on the shoulder without saying anything because whatever Wen Shuyue said wouldn’t make a difference since Lin Lin had lost trust in her.

But it was out of Wen Shuyue’s expectation that Lin Lin was serious with He Siming. Though Lin Lin used to give up easily if a man rejected her, she was persistent this time.

When Wen Shuyue left, Lin Lin caught up with her and said, “What’s the rush? Wait for me, Yueyue.”

Upon entering the office, Wen Shuyue was invited to Gu Ning’s office by his assistant.

Inside the office, Wen Shuyue suddenly had a foreboding, overwhelmed by the solemn atmosphere. She behaved in a prudent manner with a slight frown.

“Shuyue, just relax. We’ve been friends for years,” Gu Ning couldn’t help mocking her when he perceived her prudence.

His words were a relief to Wen Shuyue, but her professional polite smile remained as Wen Shuyue said, “Mr. Gu, you know I can’t. This is your office, a place that needs manners. Could you tell me what I can do for you?”

“Oh, right.” Wen Shuyue’s words reminded Gu Ning who then took out a file from a drawer and passed it to Wen Shuyue.

She had no idea of what the file was about. When she figured out Gu Ning’s intention through the reading, her face instantly turned pale.

The file was the contract about the joint project of Mannis and MK. Since the project was thriving, Gu Ning was up to something against Mannis.

Wen Shuyue looked paler when she said with a frown, glowering at Gu Ning, “What do you mean, Mr. Gu?”

“Shuyue, you’re smart enough to figure it out,” Gu Ning fended off Wen Shuyue’s question, looking at her with a meaningful smile.

Seemingly, Wen Shuyue got it right that Gu Ning wanted to take advantage of He Siming’s trust and appreciation of her to suppress Mannis.

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After all, Mannis was the biggest competitor of MK in terms of market, since the Lu Group was comparatively far less competitive.

Wen Shuyue tried hard to calm herself down before she said peacefully, “You mean I do undercover work in Mannis so that you can attack it from both inside and outside? Mr. Gu, this is way too much. Mannis is our business partner. How can we do this to it?”

As Wen Shuyue knew, Gu Ning liked to use unscrupulous divisive tactics. But it never occurred to her that he could stoop so low as to force her to do such a shameless thing.

However, Wen Shuyue’s words obviously didn’t bother Gu Ning at all. He took a sip of coffee and said while shaking his head, “We’re businessmen after all. We have to use whatever tactics to achieve our goals, which you should know better than I.”

Gu Ning paused here before he continued, “Don’t tell me you have a crush on He Siming during the cooperation.”

With his piercing eyes fixed on her, Wen Shuyue became more nervous, feeling that she was seen through and thrown to a passive status.

She compressed her lips and compromised eventually, “Mr. Gu, it’s nothing like that. We’re just business partners. If you really want me to work for Mannis, I’ll do it.”

“Well, I do want you to work for Mannis, but not in a professional way.” Pleased by Wen Shuyue’s answer, Gu Ning couldn’t help curling up the corners of his mouth.

Did he want her to seduce He Siming?

The idea gave Wen Shuyue a start. She never expected Gu Ning would do this to her.

Rumor had it that Gu Ning had a wandering eye but Wen Shuyue was the only one he loved. For some time, Wen Shuyue believed it, but now…

It turned out that all this was just his business strategy. It was impossible that such an immoral man as Gu Ning would have feelings for Wen Shuyue, who was just a tool for Gu Ning.

“Shuyue, I’ve been nice to you. It’s time for you to pay me back,” Gu Ning said so blandly that it was hard to get the hint of his words. “Mannis has been my major enemy. The purpose of my return is to make it collapse, so you’ve got to help me anyway.”

Gu Ning came clean with Wen Shuyue, treating her as his confidant.

Under this circumstance, all Wen Shuyue could do was react as things developed. Her underlip broke by her incessant bite, after which the smell of the blood instantly filled her mouth.

Upon licking the mouth, Wen Shuyue felt gross with the smell of the blood and her face twisted.

Having received no response from Wen Shuyue, Gu Ning said, “Take your time to think it over. If you don’t agree, you may lose your position.”

“Mr. Gu, I…”

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“I don’t need an incapable employee. Even though we’re friends in life, you’ve got to obey my orders at work,” Gu Ning interrupted Wen Shuyue indifferently before she finished her words.

Somehow, his words made her heart sink.

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