Xia Rongrong30Xia RongrongPresident/CEO of the Xia Group, one of the few wealthy and powerful company/family at Qinghe City didn’t expect Su Qiubai23Su QiubaiProtagonist, a taxi driver with a powerful and mysterious navigation system. Sometimes written as the old driver in this novel. to hug her suddenly. Her heart was beating a lot faster when she was in his arms.
She didn’t know whether she should push Su Qiubai away, or whether she wanted to push him away.
On the other hand, Su Qiubai felt awkward!
He only knew that when both of his arms were around her tightly, he could smell her faint scent, then he didn’t know what to do next.
The situation was stiff for more than ten seconds.
Darn it… Wang Cai barked!
Both of them were shocked, then they panicked and separated themselves from each other. When they turned their backs, they saw the two dogs staring at each other.
Xia Rongrong’s face was a little red, and Su Qiubai’s eyes were frantically glancing all around. Then Xia Rongrong waved at her little white dog and it ran straight into her arms.
Su Qiubai coughed and then waved at Wang Cai.
However, Wang Cai just stared at him, then turned and walked over to the pile of antiques. Su Qiubai was so annoyed at it that he almost considered slapping it.
After the awkwardness slowly faded away, Su Qiubai and Xia Rongrong returned to the initial question.
“How much more effort does the Xia Group has to put in to become a Super Group?”
Su Qiubai asked gently after pouring a glass of water for Xia Rongrong.
Xia Rongrong thought for a moment before answering, “There are more than 20 Super Groups in the world, and three of them are in China. These three Super Groups possess strong capital and force… The Xia Group is still far away from being one. We may have been a four-level consortium last time but that’s not the case now…”
Xia Rongrong’s words were very pertinent.
Su Qiubai also knew that the grading between the consortium was very strict, and given the Xia Group’s current size, it was definitely far worse than a fourth level.
Therefore, the next goal… was to bring Xia Group back to its fourth-level consortium!
Then strive for Level 3, Level 2… and finally, Super!
What was certain was that when Xia Group really became a Super Group, everything that Xia Tian had previously said about that person betraying the country wouldn’t be a problem anymore. Su Qiubai had the confidence that he would be able to compete with that person, instead of hiding from him now!
“What do you need to do to regain the strength of a fourth-level consortium?”
Su Qiubai continued to ask.
Xia Rongrong thought for a long time before answering him.
“The consortium’s grading happens once a year. This year’s grading is over, but the next one is in June next year! If we can meet the requirements before then, we’re good!”
Xia Group had been at risk for years, so it had long strayed away from the grading.
But Xia Rongrong had grown up in such an environment so she was familiar with the flow of this kind of grading.
“Alright! Then we’ll achieve it before June next year! How far are we now?”
Su Qiubai was motivated, he stood up and his voice was much louder.
However, when he looked down, he saw Xia Rongrong looking at him calmly. Before he could respond, he heard her replied, “It’s still a long way to go. It’s almost impossible to meet the requirements by June next year…”
Her words were a little depressing. Su Qiubai pointed at the antiques and asked. “If we include all of this?”
Xia Rongrong still shook her head. “The rating of the consortium isn’t a simple financial resources competition. There are many other factors, such as strength, influence, cultural value…”
“Forget it, you don’t have to tell me this, I don’t understand… So what’s your plan?”
Su Qiubai only felt dizzy, listening to her explanation so he interrupted her and asked.
Xia Rongrong just kept quiet. After a while, she looked up and said, “I need to think about this. If our goal is to become a Super Group, then our every step is very important!”
“Alright! If there’s any problems, tell me, I’ll solve it for you!”
Su Qiubai took a deep breath and promised.
At that time, no one knew about the journey that the Xia Group was about to embark on in such an ordinary small room, with Xia Rongrong’s embryonic plan in her mind, and Su Qiubai’s promise,
The two of them discussed this till the early hours of the morning. Finally, because Su Qiubai was worried about Xia Rongrong’s health, he led her into his room and told her that they could continue the discussion when she woke up.
It was really strange. Xia Rongrong had been having sleepless nights for a long time but in Su Qiubai’s ordinary small bed, she slept very well.
She might have been thinking about Su Qiubai, who was lying on the sofa, and that they were only separated by a door, so she felt a different kind of incitement. This also led her to dream of something shameful.
Su Qiubai was also in a similar mood. The only difference was that Xia Rongrong slept soundly but he couldn’t sleep at all. His mind was filled with the events that happened that night.
Holding hands… and then hugging!
At the thought of it, his heart would feel a strong burning sensation, as if a string in him that hadn’t been moving for a long time, was suddenly pulled…
They woke up at about the same time next day.
Because of the dream she dreamed last night, Xia Rongrong felt a little embarrassed seeing Su Qiubai. On the other hand, Su Qiubai was staring at her. The more he looked at her, the prettier he thought of her.
The situation was a bit subtle but no one said a word.
Without further delay, Xia Rongrong arranged a trustworthy man to come over to transport the antiques. But for safety sake, they still wrapped the antiques safely in bags and boxes.
Finally, after all the things had entered Xia Group’s safety vault, they felt relieved.
After that, Xia Rongrong began to fully prepare for the next trade fair. But the problem that had been expected before resurfaced.
Where could she get the authentication certificate for this batch of antiques that had unknown origin?
Xia Rongrong mentioned this problem to Su Qiubai but he was completely unaware of the difficulty of this matter. He just took the scammer’s phone number and the missing employee’s contact information and address from Xia Rongrong.
They were too naive to think they could escape after scamming such a huge amount of money from Xia Group!
Su Qiubai intended to handle those scammers first, then he would wait until the trade fair was over to look over Xia Rongrong’s detailed plan and decide what was the next step!
It was at this time that Su Qiubai received a call from Gu Chengya29Gu ChengyaAlso written as Cheng Ya or Miss Gu. The mistress of the Gu family; Grandpa Gu's favourite granddaughter..
If it wasn’t for the call, he had completely forgotten about Gu Chengya.
Picking up the phone, it turned out that Mr. Dongfang couldn’t wait any longer.
Su Qiubai had already made a promise to him so he couldn’t just back out now. Besides, the emperors’ calligraphy works were ready.
However, when he asked Mr. Dongfang where should they meet, Mr. Dongfang hesitated.
“Sorry, little brother, I happen to have a few old friends at Qinghe City. They also want to see the works. So…”
Upon hearing this, Su Qiubai immediately understood.
It was no big deal. Although he didn’t know who were Mr. Dongfang’s friends, he had nothing to worry about since Mr. Dongfang was quite reputable.
“No problem, then where should we meet? I can bring the work to you!”
Mr. Dongfang was glad that Su Qiubai agreed eagerly.
The calligraphy works from the Qin and Han dynasties were too valuable. One would have to be extremely lucky for three lifetimes to get to have a look at the work!
“There’s a small room in Qinghe Museum in the center of the city. Can you bring them now?”
Actually, it would be more reasonable for them to visit Su Qiubai, instead of the other way round. But since they were older, Su Qiubai took the initiative to bring the works to them.
After that, Su Qiubai hung up the call and drove to the museum.
At Xia Rongrong’s side, just as she was worried about the antiques authentication, she suddenly received a message.
“Are you sure that those old gentlemen are in the museum? Even Mr. Dongfang is there?”
This was good news to Xia Rongrong. She totally didn’t expect it.
“Yes, they are.”
“Okay, I’m going over now!”
After hanging up the phone, Xia Rongrong notified the other responsible persons. This antique authentication was crucial for Xia Group.
Although she didn’t know why Mr. Dongfang was here, this kind of certification was a simple task for him!
But… would he agree to help?
Having that thought, Xia Rongrong suddenly felt worried.