Creatures of Habit Chapter 14.1

Last Updated on September 8, 2020 by Lizonka

“How could that be?” Boss Wang refuted. “What do you think of me? Can a brother hurt you? Look at you, which male star in the circle could compare with you? You’ve never had a sex scandal in all these years. I don’t understand you, how could you look down on me.”

Jiang Yishan’s face was better.

“By the way, you’ve been with the young master of the Qin family but most people don’t look down on it. I asked around, and it seems like it was young master Qin who pursued you first?”

Jiang Yishan raised his glass of wine and drank to cover up his emotions.

“I knew it.” Boss Wang laughed. “Our brother looks so good that it’s no wonder young master Qin took a fancy to you. Come and have a drink.”

“How do you know everything?” Jiang Yishan mumbled.

A smile quickly bloomed on Boss Wang’s face. “I don’t know anything, but many people in this circle do. To be honest, there are several people who know that the man in the picture is Qin Shaocheng, but they dare not speak up. If they did… hehe.”

“Who said that?”

Boss Wang let out a “haha.” “Drink up, drink up.”

Jiang Yishan drank diligently.

“Have you ever thought about the reason why you’ve never been popular these years, brother?”

This was a provocation. Jiang Yishan gritted his teeth. “What’s the reason?”

“Brother, you are so smart, yet you don’t know?” Boss Wang said with a smile. “It’s just that you can’t do anything about it, because you can’t afford to offend.”

Jiang Yishan pulled a long face.

“After you two broke up, do you know why Qin Shaocheng didn’t go back right away?  As far as I know, Qin Shaocheng set up a company in City A to develop information technology. Now, people are mixing with each other, and things are developing well1风生水起 (idiom) – Wind blows upon the surface of the water, causing waves | Meaning: Lively and prosperous; developing at a rapid rate.. When he goes back, no one would gossip2嚼舌头 (idiom) – Literally, “chewing one’s tongue.”. I suppose he’s now gonna be exalted for being young and promising, being able to work hard without his family’s support.” Boss Wang lowered his voice.”Brother, you’ve been trampled to the bottom the day you didn’t turn over as soon as the photo came out.”

“…”

“Brother, young master Qin is a harm to you. Those best years you had together are of no use when you get nothing.”

Jiang Yishan’s expression was distorted. After a while, he said, “What can I do?” He thought for a while, half trying to extricate himself from the conversation, and half aggrieved, he said, “Anyway, I was only with him for the money, and the money had already been taken.”

Boss Wang rubbed his fingers. “Would you like to try it again? Maybe Qin Shaocheng can give you something. Otherwise, we’ll buy the follow-up materials first.”

Jiang Yishan said without thinking: “Please, he’ll hang up the moment he hears my voice.”

“That too. What kind of matter is this to such a rich family? Frankly, it’s not like you don’t have a background. You were born with a three, six, and nine.” 3人生来就分三六九 – I’m honestly not sure how to translate this coz I don’t fully understand the concept either… But 三六九等 refers to different grades and ranks… and someone from the CG server told me that it has something to do with family background and stuff (but not necessarily). Anyways, here’s a baidu page for more info. It’s in Chinese, but it’s easy to mtl.

“Yes,” Jiang Yishan resigned.

Boss Wang carefully observed Jiang Yishan’s expression.

He had been with Jiang Yishan for two to three years, and he knew that the man still had a heart. He ran to Qin Shaocheng for the past two days but didn’t mention it. He probably didn’t get any money or information to use against him, so he dared not offend him.

He didn’t believe that people like Jiang Yishan had any sincerity to speak of. What kind of person, who did not care about an old lover for five to six years, would rush to find them only during a crisis?

Boss Wang pondered in his heart, and said unhurriedly: “Feng Shui is constantly turning [3]. It doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen.”

Jiang Yishan didn’t understand. “What could happen?”

“Brother, it depends on whether you can grasp it.”

“What do you mean?” Jiang Yishan rubbed his forehead as he tried to stay sober. Then he looked at Boss Wang as if he suddenly saw the light. “You want me to extort Qin Shaocheng?” After that, he pretended to be righteous. “Impossible.”

“Do you want to or you just don’t dare to?” Boss Wang asked. 

“I don’t want to.”

Boss Wang smiled and held down Jiang Yishan’s wine glass. “There’s no one who can’t forget their old affections.”

“Heh,” he snorted. “I wasn’t bent at all.”Jiang Yishan seemed to be thinking of something, then he poured himself a drink. “To put it plainly, I really dare not.”

“Brother, you dare not think that you’ll have no one to hold on to when things go wrong. In case…”

“Who could I hold on to?” Jiang Yishan sneered. “You?”

“Ha, ha, you’re kidding me, brother.” Boss Wang patted Jiang Yishan’s shoulder. “I know you wouldn’t dare offend the Qin family, even I dare not. But there will always be people who are willing to do it.”

Jiang Yishan pushed away Boss Wang’s hand. “You can find a different cannon fodder.”

“Who said you were cannon fodder? Can I run away with the cannon fodder? We’re just messing around with some money. Frankly speaking, who can’t live without money these days.”

Jiang Yishan glanced at Boss Wang, his lips moving slightly.

Boss Wang leisurely lit a cigarette.

Jiang Yishan thought for a long time before he said, “Brother Wang, to be honest, I advice you–don’t get mad–to dare not offend them.”

“I’m only a middleman. If you’re unwilling, then that’s alright. You’re so polite, it’s like I’m forcing you.” Boss Wang smiled. “If my brother is not willing, then let’s not talk about it. Drink.”

Drinking with Boss Wang ‘til it was eleven, Boss Wang asked Jiang Yishan if he needed to find a place for him to stay in. 

Jiang Yishan smiled. “Don’t bother. I’ll find a small hotel first and stay there by myself.”

“I say you are too timid. Afraid that I’ll harm you?” Boss Wang looked at him with disdain, yet he took a stack of cash from his wallet and tucked it into Jiang Yishan’s pocket. “Go find a hotel for yourself then. After the wind blows, I’ll find a place for you.”

Jiang Yishan pretended to be ashamed to take the money before eventually accepting it. He politely exchanged civilities with Boss Wang before he put on his hat and left.

Walking in the street, there was a blast of cold air that it completely sobered Jiang Yishan up.

The worst thing was going to happen. Someone was going to use his affairs to make a fuss about Qin Shaocheng. He didn’t know how much Boss Wang knew; maybe he already knew that he had been staying in Qin Shaocheng’s house these days.

He was afraid that his bad reputation would harm Qin Shaocheng.

Qin Shaocheng was such a good person, yet he would be criticized by everyone just because he was with him. Maybe he’d also be splashed by black water. If these people speculate that Jiang Yishan had been a sugar baby, with Qin Shaocheng as his gold master, the Qin family would be scandalized… Was it because something happened to the Qin family that Qin Shaocheng left in such a hurry today?

Otherwise, why would Boss Wang look for him as soon as Qin Shaocheng left?

Boss Wang’s words today obviously showed he was waiting for him to rise to the bait. Jiang Yishan was afraid that he wouldn’t be able to find any jobs in the future.

The more he thought about it, the more upset he became. Biting his lip, he stood shivering in the street. He stopped walking towards the rental house. Lowering his hat, he changed directions and went to the black hotel4An illegally operated hotel near the hospital.


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