Now, this got him worried sick!
What could he do?
As long as this development project remained ongoing, every day was a huge loss for him!
She was unmoved by his repeated pleas and simply said, "I can forgive you if that's what you are after, but it's impossible if you want me to plead for you before Mu Yazhe."
"Why?" he asked in bafflement before he cautiously probed, "Is it because you think I'm not sincere enough?"
She found it a pain to clarify her standing in the man's life. "My relationship with Mu Yazhe is not what you have in mind. My words don't carry weight with him. You've overestimated me!"
She tried to walk away after saying that.
Qian Shaohua held her back on reflex. Perceiving her coldness and silence, he was almost in tears as he pleaded, "Please! You are my only hope! You say you don't mean a thing to Mr. Mu? That's a joke, right? He's pushing me into a dead end simply because I have indecent designs on you! I know I'm in the wrong now, and I'm deeply regretting it!"
The man proceeded to slap his cheek. "Chairman Mu has his heart set on you; please believe me! Your word is enough to save me! Please!"
"Mr. Qian, I won't explain further. I insist about not having the ability to influence his decision." With that, she swerved around him and left.
He could only stomp his feet in anxiety behind her.
She reckoned he would stop harassing her after this firm rejection. Contrary to expectation, he shadowed her more relentlessly over the next two days. No matter where she went, he would be present.
The last straw came when, on her way home, she saw a car tailing hers from the rearview mirror. She knew immediately that it could only be Qian Shaohua!
Irritated, she got off the car.
The car following hers stopped at the roadside as well and the man alighted from it. She opened her mouth to speak when he dropped to his knees before her without warning.
She was totally paralyzed.
In a solemn tone, he said, "Miss Yun, I'm begging you, please; I'm pleading this time! Please help me this one time to put in a kind word for me before Mr. Mu! No matter what the outcome may be, I won't bother you again!"
Irked by his relentless harassment, she finally gave in. "All right. I promise, but you must stop stalking me!"
He heaved a huge sigh of relief and nearly kowtowed to her.
She wryly said, "Get up; don't do this, please! I will go home now. Please don't follow me anymore!"
By the time she reached home, it was almost eight at night.
The moment she pushed open the front door, Youyou, who was reading his book, jumped off the coach and rushed to hug her.
"Mommy, you are back! Youyou has been faithfully waiting for you all this while!"
Unable to conceal her lethargy, she ruffled his head apologetically. "I'm sorry, Youyou; I'm late tonight!"
"You're wrong, mommy; you are late every night!" He stood on his toes and reached for her coat and briefcase. After putting those aside, he said, "Mommy, the dinner I prepared for you is already cold. Let me heat it up. I will serve it to you quickly!"
He reheated it a few times before her return.
She took a seat and eyed the simple home-cooked spread on the table; she was very touched. This meal might not be a feast, but it had all the qualities of good food.
"Youyou, it must be hard on you. Thank you!"