Yun Shishi found it strangely awkward at first, but Qin Zhou said, "You have only a little fame now, but once the movie is out, you'll surely rise to fame. By then, if the media publish candid photos of yours, people will think that I, as your manager, am mistreating you by letting you dress so poorly and without class!"
She could no longer refuse when he put it that way.
Therefore, now, her wardrobe was filled with fashionable clothes.
The truth was that she was the type to let nature take its course and was never fussy about clothes; hence, she was often ridiculed at by her manager.
Xiao Xue was relieved deep down.
Because her friend had been a hot topic on Weibo recently, she developed the habit of scrolling through the site despite not using it much before.
She sincerely felt happy for her friend.
"Shishi?" she tentatively called out.
Yun Shishi opened her eyes at once and smiled at the sight of her friend's ever warm smile. "Xiao Xue, you're here!"
"Yes! I got stuck in the traffic for half an hour due to a road accident! Shishi, you must've waited long for me!"
She left her words hanging in midair.
From her periphery, she spotted an unfamiliar man standing next to her friend and was startled.
Xiao Xue followed her gaze to the man beside her and quickly hooked her arm through his as she rested her head on him. She then graciously introduced, "Shishi, introductions first. This is my boyfriend. We've been dating for a month now! Today is also our one-month anniversary. He he! I hope you don't mind me bringing him along for our date!"
She was in a daze for a moment but quickly smiled. "Why would I mind? It's just that it's too sudden."
The man stepped forward and proffered his hand to her as he politely introduced himself. "Hello, I'm Gao Nan, Xiao Xue's colleague and boyfriend. She often talks about you!"
Somehow, his gaze made her especially uncomfortable.
She did not know if it was her illusion, but she found his gaze to be unsettling.
It was so unnerving she felt disturbed.
Very quickly, he retracted his gaze.
"Hello." She took his hand.
Just as she moved to withdraw her hand, the man's hand tightened around hers.
Feeling awkward for a moment, she jerked her hand back.
What's wrong with this man?
He's so strange; why did he grip my hand tightly and wouldn't release it?
Her impression of this man soured at once.
She kept feeling that his gaze on her was abnormal; it was like being pricked by countless needles.
The couple sat together opposite of hers. The server handed the menu to them, and her friend ordered two cups of coffee and some snacks.
"Shall I order a cup of coffee for Shishi, too?" he asked.
Not waiting for her to answer, her friend shook her head. "My friend never likes drinking coffee."
"Why?" His attention seemed to focus on her more than necessary as he gave a courteous smile. "Although coffee has a bitter taste, it is especially fragrant once you add creamer."
"I don't like coffee; thank you," she politely declined.
He did not know what to say in response to her curt refusal.
Glancing at him, his girlfriend snorted. "Hmph. I told you, yet you don't believe me. Shishi doesn't like drinking coffee. I once forced her to drink a mouthful, but she found it so bitter she shed tears! It's so amusing. She even asked me what's so nice about coffee!"