Cheng Liyue and Zhang Chao headed towards the direction of the buffet. Gong Yexiao left his position. Eyes narrowed, he looked towards the direction of the washroom waiting for Cheng Liyue to emerge.
Holding a glass of red wine in his hand, Gong Yexiao leaned indolently against the wall. The overhead lighting beamed down on him. Appearing like a dashing prince out of a painting, he was drop-dead gorgeous.
Catching sight of him, the hearts of the ladies who were in attendance could not help but quicken while a blush suffused their cheeks as they inwardly marveled at how handsome he looked.
After Gong Yexiao took over as head of the Gong family, all the photos of the Gong family were completely wiped off from the internet. Although his name and his devilish good looks were well-known facts, not everyone had actually seen a picture of Gong Yexiao. He was not like the other wealthy men of his generation who were thirsty for fame — choosing to air their scandals to the public.
He preferred to keep a low profile.
“Handsome, really handsome! Heavens! How is it possible for there to be such a handsome man?”
“I need his number.”
Two ladies were whispering in excitement as they walked by.
After waiting for a while, the man became miffed and displeased.
Why was she taking such a long time in the washroom?
Gong Yexiao continued to wait a little longer. He soon came to the realization that she had long exited the washroom and was avoiding him.
Damn, this woman had the audacity to avoid him?
This seemed to stir up his anger.
He strode around the hall looking for Cheng Liyue. After making a round, he still could not find her. His gaze landed on the hallway leading to the buffet area. Eyes narrowed, he headed there.
There was a romantic ambience in the dining hall. The roses added a special touch to the dining tables — a perfect setting for a dinner date.
With food on their plates, Cheng Liyue and Zhang Chao took their seats by the window. They had eaten for quite a while. Cheng Liyue seemed a little distracted. She began to wonder whether Gong Yexiao was currently looking for her.
Forget it. They were not here together anyway. There wasn’t any need to attend to him.
“Ms Cheng, I’m sure you’re quite good at what you do.”
“I’m pretty new at this. It’s nothing to boast about.” Cheng Liyue replied modestly.
Zhang Chao gave her a smile. “In your profession, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a newcomer or an old timer. Sometimes it’s the new ones who have a special aptitude for it. I believe you will go far in your career.”
Cheng Liyue let out a faint laugh. “Thanks for the compliment.”
A handsome and charming figure strode through the doorway. The man’s predatory gaze swept over the crowd in the dining hall and landed on the woman sitting near the window who was chatting and dining with a man. What made the situation even worse was that she was smiling sweetly at the man across her.
He had spent more than just a few minutes looking for her, but it appeared that she was having a very cosy chat with another man over a romantic dinner.
And she said she wasn’t here to entice men. That apparently didn’t seem to be the case here.
Cheng Liyue’s eyes were curved into a smile but turned startled when she caught sight of the approaching man. Why was he here?
Zhang Chao noticed the intimidating figure who was heading their way. Surprised, he asked Cheng Liyue, “A friend of yours?”
“Uh…” Cheng Liyue was searching for an answer when a cold, masculine voice replied on her behalf. “She is the mother of my child.”
Zhang Chao was shocked. He stared at Cheng Liyue in disbelief. “You have a child? You’re married?”
“Sorry.” Cheng Liyue apologized in a fluster as she rose to her feet. As soon as she stood up, she was gripped tightly on the wrist and was tugged towards the exit.
Cheng Liyue’s wrist was starting to hurt. She could not help crying out in pain, “Gong Yexiao, you’re hurting me. Let me go.”
Noticing the balcony nearby that was concealed behind the drapes, Gong Yexiao made a quick decision to head there.
Cheng Liyue’s back was pressed up against the wall. Her wrist was released from his tight grip. She rubbed her wrist and glared at this brute of a man. “What are you trying to do?”
“I’d like to ask you that question! Going around enticing man, huh?” His body enclosed hers leaving her no room to maneuver.
Her lips parted, preparing to call out. His mouth brushed against her ear as he warned, “Go ahead and shout at the top of your lungs. Call everyone over to enliven things up.”
Cheng Liyue swallowed back a yell. Face flushed, she gave him a shove. “Gong Yexiao, don’t you dare try anything funny.”
“If you’re in need of a man. I don’t mind satisfying you.”
Furious, Cheng Liyue tried to shove him again. “What nonsense are you spouting?”
He grabbed both of her hands and held them over her head. His breath skimmed her face as his hoarse voice reached her ears. “I am confident that I can satisfy you more than any other man.”
Cheng Liyue was infuriated. She sensed the imminent danger but was unable to pull away. Her red lips parted slightly, intending to ask the man to move. In the next moment, her lips were sealed in a kiss.
His body was pressed up against hers and behind her was the wall. There was no way she could avoid his kiss. The heated kiss seemed almost punitive.
His eyes narrowed as they bore into hers — like a black hole pulling her in.
Her breathing was shallow due to the rapid rise and fall of her chest.
In the end, the man released her. His face taut with self-restraint.
This woman was indeed a siren.
Loosening his hold on her, he instructed, “Come with me to pick up our son.”
Her body was limp as she held herself up against the wall. Drained, she had no energy left to even yell at him and sought to catch her breath.
“I’ll wait for you at the entrance. Meet me in 10 minutes.” Gong Yexiao then drew the drapes back and stepped out.
Cheng Liyue ground her teeth. His masculine scent still lingered. She hastily wiped her mouth. Her mind felt fuzzy.
Gong Yexiao reached the entrance. Under the dim light, his handsome face appeared tense having been thrown off balance.
That kiss had left him all worked up and there was nothing he could do to get it out of his system. For men, this was the worst kind of torment.
Cheng Liyue composed herself. She really did not want to go anywhere with this man but she needed to pick her son up. She would absolutely not leave her son with the Gong family.
She dragged in a deep breath. Her experience at this event had been completely ruined by him. Glancing at the time, she found that it was already past eight.
Pulling herself together, she headed for the entrance. She spotted the man taking a drag on his cigarette by the baluster. The wisp of smoke curling into the air added a devilish allure to his flawless appearance.
Gong Yexiao’s intense gaze fell on her. He snuffed the cigarette out in the ashtray next to him and led her to his car.