Full Level Bigshot Only Takes the Career Path Chapter 64.1
The branch office isn’t as large as the headquarters. This happens to be the busy afternoon working period. So, the employees are busy at their respective positions. Except for the upper management, the employees in the branch office initially didn’t know that their boss was Pei Mingzhan. It wasn’t until two days ago when Pei Mingzhan came to the company for a meeting and used the employee elevator that news of Pei Mingzhan’s visit from the headquarters quickly spread throughout the company.
The branch manager had instructed not to spread the news about Mr. Pei online, so the information hadn’t leaked out yet. There are conflicting opinions online regarding the claim that Film Emperor Pei retired from the entertainment industry to focus on business. Employees didn’t expect that their new boss would be Film Emperor Pei. Weren’t there rumors that he was getting into the live-streaming platform business?
People in the meeting room had just ended the meeting, and those busy at their workstations were discussing.
“I saw someone who looked a bit familiar just now.”
“He was wearing a mask and a cap. He’s tightly covered.”
“I also saw someone with him. Could it be a celebrity visiting? The person with him looks like an assistant, perhaps?”
Before they could come to any conclusions, they saw Pei Mingzhan walking briskly from the direction of the meeting room towards the reception area. Now, employees were curious about who had come to visit. It was clear that this was Mr. Pei’s guest!
“Wow, the big boss just passed by?”
“I sneaked a peek at the reception area when I went to the break room earlier. The person beside him looked quite fierce, like a bodyguard maybe?”
“Damn, what kind of person goes out with bodyguards?”
When Pei Mingzhan heard Zhao Yao’s name, he paused for a moment and then changed his path towards the reception area. When he reached just outside the reception area and saw someone in casual attire behind the glass door, he suddenly chuckled. Is he really here?
Zhao Yao took the morning flight. Originally, he planned it as a private trip without bringing Yao Bai. But just before departure, he received a call from Zhao Changshuo. So he left with the bodyguard for safety. The address of the branch office was given to him a few days ago by Pei Mingzhan when he had just arrived in the area. Earlier, when he tried calling Pei Mingzhan, there was no answer, so he decided to come over and check the situation.
When Pei Mingzhan pushed open the door, he immediately asked, “Why did you come?”
Zhao Yao snapped out of his thoughts and looked at him, saying, “Didn’t you say you missed me?”
Pei Mingzhan glanced sideways at the person holding a suitcase, who appeared to be Zhao Yao’s previous driver, and asked, “Didn’t Yao Bai come with you?”
“‘Li Meng’ is keeping him busy. Besides, I’m not here for official business,” Zhao Yao replied as he lowered his mask and carefully observed Pei Mingzhan. “Were you in a meeting just now?”
Pei Mingzhan walked over and sat down beside him. “Yes, they let me go for a bit. Come here, let me hug you.”
He naturally extended his hand and embraced Zhao Yao.
Zhao Yao glanced at the bodyguard standing nearby, who obediently exited the room and turned his back, standing outside the glass door.
The reception area here had frosted glass on one side, so employees in the outer area couldn’t see what was happening inside the reception room. Zhao Yao looked around, “Your side has a nice environment.”
“It’s not bad,” Pei Mingzhan replied as he gently ruffled Zhao Yao’s hair and then leaned in to kiss him when they parted from the hug.
It had been almost a week since they last saw each other, so this kiss lasted a bit longer.
During this time, Zhao Yao had been browsing quite a few theoretical guides online. He had previously looked into some dating strategies. But lately, he had dug into the passionate love phase section and paid attention to “18 Kissing Techniques.” When Pei Mingzhan gently nibbled on his lip, Zhao Yao couldn’t help but wince slightly. The two separated for a moment, but their foreheads pressed together closely.
Zhao Yao slightly tilted his head and licked Pei Mingzhan’s lower lip, which caught the latter by surprise. Pei Mingzhan raised an eyebrow and asked, “Where did you learn that? I don’t remember teaching you.”
“You don’t have to teach me everything. I learned this one online,” Zhao Yao spoke openly about his learning adventure. “I was planning to try it out when you came back…”
Pei Mingzhan gently lifted Zhao Yao’s face with his hand and then responded even more passionately. Zhao Yao’s words were completely blocked by his lips, and in an instant, he couldn’t think of any strategies.
The bodyguard stood outside the glass door, constantly seeing people passing by on their way to the break room. Whenever someone glanced in their direction, he would look back, causing them to quickly walk away, like startled little lambs.
“Scared me to death! I just wanted to sneak a peek, and that big guy glared at me.”
“When I was watching from the front desk from a distance, I thought he was just an assistant. But he’s really an elite-level bodyguard, isn’t he?”
“I just looked at his arm muscles. That guy is seriously strong, easily twice my size.”
“Ahh, I’m so curious! I think the person coming to meet Mr. Pei must be Mr. Zhao.”
“But it seems like we haven’t cooperated with Mr. Zhao’s company, right?”
“Just because we haven’t cooperated doesn’t mean we can’t meet, right? I also think it’s Mr. Zhao. If a client were coming, there would be no reason to dress this casually.”
Inside the reception area, Zhao Yao reached out to adjust Pei Mingzhan’s tie. “You have work in the afternoon, so I won’t disturb you. I’ll head to the hotel first.”
When he heard this, Pei Mingzhan paused. “Which hotel did you book?”
Zhao Yao mentioned the hotel Yao Bai had reserved nearby.
The hotel’s location was close to the company and not far from where Pei Mingzhan was staying. He added, “Why don’t you come to my place in the evening? Why bother with a hotel? Just stay with me.”
Zhao Yao said, “Yao Bai made the reservation.”
The two of them exchanged a few more words, and then Pei Mingzhan handed the room key card to Zhao Yao before returning to his work. Employees noticed someone leaving the reception area. They saw Mr. Pei talking gently to the guy with the cap, and then the guy followed the bodyguard out.
“Pei Pei is this gentle? Shocking!”
“I’m a fan of Pei, but these past few days, seeing how stern he’s been at work… Woo woo. It’s so different from how he acts on TV.”
“True, men who are dedicated to their work are so charming. Seriously, the way he spoke so softly just now was like a shockwave to me.”
“Is that guy Mr. Zhao? The more I look, the more he seems like it. I really want to pull his mask down.”
“Did anyone notice that Mr. Pei’s lips look a bit red?”
“Hey, hey, hey, sister, if you knock on CP, knock on CP, don’t bring it into reality!”
“Back to work, everyone.” When the branch manager approached and noticed several employees engaged in private discussions, he had to remind them to focus on their tasks.
Since Pei Mingzhan had come to the branch office, he found out that the employees spent more time discussing matters among themselves. It seemed Film Emperor Pei’s advice to keep things low-key was right. Even the regular employees behaved this way. If the word got out, their office downstairs might turn into a fan pilgrimage site.
He was talking to his secretary when he paused upon hearing that Mr. Zhao had just arrived. “Mr. Zhao is here?”
The secretary nodded. “It seems so.”
“Then watch carefully, don’t let other people spread the matter here.” The branch manager was a little worried. Film Emperor Pei was an actor, and there are more things to worry about now than before.
Brother Lao thought for two or three days, hesitating on whether to tell Mr. Pei about Mr. Zhao’s girlfriend. Finally, he made a decision. Frankly, he knew that falling for a straight guy wouldn’t lead to anything, but watching Pei Mingzhan chase after Zhao Yao for so long, only to be met with frustration, left him feeling both frustrated and exhausted.
In the end, it was probably for the best. This way, he wouldn’t have to worry about managing public relations and suppressing rumors, and Pei Mingzhan wouldn’t have to waste his time on a straight guy. But thinking about Old Pei, who had been single for so many years, falling in love for the first time and facing disappointment, he couldn’t help but feel a bit sorry for him.
Pei Mingzhan had been on a business trip for the past two weeks, accompanied only by his secretary. Brother Lao pondered it and decided to tell him. He prepared his words carefully, ready for a long conversation with Pei Mingzhan. Losing in love wasn’t a big deal. What mattered was how one coped with it.
It was almost time to get off work, when Brother Lao called Pei Mingzhan.
The call was quickly answered, and Brother Lao cautiously asked, “Old Pei, are you done with work? There’s something I need to talk to you about.”
Pei Mingzhan replied, “I’m done with work.”
The voice on the other end of the phone sounded a bit noisy, not like it was in an office. Brother Lao started to worry a bit, saying, “No, you didn’t bring too many people with you to Y City, did you? Don’t go to crowded places. In case you’re recognized by fans, it’ll be troublesome for you.”
“I know. I came out to buy something,” Pei Mingzhan replied simply.
Brother Lao asked, “What do you need to buy that your secretary can’t?”
Pei Mingzhan answered, “Snacks. Others might not get the right flavors.”
“Then make sure you don’t get recognized!” Brother Lao said and added, “I’ve never known you to be so picky about food.”
“Well, I’m buying them for Zhao Yao,” Pei Mingzhan said.
“???” Brother Lao was puzzled.
Then he realized, “Wait, wait? Mr. Zhao went to your place?”
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