Chapter 77: Embarrassment

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August 02, 2018

The weekend arrived quickly.

Early Saturday morning, Xiaonian scuttled around getting ready. The click clack of her heels on the floor woke up a bleary eyed Gong Ouyang who looked at Xiaonian in confusion.

“What are you doing getting ready so early in the morning?” he mumbled into his pillow.

Xiaonian paused as she was turning the cap of the lip balm. Did he already forget?

“I have to be at the Cuisine class in half an hour.”

“Oh.” And he fell asleep again without another word.

Gong Ouyang stayed in his study into the early morning working on a new software he developed and did not get even 3 hours of sleep. 

Xiaonian picked up a small booklet in which she noted some questions about the preparation of few dishes and shoved it into her bag.

She was not interested in impressing Gong Ouyang’s parents with her cooking, actually she thought that such a scenario was quite impossible, but she was someone who liked cooking. She found it cathartic. 

So, she decided to make the most of the experience. After all, one way or other, the outcome won’t change.

She already prepared a couple of simple breakfast dishes for Gong Ouyang and left for her class with the guards.

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When Gong Ouyang woke up, it was well past noon. And the first thing he registered was the sounds emanating from his stomach with persistence. 

Since living with Xiaonian he ate regularly without any complaints about the food, and now the hunger missing his breakfast became more noticeable.

Scowling at his stomach producing those weird noises and hunger pangs, Gong Ouyang quickly went through bath and entered the kitchen in a bad mood.

He knew that Xiaonian was out for her class and wont return for another hour. That means that he had to eat the garbage that the kitchen people make for him. Just thinking about him made him frown deeper.

Two maids made quick trips and in few minutes few dishes were laid before him. One particularly pretty maid came forward and served him few dishes after looking at his reaction.

The master looked so fierce without Miss Shi, the maid could only cry in her heart.

Gong Ouyang played with his food for a bit not eating immediately. His stomach gurgled once again and he steeled himself and put the food in his mouth prepared to berate the whole staff.

“…..”

This taste..

He looked at the maid standing by the table.

The maid saw his look and hurriedly explained, “That, Miss Shi already prepared food for you in the morning in case you woke and were hungry.”

A small corner of Gong Ouyang’s heart squeezed with pleasure. The scowl on his face immediately vanished and without another word he polished off everything on his plates without a word.

The maids serving him breathed a sigh of relief in their hearts. Most of them used to work for Gong Ouyang at Senlin and have experience their master’s violent temper at the dining table. 

But since they were moved from Senlin to TianZhi, everyone noticed how much different their master was. And almost everyone understood the reason for this change. Miss Shi Xiaonian. 

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