The next day.
After coming in, Qin Hao carefully placed the documents on top of Gu Jingze's cabinet.
"President Gu, these are the documents related to the ongoing construction of the bay bridge. Please take a look at them. For the time being, we've narrowed the choices down to a few stronger tenders. We've already asked and obtained approval from President Gu's side. Now, we're awaiting your final decision."
Gu Jingze opened the folder and quickly skimmed through a few pages. However, his eyes were fixed on one of the documents inside.
"The Qin family submitted a tender this time?"
"Yes. President Gu, their capabilities spoke for them. After all, they've been in the construction industry for many years, so the panel thought that they were a pretty good choice too." Qin Hao paid attention to Gu Jingze's expression. He wanted to know why Gu Jingze suddenly mentioned the Qin family.
Did he not want the Qin family to participate?
Did he not like the Qin family?
However, just then, Gu Jingze suddenly said, "Let's settle on the Qin family then. They've done construction for many years and have the foundations and experience for it. Since the panel also finds them suitable too, we'll choose them."
While saying this, he placed the documents at the side.
Qin Hao looked at him in surprise.
Prior to this, he had helped investigate Lin Che's background and naturally knew about her past relationship with Qin Qing.
Gu Jingze had dismissed Qin Qing almost immediately. Why had he unexpectedly handed such a large project to the Qin family?
Although the Qin family did, in fact, have the ability to handle it, it was not the only company with such abilities.
But there was no point in speculating his boss's intentions. Besides, he knew that his boss would not treat the project or the company lightly.
Lin Che had barely arrived home from the filming site when Gu Jingze suddenly said, "Come, I'll take you out to eat."
Lin Che said, "Ah, but I already ate during filming."
"Then we'll have supper." Gu Jingze wrapped his arm around Lin Che's shoulders in one swift motion and guided her out without giving her time to speak.
"Hey, hey, hey. Why exactly do I have to go?"
Although Lin Che was a little confused, she still ultimately trusted Gu Jingze, so she followed along as he pulled her out.
Very soon after, they arrived at a hotel owned by Gu Industries. When they entered the hotel, Lin Che felt that it was bustling with slight excitement inside. She could not help but ask, "What's happening inside?"
Gu Jingze said, "Oh, the tender process for a project just ended and we're planning to officially start work. They're currently celebrating and I came here to make an appearance."
"Oh, so that's what's going on."
They went in soon after. As they were accompanied by bodyguards, the people inside immediately saw Gu Jingze.
"President Gu is here."
"Oh, so President Gu is here."
"We're so honored to have you here, President Gu. Really… you take our project so seriously."
Gu Jingze was usually reclusive but actually graced the venue with his presence for the first time. As they looked at him, everyone believed that Gu Jingze thought very highly of this project and began to feel proud in spite of themselves.
However, Gu Jingze swept his eyes across his surroundings and immediately fixed his gaze on the main table inside.
His eyes twitched and the hint of a smile appeared on his face. Although it did not reach his eyes, it was greatly astonishing.
While being led by him, Lin Che felt slightly uncomfortable under the surprised gazes of so many people. Then, she followed Gu Jingze further inside.
As Lin Che walked, she raised her head only to see the person in front of her. Wasn't that… Qin Qing?
Qin Qing had already stood up from his chair.
He had immediately caught a glimpse of her from when Gu Jingze had entered the room. However, he had been momentarily shocked. On top of that, he even saw Lin Che accompanying Gu Jingze. He could not help but feel his spirits dampen.
Lin Che looked at Qin Qing in shock before tilting her head to look at Gu Jingze.
What was going on here?
Instead, Gu Jingze pulled her into his arms and immediately said to Qin Qing, "Second Young Master, we meet again. I'm very glad that you won the bidding this time."
While smiling, Qin Qing looked at this unpredictable man. He could no longer find the words to describe how he felt right now.
He could only glance at Lin Che and say to him, "President Gu is being too polite. It's Qin Industries' honor to be able to take on this project."
"Have a seat. I came here just to take a look. There's no need to be so nervous," Gu Jingze said. Without another word, he pulled out a chair and gestured for Lin Che to sit down first. Still in a bit of a daze, Lin Che glanced at Qin Qing before sitting down.
Gu Jingze also sat down thereafter.
Raising his eyebrows, he saw that Qin Qing was still standing there. He said coolly, "Take a seat. Why are you standing?"
"…" Qin Qing had no choice but to sit down.
Gu Jingze placed one arm on the table. His sitting position was such that his body was tilted slightly sideways and he vaguely exuded an imposing aura. The people at the table instinctively lowered their voices when they spoke because of his presence. Although they were all wealthy and respectable people, for some reason their aura diminished in front of Gu Jingze. Despite the fact that Gu Jingze was merely sitting there without moving and remained calm and elegant, they could still vaguely feel his domineering air.
Lin Che looked at Qin Qing and continuously signaled to him with her eyes in an attempt to ask him what exactly was going on.
However, in no time, Gu Jingze discovered the looks she was giving him.
He first looked at Qin Qing and asked, "Is Second Young Master in charge of the project on the Qin family's side this time?"
Upon hearing this, Qin Qing hastily replied, "Yes, President Gu."
"You're young and capable. I hope you do a good job."
The words themselves were encouraging, but when they came out of Gu Jingze's mouth, Qin Qing simply felt uncomfortable.
This was especially so as Lin Che was beside him.
Lin Che choked when her eyes met his. Feeling awkward, she could only lower her head and grab some food.
But Gu Jingze said straightforwardly, "By the way, Second Young Master and Ah Che are classmates, right?"
"Ah… yes." Qin Qing glanced at Lin Che.
"Why haven't you had any alumni gatherings?"
"Because… everyone is a little busy, so we don't meet."
"Then, are there any social gatherings coming up?"
"There aren't any. But we're very grateful to you for the opportunity to participate in the project this time. If you don't mind, the Qin family will be holding an auction tomorrow. We hope that you can grace us with your presence."
Hearing this, Gu Jingze smiled. "Sure. I'll definitely go if I have the time."
The people at the table almost did a spit take.
Besides them, even Lin Che herself was about to do the same.
Had Gu Jingze actually agreed to be a guest at the Qin residence?
However, at the same time, everyone thought to themselves in amazement. It turned out that Qin Qing unexpectedly had such a relationship with Gu Jingze; he was Gu Jingze's wife's classmate.
How the pillow talk had swayed Gu Jingze.
Qin Qing looked at Gu Jingze with wide eyes. He was slightly surprised at that moment.
However, he hesitated momentarily under the gaze of everyone at the table. Ultimately, he did not make the denial that he wanted to.
Lin Che gulped. She thought that Gu Jingze had literally gone mad.
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Gu Jingze merely drunk a sip of wine with the people at the table as a show of thanks for the hard work before quickly leaving.
No one dared to stop him from leaving since he wanted to. They only told him to look after himself and to rest since he had to attend to various affairs daily and escorted him out.
When they arrived at the entrance, the bodyguards hired by the Gu family blocked them from going further and did not even allow them to come too close. Everyone watched as Gu Jingze and Lin Che left. They could not help but sigh in admiration. It was truly impossible for an ordinary person to surpass Gu Jingze's aura.
Qin Qing stood there and watched Lin Che leave. He instinctively closed his eyes.
As he listened to everyone's discussion about Gu Jingze, his heart sank even more.
Had Gu Jingze found out that he still had feelings for her?