to look into.
For this… you need to do it more secretively.”

After briefing him, they left the restaurant.

Liu Chen personally witnessed Qin Man walk over to a silver Ferrari and naturally get on.
Ten or so seconds later, it whizzed past him.

… Sure enough, young people changed their minds easily.

The one who disdained flashy sports cars in the past now had the latest model.

While driving, Ji Ran called.

Qin Man put on his earphones and answered, “Yes?”

“Where are you?”

“In the car, I just met with a friend.
Do you want me to go over to you?”

“Go directly to the office.” Then, he hung up.

Both of them had skipped a whole afternoon of work.
By the time Qin Man arrived, Ji Ran already had his legs crossed while playing a game.

Ji Ran didn’t even look up when he heard Qin Man arrive.
“Is that piece of land at Wang Xing yours?”

Qin Man had already heard the abnormality in his tone over the phone and made ample preparations.
Hearing this question, his face did not reveal a single trace of surprise.
“That’s right.”

“Aren’t you bankrupt?” Ji Ran threw his phone onto the table as his game avatar died.
“How do you still have such a huge piece of land?”

Recalling the ‘rumour’ Cheng Peng had shared with him earlier, he narrowed his eyes with a dark face.
“You… What’s going on with your family?”

Ji Ran didn’t dare to think further despite knowing this.

The title deed of that land alone could be sold for a few hundred million.
If what Cheng Peng said was true, Qin Man didn’t even need him and those debts could hardly be worth mentioning.

In that case, why did Qin Man allow himself to accept such a compromising deal with him?

What was his goal?

“We’re bankrupt.
Do you need me to bring out the court-issued bankruptcy statement?” Qin Man feigned helplessness and gave a bitter laugh.
“This piece of land was left by my grandfather and it’s also my last hidden card.”

Ji Ran gave a cold laugh.
“Hidden card?”

Why did he feel like if this was a game of Fight The Landlord, this was akin to dropping two jokers right after playing a straight hand?

“Have you been to Wang Xing?” Qin Man suddenly asked him.

Arms crossed, Ji Ran answered with a bad temper.
“I have.”

“In that case, you should know that apart from some housing in that area, practically no one else has gone there.
There isn’t even a single supermarket in the area, let alone a commercial district.” Qin Man paused before he continued, “Of course, it’s because of this that the higher ups decided to develop that piece of land.
However, no instructions have come even now; only some talk and rumours about it.
My family went bankrupt half a year ago, but if I’d sold the deed back then, I’d only be able to receive a fifth…or less of what it’s worth now.”

“It’s too great of a loss, I won’t sell it.
That’s why… I really had no choice.”

Ji Ran was still doubtful.
“You already said it’s all rumours… you’d rather shoulder all that debt than use it to resolve your problems instantly?”

“I was indeed considering it at the start.” Qin Man grinned, his tone gentle.
“But didn’t you appear?”

Saying so, he pressed both hands against the office desk and closed in on Ji Ran with a smile.
“Speaking of which, if that piece of land is really sold for a good price… I have to thank you.”

His tone was extremely light.
“Tell me, how do you want me to repay you?”

Ji Ran’s heart sped up.
For a second, he even thought Qin Man would kiss him.

Apart from the bedroom, there was no need for excessive physical contact between them.
He had originally planned to clear this matter up, but too many things happened recently that caused him to push these thoughts all the way to the back of his mind.

Coming back to his senses, Ji Ran took a step back.
“… Who needs your repayment?”

“But I want to repay you.”

What’s going on with this person? Who would be so eager to repay others?

“I said no need.”

Qin Man smiled.
“In that case, hold onto it for now.
If you think of something in the future, you can let me know.”

He emphasised, “Anything is fine, I will do it.”

Ji Ran choked and only felt his throat tighten.
“What can a poor man like you do for me… get lost!”

This was what Xu Lin saw when he opened the door.

The words he’d intended to say got caught in his throat; he could neither swallow them back nor spit them out.

Ji Ran was abruptly pulled back to reality.
With a burning face, he didn’t think twice before pushing Qin Man away and feigned calm.
“What is it?”

“Oh, uh.” Xu Lin pulled himself together.
Stepping forward, he put a card and several files onto the table.
“Ji Wei told me to pass these to you.
The rest are documents from the last two days, you can have a read through them.
If there are no issues, you can sign it.”

“… Got it.
Come get them before getting off from work.”

Xu Lin was quite capable.
In the two days he’d spent away from work, this person had meticulously arranged everything.
Apart from signing of the documents that could not be helped, everything was completed.

Ji Ran threw the file aside and stared at the red card.

The wealthy were really exaggerated.
A birthday invitation like this only required a call, yet they had to personally deliver it.

The front part was filled with nonsense, but the back was written with the words

[Sincerely inviting Qin Man and Ji Ran to attend the banquet.]

Qin Man’s name was written at the front with large fonts while his name was squeezed into the back, evidently having been added in at the last minute.

“Are you going?” Qin Man stood in front of the table and flipped through the file as he asked.

“Why wouldn’t I go?” Ji Ran threw the card aside.

The heat on his face had already subsided.
“Since they aren’t afraid of trouble, I’ll have to honour them.”

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