SEVEN YEARS WITHOUT YOU
Huo Mian thought that it would be weird for the four of them to eat together, but since Qin Chu persisted, she didn't say more.
Qin Chu made reservations at the Phoenix, a restaurant that was known for traditional cuisines.
The restaurant had traditional decorations and mainly served smoked, marinated, and barbeque dishes. Their most famous dish was the House Special Spiced Chicken. Apparently, this dish was first marinated with their secret recipe for 24 hours before it was barbequed using low heat until golden. The meat was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and its aromatic scent could be smelled from miles away. This was a must-order dish at this restaurant.
Qin Chu was a man of many connections; the restaurant was usually packed and rarely had open tables available.
However, not only did the four of them get seats, they were also placed in the best private room within the restaurant.
Qin Chu and Huo Mian ordered a dozen specialty dishes after they arrived. Coincidentally, Gao Ran and Zhu Lingling bumped into each other downstairs.
They hadn't seen each other in years. Therefore, it was only natural for them to shoot cynical remarks at each other.
Gao Ran's black jaguar took up two parking spots, causing Zhu Lingling to have nowhere to park her Mazda. Of course she was going to complain about it.
Just as she was about to get off the car to talk to the driver, she saw Gao Ran.
"Why are you here?" Zhu Lingling frowned.
"Hey, Zhu Lingling, no time no see." Gao Ran knew that he was meeting Zhu Lingling and Huo Mian for lunch, so he wasn't surprised at all.
"Move your sh*tty car. It's taking up two parking spots. Don't be unreasonable."
"I thought you were against Japanese products back in high school, why did you buy a Japanese car?" Gao Ran rebutted.
Zhu Lingling rolled her eyes at him and snapped, "Back when the Eight-Nation Alliance invaded China, the United States and Great Britain were the most aggressive of them all. Why would you buy a Jaguar?"
"Haha, I don't think you understand. Thanks to the financial crisis, Ford sold Jaguar to India in 2008, so it's Indian-owned now. Please get your facts together before trying to teach me a lesson."
"An Indian car? Still doesn't make you a patriot," Zhu Lingling glared at Gao Ran as she backed up her car into a parking spot that had just opened up.
They entered the private room one after the other. Huo Mian smiled, "Did you guys get a chance to catch up? You haven't seen each other in years."
"Of course not, I wasn't close to that egomaniac back then anyway," Zhu Lingling immediately declared her stance.
Gao Ran glanced at her, "It's not like I liked you back then either. You think you're better than everyone because you're a flight attendant, right?"
"Being a flight attendant is better than being a cop, all you people do is take our tax dollars and do nothing."
They seemed like enemies in a spat, and Huo Mian was getting a headache just listening to them.
It's all because of stupid Qin Chu and his stupid idea; he seemed to be enjoying himself, playing with his phone as he listened to them bicker.
"Have you ordered?" Gao Ran asked.
Huo Mian nodded, and then said to the waiter by the door, "You can serve the dishes now."
"Hey, let's make a deal, I'm buying today. Chu, don't think about grabbing the bill first," Gao Ran declared.
"Sounds good, I won't fight over the bill with you." Qin Chu smiled; he was in a good mood.
As soon as Zhu Lingling heard that Gao Ran was buying, she turned around and asked the waiter, "Excuse me, do you guys have red wine?"
"Yes we do, miss, what would you like?"
"I'd like a bottle of your most expensive wine."
"I'll go get it for you, please wait."
Smiling, Zhu Lingling looked down at the menu. The most expensive bottle of red wine was 3888 yuan.
Gao Ran laughed, "Is one bottle enough? Should we order another one?"
"Do you think I'm afraid of you? Waiter, get me two bottles of that wine." Zhu Lingling was unwilling to back down.
"I don't care how many bottles you order, but I hate wasting, so you better drink it all," Gao Ran snickered.
"Of course I will."
"Lingling, will you be able to finish it all?" Huo Mian secretly tugged at the corner of her friend's shirt.
"So what if I can't, you can, right? You're the heavyweight. I heard that you guys drank a lot last night, how much did you drink? More than five bottles?"
Huo Mian immediately reached out to cover Zhu Lingling's mouth, gesturing for her to stop. She was afraid that someone else at the table might explode.
Then, Qin Chu put away his phone and said, enunciating every word, "People who can't handle their booze shouldn't flaunt."
"Ha, you got drunk last night? Did you lose it?" Zhu Lingling looked at Huo Mian with an evil expression on her face.
Before Huo Mian could answer, Gao Ran suddenly interjected, "So you guys had fun last night, eh? What position did you guys do it in? Was Qin Chu on top or were you?"
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