I’m A Baller - Chapter 20
Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
The young man’s survival instincts were lacking. He couldn’t help it.
It was definitely useful to think before he spoke, but Wang Yan’s emotional intelligence was just not there yet. The habit of thinking before he spoke wouldn’t help him master the art of conversation overnight.
Liu Li’s face darkened, but Wang Yan was unaware of what he’d done wrong. He only came to the realization that he’d said something wrong when he replayed the sentence in his head.
That was two mistakes in a row.
First, the subject of his joke was clearly a mistake. It was acceptable to joke with Liu Li, but bringing her best friend into the picture might have made her a little uncomfortable.
Secondly, he had overlooked Liu Li’s efforts.
She wasn’t helping him for that 6,500 dollars. Instead, she helped him because his idea was fascinating and she wanted to help him save that money. Lastly, she might have wanted to take this chance to introduce him to her best friends.
In a nutshell, whatever he said seemed to have crossed the line. They hadn’t known each other for a very long time. To be frank, they had just met. It was important for him to know the boundaries.
Losing his sense of limits was a reflection of his complacency and narcissism.
Wang Yan was a bundle of nerves as he broke out in a cold sweat.
‘What a show-off!
‘You’ve blown your chances!
‘Come on, think of a way to salvage this conversation before things start to turn sour!’
In his state of panic, he could feel his survival instincts kicking in, and he quickly added on, “Of course, no matter how pretty the owner of the apartment is, 6,500 yuan will be the maximum amount that I’m willing to pay. But if the owner was Senior Li Li, I would be willing to pay any amount!”
He had his heart in his mouth, but he kept his calm composure. His expressions didn’t falter for a second. Wang Yan finished his sentence with sincerity as he turned his head towards Liu Li and flashed her a warm smile.
Liu Li managed to hold eye contact for a few seconds before she quickly shifted her eyes and looked away bashfully.
She had butterflies in her stomach as a tsunami of emotions overwhelmed her.
This little black puppy… Why were his eyes so mesmerizing?
His stares were gentle yet firm. He didn’t look like an 18-year-old. His stares were embarrassing her.
‘I thought I was a boss, but here I am, falling for this little puppy’s flirting?!
‘I’m pretty sure this stupid Wang likes me, but how is he keeping his cool in such a situation?
‘Unless… I’m mistaken?
‘Sigh, he’s too innocent. I’m just overthinking the situation…’
Lost in her thoughts, she didn’t reply to Wang Yan, and the anger that she felt was long forgotten.
Staring at her face, Wang Yan realized that her skin was porcelain white and baby-soft. He felt a surging impulse to…
To kiss her!
‘Do you have a death wish? Control yourself!’
While Wang Yan was desperately fighting the urge to kiss her, he didn’t know that he was being labeled “an innocent kid.” If he had known, he would have definitely kissed her using his pure and innocent nature as an excuse!
He didn’t dare to kiss her. Nonetheless, he continued to compliment her.
Wang Yan lowered his voice and praised her genuinely, “San Wang, you’re gorgeous…”
Liu Li was caught off guard. She almost spat as she laughed.
Based on experience, she should have felt bashful. That was such heartfelt and romantic praise.
However, with that nickname…’I’m sorry, Your Majesty, I can’t help it!’
“Can’t you act more seriously?!”
Liu Li slapped his shoulder with such force that she could feel a tingling pain lingering on her palm.
Hence, she immediately shot Wang Yan a glare. “Annoying pr*ck!”
Wang Yan wasn’t dumb. He could tell that this was a sign they had become much closer. He giggled and grabbed Liu Li’s hand carefully. “Does it hurt?”
Another slap landed on his shoulder.
The lady snorted. “I used my right hand to hit you and you’re asking me if my left hand hurts?”
‘F*ck! Did I?’
Wang Yan reflected internally. ‘That was my first time holding a girl’s hand. I was too nervous. I’ll take note of this for next time!’
On the surface, he chuckled and continued to act dumb. “Your hands look really pretty.”
Liu Li took pride in her hands.
Her fingers were long and slender, but that didn’t mean that they were bony. When she pressed her fingers together, there were no obvious gaps between them. Her fingers were well proportioned.
Her fingers were long, soft, and looked natural. In addition to that, her skin was fair, which was an added bonus. She could have easily made a living by becoming a hand model. Why wouldn’t she be proud of her hands?
Liu Li couldn’t help but agree with what Wang Yan said, so she didn’t bother lecturing him. She merely warned him, “If you dare to touch me again, I’ll make sure to break that leg of yours! You heard me!”
Wang Yan replied with a smile but said nothing.
‘Who cares if you keep on putting on that fierce act? I’ll continue to annoy you! Let’s see who’ll be the winner!’
Liu Li wanted to make sure that Wang Yan was conscious of their one-year age difference. As the train was approaching its destination, her phone kept buzzing with incoming notifications.
Some were voice messages, while the rest were text messages. All of them were messages asking where she was and when she would exit the station.
Wang Yan stood up quietly and carried down her luggage before making his first call of the day.
“Hi there, I’m Mr. Wang. May I know when it would be convenient for me to drop by the store?”
After a simple exchange of questions, Wang Yan had his mind made up.
He just had to wait for the train to approach the station so he could leave.
Wang Xing glowered at Wang Yan and made the ugliest face he could, but there was no response from the latter.
Since a brownnoser would forever be a failure, there was no need to invest any time on one.
The capital station was huge, the exit of the station extremely far from the platform. Wang Yan definitely had to help Liu Li with her carry-on bags. It was only natural for a gentleman.
Liu Li didn’t have much on her. A suitcase, a backpack, and a handbag were all.
Wang Yan wasn’t born into a well-to-do family nor was he spoiled by indulgent parents. He could easily carry everything for her, but Liu Li felt bad. She insisted on carrying her backpack on her own, at the very least.
Wang Yan didn’t bother to argue with her. He took his duffel bag and hung it around her neck. He said firmly, “Carry this. That will make us even.”
Despite looking huge, the book in the duffel bag contributed to most of its weight. It was as light as a feather, hanging all the way down to Liu Li’s thighs.
Liu Li could feel her heart fluttering despite his abrupt actions. This was a new side of him that she had discovered, his authoritative side.
To most girls, the word “authoritative” didn’t necessarily have a bad connotation. When males asserted their dominance In the right situations, it provided a sense of security.
Liu Li was bubbling with joy as she followed behind Wang Yan. However, her expression changed as soon as she received a call.
“Wait, didn’t I tell you beforehand? No, you don’t have to pick me up…
“Alright, alright… Thank you so much! Muah! Here’s a kiss for you!
“Yes, yes. I know how to make my way to the parking lot! I’ll see you there!”
After hanging up the call, she pulled Wang Yan aside and made a detour.
“Let’s go! My friend is here to pick me up. We should go find them!”
Wang Yan had no opinions, he merely followed.
After much trouble, Liu Li finally found her friend. The two ladies sprinted towards each other the moment they saw each other at a distance. They ran into each other’s hugs and jumped in excitement as they began to chatter.
Wang Yan took his sweet time as he strolled towards them. Wang Yan was stunned when he saw her friend.
He gasped internally. “No wonder it’s called an academy for beauties. Why does everyone at that school look so good?”
The lady looked about five feet seven inches tall. She had a small waist and long legs, just like Liu Li. Her hair was dyed red, her facial features stood out beautifully, and her neckline was gorgeous. She was born to be a model.