I’m A Baller - Chapter 37
Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
Guo Zihao had no qualms when he cursed at them with the intention to break up their relationship. It shocked everyone there.
A girl and another handsome guy who was singing placed their microphones down on the table and turned around to look at the ruckus. The room went silent and all that was left was the background music playing.
Lin Weiwei frowned and stood up straight, looking at Guo Zihao. “Brother Guo, sit and rest for a while. Have some fruits now to absorb the beer. You drank way too much.”
An Lu went over to give him a helping hand as well, wanting to drag Guo Zihao back to the sofa for a rest.
Some people were unable to control their emotions after they went crazy when they were drunk, whereas there were also people who just wanted to use the opportunity to make a point.
No matter what kind they were, neither were the kind that could be persuaded. Persuasion would just cause the situation to worsen.
Just like a kid who was crying, more coaxing would only make him or her cry even harder.
Guo Zihao flung his hands away from An Lu’s and stared hard. He then shouted at the top of his lungs, “Weiwei, don’t be protective of him! I have to teach him a lesson! He intentionally made me and Li Yao make fools out of ourselves. Did you not see it?”
Lin Weiwei’s expression suddenly changed to a serious one.
“Guo Zihao, must you cause a scene at my birthday party?”
The more protective Lin Weiwei was of Wang Yan, the angrier Guo Zihao became. In addition to the amount of alcohol he drank, no one could control that mouth of his.
“It wasn’t me who started it! He started it! An unfashionable man from out of town made fun of your friend and classmate, and you’re still protective of him?”
The girls suddenly went crazy and grew agitated because of his words.
“Guo Zihao, what unfashionable man from out of town are you scolding?”
“If you cannot deal with the consequences, then don’t play!”
“He was just sitting quietly in the corner. Did he beg you to play with him?”
“Are you not ashamed by the situation now?”
When everyone started ganging up against him, Guo Zihao didn’t even know who to look at anymore. The problem shifted away from Wang Yan.
At that time, Huang Xu, who was a bystander all this time, stared at Wang Yan and opened his mouth unexpectedly. “Brother, you should solve your problems and clean up your mess. Are you just going to watch as the girls stand up for you?”
Everyone else was stunned and involuntarily turned to look at Lin Weiwei.
Huang Xu one of Lin Weiwei’s suitors. His family was rich and had worked together with Lin Weiwei’s father’s company before, so his status wasn’t easily threatened.
Huang Xu suddenly meddled with the situation, and all the girls could only wait for Lin Weiwei’s opinion, allowing her to solve the problem herself.
Lin Weiwei was about to open her mouth when Wang Yan grabbed her arm and pulled her down. “You take a seat.”
Then, he raised his head and looked towards the aggressive Guo Zihao.
“Brother Guo, you started the game, and the rules were set by you as well. My alcohol tolerance level is not high, and I happen to be bad at drinking games. I do not still owe you a single cent from all the games that I lost, so may I ask, what did I do that was so wrong?”
Wang Yan’s tone was kind and he sat up straight on the sofa with a glance that was clear. The atmosphere was serious because of his attitude.
Guo Zihao heard what he said and froze in place.
Wang Yan hadn’t given him any chance to sort out his train of thought and piece his sentences together. He merely smiled and continued, “Brother Li didn’t drink any less than you, but he doesn’t have many opinions about it. In the end, it was a matter of winning and losing in a game.”
At the mention of Li Yao, everyone involuntarily turned to look at him.
The sight was Li Yao laying on the sofa, motionless and breathing heavily, just like a dead dog.
However, people with sharp eyes would realize that the stack of cash on the table that was supposed to belong to Li Yao had disappeared.
He must have put it all away.
Li Yao wasn’t drunk to the extent of losing consciousness; he just didn’t want to be part of the matter any longer.
As the saying went, “it is better to conquer one’s mind than destroy one’s body.” One was acting like a dead dog, and another one was acting crazy while drunk. Were these not the results of winning or losing the game?
A few girls looked at them with loathing and sneered.
Wang Yan felt that it wasn’t enough, thus, he added on as an additional impact, “How about this: I will still foot the bill, but the bet will be called off. The money I gave just now will be a compensation fee for both of you. Use it to buy a new outfit and let us keep the harmony and peace that we had.
“Most importantly, don’t affect Weiwei and everyone else’s mood at this party.
“Everyone gets only one birthday celebration a year. As friends, if we are unable to help out, we should at least not cause more problems for her, right?”
Wang Yan’s words made a lot of sense, and the idea was clear and concise. Guo Zihao was speechless and annoyed. He felt as if there was something stuck in his throat, but he couldn’t get it out of his system.
The remaining ladies started clapping one at a time until everyone was doing it, and they were all laughing and cheering. They all thought that Wang Yan was very manly and cool.
Wang Yan turned around and waved to the waiter. “Come here, bring the QR code. I will foot the bill.”
Watching as the waiter walked towards him, Guo Zihao was shocked and didn’t know how to think or retaliate anymore.
If he let Wang Yan settle the bill, he would lose all the respect he had from everyone. There would be no need to talk about wooing Nawu anymore, since he wouldn’t even remain friends with Lin Weiwei.
If words spread, it would tarnish his reputation. As a person in the Capital, how could he let that happen?
He cursed under his breath and admitted defeat!
‘Just you wait!’ he thought to himself.
“Get lost! I will accept my loss since I agreed to take part in the bet. Why would I need you to settle it for me? Waiter, come over here. How much is it altogether?”
“Twenty-three thousand five hundred dollars, sir.”
Guo Zihao stopped in his tracks and stared with his eyes wide open.
The waiter carefully told him, “The ladies ordered another four bottles of Armand de Brignac. If I round the value, the total is 23,500 dollars.”
Guo Zihao wanted to puke blood after hearing the value, his whole body trembling.
He turned his head to look at the small tables near the girls. On top of them sat five bottles of Armand de Brignac placed side by side. The golden bottles were shining and glistening under the light.
He felt like fainting.
‘You… you people are so frivolous!’ he thought to himself.
Heaving a huge sigh, he gritted his teeth and took out a credit card from his wallet.
“Swipe my card!”
The first time it was swiped, it was rejected and the waiter was panicking. He notified him in a quiet tone, “Sir, the card has an insufficient balance…”
Guo Zihao was feeling dizzy about the thought of having to pay. He couldn’t remember what the maximum limit obtained from the card was.
His father could buy him a watch that cost 66,000 dollars, but it didn’t mean that his allowance would be that much as well. He counted the amounts approximately and felt that with all his cards combined, he likely had around 40,000 to 50,000 dollars.
However, if he had to swipe each card one at a time, it would be way too embarrassing.
Gritting his teeth again, he took a wad of notes from his wallet and passed them to the waiter, then pointed to the other notes that were on the small table. It was what he had won from Wang Yan in the game. He pointed to it disappointedly, signaling for the waiter to take it.
“Count how much there is on the table and in my hand. If it’s not enough, take the remaining from my card…”
There was close to 13,000 dollars in cash, and after getting the remaining amount from the credit card, he finished paying the total bill.
He watched as the money he had won with his life on the line flew away. In addition to losing half of his allowance, that feeling was unimaginable…
He felt pain and discomfort in every part of his body.
Guo Zihao stretched his hand out and pointed at Wang Yan. It was as if he wanted to threaten Wang Yan, but no words came out of his mouth.
His wallet was empty, and his brain seemed to have been emptied along with it.
He was pitiful, yet no one showed him any sympathy.
Who could he blame for the situation?
Guo Zihao swung his arm violently, went over to the sofa to retrieve his belongings, and turned towards the door so that he could leave the place.
Suddenly, Huang Xu opened his mouth to stop him. “Zihao, come over. Sit here and drink with me!”
It happened all too suddenly, the scene confusing everyone.
The girls turned to look at Lin Weiwei and Lin Weiwei turned to stare at Huang Xu.
Huang Xu showed no emotions, as if nothing had happened, and was dragging Guo Zihao to drink with him. Then, he turned his head to look at Wang Yan.
“Brother, are you short on money? How about the three of us play another round?”
Once he said it, everyone in the room was whispering to one another about it.
Huang Xu wanted to stand up for Guo Zihao?
However, why didn’t it seem like they had a close relationship?
After seeing the cold expression Lin Weiwei wore, everyone had a sudden realization.
The reason was that Lin Weiwei had been overprotective of Wang Yan before and even made physical contact with him, causing Huang Xu to harbor a grudge toward Wang Yan.
Huang Xu was the oldest and considered half of a contributing member to society. His family was also the wealthiest among everyone there. In front of all the students, he was confident that he would be able to teach Wang Yan a lesson.
Whomever he wanted to punish, he didn’t have to think twice and just acted according to his mood.
Guo Zihao wanted to understand what was going on, but he was still touched beyond words.
Huang Xu was truly from a family of tycoons, ranking in the top three of Lin Weiwei’s circle of friends. On normal days, Guo Zihao wouldn’t even have the opportunity to butter up to him, but Huang Xu stood up for him. No matter what the reason was, it meant his suffering had not been in vain!
Putting his excitement aside, he had a problem… he was broke from paying the bill!
Guo Zihao embarrassedly opened his mouth. “Huang Xu, you should look at my…”
“It doesn’t matter.” Huang Xu patted Guo Zihao’s shoulders. “Do you not have a Rolex watch on your hand?”
After saying that, he took his watch off as well and raised his eyebrows at Wang Yan.
“Brother, I didn’t bring much cash today, but this Breguet Marine watch cost 238,000 dollars when I bought it. I will use it as a bet. That should be enough, right? Using the same rules as the previous game, 5,000 dollars for every round, do you dare to play?”
Wang Yan was sick and tired of their actions. Why did everyone have to flaunt their money and act like a fool in front of him?
‘Will you people be able to keep up?!’ he thought to himself.
However, Wang Yan remained silent. He raised his head to look at Lin Weiwei, signaling, “You settle this.”
A few girls who were new there became disappointed. They straightened their backs and were going to take a look at the commotion, but they returned to sit on the sofa instead.
Bao Yuxin, who was a handsome guy, was excited. He couldn’t wait to see the situation get out of hand, wanting to see both Wang Yan and Huang Xu suffer losses.
Guo Zihao was conflicted. On the one hand, he wanted to make Wang Yan puke from overdrinking and take his revenge. On the other hand, he was worried about the 5,000 dollar bet that was involved. His hand kept shivering.
However, no matter what, bootlicking was still a necessity for Guo Zihao.
“Huang Xu, he’s just an unfashionable man from outside of town. Starting the game with a 200,000-dollar watch, are you not bullying him?”
Wang Yan didn’t think much about it and only considered it like a dog’s bark. Lin Weiwei couldn’t take it anymore and burst into a scolding.
“I only met Wang Yan today, yet he was protective of me and considerate of my feelings. Just thinking about it is heartwarming.
“As a friend whom I have known for so long, you are showing me a young master’s attitude, going along with your moods, doing whatever you want to. What do you take me for?”
Wangwang had taken half an hour to spend 550,000 dollars and acted as if he only spent 55 dollars. He had more of a right to act high and mighty than the two of them!
He didn’t want to be annoying about it, but now the rest of them took him as a weakling?
They wanted to bully him, but had they asked for her permission?!
Lin Weiwei was so agitated that she didn’t care about putting up a front.
“Wangwang, could you take your watch off, please?”
Wang Yan gave a smile, took his watch off, and placed it on the table.
Lin Weiwei turned his head to look at Huang Xu and folded her arms, her expression as cold as winter.
“Mr. Huang, he bought this watch at Patek Philippe this afternoon. I went along with him. The price of it is 488,000 dollars.
“Call your father now to come with 250,000 dollars to make up for the difference between the two watches, then I will decide for him. It doesn’t matter how you want to play. We will go along with you all the way!
“Have you decided? Do you want to do it?!”
Everyone around them was so silent that if a pin dropped, it would be heard clearly.