I’m A Baller - Chapter 63
Wang Yan chatted with his relatives for a while and rubbed Zhang Yao’s head as though she was a pet. She was about to throw a fit when he secretly stuffed a red packet in her hands. The little girl was immediately coaxed as she beamed with joy.
“Elder brother, go and have fun with your friends! I’ll take your place to host this table!”
Wang Yan gave her a thumbs up. He greeted his relatives before returning to his classmates’ side.
Given the price of Millenium, it was no surprise that the dishes were quite ordinary.
However, Wang Yan was very sincere to everyone while he went around socializing with them, table by table. He drank without hesitation and spoke without offending anyone, making the scene very harmonious.
A youth who could do this had the potential to be a leader.
However, all his classmates were only teens, so they didn’t notice Wang Yan’s charm.
After the lively meal, everyone was in high spirits. Yu Qiuli suggested, “It’s rare for us to get together and we’re so happy today. Why don’t we go for another round?”
Actually, if Gu Jiashu hadn’t caused a scene earlier and secretly invited Yu Qiuli, it was hard to say if there would be a next round.
Everyone hadn’t had enough fun. Apart from one of them who had something on, everyone was cheering and agreeing to Yu Qiuli’s suggestion.
“In that case, should we go for some karaoke together?”
Once again, Wang Yonglei was hot-blooded. He stood up and pretended to be the leader. “Boys will go Dutch. Girls don’t have to pay!”
The other boys were equally overzealous. They all cheered.
Gu Jiashu waved his hand and announced, “Go Dutch? Are you looking down on me? Let’s go to Imperial Entertainment. I’ll settle the bill!”
“Xiaogu, you’re the most handsome guy!”
Immediately, some girls applauded and cheered. It was because Imperial Entertainment was the best and most expensive KTV in the city. It was definitely a luxury place.
Wang Yan sighed silently. He really had nothing to say about his two friends.
Actually, if one had the money, it would be best for the person to pay the bill directly. Among classmates, if one had the financial ability, spend more. If one didn’t have money, spend less. No one would care.
If a person didn’t have the money and yet wanted to organize an event where everyone split the bill, then it would be best to include the girls in splitting the bill. If the boys had to pay and yet the girls could get away without paying, the narrow-minded boys would have objections about it. The girls might not feel comfortable too.
How stupid was Wang Yonglei’s suggestion?
The most important thing was: didn’t Wang Yonglei have any f*cking idea about his own family background?
Even if Gu Jiashu wasn’t present, Wang Yonglei shouldn’t be the one to initiate such a suggestion.
Wang Yonglei felt too good about himself after getting a little tipsy from drinking. Did he really think that he was charismatic?
Lo and behold. Wang Yonglei had created a perfect opportunity for Datou to act cool. How would the former feel?
Wang Yan speculated that Wang Yonglei must be regretting his stupidity now.
Wang Yan suddenly felt a little dispirited. After thinking about it carefully, he decided not to join the rest.
He apologetically declined, “Friends, I’m really sorry. I can’t join you guys. I’m going out soon.”
Wang Yan’s words poured cold water on his classmates’ enthusiasm.
“Where are you going? You’re the main character today. You can’t leave!” someone objected.
However, Wang Yan had already thought the situation through.
He was currently in his dormant period. It wasn’t suitable for him to spend money while hanging out with his classmates, nor was it appropriate for him to stand out too much. If they ran into trouble, should he just ignore it?
Every time when a group got drunk at a party, there would surely be a bunch of troublesome matters to deal with. Should he take charge to settle the affairs?
It was very tiring to pretend to be a loser. Would anyone understand that?
He might as well go to the Capital and visit Sanwan.
He had promised to give his first time to her. If he continued to restrain his urges, he would probably go crazy.
Thus, he firmly refused his classmates. “I really can’t. I have to go to the countryside to visit my grandmother. She didn’t come today. She’s waiting for me at home.”
Once such a valid reason was brought out, everyone had nothing else to retort Wang Yan with.
They bid each other farewell amicably and went their own ways.
Yu Qiuli was still enthusiastically organizing the next activity. She didn’t feel any loss for Wang Yan’s absence. She kept emphasizing the things to be careful of with Gu Jiashu.
Wang Yan smiled nonchalantly. He had once again gained some insights:
If one didn’t have money, the person’s temperament and knowledge might not be of much use.
If the person met a girl who wasn’t so materialistic, perhaps the girl would fall for his charm. An example of such a girl was Liu Li.
If the person met a girl who was more materialistic and mature, what use did the girl have with his temperament? Could the person’s temperament be used as food?
When a person was poor, all his advantages would be discounted.
When a person was rich, all the good points would be magnified.
Hence, one still had to be rich. Everything else was irrelevant!
Wang Yan thought to himself: let’s end things here for the summer vacation. When I come back during the winter vacation, I’ll show you what it means to be rich!
It didn’t matter much to Wang Yan that he was not the center of attention now.
Next time when they met, his friends had better be prepared to welcome a brand new Wang Yan.
After saying goodbye to his parents and informing them that he was going to stay at his grandmother’s place for a few days, Wangyan returned to his rental house. He took two pairs of underwear, three books, a mobile phone charger and he went straight to Wangjiaao.
In the rural village, Wang Yan stayed with his grandmother for four days.
In the morning, he went to the field to pick some fruits and vegetables. Then, he put them in the well to keep them sweet for the entire day.
When it was not so hot, he would quietly read a book. When the weather was scorching, he would go swimming in the reservoir.
In the evening, he chatted with Liu Li. Occasionally, he would tease Lin Weiwei and Reyi Nawu.
Wang Yan would take over all the work that his grandmother was unable to do. His actions won him the praise of his grandmother and his uncle’s family.
Wang Yan knew in his heart that his grandmother was 82 years old this year, so she only had a few more years to live. Since he had time now, he would spend more time with her. He didn’t want to leave any regrets for himself.
Over these four days, Wang Yan had completely calmed down from his initial over-the-moon state of mind. At the same time, he accumulated even more drive in his heart.
On the 12th, the driving school called to inform him to collect his license.
Wang Yan said goodbye to his grandmother and went back to Gujiao. He stayed with his parents for another night.
He told them that he was going to Xingcheng to help his classmates as a supervisor. He accepted the 200 Yuan given by his parents as transportation fee. On the morning of the 13th, Wang Yan boarded the train to the provincial capital.
It was noon when he arrived at the capital. Wang Yan didn’t trouble anyone. He took the shuttle sent by Shangri-la Hotel in the capital.
Shangri-la Hotel was only 1,000 meters down the road from the Capital Dance Academy. It would be very convenient for Wang Yan to visit Sanwan, so he chose to stay there.
When he arrived at the hotel, he was asked to get off the limousine. However, the lobby manager didn’t bring Wang Yan to the front desk to check in. Instead, he invited him to a private VIP room.
The reason was very simple. When Wang Yan made the reservation online, he had checked the “Long Stay” option and he had booked a new suite.
200 square meters, 8,000 yuan a night, 15 days long stay.
Wang Yan had just signed and paid the deposit of 80,000 Yuan when the jade level membership card was delivered to his hand.
Actually, Wang Yan only needed to pay a deposit of 30,000 Yuan first. However, he felt that it was troublesome to pay twice, so he simply paid the full amount of his 10-day stay. It was still uncertain whether or not he would stay here for the last five days. He might not have to stay here.
The lobby manager respectfully handed over the card to Wang Yan with both hands. Then, the lobby manager passionately said, “Mr. Wang, you have automatically obtained the gold membership of the Shangri-la Group. In order to welcome your arrival, we have made an exception to upgrade you to jade level. We hope that you will enjoy your stay in Shangri-la Hotel in the capital.”
There seemed to be a lot of other benefits included: the VIP lounge was free for him to use and there were three kinds of welcome gifts. He also had a daily allowance of 500 Yuan to spend in the hotel. There was also a free buffet breakfast for two.
Wang Yan didn’t listen to the lobby manager carefully. These small benefits were not worth getting excited about.
It wasn’t even enough to match the profit he earned from catching two breaths.
After completing the check-in procedures, he went straight to his room. Standing in front of the French window, he looked out over the campus of Capital Dance Academy and couldn’t wait to call Liu Li.
“Hello, Wang Wang?”
Liu Li’s voice was quizzical. Wang Yan knew immediately that she was wondering why he had suddenly called her.
He smiled and pretended to be pitiful in front of her.
“Sanwan, I’m so hungry…”