Published at 20th of February 2023 06:55:23 AM

Chapter 13

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Mr. Pei’s Concerns

What’s so surprising? How many people in the capital with the surname Pei could there be? If she called him Mr. Pei as usual, the news of who her husband was would quickly be exposed on the Internet tomorrow. As for arranging her and her husband to be in the same frame, Pei Jingzhou would not come, so she tried not to expose the surname Pei.

“Call me that in the future,” he said.

She agreed. “Okay.”

Pei Jingzhou said, “Say it again.”

Li Xiwu said, “Huh?”

Pei Jingzhou: “I want to hear it again.”

Li Xiwu: “…”

It was true that she had never called Pei Jingzhou Fourth Brother before. She would always call him Mr. Pei, whenever she was angry, she would call him Pei Jingzhou. She didn’t think much of it when she called him that, but now…

At the same time, at the Pei residence of Lake Lu. The lights were off in the living room. Pei Jingzhou sat lazily in the armchair by the curtains, his long legs crossed. The tablet in front of him was playing the live broadcast of Mother-in-Law Joy’s second season’s fourth group of guests. His other hand was holding his phone close to his ear.

He looked at Li Xiwu’s conflicted expression on the live broadcast and smiled. “No?”

After hesitating, Li Xiwu obediently called out, “Fourth Brother.”

Pei Jingzhou said, “Say it again.”

Li Xiwu, who had been quietly resting her hands on her thighs, slowly clenched her fists and gritted her teeth. “Fourth Brother.”

Pei Jingzhou looked at Li Xiwu, who was gritting her teeth on the live broadcast, and the smile on his lips deepened. “Are you angry?”

Li Xiwu smiled as she clenched her molars. “Not at all.”

Pei Jingzhou: “Have your molars loosened?”

Li Xiwu: “…”

As they chatted, Pei Jingzhou suddenly reminded her, “Don’t eat the dishes.”

Li Xiwu was stunned for a few seconds. “Huh?”

Pei Jingzhou repeated patiently, “Don’t eat the dishes.”

Don’t eat the dishes? Was he reminding her not to eat Han Qianye’s dishes? It seemed that he had already been watching the live broadcast while cooking dinner and had seen Han Qianye’s dark cuisine with his own eyes. But he had already been watching the live broadcast at that time. Why didn’t he answer her call?

Li Xiwu’s lips parted. “I know.”

Pei Jingzhou asked her, “What do you want to eat? I’ll get someone to send it to you.”

Send it to her? Does he not care about his mother? However, Pei Jingzhou never needed anyone to guess what he was doing.

“That won’t be necessary.” It wasn’t convenient for her to say too much. The broadcast was still live.

Pei Jingzhou nodded and hung up. Li Xiwu listened to the busy tone on the line and placed the phone screen facing the desktop.

Seeing that Li Xiwu had finished the call, Han Qianye began to pick up her chopsticks. “Try it.”

Li Xiwu took a breath. “Thank you.”

She did not listen to Pei Jingzhou’s reminder. Even though she was very clear about her physical condition and knew what she would experience after eating the mushroom, she did not refuse and ate the mushroom that Han Qianye had given her. She didn’t even frown as she forcefully swallowed it.

However, Han Qianye frowned and pulled out two pieces of paper from the tissue box. She elegantly wrapped the food with the tissue and threw it into the trash can. She drank most of the warm water in the cup in one go. When she looked up again, she saw that Li Xiwu was calmly eating the dishes she’d made tonight.

Han Qianye’s conscience was still there. After all, it was really too salty. She said to Li Xiwu, “It’s a little salty. Don’t eat it.”

Li Xiwu’s grip on the chopsticks was steady, her other hand on the bowl in front of her. “It’s fine. I can eat.”

Fine? Han Qianye could not believe that Li Xiwu actually said that it was fine. It was simply too salty to eat.

Li Xiwu picked up another piece of mushroom. Seeing that she was about to eat it, Han Qianye asked, “Is it really delicious?”

Li Xiwu said, “Yeah.” The mushrooms were already very soft and mushy. The eggs were all small pieces. It was true that they were very salty.

Han Qianye had mixed feelings. Was this daughter-in-law giving her too much face?! She couldn’t even swallow it!

Han Qianye barely ate this dinner. Only Li Xiwu quietly moved her chopsticks and reached into the egg and mushroom soup several times. However, she did not eat much. There were only seven or eight mouthfuls in total.

As Li Xiwu and Han Qianye did not communicate much, the popularity of the live-stream was not very high. The number of online viewers had decreased from more than 800,000 during the day to only 200,000 at night.

In the live-stream of the first group, the number of online viewers had already exceeded two million. The difference was really huge.

[Min Hanrong and her daughter-in-law look more comfortable. Group Four’s mother-in-law and daughter-in-law don’t look too familiar. It’s like they just met on the first day.]

[Li Xiwu’s husband is also mysterious. He’s not some super-rich person. Is that necessary?]

[Tao Jing’s hands are really beautiful. As expected of a pianist.]

[And Tao Jing’s clothes are also very beautiful. I’ve already screenshotted it and searched for it. The tears of the slum girl flowed like the West Lake. More than 3,000 yuan.]

[Min Hanrong’s three dishes look pretty good. Although they’re all vegetarian, they’re really not much better than the fourth group.]

[There’s only one bowl of egg and mushroom soup in the fourth group. Look at my frown.]

[I don’t like the atmosphere in Group Four. It’s always dead.]

[Group Four is basically where the mother-in-law takes the initiative to speak. Han Qianye can’t bear for Li Xiwu to do this and that, but Li Xiwu looks indifferent and her answer is very official. Did she used to be a phone customer service manager?]

Li Xiwu and Han Qianye were both recording and did not know what the comments in the live-stream were talking about.

The live recording of the first day ended smoothly after the two groups of guests sat together and chatted for half an hour after the meal.

The performance of the four groups of guests was not bad. Min Hanrong’s group had the highest popularity online, and Xie Wen’s group had the highest discussion. Li Xiwu and Xiang Lan’s results were about the same.

Li Xiwu returned to the guest room as if nothing had happened. The moment she closed the door, she felt relieved.

Han Qianye also returned to her room. After closing and locking the door, she immediately took her phone to her bed and called her friend.

Lin Yourong asked, “Is the recording over?”

“It’s over. I’m exhausted.” After saying that, Han Qianye began to complain. “There’s no freedom when I’m recording a show at all. There are cameras everywhere, and I’m afraid of making a fool of myself. I have to pay attention to everything. In the end, I still made a fool of myself today. That lyns? I really don’t know.”

Lin corrected him. “What lyns? That’s a lynx.”

Han Qianye said, “Something like that.”

Lin Yourong laughed at her. “That means a world of difference.”

Han Qianye said angrily, “Aiya, that’s not important.”

“Okay, okay, okay.” Returning to the main topic, Lin Yourong said, “I’ve watched the live broadcast. Many people online don’t like your group now.”

Han Qianye asked, “What?”

Lin Yourong realized that she had said something wrong and said again, “They do not like Li Xiwu.”

Han Qianye snorted. “That’s more like it.”

The two of them chatted.

At the same time, Li Xiwu, who was next door, turned pale. She held her stomach and slowly squatted down.

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