Winter days are often gloomy.
When Cheng Chu arrived at Gu Miao's company, the sky had already darkened.
She was going to a concert that night, so she had dressed up a bit. Her big wavy hair cascaded loosely down to her waist, and her already big and bright eyes were adorned with a hint of shimmering eyeshadow, making them sparkle like stars.
Cheng Chu was naturally beautiful, and with a touch of makeup, she became even more stunning.
The receptionist was taken aback by her beauty and paused for a few seconds before respectfully asking, "Hello, may I ask who you are looking for?"
Cheng Chu smiled, revealing a dimple on her cheek, which softened her slightly aggressive beauty.
"I'm here to see your chief, Mr. Gu."
The receptionist hesitated for a moment, suppressing the gossip burning inside her, and said politely, "Sure, may I ask for your surname? I may need to inform someone."
"My surname's Cheng."
There was a small leather sofa next to the reception desk, and the receptionist kindly asked her to sit there and poured her a glass of water.
Before she could take a sip, Gu Miao hurriedly pushed open the door from the staircase.
The receptionist was almost scared out of her wits.
Why did Mr. Gu come down in person, and why didn't he take the elevator?
She trembled as she explained, "Mr. Gu, this lady just said she was looking for you. According to company regulations, I didn't let her go up directly."
Cheng Chu turned her head and smiled at her, "It's okay, it's okay." She looked at Gu Miao with her bright peach blossom eyes and blinked, "Right, Mr. Gu?"
In a low voice, Gu Miao said, "Yes, but in the future, when this young lady comes, let her come straight up."
The front desk watched the two of them being affectionate and nodded repeatedly, "Okay, okay."
Back at her own workstation, she secretly opened her phone. Her trembling fingertips couldn't contain her excitement as she frantically typed on the screen.
"Just now, General Manager Gu's girlfriend came to see him! I was the one who received her!"
As soon as this message was sent, the group chat exploded.
"What?! Is this for real?"
"General Manager Gu has a girlfriend?? Won't she freeze to death from his coldness?"
"At least he's a handsome guy, just a bit cold and a workaholic."
"Am I the only one who cares about what his girlfriend looks like?"
The front desk girl replied with a flurry of messages.
"She's so pretty! Her skin is so smooth and her pores are invisible. I think she's even prettier than a celebrity, and she's super gentle too," she posted message after message, feeling quite pleased with herself. She continued, "And Mr. Gu is incredibly gentle with her. Just now, he even helped her carry her bag. I even heard him ask if she was tired today and if she had slept in the afternoon. Do you think they're living together?!"
The group chat exploded with excitement. "Oh my god, I think I saw it too! Just now, Mr. Gu and a beautiful woman went into the office, and two minutes later, they packed up and left work!"
"Why are we still working overtime while they're already on a date?!"
Meanwhile, on the other side, Gu Miao had no idea about the chaos in the group chat.
He happily held Cheng Chu's hand and leaned in to open the car door for her.
"Shall we go eat first? I made a reservation," said Gu Miao as he turned the steering wheel, his voice deep.
Cheng Chu turned to look at the dark circles under Gu Miao's eyes and said, "Why don't you go back and take a nap after we eat? I can go by myself."
Gu Miao worked at a game company and these days were the release period for a new game. He was so busy that he hardly had any time to spare, yet he still managed to make time to accompany Cheng Chu to the concert. Cheng Chu really didn't want to let him go.
"It's okay," he said warmly, patting Cheng Chu's head with one hand during a red light. "I've finished this portion of work, so I can leave early for a few days."
Cheng Chu couldn't resist him, but her clear and concerned peach blossom eyes melted Gu Miao's heart.
His Adam's apple bobbed up and down as he spoke with a hoarse voice, "I promise you, I'll accompany you to the concert and then go back to rest properly."
"Okay." Cheng Chu breathed a sigh of relief.
A low-key black Mercedes drove into the night.
The dishes at the private kitchen restaurant were excellent, and Cheng Chu couldn't stop praising almost every dish.
When they came out of the restaurant, a high round moon had already risen in the sky.
"We might have to hurry a bit." Cheng Chu checked his phone, "Jiaojiao and Mingyue are already waiting there."
"Okay, I'll drive faster." Gu Miao was also a little anxious.
Fortunately, today's journey was smooth, and there was no traffic jam as usual.
The crowd in front of the concert hall was bustling. This symphony orchestra was well-known internationally, and Shanghai was their only stop in China for their tour.
Many people interested in symphony music were afraid of missing this opportunity, so as soon as the news came out, tickets were almost impossible to come by.
Luckily, Ji Mingyue had connections and managed to grab four tickets in advance.
Originally, she was going to bring Lin Qifeng, but he didn't want to come, so she gave the ticket to Gu Miao instead.
The lighting in the concert hall wasn't very bright, but it was soft and illuminated with just the right amount of strength.
After the overture, they played Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony," which was almost the most classic symphony piece. The level of this symphony orchestra was beyond words, and Cheng Chu was excited and thrilled, with a heart that was floating with joy.
Ji Mingyue and Lu Jiaojiao were also excited, staring at the stage intently.
Amidst the exhilarating music, Cheng Chu suddenly felt a light tap on her shoulder.
Lost in the moment, she didn't realize that Gu Miao was sitting next to her until she turned around, displeased.
Under the bright lights, the man sitting next to her had his eyes half-closed, his cold brows furrowed with exhaustion, and his head unconsciously leaning towards her.
Cheng Chu's heart suddenly ached, and she reached out to gently support his head.
The man was in a half-dreaming state when he was suddenly touched, and he immediately woke up with a reflex.
Ji Mingyue and Lu Jiaojiao also looked over at some point, their three pairs of eyes staring at him without blinking.
In that moment, Gu Miao almost wished he could disappear into the ground.
Luckily, Ji Mingyue and Lu Jiao Jiao were afraid of making him feel awkward, so they quickly turned their heads and immersed themselves back into the concert without batting an eye.
Gu Miao clenched his hands, looking completely lost as he stared at Cheng Chu.
Did he embarrass her in front of her friends?
After that, Gu Miao couldn't fall asleep anymore. He kept glancing over at Cheng Chu, feeling anxious.
Fortunately, intermission came quickly.
Cheng Chu touched Gu Miao's hand and whispered, "Why don't you go home and rest first?"
He had been working hard these past few days, staying up late just to have this day off.
But Cheng Chu didn't want him to be like this, always putting her needs before his own health, always accommodating her unconditionally.
Gu Miao pursed his lips, his face turning slightly pale.
His voice gradually lowered, sounding cautious and conciliatory: "I'm sorry, Chuchu. I didn't mean to fall asleep. I promise to listen carefully from now on."
"I've already called a designated driver for you," Cheng Chu's tone was firm. "Go home immediately, lie down in bed and go to sleep. Do you hear me?"
The man's face turned even paler, his fingertips lightly touching Cheng Chu's hand as he spoke softly, "I'm sorry, Chuchu."
Cheng Chu could hear the careful tone in his voice and her heart suddenly felt a pang of sadness.
She gently held the man's probing hand and said softly, "I'm not angry, really. I'm just worried about your health. Please go home and get some rest. They're going to eat barbecue and it's going to be very late."
The people who came to the concert were all very polite, even during intermission, the music hall only emitted soft whispers.
Glancing down, Gu Miao softly replied, "Okay, I'll listen to you."
"Good." Cheng Chu finally breathed a sigh of relief and couldn't help but remind her, "Go back and sleep immediately, okay?"
The tall and sturdy man nodded obediently, looking like a well-behaved and obedient child.
"Okay, the designated driver is here, hurry back." Taking advantage of the people around them not paying attention, she leaned over and kissed his lips softly. "Be a good boy and listen to me. If I come back and find you waiting for me, I'll be angry."
The man's lowered eyelashes trembled slightly. "Okay, I'll go back and sleep."
During intermission, people occasionally walked around.
After Gu Miao left, Lu Jiaojiao leaned in and whispered, "Oh my god, Chuchu, I have to hand it to you. Chief Gu was completely won over by you."
Ji Mingyue nodded in agreement, "Yeah, I heard him apologize to you just now. He's so obedient. Last time when Lin Qifeng slept through the whole thing, I scolded him a bit and he said not to bother him with such boring things again."
Cheng Chu shook her head, "We can go to these things ourselves in the future. Let's not bother them."
"You're right," Ji Mingyue chimed in.
Since Gu Miao left, the three of them were fully immersed in the concert. When the second half ended and they left the music hall, they still felt unsatisfied.
The night scene of the city was bustling, with lights flickering in the winter night.
The three of them went to the street vendor they used to frequent, eating grilled skewers and drinking beer. Last year, Ji Mingyue got engaged to Lin Qifeng, and now even their wedding house is ready.
Although Ji Mingyue's words are always full of complaints and grumbling, Ji Mingyue can't hide the happiness in her eyes.
The owner of the street stall is a middle-aged man with a beard, and he is very familiar with the three of them. When he sees them, he even gives them ten extra skewers of pork.
"How long has it been since you came with your boyfriend?" He puts the stainless steel plate full of skewers on the table and asks Ji Mingyue with a smile.
Lu Jiaojiao takes a bite of the roasted potato and says with a smile, "He's almost her husband now."
"Really? Congratulations!" The owner beams and waves his hand, "I'll give you ten extra skewers of beef tonight."
On this cold winter night, the atmosphere is warm and lively on the carpet as they chat and clink beer bottles, despite being from different parts of the country.
At the end of the night, Lin Qifeng drove to pick up some people, including Cheng Chu and Lu Jiaojiao.
Ji Mingyue's cheeks were flushed from drinking, and her speech was a bit slurred. "Chuchu, when are you and Gu Miao getting married?"
Cheng Chu had also had quite a bit to drink, but she wasn't too drunk. "I don't know," she said softly, looking out the window at the passing lights.
"Well, then you can be my bridesmaid," Ji Mingyue said, hugging her tightly, her breath smelling of alcohol.
Cheng Chu pushed her away, but her words were gentle. "Of course, who else would you want?"
"Hehehe," Ji Mingyue giggled and leaned in again. "You should hurry up too."
"I know, I know. Lin Qifeng, make sure you take care of your wife," Cheng Chu said, tearing herself away from Ji Mingyue. "I'm here, I need to get off the car now."
Lin Qifeng reached out to help Ji Mingyue and said to Cheng Chu, "Be careful."
"I know, I know," Cheng Chu waved his hand.
Several camphor trees were planted outside the villa, still lush and green in the winter night.
As soon as she got out of the car, the cold night wind blew away the remaining alcohol on her body.
Although it was only a few steps away, she still shivered with cold.
When she returned home, there was a small night light left on in the living room, casting a warm glow.
Cheng Chu slightly curved his lips and pushed the door open to take a look.
Gu Miao was buried in the blanket, sleeping soundly.
A few rays of light shone through, casting a soft glow on the man's cool face. He was sound asleep, but the tired dark circles under his eyes were still visible.
Cheng Chu sat gently on the edge of the bed, looking down at him, feeling her heart melting into warmth. On the nightstand, there was a piece of paper under the phone.
Cheng Chu hesitated for a moment before finally moving the phone aside.
"I'm sorry, Chuchu (crying face). I listened and went to bed early. There's hangover tea in the cup, remember to drink it."
In the quiet night, Cheng Chu couldn't help but chuckle at the vivid crying face expression on the paper.
She carefully folded the paper and unscrewed the thermos on the nightstand, revealing warm honey water inside.
The sweet taste seemed to seep into her heart.
It was a cold winter night, and Cheng Chu quietly finished washing up and got into bed, already close to midnight.
After turning off the light, the man's slightly heavy breathing was clearly audible in the darkness.
She fumbled to lift the covers and her cold feet touched a warm object.
It was a hot water bottle, already filled. For a moment, Cheng Chu's eyes grew warm and she shifted to the side with her hot water bottle, slowly snuggling into the man's embrace.
In his sleep, he murmured "Chuchu" and instinctively reached out to pull the girl into his scorching hot arms.
The night was quiet and Cheng Chu rested against the man's chest, listening to his steady and powerful heartbeat. It flowed into her ears like sweet and warm honey, gently seeping into her heart.
She closed her eyes and suddenly realized that what Ji Mingyue had said made a lot of sense.
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Gu Miao: Sleeping obediently is the best!
Translations during sleepless nights. I can sleep when I'm dead! ...Please let me sleep. Happy readers keep me awake, and lots of love and a huge thank you for supporting my hobby!
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