Chapter 10: To go or not to go?

It was already 3 o’clock in the afternoon when they managed to climb the Lion Peak. Everyone was a little tired. Even if the weather was not very hot today, everyone was sweating profusely. After a short rest, the teacher instructed everyone to stand in line and asked a nearby tourist to help take a group photo. Then they all parted in groups of twos or threes, and chatted while sitting or standing.

Gu Xia stood on the lion head of the Lion Peak. From there, he could get a panoramic view of the WL area. Gu Xia couldn’t help but think of a poem, “I will be at the top of the mountain, and the hills will be small before my sight.” 

Although this Lion Peak was not famous for its size, it was about the same height as the other mountains of Meiling. And it was the highest among the Meiling mountains. So the view was quite grand.

Gu Xia took a deep breath, and a sense of freedom was born in his heart. This kind of carefree feeling felt really good!

*****

On the way back, the bus was unusually quiet. Everyone was tired, some were sleeping, and some were playing with their mobile phones quietly, not as noisy as when they came.

Gu Xia helplessly looked at the sleeping Fatty. This guy was very noisy today and he didn’t rest at all. And he really had enough leisure to eat food then go to sleep!

When it was time to get off at the square, the sky had already turned dark. After Gu Xia said his goodbyes, he rode his bicycle to his house. The road was full of people rushing off work. At times like this, there were not too many cars on the road, so there was not that much of a traffic. However, the traffic of this time period was not standardized yet. Unlike later, when there would be traffic police on duty at every intersection, the people now just crossed the road at will, regardless of whether the red light or the green light was on.

When he got home, his parents had already come back and the food was ready. After dinner, he just sat on the sofa and watched TV.

“Brother Feng, have you received the money you lent your friend for building that hotel yet? After receiving the money, we will demolish the old house in the village and make a new one. Everyone has built a three- or four-story western-style house there, but only ours is still old.” Deng Ling asked.

“Oh that! Not yet, you also know that Gu Yun is not only my childhood friend, but we’re also from the same village. His hotel has just opened, so how can he have money to give me back! He asked me today if he should convert the 200,000 yuan into shares and distribute them to me, but I did not agree.” Gu Feng shook his head and said.

“Hmph! He wants to be clever and give shares. Who knows whether his hotel is at a loss or a profit? And we will also have to pay 70,000 to 80,000 yuan to help him renovate the hotel. You have to ask him to be quick, you understand?” Deng Ling urged her husband.

“I know, I know, I’ll deal with it.” Gu Feng said a little irritably, in fact, he was a little interested in investing in shares, but after what his wife said just now, he decided to forget it.

Gu Xia heard the conversation between his parents and his thoughts turned. Gu Xia had a deep impression on this incident. Gu Yun, a childhood friend of his father who was also from the village, opened a hotel in the Xinjian District. The building of the hotel was the old dormitory of the armed police. It was rented to him, so the venue was very large. 

It was rumored that it took a lot of money to open it. The cafeteria was very large, which could accommodate about 300 tables for banquets. There was also a 5-story hotel building with hundreds of parking spaces. After the opening, it caused a sensation in the whole area, due to the new area not having such a big hotel before. And the most important thing was that the parking space was the best of all the hotels in the new area. How did the hotel make money? Of course, the most important thing was the banquets. There were many parking spaces in the hotel so naturally, many people who held banquets would choose this place.

He remembered that in his previous life, the business of this hotel was very popular. Every year, the reservations for the banquets were lined up from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. In just two years, it opened branches all over Jiangbei City, with a net worth of nearly 100 million.

Gu Xia pondered for a moment and said, “Dad, I think you should become a shareholder, now the catering industry is a hot cake. And Uncle Gu’s hotel is very big, it can accommodate a lot of people and has a big parking space. Plus there is also the hotel business, its popularity is certain. And who do you think rented him that hotel? The Armed police!”

“He either has a good relationship or knows someone who is an official, and his hotel is surrounded by government units. As soon as his hotel opens, let’s not talk about the people who will hold banquets, the people from the government will also drive in a lot of business. So it is a sure thing for him to make money, so I suggest that you think about it.”

“Dad, if the business is successful and makes money, then the annual dividend will be very objective. This is a long-term investment and will return considerable income. Even if they don’t earn much, the catering industry generally does not lose money. “

“No, no, I don’t agree. I want the money now, and we need it now.” Deng Ling said hurriedly.

Gu Feng didn’t say a word, he frowned for a moment and said, “Xia Xia, what you said makes sense, I will consider it carefully.”

“Anyway, I disagree.” Deng Ling still insisted on her own opinion.

“Let’s go, don’t make a ruckus, let’s go back to the room and talk.” Gu Feng got up and dragged Deng Ling back to their room.

“Bang!” And closed the door.

*****

“Qinqin, don’t just watch these romantic TV dramas all day long, read more books, you will have to attend the university entrance examination next year, so try to do well and make our parents happy.” Gu Xia said while patting Gu Qin on her head.

“Don’t worry, I’m in the top 30!” Gu Qin rolled his eyes and said proudly.

“Hehe, you are speaking as if that is something amazing. If you can enter the top ten like Jingjing, then your future will be more stable.” Gu Xia laughed.

“Hmph~ You don’t have to tell me that.” Gu Qin went back to her room angrily. Ever since she was a child, she could not compare with Li Jingjing in her studies. Even if she worked very hard, her exam scores were not as high as hers. All that made the prideful Gu Qin quite discouraged.

*****

In a blink of an eye, more than a month passed, and there were only 5 days left to leave school. During this one month Gu Xia basically stayed at home every day and read books, not only from high school, but also junior high school. Sometimes he had to ask Gu Qin or Li Jingjing about something he didn’t understand, so they kept asking questions, but every time Gu Xia just smiled and didn’t say a word, because he couldn’t answer at all.

And his father finally persuaded his mother to become a shareholder in the hotel. According to the hotel’s investment of about 2 million yuan, they gave his father 10% of the shares. His father did not have to participate in the hotel management, and had 5,000 yuan worth of free meals in the hotel every year, plus the year-end dividends.

During this period, Gu Xia secretly went near Tu Sisi’s house once, but did not see Tu Sisi. As he did not get to see Tu Sisi, Gu Xia had to come back without any results. He went there just to make sure one thing, whether Tu Sisi was also reborn like him. Maybe she didn’t, and that Gu Xia felt quite relaxed. Or maybe, deep down he didn’t want to believe the opposite?

*****

In the middle of the night, Gu Xia put down his phone, rubbed his sore eyes. He was chatting with Fatty just now. He learned that this guy was doing okay in the factory, saying that there were many beautiful girls, and he was losing weight to pursue a girl. It was a girl in the workshop of course. 

They had been chatting until it was 11:30, and when Gu Xia said that he was going to sleep, Fatty reluctantly stopped sending messages.

“Beep…beep!”

Gu Xia picked up the phone and looked at it. It was a message from Li Sicheng, a junior high school classmate. Gu Xia looked at the message and was stunned, because just like in his previous life, Li Sicheng asked him to come meet a girl with him.

Gu Xia couldn’t give a reply for a long time…


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