Chapter 43: Money begets leisure

There was a class in the afternoon. 

After class, Gu Xia went to the toilet, and then washed his face with cold water. Although he was not drunk, because of the hot weather and the white wine, Gu Xia felt dry all over. After finishing, he hurried to the store to buy a bottle of ice water.

“Gok…Gok…Gok!”

He drank the water in one breath, after which he felt much better.

“Whoo~”

Gu Xia let out a long sigh of relief and prepared to go back to the dormitory to take some rest. In the evening, he had an appointment with Xu Fan to discuss the implementation plan.

Originally, Gu Xia was going to talk in the afternoon, but Xu Fan drank a lot at noon and was probably still sleeping.

Back in the dormitory, the others were still in class, and Gu Xia was lying on the bed with a groggy head.

He picked up his phone and checked the time. It was 3:30 in the afternoon, it was still midnight in the United States, and Sisi must be sleeping.

Gu Xia, who originally wanted to call Tu Sisi, suddenly felt a little dull.

By the way, his mobile phone balance was almost over, and he had to pay for the call. Last month, he paid 500 yuan for the call and it was now gone. International calls were really expensive!

Gu Xia shook his head, got up and went to the bathroom to take a cold shower, then went to the store, and paid 500 yuan. Seeing that there were only 200 yuan left in his pocket, Gu Xia rubbed his nose with a wry smile. ‘My phone bill is really high. In my previous life, the highest phone bill I had to pay was only 700 to 800 yuan. Now, in less than a month, I spent a thousand yuan on the phone bill alone!’

It seemed that he’d become a beggar even before he started to make money.

Gu Xia couldn’t help sighing, “Money is the source of all evil!”

Gu Xia lay on the bed under the spinning ceiling fan, and fell asleep after a while.

*****

When he woke up again, it was already dark outside, Gu Xia looked at his phone, and there were several missed calls, all from Xu Fan.

Gu Xia immediately called back.

“Hello, Brother Xu, I’m sorry, I just fell asleep and didn’t hear the phone ring. I’ll be there in a minute.”

“It’s okay, you just woke up, we’ll talk about it when you come.”

“Hmm~”

Gu Xia took a bath, changed his clothes, and walked to Grandpa Xu’s house.

It was drizzling outside, and he felt a little cool air on his body. Autumn was almost over, would winter be far behind?

In three or four months, it will be New Year’s Eve. He had promised Sisi that he would visit her in the United States, but he didn’t have the money yet!

‘When I will earn enough money, I will buy Sisi a diamond ring. She had been wanting that for a long time in our previous life, and I had been reluctant to buy it. When I earn money, I will buy her a diamond ring and a diamond necklace to make her happy. And, when she is happy, I can have a happy event and we’ll finally roll in the bed sheets…’

Thinking of that important event, Gu Xia lowered his head and patted his “Little Brother”, ‘Hmm…hold on, you will definitely have a good time during the holiday…’

*****

When he arrived at Grandpa Xu’s house, Xu Jiayin had already cooked up the meal, and Grandpa Xu was not there.

“Gu Xia is here, let’s eat first!”

“Brother, Gu Xia is here, let’s eat!” Xu Jiayin shouted.

“Well, what about grandpa?” Gu Xia asked.

“Grandpa went to his old comrade-in-arms’ house for dinner, let’s eat.” Xu Jiayin laughed.

“Gu Xia is here? Okay sit down, eat first, and let’s chat after dinner.”

Xu Fan, who came out of the room, also wanted to eat first.

They didn’t drink at night. They had already drank at noon and so no one wanted to drink at night. If they drink too much, then it would be hard to have important discussions as drinking would affect their minds.

After eating, Xu Jiayin went to wash the dishes, Gu Xia glanced at her and smiled at Xu Fan, “Sister Jiayin is really virtuous! She can cook and do housework.”

“Hehe, that’s my little sister! She had lived with our grandparents since she was a child, and my grandma taught her all this.”

“How about it, my sister is not bad, so you can consider pursuing her, she doesn’t have a boyfriend yet.”

Gu Xia looked at Xu Fan who was winking, and he knew that he was just joking, so he couldn’t help but rub his nose and smile, “Sister Jiayin is beyond my level, and I have a girlfriend too.”

“You already have a girlfriend! Does she study at Jiangbei University too?” Xu Fan said in surprise.

“She is studying abroad, not here.”

“Oh…so it’s a long-distance relationship…no, a foreign relationship, you are farther than a long-distance relationship. But are you not afraid of any problems in your relationship?” Xu Fan said with a smile.

“It’s alright, I believe her.” Gu Xia smiled confidently.

He and Tu Sisi had been in a relationship for several years as a husband and wife. If they couldn’t even stand this test, then Gu Xia would have nothing to say.

“Gu Xia, I support you.” Xu Jiayin’s voice came from the kitchen.

“Hehe, thank you Sister Jiayin.”

“Okay, let’s talk about business.” Xu Fan said sternly.

“First of all, Gu Xia, although we have plans, we are still unable to implement them at the moment. Because both projects require smartphones and 4G will not be released until the end of this month. It would take at least a few months or even half a year for most people in the country to use smartphones. And, as for the app you mentioned in your plan, we can only start to develop this app after 4G comes out, so what we can do now is to recruit technicians and developers. We have to complete the preparatory work in the early stage, so that when 4G is available, we can immediately develop apps, and then quickly seize the entire market. Even if there are competitors later, we would have already eaten up most of the market, and then we will reap the results.”

Gu Xia listened to Xu Fan’s analysis, nodded, and couldn’t help feeling a little discouraged. He hadn’t considered 4G, the most important factor!

Without 4G, the take-out and taxi-hailing software would not be of any use at all.

And the current 4G was being implemented several years ahead compared to his previous life! In his previous life it was implemented in 2004. So why was it coming out now?

‘Is it the so-called butterfly effect?’

Gu Xia didn’t know, but this news was good news for both himself and the Chinese people.

“Well, it is true that we have to wait for the emergence of 4G intelligence before we can start. The more people use smartphones, the more users we will have, and a huge amount of revenue will follow.” Gu Xia nodded and said.

“As for the investment and distribution of shares, we will discuss that when my company’s finance and secretary will come tomorrow.”

“Alright.”

“And here…”

“Well, I think this thing here can be done like this…”

Gu Xia listened to Xu Fan throughout the whole process, occasionally correcting his views and inserting his own.

The two were discussing it with great enthusiasm.

Xu Jiayin was playing a game on her phone, and she gave them their privacy. When they finished drinking, she would go to the refrigerator and continue to get them iced mineral water.

Unconsciously, three hours passed, and Gu Xia’s plan had many traces of alterations.

“Gu Xia, how is it? It’s almost complete, is there anything else you want to add?” Xu Fan stood up, stretched and asked.

“For the time being, I don’t have any ideas, so let’s do it like this for now! We’ll modify it slowly later.” Gu Xia thought for a while and spoke.

“That’s alright, you should go back to sleep first, and come back tomorrow night. Those people from my company will arrive tomorrow evening, and we’ll talk about it at night.”

“Alright, Brother Xu, Sister Jiayin, I’ll go back first.”

“Good night, be careful on the road.”

When Gu Xia returned to the dormitory, it was almost ten o’clock.


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