Chapter 69: Survival of the fittest

After Gu Xia finished eating, he got a rocking chair to bask in the sun in front of Li Sicheng’s house. He found it very comfortable to bask in the sun right after eating.

Originally, Gu Xia wanted to go home, but Li Sicheng asked him to stay for dinner, saying that he didn’t get to drink that much with him at noon, so they could have a bout of proper drinking again at night. They also had to go to the Xinjian District at night, so they could go there together on his car. There were not many people left who could help, so Gu Xia had no choice but to stay.

Gu Xia spent the afternoon sleeping in the sun. He was woken up by Ouyang Dan for an evening snack. Ouyang Dan also hadn’t gone back, and she didn’t have a car to go to Xinjian District, so she also stayed and would go back together with them in the evening.

Gu Xia rubbed his eyes and lit a Chin*se brand cigar*tte. This cigar*tte was forcibly stuffed in his hand by Li Sicheng and he was given two packs. Gu Xia didn’t usually smoke this brand of cigar*tte. It wasn’t that he couldn’t afford it, but the cigar*tte was too light in flavor. 

Compared to this brand, Gu Xia preferred the local Jinsh*ng brand of cigar*ttes, especially the top-quality Jinsh*ng. It wasn’t that expensive at 24 yuan a pack. The main reason he liked it was that its flavor was good. It was neither strong nor weak. In addition, many local cigar*ttes had fake toba*co, and while Jinsh*ng as a local cigarette wasn’t expensive, it had no fake toba*co. 

In the past, Gu Xia had smoked the fake cigar*ttes from Liq*n and Fur*ngwang. At that time, he was so angry that he could not smoke for a long time. It was like a cigar, and there was no smoke at all. Since then, Gu Xia had stopped buying other cigar*ttes.

The sky had already gotten a little dark. It usually started to get dark at 5 o’clock in winter, and every household started to light up their lights.

“Gu Xia, come and eat!”


When Li Sicheng’s voice came from the room, Gu Xia responded and stepped on the cigar*tte.

The dinner was also very rich. Gu Xia didn’t drink a lot of alcohol. After all, he had to drive home later. He only drank a glass or two and didn’t drink more. Li Sicheng also knew that he would be driving and did not force Gu Xia to drink.

After eating, Gu Xia received a bag of rice noodles and meat from Li Sicheng’s mother, put the meat in the trunk, and then asked Li Sicheng, “Sicheng, does anyone want me to take them to the Xinjian District?”

“No one else, just take Ouyang Dan. Qianqian, my parents and my cousin will go in my car. So, Ouyang Dan can only take your car.” Li Sicheng said.

“Okay, I’ll take her back.” Gu Xia nodded.

Gu Xia sat in the hall for a while, and waited until Li Sicheng had stuffed everything into the car before asking Ouyang Dan to get in the car.

“Let’s go.”

“Gu Xia, let’s go first.” Li Sicheng shouted while driving.

Gu Xia saw that Ouyang Dan got in the car, and also drove away with Li Sicheng.

The heater was on in the car, and it was blowing warm air. Gu Xia also turned on the massage function that came with the seat to massage his back.

“The perfume on your car is quite fragrant. It smells like a lily. It smells quite good.” Ouyang Dan said after taking a deep breath.


Gu Xia smiled. When he was buying the car perfume, he was thinking of Tu Sisi who liked lilies. So he bought this scent because of a person who wasn’t even there.

Anyway, Gu Xia didn’t have too many requirements for buying a fragrance. He would be alright as long as it wasn’t something particularly strong. Moreover, the fragrance of lily is also very good. After all, this is Sisi’s favorite fragrance!

Then, both of them became silent.

Gu Xia didn’t take the initiative to say a word to Ouyang Dan. Which surprised Ouyang Dan quite a bit. She was also a famous beauty in their school, on par with Tu Sisi and Wang Qian, and her figure was better than them both. Unexpectedly Tu Sisi’s boyfriend didn’t even look at her or even talk to her. For the first time in a while, Ouyang Dan wondered if she was unattractive.

That was how some women were. When someone looked at them and started a conversation with the, they would say that the person was obsessed with them. However, if someone didn’t look at them, they would say that the person didn’t understand the style and wonders if they are not attractive. Of course, that didn’t apply to every one, the premise was that the man was either handsome or rich.

“Just drop me off to the station on Xingguo Road. My house is right next to it.” Ouyang Dan said.

“Okay.” Gu Xia nodded in response.

[Who do you think of when you’re alone…]

Gu Xia’s cell phone started ringing, and it was a call from Xu Fan.

“Hey! Brother Xu, why are you calling so late?” Gu Xia asked with a smile.

“Where are you? There’s something wrong with the company, can you come here?” Xu Fan’s tone seemed very serious. It was the first time Gu Xia heard him speak in such a tone.

“What happened?” Gu Xia quickly asked.

“Let’s talk when you’re here…haahh…” Xu Fan sighed.

“Okay, I’ll drive to the capital later.” Gu Xia replied.

After hanging up, Gu Xia frowned and thought for a while. He didn’t understand what had happened, ‘Did the company encounter some kind of crisis? Forget it, let’s wait and see!’

“You opened a company?” asked Ouyang Dan on the side.


“I heard Qianqian say that you’re studying in the university? You also started a business? That’s right, you wouldn’t have the money to buy a Mercedes-Benz otherwise. I didn’t expect you to be so capable.” Ouyang Dan said as her eyes glowed.

She took a careful look at Gu Xia. He was quite handsome, he started his own business as a boss when he was in the university, and drove a Mercedes-Benz. Ouyang Dan was a little moved, but when she thought that this man was her best friend’s boyfriend, Ouyang Dan gave up on the idea. If you’re beautiful and have good capital, why bother to rob your best friend’s boyfriend? Why couldn’t she find a good man with her own capital?

After Gu Xia sent Ouyang Dan home, he greeted his family when he got home, and drove to the capital.

It was already 11 o’clock in the middle of the night when he arrived at the capital. Gu Xia parked the car and took the elevator to the company. The company was still brightly lit. When Gu Xia walked in, he saw that in addition to Xu Fan, several department managers were also there.

“Gu Xia is here, come quickly.” Xu Fan waved his hand when he saw Gu Xia walking in.

“What happened?” Gu Xia asked.

“There have been several take-out platforms in the market recently. I’ve checked the backgrounds of these companies, and there are some big guys behind them. They are already grabbing our market share! Haaahhh…it’s all my fault. I originally wanted to develop the market steadily, but who would have known that these people would be moving so fast! I would’ve quickly spread the market first if I knew it earlier.” Xu Fan rubbed his temples, his expression looked exhausted, and it was clear that he had been troubled by this for a long time.

Gu Xia smiled. This was something normal. When the food delivery service first came out in his past life, something like this happened as well. At that time, there were many well-known food delivery platforms such as Tu*n, Ba*du, and D*da. He didn’t even remember how many more of them there were. In the end, it was inevitable that their company would not be the only one.

It was just like the process raising Gu Poison shown on TV serials. The martial artists would put many poisonous insects to fight in a small space, and the last one left would become a Gu.

There would never be a shortage of competition when it came to doing business. After all, there were more than one billion people in Ch*na. Wasn’t there e-commerce online shopping platforms such a JD chasing after Alibaba all the time? There was bound to be competition in any industry, so it was up to the person to do the things necessary to survive..

“Brother Xu, you don’t need to worry about this at all. Just think about the real estate industry, how many real estate companies are there? I can’t even count them all. But everyone earns money in their own way, and those who are not strong are eliminated. It’s the law of survival of the fittest. It is applicable in all areas of our lives.”

“What we need to do is to optimize our platform, our merchants, our services. Takeaway platforms are destined to experience this baptism. Whoever survives to the end is the real winner. We already have an advantage over them in that we were the first to do it, and many cities are already using our takeaway. And, after the last news broadcast about our service, I believe most people in the country know about our food delivery service. Since the news network broadcasted our food delivery platform, it has also given us credibility. So we don’t need to be afraid of others, on the contrary, their competitive pressure will make us do better, and make us find the shortcomings that we couldn’t find before.” After Gu Xia finished giving a long speech, he pursed his thirsty lips.

Clap! Clap! Clap!

With Xu Fan taking the lead, the other managers also began to applaud together.

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