Chapter 120: Flattery
Qiao An lay at home for a few days without anything to do. Suddenly, she received a notice from the human resources department of the Hai Yue Corporation. “Miss Qiao An, the new magazine’s best-selling simulation data has broken the record. In order to thank you for your outstanding contribution to Hai Yue, the CEO of Hai Yue Corporation, Lu Beijin, has invited you to be the editor-in-chief. Are you willing to come?”
Qiao An was stunned by this surprise. She had just been fired by Hai Yue because of Li Zecheng. She thought that she would never have a chance with Hai Yue in her life.
Unexpectedly, because she had helped Hai Yue contact Old Master Huo for an interview, Hai Yue actually promoted her to the position of chief editor. If Li Zecheng knew, he would definitely be furious.
Qiao An immediately said, “I’m willing.”
Qiao An returned to Hai Yue to work. Because of her promotion, the junior supervisor was very unhappy. Her former colleagues were not convinced by her ability, but they knew that Qiao An was personally recommended by the CEO, so they did not dare to say anything.
And Qiao An knew that she had to produce dazzling results to win over these colleagues.
The director gave Qiao An a difficult assignment. “Qiao An, since you’re the editor-in-chief, give me a plan for the fourth interview as soon as possible. I want to know who you plan to interview and how cooperative the other party is.”
Qiao An nodded. “Okay.”
Returning to her seat, Qiao An gathered the employees of the magazine for a meeting.
Qiao An humbly asked the employees, “Let’s gather our thoughts and finalize the interview targets for the next four episodes.”
An employee scribbled a few names on the A4 paper and handed it to Qiao An.
The other employees pursed their lips and snickered.
Qiao An’s gaze fell to the paper. Only when she saw the name did she know the reason for the employee’s snicker.
The list included Li Xiaoran, a neurosurgeon from Jinghang Hospital, Chen Xiao, one of the founders of the Angel Group, Huo Zhou, the successor of the Huo Corporation, and Li Kang Group’s young master, Li Zecheng. All of them were famous young talents in the capital.
The employee who wrote the list said sarcastically, “Chief Editor Qiao, these four men are the most famous four young masters in the capital and the dream lovers of thousands of girls. If we can interview one of them, our department will definitely be first on the best-selling list next week. You’ll have made a huge contribution and your position as chief editor will be secured.”
Qiao An said, “Who implemented the interview with Li Xiaoran the last time?”
“It was me.” Ah Cui raised her hand with a troubled expression. “Qiao An, actually, I don’t know Dr. Li. Last time, I contacted Dr. Li’s girlfriend, Lu Mo, through a friend of a friend. It was Miss Lu Mo who asked Dr. Li to agree to the interview. However, his cooperation was very low. He left after sitting for less than three minutes.”
Qiao An glanced around. The employees all had numb expressions. Qiao An rubbed her eyebrows in frustration and finally said firmly, “Then I’ll contact them. But…”
She picked up a pen and crossed out Li Zecheng’s name. “This person is not worthy. Change it.”
All the colleagues looked at her in shock. They felt that it was already very good that Qiao An could contact someone, but she took the initiative to contact the Three Young Masters of the Capital.
At this moment, Cui asked her, “Qiao An, are the chances of success high?”
Qiao An’s serious attitude toward work was almost stubborn. “We have to succeed,” she said firmly.
It caused a few snickers.
Qiao An ignored them and left the office with the list.
Because she had a favor to ask of Li Xiaoran, Qiao An decided to visit him personally. When she came to Li Xiaoran’s rented apartment, in order to show her sincerity, she even bought Li Xiaoran’s favorite fruits from the fruit shop downstairs.
Then, she carried the fruit basket to Li Xiaoran’s suite and knocked on the door.s
Soon, she heard the sound of slippers on the floor. As the sound approached, Qiao An was so nervous that she jumped.
Li Xiaoran opened the door and was shocked to see Qiao An. Then, he leaned against the door and smiled unrestrainedly.
His teasing gaze landed on Qiao An’s fruit basket. This meeting made him smell something unusual.
Qiao An’s expression was very unnatural. After all, a few days ago, she had arrogantly threatened to cut off all contact with the Li family in front of him.
Including the person in front of her.
Li Xiaoran teased, “I thought you’ve cut off contact with the Li family? If I remember correctly, you blacklisted me a few days ago.”
Qiao An was flexible and quickly argued, “Dr. Li, you’re mistaken. My hand trembled and I accidentally blocked you. Don’t worry, I’ll add you immediately.”
Qiao An took out her phone with a trembling hand and began to search for Li Xiaoran’s number. Fortunately, she still remembered Li Xiaoran’s phone number, so she easily found him and sent him a friend request.
Li Xiaoran was originally very upset, but when he saw that Qiao An remembered his phone number so well and brought his favorite fruit, his unhappiness dissipated.
He took the fruit basket and said, “Come in.”
Qiao An sighed in relief.
She followed Li Xiaoran into the room. Li Xiaoran sat on the sofa and patted the seat beside him. Qiao An sat down bitterly.
“Do you have something to ask me?” Li Xiaoran asked with a smile.
Qiao An had lived in a wealthy family for two years and was considered knowledgeable. She also understood the etiquette of asking for help and had some experience.
“It’s nothing serious. I just felt that I had treated you a little badly the other day and came to apologize.” She used a roundabout strategy.
Li Xiaoran joked, “You’re quite sweet today. Since you want to apologize, I’ll give you this chance. Tell me, what did you do wrong?”
Qiao An was speechless.
Damn, what had she done wrong?
Qiao An said against her will, “I shouldn’t have vented my hatred for Li Zecheng on you. Although you’re his uncle, you’re different. He’s a playboy and a hypocrite. You’re an upright and kind person.”
Li Xiaoran frowned. “You’re too officious when you praise me.”
Qiao An’s tone began to cool. “How do you want me to compliment you?”
Li Xiaoran looked at her. His charming fox eyes were filled with grievance, dissatisfaction, charm, and innocence as she stared at Qiao An.
Qiao An was defeated and praised him sincerely. “You’re gentle and considerate. You’re like a big brother, tolerant of me in every way and protecting me from the wind and rain. You taught me the truth of life.”
“It’s good that you know,” Li Xiaoran said.
Qiao An was speechless.
Qiao An took advantage of the situation. “Then can you do me another favor?” She was cursing in her heart. She was about to turn into a bootlicker to beg this guy for help.
Li Xiaoran said, “You laid so much groundwork just for this sentence, right?”
Qiao An was dumbfounded.
This guy was not a psychologist but had seen through her scheme.