“My family was very happy when they received your gifts. My dad also invited you to come over to the house for dinner when you are free.” In the bedroom on the second floor, Li Xiaoheng leaned on the head of the bed, looking affectionately at Tao Mu on the other end of the video call.
Tao Mu did not answer. His eyes flickered, and he deliberately changed the subject: “During dinner tonight, Dean Tao told me that she wanted to open a takeout canteen to deliver meals to nearby office buildings.”
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“I did a search online and found that there are actually many platforms related to food, clothing, housing and transportation on the Internet. For example, group purchases, food delivery, travel websites for online booking of train tickets, plane tickets, hotel rooms and scenic spot tickets, online car hailing services…..I think in the next few years, these Internet platforms that could facilitate the daily life of netizens would definitely have great potential for development. If Xiaoheng Capital wants to invest in the domestic IT industry, you might as well consider these companies.”
As Tao Mu spoke, he sent several online platforms that he remembered would be very popular in the next few years with stock prices that soared after the listing to Li Xiaoheng, and exhorted without blushing: “These are all companies that I think have great potential after looking them over. You can ask the venture capital department to do relevant research, and if there is no problem, you can then talk about investing.”
Li Xiaoheng raised his eyebrows: “Isn’t FlyNews.com the most active Internet platform in China. With FlyNews.com’s user base, wouldn’t it be more profitable if we developed related projects ourselves?”
“But FlyNews.com doesn’t have that many people.” Tao Mu smiled and said, “And I don’t have that much energy either.”
Tao Mu actually preferred acting, and he was willing to put more energy into his acting career. If it weren’t for the miserable experience of being slandered by the whole Internet in his previous life, Tao Mu wouldn’t have developed lingering fears and insisted on planning ahead and creating his own voice channel. He wouldn’t even have bothered with FlyNews.com and BulletScreen.com. And even so, Tao Mu didn’t preside over FlyNews.com and BulletScreen.com every day. Currently, the day-to-day management of FlyNews.com and BulletScreen.com, Tao Mu had long since passed on to his Xiao Qi Dad.
“To be a boss, you only need to know how to use people, and just be in control of the overall direction. You don’t have to keep your eyes on the company every day.” Li Xiaoheng knew Tao Mu’s ideals and career plans, and said with a smile, “If you think these platforms have potential for development, there’s no need to think about capital injection. We can directly acquire it along with the people. You can just be responsible for giving the general direction of the business plan, and as for the specific project management, you can leave it to the people below.”
Tao Mu was slightly taken aback. Only then did he think of the several platforms in his memory, which were only just now in their infancy. Of course Li Xiaoheng would not know how popular these platforms would be in later years. With the status and background of Xiaoheng Capital in the investment world, of course, it was too lazy to pay attention to such small projects. How could it be as troublesome as Tao Mu thought. And investing? Naturally, a direct acquisition was far more expedient. In fact Li Xiaoheng didn’t even need to personally come forward, and could just send a project manager to negotiate.
Tao Mu chuckled: “Okay. After a few years, you can tell the netizens across the country that you have already contracted the online clothing, food, housing and transportation business of the entire Internet.”
Li Xiaoheng didn’t quite know what was the point of humor in this remark. But he looked at Tao Mu who was laughing to himself in the video, and said warmly, “Shall we go to see the new house tomorrow?”
“Ah?” Tao Mu didn’t react at first.
“Didn’t Uncle Yao buy you a new house? Let’s take a look at the house tomorrow, hire a designer to discuss the decoration plans, and then we can go shopping for building materials and furniture. How about it?”
As if visioning of the good days of living together in the future, Li Xiaoheng’s expression became more gentle, and his voice became more and more low and sexy: “I want to decorate the new house we will live in for the rest of our lives together.”
He even especially emphasized the pronunciation of the last word. Making it look like they were getting married soon.
Tao Mu’s face burned slightly, and he couldn’t help scratching his ears: “Do you have time? Aren’t you busy with the online shopping platform?”
“Just a day or two away makes no difference. Besides, I’m paying so much to hire staff and top management, they can’t just wait for me to do everything.”
Li Xiaoheng looked at Tao Mu with a warm smile, and softened his voice: “Why don’t we go together tomorrow? Don’t you want to see what the new house looks like?”
Of course I do!
When Tao Mu thought of how he could have his own home soon, his heart softened in a puddle of goo.
“Then let’s go together.”
As a result, early the next morning, Tao Mu was awakened by Li Xiaoheng’s phone call at six o’clock. It was August, and even at six o’clock in the morning, the sun was shining high. Tao Mu had closed the curtains tightly, and originally wanted to sleep in.
But who would have thought that Li Xiaoheng actually drove across more than half of Beijing City, and was waiting at the entrance of the alley.
He didn’t even get up so early on a weekday!
“Is something wrong with you?!” Mr. Tao, who was controlled by his early morning temper, said rudely: “Why are you here so early? Don’t you even sleep in on weekends? What time did you get up? Aren’t you sleepy?”
Li Xiaoheng listened to the series of complaints from their family’s boss Tao on the phone, and apologized in a gentle voice: “It’s all my fault…..I’m just too excited…..I especially want to go to see the new house with you…..I couldn’t sleep at all last night…..how about you sleep a while more and I’ll wait for you outside?”
How could Tao Mu be willing to let Li Xiaoheng sit in the car and wait for him to finish sleeping?
Naturally, he had to extremely painfully get up from the bed, wash up and put on clothes with eyes still half closed.
Mr. Song, who had gone out for a morning walk and came back long ago, even making breakfast as well, looked at his precious grandson who got up early for once on a weekend, and couldn’t help laughing: “Why did you get up? Didn’t you say you wanted to sleep in and won’t wake up until noon, and told me not to call you for breakfast?”
“Li Xiaoheng is here, waiting for me at the entrance of the alley!” Tao Mu sat at the dining table and drank porridge and ate buns. Speaking of which, there was absolutely no flaw to speak of about the craftsmanship of their old man.
Tao Mu finished eating, and took half a thermos of porridge, and then stuffed ten steamed buns and a few side dishes into a food carrier. He grinned, “We’re going to see the house today. Grandpa, wanna go with?”
Song Daozhen was indeed interested in Tao Mu’s new house. But he didn’t want to be a third wheel. Even if he was in his seventies this year, he could not do this kind of mood dampening thing.
“I’m not going. It’s too hot. It’s like taking a sauna in Beijing City now. And I don’t like using the air conditioner.”
After tactfully refusing, he asked Tao Mu again, “Are you coming back for dinner?”
“I don’t know either.” Tao Mu hurriedly walked out with the heat preserving food carrier, and said as he walked, “Wait for me to call you.”
Mr. Song stood on the steps, looked at the back of their stinky boy walking off in large strides, smiled and shook his head. He walked slowly back into the kitchen. It was too hot today, so he was going to make some cold cakes as a late-night snack for their stinky boy.
On the other side, Tao Mu walked to the entrance of the alley with his good carrier, and at a glance, he saw the especially arrogant looking Aston Martin which was quietly parked on the side of the street.
The neighbors who passed by turned back to look frequently as if they were looking at a rarity. Tao Mu walked to the side of the car, bent his fingers and knocked on the window: “Boss, your takeout is here.”
Li Xiaoheng looked at Tao Mu who was standing outside the car with a heat preserving food carrier like a food delivery boy with an authentic accent to boot.
“Authentic made by Song Ji, with imperial cooking craftsmanship. Please have a taste, mister.” Tao Mu got into the car, stuffed the food carrier into Li Xiaoheng’s arms, and said, “Eat first, and then drive after eating.”
Li Xiaoheng asked Tao Mu, “How do you know that I didn’t have breakfast?”
“I guessed.” A person who was so excited that they haven’t slept at all, how could they still remember to have breakfast before coming out?
Tao Mu asked Li Xiaoheng, “Why didn’t you go in? The mung bean porridge and bean curd buns made by my grandpa is very delicious.”
Li Xiaoheng bowed his head to eat breakfast, and smiled without saving anything. He wanted to snatch away someone’s grandson to live with him. If the old man didn’t see him, then could forget it, but if he did he would definitely remember to be angry. So Li Xiaoheng planned to take his parents to Song Ji one day to meet the old man, Liu Yao and Meng Qi. Let Tao Mu’s family know that the two did not plan to live together casually without any status. It was also to reassure Tao Mu’s family.
“When are you going to have a quick meal at my house?” After breakfast, Li Xiaoheng put the food carrier on the back seat, and discussed with Tao Mu: “I want to tell my family about our relationship. This way after the house is renovated, we can live together justifiably.”
Tao Mu was stunned when he heard these words, and stared blankly at Li Xiaoheng.
Noticing Tao Mu’s moment of panic, Li Xiaoheng patiently reassured: “Don’t be afraid. I think my family has mostly already guessed it. They already know my sexual orientation. Yesterday, when they received the gifts you bought for them they were very happy. My dad also took the initiative to invite you over for dinner.”
“They might just think I’m your business partner.” Tao Mu pursed his lips. Suddenly he remembered that in his previous life, after he was with Zhuo Yan, he had also met Zhuo Yan’s parents. Zhuo Yan’s parents didn’t know their relationship at first and were very polite to him. But after Zhuo Yan came out of the closet, their attitude changed drastically. Not only were they strongly opposed to them being together, but also used harsh words to scold him.
Although Tao Mu didn’t want to mind, it was still quite upsetting.
So in this life, when Li Xiaoheng mentioned the matter of visiting the Li family’s house and coming out to the Li family, Tao Mu felt a bit nervous in his heart.
He didn’t dare to see Li Xiaoheng’s family, and he didn’t dare to listen to how they would scold him. Tao Mu could bear it himself, but he was afraid that his Yao Dad, Xiao Qi Dad and their old man would suffer. He didn’t want any unpleasant things to happen when the two sides met.
“That’s, it’s fine like it is now.” Tao Mu frowned and searched for an excuse: “I’m an actor after all, and I don’t want to make my private affairs so high-profile. Besides, the Li family is an affluent family, and might not agree with you being with a man. You don’t want them to be sad, do you?”
Li Xiaoheng wanted to say something, but looking at Tao Mu’s heavily guarded appearance, he didn’t say anything in the end.
The two sat silently all the way to the new house.
Considering Tao Mu’s future celebrity status, the new house Liu Yao bought for Tao Mu was in a newly built high-end residential area near Chaoyang Park. The greenery and public facilities in the community were particularly well done. Tao Mu’s house was a 220-square-meter four bedroom apartment. There was also a large terrace outside the floor to ceiling windows. The apartment was very good indeed.
“…..It can be equipped with a master bedroom, a guest bedroom, a study and a dressing room, and the kitchen can be open style——”
“Make it closed.” Tao Mu interrupted the designer’s suggestions and said, “We’ll be cooking often, and if the kitchen is open style, all the fumes will drift into the rest of the rooms. It won’t be practical long term. “
“Okay.” The designer was a top domestic home designer specially transferred over by Li Xiaoheng from the Fengxing Group’s real estate company. However, Li Xiaoheng did not give the designer much freedom to show his talent. Instead, he instructed the designer to make design drawings strictly according to Tao Mu’s preference.
Although the designer was also very curious about the relationship between Li Xiaoheng and Tao Mu——actually so close that they could discuss the decoration of a new house together. But after all, he knew the rules of the workplace well, don’t ask what you shouldn’t ask, don’t look at what you shouldn’t look at, and don’t talk about what you shouldn’t talk about.
Especially in front of their big boss. Don’t be too gossipy.
Tao Mu explained his needs and ideas to the designer one by one, and Li Xiaoheng added: “I will choose the building materials and furniture decorations with Mr. Tao personally. You are familiar with this area, write up a plan, and we will go have a look ourselves.”
The designer nodded obediently, held the notebook and said, “I will write a report when I go back and send it to Mr. Tao’s inbox.”
“Send me a copy too.” Li Xiaoheng was practically brazenly showing off: “Mr. Tao will discuss the decoration plans with me.”
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The designer blinked and agreed with a smile. Then he pushed up his glasses and said calmly, “When Chairman Li learned that I was going to design a new house for Mr. Tao, he personally ordered that the design fee and decoration fee to be waived as a housewarming gift for Mr. Tao. “
As soon as these words came out, Tao Mu was shocked.
AN: Small skit——
Chairman Li: It is a well-established rule that one family pays for the house and the other pays for the car and renovation. Truthfully, I want to pay for the house!
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