Yan Yixie frowned and stared at the girl for a while, his expression somewhat unusual. However, he remained cold and ignored her.
He pushed the wheelchair directly, bypassing Jiang Ning as if she were an irrelevant piece of trash, and left the courtyard.
Jiang Ning quickly got up from the carpet near the door. “Have you had breakfast?”
“I brought sandwiches,” Jiang Ning said as if she were showing off some treasure. She opened her backpack and carefully took out two ham sandwiches, each wrapped in plastic wrap, and handed them over with a smile. “I made them myself. I spent a lot of time on them in the morning, and they taste really good!”
Yan Yixie sat in the wheelchair and looked up at her, but remained silent.
The wild and secluded courtyard fell into silence.
Jiang Ning glanced at the pale and cold young man and then at the well-behaved and serious butler standing under the eaves. For a moment, she wondered if she was facing two sculptures.
She paused for a moment, then took out two boiled eggs and continued with a passionate tone,
“Wow! Congratulations to this contestant for guessing correctly! There are two boiled eggs in my backpack! Two boiled eggs! I originally wanted to eat them myself, but since you are so smart, I’ll give them to you as a mysterious bonus!”
Yan Yixie’s expression finally began to change.
Jiang Ning was delighted and was about to continue talking when she saw him looking at her with a look as if she were an idiot.
Jiang Ning: “…………”
Yan Yixie’s gaze finally fell on the eggs and sandwiches in her hand. He spoke in a cold tone, “Tell her what I had for breakfast.”
The butler under the eaves apologized to Jiang Ning,
“The young master doesn’t eat roadside stalls for breakfast. His breakfast is usually foie gras stewed with rice dumplings, cheese truffle, secret recipe Atlantic rose salmon, Siberia caviar stewed with matsutake mushrooms…”
Jiang Ning: “…………” Oh my! Aren’t you impressive! Aren’t you afraid of overeating?
As the atmosphere froze for a moment, the butler took the initiative to take the homemade sandwiches from Jiang Ning’s hand and tried to defuse the situation, “Would you like to come in and eat something? There are a few dishes the young master hasn’t touched, and they are still hot.”
He seemed much friendlier compared to when she first saw him yesterday, and he even smiled at Jiang Ning.
However, the young man sitting in the wheelchair’s face darkened, and he said coldly, “Don’t make decisions on your own.”
Jiang Ning had memories from her past life and was not afraid of Yan Yixie. She knew that although he appeared cold and aloof, like a demon looking down on all beings from above, he also had a vulnerable side.
So she looked expectantly at the butler. “Sure! Can I come in? I really like matsutake mushrooms, and I like everything else too! Slurp.”
In the past year, the Jiang family could barely make ends meet, and they usually had simple meals at home. Even during the New Year, they couldn’t afford such grand feasts. So when there was a chance to join Yan Yixie for a meal, Jiang Ning didn’t mind taking advantage of it.
Moreover, Yan Yixie lived in such a huge ancient castle, which meant he must be very wealthy. The chef he hired must be top-notch, and just hearing the names of the dishes made her mouth water.
However, without Young Master”s permission, the butler didn”t dare to take Jiang Ning inside.
He glanced at the indifferent figure of the Young Master and sighed, then looked at Jiang Ning with difficulty and said, “How about another day?”
Listening to the conversation behind him, Yan Yixie couldn’t help but chuckle. This little girl seemed to be here just to get a free meal.
“No, not another day,” Yan Yixie turned his wheelchair, facing Jiang Ning with a cold gaze. “What exactly are you doing here?”
Jiang Ning wasn’t afraid at all. “As I said before, we go to the same school, and I thought I”d go to school with you.”
He scrutinized her with sharp eyes, like a chilling knife on a snowy mountain. “Are you in need of money?”
“Huh?” Jiang Ning was taken aback, only just realizing what he meant.
She felt somewhat uncomfortable. ‘Had everyone who got close to him in the past decade or so been after his money?’
In a low voice, she said, “I didn’t come here for money.”
“That’s good,” the young man’s tone was cold and harsh. “I don’t have the habit of giving alms to beggars anytime, anywhere.”
His pale face was full of disdain. “If you need pocket money, go find your elders. If you want someone to play with, go find your friends at school. Don’t harbor any thoughts about me; you won’t get anything.”
Jiang Ning: “…”
The butler, watching the girl standing there like a statue, couldn’t help but worry that she might get angry and leave.
However, the girl didn’t leave.
She regained her composure, and the morning sun seeped through the cracks in the leaves, casting a shallow glow on her fair skin.”
She gazed at Yan Yixie, sincere yet gentle, and said, “I just want to be friends with you… does that count as harboring thoughts?”
The butler was taken aback. He instinctively glanced at the Young Master, who showed no reaction whatsoever. His profile remained indifferent, like a stone statue, but he clenched his fingers on the armrest ever so slightly.
“Friendship can also be one-sided. If you don’t consider me a friend, it’s okay; I’ll consider you my friend,” Jiang Ning smiled again. “And since we’re friends, we should start with visiting each other.”
Only then did Yan Yixie lift his eyes and looked at her intently.
Jiang Ning met his gaze without blinking, attempting to make her smile even brighter and more friendly.
Then, without hesitation, Yan Yixie turned to the butler and said, “Next time I find someone trespassing on private property, break her legs.”
Jiang Ning: “…”
What a strange and gloomy little young master! He’s really hard to deal with!
Afraid that Yan Yixie might actually carry out his threat, and realizing she was running late, Jiang Ning had no choice but to give up on persuading him to be friends with her.
She swiftly ran towards the decorative wooden fence, not bothering to look back, and waved casually, “I’ll come back tomorrow! Think about whether you want to be friends with me or not!”
Trying to look cool while running too fast, she accidentally stumbled on the overgrown weeds. Jiang Ning’s face turned pale, and she almost cried out in pain.
However, she quickly got up, dusted off the dirt from her school bag, and disappeared into the shrubs like a nimble yellow rabbit.
After she left, the villa seemed to lose its vitality instantly and fell into silence.
There were no extra sounds, only occasionally some desolate bird cries.
The butler walked up behind Yan Yixie and handed him a black-handled umbrella.
Yan Yixie wordlessly accepted it.
The butler hesitated for a moment before speaking, “That little girl… there are too many weeds here. She must have stumbled more than once while crossing. I saw a few scratches on her ankles.”
Thinking of the moment she got up in front of him, revealing an injured ankle with a few fine blood marks, Yan Yixie’s face turned somewhat unpleasant.
The butler noticed him lower his eyes, his long, dense eyelashes concealing his emotions, making it hard to read his thoughts. After looking at the sandwich and boiled egg in his hand, he walked to the entrance’s trash bin to throw them away.
“What are you doing?” Yan Yixie asked.
The butler replied, “If Young Master doesn’t want it, I’ll throw it away.”
Yan Yixie remained silent, and the butler continued walking toward the trash bin. But before he took a few steps, the sound of the wheelchair moving approached. Yan Yixie passed by him and effortlessly snatched the sandwich from his hand.
“Did I tell you to throw it away?” he questioned.