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390 You’re My Girl

 Gu Nianzhi felt countless stares from everywhere. It was like being in the spotlight like a female lead in a movie. Under the scrutiny of everyone's gaze, the man she loved took her hand to get into the car and she felt more happy than ever. Gu Nianzhi couldn't control her imagination and Huo Shaoheng held her hand as they walked towards the flashy red Ferrari.

Huo Shaoheng remained expressionless at first but then smiled when he looked down to see Gu Nianzhi's dreamy expression. Standing beside the car, he placed the keys in her hand. "This is your car. It's just arrived from abroad a few days ago. Try it out and see if you like it."

Gu Nianzhi was speechless. This car... was hers?! She looked at Huo Shaoheng dubiously. The girls spectating from nearby screamed in unison as they looked at the flowers from their boyfriends and pouted. How could they possibly compare?

Huo Shaoheng took his hand back to bend down and open the driver's door. "I custom ordered this car for you, since you said you wanted bright red the other day."

Gu Nianzhi didn't know what to say. She had meant a red wedding carriage when she'd said "bright red," that day. She must've lost her mind. This red car was too bright, too shiny, and too flashy! Did he really think she would be driving such a flashy car around campus, or on the streets of the Imperial Capital?! She really didn't know what to say.

Huo Shaoheng introduced the car to her. "This is Ferrari's newest engine; the body design is a custom one from the top Ferrari designers. You are the only one in the world to have this model." He pointed. "See? Your name is here." Huo Shaoheng tapped on the elegant plaque at the door handle. Gu Nianzhi saw that there was indeed her English name in a flowery text and underneath was her Chinese name. Gu Nianzhi knew this was beyond a female lead's treatment-she was being treated like a real princess.

"This is a sports car and you haven't driven one before." Huo Shaoheng walked her over to the passenger side to open the door for her. "Sit here for now. I'll drive today."

Nodding her head dumbly, Gu Nianzhi sat in the car obediently. At this point, she didn't care what people thought of her. Huo Shaoheng also sat inside the car and leaned over to help fasten her seatbelt before starting the car. The engine boomed to a start and was as loud as firecrackers being lit. The sound shook the ground beneath it and many girls screamed in surprise.

Ma Qiqi looked down from her window and was happy to see that her roommate was the "female lead" in the situation. She waved at Gu Nianzhi regardless of whether she could see her and shouted, "Enjoy! Be happy!" At least one of them would enjoy Valentine's Day. Ma Qiqi was truly excited for Gu Nianzhi.

The red Ferrari disappeared from the B University campus in a gust of wind, but many live photos had already been posted on the school forum before they'd even driven out. Valentine's Day, a beautiful couple, and a flashy car-this was earth shattering news that didn't occur every Valentine's Day.

Miao Yunxiao had witnessed Major General Huo picking up Gu Nianzhi in the luxurious sports car and quickly saw all the praise towards Gu Nianzhi for being born lucky. She grit her teeth and used an anonymous account to make a new post. "Female Lead with the Red Ferrari: Is She Really Beautiful and Rich? Maybe Everyone is Just Too Naive and Gullible." In the post, she posed as a close acquaintance of Gu Nianzhi's and revealed all of her personal information, including her status as an orphan girl and how she had seduced a high ranking military official by unscrupulously exchanging her body for wealth and power. Another wave of interest erupted as soon as the post published.

Ma Qiqi was sitting around, bored, in her room as she browsed through the forum and came across the slandering post that was trending. She was furious and immediately replied to the poster, "Poster, jealousy is an illness that must be cured. If you don't remove this post today, I guarantee that you'll be sued. We are all law students here, so why play dirty?" As soon as she said this, the entire student body realized that the poster was also a law student. The geniuses in the Computer Science department quickly checked the IP address to locate the poster's computer. Miao Yunxiao, Gu Nianzhi's previous roommate, was unearthed in less than 10 minutes. Posting slander on the school forum was considered the most detestable behaviour, and even more so when it involved the poster's own classmates and friends. Everyone was usually cautious of doing things like this. Ma Qiqi had guessed that Miao Yunxiao was the poster as soon as she'd read it and finally sighed in relief when the culprit was revealed and had to shamefully ask the forum admin to remove her post. Taking a screenshot for evidence, Ma Qiqi sent it to Gu Nianzhi.

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Of course, Gu Nianzhi had no time to be looking through the school forums. She sat in the sports car, feeling dizzy and unbalanced, as though she were walking on clouds. Huo Shaoheng was an excellent driver but unfortunately even the "king of sports cars" had to drive at a turtle speed on the roads of the Imperial Capital. Gu Nianzhi mulled over the recent events in silence for a long time before asking, "Huo Shao, is this car really for me?"

"How could this be a joke?" Huo Shaoheng glanced at her. "The papers are in the glovebox in front of you; you can see who the car owner is when you open it."

Gu Nianzhi opened the glovebox and saw the documents inside. Skimming quickly through it, she realized that she was truly the owner of this car. Holding the papers, she felt completely conflicted.

"What? You don't like it?" Huo Shaoheng turned a corner to drive past a community of tall residential buildings. This was a completely private, high end community that had just opened in the Third Ring Road of the Imperial Capital. The location itself was astronomically expensive, and with the cutting edge design and the high level of privacy and security, there were countless people coming in to purchase units; many paid cash upfront. Gu Nianzhi could tell that this was the apartment Huo Shaoheng said he'd bought for her when they drove into the community. She looked at Huo Shaoheng, immense gratitude welling up inside her. The truth was, she would've been happy with just a bouquet of flowers. Instead, he'd given her a mountain of gardens and far exceeded her expectations.

Huo Shaoheng parked the car in the underground parking lot of a building in the middle of the complex; the twenty floors of shining windows and curving balconies towered above them. Unbuckling his seat belt, he turned to see Gu Nianzhi still sitting like a statue next to him. "Let's go." Huo Shaoheng undid her seatbelt and then asked, "What is it?"

Gu Nianzhi looked up at him. "Huo Shao, are you really giving this car to me? And I'll have to commute with it?"

"Yes...is something wrong with that?" Huo Shaoheng smoothed her hair and tucked a strand behind her ear to reveal her exquisite and tiny face before tilting her face up to kiss her.

Gu Nianzhi obediently accepted his kiss and stammered, "B-But this car is too flashy and stands out too much. Is it really ok to be like this? Didn't you say we have to be discreet?" She cast a quizzical look at Huo Shaoheng. All of this was far beyond what she had anticipated.

Smiling, Huo Shaoheng pulled her out of the car. The pair stood before the bright red Ferrari and Huo Shaoheng put his hands in his pockets as he replied casually, "You just have to get used to it! What's wrong with being flashy?"

"But, I didn't want to stand out too much and be flashy. It'll bring you trouble," Gu Nianzhi said seriously. "I don't want to drag you down."

Huo Shaoheng smiled and draped his arm across her shoulders as they walked to the elevator. "There will be many people talking about you whether or not you are discreet. If that'll be the case anyway, why be discreet then?"

Gu Nianzhi fumbled for a response. His words were roundabout but still sensible.

"I've thought about it for a long time, and instead of having you be targeted because you are discreet, why not stand out more so that people know better than to mess with you?" They stepped into the elevator and he pressed the button for the 18th floor. If people said she had no background, he would give her one. If people said she had no support, he would support her.

Gu Nianzhi's heart swelled with happiness. "Is that really ok?"

"Why not? I think everyone who should know about today already knows. They may even take another road whenever they see this car again." Huo Shaoheng glossed over it, but his tone was confident. Is he really making things official? She wondered.

Gu Nianzhi was conflicted but shook her head after a brief silence. "Actually, it doesn't matter. I've decided that I also don't care."

"You don't care?" Huo Shaoheng laughed. "Then why'd you throw such a big fit yesterday?"

Blushing, Gu Nianzhi didn't even know where to look as she muttered, "Actually you just have to explain and I'll listen." However, the point was that Huo Shaoheng never explained things to people. He was used to commanding people and not allowing them room to argue. Gu Nianzhi's face was red as the elevator dinged onto the 18th floor.

Huo Shaoheng took her hand and walked out of the elevator. The building was extremely private and each unit had its own elevator that could only be accessed by a key card. Gu Nianzhi knew Huo Shaoheng was planning for her future and grasped his hand firmly as she whispered, "Thank you, Huo Shao." Thank you for protecting me, keeping me safe, valuing me, preventing me from being scared and not letting me wander the streets. You gave me a home when I had no shelter. Her thoughts of love and admiration ran on endlessly in her mind.

Huo Shaoheng took out the keys and key cards to place in her palm. "This is your home from now on. You can stay on the weekends and stay at my place when you have longer holidays."

"A car and an apartment Huo Shao? You're really spoiling me," Gu Nianzhi whispered with a blushing face.

He bent down to kiss her cheek and said quietly, "You're my girl. What's wrong with giving you the best treatment?"

Gu Nianzhi face broke into a smile when she looked up at Huo Shaoheng momentarily before quickly averting her gaze. She said, "Well, not yet."

"Not yet?"

"I'm not your girl yet." Gu Nianzhi said boldly and looked up at him, her eyes glistening with mock impudence.

Huo Shaoheng's heart trembled. He took her hand to kiss it and looked at her carefully. "You will be right away."