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592 An Odd Conversation

 At that moment, He Zhichu wanted nothing more but to have a large draft beer as he rowed on the Isar River in Munich with Gu Nianzhi. The case had occurred in the Roslau area of Germany, and because of the involvement of high-ranking Roslaw police officers, the case was now managed under the Munich police department and the Munich District Court. He Zhichu had to take Gu Nianzhi along with four American legal assistants to Munich.

When Gu Nianzhi woke up, she found herself still on the couch but covered by a thin blanket. He Zhichu sat next to her and was sleep with one hand propping up his head. She looked up from the sofa and stared blankly at He Zhichu. He appeared very alluring in his sleep. His handsome face was no longer cool and indifferent, as his shimmering, sultry eyes were tightly shut. Brows relaxed and expression serene, he was very handsome-like a gentle boy next door, not like the typically moody Professor He.

Gu Nianzhi made a face and carefully got up from the couch. As soon as she moved, the couch cushion sunk in. He Zhichu was apparently a light sleeper and roused right away. His long lashes fluttered as he opened his eyes and instinctively looked at Gu Nianzhi by his side. He happened to lock eyes with Gu Nianzhi's large Bambi eyes. His breath caught in his throat, how sparkly and dark her eyes were... It was like she could see straight to the bottom of his heart.

Gu Nianzhi froze and immediately looked away, so He Zhuchu finally shifted his gaze down, his long lashes concealing all the emotion in his eyes.

Gu Nianzhi stood up from the couch while rubbing her eyes and asked in confusion, "How did I fall asleep? Why didn't Professor He wake me?" She rubbed her back and groaned, "It's not comfortable to sleep on the couch. My back hurts."

He Zhichu opened his shimmering, sultry eyes and replied coolly, "At least you were lying down. I sat all night, so I'm the one whose back hurts."

That sounds awfully strange... thought Gu Nianzhi. But she smiled charmingly at the sight of He Zhichu's increasingly darkening expression and said to him, "Professor He, how about I massage your back? Or I can make a call and help you find a professional level-eight masseur?"

"You know how to massage people?" He Zhichu snorted. "You'd probably claim a work injury after a squeeze or two. Isn't that right?"

"As if!" Gu Nianzhi shook her head with a giggle. "Professor He thinks too lowly of me. How could I?!" She was only saying that because she had never massaged anyone aside from Huo Shaoheng, and that was because she was close to him.

He Zhichu also knew she was just coaxing him, but he was happy just because of her saying so. "Ok, you go back. You don't need to come back today. Take a shower and rest. You have a cold, and if it doesn't get better, I won't be taking you to Germany." He Zhichu looked at Vacheron Constantin watch on his wrist. "We still have three days."

"Oh? Roger, Professor He!" Gu Nianzhi immediately picked up her small laptop. "Then I'll be going." She darted out of He Zhichu's suite to return to her own dorm room.

Ma Qiqi was interning at a law firm during the day, so she didn't know that Gu Nianzhi hadn't come back last night. Ma Qiqi came back late and left for work early in the morning, so when Gu Nianzhi came into the dorm room with a dizzy head early in the day, she drifted into the bathroom to take a hot shower. Afterward, she collapsed right on the bed, and when Ma Qiqi came back from work that night, she realized that she hadn't seen Gu Nianzhi for two days. She knocked on her door to wake her up.

Gu Nianzhi's eyes were swollen from sleep, and she opened the door with a groggy look. "Qiqi? What is it?"

"What is it? What's with you? Are you sick?" Ma Qiqi reached out to feel Gu Nianzhi's forehead.

Ge Nianzhi had slept all day and was actually running a high fever but had recovered on her own. She was covered in sweat and feeling very uncomfortable, but her head didn't hurt anymore. Rubbing her eyes, Gu Nianzhi said, "I had a cold yesterday and feel much better now. I'm just tired."

"That's a symptom of running a high fever. Get rest now," Ma Qiqi said as she walked Gu Nianzhi back into her room. "What do you want to eat? I'll buy it for you."

Gu Nianzhi yawned. "I want some congee."

"Ok, I'll get some preserved egg and pork congee for you. I was craving it, too." Ma Qiqi made a face, then leaned over to Gu Nianzhi to ask covertly, "Nianzhi, Professor He is going to attend a case in Germany. Can you get an autograph for me?"

Gu Nianzhi knew Ma Qiqi was following the case intently and whispered to her after some consideration, "Qiqi, I have to tell you something."

"What?"

"...I'll be going to Germany with Professor He to help him represent the parents of that female exchange student's civil lawsuit."

Gu Nianzhi smiled as she watched Ma Qiqi's expression morph from disbelief to joy. She practically became a roaring fan instantly. She embraced Gu Nianzhi's shoulder and shook her fiercely as she shouted, "Nianzhi! Nianzhi! Is this true?! You really want to represent them in the German courts?!"

"It's very true. We applied for visas already." Gu Nianzhi hesitated for a moment but still reminded Ma Qiqi, "Please don't tell anyone. Don't post it online, either."

Ma Qiqi stuck out her tongue. If Gu Nianzhi hadn't especially reminded her, she really would have revealed it online. But since Gu Nianzhi had requested this of her, she wouldn't say anything now; respecting privacy was the most important thing in a friendship.

"Ok, I won't say anything. When are you guys flying? I'll see you off." Ma Qiqi made the decision to personally see Gu Nianzhi off to show her support, even if she had to take the day off.

Gu Nianzhi smoothed her long hair, mussed from sleep, and yawned. "I'm leaving the day after tomorrow."

"Ok. I'll see you off that day." Ma Qiqi stood up. "I'll go buy some congee for you. Rest well."

Gu Nianzhi nodded as she watched Ma Qiqi leave their dorm. However, she couldn't rest because Ma Qiqi had actually reminded her that she should inform Yin Shixiong and Zhao Liangze. She originally didn't want to tell them, since she was worried they would stop her from going to Germany, which would cause trouble for Huo Shao... But upon further consideration, she still decided to be honest. If they happened to object, then they could let He Zhichu deal with it.

Picking up the phone to call Yin Shixiong, Gu Nianzhi chatted with him a bit and said, "Brother Xiong, I'm going to Germany with Professor He the day after tomorrow."

"Germany? What are you doing there?" Yin Shixiong was deeply concentrated on his work and replied casually.

"Did Brother Xiong hear about the Huaxia female exchange student who was murdered in Germany? Professor He was hired by Minister Bai to represent her, and I'm Professor He's assistant, so I'll be going to court with him in Germany." Gu Nianzhi glossed over the news so that Yin Shixiong wouldn't get too worried.