Tea Leaves and Green Jade

Crisis, Stefan, and Solace

Match Sixteen: Crisis, Stefan, and Solace:

-Ju-

How did this happen? I got the phone call about seven in the morning. I reached out of the bed and picked up my cell phone.

"Hello?" I answered in a tired voice.

"Liao-furen!" a woman shouted on the other line. "We've got trouble!"

"What?" I asked. She proceeded to scream in panic even more. I had to shush her over the phone.

"Shhh," I told her. "Slow down and talk to me." The woman relayed everything back to me the best that she could. I jolted up straight in bed.

"What?!" I shouted. I leapt out of bed and got dressed. Oh hell no! That cannot be right! I grabbed my cell phone and stormed out of the room.

I pushed open the office door. "Okay, what the hell is this?!" Yao, Hen-to, Fei, and one of our business associates looked up at me from the table. The woman with her pearl necklace handed me an invoice.

"What's this?" I asked as I took it and read over it. At first, I didn't get what I was supposed to see.

"What am I looking at?" I asked.

"Here," she said as took her pen and traced along the total line. I narrowed my eyes as I began to see the problem.

"This isn't right," I said. I looked up at the party before me. "Why is the total for Red Silk this low?"

"We are looking into that as we speak," Yao said in a calm tone.

"I think your uncle's involved!" Fei said without missing a beat. I glanced over at him.

"Do you have any proof of this?" I asked. He shrugged his shoulders at me.

"No, but I wouldn't be surprised," my advisor answered.

"Let's focus on fixing the problem before we start pointing fingers," I spoke up. "I am calling an emergency budget meeting." I took my place at the head of the table. We may have talked a serious game, but my mind floated back to Stefan. To be honest, it's starting to creep me out. I mean, I'm kind of with Yao. Even though I don't exactly know what our relationship is, but all I know is that I'm with him. But why won't my ex leave my head? What makes it even worse is that I am actually looking forward to seeing him again. I know it is a bad thing, but like my sexual encounters with Yao, I just can't seem to help myself. That is what scares me the most.

I shut my eyes and shook my head, trembling. I need to get a better hold of myself or else it could all go badly for me. I froze when I held a hand close around mine. I peeked out of my right eye to see Yao eyeing. I opened my eyes to see him getting me the worried look of a parent to his child. I felt my stomach drop. Please don't look at me like that. You make it worse for me. You don't have to give me your pity as well.

"Are feeling okay?" he asked me with his eyes. I forced myself to smile.

"I'm fine, don't worry about me. We have to fix this current mess right now," I answered back with my eyes. I hoped that he would believe me. I don't know if he did or not, but Yao turned back to the meeting. Only then was I able to relax and focus again. It isn't much, but he is all that I have to kind me sane for the time being. Yet, I wonder how long that will last.

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