Chapter 734 Not Her Fault
Just then, Qiao Zhan entered the room. “Sir Chen, Jiang Zhe couldn’t get a hold of you, so he phoned me.” “I won’t talk to him. Tell him to handle this matter with Nan Xing and don’t bother me,” Nan Chen replied in a cold voice.
“Huh?” Nan Chen shot him an icy glare. “Do you have trouble understanding my instructions?”
“No, I don’t. It’s just that Jiang Zhe notified me that the public relations department suggested issuing a statement to apologize for cursing at that man on your behalf. They’d like to ask for your permission to do so,” Qiao Zhan explained.
It was no doubt that Jiang Zhe was very familiar with Nan Chen’s character. He knew the latter would be angry at him and thus refuse to answer his call. Hence, he informed Qiao Zhan of the plan and had him relay it to Nan Chen, making things much more straightforward. That way, he would get the answer he needed faster than if he had to wait for his boss to return his call.
Before Nan Chen could respond, Ning Ran became emotional and exclaimed, “A statement of apology? Why should we apologize? We did nothing wrong! That man was the one who threw an egg at Nan Xing. Why can’t he curse at him for that?”
Qiao Zhan’s and Nan Chen’s gazes landed on her simultaneously. Instantly, she realized she had gone out of line.
How can I interfere with something so significant to the company? Nanshi Corporation’s reputation is at stake now.
“I-I didn’t mean it. I need to go now. Goodbye!” With that, Ning Ran was ready to flee the scene. “Stop right there,” Nan Chen commanded. “I know I shouldn’t comment on this, but…”
In a cold voice, he ordered, “Say whatever you were about to say.”
“Fine, if you insist. What I said was true. Nan Xing did curse at that man, but he did it for a reason. When he was at the event, he was you, Sir Chen. It was apparent that the man who threw a rotten egg at him wanted to humiliate you publicly. So, why couldn’t you curse at him when he did that to you? Must you accept any humiliation thrown at you and not react to it all because you’re Sir Chen? Since he has the right to humiliate you, you have the right to curse at him too!”
She continued, “Even though he threw the egg at Nan Xing, his real agenda was to insult you. That gave Nan Xing the right to swear at him. Why should you apologize when they are the ones who should?”
Ning Ran’s emotional state caused her to blurt out her opinions as soon as she opened her mouth.
Nan Chen and Qiao Zhan exchanged glances without saying anything after hearing her out. “That’s all I have to say. Those are my thoughts. I know you might mock me for being uncouth, but I don’t care.” Ning Ran could not care less about what they thought of her opinions.
“Give her the phone.” Nan Chen turned to look at Qiao Zhan.
“What?” The latter was confused by his order.
“Didn’t Jiang Zhe call to ask for my permission? Call him and let her speak to him,” explained Nan Chen.
Qiao Zhan finally understood his boss’ order. Sir Chen wants me to call Jiang Zhe and let Ning Ran talk to him.
“That won’t be necessary. He’s still on the line.” Qiao Zhan waved the phone in his hand.
Nan Chen then turned to Ning Ran and said, “Repeat everything you have just said to Jiang Zhe.”
“What?” That took her by surprise.
“Repeat it,” he ordered with a wave of his hand.
Actually, there was no need for Ning Ran to repeat herself. Since the call was still connected, Jiang Zhe heard everything she said earlier.
After all, Ning Ran, hot with emotion, spoke very loudly. It was difficult for him not to hear her.
Ning Ran did not understand why Nan Chen wanted her to do so. In her mind, she felt that he was trying to make fun of her.
“I’m not repeating myself!” she exclaimed, shaking her hands.
“Just repeat everything you told us to Jiang Zhe. Honestly, I, too, do not understand why I should apologize. I want him and the public relations department to explain what I’ve done wrong and why I should give out an apology,” Nan Chen explained.
It was then Ning Ran finally relaxed. It seems that Poker Face has no intention of reprimanding me for giving my opinions.
“Okay, I’ll talk to him. I wanted to know why he asked the victim of an assault to apologize,” she voiced.
With that, Ning Ran took the phone. “Hello? Assistant Jiang?”
Jiang Zhe was intimidated by her at that point. “Hello, Ms. Ning. I’ve heard your point, and I agree with it.”
“Huh? Were you eavesdropping on our conversation?”
“Technically, I wasn’t eavesdropping. It was a mere coincidence that I didn’t hang up the call, so I heard some part of the conversation…”
“Then, do you agree with me?” asked Ning Ran.
“I think you’re right. That man did indeed initiate the assault. The public relations department proposes that Mr. Chen apologize because they want to protect the image of Mr. Chen and Nanshi Corporation…”
“What image exactly? Are you trying to demonstrate that he’s a coward who doesn’t defend himself after having a rotten egg thrown at him?” Ning Ran retorted.
“Of course not.” Jiang Zhe instantly felt tremendous stress on his shoulders.
“Since your boss is not a coward, why couldn’t he curse after being bullied by someone? What has been done is done. There’s no need to apologize for that. If you insist on it, give me a compelling reason,” she demanded.
“Well… This is a possible solution the public relations department came up with after a meeting. It’s not finalized yet. After hearing your point, I do feel that there’s no need to apologize as well. I will inform the public relations department of your feedback and have them provide other solutions,” he responded in a heartbeat.
“This is not my feedback to them. It’s Sir Chen’s feedback.” Ning Ran felt that there was a need to clarify herself. After all, if things went south and Nanshi Corporation’s reputation was affected, the responsibility would be too huge for her to take on.
“Understood. I’ll get it done now. You are correct that we should not apologize. I will convey your opinion to the public relations department,” Jiang Zhe replied carefully.
“Hey, I’ve told you it’s not my opinion. It’s Nan Chen’s viewpoint.”
“Isn’t that your viewpoint? I haven’t said anything the whole time. You’re the one who did the talking.” Nan Chen reminded her coldly.
He’s right. Poker Face didn’t say a single word. I was the one who kept talking.
“If something goes wrong, I will not take the blame!” Ning Ran declared.
“It’s your order, so naturally, you will bear the responsibility. Qiao Zhan, I didn’t comment on this matter, did I?” Nan Chen turned his attention to Qiao Zhan.
Qiao Zhan was in a dilemma. Why do you have to drag me into your lover’s spat and put me in a tight spot?
“All right, it’s settled, then. I need some rest.” With that, Nan Chen shut his eyes to take a nap.
“Wait, this must be made clear. If this matter is handled according to my order, I can’t bear the consequences should a crisis occurs.” Ning Ran shook his arm.
“You have just admitted that it’s your order. I don’t see the point in clarifying it. If there’s an adverse impact on the company, I will have Jiang Zhe announce that this was your idea and that you gave the order without my permission,” he replied.
Panic struck Ning Ran when she heard him. “How could you do that? You were the one who made me tell Jiang Zhe that. How could you say that it’s not your idea? Are you attempting to make my life miserable?”
“It is your idea. Since they will be doing it your way, you will have to bear the consequence,” Nan Chen stressed with his eyes closed.
Seeing the interaction between the two, Qiao Zhan chuckled and reassured, “Don’t worry, Madam. Sir Chen is teasing you. If something really happens, you don’t have to worry about the consequences. Sir Chen will take care of everything.”
His words got Ning Ran to ponder. He’s right. It will only affect Nan Chen if my opinion does not help to solve this issue. Nothing will happen to me.