It was mid-October. The cold was starting to become even more unbearable and the rain even more frequent.
Wei Wuxian grasped the red umbrella he was holding tightly with his left hand, and in his right hand, he held a brown leather briefcase. He glanced at the watch on his wrist, before looking up at the tall, imposing building that was in front of him. This building with its tall windows that reached up to the sky was none other than the Lan Enterprise building.
This was Wei Wuxian’s first official day at work, and although he was not due in for another 5 minutes, the niggling feelings of anxiety had forced him to dress up and head out early. Wei Wuxian had been waiting in front of the building for more than 20 minutes now. In the little time that he had left before he had to enter the building, he checked his messages for the umpteenth time, hoping to see Jiang Cheng’s confirmation that the transplant went well.
Lan Wangji had stayed true to his word and Wei Wuxian had swiftly received the 2 years’ advance pay as promised. Jiang Yanli and Jiang Cheng had been at the hospital for almost a week now in preparation for the transplant.
Glancing at his phone one more time, Wei Wuxian finally moved, heading towards the building. He hoped that the way he walked with his back straight, his head high, would not betray the anxiety he felt inside. Wei Wuxian was not an idiot by any means, he knew that in such a company like Lan Enterprise, a weakling would not survive. Especially not a weakling who did not have the qualifications, nor the skill to back himself up.
Lan Wangji had appointed him as his PA; he had already made a lot of concessions for him, now it was up to Wei Wuxian to work hard to repay him and not embarrass him.
Wei Wuxian stepped in the building, and despite himself, he could not help but marvel at the splendour inside. The flooring was made from a grey marble, polished to a shine and if one looked down, they could see their own reflections. The ground floor was divided into four sections and in the middle was a receptionist area. All four sections were open and although Wei Wuxian could not tell what the rooms were for the time being, he could faintly surmise that the room on the furthest left was the cafeteria from the smell of food that came from it.
Outside, Lan Enterprise was covered in high windows, and if one looked, they would not be able to see what was going on inside. Wei Wuxian now discovered that this was a one-way glass, the people inside could see outside but the people outside could not see inside. The parts of the walls that weren’t covered by the windows were painted a faint shade of azure blue. Wei Wuxian thought back to Lan Wangji’s apartment with its monochromatic theme and realised that Lan Enterprise was designed in true Lan fashion.
Pulling himself from his thoughts, Wei Wuxian made to move forward towards the receptionist when he heard his name being called.
He turned to look at the source of the voice and found that it was a slender woman. The woman was quite tall, her hair was long and inky and curled around her shoulders. She was dressed in a form fitting black suit and the touch of red on her lips added to her alure. She smiled as she moved towards him and Wei Wuxian smiled back.
“You’re right on time.” The woman said as she moved in front of Wei Wuxian. Wei Wuxian noticed that the workers inside the building turned towards them in curiosity, some whispering to their colleagues. Wei Wuxian could guess that this woman most likely held a high position inside the company. He quickly leaned forward to shake her hands, not willing to make a mistake in the first instance of meeting someone at the company.
The woman raised a delicate brow, before accepting the handshake. Wei Wuxian thought he heard her mutter, “I don’t know what Wangji is thinking.”
From those words, and the casual use of Lan Wangji’s name, Wei Wuxian understood that she was most likely friends with Lan Wangji.
“I’m Wen Qing.” The woman greeted, before letting go of Wei Wuxian’s hand. She started to walk away, and Wei Wuxian hurried to catch up.
“I’ve been serving as Mr Lan’s unofficial PA for 3 years but officially, I’m the head of the design department. Mr Lan has entrusted you to me, so I’ll settle you in and show you the ropes before you officially start.” Wen Qing explained.
She steered Wei Wuxian towards a lift as she continued to talk, “as you should know, we’re in the textile industry over at Lan Enterprise. We are the leading company in the industry and we’re looking to expand to the west. There are more than 20 floors in the building and 17 departments. As Mr Lan’s PA, you’ll do well to familiarise yourself with each department and the leader of each department.”
Wei Wuxian listened with rapt attention; features pulled into concentration. He did not interrupt Wen Qing and had so far been respectful of her. That made Wen Qing feel better about him. As they entered the lift, she glanced at Wei Wuxian. He was dressed in a suit that clearly looked new, and ironed. His lips were plump and red, he had a high nose bridge, his eyes looked tender and when he had smiled at her in greeting, she could clearly see this man’s beauty. He was clearly nervous, but he tried hard not to show it and overall, he looked very pleasing to the eye. If this were any other company, Wen Qing would have loved such a good-looking co-worker, however, in a jungle like environment like Lan Enterprise… Wei Wuxian… he just looked easy to bully.
Wen Qing sighed, once again cursing her gossiping heart.
Since Lan Wangji had assigned Wei Wuxian to her, then she had no choice but to protect him.
Wei Wuxian kept his head down, hand tightening around his briefcase. When he had decided to accept the position, he had known what he’d be getting himself into. And he knew it was for Jiang Yanli and he did not regret his decision either—but; Wei Wuxian glanced at this excessively rich looking elevator he was currently. The elevator was made of glass so that one could see the company below as they went up. Wei Wuxian saw the richness of everything in this company, saw the people who looked confident, every hair in place, their attitude, and the way they presented themselves oozed confidence and assurance.
It hadn’t been more than a few minutes and Wei Wuxian already felt as if he did not belong.
“Mr Lan has instructed me to get you familiar with each department. We’ll start with mine.” Wen Qing said after it was just the two of them left in the elevator. Wei Wuxian nodded, and kept silent. The hand holding on to his briefcase was starting to shake and his vision started to feel blurry.
Wei Wuxian was no stranger to a panic attack, and he knew if he did not calm down, he was about to have one.
Gritting his teeth, he followed after Wen Qing as they exited the elevator on the 14th floor. He dug his fingers so deep into his palm that it hurt. His steps were starting to feel heavy, and his breathing started to come out shallow. He knew it was only a matter of time before Wen Qing would notice something.
Wei Wuxian felt miserable, he felt worthless; not even an hour already and he already couldn’t bare it. Lan Wangji was doing so much for him and he needed to work hard to repay him and yet—
A respectful calling of “Mr Lan” pulled him from his thoughts. Wei Wuxian abruptly glanced up. He saw Lan Wangji standing by a window. One hand was tucked inside his pocket and he held a phone to his ear with the other hand. Three men stood to the side of him, their heads bowed in a respectful manner as they waited for him to finish his phone call.
Wei Wuxian had not seen this side to Lan Wangji. Lan Wangji stood tall; every feature hardened into a scowl. His posture exuded utter confidence and there was a feeling of overbearing from him, as if one looked at him too long, they would inevitably not be able to stand the pressure coming from him. Lan Wangji finished his phone call and Wei Wuxian watched as he turned to one of the men, speaking in a low tone of voice to him. Wei Wuxian could tell that he was angry, and he glanced at Wen Qing who had also stopped. Wei Wuxian wanted to run, be anywhere but here, he did not want to face an angry Lan Wangji.
Lan Wangji finished his conversation and glanced up, making to leave. His line of sight fell on Wei Wuxian, with his head bowed. Lan Wangji frowned, and he left the men beside him to walk towards Wei Wuxian.
Wen Qing watched in disbelief as Lan Wangji stopped in front of Wei Wuxian.
She watched in disbelief as the fierce aura surrounding him seem to diminish.
She watched as he leaned forward, and with a gentle tug, he brought Wei Wuxian’s hands up to eye level.
Then with a soft voice, he said, “stop. You’ll hurt yourself.”
Wen Qing, who prided herself on being able to school her features could not stop her expression from turning into one of disbelief. She saw the men behind Lan Wangji glance at each other as if they too could not believe what just occurred.
Wen Qing looked at Lan Wangji, then at Wei Wuxian and she grinned.
Her gossiping heart started up again.