Love/Hate – Chapter 5

“Hi,” Xi Men greeted, approaching to the back of Xiao You.


Xiao You stopped doing what she is doing and stared straight at who-knows-what-it-is in front of her. The voice from the back just sounds so familiar, and she hope it’s not who she thinks HE is!

“Hi, miss…” Xi Men said. “Miss XYZ, I supposed,”

Xiao You listened attentively to his voice. No doubt, it’s Xi Men.

“Curse,” Xiao You mumbled. She turned around and looked at Xi Men.

Xi Men looked at the beautiful girl in front of him with a mask covering half of her face, not knowing that beneath the mask is the face of someone he knew.

“Hi, yes, I’m XYZ,” Xiao You said.

Xi Men stared at Xiao You for a while. ‘That voice… sounds so… familiar?’

“Looks like you met ABC,” Xiao You said.

“Oh yes… ABC is my friend…” Xi Men laughed. “What the heck he called himself ABC…”

Xiao You just smirked. “Everyone wears a mask here. They can be anyone they want,” she turned and slowly walked away, completely ignoring Xi Men.

Xi Men looked at her, “Shit… she’s so womanly… I have never met someone like her,”

In that brief moment, despite she arrogantly ignores him and walks away, Xi Men defined her as matured, pretty, and very lady-like. She carries a confident personality that is showed in her way of speech and even her way of walking.

For some reason he is really smitten with her.

Xi Men caught up with her. “I have yet to introduce myself, my name is Xi Men,”

Xiao You turned and looked at him. “Real name?” she asked.

“Yes,” Xi Men smiled. “I would like to…”

“It’s your choice if you want to use your real name. But I don’t,” she said arrogantly.

Why is she so arrogant? Is it her personality that has always been arrogant? Or she changed to one just solely for tonight? Or… it’s due to some reasons?

“I’m fine, as long as I don’t have to call you ‘hey’,” Xi Men smiled.

Xiao You gave a cynical smile. “Whatever,” she rolled her eyes as she walked off again.

Xi Men looked at her, right now he would defined her as arrogant and perhaps attitude problem.

He has never favored such woman that is arrogant and does not respond to a guy appropriately. But he is Xi Men, the famous playboy… ex-playboy. No girls would turn down his charm, and he can even tame an arrogant princess attitude’s lady into his arms. But he looks like he failed this time as Miss XYZ does not even bother to look at him.

However for some reason, he is smitten with Miss XYZ despite her attitude and arrogance. A part of him believes that she is not like this… perhaps it’s her confidence? Or was it the masquerading theme for this annual dinner that allows her to be someone she is not? But Miss XYZ caught him hooked. And her smile seems to be teasing him!

Why is he judging everything positively about this lady?

Love at first sight for Xi Men? Perhaps.

“Perhaps she is playing hard to get… but I have not been having such feelings for a long time…” he mumbled, pressing his hand to his beating heart. Somehow when she looked at him each and every time it causes Xi Men to feel attracted. “I’m not gonna let her go…” he looked at her body now. She is so womanly figured, curvaceous at the right place, enough to stir all the ‘moods and feelings’ in a guy.

Now he is smitten even more.

“Miss XYZ, I would like to invite you to sit with us,” Xi Men said, caught up with her again.

Xiao You turned and smiled cynically at him, “Did I hear you right? You invite me and only me?”

“Yes,” Xi Men said.

“I didn’t hear you asked me about my partner’s whereabouts. How sure you are that I will choose to sit with you? So, how dare you invite me to sit with you?”

Fuh! Attitude full blast!

“You can either ditch him, or you can get him to sit with us which I don’t mind at all. Because I am sure he will not sit there for long,” Xi Men said.

“How confirm are you that he is not my significant other?” Xiao You asked.

He smirked. “Save all the words, lady. I am confirmed you are alone. You’ve been here all the while mingled with my friends, and you stand at the cocktail table, all alone,” Xi Men approached nearer, and slides one hand to the back of her waist. He doesn’t even need to invite her. Her body language seems to be okay. “This way, please,” he gently pulled her waist. It’s a risk, he could be slapped.

Xiao You, with the cynical smile still on her face, glared at him, before she looked straight, and without rejecting his touch on her waist, she moved forward.

Xi Men swallowed a lump on his throat. Even the touch of her curvy waist has causes him to sweat.

He wasn’t sure why. Why is he attracted to Miss XYZ? She is not what he wants in a woman. This attitude of playing-hard-to-get girls are no longer his cup of tea, perhaps only during his playboy years which has long gone. He has not love a woman and he has never touch a woman sexually since the left of San Chai’s best friend 6 years ago. He has seen and interacted with a lot of women like this in the past years and he has never reacted, but why does he get smitten with Miss XYZ?

He had a feeling that this woman is not flirty or arrogant. It must have been the mask. With a mask, anyone can be whoever they want. Yes, this could be it. Miss XYZ must have chosen to bear such characteristics with that mask. He believes that beneath that mask, is a woman who is completely different person, different from who Miss XYZ is.

Or maybe… he had grown fond of such women again?!

“Where is the table?” Xiao You asked.

Xi Men immediately stark ‘awake’ after he falls into a deep thought. He then looked around to search for his friends.

“Miss, I would like to invite you to sit at our table,” a guy with a ‘phantom of the opera’ lookalike mask suddenly appeared out of nowhere at Xiao You.

Xiao You and Xi Men immediately turned to look at him.

“No, she has agreed to sit at my table,” Xi Men said at him.

“It’s up to the lady to decide,” the guy smiled.

“SHE has agreed!” Xi Men suddenly pulled Xiao You to him.

Xiao You is surprised with his antics.

A couple of people around that area turned to look at Xi Men and the stunned Xiao You with the blank face guy whom did not expect Xi Men would react like this.

To save herself from embarrassment, “I have agreed this man to sit at his table, thank you for the invitation,” Xiao You smiled elegantly at him.

“Very well then,” the guy smiled and he gentlemanly bended his upper body and turned, walking away.

Xiao You turned and looked at Xi Men, “Do you have to yell?” she then stood on her own. “Why are you so protective?”

Xi Men looked at her, and he does not have the answer for her. He then looked around, “There,” he said, pointing away.

Xiao You turned to where he pointed at. “Where?”

“Erm…” Xi Men looked around again. He actually simply pointed to avoid answering her. Now he really searches for his friends. “Sorry, I see wrongly…” he said.

Xiao You rolled her eyes.

Xi Men then saw his bunch of friends still standing at the same spot and chatting. “Okay, found them. We’ll go to my friends, they’ll know where to sit,”

Xiao You did not respond to him and she just walked. Xi Men’s hand remained on her waist. He slowly spread open his fingers on the palm and he felt the curve on her waist.

“You have never touched a female with a waistline?” Xiao You suddenly said.

“I’m…” Xi Men immediately removed his hand.

Xiao You turned and looked at him, “It just sounds like you are fascinated,”

Xi Men smiled. “I would be lying if I said I am not,”

“Oh?” Xiao You smirked, and then stopped walking. “So what is in your mind?”

“That you are a person with character, with attitude…”

“And what about physically?” she folded her hands.

“Erm… attractive?” Xi Men said.

She smiled, hands down to her sides, she stroked his chest with gentle hands, she leaned forward and gets nearer to his face.

Xi Men’s heart is beating faster with her getting nearer to him at every inch. ‘She is leaning forward…! What is she going to do to me?!’ his mind screamed.

She then positioned her mouth facing his left ear, and she whispered, “Thank you for the compliment,” she then turned and continued walking.

Xi Men turned and looked at her walking away. His heart is still beating very fast, in fact, faster! He took multiple deep breaths. He has never felt like that before, not even with any of his mei meis. He is nervous at what Miss XYZ could do to him. He almost had a shock of his life.

In his life, he has been timelessly approached by ladies, and he had never been this nervous.

But why on Miss XYZ?

Perhaps it’s because he likes her as well so when she approached him, his heart responded differently?


Xi Men looked at the beautiful lady stood there looking at him.

“You are not walking?”

“Oh, coming…” Xi Men said. He immediately walked to her.

Xiao You smirked. She managed to lure and flirt with him. She likes it even more when he almost thought she will do something to him when she was just playfully whispering to him.

Now she’s having fun!

“Eh, XYZ?” Mei Zhuo said.

“Yes, we meet again ABC,” Xiao You said.

“She will be sitting with us tonight,” Xi Men said.

“Oh?” Ah Si said, and then looked at Xi Men, “You got her?”

Xi Men just smirked, while Lei and Jing eyed him, and then looked at Xiao You. Xiao You seems to be content with the entire situation.

“XYZ… you are fine with sitting with us?” Jing asked softly.

“Yes, I am, thanks,” Xiao You smiled.

“Are you… sure?” Lei asked.

“Yes,” she said.

“But…” Jing said.

“I know what I am doing, thanks… Jing,” Xiao You said.

“Okay…” Jing said. And then she looked at Lei with some weird glare.

Lei shook. “I don’t understand why she’s doing it either,” he said softly, seemingly responded to her glares with invisible question.

Jing looked down for a while, before she turned looking at them again.

“Come, let’s take our table, and we shall sit there and chat,” Xiao Qiao said.

“Lei, where is our table?” Mei Zhuo asked.

“Oh, it’s there… let’s go,” Lei said.


Xiao You is seated next to Xi Men at the annual dinner table. Jing sits next to Xiao You, and she has been looking, or rather, monitoring Xiao You and her way of actions.

“So, Miss XYZ…” Xi Men said, turned looking at Xiao You.

“Whoa! So polite!” Mei Zhuo said.

Xi Men turned and glare at Mei Zhuo. “Because you are not a girl so I don’t have to be polite to you,”

All of them laughed while Xiao You smirked at that statement.

“What is it, Xi Men?” Xiao You asked.

Xi Men turned to Xiao You. “Oh… I am just curious about what you do for living,”

“Impersonator?” Xiao You smirked.

They all laughed.

“Interesting,” Xi Men said.

Lei tapped Jing’s arm. Jing turned and looked at Lei.

“Why do you keep staring at her?” Lei asked softly, glancing at Xiao You.

“She is so different…” Jing said. “She is not the person I know…”

“I have been feeling like this when I meet her last week…” Lei said.

“But she is not like this when I meet her in London…”

“I don’t know, dear. She has been exceptionally different in my point of view… I think… I am not sure if I am in the right position to say this… I think something is going on, or something has happened… which causes her to be like this,” Lei said. “But I think she’s different when she is dealing with the F4… and she is herself when she deals with you and Xiao Qiao…”

Jing looked at Lei, “You felt that?”

“Yes, I felt the way she treated me and when she speaks at me is… I don’t know the word, well… different? It’s totally like two people when she’s with you and with me…” Lei said.

“Could it be due to the annual dinner? You know, masking her personality as well?”

“Honey, I felt that last week already. I think it has nothing to do with the annual dinner,”

“But yeah… you said that to Mei Zhuo too…” Jing said.

“Hey, you two,”

Lei and Jing turned looking at Mei Zhuo who just called them.

“Why are you both whispering to each other so softly?” Mei Zhuo asked.

“Connecting with my girlfriend. Why? I can’t do that?” Lei asked.

“Of all places, in annual dinner in front of us?” Mei Zhuo asked.

“Why, you’re jealous?” Lei mocked Mei Zhuo.

“Why do I need to be jealous of? I have my WIFE!” Mei Zhuo pulled Xiao Qiao to him.

“DUH,” Lei said. “Then why do you ask me?”

“Just teasing you,” Mei Zhuo said.

“Oh come on, we’re just talking our own stuffs. It’s not like we are making love in front of you,” Lei said, to which Jing slapped his arm hard.

“WHOA!” they all responded.

Lei laughed. “I like that respond you guys give!”

“The Lei that WE know is not this… open!” Xi Men said.

“Hey, if that is a free show I would not mind, but I mind if that lead male is you!” Mei Zhuo said.

“HEY!” Lei said. “Who is going to make a show for you?!”

“I thought you just invited us!” Xi Men laughed, and then gave a high-five to Mei Zhuo.

“THAT IS JUST A STATEMENT!” Lei said. “And NO! Sex is supposed to be intimate and private!”

“Though I know sex and making love is something very common but hey, enough of this already!” Jing said, slapping Lei’s arm.

Everyone laughed.

“Okay, we are putting some people into embarrassment so… shhhh,” Mei Zhuo said.

Xi Men turned looking at Xiao You.

“My friends are like this… hope you do not mind, and hope we did not make you feel uncomfortable,” Xi Men said.

Xiao You smirked and shook. “No, I’m fine,”

“We like to make fun of each other,” Mei Zhuo said.

“I know,” Xiao You said.

“You know?” San Chai asked.

“Because I can see,” Xiao You said, grabbing the cocktail and takes a sip.

“Ladies and gentlemen…”

And the annual dinner begins…

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