Chapter 108: Hostility
"No Auntie, we aren't fighting," Huo Mian said with her fingers crossed.
"Really? But why do I feel like something's not right?" Ning Zhiyuan's mother mumbled to herself.
"You tend to overthink things like this. See, I told you it was nothing. Mian is a sensible kid; she would never fight with Zhiyuan." Ning's father chuckled.
Huo Mian felt unsettled as she heard what he said.
After the meal, Huo Mian brought the couple to the First Hospital's outpatient resting area and then headed towards the Ophthalmology Clinic.
Ning Zhiyuan walked out of the surgery room looking slightly tired. He had just finished operating on a cataract patient.
"What do you want?" Ning Zhiyuan appeared distant.
"Auntie and Uncle Ning are here. They couldn't reach you on your phone, so they called me."
Ning Zhiyuan took out his phone and simply nodded in acknowledgment, "I had a surgery so my phone was off. Where are they?"
"I took them out for lunch and then brought them to the outpatient resting area."
"Oh, how much did lunch cost you? I'll pay you back."
"It's fine. They've always been very kind to me, so treating them to lunch is nothing."
"Forget it. I can't take advantage of you since it's not like we're friends. Is five hundred enough?" Ning Zhiyuan took out his wallet and pulled out five 100 yuan bills. He then threw the money at Huo Mian.
"Thanks for taking care of my parents. But if there is nothing else, don't contact them in the future. My family has nothing to do with you anymore. I will tell them everything today."
"Okay." Huo Mian nodded.
"Zhiyuan, what is it?" Wu Xiaoxue walked over from not far away. She was wearing her white lab coat and glared at Huo Mian in an extremely unfriendly manner.
"Oh, my parents are here, and they couldn't reach me on my phone."
"So, who is she?" Wu Xiaoxue looked at Huo Mian suspiciously.
"She's an old university classmate." Ning Zhiyuan turned on his heels as soon as he finished. He grabbed Wu Xiaoxue by the hand and left.
Huo Mian held on to the five hundred yuan and let out a helpless smile.
Lunch was around two hundred yuan, so it was generous of Ning Zhiyuan to give her five hundred. She might as well take it since it was given to her.
At that thought, Huo Mian headed back to the OB/GYN department.
Right before the end of the day, the head nurse walked in, followed by a young woman.
Huo Mian was not unfamiliar with the woman as she was none other than the Hospital Director's niece – Wu Xiaoxue.
"Listen up everybody. This is our department's new chief. She will be seeing patients every Friday. Please cooperate with Dr. Wu."
"Yes Ma'am," a few nurses responded immediately.
"Come here, Huang Yue. From now on, you will be Dr. Wu's assistant," the head nurse said.
However, Wu Xiaoxue smiled and said, "Head Nurse, I want Huo Mian to be my assistant."
"You know Huo Mian, Dr. Wu?" the head nurse asked with surprise.
"Yes, I know her." Wu Xiaoxue smiled, but the smile looked rather crooked.
Huo Mian was surprised as well; she didn't think Wu Xiaoxue would say that.
"Okay, if that's the case, Huo Mian, you can be Dr. Wu's assistant. Do a good job." The head nurse patted Huo Mian on the shoulder.
"I will, Head Nurse." Huo Mian nodded.
Once settled, Huo Mian looked at the clock and proceeded to the changing room. It was almost time to go home.
"Huo Mian." Wu Xiaoxue chased after her as Huo Mian was heading out.
"Yes, Dr. Wu?"
"I have an academic seminar later and need to gather some reports. You need to stay behind to print them for me," Wu Xiaoxue said matter-of-factly.
Huo Mian thought about it for a moment...
"There are people in the office who are responsible for printing and photocopying, this is not within my job scope," Huo Mian said calmly.
"You are my assistant. Do as you are told, or else... I have the right to fire you, you know?" Wu Xiaoxue was still smiling, clearly very pleased with herself.
"So you are giving me a hard time because of Ning Zhiyuan?" Huo Mian asked directly.
"I didn't think you were so quick-witted. I heard that you're Ning Zhiyuan's ex-girlfriend?"
"Wrong. I'm his ex-ex-girlfriend. His ex-girlfriend is He Man. Looks like your information isn't up to date." Huo Mian smiled.
"Who does He Man think she is? She's nothing more than a toy. I heard you've been with Zhiyuan for several years, and you guys were planning to get married, correct?" Wu Xiaoxue asked provokingly.