“The first clause on the Boyfriend Rental Contract, Party B must be contactable by Party A at all times, 24 hours a day and Party B is required to always keep his phone on; Secondly, Party B must fully cooperate with Party A’s requests; Thirdly, any physical contact must go through Party A’s permission… fourth… fifth…”
Seated at a quiet cafe in the Dong Cheng district comfortably by the window:
A young woman, with black hair touching her waist, dressed in a light blue dress, was reading a contract out loud with a serious expression.
The girl had a pair of beautiful eyes that were as bright as limpid autumn waters, her eyebrows curved like the moon, her lashes were long and luscious. She had captivating red lips and delicate facial features. The aura she had around her was as if a fairy had walked out of a painting - refined and elegant.
Sitting across her was a young man in a wrinkled blue-white striped shirt, wearing a pair of crocs. He had short hair, a good set of features and a manly look. He was listening to the lady intently.
Each time the girl read a clause, the man would nod earnestly, indicating that he was acceding.
“Signatories of this contract: Party A, Su Qingxue.
Party B, Ye Fan. Time of agreement…”
Su Qingxue heaved a sigh of relief after she read the entire Boyfriend Rental Contract without leaving out a single line. She looked at Ye Fan, whom she had just met for the first time today, and was quite satisfied.
Sure enough, she had great foresight about people. From the way Ye Fan looked, and the documents he submitted online, she knew straight away that he was an honest, considerate and simple man, and would listen obediently.
Also, this man didn’t look too shabby either. Although his dressing was quite plain, just a little cleanup, and he would be good enough to be her imposter boyfriend.
“This is roughly the contract, I will rent you for three months first and see how it goes from there. Do you have any objections?” Su Qingxue pushed the contract over to him and said indifferently.
Ye Fan took the contract carefully, then flipped through it. When he reached the last page, he said politely, “Miss Su, I have a few questions that require your confirmation first.”
Su Qingxue nodded, “Of course, what is it?”
“What happens if I’m having a class with my students, can’t go over to you straight away and delayed a bit?” Ye Fan asked.
Su Qingxue took a sip of coffee and said plainly, “That’s very thorough of you, seems like you’re a responsible and diligent tutor.”
Ye Fan smiled bashfully, “I’m alright. After all, I’ve taken my salary so I can’t let my students down.”
Su Qingxue looked very pleased, she admired Ye Fan’s attitude of being serious in his work after taking someone’s money - this sort of person was reliable.
“Don’t worry about it, I won’t pursue such small matters. I will avoid looking for you during your classes,” Su Qingxue had already considered this point.
“That’s great, I see that Miss Su is also a reasonable person,” Ye Fan said gratefully.
At this moment, Ye Fan’s lousy phone, which he had gotten for free after topping up $100 of call credits, rang and the caller ID indicated that it was from “Student Mu Mumu”.
Ye Fan picked up the call and said apologetically to Su Qingxue, “Sorry, Miss Su, it’s a call from one of my students.”
Su Qingxue didn’t mind it, “Take the call first, it might be urgent.”
Ye Fan took his phone and answered the call outside of the cafe like he was sorry to disturb the other customers in the cafe.
This polite gesture gained a couple of brownie points in Su Qingxue’s heart once again.
Outside of the cafe, Ye Fan answered the call and asked, “Student Mu Mumu, what is it?”
A girl’s clear and melodious voice came through the phone, “Teacher Ye Fan! Come and save me *Cries…* My diamond tier has dropped back to platinum tier…”
“I see, but I have another job to go to later and I’m quite busy these few days, I can only go over to your place another time.” Ye Fan looked like he was in a difficult position.
“Ah? A few days? I… I wouldn’t drop another tier, would I? Great Ye Fan, just quickly come and save me…” Mu Mumu pleaded with her sweetest voice.
Ye Fan spoke in a sincere tone, “Don’t worry, teacher is here, I will help you get back to diamond tier sooner or later. As long as you pay me enough tuition fees, I can be a great master or king - no problem!”
“But… I’ve given you all my allowance this month, I really don’t have much anymore.” Mu Mumu spoke pitifully.
Ye Fan smiled, “I know that it’s not easy for you, but it’s going to be the next month soon and you’ll be getting your allowance, right…”
“Hmph! Annoying, you only care about taking my allowance.” Even though Mu Mumu was upset, she still said eagerly, “Come over to my place once you’re free, I’ll wait for you.”
“No problem! Your teacher, I, always keep my promises!”
After Ye Fan was done placating his student, he returned to the cafe with an apologetic smile.
“Sorry about that, Miss Su, I made you wait. Students these days really can’t seem to live without their teachers, they forget everything once their teachers are not with them and would always make mistakes, then start panicking. Ay…” Ye Fan sighed with sorrow.
Su Qingxue empathizes with him, “Teachers need to have patience - do you need to rush over?"
“No, no, I intend to foster independent learning and thinking skills in my student so I don’t want to rush over immediately to help her once a problem arises,” Ye Fan spoke like he had given a lot of thought to it.
Su Qingxue agreed in her heart - she was a very independent girl and felt that Ye Fan was more and more to her liking. Having an imposter boyfriend like him, she probably wouldn’t have to trouble herself.
“Sign here if you consent to the terms,” Su Qingxue said without any expression.
Ye Fan nodded with a smile and thought in his heart - this chick looks like “big sister fairy”, but she’s too icy. Maybe they just look alike?
But since this special part-time job offer found on the internet was successful, why doesn’t he just observe her for a period of time. Anyway, he could get a hefty commission and it would be quite delightful to have an exceedingly beautiful girl as his girlfriend - even if it was fake.
Ye Fan took the contract and signed his name on it without hesitation.
He had excellent penmanship - it seemed seasoned but didn’t lose its elegance and was filled with the implicit charm of the Chinese characters.
Su Qingxue looked at his signature and was very satisfied - there weren’t many people who had nice penmanship these days.
After the signing of the contract, Su Qingxue passed a thick envelope to Ye Fan and said, “This is the agreed deposit of $20,000 - you can check.”
Ye Fan took the thick envelope over with glistening eyes, he placed it in the pocket of his loose beach pants, “No need, the thickness of $20,000 is about 1.8 to 2 centimeters. With this envelope, the total thickness should be around 2.2 centimeters - this thickness is just right…”
Su Qingxue was slightly taken aback, she didn’t expect that someone would even calculate the thickness of a wad of cash - just how much does he love money.
However, she didn’t dislike such people. People who love money would be more obedient and this was exactly what she needed.
Su Qingxue took out another document from her bag and there were about ten pieces of paper with information all over it.
“There are some information on this document regarding the both of us, it includes how we met and how we got together. Go home and take a look at it, in case someone catches a mistake,” Su Qingxue said.
Ye Fan didn’t expect that this woman would be so prepared and smiled as he took the document, “I’ll look at it once I get home.”
“Tomorrow morning, 10 a.m., Fine Jade building, B2 car park - don’t be late.” Su Qingxue reminded him and was about to get ready to leave.
“Don’t worry, Miss Su, I am a very punctual person.”
Ye Fan looked at the cup of caramel macchiato in front of the girl that wasn’t finished, “Miss Su, you still have half a cup of coffee left.”
“I don’t want it anymore,” Su Qingxue said plainly.
“What a waste, it’s about 30 bucks a cup,” Ye Fan didn’t say more, he simply took the cup and downed it.
Su Qingxue wanted to stop him but didn’t have the nerve to. It is a good habit to be frugal, but when she thought about how she and this guy actually ‘kissed indirectly’, she felt a little uncomfortable.
The two of them walked out of the cafe together and a few customers and servers couldn’t help but to take a couple more glances at Su Qingxue - it was a rare sight to see such a fairy-like woman. As for the Ye Fan who was dressed extremely plain and simple, he was obviously overlooked.
Once they arrived at the carpark, Su Qingxue opened the door of an azure blue Maserati GranCabrio. A lovely girl and a dream car caused passers-by to take sidelong glances.
Su Qingxue seemed to recall something when she turned around and asked, “What level are you tutoring?”
“Junior year, why, Miss Su?” Ye Fan smiled.
Su Qingxue shook her head, “Nothing much.”
If he could tutor high school students, he must be at least a degree holder; Su Qingxue felt more at ease.
The Maserati sports car brought a gust of wind and left swiftly, bringing away all the envious gazes.
Ye Fan could finally whip out his pack of cigarettes. He lit one stick and took a long drag, enjoying himself, swallowing clouds and blowing out smoke.
He got hold of another considerably well-paid part-time job so he was in quite a good mood.
He walked to the bicycle lots by the road and retrieved a secondhand rusty and dirty bicycle.
Seeing that the sky was turning dark, Ye Fan mumbled to himself, “I’ll take 30 minutes to get to Splendid Apartments. Looks like I’ve got to go faster, Aunt Zhao said that there are three air conditioners to be fixed…”
He got on the bicycle and paddled as hard as he could. It was as if the bicycle had a jet engine installed and it sped away with a whoosh!