After transmigrating, there was a rule.
In order to maintain her character setting, Xu Xinyi could not mention divorce for no reason. If she wanted to completely escape the shackles of imprisonment, the subject had to be raised by Yi Yang himself.
At first, Xu Xinyi thought Yi Yang would never tolerate her for too long, considering his apparent dislike for her and her own intolerable behavior. But who knew he would put up with it for two years.
So now was the chance.
The dog man couldn’t bear being lonely and finally cheated!
And it’s with Zuo Rong, this terrible actress. Really didn’t expect him to be so fond of doing charity for the incapable.
“Xinyi, listen to me. We don’t know the authenticity of these photos yet. If Zuo Rong wants to hype herself about this, you should know that it can’t be as simple as it seems. When Yi Yang comes back, you must be calm. Don’t lose your temper, understand?”
“But if it is true, don’t be sad. There are countless good men waiting for you in the world. Listen to me. Don’t cling to this tree called Yi Yang and give up the whole forest.”
“I have landed you a new role as the heroine of ‘The Way of the Phoenix’. This is a big role, and the leading actor is Han Xiao. There is a bright future waiting for you. So don’t be impulsive, okay?”
Xu Xinyi was relieved to hear Anya’s words.
Anya is still the one who really understands her. And as for clinging to a single tree? Hah!
An hour later, the car drove slowly into the villa area.
Xu Xinyi, in a great mood, entered the Yi estate under Anya’s worried eyes.
It was already 10:30 and the estate was very still. Everyone in the Yi estate was probably asleep and the whole villa lost the hustling and bustling feeling it had in the day. Under the cool moonlight, the huge four-story villa somehow seemed even more magnificent.
Everything was quiet.
It seemed Yi Yang had not yet returned.
Without disturbing Mr. and Mrs. Yi, Xu Xinyi went upstairs to wait quietly.
What’s the first thing she should say later?
Should she dive straight to the main topic or should she implement a more circuitous strategy? Even though the hour is so late, the sound insulation of the room should be good. So should she directly have a fight with Yi Yang?
No. She can’t quarrel at the beginning. She is a person with ‘deep love’ for Yi Yang. Won’t her character setting collapse if she starts to fight at the very beginning?
Yi Yang will definitely deny it.
Then, throw out the evidence.
At that time, Yi Yang will definitely be speechless. After a short silence, if Yi Yang indeed admits that he had an affair, she would demand for Yi Yang to break up with that woman. Of course, Yi Yang will not be willing to, so the two of them will quarrel and quarrel until Yi Yang gets frustrated and wants to wash his hands of the whole situation. Then, she can put on a greatly discouraged appearance and say, “Let’s get a divorce.”
If Yi Yang doesn’t admit to the affair. Then that’s even easier.
Yi Yang won’t admit anything, so she just has to suspect him and question him like a shrew. Yi Yang won’t have the patience to answer her accusations, so he’ll angrily leave, and she can ‘conclude’ that Yi Yang cheated, and, again appearing very discouraged she’ll say, “Let’s get a divorce.”
This plan was perfect! Flawless! Unassailable!
As soon as Yi Yang comes back, her one-man-show will begin!
Xu Xinyi’s acting skills were publicly praised by several directors who had worked with her. They said that she could enter a role in a second and was a talented actress.
But now Xu Xinyi was having trouble entering her ‘pitiful wife’ role because her heart was pounding.
She couldn’t help it. She was just so excited.
At the thought of her perfect plan and the divorce that will surely follow, she was so excited she felt like she could stand up and run a few laps.
Standing in front of the mirror, Xu Xinyi looked at herself and did her best to put on the look of a pitiful woman who suspected her husband was having an affair.
She ran her hands through her hair messily, rubbed at her eyes, put a little foundation on her face to make it paler, thought about it, and found some eye drops just in case.
Everything was ready. Just needed the main actor.
At midnight, Yi Yang finally pushed the door open.
There was no light in the room. The floor-to-ceiling window was not closed and the wind poured in from outside, causing the curtains to billow. Under the shadow of the moon, Yi Yang saw a woman sitting on the sofa curled up with her legs in her arms.
“Xu Xinyi?” He turned on the light.
Xu Xinyi, sitting on the sofa with her legs curled up in her arms, felt the light and raised her head. “Are you back?”
Yi Yang took off his coat and unfastened his tie. Hearing Xu Xinyi’s tone sounded a little off, he could not help asking, “What’s the matter?”
“Why are you back only now?”
The voice was choked up and filled with swallowed grievances.
Yi Yang paused and gave her another glance.
“I’m a little late because of work. Why? Go to bed if you have nothing to do. “
Yi Yang turned and went to the closet where he took his pajamas in preparation to go take a bath. But when he turned back Xu Xinyi was blocking the door of the closet. Two lines of tears streaked down her face.
“You usually get off work at six o’clock, but tonight you don’t come back until midnight. Where have you been? Can you tell me who you were with? “
Yi Yang found it rather baffling.
But Yi Yang was too lazy to pay any attention to her and slipped past her toward the bathroom.
—“hissss. What kind of eye drops are these? It hurts!”
Behind Yi Yang’s back, Xu Xinyi bared her teeth, raised her head, and blinked madly while fanning at her eyes with her hands.
Yi Yang paused.*
What kind of tricks was this woman up to?
“We are husband and wife. When my husband reeks like alcohol and comes back so late, can’t I ask?”
Yi Yang responded in a tough tone. Whenever outsiders asked him about his work he was very impatient.
“What happens at work has nothing to do with you. So don’t ask.”
“It has nothing to do with me?” Xu Xinyi smiled sadly. “Well, let me ask you, did you go to the Yonghe Club reception tonight?”
Yi Yang turned and looked at her deeply. “Have you been stalking me? Investigating me?”
“Stalking? Investigation? I’m your wife. I want to know where you are, is that not allowed?”
–“This dog man is guilty! I knew there was no man in the world who didn’t cheat. Bah! Scum man!”
Yi Yang threw down four words, “Making trouble without reason.”
“I’m being unreasonable?” Xu Xinyi stopped him and bit her lips and gave a look filled with grief and indignation. “You refuse to admit it, is it because you feel guilty?”
“What is it that you are trying to say?”
“I want you to explain! Is it you in this picture?”
Xu Xinyi threw the photos in front of Yi Yang, where they rustled and scattered all over the floor.
–“I should have just thrown them directly in his face. The dog man went out and had an affair and still acts so righteous and justified. Does he even have any face?”
“Here is a picture of you with another woman. What’s your relationship? Why are you holding each other? Why are your clothes draped over her shoulders! ” Xu Xinyi choked up and stared wide at him so as not to give the game away.
Taking advantage of the gap when Yi Yang looked down at the picture, she quickly bowed her head and rubbed her sore eyes.
–“Oh, I must have taken the wrong eye drops!”
–“All because of Yi Yang, the son of a bitch! Always hurting me!”
But maybe this is good? Even without re-applying the eye drops now her tears were flowing constantly.
Yi Yang looked at the picture carefully and found that it really was him.
“How did you get these?”
Xu Xinyi could not stop the tears streaming down her face. “Do you admit it? Is that person in the photo really you?” She grabbed Yi Yang, held him tightly, and cried, “Yi Yang, you tell me whether this is true or not, I only need a yes or a no!”
Xu Xinyi rubbed her face against his shoulder and quietly rubbed tears all over his shirt.
— “Come on! Push me away, point to my nose, and say, ‘Yes! I cheated on you! I’m not a monk! I can’t stand being alone! I just like her! She is thousands and thousands of times better than you!’ “
— “Then you can leave! Go find that woman and stay out all night!”
— “And when you come back, you will try your best to get a divorce from me!”
— “Then I’ll take half your money and leave the Yi family ‘heartbroken’.”
After Yi Yang listened to her thoughts in the silence for a moment. He really wanted to know what was going on in Xu Xinyi’s mind all the time.
He said quietly, “Xu Xinyi, don’t go looking for trouble. Yes, I’m the person in the picture…”
“What!” Xu Xinyi suddenly jerked her head up and banged into Yi Yang’s chin, catching him off guard.
Yi Yang took a few steps back and covered his suddenly throbbing chin.
“It was really you!” Xu Xinyi shook her head in tears, looked at him in disbelief, and pointed at him with trembling fingers. Her tears miserably rained down and she said sadly: “Yi Yang, why? Why did you betray me? I love you so much! I’ve done so much for you, why would you go out and find another woman! “
–“Let’s go! This is the atmosphere for a proper fight! Come on!”
Yi Yang said angrily, “Xu Xinyi, you shut up first!”
Xu Xinyi replied, “Yi Yang, you tell me, is that woman really that good?” You like her that much? I’m not as good as her!? Is that what you’re saying!”
“She and I just happened to be in a picture. There’s nothing going on between us. It’s already so late. Don’t be unreasonable!”
“Nothing? Nothing?! She’s sitting on your lap, but that’s nothing? She’s wearing your clothes? But that’s nothing?”
“Sitting on my lap?” Yi Yang angrily picked up the picture of the two sitting together and pushed it against Xu Xinyi’s forehead, “Look carefully, where is she sitting on my lap?”
Xu Xinyi reached up and took the photo off from her forehead and looked at it and her questioning came to an abrupt end.
…oh. She had been so excited but she was wrong… while the posture was indeed a bit ambiguous it seemed to not be what she thought.
Now that the fire was out, Xu Xinyi calmed down and sat down on the sofa. “Even if she didn’t sit on your lap, you gave her your clothes. Yi Yang, you don’t have to lie to me. I’m also a woman. I can see with my own eyes whether you like her or not. When I talk about her, your eyes are full of love and your tone is full of pampering. These are your subconscious actions. You didn’t notice, but I noticed! You can’t live without her, can you?”
Yi Yang was so angry he almost laughed.
Her eyes can see that his eyes were full of love and pampering?
Xu Xinyi, your eyes can see my emotions? Is this something that can be seen?
“Yi Yang, let’s not divorce, okay? I know you like her, but we are husband and wife. If you want to divorce me and stay with her, Grandpa will not agree.” Xu Xinyi wiped away her tears. “Do you remember what you said when you put the ring on my finger when we got married? You said you would always take care of me, do you remember? “
—“Come on! Say it! Say, ‘It’s all over! Now I only love her! I want to be with her all my life and she is waiting for me!'”
Yi Yang looked at her silently and did not speak.
Today he would like to see how much nonsense this Xu Xinyi can make up.
Xu Xinyi waited for a while, and seeing that Yi Yang did not open his mouth, she continued, “Did you ever think about what would happen while you were with her? Have you ever thought about Grandpa, Mom, or me? Doing this, are you even worthy of me? Or were you planning to keep her as a mistress?”
Yi Yang still didn’t speak.
She didn’t know if it was her delusion but Xu Xinyi thought that Yi Yang’s eyes looked like her own eyes when she was eating melon seeds and watching a good show.
When that thought occurred, Xu Xinyi felt a bit weak-kneed but she ignored it, raised her voice, and emboldened herself. “If you break up with her, I can let bygones be bygones, and I won’t tell my grandpa and mom. We can pretend it never happened.”
With that, she paused and choked back tears. “If you don’t agree, I will block her. Even if I lose my reputation, I will make sure she will never get a foothold in the entertainment industry! And I will also find someone to expose her and let everyone know that she is a shameless mistress who destroyed a family!”
“Her or me, Yi Yang, pick one.”
She glared at Yi Yang with tears in her eyes. Five seconds later she bowed her head and sobbed in silence.
Xu Xinyi cried for a long time but did not hear any movement from Yi Yang. Hesitatingly she quietly looked up and saw Yi Yang sitting opposite her, lazily looking back.
Her words had been very vivid. The cadence was impassioned and infectious. It had been a blend of aggrievedness and sadness and had perfectly reflected the image of a woman who abandoned her dignity for love with vivid clarity.
Of course, this was before Yi Yang heard the voice in her heart that talked about what she really wanted to say.
“Have you finished? If you feel you’ve said enough, then let me speak.” Yi Yang’s tone was calm, well-organized, and held no trace of panic. “First of all, tonight was a cocktail party. The reason I was in that picture is that I was there to talk about a project. Second, I don’t know the woman who was sitting next to me. I met her for the first time today when she asked me to accompany her for wine, but I refused. Third, the suit jacket on her is not mine and I don’t know whose it is. Have I explained it clearly enough?”
Yi Yang looked at her coldly. “If you have no problems, then I will stop here today. I’m tired. I’m going to take a bath first.”
–“An explanation? Is he explaining to me? “
–“Shouldn’t he just walk away impatiently and not bother to say a word to me? When did he become so patient? “
–“He really wasn’t cheating?”
–“…wait. Is the cheating important? Does it have anything to do with me whether he cheats or not? Does it really matter? What’s important? It’s the fight!”
–“The point is the fight!”
” You say that you don’t know the woman? You say that the clothes are not yours? Do you expect me to believe such a coincidence?”
“Of course you won’t admit! No man in the world will admit to having an affair in his marriage.”
“You still won’t tell me the truth? Is it so hard to tell the truth? “
Yi Yang put his hand on his forehead and took numerous deep breaths to force himself to calm down.
“You want a divorce, don’t you? Alright. I promise you that I will have the divorce agreement ready tomorrow. “
Happiness came so suddenly that Xu Xinyi almost didn’t know what to do.
“Divorce, Xu Xinyi, as you wish, we will divorce. When I get off work tomorrow night, we can meet again at the apartment. I’ll prepare the previous divorce agreement and the lawyers. This time we will divorce.” Yi Yang used all the restraint accumulated over his entire life to say those words smoothly. Then he gave a dismissive wave and disappeared into the bathroom.
This time, he absolutely, certainly, will not have any hesitation!
This marriage must be dissolved!
—“Ah? ahahahahah! Divorce!”
Today, Yi Yang’s assistant Ma Li was a little frightened.
Ever since this morning, when he was waiting for President Yi outside the villa, but when Yi Yang appeared he unexpectedly found his boss had a face that was grim and glacial.
Yi Yang’s temper was known to all in the company. It didn’t matter if you were a man or a woman if you made a mistake on the job there had always been a merciless reprimand. So now, it was early in the morning and the president’s face looked so ugly, the assistant knew if he rashly opened his mouth he would be jumping in front of the muzzle.
Assistant Ma Li took out a document and checked it before replying, “You have a meeting at 09:30 in the morning, and the financial statements for the first half of the year have been sent to your email. At two o’clock in the afternoon, you have an appointment with Mr. Bean**. At three o’clock in the afternoon, there is a ball, for your female companion…”
“Put off attending the ball. I have something to do tonight.”
“…All right, President Yi. “
Yi Yang picked up the tablet and opened the mailbox. Slowly he glanced through the financial statements from the first half of the year.
The air in the car seemed stagnant and heavy.
Yi Yang flipped through the documents very quickly and it almost looked like he wasn’t reading them at all. But he had always had a talent for perfectly memorizing tens of lines of text with a glance. By the time the car arrived at the door of the company, he had read dozens of pages of financial statements without missing a word.
The assistant got out of the car and opened the door, and the hurried staff at the door of the bustling building made way.
Yi Yang quickly made his way to the elevator.
The meeting at nine o’clock in the morning was always long and boring. However, today the whole conference room was stepping very lightly while dealing with Yi Yang, who was obviously in a very bad mood. Occasionally the boss would interject with cutting questions, trying to catch loopholes, which made everyone nervous.
Finally, at noon they could sigh a breath of relief when Yi Yang’s indifferent voice rang out and said: “Disperse”.
Yi Yang returned to his office and hastily signed several documents. His assistant delivered several financial magazines on his desk. But when he was about to collect the old financial magazines, Yi Yang stared at him.
“Wait a minute.”
He reached out and took an entertainment magazine from the bundle his assistant was carrying.
“Why was there an entertainment magazine on my desk?”
The assistant was surprised, “This… I’m not too sure about this either. Maybe it was accidentally mixed in by someone from the outside. I’m very sorry President Yi. I’ll pay attention to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future. “
Yi Yang did not say much on this matter, but only said, “Get out.”
The assistant left timidly.
The reason why Yi Yang noticed that entertainment magazine was only because the headline on the cover said, “Why does the popular actress Xu Xinyi make it difficult for other artists? Count the feuds that have appeared over the years!” Those few words.
He flipped through it casually.
He finally realized where he had heard the name, Zuo Rong.
This entertainment magazine had a page about Xu Xinyi and also mentioned the name Zuo Rong. He had idly flipped through it some time ago, so he had an impression of the name Zuo Rong.
They were from the same cast? The female lead and the second female lead?
These two people know each other?
They worked together to trick him?!***
*I actually completely replaced this line. The original “易扬脚下一顿。” just didn’t make any sense in any of the dozen MTLs I tried
**it actually says “Mr Bean” in English in the raws lol
***so this line is just “钓鱼执法” which MTLs to “fishing law enforcement” which is some sort of slang for “entrapment”. So I’m 90% the ML is suspecting the MC worked with Zuo Rong to “entrap” him – which is why I rewrote the line to what you see.
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