“Divorce?” Anya looked at her in disbelief, as if to make sure that the drunk woman in the bar in front of her was really Xu Xinyi, “So, Yi Yang really cheated on you?”
Xu Xinyi looked up briefly from her half-empty Rio cocktail, before sadly lowering her head again as if depressed and choked out some words in-between sobs: “It doesn’t matter. The important thing is that he said he wanted to divorce me.”
Ever since she knew that Xu Xinyi and Yi Yang were married Anya had felt that the two would not last long and would probably end up divorced sooner or later.
She had clearly seen all the grievances Xu Xinyi had suffered in this marriage.
For a person who was typically so arrogant and domineering, but in her marriage, she was constantly forced to swallow her feelings and act humble and courteous, there could never have been a good ending.
So now, hearing the news of the divorce, Anya really wanted to pull Xu Xinyi into a private room, call up some little fresh meats, and crack open some celebratory champagne.
“Don’t feel guilty about this kind of thing. A man who is unfaithful once, is a man who will be unfaithful a hundred times. You can never forgive cheating, you know?”
Anya was angry when she heard Xu Xinyi who wanted to retort. “Don’t tell me you still love him! This slag man called Yi Yang is not worthy of your love. Listen to me. When you get divorced, I will push a hundred little fresh meats in my Wechat to you. Each one of them will be much better looking than that Yi Yang with his old iceberg face.”
“A hundred?” Xu Xinyi was stunned.
She knew that Anya was fond of casting a wide net and changing her boyfriends like she was changing her clothes, but she did not expect that there were more than a hundred of them.
Xu Xinyi cast Anya an envious look.
“Xinyi, as you know, I am an agent and you are the only star currently working under me. I am not as good as you in terms of income or fame but look at me. There are so many men flocking around me, a little agent, not to mention you, a big star. You can rest assured that when you get divorced, your only regret will be that you didn’t leave earlier.”
“In a wide world filled with fresh flowers, you are wasting your youth guarding a slag like Yi Yang. Personally, I feel sorry for all those other men.”
“What do you think? Do you want to try it?”
Who doesn’t want to try? Xu Xinyi was crying inside.
Half an hour later, the two left the bar in a low profile and Anya sent Xu Xinyi to her apartment and raised her mobile phone. “My little fresh meat asked me out. Call me again after your divorce. But please don’t disturb our little couples world again while you’re still married, thanks.”
With that, she drove away.
As she watched the chic girl Anya leaving coolly. Xu Xinyi let out an envious sigh.
They were both women but why is she the only one who is so miserable!
But fortunately, this miserable life was coming to an end tonight.
Xu Xinyi went upstairs in a happy mood. Yi Yang hadn’t come yet so she sat in the living room and waited quietly.
—“A hundred fresh meats… Anya is not lying to me, is she? Does she really know a hundred young fresh meats?”
Time ticked by and Xu Xinyi was so immersed in the happiness of the impending divorce that she did not notice the footsteps behind her.
—“In fact, there is no need to wait for her introduction. What was the saying? ‘Don’t let your own water flow to your neighbor’s field’. The male idol group that the company has just started promoting recently are all good. Each one has long legs and are at least 1.8 meters tall. I snuck some peeks at them at the company and I saw that they all have great figures and faces. It’s amazing. I have to find a chance for us to get acquainted after the divorce. “
Thinking of this, Xu Xinyi could not but reveal a crafty smile that made her look like an auntie.
Who doesn’t like boys that are clean, handsome, gentle, sunny, and considerate?
Just think about it…
Suddenly there was a deafening sound by her ear. Xu Xinyi was so startled that she almost leaped up from the sofa. Yi Yang, who knew when he had arrived, was standing there behind the sofa staring down at her.
–“This bastard scared me to death! Does he just want to scare people by walking around without a sound like that?”
Yi Yang moved around the sofa and sat down opposite her. “I’ve been here for a while. I didn’t want to bother you when I saw you in a daze.”
She glanced at the door. Where was the lawyer?
“You came alone?”
Yi Yang raised his eyebrow and said, “Who else would there be?”
Well, thinking about it, yes, the lawyer had already divided the property very clearly that day. The only hold up was Yi Yang’s signature so there was no need to bring the lawyer in again.
Yi Yang caught a whiff of wine in the air. “Have you been drinking?”
“I drank a little.” Xu Xinyi hung her head, sorted out her mood, and cleared her throat, “Alright, take it out, sign it, and we’ll break up.”
“Don’t worry about grandpa, I will keep this a secret. In the eyes of the people who know about our marriage, we will still be husband and wife, and we will not be divorced. After a while, when grandpa’s health is better, we can just slowly tell him about the divorce.”
Yi Yang just looked at her for a moment and did not speak.
In fact, Yi Yang had very good-looking eyes, he had the so-called peach blossom eyes, with pupils that were very dark. When he looked at you up close like this it was easy to get drunk in his gaze and an illusion that he was staring at you affectionately would appear.
But Xu Xinyi knew very well that this man is very cold all the way down to his bones. He won’t hesitate to dismiss you with a single impatient word and simply make you feel like hell.
Xu Xinyi unnaturally turned her head to avoid Yi Yang’s eyes. “After spending a day and a night thinking about it I felt there was a saying that fit our situation: ‘one time unfaithful, a hundred times I didn’t have to.’* I can put up with you not loving me, and I can put up with your indifference to me, but I can’t stand my husband looking for a mistress outside. Don’t worry, I’ll keep your affair a secret and no third person will know about it.”
Her expression was cold and her eyes resolutely met his. She looked disheartened and pitiful.
Yi Yang looked at her for a while, then he reached out and handed an envelope to Xu Xinyi.
“What is this?”
A divorce agreement?
Driven by Yi Yang’s probing gaze, Xu Xinyi opened the envelope and revealed the contents.
“Don’t worry, it’s not a divorce agreement. It’s just, I don’t like to be cheated or wronged. I thought about it, and it’s really not fair to judge me as an adulterer based on a few photos, so I went to find some evidence. Take a look.”
When she heard Yi Yang say that this was not a divorce agreement, Xu Xinyi didn’t even want to touch the contents of the envelope.
When she heard him say it was evidence, she really didn’t want to see it.
“There are ten photos there, and there are a few others, but I think these will be enough. Take a good look at them.”
Xu Xinyi was forced to look at the photos one by one.
One was the picture of Zuo Rong sitting next to Yi Yang.
One was the picture of Zuo Rong standing in the hallway, talking to Yi Yang.
One was the picture where after Yi Yang left, Zuo Rong was wearing the suit coat that had been draped on Yi Yang’s arm.
But then there were also seven photos of Zuo Rong negotiating with other men after Yi Yang left. As well as three consecutive shots of a different man putting the coat on her.
The evidence was clear and conclusive.
“Thanks to this incident, I checked Zuo Rong. What’s interesting is that this check found a lot of things. This Zuo Rong is filming in the same crew as you. There was a report about you in an entertainment magazine and there was also an interview with Zuo Rong. In the interview, I could tell that you two have a good relationship. Xinyi, you can make friends, but you also have to keep your eyes open. You can’t just randomly make friends with all kinds of people.”
…Xu Xinyi felt like she was choking.
Host, you have no reason to divorce.
In fact, Yi Yang is much better looking than those small fresh meats.
“I have eyes, okay? I can see. I know. But how can one single Yi Yang be compared with a hundred young fresh meats?”
Braised pork in brown sauce is delicious. Sure. But will you eat it every day? Isn’t it good to have a hundred dishes instead?
Xu Xinyi adjusted her mood, took a deep breath, and carefully, with a trace of expectation, and asked nervously, “Are you still going to divorce me?”
—“I’m arrogant and domineering. I’m selfish. I’m possessive. I’m paranoid. I was so suspicious of you and yelled at you because of those photos last night. You can clearly see how terrible I am, why don’t you divorce me?”
–If you divorce me, you can go out and find a gentle and virtuous woman. For example, Qin Yan is good! What a wonderful girl, a graduate student, a designer, a model, and famous! Such a girl is worthy of you!”
–“So divorce me quickly and pursue your own happiness!”
Yi Yang bowed his head and turned the ring on his ring finger slowly. Eventually, he smiled and said, “I didn’t have an affair. Why should I divorce you?”
“Haven’t you always wanted to divorce me? Don’t you hate me?”
“That was before,” Yi Yang looked up at her. “now I don’t want to divorce you.”
Xu Xin’s heart was cold, “…Why?”
“Didn’t you always want to stay married? Are you unhappy?”
“Happy. I am very happy.” Xu Xinyi was so happy that she was almost crying. She remembered her character setting and instantly switched gears. She sat beside Yi Yang and hugged him with trembling arms. “Sorry, it’s all my fault. I shouldn’t have misunderstood you. I should have tried to believe you. I always knew you wouldn’t have an affair!”
Xu Xinyi’s heart felt like it had been smashed to pieces.
–“My male idol group, my 100 little fresh meats, my husband who is still in kindergarten!”
Xu Xinyi’s mind drifted and she thought of the lines the male lead had said in her last drama that seemed very appropriate to this situation.
—“I have the world in my heart. But the empress is too fierce. I’d rather just play with the Imperial Concubines. As for empress, let’s just put it off for now, later, I’ll think of something.”**
“…” Yi Yang laughed angrily. He was being ridiculed. She was thinking about other men even before they got divorced. And right in front of him! Was he dead?
He deliberately leaned forward and whispered in Xu Xinyi’s ear, “I always knew that the human heart was sinister but now I understand that some things are not as simple as they seem. Just like you. This time, if it wasn’t for that woman’s deliberate intentions, I would never have known you ‘loved’ me so much.”
Xu Xinyi gaped.
—“Why is this son of a bitch suddenly being so creepy as he says that?”
Xu Xinyi was covered with goosebumps.
—“No, I can’t just sit back and wait to die. I have to do something.”
Xu Xinyi thought about it but couldn’t think of any good way. Still, she had to try. She closed her eyes and squeezed out some crocodile tears. “But the me before really wasn’t worthy. I was always arrogant. I was domineering in the entertainment industry. Recently, I was seriously considering pushing another female star down some stairs. I-I also hate Qin Yan! Since I am also a woman, I know at a glance that she is interested in you. Also, I do not like bathing, or washing my hair, and I do not like children… Yes! Honey, I don’t like children! I hear it’s painful to have children. I don’t want to have children. We won’t have children in the future, okay? “
Yi family has the throne to inherit. Yi Yang can’t make a promise not to have children! His parents and his grandfather will not agree!
“We are still young, and there is no hurry about the children,” Yi Yang seemed to sigh. “Mom is right. Feelings can be cultivated with time. Don’t worry, I won’t mention divorce easily in the future.”
Xu Xinyi’s grief couldn’t have been greater if you told her to die.
—“The world might as well burn.”
*so in the raw this line is actually a reference to some love song that I’m not bothering to track down – which is why the wording here is so awkward. I considered just completely rewriting the line to make it flow better but… eh? I dunno if that’s the best way to handle it. The meaning is pretty clear either way I think.
**ugh… this line is written in old-timey speech so it’s hard to try to suss out the meaning. The MTLs all throw me gibberish. Buut given the context (ML gets angry in the next line, MC was thinking about here hundreds of men in the previous line) I think it’s supposed to be about an emperor throwing off his nagging empress to play in the harem, which is why I translated it as I did. But I’m really exposing myself as a MTL’er here cos I have very little confidence about the final result. “朕心怀天下，奈何正宫太彪悍，爱妃们，且稍等些时日，待朕再想想办法” is the original text if anyone wants to correct me.