When the Bentley drove slowly into the Shuiwan Villa Area, the Yi estate was brightly lit.
As soon as she walked through the front door, Xu Xinyi felt a tense and stagnant atmosphere in the air.
Butler Chen and the other various servants kept silent and did not say a word.
Xu Xinyi and Yi Yang exchanged a confused glance.
What happened? What was going on?
On the sofa in the living room, the Old Master sat upright while firmly gripping his cane before him with a dark expression. Next to him was Mrs. Yi who was wearing the same grim expression.
“Sir, the young master, and the young madam have returned together.” Butler Chen emphasized the word “together” when he announced them.
“Grandfather, mom, we’re back.” Yi Yang said.
The Old Master ignored him. Instead, he spoke to Butler Chen, “Butler Chen, you go back first. Have a rest.”
His meaning was to let them talk alone.
Butler Chen nodded and retreated with several servants in tow.
When all the outsiders were gone, the Old Master looked at Yi Yang and Xu Xinyi, without the slightest smile on his face.
Something was wrong.
Ever since Xu Xinyi married into the Yi family she had never seen the Old Master with such a grim expression. Even when the Old Master fell ill and had to be hospitalized, he had looked at her kindly from his hospital bed and asked her if she had adapted well to the Yi family and asked her if Yi Yang was good to her.
So seeing him like this now, she dared not open her mouth rashly.
Eventually, Yi Yang broke the heavy atmosphere, he asked: “What’s the matter?”
“What’s the matter?” Mrs. Yi picked up a tablet and set it on the coffee table in front of her.
“Just look at this. What is going on?”
Yi Yang picked up the tablet and Xu Xinyi leaned over to look.
On the flat screen was a piece of entertainment news. There was a huge headline that read, “Yi family heir has a late-night rendezvous with an actress. Renowned for her talent and beauty could she be the next to marry into a wealthy family?!” And the headline repeated three times to attract people’s attention.
It must have Zuo Rong who did it.
She couldn’t find an entertainment newspaper, so she must have asked a blogger to spread it.
Now, after spreading across several blogs, the matter has caused an uproar, and there had been a lot of interest from the netizens.
There were several photos that were a little blurry after processing, but the faces of Yi Yang and Zuo Rong could still be clearly distinguished.
Xu Xinyi and Yi Yang exchanged another glance.
The Old Master slammed his cane down on the ground twice and said, “Yi Yang, what is going on? Is that you in this picture? And that girl, do you have anything to do with her? Now, in front of me, in front of your mother, and in front of Xinyi, make it clear! “
Since he hadn’t done anything, Yi Yang, of course, didn’t feel guilty. He calmly explained, “Grandfather, the person in this picture is really me. I attended a cocktail party the other day, and that woman was from the cocktail party. She came over and talked to me and it looks like she asked someone to secretly take a picture. The suit jacket she is wearing in those photos is not mine. As for who she borrowed the suit jacket from, I don’t know. I don’t know who that woman is either. “
With that, Yi Yang glanced at Xu Xinyi and said, “Rest assured, I won’t do anything that would let Xinyi down.”
The Old Master seemed unsure whether to believe Yi Yang or not, “Really?”
Yi Yang responded clearly, neither humble nor arrogant, “Yes.”
After listening to Yi Yang’s explanation the Old Master seemed to have lost most of his anger. He cleared his throat. “So you have nothing to do with that girl. I knew it. Grandpa always believed in you,” He looked over at Mrs. Yi, “Right? “
Mrs. Yi didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry.
Before Yi Yang and Xu Xinyi came back, the Old Master had stormed around angrily and kept saying he would teach a good lesson to his worthless grandson. Look how quickly he changed his face!
“Of course, you watched Yi Yang grow up, so you know his character best.”
Xu Xinyi also interjected with a smile, “Yes, grandpa, Yi Yang has told me he will be good to me in the future and will never do anything to wrong me.”
“Xinyi, speaking of which, grandpa has something to ask you, too.” The Old Master said, the serious look suddenly returning to his face.
Xu Xinyi was stunned. She had just spoken out a single good word for Yi Yang. The Old Master’s temper wasn’t going to fall on her now was it?
“Xinyi, it’s not that grandpa wants to lecture you. We’re all family here. No matter what might be bothering you there are solutions. It doesn’t matter whether you want to drink or just go out and relax, but you, a girl, how can you go out and drink alone in such a suspicious place where snakes mix in with dragons, like a bar?”
The Old Master pointed to the tablet and said, “Scroll down.”
Yi Yang obediently scrolled down and a picture of Xu Xinyi getting drunk at a bar was revealed. Who knows where it was taken.
“Oh, this. Grandpa, in fact, I wasn’t alone. I had my friend there to accompany me. “
“It’s not good even if you had a friend to accompany you. If you want to drink in the evening, why not just drink at home? If you go out there is always a risk, always a what if?”
Xu Xinyi bowed her head, “Grandpa, you’re right. I’m sorry. I was wrong. It’s just…” She suddenly got an idea and choked out a sob and said, “That night, I had also misunderstood that Yi Yang was having an affair, so I was in a bad mood and went out to drink. I’ll never do it again!”
Yi Yang turned an inquisitive gaze toward her and asked her with his eyes ‘apologize if you have to apologize, but why are you bringing me up?’
Xu Xinyi guiltily evaded his gaze.
–“Stare! What are you staring at?! Still staring?! I’ll rip your head off!”
–“What’s wrong with a big man like you carrying a little blame? And this is all your fault anyway! So stingy. “
“Is that so?” The Old Master glared at Yi Yang and said to Xu Xinyi, “Since you had already heard about this, why didn’t you tell your grandfather? I was left here thinking you were being wronged. “
“Grandpa, you just got back and I didn’t want to bother you with my small problems.”
“You child… don’t do this next time. If Yi Yang does anything to make you misunderstand and feel sad, you must immediately tell me. Grandpa here will help you! And Yi Yang, next time there is such a thing, you must solve it as soon as possible. Don’t let me hear about your scandals again, understand?”
“Yes, grandfather, I understand.”
With that, the matter seemed resolved.
But then the Old Master withdrew his smile again and with a solemn face said, “Scroll down.”
“…” Yi Yang scrolled down.
It was a video this time.
‘I can sprinkle rice on the ground, and a chicken will act better than you.’
The sarcastic words rang out from the video.
Xu Xinyi’s contemptuous face, mocking Zuo Rong on set, was clearly seen by the Old Master.
“Grandpa, this actress is terrible at acting and on top of that, she wants to seduce Yi Yang! So I got angry and said a few words.”
“But you can’t say that sort of thing in public! Why not say it in private?” the Old Master sighed, “I know that your parents died early and your grandfather raised you cupped in the palm of his hands. That old man always doted on you. So now you have a temper that is a little bit loud, I understand that, but you still can’t bully people outside like that. All outsiders can see is a poor little girl getting bullied. And now that the video has been made and posted on the internet, isn’t the one getting scolded in the end you? Just look at all these people typing words to scold you, does it not hurt your heart?”
Xu Xinyi looked at Yi Yang and quietly pulled his sleeve, silently begging for help.
But Yi Yang only gave her a cool glance. He kept his hands behind his back and turned his head away, as if to say, ‘Don’t bother this young master’.
“Grandpa had always wanted to talk to you before but you know that Grandpa has not been in good health so I’ve had no chance. But now that I’m back, Grandpa is telling you honestly, I don’t like it when you act like that. From now on, you have to change. Don’t behave like that outside. Don’t be so impolite from now on, remember?”
Xu Xinyi raised her head slightly. From the corner of her eye, she saw the corners of Yi Yang’s mouth rising slightly.
This dog man was laughing!
Seeing me as a joke?
Okay. That’s how it is? Alright!
Xu Xinyi really couldn’t stand his terrible temper.
Doesn’t he know, a husband and wife have to advance and retreat as one!
If he wants to be heartless, then he can’t blame me for being unjust!
Xu Xinyi bowed her head and said, “But Yi Yang always told me that this was for my own good. He doesn’t want me to be aggrieved.”
The Old Master and Mrs. Yi were both surprised, “For your own good? What do you mean?”
Yi Yang felt a faint foreboding in his heart.
“This was all what Yi Yang had taught me. He said that she was just a little starlet so she didn’t matter, and when someone bullies me, he told me to bully them back. He said, if someone scolded me on the internet, he could just sue them for me – so as long as I was happy.” Distantly she could hear Yi Yang gnashing his teeth but Xu Xinyi continued and said, “He also said that he would block that little starlet for me in a few days!”
“Block?” The Old Master looked at Yi Yang with a look of disbelief. He couldn’t believe that the grandson he had watched grow up would say something like that. “Yi Yang, did you say that?”
Even Mrs. Yi on one side was shocked, “Yi Yang, you child, how could you…”
Yi Yang was a man who had great skill at the negotiating table and he could instantly recognize when he was being framed. What Xu Xinyi said just now seemed to be reasonable, but in fact, she was twisting his words and changing black to white. Before he could even speak to defend himself he was given this big black pot to hold.
This is, indeed, what he had said, but…
“Grandfather, mom, I…”
Xu Xinyi immediately burst into tears: “Grandpa, mom, I dare not lie in front of you. Although it is true that Yi Yang said this, don’t blame him, blame me, I-I know I’m the one who is wrong. I shouldn’t be so arrogant outside. I’ll never dare to be again.”
“Xu Xinyi!” Yi Yang interrupted stormily.
“Why are you yelling at her?” The Old Master pointed at Yi Yang with his cane and the tip trembled unsteadily. “You tell me, did you say these words? Did you teach that to Xinyi? “
“Grandpa, I did say that, but…”
“But what!?” The Old Master seemed saddened. “How could you say such a thing? Did I, your grandfather, not teach you to convince people with reason? To treat people with courtesy, to be humble, to not be arrogant, and to be open and aboveboard? How could you have become like this just because you have a little power on your hands?”
“Grandpa, don’t blame Yi Yang, please don’t blame him. Yi Yang said all that for my own good because he was afraid that I would be bullied outside. But grandpa, I assure you, I will never do this again. Please don’t be angry.”
The Old Master, who had stood up in fury, was helped to sit back down on the sofa by Mrs. Yi. He sighed and shook his head.
Yi Yang really did not expect this trick from Xu Xinyi. He sent her a glare before apologizing in a low voice, “Grandfather, I’m sorry. I will be careful in my words and deeds in the future and will not say such words again.”
Xu Xinyi followed along by saying, “Grandpa, I will also be cautious in my words and deeds!”
It is said that wealth does not last more than three generations, but the Yi family was now bravely plowing forward into the fourth generation of wealth, relying on the joint efforts of the three prior generations, and this could all be said to be credited to the teachings of the Old Master.
“Be careful with your words and deeds. You must remember this!”
That night, after being held unilaterally accountable during their conversation, Yi Yang was again called into the study and lectured by the Old Master for a full hour before he was released.
As soon as he entered the door, Xu Xinyi immediately greeted him and said, “Husband, what did grandpa say to you?”
Yi Yang said nothing. With a heavy face, he slowly took off his coat and tie.
–“Hey, this turnaround is really good, isn’t it? Laugh? Go on, laugh at me again? Why aren’t you smiling now? Didn’t you laugh at me just now?”
–“Will Yi Yang think that I’m a scheming woman now? The type to confuse black and white and to sow discord with the family? Then, will he start to be more annoyed with me from this moment? Will he hate me even more and want to divorce me?”
Yi Yang, who had only pulled half of his tie down from around his neck, looked back at Xu Xinyi and said, “Xu Xinyi, grandfather said to let me supervise you.”
“Supervise me? At what?”
“What else? Didn’t you say you should be careful with your words and deeds? So, will you continue to be arrogant and domineering outside even now, after grandfather asked me to supervise you?”
Host, you haven’t been vicious enough lately.
Xu Xinyi: “…”
Hehe, I thought that was a fun chapter. I enjoyed Xu Xinyi throwing Yi Yang’s words right back to him like that (…since I guess he was just being sarcastic or perfunctory in the last chapter when he actually said those things?).
Also, I have to say some of the later chapters are really making me cry – not because of the story but because they’re so damn long! This chapter (ch10) was only 2400~ words, most of the chapters are in that general area but sometimes the author just got a writing bug or something and churned out 4000 and 5000 word chapters. ch30 is even 6000 words, it’s crazy! They take soooo long for me to translate lol