Ever since becoming ‘Xu Xinyi’ she had no choice but to learn acting skills. And in that scene just now, she had acted passionately and used all the skills she had learned across both her lives.
She said that last sentence to leave a place for Qin Yan to step down to. After all, this was the other woman’s birthday party. She couldn’t really shame her in front of so many friends and relatives, right?
–“Consider this a warning today! If you dare mess with me again next time, see if I don’t rip you up personally!”
–“Today, I didn’t completely destroy you. That’s because I’m such a kind woman.”
Yi Yang’s eyebrows raised and his heart faintly jumped. He gave Xu Xinyi an unreadable gaze.
Qin Yan, who was forced to swallow this bitter fruit, forced a smile that didn’t reach her eyes and agreed. “…yes.”
“Acting? But Qin Yan, we clearly saw…” The dog man’s friends jumped out immediately.
“It’s alright,” Qin Yan quickly tidied up her mood in an effort to not look so ugly in front of Yi Yang. “It was really nothing. I was just curious about Xinyi’s acting skills, so we agreed to play out this little drama. Anyway, I have something to do so I’ll go in first. You guys have a good time.”
As soon as she left, Qin Yan’s four fox friends and dog buddies* all sent glares at Xu Xinyi before they turned to enter the lobby and follow Qin Yan.
Suddenly there were only Xu Xinyi and Yi Yang left on the terrace.
The winter wind blew and below them the rare flowers and greenery all over the yard swayed and rustled. On the terrace, Xu Xinyi shivered.
Yi Yang walked up and cupped her chin in his hand. Then he forced her to look up, and then turned her face from side to side.
“What are you doing?”
Yi Yang smiled and replied, “Looking at your face to see if there are any palm prints or disfigurement.”
Xu Xinyi knocked off his hand, “Come on, I already told you. I was just playing with Qin Yan.”
Yi Yang gave her a deep look.
Xu Xinyi looked back at him without guilt.
—“Why are you looking at me, you son of a bitch? You want to stand up for your Qin Yan? You want me to knock your dog head off?!”
Yi Yang had no choice but to take back his eyes.
–“Good that you know your place.”
Back in the lobby, almost all the guests who had come to attend Qin Yan’s birthday banquet had arrived. Qin Yan showed no trace of embarrassment and stood gracefully in front of a huge ten-layer cake, cutting the cake.
Xu Xinyi, who was drifting through the crowd with a smile, looked at Qin Yan with great interest from one side. This woman was suppressing a great deal of annoyance, right?
“Yi Yang, long time no see.” A man carrying a wine glass approached with a smile. He held out his hand while greeting Yi Yang and it looked like he was one of Yi Yang’s old acquaintances.
Yi Yang froze for a moment and seemed to be trying to recall who the man was. After thinking for a moment, he smiled and reached out to return the handshake. “I haven’t seen you for a long time.”
“Is this Mrs. Yi? When you got married back then I was still abroad and couldn’t come back to attend your wedding. I’m sorry, but do you mind if I borrow your husband? Could you let us married men talk alone for a bit?”
“Of course I don’t mind.”
Yi Yang hesitated and sent a look at Xu Xinyi, “Are you … “
“I’ll be fine. You go ahead.”
–“What’s there to talk about with some smelly married men?”
“…” Yi Yang turned and left.
Xu Xinyi watched Yi Yang go off to chat with several men on one side briefly before she went and found a quiet sofa to sit down on.
With those two incidents just now, several people in Qin Yan’s circle had a new understanding of Xu Xinyi. Now they all know that she was not as simple as she seemed to be at first and none of them dared to provoke her easily.
Xu Xinyi was also happy to enjoy this leisure time. After all, originally in this kind of occasion, she would have to interact with various people, who knew whether they were friend or foe, that she didn’t know and exchange pleasantries and say empty polite words with them. It was all very boring.
She sat idly on the sofa for a while when she noticed that her wine glass was empty. Just as she was about to call a waiter, a waiter appeared before her.
“Thank you.” She said.
“Mrs. Yi, can I have a word?” The waiter lowered his voice.
Xu Xinyi raised her eyebrows and inspected the man. It turned out it was the waiter who had just spilled red wine on Yi Yang.
“Are you looking for me? What’s the matter?”
The waiter looked around carefully. “Mrs. Yi, I just saw someone put something in Mr. Yi’s wine.”
Xu Xinyi was stunned and her expression became a bit serious.
“Are you sure? You saw someone put something in my husband’s drink?”
“Do you know anything about it?”
The waiter shook his head.
“Do you know where my husband is now?”
“I saw him enter a room at the end of the second floor.”
At the end of the second floor?
Xu Xinyi looked thoughtful and looked upstairs.
To drug Yi Yang on such an occasion, there was no other possibility but that someone was coveting Yi Yang’s body.
Did she want to have sex with Yi Yang and blackmail him?
If Yi Yang really had sex with her, the Qin family would certainly make Yi Yang take responsibility. And then Yi Yang would have to divorce her.
Isn’t that just what she wanted?
Xu Xinyi peeked in the direction where Qin Yan was and spotted her two of Qin Yan’s friends walking towards her with big smiles. When they got close they said something in her ear. Qin Yan’s face changed and she quickly looked in the direction of the second floor.
It seemed that Qin Yan didn’t know about it.
It was those friends of hers who made the decision for her.
It seemed like Qin Yan’s friends were more reliable than Qin Yan herself.
But what if something really happened?
Xu Xinyi was a little hesitant as she thought about it.
Although the bastard Yi Yang deserved it, wouldn’t it just be hitting her, Xu Xinyi, in the face if something like that happened with Qin Yan today of all days?
If it really happened she was sure she would be criticized behind her back from now on by people saying things like, ‘That’s Xu Xinyi. She didn’t even know that her ex-husband was messing around right under her nose’.
No! Today she had no choice but to save Yi Yang’s dog life. Qin Yan couldn’t be allowed to do anything.
After thinking it over, Xu Xinyi said to the waiter, “Would you please do me a favor?”
“Of course, I’ll help you if I can.”
Xu Xinyi said something in his ear, and the waiter looked hesitant.
“Don’t worry, I know this will affect you but I will handle everything for you afterwards.”
With Xu Xinyi’s guarantee, the waiter nodded and walked towards Qin Yan with a tray of red wine.
Then there was a crash.
“You?! How could it be you again! Do you know that my dress is very expensive! “
While everyone’s attention was on Qin Yan, Xu Xinyi took the opportunity to slip up to the second floor.
Upstairs, the room at the end of the hall was unlocked and opened easily with a twist.
The lights in the room were off. Only one half-open window let in some moonlight that seemed to envelop the whole room. In the dim moonlight, Xu Xinyi saw Yi Yang was lying on the bed.
She hurriedly closed the door behind her and walked over to the bedside. Yi Yang’s eyes were closed and he smelled of alcohol as if he had passed out drunk.
Yi Yang was not the type to get drunk on this sort of occasion. The only explanation was that someone fed him something as the waiter said.
After thinking about it, Xinyi made a call to the driver and asked him to come up to the room at the end of the second floor.
“Yi Yang, wake up!”
He wouldn’t wake up.
Xu Xinyi looked around and luckily there was a separate bathroom in the room. She quickly poured a glass of water in the bathroom and carried it over before splashing it on Yi Yang’s face.
Yi Yang made a choking sound and woke up.
Xu Xinyi was pleasantly surprised, “Are you awake? Good! Come on! Get up and let’s go to the hospital. Who knows what those bastards fed you. “
Yi Yang’s eyebrows were furrowed tightly. In the dim light he could not see Xu Xinyi clearly. He asked with a slurred voice. “Who are you?”
“Who am I? I am your father!” Xu Xinyi tried to help him up as she talked, “Those friends of yours are some shady characters. They can produce such a strange medicine so casually and feed it to you? What if something went wrong?”
Yi Yang was heavy and when his whole body leaned on Xu Xinyi’s skinny shoulders she couldn’t hold him up. Before she got halfway up she was already out of breath.
“Hey, don’t sleep! Wake up!”
Yi Yang’s head leaned against her shoulder and a faint aroma wafted from Xu Xinyi’s hair and neck. It haunted his nose, causing his Adam’s apple to roll, his mouth to turn dry, and his breathing to become heavy.
His male instinct suddenly was suddenly aroused and the inner agitation made his whole body feverish inch by inch.
Yi Yang’s eyes darkened and he seemed to notice Xu Xinyi’s hand on his shoulder. Before she could blink, Xu Xinyi was suddenly flipped upside down. Xu Xinyi was pressed down on the bed and the disparity in strength made her unable to move.
Looking at Yi Yang’s unfocused eyes, Xu Xinyi’s heart thumped. This was bad.
She took a deep breath, “Yi Yang, calm down. Don’t be impulsive. Just take a deep breath and then let me go. I’ll call someone for you.”
The two were only a short distance away and Yi Yang was looking at her ravenously like a wolf, as if the person pressed under him was entirely his.
When she saw such eyes and heard his heavy breathing, Xu Xinyi felt an unprecedented sense of crisis, and her voice trembled unconsciously, “What is it that you want? Do you want Qin Yan? I can go call Qin Yan to come over for you?”
Hearing the name ‘Qin Yan’ Yi Yang’s eyes were even more ferocious and he suddenly buried his face against Xu Xinyi’s neck.
“Ah! Yi Yang, wake up!” Xu Xinyi felt she had become a sheep in the mouth of a tiger and was about to be slaughtered by Yi Yang.
–“I knew I should have minded my own business! Why did I ask for trouble, coming out to save this son of a bitch!”
Yi Yang stopped abruptly and looked up from her neck.
Xu Xinyi’s heart trembled and she blinked back a tear. She looked at Yi Yang and choked: “Yi Yang, I’m scared.”
She blinked again and a teardrop fell from the corner of her eye before disappearing into her hair.
Her pair of watery eyes looked straight at him full of fear, blinking back tears, as if he was a monster that could not be avoided.
Yi Yang clenched Xu Xinyi’s wrist in his hand tightly. He clenched his teeth and his Adam’s apple twitched violently up and down. His desires were at their apex and he wanted to fulfill them regardless of the consequences…
But no! He couldn’t. He was a human, not a beast. He was rational. He couldn’t do that.
Finally, marshaling all of his self-control, Yi Yang loosened his grip on Xu Xinyi’s wrist and turned over to one side.
The crisis was over.
Xu Xinyi hurriedly got up and looked at Yi Yang, who was lying like a dead dog on the bed, and gasped for breath.
She was almost defiled by Yi Yang, the son of a bitch!
No, she couldn’t stand this grievance.
Xu Xinyi’s hands were shaking.
Host, calm down. The top priority now is…
“Shut up! The top priority now? My top priority now is to find a way to castrate this son of a bitch so that he can’t do evil again!”
She looked left and right and rummaged through the room, trying to find something sharp.
After a while, she did not find a knife. She only found a basin in the bathroom, which she filled with cold water. Then she returned to the room, went to the bed, and quickly threw the basin of water on Yi Yang’s face.
Caught off guard, Yi Yang woke up again.
Xu Xinyi turned and went back to the bathroom, refilled the basin, and poured more cold water down again before Yi Yang could react.
After two basins of cold water, Yi Yang was really awake. He lay on the edge of the bed and looked up at Xu Xinyi through the water falling on top of his head, “Ack… Xu Xinyi, that’s enough. Cough… That’s enough. Cough cough…”
Xu Xinyi turned a deaf ear and went right back to the bathroom to bring another basin of cold water.
“Xu Xinyi! Cough… I said it’s enough! “
“No, it’s not enough.” Xu Xinyi raised the basin again without any expression.
“…Xu Xinyi, I’m saying this for the last time, enough! I’ve woke up! I… cough. cough… Xu Xinyi!”
–“The IQ of this useless thing has been eaten by dogs! Easily tricked into eating random pills! Don’t tell other people you are my husband when you go out in the future! Just losing face!”
Something on the ground glinted and caught Xu Xinyi’s eyes.
She picked it up and saw that it was Yi Yang’s belt.
Xu Xinyi was furious and pointed at Yi Yang with the belt. She hated that iron could not become steel, this dog man was an idiot. “Just look at you! Even your belt has been stripped off!”
The door opened.
The driver and several others stood in the doorway. They looked at Yi Yang, who was a soggy mess with his shirt half off, and then at Xu Xinyi, who had one hand on her hip and the other holding a belt, and fell silent.
“Sorry to disturb you.” The driver quickly closed the door.
Xu Xinyi and Yi Yang exchanged gazes.
Yi Yang looked down at himself.
Xu Xinyi looked at the belt in her hand. Her face suddenly turned hot and she seemed to realize something, she quickly threw it at Yi Yang. “Hurry up and fasten your belt!”
In her haste to toss it away the belt ended up hitting Yi Yang in the face. The metal tip of the belt swept across his face and a red welt appeared from his neck to his jaw.
Yi Yang cradled his chin and trembled all over. He didn’t know if the trembling was from the anger or the cold.
“Xu Xinyi! This is not my belt!”
*“…fox friends and dog buddies” okay clearly I could have (read: probably should have) not just left this sentence like this but I just love the imagery so much. It’s so colorful.
Haha it’s the old classic “male lead gets drugged” trope but I bet you guys didn’t expect it to turn out like that? I was suprised after translating it anyway. But I like it lol