In the guest room, while the makeup artist was working, Xu Xinyi sent the whole story about what had just happened to her to Anya in a message. Her tone was very disgruntled.
After she finished applying her makeup, the makeup artist politely began to pack up and prepare to leave.
“Could you get me a glass of warm water?”
The makeup artist responded politely, “Of course. Just give me a moment.”
After leaving for a moment, the makeup artist came back with a cup of hot water.
“You’re welcome. Is there anything else I can do for you?”
Xu Xinyi smiled and shook her head.
“Then you rest well. I’ll go first.”
As soon as the makeup artist stepped out of the door Anya’s call arrived.
“Aren’t you angry that Xu Weiyin treated you like that?” On the other end of the phone, Anya, who had finished reading Xu Xinyi’s message about what had happened, sounded resentful.
Xu Xinyi stood by the window with the cup of hot water and watched the security guards out in the courtyard working busily to isolate the area around the pool, and replied, “Of course I am angry. But that woman Xu Weiyin is just too good at pretending. A simple woman like me isn’t enough to be her opponent. So I can’t do anything myself.”
Anya pierced through her nonsense with a sentence, “Whose knife do you plan to borrow then?”
“Don’t talk nonsense, what do you mean by borrowing a knife? What I’m doing is…”
“Well, it’s not like I don’t know what kind of character you have.”
Xu Xinyi said with a faint smile, “Although I don’t understand why Xu Weiyin wants to squeeze between me and Yi Yang with a fake paternity test, but since she is targeting Yi Yang, of course, Yi Yang has to solve her himself. I’m just an innocent, weak little wife who doesn’t know anything. What’s more, don’t you suspect that Yi Yang might actually be insincere? From the way he handles Xu Weiyin, we’ll be able to see whether Yi Yang is sincere to me or not. “
“There is no if!”
When there was a knock at the door. Xu Xinyi quickly pressed the cup of hot water against her face for a while, then gulped it down and leaned bonelessly against the sofa beside the bed. “I won’t say any more, I’m hanging up.”
With that, she put the empty cup on the small table at the edge of the sofa and lay down. “Come in.”
Yi Yang walked in from outside and saw Xu Xinyi was lying on the sofa. “What’s the matter?” He asked.
Xu Xinyi shook her head. “I just feel a little dizzy.” She sat up and put a hand on her chest. “I feel a little sick.”
“You caught a cold?” Yi Yang’s brows furrowed. He walked over and touched Xu Xinyi’s forehead.
–“Is it hot? I’m asking you if it’s hot?! I’m already burning up like this so if you still act indifferent, you’re not a man!”
Yi Yang cocked an eyebrow and asked, “Do you have a fever?”
Xu Xinyi reached up and grabbed his hand. “What? Do I have a fever? I guess I caught a cold in the pool just now but I’m fine. Don’t worry about me, I’m sure I’ll get better tomorrow after some sleep.”
Yi Yang scanned briefly around and spotted the cup on the table. He quietly picked it up. It was still warm.
“Yi Yang, how is Xu Weiyin doing?”
“I don’t know. She should be all right.” Thinking of Xu Xinyi drinking hot water to pretend to have a fever, Yi Yang decided to cooperate with her little show, “Tell me, what happened just now?”
As if that was her cue, Xu Xinyi hugged Yi Yang, buried her face in his chest, and began to cry. “Husband, I was really scared to death just now. Xu Weiyin that you were the father of her child and wanted me to divorce you. She said that if I didn’t agree to the divorce, she would teach me a lesson. Because I didn’t agree, she pushed me into the pool. I almost died!”
–“As long as this dog man dares to say one word for Xu Weiyin, we will get a divorce!”
Yi Yang sighed. “You know, with many people, you know their faces, but not their hearts. I warned you before that Xu Weiyin was not as simple as she looks, but you still suffered this sort of loss?”
Xu Xinyi looked up at him with tearful eyes and nodded aggrievedly.
“I knew that she was up to no good, but I didn’t think she would be so overt. She kept threatening me and saying that you had an old relationship with her. She said that you used to love her deeply and that you were just using me as a stand-in for her. Yi Yang, was she telling the truth?”
Yi Yang’s face was icy. “Of course, that’s not true.”
“What about the child?”
“Of course, it’s not mine.”
“That’s a relief.” Then Xu Xinyi began to cry again and hugged Yi Yang. “But I’m still scared, Yi Yang. Did you know? Just now it was like she was crazy. If she can do something like this today, it makes me really afraid, won’t she continue to target me and do even crazier things in the future?”
“It’s fine even if she pushes me into a pool and causes me to come down with a fever but what if her love for you turns to hate and she tries to do something to you?”
Yi Yang nodded. “You’re right. Don’t worry. I’ll give you an account of this.”
“Really?” Xu Xinyi looked up and asked him in a choked voice, “What are you planning to do?”
–“Come on! Now is the time to show the boldness of an overbearing president! You should righteously tell Xu Weiyin and Jiang Huai that even if Heavenly King Laozi* himself comes out, Xu Weiyin will never be able to show her face in public again!”
–“If this dog man just says a few words and makes Xu Weiyin give me a useless apology, then I will fight her in the entertainment industry. It will be either me, or her!”
–“I’ll see her banned if it’s the last thing I do!”
Yi Yang pondered for a long moment before he said, “Ban her.”
Yi Yang looked down at her and said, “Even if Heavenly King Laozi himself comes out, Xu Weiyin will never be able to show her face in public again!”
With that, he turned and walked out.
Xu Xinyi looked at Yi Yang’s retreating back and felt shocked. She frowned and fell into a confused daze.
In the other room, Jiang Huai and Xu Weiyin had just finished talking when there was a knock at the door.
A servant opened the door and said, “Sir, Mr. Yi says he wants to see you.”
Jiang Huai looked over at Xu Weiyin and silently motioned for her to hide behind a partition screen that was in the bedroom.
After Xu Weiyin hid, he told the servant to bring Yi Yang in.
“Mr. Yi, how is Mrs. Yi?” As the host, Jiang Huai showed the appropriate amount of anxiousness.
Yi Yang’s eyes were frosty. “Mr. Jiang, I brought Xinyi along to this banquet because the Jiang family kindly extended an invitation. So regarding what happened here tonight, I hope Mr. Jiang can give me an explanation.”
Jianghuai said with a smile: “Of course, we were neglectful as hosts and we will definitely give Mr. Yi an account.”
“What about Xu Weiyin?”
“I heard that Xu Weiyin used to have a good relationship with Mr. Jiang. It’s said that the two of you were even together for a time.”
Jiang Huai smiled faintly and said, “That was just a rumor. Mr. Yi misunderstood.”
“I misunderstood?” Yi Yang’s eyes narrowed slightly as he looked toward Jiang Huai. He showed the same cold kind of indifference he had when negotiating deals worth hundreds of millions. “Miss Xu has been in contact with Mr. Jiang since she returned to China. If Mr. Jiang wants to deceive others, that’s your business, but there is no need to talk nonsense in front of me.”
Jiang Huai raised eyebrows. “Miss Xu and I were together briefly but recently we broke up. I really have nothing to do with her.”
“I’m fairly sure Miss Xu came to the party as someone’s plus one, I wonder which person brought her along?”
Jiang Huai was silent for a moment before he said with a chilly smile, “If Mr. Yi has any requests, please feel free to mention them.”
“I think Mr. Jiang is clear about what happened tonight, there should be no need to review the surveillance. First, Xu Weiyin should apologize to my wife.”
“That is something she should do.”
“Second, I don’t want to see Xu Weiyin’s face on any screen in the future. Does Mr. Jiang understand what I mean?”
Jiang Huai looked back at him coldly.
“It’s rumored that Mr. Yi has no fondness for Mrs. Yi, they say that couple has a poor relationship. But today, I see that Mr. Yi protects Mrs. Yi very thoroughly, it’s not like the rumors outside at all. You two are so affectionate, it’s really enviable.”
“So what does Mr. Jiang think?” Yi Yang looked at the other man coldly, waiting for his response.
The only reason why Xu Weiyin was able to continuously provoke Xinyi and him tonight was because she knew Jiang Huai was behind her.
“Mr. Yi, I agree that Miss Xu should apologize for this. But she didn’t do it on purpose and besides, Mrs. Yi is alright…”
“My wife was very frightened. Even now she has a high fever and has started to talk nonsense. She used to be so fond of swimming but now she probably won’t go swimming ever again. Does Mr. Jiang think this is ‘alright’?”
Jiang Huai’s brows tightened before he released a heavy sigh.
“In other words, Mr. Jiang can’t forget his old love for Miss Xu Weiyin. Since that’s the case, there is nothing to talk about between us. So I will say good-bye.”
“Wait a minute-” Jiang Huai stopped him.
The Jiang family and the Yi family had cooperated many years ago but ever since the death of Jiang Huai’s grandfather the cooperation had stopped, and the two groups had no contact for many years. Today Jiang Cheng had specially invited the Yi family in the hopes of rekindling their old cooperative relationship.
And Yi Yang probably understood that fact very well, otherwise he would not be so fearless when naming his conditions.
Jiang Huai clenched his fists and quickly calculated what problems and benefits conceding to Yi Yang here would bring. After rapidly weighing the pros and cons, he smiled and said to Yi Yang, “Since Mrs. Yi is frightened and has a high fever, I will ask my private doctor to see her right away.”
“It’s fine, I’ll take my wife to the hospital later.”
“Indeed, it’s best to send her to the hospital. And it’s true that what Xu Weiyin did was highly inappropriate. Since Mr. Yi does not want to see her anymore, then she will not appear on any screen in the future. “
Yi Yang nodded, “That’s for the best. I’ll take my wife back first. Thank you for your hospitality.”
Yi Yang turned and left the room.
As soon as the door closed, a pale Xu Weiyin came out from behind the partition.
“What did you mean by that?”
Jiang Huai poured himself a glass of wine, his face stormy. “You only have one last chance. Maybe the Yi elders will like your child.”
Xu Weiyin trembled and asked him, “You just abandoned me?”
Jiang Huai was never a good-tempered person. If he was in the right mood he might be willing to coax a woman but when he was not in that mood his impatient tone would send you straight down to hell.
He calmly set down his glass, “Xu Weiyin, our relationship is one where we each take what we need. Now I do not need you, how can it be considered abandonment? At most it should be regarded as a termination of cooperation. “
“But you said…”
Jiang Huai glanced over coldly, “What did I say? Xu Weiyin, as human beings we need to have some self awareness, just blindly holding your hands out is disgusting.”
Xu Weiyin’s whole body trembled. She looked at Jiang Huai wordlessly.
Yi Yang walked out of Jiang Huai’s room and quickly went back to Xu Xinyi’s room. As soon as he walked through the door, he saw Xu Xinyi was lying on the sofa in the same position that he left her in.
“Wake up. Let’s go home.”
Xu Xinyi looked at Yi Yang listlessly and slowly got up.
Xu Xinyi seemed very weak as she stood up and couldn’t help but stumble, fortunately Yi Yang’s eyes and hands were quick so he caught her, “What’s the matter?”
“I feel a little sick.”
Yi Yang stretched out a hand and put it on her forehead. It felt very hot. He looked over at the empty cup on the table and touched it. It was cold.
“Xu Xinyi, what’s wrong with you?”
Xu Xinyi tilted her head confusedly and the movement caused her cheeks to brush his hand. “I feel dizzy.”
The cheeks that brushed his hand were hot, and when Yi Yang touched her neck, it was also burning up.
Yi Yang took off his coat and put it over Xu Xinyi before quickly sweeping her into his arms without a word.
“What are you doing?”
“You have a fever so I’m taking you to the hospital.”
Xu Xinyi leaned her head on Yi Yang’s shoulder dizzily. She had felt uncomfortable and irritable but she found some warmth and comfort after affixing herself to Yi Yang’s shirt.
As soon as they went out the door, they found Xu Weiyin was there, “Mr. Yi, I wanted to…”
“Get out of the way.” Yi Yang brushed past her expressionlessly.
“Wait!” Xu Xinyi, who had been dying of illness, suddenly felt energetic. “Is she here to apologize?”
“…you have a fever, Xu Xinyi.”
“Even if I was on my deathbed, I could still listen to her apology, or I would end up rolling in my grave! You put me down! Come on! “
“…” Yi Yang had no choice but to put Xu Xinyi down.
Xu Xinyi leaned against Yi Yang and looked at Xu Weiyin. “Go ahead, I’ll listen.”
Xu Weiyin looked pale. She took a deep breath and said. “I’m sorry.”
“It was my careless mistake that caused Mrs. Yi to fall into the pool.”
“It wasn’t a careless mistake, you who pushed me on purpose!” Xu Xinyi corrected her words.
Xu Weiyin did not speak for a long time as she mustered all of her patience. Eventually, she spoke again. “Tonight I pushed Mrs. Yi into the pool. I’m very sorry.”
“That’s more like it! Alright, we can forget it this time, just don’t show up in front of me in the future, okay? Let’s go.” Xu Xinyi waved her hand magnanimously.
Xu Weiyin saw that Yi Yang did not even look at her during this whole interaction. She clenched her teeth, pressed down all of the unwillingness and anger she felt, and left angrily.
As soon as Xu Weiyin left, Xu Xinyi hurriedly clung to Yi Yang and gasped for breath. She said, “Hurry and take me to the hospital. I can’t do this. I’m really going to die…”
*‘天王老子’ / Tian Wang Laozi is apparently a famous character from a popular Chinese play that was made in the 1930s? Now it just sort of means a generic ‘highest authority’
tl note: I made a discord. Just sort of testing the waters to see if there’s any interest. You can chat about my current projects or read my gripes about my new projects.