Chapter 44: Those Who Are Brought up in a Sheltered Environment Behave Differently
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The entire VIP room went silent. "Yuqian, we're all having a great time. Why do you have to get nasty? Xinya wasn't pretending that she can't drink at all," said Zhou Tianyu. She then held Wen Xinya's hands and continued, "That's the way Yuqian usually speaks. Please don't take it to heart."
Wen Xinya appreciated Zhou Tianyu's gesture to help. She nodded in compliance and did not utter a word.
Jiang Yuqian could not take it lying down. She rebuked. "Do you think the way I speak is nasty? I'm just telling the truth. It's true that she used to be a street gangster, isn't it?"
Xu Zhenyu gulped the remaining wine in his glass. "Does it bother you whether Xinya can or cannot drink? I'm happy to drink on her behalf. What does it matter to you, bitch?" he said furiously.
Jiang Yuqian turned pale with anger. She pointed at Wen Xinya and bellowed, "Brother Yu, what do you mean? We've known each other for many years. How can you reprimand me over this wild sparrow? You…"
"Who did you call a ‘wild sparrow'?" A cold, piercing voice came through the crowd in the VIP room.
Everyone turned to look at Wen Xinya, only to see the dimmed lights casting a shadow on her well-defined face, making it even more distinctive and sharper.
A chill ran down Jiang Yuqian's spine. "Don't be arrogant. Do you really think you're the real Missus Wen just because you returned to the Wen Family? They probably don't want to acknowledge you as part of the family. Otherwise, they would have made an official announcement on this matter."
"Are you speaking on behalf of the Jiang Family? Is that how the Jiang Family taught you to speak?" Wen Xinya stared at her coldly while fiddling with her cell phone with her hand.
The atmosphere remained intense. Everyone who was streetwise would know what Wen Xinya meant by her words. It seemed like she was not an easy-going person after all.
Jiang Yuqian, who did not understand the meaning behind her words, noticed there was a sudden change in everyone's expression. She had a bad premonition. "What… What do you mean?" she stuttered.
Wen Xinya walked past Zhou Tianyu and leaned towards Jiang Yuqian. She spoke slowly, emphasizing every word. "Nothing in particular. But I just wanted to remind you, there are some words that can be said and some are not meant to be spoken. It wouldn't be nice if your words became known to the public. That would have a negative impact on the Jiang Family's reputation. Wouldn't you agree?"
At this moment Jiang Yuqian realized. Old Mr. Wen did spend some effort in finding her, and everyone knew he had acknowledged her as his granddaughter, though the Wen Family did not make any official announcement about Wen Xinya's return, and that she was currently staying with her Grampy. If Old Mr. Wen got to hear what Jiang Yuqian said, he would not let the matter rest. The Zhang Family would get into the scene. No matter what happened after that, the Zhang Family would then be subjected to the media and public's criticism for intervening in the Wen Family's affair. It would not do them any good at all.
To ease the tension in the room, Han Mofeng interrupted by saying, "Xu-er, you've only drunk one glass of wine. Five more to go! Don't you ever think of backing out!"
Zhou Tianyu added, "Han Mofeng, you must be mistaken! Xu-er is always ready to drink more on Xinya's behalf." After that, she slowly shifted her focus towards Jiang Yuqian.
"No big deal. It's just a few glasses of wine!" Second Young Master Xu picked up the glasses on the table and gulped the remaining five glasses one after another.
"Great!" Han Mofeng applauded and cheered for him.
"Second Young Master Xu, you have great determination and courage. Come on! You're the birthday boy, let me give you a toast. Drink up!" Gu Junling, who was sitting beside Xu Zhenyu, held his wine glass to give him a toast.
"Guys, stop bullying Xu-er. Though he might be a little of a pushover, do give him some time to eat and drink, and let him catch his breath!" Wen Xinya said with sarcasm. She put a piece of meat into Xu-er's bowl and then did the same for the rest of them. "Do have some food to go with the drinks. It's not good to drink alcohol with an empty stomach."
"Who did you call a pushover?" Xu-er asked angrily.
Wen Xinya filled his bowl with some fish soup. "You're the second in line in your family, aren't you? Doesn't that make you a pushover?"
Second Young Master Xu was speechless for a while. Then he hesitantly said, "Yes, I may be the number two in my family, but I'm no pushover!"
Everyone could see how angry Xu-er was at her words. And yet he did not realize Missus Wen was just kidding him. He was a pushover indeed.
At this moment, Jiang Yuqian held her glass of wine towards Wen Xinya. "Let me give you a toast."
Wen Xinya ignored her on purpose. She turned over to talk to Zhou Tianyu.
Jiang Yuqian was fuming, but she tried to act pitiful which made it feel weird. "I gave you a toast, but you ignored me. You are just being rude!"
Wen Xinya finally turned over and looked at her. "Who do you think you are? Does it mean that I must accept your toast just because you wanted it? It doesn't make any sense, does it?"
With her cold voice and mocking expression, Wen Xinya's words caused Jiang Yuqian to lose control. She could not hold her pitiful look anymore. "You're just afraid your past identity of a street gangster would be exposed. That's why you are pretending that you're not a drinker."
Wen Xinya burst into laughter. How could someone like that be Xu-er's friend? "If anyone who knows how to drink is a street gangster, are you a street gangster too because you can drink?"
Jiang Yuqian's hand holding the glass trembled. "You…"
Wen Xinya continued with a cold tone, "You are indeed right that I used to be a street gangster. So…" Her tone became vicious. "You'd better not provoke me. Otherwise, I might accidentally exhibit some gangster acts on you. That wouldn't be nice."
Jiang Yuqian was exasperated. But with Wen Xinya's vicious look, she dared not continue challenging her with words.
Unable to withstand all the criticisms, Jiang Yuqian stormed out of the VIP room in tears.
"She's finally gone. We can enjoy ourselves now." Zhou Tianyu remarked.
Xu Zhenyu muttered. "She's just being crazy. Xinya did not offend her and yet she's always picking on Xinya."
The men in the room started drinking again.
Zhou Tianyu leaned towards Wen Xinya and asked, "Do you know the Zhang Family?"
"The Zhang Family?" Wen Xinya shook her head.
"The Zhang Family was also a military family, but they have undergone some changes in recent years. Jiang Yuqian's father, Jiang Wenzhe, married into the Zhang Family and leveraged the family's military background to build his career. She is Jiang Wenzhe's illegitimate daughter and was brought into the Zhang Family when she was 10-years-old. It has already been five years. Though Jiang Wenzhe loves his daughter, the Zhang Family disapproves her. She behaves arrogantly because of Jiang Wenzhe's backing."
Wen Xinya sighed. "Indeed, those who are brought up in a sheltered environment behave differently."
Wen Xinya then realized that she had said that Jiang Yuqian was from the Jiang Family. It was embarrassing. Jiang Yuqian was rightfully from the Zhang Family.
Zhou Tianyu burst out laughing. "That's right. Jiang Yuqian is a spoiled brat. She thinks that the entire world must listen to her. In fact, Jiang Yuqian and Xu-er had a relationship."
Wen Xinya's eyes opened wide. She could not believe Xu-er had a relationship with her!