Chapter 185: How Does It Taste to Fail to Get What You Want
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“Star of the Sea!” Ning Shuqian lost her cool and cried out. Although it was not that loud, her voice was rather sharp, especially in such a merry and joyous event.
Wen Xinya turned to where Ning Shuqian had her gaze fixated on. Indeed, sitting right in the middle of the exhibition area was the Star of the Sea donated under her mother’s name. As one of the world’s biggest diamonds, the Star of the Sea weighed 42.52 carats and was as beautiful as the deep ocean with a shade of dark blue that could be rarely seen. Her grin grew wider.
Wen Haowen looked towards it and his smile stiffened. “Father, we have so many things from the Wen Family to donate. Why did you have to take out the Star of the Sea?”
It was naturally difficult for him to bring up that he had already promised to give the Star of the Sea to Ning Shuqian.
Wen Haowen couldn’t be any more displeased. Seeing the look on his face, Wen Xinya looked at him timidly and said softly, “Father, don’t blame Grandpa. I’m the one who decided to put the Star of the Sea out for auction, he had nothing to do with it.”
In her past life, she had seen Xia Ruya wear the Star of the Sea more than once to all sorts of events, such that this diamond which glowed magnificently became her symbol. Xia Ruya clearly loved the Star of the Sea greatly.
Grandpa mentioned before that he had demanded Xia Ruya to return all the old belongings of her mother. However, when she saw that none of her mother’s old belongings in the room had the Star of the Sea, she deduced that Grandpa kept it with the intention of giving it to Xia Ruya. After all, just the Star of the Sea did not matter much since Xia Ruya had been the adopted daughter of the Wen Family for twelve years.
When Grandpa casually asked her whether their family should donate money or an item for the charity auction, Wen Xinya pretended to be nonchalant and mentioned the Star of the Sea, even suggesting to auction it.
She would rather donate her belongings to charity than to let that b*tch Xia Ruya take them.
At that time, Grandpa had a worried look on his face. Wen Xinya told him, “The Star of the Sea would be the best choice for Grandpa to donate for the charity auction under my name. After all, that was a gift for my mother from the Wen Family. It’s only right for me to do this now!”
As expected, Grandpa sighed unhappily. When her mother married into the family, she was given a large dowry. As such, the Wen Family never gave her mother anything. It was her first time attending such a charity event now that she had returned to the Wen Family, and she should not be taking her mother’s dowry out to donate it. The Wen Family could not afford this shame.
Donating the Star of the Sea, which was given to her mother by the Wen Family, in her name was the best decision since it was an item that was well-known by everybody in the circle.
Wen Haowen grimaced, looking extremely displeased. He stared daggers at her and said, “The Star of the Sea is something that has been passed down in the Wen Family for generations. Even when father struggled through many hardships building his career, he could not take it out. I knew it did not make sense for Father to donate the Star of the Sea. Turns out it was you rascal who put him up to it!”
Wen Xinya was shocked. Her face turned pale, and her lips quivered. “Father… I did not know that it was passed down for generations in the Wen Family. I thought that was just a gift from the Wen Family to my mother. Grandpa wanted to donate something in my name, and I thought that donating an old gift my mother received from the Wen Family would get the best result. That’s why…”
Ning Shuqian suppressed her anger and forced out a smile. “Xinya, you may be the eldest daughter of the Wen Family, but you’ve only just returned to the family. There are many things in the family that you do not understand. How could you just casually give your grandpa such an idea? If others knew of this, they would think that you are ordering your elders around at such a young age.”
Haowen had already promised to give her the Star of the Sea as compensation for Yuya being kicked out of the family and sent overseas. All because of this little b*tch and her extra ideas, she had to bid farewell to the Wen Family’s treasure, the Star of the Sea. Forget the value of the Star of the Sea, if she were to inherit it, she could have solidified her position in the circle as Madam Wen.
At this stage, there was nothing that could be done to change the fact that the Star of the Sea had been donated. There was no way for the Wen Family to take the donation back, as it would cause an embarrassment for the family. Thus, her fate with the Star of the Sea was completely severed.
Wen Xinya was legitimately unaware that the Star of the Sea was a treasure that had been passed down the family for generations. Her eyes widened as she looked at Ning Shuqian in disbelief. “Aunt Ning, I did not order my elders around. Grandpa was the one who asked me first, that’s why I told him to do it. You’ve wronged me!”
Ning Shuqian was so infuriated she almost stopped breathing. However, she could feel the piercing stares of the people surrounding them and had no choice but to put on a smile. “Aunt Ning did not know the reason and wronged you. I apologize.”
Wen Xinya hung her head and fiddled with her fingers in silence. Her frail shoulders were exposed to the air, and her thin waist looked as if they would break with a single push. Just looking at her brought out a strong desire to protect her!
After a long time, she finally raised her head, as if she had suddenly found her courage. She stared straight at Ning Shuqian with hazy eyes and carefully said, “Aunt Ning, I can’t pretend that nothing has happened just because you apologized to me every time you did a wrong.”
Her gentle voice sent ripples to everybody’s hearts, just like spring willows floating lightly on the lake’s surface. She did not complain about her grievances or said anything to blame her. Her words may have been brief, but they carried a strong meaning, making everybody believe her.
Ning Shuqian was dumbfounded, while Wen Haowen replied in rage, “Your Aunt Ning took the initiative to apologize to you, and this is what you say to her? Is this how you should treat your elders?”
“Haowen, I’m fine. Don’t blame Xinya! I was the one who did not know the full truth this time and wronged Xinya.” Ning Shuqian immediately noticed that something was wrong, and reached out her hand to stop Wen Haowen. However, unfortunately for them, words that were said could not be taken back.
The looks of the people around them showed that they had come to a realization. It was true that Wen Haowen disliked Wen Xinya, but seeing Wen Haowen defend Ning Shuqian, they vaguely knew how much of it was a result of their pillow talk.
They were not fools. Every family had a skeleton in their closet, their own lifestyle and experiences. Who was not aware that men were capable of anything once they were smitten by a woman?
Wen Xinya sighed deeply. Looking at Old Mr. Wen, she said, “Grandpa, Aunt Ning is right. There are many things I do not understand about the Wen Family since I’ve only just returned. I had no idea that the Star of the Sea was so meaningful to the family, and even suggested for you to donate it. It’s all my fault.”