Chapter 189: Don’t Do Something That’s Beyond Your Ability
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Wen Xinya was happy to see Ning Shuqian suffer. Earlier she overheard Madam Shen talking to Aunt Zhou about Ning Shuqian, saying she was determined to embarrass Ning Shuqian tonight.
Therefore, she took her chance after Wen Haowen had left.
The Zhou Family had a close relationship with the Su Family. Though Zhou Tianyu didn’t attend this charity sale, she roughly knew the people here. Wen Xinya texted Zhou Tianyu to disclose this information and then Zhou Tianyu told her acquaintances about it. It was easy to let Madam Shen “unintentionally” know about it.
No wonder… everything was going well with her plan.
It was close to the end of the auction, but ridiculously, 8.1 million seemed to become a tacit agreement. None of the exhibits was sold for more than 8.1 million.
Ning Shuqian’s face darkened. She tried many times to maintain her image as a kind and generous woman but failed.
She didn’t even notice that her expression was captured by many journalists.
Madam Shen and some other madams walked towards Ning Shuqian, sizing her up. “Madam Ning, you really are the focus of the auction today! Everybody is looking at you. They will doubt your sincerity if they see your expression like this. It will be bad if the journalists catch that,” said Madam Shen with a smile.
“You’ve got a good sense of humor, Madam Shen. I’ve always valued charity, all the people in the circle know that. I’m an active participant in charity events in the Capital City.” Ning Shuqian tried to force a smile, but it only made her face look more twisted.
Ning Shuqian didn’t lie. She was a mistress and not recognized by Old Mr. Wen, so she took part in various charity events in order to build her reputation in the social circle.
“Circle? Which circle are you referring to? Why do we know nothing about it?” Madam Shen gave her a perplexed look. Then, she turned to the other madams and asked, “Any of you know?”
Those madams shook their heads.
Ning Shuqian’s face turned pale. It was obvious that Madam Shen was humiliating her. She was not popular in the upper social circle due to her background and could only attend big events like this with Wen Haowen. Normally, she socialized with people from the second- or third-tier in the social circle.
“Don’t do something that’s beyond your ability, or it will only become a joke.” Madam Shen gave Ning Shuqian a look and left with the other ladies.
Ning Shuqian’s expression was complicated. She clenched her fist so tightly that her nails almost pierced her palm. On one hand, Madam Shen was insinuating that Ning Shuqian did not qualify for this banquet because of her background. On the other hand, Madam Shen was referring to the bid for the pink diamond.
Xia Ruya stood beside Ning Shuqian the whole time to keep her company. Ning Shuqian tried to force a smile, but it only made her face distorted. Fear arose in Xia Ruya’s heart. “Aunt Ning, Madam Shen is trying to make things difficult for you on purpose. Don’t be sad.” Xia Ruya said.
“That b*tch Shen has gone against during Wen Xinya’s homecoming party. She not only embarrassed me in today’s event but also insulted me. That’s too much!” Ning Shuqian said furiously.
Xia Ruya quickly held Ning Shuqian’s hand and comforted her. “Aunt Ning, I know that you competed with Madam Shen because of Uncle Wen. Don’t be angry. I heard that Madam Shen was a daughter of an upstart before she married into the Shen Family. She was rude and people in the social circle despised her, barely socializing with her. How can you argue with such people? It will damage your image.”
Xia Ruya’s voice was soft and gentle. Ning Shuqian was flattered to hear that and felt relieved. “Why would the rich madams in the social circle want to befriend her? She is just like a shrew, having her husband under control. She doesn’t know that people in the social circle call her hellcat.”
Looking at Madam Shen from afar, she was talking and laughing with a few madams. They glanced at Ning Shuqian from time to time. Ning Shuqian knew that they were talking about her. Suddenly, anger built up in her heart.
Xia Ruya quickly chimed in, “Poor CEO Shen. I heard that people in the social circle laugh at him for being a henpecked husband!”
Ning Shuqian sneered and said, “See? She doesn’t have the gentleness and broad-mindedness like a madam from a noble family.”
“Look, Aunt Ning. Madam Shen seems to know Xinya, they are talking happily with each other.” Xia Ruya pulled Ning Shuqian’s arm and said with a note of surprise.
Ning Shuqian felt a surge of pain in her heart. She followed Xia Ruya’s gaze and saw Wen Xinya standing beside Zhou Huiyan, talking and laughing with Madam Shen.
Xia Ruya didn’t notice anything wrong with Ning Shuqian and said, “It surprises me that Xinya even knew Madam Shen. And they seem so close, like they know each other for a long time.”
This was like a knife stabbing into her heart. Even though Madam Shen was famous for being fierce in the social circle, she wouldn’t take the initiative to offend others. It was all because of Wen Xinya that Madam Shen insulted Yuya and bad-mouthed Yuya and her with those madams in Wen Xinya’s homecoming party.
Madam Shen purposely humiliated Yuya in the homecoming party because she knew Wen Xinya personally and wanted to contrast Yuya’s embarrassment with Wen Xinya’s gracefulness.
It must be Wen Xinya who planned all this tonight.
Ning Shuqian gritted her teeth and said, “It’s that b*tch! She set me up!”
Xia Ruya quickly covered her mouth in astonishment, her eyes gleaming with surprise. It took her a while to put her hand down and ask, “Aunt Ning, is that really her?” She said with anger in her eyes. “Why did she do that? You’ve been nice to her ever since she came back to the Wen Family, but she kicked Yuya out of the family with Grandpa’s support and made Uncle Wen and you move out of the old mansion. She even set you up at the banquet and made you look bad.”
Xia Ruya’s words reminded Ning Shuqian of her conflicts with Wen Xinya. “B*tch, she sabotaged Yuya and me. I won’t forgive her!”
Xia Ruya gazed at Ning Shuqian. There seemed to be millions of devils crawling out of Ning Shuqian’s eyes, dry bones reaching out slowly. A look of surprise and accomplishment flashed across her eyes.