Chapter 224: A Slut’s Gotta Be Fake
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After a brief silence, everyone started criticizing again.
Xia Ruya bit on her lips and stood up from her seat. “Stop it. Perhaps it’s just a misunderstanding—President Chu has yet to come forward.”
Jiang Ruoyin hurriedly tugged at Xia Ruya. “Ruya, I know you have a kind heart and can’t bear to see others criticizing her like this. However, don’t forget how she treated you previously—not only did she push you to the ground, causing bruises all over you, even almost spraining your ankle, she’d also framed you for having a motive for getting close to her. Why do you have to speak up for someone like her who doesn’t know better?”
Jiang Yuqian also persuaded her. “Ruya, you’ve got to be selective on the people you’re kind to. For such a vicious person, she wouldn’t thank you even if you helped her. You’re better off saving it!”
Xia Ruxue pulled Xia Ruya back to her seat. “Ruya, precisely because you’re too kind, she’d bullied you like that. Previously, you’d spoken up for her so much on the discussion forums and she didn’t even thank you the least bit. A person as heartless as her deserves to be criticized!”
Xia Ruya bit on her lips and looked tearfully at her friends. “Don’t say that about Xinya. Previously, Xinya had led a wandering life, suffered much hardship, and endured much sorrow—she’s very pitiful too! Instead, I… took her place and enjoyed everything that should have belonged to her. I owe it to her from the start!”
Xia Ruya’s pale and frail face had a tinge of stubbornness, like a flower blooming on a branch, braving the storm, wavering weakly and pitifully, yet strong and unbending.
Her act instantly aroused everyone’s empathy and sympathy as they thought about how she and Wen Xinya had had a row previously—so, she had been bothering her because of her guilt, and she really wanted to be friends with her!
The circle was right in saying that Xia Ruya was indeed so kind and pure.
Jiang Ruoyin looked at Xia Ruya unbelievably and said, “Ruya, everything isn’t your fault. When you’d been brought to the Wen Family, you were but around three-years-old. Since everything isn’t within your control, why do you have to blame yourself and feel guilty?”
Xia Ruxue also added, “Indeed, it’s not within your control. The Wen Family, not you, owe it to her. What right does she have to make your life difficult because of this matter?”
Jiang Yuqian shot an angry glance at Wen Xinya, looked down and consoled Xia Ruya. “Ruya, why are you so silly? It’s her own ill fate to have led a wandering life for fifteen years, what has it got to do with you—why do you have to blame yourself for this kind of person.”
Xia Ruya wept inconsolably. “Don’t say that…”
Wen Xinya stood nearby and watched Xia Ruya’s exciting performance—a few words were all it took to clean her own reputation, totally smearing hers. Outsiders would definitely feel that she had made Xia Ruya’s life difficult because she had enjoyed the wealth that should have belonged to her on her behalf.
Once again, she had used her own kindness and pureness to contrast her viciousness.
Xia Ruya was still sobbing like a child, her slender and frail body trembling as she wept, her body wavering like a flower in the face of the wind. “Xinya’s really not like what you guys think. She’s just a little quick-tempered, a little straightforward, really not like how you guys described. It must be a misunderstanding, stop criticizing her like this!”
Xia Ruya already looked absolutely stunning. With her current actions, many guys in the canteen were attracted to her good looks and fragility. Her tender and beautiful looks, together with her pure and weak aura, as well as her soft tears—who would believe that such a peerlessly beautiful and frail girl had a vicious heart?
Although the ancient people had left behind the teaching that a man could not be judged by his look just like how an ocean could not be measured by a dipper, it was human nature to judge a book by its cover.
Finally, a guy couldn’t take it any longer—he went up and passed a napkin to Xia Ruya.
Xia Ruya stared at the guy, startled, her huge eyes filled with her clear, luminous tears, making him instantly blush and his heart race. “You… clean your tears up! It’s bad for your eyes to cry so much.”
After stammering this sentence, he covered his face and returned to his seat.
Only then did Xia Ruya reacted. She held the napkin in her hand, wiped her tears, and walked towards Wen Xinya. “Xinya, don’t be angry. They didn’t mean to misunderstand you, only not knowing the truth of the matter. Don’t blame them.”
Her gentle words showcased her kindness flawlessly. Wen Xinya curled her lips up slightly and looked at Xia Ruya coldly. “Are you helping to clean my reputation, or smear it?”
Such cold words, like sharp knives, stunned the crowd in the canteen. Even Xia Ruya was shocked—her huge eyes looked at Wen Xinya, as tears started fogging up in her eyes.
Xia Ruxue was the first to react. She dashed to Xia Ruya’s side, hid her behind her back, and stared at Wen Xinya angrily. “Don’t you have any conscience—Ruya had previously spoken up for you in so many posts on the discussion forums, and you’re actually misunderstanding her like this. You’re absolutely heartless.”
Jiang Ruoyin also walked up to Xia Ruya’s side and chided Wen Xinya furiously. “Wen Xinya, don’t take it too far. Just how did Ruya do you any wrong—why would she want to smear your reputation, what good does it do to her? Don’t think that everyone is as vicious as you just because you’re black-hearted yourself.”
Jiang Yuqian also fumed. “Wen Xinya, don’t think that just because you’re the eldest daughter of the Wen Family, you’re so great. The crowd’s eyes are clear—they can naturally tell the good from the bad. You’re so vicious, no wonder you suffer from the criticism of the masses—you deserve it!”
Wen Xinya ignored Xia Ruxue and the gang’s allegations, shooting her sharp and cold glare at Xia Ruya. “I didn’t request for you to speak up for me, nor did I ask you to clear things up for me. To do things on your own accord, out of your own wishes like this, totally ignoring the thoughts and needs of others—is this a show of kindness?”
Xia Ruya looked at Wen Xinya, feeling sorry for herself. “Xinya, I…”
Wen Xinya interrupted her and said, “I’ve said that we’re not close, so please address me as Miss Wen.”
Xia Ruya looked at Wen Xinya, almost crying, her snow white teeth biting on her red lips, as if being severely wronged. “What can I do to make you accept me?”
Wen Xinya felt uncontrollably humored. “Miss Xia, I’ve said that we’re not close. Thus, whether I accept you or not is really unimportant.”
“But…” Xia Ruya wasn’t giving up.
Wen Xinya said plainly, “Every time you’re out to look for me or help me, I’ll feel inexplicably attacked. For instance, regarding the reporting matter, I ended up with an overbearing and aggressive reputation. As another example, this time round, I’ve been unreasonably known as being vicious by the guardians around you.”
Wen Xinya’s words made the canteen fall into silence instantly.
Wen Xinya continued, “I’ve obviously not done anything to you, but why are others criticizing me as being overbearing, aggressive, and vicious?”
Xia Ruya was totally speechless.
Wen Xinya tugged at Shen Mengting and said, “Let’s go, I don’t care for this meal!”