Chapter 256: Laughing Like a Lamenting Cuckoo
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The conversation ended without a conclusion, but the cold expression on Su Jinshan’s face when she left told her that enmity had been formed between the Wen Family and the Jiang Family. However, as Su Jinshan was not on the side of reason, she would not dare to make an issue of this matter.
“Clap clap clap clap!” The crisp clapping sound, hanging in the air of the student union office, sounded exceptionally clear and pleasant. Chu Jingnan was lounging on the sofa as he looked at Wen Xinya with a relaxed expression, his eyes filled with joy and admiration.
Wen Xinya frowned slightly—she realized that she still did not like being in the same room with Chu Jingnan. “If there’s nothing else from the honorable President Chu, I’ll take my leave.”
Saying which, she got ready to leave the student union office.
However, Chu Jingnan sat elegantly on the sofa, not moving, except that his eyes were already rid of the usual gentleness and gracefulness, replaced with steady confidence and wild ambitions. “Too interesting. Miss Wen is really brilliant—able to control a successful career woman within your grasp with a mere few words. I’m utterly impressed.”
Wen Xinya’s footsteps came to a stiff halt. As she slowly turned around, she saw Chu Jingnan’s mannerism, raised her brows, and said, “Oh? Not pretending anymore? Or do you feel that any pretense in front of me is pointless?”
Chu Jingnan stood up from the sofa elegantly and walked up to Wen Xinya with relaxed, yet confident strides. “You’re right. Any pretense in front of you is pointless.”
Because she always had a way to trigger his emotions, defeating his laborious pretense. In this case, there was no need to keep up with his pretense.
“Clap clap clap clap!” Wen Xinya sized him up from head to toe with her brilliant eyes. Rid of his gentle and graceful pretense, Chu Jingnan appeared full of aggressiveness, radiating danger and ambition all over. She almost did not dare to link him with the fine, handsome man previously together. Only after knowing him for two lifetimes did she see the real him—she couldn’t help feeling sorry for herself.
Chu Jingnan raised his brows with a tinge of harshness and interest as he waited for her reply.
Indeed, Wen Xinya did not disappoint him. Her emotions changed, and her expression turned cold and unfeeling. “The honorable President Chu is really brilliant, your pretending skills can actually deceive everyone.”
Chu Jingnan shook his head and said, “That’s wrong!”
Wen Xinya frowned and asked, “How so?”
Chu Jingnan’s gaze towards her changed into a focused and passionate one. “I deceived everyone but you.”
Hearing this, Wen Xinya tensed up and stood rooted to the ground blankly. Seeing the heated glow in his eyes, she suddenly stepped back and couldn’t help but start tittering—her laughter came and went, and was so frightening that it made one have goosebumps. Gradually, her laughter amplified into a kind of mad, flippant, sharp, ear-piercing, cynical, and sarcastic laugh.
Chu Jingnan’ suddenly felt a gripping pain in his chest. Her laughter contained too much dark and obscure emotions, engulfing her like a huge net covering a beast. It was heart-wrenching—just how painful it was to cause such a laugh, like a lamenting cuckoo?
“You’re wrong…” Her laughter already made her hoarse and exhausted. She squatted on the ground, holding her stomach, laughing till her tears poured out. She managed to squeeze these two words from between her teeth in a pause, then continued laughing again.
Chu Jingnan hardened his heart and asked, “How so?”
“Hahahaha!” The answer to him was Wen Xinya’s even crazier laughter. Chu Jingnan’s pretense had even deceived her—in her previous lifetime, because of this fake mask, she had hurt, given up on, and hated herself, and ended up in that kind of state.
“Stop laughing!” Chu Jingnan suddenly said in irritation. Her laughter pierced through his eardrums and danced hysterically like demons, and he couldn’t bear to listen further.
Wen Xinya managed to stop her laughter with great effort and stretched her hand out to wipe off the tears at the edge of her eyes.
Chu Jingnan stared at her eyes. Her eyes were awash with tears, covered with vague red, cobwebs-like lines, the tears in her eyes like glittering glass, so beautiful that it moved his soul. “Wen Xinya, I’ve always been puzzled—why are you always against me? Now, I roughly understand.”
Wen Xinya’s hysterical emotions calmed down as she looked at Chu Jingnan curiously—he couldn’t have guessed that she had been reborn! So, she wanted to hear his opinionated understanding. “Oh, why?”
Chu Jingnan’s gaze locked onto her eyes. “Because we’re the same kind of people. Your ambition is hidden in this pair of deep, quiet eyes, while I covered it up with a gentle and graceful act.”
Wen Xinya’s mood became even more emotionless. From certain angles, he was right—they were both people with wild ambitions. However, she couldn’t have mastered Chu Jingnan’s false kindness and how he would stop at nothing to get what he wanted. In other words, she had her limits, but Chu Jingnan did not. Thus, she smiled coldly and said, “Don’t compare me to you, I feel disgusted.”
Chu Jingnan did not mind Wen Xinya’s words of disdain. He slowly closed up on her, yet armed with vigilance and alertness, not giving her another chance to humiliate him. “Wen Xinya, acknowledge the wild ambitions in your heart! There’s only the two of us here—I won’t let anything out.”
Wen Xinya stared at him with a half-smile. “Whether I admit or not has nothing to do with you. Who are you—are you even fit to sound me out?”
Chu Jingnan looked at Wen Xinya with passionate eyes. “Wen Xinya, I don’t know what are your views about me exactly, but I’m telling you now—I’m going to pursue you.”
Family background-wise, she was the eldest daughter and the only successor of the Wen Family. Looks-wise, she was gorgeous and elegant—a rare beauty. Character-wise, she was intelligent and generous, and was not lacking in both strategies and methods. Such a person was a boost to him now, and could be alongside him in the future—he couldn’t find a reason not to be attracted to her.
And Chu Jingnan was confident that Wen Xinya would agree, because he had seen, more than once, in Wen Xinya’s pair of dark eyes, complex emotions for him.
“Hahahaha!” As if she heard the biggest joke in the world, Wen Xinya laughed hysterically. She, who had been abandoned completely by Chu Jingnan in her previous lifetime—Chu Jingnan actually said that he wanted to pursue her.
Chu Jingnan simply frowned. It was not that he did not detect the despise and mocking in Wen Xinya’s smile, but he did not care—Wen Xinya was simply such a person, extremely prideful.
Wen Xinya stopped her laughter with great effort and said, “Chu Jingnan, I think you’re blinded by your ambitions! Using such a method to seek connections with the Wen Family—do you treat me like a fool?”
Chu Jingnan frowned slightly and said, “Although I don’t have a good family background, Wen Xinya, regardless of your wild ambitions, I have the confidence to accomplish them for you.”
Wen Xinya’s suddenly looked at Chu Jingnan, the harshness in her eyes materializing into sharpness. “That’s unnecessary. The wild ambitions of me, Wen Xinya, will be accomplished by myself, no need for the help of others.”
Saying which, she left the student union office and never looked back!
At this moment, she realized that she suddenly missed Si Yiyan!