Chapter 297: Have I Really Maligned You?
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Wen Xinya suddenly widened her eyes. “Backing out at the last minute—no. If I really do this, what will the students in the Institute think of me, how can I keep a foothold in Lan Feng Institute in the future.”
Xia Ruya looked at Wen Xinya and said with hesitation, “But…”
“Say no more. Even if I have to brace myself to go on stage, I won’t escape at the last minute.” An icy beam flashed past Wen Xinya’s eyes as she suppressed Xia Ruya’s words.
Xia Ruya looked at Wen Xinya with guilt and uneasiness as she said in a frail and pitiful manner, “Xinya, I’m sorry. Previously, I didn’t expect that things would progress to such a stage. If I had known, I’d definitely not suggest to Big Brother Chu to have you participate in the performance.”
Wen Xinya’s choice was not the least bit out of her expectations. If she had been worried that Wen Xinya actually still had further tactics three days ago, given that she had yet to think of the performance item up till now, she knew that Wen Xinya had already exhausted all her tricks. Just now, she had purposely suggested for Wen Xinya to back out at the last minute to provoke her. Given her pride and arrogance, she would naturally brace herself to go on stage. Come that time, she would only need to watch her embarrass herself.
Wen Xinya sneered and said, “This is the part where the whore declares herself a virgin. Isn’t all these within your expectations?”
With a horrified face, Xia Ruya looked at Wen Xinya in disbelief and said, “To participate or not is your personal choice, Big Brother Chu and I merely suggested and have never forced you. Wen Xinya, why do you have to say such things and even curse me?”
“Ha. I’ll be upfront about it—you dare to say that the voting post on the discussion forums has nothing to do with you?” Wen Xinya raised her brow slightly. Her brows were neat, long, dark, yet far apart, and the slight movement actually had a burning and peerless elegance.
Xia Ruya’s eyes actually sparkled with an astonishing innocence and attractiveness. “Xinya, you’re maligning me. It’s just because you yourself like to be in the limelight, that’s why you’ve attracted the keen attention of the students in the Institute. What has the voting post in the discussion forums got to do with me?”
The post was indeed put up by her, but the content of the post had nothing against her at all. The voting candidates had all been suggested by the students in the Institute after discussions. Also, she could only blame herself for being the tallest tree in the woods for being at the top of the list—how could she blame her.
“Have I really maligned you?” Wen Xinya stared into her eyes with a half-laugh. Xia Ruya had her ways of playing with people’s feelings. As long as she put her mind to it, many things would progress as per her wishes. Furthermore, she wouldn’t allow others to have a handle on her easily—this was why every time after she harmed someone, she could keep her hands sparkling clean.
Xia Ruya’s face turned helpless with a tinge of pale weakness. “Xinya, why do you refuse to believe me—the voting post on the discussion forums really has nothing to do with me.”
“What are the two of you chatting about?” At this point, Chu Jingnan’s voice suddenly interrupted, followed by his tall shadow approaching them. When he saw the pale helplessness on Xia Ruya’s face, he frowned slightly and said, “What’s happening—Ruya, why are you crying?”
Xia Ruya’s eyes fogged up. Her blurry eyes glimmered with a twinkling glow which made her look even more frail and weak. “Big Brother Chu, Xinya has yet to think of the performance item for later. She misunderstood that I plotted against her on purpose, making her have no choice but to participate in the school’s anniversary celebrations performance. Big Brother Chu, quick, help me explain!”
Wen Xinya watched Xia Ruya’s interesting acting. She was just gloating, yet turned helpless and pitiful in the blink of an eye. Making use of her kindness and fragility to contrast her arrogance and willfulness, making Chu Jingnan misunderstand and then detest her.
Chu Jingnan looked at Wen Xinya with a slight frown and said, “Xinya, you’ve really misunderstood Ruya. I can testify that this matter is unrelated to Ruya. The voting candidates were discussed and decided by the members of the student union. As for the fact that you were at the top of the list, it was based on the votes of the students in the Institute, it was absolutely not manipulated by the student union.”
Although Chu Jingnan was fond of Wen Xinya, as the president of the student union, he wouldn’t allow Wen Xinya to freely misunderstand a member of the student union and doubt certain code of conduct of the student union.
Xia Ruya looked at Wen Xinya with a hint of tears in her eyes. “Xinya, now you should believe me already!”
Wen Xinya remained silent with a raised brow. Since Xia Ruya wished, should she naturally play along? Anyway, she was quite annoyed with Chu Jingnan’s pursuit—Xia Ruya’s move was just what she wanted.
The tears in Xia Ruya’s eyes suddenly fell from her sockets, looking as if a pear blossom bathed in rain—inexplicably delicate and moving. “Xinya, so be it if you don’t believe me. Why don’t you even believe in Big Brother Chu—he’s the president of the student union and won’t lie to you.”
“The wise man knows he knows nothing and the fool thinks he knows it all. Ruya, stop crying.” Saying which, Chu Jingnan looked towards Wen Xinya and said, “I don’t care about the personal grievances between you and Ruya, but I hope that you don’t doubt the student union’s objectivity and fairness.”
Xia Ruya’s shoulders trembled as they moved up and down. She discreetly controlled the gloating glow which flashed past her eyes.
Chu Jingnan looked at Xia Ruya and said gently, “Ruya, your performance item is about to start. Go get ready!”
Xia Ruya saw the dance performance on the stage. Indeed, it was only three items away from her performance. Thus, she nodded and said, “Okay, I’ll go backstage first. Big Brother Chu, you’ve got to properly explain to Xinya—I don’t wish for her to misunderstand me.”
“Don’t worry. Xinya isn’t someone who can’t tell right from wrong.” Chu Jingnan assured her.
Xia Ruya left while turning back for a look repeatedly. Over here, only Wen Xinya and Chu Jingnan were left behind. The silent and still atmosphere surrounded them.
“Why aren’t you talking?” Chu Jingnan saw her looking all quiet with a raised brow and took a step towards her. With an intimate and gentle voice which was totally different from the harsh and upright tone just now, he said, “Okay, don’t be angry anymore. It’s my fault, I shouldn’t treat you like that in front of Ruya. However, as you know, I’m the president of the student union, and with you doubting the student union like this, I can’t just say nothing, right?”
“My performance is about to start. I need to go prepare backstage.” Wen Xinya did not expect that Xia Ruya’s acting skills were so superb that she could even fool a man as sharp as Chu Jingnan.
Stunned, a weird feeling arose in Chu Jingnan’s heart. “Aren’t you unconfirmed? How come suddenly, your performance is about to start?”
“Oh, forgot to tell you. Previously, Ruya knew that I haven’t thought of the performance item required and, afraid that I’ll embarrass myself, suggested for me to perform together with her. Hurry, go make the necessary arrangements!” Wen Xinya touched her forehead as if she had really forgotten such an important thing.
Although Chu Jingnan felt weird, upon closer thought, Xia Ruya had always been considerate and understanding and wanted to please Wen Xinya. Thus, such an act was not strange. He nodded and said, “I’ll go and speak to the emcees.”