Chapter 320: Finding Fault On Purpose
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Si Yiyan set off to H City for some work-related matters. Wen Xinya’s maternal grandfather was away for a small gathering while her paternal one was out fishing with his friends. Her grandmother was away for a game of mahjong with her friends as well, as usual. Thus, Wen Xinya was left alone in the spacious mansion, all by herself. After completing her assignments and reading through Granny Zhou’s jewelry design journal, she decided to watch some television. Feeling bored out of her wits, she switched channels periodically and browsed through some magazines that were left on the coffee table.
At this moment, Si Yiyan sent her a text message which read: “I’m going to stay in H City for tonight. I’ll be heading back tomorrow morning.”
Wen Xinya stared blankly at the message. Ever since Si Yiyan returned, he would report to her briefly his whereabouts and agenda. She gladly accepted his behavior. After pondering over it for a while, it suddenly dawned upon her that they seemed to be acting like a married couple. She smiled and replied, “Alright, got it! Focus on work.”
“Good girl. I’ll bring you a present tomorrow.”
Unable to contain her joy, Wen Xinya burst into laughter while a warm and fuzzy feeling filled her heart. It was an amazing feeling to know that there was someone who would think of you wherever they were. She replied, “I’m not a kid!”
At this juncture, Old Mrs. Wen stomped into the living room furiously with Mrs. Wang following closely behind her, clearly petrified.
“Grandma!” Wen Xinya greeted.
To her astonishment, Old Mrs. Wen glared at her menacingly before making her way to the backyard.
Feeling helpless, Mrs. Wang said to Wen Xinya, “Missy, don’t take it to heart. During today’s mahjong session, one of Old Madam’s mahjong playmates openly mocked her for having no sons, thus making her feel embarrassed. That’s why Old Madam is so angry.”
Wen Xinya nodded and said, “I’m alright, Mrs. Wang. You don’t have to worry about me.”
The fact that Wen Haowen did not have any other children was a thorn in the flesh of the Wen family who would inevitably get upset at the mention of it. It was also the very reason why Old Mr. Wen went through painstaking means to find her and take her home, despite having found out about her terrible and shameful past. Clearly, blood ties mattered a lot to the Wen Family.
Mrs. Wang nodded and headed to the kitchen to prepare dinner.
Wen Xinya continued to browse through magazines nonchalantly. Upon hearing the crisp sounds of stilettos knocking against the ground, she picked up the remote and continuously switched channels until she found the one that she preferred.
Old Mrs. Wen walked towards the living room and began rummaging through the items below the coffee table, never once taking a glance at Wen Xinya. She muttered incessantly, “Where did it go? I clearly remember leaving a box of business cards on the coffee table. Just where is it?”
Noticing that her grandmother was fumbling around for something frantically, Wen Xinya asked out of curiosity, “Grandma, what are you looking for?”
Glowering at Wen Xinya who was sitting on the couch and watching television, Old Mrs. Wen questioned, “Did you see the business cards that I had left on the coffee table?”
Shaking her head profusely, Wen Xinya answered, “What Business cards? I didn’t see them. Why don’t you ask Mrs. Wang?”
“Mrs. Wang was out with me the entire afternoon. How would she know?” said Old Mrs. Wen, who was bent on finding fault with Wen Xinya.
Feeling wronged, Wen Xinya looked at Old Mrs. Wen and said, “Grandma, don’t worry! Perhaps the servants misplaced them by accident when they were cleaning up.”
Old Mrs. Wen screeched in frustration. “I’ve already instructed the servants not to touch those business cards. They wouldn’t misplace or discard them while cleaning up!”
Wen Xinya was at a loss for words. At the end of the day, Old Mrs. Wen was just bent on putting the blame on her and finding an excuse to berate her. It was not the first time that she had been maligned and accused ever since she returned to the Wen family home.
Besides, Old Mrs. Wen would definitely take the chance to vent all her anger and frustration on Wen Xinya after being mocked by her mahjong playmate, especially since Old Mr. Wen was not at home.
Old Mrs. Wen questioned again with an increasingly sullen expression, “Tell me, did you lose the business cards?”
Shaking her head, Wen Xinya answered, “I didn’t, Grandma.”
Mrs. Wen hollered angrily, “Who else could it be other than you!?! Your grandfather has gone out fishing with his friends. You were the only one at home.”
Wen Xinya looked down and remained silent.
However, Mrs. Wen began to get more and more riled up. “Did you know? My friend gave me that business card. It belongs to an experienced Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner who has lots of effective remedies for helping women get pregnant. Yet, you lost it on purpose. Actually, you just don’t want your father to have another child, so that you can be the only heiress of the Wen Family, right!?!”
“Grandma, I’ve never had those intentions before. If Father were to have another child, he or she would be my sibling and I would be glad about their arrival,” said Wen Xinya, who finally understood that Old Mrs. Wen had tried many different ways to improve Ning Shuqian’s fertility. However, Old Mrs. Wen was fickle-minded and often distracted by her addiction to mahjong. Hence, she did not have the time and energy to keep a close eye on Ning Shuqian. She had merely asked about the business card of the elderly Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner because she felt embarrassed after hearing her son being mocked, and was suddenly determined to make them conceive.
She reckoned that her grandmother must have obtained that business card several years ago.
“Are you still refusing to admit? You’re such a jinx. Ever since you returned to the Wen Family, we’ve never had a day of peace. All the breaking news and daily reports on the media are all about our family. Even your father has moved out of the family mansion and Ruya has been visiting me less often now. You’re just a wretch and a troublemaker. Had I known earlier that you would jinx us, I would have objected against your Grandpa’s decision to take you home.”
Having heard those harsh words almost every other day since she moved back in with the Wen Family, she had already become numb and gotten used to hearing them. Hence, she would no longer react to those remarks.
“Just because your Grandpa pampers you and dotes on you, you’ve completely disregarded me, and you don’t show me any respect at all. On top of that, you even plot against Ruya and set her up whenever you can just so you can make life difficult for her. Ruya is such a kindhearted girl, and yet you’re so vicious that you won’t even let her go. You’re terribly wicked.”
Wen Xinya realized that her grandmother must have heard about the incident that took place during the school’s anniversary celebrations and hence, wanted to stand up for Xia Ruya.
“Don’t think that there’s nothing I can do about you just because your Grandpa indulges you and defends you. I’ll definitely teach you a lesson. Even your Grandpa won’t be able to protect you.”
A talk show was being broadcasted on the television at this moment, and the topic of discussion was regarding infertility amongst couples and the viable treatment options and suggested preventive measures for infertility.
Wen Xinya’s lips curled into a sinister smile.
Just like she had expected, Old Mrs. Wen’s anger vanished the instant she heard the introduction about ovulation pills, instantly shifting her attention to the television program.