Chapter 501: Ning Shuqian Who Kept an Exceptionally Low Profile
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After the end of the first dance, Wen Xinya proceeded to do another dance with Old Mr. Wen. Feeling a little hungry, she decided to go to the food section to get some food.
There was no one else at the food station, except a pale Ning Shuqian. She was helping herself to the food and carefully selecting out some snacks, though she already had a massive amount of food on the tray that she was holding.
Wen Xinya was rather baffled by Ning Shuqian’s unusual behavior, for the latter had always had the habit of refraining from eating whenever she was at events and galas. Did her personal habits change in these two years too?
She then realized that Ning Shuqian was keeping an exceptionally low profile during the gala this evening; she never once took the chance to socialize with the other socialites and heiresses. Neither did she try to provoke Wen Xinya, who would have forgotten about her presence if she did not see her in the food station.
She was instantly alarmed.
At this moment, Ning Shuqian looked up at Wen Xinya who was strutting towards her gracefully. Her pale lips curled into a smile and she said, “It’s you, Xinya! Are you here for some food too? I heard that all of the snacks here are prepared by a five-star chef from France. So, you must give them a try.”
Although her voice was gentle and meek, it gave off an unusual vibe, giving Wen Xinya an ominous feeling. “I remember that Aunt Ning has never had the habit of eating during events. Since even you guys can’t resist the temptation of the food, I ought to give it a try.”
“When I saw the reporters surrounding Ruya just now, I almost thought that Ruya was you. After all, you’re the main lead of today’s gala,” Ning Shuqian said while staring at the elegant Wen Xinya. She had been suppressing her anger and resentment towards Wen Xinya while watching her grow throughout all these years.
Wen Xinya smiled and remained silent, well aware that Ning Shuqian was merely trying to provoke her by implying that Xia Ruya had stolen her limelight.
Ning Shuqian shifted her gaze to Xia Ruya and said, “It’s only been two years and yet, Ruya seems to have changed a lot. I didn’t expect that she’d become a member of Zhishan Club all of a sudden. No heiress in our city can compare to Ruya.”
Needless to say, Wen Xinya was included. “Miss Xia has just returned to the city. Aunt Ning, why didn’t you go out to greet her instead of staying here in the food area? I saw a few socialites and heiresses whom you used to be close to just now. I didn’t see you greeting them, Aunt Ning. Why is that so?”
Ning Shuqian’s face stiffened and she said calmly, “I just feel a little uncomfortable, so I decided to stay in the food area alone to get some peace.”
Ning Shuqian had been keeping a low profile because she had been going for artificial insemination treatments and taking ovulation medicine. After all, it was not something to be proud of. Hence, she decided not to meet people. Anyway, no one would belittle her once she got pregnant and became the rightful Mrs. Wen.
Wen Xinya stared at the pale Ning Shuqian and said with a cold smirk, “Aunt Ning, if you’re feeling unwell, why don’t you go to the hospital to get it checked? Anyway, you’re not acknowledged as the rightful Mrs. Wen and your presence is dispensable.”
A sullen expression formed on Ning Shuqian’s face and she retorted, “Father-in-law has organized this gala especially for you, just so everyone can witness the fact that you’re the successor of the Wen Corporation. How could I miss it…”
The paleness of her face and her grimace made her look rather terrifying. She had never seen such a side to Ning Shuqian before. Feeling extremely wary, Wen XInya said, “I thought that you’d dread this the most.”
Ning Shuqian’s wrinkly face grew more and more sullen and the creases near her eyes furrowed deeper. “Wen Xinya, don’t rejoice too soon. Just because you’re the successor of the Wen Family now, it doesn’t mean that you’re not close to falling to Hell.”
Wen Xinya sneered and glared at her in contempt. She retorted nonchalantly. “What’s wrong? Aunt Ning, you failed to deal with me using witchcraft. What other tricks have you got?”
Ning Shuqian was instantly reminded of the scene that took place in Wen Xinya’s room two years ago. She was suddenly overwhelmed with resentment and exasperation. Although her wound had already healed after being poked by the needle, she felt a sudden pain in her scar-less palm. It seemed blood was gushing out of her palm.
The scene of the skinny and short Wen Xinya standing before her back then was still fresh in her memory. Although Wen Xinya was not as tall as her, she could not help but feel uncomfortable and disturbed by her presence. She remembered how small and weak she felt when Wen Xinya drove her into a corner.
She was filled with a mix of emotions, entirely consumed by feelings of resentment, anger, and hatred. She glared at Wen Xinya sinisterly and rebuked. “I may not have any solutions to deal with you now, but there’s nothing you can do to me either. We’re the same. Don’t you dare be too haughty.”
Wen Xinya smirked at her and said in utter disdain, “We’re the same? Ning Shuqian, aren’t you overestimating yourself? Don’t think so highly of yourself. Look how haggard and hideous you look now. Do you really think you can make my father stay devoted to you with that wrinkly face of yours?”
“Wen Xinya, just you wait and see!” Ning Shuqian exclaimed with anger written all over her face. The adverse side effects of her fertility treatments were staggering. No amount of maintenance or care could prevent the side effects from taking their toll on her skin and complexion. For the past two years, Wen Haowen had changed his attitude towards her and became much colder. He would sometimes stay out and spend nights outside too.
Not wanting to talk to her any further, Wen Xinya said, “Let’s just wait and see then!”
Ning Shuqian smiled sinisterly and walked past Wen Xinya.
Wen Xinya’s heart pounded rapidly. As soon as she recovered from the shock, the tray of food in Ning Shuqian’s hands dropped onto the ground with a loud thud, and so did Ning Shuqian who plunged onto the ground.