Chapter 512: Untitled
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Si Yiyan continued to apply medication and massage her wounds gently. He asked nonchalantly, “What is your opinion on Ning Shuqian’s pregnancy?”
He was intentionally trying to distract her because he knew that she was shy.
“I read her pulse previously during the gala and she does seem to show signs of being in the early stages of pregnancy. Besides, the doctor has also verified that Ning Shuqian is pregnant.” She was filled with doubt about Ning Shuqian’s pregnancy. Hence, Si Yiyan’s words had struck a sour note within her, so much that she was momentarily distracted and had forgotten that her back was bare.
“Didn’t you say that you had only learned the basics of pulse reading from Du Shinan? Are you sure that she’s really pregnant?” Si Yiyan asked, keeping his eyes fixed on her smooth and supple skin while caressing her back in awe. He had always known that Wen Xinya paid a lot of attention to taking care of her skin. Hence, he had also decided to help her and even searched for imperial skincare solutions and secret recipes which would aid in improving her skin and overall health. After all… he would stand to gain anyway.
“It’s probably the early stages of pregnancy! Her pulse was rather faint. Although I’m not proficient in pulse reading I can still read such a simple one. Besides, the doctor’s diagnosis proved to be similar to my predictions,” Wen Xinya said with a frown. However, she began to waver and find that things were not as simple as they seemed. Yet, she could not seem to find anything suspicious.
Si Yiyan remained silent with a frown on his face.
After some thought, Wen Xinya repeated her diagnosis of Ning Shuqian’s condition again.
Si Yiyan gently grazed his fingers across her spine on her slender back and said, “Xinya, the pulse can fool one sometimes. The rhythm of the pulse depends on the treatments that the body is subjected to. A slow pulse is a symptom of sufficient blood and energy. A slippery pulse is a telltale sign of one being sick, usually plagued with illnesses like anemia, rheumatism, inflammation, acute or chronic gastroenteritis, cirrhosis, etc. Can you tell the difference between the pulses?”
Although Si Yiyan was not an expert in Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques, he had to understand it since Wen Xinya was learning from Du Shinan.
Wen Xinya’s eyes widened in shock and she shook her head subconsciously. “I only know peanuts about pulse reading. I can’t read such a complicated pulse. Do you suspect that her pregnancy is fake?”
Old Mr. Du had briefly explained that knowledge to her before. However, she had never treated patients before. Hence, she was not exactly clear about how to diagnose patients based on their pulses. Si Yiyan’s words made her even more doubtful.
While Wen Xinya was distracted, Si Yiyan took the chance to caress her back and he said, “She’s been married to Wen Haowen for fifteen years and she’s been trying to get pregnant for two years. Yet, none of her fertility treatments worked. Somehow, her pregnancy was exposed during the gala and she took the chance to frame you. Such a vicious plan and coincidence must have been premeditated.”
Wen Xinya nodded in agreement. However, she was filled with doubt after thinking through carefully. “Ning Shuqian doesn’t have any other ailments. Besides, she has always been scheming and she wouldn’t do anything that she’s not confident about. Since she’s exposed her pregnancy during the gala, she must have a backup plan. If it’s fake, Wen Haowen wouldn’t let her off.”
Si Yiyan said calmly, “She doesn’t have to deceive everyone. She just has to fool you. As long as you admit that she’s pregnant, no one else will have any doubts.”
Although there were only a few people who knew about Wen Xinya learning from Du Shinan, all of the members of the Wen Family were aware of it. Ning Shuqian was rather meticulous to have taken that factor into consideration when hatching her plan.
Wen Xinya said, “However, she can’t fool others for long. Her lie about her pregnancy is going to be exposed sooner or later. Even if she uses it against me, it’s not going to be a fatal blow. Given Ning Shuqian’s character, she won’t resort to such a silly move.”
Si Yiyan frowned and pulled her pajamas down before picking her up to help her adjust her clothes. “The situation seems strange and fishy. Regardless of whether Ning Shuqian is pregnant or not, she probably has a backup plan. You must be careful.”
Wen Xinya nodded and thought about his words again carefully. “Actually, you’re right. Ning Shuqian’s pregnancy does seem a little suspicious. I must think about it carefully.”
Ning Shuqian had caused a scene at the gala and the Wen Family members had also intervened and blown things up, thus giving her a false sense of acknowledgment of Ning Shuqian’s pregnancy.
Si Yiyan’s suspicions had given her a new idea, though there had yet to be any breakthrough findings.
Si Yiyan said, “For the past two years, Ning Shuqian has been exceptionally quiet and kept a low profile. You probably have to reevaluate your impression about her, don’t let her scheming plots harm you.”
Wen Xinya took a deep breath and found that Si Yiyan was right. Ning Shuqian was indeed full of scheming tricks and was extremely devious. However, she had forgotten that she was no longer that Ning Shuqian who had a backer to support her. Ning Shuqian had been laden with hatred and resentment for two years, and thus would resort to anything in order to deal with Wen Xinya.
It was not impossible that she had faked her pregnancy.
In this lifetime, a lot of things and events were different from those of the previous lifetime. She could not help but feel wary about Ning Shuqian.
Noticing that she had a frown on her forehead, Si Yiyan rubbed her brows gently and said, “Don’t worry, the media is not going to publish any reports about you causing Ning Shuqian to fall and almost have a miscarriage.”
Although Wen Xinya had managed to keep things under control by staying calm and rational, she did not have any substantial evidence to prove her innocent. The reporters only cared about juicy news and hence, would definitely make an issue out of the incident. To make matters worse, Ning Shuqian and Xia Ruya added fuel to the fire. More likely than not, Wen Xinya’s reputation would be affected.
Hence, Si Yiyan had already ordered his men to investigate all the reporters who were invited to the Wen Corporation’s annual gala right after receiving the news of the incident. He had also made some arrangements and ordered for the surveillance camera footages to be checked. However, only a small frame was captured, and it could not prove Wen Xinya’s innocence. Neither could it prove that Wen Xinya was the one who had harmed Ning Shuqian.
“Si Yiyan, thank you,” Wen Xinya said as a warm, fuzzy feeling filled her heart. If she were to be accused of harming Ning Shuqian and her baby, it would be the end of her reputation.
“This is all I can do for you,” Si Yiyan said, gently kissing her forehead. He wanted to protect her, take care of her and pamper her. However… what he wanted more was to see her progress towards success using her own means and capabilities. Hence, he had been trying his best to find a balance.
Wen Xinya kissed his lips gently and said, “That’s enough.”