Chapter 576: The Venue of the Coming-Of-Age Ceremony
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Wen Xinya had long expected that things would turn out that way. Times had changed and Xia Ruya’s scandal would die down eventually. However, it would be impossible for Xia Ruya to eliminate all the negative effects resulting from the scandal before her coming-of-age ceremony.
It was Wen Xinya’s ultimate agenda.
Wen Xinya was simply giving Xia Ruya a taste of her own medicine by jeopardizing her coming-of-age ceremony.
However… she was truly shocked by Xia Ruya’s method of handling the scandal. Xia Ruya was quick, sharp, resolute and relentless. There was no longer any negative news about her on the tabloids. Instead, there were articles about the kind deeds that she had done as well as her contributions to society all over the news.
Wen Xinya pursed her lips and thought to herself,
“Si Yiyan, where will my coming-of-age ceremony be held?”
Si Yiyan was planning to take her to the venue of the coming-of-age ceremony tomorrow. Once the venue was confirmed, they would then be able to send out the invitations and wait for the day of the ceremony.
“It will be held at Shande Mansion!” Si Yiyan answered, cocking his head towards the side to look at her with glistening eyes and a smile on his lips that had a pretty curvature.
Wen Xinya’s eyes widened in shock, unable to believe her ears.
Shande Mansion was the residential area of a member of the Royal family and was currently the most opulent and prestigious ancient architecture in the city. It was also extremely mysterious and closed to the public since it was a private residence.
Noticing how shocked she was, Si Yiyan explained smilingly, “I’m friends with the owner of Shande Mansion and hence, I requested to borrow it.”
Although he made it sound effortless, he had, in fact, went through painstaking means for the past few years in order to borrow the venue.
Soon, they drove up a narrow pathway.
It was Wen Xinya’s first time visiting the legendary ancient residence which was prestigious and housed the noble royals. Hence, she was as curious as a cat.
There were two high walls on both ends of the mansion, giving off a vibe of infinity.
They would occasionally pass by quartet bluestone lampposts, which she was told were often used within the premises belonging to the Royals because of the high pine oil consumption. During ancient times, pine oil was extremely rare and expensive. In fact, pine oil still did not come cheap today.
She could not help but find it extravagant.
Noticing that she seemed to be very interested and curious about the lampposts, Si Yiyan explained, “On the day of your coming-of-age ceremony, all of these lamps will be lit up using pine oil and they’ll be shining bright.”
Wen Xinya could totally imagine what it would look like. “I wonder if anyone will say that I’m being too over-the-top.”
Soon, they pulled over in front of a door that was painted red. There were two stone lion sculptures beside the door.
“We’re here!” After parking his car, Si Yiyan alighted and opened the door for her.
Wen Xinya looked down and alighted from the car. All of a sudden, she felt as if she had traveled back in time, for there was not a single trace of the modern era in sight, only classic, ancient vibes.
“Go in and take a look!” Si Yiyan held her hand and pushed the heavy door open gently.
As soon as they stepped foot inside, they were greeted with the sight of a large hall, beside which there was a veranda. The courtyard was covered with bluestone bricks, tiles, lakes, artificial hills, arch bridges as well as flowers and greenery. It was extremely posh and elegant.
“Shande Mansion really lives up to expectations.” Wen Xinya exclaimed in awe at the sight of the plethora of rare botany.
She could imagine the uproar that would follow once she sent the invitations out.
“Your coming-of-age ceremony will be held in the main hall, and the banquet hall will be used as the holding area for the guests.” Si Yiyan then brought her to the hall on the right side, which was spacious and empty. There was nothing except some ornaments and furniture.
Although it was rather empty, it exuded a prestigious vibe. “Si Yiyan, do you… think that my coming-of-age ceremony is over the top? After all, the Wen Family may be wealthy, but this is beyond our means.”
She was suddenly reminded of Xia Ruya’s conjecture about her and she could not help but be ill at ease, especially because the latter had already found out some clues about Si Yiyan.
Si Yiyan smiled and said, “The Wen Family can throw such a lavish ceremony with the help of the Mo Family.”
The Wen Family was wealthy while the Mo Family had a wide network of connections and clout. Hence, it was understandable and conceivable for such a ceremony to be held.
After a moment of silence, Wen Xinya said, “But…”
Si Yiyan held her hand and said smilingly, “Don’t worry, I’ve already told Old Mr. Mo about this and discussed it with him. He approves of it too and has also given me lots of ideas and suggestions for the ceremony.”
Two years ago, Si Yiyan frequently headed to the Mo Family home. Although Old Mr. Mo had a poor impression of him at first, he changed his mind because of the coming-of-age ceremony.
Wen Xinya did not expect that her Grampy would be involved in the preparations as well and felt extremely touched.
Staring at her calmly, Si Yiyan said, “Xinya… you’ve already shown off your abilities and announced your status to the circle. You’ve also shown your prowess and authority, so as to give those scheming people a warning.”
“But… Xia Ruya seems to have already discovered your presence. Is that going to affect you?” Wen Xinya asked. Although Si Yiyan had already gained some authority in Italy, the mafia was still thriving and she felt extremely ill at ease.
The members of the upper-class society valued coming-of-age ceremonies greatly because it was a way to announce to the world their transition to adulthood. It was a milestone in the growth and the symbolization of maturing. Being an adult… meant that one would have to take responsibility for themselves, their family, society and the law. It was mandatory to showcase their abilities and grace.
Si Yiyane said with a calm grin, “Xinya, I’m a proper businessman, not a sordid member of the triads. I’ll be attending your coming-of-age ceremony as a student of Old Mr. Mo.”
He was well aware of Wen Xinya’s concerns. Despite being intelligent and bright, she actually grew flustered and muddled up because of him.
Wen Xinya suddenly realized that she had indeed been worrying too much for no reason. Si
Si Yiyan pressed his forehead against hers gently and said, “Do you actually hope that I’ll forever be your clandestine lover?”
Blushing shyly, Wen Xinya glowered at him and said, “Premature exposure to sunlight will result in the death of shoots.”
With a smirk, Si Yiyan said, “Only beansprouts have to be kept in the dark!”
Momentarily speechless, Wen Xinya said, “Well, we’d better let nature take its course.”