After hesitating for a brief moment, Cheng Xi greeted Meng Qingyang back with a smiling expression. Its good to see you, Miss Meng.
Lin Fans mother, somewhat surprised, asked, Do the two of you know each other?
Meng Qingyang nonchalantly said, Yes, Dr. Chengs a good person.
Lin Fans mother looked at Cheng Xi again curiously. Thats good, then. She patted Meng Qingyangs hand. Let me speak with Cheng Xi for a little bit. Wait here for me, alright?
Alright. Meng Qingyang even waved at Cheng Xi amiably. Goodbye, Dr. Cheng.
Cheng Xi had seen how temperamental Meng Qingyang could be, so her demure behavior now only felt strange to her. However, she didnt say anything and brought Lin Fans mother into her office instead. Would you like something to drink?
Lin Fans mother shook her head. Dont bother. Lets just talk.
Cheng Xi nonetheless still poured her a glass of water before sitting down, facing her.
The gaze that Lin Fans mother was directing towards Cheng Xi was exceptionally kind, reminding her of a similar gaze that she had seen many years ago, when Cheng Xi and Lin Fan had been walking through the streets on a school-sanctioned extracurricular activity. When they ran into Lin Fans mother, she had looked at her with a similar gaze that was part kind, part gratifying, and part frustrated, saying, My little Lin Fan also has a friend now.
At that time, Cheng Xi hadnt noticed her frustration, but now, as Lin Fans mother kept talking, Cheng Xi finally understood what it meant.
Lin Fans mothers speech was long-winded, with two main points. Cheng Xi, youre a good child, and I like you very much. Ive liked you since your high school days. However, youre not compatible with Lin Fan—hes suffered through a rough childhood with me, and I dont want him to suffer anymore. I want him to have an outstanding and successful career.
So while she did like Cheng Xi, she felt that Cheng Xi couldnt help Lin Fan.
Cheng Xi listened passively. Only when Lin Fans mother finished talking did she ask, Mrs. Lin, does Lin Fan know that you reached out to me today?
I havent told him, but I know that youre a sensible child, and Ive always liked you. So, Im sure you wont do anything that would embarrass both of us later on. She then leaned in and asked surreptitiously, You dont want to do this either, do you?
Cheng Xi had long since predicted that Lin Fans mother would oppose their relationship, having heard all about her aspirations and plans for Lin Fan. All of this was within her predictions, but she didnt treat it like an obstacle. Lin Fan wasnt a piece of dough to be kneaded and rolled around, and neither was she. She felt that she and Lin Fan could definitely be happy together. Although she wouldnt be able to further his career very much, she definitely wouldnt be pulling him down either.
Furthermore, if Lin Fan wanted to start a business, she had a few connections of her own.
With that in mind, Cheng Xi asked her second question. Mrs. Lin, what would you consider a successful life?
Without missing a beat, Lin Fans mother replied, Money and power! We dont have any power, so we can only focus on making money. Lots and lots of money. She looked at Cheng Xi, her gaze revealing her naked ambition, so calm that one couldnt even dislike her. I know that you definitely cant understand my thoughts. But no matter what, I only want Lin Fan to be able to live a carefree life, without needing to suffer through hardships or be forced to do something he doesnt want to because of money.
Mrs. Lin, do you feel that having both money and power will allow one to lead a carefree life?
She was so certain, so full of confidence, that Cheng Xi didnt try to persuade her otherwise—someone who felt this deeply about a subject wouldnt be easily persuaded by mere words.
Lin Fans mother hadnt come to be persuaded by her, either; these words were ones that she had always kept in her heart, hidden away from everyone else. Once she revealed them, she could only forge forward on that path of hers relentlessly.
Cheng Xi then asked her final question. If Im unwilling to separate with Lin Fan, then what will you do, Mrs. Lin?
Ill do my best to make you two break up. Lin Fans mothers expression was severe. Cheng Xi, do you know how I managed to escape with him that year? He had to threaten to kill himself. He was only twelve, but he put a knife by his neck and told me, Mom, if I die, will there be peace again? Do you know how Ive lived all these years? Im 38, but I married an old man whose hair is turning white. So many people have looked down upon me, and even my stepchildren guard against me as if I were a thief. They look down on Lin Fan in the same way. I was weak for half of my life, so I caused him to suffer so much. Now, I dont want him to have to suffer anymore. I dont want him to be looked down upon for the rest of his life…… Though you might feel that wealth wont necessarily bring you respect, itll definitely at least shut their mouths! Its just like how, if I bring their old man out to discipline those sons and daughters of his, what can they do? As she said this last sentence, her face reflected a bit of pride, as if she had won a spiritual victory.
Did you see that girl just now? If you know her, then you should know that she and Lin Fan are colleagues, but only colleagues. Shes a board member of Longchang Commerce—oh, perhaps you dont know about Longchang Commerce. Its the domestic proxy for a number of large global brands, which youd probably recognize if I mentioned them. She rattled off a few companies, and even though Cheng Xi herself didnt care about these things, she knew that most people in the country would go mad over those companies products.
Lin Fans mother didnt think that this sort of relationship was immoral, and she didnt even acknowledge the fact that if Lin Fan had such a girlfriend, people would think that they were only together because he was eyeing her position and connections. Its just that were trying to find a higher starting point. Marriage is nothing more than a job; doing it well will bring happiness.
It was rare for Cheng Xi to be unable to counter an argument, but she was actually struck speechless after hearing Lin Fans mothers confident speech. She didnt argue back, as she knew that Lin Fans mother wouldnt listen to her; if she talked with reason, Lin Fans mother would appeal to emotion; if she appealed to emotion, then Lin Fans mother would switch to reason.
If they werent on the same page, then what was the point of talking any further?
Cheng Xi politely sent Lin Fans mother out. They didnt see Meng Qingyang at the entrance, and Lin Fans mother directly left after making a phone call.
Cheng Xi stood by the elevator. As she watched the doors close, the smile on her face finally collapsed. She rubbed her exhausted face, lightly breathing out.
As she turned around, she unexpectedly saw Meng Qingyang, who had told Lin Fans mother that she had already gone down. She was standing by the elevator on the other end of the corridor; it wasnt clear if she had just come up or if she had always been standing there.
At this hour, there werent many people left in this area of the hospital. Only the two of them stood in the corridor.
Cheng Xi stopped moving, merely looking at Meng Qingyang.
Meng Qingyang slowly walked in front of Cheng Xi as a brilliant smile lit up her face. Mrs. Lin likes me very much, and wants me to be her daughter-in-law. Dr. Cheng, I really want to reject her because youre a good person, and because I like you very much.
At this point, Cheng Xi wanted to laugh. Today, she had been told that she was a good person by two different people; they both said they liked her very much, but hidden behind their liking was a but.
Meng Qingyangs but was that Lin Fans genuinely a very gentle person, and he looks so beautiful when he smiles. At first, I didnt want to steal him away, but Dr. Cheng, why did you have to make him unhappy?
After being lectured in psychology by Lu Chenzhou, Cheng Xi was now being taught how to be a better girlfriend by Meng Qingyang. This girl who had just broken free of her depression said, Dr. Cheng, youre not doing a very good job at being a girlfriend. Even if we ignore the fact that you dont have any time to spend with him, you still have an unclear relationship with another man. You always make him unhappy, forcing him to drink, making him wan and sallow. For you, he even hurt me.
As she said this, she rolled up her sleeves and stretched out her hand with an innocent expression on her face. Look at how forceful he was. He even left such a big bruise. It hurts so much.