Chapter 780: What Happened Back Then
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Old Mr. Wen was sitting in the study and reading some proposal plans for the Ai Shang Group’s product launch. Ideas flowed through his mind and he constantly felt like he had to do something.
He had gotten such a thought because of everything that had been happening to the Wen Family lately.
The various events and issues had caused the Wen Family to be pushed over the edge and he had also been pondering over the past, the thoughts that he had been keeping to himself and burying deep down within his heart.
Back then, he was just a penniless boy who worked hard to make a living in the Northern region. He met a beautiful and elegant girl, whom he then hopelessly fell in love with. Just as he was working hard and laundering money for their future, the girl transformed into the heiress of a wealthy family.
He still remembered how she smacked his face with a 500,000 yuan check and stared at him condescendingly. She said to him, “I was just having some fun. I don’t genuinely fancy you. You’re poor, powerless and you have no status. How could I possibly fall in love with someone like you? You have to toil and moil and slog away to earn money. I find it revolting to be with you.”
He only found out much later that that girl’s family had already arranged a marriage for her against her wishes and they had also made a pact with her. They promised not to interfere with her personal life again if she were to be able to adjust to life as a commoner.
He then became the lab rat that she could experiment on.
The ending was devastating.
Back then, he felt insulted, exasperated and indignant!
However, he still accepted those 500,000 yuan!
He could take the insult and humiliation.
Full of resentment and indignant feelings, he used those 500,000 yuan to build his empire, bit by bit. At last, he married Qin Shulan, a simple and boorish woman who stayed by his side throughout all the obstacles and failed ventures that he went through. He knew that he had picked the right person. She did everything she could to keep the family together and she knew her place, even though she was not classy enough.
Later on, he finally established the Wen Corporation!
The first thing that he did was to destroy the rich girl’s family, after which her father jumped to his own death because of the major debts that they incurred. Unable to take the blow, the girl’s mother also killed herself by overdosing on sleeping pills.
However, the destruction of her family did not put an end to his resentment towards her. He even began to tackle the family of the girl’s husband and caused him to be put behind bars for money laundering. He then acquired all of the cosmetic companies owned by the girl’s husband and denied them of any other way out!
Throughout all these years, he had been neglecting the management of the cosmetic brands belonging to the Wen Corporation. As a result, cosmetics made up only 20% of the Wen Corporation’s business and that gave the Xiao Family the chance to take advantage. The matter then spiraled into the acquirement of Ai Shang Group!
He sighed and thought to himself that he had no choice but to believe in karma and retribution.
He had caused the destruction of two families and thus, he ended up with only one son who did not have an upright personality. His daughter-in-law lived a short life, his son was cold and heartless, and his granddaughter had been separated from the family since birth and left to fend for herself…
Now that he was old in his years, he wondered… if he could atone for the sins that he had committed in the past.
“Grandpa, what’s wrong with you? You look so upset,” said Wen Xinya, who had never seen such a complicated expression on Old Mr. Wen’s face before. It was as if he had sunk deep in his emotions and he did not snap out of his trance despite the various times that she called his name.
Old Mr. Wen snapped back to reality, only to realize that his granddaughter was seated right beside him. He got a grip on himself and answered, “Nothing much, I just thought about the past.”
Wen Xinya did not probe any further.
Old Mr. Wen asked calmly, “Xinya, is there something you’re here for?”
Wen Xinya answered smilingly, “I met Gu Junling and Ling Qingxuan previously. They mentioned that they’re willing to give us some help with advertising for the product launch.”
Old Mr. Wen was rather shocked to hear this piece of news. Although Ai Shang Group had attained fame before the launch of products, they would definitely gain a better reputation with the help of advertisements, the media’s publicity and the influence of celebrities. Not only would Ai Shang Group have a splendid image, but they would also be able to expand into major markets as soon as possible. It was truly a tempting benefit.
It was not that he had never thought of placing advertisements in the Gu Family’s shopping malls, but rather, it was because that was not a problem that could be solved using money. He reckoned that there would definitely be competition involved and he did not want to add on to the troubles that the Wen Family was already facing. Besides, the Ling Family had already been giving them a huge helping hand. Hence, he did not think too much about the rest.
However, after giving it some thought, he realized that the two families had agreed to help them because of her. The Wen Family had gained some benefit, all thanks to her!
Old Mr. Wen glanced at Wen Xinya in satisfaction and said, “Your friends treat you really well.”
They had been giving the Wen Family aid throughout the various ordeals that they faced.
Wen Xinya smiled at the mention of Gu Junling and the rest. “They do treat me well.”
She had already hinted to Gu Junling that there would be several developments in the city and she reckoned that they would definitely have plans of their own. They were considered to be repaying her for her tips. As for Ling Qingxuan… she had tipped him off and advised him to sign on some celebrities whom she knew would rise to fame in the future, based on the knowledge she gained from her previous lifetime.
Given how intelligent they were, they would definitely raise suspicions. However, Wen Xinya was not worried or bothered at all, for she knew that no one would ever guess that she had gone through a rebirth. Besides, her friends had never asked her any questions about that either. That just meant that they respected her.
Old Mr. Wen said, “In that case, you shall be in charge of the partnership with the Gu Family and Ling Family. What do you think of that?”
The Gu Family and Ling Family had agreed to help them on the account of Wen Xinya. Hence, he felt that she would definitely be able to bring about a ton of benefits for the Wen Corporation. Most importantly… she could use this chance to prove her abilities.
Feeling a little hesitant, Wen Xinya said, “Grandpa, I’m about to sit for my final year examinations. I’m just afraid…”
Old Mr. Wen said, “You don’t have to worry about your examinations.”
He had never been worried that Wen Xinya would be distracted and end up doing badly for her final year examinations. He did not doubt her abilities at all and felt that it wouldn’t matter even if she couldn’t get into Capital University based on her grades. The Wen Family had always been in partnership with Capital University and taking in interns from Capital University. Hence, he felt that it would be a piece of cake for Wen Xinya to enroll in Capital University and all he had to do was put in more effort and nurture her into becoming a qualified and competent successor.
“In that case, alright! I’ll give it a try.” All Wen Xinya wanted was Old Mr. Wen’s approval. If she were to end up doing badly because of her involvement in the advertisement matters, she would definitely be able to enter Capital University with the help of Old Mr. Wen. Most importantly… no one would criticize her for doing badly because of the time she had spent in managing Ai Shang Group’s product launch.