Chapter 786: A Fresh Change
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Wen Xinya’s revision and work had been going well, unlike things on Xia Ruya’s side.
Xia Ruya had initially planned to placate the Xia Family members before finding a chance to flee far, far away. However, she did not expect that the Xia Family had come prepared. After they left, she realized that there were some unfamiliar faces in her residential area and, after testing them several times, she deduced that they were after her.
The Xia Family actually sent their people to keep an eye on her.
Her plans to escape had been foiled, and Xia Ruya finally realized what she had to face next.
For the next few days, Old Mr. Xia and Xia Haolin continuously paid her visits and spoke to her in a calm and amicable manner. However, she turned them down repeatedly with the excuse of needing more time to consider. At last, the Xia Family grew impatient and she had no choice but to use the excuse of most of her assets being bonds and stocks. This morning, the Xia Family began to threaten her.
At this moment, she finally panicked.
After some thorough thought, Xia Ruya decided to call Jiang Ruoyin and Jiang Yuqian over to her place for some fun. However, she was afraid of arousing the Xia Family’s suspicion. Hence, she again gave it some consideration and called Xia Ruxue instead.
Jiang Ruoyin and the other two arrived at two in the afternoon.
Delighted to see them, Xia Ruya said, “I didn’t expect you guys to be here so early.”
Jiang Yuqian answered, “Ruoyin said that it had been a long time since we met each other and hence, we decided to drop by earlier and go shopping with you.”
Jiang Ruoyin held her hand and said, “I saw this piece of clothing at Pearl Mall, but I haven’t decided if I should get it or not. I’d like to take you guys there to see it so that you can give me your opinions.”
That was exactly what Xia Ruya wanted. After a moment of hesitation, she agreed smilingly. “Let’s go take a look together, then. I haven’t been shopping much lately. The weather is getting warmer and it’s time I get some clothes for summer.”
Due to the poor reputation that she had been enjoying lately, Xia Ruya had been refraining from shopping in luxurious malls and shopping districts so as to avoid running into paparazzi.
Xia Ruxue was a little hesitant and unsure of what her father and grandfather were trying to do. However, they had warned her against Xia Ruya and informed her not to wander around.
Xia Ruya noticed the icy cold look in Xia Ruxue’s eyes and held onto her hand smilingly. “Ruxue, why don’t we go shopping? You’re still wearing clothes from the previous season.”
Feeling a little enticed, Xia Ruxue said, “But…”
Xia Ruya scanned her from head to toe and interrupted. “Your necklace doesn’t seem to suit you, either. I have a nice set of jewelry that will suit you.”
Xia Ruya then turned around and headed inside the room.
Xia Ruxue’s heart began pounding rapidly. Too much had happened in the Xia Family lately and, not only had she been refraining from buying new jewelry in a long time, but Xia Haolin had also taken most of her jewelry away. Whenever she attended events and banquets, everyone would secretly mock her for having distasteful jewelry. She could not take the insults at all.
She thought that Xia Ruya would definitely have exquisite jewelry of top quality, especially since she used to be the Wen Family’s daughter.
Soon, Xia Ruya handed her a box of jewelry and said, “Ruxue, I bought this diamond necklace last year and it’s still in trend. Take a look and see if you like it.”
Xia Ruxue and Chen Linfang had always been easily tempted and hence, Xia Ruxue would definitely waver by a piece of jewelry. Besides, Xia Ruxue barely had any jewelry left now that the Xia Family was in dire straits.
Xia Ruxue opened the box agitatedly to see that it contained a diamond necklace that was of superior quality. It was clear and shiny, and obviously exorbitant.
Xia Ruxue kept her eyes fixed on the necklace.
Even Jiang Ruoyin could not take her eyes off the necklace. She remarked, “It’s beautiful.”
Green with envy, Jiang Yuqian said, “Ruxue, this diamond necklace is really beautiful. I saw it once when I was at the jewelry company belonging to the Wen Corporation. It’s worth more than 500,000 yuan. Ruya treats you really well.”
Xia Ruxue stammered and asked, “Ruya, are you really giving it to me?”
She was in disbelief.
Xia Ruya put the necklace on for her and scrutinized her. She smiled and said, “It suits you very well.”
Extremely touched, Xia Ruxue said, “Ruya, you treat me really well!”
When Xia Ruya used to live with the Xia Family, she would often gift Xia Ruxue with some clothes and accessories, all of which she fancied a lot. To her surprise, Xia Ruya did not distance herself from her despite having severed ties with the Xia Family.
Xia Ruya held her hand and said, “I know the Xia Family has been facing lots of difficulties lately, and you’ve also been treated unfairly. You’re a girl! You should have some decent jewelry.”
Jiang Ruoyin urged. “Let’s hurry and go shopping! The sky is going to turn dark soon.”
They did not have any objections, and Xia Ruxue was too mesmerized by the expensive jewelry to remember her father’s and grandfather’s warnings.
After heading downstairs, Xia Ruya discovered that she was being tailed. However, she pretended not to know about it and instead continued to chat merrily with Jiang Ruoyin and the rest.
Xia Ruya suggested that they go to Pearl Street, which was a luxurious shopping district.
They had indeed purchased several items and, throughout the entire time, Xia Ruya had been secretly paying attention to the people tailing her. Her eyes glistened when she realized that they had slowed down.
At this moment, Xia Ruya stumbled forwards. Before the rest could even react, she fell onto the ground with a loud thud and winced in pain.
Xia Ruxue frantically helped her up and exclaimed, “Ruya, are you alright!?!”
Xia Ruya turned pale and answered, “I think I sprained my ankle!”
Jiang Ruoyin frantically rushed over to help Xia Ruxue with helping Xia Ruya up. “Is the sprain serious? Does it hurt?”
Xia Ruya nodded and turned increasingly pale.
Jiang Yuqian frantically said, “Ruya seems to be severely injured. We’d better send her to the hospital!”
They agreed and hailed a taxi to the hospital.
By the time the people tailing her realized what was going on, the taxi had already traveled a distance away.
A long while later, Xia Ruxue’s mobile phone began to ring. It was a call from Xia Haolin, and she answered immediately.
Xia Ruya listened to Xia Ruxue while the latter informed Xia Haolin of her whereabouts. An icy cold stare formed in her eyes. She was planning to use Jiang Ruoyin and Jiang Yuqian to test the Jiang family and find out their intentions. Indeed, they were putting her on house arrest. She called Xia Ruxue to invite her over, just to numb the Xia Family. Besides… Xia Ruxue could be easily manipulated, and she intentionally suggested that they go to Pearl Street because of the heavy traffic and crowd.
Indeed, those people were not patient enough to tail her for long and they had let their guard down after thinking that she was really shopping.
The Xia Family may have confiscated her passport, but it would be impossible for them to control her. After all, the money was in her bank, and her stocks and bonds were with the lawyer. Her expensive sets of jewelry were also in her bag, and she could do without the other miscellaneous items that were not valuable.