Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
Jiang Yuning arrived at the Lu family mansion a short while later. It seemed as though she had a different feeling every time she came to this place.
&x201C;Miss Jiang, you are finally here,&x201D; the butler greeted Jiang Yuning courteously when she arrived at the front door. &x201C;Both Miss Huo and Miss Fu have already arrived.&x201D;
&x201C;I know.&x201D; Jiang Yuning could hear the laughter coming from inside the house. They were happily conversing inside while to them, she was merely an outsider.
&x201C;Miss Jiang has arrived,&x201D; the butler announced as he opened the door for Jiang Yuning.
Jiang Yuning lifted her dress slightly and held onto her silver-colored purse as she walked into the living room. The first thing that caught her eye was Lu Zongye sitting on the sofa cuddling with Huo Yuxi, while Fu Yahui and Li Shutong was sitting on the other sofa directly opposite them.
&x201C;Well, look who&x2019;s finally here,&x201D; Li Shutong said sarcastically as she turned around to look at Jiang Yuning. &x201C;Yuning, come over here and have a seat. We are currently in the midst of discussing your elder sister and future brother-in-law&x2019;s marriage.&x201D;
Lu Zongye and Huo Yuxi deliberately clung onto one another in an attempt to provoke Jiang Yuning.
&x201C;Co-mother-in-law, aren&x2019;t we currently discussing the choices for the bridesmaids? I think Yuning would be a very suitable candidate. Furthermore, if Yuning was Yuxi&x2019;s bridesmaid, it could expel the rumour that the relationship between the two sisters is not good. What do you think?&x201D; Li Shutong quickly suggested to Fu Yahui.
Although she tried to pretend that she was only suggesting it for the sake of the sisters, Li Shutong&x2019;s true intention was nothing more than to humiliate Jiang Yuning.
She was trying to show Jiang Yuning that she was the helpless one now even though she had despised her son in the past.
&x201C;Huo Yuxi is the top actress in the industry. Doesn&x2019;t she have any friends that she could ask to be her bridesmaids?&x201D; Jiang Yuning asked suddenly. &x201C;My reputation is so tainted right now. I do not want to be involved in her marriage in case I have to take the blame when something happens.&x201D;
Fu Yahui gestured for Jiang Yuning to sit next to her before she agreed with Jiang Yuning&x2019;s statement. &x201C;I also agree that Yuxi should look for someone else to be her bridesmaid.&x201D;
Fu Yahui had not said that because she was afraid of Jiang Yuning&x2019;s tainted reputation. She said that because she was afraid that Jiang Yuning would try to ruin Huo Yuxi&x2019;s wedding.
&x201C;Since you have said so, I will not push for it any further,&x201D; Li Shutong said as she laughed. &x201C;I only suggested it because I feel bad for Yuning. After all, she was engaged to Zongye and this could have been her wedding instead. Co-mother-in-law, why don&x2019;t I recommend a nice young man to Yuning? Would you support that idea?&x201D;
&x201C;Don&x2019;t worry, I will take care of matters relating to my own daughter,&x201D; Fu Yahui replied coldly, as she rejected the idea instantly.
Jiang Yuning sat silently beside Fu Yahui as she watched the drama that was unfolding before her.
Although Jiang Yuning did not know what Fu Yahui&x2019;s intentions were, she was at least grateful that Fu Yahui was smart enough to be wary and guard against an outsider&x2019;s intention.
&x201C;Oh, if you had not mentioned it, I would have forgotten that Yuning is your biological daughter.&x201D;
Li Shutong was trying to sow discord between the mother and daughter by intentionally bringing up the fact that Fu Yahui had left Jiang Yuning and her family behind when she departed to the United States all by herself many years ago.
&x201C;How come auntie still has so much to say even after being treated like a servant for the past few days? I thought you would have learnt how to watch yourself and to think twice before opening that mouth of yours,&x201D; Jiang Yuning immediately counterattacked. &x201C;Do you really think that your status would be any higher, just because you are making use of Huo Yuxi to get close to Dongheng Enterprise?&x201D;
The expression on Li Shutong&x2019;s face changed immediately. She considered causing a scene and counterattacking, but she decided to hold back because Fu Yahui was there.
&x201C;Yuning, auntie only said that because she cared about you,&x201D; Huo Yuxi said as she placed her hand on her lower abdomen and caressed it gently. &x201C;You should not be so rude to your elders.&x201D;
&x201C;I will not be polite to someone who is as wicked as her. How can she expect me to be nice to her when she has tried to sow discord between my mother and I? Wasn&x2019;t the purpose of the gathering today to discuss the details of your marriage with Lu Zongye? Why are you trying to lecture me instead? My mother is still around, so I don&x2019;t need you to lecture me. If you do not intend to discuss about your wedding but instead choose to continue finding fault with me, then do not blame me if you get agitated and have a miscarriage,&x201D; Jiang Yuning rebutted without any hesitation.
&x201C;Jiang Yuning! How can you be so vicious when your elder sister is pregnant?&x201D; Li Shutong suddenly stood up and yelled.
&x201C;That&x2019;s right, Yuning. Even if you are unhappy with me, the child that I am carrying in my belly is innocent. You shouldn&x2019;t be cursing me like this.&x201D; Huo Yuxi quickly added fuel to the flames.
&x201C;Even if I do not curse out loud, I will still be cursing you in my heart. What can you do then?&x201D; Jiang Yuning asked as she stared back at them. &x201C;All of you should get your facts right. The entire nation knows that Huo Yuxi and Lu Zongye were the ones secretly having an affair behind my back when we were still engaged back then. Being in love is not a justification for cheating on your own fianc&xE9;e. So, don&x2019;t look at me as though I am trying to stop the two of you from being happy. Stealing someone&x2019;s fianc&xE9; is wrong, cheating is wrong. There is no justification for any of those shameless actions, so why are you trying to show off in front of me now? What is there to show off? I also do not understand why you would try to sow discord between my mother and I. How could you bring yourself to do something like that?&x201D;
Li Shutong and Huo Yuxi&x2019;s face instantly turned red as soon as they heard Jiang Yuning&x2019;s words.
Fu Yahui on the other hand was just quietly sitting down as she enjoyed the show. After all, the Lu family had indeed done something wrong towards Jiang Yuning.
&x201C;Enough.&x201D; At this moment, Lu Zongye suddenly shouted. &x201C;Since we are all here to discuss the upcoming wedding between Yuxi and myself, then let&x2019;s just get on with it. Why are we wasting time talking about an irrelevant person?&x201D;
&x201C;I am only doing this because of you.&x201D; Li Shutong felt awfully wronged.
It was the first time in her life that someone had scolded her this way.
&x201C;You do not need to defend me and my child anymore. It is not worth it,&x201D; Huo Yuxi said as she started sobbing silently.
The drama had started. It had finally started.
Jiang Yuning rolled her eyes at the scene that was unfolding before her. She felt as though she was about to vomit her dinner from last night.
&x201C;I know that Yuning is unhappy with me. Mommy, I want you to be rest assured that I will continue giving in to her in the future. No matter how much injustice I suffer, I promise that I will give in to her because she is my sister.&x201D;
&x201C;I have never bullied you so you can stop the pretence.&x201D; Jiang Yuning did not believe a single word that Huo Yuxi had just said.
&x201C;Yuning, I wish to speak to you in private,&x201D; Huo Yuxi suddenly proposed. In fact, it was obvious that she had already started scheming something against Jiang Yuning.
&x201C;But I do not wish to speak to you privately,&x201D; Jiang Yuning refused directly. &x201C;I know that if I gave you the chance to speak to me in private, you would definitely put the blame on me should anything happen to the child in your belly.&x201D;
Huo Yuxi&x2019;s face turned pale immediately.
&x201C;You are not even worthy enough to be compared to the child in Yuxi&x2019;s belly,&x201D; Lu Zongye suddenly screamed as he stood up from the sofa and glared at Jiang Yuning. &x201C;Auntie, the purpose of our gathering today was to discuss our upcoming wedding. It is already inappropriate for Jiang Yuning to be here, but we are trying to be nice and so, we have not asked her to leave. However, she has been showing us her attitude for the whole night. The Lu family is not one that she can just mess around with.&x201D;
&x201C;So, who started it in the first place?&x201D; Jiang Yuning retaliated. &x201C;Who asked her to speak without using her brain?&x201D;
&x201C;Jiang Yuning, whether you like it or not, I am going to be your brother-in-law in the future. Therefore, I have the right to discipline you when I deem it fit to do so.&x201D;
&x201C;You have no right to discipline her.&x201D; Just as Lu Zongye was getting excited, Lu Jingzhi stepped into the living room with a cold expression on his face.
He could already hear them quarrelling as he was entering the gate of the Lu family mansion. He could also hear Jiang Yuning retaliating and defending herself even as they tried to gang up on her.
As soon as he spoke those words, everyone in the living room, including Jiang Yuning stopped talking as they were all stunned.
Brother-in-law my ass! If you want to count ranks, according to seniority, Jiang Yuning would be your elder sister-in-law instead.
Of course, this only applied if Lu Zongye was still a legitimate member of the Lu family.
&x201C;Second brother,&x201D; Lu Zongye quickly greeted Lu Jingzhi with utmost respect.
At this time, Huo Yuxi also followed suit and quickly stood up to greet Lu Jingzhi. &x201C;Second brother.&x201D;
Lu Jingzhi turned around and looked coldly at Huo Yuxi as he said, &x201C;Can&x2019;t accept that.&x201D;