&x201C;Frankly speaking, I do not have any sort of relationship with Chairman Gu. Chairman Gu is only taking care and looking out for me as a special favor that someone has asked for,&x201D; Jiang Yuning explained immediately. &x201C;Vera, I believe that this is not what you are really interested to find out. You have singled me out and targeted me right from the start. The first thing that you had done as soon as you arrived in Guangying Media was to request to manage me personally. Moreover, I have caught you trying to hide your true emotions several times already. Are you somehow related to the Jiang family in the past? Is that why you are here?&x201D;
&x201C;You would have to ask your dear brother that question, then,&x201D; Vera replied coldly. &x201C;Even though the Jiang family went bankrupt five years ago, you should not have dragged your brother down with you. Do you know how hurt and depressed my best friend was?&x201D;
&x201C;My brother?&x201D; Jiang Yuning repeated after Vera, as though she suddenly realized something important. &x201C;So, the reason you hate me is because of my brother?&x201D;
&x201C;Five years ago, when your brother, Jiang Muyang, was still studying abroad, he was in a relationship with my best friend. However, after the Jiang family faced bankruptcy proceedings, Jiang Muyang abandoned his girlfriend and returned to China without any hesitation at all. Throughout the past five years, he had never once contacted my best friend, nor have we heard any news about him at all. My best friend was so depressed that she even tried committing suicide a couple of times. Fortunately, I managed to stop her. This is all your brother&x2019;s fault!&x201D;
&x201C;I&x2026;I have never spoken about such personal and emotional things with my brother. He had never mentioned anything about having a girlfriend. However, my brother is not that kind of person. He does not like to owe anyone anything,&x201D; Jiang Yuning replied as she eyed Vera suspiciously. &x201C;When the Jiang family went bankrupt five years ago, my grandfather fell ill immediately because he was unable to accept the situation. I had no choice but to enter the entertainment industry at such a young age to make ends meet and earn enough money to support my grandfather and myself. I had never thought of dragging my brother into this mess. I only realized that he had returned to China after quite some time. For the past five years, my brother and I could only depend on one another as we had no one else. Things have only started to turn around for both of us in the past two months.&x201D;
When Jiang Yuning had found out that Jiang Muyang had already returned to China, he was already a big name in the entertainment industry.
&x201C;You&x2026;you did not stop your brother from going abroad? You did not force him to stay in China for your sake?&x201D; Vera asked contemptuously.
For the past five years, Vera and Yin Qingyu had always believed that the reason why Jiang Muyang had never gone back to look for his girlfriend was because Jiang Yuning had refused to let him go.
They believed that Jiang Yuning wanted Jiang Muyang to stay by her side to help her deal with the matters relating to the Jiang family&x2019;s bankruptcy because she did not want to suffer alone.
&x201C;Why would I want to drag him down with me?&x201D; Jiang Yuning asked as she stared at Vera in disbelief. &x201C;I do not know how much you know about Jiang Muyang, but you have totally misunderstood whatever is going on between my brother and I. My father had given him everything that he had, and my father had looked after my brother ever since he was young. I believe this to be the reason my brother has always remembered his kindness and thus, his reason for coming back to China to protect me. I do not really pry into my brother&x2019;s personal affairs and do not even know that he had a girlfriend when he was studying abroad.&x201D;
&x201C;Therefore, Vera, if this is the reason why you hate me, it would be really unfair to me.&x201D;
Vera remained silent after listening to what Jiang Yuning had to say.
&x201C;As for whatever happened between my brother and his girlfriend, you can choose to believe in anything your friend has told you, but I will also choose to have faith in my own brother. In order to repay my father&x2019;s kindness, my brother was willing to give up on his own education and return to China just to protect and look after me. He is definitely not the ruthless person that you make him out to be. I will definitely ask him for an explanation on this matter when I get the chance to, and I hope that you will listen to his explanation objectively when that time comes. Five years ago, when the Jiang family went bankrupt, my father&x2019;s whereabouts and status were completely unknown. If you had been the only man of the family, what would you have done?&x201D; Jiang Yuning asked Vera.
&x201C;I will not force you to stand on my side, nor will I force you to believe that everything that I have said is true. You have your own eyes and heart, and I believe that you can make the right judgment eventually. No matter what you think of my brother, I just want you to know that he is a good person and I do not wish for him to be misunderstood like that.&x201D;
Vera remained silent for a moment before she finally spoke up.
&x201C;I promise that I will not do anything to harm you when it comes to work-related matters. You can be rest assured about that. However, as long as I am not clear about the matter relating to Jiang Muyang, I will continue to be wary and have my own opinions about both of you.&x201D;
&x201C;No problem. You can take your time to decide and form your own judgement about us. I only hope that you will remain neutral when it comes to work-related matters.&x201D;
Jiang Yuning&x2019;s request was in fact very simple. She only wanted Vera to promise that she would not sabotage her at work. As for other private matters, she believed that Vera would eventually understand the truth anyway.
&x201C;Since we have already opened up our hearts to one another, I guess I can trust that you will discrete about my personal matters, right?&x201D;
&x201C;I am a professional agent,&x201D; Vera scorned in reply.
&x201C;That would mean that I do not need to lie to you anymore,&x201D; Jiang Yuning replied. &x201C;I will tell you the truth then. I do not live at Happy Mansion. Aren&x2019;t you here to take me home? Let us go now.&x201D;
&x201C;What is your address?&x201D; Vera asked. Jiang Yuning had initially expected Vera to be more surprised.
&x201C;Villa 28 at Royal Dragon Court,&x201D; Jiang Yuning replied faintly.
After the confrontation, the both of them could finally relax and be at ease around one another. Although Vera&x2019;s character could be slightly annoying during the early stages, Jiang Yuning knew that she was only acting that way because of the secrets she was hiding inside.
The good thing about people like Vera was that they usually knew when to stop.
Vera had just returned from abroad and she did not know where the Royal Dragon Court was. Therefore, she merely drove as she followed the directions given by the navigation system.
Moreover, Vera was not curious as to why Jiang Yuning could afford to live in such a luxurious villa because her father was still alive and she was a major shareholder of Xiya Hotel anyway.
&x201C;I will go into the house now,&x201D; Jiang Yuning said as she opened the car door when they arrived at the villa. However, Vera reached out and held onto her hand as soon as she stepped out of the car. At this moment, Vera suddenly noticed the screensaver of the cell phone that Jiang Yuning was holding onto.
&x201C;Director Shen confronted Mu Xian earlier today. She has already been suspended from work and all other activities for the next three months. However, I have a feeling that she will not give up so easily.&x201D;
&x201C;I am not afraid of her. She can just come at me if she wants to,&x201D; Jiang Yuning replied immediately.
&x201C;And one more thing&x2026;you&x2026;are you in a relationship?&x201D;
Jiang Yuning was stunned for a moment because she did not expect the sudden question. However, she suddenly realized that Vera must have caught a glimpse of the screensaver on her cell phone.
&x201C;I took the picture from the internet&x2026;&x201D;
&x201C;How could a picture that has clearly been taken at home be downloaded from the internet?&x201D; Vera scorned. &x201C;Moreover, are you certain that you would be able to handle this man?&x201D;
&x201C;Do you know who he is?&x201D;
&x201C;The celebrity circle in Luo City is not as large as you think it is. This man is ranked first amongst the most eligible bachelors of the women in Luo City. Although I have been studying abroad for so many years, I have always spent at least two months in China every year. Therefore, I have definitely heard of this man and the rumors surrounding him,&x201D; Vera replied.
Jiang Yuning was just about to say something when Lu Jingzhi&x2019;s car, accompanied by the other cars driven by his personal bodyguards, suddenly turned into the parking lot of the villa.
Secretary Ho was the first to get off the car before he quickly opened the car door for Lu Jingzhi.
Although Vera had often heard about Lu Jingzhi, she had never imagined that she would be able to see him up close in real life.
Vera quietly watched as Lu Jingzhi stepped out of the car. She observed that he was very well built and muscular in physique. Even though she already heard countless rumors stating that he was extremely handsome, she had not expected him to look so extraordinary.
&x201C;Why are you standing there? Aren&x2019;t you going into the house?&x201D; Lu Jingzhi asked as soon as he saw Jiang Yuning.
Jiang Yuning then turned to Vera and said, &x201C;Since you are already here, come on and follow me. I will introduce you to the most eligible bachelor in the whole of Luo City.&x201D;
After she had spoken, Jiang Yuning walked towards Lu Jingzhi immediately.
Vera was slightly cautious but she still pushed the car door open before stepping out of the car.
&x201C;Second brother, this is my new exclusive agent, Vera.&x201D;
Vera stood by the entrance of the front door and smiled politely as she said, &x201C;Hello, Mr. Lu.&x201D;