GC: Chapter 190

190. Yan Miao’s Call

The act of the Chu family’s business partners turning their backs on the family, battered and defeated from the Qi family’s attacks, was like the straw that broke the camel’s back. Everyone in the Chu family now despises Chu FangMing. They revolted and called for him to be stripped of his role as the chairman of the board of directors.

The explosive state of the outside world did not reach the ears of Xu YouRan, the person involved in this debacle. Lately, his mind has been preoccupied with his latest book. Naturally, Yan wouldn’t bother him with such nonsense. Yan merely told YouRan the old Mr Yan made the announcement himself. YouRan was so moved that he went out and bought some gifts for the old Mr Yan to convey his gratitude. The presents he bought weren’t expensive or precious in the eyes of a family like the Yan family. One might even call them cheap. However, the old Mr Yan was ecstatic. He dragged YouRan over to the Go board for a few rounds. Throughout the games, he kept praising YouRan and calling him a good kid. The old Mr Yan had now taken YouRan in to be part of his family. In private, the old man even told Hui that Yan’s marriage to YouRan was a lucky and prosperous event.

***

YiHan’s group chat with the rest had been buzzing non-stop for the past few days. Everyone had remained in contact and had been sharing any and all information they’d heard.

[Pei the Third: Breaking news. My aunt called us last night and asked about Nan Shan.]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: This matter has exploded and been going on for a while. Your aunt just found out about it?]

[Pei the Third: Tch. It’s good enough that she even finds out about it. When Hui married Zhang-ge, she only came back to comment “Disgusting. So shameful!”]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: Well, she’s paying attention earlier this time. What did she say?]

[Pei the Third: What else but to oppose it? She said the marriage between Hui and Zhang-ge had already shamed the entire family. Now, Yan’s acting the same. She couldn’t bear being humiliated because of him. It’s disgusting. Something about how she can’t show her face outside now. Grandfather was so angry. He was brooding throughout the night. He ate less at dinner. My uncle tried to talk to him but it was useless. They both looked so unhappy.]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: How can she be like that? What’s so embarrassing about Hui and Yan’s weddings? She’s so strange.]

[Pei the Third: Right? I was so pissed and scared that Grandfather would be swayed by her words. Luckily, he didn’t. He even said he was extremely disappointed in her. He said she didn’t care what kind of person Nan Shan was or whether Hui would be happy. The first thing she said was that it humiliated it.]

[Pei the Third: He said he regrets spoiling my aunt when she was young. It caused her to be so selfish and cold-hearted.]

[HanHan’s Mu-Mu: Some people are born like that. It doesn’t matter if they were spoiled or not.]

[Pei the Third: Mr Mu’s right. Honestly, I think so too. My parents give me everything I want but I’m not like her. I don’t just think about myself all the time.]

[Yan Yan: He Yuan came home.]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: He’s all healed up?]

[Yan Yan: Mn. He was very smooth. Returning home all clean made him appear to have returned from an overseas business trip, just as he told Yan Miao.]

[Pei the Third: He’s quite a good liar.]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: Hey, do you guys think your aunt’s sudden call to oppose Yan’s marriage could’ve been linked to He Yuan? He did just come home.]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: Why else would the timing be so coincidental? The moment he returns, your aunt comes calling.]

[Yan Yan: I think so. He wants revenge for being beaten up but he doesn’t have the guts to do it, yet he can’t bear to see YouRan live a good life.]

[Pei the Third: My brother’s right. It’s clear that we were too merciful in our beating. We didn’t make him submit.]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: He caved in back then but some people are like that. They don’t remember punishments. Once the scar heals, they forget all about the pain.]

[Yan Yan: Then, we can only keep beating him up until he whole

heartedly gives in.]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: That’s right. Oh, yes. The people still don’t know that YouRan is Nan Shan, right? It’s best no one lets word of it leak.]

[Yan Yan: Relax. Right now, no one but us, our parents and Grandfather know of this. Everyone else only knows he has some blood ties to Chu FangMing. Not even our aunt knows he’s Nan Shan.]

[Pei the Third: Mn. When our aunt called, Grandfather didn’t mention it either. I don’t know if he forgot about it or what.]

[HanHan’s Mu-Mu: He mustn’t have forgotten. Your grandfather is protecting Nan Shan.]

[Pei the Third: Yeah, that must be it. Grandfather has such a great impression of Nan Shan. Whenever he mentions Nan Shan, he’s always smiling.]

[Yan Yan: YouRan and YiHan’s personalities have something in common. It’s not hard to understand why Grandfather thinks so well of YouRan. After all, he’s greatly fond of YiHan. It certainly is a pleasant surprise.]

[Pei the Third: The weirdest thing of all is that Grandfather never gets angry when Nan Shan wins in their games! He’d be laughing instead! Isn’t that just strange? My uncle was so jealous that his eyes turned green! Hahaha! When my uncle plays against Grandfather, a single win is enough to make Grandfather’s face turn sour!]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: Haha! That’s amazing. Try and let your grandfather get to know YouRan a little better. That way, he won’t be fooled by He Yuan in the future.]

[Yan Yan: Mn. Our current situation is better than I expected.]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: What about your aunt then?]

[Pei the Third: It’s fine. Grandfather said to ignore her.]

[Yan Yan: My aunt has almost turned into He Yuan’s puppet. Whatever the man says is true.]

[Pei the Third: The man knows how to appease people. He has her wrapped around his finger. That mouth just needs to open and flowers could bloom.]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: Then, do we tell her about He Yuan being bisexual?]

[Pei the Third: Let’s talk about it after Yan and Nan Shan are married.  We wouldn’t want any accidents happening.]

[Yan Yan: Frankly, even if we tell her, our aunt might not believe us. She would hate us instead.]

[Pei the Third: Mn, I think so too. But she is our aunt. Grandfather still cares for her. It wouldn’t be nice for us to keep her in the dark and let her live with a scumbag for the rest of her life.]

[Yan Yan: Yes. She finds Hui and Zhang-ge disgusting. YouRan and I are also disgusting. But He Yuan’s love is full of lies. Isn’t that more revolting?]

[Pei the Third: Yes. The revolting aspect has never been in a person’s sexuality or gender. It’s due to treachery! Unfortunately, she doesn’t understand that.]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: If you tell her, she’d only hate you for ruining her perfect life. She wouldn’t thank you.]

[Pei the Third: Hmph! Who would want her gratitude? But there are some things that an upright citizen cannot do. She is from the Yan family. Telling her and letting her make her own choice is the best I can do.]

[Pei the Third: She even said my brothers’ marriages have humiliated the entire family. What’s truly humiliating is how she’s wrapped around He Yuan’s finger all because of his lies. Hui and Zhang-ge, Yan and Nan Shan; they’re all honest and loyal to each other. What’s so humiliating about them?]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: Alright, Pei-Pei. Everyone has their own opinions. Why be so angry?]

[Pei the Third: I’m just angry. Outsiders don’t get it. That’s fine. She is family but her words were so harsh and mean. She didn’t care if they were happy at all. All she cared about was if it affected her reputation. She never thought of us as family.]

[Pei the Third: She’s like that even before she was married. We were all younger than her but everything good or nice must be hers. I still remember a crystal sculpture my aunt gave Hui as a birthday present. She took a liking to it. Hui wouldn’t give it to her so she tried to snatch it from him. Because it was a present from my aunt, Hui wouldn’t let her have it no matter what. He kept it protected. I just so happened to be passing by. I went to help my brother but then she got angry. So, she broke the sculpture!]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: How…mean.]

[Pei the Third: Until now, I still remember the rage and sorrow I felt. Hui’s Chinese zodiac is the horse. The present was a beautiful little sculpture of a horse galloping. Hui loved it dearly. He was always so careful with it. In the end, our aunt shattered it. The shards scattered all around the floor. She even dared to be upset about it and stomped off. Through our tears, we got on our knees and began picking up the shards. Oh, the emotions from back then… I don’t even want to recall them. Even now, my heart aches at the thought of that sculpture. While my aunt bought Hui another when she heard of it, the feeling isn’t there anymore. What’s worse is that our aunt ran to complain to Grandfather. She said Hui and I were ganging up on her!]

[Yan Yan: There’s no need to talk about the past.]

[Pei the Third: Why can’t I talk about it? I’m fuming just thinking about it!]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: She’s worse than me.]

[HanHan’s Mu-Mu: What are you babbling about? You’re not like her. There’s nothing at all that’s similar between you two.]

[Pei the Third: Later, she got married. She rarely came back since then. Honestly speaking, we all let out a sigh of relief then. Without her, home was much warmer!]

[Yan Yan: Enough, Pei-Pei. Let’s not talk about unhappy stuff. Let’s talk about my engagement with YouRan.]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: !!!]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: So fast! When do you plan on getting engaged?]

[Yan Yan: The engagement party will be held in early December. YouRan and I talked about it. We’ll use your method. After getting engaged, we’ll register for a marriage certificate first. I plan on registering on Christmas Eve.]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: Ooh, congratulations! That day is good. It’s a blessed day.]

[Yan Yan: Mn. Thank you, YiHan. YouRan has been busy with his new book so I took over on these matters.]

[HanHan’s Mu-Mu: Congratulations!]

[Yan Yan: Thanks.]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: When’s the wedding? Is it still spring next year?]

[Yan Yan: It’s in summer. My parents and grandfather also said spring is too soon. We wouldn’t be well-prepared. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event. I don’t want to have any regrets either because we rushed.]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: Right. That’s the logic.]

[Pei the Third: What? YiHan, you really believe him? He could only accept such a late wedding because it meant they could get registered this year.]

[Pei the Third: After all, the wedding is just ceremonial. The certificate is king!]

[Yan Yan: What nonsense are you talking about?]

[Mu-Mu’s HanHan: Hahaha! Pei-Pei, you can’t just speak the truth. Your brother will be fuming with embarrassment.]

[Pei the Third: I’m not scared! Come hit! You can’t get me. I’ll piss you off!]

[Pei the Third: If you dare touch me, I’ll tell Nan Shan! I’ll say you might look like a proper man but you just love bullying others!]

[Yan Yan: You think I can’t do anything about you?]

[Pei the Third: Haha! I’m off!]


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