Aria's Tales - 1.6
Hui Mingli was very satisfied. “With this, you don’t necessarily have to come tomorrow.”
Mingyan nodded. Yes! More dates with Yan ge ~
Lily: Don’t forget your new album.
Mingyan: Yan ge is my inspiration! So I have to go to lots of dates with him!
Lily: You even call him Yan ge now … Isn’t this development too fast? *speechless*
While Mingyan was thinking about various places she could visit in her date, Sam was panicking internally.
“She’s done? Hui Mingli, aren’t you too slack about this? She’s not the number 1 singer you know? And you’re just going to use that one take?” Sam’s face didn’t look good, and inside his heart, he was disappointed. He didn’t mind being ignored by the only Chinese person he knew who could fluently speak English. But now he even has to separate with her? Even if they did meet again in the future, chances are she would already be taken! It was better to strike the iron while it’s hot!
Sam could have never imagined that, although it’s not official, Mingyan was already taken. Before he could fight, he had already lost.
Hui Mingli’s face wasn’t good as well. Why was his friend making things so hard for him today? He knew that he was a brat, but it wasn’t this bad. Have I made the wrong choice?
He shook those thoughts away. He knew that even with Sam’s bratty personality he was one of the best underground rappers. He could only continue enduring for the sake of his song.
He didn’t answer Sam but turned to Mingyan instead. “I’ll call you if necessary so don’t put anything to your schedule for now. Wait until the song is done.”
Sam didn’t like it one bit. And Mingyan was seething in anger.
Mingyan: My lovey-dovey time has slipt away!!! All because of this dude! Where’s my sword?! I’ll slice him to pieces!
Lily: That’s what you’re angry about? *exasperated*
Mingyan’s face didn’t reveal even a little bit of reaction. She only nodded before leaving without any hesitation, and before Sam could ask for her number, her Weibo, and where she lived. He cursed at himself after seeing her escape. He wanted to chase but he still had a recording to do and Hui Mingli was looking at him with a demonic face that says, ‘I know what you’re thinking, but work comes first.’ So he worked obediently. That day, he realized, he was in the best shape he had ever been.
Mingyan took the elevator down and had already sent a text to Shen Yan.
Mingyan: Whatever, I’ll capture him at home instead.
Lily: You just really want to play in your date anyways.
Mingyan: Hehe Lily, don’t expose me ~
The elevator reached the main floor, and there was a ding before it slid open. Mingyan got out, ready to wait in the front lounge for Shen Yan when there was a commotion in the lobby. She was merely going to take a glance when she froze on the spot.
Enemies really meet in narrow roads. She had forgotten that Chen Rui was an artist like her and under Brilliant Stars at that!
‘This Chen Rui have probably heard the original Mingyan sang before so she wanted to rip the bud before it could grow.’ Lily said with distaste.
‘She killed three birds with one stone – actually no, maybe four? She took Mingyan’s rightful place, won the life and death battle with Yang Xi, gained cousin Lu Feng’s love and trust, and married a golden thigh.’ Mingyan listed and with each scenario, her eyes grew colder.
‘She became a winner in life through one bullet shot. Mingyan, are you going to handle her?’ Lily eagerly asked.
‘Why should I?’ Mingyan’s eyes curved as she pressed her lips to restrain her smile. ‘Mingyan is a coward when it comes to these things. She doesn’t need to smear herself with blood. There’s Lu Feng and Shen Yan to do the dirty work.’ Her cold eyes finally regained its warmth when she mentioned Shen Yan.
‘What about Yang Xi? Is she not a victim as well?’ Lily really could not think of any reason that said otherwise.
Mingyan almost laughed. ‘Victim? Even when Lu Feng’s closeness to Mingyan is a pretense of familial love, she couldn’t let go of the fact that Mingyan is a cousin, not a sister.’
Lily was startled. ‘Did something happened?’ Did she overlook something in Mingyan’s fate and memories?
Actually, when Mingyan first looked at the original soul’s fate and memories, she had not seen anything wrong. But there was a part in the memories that had been blurred and had finally been cleared only when she fully integrated with the original soul’s character.
Yang Xi’s eyes, whenever she met with the original Mingyan, would turn cold and was slightly hostile. There was unconcealed jealousy that made the original Mingyan feel uncomfortable. But Mingyan, who was a coward to a fault, didn’t do anything about it and worst, even told herself to forget about it.
Mingyan could only sigh helplessly.
While this split-second conversation was happening in Mingyan’s head, a third world war was about to happen in the lobby.
Chen Rui and Yang Xi were standing across each other, looking at each other as if they were about to commit murder in daylight. Especially Yang Xi whose engagement had been broken right after the incident.
She was going crazy trying to come up with ideas to get back with Lu Feng. Her parents had warned her to stop whatever she was trying to do because their companies were getting destroyed one by one until only two remained. But Yang Xi believed that Lu Feng still had feelings for her because he didn’t even make her go to jail. She did not realize that her family was no longer a part of the higher society since they now only have two companies barely standing. Greed had long blinded her.
Chen Rui also it had it rough. For some reason her songs where being rejected no matter what she did. She tried to ask Lu Feng for help, but she couldn’t even contact him because he blocked her number. Blocked! She didn’t understand what happened for him to change overnight. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?! Now that Yang Xi is no longer his fiance, he should be publicly expressing his love to her, kneeling on the ground and proposing for marriage. Yet, she was blocked!
Chen Rui originally didn’t want to waste her time getting on a cat fight with Yang Xi because Lu Feng’s cold treatment was a more important issue. But Yang Xi had started it, and she had not had someone to vent her repressed anger. She was planning to make Yang Xi lose all her face.
Her face paled and she shivered. She looked like a terrified animal. “S- sister Yang Xi-“
“Who’s your sister!!” Yang Xi immediately rebutted.
Cheng Rui’s eyes reddened but she didn’t cry. The crowd watching felt pity at this docile-looking girl and frowned at Yang Xi’s outburst. It would have been fine if she cried, but not crying and holding it in instead had made the bystanders’ hearts ache.
Yang Xi noticed the crowd’s gaze but she didn’t care. “You slut! Because of you my engagement is gone!! You took away my future! Are you happy?!” If Chen Rui could make the crowd pity her because of her tears, then Yang Xi could do the same. She looked aggrieved like a wife confronting a scheming mistress.
The onlookers gasped in surprise. What? What is this live action confrontation that seemed straight out of a drama?? So this girl was the mistress while that girl is the wife? No wait, that’s not right. The battle is between the fiance and the lover! Some of the people in the crowd had stopped what they were doing and crossed their arms to watch the good show. A few had even secretly taken out their phones and started recording. And the two girls being recorded did not noticed.
Chen Rui paled. “S-Sister Yang Xi, he said he didn’t love me.” The ‘he’ of course was Lu Feng. Suddenly, the ball was tossed back to Yang Xi.
Oooh! So this was the case of the previous lovers breaking up because of an arranged marriage? The crowd nodded their heads in understanding, then their pity for Chen Rui rose up again. Ayst! This is the problem with prestigious families!
Yang Xi had taken the ball for being a villain again and almost exploded. But she held it in. “Then explain to me why I found your clothes in his closet!”
Chen Rui was struck dumb. This is blatant lying!! Her already red eyes deepened but not because of sadness but because of anger. How shameless! Lying in broad daylight and even in front of so many people!
“How is that possible! How do you even know it was mine?!” Chen Rui could feel the disgust in the crowd’s eyes.
Yang Xi’s face twisted with disgust. “Your panty had a name on it. How else would I know?”
Mingyan who was drinking water as she watched the spectacle spurted it out. What?!
Now everybody was struck dumb. So this battle was really about the fiance versus the mistress?! The females in the crowd were more scary than the males. They stared at Chen Rui with piercing gazes. Nobody wanted to find an unknown panty in their boyfriend’s closet, what’s more if it was their fiances! No matter if it was an arranged marriage, this was still simply frowned upon by the society.
Chen Rui’s face went ghastly pale as she finally remembered some truth to what she said. Yes, Yang Xi wasn’t lying. There was a part in her memory that said she had stayed in Lu Feng’s house after getting drenched in the rain. It was the typical saving a damsel in distress! But the damsel was actually a fox, scheming her way to Lu Feng’s bed! She remembered that the clothes Lu Feng had given her were all brand new. She had also wanted to stay the day after that but Lu Feng drove her away. Are you telling me that I forgot my clothes?!! She couldn’t believe she made one such simple mistake.
Seeing that Chen Rui had gotten silent and paler each second, the crowd bursted in disbelief. So it’s true?! Wow, how shameless! Is her face even real?
Yang Xi found that she hit the nail in the head and pride crept to her heart. But it was soon filled with hate as she bore holes on Chen Rui’s body. She wasn’t even allowed in Lu Feng’s room and she had already done it with him?? She was jealous. Incredibly jealous.
Mingyan had her glass of water on her lips as she timidly glanced in the girls’ direction from time to time. She had no choice, because Mingyan isn’t really a gossiper she could only make herself seem as if she was contemplating whether she should confront her two ex friends. But since Mingyan didn’t have the courage, her thoughts about whether she should go there or not lasted for eternity.
This was what Shen Yan arrived to. Mingyan gazed back and forth to the crowd and then to her glasses. Her lips thinned and her back was straight. She seemed cautious and nervous. Shen Yan couldn’t take this scene. He immediately went to pull her up into his embrace, softly patting her hair. “What’s wrong?”
Mingyan was suddenly enveloped in a warm hug. When she looked up, she found that it was Shen Yan. And her previous tense shoulders relaxed. She shook her head and hugged back. She no longer had the interest to go since her Yan gege was already here.
Shen Yan’s heart skipped a beat. Un, this feeling is not bad. His eyes narrowed as he continued to pat Mingyan’s head.
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