Chapter 166: Conspiracy
Translator: Henyee Translations Editor: Henyee Translations
Shangguan Ning laughed at Jing Yichen’s bold proclamation. How could he be so shameless in front of Old Du?
She sat down with a plate of cherries, refusing to make eye contact with Jing Yichen.
Jing Yichen knew that Shangguan Ning was shy, so he smiled and sat down next to Shangguan Ning, and propped her on his lap. “Feed me the cherries”, he said.
Shangguan Ning rolled her eyes at him, and said proudly, “You shall have none of these. These are mine and I refuse to share them.”
Jing Yichen came up with a smart comeback and said in a flirty tone, “Doesn’t matter. I want none of those that are your plate. Just this one will do!”
He stared into her eyes and rubbed Shangguan Ning’s moist lips, with the back of his fingers, seductively.
Shangguan Ning, who had just managed to get over her shyness, blushed again. Pretending to scold him, she said, “Have some shame! Hurry up and get some food. It’s going to be cold soon.”
Jing Yichen loved how easily she turned coy. That made him want to trouble her some more. He could do this all day.
He had never seen a girl who could was so bashful and would blush so easily.
Jing Yichen put his forehead against hers and whispered, “Ning, it is so good to have you. You are the best thing to have happened to me.”
Hearing his words, Shangguan Ning didn’t shy away from the praise. She went ahead and praised herself further,” Of course, I am such an excellent wife. You are lucky to have me.”
Jing Yichen couldn’t help but grin. He felt reluctant to let her go, so he sat next to her and they ate dinner together.
Seeing Shangguan Ning in such a jovial mood, Jing Yichen didn’t want to bring up the topic of Shangguan Rouxue and spoil the mood.
It was not until late that night when they both lay down in bed and Jing Yichen held her in his arms, did he whisper to her, “Ning, I found the person who gave Guo Shuai the order.”
Shangguan Ning shivered. Her body stiffened and she asked with bated breath, “Who was it?”
Jing Yichen could feel her anger and the change in her stance. He held her tightly and ran his fingers on her bare back, as he said softly, “It was Shangguan Rouxue. I found the audio recording of her giving the order to Black Wind.”
Jing Yichen vividly remembered all the details. He wasn’t so sure about his own feelings at that time, but he still couldn’t tolerate someone touching her.
The fury he felt, engulfed his rationality, making him realize that he was going to destroy anyone who hurt her.
Guo Shuai was still in the prison, putting up with the torture and wishing that he were dead.
Sometimes living like this was even worse than being dead!
Shangguan Rouxue, the main culprit, would receive a lesson that would everything else seem like a cakewalk. Her lesson would be worse than Guo Shuai’s.
Shangguan Ning held on to Jing Yichen tightly. Teeth clenched, she said spitefully, “It was her? How could she be so cruel? I have never done anything to harm her, but she keeps hatching all these evil plans to harm me.”
She had guessed that it could have been Shangguan Rouxue who had made the deal with Guo Shai, because no one else could hate her that much. Shangguan Ning had assumed that even though Shangguan Rouxue was vicious, her games were limited to embarrassing Ning. Ning had no idea that Rouxue would go to the extent of getting in touch with a person asking him to ruin Ning completely.
Shangguan Rouxue had been devious beyond Ning’s imagination. Ning had never harmed Shangguan Rouxue. In fact, Shangguan Rouxue owed Ning a lot for all the privileges in her life, but it was obvious that Shangguan Rouxue had conveniently overlooked all that.
Instead, she kept coming up with horrible tricks to set up Ning.
Seeing that she was still looking worried, Jing Yichen kissed her forehead and comforted her by saying, “Baby, all that is in the past. No one is going to hurt you again. Anyone who dares to do that will pay for it. I promise.”
Shangguan Ning kissed him back and felt slightly calmer. She regained her composure and said, “I am not a martyr, that I will allow these people to walk over me like that. I refuse to sit back and watch. I will avenge myself and I have nothing to worry about as long as I have you by my side.”
Jing Yichen thought that this was his biggest achievement in life, that he had become someone Shangguan Ning could rely on.
Earlier, he focussed on getting bigger, better and stronger because he wanted his father’s approval. He wanted Grandma Mo to love him. He wanted to beat Jing Yiran. The reasons were various, but right now, none of that mattered.
Right now, he wanted to be strong because he wanted to make the woman in his arms, live a happier and a more stable life. That’s the least he could do for her.
“I will always stand beside you, and you don’t need to be worried about anything at all. You can do anything you want, and no matter how much trouble you make, there will be no one who can dare to do anything to you. I am strong enough to spoil my woman and handle it.”
He sounded proud and powerful, yet gentle and pampering. He made Shangguan Ning feel so happy that she wanted to shed tears of joy.
She even thought that she would be able to get over Guo Shuai’s humiliation of her. It didn’t matter when she had Jing Yichen with her.
When she was in trouble, he had sent the helicopter to the school, for her sake. As a result, the story was in all the local newspapers, the following day. Rich man tries to amuse beautiful girl by sending a luxurious helicopter to pick her up – the paper had read.
At that time, she was lying in his bed wearing his pyjamas, lying in his arms in a state of coma.
Jing Yichen also thought of those days.
He didn’t try to hide his affection. Instead, he massaged Shangguan Ning’s back and said softly, “At that time, I wanted to ask you to become my wife, but I thought that this idea might sound a bit ridiculous to you, so I didn’t dare to ask you anything, fearing that I would have scared you.”
Shangguan Ning smiled. She continued to hold him and whispered. “I would’ve thought that getting married to you was a ridiculous idea. I’m glad you didn’t suggest it. If you had mentioned it then, I would’ve have run away in fright.”
The couple reminisced about the memory of their first meeting, while they lay in each other’s arms, on this quiet night. Their heartstrings were pulled, causing ripples inside.
The happiest part about being a couple in love, was to think about the past and realize that they had always been in love with each other and even their first meeting had been unknowingly etched onto their hearts, to be cherished eternally.
Jing Yiran did leave the hospital on his back rather than on his feet, in accordance to what Mu Qing had promised.
Before he left the hospital, Shangguan Rouxue found an opportunity to meet him.
Shangguan Rouxue was a woman with umpteen schemes up her sleeve. She was cold hearted and rarely did any good. More importantly, she had many a score to settle with Ning. Anyone or anything that harmed Shangguan Ning, would directly affect Jing Yichen. If something affected Jing Yichen adversely, it automatically piqued Jing Yiran’s interest.
Jing Yiran had broken a rib or two. He had to lie in the hospital bed and had restricted movement. He was unable to do most things, leave alone being able to make moves on a woman. That was exactly why Shangguan Rouxue got to meet him, without hinderance.
Otherwise, Grandma Mo would not have even allowed a female fly to get into her grandson’s ward.
“I want to collaborate with you. Are you interested?” Shangguan Rouxue was slightly surprised to see Jing Yiran in this condition. She wondered how he hurt himself so badly. She was smart enough not to ask anything, though. She just got to the point directly.
She already knew that a man like Jing Yiran was capable of anything, if instigated, so she thought it would be best if she stuck to her agenda and did not ask him prying questions.