Chapter 535: Untitled
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
Wen Xinya stared at the hysterical Ning Shuqian in shock, which she took a while to recover from. “Aunt Ning, I don’t intend to harm you or anything. It’s just, you asked me for some herbal recipes previously and I was afraid that something might go wrong, so I didn’t agree to it. I was afraid that you might mistake me for being uncaring and unwilling to share the recipes. Hence, I suggested that Du Ruo come and take your pulse. But since you don’t agree, let’s just forget about this.”
Wen Xinya hung her head low while placing her trembling hands on her knees and pretended to be extremely aggrieved about being wrongly accused. Ning Shuqian had always been the one who pretended to be innocent while Xia Ruya often pretended to be weak and fragile in front of Old Mr. and Mrs. Wen. It was now time for Wen Xinya to start pretending instead.
Wen Xinya’s words made Xia Ruya panic and she instinctively looked at Old Mr. Wen with a look of dejection on her face.
Old Mr. Wen’s forehead creased into a frown. Ning Shuqian was the one who asked Xinya for the herbal recipes and yet, she refused to accept Xinya’s suggestion to let Du Ruo take her pulse. Now that Xinya has informed me about it, she probably wants to let me know her stand. Once I intervene, I can get rid of the suspicions of Ning Shuqian and that Xinya has been sparing a thought for Ning Shuqian and taking the interests of the Wen Family’s flesh and blood into consideration.
But why did Ning Shuqian refuse?
Just why did this happen?
Xia Ruya had grown up beside Old Mr. Wen, who had taught her and given her guidance ever since she was young. Hence, she knew Old Mr. Wen well. Noticing the sullen expression on his face, she guessed that he must have been thinking about something and had already raised suspicions about Ning Shuqian.
She looked at Wen Xinya in a bid to see her expression. To her surprise, she exchanged glances with Wen Xinya, whose eyes were bright and menacing like burning flames…
Wen Xinya slowly looked away, appearing extremely aggrieved. At last, she turned extremely pale and said, “Grandpa, I didn’t consider this properly and took things into my own hands. Let’s just forget about this then.”
“You were just doing it out of goodwill, but in that case, let’s forget it.” Old Mr. Wen conceded. Although he wanted Du Ruo to come over and take Ning Shuqian’s pulse, he felt that Wen Xinya would also be affected if something were to happen after he went against Ning Shuqian’s wishes.
Besides, Ning Shuqian had acted out of the ordinary and felt that it would be better to make plans after checking up on things.
He could not help but be reminded of the two times that he tried to get the family’s physician to check on Ning Shuqian’s condition after she suffered the two stomachaches ever since she returned to the Wen Family home. Back then, she was extremely against it and insisted on going to the hospital instead. He had previously thought that she merely did not trust the family physician.
However, she was still as repulsed by the idea of letting Du Ruo take her pulse, hence causing him to find that the matter was not as simple as it seemed.
Xia Ruya casually caught a glimpse of the look in Old Mr. Wen’s eyes and was suddenly overwhelmed with fear. She hurriedly tried to comfort Ning Shuqian softly. “Aunt Ning, don’t cry. Crying does a lot of damage to the eyes. I know your child matters a lot to you. If you don’t wish to let Old Mr. Du’s granddaughter take your pulse, why don’t I get Master Luo to do it instead? He may not be as reputable as Old Mr. Du, but he’s very well known in the Traditional Chinese Medicine industry as well. He’s not inferior to Miss Du.”
She wanted to get rid of the suspicions that Old Mr. Wen had towards Ning Shuqian. Although she was eliminating the possibility of letting anyone associated with Wen Xinya to take Ning Shuqian’s pulse, she did not eliminate the option of getting a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner to treat Ning Shuqian.
Ning Shuqian looked up with tears in her eyes and said, “Ruya, can you really get Master Luo to take my pulse?”
Ning Shuqian instantly guessed Xia Ruya’s intentions and hence, adhered to it gladly.
With a tender smile on her face, Xia Ruya nodded and answered, “That goes without saying. I may not be close to Master Luo, but my friend is. I’ll seek her help in requesting him to give us a hand. Master Luo will definitely agree to it.”
Ning Shuqian smiled before frowning again quickly. “Ruya, if you request your friend to help us, we’d be owing her a favor. In this circle, monetary debts are easy to return but favors aren’t! It’s going to be a knotty liaison.”
Xia Ruya looked at her earnestly and said, “I did have such considerations before and hence, I’ve never done it. However, nothing is more important than your health and your child, Aunt Ning.”
Ning Shuqian grabbed her hand agitatedly and thanked her. “Ruya, thank you so much! With Master Luo’s help, I’m sure I’ll deliver safely.”
She then looked down and caressed her belly while smiling sweetly.
Extremely grateful towards Wen Haowen, Xia Ruya said, “Ruya, thank you so much this time. If you ever need help in the future, feel free to ask me for it. I’ll definitely help you so long as it’s within my means to.”
Xia Ruya hurriedly said, “Uncle Wen, please don’t say that. Aunt Ning has always treated me like her own. It is only right for me to do so.”
Old Mrs. Wen stared at Xia Ruya in satisfaction and said smilingly, “Ruya is really kind.”
Xia Ruya blushed shyly and looked down, unsure of what she should say.
Old Mr. Wen frowned and said after a long while, “Ruya, we’ll have to trouble you to spend some effort on this. As for the favor owed, we’ll do what we can to return it.”
Master Luo Le was well known in the Traditional Chinese Medicine world. Although he was inferior to Old Mr. Du, he was far superior to Du Ruo in terms of knowledge, insights, experience, and skills. Experience comes with age and Du Ruo was… simply too young.
It seems that Ning Shuqian has her guard high up against Xinya, but it’s better to be careful.
“Grandpa Wen, please don’t say that. I just hope that Aunt Ning will be able to give birth safely,” said Xia Ruya. Old Mr. Wen’s words simply meant that he had dropped his suspicions against Ning Shuqian. So long as they made the necessary arrangements, the plan would go on seamlessly and Old Mr. Wen would be convinced.
Wen Xinya had long guessed Xia Ruya’s intentions and was well aware that she was planning to use Luo Le to convince Old Mr. Wen not to suspect Ning Shuqian. She had also helped herself build an image and reputation of being kind.
I’ve belittled Xia Ruya.
However… it’s good that suspicions are hard to get rid of. Once Grandpa begins to suspect Ning Shuqian, it’d be easier for me to deal with her.