Chapter 33: Selling Off Her Daughter: The Cousin’s Confession
Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
“Jiuge, it is pointless to put yourself out trying to blame me: Xing Hua has already confessed.” The corner of Su Yufeng’s eyes revealed the slightest hint of triumph as she turned and bowed to Ye Yuxuan saying, “Old Master, if you do not believe me, you can ask Xing Hua.”
Ye Yuxuan glared at Xing Hua and demanded angrily, “Tell me what is going on.”
Xing Hua blinked her brass bell-like eyes and said with a little injury, “Old Master, I do not know what is going on either. I…I only saw a belt similar to the one the man is wearing on the table of Fifth Concubine’s interior room.”
Xing Hua might have been honest, but she was no fool. She was careful not to say that the adulterer’s belt was beyond a doubt the same one she had seen in Fifth Concubine’s room.
Nevertheless, Ye Yuxuan flew into a rage after listening to her, and his eyes, which were looking at Fifth Concubine, turned bloodshot. He wanted nothing more than to kick her to death.
“Old Master, Fifth Concubine has committed such a disgraceful act that I lack the self-respect to plead on her behalf.” Su Yufeng sighed and looked at Fifth Concubine as if she were dead.
“Father, Xing Hua did not say that the belt on the thief was without a doubt the one that she saw in Fifth Concubine’s room. Why don’t we wake up Fifth Concubine and hear her side of the story? You see that she has yet to show any signs of stirring, even though you have been here for some time. That doesn’t seem right!” Ye Jiuge urged, standing beside him.
In fact, when she had first stepped into the room, she had perceived that someone had knocked both Fifth Concubine and the adulterer unconscious. Needless to say, that someone was Ye Yu. Hence, she did not make a fuss about it.
Ye Yuxuan stepped forward, his face darkened, and he pinched the acupuncture points on Fifth Concubine’s philtrum. The adulterer did not have such good fortune: Ye Yuxuan kicked him in the stomach.
The adulterer’s body went flying toward the wall, and he vomited a mouthful of blood before regaining consciousness.
Ye Jiuge knew that no matter how things developed, the man would not walk away from the Ye Clan alive. For trying to frame a gentlewoman, he deserved to die.
Fifth Concubine woke up gently and looked dazedly at Su Yufeng and Ye Yuxuan, then said, “Madame, Old Master, Eldest Miss! Why are you here?”
“B*tch, see what you’ve done!” Ye Yuxuan stepped forward and slapped Fifth Concubine, forcing her head to one side.
Covering her face, Fifth Concubine lifted her gaze and saw her cousin, whom she had not contacted for many years, shrinking in the corner of her room with his mouth full of blood. Involuntarily, she shouted, “Chen Fuhan, what are you doing here?”
“B*tch!” Seeing that Fifth Concubine recognized the adulterer, Ye Yuxuan angrily raised his leg to kick her.
“Father, no!” Ye Jiuge immediately grabbed Fifth Concubine’s arm and dragged her backward so that she avoided Ye Yuxuan’s kick.
There was a loud sound. Pang!
Ye Yuxuan’s kick landed on the large, red wooden table and smashed it into pieces. If that leg had landed on Fifth Concubine, she would have been half-dead.
At last, Fifth Concubine understood that she was being framed. She lifted her head and stared at Su Yufeng with hatred as she gritted her teeth and shouted, “You are trying to hurt me!”
Their harmonious relationship had been nothing but a lie.
“Hmph, what a joke. Did I use a knife to force you and your cousin into a tryst?” Su Yufeng jeered.
“Chen Fuhan may be my cousin, but he is a heartless thug who seized my parents’ property after they died and wanted to sell me to a brothel. I hate that I am unable to kill him, so why would I have an affair with him?”
Fifth Concubine knelt on the floor and cried out to Ye Yuxuan, “Old Master, if you do not believe me, investigate the matter further. My aunt and uncle are maddened to death by this beast!”
Her aunt and uncle had sought help to sell her into the Ye Clan. Otherwise, if she had remained at home, Chen Fuhan would have sold her to a brothel.
After listening to Fifth Concubine, the furrows between Ye Yuxuan’s eyes deepened, and his facial expression became uncertain.
Nobody would be cuckolded willingly, and Fifth Concubine had always known her place: could there be more to this situation than met the eye?
Seeing this, Su Yufeng hurriedly said, “Old Master, you are being coaxed by Fifth Concubine. I already inquired about this matter and learned that this Chen Fuhan had an excellent relationship with Fifth Concubine before he started gambling. Although their relationship became a little strained, Fifth Concubine still thinks of him constantly and even helped him settle his gambling debts secretly. If you don’t believe me, ask him.”
Before Ye Yuxuan could ask anything, Chen Fuhan was already yelling at Fifth Concubine: “Cousin, I know you hate me, but I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Didn’t we promise to elope after selling Ye Ruyi?”
“What? If you sell my daughter, I will kill you!” Ye Ruyi had become Ye Yuxuan’s treasure. Hearing that Chen Fuhan had designs on his daughter, Ye Yuxuan angrily lifted his leg and gave a kick towards Chen Fuhan’s heart.
Chen Fuhan hugged his head and withdrew his legs, curling himself up into a ball. It seemed like he was overly familiar with being beaten.
Ye Yuxuan’s leg landed on Chen Fuhan’s calf, which was tucked in.
Crack! The kick broke the calf.
Chen Fuhan yelped as he broke out in a cold sweat from the pain.
Ye Yuxuan wanted to continue the beating, but Su Yufeng stopped him. “Old Master, this adulterer can be dealt with at any time. We should check on Fourth Miss and make sure that they have not sold her already.”
After she heard Su Yufeng’s words, Fifth Concubine ran like a mad tiger towards Ye Ruyi’s residence.
Ye Jiuge hurriedly brought her servants and followed behind. When they approached the entrance to Ye Ruyi’s residence, they saw the maidservants sprawled across the ground.
The door to the residence was open, and the interior was a mess as if ransacked by a thief. Ye Ruyi was gone.
“Ruyi, Ruyi!” Fifth Concubine gave a heart-wrenching cry as she circled like a headless fly having lost two of her three souls.
“Qing Mama, search the residence inside out!” Ye Jiuge instructed, frowning.
Qing Mama led Zhen Zhu, Qing Hu, and Qing Liu as they quickly searched the house, but they could not even find Ye Ruyi’s shadow.
By then, word had reached Ye Yuxuan. When he heard that Ye Ruyi was missing, a layer of blood rose to his eyes from anger, and the look in his eyes was cold as a knife as he glared at Fifth Concubine.
Not only had Fifth Concubine committed adultery, but she had also sold his most talented daughter. If he did not slaughter the b*tch today, he would change his surname.
Fearing that Ye Yuxuan would kill Fifth Concubine on the spot, Ye Jiuge changed the subject and said, “Father, the urgent task now is to interrogate Chen Fuhan and see where he has taken Fourth Sister.”
“Bring the adulterer to me,” Ye Yuxuan’s chest heaved as he spoke each word.
“Gan Mama, hurry up and go!” Su Yufeng instructed Gan Mama, who had arrived after her.
“Yes, yes, yes. I will go immediately!” Gan Mama turned and ran towards Fifth Concubine’s residence.
A moment later, there was a piercing scream.