“The phoenix of blessings brings you a pair of golden combs”
“The bird of fortune delivers a pair of hairpins.”
“The beast of prosperity brings you a jade abacus.”
“The dragon of goodness brings you a pair of gold bracelet.”
“The birds of peace deliver you a pair of golden bowls.”
When the Su family was hearing the gift list, they simply looked at each other stupidly.
Was that a birthday present? It was more than enough even for a dowry!!
“Cash, eight million eight hundred and eighty-eight thousand.”
The jaws of the Su family members almost dropped to the floor.
When the deck of cash was displayed in front of them, the entire hall was pin drop silence. Only the gasps of heavy breathings were heard.
Eight million eight hundred and eighty-eight thousand? That was an astronomical figure for a second-tier family like the Su.
The old Madam pushed herself up with her walking stick and walked slowly towards the guest. The woman was just elated as she spoke, “May I ask who do you represent? Do you perhaps have an eye of any daughters of our Su family?”
The moment the young ladies of the family heard that, they blushed. Although they didn’t know who the other party was, just a shocking amount of dowry showed that the person must be of the most prominent background. It was just their dream to get married into a family like that.
Su Yimo’s face was paper pale. She was the only married youngster in the Su family. In another word, she was the only person without any chance.
“I am merely in charge to deliver the present and I do not know anything else.” The person that delivered the gift left without a word, just like how he suddenly came. The man did not give them any information.
As everyone from the Su family looked at the blinding treasures and the piling cash, they were almost drooling. If any of their daughters were to get their favor, they would instantly change the fate of the family. Even the entire Su family needed to rely on them.
“That must be me, I am the prettiest girl in the Su family!” At that time, a young lady with a very curvaceous body said.
“Hohoho, why are you so hasty? We don’t know who it is meant for, please at least try to act modest!”
“Exactly, all of us have equal chance, why are you so confident that it is you? I think this wealthy man simply wants to be mysterious. Maybe I am the one he favored!”
The few youngsters started to argue and showed enmity.
“Stop quarrelling. All of you have the chance but one. There is nothing she can do but watch.” When Su Ruijin said that, he purposely leered at Su Yimo.
Everyone knew who he was insinuating and they simply broke into a giggle.
“Haha, luckily we just lost a strong competitor!”
“Han Jingru, we must really thank you for this!”
“If it wasn’t for you, we might have a strong candidate over here!”
Han Jingru simply lowered his head and he had a grim expression. The man was actually burning inside. None of them knew who the Han family was. But he knew it all too well.
Was that a compensation?
It had been three years. Do I, Han Jingru need THAT?
“Stop fighting for it. I will save keep these things for now. Let’s wait until the person reveals himself and tells us who he favored and I will give all of this gifts to her.” Madam Su gave her conclusion and ended the disagreement.
After the lunch, Su Yimo’s family of three didn’t even wait for Han Jingru and they simply drove home themselves. The family had been humiliated because of him.
When Han Jingru married into his family, the man did not bring any dowry at all, not even gifts. When they saw the earlier episode, they were just simmering in jealousy.
When they got back home, Su Yimo locked herself in her own room.
The mother, Jiang Yan roared at Su Wenlun, “Take a look at them!! And now back at ourselves, how pathetic!”
“It is all because of you being useless and the old master let Han Jingru married into our family!!”
“I was simply blinded in my youth, thinking that I would have a good life after marrying into the Su family. But look at me!! I ended up with a piece of shit like you. The old master had never once thought to let you inherit the Su family!”
“Look at the others, each and every one of them staying in mansions or luxurious apartments. Yet I have to squeeze in this tiny space of apartment with no elevator in this poor neighborhood!”
“It sounded good to the ears that I am the daughter in law of the Su family, but they didn’t know I was stuck with a useless man like you and how much I have suffered!”
Su Wenlun lowered his head and didn’t dare to argue. The man was a hen-pecked husband and he was aware that he wasn’t the most competent husband. He didn’t dare to show any temper or attitude in front of Jiang Yan.
Jiang Yan’s overbearingness made Su Wenlun completely lost his self-esteem.
“I don’t care, get Yimo to divorce with this scum right now. I don’t care about your reputation of the Su family and I simply want to live a better life!”
Su Wenlun said diffidently, “Father gave me a very strict warning to never let them divorce. Moreover, everyone in the Yun city knows about it. If we were to let them divorce now, isn’t that making our family a joke?”
Jiang Yan started to throw a temper and broke into tears. The woman rolled on the floor with tears and snot and wailed, “Su Wenlun, you useless piece of shit. Why did I have to marry someone so worthless like you!? God knows if I have sinned in my past… Do you want to destroy our family for the sake of reputation? Do you want to ruin the future of Yimo? Our daughter was so busy at the construction site every day. Can’t you show compassion to her? She is a lady! Yet she needs to do something dirty and so tiring. All of your relatives simply shoved those work to her! Even if you don’t care about me, you should at least care for your own daughter!”
The Su family was in the construction line and it was just normal to spend long hours in the construction site. But the reason that all of those dirty and dangerous work were left to Su Yimo was because their family had the lowest position in the Su family.
Su Wenlun’s face was in anguish. He knew that he was the most incompetent child in the family and hence, his father forced Han Jingru on them. He knew that he had to bear that responsibility.
However, the man wouldn’t be able to make any decision in the divorce because the grandmother would rather let Su Yimo got stuck with Han Jingru for the rest of her life and she wouldn’t allow anything to drop the reputation of the Su family.
The marriage back then was already a joke. After three years, people were finally forgetting about it. If they were to divorce now, it would definitely make the family a laughingstock of everyone in the city again. The grandmother just wouldn’t permit something like this.
When Han Jingru walked to the doorstep and heard the wailings and cries from inside the house, he sat on the small flight of stairs and lit up a cigarette.
The rising smoke couldn’t bring away the coldness in his eyes.
After he was done with the cigarette, Han Jingru wanted to get inside the door. But at that moment, he heard the voice of Su Yimo from inside.
Su Yimo had been shutting herself in her room all these while and she got to the living room suddenly. When she saw the anguish and pain in her parents’ eyes, she said, “I will not divorce him.”
“Yimo, are you crazy? Do you really plan to spend the rest of your life with that miserable loser?” In Jiang Yan’s eyes, Su Yimo should be desperate for a divorce. But the daughter surprised them with a different opinion.
“I am not crazy. Although he couldn’t amount to anything, for the past three years, I have never heard even a word of complaint from him. He was the one that did all the dirtiest and lowest housework. Even if we were to get a dog, we would have feelings already. Moreover, a human being?”
“I do look down on him, but I do not hate him. This is grandpa’s decision. Even if I wanted to hate someone, I should hate grandpa.”
“And grandma wouldn’t allow our divorce. The reputation of the Su family is more important than anything for her.”
Han Jingru drew a deep breath and smiled. The man sat outside the door and nodded in approval. Right to this very day, he realized that he wasn’t such a filth in Su Yimo’s heart. At the very least, the woman had genuine feelings towards him.
Probably when hate goes to the extremes, it could create love.
“Yimo, sorry…” Su Wenlun muttered with a sigh.
Su Yimo shook her head stubbornly while her tears flowed down from the corner of her eyes, “I am fine.”
All these whiles, even Su Yimo felt that she would be divorcing Han Jingru. And just earlier, she personally told Han Jingru that they would be divorcing sooner or later.
But when the problem confronted her, she noticed that the useless sack of a man had slowly entered her heart during the past three years. They had never even held their hands, and even maintaining a strict distance in public.
But the man had slept under her bedside for all three years. She just couldn’t sweep that kind of relationship away.
“I blame myself. How could I ever develop any feelings towards him…” Su Yimo bit her lips and mumbled bitterly.
At that time, Han Jingru opened the door and walked into the living room. When he saw his wife breaking into tears, he raised his hand to wipe off her tears.
“Han Jingru, you said only I can change you.”
“I do not want to get belittled or mocked anymore. I want to make everyone who insults me regret.”
The man gave just a word in return and turned around to leave.