To protect Jiang Lingyun, Bai Zhexuan spent a lot of money buying out important leaders of opinion online. He came up with a new storyline and paid for trolls to post in forums to clear the air about the photos. That the photos were processed, and there was actually another person present. That the situation was not what the news had made it out to be. Grand Entertainment's distinguished lawyer even issued an official statement saying that pursuing the rumor-monger was a legal matter.
Additionally, they hinted that the underlying reason was that Yan Wen was jealous and was destroying Jiang Lingyun's image on purpose.
His actions to clear Jiang Lingyun's name were effective. Yan Wen became a sacrificial lamb pushed off the cliff. In his zealousness to protect Jiang Lingyun, he never considered Yan Wen's reputation.
Xia was furious when she saw the news. "Is he even a man? No, is he even human?"
Yan Wen sighed. "Xia, don't get angry."
"How can I not get angry? With the amount you've done for Grand Entertainment and the amount of money you've earned for him, he should be eternally grateful to you. He let you down and put you aside for another woman. I can't stand it."
Xia would have stormed out to look for Bai Zhexuan but Yan Wen held her back.
She was about to persuade Xia when Qin Yu, Jiang Sui-an's assistant, walked over. "Madam, Mr. Jiang is expecting you."
"Madam? Are you mistaken?" Xia watched Yan Wen nod to him, and her eyes bulged in surprise. "Yan Wen, you… No wonder I thought you've been acting strangely. Are you seeing someone without telling me?"
Why would anyone support a former best actress who was two-years retired from the industry, unless she had offered up her most precious possession.
"Xia, don't overthink. I'll tell you about it on the way," Yan Wen said as she led the way outside.
Xia jogged after her. "You've always been good. You can't go make bad decisions just to get back at Jiang Lingyun. You're still young with a long way to go!"
Eyes bright, Yan Wen laughed. "Xia, I won't betray myself. You'll see whom I'm seeing."
Xia continued to work for Yan Wen because she trusted her. Now, looking at Yan Wen, she felt doubtful and emotional. When she saw the fancy car sent to pick Yan Wen up, she scoffed.
"Which rich old man is it!" As Yan Wen's manager, she had seen a lot these years. There were not many of these cars in the city.
Luxurious, reliable but not flashy.
Her mind flashed through the candidates, but it did not seem right, so she pulled on Yan Wen's arm. "What stage have you reached? Why did he call you Madam?"
Yan Wen smiled. Xia's reaction had taken a while.
"Xia, I didn't tell you but I'm actually married." She suddenly thought of how nice he was to her and unconsciously smiled.
"...Yan Wen. Your joke's not funny."
Xia was shocked and speechless, staring at her with a slight frown.
But Yan Wen did not continue explaining. Instead, she waited for Xia to accept her words as truth. She did not want to keep her marriage to Jiang Sui-an a secret forever. Xia was a confidant and she had long wanted to tell her.
"No, no, no, Yan Wen. Listen to me, you can't destroy yourself for those two. There has to be another way!" From Xia's point of view, Yan Wen must have put herself at a disadvantage to gain this person's support.
The driver and Qin Yu were silent throughout the journey. They never thought that their President Jiang was already imagined to be an unsavory character.
When the car stopped outside the most luxurious hotel in the city, Xia pursed her lips. "Who is it?"
Yan Wen whispered Jiang Sui-an's name into her ear.
"Rubbish, is it someone with the same name?" Xia turned around as Yan Wen walked up the steps. The man who met her there had sharp eyes and an aquiline nose; his features were like a well-carved statue combined with the aura of a god.
"Is this really…Dahua Entertainment's president? Jiang Sui-an?” Xia covered her mouth in shock.
Jiang Sui-anreached out his hand to hold Yan Wen. He wore an Italian suit, and made a striking figure on the steps. And when he looked at Yan Wen, his cold eyes were full of warmth.
"Sui-an, as I mentioned, my manager Xia." Yan Wen leaned into him, smiling.
Yan Wen's beautiful face glowed with happiness. She had shared Jiang Sui-an's identity with Xia because she trusted her and wanted to share this happiness with her.
"Oh! Yes, I'm Yan Wen's manager…" Xia did not know what else to say besides that.
She had thought he was a rich old man, but in fact he was Dahua Entertainment's president!
He was young and successful, efficient at his job, and was the dream husband of a lots of young ladies in the industry.
Xia was extremely grateful to the higher powers that Yan Wen had found a blessing in her misfortune.
"The table is booked and Qin Yu will bring you there. I've got a last-minute meeting so I'll see you at home tonight." Jiang Sui-an dropped a gentlemanly kiss on Yan Wen's forehead. He came down the steps and said to Xia, "Nice to meet you. I have to run but I'll arrange another meeting. Thank you for the help and care that you have given Yan Wen."
"Don't mention it, President Jiang!" Xia laughed as she ran over to Yan Wen, pulling excitedly on her arm. "Quick, pinch me! I want to know if this is a dream."
Yan Wen tried to shake her off but eventually pinched her lightly.
"Woah! This is such a ride. I could have never imagined that it was Jiang Sui-an. Thank God that you found such a handsome and rich man while escaping from Bai Zhexuan's evil clutches. This is a great marriage!"
Xia might have been speaking too soon but she was really happy for Yan Wen.
The table Jiang Sui-an had specially arranged was naturally perfect.
"That's it?" Xia blinked as Yan Wen finished speaking about their marriage process. "I didn't think Jiang Sui-an was so low-profile."
"It was my request not to publicly announce our marriage. I want to stage a comeback based on my own hard work. It's the only way I can prove myself," Yan Wen said seriously. Her expression was full of confidence. "I don't want to get back up there by being Mrs. Jiang. I did it three years ago, I can do it again now!"
"If you want to work with other artistes, I'll nullify your contract with Bai Zhexuan and find a better opportunity for you."
"I will never leave you!" Xia put down her chopsticks. She had already made the decision to follow Yan Wen and she would not abandon her at her worst moment.
"But, Bai Zhexuan's latest move is really posing a threat to you. What will we do next?"
Xia was very familiar with the direction that this could go. Knowing Jiang Lingyun's personality, she would insist that Bai Zhexuan come down hard on Yan Wen.
"I'll take all the agony I've endured these years and return it all to them!" Yan Wen took a sip of her drink indifferently.