Shang Qing let out a sigh of relief. She removed the thumb ring from her hand and placed it on the table.
This thumb ring signified that she was the next mistress of the Feng family, and had rights to 20% of the family assets. This ring was coveted by countless women, but yet when Shang Qing removed it, she felt much lighter.
“Thank you, Auntie.”
Li Wanying couldn’t bear to part with her – Qingqing was so obedient and so mature, it hurt her to watch Qingqing suffer. She couldn’t help but blurt out, “Even without this engagement, you must come and visit me often…”
Suddenly she had an idea!
“Or how about I adopt you as my goddaughter?”
Shang Qing wanted to reject her at first, but once she thought about how she would benefit from being a goddaughter of the Feng family, she hesitated. After all, given her current situation, she would need some assistance.
So she did not immediately reject, instead saying with a smile, “This is no small matter. Why don’t you decide after discussing with Uncle Feng?”
Then she stuck her tongue out and said playfully, “If I really become your daughter, I might embarrass the Fengs though.”
Li Wanying quickly promised her, “There’s no problem at all! You’re my daughter, how could you be an embarrassment?”
The more she thought about it, the more she felt that this would work out. Her husband did not really approve of Qingqing being his daughter-in-law, but Qingqing had come to call off the engagement of her own accord today. So if she were to adopt Qingqing as her goddaughter, her husband wouldn’t say anything anymore!
Shang Qing smiled and prepared to leave as she had to attend to more things after this, but Li Wanying couldn’t bear the thought of her going back and insisted that she stay and have lunch.
Shang Qing thought, Feng Kaize hates sitting at the same table with me, so he’s definitely not coming down to eat, and agreed to stay.
They chatted for a while more, and Li Wanying nagged her about many things before finally adjourning to the dining hall.
The Fengs were extremely wealthy, nobody could deny this.
This old mansion stood on more than two thousand square miles of land, and even simple things like serving trays exuded luxury.
There were many who thought that Shang Qing was merely after the family wealth, so even though the young master didn’t like her, she held onto this engagement. Perhaps only a small handful of people knew that she genuinely liked Feng Kaize for who he was.
Even though she looked down on herself and was bullied by many other young ladies, but there was nothing she could do – she really, really liked him. Perhaps liking him had even drained her lifetime’s worth of courage and strength from the weak personality she had, but unfortunately, feelings cannot be forced.
After half the dishes were served, Li Wanying called a servant over. “Call Young Master to come down and eat.”
Shang Qing stopped her, “Auntie, is it ok if it’s just both of us for lunch today?”
Her eyes pleaded with Li Wanying, “It’s been a long time since I had a good chat with you.”
The loneliness in her eyes made Li Wanying’s heart ache for her. She’s such a good girl, she thought. This silly son of mine simply says he doesn’t like her, only heaven knows what sort of woman he wants!
“Alright then…” She sighed and then told the servant, “Since Young Master is busy, bring the food up to him.”
After giving instructions, she continued chatting with Shang Qing.
They started talking about Shang Qing’s late mother, and Shang Qing listened with a smile on her face, and Li Wanying finally realized the difference about Shang Qing. She was still that gentle and well-mannered girl, but the timid and shy part was gone, as if she had grown up overnight. Li Wanying figured the two men last night must have really given her a terrible scare, and she was determined to make sure those two were properly dealt with!
Just when both of them were talking happily with one another, Feng Kaize unexpectedly appeared at the table.
Shang Qing’s smile froze slightly, and even though it was not obvious in her expression, she was definitely gripping the fork and knife harder.
She was still unable to face him calmly – he was her reason to live in her previous life, and also the love of her life that was never reciprocated.
Feng Kaize noticed that Shang Qing had become nervous, and he smiled a little, exuding confidence.
Today he wore a dark blue shirt and left two buttons undone, revealing his perfect collarbones and the outline of his muscles.
As he walked over, his straight and strong long legs were very eye-catching, and it was hard to see him and contain oneself.
There was somebody who said Feng Kaize was like a diamond, giving off unlimited amounts of heat and brightness.
Shang Qing suddenly laughed and relaxed – she knew his heart was as hard as a diamond. Once he had made up his mind on what sort of person you were, his judgement wouldn’t change. If he hated you, he would hate you forever.
Li Wanying was shocked that her son came out voluntarily. He had never wanted to come out whenever Qingqing was around.
Anyhow, she still hoped that the two of them could get along – if they really became godbrother and godsister, surely they could not continue this cold war forever?
Feng Kaize threw a glance at Shang Qing but didn’t say anything, seating himself down as if he were here just to eat.
Li Wanying realized that as long as she remained at the table, the two wouldn’t talk to one another, so she made a big show of saying loudly, “Oh dear! I’ve forgotten to move the red peace lilies I bought the other day! It rained so heavily last night, what if they’ve been drenched to death…”
She quickly called the two servants standing in the dining hall to help her with moving the plants, and then apologetically said to Shang Qing, “Qingqing, continue eating first, I’ll be right back!”
Shang Qing smiled awkwardly, how could the servants of this household ever allow these precious flowers to be drenched by the rain? Li Wanying’s excuse wasn’t the best, but her good intentions warmed Shang Qing’s heart.
If only she were Li Wanying’s daughter, but she had no such luck.
“Go ahead, Auntie.”
Li Wanying nodded, took one glance at her son and then left the room.
She had taken all the servants in the dining hall with her, so the large hall was left with only Feng Kaize and Shang Qing, and there was silence for a while. “Looks like you’ve changed your strategy, huh?”
Shang Qing didn’t even lift her head in response.
Feng Kaize lowered his eyes and drank the red wine that was in front of him, looking as if he had guessed it right.
“So you’ve come to call off the engagement, then use my mother’s guilt to make you a goddaughter of the Fengs?”
He secretly glanced at Shang Qing, his deep eyes sharp and alert.
“You’ve become quite clever now.”
Shang Qing continued eating in silence, ignoring everything he said.
Feng Kaize had never been treated so coldly in his life. He stopped smiling, and the anger he was suppressing began to boil.
“Trying to play hard to get again?”
At this, Shang Qing finally put down her fork and looked up at him.
Under the thick fringe, her black eyes sparkled like the stars – they were originally a pair of lonely looking eyes, but now there was an added element of mystery.
Feng Kaize frowned – he could feel that she was different now, but just couldn’t put his finger on it.
“Are you done talking?”
She got up and walked towards Feng Kaize. Feng Kaize’s fingers held the stem of his crystal wine glass firmly and he eyed her suspiciously.
As she walked, the long white dress showed off her perfect curves, and the cinched waist design made her look fragile and pure.
She stood in front of Feng Kaize and spoke in a dreamy voice, “You have really sexy lips. You know?”
Feng Kaize frowned more deeply as he thought, this woman is still the same after all, clinging onto me uselessly. But in the next moment, everything went dark! She had bent over and pressed her cold and wet lips onto his!