“Wow, it is Master Bai’s birthday today? What a wonderful day! Happy birthday master, wish you a long life full of gratitude and happiness.”
A young man in his 20’s sauntered casually into the living area of Bai Residence.
The guests were slightly comforted to see a properly besuited youngster, master was also relieved.
“Hey, Young Master Long, it is our pleasure to have you here!” Master quickly offered his hand for a handshake.
The very Young Master Long, child of the famous Long Family in Xin Yang City. Years ago, they had the intention to join the Bai Family in marriage, specifically asking for Bai An Xiang, to which master was delighted about.
Who would have thought, as soon as the news broke out, Bai An Xiang was promptly married to a rustic bumpkin in a flash marriage.
As a result, the hope to join hands with the Long Family vanished into thin air. This led to numerous losses in business opportunities to the Bai Family. For the same reason, master’s aversion towards Bai An Xiang’s family grew even stronger.
Bai Yong Ming moved toward Mr. Long while laughing like a eunuch, “Haha, Young Master Long’s presence is such an honor to the Bai Family. You really didn’t have to buy such an expensive gift!”
“A gift?” Mr. Long was confused and startled a little. He then glanced at the coffee table, found the unwrapped ornament sitting on top of it and his pupils dilated instantly.
Oh my goodness, he thought to himself, who on earth was the man behind the gift? Even my father will think twice about giving this.
“Why? Was it not you?” the alerted Bai Yong Ming asked as he saw Mr. Long’s puzzled expression.
Mr. Long blushed and said light-heartedly, “Hah, I don’t really know, perhaps my dad sent it on my behalf. I casually told him about Master Bai’s birthday banquet before making my way here earlier.”
It all made sense to the guests after Mr. Long’s words.
He was then quickly ushered to be seated.
Young Master Long’s full name was Long Chen Yu, he was the third child of the Long Family and was expected to be the successor of the Longs’ business.
As Long Chen Yu was looking for a seat, he deliberately sat next to Bai An Xiang.
Master Bai noticed it, but he did not point it out. “I believe Young Master Long is not married yet?” He asked.
“No,” Long Chen Yu answered with a grin and shook his head, “truth to be told, I am waiting for someone.”
Master smiled, “Young Master Long, there are nine ladies of your age in the Bai Family. Eight of them will be a good match for you, I’m not sure if Young Master Long…”
Upon hearing this, Bai An Xiang’s heart trembled.
In reality there were ten girls of her age in the family, while it was true that eight of them were single, master intentionally mentioned nine girls, obviously counting her out as a member of the Bai Family.
As for the single ladies in the Bai Family, they were fond of Mr. Long, in fact, they were absolutely obsessed over him.
Long Chen Yu was a smart looking man, paired with his wealthy family background and master’s recommendation, every one of them dreamt of getting married to him.
“Haha, we’ll see about that.” While Long Chen Yu was speaking to Master Bai, he could not help but checking out Bai An Xiang.
He had his eyes on her during the whole exchange, although the there was no interaction between them.
The banquet finally came to an end. Bai An Xiang was making her way home in a gloomy mood, she was rushing to catch the last bus of the day.
Suddenly, a red Ferrari stopped in front of her.
Long Chen Yu got off the car, walked toward Bai An Xiang and smiled, “An Xiang, long time no see.”
Bai An Xiang frowned slightly when she saw him.
They were classmates in university, he tried to court Bai An Xiang, who was known as the prettiest girl at campus. However, Bai An Xiang was focused on her studies, she had no intention to get a partner.
When the Long Family proposed for the marriage to the Bai Family and nominated Bai An Xiang specifically, she had already guessed it was Long Chen Yu’s idea.
“I am married,” Bai An Xiang said listlessly.
Long Chen Yu laughed ironically, “So what? Everyone knew you were married to a useless dude. I bet you haven’t had any intimacy between the two of you, have you?
Bai An Xiang bit her lower lips, she was perplexed and did not know what to say.
Long Chen Yu sighed and continued, “Don’t worry An Xiang, I do not mind, please be with me, I promise my feelings for you have not changed since uni.”
The remaining ray of the sunset shone on the two of them, forming two elongated shadows covering the empty street. Wait, no. There were three shadows, a third person joined them out of nowhere.
It was Cheng Yuan!
He was concerned for Bai An Xiang’s safety, so he asked the nurse to take care of his mother and came to pick her up. He was planning to tell her about the house, but ran into the conversation as Long Chen Yu was pestering Bai An Xiang.
“Why are you here?” Bai An Xiang was surprised to see Cheng Yuan.
Long Chen Yu was disheartened by his presence.
“Cheng Yuan, right?” He laughed apathetically, “So this is the guy I keep hearing about, the guy with a strong bumpkin-like aura. You turned out to be exactly how they describe you to be, an unsophisticated, rustic bumpkin. How could a guy like you ever match up to An Xiang?”
However, Cheng Yuan did not even bat an eye at him, instead, he had with eyes gently fixed on Bai An Xiang.
“I was worried that you couldn’t catch the last bus.”
Bai An Xiang sighed in relief and stepped toward Cheng Yuan. However, Long Chen Yu was upset for being ignored, he grabbed Bai An Xiang’s arm tightly.
“An Xiang, I urge you to think about it. If you marry me, you will become a member of the Long Family, you could have everything you want. If you chose to stay with this useless dude, you will not get anything, you will continue to be ridiculed, like what I saw at the banquet.”
“Do you want to take a ride on my luxurious car or his worn out bike? The choice is yours.”
Bai An Xiang shook off Long Chen Yu’s hand and hopped onto Cheng Yuan’s electric bike.
Long Chen Yu could not believe what he saw.
“Why?” He could not comprehend, why was she willing to sacrifice herself? It did not do her any justice.
Bai An Xiang grabbed Cheng Yuan’s waist firmly and said, “There’s no explanation to it.”
Long Chen Yu did not want to give up, he turned to Cheng Yuan and shouted at him, “I’ll give you 5 million, wait no, 10 million, to leave An Xiang.”
Cheng Yuan shrugged and glared at Long Chen Yu before saying indifferently, “First, I don’t care about your money. Secondly, she is my wife, you are in no place to call her by ‘An Xiang’. Understand?”
Long Chen Yu stunned as he heard the words coming from the man who was supposedly a rustic bumpkin and had the guts to challenge a wealthy man like him.
For a moment, he doubted the rumours about Cheng Yuan.
Indeed, Bai An Xiang was also surprised, she felt like Cheng Yuan was different. It was the first time Cheng Yuan showed this level of confidence.
After making his point, he did not bother to look at Long Chen Yu twice before hitting the road.
At this moment, he was extremely respectable to Bai An Xiang.
How many poor folks could resist the temptation of this sum of money?
It seemed like Cheng Yuan shared the same value as Bai An Xiang.
“You could have earned 10 million freely, why didn’t you accept it?” She asked.
Cheng Yuan answered with a smile, “You could have taken a ride on the luxurious car, why did you choose to hop on my worn out bike?”
“No, I never changed.”
“But, you feel different.”
“That’s because you never tried to understand me before.”
The conversation between the two was carried out in a silent, peaceful night in the city.