Chapter 136: Hypocrisy
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
Ning Chen was both surprised and amused at the same time. He didn’t expect both Old Master Guan and Qin Yu to get along so well.
In fact, although Qin Yu was pretending to be a dumb person, every word she said meant something. Ning Chen didn’t realize this at first, but after spending a lot of time with Qin Yu, he gradually realized the pattern.
As expected of the genius girl, even when she played dumb, she did it with poise and intelligence.
Ning Chen realized the increasing surprises he’d find on Qin Yu the longer he was with her.
It seemed that he learned something new about her every day. Every day was as fresh and sweet as the first time they met.
How lucky was he to be able to spend the rest of his life with her.
At noon, the people who came to celebrate the birthday dispersed around the venue, eating and socializing. People of different social statuses were also separated to different places. At a party with such prestige, each and every one of the guests would be secretly judged by the others in terms of their value and capabilities.
As Ning Chen was still the son of the eldest son of the Ning family, he enjoyed a certain prominence. Even if he was blind, he wasn’t neglected and ignored. Therefore, Ning Chen was seated before Ning Yu.
Ning Yu’s father, Ning Jie, sat on the right side of Ning Chen. After all, his seniority was higher than Ning Chen’s.
Qin Yu benefited from Ning Chen’s status and sat next to Ning Chen. Next to her was the wife and daughter of the second son of the Ning family.
Not long after the banquet started, Ning Jie gave Ning Chen a toast.
“Ning Chen, since you can’t see and you don’t participate in some of the company’s matters, I didn’t get to see you even if I was your uncle. Those who don’t know might think that we do not have a good relationship. Come, let me give you a toast and wish you a speedy recovery from your eye disease!”
Ning Jie’s tone was forthright, and his smile was amiable. Those who didn’t know the Ning family’s inside story might think that Ning Jie was caring and loving towards Ning Chen.
Ning Jie kept talking about Ning Chen’s eyes. Wasn’t he trying to bring the spotlight to Ning Chen’s blindness? Qin Yu secretly clenched her fists as she listened.
Ning Chen was mentally strong, so he never took these people’s insults to heart.
However, if there was a weakness in Ning Chen’s mentality, then the taunts and insults from his relatives would undoubtedly hurt his self-esteem and make him further believe he was indeed a useless human being.
There was psychological research on how long-term stimulation would eventually lead to strong psychological implications in a person. If Ning Chen couldn’t withstand the negativity of those years, he would have spiraled into despair and self-loathing.
These people had an affable smile on their faces, but in fact, every word was a cold blade dipped in poison. They wanted to deal Ning Chen a fatal blow!
It was hard to imagine that Ning Chen had to live with these so-called “family” for all those years. He had been suffering physically and mentally.
Qin Yu’s parents passed away very early. Her understanding of family came from Uncle Xu and Uncle Chu’s love and care. They were not related to her but they loved her as if she were their own daughter. These people in front of her were Ning Chen’s actual family, yet they were so vicious and sinister.
I’m sorry I’m late, Chen. If I’d appear earlier, I could’ve shared your burden.
Qin Yu secretly held Ning Chen’s hand under the table.
They interlocked their fingers and gave each other strength in this vanity fair-like banquet.
Ning Chen had to drink the glass of wine that Ning Jie offered.
After three glasses of wine, Ning Jie nodded his head in satisfaction. It seemed that Ning Chen’s accommodating attitude had given him a sense of superiority as an elder. He waved his hand, calling Ning Yu and Bai Xin over.
“Give a toast to Ning Chen as well. Our entire Ning family is united. We must not be alienated by the rumors of evil people. Oh, Ning Chen, your aunt has been secretly seeking medical treatment all these years. She has secretly memorized all folk remedies to treat the eye. One day, she’d give it to you. Also, your younger brother sees you as a role model ever since he was young. Sometimes, people who doesn’t know him thinks he’s actually you!”
There was a sinister meaning to the last sentence.
Qin Yu was disgusted by Ning Jie’s pretentious face. It was difficult for her to imagine what Ning Chen had to endure all these years.
After hearing what Ning Jie had to say, Ning Chen’s face did not show the slightest emotions. He still maintained a faint smile, neither warm nor cold. It was just within the boundaries of politeness.
Bai Xin and Ning Yu had already stood up and toasted Ning Chen.
A treasured wine kept for years, one glass itself was intense enough. And now Ning Chen already had a few glasses of them.
If he drank any more, he might be drunk for several days.
Ning Jie was obviously asking his family to make Ning Chen drunk!