By the end of November, the capital’s hierarchy had a new addition; a new leader.
Since the predecessor had escaped and was caught, the officialdom of the capital had gone through an earthquake.
The Xia Rou of the past had never paid any attention to these kinds of matters before, and this hadn’t changed. In the upper echelons of the system, it wasn’t rare to see someone fall from their horse. This kind of news she usually took a glance at and immediately switched the channel.
In that period, society had become very quiet without any large gatherings. Until March of the second year. The dust had finally settled and the new leader had finally held his first banquet at his home.
Once again, Xia Rou had a new dress. Cao An had even taken her to a jewelry shop to take a look.
At her young age, any sort of cumbersome accessories not only made her look old, but also gaudy. Simplicity was the best option for her.
In the end, she only bought a three-layered pearl bracelet. With its light lustre and elegant design, it suited her temperament very well.
Cao An had wanted to buy her a few more, since there would be many more occasions like this in her future.
But Xia Rou had politely declined. She knew her mother’s accessory box was still kept at the bank in a safety deposit box.
Cao Xiong had bought a lot of jewelry for Cheng Wan. Some were quite expensive, and others were simply because Cheng Wan had liked them. Cheng Wan had also preferred simple and plain accessories, like herself. She rarely attended this sort of formal occasion, so her accessories weren’t cumbersome.
Xia Rou could take some to use for herself. Translated by The Novelst
Although she explained this all to Cao An, he still bought her a pearl clip to match her bracelet.
“The Wang Family has just arrived to the city. It’s their first time hosting a banquet, so everyone needs to be a bit more serious to give them some face,” said Cao An.
Wang was a very common surname. Of the prestigious families in the capital, there were a few families who shared the surname Wang.
So when Cao An spoke, Xia Rou had no inclination of the fact that this Wang family was the Wang family.
Until that very day in the Wang Family banquet hall, she saw Cao Yang and Wang Man talking and smiling, both raising their glasses for a toast. They looked like the perfect match, and Xia Rou finally realized that it was this time that they had gotten to know each other.
Wang Man ah, her… ex-sister-in-law.
“What are you looking at?” Cao An grabbed her a non-alcoholic drink.
He followed her gaze. “Yo! My brother’s too good! Eh, no wonder he’s my big brother!”
He laughed merrily.
“That is…?” Xia Rou asked deliberately, despite knowing the answer.
“Wang Man. The daughter of the newly appointed province governor,” gloated Cao An. “The Zhao Family and our family don’t have girls. That Sun Miaolan from the Sun Family always flattered herself thinking of herself as the premiere lady in the capital. I guess now she can’t even smile.”
He continued to gossip, “She really is something. She has a masters degree from a school in the Ivy League and she only returned to the country last year. I met her a few times while abroad, since not many from our country are there, we had a gathering. She was popular, people are always after her, but she doesn’t look at any of them. Her standards are quite high.”
Xia Rou knew, of course, of Wang Man’s arrogance.
She also knew that Wang Man had the qualifications to be so arrogant.
She was from a wealthy family and she was also very well-established in person. No matter how arrogant she was, it looked natural in the eyes of others.
But this arrogant woman had no interest in anyone until she took a fancy to Cao Yang.
That was because big brother was such an excellent man!
Xia Rou felt inexplicably proud.
Cao Yang lead Wang Man over to introduce them.
“This is Cao An, my fourth brother,” he said.
“I’ve seen him before while I was abroad,” Wang Man smiled, before turning her eyes to Xia Rou. “This is?”
“Xia Rou,” Cao Yang brought his hand to pat her head out of habit, but he noticed she had her hair tied, so he patted very softly, “Our girl.”
This introduction was really vague.
But toward that girl he seemed very close.
It looked like the rumors were true, thought Wang Man. The Cao Family had an illegitimate child and Cao Xiong had claimed her. It looked like this was that girl.
She smiled and said to Xia Rou, “Hello Xia Rou. I am Wang Man.”
In the past, when Xia Rou first met her, she was already Cao Yang’s official girlfriend.
But from the very beginning, her attitude toward Xia Rou wasn’t warm at all. It was mostly just politeness.
Xia Rou also remembered that after she became her sister-in-law, when she was still living at the Cao Family, the way Wang Man looked at her was always very cold.
That was why she had moved out. Translated by The Novelst
She believed that big brother… had also understood. Although he tried his best to stop her, none of them ever stated this matter aloud.
Now, with this sudden kind and gentle attitude from Wang Man, Xia Rou was overwhelmed by the unexpected good feelings, but at the same time she was shocked.
But soon she came to understand the reason behind Wang Man’s actions.
Because she smiled and said to Cao Yang, “Your little sister is so cute.”
That was right, she was just like the others who believed she was Cao Xiong’s illegitimate child, and Cao Yang’s biological little sister.
In the past, Wang Man had already known upon their first meeting that she was just the child of Cao Xiong’s lover who had passed. She was just staying under their roof, so she had no blood relationship with Cao Yang.
Wang Man stayed to make small talk before excusing herself to go to other places. She was the host, and there were still many other guests for her to entertain. But Xia Rou could tell that Cao Yang and Wang Man had obviously just met. Both were still observing formalities.
To see his own family’s child being praised by others, even though that compliment was just borne of politeness, it still made him happy.
Cao Yang also didn’t feel that Wang Man was simply speaking out of politeness.
Proofread by: Hannah