Guo Xuehua had the urge to dig a hole and bury herself in it. The urge to cave Yang Chen’s head in was also very present. Had Yang Chen told her that she was meeting Mo Qianni, she wouldn’t have foolishly revealed so much!
Ma Guifang didn’t need to ask anything. She basically understood everything when she looked at the situation!
Mo Qianni’s heartbeat quickened when she heard what her mother had said. Feeling like things had spiralled out of control, she forced a smile and asked, “Mom, have you… met Aunt Guo before?”
Ma Guifang gaze upon her own daughter coldly, her brows filled with anger. “Not just that. We even called each other sisters.”
Mo Qianni felt miserable. She had only seen her mother’s current expression once when she was a child and all she did was steal a sweet potato. Her mother looked just as fierce if not more right now!
Ma Guifang was not one to display such fury unless she had been pushed to her breaking point!
“Mom… ple—please don’t do this…” Mo Qianni lowered her head while her body quivered.
Yang Chen also realized that something was wrong. Guo Xuehua and Ma Guifang evidently knew each other. Judging by Ma Guifang’s furious expression, could it be that…
“Sister Ma, please let me expla—”
“There’s no need!” Ma Guifang interrupted. With a strict look, she said, “I knew that something was wrong when you two refused to talk about marriage despite being so intimate. You barely mentioned anything about your family. Turns out it’s not because you don’t want to, it’s because you can’t!”
Guo Xuehua wanted to speak, but she didn’t know what to say.
“Sister Xuehua, your son Yang Chen is already married, but you still came to meet me to talk about our children’s marriage. What games are you playing?” Ma Guifang asked as her face started to redden in fury. “I, Ma Guifang, am not from a wealthy family, and admit that I am not the most cultured. But at the very least, I know where my pride lies! How shameless can one person get?!”
“Mom, please calm down. Actually, the—”
“Shut up!!!” Ma Guifang screamed, cutting Mo Qianni off. “Mo Qianni, are you trying to infuriate me to death?! Did I raise a mistress?! Why couldn’t you have gone for someone who wasn’t already married? Do you know who his wife is? It’s the granddaughter of the Old CEO, Lin Ruoxi! The Old CEO gave you such an excellent life, and Lin Ruoxi is your best friend! Why then are you returning the favor by messing with her husband? Where’s your conscience?!”
Mo Qianni’s eyes reddened and her tears gushed out. Each one of Ma Guifang’s words felt like a poisonous stinger, prodding at her already raw heart.
She certainly knew that being a mistress wasn’t right, and felt that mixing with Lin Ruoxi’s husband was inappropriate. Not to mention, she was aware that her mother would be utterly disappointed.
But I still did it, didn’t I? she thought.
When it came to the matters of the heart, she was totally defenseless. It wasn’t that she hadn’t tried to give it up, but fate had ensured that everything fell perfectly into place for her.
Mo Qianni had asked herself this before: Had it not been the contract for the marriage between Lin Ruoxi and Yang Chen which had given me an excuse, would I still get together with him inconsiderately?
To which she answered, Yes, absolutely. She couldn’t deny the feelings she held for Yang Chen. She couldn’t imagine how she would end up had Yang Chen rejected her.
By doing so, she would certainly end up in pain, but she believed that it would all pay off in the end.
Mo Qianni had cheered and consoled herself repeatedly before she dared to bring her mother into the equation. However, before the conversation even started, Ma Guifang had already destroyed any consolation she had erected for herself!
“Mom… I know that I’m at fault,” Mo Qianni spoke as she sobbed, as if her body would collapse anytime soon. “I know that I’ve betrayed Ruoxi, bu—but I couldn’t…”
“You don’t need to speak anymore. Leave now with me and I will forget it ever happened. Otherwise…” Ma Guifang wasn’t a soft-hearted person. “Pick yourself. Do you still want me as your mother or will you continue being a mistress?!”
She basically meant to say that she would cut off her ties with her daughter should the latter refuse to stop her relationship!
Mo Qianni paled instantly as her tears came to a halt. She wondered if she heard it right. However, judging by Ma Guifang’s strict expression, she knew that Ma Guifang wasn’t kidding.
Yang Chen felt an immense heartache. Looking at Mo Qianni’s suffering, he clenched his fists tightly.
It was Ma Guifang who had made her cry. However, Yang Chen couldn’t do what he would to other people—beating or killing her, just to help Mo Qianni take revenge.
She was Mo Qianni’s birth mother and Yang Chen’s elder. Moreover, he was truly the one at fault. All he could do was endure. Walking forward, he said softly, “Mom–”
“Don’t call me mom!” Ma Guifang stared at Yang Chen with anger in her eyes. “You don’t deserve to call me mom. I don’t want a son-in-law like you! Yang Chen, being a senior, let me give you a piece of advice. Go home and treat your wife with respect! Don’t mess with any other women outside!
“I know that you might be wealthy, and you are downright impressive too.”
“However, even if you had all the money and power in the world, you can’t possibly provide happiness to different women at the same time! That is because your woman is already hurt at the thought of you accepting someone else!”
Yang Chen was utterly speechless. He wanted to ask for chance, but failed to concoct even a single word.
While Ma Guifang wasn’t very educated, and she hadn’t seen too much of this world before, she was still no stranger to people and their relationships.
Her speech was just like sedatives, causing Yang Chen’s previously high hopes to instantly vanish.
All Guo Xuehua could do was lower her head in silence, listening to the conversation while standing still. She too was a mature woman. Realistically, she knew that there was nothing else she could say to rebut Ma Guifang’s speech.
Moreover, immense guilt had filled Guo Xuehua’s heart. She was starting to reconsider her decision of helping Yang Chen since the beginning. That was because whether or not an issue would surface wasn’t her concern, but everything was a mistake to begin with.
Panting, Ma Guifang gave a final emotion-filled gaze to Guo Xuehua and Yang Chen before turning around. Facing Mo Qianni who was dejected, she said, “Girl, don’t be so stubborn. Mom will never bring you harm. This isn’t where we belong.”
Mo Qianni remained quiet. She bit her lips forcefully while tears once again dragged across her tender cheeks, causing her makeup to disperse.
“What is it? Are you refusing to leave? Great…” Ma Guifang nodded her head, deeply aggrieved. “Now that you’ve become a mistress, you’re even thinking of disowning your own mother. Why am I surprised… I’m nothing but a poor, uncultured woman burdening you. Who would want me as their mother…”
“No, that’s not the case!” Mo Qianni shook her head violently and rubbed her tears quickly. “Mom, that’s not what I meant! Ple–please don’t get mad. I’ll leave with you…”
Ma Guifang let out a long sigh. She extended her arm and caressed Mo Qianni’s cheek with pity. “Now that we’ve come to this point, just finish what you have started and come home with me. I’ll forget everything that has happened. Even if you remained unmarried for the rest of your life, Mom would never want you to be someone else’s mistress. Do you understand?”
Mo Qianni nodded her head as she felt numb. She couldn’t think of anything at the moment.
Ma Guifang smiled faintly and held Mo Qianni’s hand before leaving.
Yang Chen wanted to make them stay, but was stopped by Guo Xuehua who was beside.
“Don’t go.” Guo Xuehua grabbed his hand and shook her head. “Sister Ma has a straightforward personality. If you act this aggressive, she’ll only get angered further. It is us who owe them. If you really want to do something about it, wait until Sister Ma calms down.”
Yang Chen smiled bitterly. “Can it still be saved?”
“I don’t know.” Guo Xuehua sighed. “It depends on how far you are willing to go. Yang Chen, regarding this matter… and your other relationships, Mom really shouldn’t be involved in any of them in the future. I can act blind and deaf, but I can’t help you. I hope you won’t blame me.”
Yang Chen nodded his head stiffly. “I’m grateful enough that you’re not against it.”