Lin Ruoxi’s face grew pale as she asked with a trembling voice, “You…what do you mean by that?”

“What do I mean?”

Yang Chen chuckled. He glanced at her and shifted his gaze to Li Jianhe. “If it wasn’t a coincidence, it must mean that you two have a relationship, no?”

Li Jianhe’s face was void of blood. He quickly stood up to explain himself, “Mr Yang, I think you have misunderstood the situation. I just heard that Ruo…President Lin was back in town so I took the opportunity to come over to discuss my future plans.”

“You think I’ll believe that?” Yang Chen threw a question back at him.

Li Jianhe stammered, not sure of what to say.

Lin Ruoxi’s eyes glistened with tears, as though she would cry any second soon.

“You’re suspecting me…”

Yang Chen didn’t hold back. “I saw it with my own eyes and heard it with my own ears. I would hardly call that a suspicion.”

“We only had lunch together! Our discussion was only halfway through. Was that all it took for you to show your ugly narrow-minded side?!” Lin Ruoxi was indignant.

“Are you calling me narrow-minded and ugly?” Yang Chen nodded his head slightly. “Looks like I was right. You really would sit there and call your husband ugly in front of this guy.”

“At least he doesn’t threaten people without understanding the whole situation.” Lin Ruoxi stared him down with a fearless gaze.   

Yang Chen gripped his fist so tightly that his veins were bulging, threatening to explode like a bomb any time soon.

Li Jianhe’s blood ran cold. He had abandoned all thoughts about chasing Lin Ruoxi when he found out that she was married to the descendant of the Yang clan. He only wanted to patch his relationship with Yang Chen through Lin Ruoxi. 

He wanted to meet Lin Ruoxi directly for work discussion because he wanted to gain some benefits from the Yang clan. Therefore, he hoped to seize the chance when Yang Chen wasn’t around.

But he didn’t expect Yang Chen to return so suddenly!

Worse of all, they seemed to be having a dispute which he was caught in the middle of!

Could he be any more unlucky!y!

Li Jianhe tittered and tried to flee the scene when he saw that Yang Chen was about to burst into flames.

“Uh…Mr Yang, President Lin, I shall take my leave. Please calm down.”

There was nothing more he could accomplish if he stayed. It was best for him to leave.

Yang Chen turned around and locked eyes with him. His gaze was so piercing that it made Li Jianhe froze on the spot, not sure whether or not he should leave.

Lin Ruoxi clenched her jaw. “Senior Li, you may leave. He won’t do anything.”

Li Jianhe felt more relieved after hearing that. His body shivered as he exited the office, closing the door behind him carefully.

Seconds later, they heard the sound of someone running which was obvious to tell that Li Jianhe had dashed off.

Lin Ruoxi locked eyes with Yang Chen for a while before making her way back to her desk.

“He’s gone.” 

Yang Chen’s gaze darkened. “You really think that I wouldn’t do anything?”

Lin Ruoxi froze in her steps and looked back at him with an icy gaze.

“What do you want to do?”

An indescribable smile formed on his lips and he walked towards her. “From the moment we met, I’ve always listened to you. I let you do whatever you want and gave you everything you wanted. I tried my best to please you. I admit that I’ve done lots of things to upset you in the past. I understand that, which is why I was never forced you to do anything for me.”

He took a deep breath and continued. 

“I didn’t think things through during the wedding and I admit that it was my fault for leaving that night. But I don’t regret my decision. I don’t regret saving the lives of two people. No matter how angry you are, at least try to understand where I’m coming from. I know you’re too proud to give in, which is fine. You wanted to return to Zhonghai early. I can accept that since you have your own pride. I came back from Beijing as fast as I could to give you an explanation…”

Anger started to rise in her eyes. “Is that all you wanted to say? That I should be grateful for you putting up with me and allowing me to do as I please?”

“No, I should be doing those things regardless.” Yang Chen continued with a stoic expression, “I’m just curious as to what is inside your heart. Has it been too long that you have lost your sense of empathy?” 

Lin Ruoxi realized that he seemed too calm which made things weird. “What do you mean by that?”

“I don’t understand.” Yang Chen shook his head. “Do you really think I can tolerate all your behavior? Or that I can give up everything for you? I can tolerate your tantrum, tolerate you locking me out of the room during our wedding night, tolerate the fact that you returned to Zhonghai without listening to me first, or the fact that you had the gall to block me out without even listening to me first…”

Yang Chen’s gaze sharpened.

“But! I can’t tolerate the fact that you met with some other guy behind my back! Especially someone like him! Do you think that I’m so big-hearted that I’ll let you cheat on me? Or do you think I will always be inferior to you and that you can reconnect with your past lover just because I have lovers outside too?!”

“That’s enough!”

Lin Ruoxi’s eyes reddened. Tears were forming in her eyes as she trembled with rage. 

“You…you can’t talk about me like that!”

“Haha! Why can’t I! Yang Chen cackled. “ Lin Ruoxi, do you really think of yourself as a goddess or Buddha? Let me tell you something, you’re my precious jewel. But if you provoke me, I can strip you off on the streets! Don’t use my love as a weapon to control me. You’re worthless without me!” 
    
“You…”

Lin Ruoxi couldn’t stand it anymore. She felt so wronged. The rage in her made her raise her hand, wanting to slap him!

But Yang Chen wasn’t about to let her get away with it this time.

He caught her wrist and sneered. “Want to hit me? You couldn’t even land a finger on me if I tried to resist.”

“You…you bastard, I hate you…”

Lin Ruoxi broke down in the end, sobbing like a helpless child. Tears of despair dripped down her cheeks endlessly, but it no longer stirred up emotions in Yang Chen.

Instead, he looked more excited than ever. 

“I finally understand. I cared for you too much that I was blinded and you took it for granted.”

Yang Chen pushed her onto the desk.

She was flattened onto the table. With her body close to the desk, she could feel Yang Chen’s heavy breath on her face.

They looked at each other with millimeters between them but their expressions could not be more different. She was panicking whereas Yang Chen was smiling wickedly. 

“Lin Ruoxi, I won’t give up on those whom I fell for. They deserve my protection every bit as much as you do. Whether it is Rose or Qianni, they were willing to give up their lives for me. Yanyan and Ning Er were willing to suffer for me, An Xin was willing to give up her father for me while Mingyu was prepared to sacrifice all that she had for me.”

“Do you think that they are different and that no one wants them because they are not as attractive as you? Or do you think that I’m their only choice? Do they deserve to be looked down upon by you just because they can’t stand proud next to me? Oh right, I forgot to tell you this. Just last night, Tang Wan’s grandfather, Tang Zhechen committed treason but Tang Wan would rather die with me than accept her grandfather’s help. Only then did I feel like a responsible man, not some weakling who has to explain himself to you just because you had a tantrum!”

His voice rose an octave as he continued his rant. “They have done so much for me. What makes you think you deserve the title as my wife more than they do? I even asked Ron to prepare the rose shower especially for you. Maybe you’re right, I’m just a bastard, the worst of them all!”

Lin Ruoxi’s face was pale but she held on stubbornly by biting her red lips.  

“If you think that they’re so much better than me, then don’t rely on me. Find your comfort in your lovers and stop wasting your time on me.”

Lin Ruoxi replied coldly but only she could feel the grieving pain in her heart.

She never expected him to say something this cruel to her!

“What are you talking about? I’m not done yet.” Yang Chen lowered his head[ and placed a kiss on her ear.

She shuddered and blood immediately colored her ears.

An incredulous thought popped up in her mind.

Was he trying to…?