100 Million Yuan Wife - chapter-320-untitled
Chapter 320: Untitled
Chen De arranged to meet Cheng Anya at a cafe not too far from the
hospital. With Ye Zhenhua still hospitalized, he could not afford to be
away for too long. When Cheng Anya and Third Young Master Ye reached,
Chen De’s coffee had cooled. It was clear that he had been here for a
Until Cheng Anya and Third Young Master Ye reached, Chen De was deep in
thought. He then looked up and stood up. “Third young master.” He
first greeted Third Young Master Ye.
“Uncle Chen, take a seat. It’s okay,” Third Young Master Ye said
gently as his cold gaze contained too many feelings that had to be
clarified. Chen De was the key to these feelings.
“Go ahead with your conversation. I’ll be there.” As the coffee
shop was not wide but long, Cheng Anya and Chen De sat at one end whilst
Third Young Master Ye was at the other end. While he was very curious
about what happened, he was gentlemanly enough to allow Chen De to have a
one-on-one conversation with Cheng Anya.
As the waiter came around, Cheng Anya ordered a latte.
Chen De looked at her with a few hints of liking and perplexity. While
Third Young Master Ye did simply mention the possibility, she did not get
a concrete answer. They did not associate him with Lin Xiaoyue.
Cheng Anya could not help but size Chen De up. With whitened sideburns,
this nice old man was not too different from any other elderly person.
Merciful and gentle, yet wise.
When Cheng Anya recalled that this old man had followed Ye Zhenhua for
decades, she subconsciously realized that this might just be an
impression. Third Young Master Ye’s experiences would certainly cast a
cynical twist to any matters surrounding the Ye family.
“If I may ask, what brings you to this meeting?” Cheng Anya gave a
“Didn’t Third Young Master tell you?” Chen De smiled kindly.
“Since Mister Chen has taken the time to meet me, it would be better
that you tell me.” Cheng Anya responded gently. It was so gentle that
while lukewarm, her smile was a tad cold.
As Chen De was a veteran in many settings, he naturally understood Cheng
Anya’s attitude: she was very defensive. “While you resemble your
maternal grandmother, your character is a hundred eighty from hers.” He
Lin Xiaoyue was a gentle, kind woman who had the gentleness typical of
women from Jiangnan. Whilst Cheng Anya was pure and beautiful, she was
arrogant, cold, and resilient.
Cheng Anya did not seem the least surprised and remained smiling.
“People, like leaves, are different too. Lin Xiaoyue and you will
naturally be different.”
“I am Chen De!” he said. While introducing oneself after the
conversation had started seemed a little atypical, it seemed that such an
introduction was more fitting for the conversation at hand.
Cheng Anya remained expressionless and merely looked at him. “Lin
Xiaoyue’s husband.” He smiled lovingly.
“Ah Chen told me on the way here that you were Chen De, and you could
be my grandfather,” Cheng Anya said. “Now that you’ve put it
across, it’s not surprising. However sincerely Ye Zhenhua treated you,
I guess he did not even fathom that you were Lin Xiaoyue’s husband.”
While she coldly sniggered in her heart, Cheng Anya had concealed her
feelings well. The rest of the world would assume that her calm demeanor
and gentle smile was untouchable. It was exactly her warm smile that was
the facade that never gave way.
She rarely showed her mockery this publicly.
Maternal grandfather, how laughable!
While he was not directly related to her, a relationship in blood was not
as thick as how many would describe it. What mattered the most was the
feelings developed since young. That was the reason why Third Young
Master Ye and Ye Zhenhua became enemies and her lack of feelings for Chen
De. While she did not hate him, she did bear some grudge against him.
She did not know what happened years ago and how Chen De became Lin
Xiaoyue’s husband. However, after Lin Xiaoyue’s death, Chen De also
disappeared. Her mother and auntie then were only teenagers who were
unable to fend for themselves. How could he?
If he did not leave, her mother would not have brought her auntie along
and lived a difficult life for ten-over years before dying of exhaustion.
Cheng Anya would be lying if she said she did not blame Chen De for it.
“Yes, he does not know!” Chen De replied politely. He did not expect
Cheng Anya to call him her maternal grandfather. While he smiled gently
at Cheng Anya, he did not seem to care about how Cheng Anya felt.
He also did not show his sadness.
Maybe he really did not care, Cheng Anya thought to herself. He did not
look like he could feign this gaze.
“So what brings you to look for me?” Cheng Anya cut to the chase.
“A few days ago, I unintentionally overheard Old Master Ye mention the
fact that Third Young Master and you were cousins. I then realized, in
shock, that you were Xiaoyun’s daughter. I really did not know that
When Cheng Anya heard that, her heart was slightly at ease. “I still
thought that you know since a long time ago but did not appear as you
were afraid of Ye Zhenhua,” she said as a matter-of-factly.
Chen De, who seemed to have expected that statement from her, smiled and
did not mind. Cheng Anya had no ill intent. While her grudge against him
still remained, she would not speak nastily toward a nice old man who had
done nothing wrong to her.
“In that case, are we cousins?” Cheng Anya asked. Only Chen De could
answer her question.
“Didn’t Third Young Master and you not give a hoot?” Chen De asked
“It’s one thing to not give a hoot, and the fact quite another thing.
You should have known that Ah Chen and I have a son. While we are not
quite bothered about our relationship, whether we are really cousins will
be a deciding factor in whether I will bear more children,” Cheng Anya
replied as a matter-of-factly.
Third Young Master Ye sat at the corner and read the newspaper whilst
having his coffee. He would have certainly leaped from his seat and
kissed Cheng Anya if he had heard what she had just said.
Chen De looked down and sighed. “If you do not mind, allow me to tell a
“Please go ahead.” Cheng Anya knew that he was going to tell her what
happened those years ago. She also wanted to know what actually happened.
Just how did Chen De become Lin Xiaoyue’s husband, and how did he end
up becoming Ye Zhenhua’s butler?
Years ago, Chen De was the son of the old butler of the Ye family and was
of the same age as Ye Zhenhua. Although Ye Zhenhua was the master of the
family, they were as good as brothers. Chen De was honest, faithful, and
smart. He had contributed measurable help when Ye Zhenhua was at the
busiest of his career.
This young man was, however, ashamed to face Ye Zhenhua as he had taken a
liking to Lin Xiaoyue, his master’s fiancée. In all those years, he
quietly watched over her like her knight.
Even when Lin Xiaoyue betrayed Ye Zhenhua and fell in love with Yang Yun,
Chen De was the first to learn of that fact. His faithfulness toward Ye
Zhenhua was to a fault. He, in his impulse, would have wanted to kill
Yang Yun to end it all if it weren’t for Lin Xiaoyue stopping him.
Later, Lin Xiaoyue oscillated between Ye Zhenhua and Yang Yun. As she
oscillated between her feelings and righteousness, she was barely able to
endure the torture and complained to Chen De daily.
As nobody would want to hear the person whom they loved share about how
they loved another person, Chen De was also in a lot of pain.
Ye Zhenhua, in his youth, focused on his career and inevitably alienated
Lin Xiaoyue. Chen De even tried to convince Ye Zhenhua to spend more time
with Lin Xiaoyue whilst he single-handedly ran the business. An adept
businessman, Chen De was just born poorer. He, however, was Ye
Zhenhua’s capable assistant for those ten-over years.
What was done out of goodwill made him the unintentional sinner. Ye
Zhenhua discovered that Lin Xiaoyue committed adultery with Yang Yun.
As Lin Xiaoyue was a conservative and pure person, Chen De was shocked at
her pregnancy. After some sleuthing, he discovered that Yang Yun was the
culprit. As Lin Xiaoyue oscillated between them too, she almost wanted to
give up her romance for reason and star with Ye Zhenhua, her childhood
love. When Yang Yun knew that she would be unfazed after making up her
mind, he spiked her drink and impregnated her.
The innocent Lin Xiaoyue, however, thought they merely had sex after one
drink too many. Chen De, who was much more stoic than Ye Zhenhua and Yang
Yun, calmly approached the problem. While he did consider hiding the
problem, he could not help but say the truth when he saw Lin Xiaoyue hurt
Ye Zhenhua once again.
With Lin Xiaoyue despondent, she agreed to Yang Yun’s suggestion that
they eloped. She, however, wanted Chen De to bring her away. This led to
the scene where she gave up on Yang Yun and took a bullet from Ye Zhenhua
and fell into the water. Chen De, who was prepared, brought her away.
Chen De did not expect her to leave in such a tragic manner. Had he known
that would happen, he would have never agreed to it.
While Lin Xiaoyue was a gentle person, she was exceptionally stubborn.
When she gave up, she gave everything up thoroughly. With her child lost
in a miscarriage from that incident, Lin Xiaoyue decided to leave that
place of sadness for good and return to her mother’s hometown.
Chen De, who was smitten with her, saw her determination and left with
her. Since she was without kin nor friend, he was worried about her.
Ye Zhenhua, who had lost both Lin Xiaoyue and Chen De, was exceptionally
That was how Chen De and Lin Xiaoyue left City A and lived a peaceful
life. With his sincerity eventually touching her, Chen De won Lin
Xiaoyue’s heart and they had a daughter. After Lin Xiaoyue’s death,
Chen De started considering returning to Ye Zhenhua.
In these ten-over years, he was ashamed to face Ye Zhenhua. To Chen De,
Ye Zhenhua was not only his master but only his brother. Lin Xiaoyue was
ashamed to face him, and keeping that fact from him for that few, happy
years was a debt that had to be repaid.
After struggling for some time, Chen De left all his spending money for
his two daughters. Chen Nianyun was slightly older than ten years old,
and Chen De ran a small wholesale business that did pretty well. As Chen
Nianyun followed him, she learned quite a bit from him. When he thought
that his daughter would be able to live independently, and that he had
sent money back all along, he did not expect Chen Nianyun to leave the
village with her sister and not leave a trace.
As Cheng Anya heard that, the grudge in her heart eased a little. When
she knew that he did not deliberately abandon her mother, she was much
more at ease. Knowing that she was not related to Yang Yun by blood made
her even more at ease. To top it all off, her heart was very much at ease
when she knew that she was not related to Third Young Master Ye by blood.
“It was your fault that you abandoned Mommy those years back despite
all that guilt and loyalty you had for Ye Zhenhua. If you had not left
that early, Mommy would not have died that early. You could have waited
until Mommy was fully independent before leaving. Since so many years had
already passed, would waiting an additional year or two make a
difference?” Cheng Anya gently accused.
“My first thought then was to return to the Ye family and send money
back to bring up my two daughters. I did not expect a massive flood to
happen in my hometown in the year that I had left, and Xiaoyun leaving
with Meiling. When I returned, I searched for them for a long time but to
no avail.” Chen De bitterly smiled as he recalled the past. He only
wanted to tell Cheng Anya about the past, not wanting her forgiveness.
Cheng Anya looked out of the window with a tense face and did not speak
for an hour. This was life. Sometimes, plans cannot keep up with changes.
As ‘if’ did not come to mind, that was what gave life its ups and
“I am sure that you asked for a meeting today not simply for this,
right?” Cheng Anya was smart and meticulous in her thoughts. Since this
involved Third Young Master Ye, she did not feign blurriness. Since that
old man did not give her too bad of a vibe and was related to her, she
had no need to pretend in front of him and instead clearly express her
Whether that would work out was an answer away.
“How have you been all these years?” Chen De kindly asked.
Cheng Anya smiled indifferently. Playing the kinship card, huh? Sorry,
your granddaughter wouldn’t fall for that since she was ten. “I am
good and am leading a very comfortable life—highly educated, highly
paid, with an adorable son and a man who loves my son and me.”
What Chen De knew about Third Young Master Ye and her was all hearsay. It
was just that he did not expect her to be his granddaughter. With people
aplenty, the chances of meeting one’s kin were extraordinarily slim.
She was indeed a very wise girl.
Like waxed paper, she did not give away her thoughts or feelings.
Whilst her smile was comfortable at first glance, it became somewhat
distant the next second. She was different from Xiaoyue and Xiaoyun. She
was stronger, more opinionated, and even smarter.
It was a brilliance that did not reveal itself. Instead, it seemed like
“I’ve heard that Third Young Master is a very good man who is very
hard to come by,” Chen De said.
Cheng Anya raised her brows and smiled. “This is the first time I hear
somebody describe him as a very good man.”
Chen De gently laughed. After some interactions, he was somewhat able to
make out Cheng Anya’s character. “MBS International has collapsed and
the old master has been hospitalized. Could I ask you to intercede on my
behalf and end the battle? Third Young Master has had the revenge he
should.” Chen De slowly spoke.
“You are really loyal toward Ye Zhenhua,” Cheng Anya said plainly.
Given today’s society, Chen De would have been one-of-a-kind. While she
respected his loyalty, she could not agree with his loyalty. “I cannot
answer you on that, and I will not ask Ah Chen to stop. Why don’t you
ask him yourself? He is just there.”
“Third Young Master won’t listen to me on this.” Chen De broke into
a friendly smile. “The old master is of advanced age, and with MBS
International in tatters, he is like the walking dead. Third Young Master
should really stop driving him up the wall.”
“Ah Chen never wants Ye Zhenhua dead. If he were dead, life would not
be any more fun as more awaits him.” Cheng Anya smiled coldly. “That
is something you are beholden to him that I am not. We are not related,
so settle whatever you owe him personally and don’t implicate me.”
Cheng Anya eventually made her stand.
Chen De looked at her and smiled. It seemed as though he had no more
intention to convince her, but just let her understand.
“If you are unwilling to, then I’ll not force it upon you. I just
wanted to see you today. As for this, you are right that we are not
related. I have met my match,” Chen De plainly replied.
Cheng Anya took a glance at Third Young Master Ye, who was reading the
newspapers with his back facing them. “What actually happened in the Ye
family back then?” she asked on impulse.
Chen De’s kind smile froze. As he was about to speak, Cheng Anya
suddenly interrupted him. “It’s okay. Just take it that I did not ask
anything, and I do not want to know anything.”
“You are a really good child.”