100 Million Yuan Wife - chapter-422
Chapter 422: My surname’s Ye, and I Am Illiterate
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
Rong Yan’s little mansion, London
It was already evening. The hue of the evening sun was especially
good-looking as it littered the area around the mansion in a shade of
gold. The tall trees, green grass, and beautiful flowers made the scenery
especially beautiful. Under the evening sun, it seemed like a static
picture that carried a serenity and elegance.
Ye Wei took off her glasses and exclaimed. “It’s so beautiful! Rong
Yan, what kind of hotel are you staying in?”
Rong Yan gently smiled and said, “Did you all believe me when I said I
was staying in a hotel? Even after leaving Chu Li, I am not so despondent
to the point I am utterly homeless and have to resort to staying in a
hotel. Come on in.”
She led them into the mansion which was comfortably, cozily, and simply
decorated. What looked like an utterly opulent mansion from the outside
had a very homey interior that used warm colors. While the interior of
the mansion did not complement its exterior, it gave people a feeling of
home. It was extremely comfortable, cozy, and suited Rong Yan’s style.
“Was this a gift from Scheming Chu?” Ye Wei asked reflexively. Rong
Yan followed Chu Li for five years, and they were only on better terms in
the past one to two years following trials and tribulations. To gift her
a mansion was hence not excessive. Rong Yan always stayed in the mansion
and was responsible for sustaining Chu Li. When she was free, she was
either tending to her plants or in the research lab and would
occasionally take part in viral research for the terrorist organization.
Although she had numerous qualifications ranging from TCM to herbal
medicine to nutrition and biological studies, she never seemed to have
struck out to make a living on her own.
Because of her connections with Scheming Chu, Rong Yan’s full gamut of
talents was put to the service of the organization. Since Chu Li was
their own, he would naturally not give her wages. After all, when Chu Li
bought her from the slave market back then, Rong Yan had sworn to serve
him for life.
Rong Yan smiled and shook her head. Eleven sat down on the sofa and
coolly said, “Look, when did Scheming Chu even give Rong Yan anything?
Rong Yan, I think you got the shorter end of the stick. A member serving
in the experts’ service team earns close to ten million yuan annually,
and that is before bonuses. He really has to give you something, and you
should settle this score with him when you are free.”
Rong Yan prepared coffee for them and laughed. “They owe you quite a
bit as well.”
“Are you saying that all that talk of bounty hunting results in no
dough for the job? That is too much,” Ye Wei replied in righteous
indignation. “How do you, without any income, get this mansion?”
Rong Yan brought the coffee over and gently smiled as she said, “Last
year, I happened to save Count Rehage’s son and Count Rehage gave me
the mansion as a gift.”
“That explains it then. To think that you have quite some dealings
hidden away from Chu Li, not too shabby there.” Ye Wei chuckled.
“It is utterly pathetic for women who do not a source of income as they
have to always rely on men,” Eleven plainly replied. If they had money,
they did not have to worry about their livelihoods for their entire lives
and could afford opulent lifestyles. They could lose everything save
their financial sovereignty.
Rong Yan smiled and said, “If I had no money, I would definitely end up
on the streets once I decided to simply walk out of the castle. Now that
I have left him, I can live a comfortable life, and it’s better to
“You can’t be serious?” Ye Wei was shocked. “It’s one thing to
vent your anger, and if Scheming Chu goes berserk and pulls off another
life-death act, you will never be this lucky all the time.”
Rong Yan gently smiled and said, “I am indeed tired. While I have never
thought of giving up, I want to take a temporary break. All this said,
taking a break helps me travel further.”
“My surname’s Ye, and I am illiterate. Don’t ask me anything. My
surname’s Ye, and I am illiterate.”
Rong Yan was at a loss for words.
“…More like ruffian,” Eleven said.
“Indeed,” Rong Yan replied.
Ye Wei played along with the muses and took off her shoes to reveal the
bridge of her feet that Rong Yan had stepped on. “Rong Yan, don’t you
feel ashamed? Did you just assume that your heels had no weight and left
my feet with all these bruises?”
Her extremely good-looking feet were pale and as good-looking as jade.
The bruises on the bridge of her feet ruined its natural beauty.
Eleven jabbed her evilly and Ye Wei kept her feet back as she rubbed it.
Rong Yan said, “I know my limits. It will recover in two days.”
“You sure are one mean person. If you want us to teach Fang Ying a
lesson, just throw us an eye gesture and we will settle the rest. If you
want to have somebody do your dirty deeds, please do not injure them
too.” Ye Wei silently mourned for her feet.
“I’ll make up for that with yummy dishes tonight.”
Eleven shook her head and asked Rong Yan, “Is Fang Ying scheming
Rong Yan’s character could be described with one word: harmonious. This
was on the condition that one did not provoke her. If she could have Ye
Wei teach Fang Ying a lesson this brazenly, Fang Ying must have provoked
Rivals in love are bound to unavoidably confront each other.
Bitterness flashed through the bottom of Rong Yan’s eyes as though
there was a hint of agony in it. Her smile became much more subdued. As
Ye Wei and Eleven looked on, they felt a little sad for her. Rong Yan,
for Chu Li, had given up everything—her identity, fame, family.
Everything. They could not bear to see the disappointment on her face.
She deeply pondered and asked, “What kind of person do you think Fang
“Fang Ying?” Ye Wei had a cup of coffee and smiled gorgeously. “I
always clashed with her since young, and I would always avoid her, and
likewise for her. We then ran the world, and she left Chu Li for a whole
seven years. When she returned, I still disliked her. We never really
talked, and I cannot say for certain how she is exactly like.”
Rong Yan looked at Eleven, and Eleven said with a hint of resignation,
“She and I are inseparable. You know that I never crack my brain when
she is around. If she is not certain about her character, so am I.”
Ye Wei propped up her chin and recalled her past few interactions with
Fang Ying. She pondered for a moment and then said, “I can’t quite
put a finger on what I am feeling, and all I know is that I just do not
like her. While she used to be extremely adaptable and wise-cracking when
she was younger, I feel that the more recent her is like a clown on
stage. She might want to butter up to Chu Li and drive you away.”
“Why are you suddenly asking about Fang Ying?” Eleven was curious.
Rong Yan propped her chin and pondered deeply. Was that what it was? A
clown on stage? “I can’t quite put a finger on how I feel. I just
feel that this woman is not simple. How are her skills?”
“She is not too bad. I used to bicker with her and got into fights with
her when I was younger. Hell, there were several times I almost wanted to
disfigure her, and she has pretty damn good reflexes.” Ye Wei shrugged
“Did you know that? I have not seen her show her skills. I did ask Chu
Li the same question, and he said no as well.”
“To remain in the mansion is nothing short of being useless.” Ye Wei
was baffled. “Rong Yan, what are you trying to say?”
“I do not know, and I am just suddenly asking,” Rong Yan smiled and
shook her head. A few images quickly flashed through her head and she was
not able to capture them. She had to make do and said, “It’s fine. It
has nothing to do with me anyway.”
“It really has nothing to do with you?” Ye Wei ambiguously jabbed the
bite marks on her neck. “Who are you bluffing?”
Rong Yan had to change to a high collar coat, and she slightly blushed.
“There is no relationship for now.”
Ye Wei wanted to ask some more questions, but Rong Yan sweetly smiled
with a few silent hints of threatening. “I should add this. Please do
not ask about things between me and him. I have no intention to feed your
gossip, and I will not allow you to fish information from me.”
“Yan Yan, I am hungry.” Ye Wei responded well. Since Rong Yan would
not allow them to ask, she did not ask and feigned dead on the sofa she
lied on, touching her flat stomach. “I only had breakfast today…”
Eleven went to the fridge and there were indeed a few plates of desserts
in them. She brought them over, and Ye Wei ate them up ravenously without
care for her etiquette. As she ate, she said with food in her mouth,
“Rong Yan, if you are down-and-out, open a little restaurant. I am very
sure you will survive.”
The desserts and dishes that Rong Yan made were some of the nicest that
Ye Wei had eaten. Rong Yan had the ability to turn anything in her hands
into a delicacy, and Ye Wei, although having traveled the world and
savored delicacies, had never been able to eat anything as good as what
Rong Yan prepared.
As it was Rong Yan’s sentiments too, she smiled.
She went to the nearby supermarket to get some ingredients Ye Wei and
Eleven liked and returned home to whip up an extremely sumptuous dinner
for Ye Wei and Eleven. Due to her god-like culinary skills, Ye Wei and
Eleven gobbled up all the food on the table.
As they were people of special identities, not to mention how Silver Face
was following them, they could not always stay at Rong Yan’s place
since Rong Yan would be in immense danger. Although Rong Yan did not
mind, Ye Wei and Eleven minded.
If something happened to her, somebody would definitely go mad.
After dinner, Ye Wei turned on the computer and received an email by
accident. She opened the email and her lips involuntarily curled into a
smile. She called Eleven and said, “We’ve got a new job.”
The email was sent by a French businessman who offered them ten million
USD to steal a particular painting.
Rong Yan was curious and asked, “What painting could be worth this
“Rich people have many fetishes, and they are burning money by offering
ten million USD for a single painting,” Ye Wei shrugged her shoulders.
She pulled out information about the drawing. It was a famous French
painting from the 14th century of a girl, who was good-looking, elegant,
and sexy, in a golden suit.
“This painting is not worth the price,” Rong Yan said as she pointed
to the documents. “It is worth three million USD at best.”
“Hearsay has it that smuggling of artifacts has been pretty brazen thus
far?” Eleven asked Rong Yan. “Indeed. The Mafia is extremely short on
money, and with the firearms market locked down by Jason and Chu Li, they
should be resorting to smuggling artifacts, precious jewels, and drugs to
profit off them. With so many famous paintings in London that were
recently stolen, the Mafia must be, especially smuggling drugs and
Ye Wei raised her eyebrows and said, “I really cannot see how a
messed-up drawing is worth this much if one brings it home for
appreciation. Does he have that DNA in him? I am illiterate, and the lady
in the painting is, in my honest opinion, not as good-looking as me.”
“Her narcissism is nowhere like yours.” Rong Yan laughed and tapped
her. She went to make them a cup of flower tea as they had overeaten
Eleven used another computer to look for information and learned that the
painting was in a secret room in Henry’s ancient castle that was loaded
with hidden traps. Hearsay had it that people who stole the painting
would be cursed and would either go mad or die. Eleven conveniently
looked up who had tried to steal the painting and discovered a name by
Silver Face had tried to steal it before?
He failed two years ago and was captured by Count Henry. He was released
under ambiguous circumstances and then he left. As she told Ye Wei, Ye
Wei raised her eyebrows but did not say a word.
“Eleven, look up the famous paintings which were lost in London in this
period of time, and who else also stole this painting,” Ye Wei plainly
The two of them went down to work. A moment later, Eleven said, “If the
information is correct, all the famous paintings that were recently lost
were all related to the Mafia. There were famous paintings in London,
France, Athens, and other countries that were also lost.”
“Big Boss Mo is really talented.” Ye Wei laughed as she slumped onto
the sofa and smiled. “With his funds being squeezed hard by Jason and
Chu Li, he has nowhere else to go. When we needed money as badly back
then, we stole brazenly too. These missing famous paintings will easily
fetch several times their price in the black market when auctioned off
then. F***, this was way easier than smuggling firearms. Damn, I have to
give it to him.”
Eleven’s lips twitched. She said, “This is immoral. The risk in
smuggling artifacts is too huge, and if it’s damaged in the process…
Forget it. I am illiterate, so why should I bother.”
“But I feel it’s extremely strange. Given how eminent this target is,
how could he strike?” Ye Wei grunted.
“Chances are that he is paying somebody for it.”
“Why doesn’t he steal the Mona Lisa instead? That would be worth so
much more.” Ye Wei teased. “That’s not correct. Don’t we kill
people? When did we become open bandits?”
Rong Yan brought some flower tea and said, “It’s not like you had not
Eleven suddenly said, “Wei Wei, could Mo Jue be in London for the
smuggling of these artifacts? The artifacts that were lost in London have
not cleared customs.
Ye Wei frowned and remained silent. She pulled out a few documents and
read them. As of late, six of the top bandits had tried to get their
hands on this drawing. Four of them were killed on the spot whilst the
fates of the other two, who were captured, remained unknown.
She frowned. Were Henry’s security systems that powerful? Or were they
as accursed as the information described them to be?
“Wei Wei, since Silver Face had failed before, would he steal it
again?” Eleven grunted and asked. Ye Wei smiled gorgeously and said,
“If I had failed before, I would undoubtedly try again.”
When Rong Yan saw their faces, she knew that they had made up their minds.
“If you get your hands on the drawing, he will even wish to kill you
“Whatever. If Gorgeous Mo Jue is indeed here for these artifacts, I
will make sure he loses everything.” Ye Wei smiled as beautifully as a
flower. “Although I am illiterate and can’t quite appreciate
artifacts for what they are, I am quite proficient at destroying them.”
Eleven wanted to see how formidable the hidden traps in the castle were,
and so she nodded. She also had sparred with a few of them, amongst many,
who had been to the castle on a one-way trip, and they were formidable.
“We act tonight.” Ye Wei flicked her fingers and stood up. She called
Chu Li and said, “Scheming Chu, send me a copy of the map of Henry’s
seaside castle. Everything.”