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Whatever Happens Outside Has Nothing to Do with Me
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The rest of the meal became awkward and bland. Regardless, Yang Chen
still managed to gulp down a huge bowl of porridge, while Lin Ruoxi had a
few spoonfuls before putting down her bowl and chopsticks much like what
Hui Lin did.
Wang Ma quickly tidied the dining table like a typhoon, and passed the
task of making tea to Hui Lin. It was clear that she didnâ€™t dare to
make tea in front of such a person.
Why would such an important person visit? Did Missâ€™s business get so
huge that even the leader of the country wanted to meet her? Wang Ma
Yang Gongming was staring at an oil painting created by a famous artist
which was bought by Lin Ruoxi. The old woman saw that Yang Chen and the
others were waiting for him and said, â€œMaster, theyâ€™ve finished their
Yang Gongming turned around smilingly. Pointing at the painting on the
wall, he said to Lin Ruoxi, â€œThis painting done by westerners looks
impressive indeed. But I still feel that taking pictures is more
â€œErm…â€ Lin Ruoxi didnâ€™t know what to say. She couldnâ€™t just say
that he lacked the artistic mindset to admire the painting. However,
sheâ€™d feel uneasy in her heart if she said he was right.
Yang Gongming didnâ€™t mind her reply. He looked at Yang Chen and said,
â€œYang Chen, you mustâ€™ve given yourself this name, didnâ€™t you?â€
Yang Chen nodded slightly. â€œItâ€™s just a code name. It doesnâ€™t
matter what my surname and real name are.â€
â€œYoung Man, you shouldnâ€™t let go of it this easily. We shouldnâ€™t
forget our roots, much like loving our country. We should first love
ourselves, then our country. If we donâ€™t even care about our roots,
what is else there that weâ€™re supposed to be concerned with?â€ Yang
Gongming asked politely.
Yang Chen felt that his words was akin to punching through a clump of
cotton. The old man sounded gentle, and the smile on his face was always
there. It was said that â€کone does not slap a smiling personâ€™. Since
the old man had taken a step back to talk this nicely, it wouldnâ€™t seem
nice for Yang Chen to continue being stubborn, not to mention bullying
old people was absurd.
â€œYou didnâ€™t just come here today to talk about my name, did you?â€
Yang Chen wanted to rush to the main point. He wanted to finish the
conversation as soon as possible.
Yang Gongming nodded. â€œItâ€™s about something a bit more important.
Butâ€¦ I guessâ€¦ weâ€™ll have to find a more private setting for this
topic of conversation. May I know if thatâ€™s possible?â€
â€œYou need not hide anything. If you want to speak, speak. Otherwise
forget about it,â€ Yang Chen said impatiently.
Frowning, Lin Ruoxi stared at Yang Chen fiercely and scolded, â€œYang
Chen, have care for your speech!â€
This fellow is too disrespectful. Even if you do not enjoy their company,
theyâ€™re the elderly after all. Moreover, the old man was just trying to
discuss about something. How could he speak so rudely? she thought.
â€œYang Chen, if you donâ€™t mind, could you please continue your
discussion in my study room?â€ Lin Ruoxi suggested.
Yang Chen knew that he spoke a bit too mercilessly. As Lin Ruoxi took the
initiative to make the atmosphere less tense, he didnâ€™t say anything
Yang Gongming wasnâ€™t angered. Happily nodding, he said, â€œThank you
then, Little Girl.â€
Lin Ruoxi stood up and made a gesture which signalled an invitation
before leading Yang Gongming and the old woman upstairs.
Before going up, Lin Ruoxi looked at Yang Chen in dissatisfaction. What
she meant was obviousâ€”Come up with me!
Yang Chen felt a bit off put by the fact that Lin Ruoxi got herself
involved in these matters. She isnâ€™t a busybody, but why did she get
herself involved in this matter? Is it because of the old manâ€™s
Actually, Lin Ruoxi herself didnâ€™t know the answer to this question.
She just instinctively felt that she should behave this way, in front of
this old man.
Yang Chen saw that Lin Ruoxi brought Yang Gongming upstairs, and knew
that he would still be troubled even if he refused to go up. As a result,
he slowly climbed up the stairs as well.
Hui Lin was busy downstairs making tea for Yang Gongming. She was stunned
and nervous when she saw that the four people go upstairs.
As they approached the room, Lin Ruoxi politely opened the door for Yang
Gongming. â€œThank you,â€ Yang Gongming replied smilingly before
entering the room with the old woman.
The friendly-looking old woman said, â€œThis kid is so adorable,â€
before entering the room, causing Lin Ruoxi to blush in shyness.
Although it was merely a compliment from an old person towards a child,
it was still an unusual experience for Lin Ruoxi as she seldom received
this form of treatment.
Yang Chen soon entered the study room, afterwhich Lin Ruoxi had planned
to leave the room to allow them their privacy, and head downstairs.
However, before she left, Yang Gongming said, â€œRuoxi, you may sit in as
well. You have the right to know about these things as well.â€
Lin Ruoxi shuddered lightly. Heâ€™s well aware of my identity. I have the
right to know? What does he mean? Is it possible that Yang Chen really
Worried, Lin Ruoxi hesitated for a bit before nodding. She then entered
the room and closed the door behind her.
The study room was filled with deafening silence. A few strands of
sunlight shone into the room through the blinds of the window. The dull
atmosphere soon dissipated.
Yang Gongming looked at the dazzling display of books all around him.
Smiling, he said, â€œRuoxi, are all these books yours?â€
Lin Ruoxi answered softly, â€œYes.â€
â€œNot bad. Although the ancients said that women were lucky possessing
no knowledge, cultured women are often rational, especially when it comes
to taking care of the matters of a major clan. Itâ€™s a good thing,â€
Yang Gongming said before turning his head to Yang Chen. â€œYang Chen,
Grandpa is very satisfied regarding this granddaughter-in-law.â€
Lin Ruoxiâ€™s eyes widened to its max. She suddenly felt that there was a
lack of oxygen flowing into her brain. Dumbstruck, she turned to look at
Yang Chen beside who had been silent.
Yang Chen frowned. He certainly didnâ€™t expect Yang Gongming to reveal
their blood relations this casually.
â€œI never said I had a grandpa. You mustâ€™ve found the wrong person,â€
Yang Chen replied calmly with a faint smile. He was surprisingly calm
when he said it.
Yang Gongming didnâ€™t mind his reply, as if he had completely missed
what Yang Chen said. He seemed to be recalling something while saying,
â€œDuring the winter, no less than twenty years ago, about this time of
the year, my son Yang Pojun and at that time yet-to-be daughter-in-law
Guo Xuehua gave birth to a child. However, they kept it a secret from me,
since the child was born before Xuehua was married into the clan.
â€œThey thought I was unaware of this, but I actually had long known
about it. Fortunately, they didnâ€™t abort the child. I would certainly
have stopped them should they attempt to do so.
â€œSince the heavens decided to let the child be born, its existence was
one to be preserved. Even if it hadnâ€™t come out yet, it was still part
of the Yang clan, my grandson or granddaughter.
â€œUnfortunately, I was faced with the most crucial moment for the
chairman election of the party committee. Hundreds of members, old and
young, male and female, were waiting for me to be elected so that the
position of the clan could be consolidated. Back then, it was the
quickest era for the development of the country. The clan whose
representative was elected would certainly prosper, while if I failed in
that election, all the government officials and state-owned enterprises
related to the Yang clan would certainly be heavily affected, so bad as
to say bones wouldnâ€™t even remain after they were devoured.
â€œAt that time, I wasnâ€™t given the privilege of devoting attention to
my grandchildren . Furthermore, to a clan like ours of that generation,
an unmarried pair giving birth to a child would definitely give rise to a
â€œMy son and daughter-in-law were well aware of the consequences as
well. As a result, they put my grandson at an orphanage, and planned to
retrieve him once the election was overâ€¦â€
As Yang Gongming slowly narrated the story, Yang Chenâ€™s mood was slowly
Lin Ruoxi finally understood the truth. Shocked, her gaze towards Yang
Chen slowly became tender.
So, has his life always been this rough?
â€œAfter that, I lived up to everyoneâ€™s expectation. With the help of
so many students and colleagues, I earned the foundation for the Yang
clan to survive and develop in Beijing.
â€œI still remember the day I was elected. The first thought I held was
to retrieve my grandson from the orphanage. If it wasnâ€™t for the child
who endured the suffering, his grandpa wouldnâ€™t be able to run the
â€œHowever, when my son and daughter-in-law returned to the orphanage,
they found out that the orphanage had relocated, while the group of
children had disappeared, of course including our familyâ€™s newborn.â€
Sorrow surfaced in Yang Gongmingâ€™s eyes. The incidents back then were
so clearly remembered by this old man, as if they happened yesterday. It
was hard to imagine that this was something heâ€™d repent about
As Yang Gongming spoke, the old woman beside looked dejected as well. She
quietly wiped the tears from the corners of her eyes.
Lin Ruoxi glanced at Yang Chen who held no expression. So itâ€™s real
that he grew up without parents, after losing all his relatives when he
was still a baby. How was he brought up then?
Similarly, Lin Ruoxi finally understood why Yang Chen said stuff like
â€کnever to begâ€™ on the day Guo Xuehua kneeled down to him. She also
found out the true reason he didnâ€™t kill Yang Lieâ€¦ It was obvious
that Yang Chen was well aware of his roots, even from the start.
â€œDo you really think that coming here and speaking to me about my past
will change anything? Ever since I could remember, in my world, the
so-called relatives have never existed. Just like my personal records,
Iâ€™ve forgotten everything before I was five years old. I donâ€™t know
if I was adopted, or if I was sold off. All I remembered was my surname
which Iâ€™m not sure who told me or how I came to remember it. After I
was five, I got sent abroad. Until now, I still donâ€™t know how I
managed to survive, and how Iâ€™m still standing here.â€ Yang Chen
laughed in contempt at himself. â€œEven the Monkey King knows that he
broke out from a stone. When I was at my lowest, no one was there to tell
me how I came to be. Iâ€™ll leave the suffering my body has endured
aside. Do you know how it feels to not know myself? Whatâ€™s so sorrowful
about the sorrows you just described?â€
Yang Gongming was stunned as he gazed upon Yang Chen. He failed to answer
Yang Chenâ€™s questions.
Lin Ruoxiâ€™s eyes had reddened slightly. The usual laziness found in
Yang Chenâ€™s aura had completely scattered, as if he was engulfed in
utter desolation, lifelessness, and despair.
â€œMy heart is exhausted. I donâ€™t have intentions for revenge, but my
only hope is for you guys to stop intruding into my life. I just want to
live peacefully. Whatever happens outside has nothing to do with me,â€
Yang Chen said before turning around as he wanted to leave the study room.
â€œWait!â€ Yang Gongming suddenly shouted.
Yang Chen stopped moving forward. He wanted to turn his head around, but
heard a bang on the floor.
This sound? Yang Chen was astonished, his eyes were wide open. He finally
turned around to have a look, only to find Yang Gongming who had kneeled
down with a solemn look!
Not only was Yang Chen shocked, even Lin Ruoxi and the old woman were
Whether or not he was the elderly, or a former leader of the country,
Yang Gongming kneeling before his grandson was definitely something