My Groom Ran Away - Let's Break Up
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May, Arashi Bridge City.
The clouds hung low and the weather was brewing with sultry heat. The typhoon had just passed, and the air was surrounded in a moist mist, accompanied by a gentle breeze blowing into the room through the window.
The clock was ticking, slowly pointing to eight o’clock.
The sound of a bell rang gently at the door on the dot. After receiving a response from Ruan Zhiyin, Kang Yu walked into the hotel’s main suite in a smart professional outfit.
The company she works for, Merbeil, was the most reputed wedding service company in the industry, specializing in serving high-end clients. Of course, the services provided were absolutely considerate and meticulous, absolutely worthy of the million dollar undertaking fee.
Two months ago, Merbeil received a commission for a high-end wedding. After an internal competition, Kang Yu came out on top and officially took over the planning of this luxurious wedding.
The presidential suite on the top floor of SIMO Hotel was simple and elegant, without losing out on the luxury hidden in the details. Even the water cups casually placed on the coffee table were customized by Queen-W.
After walking into the room, Kang Yu saw the bride, Ruan Zhiyin, standing silently by the window.
She put up a courteous smile and asked thoughtfully, “Miss Ruan, it’s still early, would you like to take a rest first?”
The other party turned around at the sound of her voice; her bright phoenix eyes were clear and moving, with softness like water. With chestnut hair and red luscious lips, palm-sized goose egg face with delicate features, swan-like shoulders and neckline, and skin as white as jade, frost and snow, one glance at her would capture anyone’s attention.
The tender beauty yet untainted by the turbulent society was draped in only a loose bathrobe. This sight managed to stun Kang Yu, who was also a woman, and she almost couldn’t shift her gaze away.
The beauty’s eyes were fixed on the wall clock that kept moving, then smiled lightly and asked softly in return, “Is it still early?”
The voice was very low, as if she was asking Kang Yu, but also as if she was talking to herself, which confused Kang Yu a little.
After all, it was just a little bit past 8 o’clock. According to the wedding process, there were still two hours before Mr. Qin will come over.
As the head of wedding planning, Kang Yu naturally knew something about the bride and groom.
The Qin family was one of the few elite families, and the groom, Qin Jue, was the current head of the Qin family.
The renowned Mr. Qin was a true pride of the sky, born with a golden spoon who studied in famous schools. While he was studying abroad, his startup company was successfully listed on the stock exchange, and after inheriting the family business, he brought about the largest medical merger in the industry.
However, the most interesting thing about this gleaming diamond kingpin was a scandal.
There were many gossip accounts claiming that the charming Mr. Qin and the newest flower in the entertainment industry, Lin Jingfei, had some ambiguous affairs, and Kang Yu was naturally curious about the truth.
But after this period of contact, she felt that Mr. Qin’s thoughtfulness and love for his fiancée, Miss Ruan, did not seem to be faked.
Miss Ruan’s looks and temperament was not any inferior when compared to the outstanding beauty in the entertainment industry, Lin Jingfei.
It was said that she was admitted into University A with a second place in Arashi Bridge City’s Liberal Arts ranking, and then went on to study at Lawton Business School – a proper straight A student.
Such an illustrious lady with a prominent family background, setting aside her excellent resume, she is a friendly person who doesn’t put on airs. In the two months she worked with her, Kang Yu had become a loyal supporter of Ruan Zhiyin.
On the other hand, the pretty flower, Lin Jingfei, had deep background connections and any negative news related to her would always be erased. However, Kang Yu still heard from her screenwriter friends that Lin Jingfei would always put on airs when filming.
As long as Mr. Qin wasn’t blind, who would set aside such a beautiful fiancée and choose Lin Jingfei, a woman who only knew how to market her beauty to the world. This was akin to treating a fish eye as a priceless pearl.
Kang Yu thought that maybe the rumors were just rumors, but the netizens were catching wind of the situation.
Ruan Zhiyin did not know what was in Kang Yu’s mind; she lowered her eyes to look at her phone, then closed the window and walked to the sofa to sit.
“Kang Yu, I remember that you are from Beiyao, have you ever calculated how long it took to come to Arashi from Beiyao?”
“Less than two hours if you take a flight, mm…. but today is an exception. I have a friend who wants to come to Arashi to play. It was originally scheduled for today’s flight, but I saw his post earlier saying that many flights have been cancelled in Beiyao.”
Arashi and Beiyao were both seaside cities. The current season had a lot of typhoons, and flights were occasionally delayed by the weather.
Kang Yu had just finished speaking when two of her colleagues pushed the hanger with the wedding dress into the room.
Ruan Zhiyin had a lazy posture, half leaning on the sofa as she nodded casually, without further conversation.
The president’s suite had an independent checkroom, where Ruan Zhiyin went to change.
The wedding dress was a custom made order from Ruan Zhiyin’s good friend, Gu Linlang’s design brand.
Layers of white tulle were laid upon each other, falling downwards, with hundreds of shimmering pearls and diamonds inlaid on them. The slim one-shoulder design highlighted the sexy and exquisite collarbone, and the graceful and attractive figure.
It cannot be denied that this wedding dress and Ruan Zhiyin is a perfect match, with everyone exclaiming that it looks good.
The executive assistant of the wedding team, Zhao He, came over at this time to help organize the skirt.
The Ruan family was not doing well as the Qin family in recent years, but it was still one of the top celebrity families in Arashi. The most important thing is that Ruan Zhiyin is about to marry into the Qin family and officially become Mrs. Qin.
Zhao He has the intention to please her; smoothly arranging the wedding dress while putting in good words.
“Miss Ruan, I’ve worked with many clients, but this is the first time I’ve come across such a handsome groom as Mr. Qin. Mr. Qin said you have known each other since you were 16 years old. If you ask me, the feelings of the first love are the most sincere.”
The other party’s attitude is derisive and attentive, but Ruan Zhiyin is lost in her thoughts. Finally, she politely curved her lips and did not say anything to keep the conversation flowing.
Zhao He was a little embarrassed, but fortunately Ruan Zhiyin’s phone rang at the right time, and the caller ID gave her the opportunity to change the subject. She said with a smile on her face, jokingly, “Mr. Qin is really considerate, he is still calling at this moment.”
Kang Yu saw Ruan Zhiyin frowning slightly, and thought she didn’t like Zhao He’s way of doing things, so she raised her voice and said, “Okay, don’t bother Miss Ruan anymore, let’s go over the wedding process again.”
The other party is after all the chief of the wedding plan. Zhao He, despite her background, did not dare to openly defy Kang Yu, and could only reluctantly bite her lips.
The three of them quickly left the room.
When the room fell silent, Ruan Zhiyin walked to the window and answered Qin Jue’s phone.
The man’s voice was gentle and quiet: “Zhiyin, I’m sorry. The flight was cancelled, so I couldn’t make it back in time.”
Ruan Zhiyin rubbed her eyebrows, as if she had expected it, her tone was flat: “I know.”
Her voice was as soft as ever, allowing Qin Jue on the other end of the phone to put his mind at ease.
He continued with his voice calm and solid, and his attitude was businesslike as if he was solving a merger and acquisition case–
“It’s still early, so the wedding can be rescheduled for tomorrow. I have already called Zhai Xu, he will inform the guests later, don’t worry.”
Hearing Qin Jue’s words, Ruan Zhiyin couldn’t help but laugh.
Yesterday when Qin Jue said that the branch office had an issue and rushed to Beiyao overnight, he also used such a gentle and calm tone to reassure her not to worry, that he would be back on time and would not affect the wedding.
“Ah Jue, I know that Lin Jingfei went into the hospital last night, are you in the hospital now?”
Qin Jue obviously didn’t expect her to know the reason why he came to Beiyao, so there was silence for a moment over there.
Ruan Zhiyin’s eyes darkened slightly, those orbs were tinged with self-deprecation, and she spoke with clarity, “If not, then you are in Lin Jingfei’s apartment.”
The other side paused and said in a low voice: “Sorry Zhiyin, I didn’t tell you yesterday because I was afraid you would misunderstand.”
“Afraid I would misunderstand? But you see, you still went despite knowing that I might misunderstand.”
Her voice was emotionless but anyone could detect the hint of sarcasm within it.
Qin Jue became somewhat indifferent: “Zhiyin, I know you have some prejudice against Jingfei, but she is your cousin. She got injured, and neither you nor I can turn a blind eye to it.”
The man was so obviously defensive of Lin Jingfei that Ruan Zhiyin’s knuckles shrank slightly.
She breathed a long sigh, and quietly looked down, “Yes, Lin Jingfei is my cousin.”
And she is also Qin Jue’s ex-girlfriend…
More so, she was Qin Jue’s first love interest when they were younger.
The Ruan and Qin families were family friends, and Lin Jingfei moved to the Ruan family with her mother at the age of six. She and Qin Jue were inevitably childhood sweethearts.
Just now when Zhao He was teasing her, Ruan Zhiyin didn’t say anything because Qin Jue’s feelings of first love didn’t belong to her.
“How is she now?”
The two of them had too many arguments over Lin Jingfei, so Qin Jue wasn’t willing to talk much about it at this moment, and simply replied, “She has been discharged from the hospital, and there is no major problem.”
“I see.” Although she had expected it, Ruan Zhiyin was still slightly relieved.
Grandpa Ruan’s health has been bad for two years, if Lin Jingfei had overacted, he might not be able to withstand the blow.
However, when she received those photos just now, Ruan Zhiyin had already understood that Lin Jingfei was probably not really in trouble.
The man slowed down his tone: “Zhiyin, it was my mistake to come to Beiyao before the wedding, but right now we need to make proper arrangements for the wedding tomorrow, okay?”
As a result of Lin Jingfei’s injury, he reneged at the last minute, so the wedding had to be postponed.
Ruan Zhiyin was incomparably clear that from the moment Qin Jue proposed to her, this wedding held a different weight in their hearts.
Her face was calm as she looked out of the window in silence.
The city was noisy and bustling, with tall buildings towering overhead.
Perhaps the indoor air-conditioning was too cold, she stood in front of the floor-to-ceiling window with one hand around her arm, overlooking the surging traffic, yet she could not feel the slightest sense of reality.
It was as though she returned to the year she was 16.
After a long time, she spoke again: “Ah Jue, I remember when I first returned to Ruan’s house, I lost the jade Buddha given by the dean, and after searching for a long time, I couldn’t find it, so I hid myself in the attic and cried. Later, you found me hiding in the attic and didn’t tell anyone, but you secretly helped me get the jade Buddha back.”
Her voice was ethereal and soft, Qin Jue couldn’t help but fall into steps with her walking down memory lane, his heart softening.
Afterwards, he chuckled softly, “At that time, I thought, how could someone hide and cry just because they lost something, but seeing that you were crying too hard, I could only help you find it again.”
Ruan Zhiyin laughed.
In fact, she knew clearly that Qin Jue had not found the jade Buddha. It’s just that the poise and upbringing that the teenager had developed since childhood rendered him unable to watch the girl wipe her tears and sit idly by, so he purchased one that looked the same and came back.
“Why did you suddenly bring this up?” Qin Jue asked.
“I just suddenly felt that losing that jade Buddha wasn’t really worth the sadness.”
After these words were spoken, most of the emotions in her heart dissipated.
The reason why she cried at first was more because she had just returned to Ruan’s house and received all kinds of stares from the people around her. She had to suppress too many emotions that day. The loss of the jade Buddha became the catalyst for her outburst
Later, when she was admitted to University of A and went abroad, she heard more compliments from outsiders. At that time, the jade Buddha that Qin Jue bought for her was also gone, but she didn’t seem to feel anything.
Time will eventually heal everything, there is nothing that can’t be changed. So what exactly has she been clinging on to all these years?
As though she had been considering this matter for far too long, she finally made up her mind at this moment.
“Ah Jue, the marriage ends here–“
“Let’s break up.”
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