My Groom Ran Away - Need to Change the Groom
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“Ah Jue, the marriage ends here–“
“Let’s break up.”
The words that came from out of nowhere from Ruan Zhiyin’s lips were akin to a heavy stone being thrown into a clear water surface. It disturbed the calmness of the water and something stirred.
The two sides immediately fell into a stalemate, but there was turbulence brewing in the silence. The atmosphere between the two gradually became depressing.
After a long time of silence, the man spoke again. This time, his low voice contained an anger that could not be veiled—
“I admit, I shouldn’t have missed the wedding. You have an emotional misunderstanding, I will explain to you when I get back. But Zhiyin, don’t fool around with words like canceling the wedding and breaking up. You’ve crossed the line.”
Qin Jue’s words were vaguely reproachful, causing Ruan Zhiyin to be speechless for a moment.
They had known each other for eight years and had dated for three. As far as she remembered, he had always been gentle and polite.
When they were abroad, Qin Jue treated her well. At that time, Ruan Zhiyin felt that they could go all the way until the end, all the way till they were both old and wrinkled. Even in the several arguments after returning to the country, he had never once lost his temper like this.
However, at this moment, Qin Jue, the groom who escaped from the wedding for his ex-girlfriend, was chiding her that she shouldn’t fool around with the words of canceling the wedding and breaking up?
Ruan Zhiyin actually felt that this was a bit absurd as well, but she knew very well that she was not joking at all.
It was not that she hadn’t given Qin Jue a chance or trusted him, but she had helplessly accumulated too many disappointments from the numerous lies and favoritism he exhibited.
Perhaps Qin Jue also loved her, but his lingering attachment to the other woman far outweighed his feelings for her.
She could not continue feigning politeness in this relationship.
It was too tiring.
Letting him go was also setting herself free.
However, it was understandable that Qin Jue did not believe her. After all, she had liked him for eight years and had always followed along behind him. Even during the two years when he had a tough time breaking away from the Qin family, she was always there for him.
Anyone with a discerning eye could tell how much she liked Qin Jue. So for her to suddenly give up at the verge of stepping past the threshold was really unconvincing.
She was about to say something when a soft voice belonging to a female sounded on the other end of the phone. This abruptly interrupted her words that were hanging on the edge of her tongue.
“Ah Jue, can you pass the glass of water over?”
The woman’s voice was not unfamiliar, and it carried an unspoken intimacy. At this moment, Ruan Zhiyin still felt a split second of misery.
The next second, she sneered and hung up on the call.
She knew Lin Jingfei had intentionally spoken at that moment, but she did not want to engage in this endless argument again.
Thinking back on the decision she just made, she even felt a sense of unprecedented relaxation.
Just as she was lost in thought, there was a knocking sound on the door. Followed after was Kang Yu’s hesitant figure walking into the room.
“Miss Ruan, Mr. Qin’s assistant called me and said the wedding will be postponed until tomorrow?”
Qin Jue was a busy man and didn’t show up too often. For the entire process of planning the wedding, Kang Yu communicated with the groom’s side about the wedding matters through his assistant Zhai.
Just as she finished speaking, a tall woman suddenly appeared behind her. The other party’s stilettos clacked loudly against the floor as she angrily walked past Kang Yu and into the room.
“Yinyin, what does Qin Jue mean by this?!”
It was Gu Linlang, Ruan Zhiyin’s best friend, also the designer of the wedding dress. She had a hand on her waist, with her eyebrows knitted together in a deep frown, and her cheeks were tinged scarlet from anger.
She pushed her phone into Ruan Zhiyin’s face.
The news headline on the screen were flashing-
“The entertainment’s world’s newest flower girl Lin Jingfei allegedly slit her wrist and was sent to the hospital late at night, accompanied by her rumoured boyfriend.”
In the photo, the man was adorned in a tailored dark suit. His necktie matched his clothes, and he appeared to be extremely noble and dashing. His side profile eluded the gentleness and handsomeness, despite his knitted brows. On his straight nose rested a pair of gold-rimmed, thin-framed glasses which reflected the light of the lens.
He had a tall and broad figure, and his arms were wrapped around the fragile woman in his arms. He was turned slightly, as if he was lowering his head to comfort the woman in his arms.
And Lin Jingfei’s pretty face looked shy and timid, with the exception her complexion was faintly pale and weak.
It was an extremely eye-catching scene indeed –
No matter how she looked at it, Lin Jingfei and her pale face looked like someone slapped a thick layer of powder on it.
In the end, the media was still wary of the Qin family and did not release Qin Jue’s face. However, it was not difficult for those who were familiar with him to recognize him.
The watch on the man’s hand was the one Ruan Zhiyin had gifted him on his birthday last year. Engraved on the side of the dial was the initials of their names.
Qin Jue liked it very much when he first received it – his eyes were filled with warmth and he was smiling as he embraced her with those arms. He had made her take off the watch that his mother had given him when he became an adult, and put this one on.
Ever since then, he had never taken it off again.
The warm feelings at that time were still vivid in her mind, but now she saw the man carefully escorting another woman out of the hospital. Even though she was determined to let go, Ruan Zhiyin still felt a tingling pain spreading out from within her heart.
When feelings turn into a routine, it truly takes time for them to fade away into oblivion.
She clenched her fist tightly, as she tried to suppress the jealousy bubbling in her. Her nails were digging into the skin of her palm while she briefly scanned the comments under the post.
“Y is Fei Fei’s English name, right? They’re so cute it’s killing me~!“
“Fei Fei had already posted an explanation that she had cut her hand while cooking for a friend. Damn trash marketing accounts are still headlining with slitting wrists.”
“Cooking this late at night? Just friends? Doesn’t matter, these two are public secrets in the entertainment industry anyway.”
“I heard from a friend of mine studying in University A that Fei Fei had dated this guy for a long time and they were so passionately in love. After they had broken up, the guy was so depressed for a long time that he left the country afterwards.”
“Cool. The entertainment industry is full of those beauties that no men can resist anyway.”
Lin Jingfei entered the showbiz industry after graduation and was now an outstanding celebrity that no one didn’t know of.
The Qin family owned an entertainment company, with Qin Jue’s childhood friend, Jiang Anzheng, as the general manager, who also had a good relationship with Lin Jingfei. At the beginning of the year, Lin Jingfei terminated her contract with her previous company and signed a ten-year contract directly with Qin’s company.
The Ruan and Qin families were family friends for a long time. While the world of entertainment stretched far and deep, Lin Jingfei hadn’t been in deep waters under Qin Jue’s care – at the very least, Qin Jue and his friends all thought so.
After signing the contract, Lin Jingfei had often used various reasons to bypass Jiang Anzheng, and called Qin Jue for help.
The director was manipulating the audition, the investors were hinting at the unspoken rules during the gettogether, and the seniors were deliberately suppressing her during the shooting.
The reasons were endless, and the result was that Lin Jingfei’s rise to the top was bolstered by Qin Jue. Not only was there no negative news to be found, but her ambiguous relationship with Qin Jue also became an open “secret” in the entertainment circle.
And now, the two of them are once again trending on the internet.
It was probably because Lin Jingfei did it deliberately, but the most insoluble conflict between them was not Qin Jue, but the fact that the Lin family did not want Ruan Zhiyin to marry into the Qin family.
The joint marriage between Qin and Ruan was a big occasion, but the groom escaped on the wedding day for his ex-girlfriend. Even if the wedding was postponed to the next day, it would appear as a “submission” due to pressure in the eyes of the outsiders.
Ruan Zhiyin can imagine what kind of gossip the Ruan family will face after today.
She couldn’t stand by and watch the Ruan family’s reputation go down the drain, and more importantly her grandfather’s body couldn’t withstand this much stimulation!
Thinking of this, she lifted her eyes to look at Kang Yu: “The wedding will not be postponed, you guys continue to prepare.”
All these years, she had maintained a good temperament, and rarely did she get angry. However the Lin family’s disregard towards her grandfather’s deteriorating health truly infuriated the amiable Ruan Zhiyin.
Ruan Zhiyin’s voice was calm and imperturbable. Kang Yu, once receiving the order, quickly reacted with a nod and left.
On the other hand, Zhao He who came in along, glanced at Ruan Zhiyin with an entirely new look. The previous time, she had a look with the intention to please Ruan Zhiyin, but now that intention was missing and even contained disdain.
“Last night Lin Jingfei was sent into the hospital, and Qin Jue rushed to Beiyao overnight. I received these photos earlier, they were probably released by Lin Jingfei.”
Only then did Ruan Zhiyin explain to her friend about the photos.
Gu Linlang after listening to the explanation was so angry that she rubbed her chest to ease herself: “Lin Jingfei has some loose screws in her head, doesn’t she? Qin Jue and her had broken up 800 years ago, what’s the point of doing this before your wedding?”
“Lin Cheng didn’t want me to marry into the Qin family, and grandpa gave me shares in the company back then. From then on, Lin Jingfei held a grudge on me. She may have done this at the behest of Lin Cheng, or she may have purely wanted to shatter my dignity and turn me into a laughing stock.”
Although Ruan Zhiyin and Lin Jingfei were related by blood, they were not cousins with deep bonds.
In Lin Jingfei’s heart, Ruan Zhiyin was an intruder in her otherwise perfect life. And in Ruan Zhiyin’s mind, what the Lin family and Lin Jingfei had done destined their relationship to be doomed.
She couldn’t repay her grievances with virtue, and the Lin family didn’t deserve her forgiveness so easily.
Gu Linlang raised her brows while looking at her, “And you’re not angry?”
“Angry?” Ruan Zhiyin had a momentary pause, then laughed lightly, “Just before you barged in, I was speaking to Qin Jue about canceling the marriage.”
Gu Linlang was instantly silenced, her face full of apprehension.
If there was someone who knew clearer than everyone else about Ruan Zhiyin’s feelings for Qin Jue, it was Gu Linlang. But she also understood that it was almost impossible to change Ruan Zhiyin’s mind after she had decided on something.
After a long time, she sighed and shook her head, “Qin Jue is reaping what he sowed.”
As Ruan Zhiyin’s close friend for over two decades, she felt grievance for what Ruan Zhiyin had dedicated to Qin Jue.
Lin Jingfei and Qin Jue had a relationship back then, but they hadn’t lasted long before they broke up. Ironically, it was initiated by Lin Jingfei.
Later on, the heartbroken Qin Jue left the country in a state of depression. The place he went to was precisely the school that Ruan Zhiyin applied to.
The year after Ruan Zhiyin left the country, she accepted Qin Jue’s pursuit. Gu Linlang knew that they had a good relationship when they were abroad. Even when Qin Jue left the Qin family, Ruan Zhiyin went out of her way to accompany him.
From the founding to the listing of Qin Jue’s company abroad, it was unknown how much effort had Ruan Zhiyin devoted to it.
She refused her mentor’s recommendation to continue her education, neither did she return to the country. Instead, she gave all her savings to Qin Jue and accompanied him through the most difficult times.
The once proud son of the sky, was faced with numerous obstacles and rejection in his initial search for investors. Qin Jue couldn’t lower his head and let go of his pride. It was Ruan Zhiyin who worked hard to mediate behind the scenes and brought about the success.
The company suffered a huge blow and fell to the bottom once. Everyone felt that Qin Jue had failed in the bet with the Qin family, but only Ruan Zhiyin kept supporting and stayed beside him.
Gu Linlang also thought that the two would last forever. She still remembered the way Ruan Zhiyin’s eyes were bright and twinkling during their video call on New Year’s day.
“Linlang, Qin Jue proposed to me. He said, “Let’s get married when we return to China.””
Gu Linlang understood the reason for Ruan Zhiyin’s happiness.
Qin Jue didn’t propose because of their engagement, but because he really loved and cared for her. It was because he wanted to marry her, that he made this promise.
However, the world was filled with unpredictable things. Ever since the two of them returned to China, Lin Jingfei began to take advantage of her identity as the childhood friend and did questionable things. Worse thing was Qin Jue’s approach to Lin Jingfei’s actions, that even Gu Linlang could not bear to see.
Ruan Zhiyin, on the contrary, only watched quietly.
She seemed good-natured with such thoughtfulness and tolerance. But once such a person gives up, he or she will never look back. Not a single time.
“Linlang, no one could stop their feelings so abruptly, but you don’t have to worry about me. Although I can’t say that there is no turbulence and my heart is as still as clear water, I don’t feel as sad as I expected to be.”
Ruan Zhiyin shot a reassuring smile towards Gu Linlang.
She did not regret making this decision. To let go of this feeling, despite the initial disappointment, it felt more like a relief off a huge burden to her.
Gu Linlang breathed a sigh of relief, “Since you don’t have any feeling for him anymore, then why did you just say ……”
She did not doubt that Ruan Zhiyin truly decided to cancel the engagement, but Ruan Zhiyin had also just said that the wedding would not be postponed.
“It’s true that the wedding can’t be postponed, grandfather’s body can’t be stimulated by this news. Originally, I wanted to cancel it, but since Lin Jingfei made up her mind to embarrass me–“
Ruan Zhiyin suddenly paused, her eyelashes trembled slightly.
“Then I’ll just have to change the groom.”
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