AGM 241 - Bad Intentions
During this period of time, Leng Ning's life in the Leng Clan could be said to be miserable, even to the extent of being extremely agonising.
Ever since Yan Kong was defeated by Qin Wentian, he immediately reported this to his uncle. Naturally he wouldn't say that he was the one in the wrong but rather, the 'reserved' bride of his uncle had an extremely close relationship with some other man.
Hence, Yan Kong's uncle, Yan Tie, immediately sent people to the Leng Clan, ordering them to keep Leng Ning under house arrest. Not only that, the place of her imprisonment would not be the Leng Residence, but the Yan Residence instead.
Such an attitude caused the already unwilling Leng Ning to be even more afraid to accept the order. She knew that once she stepped into the Yan Clan, it would be akin to stepping into a nightmare. She didn't know what that monster would do to her, and how could she, as a young lady, dare to venture into the dwelling of a monster?
What made Leng Ning even more depressed was that every day, her Clan pressured her to accept the order. Even her father tried persuading her every now and then. Her movements and freedom were tightly controlled, causing Leng Ning to despair. She had even contemplated suicide. In any case, since going to the Yan Clan meant death, rather than dying from the monster's torture, she might as well end it all on her own terms.
Some of the Leng Clan servants emphasised with Leng Ning, sighing in their hearts. Such a beautiful young woman was to be wasted because of lust from a disgusting old freak. This was too unfair, and too cruel. Leng Ning deserved better than this.
At that moment, Leng Ning's dad appeared again at her courtyard. Looking at his daughter, he said, "Leng Ning, the exchange is coming soon, why have you not gone over to the Yan Clan yet?"
Leng Ning's countenance was ice-cold. Staring at her father, 'Hehehe, the exchange? To gain a few slots granted by Yan Tie, the Clan has chosen to sacrifice me?"
"Leng Ning, what are you talking about? What do you mean sacrifice? Yan Tie is an esteemed third-ranked Divine Inscriptionist. There are many who want to marry him, but were rejected. If you truly become his concubine, your status would immediately skyrocket. This is such a rare opportunity. Why do you have to be so recalcitrant?" Leng Ning's cousin, Leng Lin, smiled sarcastically from the side.
"Wow, a god-sent opportunity? Why don't you go in my stead? Why did you push this onto me then?" Leng Ning coldly laughed.
"Well. I've already found my special someone." Leng Lin leaned against the young man standing by her side. Her face was filled with superiority, tinged with arrogance and pride.
"Leng Ning, you should know how important this trial is to our Leng Clan. Not only that, our Leng Clan no longer has any Divine Inscriptionist experts to support us. If we want to obtain a decent ranking, we can only borrow Yan Tie's power," Leng Ning's father continued persuading her.
"Ridiculous, since we don't have any expert Inscriptionists, what can we do even if we obtain a decent ranking? We would still be relegated to supporting roles. When have the greatest benefits obtained from the trial not been taken away by the transcendent powers? When would it even be our Leng Clan's turn? We wouldn't even get any scraps from it. What's laughable is that our Clan has ended up begging others for help and are even selling me off, all just to send a few people to enter the trial... You guys are all truly shameless."
Leng Ning's heart was completely dark, she no longer considered herself part of the Leng Clan. Fan Le was right, why stay in such a clan? The sooner she left, the better. There was no more hope here.
"Leng Ning." At that very moment, the sound of a voice suddenly drifted over. Leng Ning trembled, she recognised this voice. The cold look in her eyes instantly vanished, replaced by a smile, as she turned and ran in the direction of the voice.
"What are you doing?" Leng Ning's father shouted.
"It's none of your concern." Leng Ning ignored her father. Beside her, a snowy puppy was sprinting along as well, towards the entrance of the Leng Residence.
Qin Wentian actually felt somewhat depressed. After he arrived at the Leng Clan, the guards barred his way despite knowing that he was a friend of Leng Ning. This incident caused Qin Wentian to faintly sense that Leng Ning's current situation wasn't that good.
A white blur of shadow leapt into his chest. Qin Wentian ruffled the fur on Little Rascal's head while smiling, "Did you miss me?"
"Yiyiyaya!" A voice echoed out in his mind, Little Rascal kept rubbing its head on Qin Wentian's chest, looking extremely adorable.
A beautiful figure momentarily appeared before him. This person was none other than Leng Ning, traces of fatigue were apparent on her face as she regarded Qin Wentian with a smile. "How are you faring at the Institute? It must be great spending so much time with Teacher Bailu, right?"
"Still okay, I guess." Qin Wentian lightly nodded his head, maintaining a nonchalant expression. This caused Leng Ning to roll her eyes at him, even spending so much time with a great beauty like Bailu Yi was 'still okay' to him?
"How about you?" Qin Wentian asked, gazing at her fatigued countenance, feeling some guilt in his heart. He had been too engrossed in researching and studying Divine Inscriptions during this period of time and had forgotten about Leng Ning's situation.
"Not too bad, I guess, just that I'm not used to not hearing someone bragging around me." Leng Ning smiled.
Qin Wentian shifted his gaze as he saw Leng Ning's father, as well as the couple they met from before, appearing behind Leng Ning. Their countenances, especially Leng Ning's father, were incredibly unsightly to behold. Qin Wentian understood then, that the smile on Leng Ning's face was forced.
"Heh heh, I didn't expect that you'd still dare to show your face." Leng Ning's father laughed coldly when he saw Qin Wentian. The source of Yan Tie's rage was none other than this young man before him, as well as the fact that he was rumoured to have an extremely close relationship with Leng Ning.
Question marks appeared in Qin Wentian's mind, why wouldn't he dare to show his face here?
"Cousin, because of this fellow, you refused to marry into the Yan Clan?" Leng Lin walked up with a smile on her face. "As for you, after offending Yan Tie, you hid away for so long yet still dare to reveal yourself now?"
Only now did Qin Wentian understand. The old freak Yan Tie, was the monster Leng Ning had told him about back then.
As for offending Yan Tie, this matter should have something to do with Yan Kong. That despicable fellow didn't dare seek his revenge alone and had chosen to inform his uncle instead. Leng Ning was inevitably dragged in as collateral damage.
Qin Wentian didn't bother looking at Leng Lin. In fact, he felt somewhat sad. Leng Lin's personality had been shaped from being brought up in such an environment.
"What are your thoughts on this?" Qin Wentian directly asked Leng Ning. He ignored Leng Lin, who stood to the side, causing her to frown in displeasure. This person was too arrogant, how dare he behave in such a manner while standing in her clan's premises.
Leng Ning's beautiful eyes regarded Qin Wentian. Even though she had some thoughts in her heart, she ultimately decided against it. The Yan Clan was too powerful, even if Qin Wentian was a third-ranked Divine Inscriptionist, how could he be compared to that old freak, who had several more years of attainment? She knew that Yan Tie was an extremely hard to deal with character, and didn't want to drag Qin Wentian down with her. In any case, this matter had nothing to do with him.
"He and Bailu Yi are a match made in heaven." Leng Ning sighed. After which, she lifted her head and smiled at Qin Wentian. "You guys should move out, this place is getting too chaotic, so it's no longer suitable for you all to continue staying here."
"Hehe, cousin is quite intelligent after all." Leng Lin sneered. It seemed like Leng Ning didn't want any tragedy or misfortune to befall her friends, which was why she was breaking all forms of relationship between them. In any case, no matter how unwilling Leng Ning was, she had to go. If she didn't, the misfortune would surely fall upon her, Leng Lin, instead.
"This lass..." Qin Wentian involuntarily sighed when he noticed how Leng Ning was avoiding his gaze. Even though her words may be harsh at times, her heart was only filled with kindness.
"Third-ranked Divine Inscriptionist, right?" Qin Wentian murmured under his breath as he walked up to Leng Ning, pulling her hands. His actions caused Leng Ning to freeze as she stared unblinkingly at Qin Wentian.
A radiant, sun-like smile blossomed on his face. "Things are not as complicated as you imagined."
After speaking, Qin Wentian stared at Leng Ning's father as he spoke, "Leng Ning belongs to me now. If Yan Tie wants her, get him to talk to me."
After speaking, Qin Wentian placed him out of his mind. Such a father was a failure. Pulling her dainty hand along, Qin Wentian made his way towards Leng Ning's courtyard.
Brilliant lights flashed continuously in Leng Ning's eyes. Seeing the radiant smile on Qin Wentian's face, her heart pounded madly.
Somehow this fellow was still the same as before, bragging as usual without a care in the world.
But at this moment, he seemed so dependable to her.
"If I could be his girlfriend, how marvellous would that be." Leng Ning thought in her heart. But soon after, realizing her thoughts, her face involuntarily heated up. She must have gone crazy, why would this notion appear in her mind?
Leng Ning's father, Leng Lin and her boyfriend stood there, at a loss for words. This fellow was too arrogant, was he treating himself as the lord of this place?
If Yan Tie wanted Leng Ning, he had to talk to Qin Wentian directly? Could he even bear the responsibility of speaking those words?
"Eh, how long do you want to hold my hands for?" After returning to her residence, Leng Ning glared at Qin Wentian.
Only then did Qin Wentian relinquish his hold, rubbing his nose awkwardly.
"Hmph, you are too straightforward, you haven't asked whether I agreed to it or not." Leng Ning snorted, yet she didn't seem to be the slightest bit unhappy. Evidently she was just kidding, if Qin Wentian really asked her to be his girl, Leng Ning would definitely agree.
"Well, I guess you can choose to reject," Qin Wentian stated, while looking at her.
"You..." Leng Ning was speechless, upon seeing a smile that was not a smile on his face. Did this rascal not understand the hearts of women? He should give women some face so they can exit the stage, right?
This man was too much of a rascal, too conceited. Leng Ning gritted her teeth in frustration.
"Fine fine, just treat it like I'm too presumptuous. You can just dump me after this matter is settled." Qin Wentian understood that Leng Ning was still a young woman after all. Asking a guy to pretend to be her boyfriend? How many girls would dare to initiate such a conversation? Even if they weren't shy, they would still be wary about giving the guy the wrong idea.
"Hmph, alright then." Leng Ning smiled with satisfaction.
"Oh Leng Ning, didn't you once say that the original candidate was supposed to be Leng Lin? This matter is easy to settle then, since your clan could change the candidate to you, it shouldn't be a problem to change it back to Leng Lin." Qin Wentian shrugged, feeling somewhat unhappy when he thought of Leng Lin's rude tone of words.
Leng Ning's eyes flickered with amusement as she heard Qin Wentian's words. After which, she grinned and looked at Qin Wentian, "You are so baddd."
And yet, she was inwardly delighted. Yes, this was indeed an exceptionally excellent idea!