I'll give her... the shock of her life!
It would be better if his presence ended up surprising her.
Everyone's attention was focused on the auction items displayed on stage. There was a calligraphy painting which had a history of more than a hundred years. The screen displayed that all proceeds from this item will go towards funding an elementary school.
Many avid calligraphy lovers began to bid enthusiastically.
"Third Brother Yan."
Yan Rusheng found a spot at one of the corners near the toilet. His gaze was fixated on Wen Xuxu who was sitting in the first row.
It had been a long time since he'd heard someone addressing him in this way. He turned his head towards the direction of the voice.
A tall and slim woman wearing a formal outfit sauntered towards him with a smile.
The corners of his mouth curled up slightly. "Yishan."
Lu Yishan came to him and gestured towards Xuxu's direction. She asked teasingly, "Since you're loaded with money, why didn't you give some to Third Sister-in-Law? Even if she wanted to raise money for charity, can you bear to see her appear in public?"
That's exactly how I feel! Yan Rusheng was already fuming because of this. Now that Lu Yishan was bringing it up once again, his rage intensified.
But he remained composed, and his smile didn't waver at all. He replied nonchalantly, "Since she's here to sell her items, isn't it more interesting if I bid for them?"
Lu Yishan grinned when she heard him. "Third Sister-in-Law deliberately looked for those partners who plan on using this auction to curry favor with Flourish & Prosper. If you insist on bidding for her items, aren't you being overly reckless?"
What? Startled, Yan Rusheng glanced at the cluster of Flourish & Prosper's partners.
So it's like this...
Stupid woman, you've learned to be craftier, taking advantage of your connections. Or is it because of your new identity as the lady boss of Flourish & Prosper?
He'd suspected that something was amiss when he saw those familiar partners of Flourish & Prosper. And basically, anyone who attended the auction today was at the top of their organizations' hierarchy.
They wanted to use this opportunity to fawn over her.
If she's willing to take advantage of these connections, does that mean that she's no longer against our relationship anymore?
At the thought of this, he could hardly contain the joy and excitement bursting inside of him. He instantly thought that she'd done an excellent job in exploiting these connections.
These partners and their corporations had reaped so much profit from Flourish & Prosper that they should have enough to buy several jade shops.
The meager sum of money they were taking out to support his wife's kindness and her charity cause was something they should do anyway.
But the jade bangle and jade pendant... can't be auctioned off.
Even though he knew that they would gift it to Xuxu again after bidding for it, that dumb woman would never accept it.
The accessories were given by his grandmother to her granddaughter-in-law. She had prepared quite a lengthy speech when she took out her jade bangle, and she had obviously tried to imply that the bangle was supposed to go to her granddaughter-in-law.
Yan Rusheng thought of his grandmother and hurriedly instructed Lu Yishan. "Go get me another jade bangle and jade pendant and replace them with the items on stage."
Lu Yishan's mouth twitched slightly, "That doesn't sound right, does it?"
Wasn't this replacing the original with a fake?
Yan Rusheng sneered. "What's wrong with that? Isn't she here just to take advantage of the partners? The items aren't what's important."
Lu Yishan agreed and nodded. "Alright, I'll get to it right away."
Yan Rusheng decided not to bid for the items and strode over to the first row with everyone eyeing him. He walked right up to her and blocked her field of view entirely.
Xuxu raised her head to look at the obstacle in front of her and her mouth widened in shock. It took her some time before she managed to utter, "You... why are you here?"
She knew that he would find about it sooner or later, but she didn't think that it would be so soon.
Worried, she'd lowered her voice, afraid that he would flare up and ruin her all her efforts even before her items went up for bidding.