455 A Contradictory Miao Jing
"I don't feel bloated!" Now that she was in a good mood, she felt comfortable in anything she did. "Nan Nan, don't be stingy. Give me another half a cup of water."
Qiao Nan saw that Miao Jing looked well and so she gave her another half cup of water. "Auntie Miao, is it alright that you sit here without a care about what's going on outside?" Qiu Chenxi had yet to leave.
After listening to what Qiu Chenxi said just now, it was obvious that she had not given up. She wanted to work harder to obtain the approval of Brother Zhai and marry into the Zhai family.
When encountered with such matters, the average girl would leave in shame and anger. Some might even say harsh words and swear to cut off all contacts with the Zhai family.
But now that the situation had turned so awkward, Qiu Chenxi still had not given up on Brother Zhai. It not only proved that she was bent on marrying Brother Zhai, but it also showed that Qiu Chenxi was very difficult to deal with.
"It's alright. I don't believe in Zhai Yaohui, but I believe in my son. It has been more than ten years. Qiu Chenxi often came to look for Zhai Sheng, but he has never paid much attention to her. Nan Nan, I'm not afraid of you laughing at me. Let me tell you something. In the past, I might have wanted the two of them to be together, but in fact, I was happy when Zhai Sheng gave the enthusiastic Qiu Chenxi the cold shoulder."
Back then, Qi Minlan acted smugly in front of her. She treated her lightly and would laugh at her when she made mistakes.
Every dog has its day. Twenty years had passed since. Now, Qi Minlan's daughter acted like a clown in front of her son, but her son was not interested in her at all.
This was the reason why Auntie Miao insisted Qiu Chenxi to be with Brother Zhai all these years even though she disliked Qi Minlan and Qiu Chenxi.
When a woman was bent on revenge, she was not to be underestimated.
Qi Minlan might have thought that Auntie Miao was afraid of her and hence she accepted Qiu Chenxi. In fact, Auntie Miao was enjoying her revenge on them.
"Auntie Miao, if Brother Zhai is not interested in Qiu Chenxi but in someone else, but she is not the type of daughter-in-law that you are looking for, will you force Brother Zhai to listen to you by threatening to sever ties with him?"
Auntie Miao was indeed cool when she used that tactic to deal with Qiu Chenxi.
However, as a bystander, Qiao Nan was so shocked that she broke out in a cold sweat.
She could not imagine what would happen when Miao Jing knew about her relationship with Zhai Sheng. Miao Jing might be on good terms with her now, but she might adopt the same attitude that she used on Qiu Chenxi, objecting to their relationship and separating Zhai Sheng and her.
Miao Jing smoothed her sleeve. "I'm not foolish. One cannot always use the same old trick. Zhai… Forget it. Don't mention him. Hua Hua and Zhai Sheng are my children. Nobody in the world is more important to me than the two of them. As long as that person is not Qiu Chenxi, I can reason with them and convince them to break up. Nan Nan, you really don't understand. It will be very hard on the average girl to be married to Zhai Sheng."
When Miao Jing said this, there was a sense of burden in her words.
Qiao Nan was absorbed in her own thoughts. "Auntie Miao, if the girl is not afraid of the hardships and wants to be with Brother Zhai, will that be fine? Will you still not allow them to be together?"
According to what Auntie Miao said, she did not object to her relationship with Brother Zhai because of her family background. There seemed to be other reasons.
"Nan Nan, did Zhai Sheng tell you about the girl that he likes and wanted you to sound me out and put in a good word for them?" Miao Jing was sharp. She grabbed Qiao Nan's hand and said, "Nan Nan, you're closer to me than with Zhai Sheng, right? I treat you like my daughter. At this time, you must stand on my side. Do you understand? Nan Nan, don't disappoint me!"
Miao Jing grabbed Qiao Nan's hands as if she was her last straw.
Qiao Nan was in a dilemma. On the one hand, she wanted to come clean. On the other hand, she was afraid of the repercussions.
She could feel that Miao Jing trusted and cared a lot for her, but Qiao Nan could not bring herself to say anything that was against her will. "Auntie Miao, after all, I am just an outsider. I can only promise you that unless you agree, I will never agree to the relationship between Brother Zhai and the young lady. What do you think?"
In other words, as long as Auntie Miao did not agree, she would never marry Brother Zhai. She would never hurt Auntie Miao because of this.
Miao Jing looked as if she had to have Qiao Nan's support. With Qiao Nan's words, her tension eased and she relaxed. "Nan Nan, Auntie Miao believes in you."
"Mom, you believe in Nan Nan? What is it about?" It seemed that they had settled the problem of Qiu Chenxi. The three of them headed toward Qiao Nan's house. Zhai Hua strode forward like a man. She did not look anything like a lady. Miao Jing could not help but frown at her.
"It has nothing to do with you. By the way, you are a soldier in the army, but when you're at home, you are my daughter. Can't you behave like a lady? You don't look cool and suave like the soldier. Instead, you have picked up all the bad habits in the army!"
"Mom, don't nag me about this anymore. I have a headache from listening to it." Before Zhai Sheng was born, she was always with her grandpa. After Zhai Sheng was born, both of them spent a long time with their grandpa. Her childhood memories were all related to her grandpa.
Old Master Zhai came from a humble background. He was almost illiterate and had been through the most turbulent times in China. Apart from the righteousness of a soldier, he had also learned the slovenly ways of the soldiers.
Zhai Hua's parents were rarely by her side when she grew up. Her grandpa was the only one whom she could learn from, and so her temperament was similar to that of Old Master Zhai.
By the time Zhai Yaohui and Miao Jing noticed it, it was already too late to make her change her ways.
"Brother Zhai, has Qiu Chenxi left?" Would Qiu Chenxi be willing to leave without a satisfactory answer?
"Otherwise, would she be waiting for us to invite her to dinner? My mom said that I have slovenly manners and don't behave like a girl. Qiu Chenxi may behave like a girl, but she is too thick-skinned. My dad has made it so clear, yet she still hopes that Zhai Sheng will like her in the future. How could there be someone like her?"
Zhai Hua had no idea what was going through Qiu Chenxi's mind.
It was normal for young ladies to use some wits to get what they wanted, but why did Qiu Chenxi insist on having Zhai Sheng? Zhai Sheng needed to be a willing party as well.
What annoyed Zhai Hua the most was that her mother obviously liked Qiao Nan very much.
Why was her mother unable to accept her if she became Zhai Sheng's girlfriend and decided to marry him?