A little lighter fare going into the weekend. Who here thinks the darkness wouldn't end? But first, your attention, please!Rebirth, one of the novels here on Meraki is in dire need of a translator. If you can help, please get in contact with @togekiss via Discord or the novel page. Or you can leave your details on the comment section and we'll make sure you can be reached! Thank you, if you plan on donating your time and efforts. It's much appreciated. One of the major criteria is understanding Chinese idioms and word play. Where are the When A Snail Falls in Love (WASFL) fans? Did you participate in the fanfiction event? If not, . It doesn't have to be WASFL centric.
Now off with our story!
Translated by newbienoona
Edited, and proofread by anks
It takes five minutes to get to the World Trade Center despite being escorted by steward Han. Her heart flutters. An Chuxia knows it's Meng Xiaonan the moment she sees the toe shoes. But as she approaches, a group of men in black suits crowd around her.
"Why are you detaining me?" Meng Xiaonan's head tries to peer over the men. Is she being kidnapped in broad daylight?!
An Chuxia tries to minimize the chaos by stepping forward. "Big brothers, please let her go. Really, she's my friend!"
The bodyguards look at Meng Xiaonan. They apologize before taking a step back and disappear back into the crowd.
An Chuxia turns around and looks at steward Han. He doesn't speak. He's worried An Chuxia would get angry and wouldn't want him to follow. He bows his head and from time to time, he looks at her. "Young madame… the subordinates are terrified."
"Well, they can't always do this. You need to talk to them, okay?" She shakes her head and stands next to her friend who's shaken. "Hey!"
Xiaonan regains her composure and opens her mouth. "Oh, are they your family's bodyguards? They're really handsome! My father didn't give me bodyguards. That's not good! I must propose this arrangement to him!"
A heavy black line crosses An Chuxia's head. She really underestimates this girl. At first, she was worried that the bodyguards surrounding her friend would scare her. Instead, Meng Xiaonan wants more.
Suddenly, she sees her friend differently. She sizes her up from her head, to her green dress, to her toes. Xiaonan looks very comfortable. Chuxia clears her throat before poking her friend's chest. "Is this chest real?"
Meng Xiaonan's palm swats her hand. "How could you ask such a mentally handicapped question! I know I used to dress like an old lady but this beautiful body has emerged after wearing that idiotic school uniform. And yes, these are real!"
An Chuxia bites the tip of her index finger as she tries to hold back a smile. "Then how do you defend that idiotic hairstyle? Who dyed your hair? And why did you straighten it? It's definitely better than that nest you used to have!"
Meng Xiaonan's lip curls as she pulls her friend into the World Trade Center. "Don't mention my old hairstyle. Wasn't it bad? But as you see… I've decided to make myself low-key. You can't go wrong with having a low profile. I thought it would be proper since I'm entering Stein Royal College. It makes me look more noble!"
Although steward Han follows on their heels, An Chuxia and Meng Xiaonan converse cheerfully. They stroll into the building. It seems natural Xiaonan buys clothes as they shop.
Meng Xiaonan takes a deep breath as she hands over a credit card to be swiped. An Chuxia starts looking bored. "You're buying a lot of clothes. You're spending a lot of that hard-earned money. Where did you get your card?"
The salesperson hands Xiaonan the card. She smiles as she hands An Chuxia her card for inspection. "That mistress gave the card to me to use occasionally. I don't really need any of this but she won't give me money. Does she think I'm a fool? So, I'm getting these clothes and will return them, pocketing the refund."
"You're a professional! You simply are returning these clothes you buy." She sighs. Who knew Xiaonan is so bright! "I really don't know how much money is in this card. Shouldn't we go buy more clothes?"CHAPTER 216 Don't Profit Over Someone Else
Translated by newbienoona
Edited, and proofread by anks
Steward Han steps forward to scold xiao Meng. He leans over and says, "Young madame's friend? Actually, this building is part of Han's industry."
An Chuxia's eyes suddenly bulge at steward Han's revelation. Han, Han, how, in the end, does everything belong to f**king Han?! You can't go anywhere without the Han shadow being cast. How can she be so unlucky? And he still expects her to apologize in a week? Dream on!
"This, shushu?" Compared to Chuxia, Meng Xiaonan is more assertive. She rushes toward steward Han and holds his hand. "I knew you were extraordinary! You're very suave. Certainly, you won't refuse my request?"
Steward Han immediately straightens his spine. Chuxia pulls Xiaonan away from him and says, "Meng Xiaonan, do you think he's a sucker? Steward shuhu doesn't eat your sh*t. Why did you have to say that?"
Honestly, Xiaonan isn't one who takes advantages. In Fuxing High School, how many times did she have to defend this girl? Even her mother encouraged her to take up Tae Kwon Do to protect herself.
"Miss Meng, what matter would you need my help with?" steward Han asks calmly. Chuxia felt strange hearing the butler say her friend's name so she says, "Call her Jiangnan."
Meng Xiaonan's name actually comes with a backstory. Her real name is Jiangnan. However, she felt her name had no individuality to it so she changed her name to Jiang Xiaonan. This didn't give her the vitality she was looking for. Jiang Xiao was too manly… Hence, Meng Xiaonan.
"This!" Meng Xiaonan says boldly. She pushes An Chuxia next to steward Han. "This belongs to Han's Industry, right? An Chuxia is the future wife of the Group. Shouldn't this young wife's friend get a gift for the ceremony?"
It took a while but the fox's tail is finally exposed. Her stepmother may be a small fox but Xiaonan is an old fox! An Chuxia scolds her mentally.
An Chuxia rolls her eyes at her friend. "You shouldn't profit from someone else's wealth. And if you're going to do it, don't be too obvious!"
Who knew steward Han would calmly smile! "Well, I would suggest you'd explore and pick one thing."
Xiaonan mischievously picks the statement. She smiles and says, "So, the money I used a moment ago with my credit card… can you help me exchange the items so I can get my money back? You see, you and I think alike, right, steward shushu?"
This time, a distorted expression appears on steward Han's face. Chuxia mentally face-palms herself. This child is so… candid!
"Didn't you say this is your stepmother's card? Why are you so worried about it?" An Chuxia hates the fact she owes the Hans. After she graduates and enrolls in a good university, she will leave and make amends with the family.