"Mom...relax, don't be flustered. Don't you trust your daughter and son-in-law?" Tangning comforted. "You simply need to avoid Tang Xuan and try your best not to be schemed against by her."
Xia Yuling took a deep breath and calmed herself down. She then said helplessly, "OK."
"Don't fight with her over anything, she will only use it to drive a wedge between you and the Tang Family. You simply need to treat her like she doesn't exist..."
Xia Yuling had already experienced this, "The only reason I am carrying the family on my shoulders, is so I can protect you, my daughter. Xiao Ning, don't worry, mom won't be a push-over like she was in the past."
Tangning then chuckled, deliberately trying to lighten the mood, "Let me tell you some good news..."
"What good news could you have? You're constantly making others worry by appearing on the headlines."
Tangning held onto her stomach and announced gently, "You're about to become a grandmother."
Xia Yuling froze for a moment. Thinking she must have misheard, she quickly asked, "What did you just say?"
"I said, you're about to become a grandmother..." Tangning repeated patiently.
"But...didn't they say..."
"I will explain everything to you later. But, keep it a secret for now..." Tangning instructed. "OK mom, it's time for me to get some rest. I'll explain everything to you in detail next time we meet."
"OK, take care of yourself when you film. Don't tire out my grandchild," Xia Yuling quickly added before Tangning hung up.
Tangning smiled as she ended the call and turned to look at Mo Ting. He was currently holding a glass of warm milk. "Since Tang Xuan has returned to the Tang Family with a motive and plan, her next step is definitely to go against my mother."
"Don't worry, no one will fall for her trick," Mo Ting handed the glass of milk to Tangning, gesturing for her to quickly drink it and go to sleep.
Tangning looked at Mo Ting with trust. It seemed, with this man by her side, she didn't need to worry about anything.
Afterwards, the couple headed to bed. Tangning restlessly moved around adjusting her position, unable to fall asleep. Her movement began to make Mo Ting hot and bothered, but she had absolutely no idea until Mo Ting finally whispered in her ear, "Stop moving."
"Huh?" Tangning tilted her head and looked at Mo Ting.
"You keep rubbing yourself up against an 'abstaining' man. Have you not considered my feelings?" Mo Ting held Tangning still, gesturing for her to behave.
Tangning understood Mo Ting's hint and quickly froze, "Why don't we sleep separately then."
"No need. You just need to stop moving around," Mo Ting hugged Tangning and tried his best to suppress his desires.
"What do you plan to do in the coming months?" Tangning asked Mo Ting worriedly.
Mo Ting did not respond as he forced his eyes shut. He had never been a lustful person; it was only with Tangning that he felt this way.
Tangning did not say another word as she peacefully buried herself in Mo Ting's embrace. After a little while, she finally fell asleep.
Mo Ting found it hard to fall asleep. All he could do was release Tangning from his arms and head into the bathroom for a cold shower. However, after he returned to the bed, he was worried the temperature of his body would make Tangning cold, so he sat quietly beside the bed and admired his wife's sleeping expression...
Late at night, Tang Xuan awoke from her sleep and decided to give Mother Zhong a phone call, "Mom, Xia Yuling is back. Lucky I was quick on my feet, otherwise, she may have kicked me out again."
"She is indeed your biggest obstacle. Think of a way to get rid of her," Mother Zhong sneered from the other end of the phone.
"But, the Tang Family is in Xia Yuling's hands and she isn't as tolerant as before. I'm afraid I won't be able to go up against her," Tang Xuan replied cautiously.
"I won't be able to help you with this. You will need to rely on yourself." Mother Zhong wanted Tang Xuan to seize control of the Tang Family, but she didn't want to get herself implicated in the matter. So, after Tang Xuan returned to the Tang Family, she feigned ignorance and left Tang Xuan to fend for herself.
"Fine, I'll think of something," Tang Xuan replied helplessly. Luckily, she had a child in her stomach. As long as she made good use of this point, kicking Xia Yuling out of the Tang Household, was not necessarily hard to achieve.
"Has everything been organized at the hospital?"
"Yes, it's all set. Just sit back and wait for a good show," Tang Xuan did not doubt her plan at all. But, she had no idea things had already changed, nor had she realized that Tangning wasn't someone she could easily scheme against.
She never was and never would be.
In order to put on an act, Tangning ended up taking half a day off work. Firstly, she went to get a follow-up exam, then she prepared herself to put on a show.
Lu Che had already become the oriole lurking behind the mantis; he had total control over the doctor that Tang Xuan was confident in. However, Tang Xuan still appeared at the hospital to confirm that Tangning had a hospital bed booked. She also checked that she had already done an examination and was ready to start her operation. She then waited patiently for Tangning to enter the operating theatre before she left in satisfaction.
A little while later, Doctor Lin was covered in sweat as she made a phone call to Tang Xuan, "The plan was a success. When will I receive the remainder of the money?"
"Are you certain that Tangning can't fall pregnant?"
"Of course," Doctor Lin responded under Lu Che's instruction.
"Good. Midday tomorrow, let's meet at the same cafe as last time. I'll bring cash."
Tang Xuan thought her plan was flawless. She thought if there were no transaction records of money being exchanged, she would escape suspicion. But, this was all a part of Lu Che's plan.
After she hung up the phone, the doctor looked at Lu Che and said in a trembling voice, "This...this should be enough, right? You promised me, as long as I cooperate, you would let me go."
Lu Che crossed his arms and smiled as he nodded his head, "I am a man of my word."
In reality, the person that was going to chase her for responsibilty was never Lu Che anyway. It was Mo Ting...
So, there was going to be a good show the next day.
To be exact...
There were two good shows.
Thinking of this, Lu Che's mood lightened. He could finally relax and go home to accompany his wife. But, he still didn't know how he was to tell his wife that Tangning was actually pregnant.
After Tangning finished putting on her act, she headed back on set in the afternoon. Of course, Tang Xuan had no idea about this.
Wei An knew that Tangning was in a difficult situation and was also pregnant. So, seeing her remain calm on set made him like her even more. She never forgot that she was an actress and never dismissed her responsibilities.
Wei An found himself favoring Tangning more and more. Especially when she was rehearsing with Taka and Taka made a mistake, Wei An would tell him to be serious and not to drag Tangning down.
"Is it necessary to be in such a rush? The contract says we have until October," Taka complained.
"Director Wei, this is unfair to Taka. Let's slow down a bit, I'm OK with it."
"A grown man can't even keep up with a pregnant woman. Foreigners sure are fussy," Elder Mo scoffed as he sat to the side and waved his fan. "If it was me, I wouldn't care even if he died. I would only care about filming."