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“I have contacted him; he has already arrived in Africa. Everything is fine over there.” Tian Donghua nodded. When he thought of what his father did, and Yang Ming actually did not pursue his father’s previous responsibilities and entrusted him with heavy roles, Tian Donghua was grateful.
“I didn’t contact them because I was busy.” When Yang Ming heard that Tian Donghua said that everything was going well, he was relieved. Sun Jie should have contacted Sun Hongjun, too.
At the same time, Wang Xiaoyan also received a call from Wang Songshan.
“Hello?” Wang Xiaoyan chatted with Zhao Ying yesterday, so she didn’t go to class in the morning, and Zhao Ying also didn’t have class these two days. Therefore, the two of them basically became night owls.
When they heard the phone ringing, Wang Xiaoyan climbed up reluctantly and picked up the phone.
“Yanyan, what are you doing?” Wang Songshan asked with a smile. He was excited when he thought about the topic he would bring up for a while.
“Sleeping… Do you have anything the matter?” Wang Xiaoyan heard her father’s voice and asked in a daze. Now, the assassin group’s business was booming. After merging with the Charles Family, Wang Xiaoyan had gained more authority in front of her father. The relationship between the father and daughter had also greatly improved. They didn’t turn against each other anymore like they used to.
Wang Xiaoyan knew that her father would eventually compromise. This was only a matter of time because his current tone was not as determined as before.
” Hehe , Yanyan, your Black Butterfly Assassin Group is doing a good job! I saw it all; I am very pleased.” Wang Songshan naturally had to praise Wang Xiaoyan to show his affirmation for her career during this time. Otherwise, how could he suddenly mention breaking off the engagement? If he said it directly, that would be too sudden. Wang Xiaoyan, this tricky girl, might be able to sense the conspiracy in it.
” En ?” Wang Xiaoyan was clear-headed suddenly. This was the first time her father called and affirmed what she was doing. Wang Xiaoyan was somewhat flattered!
All along, my father was not very optimistic about my career. He wants me to inherit the family business and get married to the King of Assassins’ apprentice, but this time, my father, who has been strict with me, seems to be lenient.
“Yanyan, you are doing very well. I believe if it keeps growing at this rate, it will surpass our Butterfly Assassin Group soon!” Wang Songshan said with a smile. “But that is nothing. We are the same family anyway. It does not matter who is surpassing who.”
” Huh ?” Wang Xiaoyan pinched her face. She suspected that she was still dreaming. It was not until she felt the pain that she became sober and realized that she was not dreaming but really heard this from her father’s phone call. “Dad, you…”
“Yanyan, in fact, I have an important thing to call you about this time!” Wang Songshan turned the thread of discussion, and he was ready to start talking about business.
” En ? What is it?” Wang Xiaoyan intuitively felt that her father was absolutely looking for her for something. Otherwise, he wouldn’t suddenly affirm and praise her. He must have something to say.
“Yanyan, a few days ago, the King of Assassins called me and talked about your marriage with his disciple.” Wang Songshan said, “The King of Assassins said that if there is nothing unexpected, then we should proceed with the engagement first.”
“What?!” Wang Xiaoyan suddenly climbed up from her bed. She knew that her father must have something. When she heard her father’s words, she was anxious. “Dad, didn’t you say that as long as I made a career that can surpass your Butterfly Assassin Group, then you will give me the right to control my life and love? Why are you reneging again? Besides, you also said that I would surpass you soon!”
“You see… Yanyan, what are you excited about?” When Wang Songshan heard her daughter being so excited, he could not help but be a little amused. “Isn’t that what the other party proposed? I haven’t promised yet, right?”
“You haven’t promised?” Wang Xiaoyan was shocked and then was pleasantly surprised. She spoke from her heart, “Dad, you really didn’t promise? Thank you… I truly thank you!”
” En , I, of course, will not renege on what I promised you.” Wang Songshan said, “Besides, I also see the results you made. What else would I say? However, your engagement was set before you were born, so there is a little trouble to terminate it!”
“What trouble?” Wang Xiaoyan asked quickly. As long as the engagement was canceled, anything will do. Who cares if there was trouble? It doesn’t matter if there was trouble.
“It’s like this. You see, after all, this is a big event! Marriage is not child’s play. Since you have an engagement, it simply can’t be canceled with just a few words,” explained Wang Songshan.
“Is the other party disagreeing?” Wang Xiaoyan asked.
“No.” Wang Songshan said, “The disciple of the King of Assassins has never seen you. Therefore, I have proposed to cancel the engagement. The King of Assassins didn’t object. His disciple is also an outstanding person. You don’t want to marry him; he also may not want to marry you. Therefore, I proposed this to him, and the King of Assassins basically agreed with it.”
“What’s the difficulty then?” Wang Xiaoyan heard that since both sides agreed, then this matter should be settled. What other trouble was there?
“It’s like this. We, the Butterfly Family, are also a noble family. Many people are clear about this engagement, not to mention the King of Assassins. He is like a god in our careers, so if we want to cancel the engagement, we can’t be sloppy,” said Wang Songshan.
“What should we do?” asked Wang Xiaoyan.
“I have discussed it with the King of Assassins. You come back to the Butterfly Family, then the King of Assassins will bring his disciple so that you can meet each other. We will clarify clearly about the matter so that everyone can part without hard feelings. After claiming that you guys have met and felt that you two are not suitable for each other, we can cancel the engagement. It won’t be that one party has rejected the engagement. If any party cancels it, it will not be good for anyone. Since you two have an amicable parting because you’re not suitable for each other, then others couldn’t gossip on anything,” Wang Songshan explained.
“I see…” Wang Xiaoyan heard that her father’s words were still very reasonable. Since things had settled, it didn’t matter if they met each other. It was not a big deal to go back and meet each other. “Then, can I bring my boyfriend and go back together?”
“This… I think you shouldn’t, right?” Wang Songshan thought, How would I play with you if you bring him back? “Think about it. Now you are canceling your engagement. Why are you bringing your boyfriend along? To provoke others? Declaring war? Isn’t this offending them?”
Wang Xiaoyan felt it was reasonable listening to her father’s words, so she gave up the plan. “You are right. Then, I will not bring my boyfriend; I’ll go back alone.”
” En , I will also support you this time, so you don’t have to worry about anything.” When Wang Songshan heard Wang Xiaoyan was coming back without Yang Ming, he was immediately relieved.
Wang Xiaoyan also felt that since it was canceling the engagement, she needed to show her good faith. Bringing her boyfriend back seemed to be showing off something. If the situation escalates into conflict, then it would be more harm than good.
So Wang Xiaoyan decided to follow her father’s advice and return alone.
“Okay, I got it. Then, when will I go back?” asked Wang Xiaoyan.
“You should come back at the beginning of next month. You should get ready in the next few days.” Wang Songshan instructed Wang Xiaoyan.
“Okay, I am going to prepare.” Wang Xiaoyan readily agreed, and the excitement in her heart was difficult to suppress. She waited for many years for this moment to come.
I can finally control my destiny. I don’t have to follow the arrangements in my family, and I don’t have to marry someone I don’t like.
However, when this moment had finally come, Wang Xiaoyan felt that everything was taken for granted. Her mood was unprecedentedly comfortable. Have I been fighting for that?
She had finally achieved one of her goals.
Only after she realized it, she found that this goal was not as difficult as she imagined. It seemed that she had proceeded to another step unknowingly.
However, Wang Xiaoyan also understood in her heart that all of this was due to Yang Ming’s credit. If he did not take the mission to assassinate a political enemy in Africa and didn’t negotiate with the Charles Family, she could not have reached the current achievement on her own even if she had a hundred years to develop her assassin group.
She wanted to call Yang Ming to share this joy immediately, but Wang Xiaoyan hung up as she called. The matter wasn’t over yet. There would still be some changes before it was over. Wang Xiaoyan decided to share this good news after she came back from her home.
Now, the matter hasn’t yet been solved, so I shouldn’t say it too soon . Thinking of this, Wang Xiaoyan suppressed the impulse in her heart and put the phone aside.
She fell on the bed and decided to sleep again.
Hearing the footsteps outside her room, Wang Xiaoyan sat up. “Sister Ying?”
” En , Yanyan, did my walking sounds wake you up?” Zhao Ying’s voice came from outside the room.
“No, my family just called, so I answered. After I hung up the phone not long ago, I heard walking sounds outside the door.” Wang Xiaoyan got out of bed and opened the door.
The two sometimes slept together and sometimes had separate beds. After chatting, Zhao Ying suddenly remembered that there was still an elective course that she hadn’t chosen. She went to the Internet to enroll in the class, and Wang Xiaoyan slept first.
After Zhao Ying got it done, she was afraid to disturb Wang Xiaoyan, so she stayed in the living room.
“I thought I woke you up. Are you still asleep?” Zhao Ying smiled and stood at the door. She had already cleaned herself up, and it seemed that she was awake for a while.
“I don’t want to sleep.” Wang Xiaoyan shook her head. She was spirited. It didn’t matter if she didn’t sleep. She rubbed her eyes. “Do you have anything today?”
“No, I don’t have a class today. I was looking for you to go shopping.” Zhao Ying entered the room and sat in the chair in front of the desk.
“Go shopping, okay.” Wang Xiaoyan didn’t know what to do either. Since she was about to go home, she also needed to buy some necessities.
After Yang Ming’s class at noon finished, he drove directly to Fang Tian’s residence. Shanty Town had completed the demolition work, and the construction could start immediately. Yang Ming planned to develop this place into a high-end villa area. Since there was an affluent area on the side to compare to, the property price would naturally increase. Yang Ming let Bao Sanli and the others handle the specific details; he didn’t ask specifically.
He was just a behind-the-scenes layout maker. People handled these businesses for him, so he didn’t need to worry about it.
He parked the car at the door of Fang Tian’s villa. Yang Ming had the keycard to the yard. He got off and swiped the card, and then the garage door by the yard slowly opened. Yang Ming drove in, and then the door slowly closed again.
After parking the car, Yang Ming went straight into the yard from the garage stairs. He then saw Fang Tian with his eyes closed, lying in the yard, and listening to storytelling on the radio. “Old man, are you not feeling cold?”
Fang Tian looked at Yang Ming. “This is also an assassin training. What if you go to Antarctica to perform a mission?”
“I go to the Antarctic to assassinate a penguin?” Yang Ming rolled his eyes. “I’m scared that you will get sick due to the cold. Today is pretty frigid. It is still cold in early spring.”
Fang Tian knew that Yang Ming’s speech was rude, but Yang Ming still cared about him. The dialogue between the master and disciple had always been like this. They seemed not to respect each other, and they yelled at each other. In fact, the relationship between them couldn’t be replaced by anything.
“I asked you to come because I have something to tell you.” Fang Tian turned off the radio and placed it aside.
“Of course, I know that you have something to look for me. If not, I still have to go back to school.” Yang Ming said, annoyed. “Is there a mission?”
“Mission?” Fang Tian shook his head. “It’s not about a mission; it’s something else.”
“Not about a mission?” Yang Ming was stunned. “Aside from the missions that are more important, why else do you have to look for me so urgently?”
“I talked to you before. It’s about the marriage that I arranged for you,” said Fang Tian.
“Marriage?” Yang Ming suddenly remembered it. He indeed heard Fang Tian say to him previously that he had arranged a marriage for him. The partner was the Miss of some family, but Fang Tian just mentioned it briefly. He didn’t talk about it anymore, later on, so Yang Ming still thought that this matter was over. However, he didn’t expect Fang Tian to bring it up at this time. “No way? It’s real?”
“Nonsense. How can you not take it seriously?” Fang Tian glared and said to Yang Ming, “This was already agreed upon long ago. Now that you are my apprentice, this marriage naturally falls on you.”
“No way? I say, Old Man Fang? Do you think there are not enough women around me?” Yang Ming smiled bitterly and looked at Fang Tian. This marriage was too sudden. Never mind about having feelings. They haven’t even met each other face to face. Who knows if she would look good or not?
” Oh , it seems like a lot. Then what is your intention?” Fang Tian looked at Yang Ming and asked.
“I mean, since we haven’t met each other, then forget it. Just cancel this marriage if you can.” Yang Ming said, “What year is this? Are there still arranged marriages?”
” Oh , the other party is also not interested in this marriage,” said Fang Tian faintly.
“D*mn, since the other party’s interest is not big, why did you still ask me to come?” Yang Ming glared at him, annoyed.
“I thought you were interested in the other party.” Fang Tian said, “However, even if you are not interested, I still have to ask you for this matter.”
“Since I have no interest, what is the meaning of looking for me?” Yang Ming was baffled as he looked at Fang Tian.
“Although everyone is not optimistic about this kind of arranged marriage now, you also said that the time is different now.” Fang Tian continued, “However, after all, the other party is a reputed family. When the marriage was arranged, many people knew about it, so it can’t be unresolved, right?”
“What do you want?” Yang Ming frowned and asked, “Do I still have to comply?”
“That’s not necessary.” Fang Tian waved his hand. “However, even if you want to cancel it, you need to do it formally. It doesn’t end with just a few words.”
“How do we do it formally?” Yang Ming heard that this could still be resolved, so he asked patiently.
“Everyone is a person with an identity, so if you want to cancel, you should be decent,” Fang Tian said. “According to the old rules, both sides must be present and sit down to talk calmly. The marriage isn’t successful, but there is still a relationship between both parties. Both parties will still be harmonious in the future; they won’t become enemies because of the marriage failure.”
“Talk? I have to go also?” asked Yang Ming.
“Yes.” Fang Tian nodded. “You have to go. The woman’s side also has to go. You two will sit down and talk after meeting each other. Even though you two can’t be together, you can still be friends. We will tell that to the others that you guys canceled the marriage because you two aren’t suitable for each other, but it isn’t because of canceling from one side. That way, the reputation of both sides will be preserved. The others can’t say anything, either.”
“It’s so troublesome…” Yang Ming sweated after listening, but he had to admit that Fang Tian’s method was the most comprehensive approach. It wouldn’t offend others, and the others couldn’t say anything bad.
Otherwise, if either party directly proposes to cancel the marriage to the other party. Where would the other party’s face be? Wouldn’t the other party be disgraced? How do they have the face to meet others?
In this way, the two sides had directly changed from a close family to enemies. This kind of thing wasn’t something that Fang Tian and the other party’s family wanted to see at all, so even if they wanted to cancel, they had to do it properly. It wasn’t the parents’ responsibility, but a mismatch between the couple’s personalities. Then, there was no option but to break up in peace.
“At the beginning of next month, do you have time to go with me?” asked Fang Tian.
“Since you said so, can I not go?” Yang Ming smiled bitterly. “I have to solve it sooner or later, so I can only go. If I can solve it earlier, I will feel better. Otherwise, I will also be troubled by it.”
“Then, we will plan it like this. You should prepare. We’ll go together by that time,” said Fang Tian.
“How do we go? Are we going to smuggle again?” Yang Ming asked in worry. Smuggling… is too much suffering.
“We’ll take a plane.” Fang Tian said, “We are not going to assassinate, but to cancel a marriage, so we are not going against any law.”
Yang Ming shrugged. It’s tough to communicate with the old man. Every sentence will have assassinate or dead body. This is really… difficult to communicate.
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