br>Wen Lingzhao?”

His words were flat, his tone leisurely, yet they went off like a sudden crack of thunder.

Wen Changjing and the other higher-ups’ expressions shifted dramatically, and they could no longer remain seated.

They might not care about Su Yi’s feelings, but they couldn’t disregard the Wen Family’s prestige and reputation!

Qin Qing and Wen Changtai suddenly came to their senses.
Their expressions were unsightly, and they were practically frantic.
If word of this spread, as Wen Lingzhao’s parents, they would unquestionably bear the brunt of the shame. 

Even Wen Lingzhao reacted; there were newfound dark clouds amidst her icy, peerless beauty, and hints of sullen anger in her bright eyes. 

Wei Zhengyang gulped. This is bad!

He would never have guessed that a few short words from Su Yi would change the Wen Family’s attitude so dramatically.
If he didn’t explain himself, this misunderstanding would only get worse!

But Su Yi didn’t give him the chance to speak.
He continued flatly, “Junior Apprentice Brother Wei, if your family found out that you were out openly seizing other men’s wives, what would they think of you?

“If this gets out, I’m afraid it will spread throughout the entire Cloudriver Prefecture.
‘So, the lofty, esteemed heir of the head of the Wei Family likes kidnapping others’ wives!’

When Su Yi next looked at Wei Zhengyang, his gaze carried a hint of pity.
“Once this ill reputation becomes a reality, you’re doomed; it’ll stick with you for the rest of your life.

“You might be the son of the Wei Family Head, but this scandal will inevitably have an enormous impact on your position within the family.
Tell me….
Can you bear the consequences?”

With that, Su Yi reached out and patted Wei Zhengyang on the shoulder.
“That’s all I have to say.
Take your time to think it over.” 

The great hall fell into a voiceless, repressed silence.
Su Yi’s words went off like sudden cracks of thunder, echoing through their hearts.
The blood drained from their faces.

Wei Zhengyang, meanwhile, blushed at first, but soon, he was deathly pale, and the veins bulged in his forehead.
He started quivering from head to toe, and his eyes blazed with violent rage and shame. 

“You….” Wei Zhengyang’s blood surged to his head.
He wanted nothing more than to beat Su Yi to death.

Wen Lingzhao suddenly rose to her feet.
Her bright eyes bore coldly into Wei Zhengyang.
“Senior Apprentice Brother Wei, are you done talking yet?” 

Her peerlessly beautiful features were still as cold as ice and snow, but her voice contained unconcealed fury. 

Just as he was about to lose his temper, Wei Zhengyang felt as if someone had poured a bucket of ice water over his head.
He was instantly frantic.
“Junior Apprentice Sister Lingzhao, don’t misunderstand.
I swear to the heavens that I didn’t mean it that way!”

He hurriedly tried to explain himself to Wen Lingzhao, “I was just thinking that we could look out for each other while we cultivate in Heaven’s Origin Academy.
After all, we first met at Blueriver Sword Manor.
You could say we’re….
It’s only natural that friends would help and support each other!”

“I’m tired,” said Wen Lingzhao, her pretty face icy cold.
“I’m going to get some rest.”

With that, she turned to leave the great hall.

However, as she passed by Su Yi, a hint of barely indiscernible emotion flashed through her bright eyes. 

In the face of that level of humiliation, he managed to stay calm and composed.
He’d even laughed and turned the situation on its head.

It seems he’s not as worthless as I imagined… As soon as the thought occurred to her, Wen Lingzhao inwardly shook her head.

The two of them were ultimately strangers, destined to walk different paths. 

Su Yi was Su Yi.

And she was herself.

Although they were nominally husband and wife, it’d be best if they never met again!

Wei Zhengyang stood there, dazed, his expression incomparably unsightly.

He was worried Wen Lingzhao would misunderstand him completely.
He was inwardly frantic, like an ant on a hot wok.

Su Yi just stood there with his hands behind his back, coldly indifferent as he watched this play out.

He didn’t care what Wen Lingzhao thought of him.

But, if she got together with Wei Zhengyang while still technically his wife, she would unquestionably make a cuckold out of him.

If word of that got out, it would be a black mark on his entire life. 

Detached and transcendent as Su Yi was, he couldn’t bear for something like that to happen. 

That was why he’d spoken up earlier: he had to turn this situation around!

Wei Zhengyang, that scoundrel, clearly has ill intentions for Wen Lingzhao.
Later on, I’ll have to find an opportunity to get rid of him.
It’ll save me from unknowingly wearing a green hat….

Su Yi inwardly made up his mind.
He had no interest in sticking around to watch the rest of the show, so he turned and addressed the crowd.
“Everyone, please feel free to keep chatting.
I’m getting tired, so I’ll head out first.” 

After a breezy farewell, he turned to leave. 

Wei Zhengyang still had a bellyful of fire, and he snapped, “Su Yi, stop right there!” 

“Junior Apprentice Brother Wei, honest words hurt the ears, but I said that for your own good.
I advise you to conduct yourself accordingly.
Otherwise, well, ‘loose lips lead to an early grave.’” Su Yi waved him away without so much as turning to look at him.
His steps were leisurely, and before long, he faded into the night.

Candles illuminated the great hall’s interior.
Every last person wore an unsightly expression on their face. 

Outside, the moon lit up the night sky, and the late-night breeze rustled the leaves.
The tranquility was a perfect match for Su Yi’s relaxed, calm mood. 

A petty farce like that? He could overturn it with a single hand!

Seth's Thoughts

If you’re familiar with Chinese novels, odds are you’re familiar with the term “green hat.” For those seeing the phrase for the first time, “to wear a green hat” means your wife or girlfriend is cheating on you.

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