At that very moment, Xia Rou was in her room, trying her best to recall her past.
He Lili wasn’t someone too profound to be understood. She was nothing but a young lady. All those words she had said were actually very shallow. Xia Rou at age 15 just couldn’t understand because she was still young. If Xia Rou at age 25 still was unable to see through He Lili’s intentions, then she wasn’t just stupid, but an idiot. Translated by The Novelst
All those memories hidden inside her weren’t forgotten, they were just temporarily sealed and neglected. Once a key point was triggered, these memories would once again pour out in a wave.
In reality, Xia Rou was struck once again by how unreliable her memories were, and how foolish… she had been in the past…
She only remembered He Lili’s smiling, passionate face, but she never saw through her evil intentions hidden behind that smile.
He Lili had acted like an owner in the family, bringing her to look around the building, instructing her on which areas she could go and which areas she could not. But she had opened up the forbidden door, trying to use the luxurious things inside to lure Xia Rou in.
She knew the guest room was being renovated especially for Xia Rou’s stay, but she didn’t say a word about it, instead trying to emphasize that the room was merely “a guest room.”
In the past, Xia Rou had never managed to see through He Lili and had been really feeling attacked by the barbs in her words. The Cao Family even had only men in the house, and their taste was different than a woman’s. When she finally moved into the main building, she noticed the wallpaper was light blue in color instead of the usual girly pink or purple. This had make her think that this room was truly just “a guest room.”
Actually, on top of that light blue wallpaper, there had been a shallow rose pattern. No matter which Cao Family member had chosen it for her, to them, it had already reached the limit.
Even imagining it now, Xia Rou couldn’t picture Cao Yang, Cao Bin or Cao Xing selecting a pink wallpaper for her.
As for Cao Xiong… No, she didn’t even want to try to imagine it.
Obviously it was a simple matter in the beginning, but the malicious seeds planted by He Lili sprouted and took root in her heart. It was so childish of her, to feel self-conscious with such excessive pride.
And this He Lili… Now that Xia Rou thought back to what she said earlier, she was speechless.
She was nothing but an orphan staying under somebody else’s roof, what obstacle did she pose to He Lili? Was there even a need to go out of her way to do such things?
The words she said at the swimming pool were also really funny. Her personal changing room? Xia Rou didn’t know what expression she should have when facing He Lili in the future.
Her behavior in using the swimming pool in the first place had already overstepped her boundaries. The truth is that employees hired to care for the family, such as Lady Fang, didn’t have the authority to use the facilities in the house. But because she had grown up in the Cao Family since she was young, they at least had affection for her. Especially since she was a young lady, the men of the Cao Family didn’t expend any energy on that kind of small matter, which was why nobody had said anything to her.
It was totally different to what she had been trying to hint to Xia Rou earlier, as if she was especially privileged.
Behind that smile, He Lili’s tricks were childish and poorly executed. Unfortunately, Xia Rou still had the wool pulled over her eyes at the age of 15.
Luckily, inside this 15-year-old body was now Xia Rou’s age 25 soul. In her 25 years, Xia Rou lived under the care of the Cao Family for over ten of them. She had seen so much in that time that He Lili’s poor tricks couldn’t compare.
It was just that now her mood had taken a downwards swing, that excited feeling of looking forward to reuniting with He Lili had disappeared without a trace. Once again, she was hurt by her own realizations.
Even still, she went to the employee dining hall to have dinner.
Cao Xiong and Cao Yang were away for the weekend, and had let her know that she would be dining alone. So it was her idea to join the employees for dinner.
In the beginning, she really thought it would be a celebration of her reunion with He Lili. She was no longer in the mood, but she still went.
She thought to at least get along with the people who worked under the Cao Family.
It was obvious that these people held no importance to the Cao Family, even those employees who had worked there for over ten years. Even someone as important as Lady Fang, who handled the majority of the household affairs, had left her position in a future not so far from then.
This was one of the mistakes that Xia Rou wanted to fix.
In the past, the people who had worked in the house, with Lady Fang as their leader, had never liked her.
She even once heard the housecleaner and the gardener whispering in the courtyard, ridiculing her for being an orphan who relied on others for a living but acted up like she was a big shot.
The ridicule directed at her from behind her back spurred her resentment, shame and grievances. She felt they were all such snobs, bullying her just because she was an orphan without a background.
But in this life, after experiencing the change in Lady Fang’s attitude, she started to reflect on herself.
She remembered that in her past, even though there were times that the Cao Family was absent, she would still sit in the main building’s dining room all by herself, having dinner alone under the chandelier. She never went to the employee dining hall even once.
Thinking back to He Lili’s performance that day, she came to the ridiculous realization that she and He Lili… were actually similar to each other.
Actually, while He Lili was simple-minded, Xia Rou was suffering her own self-inferiority.
No matter how freely He Lili acted in the house, she couldn’t change the fact that she was “just a housekeeper’s child,” the same way that Xia Rou was a “mistress’ child.”
Because Lady Fang was a senior member of the staff in the Cao Family, He Lili dared to act up toward Xia Rou in places that were out of sight to the men of the Cao Family.
Just like the times Xia Rou would sit alone under the luxurious chandelier, eating exquisite dishes prepared by the chef.
Now that she thought on it, Xia Rou could understand He Lili’s attitude.
She was just jealous. Translated by The Novelst
Proofread by: Hannah