Chapter 17: Restraining her thorns while swallowing her anger(3)
Her heart began to beat loudly as An Yan recalled an unclear memory where she had stealthily seen her father for the first time. Now would be the first time she would actually come face-to-face with him.
After An Shuo finished speaking, he held Feng Yuewei’s hand and guided her so that she could sit with him at the host’s seating area. There weren’t many people there as only the direct descendants were seated. One position was left vacant for Prime Minister An.
In this situation, An Yan could only rely on Aunt Rong. She turned toward her aunt with a hopeful expression.
Aunt Rong, upon seeing that expression, nodded her head. She was just about to call out for An Yan to come and sit quietly in the empty place next to her when An Lian Er suddenly spoke out.
“Ma, Lian Er wants to sit here with her favorite sisters. Father will also come soon, sit down quickly. Yan meimei too; come find a place and sit down quickly!”
An Lian Er helped Aunt Rong sit down, a quiet smile on her beautiful face.
An Yan pursed her lips and looked around for a seat.
She really felt like a joke now, a big joke! The manor was so big, yet there was no place for her? That she had saved up some money to leave really felt like a well-thought out idea now.
She appeared very quick tempered and aggressive, but that was all just to protect herself from getting hurt. Now this aggressiveness was useless since nobody seemed to care about her one way or the other.
“Yan jiejie, quick, come beside Xi’er and sit. There is a place here. Hurry!”
An Xi had all along been out of sight behind An Yan. After seeing that all speaking had ceased, she took An Yan’s hand and led her to a place not too far off. On An Xi’s lovable, immature face was a pure smile with no ill intentions hidden behind it.
An Yan grimaced as she glanced at that seat. The seat was placed opposite of Aunt Lin who was sitting calmly as she directed a piercing look at An Yan. An Yan wanted to resist, but she ended up being pulled along by An Xi.
An Xi was very cheerful. Others talked about An Yan, but An Xi was behaving toward An Yan just as she had all along. This was because An Xi knew An Yan was a good person despite all the suffering she was undergoing.
“The prime minister has arrived…!”
An Yan sat beside An Xi. Because her seat was within the line of sight of Aunt Lin whose gaze revealed her disgust and dissatisfaction, An Yan felt uncomfortable. Just as she was about to get up and flee from there, a piercing yell came from outside. It was from a small errand boy whose words reverberated around the room.
Immediately, she felt faint. It was as if her heart had stopped beating—she was very nervous!
Everyone present became quiet and bowed as they waited for Prime Minister An to pass by.
Prime Minister An was the great Qi Country’s foremost minister. As such, he possessed a dignified bearing. He was a middle-aged man whose appearance had aged a lot over the past years. The initially few gray hairs on his temples had already spread all over his head.
In his youth, Prime Minister An was a reputed scholarly young lord in Jing City, with handsome looks. Thus, even with the passage of time, he still appeared handsome and elegant; if not, how could he have attracted and married the first and second ranked beauties of Jing City in his heyday?
The people present were looking at Minister An with equal parts respect and fear. Seeing An Rufeng, a prince or nobleman wouldn’t even try to be arrogant; as such, those here didn’t dare to whisper as he went by.
All except for the two darling daughters of Prime Minister An.
Everyone in Jing City knew that after Prime Minister An’s beloved wife, the first Madam of the manor, passed away from the birth of her third daughter, he had shifted all of the love for his wife onto his first and second daughters. Whatever the eldest two Misses required, Prime Minister An would definitely get it for them.
They were truly indulged and pampered, causing others to envy them.
“Papa, how come you are only arriving now? I missed Papa a lot! Since today is such an important day, if Papa had not come then I certainly would have thrown a tantrum.”