Chapter 3 – Brother, please marry into the Mu Rong family
Jiang Chen was quite happy at the moment, but he did not show it at all. On the outside, all that could be seen was a pitiful face.
“Brother, you are the one who loves me the most in our family, I do not want to marry Miss Mu Rong. Since you are my brother, why don’t you marry her?”
Jiang Chen said in a serious tone.
“Ai, brother, it’s not that I don’t want to help you, but I am just a fostered son. Even if I would’ve agreed to marry Miss Mu Rong, dad would not let me marry her. This arrangement is prepared specially for you.”
Jiang Ru Long said with a helpless expression. But he was laughing in his mind because if Jiang Chen didn’t want to marry her, then he would naturally be the one to replace him.
“As long as you agree, I can promise that tomorrow you will be the one who marries Miss Mu Rong!”
Jiang Chen struck his chest as he spoke.
Jiang Ru Long felt really happy.
Jiang Chen said with a large amount of confidence.
“Alright, we are brothers. I will help you this time and marry Miss Mu Rong then.”
He replied as if he was doing Jiang Chen a great favor, but on the inside Jiang Ru Long’s mind was already thrilled to the max.
“You really are my brother.”
Jiang Chen said with a thankful look on his face as if he was going to cry out loud.
“Brother, this is how we will do it. Tomorrow, at the main hall, don’t say anything and pretend you know nothing. Let me handle this.”
Jiang Chen said.
“No problem, then I shall leave now and let you rest.”
Patting Jiang Chen’s shoulder before leaving, Jiang Ru Long was wondering how his brother was going to help him with this matter. But, from what he had seen in the past, it was highly possible that this useless brother of his would create a chaotic scene tomorrow.
‘Not only will my status be raised in the Mayor’s family upon marrying Miss Mu Rong, I will also have a place in the Mu Rong family as well! How stupid is he, turning down the marriage request and asking me to replace him? Nonetheless, he has done something good for me. When I gain enough authority in both families, I will find a way to get rid of him.’
Jiang Ru Long revealed his true colors immediately after leaving the mansion.
On the other side of the mansion, Jiang Chen stood there with a grim smile. ‘Messing with me? You are going to die because of that.’
The next morning, people were busy decorating the mayor’s mansion with ribbons and lights. Today was the day for the engagement ceremony for both families, something that had never happened before in the history of Fragrant Sky city.
“The head of the Mu Rong family has appeared!”
With the loud announcement coming from the guards in the background, a muscular man walked through the main entrance of the mayor’s mansion.
This man had a gigantic body, making even the mayor look slim when standing beside him. He appeared to be about forty years old and wearing a flowery robe while walking as strong and brave as a tiger.
He was the head of the Mu Rong family, Mu Rong Zhan. A business tycoon.
“Haha, welcome to my mansion, brother Mu Rong, I hope you enjoy your stay here.”
Jiang Zhen Hai said in a friendly manner. Jiang Zhen Hai started walking towards his guest, Jiang Ru Long and Jiang Chen in tow.
“My pleasure, Mayor Jiang. Today is the marriage engagement date for our families. I take this very seriously.”
Although Mu Rong Zhan looked bold and forthright, in Jiang Chen’s eyes, he was just an old, cunning person.
Jiang Chen looked behind Mu Rong Zhan, but he couldn’t see anyone there. Mu Rong Zhan came alone. Of course, this was more than enough. In Fragrant Sky city, there had been almost no events that needed Mu Rong Zhan to attend. But just him coming here alone, he could represent the entire Mu Rong family by himself.
“Please come inside, brother Mu Rong.”
With a welcoming gesture, Jiang Zhen Hai led everyone towards the main hall.
Inside the main hall, Jiang Zhen Hai sat opposite of Mu Rong Zhan, Jiang Chen and Jiang Ru Long standing behind him.
“Brother Jiang, I will get straight to the point. The purpose of me coming today is the wish for my daughter to be married into your family. Here, we will decide the date for your son and my daughter’s official marriage ceremony.”
Mu Rong Zhan said it openly.
“Of course, once they are married, both of our families will be prosperous in Fragrant Sky city.”
Nodding his head, Jiang Zhen Hai turned around and spoke to Jiang Chen, “Chen, come forward and greet your father-in-law.”
“Great! You have a good son with good looks.”
Mu Rong Zhan looked at Jiang Chen and kept complimenting him, but on the inside, he knew he was just spouting bullshit because everyone in Fragrant Sky city knew about Jiang Chen’s bad reputation. He was a playboy with shitty talent when it came to cultivation.
But Mu Rong Zhan didn’t care about this at all. He seemed to be very satisfied with this soon to be son-in-law. Most of the time, a family’s interest was worth more than personal interests.
“Dad, I think you got it wrong?”
Expressing his shock, Jiang Chen said, “Isn’t the marriage for elder brother?”
Jiang Zhen Hai and Mu Rong Zhan were baffled by what Jiang Chen said. Mu Rong Zhan moved his head towards Jiang Ru Long and started judging Jiang Ru Long. He couldn’t stop himself from nodding his own head. ‘This is what we call a talented and good looking young man. At such a young age he has reached the ninth level of the Qi Jing Realm.’
“Chen, stop this nonsense.”
Jiang Zhen Hai said with a frown on his face.
“Dad, I am not stupid. With my qualifications, I am not the right person for Miss Mu Rong. With me, she will probably suffer. My elder brother has already reached the ninth level of the Qi Jing Realm at such a young age. Amongst the youngsters in Fragrant Sky city, he is the one with the best qualifications to marry Miss Mu Rong. I am still too young to marry. Although elder brother and Miss Mu Rong have not met yet, he is still interested in marrying her. If he can marry Miss Mu Rong, then that will be a perfect match! And it will also improve our relationship with the Mu Rong family.”
Giving his speech confidently, Jiang Chen repeatedly complimented his elder brother.
Standing next to Jiang Chen, Jiang Ru Long almost wanted to cry. This was because he never knew just how much his little brother loved him.
“Haha, so brother Jiang wants to help your eldest son get married. I never knew that Jiang Ru Long was so fond of my daughter… This arrangement is a rare one.”
Mu Rong Zhan was laughing out loud. Yes, this marriage arrangement was for the best interest of both families, but if he had the chance to choose between Jiang Ru Long and Jiang Chen, then he would not be stupid enough to pick Jiang Chen.
Jiang Zhen Hai was boiling with rage. He would gladly kick this bastard out of the house. However, he remained silent upon seeing how happy Mu Rong Zhan was.
Jiang Chen had excessively complimented Jiang Ru Long, and he made it known that Jiang Ru Long was fond of Miss Mu Rong. Jiang Zhen Hai knew that if he were to insist, not only would his son be provoked, Mu Rong Zhan wouldn’t be happy either.
“Ru Long, come meet your father-in-law.”
Said Zhen Hai, with a smile that didn’t reach his eyes, weak and helpless.
“Greetings to you, father-in-law.”
Ru Long bowed respectfully towards Mu Rong Zhan.
‘Laugh and be happy. Because you will be crying later.’
Thought Jiang Chen. He cleared his throat and said, “Mr. Mu Rong, my elder brother also has another wish.”
“Oh? Speak then. No wish is impossible when Brother Jiang and I are together.”
Apparently, Mu Rong Zhan was in a great mood.
Jiang Ru Long, on the other hand, was stupefied. He stared towards Jiang Chen, trying hard to recall what he had told Jiang Chen. He couldn’t remember telling him such a thing.
“My brother told me that he has admired the Mu Rong family for a long time. If he can marry into the Mu Rong family, then he wouldn’t want anything else in this life.”
Jiang Chen said with a smile on his face; his fox tail had finally been revealed.
Jiang Ru Long’s face immediately darkened upon hearing what Jiang Chen said.
“Brother, what did you just say?”
Jiang Ru Long asked in a deep, low tone.
“Brother, that’s what you told me, right? Oh, I know… You are too embarrassed to say it yourself. Don’t worry, let your younger brother do the talking, dad and Mr. Mu Rong are here, your wish will be granted for sure! Furthermore, you have been admiring Miss Mu Rong for a long time, that is a fact, isn’t it?”
Mu Rong Zhan felt joy and pride when he heard what Jiang Chen said. He thought to himself that this useless young lad sure knew how to speak well.
Jiang Ru Long was panicking. Yes, he wanted to marry Miss Mu Rong, but he did not want to marry into their family. He wanted Miss Mu Rong to live with him in the mayor’s mansion; he did not want to marry into their family and live with them.
If he left the Mayor’s mansion, then he would become part of Mu Rong’s family and have nothing to do with the Mayor’s family. All his years of effort would be wasted, and what made things worse was that if he married into the Mu Rong family, then he would never have a chance to handle important matters, so people would surely look down on him.
If this happened, then his future would be ruined.
“What? Don’t tell me that what you said to me yesterday was all lies? You admiring the Mu Rong family, was that a lie? This isn’t like you, my brother.”
Jiang Chen retaliated without even giving Jiang Ru Long a chance to speak.
He was doing this on purpose; he must have planned this earlier. Jiang Ru Long was so angry that he wished he could kill Jiang Chen right now. What Jiang Chen had just said pushed him in a direction of no return.
Jiang Ru Long wasn’t dumb. He knew that Jiang Chen had tricked him, but what he couldn’t understand was why this teenager who had never done anything good, who was always fooling around, suddenly became so smart. Smart enough to trick him.
‘You are still a long way from being able to fight me.’
With a smirk on his face, he thought to himself. Since Jiang Ru Long wanted to kill him, then he would need to pay for what he had done. Today was just the beginning.
“Haha, I didn’t expect your eldest son to be so fond of my daughter. Jiang Ru Long has quite the reputation in Fragrant Sky city, so it will be great if he marries into our family! Since we will become one big family, no one will dare to disobey us in Fragrant Sky city.”
Mu Rong Zhan said as he laughed out loud.
On the contrary, Jiang Zhen Hai’s face was all gloomy. What happened was beyond his expectations. First they changed who was going to marry Miss Mu Rong, then he finds out that his second son was going to marry into the Mu Rong family.
“Ru Long, have you really decided?”
Jiang Zhen Hai gazed at Jiang Ru Long. If he had a chance to decide, then he would not let Jiang Ru Long marry into Mu Rong’s family. The Jiang family had many businesses in Fragrant Sky city, and Jiang Ru Long had helped him a lot with managing them. But he wanted to respect Ru Long’s decision as well. If that was what he wanted, then he would have to agree.
“Dad, that’s really what he wants. I know all too well what my elder brother is thinking. He must be incredibly happy right now as his wish is going to be fulfilled! Uncle Mu Rong, you have to look after my brother when he moves to your family, don’t let other people look down on him.”
Jiang Chen hastened to reply on behalf of Ru Long, not forgetting to show his friendliness with Mu Rong Zhan.
“Haha, don’t worry, who would dare to look down on my son-in-law.”
Mu Rong Zhan replied happily.
Jiang Ru Long tightly clenched his fist that was hidden underneath his long sleeve. He was boiling with anger. There was no way he wouldn’t get mad… All his hard work, all his efforts were now gone.
But in the situation right now, it seemed like he had no other way out. Mu Rong Zhan was currently boiling with happiness, and if he decided to spoil the mood, then the relationship between the two families would only worsen.
“Haha, congratulations, brother, congratulations to uncle Mu Rong. Today is really a joyful day! Uncle Mu Rong, since we have reached an agreement, shouldn’t we ask Miss Mu Rong to join us? Let us see what she looks like.”
Jiang Chen said.
“Yes, you’re right, I’ve heard that brother Mu Rong’s daughter rarely appears in public. She really is a girl from a respectable family. Since we have come to a conclusion, I think that we should meet her now.”
Jiang Zhen Hai said helplessly; he could only go with the flow.
“Haha, my daughter Mu Rong Xiao Rou is on the way. I’m sure she will be here in no time.”
Mu Rong Zhan laughed to his heart’s content. Everyone in the main hall was joyous except for Jiang Ru Long, who stood there with a smile, trying to hide his true feelings.
“Wow! Just from her name alone we know that she must be a gentle and beautiful girl, a girl from a respectable family must be different than an ordinary one. She must look like an angel! Brother, you got yourself a good wife!”
Jiang Chen kept praising Miss Mu Rong, whom he had never met before. Though not forgetting to say anything that would provoke Jiang Ru Long.
Jiang Chen’s words were followed by Mu Rong Zhan’s coughing. For some reason, Mu Rong Zhan couldn’t hold his cough; he even coughed out the tea he just drank when he heard Jiang Chen praise his daughter as a gentle, beautiful angel.