Chapter 2086: Throwing a Tantrum
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
With Ding Jiayi eyeing her in that manner, Qiao Zijin realized in dismay that her mom’s anger had not subsided. In fact, she had become even more stubborn and upset because of her meal last night.
“Mom, don’t get mad. I’ll just apologize to you. I’m sorry for being too confused last night because I was too hungry. I remembered it wrongly. I thought you’d eaten.” It was just a meal. Her mom was usually the one who prepared the meals in the family. Even though she had not ordered takeaway for her mother, it would take no more than a few minutes for her mother to whip up a meal for herself.
It was such a simple matter. Qiao Zijin could not understand why her mom was upset over it, so much so that she had not prepared lunch for her today.
Ding Jiayi might be less intelligent than Qiao Zijin, but she was not entirely a fool. Qiao Zijin had said that she had forgotten and had then said that she thought that Ding Jiayi had already eaten in the next moment. Ding Jiayi was certain that these were all excuses.
If she had really eaten, would she have ignored her daughter, Qiao Zijin, and let her order takeaway for herself?
“There’s no need to apologize to me. I’m already seventy. I’m not even complaining that you don’t prepare my meals for me. There’s no reason for me to act as your servant. I can save myself some effort by not preparing meals for you. Zijin, your dad was right about one thing. It’s about time for you to be filial toward your dad and me. Your dad and I are already in our seventies. Even if you don’t take care of us, you can’t possibly expect us to keep taking care of you, right? Alright. Go make yourself some food. Otherwise, call for some takeaway.”
Within a day, Qiao Zijin had suffered two big blows. No matter how well Ding Jiayi treated Qiao Zijin, she would still get angry. The mother and daughter were practically from the same mold. If they had a common target and did not hurt each other in the process of hurting someone else, neither of them would think that they were doing anything wrong.
However, if such heartless schemes happened to them and their interests were concerned, Ding Jiayi and Qiao Zijin’s hearts would be as fragile as glass. A single injury would stay in their memories for a very long time.
Qiao Zijin could treat Qiao Nan coldly and could plot against Qiao Nan and scheme to get hold of her money, but Qiao Nan could not treat Ding Jiayi in that manner because Ding Jiayi would not allow it to happen. Now, Qiao Zijin was being unfilial to her mom and was even ignoring her mother!
In the past, Ding Jiayi would have said that she had only one daughter, Qiao Zijin, and that only Qiao Zijin would be filial to her and support her in her old age. But after that incident, Ding Jiayi completely forgot about her words in the past and declared that Qiao Zijin was no filial child either.
Just like now, Ding Jiayi could not even be bothered about preparing a meal for Qiao Zijin. Even though Qiao Zijin had apologized to her, Ding Jiayi did not even move an inch. She knew that Qiao Zijin had only asked for lunch because she had been starving. But now, Ding Jiayi was already relaxing and was in no mood to prepare even a simple meal for Qiao Zijin.
Had Qiao Zijin not refused to give her a hundred thousand yuan for her and Old Qiao? Fine. Then, Qiao Zijin should be prepared to settle her own meals in the future. Everything in life concerned money and she was not even employed.
At this moment, Ding Jiayi could not help but be thankful that Qiao Dongliang had been hospitalized and that she had been able to get fifty thousand yuan from her two daughters. After Qiao Dongliang had been discharged, they had not spent all of Qiao Nan’s fifty thousand yuan yet, and as such, Ding Jiayi had about seventy thousand yuan on hand after taking everything into account.
With this seventy thousand yuan and thinking about her expenses, Ding Jiayi knew that she would not starve to death even without a two-thousand-yuan monthly allowance. She did not need to buy new clothes, much less cosmetic products like Qiao Zijin. As long as she cut down on her expenses on food, she would not spend much at all.
Besides, she had a daughter, after all. She did not believe that Qiao Nan would leave her in the lurch if she really lacked clothes to wear or food to eat. Qiao Nan had changed. Ding Jiayi knew that but refused to admit it.
Ding Jiayi had already guessed that Qiao Nan would never agree to her more ridiculous demands, but she could not help but want to test it out. More importantly, she would test Qiao Nan’s limits and see how tolerant Qiao Nan was of her mother after undergoing such a drastic change.
Unfortunately, there was no way of comparing her with the Qiao Nan of the past. Qiao Nan had no tolerance toward her anymore.
Whether Qiao Nan acceded to her unreasonable requests would all depend on Qiao Nan’s mood. However, Qiao Nan would never refuse to help her out if she had normal requests like getting money to buy clothes or daily necessities. When Old Qiao had been hospitalized the previous time and when her health had deteriorated, Qiao Nan had not left them in the lurch and had given them money to tide through that period.
Now that she had fallen out with Qiao Zijin, the only one Ding Jiayi had the guts to throw a tantrum at was Qiao Nan. This truth was like rubbing salt in her already hurting wound.
All along, she had always said that the only daughter who would be filial to her and support her was Qiao Zijin. Qiao Nan, whom she had always looked down on, had made it in life, while the elder daughter, whom she had doted on all along, had started to rebel against her. How could Ding Jiayi possibly accept such a brutal reality?
Seeing Ding Jiayi’s attitude, Qiao Zijin was sure that Ding Jiayi was serious this time. All along, it had only been Qiao Zijin throwing tantrums at Ding Jiayi for not settling matters properly. It was rare for the situation to be reversed and for Ding Jiayi to be angry at Qiao Zijin.
Qiao Zijin, who was used to being pampered, was not at all worried. The previous day, she had already had the intention of letting Ding Jiayi cool down for a few days. Now, she thought that that was even more so necessary.
She could not afford to pamper or give in to her mom. Her mom’s temper had become as bad as a princess’ because her dad and Qiao Nan had always given in to her in the past. Those two people had been utter fools. She would definitely not do the same and give in to her mom. She was already so advanced in age and yet, she was expecting others to coax her as though she was the empress. That made no sense at all.
If her mom would not make her meals, then so be it. She still had 1.5 million yuan. Would she starve to death?
To prove that she had a spine, she would never forgive Ding Jiayi this time unless Ding Jiayi took the initiative to apologize to her. From that meal onward, Qiao Zijin started to call for takeaway instead of waiting for Ding Jiayi to settle her meals. With 1.5 million yuan in her bank, she could well afford takeaways.
Day after day, and week after week, Qiao Zijin had made her stand clear as day.