The Male Lead’s Substitute Wife
The Male Lead’s Substitute Wife Chapter 4

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Su Yaya drove the car out of the villa towards the nearby shopping mall, which took her about ten minutes.

Upon arriving, she went into the underground parking lot and found an empty space to park her car. She stepped out of the car with her purse and took an elevator up.

The elevator stopped on the third floor and opened its doors. Su Yaya walked out with her pair of high heels, but before she could even take two steps, a printed dress with flared sleeves caught her eye on the left side of the display window.

The color and style of this dress looked exactly the same as the dress that she saw in a shopping mall before she transmigrates into this world. At that time, she took a fancy to the dress at first glance and had specially asked the shop assistant to take the dress off the display for her to try on. After trying it on, she found that it fit perfectly and suited her looks well and made her really like the dress more.

But at that time, she was embarrassingly short on money, and the dress cost over half a month of salary for her. If she had bought the dress, it would’ve been difficult for her to pay her rent and food for that month. After thinking about it, she could only regretfully abandon the thought of buying the dress.

Now that she saw the same dress, Su Yaya was moved and really wanted to buy it. After all, she always carried this lingering regret for not being able to afford it at that time. When she returned to work shortly after that, it was difficult for her to stay motivated in her job and she felt down for a long time. Her dream was both to find wealth and to buy the dress she adored for herself. Now, she wanted to satisfy her own little wish.

As Su Yaya walked into the store, the sales staff observed her from head to toe. Seeing that she wore a Chanel dress and necklace, along with a Chanel bag, the sales staff knew she was a wealthy person. Her eyes shined as she revealed the sweetest smile she could to the customer, not forgetting to gently ask if she needed any help.

“I want to try that dress.” Su Yaya pointed at the dress hanging on the display window.

The sales staff nodded and promptly went to take the dress down, and led Su Yaya to the fitting room to try the dress on.

Su Yaya brought the outfit into the fitting room and changed into it. The moment the sales staff saw her coming out of the fitting room, her eyes shines even more. She genuinely complimented, and said, “Miss, you’re so beautiful in this dress.”

She had been a sales staff in this store for almost three years, so she had seen many customers before. Some were beautiful, others had average looks, some had great figures, and there were others who lacked such figures. Yet, she had never seen a woman like Su Yaya who was both beautiful and had a great figure.

There were people who were more beautiful than her but were lacking a good body shape. There were people with more slender figures than her but lacked her beauty. In short, this customer was the most perfect woman she had seen; she was good in all ways.

Her skin was white as though it was glowing; it was moist and tender, like a newly peeled egg. After wearing the dress, it exposed her beautiful and slender swan-like neck, and her skinny waist accentuated her figure perfectly making her appearance indescribable with words.

Su Yaya looked at herself in the mirror and thought she was beautiful too. 

She herself knows that the she in the past was not that pretty, at most, she could be called just pretty. When she stood beside someone who was actually beautiful, she became ordinary inconspicuous maid. 

Not to mention, she came from an ordinary family and her parents were just normal workers with little monthly income, so they had to be frugal in their spending. Even after she had a job, she had to be wise with her money so she naturally became petty that whenever she did have money in her hands, she didn’t dare to spend it. 

But this body didn’t have these issues. Although the original host came from an ordinary family, people didn’t think badly of her. Maybe it was because she was really beautiful so it hid her bad characteristics. People could only see her beauty. 

If someone was pretty, they looked good in anything, and just like today Su Yaya felt like the dress she wore this time looked better than when she tried it on before she transmigrated making her more excited.

The sales staff also persuaded her, “Miss, you look beautiful in this dress and you’re the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. You should buy this.”

Su Yaya obviously wanted to buy it, unlike before, she had money now. Shen Xiuqi had prepared a card for her so she could purchase anything she desired.

“How much does this dress cost?” Su Yaya asked. 

The sales staff glanced at the tag and said, “It’s not that expensive. It’s 5880 yuan.”

Su Yaya was stunned at the price. 

In the past, the dress she fancied was only 3880 yuan, half of her monthly salary, so she couldn’t bear to buy it. Now that she transmigrated it over, the same style and color dress became pricier by 2,000 yuan in the blink of an eye and although she was wealthy now she still feel pained.

Maybe because she was born into a poor family and had always been a frugal spender knowing that her parents worked hard to earn money in order to support the family. So, she had never spent that much just to buy a piece of clothing.

After Su Yaya found out that the price was 5,880 yuan, her intense desire to buy the dress immediately diminished. To someone like her who was used to a frugal lifestyle, it was really too expensive. Despite having a platinum card, she still thought that the price was too much and couldn’t bear to buy it.  

Seeing that Su Yaya wasn’t responding, the sales staff failed to guess the customer’s frugal mindset since the dress this woman currently wore was in the ten thousand, along with her purse. This was much more costly compared to a dress of only 5,880 yuan, with this in thought the sale staff couldn’t help but inwardly question whether the dress price was too cheap and was thinking that it doesn’t fit her status?

As she thought of this, the sales staff observed Su Yaya’s expression again. Seeing how her slightly frowning eyebrows, she couldn’t help but think that it was because she disliked how cheap the dress was. But this dress was the  most expensive one in the store. Had she known this earlier, she would’ve increased the price. Sometimes, wealthy people refused to buy cheap things so it’s better to raise the price so they would buy it. She felt like she had miscalculated. 

In order to make up for this mistake, the sales staff tried her best to market this dress to Su Yaya. She said, “Miss, you look really beautiful in this dress. The style of this dress isn’t any worse than those from famous brands. Sometimes, dresses from famous brands are just expensive and the quality isn’t that good. You won’t lose anything from buying this dress. People will definitely compliment you if you wear this.”

Su Yaya liked this dress from the start, but only hesitated because of the price. After the sales staff’s persuasion, the desire to buy this dress rose once again and really wanted to buy the dress.

But then again, she had never bought such an expensive dress like this before, so she couldn’t make up her mind, after all, even though it was Shen Xiuqi’s card and he wouldn’t care about this bit of money, she was still restless and anxious. Should she tell him?

Su Yaya needed someone to make a decision for her. She tapped on the phone screen and opened WeChat, found Shen Xiuqi’s WeChat, and sent him a message. 

Yaya: Hubby, I’m interested in a dress and I like it a lot. But it was a bit expensive. *Dress Picture.jpg*

Yet the moment she sent the message, Su Yaya regretted it. Shen Xiuqi was probably the busiest at work right now and he disliked it when people disturbed him while he was doing work. Now that she sent him a message, would he be unhappy? This morning, she succeeded in pleasing him. Would he dislike her now? She was really worried!

Su Yaya hurriedly deleted the message but her hands slipped over ‘cancel’ and clicked on ‘send’ instead. There was nothing she could do to fix it. ‘I’m done for this time.’ Shen Xiuqi will definitely think she’s an annoying person after he receives her message. He will have a bad impression of her too, right?

What should she do? Should she call him to explain that she didn’t mean to disturb him? But if he was really busy and she called him, wouldn’t that make him angrier?

Su Yaya was so anxious. 

While she tweaked her ears and scratched her cheeks, her phone dinged.

She stared at it to see a notification that Shen Xiuqi had sent a message.  

There was only one simple word: buy. 

Su Yaya looked at Shen Xiuqi’s profile picture several times. After confirming it was truly him, she sighed. 

Thankfully he responded, otherwise she wouldn’t know what to do.

His message: ‘buy,’ was really simple, straightforward, and blunt. 

Su Yaya was thinking that since he had the time to reply, he wasn’t angry that she had disturbed him. But he only replied with ‘buy’ which meant that he was really busy and didn’t have time to chat with her. So it’s better if she didn’t disturb him, with this thought she sensibly placed her phone away and stopped sending him messages. 

When the sales staff saw that Su Yaya was done sending messages, she smiled and asked if she was going to buy the dress. After receiving Shen Xiuqi’s message, Su Yaya felt like she finally had a backbone. Since he told her to buy it, she surely will. 

“I’ll take the dress.” Su Yaya said generously. This was the first time she had bought such an expensive dress! 

“Then how does Miss want to buy? You can pay using WeChat, Alipay, card, or cash.” The sales staff looked happily at her. She was extremely ecstatic. This staff member would be rewarded with an outstanding performance once this dress was sold. Afterwards, she could sell other products and take a higher percentage of commission.

“By card.” Su Yaya said.

“Ok, please follow me.” The sales staff led Su Yaya to the checkout counter. 

When they arrived there, Su Yaya took out the platinum card that Shen Xiuqi gave her. The sales staff was about to reach over and grab it but Su Yaya held onto the card tightly thinking that, if she let go, the sales staff would swipe 5,880 yuan from it. To Su Yaya who was used to being poor, it was a large amount of money. It was about her monthly salary, she really couldn’t bear just thinking about it making her heart dripping blood.

“Miss, please give me the card so I can swipe it.” The sales staff held the other side of the card. She tried pulling on it but the hand wouldn’t budge. Su Yaya held on tightly so the sales staff reminded her. 

Su Yaya pursed her lips. She really couldn’t bear to spend that much. She had never done so, even with Shen Xiuqi’s money she was uneasy and apprehensive. 

“Miss?”

Su Yaya held on and didn’t let go. The sales staff called her again. 

Right now, the situation was a bit awkward. Other people gave them strange glances at their odd behavior. Feeling panicked, Su Yaya loosened her grip on the card and the sales staff took it. 

As though she was afraid that Su Yaya might regret it, the sales staff quickly swiped the card and printed out the receipt. She grabbed a pen for Su Yaya to sign her name.

Su Yaya met the sales staff’s smiling face and thought that she might as well accept this. She took the pen and signed. 

Shen Xiuqi had been waiting for Yaya to reply but received no response for a long time. After he picked up his phone for the nth time, the phone screen finally brightened. 

He hurriedly unlocked his phone to see a notification from his bank: Respected peony platinum card user, your card ending with xxxx had spent 5,880 in a shopping mall…

Shen Xiuqi was confused. 

He stared at the final amount spent for a while and was puzzled. He had never bought such a cheap dress for Su Yaya. What did Su Yaya’s message say? That the dress was a bit too expensive? 5,880 yuan was too expensive? Did they forget to take an extra 0?

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