APY Ch. 178.1: Identity Exposure

Translator: SJade, Editor: Dj22031

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When Shen Qinglan returned to Shen family house, apart from showing her intelligence in learning, her performance was mediocre, let alone comparable to Shen Xitong.

Whenever she saw Shen Qinglan’s indifference and alienation and Shen Xitong’s excellence, Chu Yunrong actually felt guilty in her heart. She didn’t dare to face her own daughter, and she didn’t even dare to think that she could be as good as Shen Xitong.

Chu Yunrong looked at her daughter who was painting on the stage, her mood complicated, Shen Qian glanced at his wife, and sighed silently. It was not that he didn’t know his wife’s feelings. That incident back then was not really his wife’s fault. If someone really wanted to count it seriously, the reason for Shen Qinglan being  abducted and sold by human traffickers, was still because of him.

It was just that he never dared to tell Chu Yunrong the truth of this matter, for fear that she would not be able to accept it, that she would resent him because of it, and their family would just fall apart like that.

Shen Xitong looked at Shen Qinglan on the stage. She still refused to believe that she was Leng Qingqiu, but there was another voice in her heart telling her that Shen Qinglan was Leng Qingqiu. This kind of thinking made her almost unable to control herself. Shen Qinglan had dragged her down again.

On the stage, Shen Qinglan had completed the painting, and at the same time, Fake Leng Qingqiu also put down her brush.

She glanced at Shen Qinglan’s painting, her eyes flickered slightly, but there was no expression on her face.

Several experts who had come to the scene had come up to appraise the paintings of the two people. They shook their heads and nodded for a while, and their brows were wrinkled tightly, as if they were troubled by some problem.

Except for these few appraisal experts, the other onlookers did not go up, but just looked around the table and looked at the two paintings from their seats.

Shen Qinglan had painted the sunrise on the sea, a large dark sea, mysterious and dangerous, but on the sea level, the sky was bright, and a touch of red reflected on half of the sky, dispelling the darkness that had fallen into the world. The touch of red, looked so warm, that it made people want to reach out and touch, the lower right corner of the painting had the signature of Leng Qingqiu.

False Leng Qingqiu also painted the sea, but the waves in the sea were rolling and raging, and there was only one hand on the sea, and only one palm remained on the water. A few people stood there with panic on their faces. They could stretch out their hands to rescue the drowning man, but no one moved.

Shen Qinglan and Fake Leng Qingqiu both sat on the side calmly, allowing the few people to evaluate the paintings.

After a while, the several people left the two paintings.

“Which one is the real one?” Someone asked impatiently.

An older painter came out, stroked his grey beard, shook his head, and said nothing.

“Oh, what does shaking your head mean, who is real and who is fake.” The anxious people in the audience had already started scratching their heads. Those who could come to this exhibition were all familiar with Leng Qingqiu. Most of them were even fans of Leng Qingqiu.

Knowing that their idol was being impersonated, as fans, they were naturally anxious.

The white-haired old man surnamed Jiang, known as “Teacher Jiang”, was the Taishan Beidou[1] in the painting world, and there were many proud disciples under his family.

“Mr. Jiang, can you tell which one of the two paintings is real and which one is fake?” The artist who first spoke up and proposed to draw a painting to prove Leng Qingqiu’s identity asked from the audience.

Many people nodded in agreement, that’s right, don’t just shake your head and announce the answer.

Mr. Jiang’s eyes swept across Shen Qinglan and Fake Leng Qingqiu, and then he glanced at the few colleagues who were appraising together, nodded slightly, and then spoke slowly.

“The two paintings are very good, and they are among the best among the younger generation of painters. The brush strokes and painting habits of the two are also very similar. At first glance, it is really difficult to distinguish the real and fake.”

He paused, then said, “We all know that Leng Qingqiu’s paintings have always been good at expressing the dark side of things, but the style of Miss Shen’s painting is not the same as Leng Qingqiu’s previous painting style…” Before he finished speaking, everyone seemed to know the meaning behind it.

“I didn’t expect that the daughter of the dignified Shen family would do such a thing as pretending to be someone else, I really didn’t expect it.” Someone in the crowd had already started saying, with a disdainful tone.

“I really liked her, especially after the video of her saving the pregnant woman came out, I still regarded her as my goddess. I didn’t expect that she was such a person. The original video was not fake, right?” Some people began to question.

“Impossible, that incident was on the news, and I think that incident is true.” There were also people who maintained their calm.

“Che, who knows, according to the family background of the Shen family, even if the fake video is false, some people will believe it. We all know Mr. Jiang’s character, and he is also a senior in the painting industry. He said if it’s fake, then it’s naturally fake, I think this daughter of the Shen family is going crazy because she wants to be famous.”

Some people also disagreed with this statement, “Whoever said what Mr. Jiang said must be right, Leng Qingqiu’s recent painting style has changed, alright, obviously this Miss Shen’s painting is more in line with the current painting style of Leng Qingqiu, what kind of eyes do you all have, can’t you see it?”

It was just that as soon as such words came out, they were overwhelmed by more doubts and besieged by the people who defended Shen Qinglan.

Listening to the discussions of the people around, the faces of the Shen family were very ugly, especially Shen Junyu, listening to others talking about his sister like this, he almost rushed up to fight with others, but he could not so he recorded the faces of the people who were being the most critical.

Although the expression on Shen Xitong’s face was ugly, but if you looked closely, you would find that her eyes were full of schadenfreude, and even her heart that she had been holding was released. She looked at Shen Qinglan on the stage, the corners of her mouth rising. She laughed at Shen Qinglan, let’s see what she would do now.

Shen Qinglan didn’t say anything but still had a cold expression on her face, as if she hadn’t seen the contemptuous eyes and heard the unpleasant words of the people around her, and the fake Leng Qingqiu also had no special expression.

“It’s just…” Mr. Jiang spoke again, a turning point, and immediately drew everyone’s attention, “I have been paying attention to Leng Qingqiu, and I have a good understanding of her paintings. I believe that everyone present should also know. In fact, recently, the style of Leng Qingqiu’s paintings has been changing.”

Some people nodded in agreement, that is, those people who said Leng Qingqiu’s style was changing.

“Although this lady’s paintings are also very good, we still think that Miss Shen is the real Leng Qingqiu.” Mr. Jiang made a final decision.

The smile on Fake Leng Qingqiu’s face finally couldn’t be maintained and disappeared. She stood up and looked at Mr. Jiang, “Mr. Jiang, you are a senior and someone I have always respected and admired. Logically speaking, I should call Mr. Jiang my teacher, but this does not mean that you can deny me at will. The style of my recent works has indeed changed, but this does not mean that since this painting has not changed, I am not Leng Qingqiu. You can be regarded as an authority in the painting world. Your words can even determine the fate of a painter, I hope you can be cautious.”

These words seemed reasonable, but she was accusing Mr. Jiang of being open-mouthed, and saying that there was no real evidence to prove that she was not Leng Qingqiu.

This was the first time in his life that Mr. Jiang had been accused like this, and his face was a little ugly, but he was a leader in the industry, and he still had the right consideration. He didn’t argue with her, but just said truthfully, “You imitated it. It’s really similar, even to the point of confusing the real with the fake, but you have neglected one place, and that is your only failure.”

He said “the only”, which showed how far the fake Leng Qingqiu’s imitation had reached. Shen Qinglan looked at Mr. Jiang curiously. Did he really see it?

“What?” Fake Leng Qingqiu asked subconsciously.

Mr. Jiang pointed to the lower right corner of Shen Qinglan’s painting, “That is the signature.”

Fake Leng Qingqiu frowned, thinking that this old man was just talking nonsense. At the beginning, when she started imitating Shen Qinglan, the most similar place was this signature, she admitted anything could go wrong, but it won’t be the signature.

There were already smart reporters carrying the cameras and aiming at the signature positions of the two paintings. Other reporters who did not seize the opportunity sighed with embarrassment, and then sighed that their colleagues were too cunning, while focusing their cameras on Shen Qinglan and Fake Leng Qingqiu.

Mr. Jiang pointed to the signature and said slowly, “Leng Qingqiu has a habit of writing. She likes to use consecutive strokes when she writes her clear words, but she often forgets the last check mark. Because it is a consecutive signature, many people didn’t actually pay attention to this fact.”

As soon as these words came out, a smile flashed in Shen Qinglan’s eyes, she hadn’t expected the old gentleman to really find out, she thought she would need to point this out.

As soon as Mr. Jiang’s words came out, someone immediately compared the two signatures, and naturally found this slight difference. This was an exhibition of Leng Qingqiu’s paintings. Naturally, there were many paintings made by Leng Qingqiu. It was obvious at a glance.

Everyone’s eyes changed when they looked at the fake Leng Qingqiu.

“I didn’t expect that someone so good-looking, would do such a shameless thing.”

“It’s not just shameless, it’s height of shamelessness, and it has refreshed my bottom line of being a person. If I were her, I would definitely not dare to appear in front of people, but she is good, not only did she appear, and accused the victim, saying that Miss Shen impersonated her, she even accused Mr. Jiang.” The person who was blaming Shen Qinglan just now immediately aimed at the fake Leng Qingqiu.

“I knew that someone like Miss Shen wouldn’t do such a thing. Serves you right for not believing me.” The person who defended Shen Qinglan just now had a proud look on his face.

How did the fake Leng Qingqiu know that she would be defeated in the most impossible way, the facts had been exposed, and her explanation had become superfluous, and she did not intend to explain anyway, watching everyone’s attention focused on the painting, she quietly left the scene.

The matter ended too quickly, she originally thought that Daniel and Leng Qingqiu had no evidence at all, and even if they were exposed, there was nothing to do with her. As a result, the development of the matter greatly exceeded her expectations.

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[1] A phrase meaning as weighty as Mt Tai, as brilliant as the Big Dipper (idiom); a giant among men.

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