There have been hints of her parentage BUT GODDAMN I'M AT 1912 AND WE ONLY HAVE BITS TO GO WITH. ARGH.
Update: We get to find out her parentage for real at the 2500s-2600s. Honestly, I'm just tired of the novel at this point. She also makes some dumb mistakes too. Sighs. Anyway, she is actually from nobility of a made up European Country known as Country Y and at some point in the 2400s was said to be 1/4 European alongside with her then-unknowing brother, Pei Xicheng.
We have two secondary male leads. The first one is Fenice, or Fei Nuo Si/Fei Si Nuo. I'm not sure HOW to get these names right, but the author switches between Fei Nuo Si or Fei Si Nuo. I really give up how to pronounce his name. He's a really nice person who takes MC in when she had to get away from ML. He is really nice and I think he deserves his own happiness. A shame MC is taken by the ML.
The second one, Leng Zihan, made me think the author wrote him to just make ML look better. At first, he was gentle and nice and give me second lead syndrome, but he grew to be very vicious and refuses to stop going after MC despite MC being ML's wife. He apparently was a friend from before the hidden marriage. It makes one wonder why he wasn't chosen to be married to escape the Fang family if MC knew him before and that he was a rich young master like ML. I absolutely cannot stand this man because his initial gentleness eventually got corrupted by jealousy so much so that he keeps telling MC he is the better choice. Without caring for the MC's circumstances. For example, he sabotaged MC's presentation by causing her to be late, worsening her stance in the Luo family. Another time, he took her wedding ring. He said he always loved her, but keeps testing ML's love with her just to make her give up on ML. It's infuriating, he's just like an incel.
"You belong to me" is such a common line uttered by the other males to their other females. Yes, we have romance side stories in this novel. They are Tongyan and Shi Jinyang (ML's good friend and MC's first boss at Rongxi) and Mo Xier and Qing Muchen (Tongyan's brother). So far, not much progress on those. But these two men seem to be possessive and quite daring in their pursuit of these women like ML lol.
Final update: The last 700 chapters after 2750 are based off the above couples.
I feel the author is sh*t at writing couples because as said, all the male leads are really overbearing in the relationship. I literally skipped Tongyan and Shi Jinyang's parts since the main novel did cover some of them and it's literally the same as the main couple. And I sh*t you not, the relationship for this particular couple misunderstanding lasted Six. f*cking. Years. You female leads, your male leads are dense as f*ck/STRAIGHTFORWARD TO THE MAX and just TELL THEM ALREADY! GOD THE COMMUNICATION IN THIS NOVEL IS HORRIBLE!
Mo Xier and Qing Muchen's story was much bearable because you know why? Only Qing Muchen would actually try to understand his wife's point of view. He tries! Isn't it damn saddening that a side male lead is leaps better than the main male lead?
The ironic thing was the last couple: Sha Xingbao and Pei Xicheng. Instead of the male being overbearing, it's the female. Sha Xingbao is Luo Yibei's sister, and holy sh*t her story is basically her getting Pei Xicheng to marry her. As much as I don't agree with what she did, she actually does feel bad and apologises. Good thing they... uhh do really love each other! Right?
The little bun appears at the 1400 mark. And I wish I was kidding, but a series of awful coincidences led to the bun being orphaned and raised by ML's sister for 4 years before MC and ML take him in. He was born 2 years after MC and ML married, and his parentage becomes obvious in the next 500 chapters. Little bun makes this novel worth it for all the hilarious moments and he actually does scold ML for treating MC badly when it comes to it.
Final Update: He's a really good boy. He eventually gets a little sister and supports his parents in their relationship too. I just think he has a really unfortunate fate of being the novel's lovechild when the parents have done 2-4 cold wars in front of him. Sighs. In the ending, he gets a younger brother who didn't even get a name lmao but yeah. Little bun is the best character because he provided a lot of amazing hilarious moments and shows that well, not all bun characters are that broken. There was a scene in the novel where his prodigy-like behaviour backfired on him, making him feel more relatable to me. And he doesn't always approve of dad's actions all the time too, a strong mom-supporter. So the 1 star I was going to take off is held in place by this amazing bun.
In regards to MC's heritage, surprisingly enough, it doesn't really matter because apparently, the reason she is orphaned was because something had happened to her parents. Her mother was unlucky to witness some crime which is related to the conspiracy. So we don't have some epic enemies on her side of the family. It's rather, the ML's side of the family that is deeply seated in this conspiracy...
MC does try not to rely on ML and this accidentally made him jealous and it became a pride contest hen second ML joins in. And it took 400 chapters for MC to find out that ML took her first time. The revelation was funny though... ML wonders why she takes so long to accept him for 'she will be the only one' he will let into his heart. Betrayals and what not seem to happen I guess.
I dropped it at the point where the white lotus that bullied MC joins the new company MC is in, and second ML's sister is potentially becoming another drama queen when ML is involved. So initially, second ML is a superstar that MC met when trying to get someone on a program. ML was not happy that she chose to ask second ML over him, as he was the other option. She did try by the way, but got shut down by the assistant so... Bad timing. Yeah...
Second ML's sister seems to have something for ML, but yeaaaaaaaaaaah I don't want to watch that bomb explode. At least ML tries to respect MC's wishes so there's that... MC is going to have a looooong way ahead.