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Yun Qian Meng slowly raised her head. She looked at Yun Xuan Zhi with eyes full of embarrassment. Then she barely smiled and said softly: “Apologizing for letting father worry! It’s all Meng er’s fault, carelessly bumped into another person and injured myself.”
Then she lowered her head again. It seemed like she didn’t want to talk about how she got injured.
But when it fell into Yun Xuan Zhi’s eyes, it seemed really suspicious. It’s just looking at Yun Qian Meng’s expression, she really seemed like she didn’t want to talk about it. Yun Xuan Zhi turned to Mi mama and Mu Chun. He snapped: “Still not telling without missing a word about how eldest miss got injured?! How are you servants serving, letting eldest miss get injured?! If it leaves any illness on Meng er, see how I’ll skin you all!”
Mi mama and Mu Chun saw Yun Xuan Zhi’s expression, their complexion immediately showed color of being afraid. They knelt in front of Yun Xuan Zhi and said while quivering: “Xiangye, don’t be angry. Miss just went with old madam to pray at Pu Guo An, but they have encountered the minister of justice’s old madam and furen. Don’t know how, when that Su furen and miss passed each other, miss got hurt. Afterward, that Su furen still wanted to blame miss! Miss is generous, thinking that it’s the mother’s family of Su yiniang so she didn’t want to make the matter big. She also didn’t let us nubi talk about it. Asking xiangye to give justice to our miss!”
Mi mama with her head down truthfully told everything that happened that day. Not even a half part of what she thought was mentioned. But the truth made Yun Xuan Zhi’s brows frown. In his eyes flickered disgust.
Yun Qian Meng saw that she immediately whispered to restrain Mi mama: “Mi mama, who told you to say these things? Su furen just accidentally hit my foot, how can she have so much strength to injure me? Don’t be like those misses and furens who have wild speculations. It will affect the relationship between xiangfu and the minister of justice. Would it not let those who have bad intentions take advantage of this loophole?! You couldn’t even think of this, how are you usually serving by my side?”
While talking, Yun Qian Meng’s body which was in the quilt immediately went up. With a red face, she pointed at Mi mama and taught her a lesson.
Yun Xuan Zhi saw that Yun Qian Meng even being injured is still thinking about protecting the relationship between xiangfu and Su fu, but that Su fu tried to hurt his daughter several times. Although his heart has feelings for Su Qing, but they have gone overboard!
First they framed Yun Qian Meng at Gu Lao Tai Jun’s birthday and now because of hatred, they hurt her. This let Yun Xuan Zhi’s hands turn into fists. Then he appreciated Yun Qian Meng: “It still Meng er who is generous. But since they did wrong, daddy won’t let my daughter be wronged! Moreover, even Rong fu and Chu wangfu are concerned about your injury, if daddy doesn’t seek justice for my child, won’t the two fu laugh at us?”
Yun Xuan Zhi said it so well. If Yun Qian Meng didn’t know in advance that he is a greedy person, she fears that she will be really grateful for having such a father!
It’s just that with every sentence Yun Xuan Zhi says, he’ll mention Rong fu and Chu wangfu. And now seeing him treat his daughter like this and hearing his words that want to seek justice for her, in her heart she felt really ridiculous.
If Rong fu and Chu wangfu didn’t send anyone yesterday, she fears that Yun Xuan Zhi wouldn’t even bother about this eldest daughter. And yesterday’s situation, must have made Yun Xuan Zhi being excited for the whole night. Otherwise, why till now would he not know the reason that she got injured? He must have been really happy and didn’t remember this thing!
As for old madam, when she saw the living room filled with gifts, she must’ve been so angry that she was about the explode and didn’t want to mention her matter to Yun Xuan Zhi.
It’s just that at this time, she saw that Yun Xuan Zhi’s eyes do contain anger (fire). She doesn’t mind to put more wood into it. She wanted to get out of bed but has been stopped by Yun Xuan Zhi. He scolded: “Your foot is injured, don’t move carelessly! As for your zumu, I’ll go explain to her. You’re freed from the morning greeting. You just need to recuperate well!”
If Yun Xuan Zhi didn’t mention old madam it would be okay, but the moment he mentioned her, Yun Qian Meng’s expression showed another difficulty. Her eyes showed fear and she said in a low voice: “This time, Chu wangfu only send daughter gifts. Presumably, Meng er must have angered zumu. After all, zumu has mentioned to Meng er that fourth meimei and Chu xiang are a match made from heaven. I’m afraid, now in zumu’s heart, a rift must have formed. Father, daughter only wants peace in the family and doesn’t want to fight with fourth meimei and create a conflict with Su yiniang. I only want to pass my days quietly at Qi Luo yuan. Asking father to not waste efforts on daughter’s matter, otherwise, it’ll be daughter’s fault.”
After hearing that, Yun Xuan Zhi immediately frowned. Sarcasm passed his eyes. He couldn’t help but humph coldly: “How can your fourth sister status compare to you? At most, she could marry a common official’s legitimate son. But a family like Chu wangfu, that’s not what everyone can cling to. Mother, really, why would she mention such a thing to you, an unmarried lady? She really didn’t know how to avoid! You just recuperate with a peaceful mind. Father will take care of all things!”
After that, Yun Xuan Zhi stood up. His expression seemed very unhappy. He fears that he will need to inevitably go to Bai Shun Tang and Feng He yuan.
Mi mama and Mu Chun immediately helped Yun Qian Meng up and send Yun Xuan Zhi off.
“Mama, just now did you say that Pan Lan’s parents have been found? How were they found?”
Seeing Yun Xuan Qi walked out of Qi Luo yuan, Yun Qian Meng asked.
Mi mama immediately knelt in front of Yun Qian Meng.
“Please give punishment, miss! The people were not found by this old one!”
Seeing that the matter has a hidden layer, Yun Qian Meng stared straight at Mi mama. She calmly said: “Stand up and say. What’s going on?”
Mi mama saw that Yun Qian Meng didn’t blame her, her heart is full of remorse. She insisted on kneeling on the ground and said: “Originally nubi also find out where Pan Lan’s parents live, but her parents have long been being watched by someone. Nubi couldn’t get close. When nubi was returning, nubi encountered biao gongzi. After he heard this, he rescued the people out of the house and burned down Pan Lan’s house. Nubi has already arranged a safe and private place for Pan Lan’s parents. Just waiting for miss’s next command.”
Yun Qian Meng has never thought that this thing would involve Qu Zhang Qing. And the moment Qu Zhang Qing made a move, not only did he save Pan Lan’s family, but he also get rid of the suspicion that Su Qing will have against her. Once Su Qing is putting the blame on herself, then she will no longer be able to use the chess piece Pan Lan.
She has to say, although she troubled Qu Zhang Qing, but it solved her worries. And in Qu Zhang Qing hands there’s manpower which she lacks at this moment. If he didn’t extend his hand, even if she is controlling Pan Lan, Su Qing will no longer trust Pan Lan.
These past few days it appears that Yun Qian Meng is having a battle of wits with xiangfu alone, but Fu Guo Gong Fu is her solid backing. From Lao Tai Jun till biaojie, they all are caring towards her. Even that biaoge who seems cold and heartless also lend a helping hand at a critical moment. This made Yun Qian Meng’s heart feel warm. She felt that the feeling of having a family is really good. It felt like her modern sister in the future who always gave her support in silence.
Suddenly Yun Qian Meng felt full of energy. A motivation that she never had before flooded through her body. Then she beckoned Mi mama to come near and whispered a command in her ear.
After listening to Yun Qian Meng, Mi mama’s eyes lit up. Her expression turned happy and she nodded. Then she turned away and left.
Yun Qian Meng leaned against the bed and looks at Mi mama’s energetic look. Her mouth showed a smile. She also thought about the appearance of Yun Xuan Zhi when he left. Presumably, Su Qing will need to suffer again because of that stupid saosao1 of hers. And driving a wedge between Yun Xuan Zhi and Su Yuan is one of the most important steps to bring Su Qing out of favor.
After Yun Xuan Zhi left, the place where he would first go is not Feng He yuan, but Bai Shun Tang. After all, compared to Yun Qian Meng suffering, marriage is more important. At this time both old madam and Yun Xuan Zhi wants Chu Fei Yang, he naturally will not let old madam get him first.
When Yun Xuan Zhi entered Bai Shun Tang’s inner chamber, old madam was just letting Rui mama teach Yun Yi Yi palace etiquette. Seeing Yun Yi Yi following Rui mama at bowing, Yun Xuan Zhi’s heart felt unhappy. It’s just that he has a smile when he greeted old madam: “Is mother doing well today?”
Seeing that Yun Xuan Zhi has entered, old madam let Rui mama stop. She smiled at Yun Xuan Zhi and said: “All is well. You are busy with the court, don’t have to come so diligently every day. Mother knows that you are piety. Don’t tire your body.”
Yun Xuan Zhi did as if he didn’t get the meaning and sat down under old madam. His eyes are on Yun Yi Yi. At this time, she is standing well-behaved next to old madam. She bowed and said in a low voice: “Zhinü2 greets dabo3.”
After hearing that, Yun Xuan Zhi gave a big laughter. He praised Yun Yi Yi in front of old madam: “Mother has taught Yi Yi really well. She is no less compared to my three children.”
Old madam rarely heard Yun Xuan Zhi praise Yun Yi Yi. Her heart couldn’t help but feel some pride, but her expression is modest.
“Don’t praise anymore. This child can’t take much praise, otherwise, she’ll get cocky. Moreover, I see that Meng er and her sisters are also quite good. Not to mention the three sisters personally going to Su City to bring me back, even these days Meng er and Yan er didn’t miss any day at the daily greeting. This filial piety is really rare!”
Yun Xuan Zhi knows that old madam have deep prejudices against Su Qing and her daughter, but in front of him old madam only mentioned Yun Qian Meng and Yun Yan. It let Yun Xuan Zhi felt that he has lost face.
But thinking the other way, old madam is even like that to Su Qing and her daughter in front of him, he is afraid that in private she must have intensified it.
Even if it’s Su Qing’s da sao that let Yun Qian Meng be injured, but Su Qing is still his Yun Xuan Zhi’s concubine. Old madam showing her hate towards Su Qing and her daughter without shyness in front of him, it let the feeling of being fed up with Su Qing become less. After all, when a person is prejudiced against another person, then the credibility of what that person say will be greatly reduced.
Yun Xuan Zhi looked at Yun Yi Yi carefully. Then he said to old madam with a serious voice: “A few days ago mother mentioned to son Yi Yi’s marriage. Originally, son felt that Yi Yi is still too young, but just now I saw that she has a ladylike air. And also we talked for so long, she still kept her composure. I felt that we can set a marriage for her, lest to not let a good man be taken away by another family. Don’t know what mother thinks?”
Old madam didn’t think that the reason that Yun Xuan Zhi came today is to discuss Yun Yi Yi’s marriage. Her heart tightened. She remembered Chu wangfu’s action of last night. She carefully calculated everything. Then did she smile: “What son said is deep in mother’s heart! your second brother isn’t by Yi Yi’s side, you as a dabo really needs to be more concerned, otherwise people will think that the brothers of our Yun family is at discord! As for a candidate for Yi Yi’s husband, I’ve set my eyes on one.”
While talking, old madam turned and looked at Yun Yi Yi once. Because the two elders are talking about her marriage, her face blushed. At this moment she has her head down and held her handkerchief.
Old madam saw that a young girl is easy to get shy, she let Rui mama send Yi Yi back to Qui Bi Ju. After that did she look at Yun Xuan Zhi again. She was about to say Chu Fei Yang’s name, but Yun Xuan Zhi was a step faster: “A few days ago at Fu Guo Gong Fu’s Lao Tai Jun’s birthday, son saw many gongzhi from good families. Among them, the legitimate son of the minister of rites entered son’s eyes. That person is like jade drawing wind and his teachings were strict. This year he participated in the autumn. He’ll surely have a bright future. Don’t know if mother is satisfied.”
Old madam didn’t think that Yun Xuan Zhi found such a person for Yun Yi Yi. Although he is from the legitimate line, but he isn’t the eldest. Although his father is an official of the second rank, but at this moment he doesn’t have any achievements on his name.
This made old madam suddenly get angry. The smile on her face disappeared and her expression turned bad.
How can such a gongzhi be compared to the dignified Chu wangfu?!
Although that Chu Fei Yang has a Chu wang yeye, but his own ability is also of the first class. Not to mention that he can lead the troops at war, at a young age he was the zhuangyuan4 of both the civil exam and the military exam. Moreover, he got the position of the left prime minister. Compared to that legitimate son of the minister of rites, it’s apparent who is cloud and who is mud.
Yun Xuan Zhi saw that old madam didn’t speak for a long time, in his heart he knows that old madam is unwilling. It’s just old madam should look at Yun Yi Yi’s conditions. Although she has him, this Prime Minister dabo, but her biological father is just a commoner. He, planning this marriage with the minister of rites for Yun Yi Yi, in fact it’s Yun Yi Yi who has climbed high. He didn’t think that old madam heart is higher than the sky. Her whole mind is obsessed with Chu Fei Yang, letting Yun Xuan Zhu’s heart full of unhappiness.
“Is mother not satisfied?”
Yun Xuan Zhi is obviously asking a question knowing the answer. His tone has a trace of pressing.
Old madam is naturally not satisfied with marrying Yun Yi Yi to a son of the minister of rites. So she also glared at Yun Xuan Zhi and replied while pressuring: “Yi Yi marrying well, in the future, she will also help her sisters! Son, ah, did you forget what mother said last time? Meng er, Xue er and Yan er, all three has different situations. They won’t be marrying too prominent husbands. Our Yun family can only rely on Yi Yi! If she is not married well, I fear that our Yun family will be ruined!”
Old madam sighed deeply after saying that. Her expression is full of concerns for Yun fu.
But when those words fall into Yun Xuan Zhi ears, they seems like a curse to his shining career. His expression turned tight. With a serious tone, he said to old madam: “Mother must already know that this time’s xuanxiu that daughter of the minister of rites has been selected. In the future, if she won the emperor’s favor, the official of second rank will get higher. How could she not be partial towards her brothers?”
But old madam’s whole heart doesn’t agree, so she retorted: “The back palace has three thousand concubines, who know when the daughter of the minister of rites will get the grace? Son, ah, we can’t do something that we aren’t sure about. Why should we give up what we have in front of us?”
Seeing old madam insisting on being like this, he knows that all is for nothing, so he retrieved his mind and said coldly: “Since mother doesn’t agree, take it as if son has never mentioned this! After all, Yi Yi is still young. After the autumn test, son will look for a good man for her! Son has work to do and will not accompany mother anymore!”
Yun Xuan Zhi stood up, bowed to old madam and went out of the inner chamber.
Old madam is sitting at her position with a gloomy expression. After a while, did she ease the anger in her heart. She called Rui mama who is waiting outside and ordered her to carefully teach Yun Yi Yi the palace etiquette as preparation to be married to Chu Fei Yang in the future.
Although Yun Xuan Zhi temporarily won for now, but old madam hasn’t relent on Yun Yi Yi’s marriage, making his heart hold anger. With a cold face, he stepped into Feng He yuan.
At this moment, Su Qing is personally teaching Pan Lan how to serve a man. Seeing that Yun Xuan Zhi has come, she waved for everyone to retreat. She smiled, walked forward and escorted Yun Xuan Zhi to sit down.
“At this time, how come xiangye has free time to come?”
Yun Xuan Zhi saw Su Qing being so attentive and docile. She helped him sit down and poured tea for him. The anger in his heart dissipated a bit. But he still said with a cold voice: “What happened yesterday, surely you have heard! Meng er got injured because of your saozi1. Today at the morning court, minister Su did as if nothing has happened! But today, the emperor hasn’t even looked at me! For what reason, presumably, you also know!”
Now, who in xiangfu doesn’t know that Chu wangfu and Rongfu has send gifts for the eldest miss yesterday. Su Qing has long been expected that Yun Xuan Zhi will come today because of Yun Qian Meng’s injury. Although in her heart, she is full of complains against that da sao, but in the end it’s still her own mother’s family. She also has to take her brother’s face into account, so she said full of apologies: “It’s Qing er’s family that has implicated xiangye! Qing er has already send Wang mama to Su fu to learn what happened yesterday. It’s da sao who didn’t pay attention while walking. Plus the fact that it was crowded at the temple, that’s why she accidentally hit into eldest miss! For this, dage also reprimanded saozi. Dage’s heart is full of apologies and didn’t dare to get close to xiangye. He also ordered saozi that after the injury of eldest miss has improved she needs to come apologize in person!”
Su Qing’s tone is very humble. Her words also emphasized that Su furen was helpless and careless and it also contain that Su Yuan already reprimanded his furen. After Yun Xuan Zhi heard that, his expression improved greatly. He grabbed Su Qing’s hand and said with earnest: “Qing er, you’re sensible, but your saozi is really muddleheaded! She should take some time and think. Although Meng er is from a younger generation, but behind her there are the empress dowager and Fu Guo Gong Fu. Now she also got Chu wangfu and Rong fu’s favor. The future can be described as excellent. Even if she doesn’t like Meng er, she can’t do such a thing! Now, the public assessment of the minister of justice’s family is really bad. And Su fu and xiangfu has a close relationship, how can it not influence xiangfu? In the future, Xue er’s marriage may also be implicated!”
Yun Xuan Zhi is enlightening Su Qing with emotional reasoning and also to let Su Qing remind Su Yuan, even if the two fu have grudges, they must not turn into a public joke. Otherwise, it’s their own children who will bear the consequences!
Naturally, Su Qing understood the hidden meaning in Yun Xuan Zhi’s words. But being reprimanded that her dage is improper by her husband, Su Qing also felt that she lost face. In her heart, the resentment against that da sao grew more and more. But she can only smile at Yun Xuan Zhi and respectfully say yes.
“But, now it’s different from the past. Didn’t think that eldest miss after being rejected by Chen wangye will actually get the attention of Chu wangfu and Rong fu!”
Yun Ruo Xue’s heart is on Chu Fei Yang, Su Qing will, of course, need to clarify what’s in Yun Xuan Zhi’s mind and at the same time took the opportunity to transfer Yun Xuan Zhi’s attention.
Hearing her, Yun Xuan Zhi raised his eyes and looked at her. He said with a tone of being in a difficult position: “Chu wangfu and Rong fu, both are not something we can offend! If I have two Meng er then I’ll not need to think so much!”
After hearing that, Su Qing’s heart flashed dissatisfaction. She felt that now in Yun Xuan Zhi’s eyes, there’s only Yun Qian Meng and her Ruo Xue has long been forgotten by her daddy.
In particular, that Chu Fei Yang is someone Ruo Xue has set her eyes on, she naturally wont let Yun Qian Meng succeed. She closely went into Yun Xuan Zhi’s embrace and gently said: “Xuan Zhi, don’t forget that Xue er is also your biological daughter! Although eldest miss is from the legitimate line, but our Ruo Xue is also a clean and true lady! You also need to plan for Xue er.”
After she mentioned that, Yun Xuan Zhi frowned. Although in his heart there’s love but thinking back about Yun Ruo Xue’s recent actions, his eyes inevitable showed some disappointment.
The tone that has somewhat improved, immediately turned bad again: “If you normally have nothing to do then teach Ruo Xue well. Don’t let her always think about how to look trouble for Meng er! Yesterday, Chu wangfu and Rong fu didn’t send gifts for Ruo Xue is because that day, she slandered her legitimate sister at Fu Guo Gong Fu and left a bad impression on the two fu! Otherwise, how would I think about Meng er first and give up on Xue er?”
This sudden sense of crisis made Su Qing regret that in the past she left Yun Qian Meng alone because she was a girl. If at that time, she got rid of Yun Qian Meng with Qu Ruo Li, then the one who will get the love of the two fus today will be her Xue er! When thinking about this, Su Qing wished she could chew off her teeth. But things are as they are now. She can only think of other ways to let Ruo Xue marry into Chu wangfu.
It’s just, Yun Xuan Zhi is the most important figure in getting all of this. As long he is standing on her side, will Yun Qian Meng not listen to her own father’s words?
Thinking like that, Su Qing stroked her belly with one hand. She felt that today the fetus has stabled a lot. She stretched her hand towards Yun Xuan Zhi.
By this time, Yun Xuan Zhi has said what he wanted to say and the fire of his anger is also finished. Seeing this charming face of Su Qing, in his heart he couldn’t help but miss that beautiful and pleasant face of Hua yiniang.
He stood up and appeased Su Qing: “You’re pregnant, you only need to take care of yourself well! I’ll go rest at Fu Lui yuan.”
He left Feng He yuan without looking back. Su Qing only felt a block in her heart. With a bad expression, she slowly sat down next to the table. From Yun Xuan Zhi’s words, it is said that because she is pregnant, she doesn’t need to serve him. But is that little slut at Fu Lui yuan not also pregnant? Is Yun Xuan Zhi angry at her because what happened with her saozi or has he grown bored of her?
This let Su Qing take a good time to figure it out. Finally, she has doubts against the two aspects. She immediately summoned Wang mama. She originally wanted her to go get Pan Lan, but she saw that Wang mama came in with a bad expression. Wang mama leaned over and whispered some words in her ear. Su Qing’s expression also turned serious.
“When did this happen? Why not report it earlier?”
At the second question, Su Qing’s anger can be heard.
“It’s what happened in the morning! Don’t know why, but the home of that Pan Lan was suddenly on fire. The fire was fierce and fighting the fire was already too late. Those few houses instantly turned into ashes! And those few responsible for guarding, because of saving lives, they also got serious injuries. Nubi then gave some silver to appease them and let them go home to avoid them coming here!”
Wang mama also learned about this when Yun Xuan Zhi came. Although she was anxious, but she still waited till Yun Xuan Zhi has left before saying this.
It was originally a good matter. As long as Pan Lan serve the minister of justice well, furen won’t ill-treat her parents. But a fire came out of nowhere, not to mention the people inside, even the house has been burnt to ashes! If Pan Lan get to know this, how will she still have the mind to go do the things that furen ordered?
Hearing that Wang mama has appeased those people, Su Qing’s expression turned slightly better. Her thoughts take a turn and she asked with a serious voice: “Are you sure it isn’t done by people? In this broad day, is the family of Pan Lan dead? The fire started, they didn’t come to stop it? Moreover, it’s their own home, can they not jump out?”
Wang mama has already thought about this point. She has also already questioned the guards. She said all that she knows about: “Nubi also suspected that someone causes arson on purpose! But Pan Lan is only a maid and her family is poor. They won’t cause grudges with other people. Moreover, who have such big guts to attack in the broad daylight! According to what the guards say, they say that maybe Pan Lan’s family couldn’t control their kitchen and caused this fire! After all, in poor families’ kitchen, there’ll be some firewood and heaps of straws. If that place is on fire, it’ll really be hard to control. And in these past days, our people have been watching her home. No one suspicious came near. Just don’t know if we need to tell Pan Lan this?”
Listening to Wang mama, Su Qing slightly nodded. Wang mama is her wet nurse. She served her since little. Then she followed her and entered xiangfu and has done many things for her. So Su Qing is really trustful towards Wang mama’s words. Originally, she was skeptical that this is done by a person, but from Wang mama’s analysis, she felt that perhaps she is too suspicious. After all, it’s now spring. The weather is more and more warm. Sometimes a natural fire can occur.
“Since it’s like this, no need to inform Pan Lan! She is just a cheap maid and she is sold to xiangfu. Since then, her relationship with her family has been cut. What’s the point of telling her this? Today, you go……”
Su Qing wanted to order Wang mama to do more things when she heard Yun Ruo Xue’s voice from the outside.
“Pan Lan, why are you still here? Didn’t I tell you to go pick up the clothes after washing?”
Su Qing and Wang mama quickly exchanged a glance. They found Pan Lan standing outside with her head down. They don’t know if she has heard what they talked about.
“Why are you here at furen’s? If you’re here, why didn’t you made a sound? Do you want to scare furen?”
The moment Wang mama came out, she pointed her fingers at Pan Lan and began to preach her. Then she escorted Yun Ruo Xue. With pain in her heart, she said: “Why did miss get out of bed so early? Be careful about the wound opening again!”
Yun Ruo Xue walked to Pan Lan’s side, stretched her hand and fiercely tapped on Pan Lan’s forehead. Then she snapped: “Damn maid, seeing that I have been punished by daddy, even you are beginning to skimp on me! Now you even learned to be lazy? You have not yet gone to jiujiu’s home, but you’re already putting the air of a yiniang!”
Pan Lan being scolded by her, her heart is really angry. She kept her head down, tightly bit her lips and kept pretending that she didn’t hear what furen has just said. It’s just that the hand hidden in her sleeves has long been turned into fists.
Wang mama saw that she kept silent and let Yun Ruo Xue scold her without a change in expression, did her heart slightly ease. She pulled Yun Ruo Xue and comforted: “Miss, why get angry over a cheap maid? Old nu will go scold her. It’s better if you go inside and lay down lest not let furen feel pain in her heart!”
Being reminded by Wang mama, it’s now that Yun Ruo Xue felt that her back is still in somewhat pain. Moreover, the matter of last night, she has also heard. Her heart is anxious, so she will temporarily spare Pan Lan. She let the servants escort her inside, leaving Wang mama closely staring at Pan Lan. With a hint of probing, she asked: “How come you are here?”
Pan Lan remembered what she heard just now. Grieve stroke her. Since little, she has been sold to xiangfu to serve second miss. Although Su Qing being favored will also get them face, but every time Yun Ruo Xue got into trouble, Su Qing will beat and scold them! Her own situation can be considered pretty well. She is a first class maid. Some things she doesn’t need to do personally. Thinking about that after that Feng er went missing at Fu Guo Gong Fu, furen and miss actually never mentioned her. They did as if that person never existed. And now to get in jiu laoye’s favor, they pushed her whole life into it. Now they even went so far as to treat her family like that. Such cold people. They are actually not as generous as eldest miss!
But if she butts her head now with them, she won’t have a good life anymore. It would be better to preserve her life and deal with them afterward!
Thinking like that, Pan Lan suppressed the monstrous hate in her heart and respectfully said: “Nubi was afraid that furen has more to command nubi to do, so after I went to miss’s place, I came back. Originally, I wanted to go get the clothes, but my foot has just arrived when miss also arrived.”
Wang mama calculated the trip of Yun Ruo Xue’s accommodation to Feng He yuan and seeing that Pan Lan’s expression didn’t change, the doubts in her head dispelled a bit. But she still said with some cautiousness: “Then since you’ve come, why didn’t you made any sound? Are all the maids waiting outside dead? Don’t they know how to report?”
Hearing that, Pan Lan’s heart tightened. She didn’t think that Wang mama is so smart and powerful. She quickly said: “Did mama forget? Just now, mama has sent them out of the inner room. When nubi came, nubi saw that all of them are still waiting in the garden.”
Wang mama saw that she is so calm and that she can know whether she (PL) has lied by just asking the maids, so she waved and said with slight impatience: “Go get the clothes for second miss! In the future be more cautious when you’re working! Don’t scare people again!”
Pan Lan saw that she temporarily escaped, her heart lets out a sigh of relief. She immediately bowed to Wang mama, turned and left.
But Wang mama was still not assured. She called some maids over and asked what time Pan Lan came in. After that did her heart ease down. It’s just that Wang mama is too suspicious. What Pan Lan just said was no false fabrication. Aside from the last words of Su Qing, she didn’t hear anything about her home getting on fire. It’s just that she followed Su Qing and Yun Ruo Xue for many years and also helped Su Qing clean up many maids. So she naturally can guess what Su Qing’s words mean.
Her head is down. Tears flowed desperately forward. When she arrived at the place where they wash the clothes, she accepted the clothes with a teary face. Without a word, she wanted to turn away……
“Pan Lan really has a big air! I hand you the clothes, you didn’t even say a word of thanks!”
But at this time, behind her came Mu Chun’s voice.
Pan Lan immediately turned. She saw Mu Chun standing smilingly behind her. And she herself, because her mind was at another place, actually didn’t know that it was her (MC) that handed her the clothes.
It’s just that Mu Chun is the big maidservant of Qi Luo yuan. This work of low ranked maid, how can they trouble her? This made Pan Lan somewhat puzzled. Plus the fact that her mind is in a mess now, she didn’t want to quarrel with Mu Chun.
“What’s the matter with you today? So listless!”
But Mu Chun doesn’t intend on letting her go. She approached her and said with concern. She even wanted to put her hand on Pan Lan’s forehead for fear that Pan Lan is sick.
Pan Lan’s body immediately dodged and escaped Mu Chun’s touch.
“Second miss is waiting for me. I won’t be chatting with Mu Chun lady anymore.”
But how can Mu Chun let her go so easily? Her green skirt is swinging slightly in the air and her body blocked Pan Lan’s path. Then she said with ulterior motives: “You’re really a fool. How come you don’t check the clothes? If one is not clean, see how second miss will peel your skin!”
After saying that, Mu Chun didn’t stay any longer. She turned and went back to Qi Luo yuan.
Originally, Pan Lan didn’t want to bother much with Mu Chun, but the actions of Mu Chun today is really suspicious. She held the clothes and went to an empty corner. She carefully looked through the clothes. A piece of rough jade came from inside, making Pan Lan ecstatic.
Mu Chun came back quickly to Qi Luo yuan. She poured out all that happened just now, but her heart is still with some concern.
“Miss, do you think that Pan Lan will believe us?”
Originally, Yun Qian Meng also wasn’t so certain, but listening to Mu Chun’s description, her heart suddenly turned more hopeful. Presumably, Pan Lan got the news about her home from Su Qing, otherwise she wouldn’t be so distracted. Her parents have been killed, but Su Qing and Yun Ruo Xue didn’t let her go home to mourn. It appears that they are going to hide it from Pan Lan and let her work for them with her whole heart. This is also great, she doesn’t have to think about how to let Pan Lan know about this situation anymore. Beside the results now are very satisfying. Su Qing and her daughter’s actions must’ve caused Pan Lan’s hatred. At this time, if she throws some fire into it, she believes that Pan Lan will certainly take revenge.
After resting for a few days, the injury on Yun Qian Meng’s foot healed. Plus every day, she applied medicine and drank medicine. Today she is able to come down and move.
And after Chu wangfu and Rongfu send the gifts, the card requesting to visit from every fu has filled old madam’s Bai Shun Tang. In the past few days, every furen and miss from the fus also came to xiangfu. This let old madam get in contact with many noble families and she also has showed Yun Yi Yi in front of everyone. And Yun Qian Meng, because she is injured is inconvenient to see guests. Old madam told her with care to rest at Qi Luo yuan. Yun Qian Meng didn’t have any interest in this visit, so she went along with old madam’s words. She stayed every day at Qi Luo yuan to let her body became better and to fill her soul.
It’s just that staying in bed for so many days, made Yun Qian Meng feel that her bones have turned somewhat weak. Seeing that the weather is very good today, she let Mu Chun escort her to move in the yuan. But she just walked a few steps, when Rui mama came. She bowed to Yun Qian Meng and said while smiling: “Eldest miss is healed. Today is able to get off bed!”
Yun Qian Meng saw that it’s Rui mama, so she smiled politely: “Just now I got off the bed and walked a few steps. The injury is without problems. Please tell zumu that from tomorrow on, granddaughter will certainly go to do the morning greeting at Bai Shun Tang.”
Rui mama saw that Yun Qian Meng is so polite, she smiled and said: “Eldest miss, be at ease and recuperate. Old madam will understand. It’s just that today this old nu5 has come to invite eldest miss over. Old madam was afraid that it’s inconvenient for you to walk, so she deliberately let Lui yiniang prepare a warm sedan for you!”
While talking, Rui mama moved her body to let Yun Qian Meng see the sedan that is waiting outside.
It’s just that Yun Qian Meng is somewhat puzzled. According to the recent actions of old madam, old madam is the one who doesn’t want to see her the most. Today, why is she so kind and even went so far to let Lui Han Yu prepare a warm sedan to bring her to Bai Shun Tang?
Retrieving her gaze, Yun Qian Meng stared at Rui mama smilingly and asked: “What for did zumu send for me?”
Although Rui mama is someone around old madam, but after she has received the red packet from Yun Qian Meng, her attitude towards this eldest miss is naturally more intimate. Moreover, even if she didn’t say it now when the eldest miss arrives at Bai Shun Tang, she will still know. It’s better to do her (YQM) a favor now and let her (YQM) remember her (Rui mama) good.
“Naturally it’s a happy event! After breakfast, today, Chu wangye and Rong fu’s Chen Lao Tai Jun came to xiangfu. At this moment, they are talking with xiangye and old madam at Bai Shun Tang! The two pointed out that they want to see eldest miss. Xiangye immediately sends old nu over to invite you.”
Hearing this news, Yun Qian Meng wasn’t a bit happy. She only felt that she is standing where the wind and the waves are the fiercest. If she is careless and fall, she fears that even her bones will be shattered. But Yun Xuan Zhi in order to prevent her from using the excuse that her foot is injured went so far as to send a carriage over. His wish to form an alliance with the two families is so obvious.
“Since it’s like this, then let’s go! Don’t let the elders wait for me, the younger one!”
She nodded at Mu Chun and walked out.
At this moment at Bai Shun Tang, Yun Xuan Zhi and old madam is chatting with smiling face with the two honorable guests. It’s just that Chen Lao Tai Jun and Chu wang are two people with strange personalities, if it isn’t people that they like, they will even be too lazy to look at them. If it wasn’t because it’s inconvenient for an unmarried lady to see guests, they won’t waste time sitting here listening to this pair of hypocrite mother and son. Moreover, the two of them have more important matters. So they both ignored them and secretly glared at each other. Presumably, the two didn’t think that they both will visit xiangfu today. But they also couldn’t help but rejoice that they’ve come today, otherwise if they are one step too late, that yatou6 will be someone else’s!
Thinking about that, they let a sigh of relief out in their hearts. They are happy that they didn’t fall behind others.
And at this side Yun Xuan Zhi said something to old madam and saw that the two aren’t planning to chat with them, his enthusiasm inevitable faded a bit. The two smiled slightly embarrassed and began to drink tea. For a time, in the room, there’s only the sound of the tea cup being put down.
At this time, the curtain is being opened by some maids. Yun Qian Meng walked in dressed in clothes being wear at home, with the help of Mu Chun. She didn’t apply powder. Her clothes are elegant and attractive. Compared to those furens and misses who applied makeup and dress extravagantly, she is a bit more beautiful. It let Chen Lao Tai Jun and Chu wang have a satisfied smile on their faces.
“Meng er greats zumu and father, greets Lao Tai Jun and Chu wangye!”
Yun Qian Meng walked towards them and elegantly and gracefully bowed towards them.
“Meng er quickly get up. Sit down, don’t tire yourself!”
At this time, Yun Xuan Zhi is performing his fatherly appearance. And old madam, to not leave a bad impression on the two guests specifically let Rui mama add a cushion for Yun Qian Meng.
However at this time, Chu wang and Chen Lao Tai Jun is passing electric current in secret at each other they. They didn’t pay attention to the two’s performances.
Chu wang is glaring angrily at Chen Lao Tai Jun because Yun Qian Meng greeted Chen Lao Tai Jun first. Chen Lao Tai Jun can’t let herself being glared without reason, but Yun Qian Meng called her name first. This let her have some pride. She swept over Chu wang once with eyes full of smiles.
Chu Nan Shan’s heart is so angry. He glared once at her. Then he looked at Yun Qian Meng and asked with a soft voice: “Little yatou, is your wound a little better?”
Since he asked, Yun Qian Meng naturally has to get up and answer. Mu Chun supported her to bow slightly at Chu wang. Yun Qian Meng answered gracefully: “Thanks wangye for your care. The injury has improved. A few days ago wangye and Lao Tai Jun send gift making Qian Meng felt flattered. Here, I’ll thank the two elders for your care.”
Chu Nan Shan saw that she is being so polite, his eyes are full of satisfaction. It’s just that this little yatou treats him so much like a stranger. Calling him ‘wangye, wangye’. So not close!
He smiled and said: “I and your zumu are peers. Little yatou can call me yeye. That is also more affectionate!”
The moment his words fell, Chen Lao Tai Jun humphed once coldly. Then she stared straight ahead and said with a cold voice: “Wangye being like this is crossing the line of etiquettes. Miss Yun doesn’t have any relationship with wangye, why does she need to call you ‘yeye’? If that being the case, doesn’t every lady in Jingdu with the same age as miss Yun need to call you ‘yeye’?”
After Chu Nan Shan heard that, he didn’t get angry. On his smiling face, not a hint of anger can be detected. It’s just that he refuted Chen Lao Tai Jun with a cold voice: “I’m afraid that some people want her to call her ‘zumu’, but is afraid to say it. This is like not getting to eat grapes but saying that the grapes are sour. I, being the dignified Chu wang, how can I be like those furens with only general knowledge! Little yatou, what do you say? Isn’t it like this?”
Finally, Chu Nan Shan also got Yun Qian Meng involved. He wished that at this moment Yun Qian Meng will team up with him and deal with Chen Lao Tai Jun.
And Yun Qian Meng being called by Chu wang, she could not not answer. She filtered the answer in her brain again before answering: “Wangye is caring towards this younger one and Lao Tai Jun complies with the etiquette! The two are not wrong. It’s just that Qian Meng made it difficult for you two!”
Yun Xuan Zhi saw that Yun Qian Meng is being asked by Chu wang and was afraid that while answering, she will offend Chen Lao Tai Jun, so he wanted to block it for her. But at this time, seeing that Yun Qian Meng responded properly, his hanging heart, finally went down. He calmly drank tea at a side and left the two for Yun Qian Meng to deal with. After all, in the future no matter which family she married into, she will be the head mistress of the house. If she can’t even deal with such a little scene, would it not let Yun Xuan Zhi lose face?!
And old madam is not in the mood to come up for Yun Qian Meng. At this time, her heart wished that Yun Qian Meng makes a fool of herself, so she can justifiably call out Yun Yi Yi to let these two honorable guests get to know her.
It’s just that after listening to Yun Qian Meng’s answer, her expression suddenly sank. Anger surged in her heart. She didn’t even bother to look at Yun Qian Meng and also reached her hand to drink the already cold tea to suppress the fire in her heart.
Chu Nan Shan and Chen Lao Tai Jun are exceedingly satisfied with Yun Qian Meng’s answer. The original tensed atmosphere vanished because of the two elderly people’s laughter.
At this time, housekeeper Zhou came in holding a red card. He respectfully handed it to Yun Xuan Zhi.
“Xiangye, this is Hai wangfu’s invitation. It’s said that Hai wang’s shizi is blessed with a baby and to invite our eldest miss over to celebrate!”
Yun Xuan Zhi opened the invitation and carefully read it once. His full face lightened up. He immediately let housekeeper Zhou notify Lui yiniang to make new clothes for Yun Qian Meng for the celebration.
Old madam almost choked in the tea. And seeing Yun Xuan Zhi so happy, the anger in her heart grew.
The other two hearing this message, their face which loosened with difficulty turned serious again. The two exchanged a glance once. For a time, it was silent in Bai Shun Tang and a rivalry taste flooded over Bai Shun Tang.
And Yun Qian Meng after hearing housekeeper Zhou’s words, coldness flashed through her eyes. It seems that Hai Tian still remembered her provocation at Fu Guo Gong Fu last time and now she is using the issue of shizi’s son to let herself become a fool in front of the nobles!
- 嫂嫂 (sǎosǎo)/ saozi/ da sao: sister in law. Wife of bigger brother.
- 侄女 (Zhínǚ): niece, brother’s daughter
- 大伯 (dàbó): uncle, father’s big brother.
- 状元 (zhuàngyuán) top scorer. The top of one’s field.
- 奴 (nú): short for nubi
- 丫头 (yātou): endearment for girls. Usually also used for maids.