Chapter 23: Teaching the bad maid a lesson
“What happened?” Waking up from the noise, Yun Qian Meng slightly frowned. Wrapped in a brocade quilt, she sat up and, somewhat annoyed, questioned the servants that were waiting upon her outside at night.
“Answering xiaojie, it’s Su yiniang’s Hong Xiang making noise to meet with xiaojie, saying that there are important matters!” When Bai Mei who was on night duty today heard Yun Qian Meng’s inquery, she immediately responded in a low voice.
At this moment, Mi mama and Mu Chun who had already quickly dressed up rushed over. Mu Chun carefully pulled aside the door curtains and walked briskly to the table, lighted a small lamp then took a small orange coat and draped it over Yun Qian Meng’s shoulders. Then, she helped her tuck in the folds, lest Yun Qian Meng caught a cold!
Outside, Mi mama was already starting to criticize Hong Xiang who had barged in. Only, afraid that she would disturb Yun Qian Meng, her voice was lowered as much as possible, “You yatou, how can you be so inept? In the middle of the night like this, da xiaojie has already gone to bed. For disturbing xiaojie’s rest, see how laoye will punish you!”
But Hong Xiang was completely unperturbed by Mi mama’s words. Seeing that Yun Qian Meng’s room had lit-up, she instead boldly raised her voice to shout towards the room, “What is mama saying!? Our er xiaojie is almost on the point of death, don’t tell me that da xiaojie can continue to sleep like this?”
Her remarks caused the all the servants standing in Qi Luo Yuan to feel a wave of anger rising in their hearts. As if anything that happened to the second miss had to be blamed on their eldest miss!
What’s more, even if something had really happened to her, why didn’t she go to look for a doctor? What’s the point of running over to Qi Luo Yuan to make noise?
Isn’t this obviously relying on xiangye’s favor to bully their young miss?
Mi mama was not a vegetarian. Seeing that a little yatou dared to stand on Yun Qian Meng’s head to shout and mock, a cold smile immediately floated from her mouth. Her glare caused Hong Xiang to momentarily tremble, as she sternly scolded, “er xiaojie was grounded these few days, has no contact with our xiaojie at all, for what reason are you putting the black pot on our da xiaojie?! Be careful that I report this to xiangye. Want to see if xiangye will believe the nonsense from a little hussy like you, or believe the open truth!? Why don’t you take a look at where you are? This isn’t the place for you to go crazy and make a scene! If I reported this back to Liu yiniang, you will be sent back to the human traffickers; see if you can still act so rampantly!”
Hong Xiang who was being reprimanded by Mi mama, upon hearing the mention of human traffickers, momentarily showed a panicked expression. Her expression turned deathly pale and her trembling lips couldn’t find any words to refute the criticism. She could only bite down and stand firmly on her previous words. Stiffening her neck and widening her eyes to glare, she bellowed back, “Who are you? Why don’t we see who laoye really cares for from the bottom of his heart? If er xiaojie is met with any mishaps today, laoye will definitely peel off your skin!”
“Why don’t you tell ben xiaojie clearly, whose skin will laoye peel off?” A clear and cold voice was heard from within the room. Everyone slightly lifted their eyes to see Shui’er and Bing’er carefully lift the door curtains as Mu Chun supported Yun Qian Meng who wore an indifferent expression as she walked out.
Yun Qian Meng’s black hair was arranged in a simple fashion, lightly nipped and fastened together with a purple jade waning moon lily magnolia hairpin. A beige fur-lined brocade cloak was draped over her shoulders. Her unpowdered face looked simple but elegant, but, in particular, her black eyes that were increasingly bright under the moonlight were currently emitting a wave of chilliness. The originally rampant and aggressive Hong Xiang momentarily shut her mouth, losing the courage to act rashly!
“Greetings to da xiaojie!” Everyone who saw Yun Qian Meng come out, bowed one after another. Only Hong Xiang, who was previously mouthing off incessantly, stood blankly as she had momentarily forgotten about her etiquette!
“Since meimei is currently struggling between life and death, I as a jiejie must naturally go to show my concern!” Yun Qian Meng barely swept a glance at Hong Xiang, before she brought her servants to walk towards the gate!
Just as Hong Xiang thought she had escaped from calamity, Yun Qian Meng’s steps stilled and she slowly turned around. Her expression was as calm as always, but her eyes contained austerity, Hong Xiang almost believed that her own eyes were mistaken!
“Mi mama, pass word to Liu yiniang that Hong Xiang does not comprehend etiquette. In the middle of the night, she selfishly barged into ben xiaojie’s courtyard, causing ben xiaojie to lose sleep. Our xiangfu cannot afford to keep such a precious nubi!” Yun Qian Meng gazed directly at Hong Xiang, spoke clearly then turned to leave.
“da xiaojie is unjust!” Yet, at this moment, Hong Xiang unexpectedly complained loudly, temporarily pausing Yun Qian Meng’s steps!
She only quickly rushed before Yun Qian Meng, her eyes tearful and her expression resentful, as she wailed accusingly, “da xiaojie is purposely making things difficult because nubi is Su yiniang’s servant! nubi won’t accept this!”
Watching Hong Xiang try to confuse black and white, all the servants present creased their brows in succession, but Yun Qian Meng’s lips had curved into a mocking sneer. She immediately asked coldly, “Your zhuzi has to bend her knee and bow to me if we meet. What is your identity? Not only do you not bow, you even spoke rudely. Dispelling you from the fu is already the lightest punishment, don’t tell me that you really want to suffer physical pain?”
From the start, Yun Qian Meng’s expression had been calm and indifferent. Even the slightest trace of anger could not be seen. However, within the quiet and chilly night, her voice was like a blade of ice stabbing towards Hong Xiang, causing her to lose the color in her face. Both her legs went soft as she collapsed and sat on the floor!
Facing off against such a small character, Yun Qian Meng didn’t have any intention of speaking further. Leaving behind two mama to watch after Hong Xiang, she led everyone else towards Feng He Yuan!
When they arrived at the gate to Feng He Yuan, they heard noisy weeping and the fragmented sounds of footsteps. A faint feeling of loathing formed within her heart, but she still set foot into the courtyard, only to find that it was already full of servants. As they saw her arrive, they all bowed in salute.
Yun Xian Zhi’s angry voice could be heard from Su Qing’s outer room, “Are all of you dead? Asked you all to hire a doctor, why hasn’t anyone shown up after half a day? Is it that my xiangfu’s rice is too good to eat?”
At this moment, no one anticipated Su Qing to cry out, “laoye, we are now in dire straits, which one of the servants will look up to us? Xue’er has already suffered a headache for a whole three days, if not for Wang mama who wasn’t reassured by these yatou and came here to take a look, then only afraid that nubi would still be completely in the dark! My child, what’s happened to you? Is it really that our house has some dirty things that has come to posses you?
Mu Chun had just lifted the curtains, as Yun Qian Meng heard Su Qing’s veiled accusation. She secretly made a cold laugh, but her face still showed an anxious and concerned expression as she stepped into the room. Her voice full of worry, she urgently asked, “Qian Meng greets father! How is meimei currently doing?”
Finishing, Yun Qian Meng swept a look at Liu yiniang who was standing to the side, only finding that her eyes were hiding an indignant expression. Slightly shivering in her heart, she realized that this was another challenge that Su Qing had planned for her!
Yun Xian Zhi saw Yun Qian Meng enter and noted that she had hurried over, as her appearance was not well done-up. But, he didn’t have the mood to be concerned about her, and only dully spoke, “Such a cold day, the courtyards are so far apart, you don’t need to come over! Better not play catch with the illness!”
Yun Qian Meng partially hung her head as she patiently listened to Yun Xian Zhi’s words and understood. It would seem that Yun Xian Zhi had just been together with the new woman tonight, but unexpectedly, Su Qing suddenly sent someone to drag him over; so he borrowed Yun Ruo Xue’s illness to throw a tantrum!
After this deliberation, Yun Qian Meng finally answered slowly and unhurriedly, “Thanks for father’s concern! Just now Su yiniang’s Hong Xiang came to Qi Luo Yuan and kept strongly emphasizing that meimei was at death’s door, so much so that she ignored her position to make noise at our Qi Luo Yuan. ’nüer was worried for meimei and hurried over! Don’t know how is meimei’s current condition? Liu yiniang, have you sent people to hire a doctor yet?”
As soon as Yun Qian Meng has spoken, Yun Xian Zhi’s already unhappy face turned even uglier. A severe gaze shot towards Su Qing, as his words full of reproach, “Not taking proper care of Xue’er, even letting a yatou go and bully da xiaojie! How do you do your job as a yiniang?!”
Su Qing didn’t expect Yun Xian Zhi to be angry at her because of such a small matter. The tears in her eyes continued to accumulate, as she was feeling extremely resentful in her heart. Speaking in a small voice, she answered, “Xue’er was still perfectly fine a few days ago, only recently did she say that her headaches were hard to bear! laoye, have you seen Xue’er get sick in the past? nubi is her birth mother, how can I not care for her? As for the Hong Xiang that da xiaojie talked about, that yatou was impatient and incompetent when serving at nubi’s side, nubi has already tried to correct her countless times, but that yatou is like a dead person, doesn’t care about anything, if da xiaojie is unhappy, then just deal with her as you see fit!”
With a few simple words, Su Qing had cleanly washed her hands off all responsibility!
Even Yun Xian Zhi’s previous angry look, at her lovely and touching appearance, had subsided from his heart.
He lifted his hand to pat Su Qing’s shoulder a couple of times, thinking to console her with a few words, but suddenly, Yun Ruo Xue intense screaming was heard, “Ghost!”