Chapter 38: Second miss at wits“ end
家法 jiafa – punishment rod, a rod for punishing children or servants in a feudal household (most relevant definition for this chapter)
When they heard Yun Yan cry out in alarm, everyone suddenly breathed out. One after another, they withdrew from Yun Qian Meng’s room, and hastily barged into Yun Ruo Xue’s room!
They only saw, at this moment, that the door was open wide. Looking in from outside, under the dazzling candlelight, a young man was seen lying fast asleep on the messy bed. His complexion was flushed, his lower body was covered dangerously with only a bright red brocade quilt, while his upper body was openly exposed, without even half an article of clothing. Everyone’s gaze suddenly turned towards Yun Ruo Xue……
Right now, Yun Ruo Xue’s jade-like cheeks were faintly blushing, her hair was let down, and she was standing in the roon in only her white silk inner clothes. Under the bright candlelight, it was actually possible see through the thin layers of her clothing, the shape of the close-fitting undergarments underneath were almost visible……
Looking back at Yun Qian Meng, her clothes were neat and complete, with not a single stray strand of hair on her head. Her complexion was cool, and her expression calm, absolutely unlike the second miss’s earlier claims!
With this comparison, and the usual fact that the second miss often bullied the eldest miss for fun, everyone suddenly understood clearly in their hearts. Clearly, as usual, this was another attempt by the second miss to set up the eldest miss!
Only, the second miss was too outrageous. For an unmarried young lady of nobility, not only did she have illicit relations with an unfamiliar man; she actually went as far as to deflect the blame onto the eldest miss. At such a young age, her mind was already so vicious!
If not for the third miss discovering the truth in time, they were afraid that the eldest miss’s reputation would have already been destroyed at the hands of the second miss!
Everyone’s gazes stabbed towards Yun Ruo Xue like sharp knives. Although they didn’t dare to openly denounce Yun Ruo Xue, the expressions of disdain in their eyes made Yun Ruo Xue turn deathly pale. She, who hadn’t yet recovered from her surprise, followed their gazes and looked down, only to realize her current sorry figure, then immediately shrieked and tried to cover up her body. Wang mama’s heart was pounding even more violently at the moment. She quickly took off her own outer clothing and used it to cover Yun Ruo Xue’s body while shouting loudly, “Since when were you allowed to charge into xiaojie’s room? Still don’t quickly get out?!”
However, although her roar was rather fierce, she couldn’t conceal the shuddering in her voice!
She couldn’t imagine even in her dreams, when she and Yun Ruo Xue had clearly come to see Yun Qian Meng get humiliated, why did the tables suddenly turn, and the unchaste person actually became Yun Ruo Xue!
Even though she had experienced life in large estates for so many years, she was also caught unprepared by the situation before her, and could only try her best to preserve Yun Ruo Xue’s reputation!
“Wang mama, da xiaojie is still here, when did it become your turn to speak?” Seeing that Wang mama was still so aggressive at this juncture, Mi mama couldn’t help but argue.
Wang mama forced a calm expression and looked at Mi mama. She was just about to start scolding again when Yun Qian Meng’s imposing voice sounded in her ears, commanding, “Captain Liu, have someone tie up that man and wake him up! Everyone else should return to their rooms and rest. If half a word of today’s matter was leaked outside, our xiangfu’s punishment rod is not just for show!”
For this journey, xiangye had handed him the responsibility of protecting the three young misses’ safety and reputation, but Captain Liu had never expected that such a shameful affair would actually happen under his nose!
Especially right now, under Yun Ruo Xue’s unceasing shrieks, they only felt even more irritated. Captain Liu only brought a few of the guards and rushed towards the side of the bed. Right as the man had his mouth open wide, they immediately took out a piece of sackcloth and stuffed it in, then worked together to tightly tie up the man……
The man was woken up by a large slap to the face. Just as he wanted to swear and curse, he found that his own mouth was already blocked up, and his body was tightly wrapped like a dumpling. His humiliation turning into anger, his face flushed red as he widened his eyes to glare towards Wang mama and occasionally shouted through muffled moans……
Everyone inside the room understood after looking at the situation. Eight times out of ten, Wang mama was acquainted with this man!
On the side, Wang mama was having her yatou comfort Yun Ruo Xue. Suddenly feeling that everyone’s gazes had plastered onto her body, she raised her head to look and realized that the man was actually the person she had arranged to sully Yun Qian Meng, Zhao Ming! She momentary felt her brain turn blank, and only managed to respond after quite a while. Rushing over to give Zhao Ming a big slap, she pointed at his nose and scolded insinuatingly, “Who are you? Why are you here? Who asked you to do this? Quickly answer, or your life is forfeit!”
Yun Qian Meng coldly looked at her grandstanding, and surreptitiously gave Captain Liu a glance. Captain Liu immediately removed the cloth in Zhao Ming’s mouth, allowing him to speak!
“Wang mama, it’s me, Zhao Ming! Didn’t you let me come to da xiao-……”
Pow! Before Zhao Ming could finish his words, Wang mama had given him another slap!
Perhaps this slap had all of Wang mama’s strength behind it, Zhao Ming’s head only slanted to a side, and spat out a bloodied tooth from his mouth. Wang mama was trembling from head to tow in anger, pointing at Zhao Ming, unexpectedly unable to speak……
But Zhao Ming never expected Wang mama would break the bridges after crossing the river. His eyes that turned over were filled with hatred as his mouth that had leaked out the secret continued to shout fiercely, “Old fart, just now didn’t you let me come to your da xiaojie’s room to rape her? Now you treat daddy like this, you court death……”
As he scolded, Zhao Ming even wanted to pounce over and duke it out with Wang mama!
But how could Captain Liu let him have his way? Even though he despised what Wang mama did, the eldest miss was still in the room. There was no way they could allow this person to be so impudent. After using some force, Zhao Ming was immediately forced into a kneel on the floor. And, to stop him from damaging the young misses’ reputations with his loud shouting, Captain Liu quickly stuffed up his mouth again, then deferentially told Yun Qian Meng, “xiaojie, nucai will take this person away first!”
Yun Qian Meng saw that the farce was winding down and coldly glanced at Wang mama, then said blandly, “Carefully keep a watch on him, don’t let anyone visit him!”
Captain Liu seriously nodded, then personally handled the resisting Zhao Ming to walk out of the room……
“Miss Yun, are you alright?” But when the doors were opened, they saw Yuan Qing Zhou hurrying over!
Captain Liu immediately handed Zhao Ming over to a subordinate and planted himself in front of Yuan Qing Zhou, not allowing him to take another step closer to Yun Qian Meng!
Only, while Captain Liu managed to stop Yuan Qing Zhou’s body, he could not stop his gaze. The scene in the room was completely seen by Yuan Qing Zhou. In particular, Yun Ruo Xue’s unkempt appearance had immediately caused Yuan Qing Zhou’s eyes to shine brightly. Gazing with infatuation towards Yun Ruo Xue’s slightly open lapels, he only regretted that he couldn’t burn a hole through with his gaze……
Captain Liu saw Yuan Qing Zhou’s lecherous expression and immediately frowned. He couldn’t help but increase the force in his arms, pushed Yuan Qing Zhou out of the room while simultaneously closing the door, then guarded it personally!
Yuan Qing Zhou saw that the bargain was over, only gave Captain Liu a fierce glare, then quietly spat in contempt and turned to leave!
Yun Ruo Xue was already shocked silly by the sequence of unexpected events. She only shivered coldly inside the yatou’s bosoms, unwilling to come out!
Yun Qian Meng coldly swept a glance at her, then didn’t take anymore notice of her. Putting on a faint smile, she stepped before Wang mama, not saying a word while she stared at the woman who was hastily coming up with excuses while her head was lowered!
Wang mama was currently a bundle of nerves. Being stared at by Yun Qian Meng’s knife-like gaze, she felt like she was being attacked on both sides. But, unable to come up with any plans, she could only tearfully kneel before Yun Qian Meng and cry out, “da xiaojie, you must seek justice for our xiaojie! This time something like this happened, you also bear some responsiblity as the older sister! Our xiaojie is pure, don’t know who could be so malicious to scheme against her!”
Yun Qian Meng saw that Wang mama still wanted to drag her under the water at this juncture, and no longer maintained her courtesy. Dropping her smile, she looked straight at her feigned pitifulness with austerity, then spoke clearly and carefully, “Why is mama showing such a pitiful appearance here? When we return to the capital, everything will be judged by father! Captain Liu is one of father’s people, father will trust his words! After this, you should properly take care of ermei, if anything else happens, count how many lives you have to compensate with!”
These words caused Wang mama to sit paralyzed on the floor, while Yun Ruo Xue’s shivering became even more intense. Yun Qian Meng didn’t take another look at this pair of master and servant, and left the room with steady steps……