Chapter 12: Gui Momo
When Shen Miao got out of the academy and return back to the Shen residence, the skies were a little dark.
Shen Yue and Shen Qing still did not return together with her and Shen Miao could not be bothered to care about them. Old Shen Furen had already gone to rest so she went back to the West courtyard.
Just as she reached the West courtyard, a voice with some warmth sounded, “Young Lady has finally returned. This old servant heard that Young Lady had fallen into the water and was very worried. Seeing that Young Lady is well, this one’s heart can finally be at ease.”
Turning her head to the side, she saw a middle-aged woman walking over. This woman was about forty years of age with a slightly fat stature, slightly darker skin and wore a green dress. Even though it looked ordinary, the material used was a good one. There was only a thick silver bracelet on her wrist as her face wore a smile.
“Gui Momo.” Shen Miao faintly replied.
That woman did not think that she did any wrong and continue preaching, “This old servant wanted to come over earlier but since Ran-er was ill. After much tossing and turning and seeing there was no other choice, one only pass Ran-er to his mother and came back to the residence first. Seeing that Young Lady is alright, then one’s heart can be settled.”
The main point of this words was saying that Shen Miao position in her heart was more important that her own grandson. If it was the usual, after listening to these words, Shen Miao would be greatly moved and gave Gui Momo some taels to get a physician for her grandson.
But after her rebirth, Shen Miao almost laughed at herself when she saw the woman in front. In the beginning how blind was she to think that such a person was a loyal servant?
Not long after Shen Furen gave birth to Shen Miao, she set off with Shen Xin and since Shen Miao was too young and could not bear the difficulty of travelling, Shen Furen could only reluctantly leave her in Shen residence. Shen Furen hired a wet nurse for her which was the current Gui Momo. Gui Momo was born in a farm in their estate and at the beginning Shen Furen saw that she was diligent and honest and afterwards she saw Gui Momo treating Shen Miao very well, she then felt assured to put her at Shen Miao’s side as a training Momo.
But in this world, people will change.
There were already very little people in West courtyard in the Shen family and the one calling the shots were the two other households and Old Shen Furen in the East courtyard. Guo Momo initially took care Shen Miao honestly but after time past, she saw the power situation clearly and did not hesitate to deflect to the Old Shen Furen in the East courtyard. With Gui Momo’s flattery character, Gui Momo had fanned the flames when she was initially bent on marrying Fu Xiu Yi.
But the most detestable thing was that in the beginning when Old Shen Furen brought her far away grandniece to seek refuge with the Shen family, that grandniece accuse Eldest Brother, Shen Qiu for ruining her innocence and insisted on getting Eldest Brother to take responsibility. She finally became her sister-in-law and created a mess out of Eldest Brother’s backyard. And Gui Momo was the witness to the insult Shen Qiu did to the grandniece.
To think about it now, it was all but a bad show.
Once disloyal, one cannot be used for a hundred times. Moreover with such a person Gui Momo, a hundred times disloyal, she naturally have to tidy things up. For such a dog that run out to others, might as well be killed instead of keep rearing.
Gui Momo waited for a long time but did not hear Shen Miao giving out any reward and the loving look that she maintained on her face stiffen. She could not help but look up to see Shen Miao but only saw Shen Miao looking at her indifferently as if it was nothing special.
Her heart suddenly made a ‘kwang dang’ sound. She did not know why but she suddenly felt guilty.
In the next moment she heard a short and bland answer from Shen Miao, “Oh. It is really hard for Momo.”
Gu Yu snorted softly and looked at Gui Momo with a sneer. She always look down on Gui Momo for being a flattering vile person who relied herself as Young Lady’s wet nurse and throw her weight around in the West courtyard. But her own Young Lady was previously coaxed by this Gui Momo so well that she listen to much of Gui Momo’s words and strained the relationship of many people in the West courtyard.
It was good now. After Young Lady had woken up from falling into the water, it seems that she had saw many things clearly and with the lukewarm attitude of Gui Momo, it would bring a great sense of comfort to Gu Yu.
Gui Momo continued to smile stiffly as she was unable to figure out why was Shen Miao treating her with such a cold attitude today. Thinking that Shen Miao was not happy due to the matter of falling in the water and smile as she consoled, “This servant will say a word of advice to Young Lady. One must not be overly sad and protect one’s health is the important thing. Young Lady is as pretty as a flower and His Highness Prince Ding would definitely like. There would always be a day…” She usually would say such pleasing words and would usually pick up on what Shen Miao likes to achieve her favour. But when these words were spoken today, she saw Shen Miao’s face changed.
“For Momo to say such words, is it to put a stain on my innocence?” Shen Miao coldly said, “Although father and mother are currently not in the General’s residence, I am the Di Young Lady from the General’s residence and also the mistress of the West courtyard. For the reputation of one’s innocence, with what Momo had said, what it to deliberately trap be in the pits of fire and water?”
Gui Momo was surprised for a moment and said subconsciously, “How can Young Lady say it that way? This old servant said it for your sake…”
“So this is saying it is my fault?” Shen Miao coldly laughed, “This is also good. Why not understand it from Old Furen if the innocence of a daughter from the General’s residence is as valuable as a cabbage? Even a cabbage is worth a few coins. Gui Momo for you to be so honest, I want to ask if I was overly shameless.”
Perhaps she did not expect that Shen Miao would seize the momentum and take her bad mood on her. Gui Momo was already used to being a tyrant in the West courtyard and usually she could control Shen Miao very well but today to be brought down a peg in front of Gu Yu and Jing Zhe, she was somewhat angry and could not help but say, “Young Lady’s words are making this slave look evil. This old salve have followed by Young Lady’s side for ten over years. How would Young Lady think that this old servant would be deliberately harm others?”
“Insolent!” Jing Zhe loudly shouted. “Young Lady is the mistress, how dare Gui Momo talk to Young Lady like that?”
Gui Momo was surprised and was upset that she was too agitated just now. But words were like water that were poured out and could not be retrieved and there were so many servants around watching the commotion. She could only treat Shen Miao as an easily coaxed young girl and quickly said in a soft voice, “Young Lady, this old servant really truly feel distress for Young Lady. This old servant had followed Young Lady for so many years and had already taken Young Lady as one’s own child. What this old servant said was not correct and Young Lady mustn’t get angry and cause harm to the body.”
Taken her as her own child? Shen Miao sneered in her heart. She felt that this Gui Momo was a genius. Usually she would gain a lot of gold from here but treated the East courtyard as the official master. At the end she made her Eldest Brother eat up such a huge disadvantage. If it was her previous lifetime, a servant like this is in the Palace, she would have gotten someone to beat her up and killed. But now… Since Gui Momo had the heart to join the East courtyard, how about using her hands to let the East courtyard suffer a huge loss?
She raised her eyebrows as spoke in a light tone, “Since Gui Momo knows, then only punish with three months of salary.”
Gui Momo facial expression stiffen as a smile appear on Shen Miao’s lips.
What would Gui Momo do when there was no more money?
Naturally pledge her loyalty to the East courtyard.