Chapter 19: Young Gentleman
“So it was you.”
A handsome youth walked out of the bamboo forest. He was wearing an ivory robe trimmed with silver thread, as compared with the white dumpling, it was very elegant.
He walked to Shen Miao and stopped in front of her as he looked down at her with probing eyes.
This youth was very tall as Shen Miao only came up to the height of his chest. As if he was looking at a child, there was an unruly laugh on his lips but because of his handsome face, it was in no way offensive. If it was an ordinary female, their heartbeat would increase and ears would have blushed.
But Shen Miao, after all, was not a true budding beauty. She glance at that person and did not say a word.
The youth’s lips hooked up and suddenly there was a sophisticated short sword in his hands. He pointed the scabbard at himself and used sword shaft to lift Shen Miao’s chin, forcing her to lift her head.
Shen Miao had no choice but to look at the other person.
The youth was in his teens but his brows was exceptionally bright and his eyes was like autumn water, smiling and moving. But the depths of his eyes made other cold and it was a pair of sharp eyes that could almost see one’s heart. This kind of person even with an appearance of frivolous would be like a piece of ice internally.
She took a deep breath and took a step back so that the shaft of the short sword was away from her chin. She warmly said, “Little Xie Marquis.”
Xie Jing Xing smiled but his tone was unclear, “You recognised me?”
“In the Ding capital, there is no one who do not know about Little Marquis Xie.” Shem Miao lightly said. There seemed to be some sarcasm in the words but when she said it, there was actually unusually serious which made other unable to differentiate the tone.
“I don’t recognise you.” Xie Jing Xing gave her a glance and then glance at the shivering dumpling on the ground, “It’s you who let Su Ming Lang pass the message to the Su family.”
“Pass message?” Shen Miao looked at him and suddenly smiled, “It is only to teach him a method not to get reprimanding by his father, by diverting his attention. How can it be to pass a message? Little Marquis mustn’t overthink.”
“Overthink?” The youth pondered over those words before suddenly approached bullyingly and forced Shen Miao back to the tree. His expression was very ambiguous but his tone was very clear, “If I do not overthink, I would be deceived by you.”
Shen Miao frowned.
Although there was not too much regulations between male and female in Ming Qi, but to do such an action in broad daylight would be lacking in manners. In particular there were so many nobility in Guang Wen Tang and if they were to see this. She did not mind that it would destroy her reputation but that Shen Xin would then be shamed due to her. In her previous life because of her the Shen family collapsed then she was able to see all the care and thought her parents gave. Now with another lifetime, she will protect her family so how would she tolerate others mention anything bad about the Shen family. Moreover it was caused by her.
Thinking of that, Shen Miao became somewhat impatient, “For Little Marquis to attack with condemnations, what is the actual purpose?”
Xie Jing Xin watched attentively at the young female in front.
He had always been very sensitive to his intuition thus was able to see the undercurrent of things in the surface. This was how he lived for the past ten over years. To kill others in battle and to fight the treacherous battle under the surface of Ding capital and also including the hidden plotting in the back courtyard of his residence. He looked like he grew up just as such but it was not entirely by luck. There are so many noble children in Ming Qi and there would be many reasons for their disappearances.
He would never take anything for granted.
Su Ming Lang’s words, Su Ming Feng would definitely not think any more and Master Su would also think that it was an inadvertent reminder from his son. But in his view it was not. To be able to grasp this opportunity so accurately, there were not many coincidences in the world. Most of the coincidences were man-made.
He could conclude that someone had taught Su Ming Lang to say these words but for what purpose, he did not know.
He planned to meet this person for a while.
When he really meet this person, he was actually surprised.
Xie Jing Xing thought that to be able to come out with such deeply significant words and in Guang Wen Tang would be some court official’s son, most likely one who would be entering the official circles soon. Perhaps it is to win over the Su family or perhaps it was to loosen the reins only to grasp better. But when he saw this person, he thought that Su Ming Lang was up to some mischief. It was only when the young female spoke, then he was sure that he was right.
The young female in front of him was not tall and only reached his chest. Her looks were not moving and at most considered adorable. She look like a elven-year-old with a double-loop bun on her head with a round face and round eyes with a small lips and just stood there like a little lost deer from the forest. But she stood straight and dignified and each spoken word were slowly worded as if she was taught from the women in the Palace. Did she want to be an Empress? If he did not see it for himself, Xie Jing Xing would have choked on his saliva.
Looking up then down, looking left then right, she was just silly little girl.
Until she said those words.
Her features were child-like but her tone was steady and there was not even a trace of panic that was revealed but some impatience instead. This was actually the first for Little Marquis Xie. When other females see him coming close, they would have long blushed which was totally not interesting at all.
Most likely her age was too small and she would not understand anything. But how would she understand the words of Su family?
One of his hand was place on the tree trunk behind Shen Miao thus from someone looking in, it seemed to be embracing Shen Miao in a hug. Xie Jing Xing lowered his head and lean very closely to Shen Miao.
“You are not afraid of me.”
“Little Marquis is not a monster who eat people up, so what is there to be afraid of.” Shen Miao said lightly, “If there is nothing else, I will go back to class first.” Finishing she got ready to leave.
“Stop right there.” Xie Jing Xing lifted his arms and Shen Miao’s hair streak across his palm and made it itch like ants crawled by. He withdrew his hands and he took a few steps back to lean against the tree as he folded his arms across his chest portraying the usual frivolous expression.
“What is your intention for warning the Su family?”
His sharp words were like his eyes, which never conceal his sharp approach and direct impulsiveness but yet contains profound meaning.
Shen Miao sighed slightly in her heart.
Xie Jing Xing was even smarter than she had imagine. One sentence from Su Ming Lang, he end up here. Not only ending up here, he could also question the purpose of it. She only knew that he had a wide perspective from her past life but it seems from today that he was also someone with penetrating thoughts.
How to hid one’s true intentions when dealing with smart people? Unfortunately she never wanted to hide.
“No other reasons. Just for self-preservation.”
After finishing her words, she gave a slight greeting to Xie Jing Xing and turned around to leave without caring about anything else.
Xie Jing Xin would understand these words.
Behind her, the youth’s lips hooked up as he played the short sword in his hands.
“Su Ming Lang, what is her name?”