Edited by Tnyhy
Chapter 63: Night Encounter with Little Xie Marquis (Part 2)
“Can you lend a helping hand?” She asked.
Xie Jing Xing turned back and after some pondering, he nodded his head, “It is not that it cannot be done but… If you beg me, I will then bring you all out.”
Gu Yu’s and Jing Zhe’s face changed. This Xie Jing Xing’s character was stubborn and obstreperous and his tone was so frivolous but facing his handsome face, any other female would have blushed. If it were not for the close relationship between mistress and servants, one was afraid that Jing Zhe and Gu Yu would not be angry at all today.
Mo Qing frowned; Shen Miao was Shen Xin’s daughter and it would be assumed that on normal days she would be spoiled and pampered and by looks, she was also one that had a stubborn temperament. For Xie Jing Xing to be this provocative, one was afraid that Shen Miao would be extremely indignant.
Contrary to Mo Qing’s expectations, after Shen Miao heard it, she quickly actually said, “Alright, I beg of you, bring us out.”
Her words were said too quickly that Xie Jing Xing could not help but choke a bit. He carefully examined the young female in front. Even though she was asking for help, her eyes were very calm, her posture was unruffled and there was no trace of being lower than the other. That kind of feeling was very subtle, as if she was not seeking help from others but a far superior person ordering around.
Not waiting for Xie Jing Xing to speak, Shen Miao immediately said, “Little Marquis want to go back on one’s word?”
“You truly have a villainous heart.” Xie Jing Xing smiled and said to his back, “Come out.”
In only the blink of an eye, a crowd of black clad people came out from the surroundings. Roughly counting, there was actually around over ten people, which was comparable to the amount of people that Prince Yu brought along.
Jing Zhe and Gu Yu jumped in shock and Mo Qing was also surprised. His martial arts were not weak but he did not know that there were so many people hiding here and the others’ skills were all higher than him. Moreover this young fellow who was able to gather and move so many high level players, it really made others to doubt his identity.
Xie Jing Xing said, “Actions must be carried out cleanly. Do not beat the grass and scare the snake (inadvertently alert the enemy).”
The black clad people lowered their heads and agreed before disappearing in the blink of an eye to the darkness of the night. Their actions were surprisingly consistent and it was difficult to have such traits in the guards that were kept in Ming Qi’s families. Shen Miao was thinking deeply when she heard Xie Jing Xing speaking, “Some time would be required so we should head the other way.”
He turned and walked towards the opposite direction. From his actions, one could tell that he was very familiar with the layout of this temple.
“Follow him.” Shen Miao said.
One did not know how did Xie Jing Xing’s subordinate arranged it but in the entire way they did not encounter anyone at all. Even upon reaching Shen Qing’s and Shen Yue’s Southern pavilion, there was not a single guard in sight. After safely reaching there, Shen Miao said to Mo Qing, “You can return.”
The guards had an area where all of them stayed and Mo Qing sneaked out of it tonight. If one discovered it, there would be changes.
Gu Yu and Jing Zhe accompanied Shen Miao into the room but Xie Jing Xing did not leave. Jing Zhen stepped up and blocked Xie Jing Xing’s steps from entering the room before glaring at him vigilantly, “Gentleman, do stay back.”
Xie Jing Xing really stayed back and smiled as he look at Shen Miao’s back, “Shen Miao, you even save explaining even after wasting this Marquis entire night?”
Shen Miao’s steps paused as her heart slightly sighed. Xie Jing Xing this person seemed to have been born with a clever and exquisite heart and his sharp ears and keen eyes made one jealous as he could see many things clearly with one look. She was also too lazy to hide it from him. She glanced at Jing Zhe and Gu Yu, “Both of you go to the outer chambers to sleep first. Little Marquis follow me in.”
“Young Lady…” Gu Yu was somewhat panicking. “This is not appropriate…”
It would be a shock to the world if it was spread out that one spent the night with a strange man in a room. If anyone were to catch it, Shen Miao would truly be finished. The small matter with Fu Xiu Yi can be said as a young female’s spring dreams since nothing actually happened but this matter would impact on one’s reputation and even if one jumped into the Yellow river, one would never be able to wash oneself clean.
“Since no one knows, what is wrong?” Shen Miao did not intend to listen to the two maids and looked at Xie Jing Xing, “Come in.”
Xie Jing Xing shrugged his shoulders and followed Shen Miao into the inner chambers. After seeing the unsettledness in both maids’ eyes, Shen Miao calmly closed the door.
After lighting the lamp and closing the windows, the entire room was isolated from the rhythm of the rain outside and Shen Miao sat down at the table.
Xie Jing Xing stood against the wall and asked with interest as he watched her pouring tea, “Why are you not afraid of me?”
“Why should I be afraid of you?” Shen Miao asked in reply.
“A unmarried lady and a strange male in a room at the same time. You are not afraid that I would do anything to you?” His smile became vile but his looks got outrageously more handsome under the light.
“Just now, I have already listened to the affairs of the bed chambers of others with you and to be now afraid, do not little Marquis find that it is too late already?” Shen Miao plainly said.
Xie Jing Xing was surprised for a moment and an incredulous look appeared on his face. In all these years, he had experience a number of things and he has knowledge of things that others at his age that others at his age would not even know of. At least in Ding capital and even in Ming Qi, he was considered to be broadly knowledgeable. But this was the first time, and a female moreover, to bring out the words ‘affairs of the bed chambers’ without having their face changing colours.
Just now in the dark he was unable to see Shen Miao’s expression but now that he could think about it; After leaving there, Shen Miao’s voice was calm and her attitude was unhurried, as if the person who was with him listening to the affairs of the bed chambers was someone else. He almost started to doubt if this girl was a monster.
“Are you a woman or not?” Xie Jing Xing said as he folded his arms.
A normal female would be shy and embarrassed and would not mention the matter at all but she did not react then and afterwards to even bring it up without knowing any shame. Even if she was the daughter of the formidable General, this was just too unusual.
Shen Miao did not speak.
Xie Jing Xing nodded his head, “Almost forgot that you are naturally not a woman. You are just a little girl.”
Even though Shen Miao’s conduct was mature but with her looks, she could act artfully to get what she wanted. Especially her fair egg-shaped face with the baby fats that had yet to fade, when she did not speak, she look younger than her age. Xie Jing Xing said in his heart, probably she was too young and did not know the situation of the affairs of the bed chambers, that is why she had a calm attitude.
The more he thought the more he felt that this was the reason. Xie Jing Xing walked over and looked condescending at Shen Miao, “Just now I did not hold you accountable for that aphrodisiac incense that almost tripped me.” He held Shen Miao face tightly and pinched twice, “What do you say to that?”
Shen Miao blanked out for a moment as she did not expect that Xie Jing Xing would suddenly do that and the other person seemed to feel that it was rather fun doing this and pinched another two times, but it was not done lightly but forcefully without caring that she was the fairer gender. As if she was really a little girl that was ignorant of the worldly affairs.
“Impudent!” She subconsciously scolded softly.
When the words were out, both of them froze.
In the lamp’s light, the youth’s handsome face stiffened and the pair of sharp dark eyes instantly had a complex look. He retracted his hand and chuckled lightly, “This is the first time that someone said impudent to me.”
Shen Miao was somewhat angry at herself for that momentary gaffe. Xie Jing Xing, this person would always do things outside of expectations, and just now in her urgency she brought out the attitude that she had as the Empress of the Inner Palace. This person was extremely smart and it would not be good to be discovered. But she did not know what to say so she could only stay silent.
Xie Jing Xing broke the silence and sat down on the chair facing Shen Miao before pouring a cup of tea for himself. Suddenly he thought of something and took out something from his chest that was wrapped in paper and it was some intricately designed pastry. It looked much more beautiful than the Guang Fu Zhai’s snacks in the capital.
Xie Jing Xing ate the pastries and drank the tea in big mouthfuls as he spoke, “Came out in such a hurry that dinner was not taken. Ze. This tea is really difficult to drink.” Just as if he was like a picky noble youth.
“Xie Marquis is here to drink tea and eat snacks?” Shen Miao looked at him.
“Naturally not.” Xie Jing Xing suddenly smiled and picked up a snack to place it in Shen Miao’s mouth. His actions were too fast and before Shen Miao could react, her mouth already tasted the sweetness.
Xie Jing Xing rested his chin in his hands and looked at her. Even though he had a leisurely attitude but his words were very sharp.
“Now answer my question since you have eaten my stuff.”
The light fragrance of the pastry spread out in her mouth and there was a touch of sweet and fruity flavour that left an aftertaste on one’s lips and mouth. Even Shen Miao, who do not like to eat sweet stuff, could not help but felt that it was delicious.
“What is the relationship between Prince Yu and you?”
Shen Miao looked at him, “You might as well ask me why did I do this tonight.”
“I would wash one’s ears and listen with great respect if you are willing to say.”
“Insult a person and one will humiliate back. A tooth for a tooth, an eye for an eye.”
Xie Jing Xing’s eyes changed a few times before his lips smiled and he spoke in an inexplicable manner, “You are indeed ruthless to pile your older sister with Prince Yu that old dog.”
To call Prince Yu as an ‘old dog’ was only something Xie Jing Xing, that lawless person, would dare to say.
“When they sent me out, they have never thought that I was the younger sister.” Shen Miao oppose with equal harshness.
Her words were cold and did not conceal the disgust and disdain she had for those people. In the light, she had an indifferent expression but her pair of eyes seemed to have a fire burning in them.
“Really a girl without knowledge of the complexity of things.” Xie Jing Xing lazily stretched, “Prince Yu will not let you off after the matter.”
“And that depends if he has the ability to do so.” Shen Miao remained unswayed.
“To tell me so much…” Xie Jing Xing wondered and suddenly he leaned forward so much that he almost reached Shen Miao’s nose. Shen Miao could not help but be slightly surprised at the closeness. However as she did not want to be suppressed by that imposing manner, she did not move and just sat tight.
The youth with such a handsome face had an evil smile on his face but his voice deliberately sounded frivolous as he whispered to her ears, “Not afraid of me telling others?”
“Little Marquis can do whatever one loves to do. Anyways, I am also very curious what kind of actions will the residence of the Marquis of Lin An take with regards to the eldest Di son coming to Wo Long Temple to relieve boredom in the middle of the night.”
Xie Jing Xing appeared tonight at this moment was by no means accidental. Moreover he brought a group of black clad people with extraordinary skills which made his identity more shocking. In this world, there were no such things as coincidences and Xie Jing Xing did not come here to see her, thus most likely he was coming out with some plans when they met.
The youth’s eyes were very pretty. They were a pair of beautiful peach coloured eyes; When smiling, they would attract one’s minds but when they looked down, a dangerous cold light exude from them.
For a moment, even Shen Miao was suppressed by that imposing manner. It is not that she had never seen those kind of coercive people. Qin country’s Imperial family, Ming Qi’s Imperial family and even those arrogant Xiong Nu. But in front of this person, it seemed to be more dangerous.
“Your guts are not small.” He smiled lightly.
Xie Jing Xing stood up and swept his eyes at her before saying lightly, “The matter with that old dog, this Marquis have no interest at all. If you dare to reveal any bit of tonight’s matter, Shen family’s girl, murdering to silence someone is not a matter to be taken lightly.”
The words just landed as he opened the window to jump out and disappeared into the blanket of rain in the dark night.
The fine drizzle floated in following the opening of the windows and landed on Shen Miao’s cheeks. The coldness climbed up her cheeks and the wind blew onto her face, making her mind much sober as Shen Miao gave a sigh of relief.
Dealing with Xie Jing Xing was as if one walked on a rope. To be unfathomable at such a young age that every sentence seemed unintentional but was used to test at every turn. This kind of dangerous feeling made her uneasy. Even though she had never treated the residence of the Marquis of Lin An as an enemy of the Shen family, the relationship between the two residences was clear and Xie Jing Xing naturally would not cause an obstruction.
The encounter tonight was most likely because Xie Jing Xing was here to do something. As compared to the frivolous joking little Xie Marquis, he was very much different. The him under the raining night was as if he was a different person. At first he only knew that Xie Jing Xing had some skills but now upon consideration, the secret within the residence of the Marquis of Lin An was not that simple.
Her eyes landed on the table at the snacks that Xie Jing Xing did not finish. If not for these, everything was as traceless as a dream. But now was not a time to think about such stuff. To her, Xie Jing Xing was not very important. Tomorrow… Everything had to be dealt with tomorrow.
At the back of the mountain the rain had covered the entire mountain but under the tree stood an entire line of people.
Lead by a slender youth, the rain landed on his clothes and made his hair wet but he stood there as still as a statue who looked at the mountain with deep thoughts.
After a moment in a place somewhere below the mountain there was an abrupt small bloom of fireworks. It was said to be fireworks but it was more like a small flare that disappeared very fast and in a short moment it scattered around.
The youth turned around and one was unable to hear the waves in the tone, “The matter is completed.”
“Young Master is injured.” The middle-aged man beside him frowned.
He lowered his head and looked at the fresh knife wounds on his arms. Just now the incense was targeted for males and once inhaled one would lose all rational thought and become crazy. It was not that effective on females, thus that girl escaped. Even though his rationality exceeds normal range but he was not a saint and fearing that an accident would arise, he could only use this method to keep himself awake.
“Talk after returning.”
“Young Master.” The middle-aged man had some hesitation as he continued speaking, “That Young Lady from the Shen family had seen…”
“Tie Yu, I do not need to take any actions against a little girl.” The youth’s beautiful peach coloured eyes flashed and his voice tone got cold.
That person seemed to fear him and after some thinking he could mustered his courage and said, “But the Shen family would perhaps know…”
“The Shen family do not know.” The youth coldly said, “The Shen family are all stupids and it is with difficulty that there is a smart one.” As if he had thought about something, he smiled, “What a pity.”
The middle-aged man moved his lips but he finally did not speak.
Almost at the same time at the Northern pavilion.
At the adjacent of the house, Ren Wan Yun sat in front of the table. She only lit a small lamp and the flame was clearly fluttering like her heart.
Xiang Lan said, “Furen, it is already the third of the five night watch periods (modern timing: 11pm – 1am), do rest.”
Ren Wan Yun shook her head and her face revealed some irritation, “Can not sleep.” She did not know what she heard that made her felt some uneasiness, and she did not know from where did it come from. Moreover Gui Momo had already said that everything went smoothly.
Furthermore she herself left the courtyard and could hear the noise coming out from the innermost room. In the raining night, one could roughly hear things but could hear the struggles and crying voice of a female. Even though one could not tell who it was, but the mournful and tragic sounds were very clear. Ren Wan Yun blushed and her heartbeat increased but she could not help but be frightened. The rumours of the many methods Prince Yu used while playing with females were plentiful and apparently it seems that they were true. It would be assumed that Shen Miao must have gone through some torture. Even though there was some fear in her heart, but in the fear, happiness bloomed out.
In the three Shen households, Shen Miao relied on Shen Xin and thus no matter what happened outside, one would first look at Shen Miao. Shen Yue was a well-known talent in the capital and only Shen Qing was slightly mediocre. But she still had a son and since Shen Qiu followed Shen Xin, naturally he would inevitably be competing with Shen Yuan Bo for the family property. However was not Shen Miao still being played with? And after her Eldest Sao, that had eyes on top, knew that her daughter had committed such a filthy scandal, would she still protect Shen Miao? Or would she give Shen Miao a piece of white silk?
With such a though, Ren Wan Yun’s frenetic mind calmed down a little. She looked at the skies, “I will rest just a little while.”
Xiang Lan and Cai Ju saw that she was finally willing to rest and could not help but feel happy. They quickly supported Ren Wan Yun to lay on the bed before saying, “Furen must rest as there is more excitement tomorrow.”
“Indeed.” Ren Wan Yun murmured, “There is more excitement tomorrow.” After all, that exciting act tomorrow had to wait for her to personally bring it to an end.