Edited by Tnyhy
Chapter 129: Prince Rui’s Neighbour (Part 2)
After Shen Miao returned to the residence from the Feng Xian Pawnshop, it was still very early so she locked herself in the room and no one knew what she was thinking about. When the skies were nearing the evening, Luo Tan returned. She had bought some jewellery and magnanimously gave some to Shen Miao, “Biao Youngest Sister, today we went shopping in a jewellery shop and the jewellery shops in the Ding capital are very big. Young Lady Feng and me selected some for you, unsure if you would like them or not. Take them first and when you want to go out, we can go there to shop again.”
It was an appearance that one had not fully expressed oneself.
Shen Miao nodded in comply and after Luo Tan left, she looked at the half box of jewellery, wondering how much money would there be if it was pawned.
Shen Xin and entourage also returned shortly after Luo Tan and everyone ate dinner together. Most likely the official matters were smooth as Shen Xin and Luo Xue Yan seemed to be in a very good mood. Only Shen Miao looked somewhat wan. Luo Ling noticed it and said, “Biao Younger Sister looked out of sorts, is there something that happened?”
Shen Qiu’s chopsticks stopped, “Younger Sister, what is wrong?”
Shen Miao was surprised for a moment and seeing that everyone at the table was staring at her, she smiled, “Nothing. It is only that after returning to the capital from the Xiao Chun City, one is not used to it. It would be alright after a few days.”
Shen Qiu laughed, “What is there not to get used to? If Younger Sister is not used to it then after a few days, I will be free to bring Younger Sister to stroll from the west to the east, and from the south to the north of the city. After walking a few times, one will get used to it.”
“Biao Older Brother also bring me along.” Luo Tan quickly declared her position, “I can also protect Biao Youngest Sister.”
“Nonsense.” Luo Xue Yan said, “If your Younger Sister really follow you around the city, one fear she would be too worn out. Moreover the Ding capital is so big, what if something went wrong?” She glared at Shen Xin, wanting him to help out.
Shen Xin laughed and said, “It is fine as long as the children are happy. Stinky brat, if you really bring your Younger Sisters out to play, then also bring this old one’s soldiers. Just beat up whoever dare to create problems. No need to be afraid.”
Luo Xue Yan was so angry that she pinched him.
The relationship between this husband and wife was boisterous, but it also looked very close as one watched. Shen Xin has an awe-inspiring presence outside, but obeys Luo Xue Yan’s words upon returning home. Shen Miao was smiling as she watched on but as she did that, she thought about something unknown and her expression gradually became hazy. She quickly lowered her head so that the people around would not discover it. Luo Ling who was beside her, noticing her every move also thoughtfully bowed his head.
After talking a while after the meal in the hall, everyone returned back to their rooms. Shen Miao was returning to her room and since Luo Tan’s courtyard was in front of Shen Miao’s, Luo Tan returned first to her room lively. Just as Shen Miao was about to enter her courtyard, she stopped at Luo Ling’s voice.
“Biao Younger Sister, wait a moment.”
Shen Miao turned her head and looked at him, “Older Brother Ling, what is the matter?”
Luo Ling hesitated for a moment, and finally took out something that was folded to a square from his sleeve. He said warmly, “Today when going out with Biao Older Brother, in a coincidence one saw there was a shop outside that was selling this and seeing that there were many buyers, I bought one. One heard that Biao Younger Sister dream a lot at night and this was soaked in a fragrance that has a calming effect. If Biao Younger Sister do not dislike, please accept it.”
Shen Miao was slightly surprised for a brief moment before looking up at the youth in front of her.
Luo Ling was born with good looks. Even though he could not be compared to Shen Qiu’s bravery, inferior to Xie Jing Xing’s handsomeness (Translator: I KNOW YOU MENTION IT SO MANY TIMES!! Ed: /patpat Hang in there Zaza /headdesk) and even Ji Yu Shu looked more adorable than him, but this kind of gracefulness that came from the heart made one feel calm. Among the younger generation of the Luo family, Luo Ling was the most outstanding one, not because he was the most stable but because he could bear the entire responsibility of the entire clan, and had a sincere character.
In the dark night, one could seemingly see Luo Ling slightly red face. He said somewhat uncomfortably, “If Biao Younger Sister do not like…”
Shen Miao lightly took the thing in Luo Ling’s hands and smiled, “How can I refuse Biao Older Brother kind feelings. Thanking Biao Older Brother.”
Luo Ling lightly smiled, “It is good that you like it.”
His brows were warm and his words were filled with concern. This originally was an attitude that made others comfortable and if it was any ordinary female, not to say being moved, one would have a very good impression and feelings for the person in front. But Shen Miao took a step back and looked at him, “If there is nothing else, I will return to the room first.”
There was a trace of disappointment but it was very quickly covered up, “Would not trouble Biao Younger Sister.” He turned around and left.
Shen Miao looked at Luo Ling’s leaving figure and silently watched for a while. She was not some ignorant and innocent young female, even if she had not experienced the tenderness between men and women with Fu Xiu Yi, she had stayed in the Palace for so many years. Luo Ling was a good person, and to drag such a good person like this to her entire life filled with schemes and plotting, she would be too selfish. Even though Luo Ling was a good match, but since the Luo family treated her well, she could not return kindness with ingratitude.
She turned around and returned to her room. After cleaning up, Jing Zhe and Gu Yu withdrew and Shen Miao sat at the table before spreading out the thing that Luo Ling gave to her.
That was a handkerchief and coincidentally it was a double-sided embroidery, the embroidered handkerchief currently most difficult to get in Ding capital, so one think that Luo Ling had spent quite some money on buying this handkerchief. There was a white crane sewn on it, touching on his consistent desire and was exuding a faint fragrance that indeed made one feel relief and calm.
Shen Miao scrutinized for a long time. This pattern on the handkerchief was apparently from Liu Ying’s hands. Liu Ying’s skills was one of the best in Ding capital and what is more was, that there were very few number of double-sided embroidery in the Ming Qi. It seemed that Liu Ying was doing rather well. The more Shen Miao look at it, her mood became better after being downcast from meeting those people in the rain.
She felt a bit tired and took off her outer robe and was only wearing the middle clothes, she walked to the couch to sit down. Just as she was about to remove her middle clothes to rest, one heard a chuckle, “Wait a moment.”
Shen Miao’s hand paused and when she turned her head back, this time she could no longer hide her raging anger. He looked at that particular uninvited person outside the window and punctuated each word she said, “Xie Jing Xing.”
That person entered the room and closed the window backhanded, it was done so leisurely as it was one’s very own courtyard. This time he did not wear a mask and that handsome face was exposed under the lamp light and was very seductive, but Shen Miao just wanted to drag him out to be beheaded.
“Under the entire Heavens, now only you can call my little name.” Xie Jing Xing pulled out a chair casually and sat down not far from Shen Miao’s couch before he laughed lightly, “Only you have that honour in the world.”
He had a tall stature that even when he sat down, he was much taller than Shen Miao. His imposing manner was not once relaxed at all.
Shen Miao looked at him coldly, “Prince Rui is really very free every day, to be able to come here so familiarly from the Yan Qing Lane.”
“Simple.” Xie Jing Xing supported his chin, “I have bought all the residences from the Yan Qing Lane to here. The residence next to where you are staying is also my courtyard. Keeping harmonious relations with neighbours, this Prince came to visit.”
Shen Miao sucked in a mouthful of cold air. Even though the Yan Qing Lane was considered near to the Shen residence, there was still some distance. Xie Jing Xing bought all the residences from the Yan Qing Lane to Shen residence. That meant that more than half of the southern city was his courtyard, and the courtyard beside the Shen residence was also bought by Xie Jing Xing. Even if Xie Jing Xing has money, it should not be spent like that. He squandered money like dirt, was it that he brought all the money in the Great Liang’s treasury over? Did Emperor Yong Le of the Great Liang know about it?
When she saw the desultory smile on Xie Jing Xing’s face, Shen Miao started to get angry again. Xie Jing Xing was really shameless to even mention about keeping harmonious relations with his neighbours. Where was there people who would visit their neighbours in the middle of the night unsolicited, without so much as to give an invitation card? Is there no regulations in the Great Liang Imperial family?
“You do not look very happy.” Xie Jing Xing looked at her with great interest, “You can tell me, this Older Brother, whatever difficulties. The identity of Prince Rui is still helpful, on the account of old friendship.”
Shen Miao rolled her eyes at him. She could not understand what exactly was Xie Jing Xing thinking. However Xie Jing Xing’s words reminded her about the words Ji Yu Shu said in the Feng Xian Pawnshop, and Shen Miao suddenly had a thought and deliberately asked, “Xie Jing Xing, how do you see Madam Fang of the residence of the Marquis of Lin An?”
Madam Fang of the residence of the Marquis of Lin An, birth mother of Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao. Madam Fang originally was more or less involved in the death of Princess Yu Qing, and everyone knew that Princess Yu Qing was a topic that could not be mentioned to Xie Jing Xing, but she purposely mentioned it.
Xie Jing Xing looked at her with a smile but not a smile, “Want to dig information from my words.”
“Are you willing to speak?”
“It is of no harm to tell you.” Xie Jing Xing said lazily, “In my eyes, inferior to ants.”
Shen Miao looked at him, “Why do you not kill her to take revenge?”
Xie Jing Xing narrowed his eyes and stared at Shen Miao for a while before he suddenly laughed. His voice was like the peach blossom wine that was buried in the summer and dug out in the winter, bringing an intoxicating mellow breeze but was as cold as the winter, making one awake. He said, “Shen Miao, you are worried that Shen Xin will become the second Xie Ding.”
Shen Miao eyes hang down, “Correct.” She paused before speaking, “If I was in your position, I will try every means to take revenge. Kill Madam Fang then kill her two sons. This is then considered revenge and also not living in vain.”
She said so indifferently, as if she did not find that her words were ruthless at all. When Xie Jing Xing heard them, he was not at all surprised and only laughed once, seemingly laughing at her innocence. Xie Jing Xing, “One did not kill Madam Fang due to disdain and also fear of trouble. Xie Ding and Princess Yu Qing are not related to me at all so why would I want revenge?”
Shen Miao was surprised for a moment.
Shen Miao previously heard Xie Jing Xing saying that Xie Ding and him were not father and son, so she was not surprised but how was it that even Princess Yu Qing and Xie Jing Xing had no relationship? If Xie Jing Xing did not have Xie Ding’s or Princess Yu Qing’s blood in his vein then how could he be the Di son of the Xie family?
Shen Miao’s heart moved and she thought of something before asking Xie Jing Xing, “Then Princess Yu Qing’s son?”
“Dead.” Xie Jing Xing said blandly, “Dead upon birth.”
Dead upon birth. But there was not a slightest wind about this at all. It seemed that that was the time when Xie Jing Xing was foisted into it, and the identities were swapped but no one actually found out about it. One fear that even Princess Yu Qing herself would not know of the matter.
“If Xie Ding’s son was alive, he would have had a premature death before the age of three.” Xie Jing Xing said indifferently, “Because it is me, Madam Fang dare not take action. Because,” He laughed rather evilly, “Those people who were sent over mysteriously disappeared.”
Shen Miao was suddenly enlightened. She had previously said that Madam Fang could force Princess Yu Qing into such tough straits, that at the end she faded away like a flower, she was definitely one who had means and ambitions. So how would such a person live in seclusion of one’s house and even let Xie Jing Xing grow up safely? So it was the most inferior of schemes. The people that were sent out would always mysteriously disappear, so Madam Fang herself would feel that there was a devil’s gate and path and settled for the next best thing. As to why those people would disappear, since Xie Jing Xing was Prince Rui of the Great Liang, there would be highly skilled personnel around, more than enough to deal with Madam Fang.
At this moment those parts that she initially did not understand suddenly became clear, and forgot those matters that she was worried about. Xie Jing Xing lowered his head and took a glance at her, “You do not need to worry. Shen Xin is different from Xie Ding.”
Shen Miao said, “I am also different from you.”
Xie Jing Xing was slightly startled but continued to listen to Shen Miao, “You disdain and also it was not necessary. I am however different. If someone, like Madam Fang, shakes my family up, I will do everything in my power to make her suffer the consequences of her actions. Suppose that there is someone with bad intentions like Madam Fang who attempt to wreck, I will rip her inside out, and throw her to the unmarked graves to feed the dogs.” When she spoke to the end, her head lowered but there were other surging emotions in her dark eyes.
But as her head sank, one of Xie Jing Xing’s hands pressed on her head, “Just tell me if there are such people. Keeping harmonious relations with neighbours, I will kill her for you without leaving any potential future problems.”
Shen Miao shook off his hand and Xie Jing Xing smiled while looking at her. He had an undisciplined expression, his words were filled with jest and were casually spoken but in that pair of eyes, it seemed serious.
If Xie Jing Xing killed someone, it was indeed a breeze to kill a person like Madam Fang.
Shen Miao said, “These kind of things like killing other, I can do it myself.”
“Unless it is the last moment, it is not a good move to take action personally.” Xie Jing Xing said, “If you are really apologetic about it, then it is alright to give me something as a reward.”
Shen Miao mocked, “Your Highness Prince Rui is as precious as gold and as respected as jade. I will not be able to afford the money to compare.”
Xie Jing Xing smiled, “Give you two tenths discount.” He stood up and strolled to the table where the handkerchief that Luo Ling gifted laid, spread out by Shen Miao just now. Xie Jing Xing casually picked it up and took a sniff before raising an eyebrow, “Although the scent is inferior, the dog that this Prince raise, is lately not sleeping well. This will be not bad to be used.” Not waiting for Shen Miao to speak, Xie Jing Xing kept the handkerchief in his sleeve, “This is considered a compensation.”