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Edited by Tnyhy
Chapter 155: Returning Back (Part 2)
As soon as it was opened, one was almost blinded by the brilliant colours of the things inside the box. The heavy box was filled to the brim with exquisite and luxurious jewelry. Not to mention that it was a full box of jewelry, just one of it was worth a lot of money. Why was Xie Jing Xing gifting her jewelry without any rhyme or reason? Shen Miao then looked at him and shook her head, “I do not need jewelry.”
Xie Jing Xing said, “These are all valuable and hard to come by. You are in any case a lady, what is wrong in buying jewelry?”
Shen Miao thought about it, “Perhaps one can pawn them at the Feng Xian Pawnshop.”
XIe Jing Xing choked on her words and raised his brows and asked, “You are short on money?”
“It is always a good thing to have more money. There are so many places where money is required to put things in order. As time passes, it would be difficult to be tight with it.” Shen Miao said frankly. Now in front of Xie Jing Xing, she was not as vigilant as before, thus she said it as it was. Anyways Xie Jing Xing’s means and methods extend across Heavens and even if she did not tell him some matter, he would be able to find it out, so why the trouble of hiding and concealing?
When Xie Jing Xing heard this, he took out a square rounded jade tally from his sleeves, “This is the tally for Jin Yu Private Bank. With this, one can withdraw however much money one wants.” He casually threw it to Shen Miao and said with some displeasure, “Do not keep being so bad in foresight.”
Shen Miao, “…” In any case she was a person who had been an Empress and seen a lot of gold and treasures, even when she was young she had cultivated that vulgar taste for shiny things by the Second and Third households to afterwards in the Palace or in the Qin country. She after all had a lot of insights but now Xie Jing Xing said that she had ‘no foresight’, this was really somewhat uncomfortable. However… She held the jade tally up. One did not know what kind of jade was use for this jade tally that is so translucent and upon touching, the coldness seeps into one’s bones. Shen Miao knew that Xie Jing Xing would not lie, and that this jade tally really could withdraw money from Jin Yu Private Bank. It was just that Jin Yu Private Bank was the biggest bank in the Ming Qi, that even the Imperial family would even have some dealings there. Currently Xie Jing Xing was a person of the Great Liang and could even have such a thing in his possession. He was really too deep.
Shen Miao returned the jade tally to Xie Jing Xing, “No reward if it is not deserved.”
Xie Jing Xing stared at her interested, “Really has a backbone.” He nodded his head as a gesture to Shen Miao to look at that small box, “That is not an ordinary jewelry. Take a look again.”
Shen Miao was somewhat skeptical and picked up a pair of rings. The jade used was of a good grade that would be one of a good item if placed in a jewelry shop. Shen Miao took a look and seemed to felt the pair of rings was somewhat strange and touched it. There was actually a hidden button. She lifted her head and looked towards Xie Jing Xing, “What is this?”
Xie Jing Xing smiled, “Concealed weapon.”
“Concealed weapon?” Shen Miao fiddled with the hidden button and unconsciously wanted to press it but she was suddenly stopped by Xie Jing Xing. Immediately afterwards, Xie Jing Xing stood up and stood behind her. His arms went around her shoulders as he taught her how to use the pair of jade rings.
“There are needles placed here and one fear that poison needles would harm one’s own people, thus when normal people are shot, they will only be unconscious for a while. It is only effective within three Cun (modern: inch) so do not release it arbitrarily.”
“There is powdered poison in the hairpin which would blind when the hairpin is pulled out. This can be used when one encounter a bandit.”
“A blade is hidden in the bracelet, pull it apart and it is a small knife. If others tie you up in ropes, this knife can be used to cut the ropes.”
“The treasures earrings are a whistle. In case of an emergency, use it to whistle. My people are all over in the Ding capital thus if there is danger, they will rush over to save you…”
He elaborated and explained each one to Shen Miao, and there was not the usually indolent or frivolous manner of speaking. His gaze was especially serious and his long lashes were enough to make others moved. His hands were long and fair and with his peach blossoms eyes that looked at Shen Miao, as if they were as invigorating as spring water.
Shen Miao felt somewhat warm.
The windows were clearly opened but there was some stuffiness in the room. When he leaned and looked over with his head lowered, Shen Miao was almost leaning against his chest and there was a fine layer of sweat on her back. She looked over to the side and her eyes meet with Xie Jing Xing’s slightly upturned beautiful lips that seemed to be always smiling. Shen Miao seemed to have become scalded by them and turned away.
Xie Jing Xing discovered that she was slightly distracted and he became somewhat dissatisfied. He knocked her head, “Concentrate.”
SHen Miao move a little forward in her seat, slightly further away from him and pretended to be calm, “Had already seen it and I remembered. I will just practice in the future.”
The corner of Xie Jing Xing’s lips curved up, “Did not you say you do not want?”
Shen Miao turned her head, “You remembered wrongly.”
This turn of head almost made her bump onto Xie Jing Xing because he was initially looking down at her. Shen Miao was slightly startled and her cheeks became red instantly.
This youth’s brows were so handsome that it was ridiculous (Translator: You are ridiculous for writing that). Usually there was some frivolous air, but when he used that part of beautiful eyes to look at you, the entire world had become springtime and blooming red flowers fill the entire city, making it unbelievably romantic.
Xie Jing Xing chuckled, his voice was as mellow as wine and made one feel a little intoxicated. He reached his hands out and pushed aside some loose hair on Shen Miao’s face, as he carefully stared into Shen Miao’s eyes before half innocently and half curiously asked, “Why are you blushing?”
Shen Miao stood up suddenly and took two steps before speaking with her back towards Xie Jing Xing, “The room is too stuffy.”
“Because one feel there should be no reward if it is not deserved?” Xie Jing Xing said without a care, “Easy. Then make some pastries.” After finishing he remembered something, “I have done so much but cannot exchange for it and someone did not do anything but could get it. This is really frustrating.”
“What?” Shen Miao did not understand what Xie Jing Xing’s words meant but she saw that Xie Jing Xing had already stood up, “Never mind. Today one only came to gift you concealed weapons. These things are all suitable for killing people and one think that it is suitable for your liking.”
Shen Miao really wanted to object but afterwards felt that Xie Jing Xing’s words were indeed right. She was living on the pointed side of the blade, and everything that she did was extremely dangerous. If there was a day where the Shen family could not protect her, she could only protect herself.
This entire box of concealed weapons that looked like jewelry was considered precious to her. Xie Jing Xing was indeed one who knew her well. Thinking that one had treated Xie Jing Xing as an adversary before, what Pei Lang said in the previous lifetime was correct, the opponent was the one that understood oneself the most.
Xie Jing Xing suddenly thought about something an said, “Do you know the whereabouts of Shen Yue?”
Shen Yue? Shen Miao shook her head. She had informants in the Shen residence, and knew that Shen Yue had ran away and her whereabouts were currently unknown. Chen Rou Qiu’s people were unable to find Shen Yu till now, and Shen Miao herself also sent people out to look for the whereabouts of Shen Yue, but all of them returned without any achievements. Shen Miao was also suspicious. Even though the Ding capital is big, how could one be unable to find a person? Moreover Shen Yue was a delicate female, so how could she survive outside for a few days?
“You know where Shen Ye is?” Shen Miao asked.
Xie Jing Xing said, “She is in the residence of the Qin’s Prince.”
After Xie Jing Xing left, Shen Miao pressed her forehead before sitting back on the couch. The few candles were almost burned out.
Shen Yue actually went to the residence of the Qin’s Prince and had now a connection to HuangFu Hao. In this lifetime, in the unseen world, she had change the direction of a lot of things. For example Shen Yue’s fate, now that Shen Yue had entered the residence of the Qin’s Prince, no one was able to expect what kind of changes there would be in the future.
Shen Miao rubbed her chest and caught sight of that small box. When she stretched her hand out to bring it over and picked a pair of jade rings out. The greenness of the rings made her wrist looked so fair like a painting. It was originally an ice cold jewelry but Shen Miao felt that it was somewhat hot, just like the youth’s gaze.
She frantically kneaded her hair and closed the little box but inadvertently saw that there laid a jade tally beside the box.
Tally for Jin Yu Private Bank…
She had returned it to Xie Jing Xing, but one did not know when he threw it there. It seemed that he deliberately did it. One had not seen anyone just handover such a large amount of money to others, and Shen Miao felt sympathetic for Emperor Yong Le of the Great Liang.
After keeping the jade tally properly, Shen Miao shook her head and thought that it was better for her to return this thing to Xie Jing Xing when she encountered him.
In the residence of the Qin’s Prince, it was late in the evening and there was a female sitting in front of the mirror.
That female was at her most wondrous age and was considered a delicate beauty, especially the air of a scholar that oozed out of her body. At the moment she was wearing a snow white mid-clothes and facing the mirror. She was clearly a flowerlike beauty, but her expression was somewhat hidden and dark.
This person was not someone else but Shen Yue, who was missing from the Shen residence for many days.
Shen Yue had never thought that there would be a day, where she would have some relationship with the Crown Prince of the Qin country. Initially she had planned to run away and go to the residence of Prince Ding. Fu Xiu Yi was warm and a gentleman, and she was the Di daughter of the Third household of the Shen family, thus because of a colleague’s relations, Fu Xiu Yi would not sit back and ignore her. Moreover she was beautiful and naturally friendly with talents in poetry and painting, even if one was made of stone, they would also be moved. At that time she only need to speak about her grievances in front of Prince Ding and gain his love and pity, she would be able to win over Prince Ding’s heart.
However she had never go out of the residence alone, and did not know the location of the residence of Prince Ding. She asked others for the location but because she feared that the servants of the Shen family would catch up, she had no choice but to run and hide as she moved along. There were always such people like this in the Ding capital. They were either escaping from marriage or running away from home due to some mistakes they committed, but it was easy to be target when a female was alone. Shen Yue was also targeted.
The person that was onto her was a local gangster. Before she could find the residence of Prince Ding, something happened in a remote alley nearby. Those gangsters snatched her baggage and still wanted to dishonour her innocence. In desperation she could only shout out that she was the niece of the Formidable Great General.
Even though she was not resigned, Shen Yue knew it clearly in her heart. Her father’s name was not as resounding as Shen Xin’s. Especially after Shen Xin’s return to the Ding capital and that he gained a heavy responsibility from Emperor Wen Hui, that did not fall short from those previous. Comparing to shouting Shen Wan, it would be more deterring to shout out Shen Xin’s name.
As a result, someone walked by and heard her shouting that and took action to save her. It was only later when Shen Wan then knew that that person was from the residence of the Qin’s Prince.
Afterwards Shen Yue saw HuangFu Hao.
Shen Yue only saw HuangFu Hao once during the tribute banquet, and as the other person’s identity was much higher ranked and a nobility, she did not dare to overstep the bounds of what was proper. This time she thought that HuangFu Hao helped out while passing, but so Shen Yue went over to say her thanks. Who knew that HuangFu Hao was not the least interested in her. To be exact, he was interested in Shen Miao and asked Shen Yue a lot of things of Shen Miao.
Shen Yue thought that HuangFu Hao probably took a liking to Shen Miao and her heart was very jealous. No matter what, HuangFu Hao was a Crown Prince of the Qin country and would be the Emperor one day. If Shen Miao and HuangFu Hao were together and if Shen Miao became the Crown Prince’s consort, then she would be the Empress of the Qin country. Even if Shen Miao was a CeFei (aka Secondary Consort), she would become a GuiFei. No matter the case, she would be noble and there would be endless wealth.
Therefore Shen Yue said a lot of bad things of Shen Miao. She slowly and faintly discernibly revealed how talentless and scheming Shen Miao was. Indeed after Shen Yue finish speaking, she then saw that HuangFu Hao’s expression was not good. This made Shen Yue delighted.
HuangFu Hao had intended to send Shen Yue back, but she heard about the fact that Shen Wan wanted to divorce Chen Rou Qiu and in a rage, Chen Rou Qiu returned to her maiden family. When Shen Yue first heard this, she was unable to restrain her anger for a moment and intended to return to the residence to seek justice for her mother. However when she was about to leave she thought about it again. If she were to return like this, she would definitely be married to Wang Bi as a PinQi by Shen Wan. Currently Shen Wan and Old Shen Furen were still angry about the matter of the exchanging of brides between Shen Yue and Shen Dong Ling, she would definitely suffer.
No matter how Shen Yue thought, she was unable to find a better idea, and was also not willing to just watch as Chen Rou Qiu was at a disadvantage. One had to know that once Chen Rou Qiu was divorced, even her position as a Di-daughter would be implicated and one fear that there would not be a foothold for her in the Shen residence. Shen Yue has lots of resentment with Shen Wan and Old Shen Furen, so now she was not reconcilable.
At the very end, she thought of a method.
HuangFu Hao was the Crown Prince of the Qin country and held great powers, thus if HuangFu Hao took action, perhaps everything would be much simpler.
And she just needed to fawn over HuangFu Hao.
She must stay in the residence of the Qin’s Prince to avoid being found and made use by the Shen family.