Chapter 197: Aristocratic Families (Part 2)
“You still have secrets from me?” She deliberately asked.
“Don’t you also have secrets from me?” Xie Jing Xing said.
She paused. Xie Jing Xing loosen his hands and stared at her eyes with the corners of his lips hooked up but his eyes were firmly locked onto her and made her somewhat breathless.
He said, “How about exchanging? My secrets for your secrets?”
Shen Miao’s heart violently trembled but she reacted very quickly and turned her head over, “I then do not want to know your secrets.”
Xie Jing Xing gave an “oh” before laughing, “Anyways you have the ability to investigate it correct?”
Shen Miao turned her head back and did not speak while looking at him.
Xie Jing Xing said lazily, “You have the ability to investigate my secrets. For your secrets… Do you think I would know or not?”
In a sudden moment, Shen Miao was in a somewhat confused state.
The secret she had was the secret of her past life. But she had no courage to tell it to anyone that even to Shen Qiu, Shen Xin and Luo Xue Yan, she remained silent over it and dare not reveal a single trace of it.
Not to mention when one spoke of such strange matter, would one consider her as crazy? One feared that no one would believe her when she said it and was even more afraid that others would look at her differently.
Too stupid. Too weak. Killed her own children and family. Would they blame her? Shen Miao dare not try.
Then if Xie Jing Xing knew that she had married before and also became Fu Xiu Yi’s wife and even put in effort for Fu Xiu Yi’s empire, how would he view her?
Shen Miao had thought that she would not care about how others would look at her but at this moment she suddenly felt fearful. She did not want Xie Jing Xing to look at her like how he would to an enemy.
Her strange expressions were all seen by Xie Jing Xing. Xie Jing Xing’s eyes were deepen but he sighed and held her in his embrace.
“I do not like to force. If you do not want others to know, I will not ask.” He said.
“But don’t let me wait for too long.”
Upon returning to the residence of Prince Rui of First Rank, Xie Jing Xing quickly went out again. He would always have many things and Shen Miao did not ask about it. Currently she was not even clear about the situation in Great Liang. The explanation that Xie Jing Xing gave her about the Lu and Ye families made her understand that Great Liang and Ming Qi was not that different. Even though it looked on the surface that the country was rich and the citizen was at peace, but one feared that there were many undercurrents that were moving under the peace. It seemed that because Great Liang was even bigger, there were more people who had more ambitions.
After all, from Emperor Yong Le’s and Xie Jing Xing’s attitude towards their father, it was very strange. It seemed that there were many origin to this too. Shen Miao thought of Ming Qi when she first met Xie Jing Xing, Xie Jing Xing seemed to be searching for something all around. It was also the same in the General residence and just nice encountered her setting up a fire in the ancestral hall. In the secret chambers of Prince Yu, Xie Jing Xing and Gao Yang seemed to have gotten something.
But what exactly was that thing?
Shen Miao had thought that it was a kind of map on military defence but thinking about it, the map of military defence would most likely not be placed in the secret chambers of Prince Yu of First Rank. As to what exactly it is, at the moment it was not known.
Thinking about it, she thought about another thing.
Pei Lang had followed Xie Jing Xing’s entourage all the way to Great Liang. The main reason to let him come to Great Liang, was to avoid Fu Xiu Yi’s pursuit. She also brought Liu Ying along and settled her down but Pei Lang… Pei Lang looked honest but he had a proud heart and initially it was because of Liu Ying, he then worked for her but after being suspected by Fu Xiu Yi, he protected her with the cost of his life and made Shen Miao unable to request Pei Lang to do anything for her in the future.
At the end, Shen Miao stood up and walked out of the room as she had decided to talk to Pei Lang.
Pei Lang’s room was arranged at the very last room of the east side of the residence of Prince Rui. The environment was not bad and the residence of Prince Rui of First Rank was originally very big, so it was not a difficult thing to allocate a courtyard out and Pei Lang was well treated. It was just that one did not know it was done on purpose or deliberate, from where Shen Miao was staying, it was the furthest distance in the entire residence of Prince Rui.
When Shen Miao arrived at Pei Lang’s courtyard, Pei lang was sitting in the middle of the courtyard playing chess. There were two green clad maid that was standing by his side and they had appearances like the flowers and moon. Both of them kept on drinking tea with Pei Lang and their gaze was on Pei Lang. Even though there was restraint, there were some inexplicable meaning behind.
When this scene fell into Shen Miao’s eyes, she felt it was very weird. Her steps stopped as she looked from afar as she remembered some matters in the past lifetime.
In the last lifetime, Pei Lang’s talent and learning was unbounded and thus when Fu Xiu Yi finally ascended to the throne, he promoted him to be the National Advisor. Pei Lang was good looking and when he wore the black robes, he had an appearance of being aloof from world affairs and indeed had some air like those immortals. The officials in court knew that he was deeply trusted by Fu Xiu Yi and would not dare to be his enemy. Pei Lang was considered well known throughout Ming Qi.
However he was very young and good looking. Fu Xiu Yi had schemed and tried to bestow some high ranking official’s daughter to be his wife but it was rejected tactfully by Pei Lang. This kind of genius most likely had his own temperament. Fu Xiu Yi thought that Pei Lang did not like others to arrange for him and thus let him be. When Shen Miao had not yet went to the Qin country as a hostage, she had a good relationship with Pei Lang and had also asked if he had any young lady in his heart.
At that time, how did Pei lang responded?
Shen Miao had a dazed expression.
Pei Lang said, “Your Ladyship, this official’s aspiration is not in this.” The words ‘aspiration is not in this’ seemed to be a way that defeats one’s purpose but in fact showed clearly Pei Lang’s attitude. Pei Lang was very sound that when helping Fu Xiu Yi make a decision, he would be able to rule out any possibility of emotions and ensure that the result would not be unexpected.
Speaking of it, till Shen Miao died in the last lifetime, Pei Lang had always been single and one had never heard of any young lady that he was interested in.
At this moment Pei Lang was standing together with two females but Shen Miao felt somewhat awkward. Even in Guang Wen Tang, Pei Lang had attracted a lot of female students by the virtue of his one style. He was at the right age now which made others think more.
As Shen Miao thought about it, the maid who was fanning Pei Lang to chase away the butterflies and flying insects saw Shen Miao. She was first startled before quickly greeted, “This servant greets WangFei.”
The other green clad maid also rushed over to greet.
Pei Lang looked up and saw Shen Miao. Shen Miao smiled gently and walked over before telling the two green clad maids, “You all can withdraw.”
The maids looked at Pei Lang perplexedly. Pei Lang waved his hands and the two maids then withdraw. Shen Miao looked at the elegant and supple back view of both of them and a rare mischievousness appeared in her heart towards Pei Lang. She asked, “It is rare to see Teacher Pei being this romantic, to have red perfumed sleeves as companion.”
The two maids looked at Pei Lang’s gaze but were somewhat unable to conceal their admiration.
Pei Lang shook his head and smile bitterly but did not rebut. One had to bow one’s head when staying under other’s roof. These two maids was sent to him by the residence of Prince Rui and if one had encountered such servants, Pei Lang would have thought of ways to chase them away and not leave them by his side. However this was not Ming Qi, the other parties were not his servants and one did not know if it was Xie Jing Xing’s idea, thus no matter how much he dislike it, Pei Lang could only endure.
Looking at Shen Miao who did not seemed to be affected by it at all, Pei Lang’s heart could not help but be slightly sour.
“Teacher Pei followed me to Great Liang because one had no other choice.” Shen Miao said, “Now it has become a situation where it is not ideal or worse off. What future plans does one have?” She paused for a while, “In the beginning with Liu Ying’s matter, it is me who forced Teacher to do such things and Teacher had no other ways and now implicated Teacher to leave one’s hometown. One is really conscience-stricken about it and if Teacher want to leave, it is possible.”
Upon hearing those words, Pei Lang looked at Shen Miao somewhat surprised.
All the time when Shen Miao faced him, there would be a sense of righteousness and from the beginning when she used Liu Ying to threaten Pei Lang, Pei Lang was faintly aware from Shen Miao’s subtle expressions and emotions that it was hostile but it was not on purpose. Pei Lang was also puzzled over the matter and investigated it carefully but at the end came out with nothing.
At this moment, when Shen Miao faced him, that hostility had disappeared. It was as if it was put down but the peace and calm made Pei Lang feel somewhat lost. It was as if something special has been place down by Shen Miao and disappeared like the clouds.
Shen Miao looked at Pei Lang but there some regret in her heart.
She had always define Pei Lang as ‘someone that owe a lot to her’ but that day when Xie Jing Xing said that Pei Lang was locked in Fu Xiu Yi’s underground prison and was tortured so much but did not confess that she was the mastermind, many matters and thoughts were different. Shen Miao knew of the means that Fu Xiu Yi use to punish those who betrayed and under such a circumstances he did not offer her name, Shen Miao could not even say how touched she was.
Now thinking about it, the reason why she hated Pei Lang and had many grievances towards Pei Lang was because Pei Lang had always stood on Fu Xiu Yi’s side from the beginning till end. When Fu Xiu Yi dealt with their Shen family, Pei Lang chose to watch with folded arms, when the Crown Prince was abolished, he did not say a single word for Fu Ming and when Wan Yu was to be in a marriage alliance, he did not try to stop it.
But in this world, some people would help you for due to friendship and some would not help you due to one’s duty. The relationship between Pei Lang and her did not reach the level that one ‘must help’.
As for this lifetime, Pei Lang was no longer Fu Xiu Yi’s people and was even turned into enemies with Fu Xiu Yi and there was no reasons to seek shelter with him. Thus even if one was not willing with those matter, there was no need to carry on with it.
At the end, one could only rely on oneself. Bei it pure hate or resentment, there was no advantage at all.
Pei Lang suppressed the disappointment in his heart and asked, “What are your plans for the future?”
Shen Miao was startled, “Me?”
Pei Lang’s eyes became clear again, as if he had returned to that unparalleled National Advisor. He said, “The position of the residence of Prince Rui of First Rank is not as indestructible as it seemed to be. One think that in the Imperial family of Great Liang, there are the existence of some variables.”
He looked at Shen Miao, “Even if the Imperial family of Great Liang have nothing to do with me and the residence of Prince Rui have the ability to protect themselves, your road might not be always smooth.”
Shen Miao slightly frowned, “Even it is so, Teacher mention all this…”
“I can give you a hand.” Pei Lang said.
Shen Miao replied, “Why?”
“Even though I am not considered a talent of the world, one can do one’s best. Currently Liu Ying and me are relying on you to stand in Great Liang and only when you live well and stable, we can also be better. Even if it is it planning for myself, I have to help you. I want to remain in the residence of Prince Rui of First Rank.” He paused, “If I could participate in Great Liang’s court matters or I could come out with plans on your matters, it would be even better.
After being silent for a while, Shen Miao then said, “Teacher Pei, you have thought about it? You do not owe me anything so there is no need to place one’s life with me. No need to depend on me and with your abilities, you can live well. You do not need to speak of those excuses, you are not one who chase after fame or gains.”
Pei Lang smiled bitterly in his heart. Shen Miao seemed to know him well, even better than himself. Even he himself did not know about when he had such an inexplicable obsession but he stubbornly did not want to draw a line to the relationship with her.
He said, “This is my choice.”
Shen Miao took a deep breath. Just as she was about to speak, she saw Jing Zhe walking in from outside and did not know where did she had gotten an beautifully invitation in her hands, “Furen, the Bright Summer Banquet’s invitation is sent over and it said that Rui WangFei of First Rank is invited. This servant accepted the invitation, may Furen take a look.
Shen Miao just arrived to Great Liang and someone came to send an invitation. This was her first time appearing in the gathering of the noblewomen in Long Ye and the other party obviously had ulterior motives.
She asked, “Who send that invitation?”
“It was sent from the boudoir of Long Ye General, Lu Furen.”
Shen Miao paused in her actions.
The civil Ye family and the military Lu family. These two aristocratic families of Great Liang seemed to have a very delicate relationship with the Imperial family.
It was indeed that the oncoming person was coming with ill-intentions.