[TYCDTN] – Chapter 60 Part 2
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Names mentioned in this chapter (which can also be found in the glossary):
-永乐侯府 (Yǒng lè hóu fǔ)- Marquis Yongle manor
-老太太 (Lǎo tàitài) – Old Madam
-馬嬤嬤 (mǎ mó mo)- Old Madam’s personal maidservant
-虞妙琪 / 沈妙琪 ( Yu miao qi / Shén miào qí) – the original fl of the novel and Yu Pin Yan’s biological sister
-柳綠 (liǔ lǜ)- Female lead’s main maidservant
It was also Lin Shi’s and her own hastiness to deal with her, otherwise it wouldn’t have come to this. It turned out that Marquis manor was actually in precarious before her return, yet Lin Shi was like a transparent person who was completely aloof and unconcerned. This temperament was truly weak to the extreme that even the Shen family was a hundred times stronger than her.
While kowtowing, Yu Miao Qi reflected on herself as she profoundly felt that she needed to understand a lot more and mustn’t rush forward so rashly like today.
Seeing her resoundingly knocking her head, Lin Shi felt extremely distressed as she hurriedly pulled her up and knelt down herself.
What Old Madam most annoyed was the show of mother-daughter’s deep affection. If you still have motherly love for your child, what have you been doing in the past 14 years? You only nodded your head with the words ‘I know’ when Yan’er was on the verge of death due to poisoning. Who are you acting for now?
Not only did her expression not soften, instead it became even noticeably gloomy as Old Madam sneered, “Don’t kowtow anymore. I dare not accept your deferential salutations. Yan’er refuses to accept your things means he also refuses to acknowledge you, so are you happy now? From now on, you can keep your dowry and live a good life with Yu Miao Qi. All that’s remaining with you are only a pile of dead things and her. Oh, wrong, you still have Jun Jie’s memorial tablet, but you’ve cast Yan’er unattended for 14 years. Do you dare to kneel in front of Jun Jie’s tomb and personally ask how he would look upon you? Assist one’ husband and teach the children, spare no pains to run one’s home – which have you accomplished? Just wait till Jun Jie finds you to settle the score when you go to the nether world!”
Lin Shi kept kowtowing and confessing her mistake, her body inevitably stiffened and heart felt a knife-like twist hearing those words.
Yu Miao Qi felt both intolerable and resentful. There was also another layer of meaning hidden in Old Madam’s words, which was to completely separate Lin Shi and herself from Yu Pin Yan. If she lives with Lin Shi, then she will have nothing to do with Yu Pin Yan in the future. How can this work? Doesn’t her position in her husband’s family depend on Yu Pin Yan and how can she gain her foothold in her husband’s family without her maiden family’s support?
Yu Miao Qi was about to open her mouth to specify a few words when Ma Momo and several pozi came in carrying two red lacquered wooden boxes. Old Madam gave a meaningful glance when those boxes were thrown in front of them with a bang before the pozi quietly retreated.
“In order to avoid any further problems with the account books where you have nowhere to discourse, just browse it in my room. You are not allowed to go back until you’ve finished going through it. Wan Qiu, bring over a bucket of lamp oil for emergency needs.”
Wan Qiu undertook the task and exited the room lightly.
Old Madam tapped the box with her walking stick, her tone stern, “Look at it now. I’ll take the blame if anything goes wrong!”
Lin Shi was still dull-witted, she had yet awakened from the sharp-like knife words of her mother-in-law and her thought was the critical view of her late husband for herself. Instead, Yu Miao Qi had calmed down. She opened the lid of the box, took out the account books and stacked it beside Lin Shi’s feet.
Old Madam looked profoundly at her before she walked out with her walking stick.
It was not until the heavy and slow footsteps were far away that Yu Miao Qi collapsed on the ground. After gasping a few breaths, she quickly got up, moved the abacus closer to the front and simultaneously scanned through while enumerated. Her dim eyes nevertheless widened after she looked through the ledger marking the 21st years of Chengkang’s reign.
She thought she was smart and capable as she had travelled widely with Father Shen when she was seven or eight years old, but Yu Xiang’s capability was far above hers. Not mentioning others, merely this improved ledger alone was extremely remarkable. The entries were made into a table, where expenses, incomes, payers, undertakers, receipts, remarks and details that others could think of or would never expected were all listed in there, clearly and plainly discerned with just a glance.
These account books were simply clean to the extreme and due to her good management, the struggling Marquis Yongle manor gradually emerged from dismal with surplus year after year.
No wonder Old Madam held her in such high esteem while Yu Pin Yan doted on her to the max which was not without reason. When acknowledging this, the originally envious-eroded heart of Yu Miao Qi was burning intensely as if immersed in lava that even a thought of never admitting defeat took root in her mind.
Must take charge of the household, she has to also take charge of the household to let Old Madam and Yu Pin Yan see who actually is better and the genuine Di daughter of the Marquis manor!
Carrying his younger sister, Yu Pin Yan walked in the pleasantly warm and splendid spring. Stretching out her hand, his younger sister caressed the flowers while he plucked one and tucked it in the hair on the side of her temple with a focused glance.
Yu Xiang also plucked one and similarly tucked it beside her elder brother’s temple and even tightening her hold on his neck to prevent him from taking it off. Seeing that he had no choice but to compromise, she pursed her lips into a smirk.
They both gazed at each other with their foreheads pressed together and saw total joy in the other’s eyes.
“Elder Brother, are you really happy? Aren’t you sad that Lin Shi treated you like that?” Yu Xiang spoke slowly after a long moment of hesitation.
“No feeling.” Yu Pin Yan responded in an indifference tone and immediately asked in reply, “What about you? Are you sad?”
“I don’t feel anything either. The only person who can make me sad in this world is Elder Brother. If someday Elder Brother doesn’t want me anymore, I’ll be heartbroken to death!” She deliberately intensified the pronunciation of the word ‘death’. This was not an exaggerated rhetorical gimmick, rather death in the true sense. She was originally an otherworldly soul and her roots were not rooted in the soil of the Great Han Dynasty, but in Yu Pi Yan’s soul. If Yu Pin Yan abandons her, she will naturally wither away slowly.
Yu Pin Yan’s eyes darkened as he said in a hoarse voice, “How could that be? I would rather lose my life than abandon Xiang’er. I’ve said before that Xiang’er is my lifeblood.”
Leaning closer to his ear, Yu Xiang whispered word by word, “Elder Brother, you are also my lifeblood and my favorite person in this world.” Once the words fell, she quickly kissed his cheek lightly then pursed her lips with elation.
Yu Pin Yan’s heart was shaken tremendously, yet his face was very composed when he commanded in a low voice, “One more kiss or Elder Brother will throw you away.”
Smiling brightly, Yu Xiang approached him again but she didn’t expect him to turn his head suddenly and the kiss that should have landed on the side of his cheek glided past the corner of his lips. Yu Xiang didn’t mind but Yu Pin Yan remembered profoundly the soft touch and the hot temperature on his lips when his eyes instantly deepened like the sea.
Waves of shock surged up in Liu Lu’s heart as she followed behind them. Although she was still an unadulterated little girl, she could gradually notice the abnormality of the Marquis’s glances when he looked at her master, getting amorous by the day that could simply burn a person up.
They are indeed biological brother and sister, right? Liu Lu began to ponder over this question desperately.