Huo Changyuan has never suffered this kind of cold treatment before. His expression darkened, once again convinced that canceling the engagement with this woman was a wise decision, as to reduce the damage she may create. With a solemn face, Huo Changyuan asked, “What does eldest young miss mean? Do you have any opinion on me?”
“I’m just a weak woman, how dare I have an opinion on Marquis Jingyong?” Cheng Yujin looked at him with a smile. She stood straightly, with clear and bright eyes like the moonlight on the mountain, so noble and beautiful, a peerless beauty.
Huo Xue-shi’s eyes turned disdainful. Their family’s second daughter dared to do such a shameful thing in secret, while the eldest daughter saw her younger sister merit and stole it. The children they brought up one after another was even more disgraceful. Where did old Madam Cheng still have the confidence to act like a respectful elder?
However, they were all women from a noble family, so she still needed to give them some face. Huo Xue-shi didn’t show the contempt on her face, but instead smiled and said to old Madam Cheng: “It’s been a while since we last meet. Old madam, how is your health these days?”
In the main hall, a servant girl brought in the tea with her head bowed down. Qingfu Junzhu’s face was sullen, and after enduring for a long time she finally said, “Madam Xue, the children’s marriage wasn’t a trivial matter, can you consider it again?”
Huo Xue-shi smiled and said: “Since I came here to meet Junzhu, naturally I won’t speak without any rhyme or reason. Eldest miss is indeed a good girl, Junzhu and Marchioness have raised her well, I also like her. But in the end, marriage needs both party’s consent. And this feeling, of course can’t be forced.”
Cheng Yujin stayed in bed for a long time until the sky was getting brighter outside. The sound of people moving around came out from outside the bed curtain.
She thought a lot, partly about dreams, partly about her present situation.
After dying in her dream, Cheng Yujin saw the whole story from another angle.
To be precise, this was the story of Cheng Yumo and Huo Changyuan.
The second miss of Yichun marquis manor was naive and lively, and very much loved by her parents. One winter, she went to a trip to the estate owned by her eldest aunt. One night there was a heavy snow. She went out for a walk, but blinded by snowfall, she accidentally missed her path. When she noticed, she already lost.
Now everything has been settled. But since the beginning of second month, Cheng Yujin began to feel inexplicable nervousness, even disturbing he sleep. And last night, she had a long dream.
Before dawn, Cheng Yujin was suddenly awakened, soaked with cold sweat. Unable to fall asleep again, she laid in bed for a long time. It was just a dream, how ridiculous to take the dream as reality. But Cheng Yujin somehow felt that this was not simply a dream, but reality.
Last year in the twelfth month, Cheng Yujin followed her mother to stay in a hot spring villa. Ning Wang’s territory was in the south, even after married to the capital for so many years, Qingfu Junzhu was still not used to the winter here. An imperial clan’s daughter was naturally wealthy, and one of the estates owned by Qingfu Junzhu had a special hot spring. Qingfu Junzhu went out for a trip, it would look bad if she didn’t invite her sisters in law, and the young misses naturally followed their mothers.
Cheng Yujin, as the eldest di daughter of Qingfu Junzhu, was of course tagging along. Unexpectedly, after they arrived at Xishan, the capital city and surrounding area continued to snow heavily for three days and three nights, closing the mountain road and trapping the family on the estate.
It was 22 years after Emperor Jianwu ascension to the throne. New Year has passed, but the temperature was still cold. This winter was long and gloomy. The calendar already entered the second month, and the weather was still not getting any warmer.
Yesterday night was snowing again. Early in the morning, the whole capital city was covered in white, with a glimpse of the red roofs and green tiles from all kinds of magnificent buildings.