Cheng Yujin was deep in her thought, seemingly in a daze. Cheng Yumo was also looking down at the carving on the railing, thinking about who knew what.
Their respective servant girls noticed that the two mistresses were not in a good mood, so they didn’t dare to make any noise. For a long time, there was a strange silence in the pavilion.
After Cheng Yujin walked away from Zhai Yanlin, she quickly ran into Cheng Yumo who ‘accidentally got separated’ just now.
Cheng Yumo probably guessed what had just happened and didn’t ask anything. Neither of them spoke, and they walked silently towards the garden.
“Duke Cai said that I am an ideal wife and mother, and I think so too.” Cheng Yujin smiled softly. It was the look she used most often in front of people. However, the bright light in her eyes was incompatible with the usually gentle and virtuous eldest Miss Cheng.
When Cheng Yujin saw Zhai Yanlin came from behind, complicated feelings flashed through her mind, and for a moment, she didn’t know what to do.
Old Madam Cheng’ coincidentally’ told her to visit the garden. Cheng Yumo left ‘coincidentally.’ And she ‘coincidentally’ met Zhai Yanlin here. No matter what, it certainly was not coincidental.
Cheng Yujin had a bad hunch, but she didn’t show her feelings outwards. She greeted the guests one by one in a perfect manner. Cheng Yumo followed afterward and also made her greetings.
Although Cheng Yumo was married and already got a court title as Marchioness Jingyong, on such a public occasion, she was greatly suppressed by Cheng Yujin’s momentum and could only follow from behind. All the madams present obviously noticed this, including Old Madam Zhai.
Listening to Cheng Yumo’s complaint made Cheng Yujin truly speechless. Even if she had a few things to say, there were too many to point to that she didn’t even know where to start. After all, she and Cheng Yumo were different. It took Cheng Yujin only a bit of listening to acutely aware that something was wrong.
Cheng Yujin noticed Cheng Yumo’s gaze. She gave Cheng Yumo a slight glance, and guessed what’s probably in her mind.
Now there was no other person here, it was impossible for Cheng Yujin to stay silent. Out of politeness, she asked: “Second sister, how are you doing?”
The madams present were pleasantly surprised and took another look at Cheng Yujin, this time with admiration. Huo Xue-shi noticed several people glanced at her in secret, their gaze was probing. Even without asking, Huo Xue-shi could guess what they were thinking about. It was nothing more than wondering about the decision she made. Cheng Yujin’s appearance was excellent, had a good personality, and clever. Why did Huo family break the engagement?
Cheng Yujin was also part of the accompanying party. Although it was exhausting, she didn’t have to do anything at all. It wasn’t her role to accompany the Empress Dowager to chat or listening to the sutra. Those positions had been filled with Yang family’s relatives and other prominent people. Yichun Marquis Manor had no sense of existence and also with no prominent relatives or friends. Even if they joined the procession to Xiangji Temple this time, their only role was just adding the numbers.
Empress Dowager Yang was a person with a firm determination and liked to make her own decision. This might have something to do with her past. Empress Dowager Yang could be said to have a very smooth life. As a girl, she was born into a well-off family and grew up with no worries. Later, she was chosen to enter the palace during the palace selection, and continued to live in luxury.