Cheng Yujin finished writing the word in one go. She was very satisfied, but out of restraint, she did not take the initiative to speak. However, Cheng Yujin waited for a while and found that Cheng Yuanjing was staring at something and didn’t give her any response.
Cheng Yujin gave him a strange look and saw that Cheng Yuanjing was looking at her arm. She straightened the sleeve, but found nothing wrong.
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The complicated family environment taught Cheng Yujin how to get the best result at the least expense. What other girls only learned after three or four years of marriage, she knew it when she was ten years old. Not only that, she also became smooth and slick in everything, and extremely egoistic. When licking other people’s boots, she didn’t care about her own face. She also didn’t crave the love of her parents, nor did she care about love.
Cheng Yujin only loved herself.
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The next day, Cheng Yujin went to pay respect to Old Madam Cheng early in the morning.
A servant girl greeted Cheng Yujin and opened the door for her. The earth dragon’ s heat burst into her face. The servant girl helped Cheng Yujin took off her cloak and said, “Last night, the Old Madam let second young master Xu and several young misses stay overnight in the main wing. Now they were still sleeping inside the green gauze cabinet. The Old Madam was afraid that second young master Xu might feel cold, and ordered the earth dragon to be ignited. Eldest miss has just arrived from outside and may still not accustomed to the heat. Please wait for a while.”
“Stupid girl. We are family, no need for thanks.” Now Cheng Min’s every sight of Cheng Yujin practically only added her affection towards the girl. It was a pity that such a good girl had her engagement canceled. Huo family really did her wrong. Cheng Min felt sorry for Cheng Yujin, and suddenly remembered her own childish son.
However, this kind of thought soon dissipated. Children’s marriage wasn’t a trivial matter. Cheng Min simply had a flashing idea and was far from making a decision. She once again held Cheng Yujin’s hand and said, “You should rest well. Don’t worry about other things. You are a sensible and filial child, really the best girl I’ve ever seen. You will have your own lot in life. Who knows, your lost this time maybe a blessing in disguise.”
Old Master Cheng’s burst of anger made him so dizzy that he had to be supported back to rest. Cheng Yuanjing sent the Old Master back to his courtyard. The others stayed in the main hall and watched the two left.
After the Old Master left, Cheng Yuanxian angrily vented: “Dad only knows how to unscrupulously being biased towards an outside child. He even beats me today. Hah, fortunately, I am much older than him, and mother also made a wise decision at that time to secure me the shizi title. Otherwise, look at Dad, he can’t wait to give all Yichun marquis manor to that bastard son of his.”
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“Mother!” Cheng Min tried to pull back the old Madam. She was a married woman. In her natal family, she was a guest. Everyone had to give her a face, so Cheng Min dared to stop her parents’ quarrel. Old Master Cheng look at the chaotic scene and felt a sense of exhaustion rose from his heart.
Because of Cheng Min’s visit, Yichun marquis manor had a reunion dinner after a long time. The tables were separated by gender, and the children were running around freely. Since all were elatives, the etiquettes weren’t so strictly enforced. Both the Old Master and the Old Madam were also happy to watch their younger grandchildren playing around.
Cheng Yujin understood the old Master’s meaning. It was too ostentatious to directly send calligraphy for the emperor’s longevity feast and might offend other court officials. However, it wouldn’t be the case if the calligraphy was turned into an embroidered screen. A large item would attract the emperor’s attention. Just by hanging it into a decoration, the emperor could always see the calligraphed words, and even reminded him about Yichun marquis manor. Wouldn’t that be better than just directly presenting written calligraphy?
Cheng Yujin couldn’t help but feel angry. Do as she like? Cheng Yuanjing told her in front of everyone that old Master Cheng was calling. What could she do except for obeying?
When Cheng Yuanjing took her out of old Madam’s room a few days ago, he used the same excuse. At that time, Cheng Yujin was grateful for his kindness. But now her cousins were gathered here. It was her chance to spend an afternoon getting closer to Xu Zhixian. Such an excellent opportunity, and now he was going to take her away?
Shou’an hall was the largest courtyard in Yichun marquis manor. Although it wasn’t as grand or majestic as the old Master’s courtyard, its decoration was the most exquisite. The main wing had five rooms, with a side wing each on the west and east. On the southern side, there was a reverse-facing building. Old Madam Cheng resided on the main wing, leaving the west and east wing empty. Even so, it would still be cleaned up daily. Occasionally, when the old Madam let some juniors to stay overnight, they would sleep on the side wings. The reverse-facing building had poor sunlight, the rooms there were dark and damp, thus it became the servants’ room.