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GNU Ch. 37 Part 1 – Currying Favor (I)

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After Cheng Yujin left and her figure was no longer visible, Lin Qingyuan was still staring at the moon gate covered with green foliages. Cheng Yuanjing saw Lin Qingyuan’s action in silence, and suddenly asked: “What are you looking at?”

“Huh?” Lin Qingyuan was taken aback. Then he realized that Cheng Yuanjing was speaking to him. He said: “Oh, I’m looking at your niece. I didn’t expect that such a tender and frail-looking girl even stayed up all night for her grandfather. Had I known that she didn’t sleep last night, I wouldn’t let her lead the way for me. I should have let her go back to rest sooner.”

After that, Lin Qingyuan found that Cheng Yuanjing was still silent. He felt confused and asked: “Jingxing, what’s wrong? Why does your mood seem so wrong today?”

“Nothing.” Cheng Yuanjing replied indifferently. Fortunately, Lin Qingyuan understood Cheng Yuanjing’s character and didn’t mind his friend’s coldness. He kept talking cheerfully: “I’ve never noticed before that you actually observed people very well. I didn’t even notice that eldest Miss Cheng hadn’t been asleep. I always thought that you are indifferent, but now I know that I have misunderstood. In fact, you are cold outside but warm inside, and always meticulous in doing things.”

Cheng Yuanjing chuckled. Lin Qingyuan was confused, “What are you laughing at?”

Cheng Yuanjing replied calmly: “I’m laughing at you. You simply overthink.”

Lin Qingyuan suddenly perplexed. When he first met Cheng Yuanjing four years ago, he felt that this man was unusual. Placed among the crowd, Cheng Yuanjing’s appearance was very high-catching. People who were good-looking and had no prominent background would inevitably get prejudiced in the officialdom. But those unspoken rules seemed to not affected Cheng Yuanjing at all. He has always been indifferent and full of bearing, covered in the majestic aura. He only had to stand silently, and people would subconsciously felt in awe——As if he knew that there were no people nor affairs that he had to have a qualm with, so he only focused on himself, walking steadily, and moved forward step by step.

In shorts, Cheng Yuanjing clearly didn’t resemble the son of an ordinary family. Only the supreme power in the world could cultivate such a strong and majestic aura.

Common people feared the wealthy, the wealthy feared officials, officials feared their superiors, feared the censors, feared the imperial authority. Each person had something they feared so that they would be cautious and careful, with fear and trepidation. However, Cheng Yuanjing was different. He made people instinctually wanted to follow him.

Lin Qingyuan has always been curious about Cheng Yuanjing’s identity. He initially thought that this was a proud man of heaven. To experience the real world, he deliberately hiding his identity and mingled with the sons of common people who pursued the imperial examination. Later, Lin Qingyuan learned that Cheng Yuanjing really had no background.

Lin Qingyuan became even more curious. He was especially curious about Cheng Yuanjing’s growth environment. What kind of family could nurture such a personality? Cheng Yuanjing never talked nonsense with others, didn’t attend useless social events, and didn’t go along with other people’s bragging. He has always been rational, calm, smart, self-disciplined, and had strong methods. Undoubtedly, Cheng Yuanjing was the most intelligent and most diligent student among their peers. Even a son from a scholarly clan like Lin Qingyuan secretly felt at strain when compared with Cheng Yuanjing.

Thanks to Cheng Yuanjing, Lin Qingyuan originally came to visit Cheng family manor with great expectations. But unfortunately, they made him disappointed. He expected to meet a family with a good education and strict family traditions, but actually…alright, just forget it. Not to mention his Lin family, a great scholarly clan with strict rules, even the Xu family of Chang Duke manor, who was relying on a woman to preserve their wealth and glory, was still more disciplined than the Cheng family.

For a long time, Lin Qingyuan’s impression of Cheng family besides Cheng Yuanjing only stayed on Cheng Yuanxian and Cheng Yuanhan. Later, he saw eldest Miss Cheng by chance. Lin Qingyuan felt that the world was truly mysterious. How could people like Cheng Yuanxian and Cheng Yuanhan have a younger brother like Cheng Yuanjing and a daughter like Cheng Yujin?

Lin Qingyuan couldn’t understand. He could only attribute this peculiarity to the old proverb: ‘The dragon has nine sons, each was different.’ Perhaps, Cheng family’s advantages and intelligence were all monopolized by this two uncle and niece?

Lin Qingyuan also knew that Cheng Yuanjing’s temperament was naturally cold, and didn’t like to talk. But Lin Qingyuan himself was pretty laidback. When making friends, he didn’t care about each other’s background and temperament. Besides, he has a thick skin and ran to Cheng Yuanjing from time to time, maintaining their contact.

Lin Qingyuan still wondered about his friend’s change in temperament. Although Cheng Yuanjing has a good memory and keen eyes, he wasn’t a person who would take care of other people’s affairs. Unexpectedly, he began to mention Cheng Yujin’s name frequently, and even forced her to go back and take a rest. Lin Qingyuan was curious, but also felt happy, so he praised Cheng Yuanjing a bit. As a result, the man’s reply instantly made him sober.

Sure enough, Cheng Yuanjing was still Cheng Yuanjing. He wasn’t a person who was willing to take care of others. He just did this to his own niece.


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4 thoughts on “GNU Ch. 37 Part 1 – Currying Favor (I)”

  1. Even I’m surprised Yunjei was born from these people, if she didn’t have a twin if be sure the mother stole her or something.

    1. Don’t forget about Cheng Min, she has a pretty good head on her shoulders. Also, thank you translator.

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