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This is the first chapter of today’s sponsored chapters is Ch 47 Part 3.
Cheng Yujin listened to Zhai Yanlin and Cheng Yumo for a while, then slowly said: “Duke Cai said that you are unable to control the shizi. Is it because Duke really helpless, or simply doesn’t want to discipline your son?”
Cheng Yuanjing raised his eyebrow slightly. He lowered his head to look at Cheng Yujin with a surprise in his eyes. Hearing Cheng Yujin’s words, Cheng Yumo immediately frowned: “Sister, how can you say that to the Duke? Duke Cai is busy with court affairs and still personally educates his son after coming home from the morning court session. He is the role model of a good father. Sister, your remark is too irresponsible.”
Cheng Yujin ignored Cheng Yumo and continued to speak calmly, as if she wasn’t afraid of offending Zhai Yanlin: “Today’s matter, Duke Cai has also seen it personally. Shizi isn’t completely ignorant of adults’ words. It depends on the patience and determination of the speaker. I’m just an outsider and can accomplish it. As shizi’s father, why Duke Cai think that you cannot?”
Zhai Yanlin was so shocked that he fell speechless for a long time. Cheng Yumo became even more disagree: “Sister, you are taking it too granted. Children shouldn’t be frightened. Being too strict will only scare them. For example, today sister let Zhai shizi sit on the ground. How can this be okay? Shizi and third brother are still young. You should let people around to persuade and coax them slowly. They surely will listen.”
Cheng Yujin chuckled. She never wasted effort to reason with fools and simply treated Cheng Yumo’s words as passing wind. Cheng Yujin looked up to Cheng Yuanjing, standing next to her, and was suddenly feeling curious about the crown prince’s view. She asked: “Ninth Uncle, what is your opinion?”
Cheng Yuanjing lowered his gaze and met Cheng Yujin’s bright eyes. Knowing that none of her schemes was a good thing, Cheng Yuanjing gave her a subtle glance and asked: “Why do you ask this?”
Cheng Yujin laughed and replied jokingly: “Of course it’s because this niece cares about Ninth Uncle’s heirs. If Ninth Uncle had a son in the future, I certainly hope for him to be a talented and capable person.”
There was some sincerity in Cheng Yujin’s words. Although it seemed like she was joking, she was earnest in her words. The matter of Cheng Yuanjing’s heir was directly connected to future political change and prosperity. Cheng Yujin sincerely hoped that the crown prince would teach his children well and not raising a scrouge like Zhai Qing. After all, Zhai Qing was merely the heir of a noble title. No matter how ridiculous he was, the chaos he made would be limited to his family. But if it were Cheng Yuanjing’s son, he would become a disaster for the whole country.
Cheng Yujin’s only wish was to find a capable and promising husband to safely spend the rest of her life in rich and honor. For the sake of her future children, Cheng Yujin also hoped Cheng Yuanjing’s heir to be a capable person.
These words didn’t sound to be strange when spoken by a niece to her uncle. But between two non-related man and woman, it had another meaning. Cheng Yuanjing originally wanted to warn Cheng Yujin to watch her words. But when he came into contact with her smiling eyes, Cheng Yuanjing’s previously stern expression unconsciously turned into a smile. He looked at Cheng Yujin helplessly and flicked her forehead: “Don’t talk nonsense.”
Zhai Yanlin watched Cheng Yuanjing and Cheng Yujin’s interaction from the side. Somehow, he felt that the atmosphere between the two was odd. Zhai Yanlin frowned and dismissed this absurd thought out of his mind. These two were relatives, a blood-related uncle and niece. Them being close was normal. It was just because the age difference between Cheng Yuanjing and Cheng Yujin was not large, so they looked like a bantering couple.
The short half-day visit to Yichun Marquis manor left a deep impression on Zhai Yanlin. Until he returned to Cai Duke manor, his mind was full of the events at Cheng family.
For some reason, the scene of Cheng Yujin talked and laughed with Cheng Yuanjing couldn’t dissipate from Zhai Yanlin’s mind. Especially the moment when Cheng Yuanjing flicked Cheng Yujin’s forehead. Zhai Yanlin had been married once and have several concubines. He wasn’t a green youth who was inexperienced in the matter between man and woman. On the contrary, he was very keen on this aspect, and thus even more aware of the peculiarity in Cheng Yujin and Cheng Yuanjing’s interaction.
If Cheng Yujin was simply filial to her uncle, it barely made sense. But Cheng Yuanjing’s attitude was definitely not an uncle towards his niece. Which uncle would so patiently indulge his niece? Even if the affection came from watching her grew up from childhood, it would be a love for a younger generation. However, Cheng Yuanjing’s gaze at Cheng Yujin was more like towards the same generation and was mixed with fondness, pampering, and indulgence.
Zhai Yanlin had been bothered by this thought for the whole afternoon. When he went to pay respect to his mother in the evening, his mood was a bit off.
When Zhai Yanlin came, dinner was about to be served in Old Madam’s room. Zhai Qing was nestling in his grandmother’s arms, babbling furiously about Cheng Yujin.
“There is a woman in Yichun Marquis manor who is very hateful. I just let Xiaotian dog run a bit in the garden, but she actually ordered people to throw my dog out! When I ask him to return my dog, she let me sit on the ground and forbid people from helping me!”
So, Cheng Yujin is worry about Cheng Yuanjing’s future children’s education… but we all know there is a perfect solution to this matter~
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