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?
Huo Xue-shi felt suffocated, and her mood plummeted even more. Huo Xue-shi, who was widowed at a young age, actually cared so much about public opinion. She broke the marriage contract with Cheng Yujin and replaced it with Cheng Yumo, which was not commendable. This already annoyed Huo Xue-shi. But others reminded her again and again, which only made her even more irritated.
Cheng Yujin was a daughter from someone else’s family, and Huo Xue-shi had no right to scold her, so she poured all her anger on Cheng Yumo instead. Not to mention, Huo Xue-shi’s opinion about Cheng Yumo was getting worse and worse after she married in. Especially seeing her acted weakly in front of Huo Changyuan, crying in every turn and chance. This only fueled Huo Xue-shi’s anger.
Huo Xue-shi said: “Of course it won’t be a trouble. Now this marriage has been a forgone conclusion. Since she married into our Huo family, even if she cannot do something properly, I can always teach her slowly. Even if it takes years to come, we are not in a hurry. If eldest Miss Cheng and Old Madam Cheng really have something to say with your younger sister, there is no need to delay.”
Cheng Yumo lowered her head silently, biting her lip in frustration. Huo Xue-shi was always very harsh and demanding, and never said a good word to herself. At home, Cheng Yumo could still bear it. But be told like this in front of so many outsiders, especially in front of Cheng Yujin, Cheng Yumo was extremely embarrassed.
Because they needed to go into the palace today, Cheng Yumo got up before dawn, earlier than usual. She was so hurried that she didn’t even have time for morning meal and had to serve Huo Xue-shi getting up and dressed. Afterward, she naturally didn’t have time to rest, and followed her mother-in-law into the palace before departing to Xiangji Temple. Time had passed noon, but Cheng Yumo hadn’t taken a rest since she opened her eyes this morning.
She worked so hard, but still get scolded by her mother-in-law. Cheng Yumo’s face was pale. Her lips were bloodless, and she looked very pitiful.
Cheng Yujin frowned secretly. She knew that Huo Xue-shi was a difficult mother-in-law. But was she this harsh before?
Cheng Yujin represented the Cheng family, but Huo Xue-shi dared to say badly about Cheng Yumo. In private, how much meaner was she?
Cheng Yujin glanced at Cheng Yumo slightly. This road was Cheng Yumo’s choice. She didn’t sympathize with Cheng Yumo. However, Huo Xue-shi spoke this way in front of herself and so many people clearly did not give Cheng family a face. Cheng Yujin couldn’t overlook this matter.
Cheng Yujin smiled beautifully: “If there is something my second sister is not good at, it is naturally our Cheng family’s fault for not teaching her well. It seems that we have troubled Madam Huo. It happened that grandmother was also asking about second sister’s situation. She is the youngest daughter at our home, pampered for so many years. We are afraid that she might be wronged outside, but didn’t expect to give Madam Huo troubles. Madam, please be assured. I will bring second sister to grandmother, so grandmother can teach her properly.”
Cheng Yujin’s words were so polite, as well as her tone. But the implied meaning was full of attack. Huo Xue-shi’s expression suddenly became very ugly. After Cheng Yujin finished speaking, she didn’t wait for Huo Xue-shi’s reply and immediately said: “Grandmother has been waiting for us for a long time. This little girl shouldn’t linger too long. Second sister and I will retire first. Madams, have a good day.”
Cheng Yumo was secretly happy, but she was afraid that Huo Xue-shi would be offended and retaliated against her once they were back home. Cheng Yumo hesitated. She didn’t know whether she should follow Cheng Yujin along or not. Of course, she wanted to see her family. But her mother-in-law…
Huo Xue-shi felt humiliated by Cheng Yujin’s mockery, not to mention those words were said by her daughter-in-law’s sister. Huo Xue-shi felt that she had lost so much face. At this time, in front of so many people, if she stopped Cheng Yumo from seeing her natal family, wouldn’t it just confirm her reputation as a harsh mother-in-law?
Huo Xue-shi forced out a smile and said kindly: “Since Yumo married Changyuan, I have treated her as my own daughter. Because of deep love and responsibility, I have been stricter with her. It seems that I talked too hastily, and let everyone misunderstood. How can I bear to scold Yumo? I love her so much.”
After that, Huo Xue-shi spoke to Cheng Yumo with a superficial smile that didn’t reach her eyes: “Blame me. I forget that the in-law’s family must miss their daughter. Since Old Madam Cheng is waiting for you, just go with your sister. Come back early.”
Cheng Yumo was overwhelmed by this sudden kindness. She didn’t believe it was true until Huo Xue-shi repeated her words once again. Cheng Yumo quickly bowed her head and followed behind Cheng Yujin.
After she was out of Huo Xue-shi’s sight, Cheng Yumo felt truly relieved from all the pores on her body. As soon as she raised her eyes, she saw Cheng Yujin walking in front of her, feeling mixed.
In her previous life, Cheng Yujin had never complained to Cheng family, so Cheng Yumo always thought that Cheng Yujin’s marriage life must be very smooth and comfortable. It wasn’t until it was her turn that Cheng Yumo knew the actual suffering.
Cheng Yumo had to serve Huo Xue-shi all day long. From the early morning, Huo Xue-shi got up until she went into bed in the evening. During that time, Cheng Yumo had to serve tea and water, massaged her legs, and serving her meals. Even on the rare days when Huo Xue-shi showed great compassion and didn’t make Cheng Yumo work, she still had to stand from morning to night and only sit during the brief mealtime.
Standing for a whole day, day by day, how was it a trivial matter? Cheng Yumo was accustomed to Huo Xue-shi’s tyranny, but she never expected that it would be Cheng Yujin who would stand up and speak in her defense.
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