“Miss, what are you looking at?” Seeing Cheng Yujin glanced down at her sleeves, Du Ruo asked. Immediately after, she also realized the same thing and suddenly fell silent.
Since this was a private house under Cheng Yuanjing’s name, they naturally would prepare a few sets of his spare clothes here. Cheng Yujin didn’t hear Du Ruo mention other servant girls in this house. In other words, the shirt she was wearing now should be a man’s. Obviously, it was Cheng Yuanjing’s.
Even if the shirt was brand new and had never been worn before, the situation was enough to make Cheng Yujin and Du Ruo blush.
Cheng Yujin coughed, trying to maintain the calm and composed image of a dignified miss. Finally, she said again: “Bring me a change of clothes.”
Thankfully, Cheng Yuanjing didn’t mean to let her wear his clothes for long. When Cheng Yujin was still unconscious, his men had sent several sets of clothes which were now neatly packed in the dressing room next door. There were complete sets of clothes, from middle shirts to socks to shoes and cloaks, all in five or six different styles and colors. Cheng Yujin really envied the crown prince’s extravagance. Even when buying clothes for emergency, five or six sets were still prepared.
Since Cheng Yuanjing had bought them, Cheng Yujin didn’t mind to accept. But when she saw women’s innerwear from among the sets, her face turned slightly red.
Du Ruo also blushed and whispered: “Miss, these are Yunyi Shop’s clothes. Yunyi Shop specializes in women’s ready-to-wear clothing. These should be picked for you by the manager’s wife.”
“Of course.” Cheng Yujin pretended to be calm and nodded slightly. Since she had answered so, this matter was settled. These clothes were picked by the manager’s wife, and hadn’t been touched or seen by anyone else.
When Cheng Yujin finished changing her clothes, Lian Qiao came back with the medicine. She was shocked to see the inner room was empty. When she saw Cheng Yujin and Du Ruo appeared from behind the changing screen, she gave a sigh of relief and said in surprise: “Miss, you are awake!”
Cheng Yujin nodded. She then sat on the couch and saw a wide variety of sour plum preserves prepared on the table. Seeing Cheng Yujin raised an eyebrow, Lian Qiao promptly explained: “These were sent by Steward Liu. He said that Ninth Master was worried that Miss might have no appetite after waking up, so he ordered Steward Liu to send something to stimulate your appetite. These plum preserves taste good. Miss should like it.”
Cheng Yujin wanted to sigh. Experts were truly different. Look at those eunuchs; they were really professional in the art of serving. Cheng Yujin didn’t believe that Cheng Yuanjing really ordered these. Cheng Yuanjing obviously had a business to do yesterday. How could he remember to order such a small detail? Most probably, all of these were prepared by Liu Yi, who gave all credit to his master.
The medicine had just taken out of the stove and was still too hot to drink. Cheng Yujin ordered Lian Qiao to put the medicine on the table before asking: “Where is Ninth Uncle?”
Cheng Yujin’s voice was small and hoarse, with a feebleness that clearly showed that she was still sick. It seemed that she had spoken too much. Cheng Yujin felt her throat hurt and took a sip of tea. After moisturizing her dry throat, she felt a bit better.
What should come would come. Delaying and escaping was not Cheng Yujin’s style.
Du Ruo and Lian Qiao exchanged glances and said: “Ninth Master is in the front yard now.”
“It all thanks to Ninth Uncle that I was saved last night. I should properly express my gratitude. Besides, I borrowed Ninth Uncle’s private house to rest. Now that I have woken up, it is just proper for me to greet the owner. Go ahead and invite Ninth Uncle here. Just say that I have something to say to him.”
At the same moment in the front yard, Liu Yi was also talking to his master: “Your Highness, according to Imperial Physician Chen, eldest Miss Cheng’s condition is not serious. She will wake up after taking another two doses of cold dispelling medicine. It’s just…yesterday, His Majesty couldn’t wait too long, so he had no choice but to return first. However, His Majesty sent a messenger to ask why Your Highness didn’t come to the appointment.”
After Cheng Yuanjing saved Cheng Yujin last night, he rushed to bring her back to the nearest house he owned. Afterward, an imperial physician was called, and everyone ended up staying awake all night. Both Cheng Yujin and Cheng Yuanjing were soaked in freezing water, with Cheng Yujin ended up unconscious with fever. Liu Yi and others were worried that Cheng Yuanjing might also fall ill, so they were busy preparing the medicine to dispel the cold. Obviously, they were not in the condition to go to the appointed place to meet the Emperor.
Moreover, Cheng Yuanjing was worried about Cheng Yujin’s condition. After changing into dry clothes, he immediately went back to stay by her side. It was only after Cheng Yujin’s fever subsided around the dawn that he finally went to rest. After taking a brief nap, he woke up and began to deal with the works from the palace.
Liu Yi sighed. The Emperor actually had sent several messengers in succession to inquire. But, seeing His Highness’s indifferent attitude, what he could do as an attendant was to compose a pleasant reply and hand it to the Emperor’s messenger.
This was probably the first time that the Emperor experienced getting his appointment missed by the other party. Putting aside the Emperor’s mood, after being unable to see his son, he at least still needed to know what kind of unexpected incident had held Cheng Yuanjing back.
After long deliberation, Liu Yi carefully mentioned the matter to Cheng Yuanjing. As a result, his master didn’t even bother to look up and merely gave a short reply: “I see.”
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