Published at 14th of October 2019 05:44:55 AM

Chapter 40

A Record of the Development of Loyal Dogs XV

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“It is appropriate for me to make some proper confession first to show you my sincerity . ” Wen Rushi looked at him with a light smile .

Pei Renqing also didn’t answer her . Although he was born in military force, he had been familiar with the art of negotiation for a long time ago .

He sat down slowly and reclined on the seat . Pei Renqing stared at her and said, “Why is it up to you? You are just only a nameless concubine in my courtyard . Why did you think you have the right to talk to me about the term?”

Wen Rushi didn’t refute . She just looked at him with a smile . It was as if his question just made no sense and wasn’t worth her serious answer .

A smart person wouldn’t put everything on the table . Pei Reiqing needed her to stop Marquis Wen and she also needed his cooperation to add a little weight for her to break away from this swamp as soon as possible .

If things went smoothly, she could even get rid of the darkness without resorting to Li Yunwei . If things failed, she could also achieve the same goal with the help of the General’s household .

Both of them know that alliance was the best way . If they cooperated, they could get twice the result with half the effort by removing all the people who sided with Marquis Wen . Pei Renqing could also accomplish the task entrusted to him by His Majesty .

He looked at her thoughtfully . Wen Rushi looked so calm and confident . It was as if she wasn’t afraid of him at all .

It took a long time for him to say, “How do I know that you won’t betray me at the last moment . It seems that this sincerity isn’t enough to get my promise . ”

The corner of her mouth curved into a smile . She stroked the round pearls on her wrist, gently placed them on the table, and slowly pushed them towards him, “This was given to me by my dad when I was on the way out . As for its use, I believe the general will soon be able to study it . ”

“You can take what’s inside this thing, but you’d better give them back to me soon as not to frighten the snake . ” Wen Rushi stared directly into his eyes, and there was an unspeakable sincerity on her face .

She wasn’t worried about whether Pei Renqing would take the bait or not . Who would imagine that there’s someone who tried to control her with yin poison? It was impossible to remain calm and indifferent .

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Seeing that she spoke in such a caution manner, Pei Renqing lifted his eyebrow . He twisted the string of pearl bracelets to observe it more carefully .

The carriage traveled smoothly . Wen Rushi could hardly feel any vibration through the seat when she was sitting in the car . Pei Renqing was silent and she didn’t bother him either . She opened the curtain cloth slightly and leisurely enjoyed the scenery along the way .

It was spring now . She could see a patch of green glass appeared among withered grass . There were also wildflowers blooming slowly in the street after the cold winter . Wen Rushi couldn’t help looking at the big trees beside the road . She didn’t know which one Mo Xie was hiding in now .

The little guard she was thinking of wasn’t in the tree at all . He was now slowly trailing behind them in a spot where most people would overlook .

The carriage on the distant main road was only a small black spot . She could see Mo Xie’s green clothes and black hair . His pace was neither too fast or too slow as he followed behind them .

Marquis Wen’s feast was held in a secret courtyard outside the city . The thick courtyard’s gate would shut tightly and there was no carriage parked outside .

Wen Rushi quietly watched Pei Fu’s servant knock on the door, and then passed the invitation in after the door cracked open . A moment later, someone opened the door and removed the threshold . Two rows of delicate and graceful maidservants bowed to the general’s carriage .

Wen Rushi watched the carriage enter the courtyard . She found that the size of this courtyard was much bigger than the normal courtyard from ordinary wealthy families . Carriages that had taken off their emblems were parked neatly around here .

No wonder there was no trace of the guests outside .

Holding onto Pei Renqing’s hand, she slowly stepped out of the carriage . The scenery along the road was pleasant . Everywhere was full of flowers in spring . There were so many that she could not name .

Even the maidservant carrying a plate at the corner of the corridor entered the entrance with small and graceful steps .

There was a display of luxurious everywhere . It was as if Marquis Wen was unable to restrain his idea . Wen Rushi smiled shallowly at Pei Renqing, who was holding her . She hoped they could cooperate and get what they need in the end . Most of the men in the hall didn’t know Wen Rushi, but she could recognize some of their wives . Besides Wen Baoyi, all the Marquis Wen’s daughters were here .

The one sitting beside Marquis Wen was little Tenth Miss or Wen Suoyue . She looked delicate and loveable in her elegant clothes .  

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The thirteen-year-old girl was as shy as a cicada . She completely lost her old liveliness and arrogance in the past when she noticed Wen Rushi walking in . Wen Suoyue only gave her a meaningful glance which looked so sad and gloomy to Wen Rushi .

They were just the stepping stones for Marquis Wen to archive his ambition . No matter how bright and beautiful they were, sooner or later they would become broken and hollow inside .

Wen Rushi felt sad in her heart . She was just a weak woman with no power, so it’s good for her to jump out of this whirlpool . In the end, she really hadn’t had enough power to help others . Even if she wanted to help, she didn’t whether others would appreciate it or not .

“My Little Ninth is very pure, and she is a little bit unfamiliar with the world . I hope that by marrying her into Pei household won’t add any trouble to the general . ” Marquis Wen stared at Pei Renqing with burning eyes and tried to see what was on his face .

Pei Renqing smiled gently and took Wen Rushi’s hand . He sat down in the special seat and let her lean comfortably on himself . He gently caressed her fine black hair, “Pei Mou was lucky to receive your generosity . He was able to get such a beautiful person . How could he be a bit dissatisfied?”

Wen Rushi let him cuddle . She probed to pick up the fruit on the table, peeled it off and ate one by herself . After that, she looked up and smiled at him like nobody else was there with them, “This is delicious . ”

Pei Renqing looked down at her warmingly . His eyes were overflowing with love and affection, “If you like it then eat more . I will send a servant to go buy it for you and then send it to your courtyard . ”

“Well . ” Wen Rushi smiled at him, peeled one and sent it to his mouth . “You try it too . ” Her wrist was as white as jade . She deliberately revealed the pearl bracelet around her wrist .

Pei Renqing lowered his head slightly, opened his mouth and ate the fruit . He gently nipped her fingertips and acted as though he was a man who had fallen deeply in love

Marquis Wen turned his eyes away from Wen Rushi’s wrist . So long as she obediently obeyed his instructions he would let her enjoy the glory and wealth in the future .

Looking at the two of them, Marquis Wen’s heart began to calm down . He glanced at the maidservants and signaled them to bring the dishes in .  

Many kinds of dishes were placed on the table in front of everyone . It wasn’t until the servants finished doing their task did Wen Rushi take back her hand that was used to pinch Pei Renqing’s waist .

She used her chopsticks to pick up a handful of ‘Dazhu gansi’ and smiled at him . “Do you want it?” (TL: 干丝 = ‘Dazhu gansi’ is dried tofu that has been sliced into matchsticks and served in chicken stock . )

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The bruise on his waist would surely turn black and blue . Pei Renqing really wanted to put her in her place . But because of Marquis Wen, he had to pretend to spoil her and spoke to her gently and tenderly like water, “You need to care about yourself . You are so thin, so you should eat more . ” It would be best for you to turn into a pig .

No one else could hear his sarcasm, but she wasn’t that silly . Wen Rushi narrowed her eyes at him . It’s none of his business, and she was used to hearing this for a long time ago because she had been with Mo Xie since she was young . How about she said something about his incompetence!

She brushed his hand aside and focused on enjoying the delicious food on the table .

As for the secret conversations of the men at the table, she wasn’t interested, nor was it necessary to listen carefully . She wasn’t a savior . It’s enough to manage one acre and three-thirds of the land in front of her door . If she has to worry about everything, what else should Pei Renqing do?

The guest and host have enjoyed this meal very much . Wen Rushi was very satisfied with Wen household’s increasingly refined delicacies .

Marquis Wen was also in a good mood when he watched the most trustworthy ministers in here . Pei Renqing, who was about to enter the enemy’s den, ought to be proud of his success if he could ignore the pain around his waist at the moment .

Everyone thought their plan would be smooth sailing from here on . It was really the mantis stalks the cicada, unaware of the sparrow behind .  Nobody knew who was exactly the mantis that caught the cicada, or the one who was the sparrow or the one who was just the cicada himself .

(TL: 螳螂捕蝉,黄雀在后 [tánɡ lánɡ bǔ chán,huánɡ què zài hòu] = covet gains ahead, unaware of danger behind)

The men entered the study room in the back to continue their discussion and left their wife in the courtyard . They were watching flowers or chatting with each other while waiting for their husband to finish their business and take them away .

Wen Rushi didn’t want to stay with them . All of them were related to her by blood . Although she wasn’t familiar with them, she couldn’t help them even when she knew their outcome . This made her feel uneasy in her heart .

She avoided the crowd and went to the pavilion beside the lotus pond . Only a maid with a box of snacks followed her .

There wasn’t many lotus in the pond, not even a bud was in there, but Wen Rushi didn’t mind . The beautiful woman leaned on the bar in the pavilion with a cool breeze blew past her quietly . This scene also helped ease the sadness of seeing her sisters .

“… Sister . ” The timid voice of Wen Suoyue suddenly came from behind .

Wen Rushi looked back and saw her eyes flooded with her eyes glistened with tears . Wen Suoyue tried her best to hold back her tears . It was really hard to see this girl as the same girl who arrogantly said, “Slap her mouth!” 

Wen Suoyue had never called her sister . Even at the worst time when she beat her, Wen Suoyue never called her like that .  

Wen Rushi frowned and waved away the maids who followed them . Waiting for them to go away, she turned around and sat down on a stone bench with Wen Suoyue, “You fool, you don’t know how to avoid arousing suspicion . You dare to come to me in front of other people as soon as you are in trouble . Come on, how come I haven’t seen you for a while, and you’ve turned yourself into this kind of person?” 

Only when there were only them at that moment did Wen Suoyue dare to cry out loud . She grabbed Wen Rushi’s hand and began to shed tears, “Sister, help me . My father wants to marry me to an old man . He can even be my grandfather from his age . ”

She tried to make herself as pitiful as possible to Wen Rushi . Wen Baoyi also didn’t help her . All the other sisters blamed her for not listening to her father’s words and deserving punishment . There’s only Wen Rushi who she hadn’t tried to ask for help yet . Except for the Ninth elder sister who always bullied her, she had no one now .

She threw herself down on her knees in front of Wen Rushi and shed tears on her skirts, “I won’t ask Sister to let Dad reconsider his decision . Being a daughter from Wen household is doomed to a bad marriage . I know all this, and even if I had been killed like other concubines, I had no complaints .

I just want to to ask Sister to help me rescue Liu Qing . He has been captured after he went to assassinate the old man for three days now . The executioner said that he only has one breath left . If things go on like this, he will die . ”

Liu Qing? Wen Ruru frowned, “Did you send him?”

Wen Suoyue burst into tears, pulled her skirt and shook her head, “Everything in Wen’s family is Daddy’s . Only Liu Qing belongs to me . How can I let him die?”

Wen Rushi sighed . Little Tenth’s guard was really great . If he hadn’t been caught, he might get exactly what he wanted .

She leaned over and lifted Wen Suoyue . She said slowly, “I can only help you to see him first . As for whether I can save him, I can’t guarantee . Do you understand?”

“… I understand, ” Wen Suoyue could finally relax and she couldn’t help bursting into her arms and crying loudly, ” Thank you . ”

This may be the closest moment the two sisters had in seven years, but neither of them was in the mood to enjoy it .

Wen Rushi patted Wen Suoyue’s head and raised her head to summon the dragon, “Mo Xie . ”