My Little Girl (23)
Ah’Bi was waiting ill at ease outside of Teacher Li’s room, where Sheng Gu was taking her exam.
There, she had a coincidental meeting with Sheng Lingyun, who had come over looking for Teacher Li.
“This humble servant pays her respects to the Seventh Prince.”
Sheng Lingyun had been feeling annoyed lately and upon seeing a servant coming towards him, his frown deepened into a scowl. In a flat tone, he asked, “What’s the matter?”
“Seventh Prince, are you looking for Teacher Li?”
Sheng Lingyun’s expression dulled. “Speak! What is your true motive?”
Seeing him get angry, Ah’Bi did not dare beat around the bush. She spoke to him honestly,
“Princess Gu wants to study here. She is currently taking an examination under Teacher Li’s supervision. The Princess is in poor health but she still studied diligently for the past two days. However, this servant is worried that the Princess will not able to do well because of her poor health. If Seventh Prince is looking for Teacher Li, could Your Highness put in a good word for the princess?”
The speech sounded so sincere, but the nuance behind was for Sheng Lingyun to give ShengGu an advantage.
This was easy for Sheng Lingyun, but there was something he needed to clarify. “Why haven’t you taken this up with Fourth Brother?”
Sheng Gu was both of their little niece, but his Fourth Brother took care of her as she grew up in the ShengHe Palace. Was it not easy to deal with the problem if this servant talked to his Fourth Brother? Such were his thoughts.
Ah’Bi was embarrassed upon Sheng Lingyun’s mention of this.
“The Fourth Prince said that he wanted the Princess to get admitted by her own ability, but this slave was worried that the task would be too much, considering her health. Also, the Princess was very stubborn and said that she would never go to the Prince for such a thing. Therefore, this servant had no choice but to ask the Seventh Prince.”
Hearing this, Sheng Lingyun raised his brows and understood her concerns. After thinking for a little while, he said, “It’s not impossible for me to help, but you have to tell me something first.”
Ah’Bi looked at him blankly and nodded. “Seventh Prince may ask this servant anything.”
“Has Fourth Brother been favoring anyone lately?”
Ah’Bi hadn’t expected the Seventh Prince to even know about it. She felt annoyed just from the subject of Shu Nuan being brought up.
“There is one cunning slave. The Fourth Prince is a little keen on her for now, but it won’t be long till he gets tired of her.”
Sheng Lingyun’s mouth curved into a smile.
He could tell that her judgement of the little girl was aided by her emotions.
Sheng Lingyun had been mortified of his Fourth Brother for a long time. Let alone provoking him, the Seventh Prince would even behave well in front of Sheng Qianmo.
After all, he had seen the ruthlessness and tyranny of his Fourth Brother. Thus Sheng Lingyun had always maintained a respectful distance from him. Moreover, Prince Sheng was only close to their Third Brother, and did not get in much contact with the rest of them. Therefore, he could only inquire about the affairs of ShengHe Palace from this servant.
Ah’Bi had now confirmed that there was indeed such a person whom even his Fourth Brother favored. Sheng Lingyun was astonished.
From his previous understanding of his Fourth Brother, he didn’t know of any woman that he got close to. But now he was keen on a little girl and was sending her to the Yulin Academy to study.
However, as Sheng Lingyun thought more, he understood something. After all, this little girl was different. Even though he only looked at her twice, he was still mesmerized.
But she belonged to his Fourth Brother… As Sheng Lingyun thought upto this, he felt a small, unexpected pang of jealousy.
He waved his hand and started walking ahead. “All right, This Prince will say something nice for my niece.”
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