My Little Girl (29)
Sheng Gu was used to Sheng Qianmo being away all year round since she was young. Once, an enemy had attacked subordinates of Sheng Qianmo in Southern Xinjiang, and Sheng Qianmo had been stationed there for half a year before returning in triumph. However, it being a habit did not mean Sheng Gu did not loathe his trips away.
Early in the morning, Ah’Bi saw Sheng Gu’s eyes were red and watery from crying, and tried to comfort her master. “Princess, don’t be sad. Didn’t Li Dage say that the Prince will come back soon? It’s not as if he said the Prince won’t be coming back…”
Sheng Gu nodded while wiping away tears. “I know. I’m just sad.”
“Princess, in fact your servant says, it is good for you that the Prince has left at this time. Don’t you think you have been bullied by that slave girl recently? Now that the Prince is not here, you can take this opportunity to teach her a lesson!”
Hearing this, Sheng Gu raised her head and looked at Ah’Bi, and in a pleased tone said, “You’re right.”
Sheng Gu was conferred as a Royal Princess by the Emperor himself, and now she had started appearing frequently at the Yulin Academy. Naturally, people lined up to pursue her. Sheng Gu always stays inside the Jade Courtyard. Now there are so many people who like her pointlessly she was still delighted! She couldn’t help but take a look at Shu Nuan seated at the back. Seeing her surrounded by a few people, she immediately felt that the slave girl was unworthy of such attention.
So the princess pushed the crowd aside and went over.
Over at her desk were a few students, with parts in “Du Shiniang”, who were utilising their break time to discuss what could be improved in their performances.
Before, Su Hai had been quite envious of the students who would be performing in front of the Emperor.
But now his thinking had changed. These people had made every effort to show off in front of the Emperor, and thus hadn’t paid much attention to the upcoming examination. On the contrary, Su Hai was relaxed as ever.
However, Su Hai still admired Shu Nuan. He saw Shu Nuan juggle these two things. She ignored neither the examination, nor the rehearsals, and he just kept looking at her without even touching his lunch.
After the people around her dispersed, Su Hai turned around and tapped his hand on her desk. “On Yuanyang Festival, my father will be coming. You’ll certainly be proud then. You must’ve asked your father to come watch as well?”
Shu Nuan looked at him and replied in a dull voice, “I don’t have a father.”
Su Hai hesitated for a moment as he realized what he had said. He smiled awkwardly, and said, “It’s okay. Your uncle will definitely come to see you then, won’t he?”
Knowing he was referring to Sheng Qianmo, Shu Nuan gently said, “Yeah.”
After all, he promised he’d come.
The very next moment, Shu Nuan’s writing brush was snatched from her hand and thrown away. Shu Nuan looked up with a puzzled frown and saw the princess standing in front of her. Shu Nuan did not know when she had arrived, but the princess now stood there, hatefully staring down at her.
“How could you be so shameless?!”
Shu Nuan looked calm and replied, “Did I say something to offend your highness?”
“You stole my Fourth Uncle’s favor. Was that not enough? And now you are going around calling him, ‘Uncle,’ like I do?! Who do you think you are? To address him like that!”
Sheng Gu didn’t give Shu Nuan any face. She shouted and scolded Shu Nuan in front of everyone in the class.
After a moment of silence, Shu Nuan whispered, “Princess, you misunderstood.”
“I misunderstood?” Sheng Gu pointed to Su Hai who was sitting in front of Shu Nuan. Sheng Gu’s eyes were red with anger, as she continued. “I heard what he spoke just now. Normally you act estranged towards others, but now that you’re close enough to these people, you’re introducing him as your ‘Uncle’? How could you be shameless?! He is my Fourth Uncle, not yours! Shu Nuan, about that matter, do you dare to let these people know?”