My Little Girl (35)
Sheng Qianmo was quite calm, but still he was a little upset upon not finding Shu Nuan on his return.
The little thing dared to run around and play, taking advantage of his absence?
Sheng Qianmo waited for a long time. In the end, he wore a calm face and took the initiative to look for someone. Ordinarily, Shu Nuan would only visit the Qin Pavilion and the library of Sheng Courtyard. She would never go somewhere else.
All this time, Sheng Qianmo had thought that she was under his control and wouldn’t go somewhere she didn’t have his permission to go to. But just because he was gone for a few days, she gained the courage to go out and play on her own?
Sheng Qianmo was not angry, but he felt irritated. Unable to sleep, he came back to the Qin Pavilion at night. But the girl was still gone.
Sheng Qianmo face sank further.
Finally, he went to ask the servants. However, what he learned was that Shu Nuan had been flogged by Sheng Gu’s orders and locked up in the firewood house, all for poisoning Sheng Gu…
Meanwhile, Sheng Gu heard that the old servant from the main manor had come and reported her Fourth Uncle’s return. She couldn’t help but go find him at Sheng Courtyard.
And just as she was about to enter the gate of Sheng Courtyard, she happened upon Sheng Qianmo coming out. Sheng Gu wanted to say something nice. But she was stopped by his sullen stare, and the words that escaped his clenched teeth.
“Did you have Shu Nuan beaten?”
Sheng Gu had not expected Sheng Qianmo to know about her actions so soon. She looked a little flustered for a moment, but she quickly began to defend herself. “It was because she poisoned me!”
“How do you know she poisoned you?”
Sheng Gu bit her lip, and said, “I was poisoned from wearing the clothes she made for me. She was definitely the one who poisoned me!”
Sheng Qianmo narrowed his eyes and gazed at her. “You didn’t see with your own eyes that she poisoned you, but you still punished her. Is this what you call evidence?”
Sheng Gu’s eyes were red with anxiety. “But she confessed that she did it!”
The chill in his voice deepened. “Did you torture her?”
Sheng Gu looked at him, at a loss. She had never seen her Fourth Uncle with such terrible eyes, eyes that held a cold intent, as if he wished to kill.
“Even if she really committed a crime, it can only be judged by This Prince. You dared to touch her without my permission?”
Sheng Qianmo’s words carried his aggressiveness.
As soon as she heard them, her legs went soft and she knelt down.
When Ah’Bi saw this, she knelt down and took all of the blame on herself. “Your Highness, it was this humble servant that persuaded the princess to do all this. And I asked the princess to dole out the punishment inflicted upon her as well.
However, it is true that the slave girl poisoned the princess. If the slave girl hadn’t been found out in time, the princess would have to live worrying about her life. Besides her, who else in this manor would want to harm the princess?”
Shen Qianmo listened to her words with an unchanged visage. After a moment of silence, he ordered in a bland voice. “Come, take this cheap maid to the criminal department. Her tongue is to be pulled out, her legs broken, and she is to be flogged a hundred times. Then she is to be immediately sent down to the slave trade in Hancheng.”
Hancheng was located in Northern Xinjiang. Slaves who were sold there had only one fate: suffering in Jianhu City. They wouldn’t even get to see the sun every day, living a life of hell on earth.
Their living conditions were worse than bare survival, yet they were also unable to die. Most of them would suffer from hunger and cold, and some on top of that would be humiliated and oppressed by the officials.
Sheng Gu did not have worldly experiences, and thus didn’t know what kind of devilish place Hancheng was. When she heard her Fourth Uncle’s punishment, she began crying and grabbed his leg. “Don’t, Fourth Uncle! Ah’Bi is all I have. Ah’Bi grew up with me. Uncle, please don’t do this to her! Uncle, please!”