My Little Girl (77)
When Sheng Qianmo went out to look, he found Shu Nuan as expected. She was still wearing her white school uniform and looked like a regular girl, which was in large contrast with the roar of the training soldiers coming from a short distance away.
Shu Nuan looked poles apart from anyone else in the camp. She was standing under the tree near the patrol platform with her head bowed. Her little feet in white shoes were crossed, and it could be told from her cute manner that she was waiting for someone.
Sheng Qianmo walked over. She heard the footsteps and raised her head. She blinked and moved her eyelashes while waiting for him to walk over.
“How come you’re here?” asked Sheng Qianmo as he reached her, raised his hand, and rubbed her hair.
Shu Nuan looked at him with clear and bright eyes, and said in an uncertain voice, “I finished the exam ahead of time, so Fifth Prince brought me here. Did I disturb Your Highness’s busy schedule?
Her eyes were like shiny gems, but when she looked at him, she was still afraid that her sudden arrival would make him angry.
Sheng Qianmo understood what she was thinking. He grabbed her little hand and held it in his palm. He whispered, “Well, I really am busy today. I’ll take you to This Prince’s tent to rest, then come find you later when I have some time.”
Shu Nuan nodded in an incessant manner, not daring to say anything more.
However, when Sheng Qianmo brought Shu Nuan to his tent, Sheng Zhiyu came running from the training grounds, yelling to them from behind.
“Fourth Brother, wait a minute!”
Sheng Qianmo frowned and paused. He gave the prince coming from afar a glance. Sheng Zhiyu truly had a lot of perseverance, but Prince Qianmo didn’t have the patience to wait for him to run over.
“Ji Xili came back from the Nanchao Kingdom. She just arrived in the capital yesterday, and she asked me if you wanted to see her sometime.”
As Sheng Zhiyu said this, he didn’t care if Shu Nuan was still nearby. After all, compared to Ji Xili, Shu Nuan’s status was irrelevant. Besides, these two hadn’t known each other for long.
Sheng Qianmo’s face remained unchanged upon hearing what his brother had to say.
“What’s wrong with her?”
“Nothing’s wrong, but don’t you want to see her? We all grew up together, after all…” Sheng Zhiyu sighed and stuffed a brocade purse into his brother’s hand. “Come to the Moon Pavilion tonight. I’ll call Ningcheng Yuan and the others too. Let’s give her a welcome dinner, and it’ll also serve as a reunion for the rest of us.”
Sheng Qianmo held the brocade purse in his hand and didn’t speak. After a long time, he said, “I see.”
Seeing Sheng Qianmo make the promise, Sheng Zhiyu let him go as he’d finished his task.
The prince then escorted Shu Nuan back to his tent. He didn’t intend to mention what Sheng Zhiyu had said, let alone explain it. He just put her in the tent and left.
Shu Nuan sat on the soft couch covered with a wooly blanket. She waved her legs lightly and looked down at her shoes. After a while, she took out a book from her bag and began to read it.
But after a while, Shu Nuan couldn’t help but get lost in thought. Her petite fingers quickly turned the pages, but her gaze wasn’t focused. Still, her eyes kept pacing the sentences and, half a day later, she was almost finished with the book.