Chapter 101: Picking Peaches To Eat (1)
In the Champion Marquis’s residence, Lady Guo was bringing her two daughter-in-laws in.
The housekeeper who was greeting them looked miserable. She couldn’t stop them nor could she not greet them.
Liu Xinyi followed behind and tried to advise them, “Lady, since your younger brother’s wife isn’t feeling well, let’s go back for now and come back another day. We should let her rest.”
Lady Guo humphed and said, “Although I don’t like her as a daughter-in-law, I am still her mother-in-law. Wu Lang is out on an expedition, but she has gotten sick, so I have no choice but to visit her.”
They arrived at Zhou Xiaoxiao’s room only to see numerous maids and servants hurriedly coming up to greet them.
Lady Guo wasn’t happy. “They’re all panicky, having no manners at all. Is this how your master has taught you?”
Guo Jingyan stopped in front of her and reluctantly smiled, saying, “Aunt, brother-in-law is out on an expedition, so she must be feeling down and thus, became sick. It is reasonable, so let’s not reveal ourselves and upset her again.”
“Nonsense! Yu Family is a military family, so it’s normal for men to go on expeditions and make contributions to its country. If everyone was like her and end up sick in bed when their husbands were on the battlefield, wouldn’t people laugh their heads off at this?”
Lady Guo pushed Guo Jingyan to the side and walked into the room in large strides.
Guo Jingyan and Liu Xinyi helplessly exchanged a look.
As expected, they heard Lady Guo screaming and smashing porcelains in the room.
Guo Jingya and Liu Xinyi covered their faces and thought: fifth brother’s wife, your sister-in-laws have done their best. You might be able to pretend to be sick and hide from others, but it won’t work for Lady.
Therefore, within the Lady’s circle, she heard rumors that once the Champion Marquis went to war, Lady Marquis became lovesick and ill.
The mother-in-law from the State Duke residence even came over to scold her, not effective at all.
She still laid in bed and refused to meet any visitors for months.
The Northern Expedition army received news of success; the Emperor was in a delightful mood.
At first, the army attacked Yi Province and it was successful. After the province surrendered, with irresistible forces, they seized Feng, Ying, Mi and numerous other provinces.
Prince Yan was courageous and dared to lead the army into venturing deep into the territories.
On the other hand, Champion Marquis was an expert in stratagem and the two would make up for each other’s shortcomings through tactful understanding.
Prince Yan’s army was cautious and disciplined. Although he was a Prince, he slept along with the soldiers and ate the same things. He made punishments and rewards clear to the soldiers, agreeing on three-point covenant. Those who stole common people’s riches, raped women, or left the camp without permission, would all be beheaded. This was how he kept everyone in unity.
The Champion Marquis was tolerant and generous. Whenever there were people demoted from their position, he would go and offer them an option, serving under his wing. Therefore, there were many of Champion Marquis’s followers and wherever he went, he made sure he didn’t disturb the common people. When the army crossed the borders, they made sure they didn’t offend the common people, making the latter appreciative of them.
The entire day, the army would settle down in the camp and spent their time cooking food.
Cheng Shizhao led Guo Suren, Meng Zhongtian, and Yu Xingzhi into the camp.
Yu Xingzhi and Zhou Xiaoxiao were eating together when they saw Cheng Shizhao coming; they both stood up and allowed him to come in.
Cheng Shizhao sat down to see that the food on the table wasn’t the communal meal cooked by the mess cook from the camp.
There was a pile of crispy Chinese pancake, bowl of fresh bamboo shoots and mushroom soup, as well as a few other plates of cooked beef, garlic, thin cucumber slices, and fried eggs.
Yu Xingzhi personally cooked and brushed a layer of black sauce made from secret recipe on the Chinese pancake. Then, he rolled the cooked beef, cucumber slices, egg, and garlic onto it.
He delivered a roll for Cheng Shizhao and then made another one for Zhou Xiaoxiao.
Cheng Shizhao took the warm and steaming rolled up pastry from him and felt that the sauce was incredibly unique. It was spicy and sour, but tasty. The rolled up pastry was crispy and the beef was chewy; even the vegetables tasted fresh and delicious. Cheng Shizhao wanted to clap his hands after taking a bite.