Chapter 73: My Wings Aren’t Always Delicate And I’m Willing To Share The Burden With You (2)
Only the three concubines had stayed and moved to the east wing in the house.
When everyone left, Guo Jingyan couldn’t hold in her urge to ask anymore. “Third sister-in-law, have you seen Lady Zhou today? Is she beautiful and alluring, like a fairy?”
State Duke Residence’s third concubine, Liu Xinyi said, “She’s not that beautiful, but…”
Liu Xinyi touched her face and recalled the woman from afternoon. An unknown feeling rose in her heart.
“So she acts like a man? What about that?”
Liu Xinyi recalled the pair of bright smiling eyes. Her face couldn’t help but flush. “She does act like a man and whenever I speak to her, it’s a bit…”
“A bit what?!” Lady Guo said in an unfriendly tone. “Does she dare to give you an attitude?”
Liu Xinyi jumped at her words and hurriedly stood up to answer. “She wasn’t being impolite, in fact, she was the opposite. It’s just that she has a straightforward personality and is a glib-tongue woman that I became confused by her words; therefore, I was unable to complete the task Lady asked of me.”
Lady Guo said, “Useless thing. You’re a young lady from an affluent family but you can’t even win an argument against an ignorant and crude woman. I’ve seen you talking slick normally but it turns out you’re civil in public.”
Liu Xinyi’s face turned red, accepting the scolding and didn’t dare to retort.
The fourth concubine, Guo Jingyan, was Lady Guo’s niece and the latter favored her. Even more, using the fact that she was pregnant, she helped out and said, “Lady, third sister-in-law isn’t entirely at fault. That Lady Zhou is the daughter of a businessman and have been working hard in the market everyday. It’s no wonder if she’s bold, crafty, and slick. Third sister-in-law is a polite and respectful woman so how could she stoop down towards the same level as a country side woman?”
“Fine, fine. What use do I have of you guys? Such a pity for my Wu Lang. He has been docile, well-mannered, and overly intelligent. Everyone would compliment him but who would know that he was enchanted by an impudent and reckless woman?”
Huang Tingyu tried to advise her, “Mother, don’t be too worried. From this daughter-in-law’s perspective, why don’t you invite that woman to the residence one day? That way, you can reprimand her and she wouldn’t dare to not listen to her. The rest of us can agree by the side.”
Lady Guo tightly knitted her eyebrows and remained silent for a while.
The next day, in the back hall of east street’s new branch of December Mooncakes Store, Zhou Xiaoxiao and Xiao Mei who just arrived were checking the accounts.
“When you came over, everything was going well in Fengxiang?” While calculating on the abacus, she asked.
“Report to the lady, the main store in Fengxiang has prosperous business every day and Aunt Ji has her hands full. Just days ago, she hired two servant girls and boys. She had me bring over the accounts from the past few months over for you to take a look.”
Zhou Xiaoxiao nodded and said, “Are Master and Madame well?”
“Old man and lady are well, but they miss Lady. They said that when it’s the new year, they will find time to come to the capital and visit you.”
“Towards the end of the year, when everything is steady, I will personally go and pick the two of them up. You have to pay more attention to the new store and if you work hard enough, you can be like Aunt Ji sooner or later.”
Xiao Mei was unable to contain her joy and deeply bowed at her. “Thank you lady for doting on me. Xiao Mei won’t forget everything you’ve done for me.”
As she said this, Juanzi walked in and held an invitation in her hands.
“Lady, someone sent an invitation.”
Zhou Xiaoxiao reached over and opened the invitation.
“That Lady from State Duke Residence wants to invite me over for a gathering?”
Juanzi said, “Lady, you must not go. Who knows how many conspiracies and plots are waiting for us the moment we enter the residence?”
Zhou Xiaoxiao chuckled and said, “What do you mean by conspiracies and plots? I think you’ve listened to operas too frequently.”
Xiao Mei also advised, “Lady, Juanzi isn’t wrong either. Should we notify Lord Yu first? After all, it’s not suitable for you to go alone.”