Chapter 87: From today onwards, I will never leave you (2)
Zhou Xiaoxiao propped her body with her hands and slowly kissed his tears.
“Xingzhi, I’m fine. From today on, I will never leave you. If you are going to the battlefield, I will accompany you because I never want to see you injured again.”
Recently, the most popular rumor within the capital was how the newly titled Marquis of Champion married the owner of the Twelve Mooncakes Store.
There were all sorts of rumors and some said that the Marquis of Champion was saved by Lady Zhou on the battlefield, so he wanted to marry her to repay the favor.
There were others who said Lady Zhou was a beautiful and charming woman, seducing Lord Wu and making him disobey his parent’s orders to marry her.
At the banquet of the noble families and great clans, this was the hot topic of discussion and everyone was enthusiastically discussing this.
This was all because he was Wu Lang and his name obtained the entire capital’s attention. He was a handsome and graceful man and there were numerous young ladies who were secretly in love with him.
Now that the pearl of this capital was taken by a lowly and petty woman, they all couldn’t help but sigh in regret.
At the beginning of a new year, Military officer Wang’s Lady hosted a flower festival.
During the banquet, young ladies coming from prestigious families all arrived.
In the garden, a canal was set up and water flowed passed the exquisite-looking boats, carrying all sorts of food within.
Everyone took their seats and reached for whatever they wanted to eat, a distinctive style in this festival.
Not long from now, one could see the fourth concubine of the State Duke Residence, Guo Jingyan, walking over with numerous other women.
Last year, Guo Jingyan gave birth to a child towards the end of the year. She just completed her month of confinement following childbirth and one could see her full and round face.
Of the people in the seats, one of them was Zhanshi Houses’s Zhanshi’s young miss — Wang Bihua. She had married grand secretary Zuo’s second young master. Of the ladies, Guo Jingyan wasn’t easy to deal with.
Seeing that Guo Jingyan had taken her seat, she mocked, “An exquisite and noble woman like Yu Family’s fourth concubine has a sister-in-law who sold pancakes, tsk. What a pity. If this happened to me, I wouldn’t even have face to leave the house.”
Guo Jingyan humphed and said, “State Duke is someone who keeps to his words and values righteousness. Because of my sister-in-law who was willing to give her life in order to save fifth uncle, we are all grateful for her. The State Duke personally offered a dowry and requested Prince Yan to be their matchmaker. This displays the etiquette of the Yu Family and righteousness.”
She glanced at Wang Bihua and snorted. “Unlike some people who had their eyes above their head and only cares about scheming and arguing over the littlest things ever. They only want to marry their daughter to someone of high status and accept daughter-in-laws based on the dowries given. They’ve almost fallen into a money pit and they can’t even be compared with ordinary families. Heheh.”
State Duke Residence had a lot of power and Guo Jingyan had a lot of followers who laughed along with her, agreeing.
Wang Bihua’s face turned red and white from anger.
The Military Officer Residence’s Lady Xue hurriedly coaxed her and smoothed things over.
On the other hand, the left deputy’s daughter, Lin Xingyue, said towards the young miss of Gongsun Family, Gongsun Yu, “Did your older cousin really married a peasant woman as his wife?”
Gongsun Yu had phoenix-like eyes and cherry red lips, with a slender waist. She portrayed a beautiful and elegant manner in front of everyone.
When she heard this, she slightly knitted her eyebrows. “That is true but I have never seen the rumored wife of my cousin.”
Lin Xingyue said, “No matter how beautiful she is, how can she be compared to you? Especially with that status. Your older cousin is really inflexible and adherent to old ideas.”
Gongsun Yu wasn’t happy. “Sister, please be mindful of your language. Marriage is formed through the orders of parents and now that you’re discussing this in private, where are you putting my face?”
Lin Xingyue hurriedly explained, “I’ve spoken the wrong words. Sister, please don’t argue with me and this is just a private conversation. I’ve heard that the State Duke Residence had the intentions of forming connections through marriage in the past and clearly everyone in the capital was jealous. Yet, this is what happened and I feel really bad for you.”
Gongsun Yu reached over to caress the plum blossom that flowed down the river.
She faintly smiled and said softly, “Sister is not me, so how can you know if I’m happy or not? Although older cousin is a gentleman, he isn’t the best for me. Instead, I feel extremely lucky about this current situation. But, I am quite curious to see who my older cousin’s wife is and I will go visit her sometime.”