Chapter 95: I am Also Attracted by Looks (1)
Ever since Zhou Xiaxiao appeared in Ruan Family’s Suyun Group, all the upper class women in the capital wanted to be friends with her.
Everyone finally realized that the new Lady Marquis wasn’t a strange figure and they slowly became friends with her.
Plus, Zhou Xiaoxiao was humorous and had a straightforward personality, with a lot of mischievous ideas. Therefore, she quickly obtained a few good friends and built her first friend group after transmigrating over.
What surprised people the most was Gongsun Yu. She was beautiful and delicate, always hanging onto Zhou Xiaoxiao’s arms and this made the latter want to protect her.
The two people who should’ve disliked each other from first meeting ended up becoming a pair of close friends.
The days passed by quietly and peacefully.
One day, Zhou Xiaoxiao was on the garret of December Mooncakes Store by herself and casually reading 《Secret Menu》. While she was immersed in reading it, drool came out of her mouth.
She suddenly heard scattered voices from the neighboring yard.
The neighbor besides December Mooncakes Store was a store that specialized in fortune-telling, called Nan Xuan Store.
On the door, there was a sign saying: everything depends on feng shui and the owner can detect any sinister motives one has.
The owner was a skinny old man who brushed his hair into the hairstyle of a Daoist, wearing a Daoist robe as well. He stroked his beard and pretended to be a Daoist who had a lot of power.
His name was Song Yangming.
If those who did this as a business didn’t need to go on the streets and beg for business or set up a stall, they would’ve been famous already just having a store of their own.
But Zhou Xiaoxiao had been keeping an eye and observing, thinking that this old man was just a liar.
It’s just that he was more capable than normal liars, cheating the customers and making them pay more than they should’ve.
This person had cruel methods and was greedy and selfish. Therefore, Zhou Xiaoxiao never talked to him before, despite being neighbors since she despised him.
There was a balcony on Zhou Xiaoxiao’s garrett and it was facing the backyard of the Nan Xuan Store. She had set up a table by the balcony and sat on a rocking chair, enjoying the faint sunshine and wind. Then, she would taste tea and read books.
This time, she heard voices and peeked over to look, only to see two people sitting in the yard.
The one whose back was facing her was Song Yangming and the other person was handsome and sturdy. He was familiar but she couldn’t remember him off the top of her heard.
She vaguely heard them talk about some sort of ulterior motives.
Zhou Xiaoxiao was absent-minded for a moment before remembering that the man was one of the guards in Gongsun residence. She had swiped a few glances at him while Gongsun Yu was getting into the horse carriage and because of his status, this made Zhou Xiaoxiao curious.
She gently climbed over from the balcony and then landed on the wall of the neighboring yard silently.
Zhou Xiaoxiao hid in the shadow of the roof and the slanted roof blocked everyone’s views of her, letting her clearly hear their conversation but not give herself away.
She heard that guard ask, “Daoist priest, what do you mean by ‘malicious child?’”
Song Yanming said, “Whenever women are pregnant before they are married, they are plagued by demons, so their children will also be. They would need to abort the child, so that it wouldn’t harm anyone else.”
“How do I abort the child? How much would it cost?”
“It’s not that difficult. You just need to invite me over to your house and I’ll cure this illness for you. It only costs ten silvers for the ritual and you would also need to pay for the sesame oil and ritual money. In addition, you need to prepare fresh fruits and flowers.”
“Money is not a problem, but it’s not convenient to invite the Daoist priest over. Why is this necessary?”
“If that’s the case, they just need to take certain pills, but the pills are very expensive. You would need top notch safflower and cabardine which would cost 50 silvers. I promise you that they will be cured from the illness and that it wouldn’t harm the body.”
That guard said, “Fine.”
Zhou Xiaoxiao snorted when she heard this.
Another stupid fool who fell for the trap. Do you really think Song Yangming genuinely wants to go to the residence and give the woman an abortion? He’s just swindling you.
The guard was handsome, tall, and sturdy.
Although he was a guard, he was generous with giving money.
He must’ve fooled around with a wealthy young miss or noble woman.
They were probably in an affair and he accidentally impregnated a woman. Therefore, he paid no attention to the money, only hoping that Song Yangming wouldn’t go to the residence.