Chapter 10 – To Answer Back (2)
“Are you telling me that if I left master Qi to die, it would have made my father’s reputation better?” Shen Ziqiao frowned and asked as a matter of fact.
She knew that men and women should be wary of each other, but the problem was that in this book, rules on the opposite sexes were not very strict as opposed to a real historical setting. Just as how Sheng Peiyin can do business with a lot of men outside her. Did she and Qi Zheng do anything shameful?
Why is it that in the eyes of other people, she had already committed a heinous crime?
“How dare you talk back!” Old madam Shen gave the table a hard slap, not even noticing that the red gold bracelet on her wrist was knocked out to a corner.
Shen Ziqiao’s mouth curled in contempt as she replied, “What I said is the truth; sister Sheng also often goes out to tour shops with men, can it also be called immoral?”
“How can you compare with miss Sheng? You are even ignorant about the kind of virtue you have.” Old madam Shen sneered and mocked her, the thought of protecting her granddaughter’s face never passing through her mind.
This old woman hates me to the bone… Shen Ziqiao sympathized with the original owner. Her mother died young, she grew up with her grandmother hating her, and she didn’t have elders to discipline her carefully. Although she was spoiled dearly by her father, Shen Xiao, a man couldn’t always intervene in the matters of the inner courtyard. Furthermore, he was outside the house all year-round.
It was no wonder how the original Shen Ziqiao became like this.
Meanwhile, Shen Ziqiao also has no plans to please such a bitter old woman at all; her efforts will be all for naught. “I didn’t start a fire. What’s wrong with it?”
“It has spread outside that you wanted to approach the ninth prince. As a result, you strayed into Master Qi’s room and hooked up with the capital’s fool. You don’t have the reserve that any woman should have. Are you even aware of what they are saying now about your father’s failure to teach his daughter?” Old madam Shen scolded.
“The abbot of Thousand Buddha Temple also saw the situation at that time. You can find him to prove my…innocence.” She ended, as she didn’t know how to explain her side anymore. Rumors were stronger than tigers, and original Shen Ziqiao’s reputation was already far from good.
The old madam Shen didn’t expect that not only Shen Ziqiao would refuse to repent but would even go as far as to argue with her rightfully. She was so furious that her whole body trembled. Pointing at her, she rebuked, “It’s your business to humble yourself and not bring trouble to your other sisters in the family. If outsiders think the Shen misses are like you, see how I’ll deal with you.”
In the end, they were more afraid that she would bring trouble to Shen Ziwen’s marriage prospects. This old woman was, unfortunately, more attentive to her two illegitimate granddaughters than her legitimate one.
“I have no qualms about it.” Shen Ziqiao said, but think things will certainly not be so simple as she estimated Sheng Peiyin would make another move in the future.
Old madam Shen almost wanted to curse her out. She took a few deep breaths and said, “If you can do such a shameless thing, don’t blame me for thinking of your wellbeing. Although you are the youngest, so that your actions will not affect your two sisters, you will have to leave the house first.”
What? Shen Ziqiao was dumbfounded and exclaimed, “Grandmother, I am only thirteen years old!”
She couldn’t imagine a thirteen-year-old girl to kiss a grown man, lest, to do more than that!
“Hum! At the age of thirteen, you already went looking for a man. What else can’t you do?” The old madam Shen replied sarcastically.
What an outrageous thing to say! It should not be what a grandmother should even tell her granddaughter. Shen Ziqiao was disappointed with the old lady again. She said, “Even if I have to get married, I still have to wait for my father’s return to make a decision. Although my mother is gone, I still have a father.”
Old madam Shen’s lips moved slightly; she didn’t know what else to say. But then, were interrupted by a servant’s prompt, “Old madam, the Sheng family’s miss has come to visit the third miss.”
What is Sheng Peiyin doing here now? Shen Ziqiao felt a storm was inside her heart
“Miss Sheng only came to visit you; you go see her. As for your marriage, I have the authority to make decisions for you.” The old madam Shen’s eyes were gloomy and resolute.
Shen Ziqiao frowned. With nothing left to say, she turned and went out. She wanted to know what Sheng Peiyin has in store for her.