Chapter 24 – You Dare Lecture my People? (2)
Hearing those words, Lady Li’s smile froze. She said, “Third Miss, the Old Madam Shen…knows about the rules in the kitchen.”
“What rules?” Shen Ziqiao smiled as she asked. “The few of you will not turn the stove on and cook for me even though I’m hungry? These are the rules you speak of?”
“Third Miss, please do not make things difficult for me. There are many matters in the kitchen everyday and I cannot assume the responsibilities of delaying Old Madam Shen’s meals.” Although Lady Li disapproved of the conversation, in reality, she looked down upon Shen Ziqiao who refused to give her face and continued to shamelessly reason with her.
Shen Ziqiao stared coldly at her and said, “Me? Lady Li, you have quite the face to say that.”
Lady Li pursed her lips and said, “This servant does not dare to and is only speaking the truth.”
“Go steam fish for me. I also want to eat eight treasures rice along with ginger chicken.” Shen Ziqiao glanced at her from the corner of her eyes, and arrogantly ordered.
Lady Li’s face turned green as she said, “Third Miss, this servant cannot make it right now.”
“Since you cannot do as you are bid, what use do I have of you? Drag her out, the Shen Family does not raise useless people.” Shen Ziqiao kept her smile, but did not deign to look at Lady Li.
“Who knows who the useless person here is?”
Lady Li was puzzled as the Third Miss had never dared to stand up for the servant girls.
Why would she do so today?
So, when she heard that the Third Miss was going to send her off, she couldn’t help but retort angrily.
Shen Ziqiao’s face darkened as she said, “Hong Yu, slap her.”
When Hong Yu heard her Mistress’ order, her face paled. She hesitated. “Third Miss…”
After all, Lady Li was one of the servants who came from Old Madam Shen’s maternal home. So, one could not easily lay a hand on her, without expecting consequences.
“Hong Ying, can you still get up?” Sensing her reluctance, Shen Ziqiao glanced at Hong Yu before turning around to look at Hong Ying.
“Since the Third Miss is asking me, this lowly one can naturally get up.” Enduring her pain, Hong Ying stood up with difficulty. Then, raising her hand, she ruthlessly slapped Lady Li twice.
Arrogant as she was, Lady Li had certainly not expected such a backwash. She glanced at Shen Ziqiao in disbelief. “You dared to hit me?”
“Why would not I dare? Today, I will make sure you know who the Master here is.” Shen Ziqiao said coldly, “Hong Ying, continue to slap her. Continue until she knows how to respect me, the Third Miss of the Shen Family.”
Hong Ying nodded and slapped Lady Li twice more.
As if it was not shocking the first time, she was slapped a second time. Flabbergasted, Lady Li screamed, shedding all pretences she started to fight Hong Ying like a shrew.
“You hoof dared to hit me!”
“Grab her!” Shen Ziqiao ordered Ping’er and Hong Yu on the side.
The two did not dare to neglect the order. Rushing over, they each grabbed onto one of Lady Li’s arms tightly and restrained her.
All along, Cui Ping was quietly standing to the side, unwilling to step in the muddy waters. But when she saw Shen Ziqiao dared to hit Lady Li and a second time even, she realized things had gone out of hand here. She hurriedly intervened and tried to stop Hong Ying.
“Third Miss, do stop making a scene.”
“Who is the one making a scene?!” Shen Ziqiao asked sternly, glancing at the old women who wanted to pull Hong Ying away. “Who dares to touch my people? Do you all really think I do not dare to touch you lot?”
No matter how unfavored Shen Ziqiao was, she was still the Shen Family’s legitimate daughter. The Lord and Eldest Young Master of the family pampered and doted on her like she was a precious treasure. There was word of them returning home now.
Were things going to change in the Shen Family now?
Once Shen Ziqiao had hollered, no one dared to move.
Lady Li, badly beaten and bruised, was crying out loud. She was seething with resentment. She was intent on seeking retribution for the pain and humiliation she was undergoing. “Someone save me. The Third Miss is beating me to death. Someone save me…” She shouted at the top of her voice.
Hong Yu instantaneously turned around to look at Shen Ziqiao. She had seen through Lady Li’s actions. If they allowed her to continue screaming, she would alert Old Madam Shen.
Shen Ziqiao seemed to understand the meaning behind Hong Yu’s gaze. Even so, she coldly stated, “Let her scream.”
From the moment Lady Li was slapped to up until now, Cui Ping was time and again stupefied. She could not fathom today’s turn of events. As she gazed at Shen Ziqiao’s fair and smooth face under the sunlight, she felt a tint of uneasiness.
Third Miss…seems to be different. Because the Lord and Young Master are about to return, she thinks that she has a backer and refuses to be bullied anymore?
However, back when the Lord and Young Master were home, the Third Miss had never stood up for the servant girls.