Chapter 9 – To Answer Back (1)
Shen Ziqiao thought that she wouldn’t be able to sleep well in this new environment, who knew that she would sleep so soundly until dawn. After one night has passed, she still hasn’t figured out what to do next.
But she knows, the first thing to do is to replace all the hidden ghosts and backstabbing monsters around her. After all, to be stared daily by other people makes one’s body feel on pins and needles; such a situation, where privacy is non-existent, is extremely uncomfortable. However, for the moment, she is blind and knows nothing—who she can trust, who are those to distrust.
For the nth time, she can only be speechless, her heart crying bitterly. As she looked at the carved triangle woodwork patterns on the window lattice, Shen Ziqiao laid on her bed like a corpse, unwilling to get up.
The sun was shining brightly outside, the cicadas chirping, as if it was the start of a good morning, making Shen Ziqiao fidgety. “Somebody, get rid of the cicadas outside!”
The maid outside replied, “Third miss, it has already made a nest.”
What do you even mean by that?! Shen Ziqiao’s heart is sour; these maids are blatantly disobedient to her. Since the Shen family does not have a proper mistress, it was now the Old Madam Shen who acts as person-in-charge. And naturally, since the old lady does not favor her, the servants are not afraid to cross her, becoming inattentive to her needs.
Anyway, the original Shen Ziqiao was a harsh and ruthless master, so she called several maids inside her room to scold. Else, for a second, they might think she was a just a little baozi** they can easily bully.
**Steamed stuffed bun.
Since she is a cannon fodder, she should act one. Isn’t that right?
Just as she was about to release expletives, a servant came in looking disdainful and unfriendly. She said without even caring to greet Shen Ziqiao, “Third miss, the Old Madam has invited you to her De’an** courtyard.”
**De’an – Literal translation is goodness and serenity.
Shen Ziqiao became dazed. Was she not grounded? Just what could she want? And this servant was even fiercer; after she had just announced the Old Madam was looking for her, she had already turned around and pulled the curtains of her chamber to leave.
Being disregarded like this, she can’t even ask the reason for her sudden summon. Shen Ziqiao could only make her way towards the old lady’s courtyard in a dream-like state, her heart in constant turmoil.
The room was silent upon her entrance. The Old Madam Shen, as usual, was sitting near the big table, where she half-leaned on her new, green satin back pillows. She was currently eating with her silver chopsticks and pear in her hand. when she saw Shen Ziqiao coming in, her eyes made no secret of her disgust. She threw the silver chopsticks onto the table and looked icily at her granddaughter who had never pleased her.
“Grandma.” Shen Ziqiao glanced up and saw that the old lady’s face was already as dark as ink, and her little heart quivered further when she thought the old lady might have something against her.
Unbeknownst to her, this Old Madam Shen wishes nothing more than to slap her aggrieved-looking little face, as if she had suffered an injustice. The Shen family is renowned for producing soldiers for the country; she didn’t know what evil they had done for the heavens to bring forth such a cursed child.
“What did you do yesterday at the Thousand Buddha Temple?” Old Madam Shen asked, her voice calm, but the muscles in her cheeks slightly shaking revealed her anger.
It’s that! Shen Ziqiao’s heart skipped a beat. Indeed, Sheng Peiyin had purposely left her alone with Qi Zheng to spread rumors about her innocence. The original plot of her downfall went like this.
When she thought of the trouble yesterday, she wanted to try altering Sheng Peiyin’s attack. ” I went to the Thousand Buddha Temple yesterday to pray.” Shen Ziqiao shrugged her shoulders, looking relaxed.
If she wants to have a good life in the Shen family, her course of action would be to please the old lady, but this old lady has already decided in her heart that she is an ominous being. Now, no matter what goodwill Shen Ziqiao does for her, it will be left unappreciated.
Why should she waste her mind thinking of ways to please her?
As expected, the Old Madam Shen’s anger only rose steadily, “Pray? Did you pray to be part of master Qi’s house? You are the third young lady of the Shen family, and yet you have done such immoral things. Are you trying to make me ill from fury, or are you trying to make your father a laughingstock in the capital?”
T/N: Hello everyone, the wonderful Ying Yue will be taking over my projects, including this one. I’ve decided to quit translating for personal reasons; you can read more about it on patreon: last message from moon-er.
Thank you, everyone. <3