Chapter 34.1: A Gorgeous Performance
Count Jin lifted the bedclothing to welcome his wife back to bed. Donning a coy smile, he said, “Is Shen Lang still studying. Let him rest early. His eyes must hurt. And… come over here.”
She sighed. A touch of volcanic anger his deep within. “He fell asleep before nine.”
It’s a bit too much to sleep before ‘nine in the evening, she thought.
The Count grew ired. “So he needs to learn. Like this… he won’t finish in two months. I’ll teach him a lesson tomorrow.”
But in his heart, he said, “Oh my dear wife, you’ll lose. Hehehe!”
The way of yin and yang between man and woman cannot be reversed.
… … …
The sun rises as a canopy of gold, bright amid the blue, bidding the stars to take their nightly rest. As darkness surrenders, every colour changes from tinges you of charcoal to a vibrancy.
Shen Lang struggled to open his eyes, but once he did, the Count stood hovering over him with a frosty ice cold look.
“Shen Lang, are you dissatisfied with me?”
Shen Lang sat straight up. “No, not at all. I admire father-in-law.”
“Admire me? Then why is it that when I ask you to study the book, you not only ignore my heed but you lie comfortably in bed early?”
“Father-in-law has misunderstood. That is… I’ve already finished…”
The Count trembled from pools of anger. “Nonsense, you are out of your mind! It took me a whole month to recite the Golden Manual Training book and 23 days for a brilliant talent like Jin Mulan. How long did it take for you? One night you say? Are you reciting it in your sleep or do you think me for a fool?”
“Father-in-law, I’ve truly finished reciting the book,” Shen Lang sighed. “If you don’t believe me, you can test my knowledge.”
The Count’s eyes rolled back in anger. Test he says? The book has fifty thousand words! He suddenly glanced down at the whip tied to his waist.
Shen Lang was his son-in-law. As the father-in-law, it was wrong to beat his son-in-law—not at all like his own son. His own son continues to test his patience and it is why he always received the bitter punishment.
But if Shen Lang continues to lie and act like his own son, do not blame him for using a whip.
It mattered not if he’s unable to recite, no big deal. Even if he maintains a lazy persona and did not care to bother reading the book, it is all right too. After all, the son-in-law doesn’t bear too much of a responsibility.
But if you lie, that is a big issue.
“Shen Lang, when you entered my house, you became half my son. And because you are my son, I bear the responsibility,” the Count said coldly. “I’ll test a few chapters from the book and if you can’t recite them, don’t blame me for being cruel.”
At this moment, the Countess hurried inside and attempted to pacify her husband. “Husband, if he can’t recite it then he can’t recite it. Don’t be like this. Shen Lang has a beautiful and tender skin and not like our son’s thick face who can get beaten around. If we really hurt him, how can we explain this to his parents?”
“It doesn’t matter if he can’t recite it but lying and talking nonsense in front of your elders is only asking to be punished,” Count Jin retorted. “His parents are reasonable people. I’m sure they’ll understand.”
The Count removed the whip from his waist. If by chance Shen Lang was unable to recite the Golden Manual Instruction, he’d receive the butt end of the punishment.
“Shen Lang…” the Countess called out pitifully. “Confess your mistakes to father-in-law at once.”
“Mother-in-law,” Shen Lang smiled charmingly, “Rest assured. Your son-in-law won’t let you down.”
“You see? He’s still speaking nonsense!” Count Jin randomly turned the page over. “Recite Chapter 5 of the Golden Manual Training. If you can’t recite it, prepare to suffer.”
The Count’s whip moved slightly, ready to lash onto him.
Timingly, Jin Mulan rushed in. “Father, don’t be angry. Shen Lang is your daughter’s husband. What did he do wrong? I apologize to you on his behalf.”