Chapter 4: Generous, Nevertheless (2)

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“How could you say that?” Mi Shi trembled with anger, and scolded, “He is also my son! What gives you the right to make me not look for him? Yes, of course you’re not worried; you have another son, of course you’re not worried! I knew how much you resent the both of us, mother and son, you sociopath!”

“Forget it, forget it. What nonsense are you spouting? What’s more, in front of so many people! You and I have nothing more to discuss and that’s final!” Second Uncle Shi quickly got up and mouthed a word “disgraceful”, before giving Wang Shi a greeting. With that, he left.

Angry, Mi Shi gave a few loud shrieks as she tried to distinguish who was right in the heated argument a moment ago. Ashamed when she looked around, Mi Shi angrily stomped off in the direction where Second Uncle Shi headed, leaving the people in the courtyard speechless.

“Well, that is it for today. The rest of you may leave. My son, please escort your wife back to her chamber. And Sang Wan, my daughter-in-law, yesterday must have been a tiring day for you. Do go back and have a good rest. When dinner is ready, I’ll have a maidservant call for the both of you.” Wang Shi massaged her tired shoulders as she said to the both of them.

“Yes, mother!” Sang Wan curtsied as she replied, before gazing at Shi Fengju eagerly. In her past life, there was no argument between the two elders. Because of the incident that happened during the ceremony, it resulted in both her mother-in-law and her husband’s displeasure. Worse still, right after the ceremony, Shi Fengju excused himself and left, leaving Sang Wan to walk back to her chamber by herself while the maidservants eyed her strangely. Upon reaching the small garden outside her chamber, she hid herself in a secluded area before letting her tears course down her cheeks. However, in this life, everything will be different. She will never allow herself to be in the spot she was in the past, more so to experience it over again.

That chaotic life; once is enough!

Shi Fengju subconsciously gazed at Gu Fangzi before quickly retracting his gaze. Nodding, he accompanied Sang Wan as she left.

Upon leaving the courtyard, Shi Fengju slowed down his pace, “I…”

“Sir,” without giving him a chance to finish, Sang Wan gently called for him; along with a gaze so weak and pitiful. The meaning behind her unfinished sentence that hung in midair was definitely something that can be easily understood.

What she wanted was to have him accompany her back to her chamber.

Startled, Shi Fengju without a choice left his unfinished words to disappear. Sighing silently, he said, “Let’s go, I…we, together.”

“En!” Sang Wan nodded in compliance. Secretly, she felt relieved. She knew what Shi Fengju wanted to do. When Shi Fengju and Gu Fangzi parted at the courtyard, both their eyes met. The people in the courtyard may not have seen it, but Sang Wan saw it clearly. He must have been very anxious to return to Gu Fangzi’s side to talk to her privately.

Them being lovey-dovey when no one is around is none of her business, and is of no importance to her. However, it’ll definitely be embarrassing for her if he left her here to meet Gu Fangzi. Worse, her life in this house will be over and it’ll be no different from her past life!

One by one, the crowd started to leave in the direction of her chamber. Shi Fengju’s pace was rather fast and the sound of his footsteps were rather soft; as if he were flying. His current actions absent-mindedly displayed his anxiety. Sang Wan silently followed closely behind him. Seeing her ‘husband’ place so much attention on the woman whom he has given his heart to, Sang Wan couldn’t help but wonder how it feels like if she were the one to receive it instead of Gu Fangzi.

Still, compared to her past life, this was so much better!

Paranoid after having thought about her past life, the faces of the maidservants suddenly flashed a faint sense of ridicule. A shiver ran down her spine.

“Ouch!” She twisted her ankle.

“What’s wrong?” Shi Fengju, who was walking a few steps in front of Sang Wan, immediately stopped in his tracks. Seeing Sang Wan on the floor, he immediately extended his hand but the intended recipient did not extend hers. Hesitantly, he ended up having to help her up by her arm. “Have you twisted your ankle?”

“I’m fine. I didn’t notice a loose pebble on the floor and tripped over it. I’m alright!” Sang Wan smiled apologetically.

“What are you waiting for? Help support her!” Shi Fengju nodded and retracted his helping hand before yelling at Liu Ya, who was behind Sang Wan.

“Yes! Sir!” Liu Ya immediately stepped forward to support Sang Wan. Sang Wan didn’t blame Liu Ya for not taking the initiative. Back at the Sang family house, Sang Wan often had to help with the house chores. Being independent, there was no need to have someone support her as she walked.

Seeing how protective the young master is to his wife, another maidservant quickly stepped forward to help support Sang Wan. Sang Wan had seen her before. She is Hong Ye, a maidservant who is second-in-charge of the small garden outside her chamber.

Shi Fengju’s pace was no longer as fast as before. Slowly, he accompanied Sang Wan back to her chamber.

Seeing the newly wedded couple back, the maidservants quickly went to greet them. A cup of warm tea and a change of clothes were already prepared for them.

Before Shi Fengju could say anything, Sang Wan chuckled, “These two days had really worn me out. I’d like to have some rest. Sir, you’ve matters at hand so please take your leave. I shall familiarize myself with the staff in this household… oh well, meeting with them later shouldn’t be too late I think.”

Rather than having him open his mouth, doing him the favor would definitely save her own face. Anyway, his actions now looked like a cat finding a surface to scratch on; eager to leave the chamber.

Shi Fengju’s mind was only thinking of Gu Fangzi, and upon hearing those cleverly crafted words from Sang Wan, he nodded and smiled, “Have some rest then, I’ll take my leave first! Have your lunch without me. I’ll see you later before dinner! Li Mama isn’t present, so if you want to familiarize yourself with the staff managing this household, just send someone to call them in for you.” With that, Shi Fengju without drinking his tea left in a blink of an eye.

Seeing that he had left the chamber, Sang Wan’s gaze swept across the interior of the chamber before asking, “Who is the chambers’ housekeeper?”

All the maidservants in the chamber had their heads bowed and there was an awkward moment of silence.

“Ma’am, it is Li Mama.” Someone finally answered. Sang Wan glanced in the direction where the answer came from. It was Xing Zhide, the eldest among the maidservants in the chamber. She is even-tempered and is practical in the work she does. Most importantly, she has no intention of climbing to a higher position. Sang Wan remembered that in her past life, Zhide seemed to have married to a butler in the Shi family household. Of course, she did not have much interaction with Zhide in her past life. However, that life had given her some useful information about the maidservant. Not only is Zhide even-tempered and practical, she is also a loyal person who will never sell people out. That may be seen as her being indifferent or just to remain safe. However, in this household, knowing when to keep one’s mouth shut is easier said than done. Therefore, whatever her reasons for keeping her mouth shut may be, she can still be considered clever for doing so.

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10 thoughts on “Chapter 4: Generous, Nevertheless (2)

  1. I am liking this story…..this indifference will snatch that husband and he’ll start putting off the divorce am sure :3 I can just see it :
    “Husband, it’s been a year, we should go our separate ways now, right?”
    “It’s still too soon, your reputation may not survive this; let’s wait one more year….to save face”
    “But Gu Fangzi…? Aren’t you worried about her feelings?”
    “It is the virtue of a woman to learn to be patient, she can wait a little while longer”
    Haha…this is all my wishful thinking 😀

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