Chapter 8: A Misunderstanding (1)

Sang Wan was already on the bed, quietly looking at him as he hurriedly lay a mattress on the floor. Upon seeing him gaze directly at her with an unenergetic face, she felt uncomfortable and her face flushed slightly. Luckily, the lights were dim; Shi Fengju was not able to see her expression clearly.   

“I…I do not usually wake up in the middle of the night to use the washroom…” Sang Wan said shyly.  

If she were to wake up in the middle of the night to use the washroom, it would bound to have the maidservants wanting to help her in any way they can. But if they were to happen to have a glimpse inside the chamber, her life would crumble!

Shi Fengju felt a little self-conscious after hearing what Sang Wan said. Dropping his head and nodding a few times, he murmured, “if you ever wake up in the middle of the night, just give me a nudge.” That would provide him with enough time to return the mattress into the cupboard.

“En!” Sang Wan whispered softly. Gently, she pulled the bed curtain down before lying on the bed.

After hearing the rustling sound of the bed curtain, Shi Fengju followed and lie on his mattress.

At the corner of the chamber was a crimson red oil lamp, emitting a dim orange light. The chamber is now quiet and at peace…  

In actual fact, such a life is still great. Sang Wan tightly wrapped her body under the warm brocade blanket. A touch of fragrance filled her nose, and before she knew it, she fell into a deep sleep.     

Shi Fengju woke up early the next morning, and naturally, Sang Wan could not remain in bed. Once she heard Shi Fengju getting up, Sang Wan followed and sat upright on the bed. Snatching a gown from the edge of her bed, she dressed herself up casually before getting out of bed. With a smile, she greeted him, “Sir, good morning!”

  

“En, morning!” Shi Fengju was caught off guard and was slow to react.

“Young Master! Ma’am!”  Zhide’s voice could be heard outside, followed by the faint sound of the maidservants’ light footsteps.

   

Zhide has served the Shi Family for many years, and is familiar with Shi Fengju’s daily routine. She guessed that Shi Fengju should be awake by now, and thus she knocked the door gently to gain entry into the chamber to serve.

“Wait! Wait!”

Panicky, both Shi Fengju and Sang Wan cried out at the same time.

On the floor, the mattress stood out easily. If they were to barge into the chamber, the mattress is not something that can be turned a blind eye to. When that happens, no words can reason for it.

Shi Fengju retrieved the quilt frantically and messily tugged it inside the cupboard. Seeing the messy state the quilt is inside the cupboard, Sang Wan signaled him to stop and whispered, “I’ll do it!”. With that, she got busy. Grabbing the quilt, she jerk it a little to make it straight before using her palm to flatten and fold it. She then place the quilt neatly inside the cupboard before moving on to the mattress.   

The mattress was rolled and placed inside the cupboard, but only God knows whether a maidservant would even bother opening the cupboard to see the mattress and quilt not in the position they once were!

He knows how to do lay the mattress, but not how to do the opposite? Even though she was taught since young to be independent, such labor is not what most women from other families are willing to do.  

Once Shi Fengju saw her clear the mattress away neatly, he nodded towards her and smiled to show his gratitude. Immediately after that, the couple searched high and low. Finding no fault in the scene, their mind were finally free from anxiety.

“Come in!’ Shi Fengju shouted faintly.

“Yes, Sir.” Zhide replied softly and gave the door a light push.

The atmosphere inside the chamber was somewhat strange this morning; once in awhile, the maidservants would steal glances at her and Shi Fengju, and giggle amongst themselves.

Catching wind of the strange atmosphere but unsure of its origin, both Sang Wan and Shi Fengju felt uneasy.

Only after everyone left, when Liu Ya was unable to contain her curiosity and asked Sang Wan enthusiastically, did Sang Wan understood the cause of the strange atmosphere she experienced just then.

To her surprise, the maidservants were actually very shocked when the couple chorused and their thoughts drifted; as if they were doing something indecent!   

With mixed feelings, Sang Wan was speechless and unable to express her emotions accurately.

   

This day, a man from the Shi business house rushed in and brought the helpless Shi Fengju away. And once he went, he returned when the day was young no longer. It was as if his act yesterday was used to compensate for today; leaving his newlywed wife and indulge himself in his own personal life. Well, at least the maidservants did not, because of this, ridicule her behind her back. After greeting her mother-in-law, she returned and slowly enjoyed the breakfast prepared for her. Strolling in the small garden and gossiping with the maidservants, her day was passed leisurely. Her position in the Shi family can now be considered stable.      
Compared to before, can this not be considered as such? On this very day in her past life, Shi Fengju too did not accompany her but blatantly left her alone at a complete loss with no one to depend on…


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