“Ma’am, I’ll need someone to go down with me to the Treasury to do a check on your dowry. Once the check is done, your dowry will be delivered here!” A young married maidservant entered the small garden with a smile.
Sang Wan did not have any other maidservants who accompanied her into the Shi family, except Liu Ya. And since her dowry needs to be checked, she had only Liu Ya to send.
Upon hearing the maidservant’s request, Sang Wan nodded gently. She called for Liu Ya and gave her a few instructions before handing a dowry list to her for her to compare with the dowry in the Treasury. Though the dowry may not be much nor valuable, her sister-in-law prepared them with all her heart.
Liu Ya agreed, and smiled at the maidservant, “Sister, please lead the way!”
The maidservant however, stood motionlessly. With her eyes, she scrutinize Liu Ya carefully from head to toe before awkwardly smiling at Sang Wan and said, “Ma’am, it’ll be better to send someone with experience. What’s more, this…this is to check your dowry!” Suggesting that the maidservant herself does not believe that a small girl like Liu Ya will be able to accomplish the task.
Liu Ya was white with rage. If she were to hear this in the past, she would have immediately bickered with those who offended her. But after recalling Sang Wan’s words yesterday, she firmly suppress that anger and did not respond.
Beneath, Sang Wang felt a little uncomfortable. But with a smile, she reaffirmed, “Just let her follow you. You can rest assured that Liu Ya knows how to read and will not make a mistake. Moreover, she will definitely not deter you from completing your errand!”
The maidservant’s face became flushed and forced a smile, “Well, if Ma’am says so! Nubi* asked in vain! The Sang family, truly is a literary family. Geez even the little girl knows how to read.”
*Polite way for a maidservant to address oneself.
It sounded neither like a praise nor criticism. Her palms tightened but she kept her smile and voiced, “hurry along! The earlier you leave, the earlier your errand will be completed.”
In the midst of her sentence, she gave Liu Ya a wink. Liu Ya grunted before taking a deep breath and extinguishing the hatred within her. Forcing a smile on her face, she took two strides forward and gestured the maidservant to lead the way. “Sister, please!”
The maidservant remained silent and bowed as she withdraws away from Sang Wan before leading Liu Ya to the Treasury.
Gazing at their back as they left, Sang Wan’s eyes flashed with anger. If there were neither any support nor authority behind, a maidservant would never dare to openly make any thoughtless remarks no matter how courageous she may be. And in the end, Liu Ya’s ability might have been a little too shallow.
Besides, as Liu Ya followed the maidservant to the Treasury, the maidservant did not provide any breathing space for the poor girl; asking as many questions as she could. How old are you? How many people in the family? How did you end up in the Sang family? How long have you served Ma’am? Slowly, the questions that rained down upon Liu Ya started to move into questions about the Sang family and Sang Wan. How many people are there in the Sang family? What are each of their temperament? How many hectares of land does that family have? How many rooms? What is the atmosphere in that family every day? How does Ma’am spend her time every day? And so on… The maidservant might have as well studied about the eight generations of the Sang family.
Liu Ya was a girl of many words. With a mouth that never closes; she was the best person, to obtain important information from, and to spread gossips. If not for Sang Wan’s lecture yesterday, at that moment when someone made the first move to question her about some personal information, she would have spilled all the beans. However, keeping in mind of Sang Wan’s words, how could Liu Ya not remain alert and embrace the conversation? Liu Ya discreetly guided the path of the conversation into her hands, obtaining various important information from the maidservant.
The maidservant was suddenly taken aback and felt something amiss. She abruptly stopped her mouth and bitterly glared at Liu Ya before clearing her throat. She continued, “Enough of the useless gossiping. Let’s quicken our pace! Lady Zhang is waiting for us at the Treasury! And I’ve got other errands to run!”
“Ai, Sister Ning!” Liu Ya agreed. That expression on Sister Ning’s face is not something that can be seen every so often, and with that, Liu Ya smiled broadly to herself.
Seeing Sister Ning suppressing the unhappiness on her face, Liu Ya was secretly elated. Deep down, she mocked, “Serves you right! Liu Ya is not so gullible!”
Seeing that the one who came to do the inspection of the dowry was a little girl, Lady Zhang was taken aback. She frowned and went to have a few words with Sister Ning, but questioned no further after receiving Sister Ning’s confirmation. One by one, she had Liu Ya check the dowry.
Soon, Lady Zhang became very comfortable with Liu Ya. She couldn’t help but have a favorable impression of her, a girl at such a young age who recognizes quite a number of words; has a brilliant smile; and has a mouth that knows flattery. Very quickly, the instructions for the delivery of the dowry was settled with ease.
The Sang family truly is a literary family! When signing her initials, Lady Zhang saw Liu Ya’s admirable calligraphy and once again praised her. Hearing the praise, Liu Ya smiled modestly. After receiving Liu Ya’s signature, Lady Zhang, along with Sister Ning, left the Treasury. All alone, Liu Ya went to the outer courtyard and called in twenty manservants and a group of burly maidservants to lift the items, and carry them to the small garden.
The task was simple, but who would have thought that a while after Liu Ya left with the maidservant, another maidservant came rushing into the small garden and anxiously reported, “Ma’am! Ma’am! There is a problem! Sister Liu Ya and someone had a quarrel and are about to fight! Quickly, Ma’am, go and take a look! Sister Liu Ya might be at a disadvantage!”
Sang Wan was surprised. Not good! What could have caused it?
The maidservant hesitated before continuing, “Nubi…Nubi did not really hear much. Nubi only saw someone drop one of Ma’am dowry. And because of the dowry, Sister Liu Ya had a quarrel. Nubi does not know what happened after that, but Sister Liu Ya was crying!”
Sang Wan suddenly felt a surge of dizziness. That Liu Ya ah, she really knows how to find trouble. Already reminded her over and over again, but there she went, back to her usual self. This is the Shi family, not the Sang family! If the incident were to blow up, their life in Shi family will no longer be smooth flowing!
In the end, Liu Ya is still part of the Sang family; Sang Wan cannot sit on the fence. Together with Zhide, Hong Ye and a few other maidservants, they rushed over to where Liu Ya is.
The moment when Sang Wan arrived, Li Mama, the maidservant who serves directly under Wang Shi, was already there giving out instructions. Anxiously, the group hastened their pace.
“Yō! Ma’am also came!” Once Li Mama spotted Sang Wan, she immediately went to to greet her. As she did so, her gaze swept across the group of maidservants behind Sang Wan, as if trying to find the meddler who alerted Sang Wan.
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