Chapter 031: Drive him out
That night, Pei Cheng had dinner in Jiang LinZhi’s courtyard.
Jiang YanZhi took the medicine early and went to bed. Today, he became the same as he was a few days ago again. He didn’t like to stick to Pei Cheng, as if it wasn’t him who had been pestering Pei Cheng last night.
Pei Cheng’s mind was now full of other things, and he didn’t have any extra energy to care about Jiang YanZhi. So, even if he noticed that Jiang YanZhi was estranged again, he didn’t take it too seriously.
But Jiang LinZhi, who always liked to eat alone, called Pei Cheng on purpose and said that he had something to talk to Pei Cheng. But, after Pei Cheng came to Jiang LinZhi’s courtyard, he still didn’t speak.
DongLai instructed the servants to put the food on the round table, and SanXi came to help diligently, but DongLai shoved away the hands of SanXi who wanted to help.
SanXi was embarrassed, withdrew his hand awkwardly, but in his heart he was secretly scolding DongLai for not recognizing one’s good intentions.
The food was placed on the round table, and only DongLai and SanXi were left in the room to serve.
The maids serving the dishes took the tray and bowed and exited.
Pei Cheng picked up the bowl and chopsticks worriedly, and looked at Jiang LinZhi from the corner of his eyes while eating. Didn’t Jiang LinZhi call him to come to his room, saying that he had something to discuss? Why didn’t he say anything yet after this whole afternoon?
And, he didn’t know what Jiang LinZhi had got up his sleeve?
Jiang LinZhi took a piece of meat naturally and put it in Pei Cheng’s bowl.
Pei Cheng choked on the food he hadn’t had time to swallow. His face turned pale. He turned his head, and coughed severely.
DongLai quickly brought a cup of warm tea and handed it to Pei Cheng.
SanXi was still standing still. He originally wanted to take a step forward, but DongLai took the lead. So, SanXi looked a little embarrassed for a while.
A cold but intimidating male voice sounded. SanXi raised his head quickly, just in time to see an unfathomable glint in Jiang LinZhi’s eyes, and he instantly broke out in a cold sweat.
Pei Cheng drank three sips of warm tea consecutively, and then he calmed down. He put down the tea cup. The corners of his eyes were slightly red, and he looked at Jiang LinZhi and SanXi calmly.
He also didn’t know what Jiang LinZhi had up his sleeve?
SanXi vaguely sensed something. He knelt on the cold ground and made a ‘thump’ sound in the quiet room. He said in a trembling voice: “Second Master, this slave knew wrong. This slave is wrong. I beg Second Master to spare this slave.”
Jiang LinZhi picked up the green vegetables, chewed them slowly, and said, “Although you are now staying in the Eastern Courtyard, you are still sent by the Old Lady, and it’s not appropriate for me to handle you.”
SanXi stared at Jiang LinZhi in a daze. He was hopeless in his heart.
Was he going to be sent back to the Western Courtyard? ‘No, he’s going to die. He really is going to die.’ At that time, whether he fell into the hands of the Old Lady or Hu XiaYun, SanXi felt that he would definitely die.
Pei Cheng wiped the corner of his mouth with a napkin, picked up the chopsticks, and continued to eat slowly.
SanXi crawled in front of Pei Cheng with both hands and feet, his eyes full of hope and said, “Madam, Madam, please consider at fact that I’m serving you with all my heart during this period of time, save this slave, save this slaves.”
Pei Cheng lowered his eyes. SanXi was sent by the Old Lady, so Pei Cheng never trusted SanXi. Hearing this, he casually said, “Oh, how do you want me to help you?”
*(T/N: the raw: 所以裴丞对三星向来不是很信任. I took the liberty and changed ‘三星’(SanXing) to ‘三喜’(SanXi) here, assuming it’s a typo.)
SanXi swallowed his saliva. He kowtowed and said while begging for mercy, “I beg Madam to let Second Master spare this slave’s life. I beg Madam help ask Second Master to spare this slave’s life. I beg Madam.”
Pei Cheng sneered and said: “That’s interesting.”
SanXi raised his head. His whole face was flushed red, and tears and snot were still running down on his face. He looked both disgusting and ridiculous.
Pei Cheng said coldly: “You are from Western Courtyard, how could it be our turn to punish you.”
SanXi was hopeless in his heart. He thought that only Jiang LinZhi was unfeeling, but he didn’t expect that Pei Cheng would turn his face and ignore him so easily.
Jiang LinZhi frowned.
DongLai got a hint from Jiang LinZhi, rolled up his sleeves and walked to the door. After a while, DongLai walked in with two tall and strong servants.
SanXi panicked and struggled constantly, “Madam, I beg you to save this slave. This slave didn’t mean it just now.”
Jiang LinZhi frowned, “Noisy.”
DongLai quickly took out a handkerchief from his pocket and shoved it hard into SanXi’s mouth, blocking the guy’s voice. Two tall servants stretched out their hands, pulled and took SanXi away forcibly, and then strode towards the door.
SanXi’s mouth was blocked, and his hands were dragged away by the two servants. He completely lost the ability to resist, and could only cry and be dragged away by the servants.
DongLai stood aside and was hesitating whether he should stay and disturb the two masters when he heard Pei Cheng, who had always been mild-mannered, suddenly coldly said, “Everyone go out.”
Holding his breath, DongLai got out of the room quietly.
Jiang LinZhi picked up the hot tea, took a sip, and then said: “SanXi can’t stay.”
Pei Cheng’s mouth twitched slightly. He was not angry because Jiang LinZhi moved the people around him, he was just dissatisfied. Why did Jiang LinZhi always hide things from him?
“ErXi and SanXi were both sent by Western Courtyard. Second master used this reason to send SanXi away, yet you didn’t send ErXi away. So, you don’t care even if it’s groundless?” Pei Cheng asked tentatively.
Jiang LinZhi lowered his eyes indifferently, “But it can make the eyes sent by Western Courtyard to see less of what they shouldn’t see. What’s more, these people also said things that shouldn’t be said.”
Pei Cheng guessed it in an instant. He thought of Jiang YanZhi’s changes during this period of time, Pei Cheng sullenly said, “Second Master, YanZhi’s strangeness during this period of time, you should have seen it.”
Jiang LinZhi said paradoxically: “YanZhi needs to rest during this period of time, and he can’t listen to some nonsense. If you want, you can ask DongLai to replace a group of servants in your courtyard later.”
Pei Cheng took a deep breath. The Pei family was not a very rich and noble family, but the intrigues in the backyard were no less than that of the Jiang family. So, Pei Cheng also knew some dirty things about the backyards of rich people.
It’s just that he never thought that those people would put their hands on a child!
This was absolutely intolerable to Pei Cheng.
Pei Cheng lowered his eyes, covering up the haze in his eyes, “If Western Courtyard still refuses to stop here, then what should we do?”
Jiang LinZhi was full. He put down the bowl and chopsticks, and wiped his mouth with a napkin.
Pei Cheng naturally picked up the soup bowl, scooped half of the soup with a spoon, and placed it in front of Jiang LinZhi.
Jiang LinZhi glanced at Pei Cheng, didn’t say anything, picked up the soup bowl and took two sips before putting it down, as if he drank the soup just to give Pei Cheng a face.
Pei Cheng didn’t expect his actions of helping the man scoop the soup would be so natural. He looked a little embarrassed for a while, and then he was relieved when he saw that Jiang LinZhi had no special meaning.
Jiang LinZhi said, “The Eastern Courtyard is the Eastern Courtyard, and the Western Courtyard is the Western Courtyard. If the Old Lady still refuses to stop.......”
Jiang LinZhi did not continue, but Pei Cheng could hear another layer of meaning implicit in the man’s words. If the Old Lady and Hu XiaYun were still unwilling to stop after seeing SanXi who was caught and sent back, then Jiang LinZhi wouldn’t just let it go.
Pei Cheng suddenly shuddered.
Even though he and Jiang LinZhi were married in the previous life, they rarely met each other 一一 They lived together in the Eastern Courtyard, but except for the night of the marriage and the next day after the difficult birth of Jiang YanZhi, he rarely met Jiang LinZhi in person.
In other words, he had been married to Jiang LinZhi for nearly ten years, but he had never met Jiang LinZhi more than five times. So, this had led to Pei Cheng having very little understanding of Jiang LinZhi.
However, what happened one after another in the past few days gave Pei Cheng a new understanding of Jiang LinZhi in front of him 一一 Jiang LinZhi was not as harmless as he seemed on the surface.
The cold and silent Jiang LinZhi was like a venomous fang that was sharpening and hiding in the dark, which made one unexpected and hard to guard against it.
Jiang LinZhi didn’t seem to notice Pei Cheng’s distraction. After he finished drinking the tea in his cup, he said lightly: “Although I sent a pair of eyes back, Madam’s side not only has SanXi, this pair of eyes.”
Pei Cheng calmed down instantly. He followed Jiang LinZhi’s words, “I just sent back one, if I send back the second pair of eyes immediately, it is estimated that the Old Lady will find trouble in the Eastern Courtyard.”
Jiang LinZhi’s right hand was placed on his knee and he tapped it lightly. His movement was very casual, but it made Pei Cheng’s back taut in a conditioned reflex.
Pei Cheng didn’t know why, but he was very afraid of Jiang LinZhi.
Jiang LinZhi pretended not to see Pei Cheng’s nervousness, he said lightly: “There will always be a chance.”
“Second Master.” Pei Cheng suddenly said, “This morning, Pei family sent another servant to look for me. Father has already ordered; let me take you and YanZhi back to the Pei house to live for the next half a month.”
“It’s father-in-law’s birthday in half a month. It’s reasonable to go back.” Jiang LinZhi’s expression did not change, but as soon as he finished speaking, his black eyes, which seemed to be able to see through what others were thinking, were staring into Pei Cheng’s eyes, and he said, “As the youngest son-in-law of the Pei family, it is only natural for me to attend my father-in-law’s birthday. But Madam, are you willing to go back?”
Although the last sentence was a question, Pei Cheng could hear the affirmation from Jiang LinZhi’s tone.
Pei Cheng was silent, but he did not deny it.
He really didn’t want to go back.
Since he was abandoned by the Pei family like a fallen chess piece in his last life, he had never thought of going back. Half a month ago, if it wasn’t for his mother who came to Jiang Mansion to look for him, perhaps Pei Cheng would just find and send a little servant to congratulate on his father’s birthday, and would not go back to Pei family to be there in person.
Mother knows her child very well. Maybe Mother Pei noticed Pei Cheng’s thoughts when she came to Jiang Family last time, so today, she sent an attendant to remind Pei Cheng early in the morning.
Jiang LinZhi said in a deep voice, “If you don’t want to, you can push it away.”
Pei Cheng didn’t say anything.
The Pei family was incomparable with the Jiang family, whether it was the connections in Huacheng or the family business they owned. Therefore, when Jiang LinZhi said these words, there was no pressure.
But Pei Cheng couldn’t do that.
Pei Cheng pursed his lips and refused: “No. Second Master, I want to go back.”
Jiang LinZhi looked at Pei Cheng steadily, as if to see through something. In the end, Jiang LinZhi said, “Okay.”
Since he wanted to go back, then let’s go back.
It’s not a big deal after all.