Chapter 013: Beware of that person
QiuYi tucked the fallen hair behind her ear and did not put Dong Lai’s vigilance in her eyes, but breathed a sigh of relief. She raised the food box she was carrying, and said absently: “Master ordered me to send the cake to Second Master.”
The vigilance in Dong Lai’s eyes was not so obvious anymore, but his straightened back could still tell that he was still on guard, “Send the cake to Second Master? Then, why did you come to the Second Young Madam’s courtyard?”
A blush flashed across QiuYi’s cheeks. She had been helping Hu XiaYun to observe Pei Cheng secretly since a few days ago. So, when she had just passed this courtyard, she turned and looked into that courtyard in a conditioned response.
Dong Lai stretched out his hand and said, “Give me the things. I will send those to Second Master.”
QiuYi turned sideways and put the food box behind her so that Dong Lai could not touch it.
“Master said, I have to personally deliver this cake to the hands of Second Master.”
Dong Lai turned around. There were no ups and downs in his voice, and he said: “Come with me.”
QiuYi swallowed the saliva and hurried to follow.
And, Pei Cheng in the study was still staring at Jiang LinZhi. The two were very close now. The atmosphere was stiff at the beginning, but now, it somehow heated up imperceptibly.
Pei Cheng was very uncomfortable with the current state of the two.
As it was said before, there was always an unknown gloomy aura covering Jiang LinZhi’s whole body, the kind of feeling that always seems incompatible with this world, making people close to him feel uncomfortable.
Pei Cheng was no exception either. However, he did not show his rejection of Jiang LinZhi so clearly. He just turned slightly and refused to look at Jiang LinZhi.
And, didn’t know why, Pei Cheng always had an illusion that once he looks at Jiang LinZhi, everything he thinks in his heart would be seen through by the other party.
The knock on the door from outside the study broke the embarrassing situation in the room. Pei Cheng asked: “Who?”
There was another knock on the door from outside the room.
“Second Master, Master Jiang sends people to deliver some pastries.”
Jiang LinZhi didn’t like sweets, so he had never touched sweets. The whole Jiang family knew this, so Master Jiang would never ask anyone to send pastries to the East Courtyard.
Jiang LinZhi glanced at Pei Cheng’s profile without a trace. He didn’t know whom Big Brother wanted to give those pastries, was it to him or to ‘this person’?
Pei Cheng didn’t know that within a short time of questioning and answering, the man standing next to him had guessed all the possibilities.
The door was pushed open, and QiuYi walked in carefully, carrying the food box. She put the food box on the table and bowed carefully, saying, “Greeting Second Master. Greeting Second Young Madam.”
Pei Cheng raised his foot and walked to the table. He poured himself a cup of tea and took a sip. He found that the tea was cold, he frowned, but didn’t say anything.
Jiang LinZhi retracted his gaze and no longer focused on Pei Cheng.
Pei Cheng casually opened the lid of the food box, and a faint fragrance wafted out, which was his favorite taste.
But Pei Cheng just took a look, did not eat, and smoothly covered the box again.
Master Jiang asked to send a box of pastries to the East Courtyard, which was nominally given to Jiang LinZhi, but this sweet cake did not suit Jiang LinZhi’s taste, but Pei Cheng’s taste.
The implication behind this really made people couldn’t help but to think more into it.
QiuYi hesitated for a moment, and then she said: “Second Master, this servant still has one more thing ......”
Jiang LinZhi said: “Say.”
QiuYi heard the impatience in Jiang LinZhi’s words, and swallowed her saliva, a little worried of Jiang LinZhi taking advantage of the situation and venting his anger on her. So, she hurriedly said: “Master is hosting a banquet in the North Courtyard tonight, and the Old Lady will be there too.”
“You leave.” Jiang LinZhi did not give an answer.
QiuYi still didn’t get a clear answer, she didn’t dare to leave like this, but she didn’t even dare to ask Jiang LinZhi straightforwardly. She could only ask in a roundabout way, saying: “Tonight’s banquet, the paternal family of the Old Lady will come. So, the Old Lady hoped that Second Young Madam would bring Young Master YanZhi to the banquet.”
Pei Cheng was taken aback for a moment, and then smiled and said: “How come it is you who came to deliver the Old Lady’s words?”*
That sentence didn’t mean much on the surface, but QiuYi was so scared that she was covered in cold sweat. The way Pei Cheng said was really ruthless!
*(T/N: The Old Lady had her own servants to do the tasks but QiuYi doing like this, being someone from Hu XiaYun’s courtyard, was overstepping. It kinda likes a taboo. And, we all know what taboo means to servants in ancient times.)
Jiang LinZhi said coldly, not knowing whose words made him unhappy.
QiuYi left without stopping, for fear of being punished by Jiang LinZhi.
Pei Cheng drank another cup of herbal tea. After the tea was cold, there was always an unspeakable bitter taste, which made Pei Cheng a little unhappy, but uncontrollably made him pour another cup.
After drinking the third cup of herbal tea in a row, Pei Cheng deliberately said: “Second Master, tonight’s banquet in the North Courtyard, do I have to bring YanZhi with me?”
Jiang LinZhi said, “Since the Old Lady has spoken, don’t refute her wish.”
The implication was that they were going tonight.
Pei Cheng breathed a sigh of relief inexplicably, “Second Master, I will go back first.”
Jiang LinZhi didn’t say anything, but when Pei Cheng just returned to his courtyard, before he had time to raise his foot to step into the threshold, he heard the rush footsteps behind him. He paused for a moment.
Dong Lai was holding the food box just now, standing in front of Pei Cheng with sweat on his forehead, “Second Young Madam.”
Pei Cheng turned his body sideways and motioned Dong Lai to place the food box on the table.
Dong Lai swiftly placed the food box on the table, then took out a bag of tea, and said, “This is Lincha (floral tea). Second Master saw that Second Young Madam likes to drink it. So, he asked this servant to send it to Second Young Madam specially.”
Pei Cheng said: “What else did Second Master say?”
Dong Lai said, “Second Master reminds you to arrive at the North Courtyard on time tonight.”
Pei Cheng said: “Go back and tell Second Master that I understand.”
Dong Lai nodded. Seeing that Pei Cheng had nothing to ask, he left.