New Chapter: Luoyang Brocade Ch. 14
Chapter 14: Nightmare
Father had already arrived in Ding Province?
Lu Hong stretched his brow, smiled and nodded. He looked at Ling Jing Shu and said, “Cousin Shu, Ah Qian and I are going to the dock to pick up my father. We can only come again next time to see the flowers.”
Ling Jing Shu’s reaction was a bit strange. Her white face was almost bloodless, and the thin smile on the lips had faded. The black pupils contracted slightly and quickly recovered, “Cousin Lu please go ahead.”
The originally gentle voice had immediately turned into a cold voice.
Lu Hong had doubts in his heart but he did not think too much.
Lu Qian’s whole body shuddered. He looked at Ling Jing Shu with a complicated look. He wanted to say something, his lips moved, and in the end he did not open his mouth. He lowered his head and left with Lu Hong.
After the two Lu brothers left, Ling Jing Shu was standing in the same spot for a long time.
It was so long until Bai Yu and Ling Xiao had noticed something was wrong.
Ling Xiao couldn’t see, he did not know Ling Jing Shu’s pretty face was pale and stiff at this time. Bai Yu clearly saw it and her heart sank: “Miss, what’s wrong with you?”
“Ah Shu, why are you not talking?” Ling Xiao stepped forward and grabbed Ling Jing Shu’s sleeves. His face was worried and anxious: “Isn’t it still good just now?”
Ling Jing Shu took a deep breath, “Please do not worry about me, I am fine.” Then she repeated it again, “I am really fine.”
She had been reborn to being a young girl again, and the humiliation she had suffered in her previous life had been a thing of the past. She didn’t have to be afraid, she would never let herself fall like her former life again.
Ling Jing Shu repeatedly meditated in her heart several times, and her trembling hands could finally become calm.
This kind of appearance, how could it be nothing, it was clearly a big deal.
Ling Jing Shu was not willing to elaborate further. Bai Yu and Ling Xiao could not force her, they had no choice but to accompany her.
The footsteps were coming nearer and nearer, breaking the silence at the moment.
Ling Xiao’s ears were the most sensitive, he frowned and asked, “Who is it?”
“It’s me.” A familiar girl’s voice sounded, it was Ling Jing Xian. She seemed like she was in a hurry, and she didn’t have her usual sweet smile on her face. Looking at it carefully, she even had some gloominess between her eyebrows.
She definitely looked like she was looking for trouble.
Ling Jing Shu’s heart was full of thoughts so her reaction was a bit slow, “Cousin Xian, what are you doing here?”
Ling Jing Xian cold laughed and her voice was sharp and mean, “This is Ling Residence’s Peony Garden, you can come here, I cannot come here?”
After said finish, she looked around and asked unhappily, “Where is Cousin Hong? Didn’t he come to the Peony Garden with you? How come he is not here now?”
When she heard that Lu Hong and Ling Jing Shu were coming to the Peony Garden, Ling Jing Xian’s heart was filled with jealousy, and she hurriedly rush over to look for them.
Ling Jing Shu’s mood was very bad, full of anger and sorrow but she had nowhere to vent. Since Ling Jing Xian sent herself over, she certainly would not be polite, “He has legs on his body, he want to come, or want to go, who can stop him. If you want to see him, you should inform earlier, or let someone stop him and let him wait for you here.”
Ling Jing Xian, “…”
Ling Jing Xian was very angry, her face had turned red and her eyes flashed with anger. She clenched her teeth and said, “Ling Jing Shu! That day you promised me.” She saw Ling Xiao from the side of her eyes, she swallowed the words she wanted to say and changed to other words instead, “You promised me what, you did not forget right!”
Ling Jing Shu raised her eyebrows coldly, “I did not promised anything.”
Ling Jing Xian’s face changed color. When she was about to say something, Ling Jing Shu’s cold voice rang, “I’m not interested in the thing you want. What you want to do is also not related to me. If you mention half a word to me again, I will become hostile.”
Her tone was very impolite.
After Ling Jing Xian listened to these words, the anger on her face quickly retreated and even revealed a smile, “Good sister, I was just anxious and said something wrong. I will apologise to you. Please don’t put it in your heart.”
Ling Xiao couldn’t understand what they were talking about and could not help but interrupt and asked, “Cousin Xian, what are you and Ah Shu talking about? How come I can’t understand a single word you said?”
Not waiting for Ling Jing Shu’s reply, Ling Jing Xian rushed to answer, “It’s a little secret between us sisters, you don’t ask further.”
Ling Xiao’s temperament was pure and good. Since Ling Jing Xian said so, he really stopped asking.
Ling Jing Xian rolled her eyes and she couldn’t endure it anymore. She opened her mouth and asked, “Cousin Xiao, Cousin Hong accompanied you all to Peony Garden just now, how come I cannot see him now?”
Ling Jing Shu’s temper seemed different recently. She had become sharp with words and very cold towards her, it’s not good to provoke her. Ling Xiao was still better to talk to.
“There was a report, saying that uncle had already arrived at the dock, Cousin Hong and Cousin Qian had to pick him up.” Ling Xiao said quickly.
It turned out that uncle had arrived.
Ling Jing Xian’s eyebrows had relaxed and she said with a smile, “Aunt had chanted all day, uncle had finally arrived. Speaking of it, Big Uncle and his family should be arriving soon! Grandmother’s birthday is coming, if they still haven’t come back, if will be too late.”
She had just stopped talking and immediately there was a maid servant came over and report the news, “Old Madam had instructed maid servant to come and give young master and miss a message. Big Master and his family had also arrived at the dock. They are currently moving their luggage onto the carriage. Very soon, they will also arrive in the Residence. Young master and Miss, please gather at Yong He hall now.”
“We were just talking about them.” Ling Jing Xian was dumbfounded. Then she intimately held onto Ling Jing Shu’s hand, “Let’s go there together. Big Uncle and his family has not returned for five or six years. Looks like later there will be some crying scenes just like when Aunt had returned home previously.”
She thought her words were funny. After she said finish, she started laughing on her own.
Ling Jing Shu looked at her without any expression.
Ling Jing Xian was initially laughing happily, but after being looked at by an expressionless Ling Jing Shu, she gradually lost her smile, “If you don’t want to go, then I will go ahead first.”
She couldn’t help but secretly groan. Big Uncle’s family came back, and the uncle who they had never met before had also arrived. Its a family reunion, this should be a big happy event, how come Ling Jing Shu’s face didn’t show any happiness at all?
Although Bai Yu did not understand the reason, she remembered that when Madam Ling and the two Lu young masters arrived, Ling Jing Shu deliberately evaded. She whispered to Ling Jing Shu: “If Miss does not want to show up, maid servant will go to Yong He hall to inform them, saying that Miss is not feeling well.”
Ling Jing Shu took a deep breath and interrupted Bai Yu, “I will go with Cousin Xian.”
She could hide once, but she could not hide forever.
Whatever was coming, it would eventually come, she should face it. She had to straighten her chest and face the nightmare of her past life.
Along the way, Ling Jing Xian did not talk much.
Ever since Ling Jing Shu woke up from high fever, her temperament had changed a lot. When Ling Jing Shu was so condensed with a pretty face, it was full of heart-rending cold and chill.
To put it bluntly, Ling Jing Xian was like a paper tiger with a fierce face but weak heart. Usually she was fierce on the outside, but when she faced the quiet and cold Ling Jing Shu, she immediately became a coward.
After arriving at Yong He hall, Ling Jing Shu almost immediately converges the chill of her whole body. Smiling and coming forward to greet Old Madam Ling and the others, and then quietly stood at the side of her stepmother, Madam Li.
Ling Jing Xian thought to herself. Just now she must had seen wrongly. Ling Jing Shu was clearly still the usual gentle and polite self.
Everyone was chatting while waiting for First Ling Master and Lu Master to arrive.
“Big Brother has served in the Ministry of Industry for many years, and I have heard that he is appreciated by the Ministry of Industry. The Ministry of Industry’s Qiao Shi Lang is about to retire. This vacant space will eventually belongs to big brother’s.”
Fifth Ling Master usually socialize with those officials so he was quite familiar with the promotions at Big Zhou officialdom. So his words this time was quite convincing.
Fourth Ling Master smiled and continued the conversation, “Big brother has worked as Secretary for so many years at Ministry of Industry, it’s about time for him to get a promotion.”
The Secretary of the Ministry of Industry was fourth rank of the official position. If he could be promoted to the Head of the Ministry of Industry, he would become the third rank of the official position.
Official third rank wasn’t considered a high rank. But for a civil servant, it’s already consider very high. If one could endure another eight to ten years, maybe they could go further up and become one of the head for the six official divisions.
Speaking of her eldest son, Old Madam Ling was full of pride and joy, her face was full of smiles, “If he can be promoted, it would be the best. But the most important thing is that he can be safe and sound. I’m already this old, I don’t wish for anything else. I just want to look forward to having more grandchildren and for everyone in the residence to be safe.
Everyone in the residence to be safe?
Ling Jing Shu gave a mocking smile.
Old Madam Ling’s thoughts were good, but unfortunately, Big Uncle was unwilling to be mediocre. He insisted to jump into the whirlpool of battle for the throne, in the end he had landed himself in deep trouble and was sent to the dungeon. In order to save him, Ling Family sold their family businesses and assets, asked for help from everywhere. Finally, Lu Family agreed to help them and manage to save him.
After this incident, First Ling Master lost his official position and lost his mind. Majority of Ling Family business were also gone, and it eventually declined.
It was precisely because of this, Lu An dared to unscrupulously imprison her in the house. After she tried hard to escape back to Ling Residence, Old Madam Ling was afraid to offend Lu An so they tied her up and sent her back to Lu Residence.
When people only live once, they couldn’t escape the words ‘power’ and ‘benefit’ and she who was innocent and pitiful, had to pay the price for those words.