Chapter 16 – The Sharp-tongued Prince
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After she returned the whip to its place, Ji Yunshu stepped back, but she stumbled and almost fell. Fortunately, Qiaoxin was behind her and came to her help.
Ji Yunshu simultaneously supported herself by latching onto Qiaoxin’s arm. She speedily raised the maidservant’s sleeve and peeked at the arm underneath before immediately pulling it down again.
No one will be any the wiser!
Qiaoxin asked, “Are you alright, Teacher Ji?”
Aware that “men and women shouldn’t touch each other,” Ji Yunshu immediately leaped away before bowing her head. “Thank you very much Miss Qiaoxin.”
“It’s good that Teacher didn’t fall.”
At this moment, Lord Zhou came into the room.
Ji Yunshu walked over to him.
“Lord Zhou, I can see from the sky that it’s getting late. I don’t know if it’s possible to stay at the Zhou mansion for the night?”
“Of course! It’s possible as long as Teacher doesn’t disdain our place. Instead, I might trouble you with my daughter’s matters.” Lord Zhou’s voice was desolate with tears pooling at the corner of his eyes, but he forced himself not to cry. How distressing was it for him to lose his only daughter in such a way?
“Lord Zhou, please rest assured. This case has been received by the yamen and was assumed by Lord Liu, which also means it’s under my responsibility. I will definitively give justice to Miss Zhou.”
“My daughter was very obedient and had a good temper. She never quarrelled with others, so I just don’t understand who could possibly plot such an evil scheme against her.”
Lord Zhou’s look underwent a great changes and his dark circles became more pronounced.
At present, Ji Yunshu still could not determine who the murderer was, so it was hard for her to speak of it.
“If Lord Zhou doesn’t mind, is it possible to prepare two rooms?” A voice floated in from the entrance.
Ji Yunshu didn’t even need to look to guess that it was Jing Rong’s voice. Why must that man be so determined to tangle with her?
Jing Rong bursted into the room like a cool breeze. His posture and demeanor carried a noble aura which was greatly incompatible with the current gloomy atmosphere of the funeral.
“May I ask who you are?” Lord Zhou asked in ignorance.
Jing Rong lifted his dark pupils. “This humble one is Teacher Ji’s friend. I came with him today.”
“It turns out to be a friend of Teacher Ji. Naturally, you are also our important guest.” Lord Zhou ordered the housekeeper at once. “Ah jing, quickly prepare two rooms.”
“Yes Milord.” The housekeeper immediately replied.
Ji Yunshu was watching Jing Rong when she coincidentally met with his gaze. He had a smile hidden within the depth of his eyes.
Seeing his pleased expression, she didn’t understand why he was so be happy to stay here? He refused the warm pillow and the dragon bed and ran off here to sleep on a padauk bed. That kind of hobby could only be described as weird! He was really a weirdo!
Ji Yunshu stealthily glanced at him numerous times, but her expression still remained unchanged.
The day was over. Thus, the county magistrate rounded up the yamen runners and was prepared to leave.
As he walked forward, Ji Yunshu grabbed him and pulled him aside and whispered something in his ears. He nodded and blinked. Then, he bowed to Jing Rong and left.
“Prince Rong, this lowly official will leave first. If you have any command, send someone to notify us by all means.”
“Bring Lang Po back to the yamen. Let him spend the night there. He will follow you.”
“P-pardon?” Liu Qingping’s eyeballs almost popped out.
Jing Rong looked at him with a sharp expression. “Do you have hearing problems?”
The county magistrate waved his hands in negation.
“Then, hurry and go away. Don’t be a hindrance.”
Liu Qingping nodded.
Lang Po followed the orders and departed with Liu Qingping.
The rear court returned to its calm state. The whole mansion was suddenly shrouded in a strangely dense fog!
A tall and majestic body with awe-inspiring presence stood next to a lean figure that was like roaming clouds in the sky.
Ji Yunshu was in full concentration. She let a small groan slip out of her mouth. “This humble one didn’t say that I won’t take Prince Rong’s case. You don’t need to watch me all the time, as if you’re afraid I would run away.”
Jing Rong parted his lips and retorted, “This prince doesn’t need to waste energy watching you. As for running away, even if you do, you won’t be able to escape my grasp. Don’t forget that whether Lord Liu can keep his official hat1 or not, all rests in your hands!”
“Prince Rong, are you threatening me?”
“If you behave well and take care of my problem, is there a need for threats?”
Ji Yunshu was silenced. Her eyelids raised higher as she rolled her eyes. ‘This prince has a sharp-tongue!’
Grenn’s Rants Corner
*throws confetti* *party hard* Bone Painting Coroner is officially released. More chapters to come in the following weeks. Have fun reading!
- In Ancient China, officials have a headwear to show that they are officials. Commoners can’t wear it, except on special occasion like a wedding. ↩