Chapter 22 – The Ugly Housekeeper
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On their way back to East Park, Ji Yunshu was taciturn and didn’t speak. Her expression was tense not allowing anyone to guess her mind.
Jing Rong followed after her into the guest house. When he saw that she was holding onto a box but didn’t place it down, he inquired, “What is inside the box that could surprisingly make you frown with worry?”
“I’m not frowning from worry. It’s just…” She shook her head. “Let’s stop here. Tomorrow, I’ll explain everything.”
“If you know who the murderer is, why are you waiting until tomorrow to act?”
“Your Highness, did you forget what I said before? There is a high probability that the murderer is actually two people. If I start something right now, it will be like beating the grass and scaring away the snake.”
“So, you already know who the murderers are among them?”
She hesitated half a second before nodding. “It should be them.”
Jing Rong smiled. With both hands clasped behind his back, he strode into the room on the right side. Without turning back, he said, “Then, I’ll wait for the good show tomorrow.”
The door closed.
Unexpectedly, he didn’t show further interest in who the murderers were. In the reception hall, Ji Yunshu sat while lightly tapping her slender fingers on the box found in Miss Zhou’s bedroom. As she nonchalantly tapped, the small chain on the box jingled with a lulling sound.
Not long after, she got up and left; her destination was the mourning hall where the corpse of Miss Zhou rested.
Several maidservants were guarding the place when they noticed Ji Yunshu’s arrival. They lifted their eyes and went to greet her. Then, they tactfully went out to guard outside.
Inside, the coffin was placed in the middle of the room. A black cloth covered the closed coffin. On top of the black cloth, there was a block of green jade. In ancient times, there was a superstition related to green jade about how it warded evil spirits.
At this moment, the old housekeeper from earlier came in. His waist was crooked. In one hand he held a lantern, while the other was pressed on his abdomen. He slowly walked until he was in front of Ji Yunshu and questioned, “Teacher Ji, coming here at such a late time, is there anything you want to order us to do?”
Ji Yunshu faintly shook her head. “No. I merely wanted to come here to take a look.”
“If Teacher needs anything, don’t hesitate to order us. Milord made it clear that we cannot neglect you.”
“You don’t need to trouble yourself. This humble one is used do things leisurely. A life of richness and indulgence doesn’t fit me.” Ji Yunshu smiled.
The old housekeeper lowered his head, but suddenly a cold wind blew in from the entrance and sent the mourning hat on his head flying. His aged face was immediately laid bare as the lantern light died out.
Skin of a mucky yellow hue composed of densely packed wrinkles, adding to deeply sunken dark orbs for eyes, his face could only be described in one word: wretched. It was especially fitting as the left side of his face was marred by a scar stretching from the corner of his eye to the corner of his mouth. That scar must have been caused by a knife, and due to inadequate treatment, the wound’s edges did not close properly, eventually turning into a sinister red scab.
The sudden glimpse of such a sight was enough to scare people! Ji Yunshu’s face slightly twitched when she saw his face.
The old housekeeper immediately lowered his head further. He put back the mourning hat and bowed down. “This old servant is ugly. I have startled Teacher.”
“Please don’t misunderstand. I absolutely didn’t mean to disrespect you. It’s just that… the scar on your face seemed to date back to quite a few years ago.” Ji Yunshu cautiously showed her interest.
“Yes. A few years ago, I wasn’t careful and wounded myself which left this scar on my face.” The old housekeeper’s tone was dull and devoid of emotions.
Ji Yunshu blinked a few times, but she no longer inquired about it.
The old housekeeper coughed and asked, “The sky is dark. I have a lantern; it would be better if I send you back, so you could rest.”
Ji Yunshu shook her head. “There’s no need. There is light on the way. I can go back by myself. The time is not early. You and the maidservants should also rest.”
She strode out of the mourning hall. Her face appeared to be serene, but that calmness was mixed with some apprehension and pity!
Although the thoughts rose into her mind, no one was aware of it.
On that night, a light drizzle fell until it was near the hour of the ox, and gradually the drizzling rain turned into snow.
Jinjiang city was situated at the northern end of Beiliang country. Since they were entering the winter season, there would be days where it would snow. As the white snow fell, it covered the city in a layer of fine powder, glittering with a silver glow.
However, once it fell on the snaking roads made of limestone, the layer of snow broke up and separated into countless lumps at each human passing.
Grenn’s Rants Corner
This case will be closed by the end of this week. :3