Chapter 248 Whose Names Were on the Letter?
“Since it is a misunderstanding, Madam, you can leave now!” Qin Huaiyong said lightly, stopping asking whether it was true or not, even without seeking proof.
Nevertheless, he said that in an obviously suspicious tone, looked much colder and faintly seemed to ask her to leave, which embarrassed Madam of Duke Xing a lot. But Qin Huaiyong directly cut off this topic, so she had to stop talking.
Madam of Duke Xing had prepared a lot of words to explain it, only to find her explanation was useless. She felt like being ready to attack but finally punching on the cotton. In the moment, she looked embarrassed.
Fortunately, after being embarrassed for a while, Madam of Duke Xing stood up and said with displeasure, “Since it is a misunderstanding, we are okay after making a clear explanation. I’m leave now!”
Qin Huaiyong nodded and stood up, seeming like about to see her off. Anyway he should show necessary respect for Madam of Duke Xing.
“Father, I am going to see Madam of Duke Xing off,” Qin Wanru said softly.
Qin Huaiyong nodded and did not insist on it. He sat down again with his gaze falling on the two “exhibits” on the desk, which made Madam of Duke Xing slightly panic with knitted brows. Nevertheless, she thought there was no detailed information on the letter and Qin Huaiyong would have no clue even if he saw it!
She instantly turned and left, followed by Qin Wanru.
After taking a few steps, Madam of Duke Xing slowed down, looked back at Qin Wanru and gently waved at her to motion for her to go forward.
After she came forward, Madam of Duke Xing said affectionately, “I wanted to adopt you as my daughter. I really like you, want to raise you as my biological daughter and make you the Miss of our Duke Xing’s Mansion. But at the moment, I seem to be unable to make it happen, since your father may be biased against me!”
Qin Wanru sneered secretly. In this case, Madam of Duke Xing still deceived her as if she was an ignorant child!
“Thank you for your great kindness!” Qin Wanru slightly rolled up her sleeves and said.
“You are so likable. Your grandmother has agreed on it. I didn’t expect to meet with such a mishap. If you can be my adopted daughter, you will at least be a famous Miss of an aristocratic family in the capital. With the background of Duke Xing’s Mansion, you can even marry a prince!”
Madam of Duke Xing said in a tempting tone, and then sighed. She seemed to be talking to herself, but happened to be heard by Qin Wanru, “I’m wondering who created such a disturbance. It’s such a coincidence. The old servant has always been capable in our mansion.”
She meant that someone made use of Nanny Sheng and made her wronged for what she had done in the Qin’s Mansion today with the intention of spoiling the thing that was greatly beneficial to Qin Wanru!
Qin Wanru’s butterfly-like long eyelashes fluttered twice, concealing the gloom in her eyes. Madam of Duke Xing really treated others like fools as always. In this case, she still tried to deceive her by saying Nanny Sheng was trapped by someone with an ulterior motive and shifting the blame onto Madam Di.
She shifted all the blame onto Madam Di!
With slight gratitude on her face, Qin Wanru did not reply. She looked slightly simple-hearted and naive like a child.
“Your grandma is old, and your mother is pregnant now. They may not be able to help you even if they want to. No matter whether I can adopt you as my daughter, if you come up against difficulties in the future, you can still turn to me directly. I will help you as much as I could. We could be considered predestined to meet today!”
Madam of Duke Xing sighed with satisfaction.
On their way, Madam of Duke Xing coaxed Qin Wanru, praised Qin Wanru and kept expressing her sincere affection for Qin Wanru. Qin Wanru just smiled at her without telling the truth.
After sending Madam of Duke Xing to the gate of the mansion, Qin Wanru turned to go to Qin Huaiyong’s study.
In the study, Qin Huaiyong was still looking at the names of several people and the address on the envelope. He failed to figure out to whom these names belonged after pondering over it for a lingering moment. Regarding the address, it was very normal and didn’t look like the name of a mansion.
“Father, who are these people?” Qin Wanru looked at the names on the envelope curiously after coming in and bowing.
“I don’t know. I haven’t heard of them!” Qin Huaiyong shook his head.
“If so, why did Madam give this letter to Madam of Duke Xing…” Qin Wanru said in astonishment. After finishing her words, she seemed to realize she had made a slip of the tongue. She stopped talking sweetly and looked at Qin Huaiyong pitifully.
Anyway Madam of Duke Xing hadn’t admitted her contact with Madam Di.
“I don’t know!” Fortunately, Qin Huaiyong said gently, seemingly not intending to blame her.
“The map is good. It is really a simple map. Madam of Duke Xing also said so. But who drew it?”
Qin Wanru raised her small face, pointed at the simple map placed aside and said, seemingly wanting to change the subject.
Madam of Duke Xing did have mentioned the simple map, but she had not seen the map before saying that.
It could be seen that she had told a lie!
Qin Huaiyong’s gaze shifted from the letter to the simple map, and his face darkened. The simple map of General’s Mansion was so detailed. If it fell into the hands of someone with an ulterior motive, it would cause trouble easily.
There were not many people capable of drawing such a detailed map in the mansion.
After thinking for a while, he stood up, put the two pieces of “evidence” into his sleeves and said to Qin Wanru, “You can go back now. I’ll handle it!”
“Yes, father, I’m going to spend some time with mother and grandma!” Qin Wanru nodded obediently and turned around to leave. Suddenly she seemed to have thought of something and hurriedly turned to say, “Father, those people seem to share the surname with mother’s former husband!”
Her words made Qin Huaiyong instantly look fierce. He suddenly thought of someone…
“Madam, we came here for nothing today?” The carriage of Duke Xing’s Mansion moved slowly. In the carriage, Madam of Duke Xing didn’t look as gentle as in the Qin’s Mansion. She leant against the mat with a cold face and half-closed eyes. Nanny Sheng glanced at her expression and asked carefully.
“In view of what happened today, I probably can’t make them let down their guard and make Qin Wanru accept me as her adoptive mother!” Madam of Duke Xing said in a cold voice and slowly opened her eyes to stare coldly at Nanny Sheng.
“Madam, it’s all my fault. I didn’t expect that the servant is actually from the palace. If I knew it, I would have striven to take the items back at that time!” Seeing her master’s cold face, Nanny Sheng directly knelt down in the carriage and slapped herself relentlessly.
Her face became swollen immediately.
“Enough, it seems that someone kept an eye on you!” Madam of Duke Xing said with a sneer. It was such a coincidence that Nanny Sheng seemed to have been targeted since she went out.
“It shouldn’t be a deliberate move… since General’s Mansion did not say anything about it later…” With no time to care about the pain of her face, Nanny Sheng said hurriedly.
If she had been deliberately targeted and didn’t realize it, she would be too useless. Maybe Madam of Duke Xing wanted to change a henchman.
Her words made Madam of Duke Xing fall silent. She couldn’t figure out it was a real accident or a deliberate move. If it was a deliberate move, who was behind it?
It was unlikely to be Madam Di, seemingly also unlikely to be Madam Shui, and even more unlikely to be Madam Dowager who had wanted Qin Wanru to accept her as adoptive mother directly. Could it be Qin Huaiyong?
A general would care about the matter of the inner court? It was impossible at the thought of it!
Except for them, Qin Wanru was the only possibility, but Madam of Duke Xing directly vetoed this answer. She had observed Qin Wanru’s expression on the way, and it seemed to be impossible!
“Madam, what are we going to do next? It’s the address of the residence of the family of Madam Shui’s former husband. We don’t know where they live now!”
Nanny Sheng did not read the letter, so she did not know the address offered by Madam Di. They had secretly passed the news before. This time Madam Di found the address of several close relatives of the family of Shui Ruolan’s former husband in Jiangzhou and gave it to Madam of Duke Xing. Madam of Duke Xing would instruct them to make trouble.
“We’ll leave it aside. We haven’t taken it over yet. Even if something goes wrong, we won’t get involved,” Madam of Duke Xing said coldly. The fallen curtain blocked the light, which made her look a bit gloomy.
“But… we’ll lose contact with the Qin’s Mansion again. You won’t be able to… adopt Second Miss Qin!” Being afraid of taking the blame, Nanny Sheng secretly looked at Madam of Duke Xing’s expression, while reminding her cautiously.
Reminded by her was better than reminded by others!
“Humph, even if she doesn’t want to get involved with me, I’ll make her have to get involved with me, come to me and beg me!” Madam of Duke Xing sneered and bent the corners of her lips, showing a sarcastic smile. “A small Ningyuan Army General’s Mansion dares to challenge our Duke Xing’s Mansion. They consider themselves powerful enough to do that!”
“It’s true. A small General’s Mansion considers itself the family of an influential official upon arrival at the capital. They are not qualified to do that!” Nanny Sheng hurriedly despised Qin Huaiyong with her master.
She then lowered her head and asked cautiously, “Madam, what are we going to do next?”
“Just wait and see. I will definitely take control of Qin Wanru!” Madam of Duke Xing said sinisterly, with a sharp sparkle in her eyes. She couldn’t leave this girl alone.
“Has Rui’an Great Elder Princess known something?” Nanny Sheng was shocked and shrank her neck, only feeling her head ran cold. She was not afraid of challenging Ningyuan Army General’s Mansion, but afraid of challenging Rui’an Great Elder Princess.
Although Duke Xing’s Mansion was a first-class Duke’s Mansion, Rui’an Great Elder Princess had a nobler identity!
“She won’t know. How could she know! Zhuozhuo, it’s her!” The voice of Madam of Duke Xing sounded extremely gruesome in the narrow compartment, and her faint smile even made people shiver. “She had always overwhelmed me. Now I’ll let her know who the noblest one is. Now she is… humph, just a fool. She is unqualified to compete with me! Spread the news that I’m going to adopt Qin Wanru as my daughter and I’m quite satisfied after specially visiting her in the Qin’s Mansion!”
Nanny Sheng did not dare to talk. She deeply lowered her head with cold sweat on her back. Even as a henchman, she knew not much and didn’t dare to hear too much. She would rather have never heard of this kind of thing…