Chapter 337 Things in Those Days & an Ordinary Servant
“Do it because I say so. Don’t talk nonsense. Remember to make it yourself. I will let you take my measurements today to avoid wastage of the material.” Ao Chenyi narrowed his eyes impatiently. He pulled something aside and threw it at Ning Xueyan.
Ning Xueyan sat down subconsciously. When she saw the ruler, she was speechless. He was well-prepared. He even prepared the ruler.
Didn’t he say that he was busy every day?
“Come on. I have something to do later. Don’t waste my time.” Ao Chenyi was pleased to see the distress in Ning Xueyan’s eyes. He felt good when Ning Xueyan’s watery eyes blinked twice, and then sparkled blankly. Hearing that she had gone out of the manor, he immediately came over and waited for her here, and was less depressed.
Although she was a bit wild, sometimes she was charmingly goofy, especially with her delicate appearance. He was no longer indifferent and felt comfortable. He could not help reaching out and pinched her pretty nose.
“What are you thinking about? Hurry up.”
Ao Chenyi had never behaved like this before. He pinched her nose a little harder so that Ning Xueyan’s nose twitched. She sobered up and slapped his hand away without hesitation. She said helplessly, “Prince Yi, stretch out your hands. I’ll take your measurements at once.”
She had figured it out that Prince Yi was here to tease her. He waited to ask her to make his clothes. It was apparent that she could not wear these wedding clothes. But since he issued the orders, she could not say anything, as long as he was happy. Who would dare to go against the high-ranking Prince Yi, over a set of clothes?
However, this thing happened to this bloodthirsty devil, which was too childish. Did the cold and arrogant Prince Yi do it intentionally? Ning Xueyan found it both funny and annoying.
Only Prince Yi would think of sewing two sets of wedding clothes that they could not wear.
But soon, she was relieved. Perhaps Prince Yi did not want the emperor to have a say in his marriage, so he did not want the clothes and accessories sent by the imperial palace. If he insisted on wearing the wedding clothes that she made, with his wife, the emperor in the imperial palace would not say anything. No one would go against his will for such a trifling thing.
As she thought so, she put down the cloth in her hand, picked up the ruler, and obediently took his measurements.
Shoulder breadth, height, chest circumference, waist circumference… It was rare that Ao Chenyi was so approachable. He turned around as told, with a smile on his face. In a good mood, he looked at Ning Xueyan and smiled. When Ning Xueyan was measuring his lower hem, he suddenly lowered his head and said to Ning Xueyan, who was squatting beside him.
“I need a pair of shoes. You can make one pair as well.”
He spoke naturally, without thinking that it was inappropriate to ask for so much.
Ning Xueyan stopped measuring his lower hem. Out of his sight, she pursed her lips. Biting her lips, she stood up and stared at Ao Chenyi angrily. Although she was asked to make several sets of clothes and footwear for the bridegroom when she got married, should they not be made by the legal Wife?
She was only a co-consort.
“I hope you can do it quickly, otherwise, humph…” Ao Chenyi did not seem to see Ning Xueyan’s grievance. With an air of complacency, he pinched Ning Xueyan’s tender face. Although he pinched her with minimal strength this time, it still left a red mark on her tender face.
“Prince Yi, I’m the co-consort.” Staring at him, Ning Xueyan could not help but remind him.
“Rest assured. You’re my chosen princess, so I won’t let others bully you. The cloth is for you, so you don’t have to pay for it.” Ao Chenyi was in a good mood and patted Ning Xueyan’s head. Ning Xueyan stared at him with her dark jade-like eyes and choked with silent fury. Seeing that she was exceedingly wrathful and no longer calm, he felt happier.
“Prince Yi, Ning Huaijing’s matter…” Ning Xueyan thought that if they continued with this subject, it would be bad for her, so she led the conversation to other matters. As she blinked her black eyes, she remembered what had happened before, so she deliberately mentioned it.
“Take it easy. Ning Huaijing will be fine. I’m here!” Ao Chenyi interrupted her. With an evil smile on his handsome face, he squinted at Ning Xueyan.
He strode to the side. Then, Ning Xueyan found that there was another door at the corner. After Ao Chenyi went out, his guard followed him and disappeared.
Ning Xueyan looked at the secret door and then at the two bolts of red cloths. She had no choice but to pick them up and walked to the entrance of the outer room. The door opened, and Lanning was standing there. Seeing Ning Xueyan coming out, the servant nodded and bowed hurriedly, leading them to the front.
Ning Xueyan did not ask about Ao Chenyi, so the male servant did not mention anything and sent her to the door, before coming back.
When Lanning came to, she saw the guard. Then she heard faint voices coming from the room. When she saw Ning Xueyan coming out, she naturally did not ask anything. She helped Ning Xueyan to get into the carriage and they left. It was time to go back to Lord Protector’s Manor.
When Ning Xueyan returned to Bright Frost Garden, Mother Han was already back and waiting in the room. When Ning Xueyan came in, Mother Han hurriedly reported to her, and also brought a message from Mother Wang.
The message was sent by Han Dazhuang. He called a carriage and asked an older female servant of the Qingyun Academy to send the letter. Mother Han thumbed a lift and secretly went to see Mother Wang. Therefore, she had some news.
“Young Lady, Mother Wang said that Madam Yu has been hiding something before. She became familiar with Mother Wang recently. As expected, she used to be a maid at the Lord Protector’s Manor. She did not say anything else. But I have not seen her before. I don’t remember that there was such a maid like her in the manor.”
Mother Han found it incredible. She came here when Madam Ming got married, but she had never seen or heard of Madam Yu. When Ning Xueyan mentioned her suspicions, she thought it was impossible. But now the fact was clear. Madam Yu was really a maid from the Ning’s Mansion.
“Mother Han, Ning Huaijing is older than Ning Ziyan. That is to say, Ning Zu’an has already had an affair with others. Whether he had one mistress or two mistresses, his behavior is still the same. Mom entered the Ning’s Mansion because she did not know anything. If Mom knew it that day, would she have married him?” Ning Xueyan said with sarcasm.
To marry Madam Ming, Ning Zu’an took great pains to say that he would treat Madam Ming well for the rest of her life. He had raised an illegitimate child outside earlier on. Besides that, he had a sex servant in his mansion. Later, when the maid got pregnant, he sent her out so that Madam Ming would not find out.
Ning Xueyan checked that when Madam Yu came to the manor, it was around the time when Madam Ming was about to marry him. From Madam Yu’s appearance and behavior, she was clearly a maid. At that time, it should be Ning Zu’an who swore that he would only marry Madam Ming in this life.
It was also because of this promise that Madam Ming agreed to marry him.
Now she found that it was a scam. At that time, Ning Zu’an could say anything because of the power of the Ming family. As long as Madam Ming was willing to marry him, he would do anything. With the switch of dynasties, the God’s favored daughter fell into the mortal world. He immediately turned his back on her.
He said that he felt forced and could not bear to see his only son tramp the street, so he took Madam Ling back. Then, he saw Madam Ling hurting Madam Ming and toppling Madam Ming from the position of the legal wife. He turned his illegitimate children into his legitimate sons and daughters.
His means were vicious. He had to be the most fickle and ungrateful man.
Now that Madam Ming had died, everything in the past seemed to have been buried in time. Even the man who had framed her mother had disappeared. She and Ming Feiyong had checked it over and over again. But now, they could not find anything. If the man had not died, he would have been well hidden.
From some clues, Ning Xueyan knew that the man was a servant of Ning Zu’an.
If he were an ordinary servant, Madam Ling and Ning Zu’an would not believe it. Ning Xueyan always thought that Madam Ling became the Legal Wife so quickly because of Ning Zu’an’s support. As a woman in the inner courtyard, Madam Ling could not have a trusted servant, unless this person was Ning Zu’an’s trusted servant.
However, these things could not be investigated into now, as if there was no trace left.
Any trace left was gone with the wind. Many of the older people were already gone. However, ever since she checked the account books for the first time, she had suspected Madam Yu. Then, she asked Mother Han to check it out secretly, but there were no results. Mother Wang went to the manor to recuperate. On the one hand, she hid from Madam Ling. On the other hand, she made friends with Madam Yu.
However, Madam Yu’s lips were sealed. Until now, she only revealed her identity. But with this identity confirmation, Ning Xueyan could take the next step.
Since she was Ning Zu’an’s sex servant and accompanied him when he was not married yet, she must know a lot of things. Ning Xueyan would take this opportunity to investigate about what had happened in the past and seek revenge for Madam Ming.
On the day of her rebirth, Ning Ziying and Ning Xueyan became one. She was both Ning Ziying and Ning Xueyan. So in her heart, Madam Ming was her biological mother. This love was irreplaceable. Even if she was not her biological mother, in her heart, she was like hers.
Then, she would wait and see how Ning Yujing’s affair would come to light.
“Mother Han, pay more attention to the Auspicious Clouds Courtyard. If the Marquis rushes there furiously, inform me immediately.” Ning Xueyan asked Lanning to put down the red brocade. She took up a piece of cloth leisurely, looked at it, and said lightly.
“Okay, I’ll go now.” Mother Han knew that her master had a plan, so she nodded and was about to leave.
“Mother Han, take it easy. Go and eat first and have a rest. You’ll have to wait until evening.” Ning Xueyan said with a slight smile and a trace of coldness on her face. Ning Zu’an bullied Madam Ming, and had illegitimate children, one after another. Now, she would wait and see how they were going to find their origins.