Chapter 344 Your Son’s Life Is in Your Own Hand
After receiving the message, Ning Huaiyuan came back in a hurry. “Mother, why are you still angry?” Ning Huaiyuan asked when he walked into the room and went round in it. At the moment, Ning Yuling was drinking tea quietly while watching Madam Ling losing her temper.
“Mother is mad at our father because he lied to her. Brother, why aren’t you in a hurry? Who may be the master of Lord Protector’s Manor in the future is still uncertain!” Finally, Ning Yuling opened her mouth, but what she said sounded sarcastic, even gloating.
“Shut up! Why are you still making sarcastic comments, instead of comforting our mother at this time?” Ning Huaiyuan shouted, frowning unconsciously. Since they had taken Ning Yuling home, he felt that she changed a lot and grew much more gloomy than before. Though she looked as same as before after regaining her appearance, her personality was quite different from before.
In the past, if she faced the same situation, she would have definitely flown into a rage and completely stood on her mother’s side, but now she was more like a stranger who had nothing to do with Madam Ling. This annoyed Ning Huaiyuan, so he could not help but scold her.
“Is it useful to persuade her at this moment? She may slap me again if I do this. Well, since you have come, I’ll go back to my place. Otherwise, I can’t get up early tomorrow morning to greet our grandmother. Then she will blame me again.” Ning Yuling stood up unconcernedly and smoothed her dress. Looking at Madam Ling’s darkened face, she let out a yawn lazily.
Before Madam Ling could say anything, she had turned to leave. Trembled with anger, Madam Ling could not utter a single word, pointing at Ning Yuling from behind. Actually, she felt guilty for her slapping which ruined Ning Yuling’s face. Therefore, after Ning Yuling returned to the manor, she had tried every means to please her, trying to make up for the damage she had done to her.
However, Ning Yuling turned to be moody after her return to the manor this time. Sometimes, she was very intimate with her, but sometimes she was quite indifferent. Madam Ling could not figure out the reason, but as she felt guilty for her, she did not dare to blame her. Even so, she could not help getting angry when she heard Ning Yuling gloating.
“Forget it, Mother. My second sister is still bitter about the past. At least she worried about you, so she was with you just now,” Looking at Ning Yuling from behind, Ning Huaiyuan said with a flicker in his eyes.
“Look at her! As the Second Young Lady of the Lord Protector’s Manor, how could she say something like that? If you can’t be the future master of our manor, what’s in it for her?” Getting hurt by Ning Yuling’s careless attitude, Madam Ling shouted resentfully.
“Mother, you’d better tell me about Ning Huaijing!” As Madam Ling changed the topic, Ning Huaiyuan had to remind her helplessly.
“Hum! I’ll never let that b*tch and that bastard enter the Lord Protector’s Manor!” Madam Ling said angrily. At the thought of what Madam Dowager had said to suppress her, she wanted to smash things again out of rage.
“Mother, you didn’t handle this matter properly. When you felt suspicious at the beginning, you didn’t need to verify the results. Then you wouldn’t have aroused my father’s suspicion,” Ning Huaiyuan said. Before getting the message from Madam Ling, he did not know what happened, so he was not prepared mentally. He had never thought that he would have a half-brother.
In his opinion, if Madam Ling tried to protect their own interests, she should have someone kill that bastard without talking so much nonsense.
“That old b*tch even wants them to return to the Ning family. No way! Over my dead body!” Madam Ling said with hatred.
“Mother, so what if they live under the same roof as us? How could a maid’s son steal anything from me? Do you think a humble maid is able to replace you? Mother, what you need to do is follow my father and my grandmother’s words and never try to annoy them. After all, you’re the Hostess of our manor. After that woman and her son come, you can do whatever you want to them.”
Ning Huaiyuan felt helpless about Madam Ling’s short-sightedness.
Ning Huaijing’s mother was just a maid of the manor years ago, and even if she returned to the manor, she would be treated as a concubine of Ning Zu’an at most. Ning Huaiyuan did not believe that a combine’s son who had no background would replace him. It was not a big deal for the manor to support two more people.
Ning Huaiyuan thought that Madam Ling should show her generosity and keep his father on their side for the moment. Then the following steps would go much easier. Compared to his cunning Fifth Sister, Ning Huaiyuan did not think that Ning Huaijing would become big trouble for him.
“Mother, no matter how excellent Ning Huaijing is, aren’t you confident that I can compare with him? Do you think my father and my grandmother will like him more than they like me? Do you think they will give up a decent inherit like me and train Ning Huaijing who didn’t grow up around them and isn’t close to them?” Seeing Madam Ling losing in thought with a darkened face, Ning Huaiyuan knew that his words worked, so he continued to comfort his mother.
Hearing this, Madam Ling felt a little better. She then sat down on a chair beside her. Though she did not want to give up, she looked much calmer. According to his son’s analysis, she felt that she had an advantage in every aspect, so she nodded, gritting her teeth.
“Okay, I’ll allow that b*tch to come back.”
As Madam Ling was the Hostess of the manor, as long as that woman and the bastard returned to the manor, she could find a thousand ways to torture them.
“The b*tch, Xu Yulian, deliberately attracted that old b*tch to me today. Did she want to see me make a fool of myself? You said that she was a reliable person, but I don’t think so. I wish she didn’t screw up what we told her!” Madam Ling suddenly recalled that it was Junior Concubine Xu who led Madam Dowager to her, and she could not help but snort.
“Mother, don’t worry. Xu Yulian won’t betray us,” Ning Huaiyuan said with certainty.
“Are you sure that this b*tch won’t do something harmful to us for the benefit? Maybe she had leaked the message to Ning Xueyan on purpose. Thus she will watch us fighting and losing both ways.”
Madam Ling still felt worried. Although she had once suspected the motive that Xu Yulian would have been so obedient to her and helped her to deal with Ning Xueyan, she did not say anything because of her son’s repeated assurance. At the thought that if Xu Yulian had not brought Madam Dowager here, Madam Dowager would not have known Ning Huaijing’s existence, she felt more suspicious.
“Mother, calm down. Once the matter of Ning Huaijing is settled, we’ll take action. After that, no one in the manor will say that you got your title as the principal wife by dishonest means,” Ning Huaiyuan said, trying to comfort her. No one saw that his eyelids twitched while a trace of thoughtfulness flashing in his eyes.
Ning Huaiyuan comforted Madam Ling for a while and until she calmed down completely, he asked the servants to clean up Madam Ling’s room. He then walked out Madam Ling’s Auspicious Clouds Courtyard. When he arrived at the intersection, he thought for a short moment before turning a corner and walking to another place of the inner courtyard.
Since so many things had happened today, his father would definitely sleep in the study room tonight.
When Madam Yu woke up, she found herself on her own bed. Looking at Mother Wang who was by her bed with a gentle smile, she was filled with grief and immediately burst into tears again.
“Don’t cry. That madam can’t tolerate you. Alas, you’re such a poor woman!” Mother Wang passed her a handkerchief and said sympathetically.
“She… she can’t tolerate me?” Madam Yu raised her head blankly and looked at Mother Wang in front of her with tears in her eyes. Since Mother Wang came to the village to recuperate, the two of them became good friends. Mother Wang told her that she was the wet nurse of a Young Lady of the Lord Protector’s Manor. Since her young master died, she had nothing to do with the manor.
As they had no stake in each other, Madam Yu trusted Mother Wang very much.
“You still don’t know? The rumors are spreading outside that the reason why your son got into trouble is that he was discovered by that woman. She tried to get rid of your son and even plotted the conflict between your son and another person,” Mother Wang said with a sigh.
It was Madam Ling who did this? It turned out that Madam Ling wanted to frame her son? At the thought of this, Madam Yu felt cold all over with her head buzzing. After quite a while, she held Mother Wang’s hand with her trembling hand and cried bitterly. “Why? Why does Madam Ling want to deal with me? Jing’er and I won’t hinder her. Why? Why doesn’t she spare us?”
“Madam Yu, you’re too naive. Why can’t you figure it out?” Mother Wang analyzed, “Both your son and her son are illegitimate children. Years ago, to marry Madam Ming, the marquis hid you and Madam Ling outside. Later, Madam Ling framed Madam Ming after getting into the manor and became the marquis’ principal wife. As you’re in the same situation as her at that time, of course, she worries that you’ll deal with her the same way she treated Madam Ming!”
Her words made Madam Yu’s heart tremble and reminded her what had happened last night. The Bodhisattva had clearly said that she had done something wrong. Could it be that she and her brother really hated someone wrong? When she thought of this, her lips trembled slightly.
Mother Wang was telling her that Madam Ming knew nothing about what had happened years ago. If it was someone else of the Lord Protector’s Manor who told her about it, Madam Yu would think that this person was partial to Madam Ming. However, Mother Wang had nothing to do with Madam Ming, so Madam Yu had to believe it.
She took Mother Wang’s hand and nervously said, “Madam, Madam Ming really didn’t know about it?”
Madam Yu had always thought that it was Madam Ming who had asked Ning Zu’an to drive her away, ignoring her pregnancy.
“It’s said that in order to marry Madam Ming, the marquis vowed to only marry one woman. Later, to make the Ming family believe it, he sent you out. If it was Madam Ming who had done this, why didn’t she get rid of you and your son just like Madam Ling had done? It would be better for her as she could save a lot of trouble forever!”
Mother Wang analyzed.
These words made Madam Yu speechless. She blankly looked at the sky for a while and suddenly burst into tears with her hands covering her face. It turned out that she really hated the wrong person. Madam Ming did not know anything, but her brother vented all his anger on her and put her and her daughter into a miserable situation. Now the retribution came, and it came to Jing’er.
This must be God’s punishment for what she and her brother had done!
“Madam Yu, it was the marquis who lied to you in the past, but now it’s Madam Ling who wants to kill your son. If you’re not that stupid, you should find a way to save your son, but not blindly compromise. It’s useless to compromise. Whether you can save your son or not depends on yourself. Now your son’s life is in your own hand.”