Chapter 373 The End of the Matter
“Madam Dowager wants the Second Young Lady to marry Childe Ling Yi?” A low voice filled with disbelief, showed that she was shocked.
“That’s right. I heard that they will get married as soon as Childe Ling Yi admits to it.” Another older female servant’s voice came. Standing between the flowers and leaves, Ning Yuling stared at a corner of the wall with a cold look. She clenched her teeth and pulled the handkerchief in her hand into pieces.
This was not Qingrong Courtyard, but a small courtyard in a relatively remote garden.
It was not a small courtyard because there was only one room in that small place. There was a swing outside, and the environment was serene. Ning Yuling needed to be in a quiet place right now. So, after changing her clothes, she hid here, without even bringing a maid.
The first person who found this good place was not Ning Yuling, but Ning Xueyan. But later, Ning Yuling followed her. When she discovered that this place was so quiet, she took over this place and beat up Ning Xueyan, who came to this place secretly, at times. So, this small courtyard was Ning Yuling’s.
Ning Yuling did not like to be quiet. On the one hand, the reason why she snatched away Ning Xueyan’s place was because she deliberately wanted to go against Ning Xueyan. She could not stand seeing that the b*tch was better than her. Thinking that the trembling b*tch could smile so innocently as she stood here, Ning Yuling became angry.
On the other hand, she felt that this place was beautiful. If she felt bored, she could hide in this quiet place. In the past, when Ning Yuling was annoyed by Madam Ling, she would occasionally come over and naturally regarded this place as her territory.
“Mammy, will Childe Ling Yi accept it?” The maid who was chatting outside the wall did not notice that there was someone inside. They were curious.
“He will.” The older female servant hesitated for a moment, because she was uncertain.
“Will Childe Ling Yi suffer a great loss? The Second Young Lady did not have any clothes on and was together with Master Xia in broad daylight. I heard that all the people in the capital city knew about that. Can Childe Ling Yi bear it and take the Second Young Lady as his wife?”
The maid asked in confusion.
At the other side of the wall, hatred flashed through Ning Yuling’s eyes, and she stopped pulling the handkerchief in her hands.
At this point, she was almost desperate. Why wasn’t Ning Xueyan the one holding on to Xia Yuhang with her clothes in a mess? Why was Ning Xueyan safe and sound, even though her carriage had been tampered with? On the contrary, her reputation was ruined. This time, it was not the same as before. In broad daylight, so many people saw her naked, so how could she stop others from talking about her?
Therefore, even though Ning Yuling hated Ling Yi, she still had some expectations at this time. In her current situation, it would be best if she could marry into her uncle’s family.
“First Madam? Who said that Second Young Lady would be his wife?” The older female servant unconsciously raised her voice, which made Ning Yuling’s heart skip a beat.
“He doesn’t want to marry her? Does he want her to be his concubine? Ah, the Second Young Lady is the legal daughter of the Lord Protector’s Manor. The Young Master of the Vice Minister of Justice’s Manor is a good-for-nothing. It’s good enough if he will marry the Second Young Lady. Why…” She shouted in a low voice. The maid was surprised.
“When it comes to this matter, don’t blame the Vice Minister of Justice’s Manor. The Second Young Lady’s reputation is ruined. Who is willing to marry a girl whose reputation has been ruined? Not to mention that the Second Young Lady is only the legal daughter of the Lord Protector’s Manor, even if a princess of the royal family has done such a thing, it will be difficult to deal with that. Maybe she will strangle herself to death for the sake of her reputation.”
The older female servant shook her head with a sigh.
“The Second Young Lady can only be a concubine? It’s a pity that the Second Young Lady is so beautiful. How can she only be a concubine? And even if she is a concubine, she should marry a talented and capable person. Childe Ling Yi does not seem to be someone who has a promising future. He’s not as good as Master Xia. If I were the Second Young Lady, I would marry Master Xia. Anyway, she will be a concubine. Master Xia looks promising enough. Maybe the Second Young Lady can become the wife by using her talents and appearance.”
The maid curled her lip and said something willful. Anyway, she was not talking about herself, so she had no problem there.
“Shh, shut up. Is it good to say that? Aren’t you afraid that the Eldest Young Lady will pull your tongue out?” Hearing the maid’s presumptuous words, the older female servant was shocked and hurriedly stopped her. “What does it have to do with the Eldest Young Lady? If the Second Young Lady marries Master Xia, she will get the upper hand. The Eldest Young Lady is a good-tempered and good-hearted girl. We can’t let her get into trouble.”
“It has nothing to do with Ning Ziyan? What’s more, she is a good-tempered and good-hearted person?” Hearing the voice getting farther and farther away, Ning Yuling sneered.
If Ning Ziyan had not asked her for help, she would not have gone out with Ning Xueyan today. How could she have encountered such a thing? How could she have fallen into such a desperate situation? She could not be the principal wife. She was the legal daughter in the Lord Protector’s Manor, but she could not be an official wife.
Ning Yuling had been hit hard and felt desperate. At this time, it seemed that she had found a way out. It was Ning Ziyan. It was all her fault. Ning Ziyan did this to her, so Ning Ziyan would not have an easy time. She clenched her handkerchief, as despair showed in her eyes. She would not blame herself.
She only felt that it was Ning Ziyan’s idea that brought this harm to her. If Ning Ziyan had not asked her to help to set up that trap, she would not have thought of tampering with Ning Xueyan’s carriage. She would not have gone with Ning Xueyan to visit the patient, let alone have such a thing happening on the road. And, Xia Yuhang would not have appeared for no reason.
All these ideas distracted Ning Yuling’s attention.
Ning Yuling had fallen into such a situation. As a Young Lady of the Lord Protector’s Manor, she could not become an official wife, but only a playboy’s concubine. She was unwilling. Even her maid knew that even if she were a concubine, she would have to marry someone promising. Ling Yi was a good-for-nothing at first glance, so she would not be willing to be a concubine in the Vice Minister of Justice’s Manor.
Ning Ziyan had brought up this idea, but it turned out to be like this. She had become the final victim, and her reputation had been ruined. If she did not have an easy time, Ning Ziyan would not, either. Ning Ziyan cared about her husband, didn’t she? Didn’t she take someone else’s husband? Ning Yuling planned to take away Ning Ziyan’s husband.
“Ning Ziyan, it’s all your fault, so you owe me, and the Xia Manor will be mine.”
There was a flash of crazy laughter in her eyes, and her lips opened silently. However, the silent and grim smile on her beautiful face had a touch of ferocity to it.
The final result of this matter was entirely unexpected. No one could foresee that this accident would make the Second Young Lady of the Lord Protector’s Manor become Xia Yuhang’s concubine. He had held the Second Young Lady, who was naked, in his arms in broad daylight. They needed to be responsible for such behavior.
After all, Xia Yuhang had held Ning Yuling in his arms at that time. Since they had touched each other, it could be said that they had an affair.
Madam Ling and her son had been invited over. Ling Yi insisted that he did not have an affair with Ning Yuling. He came to see if his aunt and cousin were well at night.
The most unexpected thing was that Ning Yuling also insisted that she did not have an affair with Ling Yi. She repeatedly tried to commit suicide and said that she was courting death.
Unexpectedly, the two families had a new engagement. Xia Yuhang married Ning Yuling as a concubine, which could be regarded as an explanation to the Lord Protector’s Manor. Finally, the matter was solved. On the surface, Xia Yuhang had married the Eldest Young Lady of the Lord Protector’s Manor and then the Second Young Lady. It could be said that he was enjoying a happy life.
Everyone knew that the Young Ladies of the Lord Protector’s Manor were famous beauties in the capital. It was lucky for them to marry off a Young Lady. Unexpectedly, he married two Young Ladies. Moreover, these two Young Ladies were the daughters of the principal wife.
It seemed that the Xia Manor had gained lot of advantages. After all, they were the daughters of Lord Protector’s Manor’s principal wife. But in fact, people in the capital city were all saying that the two Young Ladies of Lord Protector’s Manor were dissolute. One of them became pregnant before she got married. The other one flew out of the carriage in a disheveled mess and hugged her brother-in-law. It was said that Ning Yuling had spots on her body, which seemed to have appeared after a happy reunion.
How could a pure and innocent girl have such marks on her body? Unless…
All these imaginings alone would drive anyone crazy. The Young Ladies of the Lord Protector’s Manor were so mean, and the tales went on and on. These two Young Ladies with such lousy reputations were the daughters of Madam Ling, the principal wife of the Lord Protector’s Manor. Thinking about what Madam Ling had done in the past, many aristocratic families were laughing at her.
There had been incidents of two sisters marrying the same husband. However, it had not happened to notorious sisters like them, who married into the same family! It seemed that the Xia Manor was not so good. Otherwise, why were all the dissolute women going to their manor?
Outsiders did not know that Ning Yuling had quarreled with Ning Ziyan when she went to the Xia Manor.
“Second Sister, you are shameless. You had an affair with Ling Yi, but… you acted so shamelessly with Yuhang. You… you are so shameless.” Ning Ziyan pointed at Ning Yuling, trembling with anger. She never thought that her own sister would marry her husband. How could she not be angry?
“Eldest Sister, do you want me to tell Grandmother that you planned this? You wanted Ning Xueyan to be his concubine on purpose, so you came up with this plan? If Grandmother knows this, will she think that you’re still as virtuous?” Ning Yuling sat on a chair on one side and looked at Ning Ziyan, who was fuming. Ning Yuling looked calm and sneered.
“You… you… you b*tch, you…” Ning Ziyan was so angry that she felt dizzy. She pointed at Ning Yuling and could not speak coherently.
“What’s wrong? Eldest Sister, it will make no difference no matter who marries. Don’t you want a sister to marry into Xia Manor? I married into Xia Manor at the right moment.” Ning Yuling sneered disdainfully, with hatred in her eyes. She was ruined, and Ning Ziyan was not going to have an easy time.
“We’ll die together if I’m going to die!”
“I’ll… tell my mother! Just wait!” Ning Ziyan said. Ning Ziyan had never been a match for Ning Yuling in terms of talking glibly. Moreover, how could she dare to argue in front of Madam Dowager? If Madam Dowager found out that she had plotted this behind her back, Ning Ziyan would have a terrible time…