Passing Through as the Cannon Fodder Supporting Role’s Grandma - chapter 23.1
When her words came out, it successfully drew everyone’s eyes to her.
He Xuanxuan never enjoyed this kind of treatment before, and her heart was shocked. She stuttered and told them about Wang Cuiyao and Wang Cuilian. Of course, she neglected the parts where she was in the wrong.
In the end, she concluded. “It’s just a group of village women from the countryside. They got lucky and came to the capital. Grandmother doesn’t have to take it to heart. “
The more He Xuanxuan thought so, the more she felt she was right, and the more confident she was.
“Idiot.” A cold voice rang out, making He Xuanxuan shiver and immediately lower her head. She resented that person in her heart, but not even having the guts to meet their eyes.
When the old Princess saw this, she sighed in her heart. Xuanxuan was crooked because of her daughter’s teachings, and she was petty. This girl was confused. “Ling’er, you both are sisters. You still have to save face outside.”
Lin Ling’er eyes carelessly swept over He Xuanxuan who lowered her head and no longer dared to say anything. Her eyes flashed with scorn, and she followed her grandmother’s words, “Yes, Grandmother. But, I am the first-born county princess of the Prince Rong’s Mansion, there’s no sisterly love with He Xuanxuan. “
As she said, she is the first-born of Prince Rong’s Mansion, and Prince Rong’s Consort specially asked Empress Dowager for an order to give her the title of County Princess of Gao Le. On the other hand, He Xuanxuan was only the child of a widowed married concubine, she was not even a proper lady. Lin Ling’er naturally despises her.
It’s just that He Xuanxuan’s mother concubine knew how to talk and please the old Princess who didn’t have her own biological daughter, so she was more generous to her. Otherwise, how could He Xuanxuan be able to live in Prince Rong’s Mansion after the death of her mother, and even being humiliated by her stepmother.
If it weren’t for her grandmother, Lin Ling’er would have driven her away. She had heard how He Xuanxuan was arrogant outside using the title of Prince Rong’s Mansion, and she felt humiliated.
What’s even more ridiculous was that He Xuanxuan actually coveted the Third Prince and didn’t look at her own identity. This was simply wishful thinking and made people laugh.
Lin Ling’er despised her even more. The reason why she didn’t stop He Xuanxuan from jumping up and down outside with the name of Prince Rong’s Mansion was because Lin Ling’er also secretly loved the Third Prince. He Xuanxuan helped her sweep away the ‘other obstacles’.
After all, those young ladies couldn’t be as open as He Xuanxuan, and they were disturbed by He Xuanxuan. When they saw the Third Prince, they would subconsciously avoid suspicion and didn’t dare to come closer.
The old Princess didn’t deny her granddaughter’s words. That girl will always be something outside the family, she couldn’t be compared to her own granddaughter.
He Xuanxuan was just left hanging. She hated Lin Ling’er in her heart, but she could only shamefully endure the gazes of those that came to watch the drama.
“Grandmother, that is Wang Cuiyao and her mother. I don’t know the rest.” Lin Ling’er said meaningfully. It’s just that, when mentioning Wang Cuiyao, a ghostly light flashed in her eyes.
When the old Princess heard what He Xuanxuan said before, she didn’t think of it. When she was reminded by her granddaughter, she knew who she was. Her granddaughter had said Wang Cuiyao’s name several times in front of her.
The old Princess naturally knew her granddaughter’s thoughts, and never stopped her. In accordance with the importance that the current Emperor attached to the Third Prince, and the fact that the Third Prince was also born of the Empress who was also loved by the Empress Dowager, he was bound to be the next ‘Son of Heaven’.
If her granddaughter enters the eyes of the Third Princes and becomes the Third Prince’s Consort, when the Three Prince reigns in the future, her granddaughter would be the mother of the whole world, and Prince Rong’s Mansion would also flourish.
However, the capital was filled with countless noble family’s young ladies that coveted the Third Prince. But her granddaughters only felt threatened by this Wang Cuiyao. The old Princess never ignored her granddaughter’s feelings and attached a little more importance to Wang Cuiyao.
After some investigation, she found that Wang Cuiyao was just an ordinary peasant girl. Just because she saved Princess Pingyang a few years ago, the Princess was close to her, and the Third Prince loved his sister the most, so he also cared for Wang Cuiyao’s family.
Because of this, Wang Cuiyao’s family could live comfortably in the capital, and also gain the secret protection of the Third Prince. Besides that, they will only come into contact with each other when the Third Prince picks up and drops off Princess Pingyang, there were no other abnormalities.
Today’s situation made the old Princess doubt the previous investigation. If the old lady is Wang Cuiyao’s grandmother, as He Xuanxuan said, then saying that she was just a peasant girl was false.
Thinking of this, the old Princess asked again, “You said she just entered the capital recently?”
He Xuanxuan knew that this question was for her, and when she thought of what happened in the cloth shop, she nodded quickly. “Yes, Grandmother. I heard Wang Cuiyao’s older sister say it with my own ears.”
No one knew what the old Princess was thinking of, but she suddenly asked an irrelevant question, “Ling’er, do you still remember that a few months ago, His Majesty personally bestowed a country lord title a few months ago? “
Lin Ling’er naturally remembered, “Why is Grandmother asking about this?”
“That person and Wang Cuiyao came from Yihe county. Yesterday, news came from the palace that His Majesty and the Empress Dowager personally received the old country madam. She stayed in the imperial palace for half an hour, then the Princess’s Mansion added three places at the flower appreciation banquet, and sent invitations to the County Lord’s Mansion. “
This was the first time Lin Ling’er had heard of this. When her grandmother said this, she quickly connected the dots, and her face showed a trace of tension. “Grandma, what does the Empress Dowager mean?”
The old Princess looked at her with a serious tone, “Be careful what you say. Don’t speculate on what the Empress Dowager is thinking. “
After a moment and in a softer tone, knowing why her granddaughter was nervous, she seemed to be comforting. “It’s overwhelming, she has more advantage than you when it comes to relations. But in terms of family background and appearance, you are no worse than the other in any way. “
Hearing this, Lin Ling’er’s fingers that were tightly squeezing her handkerchief relaxed a bit. Grandmother was right, that Wang Cuiyao can match herself. Even if it was for the sake of the Third Prince, the Empress Dowager will choose her to be the Prince’s Consort, making Prince Rong’s Mansion the third Prince’s support.
Thinking like this, Lin Ling’er gradually calmed down and thought of another question. “It’s just that, Grandmother, if she is just a fourth-ranked country lord, how can she gain so much attention from the head stewards of this Cui Yu Xuan?”
The old Princess frowned, she didn’t think about it. The Empress Dowager wouldn’t command something like this personally. In the end she shook her head. “Don’t think about these things. Tomorrow is the Princess’s Mansion’s flower banquet. The Empress and the Empress Dowager will attend. You must prepare properly.”
The Royal Princesses’ Mansion holds a flower viewing banquet every year, but this year was very different. According to the news from the palace, this flower viewing banquet caters to the best family of various family’s young ladies who hadn’t married yet. They say it’s flower viewing, but in fact it was the masters in the palace who were going to choose a daughter-in-law for their sons.
Of course, it wasn’t only Prince Rong’s Mansion that caught wind of this. Other families that had the intention also heard and were already prepared. So, when they came to the flower viewing banquet, people often saw all kinds of luxurious carriages parked at the entrance of Cui Yu Xuan, they booked for an appointment in Cui Yu Xuan several months in advance.
And people of Prince Rong’s Mansion deliberately avoided people and waited until the last day, before bringing the family’s young ladies to come. Although the only first-born girl was Lin Ling’er, in the end, she was the girl of Prince Rong’s Mansion, she should never bring shame to Prince Rong’s Mansion. So, even He Xuanxuan benefited from this.
Li He went to pick up the custom-made clothes and jewelry for the ladies of Prince Rong’s Mansion, and now she was back, followed by a row of maids, holding either a tray with a full set of jade hairpins and skirts next to the matching clothes, which made the ladies’ eyes shine.
Such exquisite and gorgeous jewelry, and more than one! Even if they had seen it countless times in paintings before, now that it has become an actual product, it still made people marvel. Even Lin Ling’er, who was the first-born county princess of Prince Rong’s Mansion, gently brushed her hand over the embroidered pattern on the garment, revealing a look of fascination.