Tough Princess : Once Upon a Brothel - chapter 71
The maid lifted the door curtain, and Yang Zijin got off the carriage.
Yang Zijin was dressed in a white dress made of brocade. The neckline was embroidered with silver silk threads. She looked very elegant. The long hair was draped behind her back and gently held with a pink ribbon. Her face was slightly made up, and she looked fabulous.
In contrast to Yang Zijin, Mu Yunong, who was standing at the door and dressed in pink, looked like a child.
How could Yang Zijin dressed in women’s clothes look more beautiful than her? Suddenly, her heart was filled with jealousy, but she still walked forward with fake smile, “You’re back, sister.”
Yang Zijin smiled.
Duke of Mu looked at Yang Zijin, who had restored female attire. He could see Suhan’s shadow everywhere. His eyes couldn’t help but go red. He thought, “Suhan, our daughter finally came back.”
“My lord, hurry and take the infanta into the mansion.” Li Mingzi, on the side, reminded him when she noticed someone staring at here.
“Right, right, take the infanta into the mansion.”
In the first step of entering the mansion, Yang Zijin knew that she had to get involved in this mess. She wanted to investigate the matter clearly. Also, she had always been aware of her stepmother. Since the things of antidote, she knew that they would not be kind.
The servants in the mansion curtsied to Yang Zijin, “Welcome to home, Your Highness!”
Yang Zijin replied with smile. Obviously, these servants were notified by the Duke of Mu.
After the antidote, Duke of Mu took precautions against Li Mingzi. He took Yang Zijin into the study alone and said, “Zijin, you know, the Empress Dowager loves you. Just considering her age, and now everything goes on the plan. Well, you see, could you just not mention the antidote with the Empress Dowager?”
“It’s up to you, my lord!” Yang Zijin sneered in her heart. As expected, the Duke was still protecting Li Mingzi and Mu Yunong.
Duke of Mu was gratified by Yang Zijin’s answer and said, “In the future, you are no longer named Zijin. The Empress Dowager has given you the title of Qingcheng.”
“Got it!” Yang Zijin replied.
Then, he told Yang Zijin that the Empress Dowager would hold a banquet in the palace in the next two days, and she needn’t be stage fright. He also told Yang Zijin that she could make herself at home. And he summoned the maid and let the maid lead Yang Zijin into her room.
“Your Highness, please follow me.” Lan said respectfully.
As soon as Yang Zijin entered the room, Mu Yunong came over.
“Welcome home, my sister.”
Yang Zijin sneered in her heart, “Sister? How come I don’t know that I have a sister?”
“I know that I almost killed my sister because of the antidote. If I had known that the maid would have taken it wrong, I would have taken it myself.” She said with tears in her eyes, which looked extremely innocent!
Okay, was she acting again? Yang Zijin was tired of dealing with her, “I’m tired, and I want to rest. Just go back!”
“Yes, Your Highness!” The maid, Lan, went out.
Mu Yunong had to say, “Then I won’t bother sister, Yunong will go first.”
“Go back! Remember to close the door!” Yang Zijin said without expression.
After Mu Yunong left, Yang Zijin looked around the room. It was well prepared. So, she went to lie on the bed. She had been up so late last night and got up so early in the morning. Now, she wanted to have a good rest.
In the courtyard of Li Mingzi, Mu Yunong lost her temper when she came back from Yang Zijin!
“Mom, I went to befriend Yang Zijin according to what you told me, but she treated me like a servant!” When she said this, she pushed the teapot on the table to the floor. The teapot cracked!
Seeing this, Li Mingzi went forward to appease her, “Yunong, the master has already suspected us. Now, Yang Zijin has just returned home. We must be friendly with her and get rid of the suspicion.”
“So, you just let me keep humbling in front of her?” Mu Yunong cried out.
Seeing Mu Yunong act like this, Li Mingzi shouted, “Mu Yunong, the outcome is definitely settled. You must stay calm!”
Mu Yunong closed her mouth and sobbed in a low voice when Li Mingzi shouted her.
It really wronged Mu Yunong, who grew up in the palms of her hands. Looking at Mu Yunong, Li Mingzi couldn’t help but hold her in arms.
Mu Yunong couldn’t help but cry out again.
“Don’t cry, Yunong. I won’t let it last too long, but now is not the time!” As she spoke, Li Mingzi’s eyes looked malicious. How did these people work at that time!
When the banquet was over, it was time for Chushi Weiming to take action!
Hearing Li Mingzi’s words, Mu Yunong stopped crying gradually.
After dinner, Yang Zijin returned to the home and asked Lan to prepare the bathwater, and then let her go out.
Lan hesitated for a moment and said, “Your Highness, let me serve you!”
“Don’t bother!” Yang Zijin said coldly. She was not used to showing herself to others.
Lan had to reply, “Then, if Your Highness needs me, just summon me. I’m waiting at the door.”
Yang Zijin nodded. Lan closed the door and went out!
As soon as she stepped into the bathtub, Yang Zijin heard a voice behind her. She turned around and screamed in her heart, “Why did this Marquis Shuo not come sooner or later!”
Shuo Ling ambled to Yang Zijin, looking at her in the water and smiling, “Zijin, are you going to wash up and wait for me?”
“No!” Yang Zijin instinctively covered her chest. Fortunately, the bathtub was full of flower petals, so it wasn’t so embarrassing!
Seeing this, Shuo Ling bent down on the bathtub and hooked up Yang Zijin’s chin with his finger, “Does Zijin think that I am a person who takes advantage of another perilous state?”
Yang Zijin stared at Shuo Ling and didn’t speak. But on her face, there was explicit acknowledgment.
It seemed that he had a bad image in Yang Zijin’s heart. So, he stopped teasing her and got up. He threw the bathrobe to Yang Zijin and turned around, “Put it on!”
Seeing Shuo Ling turn around, Yang Zijin reached out and grabbed the clothes and hurriedly put them on.
“My lord, are you coming so late for what?” Yang Zijin asked Shuo Ling after she was dressed.
Shuo Ling turned around, and only to see Yang Zijin, wearing the bathrobe, was especially attractive. Her hair was slightly wet and naturally hanging down, as natural and lovable as the lotus just out of water.
Seeing Shuo Ling staring at her, Yang Zijin couldn’t help but blush. In her eyes, there was a hint of shyness.
After all, it was the first time to share a room with a man under such circumstances.
So, she cleared her throat and asked again, “What can I do for you, my lord?”
“Nothing.” Shuo Ling replied to her slightly!
At this time, Yang Zijin felt speechless. He came here at midnight but for nothing! How annoying the Marquis Shuo was!
Seeing Yang Zijin’s expression, Shuo Ling couldn’t help but walk forward, “What? Do you have any opinions?”
“Of course, I have!” Yang Zijin cursed in her heart.
At this moment, Lan, who was outside the door, asked, “Your Highness, do you need to add some hot water?”
“Ah… no, I’m done!” Yang Zijin replied hurriedly. If the servants saw Shuo Ling in the room, her reputation would be ruined! After all, she was an infanta now.
Yang Zijin looked at Shuo Ling and gestured for him to leave quickly.
Looking at her anxiously, Shuo Ling decided to let off her. He kissed her face and went back the way he had come.
On the imperial court, Chushi Youtian mentioned this to the ministers, “Two days later, all of you come to the banquet of infanta Qingcheng!”
The ministers were confused.
Chushi Youtian said, “Infanta Qingcheng is the daughter of Princess Royal and the Duke of Mu.”
As soon as these words came out, the ministers discussed animatedly!
“The daughter of Princess Royal?”
“Didn’t she have already…with an accident in the early years?”
“How did she suddenly come back now?”
“Oh! I remember that we didn’t find any trace of the child at that time. Did someone save her?”
The ministers were speculating and looking at the Duke of Mu.
Hearing this, Chushi Youtian said, “There is no need to be surprised. The child of Princess Royal survived. She wasn’t picked up by others. She was taken to the Moon City by the third princess. For fear of harm to her, we didn’t announce it to the public. And now the infanta has reached the age of marriage, so we let her return to Jing City!”
After listening to Chushi Youtian’s explanation, the ministers nodded their heads, but some of them still had some doubts.
However, they still went to the Duke of Mu to congratulate him!
When the Empress Dowager knew that Yang Zijin had returned to the mansion, she went to the mansion along with Duke of Mu, who ended the court meeting.
At this time, Yang Zijin was thinking about how to tell the sisters of the Blossoming Peach that she had restored her identity!
“Qingcheng, look, who’s here?” Duke of Mu said.
When Yang Zijin looked, she saw that Duke of Mu was coming with the Empress Dowager.
She hastily got up and greeted, “Grandmother, why did you have time to see me?”
“I’m free at any time to come to see my grandson. Come on and let me have a good look!” The Empress Dowager was joyful when she saw that Yang Zijin had restored female attire.
The Empress Dowager carefully scrutinized Yang Zijin and couldn’t help but praise, “Well, not bad. You’re a great beauty.”
“Don’t make fun of me, grandmother.”
They walked into the room with a laugh!
When they just sat down, Li Mingzi and Mu Yunong came after hearing the news.
“Long live, Your Majesty. We just heard about it from the servants that you’re coming. Please forgive us.” They said and made a deep curtsey.
The Empress Dowager looked at them and said, “It’s alright. It’s me who won’t let Duke of Mu say anything. I’m just coming to see the infanta Qingcheng.”
When it came to Yang Zijin, the Empress Dowager could not help but showed the joy in her eyes.
After that, she saw Mu Yunong, who was behind, “This is Yunong, isn’t it? The Duke is so lucky to have such a beautiful girl.”
Mu Yunong, who was standing behind Li Mingzi, blushed when she heard this compliment and lowered her head.
When Li Mingzi was just about to say something, the Duke of Mu said, “Your Majesty, you haven’t seen Qingcheng for several days. I’ll leave at once. You can have a good talk.”
The Empress Dowager nodded with smile.
Duke of Mu glanced at Li Mingzi and walked out.
She and Mu Yunong had to walk out with Duke of Mu.
“You’d better not make any more troubles.” After that, the Duke left without even looking at them.
After Duke of Mu left, the Empress Dowager asked Yang Zijin if anything was wrong in the process.
Seeing Yang Zijin shake her head, the Empress Dowager was also relieved. She was just afraid that Yang Zijin had wronged in the process.
Then she asked if she was used to the life when she came back.
They had been talking until lunch. Then the Empress Dowager left.
In these two days, Mu Yunong and Li Mingzi didn’t make anything, which left Yang Zijin in peace!
Tomorrow was her dinner banquet, and Duke of Mu asked the maid to send what Yang Zijin would wear tomorrow.
Before the maid reached Yang Zijin’s yard, Li Mingzi and Mu Yunong intercepted the things.