Chapter 163 The complicated love square
“…” Second Bun, that’s not a Xiao Longbao, you can’t just eat it! As expected, Xia Yuqing, who was also a foodie, saw her Second Baby’s intentions at a glance.
“…” It’s over, it’s over. The little princess will be the same as the empress in the future and become a foodie. The rice in the palace, they’re getting further and further from us! This is a group of palace ladies who hid their faces in silence.
“Mm, soft. Hahaha…” The Second Baby nibbled for a while. Then as if she had noticed something strange, she released her mouth and happily clapped her hands and laughed.
“…” Yun Xi touched the small tooth marks on her face in a daze. Fortunately, Second Baby did not bite hard this time, thus only a shallow tooth mark was left, which was not very painful.
“That, Xiao Xi, Dundun is…” Xia Yuqing looked at the tooth marks on her face and wanted to explain. But, then she saw Second Baby had grabbed onto Yun Xi’s neck again and was opening her mouth.
“Dun Dun, don’t bite!” Xia Yuqing exclaimed. However, she was still a step too late. She could only watch as the round face of Second Baby faced Yun Xi…
“Mm, soft… Auntie.” This time, Second Baby did not chew on Yun Xi’s face, but instead kissed the place where she had just bitten with her teeth.
Xia Yuqing was stunned for a moment, then she was slightly relieved. She said with a faint smile: “It seems that she likes you quite a lot.”
Yun Xi also didn’t expect that the second baby would kiss her, so she was startled. Her eyes brightened when she looked at Second Baby: “Oh, I like her so much too. She’s just too cute, too cute! She is also so soft and comfortable to hold. Ah, will you sleep with your aunt tonight?”
Second Baby was very comfortable with Yun Xi, and giggled: “Sleep together, sleep together.”
“…” Dundun, have you been bought by your Auntie Xiao Longbao already? Do you still remember Big Baby who sleeps with you every night? If you act like this, Big Baby will cry!
But, forget it… Xia Yuqing looked at the two buns, one big and one small, happily together, and smiled: “Xiao Xi, welcome back.”
Yun Xi was taken aback, then with a smile on her face, she nodded: “En!”
Xia Yuqing watched Yun Xi play with Second Baby for a long time, before she felt something off: “Hey, Xiao Xi, when your father brought you back, didn’t he say that you and General He would be separated for two years? It’s been less than a year and a half, why did you come back? Did your father agree that you could come to see General He?”
Yun Xi was shocked when she heard this. She smiled at Xia Yuqing, a little embarrassed: “Father did not agree, but I couldn’t help it, so… I sneaked out by myself, hehe…”
“…” The whole Xiefang palace was silent for a moment. Only then did Xia Yuqing exclaim, “You sneaked out by yourself again?!”
“Xiao Xi, Xiao Xi, you ran here alone? Did you meet any dangers on the road? Were you bothered by anyone? How can you run out alone? What would we do if you encountered a bad person on the road? You are a weak woman…” Hearing that Yun Xi ran out by herself, He Wenzhong, who was waiting quietly, couldn’t help but jump out worriedly. He looked at Yun Xi helplessly, and wanted to see if she was injured personally, but he was worried that he was being too bold and taking liberties with her.
Upon seeing this, Yun Xi couldn’t help but smile. She lowered her head and said shyly: “Aren’t I fine now? I chose a shortcut. There were no bad people on the road, so I got here very quickly.”
“Although you’re okay, next time, go out with more people to protect you. Xiao Xi, you have a special status. If any shortcomings happen on the road, it will be too late to ask for help.” Lu Rui brought a plate of snacks and a few cups of hot tea and couldn’t help but add.
“Yeah, that’s right.” Xia Yuqing kept nodding her head, causing Second Baby in Yun Xi’s arms to nod as well: “That’s right.”
That cute appearance attracted a few people around her to pinch her little cheeks.
“I know, isn’t it all right now? Hee hee… But what happened just now? That woman…” When Yun Xi remembered the scene just now, she was still very concerned. She had finally hurried over to Ye Kingdom and the first thing she saw was that the man she liked was held by another woman? !
“That… just now… was a misunderstanding. It was a misunderstanding, you have to believe me! I have nothing to do with her, it really is a misunderstanding!” He Wenzhong saw Yun Xi ask about the matter just now and his face changed. He hurriedly waved his hands to explain. It’s a pity… his tongue was not very bright.
“Ahem…Xiao Xi, that was just a misunderstanding.” In the end, Xia YuQing had to help explain, “The woman just now was my Third Royal Sister. A lot of things happened after you left, Xiao Xi. Third Royal Sister didn’t mean to steal General He from you, she has someone else she likes.”
“Someone else she likes?”
“Yes, it’s the Iceberg Prime Minister whom I scolded just now.”
“The Prime Minister?” Yun Xi was surprised. She took a deep breath in and looked at Xia Yuqing.
“Yeah.” Xia Yuqing nodded. After Yun Xi left, they went to Xia Country to visit Liu Yixiang, then met Xia Muyun. When they returned, she had accompanied them back to Ye Country. Afterwards, all sorts of events happened between Xia Muyun and the Iceberg Prime Minister, cough cough, of course, Xia Yuqing naturally pushed those events to happen… However, Xia Yuqing naturally omitted this fact.
“It turned out to be like that. I have misunderstood.” Yun Xi remembered the words she had said in a hurry, her small face flushed suddenly. She did not dare look up at He Wenzhong who was relieved on the side.
“Yes, yes, this is a misunderstanding, but you can’t be blamed. Royal Sister was a little too brash, even I was frightened.” Xia Yuqing looked at Yun Xi’s blushing face and couldn’t help mock. “However, Xiao Xi, your reaction just now was really…”
“I…I was not…” Yun Xi’s face became more embarrassed after hearing Xia Yuqing’s words.
“Xiao Xi, you still don’t want to admit it? That’s not okay, we all heard clearly just now, you said that General He is…”
“Qing Jiejie, don’t say it. How can I… I won’t admit it.” Yun Xi’s cheeks blushed, quickly turning into a cooked steamed bun. This made people want to chew on it even more.
“It’s red…” Second Baby in Yun Xi’s arms clapped strangely when she saw it.
“Hehe…” He Wenzhong looked at Yun Xi’s appearance. A little embarrassed, he stretched out his hand to scratch the back of his head. He smiled stupidly.
“…” This is the legend in which fortune favours fools. In the end, even though those shrewd people in the group bumped into a wall, this pair of lovers had everything go smoothly. It was just the father-in-law who was a bit difficult to handle, Xia Yuqing thought as she sighed with emotion.
“Cough cough…” Just when Yun Xi’s face was flushing, as if she was about to burn herself, a female voice was heard.
“Hey, where did this girl come from? How come I’ve never seen her before? Xiao Xi, you brought her? It turns out that you didn’t run out alone this time.” Xia Yuqing followed the sound and it was discovered that Yun Xi had been followed by a beautiful woman.
“…” Niang Niang, this girl has been following Xiao Xi the entire time, you just haven’t noticed it. Looks at the sky~
“Ah, I almost forgot!” Yun Xi suddenly woke up and looked at the woman behind her and explained: “Ruixia Jiejie didn’t come out with me. She was sent by my Royal Mother to pick me up. She was originally in the capital of Ye Country.”
Ruixia? Why is this name so familiar?
“Your mother sent her to meet you? So, your mother knew you sneaked out?”
Yun Xi stuck out her tongue and said wittyly: “Yes, Royal Mother knows. Hehe, me running away last time was with my Mother’s approval, otherwise I wouldn’t dare to get mixed with that Jiang Feizao. Speaking of which, the reason I was so anxious to enter the palace today was because I heard that Qing Jiejie arrested a lot of people in Ying Chun Yuan on the outskirts of the city last night. One of those people is my Jiejie who has been away for many years. Can I ask you to be lenient and spare her once?”
“Your sister? Xiao Xi, aren’t you an only daughter? When did you have a sister?” Xia Yuqing was stunned, staring at Yun Xi in surprise.
“Oh, it’s not a blood-related sister, just a good sister who grew up together with me. She disappeared for some reason seven years ago. This time when I ran out to find you, my mother said that she would send someone to meet me in the capital. I asked her who she was, and she didn’t tell me. But when I saw Ruixia Jiejie the other day, I realized that it was Fang Jiejie. Ruixia Jiejie was Fang Jiejie’s close maid and she grew up with me as well.”
Ruixia Jiejie? Fang Jiejie? Last night? Ying Chun Yuan?
“Rui Xia! So you are Rui Xia, the Rui Xia from Ying Chun Yuan! So, when they originally said that she was unable to see guests because of her illness, it was so she could pick up Xiao Xi?” Xia Yuqing exclaimed, pointing to Rui Xia in surprise.
Ruixia was taken aback. She hurriedly stepped forward, bowed and knelt down: “Yes, Nu Bi is Ruixia. Nu Bi suddenly received a letter from the empress of our country the day before asking Nu Bi to go out of the city to meet the crown princess. Thus, Nu Bi lied about being sick so I didn’t have to meet with any guests. Later… I didn’t expect that as soon as I brought her Royal Highness into the city that Ying Chun Yuan would have been sealed off by the emperor and the empress last night. Nu Bi knew that something was wrong. Knowing that miss was still there, I thought that she must have been already arrested.”
Ruixia spoke with an ugly expression. It was clear she was worried about the safety of her master: “It just so happened that Nu Bi heard her Royal Highness and the empress are old acquaintances. Only then did Nu Bi courageously ask Her Royal Highness to bring Nu Bi into the palace to meet Niang Niang. Niang Niang, Nu Bi knows that it was a big crime for Nu Bi and the miss to sneak into the capital of Ye Kingdom without permission. But Nu Bi dares to use her own life as a guarantee, Nu Bi and the miss did not have any intentions in harming Ye country. The reason why we lurked in Ying Chun Yuan was for…”
Ruixia looked up at Yun Xi and saw her nodding towards herself, so she gritted her teeth and answered: “Niang Niang must already know that the people in Ying Chun Yuan are not ordinary people, most of them are Xue Country secret agents. Nu Bi and the miss lurked there only because the young lady had a grievance with Xue Country. These Xue Country spies sent news from Ye Country back to Xue Country, but also received secretive news from Xue Country, therefore…”
“You mean, the purpose of you staying in Ying Chun Yuan was not to investigate the secrets of Ye Country, but to get information about Xue Country?” It’s really too complicated! Xia Yuqing heard Cui Er speak about the people in Ying Chun Yuan before, but she didn’t expect spies hidden within this spy group. Is this the legendary spy within another group of spies? A double spy? It sounds even cooler than 007!
Ruixia didn’t notice that Xia Yuqing’s eyes had lit up because of her words. After thinking about it, she nodded and replied, “Yes.”
“Oh, so that’s it. Then what is the grudge between your miss and Xue Country?”
“This…” Rui Xia hesitated, then finally turned her face away, “This matter is related to the young lady, so Nu Bi dare not disclose it privately.”
“Oh.” A trace of disappointment crossed Xia Yuqing’s face. She thought she could dig into bigger gossip, the result… It seems that she has accidentally touched some state secrets, so she should give up temporarily, but… Hehe…
“Qing Jiejie, Fang Jiejie, Ruixia Jiejie and I grew up together. I can vouch for her character. Therefore, for my sake, please give them a good word in front of the emperor. I believe that as long as you say something, the emperor will definitely agree to let Fang Jiejie go.” Yun Xi held Second Baby and pleaded in a low voice.
Xia Yuqing groaned, revealing a very troubled expression: “It’s not that I don’t want to help you, but I really can’t open this mouth.”
“Why? Qing Jiejie!” Yun Xi looked surprised. Rui Xia also raised her head in surprise, staring at her in a daze. Her eyes were full of surprise and disappointment.
After a long while, Rui Xia lowered her head and curled her lips, “Nu Bi understands.”
Saying this, she got up from the ground. She bowed to Yun Xi, turned and walked outside.
Xia Yuqing looked at her disappointed back and couldn’t help but call out: “Wait a minute, where are you going? Are you breaking into prison? You are alone. No matter how skilled you are in martial arts, you can’t beat that many imperial guards in the palace!”
Ruixia paused, then with a self-deprecating look, she let out a light laugh: “Niang Niang misunderstood, Nu Bi does not have such a high ability to single-handedly rescue Miss.”
“So?” You want to make a run for it by yourself?
“So since Nu Bi can’t save the young lady, naturally Nu Bi will die with the young lady. Nu Bi will go to the cell and accompany the lady to accept punishment.”
“Ruixia Jiejie…” Yun Xi exclaimed. Just about to turn her head to intercede, she saw Xia Yuqing jump into Cui Er’s arms disappointed: “Cui Er, you see, you see, they are going to die and are not willing to beg me. They really aren’t cooperating at all. It’s no fun.”
“…” Yun Xi and Ruixia were stunned at the same time. They stared at Xia Yuqing in surprise.
Cui Er and the others also looked helpless: “Niang Niang, you scared them!”
“Scared them? I thought they were going to die together, it seems like I was the one who got the scare.” Xia Yuqing stared angrily at Ruixia. Losing the battle, she sighed softly, “Okay, okay, I know, I will just let them go.”
“Qing Jiejie, you will let them go?” Yun Xi was startled, looking at Xia Yuqing and asked.
“Ah, I haven’t told you, but the emperor handed your Fang Jiejie’s full authority to me, so I don’t have to speak to the emperor at all.” Xia Yuqing said innocently.
“!” Yun Xi and Ruixia looked at each other, gritted their teeth and said, “No, Qing Jiejie, you haven’t said such a thing.”
“Ahahaha, is that the case?”
“…” That’s right, it was like that!
“Well, even if I didn’t say anything, how can you not trust me, Xiao Xi?” Xia Yuqing asked unreasonably.
“…” Is it my illusion? Is the unreasonable woman in front of her the most noble woman in Ye Kingdom? Ruixia was stunned by the sudden truth.
Yun Xi was holding Second Baby who was tossing around in her arms. She rolled her eyes to the sky: “It’s obviously Qing Jiejie who said such misleading things. You even asked Ruixia Jiejie if she wanted to break into prison, I thought ……Ahhh, you stand there and don’t run, I promise not to hit you.”
“Pu…” Xia Yuqing coughed slightly, “Don’t mind the details.”
“… Qing Jiejie, during my absence, you seem to have been led astray by the emperor.” Yun Xi said, looking at the familiar smile on Xia Yuqing’s face.
“Actually… I think so too.”
“…” After a brief silence, Yun Xi flew off with Second Baby and rushed towards Xia Yuqing. Xia Yuqing saw that the situation was bad, and turned around and ran.
“Qing Jiejie, don’t run!”
“If you promise me that you won’t hit me, then I won’t run.”
“Didn’t I just say that I won’t hit you?”
“Then what are you chasing after me for? I’m not a fool. I won’t stay where you are.” Xia Yuqing turned her head and made a grimace at Yun Xi, “I said it was not intentional, Xiao Xi. It’s been a long time since I saw you and you are getting too stingy.”
“You dare say I’m stingy? You’re obviously bullying people. Do you know how you almost scared me to death just now? Don’t run…”
Second Baby who was running around in the arms of Yun Xi waved her small fists and giggled.
In an instant, the solemn atmosphere that enveloped in Xiefang Hall was swept away, and it reverted back to its usual…chaos.
Ruixia looked at the palace that was completely different from her own impression. She was stunned on the spot. She did not know how to react until…
“It’s okay, Niang Niang is just joking with you. Xiao Xi’s friends are our friends. How can Niang Niang not help. From the very beginning, Niang Niang was not going to do anything to your lady.” Cui Er had walked next to Ruixia, and gave her a faint smile.
“Was Her Royal Highness like this when she was here before? Why aren’t you going up to stop them?”
“Well, no need. When they get tired, they will stop. I will take you to see your lady now.”
“Huh? Is it okay? You really don’t have to ask your emperor’s opinion?”
Cui Er smiled: “No, when you stay in the palace for a long time, you will find that here, the words of the empress are more effective than anyone else, including the emperor.”
After finally solving He Fang’s matter, Xia Yuqing’s little head began to worry about Xia Muyun who was about to leave tomorrow.
“Royal Sister will leave tomorrow. If the Prime Minister doesn’t get it straightened out before then, Royal Sister will definitely give up her feelings towards Iceberg Prime Minister.” Xia Yuqing said distressedly, lying on the table.
“What are you going to do?”
Xia Yuqing pondered for a long time, then her eyes lit up. Her eyes were shining towards Lu Rui. This made Lu Rui shudder and take two steps back reflexively, but she was caught by Xia Yuqing and quickly pulled back: “Lu Rui.”
“Niang Niang…what’s your order?”
“You need to take a trip to the Prime Minister’s Mansion.”
Xia Yuqing approached Lu Rui’s ear with a weird smile on her face. She whispered a few words. Lu Rui’s face following Xia Yuqing’s words changed from surprise, to embarrassment, then to 囧, then finally: “Niang Niang, this… this is not good.”
“What’s wrong? Hmph, if this still doesn’t work, I…I can’t help it.”
At this moment, Leng Ruofeng, who didn’t know that he had been targeted by Xia Yuqing, was experiencing the torment of Yan Ran before. The words of Xia Yuqing were constantly echoing in his head. “You never say you like my Third Sister, care about my Third Sister, or state you don’t like her being with other men! You deserve to be a bachelor for this lifetime. No, forever!”
“Didn’t you see Royal Sister’s expression when she was holding General He’s arm, her smile was uglier than when she was crying!”
He didn’t step out of the bedroom until the first light of dawn.
“Master, why did you get up so early today? Do you want to have breakfast?” When the servants who were already busy outside the courtyard saw Leng Ruofeng coming out, they immediately greeted him.
Leng Ruofeng nodded, and asked, “Where is my father?”
“Master? Oh, the Old Master is already up and drinking tea in the study.”
“En.” Leng Ruofeng responded lightly. Turning around, he walked towards the study. Master Leng who was drinking tea in the study, saw Leng Ruofeng walk in and couldn’t help being a little surprised: “Ruofeng, you came to see Father so early? Do you have an important matter to speak about?”
Leng Ruofeng nodded. He was silent for a moment, then he uttered in a low voice: “I want to ask Father a question.”
“Did Father and Mother go to bed with each other as soon as they met?”