The night was deep like water and the moon was bright. The sounds of insects were clear and an occasional cry from a nightingale was particularly crisp.
The Cheng’s residence seemed to be quiet but still have guards plus a few hidden ones. It’s defense wasn’t exactly waterproof but it’d still be difficult for a normal person to break in.
But, whether the security was tight or not mattered not to Cheng Xiao Xiao. Being inside the dimension, the two of them might as well be walking inside their own home.
“Xiao Xiao, do you still remember this place?” asked Mo Xuanzun casually.
Watching the outside, Cheng Xiao Xiao shook her head. “No, I had forgotten a lot after I was injured, especially those that had to do with the Cheng’s.”
She hadn’t planning on telling anyone that she wasn’t the original Cheng Xiao Xiao, not even those closest to her. After all, the entire event was too bizarre. They may not even believe her even if she had shares; so its better off that she didn’t.
Mo Xuanzun was somewhat surprised. He had heard about her being serious injured in past so he wasn’t too overly surprised. “Xiao Xiao, should I go straight to First Elder?”
“We do need to look for him, but not yet. Let’s first check out and see how mighty this Cheng’s residence is first!” The night was still young and Cheng Xiao Xiao was in no hurry.
“What your plan if we can’t find your grandmother?”
“Truth be told, anything that we’d want to do would be tricky before we locate grandmother. But not knowing where she was kept, that is troublesome as well.”
“Xiao Xiao, Master had already performed a reading on her. She is, indeed, within the limits of Capital City. So the Cheng’s would be the most likely location. But if she is kept at the Cheng’s, how is it that she had been here for the last tens of years and nobody knew about it. That is also impossible and odd.”
“Not that odd.” Cheng Xiao Xiao pondered about it for a bit and said, “Have you forgotten what Elder had said? First Elder had almost absolute power here at the Cheng’s. He had spent the last tens of years to have the entire Cheng’s under his control. Everybody at the Cheng’s was already used to listening to him. Even if they noticed that something was off, they wouldn’t pay it too much attention.”
“That’s a possibility as well. All in all, how the First Elder is able to walk on water and not met with a lot of resistance was still somewhat unbelievable.”
As Mo Xuanzun was talking, he suddenly said, “Someone is talking inside the courtyard to our front and left. Let’s go check that out.”
“Okay.” Cheng Xiao Xiao had heard someone talking from that direction as well.
Without needing to be told, Little Yuteng moved the dimension in that direction.
“That scum is getting worse and worse…”
A low growl came from inside a room and the two of them exchanged a look with each other. Quickly, the two who approached the window found a middle-aged couple. The man’s face was a little twisted from anger and the woman looked gloomy and didn’t say anything.
Cheng Xiao Xiao wasn’t the original Cheng Xiao Xiao so she didn’t know who these two were. She could, however gathered that he belonged to a branch of the Cheng’s, as the middle-aged man somewhat resembled Cheng Biyuan.
The only explanation was that they were related by blood somehow.
“It’s been less and less each month. What have they been doing with the resources?” shouted the middle-aged man angrily.
The middle-aged woman looked up at him, sighed sadly and said, “This isn’t the first time it happened. What is the point of being upset? If they didn’t have it, they didn’t have it. What are you going to do, rob them?”
“What do you mean by ‘rob’? These were our benefits that we deserve!”
“What benefits can we speak of here? You should be happy that you weren’t starved to death yet.”
“Each housemaster is getting worse than the one before. Tsk…”
“You shouldn’t say things like that. What if words got out? You…” The middle-aged woman interrupted him. Her face still indifferent, as though she was already used to it.