Chapter 8: Here Comes the Punitive Forces
What? Have her go admit to the Emperor that she seduced Fifth Prince? Even secretly carrying a child? She is the unmarried eldest daughter from the General's Mansion. How is this not going to prevent her from even raising her head in the entire capital of Western Chu? Her reputation would fall to the bottom most pit?!
Luo Qing Shuang was so angry that she shook from head to toe and yelled, "Luo Qing Luan, you dare to mock me?"
"Am I mocking you?" With an appearance of pure innocence, Luo Qing Luan looked at Dai Yue for a moment, then asked, "Am I mocking Elder Sister? I'm not, right?"
Hearing this, Dai Yue also couldn't help but want to laugh as she covered up her mouth and replied, "How can My Lady mock Eldest Lady? My Lady is merely telling the truth."
"You lowly servant also dares to follow along in mocking me?" Luo Qing Shuang was no longer able to endure. Her pretty face was twisted similar to a jealous woman as she pointed at Luo Qing Luan and screamed, "I'm telling you, Fifth Prince is mine, don't you have any delusions. He even sent his love token to me. He simply doesn't love you!"
As she spoke, she clenched the peacock hairpin tightly in her hand. "Do you see this. This is a gift from the Fifth Prince to me. I will be able to marry him for sure!"
"Really?" Luo Qing Luan levelly spit out a word and abruptly accelerated to advance forward. In a flash, she snatched the hairpin from the other person's hand. After that, she quickly withdrew. "Is one lousy hairpin worth flaunting in front of me? Even calling it some love keepsake?"
Luo Qing Shuang threw herself forward in alarm, intending to snatch it back. "Return it to me!"
But Luo Qing Luan was already not the same person as she was before. After three days of nursing herself, she already recovered by no small amount. She already was no longer that weak and powerless girl from before. Her dress fluttering, with a turn, she avoided the advance and moved her hand away horizontally. "Don't grab randomly. Careful that you don't break your treasure."
"Give it back!" No matter how, she couldn't snatch the hairpin back. Luo Qing Shuang also didn't dare to really put too much force into it for fear of damaging the treasure. Her feelings towards it are one thing. She was afraid that Fifth Prince would also become angry.
She stomped her foot fiercely and glared daggers at Luo Qing Luan, "If you still won't return it to me, I'll tell Father. Father knows that this hairpin is a gift from the Fifth Prince to me. You went so far as to snatch it from me. He'll punish you severely for sure!"
"Fine, I'll return it to you. Look at how keyed up you are."
Luo Qing Luan saw her flustered and exasperated appearance and couldn't help but find it to be humorous. "However, you delayed me from having fun in the sun. No matter what, I have to collect some interest." She looked at the peacock hairpin in her hand over and over, then her fingers moved quickly and actually dug out that biggest ruby that the peacock held in its mouth. The perfectly round, slightly cool ruby spun round and round in the palm of her hand. Luo Qing Luan smiled in satisfaction, then threw the hairpin back without the slightest hesitation.
Luo Qing Shuang promptly caught it. With a quick look, her face turned green. "You……you……"
She suddenly shrieked. "Luo Qing Luan, you dare to damage my hairpin! I'm going to kill you!"
Finished speaking, she charged over 'baring fangs and claws'. The corners of Luo Qing Luan's mouth hooked up. In the instant Luo Qing Shuang threw herself over, she raised her foot. Luo Qing Luan charged with too much momentum and was simply unable to control her speed. She immediately fell flat on her face.
"Mistress!" Chun Mei saw and cried out in fear and promptly rushed over to help her up.
"Sister, watch out. Why did you walk so unsteadily? How can you marry Fifth Prince, if you have such poor balance?" Luo Qing Luan laughed lightly, not caring that Luo Qing Shuang was wailing and cutting a sorry figure, then waved for Dai Yue to leave with her.
With this precious ruby, Luo Qing Luan no longer had any interest in strolling around the garden. She immediately changed into male clothes and quietly left the General's Mansion. Under Dai Yue's direction, they found a pawn shop and pawned the ruby for three hundred taels of silver.
After leaving the pawn shop, Dai Yue asked somewhat grudgingly. "My Lady, that shopkeeper was clearly cheating us. This ruby is a royal gift from Fifth Prince. At the minimum, it's worth five hundred taels. Why did you agree to three hundred?"
Luo Qing Luan naturally knew the ruby's value, but regardless, it was something she picked up for free. How could she be attached to it? Moreover, what she needed to do most right now was to quickly make a set of better acupuncture needles. With this three hundred taels, she'd be able to do it. "It's fine." She waved her hand, hardly caring at all. "Presently, we urgently need money, isn't that so? This thing isn't mine anyway. It was already able to make Elder Sister distressed and we got money for it also. Haven't we already had our cake and eat it too?"
"Yes, My Lady is still the awesome one." Dai Yue's face shone with adoration.
They found a silversmithing shop quite smoothly. Luo Qing Luan spent one hundred taels and directly placed an order for a set of the best quality acupuncture needles. Whether it was the materials or workmanship, both was top-notch. After only ten days, she'll be able to have them.
Afterwards, she again took Dai Yue to eat a bowl of sesame sweet rice balls at one of the street stalls, also pot-stickers, shao mai, wontons, these kinds of foods. Once they'd had their fill, Dai Yue's little belly was so round that she said quite embarrassingly. "Thank you, My Lady. I haven't eaten these delicious foods in a while."
Luo Qing Luan smiled. "What do these count as? Being with me, in the future, you'll eat deliciously and drink well."
Dai Yue nodded fiercely without the slightest doubt in her mind.
A quiet night.
Early on the second day, Luo Qing Luan had just finished freshening herself up and was about to eat breakfast when her door was pushed open. "Rotten girl, get the hell out of here. You're simply too out of control!" Luo Cheng's voice sounded inside the courtyard, brimming with fury.
Knitting her brows, Luo Qing Luan still put down her chopsticks and walked outside accordingly. It turned out that her Father, Luo Cheng came, along with the side madam, Wang Xue Ru, within whose eyes a cold light flashed. Following that, the corners of her mouth curved up, totally taking delight in another's misfortune.
Luo Cheng saw Luo Qing Luan's coming out and shouted. "Kneel down for me!"
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