I Knew What You Wanted All Along
Miss Jun smiled.
What a smart child.
He saw that she had been walking slowly, and that she couldn’t stand it and sat down to talk.
“It seems a bit exaggerated to call a soft sedan chair, so as not to be a topic of speculation.” Fang Chengyu said, “It is better to let me carry you back. We are husband and wife so, although it’s a bit over the top, it’s also fun.”
Miss Jun laughed and put her arms around his neck and leaned on his back.
“Can you carry me on your back?” She laughed, squeezing his thin shoulder.
Fang Chengyu carried her steadily.
“Cousin, in any case, I am a man.” He said aggrievedly, “Don’t look down on me.”
Miss Jun smiled again.
Fang Chengyu stepped out the door with her on his back and walked along the road. This scene really stunned the maids and servant women, and they all smiled shyly.
Fang Chengyu ignored these looks and walked more and more spiritedly, but his pace was not fast.
“Can you do it? Do you still have the strength?” Miss Jun asked.
Fang Chengyu didn’t talk and laugh like before, but lowered his head and kept silent.
“Do not be ashamed if you can’t walk. I can come down and walk by myself.” Miss Jun smiled and pressed his shoulder. “After all, you have just gotten healthy.”
Fang Chengyu did not put her down, but looked sideways at her.
“Jiuling, just now you said that all that is left to do now is eliminate the trouble of the imperial edict and take this opportunity to recuperate.” He said.
Miss Jun nodded.
“Yes. Now this is the most important thing for you to do.” She said.
Would this child know the trouble of taking out the imperial edict?
Fang Chengyu stopped and looked at her.
“Then what are you going to do?” He asked.
Previously Miss Jun had been talking about us, but suddenly the question was what are you going to do?
What about her?
Miss Jun smiled. Really a keen child. She patted her shoulder and looked at the sky to the south.
“I, I have other matters to take care of.” She said, “Private matters.”
“You’re leaving,” Fang Chengyu said, “To the capital.”
It was not a question, but a statement.
Miss Jun was a little surprised.
“You mentioned the capital several times,” Fang Chengyu smiled.
Several times? No, at most she asked Manager Gao about interesting things happening in the capital. But in order to avoid making the Fang family think nonsense, she never mentioned it again.
This child was smart and attentive.
Miss Jun nodded with a smile.
“Yes.” She said, “I have to go to the capital for a private matter.”
It really was a private matter. She was going to the capital in order to see her sister and Jiurong so, of course, this was an unspeakable secret.
The excuse that she had come up with was to tell them that her father left her something to do in the capital when he died.
Because of the Jinyun tower incident with Official Lin, Old Lady Fang was a little awed by Jun Yingwen and felt that Jun Yingwen’s connections were also very mysterious.
She would think that what Miss Jun said she had to do in the capital had something to do with the person who scared off Official Lin in the Jinyun Tower.
However, looking at Fang Chengyu’s serious and clear eyes, Miss Jun didn’t really want to use this excuse. She hesitated for a moment, should she continue to talk about the eunuch’s attendant? Say the name Yuan Bao? Explain Yuan Bao’s identity?
Thinking of this, conveniently, when she goes to the capital, she can see if Yuan Bao has also appeared there.
In fact, she really didn’t like to lie, because telling a lie required countless other lies to cooperate. It was too troublesome and a waste of time. How could Princess Jiuling use this method?
It was only Jun Jiuling who could do this.
She wanted to say something but Fang Chengyu already began to speak.
“You are alone, be careful. Take care of yourself.” He said.
Miss Jun smiled.
“I’m not alone. I’ll take Liu’er.” She said.
Fang Chengyu said, “Then you’ll have to take care of Liu’er and take care of yourself better.”
Miss Jun laughed.
“If you need anything, just look for one of our business establishments directly. I’ll arrange it.” Fang Chengyu didn’t smile.
He didn’t want to know why she was going to the capital and what she was going to do there.
Miss Jun nodded with a smile.
“Okay.” She said.
Fang Chengyu lowered his head and continued to walk without saying anything.
Seeing him like this, Miss Jun thought for a moment.
“If you have anything you want to ask, just ask.” She said.
If people resolve the doubts in their hearts, they will probably be relieved of their worries.
Fang Chengyu lowered his head.
“If I didn’t ask, would you have left without telling me?” He said, with a little grievance in his voice.
Miss Jun laughed.
“How is that possible? I planned to tell you when we got back to the residence.” She said, “Then go and speak to grandmother and aunt.”
Fang Chengyu looked up and smiled, and his grievance subsided, like the sky clearing up after rain.
“What else?” Miss Jun asked with a smile.
Fang Chengyu shook his head.
None? So you only have this question about saying goodbye?
“There is another one.” He thought for a moment and said, speaking while laughing, “Although I think this question shouldn’t be asked, I still want to ask it.”
“There is nothing that shouldn’t be asked, only whether it should be answered or not.” Miss Jun smiled and said, “So it’s not something you should be worried about, but something that I should be worried about.”
Fang Chengyu smiled.
“Are you coming back?” He asked.
Miss Jun was slightly stunned.
He didn’t want to ask if she was leaving? He didn’t want to ask why she was leaving? He just asked whether she would say goodbye to him and whether she would come back.
He didn’t ask about parting, just about the returning.
“Is this question worrying you?” Fang Chengyu said uneasily.
Miss Jun smiled.
This question didn’t worry her.
This question was simple, just whether to come back or not.
“No.” She said, “Of course I’ll come back.”
She answered straightforwardly, like she had always decided on this answer.
At the beginning, she had envisioned doing what she promised. That is, curing Fang Chengyu, and then letting Old Lady Fang fulfill her promise by giving her more than half of Deshengchang’s wealth. As for whether the Fang family’s enemies had been cleared up, she did not plan to care anymore. She would take the money and leave.
It was just that the plan couldn’t keep up with the changes. Unexpectedly, the Fang family was involved with her royal grandfather. In addition, she didn’t expect the people of the Fang family to treat her like this.
They treated her like family, so she must also treat them like family. It was only fair.
“This is my home.” She continued.
Fang Chengyu’s face burst into laughter.
The roar of thunder rolled by, and raindrops the size of soybeans fell, and the street was suddenly busy.
But even so, it did not disperse the people gathered in the street.
It had been two days since the Fang family took out the imperial edict to search the city. The government pretended they heard nothing and the Fang family said nothing. So far, no one had given an explanation.
The people had to guess and inquire by themselves, and all kinds of news came out one after another.
Because of the rainstorm, the teahouses, which had already been doing well, had become even more crowded. In addition to tea drinkers, many crowded in to shelter from the rain. There was a lot of talk everywhere, and the noise overwhelmed the sound of rain outside.
Of course, it was all about Deshengchang’s Fang family.
“…That imperial edict is false…”
“…you can forget about it. If the phony prefect Ma Zhifu doesn’t arrest them…”
“… In fact, this is all arranged by the government. In addition to County Magistrate Li, there are also Jurchen spies, so we have to search the city…”
“… Wasn’t County Magistrate Li feuding with the Fang family?”
People gathered in groups of three of four for discussion and some people even argued until their faces were red, and they almost rolled up their sleeves to fight. Amidst this chaos, someone came over.
“What you all said is wrong. This matter is actually very simple.”
Wrong? Simple? These words immediately made the quarreling people share a common hatred and they turned to the speaker.
“What do you know? Why are we wrong?” They questioned in unison.
The person speaking was a middle-aged man, squinting and twisting his beard with a look of profound mystery.
He spoke with a strong accent, “Me? Of course I know, because I’m from Dongping, Shandong Province.”