Calmly1 Countering Every Trick
“What’s the matter?” Qu Tan’er raised her head slightly and glanced at him. Her footsteps just stopped, but she continued again in less than half a second. At the same time, in order to avoid being too far away from Mo Liancheng, feeling her life was not safe, she also slightly accelerated her pace.
“Why didn’t Yuela come?” Mo Jingxuan wasn’t wordy, so he asked directly.
“You like her.” It wasn’t a question. When Mo Jingxuan first saw Su Yuela, she could feel that he was interested in Yuela. Su Yuela was very beautiful, but unfortunately… She was not suitable for Mo Jingxuan.
“I have eyes.” Qu Tan’er looked back at him like he was an idiot.
Mo Jingxuan twitched at the corners of his mouth, continued to walk with her, and asked in a low voice, “Then she…”
“Why do you like her?” She was a little curious. Was there really such a thing as love at first sight in the world?
“Liking is liking. Is there anything else to say?” Mo Jingxuan’s eyes twinkled a little.
“Ha ha, there really isn’t.” Qu Tan’er agreed.
“Eighth Brother.” Suddenly, a thick male voice sounded, and the person who came was Mo Yihuai, the master of today’s banquet
Mo Yihuai came over with a glass of wine and a smile. Besides Mo Liancheng, Qu Tan’er was the one he looked at most frequently, undisguised and unconcealed.
“First Brother.” Mo Liancheng smiled faintly and raised the glass in his hand to greet him.
“Why are you so late? Look, father and mother already went back to the palace.”
“Something was encountered on the way, so there was some delay.”
“Oh, it turned out to be like this, no wonder.” Mo Yihuai chuckled lightly and he turned to Qu Tan’er, a touch of deep meaning flashed in his eyes, and the next moment, the smile became more and more intense, “The Eighth Princess is also here.”
“Yes, Tan’er has met the prince.” Qu Tan’er smiled gently, lowered her head, and did not meet Mo Yihuai’s eyes.
This man laughed hypocritically enough, and his posture was neither common nor false.
“No need to be so polite. Speaking of which, our relationship has now reached a new level, and it is even more intimate than before.” Mo Yihuai laughed as if there was no one else around. But it seemed that he didn’t know how fanciful this sentence was, and how it even directly discredited Qu Tan’er and Mo Liancheng.
Qu Tan’er frowned slightly, and her liking of this prince fell directly to a negative score. Did he mean to deliberately add obstacles for her? If Mo Liancheng took it seriously, wouldn’t he suspect that she still had something to do with him? However, it was inconvenient for her to directly attack. She managed to appear like she didn’t recognize the meaning. Courteous and thoughtful, she spoke gently, “The First prince can mock me. In the past, Tan’er called you brother-in-law because of my sister, but now because of my husband, I should call you Eldest brother Prince. It is indeed a closer relationship.”
With a simple sentence, get rid of any relationship with the prince.
Remind him that all the intimacy is just that. Don’t pretend to be affectionate.
“Tan’er, your little mouth has really gotten more and more talkative. In the past, you were always shy. Why, after marrying Eighth brother, did you forget the kindness of Benwang?” Mo Yihuai’s face sank. Suddenly and calmly2, in front of Mo Liancheng, he deliberately made the relationship seem closer, which made people think about the meaning over and over.
“The prince is really good at joking. Tan’er has always kept her duty in mind, and naturally avoids men other than her husband. If the prince thinks it’s shyness, it’s understandable. Besides, if Tan’er remembers correctly, she hasn’t seen you for at least two years. The time interval is too long and it is normal to forget your kindness.” Qu Tan’er was not in a hurry and calmly undermined his trick.
Except, she didn’t bother to look up and see the rogue face that she didn’t want to see.
Footnotes and Idioms
1 – 心平气和 – xīn píng qì hé
tranquil and even tempered; calmly and without stress
2 – 若无其事 – ruò wú qí shì
“as if nothing happened”; calmly, nonchalantly