Chapter 256: A Farce

“Master please take a look at the menu for the banquet today.”  Ming Lu passed the menu over to Pei Rumo.

“Master, should we hold the banquet in the main hall or the hall of flowers?” One of the housekeepers of the First Prince’s residence asked.

All the questions came at the same time and Pei Rumo felt a headache coming up. He quickly withdrew from the crowd before leaving a sentence behind. “All of you can rest at ease. I am also concerned about these matters but other than Ming Lu’s menu that needs to be reviewed, the rest of you can follow the plan. Remember to prepare an extra set of cutlery as there might be an uninvited guest.”

After Pei Rumo finished speaking, he walked back to the study room with Ming Lu following closely behind him.

“Master why will there be an uninvited guest?” Ming Lu was puzzled as he handed the completed menu over to Pei Rumo.

Pei Rumo avoided the question and took the menu from Ming Lu’s hands. “Don’t ask too many questions. Just do as I say and if my prediction is correct, there will be more than just one uninvited guest.”

When Ming Lu saw how mysterious his master was behaving, he understood that he wouldn’t be able to get an answer. He quickly changed the topic and talked about the menu instead, “Master, please take a look at the menu for the banquet. If Master thinks it is acceptable, this subordinate will instruct the chefs to start preparing the dishes.”

Pei Rumo glanced at the menu and saw that everything was well thought out. Without missing a beat, he approved of the menu.

When Pei Rumo nodded his head, Ming Lu no longer hesitated as he immediately sent the menu to the kitchen.

By the time Pei Qingfeng arrived at the First Prince’s residence, Bai Luochu had already been waiting for some time. There was no way for Bai Luochu to know that the Second Prince would arrive later than her.

“First Brother only thinks about Divine Physician Bai. As your younger brother, I am extremely heartbroken… After enduring so many boring days at the Second Prince’s residence, I am bored of the food there. I have no choice but to bum a meal off at your place.” Bai Luochu could hear Pei Qingfeng’s voice even though he was nowhere to be seen. 

Bai Luochu unconsciously glanced towards Pei Rumo and he met her gaze and nodded his in acknowledgement. Pei Rumo detected Bai Luochu’s annoyance through her gaze and he shook his head in confusion.

Bai Luochu could already feel a headache coming her way. Pei Qingfeng was actually so persistent that she was completely unable to ditch him. She originally planned to explain the incident to Pei Rumo as it was unpleasant to have someone watching her every move. With Pei Qingfeng’s appearance, she knew that he was also keeping tabs on her in the dark.

Pei Rumo felt extremely helpless. He felt that he had found the best time to rope in Bai Luochu and even if he failed to do so, he would be able to put her in her place. He even expected for Pei Qingfeng to show up at his residence for the banquet. After all, Pei Qingfeng was the Second Prince. Even if he was unable to spy on the First Prince’s residence, the general’s residence wasn’t strong enough to stop him. It was also the reason behind preparing another set of cutlery.

“First Brother, aren’t you feeling rather generous recently? You are hosting banquets every other day… As your younger brother, I am deeply disappointed in your preferential treatment of Divine Physician Bai over your brothers.” Pei Qingfeng smiled at Bai Luochu as he criticized Pei Rumo.

“Second Brother, why are you being so petty? All of us know of Divine Physician Bai’s poor living conditions. I am doing all I can to stop her uncle’s family from looking down on her. How can you say that I treat my younger brothers unfairly?” Even though Pei Rumo made it seem like an explanation, he was blaming Pei Qingfeng for being immature. After all, he was the Second Prince of the Cloud Water Nation and Bai Luochu was an orphan daughter of the general’s residence. How could he compare himself to her?

Bei Qingfeng’s smile froze. He realized that his First Brother was actually a sarcastic individual who portrays a cold appearance to the outside world.

Pei Qingfeng was not shamed by the ridicule. Instead he turned around and told Bai Luochu, “Luoluo, it has been a long time since I saw you, did you miss me?” 

Bai Luochu felt that she should at least take advantage of a free meal even if she wasted a trip. Being unable to bear Pei Qingfeng’s intense gaze any longer, she tilted her head downwards and started enjoying the feast.

Pei Qingfeng became angrier and swore at her when he saw that she had ignored him. 

Bai Luochu almost choked to death when she heard his complaints and she quickly covered her mouth as she coughed violently.

Looking at how the two of them were behaving, Pei Rumo felt that it was the perfect chance to counterattack. He passed a cup of tea to Bai Luochu, “Eat slowly. If there is not enough food, I can get them to prepare more.”

Bai Luochu was choking so badly she failed to notice the person who passed the cup to her. She gulped down the entire cup of tea in seconds.

Pei Rumo secretly observed Pei Qingfeng's expression and saw that his face was as black as charcoal. His eyes were almost popping out of their sockets and if looks could kill, Pei Rumo’s body would be riddled with holes.

Bai Luochu knew that she was stuck between the two princes and said to Pei Qingfeng “I hope Your Second Highness can restrain yourself. If anyone were to hear the curses, I am afraid you will have to write more reflections again. Even though the two of us are close, we are still of the opposite sex. Please maintain a sense of propriety.”

Pei Qingfeng felt that it wasn’t like Bai Luochu to speak of such words. It had to be Pei Wuchen who ran his mouth off, causing her to act so differently.

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