Chapter 257: An Unexpected Invitation

Ming Lu brought over a wooden stool and handed Pei Qingfeng a bowl of rice. “Your Second Highness, this servant has brought out a chair for you. Please take a seat.”

Pei Qingfeng felt extremely awkward that his seat was beside Pei Rumo and instructed Ming Lu, “I want to sit beside Luoluo.”

Ming Lu felt that the Second Prince was purposely making things difficult for him. At this point, he had no choice but to look to his master for help. Pei Rumo nodded his head in helplessness and hoped that he could at least have a good dinner. If he were to disagree, he was afraid that Pei Qingfeng would cause even more trouble.

When he saw his master nodding, Ming Lu quickly brought the chair over to Bai Luochu. He gestured to Pei Qingfeng, “Your Second Highness, you can take a seat now.” 

Other than Pei Qingfeng who was enjoying his meal, the other two couldn’t wait to end the dinner. They hated that they only had one mouth and had to eat while listening to Pei Qingfeng’s noisy chatter.

“Luoluo, try this dish, it’s amazing!” Pei Qingfeng picked up a piece with his chopsticks and placed it into Bai Luochu’s bowl.

In the end, Pei Rumo was unable to converse with Bai Luochu as he was interrupted by Pei Qingfeng at every turn.

“I am full now, you can stop giving me food.” Bai Luochu told Pei Qingfeng.

Throughout the dinner, whenever Bai Luochu ate the same dish twice, Pei Qingfeng would load her plate with more of it. Bai Luochu probably finished half the table on her own.

Bai Luochu made her way back to the general’s residence once she understood that it was impossible to discuss anything with Pei Rumo. Since Pei Qingfeng had no reason to stay, he left the First Prince’s residence as soon as he could.today.

After Pei Qingfeng left, Pei Rumo scolded himself, “I can’t believe Pei Qingfeng! As long as Luo Chu is involved, he acts like he is under a spell. I wonder where all his teachings went…”

Ming Lu understood his master’s temper and secretly thought, “Master cares alot about Young Lady Luo Chu as well. It was understandable when she was worth roping in. However, he still cares a lot about her.” Ming Lu was very much baffled by his master’s attitude.

Of course, Ming Lu kept those words to himself. If Pei Rumo were to hear him, he would be in deep trouble no matter how much Pei Rumo liked him.

Even though he scolded Pei Qingfeng, Pei Rumo didn’t wish to pit himself against his Second Brother. Pei Qingfeng was direct and he wore his emotions on his sleeves. He was unlike Pei Wuchen who was a hypocrite.

When Bai Luochu reached the general’s residence, she was worried and felt that there was still a need for her to clarify things with Pei Rumo so she instructed Cai Ling, “Take the tunnel to the Remote Paddy Inn and ask them to relay a message to the First Prince's residence. Do you know what to say?”

Cai Ling knew that there were many eyes watching their every move so she naturally understood why her Mistress wanted to handle things carefully.

After Bai Luochu wrote her note, she passed it to Cai Ling who left through the secret tunnel. Even the guards were unaware of her disappearance.

"Little brother, sorry for the trouble. Can I trouble you to notify your master that I am here with a message from the general’s residence" Cai Ling asked the guard as she stood outside the First Prince's residence

The guard felt that it was weird that Luo Chu who had left earlier was sending a message. However, he chose to notify his master as he had no reason to refuse her. Just as he was about to do so, Ming Lu appeared at the door. “ Hey, where are you planning to go? Master is currently busy dealing with important business. You can relay the message to me instead.”

After the guard recounted everything to Ming Lu, he immediately walked over to where Cai Ling was waiting.

Cai Ling knew that her task was complete when she saw Ming Lu. She quickly spoke up, “Ming Lu hurry up, I am here to deliver a message.”  

“I heard from the guard that you are here to deliver an invitation card?”

“Yes, take a look.” Cai Ling took out the invitation and showed it to him. 

When Ming Lu saw the invitation, he kept it and reassured Cai Ling, “Big sister, you don’t have to worry, I will personally hand this over to my master. Knowing him, he will definitely show up.”

“My Mistress will be expecting him then. If there is nothing else, I’ll be heading back to the general’s residence. You should also return to notify your master.”” Cai Ling turned around and walked towards the Remote Paddy Inn. 

Cai Ling returned to the general’s residence and reported the whole thing to Bai Luochu. “Mistress, I have completed your task… However, I don’t understand. You were never happy to accept His First Highness’ invitation. Why would you take the initiative to invite him for dinner?” 

Bai Luochu laughed and said to Cai Ling, “It’s time to return the kindness His First Highness’ has shown me.” Bai Luochu muttered to herself before she continued, “It’s time to lay out our cards.” 

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