Chapter 266: Refusal

Bai Luochu had been speeding up the progress of the concoction and heavens would never let down the determined man. The elixirs that Bai Luochu had been concocting were of higher quality every time. By the time Bai Luochu went back to concoct the easier formulas, she was able to do two at once.

While Bai Luochu was busy concocting elixirs, Pei Qingfeng had been staring blankly and waiting at the main hall for the entire day.

When Pei Qingfeng’s housekeeper saw his master acting all dejected, he turned to the personal guard. “Hey, what is wrong with our Master? He has been waiting for the entire day and he looks rather anxious. Did something serious happen?”

Pei Qingfeng’s personal guard remained silent and looked into the sky. He sighed, “What is love? It makes death a beauty, as long as you are with me.” After speaking, the personal guard looked at Pei Qingfeng who was sitting in the main hall motionlessly.

Pei Qingfeng endured the cold wind and was unwilling to return to his room. It all boiled down to two reasons...

The first reason was due to Pei Qingfeng’s imagination of Bai Luochu’s temperament. After Elder Li had revealed the truth of the matter, he knew that Bai Luochu would come over and confront him. If he were to take his time, she might even ignore him altogether. If that were to happen, he would regret ever asking Elder Li for help. The more he thought about it, the more he felt that tempering his body in the cold wind was much better than enjoying the warmth of his room.

As for the second reason? There were plenty of things that Pei Qingfeng wasn’t able to think through and he was racking his brains in the main hall. He wasn’t able to understand Bai Luochu’s attitude towards him. He assumed that Bai Luochu had been treating him differently from the other princes, but from the looks of it, there wasn’t much of a difference. She treated everyone with the same cold and indifferent attitude. It felt like her face wouldn’t change even if the continent were to sink to the bottom of the ocean. If Pei Qingfeng said he didn’t feel defeated, he was lying. With his looks and character, he was the prince charming in many ladies’ eyes. Putting others aside, Luo Chu’s cousin was acting like a dog who had seen a bone when she saw him.

But what about her? She was cold and aloof and would always ask him to mind his conduct as an imperial prince.

Does she know that I treat her very differently compared to everyone else? I never allowed another woman to get close to me... Pei Qingfeng thought about it the entire day.

It was already dark and the massive Second Prince’s residence was lit with lanterns. The personal guard felt that it wasn’t good for Pei Qingfeng to sit in the main hall aimlessly and he quickly went forward to console him. “Master, it’s getting dark. You shouldn’t wait for her anymore. Young Lady Luo Chu probably isn’t coming to settle the score. You should relax. Please have your dinner before anything else.”

Pei Qingfeng stared blankly for a moment before speaking, “Sigh, it seems like she doesn’t care about me. I shall wait another day. If she doesn’t come over, I shall personally visit the general’s residence to explain myself.”

The personal guard shook his head in response and thought that his master was truly obsessed with Bai Luochu. He did nothing the whole day but think of her.

Early the next morning, Bai Luochu had just finished her morning cultivation and she went back to her secluded courtyard to concoct medicines.

At the entrance of the general’s residence, Ming Lu was quarreling with Cai Ling.

“How can your Mistress go back on her word? She personally promised His First Highness that she would accept all his invitations!” Ming Lu seemed to be raging as he blamed Bai Luochu for breaking her promise.

Cai Ling looked at the young kid whose voice sounded like birds chirping. She felt as though her ears were buzzing, but her mistress had already given her instructions and she had to act accordingly. Otherwise, how could Bai Luochu trust her in the future? Cai Ling understood that Bai Luochu wouldn’t keep useless people around.

Cai Ling felt that she couldn't possibly allow Ming Lu to disrupt her mistress' peace and concentration. Cai Ling immediately counter-proposed, "Little Ming Lu, if you are worried that you can't explain to your Master, let me follow you back to the First Prince’s residence. I’ll explain to your Master. How about it?”

"But..." Ming Lu was still thinking of retorting.

How could Cai Ling allow a little kid like Ming Lu to go against her word? "No buts, hurry up and follow me." After Cai Ling spoke, she grabbed onto Ming Lu's wrist and headed towards the direction of the First Prince’s residence.

They were obstructed by the guards "Who is it? How dare you barge into the First Prince’s residence?"

Cai Ling didn’t even look straight at them. She merely glanced at them before looking away. “Look carefully, I am Young Lady Luo Chu’s personal servant. My Young Lady is currently in seclusion but your Master sent an invitation to the general’s residence. As a servant, I am coming over to personally offer His First Highness an explanation and to avoid making things difficult for your residence’s little Ming Lu.” Cai Ling even pulled Ming Lu in front of her after speaking to protect herself..

Ming Lu discovered that he could no longer stay hidden. He quickly explained himself, “This big sister is telling the truth! I wasn’t able to handle my task properly and I’m afraid of Master’s punishment. I invited this big sister back to help with the explanation. Brother guards, please do me a favor... You can’t possibly allow me to get spanked, right?”

The two guards seemed to have noticed something odd in Ming Lu’s gaze. “Ming Lu, are you sure you aren’t being threatened by this woman?”

Ming Lu didn’t know whether to cry or laugh. “Aiyo, of course not! Even if I value my own life, I will willingly die in order to protect Master from harm.”

When all was said and done, the guards were merely doing their job. After all, Cai Ling was strong enough to remain composed when faced with the questioning of two imposing guards. She didn’t seem to be an ordinary person.

Seeing that Ming Lu was the one who invited her over, they allowed the two of them to pass.

“You lead the way.” Cai Ling pushed Ming Lu in front of her.

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