Chapter 284: Feigning Civility

“How is that possible? Stop trying to deceive me! There is no way I heard wrong! Just tell me, I promise that I will not tell Honored Sir.” Ling Xian’er naturally knew Pei Qingfeng was trying to avoid the question. She was unable to suppress the gossip queen in her and she started to pester Pei Qingfeng.

Pei Qingfeng was helpless and could only speak ambiguously, “Nothing is set in stone yet. You need to stop gossiping so much. If Honored Sir hears about it, both of us will be in trouble.”

Ling Xian’er knew that Pei Qingfeng wasn’t going to tell her anything, hence, she stopped talking and she pouted.

At this moment, the emperor was still having a conversation with the middle-aged man.

“Honored Sir, day is fading… Do you have a place to stay?” The emperor asked with concern.

The middle-aged man had no intent to refuse and he accepted the gesture, “We arrived in a hurry and weren’t able to make the arrangements. If Your Majesty can help us arrange for a place to stay it would be for the best.”

The emperor was waiting for him to say that. He immediately responded, “Hahaha, this Emperor has the same intention. There is an empty residence beside Qingfeng’s. We use it to receive guests. The furniture was designed by a craftsman I specially hired. Even though the designs aren’t original, it looks really elegant. Why don’t you stay there for the time being? I noticed that your disciples were traveling light. The residence is fully equipped and I will also send more men from the inner affairs department to serve you. I wonder if Honored Sir is happy with the arrangements?”

The middle-aged man looked rather satisfied with the emperor’s arrangement as he nodded his head repeatedly. He even politely thanked the emperor, “Since Your Majesty has already made such detailed arrangements, I cannot possibly refuse.”

After the two of them had decided on everything, they went to the imperial garden to gather the disciples.

Pei Qingfeng might have said that they could do as they pleased, but everyone present were cultured individuals. They didn’t do anything that crossed the line. None of them raised their voice as they had fun in the garden. When the Honored Sir and the emperor arrived, they were met with a harmonious scene. When the Honored Sir saw the situation, he nodded with satisfaction.

The emperor spoke with amazement, “This is truly a group of outstanding individuals. With the elegant personality and formidable strength, they are truly the future of the continent.”

The Honored Sir might have understood the intention of flattery, but he felt that they were worthy of praise. After all, he was the one who nurtured them and they were perfect.

As such, he had no intention to remain humble as he accepted the praise.

Pei Qingfeng already caught sight of the two of them and he shot a look to Ling Xian’er. He took the initiative to greet the two of them, “Greetings to Emperor Father and the Honored Sir.”

“Qingfeng, there is no need to be so polite. After all, we are all on the same side. Earlier, I discussed with His Majesty and decided to stay in the residence beside yours. We will be able to meet frequently as well. If anything happens, we will be able to provide help in the shortest time possible.”

Pei QIngfeng knew that the Honored Sir wanted to monitor him but he couldn’t refuse. If he refused, he would only cause the Honored Sir to become more suspicious. Without a choice, Pei QIngfeng laughed and replied, “That will be great! We haven’t met in such a long time. We can catch up frequently then...”

“Hahahaha, then it’s settled! When I heard your Emperor Father’s decision, I was worried you might find this old man annoying.” The Honored Sir responded with a burst of hearty laughter, but it was unknown how sincere this laughter was.

The emperor’s face froze as he never expected that the middle-aged man could be so two-faced. He didn’t even try to refuse the arrangement… He throws all the blame to me right after seeing Pei Qingfeng...

The emperor was shocked in his heart: It seems like I cannot treat this person as a mere esteemed guest. I need to be more careful around him...

“It is getting late. Even though the residence is fully equipped, you will need to settle down.”” Pei Qingfeng didn’t wish to be trapped between the two giants when they clashed. When he felt that something was off, he quickly feigned civility and changed the topic.

The two of them knew Pei Qingfeng’s character and they knew he was sick of the farce. They stopped talking and the emperor saw them off passionately. All of them left the imperial palace and headed towards the residence.

When they arrived, the disciples revealed their true nature as they wandered around to pick their courtyards.

Ling Xian’er wasn’t an exception. She hopped and jumped as she ran over and pulled on Pei Qingfeng’s sleeve while pointing at the tallest building in the residence, “Big Brother Qingfeng, Xian’er wants to live in the stargazing pavilion! It is so pretty! The pavilion is high and I can see the entire city from the top! I will be able to look at Big Brother Qingfeng as well.”

Pei Qingfeng flicked Ling Xian’er’s nose and made fun of her, “Xian’er, aren’t you going overboard? You actually want to monitor your Big Brother?”

“How is that possible!” Ling Xian’er knew that Pei Qingfeng was making fun of her and she started to act spoiled. “Xian’er just wants to see Big Brother Qingfeng as much as possible.”

When the middle-aged man looked at the two of them, he laughed. “Hahaha, Qingfeng, look at what you have done. You pampered Xian’er too much. Xian’er, you are already a young lady and you should behave properly. Don’t wrap your arms around others like that. What will others think of your actions?”

Ling Xian’er might not be convinced but she stuck out her tongue and responded, “Yes, Xian’er understands.”

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