Cai Ling was already clever and after serving beside Bai Luochu for such a long time, how could she not understand what Zi Su meant? But right now, her mistress was still confused and His First Highness obviously wasn’t in the right frame of mind. As a servant, she really couldn’t comment on the situation.
Now that Zi Su had already asked, it was impossible for Cai Ling not to reply. As such, she gave an ambiguous answer, “How can I be clear on my Mistress’ thoughts? Sister Zi Su should be able to understand my difficulties.”
Zi Su didn’t expect to be stumped by a young and inexperienced servant girl and was speechless for a moment. After a period of time, she finally responded, “You are right. As servants, we can’t say anything about our superiors. I was wrong. Sister Cai Ling, please see yourself out. I have to return to His First Highness’ side.” Zi Su left without turning around.
When Zi Su returned to the study room, she asked Pei Rumo, “Master, do we need to prepare anything for the boating trip around the lake?”
Pei Rumo was still on cloud nine and he failed to think so far ahead. After Zi Su’s reminder, the gears in his head started to turn again.
After a long time, he seemed to have arranged his thoughts and he passed his instructions to Zi Su, “The time for the meeting is at 5 and it should almost be time for dinner. We cannot possibly allow our guest to starve. Even though there is a place to eat dinner on the private boat, we still need to prepare the food. Order a table of dishes from the Drunk Immortal Inn and have them deliver it onto the boat.”
“Yes, this servant understands.” Zi Su acknowledged and thought that Pei Rumo didn’t have any other specific arrangements and was preparing to leave. Before she could leave the room, Pei Rumo’s voice entered her ears once again.
Zi Su turned around and looked at Pei Rumo, “Is there anything else?”
Pei Rumo hesitated for a moment before speaking,, “Remember to ask the Drunk Immortal Inn to prepare a plate of osmanthus cakes for Luo Chu. As for the dishes, I will provide them a list.”
Zi Su’s brows arched upwards and even though she didn’t say anything, several thoughts appeared in her mind.
When Pei Rumo handed over the menu to Zi Su, she smiled helplessly and thought about how her Master had fallen for Bai Luochu. She used to think that her master was attentive to Young Lady Luo Chu as she had her uses. However, looking at it now, that didn’t seem to be the case. Even though Zi Su tried to convince herself otherwise, the menu in front of her confirmed her thoughts.
Every single dish on the menu was suited to Bai Luochu’s taste. Zi Su served Bai Luochu for a period of time in the past and knew her likes and dislikes.
“It seems like there are several people standing in Master’s way… First, there is the Second Prince, then there is the Third Prince…It seems like Master...” A terrifying thought flashed through her mind and she didn’t continue. Even if Pei Rumo really trusted her, she was a servant at the end of the day and there were things better left unsaid. The only thing she could do now was to arrange everything for the appointment so her master could improve his image in Bai Luochu’s heart.
In the blink of the eye, it was already the day after tomorrow and it was the day of the appointment between Pei Rumo and Bai Luochu.
Bai Luochu had just finished her lunch and was pressed down onto a chair by Cai Ling. She was facing the bronze mirror and at a complete loss while Cai Ling spoke, “Mistress, today, you are attending a lake boating with His First Highness. We cannot use the same dress up as before.”
Bai Luochu felt that Cai Ling was making a big fuss out of nothing and quickly shut her down, “What difference is there? It’s just clothes! How different can they be?! Moreover, we are just going to ride a boat on the lake… It’s not like I’m going to meet with my lover, why do I need to care so much about my dressing? The First Prince and I are just good friends. There is no need to be so particular.”
After Bai Luochu’s statement, Cai Ling was struck speechless. She didn’t know how to reply and quickly shut her mouth. After all, Bai Luochu was the mistress and as a servant, she couldn’t possibly scold Bai Luochu. Furthermore, Bai Luochu was merely speaking her mind and she wasn’t being unreasonable. Cai Ling wasn’t able to find any fault and didn’t get the opportunity to retort.
The mistress and servant were in a deadlock in front of the bronze mirror for a long time. When Cai Ling saw how stubborn her mistress was, she immediately started to make her move.
“Cai Ling, are you trying to rebel against me?” Bai Luochu noticed that Cai Ling undid her ponytail and combed her hair again.
Cai Ling pretended as though she didn’t hear it and continued to comb Bai Luochu’s hair while speaking, “Mistress, this servant can see that His First Highness is treating you really well. Your mind shouldn’t be full of His Second Highness. Right now, he might even be enjoying himself in someone else’s gentle embrace.”
Bai Luochu was baffled, “What are you talking about? What Second Highness or First Highness? Is there something wrong with your little brain?!?!”
Cai Ling muttered softly, “Mistress might be slow, but this servant isn’t. I can’t allow you to keep walking down the wrong path...” As Cai Ling spoke, her voice became softer and softer.
Bai Luochu might not understand what Cai Ling was saying, but she didn’t dare to ask as she was afraid her little servant would say something shocking again. She allowed Cai Ling to dress her up as she wished.
When Bai Luochu was getting drowsy, Cai Ling finished her ‘masterpiece’. She gently tapped on Bai Luochu’s shoulder and asked, “Mistress, this servant is done. What do you think?”
Bai Luochu opened up her hazy eyes and was shocked by the young lady in the mirror. There was a beauty at the prime of her youth staring back at her. After a long time, she asked shakily, “This… Am I the person in the mirror?”Previous Chapter Next Chapter