Chapter 316: ‘Coincidence’

How could Pei Rumo allow Bai Luochu to leave now? His elaborate plan to make Bai Luochu lose her feelings for Pei Qingfeng had just started and if she were to leave right now, his well-thought out plan would be wasted.

“Your First Highness, Divine Physician Bai, it is such a coincidence!” Pei Qingfeng naturally started to suspect Pei Rumo’s true intention. There was no way he would run into them every time he was out with Ling Xian’er. Pei Qingfeng never expected for Pei Rumo’s information network to be so strong.

“That’s right, what a coincidence! I heard that the Landscape Pavilion’s chef prepared his dishes using seasonal fruits and I wanted to bring Luo Chu here to try them. Since we ran into each other, why not have lunch together?” Pei Rumo was eager to witness Pei Qingfeng and Ling Xian’er’s intimate relationship as he wanted Bai Luochu to hate Pei Qingfeng.

Pei Qingfeng didn’t refuse and quickly agreed. “Sure, if First Brother doesn’t mind, why would I mind?” Pei Qingfeng wanted to see what his first brother was up to.

Bai Luochu also felt that something was wrong. After all, this wasn’t somewhere princes frequent. Why would they run into Pei Qingfeng and Ling Xian’er? However, she didn’t wish to seem rude and even if she asked, Pei Rumo would never admit it with his stubborn personality. She decided to let his scheme play out.

Even though the meal was prepared by elite chefs with the best ingredients, none of them was able to taste a thing. Even though the food was tasteless, Pei Qingfeng and Bai Luochu both realized that Pei Rumo had feelings for Bai Luochu.

As soon as Pei Qingfeng returned to his residence, he immediately summoned his personal guard and secret guard commander to interrogate everyone.

“Go and investigate immediately. Who was the one for leaking my plans for the past few days? If you can’t find the culprit, I will hold you responsible.”

When the two of them heard Pei Qingfeng’s orders, they assumed that a traitor had appeared amongst the servants and Pei Qingfeng’s personal safety was threatened. The two of them unleashed their true strength and conducted a thorough investigation of the matter and finally uncovered an old servant who was in charge of the residence’s cleanliness.

When the old man was detained and brought to the study room, he didn’t know what was going on. He never expected to be detained by both Pei Qingfeng’s personal guard and the secret guard commander at the same time. When Pei Qingfeng finally spoke to him, he felt that something was wrong. 

“Did you reveal my recent schedule to anyone?” Pei Qingfeng had a stern expression and the old man was so frightened he didn’t dare to lie. He spoke with a stutter.

“In response... response to Master’s question... Someone asked me about Master’s plan for the past few days. This servant thought that the young ladies of other aristocratic clans wanted to pester Master and I made a copy of your plans from the study room before giving it to them.”

Pei Qingfeng didn’t know if he should cry or laugh. He had always been vigilant but this old man managed to betray him unknowingly.

“Another question. Did you receive any benefits from them?” Pei Qingfeng continued.

The old man’s expression changed. If I admit to it, His Second Highness will definitely punish me. If I conceal the truth, Master will still punish after he finds out. Whatever the case, a quick death is much better.

The old man decided to come clean as he admitted, “He gave me five teals of fine silver to reveal Your Highness’ whereabouts.”

“Five taels of fine silver? You betrayed me over five teals of silver?!” Pei Qingfeng had an expression of disbelief.

The old man knew that his odds of survival just plummeted and he nodded fearfully.

Pei Qingfeng felt that he was played in the worst possible way and he no longer wanted to speak with the old man. He waved his hand and passed down an order, “Give him some silver and kick him out of the residence. My Second Prince’s residence doesn’t need a slave who betrays his master.” 

Pei Qingfeng finally learned of Pei Rumo’s plan of bringing Bai Luochu to wherever he and Ling Xian’er was. The old fox wanted to anger Bai Luochu and himself at the same time in order to drive a wedge between them. All that just for an opportunity for himself...

“Pei Rumo, your name really fits your character! Your heart is as black as ink!” Pei Qingfeng cursed. 

At that precise moment, Pei Qingfeng’s personal guard returned and asked, “Master, what’s wrong? Why are you cursing His First Highness?”

Pei Qingfeng narrated the previous incidents to his personal guard and no matter how dim-witted his personal guard was, he realized the truth. He became more agitated than Pei Qingfeng and he started to panic, “What if Young Lady Luo Chu misunderstands? What are we going to do?!”

“Relax… Luo Chu is an intelligent individual and after the meeting today at the Landscape Pavilion, she probably noticed that something is up. Now that all of us know of Pei Rumo’s true objective, shouldn’t we start taking action?” Pei Qingfeng wasn’t anxious and ended off at a cliff-hanger.

The personal guard was confused, “Master, what are we going to do?”

“What else? We need to look for that treacherous, vile, and irritating Pei Rumo to settle the score!” Pei Qingfeng was enraged and he decided to confront his first brother about the misunderstanding. After he spoke, he asked for the carriage to be prepared as he charged straight towards the First Prince’s residence.

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