Chapter 83: Start of the Operation

Cai Ling nodded before asking, “What does Mistress need this servant to do? This servant isn’t afraid of anything.”

Bai Luochu couldn’t help but laugh as she was amused when she looked at the servant girl who had a fearless expression on her face. In the end, she was the boss and she had to act appropriately. After clearing her throat, she gave her instructions. “There is nothing much to do now. I just need you to take on the status of a labor servant and build up a good relationship with the servant girls in this courtyard. There is no need to build a deep relationship with them as the only thing you have to do is to make them spill out the information I want. When my uncle is back, there will definitely be tons of eyes watching this courtyard. I cannot be on guard everyday...”

“You saw their attitude for yourself. When my uncle and his family return, most of them would definitely be very willing to be their lackey. What I need you to do is to immediately report any information you hear. It is obvious that these people aren’t willing to serve me and I will ‘tactfully’ not instruct them to do anything. I will give you all the instructions and we will be able to exchange information. What do you think?”

Cai Ling carefully listened to Bai Luochu’s instruction and nodded, indicating that she understood.

“However, you will be in for a hard time these few days. Remember to complain about me when you mix with the other servants. If necessary, you can also slander and bad mouth me.” Bai Luochu added on.

“This… isn’t good, right?” When Cai Ling heard that she had to slander her mistress, she became a little fearful.

When Bai Luochu saw Cai Ling’s hesitation, she couldn’t help but make fun of her, “Oh? I was still praising you for your courage earlier on. Why are you so hesitant now?”

When Cai Ling heard Bai Luochu’s response, she immediately recalled about her vow just a moment ago. She confidently declared, “This servant will not let down Mistress’ expectation!”

“Alright then, you may leave and look for Uncle Liang. He will make the proper arrangements for you. I still have to come up with the rest of the plan.” Bai Luochu waved her hand and dismissed Cai Ling.

In the side room of Bai Luochu’s courtyard, another scene was playing out.

Those flustered servant girls were now lying on their brick beds inappropriately and didn’t bother about their mistress. It was as though the First Young Lady was invisible.

“What did I tell you… How hard could it be to deal with a Young Lady who just came back?” The servant who spoke was pretty good-looking and a look of disdain flashed through her eyes.

There was another servant who tidied up her hair and replied, “Exactly. We rushed out in such a hurry only to realize that she was all bark and no bite. It seems like she knows her place around here.”

“From what I see, she will only be able to live comfortably these few days. Wait until Lord Uncle comes back. We’ll see how he tortures her.”

“That’s right, that’s right. She is just a paper tiger, not worth mentioning.”

“Say, a maiden like her who has been missing for so many days must have lost her virginity. If it was me, I would have found a sturdy tree and hung myself. Isn’t she afraid of humiliating the general's residence?!”

“Hahaha, isn’t that right? She is really shameless...”

The wave of laughter within the side room was undulating. Their contempt and complacent attitude was about to land them into a lot of trouble…

After watching Cai Ling walk away, Bai Luochu closed the room’s door and settled down to think about her next course of action.

Arriving at the general's residence was just the first step. The situation she was in right now wasn’t as relaxed as it was when she just arrived at the First Prince's residence. Back then, she didn’t know of her true identity and even though the First Prince was able to find out about her background, he couldn’t read her thoughts. No matter what she did, it wouldn’t make him overly suspicious. She was able to act as she pleased. However, now that she was back in the general’s residence, everything was different.

This was the place where Luo Chu grew up and Bai Luochu definitely couldn’t afford to make any mistakes. Amnesia wasn’t a sufficient reason to explain her change in behavior. At least, she couldn’t be overly flamboyant at the start. She had to lay low until she completed her investigation.

Thinking up to this point, Bai Luochu couldn’t help but knit her brows tightly. If she didn’t have to investigate the truth of why she ended up in the Bestial Battle Arena, she definitely wouldn’t get involved in this.

Bai Luochu didn’t know that her current status and the muddy waters of the Cloud Water Nation gave her no choice. She had to be involved. After all, her reincarnation and her actions caused the wheels of fate to stray from their original path. 

I better go stroll around and draw out the map of the general's residence before finding an opportunity to pass it to Ying Lan. It will allow him to quickly dig a tunnel and turn this general's residence into the secret base for the Palace of Brilliance Resurgence.

When she thought about it, Bai Luochu stepped out of the room and strolled casually along the courtyard. Along the way, she encountered some of the servants and none of them paid respects to her. They were either gossiping or casting sidelong glances at her. Bai Luochu might not feel comfortable about these people’s actions, but now wasn’t the time for her to be mindful of such behavior. She had much more important things to do. There was going to be time in the future to teach these snobbish servants a lesson.

The general's residence might be in dire straits but the rules set by the former general were still enforced. The strict regulations had not been removed because of the death of the general, causing Bai Luochu to be rather tired after her stroll. Taking advantage of the fact that she still remembered the layout of the residence in her mind, Bai Luochu hurried back to her chamber and constructed a map for Ying Lan.

Halfway through her drawing, she heard knocks coming from the door. The sudden commotion shocked Bai Luochu, but her movements weren’t flustered at all as she carefully kept the drawing. She then asked, “Who is it?”

When the person outside heard Bai Luochu’s question, she replied, “Young Lady, this servant is here to deliver your meal.”

Bai Luochu let out a long sigh of relief when she heard Cai Ling’s voice, “Come in. You can just leave the dishes.”

Hearing Bai Luochu’s response, Cai Ling wanted to carefully push the doors open. However, she recalled Bai Luochu’s task and she kicked the doors open instead. She snapped, “This is all there is. See if you want to eat it.”

After she spoke, Cai Ling took out the dishes and arranged them on the table. While she was setting up the table, she took the time to whisper to Bai Luochu, “Mistress, this servant has offended you.”

Bai Luochu understood that this servant girl was just putting on an act and simply smiled and shook her head. She showed that she didn’t mind Cai Ling’s actions.

When Cai Ling obtained Bai Luochu’s approval, she felt like a weight was lifted off her chest. Perhaps it was due to the fact that she was no longer under pressure, her actions became a lot more natural. When she closed the doors, she used a lot of strength and caused the window frames to shake a little.

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