Chapter 320 The Messenger, and the Distress at the Palace Gate
“Jin Ling, let’s go!” Gripping the note in her hand, Wei Yuewu urged, her expression changing slightly. If it was someone she needed, she had to hurry over.
“Miss, what is it?” Not knowing what Yan Huaijing wrote in the note, Jin Ling charged forward and opened the door for Wei Yuewu.
“Let’s go over and take a look!” Wei Yuewu frowned slightly.
After that, the two of them hurriedly left the house and kept walking out.
After they left, Wei Qiufu’s door opened. Mo Huating stood at the door with a cold face.
“Thank you, Marquis Jing Yuan!” Wei Qiufu saw him to the door. She had slightly spruced up her appearance. Although she did not put on makeup, she looked rather delicate and pitiful.
This kind of expression was usually the last expression that Wei Qiuju showed, and Wei Qiufu had always been graceful and poised in front of others.
However, her current behavior, her slightly shy eyes, and the faint marks on her neck made her look so delicate and heartbreaking.
“Don’t mention it.” Mo Huating withdrew his gaze and looked at Wei Qiufu’s face emotionlessly while frowning slightly.
He had met Fourth Miss Wei several times, and he knew her as she had the best reputation among all the young ladies in the mansion of Marquis Hua Yang.
However, he felt that the Fourth Miss Wei in front of him was unfamiliar, so much so that he almost thought that she was the apprehensive and timid Fifth Miss Wei who was a concubine-born daughter.
Her eyes especially seemed to be full of love and tenderness. Such a woman was undoubtedly graceful, but she reminded Mo Huating of the singers in some mansions. They were also so affectionate and pitiful.
How did the most talented and dignified Fourth Miss Wei become so unpresentable?
Although that kind of flattering expression was very obscure, Mo Huating had seen it many times, and he could read through her mind. Hence, his eyebrows were tightly wrinkled.
“Marquis Jing Yuan… i-if…” Wei Qiufu hesitated for a moment, as if she was too shy to say it out loud.
“Fourth Miss Wei, if you have something to say, just say it,” Mo Huating expressed coldly.
“After entering the Palace, I feel nervous and oblivious. I don’t dare to do anything wrong, and I don’t know what I shouldn’t do in the Palace. I’d appreciate it if you can be kind enough to advise me a thing or two.”
Wei Qiufu bowed shyly.
“Fourth Miss Wei, you are the legitimate daughter of the third branch of the mansion of Marquis Hua Yang, and you will enter Crown Prince Mansion in the future. Do you think that those lowly concubines are very good now?” Mo Huating looked at Wei Qiufu and bleated in a deep voice.
His remarks startled Wei Qiufu. She was in a daze because she didn’t understand his implication, so she cautiously asked, “W-What do you mean?”
“Fourth Miss Wei, in the future, when you enter Crown Prince Mansion, do you want to become an ordinary concubine, a high-ranking imperial concubine, or perhaps…” Mo Huating’s gaze fell on the center of the Palace, where there were only two people there: the Emperor and Empress.
“You used to be very good… That is the only way to become a high-ranking concubine!”
After Mo Huating finished speaking, he looked at Wei Qiufu with a mocking smile and left in big strides.
Behind him, Wei Qiufu squinted slightly, her expression darkened, and her eyes darted. She slowly clenched her fingers on the handkerchief in her hand.
“Miss, what does he mean?” Ming Yan asked in bewilderment as she could not understand his meaning.
Wei Qiufu bit her lips, her face revealing a bit of shame and annoyance. She knew that Mo Huating was hinting that she looked so much like those lowly concubines now rather than the magnanimous and dignified young lady of an aristocratic family.
Although what he said was the truth, Wei Qiufu felt full of shame and anger as it came out from the mouth of such a young and handsome gentleman.
She indeed wanted to arouse Mo Huating’s good impression so that it would be convenient for her to make her move in the Palace in the future. Unlike the mediocre Xie Qingzhao, Mo Huating had a nobler status and identity. If she could earn his trust, it would undoubtedly be a great help to her.
However, she did not expect that not only did Mo Huating not accept her offer, but he also implied that she looked rather despicable and cheap. This was a great embarrassment to Wei Qiufu, who had always been boastful and narcissistic.
“Miss…” Ming Yan couldn’t help but ask again as she was curious about Mo Huating’s meaning.
“What is there to ask? Have you inquired about the Crown Prince?” Wei Qiufu coldly reprimanded her in annoyance and turned to walk into the room. She was angered by the question. “You can’t even do such a small thing. Why do I need you for?!”
Ming Yan felt wronged as she was scolded out of the blue, but seeing Wei Qiufu’s flustered expression, she knew that she was in a black mood, so she cautiously explained, “Normally, His Highness will come, but the other side said that the situation yesterday was a little special. But please rest assured that he will come.”
“He will come, he will come. Make sure he really comes!” Wei Qiufu sat in her chair and grunted furiously.
“Yes, Miss!” Ming Yan lowered her head and stood to the side, not daring to speak anymore.
Wei Qiufu calmed down and looked out the window. “Where did Wei Yuewu go?”
Although she was inside the room just now, she heard the hurried footsteps outside, and Mo Huating even glanced out of the room, clearly noticing it as well!
“I don’t know. When I opened the door, I saw Sixth Young Lady and Jin Ling walking away as if they were in a hurry. Could it be that Lord Marquis forgot something and Sixth Young Lady went after him?” Ming Yan carefully speculated.
“Go to Chu Xiu Palace’s door and ask which direction she has gone to.” Wei Qiufu had already calmed down. She never dared to take Wei Yuewu lightly.
There was an ultimate battle between her and Wei Yuewu. She wanted to destroy any possible opportunity for Wei Yuewu to stand out. Of course, there was only one goal. She was the most respected and favored young lady. Everything that the mansion of Marquis Hua Yang had was for her personal benefit.
“Yes, Miss. I will go immediately!” Ming Yan nodded and hurriedly chased after them.
Wei Yuewu left in a hurry. Although she was not running, she lifted her skirt, quickened her pace, and headed straight for the Palace gate.
Fortunately, Jin Ling followed closely behind her and constantly reminded her to be careful.
After asking the two palace maids she met on the road for the direction, Wei Yuewu knew that they were not far from the Palace gate, so she hurried over, her forehead drenched with sweat.
Yan Huaijing’s note was actually very simple. He told her that her maid was pacing at the Palace gate, looking as if she had something to report.
But how could an ordinary maid like her enter the Palace?
Moreover, it seemed that she had secretly come over. When she saw Wei Luowen enter the Palace, she even secretly hid to the side, not daring to leave her message to Wei Luowen.
Her maids who were left outside the Palace were Huamo and Shufei. If there was no particularly important or urgent matter, especially something even her father could not know, they would not come all the way to the Palace gate.
Outside the Palace gate, Shufei had been walking around for a long time. The two guards guarding the gate had their eyes on her, and they had been staring at her for a long time. She even felt that there was something wrong with herself.
However, she couldn’t think of any way to inform Miss.
She had to think of something. After pacing two more rounds, Shufei gritted her teeth and walked over to the fierce-looking guards.
“Hi, can you please pass a message for me?” Shufei donned a wide smile and asked.
“What is it?” the guard asked impatiently. “Who are you looking for?”
“Uh… I am the maid of Sixth Miss Wei. She has entered the Palace to pray with the Third Princess. Can you please pass a message to her and ask her to come out?” Shufei requested with a smile.
“Sixth Miss Wei? I don’t know who she is. Just wait here, or if you see someone you know, you can ask that person to pass your message.” The guard was befuddled. They had been guarding the Palace gate and never been in touch with these young ladies, so they didn’t know any of them.
“Can you please ask the eunuch inside to pass a message for our Miss? She is the daughter of Marquis Hua Yang.” Shufei knew that it was easier to ask the eunuch’s help than the guards. Coincidentally, she saw two eunuchs standing at the entrance of the Palace.
This was the Palace gate that led to the outside. The guards stood outside the gate, while there were two eunuchs standing at the entrance of the inner palace. However, they were a distance away from her, and it was difficult for her to call them.
The guards hesitated for a moment and turned around to look behind. If it were for the young lady from other mansions, they would not mind, but Marquis Hua Yang was not an ordinary marquis. Today, Marquis Hua Yang also entered the Palace and just left.
When he left, the Palace specially allowed his carriage to come in to pick him up. It could be seen how much His Majesty favored Marquis Hua Yang.
“Hurry up then!” The guard made way for Shufei to go in and talk to the eunuchs.
Seeing this, Shufei was overjoyed. She bowed to the two guards and hurriedly ran into the passage, which was another entrance. The two eunuchs, who were standing there, frowned as they looked over. The conversation between Shufei and the guards was inaudible due to the distance, but the eunuchs could tell that Shufei was a maidservant. They were confused why the guards were bold enough to let a maidservant into the Palace.
At this moment, Wei Yuewu had already brought Jin Ling over. When they walked to the door, they wanted to ask the eunuch, who was guarding the door. Suddenly, they saw Shufei coming from the passage and stopped.
Jin Ling cleverly stepped forward, took out two wallets from her pocket, and secretly handed them over. “Our Miss is the daughter of Marquis Hua Yang, and the maid is coming to meet her. Can you please make an exception and let her come over to have a few words?”
“Marquis Hua Yang’s daughter?” The two eunuchs exchanged surprised looks and nodded repeatedly. “Sure! Since Miss Wei wants to meet her maid, I won’t stop her. However, we have rules in the Palace. Even if you want to talk, you can’t talk for too long.”
“Yes, I understand. We will watch the time.” Jin Ling nodded with a smile.
Shufei also saw Wei Yuewu and rushed to her excitedly, “Miss…”
“Come over and talk!” Wei Yuewu said in a low voice and walked to the side. The two eunuchs let them pass, and Shufei followed Wei Yuewu to the side.
“Miss, something bad happened in the mansion!” When she made sure that no one was around, Shufei wiped the sweat on her forehead and quavered anxiously.