The manservant who guarded the second entrance, Tian Qi, had once eloped with Yue Ji, a maidservant in the kitchen. After they were captured and brought back to the manor, Tian Qi was sold into the country to do hard labor, and Yue Ji was taken away by the slave master.
The villagers said that the Lin family was very generous since usually servants who ran away would be beaten to death. Old Master Lin had actually given the two a chance to live on.
If the owner knew that she had tried to run away, she could already imagine her dismal end. She would be given a sound beating and then be sold off. Even if they didn’t want her life, it would still be half gone.
Buqi felt a cold chill settle over her. Translated by The Novelst
She stared at Mo Ruofei and clenched her fist tightly, a strong sense of righteousness in her as she raised her head and said, “I was taken in by Old Madam Lin when I was young. How could I bring such trouble to Yaoling Manor? If I leave, then that little thief will not hate the manor, but rather me! That’s why I must leave. You can’t bring me back!
“With Old Master Lin’s personality, he would definitely protect me no matter what. Although I’m still very young and don’t have much knowledge, I still know to repay my gratitude. I shouldn’t cause any trouble for Yaoling Manor!”
Mo Ruofei was shocked and couldn’t help but laugh loudly.
Hua Buqi’s appearance as she waved her small fist was too cute. Covered by that cotton coat, she thought she was a big tree, but she looked more like a dauntless bean sprout.
“Is it very funny?” Buqi rounded her eyes and acted innocent.
She continued gruffly, “Judging by your appearance, you must be a young master from a big family. I believe someone must be able to stand out for you.”
“The old master has a very kind heart. He will definitely not accuse an innocent. Don’t worry about your servant. You should return to the manor once the heavy snow stops tomorrow morning. While you are there, please help me bid farewell to Old Master Lin. You can just tell him that Buqi doesn’t want to bring trouble to the manor and has gone to inherit her Uncle Jiu’s will to revive the family traditions of the Hua Clan!”
Mo Ruofei looked strangely at Buqi. She was so clever to be an ordinary little girl and said a lot of things that made sense. She had… quite interesting skills. She could point at a stag and call it a horse shamelessly.
A child acting innocently could deceive many people. Mo Ruofei’s heart moved slightly. He dozed off in thought. After some time he returned to his senses and asked her, “Your name is Buqi? What does your Uncle Jiu do?”
“He’s a beggar, begging for food! The nine generations of the Hua Clan were all beggars! I’m the tenth. Do you see the alms bowl you’re holding? Uncle Jiu used this to beg for food his entire life and passed it onto me when he died!” Buqi said, beaming.
Mo Ruofei’s hand quivered before he used the sleeve of his robe to wipe his mouth before softly placing the alms bowl on the ground.
No Matter how elegant his movements were, he couldn’t cover the awkward expression on his face. Buqi turned her face away, covering up her expression in the shadows.
She scolded him inside: Who asked you to chase me, to try and bring me back! Even if I can’t win in a fight, I can at least disgust you.
Buqi leaned back on the wall trying to hold back her laughter and a hint of teasing flashed through Mo Ruofei’s eyes.
He said softly, “If you follow me back to Yaoling Manor to testify for Jian Sheng tomorrow, I will give you a golden rice bowl. You can take this golden rice bowl and inherit your Uncle Jiu’s will. It will definitely look spectacular.”
Was he trying to reward her, or was he being sarcastic? Buqi widened her eyes and stared at him like she’d found gold. She shouted in excitement, “Woah, a golden rice bowl! If I could get that why would I still beg for food? The money can last me my entire life if I sell it! If Uncle Jiu knew about it in the afterlife, he would be proud! Thank you so much… How may I address you, young master?”
“Mo! The same word as in ‘do not bully!” Mo Ruofei responded with dignity.
TL Note: Mo by itself means ‘do not.’
Buqi acted like she hadn’t understood and smiled, “Thank you, young master Mo! I will follow you back to the manor and bear witness for you. Please be rest assured that the old master will not make it difficult for your servant. But Buqi really doesn’t want to implicate the villa. Can you ask the old master to give Buqi to you as a maidservant?”
She found this a great idea. Not only could she leave the manor then, she could follow a handsome man like him. Seeing him everyday, her appetite would definitely become better. When she became bored of him, she probably would have found a way out by then.
Buqi smiled happily, her brows curved prettily in her face full of anticipation.
Mo Ruofei smiled. Why did everyone want to become his servant? He touched his face and remained silent.
“I am very capable. I can…” Translated by The Novelst
“I have many servants already. I don’t lack for anything.”
“Then I won’t go back to the manor and testify for you. I’ll just let you bear the misunderstanding!”
Mo Ruofei glanced at her and said, “Do you think you have a choice now? Go to sleep. Tomorrow morning we will go back to Yaoling Manor.”
He closed his eyes. Angrily, Buqi followed suit. Since he was being ignorant and entertaining an angel unawares, she could only put her thoughts to the side and take care of herself first.
Proofread by: Hannah
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