“Hua Buqi is indeed not as beautiful as the woman in the painting, but I was more impressed by her smile. The more I thought about it, the more I found this little girl to resemble the woman. This painting will be delivered to the state government office in the west and to all the aristocratic families in about three days. I treated the Imperial censor’s wife in the past. That’s why Lord Chen sent the portrait to Yaoling Manor in advance. He even wrote a letter to specify the reason.
“The Seventh Duke of Wangjing city is looking urgently for a 12- or 13-year-old girl, though the reason is not clear yet. Eight out of ten, this girl is possibly related to his love affair. Who knows if she’s the little lost princess. If Hua Buqi is truly that person, then Yaoling Manor would have rendered great merit. That’s why I want to let Hua Buqi move into your yard, and why I’m asking you all to treat her as a little sister.”
Lin Dansha was enlightened. But immediately, her heart didn’t feel too comfortable. She pouted, “She was raised by a dog yet can actually fly up the branch to become a phoenix!” Translated by The Novelst
Old Master Lin put on a stern face and shouted in response, “Shut your mouth! Never mention the mother dog again!”
When had she ever been scolded by her father before? Though she understood the reasoning, she still felt so wronged that she teared up, biting her lip fiercely.
Lin Yuquan felt his heart ache for his little sister and said gently, “It’s only letting her stay in the yard. Just ask your servants to tidy up a room for her. Then you don’t have to bother with her anymore. When the people from Wangjing come, it’s either that we send her off or drive her away. Isn’t the decision in your hands?”
Only then did Lin Dansha smile through her tears.
Old Master Lin glanced at his daughter, still a little worried inside. Thinking it through, he said, “Nevermind. Dansha has a strong personality. I’m afraid that there will be trouble if I put Hua Buqi in her yard. It’s better to tidy a yard for her to stay. We only have to wait a month or two, anyways.”
“No!” Lin Dansha stopped her father, a slow smile creeping around the corners of her mouth.
She pulled Old Master Lin and said sweetly, “Father, I heard the Seventh Duke has only one son. The prince is young and handsome, and not only is he a man of exceptional literary talent, he also had excellent teachers since he was young, and even his martial arts is comparable to those of the underworld aristocratic families.
“If I become Hua Buqi’s sister, wouldn’t that mean I have a chance to meet this prince in the future?”
Old Master Lin stroked her hair gently and laughed. “Silly girl, at least I didn’t spoil you for no reason. The reason I wanted her to stay in your yard is precisely because of this. Though Yaoling Manor is widely known in the underground, we still have not yet managed to grasp real power.
“Dansha, you’re beautiful and loveable, and you have some slight medical achievements. It’s rare that royalty intermarries with the underground aristocratic families, but if Hua Buqi is truly fated with the Seventh Duke, it’s not impossible for us, since then the Seventh Duke will owe us a lot.”
Lin Dansha blushed and stamped her foot, saying, “I just wanted to meet the prince once. What are you thinking! I don’t want to talk to you anymore. I’m returning to my room first.”
After she left, the three brothers of the Lin family exchanged looks.
Lin Yuquan mustered his courage and said, “Father, why would the royal family even look at the people of the underworld like us? Even if Dansha manages to enter the royal family, she might be bullied. We only have this one sister. Only if she marries to a family of the underworld can we guarantee that she won’t be bullied.”
Old Master Lin let out a long sigh. “What do you guys understand? That thief barged into our medicine garden and was injured by your second uncle. He didn’t manage to steal the medicine yet was able to cause a ruckus in the medicine garden, nearly destroying the medicine in progress for the Huang family.
“For that Lengxiang pill, we planted the herbs for over a year now, waiting for winter to come so we can gather them to make the pill. Just planting and watering the herbs was so costly for us. If the herbs had been destroyed, how would Yaoling Manor have explained it to the Huang family?
“No matter how large our business, we still can’t survive if the Huang family demands an exorbitant price. We can’t even offend them, and we’re already so stressed facing just a magistrate. Though Yaoling Manor has connections in the underworld, they all reached out just for the sake of benefit.”
“Hmph!” The second young master’s face was flushed with anger. “This Huang Mingsong has gone too far! Without spending even a penny he wanted us to spend a large amount on expensive herbs just to make these pills for him, only to give them to his concubines to maintain their beauty. Father, though we don’t dare go against him on the surface, we can secretly kill this dog official off!”
“Kongqing, as the saying goes, people do not fight against officials. Even if we can get rid of the Huang family, who knows if the Li family will approach us? Yaoling Manor has been passed down for several generations, so we can also be considered to be reputable when counted among the aristocratic families of the West.
“Do you really think we have survived to this day without pleasing the officials? It was after I obtained this painting that I felt like this was a chance. I can only pray that Hua Buqi is the person that the Seventh Duke is seeking. Our Lin family has raised her for seven years. No matter what, we still deserve some credit. Even if Dansha is not fated with the prince, Yaoling Manor can still benefit from the association with Hua Buqi.”
Lin Yuquan voiced a thought: “What if she’s not the right person? Though the smiles are similar, they look very different.”
Old Master Lin smiled slightly, “She is similar in age and their expressions look alike. And most of all, she was abandoned at the state government office in the west. Everyone in this town can verify that she was a baby when she was picked up by Hua Jiu. The letter written by Lord Chen said that the person didn’t have any obvious birthmarks, so they can only rely on the painting to search for the person.”
“She resembles the person in the painting a little, but if we dress her up properly, then she will resemble her a little more. They’re only relying on a painting. We can say she must be the child since she’s so similar.” Translated by The Novelst
The three Lin brothers looked at their father with respect, glancing at each other with smiles. “We will follow father’s direction!”
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