In addition to Liang Yu Rong, many unfamiliar people had also come.
Liang Yu Rong had waited in the reception pavilion for a while without Wei Luo returning. She thought that Wei Luo had gotten lost in the villa, so she had prepared to go look for her. By lucky coincidence, the young men had come from the receiving room to invite the young women to go to the rear courtyard's octagonal pavilion to admire the moon and play wine-drinking games. Liang Yu Rong was worried that she wouldn't know the way either, so she followed these people here. Just as she had arrived at the rear courtyard, she saw that there were two people at the lakeside. She recognized that one of the people was Wei Luo and walked forward to greet her.
She didn't expect that she would see such scene!
Without any explanation, Li Xiang had pushed Wei Luo to the ground, cursed at her, and was even raising her hand to hit her.
Liang Yu Rong didn't know what had happened, but just from this scene, she could tell that Li Xiang's upbringing wasn't good! Nothing could have happened between two young women that would justify her actions. Even if Wei Luo had intentionally offended her, she still couldn't curse her with "wretched girl!" After all, Wei Luo's status wasn't inferior to hers. Even if Li Xiang was very angry, she should still forgive or at least privately resolve the issue since Wei Luo was a member of Duke Ying’s family instead of coming to blows with Wei Luo in public. This action would not only damage other people’s impression of her moral character, but it would also show her lack of intelligence.
Liang Yu Rong wasn't the only person who thought this. Everyone else at the scene also thought this.
Unfortunately, Li Xiang had been angered by Wei to the point of losing her reasoning and couldn't think so logical at the moment. Seeing Wei Luo on the ground and pretending to be pitiful, she couldn't help but feel angrier, "Older brother, don't stop me! Do you know what she did? She's a person that harbors evil intentions. She deliberately lured me here. She... She's too shameless..."
Before she could finish speaking, Li Song had severely slapped Li Xiang!
Li Xiang was suddenly silenced. She clutched her cheek and incredulously looked at Li Song.
Li Song's face was ugly. He put down his hand and clenched his fist inside his sleeve, "You're too outrageous! Where did you learn such foul language? You must not be used to this new place and became muddle-headed." After saying this, he said to Li Xiang's servant girl, Qiong Zi, "Your Miss has become muddle-headed. Why didn't you stop her instead of bring her here? Bring her back to her room first. I'll deal with you when we get back home!"
Qiong Zi's face was distressed. She held onto Li Xiang and nervously said, "Miss, let's go back..."
Li Xiang had grown up in the shelter of her parents' palms and had never suffered any injury. Now, her older brother had slapped her without holding back. Her ear felt as if it was buzzing and her cheek felt as if it was burning. She bitterly bit her lip. Her eyes were full of tears, "Older brother is the one who's confused. You would help an outsider instead of your younger sister. I'm going to go home and tell mom so that she'll teach you a lesson."
She didn't dare to say that Wei Luo had tricked her. She would rather bear such a big grievance than tell the matter about the letter in front of everyone else. After all, even if Wei Luo was the one who wrote that latter, she would still be showing that she had thoughts about a private meeting with a man by showing up here. No matter what, she wouldn't be able to defend her innocence.
When the two things were compared, her reputation was naturally more important.
But if she chose that option, she would bear the negative reputation of an uncivilized and arrogant person that caused trouble without reason. This would also have a very negative effect on unmarried girls.
She fiercely glared at Wei Luo. She hated her so much that she was gnashing her teeth. Wei Luo had truly designed a good play that had her jumping into her trap and left her with no way to explain herself!
Li Xiang unwillingly turned around and left. She was so angry that her eyes were red.
At the lakeside, Wei Luo had originally only wanted to pretend she had fallen. Unexpectedly, she hadn't been mindful enough when she was falling. Her foot had stepped on a pebble that was sticking out on the ground and her ankle twisted. It had been hurting until now! There had been too many people before, so she couldn't check her injury. Those people had now left and the only people left were Liang Yu Rong, Liang Yu, Li Song, and Chang Hong.
She couldn't resist touching her ankle that had already swollen. It was piercingly painful even if she touched it slightly. She couldn't resist gasping. It seemed that when she did something bad, she would have to pay a price. But, this price was a bit too ruthless. Her ankle hurt so much that she wanted to cry.
Chang Hong and Liang Yu had also come with Liang Yu Rong. Chang Hong had been protectively standing in front of Wei Luo. His handsome face had been twisted and sunk into something scary. It was only because Li Xiang was a woman that he didn't strike her in anger.
He heard Wei Luo's gasp and quickly turned around to face her. He anxiously asked, "Ah Luo, are you okay? Are you hurt from falling?"
Wei Luo pointed at her ankle and tearfully said, "My ankle twisted."
Hearing this, he became angrier. Li Xiang caused it all. He shouldn't have let her off so easily! He turned around to fiercely glare at Li Song with extreme disgust, "If something happens to Ah Luo, I definitely won't let you off."
Li Song didn't seem to care about his threat. He looked at Wei Luo with an unclear, contradicting and complicated meaning. After a long time, he said with difficultly, "My younger sister was wrong tonight. I'll apologize to you on her behalf..."
Wei Luo didn't appreciate his words. She coldly said, "No need."
His face changed and he suddenly glared at her in anger.
Wei Luo continued, "You probably know about our families' intention to become related by marriage. But after today, I discovered that Duke Ying's residence can't afford to have a young lady with Li Xiang's temperament. I'll speak to daddy when I go back. Chang Hong and Li Xiang's potential engagement will end here. Chang Hong is soft-hearted and won't be able to bear her unreasonable behavior." After she said this, she turned her head away from him. She stretched out her hand towards Chang Hong and said, "Chang Hong, carry me to the eastern courtyard..."
Hearing her words, Chang Hong leaned over to carry her. Who would have expected that someone would be quicker than him? Before he even touched her clothing, the other person's hand was supporting Wei Luo's back and his other hand was beneath her thighs. The person's voice was calm and mellow, "This prince will carry you back."
(T/N: Advance chapters have been updated on Patreon.
Wei Luo’s plan seemed really dependent on timing and had the potential to hurt her friend. If she had arrived a few minutes later after Li Xiang had already left, her plan would have failed, which is okay because Wei Luo will have other chances.
But, if everyone else had arrived a few minutes earlier and overheard her conversation with Li Xiang when she confessed to faking the letter, her true nature would be exposed to strangers. Or, if everyone had come later, there wouldn’t be witnesses to this planned scene.
It did seem like Wei Luo was waiting until she saw other people nearby before saying the words that would upset Li Xiang the most. And it was very smart to think of a plan where the victim couldn’t directly retaliate without hurting herself first.
What do you guys think?)