Chapter 16 – Surrounded by enemies on all sides and betrayed miserably
Chu Qing-Yan, along with Mother Chu and the bewildered Daddy Chu, were forcefully escorted towards the main hall.
The originally quiet Chu Manor, now, was brightly lit up.
Chu Qing-Yan lifted up her head to look at the person sitting upright and still in the master’s seat. Elder Chu just so happened to wait there for her entire family to enter the tiger’s den. The corner of Elder Madam Chu’s mouth was raised up slightly, revealing a sneer.
In order to get her entire family to surrender, it seemed that they didn’t spare any expense or manpower.
“Huai-Yuan, from Huai-Yan family, us Chu family didn’t treat you guys unfairly. Why would you guys do something so disgraceful that would end the family traditions?” Elder Madam Chu said sternly, taking the initiative to strike first. Whereas Elder Chu acted as the deciding wise elder and looked at them with a cold and detached expression.
“Great Uncle and Great Aunt. Me and my parents haven’t done anything that would harm Chu family. This is truly because Qing-Yan saw parent’s clothing was too shabby, so Qing-Yan thought to bring them clothing to wear. Not at all doing something that would destroy Chu family’s traditions.” Chu Qing-Yan immediately threw herself to the ground, and with a pitiful expression, looked at the person sitting in judgment.
“That’s right, Uncle-in-law, Aunt-in-law, Qing-Yan did it out of filial piety, I ask of you elder’s not to blame her. She is still young, she doesn’t consider everything properly. If you elders must set punishment, then please punish me, Mother Dan!” Mother Chu immediately stepped forward to plead for leniency.
“Humph! You guys really think my eyes have blurred from age? That I can’t even distinguish what’s real and what’s fake?” Elder Madam Chu coldly snorted, immediately waving her hand, “People come, bring Shan Cha and approach!”
Shan Cha? Chu Qing-Yan’s eyelids jumped a bit, it seemed that the Heavens wanted her to die.
Now, under the guidance of a senior servant, the petite Shan Cha walked out, trembling with fear. Once she saw Chu Qing-Yan, she immediately lowered her head, not daring to look at her.
At this time, Madam Xing smiled and said: “Shan Cha, tell everyone what you know.”
Shan Cha, having heard what was said, trembled, took a glance at Chu Qing-Yan, then immediately dropped her gaze to say, “These several days, Shan Cha detected that Ninth Miss’s movements seemed somewhat strange. So, paid more attention, the day before yesterday, I discovered Ninth Miss concealed some clothes, stolen servant clothing. Shan Cha thought Ninth Miss did it to have some fun, but afterwards, felt more and more fishy about this, because this servant discovered that Ninth Miss was tidying up her belongings, as if she was about to run away. Thus, this severant immediately reported this to the Second Madam. Afterwards, Ninth Miss really did stealthily went to find Eldest Master and Eldest Madam.”
Shan Cha’s words, without a doubt, confirmed Chu Qing-Yan’s intent to run away.
This left Chu Qing-Yan unable to respond.
“Qing-Yan, with irrefutable evidence and a witness’s testimony, do you still have any objections?” Elder Madam’s eyes were full of cruelty as she looked at Chu Qing-Yan.
The Madams standing on the side, like Madam Wang etc. all had expressions of rejoicing at other’s misfortunes. One after another, they cast glances of watching a play and making fun of them.
“Qing-Yan, you better honestly explain, is this matter incited by your mother? Otherwise, based on you being so young, how could you dare to do something so daring?” Madam Wang, while blowing on her fingernails, coldly said.
Chu Qing-Yan could feel the malice coming from all directions, the rolling anger in her heart suddenly settled down. The corner of her mouth lifted up, a cold meaning streaking across her eyes.
Shan Cha wasn’t careful and saw this expression, and she shivered from head to toe. This appearance of Ninth Miss was really scary, she started to doubt whether telling this secret was the right or wrong decision?
Just when everyone present had an expression of watching a good play, a laugh that wasn’t quite a laugh sounded at this inopportune time.
“Elder Madam Chu, really gave you a little color, and you started to open a dye workshop! Win an inch and want a foot is not done like this!”
“What?” Elder Madam Chu’s eyes opened wide as she uttered the words from bewilderment.
All of the people in Chu family were alarmed.