When Chu Qing-Yan exited the door, she saw daddy squatted down at the side, and sitting in front of him was a shabbily dressed white haired old man. His face was covered with mud and also the clothes on his body. One piece of mud on the east then another on the west, you couldn't see the original shape of the clothes.
Bai Hu was standing on the side, and when he saw the little consort come out, he respectfully said. "Little consort, this person is that old beggar that refused to leave."
Chu Qing-Yan nodded. "You first withdraw to be busy with your own tasks!"
Bai Hu acknowledged and withdrew.
When she first entered the manor, this Bai Hu did many thing to make her look incompetent. But these days maybe after seeing the direction of the wind changing, he became more respectful to her. Now when he handled matters, she couldn't pick out any wrong. It could be he was afraid she would seize the opportunity to raise difficult questions. Chu Qing-Yan rolled her eyes. She didn't have the idle time to retaliate against people.
Chu Qing-Yan walked to the people staring at each other. She didn't size up the old person before starting to talk. "Old grandpa, do you have some needs that Prince Ying's manor could help with?"
Maybe this person came to pick fault, but one should honor old people like their own aged relatives and care for other children as one's own. With regards to old people, Chu Qing-Yan would always honor them.
That old man had already seen Chu Qing-Yan come out, using the corner of his eyes to size her up. She was earnest and virtuous with a pretty appearance, so his heart was rather satisfied. Now seeing her attitude to the housekeeper, he was even more satisfied.
"This old man can tell fortunes." the voice was loud and clear, full of energy.
Chu Qing-Yan blushed with shame, could it be another soothsayer had come? "We don't need our fortune to be told."
The old man seemed to not have heard her answer and speaking to himself, replied."Something big happened within your manor and it requires a person of high rank to help."
Chu Qing-Yan heard this and her eyes narrowed. Just now, she sent Earth Spirit and Fire Spirit to search for the person that could save Big Block of Ice. She couldn't help but open her mouth to ask. "Old man, the person of high rank you speak of is?"
One could only see the old man stroke his tangled beard, then he stood up and was taller than Chu Qing-Yan by several heads. One can lose to the person but must not lose control of the situation. Chu Qing-Yan retreated several steps, striving for a place she didn't have to look up at him.
Looking at her little movement, the old man didn't seem to mind a bit. Rather, he stretched out his arms and legs, and casually waved his hand at her to say. "This old man wants to take a bath, wants to eat, wants to rest!"
"Okay!" Chu Qing-Yan nodded without the slightest hesitation.
Xi Ning on the side was scared by her family's master being so forthright.
The old man tossed a glance that said 'consider you to be a tactful person'. Afterwards, he casually entered the manor and Chu Qing-Yan ordered Xi Ning to prepare everything.
Chu Qing-Yan watched the old man who had his hand behind his back as he leisurely entered the manor's gate. Although that appearance seemed comical, it couldn't make a person laugh out loud. At this moment, her daddy came close and said with uncertainty. "Cai Cai, I think I may have seen this person somewhere before, but can't recall it ah!"
When she heard this, her lips hooked up slightly, afterwards she said to her own daddy. "Maybe this time we found a savior!"
Daddy Chu heard this and was somewhat puzzled.
Chu Qing-Yan had no time to explain and brought daddy to enter the manor gate.
The old man wanted to bath, so Chu Qing-Yan ordered people to bring him to a room. But not long after, Hong Yi came to report that the old man wanted to wear newly made clothes. Taking a bath, he wanted to use the most expensive perfume and also demanded that people help him bath. Wanting this and that, making even the experienced Hong Yi feel as if her head was about to explode.
As if she had anticipated that this person would deliberately make things difficult, Chu Qing-Yan only smiled after hearing this. "Whatever he wants, we must satisfy him. If the manor doesn't have it, then dispatch people to buy it, don't let him wait for too long."
Hong Yi was somewhat puzzled, but still withdrew to do as instructed.
Chu Qing-Yan stood outside the room and watched as bucket after bucket of black water was brought out. The corner of her lips twitched, this was how many days of not bathing?
After one hour, the door to the room was pushed open, and out walked a splendid, rosy cheeked old man that had an noble air with grey hair. The white hair that was in disarray just now was bound up high. From head to toe, he looked orderly. Now he stroked his tidy beard and the corner of his lips stuck up in a satisfied expression. Chu Qing-Yan seeing this thought he looked remarkably like an old urchin.
"Cai Cai, people depend on clothing. The saying "depending on golden clothes" must have this meaning right?" Daddy Chu blinked his eyes to say.
Chu Qing-Yan nodded and at this moment, the old man had already come before Chu Qing-Yan and reproached, saying. "Food, food, food, this old man wants to eat!"
Once he opened his mouth, the noble aura from before disappeared. He only gave off the feeling of the grandfather from next door.
Chu Qing-Yan laughed in spite of herself, lifted her hands to bow with them in front of her. "Please come this way."
Huang Yi had always been fast when preparing the dishes. Chu Qing-Yan had just entered the dinning room when she saw all kinds of delicacies arranged on the table.
The old man entered the dining room. Seeing the table full of dishes, his eyes flashed and in passing said. "Did you make all of these dishes?"
"No, it's made by my servant." Chu Qing-Yan didn't know why he would ask this, but she still honestly replied.
She saw the old man's expression immediately change. "Not going to eat it. Not a bit of sincerity in it!"
Chu Qing-Yan rolled her eyes at the roof, could it be he wanted to eat something she made?
When Fire Spirit returned, he immediately heard that someone came to make trouble in the manor. When he walked to the dining room, he heard the other party say he wanted little consort to personally cook for him. In an instant, he became very angry, he rushed over and was just about to carry this person out when he was stopped by the little consort.
She mysteriously shook her head at him, then she unhurriedly turned around to say to the old man. "Old grandpa, my family servant's skills is extremely good. I guarantee that after you eat it the first time, you'll want to eat it again. My skills are not very good. If you really want to eat something I made, then I can make some pastries for you. Now you are hungry so you should not be bothered by this, otherwise if your stomach goes bad from hunger, then that'll be bad. What do you think?"
The old man took a look at the table full of dishes that looked good and tasted good, and his heart moved slightly.
Seeing he was about to be swayed, Chu Qing-Yan did not wait for him to answer and said. "Then you should eat some light non-greasy dishes to pad the stomach first, then eat fish and meat afterwards."
Hearing the faint concern in her tone, the old man looked at her, his expression hard to decipher. Soon after, he once again pretended to be impatient, saying. "Go, go, don't be so long-winded!"
Chu Qing-Yan smiled, then instructed Hong Yi and Xi Ning to take good care of this person. She herself withdrew to make pastries.
When she carried the pastries and once again returned to the dining room, she saw only empty plates and silverware remaining on the table.
Chu Qing-Yan looked at the two very satisfied people with catlike expressions, their hands holding their stomach, and the corner of her eyes couldn't help but twitch.
The old man, seeing her come in grumbled, saying. "Good dishes need to be matched with good wine. Why didn't you prepare some good wine for this old man?"
Chu Qing-Yan placed the pastries on the table and seriously said. "It's not appropriate to drink wine on an empty stomach, it could hurt the body."
The old man rubbed his nose and coldly snorted. "Too controlling!"
And just at this moment, having received news that the Retired Emperor had entered the city, Earth Spirit immediately rushed towards the manor. He wanted to tell the little consort this enormous good news, but when he entered the dining room and saw the person sitting there, he immediately knelt down with a "plop——" sound.
"Retired Emperor, wishing you good health."
Everyone present was first startled, then they hurriedly kneeled down. Only Chu Qing-Yan's mouth hooked into a smile as she unhurriedly lowered her body in a curtsy.