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Translated by newbienoona
Edited and proofread by anks
An Chuxia shakes her head. "I am not trying to be a show-off. I'm just thinking of my future. Ling Hanyu, thank you for giving me this opportunity. I definitely can do this. Thank You! As for wages, whatever you give your maids is fine, despite not having any relation to them."
He touches his chin. The wages…. This is a good time to check how much a maid makes. He doesn't remember when he had a "last maid"!
"So it's decided." Ling Hanyu eyes An Chuxia. "Every weekend, you'll come to my house. I'll have the driver pick you up."
"Do not! Don't!" An Chuxia hurriedly tells Ling Hanyu. She pulls on his collar and whispers in his ear. Then, she remembers Xiao Mingluo so she pulls him in, too. "We need to keep this a secret amongst the three of us!"
"Don't tell me… Aunt Han doesn't know about this. So does Han Qilu!" Xiao Mingluo sees An Chuxia nod. His expression darkens. "You better not hide this from Qilu. Once he finds out, the three of us would be dead."
Despite Xiao Mingluo's warning, Ling Hanyu appears to be unaffected. "Han Qilu says ruthless things, but he never really does anything to us. And as long as you don't say anything, I won't say anything… ."
Xiao Mingluo's brow relaxes gradually. His mouth breaks into a smile. "Hanyu, I know your family lacks a diligent maid, but it's not right to be so impatient."
"What kind of nonsense are you talking about?" Ling Hanyu frowns at a distance. He turns his back, not knowing what to do.
An Chuxia isn't paying attention to Xiao Mingluo's innuendo. However, she's pondering on whether she must look for part-time work where Han Qilu won't find her. As Mingluo said, if someone outside the three of them finds out, the consequences would be absolutely miserable.
With Xiao Mingluo bringing her back to her sensibilities, her mind recalls the chief's words asking about Xiang Mankuai being pregnant and not knowing what happened to the child she carried.
Child…. Is it Han Qilu's? Flustered, she doesn't know what to think. Clenching her teeth, she says out loud, "It's decided. If anyone dares leak about this matter, I will end them!"
They all turn to each other and stretch out their hands and swear, "I will not say anything!" She has a plan!~
Xiao Mingluo watches their line of sight. He shrugs. "I don't care what you do. If you get found out, don't drag me in the mud. I don't know anything, I didn't hear anything."
"This is good. So, every weekend, I'll pick you up. How about I'll say you're tutoring me?" Ling Hanyu raises an eyebrow, ignoring Xiao Mingluo's scalding look. He knows Mingluo is crookedly in love with her. He isn't inclined to explain how he knows about it.
"Thank you!" An Chuxia suddenly bows to him sincerely. "I have to work because there are some difficulties I have to face. Thank you for helping me."CHAPTER 166 Has Broken Taboo
Translator Question: I don’t know if Sakura Ikebana (which also translates to Cherry Blossom) is an anime or manga character or a Chinese character in a book, manhua, or RPG game. If anyone can provide insight so we can clarify the translation, it’s much appreciated.
The only Sakura I know of is from Naruto. So, with that being said, I’m comparing Chuxia to Naruto’s Sakura. 😀
Translated by newbienoona
Edited and proofread by anks
Ling Hanyu beckons. "It's alright. I'm just missing a maid." He's too good. He remains calm, calm!
"You two are really insane… I know nothing!" Xiao Mingluo shakes his head, picks up the basketball, and leaps into a three-pointer. He turns around happily at An Chuxia. "See? I am the "Slam Dunk Master" in Sichuan Feng Shu class."
As soon as he was done, he doesn't forget to flick his bangs. Perhaps, if she was like the other female students, she wouldn't be able to resist temptation. But he's harmless in her world. Confused, she tilts her head. "What is this Sichuan Feng Shu class?"
A headache starts forming in his forehead. He knows Chuxia isn't an earthling. With a tacit understanding, he looks at Ling Hanyu and they say in unison, "Seized!"
Shrugging, she takes a few steps toward the basketball and picks it up. She stands where Xiao Mingluo took his shot. "Actually, compared to bowling, I prefer basketball." She doesn't wait for Xiao Mingluo and Ling Hanyu to respond. She dribbles the basketball before shooting it from her position. And this hollow ball… Xiao Mingluo and Ling Hanyu are shocked.
"Oh my God! Sakura Ikebana!" They both exclaim in excitement.
Mingluo chides himself internally. He should calm himself! Otherwise, they’ll only embarrass themselves… .
An Chuxia smiles as she approaches them. "Don't be surprised. Let me ask you something: Who is Xiang Mankuai?"
They freeze the moment they hear the words Xiang Mankuai. They attempt to get over their shock… An Chuxia has just transferred to Stein and she actually knows about Stein's taboo. This is more surprising than she being the second incarnation of sakura ikebana. The comic book Ling Hanyu has been holding in his hand thuds as it hits the ground.
It's the comic book's thud that awakens Xiao Mingluo. In all seriousness, he asks Chuxia. "Where did you hear this name?"
Xiao Mingluo rarely looks serious. When his face is this proper, it usually means he is experiencing something major, and is usually bad. They've claimed knowing of Xiang Mankuai. Should they reveal she holds an important position in Han Qilu's life?
A sense of loss arises spontaneously. Nevertheless, it leaves her deserted. Facing Xiao Mingluo's query, An Chuxia is unable to tell him the truth since the chief has taken great efforts to keep quiet about the matter. So she simply tells a lie. "Han Qilu told me."
Who would've expected Ling Hanyu would challenge her suddenly. "That's impossible! Han Qilu won't mention her name to you." He bends from the waist and picks up the comic book. He heads toward Mingluo's side, waiting for him to say anything.
Xiao Mingluo's voice is always very dynanmic; his voice makes others sympathize like how the sun makes the early winter weather comfortable. But today, his voice is unusually hoarse. He raises his eyes and looks at An Chuxia. "It doesn't matter who told you. These three words are taboo."
Outside the court, a burst of footsteps resounds. Xiao Mingluo says with a smile, "Very arrogant, or should we compare?"