Published at 11th of November 2020 01:29:02 PM
She squinted, and even though she was far away, she could see the man riding a horse at the front . He was exuding an aura far stronger than the others .
She clenched her hands into fists and furrowed her brows . She had thought that Fu Yanlin might come to find her and had taken precautions . But when things came to a head, she was still very reluctant to face him .
She sternly issued an order to Xin Yu behind her . “Tell Nanny Ji to hide Dou Dou . ”
Xin Yu bowed in acknowledgement and climbed down the observation deck in a flash, running to the backyard .
Mu Huanqing was not afraid of Fu Yanlin’s investigation . They two had already separated and after leaving the Marquis mansion, she no longer considered herself a member of the Marquis’s family . As long as he wasn’t aware of Dou Dou, she believed that he would harbour suspicions against her .
The farmstead was some distance away and she had already had Li Yuan hide the black colt . There would not be any clues left over, she just needed to get this over with .
Mu Huanqing had thought of everything possible, but she had not considered a variable . He Guan . Since she couldn’t see He Guan, she would not have thought that her red line was being drawn by fate .
She was in the front yard with everyone else and coldly watched the man on the horse . He entered the front gate without hiding his presence, as though he was the master here .
Fu Yanlin sat high on horseback and slowly made his way into the manor . His face was calm and had an imposing manner . As soon as he entered the manor, he discovered that it was completely different from the one in his memories .
The manor was a sight to behold . Throughout the entire area, it was full of vitality . There were many servants, each one of them were bursting with life . They lined up in two rows in an orderly manner, demonstrating well-established standards .
Fu Yanlin scanned each person and finally stopped his gaze on that woman of the Mu family standing on the steps of the main house .
With just a glance, he could feel that she was a bit different from his original impression . In the past four years, she seemed to have lived excellently in this place .
She was not adorned in the manner of a Marquis’s wife . She was wearing a neat Hufu with narrow sleeves and pants . Her hair was simply done up in a single bun and wrapped in a cloth towel . She did not wear any hairpins or ornaments, even her face was bare .
She just stood there, looking at him quietly . Her face was very calm, there was no resentment and no surprise . Just like she was looking at a stranger .
Fu Yanlin got off his horse after finishing his examination . It didn’t matter whether they were separated or not, he was still the real master of this manor . He was the Zhenyuan Marquis and this manor was just one of his properties .
He was wearing a martial arts uniform with a sword by his waist and a whip in his hand . He was able to pressure everyone there, even though he wasn’t acting deliberately imposing . Due to his arrival, every person held their breath and waited . The entire area was shrouded in silence, even every breath was taken cautiously .
His boots landed on the ground making a low thump as he kept both eyes on that woman . But just as he had taken two steps forward, a little girl suddenly appeared from behind that woman . The girl hugged the woman’s thigh and a soft voice shouted out—
“Mother . ”
Mu Huanqing froze in shock . She had never expected that Dou Dou would pop out at this moment .
She stared at her daughter in disbelief and then looked at Nanny Ji and Xin Yu who were also hurrying over . The two of them looked very flustered . It seemed that something had happened that caused them to lose control over the situation .
Mu Huanqing didn’t have time to investigate because it was too late for it to matter . She turned to look at Fu Yanlin . As she thought, he was shocked, staring at Dou Dou . He then slowly moved his gaze onto her face . The look of shock was starting to look ashen .
Mu Huanqing knew that she couldn’t hide it . This man was not a fool . He would be able to connect the dots with a little thought . But what of it?
The black colt was hers . Her daughter was also hers . What was wrong with her taking back her horse and her daughter? He was the one who seized his horse and her daughter .
Dou Dou also discovered that something was wrong . Mummy’s face was really bad . Daddy’s face had also become scary . He wasn’t smiling and his star was so fierce . Completely different to the daddy that gently took her around the marketplace .
Mu Huanqing felt that leaning closer to her as if she was scared . Immediately she reached out her hand to protect her .
That man still had that cold face . Within the past years, he had not acquired a calm and restrained imposing aura .
She forged ahead and looked into those eagle eyes and couldn’t help but be on the alert .
She didn’t know what the man was deciding . If he wanted to bully her precious daughter, she would fight him to the death . Dou Dou blinked her pure and innocent eyes and looked towards the demon uncle who no one else could see .
“Scared, scared . ”
He Guan pinched little Dou Dou’s pretty little face and smiled evilly .
“Don’t be afraid . The person your dad father really wanted to bully is actually your mum . ”
Mu Huanqing didn’t want to leave a permanent shadow on her daughter’s heart . She calmly took the lead in breaking the deadlock .
“Steward Shang, bring these officers to the guest courtyard to rest . Hao Er, lead these horses to the stable and give them food and water . Nanny Ji, you go prepare tea . Aunt Zhao, tell the kitchen to prepare food . ”
The silent servants immediately began to move . Mu Huanqing looked at Fu Yanlin again and smiled faintly . “The marquis must be tired from travelling from the capital . Please, take a rest in the house . ” She didn’t wait for his response before taking her daughter and walking into the house .
She knew that he would follow because he had too many questions for her . She believed that for Dou Dou, he would not have a falling out in front of everything and give her face . She saw clearly at the marketplace that the man’s kindness towards Dou Dou was not an act .
After she entered the house, Fu Yanlin nodded at his subordinates . “Go on . ”
His soldiers only moved after receiving his permission, following the steward to the guest area .
Fu Yanlin had too many questions . He went up the stairs with a sullen expression and entered the main hall .
“Please sit, Marquis . ” She said lightly .
Fu Yanlin stared at her . This woman was too calm and composed . Although four years had passed, this aspect of her had not changed . But he really just wanted to hear her explanations on how an extra daughter managed to appear .
Xin Yu carried over a basin and towel . Mu Huanqing took it and politely said, “Marquis, please wash . It will be more comfortable . ”
Fu Yanlin also didn’t stand on ceremony and quickly washed his face and hands . He then took the towel she offered and wiped his face, his hands, then placed it on the table .
“Is she your daughter?” He got right to the point with not even a second of trying to speak in a roundabout way . Although Dou Dou called her mother, he still wanted to hear her say it .
Mu Huanqing saw his straightforward attitude and agreed in her heart . She also liked to be straightforward . So she told Xin Yu to take away the basin full of water and let Nanny Ji serve the tea . She then ordered the two of them to retreat and stay outside to keep everyone else outside .
After they left the room, Mu Huanqing also sat and pulled her daughter to her side .
“Her nickname is Dou Dou . Yes, she is my daughter . ” She didn’t call herself by her title, showing clearly that she did not consider him to be her father .
“Who is her father?” He asked in a solemn voice .
“You . ” The softly spoken word came out of her mouth with ease, but Fu Yanlin was shocked when he heard it . Although he had prepared himself mentally, he was still surprised when he heard her voice her acknowledgement .
So Dou Dou was really his daughter . Yuan Ji said that Dou Dou looked very much like him . He hadn’t cared at the time, but now he knew the truth, he couldn’t tell when he felt like in his heart . There was shock, there was anger . But most of all he was pleasantly surprised .
The anger was due to her concealment . How many secrets had this woman hidden from him?
“You were already pregnant in the Marquis household . Why say nothing?”
Mu Huanqing looked at him in amusement . “The situation at that time, Marquis himself knows . My silence was for the best of both of us . ”
“She is my child . ” Anger still in his eyes .
“Of course she is Marquis's child . Dou Dou . Quickly call daddy . ”
Dou Dou very obediently shouted, “Daddy . ”
That one word dissipated Fu Yanlin’s imposing manner . It was undeniable . He had been fond of Dou Dou from the moment he saw her . Now that he knew that Dou Dou was his daughter, that fondness in his heart had become absolutely unrestrained and he was unable to control it .
He did not want to scare Dou Dou . Furthermore, he did not want the grudge between the two of them to involve his daughter . So he ordered, “First let someone bring the daughter outside . ”
“There is no harm in saying what one thinks . Dou Dou isn’t an outsider . Dou Dou really wants to stay by her father’s side, right?”
Dou Dou immediately nodded and turned her watery eyes towards her father, looking at him with childlike admiration .
No matter how ice-cold Fu Yanlin’s heart was, it would easily melt at his daughter’s eyes . The corners of his mouth subconsciously bent but his face sank again when he thought of his purpose in coming here .
“What we will talk about next is not suitable for her to hear . ”
“Marquis wants to ask if I was the one who rode the black colt? It was me . As for the person who wanted to take Dou Dou away from the horse market, it was my people . These two things Dou Dou knows . Right Dou Dou?”
Dou Dou looked at her mummy’s smile and also began to smile . She replied in a childlike voice, “Little black runs fast . Lan Lan even loses against him! Li Yuan also runs fast . That Uncle Yuan Ji can’t catch him . ”
Fu Yanlin’s face was black . The woman who snatched his horse, schemed against him, and punched him, was actually her . He wanted to flip out but when he saw Dou Dou’s smiling face, he couldn’t flare-up . He could only squeeze his fists until his bones creaked .
“You know martial arts?”
“Oh? The marquis doesn’t know?”
Although she asked, she already knew the answer and he suddenly began to feel his head ache . How was this woman’s smile so cunning? He discovered that he had never clearly seen her before .