Chapter 195 – Unexpected surprise (5)
In fact, Su Zian was somewhat angry with Madam Su. There was one point that Beichen Ying had mentioned that was correct. Everything about the Madam was great, except that her heart was too biased. She actually made Su Luo live in such a dilapidated courtyard for so many years. No matter how much you may not like it, she was still his, Su Zian’s, daughter!
Su Zian had never once doubted his own first wife, but now in his heart, for the first time, a crack appeared in his trust towards Madam Su.
Once the seed of doubt was planted, as for when it would grow roots and germinate, would depend on how the bystanders watered and fertilized it. It was also very evident that Su Luo was an expert at this line of work.
She observed Su Zian’s and Madam Su’s interaction. Her eyes narrowed and a contemplative smile appeared in their depths.
“General! We have dug something out!”
“Quickly bring it up!” Su Zian stood at the side of the hole, his eyes, revealing his deep worry, stared attentively at the bottom of the pit.
This was a major event related to his face, he could not be sloppy.
However, when he saw that small box made of red sandalwood and lined with brocade, a thread of misgiving flashed across his eyes.
He had only heard that back then Elder Su buried gold, he had never heard of him having buried some precious stones…
When Madam Su saw that brocade lined small box, a trace of unease appeared in her eyes…This brocade small box was definitely not the one she had commanded people to bury. In the end, what odd thing was in it?
In fact, a look of astonishment also flashed across Su Luo’s face.
It was very obvious that this matter was also outside of her expectations.
Yes, after she had guessed Madam Su’s intentions, she actually did bury a few things again. However she did not use this particular brocade small box, evidently the stuff she buried had been switched with something else.
In the end, who was it that had done this? What stratagem did the opponent use? Who was supposed to be drawn in?
Su Luo narrowed her eyes dangerously, even though her heart had layers of doubt, her face remained calm and collected, as unperturbed as before.
Beichen Ying saw Su Luo’s behavior, and an appreciative expression appeared in his black eyes.
All of a sudden, Su Luo’s black, ancient well-like eyes, with their unperturbed surface, shot a penetrating glance at Beichen Ying. Her gaze met his head on in midair, scaring Beichen Ying into skipping a step.
However, Beichen Ying’s manner very quickly returned. He smiled towards Su Luo with a few ‘hey, hey’ laughs. His smile held the meaning of taking credit for an achievement.
Taking credit? Could it be, the person that had switched in the brocade-lined small box….was him?
The corner of Su Luo’s mouth was slightly upturned. She faintly smiled while shooting him a quick glance. She really wanted to see what kind of game this Venerable Beichen was playing.
The soldier respectfully offered up the small box, momentarily unsure as to who to hand it to.
Normally, it should be handed over to Su Zian, as he was the master of this house.
However in theory, among the crowd of people at the scene, the most royal in position could not surpass His Highness the Crown Prince.
Yet in theory, the most arrogant and publicized person perfectly described Beichen Ying.
The Crown Prince’s indifferent eyes glimpsed at Beichen Ying, both hands crossed at his back and his mouth rising into a faint sneer.
Beichen Ying made the exact same movement and posture as the Crown Prince, he even imitated the Crown Prince’s facial expression. His actions once again infuriated the Crown Prince, making him almost flare up.
Su Zian thought about it and said: “Bring it up.”
He received the small brocade box made of red sandalwood from the soldier’s hand.
Momentarily, the eyes of everyone present at the scene landed upon this small brocade box made of red sandalwood.
The small brocade box was approximately the length of two adult person’s hands, and the width was about one hand size. On the surface of the box was carved exquisite ornate artwork, with the drawing of the phoenix painted in gold. At a glance, people could tell that this box was worth a considerable amount.
Could it be that inside it indeed contained precious stones?
With expectant thoughts, Su Zian’s hand slowly opened the sealed up, small brocade box. When he saw the item within the box, a suspicious expression appeared on Su Zian’s face.
Inside, there were no precious stones, but …a very thin book.
The book was one of the most common kinds, with a blue leather cover. There was also no title on the cover.
Could it be a book on secret martial arts manual?
Su Zian opened the book, he only flipped through one page, before a huge change occurred on his face!
Chapter 196 – The final truth (1)
Page after page, written in black and white, was actually…
The Crown Prince saw the huge change in Su Zian’s expression, and a trace of doubt flashed through his eyes. He walked up a few steps and stood by Su Zian’s side, leaning in sideways to look.
However, Su Zian’s actions were like a bird startled by the twang of a bow. He rapidly sprang back with movements that were faster than lightning.
His Highness the Crown Prince was disgruntled!
The paranoid Crown Prince’s gave a glare full of dark maliciousness and displeasure at Su Zian. An angry resentfulness appeared in his heart.
This Su Zian was simply too brazen!
Su Luo was also staring somewhat inquisitively at the blue leather book in Su Zian’s hands. However, it was a pity that she was too far away from Su Zian’s position and was unable to clearly see the words written in the book.
Now, the only unperturbed person at the scene was none other than the Venerable Beichen.
His beautiful pair of liquid eyes burned with radiance. The corner of his eyes were slightly raised, carrying an expression that showed he had expected it, and with the appearance of watching a play.
However, he seem to dislike this play as not being wonderful enough, and one only saw him gave a meaningful glance at the black-clothed person by his side.
The black-clothed man understood and nodded his head. Afterwards, his body immediately disappeared from where it stood.
When his body reappeared, he was already only an arm’s length away from Su Zian.
The knife-like thin hands of the black-clothed person was quick as lightning, pinched straight towards Su Zian’s throat.
In Su Zian’s mind, the image of the Crown Prince’s imperial bodyguard being exterminated by the black-clothed man’s two fingers appeared. He subconsciously and instinctively sent a palm attack towards the black-clothed man.
However, the black-clothed man’s move was merely an empty maneuver. His intent was not to kill Su Zian, but rather to steal the blue leather book in his hand.
So, just when Su Zian counterattacked, he leaned sideways and avoided it. Two fingers like iron clamps hit Su Zian’s pulse, holding him in place.
Su Zian’s hand immediately lost all its strength, and the fingers holding the blue leather book became powerless as the book slid down.
Who knew what the black-clothed man was thinking, he single-handedly caught the blue leather book. It seemed like he had accidentally snapped the string that bound the blue leather book together. Naturally, apart from the instigator of this, Beichen Ying, and Su Luo who had paid close attention to the black-clothed man, nobody else noticed.
“Quickly return it to me!!!” Su Zian immediately became anxious!
The things inside that book absolutely must not be taken away by Beichen Ying. Otherwise, not only him, but also the entire Su Manor would die without a burial site!
The black-clothed man used his silence as answer, he quietly stood behind Beichen Ying. His entire body was enveloped in the shadows, unsympathetic, as if he didn’t exist.
Su Zian saw that his words were ineffective against him, he turned his head and glared at Beichen Ying with utter discontent: “Venerable Beichen! That is my Su family’s…secret martial arts manual! The secret manual can’t be passed on to others! It absolutely cannot end up in others’ hands. So please, you must return this book to me! Otherwise——”
“Otherwise what?” Beichen Ying had both hands crossed behind his back. With an arrogant manner of someone in a higher position, he slanted a glance at Su Zian. His expression was rather like that of a person who had made an exception for Su Zian.
“Otherwise….” Su Zian bit down on his back molars, his ashen-colored face was unswervingly determined. He was only seen coldly shouting out, word by word: “Otherwise, my Su Manor will certainly hunt all of you down and kill you all in the end!”
Before, Beichen Ying was so arrogant in not giving him face and Su Zian had still endured it all. However, now because of a very small book, he would go to war, inside this…there was something extremely fishy going on.
What was it that was written in that little blue leather book that could make Su Zian so worried to such a degree?
As for Su Zian’s claim of the so-called secret martial arts manual, no matter what, Su Luo wouldn’t believe it.
Now Su Luo was somewhat curious, what was really written in that little blue leather book?
When Beichen Ying heard what he said, he started to laugh uproariously. He was laughing so hard that he almost couldn’t breathe, with great difficulty, he finally restrained his laughter: “Hunt down and kill in the end? Ha, ha, ha, I’m so scared.”
Everyone could tell that Beichen Ying’s words were sarcastic.