Chapter 3: I can escape?
Le Yao Yao’s heart started to pound as she held onto the tasty drumstick. Both her legs started to tremble.
She couldn’t help it. She hadn’t even seen the legendary Prince Rui yet, but his past achievements have definitely made history. How could she not be afraid?
I wonder if I can still escape?
Thinking of this, Le Yao Yao’s exquisite eyes started to turn everywhere. She was trying to find an opportunity to flee.
Sadly, the chief manager could see right through her plan. His calm face was solemn as he sternly warned Le Yao Yao, “Xiao Yao Zi, don’t even think about it. You can’t escape. You better do your best and serve the Prince this month!”
What kind of person was the chief manager?
He had served Prince Rui for many years. Sources say he had watched the Prince grow up. As a result, apart from the Prince, his status was the next highest here at the residence!
Plus, in order to become the chief manager, he must possess amazing abilities. If he couldn’t even see through Le Yao Yao’s plan, then he was truly incompetent!
Le Yao Yao couldn’t believe the chief manager saw right through her. She instantly looked depressed.
Deep down, she cursed the old eunuch. Could he have fire eye vision like the Monkey King? Or maybe he was like a parasite in her stomach?
But even though the chief manager saw right through her, Le Yao Yao still didn’t want to serve the Prince. If Prince Rui was as scary as the rumours said he was, then her brain was definitely going to be removed if she did anything wrong.
Thinking of this, Le Yao Yao started to shiver from fright. In order to preserve her life, her mind was scrambling. Then, she squealed, “Ai ya!” as she held onto her belly and decided to use the washroom escape plan. But the old eunuch didn’t allow her to finish acting and pushed her straight into the Prince’s residence.
“That old bastard!”
Le Yao Yao screeched from within. She felt hopeless. She was already in the residence. Even if she tried to leave, the old bastard must have people guarding from the outside. It was impossible for her to escape.
Therefore, Le Yao Yao could only brace herself as she carried the fancy tray inside.
Wow. Even though the rumours make the Prince sound like the King of Hell, his residence was actually very unique!
They say that if you really wanted to find out what a person was like, you could tell by how he lives. Le Yao Yao looked around her surroundings. She noticed that all the carved windows were open. It was very airy.
Currently, it was around April or May. The weather was neither hot nor cold. There were hundreds of flowers blooming outside. The red was as fiery as fire; the blue was bluer than the sky; the white was whiter than snow; the pink was similar to blush. All these splendid colours were fighting to stand out.
The fragrance of these flowers was carried by the cool breeze and into the room. The entire residence smelt heavenly.
The cotton veil gently blew with the wind. There were six wooden chairs on each side of the living room. Each seat had a blue embroidered cushion on it. The ground was made from limestone; which made the room warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Sunlight spilled in from the opened windows and landed onto the beaded curtains. The crystals emitted a fascinated radiance and it made the atmosphere almost dream-like.
Behind the beaded curtains was a wooden screen. There was a carving of a court lady on the screen…
But since Le Yao Yao was rather far from it, she couldn’t see what was behind the screen. She wasn’t sure if Prince Rui was on the other side.
She felt a bit unease but she lightly placed down the tray on top of the rounded table. After setting everything up, Le Yao Yao looked around the silent area. She still had no idea where Prince Rui was. Could he be out?
Thinking of this, Le Yao Yao started to feel a bit excited.
If he wasn’t here, does that mean she could escape?
However, she wasn’t sure. Even though she had just arrived at this era, she knew that in the ancient times, men were viewed as much more superior compared to women. If she recklessly ran off and was caught, she would be sentenced to death. Therefore, even if she were to escape, she had to make sure there was definitely no one here!
Le Yao Yao looked around once more and slowly turned her attention towards the wooden screen.
There was definitely no one else in the building, but she wasn’t sure if there was someone behind the screen…
Le Yao Yao called out, “Prince Rui, are you there? Your lunch is here! Prince Rui!?!”
Le Yao Yao quietly asked a few times. Seeing how no one responded, she beamed.
“No one replied. That means, no one is here!? Woo hoo!”
Ha! If I don’t escape now, what am I waiting for?!
Le Yao Yao had planned on slipping out, but just as she took her first step, there was a “wa la” sound from behind the screen. It sounded like something coming out of the water.
Then, a male voice could be heard from behind the screen. It slowly echoed towards her –
“Who is there?”