Chapter 99: Let's make a bet
This time, Le Yao Yao really couldn't take it anymore.
After all, in the past, she was from a wealthy family. But she had never acted so arrogant or despicable just because she had money. Her father had always told her to keep a low profile. But now that she had encountered someone who deserved to get a good spanking, she was simply not going to let this go.
So Le Yao Yao momentarily forgot that Leng Jun Yu was present as she turned around and directly faced Nangong Jun Xi. Due to his offensive words, her cute face had turned as red as a ripe apple.
"7th Prince, although servant is merely a little eunuch who may seem like an insignificant speck of dust to you, servant is still human. Servant has feelings and servant can get angry. Servant also has dignity. Although servant hasn't studied tens of thousands of scrolls nor am I proficient in poetry as 7th Prince, servant is not an idiot. Servant can also reflect. So why must the 7th Prince look down on servant so much? Is it purely because servant was born with low status, so servant doesn't deserve respect from others?"
"True, servant was born with a low status. But that was not servant's choice. Also, 7th Prince, honestly speaking, you're just fortunate you're born with a high status. If you didn't have your respectable status, what else do you have? 7th Prince, have you ever earned a single tael with your own ability? No, right? But servant has! Although servant is only a little eunuch, servant has used his two hands and worked hard to earn money. Hence, servant lives an honest and steady life. So, 7th Prince, if you want others to respect you, please respect yourself first!"
Le Yao Yao's furious glare had never shifted away from Nangong Jun Xi. Because she was truly angry. Ever since arriving here, she had to gradually accept her eunuch status. In this ancient era, she had no family or relatives. She had to live so awkwardly and uncomfortably.
But now that she had vented, her heart felt much more at ease.
After all, she said she wanted to say without any fear! She was being her true self.
However, Le Yao Yao had no idea that her words stunned the two nobles that were in the room.
Leng Jun Yu knew his little eunuch was a bit different from the rest, but he didn't know he was so good at talking "dao" (reason).
Especially "his" last line: If you want others to respect you, please respect yourself first!
Thinking of this, Leng Jun Yu gazed at Le Yao Yao admiringly. Then, he looked over at his flabbergasted junior brother and secretly laughed up his sleeve.
Seeing this, Nangong Jun Xi was in shock. After all, he had lived for 17 years and this was the first time someone had ever lectured him like this.
But after processing the little eunuch's words, he realized what Le Yao Yao said was true. If he wasn't born with this respectable position, would he be so confident and at ease? Carefree and without worries? Currently, he could do whatever he wanted.
In addition, ever since he was born, he never had to earn any money using his own hands. After all, he was born with the golden key. Money was something that he never lacked.
So now, Nangong Jun Xi realized his words were unreasonable. But honestly, he couldn't help but say things that would attract "his" attention. He wanted the little eunuch to notice him, and not others. Even though the person was his senior brother, he still felt strange.
At this moment, Nangong Jun Xi wasn't sure of his heart. How come he has been acting so strange lately? Was he ill? Or perhaps, he wasn't accustomed to this climate yet?
Nangong Jun Xi knows he should apologize, but he had never apologized to anyone in his whole life. So in the end, he didn't say a word.
"7th Prince, why don't we make a bet?" Le Yao Yao blurted.
"Yes, let's bet. Although the talent show competition is fake, the judges are not. This time, servant and the 7th Prince will be both performing as women on stage. So why don't we see who has the ability to get 1st place in the competition?!"
Le Yao Yao was that sort of person. If others looked down on her, she must prove them wrong with her own abilities so that they will accept defeat wholeheartedly!
Furthermore, she was very confident about her abilities. In the past, she would relentlessly work hard towards whatever she wanted. She always tried her best.
She didn't only do it for her parents, but for herself as well!
"Alright. Let's bet. But what's at stake?"
Only a coward would refuse Le Yao Yao's challenge. Nangong Jun Xi was never afraid of losing. He loved challenges!
"Whoever that loses must agree to one thing the winner asks for. Obviously, this excludes killing, setting things on fire, and all the things that go against integrity!" Le Yao Yao declared.
"Haha! Sounds interesting! You are sure courageous. You're the first person that dared to challenge me!"
"Haha, you're also the first person I wanted to challenge ever since arriving here!" And also the person she wanted to beat up the most….
Due to their bet, Le Yao Yao worked very hard to practice her skill for the competition. She was going to do the thing she does best –
Initially, she was going to sing. But after thinking about it, she decided that singing was too common. So she decided to dance instead. Surprisingly, this body's flexibility was unimaginable.
This previous owner must have been a dancer. Only a dancer would have a body as elastic as this.
The movements she had trouble doing back in her 21st century body was a piece of cake for this body.
So, Le Yao Yao was very puzzled over this body. If Xiao Mu Zi said the owner of this body came from a poor family, then why does this body have such fair skin? Also, she had a pair of snow white hands. Although her hands had turned a bit rough from the chores she had recently done, Le Yao Yao was not an idiot. Since the first day she had arrived, she could already tell the owner was a person who had lived like a royalty in the past. She was someone that had never done any hard labour before.
So why did the previous owner came here to be a eunuch? There must be some secrets behind this?!
But since Le Yao Yao had no idea, she wasn't going to waste more brain cells thinking of this.
After all, the ship will straighten when it gets to the harbour. She will probably eventually find out about the identity of the owner.
Her current concern was the competition that will take place in three days!
She must definitely not lose this competition!
Chapter 100: Who is she?
On the contrary, while Le Yao Yao was continuously working hard, Nangong Jun Xi was spending his time slacking off in Leng Jun Yu's Study. He was either drinking tea senselessly, or walking around looking bored.
Leng Jun Yu was reading a book on military strategies and tactics, but suddenly he looked up at his junior brother.
"Didn't you make a bet with Xiao Tu Zi?"
"Senior brother, don't worry. I'm extremely confident of my abilities. Although Xiao Tu Zi is very courageous, he's still young and foolish. I do not consider "him" as competition!" Nangong Jun Xi boasted.
Hearing this, Leng Jun Yu calmly responded, "An arrogant army is bound to lose."
"*cough cough* Senior brother, how could you view you junior brother this way? I may not be as intelligent as you, but I'm definitely smarter than the little eunuch! I admit the little eunuch is very special and he does have some street smarts, but I have read thousands of scrolls. Do you think I would lose to a little eunuch that is only good at mouth battle?!"
Leng Jun Yu only lowered and shook his head. He tried to put his focus on the book, but his mind was elsewhere.
Since Le Yao Yao and Nangong Jun Xi made a bet, Leng Jun Yu generously allowed Le Yao Yao a few days off for him to prepare.
For the past few days, the moment he closed his eyes, his mind would be filled with the cute little guy.
Leng Jun Yu thought of "his" smile, and how determined "he" was to win. In addition, he also thought of "his" wonderful scent…
Even though he hadn't spent too much time with the little eunuch, Leng Jun Yu already knew "his" personality.
"He" enjoyed pretending to be innocent and pitiful. Also, he loved money and hated losing. He was good with reasoning and had some street smarts.He wasn't afraid of authority figures…
Because he was the way he was, Leng Jun Yu couldn't help but like him. Whenever Le Yao Yao was around, he would always be pleasantly surprised.
Seeing how senior brother was focusing on his book once more, Nangong Jun Xi felt bored again. So, he went over to the wicker basket and began to take out the different scrolls of painting.
All the ink paintings were priceless. But Nangong Jun Xi only took a quick glimpse of each. He didn't find them appealing at all.
If the painters knew, they would definitely be crying on the inside.
This continued until Nangong Jun Xi randomly revealed another painting.
Originally, he thought he would react the same way. But surprisingly, Nangong Jun Xi felt like he had been shocked by lightning. His dull peach blossom eyes immediately lit up like candles. His eyes were wide, "Senior brother, this picture is….."
Leng Jun Yu realized Nangong Jun Xi was holding onto the painting that he had handpainted. Except…
"Senior brother, how come this woman doesn't have her five facial features?"
In regards to Nangong Jun Xi's question, Leng Jun Yu didn't respond. Instead, he reached over his long ape arms and took the painting from his junior brother's hand.
This was the first painting he had failed to complete. It was also the first painting that he didn't know how to complete.
Because he had forgotten what the woman looked like….
He could still recall that night. It was his mother's death anniversary.
Normally, he would never allow himself to get drunk. But each year on that particular night, he would allow himself to get dead drunk. That was the only way he could suppress the pain in his heart.
He remembered he was so drunk that he was swaying while he walked. He couldn't even see things clearly.
At the time, he just wanted to keep drinking because he wanted to numb the pain.
But ultimately, he felt more depressed after drinking.
The more he wanted to forget, the clearer his memories became.
At that moment, he wanted to hysterically laugh and cry at the same time. Then, he wanted to physically vent on something.
Afterwards, he happened to encounter a small person. He could not remember all the details, but he recalled being on top of the person. Even though the little person was crying and screaming, he still continued to physically vent on her.
He violently released all of his frustrations and sufferings.
But he could not remember what the person looked like. At the time, his mind was spinning rebelliously. He could vaguely recall a pair of watery eyes. They looked rather familiar, but he could not say where exactly.
The strangest thing of all was that aside from a few of the old ladies that worked in the kitchen, there were no women in his residence.
Yet, he was sure it was a very young maiden.
Who was she?
Leng Jun Yu tried very hard to remember, but he was still clueless.
However, Nangong Jun Xi was way too curious. If it were anyone else, he wouldn't find it strange at all. But this was his senior brother!
His unsmiling senior brother that was like an icy mountain!
In addition, everyone knew how much senior brother loathe women! It was all due to his mother abusing him when he was little.
As a result, his senior brother demanded that all women must be at least five steps away from him.
Yet, his senior brother personally drew a picture of a maiden?
"Senior brother, could this maiden be someone you like?"
Leng Jun Yu slightly crinkled his sword-like brows as he opened his mouth and coolly stated, "Do not overthink."
Then, Leng Jun Yu rolled the painting back up and put it back into the wicker basket.
He knew what happened that night wasn't a dream though. It was real.
But the next day, there wasn't a woman next to him. The woman had already left.
He tried to investigate which woman entered Ya Feng Ge, but no one knew who she was.
It was as if she appeared out of nowhere and disappeared into thin air.
If there wasn't virgin blood on his bed, he would've thought it was a lustful dream.
But he took a woman's virginity. How come this woman wasn't looking for him?
So strange! Truly so strange!
Leng Jun Yu really couldn't figure it out.
Nangong Jun Xi was still super nosy though. He continued to ask.
"Senior brother, just tell me! I'm your junior brother. Is it something you can't even tell junior brother?! You really give me no face!?"
Nangong Jun Xi nudged Leng Jun Yu with his elbow. His face was filled with a gossip hunger.
Who says women were natural gossipers? Sometimes, men also enjoy gossips too!
Leng Jun Yu raised his brows and gave him a sideway cast glance. Then, he returned back to reading his book.
"Pssh! So secretive! You're so stingy!"
Since Nangong Jun Xi couldn't dig anything out of his senior brother, he gave up.
After all, he knew senior brother's personality well. If senior brother didn't want to say, even if one were to smack his mouth, they will never get anything out of him.
So Nangong Jun Xi was forced to suppress his curiosity. But there will be ample of time in the future. He will eventually find out all the details.
Three days was neither long nor short. But it went by in a blink of an eye.
Today was the day of the annual talent show.
Although people were frightened over the scooped heart mystery, there had no been incidents these past few days due to an increase of guards patrolling.
But this type of peace gave the feeling that a rainstorm was about to arrive…..
After three days of practicing, Le Yao Yao was very satisfied with herself.
However, she wasn't arrogant.
After all, an arrogant army was bound to lose!
In this world, there are more talent than oneself!
For the past three days, Le Yao Yao rarely saw the 7th Prince. Aside from serving the King of Hell briefly, the King of Hell gave her the remaining time to practice.
Le Yao Yao could tell that the King of Hell was purposely giving her time to do her own thing.
Thinking of this, Le Yao Yao had good feelings towards him. After all, a boss that cares about his workers deserved to be respected!
In order not to leak any information to the evil cult, no one else knew the talent show was fake aside from the eunuchs and imperial guards. The ten maidens, judges, as well as the citizens all thought this was a real talent show.