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Chapter 157: Internal Strife (Part 1)

"There is really a troublesome matter." Shen Wan laughed bitterly as he replied.

Cang Zai Qing patted Shen Wan's hand and smiled, "If there is anything annoying Master, why not tell me about it? Perhaps I could still help you with something."

Shen Wan looked at Cang Zai Qing's abdomen. Even though one was unable to see anything at the moment, he still said, "Never mind. It is the most important thing for you to take care of one's health in the residence. There is no need to handle such complicated things, moreover it is a court matter."

However Cang Zai Qing was not discouraged. She smiled, "When one had not entered to the household, Master treated me as a confidant and would always talk to me about bothersome matters, no matter if it was trivial courtyard matters or important court matters but now segregate by status. How is it that upon entering the household, it was not like in the past?" She shook her head, "I do not necessarily only know about things of that unmarried females know, like picking flowers and sewing clothes. Even though one is not intelligent, it is much easier for two person to think of ideas rather than one. There is no harm for Master to tell me about it."

Her gentle words touched the core of Shen Wan's heart. The difference between Cang Zai Qing and Chen Rou Qiu was that Chen Rou Qiu was really a 'pampered wife'. In the past, even though she was gentle and graceful, she would never intervened Shen Wan's career. When Shen Wan's career was flushed with success, it was good to have this kind of pampered wife that kept to her duties. However once there was something wrong, in career wise, Chen Rou Qiu was unable to help one bit at all.

Cang Zai Qing was however different. Before Shen Wan had opened himself up to Cang Zai Qing, he would call Cang Zai Qing a friend. Both of them would talk about everything under Heavens and there was nothing that they did not talk about. Cang Zai Qing's wealth of knowledge was not shallow and could even make some points on matters of court and Shen Wan appreciated that of her a lot.

For Cang Zai Qing to say that now, Shen Wan's heart moved slightly.

Not only could Cang Zai Qing have her own opinions about court matters, the most important thing was that Cang Zai Qing was a female. There were lots of winding matters to let Shen Miao marry Prince Zhou. If it was two years ago, before Shen Miao's personality drastically changed, that would be much easier. One only needed to say some words to move her but now it was not workable. Due to the tense relationship with the Eldest household, it was impossible to do anything from Shen Xin's end. Perhaps one was able to reap benefits from Cang Zai Qing about this marriage.

After thinking about that, Shen Qan looked at Cang Zai Qing and asked probingly, "If say, I want Fifth Lady to marry to His Highness Prince Zhou, what would you do?"

"His Highness Prince Zhou?" Cang Zai Qing was startled and asked surprisingly, "Why let Fifth Young Lady marry to Prince Zhou?"

Shen Wan chuckled, "Just saying casually." Even though he had treated Cang Zai Qing as his woman, but his mouth had to be tighter when handling matters for Prince Ding, thus he dared not talk about such confidential things.

He did not speak about it but Cang Zai Qing was a smart person and quickly understood. She did not linger on that matter, "Fifth Shen Young Lady is the beloved daughter of General Shen and one that he held on the palm on his hands. Currently His Highness Prince Zhou already has a WangFei (aka Consort) so if Fifth Shen Young Lady marries over, the highest she can go is a CeFei and General Shen and Shen Furen will definitely not be agreeable."

Shen Wan frowned and nodded her head with a difficult expression.

When Cang Zai Qing saw it, her heart slightly moved.

In any case, it was not anything good for Shen Miao to be a CeFei when marrying to Prince Zhou. Even though Cang Zai Qing did not know what was Shen Wan's intention behind it, once this was successful, Shen Miao would be in difficulty. Thinking of that delicate young female's bright eyes that could see through one's heart, Cang Zai Qing felt restless in her heart. She did not know why but Cang Zai Qing had an instinct of fear and unease, as if Shen Miao's presence would cause some unpredictable consequences for her. Cang Zai Qing was one who seeks security, so if one could settle Shen Miao, then it would be a good thing for her.

Particularly… She looked at her lower abdomen. Currently she was already with child and the position of the matriarch of the Third household was her's. Not only she want to sit on it, she wanted to do it well thus no matter who or what threatens it, she would remove.

"However, it is not one that is without a solution." Cang Zai Qing said with an engaging smile.

Shen Wan's eyes brightened as he asked, "What ideas do you have?"

"It would depends on what kind of attitude Master wants Prince Zhou to have." Cang Zai Qing said, "Does Prince Zhou want to have this marriage or not?"

Shen Wan's heart moved. Prince Zhou would definitely not want this marriage. The Princes of Ming Qi were not fools, whoever that marry Shen Miao now would undoubtedly making a target of oneself. Prince Zhou was not willing to be related to Shen Miao but Fu Xiu Yi's goal was to make it look like Prince Zhou was eager to marry Shen Miao.

He then said, "Prince Zhou is definitely unwilling but… One must make others believe that Prince Zhou is willing."

Cang Zai Qing thought of something, "This is a little difficult. However females cherish their reputation as when one loses it, there would not be any dependence for the rest of one's life. I would think that if Master want to be a matchmaker, one may wish to start from Fifth Young Lady."

Shen Wan saw Cang Zai Qing's appearance of having a card up her sleeves and asked, "There is no harm in saying what one thinks."

"Shen Furen and General Shen are not willing to let Fifth Young Lady be a CeFei but there would only be a situation worse than another in the world. If there is something that is worse than being a CeFei, Shen Furen and General Shen would step back and beseech to let Fifth Young Lady marry Prince Zhou."

Shen Wan heart moved.

He heard Cang Zai Qing continue speaking, "As for things worst than being a CeFei, there are so many. For example being kidnap by bandits, being robbed of one's innocence by ruffians, or do not know who is the adulterer is? When these are being suppressed, suddenly information come out, that person might be Prince Zhou. No matter if it is Prince Zhou or not, General Shen and Shen Furen would still choose Prince Zhou because this is the best option and could also save the Fifth Shen Young Lady.

Cang Zai Qing did not make things clear but smart people would only say seventh or eighth tens so Shen Wan understood most of it in a turn of a head and found that there was an option in front of him. Cang Zai Qing smiled gently and touched her lower abdomen, "It's just that all these are shady ideas and if one did not see Master frowning, one would not have said such things."

Once Shen Wan had gotten such excellent plans, how would he felt that Cang Zai Qing ideas were poisonous? Currently he only felt that he had picked up a treasure. Cang Zai Qing was able to be pregnant once, was so smart and was able to provide intelligent solution that she had solved his current difficult problems. He kissed her cheeks and smiled, "How would I dare frown when I have such a beauty?" Finishing, he then stood up, seemingly in a hurry to do something, "I have some important things to do and will come and see you later."

Cang Zai Qing naturally complied gently. After Shen Wan left, Zhao Mama walked over to Cang Zai Qing's side and said worriedly, "Third Master is going to deal with Fifth Shen Young Lady?"

"Perhaps so." Cang Zai Qing smiled, "It is not the first time one heard the Eldest and Third household of the Shen family clashing."

"Young Lady plans to help Third Master to deal with Fifth Young Lady?" Zhao Mama asked, "Fifth Young Lady has General Shen behind her. Will something happen to Young Lady?"

"This matter is not done by me so how can this be on my head?" Cang Zai Qing did not change her smile, "Shen Wan is not a fool and naturally would not be caught easily. Even if thing really happen, the Shen family would be busy with Shen Miao's rumours, how would they still think about other stuff?"

Zhao Mama still did not feel rest assured, "Why does Young Lady help Third Master to deal with Fifth Young Lady?"

"Providing solutions and advice to one's husband is what a matriarch of a family does and one have to let him feel that I am different from Chen Rou Qiu. One have to let him know that I can do what Chen Rou Qiu can do and what Chen Rou Qiu cannot do, I can also do, then he would not leave me." Cang Zai Qing stroke her lower abdomen and narrowed her eyes, "Moreover with regards to Shen Miao, I have a kind of premonition that if she is not removed, one fear that she will cause a big calamity."

When Zhao Mama heard her words she jumped in shock and no longer spoke. Cang Zai Qing changed the topic of conversation, "Speaking of which, there are no news from Liu Province's side?"

Zhao Mama said, "The people sent are on the way. Even if one was quick, a few more days are required. They should return in a couple of days' time."

"Tell them to settle things properly." A glimmer of coldness flashed in her eyes, "I do not want anyone to know about my past."

At that night, Shen Miao received the letter that Pei Lang sent over.

The letter had indicated that Fu Xiu Yi unexpectedly let Shen Wan think of a method so that she would be married to Prince Zhou. When Jing Zhe and Gu Yu saw that Shen Miao's expression was not good, they thought that something happened, "Did Young Lady encounter something not good?"

Shen Miao shook her head but the vigilance in her heart was up. Be it in this lifetime or the past lifetime, Fu Xiu Yi was as usual, good in scheming. No matter if she was or wasn't able to marry Prince Zhou, as long as she was implicated with Prince Zhou, it would not be good for both the Shen family and Prince Zhou. The Shen family would have provoked Emperor Wen Hui and made him feel that the Shen family was supporting Prince Zhou and secretly stand at one side in the fight of the heir apparent. As for Prince Zhou, he would become the target of a multitude of arrows. Without wasting a single pawn or servant, Fu Xiu Yi would be able to remove two potential dangers. Fu Xiu Yi really calculated everything well.

As for her 'somewhat hardworking' Third Shu, in order to tie her to Prince Zhou, it was needless to say that he would definitely use methods that could not be seen in public. As Shen Miao thought about it, she could not help but sneered in her heart. No matter how long has passed, the people of Third household of the Shen family would harm the Eldest household's people without any scruples. If it was possible, they would use the entire Eldest household as a stepping stone for glory, splendor, wealth and rank. Such hearts should be punished!

She said, "Let Mo Qing enter."

Jing Zhe went out to call Mo Qing over.

Shen Miao asked Mo Qing, "The people, that one ask you to go Liu Province for, has been found?"

Mo Qing cupped his hands, "Replying Young Lady, the people in Liu Province had already returned with information that they have already found them. However, there was another group of people who is inquiring about the whereabouts of the father and son. Also heard that an order was given that life or death is not regarded."

Shen Miao laughed out abruptly, but the laughter was somewhat cold.

"Cang Zai Qing's heart is really vicious."

Life or death was not regarded. The people that Shen Miao instructed Mo Qing to look for were Cang Zai Qing's husband and son but now who else, other than Cang Zai Qing, would there be to hunt down and kill the father and son? Now that Cang Zai Qing had cling onto Shen Wan, she even rush to kill the husband and son to spare all later trouble. No wonder she would have such a fate in the past life, this kind of viciousness was something that normal people could not do.

"Go and send someone to tell the people in Liu Province to protect the father and son and bring them to Ding capital as soon as possible." Shen Miao said.

Mo Qing nodded his head in compliance. Shen Miao suddenly thought about something, "Wait." She then continued, "Help me to bring a letter to Manager Ji of Feng Xian Pawnshop."

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