In the temple hall, a huge towering gold Buddha statue stood overlooking benevolently at the believers.
In front of the grass mat, Shen Miao knelt on the ground while holding the incense, but no one knew what she was thinking.
From morning till now, she had knelt here for a few Shichens (1 shichen = 2 hours)
"Young Lady, it is better to get up and take a rest." Jing Zhe soothed, "It is not worth it to harm the body by kneeling too much. Buddha must have seen your sincerity and your request would definitely be achievable."
Request would definitely be achievable? Shen Miao heard the words and a bitter smile appeared on her lips. Her request was long unachievable. There were opportunities to make the changes in this life for the mistakes that were made in her past life but those who died in that wronged life would no longer return. Her Wan Yu. Her Fu Ming. Would they have the opportunity to return?
One fear that in the fated world of mortals, there was nothing left.
Moreover, she was not a believer.
Shen Miao raised her head and looked at that gigantic golden Buddha statue. It was only a ice cold statue and could not really save all beings. If the Heavens had eyes, how would good people suffer such miserable fates? On the contrary the bad people were free and enjoyed life?
She knelt here and keep burning sticks and sticks of incense, not to worship Buddha but for the people who died in her former life. Those people who died because of her.
After her rebirth, she did not have any opportunity and reason to pay respects or observe religious rites to these people, including her no longer existing son and daughter. Now that she was here, she could offer incense to Buddha and pay homage to the death.
"Shen Miao!" An aggressive voice suddenly broke.
Shen Miao smiled gently. The people in the world were often impatient.
She rubbed her sore knees and stood up. When she turned her head, she looked at Ren Wan Yun with all smiles, "Second Shen."
Seeing Shen Miao's smile, Ren Wan Yun felt irritated and stood forward to raise her hand with the intention to slap Shen Miao's face.
Jing Zhe and Gu Yu wanted to stop it but it was too late. Before the expected crisp sound of a slap rang, Shen Miao grabbed onto Ren Wan Yun's arms forcefully and that palm stopped just in front of her face.
"One do not know why is Second Shen being so impulsive. Although you could discipline me on behalf of Father and Mother, but that does not mean that one can be beaten. I am afraid that there is not such rule in ordinary families." She said.
Ren Wan Yun had never expected that Shen Miao would actually stop her slap. The young female in front was slim but the hand that she grabbed was very painful. She did not know when did that previously consenting and easy to coax niece actually grew a head higher. She could no longer use the same look at her like when she was young as if one was a little inattentive, one would be plotted against by this little slut.
She was not willing to let go of the matter, "Shen Miao, stop acting silly. Regarding Qing-er's matter, were you the one that did it?"
As of now, Shen Qing's state of mind was not clear and no one knew how the matter got to that point. But Ren Wan Yun was clear that if this matter was not related to Shen Miao then she would not believe even if she was beaten. She did not know what method did Shen Miao used but she would definitely not take it lightly if anyone touches Shen Qing or let Shen Qing become like this!
"Eldest Sister is being harmed by someone and I am also very sorry about it. But how can Second Shen be suspicious of me?" Shen Miao gently smiled, "If one did not change rooms with Eldest Sister then the person who will meet with such misfortune would be me. I would not be able to do such ruthless things."
Then the person who will meet with such misfortune would be me!
It would still be alright if she hadn't said it but once she said it, Ren Wan Yun felt her head jumping in pain. She clasped her hands tightly and her expression was like an insidious snake, "That was something you should have borne. It is you who let Qing-er suffer in your stead."
When Jing Ze and Gu Yu saw Ren Wan Yun as such, they were both shocked and angry. They were shocked that this Second Furen who usually put on a kind expression would actually shed all pretences of cordiality and be that brutal. They were angry because if it was not for Shen Miao's alertness last night, it would be the three of them, mistress and servants, that would be suffering today. But Ren Wan Yun actually still blamed her. This was clearly the case of the guilty party filing the suit first and did not even have a sense of shame!
"Second Shen must not say so, there is still the presence of Buddha here." Shen Miao chuckled as her eyes glance fluidly as if there seemed to be some light, "In this world, everything and every matter are conclusive. If the matter last night did not fall on me but on Eldest Sister, maybe it is destined by fate. Second Shen first did not blame the evildoer and did not blame destiny but blame me instead. What kind of reason is this?"
Ren Wan Yun was almost angered to death by Shen Miao. She sneered, "You are sure eloquent. It was I who have underestimated you in the past."
"Oh. So it turns out that Second Shen use to see me like that." Shen Miao gave an uncaring smile.
Ren Wan Yun look at Shen Miao in front of here. This plainly dress young female had a gentle deportment and her delicate features were starting to change and had started to gradually lose the original sentimentality. She did not know since when did that stupid and silly idiot Shen Miao had disappeared. There was no trace of the past Shen Miao in this person in front. The tactics that she played in the inner courtyard all these years had fallen through because of this young female's hands and with such a painful price. And Shen Miao still remained elegant which reminded her of the tragic Shen Qing.
"Shen Miao, since you are clear and not confused, I would also tell you honestly." Ren Wan Yun suddenly sarcastically smiled. Since all pretences of cordiality were shed, there was no need to put up any loving mask. She said, "You think this matter will end like this? Old Furen will not let you off. Your Second Shu will also not let you off. That person… Will also not let you off. Your fate would definitely be tens of thousands of times more tragic than Qing-er. You will definitely be… Ridden by thousands of people and forever be slut that cannot be seen in public!"
"Furen do guard one's tongue!" Jing Zhe and Gu Yu said out loud together. This Ren Wan Yun as the Second Furen of Shen residence, and after all Shen Gui was someone in the official circles, would actually curse this viciously and vulgar. Never mind if it was a sworn enemy, Shen Miao was still young, how would it become if these foul words affected her ears?
Ren Wan Yun only then was aware of Gu Yu and Jing Zhe and sneered, "You even worked hard to protect these two maids. I want to see how long can you protect them!" After finishing, she looked at Shen Miao slyly before brushing her sleeves and left.
After Ren Wan Yun left, Jing Zhe and Gu Yu looked at Shen Miao with some panic. Gu Yu worriedly said, "Young Lady, is it really good to shed all pretences of cordiality?"
"At the end, the pretences must be shed. No matter how good she maintain on the surface, there will not be any soft-hearted or effortless actions from her. Why the need to maintain any pretences?" Shen Miao said.
The truth about surviving in the Inner Palace was that if the enemy was in the light, let them maintain in the light. If they were in the dark, one would need to find ways to bring them to the light. She had no intention of playing and putting on a performance with Ren Wan Yun. This game was filled with violent winds and rainstorms since the beginning and Ren Wan Yun had now lost all sense of sanity by her, thus would definitely take her revenge like crazy.
"But… Once back in the residence, Old Furen would definitely be biased towards them…" Jing Zhe whispered. Old Shen Furen was most biased and most favoured the Second household. It was not only because Shen Gui was Old Shen Furen's birth son and also because Ren Wan Yun gave birth to two sons for Shen Gui. Without mentioning Shen Yuan Bo, the eldest son of the Second household held an office position once he became of age and would also return to the capital. With two grandsons, how would Old Shen Furen not be biased towards the Second household/
Moreover Ren Wan Yun's mouth could please Old Shen Furen so much that she would be confused and disoriented. So upon their return, what happen would only be in accordance to Ren Wan Yun's words. Who would believe Shen Miao's words?
"If bias, then let it be. Did not expect these people to call the shots for me." Shen Miao laughed.
When her laughter landed in Gu Yu's eyes, Gu Yu nose felt sour and she suddenly said, "If this is the case, then this servant would bring the matter out to blackmail. If anything bad happen to Young Lady, this servant will even use this life to fight to the end to inform the entire world of it!"
"Correct." Jing Zhe's expression also became cold, "Even though this kind of method of killing thousands of the enemy and harming ten thousands of one's own is somewhat stupid but in time to come, one would not let them live well!"
Shen Miao was somewhat stunned. She did not expect that the two maids by her side would be this bold. After being astonished for a moment, she laughed. Yes. In th beginning in order to protect her, Gu Yu admitted to the charges of the theft of the Imperial jade artefact and was killed by the Crown Prince of Qin country. Jing Zhe used her beauty and became a concubine in order to help her draw support from high ranking officials. Both of them were very loyal to her but unfortunately she was unable to give them anything in her past life.
After her rebirth, no matter what she would want to protect these maids. It's enough to make some mistakes once.
"No need. I do not intend to spread out this news. Second Shen would also ensure that it would not be spread out."
"This matter was one that needed to be covered up but eventually paper cannot cover up a fire. When Eldest Young Lady is married, naturally it would be found out." Gu Yu was somewhat puzzled. It can be concealed temporary but it cannot be concealed a lifetime, unless Shen Qing did not get married in this life. Else once she got married, the matter of her innocence would be discovered and everyone would know.
"So they would definitely find a way to hide it from everyone. As for what means would they be using to deal with me, they would just do nothing more than finding that person to help."
"That person?" Jing Zhe questioned closely, "Who is that person?"
"Naturally it is that evildoer who that abused Eldest Sister." Shen Miao chuckled, "Do you really think that last night was truly an accident?"
Jing Zhe and Gu Yu shivered. Even though they fainted guessed through some hints but they was unwilling to believe it. They did not believe that someone would harm Shen Miao as this was such a vicious method, blocking her entire road. They did not believe that Shen Miao would predict it without being a clairvoyant and also did not believe that it was the Shen family's Second household that did such a thing. Even though one new that the Eastern people had bad intentions but they did not expect that the situation as such. This kind of means was clearly meant for enemies.
"Young Lady… Is it really Second Furen who ordered people to do it?" Gu Yu had a difficult time asking.
If it was only an accident, they would feel that it was fortunate that Shen Miao had escaped that night but if it was intentional, then the Second household would deserve the consequences of it.
"But why did Young Lady say that Second Furen would find that person for help. That person… Was is not some random person?" Jing Zhe felt somewhat faint. If Ren Wan Yun found some random person to destroy Shen Miao's innocence, now with these accident, Ren Wan Yun would have killed that person. Why would she still let that person help?"
"Because that person is Prince Yu."
Jing Zhe and Gu Yu suck in a mouthful of cold air. The things that they had previously unable to understand were now all cleared up. If that person was Prince Yu then everything was clear. Prince Yu seemed to have some interest with Shen Miao before but what kind of person was Prince Yu? Normal females would have gone the other road when they faced him. If Prince Yu had made a transaction with Ren Wan Yun privately, then it was very likely that Ren Wan Yun would have helped Prince Yu on the matter with Shen Miao.
But now with a freak combination of factors between two of them, if Ren Wan Yun informed Prince Yu of the matter, with Prince Yu capricious temperament, he would definitely not let Shen Miao off as he was deceived under the skin of his eyes.
"Young Lady, then… Should a letter be written to Master?" Gu Yu and Jing Zhe were panicking.
Prince Yu was someone who was impossible to confront to. Not mentioning power or temperament, there was also the Imperial family that was shielding.
"It's no bother" Shen Miao's eyes brighten mysteriously, "Shen Qing is just an anecdote. The one I want to deal with is after all Prince Yu."
She turned her head towards the smoke that was rising in spirals above the temple hall.
Wan Yu, your entire life was just too difficult and it just disappeared so quickly like a flower. Having the namesake of a Princess but was not even better off than wild grass. Mother could not even do anything for you. At least now, at least in this lifetime, Mother would help you to retrieve every single thing from those who had bullied you.
In one of the building in Ding capital, a white clad gentleman wan playing with the porcelain cup in his hands and asked curiously, "So to say that Shen family girl turned out to be enemies with Prince Yu? To use her own TangJie hands to pull Prince Yu into the pit, such a method is indeed clever but being a female, it is truly too vicious."
He shook his head and put on a rather sympathetic look.
"Prince Yu of the First Rank?" When he faced the purple clad youth, he had a smile on his face and his pair of eyes on that handsome face was as sharp as a blade. He lazily said, "I see Prince Yu is not the one she wants to deal with."
"Not Prince Yu? Then who?" The white clad paused and look at the person opposite, "You think that…"
"How about using Prince Yu as an entry point and kill the entire Imperial family of Ming Qi?" The youth replied lightly.