Bone Painting Coroner Chapter 15
Chapter 15 – Do You Like Women’s Bedroom?
"I… At that time, I was downstairs."
"Why were you downstairs?"
"That morning, I wasn't feeling well. After I drank my medicine, I went to Miss' courtyard. But, I didn't see her in her room, so I went to the backyard. From the distance, I saw she was sitting in the attic. I remember that there had been no one else in the attic at that time. I had just arrived below the attic when I saw Miss falling down from the attic, and then her head smashed onto the rock garden."
She spoke without hesitation and didn't seem to lie.
Ji Yunshu continued to question her. "That night, three days ago, when was the last time you saw Miss Zhou?"
Qiaoxin pondered, then replied, "It should be at the hour of the boar1. I saw the light in her room extinguished so I went in to light it. At that time, the young miss was lying on her bed. There was nothing out of ordinary." When she spoke, she used a serious tone, making it clear that she wasn't lying.
There was only a suspicious point about her answer. Ji Yunshu felt a weight pressing on her mind. 'This case is really thorny.'
Qiaoxin asked, "Teacher, you said that our young miss died at night three days ago, but then how come I saw her sitting in the attic in the morning two days ago?"
"You only saw her from a distance. Naturally you wouldn't be able to distinguish if she was already dead at that time. If someone maliciously murdered your Miss, that person could also fake the fall. How could that person let a small maidservant like you discover the subterfuge?" With Ji Yunshu's reply, Qiaoxin understood.
After a deep breath, Ji Yunshu turned to Lord Shou and spoke, "Now that we know Miss Zhou's cause of death and time of death, the next step is to find the murder motive. Then, according to the motive, we will proceed to find the murderer. Therefore, I need to take a look at Miss Zhou's room."
Lord Zhou readily agreed, "Well, I'll make someone lead you." As soon as he said that, a housekeeper was summoned and he ordered him. "Ahjing, bring Teacher Ji to the young miss's room to investigate."
The old housekeeper bowed. "Yes Milord." Then, he looked at Ji Yunshu. "Teacher Ji, this way, please."
The old housekeeper led away several maidservants towards Miss Zhou's courtyard. Ji Yunshu was about to catch up to them, but when she passed in front of Jing Rong, he pulled her aside.
"I didn't expect that Teacher Ji was fond of looking at a woman's chamber."
If Jing Rong hadn’t voiced anything, she would have completely forgotten about that deity. She didn't anticipate that he would be able to keep a low-profile and blend in with the crowd, staying completely out of sight!
"Not everyone is a dirty rogue. I am compelled to do so in order to solve this case. If Prince Rong doesn't disdain such an activity, there's no harm in going together."
"Obviously I will go. In fact, I want to see inside Teacher Ji's brain; how many more mysterious secrets do you still hide."
Why do those sentences sound so much like the teasing preamble of a television host?! Ji Yunshu's mouth twitched. She gave him a polite smile in reply before following after the old housekeeper.
Jing Rong was extremely curious about Ji Yunshu. 'That scholar is much more amusing than the fights and schemes inside the capital.'
Lan Po approached him and stated, "Prince, it appears that we didn't find the wrong person. This Teacher Ji is a talent."
"A talented person is a talented person, but that temper is stubborn."
"Alright, then. Let's go take a look first." Jing Rong stopped talking and trailed behind the crowd with Lang Po.
The county magistrate waited until Jing Rong left before he dared to leave.
After Lord Zhou instructed the servants to quickly support Madame Zhou back to her room, he also went to his deceased daughter's courtyard.
Miss Zhou's bedroom was very clean. To be precise, it was spotlessly clean to the point that it was simply abnormal.
All the objects in the house were arranged by color. Inside the room, from the curtain to the bed, everything was red while it was blue and yellow outside the room. And each color was arranged into sections. This was clearly a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder!
Ji Yunshu stepped into the room and observed the surroundings. She saw the arrangement of the makeup on the dressing table. The color of the cases were nearly identical. In addition, there was not even a speck of dust on the cases and table surface.
Qiaoxin's eyesight was sharp. She hurriedly started to explain. "Our Miss especially loved cleanliness. As long as it was used once, she would absolutely refuse to reuse the makeup a second time. So, early every morning, we would replace them with new ones."
Ji Yunshu remained silent and continued to walk inside the room. Then, she caught sight of an unusually exquisite candle holder next to the curtain. A candlestick in a rich and influential family would only have flower engravings. However the candlestick in front of her was sculpted from crystal. Together with its base, the candlestick formed the shape of a helix and was extremely beautiful to behold.
Ji Yunshu said, "This candle holder is really beautiful. Your young miss seemed to be very fond of it."
"Yes. Miss particularly loved it." Qiaoxin nodded. "Not only that, every night before going to sleep, she would want to light it. She said that the scent from the candle on it helped her sleep."
"Very nice taste." The interests of people from rich families were so unlike the masses!
Ji Yunshu continued to observe the bedroom. Then, she saw a red whip hanging on the wall next to the entrance.
'Miss Zhou was practicing a family martial art?' Doubts arose in her mind. She stretched out her hand and took down the whip. At that instant, she inadvertently glimpsed at Qiaoxin and saw the sudden panic in her eyes. She instinctively grabbed her wrist and recoiled.
Ji Yunshu got an insight, so she put back the whip.
- The hour of the boar is between 9-11pm. ↩