The Inverted Dragon's Scale Chapter 255-256
Chapter 255: Offer humble apology!
Cui family's chess room.
The old grandfather of the Cui family, Cui Xichen, and the third son Cui Xinzai had not finished their game of chess when housekeeper Cui Gang urgently interrupted, "Head of the house, third Master——Gu Mo and some family generals have been arrested by the City Patrol Division."
Cui Xichen gently set down a black piece on the board, and looked at his son sitting opposite him. He said, "You've lost."
Cui Xinzai seriously studied the chessboard, sighing: "Father calculates three steps ahead, it is amazing. Son is ashamed."
Cui Xichen did not accept his son's flattery. "There are many people that calculates three steps ahead, you can only stand in an invincible position when you're one step ahead of your opponent. By doing so all your enemies' reactions will be like the back of your hand. Then you can smash them in one go."
"Father is right" Cui Xinzai bowed, accepting his teaching.
Cui Xichen took a sip of the cup of fragrant tea, then finally turned to housekeeper Cui Gang and asked, "Have the two sides fought?"
"No." Cui Gang answered. "At the critical moment, Gu Mo chose to give up."
"Hm. I see." Cui Xichen set down the cup. "Prepare the carriage, I'm going to enter the palace. When my servants are rude, I should offer a humble apology."
"Master." Cui Gang anxiously said. "The Lu family has gone too far. It was just a couple of kids, but they had to dispatch the City Patrol Division to arrest people. Where are the laws of justice? The City Patrol Division is the City Patrol Division of West Wind, is the Emperor's City Patrol Division, but it seems like they have became the Lu family's personal weapon. Why should Master go into the palace to apologise? If there has to be an apology, then it must be from the Lu family."
Cui Xichen darted a glance at Cui Gang. "What you said is right."
Cui Gang smiled. "Master, theb we don't need to prepare the carriage?"
"Then I need to go even more." Cui Xichen said.
Cui Xinzai interrupted, "Uncle Cui, Father has considered it carefully, you don't need to persuade him. Get the carriage ready."
Cui Xichen knew that his son had understood his mind. He nodded to him and said, "I leave the house to you."
Once he finished talking, he walked toward the outside with Cui Gang.
Chu Xianda was disappointed that the story had not developed in the direction that he hoped, when a chamberlain came to report that Noble Minister Cui Xichen had requested to see the emperor.
Chu Xianda looked startled, asking, "Why would he be here at this time?"
"The noble minister said——he came to apologise." The little palace eunuch mumbled.
"Apologise?" Chu Xianda turned to look at Li Fu. "Shouldn't the one apologise be Lu Xingkong? Why is it Cui Xichen?"
"This——" Since this matter involved important ministers of the country, Li Fu felt inappropriate to add anything to the conversation. He said with a smile. "Your Majesty will know when you see him."
Chu Xianda nodded. "You're right. I'd like to see how these two old foxes are fighting. Please come in, Noble Minister."
Cui Xichen entered the Palace Hall of Thought and immediately sank to his knees and kowtowed, saying in a heavy voice, "my servants wounded people and I failed to discipline them. Your Majesty please punish me."
"Noble Minister, get up." Chu Xianda shouted.
"Minister is guilty, I don't dare to get up." Cui Xichen explained loudly.
Chu Xianda gave Li Fu a glance and he immediately understood. Two palace eunuchs dashed over to support Cui Xichen up.
"Your majesty is asking Noble Minister to get up, please get up Noble Minister. Don't make it difficult for us." Li Fu whispered.
"Thank you." Cui Xichen said, cupping his hands.
Chu Xianda looked at Cui Xichen. "What has Noble Minister done wrong? What is this matter about your servants wounding people?"
"The children in my family was bullied outside, so family servant Gu Mo was furious and led some family generals to help out. They have caused trouble and injured people. They even clashed with your Majesty's City Patrol Division——Old minister feels deeply guilty so especially came to apologise."
Chu Xianda hesitated, then said with a smile: "Just an incident among a few children, was it necessary to bring it up at the Palace Hall of Thought? Also did Noble Minister need to come apologise yourself?"
"Matters should be dealt with no matter big or small; crimes should be punished no matter the degree of seriousness. I let down Your Majesty, so old minister came to ask Your Majesty to punish me." Cui Xichen said, looking ashamed. "Gu Mo and others have been arrested by the City Patrol Division, they are guilty and should be punished. They should be punished by the law."
"Huh? Such a trivial matter, and the City Patrol Division went to arrest people?"
"Your Majesty's City Patrol Division has the responsibility of guarding the Imperial Palace, be diligent and fair, and also loyal and devoted to your Majesty. The reason old Minister came here is not to request your Majesty to release my people, and I also do not have any complaints about The City Patrol Division. Gu Mo and the others brought trouble to themselves, so I can't put the blame on others."
"I understand." Chu Xianda smiled at Cui Xichen. "Noble Minister relax, I will not take this matter to heart and won't blame you for such a trivial matter. You're my minister, you understand me and I also understand you. Go back, this matter has been settled."
"Thank you, your Majesty." Cui Xichen bowed, respectfully turned around and left.
Chu Xianda waited until Cui Xichen had gone far away, before he turned around to say to Li Fu, "Li Fu, this old fox Cui Xichen came over to apologise——what is he playing at?""
"Your Majesty, I think——he is giving your Majesty a reminder."
"A reminder regarding the City Patrol Division——who does the City Patrol Division belongs to?" Li Fu whispered, keeping his head low.
"Yes." Chu Xianda sighed. "The City Patrol Division has the important responsibility of patrolling the imperial city. Together with the nine governor generals, the Monitoring Department and the palace guards, they are one of the key departments that guard the palace and my security. Such key divisions, but become some people's servants or personal weapon. My heart——feels enraged."
"Why is your majesty so worried? The world under the heavens, all lands belong to the Emperor. If Your Majesty wants to take back the City Patrol Division, you only need to say a word. Would anyone dare to object?"
"Even if I know that Cui Xichen that old dog has bad intentions, my heart still feels somewhat——Li Fu, who do you think is suitable to take over the City Patrol Division?"
"Your Majesty, this is not something servant can comment on. Servant can only pour tea for your Majesty and say some witty remarks——"
"Ha Ha Ha——" Chu Xianda laughed. "You are growing more and more cunning."
Lu Mansion. Peach Garden.
Lu Xingkong stood in centre of the courtyard, gazing at the courtyard full of Tiandu's peach trees in full bloom.
"In a few days of time, will these flowers wither and fall?" Lu Xingkong said.
"Yes." The old butler nodded. "No flowers can bloom for a hundred days, who would be satisfied with everything?"
"It may be a good thing to hand over the City Patrol Division. With one less power in my hands, others would become less apprehensive of us. We also have more time to prepare——" Lu Xingkong muttered to himself and then asked: "The children are back safely?"
"Young master Tianyu and Miss Shinian are both safely back."
"As long as the children are safe." Lu Xingkong said with a smile. "I've been busy my entire life for what?Is it not just namely for to ensure the safety of the children?"
Chapter 256: Never say!
Because driver Luo Xu protected them with their life, Li Shinian was not injured at all.
When she returned home, to avoid mother Luo Qi getting worry about her, Li Shinian pretended to be fine, and when Luo Qi asked why did she come back so late she only said that she took a stroll to Confucius Temple with her classmates.
Girls have a natural talent in acting; even if Luo Qi was intelligent she also completely could not see anything strange.
Luo Qi set the table for dinner and told Li Shinian to wash her hands before eating. Even after coming to Tiandu, the whole family still kept the diligent and thrifty habits that they had in Jiangnan city. The family's clothes and meals were all took care of by the lady of the house. Gongsu Yu also sent servants over to serve them but Luo Qi declined with the excuse that she was not used to it.
She did not want her daughter Li Shinian to have the bad habits that the daughters of wealthy families have, because——she was not really a daughter of the Lu family.
If one day they returned to their original identity, or if, because of Li Muyang, they clashed with the Lu family——
In Luo Qi's heart, Li Muyang was an active volcano that could erupt at any time.
If he knew about his own identity, knew about everything that had happened to him.
What choice would he make at that time?
If he chooses to never forgive the Lu family and not contact them all his life, then Luo Qi would be perfectly happy to pack her bags and leave with him without any hesitation.
If he chooses to accept the mistakes of the Lu family and acknowledge his biological family, then Luo Qi could also because of her relationship ask for a little courtyard from the Lu family where she could watch Li Muyang from afar. She was already content if she could see Li Muyang get married and have children, living happily and peacefully.
Like all other mothers, she was willing to dedicate her entire life for her children.
In her heart, Li Muyang will always be her child.
Li Shinian came back from washing her hands, sitting back down at the table, asking, "Where's Father? He is not back yet?"
"He's still working." Luo Qi picked up a piece of red braised pork with chopsticks and placed it in Li Shinian's bowl. "Studying is tiring, you should eat more."
"Mum, The people of Tiandu thinks skinny is beautiful, I don't want to get fat." Li Shinian put the piece of pork into her mother's bowl and looked at her mother's thin face. "You've gotten thinner, you should eat more meat."
Li Shinian's father Li Yan used to be Gongsun Yu's driver and now worked at the clerical court. Powerful and wealthy families have their own advisors and aides; the Lu family obviously had a bunch of elites to assist them.
Li Shinian knew that her father was responsible for the summary of information and intelligence in the clerical court. What had happened today, her father would definitely know. If he comes back and asks, it would make her mother worry. So she planned to wait for him at the door and intercept him before he walks into the house. Then she could communicate with her father how best to cover up the truth.
Luo Qi's lips curved into a wide smile. "My daughter and son are the most good-looking."
Li Shinian pursed her lips. "Mother, you can just praise me. Do not put me and my brother together——People would think that he looks like me."
"You——does your brother look bad?"
"You also know how big brother looked like back then, how can you have the courage to exaggerate that your son is good-looking?"
"I'm going to tear your mouth——" Luo Qi put down the chopsticks, pretending to hit Li Shinian.
"Mum, I miss big brother." Li Shinian said softly.
Luo Qi's hands froze in mid-air and then gently hit the back of Li Shinian's head, smiling: "If you miss him then write to him. Isn't he at Starry Sky Academy, we can ask someone to help bring the letter to him——Your brother would be very happy to see your letter."
Li Shinian, not wanting her mother to be too upset, nodded and said: "Okay. I must work hard, next year I also want to get into Starry Sky Academy——"
Luo Qi's heart skipped a beat. "I think West Wind University is also very good, I heard a lot of children of the wealthy families of Tiandu study at West Wind University, Cui Xiaoxin——is also studying at West Wind University."
Li Shinian nodded, not wanting to continue on this topic.
Of course she knew Cui Xiaoxin was studying in West Wind University. Their schools are at opposite sides of the city, one in the East and one in the West, like they would never cross path. Ever since she had come to Tiandu, they have not seen each other.
The previous friendship had been buried along with the death of one person of the Cui family.
Both of these topics were too serious, the mother and daughter were in no mood to continue talking.
They both lowered their head and ate, the atmosphere growing cold.
Just then, sounds of knocking came from the outside of the courtyard.
Li Shinian jumped up, pushing away her chair. "Maybe father is back——"
Li Shinian rushed out to open the door and was thinking about how to convince her father to help cover up the truth, when she noticed that it was little fatty Lu Tianyu standing at the door.
Lu Tianyu's face was smeared with brown medicinal ointment and looked much more miserable than before.
"Big sister——" Lu Tianyu stood in front of Li Shinian, his face filled with remorse and guilt.
When Li Shinian first came here, Lu Tianyu often bullied Li Shinian. Just that Li Shinian was more skilful than him and Lu Tianyu was outwitted every time. They were absolutely not on good terms with each other
But when Lu Tianyu was bullied, Li Shinian stuck up for him despite the former hatred between them. Lu Tianyu had thought about his usual behaviour and felt deeply ashamed, so he had came to say thank you.
Li Shinian turned around to take a glance at the inside of the house, before she said, "Why did you come here?"
"Big sister, are you all right?" Lu Tianyu whispered. "Are you injured anywhere? I've brought some ointment for you, just rub the area you're injured with the ointment. The Lu family's ointment is famous——"
As he spoke, he held up a small box in front of Li Shinian. The small box was filled with various creams and ointment.
Li Shinian did not want to accept his box, grumbling, "I'm fine, hurry leave——"
"Li Shinian, how can you talk to the Lu family's young master like that?" Luo Qi walked over, scolding Li Shinian, and then affectionately looked at Lu Tianyu. "Young Master Tianyu, you came to find Shinian?" "
Li Shinian made a slapping motion at Lu Tianyu, telling him not to mention about the fact that she got injured.
"Big sister——" Lu Tianyu gave a puzzled look at Li Shinian. "Did you hurt your eyes? Why does it look——so weird?"
Li Shinian growled, "Lu Tianyu, are you doing this on purpose?"
"Big sister, I didn't mean to——what are you mouthing? Don't——let——my——mom know——I'm injured?"
Lu Tianyu finally understood Li Shinian's message, nodding seriously and patting his chubby chest. "Big sister, don't worry. I'll never say anything."
"——" The glare that Li Shinian gave Lu Tianyu seemed like she was about to kill him.