Chapter 87: So it Was Your Own House
Gu Yunlan’s chopsticks were in her mouth. She looked at Xuanyuan Ying in confusion, she’s yelling for her? What’s she provoking her for?
Xuanyan Ying looked at her innocently, “I don’t know either, why is she still living in our house?”
Our, this word, Xuanyuan used it naturally as if he truly felt as if this was the proper way to call it. [cb]
Gu Yunlan lowered her voice to say to Xuanyuan Ying, “She said that if I don’t move, then she won’t either. She’s probably refusing to leave!”
“We have a relation! Other Mengmeng, the only person I have a relation with is Mengmeng!” Xuanyuan Ying replied very quickly, his voice was also lowered. Although the two sat across from each other, they came to the same conclusion.
“Let’s go find out then!” Gu Yunlan slit her pupils, looking slyly.
“As you wish!” Xuanyuan Ying reached out his hand and tapped her nose. He liked this side of her a lot more.
Xin’er stood in the back laughing in her sleeve. The Young Miss probably doesn’t know but although she’s usually a cold and aloof person, in front of Mister Xuanyuan, her personality would change a lot…
“Gu Yunlan! Answer me! On what basis am I not allowed to use charcoal! Having to pay just to use charcoal? Yet you are allowed… “ Zhang Ziwei already stormed in, but froze once she saw the two with their heads together.
“Did you forget?” Gu Yunlan’s pupils flashed. Sitting up straight, she picked up some food and chewed on it, “Xin’er! Go explain it to her, I’m eating right now!”
Xin’er nodded her head, and walked out from behind the two. Bending down politely, she reminded her gently, “Young Miss Zhang, my family’s Young Miss is the Marshal Mansion’s manager!”
Zhang Ziyan snapped to attention. She pulled over a chair and sat down opposite to the two eating their meal, her brows creased, “Since when was a manager allowed to eat with the marshal?”
“Young Miss Zhang! It was the manager who came to eat, then the marshal who saw the food and decided to sit down too!” Xin’er explained patiently.
“Cough cough!” Gu Yunlan choked slightly, even tearing up a little. She noticed a trend of jump scares from her today, she really doesn’t stop with spouting shocking words.
“Get me some water!” Xuanyuan Ying lifted the tea cup in front of him helpfully, patting her back while offering her water to drink.
“Cough cough!” Gu Yunlan coughed some more, then lightly took a sip from the cup offered to her, “Pfft!” She immediately turned her head and spit out the mouthful, “Hot!”
Xuanyuan Ying sipped the tea in confusion, “It’s not hot!”
He spoke to Gu Yunlan in a gentle voice, and even helped pat her back. This already stupified Zhang Ziyan. But now that they shared and drank from the same cup, she was completely struck dumb.
“Cough cough!” Xin’er coughed lightly twice. Seeing Zhang Ziyan snapping back to consciousness, she continued on the topic, acting as if she saw none of what happened just now, “Young Miss Zhang, our young miss has mentioned already, in these unusual times, the marshal mansion will not house useless people. You can live her for free, but food, charcoal, cotton blankets, and other supplies: apologies but we cannot provide them!”
“You!” Zhang Ziyan was took a big breathe, but could only point a shaking finger at the two busying themselves, “If she can be the house manager, why can’t I?”
Gu Yunlan cleared her throat, finally having returned back to normal. She lightly waved away the hand on her back, before turning towards Zhang Ziyan with a smile, “Because, Marshal Mansion was my Gu Family’s land to begin with, did you not know?”
She looked towards Xuanyuan Ying, her face full of shock, “You didn’t tell them this? No wonder the rumors floating around were so bad! This place was my home first!”
She was even talking about moving just now! Move my ass! She forgets that this is her family’s house!! The ones who should leave are them! Including Xuanyuan Ying! Leave! She even became another person’s house manager!
Xuanyuan Ying looked at her helplessly. He had wanted to remind her as she just returned earlier in the study room!
Zhang Ziyan stared dumbly; she was throwing a tantrum in someone else’s home. She took a deep breath and stood up, then turned to say to Xin’er one word at a time, “I’ll pay, follow me to my room!”
After saying this, she turned to leave, absolutely not wanting to stay any longer. Seeing those two being so intimate, it’s just wrong! Just seeing Gu Yunlan made her angry, where did her calmness go?
Xin’er hesitated, and immediately looked towards Gu Yunlan. Seeing her nod her head, she hurriedly turned to catch up.
Once the two have both left, Gu Yunlan looked down at chopsticks putting food into her bowl nonstop. She immediately used her chopsticks to clamp it to a stop, “That’s enough! Xuanyuan Ying! I’m not a pig! Can’t you see how much this is?”
Xuanyuan Ying looked at her innocently, “I just want you to eat a bit more, so you can make some blood that’s all!”
Gu Yunlan glanced at him sideways, put down her chopsticks, and looked him up and down. Why does she keep thinking that there is something not right about this man -no, jiangshi?!
“How many times have I said this already, I’m not a jiangshi! I am a drought demon, completely different creature than that Jiang Chen!” Xuanyuan Ying took back his chopsticks helplessly.
“Aren’t you all bloodsuckers just the same?” Gu Yunlan picked up her chopsticks and continued eating.
“What’s the same? I’m only exchanging blood with you, and he’s sucking blood. If he got ahold of you, he would definitely wah!” Xuanyuan Ying opened his mouth wide and made a biting motion towards Gu Yunlan, “Bite onto your neck!”
“He has gotten ahold of me! Yet didn’t suck my blood!” Gu Yunlan continued eating from her bowl.
“What? Why didn’t you mention this before?” Xuanyuan Ying wrinkled his eyebrows, grabbing her left hand.
“I forgot!” Gu Yunlan lifted her head, looking at him with a helpless mile, “Didn’t I say I ran into a cliff? Actually, it was because of him that Mengmeng and I went the wrong way. On the way back, we got lured to the bamboo forest. Luckily my reaction was quick as I pulled Mengmeng along to run away. However, he said something…”
Something that made her restless even now. She carefully looked at Xuanyuan Ying who stared at her unknowingly, “He said, run? Wait until this emperor recovers, then let’s see how you’ll run from this emperor’s palm!”
Xuanyuan Ying only responded after a while, he muttered, “You’re doomed, he’s taken a fancy to you…”
“Pfft!” Gu Yunlan spat out a mouthful of food, fancy? That really scared her, she thought that Jiang Chen’s words meant his hatred for her is beyond help!
Seeing her careless expression, Xuanyuan Ying couldn’t explain the feeling in his heart. It was an unwell feeling of sorts.
“Pooh!” Gu Yunlan spat out the remaining food remnant in her mouth, took a sip of tea before saying, “He fancies me, but there’s no reason for me to do the same. If I get eaten by him one day, who would I cry to then?”
Oddly, these wods from Gu Yunlan made Xuanyuan Ying feel a lot better. He picked up the teapot to pour her a cup, “Exactly, what if someday at night, he smells your delicious scent, and bites at your throat, crack! Your little life is done!”
Gu Yunlan shot him a look, and put down her chopsticks, “Can’t you be less disgusting? I can’t eat anymore, it’s better to leave some room for dinner!”
Xuanyuan Ying shrugged, was it disgusting? Doesn’t a jiangshi just suck blood like that?
“Young Miss! You’ve finished eating?” Xin’er walked in carrying a silvers wrapped in a bedsheet. She walked up to before Gu Yunlan and opened up the sheets.
Seeing the shiny silver coins, Gu Yunlan nodded her head in satisfaction. She took out her storage pouch and carefully put the silver coins inside; she definitely hasn’t forgotten about Diandian being inside, must not crush it! As for the money, she’ll take it. What if one day she finds herself poor in the middle of war, she can use it for emergency!
“Young Miss!” Xin’er looked at her family’s young miss helplessly, she can’t just put away all the money for herself so brazenly!
“What are you afraid of? This is our money, the house isn’t missing these!” Gu Yunlan stared at her, then clapped her hands as she stood up, “Clean up this place a bit, I’m going out for a stroll!”
Xuanyuan Ying deepened his gaze, this woman’s words hide meanings of their own. She’s hinting that the house is her’s, but it’s only because he didn’t remind her! So now there’s a grudge. Indeed, women and cb must not be provoked!
It was still snowing outside, so heavily that the snowflakes could be seen with the naked eye. Gu Yunlan sighed, “It’s probably going to keep snowing for the next few days at this rate. Will the snow seal up the mountains? I’m rather worried about Uncle and Father!
“No need to worry! If you want the snow to stop, I’ll release my aura pressure tonight. Guarantee the snow will stop by tomorrow!” Xuanyuan Ying followed up.
Gu Yunlan nodded her head. It shouldn’t snow any longer, it’s gotten too heavy. She suddenly looked at the leisurely Xuanyuan Ying and asked, “Don’t you have to drill the soldiers in the afternoon?”
“No need! I’ll just be there for a few minutes in the afternoon!” Xuanyuan Ying shook his head.
“Right! Yangjin dropped himself by two ranks!” Gu Yunlan looked at him in self satisfaction.
He reached out to rub her head, laughing, “It wouldn’t be because of you guys would it?”
“Mengmeng did lots!” Gu Yunlan laughed out loud, “You didn’t get to see his face, it was greener than a green hat!”
TLN: Wearing a green hat means you’re getting cheated on
The two walked about slowly in the flower garden, laughing as they talked. Nobody noticed a lone figure standing in a corner staring at the two foolishly, only turning to leave after a long while.
At the soft sound of a twig being stepped on, Xuanyuan Ying turned his head over to look, and could only catch a glimpse of a corner of white cloth.
As dusk neared, Gu Yunlan glanced at the pocket watch in her hand. Half past six, yet some people are still absent. She stamped her feet, then sat down again.
“Knock knock!” There was a knock on the door followed by Xin’er’s voice, “Young Miss, everyone’s here. They’re waiting for you at the gates!”
“Let’s go!” Just as Gu Yunlan responded, Xin’er pushed opened the door. Picking up a coat hanging to the side, she attentively helped her wear it before placing the heater into her hand, “Alright!”
Gu Yunlan looked at Xin’er with praise, this girl is getting more and more organized.
WHen the two got to the door, pretty much everyone from the previous night were there, aside from Xuanyuan Ying. When she saw Gu Yunlan, Zhang Ziyan hooked up the corners of her mouth, “Oh! House manager Gu, how mighty of you! To make everyone wait for you!”
Gu Yunlan smiled disdainfully, “Little Sister Ziyan, did nobody tell you the person inviting us out to eat is my friend?”
“Young Miss! I forgot to tell you!” Xin’er hurriedly explained.
Zhang Ziyan glared at Xin’er, but shut her mouth under the gaze of her big brother.
“Yunlan!” Bai Nightspring was all smiles as she looked at Gu Yunlan.
Needless to say, Gu Yunlan could tell just by looking at her expression that the one eating the most tonight will be her!
“Is everyone here?” Xuanyuan Ying was the last to arrive. Seeing the group of at least ten people, the corners of his mouth twitched. A crowd this big would probably scare people to death, “Let’s walk there! There’s too many people to fit in the car!”
Nobody could refute Xuanyuan Ying’s words. The group headed grandiosity on their way towards the main street.
Gu Yunlan stayed back a few steps, talking with Bai Yiran, “Yiran! My father will be under your care!”
“What for! What are we?” Bai Yiran patted his chest, “Good friends!”