Chapter 10, Part 1: Father
After that, Ling Jing Shu never said a single word.
After the morning greeting, the people in each family retreated. Only Madam Ling led the two Lu brothers to stay with Old Madam Ling for a talk.
Ling Jing Shu hold onto Ling Xiao and went to He Xiang court together.
When Madam Yao was still alive, Ling Jing Shu and Ling Xiao stayed with her in He Xiang court. So towards this place, they were naturally very familiar with it. After Madam Yao passed away, He Xiang court soon ushered a new mistress.
When Madam Li married in, it was inconvenient for Ling Jing Shu and Ling Xiao to continue to live here, so they moved to Qiu Shui Pavilion. Later, when Ling Xiao met with an accident and became blind, Old Madam Ling took pity of him and let him stay in Yong He hall and take care of him herself.
Ling Jing Shu went to Yong He hall every morning to greet Old Madam Ling, at the same time she would greet Madam Li as well. This He Xiang court she had come lesser and lesser.
After her reborn, this was the first time Ling Jing Shu had set foot here.
Madam Li’s superficial work had always been good, not to mention that Fifth Ling Master was around. She held onto Ling Jing Shu’s hand and showed concern about her, acted as though she was a very kind mother, “All these days, I have been thinking about your body, I couldn’t eat and sleep properly. Now you have completely recovered, I can finally rest assured.”
Looking at Madam Li pretending to be kind to her, Ling Jing Shu’s heart was filled with disgust.
Ling Jing Shu suddenly lost the patience of acting nice with her, she pulled back her own hand. She smiled back and said: “I am not a young child anymore. I can take care of myself, mother do not need to worry about me.”
Madam Li, “…”
Madam Li originally wanted to sell a well-behaved self in front of Fifth Ling Master, but she did not expect to be refuted by Ling Jing Shu. Having lost her face and her stomach was filled with anger, her face turned red and white and then white and red again.
Ling Ting looked at this scene, his look was quite subtle.
Fifth Ling Master also picked an eyebrow but he did not say anything.
Ling Fou, who was only six years old, didn’t figure out what had happened. It’s quite strange that everyone was not talking, “Mother, why did you suddenly stop talking?”
Madam Li squeezed a smile out, “It’s nothing.” Then she looked innocently at Fifth Ling Master and said, “Since master is in the residence today, we should all gather in He Xiang court. I will get the kitchen to prepare some good food and good wine.”
Fifth Ling Master agreed to it.
Going to the kitchen is kind of a small task. In fact, it did not need Madam Li to personally go there at all. She could have asked a maid servant to run errands for her to give them instruction.
Madam Li’s performance was so warm. One, was to show her virtuousness in front of her husband, and the other was because she was refuted by Ling Jing Shu. She wanted to avoid a bit to calm down.
After being a good-natured stepmother for so many years, she couldn’t show her true self in front of her husband.
Madam Li was forcibly holding onto a smile, when she left the main hall and no one could see her face, that smile disappeared totally. Her face became very gloomy, her eyes flashed with a startling chill.
“Ah Shu, come over here.” Fifth Ling Master frowned and instructed her.
Ling Jing Shu stepped forward with a poker face.
She could guess what he wanted to say to her. It’s nothing more than “women should be soft and quiet, not rebellious towards the elders” and so on. She had heard it so many times since young.
“Women should be soft and quiet, not rebellious towards the elders.” Fifth Ling Master reprimanded, “You have always been obedient, why did you use such bad tone when talking to your mother just now?”
Soft and quiet, sensible and obedient!
It was these words that had harmed her for a lifetime. Now that she was fortunate to be reborn again, how would she be willing to be like her former self again?
“Since mother married in, I moved to Qiu Shui Pavilion to stay. At that time, I was only six years old.”
Ling Jing Shu raised her eyes and looked straight at Fifth Ling Master. Her look was calm and cold, “In the past eight years, I was lucky to have grandmother’s care. Just that grandmother had to deal with all the trivial things in the residence, she couldn’t care for everything about me. I have taken care of myself most of the time. Father, did I say anything wrong?”
Fifth Ling Master never expected Ling Jing Shu to talk back to him, her attitude was so tough, so his anger suddenly came up: “Ling Jing Shu! Where have all the women’s commandments that you learned go to? Is this how you talk to your parents?”
Fifth Ling Master was thirty-two years old. He looked handsome and had an unusual demeanor. He was a gentleman and his manners were good. It’s rare for him to be angry like now.
When Fifth Ling Master was angry, everyone was shocked.
Ling Ting did not say anything, and the youngest Ling Fou was too scared to speak.
Ling Xiao’s beautiful face turned white. He stepped forward following the sounds and he hurriedly grabbed Ling Jing Shu’s arm: “Ah Shu, what’s wrong with you, how can you talk back to father? Quickly apologize to father!”
At this time, filial piety was the most important. One word of filial piety, it was not too much to say that it was worth more than a thousand gold.
If she were to hold onto the titles of disobedience and not filial, it would not be a good for Ling Jing Shu.