Medical Princess - Chapter 482
“Miss, Madam of Duke Xing’s Mansion sent you a letter again and asked you to go down the mountain. She said that after two years, you could choose to divide your stay at the Yuhui Nunnery and at the Duke Xing’s Mansion. You do not need to be too restrained!”
Qu Le came in and respectfully handed over a letter.
Shao Wanru put down the brush in her hand and washed her hands in the clear water. Then, she took the letter, walked to the window, then opened it to read.
The letter was written by Madam of Duke Xing. Recently, she often received such letters. Madam of Duke Xing had also sent some gifts.
After she finished reading the letter, she folded it again. She was about to put the letter back into the envelope, but she stopped when she took a second look at it. Then she slowly unfolded the letter. This time, what she saw were not the words on the letter, but the corners of the stationery that did not have any writing.
The corner was adorned with a sprig of orchid and a few pieces of leaves, which looked very attractive and gave off a faint fragrance, and had been painted with patterns of varying depths.
This was the most popular “Flower Note” stationery which was trending in the capital city at this time!
The maker took the top paper and then carefully drew on it. After taking a fresh flower and pressing it, he stuck it carefully according to the method he drew.
Because it was made from fresh flowers, there was a faint fragrance on the paper. The one she was looking at now was one of them.
After Qu Le bought a few pieces of this kind of “Flower Note” stationery from the foot of the mountain, Shao Wanru would make some of her own in her leisure time. When she was extremely bored, she used some of her painting skills to create this type of “Flower Note”, so she also had some experience. However, this one was unique. After she looked at it carefully, she smiled.
“Miss, did Madam of Duke Xing post this to you?” Seeing Shao Wanru looking at it so carefully, Yujie also came over to have a look.
“No!” Shao Wanru shook her head and said with certainty. There was traces of Shao Yanru’s work on it. If she was unfamiliar with it, she would not have known.
She turned her eyes to the characters in the middle, which were the ones she had seen recently. They were written very casually and even one or two of them were not written properly.
It was a girl’s hobby to make this kind of “Flower Note” stationery. Madam of Duke Xing would not have the leisure or mood to do this kind of thing.
“It should be the First Miss of Shao’s Mansion!” Shao Wanru said with a slight smile. Even though it was just an ordinary orchid with a few leaves, the idea was clear. Furthermore, the simpler it was, the easier it would be for others to do a comparison.
She did not have any family affection for Shao Yanru. Whenever she mentioned Shao Yanru, it was as if she was talking about an outsider.
“First Miss gave some of her “Flower Note” stationery to Madam and Madam took a piece for Miss?” Qu Le suddenly understood and pursed her lips. “I do not know what they have been doing recently. Wasn’t it already settled, that everyone would not refer to each other’s past?”
During her two years stay on the mountain, the past period had indeed been very quiet and no one came to disturb her. After suffering a loss, Huiqing did not dare to publicly deal with Shao Wanru. Coupled with the fact that Great Elder Princess appeared from time to time, all the people in the Yuhui Nunnery treated Shao Wanru with respect.
At least on the surface, no one would make trouble for her. No one dared to disturb her, while she was living in seclusion here.
However, since Madam of Duke Xing’s first letter to the mountain, there seemed to be many things happening at Yuhui Nunnery. There were always some things related to Shao Wanru. Just now Yujie brought a message, saying that several girls would be coming over today for their outing. It seemed as if they were warning Shao Wanru beforehand, in case they disturbed her quiet cultivation.
But in fact, in the past, the road in front of the courtyard was not meant for people to visit.
On one hand, it was because she was cultivating. On the other hand, it was because the wall was high. The concubines of the previous emperor were locked in behind the wall. If something happened, Yu Hui Nunnery would not be able to bear the responsibility and should try to avoid such things happening as much as possible. Yu Hui Nunnery was so big and there were too many places to play around in.
“The front mountain, the back mountain, the left area and the right area are all accessible to visitors. Why must they come here?”
What’s more, this was not the first time that they were meeting each other. It had happened several times already. Even though Shao Wanru lived a secluded life, sometimes she would meet them. It was not a good thing.
She was cultivating in seclusion, not playing. But she bumped into people from time to time and these people always gossiped about her.
Shao Wanru calmly put the letter back into the envelope, casually placed it on the table in front of the window and asked. “Did you find anything?”
“What could happen? Nothing happened. Now, everyone in the capital city say that the First Miss of Duke Xing’s Mansion is a beautiful girl and has a good heart. She deserves the title of the most beautiful woman in the world!”
Qu Le said disdainfully. Shao Wanru did not go down the mountain, but she would occasionally go down the hill. Sometimes, she would go to the Princess’ Mansion to get some things and at other times, she would help Shao Wanru to purchase products from the market.
Now, the one with the best reputation outside was First Miss Shao. Every time what she heard was that this First Miss Shao behaved like a goddess. Her gentle behavior and beautiful appearance made her seem even more ethereal.
Qu Le thought it was ridiculous. First Miss Shao was scheming. If she was not scheming, she would not have to retreat when Fifth Miss Shao went up to the mountain. After so many years, it seemed that Fifth Miss Shao had forced her to leave. Moreover, the matter concerning Huiqing was absolutely the First Miss’s fault.
As long as they talked about this, many people spoke badly of her Miss.
Qu Le almost wanted to get angry when she heard those words, but Miss did not care much about it when she came back. She even asked her not to take it so seriously!
“Let us wait a little longer!” Shao Wanru said meaningfully, her eyes calm. She had drawn for a long time and was about to go out for a walk.
Outside the gate of the courtyard, the inclined road that Chu Liuchen took her along was the place where she used to relax. She left Qu Le in the room to clean up and slowly walked up with Yujie.
After walking for a while, she arrived at the high stone where Chu Liuchen brought her to see before. When she heard sounds coming from below, she could not help looking down for a moment. There were several Young Madams who led a group of servant girls and chatted with each other by the stream below. There was a nun standing beside them. Obviously, she brought them here to have fun.
“Miss, the nuns of the Yuhui Nunnery are getting more and more excessive. They even took the initiative to bring people here!” Yujie could not help being a little angry.
Accidentally breaking in was totally different from being voluntarily brought here.
“Shao Yanru stayed in the Yuhui Nunnery for some time and was favored by Pu Shan Nun. This Pu Shan Nun who was originally born in a big noble family, enjoys a good reputation in the Yuhui Nunnery. Even if she does not say anything, there are still many people who feel indignant for her. Originally, her disciple was about to become a master of painting. But she was delayed by others. Speaking of which, it is the loss of the entire Yuhui Nunnery!”
Shao Wanru leaned against the boulder beside her. Her shimmery eyes glistened as she smiled gently.
“Miss, on the surface, this Pu Shan Nun looks like a great master, but in fact, she just ignores you which just shows everyone that she does not like you!” Yujie grew up in the nunnery, so she could understand some simple truths in the nunnery.
There were plots and intrigues even in such a quiet place like the nunnery.
Shao Wanru raised her eyebrows and asked slowly. “So what? Did she say that she hated me?”
Shao Wanru had never seen the legendary Grandmaster Pu Shan before. It was said that she rarely saw outsiders and seemed to be a sadhu. However, it was rumored in the nunnery that Master Pu Shan did not like Shao Wanru. There were even rumors that Master Pu Shan did not like people who were too calculating.
Merely by this remark, they were implying that Shao Wanru was too calculating.
But this was only a rumor. No one could verify it. If one forced himself to ask, he would only humiliate himself and feel very guilty.
“If she did not say and hinted about it, why did so many rumors come out?” Yujie became more and more angry. She patted the stone by the side angrily and said, “Miss, in fact, I can make use of this to make a big deal out of it. If this matter gets bigger, let us see if the Yuhui Nunnery can handle it!”
Yujie felt that she really could not stand it anymore. Every time she saw several little nuns whispering when looking at her, she was really annoyed. When she looked at them, they immediately acted like they were doing their own work. Did they really think of her as a fool?
“Don’t worry, they will be in a hurry!” Shao Wanru said with a smile. She picked up a leaf from the ground. Autumn was coming and some withered leaves had already fallen. There was a huge maple tree beside the big stone. When the strong wind blew, some maple leaves would fall to the ground.
“The letter from Madam of Duke Xing?” Yujie’s eyes lit up. She always admired Shao Wanru.
“Madam of Duke Xing’s letter and Shao Yanru’s increasingly good reputation, as well as the people’s intention to bring me out from the Yuhui Nunnery, all these implies that someone could not wait any longer. Or it could be said that the selection of a consort for the princes is starting again. It would be another fight!” Shao Wanru said with a meaningful smile.
“Miss, do you mean that First Miss Shao is also going to compete with the others?” Yujie approached Shao Wanru with excitement in her eyes. She would like to see who was the one First Miss Shao, who was said to be kind and virtuous, wanted to marry.
“She will not. She wants to return to the mountain, so she can watch the fight quietly. What she wants is the final success!” Shao Wanru’s lips curled in a sneer. Shao Yanru’s thoughts were never difficult to guess. She would never place all her chips on one person, what she wanted was the final victory.
No matter who succeeded, she would reach out to pick the fruit of this victory. But there was a situation that she could not get involved with in advance.
“Miss blocked her way up the mountain. She wanted to trick you into going down the mountain. As long as you stop cultivating, or if you are not sincere, she can spread the rumors that this so-called mourning is just a farce. Since it is just a farce, then her action of going up the mountain to learn painting seems to be better justified?”
Yujie had been following Shao Wanru for a long time. She gradually had the same way of thinking as Shao Wanru. When she thought carefully at this time, she immediately understood!
“Give it some time, she is in a hurry, I am not in a hurry!” Shao Wanru leisurely swept her nose with the fallen leaves and said mischievously. She was curious about why Shao Yanru had fallen into the palace in the last life. Was it because the crown prince was Chu Liuchen at that time? She had checked out all of them, but ignored Chu Liuchen, so she had to come to the palace as an imperial concubine?
In this life, there were many changes. She would like to see how far Shao Yanru would go…
It had been more than two years, almost three years. It was time for her to enter the secular world again!
“Look, is that a woman there? Is she a fairy? She is so beautiful!” Suddenly, someone exclaimed. Shao Wanru lowered her eyes and looked into several more surprised eyes…