“Excellent! We will see that the three families fight with each other. Uncle, you are so wise!” Li Wei said and immediately made arrangements.
With the deliberate promotion of Li Wei, the news about the Su Family’s genius cooking girl spread widely. Schemes were cooked up by all. Yang, Zhu, and Su Families all fell dead silent.
“Who on earth did this? Who released this?” Su Huanli was furious. “Fortunately, the outside world knows nothing about Erya. They think that Zipei did everything. But the reality will be exposed sooner or later. Butler, do you have any method to deal with this?”
Li Yin frowned tightly and analyzed, “The news is not good for the Zhu Family or the Yang Family. I think it is the county magistrate’s last fighting move. Now Zhu and Yang Families maybe more anxious than us.”
Su Huanli’s expression turned to serious, “It seems that they will visit us soon.”
“Lord, a two-faced person is always uncomfortable. It is better to fish in troubled waters. We can gain something from this.”
Su Huanli’s sight fell on Li Yin as if seeing him for the first time. He couldn’t believe the old butler was so clever.
Li Yin startled and realized he might have said too much. He immediately added, “These words were analyzed by the First Madam. She doesn’t want the Third Miss marry Yang Wei.”
“How can she make a decision for the Su Family?” Su Huanli suddenly looked ferocious. “From now on, you shouldn’t care about what the First Madam says. Do you hear me?”
The Lord had wanted an excuse to punish the First Madam. Li Yin had just done a small favor for him.
Next morning, the carriages of Zhu and Yang Families stopped in front of the gate of Su House almost at the same time. The two masters looked at each other and didn’t say anything. They just rushed to the Main Courtyard of Su House.
The courtyard was surrounded by a large number of guards from the Su Family. Besides the maids who brought lunch, nobody could approach it, not even Zhu Yan. The two family’s masters left with their heads down.
Su Huanli’s sister, Su Yuezhu had married into the humble Yang Family. She and her son Yang Wei from the Yang Family decided to stay.
“Brother, I haven’t stayed in our home for a long time. Wei and I will stay here for a few days.”
Su Yuezhu smiled amiably, and Su Huanli couldn’t help but think of how Yuezhu behaved in a spoiled manner. Although he knew her purpose, his heart softened and he agreed.
“There are empty wing-rooms in the West Courtyard. You can choose a guest room to stay in.”
“Thank you, brother,” Su Yuezhu said sweetly. In her early thirties, she took good care of her looks. Therefore, she looked very much like a 20-year-old woman.
“Thank you, my uncle.” Yang Wei also saluted while standing in the back. He seemed gentle and elegant, but his eyes blinked from time to time, indicating he was looking for someone.
Su Huanli immediately looked cold and seriously warned, “Nephew, don’t go to Jinyuan Court again. Same with you, Yuezhu. Erya was seriously injured a few days before and needs to recover.”
“Is Erya your second daughter?” Su Yuezhu was surprised. “Why does she live in Jinyuan Court?”
Su Huanli coughed and didn’t explain. In the end, Su Yuezhu could only leave with her son.
There were a lot of rooms in the West Courtyard, and they were cleaned up very cleanly by maids. After settling down, Su Yuezhu immediately asked her son about what happened in Jinyuan Court.
“Mother, I told you before. There is a beautiful girl in Su Family! But I don’t expect her name to be so unattractive.” When it came to beautiful girls, Yang Wei was always excited.
“Good for nothing. Just looking at a woman makes you so obsessed.” Su Yuezhu scolded him but didn’t sound too serious, “You can marry her later. What matters for you is to marry Su Zipei immediately!”
“I know.” When his mother mentioned Su Zipei, he lost his interest instantly and felt frustrated.
Su Yuezhu was speechless. Her son was a darling except he was too lustful. That was fine. But his lust affected the business of the Yang Family, like losing that first chance in the quest for the Baiwei Restaurant. As a result, the embarrassing situation of the three families’ confrontation came into being.
Li Shanbao had dismissed all the cooks in Dasu Town. He employed many helpers, but there wasn’t a chef. Su Zipei could make delicious food, so she was now the only savior.
It was said that the family who won Su Zipei over would get the biggest profit out of the Baiwei Restaurant!
“Wei, men should focus on their careers. If you are a high-ranking official, you can marry any woman you like.” Su Yuezhu couldn’t help but persuade him, “If you marry Su Zipei, the whole Baiwei Restaurant will be yours. All people in Su Family will be obedient to you. Su Erya will be yours too.”
“Really?!” Yang Wei suddenly understood it as if awaking from the dream. He firmly grasped the hand of Su Yuezhu and said, “I see. I will marry Su Zipei to cheat her out of all her recipes. Then I will divorce her and marry Erya as my wife!”
Then he looked for Su Zipei with a smile on his face.
Su Yuezhu was stunned. Why was her son so deeply obsessed with Su Erya? Her impression was that Erya was just an ugly thin girl. No matter how she had changed over the years, she could not have become a fairy.
However, she did not say anything. It hadn’t been easy to persuade her son to pursue Su Zipei. Now, she didn’t want to dispel his enthusiasm.
After a while, Yang Wei returned to the guest room with anger.
“Mother, I didn’t see Cousin Zipei. The First Aunt stopped me from going to the Jinyuan Court and said that Cousin Zipei was studying embroidery. It wasn’t right for me to bother her.”
Su Yuezhu was taking a nap. She opened her eyes and the personal maid massaging and serving her immediately got up and went out, closing the door slowly.
“I forgot that my elder brother married Zhu Yan. The Zhu Family is the family of Su Zipei’s grandmother. This is very unfavorable to our Yang Family.” Realizing this, Su Yuezhu could not help but frown.
Daughters were always close to their mothers. If so, Su Zipei would inevitably follow her mother’s advice. Even if Wei succeeded, the Yang Family would still be in a weak position.
“It’s no wonder that my husband was discouraged when he asked me to complete this task. Maybe he thought there wasn’t much hope. In any case, it might be impossible for Wei to get married with Zipei.”
Su Yuezhu was a little disappointed. But still she thought there was a good chance for the Yang Family to become more powerful.
If my elder brother is nostalgic, he will share his profits with the Yang Family. I will take the initiative!
Su Yuezhu’s eyes were growing brighter. She immediately went out to find her brother. She completely forgot that her son, who came to see her, had long left her room.
Outside the Jinyuan Court, Yang Wei felt a headache because the court was heavily guarded. The old guy Su Huanli had arranged so many guards to guard against him. How rude!
With two light coughs, Yang Wei walked to Jinyuan Court looking like a gentleman. It was different from the last time. This time he was stopped by a ruthless guard before stepping in front of the door.
“The Lord told us that no one could enter Jinyuan Court during this period of time, especially you.”
Yang Wei grew angry from embarrassment. “How dare you! I am the Master Yang. Your Lord is my uncle, and my mother is his younger sister. How can he limit me? Let me in!”
The guards were unmoved, as if they were stinky hard stones in the outhouse. They ignored Yang Wei’s words.
Feeling annoyed, Yang Wei almost resorted to force. Thinking of his inferior martial arts, he gave up. He would not gain anything from confronting so many guards. If he lost his face in front of Erya, it would be bad.
“Humph! Just wait and see!” Yang Wei said and ran away with his tail between his legs. In the courtyard, Nanny Li secretly watched what happened and laughed.
“Your appearance is really unparalleled in the world. Master Yang just saw you once and became so obsessed with you.”
Su Erya, sitting in the wicker chair, took a sip of scented tea and shook her head with a smile, “This is not a good thing. Cousin Yang is an erotic person. I remembered that he and the Third Sister had pledged to marry without parental consent. Now what he does is immoral.”
“How could this happen?\ Nanny Li heard this secret for the first time and was astonished.
“I heard it when they said it on the Sanhe Bridge.” Su Erya blinked and put down the book stretching herself. “If I stay in Jinyuan Court every day. My bones will get ruined.”
“The butler said it’s dangerous outside. The Lord asked you not to go out. He is protecting you.”
Nanny Li picked up the teapot with cold water and said, “I also feel it’s been unusual recently. The atmosphere is too intense. Miss, look at the guards outside Jinyuan Court. Even I am be searched coming in and out.”
“I know. I won’t run around.”
Su Erya smiled, squinting her eyes.
That night, a black form flashed over Jinyuan Court. Su Erya, in a mask and nocturnal clothing, quietly passed by Li Yin’s residence and went to the West Courtyard where Su Zipei lived.
At the same time, in front of the window of Su Zipei’s room stood a person in black, with a dagger in his hand reflecting cold light. Instantly the person in black looked ferocious and fiercely stabbed at Su Zipei’s chest!
A slender figure in shadow appeared unexpectedly and hit the person’s wrist.
The person in black felt his whole arm broke off due to the huge force from the waist and couldn’t hold the dagger anymore. “Clank!” The dagger fell on the cyan ceramic tile.
Su Zipei was awakened and saw two men in black staying in front of the window. She was extremely scared and screamed. The sound almost broke through her throat and echoed over the entire Su House.
“Something bad happened!”
The person in black had no time to pick up the dagger. He ran out from the window. Su Erya gave Su Zipei a wicked grin and disappeared.
People in the Su House were alarmed. Soon, noisy footsteps filled the house. Su Zipei’s room was surrounded by guards. Su Huanli came and found a dagger lying alone on the ground.