Outside Su Erya’s room in Jinyuan Court, Nanny Li felt terrified and kept knocking at the door. She shouted, “Miss, are you in the room? Miss, don’t frighten me.”
“Leave it to me!”
The old butler looked serious and came in a hurry. As he was about to kick the door, the door suddenly opened. Su Erya came out with a thin lining. Looking confused, she said, “Nanny Li and butler, what happened? Why do you knock my door so late at night? I was sleeping so deeply that I didn’t hear you until just now.”
Nanny Li felt relieved. She patted her chest and said, “You scared me. Miss, an assassin came to the Su House. The Third Miss was almost killed.”
“Ah?!” Su Erya’s eyes opened like almonds. She looked terrified.
Li Yin was still concerned. After he went into the room and checked it carefully, he was relieved. There were no traces of people entering the room. It seemed that this assassin’s target was only the Third Miss.
“Butler, the Lord asks you to come to the Main Courtyard to have a discussion,” said a guard passed outside the door.
Li Yin nodded and warned, “The guards of Jinyuan Court should be twice as vigilant as before. Don’t relax even during the daytime.”
After Li Yin left, Jinyuan Court returned to calmness. Nanny Li was scared that Su Erya slept alone, so she brought her bedding to Su Erya’s room and made a bed on the floor next to Su Erya’s bed.
Su Erya was lying on the bed and her black hair was like a waterfall.
In the darkness, Nanny Li breathed deeply and regularly. Su Erya smiled. As expected, someone could not wait to kill the “cooking genius”. But if Su Zipei died, the pleasure of Su Erya’s rebirth would be destroyed.
In the Main Courtyard, everyone in the discussion felt tense. After an hour, they went back to rest.
Su Huanli was extremely tired. In the daytime, he had negotiated with the Zhu and Yang Families for a long time. Now, at night, he had to deal with an assassin?
Suddenly, he heard some whispers. The voice sounded familiar. So he couldn’t help but sneak towards the direction of the sound.
“Now that I can’t marry Su Zipei, I won’t allow others to do so!”
“...Useless man! You can’t even kill a woman. How dare you even think that you are a special person in Jianghu! Do you know how furious I am!”
The voice gradually drifted away. Su Huanli felt frightened but didn’t dare to go out and take a look. If the killer was still there, he would bring about his own destruction!
When the voice disappeared completely, Su Huanli stood up and looked at the direction of the voice. The voice came from the West Courtyard.
He was not sleepy anymore, and he felt a cold shiver pass from his feet to head. His nephew was so vicious. Was this his idea or the Yang Family’s?
Su Huanli left and did not see a black shell in the grass slowly moving to the West Courtyard.
Next morning, Su Erya woke up and touched her bedside. Immediately she felt a shell-like object. She seized it and opened her eyes. It was the “Xinxiangshi”, the poisonous insect.
“What an impressive poisonous insect! It can find its master.”
Su Erya praised it silently. After she stopped the killer last night, she made some arrangements incidentally. She threw the poisonous insect in a way which Su Huanli would definitely pass by it. If she could successfully defile the Yang Family, it would please her. If she failed, there was no harm.
“Miss, great news!”
As soon as Su Erya was dressed, Nanny Li rushed to her from outside and said, “The Lord is crazy. He thinks the assassin was dispatched by the Yang Family. Today, Master Yang and his mother were almost driven out of the Su House.”
Su Erya was not surprised, but she pretended to be so, “Cousin Yang’s family turned out to be so vicious? How terrible!”
Remembering she saluted them yesterday, she felt frightened and got goose bumps.
At the moment, Su Yuezhu was so anxious that she was crying outside the gate of the Su House. Seizing her brother, she said, “Brother, what are you doing? How could the assassin be dispatched by Wei? He is your nephew.”
“Yeah, uncle! Although I am a bastard, I would not do such a terrible thing!” Yang Wei anxiously explained.
Su Huanli sneered, “What is done by night appears by day. I heard clearly about what you said last night. Now it is useless to say anything. Is it not your Yang Family’s turn to make a decision for the property of Baiwei Restaurant? You won’t get any profits!”
Yang Wei was stunned. What did he do last night? He spent the time with his mother... What did he say? Were the words uttered in his sleep?
“Su Yuezhu, you have become cruel. You would even harm your brother! Go to your Yang Family and never come back,” Su Huanli said relentlessly and left with waving sleeves. He ignored Su Yuezhu who looked dumb in the wind.
At that moment, Li Shanbao was looking at the man in black in the county government office. The man lowered his head in front of him. The man looked guileless, even though his job was murder and arson.
After a moment of silence, Li Shanbao finally spoke. “Are you saying you were stopped by a martial arts expert?”
The nervous man suddenly felt relaxed and calmly explained, “He just tapped me on my wrist, and my whole arm was numb. The force couldn’t have come from an ordinary person but from a special person in Jianghu practicing Xuangong. Fortunately, I lost only a normal stainless-steel dagger which will not be recognized.”
“I didn’t expect the Su Family to have such a martial arts expert.”
Li Shanbao frowned. He certainly was reluctant to see the Baiwei Restaurant stage a comeback under the control of the Su Family. The best way was to kill Su Zipei. But he did not expect to go out for wool and come home shorn. He had almost been exposed.
“You failed to do what was asked of you. I can’t release you from prison. Considering you took some risks, I will commute half of the sentence for you. What do you think?”
Hearing what Li Shanbao offered, the man in black was happy. He held his fists and said, “Thank you, county leader. I will return to the prison.”
Li Shanbao waved his hand. After the man in black left, he couldn’t help but sneer, “No matter how powerful the unusual person in Jianghu is, he will be dispatched by me like you were, Black Star Killer.”
Under the gaze of the jailer, the man in black returned to the dirty and stinky dungeon. He stopped smiling and exuded pure calmness.
“I did it for the childe. As for the Black Star, I don’t care about such a scumbag. But this time, I have found some news. Surprisingly, Zongzi, an invention of my childe, appeared here in the Dasu Town. But I can’t go out right now. Forget it. I will tell the child when I am released.”
Three days later, the Su, Zhu and Yang Families gathered once again. Su Erya could hear the quarrels from the Main Courtyard in Jinyuan Court. When the sun was sinking in the west, Su Huanli sent members of the Zhu and Yang Families away with a smile. It seemed that the profit distribution of Baiwei Restaurant was fixed.
Su Erya was not surprised that they had calmed down quickly and did not haggle over former conflicts to cooperate again. Baiwei Restaurant had been completely out of business. Time was running out. If it had been closed down for a long time, customers would be lost and their efforts would be wasted.
At dinner time, Su Huanli asked Su Erya to dine with him for a special reason. Su Erya felt strange because she didn’t see Zhu Yan.
Seeing the beautiful Su Erya for the first time, Su Huanli couldn’t help but secretly swallow saliva. He hadn’t seen the girl for a few days. Why did she look so coquettish?
“Erya, I have entered an agreement with the Zhu and Yang Families. The three families will cooperate for the operation of Baiwei Restaurant, each holding thirty percent of the profit. You are expected to obtain the last ten percent for us.”
Su Erya looked up with an astonished expression but pretended to be puzzled, “Daddy, I heard that the Baiwei Restaurant was closed. Why is its distribution of profits relevant to me?”
Su Huanli touched Su Erya’s head with a smile and explained, “The Baiwei Restaurant now needs a main course to revitalize. The family which develops the main course will get the rest 10%. See?”
Su Erya was suddenly enlightened and said, “I see. I will go back to think of a dish and will not let you down.”
Su Huanli immediately laughed, “Good girl! Although it. is urgent, you don’t have to stress yourself too much and hurt your health.”
“I see, daddy.”
Nodding obediently, Su Erya was not surprised about the ending. The last ten percent was obviously going to the Su Family. Because the Zhu and Yang Families wouldn’t be able to provide the main course at all. They were simply worried that the Su Family would not contribute while getting the benefits. Daddy would make other agreements with them. For example, if the Su Family couldn’t provide a dish, it should...
Su Erya was confident about the main course. But she planned not to show it too early. So she went back to the Jinyuan Court, and though she stayed in the kitchen every day, there was no progress.
Su Huanli felt anxious instantly and went to Su Erya’s room to ask her. With a bitter expression, she sighed, “Daddy, I also would like to provide a delicious main course, but I can’t find many ingredients. Even a clever woman cannot cook a meal without rice.”
“What ingredients? You should have said earlier. Let me find them for you!” Su Huanli said.
Su Erya immediately gave him the prepared photo album. Su Huanli was so anxious that he immediately dispatched people to the mountain to find them without a second thought. He even asked the other two families to help.
Sitting in the court, Su Erya supported her chin with her hand and smiled. There were so many free servants. It was a waste not to use them. With the help of the three families, her progress of collecting herbs would definitely be pushed forward.
In the afternoon, Su Huanli led a group of servants holding various plants into the Jinyuan Court.
After asking the servants to pile up the plants in the court, Su Huanli turned to worry from anxiousness and couldn’t help but say, “Erya, can these wildflowers and vegetables be used as ingredients? Many of them have bright colors and forbidding looks. They might be poisonous.”
Su Erya crouched to look at the poisonous weeds and comforted her father, “Daddy, rest assured. When I was driven out from the family, I lived on the wild fruits in mountains and tasted many of them. As for the rest, I can use a silver needle to test them.”
“Good.” At first, Su Huanli felt relieved but as he processed those words he became stunned. With a trembling voice, he asked, “Erya, what are you talking about?! Didn’t your mother arrange for you to stay at distant a uncle’s home?”
Su Erya looked puzzled, “Distant uncle? Do I have distant relatives? I almost starved to death outside. It was the eldest brother that saved me and brought me home.”
Su Huanli suddenly felt as if he was suffering from an electric shock. With a blank mind, he mumbled a few words and stumbled away from the Jinyuan Court.