I’ll Be the Male Lead’s Sister-in-Law - Chapter 41
Translated by ShainaG Translations
Have we met before?
Mu Mingtang silently looked at that hair pin, it was made using high quality jade, which broke into half in Xie Xuanchen’s hands. He didn’t even really use much force, all he had used was the strength from his fingers.
Mu Mingtang thought to herself, fortunately she’d already gotten the nuts, and now it was Xie Xuanji’s money that was wasted. Mu Mingtang reassessed the strength of these two men, she tried to struggle for survival: “My lord, it has nothing to do with me, I’m absolutely innocent.”
Xie Xuanchen folded the jade hairpin into a few more pieces and threw it on the ground. It was very pleasing to the eye. After Xie Xuanchen got rid of it, he asked, “Let’s talk, what the hell is going on between you and him.”
Mu Mingtang sighed in relief, at least she was allowed to defend for herself before he got to conclusions. She immediately explained how she was adopted by the Jiang family, how she agreed to the marriage contract with Xie Xuanji on behalf of Jiang Mingwei, and how she was sent to the Qiyang Manor after Jiang Mingwei’s return.
Xie Xuanchen listened for quite some time before he could understand the complicated relationship between these people. He nodded and said thoughtfully: “In other words, Jiang Mingwei and Xie Xuanji were engaged, but Jiang Mingwei ran away, and the Jiang family asked you to stand in for her. But then, Jiang Mingwei came back and the Jiang family didn’t know where to place you, so they stuffed you in the Qiyang Manor.”
“……That’s right.” Mu Mingtang murmured, “But there is no need to word yourself in that way? I felt that you insulted both yourself and me with your sentence just now.”
Xie Xuanchen sneered, and said disdainfully: “I know how the father and son are, I’m very clear about that. By the way, who is the Jiang family?”
Mu Mingtang was shocked, she paused for a while, and suddenly laughed out loud. After her sudden burst of laughter, she hurriedly covered her mouth, but her shoulders trembled as she couldn’t contain her laughter.
Mu Mingtang, who had scolded the Jiang family for so many days, weren’t even as harsh as Xie Xuanchen’s words just now. Jiang Honghao used all sorts of dirty tricks to climb his way up, but in Xie Xuanchen’s eyes, even his surname was not worth mentioning.
This was the biggest insult to the enemy. Xie Xuanchen didn’t quite understand why Mu Mingtang was laughing, but this woman was even more pleasing to the eye than he had expected her to be. Ever since he woke up, Xie Xuanchen felt that she was still acceptable, and had no plans to kill her for the time being. So when Mu Mingtang laughed, even if Xie Xuanchen didn’t know why, he still waited patiently for her to finish.
After she finally calmed down, Mu Mingtang wiped away her tears and said: “The Jiang family is The Three Grand Ministers, Jiang Honghao’s residence, and now he may have become the official envoy.”
Xie Xuanchen suddenly came to a realisation: “Is it because he sent you here?”
Mu Mingtang didn’t dare to speak, and nodded slightly. Xie Xuanchen understood completely. He grew up in piles of lawsuits ever since he was a child, and he understood the emperor’s subtle thoughts better than anyone else.
Xie Xuanchen looked like he was about to smile, “It seems that they really think that I’ll not live long, they’ve even started to prepare on matters after I’ve passed”
Upon hearing him say this, Mu Mingtang felt uncomfortable, she said in a low voice, “Don’t say that. You’ll definitely live a long life.”
Xie Xuanchen sneered and said, “I know the condition of my body better than you. I wouldn’t live a long life in the first place, what’s the point of telling these lies? How old are you this year? I’m afraid you’ve never seen the outside world. How would you understand the concept of life and death.”
“I do.” Since Xie Xuanchen had woken up, Mu Mingtang was very docile towards him, but she suddenly got very stubborn. “Of course I understand the concept of life and death. Although I was adopted by Mrs. Jiang in Chenliu, I wasn’t born in an imperial family. I was originally from Xiangyang.”
Xiangyang? Xie Xuanchen was surprised and turned his head to look over. Mu Mingtang pursed her lips and said, “Xiangyang was attacked by the Jie clan during the third year of the Hongjia era, and my parents died in that war. Later, I followed the fleeing army and went all the way north to Chenliu. I was an unknown soldier. Naturally, I won’t have such a profound understanding of war, but I’m definitely not an innocent and ignorant young lady who was raised in her safe home.
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