Edited By Nyx
The praying continued until evening, only then the fear that Xiao Lan was feeling had lessened. Still, she reminded Lin Feilu several times that if she saw any specter again, she must tell it to her immediately.
In response, Lin Feilu obediently nodded and turned around as she was about to retire to her room. When, suddenly, an unexpected knocking rang on the gates of their courtyard.
Puzzled on who it was, Qing Yan veered from her direction and hurriedly opened the doorway. Upon opening, they were surprised to see Concubine Xu standing outside accompanied by two men garbed in monk robes by her side. Then, with a swagger, Concubine Xu entered the courtyard and haughtily asked, “Where is the fifth princess? I heard that she ran into an evil spirit today. I have brought someone to exorcise her. After all, I can’t allow someone to bring unnecessary beings that would soil the prestige of Mingyue Courtyard.”
Xiao Lan’s expression changed in an instant and was about to leap and stop Concubine Xu. However, several palace maids and eunuchs rushed to block her and held onto Lin Feilu to bring her into the yard.
Xiao Lan felt frightened at first but then her fear turned into rage as she shouted, “Concubine Xu! Feilu is the fifth princess of Dalin!”
Concubine Xu confidently said with a smile, “It is exactly because she is a princess that I came to help her exorcise evil. Otherwise, I am too lazy to deal with it. Even if you go and tell the Empress about this, she will also agree that what I am doing is reasonable.”
After that, she winked at the two monks beside her and they immediately pulled out two willows branches from behind.
Xiao Lan and the others were immediately obstructed by the maids brought by Concubine Xu as they tried to get and save Feilu. So, she could only shout vehemently at the two monks, “What are you doing?!”
One of the monks explained, “Willow branches can drive away evil spirits. We will use it to exorcise the evil spirit from the princess’s body.”
After explaining, he raised the willow branch he was holding and struck it down. Lin Feilu couldn’t move as she was being held tightly by two palace maidservants. The slender willow branch hit the back of her hand hard, leaving a red mark and making her shiver in pain.
Since she was young, no one had dared to beat her like this.
Lin Feilu silently gritted her teeth and took a deep breath.
I want to be a good person… I want to be a good person… Damn it. I can’t bear it anymore.
The most urgent matter was to deal with this situation first.
Things couldn’t be rushed. The Green Tea Princess could bow and submit, or could stand tall for the primary purpose of protecting herself. First she had to make a tactical retreat and then counterattack!
(T/N: “Bow and submit, or could stand tall” means flexible.)
Lin Feilu immediately held her breath. Just as the willow branch was about to hit her the second time, everyone present in the scene saw the little princess fainted with beads of sweat on her forehead.
Xiao Lan screamed and broke free from the hands of palace maids. Concubine Xu was bewildered and she immediately looked at the monks who were looking at each other in dismay. In fact, she was also afraid that something wrong might happen, so she chose to use the willow branch. She just wanted to make Lin Feilu suffer a little. Why did she faint before it even started?
At first, she suspected that this little girl was pretending. However, when she went closer to have a look, she saw Lin Feilu’s pale face which was covered with beads of sweat and her heart immediately tightened.
Actually, the two monks were only disciples of a senior monk who had gone out of the palace for some reason. They came here because of the benefits offered by Concubine Xu. Now when they saw Lin Feilu faint, they immediately panicked.
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