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I Want To Amaze The World
The next day, Xuan Cao woke up early even though she had been working for the duration of the whole night. When she walked into the room, she was surprised that to see that Yu Ling Long was already sitting in front of the dressing table.
“Miss, why did you wake up so early?” With much effort, Xuan Cao carried a heavy barrel of water into the room. When she looked up, she saw an unimaginable scene.
Her Miss’s slender, willow-leaf shaped brows were tightly wrinkled together. Her black crystal-transparent eyes were staring tightly into the mirror, all the while holding a comb that was missing a piece in her hand. She was cruelly stroking her neat long hair almost as though she had a deep grudge against her hair.
Yu Ling Long was troubled. Why did people from ancient times want to keep their hair so long? How many years would it take to finish combing her hair? She was starting to miss the neat short hair she once had in her past life.
“Miss, let me help you.” Xuan Cao tried to take away the comb as fast as possible, worrying that if it went on, her Miss would likely become bald.
It was too strange. Miss had always cherished her long hair, using a lot of time to carefully comb her hair everyday. Why would she suddenly be so rude to her hair?
Yu Ling Long let go of her hand. She felt helpless but also cooperated with Xuan Cao. She shifted her attention onto the dressing table in front of her.
In ancient times, glass mirrors had not been invented yet. Although it was lucky enough that they were able to use a smooth bronze mirror that was able to reflect light, the mirror in front of them was obviously defective. The uneven-surfaced mirror could only reflect a blurred silhouette and looking around, cracks seemed to be starting to appear on the table. When she pulled out a drawer, the drawer was also found to be missing a bottom.
It wasn’t only the dressing table. Looking around, it wasn’t as though there wasn’t exactly a few pieces of furniture in the room, but they were all dilapidated. The table was missing half a leg, bricks were piled up to reluctantly support and hold the table in place, a few stools were also shaky and unstable, and the holes on the window were obviously filled in by Xuan Cao by gluing paper onto them. Not to mention, the bed she laid on yesterday would start to make noise at the slightest movement, even the movement of her breath invoked a sound. It seemed like it was ready to collapse anytime. What was up with all this crap?!
Which part of it looked like a big Miss’ boudoir? It could only be thought of as a broken warehouse.
Yu Ling Long let out a cold sigh. It was no wonder that she would live in a place like this. While General Yu was outside in battle during the war, everything that happened in the Yu Courtyard would be settled by Madam Mu herself with nobody to go against it. Helplessly entering the courtyard was already despicable enough to Madam Mu, not to mention the fact that she is also only an illegitimate daughter. Of course Madam Mu wouldn’t be kind to her. Have you seen anyone that could love a daughter that was born from a mistress?
Even so, Madam Mu’s actions were completely unacceptable! Wouldn’t she feel afraid if rumors started spreading and ruining General Yu’s reputation?
But she had completed her purpose, the past Yu Ling Long had been tortured to death. Unfortunately for Madam Mu, God toyed with her, swapping the weak Yu Ling Long’s soul with a sturdy soul like hers.
Yu Ling Long smiled slightly. A blurry silhouette appeared in the mirror, but her bright smile was still unmistakable.
Isn’t the solution to her predicament simple? All she had to do was start from scratch. She had already died once, so how would it be possible for her to not be able to overcome such a small problem?
“What’s the time now?” Yu Ling Long asked Xuan Cao, who was carefully combing her hair.
“It’s almost time for breakfast. You should be hungry by now, right, Miss?” Xuan Cao asked softly while observing her countenance.
Yu Ling Long had been injured yesterday, so she couldn’t have had a good nights sleep yesterday, either. It should be normal for her to feel hungry by now.
“Do not worry, Miss. Food will be sent to each room soon. When nobody is in the kitchen, I shall go and find something for you to eat.” Xuan Cao purposefully used a soft tone.
Having stolen food in much the same manner for days, Xuan Cao was getting more experienced. She was very familiar with the best timing to go and steal from the kitchen.
After listening to what Xuan Cao said, a trace of cold light flashed in front of Yu Ling Long’s eyes.
Must she keep relying on stolen food in order to live? Perhaps the past Yu Ling Long wouldn’t have minded, but now, she absolutely couldn’t tolerate living this inferior kind of life.
Seeing Xuan Cao piercing a stick into her hair, Yu Ling Long stood up.
“Where do you want to go, Miss?” Xuan Cao was surprised, and ended up asking her subconsciously.
In the past, they had always hid inside the room at this hour because it would be the time when every room was served breakfast. The people in the courtyard would be busy running around and serving the food. If they collided with some lady who had a big reputation, they would have to starve again.
That’s right. Even though Yu Ling Long was called “Miss”, inside the Yu Estate, she couldn’t even compare to a slave.
Yu Ling Long said: “What are you afraid of? Would there even be anyone out there who would dare to bully us?”
Before she finished saying so, she had put her foot outside the room and walked away quickly. Xuan Cao wouldn’t dare to neglect her, so she followed tightly behind her. She wanted to convince Yu Ling Long, but she did not dare to do so.
Although the Yu Ling Long now had never said any rude words or done any rude actions, she had an aura that was filled with anger and hatred from the start, making people feel fear.
She was using the map inside her mind, circling around the courtyard, determined to arrive at her destination.
“Miss, that place is somewhere we mustn’t go!” Looking at Miss’ firm footsteps while heading towards the courtyard where Madam Mu was living, Xuan Cao couldn’t hold herself back and she finally tried to convince Miss. That was where Madam Mu lived! Usually, they would just go around it, worrying that they would disturb Madam Mu. It was also time for breakfast. If Miss went straight in, it would be more dangerous than touching a tiger’s butt bare-handed.
As if she could not hear Xuan Cao’s warning, Yu Ling Long’s footsteps didn’t even stop in the slightest, heading straight towards the path that crossed Madam Mu’s yard. Only when she reached that yard, did she stop her footsteps.
“Miss……” An alarmed Xuan Cao began to look around their surroundings, worrying that they would be noticed by other people. However, she did not dare to stretch out her hand and pull Yu Ling Long away. It was a very hard choice.
What did Miss intend to do?! If anyone saw the both of them standing here being a nuisance, they would either get beaten or scolded.
Yu Ling Long also looked around her surroundings, but her gaze was the opposite of Xuan Cao’s. Xuan Cao was scared of attracting attention, but for her, she couldn’t stand not seeing anyone notice them.
She wanted to build up her reputation, to overturn the weak impression that the past Yu Ling Long had left on everyone. She must amaze and stun them all. This was also the reason why she had chosen to start with Madam Mu!
God did not disappoint her. After a while, the sound of footsteps came from somewhere quite far away.
Xuan Cao no longer cared about her identity as her servant. She stretched her hand out and pulled Yu Ling Long’s sleeves, trying hard to pull her to hide behind a tree.
“Miss, someone is coming! We need to go and hide!”
Xuan Cao was really scared. Although it had not been long since she she had followed Miss into the courtyard, they had suffered too much in that time while staying there in neglect, making her fear everyone in the Yu Courtyard. More importantly, she didn’t want Miss to suffer the same fate as her! She knew that these people wouldn’t even bat an eye at her misbegotten Fourth Miss. In the past, when Miss was slightly slow when giving way to a big lady, she was then pushed cruelly into a mud pit. Even her knees became swollen.
Thinking of what happened before, Xuan Cao tried even harder to pull Yu Ling Long, but even though she had given her full effort to pull her away, it didn’t seem to budge Yu Ling Long one bit.
The sound of footsteps was getting closer, so close that the ladies’ laughter was clearly heard by them.
Yu Ling Long narrowed her eyes slightly. Her clear eyes gave people a cold feeling.
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