Lady Meng looked at Liang Jianhai in a daze, unable to describe the strange feeling in her heart.
He really didn’t betray the Madam?
Shen Ziqiao smiled and had Hong Ying pick up Liang Jianhai. “That’s it then. I don’t quite understand how to do business. I’ll leave the businesses in the capital up to you.”
Liang Jianhai hurriedly said, “This subordinate doesn’t dare. Third Miss, you can go to Minyue without worrying. This subordinate doesn’t dare to say that I’ll make sure the stores could gain a lot of profit, but I promise you that business will be much better than today.”
Shen Ziqiao smiled and said, “Okay, whether I’ll get an extravagant amount of dowries or not will depend on you.”
Naturally, she was joking. Liang Jianhai didn’t dare to treat Shen Ziqiao as an ignorant young lady. He had underestimated Third Miss in the past. How could Madam’s daughter be simple?
“Okay, I’m going now.” Shen Ziqiao thought that she’d definitely be in a great mood in the next few days. She had gotten her dowries back. She could leave Shen Family and never have to face that old woman anymore. She felt incredibly happy.
“Third Miss, are we going home or visiting the lands that Madam bought in the suburbs in the past?” Lady Meng asked.
Shen Ziqiao just recalled a farmstead left by Pan Madam outside the suburbs in the capital. There was a mountaintop and some empty lands nearby. The Old Madam sold it a while ago, and Shen Xiao finally bought it back after much difficulty.
“Then let’s go take a look. After all, it’s still quite early.” Shen Ziqiao said.
They left the stores and the horse carriage headed out of the city gates. Qi Zheng saw their horse carriage disappear far into the distance by the time he arrived, at the corner of the streets.
“Follow along.” Seeing that they weren’t heading back to Shen Family, Qi Zheng had Uncle Qun follow them.
Uncle Qun hesitated, not understanding why the eldest master paid so much attention to Shen Family’s young lady. “Eldest Master, that Shen Family’s young lady… isn’t good.”
Qi Zheng leaned against the carriage. While thinking about where that young lady was headed to, he heard Uncle Qun’s words. Asking faintly, “What’s wrong with her?”
“She doesn’t have a good reputation and is unworthy of you.” Uncle Qun said. Most importantly, she had no benefits to Eldest Master’s future.
Reputation… He was still a fool in the past. One needed to look at a person’s personality, and not just listen to rumors or look just on the surface.
He thought she was really good.
The horse carriage left the city gate and flew across the government road, leaving a trail of dust.
“Eldest Master, I think something’s off.” Uncle Qun wanted to continue convincing Qi Zheng to stop putting that much attention on Shen Ziqiao when he noticed a few men in black on horses. Like them, they seemed to be following Shen Ziqiao’s horse carriage.
Qi Zheng lifted the curtains to see the men in black following Shen Ziqiao. A sharp and cold glint flickered in his eyes.
“Follow along quickly!” Uncle Qun ordered. There were rarely any people on the road, so the sudden appearance of the men in black definitely meant something bad.
“They’ve made a move on Third Miss Shen.” Uncle Qun exclaimed in shock.
The mournful moaning of the horse sounded.
One of the men in black chopped Shen Ziqiao’s horse off.
Qi Zheng felt a shiver in his heart. He flew out of the horse carriage, not bothering to hide his strength, kicking off the man in black that was about to stab through Shen Ziqiao’s horse carriage from his horse.
Shen Ziqiao shrieked inside.
She didn’t even know what happened. Why did the horse carriage suddenly jolt violently? It also caused her to fall and roll over.
“Third Miss!” Lady Meng cried out loud, protecting Shen Ziqiao.
Hong Ying called out, “There’s someone outside!”
Although the horse had been chopped, the horse carriage didn’t stop because of fictitious force. Instead, it spun a circle around, dragging the chopped horse. The entire horse carriage fell towards its right.
Shen Ziqiao and the others bumped firmly on each other.
“Jiao Jiao!” When Qi Zheng saw this scene, his heart almost stopped.
The eight men in black probably didn’t expect someone to help her. They immediately made their moves.
While dealing with Qi Zheng, he had to worry about Shen Ziqiao’s predicament. He was really scared that something may happen to her.
The driver had already been murdered.
No one was there to save Jiao Jiao and the others. Therefore, Qi Zheng had Uncle Qun handle the men in black. Meanwhile, he grabbed one of their sharp swords and used his vital energy to aim it towards the men in black attacking the horse carriage.
Uncle Qun covered for Qi Zheng and had him save Shen Ziqiao within the horse carriage.
“Jiao Jiao!” The moment Qi Zheng saw Shen Ziqiao lying on Lady Meng, he thought that something happened to her. He actually felt a sense of fear that he had never felt before.
“Third Miss, it’s Young Master Qi…” Lady Meng cried out in surprise, pushing Shen Ziqiao from her arms to Qi Zheng.
Lady Meng and the Hong Sisters were both injured. She got bruises on her forehead and arms. However, it didn’t seem like Shen Ziqiao had any obvious injuries.
Her head just hurt a bit from the crash on the horse carriage. Hearing people’s voices, she opened her eyes. The man outside the horse carriage had his back towards them. He appeared in front of them like a god.
Shen Ziqiao had never been so happy to see Qi Zheng.
“Qi Zheng…” It felt as if she had found a saviour as she choked out his name.
Her anxious fear immediately received comfort.
“Jiao Jiao, are you okay?” Qi Zheng asked anxiously.
Shen Ziqiao moaned and clutched the back of her head, complaining that it hurt. “I’m fine. Why are you here?”
As long as she was okay! Qi Zheng embraced her. He pulled out the sword on the man in black’s corpse, unable to hide the murderous and severe aura. Within the flick of a cold glint, he broke the muscles in their hands.
“Leave them alive!” He coldly ordered Uncle Qun.
Not long after, five of the eight men in black had died. Qi Zheng broke the muscles of three’s hands. They were now howling in pain clutching their wrist covered in fresh blood.
Uncle Qun ripped off the black cloth covering their faces.
They had seen one of the men from Shanggpin Teahouse. He had just talked to Sheng Peiyin.
Sheng Peiyin! A murderous glint flickered by Qi Zheng’s dark eyes. He hugged Shen Ziqiao, not wanting her to look at the corpses and fresh blood. He ordered Uncle Qun, “Chop their hands and bring these people to Third Miss Sheng’s place too.”
Uncle Qun naturally recognized one of them from Shangpin Teahouse. He really didn’t believe that Sheng Peiyin had sent these fearless assassins that were specially treated to kill for powerful families.
Just what kind of great enmity did Sheng Peiyin have with Shen Ziqiao? Why did she have to be so ruthless?
When Shen Ziqiao heard Sheng Peiyin’s name, she froze.
She had only one thought in her mind. That was: Sheng Peiyin finally made a move! She was too immersed in joy that she forgot her great enemy wasn’t the old woman but Sheng Peiyin who constantly wanted her to become a cannon fodder for her.
Detecting Shen Ziqiao’s change, Qi Zheng carried her to his own horse carriage.
Lady Meng and the Hong Sister supported one another. Their faces paled upon seeing that their young miss was carried away by Qi Zheng but they didn’t dare to say anything.
They all personally witnessed Qi Zheng murdering someone in cold blood. His murderous and gloomy aura was too terrifying...
Just who said that even if Qi Zheng wasn’t stupid, he was still a pushover?
They must be blind!
If they hadn’t encountered Qi Zheng today, they probably...would’ve gone to meet the King of Hell.
Shen Ziqiao grabbed onto Qi Zheng’s clothes and lifted her head to stare at him.
“Where are you hurt?” Qi Zheng carefully placed her on the bed and held onto her shoulders, inspecting to see if she was injured.
“It hurts here.” Shen Ziqiao touched the back of her head and exclaimed feeling wrong.
Qi Zheng cupped her face and gently touched the back of her head. “You bumped here?”
There was a bump. He massaged it, feeling bad.
A faint fragrance entered her nose and Shen Ziqiao’s heart calmed.
It felt as if as long as she was with him, she’d feel very safe.
“How did you offend Sheng Peiyin?” Qi Zheng asked her in a low voice, his voice very gentle. However, his deep and pitch-black eyes were mixed with a tint of coldness.
Sheng Peiyin had long thought about dealing with her. However, she just never got the chance to.
Shen Ziqiao didn’t expect her to use such ruthless methods. She basically wanted to kill her.
How was she like a heroine in any way? Weren’t heroines supposed to be like the Virgin Mary?
“I don’t know…” Shen Ziqiao shook her head. How was she supposed to explain their enmity from past life? Therefore, her greatest wish this life was to destroy their Shen Family.
“You’re such a foolish person and even approach a person that wants to kill you. Don’t you know that Sheng Peiyin wants to kill you?” Qi Zheng asked angrily. Thinking of how he’d be leaving the capital in a few days, what should he do if someone wants to hurt her?
Shen Ziqiao pushed his hand away and said grieving, “I haven’t seen her in so long so how am I supposed to know she suddenly wants to kill me? How does she know I’m here?”
She chose to leave the house today spontaneously. Wasn’t Sheng Peiyin at the palace? How did she know she left the city?
“I just saw her talking to a man in black in Shangpin Teahouse.” Qi Zheng said. Like him, Sheng Peiyin probably saw Shen Ziqiao’s horse carriage on the streets. Thus, she thought about killing her.
Shen Ziqiao felt her anger rising. She angrily asked, “She wants me to die that badly? I didn’t even block her way. Why must she kill me?”
Qi Zheng brushed her hair behind and asked softly, “Just what happened?”
What was she supposed to say? Shen Ziqiao clenched her teeth and pondered over a believable story.
Seeing her expression, Qi Zheng thought that she didn’t believe him. That’s why she hesitated on telling him. His face darkened and he roared, “Why do you still refuse to say anything at this time? You think that a foolish girl like you can handle this? Entering the palace isn’t even difficult for her. Yet, you almost got dragged down the one time you entered the palace. You want to deal with her by yourself?”
Shen Ziqiao kept her head down as she was scolded. Tears couldn’t help but flow down.
She wanted to explain but how?!
Say that Sheng Peiyin had been reborn and wanted to ruin the Shen Family? Say that she transmigrated over and could become a cannon fodder at any moment? How was she supposed to explain that?
“Qi Zheng, you bastard! Bastard!” The more Shen Ziqiao thought about it, the more wronged she felt. She kicked and punched Qi Zheng.
“Stop. All you know is to throw a tantrum. Can you stop acting like a child?!” Qi Zheng shouted.
Shen Ziqiao burst into tears.
She didn’t want to do this either. But she felt wronged. Who liked being a female supporting character that would become a cannon fodder at any moment?
He wanted her to explain? Explain what?! Could she even explain this?