Chapter 21 Part 1: Cousin
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Inside the pavilion, three people that Jiang Li had just met yesterday were seated.
Besides Jiang Youyao, there were also the shu daughters from the third branch.
On one side of Jiang Youyao, two servant girls were fanning her.
It was a bit warmer outside than inside the Jiang residence, but walking around outside while still in the morning didn’t feel that hot yet.
On the table, there were a few rock sugar, fruits, and juice.
Jiang Yu Yan and Jiang Yu’e were seated on the left and right side of Jiang Youyao, like stars cupping themselves around the moon1.
Jiang Youyao saw Jiang Li yet didn’t take the initiative to greet her.
On the contrary, Jiang Yu Yan, who was sitting beside her, hesitated for a while before shyly shouted: “Second sister.”
Jiang Li ranked second in the Jiang family.
Jiang Yuan Bai married Ye Zhen Zhen without any children for three years, yet his tongfang got pregnant.
According to custom, this child shouldn’t be given birth to.
However, Ye Zhen Zhen was kind and didn’t have the heart to harm the pair of human lives2, so the baby was born.
The year after, Jiang Li was born.
While that tongfang’s position was raised to a concubine.
According to Tong’er, this concubine used to be old madam Jiang’s servant girl and she was a well-behaved and sincere person.
She didn’t fight or grab resources in the house.
A pity, her fate wasn’t good.
When Jiang Li was three years old, that would be two years after Ji Shuran entered the house, Jiang family’s first daughter fell to her death while playing on the rockery in the garden.
Her mother, the concubine, grieved day in and day out and soon after she was also gone.
Jiang Li nodded to Jiang Yu Yan and spoke: “Fourth sister.”
Jiang Yu Yan had an ordinary appearance, and apparently, her guts were also small.
She didn’t expect Jiang Li to nod towards herself and was surprised.
Then very quickly lowered her head as if afraid of something.
Jiang Yu’e who had fixed her gaze at Jiang Li suddenly laughed and spoke: “Not meeting for several years, second sister has become much friendlier.
No wonder it’s said that the temple could discipline a person’s temper.”
When she smiled, she had quite the manner of a somewhat delicate and swaying daughter from a small family.
However, the words she said were actually stabbing people.
Hearing her, a trace of disdain flashed through Jiang Youyao’s eyes.
Jiang Li understood, due to their status, the two shu daughters from the third branch aimed to curry Jiang Youyao’s favor.
Jiang Youyao used these two people as tools to make her unhappy.
Jiang Li smiled slightly and replied: “The temple can really temper someone’s temperament.
Fifth sister does not need to feel regret, perhaps someday in the future, you would have the opportunity to also experience it.
There’s still time in the future.”
“Who wants to experience…….” Jiang Yu’e was instantly angered.
As she was about to speak, Jiang Youyao, who had been keeping silent, pulled at her sleeve.
Jiang Li looked at Jiang Youyao.
Ji Shuran’s biological daughter, her appearance indeed resembled Ji Shuran, dainty and very delicate with an oval face, exquisite nose, and cherry lips.
She also had large, round eyes and peach cheeks.
Probably due to a life of luxury, while being raised in the chief assistant’s house, she looked tender and lovely.
She was attired in a pink cotton skirt and as if she was Ji Xiang Lou’s3 most precious jewel, just a look, one would know she wasn’t the usual, common goods.
She should have been carefully taken good care of and placed in the hollow of the palm since birth, with jade feet, no need to be polluted by the earth.
Just a raise of her eyebrow immediately gave birth to numerous pampered, tender charms.
Her look was different from Xue Fang Fei’s gorgeous appearance that was able to ruin cities.
Jiang Youyao’s beauty was just like a young girl in bloom, a young and inexperienced kind of beauty.
Honestly speaking, it’s a given having people dote on her with such an appearance.
Since Jiang Yuan Bai was a chief assistant, it was natural that he doted on this daughter even more.
Jiang Youyao was also sizing Jiang Li up.
Jiang Li left when she was 7 years old.
It had already been 8 years, Jiang Youyao could no longer remember Jiang Li’s appearance.
In her mind, being brought up in a Buddhist nunnery for eight years, Jiang Lu must be very cautious with a humble look for people to trample on.
Completely without any air of arrogance nor attitude, simply a lowly, vicious female not worthy of paying attention to.
Who would have imagined that after 8 years, on the first day Jiang Li returned home, she ruthlessly checkmated her mother and her at the doorway with one move Jiang Li’s haughtiness did not disappear, instead, it had set deeper, concealed under her reserved attitude.
This was not a good thing at all, Jiang Li had become sinister and cunning.
“simply a lowly, vicious female not worthy of paying attention to.
” oh well for not being worthy of paying attention to you really did pay a lot of attention to her, unable to forget and thinking about ruining her all day long for 8 entire years hmph
all the stars cup themselves around the moon, idiom meaning to view sb as core (revered) figure, to revolve around somebody.
2: This refers to the mother and baby.
Yes, the tongfang would be killed too >.< btw reminding everyone that tongfangs are merely bed servants.
3: Ji Xiang Lou: a jewelry house in Yanjing
Chapter 21 Part 2: Cousin
Please read this at BloomingTranslation blog.
For a while, Jiang Youyao quietly and closely examined Jiang Li from head to toe.
Her heart was utterly annoyed to discover that although Jiang Li’s dress wasn’t as delicate as hers, it didn’t lose out to her.
That quiet and exquisite, clean and honest appearance truly resembled the type of people that father Jiang Yuan Bai admired.
Jiang Youyao gripped the handkerchief in her hands tightly and took a deep breath.
She took the initiative to show a smile and spoke: “Second sister.” Ji Shuran had repeatedly warned her to absolutely not show hostility in front of outsiders at this juncture in the Jiang residence.
“Third sister.” Jiang Li also replied with a smile that was different from Jiang Youyao’s forced smile.
Jiang Li’s smile was natural and sincere.
Whoever saw it wouldn’t doubt her friendliness at this time.
Jiang Youyao felt extremely disgusted and suddenly spoke: “Second sister should have passed your birthday1, right”
Jiang Youyao raised her head and smiled: “In a few days, I will also have my birthday.
Second sister must not forget to send a gift to younger sister.”
Jiang Li was startled and replied: “What Since third sister is going to reach a marriageable age, I will definitely send a congratulatory gift.”
“That’s good, I heard grandmother said a lot of people were invited to attend my birthday.
Second sister just returned to the capital, maybe you can make friends by meeting a bit more people.” She spoke meaningfully.
Jiang Li did not mind the meaning hidden behind Jiang Youyao’s words.
She didn’t even care about Jiang Yu’e smile which seemed to be making fun of her.
She only thought that Jiang second miss was all alone in Mount Qingchen when she reached her marriageable age, yet not even one person remembered.
While Jiang third miss’s birthday was arranged grandly.
Both were obviously daughters from the first wife, yet this disparity was just too big.
Thinking about this, she was somewhat sympathetic to the untimely demise of Jiang second miss.
At least, Xue Fang Fei had never felt being treated coldly by her own relatives.
She felt a bit disinterested and turned around with Tong’er to go in another direction.
Unexpectedly, she had just taken two steps before almost directly bumping into a person.
“Use your eyes when you walk ah!” That person spoke unhappily.
“It’s you who first bumped into our young lady!” Tong’er couldn’t help speaking out.
“When is it time for a servant to interrupt.” That voice turned angrier but in a second, it spoke distractedly: “Jiang Li”
The youngster in front had a similar age to Jiang Li, and had with slightly dark skin.
He could be regarded as attractive.
It was precisely the second branch’s Lu shi’s Jiang Jing Rui.
The second branch had two young masters.
The eldest, Jiang Jing You’s appearance resembled Jiang Yuan Ping, chubby and always beaming.
The second young master, Jiang Jing Rui’s appearance resembled Lu shi, quite handsome.
His temperament was also more spoiled.
At this moment, Jiang Jing Rui was carrying a large bamboo cage in his hands.
From inside, the buzzing sound of a grasshopper could be heard, probably it was taken from outside.
His clothes were messy and there was sweat on his forehead.
He was very energetic and unbridled, looking completely like an indulgent son of a rich family.
When he caught sight of Jiang Li, he didn’t show the same strong hostility as Jiang Youyao.
It also didn’t look like Jiang Yuyan’s appearance of wanting to run away from her.
This attitude, he seemed to be very familiar with her.
Jiang Li deliberated before deciding to test him.
After some thoughts, she warmly called out: “Cousin.”
When this word came out, Jiang Jing Rui seemed to jump in fright.
He took a huge step back, his face showed a repulsed expression and shouted: “What nonsense are you calling me”
Jiang Li carried a smile on her face, however, her heart was beating like a drum.
Jiang Jing You was older than Jiang Li by a year, but Jiang Jing Rui was only older than Jiang Li by 10 days.
She had no idea how Jiang second miss used to address Jiang Jing Rui.
Jiang Li had not yet figured out how to explain, Jiang Jing Rui had already once again looked at her.
Suddenly he spat out: “Why do you look like this now”
Now This appearance
Jiang Li was puzzled.
Then how did she look before
I noticed we mistranslated Jing Rui’s name as Jing Yui in the past, I already changed it in that chapter and list of charas.
JL and this cousin maybe were pretty close in the past Maybe she can make good use of him now hehe And Jiang Youyao’s hairpin ceremony (15th birthday) looks like the perfect time for JL to score a few goals against the fake ones in Jiang family and also show herself with a better light fufufu tho some annoying flies might also appear bc of that
1: The birthday mentioned here is the 15th birthday, a day where a young girl reached a marriageable age in ancient times.
It was usually celebrated with a ritual (hairpin ceremony), showing that the girl has reached adulthood.
From this age onwards, they would be waiting to be married off.
(that sounds so wrong, like a farm animal waiting to be slaughtered XD