Chapter 13: Debate
Translator: Henyee Translations Editor: Henyee Translations
What was Shen Miao like?
If anyone asked the students of Guangwen Hall, they would probably know. She was stupid and timid, always pretending to be a virtuous girl.
There was nothing special about her appearance, and her temperament was not outstanding. The fact that she was infatuated with the Duke of Ding was known by people throughout the capital.
Therefore, if one were to ask who the most outstanding woman in Guangwen Hall was, it would naturally be Shen Yue. If one were to ask who the most vulgar woman was, it would naturally be Shen Miao.
They were both from the Shen family, but their images were completely different. Everyone was used to Shen Miao, who was like a maid beside Shen Yue. One day, when Shen Miao became someone else, everyone was not used to it.
Yi Peilan nudged Shen Yue. “Yue, is your sister crazy? Why does she look like a different person today?”
Shen Yue looked at Shen Miao, feeling a little puzzled. It seemed that ever since Shen Miao woke up, her personality had changed a lot. Could it be that she had suffered a huge blow, so her mind wasn’t right? Just as she was about to speak, her good friend, Jiang Caixuan, said, “Shen Miao, I heard that you fell into the water. Why, have you recovered from the cold?”
If it were the usual Shen Miao, she would definitely look at Shen Yue at a loss and beg her to speak up for her. However, today, she only glanced at Jiang Caixuan and said indifferently, “I’m alright, thank you for your concern.”
Jiang Caixuan was stunned, and so was everyone in the school. Perhaps not expecting Shen Miao to be so indifferent, Jiang Caixuan felt that Shen Miao’s attitude was extremely annoying. She immediately said, “Since you’ve recovered from the cold, don’t you think it’s wrong to come to the school instead of going to apologize to the Duke of Ding?”
Shen Miao took a deep breath. No matter if it was the boys or girls around her, they had no intention of speaking up for her. She had no friends to begin with, and watching Shen Miao make a fool of herself was probably the only fun these noble children had in the school.
She glanced at the crowd and then at the gloating look in Shen Qing’s eyes. Just as Shen Miao was about to speak, she heard Shen Yue say, “Your Highness is magnanimous and won’t blame Fifth Sister for such a small matter. Fifth Sister naturally came to the school because she is thirsty for knowledge.”
“Thirsty for knowledge?” The young man on the other side couldn’t help but laugh. He had secretly admired Shen Yue for a long time and usually looked down on Shen Miao. He felt that having a sister like Shen Miao was simply a tragedy for Shen Yue. He said, “Shen Yue, if you want to help this sister, you don’t have to use such a phrase. Thirsty for knowledge… She doesn’t even have the knowledge of first grade! Besides…” He sized up Shen Miao maliciously and continued, “Who knows if she fell into the water on purpose or not? Falling into the water is a typical scene in plays where women want to win pity from their Prince Charming. However, she probably didn’t expect the ending to be different from what the plays show!” After saying that, he probably found it interesting and laughed loudly.
He was the leader of this group of youths. As soon as he said that, the surrounding youths laughed. The noble ladies around Shen Yue also found it funny. For a moment, the laughter surrounded Shen Miao, and the gazes that landed on her were filled with malice.
Words were the most hurtful weapon. In her previous life, such a scene had happened countless times. She was used to being looked down on, insulted, and mocked, and she was even more unwilling to take the initiative to change people’s mind. In the end, Shen Yue and Shen Qing became friends with all these noble children, while she became more and more distant from this circle.
She used to think that this was the greatest misfortune, but compared to the tragedies that happened later in her previous life, these were nothing. These young men and women were about the same age as Wanyu and Fu Mingda. Were these really her enemies?
Of course not. These noble children were either rich or noble, and there was no lack of large families among them. What happened to the large families in their previous lives? They were all killed by the late emperor and Fu Xiuyi one by one. For example, the person in front of her who mocked her, Shen Yue’s admirer, the eldest son of a courtier, the Cai family, Cai Lin. A few years later, because the Cai family was involved in a corruption case, they were sent to the labor camp.
These teenagers were not her enemy, and some of them were even on the same side with her.
There was no need to turn an alliance into an enemy. In her previous life, when she was the Empress, Shen Miao had learned a lot.
“Cai Lin, how can you say that about Fifth Sister?” When everyone was done laughing, Shen Yue suddenly said, “Fifth Sister is not that kind of person.”
“Cai Lin,” Shen Miao interrupted Shen Yue and said calmly, “Who told you that I fell into the water because I’m infatuated with the Duke of Ding?”
Saying it out loud like that should have made people laugh, but when Shen Miao said this, she was calm and her tone was very indifferent, which stunned everyone.
Cai Lin was the little tyrant here. Usually, when Shen Miao saw him, she did not dare to say anything. Moreover, there was a hint of order in her tone. For some reason, Cai Lin was scared. He continued in a much softer tone, “Isn’t that so?”
“Is that so?” Shen Miao muttered to herself. Suddenly, she smiled and looked at Shen Yue and Shen Qing.” First Sister, Second Sister, it’s fine if he doesn’t know, but don’t you know? Why don’t you defend me? ”
Shen Yue and Shen Qing were stunned at the same time. They suddenly remembered what their mother told them not to say anything wrong about Shen Miao falling into the water. Shen Qing was more considerate than Shen Yue and immediately said, “Yes, don’t spout nonsense. At that time, I was with Fifth Sister. I saw with my own eyes that Fifth Sister accidentally slipped into the water. At that time, the Duke of Ding happened to pass by, so he saw it. It has nothing to do with love.”
Although no one believed her, they were not as serious as before. Shen Miao said, “You spout nonsense without having any evidence. I think Guangwen Hall needs to teach you about morals more than knowledge. Moreover, love is a beautiful word. Why do you make it sound like a nasty word? I, Shen Miao, love someone, but I also have to love with dignity. Your Highness, the Duke of Ding, is a noble. How can I have designs on him? You are all wrong.”
In this world, it was very difficult to change an impression at once. Moreover, everyone knew that she was infatuated with Fu Xiuyi. No one would believe that she did not love him now.
But no matter what, she had to draw a line.
Before she could finish her sentence, she heard a praising voice. “Love with dignity. Well said!”