Chapter 158: Lifting the Robe and Kneeling
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
The family business would be handed over to Sun Baoshan in the future. After Sun Baoshan married, he would manage it with his wife.
Madam Lian could only promise that she would always do her best, but she was not sure what would happen next.
Su Xiaolu was her savior. Madam Lian was willing to think for her.
No matter what, the Sun family would benefit from the cooperation in the end.
But there was no guarantee that anyone who would take over in the future would be satisfied with that, so precautions had to be taken.
Su Xiaoling smiled and nodded. “Okay, I’ll listen to Auntie.”
Of course, she would think through such details, but it felt different when Madam Lian thought for her.
In short, Su Xiaolu was very happy with the agreement.
Madam Lian looked at her and said, “Xiaolu, go ahead with your work. I won’t disturb you anymore, but you have to rest when you’re tired. Don’t tire yourself out, understand?”
Madam Lian said with concern and stood up.
Su Xiaolu nodded. “Yes, thank you for your concern. I know.”
Su Xiaolu focused on making the medicine while Madam Lian went out quietly.
She thought about what Su Xiaolu had said and prepared to discuss it with Sun Ziqian. The Sun family had a wide range of businesses, including skincare, so Su Xiaolu had really found the right person to look for. It would not be a problem for the Sun family to sell it.
But when they returned to the main courtyard, Sun Ziqian was not there. Madam Lian asked the servants in the courtyard, “Where’s Master?”
The servant replied respectfully, “Teacher Lin is here to see Master. Master has just gone to the main hall.”
Madam Lian instructed, “I understand. Go to the main hall and wait. When Master and Teacher Lin are done talking, call him back and say that I have something to discuss with him.”
The servant nodded and left.
In the main hall.
Sun Ziqian met Lin Pingsheng. As usual, he said humbly and politely, “Hello, Teacher Lin.”
Lin Pingsheng looked at Sun Ziqian and met his eyes. He said, “Master Sun, I have something to ask of you.”
Needless to say, Sun Ziqian knew what he was doing. Sun Ziqian looked troubled, but he still said firmly to Lin Pingsheng, “Teacher Lin, I know you want to ask about the divine doctor. I’ll help you with anything else, but I really can’t help you with this.”
Lin Pingsheng lowered his eyes. He lifted his robe and knelt down.
This action shocked Sun Ziqian. He hurriedly reached out to help him up and said helplessly, “Teacher Lin, why are you doing this? Hurry up and get up. I really can’t help…”
Lin Pingsheng refused to get up. His heart hurt so much that he was about to suffocate. His mind was filled with the image of Lin Yaoyao lying in a pool of blood.
“Yaoyao slit her wrist…”
Lin Pingsheng’s voice was very calm, but every word seemed to carry a thousand catties of force, making it difficult to breathe.
Sun Ziqian paused, also shocked and stunned. “What?”
How could she take things so hard?
Sun Ziqian looked at Lin Pingsheng, who was kneeling on the ground and refusing to get up. In this instant, he knew why he would rather abandon his pride and kneel down to beg. As a father, Sun Ziqian thought, that if he could save his child, he would also be willing to kneel down.
His heart ached.
Lin Pingsheng gulped, and his voice was filled with sorrow. “Master Sun, my life is like a joke. I studied hard for dozens of years, but I gave up on the scholarly examination. I bragged that I was a famous scholar, but I couldn’t even protect my wife and daughter. Today, when I saw Yaoyao lying in a pool of blood, I regretted my life deeply.”
“My daughter has suffered all her life because of me. I’m not worthy of being her father. I know that she’s in so much pain, but I still want to force her to stay.”
Lin Pingsheng’s few words were filled with regret and helplessness.
Sun Ziqian was also moved. He helped Lin Pingsheng up and sighed. “Teacher, I promise you to ask. Wait for me here.”
Sun Ziqian’s heart was filled with rejection, but at this moment, it collapsed.
Lin Pingsheng was very tolerant of his children. Wasn’t this an exception?
Some things could not be bought with money.
Sun Ziqian patted Lin Pingsheng lightly and turned to leave.
Lin Pingsheng pursed his thin lips and clenched his fists in his sleeves. His sorrowful eyes watched Sun Ziqian leave with a trace of hope.
As soon as Sun Ziqian went out, he was stopped by a servant to report.
Knowing that his wife had something to say, Sun Ziqian thought for a moment and said to the servant, “Go back and report to Madam that I have something to do. I’ll look for her later.”
Sun Ziqian headed towards the courtyard where Su Xiaolu lived.
The servant returned to the backyard to report to Madam Lian.
Madam Lian had some questions. Why was Sun Ziqian looking for Su Xiaolu?
Madam Lian thought for a moment and said, “Forget it, I’ll go over and take a look.”
Madam Lian also went to Su Xiaolu’s courtyard.
Sun Ziqian arrived at the courtyard and saw Su Xiaolu pounding medicine. He walked over.
Su Xiaolu looked up when she heard footsteps and saw Sun Ziqian. She smiled. “Uncle Sun.”
Sun Ziqian also smiled gently. He looked at Su Xiaolu and finally said, “Xiaolu, Uncle has something to tell you.”
Su Xiaolu put down the stone block and looked at Sun Ziqian. “What is it? Tell me.”
It just so happened that she was also a little tired and wanted to rest.
Sun Ziqian said with a melancholic expression, “Xiaolu, do you remember your brother’s school? Their teacher, Lin Pingsheng, was number three in the national examinations as appointed by the emperor twenty years ago. He’s full of talent, but he’s too rigid and aloof. Such a person is the easiest target. If he’s not roped in and refuses to bow down, the Imperial City won’t tolerate him.”
“He had an only daughter, Lin Yaoyao. She also became a sacrifice. Her face was accidentally burned during a competition he had with someone else. Lin Pingsheng was disappointed in the capital and brought his wife and daughter far away from that troublesome place. He came here to settle down for more than ten years. Shan and Qian were indebted to him for his careful guidance. He was very kind. When Shan and Qian got better, he asked me many times to treat his daughter. I never agreed. I always kept my promise to you, but…”
“Today he told me that his daughter had slit her wrist. His kneeling was too much for me to refuse him. I’m telling you this because I can’t get over it if I don’t. If you don’t want to, I’ll turn him down.”
After Sun Ziqian finished speaking, he felt less depressed.
Su Xiaolu looked at Sun Ziqian and smiled. “Uncle Sun, I’m willing. I’m different from my master. My master only saves people based on his mood. I only save people based on benefits. As long as there are benefits that I can get, I’m willing.”
“My master said that in our Minggu faction, right or wrong depends on ourselves.”
Su Xiaolu had always liked the culture of Minggu because it was really free.
Even if she did evil, she would bear the consequences herself. It was fine as long as Minggu’s legacy was not broken.
What was right or wrong? None of it mattered.