Lu Qiao didn’t expect him to come back so soon and to ask where Miss was going, how could this be?
She was apprehensive.
She naturally knew where Wen Qi Qi had gone, but she couldn’t tell the truth.
Thinking that, she shook her head and said blankly, “I don’t know. Miss only said that she went to take a break and refused to take even this servant girl with her.”
As Gu Lin Chao listened, his heart sank. Was she really that upset?
“What are the manors under her name?” He frowned and asked. He didn’t even notice the worry in his own tone.
“There are quite a lot of manors under the name of my Lady ……” Lu Qiao’s heart moved and mentioned all of Wen Qi Qi’s accompanying estates.
By the time Wang Ye had searched through all the manors, her lady would probably have returned from Tunzhou.
It was only then that Gu Lin Chao learned that there were so many dowry manors for Wen Qi Qi, and that the Duke of Ding was very fond of this daughter.
He was going to take someone to leave directly to look for her, but remembered one thing and asked housekeeper Chen, “What kind of clothes did Wang Fei wear when she left?”
“Men’s clothes.” Without thinking, housekeeper Chen replied, “Wang Fei was dressed as a man and carried a parcel.”
Gu Lin Chao smiled, glanced at Lu Qiao, and his voice suddenly sank, “This King will give you another chance, where did Wang Fei go and who was she with?”
Lu Qiao’s heart fluttered, and cold sweat almost flowed out. She did not expect Wang Ye to be so perceptive.
“This servant, this servant is telling the truth ……”
Gu Lin Chao faintly said: “If this King finds out that Wang Fei is not in the manor, when the time comes, not only you will be punished, your young lady will also be punished just as heavily. But if you tell the truth now, this King can handle it at his discretion.”
As soon as Lu Qiao heard this, she immediately knelt down and lowered her head and said, “Miss, Miss has been waiting for Wang Ye to return to the house for a few days, but she couldn’t wait, so she thought that Wang Ye hated her. She couldn’t understand for a while, so she went out for a break …… However, Wang Ye needn’t worry, the Second Son of the Duke is accompanying Miss. Tunzhou is not too far from the capital. Since it is not far from the capital, Miss should be back soon ……”
When Gu Lin Chao heard the words, the corners of his lips pursed. Once again, they said that Wen Qi Qi was broken hearted because of him, so she went out for a break. When he originally heard what Housekeeper Chen said, he thought that this was indeed the case, and for this reason, he blamed himself a little. But now it seems that the girl was clearly deliberately acting in front of everyone, in order to have an excuse to go out in a dignified manner, and now she may be enjoying herself freely somewhere.
Thinking of this, the veins in his forehead jumped.
“Since she only went to Tunzhou for a break, why did you lie to this King?” Gu Lin Chao’s gaze swept sharply at Lu Qiao.
Lu Qiao scalp tightened, and against the immense pressure, she said, “This servant, this servant girl just felt that Wang Ye had caused Miss to be sad, and did not want Wang Ye to find Miss ……”
Gu Lin Chao rubbed his brow. Those who didn’t know would have thought he had done something outrageously evil to Wen Qi Qi.
But in fact, he did not do anything.
Before she left, she deliberately made a sad face in front of everyone to gain their sympathy, so that she could tell him, through the mouth of others, that she went out because her heart was broken by him. That way, she could be excused when things went wrong.
He was relieved to know where Wen Qi Qi had gone and that she was with Wen Ting Xuan. He changed his mind about going to look for her, after all, there were many things in the court waiting for him to make decisions and he could not get away.
But the footsteps that were going to the study paused, and finally went outside the door of the house, and in a deep voice ordered, “Someone, prepare the horses!”
Translators Note: Ah Qi Qi, you almost got away with it. Thoughts and prayers to our girl *grabs popcorn*
Edited by EllieKit