The man immediately asked again, “I dare to ask, do you know where this person might be now?”
“I don’t know. I rescued that person at Tiger Pass, so how can I know where this person is now?” After Wang Shijing answered in this way, the man couldn’t continue asking. Tiger Pass was a border pass. He saved a person in a battle at the border and got a gift, so how could he track that person down?
Shao Yunan spoke up, smiling. “This is called ‘good people get rewarded’. Shijing got such a special gift by doing something good. However, I and Shijing are rough people who don’t know how to write, so it is best to give it to someone who would understand it. And the person who would understand it best is my father.”
Many people wanted to vomit at Shao Yunan’s casual mention of ‘something good’ when it was a calligraphy they have never seen before, why were they so lucky! Regardless of the ‘resentment’ of those people, Elder Cen snatched the gift quickly and accurately, grinning from ear to ear, then rolled it up carefully, and hugged it in his arms, as if he was afraid that others would snatch it from him.
Some people were even resentful and poked Shao Yunan and Wang Shijing fiercely with their gazes. Wang Shijing pretended not to see it, but Shao Yunan really didn’t see it. As he held up another box and together with Wang Shijing presented it to Madam Cen, who was sitting next to Elder Cen.
“Mother, this is a tribute to you from me and Shijing, I hope you will like it.” Saying that, Shao Yunan opened the box and immediately exclamations from all the women present could be heard. Even Madam Cen could not hide the astonishment on her face.
Inside the box was a set of imperial green grade jadeite jewelry, including jade bracelets, jade earrings, jade necklaces, jade hairpins, and jade rings. Only Shopkeeper Zeng, who came to attend the ceremony, had the honor to see this jadeite in the Great State of Yan and it was part of Wei Hongwen’s private collection.
This kind of imperial green jadeite was not something that you could see in the Great State of Yan. Even though it was not the first time he saw it, his heart still couldn’t help beating faster. He still couldn’t forget the shock when Shao Yunan found him with a large piece of rough jadeite.
Madam Cen tapped her mouth with a handkerchief and said, “Yunan this is too precious, you should keep it for yourself.” Shao Yunan sweetly said, “Mother, this is a set of jewelry carved from the jadeite stone that I asked Shopkeeper Zeng to find especially for you, designed by Shijing and me. Do you not like it?”
Madam Cen couldn’t hold back the smile lines at the corners of her eyes anymore. “Why wouldn’t l like it? It’s just that this jewelry is too expensive.” At the same time, other people present, especially the women, all looked at Shopkeeper Zeng. Shopkeeper Zeng clasped his fists in embarrassment in response, inwardly complaining. Was Yunan trying to kill him? From where would he be able to find so many stones?
Shao Yunan picked up the jade bracelet, took a step towards Elder Cen, and handed it out with both hands and said, “Father, please put this bracelet on mother.” Elder Cen knew that this was indeed what Shao Yunan and Wang Shijing wanted, and that they really considered him and his wife as their parents, even before they prepared such a big gift. So he did not refuse and accepted the jade bracelet, then got up and stood in front of Madam, and under Madam Cen’s shy smile, held her hand and put on the jade bracelet for her.
Shao Yunan clapped his hands, and the others applauded as well, making madam Cen almost blush due to shyness. Just now, this moment made her think of the night she married her husband. Oh, how old was she? It was really embarrassing!
“Hehehe…” Elder Cen smiled and said to his wife, “Madam, from now on, you and I have two more sons. As a mother, you should love them well.” Madam Cen pressed the corners of her eyes with a handkerchief, took the box that Wang Shijing presented to her, and said to the two of them, “You two are hard-working children. If it’s really your wish, mother will take it. In the future, in the Cen household, there will be no children and adopted children, as everyone will be simply mother, father, and children.”
“Mother.” Thinking of his mother, Shao Yunan’s eyes reddened as he reached out to hug madam Cen. ‘Mother, I have a mother now.’ Madam Cen lovingly stroked Shao Yunan’s head, making Wang Shijing very moved.
Wang Shijing pulled Wang Qing and Wang Nizi. “Greet grandpa and grandma.” Wang Qing and Nizi… “Grandpa, Grandma!” The two children called out loudly, both with tears in their eyes, which was also very heartbreaking to see for many people. The guests who came before, more or less knew about the bad things that happened in the Wang family.
Jiang Kangning spoke out at this time. “Yunan, Shijing, today is an important day for you. Big brother has nothing to give you guys except his heart. I hope you guys won’t mind.”
Shao Yunan let go of madam Cen and even Wang Shijing looked towards Jiang Kangning. In Jiang Kangning’s hands was a pair of porcelain dolls, not a man and a woman, but two men. Looking closely, they looked like Wang Shijing and Shao Yunan. Shao Yunan walked over and took it very nonchalantly, looked left and right, and said with a smile, “Thank you brother, I like it. I will put this in the room between me and Shijing. But big brother, how could you forget about Qing and Nizi.”
Jiang Kangning laughed helplessly: “How could Elder Brother do that? I will give Qing and Nizi’s dolls to them later.”
Shao Yunan… “Thank you, brother!”
Wang Shijing… “Thank you, brother.”
Wang Qing and Nizi… “Thank you Uncle!”
“Little Brother Shao, Big Brother Wang.” The two turned around and saw Chen Dong, Cao Xuelong, and Su Hongshan coming over. Since they had stayed with the Wang family for a few days before, the three of them had extra respect for both Shao Yunan and Wang Shijing.
Shao Yunan was full of literary talent, while Wang Shijing was a man who was ready to live or die for the country. The three men also gave gifts to the two men. The gift to Shao Yunan was an ancient ink that the three bought together and the gift to Wang Shijing was a long knife that the three hired a famous craftsman to make. Both Shao Yunan and Wang Shijing liked them very much and were very grateful.
Next, all those who came to the relative recognition banquet gave gifts to Shao Yunan and Wang Shijing, and the two accepted the gifts respectfully. Wang Qing and Wang Nizi, who now had a grandpa and grandma, also received many gifts. This time, the family feast was extremely lively. Shao Yunan and Wang Shijing’s generosity also left a deep impression on the crowd.
After the relative recognition banquet, many people stayed behind. Some wanted to see ‘Lanting Preface’ again, while some of the women wanted to see Shopkeepers Zeng and Xu also stayed. Shopkeeper Zeng didn’t dare to leave. Even though the relative recognition banquet was not yet over, many people had already asked him about the set of jewelry. He was afraid that if he went out, he would not be able to see the sun rise tomorrow.
It could be said that the happiest one was Shopkeeper Xu. Shopkeeper Xu really wanted to make friends with Shao Yunan and Wang Shijing. He was very embarrassed about his previous boss. Now the owner’s difficulties seemed to have found a solution. Although he still didn’t know what the solution was, things still became much easier.
Now that Shao Yunan has recognized Elder Cen as his father and Wang Shijing has completely separated from the Wang clan, the life of these two people will only be better in the future.
The group of people who went to the study with Elder Cen and another group went to the boudoir with madam Cen. Jiang Kangning was pulled away by Yang Yan, while Kang Rui called Shao Yunan and Wang Shijing to the side, putting a box into Wang Shijing’s hand he said, “Brother heard that you two suffered a lot when you got married. If there is an opportunity in the future, you two should do it again in a lively manner and the Senior Brother will personally complete the ceremony for the two of you.”
Shao Yunan felt hot. “Thank you, Senior Brother. I will definitely hold another wedding with Shijing in the future. During the Wedding ceremony, I will personally kowtow to you and my parents.
Kang Rui laughed, “What does it look like to kowtow to me.” Then he got angry. “Then what’s with the Lanting Preface?” Two people felt resentful, one was Jiang Kangning and the other was Kang Rui. Shao Yunan immediately smiled and looked around. Then he whispered like a thief. “That’s actually just a copy. The person who gave it to Shijing got it elsewhere. No one knows where the original is. I still have copies, do you want it?”
“Don’t bring it over!”
“Hee hee.” Sending away the satisfied Kang Rui, Shao Yunan took Wang Shijing to find Shopkeeper Zeng and Shopkeeper Xu. It was his intention to push the jewelry matter to Shopkeeper Zeng just now. The two of them came over and Shopkeeper Zeng, who was surrounded by young ladies, ladies, and madams to mother-in-laws, acted like he saw a savior when he saw them. Shao Yunan apologized to everyone and pulled away Shopkeeper Zeng and Shopkeeper Xu, who was acting like he was watching a big joke.
Edited by: Jaisland