Unfortunately, Ruo Fang and Ruo Tao searched for a long time, but they didn’t find any reward such as calligraphy and painting, instead they found a pile of golden melon seeds in a sandalwood box.

Each golden melon seed was only the size of a fingernail and when piled together, it was the size of a golden piece.
The light reflected in the sun almost blinded their eyes.

Ruo Tao held the sandalwood box in both hands and cautiously suggested, “Why don’t Young Master Wen show off this box of golden melon seeds?”

Wen Chi: “…”

His so-called bragging is just to prevaricate when Zhang Caihui asks him to produce calligraphy and paintings.
If he took out this box of golden melon seeds, wouldn’t it be a genuine show off? It would be strange if it didn’t provoke them. 

He didn’t want to shoot the bird which takes the lead1.

But then again… since he goes to see the crown prince every other day and even received rewards from the Emperor and the crown prince one after another, he must have already become the biggest bird in the East Palace.

Thinking of this, Wen Chi sighed softly.

In the end, Wen Chi asked Ruo Tao to put the box of golden melon seeds back.
Anyway, it couldn’t be sold or given as a gift, it’s better to put it in the empty room as a souvenir. 

Since eunuchs and maids came with the Emperor’s reward, it naturally shocked many people in the East Palace.
That night, Ping An, who was missing for a while, came back with all the gossip news.

“Young Master Wen, you’d better be careful these days.” Ping An said with a worried expression, “Today, the Emperor ordered to send a reward and the news has spread throughout the entire East Palace in just an hour, as if it has wings.
Now there are so many people staring at you with red eyes and this servant thinks that Young Master Wen should not step out of the Bamboo Flute Residence in the next few days.”

Wen Chi stuffed a piece of sweet-scented osmanthus cake made of Ruo Tao into his mouth before glancing down at Ping An – only to see Ping An slightly hanging his head, his worried expression did not look like he was faking it.

“That’s right.” Wen Chi didn’t answer Ping An’s words but asked, “Do you hear any news of Yue Gui?”

“This servant has heard of some.”

“How are Yue Gui and the others?”

“This servant heard that Young Master Yue Gui is still hanging by one breath and he can’t even get out of bed.
I’m afraid he will die soon.” Ping An replied, “Several other young masters were also seriously injured, but they are no worse than Young Master Yue Gui.
After lying down for about ten days or so, they were able to walk.”

Wen Chi snorted and said nothing.

Ping An quiet as a chicken kneeling on the ground for a while.
When he didn’t hear any reply from Wen Chi.
he looked up and saw Wen Chi had his eyes closed lying extraordinarily peacefully. 

Ping An: “……”

So, Ping An got up and prepared to retreat.

As soon as he turned around, he was stopped by Wen Chi: “Ping An, since you were assigned to the Bamboo Flute House, you have your share of work to do here, you did a good job before, but now whenever I come back from outside, I can’t see you and all the work is left to Ruo Fang and Ruo Tao.”

Ping An was stunned for a moment, then turned back quickly and then knelt down with a heavy thud:  “Young Master Wen, this servant knows his mistake and this servant will never do it again!”

After speaking, Ping An layed on the ground and kowtowed a few times.

The sound was so loud that Wen Chi frowned when he heard it.

Wen Chi has always been meek, he couldn’t even say a word to reprimand someone.
When he suddenly faced such an overreaction from Ping An, his stomach full of questions also all stuck in his throat.
He sighed and said, “Don’t kowtow, I haven’t said anything yet.”

As if Ping An was granted an amnesty, he knelt down and said, “Thank you Young Master Wen for your forgiveness.”

“Hey, wait, I didn’t say I wanted to forgive you.” Seeing that Ping An was going to hit the floor with his forehead again, Wen Chi hurriedly added, “I don’t care about you running around while you’re on duty but you throw all your work to Ruo Fang and Ruo Tao, for that you still have to compensate them……”

Wen Chi held his chin and thought for a while before making a decision, “Why don’t you do it like this, I’ll leave the chores of weeding, cleaning the yard and cleaning the toilet to you for the next two years.”




枪打出头鸟 [qiāng dǎ chū tóu The outstanding usually bear the brunt of attack

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