Song Yi gave a nod. There it was. Clearly, she had set everything up just to reach this point. He looked over at Pei Xuan to see how he would react.
And Pei Xuan didn’t disappoint. His beautiful eyes opened wide and his frosty and aloof temperament suddenly shattered. He pointed at Su Tang and stuttered: “Y-you set me up.”
Su Tang pouted and put on an aggrieved expression while saying, “Senior apprentice-brother, don’t your own words count? Master, senior apprentice-brother is bullying me!”
Pei Xuan became even more dumbfounded. This little moneygrubber really dared to completely flip black and white in front of him, and even dared to brazenly complain to their master!
Song Yi snorted but then said solemnly, “Xuan’er, you are the elder brother, so how can you not stand by your promises?”
Pei Xuan looked over at Song Yi with an aggrieved expression, so Song Yi hastened to sternly glare at Su Tang and add: “And you, don’t play so many tricks. Don’t bully your senior apprentice-brother.”
Su Tang blinked when she heard this and also decided to stop here. Anyway, this guy seemed to be a fool with a low IQ, so there was no need to dig too many pits for him all at once. These things didn’t need to be rushed.
“Su Tang greets senior apprentice-brother. Please take care of this junior apprentice-sister in the future. Senior apprentice-brother won’t be angry with this little sister over this matter, right?” Su Tang suddenly lowered her body and gave a formal greeting towards Pei Xuan.
Pei Xuan was still feeling upset after being tricked but he still cupped his fists and returned a formal salute: “Pei Xuan greets junior apprentice-sister. Little sister doesn’t need to be so modest, senior apprentice-brother will definitely take care of you in the future.”
Internally, he was feeling annoyed. He had really underestimated the enemy this time, or else how could he have been tricked by a little moneygrubber!
Su Tang was non-committal after hearing the threat in his tone. This little guy was really underestimating her too much. Still, it didn’t matter, the days ahead were still long.
Song Yi saw the tense atmosphere between his two disciples and couldn’t help but shake his head. They were really two little destined foes.
However, at least if things were like this life would be even more lively. Song Yi coughed and asked Pengmo to make tea, then led Pei Xuan and Su Tang inside to sit down in his study.
“Why have you come here at this time?” Song Yi turned to Pei Xuan and asked directly.
Su Tang nodded lightly. She had also read that letter back then and it had been obvious to her that the emperor on the throne was becoming muddled in his old age and was spending all his time worrying about and being suspicious of Pei Xuan’s father, Duke Pei.
Of course, it was equally obvious that Duke Pei himself still hadn’t been able to forget his late wife. It seemed that he didn’t want anything to do with the court and his only desire was to raise his son up as a successor. However, the emperor was afraid there was some sort of conspiracy and sent an Imperial Decree forcing Duke Pei to remarry.
Duke Pei didn’t dare to resist the decree, so he could only remarry and then, immediately afterward, he was sent to the southeast coast to fight off invading pirates. At that time, Pei Xuan felt very unhappy with his father for remarrying and bringing back a stepmother. Moreover, it just so happened that Song Yi was also thinking of leaving the capital and laying low for a while, so Pei Xuan had ended up running off and following him.
However, it wasn’t long before people came to take Pei Xuan back. After all, Pei Xuan was the obvious first choice for the emperor to hold hostage in the capital in order to control Duke Pei, which was why Song Yi was so adamant about telling Pei Xuan to go back in order to avoid stirring up more troubles.
But now Pei Xuan had unexpectedly come running out again less than a year after returning. This made Su Tang very curious. Why was he here? How could the emperor actually let him run away?
Pei Xuan saw Su Tang nodding along and felt a bit upset. This little moneygrubber was really too thoughtless. Back then she was so foolish that she hadn’t even dared to say anything when that embroidery lady surnamed Wang was cheating her of her money, but she still wanted to pretend like she understood what was going on here.
Of course, Pei Xuan had no idea that Mrs. Wang, who had cheated Su Tang of two taels of silver back then, had later ended up being beaten up by Chen Xiuxiu and needing to spend a lot of money on medicine for herself.
After all, people who offended Su Tang usually didn’t experience immediate retribution. Instead, Su Tang would draw things out and wring out every last bit of worth from them before giving them a hard blow.
On the side, the orange cat could vaguely see through Pei Xuan’s thoughts and wagged his tail speechlessly. This guy really treated his dark loli as a simpleton. Who gave him so much courage?
Su Tang felt the young man looking at her with fiery eyes, so she turned to look and gave a wide grin. Seeing that, Pei Xuan arrogantly turned his head away and didn’t look at Su Tang anymore.
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(tl note: The “Destined Foes” in the title also has a romantic connotation, as in, two people who constantly oppose but ultimately love each other? )