Thus, it was thanks to Pei Xuan that she was able to sleep so soundly, so Su Tang had to thank him.
“Hmph, little money grubber, don’t just think about making money all day long…” Pei Xuan said. She clearly didn’t even know how to take care of herself. Didn’t want to sleep and instead wanted to go look at some other random place.
Su Tang heard what he said and looked at him with wide eyes. “‘Little money grubber’?”
This was the first time she had heard someone call her something like that.
Orange cat: it’s actually quite appropriate!
Pei Xuan shifted his eyes away a little guiltily. He said, “Are you hungry?”
“En, I’m hungry, very hungry!” Su Tang gritted her teeth and replied. This guy called her a little money grubber, but did he even think who she was working so long and getting so tired for? Hehe, we’ll see about that.
“Senior brother, why don’t we play a few rounds while we wait?” Su Tang said.
Pei Xuan looked at her with a slightly surprised expression, “Can you play chess?”
“I can’t, I’m too stupid. I want to learn from senior brother.” Su Tang said smilingly.
Pei Xuan nodded and encouraged, “Don’t lose heart. It takes a bit of knowledge to play chess well. It’s normal to not be able to study everything in a short period of time.”
Orange cat: Young man, would you mind being a little more careful? How can you show such a proud face after hearing just a little bit of praise? Don’t you know you’re making it very easy to slap your own face?
Su Tang’s smile was sly like a little fox, but she kept acting sweet and naive, “En, what senior brother said is right, but don’t you think it’s boring to play chess without any stakes? Senior brother, you’ve already been learning for a long time and you have a high level of skill, so if I beat you once how about you promise me one condition?”
Orange cat: It’s over! Alas, beautiful two-legged beast, you’re finished!
Unfortunately, Pei Xuan couldn’t hear the orange cat’s thoughts, so he happily nodded along to Su Tang’s proposal and said, “All right.”
Pei Xuan still felt that he was qualified to teach Su Tang about chess. In truth, after interacting with her for a while he had already realized that his new junior sister was a little cunning and also had a few tricks, but he still had confidence in his own abilities.
As the only legitimate son of Duke Pei, Pei Xuan had been raised as the general’s successor from a young age. He had learned the art of war and practiced martial arts all year round starting from a very young age. On top of that, he had also worshiped Song Yi as his master and studied under him. He was well educated in both civil and military affairs, and he was quite famous in the capital as a young genius who could quickly learn anything.
If not for that, Pei Xuan wouldn’t have ever attracted the attention of Princess Rui Xue and caused her to so actively pursue him. She chased him not only because of his good looks and high status, but also because of his famed talent.
These days he didn’t have many opportunities to use his literary talents and, what’s more, he basically didn’t defend against his own people. Moreover, he had to endure Su Tang teasing him over and over and had always lost out to her, so he decided to let this little girl see the dignity and ability of her senior brother today.
All these thoughts led him to casually nod and agree. On the side, the orange cat silently lit up a stick of incense for Pei Xuan.
Chess was a game that required meticulous thinking and it was the truth that Su Tang really hadn’t had very long to study and learn the game. For ordinary people, even if they learned seriously, would need to study for over a year before barely being able to play. However, Su Tang was different, her brain had been enhanced by her space and she learned things very quickly, so even though she had only been studying for half a year, she had learned a lot.
Basically, as long as she was taking it seriously, she was very good at playing chess. Even Song Yi sometimes felt as if his little disciple was deliberately letting him win.
Moreover, Su Tang had many strange thoughts and ideas about the game and would often come out with unexpected tactics that people of this era had never seen before, so it was quite easy to lose against her even for Song Yi. As for Pei Xuan, no matter how good he was at playing chess, could he be comparable to Song Yi?
However, Pei Xuan, this young man, was still obviously completely unaware that he was about to be abused by his little junior sister, moreover, it would be a continuous abuse that would create a stylish rhythm. No, he was still busy being immersed in his own wonderful fantasy that he was extremely powerful.
When Su Tang heard him agree, she secretly smiled inside. This guy said that she only knew how to make money, right? Today, her name wasn’t Su Tang if she didn’t let this pampered young master start doubting life!
“I’ll ask the staff to bring me something to eat, and then we’ll start.” Su Tang really was hungry, so before they began she went out to ask the staff to send some food.
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(tl note: Princess Rui Xue was last mentioned in chapter 76(!), where Pengmo and Song Yi were discussing why Song Yi didn’t accept her as a disciple. Apparently, this is the reason?)