Chapter 29: Spending Money Like Water
Editor: Snowy, Divine
Driving the servant out, Yan Min looked at Qin Jiu and said, “I have always wanted to visit Miss Qin but was too busy. Today, we happened to meet here. No matter must, I must treat you this time. Hoping the Reed Branch Master won’t stand on courtesy.”
Qin Jiu wouldn’t refuse as she knew that Yan Min was one who liked fame. If he wanted to treat you and you refused, it would annoy him. She wouldn’t say no if someone wanted to bring business to Linglong Pavilion.
With a lazy smile, Qin Jiu raised her eyebrows and said, “It is my honor to be treated by Your Highness. Let the waiter take all these dishes away and bring a new table of dishes.”
Durian and Loquat had stood up from their seats and stood behind Qin Jiu. Yan Min stepped to the seat next to Qin Jiu’s and sat down.
“Please help yourself, you can order anything you like.” Yan Min smiled.
“Sure, I will!” Qin Jiu smiled.
Durian saw Qin Jiu’s smile and gave a sympathetic look at His Highness Kangyang, mourning for this generous person.
“Let’s get everything on the menu, all of the most expensive and delicious dishes in Linglong Pavilion! What does Your Highness think?” Qin Jiu glanced at the menu and said.
Durian was surprised, even though he knew that the evil woman would have His Highness Kangyang spend money, he didn’t think that she would order everything on the menu in Linglong Pavilion.
Durian looked at the pitiful His Highness Kangyang and saw his face warp at the beginning, but he immediately looked the same as before, smiling and clapping the table, “Great, I like Miss Qin’s idea. I have been here many times but didn’t try every dish here. Oh, I also want two jars of red autumn leaf wine. Waiter, go get our order!”
The waiter was surprised too.
There were more than a hundred dishes, but they only had two people. These dishes were enough for dozens of people. If it was an ordinary person who ordered so many dishes, he would not dare to serve them. However, the person in front of him was His Highness Kangyang, who was rich enough to pay for them.
After the surprise, the servant very happily ran out to get the dishes.
After a short while, a few exquisite maids holding a variety of dishes placed them on the table.
Stir-fry and slow-cooked meat and vegetables–everything was there.
What flew in the sky, what ran in the earth, what swam in the water; there was nothing missing.
Qin Jiu would taste the dishes she liked, and would pass on the ones she wasn’t interested in to Durian and Loquat. Every dish came and went, otherwise, there wouldn’t be enough room on the table.
Yan Min almost didn’t touch any food, his eyes looking at Qin Jiu in interest, a thoughtful smile on his lips.
“Are you satisfied with this meal, Jiu?” Yan Min held a glass and asked with a smile.
In only one meal, Yan Min had changed Qin Jiu’s name from Reed Branch Master to Miss Qin to Jiu.
Qin Jiu could almost guess what Yan Min wanted.
Concubine Hui was from the Heaven Sect, and she was the second wife when the emperor hadn’t ascended the throne. Perhaps the Heaven Sect also helped Qingdi get the throne. Yan Min was twenty-three now, but he still didn’t have a wife. This time, originally, the Heaven Sect wanted to send Yao Xi’er to Lijing, planning to let her marry into the royal family. But things had changed since Qin Jiu replaced Yao Xi’er. Concubine Hui and Yao Xi’er were very close, but she didn’t quite know Qin Jiu. Qin Jiu didn’t know if they still had that plan, but Yan Min for sure thought this way.
Qin Jiu raised her glass and smiled like a flower, “Very satisfied. Thank you very much. Cheers!”
Yan Min smiled and drank up the wine.
Qin Jiu held the glass and slowly took a sip. She glanced at Yan Min, her cheeks turning red, lips slightly hooked. She had a lazy smile, and her eyes were lit up attractively.
Yan Min looked at Qin Jiu’s smile and was slightly stunned. After a while, he said, “Money in exchange for a beauty’s smile. I am satisfied!”
“Your Highness, it is such a waste to throw away the food. May I get your permission to give the food left on the table to the beggars outside?” Although Lijing was the capital, in front of the restaurants you still could see beggars.
Yan Min stared at Qin Jiu, saw her smile full of charmingness, and his eyes couldn’t move. He swept a glance at the food that had piled up on the side, saying with a smile: “You are truly an extraordinary woman, I will take you as my friend. Yunxiao, go and tell them that Miss Qin wanted to reward them with this food for their hard work begging.”
Li Yunxiao looked at Qin Jiu deeply before taking the order and leaving.
“Jiu, I heard that the king only arranged an embroidery department position for you. I don’t know if you’d like to stay there or not, but do you have any plans for the future? If you don’t like it there, I can go talk to my father to get you another position.” Yan Min said.
Qin Jiu was holding her glass, and after she heard the words, she smiled and replied, “Thank you very much and I really appreciate it. I just got to Lijing and am not familiar with many things. The embroidery department is quite good for me for now. It’s very relaxing, and I like it.”
“That’s good. I heard you asked permission from the Emperor to attend this year’s spring contest? Are you really going to serve in the court?” Yan Min stared at Qin Jiu with his shining eyes.
Qin Jiu could guess the meaning of Yan Min’s words. He probably wanted her to follow Concubine Hui.
“I came to Lijing because I wanted to serve the court. Fortunately, the king allowed me to participate in the contest. I can’t let him down and will certainly attend.”
Yan Min had a faint smile on his face, which seemed to hold a bit of maliciousness, “I wish you success in advance.”
Qin Jiu smiled and thanked him. She turned back and asked Durian, “Have you guys had enough?”
Durian’s belly had already swelled up like a balloon; he wouldn’t be able to eat so much if the food wasn’t so delicious.
“I’m full! Durian declared with a belch.
Loquat nodded too.
Qin Jiu got up, “Thank you very much for your hospitality. It’s getting late now so we’re going to leave.”
Yan Min nodded and said, “See you next time! If you need any help in the future, please don’t hesitate to come to me.”
Qin Jiu waved her hand and Yellow Hair flew over. Qin Jiu held Yellow Hair and walked to the door.
At the door, Qin Jiu and Li Yunxiao met.
Li Yunxiao bowed to her and stood there, saying in a low voice, “Miss Qin, those beggars gathered outside the gate refused to leave, saying that they must thank you for the food.”
Qin Jiu stared at the disciple who came from the Heaven Sect like her. She lifted her eyebrows and said with a smile, “I only said one word, but Your Highness spent the money. They should thank Your Highness for that.”
Qin Jiu wandered out of the Linglong Pavilion and was surrounded by a group of beggars at the gate. Their leader was a man of about 30 years old, dressed very poorly and leaning on crutches. When he saw Qin Jiu coming out, he saluted and said, “Is this Miss Qin? Thank you very much for the meal! I am Zhousheng, and if there’s anything you need help with, I can do it for you.”
Qin Jiu’s eyes swept across his dirty face. It was just a meal, and she didn’t expect these people living in hunger and cold to feel so grateful. She nodded, “You’re welcome. I have some money, take it and spend it as you like.” Qin Jiu ordered Loquat to give all the money she had.