The old maid looked around for help only to see the other maids and housekeepers keeping their heads down, afraid to even breath too loudly for fear of angering Gu Hua.
Gu Hua smirked, her eyes were clear and cold as she replied "When my mother had passed you the keys, it was to ask you to guard the items within the treasury, not to give you the treasury. You did not ask the masters' permission before privately opening the treasury. That's considered 'bullying the masters'. Shouldn't you be sold off?"
The original person was kind, resulting in some opportunistic servants forgetting who was the real owner of this treasury. She doesn't mind helping to remind them.
Song Qingyan's face turned white. The old maid had opened the treasury resulting in Gu Hua ordering the punishment by paddles and being sold off. Gu Hua looks like she's punishing the old maid but in actual is giving her a slap.
Like 'killing the chicken to warn the monkeys', and giving oblique accusations, she has lost and yet she can't find a reason to rebuke. Gu Hua's ploy is really masterful and hateful.
Since no one dared to help the old maid, she can only save herself.
The old maid gritted her teeth and loudly proclaimed, "I wish to inform the Young Mistress that I was obeying the Dowager Lady's orders to open the treasury…"
"Shut up!" Gu Hua slapped Old Maid Qi's face, "You dare accuse the Dowager Lady when you had done wrong? Are you tired of living?!"
Old Maid Qi's face immediately formed a bright red five-fingered impression, hot and painful. A dark shadow formed across her eyes and she gnashed her teeth in anger, saying, "Young Mistress, I am really not lying. It really is the Dowager Lady…"
"Still dare argue?!" Gu Hua slapped her again till she fell to the ground, then she looked down upon her.
She was going to harshly teach her a lesson when a strict voice rang, "What's the commotion about? What's going on?"
She had only had a few sentences and help had arrived. How quickly servants in the General's Mansion sends messages.
However, the maids in front of the west wing are all the Dowager Lady's servants. The only one not serving her is Old Maid Qi, and even she is a traitor. Of course, that person would come so quickly.
Gu Hua's mouth curled into a sneer as she leisurely turned around. It was really the Dowager Lady Wu slowly walking over with the support of a maid. Her white hair was tied up high pinned lightly by a dark green jade pin. A dark grey head wraps with bamboo embroidery had been decorated with a piece of emerald, complementing the jade pin, dignified without losing its severity.
Her mouth was tight and she glanced at Old Maid Qi with the swollen cheeks, frowning tightly, "What's going on?"
Old Maid Qi looked at her like she had found her backbone. Eyes bright and tears like broken pearls dripping down, both knees kneeling on the ground and kowtowing till it sounded, she said, "Old Mistress, save me! Young Mistress wants to sell me away!"
Gu Hua raised her eyebrows and casually said, "Old Maid Qi opened the treasury without permission and had pushed the blame on to Grandmother. By teaching her a lesson, I am helping the Mansion discipline any bad practices. If not, some people will think that since they are more experienced, they can bully young masters and boss around the Mansion."
"Really?" The Dowager Lady's cold sharp gaze passed over Old Maid Qi, whose forehead was red and swollen, then fell upon Gu Hua. "But Old Maid Qi was not lying. I am the one that asked her to open the treasury to retrieve the jewellery. You are teaching the wrong person a lesson."
For the sake of her precious granddaughter, she had ordered the servants to open her daughter-in-law's treasury without permission – that wouldn't sound good.
But Wu did not come up with excuses to push the blame and even admitted it straightforward. It seems that she really hates Gu Hua.
If the original person had been standing here, she would definitely not be able to raise her head from the harsh scoldings of Wu. But she is a genius doctor of the 22nd century and definitely wouldn't bow down to this old piety woman. "Which law in Longyan states that the step-mother-in-law can use her dead daughter-in-law's dowry at will?"
A dark shadow flashed across Wu's eyes and she coldly looked at Gu Hua, "When your mother married into the Gu' Household, she had belonged to the Household. Her dowry is naturally the Gu' Household's assets. I manage the internal Household and have the authority to touch anything related to the internal Household. My treasury did not have any appropriate accessories, therefore it's only reasonable to ask Qingyan to pick a few pieces from here."
" Longyan's law clearly states that when the first wife passes on, the dowry is passed on to her children. The things in this treasury are left behind by my mother for me and my brother and have nothing to do with anyone else in the Gu family. As long as my brother and I are still alive for a day, you, step-grandmother, have not right touch it".
After her mother had died, Gu Hua was left in the Ruoxue Court, where no one cares about her survival. In the few times she had seen her, if it was not to pick on something, then it was to reprimand her. If Wu did not treat her as her granddaughter, then Gu Hua did not need to treat Wu as her grandmother.
"Now, without my brother's or my permission, you have violated Longyan's law by opening the treasury and picking from my mother's dowry."
"Really?" Wu glanced sideways to Gu Hua, her eyes full of disdain. "Well then, step-granddaughter, are you prepared to sue your step-grandmother and send her to jail?"
"The jewellery are still here and not lost. Step-grandmother need not go to court. You only need to beat his bullying and sly slave with a hundred paddles and sell her off." Gu Hua said lightly.
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