C15 Path of the Void
Lu Yang very politely bowed and said, "Uncle Duan, I don't know if you remember that a couple of young men and women came here for a night more than ten years ago?"
Duan Zhengyuan could not really remember. After all, there was so much time, and it had already been more than 10 years. Over the past few years, there had been too many people who came to stay at night. Most of them were people with status, but a child like Lu Yang had yet to come alone. However, the other party's tone of voice did not sound like it belonged to a child from an ordinary family.
For a moment, Duan Zhengyuan was curious about Lu Yang's identity. He sized Lu Yang up for a moment and said, "Kid, I'm afraid I can't remember what happened all these years. "Looking at your age, you should be about ten years old. I believe your parents came to the winter house more than ten years ago and told me their names. I should be able to remember them."
Lu Yang hesitated for a moment. In the end, he didn't say his father's name and replied, "My mother is Su Rui. I wonder if Uncle has any impression of her?"
Duan Zhengyuan really thought of Su Rui. It wasn't because Su Rui was close to him, but because Su Rui's mother was too beautiful when she was young. Normal men wouldn't be able to forget her after seeing her. On that night when it was more than ten years ago, Duan Zhengyuan heard about a young man and woman who were Lu Yang's parents. At that time, Lu Zhentian was still not the Lu Family's Patriarch, and the Lu Family was not as big as they were now.
When Duan Zhengyuan saw Su Rui's mother, he wanted to take her in as a concubine. However, he didn't expect that Lu Zhentian would tell him that Su Rui was his woman the moment he said his intentions. Duan Zhengyuan naturally did not believe it. He secretly inquired about it for a period of time, and when he found out that there was no relationship between the two of them, he became furious and felt that Lu Zhentian had lied to him.
Afterwards, when Duan Zhengyuan wanted to propose to the Lu family, an even more unexpected scene occurred. The Lu family's old Patriarch made a huge contribution to the empire and was conferred the title of Duke. He went from a small family to a colossal existence. Even though Duan Zhengyuan was unwilling, he didn't dare to go against such a big family. In the end, he gave up on this idea.
Although the thought was gone, Duan Zhengyuan was unable to forget Su Rui's appearance. Su Rui's young and beautiful appearance often appeared in his mind. Perhaps many people didn't believe that love at first sight. Duan Zhengyuan treated Su Rui like this, otherwise, after so many years, Su Rui wouldn't have appeared the moment he heard the name.
Duan Zhengyuan looked at Lu Yang more carefully. When he looked, Lu Yang's appearance was indeed similar to Su Rui's. He couldn't help but ask, "You really are Su Rui's child?"
"Hm!" I am. " Lu Yang answered.
A trace of regret flashed through Duan Zhengyuan's eyes. Then, he thought of something and asked, "Your father is?"
"This..." Lu Yang thought for a moment, then shook his head and said, "Uncle, I don't want to mention my father. I'm here to stay for a while, is it convenient?"
Hearing that, Duan Zhengyuan agreed without a second thought, "If others came to stay for a period of time, I might not agree. Since you're Su Rui's daughter, of course you can." With that, he looked at Wu Zhongpu and said in an commanding tone, "Manager Wu, go prepare a good room for my nephew and have dinner with me tonight."
"Yes." Wu Zhongpu was a man of character and said to Lu Yang respectfully, "Young Master Lu, please come with me."
Wu Zhongpu brought Lu Yang to a very big room and left hurriedly towards the study room.
Before the door to the study had even been closed, footsteps sounded. Duan Zhengyuan walked out and said, "Speak! What exactly did he show you to bring him here? "
"Master, you are smarter than others. I believe you have already guessed it." Wu Zhongpu flattered.
Duan Zhengyuan had indeed guessed it. He even guessed that Wu Zhongpu had returned and said seriously, "Just now you called him Young Master Lu. It seems like he is Lu Zhentian's son." I know all about that kid's wife and concubine, and there's no Su Rui. Even though he's Lu Zhentian's son, he's still a bastard.
"Old master, your analysis is correct. This fellow is indeed not the legitimate son of Lu Zhentian. From his clothes, you can tell that he was born in a concubine." Wu Zhongpu said, "I don't understand one thing. Since he is a bastard son, why does he have the Lu family's identity jade pendant? From the appearance of the jade pendant, it should be the one belonging to the family head."
Duan Zhengyuan was slightly stunned as he said in disbelief, "What? You said he has Lu Zhentian's jade pendant?"
"That's right!" "If he didn't show this jade pendant, I wouldn't have taken the initiative to bring him here." Wu Zhongpu observed Duan Zhengyuan's expression when he spoke, as he was obviously worried that Duan Zhengyuan would get angry.
Duan Zhengyuan did not blame him. He remained silent for a while and then said, "This matter is a bit complicated. How do you think we should deal with it?"
Wu Zhongpu thought for a moment and said: "Old master, since he owns Lu Zhentian's jade pendant, he must have a high status in the family. Now that he is wearing such a set of clothes and is now living in the Duan Clan, there is a high chance he is here to avoid trouble. There is only one reason why the direct descendants of large clans are hiding from each other, and that is to fight for the position of the successor. We might as well let him stay here. If in the future, he ? "
Duan Zhengyuan obviously knew what he was going to say, so he coldly snorted and interrupted, "Don't even think about controlling the Lu family. Even if this kid has the ability in the future, he might not be able to become the successor to the Lu family. So what if Lu Zhentian likes him? The Lu family still had so many elders! It will not be easy to become the Lu Family's future Patriarch. The more powerful the Family, the more difficult it will be. "
Wu Zhongpu nodded and said, "Master's teachings are correct, this old servant is overthinking it."
Duan Zhengyuan waved his hand and sternly replied, "Alright, don't tell anyone about his identity. I'll go to the Lu family that night and see if Lu Zhentian knows about this." If he knows that this is for the best, he can return him to the Lu family, and we can avoid unnecessary trouble. If we don't know, Lu Zhentian might be grateful to us, secretly nurturing our Duan Clan is also a good thing. "
That evening, Lu Yang was dining alone in a room when Wu Zhongpu told him that Duan Zhengyuan had something to do and was on his way out.
Lu Yang didn't take it to heart either. Duan Zhengyuan was the Patriarch of the Duan Clan, so he was naturally busy with other matters. It was impossible for him to surround him and a half older than him. After dinner, Lu Yang fell asleep. After all, he was just a child, his mind relatively innocent. Never in his wildest dreams had he imagined that the person his mother would introduce to him would actually sell him out.
Duan Zhengyuan headed towards Tioulang City overnight, heading straight for the Lu Manor.
Tioulang City was the largest city in Tianyuan County and also the place where the County Mansion was located. All the large families of the county lived here, so naturally, the Lu family's mansion was also in the city. The guards on the city walls were all Earth Stage Initial Phase powerhouses. Without reaching the Earth Stage, it was impossible for them to become a guard, and it was said that the city guard general's cultivation had already reached the Heaven Stage.
Arriving at the Lu residence, Duan Zhengyuan announced his identity, and the Lu Manor's Chief Steward, Ye Hong, welcomed him.
When Ye Hong heard that Duan Zhengyuan had come late into the night, he was extremely surprised and personally came to welcome him. He politely cupped his fists and said, "Patriarch Duan, why have you come to the Lu Manor so late at night?"
Duan Zhengyuan did not waste time talking, he followed Ye Hong to the guest room and went straight to the main topic, "Is Patriarch Lu in? I have something important to tell you. "
"Important things?" Ye Hong had followed Lu Zhentian for many years and had been his trusted aide since he was young. Many things that were not confidential were handled by him, so he asked, "I wonder how important this is, can you tell this old servant?"
Duan Zhengyuan thought for a moment, then shook his head and said, "This matter is of great importance, I must see Patriarch Lu."
Ye Hong didn't say anything further and said truthfully, "Patriarch Duan, I won't hide the truth. Old master has left the Lu Manor for a few days and will not be back soon. Patriarch Duan, are you waiting here for Old Master to return, or?"
"Gone?" Duan Zhengyuan rolled his eyes as if he understood what was going on. He waved his hand and said, "Since he's not here, then I won't disturb you. I'll go to the inn and rest for the night." As he spoke, he turned around to leave.
Ye Hong didn't dare to be negligent. After all, the other party was a Duke. He hurriedly said, "Patriarch Duan, do you want to stay in the Lu Manor for the night?"
"No, I have to meet some old friends later, so I won't disturb you." Duan Zhengyuan left the room as he spoke.
Ye Hong naturally had to send Duan Zhengyuan out. When the two of them arrived at the long corridor, a youth appeared. The youth's face was pale and his brows were tightly knitted. It was obvious that he was in a bad mood. Behind the youth were two servants. The servant held the medicine bowl with both hands and followed closely behind. This young man was none other than the Eldest Young Master of the Lu Manor, Lu Tao, the future heir to the family.
When Lu Tao saw Duan Zhengyuan, he was first stunned, then cupped his fist and asked, "Uncle Duan, what wind brought you here?"
The Western Chu Nation had a total of nine counties. Whether it was the area of land occupied or the degree of richness, Tianyuan County could be ranked as one of the top three counties. The Lu family was the largest family in the county. That was exactly the case. Whenever there were major events in the Lu family, the rest of the family would come along. As the future successor of the family, Lu Tao would also be acquainted with the other family's patriarchs and descendants.
Duan Zhengyuan did not expect to see Lu Tao. When he saw the servant holding onto a medicinal bowl, he couldn't help but ask, "Young Master Lu, what happened to you?"
"It's fine, I got a bit of a cold, I'll be fine in a few days." Lu Tao waved his hand and changed the topic. "Uncle Duan, my father isn't in the manor. Why don't I come greet you tonight?"
Duan Zhengyuan was silent for a while. He then revealed a faint, weird smile and said, "Well then, I also have something that I want to talk to Young Master Lu tonight."
Ye Hong had been a housekeeper for so many years, so he naturally became more experienced. He hurriedly said, "That's not good! Why don't we wait for the old master to return before asking for the head of the Duan Clan to come? "
Ye Hong could tell with a glance that Duan Zhengyuan was going to tell Lu Tao the secret, so he wanted to interrupt him. He had followed Lu Zhentian for so many years, and was well aware of Lu Zhentian's intentions. After all, Lu Tao was still young, and many things could not be revealed to him. If he knew about the secrets of the family too early, then in the future, Yu Yi would most likely force Lu Zhentian to hand over the position of Patriarch.
Lu Tao's face darkened. He glared at Ye Hong and said angrily, "Housekeeper Ye, what is the meaning of this? If father is not here, can't I represent the Lu family to entertain Uncle Duan? "