She was dressed in lavish clothing, but it was stained and dirty. Her timid appearance was truly pitiful.
The little girl was Nangong Rou, who Jiang Zhige had been looking for all day.
Earlier, Nangong Rou left without saying goodbye, but it was not because she hated Jiang Zhige.
In fact, after seeing Jiang Zhige’s receding figure going out of the ruined temple in the heavy snow, she regretted her actions.
Although Nangong Rou was young, she knew who treated her well and those who mistreated her.
Jiang Zhige put so much effort into taking care of her without raising complaints or kicking up a fuss. How could she vent her anger on him and speak such painful words?
Nangong Rou blamed herself for a while and finally decided to come out to find food to share the burden of Jiang Zhige.
But she was still young and had no experience. She had earnestly tried to find work all day without any harvest.
It wasn’t until not long ago that Nangong Rou concluded that she had to have money if she wanted to get delicious food.
After that, she began to look for ways to earn money and, after walking for an hour, she finally found a potential job where she would have to work as a maid. She would not need to worry about food and clothing anymore. However, she was rejected because she was too young.
Just when Nangong Rou was about to return in disappointment, a man with a mustache who obviously held an influential position in the family asked her to stop.
“Young age is not a problem. I can train you myself.”
Shen Quan let out a chuckle as he obscenely kept leering at Nangong Rou’s young body.
Nangong Rou was a little young and looked like a beggar, but even so, many could see that she would grow into a beautiful woman one day.
If she were adequately groomed, she would inevitably become a devastatingly beautiful woman in the future.
Nangong Rou felt uncomfortable when Shen Quan leered at her. She thought that the uncle in front of her was a little weird.
Before that, she would have gladly agreed. However, even when Shen Quan had personally agreed now, she was somewhat hesitant.
The steward of the Shen Family, who was nearby, felt a pain like a knife being twisted in his heart. She was such a loveable child, so he wanted to persuade her to leave, but she still could not escape Shen Quan’s vicious hands.
Just as Nangong Rou hesitated, Jiang Zhige’s voice suddenly sounded not far away.
Nangong Rou’s eyes lit up, and as soon as she turned around, Jiang Zhige, who rushed over, hugged her tightly in his arms.
With tears in his eyes, Jiang Zhige sobbed in trembling, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I didn’t take good care of you…”
A moment ago, he was still shrouded in despair. Seeing Nangong Rou again, the feeling of regaining what was lost was indescribable.
Nangong Rou was stunned. She just left for a while. What happened to her brother?
Seeing this, Shen Quan’s face darkened slightly. Nangong Rou was a good investment, but he didn’t want to waste food and take in one more person (Jiang Zhige).
Just now, Nangong Rou mentioned that she had a brother, but Shen Quan didn’t care at all. For him, once Nangong Rou entered the Shen Residence, she would be under his total control. It was up to him whether he would take care of that ‘brother’.
However, now that the brother and sister had appeared outside the Shen Resident, if Shen Quan were unwilling to take Jiang Zhige in, he would certainly get a bad reputation.
If Jiang Zhige were of any use, he would be fine, but he was skinny and haggard. Even serving tea and water seemed to be a problem for him.
In the Zhengyang hall, hundreds of cultivators were looking at the memories with an amazed expression. It was difficult for them to associate the Fairy Nangong with the beggar-like girl shown in the light curtain.
“Fairy Nangong, one of the top ten beauties in the heavens, was actually willing to be a maid to share the burden of the Demon Emperor?”
“This touching brother-sister relationship really makes people cry…”
“Yeah, now that I think about it, Fairy Nangong was only seven years old back then. She was pampered when she was a child but suddenly lost her parents. It’s a blessing not to wallow in sadness. How can we expect her to be as sensible as the Demon Emperor who had been living the life of a beggar?”
Among the hundreds of cultivators in the hall, some were shocked by Nangong Rougan’s willingness to be a maid, while others were moved by Nangong Rou’s ingenuity when she was seven years old.
There were also some cultivators who felt ashamed for accusing Nangong Rou of being ignorant not long ago.
Think about it carefully. Nangong Rou was only seven years old back then. How much would a seven-year-old girl know?
Looking at herself being hugged by Jiang Zhige in the light curtain, Nangong Rou Yinya gritted her teeth and clenched her fists.
“Silly girl! Why don’t you push him away? He’s an @ssh*le!”
Nangong Rou felt that because she was too good to Jiang Zhige and didn’t have any guard against him, she was easily taken advantage of by him. As a result, her father, who was a strong cultivator, was tricked by villain Jiang Zhige.
If her mother were not willing to exchange the family heirloom, she would have died at the hands of Jiang Zhige.
Moreover, although Jiang Zhige was very good to the Nangong Rou at this time, Nangong Rou clearly remembered that when the two of them entered the road of cultivation, her bloodline awakened, and most of the time, she was the one protecting Jiang Zhige.
Next to her, Qu Yun breathed a sigh of relief. Although he was very unhappy with Jiang Zhige’s behavior of hugging Nangong Rou, what he was most worried about was it evoking Nangong Rou’s repressed feelings for Jiang Zhige.
Looking at Nangong Rou’s current expression, it seemed that her resentment towards Jiang Zhige had not diminished.
Qu Yun turned to look at Jiang Zhige, half kneeling on the ground. A flash of joy flashed in his eyes.
What about knowing Nangong Rou since childhood? Didn’t he have a better relationship with Nangong Rou now?
Shen Quan suppressed the contempt in his heart and said with a smile, “Child, are you her brother?”
Jiang Zhige was startled when he heard this. He looked up at Shen Quan, then looked at Nangong Rou and asked, “Rou, he is…”
He knew that Shen Quan was by no means Nangong Rou’s lost father. Otherwise, he would not have directly called him Nangong Rou’s brother.
What’s more, Nangong Rou had a slender and lovely appearance that was not even a bit similar to that man who had a mustache with a pointed mouth like a monkey.
Shen Quan frowned slightly. How dare a mere beggar ignore him?
Nangong Rou was very excited when she heard his question. She said in a jolly mood, “Brother, he is the master of this residence. He promised me that as long as I am willing to work as a maid here, he will provide us with food and clothing in the future!”
She had some hesitation before, but when she saw Jiang Zhige, she once again began to think about alleviating her brother’s burden.
As long as they worked properly to earn their food and clothing, what if Shen Quan was an evil man?
Jiang Zhige’s expression suddenly sank, and he slowly released his hand that was clasping with Nangong Rou’s.
He ignored Nangong Rou, who was still dreaming about a better life in the future, and walked straight to Shen Quan. He cupped his hands and said: “Uncle, thank you for your kindness, but we, brother and sister, are weak and sick, so we will not be able to discharge our duties well. I don’t want to trouble you.”
Jiang Zhige raised his head and stared at Shen Quan as he spoke. He had survived in the ghetto since he was a child, so he could see at a glance that Shen Quan was not a good person.
“It’s okay. I have enough food and drink in my residence. We even have a doctor. You two will be as healthy as ever within a month.”
Shen Quan’s face froze. A mere beggar, who would be as excited even to get some food, would actually refuse to work for his Shen Family?
“Uncle, it’s because of your kindness that I don’t want to give you any trouble.”
Jiang Zhige remained unmoved as he refused with a bow.