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    A World Beyond / So We Are Told
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    Ma Shi couldn’t stand it any longer and couldn’t help but smile awkwardly, “Big sister-in-law really dotes on her niece-in-law, she won’t let her do anything…”

    Shang Xinai glanced at her and said, “Our Duan’er is studying for the imperial examination next year, he needs someone to take care of him, right?”

    Ma Shi thought of her son who failed the exam along with Shao Yunduan and was instantly filled with anger.

    Shao San and Shao Liu also had ugly expressions on their faces.

    But Shang Xinai didn’t care about their feelings and walked away.

    Shao Yunduan then went back to the room with Qiao Xuan.

    After closing the door, Qiao Xuan let out a sigh of relief.

    The room was quiet, and Shao Yunduan glanced at her and felt like he should say something. After thinking for a moment, he said, “Are you… alright?”

    Qiao Xuan looked back at him, raised her chin slightly, and lightly smiled, “I’m fine.”

    “Fine…” Shao Yunduan didn’t know how to evaluate this answer.

    He felt like he couldn’t really connect with her words.

    “Um, as long as you’re okay.” He paused for a moment and continued, “Second aunt and third aunt have always been like this. In the future, try to avoid them as much as possible. If they say something excessive, let me know, or tell Mother.”

    While Shao Yunduan was talking, he glanced at Qiao Xuan with a somewhat complicated expression. He felt like he was putting her through some unfair circ*mstances…

    Qiao Xuan caught all the nuances in his expressions with a smile, and she tilted her head slightly, her lips pursed, “Are you feeling guilty?”

    Shao Yunduan was startled for a moment and a bit awkwardly looked away, saying in a low voice, “I didn’t expect them to be like that. In any case, stay away from them in the future.”

    Qiao Xuan smiled with even more mischief, “Why, are you afraid I’ll be taken advantage of?”

    Her words were clearly a question, but Shao Yunduan seemed to have heard the meaning of “I’m not afraid of them at all!” It seemed like he was being all talk and no action!

    Feeling inexplicably embarrassed, he wanted to speak, but Qiao Xuan had already nodded and smiled, “Well, you’re right, I’ll stay away from them.”

    In fact, she was not interested in the second and third aunt at all. As long as they didn’t intrude, who cared about them?

    It would be better to have fun with the person in front of her!

    So she looked at him again, her eyes sincere and a little expectant, “If you feel guilty, how will you compensate me?”

    Shao Yunduan: “…”

    Shao Yunduan felt like he had stepped into a trap, but he had no evidence.

    That kind of stifled and helpless feeling came over him once again!

    Looking at her with those eyes, he couldn’t bring himself to refuse. In a muffled voice, he asked, “What do you want?”

    Qiao Xuan was really happy inside, feeling that this person was really interesting!

    She tilted her head and thought for a moment before smiling, “How about tomorrow you take me to the mountains for a stroll!”

    “To the mountains?” Shao Yunduan was stunned.

    He never thought she would make such a request. After all, as the daughter of a county magistrate, why would she want to go to the mountains? He couldn’t help but be curious, “What are you going to do in the mountains?”

    “Just to take a walk!” Qiao Xuan said with a smile.

    Shao Yunduan: “…”

    He felt like he was an idiot.

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