Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 18: Qi Lian Festival (Part 3)

There was a little bit of correction that I made in Ch 12 when it was mentioned that there was an eldest son in the Murong’s family who was 16 years old & this son actually lived with his maternal’s family in the capital. At first I thought he is 16 years old so older than Xing Hun but younger than MSQ. However, in the future chapter, it’s mentioned that he’s actually MSQ’s older brother & he’s 24 years old. The context in Ch 12 was actually meant that he was 16 years old when he moved back to his mom family’s manor. Also in the character list, I stated that MSQ mom’s name is Qi Rui because this name was mentioned in Ch 12 also. At that time I assumed that Qi Rui was MSQ mom’s name because why would her older brother didn’t have a Murong’s last name. But I was wrong. Qi Rui is actually MSQ older brother’s name. The reason why he took his mother’s last name would be found in the future chapter.

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 18

Qi Lian Festival (Part 3)

Murong Shu Qing was looking towards Tang Xiao Xiao who stretched her neck just like a tortoise, she slapped her head laughingly. The legend about this green lotus had only selected one couple for the past 30 years, whether or not it was true, there was no way to check it either. If the two people were really together sincerely towards each other, there was simply no need to have any intermediary. They could just be with each other until they were old, conversely (if they were not sincere with each other), even if they plucked more green lotus, it would be useless either.

“Are the two of you looking for this (number)?”

Xuanyuan Yi took out and shook the wooden tablet, it was shockingly written ____ 278 on it.

“Ah! It is you!” Tang Xiao Xiao picked up both of the wooden tablets, looking at them carefully, it was really a pair. Happily, she returned the wooden tablets back on their hands, then she pulled Murong Shu Qing to walk towards the lakeside.

Murong Shu Qing looked at the wooden tablet that was on her own hand, then she looked at Xuanyuan Yi, she caressed her forehead while grumbling, heavens, it was really a pair, how could there be this coincidental matter like this.

“Let’s go!” Xuanyuan Yi already arrived by the lakeside also, supported Murong Shu Qing’s arms, they both went on the boat.

“You two must get the green lotus oh!” Tang Xiao Xiao who was on the ashore, excitingly shouted and jumped up, just liked if she wanted to pluck the lotus on her own.

Let it be, just plucked it, ok, she had not been roaming at the Lian Xin lake anyway. Anyway, whether or not that green lotus really existed, nobody really knew it! Thinking about this, Murong Shu Qing no longer resisted either, and sat properly on the other corner of the boat. And Xuanyuan Yi was paddling the boat towards the Lian Xin lake speedily.

The boat was not big, it could only hold two people to sit opposite each other, thus, the boat was extremely agile, and it could go through among the lotus leaves easily. At the beginning of time, there were several boats next to them, but soon, every boat was scattering out, and they were occupied with looking for the green lotus legend that could bring about a romance and happiness.

Looking at the unknown time, Murong Shu Qing already put down the boat’s paddle, leaned against the boat, and was leisurely stroking the water surface, with her eyes closed. Xuanyuan Yi also put down the boat’s paddle, used his hands to soak in the water just like Murong Shu Qing. The refreshing lake water was faintly flowing on his hands, as if it was provoking his heartstrings softly.

“It seems that you do not plan on looking for it!” Murong Shu Qing opened her eyes slowly, the sunshine in the afternoon was really somewhat dazzling. Pulling a lotus leaf that was next to her and put it on her head to shelter her from the scorching sun, then she lazily answered: “If the legend is fake, and there is no green lotus whatsoever, what is the point of looking at it busily, how can I miss the beautiful scenery of the lotus pond on this day. If it is real, we just do not need to look for it even more, everything has its predestined affinity, insisting on it, is also useless.”

She could really make herself to be able to be cozy at any time and anywhere, Xuanyuan Yi picked up a bigger lotus leaf that was by his side, and stuffed it on her hand: “In three days, I will return to the capital.”

Taking the lotus leaf, Murong Shu Qing smilingly said: “Have a pleasant journey!”

“This is the sentence that you want to say to me!”

Murong Shu Qing pushed the lotus leaf with her hand, while she was romping the lake water, she did not care with Xuanyuan Yi’s gloomy face, she smiled lightly: “So ~~ what do you want me to say?”

“I will return to the capital to prepare to marry you in three months.”

Murong Shu Qing raised her eyebrows: “I remember that we have already cancelled our wedding.”

“I do not agree.”

“Please allow me to remind you, it was you, personally, who came and cancelled the wedding.”

“Damn it!” Xuanyuan Yi’s palm hit the top of the boat, his fists were held violently, the boat was rocking fiercely for several times. Murong Shu Qing grabbed the boat paddle with one hand, while she supported the boat tightly, with great difficulty, the boat calmed down slowly. She absolutely believed that Xuanyuan Yi’s palm could chop this boat into two, but she did not want to swim back either.

Releasing his clenched fists, Xuanyuan Yi kept his rage under control, and said unyieldingly: “Even if the wedding is cancelled, you can only be mine, I will go to the Murong’s family to ask your parents for your hands again, at that time, you will be married to me.”

Murong Shu Qing put down the lotus leaf that was on her hand, then she sat up slowly: “You think that I will agree!”

“It is beyond your control!”

Murong Shu Qing who always had a smile on her face, did not have any smiling expression anymore, her bright eyes looked straight at Xuanyuan Yi, her voice was not urgent nor slow just like before, but it made people to feel the oppressive feeling, at last: “Xuanyuan Gongzi, are you really sure that you can force the current me to marry you like this?!”

He _____ was not sure, if three years ago, he did not want to marry her, but now, he knew that he wanted her. After observing her for the past half a month, he also knew that he could not just force the current Murong Shu Qing as he wished. She was intelligent, brilliant, firm and courageous. And he, Xuanyuan Yi, did not want to force any woman even more: “Why do you not want to marry me that much?!”

Murong Shu Qing shook her head: “You are the kind of man who is easy to move a woman’s heart.”

“In that case, is your heart moved?”

Was her heart moved? Murong Shu Qing asked (this question) on her own, this tall, elegant, cruel, untamed, insolent from time to time, introverted, steady’s man, she could not deny it, her heart was moved. But being tempted and wanting to get married with him, were two different things.

“I can give you endless doting, noble status, and a life that you do not need to worry about anything, everything that a woman is dreaming and seeking.” He did not understand, any woman wanted a status, he could dote on her, what was more that she was dissatisfied?!

Woman did not only need this loving and favoring, but she also wanted to assist in each other’s true love. She did not need any noble status either, but she rather wanted to be his only wife, but he would not understand it.

“You can not give me what I want, what you can give me, I do not value them, you and I, have already missed our opportunity.”

“You ~~, good, what do you want after all?”

She wanted freedom, she wanted equality, she wanted to be the only one (woman for him), you could give me these! The two people’s ideology were too much different, their actual educations were completely different also, there was no point in saying so many things. Caressing the purple bracelet that was on her wrist, Murong Shu Qing did not give him any reply, she picked up and put down the lotus leaf that was used to obstruct her from the sunshine, since the sun was no longer too glaring, and also to obstruct from Xuanyuan Yi’s oppressing line of sight.

Moving her face to the other direction, suddenly, Murong Shu Qing’s eyes showed a flash of bright, and she narrowed her eyes, not too far away, was _____ “Green lotus?!”

Hearing Murong Shu Qing’s words, Xuanyuan Yi followed to look at her gaze, one greenish-blue lotus flower appeared in front of his eyes shockingly. Comparing to the blossom pink lotuses that were on the side, it appeared to blend with the dark green lotus leaf, but the delicate lotuses that filled the pond, were unable to shine upon (the green lotus). They were not as elegant and tranquil as the green lotus, the pond was filled with the dark leaves, but the brilliant glow was unable to resist it, and they were not as tall and proud like it either.

Xuanyuan Yi extended his hand, and just about to pick it.

“Wait a minute!” Murong Shu Qing pulled the sleeve of his garment, and she took the lotus leaf that was on her hand, and stuffed it into his hand. Then she fiddled with the lake water, and used the lake water to be near the green lotus. The sunshine shined down upon it, and it looked to be even more greenish-blue and brilliant in the eyes.

Murong Shu Qing caressed the lotus petals lightly and affectionally, she muttered quietly, and was reluctant and scared to startle this rare object: “Its original life is in the center of the pond, carefree, and happy, if you pluck it, you will destroy its ingenuousness, break its magnificent, it will be better to let it continues to linger in this world.”

“Freedom to linger in this world?! Is this what you want? Why do you want to stand out from the masses (to be different)?” Her ink black hair was among the green lotus lake, the wave shined down upon it, it was similar like another green lotus, and would go with the wind at any time, it made people unable to control it.

Lightly patting the water with her hand, Murong Shu Qing picked up the boat paddle and said: “The time is late, we should return, ok!” Her speaking voice had not left yet, she only felt that Xuanyuan Yi crossed over her. A shadow flashed through before her eyes, the green lotus was already on his hand.

“You!” Looking at Xuanyuan Yi whose one hand was holding the green lotus, and his other hand that was already caressing her cheek, Murong Shu Qing was unexpectedly speechless for a period of time!

Removing his hand from Murong Shu Qing’s face, Xuanyuan Yi suddenly moved his body to take an unfair advantage of her, and faced the tip of her nose: “I want this green lotus!”

His overbearing and hot lips were almost stuck on her, spreading her palm that was already sweating and felt warm, Murong Shu Qing did not dare to move, but her heart as if it was about to jump out wildly. Their eyes were facing each other, his eyes were very beautiful, firm and strong, deep and faintly blue, they could easily capture any person.

Murong Shu Qing wanted to retreat, but the power that came from her waist did not let her to move a single step. After a long time, Xuanyuan Yi finally let go off his hand, retreated, and he put the green lotus inside his spacious sleeve, then he picked up the boat paddle and went back to the shore.

For the whole journey, Xuanyuan Yi always turned his back from Murong Shu Qing, nobody was saying anything anymore.

Once there were on the shore, Tang Xiao Xiao who had been waiting on the side, came up immediately, she asked impatiently: “Qing Qing, did you find it?”

Murong Shu Qing smilingly shook her head, Xuanyuan Yi who was on the side, did not say anything, then everyone departed from the Lian Xin lake. Although Pei Che could see that something was wrong, but looking at Murong Shu Qing who was calm and with a relaxed appearance, he could not ask anything either. And looking at Xuanyuan Yi’s complexion a moment ago, he was still a little clever not to try to provoke him.

Murong Shu Qing and her group were the first one to return, along with the sunset from the west, one after another, all of the people returned, but no one found the legend of the green lotus. Tang Xiao Xiao was disappointed, she doubted whether or not the green lotus even existed, and just wanted Shen Xiao Yun to accompany her to look for it tomorrow.

Smiling to get rid of these willful enemies, Murong Shu Qing and Huo Zi Qi’s party bid their farewell after, and she returned to the Murong’s family.

Back to Sui Yuan, it was already the beginning of moonlight, tonight was the fifteenth of the month, the moonlight was very bright. It went through the thickness of the bamboo leaves and dropped on the mottled bamboo shadow. Murong Shu Qing had not returned back to the bamboo room, and was still sitting on the rock bench in the bamboo forest, quietly listening to the rustling sound from the bamboo forest. The cicadas’ chirping transcended on the quiet forest, the birdsongs were even more peaceful on the mountain. The tranquil night could always make her heart feel peaceful.

“Miss, Xuanyuan Yi Gongzi makes me bring this.” Lu Yi was carrying a half-size box type jade engraving and walked to the front of Murong Shu Qing, and she lightly put it on the table.

Looking one glance at that white jade box, Murong Shu Qing waved her hand, and said to Lu Yi: “En, today is a tiring day, you go to rest early also, ok!”

After she left for a good while, Murong Shu Qing lightly caressed the top of the small jade box, a slight cold feeling wrapped around her fingertips. Through the moonlight, Murong Shu Qing examined it carefully, this box was manufactured using a complete block of cold jade. The front side was engraved with a whole blooming lotus and the details carving of the box was a lotus leaf. Opening the small jade box, she could faintly smell the sweet scent that was wafting though the air pensively. It was that green lotus that was plucked this afternoon, the moonlight shrouded down on it, and it revealed the same amorous feelings again. No more scorching sun that was shining down on the greenish-blue color, but it was as if it was an ink painting, the thick and mild like appearances revealed its magnificent, and the white jade reflected on it, and it was completely flowing brightly. It had already departed for half a day from the water, but it did not show any mark of being withered, it was still moist and elegant like luster of gems, as if it was still blossoming from the water.

It really had the isolated beauty from this era, but what should she do about it! Xuanyuan Yi, what should she do about him! Lightly sighing, she closed the small jade box, Murong Shu Qing walked alone towards the depths of the bamboo forest.

 

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Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 17: Qi Lian Festival (Part 2)

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 17

Qi Lian Festival (Part 2)

A delegation of people entered the Furong (lotus) Ya (elegant) Zhu (building), the inside of the wide wing was already arranged with a huge round table, some appetizers were already prepared also. The east side of the wing had a carving window on one side, the carving was all the way through the window, one could see the Lian (lotus) xin (heart) hu (lake) (name of the lake). This was the biggest lake in Huadu district, the top of the lake caught the lotus leaves from the sky, reflecting on a lotus during the day, the faintly delightful fragrant penetrated deeply into one’s heart.

The inner wing’s furnishings were very simple, excluding the big round table, the side of the window was a wool carpet that had a new lotus in the rain, there was a low small side table and a collection of tea sets on the top. There was a calligraphy’s painting on the wall, this ordinary calligraphy’s painting had a poem on it, this piece of painting had a poem with a simple lotus flower drawing on the side. Fresh, elegant, and a very unique style. It seemed that this side of the wing was a part of the lake with the lotuses that were swaying gently with the wind.

“For one, love only the lotus — for the way it emerges untainted from the muck,
Raising cleanly above the ripples of water with an unaffected grace;
Its hallow, straight stems eschews climbing-vibes or branches;
Its scent turns ever purer the farther it travels in the wind,
And all the while it quietly holds its upright stance in peace.
It can only be admired from afar, not to be sullied nor debased.”
(This is copied from http://crispapples.blogspot.co.id/2009/10/on-love-of-lotus.html?m=1).

Yan Hao Yu was standing in front of the calligraphy’s painting for a long time, he slowly chanted the poem out. It could be watch from far away and could not be trifled with disrespectfully, it was really good words. Looking one glance to command the shopkeeper to serve, Murong Shu Qing appeared to be different than when he saw her for the first time, a valiant and formidable-looking person, flying free and at ease, with her whole body with an indigo’s plain clothing today, with her long hear that only had a wooden hairpin. Not only it did not make her look mediocre, but it actually made her to look even more elegant and graceful. Just liked ——— that pond with pure lotuses. He really did not misjudged wrongly, when he saw her for the first time, he knew that this woman was not simple, who could have thought that she was Murong Shu Qing.

Not too long after, the dishes were already prepared properly, with the lotus pastries, cakes, delicacies, they were put on the table very quickly.

Tang Xiao Xiao was looking at the soup that was brought up at the same time, she asked: “What kind of soup is this ah? Very pretty!”

With this one question of hers, everybody’s attentions were invested over. They could only see this clear and transparent soup, a lotus was blooming in the middle of the soup, as if it was faintly floating on the water surface.

The shopkeeper looked one glance at Murong Shu Qing, and saw her nod her head, then he smilingly explained: “This soup is called Wei (light) Yu (rain) Furong (lotus), it has a fresh pluck lotus flower, you have to simmer it with chicken stock for three days and three nights, with a slow fire and simmer it completely.”

Looking at the pretty and moist soup that was inside the bowl, Tang Xiao Xiao and Huo Zhi Qing were unable to bear it any longer, they drank a mouthful, both of them shouted at the same time: “Very good oh!”

Looking at their exaggerated expressions and exclamations, Yan Hao Yu laughed and shook his head, this soup certainly seemed to look very good in appearance. But taking this as a first dish, the flavor should be light and could improve the taste, Zhi Qing always preferred to taste heavy dishes, what was she foolishly shouting about!

Drinking a mouthful of the soup, Yan Hao Yu was startled, not only him, the other people who were on the table, also showed astounded expressions. They had eaten countless delicacies and fine food in the past, and people who had tasted culinary delicacies with a hundred tastes, would know, the first order to serve was a light food, then strong food at the end, lastly, it would be dessert, in this sequence, step by step. This way, one would not snatch the taste of the vegetable and meat dishes afterwards, and serving this soup first, the flavor was actually fresh with a strong fragrant, the fragrant was mellow and rich once it entered the mouth, it completely seized the taste buds with a whole feeling. First, one could not say how this rich soup, could be made so clear like this, then, how the other dishes that would be served later, would be put to this big ordeal. (The main point is the taste of the soup is already so good, so how will the taste of the other dishes will have to compare with the taste of the soup).

Just finished drinking the soup, a snow like sparkling white jade box was presented, Huo Zhi Qing asked curiously: “What is in this white jade box, very strange ah?!”

“This is a lotus chicken, the method in making it is a mixture of making beggar’s chicken and salted baked chicken, the most outer layer of the white jade box is used to coarse the sea salt and use the container to shape and absorb the taste. The inside layer is a blended thin mud, the most inner layer is the fresh lotus leaves and lotus petals that are wrapped into the chicken.” While explaining, the shopkeeper opened the outer box, the sweet fragrant of the lotus leaves, along with the rich and mellow roasted chicken, made people’s appetites to open wide. Opening the lotus leaves, the lotus petals that were inside the chicken, unexpectedly were still simple, elegant and rosy, but the roasted chicken was already golden and crisp.

This chicken meat was completely absorbed by the sweet fragrant of the lotus leaves, and the rich lotus petals, the chicken was crisp-fried and crunchy, but it was not greasy. Tang Xiao Xiao blurted out that she had not eaten this delicious chicken before, while she let the shopkeeper to open another box. Huo Zhi Qing was also extremely enjoying her eating, she nodded vigorously and expressed her agreement.

After Yan Hao Yu had tasted this lotus chicken, he had no choice but to say, the banquet was actually a display of originality, every dish was extremely good, every taste of the dishes gave a whole new feeling. He really wanted to see how many more pleasantly surprised dishes could Murong Shu Qing bring out after all.

After everybody was almost done eating, the shopkeeper served the final dish together, this also attracted Tang Xiao Xiao and Huo Xhi Qing’s visions one more time. That was a pastry that looked like a bowl of cake, the moist water appeared to look like luster of gems, the lotus as if it was frozen inside it.

“This is?”

“This is a dessert, it is called Bing (ice) Qin (to percolate) Lian (lotus) Xin (heart). It is used a pig skin to simmer the juice together and then it is steamed in the lotus petal’s broth later, the lotus seeds are frozen completely.”

Very sweet and gentle, sweet but not greasy, after eating it, it made people’s feelings to be amazingly clear and bright.

Finally eating until she was filled up, Tang Xiao Xiao whose physical strength was restored, standing by the side of the window. Looking at the pond that was filled with the delicate lotuses, she shouted: “Hey, how come there are people on the lake?” Hearing her excited yelling, everyone also looked at the pond.

They could only see that the pond was filled with lotus leaves that were swaying gently, about a dozen of young girls who were wearing pink dresses, were standing on Lian Xin lake, they were performing or dancing lightly. The sleeves from their dresses were swirling in the air, they looked like water fairies, sort of liked the flower fairies, who were having fun on the water surface, among the flowers willfully.

Huo Zhi Qing also curiously asked: “Yes ah! They are still dancing?”

Tang Xiao Xiao walked to in front of Murong Shu Qing, she pulled her sleeve, and asked: “Qing Qing, how can they do that?!”

Murong Shu Qing picked up the green tea that was on top of the low table, looked one glance at the lake, smilingly said: “They are piling (the bamboos) under the pond, and then, laying on the bamboos that are on the water surface, looking from a distant, they seem like dancing on the surface of the lotus pond.”

“So as it turns out, this is really simple ah, but it really looks very beautiful oh.” Tang Xiao Xiao suddenly realized, and looked towards the lake, she still thought that there were people in the whole world, that could have this awesome qinggong achievements like this, that they could also dance on the water!

Huo Zi Qi smilingly said with a clear voice: “Today’s meal is really stood out, it is not surprising that this Ying Ke Lou is renowned in the entire country.” This Ying Ke Lou was not ordinary, this Murong Shu Qing was even more not showing her depth. She was the honorable miss (from a wealthy family), but gentle, simple and elegant; her ability was threatening, and yet she was introverted and reserved. She would be the biggest competitor that his business would encounter.

There were already many people who assembled at the Lian Xin lake, this year’s convention to harvest and pluck the lotus would begin, Tang Xiao Xiao looked and just could not sit anymore, she hurriedly pulled Shen Xiao Yun, and called out: “Plucking of the lotus event will begin soon, let us go, ok, it will not be lively anymore if we look at it too late.”

Putting down the tea that she only drank half of it, Murong Shu Qing helplessly got up, this girl, once she ate her fill, she would just not lay down. Towards Huo Zhi Qing’s party, she faintly smiled and invitingly said: “We all should go together to look at the annual event of the Qi Lian Festival, ok!”

“Alright!” Huo Zhi Qing was not able to be patience anymore, she really liked this older sister, she treated people properly, was gentle, free and at ease. Her whole person seemed to always shroud in this laziness personality within her.

Looking at Huo Zhi Qing who was so excited to follow Murong Shu Qing, and would leave them behind, Huo Zi Qi and Yan Hao Yu looked at each other and forced a smile, who was exactly her family after all.

Plucking of the lotus was the most important ceremony during the Qi Lian Festival, it was also attracted numerous males and females to go to the event. According to legend, thousand of years ago, there was a fairy who came to the secular world, she fell in love with a man and tied a knot to become a husband and wife. The two people really loved each other sincerely, their feelings were deep, unfortunately, good things did not last forever. The Heaven discovered that the fairy longed for the secular world, and disobeyed the rule of the Heaven. As a result, the fairy was brought back to heaven, and imprisoned for 500 years. The man was forced to separate with the fairy, he was heart-broken, spat out blood, and died in melancholy very soon. Under the netherworld, the man did not agree to drink the soup from Meng Po (if one believes in reincarnation, one has to drink this soup from this grandmother to forget one’s old life and be reborn as a new person), and he wanted to remember his feelings with the fairy forever. Since then, the man was reincarnated five times, he could not forget the fairy in the end, and did not get married in every lifetime. Finally, his deep feeling moved the Heaven, and the Buddha gave him a direction, that as long as he found the green lotus under the Buddha’s seat, he would be able to meet together with the fairy. The man searched everywhere in the whole world, it was already a full ten years, he finally found this at Lian Xin lake. The man and the fairy were separated for 500 years, and they could finally be together again in the end.

As a result, this Lian Xin lake had a huge reputation, and this was the origin that the Qi Lian Festival was held, every year, unmarried males and females, could come to participate in the plucking of the lotus event. When the males and females entered the lake, they could extract a number, the man had a red color of a wooden tablet, while the woman had a green color of a wooden tablet. When the numbers on the two wooden tablets were identical, so those two people could embark to enter the lake to search for the lotus.

If they could find the green lotus, it indicated that the two people were predestined in love and in previous lives by the Heaven. Not matter whether or not the both families were well-matched in social status, both of the family patriarchs would not be allowed to oppose. Thus, there were many males and females who loved each other, they eagerly wanted this matchmaker from heaven (which was the green lotus).

When Murong Shu Qing and the other people arrived at the lake, there were already multitude of people, many people came to see the liveliness (of the place), and it was also assumed that they somewhat looked for the lotus sincerely. Entering the location, there were two big boxes, one was red and the other was green. The unmarried males and females could draw the numbers to take a wife or husband from within the boxes.

Doing as the natives were doing (the idiom that says when in Rome, do as the Romans do), each and every unmarried people drew out the numbers. Entering the inner area, the government’s master ceremony was already shouting: “Everybody, the plucking of the lotus event will begin immediately, these Gongzi and Misses can show the numbers on their hands, whoever forms a pair can enter the pond to search for the lotus.”

For a moment, the noises were even lovelier. Every family’s Gongzi sent out their young man servants to inquire about a beautiful woman. These Misses who were difficult to leave home also reminded their servant girls to be careful to compare (the number).

Since Tang Xiao Xiao came in at the start, her mouth was pouting all along and she went into a huff: “Qing Qing, why only the unmarried people can search for the lotus ah! I also want to go and have fun!”

Murong Shu Qing laughed and looked at her arm that was pulled by Tang Xiao Xiao: “Because you are a married woman, if there is a man who draws the same number as yours, do you want to go and search the lotus with that single man together? If you are not careful to search it in the end, since this is a Heaven’s matchmaker, he will want to marry you oh!?”

“Who dares!”

Tang Xiao Xiao had not replied yet, but a raging sound of a man immediately echoed, she was also pulled by two powerful arms to enter into his embrace very quickly.

Looking at Shen Xiao Yun’s narrowed eyes, dangerously looking at her, Tang Xiao Xiao immediately acted coquettishly and hugged his neck, with a tender smile, she said: “I only ask casually, if I want to pluck it, I will pluck it with you ah! We are naturally a couple, matched in heaven, hehe!”

Tang Xiao Xiao really put a lot of energy to pacify, Shen Xiao Yun’s complexion that was cloudy, changed to clear slowly. Looking at his improved complexion, Tang Xiao Xiao secretly and relaxingly breathed. She could not go on her own, but Qing Qing could ah, struggling to get free from Shen Xiao Yun’s embrace, she dragged Murong Shu Qing’s sleeve, and asked while she was shaking (her sleeve): “Qing Qing, what number are you ah?”

What number was hers? When she entered the door, she just drew it out casually, then she gave it to Lu Yi, and she had not looked at it yet.

Lu Yi presented the number, and lightly said: “278.”

Tang Xiao Xiao looked all around: “These many people, who has number 278 ah?”

 

Sian’s notes:

At first, I didn’t really like Tang Xiao Xiao in the previous chapter due to her childish personality, however, she’s very cute in this chapter. Hehehe… Any guess who has the red color for number 278? 😃😃😃

Oh, Din2 found some of YouTube videos on how to make beggar’s chicken and salted baked chicken so if any of you wants to try these recipes, please do so and let me know how they taste. 😍

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t470cSUjdO8    (叫化鸡 = Beggar’s Chicken)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q31AJwswyak   (Beggar’s chicken)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQRzwYQUXP4   (Salted Baked Chicken)

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 16: Qi Lian Festival (Part 1)

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 16

Qi Lian Festival (Part 1)

“Qing Qing, hurry up ah, why are you so slow!” Early in the morning, Tang Xiao Xiao already shouted out loudly in the front of Murong Shu Qing’s bamboo house.

Murong Shu Qing shook her head, this girl would forever be a person whom you could hear her voice first before you could see the actual person.

Asking Zi Yuan gently, who was just doing her hair: “Is Wan Ru getting better?”

While inserting the wooden hairpin that she loved the most, Zi Yuan answered: “After resting for several days, she has almost recovered (her health).”

“You go and ask her to go to the Qi Lian Festival together.”

“Yes!”

Just when Zi Yuan wanted to go out, she almost knocked against the energetic Tang Xiao Xiao who just rushed to come in.

“Qing Qing, are you done? Hurry up and go, ok, everybody is waiting for you!” Tang Xiao Xiao looked at Murong Shu Qing who already put on her clothing properly. She was pulling her hand, and rushing to go out hurriedly.

Murong Shu Qing was dragged by Tang Xiao Xiao, she did not have any alternatives but to have a small run to catch up with her. Heavens, she did not have any qinggong.

Finally arriving at the front gate, Shen Xiao Yun, Xuanyuan Yi, Pei Che, Murong Xing Hun were already waiting at that place. Waiting until Murong Shu Qing could finally breathe with great difficulty, Murong Wan Ru who was wearing a light purple dress, also arrived at the same time. Murong Wan Ru who had not completely healed from her serious illness, along with her tender and soft figure, bright and beautiful appearance, looked even pitier.

This was the first time that Tang Xiao Xiao saw Murong Wan Ru, so she moved around to look her up and down for several times, until she felt embarrassed and bowed her head down lowly. Then Tang Xiao Xiao withdrew her line of sight, and looked to compare to Murong Shu Qing’s face for quite a while, then she asked astonishingly: “Huh?! She is your elder sister?!”

Looking at her appearance, Murong Shu Qing knew exactly what she wanted to say, she raised her eyebrows and smilingly said: “She should be!”

Comparing them again, Tang Xiao Xiao concluded as she was saying: “You guys do not look alike at all, you are very different.”

Once she finished speaking, everyone’s reaction was different, Pei Che almost fell, then he stared fixedly at Murong Shu Qing. Xuanyuan Yi was also curious with her reaction, Shen Xiao Yun advanced one step secretly, and took his young, reckless and smart wife to leave Murong Shu Qing’s side. Murong Wan Ru felt awkward and stood on the spot confusingly, and she did not dare to raise her head to look at Murong Shu Qing. Lu Yi who was standing beside Murong Shu Qing, slightly knitted her eyebrows, and just looked at Tang Xiao Xiao who was still infatuated with her own conclusion.

Murong Shu Qing was looking at their exaggerated expressions, and could not help to lightly smile and say: “I also think this way!”

She felt that it was very strange all along, Murong Shu Qing and Murong Wan Ru’s appearances did not look alike at all, one was bright, colorful and beautiful, the other one could only be regarded as delicate and pretty at the most. It was said that Murong Shu Qing’s mother was known as a beauty at the capital in those years, her elder brother was also out of ordinarily handsome and bright, how could she not inherit anything. But she was very satisfied with her appearance now, since the beauty during the ancient times, was unable to run away from her destiny. And her beauty could bring troubles also, so looking ordinary was actually good.

Just liked that? Looking at Murong Shu Qing who was still smiling and standing in front of them, she did not even say anything for a period of time. All of the women attached importance to their appearances, but she was actually unconcerned at all.

“Ah! It is so late, we should set off now!” Tang Xiao Xiao cried out in alarmed, her left hand was pulling Shen Xiao Yun, and her right hand was dragging Murong Shu Qing to walk out.

Because of Tang Xiao Xiao’s insistence not to take a chariot, and want to have some fun for the whole journey, Murong Shu Qing could only make the chariot to follow them from behind. So that Murong Wan Ru who had not completely healed from her serious illness, could take the chariot when she was tired.

Qi Lian Festival was Haidu’s annual event, it could be considered as a major festival in Dong Yu. The original flourishing street became even livelier now, so much so that some merchants from the other countries also came to this event. Both sides of the streets, everything that people could eat, drink and have fun, were there. Every kind of lotus flower lanterns, the lotus decorations were also magnificent and diverse.

Shen Xiao Yun was accompanying Tang Xiao Xiao who was walking ahead of (everybody else), and she bought a pile of stuffs, and asked the family’s servant to throw them inside the chariot. She had a tendency to continue buying things all the way. Murong Xing Hun and Lu Yi were following Murong Shu Qing, and were walking behind Xuanyuan Yi. Pei Che was accompanying the delicate, Murong Wan Ru who walked the last.

Murong Shu Qing was laughing to see that Shen Xiao Yun was being pulled and scattered everywhere, this well-known Jiang Hu’s master who was harsh, wealthy and an expert, but he was willing to be like this in front of that woman. Xuanyuan Yi was also looking at Shen Xiao Yun who was busy paying, and he shook his head and smilingly said: “If one has a wife like that, it is really exhausting.”

“Happiness always comes from one’s personal experiences. You see that he has to go a lot of troubles, but he thinks that this is the extreme happiness that he is seeking throughout his life.” While she was talking to Xuanyuan Yi, she picked up a clear white jade lotus that was on the top of the small store on the street, and played with it.

Coming to Murong Shu Qing’s side, Xuanyuan Yi asked: “You like it?”

“Very pretty!” The white luster of gems of the white jade was pure and clear, it had a unique carving of a new blooming lotus flower.

Picking up the jade, throwing out a silver ingot, then he took out a silver chain and put it on Murong Shu Qing’s neck. Sticking behind her ear, he gently told her: “I have taken your bamboo leaf pendant, so I am giving this to you.”

Murong Shu Qing caressed the jade with her hand, and heard Xuanyuan Yi’s muffled voice that had a somewhat sex appeal, this man would never accept any rejection forever.

Running around in a circle, Tang Xiao Xiao whose head was slightly sweating, already walked to the side of Murong Shu Qing. Leaning against her shoulder, she dispiritedly spoke: “Qing Qing, I have not eaten any breakfast, I am starving to death?”

“I thought that you did not need to eat.” Murong Shu Qing laughingly mocked her.

Looking at Tang Xiao Xiao’s pouting mouth, she did not even have any strengths to bicker, and Murong Wan Ru who was behind, was also exhausted and she could not stand anymore. Tang Xiao Xiao who was leaning on her shoulder, finally said: “Good, we are going to eat lunch, ok!”

A delegation of people walked over towards Ying Ke Lou.

It was noon, the inside of Ying (to welcome) Ke (guest) Lou (building) was already full. This Ying Ke Lou was the most famous restaurant in Huadu district, not only their dishes were top quality, the whole scenery at Ying Ke Lou was even more distinct. Especially during the Qi Lian Festival, the whole lotus feast here was even more well-known in the whole world ah, many people just came to Huadu district because of it. The private rooms during these few days would already been booked long time ago. Inside the first floor hall, many people had already been waiting on the side also.

One woman was looking at the shopkeeper miserably: “We came just for this whole lotus feast, shopkeeper, please help us!”

The shopkeeper also felt awkward, but he had no alternative but to explain repeatedly: “These guests (using a very polite appellation for a guest), I am really sorry, our private rooms have been booked early and they are full, there is absolutely no more empty seats.”

The young man who was behind the woman, was already unable to tolerate it, and he said: “We will spend twice as much money, you think of a way, ok.”

The shopkeeper was still smiling and he cupped his hands in greetings: “I apologize to the guests, even if you can spend tenth or hundredth times of money, I still do not have any empty seats to give to you.”

Murong Shu Qing’s party just entered Ying Ke Lou, and they had seen a lot of people who were standing by the side of the stairs. The shopkeeper saw them, and he immediately welcomed them to come up: “Miss, you come.”

Looking at these several people, they appeared to be somewhat familiar, and she asked: “What is going on!”

The shopkeeper was not replying yet, that woman from a moment ago, already walked to the front of Murong Shu Qing, and she excitingly said: “This older sister, do you still remember me? From last time, we met near the chariot that was at the roadside.”
“As it turns out, it is that young lady.” Looking one glance at the several people who were behind the woman, it was indeed them.

“You remember me?! I am Huo Zhi Qing. Are you also coming to eat ah? I specifically come to eat this whole lotus feast, but unfortunately, there is no more seats!” Huo Zhi Qing slightly stuck out her mouth, disappointedly lowered her head, and looked as if she was a pitiful kitten.

Murong Shu Qing laughed secretly, this appearance really looked similar to Tang Xiao Xiao’s appearance when she had not eaten anything. Looking at those several men who were behind her, she was afraid that their identities were rather complicated, ok.

Not wanting to make this young girl disappointed, Murong Shu Qing smilingly said: “If Miss does not mind it, you can join us.”

“Really?” Huo Zhi Qing raised her head in surprise, but she looked cautious and solemn again, and pitifully turned around to look at the black dress man: “Eldest brother ~~~”

Looking at his younger sister’s hoping gaze, and then he looked at Murong Shu Qing, Huo Zi Qi cupped his hands and said with a clear voice: “Then, many thanks to Miss.”

 

 

Sian’s notes:

The actual words for this chapter is actually Qi Lian Festival. The Lian word means lotus, that’s why there are a lot of lotus’ references in this chapter. Based on the synopsis in novelupdates, the person who translated the synopsis was actually using Qi Xi Festival. Qi Xi Festival which is the seventh day of July in lunar calendar is also known as Qi Qiao festival or the Night of Sevens or the Magpie festival. According to the legend, the goddess “Zhi Nv” (the star Vega) fell in love with the farmer boy “Niu Lang” (the star Altair), but was disapproved by her mother goddess. As punishment, they were separated by the Milky Way and could only meet once a year on this night. It’s also called the Chinese’s Valentine Day. More about Qi Xi Festival can be found here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qixi_Festival. At first I decided to use Qi Xi Festival to be consistent with the novelupdates, however during editing, I have decided to stick with the raw. And as we move along to the next few chapters, the origin about Qi Lian Festival is actually somewhat different than Qi Xi Festival, but it does relate to the same love concepts.

That Ying Ke Lou is actually both a restaurant and an inn. I was going to use Ying Ke Lou restaurant to make it easier to remember since I keep the pinyin words for this, however, in the future chapters, I find out that this Ying Ke Lou is also an inn. If you like to watch mainland kungfu drama, you can picture this Ying Ke Lou where the people can stay overnight at this type of inn and they can also decide to only eat at this restaurant (without staying overnight).

Again, you should also know the meaning of the “qinggong” words from book 1of the Mistaken Marriage series. Anyhow, it’s a skill that these martial art practitioners have in order for them to be able to walk so fast or jump so high or “fly”.

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 15: Committed Suicide

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 15

Committed Suicide

Murong Shu Qing who continued to lie down among the flowers, still did not have time to enjoy lying down alone in the hidden flowers, under the night beautiful stars, one shadow already enveloped her body: “Who is he?”

Looking at Xuanyuan Yi who was lying down just like her, Murong Shu Qing lightly sighed, they were really two types of people, and who could reveal two kinds of bearings also. If she said that Qin Xiu Zhi had an elegant and impressive style, casual and free. So this Xuanyuan Yi was exactly a cruel, untamed and arrogant person. Similarly, this kind of lying down on the cluster of flowers at will, Qin Xiu Zhi was aesthetically gentle, and this delicate flowers tree appeared to blend with him together. Xuanyuan Yi was aggressive and cold, how could these flowers tree cover up his points.

Not paying attention to even look at Xuanyuan Yi, she raised her head to admire the stars, and said: “I am not familiar (with him)!”

Suddenly, Murong Shu Qing felt that the top of her neck was slightly in pain, Xuanyuan Yi already pulled down the black jade leaf necklace that was always on her, and he was playing with it in his hand. Looking down on her body, he kept close to Murong Shu Qing’s ear, and said with a muffled and charm voice: “How can you like giving things away? In the future, you only allow to give something to me!”

The tip of her nose faintly smelled alcohol, Xuanyuan Yi’s breath was heated up, and the voice sounded muffled and hoarse, his speech was confuse and overbearing. It made Murong Shu Qing’s heart was like fluctuating lake, she felt that her own breath became somewhat unstable gradually. Murong Shu Qing frowned and sighed secretly, the moonlight was too beautiful, it was surely a kind of mistake. Whether or not this time, with a high chanting, the moon was the reason to cause a disaster.

Wishing to sing this lyrics, Murong Shu Qing suddenly felt very funny, the original charming and ambiguous atmospheres were destroyed when she heard her laughing voice. Slightly moving forwards to be a little more apart from him, she smilingly said: “Have you ever heard from other people that you are very overbearing.”

Looking at Murong Shu Qing who moved further away, Xuanyuan Yi did not make things difficult for her either, and conveniently lied down, just liked Murong Shu Qing. Peacefully lying down to appreciate the moonlight that was clear with many stars, his mouth lazily replied: “You are not the first one (who said that he’s overbearing), you will not be the last person either.”

The two people did not say anything anymore, quietly appreciating the scenery of this summer night, the fragrance of flowers and the song of cicadas, the cool breeze with a bright moon as their company.

“Miss, Miss.” A somewhat urgent voice of a woman came through from the courtyard unhurriedly.

Getting up to look at Lu Yi who was hurriedly walking towards her, Murong Shu Qing lightly patted off the petals from her skirt, and she asked: “Lu Yi, what is happening?”

Looking at Murong Shu Qing, Lu Yi felt that her heart was settled by a lot, helping her to get rid of the petals that were on her hair, she said: “The family’s guard just came to report a moment ago, that Miss Wan Ru cut her wrist (to try to kill herself) this afternoon, fortunately, Madam Yun discovered it early, it should not be too dangerous now.”

Cutting her wrist? Recalling that woman who was covered with bruises, had pale complexion, and her head that was always bowed down and shaking, Murong Shu Qing lightly sighed: “Let us return and take a look.”

 

*****

 

Inside the Chu Yun pavilion, there was only Yun Pei Hua and Xiao Chan who were accompanying Murong Wan Ru. The room only had three small lanterns, but it was not too dark either. Murong Shu Qing entered the room, then she waved her hand to them: “You all go out, ok!”

The two people were concerned and looking one glance at that person who cut her wrist this afternoon and had not said anything, their eyes did not completely look at Murong Wan Ru, it appeared that they did not have any capability to bring up anything that they wanted to say to her. Without any better option, they slowly withdrew from Chu Yun pavilion. Lu Yi who was behind them, quietly closed the door, and she also retreated out.

Murong Shu Qing entered the bedroom, but had not looked at Murong Wan Ru who was on the bed. She just walked straight to the front of the window, and lightly pushed the window open. In a flash, a water like shiny full moon filled the room.

“How many people seek to be alive, why do you seek death?” Murong Shu Qing’s light voice seemed to be ethereal and distant under the moonlight.

For a very long time, the person who had not moved for several shichen, lightly moved, but that beautiful eyes lost her spirit and her eyes were watching attentively at the moon that was on the top of the window, the woman lightly sighed. The moonlight just liked water, it was clear and cold for her and wrapped her around like a hazy ribbon, that was just unreal.

Murong Wan Ru regained her line of sight to look at the wound on her hand that was wrapped up properly, also that old wounds, with intense sadness, she said: “I am already weary with these kind of days, as far as I am concern, being alive is only to suffer (more hardships). Maybe dying will make me feel free.”

Murong Shu Qing turned around, and picked up the tea that was on the table and somewhat cold, she gave one cup to both Murong Wan Ru and herself, came to the front of the bed, and handed it over to her hand. Then she lied down on the chair that was next to the bed, she asked: “Do you know why this long dan tea is especially rich and mellow (in flavors)?

Murong Wan Ru looked at the tea that was on her own hand, she did not know how to reply, and could finally say: “I do not know!”

“Have you seen the ice in a far away place, the silver and plain scenery?”

“I have not.”

“Have you heard the raging waves that beat against the shore, as if the sound of a sea wave with a ten thousand stampeding horses?”

“I have not.”

“Do you want to see it, do you want to hear it?”

She had not seen the outside world, her sky was that small block all along, her sullen and bright eyes showed a light surprise: “I ~~~, they are way too far away from me.”

Murong Shu Qing slowly and firmly said: “From here to Jin Zhou tea’s garden, it only needs 10 days, to get to the snowy mountain at the Lin Feng Guan, it only needs one month, to get to Dong Hai, it only needs 20 days, these (distances) are not too far away like you have thought. This world is not as small as you think it is either.”

“But I am already a married woman, I am not able to run away.”

Murong Shu Qing said smilingly: “If you are not afraid (to run away), it will be fine!”

“What do you mean?!” Murong Wan Ru glared with her big eyes, her original pale and stupefied face looked extremely and amazingly lively. She had an unbelievable looked at Murong Shu Qing.

She appeared to have been stimulated excessively, also, towards a person who had accepted men as superior to women since she was a child, a woman who was taught to be faithful unto death, this was really an extremely outrageous suggestion. Putting down the tea that was on her hand, Murong Shu Qing sighed and said: “Since you have already come back, just stay at home for about a year, I will let you see the family’s mountains and great rivers within this Dong Yu’s country. At that future time, you come here again to tell me your answer.”

“But the Li’s family ~~”

“You did not need to be worry about this, just do what you want to do on your own! Before then, do not do any foolish thing.”
“Zhong Wen, he ~~” He was already her husband after all, they had been married together for four years, he should be her husband throughout her life, but he actually the person who gave her the most and deepest sorrows.

A person throughout one’s life, one should experience it on one’s own, with one’s own view, one own’s feeling, one’s own place, this world did not give any woman these things. It only taught them to obey. In love, the world of a family was even more like this, if one did not have him, then that meant that one did not have everything.

In Murong Shu Qing’s (point of view), love was an important part of one’s life, but it should not be one’s whole life. Even though it was faithful to the end, but the rigid faithfulness of love, also did not require each other’s life or death, this was the only reason why that person already planted this point of view deeply in one’s heart.

“This period of time, you can also think about you and him, what do you want to do, can he or can he not give you (what you want).” Finished speaking, and did not wait until she replied, Murong Shu Qing already stepped out of Chu Yun pavilion.

Looking at Murong Shu Qing who went freely and at ease, and she was already disappeared in the hazy night scene. It seemed that what mother told her that the family had changed these days, was indeed true, and she was not the previous Murong Shu Qing.

Then what did she want for her own (life)? Marrying him was her parents’s order, and the matchmaker’s words. Working hard to be a good wife, was a woman’s duty, how about her? What did she want! The cold tea that was on her hand, it did not have any alluring fragrant smell at all, there was only a biter and astringent flavor that was difficult to say.

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 14: Wedding Reception (Part 2)

Warning: Reading the translation about the poem that MSQ chants in this novel is at your own risks! Hahahaha…. I can only find a mandarin reference for this poem, which doesn’t help anybody or me.

The character list & glossary have been updated up to this chapter. Do we have enough names on this novel? 😃

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 14

Wedding Reception (Part 2)

Finished doing the wedding ceremony in the main hall, next would be sending (the couple) out to the bridal room. But many of these guests were from Jiang Hu’s people, everyone would not bother with the wedding customs, they also did not know that type of matter, they raised their heads to look at the bride’s appearance, everyone was responding (in agreement) one after another, and the atmosphere was actually lively.

A middle age person with a mustache seemed to be very familiar with Yi Yun Shu, patting his shoulder, he heckled and said with a loud voice: “Yes ah! I hear that Jiang Nan’s Yu family, in addition to having a top quality sword craftsmanships, the three young ladies are also the outstanding beauties (literal words are national grace, divine fragrance). I do not know if the Yi’s household will be willing to let everyone to take a look at the beautiful face!”

Yi Yun Shu was staring one glance at the middle age man, looking at the excitement from the whole guests, he did not know whether he should agree or not agree, he could not disagree either.

At this time, a laughter that sounded like a silver sweet-sounding’s bell, transmitted out of the bridal veil: “Ladies and gentlemen, your praise is absurd, what pretty and delicate appearances, do not be absurd as saying that Yu Qian is an outstanding beauty.” Her speaking voice had not left yet, her delicate hand already lifted the covering veil up. A beautiful white (from powder) jade carving face was in the presence of everyone. The woman’s skin looked creamy, sweet and charming, with her easy-mannered that was appropriate for the occasion, especially that pair of large and round eyes that showed her own confidence. Murong Shu Qing sighed secretly in her heart, how courageous and straightforward nature of a woman.

After everyone saw clearly the woman’s appearance, they also started praising eagerly, there was another burst of conventional greetings again. Since the covering veil was already been taken off, they did not need to send her off to the bridal room urgently. Among the talk and laughs, some of the guests were presenting their congratulatory gifts, following the other people, everyone presented their gifts one after another. For a moment, the inside of the hall was filled with many treasures, exceptionally magnificent.

Xuanyuan Yi presented a long sword, Pei Che presented a guqin (a long zither with 5 or 7 strings) afterwards, the only one left was Murong Shu Qing.

Since she could not avoid the customs, Murong Shu Qing forced Lu Yi to hand over the small brocade box as a present, then she smilingly said: “One small gadget, for the Madam to play with.”

Everyone was curious, what could be inside this very small brocade box?

Lu Yi slowly opened the small brocade box, it was a small night pearl that was smaller than a fist, the pearl was smooth, round and full. The sky was already gradually darken, the candle flame shone upon, one could already see the extraordinary ray that was flowing from all over the pearl. Looking at it for quite a while, everyone did not understand it, because there were many of these night pearls that were even bigger than this. This pearl, besides it was slightly brighter than the other, and its side halo was gentler, they could not see what so special about this. It was reasonable to say that the Murong’s family would not present this ordinary gift like this ah?!

Among the full friends within the guests, they would not show any disrespect to any person, at this time, an elderly man who was sitting and wearing a bright dress, starting to get up. He walked in front of the small brocade box to examine it carefully, suddenly he cried out and said: “This fragrance, can it be ~~~” The elderly man who had not continued speaking, directly fixed his attention to Murong Shu Qing, until she lightly nodded to him. The elderly man placed his line of sight back to the night pearl, happily nodded, his mouth mumbled to himself: “Best quality ah, best quality!”

At the time that the elderly man was infatuatedly drunk in appreciating the pearl, everyone just realized that there was a faint fragrance in the inside of the hall, it did not appear to be fragrance of flowers, it was also not medicinal herb fragrance either. It was very indistinct, when you tried hard to sniff it, it appeared to float in the far distant air, if you did not pay any attentions to it, it seemed to linger right on the tip of your nose.

Yu Qian was looking at the pearl that was given to her hand, she hesitatingly asked: “This is ~~?”

“The fragrant night pearl from Hai Yu!” Murong Shu Qing’s soft voice that was not loud nor low, faintly spoke out. But it made everyone who was siting, startled, was this a thousand gold fragrant night pearl that was very rare to find? Rumor said it, that this night pearl could disseminate delicate fragrance out, not only that this fragrance could calm your energy, it was also helpful to sleep and could assist one to fall asleep, one would not have any nightmares. This night pearl could also detoxify and drive our evil spirits. But because this Hai Yu area was an extremely rare place and not many people knew the route to get there, they only knew, that the area was a very dangerous area (literal meaning is nine deaths and one still alive). Therefore, this night pearl was extremely precious, the average thumb size was very rare, let alone like this bigger one, any wealthy people could not necessarily be able to get it either.

Everyone was shocked at the same time, and also sighed secretly, it was really the Murong’s family, they certainly spent money out of the ordinary ah!

Looking at everyone who was praising, sighing and looking at this pearl, Yi Yun Xin took it curiously, and held it on her hand, she felt that it gave an unexpected warmth, incomparable warmth. The appearance of the body of pearl was flickering with a sudden brightness and a sudden darkness like starlight, she fondled it admiringly, and hurriedly asked: “How beautiful oh. I like it also! Do you have any more?”

“Yun Xin, do not act willfully, how can this night pearl be available easily.” Yi Yun Shu looked at this night pearl with a headache, saying that it was priceless, was not an exaggerated (saying) either. If they accepted this today, they would owe Murong Shu Qing one enormous favor, he was afraid that there might be even more inconvenient matters in the future. Giving an excuse on the spot: “Miss Murong, this gift from you is way too precious, we dare not to accept the honor!”

Murong Shu Qing was looking at the gift that was returned in front of her, she was not angry either, but she did not take it, and leisurely and pleasingly laughed and said: “Yi Gongzi, do not need to be polite, I give this small gift to Madam Yu, you do not need to care about this too much either, this is only a small decoration.”

In front of many guests, if he kept making excuses, he was afraid that it would not be effective, it seemed that he could only accept this gift. Helplessly, Yi Yun Shu and Yu Qian looked one glance at each other after, and took back the brocade small box: “Since it is like this, then, we can only thank Miss Murong!”

The gifts were already presented, the congratulatory words were also spoken more or less, next was nothing else but eating and drinking. The thirty days wine and five flavor dishes (an idiom means that everyone has to drink 3 rounds of wine and eat 5 courses of meals), Pei Che and Xuanyuan Yi were drinking the wine with the groom, the masters of each family household stepped forward to toast him one after another. Unable to put up with them any longer, Murong Shu Qing let Lu Yi to deal with those drunk people, and she left this turmoil hall.

Even though the Yi family’s courtyard was not that big, but the middle of the garden was filled with light pink Indian azalea flowers. Stroking the petals, Murong Shu Qing sniggered, who would have thought that these masculine and formidable people from the armed escort bureau, unexpectedly planted this tender and soft cuckoo inside of the garden, she did not know whether to ask the happy bride about the new plant, or Yi Yun Shu really had this carefree feeling like this.

Freely lying down on the top of slab among the flowers, a yellow figure seemed to submerge among the light pink Indian azalea flowers. Recalling that she went into hiding in the sea of flowers when she was a child to avoid her older brothers to look for her. But when would she be able to see them again!

Closing her eyes, with the fragrance of flowers, she seemed to chant with a low voice, and looked like she was softly singing:
“One spring to worry about pouring the wine, the boat on the river was shaking, the curtain banner was fluttering on the top of the boat.
The beautiful woman (from the Tang Dynasty) was crossing the peaceful bridge. The wind was fluttering, the rain was also miserable.
When did the family have to wash the guest’s gown? The music was harmonizing, the fragrant was pouring some sweet smelling.
Flowing the ray that was easy to abandon people, red cherry, and green banana.”

For a long time, there was a sound that came from among the cluster of flowers, that was not too far away: “Good poem!”

“Where does Gongzi think that (the poem) is good?” A gentle but slightly cold voice, that resembled like the man’s feeling asked.

“The artistic mood of the guest who has been in a place far from home for a long time, is good.”

A guest who had been in a place far from home for a long time?! Yes ah, during this different era, her own self was only another guest, nothing more.

Slowly sitting up, lightly swatting the petals that were on her hair, she smiled to look at the dark green figure who was reclining not too far away, she mockingly asked: “As it turns out, Gongzi and I are similar, we both like to hide and lie on the flowers ah!”

“Certainly, it is an elegant activity.” Regarding this kind of mocking, the man did not appear to be too concerned, he also slowly sat up, looked face to face at Murong Shu Qing, and smiled.

“Does Gongzi also want to ask me about the matter about the night pearl?” When Lu Yi opened the small brocade box, those beautiful eyes did not move away from her body. When she stepped out of the hall, he followed her out. It looked like he did not see the night pearl, but it was rather her, it could be assumed that he cared more about the source of this night pearl.

“Yes.” Did he really show it off clearly like this? But, if she was only an ordinary woman, then he did not need to ask either.

“I obtained the night pearl from Hai Yu half a year ago.”

“You have gone to Hai Yu?” The man suddenly leaned his body forward, spoke with a stir up emotion, his eyes were fully flickering, they showed off his impatient mood.

As it turned out, this man who was as clear and bright as a cloud, there was a time when he could be stirred up emotionally like this, what he really cared, was actually Hai Yu: “No, I have only heard from people who have gone there, it is a very ~~ special country.”

“Do you know how to go there?” Even though he was somewhat disappointed, the man did not give up yet.

“Very little knowledge about it.”

“Is it possible to inform this humble self?!”

“During Mid-Autumn festival every year, the seawater in the East China Sea (Dong Hai) will rise up against the tide for half a shichen (1 hour), if you can seize this time, the water will subsequently float on the current. But within this half a shichen, the seawater will move towards indefinitely, the reefs, the many large waves, if you are not careful, your body will be turned and your bones will be crushed. Following the direction against the stream, you will reach the territory of the Hai Yu’s country, then going towards the east for about 10 days, you will reach the shore of the Hai Yu’s country.”

“Many thanks to Miss, this humble self is Qin Xiu Zhi.” The man immediately got up, raised up from the rain of flowers.

Xiu Zhi, good name. Murong Shu Qing did not get up at all, still sat among the rain of flowers, mildly laughed and said: “Murong Shu Qing.”

“Then, I will leave.”

“Wait a minute.” Maybe because it was that bleak figure, or maybe because he tacitly understood her mind, or maybe because the two people had equally clear, cold and indifferent tempers, Murong Shu Qing called out to him. Taking down a jadeite round carving jade ornament that was on her waist all along, she placed it into his hand: “When you go towards the west, there is a person at Lin Feng Guan, who has gone to Hai Yu. If you want to go to Hai Yu, take this jade girdle ornament and look for him, he will help you.”

“Many thanks!” Qin Xiu Zhi deeply looked one glance at Murong Shu Qing, finally, he raised that clear and calm smile just liked before, and stepped out of this splendid courtyard.

 

Sian’s notes:

Hai Yu is the forth (maybe last) country that has been introduced in this novel. So far, we have Dong Yu, Cang Yue, Yan Rui and Hai Yu. Hai Yu just happens to mean sea (Hai) area. At first I translated the words to sea area, but to be consistent with the other three countries, I’ll stick with the pinyin words. The author only mentioned a little bit about Yan Rui in the past chapter. There will be more things that will be mentioned about Yan Rui in the future chapters.

Hehehehe… most of you think that the new character is the male lead. He is kind of, unfortunately, not for MSQ. The dark green cheongsam man from the previous chapter aka Qin Xiu Zhi happens to be one of the male leads in book 2 of this destined marriage series. He is actually a Prince from Hai Yu but he was exiled since he was young (most of the time the reason was usually because of a political reason) so that was why he was so interested to know more about Hai Yu, where he was from. Also I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but this book is also a part of a 3 book series. This is the first book. The second book is about one of MSQ’s best friends, who is known as Shang Jun (she pretends to be a man after her family is killed by the Cang Yue’s emperor). Her family was the first general family in Cang Yue before they were obliterated. This book 2 is all about revenge as she’s trying to get revenge for her family. Anyway, book 3 is about another MSQ’s best friends, who happens to be the queen of Hai Yu. Wohoo, a country that has a queen as the ruler. I’m not sure if any of the male leads in book 3 will ever shows up here in book 1. But I’m quite sure that MSQ’s future two best friends will show up in this book. 😃Also another fact that I found interesting from these series, is that Qian Lu, the Author, uses 3 male leads to choose from, for each of the book. Hehehe…. Unlike the mistaken marriage series that has only one male lead whom we know from the start. I mean, yeah, ZQ has Qian Jing, GY has Ao Tian & QF has the head of the imperial soldier, but they really can’t count as male leads #2 to be honest. So in term of who the male lead is, your guess is as good as mine. Anyway, we’ll see who the real male lead is in this novel as we move along. 😃

Jiang Hu is a place where all of the martial arts people usually gathers. While Jiang Nan is a place where Yu Yun Shu’s wife is from.

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 13: Wedding Reception (Part 1)

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 13

Wedding Reception (Part 1)

“Does Shu Qing also want to go out?”

Murong Shu Qing who was just about to get into the chariot, turned around, and saw Pei Che who was smiling and not too far away from her. Behind him was Xuanyuan Yi, both of them were somewhat dressing up, Pei Che was wearing a light blue scholar garment, with a snow white horse by his side, he was very prominent and elegant. Xuanyuan Yi was wearing a dark gray cheongsam, the silver cuff embroidery showed clouds design, very low-key but luxurious. It enabled him to show his domineering, respected and energetic looks.

Murong Shu Qing nodded and smilingly said: “Yes, (I am) going to the wedding feast to drink!”

“Oh, how coincidental, is it also the Yi’s family, right?” Leading along the horse, Pei Che and Xuanyuan Yi came in front of Murong Shu Qing.

“It is certainly the south capital, Yi’s family.” Murong Shu Qing who was wearing a yellow dress, made people felt very warm, standing under the warm sunshine, her body also caught the warm atmosphere from the sunshine. Comparing to her cold personality, simple and elegant appearances in the past, she looked like she was a gentler person now. This also made Xuanyuan Yi’s mood was better even though he had not started talking, then he smilingly asked: “Is Qing-er also familiar with Yi Yun Shu?”

“The Yi family’s reputation in the armed escort is very good, we have business dealings with them.” Looking that the time was not early anymore, Murong Shu Qing slid Xuanyuan Yi’s question, while stepping her feet inside the chariot. Barely able to tidy up her skirt properly, she raised her head to see Pei Che’s inconceivable, and Xuanyuan Yi’s faint smile, that were looking at her. Her heart sighed and she forced a smile, getting inside the chariot like this for an unmarried daughter of a wealthy family, would make people to raise their eyebrows. But making her step on the other people’s back to get into the chariot, was a deep concept of human rights violation for her, so she could not do it. So she did not have any alternative but to rely on her own efforts, fortunately, practices made perfect. Choosing to ignore the two people’s mischievous expressions, Murong Shu Qing smilingly asked: “How coincidental, why don’t we go together, alright!”

“Alright!” Looking at Murong Shu Qing who hurriedly got into the chariot, the two people laughed brightly.

Lu Yi who was by her side inside the chariot, and holding a small box, pursing her lips to laugh in her sleeve. Murong Shu Qing stroke her forehead, next time, she would remember to use a stool.

Very quickly, these several people already arrived in front of the Yi’s family door, the vermilion large gate was opened widely, the two mighty and big guardian lions, along with the two crimson flowers that were hanging on their chests, were somewhat ridiculous, but it seemed to be very festive. On the top of the door had several big happiness words, the firecrackers left behind some remnant of reds, it looked like a gorgeous red carpet. The Yi family’s servants were leading the guests to enter the inside of the main hall, continuously, it was very lively.

The chariot stopped steadily, Murong Shu Qing lifted the hanging curtain, when she was just about the prepare to get off of the chariot, one powerful hand was supporting her arm to pull her lightly, then Murong Shu Qing landed safely on the ground. Looking at Xuanyuan Yi who was by her side and lightly helped her to get off the chariot, Murong Shu Qing smilingly said: “I suddenly feel that I should also learn marital art?”

“Oh?!”

“It is convenient to get on and off the chariot!” Finished speaking, Murong Shu Qing could not help to laugh out loud. Xuanyuan Yi stared blankly after, and then he was also laughing loudly.

At this time, once Yi Yun Shu received the notification from the family’s servants, he went out to welcome them. Looking at Murong Shu Qing and Xuanyuan Yi were talking happily with each other, he felt strange in his heart. But quickly curbing his thoughts, he stepped forward to welcome, and cupped his hands to say: “Xuanyuan xiong (other way to say brother), Pei xiong, Miss Murong, you unexpectedly come together!”

Yi Yun Shu was wearing a red official dress today, he was high-spirited, and even more prominently handsome and bright. Several people exchanged a few conventional greetings, and entered the main hall in succession. Barely entering in, and when they were still standing, a woman who was wearing a yellow dress went towards them, walked to the side of Pei Che, she was pulling his sleeve, and poutingly said: “Pei gege, Xuanyuan gege, how come you just come now? Originally, you said that you wanted to stay at our home, but later, you did not come either.” Her hand was lightly shaking Pei Che, but her big and bright eyes that contained spring (loving) eyes, were secretly looking at Xuanyuan Yi.

Pei Che naturally understood the girl’s feelings, looking at Xuanyuan Yi who was still muttering with Murong Shu Qing, he could not bear for the young girl’s grievances. Patting her shoulder, he smilingly said: “Haha, Yun Xin do not be angry, aren’t we here now?”

Yi Yun Xin knitted her eyebrows, from entering in until now, Xuanyuan gege was always cheating and laughing with the lady who was by his side. Xuanyuan gege smiled very little normally, this woman looked so ordinary, what good did she have. Unable to actually bear it anymore, she raised her head to ask question to Yi Yun Shu: “Who is she ah?”

“This person is Miss Murong.” Yi Yun Shu warningly looked one glance at Yun Xin, he naturally understood her own younger sister’s thoughts, but Xuanyuan Yi looked at her as an immature and inexperienced young girl.

Finished listening, Yi Yun Xin strangely called out: “Oh, she is just that person from the Murong’s family whom Xuanyuan dage wants to withdraw the wedding from!”

“Yun-er, shut up!” Even if Yi Yun Shu berated Yun Xin, but several individuals who were from the influential families had already paid attention (to what she said). Yun Xin was blabbing these words, the people in the big hall already listened to it clearly, so the living room was immediately quiet down. Not to mention that Xuanyuan Yi’s face showed a gloomy and hard to fathom look in a flash, (their family) was also associated with Murong Shu Qing for these past two years, so he knew not to casually committed an offense to her.

From entering, Murong Shu Qing already felt the gazes from those people, but the other person involved was merely a 15-16 years old young lady, so she would not regard it either. Who would have thought, that this strange call-out, made her to be the focus of attentions from everyone’s targets. In amazement, compassion, mockery, and mercy, it would be difficult to ignore. It was indeed the blue color of the calamity. Raising her head, ~~ sweeping everyone’s eyes one by one, until everybody quietly felt suffocated in the big living room. Then Murong Shu Qing faced Yi Yun Shu and said with a light smile: “No harm, what Miss Yi is saying, is actually the truth.”

Even though Murong Shu Qing was smilingly said that there was no harm, Yi Yun Shu was still scared and sweating all over, as a matter of facts, this young girl knew that the sky was high and the earth was deep (she has an exaggerated opinion of one’s own abilities), but unexpectedly, she would speak out about this woman in front of everyone, without regarding how humiliating (the situation) was for her. But this Murong Shu Qing was indeed not an average person, under this circumstances, she could still keep her graceful and elegant demeanors, even more smilingly said that this was actually the truth calmly. But when he looked at that clear and bright eyes, he was the same as the other people, they felt a lot of pressures.

But Yi Yun Xin was annoyed for a short while, just when she called out in a loud voice, and saw that everyone was staring at Murong Shu Qing, she also knew that she was in trouble. As a woman, she also knew that it was a shameful matter, and did not know how to make the situation better for a moment, her anxious eyes were teary, and she was looking at Murong Shu Qing miserably.

Murong Shu Qing looked at Xuanyuan Yi, then she looked at Yi Yun Xin, her heart was laughing, a certain person’s face was so black as if the other people owed him many things. And the person who showed her teeth like a kitten a moment ago, looked at her with grievances now. If she remembered it correctly, the person who received the cancellation of the wedding should be her, right (so why YYX would actually feel more grievances than MSQ now).

Unable to endure this kind of atmosphere, Murong Shu Qing pretended to look all over the places, smilingly asked: “Where is the bride? Is she not here yet?”

“She is already here, she is inside the room to rest, the time is not early either, everybody, please sit down.” Yi Yun Shu also hurriedly followed this topic, and arranged everyone to sit down, the atmosphere was somewhat alleviated.

Not too long after, the joyful sound started, Yi Yun Shu was leading along a sweet and beautiful woman, slowly arriving in front of the living room. The lively wedding ceremony (ritual kneeling to heaven and earth by the bride and groom) officially started, the guests were clapping one after another, sending out their blessings.

Looking at everyone who was eagerly and respectfully looking forward (to the ceremony) up front, Murong Shu Qing retreated to the side of the living room, by the side of a tree chair. The attendant just gave her a good wine a moment ago, zhu (bamboo) ye (leaf) qing (pure) (a type of wine), she was fond of this excellent wine. Unexpectedly raising her head to bump into a pair of clear and smart eyes. These pair of eyes were even brighter than the stars during the summer night, and even more brilliant than all of the precious stones. This was the first time that Murong Shu Qing could hear the sound of her own heartbeats, she was very curious by this special person. The dark green cheongsam was in contrast to his slender figure and it seemed could go care-free anytime. Except, that pair of eyes would make people unable to forget them, his facial features were very ordinary. But for Murong Shu Qing, it seemed that they did not lose any bit of his tranquility, with his elegant manners. Inside the hall was noisy, but he was just standing in the corner quietly, and looked like he was in his own world, all of the noises could not approach him at all.

Exchanging their expressions for a long time, the man slowly nodded his head to her, Murong Shu Qing also returned a faint smile. After the smile, both of the people left their line of sights. And they did not plan on chatting with each other. You tasted tea, I appreciated wine. As if they did not meet each other.

 

Sian’s notes:

Hehehe… So who’s the mysterious man with a dark green cheongsam???

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 12: Charmed Night

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 12

Charmed Night

The rustling wind was blowing the bamboo forest, the almost full moon was very bright, reflecting the water lake with clear and gleaming reflection. Several strand of bamboo leaves quietly floated down, and was tossing in between the ripples. The night was even quieter. For a long time, there was no sounds whatsoever, Murong Shu Qing was not anxious either, slowly pouring down the tea. The corner of her mouth still had that faint smile, it appeared that she did not say anything a moment ago, and was merely tasting the tea on her own under the moon, her face was comfortable.

When her hand was about to pour the second cup of tea, a white silhouette came out of the room that was not too far away from the bamboo forest, and flew over with an extremely quick speed. One could only see that the lake was slightly sweeping away to draw a ripple, and the person’s reflection already arrived in front of Murong Shu Qing.

Good skill, Murong Shu Qing was sighing in her heart. But her face was actually still smiling, and she used her hand to send off the green tea. The man was not courteous either, he reached his hand to take it, sat down, sniffed the tea, and tasted it smoothly. It seemed that they had practiced this for countless of times.

Afterwards, the man was leaning back to sit down, facing the moonlight, Murong Shu Qing was finally able to see the man’s appearance. Long and narrow eyes, with half-narrowed faint smile, very straight and stylish nose, and a thin and rosy lips that captured his ridiculing’s style. Under the cool moonlight, with a white dress, not only it did not make him looked cold and elegant, but also it showed a languid bearing from all over him. Murong Shu Qing felt that a red color would suit this beautiful man with his evil charmed. Maybe, with his daring and able skills, he was used to wear a white dress for a night walk!?

“Good tea! Long dan tea has this unique, sweet and rich tea fragrant, and also the elegant jasmine after taste.” The man’s hand was grasping the green tea, carelessly assessing (the tea), it seemed like he was the master of Sui Yuan.

“An Gongzi is visiting very late at night, I have to naturally treat you to a tea.” Murong Shu Qing lightly smiled, picked up the tea, lightly sniffed it, ah, good smell, Lu Yi’s technique in making the tea was better and better.

“You recognize me? Haha, interesting!” An Qin Xuan said with a smile and bright voice: “I say that how the Murong’s family can have any chance to bring down its own fortunes, as it turns out that Miss Murong is not revealing her own self ah!”

“An Gongzi is cracking a joke, you flatter me.”

“I flatter you?! These many years, I have made a mistake looking at you!” For the past many years, he had been watching the Murong family’s tendency, there was only an eldest son from the Murong’s family, he was already 16 years old when he had to return to his mother’s family who was from the Qi’s family, Qi Rui. It made him not paying any attentions in the past, who would have thought, that the pampered, reckless and hot-headed’s Murong Shu Qing was the real master of the Murong’s family. Hiding her strengths to this extend, and not revealing herself was fully deserving.

An Qin Xuan’s long, narrow and charmed eyes were roaming around, his big and tall figure was moving, and almost sticking on Murong Shu Qing’s face, the corner of his mouth showed an attractive and mischievous smile. This was also the first time that Murong Shu Qing was in a close range to appreciate this confused person’s face who took an unfair advantage on her, along with An Qin Xuan’s constant charmed temperament. She sighed in her heart, she felt that she had a dizzy feeling, this charmed at the moment, could really make people to be delirious ah!

Under the enveloping night scene, the cool breeze was liked romping and brushing, two people with white muslin dresses seemed to be intertwining together, the different was that the man had an evil and wanton charmed, the woman was refined and impressive. For a good while, Murong Shu Qing smiled lightly, with an unhurried voice as if a gentle cool breeze, she said: “There is nothing in this world that is fixed, what is more when it comes to a person!” If one could anticipate affairs of life, how could she be here! Every time when she recalled her paternal grandfather, parents, and older brothers who were so far away, her heart was still in pain, as if some ants were biting and gnawing on her, it was hard to feel peaceful.

Looking at the other person who had already left, turned her back on his, and he looked towards Murong Shu Qing who was smiling lightly at the moon, An Qin Xuan slightly narrowed his eyes, he flashed through a trace of suspicions, and appreciations. She was the first person who could look face to face at him for a long time, without getting blushed, the woman who did not retreat either. In a split second, she revealed her pain, as if a turnip was twisting on his body, in his heart.

Taking back his gaze, picking up the already cold tea, he toasted towards Murong Shu Qing: “It seems that I have gained a lot by returning this time.” The muffled and slightly hoarse’s male voice seemed to have a sex appeal under the moon.

Murong Shu Qing who was under the moon, did not turn around at all, the moonlight’s tonight was very fascinating, reaching out her hand to take the wind-borne and drifting bamboo leaves, she was fiddling with them: “An Gongzi, the purpose of your return today, is really not because of Shu Qing, right.”

Smart, it was really not because of her. Listening long ago, that the situation of the Murong’s family was fierce for the past few years, but the influence toward the An’s family was not too big. He returned this time because he heard some news that Yan Rui’s country had a large quantities of Jianghu’s people who were entering Dong Yu’s country frequently, attacking the Dong Yu’s merchants faintly, the An’s family and Murong’s family were taking the brunts. He came today, he also wanted to take a look at Murong Shu Qing who according to rumors, was not simple, he did not imagine that he would find more interesting things than he thought.

“There is no eternal friends, there is no eternal enemies either, there is only eternal benefits! This theory is spoken properly, is Miss Murong interested to cooperate with me?”

Cooperate? Letting the bamboo leaves that were on her hand, floating down, Murong Shu Qing smilingly said: “if An Gongzi wishes to cooperate, there is no need to come and see me.”

An Qin Xuan raised his eyebrows: “How can you be so sure? Is it not enough that I have showed my sincerity?”

Walking to the front of the table, and picking up the already cold tea, she pursed her lips lightly, after the long dan tea cooled off, it was slightly tart, and after the jasmine cooled down, it was purely sweet. When it was intertwined in her mouth, it could not be said that it was sweet, it was bitter, tart and pure! But there was also one special flavor, so she also poured a cup of tea for An Qin Xuan, then she faintly said: “There is no benefits for us to cooperate, then what are we cooperating for?”

Putting the cold tea that was on his hand, and hearing Murong Shu Qing’s words, An Qin Xuan was startled, then he suddenly laughed heartily: “Haha, interesting, interesting.”

“Perhaps, you can turn into my enemy, do not make me disappointed!” Using his hand to drink a mouthful of tea, the same as when he came, he disappeared among the ripples of those sea of green bamboos.

Stroking the edge of the cup lightly, for a very long time, Murong Shu Qing finally said softly: “I will also look forward to it.”

“Yan Yu, Cang Su.”

The speaking’s voice just barely left, two shadows arrived in front of Murong Shu Qing, the two people were standing in the secret place, they looked indifferent, but their bodies showed some harshnesses and angers that one could not be mistaken.

“Transfer back the ten secret soldiers who are looking for some news in the various regions now, to reinforce and take precautions, today’s happening can not occur again.” Since she had not fully clarified why those people came here from Yan Rui’s country, so she could only reinforce and take precautions first.

“Yes. Master.”