Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 33: The Qi’s Family

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 33

The Qi’s Family

Murong Shu Qing got down from the carriage, she raised her head to promptly see the spacious and simple entrance, the wooden vermilion plague was engraved with the two words, ‘Qi’s Manor’, it was hanging in the middle of the top entrance. The perimeter of the wall was using red brick and green roofs, the entrance was actually casted in bronze color. There were a couple of male lions that were standing in front of the door, all of those manifested the grand illustrious family background of the Qi’s family. But what was different than the ordinary influential officials, the Qi family’s front entrance was opened wide, there was no formidable, well-built or arrogant looks of the guards who protected the courtyard. There was only a young servant boy who was taking care of the flowers and trees on the side, as if since the entrance was open wide, you could walk into it at any time. At the same time, a faint dignified atmosphere penetrated out, and people would not dare to be rash to come in.

This was really the atmosphere of an influential family! Looking at this kind of lintel door, made Murong Shu Qing feel even more interested towards her maternal grandfather, Qi Zhong Lin. When he was barely 20 years old, he was able to help the former Emperor to get the title of Emperor and the youngest Prime Minister in the history of Dong Yu. His disciples extended everywhere in the whole world, not only that he received love and respects from the citizens of Dong Yu, but he also had high reputations in all of the four countries. This kind of person who knew how to plan strategies, deal with unstable situations. But 20 years ago, at the prime of his year, he requested to withdraw from the Imperial court, and the former Emperor unexpectedly agreed. Since then, Qi Zhong Lin did not show any interests in any matters within the Imperial court any longer. Only him and the former Emperor would know the reason for him withdrawing from the Imperial court.

Murong Shu Qing mended the thin silk that was on her neck, Qi Zhong Lin was the reason why she had never visited the Qi’s family for the last three years. This kind of wise and farsighted person, he would think it was ridiculous to use a memory loss as an excuse to change her own self. But how should she explain it?!

Shaking her head and forcing a smile, forget it, what should come, would always come. Letting Lu Yi to go and inform her coming ahead of time, Murong Shu Qing was standing and waiting beside the shadow of the carriage, this autumn sun was still very glaring.

Lu Yi just wanted to go and explain to the servant boy at the gate, but she saw an old but vigorous silhouette that was not too far away, so she advanced for one step, and called out: “Head housekeeper Yu!”

Yu Shan heard the yelling, he turned his head around to see a pretty woman with a green dress who was waving at him at the gate. Hesitatingly, he walked to the front of the woman and examined her carefully. She was somewhat familiar-looking, but he could not remember her for a period of time, and did not have any alternative but to ask: “Who are you?”

Lu Yi was smiling and giving him a polite salutation, and explained her identity: “I am the Murong family’s servant girl, Lu Yi.”

Murong’s family? Yu Shan suddenly realized and slapped his thigh, and promptly asked: “Oh, I remember it, Miss Shu Qing comes.” Miss Shu Qing had not come for three years, even though she was rude and unreasonable sometimes, but she was after all the Qi family’s miss. This kind of respectable identity, it would be very normal if she had an arrogant personality.

Facing the old housekeeper’s anticipated gaze, Lu Yi smilingly nodded and replied: “Yes, Miss is just outside the door.”

“Go, quickly, please come in.” Hearing that Murong Shu Qing was outside the door, Yu Shan hurriedly walked over towards the outside door, while he instructed the servant boy who was behind him: “Yi Yong, quickly go and inform Master and Madam, Miss Shu Qing has come.” If this little brat (referring to the old MSQ) got angry, it would be desperately serious.

“Yes.” The young servant boy saw that the housekeeper was very happy, and excited, he knew that it must be a noble guest, thus, he hurriedly ran inside the manor like a wisp of smoke.

Yu Shan urgently and hurriedly arrived at the outside door, he looked all around the surrounding, but did not see that red, pampered and reckless’ silhouette (old MSQ liked to wear red). He did not see her treasure crimson carriage either, and when he was just about to ask Lu Yi where Miss Shu Qing was, a white dress woman turned around from the direction of the tall, spacious and simple carriage with the dark horses. She slowly arrived in front of him, and nodded at him with a light smile.

“Mis ~~ Miss?!” Yu Shan hesitatingly called out, this luxurious and beautiful woman, she was wavering gently like a simple and elegant woman, where was that Miss Shu Qing who was pampered, reckless and lively ah? Could it be that a young woman was very different from a little girl, she once was?

“Head housekeeper Yu.” Looking at the old head housekeeper’s expressions, Murong Shu Qing just knew what his heart was thinking. Maybe she should still carry a lash on her waist, so everyone would not be surprised like that! Imagining her own self who was holding a lash on her hand, with a high and mighty appearance, she could not help but to laugh out loud.

Looking at Murong Shu Qing who was suddenly and gently laughing in front of him, Yu Shan did not know what he should say either, he could only cordially greet Murong Shu Qing to enter the door: “Please come in quickly, the Old Madam was still talking about you yesterday, she said that she wanted to send Young Master Rui to pick you up, who could have thought that you came today.”

The old housekeeper was chattering away all the way in front of her, while Murong Shu Qing was strolling behind him, and she was conveniently enjoying the scenery at the Qi’s manor.

The inside of the Qi’s manor was actually more plain and simple when one compared it with the outside gate, the entire wooden winding corridor appeared to have some years, slightly mottled, but it did not look cheap either, on the contrary, it revealed a simple and unadorned ancient charms. The layout of the inside of the manor was elaborate, but it was somewhat conforming with the norms of society. Maybe because the women were always lacking within the Qi’s family, there was only Qi Yue in the previous generation, besides her, it seemed that Qi Yue’s elder brother, Qi Yun who had one daughter whose name was Qi Yu in this generation. So the masculine taste within the manor was very strong, it lacked some gentle and beauty. All of the plants were only forest trees, one could not see any flowers and plants.

Murong Shu Qing was still enjoying it, when she heard the old head housekeeper said: “Master, Madam, Miss Shu Qing came back.”

Looking up, she only saw two elderly who walked towards her with quick steps. Even though Qi Zhong Lin was already 70 years old, but he still had refreshing spirit. Beside him, she should be Murong Shu Qing’s maternal grandmother, He Xiang Jun. she had white hair, kind appearance, and looked like she was at the end of her beauty and gracefulness now. But when she was young, she was surely also a beauty. It seemed that Murong Shu Qing still received quite some favors from the Qi’s family, the two elderly unexpectedly still came out to welcome her!

Looking at them walking in a hurry, Murong Shu Qing also sped up her footsteps, and walked over towards them.

The sunset shined from Murong Shu Qing’s back, as if it gave her a layer of golden ray, with her simple white dress, it also caught a trace of golden yellow color. The thin silk that was on her neck, was lightly floating along with the breeze, it could touch her hair and moving with the breeze from time to time. The she who was walking in the center of the ring of light, did not know how she looked, she could only feel as if she had a graceful and warm smiling expression, a light and faint smile, but she really made people to feel like bathing in the spring wind.

This kind of scene, made the two elderly couple who wanted to welcome her, to halt their footsteps, He Xiang Jun seemed to want to welcome her, but seemed not to dare to step forward, she was afraid that she would break this scene. With trembling voice, she excitingly mumbled in a low voice: “Yue-er ~~” The tears were accumulating in her eyes, was it her Yue-er? Was it her? Yue-er?

Murong Shu Qing was somewhat at a loss, but thinking about it for a while, it was Qi Yue! This elderly woman probably saw her, and thought of her own daughter. But the rumor stated that Qi Yue was absolutely the most splendid person at the Capital during that time, virtuous and skilled, she should not look like her? Thinking deeply in her brain, but the smile on her face did not show any change.

Qi Ziong Lin embraced He Xiang Jun’s shoulder, as he tried to appease her mood with a low voice, and said in a whisper: “Xiang Jun, this is Shu Qing, she is not Yue-er.” She was really not Yue-er, even though Yue-er was also elegant and refined liked her, but Yue-er was faintly proud and aloof, and she disdained to do worldly things. And Shu Qing who was in front of him, she was actually relaxed and calm, her every movement was faintly confident and free. But was this kind of Shu Qing their own Shu Qing? Qi Zhong Lin’s eyes were already wrinkled, but they were still sharp and had been observing Murong Shu Qing all along. It seemed that he wanted to look inside her heart. But Murong Shu Qing was constantly smiling lightly all along, with her calm eyes, and she did not let him to see anything.

He Xiang Jun wiped the tears that were on the corner of her eyes, she looked at Murong Shu Qing who was already in front of her, smilingly shook her head and said: “I, I am old and confused.”

Sensing Qi Zhong Lin’s gaze that was looking at her closely, Murong Shu Qing did not avoid his gaze at all, since she came in, she had already anticipated this. Slowly arriving in front of the two elderly, Murong Shu Qing stooped down to give her greetings, and respectfully said: “Maternal grandfather, Maternal grandmother.”

He Xiang Jun was not used to have this kind of etiquette from her, so she pulled her up, lovingly asked: “You are tired, right? Rest inside the room for a moment.”

Watching that they were already entered the room, Yu Shan called out the servants who were on the side to move their things: “Several of you guys, quickly help Miss Shu Qing’s stuffs and move them to Liu (flow) Fang (fragrance) Yuan (courtyard). Make Fei-er, and Xin-er to go and tidy up.”

Murong Shu Qing who almost entered the inner room, turned around, and looked at the old head housekeeper who was getting busy outside, she smilingly said: “Yu Head housekeeper, you do not need to be busy taking care of this, I only take one suitcase, it does not need to have 5-6 servants to bring it! It seemed that Lu Yi was right, the previous Murong Shu Qing was like moving out when she was on a journey.

“This ~~” The old head housekeeper was embarrassedly looking at Murong Shu Qing, and he just saw the one suitcase that was on the ground, it looked like he should look for a tailor to make some clothing for Miss Shu Qing.

When the previous Murong Shu Qing came to the Qi’s family, she would bring at the minimum of 20-30 bodyguards and servant girls, her luggages for the jewelry and head ornaments would fit into several carriages. She was only followed by two bodyguards and one servant girl now, could it be that the Murong’s family bullied Qing-er? He Xiang Jun was looking at Murong Shu Qing who was beside her, she was really thin, so she pulled Shu Qing’s hand, and furiously asked: “Qing-er, how come Murong Xiang only let you come with 2-3 people? If the Murong’s family did not have anyone, the Qi’s family could go and pick you up, a young lady was on a journey like this, it was very dangerous ah!”

Facing the elderly woman’s concern and doting, Murong Shu Qing was somewhat at a loss, she had no alternative but to use her previous paternal grandfather’s trick, and took He Xiang Jun’s arm, slightly acted like a spoiled child and said: “It is nothing, Maternal grandmother, I am here safe and sound now!”

Looking that they were deadlocked at the gate, Qi Zhong Lin said to Yu Shan: “Alright, Qing-er is also tired. Yu Shan, take the suitcase to Die (layer) Cui (green jade) Xiao (small) Su (lodge).” Then he turned around to pat He Xiang Jun’s hand, and said: “Xiang Jun, Qing-er is also tired from the journey, let her rest first, then we can have a meal and chat again slowly in the evening.” He should also think properly, what was going on with Shu Qing’s changes, was this the reason why she had not come for the past three years? What happened with her body?

He Xiang Jun looked at Murong Shu Qing and really saw her exhausting face, she nodded her head and said: “Alright, Qing-er, you properly rest first. Go now!”

“En.” Being shaken on the carriage for eight days, she was really a little tired, and Murong Shu Qing gave courtesy to the two elderly again, and left with Yu Shan.

Yu Shan who was walking up front, was somewhat puzzled, Die Cui Xiao Su was a former residence for Miss Yue, usually, nobody was allowed to enter randomly. The previous Miss Shu Qing disliked that cold place, and was not willing to stay there. Master unexpectedly arranged for Miss Shu Qing to stay there today, was it because Miss Shu Qing was different now?

 

Sian’s notes
Hehehe… MSQ was already busted the second she met with the smart and former Prime Minister of Dong Yu aka her maternal grandfather. He already knew that she was not the previous MSQ. No wonder she had avoided going to the Qi’s family for 3 years. This is getting interesting…

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Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 32.2: The Capital (Part 2)

Since this part is short, I’ll update the chapter as a double updates.

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 32.2

The Capital (Part 2)

Getting along for several days, made Murong Shu Qing liked this straightforward and naive young girl even more, she was really somewhat reluctant to be part with her. But there was no banquet that could keep going in this world, so she did not have any alternative but to say with her light smile: “This time I come to congratulate a birthday, I really have to go.”

“Then, can I still see you again?”

With this kind of innocent and pitiful expressions, Murong Shu Qing caressed her forehead lightly and smilingly said: “Fool, of course you can, where are you guys staying? I can go to look for you.”

Huo Zhi Qing turned her head to look at Huo Zi Qi and asked: “Eldest brother?”

Huo Zi Qi patted Huo Zhi Qing’s head, and smilingly said: “We have just arrived at the Capital, we have not made any decision where to stay.”

Li You Yu who was at the side, stepped forward, and softly said: “Huo dage, if you guys do not mind, you can stay at my home.” As long as Huo dage agreed to stay at her home, she would have even more time to interact with him, and let him know how good she was.

Huo Zi Qi said with courtesy: “Many thanks to Miss Li, it is not needed.”

Li You Yu promptly said: “It does not matter, you guys have saved me, I still have not thanked you properly!” One could think that she said too hurriedly, once she finished speaking, Li You Yu shyly lowered her head.

Looking at how the conversations were going, Huo Zhi Qing impatiently said: “No need, we will find our own inn to stay.” She just did not want to stay at her home, and had to look at her fake delicate and yielding manners, that would be annoying. If Eldest brother wanted to be together with her, she would not agree at all.

Huo Zhi Qing’s straightforward refusal and loathing, made Li You Yu feel embarrassed and she did not know what to say anything. With some glistening tears that were hanging on her face, she was looking at Huo Zi Qi, and wishing that he would agree. Unfortunately, Huo Zi Qi was a person who always loved his sister dearly, moreover, he also did not want to provoke this official’s daughter. Thus, he turned his head towards Yan Hao Yu to chat, and pretended that he did not see her miserable appearance.

Murong Shu Qing was secretly laughing in her heart, this Huo’s household was really interesting. It seemed that this Miss Li You Yu was destined not to be able to achieve her goal. “Since it is like this, why not let me be a first time host for our friendships, you guys can stay at Ying Ke Lou. That is of course, the Murong family’s property, it is also convenient when I go and visit you guys.”

Hearing what Murong Shu Qing was saying, Huo Zhi Qing was immediately happy, she complied and said: “Alright ah, we are staying at Ying Ke Lou.” In any case, they could not stay at Li You Yu’s house.

This was also good, once they sent off this Miss Li home, he could also be free, he did not know how many times that Yan Hao Yu was teasing him for the whole journey. Thus, Huo Zi Qi who was a virtuous person, finally said: “Then, many thanks to Miss Murong.”

If expression could kill someone, Murong Shu Qing thought that she was already dead for several hundred times. One could not force the matter of feelings between two people, what was the meaning of forcing it! Helplessly relaxing, she indifferently smiled and answered: “No need to be polite. Shu Qing will take a leave first.”

Pulling Murong Shu Qing’s hand, Huo Zhi Qing reluctantly said: “Murong jiejie, if you have a free time, you have to come and see me oh, we will only be at the Capital for a little bit of time.”

Patting her hand, Murong Shu Qing smilingly said: “Alright!”

Finished speaking, she climbed over the side of the carriage, and proceeded to go towards the Qi’s manor.

Inside the carriage, she took the thin silk that was handed out by Lu Yi, Murong Shu Qing carefully wrapped her neck. Even if the injury was already better by a lot, but the scar was still there. She did not want to explain this scar once she just arrived at the Qi’s house.

Coming to the Capital this time, she always felt a little anxious, she did not know what was waiting for her.

Just thinking this, Yan Yu’s voice came through: “Master, we have arrived!”

 

Sian’s notes
For whatever reason, this chapter is still using chapter 32 in the raw so I’m just going to use chapter 32.2 so I don’t have to mess up with the rest of the next chapters to go along with the raw.

Remember this Ying Ke Lou in Ch 16 was a restaurant, well, I thought it was a restaurant. But it’s apparently both a restaurant and an inn. So I guess, it’s that typical restaurant/inn that usually appears at any mainland kungfu drama.

Destined Marriage With fragrance Chapter 32: The Capital (Part 1)

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 32

The Capital (Part 1)

It could be regarded as a weak sound, but it attracted all of the people’s attentions. Yan Yu and Cang Su heard Murong Shu Qing’s words, and looked one glance at each other, then they withdrew their weapons. But their hands were still guarding the side of the carriage, so that they could take precautions and attentively watch at those bright clothes guards.

Even though Yan Yu and Cang Su already put their weapons away, but the powers of these two people were still very intimidating, those bright clothes guards were still grasping their swords on their hands, and did not dare to lower their guards.

They were gathering to surround the carriage, but nobody dared to go up to check it up. The leader of the group was about a 40 years old strong man, he was wearing a black cotton gown. He had a square face and tiger eyes, his temples were slightly sticking out to show this person’s martial arts’ cultivations. He slowly walked in front of the carriage, directly facing Yan Yu and Cang Su. He already saw that these two people’s martial arts were excellent a moment ago, he was actually very curious about the person whom they were protecting. His appearance made Yan Yu and Cang Su to take precautions even more. After the two parties’ confrontation for a good while, the leader of the group stretched his hand to lift up the carriage’s curtain.

The clothing curtain was lifted up for a moment.

Everyone’s sights were concentrated on the inside of the carriage.

They could only see a woman with a white dress who was lying in the middle of the spacious carriage, her body was covered by a dark green silk quilt. Her neck was wrapped by a thick white muslin, the light inside the carriage was dark, so they could only rely on the moonlight that passed through the bamboo curtain to inspect for things. But they could still see the woman’s pale face, and her indolent but calm smiling expression.

The leader of the group looked around inside of the carriage to inspect, besides this white dress woman, there was no other person. But there was too much rich sandalwood smell from inside the carriage, the leader of the group slightly wrinkled his eyebrows. Examining that woman carefully, she was weak but free, facing his close inspection, she did not show any flustered and fear’s expressions. She always had that light smile all along, it made people to feel comfortable, how could this type of woman like this rich sandalwood’s smell like this?

Murong Shu Qing’s face showed a calm smile, but her heart was actually in a mess, not only that she was more afraid that this person could see any strange thing, but also could discover the black dress man. The important thing was to make sure that she appeared to be lying down on a soft couch, her whole body was actually lying on the top of the black dress man now, his hand was tightly encircling her waist under the silk. Her back tightly touched against his chest, she could feel his calm heartbeats, but it made her feel somewhat nervous, in her 30 years of life, she had never been closed to any man before.

The leader of the group had also seen the world, Huo Zi Qi’s proud attitude, Yan Yu and Cang Su’s coldness and talents, Murong Shu Qing’s elegant and calmness, all those showed that the identities of these group of people were sure to be out of the ordinary. After he checked it up once, he put the cloth curtain down, the leader of the group cupped his hands towards Huo Zi Qi and said: “I have disturbed all of you, go.”

Finished talking, the group of the bright clothes guards quickly got on their horses, raised the sand that was blown by the wind, since they staggered with the time, they hurriedly went to the opposite direction.

Hearing the horses’ hooves that gradually got further apart, Murong Shu Qing turned herself over with difficulty, and tumbled down from the top of the black dress man. The injury that was on her neck, made her unable to breathe for a period of time. After a burst of violent coughing, the white muslin that was on her neck, turned into red. The black dress man’s cold eyes were staring to look at Murong Shu Qing for a long time, he did not understand her at all. He almost had her life, but she still unexpectedly put herself to save him!?

Slowly getting her strength back with great difficulty, she knew that the people outside were anxious for her, Murong Shu Qing deeply breathed, used a tranquil voice, and she faintly said: “I am alright, continue to go!”

The outside was quiet for a while, then the carriage slowly began to run again.

Not paying attention to the black dress man’s cold gaze, Murong Shu Qing used a handkerchief to simply treat her wound on her neck. She would save him a moment ago, because she was not sure if the fight started, she would not lose her life, and she could not let Yan Yu, Cang Su, and the Huo’s family to take this risk. But now, if she did not treat her wound, she would die from the loss of blood before they arrived in Jiahe town. But this person was really smart, he should come from the direction of Jiahe town, and he was going back again now. The most dangerous place was actually the safest place, nobody would think that since he already escaped out, but he still came back.

The two people did not say anything, Murong Shu Qing stopped burning the sandalwood, slightly lifted the bamboo curtain so that the wind could blow in. In order to conceal the smell of the blood, the strong fragrance of the sandalwood almost made her faint.

Half a shichen later, Yan Yu’s cold and firm voice came through from the outside of the curtain: “Master, we have already arrived in Jiahe town.”

Looking one glance at the black dress man who was closing his eyes and leaning at the corner, Murong Shu Qing asked: “Do you want to enter the town?”

The black dress man opened his eyes, supported his body to get up with difficulty, and tightly held the red sword on his hand, then he pressed on his wound with his hand that already smelled fishy and was red. The black dress man came to the side of door of the carriage, just about to turn and dismount from the carriage, Murong Shu Qing’s muffled and elegant voice echoed: “You all retreat to the area about 3 zhang from the chariot .” (1 zhang is about 3.3 meter).

The black dress man turned his head around, deeply looked one glance at Murong Shu Qing, with one jump, he was out of the carriage.

“Alright, do not chase after him.” Looking at his departure, Murong Shu Qing prevented Yan Yu who wanted to chase after him. She also did not understand it too much, why she wanted to let him go in the end. Based on the degree of his injury, he was absolutely not Yan Yu and Cang Su’s opponent. Maybe, because of those cold pair of eyes that did not have any emotional feelings, or maybe because of that proudness, and intense sadness from his back view that moved her to feel pity.

Lu Yi looked that the black dress man departed, so she immediately got off of the carriage and ran to Murong Shu Qing’s side. Looking at her neck that had a white muslin covered by blood, her distressed tears dropped down again, she asked with choking emotions and nervousness: “Miss, you are ok, right!”

Slightly leaning on the carriage’s wall, Murong Shu Qing was still faintly smiling, in order to make Lu Yi feel at ease, she said with a low voice: “I am ok.”

Looking at Murong Shu Qing’s complexion, Huo Zi Qi knew that her injury was more serious by looking at her pale and weak appearances. In order to make Lu Yi get on the carriage, he rode his horse to go to the front and said: “Once we arrive in town, we will look for a physician to take a look. Let’s go!”

A delegation of people rapidly galloped to go to towards the town, under the careful examination from a physician, Murong Shu Qing and Lu Yi’s injuries were not too serious, but the speed was slow by a lot. The distance between Huadu district and the Capital could not be regarded as far, they finally arrived by the eight days at around noon.

“The capital is really lively oh!” Being in the stuffy carriage for several days, Huo Zhi Qing was already impatience earlier, lifting up the bamboo curtain, she excitedly looked all around, and pulled Lu Yi with her continuous and incessant chattering. Murong Shu Qing put down the book that was on her hand, she laughed and shook her head, this Huo Zhi Qing really could not stop chatting for even a moment.

Murong Shu Qing looked up at the decorations of the store fronts that were really uniques, the products that they sold, were also very complete in varieties. The street sold the flowery brocade dresses for the influential official merchants, the coarse cloth garments for the common people, and even the usual things that one would put in the wealthy lady’s chambers. The Capital was really lively, with many cultural diversities, graceful and luxurious, it was worthy to be Dong Yu’s political and cultural centers.

A delegation of people entered the Capital, this should also be the time to part with the Huo’s, Murong Shu Qing got down from the carriage, she slightly greeted Huo Zi Qi and Yan Hao Yu: “Thank you for taking care of me during the journey.”

Huo Zi Qi cupped his hands and smilingly said: “Miss Murong is too polite.” These past few days, he actually got to be familiar with the other side of Murong Shu Qing, besides having a talent in business, she was quick-witted, sharp, and so modest to people. She also made him to leave a deep impression that having a friend like this person, should be very pleasant.

Huo Zhi Qing who was busy moving around her muscles and bones, also stopped and came to the front of Murong Shu Qing, she urgently asked: “Murong jiejie, do you really want to go?”

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 31: Captured

Not sure if this will be considered as a cliffhanger also! 🤔 So read on your own risk… 😊 I also posted Ch 30 yesterday as a bonus chapter.

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 31

Captured

“Do not even come over!”

Within the darkness, there was a firm and muffled sound of a man that sounded like a wintry cold snow, it made people unable to feel at ease and the fear would feel like a creeper was climbing in your heart, and tightly twisting you. This person was full of cold and arrogant auras, even though he was behind Murong Shu Qing, she could also feel the dangerous feeling and slight chill. The blade of the dark red sword appeared to show countless of people’s blood, under this dim moonlight, it could also show the mourning and cold ray. Not daring to move, her neck that was pricked with the cold sword, made Murong Shu Qing knew that her neck was already cut and bleeding.

Following the long sword, a black dress man who was masked proudly stood near this forest, his dark color appeared to be hidden, and it also seemed to conceal any of his appearances.

Cang Su was originally protecting Murong Shu Qing in secret, but the movement of this black man was fast, after he could advance forward in an instant to come out and use his purple whip, it was still too late to save Murong Shu Qing.

Lu Yi was struggling with difficultly to sob in a low voice, it made Murong Shu Qing to turn her head around, and she only saw a powerful big hand that hooked on Lu Yi’s throat. It was slowly tightening up so Lu Yi was already unable to breathe quickly, her good looking red face turned to a greenish black. Murong Shu Qing closed her eyes to keep her anxious heart down, that was caused by the change of event to make her mind panic-stricken, once she felt tranquil, she indifferently said: “You have captured two people, there is no other advantage for you, I am the Master, you can capture me to achieve your goal, release this girl.”

The indifferent tone of a clear and moist voice of a woman echoed in this tense and tranquil atmospheres, it soothed a trace of agitation within the atmosphere. The hand of the black dress man who was holding the sword, did not move, the pair of his eyes did not contain any warmth. He was just staring at Murong Shu Qing’s back for a good while, when Lu Yi gradually lost her strength to struggle, he raised his left hand, and threw Lu Yi out.

Huo Zhi Qing promptly ran over to support Lu Yi who was still trying to catch her breath, she was helping her to breathe, while she asked anxiously: “Lu Yi jiejje, are you alright!”

Lu Yi stopped coughing with great difficulty, her very red face still had not changed color, she just anxiously stroked the bruises on her neck, and she shouted with difficulty: “Miss!” Looking that Murong Shu Qing’s neck was cut and bleeding by a sword afterwards, her eyes were unable to resist to rush forth her tears even more. If she could endure and did not make a noise a moment ago, she could maybe stay by Miss’ side, even though she could not protect her, but at the very least, she could block the sword for her.

Lu Yi was alright, so Murong Shu Qing’s worry heart could be put down by half, but looking at Lu Yi who was broken-hearted and thinking to walk over to her side, not worrying that a sharp blade was on her throat, she promptly shook her head towards her (LY). With great difficulty, she could escape, but this girl could be so silly as to want to walk back again.

Because she was shaking her head, the cut on her neck was even deeper, the scarlet blood color followed the cut, it was dropping on the snow white garment. The blood was rapidly dropping and spreading like a pretty safflower, it was especially glaring. Yan Yu and Cang Su’s hands that were holding their weapons, were tighter and more tense, the blue veins that were on their hands showed their angers. The continuous dripping of the blood, made Li You Yu who already turned pale, cried out in fear even more and breathed a mouthful of cold air. She retreated for several steps in panic, fell on the ground, and did not dare to look again. Her frightened scream also woke Lu Yi up.

Lu Yi deeply breathed a mouthful of breaths to make herself to be calmed. She could not be a burden to Miss, she wanted to stay at the safest place now so she would not not make Miss to worry about her. She would also let Yan Yu and Cang Su to be able to save Miss without any burden. Holding Huo Zhi Qing’s hand, Lu Yi stood up, wiped her tears away, and looked one glance at Murong Shu Qing again. She turned around to support Li You Yu who was on the ground, and retreated with Huo Zhi Qing to the back of the carriage.

Secretly relaxing, Murong Shu Qing looked that they were retreating behind the carriage, her nervous face finally showed a faint smiling expression. Lu Yi really did not let her down.

This woman did not like a long life! If he did not move away his sword a little a moment ago, how could she still have her life now! The cold eyes of the black dress man were staring at Murong Shu Qing, they still did not have any warmth, but the side of her lips showed a light smile that made him feel suspicious, she really did not care about her own life?! Or she cared too much about the other people’s lives?!

The sudden situation made Huo Zi Qi’s face that was resolute and also filled with dark cloud, as if an eagle-like sharp domineering eyes, his loud and clear voice contained some inner powers, it was shaking and trembling the people: “You must not make things difficult for this young lady, if you injure her, you can not go either.”

Huo Zi Qi’s aggressiveness did not make the black dress man retreat, his hand that was holding the sword pressed on towards Murong Shu Qing even more. Murong Shu Qing wrinkled her eyebrows, and did not say anything. She absolutely did not doubt that the person who was behind her, would hardly blink to kill her.

The atmosphere was heavier and heavier, although Murong Shu Qing did not say anything all along, but the injury on her neck was already very severe, her complexion began to change into white. If this continued to be deadlocked, even if the the black dress man did not kill her, she would also lose too many blood, Yan Hao Yu advanced one step, and slowly asked: “What do you want, speak now!”
The black dress man walked to the side of Murong Shu Qing’s carriage, he hinted for her to walk forward, Yan Yu and Cang Su took precautions to follow behind him closely. The black dress man walked to the side of Murong Shu Qing’s carriage and made Murong Shu Qing to get on the carriage. He followed her up, and put down the clothing curtain, then he lowly said: “As long as you guys do not say anything, and go to town calmly, I will not make things difficult to her!”

Looking at the pitch-black carriage, everyone was also helpless in this crisis for awhile, Huo Zi Qi got on the horse, and he let Huo Zi Xi to protect Huo Zhi Qing and Lu Yi to go first. Then he exchanged a meaningful glance with Yan Hao Yu, and said with a loud voice: “Let’s go!”

A delegation of people continued to go to Jiahe town, but without any relaxation and casualness, the atmosphere for the whole journey was oppressive, the moonlight appeared to be quieter. Yan Yu and Cang Su who were protecting on the left and right of the carriage all along, followed it closely.

Inside the carriage, Murong Shu Qing was leaning on the wall of the carriage and somewhat gasping very rapidly, the long sword continued to face her throat, she was forced to fall and sit on the most corner of the carriage.

Unable to wipe the bloodstains on her neck, Murong Shu Qing did not have any alternatives but to slowly sit up, she was already somewhat weak, the light slightly shined through the bamboo curtain, it was hard to clearly see the black dress man who was sitting by the side of the carriage door. The man’s figure was tall, but he could not be counted as sturdy, a black towel covered his appearance, there was only a pair of eyes that could be seen in this dark night to compel people’s compassions. One hand was holding a sword, while his other hand was pressing strongly on his own left chest, his breathing was slightly hurried. The strong smell of the reeking blood make Murong Shu Qing know this one fact, he suffered a very severe injury. Just a moment ago, in order to capture her, he must be struggling to hit one strike.

Even though this man was injured, but he still had agility like this, his martial arts should be deep and unmeasurable. Murong Shu Qing quietly watched him, unexpectedly, she met with a pair of cold eyes, this was the first time that Murong Shu Qing faced his eyes, how could she describe them. That pair of eyes had no warmth, no emotion, no radiance, did not have anything, it seemed there was not a person and anything that could go into his eyes, or his heart. If one had these kind of eyes, she was sure that there was somebody who made this person to be heartbroken in the past. Withdrawing her sight, Murong Shu Qing slightly moved her body, and faintly said: “I do not have any martial arts, you do not need a sword, I will not be able to go out of this carriage.”

His cold eyes turned to Murong Shu Qing, and he withdrew his long sword, the black dress man continued to press his chest where the blood kept oozing out of the wound continuously. Leaning and sitting in the side of the carriage door, he closed his eyes.

Silently moving for half a shichen (1 hour), the people outside did not know the situation on the inside, they did not dare to suddenly do anything, the people who were inside the carriage, did not make any sounds either. This tranquility was broken by a series of sound of the rushing horses’ hooves. Huo Zi Qi and Yan Hao Yu looked one glance at each other other, they understood in their minds, this group of people were most likely coming for the black dress man who was inside the carriage. It seemed that tonight was really a bad night.

The sound of the horses’ hooves startled the black dress man, the originally closed cold eyes, slowly opened, there was no panic in his eyes, and no fear. He only slowly wiped clean that dark red long sword, and believed that the expression behind the black towel was an expressionless face.

Soon, there were a group of 20 people with horses who came with a roll of dust, there was a sword on each of their waists, they were well-built and tall, with one look, one would know that their martial arts were not weak.

When the troop almost brushed past them, the leader of the group suddenly tightened his reigns, and yelled to them: “Stop, what kind of person is inside?”

The person who asked, was rude, but thinking that Murong Shu Qing was inside the carriage, Huo Zi Qi immediately stepped forward, and replied with a clear voice: “Females in the family.”

The leader was looking at Huo Zi Qi up and down, pondering and looking at the two carriages, he said to the two people who were beside him: “Go and take a look!”

“Yes.”

The two people who were wearing bright bodyguard dresses got off their horses, went to Murong Shu Qing’s carriage, but they did not go to the front of the carriage yet, one bright sword obstructed their way.

Yan Yu and Cang Su who were protecting in front of the left and right sides of the carriage, their bright sword and purple whip showed some cold rays under the moonlight. They were not able to protect their master properly a moment ago, so she was trapped inside and they would definitely not let people to approach the carriage now. If they must save that black dress man’s life, then they could only guarantee the Master’s safety, and they would not mind to fight. For the sake of that figure who always had a trace of her light smile, but could make people to feel incomparably at ease.

The two people gave out cold imposing manners from all over their bodies, as if they wanted to topple the mountains and overturned the seas, and they protected the carriage extremely tightly. The bright dress guards were forced to retreat back two steps by the men’s auras, promptly took out their long swords. The other guards who were on their horses also drew out their swords, they approached the carriage closer, and surrounded it. In addition to Huo Qi Xi who was protecting the side of Huo Zhi Qing and the others’ carriage, Huo Zi Qi and Yan Hao Yu secretly approached the carriage. Their hands slowly stroke their long swords that were on their waists. Both parties were in confrontations, besides the rustling sound of the wind that passed through the forest, the 30 some people who were on the public road were actually quiet.

Just when the confrontation was about to happen, there was a clear, bright and calm voice of a woman that came out from the inside: “Yan Yu, let them search!”

 

Sian’s notes:
Yap, our second male lead just showed up (I think). We’ll see if he really is a worthy second male lead or not. Hehehe…

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 30: The Journey

Cliffhanger warning!! Originally, I wanted to post this chapter as a bonus chapter on Friday but since the chapter has a cliffhanger, I decided to post this today so you don’t have to wait too long for the next chapter. 😃

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 30

The Journey

At dawn, the sunshine was already very bright and beautiful, it went through the wooden window and shined the inside of the small inn’s hall. It was carrying an unsophisticated warmth, and glittering one’s vision, it could make people’s mood to be indescribably happy. Huo Zhi Qing stretched her waist, and left the inn. The family servants for the Huo’s family and Murong’s family had already arranged their horses. Huo Zhi Qing looked at Murong Shu Qing’s carriage, and cried out in a hurry and ran to go there, she cheered out excitedly. Looking at her crazy actions, Huo Zi Qi went out to look at what this crazy girl was shouting at.

Once he was out of the entrance, Huo Zi Qi was also startled, his firm and tranquil eyes were rather heated, it was not that Murong Shu Qing’s carriage had a lot of luxurious things, on the contrary, it was only decorated with a simple black carriage. It looked very spacious, but it was low-key and not dazzling. The cause of Huo Zhi Qing’s shriek was four strong and muscular horses that were in front of the carriage, each of their four limbs was well proportioned, their colors were black and they were really fine horses. Huo Zi Qi walked over, and stroke one of the horse’s backs, the black horse was somewhat agitated and stamped on its front hoofs. These horses were not the fastest horses to go for long distance journey, but what so precious about these four horses were they should come from the same female horse. Their feet were basically identical, moreover, because of the bloodline, managing these four horses to run would have more tacit understanding, so the carriage would be very smooth and speedy.

Murong Shu Qing walked out of the inn, only to see the Huo family’s brother and sister were staring at her horses, she could not help but to laugh, this family really loved horses until they were completely foolish ah! Behind Shu Qing was Li You Yu, her whole body was wearing a pink skirt that looked in contrast with her flowery and lovable appearance. At this fresh and early morning, she really looked so beautiful. The two people nodded their heads to say hello afterwards, and each of them went out.

Raising her head to see Murong Shu Qing walked out, Huo Zhi Qing welcomed her, she straightforwardly smiled and greeted (MSQ): “Murong jiejie, good morning!”

Murong Shu Qing’s whole body that was in a white scholar dress, was really beautiful, she was simple and did not look like the other woman’s clothing that had many complicated things. Her head had a wooden hairpin, and just made her even more elegant and graceful.

Looking at her (HZQ) who was so energetic at dawn, Murong Shu Qing also felt that her mood was even better, and she also smilingly answered: “Good morning!”

“Murong jiejie, your horses are very beautiful oh, oh right, where is that horse that you were riding when we first saw you? It was very impressive oh!” Not only her, eldest brother also thought that horse seemed like a deity, rebellious and one would not forget that fine horse.

Murong Shu Qing faintly smiled and said: “It is at home, I do not bring it out this time.” Bing Po’s feet were too fast for this journey, the other horses would not be able to keep up with it, besides, it would not like to use a rein on it.

Unable to see the horse that she was yearning for days and nights, Huo Zhi Qing was somewhat disappointed, but very quickly, she lifted up her lovely smiling face again. She was shaking Murong Shu Qing’s sleeve, and she asked: “Oh, then I want to sit in your carriage, can I?” She did not want to sit in the same carriage with Li You Yu, the fragrance that was on her body could assail a dead person, but Murong jiejie’s faint and fresh smell was very good.

Murong Shu Qing smiled and nodded her head, then she said: “Alright!”

Happily climbing inside the carriage, the inside was very spacious, the carriage ran up afterwards, Huo Zhi Qing surprisingly called out: “Murong jiejie, your carriage is very comfortable, it does not shake at all.”

After looking to the left and right, Huo Zhi Qing suddenly crawled to the front of Murong Shu Qing, her alert and big eyes were staring at Murong Shu Qing, and she asked with extreme seriousness: “Murong jiejie, how do you feel about my eldest brother?”

Looking at the unfathomable mystery, but Murong Shu Qing still pondered on how to use the words to answer the question, smilingly answered: “Huo Gongzi’s conduct is upright, he is very good.”

Huo Zhi Qing’s pair of eyes were laughing, happily sat down side by side with Murong Shu Qing, and she said with a somewhat proud look: “You also think that my eldest brother is not that bad, not only that eldest brother’s conduct is upright, but he is also handsome, bright and out of the ordinary!” Finished speaking, but she thought that it was not enough, so she moved closer to Shu Qing’s ear, and whispered slowly: “Moreover, he has not taken any wife oh!”

Heavens, did this young girl want to be a matchmaker for her? Looking at Huo Zhi Qing whose smile resembled a kitten that just stole something, Murong Shu Qing secretly kneaded her temple. She did not know what she should answer, and had no alternative but to conveniently say: “Huo Gongzi is an attractive person, he will surely have a flowery beautiful wife by his side.”

Huo Zhi Qing smilingly said: “But he does not have anybody now ah! Not only my eldest brother looks handsome, but the person is also very good, he is considerate and capable.”

Huo Zi Qi certainly did not know that his own sister was trying to sell him with great effort, so she shook her head funnily, then Murong Shu Qing said: “Miss Li is very good ah, a girl from a wealthy family, who is highly cultured and steeped in propriety.”

“Li You Yu?” Huo Zhi Qing’s mouth was deflated, with a look of disgust, she recklessly said: “She is putting an artificial airs, pretending to be noble, my eldest brother will definitely not like her. She is not like you, Murong jiejie ~~”

Looking at her who wanted to speak about this more and more, but Murong Shu Qing did not want to carry on with this conversation, so she promptly changed the subject and asked: “Zhi Qing, you seem to have some knowledge about horses?”

Hearing Murong Shu Qing mentioned a horse, Huo Zhi Qing’s interest came out, she abandoned the words that she was saying before, and then proudly said: “Yes ah, our family’s primary business is in breading horses, I am indeed very good at raising a horse, eldest brother always praises me.”

Murong Shu Qing secretly breathed leisurely, she asked about the topics about breeding the horses from time to time and did not let Huo Zhi Qing to chat about the topics of Huo Zi Qi again. Sometimes, this young girl’s clinginess could really make people to have a headache.

Lu Yi slightly pulled up the bamboo curtain, the morning ray shined through the curtain, but it was not too shining, the patterns of the sunshine were interesting. Murong Shu Qing leaned on the side of the window, she was listening to the young sparrow’s chirping sounds about the interesting story at the ranch, while appreciating the beautiful early autumn scenery through the outside of the bamboo curtain, it was actually a pleasing thing.

The sunshine in the afternoon was gradually stronger, Huo Zhi Qing said that she was tired so she leaned her body on the corner of the carriage. Lu Yi was examining the delicate brocade handkerchief that had a bluish-green bamboo pattern, it was exquisite.

Huo Zi Xi wiped the thin sweat that was on his forehead, even though it was already early autumn, but this afternoon sunshine was glittering so it was very hot. Looking that there was a small tea place not too far away up front, he impatiently said to Huo Qi Zi who was riding a horse in front of him: “Eldest brother, let’s rest at that tea place upfront before we go again!”

Today’s sun was really fierce, he thought that Huo Zhi Qing and the others who were inside, would also be hungry, Huo Zi Qi nodded and said: “Alright! Rest for a while.”

A delegation of people just stopped by the side of the tea place, the carriage also stopped, Huo Zhi Qing already impatiently jumped out of the carriage, she entered the tea place, while she said to the one person with a white hair inside: “Uncle, give us some teas and cakes.”

The old man took several teacups, and went up to give the tea to them, while he said embarrassingly: “Young lady, this is my tea shop on this mountain, I can only give the guests to quench their thirsts when they pass through here and rest, I do not have any cakes, only have some tea and steamed bun.”

Huo Zhi Qing dispiritedly rested her body on the table, and lazily said: “Steamed bun? They are fine too, I am really starving to death.”

“These gentlemen and Miss, please enjoy the steamed bun.” The old man put several steamed buns on a big plate, and put the plate on the table, then he crouched by the side of the tea place to smoke his cigarette. These kind of misses and young masters, he had seen many times, they would only waste the food in the end.

Although this black and yellow steamed buns were not the same as the ones at home, but Huo Zhi Qing still grabbed one piece and stuffed it in her mouth.

“Heavens ah, how can this steamed bun so hard ah?!” Just barely biting one bite, Huo Zhi Qing’s shout already came out, what kind of steamed bun was this, t was totally different than the steamed buns at home!

Yan Hao Yu laughingly comforted her and said: “Qing-er, you just casually eat some to fill your stomach, in the evening, if we arrive in Jiahe town, I will take you to eat delicious food again.” These steamed buns were eaten by the mountain woodcutters and some passerby and they were made from coarse grains. This girl still thought that these were the fine and steamed bun snacks from home.

Huo Zhi Qing pouted her mouth, and muttered in a low voice: “It can only be like this!”

The Huo family’s brothers and Yan Hao Yu frequently went on a journey, so they were rather used to eat these kind of coarse food. Picking up the steamed buns, they could still eat them down. But eating these hard steamed buns was difficult for these several misses. Li You Yu wrinkled her eyebrows all along, but looking that everyone was taking the steamed buns, she also took one reluctantly. Carefully biting it afterwards, she swallowed it down with difficulty, so she did not eat the second bite. Huo Zhi Qing reluctantly ate for several bites, but she was unable to eat it anymore and put down the steamed bun, then she poured down several mouthful of tea to swallow the steamed bun down.

After Lu Yi ate half of the bun, she could not eat it down either, although she was not any miss, but she had already been working as a servant at the Murong’s family for five years, and following by Miss’ side. Even if the dishes that she ate were not extravagant, but they were also fine dishes, this steamed bun was really hard to swallow. Just about to put it down, Murong Shu Qing handed over a tea in front of her, and she said gently and in a low voice: “Lu Yi, eat some more, otherwise you will be hungry later.”

“En.” Taking the tea, and seeing that miss already ate half of the steamed bun that was on her hand, Lu Yi nodded her head, and with the tea, she continued to eat it.

It was not that Murong Shu Qing did not see Lu Yi’s difficult expression, this was also the first time that she ate this coarse grain steamed bun. It was really hard to swallow, but since they were on a journey, they could not pay attention too much of it. She already asked Yan Yu last night, he was not sure that they could definitely arrive in Jaihe town, if they could arrive there, it would be very late, if they did not eat now, they would not be eating for a day. Although the steamed buns were not delicious, but they could still full their bellies.

Yan Hao Yu had been paying attention to Murong Shu Qing for the whole journey, last time when they were at the Ying Ke Lou restaurant/inn, he knew that she was not an ordinary person, it looked like these two days, she was really worthy to be a master of the family even more. Her bodyguard was calm and reserved, and her servant girl was meticulous and gentle. Even entering this simple and crude tea place, she still acted the same, and was ready to adapt. As if she felt the same ways whether she entered a magnificent palace and a low and simple house.

Huo Zi Qi was watching attentively and secretly at Murong Shu Qing all along, they were not used to eat these steamed buns, she should also be pampered and spoiled since a child, and was used with delicacy and fine food that were being served for the wealthy young lady. But she could pay no attention and was able to continue eating it, and was not disgusted by it. Huo Zi Qi interestingly hooked the corner of his mouth, she was the most peculiar woman whom he had seen. Murong Shu Qing, it seemed necessary for him to get acquainted with her again.

Looking that they almost finished eating, actually only Murong Shu Qing and her servant girl who were eating one steamed bun, Huo Zhi Qing and Li You Yu did not even eat, Li You Yu’s servant girl who was by her side, did not eat either. Huo Zi Qi stood up and said: “Alright, let’s leave!” They would be quickly feel hungry again like this, he did not know whether or not they could arrive in Jiahe town in the evening.

Huo Zhi Qing acted like a spoiled child and said: “Eldest brother, rest for a little more!” Even though Murong jiejie’s carriage was very big, and very comfortable, but being inside for the whole day, she was really boring.

Patting her head, Huo Zi Qi gently said: “Be obedient, otherwise we will spend the night in the countryside tonight.” When they usually rode horses, they could arrive in Jiahe town in the evening, but they had two carriages now, so the speed was slower by a lot.

“Alright!” Stroking her flat stomach, Huo Zhi Qing unwillingly got on to the carriage.

Maybe because her stomach was hungry, that young sparrow actually closed her mouth, and did not say anything for the whole journey, she finally was unable to resist anymore and lied down to fall asleep. Murong Shu Qing used a shawl to lightly cover her, the sun was gradually setting, the weather would slowly cool down. Conveniently taking out a book that was on the low table, she leaned on the side of the window to browse it over.

The sky was already completely dark, the road seemed to be very difficult to travel, after several time of shaking, Huo Zhi Qing unhurriedly woke up, slowly crawled up and lifted open the cloth curtain, and she shouted towards the front: “Eldest brother, how much longer ah?! I am tired and hungry!”

Huo Zi Qi pulled the reigns, approached the carriage, and said: “Just two more shichen (4 hours), then we will arrive.”

Once Huo Zhi Qing heard it, she was anxious, and sat her body down, then she shouted: “Two shichen? It will not do, I want to get off the carriage and move around, my bone is quickly stiff.”

Being inside the carriage for the whole day, and looking at her tired face, Huo Zi Qi felt sorry for her, lowly sighed and said: “Alright, then we will rest for a while before we go again.”

The carriage just barely stopped, the bossy’s Miss Huo just jumped off the chariot, she stooped and stretched her legs, while crying out that she was tired and hungry. Murong Shu Qing and Li You Yu also got down from the carriage, sitting inside the carriage for a whole day, Murong Shu Qing was also tired. Once she was out of the carriage, she slightly extended her muscles and bones near the curbside of the forest.

Lu Yi was holding some water, and she gave it to Murong Shu Qing: “Miss, drink some water.” Looking at Miss Huo and Miss Li who had dispirited appearances, Lu Yi secretly sighed, fortunately, miss made her to finish eating that steamed bun, she was not really that hungry now.

Shu Qing took the water and drank a mouthful, and lazily leaned on a tree trunk, the cool breeze raised her hair up. Closing her eyes, she enjoyed the rare night scene on the mountain forest. Lu Yi was calmly standing by her side. The night wind shrouded the moonlight, the forest was even more peaceful.

She was still not used sitting on the carriage for several days, she really missed the matchless speed of the airplane at this time. Murong Shu Qing turned her rigid neck, and just about to move her arms, Yan Yu’s low cry made her to recover. She only felt a black shadow passing in front of her eyes, Yan Yu quickly moved in front of her, and fought with the black shadow. But not waiting until she left, an ice-cold blade of a long swords was already on her neck.

 

Sian’s notes:
Oh oh, cliffhanger… Don’t shoot the translator, ok. 😅😅 This was a rather long chapter too, over 3,000 words. Hmmm… Could this be our second male lead showing up???

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 29: Going To The Capital

I know some of you have been asking where the male leads are… hehehehe… One thing that I have noticed about this book is the lack of romance when I compare it with ZQ & LXY’s book. Boooooo… While this is also kind of disappointing to me, I still like the story because even though I crave for romance, this book has plenty of secrets or mysteries if you want to call it, so it’s not really boring at all. I have been translating/cheating by reading to up to ch 59 (about 1/3 of the book) and the romance part is definitely very lacking. However, once our MSQ is in the Capital, you’ll find quite a few of family secrets there and another set of plot that might affect the Murong’s family. With that said, I’m still hoping for a better romance that MSQ will encounter for the next 2/3 of the book. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and see what other adventures might befall our heroine!

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 29

Going To The Capital

A delegation of people were sending Murong Shu Qing off outside the gate, Hong Xiu’s lively big eyes were filled with tears, she was following Murong Shu Qing closely, lightly pulling her cuff, she said sobbingly: “Miss, you have to be careful on the journey!”

Lightly consoling Hong Xiu who was really unable to stop her tears, Murong Shu Qing gently instructed and said: “Alright, help me to take care of Xing Hun and Xing Yue properly.” It was not that she did not want to take Hong Xiu, but she was going to the Qi’s family this time, she did not know what kind of situation she would be facing, whether or not it was acceptable to use this memory loss’ excuse. Hong Xiu had a quick temper, simple and straightforward, and having her stay within the family here would make her feel reassured more.

“En, I understood!” Letting go off Murong Shu Qing’s sleeve, Hong Xiu nodded cutely.

It seemed that this young girl still had a small temper, Murong Shu Qing smilingly shook her head, and she turned her head towards Zi Yuan to say: “Zi Yuan, assign two people to protect Wan Ru tomorrow, take her to take a look at the tea plants and East China Sea.” The things that she had promised Wan Ru, she should accomplish them, when a person’s eyes were wide, the mood would naturally be even wider, whatever decision that she would have at that time, she would not regret it.

“Yes!” Zi Yuan softly answered.

Looking at the sky, it was not early anymore, Murong Shu Qing walked to the side of the carriage, Hong Xiu also followed over, she had a deflated mouth, and miserably said: “Miss, you must return early oh!”

Patting her face, Murong Shu Qing gave her a gentle smile, and nodded her head seriously. She waved her hand towards everyone, then went in to the carriage.

Not long after the carriage moved, Murong Shu Qing leaned on the soft side of the carriage and closed her eyes to rest. She actually drank too much wine last night, her head was aching now. Not too long, she unexpectedly fell asleep.

Lu Yi picked up a shawl and softly covered it on Murong Shu Qing, this journey this time, Miss did not take any guards, except her own self, and Yan Yu. Bringing this up, Lu Yi could not help to want to laugh, originally, Yan Yu and Cang Su were always protecting Miss in secret. But this journey this time, Miss did have any bodyguards, then the two people wanted to follow by her side, one in public and the other one in secret to protect Miss, but both of them were not willing to appear personally no matter what. Finally, Miss made them to guess what color of shoes that Zi Yuan was wearing on that day. Whoever was guessing the wrong color, he would be the bodyguard. In the end, Yan Yu was guessing the wrong color, because of this matter, he whose face was originally icy and arrogant, he added another layer of frost on his face even more, nobody dared to approach him during this journey.

Covering the shawl properly, Lu Yi instructed the carriage’s driver to move slowly, and not to let the carriage have too much shaking, Then she also leaned on the side of the carriage door, and closed her eyes to rest.

The carriage slowly stopped, Lu Yi lifted open the clothing curtain, they had already arrived at the inn, Lu Yi softly patted Murong Shu Qing’s shoulder, and softly said: “Miss, we have arrived at the inn.”

Murong Shu Qing opened her eyes, she was moving her shoulder that was used to lean on the carriage, and lowly responded: “En.”

Lu Yi supported Murong Shu Qing who just woke up to get off of the carriage, the wind was blowing, Murong Shu Qing’s sleepy mind finally sobered a little. Looking around her surroundings, this was a place that was not too far away from the small store, it was not big, but it was very tidy and clean. There were already several carriages that stopped in front of the store’s door, it seemed that most of the people would stay at this place.

Murong Shu Qing stepped on the afterglow of the setting sun, and entered the inn, Lu Yi and Yan Yu were following from behind.

Looking that there were visitors who came in, the assistant promptly welcomed them, and greeted to say: “This Miss, please come inside, are you having a meal or staying at the inn ah?”

Lu Yi took out an ingot silver, and stuffed it in the assistant’s hand, then she softly said: “We want three rooms, it will be good if the food can be delivered to our rooms.”

Looking at that ingot silver, the assistant’s eyes were bright, he cleverly smiled and said: “Alright!” Finished speaking, he immediately walked ahead to lead the way for them. Looking at this Miss who was elegant and outstanding, she simply must be wealthy and was a noble. If he served her properly, he might still have some other bonus.

“Murong jiejie?” Just about to go upstairs, a slightly hesitating voice but full of a nice surprise, called out. Murong Shu Qing turned around, and welcomed a flowery smile face.

Huo Zhi Qing saw clearly Murong Shu Qing’s face, she happily smiled and said: “It is really you, I have just said that I am not wrong!” Finished speaking, she did not neglect to raise her own head proudly.

It was actually that Huo family’s young gluttonous cat, Murong Shu Qing still remembered that she and Tang Xiao Xiao were fighting to eat during the Qi Lian Festival. Smiling and greeting her, she also saw a table full of people behind her.

When Murong Shu Qing’s gaze was on him, Huo Zi Qi’s refreshingly smiled and said: “Miss Murong, we meet again.”

Murong Shu Qing smilingly said: “Huo Gongzi, unexpectedly, we run into each other here!”

Huo Zhi Qing pulled Murong Shu Qing, she happily said: “Murong jiejie, you invited us to eat the complete lotus feast last time, today, even though this is a small store at the countryside, but you have to bear the situation and let us treat you to eat.”

“Alright ah!” How an efficient and generous woman, Murong Shu Qing who originally already liked this lovely and cute girl, she did not regret this refreshing and direct invitation today, and actually welcomed it happily.

Walking to the front of the table, she just saw, besides the Huo family’s brothers, and Yan Hao Yu, there was still another pretty young girl, Murong Shu Qing hesitatingly asked: “This person is?”

Huo Zi Qi instructed the assistant to provide some stools for Murong Shu Qing and company, while he gave an introduction to them: “This person is the Ministry of Revenue (Hubu), Li Shi Lang family’s middle daughter, when she went out to visit her relatives, she encountered some robbers, we happened to pass by at that time and saved Miss Li. Miss Li also wants to return to the capital, so we are going to accompany her. Miss Li, this person is Miss Murong.”

The two people slightly raised half way out of their chairs as a gesture, then sat down again, Lu Yi followed behind Murong Shu Qing, and sat next to her, Yan Yu did not sit with them, he only sat on the chair behind Murong Shu Qing. Li You Yu looked at Lu Yi who unexpectedly sat down, her graceful eyebrows were knitted. Sitting on the same table with a servant girl was extremely beneath her dignity. She was a Miss from the government official, sitting with a woman merchant on the same table to eat, she had already given Murong Shu Qing’s face. Unexpectedly, a servant girl could sit on the same table also now, she felt that it was more and more improper. Li You Yu looked at Lu Yi up and down and said: “How can a servant girl sit on the same table as her master, this is extremely not following the rule.”

Hearing her words, Lu Yi who just sat down, was slightly stiffed, yes ah, when they were at home, they used to drink tea and eat with Miss, she forgot how the other people would look at it, that it was not extremely following the rule. Just when she wanted to get up, but her hand was slightly grabbed by Murong Shu Qing, she lightly patted it to indicate that she should not move. Lu Yi sat down again, calmly stayed next to Murong Shu Qing.

Murong Shu Qing appeased Lu Yi properly, then she just faintly looked one glance at Li You Yu who was sitting across from her, and said: “During this journey, I do not pay any attentions to this kind of rule.”

She was surely not a well-bred young lady from a prestigious family, and did not understand any etiquettes, Li You Yu pretended to sigh and say: “Miss Murong, this rule must be observed, otherwise other people will think that you do not understand the rule!”

Murong Shu Qing softly smiled, and she was not angry with her obvious provocation, she simply got up slowly, and smilingly said: “I have made Miss Li to be ridiculed, the Murong’s family really does not have this rule. Since you feel that it is inappropriate, then Shu Qing will not trouble everybody!” Once she finished speaking, she wanted to leave.

“Wait a moment!” Huo Zhi Qing who was sitting next to her, promptly pulled Murong Shu Qing’s sleeve to stay, she turned around to glare one glance at Li You Yu, then said in a loud voice: “We, the Northerners, are accustomed to be open-minded, and do not have these many rules either. If Miss Li does not like it, you can sit by your own on the side.”

“I ~~ I do not mean it like that.” Li You Yu only wanted to give Murong Shu Qing an embarrassment, she did not expect that she would want to leave because of one servant girl. Stealing a peek one glance at Huo Zi Qi who was by her side, Li You Yu wanted to explain, but she did not know what she should say. She was afraid that Huo Zi Qi would have a bad impression on her, so her eyes were all anxious and red.

Looking at the awkward atmosphere, Huo Zi Qi smoothed things over and said: “Alright, during this journey, everyone should not bother about trifles! Let’s eat, the dishes are getting cold.”

Since Huo Qi Zi had spoken out, Murong Shu Qing would not refute his reputation, Li You Yu heard and listened to what Huo Zi Qi’s words even more, this dispute could be regarded as settled temporarily.

But Huo Zhi Qing looked like she still set herself against Li You Yu, she placed some dishes to give to Lu Yi with a solicitous and diligent’s manner. And she still chatted with Lu Yi from time to time: “Lu Yi jiejie, this one is delicious, you taste it.”

Lu Yi put down the wooden chopsticks, slightly gave her courtesy, and answered: “Thank you, Miss Huo.”

Continuing to put a piece of simmer-fried eggplant in Lu Yi’s bowl, Huo Zhi Qing lovingly said: “Lu Yi jiejie, no need to be polite, you can just call me Zhi Qing.”

Lu Yi did not say anything either, she only lightly nodded her head. She only picked her chopsticks up to eat. Her manner was not servile nor overbearing, it actually had a natural and relaxed bearings, there was no different than the manner from the so-called a girl from a wealthy family.

Li You Yu clenched her chopsticks tightly, this darn girl (HZQ) was actually showing a nicer attitude towards that servant girl (LY). Just wait until she became her sister-in-law, she would definitely put her in her place properly.

Huo Zhi Qing was similar to a young sparrow during the banquet, she was asking everything curiously, Murong Shu Qing could only answer randomly. If one was pausing to eat one’s meal in order not to neglect one’s words, it could be regarded as pleasant.

After she was done eating, Murong Shu Qing just wanted to say goodbye, Huo Zhi Qing suddenly asked: “Murong jiejie, where are you going ah?”

“The Capital.”

Huo Zhi Qing was pleasantly surprised and she pulled Murong Shu Qing’s sleeve, happily said: “It is so coincidental ah, then you go together with us, ok.” Murong jiejie was so much better than that Li You Yu by unknown times, if Murong jiejie could go together with them, maybe, she and eldest brother could greatly admire each other. This way, she could have an elegant and gentle sister-in-law.

“No need to trouble you guys.” That Miss Li would make a hole quickly with her staring, if she took the journey with them together, she would practice her ability to make a hole soon.

With a plan in her heart, Huo Zhi Qing wanted to go together with Murong Shu Qing even more, her one hand was pulling Murong Shu Qing, while her other hand was pulling Lu Yi, and she said with a solemn and serious appearance: “It is not a trouble, you are a young lady who goes on a journey with a servant girl and a bodyguard, it is too dangerous. My eldest brother, second brother, and Yan gege, all know martial arts, and they can protect you. Eldest brother, you say it, am I right?!” She did not forget to pull Huo Zi Qi into her conversation.

Huo Zi Qi secretly forced a smile, this younger sister of his, had really an exaggerated opinion, that Murong Shu Qing’s bodyguard who was by her side, he was not an ordinary bodyguard. Since the beginning when he came in, he already took notice on him, with his firm and speedy paces, soft and strong inner breaths. His martial arts might be above him (HZQ). This person, even though he looked like he did not pay attention to Murong Shu Qing’s side, and just sat down by her side casually a moment ago, but he actually could advance to attack or retreat with his protection, Murong Shu Qing’s protection was watertight. Moreover, he only sat from the time he came until now, he did not eat nor did he drink any water. If there was someone like this by one’s side, one simply did not need their protections. But looking at her little sister whose big and beautiful eyes were staring at him, if he actually said the ‘no’ (word as a saying that she’s not right), she would come and bite somebody. Shaking his head, he followed along with Huo Zhi Qing’s words and said: “If Miss Murong does not mind it, you can start on the journey with us together, and there are more people to take care of each other.”

Murong Shu Qing could also see that Huo Zi Qi was helpless, it seemed that he really loved his younger sister dearly. Hearing Huo Zi Qi’s response, Huo Zhi Qing happily cried out and said: “Exactly, exactly, there are more people to take care of each other, alright, Murong jiejie?”

Murong Shu Qing was not somebody who could bear to abandon a puppy whose expression was looking at her, she originally thought that only Tang Xiao Xiao could have this skill, but unexpectedly, Huo Zhi Qing was also an expert. Helplessly, she nodded her head and smilingly said: “Then, just ~~ thank you Huo Gongzi.”

A cheering sound echoed, no matter if Huo Zi Qi who was behind her, was sighing happily or funnily, she did not see Li You Yu who had a sulky looking face, Huo Zhi Qing happily pulled Murong Shu Qing and walked towards their rooms that were on the top floor.

 

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 28: Treating For A Drink (Part 2)

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 28

Treating For A Drink (Part 2)

“Let me hear what you want to say?” Murong Shu Qing was also interested, did they have anything that they could cooperate between them?

An Qin Xuan lied down on the bamboo bridge, he did not pay any attentions on that top-notch white garment that was on his body. He used both of his hands as a pillow, and looked up at the horizon that was already dark. Not saying anything for a good while, he finally said with a low voice: “The current political situation in Yan Rui is intense, I suspect that those recent Jiang Hu people’s appearances and intentions are not that simple. Even though they have not made any movements now, however, with the unstable situation that is progressing every day, they are sure to make their movements soon.”

She already understood about this thoroughly, and it was also the things that she was worried the most, Murong Shu Qing thought deeply for a short period of time, then she softly sighed: “In that case, what are you planning to do?”

“Beat the grass to scare the snake!” (Punish somebody as a warning to others).

Those seven words seemed to have substance (powerful and resonating), An Qin Xuan said it gently and firmly, but Murong Shu Qing raised her eyebrows when she heard it: “You should know that there is a possibility that we will be thrown into the power struggles in Yan Rui if we do it this way.”

“The other people are already watching us attentively, it can not be helped that we have to meet the enemies head-on.” The moon kept dragging the reflection of the large and long figure. An Qin Xuan poured down a mouthful of wine, then he said interestingly: “The most important thing is to try to get the biggest benefits from it.”

This one sentence really gave a way of one’s profession, Murong Shu Qing shook her head and smilingly said: “You are indeed that self-seeking merchant who always looks for profits.”

“You flatter me!”

Stretching lazily, Murong Shu Qing took out her legs that were already puffy for the whole evening, she was not concern that her legs were still wet either, and just sat down with cross-legged next to An Qin Xuan. Then she drank the Zhu Ye Qing wine, while she asked: “What do you plan to cooperate with me?”

“I know that you have your own news network, I want to know every news that you have on your hands, when it is necessary, I also need some money for the support. Of course, the benefits will be divided 50-50 with you.”
“The An’s family is short on money?” Murong Shu Qing faintly smiled and looked at An Qin Xuan up and down.

An Qin Xuan was not to be outdone either, with the corner of his mouth showed a mischievous and coquettish appearance, he answered: “Speaking about money, your Murong’s family does not yield to anybody.” (Meaning Murong’s family has more money than An’s family).

Should she cooperate or not? Murong Shu Qing thought that it was somewhat difficult to choose, since Hong Ming (Yan Rui’s 7th Prince) had already found out about them. If he did not achieve his goal, he would not give up at this point. She was not concerned if she lost several granary stores, she was just afraid that he would harm the people in the Murong family’s to coerce her. Even though she had already reinforced their protections, she was afraid that they would still have some numerous leaks in the protection. If they entered this power struggles, it was absolutely not a blessing for the Murong’s family! Making the An’s family to step in front of the power struggles was actually more appropriate.

Forget it, Murong Shu Qing softly sighed, then she faintly said: “I am not interested in any political matters, but there is a time that I have no alternative but to participate in it. Your guess is not wrong, Yan Rui’s seventh Prince, Hong Ming, has some relations with the Jiang Hu’s people. When these people appear, it should have some relationships with him. I can cooperate with you, but I will only provide some informations for you. I will not send any money to Hong Ming, if your discussion with him succeeds, I want one third of the benefits that you get.

An Qin Xuan laughed, she did not want to provide any money but still wanted one third of the benefits, speaking about the quality of the merchant, she also exhibited it brilliantly. But he was even more curious with her assessment about Hong Ming: “You do not seem to look highly on Hong Ming?”

“No, it is most likely that he will be the next Emperor.” Even though Hong Ming was only a son of the Imperial concubine, and he did not have any supports in the Imperial court and the palace, but he could grow up safely and soundly. At the age of 16 years old, he was widely praised by the common people for his virtuous name even more. He had maintained a boundless crane, his figure stood aloof from worldly affairs, and the Imperial court was well aware of this transformation. Even though he was still young, but he knew well enough to conceal his strengths, how could the Imperial court trifle with the justification of the popular sentiments in the whole world?!

“Then, why are you not willing to send money to him?”

“He is a dangerous person, I do not trust him.” She could not forget that pair of eyes that looked gentle, when they actually showed his hidden greediness and they made her frightened. Having some dealings with this kind of person, it was extremely possible that he would bite her back.

“Oh?! That seems to have a challenging quality. I like it!” Dangerous person? Should they fight with this kind of person, this was interesting. Sitting up, An Qin Xuan faced Murong Shu Qing, and shook the wine jug, he raised his eyebrows and smilingly said: “The discussion about our cooperations can be considered as a deal?!”

Murong Shu Qing also did the same, she gently shook the wine jug, smilingly said: “You have finished drinking your wine.” But, she still used the empty jug to touch An Qin Xuan’s jug, this could be regarded as their agreement for the cooperations.

An Qin Xuan smilingly said: “Unexpectedly, there will be another bon voyage’s drink in the future.”

“If you do not climb over the wall next time.”

An Qin Xuan was startled at first, then he laughed loudly, several ups and downs, he had disappeared from Murong Shu Qing’s presence. But his silhouette exited the same way, a couple of dark shadows were tailing behind him after that, that was how he departed from the Murong’s family.

Murong Shu Qing slowly stood up also, and stretched her body, passing over the two empty wine jugs, she walked over to the inside of the bamboo house.

 

*****

 

When Murong Shu Qing opened her eyes, the sunshine was already extremely brilliant, it should already be noon. Kneading her somewhat dizzy head, she forced a smile, it seemed that she drank too much last night. Waiting until the dizziness was gone, Murong Shu Qing slowly sat up.

Lu Yi who was originally watching outside, came into the bedroom with a basin when she heard a noise, she was twisting the handkerchief, while saying: “Miss, Young Master Xing Hun has been waiting in the reception hall since dawn, he looks very nervous.”

Taking the handkerchief to wipe her face, and rinsed her mouth after, she said to Lu Yi: “Let him come in!”

Not too long ago, Murong Xing Hun entered the bedroom, his face really looked anxious, when he looked at Murong Shu Qing who was drinking the tea, he walked over hurriedly and asked: “Elder sister, are you going to the Capital today?”

“En, we are leaving in the afternoon.” Half a month later was Murong Shu Qing’s Maternal grandfather, Qi Zhong Lin’s 70th birthday, she had not gone to the Qi’s family for three years, she was afraid that she could not escape anymore. Entering the Capital this time, she could also take a look at how the stores at the Capital were doing.

Hearing what Murong Shu Qing was saying, Xing Hun seemed to be even more anxious, and he went up for one step, and said with unbelievable feeling: “I heard that Manager Feng said that I would be in charge in Zhen Bao (treasure) Zhai (vegetarian) and Ying Ke Lou’s businesses?” (Two of the restaurants that Murong family’s owns).

Looking at the layer of sweats that was on Xing Hun’s forehead, Murong Shu Qing lightly smiled and said: “That was my intention.”
Murong Xing Hun looked distracted, promptly waved his hand and said: “But, but I can not do it.”

Putting down the tea that was on her hand, Murong Shu Qing’s eyes looked straight at him, she seriously asked: “Why can’t you do it?”

Facing that kind of gaze, Murong Xing Hun lowered his head, for a long time, he just said in a low voice: “I, I have never done it before, I can not make a decision.”

Murong Shu Qing did not ask him to raise his head, she only faintly said: “You have studied for almost three years, you have gone to learn at Zhen Bao Zhai, Ying Ke Lou and Zhan (exhibit) Gui (wardrobe) Tao (demand/discuss), why can’t you make any decisions? If you do not actually do it, you will not be able to do it forever?”

“But, I am afraid that I will not do good!” He knew what his elder sister’s intentions, and also understood that elder sister wanted to nurture him so she could take charge on his ability, but, he was afraid that he would make her disappointed.

Patting his shoulder that was almost as high as her shoulder, she pulled Murong Xing Hun to go outside the room, and sat down on the side of the round table. Murong Shu Qing said softly but firmly: “Being brave does not mean that one has no fears in one’s heart, but it is rather, even if one has some fears, but one still has to advance bravely. Being afraid is very normal, but this cannot become the reason for you not to go forward.”

Murong Xing Hun lifted his head, and look at Murong Shu Qing’s gentle but strong eyes, he still said undecidedly: “If I ~~ what if I bring Zhen Bao Zhai and Ying Ke Lou down?”

Looking at the appearance of his nervous face, Murong Shu Qing smiled, he was really a foolish youngster. Patting his nervous face that quickly looked like it was cramping, she said with a hardly care attitude: “So what if you bring them down. It is nothing serious. The important thing is that you have to know where you make the mistakes, then you will not make the same mistakes again in the future. In people’s lives, nothing will go smoothly, you will encounter many setbacks and failures, losing is not the most awful thing to experience, but you have to get your ability again. Do you understand?”

Got the ability again?! Thinking deeply for a good while, Murong Xing Hun nodded with a determined face and said: “En. Then alright, I accept it!”

In order not to make him feel too nervous, Murong Shu Qing pulled his hand, faintly smiled and said: “Do not be nervous, this is a very good opportunity, take it easy, listen to Manager Feng and Zi Yuan’s suggestions more. I will enter the Capital for almost two months this time, and I will return in half a year. At that time, I will examine your achievements.”

“En.” This time, Murong Xing Hun did not hesitate at all, he nodded his head strongly, he would not let his elder sister to be disappointed.